What is The Big Event?
The Big Event began at Texas A&M University in
1982 when student leaders saw a need to give back to
their surrounding community of Bryan-College station--a
community that continually supported their university.
Joe Nussbaum, vice president of the Student Government
Association at Texas A&M took the initiative to
make others aware of this need, and after a passage
through the student senate, The Big Event was born.
After 22 successful years, The Big Event is now an annual
event at more than 50 major universities across the
The program has not only seen tremendous national
growth since it's beginning, but also tremendous local
growth at the University of Oklahoma. OU held it's first
official Big Event in the Spring of 2000 after it was
adopted by the University of Oklahoma Student Association,
the official student government of OU. Along with many
other major universities, The Big Event has become a
prominent and lasting tradition at OU and continues
to grow each year.
Each year in early spring, thousands of OU students
unite in this unparalleled effort to say "thank-you"
to the Norman-Oklahoma City area for the unsurpassed
support they show to our university. As the official
day of community service at OU, The Big Event strives
to strengthen our friendship with our surrounding community.
Numerous admirable and essential community organizations
benefit from The Big Event through the services that
we provide--services that can only be provided by dedicated
volunteers. We are proud to better the lives of the
hundreds of thousands of people that rely on the services
and facilities at which we volunteer. In three words,
the University of Oklahoma is truly "committed
More than 5,000 OU students, faculty and staff participated
in The Big Event on April 2, 2005. With each year, The
Big Event continues to gain tremendous momentum by attracting
more volunteers, and in turn, providing more assistance
in our community. The seventh annual Big Event will
take place on Saturday, April 8, 2006.
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