March 09, 2017

Still time to register for ‘The Big Event’

Registration for faculty, staff and students to volunteer for the largest one-day service project in the university’s history – the inaugural “The Big Event: A Saluki Day of Service” on April 1, closes on March 17. 

Saluki volunteers will work in teams to complete projects for non-profit agencies and organizations in the Carbondale area. Volunteers get to select their preferred project sight, although after Friday, March 10, there is less flexibility to make or change your selection. 

To learn more, register and volunteer at a project site, visit   

To volunteer as on-campus event staff, visit here to register. The registration for on-campus event staff ends at noon, Friday, March 10. In addition, all volunteers who want to serve as on-campus event staff must attend a training session from 5 to 7 p.m., March 30, or 4-6 p.m., March 31. More details on the training will be available after registration. 

As a reminder, children are not able to participate in this event. 

For questions about serving as event staff, contact Jon Shaffer, director, University Housing, at 453-2301 or or Kathy Shaffer, conference coordinator, Continuing Education and Professional Development, at 453-2430 or Other questions about “The Big Event” can be sent to Cordy Love, director, New Student Programs, at 453-1000 or or Nick Weshinskey, coordinator, University College, at 536-5558 or

“The Big Event: A Saluki Day of Service” is modeled after Texas A & M University’s inaugural event in 1982. You will find The Big Event on 110 campuses across the country, and at universities in Spain, Australia, Germany, Pakistan and Italy.

“The Big Event: A Saluki Day of Service” is designed to be a thank-you to the community for supporting students and our university. Agencies and organizations that will benefit from this day of service include the Boys & Girls Club of Carbondale, Jackson County Healthy Communities Coalition, Carbondale Main Street, Green Earth, For Kids’ Sake, the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, Keep Carbondale Beautiful and the Autism Society of Illinois.