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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.

Psi Chi holds 2019 induction ceremony

Psi Chi, the Psychology Honor Society recently held its spring induction ceremony. Psi Chi is an international honor society that strives to produce well-educated, ethical and socially responsible members committed to contributing to the science and profession of psychology and to society in general. More than 40 psychology majors, minors and graduate students were inducted during the ceremony.

During the ceremony, Ivan Salazar was awarded the Micheleen Barragy Outstanding Senior in Psychology Award, presented by Dr. Brenda Guerrero.

Community invited to attend Alliance Lavender graduation ceremony

The OLLU community is invited to attend the 2019 Alliance Lavender graduation ceremony. The ceremony will be held Thursday, May 2 at 6 p.m. in Providence Hall, Blue Room. This event will celebrate graduating seniors and recognize Alliance members as well as faculty members.

Those who wish to attend should RSVP by April 16 at

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