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September 16, 2022

SIU accepting entries for 2022 Family of the Year contest until Sept. 19

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Entries are now being accepting for Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s 2022 Saluki Family of the Year contest.

During Family Weekend, set for Sept. 22-24, the university will honor one “legacy” Saluki Family of the Year – that’s a family in which at least one parent or legal guardian is an SIU Carbondale graduate – and one “non-legacy” Family of the Year.

The theme of this year’s Family Weekend is “Salukis’ Funniest Home Videos,” and contestants are invited to submit a short creative or amusing home video with their entry.

All entries are due by 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, and interested families can complete the form online. The winners will be selected the following day.

New Student Programs will honor the selected families with a prize package that includes a one-night state at the Hampton Inn in Carbondale, tickets to the SIU vs. University of North Dakota football game on Sept. 24, Saluki swag and other goodies. The recognition takes place during a weekend packed with special activities led by the Office of Student Engagement.

For more information about the 2022 Family of the Year contest, visit

Family Weekend also includes a wide variety of special activities including the chance to “Meet Oscar and Kevin from ‘The Office,’” a big craft sale, Greek Sing, Saluki football and other activities. Find out more online.