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New Student Programs helps connect students and families to the university and community. These connections facilitate the integration of students and families into the intellectual, cultural and social climate of SIU and Carbondale. Students can focus on enhancing their Saluki experience and are given the tools to begin their journey.

TheBigEvent.PNGAre you ready to make a difference in the Carbondale community? Do you want to be a part of the hundreds of SIU students who will come together for a cause? Then join the 2nd Annual The BIG Event: A Saluki Day of Service on Saturday, April 7, 2018.  This one-day service event is a way for SIU students to give back while also saying “Thank you” to the Carbondale community that has supported them throughout the year.

During The Big Event, volunteers can serve during a morning and/or afternoon shift.  Volunteer projects will be varied and volunteers will be able to choose which project they want to do.

To be a volunteer during The Big Event, please register by going to The Big Event website at Registration will begin February 1, 2018.

If you are interested in being a leader on the day of the event, please complete a Site Leader application.  A link to the online application can also be found on The Big Event website.

If you have any questions or need more information, please visit The Big Event website or send an email to


The Big Event: Community Projects + SIU Volunteers + Lasting Impact