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Mission and Ministry seeking mentors for Theology Institute this summer

The Mission and Ministry Division is seeking 15 OLLU students to serve as mentors for the Encuentro High School Theology Institute that will take place June 11-18, 2020.

Through the institute, 25 high school students from around San Antonio will participate in workshops, activities, service and discussions to help them deepen their own faith and apply it toward challenges within their community. Mentors will help facilitate planned activities and provide logistical support throughout the week.

Benefits to mentors:

  • A $1,600 stipend will be offered to mentors upon successful completion of the institute
  • On-campus housing and food will be provided during the event
  • Opportunities to develop leadership and facilitation skills while sharing their faith

To apply, download and complete the application. Submit completed applications by Tuesday, Feb. 11, to Roxanna Chavez in the Elliott House, Room 103.

For more information, contact Roxanna Chavez at or 210-528-7171.

Student Business Office will begin issuing financial aid refunds on Jan. 24, 2020

The Student Business Office will begin processing financial aid refunds weekly after the 100-percent drop period for the 2020 spring 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 Student Finance section of Self-Service.

All students are encouraged to set up an E-Refund profile in Student Finance to have their refund direct deposited. Students should allow at least 24-48 hours depending on their financial institution for the funds to be credited.

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 will be sent via email once funds have been disbursed.

For more information, contact the Student Business Office at 210-431-3929 or

OLLU Bookstore hiring temporary retail employees for spring semester

The OLLU Bookstore is accepting applications for the spring 2020 term for temporary retail employees. Those who are interested are encouraged to visit the bookstore to receive information on the application process. 

Same day interviews will be conducted in store on Tuesday, Dec. 11 and Wednesday, Dec. 12from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. Applicants should bring their résumé and class schedule for the spring term.

Phi Alpha inducts new members for fall 2019

Phi Alpha Honor Society, the national social work honor society, inducted new members for fall 2019. Inductees include students studying social work on campus as well as online.

The Worden School of Social Service would like to thank the following for their participation in the induction ceremony, Dr. Karina Gil, director of the Worden School of Social Service, Dr. Lourdes Alvarez, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Tony Bobadilla, assistant professor and Phi Alpha faculty adviser.

OLLU students win awards at Mock Organization of American States competition

Students in Dr. Leda Barnett’s POLS 4316 course competed in the Mock Organization of American States Summit of the Americas, held Nov. 14-16 at St. Mary’s University. The students served on two delegations representing Nicaragua and Honduras. The summit included student participants from numerous universities in the Southwest and México. 

OLLU student and Political Science major Nicole Infantes won an award for distinguished resolution for her Nicaraguan resolution on youth participation in government and civics. The competition for this award was among hundreds of resolutions from many universities.

OLLU delegates Brandy Rodriguez, Letzy Nunez, Alexus Gutierrez and Rogelio Pacheco, serving on the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security, also won an award for distinguished debate. Even when their topic was not in session in the committee, they worked with other delegates to propose and edit amendments and work out differences. 

OLLU participants in the competition included Christyn Cavazos (Head Delegate for Nicaragua), CJ Gaitan (Head Delegate for Honduras), Nicole Infantes, Letzy Nunez, Rogelio Pacheco, Kayla Bolden, Brandy Rodriguez, Madaline Marquez, and Alexus Gutierrez.

Alpha Chi Honor Society announces fall 2019 inductees

OLLU’s Texas Nu Chapter of Alpha Chi Honor Society recently held its fall 2019 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 and seniors in the top 10 percent of their class, according to GPA.

Catherine Fragoso, director of Student Leadership and Development, was the guest speaker and student and CISS major Laura Mullin-Mendoza provided musical entertainment. Newly appointed chapter president, Humberto F. Becerra (Criminal Justice) and faculty adviser, Dr. Kristina Terkun Castro, presided over the ceremony.

The following students are new members:

Rosalinda Balderas

Lauren Cameron

Lauryn Castro

Valarie Cervantes

Sandra Cherucheril

Cassie Cortez

Nina Cruz

Michael Davila

Kenae Early

Alexis Elizondo

Marisol Fuentes

Richard Garcia

Vanessa Guevara

Marcelina Gutierrez

Emily Karl

April Ovalle

Olga Perez

Kathleen Saenz

Chris Silverio

FAFSA now open for 2020-2021 academic year

The Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) for the 2020-2021 academic year is now open. Students and families will be able to complete the FAFSA using information from their 2018 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.

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