Former Saluki forward Matt Shaw to speak at Centralia High School

    April 10, 2008

    By Kyle Herm

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - Former Saluki basketball forward, Matt Shaw, along with Southern Illinois Admissions Coordinator, Holly Krake, and Assistant Athletic Director, Christian Spears will speak at Centralia High School today on the opportunities available at SIU.

    Shaw, who is from the Southern Illinois area and attended Centralia High School, will talk about his experiences off the court at SIU.

    "We thought it would have a significant impact on the students at Centralia, if they heard it from one of their own," Spears said. "Obviously, Matt had a great experience on the basketball court, but we thought it was important for him to share his experience as a student at SIU"

    The SIU admissions office coordinated the event, and is hopefull that Shaw's message will resonate with the students, and they will sincerely consider attending SIU as their college choice.

    "Part of recruiting new students is going and talking with them about SIU's opportunities," Krake said. "In order to make it more personal and make a connection, it helps to have students such as Matt (Shaw), who attended their high school, to speak."

    The students will meet with Shaw, today at 12:45 p.m. in the Centralia Media Communications Room.