• Dan Fagan

CJ majors, more than classmates


Katy and Tyler Allers are classmates in professor Gary Rabe’s Criminal Justice 370 class. But they are more than just classmates--they are also mother and son.

Katy began her education at MSU in 1984 but didn’t complete her criminal justice degree. When she was hired by MSU as an administrative assistant for humanities in 2016, she decided she would take the opportunity to take classes part-time to finish her degree.

Tyler, a senior transfer student from the University of North Dakota, enrolled in MSU this fall. He is majoring in criminal justice and plans to work in law enforcement.

After registering for their fall classes, both Katy and Tyler discovered that they were signed up for the same class.

“When I found out, I told her she would have to take notes for me,” Tyler said. “Then I realized that attendance was mandatory.”

The benefits of attending the same class extend beyond note-taking for the mother and son duo.

“We only have one book between us,” Katy said. “I do my homework, then I give Tyler he book and he does his.”

Tyler acknowledges that having his mother in class keeps him on track.

“I've got to behave,” said Tyler.

Taking the same class has also provided fodder for discussion around the Allers’ dinner table.

“We do discuss the material,” Katy said. “We have a lot of fun with it.”

For Katy, this class completes her degree requirements. Katy walked last May in the graduation ceremony and plans to attend again in May 2018. Only this time, she will be in the audience as her son accepts his degree.

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