Every spring at Pittsburg State as students buckle down and hit the books before finals, there's one event so significant to the community that "big" is the only way to describe it.
Each year at the start of spring, hundreds of PSU students join forces to help the community through The Big Event, an annual day of volunteerism in which students descend upon neighborhoods to clean up yards, help with minor home repairs and perform odd jobs around the community.
Emily Smith, this year's Big Event coordinator and a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha, organized 15 different campus organizations and more than 600 students for the event. The spirit of volunteerism and excitement for the day, she said, were worth the months of planning.
"One of the great things about PSU is the students here do care about the community," Smith said. "Our theme this year is 'Everything we do, we do it big,' and this is truly big. When you can get this many people organized to do so much good for others, it shows how the university and community feed off each other."
This spring, the students hit more job sites than ever before (115), and Smith said the goal for next year will be to make The Big Event even bigger and to continue fostering an attitude of giving back to the community that is so welcoming to students at PSU.
"The commitment to this event shows the dedication of our student leaders," Smith said. "We hope it's something that really helps the community."