You may have heard that SIU is gearing up for a very important milestone. This year marks the university’s 150th anniversary, and we have a lot to celebrate. We’ll kick off a year of festive events and more with our annual Day of Giving on March 6.
We feel like this is a fitting launch because our proud history is so tied to our alumni, donors and community. You all have supported this university since it was founded, and our future is closely linked to your success and support.
Throughout the year, visit 150.siu.edu to see upcoming events, historical information and more. There will be opportunities to tell your SIU story and submit your own 150th-themed events to the calendar.
I invite all of you to join the celebration, whether you’re an alumnus, current or former member of the faculty or staff, student, a special visitor or a member of the broader community.
Here’s a sneak peek at the three themes – focusing on the past, present and future – that we’ll be reflecting on during the year.
SIU has a distinguished history that demonstrates its determination and resilience. This year, we’ll remember some of the great people and events contributing to SIU’s success since its founding in 1869. This includes notable firsts, accomplished faculty and staff members and our incredible alumni.
The yearlong celebration starts this spring and includes the launch of a new book about SIU’s history. We will also host history-themed displays across campus, have a monthly post on our This Is SIU blog telling the story of specific landmarks and events that make SIU unique, and mark this milestone in other ways.
After 150 years, SIU is a proud, strong university dedicated to experiential education, innovation, and engagement with our local and global communities. We are a top-tier research institution, and our faculty and students continue to contribute to solutions for some of the world’s most pressing problems.
Throughout the year, we will honor the current accomplishments of our students, faculty and staff. In addition, we’ll continue to highlight interesting and groundbreaking research and creative activities and recognize faculty and staff who go above and beyond for our students on our This Is SIU blog.
Our story is far from complete. SIU looks forward to a promising future that will build on its traditions and strengths. As we mark this sesquicentennial, we will look to the future with optimism and a commitment to having a positive future impact on our students, alumni and community.
I am particularly proud of the values reflected in the SIU mission, and I believe those values will help Salukis stand as leaders in the future. We have a strong community of friends and donors who believe in this promise and will help lift SIU to new heights.
Join me on March 6 as SIU celebrates its annual Day of Giving and looks toward this bright future. Together, we can show the world that SIU is full of tradition, pride and promise.