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U.S. News & World Report Ranks OLLU Cybersecurity master’s among best online programs

OLLU Master of Science in Cybersecurity has been ranked among the top 100 online master’s programs in Computer Information Technology Programs by U.S. News & World Report.

U.S. News assessed schools based on a variety of objective factors, such as student engagement, faculty credentials, and services and technologies.

“OLLU was recently re-designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security,” said Department Chair Dr. Vanessa Garza Clark. “This ranking further substantiates the excellent quality of our programs.”

U.S. News & World Report designed this year’s rankings to assist individuals looking to complete or further their education. This edition evaluates more than 1,800 online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The rankings only include degree-granting programs that are offered primarily online by regionally accredited institutions.

To view the rankings, visit:

Kinesiology Program awarded accreditation by CAAHEP

The OLLU Kinesiology Program has been awarded accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). OLLU is one of only two universities in Texas to receive this prestigious accreditation status.

“The commission recognizes your organization’s commitment to continuous quality improvement in health professions education, as demonstrated by your participation in CAAHEP programmatic accreditation,” said Donald Balasa, JD, MBA, president of CAAHEP.

OLLU’s Kinesiology Program had to demonstrate compliance with standards set forth by CAAHEP. They were established in conjunction with the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences, American College of Sports Medicine, American Council on Exercise, American Kinesiotherapy Association, American Red Cross, National Academy of Sports Medicine, and National Council on Strength and Fitness.

CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines can be found on the website,

myOLLU portal will be discontinued on Feb. 8

The last day for the myOLLU portal is Feb. 8. Content has been migrated to the new Saints Connect dashboard.

There will be a ceremonial “unplugging of the portal during Club Rush on Feb. 8.

View video to learn more about the new Saints Connect dashboard:

Please note that we have been in communication with all departments who have information in the current portal to help ensure their information transfers over to Saints Connect. If you have materials on the portal and have not yet been contacted, please email

W2s now available digitally on Employee Self-Service

If employees have given electronic consent, their W2s for calendar year 2022 are now available in Employee Self-Service.

Access to Employee Self-Service is available through the new Saints Connect dashboard which is online at It also can be accessed through the university homepage by selecting Menu – Faculty & Staff – Saints Connect. On the Saints Connect dashboard, visit the Employee Self-Service card and select Tax Info. Detailed instructions on how to access your W2 in Employee Self-Service are available online.

OLLU will NOT mail out W2s to current employees who have given W2 electronic consent; employees will have to print their W2s from Self Service.

If electronic consent has NOT been given, W2s were mailed to the address on file with Human Resources. W2s cannot be picked up by current or former employees; the W2s were mailed and postmarked on Jan. 26, 2023.

Payroll will address requests for re-mailing of W2s AFTER Feb. 3, 2023. Please contact after this date if you have not received your W2 in the mail.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a change in presentation for employees who participate in the 403b retirement plan. In previous years, Box 12 code E included both employee’s mandatory 3% deferrals to the plan AND an employee’s additional elective deferrals to the plan (if applicable). For 2022 and going forward, Box 12 code E will only include employee’s elective deferrals. Employee’s mandatory 3% will be separated in Box 14 under the description “Mand 403b.” This change was done to provide more transparent information to employees on their types of deferrals to the retirement plan.

If you have questions about your W2, please contact

Students encouraged to apply for Future Texas Business Legend Awards

The 2023 Texas Business Hall of Fame (TBHF) Foundation’s Future Texas Business Legend Awards Applications are now open. The deadline to apply online is Feb. 15, 2023.

TBHF funds three different types of Future Texas Business Legend Awards to students at partner universities like OLLU: The Future Texas Business Legend Scholar Award, The Future Executive Leader of Distinction Award, and the Shaun D. Kennedy Award of Excellence in Empathy and Innovation.

Please visit to learn more about each of the awards, eligibility requirements and this year’s application timeline.

Softball begins quest for successful 2023 campaign

The softball program begins the 2023 campaign on Friday after recording the best season in school history in 2022.

2022 recap
The Saints boasted a 46-13 record in 2022 and qualified for the NAIA Softball Opening Round, where they won two games and eventually fell to the No. 1-ranked team in the nation. OLLU won 24 straight games from March 18-April 22. The squad was ranked fourth in the NAIA with 181 extra-base hits and batted .329 as a team. The Saints’ pitching rotation limited opponents to a .225 batting average and struck out 349 hitters.

Preseason ranking
The NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Preseason Poll placed the Saints at 15 out of 25 programs. Head Coach Bruce Lenington commented, “We think our team deserves to be nationally ranked, and we are going to pursue the top 10.” The Saints are ranked first in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Preseason Coaches’ Poll, with defending champions Texas A&M University-Texarkana (TAMUT) following in second place.

Coaching staff
Lenington returns for his fourth season at the helm. During his time at OLLU, Lenington has amassed an 83-45 overall record and a .775 winning percentage in RRAC play. Jody Armijo and Katrisha Arocha are back as assistant coaches.  

Nonconference schedule (numbers after school indicate series record).
The Saints start the season by hosting two tournaments. They welcome Central Baptist College (CBC) (1-2) and the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) (17-30) for the OLLU Classic from Feb. 3-4. OLLU will play CBC three times during the tournament. OLLU showcases another tournament the following weekend. The teams participating include Bethany College (2-0), Texas A&M University-San Antonio (TAMUSA) (7-1) and Midland University (3-2). The Saints face Midland three times and Bethany once.   

OLLU will play multiple nonconference games throughout the RRAC schedule. In a doubleheader, they face NCAA D2 Texas A&M University-Kingsville at home on Feb. 19. The Saints travel to Oklahoma City to face the defending NAIA champions Oklahoma City University (2-2) for two games on Feb. 24. They play a pair of games at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (0-2) on Feb. 25 and St. Mary’s University (0-5) on Feb. 28. OLLU hosts Schreiner University (SU) (15-2) in a doubleheader on March 4 and then closes nonconference competition at SU on April 5.

Conference schedule
The conference schedule consists of doubleheaders spread throughout the spring. OLLU opens conference competition at home against UHV on Feb. 18. They head to Austin, Texas, to play Huston-Tillotson University (HTU) (30-11) on March 7 and return home to host TAMUSA on March 11. The Saints then head to Louisiana for matchups against Louisiana Christian University (LCU) (1-1) on March 17 and Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA) (2-0) on March 18.

The Saints host the University of the Southwest (USW) (39-13) on March 24 before heading for another road trip. The trip includes games against UHV on March 28, Jarvis Christian University (JCU) (15-5) on March 31, Texas College (TC) (32-3) on April 1 and TAMUSA on April 8. OLLU hosts HTU on April 11 and heads west to face USW on April 15. The Saints close the regular season with matchups at home against TAMUT (6-9) on April 21 and LSU-Alexandria (LSUA) (7-23) on April 22.

The Saints boast 12 seniors. Returners include Rebecca Duran, Jennifer Estrada, Joanna Gonzalez, Ariel Montgomery, Julissa Moreno, Madison Nunn, Angela Ramirez, Kristee Salas, Caitlin Terrazas, Cassandra Valdez and Deandra Vera. The seniors combined for a .286 batting average last season, and Montgomery drove in 52 RBIs. Valdez, who will play one more season after this one, earned RRAC Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year by boasting a 1.79 ERA and four complete-game shutouts.

Marissa Bradley, Eneli Garza and Kaili Luna return as juniors. Taylor Gage is the lone returner for the sophomore class. Garza committed only one error in centerfield throughout her 38 games last year. Bradley batted .283, while Luna had a perfect fielding percentage in right field.

OLLU welcomes five freshmen to the program. Texas natives Arianna Alejandro, Allison Garcia, Alyssa Garcia, Ariana Garcia and Emilia Salinas begin their Saints career on Feb. 3. MacKenzie Purcell joins the team as a graduate student, and senior Madison Garza arrives after playing at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Juniors Alyssa Flores and Allie Gonzales were recruited over the summer. Flores comes from NCAA D2 St. Mary’s University, while Gonzales transfers from RRAC opponent JCU. Lenington commented, “Allie Gonzales garnered votes for pitcher of the year as a freshman last season with Jarvis. She beat us twice, and we are happy to have her here.”

Fan expectations
The staff has made multiple improvements over the last few seasons to the OLLU Softball Field. The Saints are proud to offer shaded seating for fans this year. Field improvements include a new padded wall that surrounds the backstop. Live streaming will be available at

Open forums scheduled this week with CTO candidates

The Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Search Committee invites everyone to participate in the CTO Candidate Open Forums to have the opportunity to meet the three finalists. Please join the following forums: 

CTO Candidate #1 Open Forum
1:30-2:30 p.m. 
Main Building, Room 311  

CTO Candidate #2 Open Forum 
1-2 p.m.  
Main Building, Room 311  

CTO Candidate #3 Open Forum  
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.      
Main Building, Room 311  

Candidate’s résumés and links for those wanting to join virtually can be found here. Those present at the Open Forums will have an opportunity to share feedback via an online survey following the event.   

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