Delta Chapter was chartered at Texas A&M in 1991 and The Big Event, the largest student run day of service in the nation, began in Aggieland in 1982. In its twenty six years of existence, The Big Event has been a staple for Delta Knights, past and present. The campus-wide student led event is coordinated by Aggies, carried out by Aggies, and in gratitude to the Bryan/College Station community for their hospitality and support of Texas A&M.
This year was no different as the Delta Knights joined 20,000 other Aggies this past Saturday in a day of service unique to Aggieland and which has since been replicated on other campuses such as Arizona State, Texas States, Tarleton State, Florida State, Auburn, UT Arlington, Emporia State, University of North Texas and Louisiana State, among others. Service, being at the forefront of Omega Delta Phi’s mission and one of the core values of Texas A&M, definitely make The Big Event a cause the Delta Knights can get behind, in all aspects.
The Big Event is coordinated and exists as a student organization with an executive board, all who plan the event, look for sponsors, and work tirelessly to register volunteers and job sites where Aggies are assigned to. One can register individually or with their student organization; Omega Delta Phi, Delta Chapter has participated in The Big Event for at least a decade. Every March, the Delta Knights register as a chapter to give back to their community and they do so because its a tradition in Aggieland and because it falls in line with the brotherhood’s mantra of serving those in need.
Phillip Gonzales, a Fall 2017 initiate of the Delta Chapter said this about his first Big Event as a neophyte of ODPhi in Aggieland: “It felt great being able to participate my first Big Event with my pledge brothers and other brothers. I have always enjoyed serving my community back home and being able to make a difference in the Bryan/College station area felt amazing. I can’t wait to participate in many more Big Events with the brotherhood because Service before Social is the foundation of Omega Delta Phi” he shared.
This year, the brothers assisted the Hugo family by pulling weeds, laying down brick, moving and laying mulch, and cleaning a garden, all within a day’s work. The Big Event kicked off with a morning rally where students gathered to enjoy music, freebies, and food. At the kickoff, students were then dispersed to their job assignment locations.
Aggieland hosted another successful Big Event and the Delta Knights definitely had a hand in playing their role and giving back, if only just a miniscule part, of what Bryan/College Station has given them. In doing so, the Delta Knights remained true to their commitment to serve the community and to be selfless in their service, a Texas Aggie core value which was on full display, yet again.