September 21, 2014  

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Big Event Volunteers Spread Community Service Among Gulf Coast

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University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast students Mariah Senegal of Biloxi, a Lucky Day Scholar double majoring in international business and Spanish, and Tywana Armstrong of Ocean Springs, a senior business management major, bag debris at the Big Event clean-up site in Waveland. (Southern Miss University Communications photo by Charmaine Schmermund)

Volunteers for The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast’s Big Event, a university-wide community service project, spent their Saturday among several sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. With nearly 70 volunteers participating in various projects, the Big Event was a big success in spreading community service awareness.

Southern Miss Gulf Coast students, faculty and staff participated in one of four projects along the coast on Saturday, April 14. These projects included property clean-up in Waveland, Gulfport and Saucier, as well as a children’s project for Lynn Meadows Discovery Center at the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

“I always think it’s good to help your community,” said Mariah Senegal of Biloxi, a Lucky Day Scholar double majoring in international business and Spanish. “The Big Event is a day where, if you have not yet volunteered, just give yourself for that one day out of 365 to give back to your community.”

For the children participating in the art project for Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, freshman Whitney Ward feels that the Big Event is helping to promote the importance of community service at a young age.

“If we start promoting community service to younger generations, it will grow with them and each generation would better understand,” said Ward, who is majoring in accounting and, as a Lucky Day Scholar, serves as a volunteer at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center.

The Big Event, hosted by both the Gulf Park and Hattiesburg campuses, is held each year in April. At the conclusion of their volunteer work, Southern Miss Gulf Coast students returned to the Gulf Park campus to show their school spirit by painting helping hands on the campus’ Little Rock.

For more information on Southern Miss Gulf Coast, visit www.usm.edu/gulfcoast.

CUT LINE – University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast students Mariah Senegal of Biloxi, a Lucky Day Scholar double majoring in international business and Spanish, and Tywana Armstrong of Ocean Springs, a senior business management major, bag debris at the Big Event clean-up site in Waveland. Volunteers for the Southern Miss Gulf Coast’s Big Event, a university-wide community service project, spent their Saturday among several sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. With nearly 70 volunteers participating in various projects, the Big Event was a big success in spreading community service awareness.