UIW News

Table of Contents - Spring, 2009

McCreless Art Gallery to Celebrate Newest Additions

Stimulus Information Night Held May 20

UIW Statement on Swine Flu

Commencement Ceremonies Slated for May 9

Swing-In Golf Tourney Set to Raise Scholarship Funds

UIW Introduces Center for Medical Tourism Research

Tickets Still Available for The Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show

Extended Academic Programs to Provide Free Textbooks

UIW Announces Next Step for School of Optometry

Applicants Sought for Mathematics Scholars Program

Incarnate Word Day Celebrated March 25

ADCaP Northeast Center Celebrates Grand Opening

Theatre Arts Presents The Fantasticks

Events Commemorate Black History Month

UIW Hosts Severe Weather Conference

Record Spring Enrollment Posted

Red Dress Event Supports American Heart Association

Speaker to Address UIW Veterans on GI Bill

Rolling Oaks Education Center Opens

UIW Celebrates Year of the Ox



McCreless Art Gallery Celebrates Newest Additions

Archived June 5, 2009

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) hosted an event in celebration of the newest additions to the McCreless Art Gallery on April 19 in the university’s J.E. & L.E. Mabee Library.

Among the pieces added to the collection are “The Three Mary’s of the Tomb” ca. 1820-1830, a painting from the circle of Francesco Hayez, the “Virgin Hodegetria” a carved relief of the Madonna and Child from the 14th century, and “The Descent from the Cross” a woodcut ca. 1520. A total of twelve new pieces have been added to the collection.

“The Three Mary’s of the Tomb” is attributed to the circle of Francesco Hayez, one of the 19th century’s premier artists, known for his portraits, political allegories, and historical and religious paintings. This painting in particular was once rescued from an Italian monastery. It is rich in symbolism and represents the three Biblical Mary’s; Mary the Mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene and Mary Salome.

The “Virgin Hodegetria” (Greek for “shows the way”) is a carved relief by an anonymous sculptor of the Madonna and Child in Istrian marble. The piece dates from the 14th century and depicts Mary holding the Christ Child and gesturing toward him with her right hand indicating that he is the way to salvation. Part of the Virgin’s face and right hand of the Christ Child are worn away from centuries of adoration by the devout.

"The Descent from the Cross" is a woodcut from the 16th century. Woodcuts represent a printmaking technique where an image is carved into a flat wooden block, covered in ink, and pressed onto paper. This piece is attributed to Ugo da Carpi who was the premier woodcut master of the Italian Renaissance. It was once in the collection of Frederick Augustus II, the King of Saxony, and da Carpi's works are featured in many world renowned museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and The National Gallery in Washington DC.

The McCreless Gallery established at the university by Dr. Glen and Andrea McCreless features medieval and Renaissance art. It opened in 2006 with the unveiling of “The Madonna of the Book” ca. 1480s attributed to the studio of Sandro Botticelli. In 2007, the Gallery received recognition for the addition of a fresco portrait of St. Leonard ca. 1320 which was once owned by newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. The McCrelesses were recognized in 2007 by the national Art & Antiques magazine as one of the nation’s top 100 art collectors whose philanthropic efforts are changing the face of the art world. The goal of their collection on loan to the university is to share the arts with society’s younger generations.

The McCreless Gallery is free and open to the public during regular library hours.
For more information contact: Debra Del Toro, UIW’s Director of Public Relations, ddeltoro@uiwtx.edu or (210) 829-6001.

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Stimulus Information Night Held May 20

Archived May 21, 2009

The University of the Incarnate Word presented a Stimulus Initiative Information Night Wednesday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the university’s J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library Auditorium.
 
The session focused on how students can afford a private school education during these challenging economic times and discover the many financial aid opportunities available to UIW students.  Admissions and financial aid representatives will be available to answer questions, and the recently passed U.S. Economic Stimulus Bill will also be discussed.

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

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UIW Statement on Swine Flu

Archived May 18, 2009

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have identified human cases of swine Influenza (H1N1) in both the United States and internationally. Additionally, there have been two confirmed cases in Guadalupe County near San Antonio. University campuses must be vigilant given the close nature and high interactivity nature of the university setting.    

Swine flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by a type A influenza virus that regularly causes outbreaks of influenza among pigs.  Swine flu viruses do not normally infect humans; however, human infections with swine flu do occur.  Public health officials have determined that this strain of swine flu virus spreads from human to human and can cause illness.  The outbreak is ongoing and additional cases are expected. 

The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu in humans and may include:

Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. Severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with swine flu infection in people. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

People entering the United States who are experiencing symptoms consistent with swine flu and have traveled to an affected area (see http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/investigation.htm for affected areas), or have been exposed to someone possibly infected with swine flu, during the last 7 days should report their illnesses to their health care provider immediately and inform them of their recent travel.

People traveling from the United States to affected areas should be aware of the risk of illness with swine flu and take precautions.

To prevent the spread of swine flu:

You are encouraged to look at the following source for additional and more specific information:

Currently, the San Antonio Health Department has not recommended closure of the campus or cancellation of classes.  The University will continue to monitor the situation and will update you as necessary.  If you have any questions, please contact Health Services at 210-829-6017.

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Commencement Ceremonies Slated for May 9

Archived May 11, 2009

The University of the Incarnate Word will confer degrees to approximately 500 spring graduates at the university’s commencement ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, May 9.  Ceremonies will be held at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center, located on the UIW campus, and will also be broadcast via the World Wide Web. Access to the Web broadcast will be available at www.uiw.edu, beginning 30 minutes befor each ceremony.

The morning commencement will honor graduates of the School of Nursing and Health Professions and the H-E-B School of Business and Administration.

Winell Herron, Group Vice-President, H-E-B Grocery Company and a member of the UIW Board of Trustees will deliver the morning commencement address.    Herron began her career with H-E-B in 1988. In 1997, Herron was named Director of Workforce Diversity, a position she held until her promotion in 2000 to Group Vice President of Diversity and People Development.  In April 2002, Herron was promoted to Group Vice President of Public Affairs and Diversity where she is responsible for leading the organizations initiatives in these critical areas.  Herron is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.  In 1992, Herron successfully completed the Food Industry Management Program at the University of Southern California, and in May 2000, Herron earned an Executive MBA from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

The second commencement celebration will honor the graduates of the School of Interactive Media and Design, the School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering, the Dreeben School of Education, and the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. The Most Rev. José Gomez, S.T.D., Archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Antonio will deliver the commencement address and will be recognized with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

View a copy of Archbishop Gomez's Commencement Address (Adobe PDF).

Archbishop Gomez is a native of Monterrey, Mexico. He holds a degree in accounting and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. In 1978, Gomez was ordained a priest and completed his Bachelor of Arts in Theology at the University of Navarre, Rome Campus, and began working on a doctorate in theology at its main campus in Pamplona, Spain.  Gomez earned his doctorate in Sacred Theology in 1980.  Before being appointed a bishop, Archbishop Gomez’ primary priestly duty was ministry to lay people. From 1987 to 1999 he was in residence at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in San Antonio assisting in the pastoral work of the parish. He was installed as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Antonio on February 15, 2005 at San Fernando Cathedral.  Archbishop Gomez has distinguished himself as a respected national leader among Hispanic priests in the United States. Archbishop Gomez is an enthusiastic supporter of vocations to the priesthood and religious life, and constantly encourages all Catholics to witness their faith in their daily lives.

The UIW Alumni of Distinction for Service in Mission is Joan E. Shepack, SRA.  Shepack, (El Paso) is a 1979 magna cum laude graduate of the University of the Incarnate Word.  Shepack earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing but changed careers to become a residential real estate appraiser.  In 1981 she founded CorPak Appraisal Service and also currently serves as a staff appraiser for Bank of America.   Shepack is also active in her community.  A member of the Junior League of El Paso since 1994, Shepack was instrumental in the research, planning, design, fundraising and construction of the $1 million El Paso Desert Botanical Garden at Keystone Heritage Park. As a member of the Junior League she also chaired the Public Relations Committee, focusing on Domestic Violence Prevention creating billboards and commercials to increase awareness of the issue in the El Paso community. Shepack, was also chair of the $850,000 Field of Miracles project.  The Field of Miracles, which opened in April 2008, is a baseball field designed specifically for children with special needs and disabilities.  Shepack is currently launching “Project 2013” aimed at serving the most at risk incoming freshman girls at one of the poorest performing high schools in Texas. “Project 2013” is designed to mentor, tutor and build the self-esteem of these young girls from freshman year through high school graduation.

A Baccalaureate Mass will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Friday, May 8 in UIW’s Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center. 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 Margaret Garcia, associate director of public relations at 210-829-6001 or at mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu.

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Swing-In Golf Tourney Set to Raise Scholarship Funds

Archived May 1, 2009

The University of the Incarnate Word swings into action with its 32nd Annual Swing-In Golf Tournament and Auction Party, Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1.
 
The two-day event kicks-off at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 in UIW’s Rosenberg Sky Room with the annual “Swing-In” auction party. The auction party will feature live and silent auctions along with lavish buffets, drinks and live music. On May 1, the fun continues with a day on the course as participants tee off at The Republic Golf Club (4226 Southeast Military Drive).
 
Tickets to attend the auction party are $50 per person. For information on individual or group tournament sponsorships, the auction party or other sponsorship opportunities, please contact the UIW Development Office at (210) 829-6013 or visit http://www.uiw.edu/swingin.
 
To date, Swing-In Golf Tournament and Auction Party sponsors have helped the university raise over $1 million benefitting student scholarships.
 
For more information, contact Margaret Garcia, associate director of public relations at 210-829-6001 or at mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu.

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UIW Introduces Center for Medical Tourism Research

Archived April 27, 2009

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is proud to introduce the Center for Medical Tourism Research (CMTR). This will be the first academic research center in the world devoted to the medical tourism industry. 
 
The newly launched CMTR is located in UIW’s H-E-B School of Business & Administration.  This center is the first in the world to focus on medical tourism research and is a partnership between UIW and the Medical Tourism Association (MTA).  UIW professor, David George Vequist IV, Ph.D. CMTR, founder and director, is regarded as one of the leading academic speakers and authors on the topic of medical tourism.
 
The Vision of the Center

The vision is to serve as the premier academic center for medical tourism/travel research in the world.  The center will provide high-quality research and thought-leadership in the economic, social justice, and societal impacts of the medical tourism/travel industry.  The center will also uphold the Mission of the university: faith; service; innovation; truth; and education.
 
What Does the Center Do?

The center is aggressively pursuing primary data and accumulating secondary data to support the development of thought leadership, best practices, lessons learned, and policy formulation in the new industry of medical tourism.  As part of its purpose, the CMTR will supply members of the MTA with leading edge research and the truth about the impacts of this trend on the countries, companies and people involved in this industry through both the MTA and CMTR web sites and papers.
 
How Can the Center Assist You?

For any media organization, we are offering a 24-hour response to any requests for information about trends or facts in the medical tourism industry.  We have accumulated most of the known knowledge in the medical tourism industry and have the ability to go deep in areas like: trends, countries, economics, demographics, etc. 

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

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Tickets Still Available for The Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show

Archived April 20, 2009

The University of the Incarnate Word will hold their 2009 Cutting Edge Fashion Show, an official Fiesta event, on Monday, April 20, at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, located at 101 Bowie Street. Doors open at 10 a.m. with the fashion show slated to begin at 11:30 a.m. The 2009 event will mark the 29th anniversary of showcasing the rising stars of the fashion industry.

The show features student designers who produce fashion collections 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 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.

Tickets to the event include a runway style fashion show, silent auction and luncheon. Tables of 10 are available for $1,000 (second row), $750 (third and fourth row), and individual seats may be purchased for $75 each. “Show only” tickets are available for $25.

Cutting Edge Fashion Show Fiesta Medals are available for only $7.00. Trading Fiesta Medals is an important part of Fiesta Fun! Buy your UIW medal today! For ticket information and to purchase your UIW Fiesta medal, call 210-829-6013. Proceeds fund student scholarships.

To schedule an interview with a show coordinator, please contact Margaret Garcia, UIW associate director of public relations at (210) 829-6001.

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Extended Academic Programs to Provide Free Textbooks

Archived April 15, 2009

Beginning Summer 2009, undergraduates enrolled in the University of the Incarnate Word’s Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCaP) and the Universe Online will receive free textbooks. ADCaP and Online will be transitioning from the traditional bound textbook to e-books in the summer terms. 
 
The average cost of textbooks is approximately $100 per class. Many students take two classes in each eight week term, so they are saving about $200. This can lead to a $1200 over the six terms offered each year. “We are very excited to be offering this benefit to our students.  During this tough economic time, we continue to look for ways to assist UIW students with their higher education expenses,” said Dr. Cyndi Wilson Porter, Vice President for Extended Academic Programs.
 
UIW’s Extended Academic Programs was created for busy adult students who could not otherwise attend college. The program brings convenience and affordability to those students who attend. ADCaP and Online have always had a “no fees” policy and with the addition of free textbooks, the path to each student’s degree is now even less expensive.

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

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UIW Announces Next Step for School of Optometry

Archived April 7, 2009

The University of the Incarnate Word announced today, that its School of Optometry has received pre-accreditation approval to begin its doctoral professional program. The formal announcement was made at a 2 p.m. press conference in the Special Collections Suite of the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library on the UIW campus.

The approval was granted by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association. UIW can now pursue student recruitment, selection and admissions.

“Preliminary approval is granted to a professional degree program that has clearly demonstrated it is developing in accordance with Council standards,” said the Association in a statement.

The optometry program expects to enroll between 50 and 60 students in its inaugural class. It will also offer students an opportunity to pursue a Spanish certificate, which will help fill a void for the Spanish-speaking residents of this region, said Dr. H. S. Ghazi-Birry, the school’s founding dean.

The school’s facilities will be housed in two locations. The primary 60,000 square foot location will be in the heart of the San Antonio Medical Center. It will include the academic headquarters and one of two clinical facilities. The second location will be a 30,000 square foot clinical facility on San Antonio’s East Side. While each location will offer a wide range of optometric services, they will also have a special commitment to pediatric eye care and low vision services, as there is an acute need for both locally.

In conjunction with the doctor of optometry program, UIW will launch a Bachelor of Science degree program in Vision Science. Its curriculum, structure and content will provide graduates with a strong foundation in the science of vision and suitable credentials to embark on a biomedical graduate research career, or to enter the workforce as a vision-science or ophthalmic-related specialist.

The BS in Vision Science will also provide students with an opportunity to earn a degree that will satisfy the requirements for entrance in the School of Optometry as well as other health-related professional programs, such as medicine and dentistry, offered through other colleges.

“This is another significant milestone for us,” said UIW President Louis J. Agnese Jr. “Along with nursing and pharmacy, optometry advances our historical Mission in health care. And with the country’s economy reeling, our optometry program is positive news for San Antonio.”

The economic impact of the UIW optometry program on San Antonio over a 10-year period is conservatively estimated at nearly $300 million.

Texas, while second to California in population, currently has just one other optometry school. UIW’s will be one of 20 on the United States mainland, and will be the only one located at a faith-based university. No optometry program has been established in the U.S. in nearly three decades.

The School’s Mission is to educate and prepare future leaders in optometry through excellence in education, patient care, vision research and public service, within a context of faith and personal development.

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

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Applicants Sought for Mathematics Scholars Program

Archived April 7, 2009

In Fall 2008, the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) was awarded 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, has been used to implement 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, contact: Margaret Garcia, UIW associate director of public relations, (210) 829-6001, mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu.

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Incarnate Word Day Celebrated March 25

Archived March 25, 2009

The University of the Incarnate Word will celebrate Incarnate Word Day on Wednesday, March 25. Incarnate Word Day celebrates the feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Incarnation of the Eternal Word, God.

Incarnate Word Day festivities begin on the UIW campus at 8 a.m. with the Banners and Balloons activity on Dubuis Lawn. At 11:00 a.m. the UIW community is invited to a Picnic at the Tower sponsored by Sodexho food services in the Jordan Carillon Plaza. At noon, the Cardinal Carnival Golf Cart Parade makes its way through the campus, ending at Dubuis Lawn.

The daylong celebration continues with a 1:30 p.m. discussion entitled “Justice, Solidarity and Hope - the Magnificat" presented by Fr. Juan Molina, O.Ss.T., Catholic Relief Services and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk in the Auditorium of the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library. Fr. Juan Molina will explore global challenges and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk will examine glimpses of hope from Mary's prayer “The Magnificat” (Luke 1:46-56). Fr. Juan, O.Ss.T., an economist and advocacy program coordinator for Catholic Relief Services will share his ideas on creating a more just world. Fr. Molina has held a variety of positions throughout the United States where he was integral in building community and social awareness. Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, Th.D. UIW professor of religious studies, will share from a DVD she has created with art, music and dance based on the Magnificat, Mary’s song of joy shared with her cousin Elizabeth interwoven with stories of contemporary women from different continents. The canticle invites people through the ages to continue proclaiming justice and working with God.

The Incarnate Word Day Liturgy will be celebrated at 3 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. The CCVI Spirit Award will be presented during the Liturgy to Adela Gott, Multimedia Specialist. The CCVI Spirit Award is given annually on Incarnate Word Day to a person whose life embodies the spirit of service of the founding Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. At 4 p.m. a reception honoring Gott will follow at the Jordan Carillon Plaza.

Everyone is welcome to share in this special day with the UIW community and its founding congregation the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. All events are open to the public.

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

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ADCaP Northeast Center Celebrates Grand Opening

Archived March 9, 2009

The University of the Incarnate Word held a grand opening for its newest Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCaP) location, the Northeast Center at Rolling Oaks, on February 17.
 
The 5,500 square foot education center is equipped with four classrooms, a computer lab, two advising offices, and a reception area. The center will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Fridays. Classes at the Northeast Center will be on a Monday-Wednesday or a Tuesday-Thursday evening format.
 
The following degrees are currently offered at the new location: Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with concentrations in Management, Marketing and General Business, Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Development, Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources, Bachelor of Arts in Administration and a Bachelor of Arts and Applied Sciences. Additional undergraduate and graduate degrees will be added in the future.
 
The Northeast Center at Rolling Oaks is located at 6909 N. Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, Texas 78247 inside Rolling Oaks Mall.  For more information on the Adult Degree Completion Programs visit www.uiw.edu/adcap.
 
UIW’s ADCaP program was established in 1995 and allows working adults the opportunity to complete their degree while still maintaining their family and career responsibilities.

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

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Theatre Arts Presents The Fantasticks

Archived March 2, 2009

The Theatre Arts Department at the University of the Incarnate Word presents The Fantasticks, a starry-eyed musical about young moonlit love wilting in the heat of the sun, only to blossom with time and experience into a rooted, heartfelt union.

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. on February 20-21 and 27-28, and a 2 p.m. matinee concludes the run on Sunday, March 1 in the university’s Coates Theatre.

Michelle Pietri (a recent ATAC award honoree) directs and choreographs this heartfelt and often hilarious musical theatre romp with Bill Gokelman (another former ATAC honoree) as Musical Director,  costumes designed by Margaret Mitchell (this year’s ATAC Jasmina Wellinghoff Award recipient) and scenery and lighting design by Melissa Gaspar.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for non-UIW students, and a group rate of $6 per seat is available. Call the theatre box office at 829-3800 for information or reservations.

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

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Events Commemorate Black History Month

Archived March 2, 2009

In February, the University of the Incarnate Word will host a variety of events and activities commemorating Black History Month.  Come join the UIW community to remember the innovators and historical figures of African-American descent that helped form our country. 

Below is a complete listing of UIW sponsored events:
 
A Night in Harlem
February 5
7:30 – 10 p.m.
Marian Ballroom         
Experience the Harlem Renaissance, the era of pivotal economic, social, intellectual and political progression of the Negro in America. Dinner will be catered by Mr. & Mrs. G’s Home Cooking and is free of charge.           
 
Ebony & Ivory
February 13
 7:30 – 10 p.m.
Marian Ballroom
Cost: $4 pre-sale, $6 at the door
Semi-formal dinner and presentation on the importance of the excellence in education beyond all barriers.
 
Lift Every Voice: Open Mic Night    
                    
February 19
7:30-10 p.m.
Dubuis Lounge
Live performances from talented UIW students, guests and local artists. Got skills or just want to speak your mind? Sign up at the Student Center desk by February 16th @ 5 p.m.
 
Gospel Fest
February 28
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Fine Arts Auditorium
A praise and worship service led by university and local church choirs and praise teams.
 
Weekly Discussions Include:

Summits are to be held in the Marian Ballroom (except 2/18 discussion) from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 

Those who participate take a chance at winning prizes. All intellectually expressed opinions are welcomed.

Feb 3: We’ve Come This Far By Faith
Feb 11:  Love Jones: A mature discussion about heart-felt issues in relationships
Feb 18:  Beyond Racism: A Highlight of Conflicting Matters and a Focus on Solutions; Presented by Rev. Dr. Trevor Alexander in Dubuis Lounge
Feb 25:  Accountability & Responsibility: Moving Forward with Resolve

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

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UIW Hosts Severe Weather Conference

Archived March 2, 2009

The University of the Incarnate Word’s Meteorology Department will host the 2009 South Texas Severe Weather Conference on Friday Feb. 27 and Saturday, Feb. 28 at UIW’s Bonilla Science Hall. The 2009 theme is Severe Weather: Tropical Storms.

This year the conference has been expanded into a two day event with keynote speakers and breakout sessions on Friday and basic and advanced Sky Warn workshops on Saturday. 
 
The conference will include special presentations and break-out sessions. Speakers will review active hurricane seasons, current research and trends and focus on how to prepare for the future.  Bill Reed, Director of the National Hurricane Service, Dr. Phil Klotzbach, Colorado State hurricane research scientist and Joseph Hilliard of the Texas General Land Office will serve as keynote speakers for the event.

This annual event is held in conjunction with the National Weather Service and the Urban Science Initiative. 

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

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Record Spring Enrollment Posted

Archived February 24, 2009

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) has experienced yet another record enrollment for Spring 2009, one more sign of UIW’s continued growth in these economically challenging times.

Total enrollment for the spring semester is 6,248 students, an increase of nearly 450 students from the same term in 2008. This includes more than 260 more undergraduates and 187 graduate students compared with those enrolled at this time last year.

UIW continues to grow in part because of the addition of new, innovative programs in areas of high demand such as pharmacy, vision science and Hispanic marketing. UIW offers more than 70 undergraduate and graduate programs of study in a variety of formats including traditional day classes, evening courses aimed for working adults and online studies.

“The flexibility of our schedules, the quality of education our students receive and the affordability of our programs makes the University of the Incarnate Word a smart choice in today’s tough economic times,” said UIW President, Dr. Louis Agnese.

Affordability is also another component of UIW’s success. While Incarnate Word is the fourth-largest private university in Texas, it has the lowest tuition rate among the six largest private universities in the state.

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

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Red Dress Event Supports American Heart Association

Archived February 11, 2009

The University of the Incarnate Word is proud to present its 6th Annual Red Dress Fashion & Health Fair, Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in UIW’s Marian Hall Ballroom.

The “Smart Start to a Healthy Heart,” Red Dress Fashion & Health Fair promotes cardiac health in women care will feature fashions designed by UIW students and faculty, heart healthy appetizers and special activities and exhibits. The event will also provide information on the importance of maintaining a heart healthy lifestyle which includes healthy eating, exercise, weight maintenance, blood pressure control, and blood cholesterol management.

The event will culminate with the “Red Dress” fashion show, showcasing garments specifically designed and constructed by UIW faculty and student designers for this “Red Dress” event.

Get “A Smart Start to a Healthy heart” in support of the American Heart Association and their Go Red campaign. The 6th Annual Red Dress Fashion & Health Fair event is free and open to the public.

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

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Speaker to Address UIW Veterans on GI Bill

Archived February 3, 2009

The University of the Incarnate Word’s (UIW) Student Veterans Association will hold their monthly meeting at noon, Monday, February 2 in the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library – Special Collections Room located on the UIW campus. Speaker Karen Wyatt, academic advisor for UIW’s Universe Online, will address the many new features of the 21st century GI BILL.

In November 2008, the Wal-Mart Foundation awarded $100,000 grants to 10 higher education institutions, including UIW, that currently have successful veteran educational assistance programs. The grants will support the development of new and existing programs and provide resources to assist veterans with access to education, adjustment to civilian life and success in completing their degrees.

The Wal-Mart Foundation also awarded a $100,000 grant to Student Veterans of America (SVA), a coalition of student veterans groups from college campuses across the country. Formed in January 2008, SVA is one of the fastest growing grassroots veterans’ organizations in the country. The grant will assist SVA establish additional chapters and support student veteran advocates on campuses across the country.

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

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Rolling Oaks Education Center Opens

Archived January 30, 2009

The University of the Incarnate Word is proud to announce the opening of our latest Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCaP) location, the Northeast Center at Rolling Oaks. Classes began Jan. 12. There are currently 67 students enrolled at the Northeast Center for the Spring I, 2009 term.

The 5,500 square foot learning center is equipped with four classrooms, a computer lab, two advising offices, and a reception area. The center will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Fridays. Classes at the Northeast Center will be on a Monday-Wednesday or a Tuesday-Thursday evening format.

“We are very excited about this new ADCaP location. The Northeast Center provides greater access to UIW programs for those living or working in the northeast area of greater San Antonio,” said Vincent Porter, Dean of ADCaP.

The following degrees are now being offered: Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with concentrations in Management, Marketing, and General Business, Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Development, Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources, Bachelor of Arts in Administration and a Bachelor of Arts and Applied Sciences Additional undergraduate and graduate degrees will be offered in the future.

The Northeast Center at Rolling Oaks is located at 6909 N. Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, Texas 78247. For more information on the Adult Degree Completion Programs visit www.uiw.edu/adcap.

UIW’s ADCaP program was established in 1995 and allows working adults the opportunity to complete their degree while still maintaining their family and career responsibilities.

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

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UIW Celebrates Year of the Ox

Archived January 28, 2009

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) will celebrate the “Year of the Ox” Monday, Jan. 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Marian Ballroom located on the UIW campus. Visitors will sample Asian cuisine, enjoy Asian music and witness traditional Asian dances. Everyone will have a chance to win door prizes, as well as participate in Asian games and a themed costume photography competition.

The UIW International Program’s Institute of World Cultures sponsors the university’s Asian New Year celebration each year. The Asian New Year celebration provides a feeling of home to the diverse Asian population attending the university while showcasing Asian culture to the local community.

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

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