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Celebration of scholarship and achievement

OLLU faculty continues to be recognized for its scholarship and achievement. Below is a listing of professors and their recent accomplishments.

Paul Cella, PhD, Assistant Professor of Spanish, wrote an article, “Maria Zambrano’s El hombre y lo divino: Ethics beyond Nietzsche, Aesthetics with Antonioni,” published in Aurora: papeles del Seminario Maria Zambrano. 22. 2021. 16-27

Hamid Khan, PhD, Professor of Management and Organization, presented the paper, “Organizational Behavior Modification (OBM) Helps in Operations Optimization, Student Retention and Supply Chain Management by Stimulation,” at the International Academy of Business Disciplines online conference in March.

Valerie Martinez, PhD, Assistant Professor of History; Stephen Salako, PhD, Assistant Professor of Math; Joy Patton, Assistant Professor of Social Work; Daniel Cheshire, Math Center Coordinator; and Brittany Chozinski, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology, were selected to attend the Worchester Polytechnic Institute’s 2021 Institute on Project-Based Learning to be held June 15-18.

This team will participate alongside others from across the country to gain insight into project-based learning. They will focus on developing interdisciplinary projects that provide hands-on experiences for OLLU students. As participants in the institute, they will also identify ways in which experiential project-based learning can become more widespread at OLLU. 

Eva Nwokah, PhD, Professor of Communication Disorders, Miriam Gonzalez Garcia, Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate student, and Marquie Reyna, a post-baccalaureate Communication Sciences and Disorders student, presented the paper, “Interjections and Sound Effects as Fantasy Play in Graphic Novels,” at the Association for the Study of Play Online Conference in March.  

Briana Hauff Salas, PhD, Assistant Professor of Environmental/Plant Biology, co-authored an article, “Glycolipid-Containing Nanoparticle Vaccine Engages Invariant NKT Cells to Enhance Humoral Protection against Systemic Bacterial Infection but Abrogates T-Independent Vaccine Responses,” that was published in the April issue of the Journal of Immunology: https://www.jimmunol.org/content/206/8/1806

Kristina Terkun, PhD, Associate Professor of Economics, has been selected once again as one of the Villanova University Center for Church Management Research Fellows (2021–2022). The fellowship is funded by the Lilly Endowment with the aim of improving financial literacy among clergy. Dr. Terkun’s previous fellowship (2018–2019) addressed clergy attitudes toward credit/debt. Going forward, she will focus on outstanding liabilities post seminary for Catholics pursuing diocesan ordination.

Antoinette Winstead, Professor of Drama and Mass Communication, won first place in the Poetry Society of Texas’s Annnual Persimmon Award for her poem “JAZZ.”  

Professor Winstead was also invited to give a talk on Film and Seminal Moments in History to the Zoryan Institute/University of Toronto in Canada via Zoom on February 23, 2021. She had a residency at the Zoryan’s Institute of Genocide and Human Rights in 2011 and was honored to return as an alumna of this illustrious institute and speak to an international audience about film and history, specifically the process of adapting history to film as well as the pros and cons of such adaptations.

Staff invited to participate in review of Mission and Vision statements

The Mission and Vision statements of the university are currently being reviewed, and members of the OLLU staff are being sought for their input. Staff are invited to join one of two focus group sessions to share their thoughts and suggestions. (Faculty focus group sessions will be scheduled on a separate date)

Before attending a session, staff members are asked to review the current Mission, Vision, and Core Values of OLLU at following link: https://www.ollusa.edu/about/mission-vision-values.html

Staff Focus Group Dates:

Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 12:30 p.m.

The session WebEx link will be provided after registering via this Microsoft form: https://forms.office.com/r/L22kkQxcSs

·        Sponsor Office or Organization: Sponsored by The Division of Mission & Ministry

·        Contact Person: Roxanna Chavez

·        Contact Number: 210-528-7171

·        Contact Email: rchavez@ollusa.edu

Nominations end today for Sister Jane Ann Slater Leadership Award

Today is the last day to nominate a staff member and faculty member for the Sister Jane Ann Slater Leadership Award.

The award recognizes an OLLU employee who has had a positive impact on the university by building unity and community through their generosity of spirit and heart, exceptional leadership, enthusiasm, respect, and optimism. 

To nominate a colleague, click on the following link: https://ollu.formstack.com/forms/untitled_form_copy

Nominations open for Sister Jane Ann Slater Leadership Award

Each year, a member of the OLLU staff and a member of the OLLU faculty are selected by a committee to receive the Sister Jane Ann Slater Leadership Award. 

The award recognizes an OLLU employee who has had a positive impact on the university by building unity and community through their generosity of spirit and heart, exceptional leadership, enthusiasm, respect and optimism. 

To nominate a colleague, click on the following link: https://ollu.formstack.com/forms/untitled_form_copy

Nominations are due by Monday, April 12, 2021.  

‘Shred Days’ set for April

To mark Earth Day and demonstrate support for environmental protection, OLLU Shred Days will be held April 21-22.

Those interested in participating in Shred Day should determine if items can be recycled or if they need to be shredded. Review the Recycle vs. Shred guide to determine which method is acceptable. 

Next, follow these steps:

  1. Consult the: Records Destruction Schedule 
  2. Record destruction by using the: Records Destruction Form*  
  3. Place private files in a standard size banker’s box 
  4. Items that can be left in: staples 
  5. Items that must be removed: spiral binders, metal clips, paper clips 
  6. Bring standard size banker’s box to shred truck

*Documents for Shred Day must be approved by a supervisor or the Compliance Officer to ensure that the record is not relevant to any pending or anticipated litigation, claims, audit, investigation or enforcement actions prior to destruction. Participants who have completed the form by April 16 will be given instructions on where to bring their boxes.  

For more information, email mscotka@ollusa.edu or nlmonsibais@ollusa.edu. 

Nominations open for Sister Jane Ann Slater Leadership Award

Each year, a member of the OLLU staff and a member of the OLLU faculty are selected by a committee to receive the Sister Jane Ann Slater Leadership Award. 

The award recognizes an OLLU employee who has had a positive impact on the university by building unity and community through their generosity of spirit and heart, exceptional leadership, enthusiasm, respect and optimism. 

To nominate a colleague, click on the following link: https://ollu.formstack.com/forms/untitled_form_copy

Nominations are due by Monday, April 12, 2021. 

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