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Dr. Garcia chosen for advisory group that influences state, national policy

OLLU Assistant Professor of Marketing and District 4 City Councilwoman Adriana Garcia, PhD, has been chosen for the Texas Lyceum Class of 2022. The selection means Dr. Garcia will play a role in shaping state and national policy discussions on race relations and other important issues.

The Lyceum is a nonprofit that selects leaders of all political persuasions to provide insight into the challenges facing Texas. The group will meet four times in 2022 to discuss such topics as the commerce, culture and confluence of “The New Border,” and “The Sustainability of Texas Communities West of I-35.” 

She recently told the San Antonio Express-News, “One of the things that I want to also bring to the Lyceum is an honest conversation about diversity and inclusion. We absolutely have to be talking about that at the state level and as leaders.”

Reminder: Masks are required for all students returning to school

As students return to in-person classes today, OLLU would like to issue an important reminder: Everyone on campus – students, faculty and staff – is required to wear masks in shared indoor spaces. Those spaces include classrooms, hallways, computer labs and shared offices.

The mask mandate applies to everyone – whether vaccinated, boosted or not. 

The university strongly encourages everyone to use KN95, N95 or surgical masks as these have proven to be more effective than cloth masks. Cloth masks worn over a surgical mask allows wearers to make a fashion statement while enjoying an extra layer of protection.

Surgical masks are available at the Welcome Desk in Main Building on the San Antonio campus, and in the front offices on the Houston and RGV campuses.

Campanas de America Valentine’s Day concert set for Feb. 12

The annual Campanas de America Valentine’s Day concert will be held at Thiry Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.

The concert offers an evening of romantic music performed by Campanas de America, a renowned, 12-piece mariachi ensemble. The band (Bells of America) was founded in 1978 and named after alumna Belle Ortiz (BA 1971).   

Tickets range from $15 to $30. Students, faculty and staff receive $5 off each ticket. All purchases must be made at the University Events Office located in the Durango House, Monday through Friday, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Doors to the concert open at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Elizabeth Longoria at 210-528-7152 or email at

W2s for 2021 to be ready by Jan. 28 and made available in Self Service

Employee W2s for 2021 will be completed by Friday, Jan. 28, and will be made available online through Self Service for those who have given electronic consent. Instructions to give electronic consent and access W2s in Self Service are available at:

OLLU will NOT mail out W2s to current employees who have given W2 electronic consent. Employees will have to print their W2s from Self Service. 

If electronic consent has NOT been given, W2s will be mailed to the employee’s address on file with Human Resources. The W2s will be mailed at the post office by Jan. 28. Employees cannot pick up W2 on campus.

Payroll will address requests for re-emailing W2s after Feb. 11. Contact after this date with requests for re-mailing. 

W2s for terminated employees will be mailed out by Jan. 28.

Once W2s are received, employees are asked to review them for accuracy. For questions or concerns about the accuracy of W2s, contact as soon as possible.

OLLU has a new attendance verification process

Students must attend/participate in class to avoid being dropped from courses

OLLU is introducing a new attendance verification/participation process this semester. Students must attend/participate in each course they are taking. Participation can take many forms, such as posting to a discussion board, submitting a response paper or taking a quiz.

Students should check with their instructor if they are not sure that their participation is clear. This includes all remote and online courses. Students who do not attend/participate in class by the deadline will be dropped from the course.

Students should contact their professors if they are having any issues attending and/or participating in class.

Deadlines for Faculty to verify their attendance/participation are as follows:

San Antonio Traditional Session Students – Jan. 14

Fast Track A, Weekend I and National Online Session Students – Jan. 15

Weekend II Session Students – Jan. 23

Fast Track B Session Students – March 12

This new process has been developed to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations dealing with financial aid and to prevent students from incurring any unnecessary debt.

Online master’s program in Cybersecurity ranked No. 5 in U.S.

OLLU’s online Master of Cybersecurity ranks as the No. 5 program in the U.S. for 2021, according to ZDNet, an organization that provides higher education rankings and covers news, trends and technologies that are important to IT professionals. 

Based on information from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and College Scoreboard, ZDNet released its Top 5 ranking last week. In its ranking story, ZDNet cited the Cybersecurity program’s competitive cost, graduation rate and regional accreditation.

OLLU is the only school from South Texas to make the ZDNet ranking.

Master’s programs rank among best in Texas

OLLU ranks among the Top 50 schools for “Best Master’s Degree in Texas 2022,” according to University HQ.

Based on a variety of factors, such as retention rates, graduation rates, diplomas awarded and graduating salary, University HQ ranked OLLU No. 48.

University HQ is an independent education organization that provides resources for students to plan their college careers.

Mission Review Committee provides recommendations on revisions

After holding input sessions with all university constituent groups, the Mission Review Steering Committee is presenting its recommendations for revisions of the university’s core mission documents.

The linked report includes the recommended revisions to the university’s Mission Statement, Vision Statement and Core Values with the rationale for each of the revisions.

Any additional comments on the revisions should be emailed to Roxanna Chavez at by Friday. The final report will be presented to the Board of Trustees who will vote on revisions at the end of January.

To read the report, click here:

Emergency Response Team to test OLLU’s emergency notification speakers

The Emergency Response Team will be testing OLLU’s emergency notification speakers on Friday at 2 p.m. During the test, speakers around campus will project a message which clearly states that a test is taking place. Speakers are located in the following locations:

Ayres Hall

Centennial Hall

Flores Hall

Lake View

Pacelli Hall

Providence Hall

St. Ann’s Hall

St. Ann’s Courtyard

Mall Area behind Providence

Mall Area near the Bookstore

Thiry Auditorium


The emergency test message will also be projected from university phones.

Consult with Chartwells early for catering requests

Due to issues with supply chain, campus groups needing catering services should consult with Chartwells Dining Services staff early in the planning process. The Chartwells team will provide guidance on items that are easier to source and provide direction on items that are more challenging to secure.

By working with Chartwells early in the planning process, groups will have a better chance of securing items needed for their events.

Contact the Chartwells Catering Office by calling 210-431-3976 or emailing either or

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