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Professor Quintanilla awarded $10k arts grant

The Luminaria Arts Foundation has awarded a $10,000 literary arts grant to Octavio Quintanilla, PhD, former San Antonio Poet Laureate and OLLU associate professor of English, Mass Communication and Drama.

Dr. Quintanilla is one of six recipients of the Luminaria Arts Foundation grant, which will be used to create new work. He said he will use the money to complete a book.

“I want to thank my family, my friends and my colleagues at OLLU, who always believe in my work,” Dr. Quintanilla said.

Virtual town hall meeting set for June 2

There will be a virtual town hall meeting for employees on Tuesday, June 2 at 1 p.m. During this time, President Diane E. Melby, EdD and OLLU administrators will share updates and answer questions. The team will take questions during the town hall, but employees are encouraged to submit questions beforehand so the team can better prepare.

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Plans formulating for return to campus

The following is an update for the OLLU community on plans for reopening the three campuses. As relayed in April, OLLU campuses will be closed through May 29. The university is extending that closure and asking for employees who are currently working remotely to continue to do so. In the coming weeks, a more detailed plan will be presented that outlines the steps the university will take to fully reopen. A three-phase plan for returning to campus operations is being formulated. While a start date for phase one has not yet been selected, one is expected by early June.

Phase One: Voluntary

Phase one of the plan will bring back about 15% of employees who wish to return to campus to perform their duties. There will continue to be the opportunity for employees to visit campus on an as-needed basis, as well. Information on how to volunteer to be part of phase one will be provided soon.

Employees returning to campus will take part in a screening process before proceeding to their workspaces. In addition, kits with supplies to help maintain clean workspaces will be provided to each employee. Finally, social distancing rules will be observed.

Each of the phases are designed to prepare the university community for returning to campus in the fall. Additional details will be provided for each of the phases as they are finalized.

Faculty and staff awards announced

Thirteen winners of the 2020 Faculty and Staff Awards were announced during a virtual presentation last Wednesday. The event was hosted by George A. Williams Jr., PhD, Vice President for Student Affairs, and remarks were given by Diane E. Melby, EdD, President, and Paul Olivier, Chairman of the OLLU Board of Trustees.

The winners, in order of presentation, are listed below: 

Stell-Ball Award: Charles Smith

Robert Davis Award for Service to Students: Marsha Eldridge

1895 Commemorative Award for Faculty Excellence: Adriana Garcia

Robert Davis Award for Community Building: Mary Scotka

Excellence in Service-Learning Faculty Award: Maribel Larraga

Rosemary Saenz Award for Staff Excellence: Maria “Bonnie” Becerra

Agnes Gloyna Faculty Award for Technological Innovation in Teaching and Learning: Stephanie Gabel-Zepeda

Rosemary Saenz Award for Customer Service: Randall Jacobs

2020-2021 Moody Professor: Reza Maihami

The Sister Jane Ann Slater Leadership Award — Staff: Elizabeth “Lizard”  Longoria

The Sister Jane Ann Slater Leadership Award — Faculty: Jane Grovijahn

Francine Fleming Endowed Award for Teaching Excellence: Vanessa Garza Clark

Passing on Moye’s Legacy Award: Moses Porras

Employee Comings and Goings — May 11, 2020

The following employees recently joined the OLLU community:

  • Crystal Brock — Head Coach for Cheer and Dance
  • Tomas Rodriguez — Police Officer

Thank you to the following for their service at OLLU: 

  • John Sanchez — Director of Advancement Services
  • Mario Porter — Student Services Coordinator
  • Tania Martinez — Executive Assistant
  • Stephen Sherman — Head Coach for Cross-Country/Track and Field / Asstistant Athletic Director
  • Manuel Camacho Jr. — Police Officer
  • Juan Trejo — Police Officer
  • Marquita Eldridge — Communications Manager
  • Cynthia Medina — Custodian
  • Terry Smith — Assistant Coach for Cross Country/Track and Field

Title IX Office seeks faculty, staff to become OLLU Parent Ambassadors

The Title IX Office is seeking faculty and staff interested in supporting student and employee parents as OLLU Parent Ambassadors.

OLLU Parent Ambassadors are professors and staff members willing to share a wide range of parenting experiences with other university parents. Ambassadors share their experiences in several areas, including pregnancy/postpartum, parenting through school, parenting children with disabilities and special needs, lactation/breastfeeding, foster care and domestic adoption and international adoption.
OLLU Parent Ambassadors make themselves available to discuss these issues and identify OLLU policies, community resources and other programs to support OLLU parents.

Those interested in volunteering as an OLLU Parent Ambassador for the 2020-2021 academic year should fill out the Parent Ambassador Sign Up Form by May 30.

For more information about pregnancy and parenting at OLLU, visit the Compliance SharePoint site:

For questions, contact Title IX Coordinator Nicole Monsibais at

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