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Vote early in 2018 midterm elections with a free ride to the polls

Early voting is underway in Texas and members of the OLLU community have the opportunity to receive a free ride to the polls to cast their votes. The Law and Politics Society is sponsoring rides to the polls Oct. 22, 25 and 29.

The OLLU van will leave from the visitor parking lot in front of Main Building at 12:30 p.m. This opportunity is open to students, staff, faculty and community members. Be sure to bring valid ID in order to vote.

Early voting ends Nov. 2. For those who do not vote early, election day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

2018 Boo Bash and Lake-o-Ween to take place Thursday

OLLU’s annual Halloween tradition continues with Boo Bash and Lake-o-Ween as little ghouls, goblins, superheroes and princesses descend upon campus. These community events will offer plenty of family friendly fun in a safe environment.

The events will begin at 6 p.m. in Library Circle and Centennial Courtyard. The event will feature games, activities, a cupcake walk, free snacks and trick-or-treating in the residence halls.

The events are free and open to the public.

Blood Drive taking place Oct. 24 and 25

The OLLU community is invited to participate in a blood drive next Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The mobile unit will be located in Moye Circle (outside the UWAC).

Walk-ups are welcome. Donors must bring a photo ID.

This blood drive is sponsored by the vOLLUnteer Unity Council and Health Services.

OLLU to host production of ‘Abrazos’ with focus on immigration issues

The Center for Women in Church and Society is collaborating with Teatro Farolito to present “Abrazos” Sunday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. in Thiry Auditorium.

“Abrazos” is a stage production adapted from the book of the same title by Rebecca Padilla that tells the story of the pain, strength and perseverance faced by men, women and children immigrants. Their stories of fleeing violence, extortion and even certain death, all in the struggle to ensure their survival and the survival of their children, shed light on the horrendous acts of crime that forced them to leave their motherlands.

This production is part of the “OLLU is Migration” series.

The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

For more information, email

OLLU to conduct emergency preparedness drill this week

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. During the drill, hall monitors will be observing student, faculty and staff responses to provide feedback for future emergency drills.

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).

OLLU Police Department invites community to have ‘Coffee with a Cop’

The OLLU community is invited to attend “Coffee with a Cop” with the OLLU Police Department on Wednesday from 12-1 p.m. in Main Building, Renaissance Parlor. During the event, students, staff and faculty will have the opportunity to get to know campus police officers, ask questions and voice concerns. There will be no agenda or speeches during the event. Community members are encouraged to stop in as their schedule permits.

This event is part of “National Coffee with a Cop Day,” a day dedicated to encouraging communication and positive interactions between law enforcement agencies and the public.

OLLU CTO holding session on phishing attacks

Curtis Spears, OLLU chief technology officer and information security officer, will be holding an information session that focuses on how to identify and prevent potential phishing attacks targeting universities on Thursday from 10-11 a.m. in Providence Hall, West Social Room.

This session is for faculty and staff. A session for students will take place in October.

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