The Big Event March 31, 2012


About The Big Event

From school spirit to tailgating; organizations to academics; tradition to innovation, the University of Mississippi has always thought BIG. This year’s Big Event is no exception.

On this BIG day, students of The University of Mississippi will serve as voluntary participants in service throughout the Oxford/Lafayette area. This day of service is a chance for the Ole Miss Community to offer a BIG “Thank You” to the Oxford/Lafayette communities. These projects may include painting, yard work, washing windows, cleaning, assisting the elderly, ect. If you are a UM student, visit the Student Sign-Up web link for additional information on how to participate. Community members looking to sign up can visit the Community Project web link for registration information.

History Behind the UM Big Event

Service has been a part of the Ole Miss Community since the school's beginning in 1848. This year the UM Big Event is joining the University to its city in the biggest service event of Oxford's history.

UMSFusion, an annual service event developed in 2003, gave students of The University of Mississippi the opportunity to volunteer in the Oxford/Lafayette community. The has event has continued growing year after year. It is clearly evident that the students of Ole Miss are committed to providing assistance and service to the members of the local communities.

After visiting College Station, TX in 2010, student leaders and staff from Ole Miss were pumped up by the idea of a large-scale, one-day community service project similar to Texas A&M’s “Big Event.” The decision to take service to the next level in Oxford was made by the student leaders of the ASB and the staff of the University's Office of the Dean of Students.

Last spring, over 1,200 students participated in the first UM BIG Event! Braving wind, rain, and hail, students gathered in the Student Union to kick off the BIGGEST community service project in Ole Miss history! Join us this year on March 31st and be a part of the newest, BIGGEST Ole Miss tradition!