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Two-step verification implemented for changes made to payment and refund information

To ensure the security of student’s payment information, OLLU has implemented a two-step verification process within the E-Commerce system.

Effective Oct. 29, any student needing to update their user profile or refund profile will need to enroll in the two-step verification process in order to update their information.

Students will be prompted to add a backup method to verify their identity when attempting to make changes to their profile information. Once the backup method is added, students will be sent a numeric code to complete the enrollment. Once their identity is verified, they will be allowed to make changes to their profile information.

PhD candidate to present research at international conference

Ray Martinez, OLLU PhD student and Blackboard administrator, will be presenting his doctoral research at the Academy of Business Research Conference being held in San Antonio this week. Martinez’s study, “Analyzing the Relationship Between Adolescent Family Structure, Leadership Virtues, and Life Satisfaction,” investigated the effects of a single and dual-guardian adolescent family structure on self-reported leadership virtues and satisfaction with life.

The Academy of Business Research (ABR) is an international society of scholars and practitioners who exchange ideas and collaborate in a conference setting. In the last decade, ABR has had participants from all 50 states and 49 different countries.

FAFSA now open for 2019-2020 academic year

The Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) for the 2019-2020 academic year is now open. Students and families will be able to complete the FAFSA using information from their 2017 tax returns.

Now that students can apply for financial aid packages earlier, OLLU can provide financial aid notifications earlier, ensuring that students and their families have more time to prepare for education costs and provide additional time for OLLU to offer beneficial financial aid counseling.

To complete the FAFSA, visit www.fafsa.ed.gov. Use OLLU’s school code 003598 to have it sent directly to the OLLU financial aid office.

For more information, students are encouraged to visit the Financial Aid Office and speak with a counselor.

Student assists in creation of national bilingual education group handbook

Patricia Estopier, past president of the OLLU Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO), participated in a national BESO initiative to create a handbook to assist other institutes of higher education in creating their own BESO groups across the country.

Estopier worked with select BESO and Graduate Leadership Organization Bilingual Education (GLOBE) leadership in developing a handbook to encourage and support universities, bilingual education programs and student governments in the creation of new chapters.

The event took place at San Diego State University.

Political Science students participate in ‘Parliamentary Procedure’ workshop

Ten students from POLS 4316, “Globalization and Comparative Politics,” and their professor participated in the Mock Organization of American States Parliamentary Procedure Workshop at Concordia University in Austin, Texas, Sept. 21-22.

Students received training to compete with other universities in the Mock Organization of American States Summit of the Americas, which will take place Nov. 1-3. Students are serving on two teams, one representing Argentina and the other Bolivia. They will write resolutions and position papers on the rights of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers; protections for journalists and freedom of the press; hemispheric cooperation on climate change; mechanisms for creating free and fair trade; and other transnational topics.

Those participating include Dr. Leda Barnett, Christyn Cavazos, Stephanie Garza, Rebecca Uribe, Eric Guevara, Ariel Jaimes, Michael Cisneros, Sarai Benitez, CJ Gaitan, Mariana Salazar and Alondra Martinez.

Society of Grammar Gurus student organization open to students on all OLLU campuses

The Society of Grammar Gurus (SGG) organization has begun its biweekly meetings. SGG’s goal is to demystify the sometimes-intimidating world of English grammar and equip every person, of every discipline, with a basic to moderate understanding of proper English grammar. The group is unique in it is are open to all students, staff and faculty at the San Antonio, Houston and Rio Grande Valley campuses.

All meetings are held on Blackboard, so as long as someone has access to a computer and internet, they can be part of the group.

The group meets every Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. in Main Building, Room 209. Those who would like to join the meetings remotely should email SGG@ollusa.edu to be granted access to the BlackBoard classroom.

FAFSA to open Oct. 1 for 2019-2020 academic year

Beginning Oct. 1, students will be able to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) for the 2019-2020 academic year. Students and families will be able to complete the FAFSA using information from the 2017 tax returns.

Now that students can apply for financial aid packages earlier, OLLU can provide financial aid notifications earlier, ensuring that students and their families have more time to prepare for education costs and provide additional time for OLLU to offer beneficial financial aid counseling.

For more information, students are encouraged to visit the Financial Aid Office and speak with a counselor.

Student Business Office will begin issuing financial aid refunds on Sept. 12

The Student Business Office will begin processing financial aid refunds weekly after the 100 percent drop period for the 2018 fall semester. Excess funds will be disbursed within 14 days from when funds are credited to the student’s account (not when they are awarded). Students can view when their funds are posted to their account in E-commerce at any time.

All students are encouraged to set up an E-refund profile in E-Commerce to have their refund direct deposited.  Students should allow at least 24 hours for the funds to be credited to their financial institution.

Students who do not enroll in E-refund will have their refund disbursed by check and mailed to the student’s preferred mailing address as indicated in university records.

Notification via email will be sent once funds have been disbursed.

For more information, contact the Student Business Office at 210-431-3929 or at studentaccounts@ollusa.edu.

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