UIW News

Table Of Contents/Summer and Fall 2007


Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships Available for Community College Students

Fall 2007 Commencement Celebrated

One Million Lights Light the Way

Fashion Show Honors Designer Sinclair

Theatre Arts Presents The Clean House

UIW Welcomes Speaker from MTV’s Real World

Veteran’s Day Observances Set for Nov. 12

UIW Welcomes Internationally Renowned Pianist William Westney

McCreless Art Gallery Receives Additions

Dreeben School of Education Hosts Play Day for Peace

Acting Surgeon General, Chief Army Nurse to Speak

Students Harvest Good Will

Heritage Week Activities Begin Oct. 15

Feik School of Pharmacy Dedication Set

UIW Joins University and College Accountability Network

Enrollment Continues to Soar

UIW Introduces Rave Alert Emergency Notification System

Nursing Professor Receives National Recognition

Pharmacy Class of 2011 to Don White Coats

Students, Faculty Aid Nonprofits During Meet the Mission

Wordstock Festival Kicks Off School Year

UIW Takes Another Step Toward Receiving Pharmacy Accreditation

Arizona Campus Licensed by State, Set to Begin Classes

Santiago Arrives at UIW

Pharmacy Students Learn on the Job

Inaugural Summer INstitute Underway



Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships Available for Community College Students

Archived February 1, 2008

The University of the Incarnate Word is pleased to announce the addition of a new $2000 Phi Theta Kappa scholarship to recognize students with outstanding academic achievement beginning Fall 2008.

Phi Theta Kappa members from accredited 2-year institutions are eligible to automatically receive the scholarship, pending membership verification and acceptance to the university.  Recipients must provide all college transcripts showing 12+ hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.45 or higher on a 4.0 scale and maintain continuous full-time undergraduate enrollment status at UIW for the duration of the award period. The award is renewable (up to 4 years) with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

This scholarship is in addition to the generous merit awards and scholarships currently available at UIW for transfer students.  Part-time students, ADCaP, online and students with a previous bachelor’s degree are not eligible for this scholarship.

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society of more than 2 million members for students of two-year colleges and academic programs.

For further information, contact the Office of Admissions at 210-829-6005.

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Fall 2007 Commencement Celebrated

Archived January 16, 2008

The end has come for the fall class of 2007. The University of the Incarnate Word celebrated Commencement on Saturday, Dec 8. UIW held two graduation ceremonies to accommodate the graduating class; the first was at 11 a.m. and the second at 5 p.m.

Approximately 300 students from the H-E-B School of Business and Administration and the School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering celebrated their collegiate accomplishments with a Baccalaureate Mass in the Fine Arts Auditorium at 9 a.m. and an 11 a.m. Commencement ceremony in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center.

The second set of commencement activities for the 280 graduates of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, the Dreeben School of Education, the School of Interactive Media and Design and the School of Nursing and Health Professions began at 3 p.m. with Baccalaureate Mass in the Fine Arts Auditorium. The graduation ceremony followed mass at 5 p.m. in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center. As the graduates took their final walk across campus, they were greeted by the sparkle of approximately a million Christmas lights that adorn the tress and buildings on the campus.

Both ceremonies featured a commencement address by Sister Eilish Ryan, CCVI, Th.D., UIW professor of religious studies. Ryan is the 2007-08 University of the Incarnate Word Moody Professor.  Besides being a professor at the university, she also serves as director for the school’s Pastoral Institute.

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

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One Million Lights Light the Way

Archived January 7, 2008

A million twinkling lights will illuminate the night sky at the University of Incarnate Word through January 6 as the university kicks-off the holiday season in style at the 22nd Annual Light the Way celebration.

Light the Way activities began with a Mass and opening ceremony in the McDermott Convocation Center. Music was provided by the choirs of the University of the Incarnate Word, Incarnate Word High School, St. Anthony Catholic School and St. Peter Prince of Apostles Catholic School. The St. Anthony Catholic High School jazz band also entertained the crowd.

The ever-popular Light the Way event began over twenty 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. This event is sponsored by UIW and H-E-B.

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

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Fashion Show Honors Designer Sinclair

Archived December 3, 2007

The University of the Incarnate Word Fashion Design and Merchandising Department held a special fashion show and reception honoring Texas fashion designer and philanthropist Mary Anne Sinclair on Monday, Nov. 19.

The fashion show, which showcased Sinclair’s designs, began at 5:30 p.m. in the UIW Marian Hall Ballroom (4301 Broadway) and was immediately followed by a reception in the Joyce Building.

Sinclair’s designing abilities came naturally. By the age of 13 she was sketching the designs on crinoline for the Fiesta gowns and trains that her mother constructed. She established her couture business Sinclair Designs, Inc. in 1982.

During her 22 year career, she created designs for soap opera stars, politicians’ wives, actress Shirley McClain and author Ann Rice. Her creations were also displayed on many socialites in the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Germany and Venezuela. During the height of her career, her designs were showcased in New York showrooms, Bergdorf Goodman’s and Neiman Marcus. Her designs always featured vibrant colors and fabrics from Europe to create a true feminine look.

Besides her colorful designs, Sinclair is also known for her over the top and off the wall home décor and her philanthropy work. She is the “ringleader” of the nonprofit organization Clown’s Who Care. Sinclair established the organization after surviving breast cancer. The organization which consists of over 30 professional women that dress in elaborate costumes regularly visits and entertains sick children and their families at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. She also established Designer Dining which funds free mammograms for local Corpus Christi residents without health insurance.

During her distinguished career, she has received several awards and recognitions including being a 2002 Olympic Torch bearer, the 2004 Governors Humanitarian Award and the Ronald McDonald, Casa de Amor, 2005 Humanitarian Award. She was also featured in 2005 on the CBS Morning Show and in 2006 in People Magazine.

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

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Theatre Arts Presents The Clean House

Archived November 19, 2007

What happens when a haughty, successful doctor’s tidy life suddenly becomes messy, both literally and figuratively? In Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House, just such a scenario plays out, offering transcendence into forgiveness and an understanding of the beauty of imperfection.

The UIW Theatre Arts Department presents this winner of the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and runner up for the Pulitzer Prize for drama on Nov. 9-11 and 15-17 in the campus’ Cheever Theater.

The performance features Argentinean guest artist Marisa Varela as “Ana,” the older “other woman,” and student performers Laura Darnell as Lane, Andy Douglas as Charles, Vanessa Lopez as Matilde, and Saska Richards as Virginia.

Friday and Saturday performances (Nov. 9-10 and 16-17) are set for 8 p.m., while the Sunday, Nov. 11 matinee will be at 2 p.m. Curtain time for the Thursday, Nov. 15 show is at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for non-UIW students, and a group rate of $6 per ticket is available. Incarnate Word students, faculty and staff may attend free of charge. For more information, or reservations, please call the theater box office at 210-829-3800.

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UIW Welcomes Speaker from MTV’s Real World

Archived November 16, 2007

This is the true story, true story, of local college students who decided to stop being unrealistic about the effects of drinking and get real.

The University of the Incarnate Word is getting real next Thursday, Nov. 15 when they welcome Ruthie Alcaide from MTV’s Real World: Hawaii. Alcaide, who will speak at 7 p.m. in the UIW Marian Hall Ballroom (4301 Broadway), will tackle the root causes of drinking and discuss the ways to approach them.

Alcaide came to fame in 1999 when she was a member of the eighth season of MTV's popular reality television series The Real World, which focuses on seven diverse strangers living together for several months in a different city each season, as cameras follow their lives and interpersonal relationships. During her time on the show, Alcaide was portrayed primarily as a party girl who was temporarily kicked off the show to enter rehab—an image that she has stated was "very one-sided."

Since then, Alcaide has embarked on a career in the music field and has devoted her life to speaking with college students across the nation about drug and alcohol awareness, diversity, racism, and sexuality. Her personal anecdotes and unique perspective bring the anti-alcohol abuse message home in a personal, relatable way.

UIW invites the San Antonio community to join them for this informative presentation sponsored by the Speakers for Achievement and Success. The event is free and open to the public.

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

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Veteran’s Day Observances Set for Nov. 12

Archived November 13, 2007

In honor of all who have served our country, the University of the Incarnate Word will host a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 12 on the Dubuis Lawn (4301 Broadway).

This year, the UIW Veterans Day committee’s goal is to encourage everyone to remember the reason Veterans Day was established. They want to celebrate the courageous individuals who have willingly put themselves in harm’s way to protect the liberties our nation was founded on.

Unlike previous years, UIW will not have just one special guest speaker. Instead, the university will have several veterans who also attend UIW serve as speakers for the event. Their speeches will focus on the connection between their lives in the military and their lives as college students.

The ceremony will also feature the Churchill High School performing drill team.            Following the ceremony, an honor wreath will be placed on the lawn of the Brackenridge Villa.

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

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UIW Welcomes Internationally Renowned Pianist William Westney

Archived November 9, 2007

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) will host internationally renowned pianist William Westney at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8 in Our Lady’s Chapel (4301 Broadway) on the UIW campus.

Westney’s performing credentials include top piano prize in the Geneva International Competition, top prize (and only American winner) in Radiotelevisione Italiana auditions, recitals at New York's Lincoln Center, in London, in Taiwan and Korea, throughout Italy on a U.S. State Department tour, and on NPR's "Performance Today.”

During the concert, Westney will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Liszt, Moritz Moszkowski, Klement Slavicky, Bill Evans, Cy Walter, and Earl Wild.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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

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McCreless Art Gallery Receives Additions

Archived November 2, 2007

In honor of the 10th Anniversary of the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library dedication the University of the Incarnate Word held a special reception on Sunday, Oct. 21 in the library (4301 Broadway).

During the reception, the library unveiled the latest additions to the McCreless Art Gallery including a painting of Saint Leonard (1320), the patron saint of prisoners of war. Visit the MccCreless Art Gallery Web Site.

The rendition of Saint Leonard was originally part of a fresco which was transferred to canvas near the city of Siena, Italy. The painting is a full length depiction of Saint Leonard holding manacles and a Bible. It is believed that the artwork, provided by the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Glen McCreless, is the oldest fresco of Saint Leonard in the Western Hemisphere. The painting was originally part of a collection owned by William Randolph Hearst.

Fresco is a painting technique where colored pigments are painted directly on fresh lime-plaster. It is the oldest known form of painting and during the Renaissance era it was regarded as the “Mother of all Arts.” Michelangelo used this technique when painting the Sistine Chapel.

Besides the rendition of Saint Leonard, the university will unveil a Saint Anthony of Padua with Saints Paul and Mary Magdalene (1550) triptych (three piece panel) in the form of a portable altarpiece used for private devotions. The central panel depicts a simultaneous narrative as two separate episodes: in the lower right hand background St. Anthony, a Franciscan Monk, is seen kneeling in prayer while in the left foreground he is seen receiving the vision of the Christ child.

In addition to the fresco painting and three piece panel, the McCreless family will also showcase two pieces from their private collection that will be on loan for a limited time, a Psalter Leaf from France (1525) and a Church of San Simeone Piccolo painting (1750).

The Leaf is an original piece from a Cistercian Convent prayer book from the section of “Hours of the Cross” and the painting is a depiction of the last church built in the Republic of Venice during the years 1718-1738.

The painting of St. Leonard and the triptych will join the painting from the Studio of Botticelli entitled Madonna del Libro on permanent display in the McCreless Gallery. The gallery, which opened in the fall of 2006, continues to make an effort of sharing the arts with society’s younger generations.

The painting along with the other works will be available for the public view after Oct. 21, appointments are recommended; call (210) 829-3837.

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

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Dreeben School of Education Hosts Play Day for Peace

Archived October 25, 2007

Let children play. The University of the Incarnate Word’s Dreeben School of Education and Office of Campus Ministry are encouraging everyone to remember a child’s need and right to play by hosting one large playday from 9-11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24 on the Dubuis Lawn (4301 Broadway). This is the 10th anniversary of the event entitled “Playday for Peace” which is part of the university’s overall celebration of Peace Day to be held next week.

Local elementary students will stake their claim to fun by visiting several activity stations including a grocery store to promote math and language skills, a dino dig for the promotion of science, fall friendship art (students are creating art for our troops in Iraq and also the children of Iraq), Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Cafe which will serve up a playful menu of letters and sounds of food choices, Brown Bear theatre, a vegetarian clinic and a relaxing day at the spa for the littlest divas in town.

“This is a prepared environment of play activities to promote the spontaneous play of childhood,” said Mary Ruth Moore, Ph.D., UIW professor of education. “Research tells us that play is essential to the health, education, and welfare of the child. Children today are often missing this due to unsafe neighborhoods, lack of parental time, lack of playgrounds, and over emphasis on testing etc. Therefore, we are providing a safe, prepared environment of play activities that spark learning in the young children.”

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.

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

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Acting Surgeon General, Chief Army Nurse to Speak

Archived October 25, 2007

The University of the Incarnate Word School of Nursing and Health Professions presents the Sister Charles Marie Frank Lecture from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23 in the UIW Rosenberg Sky Room (847 E. Hildebrand). The lecture will feature Major General Gale S. Pollock, Acting Surgeon General and Chief, Army Nurse Corps.

Pollock, who became the Commander US Army Medical Command/Acting Surgeon General in March 2007, will present “Nursing Now & Tomorrow in Response to the New Paradigm." Her lecture will focus on the field of nursing from its past to its future. She will discuss the issues that are currently facing the field and what she believes they will have to overcome in the future.

Pollock’s military career includes serving as Special Assistant to the Surgeon General for Information Management and Health Policy, Commander of Martin Army Community Hospital in Fort Benning, Ga., Commander for the U.S. Army Medical Activity in Fort Drum, N.Y., Department of Defense Healthcare Advisor to the Congressional Commission on Service Members and Veterans Transition Assistance, Health Fitness Advisor at the National Defense University and Chief of Anesthesia Nursing Service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

During her distinguished career, she has received several awards and recognitions including the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with 2 oak leaf clusters), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 oak leaf clusters), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal. She also earned the coveted Expert Field Medical Badge and the German Armed Forces Military Efficiency Badge "Leistungsabzeichen" in gold.

Pollock received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland. She attended the U.S. Army Nurse Anesthesia Program and is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). She received her Master of Business Administration from Boston University; a master's in healthcare administration from Baylor University, a master's in national security and strategy from the National Defense University, and an honorary doctorate of public service from the University of Maryland.

Please join 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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Students Harvest Good Will

Archived October 17, 2007

Students from the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) hung placards on doors within the northeast side of San Antonio this past weekend to inform the community that they were collecting canned goods and non-perishable food items on Saturday, Oct. 20 for their annual Golden Harvest event.

All of the collected food will be divided and donated to several San Antonio charities including the San Antonio Battered Women’s Shelter, Child Protective Services, the SAMM Shelter, Baptist Child and Family Services, Seton Home and Anson Jones Middle School. The group is hoping to collect a minimum of 3 tons of food. Last year, the event raised approximately 2 tons of food.

All food items collected will be weighed at approximately 1:45 p.m. in UIW Marian Hall Ballroom (4301 Broadway). A campus map is available at http://www.uiw.edu/map/index.htm.

Help UIW make a difference in the San Antonio community this holiday season by donating items. For more information on Golden Harvest, please contact the UIW student government association at (210) 829-3833.

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

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Heritage Week Activities Begin Oct. 15

Archived October 22, 2007

The University of the Incarnate Word will celebrate Heritage Day on Monday, Oct. 15. The day will be 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 is “Honoring the Past, Building the Future.”

Heritage Day celebrations will begin at approximately 8:10 a.m. with an opening ceremony held at the CCVI cemetery located adjacent to the UIW campus. The ceremony will consist of a prayer service at the grave site of the CCVI co-founders Sisters Madeleine and Pierre.

After the prayer service, participants will be invited to attend a cookout in the Majorie Jordan Carillon Plaza from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. provided by Sodexho food services or a noon Mass that will take place at the UIW Grotto.

At 3 p.m. in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word, University employees will be honored for their years of service in an employee recognition ceremony. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.

Other Heritage Week events include an alumni story hour on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at noon in the UIW library, a tour and concert in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word at 3 p.m. that day, and the dedication of the Feik School of Pharmacy Building on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Click here for a full schedule of events.

This is a very special day for the University, its faculty, staff and students. The entire San Antonio community is 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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Feik School of Pharmacy Dedication Set

Archived October 17, 2007

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) will host a building dedication and blessing for the Feik School of Pharmacy at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 17 at the building site (703 E. Hildebrand).

The latest building in the UIW extended campus is equipped with state-of-the-art technology in order to provide students with an optimum learning environment. The vibrant pharmacy school contains educational suites, each made up of a large classroom with six smaller break-out rooms. Each classroom is equipped with an audio visual conferencing system. With the new equipment, faculty and staff members have the ability to hold a teleconference from any classroom within the building.

In addition to the equipment located in the classrooms, the building contains a multimedia center that allows members of the UIW pharmacy community to teleconference with any individual in the world with internet access. There are also, three conference rooms, an internet café, a PC lab with 26 Gateway computers and 20 plasma televisions ranging in size from 42-62 inches located throughout the building.

The pharmacy school also contains a pharmaceutical care laboratory that will provide opportunities for the multidiscipline teaching of pharmacy students, as well as, allow the school to offer individualized pharmaceutical care to the community on a referral basis.

One of the most unique features of the facility is the pharmacy museum located on the first floor. When visitors enter, they step back in time to the days of the neighborhood pharmacist. The museum displays pharmacy techniques and tools spanning from 1860 through 1960 including a display on how to make a pill, a display showing how prescriptions were filled during that time period, a 1923 desk from Walter’s Drug Store and the centerpiece of the museum is an original counter that was used by pharmacists to help customers.

Immediately following the dedication program, an official ribbon cutting will take place and guests will be invited to tour the facility.

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

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UIW Joins University and College Accountability Network

Archived October 12, 2007

The University of the Incarnate Word has taken a bold step along with several local private universities to help students and parents to make informed college decisions. They are helping to launch the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) new college information website called the University and College Accountability Network (U-CAN).

The website features more than 600 private institutions. It is the first nationally coordinated effort by educational institutions, private or public, to collect and report data and qualitative information directly to students and parents in a central consumer-friendly location.

This new website provides prospective students and parents with all of the pertinent information they will need to make an informed decision about college. University of the Incarnate Word believes that a clear and concise listing of this information is important because of the mass amount of college information available. This site enables students and parents to easily navigate through the various amounts of clutter to what matters most to them.

There is no cost for usage of the U-CAN site and all of the information on the site is provided by the institution. Each U-CAN profile provides important information on admissions, the student body, cost and tuition, financial assistance, graduation rates and campus life. Over 900 private institutions are members of the NAICU.

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

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Enrollment Continues to Soar

Archived October 12, 2007

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) released its official enrollment figures this week – the figures indicate that once again UIW has experienced another record-breaking year.

Total enrollment for the fall semester is 6007, an increase of approximately 400 students from the fall 2006 – making this the 21st consecutive year of growth for the University.

Of the 6007 students, 718 are first-time freshmen, an increase of approximately 100 students compared to last year’s number of 621 first-time freshmen.

“We are very excited and pleased that our enrollment figures continue to grow,” said Dr. Louis Agnese, Jr., UIW President. “It shows that UIW has a variety of academic and athletic programs that attract a diverse student population.”

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

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UIW Introduces Rave Alert Emergency Notification System

Archived October 3, 2007

Recent floods have proven that the Incarnate Word campus is no stranger to severe weather conditions, and the safety of the UIW student body and university employees always comes first.

With this in mind, UIW announces a new emergency text and e-mail messaging service designed to let students, faculty and staff know when unsafe conditions arise: Rave Alert.

Rave Alert allows the university to communicate with its students and staff quickly in case of an emergency, using text messaging to student and employee cellular phones and Cardinal Mail addresses.

Rave Alert is an opt-in program provided to UIW by Rave Wireless, a leading provider of managed mobile phone services for higher education.  “Opt-in” in this case means that students, faculty and staff must sign up to be included when emergency notifications are sent.

The easy enrollment process may be completed online, at www.getrave.com/login/uiw, using a Cardinal Mail username and password to log on.

“This system will allow us to communicate as quickly as possible, with as many members of the university community as possible,” said Dr. James Parlett, UIW Chief Information Officer.

Both UIW and Rave cellular respect student privacy, and will never share student contact information with others, Dr. Parlett added.

“The system will only be used to broadcast information about campus emergencies, such as weather-related closings,” he said.

Some enrollees may be charged to receive the text messages, depending on their cellular phone plans.

For more information, students may contact the UIW Help Desk at 210-829-2721.

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Nursing Professor Receives National Recognition

Archived September 27, 2007

University of the Incarnate Word nursing professor Michael Moon will be inducted into the Academy of Emergency Nursing by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA).

Moon will be one of eight emergency nurses to be inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Nursing (FAEN) at the Emergency Nurses Association 2007 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City on Sept. 29.

Individuals inducted to the Academy were selected based upon their outstanding contributions to emergency nursing, their potential to continue contributions to the profession and the Academy and three consecutive years of active membership in the ENA, including currently having a membership in good standing. Moon becomes the sixth emergency nurse within the state of Texas to receive this prestigious honor.

The Academy was established by the ENA in late 2004 to honor emergency nurses who have made enduring and substantial contributions to the profession. Each member of the Academy is designated “Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Nursing” and entitled to use the initials “FAEN” following their names.

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

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Pharmacy Class of 2011 to Don White Coats

Archived September 18, 2007

This Friday, Sept. 14, the University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy’s class of 2011 will take their first step toward their professional careers as they participate in a White Coat Ceremony.

The event, which will take place at 10 a.m. in the UIW Rosenberg Sky Room (847 E. Hildebrand), symbolizes the commitment of the first-year pharmacy students to their profession as they don their white coats and take an oath pledging their devotion to providing the best patient care.

The class of 2011 consists of 96 students, 59 female and 37 male. Almost half of the students are first generation college students. All of the students hail from Texas except for one student who comes to the University from California. The majority of the Texas students are from the San Antonio area.

The keynote speaker for the ceremony will be Jim Martin, Executive Director for the Texas Pharmacists Association.

The Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program achieved candidate status from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) in July.

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

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Students, Faculty Aid Nonprofits During Meet the Mission

Archived September 12, 2007

Students and faculty at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) started the new school semester by following the footsteps of the University’s founding congregation with the 2007 Meet the Mission event.

Approximately 40 faculty members and 250 freshmen students participated in a day of philanthropy, taking a break from text books to roll up their sleeves and give back to the San Antonio community. For the fourth year in a row, members of the UIW community will participate in this day of service. The program encourages UIW faculty, students and staff to reach out to the San Antonio community by helping others in need and thus remembering the foundation for which the University was established in 1881.

This year, the UIW group teamed up with 25 non-profit agencies including Travis Park Methodist Church, the SAMM Shelter, the Salvation Army, the San Antonio Food Bank and the San Antonio Children’s Shelter. The group also visited a number of agencies that the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word have historically supported including St. PJ’s Children’s Home and St. Mary Magdalen-St. Vincent De Paul.

Another new aspect of the program was how the groups traveled to the various agencies. The majority of the groups will took the bus to reach their destinations. This form of transportation not only allowed the University to save on rising gas prices but also allowed the students to learn about San Antonio’s public transportation system, an area that most of the students participating have never experienced.

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Wordstock Festival Kicks Off School Year

Archived September 10, 2007

The countdown has begun, we’re just four weeks away from the annual University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) Wordstock festival.

This year, the UIW back to school bash will be held from 5-11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. With a stellar music lineup and outstanding food, drinks and games this year’s event promises to be fun for students of all ages.

The festival will feature musical entertainment by three of San Antonio’s own hometown favorites, southern rock group Flywood, classic crooners 5 Star and the eclectic group Window.

Besides the great music, visitors will also have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of food and beverage booths along with games.  All proceeds from the event will benefit the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the San Antonio Educational Partnership and the University of the Incarnate Word Endowed Scholarship Fund.

The entire city is invited to this back-to-school celebration. Admission is $5 for adults and children under 12 are free. For more information on Wordstock, contact 829-6001.

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UIW Takes Another Step Toward Receiving Pharmacy Accreditation

Archived August 31, 2007

The University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy has reached another milestone towards helping to alleviate the shortage of pharmacists in San Antonio and South Texas. The Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program achieved candidate status from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

Candidate status is the second step in a three-step process for a school to receive accreditation. Candidate status affords the pharmacy graduate the right to take the pharmacy licensing exam (NAPLEX) anywhere in the United States or Canada. Additionally, this step denotes a developmental program which is expected to mature in accordance with stated plans and within a defined time period.  During this phase, the school continues to evolve and provide specific assurances that will allow the program to become fully accredited by the time the first class graduates.

“We did everything ‘by the book’ while writing some new chapters for others to follow,” said Arcelia Johnson-Fannin, Pharm.D.,R.Ph., UIW Founding Dean of the Feik School of Pharmacy. “We are pleased and excited that the University has made it to this monumental step in the accreditation process.”

Once again, Johnson-Fannin stressed that the process to get to this stage in the accreditation was accomplished by the hard work of the Pharmacy school faculty and staff, the University, the city of San Antonio, and its surrounding communities.

Full accreditation should be awarded to the University in 2010 after the first class graduates.

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

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Arizona Campus Licensed by State, Set to Begin Classes

Archived August 21, 2007

The University of the Incarnate Word, known for its campuses around the world, is pleased to announce that it has received full licensing from the Arizona State Board of Postsecondary Education to begin offering degree programs in the state.  With this approval UIW will forge new ground – opening the first college campus in Goodyear, AZ, and also the first full-service Catholic university in Arizona.
  
“We’re very excited about extending our academic outreach to such a vibrant community like Goodyear,” said UIW President Lou Agnese.  UIW also has sites in China, Mexico and Corpus Christi, TX.  “This is a terrific match, as Goodyear and Incarnate Word share many of the same values.”

UIW hopes to gain full diocesan approval to proceed with plans to also develop two single-sex high schools in collaboration with St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Community. This approval will jump start the move forward to bring a full-service university to the future Goodyear City Center.

In 2006, the City of Goodyear approached several private universities in the United States about opening a campus in this community of 50,000 located 20 minutes west of Phoenix.  UIW answered the call and was selected as the school that best matched the city’s cultural climate.  Goodyear is one of the fastest growing cities in Arizona and in 2005 was selected by CNN Money as one of the best places to live in the U.S.

To start classes in Arizona, UIW had to be licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.  At the May 24, 2007 meeting, UIW received unanimous approval from the board to offer academic programs.  In addition, UIW received approval to offer certificates in Arizona.

“We are very excited to have received affirmation from the entire board.  A lot of hard work has been put into our proposal and it was recognized and appreciated by the board”, said Dr. Cyndi Wilson Porter, coordinator of the Goodyear Project.

The project’s first phase will establish the School of Extended Studies, which caters to the adult education student. Classes will begin in August and a variety of options will be available. The adult programs are offered in an accelerated eight-week fashion, either on Saturdays, two nights a week, online or using a blended option called ExtendED. Students can choose from a Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts with several business tracks and an MBA and MAA Program. 

All undergraduate degree programs have UIW’s liberal arts core curriculum. They also have professional components that prepare students for a variety of different career fields, in addition to allowing students to transfer in previous coursework, minimizing loss of credits.

We have set the stage by signing an articulation agreement with Maricopa County Community College District and we are currently working with Estrella Mountain Community College to do some exciting things for the students in this area,” said Vincent Porter, dean of the School of Extended Studies.  These include allowing students to be jointly enrolled between the two schools, working out 3+1 articulations with selected degree plans, as well as letting students who qualify to freeze their tuition.  “This benefit will mean no increases in tuition as they move through the program, but also they will finish sooner and start their careers sooner,” said Porter.

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

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Santiago Arrives at UIW

Archived August 15, 2007

He has been a winner as a head coach, he has been an assistant at a variety of college and universities and he has been a professional scout, but Mike Santiago is set to embark on something entirely new to his 30-year coaching career in football.

Incarnate Word today said Santiago is coming on board as the head coach for the University’s first-ever football team. UIW Athletic Director Mark Papich said Santiago will begin work immediately as the lead person in the establishment of San Antonio’s only scholarship football program.

UIW in April announced the football program with the Cardinals having their first kickoff in the fall of 2009. At that same time, the University said San Antonio native and New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson will fund construction of the new Gayle and Tom Benson Fieldhouse in support of the football endeavor.

Most recently, Santiago worked as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Utah State University for two seasons. While there, he coached the top two Western Athletic Conference leaders in all-purpose yards, and two of his quarterback protoges set records for rushing yards.

His head coaching experiences were gained during six years as the leader at Stephen F. Austin University of the 1-AA Southland Conference. His cumulative mark there was 39-27 and the Lumberjacks won the 1999 conference title with an 8-3 mark which was the nation’s best turnaround for that year. To date, that is the school’s only conference championship.

In addition to his stints at those two schools, the Arizona native was an assistant at McNeese State, Southwest Texas State, Western Michigan, Northern Arizona, North Carolina State and Lamar. Over his career, he has worked on the offensive side of the football with either quarterbacks, wide receivers or tight ends.

Another element of his football education was the year he worked for the National Football League’s Cleveland Browns as an area scout.

Santiago’s personal playing career included two years as a cornerback and wide receiver at Glendale Community College in Arizona followed by two years as a starting cornerback at Southern Utah. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Utah with a double major in psychology and health and secondar education.

First up on Santiago’s agenda will be the hiring of two assistant coaches followed by a
comprehensive scouting and recruiting program covering the schoolyear 2007-2008. UIW will enroll its first class of football players in the fall of 2008 while the recruiting process continues ahead of the 2009 kickoff.

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Pharmacy Students Learn on the Job

Archived July 6, 2007

Students attending the University of the Incarnate Word’s Feik School of Pharmacy are getting first-hand work experience in their future careers this summer as the students participate in internship programs (most of them paid) across the city.

Nearly 40 students of the Pharmacy School’s inaugural class of 75 future pharmacists are participating in internships even though it is not a program requirement. The opportunities are in a variety of areas but the two most popular internships for the students are working at hospitals and retail businesses (CVS, H-E-B, Walgreens, etc). Most students obtained their positions during a career fair held this past January. The internships allow the UIW students to gain valuable work experience under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist.

One student who is having a unique experience as an intern is Christopher Alvarado. Alvarado is working with an independent pharmacy company researching the effects of hormones. Besides his research work, Alvarado is learning about compounding adult medications into suitable doses for children and compounding human medications into formulas that can be used to treat animals.

UIW’s professional Doctorate of Pharmacy program opened in the fall of 2006. The school is the first private pharmacy institution within the state of Texas.

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

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Inaugural Summer INstitute Underway

Archived July 6, 2007

 For two weeks (June 11-24) at the University of the Incarnate Word, 24 local high school students will become junior scientists as they attend the inaugural year of the UIW Summer IN-stitute.

During the camp, students will dive into the world of science and health professions as they participate in ongoing university research projects, visit local hospitals and experience first-hand knowledge of scientific research laboratories. Students will also have the opportunity to embark on cool projects including studying electric fish and developing aspirin and antibiotics.

The Institute will give students a glimpse of college life by allowing them to stay in a residential hall, eat at the dining hall and attend seminars on how to succeed in college.

University officials in charge of the program hope to create an exciting and rewarding high school summer camp that will expose students to cutting edge research and career opportunities in: biology, chemistry, nutrition, kinesiology, nursing, and pharmacy science.

All of the students attending are rising high school juniors with a grade point average of 3.5 or better.

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

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