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OLLU students recognized at Intercollegiate Campus Ministers Awards Banquet

The San Antonio Archdiocese Intercollegiate Campus Ministers Team honored three Our Lady of the Lake students at its annual awards ceremony held on April 11.

Receiving the Outstanding Newmanite Award were Victoria M. Robledo, a computer information systems and security major, and Marissa Gutierrez, a biology major. The awards are given to students who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the work of their campus’s ministry office.

Music major Israel Salgado received the De Corazon A Corazon Award (Heart Speaks to Heart Award). This accolade honors those students whose work of forming consciences goes “above and beyond the call of duty” and extends into local parishes, the San Antonio community and beyond.

OLLU’s Director of University Ministry, Creighton Chandler, presented the awards for the three OLLU recipients along with Sr. Patti Lohre, IWBS, OLLU’s University Minister.

“It is truly a privilege to have Victoria, Marissa, and Israel as part of our team of Student Ministers. Each is a wonderful ambassador of what our work at University Ministry is all about—the cultivation of people’s talents in the sacred service of living toward a greater good,” said Creighton. “I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

Schedule for Leadership Studies doctoral dissertation defenses

Leadership Studies doctoral students will be defending their dissertations on the following dates and times:

San Antonio campus:

  • Monica Ayala – April 24, 2018 – 4 p.m. – Main Building, Room 311A
    “Examining the Relationship Between the Emotional Intelligence of a Principal as Perceived by Teachers and the Teachers’ Organizational Commitment”
  • Rodney Rodriguez – April 25, 2018 – 10 a.m. – Main Building, Room 311B
    “The Relationship Between the Followers’ Perceptions of the Leaders’ Leadership Style and Job Satisfaction in South Texas Community Colleges”
  • Tozi Gutierrez – April 25, 2018 – 2 p.m. – Main Building, Room 311B
    “A Study On Relationship Quality (LMX): Online Students’ Perceptions of Instructors as Leaders in Predicting Student Engagement (SEEQ) and Satisfaction”
  • Deborah Trevino – April 26, 2018 – 11 a.m. – Main Building, Room 311A
    “Is There a Relationship Between the Follower’s Perceptions of the Community College Dean’s Authentic Leadership Style and Leader Effectiveness, Follower Extra Effort and with the Leader Satisfaction?”

Houston campus:

  • Tricia Phillips – April 18 – 10 a.m. – Houston campus
    “An Assessment of Leadership Style as Perceived by Followers When Considering Leader Integrity and Employee Attitudes Toward Whistleblowing”
  • Felicia Nichols – April 24 – 10 a.m. – Houston campus
    “Exploring the Relationship Between Principals’ Leadership Style and Teachers’ Job Satisfaction in the Public School Setting”

Rio Grande Valley campus:

  • Laura Castillo – April 24 -1 p.m. – RGV campus
    “Exploring the Relationship Between Leadership Style and Job Satisfaction of Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP) Employment Providers”
  • Irma Pye Gavito – April 26 – 3 p.m. – RGV campus
    “A Study of the Conflict Styles of Nurse leaders and the Influence of these Styles on Disruptive Behavior”

Students participate in 2018 vOLLUnteer Impact

Over the weekend, approximately 85 students participated in the OLLU vOLLUnteer Unity Council’s (VUC) vOLLUnteer Impact Day. Volunteers were divided up to help at several nonprofit agencies: American Sunrise, Guadalupe Community Center, St. P.J.’s and San Antonio Youth Literacy.

For more information, or to participate in future volunteer projects, visit the Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism (CSLV) in Worden School, Room 23.

IME-Becas scholarship open to undergraduate students of Mexican origin

The IME-Becas scholarship is a program funded by the Mexican government to assist students of Mexican origin who wish to further their education in the United States. OLLU students who wish to apply for the scholarship must submit the following:

  • Completed application
  • An essay (maximum 250 words) explaining how the funds would benefit them and their future career goals

Completed applications should be submitted to the OLLU Financial Aid Office, located in the Walter Center, or via email to

Deadline to apply for the scholarship is April 30, 2018.

Psi Chi announces spring 2018 inductees

Psi Chi, the Psychology Honor Society, recently held its spring 2018 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.

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

The following students were inducted during the ceremony:

Kayla Barreiro
Kayla Cooremans
Briggette Duque
Julian Gutierrez
Steven Kramm
Alexis Medrano
Cristina Morales
Claudia Ochoa
Stephanie Ramirez
Love Rodriguez

Amanda Byrd
Andrea Cobb
Kristina Fields
Stephanie Martinez
Christy Paris
Almendra Reyes
Michelle Saunders
Nina Villanueva

Deadline extended to apply for STARS Scholarship

Due to the Easter holiday, the deadline to apply for the STARS Scholarship has been extended to April 2.

The STARS Scholarship Fund is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting access to and success in higher education for all students in the community. Based in McAllen, Texas, STARS offers scholarships to students who are dedicated to completing a degree at an accredited college or university. 

Who can apply:

Undergraduate, Master’s and Doctoral Students

Scholarship criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with a permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551.
  • Be a permanent resident (five or more consecutive years) of and have a permanent South or West Texas address in one of the 30 counties served**
  • Have earned/completed at least 12 undergraduate credit hours at a U.S. accredited college or university before applying for the scholarship.
  • Have minimum college cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have completed a high school diploma or its equivalent prior to the fall of the new academic year
  • Be enrolled in a U.S. accredited four-year university undergraduate program (enrolled full-time) seeking a bachelor’s degree, or a university graduate program (enrolled full-time) seeking a master’s, law or doctorate degree.

**To view the list of eligible counties, click here.

For scholarship application and more information on the application process, visit

Attend the Final Four Fan Fest for Free

San Antonio Sports has teamed up with the local universities to offer free admission for students to the Final Four Fan Fest on Friday, March 30, and 50 percent off March 31-April 2.

The Fan Fest will feature interactive games, special celebrity and athlete appearances, autograph signings and more.

To receive the discount, students must show a valid OLLU ID.

For more information, visit

Emergency fund available for undergraduate students

The Caritas Student Emergency Fund provides limited emergency financial support to currently enrolled undergraduate students who are unable to meet essential expenses due to temporary or unexpected hardship.

Types of expenses considered include:

  • Overdue rent and utilities
  • Medication/prescription expenses
  • Replacement of belongings lost in theft, a fire or natural disaster
  • Safety related needs (i.e., car repair, short-term emergency shelter)

Click here to view flyer on how to apply for grant funds.

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