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Spirit Day/Convocation set for Wednesday

The OLLU community is invited to take part in the combined Spirit Day/Convocation event set for Wednesday, Sept. 1, which will be the kick-off to a series of campus events designed to increase connection and communication. The second event, a University Update, will take place on Sept. 8. It will be followed by a series of Campus Conversations throughout September and October.

Spirit Day/Convocation will be held at 11 a.m. in the Mall area. A live stream for Houston and RGV campuses and online students will be available on the University Ministry Facebook page.

Spirit Day/Convocation will include some traditional elements of both events, including the Spirit Day Mass, the recognition of service award recipients and addresses from the presidents of Faculty Assembly, Staff Senate (formerly Staff Advisory) and Student Government Association. It will be followed by a free hamburger lunch.

President Melby to deliver University Update on Sept. 8

President Diane Melby, EdD, will provide an update on OLLU and share plans for the academic year on Sept. 8 at 12:30 p.m. via WebEx:

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Vice President for Administration Rosalinda Garcia will provide information and a timeline to be related to the search for the 10th president of OLLU. In addition, COVID-19 protocol updates will also be shared.

Campus Conversations continue on Sept. 22 and in October

President Diane Melby will host a series of informal conversations that will provide time for community members to ask questions and share information. These in-person events will be open to the first 30 people at each session to allow for social distancing.

Sept. 22 – 4 p.m. – Main Building, Room 311

Oct. 6 – 11 a.m. – Library Community Room

Oct. 14 – 1 p.m. – Main Building, Room 311

Eligible Service Award recipients for 2021 to be honored at Spirit Day

During the Spirit Day Mass on Sept. 1 at 11 a.m. in the Mall Area, employees eligible for Service Awards will be recognized. The listing below includes names and years of service of full-time employees whom Human Resources records show as being eligible to receive a Service Award.

Employees must have completed full-time service in increments of five years beginning with the 10-year mark and continuing in 2021 to be eligible to receive the Service Award.

Staff and Faculty members who believe they are eligible to receive a Service Award for full-time service years at OLLU, but do not see their name on the list, should contact Human Resources as soon as possible via email at

RSVP to receive free Spirit Day/Convocation lunch

This year Spirit Day and Convocation are going to be combined into one event held on Sept. 1 beginning at 11 a.m. in the Mall Area. There will be the traditional Mass of the Holy Spirit followed by service awards for employees and the traditional Convocation addresses. The theme for this year is “Living The Legacy,” and CDP Superior General Sister Pearl Cesar will be a keynote speaker.

The Office of the President will be providing lunch, but you must RSVP for the meal. To reserve your free burger meal, you must submit your RSVP by Aug. 27 at noon. Use this link to submit your RSVP:

COVID-19 vaccine/testing update

A special thank you to all who have submitted their COVID-19 vaccine records so far. More than 78% of faculty and 64% of staff have voluntarily submitted vaccine records. Among students, 53% have already submitted their records. Records are still being accepted and can be uploaded through the link below. Students who submit their COVID-19 vaccine record will receive a $100 gift card. Gift cards will be distributed through an Amazon e-link sent to the student’s OLLU email account once vaccine records have been verified. A notice will go out when gift cards are being distributed.

 Submit vaccine record here

All students living in the residence halls have submitted a COVID-19 vaccine record or testing records. Student-athletes also are submitting vaccine or testing records as part of their on-boarding.

Individual notices are going out with information about required testing to all students, faculty and staff who have not submitted COVID-19 vaccine records and who are attending classes, living, working or attending events on campus.

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