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Updated mask requirements

Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases throughout Texas and in an effort to keep our community safe, OLLU is again requiring face coverings/masks for all individuals on our campuses — both vaccinated and unvaccinated.

Face coverings must be worn in classrooms, hallways, meeting spaces and other common areas where unable to isolate in accordance with CDC guidance.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions about safety measures and requirements, information on reporting COVID diagnosis or close contact, and other OLLU policies associated with the pandemic, please visit the Fall FAQ section of the Saints Strong web pages.

Upload COVID-19 vaccine record

OLLU will begin requiring weekly COVID-19 testing for individuals who have not been vaccinated against the virus. Those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine and voluntarily share their vaccine record with the university will not have to take part in weekly testing. Use the link below to voluntarily upload your record. The link also is available on the Saints Strong section of the university website which can be accessed from the “Coronavirus Updates” banner at the top of the homepage.

 Details on required testing will be shared this week.

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Upload vaccine record here

OLLU hosts another successful ‘Encuentro High School Theology Institute’

The seven-day “Encuentro High School Theology Institute” wrapped up on June 23 with 21 high school students and 15 college mentors learning about the road to Emmaus and discovering God’s presence along the way.

Made possible with a $300,000 grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc., the students participated in workshops, service, activities and discussions to help them deepen their faith and apply it toward challenges within their community. 

In the mornings, the students cleaned the gravestones of the Sisters of Divine Providence.

The Lilly Endowment grant allows the Encuentro summer program to continue for two more years.

Schools and parishes that participated were Holy Cross, Providence, San Juan de los Lagos, Christ the King Church, St. Bonaventure, St. Gerard, St. Paul’s, Our Lady of Angels and St. John Berchman. 

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Upperclassmen encouraged to apply for $1,000 scholarship

A $1,000 Angel Nevaeh Rendón and Divine Mercy Scholarship is available to upperclassmen who are scheduled to graduate from OLLU within two years.

Applicants are required to complete the attached form, submit a transcript and resume, provide two letters of recommendation and write a one-page essay about love, loss and life.

The Angel Nevaeh Rendón Scholarship is named for the unborn baby of alumna Elaine Dispo-Rendón, PhD (2015), Vice President of the OLLU Alumni Executive Council. Dr. Dispo-Rendón wants to award the scholarship to a student who aims to maximize her/his potential and make a difference in the world, just as she had expected for her own child. She wants to give back to OLLU by contributing to the education of someone who also has experienced love, loss and a new lease on life. 

Applications are due June 5, the day Angel was to be born. Applications must be submitted to Jackie Walter, Director, Center for Women and Church in Society, at jlwalter@ollusa.edu.

Cafeteria Hours for spring break

Dining service hours for Spring Break week are as follows:

Sister Annie B’s Cafeteria
Monday -Thursday from 7:30 a.m.–1 p.m. 
Friday, Saturday, Sunday closed. 

C-Store
Open 24-hours a day and stocked daily.

Saints Café and Starbucks
Closed during Spring Break

Normal hours will resume Monday, March 15.

SGA extends deadline for candidates seeking president, vice president positions

The Student Government Association (SGA) has extended the application deadline for president and vice president candidates to Tuesday, March 2 by 11:59 p.m.

Interviews will be held on Friday, March 5 at student availability.

Benefits include: student employment position, service on the Board of Trustees, service to the OLLU student body and free presidential housing, among others.

Click on SGA Election Application Link to apply.

Veterans Day is this Wednesday

Our Lady of the Lake University will present the “2020 Veterans Day Observation Ceremony” on Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 12:30-1:45 p.m., in the Mall Area. The featured speaker will be Col. Jennie R. Johnson.

The ceremony will also be available virtually here:

Cisco Webex Streaming Link
Meeting Number: 146 192 6651
Meeting Password: e3PmJ8Jsbb3
Join by Phone: 408-418-9388

OLLU finishes 2020 election as a polling site success

OLLU played a strong and historic role in the 2020 election. For the first time, OLLU served as a polling site. According to Bexar County Elections data, the Library Community Room drew 5,853 early voters, including San Antonio mayor Ron Nirenberg. 

Voting at OLLU also attracted significant media coverage with stories published or broadcast in the San Antonio Express-News, News 4 WOAI-TV, the San Antonio Current and Telemundo 60 San Antonio.

A 102-year-old woman, Soledad Rodriguez, cast her ballot at OLLU. A number of students and citizens in their 70s voted for the first time at the Library Community Room.

Voter outreach efforts on campus yielded 36 people who registered to vote. Forty-seven students and faculty members served as poll workers. 

President’s Council approves additional holidays

In recent years, the President’s Council has approved additional holidays for employees at the request of the Staff Advisory Council (SAC). SAC submitted a proposal for additional university holidays this academic year. The following additional holiday dates for the fall semester have been approved by the President’s Council.

*         Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 (Wednesday before Thanksgiving)

*         Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020 (extension of Christmas break)

The university will be closed on the above dates. Additional holidays were requested for the spring semester. A decision on those dates will be made in January.

OLLU community invited to ‘Celebrate National 1st Gen Day’ today at mall

Students, faculty and staff are invited to “Celebrate National 1st Gen Day” at 12:30 p.m. today in the Mall Area. 

Event host “OLLU 1st Gen” will provide craft supplies for participants to create a project representative of their experience as a first generation college student. Student participants will be asked to create a message in text, image or video on Instagram and tag @ollu1stgen to share their messages with other first generation students.

Faculty and staff are asked to create an image or video on their Instagram page with words of encouragement for a first generation college student. Or they can tell one thing they wish they would have known as a first generation college student.

Faculty and staff are also asked to tag @Ollu1stGen or send an email to @firstgenerationstudent so OLLU can share on their behalf. 

Sunday, Nov. 8, marked the 55th anniversary of the signing of the 1965 Higher Education Act (HEA), which has helped millions of first-generation, low-income/under-resourced students persist to degree completion.

The McNair Scholars program and Student Leadership and Development are strong supporters of first generation students and will participate in today’s event.

“Our goal is to increase visibility of first generation students overall,” said Jessica Quintero, PhD, Instructional Designer for the Center for Teaching Excellence. “We will be hosting a small event on campus, a virtual campaign via Instagram, and are encouraging faculty, staff, and students to change their background for any virtual class and meeting to one of the attached for the week of the 8th.” 

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OLLU Health provides 24/7 TeleMedicine and TeleCounseling

For students who are feeling ill, sad or depressed, OLLU Health is providing TeleMedicine and TeleCounseling 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

TeleMedicine and TeleCounseling are available to all students. No cost or co-payment is required. Students may sign up today to access the services by using the QR code or clicking the following link: 

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