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4 UGA Parents and Families Fall 2003

University Union




University Union is the largest student programming board at UGA, which offers students a number of opportunities to get involved on campus. University Union is split into eight divisions that oversee the many different types of pro- gramming available. Ideas and Issues, Performing Arts, Entertainment, and Committee for Black Cultural Programming are all committees dedicated to the task of planning shows for the campus to enjoy. Students involved in these committees get the experience of planning shows from start to finish, brainstorming ideas, calling agents, setting up hospitality, and actually working the show.

The Homecoming Division plans all of the many events of Homecoming week from the kick-off to the parade to the Homecoming concert.

Cinematic Arts plans all of the movies that will be shown in the Tate Theater. This group also organizes Sneak Previews of new movies and film festivals.

Dawgs After Dark is our newest committee, which is dedicated to providing fun and entertainment on several Friday nights throughout the semester. This group offers students a safe, fun and alcohol-free atmosphere away from the insanity of downtown Athens. Each Friday is different but can include interactive attractions, concerts, movies, massage therapists, trivia, and free food (a must for any college student).

Students may also join the Promotions Committee, which aids the various other committees in promoting their shows by creating and distributing advertisement material, writing press releases for the school and local publications, and organizing promotional events. Whether they’re helping to plan the shows or just sitting back and watching them, stu- dents welcome the opportunities that University Union offers.

Over the past couple of years, we have brought some amazing acts to campus:

Comedian John Leguizamo Radio personality Neal Boortz Hypnotists: Dale K and Tom DeLuca Musical Performers: Guster, Emerson Drive, Outkast, Tonic, and Rufus Wainwright Improv group Second City, and Dance group Ailey II.

These are just a few of the many shows that have been available to the student body. We are currently in the process of planning for next semester. In February, Danny Glover will be coming to read poetry by Langston Hughes and Martin Luther King, Jr., and Harvey Pikar, writer of the comics “American Splendor,” will be coming to speak in January.

Teah West is the promotions coordinator for the University Union.

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