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The Big Event

The Big Event started at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX back in 1982. Since it's inception, The Big Event has expanded to other universities across the country. Texas A&M University - Texarkana hosted their first annual version of The Big Event on April 8, 2017 and added the tag line - Eagle Pride City Wide (EPCW). The inaugural event boosted over 200 volunteers that clocked nearly 1,000 service hours.

EPCW is one big day, one big event and one big thanks to our community, Texarkana USA. This is simply  our way of giving back to the community that supports our University. For one day, our campus community of students, faculty, staff, alumni and families unite to extend a helping hand. We rake yards, clean streets, rebuild parks, visit nursing homes, walk dogs, read to children, and much much more.

Mission of The Big Event

“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.”

Learning Outcomes & Objectives:

The Big Event – Eagle Pride City Wide seeks to bring students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the families of these constituents together in partnership to facilitate meaningful community service initiatives.

After participation in The Big Event, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the importance of being an involved citizen of the local community
  • Identify the needs of our community and local non-profits
  • Discover how to share talents and passions through community engagement
  • Recognize the importance of social responsibility
  • Identify future community service initiatives in which to participate

The executive committee of The Big Event will be able to:

  • Employ meaningful community service initiatives for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and families of these constitutes
  • Describe the process and best practices to sustain relationships with community partners, non-profits, residents, and city leaders
  • Develop an understanding of what it means to be a servant leader
  • Estimate and manage an operating budget
  • Evaluate participants’ experiences and apply changes to improve operations
  • Plan the opening ceremony and day-of logistics
  • Select project sites based on the criteria and limitations provided
  • Identify possible sponsors and donors


Updated: 4/14/21

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