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Social Justice Reading Series with Reginald Dwayne Betts this evening

SOLLU’s MA/MFA program in Literature, Creative Writing and Social Justice welcomes poet and memoirist Reginald Dwayne Betts as part of the “Social Justice Reading Series,” today at 7 p.m., in Thiry Auditorium.

Betts is the author of three books, “Bastards of the Reagan Era,” “Shahid Reads His Own Palm,” and “A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Surviving and Coming of Age in Prison.”

At 16, Betts participated in a carjacking that landed him a nine-year prison sentence. During this time, he discovered the power of language through books, poetry and his own pen.

Betts will share not only his transformative tale from prisoner to scholar, poet, Yale Law graduate and practicing attorney, but also use his experiences to speak to important issues surrounding the American criminal justice system and read poetry inspired by that experience.

The national spokesperson for the Campaign for Youth Justice, Betts writes and lectures about the impact of mass incarceration on American society. A powerful and inspirational speaker, Betts is an important voice and advocate for juvenile justice and prison reform. His own experiences as a teenager in maximum security prisons uniquely position him to speak to the failures of the current criminal justice system and present encouraging ideas for change. His advocacy work led President Barack Obama to appoint him to the Coordinating Council of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Betts’ writing has generated national attention and earned him a Soros Justice Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, a Ruth Lily Fellowship, an NAACP Image Award, PEN New England Award, and most recently, a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship.

This event is hosted by the OLLU English Program, OLLU Office of Global and Strategic Initiatives, OLLU Center for Women in Church and Society, the OLLU Worden Social Work Organization and My Brother’s Keeper—San Antonio.

The reading is free and open to the public.

This reading is made possible in part with grants from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Shield Ayers Foundation.

OLLU congratulates Dr. Evans on selection as Bloomfield College’s 17th President

OLLU is proud to announce that Dr. Marcheta Evans has been selected as the next president of Bloomfield College in New Jersey. She will begin her tenure there in June.

Dr. Evans came to the university in July 2013 to serve as the dean of the School of Professional Studies and the Worden School of Social Service. After just seven months on the job, then-president Sister Jane Ann Slater asked Dr. Evans to take on the role of vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer while still maintaining her duties as dean. Her efforts helped strengthen collaboration between administration and faculty and staff, and they paved the way for significant progress. In 2016, she was selected to serve as OLLU provost and vice president for academic affairs following a national search. As provost, she added the areas of student life and athletics to her responsibilities.

Dr. Evans has overseen the development of OLLU’s new core curriculum; championed a growth in retention from 56.2 percent to 68.2 percent over three years; and enhanced faculty and staff development opportunities through Provost Professional Development Days and other initiatives. She also was instrumental in renegotiating contracts with OLLU’s national online platform and food services vendors. She fostered growth in the university’s student development programs by hosting numerous social occasions for students in her home and on campus. In addition, she worked to increase OLLU’s cultural understanding through the Provost’s Diversity and Inclusion Council.

“I am confident Dr. Evans will serve the students, faculty and staff of Bloomfield College with the same integrity, innovation and deep caring that she brought to the OLLU community,” remarked Diane E. Melby, OLLU President, “I know she will carry with her the spirit of Providence that she experienced at OLLU.”

OLLU to host screening of ‘Walk on the River’ this week

The OLLU Provost Diversity and Inclusion Council and book club is hosting a screening of the film “Walk on the River: A Black History of the Alamo City,” Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., in Providence Hall, Blue Room.

The film documents both the history and contributions African Americans have made to the fabric of San Antonio from Emancipation to the Civil Rights movement. This film chronicles the path of freed blacks who established communities, churches and schools in the 1800s to thriving black-owned businesses that flourished during the Jim Crow era.

A Q&A session with the producer and director will follow the screening of the film.

The screening is free and open to the public.

Social Justice Reading Series to feature Reginald Dwayne Betts

OLLU’s MA/MFA program in Literature, Creative Writing and Social Justice welcomes poet and memoirist Reginald Dwayne Betts as part of the “Social Justice Reading Series,” on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m., in Thiry Auditorium.

Betts is the author of three books, “Bastards of the Reagan Era,” “Shahid Reads His Own Palm,” and “A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Surviving and Coming of Age in Prison.”

At 16, Betts participated in a carjacking that landed him a nine-year prison sentence. During this time, he discovered the power of language through books, poetry and his own pen.

Betts will share not only his transformative tale from prisoner to scholar, poet, Yale Law graduate and practicing attorney, but also use his experiences to speak to important issues surrounding the American criminal justice system and read poetry inspired by that experience.

The national spokesperson for the Campaign for Youth Justice, Betts writes and lectures about the impact of mass incarceration on American society. A powerful and inspirational speaker, Betts is an important voice and advocate for juvenile justice and prison reform. His own experiences as a teenager in maximum security prisons uniquely position him to speak to the failures of the current criminal justice system and present encouraging ideas for change. His advocacy work led President Barack Obama to appoint him to the Coordinating Council of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Betts’ writing has generated national attention and earned him a Soros Justice Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, a Ruth Lily Fellowship, an NAACP Image Award, PEN New England Award, and most recently, a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship.

This event is hosted by the OLLU English Program, OLLU Office of Global and Strategic Initiatives, OLLU Center for Women in Church and Society, the OLLU Worden Social Work Organization and My Brother’s Keeper—San Antonio.

The reading is free and open to the public.

This reading is made possible in part with grants from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Shield Ayers Foundation.

City of San Antonio holding public meeting to discuss relocation of cattle egrets near campus

The City of San Antonio is holding a public meeting on Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. in Providence Hall, West Social Room, to discuss the safety concerns regarding the large roost of cattle egrets that are located at Elmendorf Lake Park across from campus.

Recently, Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) contacted the City of San Antonio and expressed concerns regarding the threat of bird strikes in the heavily populated areas between Elmendorf Lake and Kelly Field. Due to health and safety concerns, JBSA and the City support a recommendation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for lessening the hazards associated with the cattle egret roost.

As part of the public meeting, officials from the City, JBSA and USDA will discuss habitat modification activities that will take place at Elmendorf Lake Park, some of which will include loud noises and the use of sirens and lasers that may be heard or observed by the community.

OLLU employees and students are encouraged to attend the meeting to learn more about the process that will take place and to provide input. 

Reminder of types of emergency messages OLLU will send to community

In an effort to keep the OLLU community well informed and safe in emergency situations, it is imperative that all students, faculty and staff know the ways that the university will communicate to the community if an emergency situation arises.

In the event of a campus emergency, OLLU will use voice, text and/or email messages to alert the community. Messages can be sent to cell phones, office phones, home phones and/or university email addresses.

In extremely time-sensitive emergencies, prerecorded messages will be sent out to alert the community that an emergency situation is taking place. The prerecorded messages allow for the fastest activation of the OLLU Emergency Alert System. Prerecorded messages will be followed by additional messaging as information becomes available.

Prerecorded messages fall into three categories:

  • Public Safety Emergency — this prerecorded message could be activated for a variety of emergencies, including threats from individuals or other situations that might endanger the community.
  • Weather Emergency — this prerecorded message would be activated in the event of a rapidly approaching weather-related threat.
  • Active Shooter — this prerecorded message would be activated if shots were fired on campus.

Follow-up messages:
After a prerecorded message is sent, the OLLU University Police, Administration and Communications team will continuously monitor the situation. When additional information is available, follow-up messages will be sent through some or all of the following channels:

Keep your contact information updated
The OLLU Emergency Alert System uses contact information that students, faculty and staff provide the University. Members of the OLLU community can review and update their contact information anytime by visiting the Contact Information Update page online.

The Contact Information Update form provides an option to opt out of text messaging, but voice and email messages will still be received. OLLU email addresses cannot unsubscribe from this system.

Review Safety Information
Information about how to shelter in place during an emergency is available on the OLLU website in the Emergency Information section at www.ollusa.edu/alert. There also is a link to a video about how to react during an active shooter situation. Finally, there are posters in each classroom with information about what to do in various types of emergencies. Students, faculty and staff should review this safety information at least once a semester.

New Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator named

Nicole Monsibais, former director of services to students with disabilities, has been named the new Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator. Monsibais began the new role on Feb. 1. She will take on all Title IX responsibilities and will continue coordinating accommodations for students until a new director of services to students with disabilities is hired.

Below is Nicole’s contact information:
Nicole Monsibais, Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator
Sueltenfuss Library, Room 125, San Antonio Campus
nlmonsibais@ollusa.edu
210-431-4010
www.ollusa.edu/titleIX

Any individuals or departments who need assistance with any compliance issues unrelated to Title IX while the search for the new director is in progress should contact Rosalinda Garcia, vice president for administration, for assistance.

OLLU community invited to have ‘Coffee with Campus Cops’

The OLLU community is invited to attend “Coffee with Campus Cop” with the OLLU Police Department on Feb. 19 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Main Building, Room 128. During the event, students, staff and faculty will have the opportunity to get to know campus police officers, ask questions and voice concerns. There will be no agenda or speeches during the event. Community members are encouraged to stop in as their schedule permits.

Ellucian Colleague cloud migration scheduled for Feb. 20

Beginning Feb. 20, OLLU will be migrating its central Ellucian Colleague student information system from local servers over to new servers located in the ‘cloud.’ In order to perform the migration, the Colleague system and all other services which are dependent on Colleague will need to be taken off line for several days.

During this time, the following systems will not be accessible:

  • myOLLU portal, including WebAdvisor
  • Colleague UI 
  • Colleague printing
  • Student planning self-service
  • Financial aid self-service
  • Touchnet e-Commerce systems, including student payments
  • Touchnet Marketplace
  • Informer reporting system
  • ImageNow document management system
  • EMS room reservation system

OLLU technology services which will remain functional during the migration include:

  • Blackboard LMS
  • Wiley Engage
  • Wireless and wired network connectivity and Internet access from all campuses
  • Office 365 services, including OLLU email, OneDrive and SharePoint access
  • University phone system
  • University computer logins
  • Non-Colleague university printing
  • University door access systems
  • Residential hall technologies such as cable TV services

The impacted systems will be brought back online Feb. 25.  A follow-up email will be sent out when the migration has been completed.

For more information, visit https://ollusa.sharepoint.com/sites/ITSNewsandInformation/SitePages/Ellucian-Colleague-Cloud-Migration-Status-Information.aspx.

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