Giving Back

Judy Hails Endows Criminal Justice Student Award

Judy Hails

Professor Emerita Judy Hails shown at far right.

Throughout her career, Professor Emerita Judy Hails has been a trailblazer in her field, and now she hopes to help others discover their own paths with the Judy Hails Criminal Justice Endowed Student Award.

Hails was a female deputy sheriff hired at a time when law enforcement was overwhelmingly male and women were not allowed to work patrol. She was also the first woman hired to teach in LBSU’s Department of Criminal Justice. During her tenure, she served as the department’s undergraduate advisor for 10 years and was the first and only woman to serve as department chair—a position she held for nine years.

Over the years, Hails worked with thousands of students, and even though she is now retired, she still enjoys coaching students for the LBSU Moot Court Program, which provides opportunities for honing critical thinking, argumentation and public speaking skills by arguing cases before a simulated Supreme Court. And, as a lifelong learner, she is currently pursuing a graduate degree in psychology.

Having earned her master’s and law degrees while working two jobs, Hails knows firsthand what it is like for students who struggle to fulfill a myriad of academic, work and personal commitments. “I established the scholarship with preference to single, custodial parents because they face the biggest challenges,” she explained. “I was already tenured when I had my twins and even then it was a struggle. It is so much harder to finish your degree when you have children. I wanted to provide encouragement for them. And I didn’t want my 40-plus years at Long Beach to be forgotten.”

Emeriti Award Math Scholarships

Jon Cole, 2013 Norman Sexauer Scholarship Awardee     Octavio Urista and Samuel Councilman

During the April 2013 Math Awards Luncheon, several faculty emeriti awarded scholarships to Department of Mathematics and Statistics majors. Shown above (left to right): Undergraduate Jon Cole received the $1,500 Norman Sexauer Scholarship, while Samuel Councilman presented his $1,250 scholarship to undergraduate Octavio Urista. Not pictured: The (Barbara) Turner/(Ken) Warner ($1,200) Award, presented to seniors or graduate students as a reward for academic performance and mathematical promise in pure mathematics, was split between Michael Richards and Tyler Boogar.