DATE: MARCH 25, 2013

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OLLU community invited to blessing and commissioning ritual for Sister Jane Ann Slater, CDP, PhD

The University community is invited to a blessing and commissioning ritual for Sister Jane Ann Slater, CDP, PhD, tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel.

The commissioning will allow the OLLU community to welcome Sister Jane Ann and pray for her as she takes on her new role as the president of OLLU.

Members of the faculty, staff, student body, Board of Trustees and the Congregation of Divine Providence will offer prayers during the ceremony.

There will be a reception immediately following the ceremony in Chapel Auditorium (note location change).




Community invited to attend open forums on the University's Mission and Core Values

The Office of Mission and Ministry invites the campus community to participate in one of two community forums on April 5 in Chapel Auditorium and April 19 in Providence Hall, West Social Room. Both forums will take place from 1-4 p.m. and refreshments will be served.

OLLU seeks to fully express its mission and core values in our daily activities. We are at an exciting point in OLLU's history where, with student, staff, and faculty involvement, the University can expand its capacity to continually transform itself through collaborative thinking, interaction, creativity, and the ability to learn from each other. OLLU's Forums on Core Values in our Collaboration will generate dialogue on the potential to transform the way we serve our mission.

The OLLU community is encouraged to join in an open dialogue at one of the community forums as the group explores the transformative opportunities of a learning organization. Those interested in attending should RSVP online.



Watch the LEAD Summit live at OLLU on Wednesday

OLLU's Center for Mexican American Studies and Research (CMASR) and the Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO) will be hosting a live webcast of the (Latino Education Advocacy Days) LEAD Summit Wednesday from 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. in the Providence Hall, Blue Room. The Summit brings together teachers, educators, politicians, community activists, people in the media, the general public and students to talk about education issues impacting all segments, including Latinos. Mayor Julián Castro will deliver the keynote speech in the afternoon. For more information and a list of presentations, visit the LEAD website.



Psychology Department to host continuing education workshop on Single-Session Psychotherapy

The OLLU Psychology Department will host a continuing education workshop on Single-Session Psychotherapy featuring Dr. Michael F. Hoyt, a pioneer of this type of therapy. The workshop will be held April 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Chapel Auditorium. The cost is $100 for professionals and $50 for students who register by April 5.

"Single-Session Psychotherapy: When the First Session May Be the Last" will include a theoretical and practical overview and demonstrations and discussions. Free CEUs for psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors will be offered.

Dr. Hoyt is senior staff psychologist at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Rafael, Calif. He, along with Moshe Talmon and Robert Rosenbaum, pioneered the original single-session research at Kaiser in the late 1980s. An expert clinician and nationally and internationally recognized lecture, Dr. Hoyt is also the author and editor of numerous books, including most recently "Brief Psychotherapies: Principles and Practices" (2009) and "Therapist Stories of Inspiration, Passion, and Renewal: What's Love Got to Do with It?" (2013).

To register for the workshop, visit After the April 5 early registration deadline, the cost increases by $20.

For more information, please contact Dr. Monte Bobele at or visit the workshop web page.



Emergency and exit light testing this week

Physical Plant will be testing emergency and exit lights around campus this week. The testing schedule is as follows:


  • St. Martin Hall - 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Jersig Center - 12:30-1 p.m.
  • Worden School - 1-1:30 p.m.
  • St. Martin Hall Annex - 1:30-2 p.m.
  • Providence Hall - 2-3 p.m.


  • Library - 8-9 a.m.
  • Flores Hall - 11 a.m.-noon
  • Centennial Hall - 1-2 p.m.
  • Cyber Cafe - 2-2:30 p.m.
  • Ayres Hall/Pacelli Hall - 2:30-3:30 p.m.


  • St. Ann's Hall- 8:30-9 a.m.
  • Fine Arts Building/Thiry Auditorium - 9-10 a.m.
  • Walter Center - 10:45 a.m.-noon
  • Thermal Plant - 12:30-1 p.m.
  • IFCC - 1-1:30p.m.
  • Metz Hall - 1:30-2 p.m.
  • Casa Caritas - 2-2:30 p.m.
  • UWAC - 2:30-3:30 p.m.


  • Main Building - 6-7 a.m.
  • Moye Hall - 11 a.m.-noon



Easter holiday Library hours

The Library will be open the following hours during the Easter holiday:

  • Wednesday: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Thursday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Monday: 1 p.m.-midnight



OLLU's annual Literary Festival kicks off next week

OLLU's annual Literary Festival is a weeklong series of literary events presented by renowned poets, scholars and authors. This year’s festival, "All the World's a Stage," features President Obama's 2013 inauguration day poet Richard Blanco, authors Antonya Nelson and Sandra Cisneros and comic book creator David Liss. Events also include an open mic, faculty reading, and "The Thing Itself" publication party. The festival runs April 2-9 and all events are free and open to the public. For a full list of events, view webpage.



Center for Mexican American Studies and Research annual conference focuses on higher education

The 10th annual Center for Mexican American Studies and Research conference, "Higher Education: Cultural Issues and Cultural Studies," will be held April 4-5. The Conference will showcase and promote scholarly and creative activity which contributes to a broader and deeper understanding of Mexican American culture and experience in the U.S.

Many of the sessions will include research, scholarly and creative expressions reflective of a growing and significant presence in Mexican Americans in the U.S. The focus on higher education is also critical and timely given the status of Latino/a students in postsecondary education.

The two-day conference will include a Student Research Symposium for undergraduate and graduate students, a Higher Education Institute for professional development of faculty and staff in higher education.

For more information and a full schedule, view webpage.



Community invited to screening of 'Sandra's Revolution' next week

The OLLU community is invited to a screening of "Sandra's Revolution," a film directed and produced by Renelinda Arana, PhD, OLLU professor of sociology, and Colin Bressler, on Tuesday, April 2, in the Library Community Room. The film tells the story of Sandra Arana, who lived in comfort and affluence in Nicaragua before the uncertainties of the post-revolutionary period forced her and her children to flee. While dealing with the hardships associated with living in a new land, Arana had to recreate herself to build a better life for her family.

There will be showings of the film at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and a special screening with Sandra at 1:30 p.m. View flyer.

For more information, email



Health and Wellness Fair next week

The Human Resources Department is sponsoring the fifth annual Health and Wellness Fair Wednesday, April 3, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the UWAC Mabee Gym. During the fair, participants will be able to receive screenings for stroke, heart disease, blood pressure, hearing and other health conditions. Attendees can also get information on fitness, wellness, nutrition, financial health and work/life balance. The fair is open to the OLLU community.

The digital mammography bus will also be outside of the UWAC from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Appointments are recommended. Register online at View flyer for more information.

For more information, contact Diana Ramos, employee benefits manager, at or 210-434-6711, ext. 3920.



New ATM located in Moye Hall

A new ATM has been installed in the Moye breezeway. The ATM that was located in the UWAC will be removed. The fee to use the ATM is $1.50 per transaction, which is a reduction from the previous fee.



National César Chávez Blood Drive Challenge

OLLU's Health Services and the Volunteer Unity Council are sponsoring the National César Chávez Blood Drive Challenge Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Library Circle. A sign-up sheet is available in the Health Services Office in UWAC 112. Walk-ins are welcome. Students will receive one volunteer credit hour for donating blood.

For more information, call 210-431-3919.



Fiesta Texas tickets available at discounted rate

The Office of Residence Life has tickets for Six Flags Fiesta Texas available for the OLLU community to purchase for $22 each, while they last. There is no limit on the number of tickets that can be purchased at the discounted rate. Contact Mark Center, director of Residence Life, to purchase tickets. Tickets are valid through April 28.



OLLU partnering with STARS Scholarship Fund, eligible students encouraged to apply

OLLU is now partnering with STARS Scholarship Fund and eligible students are encouraged to apply for the funds. The scholarship application deadline is April 2. Scholarship criteria include:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident with a permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551.
  • Be a permanent resident (5 or more consecutive years) of and have a permanent South Texas address in one of our 22 counties.
  • Have earned/completed at least 12 undergraduate credit hours at a U.S. accredited college or university before applying for the scholarship.
  • Have a minimum college cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have completed a high school diploma or its equivalent prior to the fall of the new academic year.
  • Are enrolled in a U.S. accredited two-year community college (part-time or full-time) in a degree-seeking program, or a four year university undergraduate program (full-time) seeking a Bachelor’s Degree, or a university graduate program (full-time) seeking a Master’s, Law or Doctorate degree.

For additional information, visit the STARS Scholarship Fund website at



Volunteers needed for 'Best of the West'

Students, faculty and staff are invited to sign up to become volunteers for "Best of the West," OLLU's official Fiesta® Event. Texas Country music favorites Kyle Park and Hudson Moore will be feature entertainers at the family-friendly event that will showcase area restaurants, local bands and artists, children's entertainment, and OLLU students. The event will take place April 21 from 1-9 p.m. in the Library Circle. Volunteers will get free admission to the event.

Volunteers are needed for set-up the day before the event, operating booths during the event and clean-up after the event. Volunteers are needed for the following days and times:

Saturday, April 20:

  • 9 a.m.-Noon
  • Noon-3 p.m.

Sunday, April 21:

  • 9 a.m.-Noon
  • Noon-3 p.m.
  • 3-6 p.m.
  • 6-9 p.m.

Volunteer areas include:

  • Parking
  • Art Area
  • Children's Area
  • Command Center
  • Main Gate Admission
  • Merchandise Area
  • Soda/Water Tickets
  • Beer Tickets
  • Lost and Found

To sign up or for more information, email or call 210-431-3985.



Saints Update

OLLU's Ryler Moreno selected as conference 'Softball Player of the Week'

Ryler Moreno stood out as the Red River Athletic Conference Softball Player of the Week for March 18-24. Moreno, a freshman catcher from San Antonio, Texas, pounded out five hits including three home runs in a 4-1 week for the Saints. She reached base on a hit and scored a run in a 4-3 victory over Friends University to cap an early week double-header. In the opener of a three-game series at Texas Wesleyan University, Moreno blasted a solo home run as OLLU won, 5-2. In the finale, she was 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of homers and four RBIs to spark a 7-2 win and a series sweep. For the week, Moreno was 5-of-15 hitting with four runs scored. The Saints remain perfect at 12-0 in the RRAC and 22-7 on the season. Moreno is a graduate of Taft High School. She is majoring in Kinesiology at OLLU.

Photo: Ryler Moreno





OLLU softball wins three-game series against Texas Wesleyan University

The softball team overpowered Texas Wesleyan University (TWU) winning all three games this past weekend. On Friday, the Saints won 5-2, and in the doubleheader on Saturday, OLLU won 5-1 and 7-2. Last year, the Rams ended the Saints' quest for the conference tournament title by the score of 5-2. In the preseason poll released in November of 2012, the Rams were picked to finish first in the conference and received votes in the Coach's Top 25 Poll, while OLLU was picked to finish second. In this season's first conference poll released on March 18, OLLU was picked first, and the Rams dropped to fourth behind Bacone and Langston. In the Coach's Top 25 Poll released on March 19, the Saints received 44 votes – the most in team history. With the wins, the Saints are 12-0 in the conference and 22-7 overall – they are two-and-a-half games ahead of second-place Bacone College (8-1/9-12). Texas Wesleyan drops to 3-6 in the conference and 10-17 overall – they are seven-and-a-half games behind the Saints.


OLLU's Eddie Ortiz and Nashae Owens selected to conference 'Basketball Champions of Character Teams'

Men's basketball player Juan "Eddie" Ortiz has been selected to the Red River Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Champions of Character Team, while Nashae Owens was selected to the Women's Basketball Champions of Character Team. Beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year, the conference will be recognizing one student-athlete from each team in every sport for sportsmanship, character and community service. Coaches for each team are charged with selecting the one player who best exemplifies the tenets of the NAIA Champions of Character program.

Photos: Eddie Ortiz and Nashae Owens







OLLU's Robert Martinez selected to NAIA Men's Basketball All-American Team

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2012-2013 Division I Men's Basketball All-Americans. Our Lady of the Lake University senior guard Robert Martinez has been selected to the Second Team. In Martinez's first season in 2009-2010, he was selected to the NAIA All-American Honorable Mention Team.


OLLU's Nashae Owens and Nikkia Davis selected to NAIA Women's Basketball All-American Team

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2012-2013 Division I Women's Basketball All-America Teams. Our Lady of the Lake University's Nikkia Davis and Nashae Owens were selected to the Honorable Mention Team. Owens led the Saints in scoring with an average of 14.91 points per game, while Davis followed with 13.03 points per game. Davis ranked second in the NAIA in total assists (212), fourth in assists per game (6.236), fifth in total steals (109), ninth in steals per game (3.206) and 17th in assist/turnover ratio (1.843). Owens ranked 13th in the NAIA in total steals (88), 18th in free throw percentage (.795), 22nd in steals per game (2.588) and 26th in total scoring (507).



Upcoming Athletics Schedule:

  • Tuesday, 2/4 p.m.: Softball vs. Midland University at home
  • Friday, 9 a.m.: Men's Tennis vs. Lewis & Clark College at home
  • Friday, 3 p.m.: Softball @ Bacone College in Muskogee, Okla.
  • Saturday, 11 a.m./1 p.m.: Softball @ Bacone College in Muskogee, Okla.

*Home events in bold



For more information on the Saints, contact Patty Constantin at ext. 5505 or visit the Athletics home page. In addition, follow the Saints athletic teams on Twitter at and on Facebook at




IFCC benefactor, director receive awards during the San Antonio Folk Dance Festival

Dr. Janice Mendelson (pictured left) receives the National Dance Award for long-time contributions to folk dancing during the San Antonio Folk Dance Festival held March 15-17. Dr. Mendelson is the benefactor of OLLU International Folk Culture Center (IFCC) that provides a variety of folk dancing opportunities for the San Antonio and OLLU communities. During the festival, Lissa Bengston, director of the IFCC, received the Texas Dance Award for her contributions to folk dancing in Texas.




Members of the 21st Century Circle honored

Last week, OLLU's Office of Institutional Advacement recognized members of OLLU's 21st Century Circle. Those who are part of the circle have included OLLU as a beneficiary of a life insurance plan or a planned gift in their wills.

Photo: Members of OLLU's 21st Century Circle are pictured with President Sister Jane Ann Slater, CDP, PhD, during the luncheon last week.




Mizuumi-Con 6 brings Anime fans to OLLU

More than 2,400 fans of Anime, gaming and Japanese culture descended on OLLU's campus during Mizuumi-Con 6, OLLU's annual Anime convention. Attendees enjoyed cosplay contests, tabletop and console gaming, discussion panels with famous Anime voice actors and many other activities during the Convention.

Photo: Participants dressed in costume during Mizuumi-Con 6.







Psychology faculty and graduate students present in international conference

OLLU psychology faculty and graduate students presented during "Conversation-Fest 2013: Inviting Dialogue, Stories and Community in Therapy and Social Transformation," an international conference held in League City, Texas. Presentations included:

  • "Open Dialogue: Dilemmas of Postmodern Supervision: Opening Doors to Conversations with the Still-Modern World," by Joan Biever, Monte Bobele, Bernadette Solórzano, and Laurel Bluntzer Hawks (PsyD student)
  • "Using Reflecting Teams in Clinical Supervision: A Qualitative Exploration," by Leonard Bohanon
  • "Resisting Hegemonic Masculinity in Latin America: Women Reclaiming and Honoring our Bodily Integrity," by marcela polanco
  • "Opening Our Doors: Therapeutic Conversations at Walk-in Clinics," by Monte Bobele and Arnold Slive
  • "Narrative Informed Adventure Therapy: Empowering Families Affected by the Trauma of Child Abuse," by Heather Shealy (MS student) and marcelo polanco
  • "Challenges in Using Strength Based Approaches with Marginalized Populations and Their Stories of Resiliency," by Amanda Wetegrove-Romine, Mona Stribling, and Laura Roach (PsyD students)
  • "Giving a Voice to the Unaccompanied Latina/o Minors: Migration Narratives of Strengths and Resiliency," by Gabriela I. Nunez (PsyD student)
  • "Human Trafficking 'Victims to Survivors:' Eliciting the Preferred Narratives of Modern Day Slavery Survivors," by Natalia Holik (PsyD student)
  • "Opening Doors in Primary Care for Strength Based Therapy," by Amanda Wetegrove-Romine and Claudia Mejia (PsyD students)




Important information for students regarding government sequestration

Sequestration is an across-the-board cutting mechanism that will impact most federal government programs. It is designed to reduce the deficit and is scheduled to occur over 10 years. Sequestration is the result of the Super Committee’s failure to reach an agreement on a deficit reduction deal in 2011. It became effective Friday, March 1, 2013.

What students need to know about sequestration:

The sequestration will cut federal student aid programs during the first year by an estimated 5.1 percent. Programs affected by the cuts are Federal Work Study (FWS), Supplemental Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), and TEACH Grant.

Direct Loan origination fees are expected to increase from 1.00 to 1.05 percent and Plus Loan origination fees to increase from 4.00 to 4.20 percent.

Awards amounts for 2013-2014 for FWS, FSEOG, TEACH Grant and loan origination fees are subject to change based on federal funding. The Department of Education is continuing to work with Congress to determine the funding allocations. 

State funding:

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has announced that the award amounts for the Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG) will be reduced. The maximum award amount a student could possibly receive for the 2013-2014 academic year is $3,230. All students will see a reduction in their annual award.

It is imperative that all students complete their 2013-2014 FAFSA by May 1, 2013.

For more information on sequestration, contact the Financial Aid Office.



Nominate students for Conexión's '20 under 20'

Conexión will feature 20 outstanding Latino students who are younger than 20 for its "20 under 20" cover story. The publication is looking for students who are excelling academically, in sports or extracurricular activities and also are giving back to the community. Last year's selections included student athletes, a filmmaker and aspiring science researchers. Click here for nomination form.

To nominate students:

  • Email the completed form to reporter Marissa Villa at Copy Conexión editor Melissa Rentería at
  • Fill out a nomination form at
  • Mail the form to Marissa Villa, Conexión, PO Box 2171, San Antonio, Texas 78297-2171
  • Deliver the form to the San Antonio Express-News, at Avenue E and Third Street

Deadline for nominations is Friday, April 12, at 5 p.m. Nominees must be younger than 20 on May 31 and attend school in Bexar County.



Continuing education opportunities available at OLLU

OLLU’s Continuing Education Office is offering the following upcoming workshops and courses in San Antonio and The Woodlands:

The Woodlands
April 5, April 12, April 15 and April 20
PHR® and SPHR® Exam Prep Course - Houston-area Human Resources professionals: Prepare for the May SPHR/PHR exam

Wednesday-Friday, April 24-26
Project Management Professional (PMP®) Exam Workshop -Three-day workshop to prep for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Exam

San Antonio
Friday, May 10, 2013
Cultural Competence and Enrichment in the Workplace - One-day workshop to improve cross-cultural communication and cultural competence in the workplace

For additional information, call the San Antonio office at 210-431-3995 and The Woodlands office at 936-321-4500.



Honors program accepting applications for fall 2013

The OLLU Honors Program is now accepting applications for the fall 2013 semester. Current OLLU or transfer freshmen and sophomores with 30 hours or less may apply. Application materials are due by May 7. Acceptance decisions will not be made until final grades have been posted for spring 2013.

Benefits of the Honors Program include:

  • Enhances speech, writing and critical thinking skills 
  • Offers opportunities for experiential learning through service learning courses and service to the community 
  • Develops leadership skills
  • Includes planned activities such as attendance at conferences, workshops and cultural events 
  • Provides assistance with applying for scholarships, internships and undergraduate research opportunities 
  • Examines topics through multiple perspectives, with less reliance on formal tests 
  • $1,000 scholarship per year

Requirements for current OLLU or transfer students are:

  • Interview with Honors Program director and/or faculty
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA after completion of one semester or more at OLLU, or equivalent
  • Two letters of recommendation from OLLU faculty members OR from faculty from transferring college/university
  • Completion of the Honors Program application and essay

The application is available online.

For more information, contact Leda Barnett, PhD, director for the Honors Program, at or 210-434-6711, ext. 2693.



Lenten Prayer services for the OLLU community

The Division of Mission and Ministry invites all students, staff and faculty to participate in communal prayer throughout the Lenten Season. Lent, a time in many faith traditions that is set aside for deep reflection, began with Ash Wednesday and will continue through Holy Thursday on March 28. Throughout this time, there will be morning and evening community prayer opportunities in Constantineau Chapel. Morning services will take place from 7:30-7:50 a.m. and evening services will take place from 5:10-5:30 p.m.

The gatherings will be led by individuals or groups from various faith traditions and all parts of campus. Each gathering will reflect the tradition or perspective of that gathering's leader, but will be an opportunity for reflection and transformation for everyone who attends.

To view a full schedule of prayer services and leaders, click here.



ITS offering web printing for OLLU community  

The ITS division offers web printing to the OLLU community at the San Antonio and Woodlands campuses. Web printing allows students, faculty and staff the opportunity to print to an ITS supported computer lab printer without having to be in the lab connected to the printer needed. The prints will be deducted from the student's free printing quota or charged back to departments on a monthly basis for faculty and staff.

How To Using Web Printing:
Click on myOLLU (icon/link)
Login using your OLLU credentials
Click on Bookmarks
Click on Web Printing
Follow the prompts to select a printer (by location), account charging and uploading file

For more information, contact Duplication Services at 210-434-6711, ext. 2422.



Tuesday: Blessing and Commissioning Ritual for Sister Jane Ann Slater - 12:30 p.m. - Sacred Heart Chapel

Thursday: Holy Thursday holiday for traditional session

Friday-Monday: OLLU closed for Easter Holiday

April 2: Screening of 'Sandra's Revolution' - Library Community Room - 1:30-2:45 p.m.

April 2-9: OLLU Literary Festival featuring Richard Blanco and Antonya Nelson- view webpage

April 4-5: 10th Annual Center for Mexican American Studies and Research Conference - view webpage

April 21: "Best of the West," OLLU's official Fiesta® Event - 1-9 p.m. - Library Circle

April 26: "Battle of Flowers" Fiesta® parade - OLLU closes at noon

April 29-May 3: Spring Traditional Session Final Exams

May 3: Ring Blessing - Noon - Sacred Heart Chapel

May 3: Graduation Rehearsal - 3 p.m. - Thiry Auditorium

May 3: Graduation Liturgy - 5 p.m. - Sacred Heart Chapel

May 4: Commencement - Freeman Coliseum - 11 a.m.



In the News

3/23: San Antonio Express-News - mySpy: Mizuumi-Con 6
Photos from OLLU's Mizuumi-Con 6 Anime Convention.

3/21: San Antonio Express-News - Mizuumi-Con at OLLU
Preview of Mizuumi-Con 6 Anime Convention.



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