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The Wandering Mural

The centerpiece of Sueltenfuss Library, Jesse Treviño’s mural “La Historia Chicana,” appears as if it were created for this space overlooking the second floor. In truth, this is the mural’s third home since Treviño painted it in 1974.

Mural in Student Union Building

Students playing table tennis in the Student Union Building, 1970s

Treviño is a celebrated artist, his work revered nationally as well as throughout OLLU’s campus. “La Historia Chicana” is currently in a spot where it is protected but is viewable by anyone visiting campus. Would you believe the mural’s original location was not so protected? It started out in the building that now houses the campus bookstore, but in the 1970s it was the Student Union Building, a good spot for students to enjoy a game of table tennis or a cold beer!

In 1981, University leaders realized the art treasure needed more protection and moved it to St. Florence Library in what is now known as Walter Center.

Mural in St. Florence Library

Mural in St. Florence Library, 1980s

Of course, when Sueltenfuss Library was completed, Treviño’s mural was moved to its current position of honor. In the following 2001 Lake Currents feature, you can see Treviño supervised the installation himself.

Lake Currents February 2001

Mural relocated to Sueltenfuss Library, 2001

To learn more about artist Jesse Treviño and his connection to Our Lady of the Lake University, visit University Archives in Providence 6A or contact Archivist Anna Beyer, 210-434-6711 x2338, .

For more information about artist Jesse Treviño:

History of Sueltenfuss Library — “La Historia Chicana”

Smithsonian Oral History Interview

Artist Jesse Treviño documents cultural institutions of San Antonio 


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New Look – Same Service

Sueltenfuss Library announces WT Cox Subscriptions JOURNAL FINDER. JOURNAL FINDER gives you access to all full-text electronic and print journals, newspapers, and magazines that the OLLU Library subscribes to.  In addition, JOURNAL FINDER also provides over 11,000 open access titles — open access meaning free journals found on the Internet.

As an example of the enhanced features provided by JOURNAL FINDER, you are now able to link from a citation in one database to the library catalog or to the full text article in another database or publisher site. 

Journal Finder was created, designed and has been maintained by the librarians and library technology specialists at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  In other words, Journal Finder was developed by librarians who are most familiar with how students seek information. 

Other than the new look and logo, you should not encounter any major changes to how you have obtained abstracts, full-text articles and interlibrary loan requests in the past.  If you have any questions about the services provided by JOURNAL FINDER, don’t hesitate to contact an OLLU librarian at .

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Our friend, Debra Castanon, Community Relations Manager at the San Pedro Crossings Barnes and Noble, invites readers to two book signing opportunities:

Date: Friday, June 18 at 7:00 PM

Meet Houston-based author Justin Cronin and learn about the hot read of the summer:  The Passage.  The buzz around this book has been big and just keeps growing with the movie rights having been sold with director Ridley Scott at the helm.  The San Pedro Crossing Barnes and Noble is the only location in San Antonio to host Mr. Cronin for a discussion and signing of this post-apocalyptic American thriller! 

Here is a book review of The Passage from Publishers Weekly:

Fans of vampire fiction who are bored by the endless hordes of sensitive, misunderstood Byronesque bloodsuckers will revel in Cronin’s engrossingly horrific account of a post-apocalyptic America overrun by the gruesome reality behind the wish-fulfillment fantasies. When a secret project to create a super-soldier backfires, a virus leads to a plague of vampiric revenants that wipes out most of the population. One of the few bands of survivors is the Colony, a FEMA-established island of safety bunkered behind massive banks of lights that repel the virals, or dracs—but a small group realizes that the aging technological defenses will soon fail. When members of the Colony find a young girl, Amy, living outside their enclave, they realize that Amy shares the virals’ agelessness, but not the virals’ mindless hunger, and they embark on a search to find answers to her condition. PEN/Hemingway Award–winner Cronin (The Summer Guest) uses a number of tropes that may be overly familiar to genre fans, but he manages to engage the reader with a sweeping epic style. The first of a proposed trilogy, it’s already under development by director Ripley Scott and the subject of much publicity buzz (Retail Nation, Mar. 15). (June)

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Date: Saturday, June 19 at 3:00 PM

Michelle Cuthrell was a 23-year old newlywed expecting her first child and living in Alaska when her husband was deployed to Iraq.  Her journey through a year of tests and trials, heartbreaks and hard times that led to a discovery of the real value of friendship, faith, and unfailing love is chronicled in her book, Behind the Blue-Star Banner: A Memoir from the Home Front

The San Pedro Crossing Barnes and Noble is located at 321 NW Loop 410, #104

Visit Barnes & Noble at or call at (210) 342-2386.

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Gay and Lesbian Pride Month at Sueltenfuss Library

In June, 2000, President Bill Clinton declared the month of June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month.   This month was chosen in remembrance of the 1969 Stonewall Inn riots, a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. They are frequently cited as the first instance in American history when people in the homosexual community fought back against a system that persecuted sexual minorities, and have become the defining event that marked the start of the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.  Gay and Lesbian Pride Month strives to inspire a spirit of acceptance of all people and welcomes diversity in communities regardless of sexual orientation. Gay and lesbian groups celebrate this special time with pride parades, picnics, parties, and memorials for those lives tragically lost from HIV and AIDS. This month marks a special time to recognize the impact Gay, Lesbian and Transgender individuals have had on the world.

Sueltenfuss Library will display books on gay and lesbian topics throughout the month of June.  Come by the second floor and view some of the selections which include:

THE MAYOR OF CASTRO STREET:  The life and times of Harvey Milk by Randy Shilts

DE LOS OTROS: Intimacy and Homosexuality among Mexican men by Joseph Carrier

FROM HATE CRIMES TO HUMAN RIGHTS: A tribute to Matthew Shepard by Mary Swigonski

GRINGA:  A Contradictory Girlhood by Melissa Hart

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New Citation Tool for OLLU students


Noodletools provides software that automatically creates citations in APA, MLA or Chicago/Turabian style. All you have to is provide the resource information. Begin using Noodletools now, by creating a free personal ID.

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National Library Week April 12-18, 2009


Celebrate National Library Week at the library! Get research assistance from a librarian and check out the displays of games around the world on the nd floor. There is also a display of different libraries around the world on the 1st floor. Pick up a free goodies bag and win a cool prize while supplies last!

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New Business and Industry Database

hoovers logoThe library subscribed to Hoover’s Database which has information for more than 25 million corporations and organizations that includes everything from company history, financial data, mergers, industry information, competitors and more!

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