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Presidential Addresses

The links below contain the speeches and opinion pieces delivered and written by OLLU President Dr. Diane E. Melby.

2019 Staff and Faculty Convocation - Aug. 13, 2019
Delivered to staff and faculty during Convocation, OLLU's official start to the academic year.


Statement on El Paso and Dayton Shootings - Aug. 5, 2019
Delivered to the OLLU community electronically after the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.


Welcome remarks for "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: A Dream of Social Equity" event - Jan. 16, 2019
Delivered during a Dream Week event held at OLLU's Thiry Auditorium.


HACU Hall of Champions Induction of Sister Sueltenfuss - Oct. 6, 2018
Delivered at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) annual conference held in Atlanta, Georgia. President Melby accepted the Hall of Champions Award on behalf of OLLU President Emerita Sister Elizabeth Anne Sueltenfuss, CDP, PhD.


2018 Staff and Faculty Convocation - Aug. 14, 2018
Delivered to staff and faculty during Convocation, OLLU's official start to the academic year.


Statement on DACA and the Dream Act - Sept. 5, 2017
Delivered to the OLLU community electronically following the Trump Administration's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 


2017 Staff and Faculty Convocation - Aug. 15, 2017 
Delivered to staff and faculty during Convocation, OLLU's official start to the academic year. 


Statement on Immigration and Travel Ban - Feb. 1, 2017
Delivered to the OLLU community electronically following the presidential executive order on immigration and travel ban from seven Muslim-majority countries. 

Declaración ante la acción ejecutiva de inmigración y la supresión de viajar a los EE.UU. - Feb. 1, 2017


Providence Assembly - Aug. 31, 2016
Delivered to new and returning students during the opening of the academic year. 


New Student Convocation - Aug. 26, 2016
Delivered to students and parents at New Student Convocation during Blue Nation Orientation. This ceremony welcomes all new students and their families to the OLLU community. 


2016 Staff and Faculty Convocation - Aug. 23, 2016
Delivered to staff and faculty during Convocation, OLLU's official start to the academic year. 


Op-Ed - Colleges Need a Better Understanding of Title IX - Aug. 2, 2016
Piece on the need for a better understanding of Title IX among colleges and universities. It was published in the Opinion section of the San Antonio Express-News. 


Op-Ed - Higher Education has Transformative Power - Nov. 25, 2015
Piece on the transformative power of higher education. Published in the Opinion section of the San Antonio Express-News. 


Dr. Diane E. Melby Presidential Installation Address - Nov. 6, 2015
Delivered during Dr. Melby's installation ceremony.


Providence Assembly - Sept. 2, 2015
Delivered to students, faculty and staff during Providence Assembly, OLLU's annual ceremony for the entire community to begin the new academic year. 


New Student Convocation - Aug. 29, 2015
Delivered to students and parents at New Student Convocation during Orientation Weekend. This ceremony welcomes all new students and their families to the OLLU community. 


2015 Staff and Faculty Convocation - Aug. 25, 2015
Delivered to staff and faculty during Convocation, OLLU's official start to the academic year. 

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