Honor SIU’s proud past and promising future by helping us celebrate our 150th year! We launch our anniversary with the March 6 Day of Giving. Throughout the year, we’ll host speakers and events; release a book on the university’s history; and integrate the celebration into everything we do from homecoming to museum exhibits. And we’ll end the anniversary year with the ultimate birthday party.

There’s more to come. We’ll begin posting information here soon. Please come back often!

150 Challenge

We want you to get creative in celebrating our 150th Anniversary!

The 150 Challenge is about showing our Saluki Pride while celebrating our big anniversary. You can do a challenge alone or with friends. The important thing is to bring in the 150 theme to whatever challenge you choose.

Like Grey Dawg taking a picture with 150+ students, your challenge can be simple or as involved as you want to make it.

So grab a group of friends, roommates, coworkers, club members or anyone who wants to participate and show your Saluki Pride!

Fill out the form and let us know what you are planning. We will be sharing the challenges on our social media channels so everyone can see our 150 celebrations.

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It was a celebration 150 years in the making, and it didn’t disappoint.

On March 6, SIU’s alumni and friends gathered to honor the university during the third annual Day of Giving. Together, more than $900,000 was raised on a day marked by fun and philanthropy. As of press time, the official numbers were still being finalized.

In the Morris Library rotunda, dozens of Salukis and supporters enjoyed a surprise gift. An oversized gift box was opened, unveiling a surprise theater performance by Grey Dawg and students from the SIU theater department. Interim Chancellor John Dunn gave remarks and Mayor Mike Henry presented SIU with a city proclamation for the SIU Day of Giving. The event was capped off with birthday cake. 

“It was a wonderful day to be a Saluki.”

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