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OLLU adds two new faculty members

New professors

OLLU is pleased to welcome two new faculty members. 

Nyasha M. GuramatunhuCooper, PhD, has joined OLLU as an associate professor of Leadership Studies. Dr. GuramatunhuCooper previously taught at Kennesaw State University. She is the founder of Girton Road Consulting in the Greater Atlanta area.

Daniel W. Wong, PhD, has joined the Education Department as an associate professor of Rehabilitative Counseling. Dr. Wong has taught at multiple schools, including Mississippi State University and East Carolina University. He has received the American Counseling Association Research Award and the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association Research Award. 

Reminder: Employee payroll changes for the holidays

deadline

Bi-weekly employees will be paid on Dec. 23 for the pay period Dec. 5-18.

Due to the Christmas holiday schedule, the deadline for biweekly employees to enter their time for the Dec. 23 pay date will be on Dec. 20 by 11:59 p.m.

The deadline for supervisors to review and approve time for the pay period ending Dec. 18 will be moved to 10 a.m. on Dec. 21. This will allow the Payroll Office to complete the last biweekly payroll for 2020 in a timely manner.

Monthly employees also will be paid on Dec. 23. Payroll changes and adjustments for monthly employees for December were due on Dec. 10. No additional changes for the December payroll for monthly paid employees will be processed at this point.

Purchase order and credit card payment deadlines

Due to the upcoming holidays, any payments that need to be processed for December must be submitted by Dec. 15.  Any purchase orders received after this date AND requesting payment by Dec. 18, 2020, must receive special approval by Courtney Nevill, controller, or Amanda Castro, director of accounting and reporting.

Purchase Orders for payment of university credit card bills must be submitted to Accounts Payable by Dec. 15 to avoid late charges and/or finance charges. Card holders will be responsible for late fees and finance charges if submitted after Dec. 15.

Results from OLLU United Way campaign

The following are highlights from the OLLU 2020 United Way Campaign:

  • 49% of OLLU’s employees contributed to the campaign (194 of 397 employees)
  • $27,071.88 was raised (down slightly from 2019 – $27,591.76)
  • $139.55 was the average amount donated (up from $93 in 2019, $88 in 2018 and $59 in 2017)
  • 72 who participated contributed $100 or more
  • 19 employees contributed at the Leadership Donor Level of $500 or higher
  • 14 employees contributed at the Emerging Leadership Donor Level of $250 or higher
  • 200 Literacy Kits (valued at $8 each) were prepared by OLLU employees during our Oct. 19 on-campus service project and donated to Urban Strategies Pre-K and elementary-aged students

The following OLLU divisions and departments participated at 75% or higher:

  • Student Affairs (92%)
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders (83%)
  • Marketing and Communications (89%)
  • Undergraduate Admissions (77%)

Employee payroll changes for the holidays

Bi-weekly employees will be paid on Dec. 23 for the pay period Dec. 5-18.

Due to the Christmas holiday schedule, the deadline for biweekly employees to enter their time for the Dec. 23 pay date will be on Sunday, Dec. 20 by 11:59 p.m.

The deadline for supervisors to review and approve time for the pay period ending Dec. 18 will be moved to 10 a.m. on Dec. 21. This will allow the Payroll Office to complete the last biweekly payroll for 2020 in a timely manner.

Monthly employees will also be paid Dec. 23. All payroll changes and adjustments for monthly employees for December pay MUST BE entered by Dec. 10 by close of business. Any changes made after that WILL NOT be processed in the December payroll.

Celebration of faculty scholarship and achievement

OLLU faculty continues to be recognized for their scholarship and achievement. Below is a listing of professors and their recent accomplishments: 

Carol Rownd, PhD, Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies, Esther Gergen, PhD, Professor of Leadership Studies, and Jennifer Bendele, Director of the Center for Service Learning and Volunteerism, recently presented at the Academy of Business Research Conference. Their presentation titled, “Service-Learning Curriculum and Collaboration as a Tool for Teaching Principles of Leadership,” earned the Best Paper/Presentation Award for the conference.

Debbie Healey, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, was invited by The American Psychological Association’s Minority Fellowship Program to become a member of the Training Advisory Committee 2021–2024.

Bernadette Solórzano, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Dr. Healy and Kristen O’Donnell, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology: “Taking the ‘isms’ Out of Diagnostic Labels.” Presented at The Diversity Conference: Goodbye “isms” Hello Future! at Boston College in Boston, Massachusetts in October.

Brittany Anne Chozinski, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology, and student Alyssah Gonzalez wrote, “Using Georeferenced Photo-Elicitation Projects to Understand Survivor Resources: A Method For Trauma-Informed Practice In Higher Education.” The paper was published in the Journal of American College Health in November.

Hamid Khan, PhD, Professor of Management, presented “American Exceptionalism: A Curious Investigation into Correlation, Prediction and Regression Between ‘Affiliation with Type of University’ and ‘Research Effectiveness’ of University Professors” at International Conference of the Academy of Business Research (ABR) in October.

Dr. Khan also presented, “Investigation into Follower Satisfaction, Extra Effort, and Effectiveness,” at the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines (IABPAD) virtual conference in0 October.

Leda Barnett, PhD, Professor of Political Science, delivered, “Customizing Honors Admissions Strategies to Maximize Inclusion” at the National Collegiate Honors Council annual conference as the meeting’s featured presentation in October.

Dr. Barnett has also been in the media’s November Election coverage: https://www.ksat.com/news/politics/2020/09/28/ollu-professor-first-presidential-debate-a-wild-card/

Jerrie Smith Jackson, PhD, Professor of Education, Alycia Maurer, PhD, Associate Professor of Education, Belinda Schouten, PhD, Professor of Education, Belinda Granados, MEd, and Lucinda Juarez, PhD, Assistant Professor of Education, presented “#Teachers Can: Adapting Instruction and Utilizing Technology Tools During the Pandemic” and “Piloting EdTPA: Using Improvement Science to Enhance Our Journey” during Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education’s virtual conference in October. TEA recognized the latter presentation in their November newsletter.

Dr. Lucinda Juarez, the Education Program’s new literacy faculty member, also has a chapter in a book that will be released this month:

Swoyer, J. G. , Claeys, L., Flores, B.B., Treviño García, C, Juárez, L. M., Santillán, L. , and Sohn, L. “Mentoring the Mentors: Developing Culturally Efficacious Educators within a Residency Model in P. E. Bernhardt, T. R. Conway and G. M. Richardson (Eds.).” Collaborative Models for Clinical Practice: Reflections from the Field, 73–84. Association of Teacher Educators: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. 

Miriam Gonzalez Garcia, graduate student, and Eva Nwokah, PhD, Professor of Communication Disorders, presented “Social-cognitive aspects of anthropomorphism in children’s literature” at the National Social Science Conference in October.

Presentations by Worden School Faculty at the CSWE 66th Annual Program Meeting.

Kimberly Gallegos, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Work, and Karina Gil, PhD, Associate Professor of Social Work and Director of the Worden School of Social Service, “Moving a BSW Program Fully Online: Lessons Learned and Learning. Leading Critical Conversations: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.” https://www.cswe.org/Events-Meetings/2020-APM

Joy Patton, Assistant Professor of Social Work, and Dr. Gil (November 16-20): “The Role of Critical Conversations in developing Moral Courage and Advocacy Skills. Leading Critical Conversations: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.”  https://www.cswe.org/Events-Meetings/2020-APM

Tony Bobadilla, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Work, and Dr. Gil, “Experiencias De Padres Latinos con Adolescentes con Trastorno Del Espectro Autista (TEA).” Leading Critical Conversations: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. https://www.cswe.org/Events-Meetings/2020-APM

Alegnta Shibikom, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Work, and Dr. Bobadilla,  “Financial Knowledge, Financial Inclusion, and Household Financial Practices among Low-Income Families.” Leading Critical Conversations: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion https://www.cswe.org/Events-Meetings/2020-APM

Other Worden presentations:

Dr. Shibikom and Dr. Bobadilla, T., “Financial Capability and Parent’s Involvement In Children’s Education In Low-Income Families. A Vision for the Future: Maximizing Social Impact.” The Network for Social Work Management. 2020 Annual Management Conference. https://socialworkmanager.org/programs/annual-management-conference/

Kathy Phoenix, LCSW, Assistant Clinical Professor of Social Work, “Depression and Anxiety in Older Adults.” OASIS – San Antonio, Texas. 

Worden faculty publications:

Erika Hildebrandt, doctoral student, R.J. Gomez, and Dr. Shibikom, (In press): “Addressing Poverty And Child Welfare Through Early Intervention: Project LAUNCH.” Child Welfare Journal.

Dr. Shibikom, “Affordable Care Act: Implications for Recent Permanent Residents.” Journal of Health Science Education 4(4), 1–5. 

Aimee Villarreal, PhD, Associate Professor of Mexican American Studies, was selected by the Secretary of Education of New Mexico to serve on a committee of scholars who will be redesigning the K-12 Social Studies Standards.

Her animated documentary, “Frontera! Revolt and Rebellion on the Rio Grande,” won the Virginia Dares Cinematic Arts award for decolonizing/re-indigenizing media. The film is also being featured on the Southwest Association of Indian Arts website as part of their winter market and Native Storytelling programing.

Deadline for marketing project requests

To ensure all projects for the end of the semester are completed in a timely manner, the last day to submit projects to the Marketing and Communications Office is Friday, Dec. 11. This includes ecards, evites, programs, fliers and any other print or digital items.

To submit a request, email mcwebrequest@ollusa.edu.

Employee comings and going

The following employees recently joined the OLLU community:

  • Eliel Israel — Police Officer
  • Patrick Torres — Interim Head Cross-Country and Track and Field Coach 
  • Reynaldo Castilleja — McNair Scholars Project Coordinator
  • Abigail Garcia — Assistant Athletic Trainer
  • Joe Palomo — Police Officer


Thank you to the following for their service at OLLU:

  • Charles Burns — Stea2m Project/Academic Manager
  • Jessica Torres — Undergraduate Senior Adm. Counselor/Events Coord.
  • Francisco Soto — Police Officer
  • Patricia Estopier — Printer and Copy Service Specialist
  • Alan Perez-Navejar — Police Officer
  • Younne Reid — Head Cross-Country and Track and Field Coach
  • Jeremy Flores — Assistant Baseball Coach
  • Kimberly Cabello — Police Officer

Employee Town Hall meeting set for Dec. 8

A virtual Town Hall meeting for OLLU employees is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. 

During this time, OLLU administrators will share updates and answer questions. While questions may be submitted during the Town Hall meeting, employees are encouraged to submit questions in advance so the team can prepare.

Questions may be submitted at Online Survey Software | Qualtrics Survey Solutions 

Login information can be accessed at:

https://ollusa.sharepoint.com/sites/AdministrationDivision/SitePages/Staff-Town-Hall-Webex-information.aspx

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