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OLLU ranked No. 71 in Final Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup

OLLU finished 71st in the 2018 NAIA Learfield Directors’ Cup. Last year, the Saints were No. 75, and the previous year, No. 48 in the nation.

As part of the Learfield Directors’ Cup, each institution is awarded points in a pre-determined number of sports for men and women. The overall champion is the institution that records the highest number of points in their division’s Directors’ Cup standing. Points are given to those institutions advancing to the NAIA university championships.

The Saints finished in 71st place with a total of 238.50 points.

There are 196 teams listed in the standings.

For the spring, the Saints earned 32 points for men’s golf, which captured the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Championship and finished 21st in the national championship tournament.

In the winter, the Saints earned 25 points for women’s basketball, who earned their way to their seventh trip to the national tournament. The women finished the season ranked No. 16 in the national coaches’ poll.

The Saints added 70 points for men’s basketball, who also earned their way to the national tournament. In their fourth trip to the tournament, the Saints ended their season in the round of eight. Their final ranking in the national coaches’ poll was No. 21.

The Saints captured three titles in the fall. They tallied 38 points for women’s cross-country and 36 points for men’s cross-country. Both teams traveled to Vancouver, Wash., for the national meet.

The third fall title was for volleyball, which tallied 37.5 points. The women defeated Oklahoma City University in the first round of the national tournament. They went on to participate in Pool Play at Sioux City, Iowa. The women ended their season receiving six votes in the national coaches’ poll. Read full story at

Incoming freshman earns $10,000 scholarship from MAUC, OLLU

Recent Memorial High School graduate Jasmine Huerta is headed to OLLU with a double scholarship award.

Huerta received a $5,000 Spirit of Education Scholarship Wednesday night from the Mexican American Unity Council (MAUC) at the nonprofit’s annual awards dinner. OLLU will match the amount, bringing Huerta’s award to $10,000.

“I will be able to get my bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s in Social Work from my first choice for college,” Huerta said at the MAUC Center Community Room. “I want to return to my community (after college) and teach courses in middle school. I want to stand before my students and tell them that I faced the same struggles they have and that I overcame them. I want to be able to help children discover themselves.”

One of eight Class of 2018 Spirit of Education award recipients, Huerta won The Silvano and Nicolasa Garza Scholarship. Since 2005, MAUC has awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships to more than 50 students, some of whom have earned degrees from OLLU.

An accomplished student who excelled in Advanced Placement courses at Memorial, Huerta expressed gratitude for her scholarship.

“I hesitated to even apply,” she said. “I cannot express how grateful I am for this scholarship. Without it, I would still be worrying about how I would pay for college.”

OLLU partners with The Basketball Embassy for Assembly 2018 Basketball Camp

For the third consecutive year, OLLU hosted The Basketball Embassy’s (TBE) Assembly 2018 on June 10-17 at Mabee Gymnasium.

TBE is a company that assists aspiring student-athletes to work on their fundamental basketball skills, while honing the skills necessary to be a successful student. TBE strives to grow the game of basketball as well as serve the national basketball federations worldwide.

Assembly 2018 is a camp for elite youth athletes and is not intended for players in the early stages of their basketball career. Campers who attend the Assembly 2018 are female and male athletes ages 15-17. Those attending the camp have been invited to attend and/or have requested an invitation to attend. The majority of the campers participating are international student-athletes and only 60 student-athletes from the United States received the opportunity to participate in the camp.

The camp features multiple sessions consisting of on-court practice, training sessions, swimming pool workouts and additional conditioning activities. All sessions are conducted by staff who specialize in each respective field.  Campers also play basketball against San Antonio-area youth basketball teams.

The participants also have the opportunity to showcase their talents to more than 20 NCAA, NAIA and junior college coaches throughout the duration of camp. Read full story here.

Annual OLLU baseball summer prospect showcase takes place July 19

OLLU will hold the OLLU Baseball Summer Prospect Showcase on Thursday, July 19.

The showcase is for all 2018 and 2019 high school graduates, as well as current college students who may be interested in transferring to OLLU. Transfers must provide a signed release form from their current institution to participate in the event.

Head Coach Bryan Aughney and his coaching staff will conduct the showcase. It is designed for student-athletes to showcase their baseball skills in a pro-style workout setting with possible scholarship and walk-on opportunities. The workout will include catcher pop times, 60 times, hitting and defensive assessment. Velocity measurements will include: infield/outfield throws, bat exit and pitching. Each pitcher will be evaluated in a 15-pitch bullpen setting. Every student-athlete will receive an official workout evaluation sheet at the end of the day.

The showcase will take place at Missions Baseball Academy, the Home of Saints baseball. The facility is located at 5707 Hwy. 151, San Antonio, 78227. Read full story here.

OLLU hosting free yoga class for International Day of Yoga

OLLU is teaming up with iDo Yoga San Antonio to celebrate International Day of Yoga by holding a free yoga class on Thursday, June 21, at 6 p.m. in the Mall Area. Teaching the class will be Allegra, local yoga instructor and Adrienne Rodriguez, OLLU senior women’s athletics administrator.

This event will be one of more than 30 free events taking place throughout San Antonio. This is an intro-level class and is open to all ages.

To reserve a spot, visit

MS-ISS program ranked among ‘Top 25 Online Master’s Degrees’

The OLLU Master of Science program in Information Systems and Security has been ranked at No. 24 of the “Top 25 Online Master’s Degrees in Information Assurance and Security” by

OLLU was chosen for “the university’s overall reputation, as well as the reputation of the program’s comprehensive core curriculum, for its faculty’s excellence and the continued commitment to providing non-traditional students with all of the tools they need to achieve their educational and career goals.”

According to the Best College Reviews website, the methodology used to compile the rankings is based on tuition, customization options within the degree program, both in content and format, and overall “wow” factor.

Nan Cuba selected to receive $15,000 grant

Nan Cuba, MFA, OLLU Writer-in-Residence, has been selected to receive a $15,000 grant from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio.

The award is for the creation of new, original work. The award recognizes artistic achievement, dedication to an artistic discipline and the potential for further professional development.

Cuba was selected for the completion of her new novel, “He Didn’t Kill Nobody but Mom.”

Scholarship created for soccer’s Hailey Garcia Reyes

Former OLLU soccer student-athlete Hailey Garcia Reyes passed away on May 28, 2018, at the age of 23. The family hosted a celebration of life for Reyes and her father, Michael Garcia, who passed away on May 12, 2018. (Hailey and her father were involved in a terrible tragedy on May 12.)  The service took place at Community Bible Church in San Antonio.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Hailey Garcia Reyes Memorial Scholarship at Our Lady of the Lake University. The community is able to give through this link:

To read more about Hailey and to view her LIFE TRIBUTE, go here.

Reyes played on the Saints women’s soccer team for three seasons in 2012, 2013 and 2014 as a midfielder. She attended OLLU from 2012 through 2015 and received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology/pre-counseling in December 2015. Reyes minored in social welfare and social justice.

While at OLLU, Reyes was recognized as a Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Scholar Athlete in 2012, 2013 and 2014. She was a member of the Saints team that won the RRAC regular season and tournament titles in 2013 and 2014. The team went on to nationals both years.

OLLU to host community art project with artist Steve Prince

OLLU is collaborating with the Carver Community Cultural Center and artist Steve Prince to host part of the San Antonio Door Project, a citywide community art project celebrating the rich diversity of San Antonio and the shared stories of its residents.

Multiple workshops will be held in each quadrant of the city during which participants, under the guidance of professional artists, will create their own individual work of art carved in wood. The result will be more than 300 pieces created by community members that will be joined together to create a large-scale sculpture.

The workshops held at OLLU will take place the following dates and times:

Tuesday, June 5

  • 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 6

  • 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m.

All workshops will take place in Chapel Auditorium. Workshops are open to all ages, and no prior experience is necessary.

To reserve a spot, email or call 210-207-7211.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

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