Presidential inauguration fast approaching


Tristian Evans

Although Frederick Slabach has been serving as president for the past year, the time has finally come to celebrate his inauguration.

The inauguration will take place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Investiture Structure, Parking Lot A. In the days leading up to it, there are various special events going on in the Texas Wesleyan community to honor the inauguration.

“I think it’s a very exciting and positive event,” said Marcel Kerr, inauguration subcommittee chair.

Kerr  said she is excited for students who will be in attendance.

“It’s a very rare event for students,” she said.

From 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Jan 23, there will be a special reception for Slabach at the Texas Wesleyan School of Law. All law school faculty, staff and alumni are

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welcome to the event.

The faculty and staff at the law school, who know Slabach from his time as dean on the campus, wanted to reach out to the rest of the Wesleyan community.

“It was very important to recognize him,” said Debra Barnett, event coordinator for the Texas Wesleyan Law School.

Barnett said it will give the law students a chance to meet and interact with the president.

“The faculty and staff felt strongly about being bonded with all of the Wesleyan family,” Barnett said.

On Jan.24, two events will take place.  The first event, set for noon to 1:30 p.m in the Baker Building, is a public interview  between Dr. Hector Quintanilla, dean of School of Business Administration, and Global Market CEO Tompe Hall. They will discuss how issues such as religion and culture affect business in the Arabian Gulf. The other event is a concert by the music department set for 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the Eunice & James L. West Library.

At 2 p.m. Jan. 25 in Lou’s Place, a faculty scholar’s reception will be held. It will showcase the creative works of the Wesleyan faculty.  A lecture on interdisciplinary research will also be given.

At 7 p.m. Jan. 26, an evening concert will be held in the Brown Lupton Campus Center. Musical group, Maiden Texas, will be performing. Maiden Texas is a Texas-born singing trio; two of the members work on the Texas Wesleyan campus.

During the morning of the inauguration on Jan.27, from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the Polytechnic United Methodist Church, a morning service will be held.

At 8:30 a.m in Martin Hall, former U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine K. Albright, will speak and also sign books prior to the inauguration ceremony.

John Veilleux, vice president of marketing and communications, said the inauguration is a very important event.

“It is a chance to celebrate the community and make new friends,” he said.

Veilleux said he wants students to know the celebrations will not be at any cost to the students or university. All funds for the celebration were attained through fundraisers.

Carla Tennison, senior political science and pre-law major, said she is optimistic about the inauguration and appreciates having Slabach as university president.

“He seems to be really involved with the students and it seems like he cares,” Tennison said.

For more information about events, please visit and click on schedule of events under The 2012 Inuaguration.