The Big Event is a single day where we as students, faculty and staff can come together for one big day, one big thanks, one Big Event. Being one of the largest service projects on campus, we want to express gratitude to the community from which so many of us come from. Partnering with the United Way of Acadiana, we will be painting walls at schools, planting trees in the community, working with the Lafayette Consolidated Government to mark drainage routes, plus a ton of other tasks. But the type of job is irrelevant. Rather, it is the interaction with the community that makes The Big Event so BIG!
Mr. Joe Nussbaum, then Vice President of the Student Government Association at Texas A&M, began The Big Event in 1982 as a way to say "Thank You" to the surrounding community of Bryan-College Station. Joe Nussbaum envisioned a one-day service project where students of Texas A&M University could show their appreciation of local residents by completing various tasks at their homes. He thought that after years of loyal support from the community, the very least college students could do is give back for one day.
Through service-oriented activities, The Big Event promotes campus and community unity as students come together for one day to express their gratitude for the support from the surrounding community.
What The Big Event has become
The Big Event has seen tremendous growth over the past 27 years. Participation has grown to 12,500 students completing more than 1,200 jobs in the communities of Bryan and College Station. Presently, 72 Big Events occur at universities across the nation. Although The Big Event has become the largest one-day, student-run service project in the nation, our message still remains the same: simply saying "Thank You."
A Big Thanks to our Sponsors & Donors
Platinum level donors ($1500+)
Gold level donors ($1000-$1499)
James Stephen Mallia
Silver level donors ($500-$999)
Office of the First-Year Experience
The Lemoine Company
Bronze level donors ($250-$499)
Student Leadership Council
United Way of Acadiana
Super 1 Foods
Office of Student Life & Conduct
Bruce/Stacy Montesano (State Farm)
...and a donation in memory of Austyn Picard.
-Kim Picard and Ray Picard, Sr.