UIW News

Table Of Contents/Summer and Fall 2006


Decorated Soldier Graduates With Honors

UIW Honors Founding Congregation With Alumnae Award

Theatre Arts Presents Dickens' A Christmas Carol

UIW Celebrates 2006 Fall Class on Dec. 9

Angel of Hope Vigil Honors Children

Mamma Mia! Presidents Spaghetti Dinner is Nov. 28

UIW Makes President’s Honor Roll for Katrina Service

21st Annual Light the Way Set

First Annual Alumni and Parents Weekend Planned

Veteran’s Day Observances Planned

Sober Roads to Educate Students About Alcohol

Peace Day Celebrated With Play, Speakers

Students Collect Food for 20th Annual Golden Harvest

Renaissance Masterpiece Unveiled in Library

Burr Receives International Teaching Honor

School of Nursing and Health Professions Celebrates 75th Anniversary

UIW Honors Founders With Heritage Day

Acclaimed Author Santos to Visit UIW

Pharmacy Students to Take Oath of Service

Agnese Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Former City Manager Fox Joins UIW

2006 Wordstock Fest Features Faktion

$1 Million Grant to Fund Rural Health Care

Full Scholarships Available for Future Teachers

UIW Among Top Universities for Hispanics

UIW Begins Honduras Operation

ADCaP Northwest Center Opens


Decorated Soldier Graduates With Honors

Archived January 25, 2007

From a master sergeant in the military to a master of business administration, Kent Dolasky has achieved it all.

While on active duty in the Middle East, Dolasky began pursuing a graduate degree from the University of the Incarnate Word’s Universe Online program. He accomplished the bulk of his course work from a tent in the desert. He continued his studies throughout his transition back to the states and on Dec. 9 in the McDermott Convocation Center Dolasky, in full military dress uniform, walked the stage receiving his master’s degree.

For Dolasky, graduating with distinction is just one of the many honors that have been bestowed upon him this year. This past March, Dolasky’s outstanding service to his country was recognized with a Bronze Star for Valor and a Purple Heart for injuries sustained in combat. He and his team from the 5th Special Forces Group repelled enemy combatants in Al Kut, Iraq. Dolasky protected his unit while under fire, even after suffering the blast effects of a nearby explosion.

Currently, Dolasky is working as an instructor at the Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer Academy at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. His goal is to give back to University and the program that has given so much to him by becoming an instructor for UIW’s Universe Online.

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

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UIW Honors Founding Congregation With Alumnae Award

Archived January 25, 2007

As the University of the Incarnate Word’s 125th anniversary comes to end, the final celebration of this momentous occasion occurred Dec. 9 during the Fall Commencement.

The University honored the individuals that started it all by awarding the founding congregation, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word (CCVI), with the 2006 Alumnae of Distinction for Service in Mission award.

Approximately 1,000 Sisters living and deceased that have graduated from or worked at the University or Incarnate Word High School will be honored with the award.

The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word came to San Antonio in 1869 at the request of the Catholic bishop, to care for the victims of an epidemic of cholera and to establish the city's first hospital. Shortly after establishing the hospital, the Sisters established the first orphanages in San Antonio. In 1881 they established Incarnate Word School, an educational establishment for young women, which later became known as the College and the Academy of the Incarnate Word.

Throughout their history, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word have demonstrated their strong commitment to service. From their founding of hospitals, to their establishment of homes for children, to the opening of schools they have consistently demonstrated their commitment to the service of others. For that reason, UIW is proud to recognize all of the Sisters that have enriched the lives of the many people they have touched in the San Antonio community.

Sr. Betty Bluhm, CCVI Provincial Coordinator for the U.S. Province accepted the honor on behalf of the Sisters at the Commencement ceremonies; a number of the Sisters honored were present at each ceremony.

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

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Theatre Arts Presents Dickens' A Christmas Carol

Archived December 18, 2006

The Theatre Arts Department at the University of the Incarnate Word presents a new adaptation of the holiday favorite A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens’ classic tale of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge, loveable Tiny Tim, and the true meaning of Christmas.

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. on December 1, 8, 15 and 16, and 7 p.m. on December 7 and 14 in the university’s Coates Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $8 for non-UIW students; special group rates also are available. UIW students, faculty and staff may attend free of charge. For reservations, please call 829-3800 or 829-3810.

A feast for the imagination, A Christmas Carol delights the whole family with festive holiday songs, ghostly time travel, and its timeless message of goodwill and hope. Audiences may choose to extend their evening of cheer by enjoying Light the Way, illuminating the university’s campus with more than one million lights.

Costume designs are by Margaret Mitchell, Donald Robert Fox designed the set, lights, and sound, and Bryn Jameson and Robert Ball co-direct the production. The acting company features UIW Theatre Arts students, faculty, staff, alumni, and several local guest artists.

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

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UIW Celebrates 2006 Fall Class on Dec. 9

Archived December 11, 2006

The University of the Incarnate Word will celebrate Fall Commencement on Saturday, Dec 9. UIW will hold two graduation ceremonies to accommodate the graduating class; the first will be at 11 a.m. and the second at 5 p.m.

At 9 a.m., the graduates of the School of Graduate Studies and Research, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Dreeben School of Education, H-E-B School of Business and Administration (Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences), School of Interactive Media and Design, School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering and the School of Nursing and Health Professions start their celebration with a Baccalaureate Mass in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Immediately following the mass at 11 a.m. the Commencement ceremony will begin in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center.

The second set of commencement activities for the graduates of H-E-B School of Business and Administration begins at 3 p.m. with 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 Sara Kolb, Ph.D., UIW professor of nursing. Kolb is the 2006-07 University of the Incarnate Word Moody Professor.  Besides being a professor at the UIW School of Nursing and Health Professions, Kolb serves as the project director for Ministerio de Salud.  She was recently acknowledged as an outstanding professor by Scene in SA Monthly Magazine.  She has also received several prominent awards including the UIW Edward Zlotkowski Service Learning Award, CCVI Spirit Award and the President’s Award for District 8 of Texas Nursing Association.

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Angel of Hope Vigil Honors Children

Archived December 6, 2006

The San Antonio Angel of Hope Foundation in conjunction with the University of the Incarnate Word invite the San Antonio community to join them at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at the Angel of Hope statue located on the UIW campus (4301 Broadway) for a candlelight vigil in honor of all children who have passed on from this world.

The statue, a bronze depiction of a child angel with its arms stretched upward, was first introduced to the world in the best selling book entitled The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans, and later gained more recognition from the made for television movie by the same name, arrived in San Antonio this past September. The candlelight vigil is part of a nation wide memorial that takes place every year in December at each of the angel statues. The evening correlates with the date of the child’s death in the book.

The vigil will include a spiritual message and music. At the close of the ceremony, parents who have lost a child may honor their children by placing a flower at the base of the statue. Guests who attend the ceremony are also asked to bring a teddy bear for the Children’s Bereavement Center.

For more information on the candlelight vigil, visit www.saangelofhope.org

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Mamma Mia! Presidents Spaghetti Dinner is Nov. 28

Archived November 29, 2006

The University of the Incarnate Word president, Dr. Louis J. Agnese, Jr. along with UIW faculty, staff and administrators are grabbing their aprons and rolling up their sleeves as they get ready for the President’s Spaghetti Dinner.

At this annual event, UIW students are treated to a one of a kind traditional Italian dinner featuring Dr. Agnese’s secret family recipe. The event helps to make the Christmas season special for the students as well as unites the entire UIW community.           

The UIW faculty, staff and administrators will start preparations for the dinner at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 27 when they gather to hand roll meatballs. On Tuesday, Nov. 28 dinner is served from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Marian Hall Student Center (4301 Broadway). UIW students will dine on spaghetti, Italian sausage and all the trimmings along with a scrumptious variety of homemade desserts, magnifico!

Students will receive the royal treatment as they are served by Dr. Agnese and other university administrators, staff and faculty. Entertainment will also be provided for their enjoyment.

The event is free and open to all UIW students. For more information, contact the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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UIW Makes President’s Honor Roll for Katrina Service

Archived November 27, 2006

The University of the Incarnate Word was recently named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the work the university did during Hurricane Katrina.

During the disaster last year, UIW’s School of Nursing and Health Professions (approximately 30 faculty members and more than 120 students) helped to serve the needs of thousands of evacuees at Kelly USA.

The volunteers served in a number of capacities, including helping to run the immunization and wound clinics, setting up and overseeing the distribution of over-the-counter medications, and initiating the mandatory hand sanitizer dispensing stations at the entrance of the cafeteria, for which they received a commendation from the Red Cross.

UIW was one of only five Texas schools recognized on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for General Community Service, and the only university in San Antonio to make the list.

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

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21st Annual Light the Way Set

Archived November 20, 2006

More than one million twinkling lights will illuminate the night sky at the University of Incarnate Word on Nov. 18 to kick off the holiday season in style at the 21st Annual Light the Way celebration.

Light the Way activities will begin with a Mass at 5:30 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel (4301 Broadway). Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop José Gomez and Msgr. Tom Murphy. After the service, the opening ceremony will kick off at 7:30 p.m. in the McDermott Convocation Center. Music will be 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 will also entertain the crowd. Visitors are invited to bring a new unwrapped toy for the Elf Louise Toy Drive.

The ever-popular Light the Way event began over 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 6.

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

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First Annual Alumni and Parents Weekend Planned

Archived November 17, 2006

The University of the Incarnate Word will be hosting their first annual Alumni and Parents Weekend Friday, Nov. 17 through Sunday, Nov. 19.

The weekend will be filled with a variety of activities for UIW families and alumni including a barbecue, an opportunity to meet the UIW faculty, campus tours, a parent’s reception, a memorial mass, a champagne brunch and the 21st Annual Light the Way holiday celebration.

Come celebrate this special weekend with UIW. Space is limited for some events. For more information on Alumni and Parents Weekend, please contact 1-800-584-5322 dowload the Adobe Acrobat Flyer on the event.

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

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Veteran’s Day Observances Planned

In honor of all servicemen and servicewomen that have served our country, the University of the Incarnate Word will host a special Veteran’s Day ceremony at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 10.

The event will feature music by the Incarnate Word High School choir and readings by UIW students. There will also be a special tribute for all military members of the UIW community.

Following the ceremony, a wreath will be placed in Mission Plaza (4301 Broadway) to honor those who have served in the United States armed forces.

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

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Sober Roads to Educate Students About Alcohol

Archived November 10, 2006

Do you know your limit? How many drinks can you have before you are considered legally intoxicated?

That is the question that the University of Incarnate Word hopes their students learn the answer to when they host their annual “Sober Roads” event from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8 in the UIW Marian Hall Student Center.

As part of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, several UIW organizations and services sponsor “Sober Roads” to heighten UIW students' awareness of the problems associated with alcohol and drug use.

The event will feature mocktails, beer goggles and informational booths from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, the Texas Department of Transportation, the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, The San Antonio Police Department Central SAFFE Unit, the San Antonio AIDS Foundation and the University of Texas Health Science Center. More than 1,000 colleges and universities across the country will observe National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week.

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

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Peace Day Celebrated With Play, Speakers

Archived October 26, 2006

I don’t want to grow up; I want to play all day. The University of the Incarnate Word Dreeben School of Education is encouraging children of all ages to remember a child’s need and right to play by hosting one large playday. The playday entitled “Playday for Peace” is part of the University’s overall celebration of Peace Day on Wednesday, Oct. 25. This year’s theme is “Play is Peace on Earth.”

The fun begins at 9 a.m. on the Dubuis Lawn (4301 Broadway) when over 250 local elementary students will stake their claim to fun by visiting several activity stations including an artistic area for the up-and-coming Picasso, a dance station for the J-Lo in the making and a relaxing day at the spa for the littlest Divas in town.

The event is designed to draw attention to a wide array of play activities that schools, families, recreation facilities, and communities can provide for children.

If the sandbox is not for you, UIW has several other fun and informative Peace Day activities that may be right up your alley. Including a lecture at 10:15 a.m. entitled “Hope for the Homeless,” lunch at 12:15 p.m. with entertainment by Mombassa Code, a timely lecture on peace efforts in the Middle East at 1:15 p.m. and a panel discussion at 4 p.m. that will discuss international peace efforts taking place in Peru, Zambia, Mexico, Ireland and Guatemala. All lectures will take place in the UIW Marian Hall Ballroom.

Join UIW as they focus on finding ways to provide peaceful solutions to issues that are currently plaguing society.

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

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Students Collect Food for 20th Annual Golden Harvest

Archived October 24, 2006

Students from the University of the Incarnate Word will be rolling out of bed early and putting their best athletic foot wear forward, as they set out going door-to-door to collect canned goods and non-perishable food items this weekend for the 20th annual Golden Harvest event.

“Cardinals with a can do attitude” is the theme for this year’s harvest collection.  Over 250 student volunteers representing a variety of campus groups and organizations will set out at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning, Oct. 21 for this annual event sponsored by the UIW Student Government Association. The group is hoping to collect 4 tons of food. Last year, the event raised approximately 2.8 tons of food.

The students will be collecting food in Districts 9 and 10. All of the collected food will be divided and donated to several San Antonio charities including the San Antonio Food Bank, the Battered Women’s Shelter and Child Protective Services. All food items collected will be weighed at approximately 1:45 p.m. in UIW Marian Hall Ballroom.  

For more information on Golden Harvest, please contact the UIW student government association at (210) 829-3833.

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Renaissance Masterpiece Unveiled in Library

Archived October 20, 2006

The University of the Incarnate Word unveiled a masterpiece of the Florentine Renaissance era September 29. A painting from the studio of Sandro Botticelli (1446-1510) entitled Madonna del Libro (Madonna of the Book) has been acquired for the university’s new McCreless Art Gallery in the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library.

It is believed the artwork, provided through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Glen McCreless, was created in the 1480s. The piece, which measures approx. 42” x 56” when framed, is tempera on wood and depicts Mary with the Christ Child looking upon the Book of Hours, a popular book of prayers for laymen in the 13th through 16th centuries. As a symbol of his future passion, the Christ Child is holding three nails and a crown of thorns.

The original Madonna of the Book is thought to be housed in the Museo Poldi Pezzoli in Milan, Italy. That version is notably smaller and lacks some of the details of the painting owned by the McCrelesses. However, art professionals McCreless consulted have noted that this more elaborate rendition was most likely commissioned by a wealthy family based on the original piece. They note that the monogram embedded in the painting’s Book is indeed Botticelli’s monogram, a rare find and something lacking on even the Milan version.

Botticelli, probably best known for his work Birth of Venus (1485), had a very distinct style. His works often have a sense of melancholy and a strong emphasis on line. Botticelli worked for some of Italy’s finest churches and most distinguished families during his lifetime. In 1481, he was among several artists commissioned by the Pope to decorate the walls of the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel.

The painting is certainly symbolic of who we are,” says Dr. Louis J. Agnese, Jr., president of the university. “We feel a strong connection with its powerful message and what it depicts. We’re very pleased that the painting will be displayed in our library because it is a fitting place of reverence for such a magnificent work of art.”  

The painting will be available for public view after Sept. 29, appointments are recommended; call (210) 829-3837. Contact the office of public relations at (210) 829-6001 for more information.

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Burr Receives International Teaching Honor

Archived October 20, 2006

University of the Incarnate Word Professor Pat LeMay Burr, Ph. D., Distinguished Chair-International Business, has been named the international recipient of the prestigious Wal-Mart Teaching Excellence Award given by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

The award recognizes the top baccalaureate/graduate teacher in the world for his or her outstanding leadership and service in business education based on the following criteria: quality of classroom teaching and learning, institutional versatility, curriculum development, professional development and community commitment.

Dr. Pat Lemay Burr

Dr. Pat LeMay Burr (rear)

Burr, who first was selected as the regional winner for Region Six (that region includes Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma), was selected from seven international regional honorees to receive the award.

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

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School of Nursing and Health Professions Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Archived October 18, 2006

The University of the Incarnate Word School of Nursing and Health Professions, as part of their 75th Anniversary celebration, presents the Sr. Charles Marie Frank Lecture at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17 in the UIW Rosenberg Sky Room (847 E. Hildebrand). The lecture will feature Mary Elaine Jones, Ph.D., UIW Brig. Gen. Lillian Dunlap Endowed Professional Chair in Nursing.

Jones, an alumna of the University, will present “Vulnerable Populations in our own Backyard: Improving Health Through Research.” Her lecture will focus on health promotion research that the University nursing research team has been doing with both student and employee populations on the UIW campus.

Since returning to her alma mater in 2002, Jones has worked closely with a UIW faculty research team to develop a program of research on issues of cardiovascular health risks. The research team has published several papers on their findings describing the risks among college students, young men and older Hispanic women.

Jones has been a leader in nursing education for several years. She directed the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) for 10 years. While at UTA, she co-founded the Center for Hispanic Studies in Nursing and Health. As part of her work at the Center, she led student and health professional study groups to Cuernavaca, Mexico, for language and cultural study.

Jones holds a Master of Arts in Parent Child Nursing from New York University and a doctorate degree in Cultural Anthropology from Southern Methodist University. She is married to T. David Jones and they have two children, Catherine and Matthew.

Please join the UIW for this interesting and informative presentation. The lecture is open to the public.

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

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UIW Honors Founders With Heritage Day

Archived October 12, 2006

The University of the Incarnate Word celebrated Heritage Day on Wednesday, Oct. 11. The day was marked by various activities around the campus.

The annual celebration honors the history and heritage of the University and its founders the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word (CCVI). This year’s theme was “A Place at the Table.” 

Heritage Day celebrations began at 8:15 a.m. with an opening ceremony held at the CCVI cemetery located adjacent to the UIW campus. The ceremony consisted of a prayer service at the grave site of the CCVI co-founders Sisters Madeleine and Pierre.

After the prayer service, participants were invited to attend an official recognition ceremony at 11:30 a.m. at the Brackenridge Villa where the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word received official recognition from American Forests and the Texas Forest Service for having the largest Texas mountain laurel tree in the nation. The Texas Forest Service has also registered the tree, located on the UIW campus, in the Texas Big Tree Registry.

Following the recognition ceremony, a Eucharistic liturgy was celebrated at noon at the UIW Grotto. The festivities continued at 1:30 p.m. with the Leadership Ceremony held in Our Lady’s Chapel. During the ceremony, two events will took place – the unveiling of the leadership wall and a special dedication in honor of Sr. Margaret Patrice Slattery, CCVI, UIW President Emerita.

At 3 p.m. in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word, University employees were honored for their years of service in an employee recognition ceremony. A reception followed the ceremony at the Brackenridge Villa.

This was a very special day for the University, its faculty, staff and students. The entire San Antonio community was invited to celebrate with us as we celebrate Heritage Day, a day that commemorates the blessing of the cornerstone of the CCVI Motherhouse in 1899.

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

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Acclaimed Author Santos to Visit UIW

Archived September 28, 2006

The University of the Incarnate Word College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences presents a day with John Phillip Santos, 2006 Featured Author for the “One Book One San Antonio” city-wide project.

Santos, a well-known journalist and author of television documentaries, will begin his UIW visit at 2:35 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, in the J.E.and L.E. Mabee Library Auditorium (4301 Broadway). His first presentation will be entitled “Finding the Mestizo Voice” and will explore the mestizo history, culture and identity in the context of today’s society.

At 6 p.m. in the UIW Rosenberg Sky Room (847 E. Hildebrand) Santos will read excerpts from his 1999 work Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation. The book, a memoir, moves back and forth through the winding road of Santos’ life. The fascinating story focuses on his parents’ families the Garcías and the Santoses, and the lives they led over the 19th and 20th centuries as they moved from Northern Mexico to Texas and occasionally back to Mexico again before finally settling in San Antonio.

Currently, Santos is a visiting fellow at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. He is in the final stages of his book of poems Deep Fields that will be released in 2007 along with another collection of poems entitled Songs Older Than Any Known Singer.

Please join UIW as they welcome John Philip Santos. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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

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Pharmacy Students to Take Oath of Service

Archived September 26, 2006

A commitment to service, that is what 79 students pledged their allegiance to when the University of the Incarnate Word John and Rita Feik School of Pharmacy held their first annual White Coat Ceremony (WCC) on September 15.

The ceremony marked the inaugural class entrance into pharmacy school. During the event, students were presented with a white lab coat that symbolizes their commitment to the pharmacy professions.

After the students donned their formal robes, they recited the Oath of Maimonides, pledging to commit to the service of humankind, the welfare of humanity and the relief of human suffering. The keynote speaker for the ceremony was honorable Henry G. Cisneros.

The WCC is the latest step for UIW’s School of Pharmacy as they work toward reaching their goal of helping to alleviate the nation’s pharmacist shortage. The John and Rita Feik School of Pharmacy is the first private pharmacy institution within the state of Texas.

The idea of the White Coat Ceremony originated in 1993 at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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

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Agnese Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Archived September 26, 2006

AgneseUniversity of the Incarnate Word (UIW) President Dr. Louis Agnese, Jr., received the Ford Salute to Education Lifetime Achievement Award last month.

Agnese, who is celebrating his 20th anniversary at the University, was recognized for the innovative marketing strategies he used to transform UIW from one of the smallest private universities in Texas to its current status as the fourth largest private institution in the state. The award was presented to Agnese by longtime friend and colleague Lionel Sosa.

The Ford Salute to Education was established by the Ford Motor Company and local Ford and Lincoln Mercury dealers to provide college scholarships to high school seniors, award grants to schools and nonprofit organizations and to recognize outstanding individuals for their contributions to the field of education.

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Former City Manager Fox Joins UIW

Archived September 21, 2006

Former San Antonio City Manager Louis J. Fox has joined the University of the Incarnate Word as Special Assistant to the President.

Fox, who served as Lubbock City Manager from 2004 to 2005, previously served as the Deputy City Manager and then City Manager of San Antonio from 1981 to 1990.  His earlier positions included Chief Executive Officer of Urban Advisory Services, a locally based consulting firm, City Manager of Orange, TX, Assistant City Manager for Overland Park, KS and Administrative Analyst for Wichita, KS.

He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Missouri, Columbia and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas. He also attended the Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Executive Program at Harvard University.

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

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2006 Wordstock Fest Features Faktion

Archived September 11, 2006

The lazy days of summer are coming to an end and soon students throughout the city will return to the classroom. In celebration of the start of another great school year the University of the Incarnate Word will once again host the annual back to school bash, Wordstock on Saturday, Sept. 9 on the UIW campus.

The entire city is invited to the celebration which features food and beverage booths, games, live music and fun for the whole family. Faktion will headline the stellar lineup of musical entertainment which includes 51 Acres, 5 star and Anagen. All proceeds from the event benefit the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the San Antonio Educational Partnership and the University of the Incarnate Word Endowed Scholarship Fund.

You won’t want to miss the fun from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Sept. 9 on the UIW convocation/natatorium grounds (4301 Broadway). Admission is $5 for the general public.

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

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$1 Million Grant to Fund Rural Health Care

Archived August 15, 2006

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) has been awarded a $1 million dollar grant to start a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) program beginning this fall.

Currently, there is a shortage of qualified health care providers within rural Texas counties. UIW’s new CNS program will help to address this pressing issue.

The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). It will help to address the national Healthy People 2010 initiatives to increase life expectancy, improve individuals’ overall quality of life and to eliminate health disparities among different segments of the population. The goal of the CNS program is to prepare advanced practice registered nurses to assist adult clients of all ages who are living with chronic illnesses.

UIW is seeking registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree from 13 counties surrounding San Antonio to take part in this program. The 13 counties are Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Gonzalez, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, LaSalle, Medina and Wilson counties. Courses for the program will be taught both within the traditional manner and on-line. Upon graduation, the student will have a Master’s in Nursing and be eligible to take the Medical Surgical CNS exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  

Students interested in the program may contact UIW associate professor of nursing, Sandra Strickland, Ph.D., RN, at (210) 829-3988 or by email at strickla@uiwtx.edu. Financial aid may be available for those who qualify. Additional funding may be available during the final year of study.

Nurses with CNS skills are needed to provide direct clinical care to individuals and improve the health of aggregates of patients at the population level.

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

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Full Scholarships Available for Future Teachers

Archived August 15, 2006

The University of the Incarnate Word will award 50 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 Among Top Universities for Hispanics

Archived August 15, 2006

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) was recently ranked as one of the top 100 universities across the nation to grant bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics by The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education (Hispanic Outlook).

UIW placed 59th in the rankings with 645 Hispanic students earning degrees in 2005. The ranking is based on figures from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The University is one of 21 Texas universities in the top 100.

Hispanic Outlook also ranked UIW 65th among the top 100 four-year Hispanic serving institutions and 88th for awarding master’s degrees to Hispanics. Both of those rankings were derived from 2004-2005 data gathered by the NCES.

UIW continues to make great strides in the world of higher education. Today, the University is the largest Catholic university in Texas and also the fourth-largest private institution of higher learning in the state. UIW offers more than 70 undergraduate and graduate programs of study in a multitude of fields.

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

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UIW Begins Honduras Operation

Archived July 20, 2006

The University of the Incarnate (UIW), known for its strong international relations has once again forged new ground.  Through a partnership with Joint Task Force-Bravo, a component of the U.S. Southern Command at the Enrique Soto Cano Air Force Base in Honduras, UIW will begin to offer educational programs to military personnel and Honduran civilians who work on the base this month.

“You’ve got service members who don’t have the opportunity to take advantage of education while in Honduras,” said Vince Porter, dean of UIW’s Adult Degree Completion Program.  ”We are taking on location and online opportunities to them.”

Students will have the opportunity to take courses in the classroom or online, giving these service members flexibility to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees conveniently.

If students leave the base before they finish a class they will have the opportunity to finish online.

Military personnel receive $4500 per year in governmental tuition assistance. With the UIW classes offered at a reasonable $250 per credit hour, students can cover their tuition expenses with their government assistance.

“The only real out-of-pocket expense is the books,” said Porter. In an effort to further reduce the financial burden, students are given the option to either purchase their books or rent them.

UIW Honduras

(l. to r.) Vince Porter, dean of UIW’s Advanced Degree Completion Program; Cyndi Porter, dean of UIW’s Universe Online; ESO Ruthven Demas and office worker Lesly Tejeda, in front of the UIW Office Hooch.

Soto Cano is a Honduran military installation about 60 miles from the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa. There are over 500 U.S. military personnel and more than 600 Honduran civilians on the base. Fifty-one students have already enrolled in the program. Classes begin June 12, 2006.

Classrooms and offices have been established on site utilizing a group of structures called hooches (wooden structures on stilts) forming a UIW campus on the base. Both American and Honduran faculty members will teach the classes.

UIW has similar programs in place in both Mexico and China. UIW is the only institution to offer on-site classes at the air base.

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

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ADCaP Northwest Center Opens

Archived July 13, 2006

The University of the Incarnate hosted an open house and blessing for the new location of the Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCaP) site on June 15.

The 21,000 square foot, full-service facility located at 9729 Datapoint Drive will host evening and weekend ADCaP classes.  It will also serve as the location for the first year of classes of the Feik School of Pharmacy, which is currently under construction with an expected completion date of May 2007. The new facility includes fifteen classrooms, 2 computer labs, 4 offices, a student lounge, a faculty/staff lounge and a wet lab.

“Without the help Stanley Rosenberg, this opening would never have been possible,” said Dr. Louis Agnese, UIW president.

Rosenberg, owner of the Datapoint facility and a longtime friend of UIW, is an attorney with Loeffler, Tuggey, Pauerstein, Rosenthal LLP. A lawyer since 1955, Rosenberg has advised major business clients, including an NFL team owner, on a broad range of subjects from real estate to corporate matters. Rosenberg has handled initial public offerings for a number of companies and advised on the sales of multimillion-dollar businesses.

Established in 1995, the ADCaP program meets the needs of working adults who balance a career, family and social responsibility while working to complete their degree program. The flexible schedule extends the benefits of undergraduate education to those individuals unable to attend traditional day classes. Financial aid and veteran’s benefits are available.

An accelerated evening format offers classes in eight-week terms. Students attend two courses, each term. Each course meets two nights per week (Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday) in one of two periods (5:30 p.m. – 7:40 p.m. or 7:50 p.m. – 10 p.m.). Saturday courses also are available. The new facility can accommodate 40 classes per term, with an average class size of 16-20 students.

The Datapoint facility is one of three ADCaP locations in San Antonio. There is also a facility in Corpus Christi. Working in conjunction with area community colleges, the program strives to make the transfer process seamless.

In a partnership with Northwest Vista College (NVC), the site is also used during the day for NVC classes.

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

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