UNIVERSITY PROGRAMMING COUNCIL
What is UPC?
The University Programming Council is a student organization chartered under the Office of Campus Activities. UPC offers cultural, educational, recreational, and social experiences to the entire University community.
UPC programs range from entertaining activities to educational programs on current issues. Members of the student body are encouraged to join UPC as Program Assistants.
UPC consists of two members of an Executive Team, as well as six Chairpersons and Executive Programming Assistants who work on recruitment and retention with the PA team. The Executive Board provides guidance to the Chairpersons and Program assistants who work together to develop, plan, and coordinate a variety of events and programs for the University Community.
The UPC Board
Each chair is responsible for certain events the Programming Board plans. The six chairs are Fine Arts, Novelty, Multicultural, Special Events, Creative Marketing, and Desktop Marketing.
The Fine Arts Chairperson brings a bit of artistic awareness to the campus. Type of events this chair plans includes music events, dinner theaters, galas, coffeehouses and others that showcase various artistic talents. In the fall semester, this chair works hard to put on the annual Candlelight dinner and dance in December
The Novelty Chairperson spearheads entertaining campus community-building events for students, faculty, and staff. Novelty events have included activities that allow for the campus community to create keepsakes or have fun at UPC kickoffs, Spirit Day inflatable games and activities, movie nights or entertaining do it yourself activities.
The Multicultural Chairperson plans events that showcase different cultures from all over the world, as well as bringing diversity awareness to the campus. These celebrations often include music, food, dances, and dress from the cultures. Previous events include Express Fest, Faces of America, and various cultural celebrations.
The Special Events Chairperson plans performances by comedians, hypnotists, bands and other stage artists. This person has knowledge of stage, sound, and lighting technical experience. Some past events include Mission Improvable, Spirit Day bands, Recycles Percussion and Sex Signals.
The Creative Marketing Chairperson brings new and fresh ideas to keep you informed along with colorful banners, side-walk chalk and other creative outlets.
The Desktop Marketing Chairperson promotes UPC and its upcoming events through flyers, posters and quarter sheets that you will expect to see under your residence hall door.
Join UPC as a Programming Assistant!
Programming Assistants (PAs) aid the chairs in planning, marketing, and putting on their own events. From setting up and tearing down an event to actually aiding in the creative planning of the events, each PA plays an important role within UPC’s success.
Each semester PAs host their own event. Some past events were the Candlelight Fashion Show, Brian Brushwood: The Magician, and yearly closing celebrations. By hosting their own event, PAs gain further training and insight into the role of a UPC Chair for further retention and recruitment into future UPC positions.
The Programming Board puts out applications for these positions in both the fall and the spring. Check the UPC Calendar of Events for the dates the applications are available and when they are due.