Finding his way: Alcorn State SGA President

JANS – SGA President Corey Cooper is discovering his true potential at Alcorn — and helping others do the same.Corey Cooper knew he would attend Alcorn State University. Both his parents, Gary L. Cooper ’84 and Arlean Jean Davis Cooper ’84, are Alcornites, so Corey grew up “beneath the shade of giant trees.” What he didn’t know, however, was what he wanted to study. He tried nursing and computer engineering before an internship at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station led him to radiation technology.All the while, Corey’s father knew his son would find his true passion at Alcorn, just like he did. “The instructors work diligently to help all students find their way,” he says. After defining his major, Corey decided to get more involved on campus. “I believe in serving others,” says Corey, who feels privileged to serve his fellow students. “One of the greatest joys in life is helping others develop their natural talents,” he says. Even so, when he first considered running for SGA president, he had his doubts. He prayed for a sign, and that’s what he got: “One friend after another asked me to run,” says Corey. “It did not stop. I didn’t really campaign; the student body chose me to lead them.”Corey and the Student Government Association work hard to address student concerns, grow activities on and off campus, and recognize the hard work of the faculty and staff.A strong student and active servant on campus and beyond, Corey tells others about Alcorn every chance he gets. “The Alcorn legacy is so rich and varied. Students will appreciate the family-oriented community, plus the network of alumni who give back to the University, daily. The legacy continues with each Alcorn graduate,” he says.While Corey decides his next step, he continues to intern at Grand Gulf. Eventually, he hopes to earn a master’s degree and become a nuclear health physicist.