LPAC: Programming for students, by students


Loper Programming and Activities Council is run by students. Our purpose is to plan and administer educational activities for the university community, in order to contribute to a more well-rounded social, recreational, and cultural life.

LPAC events range from famous hypnotist Jim Wand, to concerts with performances by Kelli Pickler, All-American Rejects, Secondhand Serenade, Karmin, Scotty McCreery, Cole Swindell and Josh Turner.

LPAC is also in charge of many annual events and campus traditions that UNK students enjoy such as Blue and Gold Day, Fame Talent Show, Lip-Sync competition, Family Day, Homecoming, and the Fun 5K. Membership in LPAC is open to any student who wants to be involved. We meet Thursdays at 5 pm in the Antelope Room of the Nebraskan Student Union.

For more information, call (308) 865-8523, or email Tim Danube or Jamie Hiemke

Planned Events


September 10-15, 2018 | Various times
Throughout campus | University of Nebraska at Kearney

The State of Nebraska's largest lip sync competition and homecoming parade calls UNK home. The LPAC Homecoming Committee keeps the Loper spirit alive with high energy competition and dynamic entertainment that have become a storied tradition at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Mark your calendars for Homecoming Week 2018.

Residence halls, sororities, fraternities and other UNK organizations team up to compete for bragging rights of "Homecoming Sweepstakes Champion" while competing in events such as Loper Feud, Can Display, Lip Sync, and an Amazing Race competition - just to name a few. You won't want to miss the event of the year. For additional information please call 308-865-8523 or email Tim Danube (danubet@unk.edu) or Jamie Hiemke (hiemkejl@unk.edu).

Event details to come!


2018 Homecoming Week Schedule



Outstanding Family Award

Saturday, September 15, 2018 | 10am
Foster Field | Ron and Carol Cope Stadium

The Outstanding Family Award is given based on what the student most admires about his/her family, and how family members have encouraged the student’s education and had an impact on the student’s academic and personal life.

Any UNK student can nominate their family for the Outstanding Family Award and have a chance to win some great prizes, as well as meet the Chancellor, while watching the UNK vs Washburn University football game in the Nebraskan Student Union skybox suite.

2018 Outstanding Family - It could be YOU!
2017 Outstanding Family - Grossnicklaus family of Aurora, NE
2016 Outstanding Family - Krysl family of O'Neill, NE
2015 Outstanding Family - Kovanda family of Grand Island, NE
2014 Outstanding Family - Prososki family of Kearney, NE


Poster Sale
Tuesday & Wednesday, August 21 and 22, 2018
Student Union Courtyard, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Stop by the Student Union and browse through hundreds of posters to decorate your walls.

LPAC Outdoor Movie
Saturday, August 25, 2018
Copeland Hall South Lawn, 9:00 pm
Bring your blanket, pillows and friends to watch a feature film outside! Free popcorn and soda will be provided.

Bow & Arrow Boutique Clothing Sale
Day and Time TBD
Stop by to check out back to school deals from Bow & Arrow Boutique.

Magician Derek Hughes
Thursday, October 11, 2018
NSU Ponderosa Room, 7:00 pm
Ths nationally-acclaimed performer will have you amazed.

Aqua Massage
Date and Time TBD
Enjoy a FREE water massage....and never get wet.

Comedian DJ Demers
Thursday, February 2, 2019
Student Union Ponderosa Room, 7:00 pm
DJ's comedy act will surely have you laughing.

Gingerbread House Competition

November 29, 2018 | 5:00 p.m.
Ponderosa Room | Nebraskan Student Union

Every year, LPAC hosts the gingerbread house competition, a friendly and festive event which allows students to take a break from studying for final exams. The rules for the competition are as follows: 1) a gingerbread team can consist of 1 to 8 UNK students; 2) no pre-made and/or pre-assembled items will be allowed; 3) all aspects of the gingerbread house must be edible; 4) 30 minutes will be given to assemble each house; 5) LPAC will provide graham crackers, frosting, and knives/spoons. Groups must bring their own additional items (candy kisses, gumdrops, etc.) Judges decisions are final and will utilize a rubric to specifically measure multiple aspects including, but not limited to: creativity, Loper spirit, and integrity of the structure.

Prizes: $150 - 1st place; $100 - 2nd place; $50 - 3rd place.

Jim Wand

January 24, 2019 | 8:00 p.m.
Ponderosa Room | Nebraskan Student Union

Jim Wand

Join us as Dr. Jim Wand performs his 31st consecutive show at UNK. Jim Wand is a world-renowned hypnotist and a University of Nebraska at Kearney annual tradition that students and community members have come to love and respect. Dr. Wand not only hypnotizes students, but he entertains them as well. In 2019, Jim Wand will be performing at 8:00 pm. Come witness the excitement that brings this UNK favorite back year after year! Tickets are available at the Welcome Desk. Tickets are free for students (with a UNK Student ID), faculty, staff and general public.

Orgsync Event info


February 7, 2019| 7:00 p.m.
Ponderosa Room | Nebraskan Student Union

Hailed as one of the most anticipated and dynamic events of the year, FAME is a campus-wide talent show in which students attending the University of Nebraska at Kearney can showcase their unique talents and abilities. This signature event provides two categories - group and individual performances - for students to perform in. Whether for fun or competition, FAME is an event that is enjoyed by the audience, judges, and performers. You do not want to miss the UNK tradition! Sign up via Engage.

2019 Fame Talent Show Handbook (the handbook will be available closer to event date) or pick up your copy from the Welcome Desk in the NSU Atrium.

Questions or concerns may be directed to the Office of Student Engagement at (308) 865-8523.

Fun 5K

April 13, 2019| 9:00 am
UNK Campus

For further information on how to participate, sponsor or help with this event, please contact the Office of Student Engagement at (308) 865-8523 or email Tim Danube at danubet@unk.edu. Businesses interested in sponsoring the race please complete the form located below.

All proceeds for the event go to a Student Leadership Scholarship fund.

Runners Register Here

Businesses Register Here

Race Participants 2019:

(Click on the following links for more information)

Race Route

Race Entries-Alphabetical Order

Race Entries - Numerical Order

Top Finishers

Blue and Gold Showcase

Friday, August 17, 2018 | 5:00 p.m.
Campus Greens | University of Nebraska at Kearney

Blue and Gold Picnic

The University of Nebraska at Kearney has had many traditions throughout its history that became yearly highlights in the campus community. Some of these traditions remain unchanged and yet some of them were transformed over the decades. The Blue and Gold Community Showcase is one of the University's long-standing traditions that still takes place each year in the fall. Also known as Blue and Gold Day, the Blue and Gold Community Showcase is a one-day event which celebrates the beginning of the UNK academic year with food, prizes, and quality entertainment provided by campus organizations and community businesses. The event proudly welcomes new freshmen, returning students, parents, and alumni back to campus. As the University of Nebraska at Kearney continues to progress on all fronts, in terms of both physical construction projects and evolving best-practices standards in academics, the Blue and Gold Community Showcase will always be held to celebrate the progressive accomplishments and preserved, storied traditions of the University.

Would you like to feature your Kearney area business or UNK student organization in the 2018 Blue and Gold Community Showcase? If so, please complete and send in the entry form below, by noon Wednesday, August 15. Priority deadline to reserve a table is Friday, August 3, 2018.

Typically, booths needing electricity or special accommodations have to be registered prior to the priority deadline date in order to be able to meet accommodations. The Blue and Gold Community Showcase map and booth assignments will be available to be viewed on Thursday, August 16, 2018.

Set up for the 2018 Blue and Gold Community Showcase is from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be two check-in locations. One will be located on 26th Street and 9th Avenue under the University View (Nester North and Nester South Halls). The second will be located at the parking lot near the Calvin T. Ryan Library, off of Highway 30. If you wish to go directly to your booth, you may visit this website to find your location on Thursday, August 17.

Accommodations are limited; therefore, entries are subject to UNK approval. If you have a special request please contact us to make arrangements. Space is not available for vehicles or large/heavy items. Electricity is limited and generally not available after priority date of August 5. If you need electricity, please bring an extension cord. One table and two chairs will be provided for each booth. Booths should be set up by 4:30 p.m. and taken down by 8:30 p.m. Food that is given away must be approved in advance by UNK. Alcoholic beverages and promotion of alcoholic beverages on t-shirts, hats, brochures, etc. is prohibited. Priority may be given to early applications. The exchange of money and/or signing of contracts of any kind is prohibited - (signing consists of any agreement where the student gives their signature for a financial arrangement, including but not limited to: credit agreements, financial accounts and/or service agreements). Please leave your pets at home. Weather announcements will be posted on this website. Booths can be taken down after 8:00 p.m. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Jamie Hiemke at (308) 865-8909.