One minute I was studying in a tranquil spot on the quad. The next, I was standing on the Great Wall.Harris Cauler
Harris Cauler stood with his fellow choir members on the stage that he called home. He had traveled the world as a member of the Juniata College community and was now about to sing in front of people who knew him as a child, in the chapel where he first discovered his love of music. He looked out on the audience. It was filled with everyone he loved, the many people who had helped shape his life. Overwhelmed with happiness, he began to sing. He was singing for them. For himself. For the college that had given him so much.
There is a credo that has been passed down through many generations of Juniata choir singers: Take time while time is, for time will away.
For Harris, “Hearing that quote early on in my college experience has sparked my passion to pursue everything I can in life.” And at Juniata, Harris did, including…
- Performing with the choir in Guatemala, surrounded by volcanoes and tropical flowers.
- Curating a 21st century digital archive.
- Implementing new work processes for Mutual Benefit Insurance Company, headquartered a mile from campus in Huntingdon, as part of his Innovations for Industry class.
These experiences enriched his life and propelled him along the professional path he had shaped for himself.
“Juniata gives you many opportunities to pursue a million different things,” Harris says. Studying Business Technology and Information Management and taking advantage of internships and special projects, he built up an impressive résumé. He started Fusepointe, his own web development company. At the College’s Technology Solutions Center, he managed 25 students. Off campus, Harris interned at the Department of Education, working down the street from the White House. This led to him being accepted into the highly selective “Emerging Leaders” management program at GEICO, where he is a project manager for digital experience today.
Throughout it all, Harris sang with the Juniata Concert Choir and toured the world. Audiences in China, Guatemala, and Ireland heard his booming baritone sing jazz, madrigals, and plainsong. He says, “It was crazy. One minute I was studying in a tranquil spot on the quad. The next, I was standing on the Great Wall.”