Macon State College MVPs is a web feature that profiles notable students, alumni, faculty and staff.
Full Name: Glen Lee Stone.
Age: “Not without a fight."
Hometown: Topeka, Kan.
High School: Topeka High School, where he participated in Junior Achievement and Campus Life.
Family: Wife, Marsha; children, Chris, Justin, Jerica, Stephanie, Elijah, Cam, and Luke; grandchildren, Haylee, Hanley, and Shevi; siblings, Bob, Jerry, Ray, Judy, Glenna (“my twin sister”), and Larry; and “my Aunt Mildred - my father’s sister, who taught sixth grade and who encouraged me to learn and pursue formal education even when my immediate family discouraged it.”
Current Employment: Tutor in the Academic Success Center at Central Georgia Technical College in Macon.
Degree Objective: Bachelor of science in information technology.
Class Rank: Senior.
Activities: Editor-in-chief of The Macon Statement, the student newspaper; president of the Association of Information Technology Students (AITS); publicity chair of the Macon State chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success.
Career Goals: “While I pursue a master’s degree, I will draw on my new bachelor’s degree in IT and 20 years of industry experience to teach courses as an adjunct instructor in the technical college system of Georgia. After the master’s level, I hope to seek a doctorate, after which I would like to return to Macon State in a teaching role. I plan to continue tutoring mathematics, which I have enjoyed for two decades. I hope to author or co-author a book on algebra-tutoring techniques for non-traditional students seeking technical degrees. And I will pursue a love of writing instilled in me by a Macon State English professor, Dr. Monica Young-Zook.”
He chose Macon State College because … “When I moved to Macon for job-related reasons in 2000, I began to fall in love with life on the Fall Line. When I decided to fulfill a lifelong goal of graduating from college, Macon State just made sense for me. I learned that Macon State was building a strong reputation with business and industry in the Southeast so I knew that the quality of education would be superb.”
The one thing that surprised him about Macon State was … “I never expected to grow so much culturally. My preconceived notion of attending rigorous classes and taking tests was pleasantly supplemented by growing as a person through the many opportunities that are available to all students at Macon State. My horizons are so much broader than I ever expected they could be. Events like the Artists and Lecturers series, live productions by the Company of Players, festivals and events sponsored by Student Life, and the many wonderful student clubs have added priceless facets to my educational experiences at Macon State. While I am excited about graduating this semester, I long for this experience to last.”
His favorite professor is … “Dr. Monica Young-Zook. During a course I took in British literature, I found her creative approach to writing assignments refreshing and quite effective in capturing my imagination and instilling in me an interest in the genre. Her inspiration and my realization that I could actually enjoy writing are two things for which I will forever be grateful.”
His favorite place to study is … “Anywhere I can talk to someone about what I am learning. I have found that the best way to learn something is to teach it to others while the lessons are still fresh in my mind. My favorite place to produce (actually generate a deliverable for a course) is in my home office, where everything is messy but right where I can find it.”
One thing people don’t know about him is … “I am a black belt in taekwondo or Korean karate.”
His friends make fun of him because … “I exhibit adult ADD tendencies, especially in my conversational style. I thought they were laughing WITH me.”
The one person he’d most like to meet is … “Marie Curie, Nobel Laureate and discoverer (along with her husband, Pierre Curie) of polonium and radium. Because of her intense internal stamina and pure devotion to learning, Marie Curie stands as an intellectual giant in my estimation.”
Five years from now he sees himself … “Applying for Social Security benefits. Just kidding! I expect to be teaching, tutoring, mentoring, and volunteering. In general, I want to find meaningful ways to pour all that I have learned and gained from this life into the lives of others.”