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University Program Council

Mission Statement

The University Program Council is dedicated to enhancing student engagement and student leadership through providing diverse, educational, and entertaining programs. While striving for personal development, UPC instills a sense of community for the student body.

The University Program Council is designed to serve as the primary programming organization at SDSU and is composed of various committees for programs and special projects or events. As a recognized student organization at SDSU, UPC is funded through student fees and some program revenue. The 11 student leaders who make up the program board work year-round to provide educational, social, recreational, and cultural programs for the benefit of the South Dakota State University community.

Upcoming Events

Packing Party

January 31
Brookings Backpack Project Site @ 4 PM

10-15 individuals will volunteer at the Brookings Back Pack Staging Site by loading up bags of food for hungry children in the Brookings. The bags are distributed to children in the Brookings community to help sustain them through the weekend. The pack will commence by 6 PM. Contact:

BSA & UPC Comedy Night

February 2
Jack’s Place @ 7 PM

Design Jam

February 7
VBR @ 6 PM

Experience fresh, graphic design talent battle in a live, freestyle competition! This fast paced event has been executed in metropolitan areas across the country and is now coming to SDSU. Watch fellow peers and ad agency professionals alike compete to win prizes and more!

But how does it work? We will have 3 rounds of 3 participants that will battle it out over an assigned creative brief with the same elements, fonts, and photos in each 10-minute timed bout. Each round’s participants are drawn randomly. Our panel of judges will have three minutes to determine a winner from each respective round and that Jammer will move on to our Final Championship battle of 3. Contact:

Astonishment Artist- Mat Lavore

February 10

The event at the Performing Arts Center on February 10th is a showcase of astonishment artist Mat LaVore. Attending this event will show featuring talents such as magic, mentalism, and hypnosis. Contact:

Open Mic Night

February 13
VBR @ 6-8 PM

UPC Presents: Open Mic Night. Tuesday, February 13 from 6-8 PM, drop in for an evening of local talent and all-you-can-drink coffee. Sign up in advance:

Travel to Chicago!

Feb 16-19
Purchase tickets at Information Exchange in the Student Union! $150

David Coleman “Dating Doctor”

February 26
VBR @ 7 PM

Sara Benincasa

March 20
VBR @ 7 PM

Take Time to “PAWS

March 21
Jack’s Place @ 4-6 PM

Take Time to “PAWS” is a program that will allow students to relax during midterms in March. Dogs from the Brookings Humane Society, massage therapists from Prairie Breeze Massage, and food provided by Aramark will be available for students to enjoy on Thursday evening. Contact:

Mindful Yoga

March 22
Studio A - Wellness Center @ 8 PM

As a part of the Mental Health Awareness Week, SDSU Graduate Student Tara Shafrath will be hosting a 45-minute yoga session in the Wellness Center. Tara will teach yoga positions, as well as breathing techniques that will help students who are feeling overwhelmed or stressed. Contact:

Cumberland Run Concert

March 26
VBR @ 7-10 PM

We're bringing the small-town street dance to the Student Union. UPC Presents: Cumberland Run. Monday, March 26 from 7-10 PM, swing dance the night away to live country music in the VBR. Contact:

Easter Egg Hunt

March 29
Market Stage @ 11 AM - 3 PM

Throughout the Union Easter eggs will be hidden for students to find and bring to our table on the market stage. The eggs will have a slip of paper in them telling the students what they have won and where they can get their prize. 1 egg per student will be allowed. We will also have a coloring book competition. Students can pick up their pictures at promo table throughout the week or sit in the market any time from 11 AM - 3 PM to color their picture. Submissions must be made by 3 PM on Thursday to be judged. Contact:

Monopoly Tournament

April 4
VBR @ 5:30 PM

The monopoly tournament will consist of 4 rounds of tables in a bracket system playing for 30 min each until there are only 2 players left. Winners of each round and each table will receive a prize. 1st place gets $200. 2nd Place gets $100. A meal of fried chicken will be provided for all participants. There is a $3 cover fee for each player. Contact:

Kids Against Hunger

April 5
Jack’s Place @ 4-7 PM

Kids Against Hunger is a non-profit humanitarian organization with a mission to provide fully nutritious food to impoverished children and families around the world. The goal of the organization is for the meals to provide a stable nutritional base from which recipient families can move their families from starvation or food insecurity to self-sufficiency. Teams of 10 will sign up to pack food for a one-hour shift, each shift having 5 teams working at once. Contact:

Small Time Napoleon Concert

April 9
VBR @ 7-10 PM

Jazz & a cup of joe -- UPC Concerts Presents: Small Time Napoleon. Kick back and groove with Louisville's smooth jazz duo, Monday, April 9 from 7-10 PM. Contact:

Bubble Soccer

April 13
Binnewies Green @ 4-8 PM

Cake Decorating

April 11
Market Stage @ 4-7 PM

Canvas Splash!

April 16
Campanile Room @ 6-7 PM

Political Science Forum

April 17
Hobo Day Gallery @ 7 PM

May Day

May 1

2017–2018 UPC Board

Cole Hinz

Brianna Doran
Vice President

Hailey Kurtenbach
Concerts Coordinator

Kaitlyn Frank
Lectures & Forums Coordinator

Tessa Kopren
Marketing & Public Relations

Juan Rivera
Rec & Travel Coordinator

Morgan Sandersfeld
Social Awareness Coordinator

Taylor Herrick
Showcase Coordinator

Emily Bremmon
Special Events Coordinator