Southern Miss "Big Event" set for April 2

Southern Miss "Big Event" set for April 2

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is news release from The University of Southern Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi students will participate in an annual program of community service known as "The Big Event" Saturday, April 2.

"The Big Event" is a program held at colleges and universities across the country in which students engage in community service projects that are mutually beneficial for volunteers and recipient organizations. The volunteers will meet at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus at 8 a.m. for a brief assembly and breakfast before going to various sites throughout the community to begin work on assigned projects. Students typically arrive at their service sites by 9 a.m. and volunteer until 12 or 1 p.m.

Many of the service sites are those that students at USM have volunteered with in the past, or that the university has a long standing relationship with, including The Salvation Army; The Fieldhouse for the Homeless; Hub City Humane Society; Southern Pines Animal Shelter; and the Edwards St. Fellowship Center, among others. This year, USM is also partnering with several schools and churches in the area.

The inaugural year for The Big Event at Southern Miss was in 2010 during the university's Centennial Celebration.

"I believe participating in The Big Event is fundamentally important and a program all Southern Miss students should take advantage of," said Bradley Floore, a Southern Miss senior from Gautier, Miss. who is serving as assistant director for The Big Event. "Our goal for this year's Big Event is to increase the number of students that participate, but also positively enhance the experience that every student has."

For more information about The Big Event, contact the Southern Miss Dean of Students Office at 601.266.6028 or e-mail