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OLLU set to confer degrees for nearly 400 students during fall 2019 Commencement Thursday

President of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, CM, will serve as speaker as OLLU confers degrees for almost 400 undergraduate and graduate students during commencement exercises on Thursday.

A Vincentian priest, Father Holtschneider has spent his life working in the Catholic Church’s higher education, health care and social service ministries, always with a particular care for those who are poorest in our society. He served as president of DePaul University, the nation’s largest Catholic university, from 2004-2017. He chaired the board of Ascension, the Church’s largest Catholic health system, from 2008-2017, and from 2017-2019, served fulltime as its executive vice president and chief operations officer.

Father Holtschneider is currently a trustee of the Institute of Global Homelessness – a campaign addressing street homelessness in 150 cities worldwide – and the Pastoral Migratoria, a startup charity that intends to provide social services to immigrants across the nation.

A Detroit native, Father Holtschneider holds a doctorate in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University and is a faculty member for several higher education leadership programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, as well as the Boston College Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education. He chairs the boards of Niagara University, his alma mater, and the Institute of Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California.

Graduation celebrations will begin Thursday morning with the Veterans Graduation Ceremony, Ring Blessing and Liturgy.  The schedule of event is as follows:

  • Veterans Graduation Ceremony – 8:30 a.m. – Chapel Auditorium
  • Ring Blessing – 10 a.m. – Sacred Heart Chapel
    Graduating students will have the opportunity to have their rings and other items individually blessed at this interfaith prayer service. Graduation regalia is not required for this event.
  • 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 is required.
  • Commencement Ceremony – 5 p.m. – Freeman Coliseum
    3201 E. Houston Street
    San Antonio, Texas 78219

Photos taken by the OLLU Marketing and Communications staff during all events will be available to download for free next week on the OLLU Flickr page.

Modified noise making activities on Bird Island to begin today

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin low level noise-making activities at about 5:15 p.m. today in an effort to decrease the cattle egret population in Lake Elmendorf Park. The devices that will be used sound similar to fireworks. Beginning Thursday after finals are complete, much louder pyrotechnics will be used.

The original plan was to hold off on all noise-making activities until after finals. However, the USDA requested permission to begin the lower level noise activities this week to discourage the birds from roosting in trees near Bird Island now that tree trimming and clearing is complete on the island.

Efforts will take place today through Wednesday from about 5:15-6:30 p.m. The firework sounds will be intermittent and there should be no more than 10 in an hour. Beginning Thursday, the louder pyrotechnics will be used for about two hours before sunset. The noise-making activities could go on for several months depending on the activity of the birds.

The efforts to thin the egret population are a result of concerns regarding the threat of bird strikes in the heavily populated areas between Elmendorf Lake and Kelly Field.

2019 United Way campaign results

OLLU’s 2019 United Way campaign had a 70% employee participation rate. The total donation amount increased to $27,591.

For the team competitions, the Marketing and Communications, Enrollment Management, Institutional Advancement and Mission and Ministry Synergy Team had 88% participation and the College of Professional Studies had 74% participation. In the Houston/RGV challenge, the Houston team took the top prize with 55% participation.

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

A special thanks is extended to the 294 employees who contributed to this philanthropic effort.

OLLU Bookstore hiring temporary retail employees for spring semester

The OLLU Bookstore is accepting applications for the spring 2020 term for temporary retail employees. Those who are interested are encouraged to visit the bookstore to receive information on the application process. 

Same day interviews will be conducted in store on Tuesday, Dec. 11 and Wednesday, Dec. 12from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. Applicants should bring their résumé and class schedule for the spring term.

Phi Alpha inducts new members for fall 2019

Phi Alpha Honor Society, the national social work honor society, inducted new members for fall 2019. Inductees include students studying social work on campus as well as online.

The Worden School of Social Service would like to thank the following for their participation in the induction ceremony, Dr. Karina Gil, director of the Worden School of Social Service, Dr. Lourdes Alvarez, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Tony Bobadilla, assistant professor and Phi Alpha faculty adviser.

PO deadline from the Finance Office

The Finance Office is reminding all employees that any payments that need to be processed for December must be submitted by Dec. 10, 2019. Any purchase orders received after that date requesting payment by Dec. 20 must be approved by the Controller or Vice President for Finance.

University credit card holders must submit credit card POs by Dec. 10, 2019 to the Accounts Payable Office in order to avoid late charges. The credit card holder will be responsible for those charges.

Payroll reminders for Christmas break

Biweekly employees will be paid on Friday, Dec. 27 for pay period Dec. 7-20.

Due to Christmas holiday schedule, the deadline for biweekly employees to enter their time for the Dec. 27 pay date is Tuesday, Dec. 17 by 11:59 p.m. Employees are also reminded to input their anticipated hours for Dec. 18-20, when inputting their time on Dec. 17, otherwise they will not be paid for these hours on Dec. 27.

The deadline for supervisors to review and approve time is Wednesday, Dec. 18 by noon. This will allow the Payroll Office to complete the last biweekly payroll for 2019 in a timely manner.

Monthly employees will be paid Friday, Dec. 20. All payroll changes and adjustments for monthly employees for December pay must be entered by close of business today. Any changes made after that will not be processed in the December payroll.

Dawson Brinkley selected as COSIDA Academic All-District in women’s soccer

The 2019 Academic All -District® Women’s Soccer Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program separately recognizes soccer honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.

Selected to the 2019 Academic All-District Women’s Soccer First Team from Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) was Dawson Brinkley (SO/San Antonio, Texas). She earned a 3.77 GPA and is majoring in Biology. Brinkley is a sophomore midfielder. 

OLLU softball releases 2020 schedule

The OLLU softball team released its 2020 schedule and is preparing for its 11th season. OLLU finished sixth in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) last season with a 15-21 overall record and 8-13 RRAC tally.

Head Coach Bruce Lenington commented on the upcoming season saying, “We are excited to announce a very ambitious schedule for the 2020 season. Weather permitting, the 47-game campaign features three tournaments, 17 home games and six dates with opponents who have received national recognition. I am confident that this will allow us the opportunity to grow as we pursue an RRAC title.”

Lenington is the new head coach for the Saints this season. He took over the team in July and is the fourth head coach in OLLU history. Read full story.

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