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OLLU community invited to attend dialogue on what it means to be a Catholic university

The OLLU community is invited to attend, “What does it mean for OLLU to be a Catholic university?” Wednesday, from 4:30-5:45 p.m. in Providence Hall, Blue Room. This event is the first in the “Year of Dialogue” that will look at OLLU as a Catholic institution through the lenses of “The Good, The True and The Beautiful.” The first session will focus on the True, and participants will discuss John Paul II’s Ex Corde Ecclesiae. The discussion will feature panelists, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller; Creighton Chandler, director of University Ministry; Candace Zepeda, associate professor of English; and Gultekin Gollu, assistant professor of economics.

OLLU conducting emergency preparedness drill

OLLU will be conducting a campus-wide active shooter drill this week on the San Antonio campus. Drills are designed to help the community know how to respond in the event of an emergency.

During the drill, students, faculty and staff will be asked to shelter in place as if a real emergency were taking place. Doors with swipe-card access will be locked and messages will be broadcast through office phones, speakers and via text messages and emails.

Prior to the drill, a message will go out indicating that a test is about to take place. During the drill, actual emergency messages will be used to simulate a real emergency. The emergency messages will be repeated multiple times. The OLLU Marketing and Communications Office also will communicate through official OLLU social media channels.

There are signs in classrooms that provide information about what to do in various emergency situations.

For more information related to the drill and tips for sheltering in place, visit

Click here to view a training video with important tips regarding an active shooter situation (video courtesy of the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security).

2019 OLLU Founders Week events

OLLU Founders week is the week of Nov. 3-7, 2019. Founders Week celebrates the heritage of OLLU’s founders, the Sisters of Divine Providence. The week features a series of events for the OLLU community to attend. Events include:

Procession to CDP Cemetery
Sunday, Nov. 3 – 7 p.m. – Liturgy will be held in Sacred Heart Chapel, followed by a procession to the CDP Cemetery to honor the souls of the departed sisters.

CDP Stories: Answering the Call
Who are the CDPs and why they said yes
Limited seating is available. Those interested in attending should RSVP at

  • Monday, Nov. 4, 1-1:30 p.m., Main Building, Room 311 B
    Sister Ann Petrus, PhD, CDP – Sister Ann Petrus has been a Sister of Divine Providence for 56 years and is happy to note that she has spent most of those years at OLLU as a math professor and currently as a math tutor. In her CDP Stories session, she will introduce several Sisters who have left extraordinary legacies of faith and goodness.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1-1:30 p.m., Main Building, Room 311 B
    Sister Margit Nagy, PhD, CDP – Born in Budapest, Hungary, Sister Margit Maria Nagy came to San Antonio as a child war refugee and learned English from the Sisters of Divine Providence, the community she joined at age 13. While teaching mainly U.S. History in Texas junior and senior high schools, Sister Nagy “discovered” Asia and earn a Master of Arts degree in East Asian Studies and a PhD in Japanese and Chinese History from the University of Washington. During her years at OLLU, she has served as Center for Women in Church and Society co-founder and co-director, Kliesen International Center Director and is currently professor and program head of history.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1-1:30 p.m., Main Building, Room 311 B
    Sister Jane Ann Slater, PhD, CDP – Sister Jane Ann Slater has been a Sister of Divine Providence for more than 60 years. She is an educator by profession, having taught in elementary and high school, as well as at the university level. She served as OLLU’s President from 2013-2015. She is currently serving as the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, a position she has held since August 2015.

Bingo and Ice Cream with the CDPs
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2-3:30 p.m., Regan Community Room, Convent
Students must RSVP with the Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism in the Worden School, Room 23 or via email at

Founder’s Week is sponsored by the Division of Mission and Ministry, the Student Leadership and Development Office and the Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism.

For more information, contact Roxanna Chavez at or 210-528-7171.

Mission and Ministry hosting advent reflections miniseries

The Division of Mission and Ministry is hosting, “Running toward Christ, Resting in Christ,” Advent Reflection series with Dr. Mary Francine Danis on Nov. 7, 14, 21 and Dec. 5, from 12:30-1:15 p.m. in the Convent Faculty Lounge. During this events, Dr. Danis will facilitate a miniseries of Advent reflections leading up to Christmas, giving thought to the ideas of “embracing both doing and being; action and contemplation.”

The first 10 participants who sign up will receive a free copy of the resource, “Sauntering Through Scripture: A Book of Reflections,” that will be used throughout the sessions.

For more information, contact Roxanna Chavez at or 210-528-7171.

GO Week and OLLU Shred Day

Today kicks off National Get Organized (GO) Week – a great time to prepare for the OLLU Shred Day on Nov. 4, 2019.  

Those who are interested in participating in Shred Day should first determine if the items can be recycled or if they need to be shredded? Review the Recycle vs. Shred  guide to determine which method is acceptable. 

Next, follow these steps:

  1. Consult the: Records Destruction Schedule 
  2. Record destruction by using the: Records Destruction Form*  
  3. Place private files in a standard size banker’s box 
  4. Items that can be left in: staples 
  5. Items that must be removed: spiral binders, metal clips, paper clips 
  6. Bring standard size banker’s box to Shred Truck

*Documents for Shred Day must be approved by a supervisor or the Compliance Officer to ensure that the record is not relevant to any pending or anticipated litigation, claims, audit, investigation or enforcement actions prior to destruction. Participants who have completed the form by Oct. 31will be given instructions on where to bring their boxes.  

For more information, email or nlmonsibais@ollusa.eduView flier.

2019 United Way Campaign begins this week

The United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County Charitable Campaign, “Serving Our Vibrant Community”is currently underway. OLLU is once again involved in this philanthropic effort to help build a strong, compassionate community and collectively come together to tackle Bexar County’s complex challenges.

In 2018, the OLLU community contributed more $27,000 to United Way with a 74% employee participation rate and an average donation of $88 per person. OLLU ranked number one in employee participation among the San Antonio Higher Education workplace employee campaigns. Since the OLLU community is known for its strong commitment to service and community, retaining this top ranking this year and continuing to make a positive impact on improving lives for generations to come are imperative.

To be supportive of OLLU’s sustainability initiative, employees are asked to make donations online using the United Way E-Pledge portal at Employees are asked to make a donation pledge online using the United Way E-Pledge portal at Employees should use their OLLU email address as the “user ID” and their employee ID number as the password. Once signed in, employees will be prompted to create a new password prior to making a donation. There will also be an option to designate pledges to a specific impact partner on the E-Pledge drop down menu. Those who are unable to make a pledge electronically have the option of using a paper pledge form and specify Impact Partners. Paper pledge forms should be returned to Mary Scotka in Providence Hall, Room 2C.

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