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Actor, director Jesse Borrego to speak at Thiry Auditorium

The OLLU Salazar-Escobedo School of Mass Communication and Theater will present “An Evening with Jesse Borrego” on Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in Thiry Auditorium.

The presentation, “Bridging the Cultural Uncanny Valley: Image and Story in the 21st Century,” will feature the San Antonio native who is one of four Latino actors recently invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

An actor, director and producer, Borrego will share his perspective on cultural identity and image, especially as it pertains to the trillion-dollar entertainment industry, consumerism and ultimately our American cultural identity.

As a veteran of stage, screen and television, Borrego has a unique understanding of the challenges of a Chicano actor. Exploring the highlights of his professional career, he identifies certain milestones in our shared cultural evolution and the potential empowerment of the cultural narrative in our digital information age.

A meet and greet will follow the presentation.

The event will be available on WebEx at:

COVID-19 protocol update

Thanks to the efforts of the OLLU community, COVID-19 cases on OLLU campuses have continued to decrease after a peak in August. A significant portion of the OLLU community is vaccinated and continued mask-wearing and other precautions are keeping the community safe. Thanks to these efforts, OLLU has seen no evidence of virus spread in its classrooms, residence halls or offices this semester.

With these improvements, and as long as there is no new surge in COVID-19 cases, the university provides the following updates:

  • OLLU plans to continue all in-person classes through the end of the semester; the university does not plan to move to remote instruction as it did last year after the Thanksgiving holidays.
  • There will not be a special, extended pass/fail grading option this semester.
  • There will not be an extension of the standard deadline to withdraw from classes. View the fall 2021 academic calendar for deadlines.
  • OLLU will celebrate with an in-person commencement ceremony on Dec. 9 at Freeman Coliseum. Graduation details are available on the university website.
  • Masks are still required for all individuals on campus in common spaces including classrooms, hallways, meeting spaces and other areas where individuals cannot isolate; the university will continue to evaluate mask requirements based on CDC guidance.
  • The university will hold a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on campus on Nov. 4 from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sign up for an appointment online here.
  • Vaccine and Testing Reminders:
    Students and employees who have not submitted proof of COVID-19 vaccination are required to test on a regular basis. Individuals will receive an email with instructions when it is time to test. More details are available on the Administration Division SharePoint site.  

    OLLU students have until Oct. 29, 2021, to submit their COVID-19 vaccine record to receive a $100 gift card. Vaccine records can be uploaded at this link. Once vaccine records are verified, students will receive an e-link directly from Amazon with the gift card. The university will send out an email alerting students to be on the lookout for the Amazon email.

    OLLU employees who wish to share their COVID-19 vaccination record can upload an image of the record online.  

OLLU to serve as voting location for Nov. 2 election

OLLU will serve as an Election Day polling site for the Joint Constitutional Amendment, General, Special and Bond Election on Nov. 2 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Library Community Room.

OLLU will be one of only two four-year institutions and one of only four institutions of higher learning in Bexar County to serve as an election site on Nov. 2.

Students in POLS 4360 Latinx Politics have become Bexar County deputized volunteer voter registrars and can register voters on campus. They are partnering with MOVE Texas to receive civics and voter mobilization training and to hold voter registration drives throughout the spring semester. 

  • All voters registered in Texas will be able to vote on eight propositions of amendments to the Texas constitution – see nonpartisan voter’s guide here.
    • Amendment topics: Raffles, county government, religious services, judges (two amendments), caregiver visits, property tax exemption and property tax/military
  • Races depending on home address (check which races are on ballots here):
    • Alamo Heights ISD – Special Election
    • Bexar County Emergency Services District No. 9 – Special Election
    • City of Converse – General Election for Mayor
    • Green Valley Special Utility District – General Election
    • East Central ISD – Bond Election
    • City of Helotes – Special Election
    • Judson ISD – Bond Election
    • Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD – General Election
    • City of Schertz – General Election
    • Southside ISD – Bond Election
    • City of Universal City – Special Election
    • City of Windcrest – General Election for Mayor
    • Comal ISD – Special Election and Bond Election
  • Check voter registration status here.

Woolfolk Lecture Series to present on ‘Selective Mutism’ in youth

The Woolfolk School of Communication Sciences and Disorders will host its biennial Elizabeth Carrow Woolfolk Lecture Series virtually on Saturday at 9 a.m. with a speech-language pathologist and expert on selective mutism. 

Joleen R. Fernald, PhD, author of “The Comprehensive Guide to Selective Mutism,” will discuss “Selective Mutism in Children and Adolescents.” Mutism is a childhood disorder typified by an inability to speak in social situations.

The lecture will feature numerous topics on selective mutism, including the causes and guiding principles of treatment. The lecture will end at 3:15 p.m.

Professionals and students may register here:

San Antonio Speech Hearing and Language Association members may register here:

A link to the lecture will be sent to individuals after they complete their registration.

Blood-Mobile returns to OLLU on Oct. 28

The Blood-Mobile will return to OLLU in the Mall Area on Thursday, Oct. 28. Students, faculty and staff may donate blood from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Photo identification is required.

It is important to know: One blood donation can save up to three lives.

To reserve a time, click the following link:

For more information, call the Health Education Resource Officer at 210-431-3919 or email:

Mandatory training for employees

As part of OLLU’s continued efforts to provide a robust compliance training program, faculty and staff are required to participate in a campus-wide training initiative to reduce or prevent incidents of sexual misconduct, sexual harassment and other types of inappropriate or discriminatory behavior on OLLU’s campuses. This training also includes information about campus safety, data security, protecting privacy rights and communicating this information to the appropriate university officials. All OLLU employees are expected to know and understand the university’s policies related to these areas and to abide by them. OLLU believes that all human beings are inherently sacred and deserve dignity and respect. Every community member is expected to be respectful in all interactions as part of the learning experience. 

OLLU provides the following online training modules to help employees learn how to recognize and prevent these issues from occurring on campus. 

Additionally, these training programs support OLLU’s compliance with regulatory agencies governing the practices of higher education institutions. 

This training is mandatory for all full-time and part-time OLLU employees included in the email that was sent.

The deadline to complete all training courses is Jan. 10, 2022.

Employees are assigned to complete the following NINE courses: 

  • Data Security: Phishing (10 minutes) 
  • Data Security: Malware (10 minutes) 
  • Data Security: Passwords (10 minutes) 
  • Data Security: Physical Security and Unintended Disclosures (10 minutes) 
  • Data Security: Mobile Security and Third-Party Websites (10 minutes) 
  • FERPA: Protecting Student Privacy (10 minutes) 
  • Understanding the Clery Act (15 minutes) 
  • Committing to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Faculty and Staff (25 minutes) 
  • Title IX Mosaic: Prevent Sexual Violence Together (45 minutes) 

To begin training, employees are asked to follow these FOUR steps:  

  1. Go to   
  2. Enter login credentials. 
  3. Username: email address 
    1. Note: Do not use email address
  4. Password: Ollu2021!  
    1. Note: Password is case-sensitive 
  5. The first time logging in, the system will prompt to reset the temporary password and set a security question. 
    1. Helpful Hint: Change your password to be the same as the OLLU portal and email log in password. 
  6. Once logged in, employees should complete all of the training modules assigned under “My Courses.” 
  7. An emaill will be sent containing a link to the completion certificate, upon successful completion of each course. All are asked to keep a copy for their own records. A history of the employees’ completed courses is available in “My Completions.” The system will automatically document the completion so there is no need to forward the certificate as proof of completion. 

Tips for Completing Courses  

  • Pop-up blocker must be disabled for 
  • Ensure users’ computer meets all System Requirements specified here. 

Need Help?  

For any issues with sign-in or accessing the courses, or if the welcome email was not received, call Support at 844-348-3650, or visit the Support Site Learning Portal at for options to live chat or create a help ticket.  

All other questions should be directed to the OLLU Compliance Officer at  

In the News

Recent media coverage that brought attention to OLLU:

On Oct. 11, a story on KSAT-12 and about OLLU’s celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day:

On Oct. 18, a story in the San Antonio Express-News on OLLU graduate student Nuria Diallo Padro honored for her volunteer service:

15-year-old San Antonio mathematician, OLLU grad assistant – and Chuck Norris – to be honored Hannah Guan is a 15-year-old high school junior who has helped thousands of children gain a better understanding of math. Nuria Diallo Padro is a graduate assistant who helped hundreds of low …

Softball welcomes alumni this weekend

The softball team will hold its 2021 Alumni Day on Saturday. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., followed by a game between current players and alumni from teams beginning in 2009 through 2021. Following the game, the team will announce its inaugural Hall of Fame Class. Dessert will be served to attendees afterward.

Softball welcomes new Assistant Coach Katrisha Arocha

The softball team is proud to announce the hiring of Katrisha Arocha as an assistant coach. Arocha graduated from OLLU in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology after playing two seasons for the Saints.

Head Coach Bruce Lenington commented, “I am very excited to welcome one of the most decorated Saints pitchers back home to the Lake!  Her unique experience and mental toughness, both as a player and now a coach, will help all of our players as we pursue a championship.”

Arocha is a San Antonio native. She attended NCAA D1 Mississippi Valley State University and NCAA D2 Texas A&M University – Kingsville before transferring to OLLU for the 2014 season. She was the first softball player to earn NAIA All-American honors, and she did so in 2014. Her other awards include National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) NAIA All-Region Second Team in 2014 and First Team in 2015; NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete in 2014-2015; Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) All-Conference in 2014 and 2015; RRAC Pitcher and Newcomer of the Year in 2014; five RRAC Pitcher of the Week awards in 2014 and three in 2015; and RRAC Scholar-Athlete recognition in 2014 and 2015.

She holds the following Saints records: career ERA (1.79); season ERA (1.54), season shutouts (7), season wins (26), seasons pitched (191) and season strikeouts (247); and most innings pitched in a game (12) and most strikeouts in a game (19).

Arocha led the Saints to their first RRAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships in 2014; the team competed in nationals, where they played in the opening round. She also led her team to its first-ever NAIA Scholar Team recognition in 2014.

After her playing years, Arocha has coached pitchers of multiple ages, several high school sports, and travel softball.

Arocha said, “I am thrilled to be able to contribute to the success of the current softball program by sharing my knowledge and experience with the Saints student-athletes.”

The Saints will begin their 13th season in the spring of 2022 but will play a handful of scrimmages during the fall. Home games will be played at the OLLU Softball Field, which recently has received a multitude of upgrades and renovations throughout the complex.

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