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Professor Benavides receives national journalism award

Yvette Benavides, MFA, professor of English and creative writing, received an award from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, for her commentary, “Sexual Harassment in Plain Sight,” which aired on Texas Public Radio. Awards were presented at a ceremony on June 23 in Philadelphia.

Professor Benavides is a 2018 Scripps Howard Fellow in Entrepreneurial Journalism with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Nan Cuba selected to receive $15,000 grant

Nan Cuba, MFA, OLLU Writer-in-Residence, has been selected to receive a $15,000 grant from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio.

The award is for the creation of new, original work. The award recognizes artistic achievement, dedication to an artistic discipline and the potential for further professional development.

Cuba was selected for the completion of her new novel, “He Didn’t Kill Nobody but Mom.”

Dr. Larkan-Skinner presents at international conference in Saudi Arabia

Dr. Kara Larkan-Skinner, PhD, assistant vice president for institutional research and accreditation, was invited as a keynote speaker at the National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment (NCAAA) Annual Conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

NCAAA is the national accrediting body for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and is responsible for ensuring the quality of education in the KSA.

Dr. Larkan-Skinner presented to approximately 200 attendees, including several members of royalty from several Middle Eastern countries. She was invited to present based on her experience with quality assurance (accreditation, planning, assessment, research and evaluation) and on her board member role with the Association for Institutional Research, an international association with more than 4,000 members from more than 40 countries.

After Dr. Larkan-Skinner’s presentation, she was interviewed by several news outlets in Riyadh. The following is a news article about the conference and includes some quotes from Dr. Larkan-Skinner (note that some of the quotes and name, title, and institution are not translated accurately). Use google translate to translate the article from Arabic to English:

Dr. Watts and Dr. Kubena contribute to publication on school violence

Harrison Watts, PhD, professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Jiletta Kubena, PhD, associate professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, contributed to the recently published book, “Critical Examinations of School Violence and Disturbance in K-12 Education.”

According to the book’s publisher, IGI Global, the book serves as “an authoritative reference source for the latest research on youth violence in schools, offering an analysis of contributing factors to such incidents and possible solutions to prevent future occurrences.”

Topics covered in the book include:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Institutionalization
  • LGBTQ Students
  • Mass Incarceration
  • Perpetuator Typologies
  • Racial Disproportionality
  • Special Education Students

OLLU one of 200 universities selected to attend AAC&U Summer Institute

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced the two- and four-year colleges, universities and state systems sending participants to its four regularly scheduled 2018 summer institutes. OLLU has been selected to send a team of five or more participants to attend the Institute on General Education and Assessment at the University of Utah.

The Institute on General Education and Assessment provides campus teams with opportunities to refine and advance their pivotal general education programs and their assessment. Teams will explore:

  • Intentional, well-defined models of general education;
  • Authentic approaches to assessing student learning throughout the student experience;
  • Processes for curricular (re)design; and
  • The implementation of highly effective practices aligned with the LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes.

Submit time prior to leaving Friday for Memorial Day holiday

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the Payroll Office requests that all hourly staff and students have their time entered by the end of the workday on Friday.

Additionally, since OLLU will be closed Monday for Memorial Day, the University will be open regular hours Tuesday-Friday. Office hours and work hours for those days will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Summer hours will resume the week of June 4.

Professor Winney elected to McCollough Hall BOT

Kathryn Winney, OLLU associate professor of accounting, has been elected to serve as the vice chair of the Board of Directors for McCollough Hall Nursing Center, Inc.

McCollough Hall is adjacent to the OLLU campus and is one of the sponsored ministries of the Sisters of Divine Providence. It is a licensed nursing facility with a mission to continue the healing ministry of Jesus Christ in such a way that both givers and receivers of its services experience God’s love and compassion.

As a board member, Winney will be part of ensuring the continued financial viability of the nursing home.

Reminder: 2018 summer hours begin next week

Summer hours will begin Monday, May 21, and will continue through Friday, Aug. 10. Official university summer hours will be Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-noon.

Full-time employees are expected to work a nine-hour day Monday-Thursday and a four-hour day on Friday. Staff who normally work Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. are permitted to leave Friday at noon. However, all full-time employees will work 40 hours every week and are required to take a minimum of 30 minutes for lunch.

Summer hour exceptions:

  • The week of May 28-June 1 – since the university will be closed Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day, the university will be open regular hours Tuesday, May 29-Friday, June 1 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.).
  • The week of July 2-6 – since the university will be closed Wednesday, July 4 for Independence Day, the university will be open regular hours Monday-Tuesday, July 2-3 and Thursday-Friday, July 5-6 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.).

*Other exceptions are Lake Days scheduled for the summer. Lake Days will continue as scheduled and offices associated with Lake Days will remain open after noon on those days. The rest of the university offices will close as scheduled.

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