Bowden Eye Care & Health ClinicSan Antonio –   The University of the Incarnate Word’s (UIW) Bowden Eye Care and Health Center will be honored as a “Best Community Partner” at the May 14, SAGE (San Antonio Group for Eastside Development) Eastside Business Briefing. The event will be held at 7:15 a.m., at The Spire at Sunset Station, 230 Center St.

This event celebrates the success of the Eastside business community by presenting awards to area businesses. The other awards to be presented are Best Transformation, Best Business Role Model, Best Job Creator and Best Emerging Company.

“UIW is proud to be recognized by SAGE for our efforts in the community. We will continue to work hard for the continued development of San Antonio’s Eastside. What we have created is a tribute and a renewed commitment to the Mission of the University of the Incarnate Word which has been serving the San Antonio community for over 130 years,” said Dr. Andrew Buzzelli, dean, UIW’s Rosenberg School of Optometry.

SAGE, a non-profit organization, serves as an economic development resource for business owners on San Antonio’s Eastside focusing on development that mutually benefits the quality of life for individuals, families, neighborhoods and businesses in their community.


CONTACT:    Margaret Garcia, associate director public relations, (210) 422-4052,

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UIW presents 2014 Cutting Edge Fiesta® Fashion Show

A winning design from Best of Show winner Loren Cruz.

A winning design from Best of Show winner Loren Cruz.

SAN ANTONIO – A crowd of 800 guests were on hand at San Antonio’s Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, Wednesday, April 16, for UIW’s 34th Annual Cutting Edge Fiesta® Fashion Show. The show is dedicated to Kathleen Watson in recognition of her work and support of the UIW Mission. Watson was instrumental in transforming a small, annual student fashion show into today’s successful event showcasing student talent and creativity while raising funds for scholarships in the UIW fashion department.

The annual event, produced entirely by students, featured garments illustrated, designed and constructed by seniors in UIW’s fashion design program. The 2014 student designers were Alexandra Peña, Tessa Moss, Allison Speakmon, Loren Cruz, Liana Beth Hinojosa, Vanessa Angelica Lopez and Carla Gonzalez. These collections are judged by industry professionals and put on public display in the annual show, a high-energy New York style runway show produced by students in the UIW’s Fashion Show Production class.

UIW student designer Loren Cruz took home the top prize, the 2014 Kathleen Watson Award for Best of Show.  This award is determined by the garment scored highest by a panel of judges and includes a $1,500 scholarship from the Watson Foundation.  Cruz’s collection, inspired by urban street art, was also the third place winner for construction and first place winner in design.  Vanessa Angelica Lopez took second place in design and first place in construction and Liana Beth Hinojosa came in third place in design and second place in construction.

The Cutting Edge Fiesta® Fashion Show is an official Fiesta® event. Proceeds from provide scholarships for UIW fashion management students. Since 2006, the fashion show, its sponsors and supporters have awarded more than $50,000 in scholarships to fashion management students.  The 2014 scholarships were awarded to Patrick J. Martinez and Esperanza Silguero.


CONTACT:    Margaret Garcia, associate director public relations, (210) 829-6001,

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UIW Press Release – April 8, 2014

For immediate release
April 8, 2014

For over a year, the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) has been taking important steps towards opening a School of Osteopathic Medicine in San Antonio.  During this time, three locations for the school have been under consideration.  In January, UIW signed an agreement with the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) to explore a location for the school at the site of Fox Tech High School’s unused football fields. Building at this location has always depended upon significant private donations over a relatively short time-frame.  With this in mind, UIW has done due diligence to explore the feasibility of building at that downtown location and has recently decided against pursuing this option.

UIW intends to move forward with a 2016 school opening date and obtain preliminary program accreditation.  By the end of this spring, the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation process requires that UIW identify a specific and exact location for the future school. UIW has determined that two locations, Datapoint Drive, in conjunction with UIW’s existing School of Optometry, and Brooks City Base present viable alternatives to SAISD and would allow UIW to move forward on accreditation and maximize the resources needed to build the school.

“The downtown SAISD location would require the university to build from the ground up on limited space while the other two locations have existing facilities and more space,” said UIW Chancellor Denise Doyle. “In whichever of the two locations our medical school ultimately is built, the mission of the school remains to extend medical education in San Antonio and South Texas.”

“Our goal is to create opportunities for the students of San Antonio, including SAISD, to benefit from this new medical school,” said Doyle. “Our Founding Dean, Dr. Robyn Madson, will reach out to SAISD and other area school districts to determine how the medical school can work to promote the possibility of medical education in their students’ lives.”

“While we are disappointed that this project will not come to fruition at the Fox Tech campus, we wish UIW well on this endeavor wherever the new school ends up,” said SAISD Superintendent Dr. Sylvester Perez.  “For our part, we will continue to pursue an educational partnership with UIW to benefit our students, and separately we will explore other viable options for our surplus property at that campus.”


CONTACT:    Debra Del Toro, director public relations, (210) 829-6001

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UIW Press Release – March 24, 2014

In January the administration of the University of the Incarnate Word determined that we did not have sufficient information about the shooting of Cameron Redus by Corporal Chris Carter on December 6, 2013.  We knew that investigations were underway by the Texas Rangers and the Alamo Heights Police Department who have expertise in these matters and who would report their findings to the District Attorney for legal resolution.  It is fair and appropriate that we wait for a legal resolution to occur before making any decisions about the status or role of Corporal Carter at UIW.  We have not changed this decision though some have suggested we should act without knowing the results of the investigations.

We received the autopsy and toxicology reports through the Texas Open Records Act and as promised sent them on to the Redus family through their lawyer.  These documents are part of the overall investigation but the investigation has not been completed.   We are not prepared to make any decisions until the investigation is complete.

Why are we waiting until the resolution of the investigation before taking any specific decisions about the return of Corporal Carter?  We believe that jumping to a judgment before the investigation is complete could unfairly characterize Chris Carter, a member of our University, and a Peace Officer, in a very negative manner without sufficient knowledge or expertise upon which to base our decisions.  The loss of Cameron’s life is a tragedy.  A tragedy felt most especially by his family and friends and also by the University.  We continue to experience the loss of this gifted and blessed young man.  Nonetheless we resist the pressure to make decisions or take actions before the investigation is completed.

The investigation is taking much longer than we anticipated.   This has undoubtedly increased the impatience and frustration of all involved.  We are sympathetic to how difficult this has been for the family and friends of Cameron.  We continue to pray for all who are suffering this loss.   We continue to pray for Chris Carter.  We live by a set of values that include respect and fairness toward each and every person. We share these values with the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.   We will draw upon these same principles when we finally have all the information needed.




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UIW to hold Information Session for ADCaP and UIW Online

San Antonio – You’re invited to attend a UIW Extended Academic Programs Information Session at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 8 at the Republic Golf Club (4226 Southeast Military Dr., 78222.)  This is a great opportunity to learn about UIW’s Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCaP) and UIW Online programs tailored to the adult learner. Admissions, Academic Advisors, Financial Aid, Veterans Affairs, faculty, and Career Services will be available to meet face-to-face with attendees.

UIW will be highlighting opportunities for adult students to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree completely online or at one of our six San Antonio. Weeknight and Saturday classes are offered, as well as a blended learning program that includes in-class and online coursework. Students may choose to take 100% online asynchronous courses through UIW Online. Our accelerated eight-week terms allow students to obtain a degree quickly and help advance in their career. Degrees in business with several concentrations, administration, education, nursing, health science, criminal justice, human resources, psychology, and many others are offered.

A UIW degree is affordable with discounted tuition, no academic fees, and free textbooks for undergraduates and active duty military. Military tuition rates are at cap and UIW veterans’ discounts help extend your benefits.

During the session, you will have the opportunity to have your transcripts evaluated, hear about payment and scholarship options, meet with professors, visit with our career services staff, and receive application assistance from admission counselors.

To R.S.V.P. or for more information, call 210-757-0202 or visit

 The Republic Golf Club is located at 4226 Southeast Military Dr., San Antonio, TX 78222. A location map and downloadable flyer are available on the R.S.V.P. page.

CONTACT:    Margaret Garcia, associate director public relations, (210) 422-4052,

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