September 29, 2010

‘Saluki Shore’ is theme for Homecoming 2010

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Think beach and boardwalk, sun and fun, and celebrating homecoming as only Salukis can. Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Homecoming 2010 festivities run Oct. 4 to 10 with dozens of exciting events. Saluki Shore is the theme and this year also marks a big reunion for all of the former fraternity and sorority members who spent their Greek years at SIUC.

The festivities include social events, movies, a comedy show, a patio dedication, tours, volleyball, court elections, special museum events and display, music and concerts, and of course, the homecoming parade and football game. The grand marshals this year are James W. “Jim” Hart and wife Mary. An Evanston native, Hart played Saluki football prior to his 19-year pro career with all but one year with the former St. Louis Cardinals.

As quarterback at SIUC, he passed for well over 3,700 yards and scored 34 touchdowns. As a Cardinal, he won a number of honors, played several times in the Pro Bowl and led his team to consecutive division titles in the mid-1970s. A 1998 inductee into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, Hart returned to his alma mater as athletics director in the 1990s.

The schedule for Homecoming 2010 on the SIUC campus and around the Carbondale community includes:

Monday, Oct. 4

• Homecoming Kick-off, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Free Forum Area east of parking garage. The Student Programming Council Homecoming Committee sponsors this time of free food, give-a-ways of homecoming items and entertainment. You can meet the homecoming court candidates and eat free pizza. The WCIL van will also be on site.

• Homecoming king and queen elections. Online voting starts at 8 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 5

• Homecoming king and queen elections, online voting.

• Homecoming blood drive, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Student Center Ballrooms.

Wednesday, Oct. 6

• Homecoming king and queen elections, online voting.

Thursday, Oct. 7

• Homecoming king and queen elections, online voting.

• All Greek Reunion registration and check-in, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the John Corker Lounge in the Student Center.

• All Greek Reunion Meet and Greet Social, 6 p.m., Tres Hombres Mexican Restaurant in Carbondale. This is an opportunity for the University’s Greek alumni to gather for dinner and drinks. Cash bar and full menu available.

• “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” movie presentation by Student Programming Council Films, 7 p.m., Student Center Auditorium. Tickets are $2 for SIUC students with their University ID and for children ages 3-10. Admission to the Disney fantasy for the general public is $3.

• Homecoming Comedy Show, “F’N Funny Homecoming Comedy Show,” 8 p.m., Student Center Ballrooms. The Student Programming Council is sponsoring this evening with well-known comedians Nema Williams, Benji Brown and Cocoa Brown. Tickets are $5 each and available only in advance at the business office on the second floor of the Student Center.

Friday, Oct. 8

• Dental Professionals Seminar, “Exploring the Common Myths of Clinical Procedures,” 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Student Center International Lounge/Auditorium. Sherry Burns, senior education consultant with Hu-Friedy Manufacturing Inc., will present this seminar exploring myths and misconceptions about dentistry.

• Class of 1960 guided tour of campus and Carbondale, 8:30 a.m., meeting in front of the Student Center.

• All Greek Reunion check-in/registration, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Student Center, John Corker Lounge.

• Technology and Innovation Expo, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center, 150 E. Pleasant Hill Road, Carbondale.

• SIU Alumni Association board of directors meeting, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Student Center, Ballroom D.

• Class of 1960 brunch, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Student Center, Old Main Lounge.

• All Greek Reunion campus tours, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tours begin and end every half-hour in front of the Student Center.

• SIU Alumni Association and SIU Foundation lunch, noon-1:30 p.m., Student Center, Ballroom D.

• SIU Foundation board of directors meeting, 1:30-4 p.m., Student Center, Ballroom A.

• All Greek Reunion Open House, 2-4 p.m., Student Center, West International Lounge.

• Morris Library Patio Dedication, 4 p.m., southeast corner of Morris Library. Punch and cookies, library tours offered.

• All Greek Reunion Winery Tour, 4-7 p.m., charter bus leaves Holiday Inn at 4 p.m.

• Distinguished Alumni Recognition Reception, 4:30 p.m., Student Recreation Center, Alumni Lounge. The SIU Alumni Association is sponsoring the event and all are welcome.

• Alumni Band Group, Marching Saluki Alumni reception, 6 p.m., Student Center, Cambria Room/Renaissance Room on the first floor.

• Chemistry Alumni Reunion, 6 p.m., Von Jakob Winery in Alto Pass.

• Step Show by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., 6:06 p.m., Shryock Auditorium. The SIUC Pan-Hellenic Organizations will perform their traditional step shows.

• Half-Century Club Dinner, 6:15 p.m., Student Center, Ballroom D.

• Reunion Launch Party, 7 p.m. to midnight, Holiday Inn ballrooms. Reconnect with all of your fellow Greek alumni from SIUC. Free appetizers, cash bar, full menu available.

• “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” movie presentation, 7 and 9:30 p.m. showings, Student Center Auditorium. Tickets are $2 for SIUC students with their University ID and for children ages 3-10 and $3 for general public.

• SIUC volleyball versus Indiana State, 7 p.m. Davies Gym.

Saturday, Oct. 9

• Pre-tailgate homecoming breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, University Museum, north end of Faner Hall. Enjoy the various museum exhibits including Vera Felts’ Saluki stamp collection. Take pictures with a Saluki cutout and the retired Grey and Brown Dog mascots.

• American Airlines Aviation Career Day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. About 100 prospective students will visit campus courtesy of American Airlines.

• SIUC Homecoming parade, 9:30 a.m.

• Alumni Homecoming tailgate, 11 a.m., Saluki Row. The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is hosting and all speech communication alumni are welcome.

• SIU Alumni Association Big Tent and Tailgate, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., McAndrew Stadium field. The SIU Alumni Association will sponsor this time of food and fun and everyone is welcome.

• Student Center 50th Anniversary Tailgate, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., front lawn of the Student Center. Enjoy free food, music and viewing interesting Student Center and campus memorabilia. They’ll provide tours upon request. RSVP by calling 618/453-1142.

• Homecoming football game against the Northern Iowa Panthers, 2 p.m. kickoff, Saluki Stadium. Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for children and available at the ticket windows at Lingle Hall or at the game. Homecoming court coronation will be at halftime.

• All Greek Reunion Post-Game Party, after game to 7 p.m., Student Center, Ballroom D/ John Corker Lounge.

• Alumni Band Group, Marching Saluki Alumni Dinner, 6 p.m., Spinoni’s restaurant, 501 E. Walnut St., Carbondale. Pay for what you order.

• 39th annual Miss Eboness Pageant, doors open at 6:34 p.m. with show at 7:06 p.m., Shryock Auditorium. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity sponsors the competition. It’s general admission, no reserved seating, with eight young women vying for the title and the chance to move on to the state competition. Tickets are $7 before Oct. 9 or $9 on the day of the event and available at Shryock Auditorium. There is a $1.50 service charge per ticket for telephone or online sales. Get a ticket to the pageant and the afterset party for the “Combo Deal” price of $27 before Oct. 9 or $32 on event day. Ticket information is online at

• Movie presentation of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” 7 and 9:30 p.m. shows, Student Center Auditorium. Tickets are $2 for SIU students with ID and for children ages 3-10 or $3 for the general public.

• SIUC women’s volleyball takes on Indiana State, 7 p.m., Davies Gym.

• Miss Eboness Afterset, 10:06 p.m., Student Recreation Center with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity as sponsor. The party features DJ Drama of “Gangsta Grillz” fame along with DJ White Out. Tickets are $27 before Oct. 9 and $32 on event day, and only available for purchase individually after the Miss Eboness Pageant sells out. The $27 “Combo Deal” features admission to the pageant and the Afterset party. Look online for ticket details at

Sunday, Oct. 10

• All Greek Reunion Constituency Group, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Student Center, Ohio Room.

• Alice Ripley in Concert, 2 p.m., McLeod Theatre with the Department of Theater as sponsor. Tony Award-winning actress Alice Ripley presents a free concert of original music to kick off the 2010-2011 concert season.

The University Museum has a number of special displays and activities during the week as well, including the Vogel Collection, Carbondale Community Arts’ 12th Biennial display, Ed Shay’s “Ghosts” (a collection of watercolors and sculptures), metalsmith works, Vera Felts’ Saluki Stamps, and the SIMS 2nd Annual Form. Check for more information.

Along with all of the many exciting homecoming activities, a variety of University facilities will feature special hours, discounts and offers. For instance, Alumni Association members can use the Student Recreation Center facilities free with their membership card or enjoy free boat rental at the campus lake boat dock. Check the website at or call 618/453-1277 for hours and details. Alumni can also enjoy discount bowling and billiards prices at Student Center Bowling and Billiards. Call 618/453-2803 for more information. Likewise, you can show your Alumni Association membership card at the University Bookstore for a 20 percent discount on items with the SIU imprint.

For more information about Saluki Shore Homecoming 2010, look online at or call the Student Programming Council at 618/536-3393.