Macon State College MVPs is a web feature that profiles notable students, alumni, faculty and staff.
Full name: James "Ira" Tyson
High School: Peach County High School
Family: “I have a wonderful wife of five years named Julie, and together we have a beautiful 18-month-old son named Landon. They are my drive and my support.”
Current Employment: “I am currently employed at Robins Air Force Base as a financial management specialist through the Macon State Student Career Experience Program (SCEP). This is an amazing program that I am proud to be a part of.”
Degree Objective: Bachelor of science in business with a major in general business.
Class Rank: Senior
Career goals: “I would like to become a senior-level manager in one of the many organizations at Robins Air Force Base. This will take many more years of education and training, and a corresponding commitment, but that is my goal. I feel the need to work for an organization, such as RAFB, that is so far-reaching in its efforts and products, but is also so pivotal to the local economy that I grew up in. It makes me feel that I am making a difference on a grander scale than I normally might, while still knowing that I am supporting the community that has supported me.”
He chose Macon State College because … “It is a great school that, fortunately for me, is local, relatively inexpensive and fits my lifestyle. I was working a full-time job and needed to be able to take classes around my work schedule. I needed a school that understood that need and could meet it. That school was, and still is, Macon State College. I am proud to be a student here because of the integral role it has played in meeting my needs, and the community needs for quality higher-education scheduled around ‘real life.’ ”
The one thing that surprised him about Macon State was … “The commitment to updating the facilities and beautifying the campuses. The addition of new buildings, fountains and the beautiful landscaping gives me an air of pride that Macon State has rightly warranted.”
His favorite professor during spring semester 2008 is … “Dr. Nick De Bonis (associate professor of marketing). I am taking international marketing from him this semester, and although marketing is not my major, I find the course material and class atmosphere stimulating.”
His favorite place to study is … “At home in my living room."
One thing people don’t know about him is … “I love to sing.”
His friends make fun of him because … “That is the type of relationship that I have with my close friends. We are always laughing and joking at each other’s expense, in a truly playful non-hurtful way.”
The one person he’d most like to meet is … “Gandhi. I would just like to be around a person with that amount of strength, conviction and charisma and who wore those traits in such a noble manner as he did.”
Five years from now he sees himself … “In a supervisory position at RAFB in one of the financial management directorates. I will have earned my MBA and will be continuing my education by receiving governmental financial management certificates necessary for my career advancement. I will be speaking (to anyone who will listen) about how proud I am to be a Macon State College graduate.”