DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Charlsie Halford
For Charlsie Halford, working at Mississippi State University was unexpected.
“I never really thought I would end up having the chance to work here, but the opportunity came along, and I was blessed to be selected for the position,” Halford said.
Her career is multi-faceted. She plans campus-wide events for the College of Forest Resources, schedules meetings for faculty, and handles student paperwork. She also assists the director of development for the Forest and Wildlife Research Center. There, she plans tailgating events for donors, brainstorms donor relations activities, and helps coordinate an annual CFR Benefit Golf Tournament.
She finds that change is an enjoyable part of her occupation.
“Some days are spent in my office processing travel and leave, or scheduling meetings and phone calls; some are spent dealing with maintenance issues; some are spent out of my office preparing for and hosting events, and some are spent trying to balance everything at the same time,” Halford said. “I don’t spend my days doing the same thing over and over, which keeps my job interesting.”
What Halford appreciates most about her job, however, is the community. “I love the people I work with. Everyone in the college and research center is down-to-earth and kind,” she explained. “I have had the privilege of meeting some great people, and I feel fortunate to be able to interact with them.”
This grateful disposition helped her earn a Stellar Staff Award in the Division of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine last year.
“I had absolutely no idea that I was even considered and was totally shocked when they called my name. I felt extremely undeserving, but I was very humbled by the recommendation letters read,” she said.
Each day, Halford makes an effort to live up to the award, which is proudly displayed in her office.
When she is not working, Halford enjoys singing, taking pictures, and teaching youth at her church. Her husband of 13 years, Larry, pastors their church while she leads the worship team. Most importantly, she loves spending quality time with Larry and their 9-year-old son, Jacob.
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