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Get into the Christmas spirit with annual OLLU traditions

The OLLU community is invited to begin the Christmas season by participating in some annual OLLU traditions in addition to other upcoming events.

Events include:

  • Tree Decorating and Lighting
    Tuesday, Nov. 28
    12 p.m. – Tree decorating
    5:30 p.m. – Tree lighting and blessing
    The OLLU community is invited to join in the decorating of the OLLU Christmas tree beginning at 12 p.m. in the Mall Area. Ornaments will be provided and participants will be able to write a special message on the ornaments prior to hanging them on the tree. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available. The official lighting of the tree will take place at 5:30 p.m. and will include a special blessing and caroling led by the MUSI 2331 Listening to Music class, the University Choir, and the OLLU Band, under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth Dyer.
  • Sounds of Christmas
    Thursday, Nov. 30
    7 p.m.
    OLLU is hosting the taping of the Sounds of Christmas Concert, featuring performances from participating Catholic high school students and OLLU’s Les Canards Choir. The concert will take place in Sacred Heart Chapel. Admission is free.
  • Las Posadas
    Friday, Dec. 1
    6 p.m.
    The community is invited to participate in a prayer service and re-enactment of the journey of Mary and Joseph searching for lodging in Bethlehem. The procession will begin at Annunciation Chapel and will conclude with a reception in Chapel Auditorium.
  • Candlelight
    Saturday, Dec. 2
    5:30 p.m. – Dinner in Chapel Auditorium
    7 p.m. – Advent Prayer Service
    8:15 p.m. – Caroling in Moye Rotunda
    8:30 p.m. – Dance in Chapel Auditorium

OLLU to host ‘I am Psyched’ national exhibit

The OLLU Psychology department is hosting the “I am Psyched! Inspiring Histories, Inspiring Lives: Women of Color in Psychology” national exhibit. The exhibit will take place on Nov. 28 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Providence Hall, West Social Room.

This multimedia exhibit explores the history of contemporary contributions of women of color in psychology. The exhibit opening and reception will feature special guest Dr. Jessica Henderson Daniel, current president of the American Psychological Association.

Those who plan to attend the opening should RSVP via email to

Last day to submit fall semester project requests to Marketing and Communications is Nov. 30

To ensure all projects for the end of the semester are completed in a timely manner, the last day to submit project requests to the Marketing and Communications Office is Thursday, Nov. 30. This includes ecards, evites, event registration forms, programs, flyers and any other print or digital items.

To submit a digital request, visit

To submit a print request, visit

The project request forms will reopen at the beginning of the spring semester.

Reminder: carrying firearms on campus is prohibited

This is a reminder that carrying firearms on campus is prohibited. Even those who hold a concealed handgun license (CHL) are prohibited from carrying firearms on campus.

The OLLU Board of Trustees voted to “opt out” of allowing person’s holding CHLs to carry firearms on campus following the 2015 passage of Senate Bill 11 in the Texas Legislature’s 84th Session. The bill included a provision for private universities to decide “after consultation with campus constituents” whether to follow the decision, create special “carry spaces” on campus or to “opt out.”

The Board of Trustees received input from students, faculty, staff, alumni and Sisters of the Congregation of Divine Providence to aid in making the decision to prohibit firearms on campus.

As required by state law, signs are placed throughout campus to notify everyone about the policy.

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