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Registrar’s Office holding adviser’s information session Wednesday

The Registrar’s Office is holding an Adviser’s Information Session Wednesday (note date change) from 12:30-1:45 p.m., in Main Building, Room 220.

Discussion topics include:

  • Early Registration Information
  • Financial Aid and Student Business Office representatives
  • Course Schedule
  • Letter of Transferability, Course Substitutions, etc.
  • Deadlines to submit early and final grades
  • Colleague Screens will be demonstrated

Anyone who would like to include a flyer advertising a course, program, etc., is asked to provide 100 copies to the Registrar’s Office by 5 p.m. today or bring 100 copies to the session.

All documents will be posted on the Registrar’s Office Portal site after the information session for those who are unable to attend.

On-site health screenings for OLLU employees on Oct. 23, 2017

There will be on-site health screenings available for OLLU Medical Plan participants on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 in Providence Hall, West Social Room from 6:30-10:30 a.m.

The health screenings will include cholesterol, glucose, liver function, kidney function, electrolytes, iron and hemoglobin A1c, blood pressure, height, weight and body mass index (BMI) among others. PSA reflex testing is provided for males at or over the age of 40.

All results are confidential.

Those who attend the on-site screening and one of the results sessions on Nov. 13, 2017 at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. in the Library Community Room will receive a $25 H-E-B Gift Card.

See flyer (at right) with instructions on how to register for an appointment.

Those who need any assistance registering should contact Personalized Prevention at 800-515-6641.

Six faculty members present during the 2017 Fulbright Symposium

Six OLLU faculty members presented during the 2017 Southwest Fulbright Symposium, which was held on Sept. 30.

The Southwest Fulbright Symposium is dedicated to promoting international, educational and cultural exchange to foster a global network. The following faculty members presented during the symposium:

  • Elizabeth Dyer, PhD, Assistant Professor of Music
  • Xiang Guo, PhD, Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems and Security
  • Leah Larson, PhD, Professor of English
  • Margit Nagy, CDP, PhD, Professor of History
  • Ezequiel Pena, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Deborah Vasquez, MFA, Assistant Professor of Art

Online workplace harassment training for employees required by Sept. 30

OLLU is committed to providing a safe learning, working and living environment that is free from violence and unlawful discrimination and harassment. As part of that commitment, all faculty and staff are required to complete the online training, “Prevent Harassment Together – Faculty and Staff Version” by Sept. 30.

The course takes approximately 40 minutes to complete.

To complete the training, visit and complete the following steps:

  • Complete the Registration form
    • Enter first name, last name and OLLU email address, then click “register”
    • You will receive a welcome email with your username and temporary password
    • Follow the link in the email to sign in
    • You will be prompted to:
      • Enter your temporary password
      • Create a new password
      • Create and answer a security question

Once you are logged in, be sure to complete the “Required” course that is assigned. There may be other courses visible that employees can take, but they are not required at this time.

A history of completed courses is available in “My Completions.” Employees will also receive an email containing a link to their completion certificate upon successful completion of the course.

Additional tips and information:

  • Make sure the computer’s pop-up blocker is turned off
  • The course does not have to be completed at one time. The course can be saved and resumed at a later time.
  • Those who require access to a computer to complete the training should contact HR as soon as possible for computer lab availability

For those who do not have access to a computer during the day, there will be a computer lab reserved on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Contact HR for more information.

Dr. Rebecca Gomez named ‘Top 30 Trailblazer’

The Center for Digital Education (CDE) has recognized Rebecca Gomez, PhD, assistant professor and director of the Worden School of Social Service, as one of the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers across America.

The CDE honors pioneers in education technology each year with its Top 30 awards program. Nominees are judged on efforts to improve education with digital tools, the impact of those efforts on student achievement and the institution, creativity and initiative to make change and the display of leadership qualities.

The Center for Digital Education lauded Gomez for “leveraging technology to bring top-tier training and clinical field experiences to students across the nation” and for boasting a retention rate of 80 percent in 2016.
“For Gomez, an effective online program in her field connects students to faculty, staff and their peers so they can encourage each other to engage,” the CDE wrote in its Top 30 profile. “Since social work is intrinsically linked to interpersonal skills, the program leverages key technology, like videos and VoiceThread, an app that allows students to role-play client assessments and receive direct feedback.”

Gomez said she was grateful and humbled by the award.

“I am honored to continue the mission of our founders, the Congregation of Divine Providence, in promoting innovative and bold ways to provide opportunity to students who would otherwise not have access to education,” Gomez said. “OLLU is an amazing institution that supports a powerful combination of heart, mission, and innovation. As a university body we have the privilege of shepherding cutting edge programs that change students and communities across the globe.”

Faculty 2017-2018 open enrollment closes Thursday

This is a reminder that the benefits open enrollment period for faculty ends Thursday at 11:59 p.m.

All eligible employees making changes to their benefits must do so on the myOLLU Portal under the “benefits open enrollment tab.”

For those who do not wish to make any changes, current benefit elections will carry over with the exception of Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). Employees who wish to participate in the FSA this year must enroll online. Those who have previously elected to participate in the FSA and wish to do so again for the 2017-2018 plan year must re-enroll.

July 2017 Employee of the Month named

At the August Staff Organization meeting, Mary Jo Bilicek, coordinator of institutional effectiveness, was named Employee of the Month for July.

Employees are encouraged to nominate fellow co-workers to be recognized as Employee of the Month. To nominate, complete the form found at


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