Volunteers needed for student move-in

Submitted by Carbondale Times on

Christi Mathis
SIU Media Service

In just a few weeks, students will start a new year at Southern Illinois University and volunteers are needed Aug. 16 and 17 to welcome incoming Salukis and help them move into on-campus residences.

SIU faculty and staff along with community volunteers will play a vital part in assuring students are settled in their new homes in time for classes, which begin Aug. 22. New students will move in on Aug. 16; returning students move in Aug. 17.

Individual volunteers and groups are invited to sign up for the times and locations they prefer. All shifts are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited due to space and logistics.

The move-in schedule, volunteer sign-up forms and additional information are available online at housing.siu.edu/volunteer.

During move-in, University Housing will provide a family meal pass to the accompanying families of students with valid dining plans who are moving into campus residence halls. In addition, move-in volunteers will receive a complimentary meal ticket, allowing them to enjoy a nice meal in a campus-dining hall.

In order to assure adequate seating, complimentary meals will be only for the families of University Housing residents who have valid dining plans and registered volunteers. In addition, dining plans will be accepted and guest meals will be available for purchase at the dining hall entrances.

Move-in is a bit earlier than usual this year in order to give families a chance to get their Salukis all moved in before visitors begin arriving on campus from around the world to watch the total solar eclipse.

The eclipse — the first total solar eclipse in the U.S. since 1979 — will reach its point of longest duration on Aug. 21 very near SIU. Numerous special activities are planned at the university and in the surrounding community, including a live NASA broadcast from Saluki Stadium, featuring the Adler Planetarium of Chicago and the Louisiana Space Consortium.

For more information about volunteering to assist with 2017 move-in, contact Lori Johnson at 618-453-6731 or ljohnson@housing.siu.edu. For housing or dining information, contact Crystal Bouhl at 618-453-1077 or cbouhl@siu.edu.