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National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday

OLLU encourages students to register to vote on Tuesday, National Voter Registration Day. Voter registration applications may be picked up at libraries, post offices, high schools — or they may be completed online at www.movetexas.org/register

MOVE Texas will send a postage-paid voter registration card to those who register online. The card must be signed and mailed to the Election’s office.

The Law and Politics Society (LPS) is issuing “A Call to Action.” It is challenging every student, faculty and staff member to contact five family members or friends and urge them to register to vote.

The last day to register to vote is Oct. 5. Early voting will be held Oct. 13-30. Election Day is Nov. 3.

New this Year: OLLU has been approved to be an early voting polling location. All of the OLLU community may vote early on campus at the Library Community Room.

Text LWVTX to 80123 for election reminders.

CDC eviction moratoriums

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an Order to prevent evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Order says that landlords cannot evict certain tenants affected by COVID-19, or they could face penalties. The Order applies only to those tenants who have not paid rent. Tenants that are evicted for engaging in criminal activity can still be evicted.

It is important for the OLLU community to know that the moratorium only prevents tenants from being evicted for non-payment of rent. Rent is still owed. The landlord can still charge and collect late fees, penalties or interest. Tenants can still be evicted for other violations of their lease agreement that do not involve payment of rent.

More information is included below and includes: 

  • CDC Eviction Moratorium
  • CDC Eviction Moratorium Frequently Asked Questions
  • CDC Declaration

For more information on evictions, San Antonio residents can call 210-207-5910 or visit https://covid19.sanantonio.gov/Assistance/Residents/Housing-Evictions

Those unable to pay rent may qualify for the City of San Antonio’s Emergency Housing Assistance Program. To apply, go to www.sanantonio.gov/emergencyhousingassistance or call 210-207-5910.

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

Professor Barnett to present on ‘Freedom of Press’ panel

Leda Barnett, PhD, Professor and Program Head of Political Science, will present on Thursday on a panel, “Freedom of Press: Perspectives from Turkey and the U.S.”  

The panel discussion is organized in collaboration with the World Affairs Council of San Antonio and the Raindrop Foundation of San Antonio. The program will be live streamed at 2 p.m. on Sept. 10 on the World Affairs Council of San Antonio Facebook page. To watch click here

Exiled Turkey journalist Abduhammit Bilici will be a second panelist. Ferhat Ozturk from the Raindrop Foundation will moderate.

Amnesty International says Turkey attacks press freedom like no other country: “Turkey has earned an accolade which holds no glory: According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, it is the biggest jailer of journalists in the world.” 

Students and employees must remember COVID-19 protocols

An important reminder to students, faculty and staff: All 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.

Also all are reminded to practice social distancing, wash hands regularly and wear a mask, like Maggie Ceballos, office manager in the Psychology Department.

Campus Recreation offering a variety of classes

Campus Recreation is offering a variety of fitness classes and other activities for students, staff and faculty members this fall.

A new pilates class is offered every Tuesday at 6 p.m. on the second floor of the IFCC. A Yoga class is offered twice a week — Wednesday and Thursday — at 7 p.m. on the second floor of the IFCC.

These classes are free to OLLU students, staff and faculty members. Masks must be worn for the duration of the classes, and markers have been placed to ensure safe physical distancing guidelines are followed.

Classes are available the next day online via Campus Recreation’s Microsoft Stream Channel. The channel can be accessed here.

2020 Confetti Run/Walk converted to Virtual Event

Our Lady of the Lake University made the decision to convert the 2020 Confetti Run/Walk to a virtual event. OLLU had hoped to hold an in-person event in October, but officials 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 register before Oct. 1 will receive a race packet which includes a draw-string bag, race bib, t-shirt and finisher medal.

Registration

Registration is open for the virtual run until 11:59 p.m., Oct. 1, 2020.

* $35 Virtual Run with in-person packet pick up

* $40 Virtual Run with packet mailed

* $20 OLLU faculty, staff and students with promo code – email elongoria@ollusa.edu for code

* $25 OLLU alumni – email elongoria@ollusa.edu for code

SIGN UP HERE:

https://runsignup.com/Race/TX/SanAntonio/OLLUConfetti5KRunWalk?err=0#register

Drive-Thru Packet Pick-Up Party

Saturday, Oct. 10
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
OLLU campus (details will be emailed to registered participants)
The best decorated car will receive a free four pack of entries for the 2021 run/walk
Get ready for some confetti!

Packet Includes:
Draw-string bag, race bib, T-Shirt and finisher medal.

Virtual Event Details

  • Participants will receive an email with details about the drive-thru packet pick-up event

  • Participants who are unable to attend the packet pick-up event and registered before Oct. 1, 2020 will have their packet delivered to them by the Confetti Run/Walk team or delivered by mail

  • Registered participants will run or walk the 5K individually and submit their time and a photo of themselves wearing the bib, t-shirt and medal for a chance to win prizes. Photos can be posted on the Confetti Run Facebook page or sent via email at elongoria@ollusa.edu.

For additional information, email Elizabeth Longoria at elongoria@ollusa.edu, or visit the Confetti Run Web Page at http://www.ollusa.edu/5k.

RGV doctoral student wins $5,000 Noble Charities Foundation Scholarship

Mona-elo Martinez, doctoral student in the Leadership Studies program at the RGV campus, is the sole recipient of this year’s Nobel Charities Foundation Scholarship.

A former Student Activities Specialist at South Texas College, Martinez (MS Organizational Leadership ’19) will receive a $5,000 award. 

Her ambition and determination to improve the lives of students in the Rio Grande Valley impressed the selection committee.

“As an alum and current student of OLLU, Mona-elo has continued to demonstrate each of the core values, which are fundamental to the OLLU community,” the selection committee said. “As the 2020 recipient of the Noble Charities Foundation Scholarship, she continues to lead by example, inside and outside the classroom.”

Martinez remains committed to serving others, especially in her community. 

“My goal is to continue to guide students of the Rio Grande Valley and help make their dreams a reality as they pursue a Higher Education,” Martinez wrote in her essay. “The 2020 Noble Charities Foundation Scholarship will assist me in this endeavor.”

Noble Texas Builders established The Noble Charities Foundation Scholarship in 2019 to support OLLU students at the RGV campus. Noble made their home in La Feria in 2019 and presented OLLU with the scholarship at their grand opening.

OLLU Trustee Rene Capistran is President / CEO of Noble Texas Builders.

“The company’s values of trust, team and community fall in line with OLLU’s core values,” Capistran said. 

The mission of Noble Charities Foundation, he added, is to “… inspire hope, improve lives and strengthen the communities we live in.”

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