LA FERIA, TX (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) President Sister Jane Ann Slater, CDP, PhD, announces the opening of the University’s new Rio Grande Valley site in La Feria, Texas. Officials from OLLU, along with dignitaries from La Feria and the Valley, will cut the ceremonial ribbon on Sunday, Aug. 18, beginning at 3 p.m. In addition, a special blessing will be given to officially launch the renovated site.
Guests from La Feria Independent School District (ISD), the city of La Feria, and other VIPs from throughout the Rio Grande Valley will attend the special event that will take place at the new location at 505 N. Villarreal (78559). Light refreshments will be served from 3-4 p.m.
“We thank La Feria ISD and the city of La Feria,” said Slater. “The Rio Grande Valley is a vital region for the future of Texas. We believe its citizens deserve quality options when it comes to higher education. With OLLU now in a central location, we are positioned to complement the recently announced merger of University of Texas campuses. The winners here will be Valley students and their families for generations to come.”
Four years ago, OLLU became the first Catholic University to offer a doctoral program to citizens in the Rio Grande Valley. First located in Harlingen, this program provides students with executive-level preparation in professional management, leadership and ethics. OLLU students represent a cross section of the Valley’s professions from education and healthcare to business and nonprofit organizations. In OLLU’s new location in La Feria, the University will continue offering a doctoral degree in Leadership Studies, Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management, Master of Business Administration in Management, Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and a Bachelor of Applied Studies in Computer Information Systems and Security. The bachelor’s degree completion program in La Feria is now available at a new reduced tuition rate of $290 per credit hour ($870 per class). All programs will immediately be offered for fall 2013 classes.
OLLU’s new site in La Feria was made possible through a partnership with La Feria Independent School District, in conjunction with the City of La Feria, and provides OLLU with a stand-alone facility as a permanent site. The programs are offered through OLLU's Weekend College program, and classes meet eight times per term, every other Saturday. The weekend format allows for a balance of work, study and family time.