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National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday

OLLU encourages students to register to vote on Tuesday, National Voter Registration Day. Voter registration applications may be picked up at libraries, post offices, high schools — or they may be completed online at

MOVE Texas will send a postage-paid voter registration card to those who register online. The card must be signed and mailed to the Election’s office.

The Law and Politics Society (LPS) is issuing “A Call to Action.” It is challenging every student, faculty and staff member to contact five family members or friends and urge them to register to vote.

The last day to register to vote is Oct. 5. Early voting will be held Oct. 13-30. Election Day is Nov. 3.

New this Year: OLLU has been approved to be an early voting polling location. All of the OLLU community may vote early on campus at the Library Community Room.

Text LWVTX to 80123 for election reminders.

CDC eviction moratoriums

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an Order to prevent evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Order says that landlords cannot evict certain tenants affected by COVID-19, or they could face penalties. The Order applies only to those tenants who have not paid rent. Tenants that are evicted for engaging in criminal activity can still be evicted.

It is important for the OLLU community to know that the moratorium only prevents tenants from being evicted for non-payment of rent. Rent is still owed. The landlord can still charge and collect late fees, penalties or interest. Tenants can still be evicted for other violations of their lease agreement that do not involve payment of rent.

More information is included below and includes: 

  • CDC Eviction Moratorium
  • CDC Eviction Moratorium Frequently Asked Questions
  • CDC Declaration

For more information on evictions, San Antonio residents can call 210-207-5910 or visit

Those unable to pay rent may qualify for the City of San Antonio’s Emergency Housing Assistance Program. To apply, go to or call 210-207-5910.

Students and employees reminded to follow COVID-19 protocols

All students, faculty and staff are required to report when either of the following apply: 

  • They have been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • They have had close contact with someone who is diagnosed with COVID-019. The Center for Disease Control defines a close contact as “someone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes, starting from two days before the onset of illness (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.” 

Those who meet one of the criteria must report as soon as possible by using this form. Reporting allows OLLU to activate safety protocols, which include special disinfecting and notifying anyone who might have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Students, faculty and staff are also reminded to self-report symptoms or illness by calling the OLLU Reporting Line at 210-431-3949 or by using this online form: Health Self-Reporting

Staff Advisory Council seeking staff members for university committees

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is issuing an open call for staff members who are interested in serving on SAC committees or University Advisory Committees. Joining a committee is a vital way for staff employees to have a more active role in the decision-making for the various divisions on campus as well as have a direct impact on other benefits and concerns for all staff members.

Available SAC Committees include:

* Benefits and Compensation

* Policies and Procedures

* Staff Development and Customer Service

* Facilities and Security

* Social and Project Planning

Available University Councils include:

* Student Affairs

* Institutional Advancement

* Enrollment Management

* Mission and Ministry

* Information and Technology

* University Facilities

* Faculty and Staff Benefits

Committee members should be in good standing with the university and employed for a minimum of one year.

Those who are interested in serving on a committee should email Jackie Walter at Representatives from the council will reach out to those interested to discuss the committees on which they wish to serve.

Employees encouraged to call Transamerica for financial planning

Transamerica, the company that handles retirement benefits for OLLU, is encouraging employees to call for guidance on financial matters large and small.

“Even if retirement is years — or decades away — having a smart strategy starts today,” the company says.

Transamerica representatives offer free consultations in English or Spanish. Phone appointments are available Oct. 16-31. Transamerica suggests employees schedule appointments now by clicking on the link below:

In the News

Here are media reports from the past week that brought attention to OLLU: 

On Sept. 16, a story in the San Antonio Express-News about the record donation that launched the new Salazar-Escobedo School of Mass Communication:

On Sept. 16, the same story published in the Laredo Morning Times:

On Sept. 15, a story in the SA Current about the Salazar-Escobedo School of Mass Communication and Theater:

On Sept. 15, a story on Univision 41 about the Salazar-Escobedo School of Mass Communication with comment from Emmy-winning journalist and alumna Arantxa Loizaga:

On Sept. 15, a story on and Fox San Antonio about the Salazar-Escobedo School of Mass Communication and Theater:

On Sept. 15, a story in the San Antonio Report about the Salazar-Escobedo School of Mass Communication and Theater:

On Sept. 15, Today’s Catholic interviewed Veronica Salazar-Escobedo on its Facebook page after a mass and blessing in Sacred Heart Chapel — and posted numerous photos from the event:

OLLU has 34 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the student-athletes who have earned the 2020 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete status.

In order to be nominated by an institution, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.

Selected from Our Lady of the Lake University are:

Baseball: Jorge Collazo Jr. (3.7), Jose Diaz (3.6), Alex Garza (3.5), Matt Mihalov (3.8) and Andrew Ogletree (3.5)

Basketball: Kasey Saldana (3.7), Zerina Shatri (3.7), Suzuna Shoji (3.5), Edvin Tedesjo (4.0) and Lena Wilson (3.5)

Cross-Country: Andrea Gandara (3.5) and Miguel Segura (3.7)

Golf: Kane Ybarra (3.7)

Soccer: Bernard Cutini Alvarenga (4.0), Gustavo Lemos Borba (4.0), Ilaina Brenes-Rodriguez (4.0), Juan Martin Chica (3.7), Scott Couper (4.0), Mikaela Gilbert (4.0), Savannah Hernandez (3.5), Mitchell Medrano (3.6) and Baye Polansky (3.9)

Softball: Kennah Kennedy (3.8) and Ciera Martinez (3.6)

Tennis: Artur Etzberger (3.5)

Track and Field: Aundrea Culliver (3.7), Amanda Esparza (3.8), Andrea Gandara (3.5), Miki Romain (3.5), Miguel Segura (3.7) and Clayton Townsend (3.5)

Volleyball: Amanda Esparza (3.8), Alyssa Marquez (3.6) and Anyssa Rivera (3.5)

OLLU earns an all-time best 12 NAIA Scholar Teams

A record-setting 12 OLLU athletic teams have been designated as National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Scholar Teams for the 2019-2020 academic year.

In the past two seasons, OLLU had eight teams earn this honor.

OLLU’s NAIA Scholar Teams are Women’s Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field, Cross-Country and Softball; Men’s Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Cross-Country and Baseball.

2018-2019 NAIA Scholar Teams were Women’s Cross-Country, Soccer, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field and Volleyball; Men’s Baseball, Golf and, Tennis. In 2017-2018, the Men’s Golf and Tennis teams, and the Women’s Soccer, Softball and Volleyball teams earned this honor. In 2016, the scholar teams were Women’s Soccer, Softball and Volleyball, and Men’s Golf, and in 2015, Women’s Soccer, Cross-Country, Softball and Track and Field, and Men’s Golf were recipients. 

For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar-Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0-grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team grade point average includes all eligible varsity student-athletes.

The Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field teams earned the highest GPAs last season with a 3.393. Kimber Watson led both teams with a 4.0. This is the teams’ second consecutive scholar award.

Women’s Soccer marked a 3.409 and was led by Erika Zapata, Jessica Zapata, Sarah Miles, Mikaela Gilbert and Ilaina Brenes-Rodriguez – all of whom had 4.0 GPAs. This is the team’s sixth consecutive scholar award.

Women’s Cross-Country had a GPA of 3.622 and was led by Kimber Watson with a 4.0 GPA. This is the team’s fourth consecutive scholar award.

Men’s Golf marked a 3.393 and was led by Joshua Sturt, who had a 4.0. This is the team’s fifth scholar award.

Men’s Tennis earned a 3.379 and was led by Gabriel Braga, who had a 4.0. This is the team’s fourth consecutive scholar award.

Men’s Soccer recorded a 3.285 GPA, and the team was led by Patrick Pye, Scott Couper, Gustavo Lemos Borba and Bernard Cutini Alvarenga – all of whom earned 4.0 GPAs. This is the team’s third scholar award.

Softball had a 3.216 and was led by Alexis Valdez, who had a 3.90. This is the team’s fifth scholar award.

Women’s Basketball earned at 3.184 GPA. The team was led by Tiffany Lopez and Angeline Sanchez, both of whom marked a 3.90 GPA. This is the team’s first scholar award.

Men’s Cross-Country marked a 3.157 GPA and was led by Isaac Martinez, who had a 4.0. This is the team’s first scholar award.

Volleyball had a 3.156 GPA and was led by Sadie Ballesteros, who had a 4.0 GPA. This is the team’s fifth consecutive scholar award.

Baseball earned a GPA of 3.059, and both Miguel Galindo and Matthew Klar had the highest GPAs at 3.90. This is the team’s third consecutive award.

See a list of all scholar-teams here.

Competitive cheer signs San Antonio native Ximena Cantu

Our Lady of the Lake University signed freshman Ximena Cantu. She is a San Antonio native and has joined the Competitive Cheer team. Cantu was First Team All-District and named team captain and MVP while at Edison High School.

Her hobbies are hiking, listening to music and working out. Cantu’s athletic role model is La Darius and her favorite motto is “Adversity is the formula to personal growth.”

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