By Courtney Dailey
Verónica Salazar Escobedo gave Our Lady of the Lake University $1 million dollars towards the Mass Communications Program. With the funds, new equipment will be purchased for the Lake Front and used in the enhancement of a new media center. She gave a lot of credit to the Congregation of the Divine Providence (CDPs) for why she gave back.
“I owe a lot to the Congregation of Divine Providence (the Sisters who founded OLLU),” said Salazar Escobedo, a 1965 graduate of Our Lady of the Lake. “They took care of me, protected me and prepared me for a career in media. I want to ensure that OLLU continues to do this for upcoming students.”
She presented her donation during the Sister Jane Ann Slater Tribute Dinner on June 16, 2015. She also helped raise more than $170,000 in the name of Sister Slater.
“We felt this was the right time to present the gift for the media center,” said Salazar Escobedo, “to honor Sister and her efforts as she departs from the University.”
Salazar Escobedo has always been there for OLLU. She provided help for the reconstruction of Main Building in 2008. Also, she served as chair recently for the Sister Jane Ann Slater Tribute Dinner. Slater truly appreciates her efforts to help.
“Verónica is a true inspiration for the students in our Mass Communication Program,” said OLLU President Sister Jane Ann Slater, CDP, PhD. “She stands as an example to all our students of what they can accomplish through study, hard work and perseverance.”
Salazar Escobedo visited the OLLU TV studio during the spring semester. There she saw a thriving OLLU Mass Communication Program which produced many successful communication professionals over the years. Some alumni are now Lone Star Emmy Award winners, KWEX-41 news anchors, Univision network weekend newscast co-anchor, and even the associate producer for Great Day SA. It didn’t stop in Texas; there are so many great professionals from the Mass Communications program all over the nation. With this donation, OLLU will definitely see more professionals like this in their future.
Michael Laney, dean of the OLLU College of Arts and Sciences, said, “We are deeply humbled and grateful to the Escobedos for this recognition of our academic program and our students. Their partnership with Our Lady of the Lake University, particularly as we seek to prepare Latinos and minorities for this century’s global information market, represents a significant investment that will expand opportunities.”