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.
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Suzanne Creely
April 2017

Office Associate
MSU Extension Service
Starkville Campus

Years in Position: 17
Years at MSU: 17

As someone passionate about serving others, working for the Mississippi State University Extension Service couldn’t be a better fit for Suzanne Creely.

Since August 1999, Suzanne has worked as an office associate for the MSU Extension Service’s Mississippi Boll Weevil Management Corporation.

“All of the data that comes from the traps set in cotton fields comes to me,” Suzanne said. “Other than organizing and analyzing that data, I assist with other office duties, such as answering the phone and making copies.”

After high school, Suzanne moved from Memphis to Starkville to attend the East Mississippi Community College cosmetology program. After holding various jobs in the Starkville area, she was working for Garan Manufacturing, a clothing production company, when she heard about the position in her current department.

“Since I started, I’ve seen a lot of changes in technology and within the industry,” Suzanne said. “However, the impact that Extension has on the community and the state has remained the same.”

Suzanne says being part of the Extension family and serving the public is what she loves about working for MSU Extension.

“There are a lot of people who don’t understand the significance of Extension and the work we do through the Boll Weevil Management Corporation,” Suzanne said. “I enjoy being able to share with others just how important we are to Mississippi.”

Being very strong in her faith, Suzanne’s passion is ministering to youth.

“My husband serves as the music minister for Border Springs Baptist Church in Caledonia,” Suzanne said. “We both love spending time mentoring youth and talking to them about current issues they face in school.”

Suzanne and her husband, Brad Creely, have two children: Zack, who will attend MSU in the fall; and Alissa, who will be a junior in high school. Outside of church activities and family time, Suzanne occupies herself with crochet projects. 

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Jana Morgan
April 2017

VetView Coordinator
MSU College of Veterinary Medicine
Diagnostic Research Labs, Pearl

Years in Position: 11
Years at MSU: 14

For technology savvy Jana Morgan, working as VetView Coordinator for the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine Diagnostic Lab is a perfect fit.

After graduating from Louisiana Tech University in 2001 with an Animal Science degree, she worked for Monsanto on a research farm in Stoneville for 2 years. Jana’s MSU career started in 2003 at the Poultry Research and Diagnostic Lab. 

“Upon learning about the position and realizing they were looking for someone with computer expertise, I knew the job was for me,” Jana said. “I started at the Lab as a Research Associate in 2003 doing poultry serology and bacteriology. I later became the Universal Veterinary Information System (UVIS) Coordinator once we started to implement the UVIS laboratory information management system.”

Currently, Jana is the main coordinator for the VetView program with the Mississippi Veterinary Research Diagnostic Laboratory and Poultry Research Diagnostic Laboratory.

“I deal with how the information runs through the system from accessioning to reporting and everything in between, as well as any user or client issues that arise,” Jana said.  “I am also in charge of pulling out statistics from our database that help with the annual reviews of the laboratory.”

Jana says she enjoys using computers and likes finding solutions to problems that arise.

Outside of work, Jana enjoys reading, playing with her children, and going to the gym. She is currently training for a 10K in May.

As a house divided, Jana’s husband works for the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Together they have two children: Caleb, a third grader, and Gemma, an 11-month-old.


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.