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Professor Winstead directing, serving as panelist during Sterling Houston Festival

Antoinette Winstead, MFA, professor of Drama and Mass Communication, will direct a play and serve as a panelist during the Sterling Houston Festival which will run June 4-19 at various locations around San Antonio.

Sterling Houston (1945-2006) was a beloved San Antonio playwright, actor, author and musician. The Sterling Houston Festival honors his life and legacy. Professor Winstead will direct a production of “Black Lily and White Lily,” one of Houston’s short plays examining racial and social inequities in the 1950s. The performance will take place June 4 at 7 p.m. at the Carver Community Cultural Center.

Professor Winstead also will serve as a panelist exploring the significance and impact of Houston and his body of work. It will take place June 9 at 7 p.m. at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.

For information on all the festival events, visit

Professors presented study on Servant Leadership and Burnout

Esther Gergen, PhD, Professor of Leadership Studies, and April Martin, PhD, a Leadership Studies alumna, presented a study on Servant Leadership and Burnout in Healthcare Professionals last week at the 2022 International Leadership Healthcare Conference.

The study and associated paper was authored in collaboration with Mark Green, PhD, and Yu Sun, PhD, professors of Leadership Studies.

Fiscal year-end deadlines approach

It’s time to start considering and planning the University’s Fiscal Year-End, May 31. Please review your budget requirements now:

  • All merchandise MUST BE received before Friday May 20 to ensure that the invoice will have a May date.
  • Accounts payable will process invoices with a May date up until June 3. Please forward purchase orders and/or invoices by this date.
  • After June 3, any invoices with a May date will be processed against the 2023 Fiscal Year Budget.
  • Any invoices with a June date for products ordered in May will be paid out of the 2023 Fiscal Year budget.

Faculty and staff recognized during appreciation dinner

The university congratulates winners of the faculty and staff awards that were presented during this year’s Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dinner held on April 20.

The awards and winners are:

Staff Awards

Robert Davis Award for Service to Students – Naya Willridge

Robert Davis Award for Community Building – Kate Solis

Rose Mary Saenz Award for Staff Excellence – Madi Taber

Rosy Mary Saenz Award for Customer Service – Vanessa Meador

Faculty Awards

Francine Fleming Endowed Award for Teaching Excellence – Wallis Sanborn, PhD

2021-2022 Moody Professor – Aimee Villarreal, PhD

Agnes M. (Lehman) Gloyna Faculty Award for Technological Innovation in Teaching and Learning – Kathy Phoenix, DSW

Excellence in Service-Learning Faculty Award – Carol Rownd, PhD

1895 Commemorative Award for Faculty Excellence – Maribel Lárraga, PhD

Stell-Ball Award – Valerie Martinez, PhD

University Awards

Sister Jane Ann Slater Leadership Award for Faculty – Wallis Sanborn, PhD

Sister Jane Ann Slater Leadership Award for Staff – Kirsten Komara, PhD

Passing on Moye’s Legacy University Award – Moses Porras

OLLU Cinco de Mayo ‘pre’ celebration’ set for Wednesday

All faculty and staff are invited to the Cinco de Mayo ‘pre’ celebration festivities on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. in the Mall area as part of the OLLU Wings Up Employee Giving campaign.

Participants can enjoy churros from Churro Star (*first 50 attendees), exclusive drawings, giveaways and more!

All are encouraged to bring their phone so they can scan the QR code and show their support for OLLU students by donating to the OLLU Annual Fund or the OLLU Student Emergency Fund. Participants may also wish to make their contribution through Payroll Deduction. Each gift, no matter the size, makes a powerful impact on students, unites the community and strengthens OLLU’s legacy!

Help OLLU reach their employee-participation goal of 125. Gifts of any size to any program during the fiscal year (June 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022) qualify for membership in the OLLU Wings Up Employee Giving Society.

  • Thanks to those who have previously made a gift to OLLU this fiscal year!

Summer hours begin May 16

Summer hours will begin Monday, May 16, and will continue through Friday, Aug. 5. 

Official university summer office hours will be Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-noon.

Full-time employees are expected to work a nine-hour day, Monday-Thursday and a four-hour day on Friday. Staff who normally work Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., are permitted to leave on Friday at noon. All full-time employees will work 40 hours every week and are required to take a minimum of 30 minutes for lunch.

Examples of some summer scheduling hours include:

·      7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday, with an hour for lunch, and 8 a.m.-noon on Friday (or any combination to equal four hours: however, the office will be open 8:30 a.m.-noon).

·      8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday, with 30 minutes for lunch, and 8 a.m.-noon on Friday.

·      8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday, with an hour for lunch, and 8 a.m.-noon on Friday.

The various combinations of flexible schedules listed above are permitted as long as the office has staff employee coverage from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8:30 a.m.-noon on Fridays. Know that the actual schedule for each employee requires the approval of the supervisor. Additionally, some departments will not follow the summer schedule as necessary coverage is required after normal business hours.

Summer hour exceptions

The following departments are the exception to the Summer Hours Policy. They will be open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., during the summer.

Undergraduate Admissions Office

Graduate Admissions Office

Registrar’s Office

Financial Aid Office

Student Business Office

The following are exceptions to the above summer hours schedule:

  • The week of May 30-June 3 – since the university will be closed Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day, the university will be open regular hours Tuesday, May 31-Friday, June 3 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.).
  • The week of June 20-24 – since the university closed Monday, June 20 in observance of the Juneteenth holiday, the university will be open regular hours Tuesday, June 21  – Friday, June 24 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.). 
  • The week of July 4-8 –  since the university will be closed Monday, July 4, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday, the university will be open regular hours Tuesday, July 5  – Friday, July 8 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.). 

*Other exceptions are Lake Days scheduled for the summer. Lake Days will continue as scheduled and offices associated with Lake Days will remain open after noon if those days fall on a Friday. The rest of the university offices will close as scheduled.

Mobile mammogram clinic coming to OLLU April 26

A mobile mammogram clinic will come to OLLU on April 26 from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. for women who have not had a mammogram in the past year.

Screenings will take 15 to 20 minutes. 

To facilitate safe, social distancing requirements, all patients must register for appointments online. 

To register, go to and click APPOINTMENT and complete the form. University Health will contact your insurance company for certification. The radiology department will call you within three-five business days to verify available appointment times. 

For more information, see the flyer below: 

Inaugural Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity to be held Thursday

The Inaugural Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity will take place on Thursday, from 4:30-6 p.m. on the third floor of the Sueltenfuss Library.

The event will honor those who continued with research projects, publication, grant-writing, and creative endeavors during the pandemic.

The event will be a chance to celebrate the conclusion of the reaffirmation of accreditation visit by SACSCOC, hear 3-minute presentations by colleagues and enjoy a festive atmosphere with appetizers and refreshments.

End of Year Appreciation dinner and faculty, staff awards set for April 20

The End of Year Appreciation dinner and annual faculty and staff awards will be held at 6 p.m. on April 20 in Chapel Auditorium.

The evening will begin with a reception at 5:15 p.m. The dinner and awards presentation will follow at 6 p.m. The event will be an opportunity for President Diane Melby, EDd, and the Board of Trustees to thank faculty and staff for their extraordinary service during a very challenging year.

The dress code is business casual and this is an adults-only event. There is no cost to attend.

RSVP by April 4 at

For those without computer access, RSVP forms will be placed in the staff lounge. Please complete and return them to Ida Perez in Moye Hall, Office 109.

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