Office of Sustainability

University of Mississippi

Fall 2017 Interns

Leta Rowan

Leta Rowan is an International Studies and Spanish major from Olive Branch, MS. She has been with the office for a year as a compost intern, and has now moved on to become one of the Green Grove Recycling Coordinators. She has volunteered her time to Grove Clean Up, Green Grove Recycling, and Oxford Recycling on top of her work with university composting. She chose to study at UM for the Croft Institute for International Studies, and hopes to pursue a career in the field of sustainability. Through her position as a Green Student Intern, she hopes educate others on the importance of conservation and is excited to help lead the way to a better, greener Ole Miss.

Dana Williams

Dana Williams is a junior majoring in pre-pharmacy.   She is from Ocean Springs, MS and came to Ole Miss for the beautiful campus, friendly community, and the pharmacy school.  She enjoys reading, playing trivia, and traveling to new places.  The BP oil spill triggered her passion for sustainability and care for the environment.  Dana has been involved with Green Grove since 2015 and is passionate about educating the community on sustainability.  She is excited to join the Office of Sustainability to help bring positive changes to campus.

Maggie Smith

Maggie is a senior English major with minors in History, Biology and Environmental Studies from Madison, MS. This will be her second semester as a Green Student Intern, where she will be focusing on Food Day programming. Through her work with both the Ole Miss Food Bank and the UM Garden Club, Maggie has become passionate about access to local and sustainable food. She hopes to be able to educate the community about the issues of food insecurity while also making them aware of their local food options. Maggie is a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority and serves on their Leadership Nomination Committee. She is also co-editor for the SMBHC publication Populi Magazine, a bookseller at Square Books, a member of the Columns Society, a Radio Rebel DJ, and a member of the Ole Miss Choir.

Allison Hook

Allison Hook is a Chemistry major and Environmental Studies minor from Modesto, California. She came to Ole Miss because her parents did not allow her to apply for any California schools. She fell in love with Ole Miss out of the 8 out-of-state schools she applied for. Allison has lived in 4 states in her 21 years and has swum in both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Allison wanted to get involved in sustainability so that she could become more interactive with the environment on campus and become more educated on sustainability in hope to make a change on campus. After graduation, she plans to go abroad to work as a sustainable farmer. Allison is a part of the Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS). Being a Green Student Intern, she is most looking forward to meeting new people, figuring out ways to make the campus more “green,” and learning how to become a positive influence on campus. Also, to help spread awareness on fields of sustainability.

Talgat Brown

Talgat Brown is studying Economics and minoring in Entrepreneurship. He is from Yazoo City, MS, and came to Ole Miss for the business program and overall level of educational opportunity (along with the fact that it is the only university with a Navy ROTC branch). Talgat has had an interest in sustainable efforts since he was 15 and wants to make a positive impact on the environment. After college, Talgat wants to continue with his education and finish his mechanical engineering degree and obtain an MBA. He is involved with the UM Financiers club, Investment club, and Ole Miss Outdoors, and Garden Club. In his free time, Talgat loves to read, go to the gym, and take day trips to various locations and explore. Talgat wanted to work as a Green Student Intern to give back to the community and work in a team-based environment.

Taylor Robertson

Taylor Robertson is senior psychology major from Batesville, Mississippi. She grew up raising cattle and gardening with her family and her passion or sustainability is rooted in her agricultural background. Taylor’s interest in sustainability revolves around the human-nature connection and plans to work as a Horticultural Therapist after she graduates.

Alexis Zosel

Alexis Zosel is a Communication Sciences & Disorders major with minors in Spanish and Psychology from Tupelo, MS.  She has developed a passion for sustainability over the past several years and has volunteered time towards Grove Cleanup, Green Grove Recycling, Oxford Recycling, sifting events, and helping out at a local farm.  She is excited to take part in furthering the mission of the Office of Sustainability as a Food Day Intern.  Alexis enjoys gardening combined with making efficient use of the resources around oneself and wishes to spread awareness of the importance of buying local and acting sustainably.  She is also a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and is a peer educator for RASA