I first came to SIU on a basketball scholarship in 1957. Like so many others, had it not been for that financial assistance, I would have never become a Saluki.
While earning two degrees, I received support and encouragement from faculty and staff members. My commitment to give back is personal. My life has been immeasurably changed by SIU, and I could never repay the university for what it has given me.
I’m encouraging everyone to help make a difference during the SIU Day of Giving on Wednesday, March 7. This 24-hour, online giving campaign seeks to raise funds and awareness of on-campus needs, largely focusing on student scholarships.
When I came here, people helped me, and it made a major difference in my life. The Day of Giving is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the lives of current and future Salukis.
You can make a gift of any size by visiting siuday.siu.edu. You can do so now or bookmark the page and wait until March 7.
Donations can be made in a number of ways, including payroll deductions. Click here to download the payroll deduction form.
This year, there will be added competition among the colleges. A traveling trophy will be awarded to the college that raises the most money and the college that receives the most individual gifts.
On March 7, there will be Day of Giving booths in the Student Center and Morris Library. Chancellor Carlo Montemagno will speak at 2 p.m. in Morris Library.
Being a Saluki means being part of a great tradition. On March 7, I’m asking all members of the SIU family to help ensure the Day of Giving becomes a part of that tradition. Together, we can build a strong future.
Harold R. Bardo Ph.D.
Associate Professor Emeritus