UIW News

Table Of Contents/Summer and Fall 2005


Proyecto Alimento encourages Hispanics to enter Nutrition program

Cultural Exchange Addresses Nursing Shortage

UIW Celebrates Fall Class of 2005 Saturday

Non-Traditional Graduates Find Love With Diplomas

Light the Way Continues Until Jan. 6

Full Scholarships Available for Future Teachers

UIW Theatre Arts Presents As You Like It

UIW Theatre Arts Receives 11 Globe Awards

Record Enrollment Announced

Distinguished Speaker Series Continues Oct. 18

Heritage Day Celebrated Oct. 12

05-06 Theater Season Opens With Far Away

Professor Finds Spiritual Strength in Zambia

Liturgical Drama Presented Sept. 18

We The People: UIW Celebrates Constitution Day

Calvin Institute Grant Funds Workshops

Campus E-Mail System Improved Over Summer

UIW Admissions, Nursing Students Respond to Katrina

Students Receive Prestigious Study Abroad Scholarships

New, More Secure University IDs Issued

Professor Honored by Texas Commission on the Arts

S.A. Non-Profit Recognized for Gifts

UIW Board Welcomes New Trustees

Former Paratrooper Wins Prestigious Scholarship


Proyecto Alimento Encourages Hispanics to Enter Nutrition program

Archived January 12, 2006

The University of the Incarnate Word has formed a partnership with St. Philip’s College (SPC) on a two-year, grant funded project aimed at increasing the number of Hispanic students pursuing a degree in the field of Nutrition.

The prevalence of overweight and obesity is increasing worldwide at an alarming rate in both developing and developed countries. Proyecto Alimento: Success in Food and Nutrition will help to address the pressing issue of this growing epidemic.

The program is funded through a U.S. Department of Agriculture Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Education Grants Program. The goal of the program is to promote and strengthen the ability of HSIs to carry out higher education programs in food and agricultural sciences; attracting outstanding students from underrepresented groups; and produce graduates capable of enhancing the nation’s food and agricultural scientific and professional workforce. The funds received from the USDA will also provide scholarships and stipends for students. Proyecto Alimento will allow students to experience a wide range of research ideas and career opportunities in a growing field.

Students interested in the program will begin their education in the SPC culinary arts program. After earning an associate’s degree in applied sciences at the college, they will transfer to UIW to complete a bachelor’s of science degree in Nutrition. A degree in Nutrition will prepare them for a career in several areas including medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition, consulting dietetics, food service management, wellness education, sports nutrition, business dietetics or even as a nutritionist for the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.

UIW is the only private institution in Central and South Texas to offer full degree programs (bachelor’s and master’s) and internships in nutrition. The university strives to create and participate in meaningful partnerships that will address unmet educational, nutritional, and health needs of the San Antonio community.

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

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Cultural Exchange Addresses Nursing Shortage

Archived January 6, 2006

When the University of the Incarnate Word holds its fall 2005 commencement ceremony on Dec. 10, it will be a monumental event for the University and eight very special students. The students, all from the Philippines, will be the first group of foreign scholars to receive their Masters of Science in Nursing from an American university as part of an innovative cultural exchange program geared at improving the global nursing shortage.

In the fall of 2002, UIW partnered with Global Scholarship Alliance (GSA) and Methodist Hospital for this unique program that strives to produce the next generation of nursing leaders and educators through higher education and world-class academic training. UIW is the only university in San Antonio to have the program and one of 12 institutions in six states across the nation.

GSA recruits first-rate nurses in foreign countries and allows them to receive their licenses in the United States and then work on graduate degrees while they work part-time in a local hospital. After the students graduate they are allowed to stay within the United States to work full-time for 18 months. Once they have completed their full-time work experience, the students return to their native country hopefully to become leaders in nursing education and practice.

“We are very excited to help the nursing community within San Antonio and also the world,” said Kathleen Light, UIW dean School of Nursing and Health Professions. “This program was developed as an ethical response to all of the recruiting that hospitals were doing in foreign countries thus creating what I call a brain drain of nurses in their home country. Programs like this oneat UIW will help to correct the nursing shortage that has occurred.”

UIW will continue to help end the nursing shortage across the world through partnership with various hospitals. Approximately 50 students will take part in next year’s program.

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

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UIW Celebrates Fall Class of 2005 Saturday

Archived December 12, 2005

The University of the Incarnate Word will celebrate Fall Commencement this Saturday, Dec 10. UIW will hold two graduation ceremonies at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. in order to accommodate the graduating class and their families.

At 9 a.m., the graduates of the H-E-B School of Business and Administration start their celebration with a Baccalaureate Mass in the Fine Arts Auditorium. The mass will be followed by the Commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center.

The second set of commencement activities for the graduates of the Dreeben School of Education, the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, the School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering, the School of Interactive Media and Design, and the School of Nursing and Health Professions begin at 3 p.m. with a Baccalaureate Mass in the Fine Arts Auditorium. The graduation ceremony will follow mass at 5 p.m. in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center.

Both ceremonies will feature a commencement address by Dorothy Ettling, Ph.D., UIW professor of education. Ettling has been a member of the University’s faculty since 1999. She received her bachelor of arts in sociology from UIW (Incarnate Word College) and both her master’s and doctorate’s degrees in transpersonal psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. In 1994, UIW honored Ettling with a doctorate of humane letters.

Besides her academic accomplishments, Ettling is also director of the Women’s Global Connection, an organization that is dedicated to the development of women’s leadership in their local communities through education, research and cross-cultural dialogue.

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

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Non-Traditional Graduates Find Love With Diplomas

Archived December 9, 2005

Some might say it was a match made in heaven or maybe even that it was written in the stars, but for one special couple graduating Dec. 10, they would probably say it was just a part of the universe ... the University of the Incarnate Word, that is.

When Guadalupe, 46, and Salvador Salazar, 45, walk the stage at the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center at 11 a.m. this Saturday to receive their bachelor’s of arts degrees in business, they will have more than their diplomas to thank the University for. That’s because these two love birds met and eventually married while taking a course at UIW.

Guadalupe was attending courses through the University’s Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCaP) Santa Rosa campus and Salvador was attending the ADCaP courses at the Alamo Heights center, both taking an astronomy course with the same professor but on different days. As part of the course, students were assigned to take a field trip to the planetarium and that’s were this love story begins.

These two strangers were on a crash course for love and didn’t have a clue. They met as they stood in line at the planetarium. And as they begin to talk, they discovered that they were there for the same reasons. By the end of the day Guadalupe and Salvador had exchanged e-mail addresses under the premise of keeping in touch about the course.

For eight weeks their busy schedules only allowed them to see each other twice since that first day at the planetarium. Most of their communication about astronomy assignments and tests during that time took place through occasional e-mails and brief phone conversations. So the fact that they were both single parents with three children, both natives of San Antonio, and only months apart in age would have to wait.

And when the school semester finally ended, their relationship was finally able to evolve into more than e-mail friends. Three months after their whirlwind courtship began, Salvador decided to seize the day. What seem to be a simple day-trip to Austin, a one-day getaway, turned out to be the most important day of Guadalupe’s and Salvador’s life. Salvador, who was granted special permission by the State Capital Sergeant of Arms, got down on one knee and proposed to his one true love on the Senate floor.

“I never would have thought I would meet my soul-mate while attending a field-trip for class,” Guadalupe says laughing. “It is funny how life works out.”

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

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Light the Way Continues Until Jan. 6

Archived December 9, 2005

More than one million twinkling lights illuminated the night sky at the University of Incarnate Word on Nov. 19 to kick off the holiday season in style at the 20th Annual Light the Way celebration.

The festivities began with the celebration of a mass at 5 p.m. at St. Peter Prince of Apostles, and continued with an opening ceremony at the McDermott Convocation Center on the UIW campus.

Music was provided by the choirs of the University of the Incarnate Word, Incarnate Word High School, St. Anthony Catholic Elementary and St. Peter Prince of Apostles Catholic School. The St. Anthony Catholic High School jazz band also entertained the crowd. Patsy Torres was the featured entertainer.

Following the ceremony, mariachis will led a candlelight procession through the campus ending at the H-E-B Central Market parking lot for a small reception.

The ever-popular Light the Way event began 20 years ago in 1985 when UIW President Dr. Louis Agnese, Jr. shared his vision to unite the community in the spirit of the holiday season. While Dr. Agnese was going through the interview process for leadership of the school, the Sisters of Charity drove him through the beautiful lights displayed in the Windcrest neighborhood. It was then that he envisioned the entire campus illuminated by festive lights and the opportunity to share the experience with visitors of all ages.

A driving tour of the campus continues through January 6th.

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

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Full Scholarships Available for Future Teachers

Archived December 2, 2005

The University of the Incarnate Word will award 100 full scholarships in 2006 to students planning careers in the classroom.

The scholarships will be funded through the U.S. Department of Education through Teacher Quality Enhancement Grants Program, Title II of the Higher Education Amendments of 1998. With the rising cost of a college education, this grant will help ensure that qualified students have the opportunity to earn an exceptional education and become outstanding teachers.

The full scholarships will be awarded to graduate students seeking a Master of Arts in teaching. UIW’s Science and Mathematics Alliance for Recruiting and Retaining Teachers (SMARRT) project will receive over $2 million dollars over a three year period, to recruit and provide scholarships for prospective science and mathematics teachers who commit to teach in high-need school districts.

“Our mission is to recruit, prepare and retain high quality teachers with strong academic content knowledge in the areas of math and science,” Denise Staudt, Ed.D., dean of the Dreeben School of Education.

The SMARRT project is also designed to allow urban school districts experiencing severe teaching shortages in the areas of mathematics, science and ESL the opportunity to create a pipeline of highly qualified teachers by partnering with UIW to recruit, prepare and retain them.

UIW’s teacher preparation program is ranked in the first quartile of teacher preparation programs in Texas and has a 98 percent passage rate on the state mandated TExES exams required for certification.

For more information, call the Dreeben School of Education at (210) 829-2762.

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UIW Theatre Arts Presents As You Like It

Archived November 21, 2005

Romantic love has long been the topic of artistic contemplation, and the UIW Department of Theatre Arts continues the tradition as it presents Shakespeare’s As You Like It November 11-19 in the Coates Theater on the university campus.

One of The Bard of Avon’s early works, the play features two spirited princesses who go undercover to explore the wonder and folly of romance. Venturing to the forest of Arden, Rosalind and Celia endure mistaken identities, jealous lovers, and meddling family in their search for husbands.

Curtain times are 8 p.m. Nov. 11-12 and 18-19, 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13, and 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $8 for non-UIW students, with UIW students, faculty and staff receving one free ticket each. Groups of 10 or more may purchase seats for $6 each, and reservations are available by calling the theater box office at (210) 829-3800.

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

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UIW Theatre Arts Receives 11 Globe Awards

Archived November 9, 2005

The University of the Incarnate Word Theatre Arts department was recently honored at the Alamo Theater Arts Council 15th annual Globe Award presentation. UIW received 11 awards for their outstanding work during the 2004-2005 theatre arts season.

The awards presentation, which was held at McAllister Auditorium on the San Antonio College campus, handed out accolades in 25 categories. The categories included acting, directing, overall productions and technical achievements.

Winners included:

Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy - Lucy Sandy, “Goodnight, Desdemona (Good Morning, Juliet)” and “Anton in Show Business”

Outstanding Production of a Comedy – “Goodnight, Desdemona (Good Morning, Juliet)” and “Anton in Show Business

Outstanding Direction of a Comedy - Bryn Jameson, “Anton in Show Business”

Outstanding Performance by a Leading Actress in a Comedy - Brandy Martinez, “Goodnight, Desdemona (Good Morning, Juliet)” and Lynn Dulmaine, “The Miser”

Outstanding Scene Design - Arnulfo Maldonado, “La Malasangre”

Outstanding Costume Design - Margaret Mitchell, “La Malasangre,Goodnight, Desdemona (Good Morning, Juliet)” and “The Miser”

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

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Record Enrollment Announced

Archived October 19, 2005

The University of the Incarnate Word is now the fourth-largest private university in Texas, according to enrollment figures released by the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas.

Enrollment at Incarnate Word is at 5,202 students, up from 4,800 students last year. This is the first time UIW has topped the 5,000-mark in enrollment.

The 2005 ICUT numbers also show that UIW remains the largest Catholic university in Texas.

“We’re very pleased with the enrollment figures,” said Dr. Lou Agnese, UIW President.  “It shows that Incarnate Word is becoming a destination school for many students.”

In addition, the ICUT numbers show that only Baylor, SMU and TCU have larger enrollments than Incarnate Word.           

This marks the 19th time out of the last 20 years that UIW has set an enrollment record.  Since 2000, enrollment at UIW has increased by more than 40 percent           

The number of full-time freshmen students and transfer students now exceeds the total number of full-time students that were enrolled at Incarnate Word in 1985.

The diversity of the student body has also increased.  Sixty percent of the student body is either Hispanic or African American.  In addition, 47 countries are now represented on the UIW campus, the highest number in school history.

“The growth in our international enrollment illustrates that we are truly becoming a global institution,” added Agnese.

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

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Distinguished Speaker Series Continues Oct. 18

Archived October 19, 2005

The University of the Incarnate Word’s Distinguished Speaker Series presents Faith in Action: Catholic Identity and Community Involvement, the first presentation in 2005-2006 lecture series at noon Oct.18 in Marian Hall Ballroom.

The featured speaker will be Robert A. Ludwig, Ph.D., professor of Pastoral Theology and Director of the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University in Chicago. Since 1971, Ludwig has served as a pastoral theologian, educator, and administrator at several prominent higher education institutions.

He serves on the board of the National Catholic AIDS Network and is vice-president of the board for the Institute for Spiritual Leadership in Chicago. Ludwig is also a member of the faculty for the Illinois Catholic Hospital Association’s pilot educational program for executives in healthcare and social service organizations.

During the 1980s, Ludwig worked with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in several capacities. In 1984, he helped to develop Empowered by the Spirit: Campus Ministry Faces the Future, a pastoral letter on campus ministry for the group. And in 1987, he played an instrumental part in preparing the bishop-delegates for their participation in the Vatican Synod on Laity.

Ludwig has served as executive producer for over 100 educational videos and has authored several books; including his 1995 book Reconstructing Catholicism For a New Generation. Since its publication, Ludwig has spoken throughout the United States and Canada on the challenges and best practices of ministry to young adults. Ludwig resides in the city of Evanston with his wife Kathleen. They have three children.

Please join UIW as they welcome Robert Ludwig, Ph.D., to the campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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

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Heritage Day Celebrated Oct. 12

Archived October 13, 2005

The University of the Incarnate Word will celebrate Heritage Day on Wednesday, Oct. 12. The annual celebration honors the history and heritage of UIW which traces its roots to the founding of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.

This year’s theme is “Freely you have received; freely give.” The day will be marked by various activities around the campus. View the full schedule of events.

The celebration kicks off at 8:15 a.m. with an opening ceremony held at the CCVI cemetery located on the UIW campus (4301 Broadway). The ceremony will consist of a prayer service at the grave site of CCVI co-founders Sisters Madeleine and Pierre.

After the prayer service, visitors will be invited to go on a Heritage tour of the campus. Participants will also have an opportunity to tour the congregational archives where they can view artifacts from the founders of the university.

Following the tour of the congregational archives, a Eucharistic liturgy will be celebrated at noon at the Grotto honoring employees for their years of service. At 3 p.m. the festivities continue with an employee recognition ceremony. A reception will follow the ceremony at the Brackenridge Villa.

Please join UIW as we celebrate this special day that commemorates the blessing of the cornerstone of the CCVI Motherhouse in 1899.

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

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05-06 Theater Season Opens With Far Away

Archived October 7, 2005

The University of the Incarnate Word Department of Theatre Arts presents Far Away by Caryl Churchill as the first production of the 2005-2006 theater season.

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. on Sept. 30, Oct. 1, and Oct. 7-8, and for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6 in the university’s Cheever Downstage Theatre. For ticket information and reservations, please call (210) 829-3800.

Far Away was first produced in 2000 and is a thought-provoking dark comedy about the horrors of war. Churchill, who is one of Britain’s best-known contemporary playwrights, began her playwriting career in radio in the 1960s.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $8 for non-uiw students. A group rate of $6 per ticket is available for groups of 10 or more. UIW students, faculty and staff receive one complimentary ticket with valid UIW ID and may purchase a second ticket at the discounted rate of $8 per seat.

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

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Professor Finds Spiritual Strength in Zambia

Archived October 4, 2005

Africa, a continent that has been devastated by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The presence of AIDS has meant the destruction of the family unit. Children have become orphans and parents have experienced the unnatural process of watching their children die before the age of 16. The eyes of the world often focus on the dying and dead instead of the family members and society that is left behind. But for one local professor, healing the trauma of these families has become her mission.

Eula Pines, University of the Incarnate Word assistant professor of nursing, recently returned from a five-day program in Zambia. The Women’s Global Connection (WGC) sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word established a workshop to promote communication, personal empowerment and the development of tools to help families cope with their grief from the loss of loved ones.

As part of the WGC, Pines’ goal was to train community leaders and volunteers to attend to psychological loss of surviving children, parents and communities. Her training was essential to ensure the connections that may be broken during a time of mourning are reestablished and that families learn how to readjust to society and each other after suffering a devastating loss.

For Pines, the trip was more than an opportunity to share her expertise. The trip to Zambia provided her with an opportunity to explore her own feelings of loss. She was also able to connect with her cultural roots. “The trip was like a homecoming for me,” said Pines. “I was reunited with my sisters and brothers of the same spiritual root,” she continued. “Even though I had never met any of the people I worked with before, the nature of the people of Zambia made me feel like a long–lost relative. I was amazed by their ability to keep warm smiles on their faces even though their community was being torn apart by this epidemic.”

WGC sponsors routine trips to Africa and other countries to help these impoverished nations. Once a year, baskets and other wares from these areas are sold at UIW. The proceeds from these sales are returned to the craftsmen. The next sale is scheduled for Sept. 21. For more information on the basket sale and the WGC, please visit www.womensglobalconnection.org.

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Liturgical Drama Presented Sept. 18

Archived September 19, 2005

José Rubén De León felt an agonizing pain in his shoulder; he was doing a large gesture as the lead character, Scrooge, on the University of the Incarnate Word stage. He had pulled his shoulder out of the socket, requiring surgery and putting him out of commission for several weeks.

During his recuperation, De León became anxious and bored waiting for his shoulder to heal. He needed an outlet for his growing frustration so he turned to his former UIW religious arts teacher Sister Martha Ann Kirk for advice.  Having noted his creativity in class, she emphatically said “I want you to memorize the entire Gospel of Mark and develop a one-person drama that you can share with the community here in the chapel at Incarnate Word. I’m reserving the space right now so you better get busy.”

That was 13 years ago and De León has now performed Mark’s Gospel, A Drama of Hope in churches, schools and theatres in California, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and Dublin, Ireland. With his ability to compose music and sing, as well as act and write, he went on to create Francis of Assisi, a one-man musical which has delighted congregations and audiences with the story of the twelfth century saint.

In 1996 pain struck De León again when his mother died of cancer.  Struggling with the death of his mother, De León began to write, arrange, and record On Borrowed Time, Tiempo Prestado, a CD of bi-lingual songs that would   help to heal his grief and the grief of others. Much like his play, the CD was loved by people across the nation. De León was once again being invited to share his message with churches, school and other interest groups.

When De León graduated from high school in Laredo, he worked and did not have much hope of going to college, but finally found his way to Incarnate Word. Now Incarnate Word is delighted to have him back for his drama Juan Diego as a feature of the first workshop of their grant-funded series on gifts from many cultures in Christianity. The drama was originally commissioned by San Fernando Cathedral, but has been expanded and now includes UIW theatre arts graduate Amalia Ortiz, as well as De León.

His original dramas have received favorable acclaim at the Carver Cultural Arts Center and the Jumpstart Theatre. His play Lorca received a National Performance Network grant and has been shown in California, Kentucky, and throughout Texas. The San Antonio Express News wrote of De León’s Lorca as one of the “Ten Best Plays of 2003.” He has also performed extensively in other theatres.

UIW is proud to welcome the Juan Diego drama on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 3 p.m. in the Our Lady’s Chapel at UIW and the workshop “Hispanic Gifts,” Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.Both events are free and open to the public.  Registration is encouraged so that participants can be assured space and handouts. 

This program is made possible through a Worship Renewal Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by Lilly Endowment Inc. Full information and registration is available at www.uiw.edu/worshipws.

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We The People: UIW Celebrates Constitution Day

Archived September 16, 2005

Do you know who was the first President inaugurated for a term limited by the Constitution? Or, where the oath of office is found in the Constitution?*

The students at the University of the Incarnate Word will have the opportunity to learn these answers and more as they test their knowledge of our country’s constitution when the University holds a two-day event to celebrate Constitution Day.

The celebration presented by the UIW campus life office and political science department will begin on Wednesday night, Sept. 14 with a roundtable discussion on civil rights in the library auditorium that will feature participants from the FBI, Texas Civil Rights Project and the Republic Advancement Project.

The festivities will continue on Thursday with a Constitution Fair from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The fair will include information stations from “Meet the Framers” to the old School House Rock classic “Bill on Capital Hill.” Not to mention, students will have the opportunity to tempt their taste buds with fun carnival foods and challenge their constitutional I.Q. with trivia games. The event promises to be informational and educational.

For more information on Constitution Day, contact the UIW campus life office at 829-6034.

* Answers: Question 1-Dwight D. Eisenhower; Question 2-Article II, section 1, clause 8

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Calvin Institute Grant Funds Workshops

Archived September 13, 2005

The University of the Incarnate Word has received the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Grant.

The worship renewal grant is made possible through the institute located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by the Lilly Endowment INC. The grant will allow UIW to provide their community, as well as the San Antonio community with five educational workshops during the 2005-2006 school year. Each workshop will boast a cultural theme and feature a performance or concert highlighting the group’s gifts and traditions.

In its sixth year, the Calvin Institute awarded nearly $700,000 to 54 churches and organizations across North America. This year was especially exciting for the institute who received over 150 proposals from 36 denominations and 38 states along with four provinces. The grant recipients represent congregations and schools from 20 denominations in the United States and Canada.

The UIW workshops will kick off in the fall with the Hispanic Gifts Workshop Sept. 17-18. The workshop will begin at San Fernando Cathedral in the morning, continuing in the afternoon at UIW with music, lively arts and a performance of “Juan Diego.” The workshop will take place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and will be free and open to the public.

For more information on the Hispanic Gifts workshop and the other workshops occurring at UIW, please visit www.uiw.edu/worshipws.

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Campus E-Mail System Improved Over Summer

Archived September 13, 2005

While students might have enjoyed time off, or gained valuable experience during summer internships, UIW’s Office of Computing Services has been hard at work, and is pleased to announce that it has significantly improved the campus E-mail system over the break. 

On or about August 12, students will be receiving new email addresses that will take advantage of the enhanced capabilities of Microsoft Web Outlook.  Students will be able to keep their contacts, calendar, and email all in one place.  This new address will be UIW’s official method for communicating with students, so they are encouraged to check the new address often.

How to access new email addresses

The old email address followed this pattern: currentusername@universe.uiwtx.edu

The new address uses the following convention: currentusername@uiwtx.edu

Note that the “universe” part of the address has been dropped. 

To access the new address, navigate on the internet to the university home page at http://www.uiw.edu/.  At the bottom left of the UIW home page, click on “Exchange email.” This link will take users to the email account home page, where they may log in using the current username and password. 

Should students have any questions, they can contact the Computing Services Help Desk at 829-2721.

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UIW Admissions, Nursing Students Respond to Katrina

Archived September 13, 2005

The recent devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina has left hundreds of thousands of Americans in need. In the spirit of the mission of the founding congregation, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, the University of the Incarnate Word is prepared and has been assisting students displaced by this tragic event. To date, UIW has enrolled several students from institutions of higher education affected by this disaster.

UIW is making every effort to expedite the admission process and waive the related fees. Financial aid counseling has also been made available to these students. While traditional enrollment for the university has closed, the School of Extended Studies is able to accommodate students after Sept. 7 through the accelerated evening program and the online program.

The high schools of The Brainpower Connection, Incarnate Word High School and St. Anthony Catholic High School are also doing their part to assist the many students in need. IWHS has accepted students displaced by the storm and St. Anthony Catholic High School is currently talking with additional students as well.

“We will accept students as long as we have room in the classrooms,” says Dan Ochoa, UIW dean of university preparatory programs. “It is the least we can do in the wake of this terrible tragedy.”

Any student affected by Hurricane Katrina who is still interested in attending one of the Brainpower Connection schools may call 829-6005 for information.

In addition, the UIW nursing program is reaching out to those in need and is sending approximately 50 students and faculty per day to the shelter at Kelly USA. The nursing program is coordinating these efforts with the local Red Cross. The students and faculty volunteers will assist at the shelter for an indeterminate length of time.

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

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Students Receive Prestigious Study Abroad Scholarships

Archived September 2, 2005

Three prestigious international awards were granted to University of the Incarnate Word students.

Bradley Ahrens, Cecilia Morgado and David Perez were each awarded an opportunity of a lifetime when they were selected by three world-renowned scholarship foundations to spend the upcoming school year studying abroad.

Ahrens, a sophomore at UIW majoring in International Business, was awarded the National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Scholarship. The $20,000 scholarship will allow Ahrens to study at Charles University in the Czech Republic. 

The NSEP was established by congress in the aftermath of the Cold War to address the national security education needs of the United States. The organization provides outstanding and highly motivated U.S. students with the necessary resources and encouragement to study abroad to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for a commitment to seek work in the federal government. This year the NSEP awarded a total of 130 undergraduate student scholarships. The scholarship winners will be studying in 31 different countries.

Morgado, a junior International Business major received $5,000 from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. This program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. They aim to encourage students to choose nontraditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe and Australia.

The Gilman scholarship aims to support students who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, students with disabilities, and students of nontraditional age. Morgado will be studying this year at Schiller International University in Heidelberg, Germany.

The last UIW scholarship recipient is David Perez, a junior Music Therapy major. Perez received the Rotary International Ambassador Scholarship. The $25,000 scholarship will allow Perez the opportunity to study indigenous cultures and music therapy in Australia. Since 1947 nearly 37,000 men and women from 100 nations have studied abroad under this program. Today it is the world’s largest privately funded international scholarship program.

The purpose of the program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries. The program sponsors several types of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies.

While abroad, scholars serve as ambassadors of goodwill to the people of the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, the participants share their experiences, helping to create a greater understanding of different cultures.

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

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New, More Secure University IDs Issued

Archived August 25, 2005

UIW administrators know that every student’s favorite part of returning to school is having an ID photo taken. With this in mind, Incarnate Word has performed a systems upgrade for its identification card system, making all former student IDs obsolete.

All new and returning students are asked to stop by the Campus Life Office in Marian Hall to receive a new photo ID for the fall semester.

According to Marivel Guerrero, UIW business services coordinator, a primary reason for the switch was safeguarding student identities; the old IDs included a student’s social security number, while the new ones do not. In a society where identity theft is becoming more prevalent, she added, this was an important change.

The new IDs will be necessary to access all UIW facilities, including residence halls, the Library, dining halls, the Wellness Center, and to receive on-campus bookstore credit, Guerrero said.

While no appointment is necessary, in order to have the new ID issued, students will need to bring their current ID (returning students only), a driver’s license or other government-issued identification card, and their fall schedule.

Faculty, administrators and staff also are having IDs replaced. The public relations office has issued a schedule for employees to stop by Campus Life; for more information on the schedule, please call the Campus Life Office at (210) 829-6034.

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Professor Honored by Texas Commission on the Arts

Archived August 4, 2005

Kathy Vargas, chair of the UIW Art Department, recently was honored in Austin when she attended the State Legislative Session and was appointed Texas State Two-Dimensional Artist by the Texas Commission on the Arts.

The position is one of four created by the 77th Legislature and filled by outstanding artists selected for years of excellence and dedication to the arts in Texas. The remaining positions are state poet laureate, state musician and state three-dimensional artist.

Vargas, who has exhibited her photography across the United States, Latin America and Russia, picked up her first camera at the age of five. A picky eater as a child, her mother used the camera as a reward to coax her into eating.  She captured the world around her with a plastic camera, known as a Diana Camera, until she wore it out. She didn’t pick up another camera until she was 20, filling the years in between with painting, drawing and associating with professional artists.

“Actually I was hanging out with professional artists when I was 14 or 15. It was interesting because it was the very beginning of the Chicano Art Movement and so, there were artists who looked like me, who were opening galleries, so it was a good place for kids to hang out,” she said.

Since she resumed her role as a photographer, her work has reached far away places, with a little luck and a lot of talent.  “I’ve been lucky to have met a lot of curators and critics and they have been very kind and very responsive to my work,” Vargas said.

Vargas feels it is the responsibility of established artists to promote the work of younger artists, a task she has embraced through her five years at UIW, encouraging her students to work hard and develop their skills. Semester after semester, she is constantly amazed by the talent and achievements of her students, and they no doubt with hers.

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

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S.A. Non-Profit Recognized for Gifts

Archived August 1, 2005

A reception honoring past and present recipients of the Club Sembradores de Amistad Scholarship recently was held at the University of the Incarnate Word.

The reception provided members of the organization the opportunity to meet a few of the young men they have helped to support in their educational endeavors. Three of those individuals include UIW graduates Michael Ruiz and Joshua Jimenez and current UIW senior Randy Sanchez.

Ruiz is currently attending Texas A&M University were he is pursuing a degree in Veterinary Medicine. Jimenez is also extending his academic studies; he is currently pursuing his master’s degree in communications at UIW. Sanchez is majoring in Business.

Club Sembradores

Club Sembradores de Amistad de San Antonio was founded in 1961. The international, non-profit organization is headquartered in Monterrey, N.L. Mexico. Club Sembradores de Amistad, which means “sowers of friendship” in Spanish, focuses on the preservation of the Mexican culture, civic responsibility and the importance of education. The organization is dedicated to supporting scholarship endowments for underprivileged college students in the central Texas area who are among the first generation of their family to attend college and who qualify as being “financially and educationally disadvantaged.” Out of the six clubs the organization has in Texas, the San Antonio club is the largest.

Club Sembradores has raised over $800,000 in scholarships for local San Antonio colleges and universities. Since establishing their endowment at UIW, the club has awarded over $28,000 in scholarships and has an endowment of $84,000 at the University.

“It is an honor to meet the men that helped me get to where I am today,” said Jimenez. “Coming from a single parent family, the scholarship I received really helped me and my family out a lot,” he continued. “Thanks to Club Sembradores I was able to accomplish my goal of attending college and become the first college graduate in my family.”

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

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UIW Board Welcomes New Trustees

Archived July 14, 2005

The University of the Incarnate Word has added two members to the University Board of Trustees, Jay Clingman and Emily Denman Thuss.

Jay Clingman is currently Chairman of the Board and Market Manager for the Middle Market Bank, focusing on companies ranging in revenue from $10 million to $500 million in sales. He has 17 years experience with JPMorgan Chase. In 2004, he returned to San Antonio from Houston to oversee the merger between Bank One and JPMorgan Chase. Clingman holds a B.B.A. in Finance from Texas A&M University and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Along with his involvement in numerous organizations, he served on the UIW Development Board from 2002-2003. He and his wife Lisa have three children, James, Brandon and Sarah.

Also joining the Board this month is Emily Denman Thuss. A graduate of Stanford University, she has served as the Program Coordinator for the Enterprise Foundation since 1999. Her grant writing has resulted in over $120,000 raised for the worthwhile cause in five years. The Enterprise Foundation is committed to the creation and preservation of safe, affordable housing for the families of San Antonio. She has been active with a number of organizations including Habitat for Humanity, the San Antonio Coalition of Neighborhood Associations and the Monte Vista Historical Association.

The University of the Incarnate Word welcomes Jay Clingman and Emily Denman Thuss to the Board of Trustees.

For more information, please call the office of public relations at (210) 829-6001.

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Former Paratrooper Wins Prestigious Scholarship

Archived July 7, 2005

Christopher Mora, a University of the Incarnate Word senior, was awarded the William G. McGowan scholarship for the 2005-2006 academic year.

The prestigious scholarship given by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund will provide over $16,000 in tuition for Mora during his senior year. Mora, who transferred to UIW after serving as a paratrooper in the United States Army, is majoring in business.

The scholarship named in honor of William G. McGowan is awarded once a year to an undergraduate or graduate student in each participating school chosen by the foundation. It recognizes the academic achievements and excellence of students pursuing a major offered by an accredited business school. The McGowan Scholars program is designed to encourage leadership ability, interpersonal skills, and a significant involvement in academic, campus and communityactivities. The program also recognizes an excellence of character, a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurial potential.

McGowan founded the MCI Communications Cooperation in 1968. He led MCI and the communications industry in the creation of new technology, innovative services, and the introduction of competition in a previously monopolistic industry until his death in 1992.

McGowan was a man who was interested in a variety of industries. He recognized in education a unique means for instilling and fulfilling vision. McGowan saw within the health research and healthcare fields many unparalleled opportunities to improve its quality. He felt strongly about finding ways to access the untapped treasures housed in the minds and spirits of the young and putting to good use that crucial human resource.

In order to be eligible for the scholarship, all candidates must have a GPA of a 3.0 or higher, they must be a business major and also be a U.S. citizen. If they meet the initial requirements, students are then asked to submit three letters of recommendations from faculty or staff members from their college or university and submit an essay detailing the life and legacy of McGowan and how his vision is comparable to their own.

Mora wrote in his essay about McGowan “At the heart of every vision, every philosophy, there is a road traveled, which gives birth to its creation. McGowan lived such an admirable life that gave birth to such a remarkable vision; his efforts enabled the transformation of the phone service industry for the entire country and possibly the world.”

After graduation, Mora wants to attend law school so that he may pursue a law career within the federal government.

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

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