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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 their achievements.

In Honor of Past Achievement and Contribution, UIW Would Like to Recognize ...

FALL 2000


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. Franklin’s 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.


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 cover.

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.


Special recognition was also given to Sister Margaret Patrice Slattery during commencement. She was named President Emerita, one of the university’s 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 bachelor’s degree in English from Incarnate Word College, Sister Margaret holds a master’s 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. Edward’s 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.



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 bachelor’s 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, D.C.

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 protocol officer.

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. Ann’s 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 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 Institute.

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 commencement.

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