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UIW Inagural Nursing Lecture

Dr. Thomas M. Evans, Tenth President of the University of the Incarnate Word, receives the Inaugural Symbols during his Inauguration Ceremony at the McDermott Center, Thursday, March 22, 2018.  At the ceremony, Dr. Evans announced plans for the future that would be guided by the spirit of UIW’s founding sisters.



The Word in Action: Day of Service 2018
Join us for a day of community service to celebrate the inauguration of Dr. Thomas Evans, President of the University of the Incarnate Word. This community service fun-for-all takes place on Saturday, March 24th, and will begin with FREE BREAKFAST (7:30am – 8:30am, Student Engagement Center Ballroom) followed by a morning full of service, fellowship, and of course, fun!

All are invited to join. Click here to register.  


Our Lady’s Chapel Services

All are welcome.

  • Noon Mass, Monday – Friday
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation - 11:30 a.m. Fridays or by appointment with Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T. at (210) 829-3131 or

Lenten Reflection 

Jesus asks us to choose:  “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” Luke 11:23


40 Days of Lent Canned Food Drive 

UMM 40 cans for Lent

During the 40 Days of Lent the UIW community has been asked to collect one canned good each day, starting Ash Wednesday and ending on Easter Sunday, in solidarity with those who may not know where their next meal may come from -- knowing that this gift is a gift to Word made flesh. Please drop off your donation in AD 147.

Suggested non-perishable food items include:  canned tuna/chicken, canned soups, canned vegetables/ fruit, peanut butter and jelly, rice, beans, pasta, pasta sauce, noodles, vegetable oil, sugar, salt and other spices.

As always, thank you for your generosity and act of love. For more information, contact University Mission & Ministry at (210) 832-5316 or


The WORD IN ACTION:  Incarnate Word Sisters and San Antonio Historical Tour
Walk in the footsteps of the Incarnate Word Sisters in this free historical tour on Saturday, March 24 from 9 a.m., to 3 p.m. The tour, which will begin and end at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word, takes participants through San Francisco de la Espada Mission, where the Sisters taught, and the San Fernando Cathedral nearby where the first orphanage opened. Dr. Gilberto Hinojosa and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk will provide historical insights and modern-day perspectives. 

For tour information visit: 

For more information and to volunteer, contact the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability at (210) 283-6423.



UIW Community Garden Workday
The community is invited to join us for the UIW Community Garden Workday on Saturday, March 24 from 9 – 11 a.m. Come be a part of UIW’s ongoing sustainability initiatives and the WORD IN ACTION celebrating President Evans’ upcoming inauguration. Volunteers will have the opportunity to help beautify and prolong the life of the campus' Community Garden by helping stain current wood décor, prepare expanded garden beds for polluter plants and harvest current vegetation of food-based plants.  There will be many fun and rejuvenating activities at this family friendly event.  People of all ages are welcome to come out and be a part of the UIW family. For more information, please contact Teofilo Reyes at or call 210-829-2764.


8th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations is pleased to host the 8th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the McCracken House on Saturday, March 24 from 9 - 11:30 a.m. with the Easter Egg Hunt beginning promptly at 11 a.m. There will be 1,000 Easter eggs, activity tables and a special appearance by the Easter bunny! There is no cost to participate in this event. For more information please contact or 210-829-6014.


National Weather Service: Skywarn Weather Spotter Training 
The Austin/San Antonio Weather Forecast Office offers SKYWARN® severe weather training to allow citizens, first responders, emergency management, amateur radio operators, and volunteer organizations the opportunity to learn about severe weather preparedness and safety. Besides learning about severe weather topics specific to South Central Texas, procedures for reporting severe weather to the local Austin/San Antonio National Weather Service Office are also covered. This training session, being held Saturday, March 24 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Bonilla Science Hall Rm. 129, is free and open to the general public.

After training is complete, usually 1.5 hours for the BASIC training, you will be an official weather spotter for the National Weather Service. The National Weather Service will count on you to be eyes out in the field when trying to verify severe weather across South Central Texas.


2018 Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show

Save the Date for the 2018 “Cutting Edge” Fashion Show set for 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 18 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. This official Fiesta event displays the latest fashion created and presented by UIW Fashion design students. The collections include garments students have illustrated, designed and constructed in a year-long fashion capstone course. Each collection is centered on an individual theme ranging from a season, a color or market segment. From sound and lighting to staging and contracting professional models, UIW students experience every aspect of planning a professional runway show. Proceeds benefit student scholarships in UIW’s Fashion Management Program. For tickets, contact the UIW Development Office at (210) 829-6013 or  

Cutting Edge Medal 2018The 2018 Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show Medals are now available for $5 in the fashion office located on the second floor of the Joyce Building.


Mi Casa Flier  Swing-in 2018


Tricentennial For more information about the higher education events planned by the Tricentennial Committee during 2018, visit


Community News 


Women’s History Month: Did You Know? 
The University of the Incarnate Word was the first local (city of San Antonio) college for women. In 1893, the sisters established Incarnate Word School on Government Hill in San Antonio. When they purchased the George Brackenridge estate and constructed a motherhouse on the property, the elementary and secondary school was transferred to the new location. Because San Antonio had no college for women at the time and many parents were not eager to send their daughters away to study, college courses were added to the curriculum. 


Have professional clothes to donate? 
UIW Career Services will be having a clothes collection March 19 - May 18. The Cardinal Closet will provide professional career clothing for students’ use in interviews, career fairs, internships, networking receptions, and other career-related events, which require professional attire. Please bring in any gently used items to the office of Career Service located in SEC 3030. For more information, contact Career Services at (210) 829-3931 or



The Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability invites the community to participate in the WORD IN ACTION celebrating President Evans’ upcoming inauguration by participating in various service activities. For more information, please contact us at 210-283-6423 or visit us in AD 158

Donate Used Glasses for Los Quijotes of San Antonio Health Ambassadors
Please consider donating used glasses that will be used for the 2018 Health Mission trip to the southern part of Mexico, focusing on serving the indigenous population of the state of Oaxaca. Our goal is to collect 100 glasses single vision or readers (no bifocals or progressives). Donations will be accepted through March 23. 

Drop off locations:

  • Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability, AD 158
  • Tutoring Services/ Writing and Learning Center, SEC 3167
  • Nursing Building, First Floor
  • Rosenberg School of Optometry, Student Lounge/Cafeteria

Clothing Drive for Southwest ISD 
Donations will help stock the Southwest Independent School District Clothing Closet. Our goal is to collect 250 clothing items. Please consider donating clean and gently used:

  • t-shirts
  • jeans
  • shorts
  • skirts

Drop off your items in any of the Residence Halls and in the Ettling Center in AD 158. Donations will be accepted through March 23.

Koins 4 Kids
Please consider donating your loose change to help provide uniforms and school supplies for the 365 children attending the Jose Cardenas Early Childhood Head Start Center in the Edgewood Independent School District. Our goal is to raise $500. Donations will be accepted through March 23. 

Drop your change at any of these locations:

  • SEC Café
  • Hortencia’s
  • Finnegan’s
  • Luciano Pizzeria
  • Pasha Express
  • Ettling Center, AD 158
  • TRiO Student Support Services, SEC 3145
  • Amanda Pulido, Life Skills Coordinator, AD 23


American Advertising Awards

The Graphic Design Program at the University of the Incarnate would like to congratulate the students that had work selected as finalists for the 2018 American Advertising Awards hosted by the American Advertising Federation – San Antonio (AAF-SA) chapter.

At a banquet held on March 3, 2018, at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel, the level of winners in each category were announced. Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards were given, with those winning Student Gold & Silver Awards being advanced to District Competition. Student Judges Awards and Best of Show were also announced.

UIW students took home 15 of the 17 student awards given out that evening: 5 Gold, 3 Silver, 4 Bronze, and 2 Special Judges Awards as well as Best of Show. UIW Graphic Design students competed against other design students from San Antonio College, UTSA, the Art Institute of San Antonio, and Texas State University.

Two UIW students were awarded scholarships of $1500 and $500. The Best of Show winner claimed a $500 prize.

  • Student Gold ADDY Winners: Tehua Cruz, Allison Reyes, Sofia Guajardo, Salman Ali, and Preston Brown
  • Student Silver ADDY Winners: Sofia Guajardo, Thao Nguyen, Alfredo Morales, Allyson Arrogante, and Mark David Rodriguez Pena
  • Student Bronze ADDY Winners: Alejandra Lopez Mendez, Jessica Alvarez, Bailey Lowak, Emily Ruiz, and Preston Brown
  • AAF San Antonio Scholarship Recipients: Margaret Grayson ($1500) and Thao Nguyen ($500)
  • Special Judges Awards: Sofia Guajardo and Salman Ali
  • Best of Show: Tehua Cruz ($500) 

ad awards

Pictured above are students who participated in the 2018 Advertising Awards. Back row: Salman Ali, Professor Michael Clayton (faculty), Emily Ruiz, Preston Brown, Lindsay Crowell (part-time faculty), Margaret Grayson, Alfredo Morales, Mark David Rodriguez Pena.

Front row: Sofia Guajardo, Allyson Arrogante, Thao Nguyen, Tehua Cruz, Allison Reyes, Alejandra Lopez Mendez.




Diversi-Tea featuring Bahrain took place on Wednesday, March 21 in the Student Center Concourse. The Campus Engagement office in collaboration with the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability and International Affairs has continued the hosting of a renewed tradition of “Diversi-Tea/Collation” at UIW. The daily tradition of “Collation” of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word dates as far back as 1876 even before the establishment of the Incarnate Word College in 1886. 



The Inauguration of Dr. Thomas Evans, Tenth President of the University of the Incarnate Word

The University celebrated the Inauguration of Dr. Thomas M. Evans as UIW’s 10th President.  Events began with a community picnic on Tuesday, March 20 and will conclude with a community Day of Service on Saturday, March 24. UIW’s students, faculty and staff all took part in a week-long celebration to welcome our new president!

Community Picnic
The kickoff event for a week of celebrations, was the UIW Community Picnic! Students, faculty and staff gathered for gourmet hotdogs, live music, games, giveaways, shaved ice, and fellowship.

evans picnic

Dr. Tom Evans and Lisa Evans celebrated the inauguration with Red and delicious gourmet hotdogs at the Community Picnic on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

faculty picnic

Faculty and staff joined in on the fun too!

dance picnic

Live music at the Community Picnic had proud Cardinals dancing with joy in anticipation of Dr. Evans’ inauguration.

Academic Colloquium 
On Wednesday, March 21, faculty from different departments throughout the University came together for “One Word: A Celebration of What Makes Us Whole,” an academic colloquium that formed part of the inaugural festivities. Moderated by Dr. Paul Lewis, chair of the Department of Philosophy, the dialogue sought insights and reflections from the faculty about their experiences, hopes, challenges and undertakings as educators. Via an interactive question and answer session, participant shared their stories and shed light on those “intangible somethings” that unite UIW.

academic colloquium

Inauguration Liturgy
On Thursday, March 22, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia – Siller led a Eucharist Celebration prior to Dr. Evans’ Inauguration Ceremony at Our Lady’s Chapel.

liturgy procession

The Eucharistic Celebration begins!

evans blessing

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller blesses Dr. Tom Evans at the Inauguration Liturgy.

evans family blessing

The Evans family receives a special blessing.

Inauguration Ceremony 
On Thursday, March 22, Dr. Thomas Evans was officially inaugurated as the University of the Incarnate Word’s Tenth President. His inauguration ceremony was attend by students, faculty, staff, alumni, and esteemed guests.

evans clock tower

Dr. Evans participates in a time-honored Cardinal tradition, walking under the iconic clock tower for the procession to the Inauguration Ceremony.


Dr. George Martin, President of St. Edwards University, introduces Dr. Thomas Evans as UIW faculty look on.

inaugural address

Dr. Thomas Evans delivers his Inaugural Address, during which he announced the largest endowed scholarship commitment to-date in the history of the University of the Incarnate Word. Through the generosity of Mr. Carlos Alvarez, the University of the Incarnate Word will receive $1 million dollars toward an endowment to provide high performing and under resourced UIW students with financial support and mentoring.

cardinal singers

UIW Cardinal Singers, under the direction of Professor William Gokelman, perform at the Inauguration Ceremony.

wind ensemble

The UIW Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Brett Richardson, play for the Inauguration Recession.


Inauguration Reception

All who attended the Inauguration Ceremony were invited to attend a reception in the SEC ballroom. Attendees enjoyed delicious food and friendship, and also had the opportunity to share congratulatory messages with Dr. Evans.

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evans reception

faculty reception


San Antonio Museum Exhibitions

McNay Exhibit

University employees receive free admission to the McNay Art Museum and the San Antonio Museum of Art with their valid UIW ID. Additional fees may apply to exhibitions. For info, contact (210) 829-6019.

San Antonio Museum of Art Current Exhibitions:

  • San Antonio 1718 Art from Viceregal Mexico – Through May 13, 2018
  • The Magic of Clay and Fire: Japanese Contemporary Ceramics Through Spring 2018 

McNay Art Museum Current Exhibitions:

  • Cities on Parade: 300 Years of European Festival Books – Through June 10, 2018
  • Spain to San Antonio: Hispanic Culture on Stage – Through June 10, 2018
  • 4 Texans: The Next Chapter – Through May 6, 2018
  • Haiti’s Revolution in Art: Jacob Lawrence’s Toussaint L’Ouverture Series – Through May 6, 2018
  • Americans: Rubell Family Collection – Through May 6, 2018
  • Benny Andrews: Sexism – Through May 6, 2018
  • Something to Say: The McNay Presents 100 Years of African American Art – Through May 6, 2018
  • Captain Seth Eastman’s Journey with a Sketchbook: Down the Mississippi - Through April 1, 2018
  • 100 Years of Printmaking in San Antonio: Mary Bonner - Through April 1, 2018

Faculty Focus 

Faculty & Staff Meal Plans

Plan One—Flex 250

5 Meal Passes & $250 Dining Points

Price: $250

Plan Two—Flex 500

10 Meal Passes & $500 Dining Points

Price: $500

Meal Passes are for all-you-care-to-eat at Campus Dining in the SEC & points can be used at campus dining or any of the other dining locations.

Faculty & Staff gets a 10%-25% discount with dining points.

Dining Points

Get the convenience & flexibility you need to dine while on campus. All funds are on your ID so you don’t have to worry about cash, credit card, or losing your parking spot. Add Dining Dollars to your account for as low as $25 for that next coffee break. 

Ready for savings and convenience?

Visit the UIW business office today to sign up for a meal plan! (210) 829-6043


Nominations for Faculty Service Learning Award

Celebrate the fine teaching with Service Learning being done at UIW. Please nominate faculty for the Service Learning Award here. The award winner will be announced at the Faculty Appreciation Luncheon on April 16.  Nominations will be extended to Thursday, March 29.  For more information, please contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at


 NHMA College Health Scholars Program Conference 
UIW’s Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability, in collaboration with the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) will host the Greater San Antonio Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) at a conference on Saturday, April 7.  Through this conference, the College Health Scholars Program will work to increase the number of students matriculating to health professional schools and graduate programs. 


NHMA is seeking to enroll freshman and sophomore undergraduate students from the Greater San Antonio area interested in health careers.  These students will have an opportunity to receive academic support, application process information, and financial aid information needed to achieve success in health professions careers. Your assistance recruiting undergraduate freshmen and sophomore students to participate in this outstanding program is greatly appreciated.

The NHMA College Health Scholars Program Conference will take place Saturday, April 7 from 8:30 a.m., to 5 p.m., in the Student Engagement Center Ballroom. Space is limited; students interested in attending can register at  For more information, contact the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability at (210) 283-6423.


Gamification: What Do Legend of Zelda and Grand Theft Auto Have to Do with Learning? 
Whether they involve building a tower with virtual blocks, defending the kingdom of Hyrule, or plotting auto theft in Los Santos, games engross our students—and often us, too. Many of the principles that make games so engaging can be applied to course design.  Participants in this session will visit the educational gaming platform BreakoutEDU and discuss ways to apply principles of gamification to their own courses. Door Prize: gift card for gaming supplies

Presenter: Lucretia Fraga (education)

Tues 3-27 (4:15, drinks and snacks) and Wed 3-28 (noon, lunch) in SEC 2034

Register for any session at the following link:


Don’t Just Look at That Paper—Edit It  
Failing to edit well prevents writers from presenting their best selves. But when asked about their editing, students often say they “looked over” the paper, a singularly ineffective approach to the task.  Participants will learn five more effective approaches to editing; they can be provided to students in a handout or occasionally practiced in class.   The first ten faculty members to register and attend each session will receive $100 stipends.

Presenter: Amanda Johnston (Writing and Learning Center)

Tues 4-3 (4:15, drinks and snacks) and Fri 4-6 (noon, lunch) in Admin 212

Register for any session at the following link:


Instructional Technology Upcoming Training Sessions
Several training sessions are scheduled covering a variety of topics. For more information and to sign up for about any of the upcoming sessions, please contact Terry Peak at (210) 218-8795. Click here to register


For Your Students


2017-2018 CCVI Student Spirit Award Nominations
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017-2018 CCVI Student Spirit Award. The companion to the CCVI Spirit Award, this award recognizes a student who exemplifies the mission of the university. Please click here for criteria and nomination form. For more information, you may contact Beth Villarreal,, 210-829-2726. 

3rd Annual Ring Ceremony 
On Sunday, April 8, the Department of Alumni & Parent Relations will host the 3rd Annual Ring Ceremony. The Ring Ceremony will take place at 2 p.m., in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center.

The ceremony is open to all UIW students of junior status and higher who have purchased a class ring. For more information, please visit


Athletics News

athletic news


  • 23 - Baseball vs. Lamar - 6:30 p.m. (Sullivan Field)
  • 24 - Baseball vs. Lamar - 2 p.m. (Sullivan Field)
  • 25 - Baseball vs. Lamar - 1 p.m. (Sullivan Field)
  • 27 - Baseball vs. Southern - 6:30 p.m. (Sullivan Field)
  • 30 - Softball vs. HBU (DH) - 4/6 p.m. (Softball Field)
  • 31 - Softball vs. HBU - 12 p.m. (Softball Field)


  • April 2 - Men's Tennis vs. New Orleans - 10 a.m. (Mabry Tennis Courts)
  • April 3 - Women's Tennis vs. New Orleans - 10 a.m. (Mabry Tennis Courts)
  • April 6 - Softball vs. Northwestern State (DH) - 5/7 p.m. (Cardinals Field)
  • April 6 - Baseball vs. Texas Southern - 6:30 p.m. (Sullivan Field)
  • April 7 - Men's Tennis vs. Lamar - 10 a.m. (Mabry Tennis Courts)
  • April 7 - Softball vs. Northwestern State - 12 p.m. (Cardinals Field)
  • April 7 - Baseball vs. Texas Southern - 2 p.m. (Sullivan Field)
  • April 8 - Baseball vs. Texas Southern - 1 p.m. (Sullivan Field)
  • April 10 - Men's Tennis vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi - 1 p.m. (Mabry Tennis Courts)
  • April 10 - Softball vs. UTSA - 6 p.m. (Cardinals Field)
  • April 10 - Baseball vs. Prairie View A&M - 6:30 p.m. (Sullivan Field)


Brainpower Connection

  • St. Anthony Catholic High School presents The Garnet and Grey Gala

    St. Anthony Catholic High School Presents The Garnet and Grey Gala, Saturday, April 7 from 7 p.m., to midnight in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Skyroom. The 2018 theme is "Investing In Technology" and will honor Fr. Richard Hall, OMI, Class of 1981. The Gala will provide St. Anthony with the opportunity to put technology in the hands of their students. Enjoy great auction items, delicious food, and wonderful entertainment by the Finding Friday Band. For tickets and for more information contact, Henry Garcia, SACHS director of development at (210) 832-3296 or


The Visitation House Ministries 2018 Fiesta Medal

Visitation House Medal The Visitation House Ministries 2018 Fiesta Medal is here. Supplies are limited. Medals can be purchased at the Women’s Global Connection Offices located in the Brackenridge Villa, Lower Level, or at Visitation House, 945 W. Huisache, for a suggested donation of $10.  The design presents the ministry logo of the Visitation, featuring Mary and Elizabeth. Proceeds benefit women and children who are experiencing Homelessness. Visitation House is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Call Cynthia Bossard at (210) 735-6910 or email for more info.

Women’s Global Connection Fiesta Medal
Get his colorful Fiesta medal while you can! Medals will be available for pickup by April 2, 2018 and may be picked up at WGC Offices on 4503 Broadway. Earn free delivery by ordering six or more. The Women’s Global Connection appreciates your support. Click here for more information.

wgc medal


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