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OLLU board member Mike Edelmann to serve as commencement speaker Thursday

OLLUBoard of Trustee Chair Emeritus Mike Edelmann will serve as commencement speaker as OLLU confers the degrees for more than 300 undergraduate and graduate students during ceremonies on Dec. 13 at Freeman Coliseum.

Edelmann has served on the OLLU Board of Trustees for 24 years, including six years as board chair. During his time on the board, he served on four presidential search committees, chairing three of them. He was named Chair Emeritus in May 2018.

Edelmann is a retired senior manager from SBC, now AT&T. He served the telecommunications corporation for 31 years and spent 24 years in management positions. He worked in numerous cities and managed a variety of discipline areas including accounting, information systems, state regulatory, warehousing and distribution, business services, marketing, planning, customer services, public relations and real estate.

Edelmann also served in leadership roles in many state and community organizations and projects including on the Governor’s Business Development and Jobs Creation Task Force; development of the Strategic Economic Plan for the State of Texas; founding of the Texas Business and Education Coalition; founding co-chair of North Central Texas Interlink, a workforce development consortium; creation of a strategic plan for the development of downtown San Antonio; and service on boards of numerous nonprofit organizations.

He holds a bachelor’s degree with a major in Political Science and a minor in Economics from Little Rock University, now the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He has a Master of Science in Management from Stanford University.

Graduation celebrations will begin Thursday morning with Ring Blessing and Graduation Liturgy. The schedule of events is as follows:

Ring Blessing – 10 a.m. – Sacred Heart Chapel
Students will have the opportunity to have their rings and other items individually blessed. Graduation regalia not required.

New alumni and family meet and greet – 10:30 a.m. – Chapel Auditorium

Graduation Liturgy – 12 p.m. – Sacred Heart Chapel
Graduating students and their families and friends are invited to celebrate Mass. Graduation regalia required.

Commencement Ceremony – 5 p.m. – Freeman Coliseum
3201 E. Houston Street
San Antonio, Texas 78219

Holiday hours for the cafeteria, library, bookstore and Help Desk

The following are hours of operation for the cafeteria, library, bookstore and IT Help Desk


  • Dec. 15-16 –closed
  • Dec. 17-21 – 7a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Dec. 22-Jan. 2 – closed
  • Jan. 3-4 -7 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Jan. 5-6 – Closed
  • Jan. 7-11 – 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Jan. 12 – Resume regular hours

Note: The C-Store will remain open throughout the Christmas break

OLLU Bookstore

  • Dec. 15-16 – Closed
  • Dec. 17-19 – 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Dec. 20 – 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Dec. 21-Jan. 2 – Closed
  • Jan. 3-4 – Regular hours
  • Jan. 5-6 – 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Jan. 7 – Resume regular hours

Available online throughout the holidays at


  • Dec. 21-Jan. 2 – Closed
  • Jan. 3 – Resume regular hours

Help Desk

  • Dec. 21-Jan. 2 Closed
  • Jan. 3 – Resume regular hours

Support the Jersig Center through the ‘Birdies for Charity’ fundraiser

OLLU’sHarry Jersig Center Speech-Language-Hearing Center (HJC) invites the OLLU community to support them through the 2019 Birdies for Charity® fundraising program. The fundraiser is linked to the Valero Texas Open®, the third oldest tournament on the PGA TOUR® schedule.

The HJC will receive 100 percent of every donation made through Birdies for Charity. There are no surprise fees because the Valero Texas Open and Birdies for Charity generously pays all costs to run the program.

Support HJC and make a secure online contribution at

For more information regarding donations, contact the OLLU Development Office at

To learn more about the program, visit

Mission and Ministry providing students with free food during ‘Loaves and Fishes’

Students are invited to visit the Elliott House, today-Wednesday from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for “Loaves and Fishes” where they can get free food and fellowship during finals week.

Students will also have the opportunity to add their name and time of their finals to the prayer wall.

For more information, contact Roxanna Chavez at 210-528-7171 or  

Employees reminded to submit/approve time before Christmas break

The following are reminders from the Payroll Office in preparation for Christmas break:

  • Salaried employees must submit their leave notices by tomorrow
  • Any employee taking leave in December will need to enter their time before they leave
  • All time cards need to be submitted by Dec. 19. Since time cards are due prior to leaving for break, employees will need to anticipate any time that will be worked on Dec. 20-21.
  • Supervisors will need to approve time by Dec. 19.

Employee comings and goings – Dec. 10, 2018

The following employees joined the OLLU community in late November and early December:

  • Aeriel Franklin – Exam Assistant
  • Rebecca Cavazos – Confidential Victim Assistant
  • Georgina Schmahl – Vice President for Institutional Advancement
  • David Macias – Senior Financial Aid Counselor

Thank you to the following for their service to OLLU:

  • Suzanne Patrick – Compliance Officer

OLLU 2018 United Way campaign sees 73 percent participation

OLLU’s 2018 United Way campaign saw continued success with a 73 percent employee participation rate. The total donation amount increased to $26,932.27, up more than $3,500 from last year.

The United Way supports 69 partner agencies and 137 programs in San Antonio that assist children, families and the SanAntonio community. Ninety-three cents of every dollar donated to United Way ofSan Antonio and Bexar County goes to direct service in the community with 7.2 percent going toward overhead costs, making United Way of San Antonio one of the most efficient and effective nonprofit agencies in the country.

For the team competitions, the EM-IA-MM Synergy Team (Enrollment Management, Institutional Advancement and Mission and Ministry) had 95 percent participation, followed by the College of Professional Studies, which had 84 percent participation.

Results of the United Way San AntonioHigher Education Workplace standings will be announced in the spring. Stay tuned to learn if OLLU retains its place as No. 1 in employee participation among San Antonio Higher Education Workplace Campaigns.

A special thanks is extended to the 304 employees who contributed to this philanthropic effort.

Men’s basketball is 2-0 in conference

The men’s basketball team opened its Red River Athletic Conference schedule last Thursday and defeated Paul Quinn College 88-77. On Saturday, theSaints faced Texas College and won 92-87. The wins move the Saints to 4-6overall and 2-0 in conference. They will open their home schedule on Thursday when they host the University of St. Thomas and on Saturday, Huston-Tillotson University will come to San Antonio for a game. Both competitions will take place at 7:30 p.m.

Women’s basketball is undefeated in conference

The women’s basketball team remains undefeated in the Red RiverAthletic Conference after crushing Texas College 95-55 on Saturday. In theSaints conference opener on Thursday, the defeated Paul Quinn College 120-84.The women are now 7-1 overall and 2-0 in conference. They will host theUniversity of St. Thomas on Thursday and Huston-Tillotson University onSaturday – both games are at 5:30 p.m.

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