Daryl Campbell serves 19 years of smiles

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Daryl Campbell serves 19 years of smiles

Daryl Campbell serves Jasmine Smith, junior political science major, an omelet on “Omelet Friday.”

Daryl Campbell serves Jasmine Smith, junior political science major, an omelet on “Omelet Friday.”

Melvonia Taylor

Daryl Campbell serves Jasmine Smith, junior political science major, an omelet on “Omelet Friday.”

Melvonia Taylor

Melvonia Taylor

Daryl Campbell serves Jasmine Smith, junior political science major, an omelet on “Omelet Friday.”

Melvonia Taylor, staff writer

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Students look forward to going to the dining hall, but the top reason why is not because of the food.

Daryl Campbell is a Sodexo employee at Columbia College and has been working the innovation station in the dining hall for 19 years. “I love it. I would still do it, whether paid or unpaid,” Campbell said.

He spreads love to the students and always appears to be in a good mood, which seems fitting since his birthday is on Valentine’s Day. “If you want to work in a good environment, you have to have a good attitude,” Campbell said.

Campbell is from Charleston, and his mother and grandmother taught him how to cook. He enjoys cooking stir fry and omelets. “I love how great the omelets taste and how happy Daryl gets on Fridays because even if I had a bad day, his smile makes it better,” Jasmine Carter, sophomore communication studies major, said.

As a child, he enjoyed playing sports because they taught him how to work and communicate with other people. “Daryl is a neat, clean and friendly person. He’s always willing to help when needed,” Veronica Burnell, Sodexo employee, said.

He received his bachelor’s degree in English from Claflin University and his masters degree in philosophy from USC. He has not used his degrees formally. “When you study philosophy, you use it every day. English and philosophy go hand-in-hand,” Campbell said. If he were to use his degrees formally, he would use them with counseling.

He began working with Sodexo at the college because no one wanted to do the innovation part, so he did it and has been working the innovation station ever since.

Campbell’s favorite part of the job is interacting with the students. “He goes out of his way to make sure everyone smiles as big as he does,” Simone Tolson, senior computer information science major, said, “His work here is greatly appreciated.”

He said he’s had the same interaction with the students since his first day. People who have graduated still come back to see him.

“I actually had to come back to campus in October for a work-related event, and he was one of the first people I made sure to see,” Lainey Wood, CC alumna, said. “I visit him because he is absolutely everybody’s friend on campus, and we care just as much about him as he does us. His positive attitude and big smile are contagious, and he’s a pillar of the ‘village’ that Columbia College offers each student. Out of all the things there are to love about Daryl, I love the most simple fact that he is a bright spot in everyone’s day.”

If he could be anything, he would be a philanthropist. “I like to share and give,” Campbell said. “There are so many places where it’s needed.”

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