The Alumni Center will be a touchstone for all alumni and will be the "home" for returning alumni, visiting friends, and current students. It will provide a place for many groups and individuals to gather, interact, and enjoy the traditions and spirit of all SIU generations. This facility will enable both the University’s Foundation and Alumni Association to better service and strengthen bonds with alumni and friends of the institution by providing a warm, inviting, and vibrant place to work. It is a physical representation of the "transformative" power of SIU to change, inspire, and grow individuals into strong, bold, and visionary men and women. Therefore it must celebrate the unique "essence of the Saluki Spirit", by housing the story of, and accomplishments on which all alumni build.