What is The Big Event?

Since its introduction in 1982, The Big Event has become the largest, one-day, student-run service project in the nation. Each spring, tens of thousands of Texas A&M students come together to say "Thank You" to the residents of Bryan and College Station. For the past 33 years, Aggie students have participated in this annual event to show their appreciation to the surrounding community, completing service projects such as yard work, window washing, and painting for residents of the community. Although The Big Event has become the largest one-day, student-run service project in the nation, our message and our mission remains the same – to simply say “Thank You.”

"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."

The Big Event is a proud member of the Student Government Association at Texas A&M, and a recognized student organization of Texas A&M University.

Staff Assistant Applications Now Available!

We are excited to announce that applications for Staff Assistant for The Big Event 2017 are now available! You can find the application below.
Our informationals will be held next week, as well. Please note that attendance at one informational is required to apply, and the dates and times are as follows:

  • Monday, October 24th at 7PM [MSC 1400]
  • Tuesday, October 25th at 7PM [MSC 2404] **note the change in location**
  • Wednesday, October 26th at 7PM [MSC 1400]
  • Thursday, October 27th at 7PM [MSC 1400]
If you have any questions, please don't hesistate to reach out at bigevent@bigevent.tamu.edu. We are looking forward to reading your application!
Thanks and Gig 'em,
The Big Event Executive Staff

What is a Staff Assistant?


The Big Event is made possible by countless hours of behind the scenes work from our executive team, committee, and staff assistants. If you enjoyed participating last year, you would be a great fit for staff. Here are some reasons you should apply for staff assistant:

  • Join the Family of Big Event by meeting nearly 300 new people who love community service, and who desire to make an impact on the world
  • Develop relationships with 20 residents and determine how best to serve them on the day-of. 
  • Determine the job description, tool count, and participant number for every job site you check.
  • Play an active role on day-of in distributing food, tools, check-in process, problem management, tool bringback, media relations, and various other jobs. 
  • Have the chance to make an impact at Texas A&M University through impacting the community.

Email us if you have any questions at bigevent@bigevent.tamu.edu and we look forward to seeing you on March 25th, 2017!


What are we looking for?


The Big Event is looking for individuals who possess the following qualities:

1. Passion/Zeal to Serve-Those with a selfless motivation to serve people. We are looking for people that serve others regardless of their position or social standing. 

2. Humility- We look for individuals who have a mindset and perspective that is greater than themselves and who can impact and affect the lives of those around them.

3. Hard-Working- Individuals that give themselves to a worthy cause and will accomplish the dreams they set their minds to.

4. Self-Starter- We look for people that can deliver not only out of obligation but because of the passion for service they possess; they naturally start, create and build new ideas.

5. Creative/Innovative- We look for people that relentlessly seek improvement and always pose the question: How can this be done better?

6. Synergetic- It is vital to have members that work well in a team environment and have experience in leadership positions. The family of The Big Event is built upon people that encourage one another.

7. Communicative- Finally we seek people with strong oral and written communication skills. As a member of The Big Event you will be contacting and meeting with companies and residents and will need to be able to express your thoughts and ideas in a manner that represents The Big Event at Texas A&M.

How do we choose among applicants?


Applications for staff will become available towards the end of October. Applicants are chosen based on the needs of The Big Event Team for the year. The combination of the application and interview will be determined through a weighted scoring system. The Big Event considers the whole individual and the personal hard work, dedication to the service of others, and leadership skills exemplified through the application process. “The Student Government shall not discriminate against, nor give preferential treatment to, any person on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Prohibiting discrimination based on these factors in any and all forms. Big Event’s admissions process can be found in Chapter 104, Article 2, and Section 2 of the SGA Code. You have the right to appeal any committee decision to The Judicial Court.”


What does a Staff Assistant do?


Staff Assistants meet with residents of the Bryan/College Station community through job checks. On these job checks, Staff get to know the story of the residents and are in charge of organizing the details for roughly 20 jobs they are assigned. Staff Assistants also have the incredible opportunity to recruit student participants for the Day-of The Big Event and recruit jobs in the community. Staff Assistants will also be running the operations of The Big Event on March 25th, 2017. Most importantly, our Staff Assistants will be incorporated into The Big Event family. This family has deep traditions, and the character/selfless attitude of each individual makes this organization unmatched on campus.


Time commitment


We have many student leaders from across campus participate as Staff Assistants and the time commitment is very manageable for these leaders; however, this position is not to be taken lightly and can be busy at times. Please review the mandatory dates and hours on the application for more details concerning time commitments. 

Contact our Development Executives Brittainy Tomlin and Hunter Goldsworthy at development@bigevent.tamu.edu if you have any questions about the application!

See You on March 25th, 2017!

The Big Event is excited to announce that over 22,500 Aggies signed up for The Big Event on April 2nd, 2016. Come join our Aggie family on March 25th, 2017 as we look to serve our community again this year!

Our mission is “simply saying thank you" to the residents of the Bryan/College Station community, regardless of socioeconomic status. This act of “simply saying thank you,” is how we as Aggies live out our core value of Selfless Service. Our gratitude and service is NOT based on the actions or socioeconomic status of the people we serve. Rather, it is simply a result of our desire as an Aggie Family to serve our community!

Key Dates for The Big Event 2017:

  • January 1st, 2017: Resident Job Request Forms become available at bigeventonline.tamu.edu/jobrequest.
  • January 30th, 2017: Student Sign-Ups open at bigeventonline.tamu.edu/signup.
  • February 17th, 2017: Last day for residents to request a job.
  • February 17th, 2017: Last day for students to sign up for The Big Event 2017.
  • March 25th, 2017: THE BIG EVENT 2017!

1. Follow The Big Event on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheBigEventTAMU

2. Like The Big Event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheBigEventTAMU

3. Email bigevent@bigevent.tamu.edu for any questions regarding The Big Event, or for any comments you might have.

Big Event Wins Governor's Award

Each year, the Governor and First Lady of Texas select 9 recipients for the Governor's Volunteer Awards. This year, The Big Event at Texas A&M has been awarded the Higher Education Community Impact Award, given to the "college or university that supports and encourages civic engagement and volunteering as a core value." As an organization that embodies A&M's core value of selfless service, the Big Event's mission is to "simply say thank you" to the residents of the Bryan/College Station community for their overwhelming support of the University and student body.

Check out the University's press release regarding the award here: http://today.tamu.edu 

As well as this page from the OneStar Foundation: http://onestarfoundation.org/2015-governors-volunteer-awards/

We are truly humbled by this recognition, and give our sincerest thanks to anyone and everyone that made this happen!


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