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Meet the 2020 Chair and Vice Chairs!


Adelle Sturgell


"Hi! My name is Adelle Sturgell, and I am the Chair this year! I am a senior from Neenah, Wisconsin, and I am a Psychology and Human Relations double major. This is my fourth year on The Big Event. I have always felt welcome with my Big Event family, and I have never loved a organization more! My goal for this year is to spread The Big Event's message of Community Through Service to all our jobsites and volunteers. We have been given so much by this region, and I want to facilitate the opportunity for all students to give back when they can. I am constantly amazed by the impact that just a few hours of service can have on both students and community members!"

Vice Chair of Database

Hope Anderson


"Hello! My name is Hope Anderson, and I am a junior from Flower Mound, Texas, majoring in Computer Science and Math. I have previously served on the Operations Staff and on the Executive Team as a Database Coordinator. Seeing the gratitude expressed by so many people in the community has made me love this organization and want to pour my all into it! My team will be creating python scripts and spreadsheets this year to help make The Big Event the best and most efficient it can be!"

Vice Chair of Public Relations

Lea Papanicolaou


"Hi! My name is Lea Papanicolaou, and I am a Senior studying Marketing and Supply Chain Management with a minor in Healthcare Administration from Dallas, Texas. I am so excited to serve as the Vice Chair of Public Relations this year! This is my fourth year being a part of The Big Event team after serving on Operations Staff, being a member of Campus Engagement, and serving as the Operations Staff Coordinator. The Big Event’s mission, “Community through Service,” has impacted our university and our community in more ways than I can count. It is such a joy to be involved in an organization that encourages students, faculty, and staff to serve others by saying “thank you” to our community. The Public Relations team strives to promote our mission and bring The Big Event spirit to our campus and community. I am honored to serve alongside my Big Event family one last time and to continue the legacy of “Community through Service” at OU and beyond - Boomer Sooner!"

Vice Chair of Sooner Recruitment

Jared Nichols


“Hello! My name is Jared Nichols, and I am a junior from Tulsa, Oklahoma majoring in Biology/Pre-Dental. This is my third year serving with The Big Event, I have previously served on the Operations Staff my freshman year and as a member of the Campus Recruitment team my sophomore year. This year I have the privilege of serving as the Vice Chair of Campus Engagement. The Big Event has been the perfect opportunity for me to use my love of service to encourage students to become excited about helping those around us in the Norman/OKC area. It is so wonderful to see the impact that we have when we begin to put others above ourselves, and I can’t wait to see the impact we will have this year!”

Associate Chair

Katie Shepard


"Hello! My name is Katie Shepard! I have been involved on The Big Event since my freshman year, and now I am beginning my fourth with so much excitement. Out of everything I have been a part of, this organization has had the greatest influence on me throughout my time in college, because it taught me to shift my focus from myself to something much bigger. As college students, it is so easy to spend our 4 years here concerned with only ourselves and nothing else. The Big Event showed me the necessity of leaving campus and the community better than I found it. This year, I hope to convince others to think the same."

Vice Chair of Sponsorship

Shelby Mann


"Hello! My name is Shelby Mann, and I am serving as the Vice Chair of Sponsorship for The Big Event 2020. I am a senior from Edmond, OK and I am majoring in Political Science/Pre-Law. This is my fourth year serving with The Big Event. I have had the opportunity to be a part of the Special Events committee, Jobsite Recruitment committee, and Sponsorship committee. The Big Event is such an incredible organization because it really focuses on unifying the community and shows people that we are all capable of making an impact! The Big Event has given me lifelong friendships and continues to spark my passion for service. It is amazing to see the impact that The Big Event continues to have on the OU and Oklahoma community, and I am excited to continue this spirit of service and growth with The Big Event!"

Vice Chair of Jobsite Recruitment

Shary Bouvette


"Hi! My name is Shary Bouvette, and this year I am serving as the Vice Chair of Community Engagement for The Big Event 2020. I am a junior studying chemical biosciences and community health. The Big Event has taught me the importance of saying thanks through service to the people who make OU feel like home. The service projects are dedicated to the local community— places in which I drive by and visit on a regular basis. This year, the Community Engagement team will help expand our mission by giving our great university the opportunity to give back to new organizations, non-profits, and individuals, not yet served before."

Vice Chair of Operations

Lindsay Wiseman


“Hello! My name is Lindsay Wiseman, and I’m a junior Microbiology, Pre-med major from Lubbock, TX. This year, I have the privilege of serving as the Vice Chair of Operations for The Big Event 2020! This is my third year with the organization, and I’m very excited to continue to impact the connection between OU students, faculty, staff and the Norman community. The Operations team focuses on facilitating the relationships and communication with The Big Event’s jobsites. I am so excited to lead selfless individuals to say thank you to our community throughout this year.”