DAFVM Spotlight Employees
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Kathy Bryant
August 2014

Business Coordinator
Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center
Raymond Campus

Years in Position: 8
Years of Service to MSU: 32

In her role as business coordinator for the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Hinds County, Kathy Bryant helps make sure things run smoothly in the office.

“I handle the budgets and pay the bills,” she said. “I’m in charge of the hiring paperwork, I process leave requests, and I handle the travel forms.”

In addition to managing the office, Bryant works with administrative assistants at the three branch experiment stations of the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center.

Bryant said working at the center in Raymond is never dull.

“One time I came into work and there was a lamb in the bathroom,” Bryant said. “It was the funniest thing. One of the specialists was trying to keep the lamb alive. That’s just an example of how you never know what you’re going to get into around here.”

Bryant, who has worked for MSU for almost 32 years, said she has enjoyed being part of the Bulldog family and helping others.

“I really enjoy the people I work with,” Bryant said. “I love working with our clients to make sure they get what they need. That’s a big thing I enjoy.”

When she is not at work, Bryant said she enjoys participating in church events and spending time with her son.

“My son just graduated from high school, so I’ve spent the past four years going to all of his sporting events,” she said. “He’s starting college soon, so I’m enjoying all the time I get with him after work and on the weekends."

 

Susan Fulgham
August 2014

Office Associate
MSU Extension Service
Starkville Campus

Years in Position: 9 years
Years of Service to MSU: 9 years

As an office associate for the Extension Center for Technology Outreach, Susan Fulgham helps the MSU Extension Service reach a broad audience.

“I help facilitate live video programs for Extension events, and I help connect video conferences,” she said.

Fulgham also travels around Mississippi to record and edit videos for livestock auctions and 4-H programs.

“There’s really no typical day at work, and that’s what I like about it,” Fulgham said. “There’s always something new to do, and that’s my favorite part about my job because I never know what the day will be like.”

Fulgham said she grew up around horses and farms, so she was familiar with the MSU Extension Service before she began working for the Extension Center for Technology Outreach nine years ago.

“I was around agriculture and farm animals during my childhood, and I have always enjoyed technology, so this job deals with two things I really enjoy,” she said.

Fulgham said she enjoys meeting Extension clients throughout the state and helping to expand Extension’s reach.

When she is not at work, Fulgham said she enjoys playing guitar and spending time with her husband and two children.
“We have horses, and my children compete in rodeos, so that takes up a lot of time,” she said. “We spend a lot of time outside.”

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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