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OLLU bids farewell to six retiring employees

Six university employees retired at the end of 2020 after almost 100 years of combined service. OLLU expresses its gratitude for their hard work and devotion. 

The longest-serving employee, Facilities Management Office Manager Elva Sanchez, retired after 36 years.  The second-longest serving employee, Ramona Solano, retired after 23 years as a housekeeper.

OLLU also wishes to thank clinical counselor Richard Keilholz for 15 years; Student Business Office Director Carmen Ramirez for 14 years; Houston Campus Director Melinda Kirtley for six years; and switchboard operator Nina Gutierrez for five years.

OLLU adds two new faculty members

New professors

OLLU is pleased to welcome two new faculty members. 

Nyasha M. GuramatunhuCooper, PhD, has joined OLLU as an associate professor of Leadership Studies. Dr. GuramatunhuCooper previously taught at Kennesaw State University. She is the founder of Girton Road Consulting in the Greater Atlanta area.

Daniel W. Wong, PhD, has joined the Education Department as an associate professor of Rehabilitative Counseling. Dr. Wong has taught at multiple schools, including Mississippi State University and East Carolina University. He has received the American Counseling Association Research Award and the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association Research Award. 

1098-T tuition statements will be available Jan. 31

Sample 1098-T image

OLLU 1098-T Tuition Statements will be available by Jan. 31. The 1098-T statement is an Internal Revenue Service form that taxpayers use to determine eligibility for claiming Education Tax Credits.

OLLU partners with Heartland ECSI to electronically distribute 1098-T statements to students.

Forms will not be mailed out. To access, view, and/or print your form, or if more information is needed, please visit the Heartland ECSI website. The following information will be required to gain access to the website:

  • First and last name
  • Social security number
  • Zip code that appears on the 1098-T form

For questions, please contact the Student Business Office at ollu1098T@ollusa.edu or call 210-431-3944. Information and FAQs also are available at www.ollusa.edu/1098T.

Education majors encouraged to apply for Charles Butt Scholarship

Charles Butt Scholars

Students majoring in education and those seeking teacher certification are encouraged to apply for the annual Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers. Charles Butt Scholars receive up to $8,000 in annual funding for up to four years.

Scholars also receive mentorship from a local teacher or principal; professional development at the annual Charles Butt Scholars Symposium; participation in local cohort meetings of aspiring teachers; inclusion in an on-campus teaching club; professional support before and after graduation; and connection with Scholars across the state through an online platform.

For more information or to apply, go to: https://www.ollusa.edu/cps/programs/education/charles-butt-scholarship.html

Interested students may also contact Belinda Grandaos in the education department at: bagrandados@ollusa.edu or by calling: 210-434-6711, ext. 6575.

The application deadline is Feb. 1.

OLLU Men’s tennis welcomes new assistant coach

Tennis Assistant Coach Kyle Fraser

OLLU welcomes Assistant Coach Kyle Fraser to the men’s tennis staff. He will join Head Coach Sal Castillo for the upcoming spring season that begins Jan. 22.

“At the start of the fall in 2020, I was hoping to find an assistant who brought a strong background in mental training. I believe that attitude and mindset have a lot to do with success both on and off the court. Coach Fraser and I hit it off right away and I immediately knew that his involvement would be important for the success of the team this year, especially during these very stressful times. We are looking forward to having Coach Fraser bring his insight and collegiate tennis experience to OLLU. “

Fraser is a native of Hyde Park, N.Y., and graduated from Southwestern University (SU) in Georgetown, Texas, during the spring of 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He received his Master of Science in Human Performance and Wellness from Barry University (BU) in Miami, Fla., this past May. Fraser specialized in sport, exercise and performance psychology while at Barry.

He recently worked at BU as a Graduate Sports Psychology Consultant for the men’s and women’s tennis teams. Fraser provided individual and group mental skills training to the athletes. The men’s team won the 2019 NCAA D2 National Championship while Fraser was the mental skills consultant.

Fraser brings strong mental skills and psychology aspect to the OLLU men’s tennis program. He held the position of Research Assistant at SU from August 2016 to May 2017. Fraser collaborated with peers to conduct studies on the topic of emoticon use and perceived appropriateness.

He has coached tennis of all ages for more than eight years. Fraser also played varsity tennis for SU in NCAA D3 during his freshman season.

Fraser said, “I am excited to work with Coach Castillo and the players here at OLLU. I look forward to helping them compete for a championship.”

Baseball welcomes back Zach Luevanos as assistant coach

OLLU is proud to welcome Zach Luevanos as baseball assistant coach. He replaces Jeremy Flores, who served as an assistant for the Saints since its inaugural season in 2015. Flores left for an assistant position at his alma mater Texas A&M University at Kingsville.

“I am extremely excited to get Coach Luevanos on staff here at OLLU,” said OLLU baseball Head Coach Bryan Aughney. “He brings with him a tremendous winning attitude dating back to his high school days.  He has a great overall knowledge of the game and the skills to go with it.  I am also excited to have him dive in as our Pitching Coach as he has worked with several high-level coaches in developing his plan to continue the development of our pitching staff.  As a recruiter, I am also confident in his abilities to continue our success as a program in identifying players that will continue our success in the classroom and on the field.”

Luevanos comes to OLLU after spending a year at the University of Texas as San Antonio (UTSA) as a volunteer coach.

He spent the previous two seasons as a volunteer assistant for University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) baseball Head Coach Patrick Hallmark. While there he was the camp coordinator, and he worked with hitters, catchers and outfielders.

During his time with the UIW Cardinals, Luevanos worked with three players that earned Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America honors over two seasons.

Outfielder Ridge Rogers earned a spot on the team after the 2018 campaign, after posting a .350 (72-for-206), with 34 runs scored and driving in 34 runs. Catcher Taylor Smith hit .322 (49-for-208), including 16 home runs, 11 doubles and four triples with 42 runs scored and 35 RBIs, securing his spot on the 2019 team. Third baseman Antonio Valdez was named to the 2019 squad after posting a .302 average (65-for-215), including 14 doubles, six triples and four home runs, scoring 52 runs and driving in 31.

Luevanos served as an assistant coach at OLLU in 2017, working with the offense and catchers. Three players on the team – Matt Beasley, Orlando Collado and Seth Garcia earned Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) All-Conference recognition. Shortstop Collado set several all-time records that still stand today. He is the all-time leader in batting average at .360 and is third all-time in doubles with 24. He has the best slugging percentage at .610. Third baseman Beasley also had a third all-time record of 24 doubles and all-time record of triples with six. Garcia, a catcher, is fifth in a season in putouts with 271.

Luevanos said, “I am grateful to Coach Aughney, Dr. (Diane E.) Melby (OLLU President) and Dr. (Rosa) Rivera-Hainaj (Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs) for the opportunity to coach at OLLU. I am eager and looking forward to getting to work for coach Aughney and this organization. It is going to be an exciting season and future for Saints baseball.”

After serving as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Lamar, in 2013, Luevanos turned his focus to management and training. He served as the Director of Baseball Operations for two baseball training facilities in Beaumont, Texas, from 2014-2016.

The two-time All-South Texas and one-time All-State performer at Carroll High School in Corpus Christi, Texas, hit .448 as a senior and .420 as a junior. Luevanos began his collegiate career at NJCAA Seminole State College in Oklahoma, where he earned All-Region honors both seasons. As a redshirt freshman in 2010, he registered a .387 batting average with 13 doubles and 12 home runs, scoring 24 runs and driving in 41. In 2011, he posted a .343 batting average with 17 doubles and five home runs, with 40 runs scored and 52 RBIs.

Luevanos transferred to NCAA D1 Lamar University for his final two seasons, where he was a .264 (62-for-235) hitter, with 21 runs scored and 36 RBIs. As a senior, he garnered All-Southland Conference honors after posting a .267 (40-for-150) average, with seven doubles, 14 runs scored and 22 RBIs in 48 games.

His cousins, Tony and Rudy Jaramillo are former MLB hitting coaches.

Luevanos received his Bachelor of Science in General Studies from Lamar University in 2012. He and his fiancé Maureen O’Donnell are parents to Liam Luevanos.

Soccer adds Danny Oughton as assistant coach for men’s and women’s teams

Assistant Soccer Coach Danny Oughton

OLLU has announced the hiring of Assistant Coach Danny Oughton for the men’s and women’s soccer programs.

Athletic Director and men’s soccer Head Coach Shane Hurley commented, “We are very excited to announce the hiring of Danny Oughton. He brings solid experience as a coach and as an administrator. His independent thinking and initiative will benefit our men’s and women’s soccer programs.”

Oughton was a volunteer assistant for the women’s soccer program in 2017 and was promoted to assistant coach in 2018. He enters his fourth season as part of the women’s soccer staff and first season on the men’s staff.  

Women’s soccer Head Coach Arthur Salazar said, “We are excited to add Danny as a full-time member to the coaching staff. As a part-time coach at OLLU for the past three years, Danny has proven to be an asset on the field and his passion has helped move the soccer program forward. We welcome his experience, insight and passion as a full-time member of the OLLU soccer staff.”

Oughton received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Texas Lutheran University (TLU) in May 2010. While attending TLU Oughton played collegiate soccer for Head Coach Eddie Salazar, the brother of OLLU Head Coach Arthur Salazar. Oughton is the Senior Program Director for the San Antonio United Soccer Club for boys and the Sting San Antonio Soccer Club for girls. He manages high school-aged teams and handles college recruitment.

“I want to thank everyone at OLLU for giving me this opportunity,” Oughton commented. “I am truly honored to be able to work at a university that holds the same standards and morals to help young adults achieve their dreams. Wings up!”

Both soccer programs are set to compete shortly after the beginning of 2021. Men’s soccer enters its 14th year while women’s soccer begins its 13th season.

Fall hybrid graduation held Saturday

fall 2020 graduation

OLLU recognized spring, summer and fall 2020 graduates Saturday during a hybrid commencement ceremony. Commencement speaker Sister Pearl Ceasar, CDP, superior general of the Congregation of Divine Providence, addressed graduates via live stream as they waited in their cars to receive their degrees. As their families looked on, graduates exited their vehicles in front of Main Building to have their degrees conferred and to take a photo with President Diane E. Melby.

To view a recording of the event and to see a list of graduates, please visit www.ollusa.edu/graduation.

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