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The University Program Council, better known as UPC, is Auburn University’s student-led programming board. Auburn UPC works to provide a positive and engaging atmosphere within which students can build relationships and enjoy themselves.
UPC consists of 8 committees that work hard to meet the programming interests of Auburn’s students. The committees are broken down into 6 planning committees (Films, Special Events, Major Entertainment, Tiger Nights, Welcome Week, and Campus Traditions) and 2 support committee (Technical Productions and Visual Media).
These committees are responsible for organizing and executing events such as free movies, comedians, major concerts, workshops, late night activities, and cultural performances.
Get to know more about the roles of each committee and the various ways they enhance the Auburn experience.
The Campus Traditions committee is a new committee that will focus on programming surrounding the traditions of Auburn. With a primary focus on homecoming festivities, the committee will both organize and plan events throughout homecoming week in an effort to create a culture of programming surrounding homecoming. This committee will also focus on programming surrounding Auburn athletics.
The goal of the Films committee is to show the best recent releases and give students a high-quality cinematic experience. The types of events include outdoor movies on the campus green, indoor theatre movies, and a movie in Jordan-Hare Stadium. The committee members will be involved in choosing food to match the theme, marketing the events, and executing all day-of procedures.
The Special Events committee programs a wide variety of activities including holiday themed events. They have sponsored the following events: Hops and Pops, War Damn Coffee Jam, Open Mic Nights, Red Barn Series. Workshops have included Succulents, Yoga, Hip Hop Dance, Sushi Making, and Breakfast Cooking, to name a few.
Technical Productions is responsible for providing the technical support required to run UPC events. Support involves the setup and operation of sound, lighting, and video equipment. Technical Productions is a committee that works events such as Battle of the Bands, Outdoor Movies, Open Mic Night, Tiger Nights, and Comedy on the Plains. This UPC committee gives you a hands-on, backstage experience and allows you to frequently interact with several of the other UPC committees (such as Speakers and Comedians and Fine Arts) as you set up and support events. Technical Productions is a great committee to join in order to explore various events and committees UPC has to offer while helping you broaden your skills set and experiences.
Tiger Nights are large, late night events which are usually held in the Student Center or green space. Tiger Nights have a variety of activities at each event which have included a haunted house, a psychic, zip line, fun carnival food, casino, indoor roller skating, arcade games, a concert and much more! Committee members will have the opportunity to work closely with the students attending, gain experience with marketing, and have the opportunity to grow as a leader. We want someone who has some sort of experience of being on a team and hard work (sports, yearbook, choir, school jobs, etc.) We are also looking for someone that is confident, not afraid to put themselves out there, and is a little goofy and fun. We love people that are really loud and energetic but that is not the only thing we are looking for. We would like a good mix of loud and calm people! As a Tiger Nights committee member, one would be expected to attend bi-weekly committee meetings, Tiger Nights events and mandatory UPC wide meetings.
Underneath the Directors of Marketing is the Visual Media Team. These members are responsible for photography and videography for all UPC events and producing content for UPC social media and website. While no previous photography or videography knowledge is required, knowing a way around a camera is helpful. The Visual Media Team is a great way to get a full look at UPC as a whole as members of this team attend almost every event.
Video Games is a new committee created to provide quality gaming experiences for all Auburn students. This new committee will plan casual tournaments and other events on a weekly or biweekly basis featuring popular games across multiple platforms. It will also serve as a home for gaming on Auburn’s campus through partnerships with other gaming organizations.
Welcome Week serves as Auburn University’s official welcome to new and returning students. Events throughout the first week back at Auburn provide students with over 100 various fun events such as Game Day Experience with the Athletic Coaches, Hamburgers with Mayor Ham, AUDM Rave, and coordinating with the other committees on UPC to have their events throughout the week as well. We also work closely with Student Government Association in coordinating with Family Fridays, a fun, lively way to meet new people and gain new friends. Lastly, we will be planning a second semester Welcome Back Bash during the first week of classes. Welcome Week is a great way to see each committee’s events, coordinate with other organizations, and be that friendly face for returning and new students on Auburn’s campus.