By: Kylie Hawes
President Matthew Wilson will be installed into the university on at 10 a.m. today at the Looney Complex as the fifth president of Missouri Western State University.
Freshman Jordan Heard is most excited about the installation knowing that Wilson is still adapting to campus just like her.
“Considering that I’m new here too, we’re both learning things, we’re both getting used to being around new people, new environment,” Heard said.
Many different organizations on campus are going to be involved with the installation. The Missouri Western Dance Company, the Golden Griffon Marching Band, choir and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps are just a few that have the opportunity to perform at the event. The Student Government Association and Student Body President Engoma Fataki has worked with Wilson a lot over the past few months to prepare for his presidency. Fataki is very excited to not only be able to experience this chance to see the installation, but to know he was a part of making history for years to come.
“I’m just excited for the fact that we will be a part of this ceremonial installation,” Fataki said. “That will be a part of our college experience and we will get to talk about that for years and years to come.”
Wilson is already known for being a friendly face on campus that students can talk to. He has attended many events around campus and wants to be a part of what the students are doing.
Sarah Cravens, the vice president for strategic initiatives and chief of staff, said that she’s interested in the installation and how students will be involved.
“I’m really excited about the fact that it is going to be very student focused,” Cravens said. “President Wilson’s installation is going to be authentic to him and that word really speaks true to him.”
Kim Sigrist, the executive associate to the president, helps with planning the installation. Sigrist said that the ceremony will be very interactive and student involved.
“We’ve worked really hard to have a balance between ceremony and pep rally,” Sigrist said. “It will be a fun event for the students. I think that they will remember president Matt Wilson’s installation for years to come.”
Students are encouraged to wear black and gold to show school spirit. There will be a reception to follow the ceremony at the Glenn E. Marion Memorial Clock Tower.