February 17, 2018  

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Hundreds of Southern Miss Students Participate in 4th Annual Big Event

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University of Southern Mississippi students help with a landscaping project at the Edwards Street food pantry as part of the Big Event on Saturday, March 23. (Photo by Kelly Dunn)

More than 600 University of Southern Mississippi students fanned out across Hattiesburg last Saturday morning to assist with cleaning, painting, landscaping and other tasks as part of the Fourth Annual Big Event community service project.

The students spent half a day performing various assignments at nine different locations in the Hattiesburg area. The Big Event is sponsored by the Student Government Association at Southern Miss.

“I believe the work that was accomplished captures the essence of our University,” said Big Event Committee member Julia Bradley. “I, along with other committee members, was amazed that even in the midst of weather uncertainty students were still willing to serve. In the last four years, the Big Event has made a big impact in Hattiesburg, and I am looking forward to this tradition continuing on the Southern Miss campus.”

Southern Miss students Jordan Smalley and Alisha Randall, both of Hattiesburg, provided a helping hand to cleanup efforts inside Thames Elementary School. Both saw participation in the Big Event as a way to give back to their hometowns.

“I am a big believer in community service work,” said Smalley, a junior majoring in business entrepreneurship. “I believe that you get what you are willing to give when it comes to this type of project.”

Added Randall, a sophomore accounting major, “This is my first time to help with the Big Event and I’m willing to do whatever they need me to do. I love my University and I think it’s wonderful that Southern Miss has played such a big part in making this happen.”

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