About 270 students, faculty, staff and alumni will come together on Saturday morning, November 6 to kick off the very first UD Big Event, a day of community service to neighbors in need in the town of Irving.
The 8 am kick-off will feature brief remarks from Irving Mayor Rick Stopfer, UD President Jonathan J. Sanford, PhD, and Acting Provost Tammy Leonard, PhD.
UD’s first Big Event, inspired by the first âBig Eventâ launched in 1982 at Texas A&M, was entirely designed and organized by students. Aubrey Wieberg, 24, a second year student at UD and studying politics, had the idea to start the event at UD last summer.
âA big part of a Catholic identity is the idea of ââservice, of loving your neighbors,â Wieberg said. âThe big event is an opportunity to literally give back to the community, starting with the Irving Homes. We are the University of Dallas, for Irving. She coordinated with the Town of Irving to identify 40 service points in the town, ranging from local schools and churches in need of minor repairs or cleaning, to private homes of elderly residents for yard work.
âWhat a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together and put our Catholic faith into action,â said President Sanford. âThis day of service is a reminder that we, as a UD community, live within a larger community of Irving and that, as Catholic social teaching teaches us, we have an obligation to serve. those in need around us.