UTA Big Howdy Volunteering Spring

Thank You!!!

Dear Friends who want to help welcome international students,

We are so excited that you want to help out with the Big Howdy Events
this year. This website is in place so you can get some of the details
about the big howdy Events. Some ways you can help include the

  • Airport Pickup
    from Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas Airport (DFW) to UTA
  • CareAVan Shopping
    rides to Walmart store to get groceries and household items in this
    town without busses or trains
  • Used Item/Garage Sale – No Used Item Sale this semester
    to get inexpensive used furniture and household items
  • Big Howdy Party
    a wonderful and fun party for international students to start off the
    year and to get to know the students!!!
  • “Tour of the DFW/Arlington Area  we take students on a tour of the DFW/Arlington area to help them find the things they need to live here. – There is no tour this spring

See some of the Pictures
and Video from previous events! Thanks so much for being a part of this. Looking
forward to seeing you in the near future. If you haven’t signed up to
volunteer already…



Big Howdy planning committee

Airport Pickup – Volunteer Spring

If you want to get involved with the Airport Pick-up Program, contact us at airport08@utabighowdy.com . This is one of the most important ways to help as you are the first person the student will meet. They will never forget you as you are the first smiling face they see when they first land in the US. We need to know when you might be available to be “on call” for specific days and times from Mid-December to Mid-January. So when a student calls for a ride, we can contact you. Be flexible as students are trying to make multiple connections in multiple countries and often miss their connections because of customs or other issuess



Wal-Mart Care-a-vans – Volunteer Spring

Date: Jan 11 and 13

When: 6 PM
Where: Meet at the North entrance of the University Center (click here for a map)


  • Great chance to share Christ’s love with international students by taking them to Walmart.
  • Students trying to settle into their new apartments, getting furniture, food, electronics, phones,
  • Little transportation available from UTA to a local market.
  • Volunteers provide rides to and “tour guiding” within the Walmart Superstore for students on each of these evenings.

Needed: People with vans and cars. The commitment could be for one night, some nights or all the nights.

What do I do: Arrive at the University Center (Big Howdy Maps) at 6 PM and take the students to Walmart across the street from Cowboy Stadium on Randall Mill Blvd. Shop with them or wait until 8PM and return and drive them home.

For more information, email us at careavan@utabighowdy.com.


SPRING HOWDY PARTY – Volunteer Spring

When: January 22: 7 pm – 10 pm

Where: Bluebonnet Ballroom of the UT Arlington University Center. (map)

You are invited to the BIG HOWDY PARTY to welcome international students to UTA!


This is the culmination of the Big Howdy Events. The other events offer opportunities to invite students to this event. This is a large party where all the Christian Organizations working with the international students officially welcome the students. Churches and organizations provide the food. We also have a sort of cultural dance where we try to show them western dancing and they show us their sort. All the Christian organizations are recognized there and relationships are formed. Last year over 350 people came. It’s a great opportunity for you and your families to be exposed to people from all over the world. It’s a blast. It helps the students to relax as “one of the crowd.” This is the very important event that seals all the festivities! We’d love your help and you will love it too.


  • People who can provide desserts and salty snacks  etc. for a total the over 900 people who will likely come. It is potluck style with each volunteer providing food for 30-60 people.

* You don’t have to stay but it is strongly encouraged as you get a chance to see a touch of other cultures.

* Some food needs to be vegetarian as many of the Hindu Indian students (the majority) are vegetarian. Bring the food to the BSM (Big Howdy Maps) at 5:45 PM.

* Of course people from other places like meat.

  • People who can teach western dancing and help with the entertainment,
  • Hosts/hostesses to greet people. Come around 5:30 PM
  • Runners to get stuff if we run out
  • People to decorate. Come around 5 PM.
  • People to clean up. May have to stay till 11 PM

Email us at bighowdyparty08@utabighowdy.com



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