DAFVM Spotlight Employees
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LaQuantia Grace
July 2014

Extension Agent I
MSU Extension Service
George County

Years in Position: 7 months
Years of Service to MSU: 7 months

As a Mississippi State University Extension agent in George County, LaQuantia Grace gets to put her passion for serving others to work.

“I love to get out in the county and see what needs to be done to make our community better,” Grace said. “I try to meet the needs of our county’s people.”

To help meet those needs, Grace plans projects with George County 4-H’ers and other MSU Extension Service groups and supervises numerous community service projects.

Grace said every day at work is different, which makes the workday pass quickly.

“Today, for example, I have a Mississippi Homemaker Volunteer meeting, so I’m preparing for that and printing off agendas to make sure that goes smoothly,” she said. “Other days I spend with 4-H’ers and plan their programs, and on a lot of days I leave the office to get out in the community and implement these projects.”

Grace said she enjoys everything about being an Extension agent, but her favorite part of the day is when she gets to work with youth.

“I just love being with the kids and helping them make the community a better place,” she said. “I also like helping them train for competitions. Watching them win first place in the seed identification contest at Club Congress this year was incredibly rewarding.”

Grace said working with children is what initially drew her to the Extension agent position.

“I graduated from Alcorn State in 2013 with a biological health science degree, and when I saw the Extension agent listing, I decided I wanted to put my degree to use to make the kids and the community healthier and better,” she said.

When she is not working, Grace said she enjoys trying new restaurants, watching movies and relaxing at her home.

 

Casey Moss
July 2014

Administrative Assistant I
Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station
Pontotoc Experiment Station in Pontotoc County

Years in Position: 6 months
Years of Service to MSU: 3 years

After graduating with a business degree from Mississippi State University, Casey Moss wanted to find a way to remain part of the Bulldog family but live close to her family in Pontotoc. As the administrative assistant for the Pontotoc Experiment Station, she achieves goals.

“I grew up in Pontotoc and went to high school in Pontotoc, so it’s nice to come back closer to home,” Moss said. “I’m still with the university, though, which is great.”

In her role as administrative assistant, Moss said she stays busy managing large quantities of paperwork and overseeing day-to-day operations in the office.

“I do a lot of the accounting and paying bills,” she said. “I work with the budget, and I handle the hiring work, travel paperwork and payroll. Keeping everything organized helps things run smoothly.”

Moss said her favorite part of the workday is meeting people in the community who have questions about samples, such as soil samples.

“I really enjoy being able to help out members of my community by directing them to the people who can help them with their samples,” Moss said. “It’s interesting getting to be a part of that.”

When she’s not working, Moss returns to MSU’s campus for sporting events whenever she gets the chance. She also enjoys spending time with her niece and nephew.

“I love the atmosphere of Mississippi State,” Moss said. “Even though I’m not in Starkville anymore, that atmosphere stays in your heart while you’re working for an extension of MSU.”

The administration for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine spotlights two employees within the Division each month. All benefits eligible professional and support staff employees qualify as part of the pool from which employees will be chosen. These highlighted employees will be randomly selected and will be given his or her choice of a $50 gift from specific vendors at MSU.

GUIDELINES:

  • The drawing for DAFVM Staff Spotlight will take place the last week of each month and be announced the first working day of the upcoming month.
  • To be the highlighted staff for any given month, the employee must have acceptable recent performance reviews on file. Those reviews will be consulted prior to acknowledgement of the employee and awarding a prize. The evaluation itself will not be viewed but rather HRM will provide a general recommendation based on the employee’s past reviews.
  • The employee will be notified by letter from Dr. Greg Bohach, Vice President, DAFVM, on being chosen.
  • Photos and a brief bio of the recipients will be posted on the DAFVM Staff Council Web page www.dafvm.msstate.edu/advisory/spotlight/ and will also be displayed on the first floor of Bost.
  • Each recipient can choose one of the following gifts as his prize:
  • $50 gift certificate to the University Florist
  • $50 gift certificate to the MAFES Sales Store
  • MSU apparel item from Barnes and Noble ($50 value)

At each annual DAFVM Summer Celebration, the DAFVM Staff Spotlight recipients from the previous year will be acknowledged. The DAFVM website will have an archive of all winners listed by month/date.

An employee cannot be chosen more than once during a two (2) year period.

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