DAFVM Spotlight Employees

The administration for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine (DAFVM) spotlights 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. See Guidelines.
Callie McKey

Callie McKey
August 2018

Office Associate
MSU Extension Service
Pike County

Years in Position: 16
Years at MSU: 16

Callie works for Extension by helping people find the information they need. Her sense of responsibility and organizational skills keep the Pike County office running. She enjoys seeing the smiles on people's faces as she aids them through their day.

She does this by answering phones, signing up clients for certain events, receiving soil samples, performing computer work, and setting up the interactive video system for Quick Bites programs offered through Extension.

She enjoys what she does every day, and she reminisces about when she got to host a spring break camp for 4-H'ers. She loved watching the children eagerly learn about new things.

Callie enjoys her job, but it is not always as easy as it looks.

"It takes hard work and a good, understanding personality to deal with some of the clients who call or walk through our office doors," said Callie.

Callie recommends hard work, patience and kindness to those interested in this type of job.

"In the end, the outcome is very rewarding," she said. "The most important traits for this career would definitely be a kind spirit, a patient mind, and an understanding attitude."

Callie said she has been married to a wonderful, loving husband for four years. She also enjoys cooking as well as many outdoor activities such as gardening, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding.

Pamela S. Redwine

Pamela S. Redwine
August 2018

Agent IV/County Coordinator
MSU Extension Service
Yalobusha County

Years in Position: 3
Years at MSU: 18

Pamela Redwine has an affinity for interacting with people to help them learn new, interesting information about important life skills. So, it would seem very natural for her to excel in her career of working with people simply to help them improve their quality of life.

Pamela aids people by planning, presenting and evaluating programs in Family & Consumer Science. She teaches various programs such as Walk-A-Weigh, and the Healthy Homes Initiative. She also offers child care trainings for early care and education providers.

She leads a 4-H Science Club, Sewing Club, Crochet Club, Arts and Crafts Club, and oversees a Master Chef’s School for young people.

“I love helping people, especially when they learn something they didn’t expect,” Pamela said. “I have always loved family and consumer science, so when I was offered the position, I knew it would be a perfect fit!” Pamela said.

During her career, she said she has come to better understand the asset that MSU Extension is to others in the county, and she hopes to spread this word to others through her work.

“Being a coordinator and planner truly requires a servant’s heart,” she said. “There must be a willingness to learn new things, even when you are completely out of your comfort zone.”

Pamela said she and her husband are blessed to celebrate their nineteen-year anniversary at the end of August.

“We have two children, ages 13 and 11.” She and her family are members of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Grenada.


DAFVM SPOTLIGHT GUIDELINES:
  • 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 ($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.