I Am West Georgia
Name: Randa R. Harris
Job title: Laboratory Coordinator for the Geosciences Department.
What I really do: Teach introductory classes, supervise a water quality lab, advise the Geosciences Club, etc.
Years at UWG: Nine.
Before UWG, I: Was in graduate school at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
I came to UWG because: I got my undergraduate degree here and loved the Geology Department. I jumped at the chance to come back and work with them.
One thing I would change about UWG: PeopleSoft.
I was born in: Bowdon, GA.
Family members are: Husband Jeremy and 9-month-old daughter Ellie. My Mom, Karen Rollins, also works at UWG in Learning Support, and both parents and siblings have degrees from here.
People describe me as: Hard-working and quirky.
Most colleagues don’t know that: I love to sing Sacred Harp music.
Favorite things to do: Spend time with my immediate and extended family and friends, outdoor/nature stuff, read and travel.
Favorite quote: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8.
Proudest accomplishment so far: My family.
Pet peeve: People who are unkind.
Best advice ever received: No one on their deathbed ever regretted the times they weren’t at work – they regret time not spent with family. The advice is from my Dad.
Best advice for new faculty and staff: Be nice to the custodians.
What I most want to contribute to students: I love to share my love of geology. I want them to appreciate how geology affects their lives, even if they don’t love it like I do.
The book everyone should read: The Age of Wonder – How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science.
The movie everyone should watch: No Country for Old Men.
The person dead or alive I’d most like to meet: Bret Michaels.
The place I’d love to travel to: Currently Italy, but my list is always changing.
Although you didn’t ask, I’d like to tell you anyway: As a kid, I performed in a talent show playing “You Needed Me” on the piano while playing the snare drum with my toes. I didn’t win.
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