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OLLU ranked No. 71 in Final Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup

OLLU finished 71st in the 2018 NAIA Learfield Directors’ Cup. Last year, the Saints were No. 75, and the previous year, No. 48 in the nation.

As part of the Learfield Directors’ Cup, each institution is awarded points in a pre-determined number of sports for men and women. The overall champion is the institution that records the highest number of points in their division’s Directors’ Cup standing. Points are given to those institutions advancing to the NAIA university championships.

The Saints finished in 71st place with a total of 238.50 points.

There are 196 teams listed in the standings.

For the spring, the Saints earned 32 points for men’s golf, which captured the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Championship and finished 21st in the national championship tournament.

In the winter, the Saints earned 25 points for women’s basketball, who earned their way to their seventh trip to the national tournament. The women finished the season ranked No. 16 in the national coaches’ poll.

The Saints added 70 points for men’s basketball, who also earned their way to the national tournament. In their fourth trip to the tournament, the Saints ended their season in the round of eight. Their final ranking in the national coaches’ poll was No. 21.

The Saints captured three titles in the fall. They tallied 38 points for women’s cross-country and 36 points for men’s cross-country. Both teams traveled to Vancouver, Wash., for the national meet.

The third fall title was for volleyball, which tallied 37.5 points. The women defeated Oklahoma City University in the first round of the national tournament. They went on to participate in Pool Play at Sioux City, Iowa. The women ended their season receiving six votes in the national coaches’ poll. Read full story at

OLLU hosting free yoga class for International Day of Yoga

OLLU is teaming up with iDo Yoga San Antonio to celebrate International Day of Yoga by holding a free yoga class on Thursday, June 21, at 6 p.m. in the Mall Area. Teaching the class will be Allegra, local yoga instructor and Adrienne Rodriguez, OLLU senior women’s athletics administrator.

This event will be one of more than 30 free events taking place throughout San Antonio. This is an intro-level class and is open to all ages.

To reserve a spot, visit

MS-ISS program ranked among ‘Top 25 Online Master’s Degrees’

The OLLU Master of Science program in Information Systems and Security has been ranked at No. 24 of the “Top 25 Online Master’s Degrees in Information Assurance and Security” by

OLLU was chosen for “the university’s overall reputation, as well as the reputation of the program’s comprehensive core curriculum, for its faculty’s excellence and the continued commitment to providing non-traditional students with all of the tools they need to achieve their educational and career goals.”

According to the Best College Reviews website, the methodology used to compile the rankings is based on tuition, customization options within the degree program, both in content and format, and overall “wow” factor.

OLLU to host community art project with artist Steve Prince

OLLU is collaborating with the Carver Community Cultural Center and artist Steve Prince to host part of the San Antonio Door Project, a citywide community art project celebrating the rich diversity of San Antonio and the shared stories of its residents.

Multiple workshops will be held in each quadrant of the city during which participants, under the guidance of professional artists, will create their own individual work of art carved in wood. The result will be more than 300 pieces created by community members that will be joined together to create a large-scale sculpture.

The workshops held at OLLU will take place the following dates and times:

Tuesday, June 5

  • 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 6

  • 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m.

All workshops will take place in Chapel Auditorium. Workshops are open to all ages, and no prior experience is necessary.

To reserve a spot, email or call 210-207-7211.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

OLLU set to welcome two new deans to campus this summer

The Office of Academic Affairs is proud to announce that two new deans will be joining the OLLU community this summer.

Dr. Bruce Rosenthal will join OLLU on June 18 as the dean of the School of Business and Leadership. Dr. Rosenthal is the founding dean of the School of Business at St. Peter’s University in New Jersey where he helped create new master’s degree programs in sustainable business and consumer analytics. In addition, he worked with faculty to create the Ignatian Leadership Center.

Dr. Rosenthal also served as the director of the School of Business at Alfred University in New York, and as the director and chair of Business Programs at Chatham University in Pennsylvania. He has more than 30 years of experience as a businessman and entrepreneur and spent 20 years living and working in Asia and Europe.

Dr. Wiliam Brownsberger will join OLLU on July 1 as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Brownsberger brings valuable experience as an academic dean and chief academic officer including strategic planning and budgeting, fundraising, and curriculum design and assessment. His experience with Catholic institutions, including Conception Seminary College, Holy Trinity Catholic Seminary and University of Dallas, give him an excellent grounding in the type of values and spirit that shape OLLU.

Reminder of types of emergency messages OLLU will send to community

In an effort to keep the OLLU community well informed and safe in emergency situations, it is imperative that all students, faculty and staff know the ways that the university will communicate to the community if an emergency situation arises.

In the event of a campus emergency, OLLU will use voice, text and/or email messages to alert the community. Messages can be sent to cell phones, office phones, home phones and/or university email addresses.

In extremely time-sensitive emergencies, prerecorded messages will be sent out to alert the community that an emergency situation is taking place. The prerecorded messages allow for the fastest activation of the OLLU Emergency Alert System. Prerecorded messages will be followed by additional messaging as information becomes available.

Prerecorded messages fall into three categories:

  • Public Safety Emergency — this prerecorded message could be activated for a variety of emergencies, including threats from individuals or other situations that might endanger the community.
  • Weather Emergency — this prerecorded message would be activated in the event of a rapidly approaching weather-related threat.
  • Active Shooter — this prerecorded message would be activated if shots were fired on campus.

Follow-up messages:
After a prerecorded message is sent, the OLLU University Police, Administration and Communications team will continuously monitor the situation. When additional information is available, follow-up messages will be sent through some or all of the following channels:

Keep your contact information updated
The OLLU Emergency Alert System uses contact information that students, faculty and staff provide the University. Members of the OLLU community can review and update their contact information anytime by visiting the Contact Information Update page online.

The Contact Information Update form provides an option to opt out of text messaging, but voice and email messages will still be received. OLLU email addresses cannot unsubscribe from this system.

OLLU wins first place honors at Flambeau Parade

The OLLU float for the 2018 Fiesta Flambeau Parade won first place in the Community division. In addition, the students and staff walking along with the float won first place in the Marching division.

OLLU’s float for the Flambeau Parade was designed and built by Liz Longoria, university events manager and Alphonso Moya, university events assistant, with the assistance of several students, staff from the Institutional Advancement Division and several Facilities Management staff members.

The parade’s theme was “Three Centuries…One City,” and OLLU’s float served as a tribute to the Sisters of Divine Providence and OLLU’s place in San Antonio’s history.

The float also served as a tribute to the late Jesse Arenas, former Thiry Auditorium manager and technical director, who was an integral part of OLLU’s previous award-winning floats and had begun the concept for this year’s float prior to his passing in November.

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Bookstore hours for summer

The OLLU Bookstore will be open the following hours during the summer:

  • Monday-Thursday – 9a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday – 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Saturday – 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (only on the Saturdays that weekend classes are in session)
    • June 2
    • June 16
    • June 30
    • July 14
    • July 28
    • Aug. 11

SAFD conducting elevator training on campus tomorrow

The San Antonio Fire Department will be holding an elevator rescue training on campus tomorrow beginning at 10 a.m.

The group will be conducting the training in the Lake View Apartments and in Flores Hall.

There will likely be several fire trucks parked near the two dorms for the duration of the training, which is expected to last two or three hours.

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