Category Archives: Employee News

Employee coming and goings – July 15, 2019

The following employees recently joined the OLLU community:

  • Slav Rabinovich – Systems Administrator
  • Lourdes Alvarez – Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Ana Flores – Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Development

Thank you to the following for their service to OLLU:

  • Kristina Orquiz – Undergraduate Admissions Counselor
  • Sera Quiroga – Sports Information Assistant
  • Maria Miller – Assistant Director of Articulation and Transfer Resources
  • Aldo Castillo – Helpdesk Support Technician Specialist

Employee comings and goings – June 24, 2019

The following employees have recently joined the OLLU community:

  • Helen Pulido – Administrative Assistant-Leadership Studies
  • Lora Pena- Custodian
  • Natalie Carrera- Administrative Clerk
  • Javier Reyna- PC Support Technician
  • Vickie Vasquez- Accounting Assistant
  • Caitlin Solis-Grant Development Officer

Thank you to the following for their service to OLLU:

  • Vanessa Reyes- Exam Assistant
  • Ariel Ruiz- Human Resources Assistant
  • Shannon Tijerina- Assistant Director of Traditional Undergraduate Admissions
  • Alejandro Ruiz- Residence Life Coordinator
  • Demetril Mitchell-Hebert- Assistant Director of the Center for Career Development and Testing
  • Raymond Herman- Assistant Systems Administrator
  • Adrienne Rodriguez- Senior Women’s Athletic Administrator
  • Christopher Minner- Women’s Basketball Head Coach
  • Aeriel Franklin- Exam Assistant
  • Emmanuel Martinez- Undergraduate Admissions Counselor

Spanish professor Nina Patrizio Quiñones has retired after distinguished tenure

After 23 years of dedicated service to OLLU, Nina Patrizio Quiñones, associate professor of Spanish and Director for the Biliterate Certificate Program (BCP) officially retired in December 2018. Professor Patrizio Quiñones taught two classes this past spring and completed her service as director for the BCP on half-time professor status in May. Her outstanding service and contributions to students, the OLLU community and foreign language instruction will be missed. 

As a grant-writer, Professor Patrizio Quiñones co-authored the FIPSE (Funding for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education) grant proposal, which funded the Biliterate Studies Program at OLLU. She served as director of Curriculum Development for the Biliterate Program in those early stages of the program when it focused on the fields of psychology, social work, communications arts, speech pathology and business. After the grant ended, the program was permanently adopted by OLLU and Professor Patrizio Quiñones continued to serve as its director and expanded it to all undergraduate majors.  

Professor Patrizio Quiñones also designed and taught the first graduate Psychology course in Spanish for OLLU’s Psychology Program in spring 2000. Between 2000 and 2004, she co-directed the Project Latin America Program (PLA) at OLLU, which was another grant program, in conjunction with the University of the Incarnate Word and St. Edward’s University, to provide opportunities for students to travel to Brazil or Mexico to gain first-hand experience as interns in different agencies. She supervised students’ experiences and service as interns in different professional agencies in Querétaro, Mexico.

 In addition to service referenced above, Professor Patrizio Quiñones also served OLLU and its students as director of the former Kliesen International Center, (between 2007 and 2009-2010). As an associate professor of Spanish at OLLU, Professor Patrizio Quiñones was a dedicated instructor. In the classroom, she consistently ensured that students achieved an awareness of their abilities, at times hidden abilities, to learn and/or strengthen their proficiency in Spanish.  At the advanced level, Nina encouraged students to learn, apply, and share their enthusiasm of Spanish grammar and literature and culture of Spain and Latin America. 

Finally, Professor Patrizio Quiñones’ work continues to impact the OLLU’s academic disciplines mainly through work and service she carried out on the Undergraduate Program Review Committee and the BCP Task Force just before she officially retired last December.  

OLLU hosting workplace health and wellness program

The OLLU Human Resources and Health Services offices have teamed up to host a free six-week Workplace Health and Wellness program. Through this evidence-based workshop developed at Stanford University, participants will meet two times per week. Topics covered during the workshop will include:

  • Healthy eating
  • Physical activity
  • Action planning
  • Solving problems
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Working with a doctor
  • Depression
  • Sleep

The workshop will meet from 12-1 p.m. on the following dates:

  • June 11 and 13
  • June 18 and 20
  • June 25 and 27
  • July 9 and 11
  • July 16 and 18
  • July 23 and 25

Meetings will take place in the Renaissance Parlor, with the exception of June 27 and July 25, which will take place on the second floor of the International Folk Culture Center (IFCC).

For more information, contact Metro Health at 210-207-8802.

To register for the workshop, email Diana Ramos at or Julie Kneupper at

View flier for more information.

Employee comings and goings – May 13, 2019

The following employees joined the OLLU community in late April:

  • Andrew Morales – Police Officer
  • Mark Sanchez – Police Officer
  • Manuel Camacho, Jr. – Police Officer

Thank you to the following for their service to OLLU:

  • Pierre Sanchez – Student Accounts Specialist – Receivables/Cashier
  • Alan Baxter – Golf Head Coach
  • Jayme Agozie – Instructional Designer
  • Bert Mikosh – Systems Administrator

Human Resources hosting supervisor training

The Human Resources Office will be hosting Professional Development for supervisors on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in Providence Hall, West Social Room. During this time, the following training topics will be covered:

  • Managing Diversity at OLLU
  • Leadership Styles and Teambuilding
  • Supervisor Communication Skills: Understanding Your Personal Style and the Styles of Those Around You
  • Having Difficult Conversations in the Workplace
  • How to Deal with a Difficult Employee

Guest speaker will be Dave Moore from Moore Motivation, LLC, who will present his captivating and inspiring keynote. Topics addressed during that time will include:

  • Become a Leader Worth Following
  • Leaders vs Bosses
  • Importance of Communication
  • Wake Up and Win!

Lunch will be provided with a special presentation from Raven Applebaum, Board Certified Attorney in Labor and Employment Law with OLLU’s legal counsel Ogletree Deakins

To RSVP or for more information, contact Erika Ramirez at 210-434-6711, ext. 7003 or

Seats are limited so an RSVP is required to attend. 

Set up Inteview Exchange account for evaluation completion

The OLLU Human Resources Office has granted access to all staff and faculty to the newly developed 90-Day and Annual Staff Evaluation process through Hirezon: Interview Exchange “Performance Review” Module.

Employees should check their email to ensure they received the notification that access has been granted to Hirezon: Interview Exchange that will be required to utilize the module for the upcoming 2018-2019 evaluation period.

If the email notification was not received, employees should check their junk or spam boxes. See instructions on how to access account and how to change a password if necessary.

For more information, contact Ariel Ruiz at 210-434-6711, ext. 6797 or at

Dr. Grovijahn receives service-learning award

Dr. Jane Grovijahn, associate professor of Theology and Spiritual Action, received the Outstanding Faculty Contributions to Service-Learning in Higher Education Instruction award. This was presented at the Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education on April 4. The Gulf-South makes up 12 states in the southeast region of the United States.

The Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism (CSLV) nominated Dr. Grovijahn for this award because she continuously demonstrates engaged teaching methodologies and strong service-learning course integration, potent benefits to students, collaboration with community partners, and a sustained commitment to the service-learning pedagogy and community.

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