Auburn University students to give back to community during Saturday’s BIG Event

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – More than 2,000 Auburn University students will gather Saturday, March 23, on the green space outside the Student Center for the 9 a.m. kick-off of the 11th annual BIG Event.

Teams of students will then spread out into the community to more than 150 homes, businesses, churches and schools to perform a variety of tasks including planting flowers, painting homes and doing yard work. By 10 a.m., they will be working at various local sites including Notasulga High School, Auburn Village Christian Church, Town Creek Park and Chewacla State Park.

“The central focus of this year’s BIG Event executive team has been relationships,” said Catherine Pariseau, assistant director of the BIG Event. “This is a great opportunity to show love to the people in this community, and the work that is done in just four hours on a Saturday morning can lead to lasting relationships between students and community members.”

The BIG Event began at Texas A&M in 1982 and has since expanded to 75 other schools, including Auburn. For more information, go to

Contact: Catherine Pariseau, The BIG Event, (334) 464-0573 (,
Chelsea Payne, Division of Student Affairs, (334) 844-8920 ( or
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (