2012 DAFVM Spotlight Employees

Pitts

Cal Crawford
December 2012

GPS/GIS Coordinator
Mississippi Boll Weevil Mgmt. Corp.
A.N.R.

Years in position: 7
Years of Service to MSU:
14

Responsibilities:
I maintain the geographic database for the boll weevil eradication effort in Mississippi, as well as technical support for the field staff on both software and hardware.

Interests & Hobbies:
Hunting and cooking.

 

Wilkinson

Robyn Hearn
December 2012

Publications Editor
Office of Agricultural Communications
Starkville campus

Years in position: 15
Years of Service to MSU:
15

Responsibilities:
I assist in the production of printed material for DAFVM, the MSU Extension Service, and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

Interests & Hobbies:
Cooking, reading, watching movies, and working in the yard.

 

Pitts

Zachary Pitts
November 2012

Agricultural Technician
Research Support Unit - North Farm
Starkville Campus

Years in position: 2
Years of Service to MSU:
2

Responsibilities:
Operate and maintain all equipment with regards to establishing, maintaining, and harvesting row crops research plots at the R.R. Foil Research Center and Black Belt Experiment Station. Perform all phases of tillage, chemical application, and farm aesthetics as needed.

Interests & Hobbies:
Hunting

 

Wilkinson

Cynthia Wilkinson
November 2012

Extension Program Associate
Franklin County Extension Office
Meadville, MS

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

Responsibilities:
I work with 4-H Youth and the Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers. I like to teach young people about safety, character education, and agriculture. There is nothing more special than seeing a young person achieve and know you could help make a difference in their life.

Interests & Hobbies:
I love crafting, but my favorite now is being with my twin granddaughters. They are 10 months old. I am a family person and love mine dearly.

 

Hodges

Nicole Hodges
October 2012

Research Associate I
Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Starkville Campus

Years in position: 1
Years of Service to MSU:
9

Responsibilities:
I am responsible for designing and conducting ecological studies on soil and forage nutrients as they relate to metabolic bone disease in federally threatened gopher tortoises. I am also involved with surveying bridges and concrete culverts for bats to determine what attracts them to these structures. This work will result in cooperation with MDOT to construct highways which will provide habitat for bats as their natural roosts are in decline. I also give guest lectures and advise pre-veterinary students in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture.

Interests & Hobbies:
I love to travel and visit national parks and explore the great outdoors.

 

Morgan

April Wallace
October 2012

Animal Technician
College of Veterinary Medicine, LARAC
Starkville Campus

Years in position: 1
Years of Service to MSU:
9

Responsibilities:
The majority of my days are spent caring for various species at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Interests & Hobbies:
I love spending time with my little girl and with my animals at work and home. I also enjoy gardening, sewing and photography.

 

McClelland

James McClelland
September 2012

Assistant Dairy Plant Manager
MAFES Dairy Plant
Starkville Campus

Years in position: 4
Years of Service to MSU:
20

Responsibilities:
Oversee day-to-day operation of the Dairy Plant.

Interests & Hobbies:
Playing the drums in a band, hunting and fishing, and mostly spending time with my kids.

 

Morgan

Connie Morgan
September 2012

Administrative Assistant II
Delta Research & Extension Center
Stoneville Campus

Years in position: 13
Years of Service to MSU:
19

Responsibilities:
I have a dual position as administrative assistant for the NW Region Extension Office and the Delta Research & Extension Center. My responsibilities at DREC include support of the overall operation of DREC through the center's head. Some of my duties in support of the NW Region Extension include monitoring district and county budgets, payroll, purchasing and accounts payable, hiring manager, and procurement administrator.

Interests & Hobbies:
I enjoy spending time with grandchildren and beach trips with my four sisters. Most weekends are spent going to our family hunting camp with my husband. I like to deer hunt, fish, and explore the outdoors.

Bledsoe

James Bledsoe
August 2012

Harvest GearTechnician
Delta Research & Extension Center
Stoneville Campus

Years in position: 5
Years of Service to MSU:
27

Responsibilities:
Mechanical work on tractors, trucks, combines, well engines, and any other DREC equipment needing repair or maintenance.

Interests & Hobbies:
"Hunting, fishing, or just being outside and enjoying nature. I feel that some of my time spent outdoors is time when I can become very close to God."

Freeman

Thomas Freeman
August 2012

Research Technician
Coatal Research & Extension Center
Beaumont Horticultural Unit

Years in position: 7
Years of Service to MSU:
21

Responsibilities:
Collecting data; maintenance on trucks, tractors, and farm; shop work; welding, building, and repair; planting and spraying.

Interests & Hobbies:
Commerical, freshwater, and saltwater fishing; braiding and plaiting whips, key chains, and slings; tying knots - Oriental kinds such as dragon knots.

Bounds

Helen Bounds
July 2012

Office Associate
Clark County Extension Service
Quitman, MS

Years in position: 9
Years of Service to MSU:
9

Responsibilities:
Provide support to all county staff, maintain the county office, and multipurpose annex and its programming.

Interests & Hobbies:
Reading, cooking, church, and quality time with family.

Cunningham

Brenda Cunningham
July 2012

Client Accounts Assistant
CVM Clinical Science Department
Starkville Campus

Years in position: 1
Years of Service to MSU:
1

Responsibilities:
Our department audits all hospital bills for accuracy and completeness. We collect payments from the clients. I also do general research and computer entry.

Interests & Hobbies:
Fostering dogs for Homeward Bound, playing with my own dogs and cats, being with family and friends, and scrapbooking and crafts.

Jenkins

Dinah Jenkins
June 2012

Administrative Assistant
Extension Service-Starkville Campus
Family & Consumer Sciences

Years in position: 1
Years of Service to MSU:
5

Responsibilities:
Assist Dr. Paula Threadgill, State Program Leader, in all aspects of running the Family and Consumer Sciences office.

Interests & Hobbies:
Time with family, church, reading, walking, and travel.

Hincapie

Milton Munoz Hincapie
June 2012

Research Associate
Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture
Starkville Campus

Years in position: 3
Years of Service to MSU:
4

Responsibilities:
Collaborate with graduate students to achieve their research objectives through field work and laboratory experiments. Serve as a liaison between local agencies and the MSU project personnel.

Interests & Hobbies:
Photography, hiking, mountain biking, and geocaching.

Miller

Greg Miller
May 2012

Animal Technician
College of Veterinary Medicine-LARAC
Starkville Campus

Years in position: 8
Years of Service to MSU: 8

Responsibilities:
Daily husbandry of animals owned by clients and the university which includes feeding, watering, and daily cleaning; record keeping, daily observations, census procurement, and stocking of supplies.

Interests & Hobbies:
Fishing, hunting, and time with family.

Stokes

Dale Boise Stokes
May 2012

Research Technician
Delta Research and Extension Center
Stoneville Campus

Years in position: 10
Years of Service to MSU: 18

Responsibilities:
Planting, maintaining clean plots, and spraying research plots for Dr. Jeff Gore. Help overspray for other researchers at Stoneville station to maintain insect free plots.

Interests & Hobbies:
Deer hunting, gardening, and four wheeling

Ozkan

Seval Ozkan
April 2012

Research Associate II
Plant and Soil Sciences
Starkville Campus

Years in position: 6
Years of Service to MSU: 6

Responsibilities:
Project I: Analysis of Aspergillus flavus resistance in corn. Development of novel technique to detect and quantify Aspergillus flavus biomass in ground corn samples. Project II: Functional annotation of crop gene products.

Interests & Hobbies:
Spending time with my kids, cooking, and gardening.

Sanders

Michael Sanders
April 2012

Senior Research Associate
Department of Forest Products
Starkville Campus

Years in position: 23
Years of Service to MSU: 23

Responsibilities:
Research coordinator for field and laboratory studies in the field of wood preservation. I author or co-author research proposals and/or reports in this field. Maintain and supervise the small scale wood treatment pilot plant in the dept. as well as the multiple field research sites.

Interests & Hobbies:
Spending time with my family, hunting and fishing. I'm an active member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.

Lindsey

Charlene Lindsey
March 2012

Copy Center Operator
Office of Agricultural Communication/Print Shop
Starkville Campus

Years in position: 36
Years of Service to MSU: 36

Responsibilities:
Operates 9110 Digimaster copier

Interests & Hobbies:
Spending time with grandchildren and family, flower gardening, and reading.

Zumwalt

Donnie Zumwalt
March 2012

Research Coordinator
Poultry Sciences
Starkville Campus

Years in position: 20
Years of Service to MSU: 20

Responsibilities:
Coordinates all research activities at Poultry Research Center, liason to poultry industry concerning research projects, and assists faculty and graduate students with live production research projects.

Interests & Hobbies:
Tree farming, hunting, and fishing.

Marilynn Alldread

Marilynn Alldread
February 2012

Research Technician
Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology
Starkville Campus

Years in position: 25
Years of Service to MSU: 29

Responsibilities:
Runs all biochemical assays associated with toxicology of insecticides and related chemicals and studies of antidotes for nerve poisons. Performs all calculations of data obtained.

Interests & Hobbies:
Bowling, baking, and sewing.

Gina Daly

Gina Daly
February 2012

Graphic Designer
Office Agricultural Communications
Starkville Campus

Years in position: 4
Years of Service to MSU: 13

Responsibilities:
Design graphic projects including publications, forms, manuals, logos, and presentation materials; electronically archive projects; maintain graphic supply inventory; and coordinate final project files with printers.

Interests & Hobbies:
"Attending sporting events and activities my 8-year-old twins are involved in; arts and crafts; and visiting with family and friends.

Elizabeth Jones

Elizabeth Jones
January 2012

Research Associate III
Delta Research and Extension Center
Stoneville Campus

Years in position: 4
Years of Service to MSU: 21

Responsibilities:
Answers the main telephone switchboard at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville. Also purchases and inventories items.

Interests & Hobbies:
"I help with my daughter's Girl Scout troop and love selling Girl Scout cookies! I also enjoy helping with the children's activities at our church."

Clancy Norman

Dianne Owens
January 2012

Central Sterile Supervisor
College of Veterinary Medicine
Starkville Campus

Years in position: 5
Years of Service to MSU: 24

Responsibilities:
"My job is to serve as a leader of the sterile area and ensure that the group works efficiently to meet the many demands of sterile prep/laundry. I also train and mentor new employees in this area.

Interests & Hobbies:
Yard work and flower gardening.