May 20, 2008

Alumni invited to Southern Illinois Miners game

by Kathy Dillard

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Williamson County Chapter of the SIU Alumni Association invites alumni and friends of Southern Illinois University Carbondale to watch the Southern Illinois Miners minor league baseball team take on the Traverse City (Mich.) Beach Bums on July 12 at Rent One Park in Marion.

A pre-game picnic begins at 5 p.m. at 17th Street Bar and Grill, located near the ballpark at 2700 17th St. in Marion. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Rent One Park is at the intersection of Illinois 13 and Interstate 57 in Marion. Visit for more information about the ballpark and the Miners.

Cost to attend both the picnic and the game is $18 per person for SIU Alumni Association members. Non-members pay $20 per person. The menu includes smoked chicken, pulled pork sandwich, two side items and two beverage coupons. Reservations are due before July 7.

The Williamson County Alumni Chapter wishes to thank all alumni and friends who contributed to the scholarship fund via a Telefund campaign this spring. The chapter awarded scholarships worth $1,875 each to four graduating Williamson County high school seniors attending SIUC in the fall.

There are more than 5,000 SIUC alumni in Williamson County. To meet fellow SIUC alumni and participate in future activities, contact chapter representative Kari Sanders at, or contact Argus Tong, director of chapter development at 618/453-2408 or Visit the Williamson County Alumni Chapter page at for a list of chapter activities and events.

Membership in the SIU Alumni Association is open to alumni, students and friends of the University. For more information about membership or to make reservations for the Miners game and picnic, call the SIU Alumni Association at 618/453-2408 or log on to