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December 2019

Forever SIU Campaign extended after surpassing $90 million

A three-year fundraising campaign for Southern Illinois University Carbondale will be extended after raising $90 million, surpassing its goal of $75 million. [MORE]

Burris Shares His Saluki Pride

Showing his support for the students at his alma mater, Burris established an endowed emergency fund for students in need. [MORE]

November 2019

Building A Path To SIU And Its Region

Mueller said the reason they chose to donate to the Touch of Nature’s bike path project, most specifically to build a kids’ pump track, is to honor their parents’ love for children. [MORE]

Barrick hopes gift brings good fortune to others

In Bob Barrick’s life, everything has been earned. But it has also been founded on his educational experience at SIU. [MORE]

October 2019

Estate planning leaves lasting legacy

SIU made a lasting impression on Kimberly Omelson, and now, she plans to leave her mark on the university. [MORE]

Couple of educators: Dan & Kathy Wheeler fund scholarship for future teachers

Dan and Kathy Wheeler’s passion for Southern Illinois University may only be eclipsed by their passion for education. [MORE]

Arena puts SIU on the esports map

Walking into Student Center’s northside entrance, the blue light is eye-catching. It draws attention to one of the university’s newest attractions – the SIU Esports Arena. [MORE]

Alumnus strengthens commitment to automotive tech

A 1978 graduate of SIU’s automotive technology program, Swartz is one of many alumni who remembers the program’s previous home, the old military barracks in Carterville. [MORE]

September 2019

Grant Opens Door to Podcasting

When Benedict learned his department received a $7,500 grant from the SIU Foundation to purchase podcasting equipment last spring, he was thrilled. [MORE]

SIU Day of Giving Makes Library’s Digital Scanner Dream Come True

Morris Library received 53 acts of kindness last March during SIU’s 3rd annual Day of Giving. [MORE]

Money raised by kayak trip already being put into action

With the presentation of a $25,500 check to the Veteran Adventures program at SIU’s Touch of Nature, it would be easy to assume a journey that began months ago had officially ended. Instead, it’s just another step of an ongoing process. [MORE]

August 2019

Delaney elected president of SIU Foundation

David Delaney, a 1983 graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, has been elected to a two-year term as chairman of the SIU Foundation. [MORE]

July 2019

School of Music brings entertainment, improves student experience

With a $15,000 grant from the SIU Foundation, the School of Music provided educational and artistic endeavors, benefiting students and the community at large. [MORE]

June 2019

The power of “just a thought”

Giedeman’s idea to raise money for a scholarship dovetailed perfectly into SIU’s Day of Giving on March 6. With the added excitement of the university’s 150th anniversary kickoff celebration, members of the group banded together and donated. The outpouring was phenomenal. [MORE]

Scholarship continues service and teaching legacy of Dr. Barb Brown

On Saturday, June 8, the family of Barb Brown held the annual garden party at the Leavitt family farm in Ellis Grove to raise funds for the Barb Brown Memorial Fund. Proceeds of the fund will be used to continue the service and teaching legacy of Dr. Brown. [MORE]

SIU Credit Union Provides Support for Touch of Nature

Kim Babington, vice president of community outreach presented a $10,000 donation check to J.D. Tanner, director of Touch of Nature. The funds will go to support programs and activities. [MORE]

Heck or high water: Philanthropic canoer will persevere

Nejmanowski is canoeing the entire length of the Mississippi to raise funds for Touch of Nature’s Veteran Adventures program and bring awareness to other issues that affect veterans. [MORE]

May 2019

Forever SIU campaign exceeds $75 million goal

Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s student-focused Forever SIU campaign has surpassed its $75 million goal with seven months to go. [MORE]

Grad assistant’s canoe trip down Mississippi to begin this weekend

This Paddle for Patriots trip will act as fundraiser and awareness campaign for Touch of Nature’s Veteran Adventures program. [MORE]

Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Banterra Bank announce arena naming-rights agreement

Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Banterra Bank, the region's largest, locally-owned bank, announced a 10-year naming-rights agreement that will rebrand SIU Arena as Banterra Center. [MORE]

New scholarship gives students further opportunities in international studies

The Thanu and Nongyao Kulachol Library Scholarship gives current SIU students an extra dose of support in their study of Asian Cultures. The funding recognizes the Kulachol’s remarkable contribution to education worldwide and encourages students to follow a similar path of leadership and excellence. [MORE]

April 2019

ZeVeyon Furcron awarded the Julius A. and Norma H. Johnson Athletic Scholarship

"ZeVeyon does everything right for our team and leads by example," said head football coach Nick Hill. "His attitude and personality is contagious and makes people around him better." [MORE]

March 2019

SIU Carbondale Day of Giving totals exceed $909,000

The totals are nearly in, and Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s March 6 Day of Giving raised more than $909,000 for scholarships, programs and other SIU priorities. [MORE]

Join the party as SIU begins its 150th anniversary celebration March 6

It’s a 150th birthday bash and you’re invited. Southern Illinois University Carbondale was founded in 1869 and on March 6, as the third annual  Day of Giving is underway, a yearlong celebration highlighting the university’s accomplishments and future will begin. [MORE]

Saluki Food Pantry - a worthy project for the SIU Day of Giving

“Initially, the chancellor funded the pantry, but for the current fiscal year, we are operating off of the SIU Foundation funding,” Epplin said. “The pantry runs on a very simple budget.” [MORE]

Shaping the future through philanthropy

Nancy Mundschenk and her husband, Paul, established the Teachers Shape the Future matching fund for the SIU Day of Giving on Wednesday, March 6. They’ll be matching donations up to a total of $5,000 to benefit the Office of Teacher Education within the College of Education and Human Services. [MORE]

Campus police raising funds for K9 unit

DPS seeks to acquire a K9 trained in explosives detection,” said Chief Benjamin Newman. “The K9 will be utilized during major events on campus. In the past, we’ve requested assistance from other agencies to provide this service.”[MORE]

Grad assistant to paddle the Mississippi to support veterans at Touch of Nature

“It’s called Paddle for Patriots,” said Nejmanowski, an SIU alumnus, Touch of Nature graduate assistant and Veteran Adventures coordinator. “I’m going to be raising awareness and money for the Veteran Adventures program.”[MORE]

SIU kicks off its yearlong 150th anniversary celebration with the Day of Giving on March 6

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is launching a yearlong celebration of its 150th anniversary. The fun begins March 6 with the 2019 Day of Giving, an event rallying the university’s supporters from near and far.[MORE]

January 2019

Kyleigh Decker awarded the Virginia Gordon Scholarship

"The Virginia Gordon Scholarship isn't just an award to me," said Decker. "It's an opportunity to open new doors and to become the person I've dreamed of being!" [MORE]

Saluki Hall of Famer Susie Rashid establishes endowed scholarship for Swimming & Diving

Saluki Hall of Fame swimmer Susie Rashid, a College of Business alumnus (1987) and University of Chicago MBA graduate (1998), has established the Saluki Spirit Swimming Scholarship, the Saluki Athletic Scholarship Fund announced on Wednesday. Rashid was a member of the Saluki women's swimming team from 1983-1987 and was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002. [MORE]

Ag Students Express Their Appreciation, Excitement

For two current students, the impact of Georgy’s gift is already being felt. Not only has it brought new livestock to the farms, it’s strengthened their Saluki spirits. [MORE]

Beef, Swine Center donation goes beyond animals

The $50,000 gift, made by Paul Georgy ’73, will bring a new lot of pigs and cattle to the farm. The short-term effect will be the immediate improvement of the quality of the livestock, but the long-term benefits are expected to go much further. [MORE]

A place to create: Day of Giving ensures Morris Library stays ahead of the curve

During the 2018 SIU Day of Giving, Morris Library raised $7,455 from 36 gifts. That money was used to reach one of the library’s top fundraising goals – installing an Adobe Creative Cloud workstation. [MORE]