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Giving Tuesday set for tomorrow

Join OLLU for Giving Tuesday tomorrow and be a part of the world’s biggest day of generosity. Every year on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, the global movement that fosters giving and generosity is celebrated. OLLU participates in this day of giving to provide support for current and future OLLU students.

In just 24 hours, help us reach our $15,000 goal for OLLU student scholarships, programs and more.  

*While supplies last: receive an exclusive pair of OLLU Saints Socks with a minimum gift of $18.95 (OLLU’s founding year).

University kicks off the Christmas season with hOLLUday events

OLLU will kick off the holiday season this week with a variety of events.

hOLLUday Community Tree Decorating and Lighting
Decorating: Tuesday at Noon-2 p.m. in the Mall Area
The university community is invited to decorate an ornament and add it to the university tree.

Blessing, Lighting, and Caroling: Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. in the Mall Area
The University Choir will serenade participants during the official lighting and blessing of the tree.

87th Annual Candlelight Advent Prayer Service
Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel
All are invited to a candlelit Advent Prayer Service in the chapel followed by Christmas caroling by candlelight in the Moye Rotunda. Refreshments will be served.

Snowball Winter Formal
Thursday in the Mall Area
This winter dance is hosted by Residence Life.

Las Posadas
Friday at 6 p.m. in front of Annunciation Chapel  
OLLU’s 39th annual Las Posadas is a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging in Bethlehem on the eve of the birth of Jesus. The procession will begin at Annunciation Chapel and continue to the steps of the Convent Building, Main Building and Moye Hall. It will conclude with a celebration in Chapel Auditorium featuring entertainment and refreshments.

OLLU receives $50,000 grant for Mass Communication program

The City of San Antonio (COSA) has awarded OLLU a $50,000 Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) grant to produce programming to be aired on TVSA Education.

The Mass Communication department will use the funding to purchase production equipment to create and deliver locally oriented programming.

The funding marks the third COSA grant for the Mass Communication program. Previous funding allowed students to produce high-quality programming for TVSA Education, which included student newscasts, public service announcements, short films and TV shows.

As a result, students have received robust instruction, gained valuable experience, and are now comfortable using modern equipment similar to what they will encounter as they pursue careers as video editors, camera operators, producers, and directors.

Upcoming hOLLUday events 

hOLLUday Community Tree Decorating and Lighting
Decorating: Nov. 29 at Noon-2 p.m. in the Mall Area
Blessing, Lighting, and Caroling: Nov. 29 at 5:15 p.m. in the Mall Area

87th Annual Candlelight Advent Prayer Service
Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel
Followed by Caroling in Moye Rotunda and a reception

Las Posadas
Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. beginning in front of Annunciation Chapel  

Dining services hours this week

During this week of Thanksgiving and continuing through Sunday, the hours for OLLU dining will be as follows:  

Sister Annie B’s Cafeteria
Monday – 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Tuesday – 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Wednesday through Sunday – Closed

Saints, Starbucks, and 24th street Subs 
Today through Sunday – Closed   (Sub shop hours may be altered depending on home games during the break)

C-Store
Open 24/7 through swipe-card access and self-check

International Education Week celebration starts today 

International Education Week, which runs today through Friday, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is an opportunity to highlight the value of global and cultural competencies skills for success in the 21st century.

Today, OLLU will celebrate the cultural richness and global perspective that international students bring to our campus with an International Education Week reception in the Moye Rotunda at 4:30 p.m. 

This event will honor our 32 international students from 20 countries and recognize the Moye Rotunda as an international presence on campus. OLLU President Abel A. Chávez will share remarks.  

The Student Government Association Congress selected Moye Rotunda for the flag display because of our Beloved John Martin Moye, who has international heritage from France. The flags on display in the Moye Rotunda reflect the various countries in which the current year’s students hold citizenship. 

The flag display may change each year, depending on the make-up of the student body. 

On Thursday, OLLU will host a virtual international prospective graduate students Information Session. For more information, contact Erica Jordan, OLLU Houston Graduate Admissions Counselor, at ejordan.ollusa.edu or sign up for the event online.

Stars of Blue Nation: hOLLUday Decorating set for tomorrow

The OLLU Community is invited to help prepare for the Advent/Christmas season by decorating our university campus with trees, wreaths, and blue poinsettias. The shape of the poinsettia flower and its leaves symbolize the Star of Bethlehem, which led the Wise Men to Jesus.

The decorating will take place on Tuesday from 4-6:30 p.m. in the Moye Rotunda, Sacred Heart Chapel, and in the Mall Area. After the decorating, a brief prayer service will be held at 6:45 p.m.in the Mall Area by the Sister Jane Ann Lamppost, followed by a free Thanksgiving dinner from 7-8 p.m. in the Saints’ Café.

All volunteers are encouraged to sign up by end of today using the following link: https://forms.office.com/r/wZEKJL2Ht4

(attachment B: Stars of Blue Nation decorating)

Upcoming hOLLUday events 

hOLLUday Community Tree Decorating and Lighting
Decorating: Nov. 29 at Noon in the Mall Area
Blessing, Lighting, and Caroling: Nov. 29 at 5:15 p.m. in the Mall Area

87th Annual Candlelight Advent Prayer Service
Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel

Las Posadas
Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. in front of Annunciation Chapel  

Inaugural two-part Ring Ceremony set for Wednesday and Thursday

Students, faculty and staff are invited to OLLU’s Inaugural Ring Ceremony. This two-part event begins on Wednesday at 6 p.m. with the “‘Ring’ the Bell” Ceremony.

Graduating students who have purchased an OLLU ring – along with guests – will gather in the plaza in front of Main Building for a procession to the front of Sacred Heart Chapel. The rings will be taken up to the bell tower, where they will spend the night while being guarded by OLLU police. The chapel bells will be rung eight times once the rings are secured for the night. Participants will enjoy refreshments and music.

On Thursday, graduates will receive their rings during the “Rings Up” ceremony in Thiry Auditorium. Faculty who would like to participate in the Ring Ceremony procession should wear regalia and gather at Walter Center at 6:45 p.m. Faculty and graduating students will process into the auditorium at 7 p.m. Graduating students will receive their rings during a short ceremony. A reception with light refreshments will be held in the Mall Area following the ceremony where graduates will be invited to dip their rings in the fountain for a special blessing.

Graduates will be able to take a photo in front of an eight-foot tall replica of the OLLU ring.

Special thanks to the Ring Ceremony sponsor Jostens, Inc.

Please let us know if you will be taking part in what we hope becomes a university tradition: RSVP online.

https://ollu.formstack.com/forms/ring_ceremony

For questions, please contact Elizabeth Longoria at elongoria@ollusa.edu

OLLU United Way Charitable Workplace Campaign ends on Friday

The OLLU United Way Charitable Workplace Campaign needs a strong surge to match last year’s participation and giving. In 2021, OLLU recorded a 42 percent participation rate and close to $23,000 in contributions. The current campaign status is at 24 percent participation with $9,200 in contributions.

The OLLU United Way campaign runs through Friday.

The donations that are made go right back into Bexar County/San Antonio neighborhoods, and more specifically, into the agencies chosen by donors. 

Support OLLU’s United Way Employee Charitable Campaign

  • Contributions support over 80 community agencies and focus areas. View the UW Impact-Guide-and-Partner Guide 2022.pdf
  • You have the option to designate your pledge to a specific Impact Partner on the E-Pledge drop down menu. 
  • United Way of San Antonio and Bexar county is one of the most efficient and effective nonprofits in the country

Employees are encouraged to make their donation online using the United Way E-Pledge portal:  www.giveuw.org/OLLU

  • Use your OLLU email as your log in and your employee ID# without any preceding zeros as your password
  • Once you have signed in, you will be asked to create a new password prior to making your donation
  • Pledge Options include:  Payroll Deduction, Credit/Debit Card, Check, or Direct Bill. 
  • Should you decide to use the payroll deduction option, your donation will begin on Jan. 1, 2023.
  • Be recognized by United Way for donations of $250 or higher — Emerging Leadership ($250-499) & Leadership Level ($500 or higher)
  • $25 Minimum donation to participate in weekly prize drawings

If you have any questions about the campaign, please contact the 2022 OLLU United Way Campaign Chairs — Mary Scotka at mscotka@ollusa.edu or Victor Salazar at vmsalazar@ollusa.edu

Congratulations to our Nov. 11 Prize Winners

  • Kelly Roberts Cooper, Leadership Studies Faculty – Spurs Tickets
  • Nicole Monsibais, Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator – Navy OLLU Baseball Jersey  
  • Ida Perez, Executive Assistant President’s Office – Diana’s Burgers Dinner for 2 gift package
  • Catherine Fragoso, Director Center for Student Involvement – $25 Chartwell Dining gift card
  • Henry Ornelas, Payroll Manager – $25 Chartwell Dining gift card

Next Prize Drawings include 20+ Incentive Prizes valued at over $1,000

Friday, Nov. 18

  • Spurs Tickets
  • Morgan’s Wonderland Inspiration Island Park 4 pass-pack
  • Hyatt Resort Golf Packages (2 packs-each valued at $270)
  • Go Rio Narrated San Antonio River Cruise (2 tickets)    
  • 6 Chartwell gift card (value $25 each)
  • 5 Regal Movie gift card (value $20 each)
  • Diana’s Burgers Dinner for 2 and Diana’s T-Shirt (value $50)
  • HTO Tea Prize Pack (value $50)
  • Saint Swag Packs, and more. 
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