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Student scholarship and achievement

Ashleigh Cantu, a master’s student in the Worden School of Social Service, was accepted to co-present an interactive workshop, “Strategies for Student Self-Care in an Online Learning Environment,” at the 2021 Social Work Distance Education Conference. Working with Dr. Rosalind Evans, Cantu contributed to research efforts and assisted in developing self-care resources and tools for students to utilize while navigating a virtual online learning environment.

Natasha Glenn, a master’s student in the Worden School of Social Service, recently received the 2021 MSW Outstanding Student Leadership Award. This award recognizes students who have demonstrated dedication and leadership through their involvement in one or more campus activities. The Outstanding Student Leadership Award is given to a Worden Social Work student each academic year to acknowledge the lead they have taken, by recognized title or not, in his or her overall campus involvement.

Shirin Rahimi, LMSW, is a recent graduate from the Worden School of Social Service. She was accepted to co-present an interactive workshop, “Strategies for Student Self-Care in an Online Learning Environment,” at the 2021 Social Work Distance Education Conference. With Dr. Rosalind Evans, Shirin contributed to research efforts and identified virtual opportunities to develop an online curriculum that focuses on self-care in a social work online learning environment.

Mia Sanchez (BA in CMAS and PSYC) presented her capstone research project, “Chicana ThirdSpace Spiritualities: A Homeplace Ethnography” at the McNair Research Symposium. She will co-present her thesis with Dr. Aimee Villarreal at the Latina/o Studies Association meetings in June.

April Viverette, LCSW-S, LISW, MBA, is a PhD student at the Worden School of Social Service. She recently co-presented, “Mindfulness During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Strategy for Stress Management and Burnout Prevention,” with Dr. Rosalind Evans and Dr. Alicia Hawley-Bernardez at the 2021 Social Work Distance Education Conference. Viverette also assisted in co-facilitating a Mindfulness breakout session for conference attendees that included progressive muscle relaxation techniques, mindful breathing exercises and focusing on participants’ personal strengths.

December graduate wins Alamo Area Student of the Year Award

Jaime Nicholson (BSW 2020) has been named Alamo Area Student of the Year by the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

A military veteran, Nicholson played a pivotal, on-the-ground role with a pilot program that serves the homeless in District 1. She was OLLU’s first social work intern in the District 1 Council office.

District 1 City Councilman Robert Trevino praised her service.

“Ms. Nicholson’s dedication to serving her community is at the heart of the successful District 1 pilot initiative, the Homeless Outreach Program, adopted into the 2021 City Budget,” Trevino said. “Her work helped define ways to address deficiencies required to access resources. Jaime presented innovative solutions that are now included in city-wide processes.”

Cynthia Medina, Associate Professor of Social Work, taught Nicholson in two social work courses and presented her the award. 

“At Our Lady of the Lake University, while juggling academics, employment and parenthood, Jaime Nicholson held leadership positions in the Worden Social Work Organization and Student Veterans Association,” Medina said. “Through her leadership and consistently insightful reflections and contributions to difficult, complex and often controversial discussions, Jaime became a trusted peer and mentor sought out for advice.”

Remember a loved one during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

BreatCancerAwarenessMonthOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in commemoration, the Worden School of Social Service is honoring those who have fought and are still fighting breast cancer. The OLLU community is invited to bring in a photo of a loved one to include on the Honoree Wall that is being placed in the Worden School.

Those who wish to honor a loved one may bring a photo to Worden School, Room 10 to be placed on the wall.

All photos can be picked up on Nov. 1.