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Payroll update

The Payroll Department is updating some information within the payroll system this week. As a result, employees paid on the June monthly payroll only may see their direct deposit in their bank account a few days earlier than the published pay date of June 30.  This will vary based upon each banking institution’s processes and may not occur with all monthly paid employees. 

New campus recreation opportunities

As a follow-up to the June step challenge, Campus Recreation is excited to announce new recreation offerings starting this week for staff and faculty. Yoga will be offered for just one class, but volleyball and pickleball will be offered through July 29.

“Drop-in” volleyball will be held in the UWAC gym on Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m. “Drop-in” pickleball will be held on the OLLU tennis courts on Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. Yoga will be held on Tuesday in UWAC 112 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 

“Drop-in” simply means those interested show up and play. All skill levels are welcome, even if one has never played. Teams will be formed as people show up.

For more information, contact Kyle Belback at kbelback@ollusa.edu or call 210-434-6711, ext. 6710.

Dr. Quintanilla awarded scholarship

Octavio Quintanilla, PhD, Associate Professor of English, has been awarded the Nebrija Creadores Scholarship, which will allow him a summer residency to research and create at the Franklin Institute of the University of Alcalá in Spain.

The Franklin-UAH Institute awarded the scholarship to Dr. Quintanilla for his literary and academic accomplishments, as well as the artistic and cultural relevance of his work within the framework of Hispanic literature. 

From June 14 through July 14, Dr. Quintanilla will be working on Frontextos and researching Spanish visual poetics. Creative work completed during his stay will be published in the journal, “Camino Real.”

The Nebrija Creadores Scholarship is designed to promote the creation of new literary pieces in the framework of Chicano Literature in the United States. This scholarship is granted by HISPAUSA Association and the Instituto Franklin of the University of Alcalá. 

Dr. Villarreal nominated to federal committee 

Aimee Villarreal, PhD, Associate Professor of Comparative Mexican American Studies, has been nominated to serve on the Advisory Committee for Reconciliation in Place Names. 

The committee nomination is for a federally appointed position to review the names of national parks to ensure they are not offensive to Indigenous people and to change those that are in collaboration with local communities.

Nominated by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, Dr. Villarreal is completing background checks before her appointment can be confirmed later this month.

“I am thrilled to be nominated to serve on the Advisory Committee for Reconciliation in Place Names and to work with one of my heroes, Secretary Deb Halaand, the first Native American Secretary of the Interior,” Dr. Villarreal said. “I have a personal connection to wilderness areas as well as historic monuments and archeological sites. 

“My father was the Deputy Director of the New Mexico State Parks for 23 years, and I was raised with a deep appreciation for the natural environment and the preservation of cultural heritage. I think I became an anthropologist for this reason.” 

Dr. Bobele co-authors article in academic journal

Monte Bobele, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Psychology, co-authored, “Therapeutic Spaces in Public Places: Reflections on Storytelling and Antipropaganda Dialogue in Mexico,” an article that was recently published in International Perspectives in PsychologyOLLY

The article, co-written with Jason Platt, PhD, describes an approach aimed at reducing barriers to mental health care for marginalized communities, living below the poverty line, in a culturally syntonic way. 

Professor Coppock selected for summer institute program 

Jacqueline Coppock, PsyD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, has been selected to participate in the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Psychology Summer Institute (PSI) program.

The American Psychological Association MFP is an innovative, comprehensive and coordinated training, mentoring and career development program that enhances the psychological and behavioral outcomes of ethnic minority communities. 

This program provides a week-long, intensive professional development experience aimed at early career psychologists and advanced doctoral students of psychology.

As part of this opportunity, Dr. Coppock will be matched with a mentor to develop goals for a project and career with her mentor and receive daily assignments from her mentor and various presenters. 

STW Krav Maga and Hardy Fitness present seminar about active shooters

STW Krav Maga and Hardy Fitness will present a seminar about dealing with an active shooter situation that is free to people in the education field. Faculty and staff can show their university ID for free attendance.

Participants will learn skills that can save their lives as well as those of others. Pete Hardy, a fourth-degree black belt, and Rick Smith, an SAPD special operations tactic medic instructor and hostage negotiator, will provide instruction. 

The seminar will take place on June 25 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at 100 Crossroads Blvd., No. 103, in San Antonio. The cost is $25 for STW members and $30 for guests. Check-in begins at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, call 210-348-6127.

Dr. Anderson is new President-elect of Society for the Psychology of Women

Kathryn B. Anderson, PhD, professor of Psychology, is the new President-elect of The Society for the Psychology of Women, Division 35 of the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Anderson’s 2022-2023 presidency will begin at the APA convention in August in Minneapolis and will focus on: how the organization can reflect its inclusion of gender nonbinary and transgender people, prevention of gender-based violence with a focus on Indigenous and Black populations and development of pedagogical resources for critical examination of biased assumptions in evolutionary psychology. Dr. Anderson also plans to collaborate with APA leadership and other division presidents to engage in advocacy on pressing social issues.

Professor Winstead directing, serving as panelist during Sterling Houston Festival

Antoinette Winstead, MFA, professor of Drama and Mass Communication, will direct a play and serve as a panelist during the Sterling Houston Festival which will run June 4-19 at various locations around San Antonio.

Sterling Houston (1945-2006) was a beloved San Antonio playwright, actor, author and musician. The Sterling Houston Festival honors his life and legacy. Professor Winstead will direct a production of “Black Lily and White Lily,” one of Houston’s short plays examining racial and social inequities in the 1950s. The performance will take place June 4 at 7 p.m. at the Carver Community Cultural Center.

Professor Winstead also will serve as a panelist exploring the significance and impact of Houston and his body of work. It will take place June 9 at 7 p.m. at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.

For information on all the festival events, visit https://sterlinghoustonfestival.com.

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