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Screening of alumna film ‘Mr. Zoot Suit’ to be held on Thursday

A free screening of Mr. Zoot Suit, a short film produced by alumna Chan’Cellore Makanoula (BA 2018), will be held on Thursday evening at “Jaime’s Place,” 1514 W. Commerce Street.

The award-winning, 16-minute film stars Moses Porras (BA 2015), former head of housekeeping at OLLU.

Mr. Zoot Suit will be shown prior to an 8 p.m. screening of You’ve Succeeded: The Life & Times of Dimas Garza. Garza was the lead singer for the Royal Jesters, a legendary Chicano soul group from the West Side.

OLLU receives two, $3 million grants 

OLLU has received two new federal grants each totaling $3 million.

  • The “Rethink to Retain: IDEA in Action” grant provides $3 million to improve retention of first time in college students. This project will improve student success through infusion of high-impact practices in the first/second-year experience, focused faculty development and leadership opportunities and development of collaborative learning spaces.
  • The “Disrupting Academia” grant provides $3 million to support graduate students and improve campus facilities and services. The project will enhance the Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education degrees to include a Bilingual Special Education Certification. Money is also designated for first-generation graduate student scholarships and there are funds to assist with the renovation of Chapel Auditorium and Metz Hall.  

Since Aug. 1, OLLU has received five grants totaling $8,334,561. Along with the two latest grants, OLLU received a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program; a $500,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) SPIRAL Grant and a $495,356 NSF Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation grant.

OLLU to host first Curriculum Disruption Week

OLLU will host its first Curriculum Disruption Week starting today – and continuing through Friday – to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Title IX.

Faculty, staff and student organizations are asked to take some time this week to “disrupt” their schedules and reflect on how Title IX relates to or has impacted their discipline, area or group.

Students are encouraged to participate through in-class or online discussions, assignments, activities, creative uses of social media (#TitleIX50atOLLU) and any other manners of engagement around Title IX to explore its past and present, its successes, failures and the collective hopes for its future.

Brittany Chozinski, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology, and Nicole Monsibais, JD, Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator, are happy to address any concerns. Surveys will be emailed during Disruption Week, asking students about their class/group/office’s participation in the disruption and their interest in a PechaKucha-style showcase on Nov. 9.

Alumna to speak at World Teachers Day event 

Flodanna A. Jackson (BS 1995), EdD, will share her inspiring journey in education on Thursday at 4 p.m. in Main Building, Room 225 as part of the World Teachers Day 2022 celebrations. The TAFE Education Club and Education Department are hosting the event.

Dr. Jackson credits OLLU for providing the strong foundation that enabled her to become a dynamic educational leader. Presently the assistant principal in one of the largest school districts in Georgia, Dr. Jackson has developed expertise in her field through 25 years of experience as a teacher, academic coach, reading specialist, trainer and center director.

CDP’s Heritage Day festival to be held Oct. 9

The OLLU community is invited to attend the 24th annual Congregation of Divine Providence Heritage Day festival on Oct. 9 at the Moye Retreat Center in Castroville, Texas, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. In addition to a quilt raffle, there will be a silent auction, crafts sale, plant sale, and a children’s area (costume contest for those 6-years-old or younger).

Entertainment will be provided by Alsatian dancers and a DJ. Barbecue chicken with Alsatian sausage lunch plates will be sold. Food Plate and Quilt Raffle tickets are available online at

All proceeds are used to preserve and grow Moye Retreat Center. Moye Retreat Center is the original motherhouse of the Congregation of Divine Providence in Texas and currently is a place for hosting retreats, renewal programs and other activities promoting personal and spiritual growth. It has been an integral part of life in Castroville and the surrounding communities for more than 140 years.

The Return of Empowerment Lab and Concert set for Oct. 11

OLLU and Return of the Matriarch Present “The Return of Empowerment Lab and Concert” at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 11 in the Sueltenfuss Library.

Join San Antonio’s Poet Laureate, Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson, and Teaching Artist Aminah Decé, known together as, “Return of the Matriarch,” as they celebrate the release of their debut album, “Queendom Come!” 

The Lab workshop is a time to write a story of empowerment by exploring memory through a creative mapping process. Have conversations about how music, poetry, social justice and self-empowerment work together in an interactive lab with Sanderson. Check out this link to learn more about this amazing artist:

The Interactive Lab begins at 3:30 p.m. on the third floor of the library. A reception starts at 5 p.m. At 5:15 p.m., an OLLU Student Showcase will be held with Aramy Paz Martinez, Emily Rodriguez, and Destinee Roberts. A Vocab performance begins at 5:30 p.m.

RSVP using the link below

The Return of Empowerment Lab and Concert RSVP

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Annual Notice of Consumer Information

OLLU is required by federal law to distribute or make available certain consumer information to current students, current employees, prospective students and prospective employees. The annual notice is available online and was distributed by email to the university community last week. In addition, it can be found on the Consumer Information page on the university website.

This notice provides a brief summary of the following OLLU consumer information disclosures and other notifications required by law:

  • Higher Education Act General Disclosures
  • Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
  • Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA)
  • Student Rights Related to Educational Records (FERPA)
  • Drug Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA)
  • Penalties for Copyright Infringement
  • Notification of Penalty for Making a False Alarm or Report
  • Criminal History and Occupational License Notice
  • Campus Carry Policy Notice
  • Nondiscrimination and Title IX

Notice of Annual Security Report

In a continued effort to keep our communities safe, and in compliance with state and federal laws, including the Clery Act, the OLLU Police Department is providing you notice that the 2022 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (ASR) for San Antonio, Houston and Rio Grande Valley is now published on the university website. This notice also was email to the university community last week.

The ASR provides OLLU crime statistics for 2019, 2020, and 2021 as well as valuable information regarding policies and procedures related to campus safety and security; drug and alcohol use; programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking; fire incidents and safety procedures. I highly encourage you to take some time and visit the website and review the ASR as it provides additional safety and security related information as it pertains to each campus.

The report is available online at:

You can locate the 2022, 2021 and 2020 reports by visiting “Campus Life” from the university website homepage and selecting “University Police” and then “Security Reports and Crime Logs.” You also can easily locate the latest report on the website by selecting the “Consumer Information” link at the bottom of the OLLU website and then selecting “Annual Crime and Fire Safety Report.”

A paper copy of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available upon request by calling the OLLU Police Department at 210-431-4022 or by visiting the OLLU Police Department Office in the Walter Student Service Center on the San Antonio campus. To obtain a paper copy at the Houston Campus, please contact Jamina Scippio-Mcfadden at  To obtain a paper copy at the Rio Grande Valley Campus, please contact Cindy Mata-Vasquez at

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