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Fall speaker series to conclude with ‘wisdom’ from Rev. Wyndee E. Holbrook

The OLLU Interfaith Council presents a community hour conversation on happiness today at 12:30 p.m. with the Rev. Wyndee E. Holbrook, Executive Director at Interfaith San Antonio Alliance.

What is happiness, especially in the days of pandemic, uncertainty and anxiety? How might people discover wisdom for life in faith and spiritual teachings? 

The community is welcome to come find out and possibly win some swag in the prize drawings during the third and final installment of this fall’s Interfaith Council Speaker Series, “Wisdom on Happiness and Gratitude.” 

Rev. Holbrook, former Executive Director of the Academy of Preachers and a longtime college chaplain, concludes the speaker series with insight from the Baptist perspective.

To register, go to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Or1SKsorcQ0D0O3ZwXlZhsFfDTuIRZR-2_krynUkFrY/viewform?edit_requested=true

For questions, contact ministry@ollusa.edu or call 210-434-3973.

View the flyer for additional information: https://ollulakeweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Attachment-A-Fall-Speaker-Series.png

Holiday hours for the UWAC

The University Wellness and Activity Center (UWAC) will be open today, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The UWAC will be closed on Thursday and Friday and will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 12 – 6 p.m. After the Thanksgiving break, the UWAC will be open seven days a week from 12 – 6 p.m. through Dec. 18

Holiday dining hall hours reminder

OLLU dining services will be open on the following days and times:

Nov. 23-24: Annie B’s will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. today and Tuesday. The C-store will remain open 24/7.

Nov. 25-29: Annie B’s will be closed. The C-store will remain open 24/7.

Nov. 30 through Dec. 22 — Annie B’s will be closed on weekends and open from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on weekdays. 

Dec. 23 through Jan. 3: All operations will be closed. But the C-store will remain open 24/7.

Jan. 4 through Jan. 8 — Sister Annie B’s will be open from 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. The C-store will remain open 24/7. 

On-campus COVID testing to continue through Nov. 30

The on-campus COVID-19 testing site located in Parking Lot K (by St. Martin Hall) will remain open through Nov. 30. The testing kiosk is operated by Curative and offers free tests to anyone (OLLU affiliated or not) whether they have insurance or not. Testing is done with the use of a cheek swab and results are available in 24-48 hours.

The site is open seven days a week, and hours are now 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

To set an appointment or learn more about the testing process, visit https://curative.com/.

Surge needed as United Way Campaign ends on Nov. 20

With only a few days left, the OLLU Employee United Way Campaign needs a strong surge to match last year’s participation and giving. In 2019, OLLU recorded a 70-percent participation rate and gave $27,591.76. The average gift was $65.

The current campaign status is at 33 percent participation with $22,124.08 in donations.

The donations that are made go right back into Bexar County/San Antonio neighborhoods, and more specifically, into the agencies chosen by donors.  

Contributions support more than 80 community agencies and focus areas.

The OLLU United Way campaign runs through Friday. For questions about the campaign or pledging instructions, contact the 2020 OLLU United Way Campaign Chairs Mary Scotka (mscotka@ollusa.edu, Prov. 2C, ext. 5590) or Cyndi Trevino (ctrevino1@ollusa.edu, Moye 110, ext. 6504).

To give, go to the OLLU Employee Donation link: www.giveuw.org/OLLU  

The user id is the employee’s Ollusa email (for example, janedoe@ollusa.edu) and the password is the employee’s OLLU id# 45678 without the preceding zeroes.

The Nov. 13 prize winners: 

1 Lisa’s Mexican Restaurant gift certificate — Marina Molina

2 $25 Chartwell gift cards — Ronald Crowe, Carmen Sauceda

5 OLLU Wings Tumblers — Rosa Rivera-Hainaj, Teresa Findley, Rocio Portales, Joe Olivares and Grace Sinyard

There are still more than 24 prizes to win, including two lunch dates with President Melby, a Thanksgiving Dinner prize pack, and gift certificates from Chartwells and restaurants such as Deco, Whataburger and McDonald’s.

Virtual 2020 Confetti Run/Walk Packet Pick Up is Saturday

Our Lady of the Lake University has made the decision to convert the 2020 Confetti Run/Walk to a virtual event. We had hoped to hold an in-person event in October, but we must abide by the city and county’s call to keep up our guard and continue to protect the community from COVID-19.

All registered participants or those who registered by Oct. 1 will receive a race packet which includes a draw-string bag, race bib, T-Shirt and finisher medal.

The Drive-Thru Pick Up will take place:

Saturday, Oct. 10
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Details have been emailed to registered participants.

The best decorated car will receive a free four pack of entries for the 2021 run/walk

The West gate entrance at Commerce Street will be open for the Confetti 5K Run/Walk packet pickup participants only from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. All students, faculty and staff must enter through Providence and 24th Street. They may exit through the West gate but not enter. 

For additional information, contact Liz Longoria at elongoria@ollusa.edu.


OLLU to serve as DebateWatch2020 participant

OLLU has been selected by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) to serve as a DebateWatch2020 participant. The Commission, which oversees and organizes U.S. Presidential debates, has chosen, so far, only five universities from Texas to participate.

Participants will be recognized on the CPD’s website and listed in DebateWatch materials that will be distributed nationally and internationally.

The Law and Politics Society (LPS) will host debate watch parties on Oct. 7 for the vice presidential debate, and Oct. 15 and Oct. 22 for the last two presidential debates.

Due to social distancing, up to 24 people can join the watch party in Providence West Social Room, from 7:30-10:30 p.m. OLLU will provide a WebEx link to join virtually. Those who attend are encouraged to bring a pen and paper to take notes and write questions. After the debate, there will be a discussion of the issues that were debated.

An important reminder: The last day to register to vote is Oct. 5. Early voting will be held Oct. 13-30. OLLU is an early voting site. Election Day is Nov. 3.

OLLU Staff Town Hall set for Wednesday

An OLLU Staff Town Hall meeting will be held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. via Webex. The event address is annotated below: 

https://ollusa.webex.com/ollusa/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3557c804fd253d98879320cf2c1f3914

For audio conference information call: 

408-418-9388 United States Toll

844-992-4726 United States Toll Free

Global call-in numbers | Toll-free dialing restrictions

During this time, OLLU administrators will share updates and answer questions. The team will take questions during the Town Hall, but employees are encouraged to submit questions beforehand so the team can better prepare. Submit your questions here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OLLUEmployeeTownHall92020

Students and employees reminded to follow COVID-19 protocols

All students, faculty and staff are required to report when either of the following apply: 

  • They have been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • They have had close contact with someone who is diagnosed with COVID-019. The Center for Disease Control defines a close contact as “someone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes, starting from two days before the onset of illness (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.” 

Those who meet one of the criteria must report as soon as possible by using this form. Reporting allows OLLU to activate safety protocols, which include special disinfecting and notifying anyone who might have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Students, faculty and staff are also reminded to self-report symptoms or illness by calling the OLLU Reporting Line at 210-431-3949 or by using this online form: Health Self-Reporting

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