The Big Event
The Big Event at UT Arlington 2014 will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The theme for this year is "Building Community One Hand at a Time."
The Big Event at UT Arlington 2013, held on Saturday, April 27, 2013, was a tremendous success! View the flickr gallery.
The Purpose of The Big Event
The purpose of The Big Event at UT Arlington is to plan and implement a day of community service and outreach involving UT Arlington students, faculty, staff, and community members in an effort to engage, educate, and mobilize volunteers throughout the community. The Big Event impacts the community by bringing the campus together with the surrounding community in an effort to show gratitude to those who help others. Numerous community-based and non-profit organizations and agencies benefit from volunteer efforts, as well as local residents, including those that provide services to children, senior citizens and low income families, or those that promote the quality of life, such as the Science Center at River Legacy Park, Arlington ISD, and the Texas Ramps Project. Volunteers are proud to help others improve the lives of the people who rely on these important services and facilities.
About The Big Event
The Big Event at UT Arlington is a prominent UT Arlington tradition and continues to grow each year. The Big Event at UT Arlington 2014 will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The Big Event at UT Arlington has seen tremendous growth over the past 14 years since the first event in 2000. Participation grew in 2012 to reach more than 960 volunteers completing projects at more than 50 different agency project sites and donating thousands of hours of community service.
The event continues to gain momentum by attracting more volunteers and providing more assistance to our community. Enthusiastic volunteers participate in various service project sites such as painting, landscaping, youth development workshops, and facility cleanup all on one BIG day.
On April 20, 2013, a total of 750 UT Arlington students, faculty, staff, and community members performed community service throughout the Metroplex. The event's theme for 2013 was "Educate. Serve. Impact."
In 1982, Joe Nussbaum, then vice president of the Student Government Association at Texas A&M University, began The Big Event as a way to say thank you to Bryan-College Station — a community continuously supporting the university. Thirty years later, The Big Event has grown to become the largest one-day student-run service project in the United States, presently occurring at 72 universities, including UT Arlington.
Find a guide
New students can find a guide for their first year through a mentor who shares the same major, school, or college.