I Am West Georgia
Susan E. Fishman-Armstrong
Years at UWG: Seven.
My job title: Laboratory Coordinator at the Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Archaeological Laboratory.
What I really do: Collections Management, Registration, Education Outreach, and Volunteer Coordinator for more than 600 hours/year (since 2004) by students and community volunteers.
Birthplace: Kansas City.
Family: Celebrated 10 years with husband Andy Armstrong last September.
People describe me as: Organized and detailed oriented.
My favorite things to do: My hobby became my career. At home, I like to watch scary movies, read and sleep.
My proudest accomplishment: Marrying Andy and becoming a foster parent.
My passion: Making things useful.
My pet peeve: People not open minded and welcoming to others and their beliefs.
Before UWG, I: Lived in Texas and received my M.A. in Museum Science at Texas Tech University.
I joined UWG because: There was so much potential for growth in the laboratory and variety of work.
I stay because: Of the students. I love working with them. I have a unique prospective with them. I get to work with them one-on-one. It's often the first job they ever had, and therefore, I end up teaching them more than collection processing. In return, they teach me about music and the next ‘cool’ thing.
One thing I would change about UWG: I think the things I don’t like are in the process of being corrected. I like UWG for the way it strives to allow everyone to have a voice.
The best advice I ever received: Get involved. You only have the right to complain so long, before it becomes your responsibility to be a part of the solution.
The best advice I’d give to new faculty and staff: Get involved, it’s the best way to get to know people.
When I was a child, I wanted to be: An ‘ologist. I liked science and learning and I couldn’t decide. I ended up combining my favorite sciences together when choosing my career.
Most people don't know that: I love Star Trek, ghost stories and am proudly a Lionel Richie and Barbara Streisand fan.
My favorite quotation: Not a quote, but a poem by Ogden Nash in “Carnival of the Animals.” It's about creatures coming to life at night in the museum. I check in the back of the lab when I am here late, but it hasn’t happened, yet.
The book I think everyone should read: Read whatever you can on whatever subjects you feel fulfilling, whether it is about friendships or the next big scientific discovery.
The movie I think everyone should watch: Spaceballs.
My favorite memory: Recently, was seeing Lionel Richie perform in concert last year with good friends.
The person (alive or dead) I’d most like to meet: Sam Adams for standing up for his beliefs, and Thomas Jefferson for his varied interests including his role to found America’s first museum.
What I would most like to have if castaway on an island: I couldn’t, I like my friends and family too much. They would have to come with me.
What I would do if I won the lottery: I have almost everything I want, and the things I don’t have, money can’t buy.
What I most want to contribute to students: Is to help them learn how to obtain and use the tools they need to survive.
Although you didn’t ask, I’d like to tell you anyway: I would like for more people to know where the Waring Laboratory is on campus. We are located down from Z-6 across from the track. We have a lot to offer, especially with the updated Education Program and Volunteer Program. Please check out our website or stop in to say hello.
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