University Program Council / Committees /
UPC consists of 9 committees and an executive board dedicated to meeting the interests of Auburn’s students. There are six planning committees (Films, Fine Arts, Major Entertainment, Speakers and Comedians, Special Projects and Tiger Nights), and three support committees (Development, Public Relations, and Technical Productions).
Get to know more about the roles of each committee and the various ways they enhance the Auburn experience.
The Development committee is the gateway between Auburn students and UPC. Development works to ensure Auburn students’ needs are being met by surveying students about their entertainment preferences, and relaying the information to UPC. Development also helps new students join UPC by directing the committee application and interview process. Throughout the year, development also works to maintain positive inter-committee relationships and morale by overseeing monthly summit (all of UPC) meetings and planning social events for members.
The Fine Arts committee works to program and staff various artistic and cultural events. Fine arts fosters a creative environment on Auburn’s campus that allows students to show their talent at recurring events like Open Mic Night, Auburn Sing Off, and the Red Barn Series. Fine arts also strives for inclusiveness and works with different organizations to bring together the various cultures of Auburn and allow students to experience something new. Past cultural events have included Around the World in 80 Bites, cultural cooking workshops, and Dinner and Dancing with the Indian Student Association.
The Films committee programs a wide variety of free indoor and outdoor movies for Auburn students. The committee plans and staffs film programming in venues including a Jordan-Hare stadium movie, drive-in movies, Dinner & a Movie, and other themed events. Each semester the committee selects a variety of recent releases as well as other types of special movie programming. Past films include: Bridesmaids, Paranormal Activity 3 and Pitch Perfect 2.
Major Entertainment is responsible for organizing concerts for Auburn University. From selecting artists, venues, dates, etc. this committee specializes in event management and marketing. The committee is also responsible for logistics and execution of the concert such as pursuing sponsorships, campus publicity, and working the day of the concert. Recent concerts that major entertainment committee has hosted include Plainsfest and Auburn Airwaves, featuring artists such as Kesha, Nelly, Nick Jonas, Rae Sremmurd, Ben Rector, Switchfoot, and many more.
The Public Relations committee helps to promote UPC events and organization awareness by updating and managing UPC’s website, blog, and social media accounts (including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Spotify, and Snapchat).This committee is also responsible for planning fun advertising campaigns, taking pictures and videos at all events, organizing hospitality for visiting artists, and creating the UPC pages for the Glomerata. They also create and distribute promotional videos as well as act as liaison between UPC and other organizations.
Speakers and Comedians
The Speakers and Comedians committee brings laughs and inspiration to the Auburn family. They program events featuring comedians and distinguished lecturers. This committee has brought comedians such as Kevin Hart, Daniel Tosh, John Mulaney, and Nick Offerman to Auburn. Interesting and educational speakers include Bill Nye, Nev Shulman, and Miss America Betty Cantrell. Speakers and comedians committee also sponsors Auburn’s Last Comic Standing, which allows Auburn students to perform stand-up comedy.
The Special Projects committee programs and staffs a wide variety of activities such as small bands, cooking workshops, and multi-cultural 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 many more!
Technical Productions provides the technical support required to run UPC events. Support involves the setup and operation of sound, lighting, and video equipment. This committee is a hands-on, backstage experience and allows frequent interaction and coordination with several of the other UPC committees. Technical productions committee allows experience with the various events and committees UPC has to offer while broadening skills sets.
The Tiger Nights committee is responsible for the planning and executing Auburn’s late-night program called Tiger Nights. These themed events are often seasonal themed such as Spooks n Stripes at Halloween and Jingle Bell Jam at Halloween. Events have featured attractions such as free food, an indoor ice-skating rink, a mechanical pumpkin, a zipline, karaoke, inflatables, caricature artists, and live entertainment. This committee also plans Tiger Mania, an event similar to Tiger Nights that takes place during the day, featuring unique attractions and games for students as well as concerts and other engaging events for the Auburn campus.
Last modified: July 13, 2017