UIW News

Table Of Contents - Summer and Fall, 2008

UIW Dedicates Alonso Ancira Tower

UIW Celebrates Light the Way

Theatre Arts Presents Dickens' A Christmas Carol

Fall Commencement Ceremonies to be Webcast

UIW Feik School of Pharmacy to Receive Antique Collection Worth $250,000

UIW to Implement Mathematics Scholars Program with help from $600,000 grant

Record Enrollment Posted for fall, 2008

Pharmacy Class of 2012 Honored at White Coat Ceremony

NFL Commissioner Plans Visit to San Antonio

Best Selling Business Author Gregory Smith to Speak

United States Constitution Day Celebrated on Campus

UIW Awarded Grant for M.S. in Research Statistics

Countdown to Kickoff Blessing & Barbecue Entertains 2,500 Fans

UIW Receives Grant for Ministerio de Salud Health Project

Tree Topping Marks Milestone in Ancira Tower Construction

Degrees Awarded at China Campus Commencement

UIW Mexico Campus Lauds Inaugural Graduating Class

UIW Commissions Amato as Board Chair

Russ Named Dean of Universe Online


 

UIW Dedicates Alonso Ancira Tower

archived January 21, 2009

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) dedicated the university’s newest structure, the Alonso Ancira Tower, on Monday, November 24.

The Alonso Ancira Tower, designed by McChesney /Bianco Architecture and Marmon Mok Architecture, is named in honor of benefactor Alonso Ancira, chairman of the board of Altos Hornos de Mexico, the largest steel manufacturing company in Mexico and one of the largest in the world.

Construction on the structure began in early 2008 and opened for use in stages beginning in August. The nine-level, 292,000-square foot structure features covered parking for 800 vehicles.

Features of the tower include:

“We are honored to dedicate the Ancira Tower, and we grateful to Alonso Ancira and his family for their friendship and support of Incarnate Word, without which this tower would not have been possible” said Dr. Louis Agnese, Jr., UIW President.

Dr. Louis J. Agnese, Jr., UIW President, Alonso Ancira, Altos Hornos de Mexico, Gary Joeris, Joeris General Contractors and Joe Bianco, McChesney/Bianco Architecture will be available for interviews.

For more information contact Margaret Garcia, UIW associate director of public relations, (210) 829-6001, mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu

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UIW Celebrates Light the Way

archived January 7, 2009

A million twinkling lights will illuminate the night sky at the University of Incarnate Word through January 6 as the university celebrates the holiday season in style at the 23rd Annual Light the Way celebration.

Light the Way activities began on November 22 with the 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.

Visitors were invited to bring a new unwrapped toy for the Elf Louise Toy Drive.

After the official switch was flipped, mariachis led the candlelight procession of guests through the campus and to Central Market H-E-B for a complimentary reception. Everyone is invited to enjoy the beauty of the University of the Incarnate Word campus decorated for the holiday season.This event is sponsored by UIW and H-E-B.

For more information contact Margaret Garcia, associate director public relations, at (210) 829-6001 or online at mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu.

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Theatre Arts Presents Dickens' A Christmas Carol

archived January 7, 2009

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 7 p.m. on December 4, 11, and 18, and 8 p.m. on December 5-6, 12, and 19-20 in the Coates Theatre on the UIW Campus. Two matinee performances are also set for 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 7 and Saturday, December 20.

Join us for this unforgettable story of the reclamation and transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge’s frozen soul. A feast for the imagination, this show will delight the whole family with festive Christmas carols, ghostly time travel, and its timeless message of goodwill and hope.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $8 for non-UIW students. A group of $7 per tickets is also available; call the theater box office at 829-3800 for reservations, or more information.

UIW Students, faculty and staff each receive one ticket free of charge.

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Fall Commencement Ceremonies to be Webcast

archived December 15, 2008

The University of the Incarnate Word is proud to announce that for the first time commencement ceremonies will be broadcast via the World Wide Web, thus allowing families around the country and the world to participate in this momentous event.

UIW will broadcast all three Fall Commencement ceremonies. The first is set for Friday, Dec.12, at 7:30 P.M. with two ceremonies set for Saturday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. respectively. Access to the Web broadcast will be available at http://support.uiwtx.edu/Homepage/webstreaming.html.

Texas Secretary of State Esperanza “Hope” Andrade will address graduates on Friday, Dec. 12 and UIW Moody Professor Margaret Mitchell will provide the commencement address at both ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 13. The Moody Professor traditionally delivers the commencement address to the December graduates and this address is often considered the students’ “last class.”

UIW Director of Instructional Technology Ana Gonzalez said that while the webcasts are among the university's first, many more will follow, including webcasts of athletic events, student activities and classroom projects.

"It's a way of bringing UIW's campuses worldwide together," Gonzalez said.

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

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UIW Feik School of Pharmacy Receives Antique Collection Worth $250,000

archived December 9, 2008

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is proud to announce that the Pharmacy Museum Foundation of Texas has donated its inventory of over 4,000 early pharmacy artifacts, dated from between 1850-1950, and valued at more than $250,000 to the UIW Feik School of Pharmacy (FSOP). Billy Walker, Chairman of the Pharmacy Museum Foundation of Texas, and several Foundation board members gathered on Wednesday, Oct. 29, with UIW President, Dr. Louis Agnese, and FSOP Founding Dean, Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin to commemorate this important gift.

When the Feik School of Pharmacy was under construction, Walker approached Johnson-Fannin about bringing the collection to UIW and Johnson-Fannin welcomed this partnership. Johnson-Fannin remarked that “for a long time Mr. Billy Walker and others have been preserving the history of pharmacy in Texas by collecting artifacts that were used over the years.  It is with the greatest of pleasure and honor that the Feik School of Pharmacy was selected to house and maintain this collection for future generations to study and appreciate. We are glad to have it grace our building and will proudly show it off to the public.”

Walker collected items related to Texas pharmacy during his nearly 34 year career in pharmaceutical sales. Many of these old drug stores had been in business since the early 1900s and were closing with the movement away from small town living and the growth of large, superstore pharmacies. It was during that time that Walker became dedicated to preserving and recording the evolution of the pharmacy profession in Texas. Walker says “I love to visit with people who were exposed to the early drug store environment or owned one of the early stores”.

Walker plans for this museum to become the show place for pharmacy history in Texas.

The Pharmacy Museum at UIW is located in the lobby area of the Feik School of Pharmacy at 703 East Hildebrand (corner of Devine and Hildebrand) and is open to the public. Free tours for individuals and groups are provided by appointment by calling Billy Walker, museum curator, at (210) 883-1123.

The Feik School of Pharmacy, now in its third year, will graduate its first class of Pharm.D. students in 2010.

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

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UIW to Implement Mathematics Scholars Program with help from $600,000 grant

archived December 3, 2008

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is proud to announce the receipt of a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation Scholars in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) Program. This grant, the largest scholarship grant the UIW department of mathematics has ever received, will allow for the implementation of a Mathematics Scholars Program (MSP). The goal of the MSP is to increase the number of academically talented but financially needy students who enter the workforce upon receiving a baccalaureate degree in mathematics or who enter graduate schools.

“This program will be very helpful for students who want to receive the high quality education found at UIW but also want to reduce the financial burden on their family and themselves, said Dr. Zhanbo Yang, primary investigator and director of UIW’s MSP program.

Applications are now being accepted. Scholarships will be available beginning Fall 2009. The MSP recruits candidates from local high schools, junior colleges, and from existing students on campus. MSP Scholars are selected by a committee, and scholarships will amount to up to $8,750 per student for up to four years. Scholars are supported through a variety of university and MSP-specific initiatives to ensure their success at UIW. MSP also funds initiatives for career developments, such as visiting local companies, inviting speakers and internship placements.

For more information call Margaret Garcia, UIW Associate Director of Public Relations, (210) 829-6001, mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu.

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Record Enrollment Posted for fall, 2008

archived November 19, 2008

The University of the Incarnate Word has announced record official enrollment figures for fall 2008.

Total enrollment for the fall semester is 6,703, an increase of more than 11 percent (approximately 696 students) from the fall 2007 enrollment of 6007 students. This year’s enrollment is the highest in the school’s 127 year history.

UIW has experienced record breaking enrollment for 22 of the last 23 years.

Of the 6,703 students, 884 are full-time, first-time freshmen, an increase of 168 students compared to last year’s number of 716 full-time, first-time freshmen.  From 2000 to 2008, UIW’s enrollment has increased by more than 81 percent.

“This year’s enrollment figures continue to tell a great story about Incarnate Word and our Mission,” said UIW President Dr. Louis Agnese Jr.  “We remain one of the fastest growing universities in the state by offering quality programs that attract a very diverse student body representative of the Texas of today and tomorrow.”

2008 was a year of great growth for the university, with several new facilities opening in anticipation of the fall semester.  Most recently UIW dedicated the Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium, home to Cardinal Football.  The stadium boasts a 16,000 square foot field house and spectator seating for up to 3,000.  The field house is fully equipped with locker rooms, athletic training spaces, weight training areas as well as office space and conference rooms.

Other facilities new this fall include the Ancira Tower, a nine-level, 292,000-square foot structure featuring covered parking for 800 vehicles and Hillside II, a 67,675 square foot residence hall serving 209 students. Hillside II features study rooms, a community kitchen, two lounges, and one activity room.  

For more information contact Margaret Garcia, UIW associate director of public relations, (210) 829-6001, mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu

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Pharmacy Class of 2012 Honored at White Coat Ceremony

archived October 31, 2008

The University of the Incarnate Word’s Feik School of Pharmacy held the 2008 white coat ceremony on Sept. 12 in the university’s Rosenberg Sky Room.

The white coat ceremony 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 possible.  This 2008 ceremony marks the third white ceremony held by the FSOP since the pharmacy school began.

Fred S. Brinkley, Jr., R.Ph. MBA, VP Professional Affairs, Medco Health Solutions, Inc. served as keynote speaker. UIW president Dr. Louis J. Agnese also addressed the Class of 2012 and Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin, Founding Dean of the Feik School of Pharmacy served as emcee for the event.

The Class of 2012 consists of 98 students, 78 female and 20 male. Forty students are the first in their families to attend college.  Eighty-nine students are from Texas, nine are from out of state, and two of the students are international. The majority of the Texas students are from the San Antonio area.

The Feik School of Pharmacy, established in 2006, is the only private school of pharmacy in Texas.  It is a state-of-the-art facility at the forefront of pharmacy education.  The School of Pharmacy embraces the mission of the university as it develops student scholars dedicated to impacting the future health care needs of the community in San Antonio and South Texas.  The Doctor of Pharmacy program of the University of the Incarnate Word, Feik School of Pharmacy, was awarded candidate accreditation status in June 2007.

For more information contact Margaret Garcia, associate director public relations, at (210) 829-6001 or online at mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu.

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NFL Commissioner Plans Visit to San Antonio

Archived October 9, 2008

(San Antonio) - Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints, the University of the Incarnate Word and The Greater Chamber will host NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell at a luncheon at the University on October 8. This will be Goodell’s first appearance in San Antonio since he was named commissioner two years ago.

The Commissioner, who will address the luncheon with a presentation titled “The Future of the NFL,” will also help UIW introduce its new football program to the local community. Next fall, UIW will field the first collegiate scholarship football team in San Antonio since the early 1970s.

“This luncheon is another important opportunity for San Antonio to become acquainted with our new football team,” said UIW President Dr. Lou Agnese. “We’re grateful to Tom Benson for facilitating Commissioner Goodell’s appearance at this special event.”

Goodell, a native of New York, took over the NFL on September 1, 2006 after long-time Commissioner Paul Tagliabue retired. Before being named Commissioner, Goodell served as the NFL’s Executive Vice President and COO.

“San Antonio is pleased to host Commissioner Goodell, and to learn about his vision for the future and what that could mean for us. We want to show San Antonio’s support and showcase our great city,” said Richard Perez, Chamber President and CEO.

Benson has been a friend and supporter of UIW for more than a quarter century. Last month, the school’s new football stadium was named after Benson and his wife, Gayle, while the Benson Chair of Banking and Finance was established in his honor in the 1980s. Gayle Benson is currently a member of the UIW Board of Trustees.

Proceeds from this event will go to the UIW athletic scholarship fund.

Details about sponsoring or registering for the luncheon are available at www.sachamber.org.

For more information contact Margaret Garcia, associate director public relations, at (210) 829-6001 or online at mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu.

 

Best Selling Business Author Gregory Smith to Speak

Archived September 25, 2008

The University of the Incarnate Word’s H-E-B School of Business & Administration, in association with Pearson’s Talent Assessment Group, are proud to present bestselling author Gregory P. Smith at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008 at the university’s Rosenberg Sky Room. Smith will provide an opportunity for the regional business community to learn more about employee recruitment and retention.

Smith, founder and president of Chart Your Course International, a management-consulting firm located in Atlanta, Ga. has 27 years of leadership and consulting experience which have helped propel him as one of the nation's leading authorities and consultants on employee retention, talent management and leadership.

He has written over 350 articles and nine books including, “The New Leader: Bringing Creativity and Innovation to the Workplace.” Smith has traveled to and addressed organizations in 23 countries and developed training programs for some of the nation’s top companies and has served on the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. This award is presented by the President of the United States each year and is the nation's highest honor for business excellence. He has received many awards and honors including being listed in “Harvard University's Profiles in Business and Management: An International Directory of Scholars and Their Research.”

Smith is listed in the “Who's Who of Professional Speaking,” and holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees in human resource management.

For more information contact Margaret Garcia, UIW associate director of public relations, (210) 829-6001, mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu

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United States Constitution Day Celebrated on Campus

Archived September 18, 2008

The University of the Incarnate Word’s College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences will celebrate UIW’s annual Constitution Day observance from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the university’s Mabee Library Auditorium.  

During this presidential election year, the question of the Constitution and voting rights will be explored. Dr. Gary A. Keith, Assistant Professor of Political Science, will chair a panel that will include three distinguished San Antonio voting rights lawyers. Rolando Rios is a private practitioner with a long history in voting rights litigation. Jose Garza leads voting rights initiatives for Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid and Nina Perales, Southwest Regional Counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and has long been involved in voting rights cases.

A question and answer period will follow the panelist’s remarks.

On Sept. 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed by 39 men, creating the document that is the foundation of our country.  UIW Constitution Day activities are sponsored by the College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences and the Department of Political Science.

For more information contact Margaret Garcia, UIW associate director of public relations, (210) 829-6001, mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu

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UIW Awarded Grant for M.S. in Research Statistics

Archived September 17, 2008

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is proud to announce that Dr. Elizabeth Kreston, Chair of the Mathematics Department in the UIW School of Math, Science and Engineering has been awarded a $283,819 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s HSI Development Program.

Dr. Kreston’s project, the Research Scholars Program, will provide scholarship support to 11 talented but underrepresented or low-income students in UIW’s new Master of Science in Research Statistics degree program.

Research statistics is a specialized subset of the general field of statistics which focuses on applying statistics through the exploration and observation of data from a wide range of disciplines. The UIW-degreed research statistician will be able to design data gathering models and experiments to provide critical analyses of a problem, draw conclusions and offer solutions.

In accordance with the USDA’s goals, the Research Scholars Program will develop graduates who will become active researchers in the fields of agriculture, food industry & research, business and international trade.

UIW will begin accepting applications to both the Research Statistics degree program and the Research Scholars Program in Fall 2008.  One student will receive a full scholarship for the duration of the program. The new degree program will begin January 2009. In addition, UIW has formed a special partnership with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service in Austin to help train and place UIW research statisticians in internships and jobs upon graduation.

For more information contact Margaret Garcia, UIW associate director of public relations, (210) 829-6001, mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu

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Countdown to Kickoff Blessing & Barbecue Entertains 2,500 Fans

Archived September 10, 2008

The University of the Incarnate Word will hosted the “Countdown to Kickoff Blessing & Barbecue” on Labor Day at the Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium located on the university campus.

The event featured the blessing of the new Gayle and Tom Benson Field House and Stadium, the first public practice of the Cardinal football team, a meet and greet with UIW athletes at Fan Fest, activities for the kids and free food, drink and fun for the whole family.

The event was free and open to the public. Special thanks to event sponsors Bill Miller Bar-B-Q, Coca-Cola, Silver Eagle Distributors/Bud Light, KENS-TV and 98.5 The Beat.

UIW announced the coming of Cardinal football in Spring 2007 with head coach Mike Santiago coming on board in June 2007. Coach Santiago immediately hired two assistant coaches and began recruiting his first class of players. Those players are currently enrolled for UIW’s fall semester and will go through their redshirt year before the official kick-off of Cardinal football Fall 2009.

“The goal of everyone involved in the UIW Football program is first and foremost to make sure that we as a collective team represent the entire university community in the most positive light. It is not hard to see the excitement that is already being generated throughout the campus. The coaching staff and players cannot wait to get on the field so we can start preparations for the 2009 season. It’s definitely a great day to be a Cardinal,” said head football coach Mike Santiago.

Formal groundbreaking for the Gayle and Tom Benson Field House and Stadium took place January 17, 2008. Included in the Benson stadium will be a 16,000 square foot field house and spectator seating for up to 3,000. The field house will be fully equipped with locker rooms, athletic training spaces, weight training areas as well as office space and conference rooms.

For more information contact Margaret Garcia, associate director public relations, at (210) 829-6001 or online at mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu.

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UIW Receives Grant for Ministerio de Salud Health Project

Archived September 10, 2008

The University of the Incarnate Word is proud to announce receipt of a three year, approximately $1 million grant from the Nurse Education, Practice and Retention program of the Department of Health and Human Services – Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

This grant will allow for the continuation of the Ministero de Salud Ministry partnership for health between St. Philip of Jesus Catholic Church and the university. The Ministero de Salud Ministry, which serves approximately 900 clients per year, is solely dependent on grants for funding.

The Ministero de Salud Ministry began in Fall 1999 to serve the community surrounding St. Philip’s parish and provide outreach opportunities for UIW nursing faculty and students. The program focuses primarily on Hispanic elderly, offering health screenings, education about disease management and health promotion. Home health care visits, cancer support groups, a bereavement group and an exercise group are also offered as part of this ministry. Foot care is the newest service provided which offers foot assessments, care and education, especially to those struggling with diabetes.

“Continuation of the partnership for health between St. Philip of Jesus and UIW gives faculty, students and the community the opportunity to work together to fulfill the university's Mission of service. We all learn together while helping to meet a need that the community has identified - the health needs of the elderly living in the area,” said Dr. Sara Kolb, Project Director, faculty member, UIW School of Nursing.

HRSA nursing programs address the nation's registered nurse shortage by supporting nurse education, practice and retention with grants to registered nurse training programs to help them increase the number of nurses, improve their skills and keep them in the nursing field.

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

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Tree Topping Marks Milestone in Ancira Tower Construction

Archived August 27, 2008

The University of the Incarnate Word celebrated reaching the highest point of construction on the university’s newest structure, the Ancira Tower, with a tree topping and beam signing ceremony on July 11, 2008.

The tree topping ceremony is a tradition that dates back to about 700 A.D. and has been treetoppingattributed to numerous groups from Scandinavians to Vikings to German tribes. From the time of the first practitioners, the sentiment has remained similar throughout the years. When the highest beam of a building is put into place, a tree is hoisted atop the beam to celebrate the construction reaching the sky without loss of life or serious injury to the workers.

Dr. Louis J. Agnese, Jr., UIW President, Gary Joeris, Joeris General Contractors and Joe Bianco, McChesney/Bianco Architecture attended the event.

The Ancira Tower is scheduled to be completed early in the fall of 2008. The nine-level, 292,000-square foot structure will feature covered parking for 800 vehicles. The tower will open in stages. The first will occur in August and will be able to accommodate 200 vehicles.

“We are very excited about the newest addition to the campus, the Ancira Tower,” said Dr. Louis Agnese, Jr., UIW President. “As the university continues its rapid expansion due to our tremendous growth in student enrollment, this structure will play a major role in addressing our future parking needs. “We are grateful to Alonso Ancira and his family for their friendship and support of Incarnate Word, without which this tower would not have been possible.”

Alonso Ancira is chairman of the board of Altos Hornos de Mexico, the largest steel manufacturing company in Mexico and one of the largest in the world.

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

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Degrees Awarded at China Campus Commencement

Archived August 27, 2008

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is proud to announce that on Saturday, June 28, China Incarnate Word (CIW) - Hua Li Campus held its 11th Commencement ceremony. Five associate degrees were conferred to graduates by UIW President Dr. Louis J. Agnese, Jr. who also welcomed guests and dignitaries to the event. Four of the graduates will return to CIW and one will join UIW in the fall; all five will continue their studies toward a bachelor of business administration.

CIW, located in Zengcheng, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China, opened in Fall 2001, holding its first commencement in Spring 2003. In 2004, CIW moved to its current location - Hua Li Campus. CIW is a partnership between UIW and Guangdong Hua Li College. CIW offers a bachelors degree in business administration in international business and associate’s degrees in international business and international accounting. UIW was the first American institution to award full degrees of higher learning in China without requiring students to leave the country to complete their degree.

In addition to UIW President, Dr. Louis J. Agnese, other dignitaries and special guests attending the commencement included Zhang Zhi Feng, Director of the Board - Hua Li Investment Company, Ye Ya Ming, General Manager - Hua Li Investment Company, Pan Zhao Guo, President - Guangdong Hua Li College, Michael Liu, Director, Foreign Languages Department, Guangdong Hua Li College, and Misty Chen, Director, Institute of World Cultures, UIW.

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

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UIW Mexico Campus Lauds Inaugural Graduating Class

Archived July 14, 2008

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is proud to announce graduation ceremonies for the first graduating class from Centro Universitario Incarnate Word (CIW), UIW’s campus located in Mexico City.

Nine students graduated in this inaugural class. A Baccalaureate Mass was held Friday, June 20, at 7 p.m. at the Chapel of the Provincial House of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in Mexico City, Reforma #6, Colonia San Angel. A commencement ceremony followed on June 21 on the CIW campus. The CIW graduation mirrored those of UIW, complete with bagpipe procession.

CIW opened in 2003 as a way for students in Mexico to earn dual undergraduate college degrees from an American university that are fully recognized on both sides of the border by each country’s respective education agencies. The school opened in Fall 2003 with 25 students offering only three programs. Current enrollment stands at 180 students. The Fall 2008 student forecast is set at 300 with the university offering seven programs. In addition, two new programs will be added in Fall 2008, Administration and Executive Management and Education.

Mauricio González Gómez delivered the commencement address. Gonzalez, originally from Mexico City, is the founding partner, and now CEO of Grupo de Economistas Asociados (GEA). Gomez holds a degree in economics from the Instituto Autónomo de México (ITAM) as well as a master’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in economics. Gómez also serves as board member of various organizations including Grupo Corvi, Valores Finamex, Seguros MAPFRE Tepeyac and Grupo Financiero IXE.

He began his career at Banamex and has collaborated with the Banco de Desarrollo de América del Norte (North America Development Bank ); Banco Mexicano Somex, and served as Director of Economic Investigation, Director of Economic Policy and Director of Financial Policy of Planeación Hacendaria of the SHCP.

Gómez is also a columnist for Reforma, a Mexican national newspaper, Expansión magazine and collaborates on Dinero y Poder (Money and Power) a weekly program featuring international political and economic issues pertinent to Mexico’s economy.

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

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UIW Commissions Amato as Board Chair

Archived July 7, 2008

The University of the Incarnate Word commissioned a new chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees on June 8 in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word.Charlie Amato

Charlie Amato is the chairman and co-founder of Southwest Business Corporation (SWBC) and has been on the UIW Board since 1999. With more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of insurance operations, underwriting, and product development, he has led the company’s growth to more than 800 employees and more than $1 billion per year in premiums and loans.

A longtime friend of the university, Amato is only the second male in the history of the university to be appointed as chairman of the board. He takes the helm from James “Fully” Clingman, who has held the position for four years.

The commissioning included a liturgy and ritual followed by a reception in CHRISTUS Heritage Hall at the Village at Incarnate Word.

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

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Russ Named Dean of Universe Online

Archived July 7, 2008

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is pleased to announce the promotion of Rita Russ to dean of the Virtual University.

Russ joined UIW’s Virtual University in Fall 2007 as director of external operations, where she was responsible for locating new opportunities for the university in this highly competitive market. In addition, Russ was responsible for coordinating UIW’s inclusion as a provider school in an online consortium, as well as applying and working through the process for UIW to partner with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force.

Russ is a native of San Antonio and holds a BBA from the University of Texas at San Antonio, an MBA with a concentration in management from Our Lady of the Lake University, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Business Administration with NorthCentral University located in Prescott, Arizona.

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

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