After budget cuts were made last year, Missouri Western called in Isaiah Collier to take over as the new Student Life Director.
Collier, who is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and attended the University of Akron, was employed at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. before he found Missouri Western.
“I was looking for a change,” Collier said. “When I visited campus and met with everyone, I knew this would be my next ‘home’.”
As the new student life director, Collier will advise Western Activities Council and oversee Greek Life Community, Registered Student Organization, Family Weekend, Western Warm-Up, the Non-Traditional Center and Orgsync.
He’s not just setting up shop, however. He has a plan.
“My goals for this year are to become better acquainted with students and to develop some cutting edge programs geared at challenging them to grow,” Collier said.
Criminal Justice major Angela Sousley-Horn agrees that getting to know the students is very important.
“He should get to know everyone because you might be surprised at how much help you can get out of the students and their families if they know you are there for them as well,” Sousley-Horn said.
Besides meeting students, Non-Trad senior English Literature and Childhood Studies major Staci Hersh expects a lot from the new Student Life Director.
“Communicate with us: we have learned that actions speak louder than words; so if you say you are going to do something it is important to follow through,” Hersh said. “Understand us: we are a group of hard working, community minded adults who also happen to be students at MWSU with families, jobs and real life issues. Utilize us: we have a lot to offer through our experience, thoughts, suggestions, ideas and like to get things done.”
Hersh continues with more hopes and wishes of Collier.
“Be accessible: let us know you are there for us, that you will help be part of the solution instead of part of the problem,” Hersh said. “Listen to us: let us know that you have heard our concerns and respect our feelings, even if you don’t agree. Encourage, support and empower us: help us eliminate the road-blocks and obstacles that inhibit our ability to get the most out of our education and time at MWSU,” Hersh said.
Like Hersh, sophomore Sousley-Horn believes Collier will have a lot on his plate.
“[Collier] is going to have a lot of responsibilities in his new position, and I’m not so sure that one person is going to be able to handle everything that needs to be handled in each department,” Sousley-Horn said. “However, I’m sure he will do the best that he can do given the fact that the school budget situation has pretty much dumped all the responsibilities into this one position.”
Collier will have a lot of tasks in front of him, but students like Sousley-Horn are eager to see what he has in store.
“I actually look forward to seeing what he has planned for student life this semester.”