- July 2021
Office Associate/ Purchasing Clerk
Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology & Plant Pathology
Years in position: 2
Years at MSU: 2
When Kathy Beatty needs an answer, she gets it.
“I have earned the nickname Bulldog from other jobs that I have held,” she said. “I bite in and don’t let go until someone gives me an answer that I want.”
That comes in handy for her position in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology & Plant Pathology (BCH-EPP) where she oversees making all purchases in the department.
“I enjoy knowing that when vendors hear my name, they know that I will call back and will keep calling back. I never give up,” Beatty said.
That persistence has paid off because circumstances surrounding COVID-19 have made many supplies hard to find. She sometimes spends an entire day looking for vendors who have the items they need.
However, through the pandemic, she has remained efficient, organized, and cheerful no matter what her day brings.
“I never expect tomorrow to be like the previous day,” she said. “Every day that I am with MSU and this department is memorable. I love the satisfaction of closing out an order on my list. Sometimes if it is an order that has been in the books for a long time, you may find me doing a little happy dance.”
When she is not in the office, Beatty spends time with her eight chihuahuas.
“Some people have asked me why I have eight,” she said. “I shrug my shoulders and respond, ‘Because I don’t want nine. Eight is enough.’”