February 16, 2017

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SIU Faculty, Staff:

Saturday, April 1, is the date for “The Big Event: A Saluki Day of Service,” the largest one-day, student-led community service project in our university’s history. This is an opportunity for all of us to thank the community for its support of SIU, and I encourage you to participate.

“The Big Event: A Saluki Day of Service” is modeled after Texas A & M University’s inaugural event in 1982. You will find The Big Event on 110 campuses across the country, and at universities in Spain, Australia, Germany, Pakistan and Italy.

Local agencies and organizations that will benefit from our day of service include the Boys & Girls Club of Carbondale, Jackson County Healthy Communities Coalition, Carbondale Main Street, Green Earth, For Kids’ Sake, the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, Keep Carbondale Beautiful and the Autism Society of Illinois.

To learn more and to sign up to volunteer, please visit thebigevent.siu.edu.

Sincerely,

Brad Colwell
Interim Chancellor