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Student health insurance waiver for spring and summer 2019 now available

The student health insurance waiver for spring and summer 2019 is now available. The waiver will open until Jan. 28, 2019. Students must be registered for at least seven hours to begin the process.

All students enrolled in seven or more semester hours are automatically billed for health insurance. Students who currently have health insurance, or are on their parent’s health insurance, have the opportunity to submit a waiver to have the fee removed from their bill. Per OLLU policy, international students are not allowed to waive coverage. The health insurance requirement does not apply to students enrolled in 100 percent online classes.

Note: Students who completed a waiver in fall 2018 do not need to complete another waiver.

To begin the process:

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

Once the waiver is approved, the Student Business Office will remove the fee from the student’s bill. This may take up to five business days.

For more information, contact Julie Kneupper in Health Services at 210-431-3919. For more detailed information about the policy, contact Paul Fisher 210-861-8696.

Students must provide consent to receive 1098-T electronically by Jan. 1, 2019

OLLU works with the vendor Heartland ECSI to provide students with the Tuition Statement Form 1098-T for their taxes. Heartland ECSI will distribute the 1098-T forms in January. To receive the form electronically, students must give consent before Jan. 1, 2019.

If electronic consent is not received by Jan. 1, 2019, the 1098-T will be mailed to the address students have on file. To avoid delays in delivery of the form, students are encouraged to check their address in WebAdvisor, which can be accessed through the myOLLU portal. If the address needs to be updated, click on “Update Address” to submit the most current mailing address.

To provide consent, visit

Additional information
Students will receive future notification when the 1098-T forms are available and published in January 2019. For general information about form 1098-T tax documents, Frequently Asked Questions about the 1098-T, or to obtain contact information for Heartland ECSI, visit

For more information, contact Jasmine Brown, OLLU accountant, at 210-431-4079 or email

CISS students compete during regional conference

Twelve students from the CyberSaints student organization competed in the United States Information Technology Collegiate Conference (USITCC) South Central Region meeting in Amarillo, Texas, in October. The results are as follows:

  • OLLU team that included Angel Tafolla and Zachary Muha earned third place in the Cybersecurity Competition
  • Ryan Mize earned Honorable Mention in the Cybersecurity Competition

The students were accompanied by Dr. Vanessa Clark, assistant professor of Computer Information Systems and Security.

Alpha Chi Honor Society holds fall 2018 induction

OLLU’s Texas Nu Chapter of Alpha Chi Honor Society recently held its fall 2018 induction ceremony.

Alpha Chi is a coeducational, academic honor society and has been present at OLLU since the organization’s inception, in 1922. Alpha Chi accepts juniors, seniors and graduate students in the top 10 percent of their class, according to their GPA.

Adriana R. Garcia, PhD, assistant professor of marketing, served as the guest speaker. Computer Information Systems and Security (CISS) major Laura Mullin-Mendoza provided the musical entertainment. Chapter president, Michelle L. Gomez, and faculty adviser, Dr. Kristina Terkun Castro, presided over the ceremony.

The following students were inducted: Maria Acosta, Kayla Barreiro, James Barrett, Humberto Becerra, Christyn Cavazos, Jasmine Durham, Ireland Garay, Jennifer Garcia, Lauren Garcia, Stephanie Garza, Monica Gillespie, Justin Glasscock, Joseph Goins, Alyssah Gonzalez, Leslie Hernandez, Jose Herrera, Stephanie Martinez, Alexis Medrano, Zachary Mucha, Carolann Null, Tricia Pina, Love Rodriguez, Mikaela Romain, Romelia Tiscareno, Josie Verdusco, Chelsea Vincent, Tiffany White and Aaron Williams.

Students compete in mock summit

Students in Dr. Leda Barnett’s Political Science 4316 class competed in the Mock Organization of American States (OAS) Summit of the Americas at Texas State University Nov. 1-3. The OLLU delegation representing Argentina included Head Delegate Stephanie Garza, Ariel Jaimes, Michael Cisneros, Eric Guevara and Rebecca Uribe. The OLLU delegation representing Bolivia included Head Delegate CJ Gaitan, Sarai Benitez, Mariana Salazar, Christyn Cavazos, and Alondra Martinez. Students prepared resolutions and a position paper on behalf of their country, and then debated with students from other universities representing the member countries of the OAS. The group was privileged to meet Maria Bertol, the Argentine Ambassador to the OAS. OLLU senior Mariana Salazar won Distinguished Resolution, a commendable accomplishment, given the volume of resolutions submitted from students from all of the participating universities. The judges commended the work of OLLU students, giving special acknowledgement to them at the awards ceremony for their performance in their first time participating.

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 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.

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