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Sembradores donates $7,500 for scholarships

The Sembradores of San Antonio Educational Foundation donated $7,500 to OLLU for student scholarships during a reception in Main Building last week.

Sembradores member Elma Garza presented the check to President Diane Melby, EdD,

“This is my favorite day of the year,” President Melby said. “We appreciate the commitment of Sembradores to supporting our students.”

Accompanying Elma Garza were Nick Flores, chair of the Sembradores Membership Committee, and Joe Nick Garza, a retired Sembradores member and an alumnus (MEd 1968). 

OLLU hosts STEAM summer camp

OLLU’s Provost’s Office and Academic Center for Excellence hosted its first Habitable World STEAM Summer Camp June 10-14. The focus for this middle school STEAM camp was “Water—where there is water, there is life.”

Fifteen students participated in activities that included studying the water cycle, testing water quality, building an aquifer, creating art from nature and recycled materials, and writing about science in rhetorical forms as varied as public service announcements, essays and poetry.

Dr. Rosa Rivera-Hainaj created and taught the science curriculum. Dr. Kirsten Komara and Sabrina Zertuche created writing projects that integrated students’ water discoveries. The students who participated attend middle schools from around the San Antonio area. The STEAM Camp held an exposition of their work on the final day of camp. 

OLLU to host summer program for youth with communication disorders

OLLU will host its third annual Be AACtive Communicators summer program at the Harry Jersig Center this week for children with Complex Communication Needs (CCN).

The intensive, eight-day program is free and will be held Tuesday through Thursday and June 20-24.

The goal for the camp is to help children learn how to communicate through hand-held devices that resemble an iPad, replete with icons.

“These devices have core vocabulary, which refers to the small number of words that make up 70 to 90 percent of what we say on a daily basis,” said program co-founder Jacqueline Trevino, adjunct clinical professor in the Woolfolk School of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

“These words are relevant across contexts and can have many meanings, as well as, pre-stored phrases. So it only takes one icon to activate a message, such as ‘awesome,’ or ‘how are you?’ Many of these devices have built in keyboards for spelling. They are Bluetooth- or infrared-enabled so they can be hooked up to turn on a TV, send a message to a printer or compose a letter. Most participants use their finger to activate the device. We have one that uses the eyes to activate the device.”

The summer program will help graduate students in the Woolfolk School of Communication Sciences and Disorders to acquire clinical skills to evaluate and treat individuals with CCN. The program also allows young adult clients with social communication needs the opportunity to participate as volunteers and practice vocational skills.

Cafeteria hours for summer

The cafeteria will be open the following hours during the summer:

  • Monday-Friday -7 a.m.-2p.m.
  • Friday – 7 a.m. -1 p.m.

The exception will be the week of Independence Day. During that week, the cafeteria will be open the following hours:

  • Monday-Friday – 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

OLLU hosting Mexican American Studies education summit Saturday

OLLU is hosting the 4th Annual Statewide Summit on Mexican American Studies for Texas Schools on Saturday from 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

The one-day event is open to educators, administrators, students and community members interested in establishing Mexican American Studies (MAS) programs and courses in grades Pre-K-12 in schools throughout Texas.

This year’s summit will provide a detailed guide for how to establish MAS courses in Pre-K-12 schools with a focus on the different options, along with workshops focused on best practices for course adoption and curriculum development facilitated by educators who are currently teaching MAS at different grade levels. The summit also features a new bilingual education session centered on integrating MAS content for elementary and middle school students. Additionally, an ethnic studies working group session focused on creating innovative courses and curriculum for Native American Studies, African American Studies and Latinx Studies has been included.

Texas educators can receive up to six hours of Continuing Professional Development Education credits for full-day participation. 

Registration is $10 and includes breakfast and lunch. For more information or to register for the event, visit

The summit is organized by the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Tejas Foco Committee on Mexican American Studies Pre-K–12, and Somos MAS/Mexican American Studies San Antonio, Tejas, and is co-sponsored by Our Lady of the Lake University’s Center for Mexican American Studies and Research, Comparative Mexican American Studies Program and Center for Women in Church and Society. Additional sponsors include the Mexican American Studies Programs at the University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio College and Palo Alto College. 

Technology Showcase tomorrow

ITS will be conducting the Technology Showcase tomorrow beginning at 9 a.m. The full-day event will provide faculty and staff the opportunity to learn more about technology services offered at OLLU. The Showcase includes an opening breakfast, a mid-day lunch, and a closing reception.

For more information, see the announcement on ITS News and Information site.

Lake Weekly taking a break until June 3

The Lake Weekly will be taking a break for several weeks for website maintenance. During this time, the Marketing and Communications Office will still release announcements to the OLLU community as necessary

If there are pertinent announcements that need to be sent to the OLLU community, contact:

Marquita Eldridge
Communications Manager


Anne Gomez
Chief Communications Officer

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