‘SIU Is All That’ 2021 Homecoming Festivities Begin Monday


SIU Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal – Two-time Olympian and SIU Carbondale alumnus DeAnna Price (shown here in the 2019 homecoming parade) will lead the 2021 homecoming festivities on October 16. (Photo provided by SIU Athletics)

05 October 2021

‘SIU Is All That’ 2021 Homecoming Festivities Begin Monday

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. – DeAnna Price, former Olympian and University of Southern Illinois, DeAnna Price, comedian Chico Bean and the exciting football starring the nationally ranked Salukis once again show that “SIU is all of this ”as the university celebrates Homecoming 2021 next week.

“SIU is All That: A Flashback to the ’90s” is the theme of the weeklong festival, October 11-16. It’s a time for current students, returning alumni, and the community to come together and celebrate Southern style. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 homecoming.

“We are delighted to be able to welcome SIU Homecoming again this year,” said Carly Holtkamp, ​​Associate Director of Student Center Programs. “We look forward to showing Saluki’s pride on campus and in the community. “

The majority of events are open to the public and most are free. SIU is committed to protecting the community, so anyone attending return home events should follow current campus and state security protocols in the event of a pandemic and wear masks in shared indoor spaces. .

World champion, Olympian Price is Grand Marshal

DeAnna-Price-sm-hammerPrice, two-time Olympic athlete and former SIU student, will preside over the festivities as Grand Marshal. Originally from St. Charles, Missouri, she graduated from SIU in 2016 with a degree in accounting.

Price placed eighth in the women’s hammer throw at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and the delayed 2020 Olympics held in Tokyo in August. She became the first American woman to win an international medal, winning gold at the 2019 World Championships. Her career also includes many other accomplishments, including a pair of National Hammer Throw Championships as a star in the Saluki athletics at SIU.

Price will lead the reunion parade which starts at 10 a.m. on October 16 and will be the guest of Saluki’s football game later today.

Pep rally, neighborhood party, concert and other activities

The reunion schedule is filled with a varied selection of activities throughout the week.

On Monday, October 11, Chancellor Austin Lane and Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry will kick off the festivities with a cheering rally and reunion proclamation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the north entrance of the Student Center. Online voting for reunion royalty also begins Monday.

The popular Saluki Block party is back this year and it’s free to students and the public. Activities include games, a climbing wall from the Touch of Nature environmental center, a photo booth, a DJ, fun rides, and henna tattoos from the SIU craft store. It all takes place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on October 14 on Lincoln Drive in front of Pulliam Hall. To ensure public health and safety, no pets, smokers, glass bottles or solicitation are allowed. There will also be food vendors on site offering a variety of menu options.

The fun continues the following night, October 15, with the “Rock and Rolled Homecoming Concert” in the courtyard of the Alumni Center behind Woody Hall. The event, with food trucks, a cash bar and Jungle Dogs music, starts at 7:30 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend the SIU Alumni Association event, but those planning to attend are asked to confirm their attendance online.

Other homecoming activities open to the public include:

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive, 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. October 13, Student Center first floor.
  • Ribbon cutting at Saluki Alumni Plaza, October 15 at 4 p.m. behind Woody Hall.
  • Rocked and Rolled Reception, 4:30 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. on October 15, Faner Hall, University Museum first floor, hall and auditorium. The University Museum event showcases the work of Illinois artists and photographers with a focus on artists such as Aerosmith, The Grateful Dead, and James Brown. Light refreshments will be served.
  • Alumni Center Name Dedication, 6:00 p.m., October 15, Alumni Center, Woody Hall.
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Step Show, featuring Greek SIU organizations showcasing the talents of their members through step routines, at 7:00 p.m. on October 15, Shryock Auditorium. Everyone is welcome; admission is $ 10.

Ends with a parade, a game

The week’s festivities all lead to Saturday, October 16 with parade, tailgating, soccer and more.

The reunion parade begins at 10 a.m., winds its way through the streets of Carbondale and ends at the Student Center. There is still time for the floats, bands and other participants to come in and compete for the trophies. The registration deadline is Friday October 8. Applications and full details are online at homecoming.siu.edu/homecoming-parade.

After the parade, tailgating fun takes place on Saluki Row outside Saluki Stadium from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. In-game host of the Louis Cardinals, acting as master of ceremonies. Get tickets (which include entry to the football game) in advance by October 8 for $ 20 plus fees for those under 21 and $ 30 plus fees for those 21 and over. Tickets will be available at the door for a higher cost.

Then it’s time to fill up the stadium as Saluki’s football team takes on the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at 2 p.m. ET. Tickets are available in advance online or at the door. Reunion royalty will be crowned at halftime.

Saluki’s athletic action continues with the Saluki volleyball team taking on Missouri State at 5 p.m. at Davies Gym. Other Saturday events include a reunion breakfast, the Miss Eboness pageant, and mimosas at the museum, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the university museum.

Just for students

Chico-Bean-Homecoming-smA few events are specially intended for current students:

  • Airbrush T-shirts and Hats – Tuesday, October 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Student Center on the ground floor.
  • Homecoming Comedy Show ’21 with Chico Bean from the “85 South Show”. It’s 7:30 p.m. on October 13 at the Shryock Auditorium. Buy tickets at homecoming.siu.edu for $ 5 each.
  • Sneaker Ball, scheduled from 9 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, October 16 in the ballrooms of the student center. Students are encouraged to wear formal or cocktail attire with sneakers.

Show Saluki pride

Campus offices and departments are also getting in the mood with a door decorating competition, the top prize of which is a trophy and bragging rights. To participate, SIU units must register before 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 6.

The decorations will remain in place for visitors and the campus community to enjoy during the reunion. Visitors will also see the spirit of the school displayed on campus and in the community with an abundance of signs, banners and many Saluki fans dressed in maroon.

More details

As this year’s homecoming dates back to the 1990s, here are some flashbacks to the celebrations over the years, filled with historic photos and a video compilation:

Find the full schedule of events and additional information about SIU Homecoming 2021 at homecoming.siu.edu. Email [email protected] or call 618-536-3393 with any questions.

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