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Office of Sustainability
University of Mississippi

2013 – 2014 Green Student Interns

Will Bedwell

Green Fund Intern, Policy & Programs Research Intern

Will Bedwell is a senior public policy leadership major with an environmental studies minor from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Will introduced the first Green Fund legislation as a Freshman ASB Senator and has since continued working as both Outreach Coordinator and Project Liaison for the UM Green Fund Committee and as Ole Miss Students for a Green Campus’ Chairperson. He considers the implementation of the UM Green Fund his greatest contribution to Ole Miss but quickly assures anyone that the UM Green Fund was not his work alone and that for the fund to be a success it will take many students’ support and involvement, both now and in the future. As the Green Fund Intern, Will works over the summer to implement Green Fund projects and to improve the Green Fund’s capacities. Outside of the university, Will has continued his fight for environmental sustainability as a Mississippi Wilderness Ranger for the non-profit Wild South and as a member of Mississippi Alumni and Students for Sustainability. Will is a member of the Golden Key Honor Society and a brother of St. Anthony Hall the Fraternity of Delta Psi. After graduation Will intends to pursue a Juris Doctorate in environmental law with which to champion institutional change aimed at improving environmental sustainability in the United States.

Victoria Burgos
Composting Team

Victoria Burgos is a junior parks and recreation major from Olive Branch, Mississippi. She has been an active member of Students for a Green Campus since the fall of 2012. With SGC, she has traveled to the Southeast Students for Renewable Energy Conference (SSREC) and participated in many activist events. Victoria developed and received funding from the Green Fund to implement a composting program on campus in the fall of 2013. She serves as the manager of the composting team.

Jillian Cowart
Game Day Recycling Coordinator & STARS Data Intern

Jillian is a native of Hoover, AL and worked as a Game Day Recycling Coordinator during the 2013 football season. She is a senior double majoring in international studies and public policy leadership. She also serves as the director of Real Food Rebels, a student group advocating to increase the amount of local and sustainable food on campus.

Katelynn Dillard

Composting Team

Katelynn is a senior biology major whose passion lies in sustainable agriculture. Her love of gardening has driven her to become involved with both the Oxford Community Garden and Good Food for Oxford Schools. She loves local food and farmers markets, but she especially loves composting! Her favorite part of being on the Composting Team is researching and actively applying her biological knowledge of compost and sharing it with others.

Grace Haines

Game Day Recycling Coordinator & Manager, Green Cup Intern

Grace Haines is a native of College Station, TX. She is a double major in international studies and French, with a minor in journalism. Grace joined the office as part of the Green Grove Initiative team in the fall of 2013 and returned for the 2014 football season assuming the role of manager for the Game Day Recycling team. She is a member of the Croft Institute for International Studies, the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, and Delta Gamma Sorority. During the spring of 2014, she spent a semester abroad in France studying the French language and culture. After graduation, Grace hopes to return to Europe and teach English to elementary school students. This is Grace’s second season to participate as a Game Day Manager with the Green Grove Team, and is excited to see the program expand and make a lasting impact on the way our Ole Miss community recycles.

Tiara Mabry

Composting Team

Tiara is a sophomore double majoring in psychology and nursing, with a minor in gender studies. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, she has always been interested in music and the arts, natural medicine, saving the world and its inhabitants, traveling, and discovering new ways to be sustainable. Tiara has served as a member of the university’s composting team since the fall semester of 2013, and volunteers at Cross Pointe Ministries’ nursery. She is a Provost Scholar and Grove Scholar at the University of Mississippi and was selected in 2013 as a Grove Scholar Peer Mentor. Upon graduation, Tiara plans to obtain a master’s degree in the science of nursing and work as a midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner.

Kendall McDonald
Game Day Recycling Coordinator & Green Week Intern

Kendall McDonald, of Diamondhead, MS, is a senior at the University of Mississippi. She is majoring in Public Policy Leadership and minoring in Environmental Studies and English. Kendall is returning to the Office of Sustainability to coordinate and plan Green Week for the second consecutive year. Prior to her work as Green Week Coordinator, Kendall was involved in the Green Grove Initiative as a Game Day Intern for the 2013 football season. She has also worked for the Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network, a nonprofit concerned sustainable agriculture in the state. In 2014, Kendall was as an Honorable Mention to the Udall Scholarship for her dedication to solving environmental issues. She has also been recognized by the Mississippi Recycling Coalition for her involvement in coordinating and expanding Ole Miss game-day recycling activities. Kendall is a part of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, the Lott Leadership Institute, Delta Gamma Fraternity, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Order of Omega, and Omega Delta Kappa academic honor societies.  She is also the Vice-Chair of the University Judicial Council.

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