DAFVM Spotlight Employees
Joeseph Eliburg   Marvin Saulter

Joseph Elinburg
August 2014

Building Maintenance Tech II
CVM Facilities Engineering
MSU Starkville Campus

Years in Position: 2.5
Years of Service to MSU: 2.5

The MSU College of Veterinary Medicine relies on Joseph Elinburg to keep the buildings operating smoothly.

Elinburg maintains the plumbing, repairs mechanical equipment, and does whatever else needs to be done.

CVM is home to a wide range of research, Extension/outreach and academic programs and veterinary services, including the Animal Health Center, classrooms, laboratories and surgical units, which means Elinburg stays very busy.

Roy Watkins, Building Services Supervisor for CVM Facilities Engineering, said Elinburg is a great employee.

“Joseph is very pleasant to be around,” Watkins said. “He is responsible in carrying out his duties that come with the job. He is a very capable worker.”

When Elinburg is not working, he enjoys fishing and spending time with his family. He has a wife and a two-year-old child.


Marvin Saulter
August 2014

Mechanic Shop Supervisor
Delta Research and Extension Center
Stoneville, MS

Years in Position: 16
Years of Service to MSU: 16

Marvin Saulter gave up being his own boss when he took a job as the Mechanic Shop Supervisor at the Delta Research and Extension Center.

“I was self-employed when I interviewed for the job as a mechanic,” Saulter said. “They offered me a deal that I could not turn down. I have been there ever since.”

Saulter said the best part of his job is being able to fix a variety of equipment. At a station with extensive agricultural research and Extension projects, he has plenty of machinery to keep him busy.

“I fix the trucks, cars and so forth,” Saulter said. “I make sure that everything is working how it is supposed to be. I just like fixing things.”

During his time at the Stoneville campus, Saulter has grown to appreciate his colleagues.

“My favorite memory on the job can only be one thing,” Saulter said. “I like to agitate Elmer Burchfield, the business manager at the Delta Research and Extension Center.” Burchfield has worked at the station for 50 years.

In his spare time, Saulter said he enjoys outdoor activities, music and spending time with his family. He has two children, ages 34 and 40.

“I love flying,” Saulter said. “I also enjoy playing the guitar and singing old, good country music.

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.


  • 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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