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Incoming freshman earns $10,000 scholarship from MAUC, OLLU

Recent Memorial High School graduate Jasmine Huerta is headed to OLLU with a double scholarship award.

Huerta received a $5,000 Spirit of Education Scholarship Wednesday night from the Mexican American Unity Council (MAUC) at the nonprofit’s annual awards dinner. OLLU will match the amount, bringing Huerta’s award to $10,000.

“I will be able to get my bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s in Social Work from my first choice for college,” Huerta said at the MAUC Center Community Room. “I want to return to my community (after college) and teach courses in middle school. I want to stand before my students and tell them that I faced the same struggles they have and that I overcame them. I want to be able to help children discover themselves.”

One of eight Class of 2018 Spirit of Education award recipients, Huerta won The Silvano and Nicolasa Garza Scholarship. Since 2005, MAUC has awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships to more than 50 students, some of whom have earned degrees from OLLU.

An accomplished student who excelled in Advanced Placement courses at Memorial, Huerta expressed gratitude for her scholarship.

“I hesitated to even apply,” she said. “I cannot express how grateful I am for this scholarship. Without it, I would still be worrying about how I would pay for college.”

Six OLLU students awarded Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers

The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation announced that six OLLU students are among the 100 recipients of the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers.

The inaugural cohort was chosen from a pool of 350 candidates through a competitive selection process, which included a written application, interviews, group activities and a teaching demonstration. All scholars are committed to teaching in high-needs Texas public schools or in hard-to-fill subject areas. They will receive an $8,000 scholarship each year, as well as ongoing training, mentorship and networking opportunities facilitated by the Foundation.

The scholars attending OLLU are:
Lilizareth Norena – incoming freshman
Kimberlee Flores – incoming freshman
Alexandria Moreno – senior
Valerie Cervantes – junior
Shakira Sandoval – incoming freshman
Dezarae Mata – incoming freshman

Students participated in ‘Walking with the Poor’ internship

The Division of Mission and Ministry received a $10,000 grant from the Congregation of the Mission Western Province to connect first generation college students advocating for the poor and to experience the impact of Saint Vincent de Paul on the world.

Eleven students participated in the program during the spring 2018 semester. Those students are:

  • Chan’Cellare Makanjuola
  • Alyssah Gonzalez
  • Erica Barrera
  • Ana Trevizo
  • Michelle Lizette
  • Jessica Pruneda
  • Pamela Payne
  • Alexis Medrano
  • Angelica Lezo
  • Leslie Hernandez

The 11 students worked alongside the Daughters of Charity in San Antonio’s poorest neighborhoods, both in economic resources and in education. The Daughters of Charity’s neighborhood-based program in south San Antonio, where the students served, has a strong holistic orientation and considers participation and empowerment as an integral dimension of service delivery. Students also served with the Daughters of Charity in offering hospitality and hope to the refugees released from the Dilley Detention Center at the San Antonio Greyhound station.

Sigma Delta Pi inducts new members for spring 2018

The following students were inducted into Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Spanish Honor Society, during its spring 2018 induction ceremony:

  • Daniel Arroyo
  • Erica Barrera
  • Dania Garza
  • Celeste Hernández
  • Dora Magallanes
  • Rubí Velázquez-Santana

Dr. Maribel Lárraga, professor of Spanish, serves as the faculty adviser for OLLU’s Chapter Xi Upsilon.

Health Insurance waiver open for 2018-2019 academic year

All OLLU students enrolled in seven or more credit hours are required to maintain health insurance for the 2018-2019 academic year. The health insurance policy must be a hospitalization, illness and accident policy.

Note: This requirement does not apply to students enrolled in 100 percent online classes.

All international students are required to maintain the OLLU Health Insurance provided by Consolidated Health Plan. Per Our Lady of the Lake University Policy, international students are not allowed to waive coverage.

Students who wish to waive the health insurance provided by Consolidated Health Plans can begin the process 24 hours after registering for classes. To begin the process:

  • Visit
  • Search for Our Lady of the Lake
    • Once selected, the OLLU specific page will appear with available options
  • Students will be asked to provide current insurance information to ensure it meets minimum requirements for health insurance.

The policy for the 2018-2019 academic year begins Aug. 1, 2018.

Cost of the plan:

  • Fall semester: Aug. 1, 2018 -Jan. 8, 2019 – $628
  • Spring/summer semesters: Jan. 9, 2019 – July 31, 2019 – $797

If the waiver is approved, the fee will be removed from the student’s bill.

For more information, contact Paul Fisher at 210-861-8696.

OLLU students recognized at Intercollegiate Campus Ministers Awards Banquet

The San Antonio Archdiocese Intercollegiate Campus Ministers Team honored three Our Lady of the Lake students at its annual awards ceremony held on April 11.

Receiving the Outstanding Newmanite Award were Victoria M. Robledo, a computer information systems and security major, and Marissa Gutierrez, a biology major. The awards are given to students who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the work of their campus’s ministry office.

Music major Israel Salgado received the De Corazon A Corazon Award (Heart Speaks to Heart Award). This accolade honors those students whose work of forming consciences goes “above and beyond the call of duty” and extends into local parishes, the San Antonio community and beyond.

OLLU’s Director of University Ministry, Creighton Chandler, presented the awards for the three OLLU recipients along with Sr. Patti Lohre, IWBS, OLLU’s University Minister.

“It is truly a privilege to have Victoria, Marissa, and Israel as part of our team of Student Ministers. Each is a wonderful ambassador of what our work at University Ministry is all about—the cultivation of people’s talents in the sacred service of living toward a greater good,” said Creighton. “I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

Schedule for Leadership Studies doctoral dissertation defenses

Leadership Studies doctoral students will be defending their dissertations on the following dates and times:

San Antonio campus:

  • Monica Ayala – April 24, 2018 – 4 p.m. – Main Building, Room 311A
    “Examining the Relationship Between the Emotional Intelligence of a Principal as Perceived by Teachers and the Teachers’ Organizational Commitment”
  • Rodney Rodriguez – April 25, 2018 – 10 a.m. – Main Building, Room 311B
    “The Relationship Between the Followers’ Perceptions of the Leaders’ Leadership Style and Job Satisfaction in South Texas Community Colleges”
  • Tozi Gutierrez – April 25, 2018 – 2 p.m. – Main Building, Room 311B
    “A Study On Relationship Quality (LMX): Online Students’ Perceptions of Instructors as Leaders in Predicting Student Engagement (SEEQ) and Satisfaction”
  • Deborah Trevino – April 26, 2018 – 11 a.m. – Main Building, Room 311A
    “Is There a Relationship Between the Follower’s Perceptions of the Community College Dean’s Authentic Leadership Style and Leader Effectiveness, Follower Extra Effort and with the Leader Satisfaction?”

Houston campus:

  • Tricia Phillips – April 18 – 10 a.m. – Houston campus
    “An Assessment of Leadership Style as Perceived by Followers When Considering Leader Integrity and Employee Attitudes Toward Whistleblowing”
  • Felicia Nichols – April 24 – 10 a.m. – Houston campus
    “Exploring the Relationship Between Principals’ Leadership Style and Teachers’ Job Satisfaction in the Public School Setting”

Rio Grande Valley campus:

  • Laura Castillo – April 24 -1 p.m. – RGV campus
    “Exploring the Relationship Between Leadership Style and Job Satisfaction of Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP) Employment Providers”
  • Irma Pye Gavito – April 26 – 3 p.m. – RGV campus
    “A Study of the Conflict Styles of Nurse leaders and the Influence of these Styles on Disruptive Behavior”

Students participate in 2018 vOLLUnteer Impact

Over the weekend, approximately 85 students participated in the OLLU vOLLUnteer Unity Council’s (VUC) vOLLUnteer Impact Day. Volunteers were divided up to help at several nonprofit agencies: American Sunrise, Guadalupe Community Center, St. P.J.’s and San Antonio Youth Literacy.

For more information, or to participate in future volunteer projects, visit the Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism (CSLV) in Worden School, Room 23.

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