UIW News

Table Of Contents - Spring, 2010

UIW Launches First Virtual College Prep High School

Incarnate Word Celebrates Women's History

Community Celebrates Incarnate Word Day

Computer Graphic Arts Students Win 26 ADDY Awards

UIW Hosts Fourth Annual Severe Weather Conference

Actor McGill Visits Theatre Arts Department

UIW Swinging Into Action for Scholarships

National Survey of Student Assessment Underway

Incarnate Word Celebrates Year of the Tiger

Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair Set for Feb. 9

Pierre Lecture Features Catholic Health Association Speaker

Center for Medical Tourism Research Presents First Conference

Students, Staff Respond to Haitian Earthquake Crisis

UIW to award $20,000 scholarships to Buckner Fanning Christian School Graduates


 

UIW Launches First Virtual College Prep High School

archived April 1, 2010

The University of the Incarnate Word presents a new and unique high school experience for your child, UIW Prep, a virtual high school experience for students looking for a challenging curriculum in an online environment. UIW Prep is a faith-based online high school emphasizing preparatory and dual credit coursework.

UIW Prep is a great option for the college prep student looking for a challenging curriculum allowing them to graduate in less than 3 years and with up to 30 hours of college credit completed. It’s also the perfect choice for students who may want to supplement their home school or traditional classroom studies. UIW Prep is cost effective.

There are no administrative fees and online books and tools are all included in the tuition. Plus, one of the most important benefits is the priority admission to UIW and the scholarships available to UIW Prep students ($3,000 per year for four years at UIW in addition to other merit scholarships). 

The program offers personal advisors to serve each student individually and is taught by university-credentialed faculty. UIW Prep is an ideal situation for home schooled students, students in military families, international students or those students who thrive in an accelerated program.  Students can begin as early as eighth grade.

Campus life is an important part of UIW Prep but you won’t need a building to experience it. You’ll find a preparatory program designed to prepare students online for a successful college experience.  With Second Life, you can visit our school virtually and meet friends from UIW Prep, your teachers and other teens in the Teen Grid.  As a UIW Prep student you will have optional access to Brainpower Island where a virtual campus allows you to interact and learn.  iTunesU is another option available to our students. Your teachers can upload class material and you can listen or watch them to supplement your class material.  At UIW, we believe in using technology to assist with learning so you'll see us utilize various different options throughout the curriculum.

“The University of the Incarnate Word is proud to continue as a leader in innovative educational opportunities with the introduction of UIW Prep.  UIW Prep fulfills a need for an online preparatory high school with the same highly credentialed faculty, quality curriculum, and cutting edge technology associated with UIW,” said Dr. Cyndi Wilson Porter, UIW Vice President for Extended Academic Programs.

To learn more visit prep.uiw.edu

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

back to top

 

Incarnate Word Celebrates Women's History

archived April 1, 2010

The University of the Incarnate Word will celebrate Women's History Month with a variety of activities, speakers and events throughout March.  The community is invited to join UIW in celebrating women their accomplishments and their contributions.

Calendar of Events

Throughout the month: "Creating Art, Creating Friendship" is an exhibit of art by children from Iraq, Rwanda and the U.S. displayed in conjunction with the citywide Luminaria Arts Festival and Contemporary Art Month. The exhibit is in UIW’s Fine Arts Building lobby.

Throughout the month: Displays honoring the 2010 National Women's History Project's theme of Writing Women Back into History are located in the Mabee Library. The displays are "Where are the women in Ken Burns' film 'National Parks: America's Best Idea'" and "Celebrating Women Artists." You can find more information about this project at the National Women's History Project site, www.nwhp.org.

March 12: Tere Dresner-Salinas, executive director of the Women's Global Connection, will present "Collaborations in Zambia and Tanzania that Promote Education, Women's Economic Development and Empowerment" starting at 10:15 a.m. Friday, March 12 in the UIW Administration Building Room 365. The presentation will include a video of rural women entrepreneurs who are marketing their products and services to benefit their families and the local and global economies. For more information, contact Dr. Anita Anderson at anders@uiwtx.edu.

March 13: Children of all ages are invited to visit the "Creating Art, Creating Friendship" display. They will be able to create art for children in Rwanda and Iraq and hear stories and music from those countries from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, March 13 in the Fine Arts Building lobby. Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, wrote an article titled "Get the Children Home," which you can read at www.iraqichildrensart.org/press/get_the_children_home.pdf.

March 22: Dr. Jo LeCoeur, professor of English, will present UIW's annual Slattery Lecture at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 22 in the library Special Collections Suite. Her lecture entitled "Voice" is on the voice of the writer, primarily the essayist.

March 23: Dr. Alison Buck, Dr. Sharon Herbers, Dr. Jessica Kimmel and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk will present "Moving Experiences, Near and Far" from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 23 in Marian Hall Ballroom. This presentation will highlight opportunities that bring members of the UIW community face to face with women of diverse cultures for heart-to-heart dialogue. Buck will describe a project in Mexico, and Herbers will tell stories of women of Appalachia. Kimmel and Sr. Martha Ann will discuss experiences in Turkey, Israel and Palestine. Participants are invited to bring photographs of women of courage, locally or globally, and to share stories of their involvement with women of diverse cultures or experiences.

March 30: A panel with Muslim, Jewish and Christian women will discuss "Women's Voices Inviting Compassion and Wisdom" from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30 in the Special Collections Suite of the Mabee Library. Panelists will be Marcia Goren Weser, a freelance writer with MGW Communications; Dr. Fatma Korkmaz, the director for Women's Outreach at Institute of Interfaith Dialog; and the Rev. Kelly Allen, pastor of University Presbyterian Church. The discussion is sponsored by the Institute of Interfaith Dialog, Women's Global Connection and the Women and Faith class at UIW.

For more information about any of these events, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 829-3854 or kirk@uiwtx.edu. They are also listed on our Web site at www.uiw.edu/womenshistory. For a map of the campus, visit www.uiw.edu/map.

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

back to top

 

Community Celebrates Incarnate Word Day

archived March 29, 2010

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

The annual Incarnate Word Day festivities will take place on the UIW campus beginning at 9 a.m. on March 25, with the Liturgy of the Hours celebrated in Our Lady’s Chapel.  At 11 a.m. the UIW community is invited to enjoy lunch on Dubuis Lawn and at noon, the Cardinal Carnival Golf Cart Parade makes its way through the campus, ending at Dubuis Lawn.  

The celebration will continue with a variety of events and activities and will end on Saturday, March 27 with The Encounter: 24-Hour Food Fast in Our Lady’s Chapel and Dubuis Hall.  Event locations can be found on the UIW campus map.

Below is a schedule of events for March 25 and March 27:

Thursday, March 25:

Saturday, March 27:

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

back to top

 

Computer Graphic Arts Students Win 26 ADDY Awards

archived March 23, 2010

The University of the Incarnate Word Computer Graphic Arts students took home 26 ADDY® awards at the annual event sponsored by the San Antonio chapter of the American Advertising Federation held Saturday, February 20.uiw student addy award winners

The event recognizes excellence in the advertising industry presenting the highest ranking agencies and individuals with the prestigious ADDY® Award.  Students also compete in a special category, judged by a committee of industry professionals, and are recognized for their efforts in student advertising.  More than 20 UIW Computer Graphic Arts students entered over 60 pieces of work in the competition.  Of those, 13 students were announced as finalists with 26 pieces of work winning an ADDY®.

UIW student award winners include:
 
Student Gold ADDY® winners

Leslie Ann Bernal, Kevin Herrera, Marcus Martinez, Tawny Sambrano, Rebecca Stanford and Josh Medrano.  Both Kyle Copley and Greg Cuellar were each awarded two Gold ADDY’s ® for their entries.

Student Silver ADDY® winners

Mauricio Braun, Greg Cuellar, Martin Lopez, Marcus Martinez, Matt McGehee and Josh Medrano.  Both Rebecca Stanford and Ellice Sanchez were each awarded two Silver ADDY’s® for their entries.

Student Bronze ADDY® winners

Kyle Copley, Vanassa Marie Olivia Garcia, Kevin Herrera, Josh Medrano and Ellice Sanchez
 
“We are extremely proud of our students and the work that they do. It is wonderful see the San Antonio advertising and design community recognize them in this way," said Michael Clayton, associate professor and discipline coordinator, UIW Computer Graphic Arts department.

The ADDY® Awards is a three-tiered national competition conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation.  Gold and Silver ADDY® award winners at the local level advance to the district level and then on to the national level for competition.

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

back to top

 

UIW Hosts Fourth Annual Severe Weather Conference

archived March 16, 2010

The University of the Incarnate Word’s Meteorology Department, the National Weather Service and the Urban Science Initiative, Inc. will join forces to present the 4th annual Severe Weather Conference, Friday March 12 and Saturday, March 13 at UIW’s Bonilla Science Hall.

The 2010 conference will offer presentations by the American Red Cross and the National Weather Service.  Topics will include operations and simulations, the 2009 drought and “You and Your National Weather Service..Together Saving Lives.”.  SkyWarn workshops will also be offered at the basic and advanced levels as well as a workshop on Tropical Meteorology.

Keynote speakers for the conference are hurricane experts Tim Marshall and Dr. Philip J. Klotzbach and hydrology expert Dr. Hatim Sharif.  Marshall is a hurricane expert who has filmed more than 200 tornadoes and experienced 17 hurricanes.  He has appeared on numerous programs including those on The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, National Geographic, and The History Channel. He has also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show.  Klotzbach is a research associate currently working at Colorado State University. His research interests include seasonal hurricane prediction and causes of climate change.  Sharif is an assistant professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  His research interests include hydrometeorology, water resources, land-atmosphere interaction, remote sensing and the interaction between climate, water, and health. His research projects in these areas are supported by national and state agencies including NASA and NOAA.
 
There is no conference fee but registration is encouraged.  For more information call 210-829-6937 or visit www.texasstorms.org.

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

back to top

 

Actor McGill Visits Theatre Arts Department

archived March 10, 2010

The University of the Incarnate Word welcomed a dear friend back to campus this week. San Antonio’s own Bruce McGill visited the university and attended a theatre performance of Christopher Fry’s “The Lady’s Not For Burning” presented by the university’s theatre arts department.

As is turns out, McGill, known for his many roles in television and film, has a connection to the university’s current production. The last time it was produced at UIW, McGill was one of the cast members. In the 1960s, when Incarnate Word was still a college for women, auditions were held to fill male roles in a production of “The Lady’s Not For Burning.” McGill, then a student at MacArthur High School auditioned for the late Ronald Ibbs and Maureen Halligan, who co-founded an acting company in Ireland in 1950 and helped build the UIW theatre program.

McGill, has gone on to appear in over 100 films including blockbuster hits such as “Animal House,” “Runaway Jury,” “My Cousin Vinny,” “The Legend of Bagger Vance” and most recently “Law Abiding Citizen.”

Students of the University of the Incarnate Word’s theatre arts program had a rare opportunity to sit down and chat with him on Monday, Feb. 22 in the university’s Cheever Downstage II Theatre. After taking a show of hands of how many students had aspirations of making a living from acting he went on to give them advice.

He advised them to take every opportunity to perform in front of an audience. “Don’t be afraid to work for free,” he said. “Educate yourself on every topic…so your performances ring true.”

McGill spoke of his experiences in the industry, the differences between acting for stage and screen and the grueling process of auditioning.

“Actors must have the soul of a baby and the skin of a rhinoceros,” he said. “That should have been the title of this talk,” he joked.

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

back to top

 

National Survey of Student Assessment Underway

archived February 26, 2010

Attention Freshmen and Seniors! Beginning in February and running through May 2010, you will be asked, through emails to your UIW email account, to participate in the National Survey of Student Assessment (NSSE).

Every three years UIW participates in this survey that looks at how students interact with UIW faculty, as well as gathering information on other UIW experiences. We want as many Freshmen and Seniors as possible to participate, and instructions on how to get into the survey will be in the NSSE emails.

We’re willing to give incentives for your participation: we’ll enter participant names into a raffle for FREE American Express gift cards – one $500 card, two $250 cards, and ten $100 gift cards will be given away, just for participating in the survey! Hey – its FREE MONEY – for a little of your time! So complete the NSSE survey and get into the raffle for free cash!

back to top

 

Incarnate Word Celebrates Year of the Tiger

archived February 17, 2010

Students at the University of the Incarnate Word will celebrate the “Year of the Tiger,” Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in UIW's Marian Hall Ballroom. 

Guests can sample Asian cuisine, enjoy Asian music, traditional Asian dances, Tai-Chi and drum performances. The highlight of the event is the traditional Lion Dance to be Year of the Tigerperformed by UIW’s Lion Dance Team.  Everyone will have a chance to win door prizes and play traditional Asian games for prizes as well.  Guests can also participate in Asian cultural experiences including the Asian New Year blessing, quick Chinese learning, Indian Henna, Asian themed costume photography, calligraphy practice and a traditional tea ceremony.

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2010 is the “Year of the Tiger,” which begins on February 14, 2010 and ends on February 2, 2011. The Tiger is the third sign in the Chinese Zodiac cycle, and it is a sign of bravery. This courageous and fiery fighter is admired by the ancient Chinese as the sign that keeps away the three main tragedies of a household, which are defined as fire, thieves and ghosts.

The UIW International Program’s Institute of World Cultures sponsors the university’s Asian New Year celebration each year.  This annual 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


back to top

 

Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair Set for Feb. 9

archived February 9, 2010

The University of the Incarnate Word is proud to present the 7th Annual Red Dress Fashion Show & Health Fair, Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in UIW’s Marian Hall Ballroom.

This annual event promotes cardiac health in women and features fashions designed by UIW students.  The event boasts heart healthy appetizers and a variety of special Red Dress 2009activities and exhibits while providing information on the importance of maintaining a heart healthy lifestyle.

Keynote speaker for the event is Jan Tilley, MS RD LD, President of Jan Tilley & Associates, a nutrition consulting firm promoting healthy living through nutrition and fitness. Tilley is an author and registered dietitian.  Her new wellness book entitled Getting Your Second Wind focuses on how to build a healthy, balanced life based on healthy eating, physical activity and a positive attitude. In the book, she blends healthy living information with real life stories to create a motivating experience for all who are looking for their path to wellness.

The event will culminate with the Red Dress fashion show, showcasing garments specifically designed and constructed by UIW student designers.
The “Heart & Soul: Jazz Up Your Life,” Red Dress Fashion Show & Health Fair is held in support of the American Heart Association and their Go Red campaign. The event is free and open to the public.

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

back to top

 

Pierre Lecture Features Catholic Health Association Speaker

archived February 9, 2010

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) Religious Studies Department is proud to announce the 8th Annual Pierre Lecture, "Solidarity and Collaboration: The Moral Foundations of Health Care Reform,” presente by Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, President & CEO, Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHAUSA.) The Pierre Lecture will be presented at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, in UIW’s Rosenberg SkyRoom.

Sr. Keehan will present a vision for Catholic health care that focuses on the respect and dignity of every patient and the need for collaboration and solidarity in the current Sr. Carol Keehanproposals for health care reform.  As President of CHAUSA, Sr. Keehan represents over 600 Catholic hospitals, 1400 Catholic nursing homes, clinics and surgical centers, and over 1 million employees. Approximately one of every six patients in the US is served through these institutions.  Modern HealthCare magazine voted Sr. Keehan the “Most Powerful Person in Health Care” in 2007.

Sister Keehan is the ninth president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHAUSA). She assumed her duties in Oct. 2005 and is responsible for all association operations.  She has worked in administrative and governance positions at hospitals sponsored by the Daughters of Charity for more than 35 years.   She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from St. Joseph's College, Emmitsburg, MD, where she graduated magna cum laude, and a Master of Science degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, from which she received the School of Business Distinguished Alumna Award in 2000.

In accordance with UIW’s Mission, The Pierre Fund Speaker Series, which began in 2001, is designed to bring distinguished women scholars to the UIW campus to address current issues in relationship to social justice, ecology and globalization.  This lecture is made possible by a grant from The Pierre Fund of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. The event is free and open to the public.

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

back to top

 

Center for Medical Tourism Research Presents First Conference

archived February 1, 2010

The University of the Incarnate Word’s Center for Medical Tourism Research (CMTR) is proud to the present the first ever medical tourism research conference, “Paradigm Shifts and Disruption -- the Impact of Globalized Healthcare.”   This first ever conference will take place January 27-29, 2010 at the Marriott Courtyard Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. Medical tourism is the practice of traveling to other countries for healthcare primarily because of cost and convenience.  The CMTR is located in UIW’s H-E-B School of Business & Administration and is the first in the world to focus on medical tourism research.

As the first academic center devoted to medical tourism research, CMTR is proud to convene the initial gathering of the world’s medical tourism researchers to discuss this historic globalization trend in healthcare.  The conference will address a wide range of issues, including the genesis and drivers of medical tourism, legal & ethical issues in medical tourism and the globalization of healthcare, assessments or evaluations of medical tourism practices (including accreditation), operational issues in delivering globalized healthcare, and marketing & consumer behavior in medical tourism.

Speakers for the event include UIW president Dr. Louis J. Agnese, Jr. and professor, David George Vequist IV, Ph.D. CMTR, founder and director, regarded as one of the leading academic speakers and authors on the topic of medical tourism. Schools, corporations and hospitals from all over the world are participating including the London School of Economics, Korean University, Boston University, Cornell, University of Colorado Medical School, Medtronic, Gallup Consulting, Christus Healthcare, Methodist Healthcare System and the University of the Incarnate Word.  Conference participants include individuals from Nigeria, India, Costa Rica as well as the United States.

For conference registration information contact: Margaret Villarreal at (210) 829-3190 or at Villarrm@uiwtx.edu.

back to top

 

Students, Staff Respond to Haitian Earthquake Crisis

archived January 21, 2010

As you may already know, a devastating earthquake hit Haiti on January 12. Following this year’s Mission focus of solidarity and collaboration, University Mission and Ministry is responding to the Haitian crisis by collaborating with Catholic Relief Services. We invite you to consider making a donation to Catholic Relief Services via their Web site, www.crs.org.

This Sunday at the Mass of the Holy Spirit, the collection will be designated to the Haitian crisis through Catholic Relief Services. If you would like to make your contribution through our office, you may do so by coming by our offices in AD146. We will include cash and check donations in our contribution to Catholic Relief Services.

As we unite ourselves in prayer with Haiti and those around the world connected to Haiti, we ask you to keep in prayer one of our own – a nursing student who is from Haiti and has lost family in this disaster. The university is committed to supporting her through this time of great loss.

For more information, please contact the University Mission and Ministry Office at (210) 829-2736 or (210) 829-3130.

Prayer for our Brothers and Sisters in Haiti Affected by the Earthquake

God of all creation, as we weep with our family in Haiti, console us.
In this time of crisis, open our eyes to look beyond the disaster to see Christ in our brothers and sisters in Haiti, as Christ sees us.
Be with us as we stand in solidarity with those living and working in Haiti.
Be with us in our mourning and guide our efforts to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, comfort the grieving and stand for justice.
With your mercy, sustain us at this time as we continue to work for peace and justice.
Amen.

Lord, hear our prayer.
For the Haitian people, that help comes to them quickly and comfort comes to those who hurt.
Lord, hear our prayer.
For the lost or buried, that they are found and reunited with their loved ones.
Lord, hear our prayers.
For the relief workers, that they have the tools they need, the courage and the strength to respond fully.
Lord, hear our prayers.
For the families in Haiti and in the United States who are waiting to hear from loved ones, that good news comes to them.
Lord, hear our prayers.
For those whose who have perished, may their souls rest with you, oh Lord, where they will find eternal love.
Amen.


back to top

 

UIW to award $20,000 scholarships to Buckner Fanning Christian School Graduates

archived January 21, 2010

At a press conference Jan. 12, University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) President Dr. Louis Agnese Jr. announced a partnership with The Buckner Fanning Christian School (BFCS.) Beginning May 2010, BFCS graduates who complete the 8th grade with a B average or better (minimum 3.0 GPA) will be awarded annual $2,500 scholarships to one of UIW’s two Brainpower Connection high schools as well as UIW. This scholarship is independent of any additional scholarships the student may receive.

“This partnership that Dr. Agnese has extended to the Buckner Fanning Christian School and its students is truly a gift from God. We are very honored and proud to become a partner with the University of the Incarnate Word and the Brainpower Connection. These four schools together will do great things and provide a marvelous Christian education to all that participate. We thank God and Lou Agnese for this wonderful blessing,” said Rev. Buckner Fanning, BFCS founder.

“We’re pleased to be in a position to continue the academic and faith formation these outstanding students already receive,” said Agnese. “We feel they’ll excel in our Brainpower schools.”

UIW is a part of the Brainpower Connection that includes Incarnate Word High School for young women; St. Anthony Catholic High School, which is co-ed; St. Anthony Elementary School; and St. Peter Prince of Apostles Elementary School. The Brainpower Connection is a circle of support, influence, and collegiality established when the five institutions connected to share their brainpower through their faculties and students. The goal of the shared vision, shared faculties, and shared facilities is to help break down the walls that traditionally separate elementary schools, high schools, and universities.

The Buckner Fanning Christian School at Mission Springs is an interdenominational school established by the Buckner Fanning Evangelistic Foundation in 1998. BFCS provides a safe, orderly and encouraging school atmosphere for students in grades Pre-K through 8th. The BFCS’s dedication to inspire its students to be good citizens exemplifying the school’s principles of leadership, discipline, initiative and integrity through service and faith is a natural tie to UIW’s Mission.

The scholarships will allow students who have flourished in a private school environment to continue their studies beyond BFCS while receiving one-on-one attention from quality instructors.

The scholarships will be distributed as $2,500 per year from 9th grade through their fourth year of college. Fanning was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by Incarnate Word in 1992 in recognition of his many humanitarian contributions.

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

back to top