“Throughout my time at the University of Mississippi, I increasingly knew that I wanted to be on the forefront of innovative environmental work in a place that values healthy, local foods and invests in developing functional foodways. After graduating in May of 2017, I applied for a supply chains apprenticeship listed on GoodFoodJobs.com that placed apprentices with nonprofits, foodhubs, and food or agricultural businesses across North Carolina. The goal of the apprenticeship was to build the capacity of local and regional supply chains so that food can more easily move from the farm through distribution and processing and into supermarkets, schools, hospitals, and other markets. I was placed with a small rural development nonprofit in Warrenton that operates a food hub which is used to store, chop, bag, and ship greens (collards, cabbage, and kale) for institutional markets. After completing the apprenticeship in July, I was asked to stay on in the capacity of Program Coordinator. In my new role, I help to coordinate over 90 grant objectives that our organization is working to meet during this grant cycle. Some projects that I am currently working on include developing a forest trail at a local elementary school, completing “taste tests” of local fruits and vegetables in school districts that would like to buy from our food hub, surveying Warren County growers in order to create a local purchasing guide for consumers, and filming different members of the food chain (farmers, business owners, teachers, distributors) as a part of a regional food systems documentary. The basis that I gained through ENVS has been immeasurably helpful in building a context for why working to develop important model organizations and businesses that circumvent traditional foodways is so important.”
Accepted to University of Washington’s School of Marine and Environmental Affairs
Neal McMillin, a member of the University of Mississippi’s Hall of Fame, graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2014. After a semester in Scotland, he realized that, contrary to his previous assumptions, he deeply cared about the environment. After a suggestion from Dr. Fisher-Wirth on the Square Books porch, McMillin declared for the Environmental Studies minor. He returned to Scotland and spent his 2013 summer backpacking through remote Scottish islands courtesy of a Barksdale Award fellowship from the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. While in the U.K., he interviewed experts on the emerging marine renewable industry with a particular focus on wave and tidal energy. He will soon complete a thesis focusing on the community and environmental impacts of wave and tidal energy development.
Through the Environmental Studies minor, McMillin was intrigued by water issues in the environment. After the Scotland summer and a course taught by Dr. Cliff Ochs through the Honors College, focusing on the Lower Mississippi River, he decided to pursue an environmental policy masters degree which focused on water. A Taylor Medalist, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and UM 2014 ODK Circle Leader of the Year, McMillin has now been accepted into University of Washington’s School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. Located in Seattle, the program takes a social science approach to the ocean environment. His research will focus on human dimensions of tidal energy in the Puget Sound. In the spring of 2016, he will receive a Masters in Marine Affairs from UW.
Accepted to Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Shelley Clark graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2011. Through the environmental studies minor at UM, Shelley interned with the Gulf Restoration Network during her junior year. Upon graduation, she moved to Denver, Colorado to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Rocky Mountains before continuing her studies. After spending a year adventuring in Denver, she moved to New York City to begin her studies at Pace Law School (one of the top three law schools for environmental law nationwide). While at Pace, she has continued to show a commitment to environmental issues. During her second year, she interned at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation where she assisted an attorney with enforcement against violations of conservation law in tidal wetland areas.
Most recently, Shelley was accepted into the Masters of Environmental Management Program at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Pace offers this four-year duel-degree program with Yale as a means for students who are focused on environmental law to take a more in depth look at environmental issues. She looks forward to beginning her studies in New Haven this fall! She will graduate in the spring of 2016 with a J.D. from Pace Law and a M.E.M. from Yale.
She has accepted a summer 2014 internship at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 2 office in NYC.
JON DANIEL MCKIEVER
Public Policy Leadership major
Environmental Studies and Business Administration double minor
I love being outdoors and I am going to be a camp counselor again this summer at Gold Arrow Camp, an outdoor summer camp in Lakeshore, California in the Sierra National Forrest. It is considered one of the top ten national forests in America that is untouched by man. I am the upcoming Senior Class President and current President of Habitat for Humanity. I am extremely interested in environmental issues but I have developed a passion for water issues, particularly water quality and allocation.
I plan to either apply for the Peace Corps after graduation or apply to graduate schools that involve public service/community development to further my passion for water issues.
Public Policy Leadership, Park and Recreation Management double major, Environmental Studies minor
His experiences with various conservancy and trail maintenance groups in Georgia and the lower part of the Appalachian Trail led to his applying and being accepted to go over Spring Break to Joshua Tree National Park with the Student Conservation Association. He is using the Environmental Studies minor to study more of the substance behind park and recreation policies so he can go to grad school for Environmental Law or Natural Resource Management.
Spanish major, Environmental Studies minor
Savannah Oliver loves to camp, backpack, slackline, kayak, and rock climb. Anything and everything outdoors she is willing to try. Savannah is a trip leader and office staff through the Campus Recreation Program, Ole Miss Outdoors. She was able to do a ENVS internship through the University of Mississippi and the University of Georgia with Dr. Laurie Fowler on a reserve in the mountains of Ecuador. There she helped do research on shadegrown coffee while also helping in their kitchen garden. This was an invaluable experience that the Environmental Studies minor helped accomplish.
Biology major, Environmental Studies minor
As an avid member of Campus for Clean Energy, I help promote environmental awareness and sustainability at the University of Mississippi. I also am part of Mississippi Alumni and Students for Sustainability (MASS), a statewide network that provides leadership skill development for advocates of sustainable living in Mississippi. My passion for the environment became amplified when I began college at UM, and I was thrilled to discover the environmental studies minor. I think there is a lot that can be done in terms of being more environmentally friendly on our campus, and I am fulfilled in furthering that along. I look forward to all of the courses and opportunities the minor has to offer me.
Environmental Studies and Sociology double minor
Taylor’s degrees foster her passion for environmental and social justice. She was selected as 2012 Udall Scholar for her work with environmental student groups at Ole Miss Campus for Clean Energy and Students for A Green Campus, and the state network Mississippi Alumni and Students for Sustainability (MASS). She has both participated and led various sustainability campaigns promoting environmental leadership and campus policy change. She has delivered trainings on organizational and leadership development at MASS Summits and PowerShift (a national conference for justice leadership). As an intern in the Office of Campus Sustainability’s Green Campus Network, her projects have focused on environmental and economic benefits of energy efficiency. In her spare time, she loves farmers’ markets, fostering rescued cats and spontaneous adventures. Though she never plans on growing up, she hopes she can have a career saving the world one campaign at a time!