It is my pleasure to welcome you to the University of the Incarnate Word, a Catholic institution that strives to provide students with a top-notch educational experience by fostering excellence in a context of faith.
We are grounded in the strength of our heritage, which we received from the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, the Congregation that founded the University in 1881.
We welcome people of diverse backgrounds in the belief that their respectful interaction advances the discovery of truth, mutual understanding, self-realization and the common good in our increasingly complex society.
Our students have the opportunity to choose from more than 70 undergraduate and graduate fields of study through the Ph.D. Among them are programs in Athletic Training, Computer Science and Computer Graphic Arts, in addition to a nursing program that is the oldest west of the Mississippi River.
We feature small classes that provide an optimal learning environment; professors who know their students by name; opportunities to participate in clubs and organizations; and most importantly, spiritual growth and awareness by living the Mission of the University.
We also have many first-class physical facilities that enhance the natural beauty of our campus, which contains the headwaters of the San Antonio River (of Riverwalk fame).
These include the $5 million Ann Barshop Natatorium complex, featuring a heated Olympic-size indoor swimming pool capable of hosting both NCAA-sanctioned events as well as international competitions.
Another of our facilities is the Gorman Business and Education Center, a two-story building that houses the School of Business and also the Dreeben School of Education. This high-tech center, which is incorporated into historic Incarnate Word House, contains dozens of offices and classrooms, including a 48-seat auditorium.
Another feature is a five-story facility that overlooks the campus from atop one of the highest points in San Antonio. This multi-purpose facility contains three levels of parking, a large bookstore, student apartments with panoramic views of the campus and city, a Starbucks Coffee Bar and an 800-seat multi-purpose hall that is the second largest of its kind in San Antonio and features a spectacular view of downtown. At 150,000 square feet, this is now the largest building on the campus.
The University also features a wide range of international programs. Incarnate Word is the first American university to offer degrees in China through China Incarnate Word in Guangzhou, an ancient city of eight million people located approximately 100 miles from Hong Kong. CIW also will serve as an English language institute benefiting those on both sides of the Pacific. In addition, our students have the opportunity to participate in over 70 study-abroad programs, including those in Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, South Korea, Mexico and Italy, to name just a few countries.
I hope this message provided you with a small glimpse of what the University of the Incarnate Word offers. As we are fond of telling our students, The Universe is Yours!" And at Incarnate Word, that is a steadfast belief, not just something we say.