UIW Named a “2014 Great College to Work For®”

2014GCWFHonorRoll-colorSan Antonio – The University of the Incarnate Word is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The results, released today in The Chronicle’s seventh annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 43,000 employees at 278 colleges and universities.

In all, only 92 of the 278 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For®” recognition for specific best practices and policies. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with UIW included among the medium universities with 3,000 to 9,999 students. This is the 5th year in a row that UIW has also been selected as an Honor Roll recipient.

“This recognition is particularly gratifying since it has been a consistent response over five years.  I know that this can only been good for ours students and their families,” said Dr. Denise J. Doyle, UIW chancellor.

UIW won honors in 8 categories:

* Collaborative Governance
* Compensation & Benefits
* Confidence in Senior Leadership
* Job Satisfaction
* Professional/Career Development Programs
* Respect & Appreciation
* Teaching Environment
* Tenure Clarity & Process

The Chronicle is the nation’s most important source of news about colleges and universities.

“The institutions that the Great Colleges program recognizes provide innovative educational experiences – while also offering their employees outstanding workplace experiences – and we are eager to help readers learn more about them,” said Liz McMillen, The Chronicle’s editor.

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.

To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle worked with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide.

Great Colleges to Work For® is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit The Chronicle’s website at http://chronicle.com/AcademicWorkplace2013.


 CONTACT:    Margaret Garcia, associate director public relations, (210) 829-6001, mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu

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UIW Offering Summer Fencing Camps & Classes

UIW Fencing DemoSan Antonio – The UIW Brainpower Center for Fencing and International Sports invites the community to join one of the interactive and fun camps offered over the summer. All camps with the exception of the UIW Modern Pentathlon Camp will take place on site at the UIW Brainpower Center for Fencing and International Sports located on the St. Anthony Catholic High School campus, 3200 McCullough Ave, 78212.

A list of camps and classes offered are listed below.

UIW Fencing Saber Camp: UIW Saber Camp for ages 10 – 15 will host two sessions July 14-17 and Aug. 11-14, 1-4 p.m. daily. Participants will be introduced to the sport of sabre, its footwork, bladework, rules and tactics. Sessions are taught by USFCA Instructor, former National Champion and World Ranked Fencer Gary M. van der Wege. Equipment will be available; cost of attendance for either session is $125.

UIW Beginner Foil Fencing Class: The foil fencing class for ages 12-18 begins Tuesday, July 15 to Thursday, Aug. 14, 6-9 p.m. daily. The six-week class will teach footwork, offensive and defensive blade work, tactics, terminology and rules of this old, yet ultra-modern sport. Classes will be divided into a first hour of instruction followed by a second hour of bouting. Equipment will be provided; cost of attendance is $75.

UIW Intermediate Foil Fencing Class: The foil fencing class begins Thursday, July 17 to Thursday, Aug. 14, 6-9 p.m. daily. This on-going session of instruction is for those with a previous background in the sport of fencing. Fencers will focus on more precision in their blade work, as well and a better sense of tactics. There will also be ample opportunities for bouting under the guidance of USFCA certified coach Gary van der Wege. Equipment will be provided; cost of attendance is $75.

UIW Modern Pentathlon Camp: The Modern Pentathlon Camps begins Monday, July 28 to Saturday, Aug. 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in both the UIW Natatorium and UIW Fencing Center. The camp focuses on training four of the five disciplines of the Pentathlon: running, shooting, fencing and swimming. Please note there is no live ammo used in the pistols as they are competition grade laser pistols; each participant will take a gun safety course at the beginning of the camp. Cost of attendance is $300.

For more information on camps and classes contact Erin Galloway at (210) 832-5686 or uiwfencing@uiwtx.edu or visit http://sites.uiw.edu/wellness/fencing/summer-camps-classes/, Facebook.


CONTACT:    Margaret Garcia, associate director public relations, (210) 829-6001, mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu

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UIW RSO Working to Combat Glaucoma

Bowden Eye Care & Health ClinicThe University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry (UIWRSO) is pleased to announce that Capital One will provide community support for a new effort titled “Combating Glaucoma in a High Risk Community.”  This support will allow UIWRSO to provide community education for residents on the Eastside of San Antonio regarding the dangers of glaucoma and the need for annual eye examinations to detect it.  Monies will also be used to provide patient care in a Glaucoma Clinic to be located at UIW’s Bowden Eye Care & Health Center, 2547 East Commerce Street.  This clinic will operate one day a week and will be the initiative for the Glaucoma Center of Excellence.

“The opening of our new Glaucoma Clinic at the Bowden Center will be a tremendous benefit for the population at high risk for this disease who live on the Eastside. The clinic will provide access to immediately affordable, high-quality treatment and important long-term care to dramatically reduce the loss of vision and decrease in quality of life of the patients we serve in the community,” said Dr. Timothy Wingert, dean, UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry.

Patients will be provided a voucher to cover the cost of a comprehensive examination and all special testing procedures.  Patients will be selected to receive the vouchers based on the following criteria: (a) age 50 years or greater, (b) African-American or Hispanic ethnicity, (3) a history of having been treated for glaucoma in the past or a family history of glaucoma (parents or siblings), and (4) able to qualify for the 80% poverty level based on income and lack of medical insurance.  If patients are in need of treatment, they will have medical treatment initiated.  Glaucoma medications used at the clinic are donated by pharmaceutical companies.  The new Glaucoma Clinic will fall under our Ocular Health Services and will be under the supervision of Dr. Richard Trevino.


CONTACT:    Margaret Garcia, associate director public relations, (210) 422-4052, mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu

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UIW Chancellor Visits Israel

UIW Chancellor Dr. Denise Doyle to visit Israel with Project Interchange.

UIW Chancellor Dr. Denise Doyle to visit Israel with Project Interchange.

San Antonio – University of the Incarnate Word Chancellor Dr. Denise Doyle will join a delegation of presidents and chancellors from top U.S. universities visiting Israel this week to explore opportunities for bilateral academic partnerships and collaboration through an educational seminar conducted by Project Interchange, an institute of AJC (American Jewish Committee).  The delegation will meet with their counterparts from Israeli universities, including Bar-Ilan, Haifa, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv University, among others, in areas relevant to their universities such as research, water and environmental sustainability, biotech, urbanization, and diversity. The delegation will learn about state-of-the art research initiatives and groundbreaking innovation at Israeli universities, as well as unique academia-to-industry technology transfer that has contributed to Israel’s reputation as the “Start Up Nation”.

The campuses and university systems represented include the California State University System, the largest four-year system of higher education in the United States; California State University Fullerton, one of the top universities awarding bachelor’s degrees to Hispanic students; Clark University, which Forbes magazine ranked as a top 40 research university; Georgia State University, one of the Southeast U.S.’s major public research institutions; Texas A&M University, a research-intensive flagship university, scheduled to open its “Peace Campus” branch in Nazareth, Israel in 2015; UC San Diego, recognized as one of the top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report; University of Kansas,  the top-ranked university for city management/urban planning;  and the University of the Incarnate Word, rated among the Southwest United States’ top liberal arts schools and the fourth largest private university in Texas.

The seminar was designed by Project Interchange in consultation with the participating university presidents and chancellors, and will offer broad exposure to the complex issues facing Israel and the region, with the delegation scheduled to meet with senior government, academic and civil society leaders across the Israeli social and political spectrum, and traveling to the West Bank to meet with Palestinian leaders.

“We are honored to host this delegation of American university leaders in Israel. The world-class research and educational facilities at Israeli universities provide a fitting setting to share information, discuss research and academic partnerships, and explore opportunities for mutually-beneficial cooperation,” said Project Interchange Executive Director Robin Levenston.

The program marks Project Interchange’s 8th annual flagship seminar for university presidents. Previous Project Interchange seminars for university presidents have resulted in numerous instances of collaboration between participant universities and their Israeli counterparts.

The delegation includes Presidents and Chancellors from California State University System, California State Fullerton, Clark, Georgia State, Texas A&M, University of California San Diego, University of the Incarnate Word and University of Kansas.


CONTACT:    Margaret Garcia, associate director public relations, (210) 422-4052, mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu

Project Interchange, a non-profit educational institute of AJC (American Jewish Committee), develops and conducts educational seminars in Israel for current and emerging United States and international leaders. Project Interchange has brought over 6,000 influential figures to Israel from 85 countries and all 50 U.S. states, offering them broad exposure and first-hand understanding of the complex issues facing Israel and the region.www.projectinterchange.org

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UIW Announces Plans to Build Medical School at Brooks City Base

UIW President Dr. Lou Agnese and Brooks City Base President & CEO Leo Gomez formalized the partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding.

UIW President Dr. Lou Agnese and Brooks City Base President & CEO Leo Gomez formalize the partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding.

SAN ANTONIO – The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) has selected Brooks City Base as the site of its new School of Osteopathic Medicine. UIW President Dr. Lou Agnese and Brooks City Base President & CEO Leo Gomez formalized the partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding Tuesday, following a meeting of the Brooks City Base Board of Directors where the terms of the agreement were approved.

The selected campus is located in the northwest corner of the Brooks City Base campus in an area known as “The Hill,” a registered historic district which previously housed the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine. The proposed Phase I plan provides three-and-a-half buildings and 585 parking spaces on approximately 16.13 acres. UIW also has an expansion option known as Phase II that would add the adjacent 7.52 acres, three-and-a-half more buildings and additional parking. The entire plan involves 23.65 acres and seven buildings with classrooms, laboratories, administrative and faculty offices, a student center, and an auditorium.

“This is an historic day not just for Incarnate Word and Brooks, but really, San Antonio and Texas,” said UIW President Dr. Lou Agnese.  “About half of the counties in Texas have insufficient numbers of primary care physicians. One of the goals of our medical school will be to increase the number of primary care doctors practicing in underserved areas.

“Brooks has the space and resources to allow us to develop a state-of-the-art facility that will allow UIW to fulfill the healthcare mission of our founders, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.”

Brooks City Base was established nearly 100 years ago and played a critical role in the development of the United States aviation and aerospace programs. The U.S. Air Force left in 2011 and Brooks City Base is being successfully redeveloped into a thriving, mixed-use community that has been a catalyst for growth in San Antonio. More than 26 businesses have located at Brooks including the new Mission Trail Baptist Hospital, DPT Laboratories, Mission Solar, Calumet, and Carenet Healthcare Services. Brooks is also home to a growing residential community that includes a luxury apartment community and single-family homes and to the Brooks Academy of Science and Engineering, a STEM-accredited charter school serving grades K – 12.

“We are thrilled to welcome UIW and look forward to bringing new life to one of the most beautiful and significant spaces on our campus,” said Brooks City Base President & CEO Leo Gomez. “We’ve had great success over the past 10 years bringing businesses here and spurring economic development, just as we were created to do. What you are starting to see now, though, is the growth of a true community where people can live, work, learn and play. We are committed to developing this campus thoughtfully and strategically. We will provide all the amenities and features you would expect in a modern community, but in a way that respects our landscape, our history and our connection to the San Antonio River and historic missions.”

San Antonio District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran said, “This seemed like such a natural fit for UIW, for Brooks and for this entire community and I am so pleased that we’ve been able to reach this point. This campus is one of the most exciting places to be in San Antonio right now. You can truly feel the energy and see the momentum and I can’t wait to see what this partnership will bring to District 3.”

Under the agreement, UIW would lease the buildings from Brooks City Base for a term of 25 years beginning August 1, 2014. UIW will be responsible for financing and construction costs and would be granted ownership of the property at the end of 25 years. The two organizations will now negotiate the details in the final lease agreement with intentions of opening the school in 2016.


Media Contact:  Margaret Garcia, mlgarci2@uiwtx.com, (210) 422-4052 or
Kelli Epp; Brooks – (210) 710-8048 ;

Brooks City Base is a community of more than 1,200 acres planned for mixed-use development that includes residential, retail, office, and light industrial opportunities. Since its inception, the community has attracted 26 businesses including Mission Solar, Mission Trail Baptist Hospital, DPT Laboratories, Wyle Integrated Science and Engineering, Texas A&M-San Antonio Brooks City Base, VMC, Bridge PTS, Grubb Engineering, the City/County Emergency Operations Center, the Brooks Academy of Science and Engineering Charter School, The Landings at Brooks City Base apartment community, and a variety of restaurants and retail stores. For more information, visit www.brookscity-base.com.






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