In the Academic year of 2000-2001, UIW graduated
over 800 promising young students. Alongside the millennium graduates,
alumni, community members and administrators were also honored for
In Honor of Past Achievement and Contribution,
UIW Would Like to Recognize ...
LILY LEE CHINN
In December 2000, the Alumna of Distinction for Professional
Achievement was Lily Lee Chin, B.A. in chemistry from the class
of 1954. She was recognized for her professional achievements and
community service efforts.
She and her husband, Dr. Franklin Chinn currently
reside in Sacramento, Calif. They have successfully raised five
children, four of whom are medical doctors like their father.
The weekend of the fall commencement, Lily and Franklin
were celebrating their 45th anniversary. Franklins gift to
her was the surprise announcement of a fully endowed scholarship
in science in her name. She was surprised and delighted.
Lily was honored for her continued dedication to
community service and education. Not only did she teach in higher
education after college, she now raises funds to promote education
in the Sacramento community.
In addition, Lily is a member of the El Dorado Medical Alliance,
board member of the Sacramento Discovery Museum, member and former
honorary chair of PACE (Providing a Christian Education), and a
volunteer at the Sacramento Food Bank.
SILVER BELLES and a BEAU - CLASS OF 1976
Also present at the fall commencement,
were seven "Silver Belles and a Beau" representing
the 25th Anniversary class of 1976. The graduates were dressed
in silver caps and gowns to commemorate their silver anniversary.
They included: Kathleen
Vallance Beierle, B.A. in French; Laureen Connelly Cate, M.A.
in Education; Cindy L. Rodriguez Martinez, B.A. in Drama;
Joan Elizabeth Moody, B.A. in History; David W. Morrison,
B.A. in Art; Margaret Susan Lara Salazar, B.A. in French;
Denise De Jarnette Stout, B.A. in Education.
They were presented with
an anniversary diploma in the original Incarnate Word College
The inscription on the certificate read: The University
of the Incarnate Word congratulates (name of graduate), Bachelor
of (degree), upon the celebration of the silver anniversary of his/her
Graduation from Incarnate Word College in 1976. Given at Commencement,
December 9, 2000. Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center. Signed
by Dr. Louis J. Agnese Jr., President.
SISTER MARGARET PATRICE SLATTERY
Special recognition was also given to Sister Margaret Patrice
Slattery during commencement. She was named President Emerita, one
of the universitys highest honors.
In her career, she has served as an English professor,
departmental chairman, academic dean, and president of Incarnate
Word College, a post she held for 13 years.
Upon leaving the office of president, Sister Margaret
Patrice was named Chancellor by the Board of Trustees and was directly
responsible for mission effectiveness.
In addition to her bachelors degree in English
from Incarnate Word College, Sister Margaret holds a masters
degree in English from Marquette University and a doctoral degree
in English from the Catholic University of America.
She was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters from St.
Edwards University in 1981and another in 1998 from UIW.
As a civic leader and professional leader, Sister
Margaret served as President of the Association of Texas Colleges
and Universities, the Higher Education Council of San Antonio, and
the United Colleges of San Antonio.
She has also served on the Board of Directors for
the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, the National
Conference of Christians and Jews, the United Way, the American
Red Cross, Incarnate Word Hospital in St. Louis, St. Joseph Hospital
in Fort Worth, and Incarnate Word Health Services in San Antonio.
She is the author of Promises to Keep, a two-volume
history of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate
Word, which was selected for the 1998 annual book award by the Texas
Catholic Historical Association.
In 2002, Sister Margaret will celebrate her 50th year as a member
of the Incarnate Word family. She continues to teach one class each
semester and is compiling material for the university archives.
CECILIA ELIZONDO HERRERA, IWHS 73
During the spring 2001 commencement exercises, Cecilia
Elizondo Herrera was selected as the 2001 Alumna of Distinction
for Professional Achievement and Service in Mission.
She is a native of San Antonio and a 1973 graduate
of Incarnate Word High School. Following graduation, she attended
Incarnate Word College through 1975 and earned her bachelors
degree in English from Our Lady of the Lake University in 1977.
For nine years, she worked with the Alamo Area Council
of Governments. Herrera was commissioned as a Foreign Service Officer
in 1987 and has since served in Mexico, Italy, Australia, and Washington,
She is currently on assignment from the Department of State as
the Pearson Fellow detailed to the San Antonio Sports Foundation,
Pan American Games Committee as the administrative assistant and
Recently, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Mexican
American Unity Council.
Throughout her professional career, Herrera has devoted years of
service to organizations, both locally and internationally.
She has been a Eucharistic Minister and a member of the parish
council and finance committee at St. Anns in San Antonio.
She was a member of the San Antonio Junior Symphony Society, the
Texas State Society of Washington, D.C., and the International Diplomats
of Washington, D.C., just to name a few.
Herrera also received an individual award in recognition for her
superior performance in leading the Embassy Control Room during
the evacuation of 800 people fleeing civil strife in Albania.
She and her husband, Frank Herrera Jr., currently reside in San
Antonio with their two sons, Jorge and Javier.
FATHER VIRGIL ELIZONDO
Father Virgil Elizondo was also honored during the spring commencement
receiving an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the university.
Father Virgil Elizondo is a former Rector of San Fernando Cathedral
in San Antonio. He is truly a man of global fame and reputation
from Manila, Philippines, where he started his pastoral studies,
to Paris, France, where he received his S.T.D./Ph.D., degree from
the Institut Catholique.
For San Antonio, however, he will always be the smiling face on
CTSA, preaching in Spanish and English and the visionary founder
of the Mexican-American Cultural Center. To UIW he will always be
a teacher, trustee, and the revolutionary founder of the UIW Pastoral
His books are widely used in major universities around the country,
including Princeton, Harvard, and Notre Dame. His honors include
honorary degrees from institutions such as Notre Dame, the University
of California at Santa Barbara, and the Catholic University of America.
The City of San Antonio has also honored his dedication to the
community by naming the park between City Hall and the San Fernando
Cathedral "The Elizondo Plaza." Also, Time Magazine recently
named him on its list of "100 Innovators in Religion,"
in an article titled, "If Jesus Had Been Born in San Antonio."
The "Golden Girls" included:
Armandina "Mandy" Ortiz Blanco, B.S.N.; Mary Ann Beck
Daly, B.A. in English; Mary Louise Gonzales Goodwin, B.S.N.;
Dr. Irene McCrystal, B.A. in English; Mattie Clifton Neff, B.A.
in History; Sister Elia Rosas, CCVI, B.S.N.; Margarita Guerra
Salinas, B.A. in History; Antonia Quintanilla Ulloa, B.S.N.;
Lucila Valadez, B.S.N.; Dolores Chavarria Villarreal, B.A. in
Biology, M.A. 68; Patricia Ann Weynand Weissler, B.S.
in Home Economics.
Covered from head to toe in gold, 11 women from the class of 1951
walked the stage once again, during the spring 2001 commencement.
This golden anniversary bunch makes up almost a fourth of the 1951
graduating class of 56 women.
They were presented with a certificate of achievement from UIW
mounted on a cover with the college logo used in 1951. A reception
was held for the graduates and their families immediately following