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myOLLU portal will be discontinued on Feb. 8

The last day for the myOLLU portal is Feb. 8. Content has been migrated to the new Saints Connect dashboard.

There will be a ceremonial “unplugging of the portal during Club Rush on Feb. 8.

View video to learn more about the new Saints Connect dashboard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPHi8py47HI

Please note that we have been in communication with all departments who have information in the current portal to help ensure their information transfers over to Saints Connect. If you have materials on the portal and have not yet been contacted, please email rgarcia3@ollusa.edu

W2s now available digitally on Employee Self-Service

If employees have given electronic consent, their W2s for calendar year 2022 are now available in Employee Self-Service.

Access to Employee Self-Service is available through the new Saints Connect dashboard which is online at saintsconnect.ollusa.edu. It also can be accessed through the university homepage by selecting Menu – Faculty & Staff – Saints Connect. On the Saints Connect dashboard, visit the Employee Self-Service card and select Tax Info. Detailed instructions on how to access your W2 in Employee Self-Service are available online.

OLLU will NOT mail out W2s to current employees who have given W2 electronic consent; employees will have to print their W2s from Self Service.

If electronic consent has NOT been given, W2s were mailed to the address on file with Human Resources. W2s cannot be picked up by current or former employees; the W2s were mailed and postmarked on Jan. 26, 2023.

Payroll will address requests for re-mailing of W2s AFTER Feb. 3, 2023. Please contact payroll@ollusa.edu after this date if you have not received your W2 in the mail.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a change in presentation for employees who participate in the 403b retirement plan. In previous years, Box 12 code E included both employee’s mandatory 3% deferrals to the plan AND an employee’s additional elective deferrals to the plan (if applicable). For 2022 and going forward, Box 12 code E will only include employee’s elective deferrals. Employee’s mandatory 3% will be separated in Box 14 under the description “Mand 403b.” This change was done to provide more transparent information to employees on their types of deferrals to the retirement plan.

If you have questions about your W2, please contact payroll@ollusa.edu.

Applications due Friday for Faculty Leadership Program

Applications are due Friday for faculty interested in participating in the Faculty Leadership Program “Rethink to Retain: Idea in Action Project.”

The Faculty Leadership Program is designed to give full-time faculty leadership experience as they work towards developing a campus-wide project in their area of research and expertise that will advance knowledge, enhance pedagogy, and create a community of engaged scholars across the university. In addition, participants will create at least four Center for Teaching Excellence-sponsored workshops per year.

Faculty who are accepted into the program will receive a $10,000 stipend and a 3-credit course release per semester and must commit to a one-year term.

For more information, please contact Dean of Academic Candace Zepeda, PhD, at ckzepeda@ollusa.edu.

Standard mileage rate updated

As of Jan. 1, 2023, the standard mileage rate for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) is:

65.5 cents per mile driven for business use, up 3 cents (62.5 cents) from the midyear increase setting the rate for the second half of 2022.

The standard mileage rate for business use is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile.

Input needed for professional development initiative

A grant secured by the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) Council has given OLLU the software resources needed for a professional development initiative.

To ensure that this is effective, your input is critical. Please complete the survey linked below by Friday to share your thoughts and ideas on the types of professional development that will be most meaningful to you.

Complete survey using this link.

For questions about the survey, write to Nicole Monsibais at nlmonsibais@ollusa.edu.

Special thanks is given to the members of the IDEA Council: Kathryn Anderson, Sister Christina Chavez, Daniel Cheshire, Brittany Chozinski, Jacqueline Coppock, Ciji Couvertier, Janet Hupel, Kirsten Komara, Nicole Monsibais, Kate Solis, Bernadette Solorzano, Madison Taber and Candace Zepeda.

Deadline for submission of survey is Friday, Jan. 13.

Professor Friesenhahn published poem with Calla Press

Jacob Friesenhahn, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, published a poem titled “young Jesus” on Jan. 7, 2023, with Calla Press. The founder and editor of Calla Press is Samantha Cabrera. In her words, “My mission is to uplift broken people through the gift of words and imagery to glorify Jesus Christ.” The poem “young Jesus” is a reflection on the possibility of pure innocence. 

Visit Calla Press to read the poem.

Reminder: Input vacation leave before departing; note deadlines for time entry submission, approval

Hourly employees who plan to take vacation leave before the Christmas holiday break are reminded to input vacation hours into Self Service Time Entry and submit before departing. 

Any missed days will not be paid on Jan 6, 2023.

Also, due to the Christmas holiday schedule, the deadline for supervisors to approve time sheets will be on Monday, Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. 

For the first payroll in January, the deadline for biweekly employees to enter and submit their time will be Jan. 3 at 10 a.m. The deadline for supervisors to approve time sheets will be Jan. 3 at noon.

Faculty, alumni publish chapter in Psychology book

Kathryn Anderson, PhD, Professor of Psychology, alumni Veronica Clark and Victoria Lopez and Samuel Gomez, coach, mentor and educator for the San Antonio Fatherhood Campaign, published the chapter titled “La Cultura Cura: Students and Fathers as Growth Facilitators for Each Other Through Pallabra” in the book “Empowering Students as Change Agents in Psychology Courses.” 

The chapter describes experiences of students, and the fathers they worked with, as part of a service-learning project in the course Violence Prevention and Intervention, partnering with the San Antonio Fatherhood Campaign of the American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions: http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/empoweringstudents

Reminder: Input needed for Professional Development Survey

A grant secured by the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) Council has given OLLU the software resources needed for a professional development initiative.

To ensure that this is effective, your input is critical. Please complete the survey linked below to share your thoughts and ideas on the types of professional development that will be most meaningful to you.

Complete survey using this link.

For questions about the survey, write to Nicole Monsibais at nlmonsibais@ollusa.edu.

We would like to thank and recognize the members of the IDEA Council: Kathryn Anderson, Sister Christina Chavez, Daniel Cheshire, Brittany Chozinski, Jacqueline Coppock, Ciji Couvertier, Janet Hupel, Kirsten Komara, Nicole Monsibais, Kate Solis, Bernadette Solorzano, Madison Taber and Candace Zepeda.

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