magazine went looking for incredible college women, they found
students from Yale, Stanford, Julliardand PLU.
One of the
magazine's 10 Incredible College Women is Judy Ann Loveless-Morris
'01, who was recognized for her efforts to better the lives
of others. Judges chose 10 women from hundreds of applications
who most embodied the spirit of academic excellence, community
involvement and personal growth. She was featured in Essence's
November issue after being chosen from hundreds of applications.
was such a blessing for me," said Loveless-Morris. "I
got to be considered incredible."
at the urging of others-including her PLU professors-but she
didn't hear anything by the time the winners were to be announced.
Then her dad mentioned that a "telemarketer" had called
his house looking for her claiming she had won something. She
called back, finally getting past the recorded message and was
told the next day she would be featured in the magazine and
receive a free trip to New York City.
has been a lifelong dream of mine to go to New York," Loveless-Morris
winners were "treated like queens," taken on a shopping
spree and photo shoot and introduced to celebrities like singer
went to Pierce College, and she and her husband had a son, Malachai,
now 3, while students there. She transferred to PLU and completed
her degree in sociology.
As a married
and working mother, she didn't fit the role of a traditional
PLU student. But Loveless-Morris believes she found a place
professors made me feel like I belonged," she said. "They
encouraged me and set aside time for me."
PLU, Loveless-Morris worked full-time and volunteered, on top
of raising Malachai and excelling in school. As an intern at
the Tacoma Public Health Department, she was instrumental in
starting a Community Room that offers services ranging from
immunizations to English as a second language classes. She saw
the need, enlisted the help of others and found a way to fill
now single, works at the Auburn (Wash.) Headstart program as
a family support specialist, providing resources and training
for parents of children in the low-income preschool program.
She plans to put her degree and training to good use in ways
that benefit society.
have always been for community empowerment and social justice,"
for that was rewarding, she said, but most important was that
it reinforced her belief that people should always take a chance
and reach for what they want.
people wonder why I got picked, and I'm comfortable with that
because I wonder why I got picked too," she said. "I
really encourage people to go out for anything, because I never
in a million years thought I'd get this."