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OLLU to welcome new and returning students to campus this week

In anticipation of the 2019-2020 academic year, the OLLU community will welcome new freshmen and transfer students to campus this week during Blue Nation Welcome Week.

New students will begin moving in to the residence halls on Friday, which also marks the start of Blue Nation Welcome Weekend (formerly Blue Nation Orientation). The evening will end with Blue Nation Convocation in Sacred Heart Chapel and the OLLU Fan Fest Dinner in the Mall Area.

The first day of classes for the traditional session is Aug. 19.

Marketing and Communications pausing content updates for university website

The Marketing and Communications Office is working on developing a new university website that is set to launch in late September. To prepare for the transition, the team is not currently accepting content updates for the website.

In cases where updates are necessary (e.g. accreditation needs), contact Marquita Eldridge directly at to discuss the updates needed.

2019-2020 University Convocation set for Aug. 13

This year’s University Convocation for faculty and staff will take place Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 10:30 a.m. in Thiry Auditorium. Convocation will kick off OLLU’s 2019-2020 academic year and will include President Diane E. Melby, EdD, staff, faculty and members of the Board of Trustees. Its focus will include the state of the university, an update on the progress of the OLLU strategic plan and a celebration of the OLLU community.

Lunch will be provided following Convocation in Chapel Auditorium.

2019-2020 Provost Professional Development Days set for Aug. 13-14

The 2019 Provost Professional Development Days, “Our Passion, Our Purpose,” will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 13 and Wednesday, Aug. 14. All faculty and staff from the Provost units are expected to be in full attendance. All offices are to remain open with a skeleton staff so that professional staff can be in attendance for the opening session, convocation, registered workshops and the closing session.

To view the full schedule of sessions and to RSVP, visit

All faculty and staff are asked to respond by Friday to provide an adequate count for food and seating.

Support group available for caregivers

OLLU is hosting a caregiver support group on Thursday from 12:30-1:30 p.m., at the Elliott House. It is designed for those caring for loved ones with a variety of challenges, including Alzheimer’s Disease and chronic illness.

The session will help caregivers who are feeling depressed, anxious, frustrated or stressed and will show them how to address challenging and difficult behaviors.

The event is free of charge. But those who wish to attend must RSPV by today to For more information, call Gerri Iruegas-Peters at 210- 431-4069.  

View event flier here.

Plate sale to benefit OLLU scholarship

A plate sale will be held at St. Leo’s Catholic Church Hall on Aug. 10 to benefit the Esther Morales Liedecke Scholarship that is being established at OLLU. The Liedecke family is creating the scholarship in honor of their late mother, Esther, who is an alumna of OLLU. 

A Chicken and sausage plate with trimmings will be sold for $8. St. Leo’s Hall is located at 4423 South Flores St. in San Antonio.

For more information, contact Joseph Liedecke at 210-550-7371 or Mary Lou Liedecke at 210-289-3130.

Funeral services announced for Dr. Cary Guffey

Students, faculty and staff are mourning the loss of OLLU faculty member, Cary Guffey, PhD, professor of Biology, who passed away last Wednesday.

Funeral services are as follows:

Tuesday, July 23
Visitation: 4-9 p.m.
Rosary: 6 p.m.
Castle Ridge Mortuary
8008 W. Military Drive

Wednesday, July 24
Mass of the Resurrection
10 a.m.
OLLU Sacred Heart Chapel

Following the Mass, there will be a procession to San Fernando III Cemetery at 1735 Cupples Road, San Antonio, Texas 78226.

Dr. Guffey was a professor of biology at OLLU for more than 20 years. He served as a sponsor of Sigma Zeta Natural Sciences and Mathematics Honor Society for many years, both at OLLU and on the national executive council of the organization. He also served as the university’s faculty athletics representative making sure OLLU athletes were academically certified before joining a team.

News from the ITS office

ITS has several announcements regarding OLLU user accounts:

  • As part of ongoing effort to reduce risks to OLLU user accounts, ITS has implemented new security requirements that will impact users who attempt to log into OLLU Office 365 services from outside of the United States. For more information, see the announcement on ITS News and Information site.
  • ITS has implemented a new security change and OLLU passwords are now set to never expire. For more information, see the announcement on ITS News and Information site.

CMASR hosting two art exhibits on the San Antonio campus

The Center for Mexican American Studies and Research (CMASR) is hosting “Honoring Women,” an art exhibit that has been installed the Moye Hall Routunda. Created by 69 Gentileschi Aegis Gallery Association (GAGA) members, the exhibition celebrates women through contemporary portraiture. This particular GAGA exhibit has traveled Texas, going as far as the Fort Worth Cultural Community Center, and was first shown in 2016 at the Guadalupe Cultural Center in San Antonio. Portraits are found in a variety of mediums and include Sister María Eva Flores, Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Ann Richards, Mother Teresa, Emma Tenayuca, Frida Kahlo and more. A full-color catalog is available.

Additionally, the exhibit “Recuerdos de mi hermana” by Carolina Flores, sister of the late Sister Maria Eva Flores, CDP, has been installed in Providence Hall, Blue Room. This exhibit features paintings based on family snapshots. Her work brings memories to light in honor of her sister a member of the Congregation of Divine Providence, who taught for more than 40 years at OLLU.

The OLLU community is invited to attend a reception hosted by the CMASR on July 21, 2019, from 2-5 p.m. in the Moye Hall Rotunda and Providence Hall, Blue Room. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibits run through Aug. 30, 2019. For more information, contact Dr. Ezequiel Peña at or 210-431-4148.

Mission and Ministry hosting mangonada social and office supply swap Wednesday

Mission and Ministry will be hosting a summer mangonada social Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. in Providence Hall, West Social Room. There will also be an office supply swap happening at the same time. Employees are encouraged to bring any unused and unwanted supplies to this event and give them a new home. Office supplies can be dropped off beginning at 10 a.m. Any supplies leftover after the event will go to parishes in the San Antonio Archdiocese.

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