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UPC introduces new rewards system

UPC introduces new rewards system

UNT students get to talk to mixed media artist Giovanni Valderas at the Union Art Workshop: Piñata Banner with Giovanni Valderas on Oct. 26. The artist gives instructions and demostrates on how to make a piñata banner with tissue paper, glue, brushes and more. Brigitte Zumaya

UPC introduces new rewards system
November 03
12:00 2017

University Program Council (UPC) recently started a rewards system called UPClub to attract new crowds and make their events more enjoyable, a UPC representative said.

“When I applied to be president, that was one of the first things I wanted to do,” UPC President Cam Johnson said.

UPClub was in the works this summer. Details were finalized at the UPC retreat this semester and the program rolled out in October.

“It’s a great way to get the new students involved in campus activities,” psychology freshman J.T. Robinson said.

All UNT students are eligible to be a part of UPClub. To get started, students can pick up a UPClub card from UPC. A UPC member will punch a hole in the card every time someone attends an event. Once students get all five punches from one card, they fill out the information on the card and give it to a UPC member.

“Once you turn in that card, you’re in the club,” Johnson said.

Rewards for those in the UPClub include access to meet and greets at special events and exclusive giveaways. There is also a movie upgrade where club members are eligible for a bigger bag of popcorn and their choice of candy and drinks.

“I think it’s a fun idea,” journalism freshman Tierani Bryan said. “But certain events will still attract certain people.”

Along with regular membership in UPClub, there is also VIP membership.

VIP membership will still give students the opportunities for meet and greets as well as exclusive giveaways. The bonus is their name will be placed twice in the drawing.

Johnson said there is a bigger reward for VIPs in UPClub.

“Once you’ve reached your VIP status, the ticket will allow you to skip the line at UPC events,” Johnson said.

However, there will be some exceptions to skipping the line. Johnson said UPC’s annual drag show will most likely be one of those exceptions. Skipping the line will most likely be available at events like Canvas Creations.

Members of UPClub will also get “special treats” at the end of the spring semester as a thank you from UPC for a great year.

“We would really like to reward students that come time and time again,” said Eleonor Jackson, human resource management sophomore and UPC member. “They can get back from UPC what they put in.”

Since becoming president, Johnson said one of his focuses was on student attendance at UPC events.

“This semester, there’s been a bump in attendance all across the board,” Johnson said.

Johnson said UPC has had to turn people away from events from every category. Events like their Live Music Series, Canvas Creations and UPCinema get the most attendance. Attendance varies with other events.

Johnson’s view is wanting to know how many people actually enjoyed the event and not just the amount of people that attended.

Since this is a new program, Johnson said there hasn’t been a lot of feedback yet, but UPC checks social media to see what students are saying.

“I truly hope that UPClub will be another thing that students get excited about when they think about UPC,” Johnson said. “In the coming semester I’m hoping to get more people involved in the program…I’m also excited to hear from students about the program and to find more ideas for cool prizes.”
Featured Image: UNT students get to talk to mixed media artist Giovanni Valderas at the Union Art Workshop on Oct. 26. The artist gives instructions and demostrates on how to make a piñata banner with tissue paper, glue, brushes and more. Brigitte Zumaya

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