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Professor Terkun-Castro awarded research fellowship

Kristina Terkun-Castro, PhD, assistant professor of economics, has been awarded the highly competitive Church Management Research Fellowship, sponsored by the Center for Church Management at Villanova University.  As part of the fellowship, Dr. Terkun-Castro will attend in-residence research sessions on campus at Villanova.

Dr. Terkun-Castro conducts research in the field of the economics of religion. At Villanova she will be mentored by two top researchers in the field.  In summary, her research proposal focuses on the impact of financial literacy among clergy members.

Dr. polanco to receive Michael White Legacy Award 

Marcela Polanco, PhD, associate professor of psychology, has received the Michael White Legacy Award from the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapists. This is the first time the award has been presented.

When reviewing nominations for the award, the committee considered candidates who demonstrated the following qualities:

  • A clinician or student who embraces the practice of narrative therapy
  • A clinician or student who exemplifies the ideas of postmodern thinking in clinical work and practice
  • A clinician or student who addresses the ideas of social justice and the effects of discord in society, and who strives to address such discord through community or clinical work.

Professor Winney selected to serve as chair of accrediting body publications committee

Kathryn Winney, assistant professor of accounting, has been selected to serve a two-year term as incoming chair of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Scholar-Practitioner Publications Committee. ACBSP is the current accrediting body of the School of Business and Leadership.

As chair, Winney will be responsible for the membership’s oversight of the ACBSP publications and collaboration with its editorial board, and for delivering a comprehensive update on business-themed publishing to the ACBSP membership at the national convention each year. The committee is responsible for the publication of the peer-reviewed international business journal, “The Transnational Journal of Business.”

Winney will serve a term as vice chair until June 30, 2018, and then assume the role of chair on July 1, 2018.

Vote for Nan Cuba for Tobin Award for Artistic Excellence

Nan Cuba, MFA, OLLU Writer-in-Residence, has been selected as a finalist for the San Antonio Artist Foundation’s Tobin Award for Artistic Excellence.

The award is for $15,000 and is for the creation of new, original work. The awards recognize artistic achievement, dedication to an artistic discipline and the potential for further professional development. Cuba has submitted a proposal for the completion of her new novel, “He Didn’t Kill Nobody but Mom.”

Visit to vote. Voters must be Bexar County residents. An email address and zip code will be required prior to casting a vote.

Mandatory employee orientation must be completed by Feb. 9

The Office of Human Resources has released the first online Annual Employee Orientation. This is a mandatory orientation for all employees and must be completed by Friday, Feb. 9.

To contribute to a more effective and productive employment year, this presentation will reestablish OLLU’s purpose and structure, encompass the current OLLU policies to ensure training compliance efforts, review customer service standards and provide additional information and resources to carry out the new year.

To access the orientation, follow this link (or copy and paste into your browser),

Note: for closed caption, click on the notes link of the presentation.

A brief assessment of the material will follow the orientation presentation. The assessment is required and will serve as documentation of completion of the online orientation. It will be used for reporting purposes pertaining to OLLU’s SACS accreditation.

To access the assessment, follow this link (or copy and paste into your browser),

For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources at 210-434-6711, ext. 3970 or

Space committee reinstated on campus

The OLLU Space Committee has been reinstated and is being chaired by Karen Reed, assistant vice president for administration.

The committee is charged with addressing campus space needs in a coordinated way. The committee will help ensure that decisions are made in ways that are fair, consistent and align with the university’s strategic and master plans.

The Space Committee is responsible for:

  • Reviewing and approving allocations of new space
  • Helping find space for needs that arise
  • Keeping space inventory (including a list of offices employees are assigned to for safety purposes)
  • Addressing space issues
  • Approving requests for temporary displays

Note: the committee is NOT responsible for classroom space. The Registrar’s Office holds jurisdiction over classrooms.

In order to keep an updated inventory of each employees’ location, the Space Committee must be notified of all moves and reallocation of space before they occur (including moves that happen within a confined suite).

To notify the committee, an email should be sent that includes the following information to

  • Names of individuals moving
  • Office or room numbers involved in the move
  • Effective date

For more information about the Space Committee and how to request new spaces on campus, click here.

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