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Employees invited to parking fee town hall meeting

As President Diane E. Melby, EdD, mentioned at Convocation, the university has been discussing the introduction of a parking fee. While minimal, the revenue generated from the fee would help make significant improvements that OLLU community members have long recommended. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend to share their ideas and suggestions on priorities for improvements during the following town hall meetings:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 19 – 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Providence Hall, Blue Room
  • Monday, Sept. 24 – 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Providence Hall, Blue Room

The Parking Task Force is eager to get feedback from the community. Those who are unable to attend either of the above sessions can provide input via this link:

With support from the OLLU Board of Trustees, the suggested $60 annual fee would go into effect fall 2019. This amount was carefully chosen by the Parking Task Force and President’s Council. The chart below shows fees assessed by neighboring schools.

University  Student Fee Faculty/Staff Fee
St. Edward’s University in Austin $240-$310/yr. $240-$310/yr.
St. Mary’s University $135/yr. No charge
Texas A&M San Antonio $90/yr. $120/yr.
Trinity University $75/yr. $75/yr.
University of the Incarnate Word $250-$680/yr. $250-$680/yr.
UTSA $158-$815/yr. $189-$815/yr.

For more information, contact Mary Scotka, assistant vice president for Administration and Parking Task Force chair, at; Rosalinda Garcia, vice president for administration, at; or Karen Reed, assistant vice president for administration, at

Employee comings and goings – Sept. 17, 2018

The following employees joined the OLLU community in early September:

  • Daniel Oughton – Women’s soccer assistant coach
  • Monique Cortez – Writing Consultant
  • Joseph Gallego – Police Officer
  • Edward Garcia – Police Officer
  • Emmanuel Quiroz Martinez – Undergraduate Admissions Counselor

Thank you to the following employee for their service to OLLU:

  • Mark Center – Director of Residence Life

Dr. Gergen named to SAPD Internal Affairs review board

Esther Gergen, PhD, associate professor of leadership studies and chair of the leadership studies department, has been appointed to the Compliant Administrative Review Board of the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) Internal Affairs Division.

The board is an administrative advisory board made of seven uniformed seats (officers, detectives and captains) and seven civilian community representatives. The board reviews cases where officers face allegations brought by either SAPD administration or civilian constituents. The board reports to SAPD Chief William McManus and provides him with recommendations on cases reviewed that assist him in making administrative action decisions.

Employees eligible for 2018 service award

The attached listing includes names and years of service of all the employees whom Human Resources records show as being eligible to receive the Service Award during Spirit Day. Awards will be given at the Mass of Holy Spirit on Sept. 20, 2018.

Employees must have completed full-time service in increments of five years beginning with 10 years and counting in 2018 to be eligible to receive the Service Award.

Click here to view the 2018 Service Award recipient list.

Staff or faculty members who think they are eligible to receive the Service Award, but do not find their name on the list, should contact Human Resources as soon as possible via email at,

Download and complete the 2018 Service Award information form. This will let Human Resources know who will, or will not, be participating during Spirit Day. Forms need to be returned to Human Resources by Friday.

Employee comings and goings – Sept. 4, 2018

The following employees joined the OLLU community in late August:

  • Martin Vasquez – Police Officer
  • Beau Rodriguez – Women’s Volleyball Assistant Coach
  • Zachary Brewer – Men’s Soccer Assistant Coach
  • Marcelo Chapa – Men’s Soccer Assistant Coach

Thank you to the following employees for their service to OLLU:

  • Stephanie Dominguez – Confidential Victim Assistant
  • Jimmy Perez – Police Officer

Second 2018-2019 employee benefits fair will be on Aug. 29

The second fall 2018 employee benefits fair will take place Aug. 29, from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m., in Providence Hall, West Social Room.

Annual benefits enrollment provides benefit-eligible employees the opportunity to start, change or end benefits, which become effective Oct. 1, 2018, with the exception of medical and dependent care reimbursement plans, which begin Sept. 1, 2018.

All eligible employees making changes must enroll online in order to change benefits. Current benefits will carry over with the exception of Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), which require enrollment each year.

All full-time faculty employees will be able to complete enrollment through Web Advisor under Benefits Enrollment. Employees wishing to make changes will need to adhere to the following deadlines.

  • Faculty enrollment period begins Aug. 24.
    • Deadline to enroll is Sept. 7 by 11:59 p.m.

To access the Benefits Enrollment online:

  • Log in to the myOLLU Portal
  • Click on “Web Advisor for Staff” (or faculty if it applies)
  • Click on “Employee Benefits”
  • Click on “Review Current Benefits”
  • Click on “Benefit Enrollment”

Employee comings and goings – Aug. 20, 2018

The following employees joined the OLLU community in early August:

  • David Espinoza – Service Learning Coordinator

Thank you to the following employees for their service to OLLU:

  • Anne-Lise Emig – Science Tutor
  • Juan Stakes – Digital Media Developer
  • Amalya Hyman – MSW Online Administrative Assistant
  • Mac Pena – Student Accounts Analyst
  • Kennith Rogers – Custodian
  • Kara Larkan-Skinner – Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Accreditation

OLLU welcomes new faculty members

The following faculty members have joined the OLLU community for the 2018-2019 academic year:

  • Stefanie Becerril, PhD, assistant professor of communication disorders
  • Tony Bobadilla, MSW, assistant professor of social work
  • Wenonah Ecung, PhD, assistant professor of leadership studies
  • Rosalind Evans, PhD, assistant professor of social work
  • Kimberly Gallegos, PhD, assistant professor of social work
  • Kevin Harris, PhD, assistant professor of counseling psychology
  • Raymond Carson, MSW, assistant clinical professor of social work
  • Jimena Castro, PhD, assistant professor of psychology
  • Daniel Cheshire, PhD, Math Center coordinator/Quest fellow
  • Brittany Chozinsky, PhD, assistant professor of sociology
  • Katrina Cook, PhD, associate professor of school counseling
  • Maria Elmshauser, MSLS, interim dean of library
  • Sharolyn Fredrickson, MS, assistant clinical professor of communication disorders
  • Laura Gienger MSLS, research and instruction librarian
  • Michelle Holcomb, PhD, assistant professor of clinical mental health
  • Alexander Hutchinson, PhD, assistant professor of kinesiology
  • Taylor King, Aud, Audiologist
  • Carlos Ramos, MS, instructor of psychology
  • Carol Rownd, PhD, assistant professor of leadership studies
  • Alegnta Shibikom, PhD, assistant professor of social work

University employee comings and goings — July 2018

The following employees joined the OLLU community in July 2018:

  • William Brownsberger – Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Andrea Quintanilla – Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Administration and CTO
  • Anthony Perez – McNair Scholars Project Coordinator
  • Abigail Garcia-Ortiz – General Office Assistant
  • Chris Dial – Head Men’s Basketball Coach
  • Dustin Karrer – Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach and Operations Coordinator

Thank you to the following employees for their service to OLLU:

  • Ernestine Jackson – Undergraduate Admissions Counselor
  • Christopher Wright – Head Men’s Basketball Coach
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