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UT Tyler Announces 2023 East Texas Big Event 

Higher ed, city partner in community-wide service day 

TYLER, Texas (March 3, 2023) – The University of Texas at Tyler announced that the 2023 East Texas  Big Event will be 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, March 4, in downtown Tyler. 

Held in partnership with the city of Tyler and Tyler Junior College, the East Texas Big Event is a  family-friendly day of service opened to the entire East Texas community and led by UT Tyler and  TJC students. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. with service projects starting at 10 a.m. 

“UT Tyler is committed to serving our community. Facilitating a day of service helps our campus  community connect with the city and local agencies who are already doing great work,” said Ona  Tolliver, UT Tyler senior vice president for student success. “We are excited to collaborate with TJC  and other partners again this year to support the city of Tyler. We know this day will be impactful  for our community and our students.” 

Students, faculty, staff and community volunteers will help revitalize the downtown square and city  parks through painting and landscaping, as well as assisting PATH. After the service projects are  completed around noon, participants will enjoy a free lunch on the square. 

The UT Tyler Office of Leadership and Service offers various leadership development and service  opportunities to students, faculty, staff and the community. All UT Tyler programs are centered on  the foundations of the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. For more information,  email or visit  

With a mission to improve educational and health care outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT  Tyler offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs to 10,000 students. UT Tyler  recently merged with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (now known as UT  Tyler Health Science Center). Through its alignment with UT Tyler Health Science Center (HSC) and  UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has unified these entities to serve Texas with quality education,  cutting-edge research and excellent patient care. Classified by Carnegie as a doctoral research  institution and by U.S. News & World Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in  Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston. 

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