- When can I join the SIU Alumni Association?
The Association always welcomes new members, whether they are alumni, students or simply friends and supporters of the university. Anyone who wants to promote the SIU traditions, pride and opportunities our organization represents makes a great member.
- How much does it cost to become a member?
Annual memberships for alumni start at $40 a year, but there are a variety of membership level options and price points available, including our Life Memberships, which start at $700. If you are an employee of SIU, membership dues can also be paid through payroll deduction. Download the payroll deduction form here, fill it out, and either email it back to us at email@example.com or by mail to: SIU Alumni Association, Woody Hall Mail Code 6809, 900 South Normal Ave., Carbondale, IL 62901.
- Can SIU Faculty and Staff membership dues be deducted from payroll?
If you are a current SIU faculty or staff member, your membership fee can be deducted via payroll.
Find out more information at payroll deduction.
- How does the Association use my membership dues?
Our dues-paying members make possible all the events, programs, scholarships and student initiatives the Association have established to help support SIU. A membership is the easiest way to say you contribute to the overall mission of the university. Dues also make possible the numerous benefits offered to members, like our discount network, magazine and professional development opportunities.
- Does my membership support current SIU students?
Your support benefits future Salukis in many ways. The SIU Alumni Association provides the scholarships, the award-winning Extern Program, offers a special membership rate for current students, offers a gift membership for one year to recent graduates, and sponsors the Student Alumni Council, a registered student organization which assists with many service projects within the communities.
- Are my dues tax deductible?
A portion of your Association membership dues may be tax deductible for those who itemize deductions. Please consult with your tax adviser.
- I receive the September issue of SIU Alumni each year, so I must be a member.
The September issue is mailed to a much wider audience as a once-per-year promotion to illustrate awareness, communication, and good will between the SIU Alumni Association and its many constituents. It is our hope that this issue connects with potential members and shows the benefits of membership. Once you are a member, you will start receiving the other three annual issues of SIU Alumni. All alumni with a valid email address in our database receive eight editions annually of the Saluki Pride e-newsletter.
- As an Association member, why am I receiving calls from the university asking me to donate?
The Association’s sister organization, the SIU Foundation, regularly seeks private gifts from alumni and friends of the university to support colleges, endowments and scholarship funds. Student Foundation callers also periodically call alumni for contributions to our chapter scholarship funds. All of these donations are separate from your Association membership dues and has no bearing on your membership status. If you would like to learn more about giving to SIU, please visit the Foundation’s website for more information.
- Does a donation to the SIU Annual Fund also make me a member of the SIU Alumni Association?
No, it does not. Although this contribution certainly is an important way to support your institution, it does not make you a member of the Association. You must be a dues paying member to enjoy the privileges of membership and receive all the benefits listed on this website.
- Does the SIU Alumni Association Credit card have any ties to membership?
Credit card holders are not automatic members of the Association. However, the credit card is indeed part of our affinity program, and thus does help support the Association.
- How do I get a refund for a paid event that I recently registered for but am not able to attend?
The SIU Alumni Association (AA) reserves the right to refuse/cancel registrations. For cancellations due to low enrollment, inclement weather or other circumstances the AA determines would make the event non-viable, the registrants will be offered a full refund. In instances where events are postponed, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer registration to the same event at the new date.
The participant must cancel, unless otherwise stated on registration materials, the deadline to receive a refund for an individual event where catering is included is 10 business days before the event. Items such as tickets and merchandise are non-refundable. Cancellations received after the stated or default deadline will not be eligible for refunds. Refunds will not be issued to registrants who choose not to attend an event without prior notice. Cancellations will be accepted either by phone or through email and must be received by the stated cancellation deadline. All refund requests must be made by the registrant or credit card holder. Refund requests must include the name of the registrant, event, and reason for cancellation. Refunds will be issued by check or in the form of credit, to the same card charged. These above policies apply to all AA events, programs, and services unless otherwise noted.