UIW News

Table Of Contents Spring 2002


Bonilla to Speak at Afternoon Commencement Ceremony

Ryan Named Dean of Business and Applied Arts and Administration

UIW Hosts First Annual Freedom Run

Art Exhibit Celebrates Earth Day

The Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show Brings Haute Couture to Campus

Sr. Frank Nursing Lecture Slated for April 19

Officials Announce Major Renovations at St. Anthony Catholic High School

UIW Celebrates Incarnate Word Day March 25

Conference to Investigate Implications of Genetic Research

Extended Run Players Present 84 Charing, Cross Road

Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Elect Sr. Helena Monahan as Congregational Coordinator

Computer Graphic Arts Student Receives Scholarship

UIW Receives Nursing Education Grants

Theatre Arts Department Presents Servant of Two Masters

UIW Celebrates Black History Month

Children’s Play Focus of Education Department Symposium

Campus Police Host R.A.D. Course

Conference Teaches Teachers About Islam

Groundbreaking Kicks Off High Rise Construction

Red, White and Blue Light Display to Continue Until bin Laden Found

UIW Receives Environmental Award

UIW Ranks High in Teacher Preparation

Universe Online Graduate Program Nationally Recognized

Scholarships Awarded to Fallen Officer’s Children


Bonilla to Speak at Afternoon Commencement Ceremony

Archived May 13, 2002

Congressman Henry Bonilla will be the featured keynote speaker for UIW’s afternoon commencement ceremony, scheduled for May 11 at 5 p.m. in the McDermott Convocation Center. Bonilla also will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the ceremony.

A morning commencement ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m., features guest speaker Dr. Frances Strodtbeck, the 2002 Alumna of Distinction, and includes the graduates of the School of Business and Applied Arts and Administration and the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

Regarded by many political observers as one of the country’s most influential lawmakers, Congressman Bonilla has represented Texas’ 23rd District, the state’s largest, since his election to the United States House of Representatives in 1992.

Congressman Bonilla has been a powerful advocate for education since he was elected. His efforts on behalf of Incarnate Word have yielded nearly $2 million in federal funds for the university that will be utilized for the Science and Engineering Center, a project of vital importance to the future of San Antonio and South Texas given Incarnate Word’s student demographics.

He also has lent his support to federal student research and training initiatives at the university, including the McNair and Student Support Services programs.

"We are honored to have someone of Congressman Bonilla's stature and standing speak to our graduates during such an important event in their lives," said Dr. Louis J. Agnese, Jr., president of the University of the Incarnate Word.

The afternoon ceremony includes graduates from the Dreeben School of Education, the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and the School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering.

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

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Ryan Named Dean of Business and Applied Arts and Administration

Archived May 9, 2002

After a national search to fill the position of dean of the School of Business and Applied Arts & Administration, a member of the university’s community, Dr. Robert Ryan, has been selected to lead the way.

Dr. Ryan has been a member of the School of Business for 14 years as a professor, as chair of Undergraduate Business Studies, and since June 1, 2001, as has worked as interim dean of the school.

Ryan’s efforts will focus on building on the Innovative Achievement Award for Globalization of the Business Program that was presented to the university this spring by the Southwestern Business Dean’s Association.

"We want to create a climate that promotes educational excellence, but that also allows for individual initiative," said Ryan. His plans as dean include a strategic planning process for self-study and new initiatives for a Master of Information Management.

On Ryan’s agenda will also be receiving re-accreditation for the Business Program through the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), acquiring national accreditation for the Interior Design Program, raising dedicated funds from foundations and seeking grants to continue to improve the educational quality for students at the university.

"This is a culmination of a long effort and I’m really excited about the things I have to do. We are looking for new initiatives and it¹s an exciting time to be here," said Dr. Ryan.

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

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UIW Hosts First Annual Freedom Run

Archived May 4, 2002

The University of the Incarnate Word will be hosting the 1st Annual Freedom Run to benefit various scholarship funds at the university at 8 a.m. on May 4 on the university grounds.

The event will include three different activities for the entire family. The first event will be a 5K run (3.1 miles) beginning at 8 a.m. in front of the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center. A 2-mile walk along a scenic route through the beautiful UIW campus will follow at 8:30 a.m. There will also be children¹s races scheduled to be held on the UIW track/soccer field at 9 a.m.

The overall male and female winners of the 5K run will be awarded as follows: 1st place- $1,000, 2nd place- $500, and 3rd place $100. Every child participating will receive a small bag filled with goodies.

Pre-registration will be held from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. on April 29-May 3 in the UIW Wellness Center. Pre-registration fees are as follows: individuals- $12, students, employees, alumni, and sponsors- $5, and for a family or team of four- $38.

Registration will be available the day of the race, but no discounts will be available on that day. Day of race registration fees are as follow: individuals- $15, and $40 for a family or team of four. For registration information, call 829-6001.

Proceeds will benefit the San Antonio Education Partnership Endowment Foundation, the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and the Endowed Scholarship Fund at the university.

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

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Art Exhibit Celebrates Earth Day

Archived April 25, 2002

In continuing celebration of Earth Day, the University of the Incarnate Word will host an art exhibit devoted to recycling from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 25 in Marian Hall.

Dr. Matthias Schubnell, Professor of English at the university will exhibit sculptures he created out of the reuse of ordinary products such as packaging material, plumbing components, plastic scraps, metal coil, and fencing wire.

UIW students, faculty, and staff will submit essays, poems or short stories in English and Spanish related to recycling and to create fairy tale buildings such as castles and houses out of cardboard boxes.

The following Brainpower schools will participate: St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Elementary School, St. Anthony Catholic High School, and Incarnate Word High School. St. Peter’s will exhibit papier mache art made out of newspapers and St. Anthony and Incarnate Word will exhibit a multimedia project.

UIW will be accepting food coupons and used magazines to promote the idea of charity and recycling. The magazines provided will be taken to the Incarnate Word Retirement Community.

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The Cutting Edge Fashion Show Brings Haute Couture to Campus

Archived April 23, 2002

The University of the Incarnate Word will present the 22nd Annual Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show at 12 p.m. on April 22 in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center.

The high level, New York-style runway presentation is produced entirely by students and they direct all stage and set design, model casting, lighting, sound, video, and photography.

Every year, the garments showcased are all designed and constructed by the university’s promising fashion students. This year, eleven aspiring designers will present the culmination of four years of hard work at the university.

A luncheon will precede the show at 11:30 a.m. and doors will open at 11 a.m. The luncheon is sold out; "Show only" tickets are available on the day of the show for $10 for adults, and $5 for students and seniors.

The Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show is sanctioned by the Fiesta San Antonio Commission as an official Fiesta event and enjoys the support of the Commission. This year, the Mistress of Ceremonies will be Ursula Pari, of KSAT 12.

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

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Sr. Frank Nursing Lecture Slated for April 19

Archived April 21, 2002

The University of the Incarnate Word will be presenting the annual Sister Charles Marie Frank lecture from 6-9 p.m. on April 19 in Marian Hall Ballroom.

This year, the lecture is titled ’Stewardship: A Biblical Model for Advanced Practice Nursing,’ and will be presented by Frances Strodtbeck, DNS, RNC, NNP, FAAN. Every year, a nursing professional that has made an outstanding contribution to nursing in research, education, or practice is invited to make the presentation.

The lecture is held in recognition of Sr. Frank’s years of service to professional nursing and nursing education at the university and seeks to promote professional nursing development.

The presentation is free, but reservations are required. Please make reservations by calling (210) 829-6029 or by e-mail at cook@universe.uiwtx.edu.

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Officials Announce Major Renovations at St. Anthony Catholic High School

Archived April 9, 2002

Officials at St. Anthony Catholic High School have announced the details of an extensive $1,000,000 renovation project, scheduled for completion in August.

The project will add 16 new classrooms, two science labs, an art lab and a new computer lab that will be home to approximately 30 new computers. New central air conditioning and heating units will be installed throughout the main building.

The chapel and the gymnasium also will be renovated. Seating capacity in the gym will almost double to nearly 450 spectators and a new air conditioning unit will be installed.

"The remodeling project sends a strong message to the entire San Antonio community that we are committed to providing the very best Catholic education for young men," said Principal Dan Ochoa. "New classrooms, facilities, and equipment will only add to an already dynamic school that is constantly striving for excellence."

Founded in 1903 by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, St. Anthony is an award-winning boy’s high school that in 1995 became a member of the Brainpower Connection, with the University of the Incarnate Word.

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

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UIW Celebrates Incarnate Word Day March 25

Archived March 26, 2002

The University of the Incarnate Word will celebrate Incarnate Word Day, the celebration of the incarnation of Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word on March 25 with festivities throughout the day.

The day will also mark the 6th anniversary of the day that Incarnate Word College became the University of the Incarnate Word. Festivities include a liturgy at 2:35 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel where the CCVI Spirit Award that is awarded annually to a community member will be presented.

Nominations are presented to a selection committee by members of the community of those people who they believe possess all the core values of the institution’s founding congregation. This year, the award will be presented to Dr. Sara Kolb, Nursing Professor.

Another event that will take place at 12 p.m. on Incarnate Word Day 2002 will be a lecture on Lady Bird Johnson’s life, to be presented by Jan Jarboe Russell, one of the key speakers of the 2001-2002 Distinguished Speakers Series.

Russell is an award-winning journalist who writes about politics and the power of ideas. She seeks to put our government and its workings into perspective and searches for solutions to issues needing reform, such as economics, education, and race.

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

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Conference to Investigate Implications of Genetic Research

Archived March 24, 2002

What are the ethical, moral and social implications of the new genetics knowledge that will affect generations to come? What impact will it have on medical education and on industries related to medicine? And, what are the responsibilities of health care professionals in making new genetic options available?

These and other current genetic issues are the subject of a conference - "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made. The Human Genome: Ethical and Social Issues" - to be held March 22 and 23 at the University of the Incarnate Word. It is sponsored by UIW, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, CHRISTUS Health and the Oblate School of Theology.

Keynote speaker Elizabeth Thomson, ELSI Program Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, will address the ethical, legal and social implications of genetic research. At a pre-conference grant-writing workshop, she will assist investigators, especially those who come from minority communities to apply for NIH and ELSI funds.

"The implications of mapping the human genome and its applications to everyday life seem to be essential knowledge for the ordinary consumer of health care today," said Sr. Audrey O’Mahony, CCVI, conference coordinator.

The conference, which is free and open to the public on a reservation basis, will explore the benefits and challenges of new genetics discoveries, and investigate the cultural understanding that healthcare workers, teachers and clergy need to understand.

Dr. Thomas Royer, president and CEO of CHRISTUS Health will present a futuristic look at how the genetic discoveries of today will impact patients and families, health care providers, medical education and industries related to medicine.

The 7 p.m. Friday opening session and presentation by Thomson will be followed by a reception, all in the area of the UIW Fine Arts Auditorium. Saturday’s sessions begin with morning presentations by Thomson and Royer, followed by concurrent special interest sessions on genetic testing and informed consent, genetics in the workplace, the cultural implications of the new genetics, and support groups for families of children who have gene-based maladies.

Continuing education credits are available for healthcare professionals, social workers, and teachers. Call 829-3939 for more information. To register, go to www.uiw.edu/genome.

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Extended Run Players Present 84 Charing, Cross Road

Archived March 24, 2002

The Theatre Arts department at the University of the Incarnate Word in cooperation with the Extended Run Players will present 84, Charing Cross Road at 7:30 p.m. March 22-23 and at 2:30 p.m. on March 24 in the Cheever Downstage II Theatre.

The play represents the true-life story of the beautiful friendship between two souls, Helene Hanff and Frank Doel, who are separated by cultural differences and geographical location, but find each other spiritually.

The couple builds a strong, loving relationship through writing letters to each other for twenty years, but never meets physically. Their share of joys and sorrows warms the heart and inspires the spirit.

The Extended Run Players is a group of theatre-lovers of different ages coming together to perform various productions in a Reader’s Theater format. Profits from their productions are donated to an Endowed Scholarship fund for Theatre Arts students at the university.

Ticket prices are as follows: Adults, $10; Senior Citizens, $9; Non-UIW Students, $8; and Groups, $6 per person. For more information or reservations, please call 829-3810 or e-mail at: theatre@universe.uiwtx.edu.

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Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Elect Sr. Helena Monahan as Congregational Coordinator

Archived March 18, 2002

The University of the Incarnate Word congratulates Sister Helena Monahan on being elected Congregational Coordinator for the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.

Sr. Helena will oversee the group of almost five hundred Sisters of Charity and will be in office for the next six years, beginning on June 1, 2002. Sr. Helena will implement the directives that were decided upon during the meeting of the general chapter in January.

"We (the congregation) can do a lot of good in the world and I’m really looking forward to it," said Sr. Helena.

Sr. Helena has been an influential leader at the university since her arrival as an English professor in 1972. She continued with the university and became Vice-President for Academic Affairs in 1986 until she decided to attend law school in Houston.

In 1996, Sr. Helena returned with a law degree specializing in Higher Education Law and became the Legal Counsel for the university until 2000 when she took over as Province Coordinator, a title that she will hold until May 31, 2002.

For more information, contact the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word at (210) 820-3881.

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Computer Graphic Arts Student Receives Scholarship

Archived March 15, 2002

Desiree Maher, among the top computer graphic arts student at the University of the Incarnate Word, was awarded a $2,500 scholarship from Rob Hurlburt, Producer and Director of Sovrenti IMG.

The scholarship is an affirmation of the belief that Hurlburt has in the program and the philosophy that he shares with Adam Watkins, an assistant professor of Graphic Arts at the university.

"The Computer Graphic Arts Program at UIW trains students to do what Sovrenti accomplishes with its clients - to foster a commitment to excellence, innovation, and client satisfaction in a technologically driven artistic medium," said Hurlburt.

The program is quickly gaining a reputation for its business savvy approach, "We orient our classes and curriculum towards the market. We believe in providing training that leads to careers, not just degrees," said Watkins.

Hurlburt’s digital communication company, Sovrenti IMG, emphasizes its ability to draw upon professional talent in every aspect of media creation. Past clients have included IBM, Compaq, Dell, Texas Tourism, and others.

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UIW Receives Nursing Education Grants

Archived March 8, 2002

The University of the Incarnate Word was awarded nearly $50,000 in grants from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) for the School of Nursing and Health Professions in order to help alleviate the nursing faculty shortage.

The grants will be divided amongst four students who are graduates of the RN-BSN program (ADCaP) who were recommended by faculty, and who expressed an interest in nursing education as a career choice.

The grant’s use at the university was designed to help increase the number of minority and disadvantaged students seeking careers as nursing faculty. The grants will help these students until Aug. 2003, their expected date of graduation, if attending as a full-time student.

"We are very excited about our Nursing Innovation Grant because it allows us to support four nurses through full-time study for their master’s degrees while preparing them to become nursing educators. Preparing more nursing faculty is a crucial step in the process of solving the nursing shortage," said Dr. Kathleen Light, Dean of the School of Nursing & Health Professions.

The Nursing Innovation Grant Program is funded with proceeds from the Texas Tobacco Lawsuit Settlement and awarded a total of 32 grants, totaling $2,392,400, each targeted at specific areas of retention, depending on the school’s decision.

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

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Theatre Arts Department Presents Servant of Two Masters

Archived March 4, 2002

The University of the Incarnate Word Theatre department will be entertaining its audiences with a Comedia del Arte and blend of moral characterizations constructed by Carlo Goldoni in The Servant of Two Masters.

The play will be held in the Elizabeth Huth Coates Theatre, with 7:30 p.m. performances on February 27 and 28 and 8 p.m. performances on March 1 and 2.

The production is a realistic piece of the 18th century and the traumatic history and occurrences that left us unsure of our future. The play allows us to laugh at the simplicity found in being human and the warmth in relishing in the talent and beauty of theatre, therefore making trying times easier to handle.

Ticket prices for adults are $10, seniors $9, non-UIW students $8, and groups $6 per person. For additional information, please call 829-3810 or e-mail theatre@universe.uiwtx.edu.

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UIW Celebrates Black History Month

Archived March 1, 2002

The University of the Incarnate Word will be joining in the month-long celebration of Black History Month by hosting a variety of activities intended to raise consciousness about the great impact that this group has throughout history.

Throughout the month, a book display in the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library will showcase authors of the culture who have made significant literary contributions. The following are highlights of the many activities that will be held during the celebration:

7 p.m., Feb. 12
Discussion of John Singleton’s "Higher Learning," in Marian Hall

1:20 p.m., Feb. 13
"Miles Davis: the Picasso of Jazz"
lecture by Dr. Ken Metz; location, Palestrina Hall in the Fine Arts Auditorium

6 p.m., Feb. 17
Gospel Fest; location, Fine Arts Auditorium

7:30 p.m., Feb. 19
"African-American and African Song and Prayer Enriching Christianity"

1:20 p.m., Feb. 20
"Spiritualism in the Music of John Coltrane" lecture by Dr. Ken Metz; location, Palestrina Hall in the Fine Arts Auditorium

5 p.m., Feb. 20
All-you-can-eat Soul Food Dinner for $5.99, Marian Hall

1:20 p.m., Feb. 27
"Classical Influences on Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk,"
lecture by Dr. Ken Metz; location, Palestrina Hall in the Fine Arts Auditorium

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

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Children’s Play Focus of Education Department Symposium

Archived February 25, 2002

Hundreds of teachers will learn the importance of play as they attend the Play and Literacy Symposium beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 22 in the J.E. & L.E. Library at the University of the Incarnate Word.

"Play is a way to remove walls and to see the outdoors as an extension of the classroom," said Dr. Mary Ruth Moore, Associate Professor at the School of Education. "Children can learn so much from their play," she added.

The university began holding the play conference in 1997 in an effort to showcase the importance that play can have on children and literacy. That year the play conference was dedicated to Joe Frost, the father of play advocacy.

This year, Dr. Frost will join the conference as the keynote speaker and the Joe Frost Play Advocacy Award will be presented to Mrs. Lila Cockrell, President of the San Antonio Parks Foundation.

Also presenting will be Gareth Lewis, a representative of the Green Schools Project in Sweden who has made a significant impact in the Green Schools Movement to encourage environment-friendly play.

The Sr. Anne Birmingham Lighting the Way With Literacy Award will also be presented to Mrs. Mary Rich, of KLRN and Mrs. Diane Fisher, of Judson, I.S.D.

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

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Campus Police Host R.A.D. Course

Archived February 21, 2002

The University of the Incarnate Word will be hosting a R.A.D. Course for the female members of the community from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 18, 19, & 20 in the campus' Marian Hall Ballroom.

The cost to attend is $5, and only 10 spaces are available. Please call the UIW Campus Police at 829-2274 for registration information; when calling, leave a name and telephone number where you may be reached. Additional classes will be scheduled if necessary.

The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training.

These courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. Instructors and provide each student with a workbook/reference manual. This manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and continuous personal growth.

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Conference Teaches Teachers About Islam

The University of the Incarnate Word will hold a conference March 1-3 intended to teach others about the Arab World and Islam.

The conference will be presented by Audrey Shabbas, the Middle East Policy Council’s Teacher Workshop Leader, with over twenty-two years experience in teacher training about the Middle East and Islam.

Over 11,000 educators have attended more than 200 workshops that have been presented in 42 states examining the cultural geography, art, and history of the Arab World.

The conference will also emphasize that it is our duty to help our children to learn about and appreciate the other faiths. People of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faiths will serve on panels to deepen appreciation of each other’s faiths and to contribute to building peace in the Middle East.

The San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble (SAVAE) will also perform music from that culture. Throughout the conference an art exhibit by the Salwa Arnous Elyadi will be showcased at the Fine Arts Building.

For additional information, please e-mail Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at kirk@universe.uiwtx.edu.

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Groundbreaking Kicks Off High Rise Construction

Archived February 11, 2002

A banquet hall with a skyline view of the city located on the top floor of a high-rise building is the most recent project that architect Mike McChesney is bringing to life for the University of the Incarnate Word.

The university celebrated the groundbreaking for the building in mid-January, with completion due in August 2002. The 150,000 sq. ft. building will be located east of the Grossman International Center.

Each of the five floors will encompass 30,000 sq. ft. of the building, which will include a parking garage on the first three floors, a residence hall on parts of the 4th and 5th, a bookstore of 6,000 sq. ft on the 4th, and the banquet hall on the 5th floor.

The building will include a total of three passenger elevators, a freight elevator, and a bridge that connects the building to the main campus. The banquet hall will seat up to 800 guests and can be subdivided into several configurations depending on the event.

"Fifteen years ago when I first started out with the university, in 1986, the west-side of the property only had four tennis courts- now it is an entire athletic complex with student housing," said McChesney of the university, which is now his primary client.

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Red, White and Blue Light Display to Continue Until bin Laden Found

Archived February 11, 2002

A patriotic display of red, white and blue lights will continue to proudly overlook the city from atop the hill of the International Conference Center at the University of the Incarnate Word, until Osama bin Laden is found.

In a profound symbol of unity, the university is pledging to light the exhibit every evening until bin Laden, the presumed mastermind behind the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 is found and brought to justice.

"The university wanted to express its continued support to the men and women who graciously and selflessly support the fight against terrorism. We decided that this would be a great display of public respect and affection for those heroes because every time someone passes by, it will be a silent reminder to reflect on our many gifts," said president of the university, Dr. Louis Agnese, Jr.

The lights will illuminate the darkness of the evening sky from dusk, until the light from the heavens shines upon the hill in the dawn. As such, they serve as reminders that we will find a new tomorrow and that we will be enlightened as we seek righteousness and strive to keep our integrity intact.

The lights are surrounded by four United States flags, which fly in place of several international flags that flew above the hill just four short months ago.

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UIW Receives Environmental Award from National Wildlife Federation

Archived February 11, 2002

The beauty and splendor of the University of the Incarnate Word is not only aesthetically breathtaking, but has been nationally recognized and distinguished for its efforts in becoming an environmentally friendly institution.

The National Wildlife Federation, with support from the Educational Foundation of America conducted the first national survey to research environmental initiatives at institutions of higher learning across the U.S.

The university is installing high efficiency showerheads, faucets, and toilets in every new building and has made significant changes to improve the landscaping to better meet the needs of water conservation.

Recycling is encouraged and carried out by many departments, including the recycling of phone books, film, metal plates, scratch paper, and newspapers. At the university print shop, notepads are made for office use out of paperwork that is no longer needed and that comes from different offices.

UIW is extending the consciousness to all departments, including campus police, which has a system of bike patrol, consisting of uniformed police officers, minimizing the need for the patrol car.

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UIW Ranks High in Teacher Preparation

Archived February 4, 2002

The U.S. Department of Education recently released data on the quality of teacher preparation from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and outlying territories. Based on data submitted by 103 educator preparation programs in Texas, UIW ranked in the first quartile with an overall pass rate of 98 percent.

Compared with other universities in the state, the university ranked second highest in the summary pass rate (98 percent), surpassing all other universities in the San Antonio area.

UIW shares the highest ranking in the state with three other universities in the academic content area with a 100 percent pass rate and ranks 3rd highest in professional knowledge with a pass rate of 98 percent.

This report, which is required under Title II of the 1998 Amendments to the Higher Education Act, ranks teacher preparation institutions on the quality of teacher preparation in each state.

"Our goal at UIW is to prepare the best teachers we can for the schools in the San Antonio area. The ranking UIW received in the first quartile as well as our high pass rate are due to many hours of hard work and dedication by our students, faculty, and staff," said Dr. Denise Staudt, Director of Teacher Education at the university.

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Universe Online Graduate Program Nationally recognized

Archived February 4, 2002

The University of the Incarnate Word has again gained national recognition as U.S. News and World Report recognized its online graduate program as one of the best.

Universe Online made its debut in Fall 2000, and has quickly caught up to the first-class standards that other UIW programs enjoy.

"Being named in U.S. News and World Report is a very large honor," said Dr. Cyndi Porter, assistant vice president for Extended Academic Programs and director of the Universe Online.

"It’s a great tribute to us because it shows that our program produces quality teachers, quality expectations, and quality students," she added.

Through the online program, students can earn Master of Arts with concentrations in Organizational Development or International Business, without leaving the comfort of home.

For more information, e-mail Dr. Porter, or visit the Universe Online Web Site.

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Scholarships Awarded to Fallen Officer’s Children

Archived January 24, 2002

The University of the Incarnate Word will honor the memory of slain San Antonio Police Officer Juan Morales, by presenting his four children, Victoria, Juan Antonio II, Jeremy, and Julianna with scholarships to the university.

A press conference was held on Dec. 19 announcing the decision to help the children of the fallen officer with a total of $40,000 in scholarship monies. In attendance were UIW President, Dr. Louis Agnese, Jr., Officer Morales’ wife Rena, and officials from the San Antonio Police Department.

"We are honored to provide these scholarships that will help the Morales family, although I wish it could've been under different circumstances," said Dr. Agnese.

"Officer Morales’ four children deserve an opportunity to a successful life and we'll do our part to insure that they have that opportunity through these scholarships to Incarnate Word."

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