University Program Council


University Program Council

The homecoming concert

The University Program Council (UPC Nebraska) is a student organization that provides diverse, educational and entertaining programs to enhance the UNL community.

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UPC Nebraska Membership

UPC Nebraska Structure

UPC Nebraska is run completely by students on a volunteer basis with oversight from the Advising Team.

  • Advising Team: Program Coordinator, Graduate Assistant, President
  • Officers: President; Internal Vice President; External Vice President/FAC Chair; Financial Manager; Primary Programmer; Secretary; Membership Coordinator
  • Committee Chairs: Entertainment; Diversity/Education; Marketing; Communications
  • General Council Members

Questions about membership? Email the UPC Membership Coordinator.

Member Expectations

Potential new members must be enrolled UNL students in good disciplinary standing with a minimum of 12 undergraduate credit hours or nine graduate credit hours and a 2.0 cumulative GPA.

All members must commit a minimum of four hours per week to attending UPC meetings, office hours, events, retreats, and activities.

Members must attend General Council meetings every Tuesday night from 7-9 p.m. in the Student Involvement Green Room within the Nebraska Union.

Communication is very important to UPC, so all members must keep updated with various forms of communication, e.g. email, text, phone, etc.

Our Story

What began as the Union Program Council was started shortly after the Nebraska Union opened in 1938. At that time, the programming focused on the Union and consisted primarily of speakers and films. In January 1978, The Board of Regents passed a new student fee policy that stipulated only the student government, student newspaper, and a major programming organization would receive student fee support. A student task force analyzed the results of the new Regents’ policy and created the structure for the newly named University Program Council (UPC).

In 2001, UPC was restructured in order to provide members with a sense of ownership and divide the workload equally among members. As a result, UPC Nebraska was divided into three committees: Entertainment, Diversity, and Public Relations. The eight executive officers included President, Vice President, Financial Manager, Secretary, Membership Coordinator, and the three Committee Chairs. In Spring 2004, UPC Nebraska voted to change the name of the Diversity Committee to Diversity/Education to better represent the committee’s goal of programming to enrich campus education on a variety of topics.