Big Event crew’s presentation wows Texas

A long trip to College Station, Texas, took three students and an adviser to “The Big Event: One Big Day Conference” at Texas A&M University, Thursday.

Sam Parker, 21, senior of Harrison, Cheyenne Deering, 19, junior of Wall, S.D., Justy Bullington, 21, senior of Mullen, and Assistant Professor of Social and Communication Arts Shaunda French, left Chadron at 4 a.m., for the Rapid City Regional Airport in Rapid City, S.D. Lifting off at 7 a.m., they travelled the long journey to Texas for The Big Event Conference, where they presented CSC’s experiences and future goals for The Big Event.

Sam Parker, left, 21, senior of Harrison, Shaunda French, assistant professor of social and communication arts, Cheyenne Deering, 19, junior of Wall, S.D., and Justy Bullington, 21, senior of Mullen, were welcomed by the Ross Volunteers of Texas A&M University Friday. —Photo by Emily Gray

Sam Parker, left, 21, senior of Harrison, Shaunda French, assistant professor of social and communication arts, Cheyenne Deering, 19, junior of Wall, S.D., and Justy Bullington, 21, senior of Mullen, were welcomed by the Ross Volunteers of Texas A&M University Friday. —Photo by Emily Gray

Friday evening brought a speaker named Joe Nussbaum, founder of The Big Event. He gave perspective on how difficult it was to start The Big Event, Parker said.

Saturday morning, after breakfast, the outreach program presented the purpose of the conference and an idea of a nationwide event where one day every spring all schools involved with The Big Event give back together at their respected schools.

Afterward, the Director of Texas A & M University’s The Big Event Will Nereson, spoke about the purpose of The Big Event itself. Instead of just giving back, it’s a way to say thanks regardless of socioeconomic needs. It doesn’t matter if it’s a millionaire or someone in dire need of help—thank you comes in all shapes and sizes.

“That’s something we’re really trying to spread here,” Parker said.

There were three different workshops known as round tables, Parker said. At each round table a new topic was discussed including how to find job sites, promotion ideas, and the best ways to reach out to the community.

Finally, the CSC group presented to the entire conference, which was about 130 people. Parker said their purpose of presenting The Big Event was targeting people who were in their first years of implementing the community-wide project at their school, but also how CSC runs the event in order to give others ideas of how they could do The Big Event at their schools.

“It was really helpful to attend the conference,” Parker said. “It’s great to be surrounded by schools from all over the country and know that we’re connected in a way.”

A message that was brought from the event was that at the end of the day, no matter where the schools are located, or how big or different they are, the purpose doesn’t change.

CSC’s second annual The Big Event will take place on April 26.

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