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OLLU-Houston, Zschool Join Forces for Global Impact

Academic institutions are on the rise in growing partnerships with big firms to help foster change in the corporate sector and help drive enrollment back to the institutions that keep academia on the rise. OLLU and Zschool recently united in a groundbreaking partnership. Their shared vision: to shape the future of executive education, empowering leaders from companies worldwide with unparalleled insights and capabilities.

By integrating OLLU’s tradition-rich approach with Zschool’s program offerings and curriculum innovations, the collaboration aims to offer students an experience that balances timeless principles with modern business solutions. The executive education program is being launched in Houston and will later expand to OLLU’s other regions. Emphasis will be placed on digital transformation, ethical leadership, global strategy, and sustainable business practices, all tailored to address the multifaceted challenges of today’s corporate landscape.

“This collaboration represents our renewed commitment to global education by expanding our portfolio to include executive training,” said George Williams, PhD, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “It’s an exciting fusion of faith, tradition, innovation, and real-world business acumen. We’re excited to launch this partnership in the Greater Houston region.”

Dr. Sarit Levy, Chief Learning Officer for Zschool, echoed Dr. Williams’ sentiment, “By harnessing the profound expertise of OLLU and the innovative spirit of Zschool, we’re setting new standards for executive education. Together, we’re building an ecosystem where tradition meets the future.”

This landmark partnership promises not just top-notch quality, but a reimagined executive education experience tailored for the 21st century. As OLLU and Zschool embark on this journey, Fortune companies can expect a transformative, holistic approach to leadership and decision-making, heralding a new era of growth, empowerment, and success.

According to Associate Provost Dr. Jared Montoya, “OLLU hasn’t traditionally had a lot of formal opportunities to provide executive training, so this partnership opens that door. The courses we offer through Zschool will also help us grow our enrollment by creating pipelines to our academic programs.”

Houston is the fourth largest city and lauded as the nation’s most diverse city. It ranks No. 2 in the nation with 25 Fortune 500 headquarters, followed by Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area with 24. Currently, OLLU-Houston is working with Zschool to create an Advisory Group of professionals who will support the executive training program.

The first course being offered is Customer Experience. Future offerings will include Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, and Women in Leadership.

For more information about the current course, visit To learn more about the partnership, contact Jamina Scippio-McFadden, Executive Director of OLLU- Houston. Also, view the video announcement featuring Drs. Williams, Levy, and Montoya in the next Academic Affairs newsletter.

Honors Program Capstone Presentation today in Main

Faculty, students and staff are invited to the Honors Program Capstone Presentation by Alison Flores today at 12:30 p.m. in Main Building, Room 311.

Flores will present, “Examining the Lifetime Fitness Consequences of a Forced Symbiotic Relationship Between Rhizobium leguminosarum inoculum and Pisum sativium.”

The presentation is scheduled for one hour.

Light refreshments will be served. 

Kitchen Essentials Drive to run through Dec. 8

The Phi Alpha Honor Society will be closing out this fall semester with a kitchen essentials drive to benefit the Ronald McDonald Houses of our cities.

The drive will continue run through Friday. Among the many items needed are soup pots, pizza pans, slicers, shredders, toaster ovens and cookie sheets. 

To pick up or drop off, contact Jennifer Garcia-Valdez at 210-868-3078.

Lavender graduation ceremony set for Dec. 13

The OLLU Alliance Club is hosting a LGBTQ+ and Ally Graduating students ceremony to celebrate their accomplishments on Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room.

All students who want to participate need to sign up and any faculty, staff or administrators who would like to participate/volunteer their time may also sign up.

Registration and sign-up ends on Wednesday.

For questions, email:

Sign up online.

White House Fellows application open

Application for the 2024-2025 White House Fellows Program is now open for OLLU alumni, faculty and graduate students.

Founded in 1964, the White House Fellows Program is the nation’s premier program for leadership and public service. 

The fellowship offers exceptional Americans first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government. Selected individuals spend one year in Washington, D.C., working as full-time paid government employees, aiding Cabinet Secretaries, senior White House staff, and other top-ranking government officials. The program is open to U.S. citizens who hold at least a bachelor’s degree and are not currently employed by the federal government unless they are career military personnel. 

Fellowships are awarded on a strictly non-partisan basis. Alumni of the program currently serving in government include National Economic Council Director Lael Brainard, Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro, and Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte. Candidates may learn more and apply at this website through Jan. 5, 2024, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Resources for Candidates:

Alumni Legacy Scholarship application open 

The Alumni Legacy Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 1916 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the Sisters of Divine Providence in Texas.

Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students who are relatives of OLLU alumni. Alumni of Our Lady of the Lake University, College or High School, can sponsor a relative to be considered to receive this scholarship. The relative can be currently enrolled or planning to attend.

The Alumni Scholarship application for Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 is now open. Undergraduate students may download complete application or visit the Alumni Office in Casa Caritas to pick up an application.

Application deadline is Monday, April 1, 2024.

Completed applications should be submitted to:

Our Lady of the Lake University
ATTN: Alumni Office
411 S.W. 24th Street
San Antonio, Texas 78207

Or they may be emailed to

Only complete packages will be considered. Complete scholarship packet includes official transcripts, letters of reference, personal letter and completed application form.

Contact the Office of Alumni and Family Relations at 210-431-3985 or with any questions.

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