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OLLU will conduct a safety drill this week

OLLU will be conducting a safety drill this week. Drills are designed to help the community know how to respond in the event of an emergency.

Communications will indicate that a drill is occurring. However, everyone is asked to follow the directions provided in order to practice proper procedures for an actual emergency. In addition, everyone should refer to the safety fliers posted in each classroom. These provide information on a variety of emergency situations.

Reading with fall 2017 Visiting Writer Robert Rivard next Wednesday

Robert Rivard, OLLU’s fall 2017 Visiting Writer, will hold a reading on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m., in Main Building, Room 311.

Rivard is the founder and director of the Rivard Report, a nonprofit, nonpartisan local news and information site that connects engaged citizens in San Antonio.

He got his start as a sports reporter at the Brownsville Herald in 1977, and went on to work as a news reporter at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Dallas Times-Herald. Rivard spent five years covering civil wars in El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala, and events throughout Latin America, including the Falkland Islands War as the Central American correspondent for Newsweek magazine. He later served as Newsweek’s chief correspondent, overseeing the magazine’s 35 domestic and foreign bureaus. That gave him the opportunity to meet world leaders, witness the fall of the Berlin Wall and many other historic events as the Soviet Union dissolved in the late 1980s.

In 1989, he moved back to Texas and served as the deputy editor of the San Antonio Light until its closure in 1993, and as managing editor and then editor of the Express-News from 1993-2011.

Annual Boo Bash set for Oct. 26

Area children will be on campus next Thursday for OLLU’s annual Boo Bash celebration. Residence Life hosts the event to create a safe Halloween event for neighborhood children who are invited to trick-or-treat in the residence halls. There will also be free snacks, a photo booth, and a cupcake walk.

In preparation for the event, the Office of Residence Life is asking for candy donations. Donations can be made directly to the office, located in the Pacelli Hall lobby, or in one of the donation boxes located throughout campus.

Event details:

Boo Bash
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
6-9 p.m.
Centennial Courtyard (trick-or-treating will take place in the residence halls)

For additional information, contact Grace Sinyard at 210-528-7046 or

OLLU to hold Woolfolk Conference on Oct. 28 with focus on dyslexia

The Elizabeth Carrow Woolfolk Professional Development Conference, “Dyslexia Through the Lens of Language: Intervention and Strategies,” will take place Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Chapel Auditorium. The conference will examine the acquisition of reading and writing in children and how dyslexia can affect their overall literacy skills.

The OLLU Woolfolk School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Harry Jersig Speech-Language-Hearing Center and Continuing Education Office present the Woolfolk Conference every two years. The conference is dedicated to promoting research in child language disorders and advancing the treatment of children with language and learning disabilities. The conference is named for benefactor Elizabeth Carrow Woolfolk, PhD, a nationally recognized expert in communication disorders who has developed a comprehensive set of tests to evaluate oral and written language comprehension and expression. She established OLLU’s communication disorders program more than 50 years ago and continues to be an active supporter of the program.

For more information on attendance fees and registration, click here to view flyer.

OLLU receives grant to assist victims of crimes

OLLU has been awarded the Victim Assistance: College Campus Initiative Grant, funded by the Office of the Governor. The $101,539 grant provides resources on OLLU campuses to increase and enhance awareness of readily available, confidential, no-cost services for victims. This project will allow OLLU to employ a full-time, Spanish-speaking Confidential Victim Assistant (CVA) to serve any OLLU student in San Antonio, Houston and Rio Grande Valley. The CVA will offer consultation and education to all OLLU students, faculty and staff who aim to empower crime victims, dispel distrust or misunderstanding of law enforcement to increase reporting of crimes and increase knowledge of how to properly support relatives and/or friends who are past or present victims of crime.

With the news of possible upcoming changes to Title IX guidelines, the OLLU administration remains dedicated to maintaining a safe campus environment for the entire OLLU community on all campuses. The addition of the College Campus Initiative Grant is one resource in helping to keep that commitment.

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