The air was warm and sticky as more than 300 Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) students joined forces with the City of Kingsville for last Saturday’s “Bigger Event”. The event was organized and sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA) and brought together many different student organizations, like the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Peer Educator Program (PEP Talk). Many of the university’s student organizations put a strong emphasis on community service, so seeing so many student volunteers wasn’t surprising. Graduate student Adekola Mayukun represented NSBE and was excited to participate, he said. “We have always been involved in community service, for us it’s an integral part of why we are here,” Mayukun said. “This kind of event aligns very strongly with our organization because we like to raise socially viable students; people who show responsibility to society.” The residents of Kingsville have consistently shown support and adoration for TAMUK events, said SGA President Chelsea Nkrumah. “This event means that we are not separate from the community; we are apart of Kingsville and we are not just a university within itself,” Nkrumah said. Nkrumah spent the day making sure all of the projects went smoothly, she said. The help from the Javelinas was not unnoticed. Susan Ivy, Director of the City and Parks Department was thrilled to have as many helpers as she could at the Kennedy Park and the Brookshire pool sites. “The students from the university and all of the groups are very generous with their time and we take advantage of it as often as we can,” Ivy said. “ I don’t know what we would do without them.” Because the Bigger Event is sponsored by SGA, each student senator leads a group
in one of the many beautification projects around the city. Senior double major Jacob Gaslin led a group in the cleaning of the cities bandstand along with Downtown manager, Cynthia Martin. “Community appearance is very important to the city and is one of their big initiatives,” Martin said. “Kingsville has had a band as long as it’s been a city and they played music here.” Many members of SGA like Gaslin and Nkrumah have participated in the bigger event more then once and to them it’s a social duty. “This is my third year doing this because I see how much the community does for the university and this is my home away from home so I like giving back,” Gaslin said. The day ended in the tailgate area at Javelina stadium, with laughter and food as the volunteers met to discuss the contributions to their home away from home.