• About Us

Conference & Event Services provides affordable overnight housing on campus in the University of Minnesota residence halls and apartments. Our staff can arrange various dining options, including meal plans for residential restaurants, catering, and campus restaurants. In addition, we offer assistance in securing a variety of venues, including classrooms, theaters, athletic facilities, and reception spaces to suit all of your conference, event, or camp's needs.

    • Katie Olson

      Director, Conference Services & Communications/Marketing

      Katie joined Housing & Residential Life (HRL) as a Conference & Event Services (CES) Coordinator in January 2014. Currently, Katie provides leadership and strategic direction for CES, Communications, and Marketing. 

      Katie holds a master's degree in Leadership in Student Affairs and brings over 15 years of professional experience in Higher Education. Outside of work, you will find Katie spending time with her family and friends, running/walking, or cooking. She loves the lake and is an avid ice cream connoisseur. 


    • Mariah Marx

      Operations Coordinator, Conference & Event Services

      Mariah began working with conferences in August 2014. She joined the team as the Operations Coordinator in April 2018. Mariah works with Interns, Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs), Orientation, and Housing Registration Services. She also serves as the Application Administrator for summer conference software.

      Mariah has a background in Design and has an affinity for travel and technology. She loves learning and is in the midst of a M.S. in Management of Technology. Contact Mariah if you want ideas for your next travel destination, or if you want to talk Black Mirror and The Great British Bake Off.


    • Beth Steffen

      Coordinator, Conference & Event Services

      Beth joined the Conference & Event Services team in April 2018 as one of the coordinators. She works with the majority of youth groups and Multi-Facility Use Agreement contracts. Previously, Beth spent her time working in residential life while also assisting with conference operations at other institutions.

      Beth has a background in Higher Education and Counseling with many years of experience working directly with college students.  In her free time, she can be found cheering on her nephews at a variety of sporting events or trying to recreate the next big Pinterest project.