December 03, 2009

11th annual Saluki Finals Finish set for Dec. 14-15

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- In no time at all, the fall 2009 semester will end at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. But, it will wrap up in true Saluki style at the 11th annual Saluki Finals Finish Dec. 14-15.

The event runs from 6 p.m. to midnight each evening at the Student Recreation Center. It’s a chance for study and recreation time while volunteer University faculty and staff serve up free food and beverages. During extended hours at the center, students can study for finals, work off stress, socialize with friends, boost their energy with refreshments and even get a bit of moral support.

George Schedler is a frequent volunteer helper at Saluki Finals Finish, lending a hand virtually every year.

“I enjoy making life here easier for the students,” said Schedler, professor and chair of the philosophy department. He said they event is also a great chance to see students from his previous classes and meet faculty and staff from around campus he likely otherwise wouldn’t have contact with.

In years past, the event spanned three days, but since attendance is typically lower on Sunday, this year the two-day event will run on Monday and Tuesday and organizers plan to add a two-day spring session Saluki Finals Finish on May 10 and 11. A record-setting number of students -- 4,000 in all -- enjoyed the fall 2008 Saluki Finals Finish, consuming literally more than a ton of free food as they prepared mentally and physically for final exams.

Providing support for the 11th Annual Saluki Finals Finish are Library Affairs, the Law School, Graduate School and School of Medicine along with the colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Applied Sciences and Arts, Business, Education and Human Services, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Mass Communication and Media Arts, and Science.