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.
June Grubbs

June Grubbs
May 2017

Office Associate
MSU Extension Service
Simpson County

Years in Position: 26
Years at MSU: 29

For 26 years, June Grubbs has been the first face Simpson County residents see when they come to the Extension office for help.

“My primary duties are answering the phone and greeting clients, and if I can help, I do. If I can’t, I send them to one of the agents,” June said of her job as a part-time office associate.

From managing travel paperwork to sending out monthly newsletters, June keeps the office on track.

“I’m just a general go-getter and I try to help with everything I can as needed,” she said. “I send soil samples to campus, enroll 4-H’ers, and I’ll be at Farm Safety Day this week.”

 Unless she changes her mind, June will retire this summer.

“I really enjoy and like my job,” she shared. “I have mixed emotions about retiring because I love the people I work with. That’s hard to give up after 26 years. So many people are unhappy in their work, but I love my job. It speaks well of Extension that so many people stay for so long.”

June started working for the Extension Service as a call-in secretary in Lawrence County where she lives. The county agent, Ted Pruess, knew she was looking for a part-time job. When a position with more hours and benefits opened in Simpson County, she took it.

At one point, the Lawrence County office associate position opened but June was content to keep her position in Simpson County.

“I was working with Maggie Harris, and we got along great so I didn’t want to change,” June explained.

June has several hobbies she’ll have more time for after she retires, such as reading both fiction and non-fiction, playing SkipBo, fishing and traveling.

She and her husband of 60 years, Glenn, have two daughters and four grandchildren.

Megan Robbins

Megan Robbins
May 2017

Veterinary Technician/
Anesthesiology
College of Veterinary Medicine
Starkville Campus

Years in Position: 5
Years at MSU: 10

Lions, tigers, and bears are standard patients for CVM veterinary technician Megan Robbins.

From big cats to large horses, Megan assists veterinary anesthesiologists and surgeons with procedures on animals of all sizes.

“With it being a research institution, we have the opportunity to work on an array of animals, whereas most private practices are more limited,” said Megan. “Since we work with a big cat rescue, I’ve been able to help with a few lions and tigers, which is pretty interesting.”

Prior to her position on the anesthesiology team, Megan worked as a vet tech in the CVM equine department.

“While studying veterinary medical technology at Hinds Community College, I did an externship with the equine department and heard about this position,” Megan said. “It was a perfect fit for me, because I had experience at a large animal referral hospital in Jackson.”

Megan said there is a constant increase in the need for veterinary medical technology.

“We see growth every year,” Megan said. “It’s unbelievable the amount of animals we see on a daily and even monthly basis. The vet tech profession is one of the fastest growing sectors of the medical field.”

Megan and her husband own their own horses, so it’s no surprise they are her favorite animals. Megan’s husband of ten years helps manage Prairie Livestock Inc. in West Point, and they have an eight-month-old daughter.

Megan said they love the Starkville area.

“I went to school here, my husband and I met here, and now I work here,” Megan said. “It’s the best place to raise our daughter. I just love the atmosphere of the university and the small town feel. It truly is an exciting place to live and work.”


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.