Category Archives: Employee News

Employee comings and goings – Nov. 12, 2018

The following employees joined the OLLU community in early November:

  • Rosanna Luke – Annual Giving Officer
  • Nicolas Juarez – Police Sergeant
  • Waheeda Kara – BSW Administrative Assistant
  • Hector Garza – Student Success Coach
  • Stephanie Gower – Student Success Coach
  • Melanie Esterling – Student Success Coach

Thank you to the following for their service to OLLU:

  • Joseph Gallego

Fourth annual staff and faculty Thanksgiving potluck tomorrow

The Staff Advisory Council is hosting the fourth annual Thanksgiving potluck for staff and faculty tomorrow from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Chapel Auditorium.

Staff and faculty members can RSVP and sign up to bring a food item at this link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=7XzkeHpiIkyB6GGeADMbGjIc_gVIZy1BsyQTw38tDfdUNjRESThZQk5ZWDQ1NjI4TzI4TFNIQ0Q5Ri4u.

Turkeys have been provided by the President’s Office.

Faculty research receives ‘Best Paper’ award during conference

The research paper presented by School of Business and Leadership faculty members, Phyllis Duncan, PhD, professor of Leadership Studies; Mark Green, PhD, professor of Leadership Studies; Jared Montoya, PhD, associate professor of Leadership Studies; and Hamid Khan, EdD, professor of Management, received the “San Antonio Conference Best Paper Award” during the Academy of Business Research (ABR) fall 2018 conference.

Dr. Lárraga presents during local conference

Maribel Lárraga, PhD, professor of Spanish, presented “Rooted in Providence: Diversity at Our Lady of the Lake University through Trust, Community, Service and Integrity,” during the “Private Higher Education in San Antonio: Past and Present” conference, held at St. Mary’s University. The conference was part of the San Antonio Tricentennial celebration.

Dec. 31, 2018 is the final date for use-or-lose vacation time

There is a one-year carry over limit on accrued vacation time. The new “use-it-or-lose-it” date has been set to Dec. 31. Employees cannot carry over beyond this date more than the number of annual vacation days for which they are currently eligible.

If work or medical conditions prohibit the employee from taking their accrued vacation by Dec. 31, the chief administrator of that division can request an extension of one additional year. The chief administrator and the employee must make every effort to schedule and use the accrued vacation in the coming year as additional extensions will not be permitted.

Recent presentations by OLLU faculty

The following presentations have been made by OLLU faculty members:

Several faculty members from the School of Business and Leadership presented the peer-reviewed paper titled, “An Empirical Investigation into the Correlates of Performance and Potential – Using Psychological Capital, Psychological Ownership and Leadership Styles,” at the annual conference of the Academy of Business Research (ABR) held in San Antonio, Oct. 24-26.

Faculty members included:

  • Hamid Khan, EdD, professor of Management
  • Phyllis Duncan, PhD, professor of Leadership Studies
  • Mark Green, PhD, professor of Leadership Studies
  • Jared Montoya, PhD, associate professor of Leadership Studies

Hamid Khan, EdD, PE, professor of management published a peer-reviewed paper titled, “Predicting Professional Competencies using Measures of Psychological Capital and Psychological Ownership,” in the American Society for Competitiveness (ASC) Journal: Competition Forum (volume 16, number two, 2018, pp. 137-149). He also presented the above paper at the ASC Annual Conference held in Washington, DC, Oct. 25-27, 2018.


Professor Khan also presented a peer-reviewed paper titled, “An Empirical Investigation into the Antecedents, Correlates and Predictors of the American University Professors’ Exceptionalism: Making Sense of Leadership Styles,” at the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines (IABPAD), held at Las Vegas, Oct. 21-24, 2018. Professor Khan also served as the session chair of the Education Session and moderated the presentations of this session. He also served as a Discussant of the Education/Education Technology Session. Professor Khan’s research presentation was partially funded by the Provost and VPAA’s Hearst Grant.

Sign up for fall 2018 Employee Service Day

OLLU faculty and staff are invited to participate in a service project as part of OLLU Employee Service Day on Nov. 7, from 9:15 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Our Lady of the Lake Convent.

During the service day, volunteers will assist the Sisters of Divine Providence with several projects at the Convent, including helping in the Peace and Bezner Gardens, cleaning the Stations of the Cross and helping in the nursing home. Afterwards, volunteers will join the Sisters for lunch.

OLLU Employee Service Day allows faculty and staff to take part in a community service project during working hours without using vacation leave time.

Employee Service Day is open to the first 15 employees who sign up. Staff must obtain approval from their supervisor before signing up. Just a reminder that employees can only participate once per calendar year.

To sign up, visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfHByUpnD5cZ38N7C14E2BKfURb9Ogb8yy6k2Igk-2nWsH9Mg/viewform. The deadline to sign up is Oct. 29 (unless slots are filled earlier).

For more information, contact Jennifer Bendele at jbendele@ollusa.edu or 210-434-6711, ext. 6534.

Employee comings and goings – Oct. 15, 2018

The following employees joined the OLLU community in late September and early October:

  • Sr. Mary Morkovsky – University Archivist
  • Carmen Serrata – Director of McNair Scholars Program

Thank you to the following for their service to OLLU:

  • Carla Chavez – Financial Aid Counselor
  • Pedro Balboa – General Maintenance Worker
  • Andrea Quintanilla – Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Administration and CTO
  • Mary Jo Bilicek – Coordinator of Institutional Effectiveness and IRB
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