Love at the Lake

She noticed him in pre-Calculus and swooned. He spotted her at a dance and asked for a turn. There was magic in the air and conflict in the heart.

Eduardo Lanzas and Perla Torres whirled and spun to the music, sparks lighting around them, until the final song. He walked her to the dorm.

“Want to go out with me,” he asked.

She wanted to say “yes.” She ended up saying “no.”

“I am taking chemistry and it requires my attention,” Perla explained. “I have a scholarship.”

So began the chase, a relentless pursuit of romance. He followed her to the cafeteria. He caught up with her in the hallway. He met her in the courtyard.  He kept asking her out. She kept putting him off. When it came time for final exams, he tried again. She agreed to a date on a night when she didn’t have to study.

Met in pre-Calculus in 1989. Married on Aug. 8, 1992. Eduardo (BBA Human Resources Management 1996) • Perla (BAS Natural Science 1993)

They went to Mi Tierra for dinner. He asked a Mariachi Trio to serenade her. They took a stroll along the River Walk. They talked for hours. He pulled her close.

“I finally had that good look into his eyes and saw into his soul,” Perla says. “I knew it! He was the one I had been dreaming of. He was the one for me.”

Eduardo and Perla got married in 1992 – three years after she felt herself blushing in pre-Calculus. They are among hundreds of couples – perhaps thousands – who have fallen in love at Our Lady of the Lake since the University became co-educational in 1969.

Twenty five years after they shared a class together, Eduardo (BBA Human Resources Management 1996) and Perla (BAS Natural Science 1993) enjoy fond memories of the Lake. He works for Citibank. She teaches science at Kennedy High School.

“I loved my years at OLLU,” she says. “OLLU helped my dreams come true.”

Here are some other couples who found Love At The Lake:

John Augillard III and Paulishia A. Green

Met at a Lip Sync contest at OLLU in 1993. Married on June 12, 1999. John (BSW 1998) • Paulisha (BA Psychology 1997, MS Counseling 2011)

They met at a rehearsal for a lip sync contest. He was doing a sax solo from a song called, “As If We Never Met.” She and a group of friends were performing the 1990 hit, “Poison.” She had a boyfriend. He liked another girl. A mutual friend introduced them. Nothing happened.

Before the introduction, John Augillard III had noticed Paulishia A. Green in the hallway outside the cafeteria. He was thunderstruck. John thought Paulishia was the most beautiful girl he’d ever seen. They became friends after the contest and exchanged addresses before leaving for summer break. She returned home to Houston. John went back to New Orleans. He wrote a letter but never mailed it.

The following September, they ended up at Fiesta Texas with a group of friends. “It was there,” John says, recalling water rides they shared, “that something sparked.” They began dating on Oct. 12, 1994. In the winter, they performed together at a talent show.

“I played the piano and she sang, ‘Ribbon In the Sky,’ by Stevie Wonder,” John recalls. “We came in third. I think music performance was part of our connection.”

He took her to the Riverview behind the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. She cried when he dropped to one knee. They married on June 12, 1999. Before he became a speech and debate teacher in high school, John taught theater at Houston Can Academy.

“I wrote a play based on our story and had students act it out,” John says. “The title was, ‘When I First Saw You.’”

Henry and Vanessa Padilla Trevino

Met in ceramics class at OLLU in 2006 Married on Oct. 10, 2009 in Sacred Heart Chapel Henry (BA Philosophy 2006) Vanessa (BA Psychology 2007)

Love came late for Henry Trevino and Vanessa Padilla. It started with a spat, turned into laughter, weathered heartbreak and became a cherished memory.

In the final semester of their senior year, Henry and Vanessa met in a ceramics class. Their introduction began with a fight over a cubicle for their books. “It was a simple laugh that started our friendship,” Henry explains.

They spent the spring of 2006 eating lunch together, taking walks and trying to focus in ceramics. But it was hard for their gaze not to wander. Henry graduated in May (BA Philosophy), Vanessa received her degree (BA Psychology) the following spring. Their love grew.

In 2008, Henry invited Vanessa to the grotto. He proposed and she teared up. “I recall shaking as I held her ring in my hand,” Henry says, “and my knees trembling as we hugged in excitement.”

Wedding plans commenced. As the anticipation grew, tragedy struck. Henry’s mother was hit and killed by a drunk driver on April 24, 2009. Three months later, Vanessa lost her grandfather to cancer.

“We found strength in each other and continued, with some heartache, to plan our wedding which was coming up fast.  With love, faith in God, trust in peace and hope, we approached the day.”

They married on Oct. 10, 2009 in Sacred Heart Chapel. “Through it all – the laughter, the pain, the loss, the hope – we owe this great story to the blessing of Our Lady of the Lake University,” Henry says. “Today, we have a beautiful daughter by the name of Sophia Grace Trevino.  She is seven months old and a constant reminder of our love for one another. She does not know it yet, but she is already an OLLU SAINT.”

Gregg and Maria Segura Gonzales

Met in 2002 in Moye Hall Married on July 1, 2006 in Sacred Heart Chapel Gregg (BA Sociology 2004) Maria (BA Education 1997, MS Counseling 2002)

He noticed her in the fall of 1993. Long legs. Short hair. A Lake Ambassador beauty. He met her nine years later when he visited her class – not as a student but as a campus police officer.

Gregg Gonzales has law enforcement in his DNA. His father is a former Bexar County Sheriff’s Deputy who started the OLLU campus police department and became its first police chief. After Gregg left OLLU in the spring of 1995, he drifted through other schools until he returned to the Lake as a cop.

“One day while I was on duty, I had to tell a class in Moye Hall their speaker would not be able to attend due to a bad storm,” Gregg says.

When he entered the classroom, he recognized a face. The Lake Ambassador beauty. Maria. He spoke with her briefly, then found her profile on an internet dating site. They exchanged messages. He asked her out. She was unavailable. He tried again. Same response. “It was frustrating,” he says, “but my persistence paid off.”

They dated for several years. Gregg re-enrolled at OLLU. Maria earned her master’s in counseling in 2002. Two years later, Gregg received his bachelor’s in sociology. As he stepped off the stage, in front of family and friends, he proposed. They married on July 1, 2006.

“We chose to have our wedding at the Sacred Heart Chapel,” he says. “The Lake still has a place in our hearts.”

Jeff and Cathy Flores

Met in Fall 1992 at OLLU student orientation. Married on Jan. 10, 1996. Jeff (BA History 1995, MEd 1998) • Cathy (BBA Accounting 1996, MBA 2000)

It was a match made, unintentionally, by mom. In the fall of 1992, an anxious mother from Waco took her daughter to enroll at Our Lady of the Lake University. During orientation, the mother met a Lake Ambassador, a young man who was giving tours to parents. Jeff Flores was a third year student. He appeared mature and trustworthy and spoke articulately about the University.

“Would you please look after my daughter,” the mother asked him.

Cathy Ramos had turned down a full ride to a university in Rhode Island. Her mother, Julie Ramos, did not want her to leave the state. Cathy had reluctantly agreed to attend OLLU. Julie was concerned that her daughter would grow homesick or regret her decision. Jeff assured Julie that he would watch after Cathy.

For two months, Jeff checked up on Cathy in the halls, the mall and the cafeteria. He asked how she was doing. He asked if he could do anything for her. In October, they both attended a movie in the University Wellness Activities Center.

“I don’t remember what was playing,” Jeff recalls, “but I remember that I looked over at her and for the first time noticed that Cathy had the most beautiful brown eyes I had ever seen.”

He made up a reason to walk her back to her dorm. He made up reasons to engage her in conversations afterward. He offered to drive her to the store. There was a spark. Then came the first kiss – at the front door of Pacelli/Ayers. He proposed in Renaissance Parlor with Mariachis playing in the background. They married on Jan. 10, 1996.

“OLLU introduced me to the love of my life via Providence,” Jeff says. “I had dreams of attending Schreiner and Cathy was planning on attending Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, yet we met at a small university on the Westside of San Antonio.“

Roger and Martha Swarm Martinez

Met in a business law class in 1971. Married on Oct. 1, 1977 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in El Paso. Roger (BS Accounting 1973) • Martha (BS Business Management 1973)

Roger and Martha graduated from OLLU in 1973 – he with a bachelor’s in business management, she with a bachelor’s in accounting. He wrote the following story from Mexico City, where he is working:

“We met in the fall of 1971 on our first day of Business Law class. She had the most beautiful warm smile I had ever seen. I was mesmerized during the remainder of class that night and for the remainder of my time at OLLU. Staying in school to maintain my Vietnam student draft deferment became my secondary goal. Martha became my first.

We became best of friends but nothing more, though, obviously I had much greater aspirations. Graduation was bittersweet for me as I walked away with a diploma in one hand and a broken heart in the other. I knew I would never see her again as she was returning to her hometown of El Paso.

Two years later I got the phone call that changed my life forever. She called to tell me she was traveling to Houston with her parents and would be spending a night in San Antonio and asked if we could visit for a while. I was overwhelmed with the opportunity and vowed not to let her get away this time without expressing my true feelings to her.

As the evening was ending, I finally got the courage. As I tried to speak, I noticed she was getting teary eyed so I thought things were going very badly for me. But I was committed not to let her get away this time without her knowing how I felt.

The evening culminated with me telling her that there was nothing more I wanted in life then to spend my whole life with her. She shed a tear and replied, “Ok.”

We married two years later, much to everyone’s surprise who knew us back at OLLU. We spent almost 35 years together until she was called to heaven three years ago. No man could have asked for more in a soul mate. I miss her dearly and thank OLLU for admission, as it was a challenge, and to God for blessing me with the greatest treasure of my life.”

Read about more couples whose love blossomed at the Lake.

Read about our Alumni Donor Spotlight couple, who also met at the Lake.

Two Saints get engaged on campus

Met while playing volleyball and basketball in August 2009 Engaged on Jan. 7, 2014; Will marry on March 7, 2015 in Sacred Heart Chapel Sarah (BS Early Childhood Education 2011) Eddie (BBA Accounting 2012/MS Accounting May 2014)

Met while playing volleyball and basketball in August 2009
Engaged on Jan. 7, 2014; Will marry on March 7, 2015 in Sacred Heart Chapel
Sarah (BS Early Childhood Education 2011)
Eddie (BBA Accounting 2012/MS Accounting May 2014)

The OLLU Saints Athletics Office is accustomed to reporting results of competitions, hirings, awards and other newsworthy activities. Last month was a little different. The Sports Information Department had the pleasure of participating in a special event orchestrated by former men’s basketball student-athlete Eddie Ortiz.

Ortiz, a member of the men’s inaugural team that began competing in 2009, graduated from OLLU in the fall of 2013 with a degree in accounting. He met Sarah Lindsay, a member of the women’s inaugural volleyball team that began competing in 2007, in August 2009. Lindsay graduated from OLLU in 2011 with a degree in early childhood education. Both are finishing up their graduate programs – he at OLLU and she at the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio (UTHSC-SA). He works at the UTHSC-SA as an associate accountant, and she is the assistant volleyball coach at OLLU.

At OLLU, the two student-athletes began dating on March 25, 2010. On Tuesday, Jan. 7, as a guise, Ortiz told Lindsay he would be filmed for an alumni video outside of the University’s gym. He did this so that she would not be suspicious. In reality, he planned to ask her to marry him. After singing a song he wrote especially for Lindsay, Ortiz got on one knee and asked her to marry him. Following an expression of shock, she said yes.

After Ortiz placed the ring on Lindsay’s finger, members of the Saints volleyball team, coaches, alumni and other staff members came out with balloons to congratulate the newly engaged couple.

A date has not been set for the wedding, but the two plan on marrying in the Sacred Heart Chapel at OLLU.

Asked what he loved most about his fiancé, Ortiz said, “I love her patience, her humor and her beauty.”

OLLU congratulates Eddie Ortiz and Sarah Lindsay and looks forward to their story to continue with much love and blessings.

View the video of their engagement.


Dr. Green to present Moody Foundation Lecture on March 18

Mark_GreenMark Green, PhD, OLLU’s 2013-2014 Moody Foundation Professor, will present his public lecture, “Evidence of Leadership: The Story Told by 10,000 Statistical Analyses from the Peer-Reviewed Literature,” on March 18, 5:30 p.m. in Main Building, Room 311.

Dr. Green is a professor of Leadership Studies. He currently teaches doctoral classes in leadership and has chaired more than 40 doctoral dissertations. He has published research articles in peer-reviewed literature in areas such as spirituality and leadership, language and leadership, and various predictors of successful leadership.

During his lecture, he will present information on the more than 2,000 peer-reviewed studies that have employed data collection and statistical analyses, resulting in more than 10,000 published statistical analyses. Collectively, these analyses provide a body of evidence for effective and ineffective aspects of leadership.

The Moody Professorship is a shared program with the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW). It was established in 1971 through a gift from the Moody Foundation of Galveston. It provides two endowed professorships each year – one at OLLU and one at UIW. Moody professors from both universities present public lectures on each campus.

ALUMNI DONOR SPOTLIGHT: Darrell and Jen Hoberer

Met in Sister Annie B’s cafe at OLLU in 1993 Married on April 29, 2000 Darrell (BS Computer Information Systems 2002) Jen (BA Education 1996)

Met in Sister Annie B’s cafe at OLLU in 1993
Married on April 29, 2000
Darrell (BS Computer Information Systems 2002)
Jen (BA Education 1996)

It was a proposal for the ages, a profession of love literally etched in stone. One Saturday afternoon in May 1999, Darrell Hoberer and his girlfriend, Jen Hughes, took a stroll across campus.

They moseyed past familiar trees and buildings, marveled at the neo-gothic architecture and enjoyed the warm sunshine. As they approached St. Anthony’s Courtyard, a favorite spot, Darrell’s nerves began to tighten.

Jen’s eye fell on a row of bricks, inscribed with the names of donors to the university. Darrell reached inside the front pocket of his jeans. Jen stopped, her gaze riveted on one brick with a message: “Marry Me.”

“Oh, look,” she said. “Somebody is proposing with a brick.”

When she turned to Darrell, he was on one knee and held a ring in his hand.

It was a proposal neither of them could have imagined six years earlier. Darrell and Jen met as freshmen in 1993. Darrell was lunching with his roommate in the cafe. When the roommate left, a friend at another table invited Darrell to join him and his friends. Jen was at that table.

They became friends. Darrell waited two years before he summoned the courage to ask Jen for a date. When he finally suggested they have dinner, she politely declined. Jen was focused on her studies and earning her degree. She didn’t have time to date.

Darrell gently persisted. They wound up at a birthday party of a mutual friend. They chatted. A connection began. Darrell and Jen finally went out. She graduated with a bachelor’s in education in 1996. After three years at OLLU, he took a full-time job as the university’s network administrator. He continued pursuing a degree in Computer Information Systems while working and taking one class at a time.

Six years after they met, Darrell hatched a plan. He enlisted help from the Alumni Relations Office, which sold bricks. Darrell bought one with Jen’s name. He bought a second one that said, “Marry Me.” The bricklayer arrived on a Friday morning. Darrell inspected the bricks in the afternoon. He discovered that the bricks had been placed in way that made it seem Darrell was proposing to another person. The bricklayer fixed the problem, and Darrell called Jen the next morning.

“Want to go for a walk?”

BrickIn the courtyard, Jen spotted the proposal brick, then saw her ring, gleaming in the afternoon sun. Almost one year later, on April 29, 2000, they got married. Darrell received his degree two years later and became an alumni donor.

“We have so many wonderful memories from our time at OLLU, and we want to help future students come to school and graduate from the University,” he says. “As our financial situation has improved over the years, we have been able to increase our level of giving. I’d like to encourage other alumni to re-evaluate their giving too. A great way to celebrate a promotion is to give back to our beloved school.”

Today, Darrell serves as the IT director for Cooke County while Jen homeschools their three children in Gainesville.

The brick remains in St. Anthony’s Courtyard. It is spotted and discussed every time a freshman receives a tour of campus.

“That was maybe the greatest caper of my life,” Darrell says. “I hope that brick stays there for 100 years.”

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