February 18, 2008

Association hosts Student Appreciation Night

by Amanda Reid

CARBONDALE, Ill. — It's Chicken Nugget scarfing time at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale men's basketball game on Feb. 20.

The SIU Alumni Association hosts Student Appreciation Night at the Feb. 20 game against the Northern Iowa Panthers. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. in the SIU Arena. At half-time, four students will participate in a Chicken Nugget eating contest. The winner will receive a $500 textbook award and $50 per eaten nugget, up to $500 from McDonald's.

The SIU Alumni Association encourages all students to sign up for the contest prior to the game. Sign-up is at the alumni association table in the arena lobby. Student members who present their association card receive a coupon for a free hamburger and fries order courtesy of the Student Center McDonald's.

Students who are not already alumni association members can join the SIU Alumni Association for $15. Membership gives students access to discounts at many local and national businesses. Membership benefits include a subscription to "Southern Alumni" magazine and "Saluki Pride" newsletter, discounts on Saluki merchandise, pre-game Saluki home football game tailgates and networking opportunities.

For more information, contact the SIU Alumni Association at 618/453-2408 or visit www.siualumni.com.