Here are a few highlights from our staff member of the week Ms.Clarice Byrd!
How do you see your role in the College of Education?
My role in the College of Education is very important. Without my expertise as an Office Manager, it would be impossible for the work to get done in the HPER Department. Just the contracts alone, with at least fourteen faculty and adjuncts a semester, takes time, knowledge, patience and concentration. My Chair, Dr. Sarah Price, would not be able to do what I do and handle her assignments and class loads. I do not wish what I am having to accomplish in a short period of time, to anyone who is not familiar with FAMU policies and procedures. This office can’t do without an Office Manager. I came off retirement to help Dr. Price because I knew she could not do it alone.
What is one of your favorite student interactions this year within the COE?
My favorite student interaction was when I took a homeless student out to the mall to shop for clothes. I did not care about how much was spent and the student was so appreciative. I even took her clothes home to clean each week because she did not have a place to wash them. The student has since graduated.
What do you like to do in your leisure time?
In my leisure time, I like to just sit and think about how good the Lord has been to me. I am constantly working around my house doing something. My son often says I am a “workaholic”. I tell him, if I don’t do it, no one else will. So, when I get a chance to relax I take it. I sit down and watch a good action movie or play spades and solitary on my tablet. Although by this time, something has come to my mind again, so I get up and do it.
What is a unique skill you have that no one would ever guess about you?
My unique skill is surprising students (faculty too) with food dishes. I don’t mind cooking and bringing them something good to eat from time-to-time. You would be surprised how hungry some of these students are. You see money is not everything to me. I really do care about the students and how they are performing in class. I try very hard to encourage them look beyond situations and get their work done.