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First PhD Social Work cohort begins

Twelve pioneers are paving the way as the first PhD cohort in the Worden School of Social Service at Our Lady of the Lake University. The new online PhD program was launched on June 3, 2019, with a mission to prepare scholars for service within minority serving institutions. The doctoral students are engaged in a two-week, summer residency on campus with their peers and PhD faculty members.

Standing from left to right: Rita, Ruelas from El Paso, Texas; Tyleen Caffrey from Clovis, New Mexico; Erica Martinez from San Antonio, Texas; Jennifer Vasquez from Austin, Texas; Ramon Coronado from Walnut, California; Franzcesca Guidry-Jackson from San Antonio, Texas; Erika Hildebrandt from Omaha, Nebraska; Shanee Howell from Winston Salem, North Carolina; and Crystal Garcia from Portland, Texas.
Sitting from left to right: LaToya Gaines-Plunkett from Blythewood, South Carolina; April Viverette from Katy, Texas; Dr. Rebecca Gomez, PhD program pirector; Dr. Mo Cuevas, dean of the College of Professional Studies; Dr. Karina Gil, director of the Worden School of Social Service; Dr. Alegnta Shibikom, assistant professor; and Nadia Moreno from Alice, Texas.

OLLU students named Charles Butt Scholars

Twelve students and aspiring teachers have been named Charles Butt Scholars and will receive a combined $96,000 in scholarships from the Raise Your Hand Foundation.

Eight recipients are seeking elementary teacher certification: freshman Carla Velarde; sophomores Julieanna Lunam and Rebekah Wynn; juniors Shemetra McGee and Jose Neri; and seniors Brandon Abbate, Julia Lewis and Rosalinda Balderas.

Three recipients are seeking secondary certification: seniors Jacqueline Ojeda, Steven Kramm and Stephanie Esparza. Freshman Lindsey Broussard is pursuing all level art certification.

The students are committed to teaching in Title I Texas public schools or in hard-to-fill subject areas. Each will receive an $8,000 scholarship along with training, mentorship and networking opportunities through the foundation.

“Our scholarship winners completed a rigorous application and interview process,” said Alycia Maurer, PhD, assistant professor of Education and Education Department Chair. “They were selected based on their leadership, collaboration, teaching demonstration and a profound commitment to working with diverse learners in diverse schools.”

Last year, seven OLLU students received the Charles Butt Scholarship. Now in its second year, the financial award is part of the Raising Texas Teachers initiative, a 10-year, $50 million project designed to support university-based teacher preparation programs and inspire top students to pursue teaching.

Of the 10 participating schools in the program, six were public, four were private. OLLU had the most scholarship recipients among private schools — and the most of any school in San Antonio.

McNair Scholars Program kicks off summer research

The McNair Scholars Summer Research Institute kicked off last week. During the summer, undergraduate scholars from diverse disciplines immerse themselves in academic discourse, research and graduate school prep. At the end of the eight-week program, scholars will share their work at various undergraduate research conferences at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Buffalo.

Students win money to start their own businesses through Entrepreneurship Challenge

OLLU students participated in the Capital One Entrepreneurship Challenge in which students present business plans to a panel of judges to win seed money to start their own businesses.

The following students won seed money:

  • 1st place – Hadasa Obregon – $5,000 award
  • 2nd place – Julia McClure – $3,500 award
  • 3rd place – James Halpin – $2,000 award
  • 4th place – Kathrine Castillo – $1,000 award
  • 5th place – Adrian Delgado – $1,000 award

The business plans were judged by Larry Anthis, Capital One Senior Vice President, and OLLU professors Alicia Tafoya and Ronald Crowe

The OLLU School of Business and Leadership has been participating in the Entrepreneurship Challenge since 2012.

CISS students attend collegiate conference

Three Computer Information Systems and Security (CISS) students and members of the CyberSaints student organization attended the United States Information Technology Collegiate Conference (USITCC) in Galveston Island on April 4-6. During this event Angel Tafolla earned the Information Systems Analyst and Certified Cybersecurity Professional certifications and Victoria Robledo earned the Information Systems Analyst certification. The students were accompanied by Dr. Vanessa Clark.

Two CISS students awarded scholarships

Two Computer Information Systems and Security (CISS) students, senior Angel Tafolla and graduate student Alphonso Carrasco, were awarded the 2019 CompTIA AITP San Antonio James A. Herriot Memorial Scholarship. They received their awards during the spring 2019 awards recognition banquet held on April 25.

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