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Text view of article: The Big Event is a one-‐day campus community service initiative that will take place March 26 at 9 a.m. throughout Lee County. Volunteer applications are due March 9 in the Student Government Office. Forms can be found at AUBigEvent.com or in the SGA Office. “It is Auburn’s way of giving back to the community that has given us so much,” said Owen Parrish, sophomore in civil engineering and Big Event director. Last year, more than 1,700 students, faculty and staff participated in The Big Event. Participating is free, and volunteers can sign up in groups of one to 10. Each participant receives seven spirit points. Buying the $10 Big Event shirt is five spirit points and wearing it the day of the event is an additional three spirit points. Each team must have a team captain who is required to attend a meeting the week of The
Big Event either March 22 or March 24. The day of The Big Event will begin with complimentary breakfast and speakers. Most volunteer events end around noon, and all will end by 3 p.m. Big Event coordinators have already secured 120 job sites. Last year, only 75 sites were available, including churches, homes and schools, according to Libby Lukens, undeclared sophomore in science and math and The Big Event assistant director. One major project will take place at a school in Nostasulga where Tim Hudson, Atlanta Braves pitcher and Auburn alumnus, will be assisting in rebuilding a field house. Volunteers will help with the building as well as other projects throughout the school and city. Parrish said he remembers his first time participating in The Big Event. His team was helping pack boxes and move them from one home to another for a local family. They were helping an older woman and man, and the man came to greet the volunteers. “The man just looked at us so genuinely and said, ‘Thank you for being here because you are making a lasting difference in my life. You’re giving me a fresh start,’” Parrish said. “It hit really close to home. It was more than putting something on my resume—it was about making a difference.” Parrish and Lukens became involved in The Big Event as freshmen in Tiger Tuesdays, and after memorable experiences helping the families, they decided to be directors. “Auburn, Ala., does so much for the University, and I feel like that doesn’t get recognized a lot,” Lukens said. “Big Event is a way to show the community how much we care for them. Being involved freshman year made me fall in love with the concept of Big Event.” Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate. The goal of the directors is to get members involved from every college and school. Cameron Payne, junior in civil engineering, has participated in The Big Event the past two years.
“People always say one person can’t make a difference,” Payne said. “But when you have hundreds of students working together on making a better community, we make a huge difference.” http://theplainsman.com/view/full_story/11954219/article-‐Day-‐of-‐service-‐gives-‐ students-‐chance-‐to-‐give-‐back?