Sahlstrom Conference Center

The Sahlstrom Conference Center is a central location for many on campus. It houses Brown Dining Room and the Eagles Nest, the main units of UMN Crookston Dining Services. Brown Dining Room is located on the second floor and can accommodate 450 people. The area on the first floor just outside of the Eagles Nest serves as an informal dining and meeting area as well as an occasional performance area for campus activities. That area features a convenience store, Regal's short order grill, and Caribou Coffee. Sahlstrom Conference Center also is home to several faculty offices, mainly for faculty who teach in the Business Department.


Sahlstrom Conference Center highlighted in pink on the campus map

Location on Campus
Sahlstrom Conference Center's primary location is on the north side of the University of Minnesota Crookston campus, to the east of Dowell Hall and Annex and the west of Sargeant Student Center

Sahlstrom Conference Center
2900 University Ave, Crookston MN 56716

Points of Interest

  • Business Department Faculty Offices

  • Brown Dining Room (second floor)

  • Dining Services Offices (second floor)

  • Eagles Nest - Convenience Store, Regal's, and Caribou Coffee

Building History
Dr. Stanley D. Sahlstrom
Dr. Stanley D. Sahlstrom

The Conference Center was completed in 1980. It replaced the old dining facility in Bede Hall. It is located on the former site of Stephens Hall, a men's dormitory for the Northwest School of Agriculture (NWSA).

Sahlstrom Conference Center Dedication Plaque

For years the building was known simply as the Conference Center, until 1997 when it was dedicated in honor of Dr. Stanley D. Sahlstrom, University of Minnesota Crookston's (UMN Crookston) founding provost and former University Regent.

In 1965 Sahlstrom was the founding provost of UMN Crookston, then a two-year technical college branch of the University. He left the provost's job in 1985 to become a member of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, where he continued to be an advocate for UMN Crookston, supporting UMN Crookston's move to a four-year institution. He retired as a regent in 1997.

Brown Dining Room Plaque

During his career Sahlstrom was active in numerous educational associations on the national level, including Post International Network, North Central Association, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, Rural Education Committee of the National Education Association and the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture.