The Board of Trustees has created the Diane E. and David Melby Scholarship. This endowed award will benefit students who demonstrate financial need and are dedicated to leadership and service.
The Trustees created the scholarship to honor the contributions of President Melby and her husband, David.
Under President Melby’s leadership, OLLU has completed a $55 million capital campaign, the largest in school history, built the Lake View Apartments, constructed new facilities for campuses in Houston and the Rio Grande Valley and secured a new home for the university’s counseling and speech and hearing clinics on San Antonio’s West Side.
David Melby, meanwhile, distinguished himself as a community servant and was named 2022 Volunteer of the Year for Catholic Charities of San Antonio. He performed more than 1,500 hours of service, supporting The Guadalupe Community Center and St. Stephen’s Care Center, the Mobile Food Pantry, Project Hope, 40 Cans for Lent and Little Pumpkins Palooza.
The scholarship was announced on May 6 at spring commencement. Approximately $10,000 has been raised. The target is $50,000. To learn more or to contribute, click here.
Overall, 33 strategic initiatives are planned for implementation throughout the year. These are categorized by the potential for high, medium or low impact based in part on the phase of implementation. Those categorized as high impact have been researched, resources identified and are ready for implementation. The following eight high-impact initiatives define the institutional priorities for this year.
A fuller discussion of all initiatives is available at https://ollusa.sharepoint.com/sites/StrategicPlanOurVisionfor2025. Many thanks to all faculty and staff who serve on the strategic planning committees. Their efforts are shaping the university in very tangible ways.
1.2 Establish and Launch New Academic Programs
2.9 Build Cultural Inclusiveness and Equity
3.2 Leverage Advisory Boards and Community Partnerships to Strengthen Academic Programs
4.9a Strengthen Student Enrollment Customer Services
5.1 Strengthen Advising Intake to Graduation
7.5 Increase Graduate Student Engagement
8.1 Create Student Engagement Spaces
9.1 Enhance Athletic Structure and Enrollment
OLLU Trustee Richard A. Castro has received the 2021 Texas Higher Education Distinguished Service Award.
The award recognizes Castro for his extraordinary work as an educator and his positive impact on the education of Texans through philanthropy, leadership and service.
The statewide award was presented by members of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT), in partnership with the Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors (CPUPC) and the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC), during a virtual celebration.
“Mr. Castro first became involved at Our Lady of the Lake University when his son enrolled but quickly proved his passion for promoting equitable access to higher education by joining our Board of Trustees,” said OLLU President Diane Melby, EdD.
“Richard understands the power higher education has to lift a person, family and a community.”