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Five students receive President’s Volunteer Service Award

The OLLU Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism (CSLV) is pleased to announce that the President’s Volunteer Service Award has been awarded to five students who completed at least 100 hours of community service within the 2021-2022 academic school year.

The purpose of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a White House initiative, is to motivate Americans to reach out to their community and dedicate their time to transforming society into a more stable environment.

The following recipients have earned the award in the 2021-2022 academic year:

  • Elia Cervantes has earned the bronze award for the 2021-2022 academic school year. So far, she has completed 230.50 hours of community service as an undergraduate at OLLU. She is scheduled to graduate in December 2022 with a bachelor’s in Psychology.
  • Junior Communication Science and Disorders major Mayra Cabrera has earned the bronze award for the 2021-2022 academic school year. So far, she has completed 149.25 hours of community service as an undergraduate at OLLU.
  • Jessica Garcia has earned the bronze award for the 2021-2022 academic school year. So far, she has completed 202.75 hours of community service as an undergraduate at OLLU. She is scheduled to graduate in December 2022 with a bachelor’s in Psychology.
  • Doctoral student Lydia Hamner (MS 2019) has earned her fourth award. She won her first in 2017-2018, her second in 2019-2020, her third in 2020-2021 and her fourth in 2021-2022. She has completed 661 hours of community service as an OLLU graduate student and has a master’s in Organizational Leadership. She is scheduled to graduate in May 2023 with a PhD in Leadership Studies.
  • Alumna Samantha Vasquez has earned the bronze award for the 2021-2022 academic school year. She completed 144.25 hours of community service as an undergraduate at OLLU. She graduated in May 2022 with a bachelor’s in Biology.

To learn more about the President’s Volunteer Service Award, visit the OLLU Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism located in Worden Building, Room 23, Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. You may also call 210-431-3990 or email cslv@ollusa.edu.

Elia Cervantes and Jessica Garcia are two of this year’s President’s Volunteer Service Award recipients.

History, Theology and Spiritual Action capstones to be presented Thursday

The History and Theology and Spiritual Action programs are partnering to present an array of senior capstone projects on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in Main Building, Room 220.

Chartwells will provide snacks during the one-hour presentation.

To watch virtually, click on the link below:

https://ollusa.webex.com/ollusa/j.php?MTID=m3613244b760138d3d0809d3509cab106

For questions, contact Dr. Valerie A. Martinez at vamartinez@ollusa.edu or Dr. Jacob Friesenhahn at jhfriesenhahn@ollusa.edu

Doctoral student serves on panel exploring ‘The Future of Rural Texas’

OLLU doctoral student Judith Canales recently participated on a panel for the Texas Tribune’s “Future of Rural Texas” event held Nov. 17-18 at Texas Tech University.

Canales, who is part of the PhD in Leadership Studies program on the San Antonio campus, is the executive director of the Eagle Pass Maverick County Economic Development Alliance. She participated in a session on the Rural Economy. She joined 30 other speakers to discuss the intersection of rural Texas and health care, economic development, publish and higher education and broadband access.

The event was presented in-person and online and featured leaders from rural communities and from around the state tackling matters of importance to the more than three million citizens living in rural Texas communities.

Senior capstone presentations set for this week

Biliterate Certificate Program senior presentations will be held today, Wednesday and Friday from 12:30-1:35 p.m. in Main Building, Room 225. Presentations will be in Spanish.

Presenting today will be Juan J. Ramirez (Biology and Psychology), Regina Velasquez (Communication Sciences and Disorders) and Selene Macías (Psychology). On Wednesday, the presenters will be Brianda G. Zárate (Sociology) and Marian Zárate (Criminology and Criminal Justice).

The presenter on Friday will be Amanda García (Social Service-Social Work).

For more information, contact Professor Maribel Lárraga at mlarraga@ollusa.edu

StudyCon set for Wednesday

StudyCon offers students a holistic approach to preparing for exams by providing services and strategies for intellectual, emotional, and spiritual growth. It includes massage therapy, emotional support dogs, yoga, meditation, art, music, prayer, food, and games, as well as interactive study tip sessions, wellness sessions, tutoring in math, statistics, accounting, and science, writing consulting, mental health support, and a prayer wall.

StudyCon will be held on Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. on the first floor of the Sueltenfuss Library.

Pizza, tea, coffee and snacks will be provided.

To register, use the QR code in the attachment below.

For more information, email: writing@ollunewsletter1895

Ten PsyD students presented at national conference

Ten Counseling Psychology doctoral students from the Latina/o class of Ezequiel Peña, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, presented at the National Latinx Psychological Association’s (NLPA) 2022 conference in Denver, Colorado, in late October.

The student presenters were: Grace Ancira, Alyssa Arredondo, Jovanna Chavez, Marissa Collier, Olivia Hinojosa, Andrea Nava Quintero, Mayra Perez, Amanda Vega, Kelsey Tovar, and Kendalle Wexler. Dr. Peña also organized a symposium session with three colleagues, Drs. Carlos Ramos, Adriana Gil-Wilkerson, and Julian Crespo, in the Marriage and Family Therapy program. 

The National Latinx Psychological Association is the foremost national association dedicated to advancing Latinx psychology in the U.S. NLPA’s mission is “to create a supportive professional community that advances psychological education and training, science, practice, and organizational change to enhance the health, mental health, and well-being of Hispanic/Latinx populations.” https://www.nlpa.ws/ 

Each peer-reviewed symposium session, listed below, included three to four individual presentations. The symposium presentations:  

Arredondo, A., Perez, M.I., Wexler, K.C., Nava Quintero, A., & Peña, E. (2022, October 20-22). Social constructions of love and marriage: Strengths-based approaches to therapy with diverse Latinx couples [Symposium session]. National Latinx Psychological Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO, United States.  

Vega, A., Tovar, K., Hinojosa, O., & Peña, E. (2022, October 20-22). Salud integrada para todxs: Culturally-attuned approaches to expanding access to mental health services for diverse Latinx communities [Symposium session]. National Latinx Psychological Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO, United States.  

Ancira, G., Chavez, J., & Collier, M. (2022, October 20-22). Concientización de femicidio: Transnational experiences and strengths-based interventions of Latinas vulnerable to femicide [Roundtable session]. National Latinx Psychological Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO, United States.  

Peña, E., Ramos, C.A., Gil-Wilkerson, A., & Crespo, J.F. (2022, October 20-22). Integrative approaches to Latinx psychology: The use of narrative, testimonio, and other literary devices in training Spanish-English bilingual therapists [Symposium Session]. National Latinx Psychological Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO, United States. 

Criminology and Criminal Justice students finish second at CSI competition

OLLU Criminology and Criminal Justice students took home second place at the Crime Scene Investigation competition at the Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice Conference in Austin on Oct. 19. 

The students narrowly missed first place by five points. The following Criminology and Criminal Justice students were awarded their plaque at the closing award ceremonies on Oct. 20: Chloe Felices-Perrier, Ashley Morehead, Arielle Soto, and Naomi Casanova.

Also at the conference, OLLU Criminology and Criminal Justice students co-authored a poster presentation with Dr. Harrison Watts. It was titled Best Practices of Criminal Justice Student Groups: Advice from the 2020 ACJS Student Group of the Year. Students presenting included Mia Ortiz, Nailea Rodriguez, Chloe Felices-Perrier, and Rylie Ruiz.

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