to being elected president of The University of Southern Mississippi
Student Government Association, Walt Cain was envisioning the needs
of students at the growing university.
As head of
the SGA's Student Activities Committee, Cain began to develop a
strategy to help the university's student government become more
effective in serving the student body, including the implementation
of a multifaceted communication system to inform students about
campus events, organizations and services that could enrich their
experience at Southern Miss.
a natural transition (from committee member to president),"
he said. "While serving on the committee, I began to see things
that I thought we could do better to serve students."
Now as president,
he says he intends to work with other student government leaders
to make that vision a reality for the fall 2004 semester.
of a communications system, one that involves increased levels of
phone, print, and Internet, and using that to get out information
to the students, that's one of my primary goals for our student
government," said Cain, an international relations major from
Madison. "We're not here to lobby for any one group, but to
provide accurate information to our students that can aid them in
making effective decisions." Cain expects the new communications
system to be in place by August.
potential may have been what earned him a Southern Miss Leadership
Scholarship, but what led him to choose the university to continue
his academic career after high school was a combination of factors.
Scholarship program is what initially attracted me to Southern Miss,
what got me in the door, so to speak, but what made me love the
university was its atmosphere, the feeling of growth, and the hospitality
that I found when I visited here.
were other places, other universities that were attractive, but
the substance of Southern Miss is its people, and that's what sold
me - nothing rivals the people at this university."
throughout campus through his service on the SGA Student Activities
Committee and involvement in other campus organizations, Cain came
to know even more of his fellow students while campaigning for the
student government's top post. "It's really neat to have been
able to meet more people through the campaign, and that's good because
that makes me more accountable to the student body."
a dedicated campaign staff for his victory, including former SGA
vice president Toby Barker, who managed his campaign and will serve
as his executive adviser. "I was really lucky," Cain said
of his campaign. "I had a very dedicated group of friends who
believed in me, who worked hard to get the word out about me and
talk me up to other students . . . no way I would have made it without
Assistant Dean of Students Mike Mitchell and Vice President for
Student Affairs Dr. Joe Paul believe Cain has what it takes to be
an effective student leader.
been a longtime member of SGA, since the day he landed on campus,"
Mitchell said. "He has drive and enthusiasm, and he's well
respected by his peers. I think he's going to have a good year."
really committed to advancing the best interests of the students,"
Dr. Paul said.