The Pitt Program Council is a department in Student Life, Division of Student Affairs, at the University of Pittsburgh. As the central programming organization on campus, our student committees plan and execute a wide variety of entertainment, recreational, social, and educational activities.
If you've ever wanted a say in what events happen on campus, then the Pitt Program Council is for you!
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Prior to 1978 an organization called the Student Union Board provided most of the campus wide entertainment at the University of Pittsburgh Oakland Campus. In 1978 the Student Union Board became the Pitt Union Program Council(PUPC) through a three year contract with the Student Government Board. PUPC was made up of six committees: music, lecture, cultural, special interest, recreation and video.
In 1979 William Andrew Smith Jr. became the new Director of Student Activities. One of his goals was to free the Program Council from campus politics by making it an independent organization instead of a subsection of the Student Government Board. That goal has become an accomplishment. In 1980 PUPC was changed to the Pitt Program Council.
Pitt Program Council has gone through many changes in the 32 years it has existed, but it is a permanent part of the student activities program. It is chartered by the Student Activities Office to fulfill the specific purpose outlined in its constitution and philosophy. The constitution states that "The Pitt Program Council shall serve as the central programming organization at the University of Pittsburgh Oakland Campus."