Macon State College MVPs is a web feature that profiles notable students, alumni, faculty and staff.
Full Name: Rachel Hardy.
Originally From: Gordon.
Family: Parents, John and Cynthia Hardy; siblings, Kim Leverett and Leslie Tooke; and fiancé, John Jackson.
Job Title: Intramural Sports Coordinator.
Degrees: Bachelor’s degree in health sciences, emphasis on community health, Georgia College & State University; master’s degree (in progress) in exercise science, Georgia College & State University.
Year she began working at Macon State: 2010.
What she does on the job: “My job is to have fun! As the intramural sports coordinator I am in charge of organizing and overseeing the intramural and free- play sports for Macon State. What this means is that I try to think of fun sports and/or games that students can come to the gym or track field to play. Exercise is a great way to relieve all that unavoidable stress associated with school. So with free play and intramurals I try to create opportunities for student to relieve the stress, but while they participate in these activities, they are not “exercising”, they are having fun. Intramural sports create opportunities that many students do not realize are available. In fall 2010 I took the first Macon State men’s flag football team to compete in the region tournament in Statesboro. Aside from having fun at my job, I also travel. I plan and coordinate all the trips and events the Wellness Center offers to the students. This spring we have a whole new slew of exciting trips and events planned for the students – indoor rock climbing; a ski trip; a trip to see the Hawks take on the Heat; scuba diving; camping; and skydiving. I have the coolest job!"
One thing people don’t know about Macon State is … “Many students don’t realize that we even have a Wellness Center complete with cardio room, weights, and a full aerobic schedule.”
One thing people don’t know about her is … “I considered going to culinary school instead of getting my bachelor’s degree.”
What I like to do in my spare time is … “Spend time with my family and my fiancé. John and I spend a lot of time camping and rock crawling. Our goal is to camp at every state park in Georgia. I enjoy working out, biking, boxing, and swimming. I also love to read and cook. I worked as a caterer throughout college and had the best time toying with different menus."
The one person she’d most like to meet is … “My great grandmother, Effie. My mom is always telling me stories about her."
What she likes best about working at Macon State is … “I feel like I make a difference.”