Southeastern students to participate in ‘Big Event’

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND – Approximately 550 Southeastern Louisiana University students will gather on campus Saturday (March 12) before fanning out to area cities and towns to participate in the Big Event, a massive community service initiative sponsored by the Student Government Association.
    The students, individual volunteers as well as members of more than 40 student organizations and university teams, will be working at area job sites that include local non-profits and charitable organizations, said SGA President Alexis Quackenbush.
    “The Big Event is one big day of community service in which the Southeastern students give back to the surrounding area,” said Quackenbush. “It is our way for the entire student body and campus to express gratitude to area residents, businesses and agencies that support us throughout our college careers. It truly is a unifying experience for all the students involved.”
    This is the sixth year that Southeastern students are participating in the Big Event, a project initiated by Texas A&M University that has spread to approximately 80 universities nationwide. It is considered the largest single day of service where college students give back to their communities.
    Among the agencies being assisted this year are the Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center, First Christian Church, Hammond Junior High Magnet School and the Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum and others.
    The students will assemble in the Student Union breezeway with a 7 a.m. registration and begin working at their job sites at 8 a.m.
    Southeastern was recently recognized for its service activities by students and other members of the campus community by being named for five consecutive years to the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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