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85th annual Candlelight Advent Service to be held on Saturday

The Division of Mission and Ministry presents the 85th annual Candlelight Advent Service on Saturday at 6 p.m. via Facebook livestream. The service will honor alumna Louise Locker (MSW ’76), best known as “Elf Louise.” Since 1969, Elf Louise and her volunteers have delivered Christmas gifts to more than 1.5 million children.

In keeping with the tradition from the early beginnings of candlelight by OLLU’s founders, the Sisters of Divine Providence, OLLU is asking for unwrapped toys, which will be donated to the Elf Louise Project. 

After 50 years, Locker is retiring from the Elf Louise Project. She leaves with fond memories of her education and experience at OLLU.

“I loved my teachers,” she told the Alumni Newsletter in 2014. “They were so caring and encouraging and gave me the feeling I could make some sort of difference in the world.” 

To watch the service via livestream, go to https://www.facebook.com/OurLadyoftheLakeUniversity. For more information, contact ministry@ollusa.edu.

GivingTuesday set for Dec. 1

Founded with a desire to spread goodwill in communities, GivingTuesday follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday as a powerful day of giving, driven by the strength of social media.

Over the past seven years, GivingTuesday has grown to become a global movement of people and organizations wishing to transform their communities and the world through the power of generosity.

As OLLU continues to celebrate its 125th anniversary, the university hopes the OLLU community is inspired to support OLLU students with a gift to the Annual Fund and help continue the legacy of transforming lives.

Together, OLLU honors its heritage and celebrates its future. GivingTuesday officially kicks off on Dec. 1, but those interested can start transforming lives today. Donate here.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to support OLLU’s goal of raising $2,500 for student scholarships and programs. 

All gifts are tax-deductible and help current and future students secure a college education. Donations will help propel OLLU into the next 125 years of transforming lives.

Men’s basketball falls to Incarnate Word in first regular season matchup

The men’s basketball team fell to the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) 84-71 in its first regular-season game of the 2020-2021 campaign. On Saturday, the Saints played Rice University in an exhibition game and both competitions were part of the UIW Thanksgiving Invitational


This is the fourth matchup against UIW and the series is 1-4 with the Saints winning the previous game 99-97 in 2015.


The Saints led early in the first half 15-14 after buckets from Jordan Embry (SR/Paris, Texas), David Johnson (SR/McAllen, Texas) and Xavier Woodington (JR/Honolulu, Hawaii). The Cardinals took control shortly after and led for the rest of the game. OLLU cut the lead to only two points after Johnson hit a jumper with 7:45 left in the first half. UIW led 40-28 heading into the second half. Johnson scored 12 points and Darin Minniefield (SR/Houston, Texas) tallied two assists in the first frame. Both teams scored 18 points inside the paint.

UIW maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half, despite the Saints shooting 47 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range. OLLU also shot 81 percent from the free-throw line in the second half. OLLU led in points off turnovers with 19, second chance points at 12 and fast break points with 21.

Offensive/defensive standouts

Johnson led the Saints with 18 points, followed by Ruben Monzon (JR/San Diego, Calif.) and Embry with 10 apiece. Monzon tallied a team-high six rebounds. Minniefield led the team with three assists.

Keaston Willis led the Cardinals with 18 points. Des Balentine grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Balentine, Willis, Marcus Larsson and Josh Morgan each had three assists.

Inside the box

OLLU combined for 28-of-68 shooting for 41.2 percent, 3-of-12 from three-point range for 25 percent and 12-of-15 from the free-throw line for 80 percent.

The Saints grabbed 25 rebounds while the Cardinals collected 40. OLLU forced 17 turnovers and committed nine.

Up next

The Saints will face the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) in Edinburg, Texas on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. in an exhibition game.

Hear from Head Coach Chris Dial and watch highlights here: https://youtu.be/fDHXjCHsWI4

Patrick Torres is interim head coach for cross-country/track and field

OLLU has announced the hiring of Patrick Torres as Interim Head Coach for Cross-Country and Track and Field.

“We are really excited to see the energy, enthusiasm and genuine humility and character that Patrick will bring to the program,” Athletic Director Shane Hurley said. “As an alumnus, he impressed us as a former athlete and student with his preparedness and drive. He has a very thoughtful approach that I believe will be supportive and encouraging for all of the athletes in the program.”

Torres was part of the Saints’ cross-country team in 2016 and the track and field team in 2016 and 2017.

His awards as part of the track and field team include All-Conference in the 5k and 10k in 2016; the 10k in 2017; and the 3k, 5k and 10k in 2018. He was a Scholar-Athlete in 2017 and 2018. As part of the cross-country team, Torres received All-Conference honors in 2016 and was a Scholar-Athlete in 2016.

“I’m so excited to join the coaching staff at OLLU,” Torres commented. “I’m grateful to Shane Hurley, our athletic director, for giving me the opportunity. Both cross-country and track have a history of success to build on and a legacy that I’m excited to add to.”

Torres received his Bachelor of Psychology in May of 2018 and is currently working on his Master of Fine Arts at Texas State University.

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.