Finding Greatness: Alfreda T. Lockett

Author: News Bureau
Posted: Monday, November 14, 2016 1:57 PM
Categories: Pressroom | College of Arts and Sciences | Finding Greatness

Macon, GA

Locally renowned restaurant owner and chef Alfreda Lockett has returned to MGA four decades after first pursuing a college degree so she could complete a bachelor's and serve as a role model for her grandchildren.

Full Name: Alfreda T. Lockett.

Family: Husband – R. Lockett Sr.; Son – R. Lockett Jr.; Daughters – Georginna and Daphne; eight grandchildren.

Employment: MeMaw’s At LG’s Restaurant.

Degree Objective: Bachelor Of Science in Psychology.

Class Rank: Senior.

Career Goals: "I want to be a college graduate to serve as an inspiration for my grandchildren
and also for my own personal growth. My message is that it is never too late and that if you seize life you can elevate your life and help others in the process. My specific career goals include expanding our restaurant business, produce a cook book and oversee group cooking classes."

She chose Middle Georgia State University because … "It allowed me to have access to a quality learning system in my hometown."

Her greatest academic experience so far as a Middle Georgia State student has been ... "Being able to share my lifelong existential learning experiences with my millennial classmates."

The greatest thing she discovered about Middle Georgia State was ... "Its strong focus on
creating an environment that promotes quality learning experiences and making sure that each student has a path to academic success. I also like the fact the professors understand that there
are a great number of students that are non-traditional - older with families and great
responsibilities. The professors take these things into account."

To her, greatness means ... "The ability to pursue, to fall, to pull up, to pivot, to prosper,
to become prolific and then pronounce to the world that you are still here, all the while helping

One thing people would be surprised to learn about her is … "I am a practicing and acclaimed chef at a restaurant (MeMaw’s) that my husband and I own and operate. I was also a member of the Miller High School integration project of the 1960s. I was part of a group of black students
chosen to integrate the Bibb County School System during the dawn of integration in our country
and city."

In five years ... "I want to have expanded my business into Florida and other places in Georgia. On a personal level, I want to continue leaving my children and this generation a sense of
appreciation and care for family."