DAFVM Spotlight Employees
Brian Utley   Myung-Bok Lee

Shirley Harrington Davis
November 2014

Office Associate
MSU Extension Service
Holmes County

Years in Position: 13 Years
Years of Service to MSU: 13 Years

The Holmes County Extension Service can count on Shirley Davis to provide support to all county staff.

Davis answers the phone, inputs 4-H data, files, assists clients in all program focus areas and performs other general office duties.

Davis said what motivates her most in her job is being a resource for everyone around her.

“I love and enjoy helping my co-workers with the many aspects of their jobs,” she said. “They know they can depend on me with any task, no matter how large or small when needed. They know that I will be eager to help.”

Davis said that her favorite memories from her 13 years as an Extension office associate are from the time Crayton Coleman worked for the Holmes County Extension Service.

“He would often come to work with his smoker and pork loins or beef briskets all seasoned and ready to cook,” she said. “He would smoke that meat, and before he could get it out of the smoker, our mouths would be watering from hunger. His barbeque sauce was amazing. What a joy.”

In her spare time, Davis enjoys singing and playing Spider Solitaire. She has two sons, ages 43 and 32. Davis has 13 grandchildren.


Myung-Bok Lee
November 2014

Research Associate II
Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture
Starkville Campus

Years in Position: 1 Year
Years of Service to MSU: 1 Year

The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture relies on Myung-Bok Lee to provide them with information about their research in an organized manner.

Lee is a Research Associate in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture. She analyzes the research data and prepares manuscripts for publication.

Lee is currently working on a project studying the effects of biofuel and native grass management practices on the insect community. Another project that she is working on looks at the relationship between avian species and functional diversity in agricultural landscapes.

Lee enjoys researching different topics and getting information to her colleagues in the department.

“I provide analysis of the data, which helps others in the department with their research,” she said. “That’s what I am good at.”

Lee graduated last year from The University of Texas at Arlington.

Lee said that she came to Mississippi State University because of a friend that she had in lab at UTA.

“My supervisor, who is also my friend from UTA, first asked me if I would be interested in the job,” she said. “I like it here at MSU because the size of the school is not too big or too small. It is just right.”

Lee enjoys hiking and watching movies.

The administration for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine (DAFVM) plans to spotlight two employees each month. All benefits-eligible professional and support staff employees within the Division qualify as part of the pool from which employees will be chosen. Highlighted employees will be randomly selected and given his or her choice of a $50 prize from DAFVM to be claimed from specific vendors at MSU.


  • The drawing for the DAFVM Staff Spotlight recognition will take place the last week of each month and be announced the first working day of the upcoming month.  Names are pulled randomly from a pre-populated Banner list.
  • To be the highlighted staff for any given month, the employee must have acceptable recent performance evaluations on file. Those evaluations will be reviewed 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 selected employees will be notified by letter from Dr. Greg Bohach, Vice President, DAFVM.
  • A required photo and a brief  interview of the recipients will be posted on the DAFVM Staff Council Web page www.dafvm.msstate.edu/advisory/spotlight/. This information will also be displayed on the monitors of the first floor of the Bost Building, as well as in other MSU locations and publications.
  • Each recipient can choose one of the following prizes:
    • $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 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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