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February 28, 2018

SIU Day of Giving recognized by City of Carbondale

CARBONDALE, Ill — The City of Carbondale has declared March 7, 2018, as the SIU Day of Giving, commemorating the university’s founding on that day 149 years ago.  

At the council’s meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 27, Mayor Mike Henry read a proclamation detailing the rationale for a commemorative day to mark SIU Day of Giving. 

Day of Giving commemorates 149th anniversary of SIU’s founding

SIU Foundation’s Vice Chancellor Jim Salmo thanked the council for the honor and expressed appreciation to the city of Carbondale and its residents for the loyal support they have given the university for over a century.

“All of us at SIU are deeply honored by this proclamation, as we are honored by the history of cooperation and commitment between the city and the university,” Salmo said after the meeting. “That cooperation has been a hallmark of our achievements for the last 149 years together.”

Henry presented Salmo with the proclamation recognizing March 7, 2018, as the commemorative day. Each of the council members was given an SIU Day of Giving T-shirt.

Give the gift of experience online and on campus

The anniversary is being celebrated online at and at several booths on campus. 

On Wednesday, March 7, at 2 p.m., Chancellor Carlo Montemagno will give remarks at the Morris Library. All community members, alumni, staff, and students are invited to attend. 

Everyone is encouraged to give back to SIU by visiting and choosing their favorite area on campus to support.  

SIU Day of Giving: The Gift of Experience – March 7, 2018

Below is the proclamation by the City of Carbondale:

Whereas, Southern Illinois University Carbondale has recognized March 7, 2018, as “SIU Day of Giving – The Gift of Experience”; and

Whereas, on this day, members of the SIU community will join together for an extraordinary day of giving back – inspiring Salukis everywhere to come together to show their pride by supporting students and helping to shape the University; and

Whereas, every gift made will have an impact on students, the University and our community, providing essential funding for scholarships, expanded learning opportunities, and strengthening engagement to the community; and

Whereas, SIU Day of Giving is the largest one-day philanthropy event for all who are committed to Southern Illinois University – a day when alumni, friends, staff, faculty and community members will come together to give the “Gift of Experience.”

Now, therefore, I, John M. Henry, Mayor of the City of Carbondale, Illinois, do hereby proclaim Wednesday, March 7, 2018 as

SIU Day of Giving: The Gift of Experience

In the City of Carbondale, Illinois, and urge all citizens to recognize that together, in just one day, we can create opportunities for current students and future Salukis to find a home – find success.

Ordered this Twenty-Seventh day of February, 2018.