UIW News

Table Of Contents/Spring 2007

 

UIW Recognized as Part of National Health Model

President’s Statement on Incidents at Virginia Tech

Military Hero Receives MBA During Spring Commencement

Incarnate Word Celebrates Class of 2007

Cardinals Team With Benson for Beginnings of UIW Football

ContinUIW Offers Students Summer Options

If it’s April, it’s The Cutting Edge

UIW to Pioneer Catholic Higher Ed in Arizona

Run for Brainpower Set for April 14

Incarnate Word Day Celebrates UIW’s Beginnings

Annual URGE Forum to Focus on Immigration

Students Head to Mexico for Alternative Spring Break

Theatre Arts Presents Memories ...

Jazz Ensemble Presents Winter Concert

SAC Dual Enrollment Center Opens

Two-Day Workshop to Train Entrepreneurs

Severe Weather Conference in Forecast for UIW

Gospelfest Celebrates Black History Month

Year of the Golden Pig Celebrated

UIW, Heart Association Team for Red Dress Show

Best-Selling Author Hachey to Host Workshops

UIW Hosts Conference on Latina Faith

CTSA to Feature Cardinal Hoops

SAC Dual Enrollment Center Opens


UIW Recognized as Part of National Health Model

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) and its community health partner St. Phillip of Jesus Parish (SPJP) was recently recognized in the journal of Biosecurity & Bioterrorism as an exemplary case for local public health partnerships.

The University and parish were mentioned by the Working Group on Community Engagement in Health Emergency Planning in its recent findings and policy implications that were published in the journal. The group believes that communities and grassroots groups can help to define a plan and increase public support in dealing with potential epidemics such as an influenza pandemic. The group cited UIW and the SPJP partnership as a national model for this movement.

Since 1998, University nursing faculty and students have teamed up with lay community health workers to reach the underserved Hispanic population through health programs held at the parish, neighborhood barbeques and subsidized housing for the elderly.

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

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President’s Statement on Incidents at Virginia Tech

Dear Incarnate Word Community:

The shootings at Virginia Tech University have left us in a state of disbelief, as the needless loss of human life is nearly beyond comprehension.  Please join me in extending our prayers to the families and friends of those who lost loved ones in this senseless and horrible tragedy.

I want to take this opportunity to share with you how we would respond in a similar situation.  While it’s my deepest desire that something like this never happen again, we must be pragmatic and at the very least consider it within the structure of our emergency planning.

As part of that planning, you can rest assured the University will assume a proactive stance toward the safety and welfare of our community.  In the event of an extreme emergency, we will do the following: Assist and advise those individuals, whether external or internal, who respond directly to the critical incident; coordinate services and activities of the University with the appropriate local agencies; communicate accurate information to the internal and external communities; and support post-critical incident efforts and activities.

We believe the University of the Incarnate Word has the infrastructure in place to make ours a safe campus.  It is patrolled around the clock, seven days a week, by a uniformed police force whose members are also licensed as peace officers by the State of Texas and commissioned by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.  Additionally, our location puts us within easy access of the police departments and emergency services of both San Antonio and Alamo Heights.

The University has in place an emergency response team composed of senior University personnel.  These are individuals who are very familiar with the campus through their many years of service to UIW.   We also have an emergency response plan that will be updated to address new issues as they arise.

We have a number of ways in which we can quickly communicate with the internal campus community.  These include e-mails and also a campus-wide telephone broadcast system that allows us to instantly leave blanket voice mail messages to anyone with access to a campus telephone. 

We also have an internet radio station that broadcasts daily that we can utilize in emergency situations.  In addition, we regularly post information on the University’s web site, and are currently investigating options that will augment access to the site by developing faster delivery modes featuring greater amounts of relevant emergency information.

We are also accelerating plans to enhance additional communications capabilities through the use of cell phone and text messaging technologies.  And given the compact nature of our campus, we’re looking at placing sirens, horns and loudspeakers at strategic locations throughout the campus that would be used to immediately transmit information to our community in case of emergencies.

In the event of a worst-case scenario such as a shooting, we will immediately lock down the campus and initiate emergency measures, including possible evacuations and containment procedures, to ensure the safety of our students and employees. 

Finally, we will be developing plans on procedures to guide faculty members in identifying potentially worrisome behavior by students.

Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share with you some of our emergency procedures.  The University’s wellbeing is paramount in our planning process, and it’s our goal to offer a safe and nurturing environment for the Incarnate Word community.  We appreciate that you have entrusted your safety and that of your loved ones to us, and we will do everything possible to provide and maintain a secure environment at Incarnate Word.

Sincerely,

Dr. Louis Agnese Jr.

Louis J. Agnese, Jr., Ph.D.
President
University of the Incarnate Word

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Military Hero Receives MBA During Spring Commencement

Archived May 31, 2007

Mississippi native Tim Porter found his way to San Antonio in 1998, straight from Korea to Lackland Air Force Base for delicate hand surgery. His fingers were severed while shielding one his platoon’s soldiers from self-injury.  Porter, a U.S. Army Sergeant of a combat engineer platoon, sacrificed his fingers to free explosives from the young man’s grasp. He saved the young man’s life, but found himself air lifted to San Antonio’s Willford Hall where top hand surgeons carefully reconstructed his hand using one of his toes.

He miraculously regained his dexterity – precision he would need once enrolled in the University of the Incarnate Word as an Information Systems major in 2001. Porter’s altered hand was no obstacle, nor was his spirit. His drive to overcome and achieve presented him a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2005.

And he didn’t stop there. Porter remained in San Antonio to enter graduate school at UIW in the H-E-B School of Business and Administration where he continued to excel. On May 12, Porter walked the stage to receive his Master’s of Business Administration – a culmination of years of service in and off the field. As a student, Porter made his mark, impressing faculty to the point of awarding him the school’s Outstanding MBA award at the business school’s recent Honors Convocation.

“He’s an amazing graduate student,” says Pat LeMay Burr, Ph.D., UIW distinguished chair and professor of international business. “Tim is a mentor, a coach and a leader to all around him. If he is our next generation in San Antonio (and he is), then we are in good hands.”

Porter, a technology help desk manager for the San Antonio Express-News, joined approximately 420 UIW graduates for the spring commencement ceremonies. He’ll quickly return for one summer class abroad, traveling to the European Union to study foreign direct investment in the technology sector, a program funded by the H-E-B International Peace Program via a grant from Charles Butt and H-E-B. Porter hopes someday to become an information technology director and teach adult education classes. 

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

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Incarnate Word Celebrates Class of 2007

Archived May 14, 2007

The University of the Incarnate Word will confer degrees to approximately 420 students during the University’s spring 2007 Commencement ceremonies. The ceremonies will take place at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 at the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center (4301 Broadway).

The morning celebration will honor graduates of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, the Dreeben School of Education, the School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering and the School of Interactive Media and Design. Alan Dreeben, Vice Chairman of the Republic Beverage Company and Advisory Director of Cullen Frost Bank, will deliver the Commencement address and will be recognized with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

Dreeben, a civic leader and philanthropist within the San Antonio community, has long been a champion of education. He has served on several educational boards within the city and state including serving as a trustee for UIW since 1995. He also serves as a board member for the San Antonio Museum of Art, the McNay Art Museum and the Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital Foundation.  In 2002, UIW honored Dreeben and his wife by naming the school of education after them. Dreeben holds a Bachelor of Business and Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and an executive master’s degree in the same field from Harvard University.

The second Commencement celebration will honor the graduates of the H-E-B School of Business and Administration and the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

Two hours before each ceremony a Baccalaureate Mass will take place in the UIW Fine Arts Auditorium (4301 Broadway). Processional and recessional music will be performed by the San Antonio Pipes and Drums. Musical direction will be provided by UIW associate professor of Music William Gokelman.

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

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Cardinals Team With Benson for Beginnings of UIW Football

Archived May 8, 2007

The Cardinals at the University of the Incarnate Word will kick-off football in the fall of 2009. Today, University officials announced a comprehensive plan to field a gridiron squad as part of the school’s continuing efforts to offer a well-rounded experience to its students.

Football at Incarnate Word will provide San Antonio fans their first look at the only scholarship NCAA Division II team in the entire metropolitan area.

In making the announcement, UIW President Dr. Louis J. Agnese,Jr. said the Cardinals, with major backing from San Antonio businessman and New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, will construct, on campus, a 3,000 seat football facility including a field house and offices.

Benson, a longtime University supporter and ardent sports person, will underwrite the facility with construction slated to get underway in June of 2007.  It will be known as the Gayle and Tom Benson Fieldhouse.

Besides the announcement of the new UIW football program and the Benson-endowed facility, Agnese discussed a timeline for the program. He said the timeline begins with the hiring of a head coach this summer followed quickly by employment of the first staff members.  The new coaches then will begin the scouting and recruiting process for the first class of players to enroll at the University in the fall of 2008.

One year later, the Cardinals football team will play their first game in September of 2009.

The new football program fits with the mission of the University which is to provide an overall enriching experience for students.  UIW continues to make strides in various areas of higher education including its recent introduction of the Feik School of Pharmacy. Other prominent areas of study include the Dreeben School of Education and the H-E-B School of Business and Administration.

Now, with the addition of football, Agnese stressed that Incarnate Word’s athletic programs have come full circle with 19 teams representing 12 different sports, more than any other NCAA Division II school in the state.  Incarnate Word also becomes just the second Division II, faith-based institution in the state of Texas to offer scholarship football.

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

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ContinUIW Offers Students Summer Options

Archived April 25, 2007

College students often spend their summers working, improving their job prospects with internships, or whiling away the hours at the pool or beach.

UIW students now have another option: ContinUIW, a summer program allowing qualifying students the opportunity to continue earning credit toward their degrees at a reduced tuition rate.

The guidelines are simple: undergraduate main campus students who have been enrolled for at least 12 hours during each of the prior spring and fall semesters and who have maintained cumulative GPAs of 2.5 during those semesters qualify for grants ranging from $1,000 to $2,500, total, depending on the number of credit hours taken during the subsequent summer sessions.

“The program is intended to help students remain engaged in the classroom during a time when they typically disengage. When successful such engagement assists with student retention,” said Dr. Kevin Vichcales, Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.

Students who enroll for three to five hours receive a tuition grant of $1,000; students enrolling for six to eight hours receive a grant of $1,500; and students enrolling for nine or more hours receive $2,000 in tuition assistance.

In addition, students living in university housing during the summer and enrolling for six or more summer credit hours receive an additional grant of $500, for a maximum award of $2,500.

No application is necessary to receive the tuition grants; rather, students who are eligible need only register for the classes. The Office of Financial Assistance automatically determines a student’s eligibility, and applies the grants to their account. Please note that the program is not available to graduate, ADCaP, online, consortium, or other scholarship/special programs.

“Our hope is that the program will help students get ahead in their degree requirements, and ultimately graduate sooner,” added Vichcales.

For more information on ContinUIW, contact the UIW School of Graduate Studies and Research at (210) 829-3157, and visit www.uiw.edu/continuiw.

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If it’s April, it’s The Cutting Edge

Archived April 24, 2007

The University of the Incarnate Word will hold their 2007 Cutting Edge Fashion Show, an official Fiesta event, on Monday, April 23 in the UIW Rosenberg Sky Room. This year the Cutting Edge Fashion show welcomes Tiffany & Co. as the presenting sponsor.

One change that will take place this year is that the fashion show will begin at 11:30 a.m. instead of its usual noon start. After the show, visitors will be treated to a lavish lunch spread.

The show will feature approximately 11 student designers. Each designer produces a collection of between six and eight garments that they have illustrated, designed, and constructed this season in a fashion capstone course. The collection is centered on an individual theme selected by the student and can range from a season to a color or market segment.

The annual fashion event, which is celebrating its 27th year, is entirely produced by students. From sound and lighting to staging and contracting professional models, UIW students experience every aspect of planning a professional runway show.

The event, which has grown in popularity each year, attracts hundreds of visitors to the UIW campus. To schedule an interview with a show coordinator, please contact Tiffany Edmonds, UIW associate director of public relations at (210) 829-6001.

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UIW to Pioneer Catholic Higher Ed in Arizona

Archived April 17, 2007

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), known for its campuses around the world, will once again forge new ground – opening the first college campus in Goodyear, AZ, and also the first Catholic university in Arizona.

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 downtown 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.

“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.  “This is a terrific match, as Goodyear and Incarnate Word share many of the same values.”

UIW has started the licensing process with the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.  Once approved, UIW expects to open an Extended Academic Program Center later this year in Goodyear, offering on-ground, online and blended academic offerings in a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The second phase of the project involves a possible collaboration between UIW and the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Community.  Similar to the Brainpower Connection in San Antonio where UIW sponsors Incarnate Word High School and St. Anthony Catholic High School, UIW will look to gain the approval of the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix to open and operate boy’s and girl’s high schools on church property.  The college preparatory high schools will allow qualified students to take courses at the university and receive college credit.

Concurrently with the development of the high schools, the University of the Incarnate Word – Goodyear Campus will be constructed in the future Goodyear City Center. The location will allow residents and students to interact through cultural, civic and other community events including the use of the new Cleveland Indians Baseball Spring Training Facility slated for development.

"The City of Goodyear welcomes the University of Incarnate Word,” said Goodyear Mayor James Cavanaugh. “We look forward to UIW becoming a part of our City Center, and part of the lifestyle and culture that we are developing in Goodyear.”

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

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Run for Brainpower Set for April 14

Archived April 16, 2007

The University of the Incarnate Word Cross Country and Track teams will hold the 5K Run for Brainpower on Saturday, April 14 on the UIW campus (4301 Broadway).

The race will begin at 8 a.m., starting at the UIW track, continuing along the San Antonio River, through the scenic trails of the campus and finishing where the race began. Proceeds from the event will benefit both athletic teams.

Pre-race entry fees are $20 until April 7 then the entry fee goes up to $25. Shirts will be provided to the first 200 entries. UIW students may participate in the race for $10 but are not eligible to receive a shirt.  For more information on the UIW 5K Run for Brainpower, contact Derek Riedel at (210) 805-3566.To register online visit www.active.com or you can mail the registration form to the following address:

Derek Riedel, Track Office
4301 Broadway, CPO 288
San Antonio, Texas, 78209

The event promises to be fun for the whole family along with those of a competitive spirit.

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

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Incarnate Word Day Celebrates UIW’s Beginnings

Archived March 27, 2007

The University of the Incarnate Word will be celebrating “Incarnate Word Day” Monday, March 26.

Incarnate Word Day celebrates the feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Incarnation of the Eternal Word, God. The day is traditionally celebrated on March 25, but this year that date falls on a Sunday.

The festivities begin with a discussion by the students who attended the alternative spring break program this semester and a lecture by U.S. Consul in Matamoras, Cecilia Elizondo-Herrera at 10:20 a.m. in Marian Hall Ballroom. Herrera, a native of San Antonio, has been a public servant since 1978. She has served in Guadalajara, Mexico as a Vice Consul and in Melbourne, Australia as an Administrative Officer and Post Security Officer. While stationed in Washington, D.C., Herrera served in a number of positions including Area Manager for the Office of Foreign Buildings, Special Assistant for the Assistant Secretary of Administration and as a Post Management Officer for the European Bureau. Most recently, Herrera played an instrumental role in establishing the new regiment of government in Baghdad. She established the Office of Protocol at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and served as its Chief Protocol for three months.

At 11:30 a.m. the UIW community will be invited to a campus picnic sponsored by the SGA and Sodexho food services in the Jordan Plaza (around the clock tower). Participants will also be treated to a carnival on Dubuis Lawn. To top off the picnic, a parade will take place through the center of campus. The parade will feature golf carts that have been decorated in various themes of the UIW mission.

A mass will be held at 3 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. During the mass, the CCVI award presentation will be presented. Each year, one member of the permanent community (staff, faculty and administration) is chosen to receive this prestigious award. CCVI are the initials of the Latin title of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. The award is given to a person whose life embodies the spirit of service of the founding sisters. This year’s honoree is UIW’s dean of campus life Renee Moore, Ph.D. A community reception will be held immediately following the mass at the clock tower.

Everyone is welcome to share this special day with UIW and its founding congregation the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. All events are free and open to the public. A campus map is available at http://www.uiw.edu/pdffiles/uiwmap.pdf.

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

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Annual URGE Forum to Focus on Immigration

Archived March 23, 2007

We are a nation of immigrants, a country of vast backgrounds, cultural experiences and ideologies. The subject of immigration has recently graced the covers of newspapers and television sets across the country. In the United States, the discussion of immigration has become synonymous with the subject of illegal aliens. But is the subject of illegal aliens the main concern of the immigration issues facing the nation today? And what about other nations where native populations are the majority, are they concerned with the same issues as the United States? What responsibilities do countries have to immigrants? And how do these questions about immigration relate to education in the 21st century?

To shed a light on the issues that immigrants face in this nation and abroad, the University of the Incarnate Word will hold a day-long forum to help discuss, reflect and stimulate discussion among participants regarding the subject.

The Under-Represented Group and Education (URGE) will hold the annual forum beginning at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, March 22 in the UIW Joyce Building (4301 Broadway). The event will begin with the showing of an informative video about an immigrant’s journey to freedom. At noon, following the video presentation, a panel discussion about immigrant issues–past, present and future will take place. The final event of the day will occur at 6 p.m. in the UIW library auditorium with the viewing and discussion of the film “Clemente.” The film depicts the good and bad experiences of one immigrant and his family.

URGE invites the entire community to be a part of this social and academic event that will examine the complex topic of immigration. The forum is free and open to the public.

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

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Students Head to Mexico for Alternative Spring Break

Archived March 19, 2007

Most young people cross the Mexican border during spring break for the sandy beaches and warm water, but this Saturday 12 students from the University of the Incarnate Word will be crossing the border not to get their feet wet but to get their hands dirty.

The students along with two faculty/staff members will be going to Mexico to work with Christus Muguerza, a division of Christus Healthcare. During their time in Mexico, the UIW group will be involved with several community activities within the less fortunate areas including working at a free clinic and visiting schools to see how they are incorporating service into their curriculum.

During a time that would normally be seen as an escape from the books and the pressure of studying for exams, these UIW students are passing up the glamour of spring break for the realities of life and learning to help those less fortunate. The group will leave from the UIW campus (4301 Broadway) at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 10 and will return at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16.

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

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Theatre Arts Presents Memories ...

Archived March 12, 2007

They are the stories of our grandfathers and grandmothers that we have grown up listening to over the years, the tales of how ordinary men and women became extraordinary heroes.

To honor the war heroes, the civilians that kept things afloat at home and a generation that saw the best and worst of times, the UIW Department of Theatre Arts presents Memories on Review: Tales from World War II, an original play based on the collected oral histories of San Antonians who served during the second World War.

Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 2-3 and March 8-9, and 2 p.m. matinees are scheduled for Sunday, March 4 and Saturday, March 10. All performances will take place in the Elizabeth Huth Coates Theatre; to view a campus map, please visit http://www.uiw.edu/pdffiles/uiwmap.

The intergenerational performance will include monologues that were created from personal interviews, scenes that were inspired by local community leaders and the music that captivated the era.

UIW students, faculty and staff receive one free ticket with valid identification; military personal are $8 with proper military identification; non-UIW students are $8; seniors are $9; and adults are $10. Group rates are also available.

For more information or to make reservations, contact the UIW Box Office at (210) 829-3800 or (210) 829-3810 during the business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Jazz Ensemble Presents Winter Concert

Archived March 9, 2007

Some of the best jazz classic sounds will be filling the air at 7:30 p.m. on March 8 at the University of the Incarnate Word’s Palestrina Hall when the UIW jazz ensemble holds their second winter concert.

The performance by the 19-member ensemble will include renditions of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things” and Ray Noble’s “Cherokee.”

The concert will also feature UIW students Sam Sanders and Jacqueline Sotelo. Sanders will perform “Midnight Sun,” a jazz standard composed by Lionel Hampton and Sonny Burkeon the alto saxophone. And Sotelo will captivate the audience with her voice as she takes the stage to perform “Stairway to the Stars” and Peggy Lee’s timeless hit, “Fever.”

Last year, the ensemble performed at the 46th Annual Texas Jazz Festival in Corpus Christi, Texas, and has been invited to perform there again this October. 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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SAC Dual Enrollment Center Opens

Archived March 7, 2007

The University of the Incarnate Word recently reaffirmed its commitment to San Antonio College students, when it opened its Dual Enrollment Center at 1621 North Main.

UIW President Dr. Louis Agnese Jr. and San Antonio College President Dr. Robert Zeigler were on hand for the event, which showcased the center’s facilities.

Not only will prospective UIW students be able to receive academic advising and financial assistance information at the center, they will be able to take UIW classes in anticipation of joining Incarnate Word’s main campus, adult evening, or online programs, according to UIW Dean of Enrollment Andrea Cyterski-Acosta. Day and evening courses will be offered beginning in January, 2007.

“This center represents the next step in the educational process for community college students,” Cyterski-Acosta said, “Making it even easier to complete the transfer process.”

The transfer center, the first of several planned by UIW in close proximity to the ACCD Schools, will allow a smooth transition from community college to four-year university.

Initial class offerings for the center will include selected courses in business, communications, education, and other topics from the university’s core curriculum. Interested students are invited to attend an information session at the new center on Thursday, March 15, at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact the Dual Enrollment Center at 210-223-5747.

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Two-Day Workshop to Train Entrepreneurs

Archived March 5, 2007

Creating an entrepreneurial society in which the economy, the creation of jobs and innovation flourish. That is just one message that the University of the Incarnate Word H-E-B School of Business hopes to get across to students that attend their upcoming two-day workshop as part of the University’s celebration of national Entrepreneurship Week.

The event, which takes place from 8:30 a.m. – noon on Saturday, Feb. 24 at Marian Hall Ballroom and then continues during the same time period on Saturday, March 3 at the UIW Grossman International Conference Center (847 E. Hildebrand), will assist aspiring entrepreneurs to create a career plan. Students will also learn how to clarify their business vision and strategy, get an understanding of how business cycles work, learn planning tools and finally focus on transition tactics and actions that will help them achieve their entrepreneurial goals.

In San Antonio, women and minorities are underrepresented in the area of entrepreneurships. UIW hopes this program will help to change that factor, creating young leaders that will grow businesses and help the local economy prosper.

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

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Severe Weather Conference in Forecast for UIW

Archived February 26, 2007

Why does bad weather occur? What are the warning signs of bad weather? How can one become a storm spotter? Those questions and more can be answered when the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in conjunction with the National Weather Service and the Urban Science Initiative (USI) hosts the South Texas Severe Weather Conference from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 at the UIW Bonilla Science Hall (4301 Broadway).

This educational day of weather will feature special presentations and break-out sessions that will focus on topics such as storm spotting, radar interpretation, severe weather forecasting and flash flood forecasting. Featured speakers include University of Colorado at Colorado Springs professor of Geography and Environmental Studies, Eve Gruntfest, Ph.D. and retired Texas Tech university professor of engineering James R. McDonald, Ph.D., P.E.

The event is sure to be a storm of a day filled with informative facts and captivating presentations. The event which is free and open to the pubic is sure to be fun for all, especially the little meteorologists in the making.

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

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Gospelfest Celebrates Black History Month

Archived February 26, 2007

The roots of Gospel music within the African-American community are long and meaningful. The genre started in the days of slavery and has continued to influence much of the popular music produced today. As part of the University of the Incarnate Word’s Black History Month celebration the UIW Black Student Association will highlight Gospel music and its powerful messages when they host Gospelfest 2007.

The spiritual celebration begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 in Marian Hall Ballroom (4301 Broadway). The event will showcase several youth and adult choirs from the San Antonio area along with local praise dance groups.

The entire community is invited to enjoy this musical celebration which is free and open to the public. UIW’s Gospelfest is sure to be an uplifting evening for the entire family.

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

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Year of the Golden Pig Celebrated

Archived February 16, 2007

The University of the Incarnate Word Office of International Programs along with the International Student Association and the UIW faculty senate will hold an Asian New Year celebration from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15 in the UIW Marian Hall Ballroom (4301 Broadway).

This year’s Asian New Year celebration is particularly special because it celebrates the golden pig, an event that occurs every 600 years. Visitors will be able to sample Asian cuisine, learn Mah-jong, witness writing demonstrations and be entertained by the traditional Lion dance along with Indian and Thai dance demonstrations. There will also be several great prizes raffled off at the event.

For more information on the UIW Asian New Year celebration, contact Angie Hwang, UIW coordinator of Asian Pacific Initiatives/International Programs at (210) 805-5707.

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UIW, Heart Association Team for Red Dress Show

Archived February 15, 2007

Once again, the University of the Incarnate Word and the American Heart Association of San Antonio have teamed up to promote awareness about the No. 1 killer of women, cardiovascular disease. The university will be going red not just for love but to fight heart disease, by hosting a Red Dress Fair and Fashion Show from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

The event, which will be held in Marian Hall Ballroom on the UIW campus (4301 Broadway), will focus on providing women of all ages tips and information on healthy eating, exercise and risk factor reduction, weight maintenance, blood pressure control and blood cholesterol management.

Along with providing visitors with important information, the event will feature a special red dress fashion show. Approximately 20 student designers will each showcase a garment they designed and constructed for this special occasion.

Each year, the disease claims about 500,000 women’s lives, which is more than the next six causes of death combined including all the various forms of cancer.  All are invited to share this special day marked for love, by remembering to love one’s heart. Go red with UIW and the American Heart Association. The event is free and open to the public.

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

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Best-Selling Author Hachey to Host Workshops

Archived February 14, 2007

The University of the Incarnate Word Office of International Programs in conjunction with the School of Graduate Studies and Research are proud to welcome best-selling author Jean-Marc Hachey to the UIW campus for two career workshops at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13 in the UIW Rosenberg Sky Room.

Hachey, a leading authority on international careers, will discuss international job search techniques, North American résumés, international careers and the experience of going abroad for internships, to teach, to study to travel or to work.

Since 1990, Hachey has been mentoring students, college graduates and other individuals that are interested in pursuing opportunities abroad. He has also consulted on international job skills to the Canadian International Development Agency, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, NAFSA and numerous NGOs and universities. Hachey’s book The BIG Guide to Living and Working Overseas is currently in its fourth edition and has sold over 42,000 copies. Both seminars are free and open to the public, reservations are required. To reserve your seat contact the UIW School of Graduate Studies and Research at (210) 829-2759.

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

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UIW Hosts Conference on Latina Faith

Archived February 12, 2007

The University of the Incarnate Word along with the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word present “Latinas’ Faith” a day-long conference as part of the Spirit and Life Series at 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 9 at the Rosenberg Sky Room (847 E. Hildebrand).

The conference will explore some of the key religious understandings of Latinas’ faith. To help shed light on this subject, the special guest lecturer will be Ada María Isasi-Díaz, Ph.D.

Isasi-Díaz is currently a professor of ethics and theology for Drew University in Madison, NJ. She holds a Ph.D. in Theology from Union Theological Seminary and is the author of numerous books including En La Lucha –Elaborating a Mujerista Theology, Hispanic Women: Prophetic Voice in the Church, and La Lucha Continues.  She has recent articles in Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology, and Theological Studies and is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences.

For registration and conference information, please contact Pat Kerwin at (713) 928-6053.

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

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CTSA to Feature Cardinal Hoops

Archived February 5, 2007

At 7 p.m. on Feb. 2 the University of the Incarnate Word’s men’s basketball team will take on cross-town rivals St. Mary’s University. The game will be televised live on Catholic Television of San Antonio (CTSA) channel 15 on Time Warner Cable. This will be the first time that the game has been televised.

Prior to the game, at 5 p.m., UIWs Student Government Associatoin will sponsor a Tailgate Party in support of the Cardinals. The event will be held in the Convocation Center parking lot.

The game is sure to be action packed and full of thrills if the game played earlier this month is any indication. UIW won that game in triple overtime. Come out and support the Cardinals.

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

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SAC Dual Enrollment Center Opens

Archived February 5, 2007

The University of the Incarnate Word reaffirmed its commitment to San Antonio College students on December 5, when it opened its Dual Enrollment Center at 1621 North Main.

UIW President Dr. Louis Agnese Jr. and San Antonio College President Dr. Robert Zeigler were on hand for the event, which showcased the center’s facilities.

Not only will prospective UIW students be able to receive academic advising and financial assistance information at the center, they will be able to take UIW classes in anticipation of joining Incarnate Word’s main campus, adult evening, or online programs, according to UIW Dean of Enrollment Andrea Cyterski-Acosta. Day and evening courses will be offered beginning in January, 2007.

“This center represents the next step in the educational process for community college students,” Cyterski-Acosta said, “Making it even easier to complete the transfer process.”

The transfer center, the first of several planned by UIW in close proximity to the ACCD Schools, will allow a smooth transition from community college to four-year university.

Initial class offerings for the center will include selected courses in business, communications, education, and other topics from the university’s core curriculum. Interested students are invited to attend an information session at the new center on Thursday, February 1, at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact the Dual Enrollment Center at 210-223-5747.

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