UIW News

Table Of Contents/Summer and Fall 2004


First China Incarnate Word Student Graduates

Two Cardinals Named All-Americans by Coaches

UIW Displays Nativity With Ties to Local High School

Delta Mu Delta Chapter Explains Finance to Local High School Students

Meteorology Degree Program New, Unique to Area

Fall Commencement Celebrated Dec. 11

UIW Hosts Fulbright Scholar in 2004-2005

Stuart Sillars to speak at Library Auditorium

Events Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

UIW Honors Armed Forces at Veteran’s Day Ceremony

New Presa Community Center Hosts Open House

UIW Now Largest Catholic University in State

UIW and Northwest Vista College Awarded $3 million Grant

Panel to Examine Catholic Response to AIDS Pandemic

UIW Links Past, Present and Future at Heritage Day

Theatre Arts Season Opens With La Malasangre

Jazz Ensemble Launches New Season Oct. 6

Oct. 4 Blessing of the Animals Celebrates St. Francis of Assisi

Conference to Examine Stem Cell Research, Genetic Engineering

UIW Named a Best Value by Consumer’s Digest

Cardinals No. 1 in National Soccer Poll

Mexico Sister School Added

Tree Topping Scheduled for SBC Science Center

UIW Receives $1 Million Grant for Pharmacy Program

St. Anthony CHS Names New Principal

UIW Finds Perfect Prescription for Pharmacy Program

Women’s Global Connection Sponsors July Conference

UIW Appoints Acting Dean of Graduate Studies and Research

B.J. McClain Scholarship Awarded to Lee Graduate

UIW Appoints New Dean of Preparatory Programs

Student Selected as Finalist in MTV Competition

UIW Title V Office Sponsors Symposium on Learning

University Hosts Women’s Leadership Conference

Cardinal Unveiled as New UIW Mascot


First China Incarnate Word Student Graduates

Archived January 25, 2005

At the commencement ceremony at the University of the Incarnate Word on Dec. 11, a very special student crossed the stage, just two short years after crossing the globe.

Luo Wen Yin, known around campus as Jenny, began her affiliation with the University of the Incarnate Word in the fall of 2000, a world away in Guangzhou, China. She was one of the first students to attend classes at the new China Incarnate Word (CIW) campus, a collaboration between UIW in San Antonio, Texas and one of China’s most prestigious universities, South China Normal University.

Yin, chose to pursue her degree at CIW because of the connection between the China campus and the American university. At CIW, English textbooks are used and classes are taught by American professors offering intensive English study and college level preparatory programs for the Chinese students. Yin appreciated the opportunity that the sister campuses could provide. She excelled at the CIW campus and in 2002 ventured to the United States to continue her studies and pursue her bachelor’s degree in accounting.

“She is an amazing student, one of the best representatives CIW could ever have sent here,” stated Dr. Pat Watkins, vice-president of international programs. “She is one of the first two students to come here (from CIW). She set the bar and she set it high.”

Although slated to graduate in May of 2005, Yin pursued her degree with a passion and graduated a semester ahead of schedule.  Her immediate plans are to visit California and then return for the spring semester to continue her studies in the graduate program at UIW.

After earning a Master of Business Administration degree, she would like to work in the United States for a time to gain experience she can take back with her to China.

“I am the only child, so I will go back home and take care of my family” stated Yin. “My father would like me to take over the family business.”

Yin’s father runs a successful import/export business in China, but ultimately, she would like to work for a large accounting firm in China, contributing to her country all the knowledge she has gained through her experience with the University of the Incarnate Word.

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

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Two Cardinals Named All-Americans by Coaches

Archived January 11, 2005

Lubomir Bogdanov and Terry Alvino are the latest University of the Incarnate Word soccer players to be voted All-America in what is becoming a long line of such honorees.

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America has announced its elite squads for the 2004 season and the two UIW stars are among those honored for Division II.

Bogdanov, a junior forward from Sophia, Bulgaria, was elected to the 11-player first team. After leading his team in scoring and into the Elite Eight of the national tournament, Bogdanov jumped two notches after being third team the last two years.

In a season when the Cardinals went 18-4-1, won the Midwest Regional championship, and finished the year ranked number five in the nation, Bogdanov led with his 54 points including 23 goals. Those individual numbers were 13th and 12th in the nation, respectively.

Bogdanov earned All-American honors in the classroom as earlier he was voted to the second team Scholar All-America by the NSCAA. Studying mathematics, Bogdanov has maintained a 3.70 grade point average over his time at UIW.

The second Cardinal honored by the NSCAA was junior midfielder Terry Alvino. A native of St. Louis, Mo., Alvino was voted to the third team All-America. This was Alvino’s first time to be listed on the national squad after being All-Midwest Region the past two years.

Over the last three season, Incarnate Word has had six soccer players voted to an All-American team.

In the latest voting by the NSCAA, West Texas A&M forward Josh Fender was the only other representative of a Texas Division II school on the three squads. Fender was third team.

For more information, contact the Office of Sports Information at (210) 829-3828.

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UIW Displays Nativity With Ties to Local High School

Archived January 7, 2005

Visitors to the University of the Incarnate Word campus this holiday season are treated to a very special display courtesy of the Menger Hotel and and Fox Tech High School.

The steel nativity scene located in front of the Brackenridge Villa was donated to the University by the historic Menger Hotel. The entire scene consists of 4 individual scenes, each made up of three sections weighing 80 pounds for a combined weight of 960 pounds. The overall piece is 8 feet high and 48 feet long.

The nativity has quite a history. In 2001, Ernesto Malacara, the PR director at the Menger Hotel, approached his general manager about extending the Christmas decorations from the lobby of the hotel into the gardens. His original idea was for a scene made of wood.

He approached Fox Tech High School because of their status as a “Blue Ribbon School” to discuss the possibility of creating the scene. After speaking with Laura Schultz an art teacher at Fox Tech high school, a project was proposed based on the German art form of “Schwibbogen” (table top adornments made of wood depicting scenes from daily life, nature or holidays). Since the hotel founder W.A. Menger was of German ancestry it seemed a perfect fit. The one adjustment from the original form was that the scenes would be made of 3/16” sheets of steel.

Together art and welding students began work on the project and the scenes were completed in Nov. 2002.  They were displayed in the gardens starting on Nov. 25, 2002. The scenes depict the journey to Bethlehem.

It soon became evident to the hotel that despite the popularity of the scenes, as they were assembled and disassembled each year, the gardens were being damaged. The decision was made to donate the scenes and Malacara remembered the beautiful light displays on the UIW campus.

The campus accepted the generous gift and the nativity is on display as part of the annual Light the Way celebration. Visitors are invited to drive through the campus to enjoy the festive lights and the exquisite nativity through Jan. 6, 2005.

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

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Delta Mu Delta Chapter Explains Finance to Local High School Students

Archived December 22, 2004

The UIW Delta Mu Delta Theta Gamma Chapter has established a new community program called the “Hand in Hand” project.

In this collaborative project with Wells Fargo Bank, the organization is seeking to advance financial literacy in the community. The “Hand in Hand” program began when members of Delta Mu Delta and the Business Club visited the San Antonio Can! High School campus.

The students targeted their project on this school, a charter institution on San Antonio’s west side, aimed at giving young Texans a second chance.

With the help of a curriculum developed by Wells Fargo, the program teaches financial literacy topics ranging from banking to investments. The organization has hosted two sessions thus far instructing a total of 60 students on financial issues.

“It was amazing to watch the students’ interest in the financial literacy program, but even more exciting were the high school students interesting and provocative questions to the UIW students about being a college student,” said Sandy McMakin UIW instructor of computer literacy.

One more session is planned for the fall semester, on Dec. 10; for more information, call 829-3176.

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Meteorology Degree Program New, Unique to Area

Archived December 17, 2004

South Texas students interested in studying the many facets of meteorology can now find a degree program much closer to home.

The University of the Incarnate Word has instituted a degree program in the area of meteorology. The program not only offers the courses necessary to earn a bachelor of science degree in the field, but also the training needed to obtain a certificate in broadcast meteorology.

The field of meteorology is growing in popularity, yet for Texas area students the number of universities offering a degree program in this field have been scarce.

“For those wishing to attain a certificate in broadcast meteorology, Mississippi State University has been the closest institution offering this training,” said William F. Thomann, chairman of the University of the Incarnate Word environmental science department.

UIW’s program is designed for students who are seeking a comprehensive education for the purpose of research into the dynamics of the Earth’s atmosphere, weather analysis and weather forecasting. The interdisciplinary program prepares students for entering a wide variety of professional careers as well as an array of graduate programs.

Possible employment for students graduating with a meteorology degree include jobs with the National Weather Service, military, research laboratories, media or private-sector companies that provide weather service to various organizations.

The program will also be beneficial to many area media weathercasters who are currently employed, but who lack their certification.

The meteorology department is committed to the mission of the University of the Incarnate Word, which welcomes a community of diverse backgrounds. The goal of meteorology at UIW is to advance the discovery of truth, mutual understanding, self-realization and the common good of society.

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

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Fall Commencement Celebrated Dec. 11

Archived December 13, 2004

The University of the Incarnate Word will celebrate Fall Commencement this weekend. To once again accommodate a higher number of guests per graduate, two ceremonies will be held, one at 11 a.m. and a second at 5 p.m.

The celebration for the H-E-B School of Business and Administration will begin with a Baccalaureate Mass at 9 a.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium. The Commencement ceremony will follow at 11 a.m. at the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center.

A second Baccalaureate Mass in the Fine Arts Auditorium will be held at 3 p.m. for graduates from the Dreeben School of Education, the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, the School of Interactive Media and Design, the School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering and the School of Nursing and Health Professions. The afternoon commencement will begin at 5 p.m. in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center.

The commencement address for both ceremonies will be given by Jessica C. Kimmel, Ph.D., professor of education and 2004-2005 Moody Professor. Kimmel, has served on the faculty at the University of the Incarnate Word since 1990.

After receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Trinity University, she pursued her Texas Teacher’s Certification at UIW in 1980. It was at this time that she began her association with the university. Her long list of accomplishments most recently includes managing, directing and authoring the Title V Grant for Hispanic Serving Institutions which totaled $3 million. She is the 2004-2005 Moody Professor, an honor bestowed on one faculty member annually for their high level of scholarship, teaching excellence and community service.

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

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UIW Hosts Fulbright Scholar in 2004-2005

Archived December 8, 2004

The University of the Incarnate Word has been selected to host Fulbright Visiting Scholar Lopita Nath, Ph.D. from India for the 2004-2005 academic year.

Nath is one of approximately 800 exceptional foreign faculty and professionals the Fulbright Scholar Program has brought to the United States to teach and do research. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program’s purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

Nath, senior lecturer with the department of history at Cotton College, Gauhati University in Gauhati, India, will lecture on World and American History: A South Asian Perspective at UIW from August 2004 through June 2005.

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Over its 58 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have studied, taught or done research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the United States.

Fulbright scholars are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

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

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Stuart Sillars to speak at Library Auditorium

Archived December 2, 2004

Author Stuart Sillars will speak at the University of the Incarnate Word at 5 p.m. on Dec. 1 in the Mabee Library Auditorium.

Sillars’ lecture entitled “Visualizing Shakespeare: The Artist as Critic” will focus on his latest book entitled Painting Shakespeare: The Artist as Critic, 1720-1820, which will be published next year.

A graduate of the universities of Exeter, Wales and Amsterdam, Sillars was the first to hold the Sr. Margaret Patrice Slattery Chair in English at the University of the Incarnate Word.

He currently teaches English and is the director of the doctoral program at the University of Bergen, Norway.

His literary works include Art and Survival in First World War Britain, British Romantic Art and the Second World War, Visualization in English Popular Fiction and Structure and Dissolution in English Writing.

He is currently working on the reading experience in illustrated editions of Shakespeare’s plays as a research fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC.

The event is free and open to the public. For information, please call the Office of Public Relations at 829-6001.

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Events Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

Archived November 29, 2004

The University of the Incarnate Word American Indian Heritage Month Committee has scheduled a number of activities to promote awareness and appreciation for the history and culture of American Indians.

The J.E. & L.E. Mabee Library will feature a display dedicated to Native American Culture throughout the month of November.

At noon on Nov. 4 in the Mabee Library Room 144, Diane Erwin, UIW reference librarian, will present “The Significance of American Indian Games in Native American Culture.” An exhibit of games and toys will be on display. Door prizes will be awarded.

From 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Nov. 9, a menu honoring American Indian Heritage Month will be featured in Marian Hall. Educational displays will include informative handouts and recipe cards as well as corn husk doll kits.

Mattias Scubnell, chairman of the UIW English department will present “Restore This Line for Me: A Rationale and Plea for Reinstating a Missing Line” a discussion of N. Scott Momaday’s “House Made Dawn.” Schubnell will discuss the Pulitzer Prize winning novel and will address the subject of a textual flaw in the paperback edition which affects the novel as a whole.

“A Crowning Achievement of Native America: The Maya Writing System” will be presented by Hubert Robichaux, UIW anthropology lecturer, from noon – 1 p.m. on Nov. 19 in the Mabee Library Room 144.

The various exhibits celebrating American Indian Heritage Month will be on display through Nov. 30.

For information, please call the Office of Public Relations at 829-6001.

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UIW Honors Armed Forces at Veteran’s Day Ceremony

Archived November 11, 2004

The University of the Incarnate Word will observe Veteran’s Day with a special ceremony at 10 a.m. on Nov. 11.

The event will feature guest speaker Gil Coronado, former director of the U.S. Selective Service System and U.S. Air Force veteran. After his appointment as the ninth director of the Selective Service System in 1994, Coronado held his post until 2001. In his position, he was directly responsible to the President for the management of the Selective Service System. He served in the United States Air Force and retired at the rank of Colonel after a 30 year military career.

Musical guest for the ceremony will be San Antonio native Patsy Torres. The Edison High School Honor Guard will be present to post the colors. Veterans from all service branches will be recognized for their service to their country.

A Veterans’ Wall of Honor will be displayed at the ceremony with photos and mementos of military veterans.

Following the ceremony, a wreath will be placed at the corner of Hildebrand and 281, to honor those who have served their country through military service.

The ceremony will be held in the Jordan Carillon Plaza on the UIW campus.

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

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New Presa Community Center Hosts Open House

Archived November 10, 2004

Through a unique partnership between the University of the Incarnate Word, the Presa Community Center and the community development corporation Presa Real, a much-needed project has come to fruition.

At 3 p.m. Nov. 10, the Presa Community Education and Technology Center (3721 South Presa St.) will host an open house to showcase its new facility and services available to the San Antonio community. The open house event will feature a blessing by Archbishop Patrick Flores.

The center will combine the business assistance programs offered by Presa Real, the youth and senior services of the Presa Community Center and the educational services provided by UIW.

In October 2001, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of University Partnerships awarded funding to UIW to create a project that offered services including parent training, tutoring, mentoring, micro-business development and computer literacy to the community. The grant, awarded to Hispanic serving institutions to assist local communities, totaled $389,000. The funds were instrumental, not only for the construction of the new building, but also to establish a service-learning partnership between the South Presa community and the university.

“The fundamental feature of the grant is to develop a partnership,” said John M. Velasquez, UIW associate professor of psychology.

As the vision of the partnership materializes, the importance of the services to be offered becomes more apparent. The Presa Community Center, a social service outreach agency, provides services to more than 16,000 community members in an area of San Antonio that is historically economically depressed.

“We are proud to be a part of such an important project,” Velasquez says. “This partnership has provided a training ground to assist the people of the South Presa community. The vital work of this grant is just beginning.”

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

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UIW Now Largest Catholic University in State

Archived November 9, 2004

The University of the Incarnate Word is now the fifth largest private university in Texas, according to figures released this week by the association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT).

UIW started the fall semester with 4,800 students, an 8 percent increase from the previous year. This is the highest enrollment in the 123-year history of the University. Enrollment at UIW has now increased in 18 of the last 19 years. Incarnate Word also has become the largest Catholic university in the state, as well as the largest private Hispanic serving institution according to ICUT.

Recently, Consumer Digest Magazine ranked the University of the Incarnate Word sixth as a “best value” for private universities in Texas. The only other private institution from Texas to rank in the Top 25 was Rice University, which came in at No. 9.

“We’re pleased to be in the position of offering a quality education at an affordable price that’s allowing the university to grow,” said Dr. Louis Agnese, Jr.

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

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UIW and Northwest Vista College Awarded $3 million Grant

Archived November 8, 2004

A $3 million cooperative grant has been awarded to the University of the Incarnate Word and Northwest Vista College to strengthen the experience of first-year students at both institutions.

The Title V cooperative federal grant, focused grants awarded to Hispanic-serving institutions, is the largest grant in UIW history. Its purpose is to reach out to first-year students at both schools, create better communication and offer more opportunities for them to become engaged members of the university community.

Among the proposed programs will be the development of a course for first-year students that will address topics of significant interest to these students, such as study habits and career planning.
An increased number of student-run engagement opportunities will also be developed; programs such as a campus radio station have been discussed.

The grant will also fund additional university personnel to work directly with first-year students and assist with the proposed programs. Better communication between students and faculty will be a focus of this project. The program will encourage active and collaborative learning strategies for the classroom.

Many students enter college and are uncertain of the area they are interested in studying. Through the efforts of the program, students will be encouraged to choose a major within their first year.

“Students who have chosen a major early in their education make more progress and have more focus,” said Dr. Denise J. Doyle, UIW vice president for academic and student affairs.

The grant will provide the services necessary for those attending UIW to become more successful and engaged students.

“We want our students to leave Incarnate Word as successful as they arrived here,” said Dr. Louis Agnese Jr., UIW president. “That is part of the agreement we make with students when they are accepted here, that we will work with them to ensure their success.”

For information on the concert, please call the Office of Public Relations at 829-6001.

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Panel to Examine Catholic Response to AIDS Pandemic

Archived October 22, 2004

The University of the Incarnate Word’s Distinguished Speaker Series is proud to host a panel presentation on the timely topic of Catholic Responses to the HIV/AIDS Pandemic at noon Oct. 21 in the J.E. & L.E. Mabee Library Auditorium.

The panel will be composed of several experts including Sr. Mary Annel, The Rev. Edward Kilianski and Dan Lunney.

Sr. Annel has served as a Maryknoll Missioner in Central America for more than 30 years. She works as a medical doctor with the El Salvador Catholic AIDS Team’s integrated Health Care Clinic. The clinic attends to the 110 people living with HIV/AIDS in the area and their 90 children. Adult and youth AIDS prevention is the primary concentration of the El Salvador Catholic AIDS Team, a message they spread through workshops and theater.

The Rev. Edward Kilianski is an ordained member of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, United States Province. He serves on the board of the National Catholic AIDS Network and has actively been involved in the HIV/AIDS ministry since 1989. He has recently joined the pastoral staff of Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Houston, where he is ministering to the Spanish-speaking members of the parish.

Dan Lunney is the executive director of the National Catholic AIDS Network. He has served as a chaplain in numerous hospital and hospice settings and is certified as a chaplain through the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.

The panel, Catholic Responses to the HIV/AIDS Pandemic, is the first presentation of the 2004-2005 Distinguished Speaker Series which is focusing on health issues as its theme for this year. It is the goal of the Distinguished Speaker Series Committee to bring quality speakers to the UIW community and members of the San Antonio area.

The panel presentation is free and open to the public.

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

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UIW Links Past, Present and Future at Heritage Day

Archived October 14, 2004

The University of the Incarnate Word will celebrate Heritage Day on Oct. 13. The annual event commemorates the blessing of the cornerstone of the CCVI Motherhouse in 1899.

More than a century after the blessing of the cornerstone, the mission of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word continues. This year s event will be celebrated through various activities around campus.

An opening ceremony will be held at the CCVI cemetery on the university campus (4301 Broadway). The cemetery is the location of the graves of founding Sisters Madeleine and Pierre. Following opening ceremonies, visitors will be given a tour of the congregational archives where they can view artifacts from the founders of the university.

A special liturgy will be held at 12 noon at the Grotto followed by a ceremony at 3 p.m. to honor UIW employees with extended service to the university. A reception will follow at the Brackenridge Villa.
Throughout the day, visitors can view bulletin boards created by various campus organizations and departments to show how their history intertwines with the history and mission of the university.

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

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Theatre Arts Season Opens With La Malasangre

Archived October 12, 2004

The 2004-2005 theatrical season at the University of the Incarnate Word will begin with the production of “La Malasangre” (Bad Blood), a romantic tale complete with love, betrayal, brutality and fear set in 1840s Argentina.

The play centers around a beautiful young woman named Dolores, whose beloved private tutor mysteriously disappears after her tyrannical father suspects her true feelings for him. When her father finds a replacement tutor, a hunchback named Rafael, she ridicules the new tutor until he strikes back. He is swiftly punished by her father. In spite of all this, Dolores and Rafael fall in love, but their love must remain a secret.

Performances of this gripping drama will be at 8 p.m. Oct. 1-2; 2 p.m. Oct. 3; 7 p.m. Oct. 7; and 8 p.m. Oct. 8-9. All performances will be held in the Coates Theatre. Tickets for the play are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and $8 for students (non-UIW). UIW students, faculty and staff receive one free ticket with valid identification.

“La Malasangre” is a play by world-renowned Argentinean playwright Griselda Gambaro. She is perhaps best known for her allegorical dramas relating to the social and political situations of Argentina in the 1960s through the 1980s.

Robert Ball, chair of the department of theatre arts, will direct the production. For more information, call the box office at 829-3800.

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Jazz Ensemble Launches New Season Oct. 6

Archived October 6, 2004

The University of the Incarnate Word Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Ron Wilkins, will present a program of groovin’ favorites when it launches its 2004-2005 season in a special concert Oct. 6

The show, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Palestrina Hall.

The next scheduled jazz ensemble concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, also in Palestrina Hall.

A native of San Antonio, Wilkins is well-known to area audiences for his work with numerous local groups, including the San Antonio Symphony and the Mid-Texas Symphony.

As an educator, Wilkins cultivates a studio that produces many Texas All-State Band performers. He teaches alto/tenor/bass/trombone, euphonium and tuba methods, jazz improvisation, jazz combo, and voice.

Wilkins also performs with the Ron Wilkins Quartet in the San Antonio and Austin area, and often performs with the group, Small World.

In the course of his career, Wilkins has performed with Jerry Lewis, Bob Hope, Lena Horne, Rosemary Clooney, Dizzy Gillespie, the Temptations, and other well-known entertainers. His Broadway touring show credits include “West Side Story,” “Showboat,” “Ragtime,” “Chicago,” and many others. Wilkins is an Edwards Trombones clinician and plays them exclusively.

For information on the concert, please call 829-3879 or 829-6001.

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Oct. 4 Blessing of the Animals Celebrates St. Francis of Assisi

Archived October 5, 2004

Dogs, cats, birds - even the odd boa constrictor or two - are welcome at the 30th annual University of the Incarnate Word Blessing of the Animals at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, at the Blue Hole on the University of the Incarnate Word campus.
 
This annual event, held on the day of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, continues a 30-year tradition at UIW of blessing all animals - be they people’s beloved pets or their tattered and worn stuffed teddy bears.
 
“Over the years we've seen all kinds of animals - of course, lots and lots of cats and dogs and birds, but there have also been a few horses and there was a boa constrictor one time too,” said Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, professor of religious studies at UIW.
 
This year’s event will feature a reflection beforehand at 5:30 p.m. Monday to draw attention to the delicate eco-system existing at the Blue Hole, which is the headwaters of the San Antonio River.
 
Then, at 6 p.m., Kirk will bless the creatures present. Many people bring Fido and Fluffy in the flesh, but some people bring stuffed animals or even photos of their pets.
 
“I got excited as I realized that I started the blessings 30 years ago in 1974 because I passionately love Francis and the earth,” Kirk said. “Care of the Earth is needed even more than 30 years ago.”
 
That conservationist spirit has driven the creation of The Headwaters Project, a group that has formed to preserve and restore the land including and surrounding the Blue Hole, which is located at the heart of the Incarnate Word campus.  “This fragile location, rich in history, spirituality, and ecological diversity, presents a unique opportunity to balance the many needs of the community,” Kirk says. For more information on the Headwaters Project and the Sisters of Charity, see  www.uiwtx.edu/~hdwaters 
 
To reach the Blue Hole, go directly behind the Brackenridge Villa and down the hill.  The springs are slightly to the right of the white pavilion. 

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

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Conference to Examine Stem Cell Research, Genetic Engineering

Archived October 4, 2004

Discussions on the ethical ramifications of recent genetic advances – including a look at arguments over stem cell research and genetic engineering for human enhancement – will top the bill at the third annual Conference on Ethical, Social and Moral Implications of Genomic Research Technologies to be held at the University of the Incarnate Word Oct.1-2.

The “Genetics, Bioethics and the Common Good: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Conference” will be held from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, and 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the University of the Incarnate Word. The conference is free, but there will be a charge for continuing education units. For more information or a complete schedule, please visit www.uiw.edu/genome. Registration is free, but required.

The keynote address at the conference will be given by Dr. Maura Ryan, associate provost and associate professor of Christian ethics at the University of Notre Dame. Ryan, who specializes in bioethics and health policy, will discuss “Whose Holy Grail? Justice and Health Care in a Genetic Age.”

Also on the program is Richard Guidotti, program director of Positive Exposure, an organization that claims to challenge “the stigma associated with difference” and celebrate “the richness of genetic variation with positive images and powerful life stories.” Other speakers include Maricela Aguilar, MSN and R.N., a specialist in genetic education and the cultural implications in delivery of health services; Dr. Paul Lewis, assistant professor of philosophy at the University of the Incarnate Word, and Dr. Matthias Schubnell, professor of English at UIW.

“Major bioethical questions are on the horizon in this post-modern global culture: arguments over stem cell research, uncertainty about genetic engineering for human enhancement, and doubt about access for all to the results of genetic advances, to name a few,” said Sr. Audrey O’Mahony, who is coordinating the event. “There is, therefore, an urgent need for vigorous exploration of and participation in shaping a new worldview about the ethics, morality and justice of the promises coming from genomic discoveries and applications.”

Through formal presentations and special interest sessions, this conference will allow participants to review issues of social justice and access to care raised by genetic advances; discuss ethical principles for weighing competing medical, social and economic values in the context of genetic technologies; identify the role of religious commitments in debates over just access to genetic knowledge and technology, examine the stigma associated with genetic difference and consider cultural and environmental issues impacted by genomic technologies.

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

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UIW Named a Best Value by Consumer’s Digest

Archived October 1, 2004

The University of the Incarnate Word has been named the sixth best value for private school higher education in the United States, according to Consumer’s Digest.

UIW is one of only two Texas schools named to the “Best Values for Private Colleges and Universities” list, which evaluates schools based on academic excellence and the cost of attending.

With its sixth-place ranking and a value-index score of 94.7, Incarnate Word was the highest-ranked Texas school in both the public and private categories.

The Consumer’s Digest rankings began by determining a value-index score, which was derived by factoring academic excellence (standardized test scores, high-school rank and GPA of entering freshmen) with the educational quality offered by each institution (student-to-faculty ratio, graduation rate, percentage of faculty holding terminal degrees).

The value-index score and the estimated attendance costs, including tuition, required fees, and average room and board, were then analyzed to determine what schools offered “the most academic value per dollar,” according to Consumer’s Digest.

The rankings do not consider financial aid assistance, which makes the cost of attending Incarnate Word even more accessible. UIW’s generous financial aid program awards assistance to more than 80 percent of its students.

UIW was the highest ranked Texas private school, beating Rice University, which was listed at no. 9. In addition, three Texas schools made the Public Colleges List: UT-Austin at no. 36, Texas A&M at no. 44, and UT-Dallas at no. 50.

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

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Cardinals No. 1 in National Soccer Poll

Archived September 27, 2004

For the first time in its five-plus-year NCAA history, the University of the Incarnate Word has a team ranked number one in a national poll.

In the rankings announced today (September 14) by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, the Cardinals men’s team climbed to the top spot based on their 3-0-0 record last week and on their perfect 5-0-0 mark for the season.

“Being number one has been a goal of ours over the past two years,” Coach Dennis Currier said. “It truly is a tribute to all the hard work by our athletes and it’s a good feeling to be recognized in this manner because very few teams get to this level.”

The coach then issued a word of caution. “We want to enjoy it now, but the last thing we want to happen is we become complacent because this is still very early in the season.”

In the previous poll, UIW was number four. In the final week of September of 2003, Incarnate Word was third in the national listing for its highest ranking ever. UIW finished the 2003 season as the number 10-ranked team.

Over the past seven days leading up to the current vote, the Cardinals were overpowering in winning three games against Southwest Soccer Conference opponents. In the three wins, UIW scored 17 goals while allowing just three.

This week, Incarnate Word will be on the road for SSC games at Missouri Southern on Friday (September 17) and at Northeastern Oklahoma on Sunday (September 19). Then comes the biggest test of the season when UIW travels to Midwestern State for a September 24 game. This week, Midwestern State (4-0-0) is ranked number 10 in the nation after being 12th the week before.

For more information, contact the Sports Information Director at (210) 829-3828.

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Mexico Sister School Added

Archived September 21, 2004

The University of the Incarnate Word added Universidad Olmeca in Mexico as one of its 90-plus sister school institutions.

Sister school agreements allow UIW students more options for study abroad and support the emphasis that the school places on learning at the international level.

Olmeca was chosen as a sister school for its support of cultural exchange programs and international education. Olmeca already holds one of the most prestigious rankings at the regional level and was looking to provide international opportunities to its students.

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“Olmeca’s innovative leadership makes it a very progressive private school with a wireless environment. We are looking forward to working with them,” said Dr. Patricia LeMay Burr, the Distinguished Chair of International Business in the H-E-B School of Business and Administration at UIW.

Olmeca provides degrees in a variety of fields, including business administration, architecture, communication arts, law, computer graphic arts, electrical engineering and information systems.

Olmeca, located in Tabasco, Mexico, is an institution of higher learning based on Christian values. Olmeca is dedicated to educating men and women who will exercise liberty as a means of social justice while keeping alive the national and cultural identity of Mexico.

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

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Tree Topping Scheduled for SBC Science Center

Archived September 16, 2004

The University of the Incarnate Word will celebrate the progress of its new SBC Science Center with a special topping off ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15.

A tree will be located at the construction site Wednesday morning so that students, faculty and staff can decorate it before it is hoisted to the top of the building in an afternoon ceremony.

Math, science and engineering-related items, including test tubes, rulers and beakers, will be provided to adorn the tree in the new building's theme; the tree will then be hoisted to the top
of the building.

The topping off ceremony is a tradition that dates back to approximately 700 A.D. and has been attributed to numerous groups from Scandinavians to Vikings to German tribes. From the time of the first practitioners, the sentiment has remained similar throughout the years. When the highest beam of a building is put into place, a tree is hoisted atop the beam to celebrate the construction reaching the sky without loss of life or serious injury to the workers. It is also a symbol of good luck for those who will inhabit the building upon its completion.

The ceremony will celebrate a milestone in a two-phase project estimated at $14 million. The first phase is the construction of the 44,000-square-foot SBC Science Center, which is slated for completion in March 2005. The second phase is the renovation of the existing Science Hall, which will begin upon completion of phase one and will be completed around January 2006.

The new center, which will be funded entirely by donated funds, is named for key donor SBC Communications. The science center is located near the Hildebrand Street entrance and will overlook the neighboring SBC offices.

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

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UIW Receives $1 Million Grant for Pharmacy Program

Archived September 10, 2004

The University of the Incarnate Word received a $1 million grant from the City of San Antonio’s Economic Development Incentive Fund for its new School of Pharmacy.

“The city’s support stands to benefit not just Incarnate Word, but also all of San Antonio and the surrounding area,” Dr. Louis Agnese, Jr. said. “We’re excited by the long-term impact the School of Pharmacy stands to make in San Antonio in addressing the severe shortage of pharmacists in
our city.”

Classes are scheduled to start in the fall of 2006, although students can enroll in a pre-pharmacy track that begins this fall.

The UIW program will be the only one of its type in San Antonio, and one of only 88 in the nation. While there are currently four public pharmacy schools in Texas, the UIW degree will be the only one offered from a university that is both private and faith-based.

The UIW pharmacy program will also be the only one in the nation where students can opt to train for a bilingual pharmacy certification in English and Spanish.

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

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St. Anthony CHS Names New Principal

Archived September 2, 2004

St. Anthony Catholic High School has named Joseph B. Hannon as its new principal, replacing Daniel I. Ochoa, who was named dean of preparatory programs at the University of the Incarnate Word.

Hannon joins the school with more than 34 years experience in education, after six years in the founding principal position at Reagan High School in San Antonio.

“My goal is to maintain the excellence associated with St. Anthony and keep the spiritual environment alive along with the great academic opportunities for all students,” Hannon said.

One of the factors that attracted Hannon to the school was the advantage that the students at St. Anthony have in working with the University of the Incarnate Word through the Brainpower Connection.

Through the connection, juniors and seniors at the high school can take college courses at UIW and transfer their credits to the college of their choice. It was Hannon's goal to work at a school that fostered such a relationship between a high school and college campus, and he welcomes the
new challenges that it may bring.

“I'm a little nervous, but very excited to join the community of St. Anthony. Bring on the first day!” Hannon said.

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

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UIW Finds Perfect Prescription for Pharmacy Program

Archived August 6, 2004

For the University of the Incarnate Word’s School of Pharmacy, Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin is just what the doctor ordered. Johnson was selected as the founding dean of the School of Pharmacy at UIW and will begin her duties in July.

Johnson is currently the dean of the Hampton University School of Pharmacy and served as its founding dean. Johnson joins the administrative team at UIW with experience in launching a school of pharmacy, including familiarity with unexpected situations and the hidden costs that a new program entails.

“Starting the pharmacy school at Hampton was a marvelous experience, and I now feel that I will help UIW avoid many pitfalls associated with starting a new pharmacy school,” Johnson said. Johnson joins UIW with previous experience in the academic field that includes being actively engaged, as a director, in the start-up of the pharmacy program at Florida A&M University.

In addition to her teaching and administrative experience, Johnson has worked as a pharmacist, research associate pharmacist, and hospital pharmacy consultant.

Johnson, a native of Texas, says that she will learn what UIW means to San Antonio and how the School of Pharmacy can position itself. “I hope to produce a school that’s in keeping with the culture and the mission of UIW and the surrounding community, and I want to envelop myself in the spirit of the community,” Johnson said.

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

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Women’s Global Connection Sponsors July Conference

Archived August 2, 2004

Women’s Global Connection at the University of the Incarnate Word is sponsoring a July conference, “Building Community Leadership in a Global Society,” July 29-31 in the UIW Sky Room.

Registration is available online at www.womensglobalconnection.org.

Hundreds of women from across the globe will meet to discuss the importance of women’s leadership in the 21st Century, including the joys and challenges of claiming leadership.

The topics of discussion will range from spirituality in the information age to violence in women’s lives. Leadership roles of women will also be explored through cross-cultural presentations.

Presenters include women from Tanzania, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada and Mexico. Books and music of these various cultures will be showcased during the conference, highlighting the importance of cross-cultural awareness in today’s world.

Women’s Global Connection is promoted and governed by Visitation House Ministries of San Antonio, Texas, a non-profit charitable organization in the state of Texas, and is sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of San Antonio.

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

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UIW Appoints Acting Dean of Graduate Studies and Research

Archived July 19, 2004

The University of the Incarnate Word appointed Dr. Michael Mulnix as the acting dean of graduate studies and research, replacing Dr. Gilberto Hinojosa, who served as dean for four years.

“It’s an honor to be entrusted with the responsibilities of the graduate school at UIW. My goal is to raise awareness of the school and to demonstrate the outstanding quality of our master’s and doctoral programs,”Mulnix said.

Mulnix has been an associate professor of marketing in the H-E-B School of Business and Administration for four years. In addition to classroom instruction, Mulnix has been responsible for fund raising and image development for the H-E-B School of Business.

His research interests include Hispanic/Latino marketing, intercultural trends in business and education, and institutional advancement trends in education.

Mulnix is the founding and existing editor of the “Journal of Hispanic Higher Education,” the yearly series titled “Contemporary Perspectives in Hispanic and Latino Education” and of “Contemporary Perspectives in Hispanic and Latino Business.”

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

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B.J. McClain Scholarship Awarded to Lee Graduate

Archived July 6, 2004

The University of the Incarnate Word and Texas Public Radio have selected Laura Darnell, a senior at Robert E. Lee High School, to receive the 2004-2005 B.J. McClain Scholarship.

The scholarship was established to honor B.J. McClain, a founder of classical radio station KPAC 88.3 FM and one of its first on-air personalities. Through the scholarship, the radio station joins Incarnate Word in promoting careers in the arts. Darnell will receive a scholarship totaling $10,000 during a four-year time frame, during which she will study theater arts at UIW.

In addition to spending four years in theater and three years in art during her high school career, Darnell was a member of the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio and a participant in the J.K. Hodges Contemporary Piano Competition. This was all done in addition to maintaining a 4.0 grade point average and posting a high SAT score.

“I am deeply honored and proud to be the recipient of the B.J. McClain Scholarship. This scholarship is truly invaluable and is a stepping stone for me to higher education,” Darnell said.

With limited resources, McClain and other volunteers put the city’s first classical public radio station on the air in 1982. Today, the station is one of three stations operated by non-profit Texas Public Radio and broadcast at 100,000 watts to all of South Central Texas. It stands as an example of Mrs. McClain’s commitment to classical music and the arts in San Antonio.

The University of the Incarnate Word is a faith-based educational institution committed to excellence in the classroom, globalization of education, and supporting the mission of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Founded in 1881, the UIW system continues to develop internationally and boasts a presence in both China and Mexico, as well as in San Antonio. With an average class size of 25 students, The University of the Incarnate Word offers more than 40 degrees to outstanding students at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level.

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

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UIW Appoints New Dean of Preparatory Programs

Archived June 28, 2004

The University of the Incarnate Word has appointed Daniel I. Ochoa as the new dean of preparatory programs. Ochoa will assume his new position on June 14, replacing Sister Sally Mitchell, who will become a full-time faculty member in the Virtual University.

“I am deeply honored to follow in the footsteps of my predecessors, including Sister Sally Mitchell and Dr. Pat Watkins, and I will help implement policies to ensure the longevity of the Brainpower Connection schools and their success,” Ochoa said.

Ochoa has served as the principal at St. Anthony Catholic High School for the past three years. In his capacity, Ochoa led the school through a transition from an all-male institution to a co-educational learning institution.

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Dan’s experiences in developing St. Anthony into the fine school that it is provide him with the knowledge of leading Incarnate Word High School and St. Anthony into the future," said Mitchell, current dean of preparatory programs at UIW.

Ochoa plans to be very involved in the community to make sure all schools are well represented and will serve as a liaison between the university community and the schools in the Brainpower Connection.

The Brainpower Connection is a consortium of schools including Incarnate Word High School, St. Anthony Catholic High School, St. Peter Prince of the Apostles School and St. Anthony Catholic School. Through the connection, the schools share faculty and facilities in support of their mission to provide their students with the best educational opportunities available from pre-school to post-graduate studies.

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

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Student Selected as Finalist in MTV Competition

Archived June 15, 2004

Sam Sanders, a sophomore at the University of the Incarnate Word, is choosing not to lose by asking the San Antonio community to help him win a $5,000 scholarship.

The scholarship is sponsored by MTV’s Choose or Lose, a program aimed at influencing youth to vote and learn about their choices. Sanders is one of 10 finalists in a nationwide essay competition to discuss why our nation’s youth should commit to live their lives in public service.

The 10 finalists’ essays are posted on the Web site www.chooseorlose.com and anyone who visits the Web site will have a chance to vote on a favorite essay. Voting ends Monday, June 14.

A drive to school everyday inspired Sanders to write his essay about the need for equal funding in all school districts. Sanders noticed that one district has nice manicured lawns, while another has dilapidated buildings.

“It’s not fair today in our country to have disparities in funding. The less funding in a district, the lower the test scores and the higher the dropout rates. But you can solve a lot of the problem if they get equal funding,”Sanders said.

The 19-year-old political science major hopes to become the first African- American governor of Texas one day, when he will pass laws to make sure funding is equal at all schools.

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

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UIW Title V Office Sponsors Symposium on Learning

Archived June 14, 2004

Scholars from across the nation will be on hand for the 2004 Symposium on Pedagogy & Learning in Postsecondary Education sponsored by the University of the Incarnate Word Title V Office this June.

Academics from a variety of post-secondary institutions, including many Hispanic-Serving Institutions, will come together to discuss serving minority populations, as well as the global and digital realities of education in the 21st Century.

“This is an opportunity for other Hispanic Serving Institutions with Title V grants to present the results of their grant efforts,” said Dr. Annette Craven, assistant professor of management at UIW and event coordinator. “We invite everyone to share research and practices so that we can build better, more effective educational environments and experiences for the minority students that we serve.”

The symposium will be held June 11-12 at the University of the Incarnate Word. In addition to conference sessions, participants may attend a luncheon with guest speaker Lionel Sosa, a leader in the field of Hispanic-targeted advertising. Other distinguished speakers for the conference will be announced later this month.

Conference fees of $100 cover all sessions and meals. A CD of proceedings will cost an additional $25. Three pre-conference workshops - addressing “Diversity in the 21st Century,” “International Opportunities for Faculty & Students,” and “Service Learning as a Component of Curriculum” - will also be offered for $20.

For information, please call (210) 283-5031 or visit http://www.uiwtx.edu/~cheryla/TitleV/Symposium.html.

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UIW Hosts Women’s Leadership Conference

Archived June 9, 2004

The University of the Incarnate Word is hosting a women's leadership symposium “Breaking Barriers & Going Beyond” June 8 in the University of the Incarnate Word’s Sky Room.

The conference will include the expertise of eight female business leaders in San Antonio, including Dr. Denise Doyle, vice president for academic and student affairs at UIW.

“It’s an honor to be selected to participate in this symposium, and it’s appropriate that it be held at UIW since we have a long history of promoting women in society - a history that began with the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word,” Doyle said.

Topics to be covered include transcending gender stereotypes, blending personal and professional growth, bridging gender differences, creating a strategic network, and the role of corporate leaders in creating and maintaining an inclusive culture.

Top female business leaders from SBC, Harcourt, Frost Bank, Valero Energy Corporation, H-E-B and Chase Bank will lead the discussions. For a complete list of panelists, visit www.texasdiversitycouncil.org.

Registration for the symposium begins at 7:30 a.m.; panel discussion begins at 8:30 a.m., and the networking luncheon will be held at noon.

Registrations can be submitted online at www.texasdiversitycouncil.org. Membership and sponsorship opportunities are available by calling (210) 279-3277.

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

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Cardinal Unveiled as New UIW Mascot

Archived June 4, 2004

With fanfare and excitement, the University of the Incarnate Word announced today that its new mascot would be the Cardinals, in honor of the birds known for a proud crest, black mask and brilliant feathers.

The red-and-black bird, which is indigenous to the San Antonio area, easily rose to the top of the list of potential mascots, earning 30 percent more votes than the next highest candidate: the Saints. It will replace the Crusaders mascot, which had been in place since 1980.

“Of the various finalists, we decided that the Cardinals were the most fitting mascot for the university for several reasons,” said Dr. Louis Agnese Jr., president of UIW. “Because they’re indigenous to the area, cardinals have been part of the Incarnate Word campus since its founding in 1881. Their rich hues represent our school colors. And as birds, cardinals symbolize an ideal we promote – that through a college education, all of your dreams can take flight.”
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More than 4,000 ballots were cast by alumni, students, faculty and staff in the university’s online poll to determine a new mascot. The 46 selections ran the gamut, with nominations for everything from the Angels to the Wolves, from the Fire Ants to the Geckos. The top four vote-getters were Angels, Cardinals, Pumas and Saints.

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

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