Alcorn honors employees with recognition ceremony

Alcorn State University honored some of its loyal employees with an appreciation ceremony.

The Department of Human Resources’ 4th Annual Recognition Program was held Thursday, Nov. 6 in the Dr. Clinton Bristow Jr. Dining Facility Gold Room. The program recognized employees who have dedicated five or more years of service to the university.

The keynote speaker for the program was choir director and music instructor Karl Twyner. Twyner said that he has discovered the reason why Alcorn faculty and staff love their job.

“You have a passion for something on this campus,” said Twyner. “I believe you stayed here because you developed an attitude to help and make a difference in the lives of others.”

Twyner spoke about the positive physical, mental and spiritual advantages that come with hard work.

“In the realm of our work, you have to do it to the best of your ability. If you do this, the result of your work will be peace, pleasure and a positive spirit. Work trumps idleness, which has the potential to destroy your life.”

The honorees were pleased with being acknowledged for their commitment to Alcorn. Vice President for Student Affairs Emanuel Barnes explained how it feels to be in his 40th year as an Alcorn employee.

“I appreciate the opportunity to see the university grow over the years,” said Barnes. “It has changed for the good, particularly in technology and student enrollment. I’m happy about the experience I’ve had here.”

Director for Student Engagement Devina Hogan, who was celebrated for her fifth year of employment at Alcorn, reflected on her journey to the yard.

“I feel honored and blessed to be here,” said Hogan. “Moving from Cleveland, Ohio was a big change for me, but I love working here and I wouldn’t change it for anything.”

Staff writer in the School of Agriculture, Research, Extension and Applied Sciences Elena Kostyleva is thankful for her 10 years of service to Alcorn.

“There has been lots of accomplishments over the years,” said Kostyleva. “I’ve

learned a lot and I’m thankful that Alcorn gave me this opportunity.”

Director for Human Resources Carla Williams showed her appreciation for the employees loyalty to Alcorn.

“This program is about giving thanks to those who are dedicated to Alcorn,” said Williams. “We appreciate your hard work.”

Alcorn’s President Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr. saluted the employees for their years of hard work.

“To the honorees, congratulations,” said Rankins. “You all are great representatives of Alcorn. The success of this institution depends on your success as employees. Thank you for your dedicated service to Alcorn.”

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