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Dr. Gergen named chair for Presentation Ministry Center

Esther Gergen, PhD, Professor of Leadership Studies, has been named Chairwoman of the Board of Directors for the Presentation Ministry Center, located at 2003 Ruiz Street, in the heart of the surrounding OLLU community.

The Presentation Ministry Center is a place of hospitality, primarily dedicated to meeting the needs of immigrant people. Programs offered are designed to educate participants and to provide opportunities for holistic development in a community building atmosphere.

The Presentation Ministry Center offers culturally appropriate educational opportunities, including English as a Second Language, Computer Literacy and Citizenship courses. The center’s mission is to welcome immigrants to a community of education and inspiration leading to professional and socioeconomic opportunities and empowerment.

The hours of operation vary based on service offering needs but generally are from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday.  For more information, click on the following link:

Open Enrollment for faculty ends on Tuesday

Faculty open enrollment will end at midnight on Tuesday.

Highlights include:

  • No rate changes to 2022-2023 Medical Plan offerings
  • Last year, OLLU replaced Plan C with Qualified High Deductible Health Plan (QHDHP) that continues this year.
  • HSA (Health Saving Account) offered with $500 OLLU contribution should you enroll in the QHDHP and HSA.

To enroll: Go to the OLLU Portal/Self-Serve/Employee Benefits

Spirit Day Mass and Employee Service Recognition set for Sept. 7

OLLU’s annual Spirit Day Mass and Employee Service recognition will be held on Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel. 

Employees who have served OLLU for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years will be recognized during the liturgy.

Employees must have completed full-time service in increments of five years beginning with the 10 year mark and continuing in 2022 to be eligible to receive the Service Award.

Staff and Faculty members who believe they are eligible to receive a Service Award for full-time service years at OLLU, but do not see their name on the list, should contact Human Resources as soon as possible via email at

Eligible service award recipients for 2022:

Employee NameTitleYears of Service
Rafael SanchezMaintenance Superintendent35
Jesse MontoyaElectrician30
Leah Jean LarsonProfessor of English25
Maribel LárragaProfessor of Spanish25
Jerrie Smith JacksonProfessor of Education25
Loranel Graham PaceProfessor of Psychology20
Catherine Irene FragosoDirector of Center for Student Involvement20
Consuelo C. Vargas-EsckilsenExecutive Administrative Assistant15
Belinda Trevino SchoutenProfessor of Education15
Debora Guzman PerezDirector of Alumni and Family Relations15
Johnny S. GarciaAssistant Director of Admissions15
Phyllis Ann DuncanProfessor of Leadership Studies15
Sulema E. CabreraDirector of Enterprise Applications15
Sabrina Courtney ZertucheAce Admin. Asst. and Writing Consultant10
Candace Kelly ZepedaDean of Academics10
Jacqueline Lee WalterDirector Center for Women10
Deborah VasquezAssociate Professor of Art10
Stephen Taiwo SalakoChair, Math/Sciences and Assoc. Professor of Math10
Teresa De Jesus QuintanillaAccounts Payable Assistant10
Adriana R. GarciaAssistant Professor Marketing10
Martha FloresCustodian10
Charles Wesley BuxtonSenior Programmer Analyst10

OLLU modifies its COVID-19 processes for employees

The university is modifying its COVID-19 processes for employees beginning this fall. Employees who submit a self-report form will no longer receive an email or a call from ConquerCovid identifying the dates an employee has to isolate/quarantine.

COVID-positive employees and some[1] employees who had close contact with a COVID-positive individual are still asked to refrain from coming to campus. Going forward, employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual should follow these steps: 

  1. Determine isolation/quarantine days with the use of this isolation/quarantine calculator.
  2. Submit a Self-Report Form.
  3. Immediately notify the supervisor of the days that the individual will need to isolate/quarantine.
  4. Employees who tested positive for COVID should notify colleagues or students with whom they had close contact[2].
  5. Submit a Return-to-Work/Self-Certification Form before returning to campus once your isolation/quarantine period is over.
  6. Forward the confirmation email received after submitting the Return-to-Work Form to the supervisor. This is what clears the employee to return to work.

The Health Education team will still be available to answer any questions. Submit any questions to This new system will go into effect on Monday, Aug. 15. Employees are encouraged to save this email with the links to the Self-Report and Self-Certification Forms in the event they might need them in the future.

The university thanks all employees in advance for their patience with any kinks in the system that may occur as the university rolls out this new process.

Professor Yvette Benavides named Trinity University Press editor-at-large

OLLU Professor of English Yvette Benavides has been named an editor-at-large for Trinity University Press. In the role, she will focus on shaping and growing the press’s new Tinta Books imprint which will highlight the history, culture, and current affairs of Mexico and Mexican American life.

Publishers establish imprints to make clear statements about their editorial areas of interest and publishing commitments. While Trinity Press has periodically published books about Mexico over the decades, the announcement of the Tinta Books imprint reflects a deepened commitment to works focused on the history, culture, and current affairs of Mexico and Mexican American life. 

“We feel that there is a profound interest in and need for expanded book publishing focused on Mexico, and Trinity is perfectly suited to do that,” said Tom Payton, publisher and director of the press. “With Benavides leading this effort, we’re excited and honored to be among the first publishers in the country to make this pledge, including bringing forth works by Mexican authors in translation and a particular interest in promoting new and emerging writers.”

Benavides also is a writer and journalist with an extensive media presence, from hosting Texas Public Radio’s Book Public podcast to writing and producing radio commentaries that have been recognized with regional and national journalism awards. Regarding her new role with Trinity, Benavides said, “As a kid from the Texas-Mexico border, my insular vantage point was expanded because of books. I could look out toward the United States and then toward Mexico—and beyond—because of books. For me, over many years as a writer, teacher, and editor, the one constant—as a kind of map, compass, and key— has always been books. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to work with Trinity University Press, guided by a like-minded team that knows well the power books have in all our lives.”

Open enrollment for staff and administrator employees ends tomorrow

Open enrollment for staff and administrator employees ends Tuesday at midnight. To make selections:
▪ Log into the myOLLU portal 
Select Self Service/Employees/Benefits 
Complete each section until you see a check mark on each icon on left of screen 
To complete enrollment, click Review and Submit 
Once you see, “Thank you for completing your open enrollment elections,” you are done. 

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