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Childcare scholarship opportunity available through United Way

OLLU students are eligible to apply for the United Way’s Childcare Scholarship Award. The award application opens Jan. 1, 2021. Recipients of the award receive funds to partially cover childcare costs while attending school fulltime or attending part time and working part time.

For more information about the award, or to apply after Jan. 1, visit .

OLLU Certification Officer Belinda Granados is a trained referral agent for the program. Contact her at for assistance with the award application.

Fall hybrid graduation ceremonies set for Friday and Saturday

Commencement 2020

Sister Pearl Ceasar, CDP, superior general of the Congregation of Divine Providence, will be the commencement speaker during hybrid ceremonies this week.

Ceremonies begin Friday with a Veterans Ceremony and Baccalaureate Liturgy on Friday. Hybrid graduate exercises will take place Saturday beginning at 3 p.m.

Commencement details are available at

COVID testing site has extended through May 2021

Curative testing kiosk

The free COVID-19 testing site on campus has been extended and will remain open through May 15, 2021.

Located in Lot K, at the corner of 24th Street and San Luis, the testing kiosk is operated by Curative and offers free tests to university community members and the public, even if you do not have insurance. Individuals with or without symptoms can take advantage of the free test.

The testing site is open Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Results are available in 24-48 hours. Appointments are available but not necessary.

To set an appointment or learn more about the testing process, please visit

OLLU alumni star, direct in The Public Theater production, ‘Fully Committed’

Fully Committed

Josey Porras (BA Mass Communication ʼ14) stars in The Public Theater’s virtual presentation of the one-person comedy, “Fully Committed,” Dec. 10-13.

Directed by Juan Calderon (BA Drama ʼ10), Porras takes on the role of “Sam,” an out-of-work actress, and 40 other characters in a performance that will be streamed online.

In “Fully Committed,” Sam works the red-hot reservation line at Manhattan’s No. 1 restaurant. While juggling scheming socialites, name-dropping wannabes, fickle celebrities and egomaniacal bosses, can she manage to look out for herself?

Performances will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.  To purchase tickets, go to

Deadlines approaching for students selecting Pass/Fail option for grading

Students are reminded that deadlines are approaching for those who wish to select the Pass/Fail option for fall semester grades.


* National Online 14-Week Session – Deadline for Pass/Fail option is Dec. 3
* Fast Track B and Weekend Sessions I and II – Deadline for Pass/Fail option is Dec. 3
* Traditional Fall Session – Deadline for Pass/Fail option is Dec. 16

Students must complete the appropriate form linked below to request a grade change. Review the information below before making a decision. 


Forms may be found in the Registrar’s Office Portal Site > Menu > Student Admin Services > Registrar’s Office > Forms.

Fall 2020 Pass Fail Option – Undergraduate

Fall 2020 Pass Fail Option – Graduate

Speak with adviser and financial aid

Students are reminded to speak with their adviser and staff from the Financial Aid Office for guidance on decisions. Some financial aid and military/veteran benefits may be affected by grading decisions. In addition, graduate/professional school acceptance and professional licensure may be affected.

Pass/Fail information

* The grade necessary for a Pass grade is dependent on the particular course and student type.

* If an undergraduate student is taking a course to fulfill General Education requirements, a D- or above is needed to receive a Pass grade. If an undergraduate student is taking a course to fulfill a major or minor requirement, a C- or above is needed to earn a Pass grade.

* Graduate students must earn a grade of B or above to earn a Pass grade.

* A grade of Pass will not be calculated into the Grade Point Average (GPA); a grade of Fail will be calculated into the GPA as an F. If a student repeats and passes the course at a later time, the F would no longer count toward the cumulative GPA.

85th annual Candlelight Advent Service to be held on Saturday

The Division of Mission and Ministry presents the 85th annual Candlelight Advent Service on Saturday at 6 p.m. via Facebook livestream. The service will honor alumna Louise Locker (MSW ’76), best known as “Elf Louise.” Since 1969, Elf Louise and her volunteers have delivered Christmas gifts to more than 1.5 million children.

In keeping with the tradition from the early beginnings of candlelight by OLLU’s founders, the Sisters of Divine Providence, OLLU is asking for unwrapped toys, which will be donated to the Elf Louise Project. 

After 50 years, Locker is retiring from the Elf Louise Project. She leaves with fond memories of her education and experience at OLLU.

“I loved my teachers,” she told the Alumni Newsletter in 2014. “They were so caring and encouraging and gave me the feeling I could make some sort of difference in the world.” 

To watch the service via livestream, go to For more information, contact

GivingTuesday set for Dec. 1

Founded with a desire to spread goodwill in communities, GivingTuesday follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday as a powerful day of giving, driven by the strength of social media.

Over the past seven years, GivingTuesday has grown to become a global movement of people and organizations wishing to transform their communities and the world through the power of generosity.

As OLLU continues to celebrate its 125th anniversary, the university hopes the OLLU community is inspired to support OLLU students with a gift to the Annual Fund and help continue the legacy of transforming lives.

Together, OLLU honors its heritage and celebrates its future. GivingTuesday officially kicks off on Dec. 1, but those interested can start transforming lives today. Donate here.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to support OLLU’s goal of raising $2,500 for student scholarships and programs. 

All gifts are tax-deductible and help current and future students secure a college education. Donations will help propel OLLU into the next 125 years of transforming lives.

Surge needed as United Way Campaign ends on Nov. 20

With only a few days left, the OLLU Employee United Way Campaign needs a strong surge to match last year’s participation and giving. In 2019, OLLU recorded a 70-percent participation rate and gave $27,591.76. The average gift was $65.

The current campaign status is at 33 percent participation with $22,124.08 in donations.

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

Contributions support more than 80 community agencies and focus areas.

The OLLU United Way campaign runs through Friday. For questions about the campaign or pledging instructions, contact the 2020 OLLU United Way Campaign Chairs Mary Scotka (, Prov. 2C, ext. 5590) or Cyndi Trevino (, Moye 110, ext. 6504).

To give, go to the OLLU Employee Donation link:  

The user id is the employee’s Ollusa email (for example, and the password is the employee’s OLLU id# 45678 without the preceding zeroes.

The Nov. 13 prize winners: 

1 Lisa’s Mexican Restaurant gift certificate — Marina Molina

2 $25 Chartwell gift cards — Ronald Crowe, Carmen Sauceda

5 OLLU Wings Tumblers — Rosa Rivera-Hainaj, Teresa Findley, Rocio Portales, Joe Olivares and Grace Sinyard

There are still more than 24 prizes to win, including two lunch dates with President Melby, a Thanksgiving Dinner prize pack, and gift certificates from Chartwells and restaurants such as Deco, Whataburger and McDonald’s.

Virtual 2020 Confetti Run/Walk Packet Pick Up is Saturday

Our Lady of the Lake University has made the decision to convert the 2020 Confetti Run/Walk to a virtual event. We had hoped to hold an in-person event in October, but we must abide by the city and county’s call to keep up our guard and continue to protect the community from COVID-19.

All registered participants or those who registered by Oct. 1 will receive a race packet which includes a draw-string bag, race bib, T-Shirt and finisher medal.

The Drive-Thru Pick Up will take place:

Saturday, Oct. 10
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Details have been emailed to registered participants.

The best decorated car will receive a free four pack of entries for the 2021 run/walk

The West gate entrance at Commerce Street will be open for the Confetti 5K Run/Walk packet pickup participants only from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. All students, faculty and staff must enter through Providence and 24th Street. They may exit through the West gate but not enter. 

For additional information, contact Liz Longoria at

OLLU to serve as DebateWatch2020 participant

OLLU has been selected by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) to serve as a DebateWatch2020 participant. The Commission, which oversees and organizes U.S. Presidential debates, has chosen, so far, only five universities from Texas to participate.

Participants will be recognized on the CPD’s website and listed in DebateWatch materials that will be distributed nationally and internationally.

The Law and Politics Society (LPS) will host debate watch parties on Oct. 7 for the vice presidential debate, and Oct. 15 and Oct. 22 for the last two presidential debates.

Due to social distancing, up to 24 people can join the watch party in Providence West Social Room, from 7:30-10:30 p.m. OLLU will provide a WebEx link to join virtually. Those who attend are encouraged to bring a pen and paper to take notes and write questions. After the debate, there will be a discussion of the issues that were debated.

An important reminder: The last day to register to vote is Oct. 5. Early voting will be held Oct. 13-30. OLLU is an early voting site. Election Day is Nov. 3.

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