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OLLU birthday recognition opportunity

The Office of Marketing and Communications has been recognizing the birthdays of members of the OLLU community to include students, staff and faculty since August 2020. Those wishing to sign up for recognition should fill out this form:

OLLU prides itself in being a close-knit family, and as part of its family, recognizing of the community’s birthdays is a special and unique option for celebrating this special day on social media. Those interested should fill out this form and provide some brief information. Remember to include the type of degree received (BA, MA, PhD, etc.), major (English, Spanish, Math, Biology), graduation year; or title (Professor, Admin Assistant, Vice President, etc.) and department/division/office (Office of the President, Academic Affairs, Physical Plant, etc.). The birth month and date are all that is requested. Plus, please provide a selfie! Once Marketing receives the form, a birthday blessings will be posted to the university’s main social media pages at:


Twitter: @ollunivsatx

Instagram: @ollu_saints

Any questions or concerns, contact Ryan O’Keefe, Office of Marketing and Communications, Sports Information Assistant, at

‘Lent at the Lake 2021’ starts this week

Lent at the Lake

University Ministry will be holding a number of events to mark “Lent At The Lake 2021.”

Weekday Mass will be held Tuesday through Thursday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Chapel and on Facebook Live.

Stations of the Cross will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at the Grotto. For a complete list of “Lent At The Lake” events, see the attached flyer.

For questions, contact

Click here for a flyer on Lent activities.

Click here for a flyer on “Seeking Renewal”:

Homecoming virtual events moved to this weekend

Due to inclement weather last week, all Homecoming Virtual Events have been moved to this weekend, Feb. 24-26.

The festivities start on Friday at noon with a Homecoming Welcome from President Diane E. Melby, EdD. To watch, click the meeting link: The password: ollu

A softball doubleheader against the University of St. Thomas will take place beginning at 1 p.m., and a baseball game against Midland University will be held at 5 p.m. On Sunday, the baseball team will play Midland again beginning at 1 p.m., and the softball team will play Midland, also beginning at 1 p.m. No spectators will be allowed, but alumni can watch the games on the OLLU Saints Network here:

Also on Friday, OLLU Loteria Night will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The meeting link is and the password is ollu.

A full slate of events will follow on Saturday and Sunday. To see the schedule, click here:

The password: ollu

OLLU reviewing, proposing revisions to core mission documents

The university has begun the process of reviewing, vetting and proposing revisions of OLLU’s core mission documents, including mission, vision and values statements.

The Steering Committee overseeing this process would like input from the entire community: students, faculty, staff, CDPs and board members. Everyone is asked to complete this survey to let the committee know their thoughts:

Mission Review Survey URL:

Please note: the steering committee will be hosting a series of focus groups for students, faculty, staff, board members and members of the Congregation of Divine Providence. Those will be announced to the OLLU community via email.

Distinguished alumna to speak at Dating Violence Awareness event

P.E.A.C.E. co-founder and 2019 San Antonio Peace Laureate Patricia Castillo (BSW 1980, MSW 1985) will speak on Tuesday at the virtual event, “My Heart Is Open and So Are My Eyes.”

Sponsored by OLLUCares, the one-hour event is part of Dating Violence Awareness Month. Castillo will speak at 12:30 p.m. on WebEx.

Castillo co-founded the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative with almuna Jane Shafer at the Elliott House. A nonprofit dedicated to ending family violence, P.E.A.C.E. stands for Putting an End to Abuse through Community Efforts.

To join, login at:

Meeting number: 146 185 0067

Password: OLLU

For questions, contact

See event flyer here:

Virtual Town Hall meeting set for March 4

There will be a virtual Town Hall meeting for employees on Thursday, March 4 at 3 p.m. During this time, OLLU administrators will share updates and answer questions. The team will take questions during the Town Hall, but employees are encouraged to submit questions beforehand so the team can better prepare.

Submit questions at Online Survey Software | Qualtrics Survey Solutions The survey link will close on March 1 at 5 p.m.

Login information can be accessed at:

Today’s ‘Ministry Monday: Space to Breathe’ to feature facemasks, hand scrubs

All students are welcome to attend a special “Relaxation Destination” edition of “Ministry Monday: Space to Breathe” today from 12:30-6:30 p.m. in the Lakeview Amenities Room. Students may also attend virtually on Instagram Live @olluministry.

There will be guided meditation and prayerful reflection every half hour. DIY facemasks and hand scrubs will be provided. No experience is necessary. Participants will practice breathing, being still and listening. Students may stay as long as they wish and do not need to live in residence halls to attend.

See below for the event flyer:


In the News

This is what has brought attention to OLLU in the media this past week:

Our Lady of the Lake opts out of conference play over lack of COVID-19 testing:

Our Lady of the Lake’s Jonathan Ochoa returns to basketball after COVID battle:

Jose Diaz wins conference player of the week award

Jose Diaz (SR/Pinar del Rio, Cuba) of reached a career milestone and captured the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Baseball Player of the Week award for Feb. 8-14. This is the third set of weekly awards for the 2021 baseball season.

Diaz was 6-for-7 at the plate for the Saints last week and collected the 200th hit of his college career in the process. The senior outfielder from Pinar del Rio, Cuba, reached the milestone on his first at-bat in a 9-4 loss to Oklahoma Wesleyan University on Tuesday. Diaz was 4-for-4 in the game with a double and three RBIs. For good measure, he drove in the only run of the second game against OWU with a first-inning single as the Saints won, 1-0. Diaz now sits at 205 hits for his career, and he leads OLLU in hits, runs, doubles, home runs and batting average. His .476 average is sixth-best in the RRAC. The Saints are 1-5 on the season. 

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