Get To Know The Staff

Emily Holmes, Assistant Director for Student Activities


What was your favorite organization in undergrad, why?    SMAC but back then it was UAC! I loved learning important aspects of event planning and found UAC had the most fun on campus!

What is your guilty pleasure? The TV show SCANDAL!

What’s your favorite quote? Be intentional. Find purpose in everything you do- even the small tasks.                                   

A fun fact about yourself. I spent a summer in college in Eastern Africa as a camp counselor.                                                 

Recommendation on how to get involved to current and incoming students: Don’t be afraid! I have never met a student that said “You know what? It was a mistake to get involved on campus.” NEVER. Involvement matters. Make it a part of your college experience. It will offer you irreplaceable experiences and you will be the one securing a job over un-involved students when you graduate. Mark my words. Come see us and get plugged in NOW.

Lindsay Watson, Student Activities Manager


What was your favorite organization in undergrad, why?  I was really involved in Residence Life, and enjoyed being the Hickory Hall Representative of the Community Council at Wright State University. We met weekly to voice our hall’s opinions on things that were going on. (Not enough programs, music is really loud, maintenance concerns, etc.) It was my chance to be the voice of my hall and meet some great people. In addition, I met the Community Directors that would later hire me as a Resident Assistant for the next 3 years. Being a Community Council member was the first step to setting up my career…working with college students!

What’s your favorite quote? “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” – Jim Rohn

A fun fact about yourself.  I was very active in 4-H and showed dairy and market goats in the county fair for years! In addition, my family has had chickens, cows, turkeys, ducks, rabbits, dogs, cats, and a pig. (Yes, just one pig. Ha!)      

• What is your guilty pleasure? I LOVE to bake and cook. I experiment all the time with different foods and recipes I conjure up in my mind. It’s my time to distress, relax, and have a good time….well, until it’s time to clean up the kitchen and do the dishes.

If you could be a carnival ride, which one would you be and why? Well, many carnival rides go in circles, and I would eventually get sick…so I would have to go with the large ship that swings back and forth. I love the cool breeze and the view you get each time it swings to the top!

William Takewell, Student Activities Communication Specialist


What was your favorite organization in undergrad, why? My favorite organization during undergraduate at Southeastern Louisiana University was Student Government Association. I got involved with SGA because I was involved in other student groups and felt like it gave me the opportunity to not only network with fellow students, but to advocate for our student body as well. It was also my way of getting to have my voice heard and start things like The Big Event at Southeastern. I also loved being a part of Greek Life at Centenary College, which opened a lot of doors for me personally. We had an awesome community feeling since our campus was so small. It gave us the chance to get heavily involved if we wanted to.
• What is your personal leadership style? My personal leadership style consists of having a great value for people—that’s the only way you can get anything accomplished—and being proactive. TCB, y’all.
• What is your guilty pleasure? It’s ridiculous, but the movie Drop Dead Gorgeous with Kirsten Dunst is by far my go to guilty pleasure movie. Do yourself a favor and watch it the next time you’re thinking about watching a movie
• Why did you go into student affairs? I am currently working on my Master’s Degree in Higher Education/Student Affairs here at Southern Miss because my mentors during undergrad were so influential in me coming here—both of them graduated from the program here at Southern Miss. Knowing how much of an impact they both had on me during my time at Southeastern made me want to do the same for other students, and I am hopefully doing that.
• A fun fact about yourself. I am training for a half-marathon. I wouldn’t necessarily call it “fun” but it is a fact. I also was a transfer student from Centenary College to Southeastern, is that more fun?
• Recommendation on how to get involved to current and incoming students: Do not be intimidated! Southern Miss can be sort of intimidating when you first get here because it is new or because organizations are very structured and require you to interview. It will be ok. At some point everyone in that organization was where you are—not a member. Be yourself and find things that genuinely interest you and you will love your experience here.

Katie Stone, Student Activities G.A.-The Southerner Yearbook 


What is your personal leadership style?        I am a very passionate person and so I have a very “hit the ground running” style. I enjoy leading by example and getting my hands dirty, but not to the extent that it hinders students from taking ownership of their responsibilities, duties, and accomplishments.          

What is your guilty pleasure? I love the Real Housewives shows. It’s so rare that I watch TV, it’s usually either the Housewives or CPAN 2 Book TV…you tell me which is more embarrassing to admit.

What’s your favorite quote? “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald    

A fun fact about yourself. I love running and I especially love playing air drums to the songs I listen to while running.

• Why did you go into student affairs? I am actually getting my Masters in Political Science and specializing in International Relations. I accepted a graduate assistantship with student affairs because I really enjoy watching students develop into leaders and wanted to be a part of that process through student affairs.

Recommendation on how to get involved to current and incoming students: Find out what really interests you and go with it. Either join an existing group where that interest can flourish or get down to the Student Activities Hub and create your own original organization. However, I must shamelessly recommend The Southerner yearbook staff if you are interested in journalism, graphic design, or photography. Not only will you enjoy it, it is also paid work that will prepare you for a career in these fields.

Rachel Hebert, Student Activities G.A.-Southern Miss Activities Council (SMAC)

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  • What was your favorite organization in undergrad, why? My favorite organization during undergraduate at Louisiana State University was PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America). It was a great way for me to build respected relationships with professionals in my desired field. I also learned the ins and outs of the industry and gained invaluable knowledge for my future endeavors.
  • What’s your favorite quote? “To laugh often and love much: to win respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give one’s self; to leave the world a little better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived…this is to have succeeded.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • A fun fact about yourself. I studied abroad in the Czech Republic in the fall of 2011.
  • What is your guilty pleasure? Shark Week!!! Too bad it is only one week out of the year.
  • If you could be a carnival ride, which one would you be and why? Hmm…I would have to say a roller coaster. I like to live every day to the fullest. I am willing to take the necessary risks to achieve my goals and aspirations. I know that every day has its ups and downs, but that’s what keeps things interesting. There’s a big world out there with plenty of opportunities, and I am ready to face whatever is thrown my way. 



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