OLLU secures funding to support students and improve programs

OLLU has received more than $260,000 in funding this summer to strengthen programs and support students with new opportunities. The grants:

The City of San Antonio awarded a $50,000 Competitive Education Grant for TVSA to purchase production equipment for students to create and deliver locally oriented television programming to be aired on the city’s TVSA Education channel. The award was secured by Amanda Brown, Clinical Professor of Mass Communication Production.

The National Science Foundation awarded a Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Pre-Alliance Planning: Working Together — Adelante! Grant for a collaboration between OLLU, St. Mary’s University, Trinity University and the University of the Incarnate Word to increase the retention and graduation of populations historically underrepresented in STEM. Of the multi-institution award, OLLU will receive $6,000. The award was secured by Teresita Munguia, PhD, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Mathematics and Sciences Department.

The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a $9,915 Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions. With this funding, OLLU will receive a preservation assessment and workshop on best practices to care for the handling of its rare books, archival materials and digitized special collections. The university will also purchase environmental monitoring equipment and preservation supplies for the Center for Mexican American Studies and Research, Sueltenfuss Library Special Collections and the University Archives. The award was secured by Jason Bourgeois, PhD, Cataloging Librarian and Assistant Professor.

The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation awarded the university funding totaling $189,750 for the Raising Texas Teachers Initiative, which includes $164,000 for the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers. Scholarship recipients commit to teaching in majority economically disadvantaged Texas public schools or in hard-to-fill subject areas. Students receive an $8,000 scholarship each year, as well as ongoing training, mentorship and networking opportunities facilitated by the Foundation. OLLU is one of 10 partner universities selected by Raise Your Hand for its commitment to rigorous teacher preparation. The award was secured by Alycia Maurer, PhD, Associate Professor of Education and Chair of the Education Department.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) awarded a $5,670 EdTPA Pilot Support Grant. Last year, the TEA selected OLLU to participate in a pilot of the performance-based, subject-specific assessment and support system, edTPA, for initial teacher educator certification. This funding will support education faculty and students to participate in Year Two of the pilot. The award was secured by Dr. Maurer.

Pragda, SPAIN Arts & Culture and the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain awarded a $1,000 Spanish Film Club grant to screen a program of award-winning films from Guatemala, Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, Panama, Spain and the U.S. The screenings, scheduled to occur this fall in an online format, will feature commentary with experts on the films’ topics or themes. The award was secured by Aimee Villarreal, PhD, Associate Professor of Mexican American Studies and Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies and Research.