March 23, 2011

Announcement of bus naming contest winner set

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The results are in and a public ceremony Thursday evening, March 24, at the Old Main Lounge in Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Student Center will announce the winner of the Saluki Express Route 8 Bus Naming Contest.

The event begins at 6 p.m. The program will include brief comments by staff and program organizers, recognition of all 19 students who entered the competition, and the winner announcement. The winner will claim an iPad.

Media Advisory

Reporters, photographers and news crews are welcome to cover the announcement of the winner of the Saluki Express Route 8 Bus Naming Contest. The announcement ceremony will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, in the Old Main Lounge on the second floor of the SIUC Student Center.

The SIUC Student Health Center Wellness Center sponsored the competition to promote the use of the bus route as a safe travel option for students. The bus runs from 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays covering a route including Carbondale areas heavily populated by or visited by students, including the campus and downtown.

All University students were eligible to enter the contest by submitting a name, a tag line to promote the route, and a design incorporating the name and tagline. Student voting continues until Thursday in the art gallery area at the south end of the Student Center. Organizers hope that by involving the students in naming the route it gives them a sense of ownership in the safe transportation route and expanded use of the bus.

For more information, contact Christopher Julian-Fralish, coordinator of the Alcohol and Other Drug Program at the Student Health Center Wellness Center, by calling 618/536-4441 or by email at