Meet Some Former OSEM Interns!

Audra Begg

Graduated: December 2013, College Student Personnel, M.Ed.

Current Job: I am currently working as a Workplace Learning Coordinator at Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC. I am also President of CPCC’s Toastmaster’s Club.

What did you get from your experience with OSEM?

What I learned during my time with the Sustainability office may be cliché but proved true for me: “Timing is everything” and when you are passionate about a project, it isn’t “work”. I was grateful for the foundational groundwork laid by Lauren and the previous students who worked on the SEI initiative, because it paved the way for my efforts to market it and garner the necessary support that ultimately helped get it passed and approved.

Zack Waldroup


Zack Waldroup

Graduated: May 2016, B.S. Environmental Science

Current Job: I am currently an Environmental Compliance Specialist for Veolia Water Technologies.

Do you have any advice for future interns?

My words of advice are to get involved with everything OSEM has going on. They dabble in so many different sustainability projects on campus. Even if it's something you don't think you would be interested in, if you have the time, do it. Take it all in as an experience. For example, when Lauren came to me and asked for me to aid her in working on a project that dealt with composting human bodies, I was skeptical to say the least. However, through the OSEM I was able to help with The Urban Death Project and it was one of the coolest learning experiences I've had. Definitely worth going WAY outside my comfort zone.

Chase Weddle

Chase Weddle

Graduated: May 2016, B.S. Electrical & Computer Engineering Technology

Current Job:I now work for Lockheed Martin.

What did you gain from working with the Office of Sustainability and Energy Management?

While working with the Office of Sustainability & Energy Management, I was able to learn many things. Proper communication, comprehensive planning, and cohesive cooperation were all vital within my role as the project manager for the Electron Garden on the Green, and these elements were all adequately tested throughout my experience. The knowledge gained during my undergraduate career was applied to the real world in a project that holds significance to myself, those I worked with, and Western Carolina University as a whole. This I am very thankful for. I would encourage anyone with a passion for improving our campus to contact Lauren Bishop or the Sustainable Energy Initiative to learn how he or she can contribute to the betterment of the university.

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