PopCon April 1st-3rd


POP CON Vol. IV is on it’s way! Join us April 2nd and 3rd for a Pop Culture Celebration right here in the Hill Country. Attendees can free play games or sign up for tournaments for both electronic or table top, accept the challenge of our Escape Room, enter the Cosplay Contest, learn Lightsaber skills, and meet university coaches and players to find out how to become an Esports athlete!


POP CON started in May of 2017 as a one-day pop culture celebration for the Schreiner University campus community, and has this year, expanded to a three day gaming, film, comic, and popular culture event. In its conception, POP CON hosted a screening of horror movie GH5, video game tournaments, a D&D one-shot, tabletop gaming, crafting, speakers, lightsaber training, and a Star Wars themed escape room designed to help Princess Leia smuggle the Death Star plans off her ship the Tantive IV! The event was attended by more than 200 Faculty, staff & students, and is a highly anticipated event every year.


The Southern Collegiate Athletic Association (SCAC) Esports Showdown is the first competition of it’s kind. Five universities will compete for tournament champion in multiple Esports games including League of Legends, Overwatch, Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Rocket League. Teams will square off This a great opportunity to meet the players and coaches and find out if you have what it takes to play at the collegiate level.

Hobby Gaming

Are you a Table Top Player looking for a chance to play? We have got you covered. Join the friendly staff from Heart of the Cards our Kerrville area hobby and game store. Kicking off with Friday Night Magic, so visit the Heart of the Cards booth to sign up for multiple tournaments featuring Magic, Cardfight Vanguard, Digimon and more!

Hobby Gaming


The Treacherous Times Escape Room has been a huge hit every year at POP CON, and we expect this year to be no different. with new Pop Culture themes each year, expect a fun and challenging experience set up for attendees (cosplay not required, but always welcome!) that will run every hour starting Friday, at 6pm to 10pm, and run all day Saturday from 10am – 10pm! **schedule subject to change.

Popular Culture Symposium Graphical Text


It’s been TWENTY-TWO years of the formal academic study of popular culture studies at Schreiner University, and the Popular Culture Symposium has been the showcase for many Students, Faculty and Staff to present thoughts, research or perspectives over the years. That showcase has become part of POP CON! The event has expanded to include populations of other universities and communities as well. Below is a list of last year’s presentations.

Evan Klaff, “Mental Illness in the Comic Books”

Stevie Martinez, “DJMax Technika Q”

Dr. Brian Bernard, “Fanediting: A Technological Successor to Fan Fiction”

Dominic Mason, “Living in a ‘Super World'”

Thomas Uptergrove, “Compassion v. Self-Presentation: Conflict in Video Games”

“If it ain’t popular, it ain’t culture!” Dr. William Woods

We are currently accepting proposals to present at this year’s POP CON to join in the amazing Student, Faculty and Staff presentations of the Symposium. If you are interested and would like to join our list of speakers please fill out our Call for Proposals form HERE.


Not an University Esports team member, but want to compete? We will have free play area with walk up tournaments for many different video games, such as Smash Bro.s Ultimate, Rocket League, Street Fighter II and More!


Join our certified resident Jedi Dom Mason for Lightsaber Training. Workshops will be offered on a first come, first serve basis to hone you skills to destroy your enemy!

POP CON is looking for presenters and vendors to help provide the best experience possible for our attendees. Looking to introduce a new game, want to speak about your journey, share your employment opportunities, or run a tournament? POP CON has space available.

If you are interested and would like to join our list of speakers please
fill out our Call for Proposals form HERE.

If you are interested and would like to join our list our list of Sponsors
please fill our our Sponsorship Information Form HERE.

Contact Information:

David Gehrels

Director of Student Activities

POP CON Coordinator

dgehrels@schreiner.edu | 830.792.7465 office | 830.928.6736 cell

Our website will be up and running soon for online registration!




Adult Admission 3Days: $20

Youth Admission (under 18): $10

Pay online:

Contact Information:

David Gehrels

Director of Student Activities, POP CON Coordinator

dgehrels@schreiner.edu | 830.792.7465 office | 830.928.6736 cell