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OLLU keeping up Fiesta tradition with Texas Cavaliers and Flambeau parades this week

As part of the Fiesta tradition, OLLU will have floats in the Texas Cavaliers River Parade and the Fiesta Flambeau Parade this week.

The Texas Cavaliers River Parade takes place tonight at 7 p.m., and will feature communication disorders students as they represent the Harry Jersig Speech and Hearing Center and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Marcheta Evans.

The Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade will take place Saturday evening. This year’s parade theme is “Three Centuries…One City,” and OLLU’s float will serve as an ode to OLLU’s place in San Antonio’s history.

OLLU’s float for the Flambeau parade has been designed and built by Liz Longoria, university events manager and Alphonso Moye, university events assistant, with the assistance of Physical Plant staff, several students and staff from the Institutional Advancement Division.

Both parades will be broadcast live on KSAT 12 News.

OLLU Cares Fair set for April 25

The OLLU community is invited to learn more about the support services offered on campus and in the community by attending the OLLU Cares Fair, April 25 from 12-1:30 p.m. in the Mall Area.

Representatives from the following departments and organizations will be in attendance to answer questions and provide more information:

  • Health Services
  • Counseling Services
  • University Ministry
  • Criminal Justice Society
  • Student Leadership and Development
  • OLLU Police Department
  • Community Counseling Service
  • Title IX
  • Student Behavior Intervention Team (SBIT)
  • Rape Crisis Center
  • Texas Advocacy Project

OLLU adopts new campus technology accessibility policy

OLLU has adopted a new Technology Accessibility Policy. This policy is intended to ensure that people with all abilities have access to services and content made available through the user of information and communication technologies.

The policy document is located in the OLLU Policy Portal: Technology Accessibility Policy.docx&action=default

NOTE: If prompted, use OLLU username and password to log in to Office 365.

For more information or to provide comments, contact Curtis Spears, chief technology officer, at

Parking lot information and closures for Confetti 5K

To accommodate the route for the Confetti 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, the following road and parking lot closures will be in effect beginning Thursday evening:

Thursday, April 12

  • Lot A (in front of Main Building) will be closed beginning at 5 p.m. and will remain closed through Saturday evening.

Friday, April 13

  • The disabled parking spaces along Providence Road and Elm Road will be unavailable after 5 p.m. and will remain unavailable until noon Saturday.
    • Other disabled parking spaces are available in parking lots B, E, J and I. If spaces are unavailable, or if assistance is needed, contact Campus Police at 210-431-4022

Saturday, April 14

  • Providence Road and Elm Road will be closed to thru traffic beginning at 6 a.m. and will remain closed until noon.
  • Sister Isabel’s Way (at the west entrance to campus) will be open, but will be coned off to allow for two-way traffic.


  • Faculty and students who are attending classes on Saturday are encouraged to park in Lot J (near the Harry Jersig Center) or Lot K (near St. Martin Hall).
  • Lots B and Lot C (near the soccer field) will be closed to thru traffic during the race (9-11 a.m.).

Low-carb cooking class with nutritionist and wellness coach

OLLU faculty, staff and students are invited to attend low-carb cooking class with clinical nutritionist and wellness coach, Abby Kurth, on April 11, 2018, at 10 a.m. in Providence Hall, Blue Room.

The presentation will cover:

  • the difference between healthy and unhealthy carbohydrates
  • what is considered low-carb
  • how a low-carb diet can be helpful
  • how to make delicious low-carb dishes

There is no reservation required to attend this event.

Reading with spring 2018 Visiting Writer on Wednesday

David Bowles, OLLU’s spring 2018 Visiting Writer, will hold a public reading on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Providence Hall, West Social Room.

A Mexican-American author from deep South Texas, Bowles is an assistant professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Recipient of awards from the American Library Association, Texas Institute of Letters and Texas Associated Press, he has written more than a dozen books including, “Flower, Song, Dance: Aztec and Mayan Poetry” (2014 Soeurette Diehl Fraser Award for Best Translation), the “Pura Belpre Honor Book,” “The Smoking Mirror,” and the forthcoming “Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Mexican Myths.”

His work has also appeared in multiple anthologies and venues such as “Journal of Children’s Literature,” “Rattle,” “Asymptote,” “Translation Review,” “Metamorphoses,” “Huizache,” “BorderSenses” and “Concho River Review.”

Bowles was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letter in April 2017.

The event is free and open to the public.

Sign up for the second annual Confetti 5K Run and Walk

OLLU is hosting the second annual Confetti 5K Run and Walk on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The family-friendly event will include the race in addition to a free kid’s fun run and other activities.

All participants will receive a T-shirt, customized bib, finisher medal and drawstring bag.

OLLU students, faculty and staff can register for the race at a discounted rate of $20.

For more information or the register for the race, visit

OLLU Professor Octavio Quintanilla named San Antonio Poet Laureate

Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) professor and author Octavio Quintanilla, PhD, has been named San Antonio Poet Laureate for 2018-2020, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the City of San Antonio announced Tuesday, March 20.

The mayor and the city’s Department of Arts and Culture will host a public investiture ceremony in City Council chambers on April 3, 2018, to make the official appointment.

“What an honor to represent my city as Poet Laureate and promote poetry as part of its constitution,” said Quintanilla, assistant professor of English, who teaches literature and creative writing in the Master of Arts/Master of Fine Arts (MA/MFA) program. “It was a surprise. I didn’t expect it.”

A native of Harlingen, Texas who lived in Mexico until the age of nine, Quintanilla has taught at OLLU since 2013. He is the author of the poetry collection, “If I Go Missing.” His works have been published in or are scheduled to appear in such journals as “Salamander,” “RHINO,” “Alaska Quarterly Review,” “Pilgrimage” and “The Texas Observer.”

“I have promoted poetry and the literary arts since I arrived in San Antonio,” Quintanilla said. “I will continue to do so by visiting schools, participating in literary events and supporting writers in the community as much as I can. My passion is not just reading and writing poetry, but also getting it in the hands of people as much as possible.”

Quintanilla joins previous San Antonio Poet Laureates Carmen Tafolla (2012-2014), Laurie Ann Guerrero (2014-2016) and Jenny Browne (2016-2018) in a role designed to generate interest and preserve the art of poetry. Tafolla, Guerrero and Browne have gone on to become State Poets Laureate of Texas.

“As a world-class city, San Antonio supports and fosters its creative and artistic communities — especially the many individuals who have committed their lives and work to preserving our city’s cultural legacy,” Nirenberg said. “Octavio is one of those committed individuals, and the City of San Antonio is proud to have him serve as our new Poet Laureate and promote the importance of literary arts in the community.”

In April, the City of San Antonio will join communities across the country in celebrating National Poetry Month. More information on the San Antonio Poet Laureate program and National Poetry Month can be found at

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