Black Belt Branch Experiment Station
Years in position: 16
Years at MSU: 16
Elvis Sykes has worked for the Black Belt Branch Experiment Station near Brooksville for almost 17 years doing anything that is necessary to keeping up with the property.
“My favorite part of what I do is spraying,” Elvis said. “I like the chemistry that goes along with mixing. If you have a 6 acre plot, and I have to spray Roundup, that is a 400 gallon tank, so I mix up a quart per acre.”
He says that one of the most important traits about his job is paying attention to all the safety and health regulations, especially when handling hazardous chemicals.
“I like the research aspect of my job,” Elvis said. “It continues to advance, and I continue to learn.”
In his free time, Elvis spends most of his time at his church where he sings and plays guitar. He also enjoys spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Facility Operations Technician
MS Horse Park
Years in Position: 5
Years at MSU: 5
Redale Oswalt is from Eupora and has been a Facility Operations Technician at the Mississippi Horse Park for five years.
Redale and two others are responsible for maintaining the facility, including equipment, grounds, barns, arenas and roads.
“The Horse Park is heavily used each year and had 145 days of activities in 2018,” Redale said. “The crew I am a part of is responsible for the setup and breakdown of all of these events.”
One of Redale’s favorite parts about his job is getting to utilize his versatile skillset in keeping up the facility.
In his spare time, he enjoys hunting and fishing.
At each annual DAFVM Summer Celebration, the 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.