Auburn's University Program Council, or UPC, is one of Auburn's largest student organizations, putting on nearly 60 free events for Auburn students annually. (Photo source // UPC Facebook)
With events ranging from large scale concerts to pumpkin carvings to cooking workshops, all UPC events are planned, organized and executed by students for students.
The president of UPC, Catherine Scibetta says the events UPC plans are more than fun events for students.
"It's about diversifying the student experience and bringing people together in meaningful, memorable ways," Scibetta said. "We really strive to positively impact the campus climate by educating, empowering, unifying and serving our student body and our members."
UPC is composed of 10 committees along with an executive board. Split into subdivisions of support and planning committees, these ten groups work together to bring the full calendar of events annually. The committees are:
For a detailed description of each committee and their responsibilities, click here. (Photo source// UPC Facebook)
Traditionally, UPC's most popular events are their spring and fall concerts and comedians.
In the past, they have attracted thousands of students to these large-scale events by bringing in big-name artists such as Rae Sremmurd, Ben Rector and John Mulaney.
However, the hidden gems of UPC are their small-scale events because they bring Auburn students together in close community.(Photo source// UPC Facebook)
Examples of these events are the monthly open mic nights held in the Student Center Starbucks and an exotic petting zoo on the Student Center Greenspace. These bring fun to the everyday life on campus.
For a more information on upcoming events, check UPC's Facebook.
There are two main avenues to getting involved with UPC - council and committee.
UPC council is composed of directors and assistant directors of each committee and is the more time demanding of the two areas of involvement. Their responsibilities include managing their events and responsibilities as well as their committee members.
Council members attend three meetings a week as well as three office hours for assistant directors and five office hours for directors in the Student Involvement Office.
"UPC has really helped me find my place at Auburn," Brown said. "I've been able to gain and practice skills I'll need in the workforce after graduation while also gaining some of the greatest friends I've ever had."
Applications for UPC council are available in the spring and the position runs a full year.
The second and less demanding form of involvement is a committee position. These positions are filled at the beginning of the fall semester and meet bi-weekly as a committee as well as monthly as a full UPC council.
Committee members support council by helping plan, promote and execute all events put on by their respective committee. (Photo source// UPC Facebook)
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