The University Program Board (UPB) is the programming organization that initiates many of the activities designed to make the Ball State campus the focus of community life for university students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
UPB was organized as a volunteer student organization in 1953. The board has evolved through many forms and name changes, always adjusting with the current times to offer the best in entertainment to the campus that is appealing to students at any particular time during its existence. UPB currently has an office within Student Center Programs office and is located in the L.A. Pittenger Student Center. UPB is advised by one full-time staff advisor and three shared graduate assistants. Funding for the board is through student fees.
Membership in UPB is open and available to all Ball State University students. As the largest student programming organization, UPB offers many cultural events, educational programs, and popular and diverse entertainment for students. Students programming for students has become the best formula for the many years of success for UPB.
UPB members realize that much of the college experience is developed outside the classroom, as members receive unique experiences developing interpersonal relations, public relations, marketing, advertising and business skills. UPB also provides many opportunities for members to enhance professional growth, develop creativity and to learn about the rich diversity of people on the Ball State campus. The experiences gained through any position held on the board, either as an executive or committee member, can become a valuable asset when applying for work after graduation. Not only is the experience rewarding, but it's fun!