Green Student Intern Program
Major: Philosophy and Public Policy
GSIP Project: Rebel Pedals and Car-Share Program
Brent Caldwell is a native of St. Martin, Mississippi whose interest in sustainability was generated by his father, Michael, who is an avid outdoorsman, and his time in the Boy Scouts. He has been heavily involved in greening the Ole Miss campus since his freshman year when he worked with Dr. Linda Spargo in the Chancellor’s Office to implement a pilot program of recycling in the Grove. Brent later approached the Associated Student Body about the possibility of creating a campus bicycle sharing program and continues that work today as the GSIP intern focusing on managing and expanding the Rebel Pedals bike-share program. Brent is a senior studying Philosophy and Public Policy Leadership and hopes to spend his career advancing progressive politics in the South.
GSIP Project: Cell Phones for Soldiers and Green Week 2010
Sarah Gehring is a sophomore dietetics major from Hernando, Mississippi. Sarah is an active volunteer for many groups in the Oxford community as well as on campus at Ole Miss. Last year, she volunteered at the local hospital and at the Oxford Lafayette Recycling Center. This year she is serving as secretary of the National Society of Leadership and is also a member of Alpha Omicron Pi. Sarah also works as a desk receptionist in the new Residential College and is active in the Student Dietetic Association and in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. Sarah is involved in several exciting projects on campus including the coordination of the Cell Phones for Soldiers initiative as well as the pre-planning efforts for Green Week 2010.
GSIP Project: Green Business Alliance Program
Stephanie Jabaley is a sophomore Business major with a minor in Political Science from Fairfax, Virginia. Stephanie is working with local business owners and community leaders to establish a Green Business Alliance program, a model that she hopes to implement statewide. Stephanie has experience in cost analysis and change management as an intern for Booz Allen Hamilton, a major consulting firm in Mclean, Virginia. Stephanie also has a specific interest in how social networking and Web 2.0 applications can be utilized to support organizational change management. She is a student in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and the historian for her sorority.
Jonathan D. Jones
Major: Chemical Engineering
GSIP Project: Smart Synch/Energy Management Program
Jonathan is a junior chemical engineering major from Long Beach, Mississippi. He is working with the Office of Sustainability during the Fall 2009 semester on enhancing the university’s energy management program. Jonathan is working alongside the University Physical Plant and UM’s smart grid partner, SmartSynch, to accurately gauge power consumption and develop strategies that improve operational efficiencies. Outside the GSIP program, Jonathan is a scholar of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and the Ole Miss Women’s Council. He also works with the Engineering Student Body and is helping to establish the Ole Miss Engineers Without Borders organization. After graduation he plans to teach high school math and science for two years and then venture into the engineering profession to work in smart grid/energy market.
Major: International Studies and German
GSIP Project: 350.org and UM’s Climate Action Plan
Elizabeth Seratt, a freshman international studies and German major, grew up in Greenville, Mississippi. Although her parents now live a little ways down Highway 61 in Vicksburg, she will always consider Greenville and the Delta home. She greatly enjoys outdoor activities, sleeping, reading and expanding her collections of aprons and Buddhas. Elizabeth has a lifelong goal to visit every continent, but for now, she’ll be content with pursuing her goal of becoming a Brothers Grimm scholar, environmental proponent, professional student, and writer. Elizabeth is leading the implementation of the UM’s 350.org project, which focuses on building awareness on global warming. She will also be helping the university in the development of UM’s long-term climate action plan.
Major: Public Policy and Leadership
GSIP Project: Gameday Recycling Program
Elliott is a junior public policy and leadership major from Brookhaven High School in Brookhaven, Mississippi. He has been a Chancellor and Deans list honor student and is an active member of several organizations on campus, including the Trent Lott Leadership Institute, Ole Miss College Republicans, Ole Miss Students for a Greener Campus, Hope for Africa, Ole Miss chapters of Ducks Unlimited and Delta Waterfowl, and the Sigma Chi fraternity. Elliott has volunteered with Big Brother/Big Sister in Oxford and attends College Hill Presbyterian Church in Oxford. In his spare time he enjoys running, cycling, and hunting & fishing. Elliott will be leading UM’s gameday recycling efforts in the Grove this fall and hopes to establish a recycling program that can be applied for any major events that occur on campus in the future.