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U-Desk offers helpful services for students, staff and faculty on the Waterloo campus
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The Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union (WLUSU) U-Desk is a new service for Laurier students, faculty and staff that began operating this fall in the Fred Nichols Campus Centre Hall of Fame on the Waterloo campus. The U-Desk – for Union Desk – is a one-stop shop for many campus services, and it will also begin offering free technology rentals Dec. 1, 2011.
Almost 20 laptops, six iPads, three projectors and two cameras will be available to rent for a 48-hour period on a first-come, first-served basis. The U-Desk will also provide carrying cases, presentation cables, a tripod and chargers for common phones.
“Teaching and learning is increasingly dependent on technology, and stuff happens, things break down,” said Kyle Walker, WLUSU member services manager. “The Students’ Union wants to support students, so their education isn’t affected if their laptop crashes.”
In addition to the new rental service, the U-Desk also offers many other services and products for students, staff and faculty, including:
- Undergraduate Health and Dental Plan
- Campus event tickets
- Laurier varsity tickets
- Chicopee lift tickets
- Galaxy, Princess Cinema and Empire Theatre movie tickets
- Yuk Yuks comedy tickets
- Locker rentals
- Inter-office mail drop off
- Canada Post
- Ink refills
- General inquires
- SPC Cards
- ISIC Cards
The U-Desk will also sell tickets for campus events at no cost to the clubs or departments. For a complete list of services, visit the WLUSU website.
“We wanted to get all WLUSU services under one roof to be as helpful as we can,” said Walker. “So far we’re getting huge traffic – we are nearing 5,000 transactions and that’s not even half of all the people who visit the U-Desk with inquiries.”
Walker says the U-Desk is seeking suggestions about additional services it can offer students, staff and faculty. Send your suggestions to Walker via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 519-884-0710 ext. 3434.