July 29, 2010

Volunteers needed for move-in, other events

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- In just a few weeks, new students will arrive at Southern Illinois University Carbondale to begin the next phase of their lives. New Student Programs offers a variety of ways you can help them start that journey off right, Saluki-style.

The call is out for volunteers to assist with move-in and several other events set for Aug. 18-22. Anyone can help -- faculty, staff, Registered Student Organizations, business representatives and community members.

Become an Honorary Student Life Advisor and help new students move in between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Aug. 18 or 19. Or, be on hand during move-in to offer information and provide a friendly greeting for students and their families. You can sign up to work any portion of move-in. Southern Social is an all-new event, part of the new Saluki Startup program. Set for 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 20 at the Old Main Mall in front of Shryock Auditorium, Southern Social features a traditional pep rally, a spirit contest and a free barbecue for students. The new Salukis have the opportunity to meet some of the SIUC athletes and administrators, make new friends and have a great time. Volunteers will assist with many aspects of the social.

A tradition dating back to Delyte W. Morris, longtime SIU president, returns in 2010, too. You can welcome new and returning students to SIUC by helping serve drinks and cold, juicy fruit during the Watermelon Fest with the Chancellor. Join Chancellor Rita Cheng and SIUC students at the Old Main Mall in front of Shryock Auditorium from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 22.

Volunteers will also help staff campus welcome stations at various locations around the campus the first two days of classes, Aug. 23 and 24. Volunteers will help direct students where they want to go and provide other valuable information as needed.

To sign up to help with any of these activities or to learn more about the volunteer opportunities, look online at www.wow.siuc.edu/volunteer.html. Or, contact New Student Programs at 618/453-1000.