The Big Event proved to be a big success for The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast. The university-wide community service project organized by the Student Government Association (SGA) showcased the university’s commitment to the Gulf Coast through volunteerism.
The daylong event April 10 was also organized as part of the university’s Centennial Celebration. More than 50 Southern Miss Gulf Coast volunteers assisted for both Habitat for Humanity and the Hope Community Development Agency on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Through Habitat for Humanity, volunteers worked together to construct and paint a row of three homes in Biloxi. With Hope Community Development Agency, volunteers assisted in preparing a Gulfport home for renovations.
“This was a great opportunity for our students and employees to give back to the community,” said Dr. Kenneth Zantow, Centennial Celebration Committee Member and Gulf Coast Coordinator for The Big Event. “Helping people get into homes on the coast has been a really gratifying experience for us.”
With the number of volunteers on hand for the event, Zantow also expressed hope that each individual continues giving back to their community as “ambassadors for Southern Miss.”
Renee Decampo of Biloxi, a senior majoring in psychology, participated in The Big Event with her friends and classmates. “The community really supports the university, so it’s a good thing to give back for all the years of support we’ve been given,” she said.
For more information on Southern Miss Gulf Coast, visit www.usm.edu/gulfcoast.
Students, faculty and staff at The University of Southern Mississippi volunteered their time and services to local community organizations on April 10 for The Big Event, a university-wide community service project. Volunteers contributed to both Habitat for Humanity and the Hope Community Development Agency on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. (Southern Miss University Communications photo by Charmaine Schmermund)
MD Sarder (front), assistant professor of construction, and student Kelli Keough of Gulfport paint the outside of a house for The Big Event on April 10, a university-wide community service project. Students, faculty and staff at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast volunteered their time and services to local community organizations, including Habitat for Humanity and the Hope Community Development Agency on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. (Southern Miss University Communications photos by Charmaine Schmermund)
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