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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Program Board?

As a part of Student Unions & Activities, the student-run Program Board is dedicated to providing quality programs at a low cost for the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus. Made up of four committees, the board hires students every year to plan events according to the defined goal of each committee. Volunteers are an integral part in the success of the Program Board by providing support in the planning process, in addition to attending the events free-of-charge.

What types of events are planned?

Based on the recommendations of current University of Minnesota students, events are planned, promoted, and implemented by volunteers and committee chairs. Events include the annual Spring Jam and Homecoming events, as well as art exhibits in the Coffman and Larson art galleries, comedians, speakers, concerts in the Whole Music Club, and weekly screenings of newly-released films.

Past events have included:

  • Bo Burnham
  • Kid Cudi
  • BJ Novak (writer and actor from “The Office”)
  • Martin Luther King, III
  • Atmosphere
  • Cloud Cult
  • Comedians of “Chelsea Lately”
  • Ok Go
  • Second City comedy troupe
  • Sarah Silverman
  • Common

What is the planning process?

Chairs work with their volunteer committee and advisor to choose an event they would like to plan and implement. Student committees meet with agents, reserve venues, meet regularly about event logistics, create budgets, promote events, and carry out events. Depending on how much a volunteer wants to get involved, they can be involved in every step of the planning process.

How is the Program Board structured?

The Program Board consists of four committees, who each plan events under the advisement of four student coordinators and several full-time advisors. Student employees in Goldy’s Gameroom and the Gopher Spot also serve on the Program Board and plan unique events for the game room venues.

How many people attend events?

Depending on the type of event, attendance can range from several thousand students for Spring Jam events or several hundred students at weekly film showings. Our goal is to provide relevant programming at a low cost, making attendance a key indicator of success for any given event.

How do I get involved?

Help out! Students begin their involvement by volunteering on one of the four committees that make up the Program Board. Volunteers will help out in every stage of the event-planning process – from brainstorming event ideas to actually implementing them. No experience in event-planning is necessary; all we ask is that you be interested in providing your fellow students with quality programming.

At the beginning of spring semester, recruitment for committee chairs begins. Positions are paid by semester for a time commitment of approximately 10 hours a week.

What are the benefits of being involved with the Program Board?

Being a part of the Program Board, either as a volunteer or committee chair, helps build many skills like budgeting, managing a group of individuals, and coordinating complicated tasks to plan an event. Additionally, chairs do receive a stipend for their efforts. Scholarships can be awarded to students after one full year of service.