Benefits at UWM extend beyond insurance options and pension contributions. Working at a large urban university affords many unique opportunities. On this webpage, we list these many special benefits or “gems.” A gem can be exclusive to UWM employees, or available to the public but particularly accessible to the campus community because of proximity, timing, or our awareness of it. It can be a place or a service or an event, recurring or once-yearly, held during the day or during the evening. It is usually free or discounted. We know we missed some, so please send us your suggestions. BP2W Gems Team bp2w-gems@uwm.edu. Download a PDF version of the Gems chart.

Gem For Whom Discount Cost When

Art Galleries
Free art galleries with rotating exhibits
Peck School
, Union Art Gallery, Art History Gallery, INOVA, Golda Meir Library

Everyone   Free Year-round

Arts
350+ theater, dance and music performances, film screenings, art exhibitions every year
Peck School

Everyone Discount Free Year-round

Bicycle Fix-It Station
Fix-it station for bikes. located on the Spaights Plaza, outside the northeast Union entrance

Everyone   Free Year-round

Bookstore
Easy shopping for quick gifts, cards, electronics; 25% discount on the first Friday for campus community
Union

Everyone     Year-round

Campus Gardens
People can grow their own food, and even "pick their lunch" without leaving campus
UWM Food & Garden Club

Everyone   Free Year-round

Car Rental
Employees can get a discount from National Rent a Car for personal rentals
Travel Department

UWM Discount   Year-round

Cell Phone Plan Discounts
Discounts for UWM
UITS

UWM Discount   Year-round

Center for Nursing History
Experience rare artifacts, momentos and photos related to the advances in the art and science of nursing
College of Nursing

Everyone   Free
Year-round

College for Kids
Great program for kids, especially for parents who are on campus during the summer
SCE

Everyone     Summer

Community Audiology Services
One-stop shop" where you can find all the products and services you need to live more successfully with hearing loss
College of Health Sciences & Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Everyone     By Appointment

Commuter Value Pass
Discounted Bus Pass
Parking & Transit

UWM Discount   Year-round

Computer Hardware discounts
Discounts for UWM
University Information Technology Services

UWM Discount   Year-round

Computer Software discounts
Discounts for UWM
University Information Technology Services

UWM Discount   Year-round

Downer Woods
Enjoy a stroll through nature on foot paths located north of Sandburg Hall
Field Station

Everyone   Free Year-round

Electric Vehicle Quick Charge Station
Will charge an Electric Vehicle with a depleted battery in 30-90 minutes (depending on battery capacity). Located in the EMS & Pavilion parking garages.
UWM Campus Planning & Transportation

Everyone     Year-round

Electric Vehicle Standard Charge Station
Will charge an Electric Vehicle with a depleted battery in 4+ hours (depending on battery capacity). Located in the EMS & Pavilion parking garages.
UWM Campus Planning & Transportation

Everyone     Year-round

Ergonomic Chair Clinic
Educational resource on office ergonomics
College of Health Sciences

UWM Discount Free By Appointment

First Fridays
Attend event to mingle with other staff/faculty on campus. First Friday event details are emailed.

UWM   Free Scheduled

Friends of the Golda Meir Library Used Book Sale
Thousands of used books for sale. First day reserved for UWM facutly, staff and students.
UWM Libraries

Everyone
    Twice annually

Geneology research assistance
Geneology FAQ

Resources and reference help with records, place names, maps. Free consultation, but cost for intensive research help, and for map and document reproductions
UWM Libraries (Archives Dept. and American Geographical Society Library)

Everyone   Varies Year-round

Geological Museum, Thomas A. Greene
Contains the fossil and mineral collection of Thomas A. Greene
Department of Geosciences (Lapham)

Everyone   Free Scheduled

Golda Meir Library
Over 2 million books - including a Browsing Collection with newest fiction, bios, and more - and thousands of DVDs and CDs available for check out.

UWM   Free Year-round

Health and Wellness programs
Fitness programs & events on campus, during lunch or after work (yoga, pilates, zumba, etc)

UWM Discount   Scheduled

Klotsche Center Membership discount
Membership available to UWM recreation facility, unlimited access to Group Cycle & GroupX fitness classes at no charge
University Recreation

UWM Discount   Year-round

Lactation Room Sites
Dedicated lactation sites & Certified Lactation Counselor
Human Resources

UWM   Free Year-round

LifeMatters Brown Bag Lunch
Discussions on stress & well-being
Human Resources

UWM   Free Scheduled

Little Free Libraries
Take a book and/or leave a book for someone else
UWM Libraries, the School of Architecture & Urban Planning, and the Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research

Everyone   Free Year-round

Lost and Found
Items of value that are turned in around campus will be brought to the University Police Station. Call 414-229-4627 or stop by the police department to get reunited with your missing property

Everyone   Free Year-round

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Older adults satisfy their curiosity about the world around them in a unique learning community of over 900 members. Located in the School of Continuing Education Building in downtown Milwaukee.

UWM     Year-round

Panther games
Enjoy UWM sporting events
Athletics

Everyone     Scheduled

Panther Prowl
Certified 5k run/walk to support student scholarships
UWM Alumni Association

Everyone     2nd Sunday in October

Pedal Prowls
Short, social bike rides emphasizing bicycle connectiving between UWM and surrounding areas and fostering relationship within UWM bicyclist community. Additional details at uwm.edu/bicycle
UWM Bicycle Advisory Task Force

Everyone   Free Scheduled

Planetarium, Manfred Olson
Astrobreaks offered over the lunch hour; also stargazing, Friday night shows, & special events offered
Physics/Planetarium Building

Everyone   Free Scheduled

Prescription Drug Receptacle
Employees can safely dispose of unneeded prescription drugs in the UWMPD lobby, ground floor of Sandburg Hall West tower
UWM Police Department

UWM   Free Year-round

Professional Development & Education
Opportunities for developing professional career
Human Resources

UWM   Free Scheduled

S.A.F.E. Alert
Text messages for timely updates on emergencies
UWM Police Department

Everyone   Free Year-round

Safety Classes
Host Alcohol Awareness, Self Defense, Active Shooter, and other community policing events.
Contact our Community Services Officer Donald Brown at browndk@uwm.edu or call 229-4627.

Everyone   Free Scheduled

Science Bag
Interactive performances that connect science with your everyday life
L&S

Everyone   Free Scheduled

Shower Facilities
Shower facilities available to encourage healthy lifestyles. Locations: AUP B90A/B, ENG B21/25, NWQ 1561/65, LUB B22/24, MIT 334/372

UWM   Free Year-round

Speech & Language Clinic
Evaluation and treatment services to individuals with communication disorders
College of Health Sciences

Everyone     By Appointment

SWAP (Surplus with a Purpose)
Unique on-line auction site that has a very wide variety of items that is consistently changing for sale
Office of Sustainability

Everyone     Year-round

UPARK Free Park & Ride
Free parking & bus ride to campus
Parking & Transit

UWM   Free Weekdays
Fall & Spring semesters

Vehicle Assistance
UWM Police Department responds to vehicle lockouts, assistance, and jump-starts.

UWM   Free Year-round

Walking Challenges
Helps understand & experience health benefits of regular walking
Human Resources

UWM   Free Every semester

Weight Watchers at Work
Conveinant on campus Weight Watchers meetings at work promoting weight loss. Meetings in Chapman 211.
Academic Affairs

Everyone Discount   Year-round