New MSA president and vice president vow to continue campaign theme of Tigers Together

Newly elected Missouri Students Association President Nathan Willett and Vice President Payton Englert were sworn into their offices during the MSA inauguration ceremony held April 13, 2017, in the MU Student Center at 7 p.m.

Willett and Englert won in the latest MSA election that was held March 6-8 with 54 percent of the vote. The election had the highest student voter turnout in MSA history with a total of 8,548 votes cast.

“I am so honored and excited to begin serving as the MSA president,” Willett said. “I think one of the most important things we will be focusing on and working towards is unity across our campus.”

In his first speech as president, Willett revealed his plans to strengthen communication between students and student organizations, bring legislators to campus to better gauge student perspectives and begin presenting about MSA at the MU Summer Welcome program.

“Our campaign slogan was “Tigers Together” and that theme continues, as our executive goal is to begin bringing students together,” Englert said. “We were able to gain a lot of input and knowledge of what students want to see on campus during our campaign, specially during coffee on the couch, and we want to continue those communications.”

During their campaign, Willett and Englert held “Coffee on the Couch” events. They brought a yellow couch to Speaker’s Circle and invited students to sit, drink coffee and discuss their concerns or comments about student life.

The ceremony included an address from Richard Fordyce, former Missouri director of agriculture, who spoke about the importance of student government and leadership. Cathy Scroggs, vice chancellor of Student Affairs, delivered a speech about the importance of acting out the campaign slogan “Tigers Together” moving forward. Incoming MSA Chief of Staff, Leslie Parker, also spoke regarding the future of the incoming executive cabinet.

Willett and Englert officially took the oath of their offices in a session before the MSA Senate the night before the inauguration ceremony on April 12, 2017.

The Missouri Students Association is the undergraduate student government serving the University of Missouri. MSA represents students of the university and their interests and advocates for issues they face.

According to their website, MSA provides students with opportunities to experience social and cultural activities as well as a range of services and programs by working with other student organizations and bringing activities and speakers to campus. Some organizations that sponsor MSA include: KCOU, MUTV, STRIPES and some others others. More information on MSA can be found here.

Olivia Hoelting

About the Author Olivia Hoelting

From a young age I can remember sitting with my dad at our family’s kitchen table looking over various agriculture magazines and newspapers. At the time, I was too young to understand most of the stories, but my dad would spend hours reading aloud to me. When I learned to read the stories myself, my dad helped me sound out some of the difficult terms myself. Little did I know, those small moments would be the first glance into my future career that I am now working towards. I am currently a junior studying science and agricultural journalism at the University of Missouri, Columbia. I have an emphasis in agricultural marketing. I am also working towards a double minor in agricultural economics and political science.