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FAFSA now open for 2020-2021 academic year

The Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) for the 2020-2021 academic year is now open. Students and families will be able to complete the FAFSA using information from their 2018 tax returns.

Now that students can apply for financial aid packages earlier, OLLU can provide financial aid notifications earlier, ensuring that students and their families have more time to prepare for education costs and provide additional time for OLLU to offer beneficial financial aid counseling.

To complete the FAFSA, visit Use OLLU’s school code 003598 to have it sent directly to the OLLU financial aid office.

For more information, students are encouraged to visit the Financial Aid Office and speak with a counselor.

Spring and summer 2019 Dean’s List announced

Students who have maintained a grade point average of at least 3.75 during the 2019 spring and summer semesters have been named to the Dean’s List. Those students are eligible to attend the Dean’s List reception, which will take place on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in Chapel Auditorium.

Recipients who wish to attend the reception should RSVP with the Student Affairs Office. There is a limit of two guests per honoree. The dress code for the event is business casual.

View Dean’s List here.

Fall 2019 TEACH session for Teacher Education Students

There will be a TEACH information session tomorrow from 12:30-1:30 p.m., in Main Building, Room 311A. The information session is open to students interested in becoming certified Texas teachers. The session is mandatory for students who apply for the education program in fall 2019 and for students who are entering block courses.

Those who are interested in attending the session should RSVP to or on the sign-up sheet located outside of Moye Hall, Room 312.

View TEACH flier.

2019-2020 student handbook now available

Our Lady of the Lake University’s Student Handbook contains established standards for conduct, policies and procedures designed to build a strong transparent, collaborative, ethical and just community of learners. Students are responsible for knowing and abiding by the information contained in this Handbook. Students can view and download the current student handbook here.

For more information, contact the Student Affairs Division at 210-431-3954 or visit the office located in Providence Hall, Room 104.

First PhD Social Work cohort begins

Twelve pioneers are paving the way as the first PhD cohort in the Worden School of Social Service at Our Lady of the Lake University. The new online PhD program was launched on June 3, 2019, with a mission to prepare scholars for service within minority serving institutions. The doctoral students are engaged in a two-week, summer residency on campus with their peers and PhD faculty members.

Standing from left to right: Rita, Ruelas from El Paso, Texas; Tyleen Caffrey from Clovis, New Mexico; Erica Martinez from San Antonio, Texas; Jennifer Vasquez from Austin, Texas; Ramon Coronado from Walnut, California; Franzcesca Guidry-Jackson from San Antonio, Texas; Erika Hildebrandt from Omaha, Nebraska; Shanee Howell from Winston Salem, North Carolina; and Crystal Garcia from Portland, Texas.
Sitting from left to right: LaToya Gaines-Plunkett from Blythewood, South Carolina; April Viverette from Katy, Texas; Dr. Rebecca Gomez, PhD program pirector; Dr. Mo Cuevas, dean of the College of Professional Studies; Dr. Karina Gil, director of the Worden School of Social Service; Dr. Alegnta Shibikom, assistant professor; and Nadia Moreno from Alice, Texas.

OLLU students named Charles Butt Scholars

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 pursue teaching.

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.

McNair Scholars Program kicks off summer research

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.

Students win money to start their own businesses through Entrepreneurship Challenge

OLLU students participated in the Capital One Entrepreneurship Challenge in which students present business plans to a panel of judges to win seed money to start their own businesses.

The following students won seed money:

  • 1st place – Hadasa Obregon – $5,000 award
  • 2nd place – Julia McClure – $3,500 award
  • 3rd place – James Halpin – $2,000 award
  • 4th place – Kathrine Castillo – $1,000 award
  • 5th place – Adrian Delgado – $1,000 award

The business plans were judged by Larry Anthis, Capital One Senior Vice President, and OLLU professors Alicia Tafoya and Ronald Crowe

The OLLU School of Business and Leadership has been participating in the Entrepreneurship Challenge since 2012.

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