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.
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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.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale began as a small teachers college but has evolved into a large, internationally known research university. “Southern Illinois University at 150 Years: Growth, Accomplishments and Challenges” tells that story through hundreds of photographs, personal recollections and interesting stories.
Edited by John S. Jackson, visiting professor at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute and political science professor emeritus, it features contributions by dozens of others affiliated with the university and community. Within the pages of this 384-page hardcover coffee table book, you will find stories and photos highlighting theater and musical performances, art, sports, alumni past and present, distinguished visitors, the campus buildings, programs and activities, and SIU faculty, staff and administrators. The narrative, which largely focuses on the last 50 years, includes many little known tales and interesting highlights.
In celebration of SIU’s “Diamond Jubilee,” the book “Southern Illinois University: The First Seventy-Five Years” was published in 1949. Filled with pictures and interesting historical information, the 75th anniversary book highlights the university’s founding and transition from a normal school to a teacher’s college to becoming SIU. Within its pages, you will discover photos of iconic campus buildings and discover why many bear the names they do, see the 1899 Glee Club and what the student body looked like in 1949, and find all kinds of fascinating information. Explore SIU’s early years in this volume, created by the Diamond Jubilee Committee with Eli Gilbert Lentz as chair. Lentz, for whom Lentz Hall is named, was a longtime SIU faculty member and the first to receive the honorary title “University Professor.” He later served as acting director of Alumni Service.