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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.

Spring and summer 2019 Dean’s List announced

Students who have maintained a grade point average of at least 3.75 during the 2019 spring and summer semesters have been named to the Dean’s List. Those students are eligible to attend the Dean’s List reception, which will take place on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in Chapel Auditorium.

Recipients who wish to attend the reception should RSVP with the Student Affairs Office. There is a limit of two guests per honoree. The dress code for the event is business casual.

View Dean’s List here.

Fall 2019 TEACH session for Teacher Education Students

There will be a TEACH information session tomorrow from 12:30-1:30 p.m., in Main Building, Room 311A. The information session is open to students interested in becoming certified Texas teachers. The session is mandatory for students who apply for the education program in fall 2019 and for students who are entering block courses.

Those who are interested in attending the session should RSVP to or on the sign-up sheet located outside of Moye Hall, Room 312.

View TEACH flier.

2019-2020 student handbook now available

Our Lady of the Lake University’s Student Handbook contains established standards for conduct, policies and procedures designed to build a strong transparent, collaborative, ethical and just community of learners. Students are responsible for knowing and abiding by the information contained in this Handbook. Students can view and download the current student handbook here.

For more information, contact the Student Affairs Division at 210-431-3954 or visit the office located in Providence Hall, Room 104.

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.

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