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Inaugural Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity to be held Thursday

The Inaugural Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity will take place on Thursday, from 4:30-6 p.m. on the third floor of the Sueltenfuss Library.

The event will honor those who continued with research projects, publication, grant-writing, and creative endeavors during the pandemic.

The event will be a chance to celebrate the conclusion of the reaffirmation of accreditation visit by SACSCOC, hear 3-minute presentations by colleagues and enjoy a festive atmosphere with appetizers and refreshments.

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.

Paul Cella, PhD, Assistant Professor of Spanish, wrote an article, “Maria Zambrano’s El hombre y lo divino: Ethics beyond Nietzsche, Aesthetics with Antonioni,” published in Aurora: papeles del Seminario Maria Zambrano. 22. 2021. 16-27

Hamid Khan, PhD, Professor of Management and Organization, presented the paper, “Organizational Behavior Modification (OBM) Helps in Operations Optimization, Student Retention and Supply Chain Management by Stimulation,” at the International Academy of Business Disciplines online conference in March.

Valerie Martinez, PhD, Assistant Professor of History; Stephen Salako, PhD, Assistant Professor of Math; Joy Patton, Assistant Professor of Social Work; Daniel Cheshire, Math Center Coordinator; and Brittany Chozinski, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology, were selected to attend the Worchester Polytechnic Institute’s 2021 Institute on Project-Based Learning to be held June 15-18.

This team will participate alongside others from across the country to gain insight into project-based learning. They will focus on developing interdisciplinary projects that provide hands-on experiences for OLLU students. As participants in the institute, they will also identify ways in which experiential project-based learning can become more widespread at OLLU. 

Eva Nwokah, PhD, Professor of Communication Disorders, Miriam Gonzalez Garcia, Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate student, and Marquie Reyna, a post-baccalaureate Communication Sciences and Disorders student, presented the paper, “Interjections and Sound Effects as Fantasy Play in Graphic Novels,” at the Association for the Study of Play Online Conference in March.  

Briana Hauff Salas, PhD, Assistant Professor of Environmental/Plant Biology, co-authored an article, “Glycolipid-Containing Nanoparticle Vaccine Engages Invariant NKT Cells to Enhance Humoral Protection against Systemic Bacterial Infection but Abrogates T-Independent Vaccine Responses,” that was published in the April issue of the Journal of Immunology: https://www.jimmunol.org/content/206/8/1806

Kristina Terkun, PhD, Associate Professor of Economics, has been selected once again as one of the Villanova University Center for Church Management Research Fellows (2021–2022). The fellowship is funded by the Lilly Endowment with the aim of improving financial literacy among clergy. Dr. Terkun’s previous fellowship (2018–2019) addressed clergy attitudes toward credit/debt. Going forward, she will focus on outstanding liabilities post seminary for Catholics pursuing diocesan ordination.

Antoinette Winstead, Professor of Drama and Mass Communication, won first place in the Poetry Society of Texas’s Annnual Persimmon Award for her poem “JAZZ.”  

Professor Winstead was also invited to give a talk on Film and Seminal Moments in History to the Zoryan Institute/University of Toronto in Canada via Zoom on February 23, 2021. She had a residency at the Zoryan’s Institute of Genocide and Human Rights in 2011 and was honored to return as an alumna of this illustrious institute and speak to an international audience about film and history, specifically the process of adapting history to film as well as the pros and cons of such adaptations.