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Actor, director Jesse Borrego to speak at Thiry Auditorium

The OLLU Salazar-Escobedo School of Mass Communication and Theater will present “An Evening with Jesse Borrego” on Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in Thiry Auditorium.

The presentation, “Bridging the Cultural Uncanny Valley: Image and Story in the 21st Century,” will feature the San Antonio native who is one of four Latino actors recently invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

An actor, director and producer, Borrego will share his perspective on cultural identity and image, especially as it pertains to the trillion-dollar entertainment industry, consumerism and ultimately our American cultural identity.

As a veteran of stage, screen and television, Borrego has a unique understanding of the challenges of a Chicano actor. Exploring the highlights of his professional career, he identifies certain milestones in our shared cultural evolution and the potential empowerment of the cultural narrative in our digital information age.

A meet and greet will follow the presentation.

The event will be available on WebEx at:

COVID-19 protocol update

Thanks to the efforts of the OLLU community, COVID-19 cases on OLLU campuses have continued to decrease after a peak in August. A significant portion of the OLLU community is vaccinated and continued mask-wearing and other precautions are keeping the community safe. Thanks to these efforts, OLLU has seen no evidence of virus spread in its classrooms, residence halls or offices this semester.

With these improvements, and as long as there is no new surge in COVID-19 cases, the university provides the following updates:

  • OLLU plans to continue all in-person classes through the end of the semester; the university does not plan to move to remote instruction as it did last year after the Thanksgiving holidays.
  • There will not be a special, extended pass/fail grading option this semester.
  • There will not be an extension of the standard deadline to withdraw from classes. View the fall 2021 academic calendar for deadlines.
  • OLLU will celebrate with an in-person commencement ceremony on Dec. 9 at Freeman Coliseum. Graduation details are available on the university website.
  • Masks are still required for all individuals on campus in common spaces including classrooms, hallways, meeting spaces and other areas where individuals cannot isolate; the university will continue to evaluate mask requirements based on CDC guidance.
  • The university will hold a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on campus on Nov. 4 from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sign up for an appointment online here.
  • Vaccine and Testing Reminders:
    Students and employees who have not submitted proof of COVID-19 vaccination are required to test on a regular basis. Individuals will receive an email with instructions when it is time to test. More details are available on the Administration Division SharePoint site.  

    OLLU students have until Oct. 29, 2021, to submit their COVID-19 vaccine record to receive a $100 gift card. Vaccine records can be uploaded at this link. Once vaccine records are verified, students will receive an e-link directly from Amazon with the gift card. The university will send out an email alerting students to be on the lookout for the Amazon email.

    OLLU employees who wish to share their COVID-19 vaccination record can upload an image of the record online.  

OLLU to serve as voting location for Nov. 2 election

OLLU will serve as an Election Day polling site for the Joint Constitutional Amendment, General, Special and Bond Election on Nov. 2 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Library Community Room.

OLLU will be one of only two four-year institutions and one of only four institutions of higher learning in Bexar County to serve as an election site on Nov. 2.

Students in POLS 4360 Latinx Politics have become Bexar County deputized volunteer voter registrars and can register voters on campus. They are partnering with MOVE Texas to receive civics and voter mobilization training and to hold voter registration drives throughout the spring semester. 

  • All voters registered in Texas will be able to vote on eight propositions of amendments to the Texas constitution – see nonpartisan voter’s guide here.
    • Amendment topics: Raffles, county government, religious services, judges (two amendments), caregiver visits, property tax exemption and property tax/military
  • Races depending on home address (check which races are on ballots here):
    • Alamo Heights ISD – Special Election
    • Bexar County Emergency Services District No. 9 – Special Election
    • City of Converse – General Election for Mayor
    • Green Valley Special Utility District – General Election
    • East Central ISD – Bond Election
    • City of Helotes – Special Election
    • Judson ISD – Bond Election
    • Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD – General Election
    • City of Schertz – General Election
    • Southside ISD – Bond Election
    • City of Universal City – Special Election
    • City of Windcrest – General Election for Mayor
    • Comal ISD – Special Election and Bond Election
  • Check voter registration status here.

Woolfolk Lecture Series to present on ‘Selective Mutism’ in youth

The Woolfolk School of Communication Sciences and Disorders will host its biennial Elizabeth Carrow Woolfolk Lecture Series virtually on Saturday at 9 a.m. with a speech-language pathologist and expert on selective mutism. 

Joleen R. Fernald, PhD, author of “The Comprehensive Guide to Selective Mutism,” will discuss “Selective Mutism in Children and Adolescents.” Mutism is a childhood disorder typified by an inability to speak in social situations.

The lecture will feature numerous topics on selective mutism, including the causes and guiding principles of treatment. The lecture will end at 3:15 p.m.

Professionals and students may register here:

San Antonio Speech Hearing and Language Association members may register here:

A link to the lecture will be sent to individuals after they complete their registration.

Blood-Mobile returns to OLLU on Oct. 28

The Blood-Mobile will return to OLLU in the Mall Area on Thursday, Oct. 28. Students, faculty and staff may donate blood from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Photo identification is required.

It is important to know: One blood donation can save up to three lives.

To reserve a time, click the following link:

For more information, call the Health Education Resource Officer at 210-431-3919 or email:

OLLU ranks No. 35 in U.S. for Best Online MBA in Health care Management

OLLU’s online MBA program in Health Care Management has been ranked No. 35 in the U.S. for 2021, according to Schools with the best combinations of online learning opportunities, affordability and student support earned top honors. No other Texas school made the Top 40. See the full list on EduMed here:

“We set out to find schools that are making online education a priority,” said Wes Ricketts, founder of “Each school in our rankings has a winning combination of flexibility, affordability, academic rigor and student support. This is a tall task in a field that leans on face-to-face interaction and hands-on training.” Edumed provides college information and rankings to students. For the Best online MBA Healthcare Management rankings, Edumed researched more than 7,700 accredited schools using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and from schools themselves.

OLLU to celebrate ‘Indigenous People’s Day’ on Mall today

OLLU will celebrate “Indigenous People’s Day” with food, dancing, poetry and other activities today at 12:15 p.m. on the Mall.

The celebration, which ends at 2 p.m., will include the San Antonio Pow Wow Dancers, indigenous flute and poetry and food and story booths. Mole and tamal plates are free.

The event is sponsored by The Center for Mexican American Studies and Research, the Center for Women in Church and Society and the Multicultural Activities Center.

For more information, contact Professor Aimee Villarreal at or call her at ext. 7060.

OLLU to celebrate 125 years of history with StoryMap digital presentations

The OLLU History Program, Honors Program and 125-Steering Committee will present a digital StoryMap to celebrate 125 years of university history on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. in Main 311 or via WebEx.

The presentation will showcase the work of two classes, HNRS 1300 Exploring the University and HIST 3300 Digital History. Students in these classes researched, analyzed and created a digital StoryMap to celebrate the 125-year history of OLLU.

Those who attend will have the opportunity to contribute to the StoryMap and share their own history and stories from OLLU.

The WebEx address for those who wish to watch virtually is

For more information, contact Professor Valerie Martinez at

Alumna, playwright and abuse survivor to present ‘If My Tears Could Talk’

Karen Chattum-Dozier (BA 2007, MA 2013) is a poet, playwright, novelist, motivational speaker and founder of a nonprofit, “WE SPEAK UP FOR THE VOICELESS, Inc.” She is also a survivor of child sex abuse.

Chattum-Dozier will bring her story and skills together with a performance of “If My Tears Could Talk” on Saturday at 6 p.m. in Thiry Auditorium. Face masks are required.

The event is available on WebEx at: The password is OLLU.

The performance is free. But donations will be accepted for “WE SPEAK UP,” which uses theatrical performance to empower family violence survivors to break cycles of abuse.

At OLLU, Chattum-Dozier earned a bachelor’s in Psychology and a master’s in Human Sciences.

See flyer below:

Distinguished alumni authors to speak about their books in three-day series

Three alumni authors will discuss their books in a three-day virtual series that begins Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. via WebEx.

Launched by the Office of Alumni and Family Relations and the Sister Elizabeth Anne Sueltenfuss Library, the series will feature authors D. Anthony Miles (MBA 2003), Mary Jo Shaw (OLL High School 1956, BA 1966) and Jodie Sinclair (OLL High School 1956).

On Tuesday is Miles, a serial entrepreneur, will talk about “How To Get Away With Murder in Marketing: Forensic Marketing.” He is the CEO and Founder of Miles Development Industries Corp., a consulting practice and venture capital firm.

To watch, click on the following link:

Password: OLLUalumni

On Wednesday, Shaw will discuss “Convent to Catwalk,” which chronicles her journey of entering a convent, then leaving to become a fashion model. To watch, click the link:

Password: OLLUalumni  

On Thursday, Sinclair, a former television reporter, will discuss “Love Behind Bars: The True Story of an American Prisoner’s Wife.” Sinclair will explain how she went to a Louisiana State Penitentiary in 1981, expecting to write about the death penalty. Instead, she fell in love and married a man accused of murder.

For more information, go to “Upcoming Events” at:

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