What's New at the U



We have been busy! Over break, the K-State Student Union worked on adding new partners to offer additional entertainment and restaurant options to make the Union experience even better. Here is what’s new at the U: 

Gaming on a whole new level. Esports has found a home here in the Union. Located next to the Wabash Cannon Bowl, the arena is outfitted with 25 Cyberpower PC’s and two Nintendo Switches with more to come. Esports will be open from 1 to 9 pm, Monday-Friday and noon to 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday. 

The K-State Esports Club is a student organization dedicated to fostering a community of individuals who are passionate about playing video games at all levels. Participating in esports allows students to practice and develop key soft skills such as teamwork, communication and time management. The club is also welcoming those who do not wish to participate in competitive gaming but wish to be involved in other activities and events.  

Welcome to Pretzelmaker. The Union’s newest dining option is located on the first floor. Since 1991, Pretzelmaker has been rolling out fresh-baked and handcrafted pretzels – with a twist! Pretzel Bites? Mini Pretzel Dogs?  Both are Pretzelmaker claims to innovative fame!  We promise to serve you the absolute freshest ingredients. Our hot pretzels are made from scratch with whole ingredients, and you can see our team rolling pretzels in all of our stores all day, every day.  Our all-natural handcrafted lemonade, creamy blended drinks, ice cold beverages and signature pretzel products can be found in 280 locations in the U.S. and worldwide. 

Hunt Brothers Pizza is coming soon! Representing a legacy of pizza in the convenience store industry, Hunt Brothers will be located in the Wabash Cannon Bowl. Every day, Hunt Brothers pizza professionals come together to support store partners in providing the best pizza in their town. The franchise is committed to offering top quality ingredients and exceptional flavors that far exceed expectations.  

Events: To kick start the semester, Union Program Council and partners are hosting a wide variety of activities and engagement opportunities. 

  • Poster Sale: Wednesday, Aug. 17 to Tuesday, Aug. 23 
  • Lunch on the Lawn: 11am – 1 pm, Tuesday, Aug. 23  
  • Activities Carnival: 6 – 8pm, Thursday, Aug. 25 
  • International Block Party: 7 – 10pm, Friday Aug. 26 
  • UPC All Meeting: 5:30pm, Tuesday, Aug. 30 

Do not miss the artist exhibition by the Colombian Artist Group, showcased in the William T. Kemper Art Gallery on the Union’s first floor. The exhibit will be available from Monday, Aug. 15 through Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022.  

The Colombian Artist Group is an organization of creative like-minded individuals dedicated to fostering the artistic growth and evolution of its members and promoting their talents. An artist reception will be hosted at a later date.  

Follow UPC on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and visit their website, kstateupc.com to see a complete list of all UPC activities or call the UPC office at 785-532-6571. 

About Union Program Council: Union Program Council plans more than 150 entertaining, educational, cultural and substance-free events for K-State students and the Manhattan community each year. 

The Union’s mission is to serve all, especially students, with facilities that provide services, programs, leadership experiences and educational opportunities which foster a sense of wellbeing and belonging in an inclusive community.