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Attend Strategic Planning In-Depth Dialogue Sessions

Faculty and staff are invited to in-depth dialogue sessions to provide input and learn more about proposed Strategic Planning initiatives.

Initiatives have been grouped under three vision statements:

  • OLLU Academic Programs Will Transform the University and the Lives of Students
  • OLLU Will Be a Model HSI/MSI by Implementing Student Centered Practices that Ensure Every Student Persists to Graduation
  • OLLU Will Be a Vibrant Community that Fosters Personal Connections, Spirit and Pride

There will be three meeting options related to each of the areas. Faculty and staff can attend a dialogue for each area or only the areas that are of interest to them.

To view dialogue session options and RSVP, please visit

‘Mujeres en Acción /Women in Action’ to celebrate the role of women in higher education

As part of the San Antonio Tricentennial celebration, the OLLU Center for Women in  Church and Society is hosting the event “Mujeres en Acción/Women in Action,” Wednesday, March 7, at 6 p.m. in Thiry Auditorium.

The event will explore the pivotal role of women in the history of education in San Antonio. The discussion will begin with the arrival of the Sisters of Congregation of Divine Providence and the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in the late 1800s and continue through the years to the present struggles and successes in higher education. The discussion will include women religious, women activist-scholars and women of color.

Featured speakers include:

Diane Langford, CDP
Sister Diane Langford, CDP, a vowed member of the Congregation of Divine Providence of San Antonio since 1979, has a background in education, counseling and in Catholic parish work and has served on the General Council of the Congregation of Divine Providence. She is the author of, “The Tattered Heart: A Historical Fiction Biography of Mother St. Andrew Feltin,” “God has been God for Us: The History of the Missionary Servants of St. Anthony,” and “Shepherds in the Image of Christ: The Centennial History of St. John’s Assumption Seminary Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas.” She serves as the Director of Faith Formation at St. Peter’s Parish in Joplin, Mo., where she currently resides.

Norma E. Cantú
Publishing in the areas of folklore, literary studies, women’s studies and border studies, Cantú is the author and editor/coeditor of numerous works including the award-winning “Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera.” Her novel, “Cabañuelas, A Love Story,” will be out in spring 2019. She is co-founder of CantoMundo, a space for Latin@ poets and a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop. Recently she received the Lifetime Scholarly Achievement Award from the American Folklore Society and the Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature.

Ariana Brown
Ariana Brown is a Black Mexican American poet from San Antonio. She is the recipient of two Academy of American Poets Prizes and a 2014 collegiate national poetry slam champion. Brown, who has been dubbed a “part-time curandera,” is primarily interested in using poetry to validate black girl rage in all its miraculous forms. She is currently earning an MFA in Poetry at the University of Pittsburgh.

This event is hosted by the OLLU Center for Women in Church and Society in collaboration with the Office of the President, Office of the Provost and Center for Mexican American Studies and Research. It is generously supported by the Impetus Foundation through the OLLU Higher Education for a New America (HENA) Initiative.

The event is free and open to the public.

Professor Terkun-Castro awarded research fellowship

Kristina Terkun-Castro, PhD, assistant professor of economics, has been awarded the highly competitive Church Management Research Fellowship, sponsored by the Center for Church Management at Villanova University.  As part of the fellowship, Dr. Terkun-Castro will attend in-residence research sessions on campus at Villanova.

Dr. Terkun-Castro conducts research in the field of the economics of religion. At Villanova she will be mentored by two top researchers in the field.  In summary, her research proposal focuses on the impact of financial literacy among clergy members.

Dr. polanco to receive Michael White Legacy Award 

Marcela Polanco, PhD, associate professor of psychology, has received the Michael White Legacy Award from the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapists. This is the first time the award has been presented.

When reviewing nominations for the award, the committee considered candidates who demonstrated the following qualities:

  • A clinician or student who embraces the practice of narrative therapy
  • A clinician or student who exemplifies the ideas of postmodern thinking in clinical work and practice
  • A clinician or student who addresses the ideas of social justice and the effects of discord in society, and who strives to address such discord through community or clinical work.

Men’s basketball honors seniors before last home game

The men’s basketball team defeated Paul Quinn College (PQC) 106-68 in the last home game of the season. This year’s team is the first-ever to never lose at home in a full season.  The Saints improve to 20-8 overall while PQC drops to 3-26.  Before the game began, the university honored seniors Yephnick Adelphonse, Simon Shafack Jr., PJ Escobar, Brandell Collins and Darion Brown. The Saints will play their last games of the season on Feb. 23 against LSU-Shreveport and Feb. 24 against LSU-Alexandria.   

Women’s basketball’s last home game ends with seniors’ ceremony

The women’s basketball team played its last home game of the season and defeated Paul Quinn College (PQC) 102-77. The Saints improve to 21-7 overall, while PQC drops to 19-10.   After the game, the university honored seniors Rachel Baity, Quintianna LeShore, Nakia Page, Francesca Patrick and Julia Rendon. The Saints will play their last games of the season on Feb. 23 against LSU-Shreveport and Feb. 24 against LSU-Alexandria.   

Town Hall with the Administration Division scheduled for today

The OLLU community is invited to attend an Administration Division Town Hall meeting on today at 12:15 p.m. in Main Building, Room 311. Leadership from all Administration units will be available to answer community member’s questions and share updates on services and projects.

Administration Division Units
Facilities Management
Human Resources
Institutional Research & Effectiveness
Information Technology Services
University Police

Information to join the town hall via Jabber will be communicated at a later time.

To submit anonymous questions, feedback or requests, visit

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Dessert will be provided.

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