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2018-2019 University Convocation Tuesday

This year’s University Convocation for faculty and staff will take place Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in Thiry Auditorium. Convocation will kick off OLLU’s 2018-2019 academic year and will include President Diane E. Melby, staff, faculty and members of the Board of Trustees. Its focus will include the state of the university, an introduction of strategic initiatives and a celebration of the OLLU community.

Following Convocation, lunch will be provided in Chapel Auditorium.

OLLU to welcome new and returning students to campus this week

In anticipation for the 2018-2019 academic year, the OLLU community will welcome new freshmen and transfer students to campus this week during Blue Nation Orientation.

New and returning students will move in to the residence halls on Thursday. Those who would like to volunteer to assist with move in should sign up with the Alumni and Family Relations Office by completing the form found here.

The following shifts are available:

  • 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • 12-2 p.m.

Friday will begin the first day of Blue Nation Orientation. New students and their families will spend time learning about university traditions and history, meeting faculty and staff, and learning about university resources. Orientation will continue through Saturday.

The first day of classes for the fall semester is Aug. 20.

2018-2019 University Convocation set for Aug. 14

This year’s University Convocation for faculty and staff will take place Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 10:30 a.m. in Thiry Auditorium. Convocation will kick off OLLU’s 2018-2019 academic year and will include President Diane E. Melby, staff, faculty and members of the Board of Trustees. Its focus will include the state of the university, an introduction of strategic initiatives and a celebration of the OLLU community.

Lunch will be provided following Convocation in Chapel Auditorium.

2018-2019 Provost Professional Development Days set for Aug. 13-14

The 2018 Provost Professional Development Days, “Together We Transform! ¡Nos Transformos Juntos!” will take place on Monday, Aug. 13 and Tuesday, Aug. 14. All faculty and staff from the Academic Affairs and Student Life Divisions are required to attend. All other staff are invited to attend.

Professional development sessions will take a break Tuesday morning to transition to University Convocation, which will take place in Thiry Auditorium.

RSVP online.

Print Shop closure postponed to Oct. 1

The Print Shop, which was slated for permanent closure on Aug. 3, will remain open until Oct. 1. Based on input from faculty and staff, additional options are being explored for printing services.

The decision to close the Print Shop was based on an analysis of operations and cost. After reviewing printing orders from the last several years, it was found that students use the Print Shop infrequently and that operating costs far exceed Print Shop revenues.

For updates and additional information, including a link to frequently asked questions, visit the ITS News and Information site at http://itsinfo.ollusa.edu.

Date announced for 2019 Confetti 5K Run and Walk

OLLU has announced that the third annual Confetti 5K Run and Walk will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at 9 a.m.

The 5K begins in front of Main Building and winds through campus before taking to the trails of Lake Elmendorf Park.

Registration fees:

  • $25 Early Bird Special – expires Sept. 24
  • $20 OLLU faculty, staff and students with promo code – email elongoria@ollusa.edu for code
  • $45 Race Day

There will also be a free Kids Fun Run open to children 12 and younger. Registration is required.

Each participant will receive a running bib, T-shirt and finisher medal.

To learn more and register online, visit www.ollusa.edu/5K.

For the most updated information, follow the Confetti 5K Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ollusa5k/.

OLLU to host production of play on immigration crisis ‘The Line in the Sand’

OLLU is teaming up with Teatro Farolito to host a production of the play, “The Line in the Sand: Stories from the US/Mexico Border – A Catholic Relief Services Drama,” on July 29 at 3 p.m. in Thiry Auditorium.

Written by Jared Delaney, Baird Kistner, Kevin Kostic, Gina Pisasale and Elizabeth Pool, the play tells the story of five writers and actors who were sent in 2005 to the Arizona-Mexico border by Catholic Relief Services to investigate the immigration crisis. During their visit, the group met with and spoke to people with diverse interests and perspectives, who were all trying to grapple with the urgent and volatile issues. “The Line in the Sand” was crafted from those contending voices, compiled from taped interviews and transcripts. The play illustrates the complex struggle, tension and heartache that surrounds a real place.

The play is directed by José Rubén De León and features Marisa Varela, Spencer Oldham, Juan Calderon, Andy Thorton, Josh Segovia, Amanda Ireta-Goode, Magda Porter, Luis Garcia Jr., Keli Rosa Cabunoc, Carlos Alvarado, Eraina Porras and Alyx Irene González.

The play will end with a call to action. Catholic Relief Services, Interfaith Welcome Coalition, San Antonio Sanctuary Network and others will be present to share information on how to support immigrants.

The play is free and open to the public. Offerings will be collected to benefit Catholic Relief Services. The program is organized by the OLLU Center for Women in Church and Society.

For more information, contact Roxanna Chavez at 210-528-7171 or rchavez@ollusa.edu.

Summer food service update

The C-Store will be closed from Aug. 1-16 to allow Chartwells time to prepare for the fall semester. The Cyber Café will remain open, but no food service will be available.

Meal plans for students who have been living in the residence halls this summer will end on July 31. New meal plans purchased for the fall semester will begin on Aug. 17. All purchases made in the cafeteria from Aug. 1-16 will be through cash or credit card only.

Visit https://dineoncampus.com/ollu for more information about menu offerings, hours of operation or contact information.

OLLU Print Shop Permanent Closure

After an ITS analysis of print shop operations throughout the past several years and subsequent consultation with the Finance Office and President’s Council, it has been decided that the OLLU Print Shop will permanently close due to excessive operational costs. The last day of operations will be Friday, Aug. 3. All OLLU community members who currently use print-shop services should plan on ensuring their work is completed and delivered prior to this time.

For more information, including a link to frequently asked questions, visit the ITS News and Information site at http://itsinfo.ollusa.edu.

News from ITS department

The following is news and information from the ITS department for faculty, staff and students:

New Technology system status site

ITS has developed a new site for OLLU community members to keep up to date on the current and future events impacting OLLU technology systems. This new site provides a quick and easy way for students, faculty and staff to identify service outage events that may affect them now or in the future.

This new feature is located on the ITS News and Information site in SharePoint, part of OLLU’s Office 365 system. The ITS info site can be accessed at http://itsinfo.ollusa.edu.

The System Status page can be accessed at  https://ollusa.sharepoint.com/sites/ITSNewsandInformation/SitePages/System-Status-Information.aspx.

Blackboard Ending BB Messenger Support

Blackboard has ended support for its BB Messenger application. OLLU faculty who have used messenger in the past to have online chat sessions with their students can use Skype for Business instead. Skype for Business, part of OLLU’s Microsoft Office 365 system, is available to all active faculty, staff and students. There are desktop, mobile and browser versions available.

ITS staff will be offering a session on using Skype for Business during the upcoming Provost Professional Development Days. Departments and offices may schedule additional training if desired. Contact Raquel Moncado for more information.

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