July 19, 2004

SIUC license plates are available now

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale supporters can now officially become "licensed Salukis" with the availability of SIUC license plates.

The plate design features the distinctive outline of Pulliam Hall's clock tower and the school colors, maroon and white. There is a three-fold purpose to the plates: Build goodwill for the University, help clarify the institution's identity and raise money for undergraduate scholarships.

Thirty-eight SIUC supporters purchased plates since they became available on June 1, according to Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White's office.

Under the program, SIUC receives $25 for each plate sold. The University will use the money to fund additional undergraduate scholarships provided through the SIU Alumni Association.

"We know the plates will be popular, because we've had so many requests for them over the years," said SIUC Chancellor Walter V. Wendler. "The plate provides a direct, visual link to the institution and lets our alumni, students, faculty and staff build a scholarship pool for undergraduates.

"We hope that so many will be sold, that sighting an SIUC plate anywhere in Illinois will be common."

Vehicle owners can apply for the plates either before or at the time a vehicle's current plates expire. Vanity and personalized license plates are not available. Owners of passenger vehicles, trucks, sport utility vehicles and vans weighing 8,000 pounds or less can display the plates.

The cost for current plates that expire within 90 days is $132, which includes registration, collegiate plate fee and plate replacement fee. Current plates that do not expire within 90 days cost $54, which includes the collegiate plate and replacement fees. The annual renewal cost for the plates is $105, with $25 going back to SIUC for scholarships.

"We want all Salukis to show their pride with the license plates," said Edward M. Buerger, director of the SIU Alumni Association.

"Through the years we have received many inquiries about the possibility of an SIU plate, and one is now available to help further show our loyalty and support of this institution," Buerger said.

"This license plate helps further the good message of SIUC," said Susan L. Davis, executive director of Media and Communication Resources. "We have an excellent image and strong academic reputation with a wide range of academic programs. This is a must-have item for ultimate Saluki fans."

Forms are available on the Secretary of State's web site. Easy access to the site is one click away from SIUC's web site athttp://www.siuc.edu. Simply click the license plate icon in the lower left corner of the page. Application forms also are available in person at most Secretary of State facilities, by mail, or by calling 217/785-5215.