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Family involvement and support is extremely important to students as they pursue their college degree. At SIU Carbondale, we want family members to share in the Saluki experience by not only becoming involved in activities on campus, but by learning about issues their students may be going through, remaining aware of important dates, etc.

Saluki Family Weekend

Thursday, September 19th - Sunday, September 22nd, 2024

Sibs & Kids Day

Saturday, March 2nd, 2024 

Family Newsletter

Our Family Newsletter keeps students' families connected with the university.

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Saluki Family of the Year Contest

New Student Programs is hosting a contest for your family to be named Family of the Year during Saluki Family Weekend, Sept. 19-22 A committee will select one legacy* family and one non-legacy family for our contest! *Legacy = parent or guardian is an SIU Carbondale graduate. 

The Families of the Year will receive an exclusive prize package that includes:

  • 1-night stay at Drury Inn and Suites in Marion, IL (can be used Saturday, September 30 for Family Weekend or another date)

  • Chancellor Suite with food and beverages for game viewing

  • Saluki Merchandise

  • Recognition at half time and plenty of family photos

Submissions for 2024 will open on August 26th. Deadline for submissions on Friday, September 6th.

Past Saluki Families of the Year

2023: Cheek Family and Sherrod Family (Press Release)

2022: Hallock Family, Ballah Family and Learned Family (Press Release)

2021: Hartke Family and Glasper Family (Press Release)

2020: Gerdes Family and Vela Family (Press Release)