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Start Seeing Pink! The SIU community is working together to bring breast cancer awareness to campus. In this effort, the Saluki Strength Breast Cancer Fund was created to award scholarships and provide additional assistance to SIU students impacted by breast cancer. Every October "Pink" events and opportunities to donate will be happening all around campus.

2017 was a very successful year raising over $7,000! So a heart-felt THANK YOU from the Start Seeing Pink Committee is extended to everyone who made this year a success. Please note: SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS are now being accepted through Dec. 1, 2017. See scholarship application tab below for details.

See our 2017 iniatives below and we will see your Saluki Strength again in 2018!


Saluki Pink Apparel

Our Online Silkworm Store is now closed, however long and short sleeve T-shirts are still available for purchase from 11am - 1pm at the north escalators in the Student Center most weekdays or by calling Student Center Marketing and Graphics at 618-453-3489. The 2017 Start Seeing Pink design was created by SIU graphic design student Erin Shupe.

pink shirts


Start Seeing Pink Kick Off Event

September 22 • Student  Center • North Entrance • 11 am - 1 p.m.
Join us as we have a kick-off for all things PINK on the SIU Campus. The Student Center will be the happening spot for music, food and give-a-ways to bring awareness to our upcoming Start Seeing Pink events. Be ready to place your online order for this year's Start Seeing Pink apparel - designed by SIU student Erin Shupe!


Dine to Donate

October • At participating restaurants
Local restaurants have joined our efforts by donating a portion of their sales to our scholarship fund. Get ready to SUPPORT and EAT like a Saluki!

S&B Burger JointAll month - S&B donates $1 for every "Pay It Forward" featured burger sold Oct. 1-31
(11 am - 10 pm • dine-in or carryout)
McAlister's DeliFriday, Oct. 6 (5-8 pm • dine-in or carryout)
QuatrosTuesday, Oct. 17 (all day • dine-in or carryout • be sure to ask driver or server for a donation slip!)

Murder at the Abbey



Saturday, October 21 • Student Center Ballroom D • 6-9 pm
Mark your calendars for a night of fun, food, a raffle and a murder...Downton Abbey Style!
Costume Contest: Judged on 1920s Downton Abbey Style Attire
Raffle Items: A brand new Kayak, Hot Air Balloon Ride for two, 20 Person Canoe Adventure at Touch of Nature, 10 person bowling party, art, gift cards and MORE!
Evening includes: Cash bar, wine corkage, door prizes, and oh yes...a murderer!

Our Evening's Sponsors: Saluki Craft, Crystal's Catering and Koerner Distributor, Inc.

Murder at the Abbey website


Human Pink Ribbon Photo

October 18 • Morris Library Lawn • 11:50 a.m.
Students, faculty, staff and the community are all welcome to wear their "Saluki Pink" and join us as we form a human ribbon to help raise breast cancer awareness across campus. Watch out for the big pink ribbon on the lawn of Morris Library prior to the event. Let's get together and show our #salukistrength


Big Pink Volleyball

October 24 • Student Recreation Center • 5 p.m.
SIU students...this is volleyball like you've never played before. Bring a group of friends and play with a gigantic pink ball. Proceeds from this event go to the Saluki Strength Breast Cancer Scholarship. 

Online registration

Big Pink Volleyball PDF


Dig for a Cure

October 20 • Davies Gym • 7 p.m.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the SIU women's volleyball team will host a Pink Out game on Friday, Oct. 20 against Illinois State University. Wear pink and support breast cancer awareness, the Saluki Strength Breast Cancer Scholarship and the Saluki volleyball team! #salukistrength


Zumba for Hope

October 26 • Student Recreation Center • 7:30-9 p.m.
The Business Leadership Council is excited to be sponsoring the 6th annual Zumba for Hope event. Certified Zumba instructors will be at the Zumba class which draws nearly 200 participants each year! This free event is for students and the public. There will be a raffle, t-shirts for sale and donations accepted, which will be given to the SIU's Saluki Strength Breast Cancer Scholarship Fund. Please feel free to share their flyer!


50/50 Drawing

Would you like to support the Saluki Strength Breast Cancer Fund and have a chance to win big, too? There will be a 50/50 drawing Oct. 1-31 with the drawing being held Nov. 1 at noon via the Student Center's Facebook page - we'll be Live!  Tickets will be sold all month. Check back regularly to see what the pot is worth!

Ticket sales: Tickets can be purchased at the Student Center Business Office Windows, second floor, from 8am to 3pm Monday-Friday or at the Start Seeing Pink tables at the North Escalators Monday-Friday from 11am-1pm.


Saluki Funder

October 1-31 • Crowd Funding Goal: $5,000
This is an easy way for everyone to support the cause. Email this link to your contacts and put on your social media asking your friends and family to also share and donate!

Share • Click • Donate! Please help us reach our goal!

Start sharing via email and social media with this link:


Change Collection

October 1-31 • SIU Student Center
Dining with us at the Student Center? At every cash register you will find a colletion box to put your extra change. Every penny counts! Donate to receive a pink ribbon that will be hung around the building. Let's cover the Student Center in PINK!


I Wear Pink For

October • Morris Library, Student Health Services and Student Center
Beginning Oct. 1, stop by and participate in these interactive boards by putting up a pink note describing why YOU wear PINK in October.



Are you talking about Pink events via social media? If so, use #salukistrength so everyone can stay connected and join in on the conversation!


As our Pink initiatives take place, photos taken during these events will be placed on the Student Center's Facebook page. Click here to see photos from last year's events - Start Seeing Pink 2016, but check back as photos from this year will continually to be added as events happen. If you have an photos you would like to submit to our "Pink" album, email them to


Please feel free to distribute our 2017 Start Seeing Pink Flyer