The Big Event is one big day of community service in which the Southeastern Campus gives back to the surrounding areas of Hammond and Ponchatoula. The Big Event is different from other service projects because it is not based on socioeconomic need. The Big Event is a way for the entire student body and campus to express gratitude to residents who support them during their college career. Our local residents attend sporting events, donate to our college, and put up with the traffic and everything else that comes along with living around college students. Whether it is painting houses, raking yards, or laying bricks, the type of job is not important. The Big Event is not about the type of job we do or the number of jobs completed or how many students participate. Rather, it is the interaction with the residents and the resulting unity in the community that makes The Big Event so BIG!
In 1982, members of the Student Government Association at Texas A&M University began The Big Event as a way to say “Thank You” to the surrounding community. In 2011, the first Big Event took place at Southeastern Louisiana University with 34 job sites and over 300 students giving their time to serve the community of Hammond, Louisiana. Now six years, hundreds of job sites, and thousands of students later, the student organizers and participants are eager to serve the local communities like never before. As the project grows, the mission stays true: "Through service-oriented activities, The BigEvent promotes unity among campus and community as students come together for one BIG day to express their gratitude of the support from the surrounding community.”