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    Marianne Lynch and David Boutte are among the students planning the March 24 "Big Event," which they hope will strengthen ties between Southwestern and the Georgetown business community.
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    Another initiative to connect Southwestern with local business owners is the placement of a Pirate Bike on the Georgetown Square.

Students planning March 24 event to strengthen town-gown ties

Students at Southwestern University have planned an event they hope will help bring Southwestern and the Georgetown business community closer together.

Nearly 90 students, faculty and staff have signed up to participate in “The Big Event,” which is scheduled to take place Saturday, March 24. Southwestern students will spend this day working at local businesses that could use their help.

Student organizers hope that by making more businesses in town aware of Southwestern students, these businesses will create more internships and other long-term opportunities for them.

“This is a great opportunity for Georgetown businesses to experience, without a commitment, the excellence that Southwestern students can offer,” said David Boutté, a philosophy major who is coordinating the event. “I have no doubt that these two communities can benefit from each other, and this is a great beginning to that effort.”

Businesses and organizations that have signed on for the event include Special Olympics, the Annunciation Maternity Home, the Georgetown Animal Shelter, the Hill Country Bookstore and The Caring Place.

“The Big Event” is modeled after a similar initiative at Texas A&M University. The event is being sponsored by a new student organization on campus Boutté is organizing that is called SUSTAIN: Students for Sustaining Civic Engagement.

For more information on The Big Event, or to sign up to participate, write thebigevent@southwestern.edu.