CJ professor fights cancer

Rachel Vogt, Staff Writer

Andria Cooper, assistant professor in the Criminal Justice Department at Wayne State College, was diagnosed with cancer right before the fall semester
began. Cooper began teaching in the Criminal Justice department in the fall of 2014.

Since her diagnosis, Cooper has been unable to instruct any classes. Cooper is the adviser for WSC’s chapter of the national American Criminal Justice Association, Delta Upsilon.

“Dr. Cooper is an intelligent, well-spoken and accomplished professional that is being missed while she goes through this battle,” said Tammy Evetovich, dean of the School of Natural and Social Science. “We certainly
look forward to her return to the classroom at WSC.”

Prior to coming to Wayne State College, Cooper served as a New Mexico state level district court judge. Before that, she was an attorney, serving primarily in criminal law.

“Dr. Cooper’s background as an attorney has enhanced the experience of students, especially in the area of criminal law and criminal procedure, and
her background before joining the staff here at WSC gives her an invaluable experience in her preparation of students for the career field,” said Jason Karsky, professor of criminal justice and WSC’s Criminal Justice Association

He considers Cooper to be “a little bulldog.”

“She may be five foot nothing, but her tenacity and drive are like none other,” said Karsky.

Delta Upsilon and Alpha Phi Sigma are putting on a T-shirt fundraiser for Cooper. Students who live on campus can order a “Cooper Strong” T-shirt for $10 by visiting Connell 101. Those who wish to order online may use the PayPal option at www.wsc.edu/cooper-strong. T-shirts ordered through PayPal will be $15, which includes shipping and handling.