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Senior capstone presentation for Spanish program to be held Thursday

The Spanish program invites the OLLU community to the Senior Capstone presentation, “12 años de DACA: Membresía por 2 años,” on Thursday, July 15 at 1:30 p.m. in Main 225.

Spanish major Orianna Isidro will make the presentation in Spanish for SPAN 4395, a required course for all Spanish majors For questions/preguntas about the capstone presentation, contact

Star Hernandez, who is double majoring in Spanish and Mathematics, will complete the senior capstone later this month. 

In the News

On July 7, a story on KXII-TV in Denison about Grayson High School softball star Dominique Rodriguez deciding to play for OLLU:

On July 6, a story in The Record about OLLU alumna Cheryl January becoming director of the Process Technology/Instrumentation Program at Lamar State College Orange:

McNair Scholars working hard in Summer Research Institute

Fourteen OLLU McNair Scholars are conducting rigorous work during a nine-week Summer Research Institute in preparation for the McNair Undergraduate Research Conference, which will be held virtually at UCLA July 27-30.

Since June 1, Scholars have been conducting primary or secondary research on a broad range of topics, spanning from humanities to laboratory research to STEM. 

The McNair Scholars Summer Research Institute is designed to equip the scholars with academic discourse, research experience, graduate school prep, GRE readiness, cultural programming, and professional development.

The McNair Scholars are: junior English major Marissa Antu; sophomore Psychology major Miguel Barrera; junior Criminal Justice major Claudia Garcia; junior Biology major Raul Gutierrez; junior Chemical Biology major Victoria Lambert; junior Psychology major Samantha Martinez; senior Spanish and Mass Communication double major Laura Miguel; junior Marketing major Melanie Padron; senior Communication Sciences and Disorders major Geslyn Rios; senior Psychology major Monzerrath Rodriguez; junior Psychology and Social Work double major Sheccid Rosales; junior Kinesiology major Kaitlyn Salazar; sophomore Chemical Biology major Kelly Salinas; and senior History major Adriana Valdez.  

The McNair Scholars Program is currently recruiting for the 2021-2022 cohort. If you are interested in learning more, visit

Economics graduate accepted into master’s program at Texas A&M

Javier Miguel Segura

Javier Miguel Segura (BA 2021) will attend Texas A&M to pursue a Master of Public Service and Administration with a concentration in analytical methods.

A San Antonio native and a McNair Scholar at OLLU, Segura aspires to use graduate studies to serve his hometown.

“After I earn my master’s,” he said, “I hope to work in my community in San Antonio — whether in economic development or in city governance.” 

An economics major, Segura said the community and relationships he forged at OLLU prepared him for graduate school.

“I would not have been able to absorb information and learn as well as I did at OLLU had it not been for the caring professors and small class sizes that created an intimate setting for knowledge to prosper,” he said. “The tight-knit community of OLLU allowed me to gain close relationships with faculty that guided me as I applied to graduate programs. The McNair Scholars program was also an integral component of my foundation in graduate-level studies.” 

OLLU hosts another successful ‘Encuentro High School Theology Institute’

The seven-day “Encuentro High School Theology Institute” wrapped up on June 23 with 21 high school students and 15 college mentors learning about the road to Emmaus and discovering God’s presence along the way.

Made possible with a $300,000 grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc., the students participated in workshops, service, activities and discussions to help them deepen their faith and apply it toward challenges within their community. 

In the mornings, the students cleaned the gravestones of the Sisters of Divine Providence.

The Lilly Endowment grant allows the Encuentro summer program to continue for two more years.

Schools and parishes that participated were Holy Cross, Providence, San Juan de los Lagos, Christ the King Church, St. Bonaventure, St. Gerard, St. Paul’s, Our Lady of Angels and St. John Berchman.

On-campus COVID testing site changes method of sample collection

Curative testing kiosk

Curative, the on-site PCR test kiosk located at 24th Street and San Luis, is changing its sample collection method to a shallow nasal self-collection as part of a transition plan to offer a new Abbott PCR test beginning in early July.

Curative also has extended its agreement with OLLU through September. 

Curative began the transition from oral fluid self-collection to shallow nasal self-collection on June 17. Samples can be seen on how this is done here:

The new collection method is fast, convenient and simple to do. Samples will be observed and directed by Curative on-site health care workers to ensure a good sample is collected. Results will be ready in 24-48 hours from receipt of the sample at the lab. The new test will use one swab and test for SARS-CoV-2, Flu A, Flu B, and RSV.

For questions, reach out to or 888-702-9042.   

Curative provides testing throughout the United States.  To book an appointment go to  For the kiosk on that San Antonio campus use this link: 

OLLU to hold another vaccine clinic on June 26

OLLU will host another COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Saturday at the University Wellness and Activities Center (UWAC), Room 112, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The clinic is open to the university community, family members and area residents.

Here are important details:

• UT Health will provide either Johnson and Johnson or Pfizer vaccines (for those who select the Pfizer vaccine, they will be able to schedule their second dose on the day of the clinic; the second dose will be administered at the UT Health Vaccination Hub located the UT Health Medical Arts and Research Center, 8300 Floyd Curl Drive).

• Photo identification is required. If medical insurance is available, participants must bring a medical insurance card. This vaccine clinic does not require any out-of-pocket expense.  

Sign up online by June 25.

Association of Black Psychologists congratulates PsyD students

The OLLU chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) would like to recognize the academic and professional achievements of Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) students during the 2020 pandemic. Students have worked hard to achieve a high level of scholarship and psychological practice

OLLU ABPsi congratulates Valerie Perez, ABPsi Secretary, on becoming a 2021 American Psychological Association (APA) Minority Fellow.

The following students are 2021 APA internship matches:

*Adela DeHoyos, 2020 APA Minority Fellow at the Texas Valley Coastal Bend VA in McAllen, Texas

*Natalie Garza at the James A. Haley VA in Tampa, Fla.

*Daniel Hoover at the Baylor University Counseling Center in Waco, Texas

*Michael Morar at the Institute for Multicultural Counseling and Educational Services in Los Angeles

*Ann Stalcup at the Eastern Oklahoma VA in Tulsa, Okla.

*Weston Wyble at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo, Colo.

Music student selected for Summer Arts Internship

OLLU music student Rene Solorzano has received a Bexar County Arts Internship Grant for Summer 2021. An aspiring teacher who is scheduled to graduate in 2022, Solorzano was selected to intern at URBAN-15 under the direction of George Cisneros. URBAN-15 is a San Antonio-based nonprofit arts group that creates educational programs, events and performances dedicated to music, movement and media.

The paid internship, which ends on Aug. 7, is covered through the Bexar County Arts Internship Fund. Total compensation for the internship is $3,500.

In the News

Recent media coverage that brought attention to OLLU:

On June 16, a story on about a Harlingen High School South baseball player who signed a letter-of-intent to play at OLLU:

On June 15, a story in the University of Pennsylvania’s “Almanac” about a recent OLLU graduate, Paloma Brand, being one of the first three students admitted into Penn’s inaugural SP2 Social Justice Scholars Program:

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