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Vote early in 2018 midterm elections with a free ride to the polls

Early voting is underway in Texas and members of the OLLU community have the opportunity to receive a free ride to the polls to cast their votes. The Law and Politics Society is sponsoring rides to the polls Oct. 22, 25 and 29.

The OLLU van will leave from the visitor parking lot in front of Main Building at 12:30 p.m. This opportunity is open to students, staff, faculty and community members. Be sure to bring valid ID in order to vote.

Early voting ends Nov. 2. For those who do not vote early, election day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

2018 Boo Bash and Lake-o-Ween to take place Thursday

OLLU’s annual Halloween tradition continues with Boo Bash and Lake-o-Ween as little ghouls, goblins, superheroes and princesses descend upon campus. These community events will offer plenty of family friendly fun in a safe environment.

The events will begin at 6 p.m. in Library Circle and Centennial Courtyard. The event will feature games, activities, a cupcake walk, free snacks and trick-or-treating in the residence halls.

The events are free and open to the public.

Two-step verification implemented for changes made to payment and refund information

To ensure the security of student’s payment information, OLLU has implemented a two-step verification process within the E-Commerce system.

Effective Oct. 29, any student needing to update their user profile or refund profile will need to enroll in the two-step verification process in order to update their information.

Students will be prompted to add a backup method to verify their identity when attempting to make changes to their profile information. Once the backup method is added, students will be sent a numeric code to complete the enrollment. Once their identity is verified, they will be allowed to make changes to their profile information.

PhD candidate to present research at international conference

Ray Martinez, OLLU PhD student and Blackboard administrator, will be presenting his doctoral research at the Academy of Business Research Conference being held in San Antonio this week. Martinez’s study, “Analyzing the Relationship Between Adolescent Family Structure, Leadership Virtues, and Life Satisfaction,” investigated the effects of a single and dual-guardian adolescent family structure on self-reported leadership virtues and satisfaction with life.

The Academy of Business Research (ABR) is an international society of scholars and practitioners who exchange ideas and collaborate in a conference setting. In the last decade, ABR has had participants from all 50 states and 49 different countries.

Sign up for fall 2018 Employee Service Day

OLLU faculty and staff are invited to participate in a service project as part of OLLU Employee Service Day on Nov. 7, from 9:15 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Our Lady of the Lake Convent.

During the service day, volunteers will assist the Sisters of Divine Providence with several projects at the Convent, including helping in the Peace and Bezner Gardens, cleaning the Stations of the Cross and helping in the nursing home. Afterwards, volunteers will join the Sisters for lunch.

OLLU Employee Service Day allows faculty and staff to take part in a community service project during working hours without using vacation leave time.

Employee Service Day is open to the first 15 employees who sign up. Staff must obtain approval from their supervisor before signing up. Just a reminder that employees can only participate once per calendar year.

To sign up, visit The deadline to sign up is Oct. 29 (unless slots are filled earlier).

For more information, contact Jennifer Bendele at or 210-434-6711, ext. 6534.

Men’s cross-country finishes fifth in NAIA Mid-States Classic, women place ninth

The OLLU men’s and women’s cross-country teams participated in the 2018 NAIA Mid-States Classic, hosted by Southwestern College. The men’s team placed fifth. The women’s team placed ninth.

Head Coach Stephen Sherman commented, “Mid-States is one of my favorite meets I have been involved with, and today was amazing. The weather was spot on and the course ran fast. It’s always nice too to experience success at this meet, which both groups did today.”

Capturing the men’s event was Oklahoma City, followed by Columbia, Evangel and Southwestern Assemblies of God. Following OLLU were Benedictine, Doane, Park, MidAmerica Nazarene, St. Thomas, Southwestern, Missouri Valley, Kansas Wesleyan McPherson, Southern Nazarene, York, Bethany, Ottawa, Oklahoma Panhandle and Oklahoma Wesleyan. Read full story online.

Capturing the women’s event was Wayland Baptist, followed by Oklahoma City, MidAmerica Nazarene, Southwestern, Columbia, Benedictine, Southern Nazarene and Park. After OLLU were Avila, Texas Wesleyan, Doane, St. Thomas, Missouri Valley, York, Ottawa, McPherson, Evangel, Sterling, Southwestern Assemblies of God, Cottey College, Peru State, Bethany and Bacone. Read full story online.

Blood Drive taking place Oct. 24 and 25

The OLLU community is invited to participate in a blood drive next Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The mobile unit will be located in Moye Circle (outside the UWAC).

Walk-ups are welcome. Donors must bring a photo ID.

This blood drive is sponsored by the vOLLUnteer Unity Council and Health Services.

OLLU to host production of ‘Abrazos’ with focus on immigration issues

The Center for Women in Church and Society is collaborating with Teatro Farolito to present “Abrazos” Sunday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. in Thiry Auditorium.

“Abrazos” is a stage production adapted from the book of the same title by Rebecca Padilla that tells the story of the pain, strength and perseverance faced by men, women and children immigrants. Their stories of fleeing violence, extortion and even certain death, all in the struggle to ensure their survival and the survival of their children, shed light on the horrendous acts of crime that forced them to leave their motherlands.

This production is part of the “OLLU is Migration” series.

The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

For more information, email

Employee comings and goings – Oct. 15, 2018

The following employees joined the OLLU community in late September and early October:

  • Sr. Mary Morkovsky – University Archivist
  • Carmen Serrata – Director of McNair Scholars Program

Thank you to the following for their service to OLLU:

  • Carla Chavez – Financial Aid Counselor
  • Pedro Balboa – General Maintenance Worker
  • Andrea Quintanilla – Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Administration and CTO
  • Mary Jo Bilicek – Coordinator of Institutional Effectiveness and IRB
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