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Actor, director Jesse Borrego to speak at Thiry Auditorium

The OLLU Salazar-Escobedo School of Mass Communication and Theater will present “An Evening with Jesse Borrego” on Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in Thiry Auditorium.

The presentation, “Bridging the Cultural Uncanny Valley: Image and Story in the 21st Century,” will feature the San Antonio native who is one of four Latino actors recently invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

An actor, director and producer, Borrego will share his perspective on cultural identity and image, especially as it pertains to the trillion-dollar entertainment industry, consumerism and ultimately our American cultural identity.

As a veteran of stage, screen and television, Borrego has a unique understanding of the challenges of a Chicano actor. Exploring the highlights of his professional career, he identifies certain milestones in our shared cultural evolution and the potential empowerment of the cultural narrative in our digital information age.

A meet and greet will follow the presentation.

The event will be available on WebEx at: 


COVID-19 protocol update

Thanks to the efforts of the OLLU community, COVID-19 cases on OLLU campuses have continued to decrease after a peak in August. A significant portion of the OLLU community is vaccinated and continued mask-wearing and other precautions are keeping the community safe. Thanks to these efforts, OLLU has seen no evidence of virus spread in its classrooms, residence halls or offices this semester.

With these improvements, and as long as there is no new surge in COVID-19 cases, the university provides the following updates:

  • OLLU plans to continue all in-person classes through the end of the semester; the university does not plan to move to remote instruction as it did last year after the Thanksgiving holidays.
  • There will not be a special, extended pass/fail grading option this semester.
  • There will not be an extension of the standard deadline to withdraw from classes. View the fall 2021 academic calendar for deadlines.
  • OLLU will celebrate with an in-person commencement ceremony on Dec. 9 at Freeman Coliseum. Graduation details are available on the university website.
  • Masks are still required for all individuals on campus in common spaces including classrooms, hallways, meeting spaces and other areas where individuals cannot isolate; the university will continue to evaluate mask requirements based on CDC guidance.
  • The university will hold a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on campus on Nov. 4 from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sign up for an appointment online here.
  • Vaccine and Testing Reminders:
    Students and employees who have not submitted proof of COVID-19 vaccination are required to test on a regular basis. Individuals will receive an email with instructions when it is time to test. More details are available on the Administration Division SharePoint site.  

    OLLU students have until Oct. 29, 2021, to submit their COVID-19 vaccine record to receive a $100 Amazon.com gift card. Vaccine records can be uploaded at this link. Once vaccine records are verified, students will receive an e-link directly from Amazon with the gift card. The university will send out an email alerting students to be on the lookout for the Amazon email.

    OLLU employees who wish to share their COVID-19 vaccination record can upload an image of the record online.  

OLLU to serve as voting location for Nov. 2 election

OLLU will serve as an Election Day polling site for the Joint Constitutional Amendment, General, Special and Bond Election on Nov. 2 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Library Community Room.

OLLU will be one of only two four-year institutions and one of only four institutions of higher learning in Bexar County to serve as an election site on Nov. 2.

Students in POLS 4360 Latinx Politics have become Bexar County deputized volunteer voter registrars and can register voters on campus. They are partnering with MOVE Texas to receive civics and voter mobilization training and to hold voter registration drives throughout the spring semester. 

  • All voters registered in Texas will be able to vote on eight propositions of amendments to the Texas constitution – see nonpartisan voter’s guide here.
    • Amendment topics: Raffles, county government, religious services, judges (two amendments), caregiver visits, property tax exemption and property tax/military
  • Races depending on home address (check which races are on ballots here):
    • Alamo Heights ISD – Special Election
    • Bexar County Emergency Services District No. 9 – Special Election
    • City of Converse – General Election for Mayor
    • Green Valley Special Utility District – General Election
    • East Central ISD – Bond Election
    • City of Helotes – Special Election
    • Judson ISD – Bond Election
    • Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD – General Election
    • City of Schertz – General Election
    • Southside ISD – Bond Election
    • City of Universal City – Special Election
    • City of Windcrest – General Election for Mayor
    • Comal ISD – Special Election and Bond Election
  • Check voter registration status here.

Woolfolk Lecture Series to present on ‘Selective Mutism’ in youth

The Woolfolk School of Communication Sciences and Disorders will host its biennial Elizabeth Carrow Woolfolk Lecture Series virtually on Saturday at 9 a.m. with a speech-language pathologist and expert on selective mutism. 

Joleen R. Fernald, PhD, author of “The Comprehensive Guide to Selective Mutism,” will discuss “Selective Mutism in Children and Adolescents.” Mutism is a childhood disorder typified by an inability to speak in social situations.

The lecture will feature numerous topics on selective mutism, including the causes and guiding principles of treatment. The lecture will end at 3:15 p.m.

Professionals and students may register here:


San Antonio Speech Hearing and Language Association members may register here:


A link to the lecture will be sent to individuals after they complete their registration.

Blood-Mobile returns to OLLU on Oct. 28

The Blood-Mobile will return to OLLU in the Mall Area on Thursday, Oct. 28. Students, faculty and staff may donate blood from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Photo identification is required.

It is important to know: One blood donation can save up to three lives.

To reserve a time, click the following link:


For more information, call the Health Education Resource Officer at 210-431-3919 or email: healtheducation@ollusa.edu.

Softball welcomes alumni this weekend

The softball team will hold its 2021 Alumni Day on Saturday. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., followed by a game between current players and alumni from teams beginning in 2009 through 2021. Following the game, the team will announce its inaugural Hall of Fame Class. Dessert will be served to attendees afterward.

Softball welcomes new Assistant Coach Katrisha Arocha

The softball team is proud to announce the hiring of Katrisha Arocha as an assistant coach. Arocha graduated from OLLU in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology after playing two seasons for the Saints.

Head Coach Bruce Lenington commented, “I am very excited to welcome one of the most decorated Saints pitchers back home to the Lake!  Her unique experience and mental toughness, both as a player and now a coach, will help all of our players as we pursue a championship.”

Arocha is a San Antonio native. She attended NCAA D1 Mississippi Valley State University and NCAA D2 Texas A&M University – Kingsville before transferring to OLLU for the 2014 season. She was the first softball player to earn NAIA All-American honors, and she did so in 2014. Her other awards include National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) NAIA All-Region Second Team in 2014 and First Team in 2015; NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete in 2014-2015; Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) All-Conference in 2014 and 2015; RRAC Pitcher and Newcomer of the Year in 2014; five RRAC Pitcher of the Week awards in 2014 and three in 2015; and RRAC Scholar-Athlete recognition in 2014 and 2015.

She holds the following Saints records: career ERA (1.79); season ERA (1.54), season shutouts (7), season wins (26), seasons pitched (191) and season strikeouts (247); and most innings pitched in a game (12) and most strikeouts in a game (19).

Arocha led the Saints to their first RRAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships in 2014; the team competed in nationals, where they played in the opening round. She also led her team to its first-ever NAIA Scholar Team recognition in 2014.

After her playing years, Arocha has coached pitchers of multiple ages, several high school sports, and travel softball.

Arocha said, “I am thrilled to be able to contribute to the success of the current softball program by sharing my knowledge and experience with the Saints student-athletes.”

The Saints will begin their 13th season in the spring of 2022 but will play a handful of scrimmages during the fall. Home games will be played at the OLLU Softball Field, which recently has received a multitude of upgrades and renovations throughout the complex.

Volleyball continues to receive five votes in the latest NAIA Coaches Top 25 Poll

OLLU again received five votes in the fourth regular-season edition of the 2021 NAIA Women’s Volleyball Coaches Top 25 Poll that was released Oct. 13.

Since the last post was released on Sept. 29, the Saints have been undefeated. They swept Red River Athletic Conference opponent the University of the Southwest 3-0 on Oct. 2 and beat conference opponent Huston-Tillotson University 3-2 on Oct. 6. The women also swept NCAA D3 Schreiner University on Oct. 8.

After this weekend’s matches, the Saints are now 14-3 overall and 8-0 in the conference.

The team is ranked 30th in standings among all NAIA teams. Madelynn Strzelczyk is ranked 14th in the NAIA in assists with 517/10.55 apg.

The highest mark the Saints have received in the poll came in 2016 when the team received 61 votes.

Poll Methodology

  • The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and Unaffiliated Groups.
  • The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second place and so on through the list.
  • The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low rating) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appear on.
  • Teams that receive only one point on the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
11Jamestown (N.D.) [17]21-0588
22Viterbo (Wis.) [4]25-1574
34Missouri Baptist16-2548
45Park (Mo.)17-2518
56Corban (Ore.)19-0515
63Midland (Neb.)18-3501
77Marian (Ind.)24-0487
88Bellevue (Neb.)16-3464
99Providence (Mont.)16-2436
1011Central Methodist (Mo.)19-3410
1110College of Saint Mary (Neb.)18-3400
1212Life (Ga.)21-1393
1313Eastern Oregon16-5366
1415Northwestern (Iowa)12-6345
1513Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)16-5320
1618Dordt (Iowa)12-5294
1719Montana Tech15-5256
1817Taylor (Ind.)22-4240
1922Columbia (Mo.)20-4234
2020Ottawa (Ariz.)15-2232
2116Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)16-4216
2221Indiana Wesleyan14-3196
23NRDoane (Neb.)18-5186
2424Grand View (Iowa)13-10145
2525Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)17-5140

Dropped from the Poll: 
Concordia (Neb.)

Receiving Votes: Bushnell (Ore.) 104, Concordia (Neb.) 80, Wayland Baptist (Texas) 52, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 33, Saint Xavier (Ill.) 27, Hastings (Neb.) 26, Dakota State (S.D.) 18, Westmont (Calif.) 13, Indiana Tech 9, Bethel (Ind.) 8, Texas Wesleyan 7, IU South Bend (Ind.) 6, Loyola (La.) 5, Ottawa (Kan.) 5, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 5, Columbia International (S.C.) 3, Campbellsville (Ky.) 3

OLLU ranks No. 35 in U.S. for Best Online MBA in Health care Management

OLLU’s online MBA program in Health Care Management has been ranked No. 35 in the U.S. for 2021, according to EduMed.org. Schools with the best combinations of online learning opportunities, affordability and student support earned top honors. No other Texas school made the Top 40. See the full list on EduMed here: https://www.edumed.org/online-schools/healthcare-management-degrees/mba/

“We set out to find schools that are making online education a priority,” said Wes Ricketts, founder of EduMed.org. “Each school in our rankings has a winning combination of flexibility, affordability, academic rigor and student support. This is a tall task in a field that leans on face-to-face interaction and hands-on training.” Edumed provides college information and rankings to students. For the Best online MBA Healthcare Management rankings, Edumed researched more than 7,700 accredited schools using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and from schools themselves.

OLLU to celebrate ‘Indigenous People’s Day’ on Mall today

OLLU will celebrate “Indigenous People’s Day” with food, dancing, poetry and other activities today at 12:15 p.m. on the Mall.

The celebration, which ends at 2 p.m., will include the San Antonio Pow Wow Dancers, indigenous flute and poetry and food and story booths. Mole and tamal plates are free.

The event is sponsored by The Center for Mexican American Studies and Research, the Center for Women in Church and Society and the Multicultural Activities Center.

For more information, contact Professor Aimee Villarreal at amvillarreal@ollusa.edu or call her at ext. 7060.

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