Hometown: Hammond, Louisiana
Sophomore Casey Holloway from Hammond, La. is the team captain of Millsaps' Meals on Wheels program. The program began in the Fall 2009 semester as a service to students.
"I think the program has been very beneficial," said Holloway. "We deliver complete, healthy meals to sick students, which helps them recover more quickly. By containing those students who were sick, we're also helping keep the spread of the illness to a minimum."
The program kicked into high gear when the first signs of flu appeared on campus in September and October-much earlier than usual. Casey and her team have distributed approximately 50 meals during the program's first semester.
"I love being able to help sick students feel better by bringing them good, hot food, talking with them a little bit to keep them in the loop, and always being cheerful and positive," Holloway said.
Holloway learned about the program from an e-mail from the Department of Student Life asking for student volunteers. She leads a group of students and staff in organizing and monitoring meal deliveries to residence halls. The program will continue to operate as needed for students with any illness who are unable to leave their rooms.
Holloway enjoys helping others. "I have always loved being able to help others, especially when I get to do something practical and hands-on," said Holloway. "Working with Meals on Wheels has given me the opportunity to serve my classmates and to meet a need here on campus. From getting orders e-mailed in, organizing deliveries, filling the to-go boxes at the Caf, walking across campus to deliver meals and getting to brighten an ill student's day, I have loved every minute of working with the Meals on Wheels program."
Holloway plans on attending medical school and becoming a physician after graduating from Millsaps. She is pursuing a self-designed major she calls "reanthrociology" combining course work from religious studies, sociology, and anthropology. One day, she hopes to perform relief work and practice rural medicine. Her hobbies include photography, theatre, playing the guitar, cooking, knitting, writing poetry, working out, drinking coffee and spending time in the Bowl or at the Boss Barnett Reservoir.
By: Bonnie Tucker