By Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce is attempting to pump up Saluki pride this fall with posters promoting Southern Illinois University.

Chamber Executive Director Les O’Dell tells the Southern Illinoisan ( ) that the “Welcome to Saluki Country” poster will be available this week.

He says the chamber ordered 12,000.

The project is part of the work of the chamber’s Saluki Pride Committee. It aims to bring businesses and the university together.

O’Dell says volunteers will walk around town this week to hand a poster to anyone requesting one. He says it is a way to support SIU and let students know they are welcome.

A saluki is one of the oldest known breeds of domesticated dogs and come from the Middle East. Southern Illinois is also known as “Little Egypt.”


Information from: Southern Illinoisan,

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