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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The National Student Employment Association has designated the week of April 15 at National Student Employment Week. OLLU will be celebrating the hard work and contributions of the students who work on campus.
Student employees should visit the Student Employment Office each day this week during community hour to enjoy a special treat.
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.
the ceremony, Ivan Salazar was awarded the Micheleen Barragy Outstanding Senior
in Psychology Award, presented by Dr. Brenda Guerrero.
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.