A Year In The Making: Preparing For The Big Event

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The fall of 2018 brought the class of 2022 Blue Hens, new professors, new memories . . . and the start of The Big Event (TBE)  at the University of Delaware!

In the beginning of October, the new RSO gathered as a group for the first time, when new members met the executive board and learned about the history of The Big Event at other universities across the nation.

During the October Kick Off meeting, TBE members bonded over team building exercises and games. Afterward, students divided up into their subsections and discussed goals for the semester.


In November, TBE hosted a kiosking event at the Trabant Student Center. Visiting participants were asked trivia questions about Newark, Delaware, and winners received a voucher for free UDAIRY ice cream!


At the end of the semester, the club organized a service event with one of our very own, Sierra RyanWallick and her Made With Love Bracelet project. Students braided bracelets by hand and wrote empowering messages to brighten someone’s day.


To kick of Spring Semester, e-board and committee members went out to promote The Big Event at the Spring Activities Fair.


We continued to promote community service through our Speaker Series involving various guest speakers including: Mayor Polly Sierer, representatives from Newark Parks and Recreation, and Maggie Ratnayake, director of Lori’s Hands. We still have one more speaker on April 25th!


The RSO has also co-hosted two service Saturdays this semester. On March 2nd, we had a service event with Braeden's Brown Bags, and packed 125 bags for people experiencing homelessness!  We also heard about Braeden and Christy's stories and were inspired by all that they have done! On March 16th, we had our second service Saturday which consisted of an outdoor clean up at the UD Lab School.


During the second full week of March, we had our Spring Awareness week and kiosking event to promote our upcoming student-led day of service.


After a successful year of promoting the new RSO we are spending the next few weeks working on logistics and continuing to spread awareness about The Big Day on May 4th, 2019.

We hope to see you there!

By: Sarah Carlson and Michelle Yatvitskiy

The Big Event Udel