UIW News

Table Of Contents/Summer and Fall 2002


Commencement Schedule Announced

Jazz Ensemble Set to Perform

St. Anthony Takes Up Thanksgiving 365 Challenge

Agreement Inked With Schiller International University

UIW Theatre Arts Presents The Illusion

Retired Hearst CEO Bennack Honored

Moody Professor Presents A “Russian Concert”

Speaker to Discuss Bioterrorism

McCracken Scholarship Honors Dean

UIW Celebrates Peace Day

UIW Hosts International Academic Symposium

IWHS Shamrocks Presented Blue Ribbon

Education Center Dedication Highlights Hispanic Heritage Events

Heritage Day Honors UIW Employees, History

First Phase of $12 Million Campaign Completed

Theatre Season Opens With Invisible Friends

UIW Partners With Santa Rosa for Nursing Loan Forgiveness Program

UIW Creates 25 Graduate Fulbright Scholarships

Harley-Davidson Prize in Scholarship Raffle

September 11 Remembrance Planned

Sisters of Charity Install New Leadership

UIW Announces Mexico City Program

University Joins Teaching Consortium

UIW Ranks Highly in Hispanic Outlook Ratings

H.U.D. Grant to Help Fund Community Service Center Expansion

UIW Students Head for Summer in Brazil

Incarnate Word H.S. Receives Blue Ribbon Designation

Project A.S.S.I.S.T. Offers Bridge for Students

Graphic Arts Students Compete in Beijing Competition

UIW to Host Fulbright Workshop

Incarnate Word H.S. Welcomes Senator Van de Putte

Congressman Charlie Gonzalez to Address St. Anthony Grads

School of Education Named for Dreeben

UIW Names New Vice President for Institutional Advancement

UIW Finalizes Agreement With ELS Language Centers

Business Program Receives Globalization Award


Fall Commencement Schedule Announced

Archived December 16, 2002

The University of the Incarnate Word will be celebrating Fall Commencement on Dec. 14 in two ceremonies, in order to accommodate more guests for each graduate.

For the School of Business and Applied Arts and Sciences, the Baccalaureate Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium, with Commencement following at 11 a.m. in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center.

For the Dreeben School of Education, the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, the School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering and the School of Nursing and Health Professions, the Baccalaureate Mass will be at 3 p.m. in UIW’s Fine Arts Auditorium with the Commencement Ceremony at 5 p.m. in the McDermott Convocation Center.

The speaker for both ceremonies will be Dr. Matthias Schubnell, English professor and 2002-2003 Moody Professor.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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Jazz Ensemble Set to Perform

Archived December 4, 2002

The University of the Incarnate Word will be hosting a Jazz Ensemble Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 in Palestrina Hall, on the second floor of the Fine Arts Auditorium.

Selections to be performed include the works off Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Kenton as well as holiday favorites. The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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St. Anthony Takes Up Thanksgiving 365 Challenge

Archived December 4, 2002

It all started one week ago with a challenge to St. Anthony Catholic High School from Providence High School.

The challenge was to help in raising the $20,000 needed for Inner City Development to help feed the hungry throughout the year, in an effort known as Thanksgiving 365.

Now, St. Anthony officials, with the help of District 7 Councilman, Julian Castro, and his twin brother, Joaquin Castro, State Representative Elect for District 125, will join their efforts by sending out a call for help to the local community at a press conference to be held at 10 a.m. on Nov. 18 at St. Anthony, located at 3200 McCullough.

"We would like to show our support and our confidence in San Antonio by extending the challenge to the community and helping the Inner City Development raise the $20,000," said Alejandro Calderon, Director of Enrollment at St. Anthony.

Each year, during this time, as most local families prepare for a Thanksgiving banquet, many families are wondering where or how they will make it through the day, questioning if they will survive the upcoming winter. Thanksgiving 365 is designed to encourage the community to think about such individuals.

St. Anthony has been committed to serving the community through participation in numerous events, and would like to invite the entire community to participate in the spirit of giving.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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Agreement Inked With Schiller International University

Archived December 4, 2002

UIW has signed an expansion Sister School Agreement with Schiller International University that allows an annual maximum of forty-five students from UIW to study abroad as Exchange Students on Schiller’s European campuses in France, England, Germany, Switzerland, and Spain.

Schiller University Agreement Signing"This is a very good day for student international study opportunities," said Dr. Walter Leibrecht, president and founder of SIU.

"Our Study Abroad Program is one of the fastest-growing programs on campus, and it fits very well with out strategic globalization plans," added Dr. Louis J. Agnese, president of UIW.

"The agreement provides for a special status of Exchange Students," according to Dr. Pat Burr, dean of international programs at the Grossman International Conference Center. "Students register at UIW, remain eligible to receive financial aid as though they were on the UIW campus, and can use that financial aid to help support their travel and international study while they are out of the country. This is one of the most expansive and significant Sister School Agreements that UIW has signed in its history," she added.

Much of the credit for this Sister School relationship goes to Dr. Annette Craven, added Dr. Burr. "Dr. Craven has followed the Schiller growth and its program development and was the faculty member who identified SIU as a potentially good fit with UIW in the international study program."

Students who are interested in these expanded international study opportunities may find more information about SIU at http://www.uiw.edu/studyabroad and at http://www.uiw.edu/international.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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UIW Theatre Arts Presents The Illusion

Archived November 24, 2002

UIW’s Theatre Arts Department showcases the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner by presenting The Illusion in the university’s Coates Theatre

Performances are scheduled for November 15 and 16 and 22 and 23 at 8 p.m.; a matinee performance will be on November 17 at 2 p.m., and a 7 p.m. show is set for November 21.

The Illusion is filled with gripping suspense and magical effects that are sure to become an unforgettable theatrical performance. The story is about a man who employs a magician to find his son, banished many years ago.

Tickets prices are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, and $8 for students; group discounts are available for $6 per person. UIW students, faculty, and staff attend free of charge.

For additional information, or to reserve tickets, call 210-829-3800.

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Retired Hearst CEO Bennack Honored

Archived November 15, 2002

Frank A. Bennack Jr., retired CEO and president of The Hearst Corporation, was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of the Incarnate Word, the highest honor the university can bestow on an individual.

A long-time supporter of education and of Incarnate Word’s academic programs, the San Antonio native received the award during an Oct. 24 academic ceremony at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word.

The university’s faculty donned their academic regalia at the ceremony, which will feature many dignitaries, including new Hearst CEO Victor Ganzi.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to honor Frank Bennack for all the support he has given education throughout the years,“ said UIW President Dr. Louis Agnese Jr.

Bennack turned Hearst into one of the premier media companies in the world during his 23-year tenure, the longest of any Hearst CEO except for that of company founder William Randolph Hearst.

He was also honored later that evening as the special guest of a black tie gala event hosted by the World Affairs Council of San Antonio at the university’s newly completed Sky Room.

Renowned CNBC commentator and economist Stuart Varney was the gala’s keynote speaker.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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Moody Professor Presents A “Russian Concert

Archived November 15, 2002

Dr. Matthias Schubnell, the 2002-2003 Moody Professor will be delivering his fall lecture at 6 p.m. on Nov. 14 in Our Lady’s Chapel, located in the Administration Building.

The Moody Professorship was established in 1971 at the University of the Incarnate Word and at Our Lady of the Lake University through a grant made to both institutions through the Moody Foundation.

Each year, a faculty member from each institution is selected and delivers two public lectures. The professor selected is chosen for his/her level of scholarship, teaching excellence, and the community service that he/she has achieved.

Dr. Schubnell will tell his father’s story of World War II which he translated from German to English. It is the true story of ten German soldiers who attend a piano concert in a ruined Russian city on their way to the front.

It is a remarkable portrayal in which music restores temporary peace and sanity to a group of people in a war ravaged land.

Dr. Schubnell is the 31st recipient of the distinguished award. All professors who have been honored are listed on a plaque that can be found in the J.E. & L.E. Mabee Library foyer.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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Speaker to Discuss Bioterrorism

Archived November 4, 2002

The University of the Incarnate Word will be host to a presentation on bioterrorism by Dr. Jean Patterson, from the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research at 12 p.m. on Nov. 4 in the J.E. & L.E. Mabee Library Auditorium.

Patterson is the Chairman for the Department of Virology and Immunology at the SWFBR. Her topic of discussion will be “Countering Disease and Bioterrorism,“ it will highlight what could happen during an outbreak in smallpox.

Also to be discussed will be the signs, symptoms, treatment, and research of anthrax. The reality of a bioterrorism attack is here, and Dr. Patterson will discuss how to be prepared during such an uncertain time.

Dr. Patterson has more than 20 years of teaching experience at schools such as the University of Notre Dame, Harvard Medical School, and most recently at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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McCracken Scholarship Honors Dean

Archived October 30, 2002

The University of the Incarnate Word has established a scholarship in honor of Richard McCracken, Dean of Alumni, in recognition of his many years of service and loyalty to the graduates of UIW.

The Legacy Scholarship was established with the goal of recognizing UIW alumni as an effective vehicle in the recruitment of new students, while strengthening the connection of graduates to the university.

Alumni will be involved in identifying prospective students who will benefit from an Incarnate Word education and uphold the mission of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.

“I am truly honored to have the Alumni Referral Scholarship bear my name,” said McCracken. “It is also both an honor and vote of confidence in our alumni who can certainly help us re-found the university in the 21st century in keeping with the mission they know so well.”

Under the new scholarship, any graduate of UIW can nominate one prospective freshman or transfer student per year to receive a $1,000 voucher towards the cost of attendance in their first year, beginning the semester of Fall 2003.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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UIW Celebrates Peace Day

Archived October 30, 2002

The University of the Incarnate Word will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Peace Day beginning at 8:15 a.m. on Oct. 30.

The tradition of Peace Day began when Dr. Bernard O¹Halloran, a UIW professor, was murdered after opening the doors of his home to a homeless man.

Dr. O’Halloran was a person of non-violence who always demonstrated great compassion for the poor, opposed the death penalty, and worked for peaceful solutions to violent conflicts.

Peace Day 2002 will begin with an opening ceremony in front of the Administration Building at the fountain dedicated to Dr. O¹Halloran.

Several discussions are to follow throughout the day, including poetry slams, art activities, and live music.

Discussions will be held in the Jordan Carillon Plaze, and include dialogues on the American/Iraq conflict (from 9-10 a.m.), domestic violence (from 10-11 a.m.), ethnic cleansing (from 11 a.m. to noon), Middle Eastern Issues/Israeli-palestinian Conflict (from 1:20-2:35 p.m.), and media distortion (from 2:45-4 p.m.).

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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UIW Hosts International Academic Symposium

Archived October 28, 2002

The University of the Incarnate Word will host a three-day international academic symposium featuring dignitaries from nearly a dozen universities from as many countries throughout the world.

The symposium, which will focus on the organizational responsibility needed in a global environment, will take place from Oct. 22-24 at the International Conference Center.

Many of the speakers will be representing academic institutions that have entered into sister school agreements for reciprocal education with UIW.

Speakers include Amb. James Creagan, president of John Cabot University in Rome; Prof. Zhang Miaodi, president of Beijing Union University in China; and Dr. Alexi Nechaev, director of international programs at Samara State University in Russia.

“This is the first time in the history of UIW that we have had such a large and diverse representation on our campus from our sister schools,“ said Dr. Patricia Burr, Dean of International Programs.

“We are honored that they are taking the time to be with us during this week of academic sharing,“ Burr added.

For a complete schedule of events, Click Here.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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IWHS Shamrocks Presented Blue Ribbon

Archived October 28, 2002

Incarnate Word High School’s school colors are green and white, but at 8:15 a.m. on Oct. 15, they will be proud to be wearing blue - that is, National Blue Ribbon School blue.

Andrew Noga, Principal of IWHS and Sister Sally Mitchell, Dean of Preparatory Programs at the University of the Incarnate Word, received the Blue Ribbon Award pins for all the girls on Oct. 4 in a ceremony held in Washington D.C. at which Secretary of Education Rod Paige delivered an address.

“Sitting amongst that distinguished group of this nation’s educators was one of the most energizing experiences. In this group were individuals who have committed their lives to developing and creating schools that mentor, challenge, and care for today's young people,“ said Noga.

A special mass will be held at which Noga will present the National Blue Ribbon Award.

IWHS was the only Catholic school in Texas to receive such honor. In the spirit of success, all faculty and staff at the high school will be presented with Blue Ribbon t-shirts, and the students will be given blue ribbon pins that were presented to Mr. Noga in Washington D.C.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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Education Center Dedication Highlights Hispanic Heritage Events

Archived October 17, 2002

In conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month, the University of the Incarnate Word dedicated the Gorman Business and Education Center on Oct. 11 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Assistant Sec. of the Air Force Michael Dominguez.

The Center is named in honor of long-time UIW benefactors and Board members Jim and Tena Gorman. It is the new home of the Dreeben School of Education, which in the spring became the first named school in UIW's 121-year history.

Assistant Sec. Dominguez, who is one of the highest-ranking Hispanics in the Department of the Air Force, is a graduate of West Point who also has an MBA from Stanford University. He heads a four-division department, and his responsibilities include diversity and force management for the Air Force.

“We are pleased to honor Jim and Tena Gorman for all that they have done for education and the University of the Incarnate Word,” said UIW President Louis J. Agnese, Jr. “We're also pleased that Sec. Dominguez joined us for this event, which highlighted both the accomplishments of Hispanics in our country and San Antonio's strong ties to the Air Force.”

The event also included an appearance by country musician Rick Cavender.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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Heritage Day Honors UIW Employees, History

Archived October 17, 2002

The University of the Incarnate Word celebrates its Annual Heritage Day on October 16, honoring the founding of the Incarnate Word Academy.

Activities on campus begin with an 8:30 a.m. prayer service in the CCVI cemetery. The Incarnate Word community will gather at the gravesites of sisters Madeleine and Pierre, co-founders of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.

Celebrants may also visit and tour the congregation’s archives. There they may see items owned by Bishop Claude Marie Dubuis and Sisters Madeleine and Pierre, highlighting the early days of UIW.

Bishop Claude M. Dubuis, for whom the campus’ Dubuis Hall is named, established the city’s first hospital, the Santa Rosa Infirmary.

A noon mass at Our Lady’s Chapel precedes a 3 p.m. recognition ceremony in the Motherhouse Chapel for employees with 10 or more years of service to the university.

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First Phase of $12 Million Campaign Completed

Archived October 17, 2002

The University of the Incarnate Word has successfully completed the first phase of the largest capital project in its 121-year history.

UIW concluded the initial $12 million capital campaign in July for a new Science & Engineering Center by meeting a $1 million challenge from the J.E. & L.E. Mabee Foundation from Tulsa, OK. UIW plans to break ground on the center in spring of 2003.

“The new facility will provide support for students, the majority of whom are first-generation college students from low-income families, as they study subjects like biology, engineering, chemistry, mathematics and environmental science,” said Incarnate Word President Louis J. Agnese, Jr.

Plans are underway for the last stage of the campaign, which aims to raise $2.7 million by spring of 2004.

“The final phase of the campaign will ensure the new facility will fully support our expanding programs in science, engineering and computer technology,” Agnese said. “This final phase also will ensure that the building is an effective teaching facility over the next three decades.”

The goal of the initial campaign was met with help from the UIW Board of Trustees as well as many local businesses, including H-E-B, SBC, the San Antonio Express-News and the IBC Corporation. To complete the final phase, the UIW development team will focus on securing further support from local and national foundations

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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Theatre Season Opens With Invisible Friends

Archived October 13, 2002

The University of the Incarnate Word will begin its theatre season at 8 p.m. on Oct. 4 with fun for the entire family as they present Invisible Friends, by Alan Ayckbourn.

The production is a delightful comedy about an imaginary friend that takes over a household and turns the entire family upside down. With such a plot, audiences from eight to 80 are sure to have a blast.

Show times are at 8 p.m. on October 4, 5, 11 and 12; 2 p.m. on October 6 and 12, and 7 p.m. on October 10.

Ticket prices are: Adults - $10, Seniors - $9, Student s- $8, and groups of ten or more, $6. Reservations can be made by calling the UIW Theatre Box Office at 829-3800, but may be purchased at the door.

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UIW Partners With Santa Rosa for Nursing Loan Forgiveness Program

Archived September 30, 2002

The University of the Incarnate Word has initiated a loan forgiveness program aimed at improving the country’s critical nursing shortage, an issue addressed by Sen. Phil Gramm during a recent speech at the university.

Developed in partnership with the Christus Santa Rosa Health Care (CSRHC) system, the program will assist students pursuing Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees at Incarnate Word.

“UIW is pleased to enter this agreement with CSRHC because with the critical nursing shortage rising, this program opens opportunities for many students to attend school,” said Dr. Terry Dicianna, UIW Provost.

“In due course, this program not only helps students, but will also help alleviate the shortage of nurses in the local community,” he added.

The program will forgive certain student loans once the student graduates from the university upon meeting certain qualifications. Such qualifications include acceptance into the nursing program, enrollment on a full-time basis, a 2.5 GPA, and a commitment to seek employment at CSRHC after graduation.

If the student meets the requirements set, they will be eligible for part-time employment opportunities during the academic year, and full-time during the summer. Also, upon graduation, and with complete satisfaction of all criteria, employment at the Hospital will be offered to the participant based upon their staffing needs.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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UIW Creates 25 Graduate Fulbright Scholarships

Archived September 28, 2002

The creation of 25 Fulbright student scholarships to be awarded to international master’s and doctoral students was announced recently by Dr. Louis J. Agnese, President of the University of the Incarnate Word.

The scholarships are not restricted to students from any specific country, but applicants must reside in countries outside the United States. They are open to any qualified graduate student who chooses to study at UIW after having received a Fulbright Award for graduate studies in the United States.

"This is a natural progression of our commitment to globalize all aspects of our university life and study. We look forward to adding these outstanding students to the nine percent international student enrollment already present at UIW." Agnese said.

This level of international enrollment is about three times the national campus university average, he added.

The scholarships cover graduate student tuition up to twelve graduate hours each long semester, and exclude room, board and other UIW fees (such as parking fees, etc.). Summer tuition is also included in the awards.

Dr. Pat LeMay Burr, dean of International Programs added, "We have almost three hundred international students on campus from about thirty nations, many of whom already receive financial aid and are student workers on campus. We look for strong leadership qualities in all graduate students, and take pride in the leadership roles they may assume when they return to their home countries."

UIW, founded by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, has been located in San Antonio, Texas since 1881. Its more than 24 graduate programs are further described at the School of Graduate Studies web site. Its extensive global network of sister school relationships may be found at http://www.uiw.edu/studyabroad.

UIW has operated an affiliate campus in Guangzhou, China, since 2000, and recently announced the opening of an affiliate campus in Mexico City.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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Harley-Davidson Prize in Scholarship Raffle

Archived September 28, 2002

Wouldn’t you like to contribute to three different scholarships funds and ride a 100th Anniversary Harley-Davidson Fatboy, while spending only $100 to do all of it?

Now you can - if you enter and win the University of the Incarnate Word’s 2002 Ride for Education in which a 2003 Harley-Davidson Fatboy will be raffled at 7 p.m. on Sept. 27 at the university’s International Conference Center patio.

The proceeds will benefit three scholarship funds at the university, the San Antonio Education Partnership Foundation, the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and the Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Only 500 tickets will be sold, making the chances of winning even greater. Each ticket will be sold for $100. The motorcycle is valued at $22,500. Last day to purchase tickets will be September 26 by calling 829-6001.

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September 11 Remembrance Planned

Archived September 12, 2002

The University of the Incarnate Word will honor the memory of the victims of the tragic events that shook our nation on September 11, 2001 through various services that will bring the community together through spirituality.

The university will begin the day by holding a memorial mass at 7:30 a.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. Throughout the day, the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library will be displaying the video of the Pentagon Memorial, and present readings associated with the tragedies.

The Interfaith 9/11 Memorial entitled Suffering Invites Wisdom will be held from 11:50 a.m.- 12:45 p.m. at the Jordan Carillon Clock Tower Plaza.

Before the service, phone calls will be made throughout the campus to invite everyone to join one another at the clock tower in a moment of prayer and unity. At noon, the bells will ring across the campus in a solemn display of remembrance.

To end the day in reflection and prayer, Campus Ministry will lead a candlelight procession on campus from 9- 9:45 p.m. at the Jordan Carillon Clock Tower Plaza. All events will be open to the public.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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Sisters of Charity Install New Leadership

Archived September 2, 2002

The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, a Congregation of women religious headquartered in San Antonio with U.S. ministries in Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Texas and Washington, and with international ministries in Ireland, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, and Zambia, have commissioned a new Council of leaders to guide it through the coming six years.

A commissioning ceremony and reception for the 2002-2008 General Council recently took place at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word on the campus of the University of the Incarnate Word. Nearly 200 friends, family, and parishioners were present for the Sunday ceremony, presided over by Padre Miguel Angel Alvares, a San Carlos Missionary of Mexico City.

Incoming General Superior Sister Helena Monahan, CCVI (Congregatio Sororum Caritatis a Verbo Incarnato), said, "The Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word is a dynamic international presence, composed of Vowed CCVIs, Associates, Incarnate Word Missionaries, Co-Ministers, and a wide network of sponsored institutions such as accredited universities, CHRISTUS Health, one of the 10 largest Catholic health care corporations in the U.S., family education facilities, crisis intervention services, and more. As such, we are called to be very conscious of our commitment to ‘actualize the saving and healing love of the Incarnate Word by promoting human dignity.’"

Monahan will be supported during her tenure by second-term Councilor Sister Walter Maher as well as Sisters Feliciana Mejia and Maria de Lourdes Urrutia who are serving their first term as General Councilors.

"Together, we will coordinate the vast worldwide ministries of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, serving as prophetic voices, proclaiming the Good News, and living God’s justice," said Monahan.

During the General Chapter, an agenda-setting meeting of all of the members of the Congregation at which the new Council was selected, a decision was made to aim future outreach efforts and resources toward ministering to families, women, and children. Additionally, the Congregation will focus its considerable influence on a renewed and strengthened commitment to social justice.

For more information, please contact Talia Nye-Keif, Executive Director of Communications for the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, at (210) 828-2224.

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UIW Announces Mexico City Program

Archived September 2, 2002

A Mexico City program is next on the agenda for University of the Incarnate Word, UIW President Dr. Louis Agnese Jr. announced during the university’s June Board of Trustees meeting.

The joint venture with the Mexico Province of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word will initially offer associate’s degrees in four majors, and will allow students in the program to obtain UIW degrees without leaving Mexico City.

"The Sisters of Charity operate many schools in Mexico at the elementary and high school levels," Agnese said. "It was a natural evolution to offer university classes there."

Scheduled to open in August, 2003, the Mexico City affiliate - to be called Miguel Angel-Incarnate Word - will be modeled after UIW’s succesful China Incarnate Word program.

The China program, which opened in 2000, offers intensive English language instruction in its first year, then all-English coursework toward degrees in business administration, international accounting, international marketing or business English.

"It is an American program," Agnese added. "They get an American degree without leaving Mexico."

Following graduation from the Mexico City or China Incarnate Word programs, students may pursue their bachelor’s degrees either at home, at UIW’s main campus in San Antonio, or at other four-year institutions.

International Students from more than 30 countries currently study at UIW in San Antonio, where they make up almost 10 percent of the overall student population.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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University Joins Teaching Consortium

Archived September 2, 2002

The University of the Incarnate Word will be working in conjunction with St. Edward’s University and Concordia University in the Building Teams and Tools for Teaching (BT3) Consortium, a three-year program funded through an $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Student teachers, faculty, and technology assistants will work on developing a curriculum that will include using available technology in the classroom. The program seeks to teach future teachers to incorporate technology into all areas of the classroom.

At the completion of the program in three years, it is intended to be a model to other universities so that they too can effectively prepare their future instructors to use technology to the advantage of themselves and of their students.

The participants will include 11 UIW students who will be conducting their student teaching in fall 2002. These students will be trained to incorporate technology as a teaching tool once they start teaching.

The students began preparing the lesson plans for the upcoming school year together with teachers at Elolf Elementary School in a two-week training session held at the elementary school earlier this summer.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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UIW Ranks Highly in Hispanic Outlook Ratings

Archived August 4, 2002

The University of the Incarnate Word achieved placement in The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine in three categories: Top 100 for Bachelor’s Degrees awarded to Hispanics, Top 100 for Master’s Degrees awarded to Hispanics, and Top 100 Hispanic Administrator’s and Faculty.

"We are gratified by these national rankings, which show that we continue to fulfill our mission to serve a diverse student population," said Dr. Louis J. Agnese, President of the University of the Incarnate Word.

The rankings were issued in the May 6 issue of the publication. The rankings were based upon four-year colleges and universities that graduate the largest number of Hispanics.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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H.U.D. Grant to Help Fund Community Service Center Expansion

Archived August 4, 2002

In an effort to bridge the isolation that often separates universities from their communities, the University of the Incarnate Word is participating in an innovative community project aimed at closing that gap.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on July 9 at the Presa Community Center, 3721 S. Presa Street, for construction of an extension of the Center, which is the university¹s community partner in the project. Other partners include Presa Real and the San Antonio Independent School District.

The university, with its partners, will build a permanent office and resource center at the PCC that will coordinate the efforts of students and faculty as they tutor/mentor school-aged children, provide computer literacy courses for children and senior citizens, assist small businesses, and teach parenting skills.

The project became possible as a result of funding the university received from the Hispanic Serving Institution's Assisting Communities (HSIAC) grant through the Office of University Partnerships at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which funnels money to partnerships to help develop such service-learning projects.

"This takes our UIW community service requirement a step further by creating a partnership intended to be permanent. It also implements the pedagogy of service learning," said Dr. John Velasquez, UIW psychology professor who is project manager of the grant.

The application process for the grant began in the fall of 2000 with the initial efforts of a number of professors at the university, the City Council, the Archdiocese, the local neighborhood associations, the San Antonio Independent School District, Presa Real, a community-based revitalization project, and members of the PCC. The $389,374 grant was awarded in October.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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UIW Students Head for Summer in Brazil

Archived August 4, 2002

Students from the University of the Incarnate Word will travel to Brazil as part of the Project Latin America-Brazil Studies Program (BSP) during the summer of 2002.

The students departed in late June for Brazil so that they may further acquire a solid understanding of Brazilian culture and increase their leadership skills as they establish connections with Brazilian businesses and the people.

The program began in 1999 in an effort to give underrepresented minority and economically deprived students a chance to visit a different country at very little or no expense of their own.

Students participating will be attending courses for one month at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizonte in Central Brazil and the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Florianopolis (UFSC) in Southern Brazil.

The students will be hosted by Brazilian families and will be interning with 51 Brazilian business agencies and foundations in both the public and the private sectors. The overall objective of the program is to develop relationships that will maintain cooperation and understanding between the United States and Brazil.

The BSP is partly funded by the National Security University through the National Security Education Program of the U.S. Department of Defense. Its director is Dr. Tarcisio Beal, Professor of History, Theology, and Languages at UIW.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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Incarnate Word H.S. Receives Blue Ribbon Designation

Archived July 1, 2002

Incarnate Word High School has been recognized as a 2001-2002 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. IWHS is the only Catholic School in Texas to receive the honor, and is one of 172 schools recognized nationally.

"This program will energize our community and confirm our confidence in what we are doing," said Sr. Sally Mitchell, Dean of University Preparatory Programs.

The Blue Ribbon Schools Program was established by the Secretary of Education in 1982. Since its inception 17 years ago, the Blue Ribbon Schools Program has honored 3,982 schools.

Incarnate Word High School, established in 1881 and a division of the University of the Incarnate Word and member of the Brainpower Connection, is a private, Catholic, all-female, college-preparatory school serving day and boarding students in grades 9 through 12.

The school was specifically founded to assist parents in the spiritual formation of their daughters. The intent of the school program is to nourish all dimensions of the student in order to prepare her for responsible and productive Christian living.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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Project A.S.S.I.S.T. Offers Bridge for Students

Archived June 17, 2002

The University of the Incarnate Word will be hosting free classes this summer and fall which will serve as a bridge between high school and college. The classes are geared to students who will be entering UIW immediately after high school as well as those who will be returning to school after extended breaks.

"This gives an enormous head start to the Bridge participants because once they start their first semester at the university, they won’t have to split their time between learning how to be a college student and their academic coursework," said Dr. Rhonda Rapp, Director of Project A.S.S.I.S.T. at the university.

According to Rapp, the program will help to build supportive relationships between the participants and mentors, tutors, Student Support Services staff, and other university students.

Rapp explains that most students fail to complete their higher education goals due to a lack of supportive relationships on campus more often than a lack of funding or rigorous coursework.

The program is primarily intended for students in whose home neither parent has graduated from a four-year institution and is also designed for Pell-eligible students and students with disabilities. The program is made possible with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of TRIO Programs.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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Graphic Arts Students Compete in Beijing Competition

Archived June 17, 2002

Six of the most advanced students from the Computer Graphic Arts Department at the University of the Incarnate Word will be traveling to Beijing in late May to participate in a Web/Multimedia/3D Animation competition at the international level.

"I’m really excited about the team we are taking and the trip itself. This visit to China will provide new broad cultural experiences for the students, and give them a chance to compare their work with that of the world," said Adam Watkins, Assistant Professor of Graphic Arts.

The competition will take place at Beijing Union University and consists of two parts. The first requires that each participating student have an entry prepared in his/her area of specialization. The second part of the competition will involve a collaborative effort between two Chinese students and a UIW student.

In the second part of the competition, the groups will be given a problem and will have three days to work on it. At the end of the time allocated to them, they will have produced an animated clip, web page, or multi-media project that will then be judged.

The students will be traveling to Guangzhou to visit the Incarnate Word China campus after the competition.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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UIW to Host Fulbright Workshop

Archived May 31, 2002

The University of the Incarnate Word will be hosting a Fulbright Faculty Workshop from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on May 30 at the International Conference Center.

Deborah Moore, Senior Program Officer for Recruitment at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) will offer a workshop on the Fulbright Program for Faculty and Professionals.

This workshop will provide the opportunity to learn about lecturing and research opportunities in 140 countries, getting advice on which country to apply to and how to make contacts abroad. Attendees will also learn how to prepare a successful Fulbright application and learn how their campus can host a visiting Fulbright scholar from abroad.

There is no charge to attend this workshop. Fulbright campus representatives, interested faculty, and administrators are encouraged to attend. For more information or to RSVP, contact Cynthia Caballero at 210-805-5838. Seating is limited; please RSVP by May 23.

Please note that the International Conference Center is not located at the main gate of UIW. It is located at the corner of Highway 281 and Hildebrand. Free parking is available at the ICC.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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Incarnate Word High School Welcomes Senator Van de Putte

Archived May 28, 2002

Incarnate Word High School is proud to announce that Senator Leticia Van de Putte will be the guest speaker for the May 26 graduation ceremony in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center.

Senator Van de Putte has served in the Texas Senate representing District 26 since 1999. In addition to working in community, hospital, and consultant pharmacy, she is in demand as a lecturer and a speaker on a wide range of health-related subjects including diabetes, substance abuse, and herbal medicine.

In 1990, she was elected to the Texas House of Representatives and was overwhelmingly re-elected in 1992, 1994, 1996, and 1998. Mrs. Van de Putte served in five legislative sessions as State Representative for District 115. In a special election in 1999, she was elected to the Texas Senate and re-elected in 2000, and has since become an active member in health care, education, and economic development issues.

"We asked Senator Van de Putte to share some words of wisdom stemming from her own faith, leadership, and service - words that will punctuate the lessons our young women have learned during their tenures at IWHS," said Andrew Noga, Principal of IWHS.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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Congressman Charlie Gonzalez to Address St. Anthony Grads

Archived May 28, 2002

Congressman Charles A. Gonzalez will be the guest speaker at the St. Anthony Catholic High School graduation, to be held at 6 p.m. on May 25 in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center at the University of the Incarnate Word.

Congressman Gonzalez was selected because he has been a distinctive leader in the community, modeling what St. Anthony encourages its students to become influential leaders in the community for the promotion of the common good.

"Congressman Gonzalez has become a national leader, a positive role model, and has a created a special bond with the San Antonio community; that’s what we want our graduates to do" said Dan Ochoa, Principal of St. Anthony.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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School of Education Named for Dreeben

Archived May 23, 2002

For the first time in its 121-year history, the University of the Incarnate Word has named one of its five schools after an individual.

The Dreeben School of Education has been named after prominent community leader Alan W. Dreeben and his family for the contributions they have made to education, both locally and statewide.

"The Dreeben School of Education honors an individual who has displayed an unwavering support to education, so we are pleased that it will be the first school in our history to bear a name," said Dr. Louis J. Agnese, Jr., president of Incarnate Word. "And as a Catholic institution, we are gratified to have a school named after someone of a different faith at a time when there’s an increase in religious intolerance around the world."

Mr. Dreeben has been a member of the UIW Board of Trustees since 1995. In addition, he is a past president of the Alamo Heights Independent School District Board of Trustees, a member of the Development Board at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a member of the board of the Bexar County Federation of Schools. He also served on the School of Business Advisory Council/Board of Visitors at Trinity University. Last fall, Gov. Rick Perry appointed Mr. Dreeben to the Texas State University System Board of Regents.

Mr. Dreeben also has been praised for his many community activities. He has served as director of Any Baby Can and also the Council on Alcoholism. He has served on the board of the Santa Rosa’s Children’s Hospital Foundation, the board at the McNay Art Museum and San Antonio Art Museum, and as division chairman of United Way.

Mr. Dreeben, who is vice chairman of Block Distributing and Republic Beverage, is also active in the local Jewish community, serving as director/division chairman of the Jewish Social Service Federation and as trustee/director of Education at Temple Beth El.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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UIW Names New Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Archived May 22, 2002

Sister Kathleen Coughlin was introduced as the next Vice President for Institutional Advancement of the University of the Incarnate Word during a public forum at the university on April 23.

"A number of exceptional candidates were considered for this crucial position," said Dr. Louis J. Agnese, Jr., President of Incarnate Word. "We feel that Sister Kathleen possesses an unmatched combination of depth and breadth of professional experience as well as familiarity with Incarnate Word and San Antonio."

Sister Kathleen, who is president of the Catholic Health Association of Texas, was President and CEO of the Spohn Health System in Corpus Christi from 1981 to 1995.

She is also a past member of the university’s Board of Trustees and, from 1996 to 2000, served as Provincial Superior of the U.S. Province of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.

The Vice President for Institutional Advancement provides overall leadership and strategic direction of the university’s development activities as well as those at Incarnate Word High School and St. Anthony Catholic High School.

Sister Kathleen succeeds Thomas K. Plofchan, who served as Vice President for 15 years until his death in December. Laura Shaw, who was appointed interim Vice President shortly thereafter, will continue in that capacity during the transition period.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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Business Program Receives Globalization Award

Archived May 22, 2002

The University of the Incarnate Word was presented an award by the Southwestern Business Dean’s Association for the successful globalization efforts of its business program.

"It’s an honor to the university and it is recognition of an on-going team effort that was built over a period of years," said Dr. Robert L. Ryan, dean for the School of Business and Applied Arts & Sciences.

The university received one of two awards that were presented at the meeting. Coincidently, the school that received the second award, for Redesign of the Teaching-Learning Process, was Tec de Monterrey in Nuevo Leon Mexico, a school that UIW has been working in conjunction with since November 2001.

Tec de Monterrey and the university will conduct the new Cross Border Small Business Forum simultaneously during the Fall 2002 semester. The class will focus on developing the skills necessary for a small business owner to conduct business in Mexico.

The university has also developed strong relationships with institutions of higher learning in China, Japan, and Taiwan and has started several exchange programs in Austria and Brazil.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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UIW Finalizes Agreement With ELS Language Centers

Archived May 22, 2002

The University of the Incarnate Word recently formalized a relationship with Berlitz Languages, Inc. in which the company will offer English language courses on UIW’s campus.

"This agreement will serve the intensive English Language Service needs of our growing international student and professional population," said Dr. Patricia Burr, Dean of International Programs.

ELS classes will be taught six hours per day, five days each week, in four-week sessions. Nine levels of proficiency will be taught on the UIW campus. "This work will become an integral part of our globalization work on campus," Burr said.

ELS Language Centers have emerged as the largest network of English language instruction centers in the United States and the world. Their approach to learning provides students with opportunities to practice English and to experience other cultures. Since 1961, more than 2 million ELS Language Center students from 130 countries have chosen these programs as the best way to learn English quickly.

In 2000 ELS Language Centers and Berlitz on Campus Centers merged to form the largest network of campus-based U.S. English language centers in the world, with over 30 locations.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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