ASNMSU invites students to get packing at The Big Event

April 9, 2010 by DeSean Payne NMSU Round Up

The Associated Students of New Mexico State University will hold its annual The Big Event at Dickerson’s Event Center on Saturday, hoping to help relief efforts in Haiti.

Gabriel Mario Ulibarri, director of community relations for ASNMSU, said he hopes to get more than 100,000 meals packaged by the various organizations and students participating.

“We had been receiving a lot of e-mails for what the students are doing for the situation in Haiti,” Ulibarri said.

Ulibarri said this event is the response to student concerns for survivors of the earthquake that struck Haiti in January.

Kevin Merhege, president of fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha, said his fraternity participates in The Big Event every year.

“[The Big Event] is a chance for the brothers to do something as a group and to give back to the community,” Merhege said. “Once a year we can get together to bond and help the community.”

Many organizations participate in these community service events to fulfill charter requirements, Ulibarri said.

Paul Huntsberger, advisor to the Rotaract Club, said his service club is always looking for projects because volunteer work is part of its charter, but also because the organization appreciates this kind of community service.

Ulibarri said he has been seeing more participation from students and organizations. Last year, more than 500 students participated in the event, Ulibarri said. He said he would like to see the attendance repeated this year.

Ulibarri said ASNMSU will work with Feed My Starving Children and ROJO apparel on this community service project. Ulibarri said training will be provided for volunteers on packaging the food, similar to an assembly line.

The packaged food is prepared with boiling water and should be culturally accepted worldwide, according to a press release about The Big Event.

Entertainment, food and free T-shirts will be provided for volunteers, Ulibarri said. He also said ASNMSU is accepting late registration for people wanting to participate in the event.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. and registrants will be contacted prior to the event with their shift time, according to The Big Event Registration packet.

To register for the event, visit, or stop by the ASNMSU office.

For event questions, contact Ulibarri at or 646-4415.

DeSean Payne is a staff writer and can be contacted at

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