Macon State College MVPs is a web feature that profiles notable students, alumni, faculty and staff.
Full Name: Dallas J. Roper.
Hometown: Fitzgerald, Ga.
High School: Bowen’s Mill Christian Center, Class of 1999.
Family: “My wonderful husband, Chris Tsavatewa; my mother,Cathy Roper; my mother-in-law, Brenda Tsavatewa; my grandmother, Sally Vance; and, my two brother-in-laws, Joshua Tsavatewa and Tyler Lester. We also have two beautiful puppies: Isabella the Bassett Hound and Emma the Garbage Disposal.”
Current Career: Attorney at Reynolds, Horne & Survant. “My career goal is to be the best advocate possible for my clients.”
Degrees: Bachelor of science in public service, Macon State, Class of 2005; law degree from Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.
Macon State Activities: Public Service Student Association.
She chose Macon State College because … “Honestly, it was the closest school with an evening program allowing me to keep my full-time job as a legal secretary while I went to college. However, once I began classes, I was very impressed with the faculty and the programs available at Macon State.”
The one thing that surprised her about Macon State was … “The challenge. I went into college thinking I knew what was going to happen. I would sit in a class, learn a few things, take a test and be done with the class. However, the faculty went out of their way to challenge my perceptions, my ideology and my bias. Some of my beliefs and ideas became more concrete because I had to be able to articulate the reasons for them. However, there were times when the professor’s challenge led to my eventual realization I was laboring under a misconception.”
Her favorite professor was … “That is a hard one. All the professors in the public service program are wonderful and provided incredible support to me when I was there. I guess I would say Dr. Bill Upton, because he doesn’t just teach, he entertains.”
One thing people don’t know about her is … “I am an avid reader and an art nut.”
The one person she’d most like to meet is … “My dad. He passed away when I was very young, and even though I wouldn’t be meeting him for the first time, I’d like a chance to meet him as an adult.”
Five years from now she sees herself … “As a successful attorney.”