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End of Year Appreciation dinner and faculty, staff awards set for April 20

The End of Year Appreciation dinner and annual faculty and staff awards will be held at 6 p.m. on April 20 in Chapel Auditorium.

The evening will begin with a reception at 5:15 p.m. The dinner and awards presentation will follow at 6 p.m. The event will be an opportunity for President Diane Melby, EDd, and the Board of Trustees to thank faculty and staff for their extraordinary service during a very challenging year.

The dress code is business casual and this is an adults-only event. There is no cost to attend.

RSVP by April 4 at https://forms.office.com/r/UuYhn2UQ1A

For those without computer access, RSVP forms will be placed in the staff lounge. Please complete and return them to Ida Perez in Moye Hall, Office 109.

Annual adviser meeting set for Thursday

The annual Adviser’s Workshop will be held virtually on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. and will be conducted by the Registrar’s Office and Academic Affairs.

All faculty and academic advisers are invited to attend for a discussion about important dates, new processes and how to successfully advise students and get them registered for the next semester.

To join the meeting, click here: 

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End of Year Appreciation Dinner set for April 20

OLLU President Diane Melby, EdD, invites the OLLU campus community to join her, the Board of Trustees and other invited guests for the End of Year Appreciation Dinner, which will be held on April 20.  

The evening will begin with a reception at 5:15 pm, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. in Chapel Auditorium. The annual faculty and staff awards also will be presented. You and your spouse, friend or significant other are invited. This event will give Dr. Melby the opportunity to thank everyone for their extraordinary service to the OLLU community during what has been a challenging year.

Dress code is business casual, and this is an adults-only event. There is no cost to attend.

RSVP by March 25 at https://forms.office.com/r/UuYhn2UQ1A

For those without computer access, RSVP forms will be placed in the staff lounge. Please complete and return them to Ida Perez in Moye Hall, Office 109.

Faculty benefits open enrollment begins Aug. 25

Faculty benefits open enrollment begins on Aug. 25 with some exciting new changes.

Some of the changes include:

*OLLU has replaced Plan C with a Qualified High Deductible Health Plan (QHDHP).

*HSA (Health Saving Account) is being offered with a $500 OLLU contribution for those who enroll in the QHDHP.

*A new dental carrier with lower premiums is offered.

*A new Group Life Carrier with lower Long Term Disability Premiums is offerd.

Open enrollment for faculty ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 9. For questions, contact Diana Ramos at 210-431-3170 or at diana.ramos@ollusa.edu

Celebration of scholarship and achievement

OLLU faculty continues to be recognized for its scholarship and achievement. Below is a listing of professors and their recent accomplishments.

Yvette Benavides, MFA, Professor of English, has been invited to join the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Writer to Writer program as a mentor to an emerging writer. The program began in late February and continues through the end of September.

Professor Benavides also has been invited to host the Gemini Ink Autograph Series noontime virtual event on April 16. She will moderate the event and interview National Book Award finalist Ben Fountain about his novel and short stories.

Alexander Hutchison, PhD, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Kinesiology Program Head (pictured above), has been invited to speak at the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s national conference in Orlando in July. Dr. Hutchison’s topic is the effect of the Keto diet and ketone supplementation on athletic performance.

Codina Kawar, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, published an article on Feb. 12 in “Contemporary Family Therapy,” a peer-reviewed journal. Her research sought to investigate associations between interpersonal trauma history and relationship satisfaction, along with the mediating effect of differentiation in couples via dyadic analyses.

The article, “Trauma and Relationship Satisfaction in Treatment Seeking Couples: A Dyadic Investigation of Differentiation as a Mediator,” was co-written with Alexandra M. VanBergen, Suzanne Bartle-Haring and Patrick Bortz. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10591-021-09565-x

Kristina Terkun, PhD, Associate Professor of Economics and Department of Business Chair, has been selected to participate in the Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) Build and Broaden Program. TAMUCC recently was awarded a National Science Foundation grant from the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) to help increase numbers of competitive research proposals from Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) in the SBE sciences relative to other institutions. The program will consist of a series of monthly professional-development seminars starting this spring and extending through the 2021-2022 academic year.