Affiliations

The University holds membership in the following organizations:

J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library

The inviting Mabee Library was expanded, remodeled and rededicated in 1997 to house a rapidly growing resource collection for research with the latest in wireless and conventional instructional technology. It supports resources in a variety of formats to meet the expanding instructional and research programs at the University.

Current and holiday hours are posted at the library entrance, on various campus and electronic bulletin boards, and under "J. E. and L. E. Mabee Library" through the main university homepage: http://www.uiw.edu. Library guides, policies, general information and other publications are posted on the library homepage. The Library Telephone Menu with office directory and current hours of operation can be accessed at any time by dialing (210) 829-6010.

The Mabee Library offers many services and features for students. Professional assistance with research and use of library technology is available every day the library is open.

Academic Resources

The strong, well-balanced collection of resources contains almost 325,000 volumes/volume equivalents and over 24,000 unique journal titles in print, electronic, digital and/or microfilm/fiche formats. Internet access is provided throughout the library by wireless network and data line connectivity. To augment the print collections, students have access to over 100 electronic indexes, databases, and thousands of online journals. These are accessible through the VPN client software (Virtual Private Network) or dial-up connection to the library gateway; over eighty of the online indexes have full text available, many with graphics and images—ARTstor and NetLibrary are among many examples of these excellent resources for reading, reference, research and study.

Materials not held at UIW can usually be obtained through Interlibrary Loan and/or through TexShare cards honored at participating Texas libraries. Interlibrary Loan is usually without charge to the user. Off campus materials may be identified through the OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) WorldCat and other online library catalogs.

Audiovisual Services - This valuable and growing resource collection of educational material is housed in Reference Room 143 and in 145. It includes all formats such as DVDs, Compact Discs, CD-ROMs video and audio cassettes, LPs and slides for UIW student, faculty and staff check out. Materials may also be used on equipment provided in the building.

Information Literacy – Rooms 230 and 144 are instructional classrooms primarily for teaching Information Literacy which enables students to identify appropriate electronic resources, formulate effective search strategies and retrieve data online; Periodicals – the second floor stacks house the current year print journals and newspapers, earlier bound print journals, and retrospective and historical microform serials collections.

Services

Circulation Desk – At the front entrance (Room 125) to check out and return circulating and reserve books, conference room keys, obtain change, encode IDs for copiers and resolve issues on overdue and lost materials.

Reference Desk – This desk at the center of the first floor is staffed to provide information about library resources and services and to offer assistance on doing research on any subject; Reference Room (Room 143) contains non-circulating publication such as bibliographies, encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks and other special resources to support academic research in all curricular areas.

Information Literacy – The UIW mission statement emphasizes the life-long nature of learning, and one of the library's major goals is developing information literate students. Information literacy is defined as "the ability to locate, evaluate, and use information to become independent life-long learners." The library partners with UIW faculty and staff to ensure students are actively engaged in becoming information literate. At the request of faculty, librarians are available to teach library research techniques tailored to a particular class and/or project. Librarians also work with students on a one-to-one basis to help them better use and understand the information resources required for success in the university environment. All UIW students must pass TILT (Texas Information Literacy Tutorial) as a requirement for graduation.

In partnership with the Office of First Year Engagement, the library staff is developing information literacy activities that will be incorporated in a variety of first-year courses and experiences. These activities will expose first-year students to the wealth of information available in the Mabee Library and the skills needed to find the resources necessary for college-level assignments and projects.

Photocopiers – Room 135 contains photocopiers and a work counter. Additional photocopiers are available on the second floor.

Faculty Reserved materials are housed at the Circulation Desk for students to use, view and copy selected material placed on reserve by faculty.

Computer Access Room – Room 110 near the Reference Desk contains computer workstations for research access to the library online catalog, CD-ROM databases, the Internet and subject specific indexes such as ABI/Inform, Lexis-Nexis, Medline and MLA; Computer labs for word processing and special applications software are in the library basement administered by the Office of Instructional Technology and are accessed by an outside entrance on the south side of the building.

Study Spaces

Carrels – Study seating for individuals is located on all floors of the building; Conference Rooms of various sizes may be checked out by UIW students in groups of two to twelve.

Additional multimedia spaces equipped for electronic instruction using cable, computer and satellite downlinks include the Auditorium (Room 114) off the atrium seats 125 and the AV Seminar Room (Room 144) off the Reference Room for smaller groups. This room also features video conferencing facilities.

The library staff is committed to helping students attain their educational goals and enhance their learning experience by utilizing all available materials and services. Students are invited to stop at the Reference Desk for assistance to identify and locate needed resources, and obtain professional assistance with research and library technology. The experienced staff is the library's most important resource and cordially welcomes inquiries in person, by email and by telephone.

Computing Technology

The University of Incarnate Word (UIW) integrates computer technology into the learning experience of all university students. This means we expect all undergraduates (and many graduate students) to come to UIW equipped with appropriate laptop or tablet computers. Laptop and tablet computers are used in the classroom, in the library, in dorm rooms to complete homework, and wirelessly across the campus on picnic tables and elsewhere as students work on group projects. Students need to have a repertoire of computer skills to successfully get jobs and compete in the world of business after UIW graduation. The university's laptop and tablet program contributes to student success.

Students can order a laptop through UIW to satisfy this technology requirement through our university web site ( http://support.uiwtx.edu/HelpDesk/laptop.html ). Our current vendor of choice, Gateway, offers deeply-discounted laptop and tablet computers that meet university computing specifications and are guaranteed to interface with our secure network.

Students can purchase their own laptops from a retail vendor or bring their already-owned private laptops to the university to satisfy the mandatory requirement if those computers meet minimum specifications. However, there are real advantages to participating in the university's technology program:

If a student chooses to order a laptop through UIW, a Letter of Intent must be signed before the laptop is ordered. Both the University Help Desk (210-829-2721) and the university web site have instructions for completing the Letter of Intent. The student's account in the Business Office is then charged for a laptop, and Financial Aid will be applied as applicable for each student. This option allows parents and students to offset the price of the laptop with Financial Aid resources.

General technology support services are available through the UIW Technology help Desk, located at the north end of the Administration Building on the Ground Floor. Technicians at the Help Desk assist students in connecting to the university's secur5e network and troubleshoot other issues on student computers. The Help Desk is an authorized Gateway Service Center for students who purchase tablet or laptop computers through UIW's technology purchase program. The Help Desk is open from 7 am to 7 pm, Monday through Thursday, and from 7 am to 5 pm on Fridays.

Electronic Communication Policy

The University of the Incarnate Word supplies each student and employee with an email account and address. These accounts and their associated email addresses are an official means of communication for the university and will be used to conduct university business and convey university-related information to students, staff, and faculty. All students attending the university and all employees of the university are expected to monitor and manage their email accounts on a regular basis.

Technology Training

The department of Instructional Technology is part of Technology Services and is responsible for technology integration and training support at UIW. Technology training, classroom technology support, and student access to technology are primary functions of this office. Student engagement with technology is supported by the staff through training, assistance provided to faculty on technology-based projects, staff and student access to online technology courses, research and development of new ways to deliver instruction, and daily support of classroom technology.

The Media Center, located in the basement of the Mabee Library, provides equipment to classrooms as well as audio, graphic, video, printing, and photographic services. The Media Center is home to more than 50 computers, several scanners, printers, and a sound/video recording room. All of the computers have Internet access and support Microsoft Office products, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. In addition, course-specific applications such as SPSS, Visual Basic, C++, Adobe Illustrator, and AutoCad software are made available to support student work. Students may also request production services from the Coordinator of the Media Center. To check out equipment, however, an instructor must make a request on the student's behalf.

Other technology facilities on campus that support various programs are open for use by all students. These include the Math and Science Building Lab, the Nursing Resource Center and the Macintosh Laboratory. The Academic Literacy Lab is open only to students currently enrolled in Academic Literacy Classes. The Grossman International Conference Center houses special multimedia computer and audiovisual laboratories as well.

General technology support services are available through the UIW Technology help Desk, located at the north end of the Administration Building on the Ground Floor. Technicians at the Help Desk assist students in connecting to the university's secur5e network and troubleshoot other issues on student computers. The Help Desk is an authorized Gateway Service Center for students who purchase tablet or laptop computers through UIW's technology purchase program. The Help Desk is open from 7 am to 7 pm, Monday through Thursday, and from 7 am to 5 pm on Fridays.

Cooperative Programs

United College of San Antonio

The University of the Incarnate Word, the Oblate School of Theology, Our Lady of the Lake University, and St. Mary's University enjoy a program of inter-institutional cooperation through a consortium for the exchange of course offerings and of faculty members. There is a common commitment to the objective of placing at the service of every student the resources of all four institutions. Courses taken at one University, as long as they are approved as part of a student's degree plan, are transferable to any other University in the consortium, and a student's credits in these courses are accepted as if they were taken at his/her own University. For more information on regulations concerning inter-institutional enrollment, contact the Registrar's Office.

Military Science (MS)
Army R.O.T.C., St. Mary's

Lieutenant Colonel Steven Daknis, Chairperson

By arrangement with the Alamo Community Colleges, University of the Incarnate Word and Our Lady of the Lake University, the following course descriptions also pertain to enrollees from those institutions in the St. Mary's University Department of Military Science. A Leadership Laboratory is held weekly for two hours, to further the development of leadership skills through a varied program consisting of field trips, practical exercises, and visits to military installations. This laboratory is required each semester for all Military Science students.

Four-Year Program

The Basic Course, usually pursued concurrently with the freshman and sophomore years, is voluntary for students who are physically qualified for military training. There is no obligation incurred by non-scholarship cadets. Veterans who have served on active duty for a period of over one year and who have received an honorable discharge, or High School students that have completed 3 or 4 years of JROTC may be granted credit for the basic course with concurrence of the Professor of Military Science.

The Advanced Course is pursued during the last two years of a student's academic career - typically the junior and senior year or the two years of study associated with many masters' degree programs. The Advanced Course represents a commitment (contract) between the student and the United States Army. The student agrees to complete the required course of study and accept a commission into the Army of the United States. The Army agrees to train the student and offer him an officer's position in the Active Army, the US Army Reserves, or the Army National Guard. Advanced course students are required to attend a five-week ROTC Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC) during the summer following their junior year.

Scholarship and Remuneration

The Department of the Army offers 4, 3, and 2-year competitive scholarships to qualifying ROTC students. This scholarship consists of payments up to $20,000 a year for tuition and fees, a book allotment of $900.00 per year, plus a stipend paid directly to the ROTC Cadet of $350.00 to $500.00 per month during the period of enrollment (not to exceed 40 months). ms issued to them.

Information

The Professor of Military Science and the Army ROTC office is located in the Sister Charles Marie Frank Nursing Building, Room 100. Additionally, the UIW Military Science department maintains offices at Saint Mary's University in the basement of Treadaway Hall. The telephone numbers are 832-3210 or 436-3415. The ROTC Enrollment Officer's phone number: 210-379-1997. The Departmental Email Addresses are: rotc@uiwtx.edu or rotc@stmarytx.edu.

The Brainpower Connection

A unique coalition of learning institutions, spanning pre-kindergarten through University, is characterized by a shared vision, as well as shared faculty and facilities. Faculty from kindergarten through University encourage one another's professional growth through academic alliances, discipline dialogues, and frequent appearances in one another's classes.

Two of the schools, Incarnate Word High School and St. Anthony Catholic High School, are provided managerial and consultant services by the University of the Incarnate Word. St. Peter Prince of Apostles Elementary School, St. Anthony Elementary School, and the Katherine Ryan Pre-School Program maintain voluntary association with University of the Incarnate Word.

For academic purposes, Incarnate Word High School and St. Anthony Catholic High School are an integral part of the University of the Incarnate Word and constitute the division of University Preparatory Programs.

Study Abroad And International Exchange Programs

Through the Office of Study Abroad, located at the Grossman International Conference Center, the University offers a wealth of opportunities to learn in other countries. Short-term programs, as well as semester or year-long Study Abroad Programs can be arranged with one of more than 90 sister schools with which UIW maintains collaborative educational agreements. Students may also choose to study at other universities or organizations involved in Study Abroad Programs. Detailed information and assistance can be obtained from the Office of Study Abroad.