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OLLU to welcome new and returning students to campus this week

In anticipation of the 2019-2020 academic year, the OLLU community will welcome new freshmen and transfer students to campus this week during Blue Nation Welcome Week.

New students will begin moving in to the residence halls on Friday, which also marks the start of Blue Nation Welcome Weekend (formerly Blue Nation Orientation). The evening will end with Blue Nation Convocation in Sacred Heart Chapel and the OLLU Fan Fest Dinner in the Mall Area.

The first day of classes for the traditional session is Aug. 19.

Marketing and Communications pausing content updates for university website

The Marketing and Communications Office is working on developing a new university website that is set to launch in late September. To prepare for the transition, the team is not currently accepting content updates for the website.

In cases where updates are necessary (e.g. accreditation needs), contact Marquita Eldridge directly at to discuss the updates needed.

Employee comings and goings – Aug. 12, 2019

The following employees have recently joined the OLLU community:

  • Joanna Armendariz – Student Accounts Specialist-Receivable Cashier
  • Kyle Belback –Campus Recreation Coordinator
  • Janet Hupel – Director of Services to Students with Disabilities
  • Pedro Tijerina – Exam Assistant
  • Shirley Valverde – Custodian
  • Bruce Lenington – Women’s Softball Head Coach
  • Marisol Montejano – Exam Assistant
  • Patricia Medina – Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach

Thank you to the following for their service to OLLU:

  • Julia Guajardo – Housekeeper
  • Ronald Cunningham – A/C Heat Master Journeyman Supervisor
  • Roxanne Martinez – Services to Students with Disabilities Administrative Assistant
  • Sr. Patricia Lohre – University Minister Program Coordinator
  • Angela Frierson – Graduate Admissions Counselor – Houston
  • Michael Burts – Acting Chief of OLLU Police

OLLU welcomes new faculty members

The following faculty members have joined the OLLU community for the 2019-2020 academic year:

  • Ahmad Al-Omari, DSc, assistant professor of computer information systems and security
  • Alexis James Arreguin, MA, assistant clinical mass communication professor
  • Jason Bourgeois, PhD, cataloging librarian
  • Paul Cella, PhD, assistant professor of Spanish
  • Jacqueline Coppock, PsyD, director of Counseling Services
  • James Cox, PhD, assistant professor of computer information systems and security
  • Kelly Drifmeyer, MLS, research and instruction librarian
  • Catherine Eaton, PhD, assistant professor of communication disorders
  • Jacob Friesenhan, PhD, visiting assistant professor of religious studies
  • Deboarh Huerta, PsyD, associate professor of psychology
  • Danielle Jones, MS, assistant clinical professor of communication disorders
  • Mario Leyva, MSLS, research and instruction librarian
  • Joy Patton, PhD, assistant professor of social work
  • Maihami Reza, PhD, assistant professor of management
  • Johnson Varkey, PhD, visiting assistant professor of biology

Fall teams on campus for preseason

The Our Lady of the Lake University Athletic Department welcomes new and returning student-athletes from volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer and cross-country.  The student-athletes arrived on campus last Friday to begin their preseason workouts. The men’s soccer team will start its season with a scrimmage on Thursday at 6 p.m. on the OLLU Soccer Field. Both the men and women’s soccer teams will welcome alumni on Saturday for games beginning at noon. The volleyball team will play an exhibition in Mabee Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, and the cross-country teams will run their first meet later this month.

2019-2020 University Convocation set for Aug. 13

This year’s University Convocation for faculty and staff will take place Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 10:30 a.m. in Thiry Auditorium. Convocation will kick off OLLU’s 2019-2020 academic year and will include President Diane E. Melby, EdD, staff, faculty and members of the Board of Trustees. Its focus will include the state of the university, an update on the progress of the OLLU strategic plan and a celebration of the OLLU community.

Lunch will be provided following Convocation in Chapel Auditorium.

2019-2020 Provost Professional Development Days set for Aug. 13-14

The 2019 Provost Professional Development Days, “Our Passion, Our Purpose,” will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 13 and Wednesday, Aug. 14. All faculty and staff from the Provost units are expected to be in full attendance. All offices are to remain open with a skeleton staff so that professional staff can be in attendance for the opening session, convocation, registered workshops and the closing session.

To view the full schedule of sessions and to RSVP, visit

All faculty and staff are asked to respond by Friday to provide an adequate count for food and seating.

Support group available for caregivers

OLLU is hosting a caregiver support group on Thursday from 12:30-1:30 p.m., at the Elliott House. It is designed for those caring for loved ones with a variety of challenges, including Alzheimer’s Disease and chronic illness.

The session will help caregivers who are feeling depressed, anxious, frustrated or stressed and will show them how to address challenging and difficult behaviors.

The event is free of charge. But those who wish to attend must RSPV by today to For more information, call Gerri Iruegas-Peters at 210- 431-4069.  

View event flier here.

Plate sale to benefit OLLU scholarship

A plate sale will be held at St. Leo’s Catholic Church Hall on Aug. 10 to benefit the Esther Morales Liedecke Scholarship that is being established at OLLU. The Liedecke family is creating the scholarship in honor of their late mother, Esther, who is an alumna of OLLU. 

A Chicken and sausage plate with trimmings will be sold for $8. St. Leo’s Hall is located at 4423 South Flores St. in San Antonio.

For more information, contact Joseph Liedecke at 210-550-7371 or Mary Lou Liedecke at 210-289-3130.

First PhD Social Work cohort begins

Twelve pioneers are paving the way as the first PhD cohort in the Worden School of Social Service at Our Lady of the Lake University. The new online PhD program was launched on June 3, 2019, with a mission to prepare scholars for service within minority serving institutions. The doctoral students are engaged in a two-week, summer residency on campus with their peers and PhD faculty members.

Standing from left to right: Rita, Ruelas from El Paso, Texas; Tyleen Caffrey from Clovis, New Mexico; Erica Martinez from San Antonio, Texas; Jennifer Vasquez from Austin, Texas; Ramon Coronado from Walnut, California; Franzcesca Guidry-Jackson from San Antonio, Texas; Erika Hildebrandt from Omaha, Nebraska; Shanee Howell from Winston Salem, North Carolina; and Crystal Garcia from Portland, Texas.
Sitting from left to right: LaToya Gaines-Plunkett from Blythewood, South Carolina; April Viverette from Katy, Texas; Dr. Rebecca Gomez, PhD program pirector; Dr. Mo Cuevas, dean of the College of Professional Studies; Dr. Karina Gil, director of the Worden School of Social Service; Dr. Alegnta Shibikom, assistant professor; and Nadia Moreno from Alice, Texas.

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