Union Program Council welcomes students back with full event schedule

The Union Program Council and the Purple Power Animal Welfare Society brought cats to the Kansas State Student Union on Dec. 4, 2018. A similar event, Cats, Crafts and Cameras, will be held on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Bailey Nobrega | Collegian Media Group)

The Union Program Council’s spring programming has been announced, and it will include a diverse set of events throughout the semester.

Events such as World Religions Day on Thursday will help kick off the semester for the student-led council during its semiannual Week of Welcome.

“We’re collaborating with a ton of religious groups for World Religions Day,” said Abby Sarvis, senior in hospitality management and co-chair of the UPC multicultural committee.

Some of the 16 organizations participating include Christian Challenge, the Muslim Students Association and Hillel. The event will be in the Union Courtyard from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sarvis said her committee enjoys working with other groups on campus.

“We’re co-sponsoring with the LGBT Resource Center for the drag show, and then we are co-sponsoring with the Vietnamese Student Association for the Lunar New Year,” Sarvis said.

The 15th Annual K-State Drag Show will take place Feb. 8, and the Lunar New Year Festival will be on Feb. 16.

“All of them are, at least on my end, very educational, but also really fun,” Sarvis said. “I think it will help students broaden their horizons.”

Jacquelynn Ruwwe, junior in interior architecture and co-chair of the UPC arts committee, said she is most looking forward to Cats, Crafts and Cameras on Wednesday, taking place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is co-sponsored with the Purple Power Animal Welfare Society, or Purple P.A.W.S.

“Come paint with us,” Ruwwe said.

Two other free events during the first week of classes are the Activities Carnival on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Happy Trees Painting with two sessions on Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Both events will be in the Student Union Courtyard.

A regular staple in the council’s event schedule, film screenings in Forum Hall will resume Friday with a showing of “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” at 7 p.m.

Sarvis said she is most looking forward to showings of “The Hate U Give” and “Venom” during the first two weekends in February.

“The film selection this semester is going to be fantastic,” Sarvis said.