This year’s University Convocation for faculty and staff will take place Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in Thiry Auditorium. Convocation will kick off OLLU’s 2018-2019 academic year and will include President Diane E. Melby, staff, faculty and members of the Board of Trustees. Its focus will include the state of the university, an introduction of strategic initiatives and a celebration of the OLLU community.
Following Convocation, lunch will be provided in Chapel Auditorium.
In anticipation for the 2018-2019 academic year, the OLLU community will welcome new freshmen and transfer students to campus this week during Blue Nation Orientation.
New and returning students will move in to the residence halls on Thursday. Those who would like to volunteer to assist with move in should sign up with the Alumni and Family Relations Office by completing the form found here.
The following shifts are available:
- 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
- 12-2 p.m.
Friday will begin the first day of Blue Nation Orientation. New students and their families will spend time learning about university traditions and history, meeting faculty and staff, and learning about university resources. Orientation will continue through Saturday.
The first day of classes for the fall semester is Aug. 20.
The following faculty members have joined the OLLU community for the 2018-2019 academic year:
- Stefanie Becerril, PhD, assistant professor of communication disorders
- Tony Bobadilla, MSW, assistant professor of social work
- Wenonah Ecung, PhD, assistant professor of leadership studies
- Rosalind Evans, PhD, assistant professor of social work
- Kimberly Gallegos, PhD, assistant professor of social work
- Kevin Harris, PhD, assistant professor of counseling psychology
- Raymond Carson, MSW, assistant clinical professor of social work
- Jimena Castro, PhD, assistant professor of psychology
- Daniel Cheshire, PhD, Math Center coordinator/Quest fellow
- Brittany Chozinsky, PhD, assistant professor of sociology
- Katrina Cook, PhD, associate professor of school counseling
- Maria Elmshauser, MSLS, interim dean of library
- Sharolyn Fredrickson, MS, assistant clinical professor of communication disorders
- Laura Gienger MSLS, research and instruction librarian
- Michelle Holcomb, PhD, assistant professor of clinical mental health
- Alexander Hutchinson, PhD, assistant professor of kinesiology
- Taylor King, Aud, Audiologist
- Carlos Ramos, MS, instructor of psychology
- Carol Rownd, PhD, assistant professor of leadership studies
- Alegnta Shibikom, PhD, assistant professor of social work
The 2018 campaign for men’s soccer at OLLU begins Friday. Twenty-three returners and 16 newcomers make up the team this year. The soccer teams are welcoming a brand-new in-game announcer and “Voice of the Saints” Rudy Rubio. He will announce all home soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball and baseball games.
Michael Thompson, the livestreaming “Voice of the Saints,” will return to call all home games that will broadcast on the OLLU Saints Network. There will be a $7.95 charge for livestreaming games, and packages will be available for same-day women and men’s soccer matchups. More information on this will be available soon.
All home games are free and open to the public. A new addition to the field location is a building for restrooms for the convenience of all those in attendance.
OLLU has announced the hiring of men’s basketball Assistant Coach Dustin Karrer. He joins recently hired Head Coach Chris Dial, and both will lead the team as they kick off the 2018-2019 season in November.
Karrer was born and raised in New Braunfels, Texas. He attended Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, and graduated with degrees in kinesiology and history.
Karrer joins one of OLLU’s most successful athletic teams, being the first team to advance to the Round of Eight at the NAIA National Tournament in 2016 – a feat the team repeated last season. The team has an overall 193-92 record and has advanced to the post season each year since its inaugural season in 2009. In their first year, the Saints were co-champions of the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). In 2011-2012, the Saints captured the regular season, and in 2014-2015, they were co-champions of the conference. The team has made four trips to the national tournament, and together with the two Round of Eight finishes, the Saints added two Round of 16 finishes.
The Saints are regularly ranked in the NAIA Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll and were ranked as high as fifth in the nation. They finished out the 2017-2018 season ranked No. 21 in the nation.
The Saints will begin their 10th season on Nov. 5 with a game against Southern University of New Orleans in New Orleans. They will play their first home game on Dec. 13, when they open their RRAC schedule against the University of St. Thomas.
This year’s University Convocation for faculty and staff will take place Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 10:30 a.m. in Thiry Auditorium. Convocation will kick off OLLU’s 2018-2019 academic year and will include President Diane E. Melby, staff, faculty and members of the Board of Trustees. Its focus will include the state of the university, an introduction of strategic initiatives and a celebration of the OLLU community.
Lunch will be provided following Convocation in Chapel Auditorium.
The 2018 Provost Professional Development Days, “Together We Transform! ¡Nos Transformos Juntos!” will take place on Monday, Aug. 13 and Tuesday, Aug. 14. All faculty and staff from the Academic Affairs and Student Life Divisions are required to attend. All other staff are invited to attend.
Professional development sessions will take a break Tuesday morning to transition to University Convocation, which will take place in Thiry Auditorium.
The following employees joined the OLLU community in July 2018:
- William Brownsberger – Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
- Andrea Quintanilla – Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Administration and CTO
- Anthony Perez – McNair Scholars Project Coordinator
- Abigail Garcia-Ortiz – General Office Assistant
- Chris Dial – Head Men’s Basketball Coach
- Dustin Karrer – Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach and Operations Coordinator
Thank you to the following employees for their service to OLLU:
- Ernestine Jackson – Undergraduate Admissions Counselor
- Christopher Wright – Head Men’s Basketball Coach
OLLU presented the Hispanic Sports Foundation for Education’s (HSFFE) 12th Annual National Hispanic Heritage Hall of Honor (NHHHH) Induction Ceremony and Scholarship Awards Banquet on Aug. 4, 2018. The banquet took place at OLLU’s University Wellness and Activities Center (UWAC).
The Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony included the awarding of scholarships to 10 incoming OLLU student-athletes. These students have committed to staying in school and achieving academic success.
Athletic Director Shane Hurley commented during the ceremony, “We are proud of our partnership with this group since 2009, and we are grateful that our partnership has awarded 99 well-deserving students with $336,000 to date.” Read full story at www.ollusaintsathletics.com.
OLLU has announced that Chris Dial is the new men’s basketball head coach effective immediately.
OLLU Athletic Director Shane Hurley commented, “It is exciting for our athletic program to bring in someone with such a deep breadth of basketball experience on so many levels. He is a true teacher of the game, and we feel he will bring a high-level and lasting success to the program.”
Dial was born and raised in San Antonio, where he attended East Central High School, and where he coached basketball at St. Gerard Catholic High School and McCollum High School, as well as Pope John Paul II Catholic High School in Schertz and New Braunfels High School. Read full story at www.ollusaintsathletics.com.