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Alumni to screen films at San Antonio Film Festival

OLLU alumna Chan‘Cellore Makanjuola will screen her short documentary, “Mr. Zoot Suit” starring OLLU Housekeeping Supervisor Moses Porras, on Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on downtown San Antonio. Her film will be shown as part of the “Hometown Heroes” block of the San Antonio Film Festival.

Alumnus Rey Barrera will also screen his film, “El Pinatero: The Legend Behind the Sport,” on Aug. 3, at 3 p.m.

For more information on pricing and screening passes, visit http://safilm.com/2018-safilm-festival-schedule/.

Deadline to submit 2018 student health insurance waiver is Sept. 4

The deadline for students to submit a health insurance waiver for fall 2018 is Sept. 4. All students who are enrolled in seven or more semester hours are automatically billed for health insurance. Students who currently have insurance, or are on their parent’s health insurance, have the opportunity to submit a waiver to have the fee removed from their bill. Per OLLU policy, international students are not allowed to waive coverage.

Note: This requirement does not apply to students enrolled in 100 percent online classes.

Students who wish to waive the health insurance provided by Consolidated Health Plan can begin the process 24 hours after registering for classes. To begin the process:

  • Visit www.studentinsurance.com
  • Search for Our Lady of the Lake University
    • Once selected, the OLLU specific page will appear with available options
  • Students will be asked to provide current insurance information to ensure it meets the minimum requirements for health insurance.

If the waiver is approved, the fee will be removed from the student’s bill.

If any issues arise while completing the waiver process, contact Consolidated Health Plan customer service at 877-657-5030.

CDIS students complete study-abroad experience in Mexico

Six graduate students from the Woolfolk School of Communication Sciences and Disorders took a study-abroad trip to Quereetaro, Mexico, May 19-June 2, 2018.

The students, with varying degrees of Spanish proficiency, provided Spanish speech and language screenings, full evaluations and language enrichment activities to children in the area. They also provided evaluations and consultation for treatment with three intellectually impaired adults. Students were able to receive clinic hours required for their degree. The group was welcomed by the Sisters of Divine Providence at Casa Moye, who provided food and lodging.

The group was led by OLLU faculty members Casey Taliancich-Klinger, PhD, assistant professor of communication disorders, and Patricia Kimes, MEd, associate clinical professor of communication disorders.

Incoming freshman earns $10,000 scholarship from MAUC, OLLU

Recent Memorial High School graduate Jasmine Huerta is headed to OLLU with a double scholarship award.

Huerta received a $5,000 Spirit of Education Scholarship Wednesday night from the Mexican American Unity Council (MAUC) at the nonprofit’s annual awards dinner. OLLU will match the amount, bringing Huerta’s award to $10,000.

“I will be able to get my bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s in Social Work from my first choice for college,” Huerta said at the MAUC Center Community Room. “I want to return to my community (after college) and teach courses in middle school. I want to stand before my students and tell them that I faced the same struggles they have and that I overcame them. I want to be able to help children discover themselves.”

One of eight Class of 2018 Spirit of Education award recipients, Huerta won The Silvano and Nicolasa Garza Scholarship. Since 2005, MAUC has awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships to more than 50 students, some of whom have earned degrees from OLLU.

An accomplished student who excelled in Advanced Placement courses at Memorial, Huerta expressed gratitude for her scholarship.

“I hesitated to even apply,” she said. “I cannot express how grateful I am for this scholarship. Without it, I would still be worrying about how I would pay for college.”

Six OLLU students awarded Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers

The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation announced that six OLLU students are among the 100 recipients of the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers.

The inaugural cohort was chosen from a pool of 350 candidates through a competitive selection process, which included a written application, interviews, group activities and a teaching demonstration. All scholars are committed to teaching in high-needs Texas public schools or in hard-to-fill subject areas. They will receive an $8,000 scholarship each year, as well as ongoing training, mentorship and networking opportunities facilitated by the Foundation.

The scholars attending OLLU are:
Lilizareth Norena – incoming freshman
Kimberlee Flores – incoming freshman
Alexandria Moreno – senior
Valerie Cervantes – junior
Shakira Sandoval – incoming freshman
Dezarae Mata – incoming freshman

Students participated in ‘Walking with the Poor’ internship

The Division of Mission and Ministry received a $10,000 grant from the Congregation of the Mission Western Province to connect first generation college students advocating for the poor and to experience the impact of Saint Vincent de Paul on the world.

Eleven students participated in the program during the spring 2018 semester. Those students are:

  • Chan’Cellare Makanjuola
  • Alyssah Gonzalez
  • Erica Barrera
  • Ana Trevizo
  • Michelle Lizette
  • Jessica Pruneda
  • Pamela Payne
  • Alexis Medrano
  • Angelica Lezo
  • Leslie Hernandez

The 11 students worked alongside the Daughters of Charity in San Antonio’s poorest neighborhoods, both in economic resources and in education. The Daughters of Charity’s neighborhood-based program in south San Antonio, where the students served, has a strong holistic orientation and considers participation and empowerment as an integral dimension of service delivery. Students also served with the Daughters of Charity in offering hospitality and hope to the refugees released from the Dilley Detention Center at the San Antonio Greyhound station.

Sigma Delta Pi inducts new members for spring 2018

The following students were inducted into Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Spanish Honor Society, during its spring 2018 induction ceremony:

  • Daniel Arroyo
  • Erica Barrera
  • Dania Garza
  • Celeste Hernández
  • Dora Magallanes
  • Rubí Velázquez-Santana

Dr. Maribel Lárraga, professor of Spanish, serves as the faculty adviser for OLLU’s Chapter Xi Upsilon.

Health Insurance waiver open for 2018-2019 academic year

All OLLU students enrolled in seven or more credit hours are required to maintain health insurance for the 2018-2019 academic year. The health insurance policy must be a hospitalization, illness and accident policy.

Note: This requirement does not apply to students enrolled in 100 percent online classes.

All international students are required to maintain the OLLU Health Insurance provided by Consolidated Health Plan. Per Our Lady of the Lake University Policy, international students are not allowed to waive coverage.

Students who wish to waive the health insurance provided by Consolidated Health Plans can begin the process 24 hours after registering for classes. To begin the process:

  • Visit www.studentinsurance.com
  • Search for Our Lady of the Lake
    • Once selected, the OLLU specific page will appear with available options
  • Students will be asked to provide current insurance information to ensure it meets minimum requirements for health insurance.

The policy for the 2018-2019 academic year begins Aug. 1, 2018.

Cost of the plan:

  • Fall semester: Aug. 1, 2018 -Jan. 8, 2019 – $628
  • Spring/summer semesters: Jan. 9, 2019 – July 31, 2019 – $797

If the waiver is approved, the fee will be removed from the student’s bill.

For more information, contact Paul Fisher at 210-861-8696.

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