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OLLU students, faculty and staff to receive free McNay Art Museum admission

Thanks to the generosity of OLLU Board Chair Emeritus Bruce Flohr, OLLU students, faculty and staff can enjoy free general admission to the McNay Art Museum from now through May 2022.

An OLLU photo ID is required for admission. Presenting your OLLU ID at the Museum Shop will give you 10 percent off purchases, as well. There is a $10 fee for special exhibits.

The McNay is located at 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave. The museum website is

For additional membership information, go to

See flyer here:

Virtual Town Hall meeting set for Thursday

There will be a virtual Town Hall meeting for employees on Thursday. March 4 at 3 p.m.  During this time, OLLU administrators will share updates and answer questions. The team will take questions during the Town Hall, but employees are encouraged to submit questions beforehand so the team can better prepare.

To submit questions, go to: Online Survey Software | Qualtrics Survey Solutions

The survey link will close today at 5 p.m.

Login information can be accessed at:

Alumni to discuss impact of OLLU at Women’s HerStory Month event

In celebration of OLLU’s 125th anniversary, four distinguished female alumni will share the impact of the university on their lives during “Carriers of the Legacy,” a Women’s HerStory Month virtual event that will be held Friday, March 19, at 12:30 p.m. 

The one hour panel discussion will feature:

  • Margie E. Padilla, PharmD (BA 1998), a Clinical Associate Professor and Interprofessional Education Coordinator at the University of Texas at El Paso School of Pharmacy. In 2017, the American Pharmacists Association honored Dr. Padilla with the Immunization Champions Award for outstanding contributions to improving the vaccinate rates in communities.  
  • Lorena G. Gonzalez, PhD (BA 1989, PhD 2005), a member of the OLLU Board of Trustees and Vice President of Urban Strategies. Dr. Gonzalez is a graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Education Program. She is co-author of the Amazon bestseller, “Inheritance: Discovering the Richness of Latio Culture and Family.” 
  • Jessica Ortiz (BA 2017) a Media Relations Specialist for RAICES Texas and a former award-winning journalist. One year after graduating with a degree in mass communications, Ortiz won a Lone Star Emmy Award as a Univision 41 assistant producer for best morning/daytime newscast in a medium market. 
  • Marika Azocar (BA 2013) the Impact Director at City Year Boston, an AmeriCorps program. In her leadership role, Azocar is dedicated to improving education equity in Boston Public Schools. She received a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Tufts University.

To attend the event on WebEx, go to:

For questions, contact

SGA extends deadline for candidates seeking president, vice president positions

The Student Government Association (SGA) has extended the application deadline for president and vice president candidates to Tuesday, March 2 by 11:59 p.m.

Interviews will be held on Friday, March 5 at student availability.

Benefits include: student employment position, service on the Board of Trustees, service to the OLLU student body and free presidential housing, among others.

Click on SGA Election Application Link to apply.

Saints Production Board to present ‘Stand Up Comedy Show’ with B Smitty

The Saints Production Board will present the “Stand Up Comedy Show” starring B Smitty on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Chapel Auditorium.

All are invited to come laugh and decompress during mid-terms week with Bobby Smith, aka B Smitty, a popular comedian known for self-deprecating humor that connects audiences with his past mistakes.  

The event is free, but seating is limited. To reserve a seat, click this link:

Those unable to attend in person, may watch via WebEx: LINK?

The meeting number is: 964-283-854. 

Doors open at 6 p.m. For questions, contact

Ariel Montgomery throws no-hitter against Trinity

The softball team welcomed NCAA D3 Trinity University (TU) for a doubleheader on Sunday. The Saints lost the first game 7-3 and won the second game 4-0. OLLU is now 5-7 this season while the Tigers move to 4-2. Ariel Montgomery (JR/Castroville, Texas) threw a no-hitter that included seven strikeouts in game two. Montgomery puts her name in the record books among nine other Saints players that have thrown no-hitters.

Watch video interview of Ariel Montgomery:

Game one

Abigail Elizondo (FR/San Antonio, Texas) singled to left field in the bottom of the second inning to give the Saints an early 1-0 lead. The Tigers responded in the following inning with a run to tie the game. Joanna Gonzalez (JR/San Benito, Texas) singled to bring in Madison Nunn (JR/Cibolo, Texas) in the third inning and Montgomery hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. The Saints led 3-1 heading into the seventh inning. The Tigers offense found life and they put up six runs to lead 7-3. The Saints were unable to score in the bottom of the seventh inning and lost by four runs.

Starting pitcher Angela Ramirez (JR/Converse, Texas) pitched 6.1 innings and allowed six hits and three earned runs. The Saints totaled 10 hits and left five runners on base.

Game two

Montgomery led the Saints to a 4-0 victory by pitching a no-hitter in game two. She struck out seven batters and walked two. Gonzalez batted 2-for-2 and Elizondo went 2-for-3. Katelyn Esparza (SO/San Antonio, Texas) drove in two runs and the Saints tallied seven total hits. The win marks the first game of 2021 that the Saints have held their opponent scoreless.

Up next

The Saints play in the Red Dirt Classic Softball Tournament in Oklahoma City starting on March 5.

Baseball finishes play against Midland and SAGU in the OLLU Tourney

The baseball team finished play in the OLLU Tourney today. The Saints hosted Midland University (MU) and Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) for a pair of doubleheaders as part of the tournament from Feb. 26-28. The Saints also scheduled a nine-inning game against Midland on Feb. 25.

Head Coach Bryan Aughney said, “We did well enough offensively to sweep the series against SAGU. Alec Martinez (JR/Corpus Christi, Texas) and Jose Ramirez III both pitched well against a talented Lions team. Noah Rodriguez (SO/Victoria, Texas) played great throughout the tournament. We have been practicing our approach at the plate recently and all the athletes have bought into it. Jose Diaz (SR/Pinar del Rio, Cuba) has accepted his leadership role as a senior. He is a great teammate and holds those around him to a high expectation.”

vs. Midland University (2-25-21)

The Saints fell in a competitive game to the Warriors on Thursday. OLLU started strong by putting three runs on the board in the bottom of the first inning. Jacob Mitchell (JR/Harker Heights, Texas ) hit a three-run home run to deep right-center field that scored Rodriguez and Diaz. The game was scoreless from the second inning until the top of the fifth inning. Midland tripled to score a run and cut the Saints lead to 3-1.

The Warriors scored two runs in the following inning to tie the game. Kyle Weber drove in both runs on a single to left field. Midland scored again in the top of the seventh inning to erase the early 3-0 deficit and lead by one run. Rodriguez doubled with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Saints a chance to tie the game. Matt Mihalov (SR/Conroe, Texas) struck out for the final out as the Saints lost 4-3 in a nail-biting game.

Game one vs. SAGU (2-26-21)

The Saints opened the OLLU Tourney with a 4-3 win over the Lions. SAGU entered the game with an impressive 16-1 record and nine-game winning streak. The Lions struck first in the top of the first inning but OLLU responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Jacob Montejano (SO/San Antonio, Texas) hit a two-run home run and Diaz scored on a fielder’s choice later in the inning.

SAGU tied the game at three in the top of the third inning. Mitchell was the hero for the Saints in the bottom of the seventh inning by hitting a walk-off single that scored Rodriguez with two outs. Starting pitcher Martinez allowed only two earned runs and struck out five batters in 6.1 innings of work. Devin Benavides (FR/Laredo, Texas) finished the game on the mound and didn’t allow a hit.

Game two vs. SAGU

Game two of the doubleheader against SAGU was a routine win for the Saints. After trailing 2-0 in the third inning, the Saints tacked on five runs on five hits in the bottom of the third inning and eventually won 6-2. Robert Lopez (SR/San Antonio, Texas) drove in three RBIs and Robert Arredondo (JR/Corpus Christi, Texas) added two. Starting pitcher Jose Ramirez III (JR/Donna, Texas) pitched five innings and struck out five batters.

Game one vs. Midland University (2-28-21)

OLLU fell in game one of the doubleheader against Midland on Sunday. The Saints were limited to four hits. Rodriguez and Montejano both tallied one RBI each and Jacob Mitchell had 10 putouts. Midland scored three runs in the top of the third inning and two in the top of the sixth inning. Rodriguez tripled to left field to score Tyler Vivier (FR/San Antonio, Texas) and eventually scored himself after Montejano hit a sacrifice fly. The two runs weren’t enough as the Warriors went on to win 5-2.

Game two vs. Midland University

The Saints finished the OLLU Tourney with an impressive 9-2 win over the Warriors. Midland struck first in the top of the second inning with two runs. The Saints battled back in the bottom of the third inning and put up six runs on five hits. They tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Rodriguez finished 2-for-4 and Connor Dayton (SO/San Antonio, Texas) batted 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Lopez and Mitchell also tallied two RBIs. The Saints recorded 11 hits and only allowed four.

Up next

The Saints host Ottawa University-Arizona for a four-game series starting on March 4 at 4 p.m. No fans are allowed at this time.

Volleyball remains undefeated in conference after win against Jarvis

Due to the winter weather that swept through Texas last week, the Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) volleyball team played a rare Friday afternoon match against Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) opponent Jarvis Christian College (JCC). The Saints swept the Lady Bulldogs 25-17, 25-22 and 25-13. This is the third conference matchup this season between the two teams. The Saints move to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the conference, while Jarvis is now 0-9 overall and 0-3 in the conference.

The Saints are 19-0 against Jarvis.

With several regulars out, some new Saints took advantage of their chance to shine. Freshman outside hitter Jaalin Rosser (FR/Killeen, Texas) led the offense with 10 kills showing both power and a variety of shots. Anastasia Brown (FR/Aransas Pass, Texas) racked up seven kills of her own out of the middle while Daisy Cantwell (FR/San Antonio, Texas) chipped in with six. Cassidy Haller (FR/Cibolo, Texas) and Tijana Kruta (JR/Bar, Montenegro) kept things balanced along the net, tallying five kills each. Madelynn Strzelczyk (FR/San Antonio, Texas) got the first start of her career running the show at the setter position and acquitted herself well.

Head Coach Scott Mattera reflected, “I thought Mads really ran an efficient offense and mixed the sets around just how we like. When all five hitters have five or more kills in three games, that’s a balanced attack.”     

While the Saints didn’t rack up a ton of aces, Mattera was also pleased with the serve game. “We really found the right mix of aggressive and smart from the serve line. Kruta was her usual tough serving self, and Anna (Anna Sujo Hernandez (FR/Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico)) Maddy (Madelyn Gonzalez) and Cantwell  were really good back there too, which really kept the pressure on them [Jarvis] all match.”

“Overall, I’m really pleased with what we did today. Jaalin didn’t just get it done physically; she played with poise and confidence that was infectious. T (Tijana) and Ashley (Ashley Maldonado (JR/Laredo, Texas)) did a great job of providing calming veteran leadership…people stepping up physically and intangibly is exactly what you want to see!”

The Saints will return to action next weekend at NCAA DIII opponent LeTourneau University on Friday, followed by an NAIA powerhouse matchup with Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas. “They got us in five last year and then went on to perform well at nationals. We are really looking forward to playing them and seeing how we stack up!”

Men’s soccer defeats Texarkana to open Conference

The men’s soccer team opened Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) play with a win on the road over Texas A&M University-Texarkana (TAMUT) 2-1. The Saints improve to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in conference while the Eagles drop to 0-5-1 and 0-1 in the RRAC.

Head Coach Shane Hurley commented, “I’m proud of the players effort. Aside from a couple of free kicks, we defended well and limited their chances. Joseph Baker (SO/Llantwit Major, Wales, U.K.) came up with a big save on a penalty kick, and the team rallied around it when Norberto Lira (JR/Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico) produced a game-winning goal. It was a good win.”


The Saints are undefeated against the Eagles all-time at 5-0.


The first half was evenly played as the Saints and Eagles produced four shots each. The Saints took three corner kicks and Baker made one save. The match was scoreless heading into the second half.

Luan Balestieri (SR/Erechim, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil) broke the tie at the 56th minute with a goal. The Eagles responded 10 minutes later with a strike from Austin Beck to return to a tie. Lira was the hero for the Saints with a late goal in the 83rd minute. Baker finished with four saves and the Saints tallied seven shots on goal. Both teams combined for nine yellow cards.

Scoring overview

56′ – OLLU – Luan Balestieri

66′ – TAMUT – Austin Beck

83′ – OLLU – Norberto Lira

Inside the box score

Leading the way for the Saints’ offense was Balestieri with three shots. Beck led the Eagles with two shots.

Overall, the Saints tallied 12 shots, with seven on goal. Texarkana recorded nine shots, five being on goal.

OLLU’s Miguel Sanchez (SR/San Antonio, Texas) was shown a yellow card at the 3rd minute.

TAMUT’s Coastas Heckman was shown a yellow card at the 28th minute.

TAMUT’s Andrew Knoebel was shown a yellow card at the 55th minute.

OLLU’s Bernard Cutini Alvarenga (SR/Vitoria, Espirito Santo, Brazil) and TAMUT’s Luis Garza were shown a yellow card at the 66th minute.

OLLU’s Javier Pena (SO/San Antonio, Texas) was shown a yellow card in the 78th minute.

TAMUT’s Gabriel Sweeny was shown a yellow card in the 82nd minute.

OLLU’s Oluwatimileyin Talabi (SO/Abeokuta, Nigeria) was shown a yellow card in the 84th minute.

TAMUT’s Jonathan Fitter was shown a yellow card in the 87th minute.

What’s next

The Saints will play their first home game on Thursday against Jarvis Christian College at 1:30 p.m. The team will honor seniors Miguel Sanchez, Bernard Alvarenga, Luan Balestieri, Gustavo Borba, Jose Delgado and Carlos Cabrera after the game.

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