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OLLU students, faculty and staff to receive free McNay Art Museum admission

Thanks to the generosity of OLLU Board Chair Emeritus Bruce Flohr, OLLU students, faculty and staff can enjoy free general admission to the McNay Art Museum from now through May 2022.

An OLLU photo ID is required for admission. Presenting your OLLU ID at the Museum Shop will give you 10 percent off purchases, as well. There is a $10 fee for special exhibits.

The McNay is located at 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave. The museum website is

For additional membership information, go to

See flyer here:

Virtual Town Hall meeting set for Thursday

There will be a virtual Town Hall meeting for employees on Thursday. March 4 at 3 p.m.  During this time, OLLU administrators will share updates and answer questions. The team will take questions during the Town Hall, but employees are encouraged to submit questions beforehand so the team can better prepare.

To submit questions, go to: Online Survey Software | Qualtrics Survey Solutions

The survey link will close today at 5 p.m.

Login information can be accessed at:

Alumni to discuss impact of OLLU at Women’s HerStory Month event

In celebration of OLLU’s 125th anniversary, four distinguished female alumni will share the impact of the university on their lives during “Carriers of the Legacy,” a Women’s HerStory Month virtual event that will be held Friday, March 19, at 12:30 p.m. 

The one hour panel discussion will feature:

  • Margie E. Padilla, PharmD (BA 1998), a Clinical Associate Professor and Interprofessional Education Coordinator at the University of Texas at El Paso School of Pharmacy. In 2017, the American Pharmacists Association honored Dr. Padilla with the Immunization Champions Award for outstanding contributions to improving the vaccinate rates in communities.  
  • Lorena G. Gonzalez, PhD (BA 1989, PhD 2005), a member of the OLLU Board of Trustees and Vice President of Urban Strategies. Dr. Gonzalez is a graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Education Program. She is co-author of the Amazon bestseller, “Inheritance: Discovering the Richness of Latio Culture and Family.” 
  • Jessica Ortiz (BA 2017) a Media Relations Specialist for RAICES Texas and a former award-winning journalist. One year after graduating with a degree in mass communications, Ortiz won a Lone Star Emmy Award as a Univision 41 assistant producer for best morning/daytime newscast in a medium market. 
  • Marika Azocar (BA 2013) the Impact Director at City Year Boston, an AmeriCorps program. In her leadership role, Azocar is dedicated to improving education equity in Boston Public Schools. She received a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Tufts University.

To attend the event on WebEx, go to:

For questions, contact

‘Lent at the Lake 2021’ starts this week

Lent at the Lake

University Ministry will be holding a number of events to mark “Lent At The Lake 2021.”

Weekday Mass will be held Tuesday through Thursday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Chapel and on Facebook Live.

Stations of the Cross will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at the Grotto. For a complete list of “Lent At The Lake” events, see the attached flyer.

For questions, contact

Click here for a flyer on Lent activities.

Click here for a flyer on “Seeking Renewal”:

Homecoming virtual events moved to this weekend

Due to inclement weather last week, all Homecoming Virtual Events have been moved to this weekend, Feb. 24-26.

The festivities start on Friday at noon with a Homecoming Welcome from President Diane E. Melby, EdD. To watch, click the meeting link: The password: ollu

A softball doubleheader against the University of St. Thomas will take place beginning at 1 p.m., and a baseball game against Midland University will be held at 5 p.m. On Sunday, the baseball team will play Midland again beginning at 1 p.m., and the softball team will play Midland, also beginning at 1 p.m. No spectators will be allowed, but alumni can watch the games on the OLLU Saints Network here:

Also on Friday, OLLU Loteria Night will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The meeting link is and the password is ollu.

A full slate of events will follow on Saturday and Sunday. To see the schedule, click here:

The password: ollu

OLLU reviewing, proposing revisions to core mission documents

The university has begun the process of reviewing, vetting and proposing revisions of OLLU’s core mission documents, including mission, vision and values statements.

The Steering Committee overseeing this process would like input from the entire community: students, faculty, staff, CDPs and board members. Everyone is asked to complete this survey to let the committee know their thoughts:

Mission Review Survey URL:

Please note: the steering committee will be hosting a series of focus groups for students, faculty, staff, board members and members of the Congregation of Divine Providence. Those will be announced to the OLLU community via email.

Distinguished alumna to speak at Dating Violence Awareness event

P.E.A.C.E. co-founder and 2019 San Antonio Peace Laureate Patricia Castillo (BSW 1980, MSW 1985) will speak on Tuesday at the virtual event, “My Heart Is Open and So Are My Eyes.”

Sponsored by OLLUCares, the one-hour event is part of Dating Violence Awareness Month. Castillo will speak at 12:30 p.m. on WebEx.

Castillo co-founded the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative with almuna Jane Shafer at the Elliott House. A nonprofit dedicated to ending family violence, P.E.A.C.E. stands for Putting an End to Abuse through Community Efforts.

To join, login at:

Meeting number: 146 185 0067

Password: OLLU

For questions, contact

See event flyer here:

Criminal Justice Society program wins national award

The Criminal Justice Society (CJS) program has won the National Criminal Justice Month Education Award for their work last spring with the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute (CCIRI). 

This marks the first time OLLU has won the award, which is given by The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) during National Criminal Justice Month each March.

Stephen Owen, a member of the ACJS awards committee, informed J. Harrison Watts, PhD, OLLU professor of criminology and criminal justice: “Congratulations to you, your colleagues and your students for assembling an impressive and meaningful program under what I know were challenging circumstances with Covid-related issues. The integration of the live stream of podcasts, the follow up discussions and the collaboration with CCIRI made this a dynamic offering.”

Jiletta Kubena, PhD, OLLU Criminology and Criminal Justice Program director, was elated. “I am beyond excited for our OLLU Criminology and Criminal Justice students to be recognized for their work with the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute and for their tenacity in holding presentations and discussions on cold cases during the first month of the pandemic,” she said. “Working on cold cases to find the perpetrator and bring closure to victims and their families is one of the key aspects of the program’s commitment to social justice.” 

Seven CJS officers, advised by adjunct professor Kim Brisco, shared the award with 15 to 20 members. 

The CJS officers at the time were: President Brandon Celedon, a December graduate; Vice President Brianna Munoz-Rabb, a May graduate; former Secretary and current President Rosa I Hernandez Lora; Treasurer Ramon Rios, a May graduate; Data Management Communications Recorder Humberto Becerra, a May graduate; Community Intelligence Officer Madison Polasek, current President of the Student Government Association; and Network Administrator Veronica Herrera, a December graduate.

CWCS to present ‘Providence Conversations’ with Sister Joyce Detzel, CDP

The Center for Women in Church and Society (CWCS) on Thursday will begin a virtual, three-part series on WebEx: “Providence Conversations with Sister Joyce Detzel, CDP.” 

The first will feature a conversation with Sister Detzel on “Fostering Peace in a Chaotic World: Interior peace and firm footing help move us through life’s shifts and changes with greater faith, stability and resilience.”  

The one-hour session begins at 12:30 p.m. and can be accessed here:

The second conversation, “Fostering Hope in a Climate of Despair,” will be held on Jan. 28 and the final session, “Fostering Relationships in a Time of Polarization,” will be held on Feb. 4. All conversations start at 12:30 p.m. 

For questions, contact

Click here for the event flyer:

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