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SMS Ends Its Centennial Celebration

The final event in the SMS Centennial Celebration took place today (June 30). KSMU's Mike Smith reports.

S-M-S closed its year-long Centennial Celebration today with a ceremony in front of Carrington Hall.

As part of the ceremony, S-M-S officials displayed the contents of a time capsule that will be buried under the seal in front of Carrington Hall.

Earle Doman who co-chairs the S-M-S-U Centennial Task Force says planning for the centennial and today's closing ceremonies began nearly four years ago.

Task Force co-chair Skip Phelps says through the process she internalized two principles tied to the centennial.

Arthur Mallory served S-M-S-U as its fifth president.

Although today's ceremony was about the end of the centennial, it was also about beginnings, as noted by outgoing S-M-S president John Keiser.

In his comments to the crowd, incoming S-M-S president Michael Nietzel talked about moving the university forward in the coming years.

Nietzel's first day on the job as president of S-M-S is tomorrow.

He says he'll be busy all day.

Nietzel says he plans to make some changes in the very near future but isn't giving any details just yet.

Michael Nietzel will be the 9th president of S-M-S.