The first interest meeting for the Central Program Council is coming up for any students interested in joining, starting tonight in the Shiloh Room of the University Center at 6:30.

The CPC is an organization of approximately 125 students whose main goal is, to quote CPC Press Secretary Sarah Kim, "to provide high quality programming for both the UT campus and Knoxville community." CPC organizes a wide array of student activities each semester, and it has several events already scheduled for the upcoming year, including a visit from writer Harlan Cohen on September 12th, a showing of the award-winning film "Hugo" on August 31st, and the Vol Challenge from September 11th to September 13th. It also runs some UT traditions, such as All-Sing and Homecoming.

"I have had the opportunity to experience some of UT's oldest traditions in a unique way," Jack Johnson, junior in political science and member of the All Campus Events committee, said.

All Campus Events is one of the seven committees that make up CPC, the others being the Women's Coordinating Council, the Visual Arts Committee, the Issues Committee, the Film Committee, the Cultural Attractions Committee and the Campus Entertainment Board. Each committee has a certain aspect on which it focuses, and together they cover a wide range of interests. The diversity of interests within the CPC proves to be a valuable experience.

"In addition to working with other CPC members, we also work with various other student organizations around campus," Kim said. "Students will also meet and work with a large and very diverse group of UT students who are all passionate about bettering the campus and Knoxville community through programming. Because CPC is comprised of such a unique group of committees that pursue different interests, it can be appealing to a wide variety of demographics."

Johnson agrees, pointing to his involvement with CPC as integral to his college experience so far. "Seeing things like Carnicus and Homecoming from behind the scenes has made me really appreciate being a part of this university," Johnson said. "It has helped me meet a ton of people."

Representatives from each of the seven committees will be in attendance at the meeting, giving brief presentations on their respective committees. This will be followed by a question and answer session. Several of these committees are currently accepting applications and more information can be found on their individual webpages. Those who get involved will have the opportunity to hone various skills not taught in a classroom. "Prospective members can expect to gain numerous invaluable skills and experiences that members can take with them into a workplace or real world setting. Some of these skills are large-scale event planning, marketing skills, interpersonal skills, etc.," Kim said. For those interested in learning more about CPC, the organization runs both a Twitter and Facebook account, as well the official CPC webpage, with information about specific committees and contacts for the organization.