Ken Carson Leadership Program Joins The Big Event

Ken Carson Leadership Program Joins The Big Event

Student members of the inaugural class of the Col. Kenneth R. Carson Aviation Leadership Program and OU School of Aviation Studies will be joining OU’s Big Event on April 10 for Oklahoma’s largest day of community service.

The program, named in honor of Ken Carson, the former director of the School of Aviation Studies and a retired Air Force colonel, was developed by group of recent Aviation graduates to help develop and cultivate the next generation of aeronautical leaders.

“The idea was born because, as we began our transition into the post-graduation world, we noticed a big difference between being a college student and a working aviation professional,” said Bradley Burgess, one of the founders of the program. “Our goal was to design a program centered around the academic and professional growth of the student through workshops, speaker events and mentorship that would help to bridge this gap.”

The Big Event is the University of Oklahoma's official day of community service. Each spring for more than two decades, the student-led effort invites more than 6,000 students, faculty and staff to give back to the communities in which they live, work and study by volunteering at hundreds of jobsites across the Norman and Greater Oklahoma City metro area to complete service projects. Volunteers will travel to designated worksites to serve those in need and complete projects such as painting, yard work, visiting with the elderly and much more.

To learn more about The Big Event—or to register as a volunteer or register a jobsite for volunteers to serve—visit The Big Event website. For more information about the Col. Kenneth R. Carson Aviation Leadership Program, contact one of the program’s graduate advisors — Bradley Burgess at, Victoria Croney at or Brennan Jackson at

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