Stephen F. Austin State University

The BIG Event

What is The BIG Event?

Mission Statement: SFA's The BIG Event promotes unity between campus and community as students come together for one day to express their gratitude through service for the support from the Nacogdoches community. Students work in teams to complete projects across Nacogdoches County as a way to say "thank you!" to the community for their support of SFA students.

Throughout the years, the Nacogdoches community has shown endless support to the students of Stephen F. Austin State University. For this reason, The BIG Event strives to reciprocate that appreciation to all residents. Each year, SFA students spend one day performing various service projects all across Nacogdoches County.

The BIG Event is focused solely on saying "thanks." Therefore, projects for this event are not based on need or socioeconomic status - ANYONE can apply for a project to be completed by our students!

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The BIG Event Leadership

Crew Members

The BIG Event selects students who share a passion for service to the Nacogdoches community as Crew Member for the academic year. Members of The BIG Event Crew are students who understand that the vision of The BIG Event- the students of SFA coming together to imagine and build a better tomorrow to say thank you to the Nacogdoches community for today.

Student Directors

Hanna Malott
Community Engagement

Kylie Ray
Campus Engagement

Rebekah Parrish

Assistant Student Directors

Ireland Bramhall
Community Relations

Nicole Hernandez
Member Relations

Justus Alvarez

Hayley Gross
Volunteer Engagement

Carson Cook
Site Management

Avery Torres
Public Relations

One Big Thanks Conference


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Hotel accommodations
A two night stay at the Holiday Inn Express is included in this year's conference registration fee.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
200 Holiday Ln, Nacogdoches, TX 75964

Travel Accommodations
A block booking rate has been secured with Enterprise. Please send an email to should you need assistance to access this phenomenal discount.

Shreveport Regional.......100miles (1.75hours)
Houston- Bush (IAH)......127miles (2 hours)Houston- Hobby (HOU)...150miles (2.5 hours)
Dallas- Love Field...........170miles (3 hours)
Dallas- DFW...................200miles (3.5 hours)

The following meals will be provided during conference:
- Friday dinner
- Saturday breakfast at hotel
- Saturday lunch
- Sunday breakfast at hotel

Conference Agenda (times subject to slight change)

Friday, October 19th
3pm Check-in is available to attendees at Holiday Inn Express & Suites
200 Holiday Ln. Nacogdoches, TX 75964

5pm One BIG Thanks Student Networking Dinner
SFA Student Recreation Center Courtyard
1817 Wilson Dr. Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Saturday, October 20th

One BIG Thanks Service Project

12pm Opening Luncheon

1-2pm Budget Management Breakout

2-3pm Open Panel: Hot Topics

3-4pm Position Specific Roundtables

4-5pm Open Panel: Technology

5-6pm Network Strengthening Breakout

7-9pm Experience Nacogdoches
**This exclusive event is one that you will not want to miss. Make sure to bring cash for dinner.**

Sunday, October 21st
8:30am Open Panel: Burning Questions/ Brainstorm

9:30am What's Next Conversation

10:30am Closing Remarks

11:30am Hit the Road Jack!

Our Generous Sponsors

Would you like to sponsor The BIG Event? Find our sponsorship packet here.

Valued Partners

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Platinum Sponsors

Gold Level Sponsors
Silver Level Sponsors
The Crow Company

Bronze Level Sponsors

Other Valued Contributors
June Canaan Zachary Butler Andrew Carter
Maria Lopez Susan Hatley

Non- Discrimication Statement

Stephen F. Austin State University strives to provide an educational and work environment that affirms the rights and dignity of each individual. It is the policy of the university, in accordance with federal and state law, to prohibit unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information,citizenship and veteran status. Additionally, Stephen F. Austin State University prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

Unlawful discrimination based on sex includes discrimination defined as sexual harassment.

The Discrimination Complaints policy (2.11) and the Sexual Misconduct policy (2.13) outline the university's commitment and details the procedures used to investigate complaints.

It is the responsibility of the university president to ensure that SFA and all its constituencies comply with the provisions of this policy and with all federal and state laws, executive orders and regulations regarding non-discrimination.