Even though this is a movie cover, the words resonate with me and hopefully hit home with you.
"Dr. Keel invited me to his investiture last year, I was a guest and he had me come sing. I was absolutely honored to be there and he wanted me to be a part of that. Even for the whole day, a part of the luncheon, I was able to attend that and even after the ceremony, just being there and it was great. I remember him specifically saying in his speech, “He called me his unsung hero and I was like THAT IS COOL!!” This is just an appetizer and the main course is below.The smile says a thousand words and lights up the room.
"Hi I’m Eunice Byrd and I work in EVS which is environmental services in Allgood Hall on the second floor. Well, we keep the environment clean, meaning we basically clean, keep the environment clean. I keep the second floor up to par, the bathrooms, I clean those bathrooms every day. The classrooms on the north side, as well as The Writing Center, keep those areas clean as well as the Hallways, offices and suites on this floor. So, I am responsible for keeping those clean. Pulling trash, in the Atrium area, keeping the Atrium area clean. I have had a couple of students ask “What time do y’all get here? So, you know, our shift starts at 5 a.m., Monday through Friday”. So we are here from 5 a.m., to 1:30 every day. Yes, I mean had several professors and even some students who have taken the time to say,” Hey you know what we appreciate you guys and what you do. You know we would not make it without you guys, because we keep the place clean”. I find being on the Augusta University staff rewarding. I have been here two years It has been two years January the twelfth, and I have met a lot of great people here. So, I really appreciate the people here that have shown and let me know, “Hey I really appreciate what you do and that we don’t take it for granted”. So that means a lot. Even with the President, Dr. Keel. Just his whole mind set about people in the work place, people with my position and just showing appreciation and letting us know that “We appreciate what you do here”. This motivates you and keeps you going. It makes you feel like it’s not in vain. It helps get up the next day and come back. I’ve had a couple of personal conversations with Dr. Keel. Dr. Keel invited me to his investiture last year, I was a guest and he had me come sing. I was absolutely honored to be there and he wanted me to be a part of that. Even for the whole day, a part of the luncheon, I was able to attend that and even after the ceremony, just being there and it was great. I remember him specifically saying in his speech, “He called me his unsung hero and I was like THAT IS COOL!!” I would say that singing is a hidden talent that a lot of people do not know I have because singing is something I’ve done all my life. A lot of people know now because I been afforded the opportunity to sing at some of the games. Dr. Keel was able to hear me sing a game which was Homecoming Basketball Game last year and he was like “I want her at my ceremony”. I mean literally two days after that I got a phone call. I was wow that is so cool!!! It was like an adrenalin rush, I have always sang in front of big crowds, I actually like it. It was a moment, a proud moment for me because I felt I was able to honor him on that special day. Reigning him in as president of the university officially, so he was really awesome. Absolutely, I have always had the desire to go beyond just singing for a hobby. I would love to do that for a living and be able to take care of my family. Yes, there are some plans, but just getting ready and preparing for the doors to open I can do that, but in the meantime I am happy right here in the area cleaning. You know what, I really do like RNB, and Gospel music as well because those are my roots. I grew up singing in church and that where I learned everything that I know as far vocal control and a lot of training came from my dad. I’ll sing anything I don’t care what it is, country I will sing I will even do rap to music or anything. You have to be open when it comes to music. You cannot be close minded. I have always been open to new music and pot over the years. A huge impact, every aspect of my life pretty much, because I have been singing all my life. My grandmother started me singing when I was two years old. Music is something that keeps me sane. Singing is something I do not take for granted. So, you, know, when people ask me about singing whether I am getting compensated I am doing it just to do it, it keeps me in a headspace that is necessary, because there are so many things going on in the world, it is so easy to get down and depressed. I am grateful for the gift, Indeed, it is a gift and I do not take it for granted. I just hope one day that I can reach millions of people.” EUNICE Byrd- Environmental Services