About The BIG Event

The BIG Event Mission 

During Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s The BIG Event, students work in teams to complete volunteer projects across the city as a way to say “One BIG Thanks” to the community for their support of TAMU-CC. 

The BIG Event Purpose 

The BIG Event is a way for the campus to express their gratitude to the Coastal Bend community which supports Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. This one-day event gives the campus an opportunity to connect with and give back to the Corpus Christi community. Through service, the campus can meet our community and show them neighborly appreciation and kindness. It is important to remember The BIG Event’s goal is not about the number of sites completed, nor the number of students who participate each year. Instead, it is the achievement of interaction between the campus and the Corpus Christi area, the relationships formed, and the Islander Impact produced which results in a unified community. This is what makes The BIG Event such a unique experience. 

History of The BIG Event 

The Big Event began in 1982 and was founded at Texas A&M University by Joe Nussbaum, then the Vice President of the Student Government Association. He envisioned a one-day service project where students could show their appreciation for their community. The Big Event had humble beginnings, starting with six students wanting to thank the community through their actions. More than 30 years later, The Big Event at College Station is the largest one-day student-run service project in the nation. 

The BIG Event came to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 2008 with the similar mission of expressing gratitude for our community and giving back to those in need. Each year the number of volunteers and our job sites that have been helped has increased considerably.  

TAMU-CC’s BIG Event shares in the vision to ultimately establish a single day where students across the nation come together for one big day, one big thanks, one BIG Event. Though we may not be working side by side, the spirit of selfless service will be apparent from coast to coast as college students build relationships with the community that supports them.