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Christmas tree decorating this afternoon

The OLLU community is invited to join in the decorating of the university Christmas tree beginning at 12 p.m., in the Mall Area. Ornaments will be provided. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. The official tree-lighting ceremony will take place this evening at 5 p.m. in the Mall Area and will include a special blessing and caroling led by the OLLU Band, University Choir, Mariachi de los Santos and students of the Music Appreciation Class.

Get into the Christmas spirit with Las Posadas and Candlelight this week

The OLLU community is invited to participate in two of OLLU’s longstanding traditions, Las Posadas and Candlelight, which will take place this week.

Las Posadas
Friday, Dec. 6
6 p.m.
Prayer service and re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging in Bethlehem. The procession will begin in front of Annunciation Chapel and will conclude with a reception in Chapel Auditorium complete with entertainment, pan dulce, tamales and hot chocolate.

Candlelight: A Night in Winter Wonderland
Saturday, Dec. 7
Candlelight is an event that was started by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1935 to honor the season, reflect on Providence and give back to the West Side community. The evening will feature the following:

  • Dinner – 5:30 p.m. – Chapel Auditorium (ticket is required for dinner and can be purchased in the Cafeteria)
  • Candlelight Vespers Service – 7 p.m.– Sacred Heart Chapel
  • Caroling – 8 p.m. – Moye Hall, Rotunda
  • Reception Dance – 8:30 p.m. – Chapel Auditorium

In keeping with the CDP tradition, participants are encouraged to bring a can/dry good or toy for donation.

For more information, contact the Saints Productions Board at spb@ollusa.edu.

Other events taking place on campus to celebrate the Christmas season include:

Sounds of Christmas concert
Wednesday – 7 p.m. – Sacred Heart Chapel
Christmas songs will be performed by choirs from OLLU and area Catholic high schools. The concert will be filmed by Catholic Television of San Antonio (CTSA) and will air throughout the Christmas season. Attendees are asked to arrive by 6:30 p.m.

This event is hosted by the Archdiocese of San Antonio and sponsored by the Division of Mission and Ministry.  

Lessons and Carols at the Lake
Dec. 15 – 3:30 p.m. – Sacred Heart Chapel
This afternoon service will include Advent readings, complemented by carols, hymns and anthems of the season featuring:

  • Our Lady of the Lake University Choir
  • Musica Sacra San Antonio Concert Choir
  • Northwood Presbyterian Church Choir

This event is free and open to the public.

Efforts to decrease egret population begin today

Efforts to decrease the cattle egret population in Lake Elmendorf Park will begin today. The City of San Antonio and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be modifying the habitat of the birds by trimming trees and clearing brush. Workers are dressed in protective suits during the cleanup, but the work is not hazardous to those in the area. Beginning this evening workers will be using drones and flashing lights to discourage the birds from roosting in the area. An inflatable air dancer tube man (similar to what is used to attract attention at area businesses) will be set on the island, as well. After finals are over on Dec. 11, workers will begin using loud noises from pyrotechnics and sirens. The noise-making activities will take place each day for about two hours before sunset. The noise-making activities could go on for several months depending on the activity of the birds.

The efforts to thin the egret population are a result of concerns regarding the threat of bird strikes in the heavily populated areas between Elmendorf Lake and Kelly Field.

Mission and Ministry hosting ‘Loaves and Fishes’ next week

The Division of Mission and Ministry is hosting “Loaves and Fishes,” Dec. 9-11 at the Elliott House. During Loaves and Fishes, staff members provide students with hot food and a welcoming environment during finals week each semester. Throughout this time, many OLLU community members have graciously donated food and enjoyed visiting students periodically as their schedules permitted.

Loaves and Fishes will take place from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. each day.

There are several ways that members of the OLLU community can participate in this program:

  • Serve as host or greeter for one or more one-hour shifts. Hosting duties involve welcoming and chatting with students, assisting kitchen staff in keeping the food and beverage serving area fully stocked and helping to create a welcoming and hospitable environment for all. To schedule a time, contact Roxanna Chavez at 210-528-7171 or rchavez@ollusa.edu.
  • Make a cash donation for perishable items, or donate any food items from the following list:
    • Protein bars/breakfast bars/granola bars
    • Sandwich crackers
    • String cheese
    • Individually packaged mixed nuts
    • Juice boxes (apple or orange)
    • Bananas, apples and oranges
    • Sliced bread
    • Fair trade coffee
    • Hot chocolate packets
    • Peanut butter/jelly
    • Bottled water (most requested item)
  • Pray daily for the students taking finals, the faculty giving and grading final exams and projects and the community members who are giving of their time and talents in the Loaves and Fishes program.

Donations can be delivered to the Elliott House anytime between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, contact Roxanna Chavez at 210-528-7171 or rchavez@ollusa.edu.

Twelve students earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award

The OLLU Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism (CSLV) is pleased to announce that the President’s Volunteer Service Award was awarded to 12 students who have completed at least 100 hours of community service within the 2018-2019 academic school year. The purpose of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a White House initiative, is to motivate Americans to reach out to their community and dedicate their time into transforming our society into a more stable environment.

The following recipients have demonstrated outstanding service and earned this award in the 2018-2019 academic year:

Peter Apaez – 195 hours
Maricela Camargo – 139 hours 
Anthony Cortez – 102 hours
Alexis Elizondo – 118 hours
Michael Garcia – 260 hours
Lauren Garcia – 102 hours
Natasha Glenn – 117 hours
Vanessa Perez – 114 hours
Sarah Resendez – 100 hours 
Arleen Silva – 101 hours
Joseph Vasquez – 148 hours
Crystal Venegas – 100 hours

The majority of the recipients received a bronze medal, a personalized Certificate of Achievement, a letter from the President of the United States, and a letter from the President’s Council. This year 11 students received the bronze medal, which is awarded to volunteers who complete 100 to 174 hours of service. Michael Garcia won a gold medal. He continues to show his commitment to service and has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for five consecutive years. Anthony Cortez has received the award for three consecutive years.

To get hours tracked by the CSLV, students must submit a Request for Service Project Approval. Once the project has been approved, the CSLV enters hours into its service database. To earn the President’s Volunteer Service Award, complete at least 100 CSLV-approved hours of community service between June 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020.

The CSLV will still track all approved project hours for all students who are not working toward this award. For more information, contact the CSLV at 210-431-3990 or cslv@ollusa.edu, or visit Worden School, Room 23.

Kinesiology program recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association

OLLU’s Kinesiology Department has been approved as an Educationally Recognized Program (ERP) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The department is one of only 11 in Texas to attain this recognized status. Alexander Hutchison, PhD, assistant professor of Kinesiology, credited multiple professors for the recognition. “I want to thank Drs. Julio Guerrero, Randy Dietz, Jim Hall and Teresita Munguia for their assistance in this effort,” Dr. Hutchison said. “This is a big deal for our students.”

Efforts to decrease egret population in Lake Elmendorf Park to begin Dec. 2

Efforts to decrease the population of cattle egret population in Lake Elmendorf Park are scheduled to begin Dec. 2. The City of San Antonio and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin by modifying the habitat of the birds including trimming trees and clearing brush. Workers will be dressed in protective suits during the cleanup, but the work will not be hazardous to those in the area. During the cleanup process, workers will be using drones and flashing lights to discourage the birds from roosting in the area. After finals are over on Dec. 11, workers will begin using loud noises from pyrotechnics and sirens. The noise-making activities will take place each day for about two hours before sunset.

The efforts to thin the egret population are a result of concerns regarding the threat of bird strikes in the heavily populated areas between Elmendorf Lake and Kelly Field.

OLLU Veterans Day ceremony this afternoon

OLLU will host the annual Veterans Day ceremony today from 12:30-1:45 p.m., in Chapel Auditorium. All student, faculty and staff veterans will be recognized during the event. The ceremony will include a keynote speech from Anna Rado, Holocaust survivor and long-time San Antonio resident.

There will also be a screening and discussion of the film, “Night and Fog,” from 2:30-3:30 p.m., in Providence Hall, Blue Room.

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