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students volunteering at the 2012 Big Event

Welcome to the Big Event, the University of Oklahoma's official day of community service.  Mission Statement: The Big Event strives to unify campus and community through one big day of service and gratitude.

Apply for The Big Event executive committee

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What makes The Big Event so big? Over 6,000 OU students, faculty, and staff volunteers. Almost 160 jobsites in a 40-mile radius. A budget exceeding $50,000. Ladders, shovels, and paintbrushes to supply a small army. This is all in one BIG service filled day!

The Big Event is OU’s official day of community service and the largest student event on campus— and the largest community service event in the state of Oklahoma. As a member of The Big Event Executive Team, you will be responsible for the planning and execution of the 17th annual The Big Event. This is one of the most respected groups of student leaders on our campus, and relative to the size of the event, one of the smallest, which means a great deal of work--- all contributing to a challenging and ultimately rewarding experience.
Are you up for the challenge?

This application is due Thursday, September 10th at 5 p.m.
If you have any questions, please contact us via email at

One Big Day, One Big Thanks, One Big Event

On April 5th, 2014, 5,557 OU volunteers went to 151 different jobsites around the Norman and Oklahoma City metro. Volunteers completed over 20,000 hours of community service on this day, making it the largest single-day community service effort in the state of Oklahoma. Thank you to everyone who made OU's Big Event 2014 a success!

We would like to thank our Big Event 2014 Sponsors: ConocoPhillips, Rudy's, The Ave, Kaplan, ID Solutions, University Silkscreen Second Wind, Fuzzy's, Chipotle, Sonic, Pickleman's, Classic 50s, Balfour, Target, and Embassy Suites. We would also like to thank our OU sponsors: Sooner Parents, Student Affairs, OU IT, Leadership Development & Volunteerism, Student Alumni Association, Office of the President, Office of the Provost and the College of Geology & Geophysics.


Big Event in Arezzo

Big Event in Arezzo, Italy

While the University of Oklahoma main campus was serving around Norman and Oklahoma City, there were also Big Events put on at the OU Health Science center, Schusterman Center, and abroad at OU in Arezzo. Below, OU students and community members put on Big Event in Arezzo, Italy.