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Giving Back to Galveston: Big Event 2022     

March 25, 2022

A student plants a tree during a previous volunteer event.
A student plants a tree during a previous volunteer event.

By Andréa Bolt

Every year “Howdy!” becomes “Howdy, how can we help?” when hundreds of Aggies by the Sea roll up their sleeves during the Big Event, a community-wide volunteering outreach day. 

Saturday, March 26, 2022, Texas A&M University at Galveston students will deploy to various need-based and community-centered areas to paint, plant, preserve and otherwise participate in beautification and upkeep projects across the island.

“We’re going to roll up our sleeves and show the Galveston community what Aggie selfless service is all about. I’m excited!” said Texas A&M-Galveston COO Col. Mike Fossum ‘80.

The Big Event is the largest one-day, student run community service project in the nation.  Originally started in College Station in 1982, it has served as a way for the university to give something back to the community that is so supportive. In 1994, this Aggie Tradition was adopted on the Galveston Campus.

Catch Aggies by the Sea students, staff, and Col. Fossum out and about at the following locations:

Artist Boat
Church of the Living God
Galveston Island Tree Conservancy 
International Oleander Society
Menard Park
Austin Middle School
Burnet Elementary School
Reedy Chapel A.M.E. Church
Crenshaw Environmental Science Magnet
Odyssey Academy
Rosenberg Library
Galveston Children's Museum
Cavalla Historical Foundation 


Media contact:
Andréa Bolt
Social Media & Communications Manager

Texas A&M University at Galveston is the marine and maritime branch campus of Texas A&M University which educates nearly 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students in science, business, engineering, liberal arts and transportation. It is driving the development of the blue economy in the Gulf Coast Region and is a critical contributor to Texas A&M's rare land-, sea-, space-grant mission with nearly $10 million in research expenditures.

Texas A&M-Galveston is also home to the Texas A&M Maritime Academy, one of six state maritime academies and the only one in the southern United States, which trains over 400 cadets annually for maritime service and employment around the world.

Texas A&M-Galveston is located in Galveston, Texas on the Gulf Coast where it is surrounded by industry, environment and programs essential to fulfilling its special-purpose mission. Aggies are known for their deep commitment to the success of each other and their strong desire to serve.