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Phase II Plan Update

Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, the university is adjusting its original plans for Phase II. Instead of gradually increasing the number of employees on campus, the adjusted Phase II which begins on July 7 — will focus on preparing areas that have not yet had the opportunity to visit campus to assess their needs for the fall.

Individuals who were originally scheduled to return to campus as part of Phase II are no longer required to do so unless they are instructed to do so by their supervisor. Supervisors should communicate directly with employees when they will need to come to campus. Supervisors should work to create a rotating schedule to ensure social distancing can be maintained. 

Phase II employees coming to campus should email by noon the day before visiting campus. Police will send an email with a screening survey and directions for visiting the screening station upon arrival to campus.

During Phase II, the university is asking all department chairs and supervisors who have not already done so to conduct an on-campus assessment to identify necessary work-area modifications needed as a result of the pandemic, as well as the needs for COVID-related supplies.

Requests for supplies and work-area modifications must be submitted to vice presidents or chiefs of divisions by Friday, July 10. Some supplies are taking longer to be delivered, so it is important to get requests in now.

The university has already placed an order for face coverings, sanitizer and cleaning solution. It is not necessary to add these to requests for individual areas. In addition, a large number of face shields for use by faculty who will be teaching face-to-face classes have been ordered.

Phase I volunteers may continue to come to campus on their regular schedule. They should continue to stop at the screening station before proceeding to their offices/work areas.

SGA to hold Virtual Student Town Hall Meeting

The Student Government Association will hold two Summer Virtual Town Hall meetings on July 15, the first at 12:30 p.m., the second at 4 p.m. Students may attend either one or both.  

The SGA invites those who wish to attend to complete a Pre-Town Hall Survey through which questions may be asked and concerns expressed. Responses to the survey will help SGA determine who needs to be present at the Virtual Town Hall to answer questions. To complete the survey, click on the following link: SGA Pre-Town Hall Survey

To attend the Virtual Town Hall on July 15 at 12:30 p.m., click on the following link (the password TownHall):

Or call:

United States Toll Free: 1-844-992-4726

United States Toll: +1-408-418-9388

Access code: 146 259 7215

To attend the Virtual Town Hall on July 15 at 4 p.m., click on the following link (password TownHall):

Or call:

United States Toll Free: 1-844-992-4726

United States Toll:  +1-408-418-9388

Access code: 146 556 7658

OLLU softball adds Julissa Moreno from Austin

The softball team is proud to announce the addition of sophomore Julissa Moreno, a transfer student from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Head Coach Bruce Lenington said, “We are thrilled to welcome Julissa and her family to OLLU! Julissa is a solid infielder with a dangerous bat. She has the ability to strengthen our lineup both offensively and defensively. We can’t wait to welcome her in the fall season!”

Moreno will study business at OLLU. She played for Akins High School in Austin, Texas. She is a shortstop and was named to the Second Team All-District and Academic All-District teams while at Akins. She was also awarded offensive MVP during the 2017-2018 season.

Moreno commented, “I chose OLLU not only because of how comfy I felt with the coaches but because I could tell that this program is a real family. Everyone has each other’s back, and I know that they’ll have mine. I can’t wait to see the great things we do this year and in the future! Go Saints!”

She will join the Saints in the fall of 2020 as they kick off their 12th official season in the spring of 2021.

Kane Ybarra first OLLU golfer to earn Academic All-America honors

Golf’s Kane Ybarra has been selected to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America® NAIA At-Large Team. He is the first golfer at OLLU to earn this honor.

The NAIA Academic All-America® program is financially supported by the NAIA national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2019-2020 NAIA Academic All-America® teams. Despite the cancellation of spring competition during the COVID-19, CoSIDA continued its sponsorship of the Academic All-America awards program. Student-athletes were selected based on career statistics.

The at-large program for the Academic All-America® program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo, bowling, crew and field hockey; and volleyball and wrestling for men.

The CoSIDA Academic All-America® NAIA Men’s At-Large Team produced an average GPA of 3.82 with the first team combining for an average GPA of 3.85. Ybarra had a GPA of 3.70.

Ybarra, who has been part of the Saints golf team for four years, has been a part of the NAIA Scholar Team recognition all four years. He received NAIA All-American honors, and All-Conference recognition in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. In his freshman year, Ybarra was named conference player of the year and freshman/newcomer of the year. He has also received conference scholar-athlete awards all four years. This past year, he was his team’s Top Saint.

OLLU presented 2019-2020 accomplishments during virtual Ninth Annual Big Blue All-Sports Athletic Banquet

OLLU celebrated its 2019-2020 season with the virtual Ninth Annual Big Blue All-Sports Athletic Banquet on May 6.

The event began with a welcome from Athletic Director Shane Hurley. He honored the athletes, staff and everyone who contributed to a successful 2019-2020 season. The Saints won their seventh straight Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) All-Sports Award.

OLLU University Ministry Director Creighton Chandler led viewers in prayer before the awards for each sport were announced. After the opening prayer, coaches spoke about their team and their accomplishments. Rev. Kevin Fausz provided the closing prayer.

To read the story and access videos, go here:

OLLU baseball players set to compete in Texas summer leagues

Several members of the baseball team are participating in summer leagues throughout Texas this summer.

Logan Garza and first-year graduate student Jose Diaz are playing in the Texas Collegiate League (TCL). Garza is part of the pitching staff for the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio, the Triple-A affiliate of the MLB’s Milwaukee Brewers. Diaz is an addition to the Victoria Generals and is also a pitcher.

Head Coach Bryan Aughney is assisting the Flying Chanclas as the hitting coach. The TCL started its season on June 30.

Robert Lopez, Francisco Martinez, Javier De Alejandro, Jacob Montejano and Tyler Vivier are all playing for TX-USA baseball located in San Antonio as part of the Central Texas League. Brett Vasquez is pitching for the Houston Extreme Heat in the Five Tool Collegiate League.

Robert Arredondo and Connor Dayton joined the USA Baseball Xtreme National Team in the Texas Showcase Collegiate League.

The Saints were off to a 15-10 start and 5-1 mark in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) before the 2020 season was cut short due to COVID-19. They will begin their seventh season in 2021

OLLU Phase II reopening delayed until July 7

In response to alerts about increased COVID-19 cases issued by city and county officials in Bexar, Cameron and Harris counties, OLLU is delaying the start of Phase II of the reopening process on all campuses.

Phase II, which was set to begin June 30, is now delayed to July 7. Employees who were expected to return to campus during Phase II are no longer expected to do so until further notice or unless otherwise noted by their supervisor. Further delays to Phase II will depend on guidance from city and county officials in areas where OLLU has campuses. An update will be provided by July 2.

OLLU will remain in Phase I in which employees are working on campus on a voluntary basis. Temperature check station and screening remain in effect as before. Supervisors will contact employees if any schedule changes are required. In addition, employees who wish to visit campus on an as-needed basis can continue to do so by seeking supervisor approval and emailing by noon on the day before the intended visit.

OLLU plans for students after Thanksgiving break

OLLU has been working hard over the last few months to prepare for the university’s return to on-campus instruction and services in the fall semester and to welcome the newest class of students. Our Lady of the Lake University is committed to the well-being of all the members of its community and is putting into place many measures to promote social distancing and safety for all.

Of special note is an important change for the fall semester: Following the Thanksgiving break, all classes will move to remote/online instruction for the remainder of the fall semester. Students will be allowed to remain in the residence halls and use campus facilities and services, but classes and final exams will all be online.

This initiative mirrors what other universities across the country are planning for the fall semester. It is designed to reduce the spread of coronavirus and seasonal flu that accompanies the surge in travel (and virus transmission) that happens during the Thanksgiving holiday. OLLU’s campuses, like many others, experience an uptick in seasonal flu cases following Thanksgiving. Online instruction after the break will allow for greater social distancing during this critical period.

As during any fall semester, students will be allowed to leave their belongings in the residence halls awaiting their return for the spring semester. In addition, any unused meal plan dollars will roll over to the spring semester.
Finally, all student support services—computer labs, library, tutoring and more — will continue to be available on campus following Thanksgiving. Naturally, remote services will be available, as well, for those students who do not wish to travel back to campus after the break.

OLLU will continue throughout the summer to put systems in place to help protect its community while still providing its students an excellent and holistic academic and campus experience. More detail on this can be found on the COVID-19 webpage,

Below is a highlight of a few measures OLLU is taking:

Adjusted Instruction
To accommodate the wide range of student needs and desires during the pandemic, OLLU is adopting a variety of strategies as appropriate to each discipline. An updated course schedule reflecting these changes will be available by July 7. Strategies include:

• Face-to-face classes with safety in mind: Face-to-face classes will meet in spacious classrooms that allow for generous social distancing. Face masks or shields will be required in classrooms.

• Split hybrid classes: To reduce crowding and exposure, split hybrid classes will give students the face-to-face experience in smaller groups. Half of the students in a class attend face-to-face for one day of instruction while half complete projects/assignments online or attend class virtually.

• Reduced class sizes for science labs: Additional lab sections are being scheduled to accommodate smaller lab class sizes.

• Online sections: Most courses with multiple sections will offer at least one online section. Most students will have the flexibility to build face-to-face, online or mixed schedules as needed.

Residence Hall Changes
To accommodate the need for social distancing in the residence halls, OLLU is adopting the following initiatives:

• Reopening former residence hall space: Following the opening of Lake View Hall, the university took several halls offline. Providence Hall, Pacelli Hall and St. Ann’s Hall will be brought back online and utilized for greater social distancing. These halls are currently being updated for student use. This will greatly increase the availability of single rooms. Spacious triple occupancy rooms will be converted to double occupancy rooms. There will be no more than two residents sharing bathroom space.

• Social distancing measures in common spaces: Lounges, study rooms and laundry spaces will be adjusted to ensure proper distancing; signage and floor decals will be added as visual reminders.

• Residence hall activities: Social activities in the residence halls will involve more virtual and outdoor activities to ensure social distancing.

• Hand sanitizer stations: Hand sanitizer stations will be available near hall entrances.

• Intensified cleaning of high-touch areas: New procedures are being adopted for more frequent cleaning of high touch areas such as door handles, surfaces in common areas, hallways, elevator and stairwells.

Adjustment to Dining Services
OLLU’s dining services provider Chartwells will be screening employees and will be adopting the following measures to provide for social distancing:

• Plexiglass guards: Guards will be installed to prevent the spread of germs.

• Grab-and-go items: More grab-and-go options will be offered to allow community members to take their meals to private spaces.

• Disposable containers: These will assist with preventing spread of germs.

• Spacing of tables and chairs: This will assist with social distancing.

• Visual reminders: Signage and floor decals will provide guidance for social distancing.

• Intensified cleaning measures: Dining rooms will be closed between meal serving times to allow for additional cleaning.

Over the last few months, many of OLLU students have shared their hopes of returning to campus and having a deeper sense of community. OLLU is using guidance and best practices from local, state and national health organizations to put systems into place so that it can welcome students back to campus and provide the safest environment possible.

OLLU looks forward to greeting everyone in August on its campuses in San Antonio, Houston and the Rio Grande Valley.

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