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Dining hours will be adjusted for holiday break beginning Dec. 12

Beginning Dec. 12, dining services hours on campus will be reduced due to the holiday break.

Sister Annie B’s Cafeteria
Dec. 12-16 — 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Dec. 17-18 — Closed
Dec. 19-21 — 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Dec. 22-Jan. 2 — Closed
Jan. 3-6 — 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Jan. 7-8 — Closed
Jan. 9-13 — 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Jan. 14 — Resume regular hours

The Market @ Saints Lounge and Market (C-Store)
Open 24-hours with swipe-card access and self check

24th Street Subs
Close during holiday break except for concessions during games

All Other Locations
Closed during the holiday break


County Judge Nelson Wolff to deliver address at fall commencement

Retiring Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff will deliver the address at fall commencement on Thursday at Freeman Coliseum.

Wolff has served as county judge since 2001. He will leave office at the end of December after serving the county for more than two decades. He also served as San Antonio mayor from June 1991 through June 1995.

Nearly 300 graduates will receive their diplomas during the ceremony, which starts at 5 p.m. 

Posthumous degrees will be awarded to the parents of Angelina Martinez (BS Kinesiology) and the mother and brother of Iris Jasso (PhD Leadership Studies) from the Rio Grande Valley campus.

The posthumous degrees will be given after Judge Wolff’s commencement speech and just before the diplomas are awarded to the rest of the graduates.

OLLU secures $40,000 grant for ‘Father Moye’s Project’

OLLU has secured a two-year NetVUE grant for $40,000 for the creation of “Father Moye’s Project,”a memory play that will walk audiences through OLLU’s founding to the present.

Designed to be performed annually, “Father Moye’s Project”will engage members of the OLLU  community – faculty, staff, students, and alumni – in thoughtful conversations and a deeper understanding of how the mission and vision of our founders lives on today, even as the university adapts to meet its changing student and community needs.

The project involves payment for students in the 2023-2024 semesters for various project roles, ranging from $500 to $1500, starting in the spring.

Grant funds will also support the video recording of the play and publication of the script, as a means to engage members of the OLLU community in a variety of events and learning opportunities. Feedback gathered from pre- and post-surveys and “pláticas” (informal Q&A sessions) held after each production, will be used to refine the play over time, in order to continue to highlight the bridge between OLLU’s institutional heritage and its response to the “signs of the times.”

The purpose of this grant award is to enable OLLU to re-examine and reframe its history, identity, and heritage in light of its present context. NetVUE Grants for Reframing the Institutional Saga are made possible through generous financial support to the Council of Independent Colleges by Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Gloria Urrbazao, Vice President for Mission and Ministry, will serve as the Project Director. Antoinette Winstead, Professor of Drama and Mass Communication and Director of the Rubén M. and Verónica Salazar-Escobedo School of Mass Communication and Theater, will serve as the Project Coordinator.

Lavender graduation set for Wednesday 

The Alliance is hosting a Lavender Graduation on Wednesday from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in Main Building, Room 311 to recognize the accomplishments of LGBTQ+ students and allies graduating in fall 2022. The event also is open to OLLU alumni who graduated in summer 2022 or alumni who missed out on an in-person Lavender Graduation celebration due to the pandemic.

Lavender Graduates will be recognized with a purple graduation cord to wear at commencement, as well as a certificate. The evening’s agenda includes dinner and dessert, music, inspirational speakers, and a special recognition ceremony for graduates and their (two) invited guests (optional).

OLLU Students:

To register as a Lavender Graduate, please submit your info using this survey no later than the end of today, Dec. 5: https://ollusa.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eh458vgahmaQ42q

OLLU Faculty and Staff:

We need your help to make this Lavender Graduation a success. Those interested in volunteering time and effort are asked to register as a faculty/staff volunteer using this registration form (you’ll be able to select your shift/availability): https://ollusa.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eh458vgahmaQ42q

Upcoming commencement and end of semester events 

Loaves and Fishes
Free brain food to fuel you through final exams today and Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Elliott House

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. in the Mall Area
The event is free and open to the OLLU community

Veterans Graduation Ceremony
Thursday at 9 a.m. in Chapel Auditorium.

Ring Blessing
Thursday at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel

Graduation Liturgy
Thursday at noon in Sacred Heart Chapel

Commencement
Thursday at 5 p.m. at Freeman Coliseum

Self-reporting requirements for COVID-19 to change

As the number of COVID-19 cases around the country and at the OLLU campuses have stabilized, the university is changing its self-reporting requirements. Most community members will no longer be required to report a positive diagnosis to the university. Below are the requirements, which will go into effect on Dec. 23.

Employees: Are not required to submit a Self-Report form. Must notify their supervisors of their isolation dates calculated with the use of the CDC calculator.

Residential Students: Must submit a Self-Report Form when diagnosed as COVID positive. Must also notify their professors of their isolation dates calculated with the use of the CDC calculator.

Commuter Students: Must notify their professors of their isolation dates calculated with the use of the CDC calculator.

Athletes: Must submit a Self-Report Form when diagnosed as COVID positive. Must also notify their professors and coaches of their isolation dates calculated with the use of the CDC calculator.

Giving Tuesday surpasses $15,000 goal 

OLLU is grateful for the generous support of the campus community during Giving Tuesday. Nearly $18,000 was raised, exceeding the goal of $15,000, which made it the largest Giving Tuesday event in OLLU history,

Everyone who gave is entitled to a pair of OLLU’s exclusively branded Saints Socks! We hope you enjoy your pair of socks and wear them with pride.

We welcome you to visit the OLLU Development office, located in the Casa Caritas building, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to pick up your socks.

If you’re unable to make a visit, please let us know by sending an email to olludevelopment@ollusa.edu so we may prepare your socks for shipment. Also, please share with us if you have a new address or if you’d like to confirm the address we have on file.

United Way 2022 Campaign a success

Kudos to all who contributed to the OLLU United Way 2022 Campaign. Your contributions will support major impact areas and partners funded by United Way.

Wings Up to the Student Affairs Division for having 100 percent employee participation.

Shout out to Dr. Vanessa Clark and the Computer Information Systems and Security Department for having the largest percentage of employee participation from the 11 academic departments.

OLLU United Way Campaign Results by the Numbers

▪ 36% of OLLU’s employees contributed to the campaign

▪ $16,656.50 raised

▪ $124.67 Average Gift

▪ 46 employees participated contributed $100 or more

▪ 11 employees contributed at the Leadership Donor Level of $500 or higher

▪ 10 employees contributed at the Emerging Leadership Donor Level of $250 or higher

▪ 75 Literacy Kits prepared by OLLU employees during our Oct. 28 on-campus service project and donated to the (Healthy Outcomes through Prevention and Early Support (HOPES) Program.

Congratulations to all our 36 United Way Incentive Prize Winners

  • Kelly Roberts Cooper (Leadership Studies Faculty), Guadalupe Martinez (Housekeeping), Teresa Quintanilla (Finance)– Spurs Tickets
  • Nicole Monsibais (Compliance) – Navy OLLU Baseball Jersey
  • Pedro Tijerina (Student Affairs) and Harrison Watts (Criminal Justice Faculty) – Hyatt Resort Golf Packages (valued at $270 each)
  • Valessa Agosto (Wellness Center) – Morgan’s Wonderland Inspiration Island Park four-pack pass
  • Roxanna Chavez (Mission and Ministry) – Go Rio Narrated San Antonio River Cruise (two tickets)
  • Maria Vasquez (Housekeeping) and Ida Perez (President’s Office) – Diana’s Burgers Dinner for two prize pack (value $50)
  • Janet Hupel (Wellness Center) and Diana Cavazos (Institutional Advancement)- HTO Tea Prize Pack (value $50)
  • Louis Farias (Facilities), Teresa Finley (Payroll), Salvador Briones (Facilities), Mateo Gonzalez (Facilities), Jose Olivares (ITS), Yvette Lozano (Communication Disorders), Cat Fragoso (CSI), and Henry Ornelas (Payroll) – Chartwells $25 Gift Card
  • Diana Saucedo (Post Office), Crystal Brock (Athletics), Sandy Alvarado (Accounts Payable), Patty Constantin (Sports Information), Josiah Johnson (Kinesiology Faculty) – Regal Movie $20 Gift Certificates
  • Jiletta Kubena (Criminal Justice Faculty), Humberto Espinoza-Molina (Institutional Effectiveness), Samantha Galvan (Business Faculty) – OLLU Saints Shirt and Cap Combos
  • Rachel Renteria (Registrar’s Office) and Irazema Gonzalez (Student Business Office) – OLLU Swag Packs
  • Nancy McFerron (Science Lab) and Vanessa Corrales (CCDT) – Halloween Prize Packs
  • Rosa Hernandez (Undergraduate Admissions) and Carmen Sauceda (Undergraduate Admissions) – State Fair of Texas tickets
  • Vanessa Clark (CISS Faculty Chair) – $20 Chick-fil-A gift card
  • Stacey Winters (OLLU Houston) – $20 Chick-fil-A gift card
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