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Students present research at Sigma Zeta national convention

Madeline Wolken, a December graduate in Biology, presented the results of her research titled, “Comparison of Two Methods for Measuring Efficacy of Antimicrobial Agents,” with Dr. James Hall at the Sigma Zeta National Science/Math Honor Society annual convention on March 19.

OLLU students Christopher Woodbury and Victoria Mendez also presented their research title, “Elevated temperature and RoundUp™ Herbicide Decrease Mitotic Division and Apoptosis in Marine Primary Producers (Gymnodinium sp.),” with Dr. Briana Hauff Salas at the same convention. The Proceedings of the meeting will be published in the 2021 Sigma Zeta, the organization’s journal.

End of semester party for students feature Los ‘MEN’tirosos

The Comparative Mexican American Studies (CMAS) program and the Mexican American Student Association (MASA) are hosting a virtual, end-of-semester party featuring LosMENtirosos on Thursday, April 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There will be OLLU/Westside trivia games, prizes, comedy, musical performances, and light roasting of OLLU faculty. Plus, a special guest performance by Dr. Aimee Villarreal. Don’t miss it! 

Below is a promo video:

To register, go to:

Accessibility Services to hold virtual office hours on Tuesday

Accessibility Services, located in Providence 232, helps students with disabilities by providing accommodations for their courses.

Accessibility Services will hold virtual office hours via WebEx on Tuesday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. At this time, faculty and staff may ask questions and receive answers about student accommodations, disabilities and implementing accommodations for students.

The WebEx link:

Climate survey results to be presented on Wednesday

A Campus Climate Survey was administered to all OLLU students in fall 2020. At 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Renelinda Bressler, PhD, Assistant Professor of Applied Social and Cultural Sciences, and Madi Taber-Smith, Director of Assessment and Accreditation and Depuy Title IX Coordinator, will present a summary of key findings via WebEx. 

After the presentation, there will be a facilitated discussion related to suggestions for improvements that we can make as a community, based on the findings discussed.

Student attendees will also hear from a variety of OLLU offices and officials, who will provide information about climate-related reporting options and support resources available to students.

WebEx Details:

Psi Chi announces award, inducts new students and officers

Psi Chi, the International Honor Society of Psychology, inducted 17 new members on March 4, announced new officers and named the winner of its annual award during a virtual ceremony.

The Psi Chi Honor Society presented the Micheleen Barragy Outstanding Senior in Psychology Award to Bryana Servantes. 

New inductees include undergraduates Rebecca R. Donato, Nadia C. Gloria (pictured above), Aliyah A. Lara Carmona, Crystal M. Ibarra, Samantha Martinez, Haley H. Smith, Melissa Moreno Alba, Bryana Cruz, Felicia Garcia, Karyme Moctezuma, Bryanna Ramirez and Mia Sanchez. Inducted graduate students were Tonisha Cade, Cierra B. Downing, Loren N. Johnson, Angela M. Peña and Ashley Webb.

Mission and Ministry seeking student mentors for Encuentro summer program

Mission and Ministry is looking for 15 OLLU students to serve as mentors for the Encuentro High School Theology Institute this summer, June 17-24.

Twenty-five high-school students from throughout San Antonio will be participating in workshops, activities, service, and discussions designed to help them deepen their own faith and apply toward challenges within their community. College mentors will help facilitate planned activities and provide logistical support.

Mentors will receive a $1,600 stipend that will be given upon completion of the program, along with free food and housing during the event.

Mentors must be full-time OLLU students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Mentors must also be enrolled at OLLU for fall 2021 and have demonstrated a commitment to the Christian faith.

The application deadline is Wednesday at 5 p.m. Applications may be submitted to Roxanna Chavez in Elliott House, Room 103. For more information about requirements and benefits, contact or call 210-528-7171.

See application here:

‘Busy Student Retreat’ to start on Sunday

The “Busy Student Retreat,” a time for reflection and prayer, will be a five-day event, starting on Sunday, March 21.

Open to all students of all faith and non-faith backgrounds, the retreat is free and will be held virtually with in-person options. 

Participants will meet daily from March 21-25 with a spiritual director for personalized guidance.

For more information, contact or call 210-431-3973.

Applications now available for the 2021-2022 STARS Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021-2022 Stars Scholarship. The scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students in South or West Texas, who have completed at least 12 undergraduate hours, have a grade point average of at least 2.7 and meet additional criteria.

The deadline to apply is March 31 at 5 p.m.

The Stars Scholarship Fund is a nonprofit that promotes access to and success in higher education for all students.

For more information about eligibility requirements, call 956-994-3271 or contact

See flyer below for additional information:

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