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Student leaders recognized during award ceremony


The university congratulates all student, faculty and staff winners of the 2021-2022 Student Leadership Awards. The ceremony was held April 26 in Chapel Auditorium. Awards and recipients are listed below. To view or download photos from the ceremony, visit the university’s Flickr account.

OLLU Senior Wings Up Achievement Award – Miranda L. Guevara

Center for Women in Church and Society:

Sister Margit Nagy CDP Women’s Empowerment Award – Angelica C. Cuevas

University Ministry:

Leadership in Spirituality and Service Award – Alexa Aaliyah Delgado

Providence Award – Emma Ramos

Archdiocesan Awards:

De Corazon a Corazon – Angelica C. Cuevas

Outstanding Newmanite – Victoria Aguilera, Olivia Garcia and Alexa Aaliyah Delgado

Residence Life:

Program of the Year – CHEERS! Ayala Adams, Antonio Nava and Madelyn Miller

Rookie of the Year – Sharon Landeros

Community Builder of the Year – Skylar Lloyd

Resident Assistant of the Year – Amber Miller

Center for Service Learning and Volunteerism:

Outstanding Service Organization Award – Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc.

President’s Volunteer Service Award – Lydia Hamner

Student Leadership and Development:

Academic Excellence:

  • Chartered Student Organization – Saints Productions Board with an overall GPA of 3.7
  • Special Interest Student Organization – First Generation with an overall GPA of 3.4
  • Academic Student Organization – Law and Politics Society with an overall GPA of 3.7
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life – Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. with an overall GPA of 3.5

Engaged Advisor Award – Ciji Couvertier

Heart of OLLU – Carol Rownd

Unsung Hero – Gloria Cervantes, Olivia Eagleson, Mia Ortiz and Emily Rodriguez

Bridge Builder – Victoria Aguilera, Stephanie Garcia, Skylar Lloyd and Brandon Puente

Rising Star – Brianna Contreras-Rodriguez, Audrey Vincent, Destiny Arenas, Jaelyn Garza and Andrew Horman

Student Leader Excellence – Christian Chavez, Mizitca Vazquez, Amber Taylor, Rachel Dziuba, Kaylee Talamantes, Nathan Smith, Jessica Garcia and Karina Alanis

New RSO of the Year – Multicultural Alliance for Peace in Society

Innovation Award – First Generation Student Organization for their First Gen Student Celebration

Beacon Award – Worden Social Work Organization

OLLU Achievement – Karina Alanis, Liliana Briseno, Sr. RoseAnn Castilleja, Jessica Garcia, Stephanie Garcia, Miranda Guevara, Marisol Mesa, Mariely Soria and Samantha Vasquez

St. Catherine Medal – Victoria Aguilera

Senior capstone presentations set for Thursday

Three seniors will deliver capstone presentations for the Biliterate Certificate Program (BCP) on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in Main 225.

Berenice Galván, a Communication Sciences and Disorders major, and Psychology majors, Paola Guevara and Mariely E. Soria will deliver their presentations in Spanish.

Galván completed her BCP Practicum at the Rodriguez Montessori School in the San Antonio Independent School District. Guevara completed her BCP Practicum at the City of San Antonio Normoyle Center for Older Adults. Soria did her Psychology/BCP Practicum at KidShare, part of the Family Service Association.

Angela Guzmán, PhD, Professor of Spanish, worked with and supervised the research of the following Spanish majors: 

Sacnite Blanco, a double major in Psychology and Spanish; Michelle Riojas, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with all-level Teaching Certification, and Monzerrath Rodriguez, a double major in Psychology and Spanish, who is also a McNair Scholar and a student in the Honors Program.

Applications open for Southwest Airlines ¡Lánzate! Travel Program

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and Southwest Airlines have opened the application for the 18th Annual ¡Lánzate! / Take Off! Travel Program.

Through this national initiative, HACU and Southwest Airlines will award roundtrip flights to undergraduate and graduate Hispanic students across the country, who travel at least 200 miles from home to pursue higher education and meet the eligibility criteria, including the submission of a required essay. Selected students receive tickets for use to travel between home and college or university. 

Students who are currently enrolled in a two- or four-year university, maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher, are in good standing and have direct or parental ties to certain Hispanic countries may be eligible. Visit www.hacu.net for more details.

The application deadline is April 29, 2022.

OLLU-RGV social work student wins Andrew Marks Advocacy Award

Congratulations to OLLU-RGV BSW student Stephanie Garcia for receiving the Andrew Marks Advocacy Award for 2022.

Garcia’s advocacy work includes a wide breadth of awareness events surrounding support for immigrants and DACA students. In her role as Worden Social Work Organization (WSWO) President, she has been the driving force behind reviving student involvement, both on campus and online, in WSWO involvement and taking the lead on organizing the WSWO Human Trafficking series, along with so many unique events.

Garcia’s award was presented virtually during SWAD (Social Work Advocacy Day at the Capitol).

Nominations for Student Leadership Awards due by April 10

The Student Leadership and Development Office is accepting nominations for 2022 Student Leadership Awards, which will be announced at the Student Leadership Award Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on April 26.

The Student Leadership Award Ceremony recognizes student leaders, student organizations and organization advisors and faculty/staff for their hard work and dedication during the year to build campus community.

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