The University Program Council:
The University Program Council (UPC) is a student-led programming board consisting of 11 committees that bring a variety of events to Auburn’s campus. These events are planned and executed by students for students. UPC consists of 11 committees and an executive board. There are six programming committees and five support committees. There is also an advisor, two graduate assistants, and an administrative support associate that provide support for UPC.
The University Program Council, UPC, provides an engaging atmosphere that enhances the Auburn experience by programming events planned, organized, and executed by students for students.
Four Core Values:
Members are held accountable to efficiently and effectively manage all financial aspects for the betterment of Auburn students.
Student leaders are empowered to plan and execute projects and events, conduct meetings, troubleshoot as needed, and make decisions.
Through leadership development our student leaders gain valuable skills such as time management, organization, and effective communication that are vital for positive growth for our organization.
Through teamwork and collaborations our members will work to build community that will enhance the Auburn family.
What committees are there and what do they do?
The six programming committees are:
- The Films Committee programs a wide variety of free indoor and outdoor movies for Auburn students. Each semester the committee selects a variety of recent releases as well as other types of special movie programming. In the past, the Films Committee has shown a diverse variety of films including action, comedy, romance, and live sports feeds. The committee sponsors a mixture of films programming including the stadium movie, drive-in movies, live feed of football games, Dinner and a Movie, an outdoor movie, and other themed events.
- Fine Arts is responsible for programming various creative and cultural events for students to enjoy. Past events include Recycled Percussion, 80’s Dance Party, Golden Dragon Chinese Acrobats, Painting on the Plains, and Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. Recurring events include Dinner and Dancing, Open Mic Nights, Songwriting Contest, and various (aerobic, tie-dye, art, dance) workshops.
- The Major Entertainment Committee is responsible for bringing high profile artists to Auburn University. The committee has featured musical acts such as Ben Rector, Young the Giant, NEEDTOBREATHE, Girl Talk, Lupe Fiasco, OAR, Akon, The Goo Goo Dolls, and Sister Hazel. This committee plans everything associated with a major concert such as artist bookings, middle agent interaction, and venue planning.
Speakers & Comedians:
- This committee programs comedians, speakers, and educational programs. In the past, speakers and comedians included: Daniel Tosh, Bill Rasmussen (Founder of ESPN), Loni Love, Frank Warren (author of Post Secret), Bo Burnham, and Blake Mycoskie (founder of TOMS shoes). This committee also sponsors Last Comic Standing, which allows Auburn student to perform stand-up routines for cash prizes. Other possible events planned by this committee include Improv performances and student workshops.
- This committee programs a wide variety of activities such as small bands, cooking workshops, and multicultural events. Special Projects has sponsored the following events: Battle of the Bands, Spring Jam, Hot Plates Hot Topics, Iron Chef Competition, Video Game Competition, Cooking Workshops (Sushi making, breakfast, and holiday cooking, etc), and a ghost hunter.
- This committee is responsible for planning Auburn’s late-night programming events known as Tiger Nights. This event happens at least once a semester and typically features inflatable games, free food, and caricature artists. Tiger Nights also offers carnival-like events such as trucker hats, cotton candy, and interactive games. In addition this committee also coordinates other student organizations that volunteer to participate in Tiger Nights. This committee also sponsors Tiger Mania, an event that generally takes place during the day and features inflatables, caricatures, and food.
The five support committees are:
- This committee is responsible for publicizing all UPC events. Publicity makes banners, posters and table tents in addition to updating the UPC A-Frames located around the campus. This committee also works with Tiger Transit and The Plainsman, Auburn University’s student-produced newspaper, to advertise throughout the community. They also utilize athletic announcements during home football, baseball, and basketball games. Publicity develops and distributes the UPC magnetic and pocket calendars and other promotional items every semester detailing activities that are planned.
- Public Relations helps promote UPC events as well as send press releases to campus groups. Public Relations is in charge of the creation and production of the UPC Revealed newsletter. They also update the official Twitter [@AuburnUPC], Instagram [AuburnUPC], and Facebook page [Auburn UPC]. This committee is also responsible for arranging event hospitality for visiting artists. Other duties include visiting other organizations, completing a yearly scrapbook, creating a council member directory, and submitting UPC’s page for the Glomerata. This committee is responsible for the official UPC camera and taking pictures at all UPC events as well.
Research & Evaluation:
- Research and Evaluation is responsible for compiling student feedback from UPC events. This is accomplished by using iPads and online surveys. This committee conducts focus groups to gather in-depth input from Auburn students. In addition, committee members also benchmark with other institutions to compile and compare activities offered for students on other campuses. Their findings are then presented to council in order to better serve and meet the student interests of Auburn University.
- The committee provides technical support for UPC events. This committee is responsible for completing the necessary technical preparations for UPC events such as speakers, comedians, Battle of the Bands, Tiger Nights, Open Mic Night, various types of concerts, and outdoor movies.
- This committee focuses on committee member retention and fostering team building within UPC. This committee is responsible for planning the UPC committee interest meetings and interview selection process, as well as the Block Party, Committee leadership training, and other committee involvement. The Volunteers committee helps promote and support UPC events and awareness along with coordinating UPC’s involvement in other events on campus such as the Beat Bama Food Drive and Dance Marathon. They also plan and coordinate the annual Appreciation Night and committee socials at basketball games, in which all committee and council members are invited to.