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!


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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Get Your SIU 150th Anniversary Apparel

The SIU Alumni Association is hosting a pop-up online store with Silkworm featuring commemorative 150th anniversary apparel for all university faculty and staff to purchase for the upcoming school year. You’ll find nearly a dozen items on sale, from t-shirts to pullovers to dress shirts. Hurry, though, the deadline to order is August 12. Departmental customization is available. Buyers can opt to have items shipped directly to them or pick up their purchases at the Association’s main office during regular university business hours.

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