Stillwater News Press

February 19, 2014

QUICK 5: Oklahoma State gets ready for Big Event

By NewsPress Staff
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Lindsey Willis is executive director of The Big Event, a student volunteer event sponsored by Oklahoma State University’s Student Government Association. A job request form is printed on page A3 of Thursday’s  Stillwater News Press. It is due by March 24.

1. What is the Big Event, and when and where will it be?

The Big Event is an annual day of community service held on 68 college campuses, including a majority of the Big 12 schools and other south and midwest universities. This year’s Big Event is April 12. Students meet on the OSU campus to receive job assignments and head out into the Stillwater community to serve local residents.

2. Where and when did the idea for the Big Event come about?

The Big Event started at Texas A&M in 1983. Six students came together for a day of service.

3. How many students are involved in the event this year?

 Last year we had between 1,200 and 1,300 students volunteer, and this year we hope for an even bigger turnout. We also receive support from various businesses, including Aspen Heights, Prime Place Apartments, Blue Spruce and Qdoba.

4.  How is it decided what kind of community projects you will do?

The Big Event has done mostly yard work — raking leaves, mowing or window washing. We have some restrictions on projects, as set by Student Government Association. If those restrictions apply, we contact the clients to see how else we can serve. If you want help from The Big Event, fill out a Job Request Form in News Press or online at

5. If people want to lend support, how can they help?

We accept any kind of donation. Our donors receive great benefits for partnering with The Big Event, such as ad space and promotions on Big Event items and the OSU campus. If you’re interested, contact Jessalyn McAlister at or 214-498-8319.