UIW Press Release – April 8, 2014

For immediate release
April 8, 2014

For over a year, the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) has been taking important steps towards opening a School of Osteopathic Medicine in San Antonio.  During this time, three locations for the school have been under consideration.  In January, UIW signed an agreement with the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) to explore a location for the school at the site of Fox Tech High School’s unused football fields. Building at this location has always depended upon significant private donations over a relatively short time-frame.  With this in mind, UIW has done due diligence to explore the feasibility of building at that downtown location and has recently decided against pursuing this option.

UIW intends to move forward with a 2016 school opening date and obtain preliminary program accreditation.  By the end of this spring, the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation process requires that UIW identify a specific and exact location for the future school. UIW has determined that two locations, Datapoint Drive, in conjunction with UIW’s existing School of Optometry, and Brooks City Base present viable alternatives to SAISD and would allow UIW to move forward on accreditation and maximize the resources needed to build the school.

“The downtown SAISD location would require the university to build from the ground up on limited space while the other two locations have existing facilities and more space,” said UIW Chancellor Denise Doyle. “In whichever of the two locations our medical school ultimately is built, the mission of the school remains to extend medical education in San Antonio and South Texas.”

“Our goal is to create opportunities for the students of San Antonio, including SAISD, to benefit from this new medical school,” said Doyle. “Our Founding Dean, Dr. Robyn Madson, will reach out to SAISD and other area school districts to determine how the medical school can work to promote the possibility of medical education in their students’ lives.”

“While we are disappointed that this project will not come to fruition at the Fox Tech campus, we wish UIW well on this endeavor wherever the new school ends up,” said SAISD Superintendent Dr. Sylvester Perez.  “For our part, we will continue to pursue an educational partnership with UIW to benefit our students, and separately we will explore other viable options for our surplus property at that campus.”

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CONTACT:    Debra Del Toro, director public relations, (210) 829-6001 ddeltoro@uiwtx.edu

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UIW Press Release – March 24, 2014

In January the administration of the University of the Incarnate Word determined that we did not have sufficient information about the shooting of Cameron Redus by Corporal Chris Carter on December 6, 2013.  We knew that investigations were underway by the Texas Rangers and the Alamo Heights Police Department who have expertise in these matters and who would report their findings to the District Attorney for legal resolution.  It is fair and appropriate that we wait for a legal resolution to occur before making any decisions about the status or role of Corporal Carter at UIW.  We have not changed this decision though some have suggested we should act without knowing the results of the investigations.

We received the autopsy and toxicology reports through the Texas Open Records Act and as promised sent them on to the Redus family through their lawyer.  These documents are part of the overall investigation but the investigation has not been completed.   We are not prepared to make any decisions until the investigation is complete.

Why are we waiting until the resolution of the investigation before taking any specific decisions about the return of Corporal Carter?  We believe that jumping to a judgment before the investigation is complete could unfairly characterize Chris Carter, a member of our University, and a Peace Officer, in a very negative manner without sufficient knowledge or expertise upon which to base our decisions.  The loss of Cameron’s life is a tragedy.  A tragedy felt most especially by his family and friends and also by the University.  We continue to experience the loss of this gifted and blessed young man.  Nonetheless we resist the pressure to make decisions or take actions before the investigation is completed.

The investigation is taking much longer than we anticipated.   This has undoubtedly increased the impatience and frustration of all involved.  We are sympathetic to how difficult this has been for the family and friends of Cameron.  We continue to pray for all who are suffering this loss.   We continue to pray for Chris Carter.  We live by a set of values that include respect and fairness toward each and every person. We share these values with the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.   We will draw upon these same principles when we finally have all the information needed.

 

 

 

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UIW to hold Information Session for ADCaP and UIW Online

San Antonio – You’re invited to attend a UIW Extended Academic Programs Information Session at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 8 at the Republic Golf Club (4226 Southeast Military Dr., 78222.)  This is a great opportunity to learn about UIW’s Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCaP) and UIW Online programs tailored to the adult learner. Admissions, Academic Advisors, Financial Aid, Veterans Affairs, faculty, and Career Services will be available to meet face-to-face with attendees.

UIW will be highlighting opportunities for adult students to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree completely online or at one of our six San Antonio. Weeknight and Saturday classes are offered, as well as a blended learning program that includes in-class and online coursework. Students may choose to take 100% online asynchronous courses through UIW Online. Our accelerated eight-week terms allow students to obtain a degree quickly and help advance in their career. Degrees in business with several concentrations, administration, education, nursing, health science, criminal justice, human resources, psychology, and many others are offered.

A UIW degree is affordable with discounted tuition, no academic fees, and free textbooks for undergraduates and active duty military. Military tuition rates are at cap and UIW veterans’ discounts help extend your benefits.

During the session, you will have the opportunity to have your transcripts evaluated, hear about payment and scholarship options, meet with professors, visit with our career services staff, and receive application assistance from admission counselors.

To R.S.V.P. or for more information, call 210-757-0202 or visit http://www.adulted.UIW.edu/rsvp

 The Republic Golf Club is located at 4226 Southeast Military Dr., San Antonio, TX 78222. A location map and downloadable flyer are available on the R.S.V.P. page.

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

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UIW’s Extended Run Players present Molière: Corps and Encore

The Extended Run Players, in cooperation with the Theatre Arts Department at the University of the Incarnate Word, present Molière: Corps and Encore two one act comedies – by the undisputed master of French comedy. These one acts are Two Precious Maidens and The Seductive Countess directed by Barbara Simpson. This readers’ theatre production is a sarcastic, sometimes bawdy, critique of 17th century Parisian manners. Join us for a delectable performance chock full of mistaken identities, foppish affectations, and outrageous expectations of romance.

The Extended Run Players are a group of theatre-lovers ranging from seasoned veterans to stage-struck tyros, all still growing and learning from each other.  Founded in 1996, the group dedicates itself to:

  • Perform fine productions of worthy plays or musical revues in a Reader’s Theatre format.
  • Spread their love of theatre throughout San Antonio and its surrounding communities
  • Nurture the next generation of theatre artists

Since 1997, The Extended Run Players have donated any profits from their productions to an endowed scholarship for Theatre Arts majors at the University of the Incarnate Word

Performance Dates, Times, and Location

April 5 at 7 p.m. (Saturday night)

April 6at 2 p.m. (Sunday Matinee)

All performances take place in the Mabee Library Auditorium on the UIW campus

Ticket Prices:   Adults: $10         Seniors: $9         Non-UIW Students: $8        Groups: $6

UIW students, faculty and staff attend free of charge

For More Information or Reservations call:  829-3800 for the box office or 829-3810 during regular business hours

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UIW ranked #3 on Military Times Best for Vets: Business Schools

San Antonio – On Monday, March 10, Military Times announced its Best for Vets: Business Schools 2014 rankings.  The University of the Incarnate Word Extended Academic Programs-School of Extended Studies was ranked number 3 on the list of 64 schools.

The organization comprising Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times focused on culture and curriculum that caters to military veterans when conducting and scoring the second annual Best for Vets: Business Schools survey, a highly respected, nearly 80-question analysis of a school’s complete offerings for veterans.

“As with all of the Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Business Schools  is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an institution a good fit for military veterans,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times EDGE magazine.

“What a huge honor!  With only 64 schools in the rankings, it is gratifying to have made the top of the list.  UIW has always done everything we can for our active duty and veteran population, so to have scored at the top of this group is reflective of all of the hard work and commitment shown by staff and faculty alike,” said Cyndi Wilson Porter, vice president, UIW extended academic programs.

Best for Vets provides service men and women a gauge by which to judge whether a school or program will truly benefit them. The rankings factor in academic quality, outcomes and policies, school culture, student support, and cost.

For the full Best for Vets:  Business Schools 2014 rankings go to: militarytimes.com/bestforvets-bizschools2014.

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

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