UIW News

Table Of Contents/Fall 2000


Harlandale Education Foundation, UIW Ink Scholarship-Matching Agreement

Light the Way Kicks Off Yule Season

Chorale Preps for Carnegie Hall Gig

Lawson Inada, "Father of Asian American Literature," Next Distinguished Speaker

Incarnate Word’s China Campus Opens

Golden Harvest Food Drive Slated for October 28

Village of Avoca Dedication Honors Sisters of Charity

UIW to Open New ADCaP Location

UIW Library receives grant to enhance technology



Harlandale Education Foundation, UIW Ink Scholarship-Matching Agreement

The Harlandale Education Foundation and the University of the Incarnate Word have signed an agreement whereby the university will match scholarship money awarded from the Foundation to Harlandale students who attend Incarnate Word.

"We are pleased to join the Foundation in providing matching scholarships for Harlandale students who choose to pursue their college education at Incarnate Word," said Dr. Louis J. Agnese Jr., president of the University of the Incarnate Word. "The agreement creates new opportunities for all college-bound Harlandale students, particularly minority students, who continue to be underrepresented in higher education."

The Harlandale Independent School District established the Foundation in the spring of 1999 to award tuition-only scholarships to HISD graduates. Initially, the scholarships were given to students attending an Alamo Community College District campus. Since then, the Foundation has expanded the program so that its scholarships now pay tuition and expenses, and may be used at any college, university or technical/trade school.

HISD graduates who receive a Foundation scholarship and attend Incarnate Word will get a matching amount from the university. The Foundation awards up to $1,000 for two semesters if a student maintains at least a 2.0 grade point average.

"The Harlandale Foundation has enjoyed tremendous success in its first 20 months of operation," Superintendent Jack C. Jordan said. "The Board of Directors has ensured that the Foundation meet its primary goal - providing scholarships to all Harlandale ISD graduates who want to attend college, a university or trade school."

"With the University of the Incarnate Word joining the Foundation's commitment by matching scholarship dollars for HISD students who attend Incarnate Word, we open another door for our graduates to pursue their dreams."

A Foundation board of directors was appointed to raise and manage funds.

"This scholarship-matching agreement will enhance the possibility for Harlandale graduates to seriously consider Incarnate Word as their institution of higher education," said Jim Adams, board of directors' president. "We thank Incarnate Word for joining the Harlandale Education Foundation in helping our students fulfill their dreams."

For more information, call UIW’s Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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UIW Kicks Off Yule Season With Fifteenth Light the Way

The University of the Incarnate Word kicked off the upcoming Holiday season at the Fifteenth Annual Light the Way Christmas Lighting Ceremony held Nov. 18 at the UIW Convocation Center.

This year, over 800,000 Christmas lights are on display throughout the University, Incarnate Word High School and St. Anthony High School campuses.

The lights will remain on display until Jan. 6 and can be viewed on a driving tour of the campus beginning at sunset every evening.

The tour is free and open to the public. In continued tradition, Incarnate Word will be collecting gifts for San Antonio’s Elf Louise program. Gifts will be accepted at the UIW Wellness Center off of Hildebrand from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Nov. 6 through Dec. 6 and also the evening of the lighting ceremony.

For more information, please call (210) 829-6007.

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Chorale Preps for Carnegie Hall Gig

This Thanksgiving holiday, 47 members of the University of the Incarnate Word Chorale will travel to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall, the most famous concert venue in America.

The Chorale, under the direction of William Gokleman, has been working very hard over the last 11 months, since they first received the special invitation from MidAmerica Productions to perform. The group will depart on Thanksgiving Day for their performance, which is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Nov. 26.

The Chorale will perform the 45-minute piece Magnificat by the popular composer John Rutter. Rutter himself will be present to conduct the piece. Accompanying the performance will be the New England Symphonic Ensemble.

"This is a huge honor and accomplishment for our program," said Gokleman, who has been with UIW for eight years. "This experience will definitely broaden the students’ views and forever change them."

In preparation for the trip, the Chorale has been busy fundraising and received tremendous support so far. They have sold out for their "Evening on Broadway" Dinner and Concert to be held from 7 - 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 in the UIW Marian Hall Ballroom.

A week after their Carnegie Hall gig, the UIW Chorale will give an encore performance during their annual Christmas concert beginning at 3 p.m. on Dec. 3 in the UIW Our Lady’s Chapel. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information call (210) 829-6001.

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Lawson Inada, "Father of Asian American Literature," Next Distinguished Speaker

There are few people who can articulate the Asian American experience quite the way Lawson Inada does. His life and work are moving testimony to the resilience of the human spirit.

He will present a lecture entitled "The Seven Lessons of Humanity" at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 in the Marian Hall Ballroom, as part of the University of the Incarnate Word’s Distinguished Speaker Series. This event is free and open to the public.

As a child, Lawson, a third generation American citizen, and his entire family were "relocated" from their home in Fresno, Calif. to an internment camp surrounded by barbed wire in Arkansas and, subsequently, in Colorado.

His creative presentations are a rich blend of history and poetry. He celebrates the things that he loves: music, language and the wonderfully diverse nation that is the USA. More importantly, he tries to teach the lessons of humanity, from the San Creek Massacre to the imprisonment of Japanese-Americans by their own government only 50 years ago.

Inada is a multiple recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts Poetry Fellowships and is considered by many to be the father of Asian American literature.

His collection of poetry, Legends from Camp, has gained national acclaim. His new book, Drawing the Line, came out in March 1997. For more information, call the Office of Student and Leadership Activities at 210-829-6034.

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Incarnate Word’s China Campus Opens

A historical agreement that was signed into effect in the fall of 1998 is now becoming a reality with the opening of the first private American and Chinese university in Guangzhou, China. Students began attending classes in September, and the dedication and grand opening were October 12.

The newly-created school, China Incarnate Word Education Center, is the product of the University of the Incarnate Word located in San Antonio, Texas in conjunction with one of China’s most prestigious universities, South China Normal University. This is the first time in history that a Catholic, private institution in the United States has entered into a joint educational venture with a private Chinese university.

UIW will begin the program by developing and offering intensive English study and college level preparatory programs for the Chinese students. This semester the Center will begin the one year program for students who wish to study in the United States and other English-speaking countries.

In the second year, students will continue to learn English, but will also begin a traditional Western curriculum. By the end of their second year, the students will have earned between 12 and 18 semester credit hours.

It is anticipated that each year approximately 200 of these students will choose to attend the UIW’s San Antonio campus. Therefore, the students will also be assisted in applying for and obtaining their visas for study abroad, which is a complex and demanding process.

The China Incarnate Word Education Center facilities will accommodate approximately 2500 students with almost 800 of them Incarnate Word’s very own students.

The Center will be governed by a seven-member Board appointed by the South China Normal University and UIW. Dr. Pat Watkins, UIW Dean for the School of Education, has been appointed to serve as the Deputy General Manager of the Center, and with her Chinese counterpart, will plan and implement the academic programs there.

For more information, call UIW’s Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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Golden Harvest Food Drive Slated for October 28

Thanksgiving is not only a time for turkey, stuffing and cornucopias, but also a time for giving to those less fortunate.

The University of the Incarnate Word would like to invite the San Antonio community to participate in this year’s Golden Harvest Food Drive to be held from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the UIW Convocation Center.

This is the fourteenth year that the UIW Student Government Association (SGA) has organized this event. Last year, 3.7 tons of food was collected and this year’s goal is 4.5 tons. All of the food donated will benefit 10 local charities.

Volunteers are still needed and can register from 8 - 9 a.m. at the Convocation Center, with departure beginning at 9:15 a.m. for collection. With the help of the 694th Maintenance Battalion Army Reserve, volunteers will travel citywide to collect non-perishable food items from residents in the community.

Donations may also be dropped off from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the UIW Convocation Center. Volunteers will return to UIW around 12:30 p.m. to weigh in all of the food collected.

For more information, contact the SGA office by calling 210-829-3833.

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Village of Avoca Dedication Honors Sisters of Charity

For almost two centuries, the ghost town of Avoca has been forgotten.

But with the growth of the University of the Incarnate Word comes the sequel of the town, "The Village at Avoca," a student housing complex now housing almost 200 students.

The blessing of the new "Village" took place on Oct. 5 as part of UIW’s Annual Heritage Day Celebration. A procession lead by Archbishop Patrick Flores began at the Incarnate Word Chapel (Motherhouse), with music and a bell chorus leading the way to the dedication ceremony.

The Archbishop blessed each of the five buildings and dedicated them in honor of five Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word that have devoted their lives to the University. Honorary plaques were presented to Sisters Mary Dowling, Adriana Escobar, Geralda Malloy, Anne Smiley and Neomi Hayes.

The apartments are built on the site of the famous lost town of Avoca, established in the mid-1830s by Irishman William Howth. Avoca is listed in the Texas almanac as one of the 40 famous Texas ghosts towns.

The word "Avoca" comes from a place in County Wicklow, Ireland, where two rivers meet called the vale of Avoca, made famous in a poem by Thomas Moore. Four of the five Sisters to be honored are Irish and only one of them, Sister Hayes, is still alive and was present at the ceremony.

For more information call (210) 829-6001.

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UIW to Open New ADCaP Location

The University of the Incarnate Word announces the opening of its newest San Antonio area location for the Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCaP). Located at Judson High School in Converse, ADCaP will offer four courses for their January 9 start date. The courses are Management Theory and Practice, Principles of Marketing, Writing for the Professions, and Introduction to Information Systems. Call them today for registration information.

ADCaP carries on the mission of the University by understanding the difficulties of balancing a career, family and social responsibility for working adults. They extend the benefits of undergraduate education to persons unable to attend classes during the day. ADCaP currently offers five degree programs, Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A), Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (B.A.A.S.), Psychology of Organizations and Development (BA), Elementary School Teaching Certification (BA), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

ADCaP is also flexible, giving students the opportunity to attend one or two courses, each 8-week term. Courses meet two nights per week, Monday / Wednesday or Tuesday / Thursday, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. or 7:50 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This accelerated format gives students the opportunity to complete 30 credit hours in one year, leaving summers free. An optional sixth term is available in the summer for students who want to attend year round.

ADCaP offices are located at 4301 Broadway, CPO#294, San Antonio, TX 78209. Contact them via telephone (210) 829-3889 or e-mail adcap@uiwtx.edu. Other ADCaP locations in San Antonio are the Alamo Heights Campus (210) 829-3889, and the Santa Rosa Northwest Campus (210) 614-6278. ADCaP also has the Del Mar Campus in Corpus Christi, TX (361) 888-5445.

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UIW Library receives grant to enhance technology

The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library at the University of the Incarnate Word has received a Higher Education Technology Advancement Grant in the amount of $177,231 from the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board, a state agency in Austin, Texas.

This Higher Education Technology Advancement grant will allow UIW’s library to purchase the necessary equipment to enhance the Internet access and to improve distance learning capabilities. Non-competitive grants for up to $1.5 million will fund workstations, networking hardware, ISP costs, videoconferencing equipment and other related telecommunications costs in order to expand upon the existing network.

UIW was required to fill out a detailed application to be considered for this grant. The University was also required to commit to providing in matching funds a minimum of 10% of the funds requested from the TIF Board.

"We are pleased to receive this award," Dean of Library Services Mendell Morgan said. "We will use TIF Board funds, along with the matching funds we have committed to the project, to enhance our current infrastructure. This grant will give us the opportunity to purchase equipment for expanded Internet access and the means to move towards using distance learning as an advanced teaching tool."

A portion of the grant funds will also go towards the installation of wireless sensors to be placed throughout the library to complement the new ThinkPad program that the University is implementing. The sensor installation should be completed within the next few months.

With the help of this grant, UIW and other private institutions of higher education will be able to continue to enhance technology and competitively give students the resources they need. A second grant will soon be available through TIF Board, which UIW is researching and intends to use that grant to expand the distance learning program.

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