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OLLU community invited to attend dialogue on what it means to be a Catholic university

The OLLU community is invited to attend, “What does it mean for OLLU to be a Catholic university?” Wednesday, from 4:30-5:45 p.m. in Providence Hall, Blue Room. This event is the first in the “Year of Dialogue” that will look at OLLU as a Catholic institution through the lenses of “The Good, The True and The Beautiful.” The first session will focus on the True, and participants will discuss John Paul II’s Ex Corde Ecclesiae. The discussion will feature panelists, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller; Creighton Chandler, director of University Ministry; Candace Zepeda, associate professor of English; and Gultekin Gollu, assistant professor of economics.

OLLU conducting emergency preparedness drill

OLLU will be conducting a campus-wide active shooter drill this week on the San Antonio campus. Drills are designed to help the community know how to respond in the event of an emergency.

During the drill, students, faculty and staff will be asked to shelter in place as if a real emergency were taking place. Doors with swipe-card access will be locked and messages will be broadcast through office phones, speakers and via text messages and emails.

Prior to the drill, a message will go out indicating that a test is about to take place. During the drill, actual emergency messages will be used to simulate a real emergency. The emergency messages will be repeated multiple times. The OLLU Marketing and Communications Office also will communicate through official OLLU social media channels.

There are signs in classrooms that provide information about what to do in various emergency situations.

For more information related to the drill and tips for sheltering in place, visit

Click here to view a training video with important tips regarding an active shooter situation (video courtesy of the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security).

Changes to PO and credit card processing

Finance has changed its procedures for processing purchase orders and credit card payments. Purchase orders need to be submitted two weeks in advance of payment. Credit card expense reports should be turned in at least seven business days prior to the due date of the statement. Items submitted outside these windows may not get processed and paid by the due date which may result in the card holder being responsible for late fees and interest.

These changes are necessary in order to provide sufficient time to review submissions for compliance and proper support and allow clarification on items as needed. 

President’s Council approves additional holidays for 2019-2020 academic year

In recent years, the President’s Council has approved additional holidays for employees at the request of the Staff Advisory Council (SAC). SAC submitted a proposal for additional university holidays, which has been approved by the President’s Council.

The following additional holidays have been approved for the 2019-2020 academic year:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019 (Wednesday before Thanksgiving)
  • Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 (extension of Christmas break)
  • Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 (extension of Christmas break)
  • Friday, March 13, 2020 (Friday during spring break)
  • Thursday, April 9, 2020 (Holy Thursday)

The university will be closed on all of the above dates.

Update on Thanksgiving Potluck and Staff Christmas party

The Staff Advisory Council has been working with President’s Council to review the results of the Staff Employee Fringe Benefits Survey that was administered at the beginning of the fall semester. While reviewing the results, both groups noticed that the majority of those who responded desired to have employee celebrations during the lunch hour. After several conversations and looking at available dates, the decision was made that the best way to accommodate the desire to hold events during the day was to combine the Thanksgiving potluck and the Christmas party and hold them as one luncheon. The luncheon will take place on Friday, Nov. 22, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Additionally, President’s Council has authorized for all offices to be closed from 12-1:30 p.m. so all staff members can attend the luncheon. More information regarding the luncheon is forthcoming from the Staff Advisory Council.

For more information, contact Staff Advisory Council at

Soccer teams defeat LSU-Shreveport

The women’s soccer team took down LSU-Shreveport (LSUS) 2-0 on Saturday. The Saints improve to 9-4-1 on the season and 6-2 in Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) play. The Saints are currently in first place in the RRAC with one match remaining this season. Before the game, four-year seniors Victoria Castro and Maryssa Garza and two-year senior Ilaina Brenes-Rodriguez were honored with a special ceremony.

The men’s soccer team upset NAIA No. 16-ranked LSU-Shreveport (LSUS) 2-1. The Saints improve to 10-4-2 on the season and 6-1-1 in Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) play. Before the game, the university honored two-year senior Raul Posadas and four-year seniors Giovanni Cardenas and Guillermo Serrano. The match included a flurry of fouls that totaled to 34. There were also six yellow cards shown during the match. The Saints scored early when Luan Balestieri caught LSUS goalkeeper Saul Ocampo far out of his net and booted a 52-yard goal over his head. The tally breaks the Saints franchise record for farthest goal. Juan Martin Chica put the Saints up 2-0 with a goal late in the first half at the 45th minute.  The teams will play their last regular season games next Saturday at the University of Houston-Victoria.

Women’s basketball is top vote-getter in conference preseason poll

OLLU is the top vote-getter in the 2019-2020 Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll. The Saints received seven of nine first-place votes and will be led by 2019 RRAC Women’s Basketball Tournament MVP Lena Wilson along with another all-conference standout, Kasey Saldana, who joined the Saints 1,000 Point Club last season. Both were NAIA All-America Honorable Mention selectees last season. The team will begin its season in early November.

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