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Dr. Garcia chosen for advisory group that influences state, national policy

OLLU Assistant Professor of Marketing and District 4 City Councilwoman Adriana Garcia, PhD, has been chosen for the Texas Lyceum Class of 2022. The selection means Dr. Garcia will play a role in shaping state and national policy discussions on race relations and other important issues.

The Lyceum is a nonprofit that selects leaders of all political persuasions to provide insight into the challenges facing Texas. The group will meet four times in 2022 to discuss such topics as the commerce, culture and confluence of “The New Border,” and “The Sustainability of Texas Communities West of I-35.” 

She recently told the San Antonio Express-News, “One of the things that I want to also bring to the Lyceum is an honest conversation about diversity and inclusion. We absolutely have to be talking about that at the state level and as leaders.”

Reminder: Masks are required for all students returning to school

As students return to in-person classes today, OLLU would like to issue an important reminder: Everyone on campus – students, faculty and staff – is required to wear masks in shared indoor spaces. Those spaces include classrooms, hallways, computer labs and shared offices.

The mask mandate applies to everyone – whether vaccinated, boosted or not. 

The university strongly encourages everyone to use KN95, N95 or surgical masks as these have proven to be more effective than cloth masks. Cloth masks worn over a surgical mask allows wearers to make a fashion statement while enjoying an extra layer of protection.

Surgical masks are available at the Welcome Desk in Main Building on the San Antonio campus, and in the front offices on the Houston and RGV campuses.

Campanas de America Valentine’s Day concert set for Feb. 12

The annual Campanas de America Valentine’s Day concert will be held at Thiry Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.

The concert offers an evening of romantic music performed by Campanas de America, a renowned, 12-piece mariachi ensemble. The band (Bells of America) was founded in 1978 and named after alumna Belle Ortiz (BA 1971).   

Tickets range from $15 to $30. Students, faculty and staff receive $5 off each ticket. All purchases must be made at the University Events Office located in the Durango House, Monday through Friday, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Doors to the concert open at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Elizabeth Longoria at 210-528-7152 or email at

Webinar available to learn more about Medicare and retirement options

A healthy 65-year-old couple retiring this year could need about $16,000 a year to cover healthcare expenses during the course of a 24-year retirement.* That’s why figuring out healthcare coverage for retirement, including Medicare options, is such an important part of retirement planning. Transamerica can help explain the “A, B, C, Ds” of Medicare and how to create healthcare strategy.

To watch the webinar, click here:

To make an appointment to discuss Medicare and retirement options, click here:

In The News

Recent media coverage that brought attention to OLLU:

On Jan. 21, a story and slide show in the San Antonio Current that includes OLLU among ‘The 25 Most Beautiful Places in San Antonio:’

On Jan. 20, a story in the San Antonio Express-News about Professor of Marketing and District 4 City Councilwoman Adriana Garcia and her selection to Texas Lyceum 2022:

Men’s basketball uses explosive offense in 102-80 victory over Jarvis

Hear from Head Coach Chris Dial and watch highlights Jarvis Christian College.

The men’s basketball team raced past Jarvis Christian College (JCC) 102-80 on Saturday. The Saints jump to 7-9 overall and 2-4 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). The Bulldogs fall to 4-9 overall and 0-5 in conference matchups.


The Saints were 17-6 against JCC in the all-time series prior to the game today.


The Saints shot extremely well in a convincing win over Jarvis on Saturday afternoon. They rallied behind 63 percent shooting from the field and 6-of-7 three-pointers in the first half. They limited the Bulldogs to 2-of-11 shooting from three-point range and forced five turnovers. Ellis Jones (JR/Houston, Texas) and Ruben Monzon (SR/San Diego, Calif.) had double-digit scoring and Jordan Embry (SR/Paris, Texas) tallied four rebounds prior to halftime. The Saints headed to the locker room with a 48-36 advantage.

OLLU continued to score at will in the second half with 54 points. The Bulldogs improved from the field at 50 percent shooting and 53.8 percent shooting from three-point range. Ten different Saints players tallied at least two points in the second half and Embry added five rebounds to his total. Xavier Purnell (FR/Stafford, Va.) and Jonathan Sanchez (SR/McAllen, Texas) contributed six points each off the bench. The Saints cruised to a 102-80 victory and four players finished with double-digit scoring.

Offensive/defensive standouts

Jones and Monzon led the Saints with 20 points apiece. Embry grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Sanchez and Georges Darwiche (SR/Bucharest, Romania) had three assists each.

JCC was led by Semaj Matthews in all three major categories. He had 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Inside the box

OLLU combined for 35-of-64 shooting for 54.7 percent, 10-of-14 from three-point range for 71.4 percent and 22-of-26 from the free-throw line for 84.6 percent.

JCC combined for 25-of-53 from the field for 47.2 percent, 9-of-24 three-pointers for 37.5 percent and 21-of-32 from the charity stripe for 65.5 percent.

The Saints grabbed 44 rebounds while the Bulldogs gathered 21. OLLU forced 10 turnovers and committed 11.

Up next

The Saints play at Texas A&M University-Texarkana on Jan. 29 at 4 p.m.

Women’s basketball beats Jarvis for sixth consecutive conference win

Hear from Head Coach Jillian Flores Bennett and watch highlights.

The women’s basketball team remained unbeaten in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) with an 81-58 victory over Jarvis Christian College (JCC). The Saints improve to 9-10 overall and 6-0 in the RRAC. The Bulldogs drop to 3-6 overall and 2-3 in the conference.  


The Saints were 22-3 against the Bulldogs prior to this matchup.


The Saints put on an impressive shooting performance against JCC on Saturday. They shot 40 percent from the field in the first quarter and 68.8 percent in the second quarter. Keviona Barber (SR/Chicago, Ill.) tallied 15 points in the first half and Makayla White (JR/Midwest City, Okla.) tacked on seven rebounds. OLLU held the Bulldogs to 27 points in the first two quarters. The Saints also forced 12 turnovers and 21 total rebounds.

The Bulldogs didn’t back down after halftime and totaled 20 points in the third quarter. They shot 60 percent from the field but still trailed by 19 points heading into the final quarter. OLLU finished strong in the fourth quarter by shooting 46.7 percent from the field and adding 10 rebounds. Cormia Lewis (SO/Houston, Texas) had three steals for the Saints and the team totaled 10.  OLLU remains undefeated in the RRAC and will look to continue its dominant play next Saturday.

Offensive/defensive standouts

Barber led the Saints with 20 points. White had a team-high 10 rebounds. Barber also recorded four assists for OLLU.

JCC was led by Makaila Cheatem with 24 points. Joi Reed had a team-high six rebounds. Four different Bulldogs had four assists each.

Inside the box

OLLU combined for 30-of-71 shooting for 42.3 percent, 6-of-27 from three-point range for 22.2 percent and 15-of-19 from the free-throw line for 78.9 percent. JCC shot 25-of-64 for 39.1 percent, 5-of-20 three pointers for 25 percent and 3-of-5 from the free-throw line for 60 percent.

The Saints grabbed 49 rebounds while the Bulldogs collected 34. OLLU forced 20 turnovers and committed 16.

Up next

The Saints travel to face Texas A&M University-Texarkana on Jan. 29 at 2 p.m.

W2s for 2021 to be ready by Jan. 28 and made available in Self Service

Employee W2s for 2021 will be completed by Friday, Jan. 28, and will be made available online through Self Service for those who have given electronic consent. Instructions to give electronic consent and access W2s in Self Service are available at:

OLLU will NOT mail out W2s to current employees who have given W2 electronic consent. Employees will have to print their W2s from Self Service. 

If electronic consent has NOT been given, W2s will be mailed to the employee’s address on file with Human Resources. The W2s will be mailed at the post office by Jan. 28. Employees cannot pick up W2 on campus.

Payroll will address requests for re-emailing W2s after Feb. 11. Contact after this date with requests for re-mailing. 

W2s for terminated employees will be mailed out by Jan. 28.

Once W2s are received, employees are asked to review them for accuracy. For questions or concerns about the accuracy of W2s, contact as soon as possible.

2021 leave forms must be submitted by Jan. 20

Employees are reminded to turn in their leave forms from 2021. This is to update any vacation balances before Human Resources starts its “use-it-or-lose-it” analysis. All leave forms from 2021 must be turned in by Jan. 20.

Employees are reminded that there is a one-year, carry-over limit on accrued vacation time. The “use-it-or-lose-it” date is Dec. 31. Employees cannot carry over beyond this date more than the number of annual vacation days for which they are currently eligible.

In The News

Recent media coverage that brought attention to OLLU:

On Jan. 12, a story in the San Antonio Current with comments from OLLU professor Aimee Villarreal about the impact of Operation Lone Star on the border:

On Jan. 11, a story in Penn State Alumni that includes an update on MSW student Nuria A. Diallo Padro, the new coordinator of the McNair Scholars Program and President of OLLU’s National Society of Leadership and Success Honor Society:

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