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MSW program ranked among Top 50 in U.S.

Intelligent.com, a resource for online degree rankings and higher education planning, has ranked OLLU’s Master of Social Work program No. 46 in its Top 50 ranking for 2021.

Intelligent.com also cited OLLU as the “Best Catholic Institution” for students seeking a master’s degree in social work.

More than 180 accredited programs were analyzed. Intelligent.com based its Top 50 ranking on a unique scoring system, which included student engagement, the potential return on investment and leading third-party evaluations.

In January, College Consensus, a new college review aggregator, ranked OLLU’s online PhD program in Social Work as the 19th best in the U.S.

FEMA to help pay funeral costs for COVID-19 related deaths

In early April, FEMA will begin providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020, for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic. 

To be eligible for COVID-19 funeral assistance, the policy states:

  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020, for a death attributed to COVID-19.
  • If multiple individuals contributed toward funeral expenses, they should apply under a single application as applicant and co-applicant. FEMA will consider documentation from other individuals not listed as applicant or co-applicant who may have incurred funeral expenses as part of the registration for the deceased individual.
  • An applicant may apply for multiple deceased individuals.
  • The COVID-19-related death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
  • The assistance is limited to a maximum financial amount of $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application.
  • Funeral assistance is intended to assist with expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation.

In the coming weeks, a dedicated 800 number will be established to help individuals who apply. In the meantime, potential applicants are encouraged to start gathering the following documentation:

  • An official death certificate that attributes the death to COVID-19 and shows the death occurred in the U.S. The death certificate must indicate the death “may have been caused by” or “was likely the result of” COVID-19 or COVID-19-like symptoms. Similar phrases that indicate a high likelihood of COVID-19 are considered sufficient attribution.
  • Funeral expense documents (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) that include the applicant’s name, the deceased individual’s name, the amount of funeral expenses and the dates the funeral expenses were incurred.
  • Proof of funds received from other sources, specifically for use toward funeral costs. Funeral assistance may not duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, federal/state/local/tribal/territorial government programs or agencies or other sources.

More information regarding this assistance can be found at:


For questions, contact FEMA Office of External Affairs: 

More registrants needed for Mobile Mammography Unit

A mobile digital mammography bus is scheduled to be on campus on April 14 from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in front of UWAC circle. However, a minimum of 14 registrants are needed for the mobile unit to come to OLLU. So far, only seven people have registered.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to schedule appointments by calling 210-358-7020 or going online at www.healthyUexpress.com

Baseball makes history with first NAIA Top 25 ranking

For the first time in OLLU baseball history, the Saints have been ranked in the NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. In the first poll, the Saints received votes, but this time around, they cracked the Top 25 to land at No. 21.

Tennessee Wesleyan grabbed 17 of the 19 first-place votes in the second edition of the Top 25. Southeastern stayed put at No. 2 with two first-place votes, while Cumberlands also remained in the same spot at No. 3. Central Methodist and Faulkner both moved-up one spot and rounded out the top five. Both No. 15 Science & Arts and No. 16 Reinhardt jumped seven spots this week.

The Saints have won 14 of their last 16 games for a record of 20-10 and are undefeated in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) at 8-0. The Saints also jumped to the top of the conference rankings after defeated previous league leader LSU-Shreveport in a four-game sweep last week. As a result, the previous No. 13 ranked Pilots dropped out of the Top 25 to receive 15 votes.

The Saints are under the helm of third-year Head Coach Bryan Aughney, who just marked his 215 career win and is nine wins short of his 100th win at OLLU.

Poll Methodology

  • The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions.
  • The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.
  • The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low rating) is removed, and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appear on.
  • Teams that receive only one point on the ballot are not considered “receiving votes.”
  • The frequency of the polls is bi-weekly. This policy was approved by the National Administrative Council (NAC) prior to the 2016-17 academic season. This change allows raters the opportunity to consider a larger body of work between rating periods.
  • For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

2021 NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll 2 (March 31, 2021)

11Tennessee Wesleyan [17]26-2528
22Southeastern (Fla.) [2]29-3513
33Cumberlands (Ky.)26-5486
45Central Methodist (Mo.)23-3478
56Faulkner (Ala.)15-2450
64Vanguard (Calif.)27-7424
79Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)22-2422
88Keiser (Fla.)28-6413
97Georgia Gwinnett21-7410
1016Oklahoma Wesleyan22-3389
1111Middle Georgia State21-9350
1210Hope International (Calif.)18-10339
1315Bryan (Tenn.)21-8319
1412St. Thomas (Fla.)21-12288
1522Science & Arts (Okla.)16-7275
1623Reinhardt (Ga.)20-9247
1718Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.)14-7244
1820Taylor (Ind.)24-7226
1917McPherson (Kan.)21-5207
2024Concordia (Neb.)20-3184
21NROur Lady of the Lake (Texas)20-9157
22NRLoyola (La.)20-8156
23RVIndiana Wesleyan25-9150
24RVBenedictine (Kan.)21-4146
2519Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)15-14132

Dropped from the Top 25: Webber International (Fla.), Oklahoma City, LSU Shreveport (La.), William Carey (Miss.)

Others Receiving Votes: Webber International (Fla.) 100, Indiana Southeast (Ind.) 96, Oklahoma City 80, Westmont (Calif.) 51, Columbia (Mo.) 25, Southwestern Christian (Okla.) 22, Mobile (Ala.) 21, Point (Ga.) 20, Bellevue (Neb.) 20, LSU Shreveport (La.) 15, Asbury (Ky.) 10, Clarke (Iowa) 9, Huntington (Ind.) 8, Concordia (Mich.) 7, William Carey (Miss.) 3.

CMASR to present screening of animated film, ‘Chica y Rita’

The Center for Mexican American Studies and Research will present the final La Calle 24 Film Festival event on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. with a screening of the animated film, “Chico y Rita.”

The event will include a conversation about Afro-Latinidad and Afro-Caribbean music with Marc Perry, PhD, Associate Professor of African American Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Jessica Hajek, PhD, Assistant Professor of Music at Our Lady of the Lake University.

“Chico y Rita” is a musical love story with a jazzy soul set between Havana, Paris and New York City that enlivens Afro-Latinidad in a distinct moment in musical history. “Chico y Rita” is now open for viewing on the film festival website.

To register: 


Watch the film: https://pragda.com/sfc-event/our-lady-of-the-lake-university/

Username: SFC@OurLadyoftheLakeUniversity

Password: CMASR2020

OLLU’s Derek Barnett earns Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete Honors in Track and Field

The NAIA announced the men’s track and field student-athletes, who have been named 2018 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes. Our Lady of the Lake University’s (OLLU) Derek Barnett (SR/Redlands, Calif.) was among the honorees. He also received NAIA Scholar Athlete recognition in cross-country.

Barnett, a senior majoring in history, earned a 3.74 GPA. He is the first male track and field and cross-country student-athlete to earn NAIA Scholar Athlete recognition. Read full story here.