2010 - 2012 Graduate Bulletin

X. University Services

The commitment made by the University to the education of the individual includes the development of the whole person. The administration, faculty, and staff recognize that the student is not merely a recipient of knowledge, but a developing individual preparing for a larger role in society — beyond the university experience. To this end, the University provides a variety of services and programs designed to assist the individual in the process of development and to enable him/her to make the best possible use of university experience.

Counseling Service

The services offered by the Counseling Center are designed to provide assistance in resolving problems encountered by students as they seek to grow intellectually, emotionally, and socially. It is the Center’s philosophy that each person should be encouraged and given the opportunity to take responsibility for is/her own decision-making process and life style. The Counseling Center staff facilitates this process in an environment of understanding and confidentiality through personal and educational counseling. The staff is also available to provide a variety of small group workshops.

Food Service

Finding your favorite foods on campus is easy. We are proud to offer a dining program complete with signature brands and menu selections that are sure to please your palate. Swipe your card for convenience and value at any of these dining locations.

Marian Hall Café – Our All-You-Care-to-Eat location offers a variety of food stations for your dining pleasure. Enjoy the entree station with home style and international buffet favorites. Try fresh foods prepared before you at the Grill, Flambé, Pizza, Panini Deli, and Vegetarian Stations. Fresh salad, fruit, and soup are available every day. Also enjoy fresh breads, cereals, and homemade desserts.

Hortencia’s Café is located on the ground floor of the Administration Building, and features a la carte dining, snacks and convenience items. Try a full line of fresh baked pastries including "Supreme Indulgence" Otis Spunkmeyer cookies and gourmet sandwiches and salads made fresh daily. Enjoy Chick-Fil-A, Freshens Smoothies and Yogurt, Sushi, bottled beverages, and grab-n-go sandwiches and salads, as well as a variety of convenience store items.

Java on the Hill is located in the McCombs Center on the 4th floor adjacent to the university bookstore and offers pizzas, hot appetizers, and daily specials. Enjoy a visit with your favorite Starbucks Coffee, freshly baked pastries, decadent desserts, and gourmet salads and sandwiches.

Finnegan’s Coffee Shop – Conveniently located just inside the lobby of the J.E. & L. E. Mabee Library, it is the perfect place to stop in for a cup of your favorite Starbucks beverage, fresh sandwiches, salads, soup, fruit, and baked goods.

Feik School of Pharmacy RX Café – Enjoy hot entrees prepared on site, hot and cold deli sandwiches, grab-n-go fruit and salads, and bottled beverages.

International Conference Center Dining is located on the 1st floor of the Grossman International Conference Center. This grab-n-go location features different international entrees each week as well as a variety of your sushi favorites.

Health Services

The Campus Health Center provides free basic health services to enrolled students. Services focus on primary prevention care, health education and counseling, emergency care and the maintenance of health records. Students enrolled in programs that require clinical experience in affiliated hospitals and clinics must comply with the health policy requirements of those institutions.

Intramural Activities

The University of the Incarnate Word provides a wide range of physical activities to the University community through the intramural and recreation program. A variety of individual, dual and team activities are offered in the intramural and recreational programs. Also, team sports offer co-ed and men’s divisions. Students, faculty, and staff have an opportunity to participate in these recreational and competitive activities as players, officials, scorers, and activity managers. Programs are facilitated in the Fall and Spring semesters. Limited programs are offered during the Summer semesters.

Learning Assistance Center

The Learning Assistance Center (LAC) assists students in their quest for success. For those seeking to improve their academic performance, the LAC tutors can help in a competent, friendly, and professional manner. Tutors also assist with note taking, time management, and study skills. One-hour sessions for individuals or groups are available. LAC tutors are recommended by three faculty members and have a 3.0 GPA or higher.

  • Students can work with experienced writers to improve papers throughout the writing process.
  • International students may arrange sessions to practice their English language skills.
  • Additionally, we present workshops on MLA and APA to groups of students interested in improving their knowledge of these editorial styles.
  • Professors may utilize the LAC for make-up exams. It is the responsibility of the student to make an appointment with the LAC after the faculty member has designated approval and guidelines for a make-up exam.

For more information call 210.829.3870 or visit our web site: www.uiw.edu/lac

Office of Career Services

As a member of the Student Success Division, the Office of Career Services is committed to providing career counseling and education to all UIW programs and alumni. The services offered include, but are not limited to, the annual UIW Job Fair, individual career counseling, personality and career assessment, resume and cover letter review, career related workshops, and software resources. A career resource library is also available.

The Center provides job search assistance to help students secure employment through mock interviews, on-campus interviews, online job posting in Career Circuit, and training in job-search skills. The staff of the Center monitors the employment needs of the San Antonio community, school districts, businesses, and social services agencies. Assistance is provided to students who are seeking full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities.

Security and Parking

The UIW Police Department is a professional agency, whose officers are commissioned police officers licensed by the State of Texas, which provides services to enhance the safety and security of the UIW community. The Campus Police Department is responsible for the enforcement of State law and University policies including, but not limited to, parking, traffic control, building access, and student conduct, as well as special events.

For the protection of all concerned, it is expected that students and staff alike carry their University campus identification card.

All automobiles parked on campus must display a UIW parking permit as instructed in the UIW Parking and Traffic Regulations in order to park on campus. Students must obtain a UIW Parking Permit as instructed below. Failure to appropriately display the parking permit as described in the UIW Parking and Traffic Regulations is cause for the vehicle to receive a ticket.

Register your vehicle on-line. Go to (http://www.uiwtx.edu/downmsg/homepage.htm) to enter your vehicle information. Once completed, your designated decal will be mailed to your permanent address on file.

All student accounts will continue to be charged for parking based on enrollment status. If you do not order a decal, a credit for the parking charge will occur after the 100% drop date.

UIW full time employees may opt to use payroll deduction on either a pre-tax or post-tax basis. For payroll deduction, the cost of the decal will be divided into a series of monthly payroll deductions. Part-time employees and Vendors will be required to pay the yearly cost of the decal at the time of ordering. To make your payment, contact the Business Office at 210-829-6043.

Handicap and motorcycle permits must be purchased in the Business Office.

Parking regulations will be strictly enforced. Violators will be ticketed and charged. Repeat violation may result in the towing or immobilization of the vehicle at the owner’s expense. The University will not be responsible for automobiles parked on the campus, nor for damages thereto. The University assumes no responsibility for the condition of, or cost for retrieval of, any vehicles towed due to parking violations.

For more information on parking and parking permits access the Cardinal Cars through your Banner Web account.

The Student Center and Leadership Activities

Inherent in the development of each student is the opportunity to learn leadership skills and to participate in campus activities. The Office of Student Center and Leadership Activities, located in Marian Hall, provides students with a wide range of opportunities to participate in social, political service, and educational organizations, including the Student Government Association and the Campus Activities Board.

Graduate students are invited to join and create student organizations. We currently have a MBA Association and a Doctoral Student Association. Graduate students are also invited to join any of the existing student organizations, including Greek Letter organizations. Information can be found on our website: www.uiw.edu/studentlife, or by calling 829-6034. There may also be opportunities for Graduate Assistant positions: Student Center Manager, Greek Life Coordinator, or Student Organizations Coordinator.

Student Disability Services

The University of the Incarnate Word ensures accessibility to its programs, services, and activities for qualified individuals with documented disabilities. This is accomplished through a variety of accommodations and services tailored to meet each individual’s needs and strengths. Students must provide the Student Disability Services with appropriate documentation of the disability at the time services and/or accommodations are requested. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Disability Services in Room 105 of the Administration Building or by phone at 210-829-3997, fax at 210-829-6078 or email at cdixon@uiwtx.edu.

Student Housing

On-campus housing is available upon request for full-time students. Housing for part-time students is offered as space is available. All international students are encouraged to live on campus while enrolled at UIW. The following residence halls are available to students who are upperclassmen/women, and graduate students: St. Joseph’s Hall, McCombs Hall, Hillside, and Joeris Hall. In addition, the Village of Avoca provides two bedrooms, four bed apartments. All halls are air-conditioned and equipped with lounges, laundry facilities, and TV rooms.

On-campus housing is available upon request for full-time students. Housing for part-time students is offered as space is available. All international students are encouraged to live on campus while enrolled at UIW. Nine residence halls are provided: Clement Hall, Colbert Hall, Dubuis Hall, Marian Hall, Agnese/Sosa Living Learning Center, St. Joseph’s Hall, McCombs Hall, Hillside, and the newest building adjacent to Highway 281. In addition, the Village of Avoca provides two bedrooms, four bed apartments. All halls are air-conditioned and equipped with lounges, laundry facilities, and TV rooms.

A room may be reserved by completing a Housing and Board agreement and application and submitting it with a $225.00 deposit to the Office of Residence Life. Housing is available for the summer session.

Room assignments are made based on application and deposit dates without regard to race, creed, or national origin. Although most students have roommates, single rooms are also available. If housing occupancy reaches maximum capacity, a waiting list will be maintained with preference given to out-of-town students. All residents are required to purchase a meal plan per semester.

A trained staff and student Resident Assistants supervise the residence halls. Their role is to help facilitate community living, serve as a resource, and enforce University policies. The University issues “Guidelines for Community Living in the Residence Halls”, which provide information about the residence halls.

At the end of the fall and spring semesters, the residence halls close at 3:00 p.m. on the last day of classes until noon on the day preceding resumption of classes. Break housing during these breaks is available for an additional fee.

For further information on Residence Life contact the Campus Life Office at 210-829-6034 or check or go to the UIW website – www.uiw.edu.

Student ID

Each enrolled student is provided with an official University identification Card enabling her/him to attend University functions and make use of University facilities and services.

ID cards can be used to purchase food on campus, check out books from the library, and gain entry into the residence halls, Wellness Center, theatre, athletic, and other UIW events.

Because the ID is necessary for security as well as other purposes, any lost, misplaced, or missing ID cards should be reported immediately to the Campus Life Office. The cost to replace a lost ID card is $15.00. Delay in reporting a lost ID card could result in such things as food being purchased by another student and library books being checked out without proper authorization.

At the request of a University official, students are required to present this card as evidence of student status at UIW. Failure to present an ID could result in disciplinary action. The University ID card is nontransferable. Any alterations to the University ID card, false representation in obtaining, and/or violation related to one’s use of the ID card will result in the forfeiture of the card. Serious disciplinary action, up to and including suspension from the University, is possible.

University Mission and Ministry

The office of the University Mission and Ministry facilitates the ongoing process of discernment by all members of the diverse parts of the university in implementing the UIW Mission and strengthening the institution’s Catholic identity. Building on the most effective programs of Mission awareness and pastoral ministry and incorporating a shared response to God’s grace, the University Mission and Ministry seeks to support the evolution of the university toward a Mission model where education and Mission are effectively integrated in UIW’s vision of truly being a sacrament of the Incarnate Word. Through this focus on credibly representing the Word of God to the world through Mission and Ministry, UIW lives deeply the gospel inspired charism of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and responds creatively to the most pressing human needs of our time.

University Mission and Ministry is also a clearinghouse of opportunities for community service and service learning, and provides such programs as interfaith retreats and Alternative Spring Break to broaden students’ educational experiences. A variety of formal and informal worship opportunities – Catholic and Interdenominational are available. Faith sharing and Bible Study Groups as well as preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist are available. Join the team as a Peer Minister or as an Associate, or simply participate in any of the free programs and events.

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