September 26, 2012

University Housing centennial celebration begins

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- One hundred years ago Anthony Hall opened as Southern Illinois University Carbondale's first residence hall, and its first boarders were all women.  Now, University Housing is celebrating 100 years of serving as the home away from home for thousands of students with a number of special events. 

The schedule includes:

  • Family Weekend Tailgate co-sponsored by New Student Programs and Undergraduate Admissions, Sept. 29, 3-6 p.m., Saluki Row.  Everyone is welcome to enjoy free food, games and prizes.
  • Homecoming Tailgate, Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saluki Row.  It's a celebration with alumni and friends.
  • "Dining through the Decades" theme meal, Oct. 18, and March 20, and April 9, 2013.  Locations and times vary.  See for details.
  •  University Museum special exhibit celebrating 100 years of University Housing, Jan. 22-March 8, 2013, Faner Hall.

      •  University Museum reception for an exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of University Housing, Feb. 8, 2013, 4-7 p.m., Faner Hall. 

Through the years University Housing has grown considerably to meet the needs of students from around the world. Today, there are 15 residence halls housing about 3,500 students, along with more than 750 students residing in Wall & Grand Apartments and other apartment communities.

University Housing continues to evolve and plan for the students of today and tomorrow while celebrating its past. Demolition of the Triads, three four-story residence halls, is nearing completion, and plans call for Mae Smith, Schneider Hall and Neely Hall to come down in coming years.  The work is part of the multi-phase 2011 University Housing Master Plan that will make way for a four-phase project involving construction of four new 425 to 450-bed residence halls in the next decade.

Additional information about University Housing’s centennial celebration or future plans, visit the website at