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Each year SIU depends upon returning students, faculty and staff, and the Carbondale community to help welcome new students to campus. Volunteers play a critical role in events and help establish a sense of the SIU community from a new student’s first day on campus. Volunteer roles vary greatly, so anyone can be involved – simply choose a shift that works for you.

If you are interested in receiving information about 2017 volunteer opportunities during University Housing move-in, Saluki Startup and Weeks of Welcome, and the Solar Eclipse; please complete a brief interest form.

Volunteer for Saluki Startup

Volunteer for Weeks of Welcome



The 2017 total solar Eclipse is a particularly exciting time for SIU and the Carbondale community. Many events will be happening across campus, and the organizers are looking for volunteers. A variety of shifts and responsibilities are available.

Volunteer for the Eclipse

Saluki Family Association sponsorship

The Saluki Family Association sponsorship program facilitates connections between students and their family members and supporters and members of the Carbondale community. Sponsorship packages are available at a variety of levels to meet the needs of varying businesses and organizations. Saluki Family Association sponsors receive unique access to our students through publications, programs and events, the MySIU app, and social media. Saluki Family Association sponsors also receive complimentary invites to resource fairs at New Student Orientation and the community welcome events during Saluki Startup and Weeks of Welcome. 

Saluki Family Association Prospective Sponsor Packet (Download PDF) 

New Student Programs Sponsorship Order Form

Welcome Events

Each year New Student Programs and the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce partner to offer new students a chance to interact with local businesses and organizations.

2017 Community Welcome events

  •  Welcome Fest – 7:30-8:30pm Thursday, 08/17 at the SIU Arena
  •  Carbondale Business Fair 11am-1pm Wednesday, 08/23 at the SIU Student Center

Businesses can register for either event separately or both for a discounted price. Discounted prices are also available for Chamber members and Saluki Family Association sponsors.Additional information and registration form can be found at the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce website.

Student Job Fair

Each fall and spring semester SIU hosts a Student Job Fair. Campus departments and off-campus businesses who are looking to hire students for part-time or student employment positions are invited to attend. Meet students, identify talent, and recruit the best and brightest SIU has to offer. The fall 2017 Student Job Fair will be held Wednesday, August 23 from 1:30-4:30pm in the Student Center Ballrooms. Free to participate – register online today!