For most students, graduation marks the beginning of period in which they begin to phase out of their college organizations and activities, whether it is student government, athletics, student organizations, or professional, service and Greek fraternities and sororities. This is certainly not the case, however, for Sikeston, Mo. native, Matt Knickman, who recently graduated from Southeast in May with a degree in recreation, emphasizing campus and commercial recreation, and concentrating in facilities management and programming.
Matt, Southeast’s 2007 Homecoming Man of the Year and 2008 Greek Man of the Year, currently lives in Warrensburg, Mo., where he is working on his master’s degree in college student personnel administration at the University of Central Missouri (UCM).
While attending Southeast, Matt was very involved with philanthropic work on campus and in the community, campus life and especially Greek life where he served as president of the Inter-Fraternity Council, Greek Week director and was a brother of Lambda Chi Alpha.
Matt works for Residence and Greek Life as a residence hall director for the fraternity complex at UCM. He describes the complex as an eight unit octagon with each fraternity getting a "slice of the pie" of the complex. Aside from his resident hall duties, he also advises the Inter-Fraternity Council, the Order of Omega National Greek Honor Society, and is co-advisor for Greek Week. Matt is a member of the College Student Personnel Association, compiled of students in his masters program, and the Graduate Student Association which consist of all graduate students at UCM. He also serves on a committee called Explore Your Path in Student Affairs (ESPA) in which members plan a regional conference at UCM for undergraduates who would like to explore their path in student affairs.
Matt provides this advice to future Southeast students, “Learn about the resources available to you at Southeast. There is development available through educational resources as well as involvement with student organizations. College can be the best time of your life, and you don’t want to look back and realize all you did was sit in your residence hall or go home every weekend. Enjoy all that the campus has to offer!
“I am really enjoying graduate school,” he adds, “The classes are fun and more interactive and there is an amazing working and personal relationship with my professors,” Matt said. “It has been great to use my experiences at Southeast when speaking with peers, students, and professors and educate everyone with a different perspective from the help of our Office of Campus Life at Southeast. I was unsure when I started graduate school if I was truly prepared but it has been great to look back on my time at Southeast and realize that it truly prepared me for work inside and outside of the classroom.”
Matt concludes, “Southeast has shaped me from a student with no direction or ambition
to someone who feels he has the world at arm’s length with endless possibilities ahead