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Student Government Association
Jackie Davis,; Bonnie Keener,

Posted on March 22, 2010

For the fourth consecutive year, Student Government members will show their

appreciation to the California community by participating in The Big Event.

A student-run service project, The Big Event will take place on April 25.

Student teams registered by March 29 will have a chance to

win a $100 Visa gift card. Teams and individuals can register from 10 a.m.

to 2 p.m. now through March 29 at the Natali Student Center; they also can

register at 11 a.m. on April 25 in the Performance Center.

Those who cannot register at these times should e-mail Jackie Davis at or Bonnie Keener at

The Big Event began at Texas A&M University in 1982, when student leaders

saw a need to give back to the community. It has become the largest one-day,

student-run service project in the nation, with students at more than 100

universities completing service projects such as yard work, window washing

and painting for community members.

Cal U began participating in 2007. The Student Government Association (SGA)

sponsors the event, which is open to individuals or to any Cal U club or

organization. T-shirts will be provided for each team member during check-in

at 11 a.m. on April 25 in the Performance Center. Departure for job sites

begins at noon.

This our way of saying one big thank-you to the community for their support

and even putting up with us this year, said Jackie Davis, SGA president.

Last year we had more than 400 students volunteer, and we are hoping for

even more this time. We want residents to contact us so we can help them and

show our appreciation.

California Borough residents who wish to request service work should phone

the Cal U Student Government Office at 724-938-4318 or e-mail Keener or


Student Government and all the committees have been very active and

focused, with community service leading the way as the underlying theme with

all activities, said Dr. Nancy Pinardi, associate vice president for

Student Affairs.

The Big Event further emphasizes their devotion to giving back. Our Student

Government members lead the way, grabbing shovels, brooms, paintbrushes and

more, encouraging all student groups to say Œthank you¹ to the California

community by joining them as they complete service projects.