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OLLU celebrates spring graduates with virtual Mass, slideshow

OLLU celebrated more than 320 spring graduates with a Mass of Thanksgiving on Thursday in Sacred Heart Chapel. Led by Director of University Ministry Creighton Chandler and Father David Garcia, the virtual Mass attracted more than 2,700 views on Facebook Live. President Diane E. Melby, EdD., delivered an address to the graduates. Students, parents, relatives, faculty and staff who wish to watch the Mass again may click here.

OLLU also posted an eight-minute slideshow as a tribute to our graduates. The slideshow, produced by Graphic Designer Priscilla Dominguez, can be viewed here

Employee Comings and Goings — May 11, 2020

The following employees recently joined the OLLU community:

  • Crystal Brock — Head Coach for Cheer and Dance
  • Tomas Rodriguez — Police Officer

Thank you to the following for their service at OLLU: 

  • John Sanchez — Director of Advancement Services
  • Mario Porter — Student Services Coordinator
  • Tania Martinez — Executive Assistant
  • Stephen Sherman — Head Coach for Cross-Country/Track and Field / Asstistant Athletic Director
  • Manuel Camacho Jr. — Police Officer
  • Juan Trejo — Police Officer
  • Marquita Eldridge — Communications Manager
  • Cynthia Medina — Custodian
  • Terry Smith — Assistant Coach for Cross Country/Track and Field

Students inducted into International Honor Society in Psychology

Thirty undergraduate and graduate students were inducted into Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.

The new fall undergraduate members are Vanessa Ayon, Julianne Emery, April Jimenez, Arely Rios, Scott Rios and Jazmyne Torres. The new spring undergraduate members are Azyadeh Batista, Lizbeth Garza, Dominique Cole, Alexis P. Elizondo, Mary A. Garza, Yesenia Gonzales, April Jimene, Evelyn Lopez, Victoria G. Lopez, Monzerrath Rodriguez, Sheccid Rosales, Ivan Salazar, Valeria Sanchez-Perales, Samantha A. Saucedo, Bryana A. Servantes, Daija N. Smith, Chris A. Silverio and Leilah M. Tokmehdash.

The new fall and spring graduate members are Johanna Heath, Daniel Hoover, Elisa Pena, Cassandra Roque and John Wyble. 

One new student member transferred from another institution: Alayah Cantu.

The Psi Chi Officers for 2019-20 were Co-presidents Gina Vasquex in the fall and Romelia Arredondo-Arenas in the spring and graduate co-president Dalila Romero. The secretaries were Vanessa Guevara in the fall and Nina Cruz in the spring. The treasurer was Aaron Moncevais. The Student Government Association representative was Daquane Triplett, the historian Lauryn Castro, the undergraduate social chair Kayla Acosta and the graduate social chair Valerie Perez.

OLLU Senior Spotlight: Patience Okpe

Patience Okpe is a multisport athlete at the OLLU. She played for the women’s basketball team in 2018-2019 and participated in track and field last year, as well as this season before it was cut short.

In the 2018-2019 basketball season, Okpe ranked 14th in the NAIA with 76 total steals and 16th with 145 assists. She scored 22 points against No. 10-ranked Oklahoma City University (OCU) to lead the Saints to an 89-81 victory. During the NAIA National Championship Tournament, Okpe scored 22 points against Campbellsville University (CU) in the round of eight. The Saints won 94-88 and would eventually lose to OCU in the semifinals.

In basketball last season, Okpe was named to both the NAIA National Championships All-Tournament Team and the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Championships Tournament All-Tournament Team. She also earned All-Conference Second Team.

Okpe competed in the RRAC Championships for track and field in April of 2019. The Saints finished in second place, and she competed in two events. Okpe finished in 11th place in the 100m with a time of 13.44 and took ninth place in the 400m at 1:05.07. She was able to participate in the Trinity Invitational this March before the season ended prematurely. Okpe competed in the javelin throw and recorded a distance of 28.16m for 10th place.

Men’s soccer 2019 season overview

The men’s soccer team finished out its 2019 season with an 11-6-2 overall record and 6-2-1 record in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). In the Saints’ 13th season, they earned the No. 3 seed in the RRAC Championships and fell to LSU-Shreveport 0-3. See overall record books here.

Luan Balestieri, Charbel Elbayeh, Patrick Pye and Miguel Sanchez earned All-Conference Second-Team honors, while Gustavo Borba was an Honorable Mention selection and Raul Posadas was the Champions of Character winner. Bernard Alvarenga and Norberto Lira and received All-Tournament recognition.

During the season, Mitchell Medrano received RRAC Offensive Player of the Week selection after he netted three goals in a 2-0 week for the Saints. The junior forward provided the difference with a goal as OLLU edged Jarvis Christian College, 3-2, and he tacked on a pair of goals in a 4-1 victory over Texas College.

The men played in four overtime games. On Sept. 4, the Saints defeated the University of St. Thomas 2-1. On Sept. 9, the Saints and Wayland Baptist University tied 0-0 after two overtime periods. Later in the month on Sept. 26, the Saints defeated Texas A&M University at Texarkana 3-2. Their final overtime game was on Oct. 17. Once again, the Saints tied 0-0 to LSU-Alexandria after two overtime periods.

OLLU Senior Spotlight: Kane Ybarra

OLLU’s Kane Ybarra has gathered an impressive list of academic and athletic honors while at OLLU. Some of his accomplishments include being named conference freshman of the year, conference golfer of the year and conference scholar-athlete. He is first in Saints history with making par or better in 14 rounds. Ybarra led the team by shooting 236 at the San Antonio Shootout in February. His best result this year was a fourth-place finish at the UHV Fall Classic in September.

In his first golf tournament as a freshman, Ybarra shot a 220 total in three rounds at the Texas Intercollegiate Golf Classic to propel the Saints to a second-place finish.

Ybarra has competed in three NAIA National Championship tournaments. He shot 319 in four rounds his freshman season, 235 in three rounds as a sophomore and 158 in two rounds as a junior.

OLLU Senior Spotlight: Joey Baker

OLLU baseball’s Joey Baker was a reliable relief pitcher for the Saints during his four years at OLLU. The bulk of Baker’s relief appearances came last season. In 41 innings, he struck out 31 batters and allowed 14 earned runs. He tallied a 3.05 ERA and held opponents to a .273 batting average.

Baker appeared in eight games this season and struck out two batters in seven innings. He allowed only one walk in the eight games and left NAIA ranked Central Methodist University (CMU) hitless on Feb. 1. Baker shared the first no-hitter in OLLU history with Logan Garza against CMU in 2019. He was awarded Red River Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week during the same season.

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