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Trustees create endowed scholarship for President Melby and husband 

The Board of Trustees has created the Diane E. and David Melby Scholarship. This endowed award will benefit students who demonstrate financial need and are dedicated to leadership and service.

The Trustees created the scholarship to honor the contributions of President Melby and her husband, David.

Under President Melby’s leadership, OLLU has completed a $55 million capital campaign, the largest in school history, built the Lake View Apartments, constructed new facilities for campuses in Houston and the Rio Grande Valley and secured a new home for the university’s counseling and speech and hearing clinics on San Antonio’s West Side.

David Melby, meanwhile, distinguished himself as a community servant and was named 2022 Volunteer of the Year for Catholic Charities of San Antonio. He performed more than 1,500 hours of service, supporting The Guadalupe Community Center and St. Stephen’s Care Center, the Mobile Food Pantry, Project Hope, 40 Cans for Lent and Little Pumpkins Palooza. 

The scholarship was announced on May 6 at spring commencement. Approximately $10,000 has been raised. The target is $50,000. To learn more or to contribute, click here.

Updated summer hours for OLLU Bookstore

Starting today, Monday, May 16, the summer hours for the OLLU Bookstore will be:

Mondays – Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Fridays, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sundays, Closed

The hours will be extended on Lake Days or other campus events as needed. This information will be posted on the OLLU Bookstore website and on the front doors. 

Erika Prosper Nirenberg to serve as commencement speaker

Erika Prosper Nirenberg, Senior Director of Customer Insights for H-E-B, will be the speaker Friday when more than 360 OLLU students participate in commencement exercises.

Festivities will begin Friday morning with a special ceremony for graduates who are veterans. Events will continue with a Ring Blessing, Graduation Liturgy, Alumni and Family Meet and Greet and Graduation Exercises. To see a detailed schedule of commencement events and a list of graduates, visit: https://www.ollusa.edu/registrars-office/graduation-information.html.

Prosper Nirenberg, who grew up in a migrant worker family in the Rio Grande Valley, earned a master’s degree in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School, a bachelor’s degree in Plan II Liberal Arts and a second bachelor’s degree in Science in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2020, she earned an executive degree in Behavioral Economics from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. At H-E-B, Prosper Nirenberg leads a team charged with helping guide the development of H-E-B’s strategic vision and operational efforts by providing customer insights to change business, gain share and establish a preference for the company. In the community, she has served the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as its chairwoman in 2018 and for six years on its executive board.

A former board member of Say Si Youth Arts, the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation and SACRD.org, she now sits on the Girls Scouts of Southwest Texas Board and Las Casas Foundation and is part of the advisory Board for iEmpower, the Latina Power Network and the SA League of Women Voters. Prosper Nirenberg also was the 2019 San Antonio Business Journal’s Woman of the Year, 2019 Governor’s Yellow Rose of Texas honoree, the 2016 H-E-B David Ashworth Community Service Corporate Winner and the 2021 H-E-B Linda D. Jimenez Diversity and Inclusion Corporate Awardee. Her proudest honor, however, was receiving the 2010 Association of Migrant Educators of Texas’ Migrant Alumni Award. 

As a co-founder and 2015-2016 Chair of the Latina Leadership Institute, much of Prosper Nirenberg’s passion revolves around efforts to help improve quality of life among underserved populations through girls and women empowerment, education and literacy. She and her husband, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, have one son named Jonah.

Spring commencement to include first cohort of doctoral students in Social Work 

The first cohort of students in the Doctor of Philosophy-Social Work program is set to graduate on Friday at 5 p.m. at Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E. Houston Street.

These eight students – from throughout the country – will be among more than 350 who are scheduled to receive their diplomas during spring commencement.

The ceremonies will be live-streamed. The link will be available here on the day of commencement. 

Doors to the Freeman Coliseum open at 3 p.m. All family, friends and guests are required to use the main front entrance of the Freeman Coliseum and will not be allowed through the rear ramp entrance. Guests are encouraged to arrive at the Freeman Coliseum by 4:30 p.m. 

General public parking will be $10 at the gate. Discounted pre-sale parking permits for West Gate Entrance – Lot 9 – will be available for purchase on campus for $3.50 each. Parking questions should be directed to Melissa Franco, Office of Student Affairs. Visit Moye Hall 103, call 210-431-3954 or email studentaffairs@ollusa.edu.

To view a complete list of graduation events, click here. To see a full list of spring graduates, click here.

At this time, OLLU does not have a mask mandate for graduation events. Be aware that this policy may be revised due to changes in conditions in the community.

OLLU receives more than $350,000 in grants to benefit students

OLLU has received two grants totaling $362,500 that will provide emergency assistance to students and help them complete their degrees.

The first award, worth $250,000 from the Texas Completion Repayment Grant Program, is designed to clear outstanding student balances, such as accumulated fees, financial holds and other related arrears. Each grant, a one-time award of $1,000, will help up to 250 OLLU students.

The second award, worth $112,500 through the Texas Reskilling Support Fund Grant Program, provides emergency educational support for students significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund aids in the continuation of students’ education and economic recovery. The grant will help up to 75 OLLU students with a $2,500 award for each fall and summer semester. 

The pandemic forced a number of OLLU students to step away from pursuing their degrees. The grants will enable them to resume their education.

“The Completion and Reskilling grants provided by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is an essential relief to students that we are reclaiming and re-enrolling, despite challenging financial conditions,” said George Williams, PhD, Vice President for Student Affairs. “As we, as a university, fulfill our moral contract with our students, we now have dedicated funds to support eligible students to finish their degree and pursue a high-valued occupation/ vocation.”

Cafeteria will begin summer hours following commencement

After commencement on Friday, dining services will begin summer hours as follows:

Saturdays and Sundays – All locations closed expect the Market @ Saints Lounge and Market (C-Store), which is open 24 hours.

Mondays-Fridays – Sister Annie B’s open from 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; Market @ Saints Lounge and Market (C-Store) open 24 hours; all other locations closed.

Hours are posted online, as well, at https://dineoncampus.com/ollu/hours-of-operation.

40 Cans for Lent Food Drive a big success

The 40 Cans for Lent Food Drive, which ran from March 2 through April 13, was a huge success! The Division of Mission and Ministry, the Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Alumni and Family Relations teamed up to collect donations of peanut butter and canned goods.

The university thanks everyone who donated, especially the vOLLUnteer Unity Council (VUC), Theta Nu Xi sorority (TNX), Kappa Delta Chi sorority (KDChi) and Phi Alpha honor society. 

In total, 1,336 cans were donated. On Thursday, April 21, VUC, TNX, and KDChi came together and used all the cans to create a “can castle” resembling the OLLU Main Building and Sacred Heart Chapel, and “OLLU” was spelled behind the structures. Afterward, all cans were delivered to Catholic Charities, where they will help feed the hungry in the San Antonio Archdiocese.

For more information, email missionandministry@ollusa.edu.

Volunteers needed for May 6 graduation

Graduation is in less than one week, and help is needed to make it a special experience for students and guests.

Volunteers are needed at OLLU on May 6:

  • to welcome families and provide directional assistance from 8:30-10:45 a.m.
  • to provide meet and greet assistance for alumni and families from 10-11:30 a.m.
  • to welcome families and provide directional assistance from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Volunteers are also needed at Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E. Houston St., on May 6:

  • to provide registrar assistance from 1:30-6 p.m.
  • to provide regalia assistance from 3-6 p.m.
  • to assist with program placement in seating area from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • to help Graduation Marshals from 3:30-7 p.m.
  • to serve as Procession Ushers from 3:30-7 p.m.
  • to carry large banner in graduation procession from 4-7 p.m.
  • to help with stage assistance from 4-7 p.m.
  • to assist with the confetti team from 5-7 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for commencement events:

  • Veterans graduation ceremony at 9 a.m.
  • Ring Blessing Ceremony at Sacred Heart Chapel at 10 a.m.
  • Alumni and family meet and greet in the Mall Area at 10:30 a.m.
  • Graduation liturgy line-up at 11:30 a.m.
  • Graduation liturgy in Sacred Heart Chapel at 12 p.m.

To sign up, click here.

Mass Commference to be held today through Wednesday

The Salazar-Escobedo School of Mass Communication and Theater is hosting its second-annual Mass Commference event today through Wednesday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Main 311 and the 24th Street Theater.

Sessions will featured professionals in the fields of public relations, multimedia journalism, film and technical writing.

Speakers include alumna and KSAT-12 reporter and anchor Alicia Barrera (BA 2015), alumna and theater and voice actress Josey Porras (BA 2014), KENS-5 digital reporter Lexi Hazlett and CEO of HeartFire Media, LLC. Samantha Najera,

Click on the QR Code located on the image below to RSVP. Lunch will be provided for free (while food lasts).

Volunteers needed for May 6 graduation

Graduation is around the corner and help is needed to make it a special experience for students and guests.

Volunteers are needed at OLLU on May 6:

  • to welcome families and provide directional assistance from 8:30-10:45 a.m.
  • to provide meet-and-greet assistance for alumni and families from 10-11:30 a.m.
  • to welcome families and provide directional assistance from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Volunteers are needed at Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E. Houston St., on May 6:

  • to provide registrar assistance from 1:30-6 p.m.
  • to provide regalia assistance from 3-6 p.m.
  • to assist with program placement in seating area from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • to help graduation marshals from 3:30-7 p.m.
  • to serve as procession ushers from 3:30-7 p.m.
  • to carry large banner in graduation procession from 4-7 p.m.
  • to help with stage assistance from 4-7 p.m.
  • to assist with the confetti team from 5-7 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for commencement events:

  • Veterans graduation ceremony at 9 a.m.
  • Ring Blessing Ceremony at Sacred Heart Chapel at 10 a.m.
  • Alumni and family meet and greet in the Mall Area at 10:30 a.m.
  • Graduation liturgy line-up at 11:30 a.m.
  • Graduation liturgy in Sacred Heart Chapel at 12 p.m.

To sign up, click here.

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