About The Big Event at KU

The Big Event connects the KU campus with the Lawrence community by recruiting thousands of student, faculty, and staff volunteers to work at hundreds of local job sites during one day of service. Big Event volunteers provide a helping hand to Lawrence residents by completing projects in their neighborhoods.

The fourth annual event is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, 2014. Registration for KU volunteers wishing to participate in the Big Event, and for Lawrence residents wishing to submit service requests to the Big Event, will open early in the spring 2014 semester. Stay tuned to www.thebigeventku.com for updates.

Big Event at KU executive committee:

Executive Director
Michael Garrett
The executive director manages the Big Event board, and is the official spokesperson of The Big Event to the university community.

Director of Internal Affairs
Marie Schmitz
The director of internal affairs works with the programs and operations committees, and with the Big Event treasurer.

Director of External Affairs
Katie Gilbaugh
The director of external affairs works with the outreach and recruitment committees, and with the Big Event marketing coordinators.

Director of Development
Liz Wilkin
The director of development is in charge of fundraising for the Big Event, and manages business sponsorship, funding applications, and fundraising events.

Big Event at KU coordinators:

Marketing Coordinators
GraceAnn Hoyer and Nicole Nunes
The marketing coordinators handle all advertising for the Big Event. The marketing coordinators also manage The Big Event’s online presence on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Development Coordinator
Ernie Diaz
The development coordinator assists the director of development with fundraising for the Big Event.


Programs Co-Chairs
Esteban Marquez and Megan Lindemann
The programs committee coordinates all day-of details for the Big Event.


Operations Co-Chairs
Brianna Leiker and Michael Huff
The operations committee handles supply needs, and manages the Big Event tool loan program. Operations co-chairs also coordinate the Big Event’s job site checking process.


Outreach Co-Chairs
Allison Dittemore and Lauren Fleming
The outreach committee coordinates all community job requests to be completed during The Big Event.


Recruitment Co-Chairs
Hannah Reinhart, Sonam Bhakta, and Jonny Salzetti
The Big Event recruitment committee seeks KU students, faculty and staff to volunteer on the day of The Big Event.

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