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.
Spotlight employee, Brooks

Kimberley Brooks
Oct. 2018

Central Sterile Aide
MSU College of Veterinary Medicine
MSU Starkville Campus

Years in Position: 5
Years at MSU: 5

Kimberley Brookes plays an important role in the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine in Starkville. One of her many responsibilities is preparing the instrument packets for the college’s surgical teams. She is also in charge of making sure all the laundry is taken care of for the surgeons. She says she and her colleagues serve all the departments in the vet school, and the key to making all the departments happy is to work effectively as a team.

Her favorite parts of her job are the people she works with.

“I have a wonderful supervisor,” says Kimberley “I also have a great group of team workers which makes the job more enjoyable. I had always wanted to work on campus, and when my supervisor offered it to me, I couldn’t stop smiling.”

Kimberley started out as a nurse working in nursing homes. She says that she sometimes misses her previous job, but she loves learning new aspects of medicine and seeing the occasional tigers, lions or horses that are brought into the surgical ward.

“This is just a different aspect of medicine. I find this work so interesting, and I really enjoy learning about the instruments and all the things that they do. I learn something new almost every day,” she explains.

Kimberley has lived in Starkville all her life, and she got a business degree in nursing school. She has one son who goes to Starkville Christian School and loves playing basketball and baseball. Along with being very busy with her son’s sporting events, she is very church oriented and loves to relax with a good movie. Her father, James Weaver, was the first African American to work in law enforcement at MSU.

Spotlight employee, Angie Abrams

Angie Abrams
Oct. 2018

4-H Program Associate
MSU Extension Service
Chickasaw County

Years in Position: 26
Years at MSU: 26

For 26 years, Angie Abrams has worked tirelessly with 4-H’ers in Chickasaw County. She spends her time in meetings, doing community service projects, getting ready for contests, preparing paper work, and helping out the other agents in the office. Angie is totally committed to her community and its young people.

“Working with the young people of this county everyday gives me hope that I am making a good impact on their lives. That is what I look forward to every day,” Angie says. “There is nothing more rewarding that seeing a young person achieve, knowing that I helped them get there.”

Angie says she has made wonderful friendships with the 4-H families and the Extension colleagues who have become like family to her.

“I chose this career because I can remember being in 4-H growing up. It was so awesome, and I didn’t want to give it up. So, when the opportunity became available, it was an easy decision,” Abrams says.

Angie acknowledges that it is a very demanding job. But the rewards outweigh the hardships.

“One must be flexible, versatile, and, most importantly, a people person who loves working with all young people and adults alike,” Angie says.

She says that flexibility and the ability to multitask, all while making a difference in children’s lives, are some of the important traits required to be successful in this career. Each day brings different joys and responsibilities, so she says that she had to learn to go with the flow of what the 4-H’ers or volunteers needed in any given moment.

Angie loves to spend time with her family and friends. She can usually be found enjoying horse events on the weekends.

  • 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.