April 16, 2009
CARBONDALE, Ill. - A new magazine will soon hit newsstands throughout Southern Illinois. Saluki Illustrated -- the official magazine of the Salukis -- will make its debut in May with an inaugural June 2009 issue.
Jim Muir will serve as the magazine's co-publisher. Muir currently publishes two magazines in the region, Southern Illinois Sports Connection", a monthly magazine that deals primarily with high school sports, and Marion Living Magazine which highlights various cultural events in the surrounding area. With the community's response to his two current publications, Muir is anxious to get "Saluki Illustrated" on the shelves.
"My excitement is off-the-charts, because I know that Saluki Illustrated will be an asset to the university and a publication that we will all be proud to call the official magazine of the Salukis," Muir said. "I believe this magazine has unlimited potential in highlighting the accomplishments of Saluki Athletics."
The magazine will be a 48-page color, glossy production that will highlight the many accomplishments of Saluki athletes in all sports. Features will include unique stories about athletes who have overcome setbacks or injuries and stories about athletes who excel in the classroom as well as in their respective sport.
Saluki Illustrated will feature monthly columns from a variety of viewpoints and a diverse group of writers that include former athletes and individuals who have been associated with SIU for decades. In addition, Muir plans to take a look back each month with a Where Are They Now? feature about a former Saluki athlete.
Toby Brooks will serve as a co-publisher alongside Muir for Saluki Illustrated, handling the graphic design aspect of the magazine. Brooks also does the graphic design for both the Southern Illinois Sports Connection and Marion Living Magazine. Brooks is an SIU alumnus and current professor in the Kinesiology department at SIU.
"Toby is very talented when it comes to graphic design," Muir said. "He has an eye that is brilliant for developing layouts."
The magazine will be sold on newsstands at various locations throughout Southern Illinois and can also be delivered directly to your mailbox through a monthly subscription. More information will be announced in the coming weeks about where Saluki Illustrated can be purchased and how to order your own subscription. You can also visit the magazine's website by clicking here.