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San Antonio – On Monday, April 4, UIW Professor of Modern Languages, Dr. Amalia Mondriguez was honored as the university’s 2016 CCVI Award winner.

The CCVI Spirit Award is presented annually to one permanent member of the university (staff, faculty or administration) whose life embodies the spirit of service of the founding sisters. CCVI are the initials of the Latin title of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.  The CCVI Award was presented prior to the Incarnate Word Day mass celebrated in UIW’s Our Lady’s Chapel.  Each year the university celebrates Incarnate Word Day which celebrates the Feast of the Annunciation.

Mondriguez, who embodies a spirit of service in all she does, joined UIW in 1988.  She teaches courses in the literature and culture of Spain and Latin America. As a professor, she places great emphasis on community service and the needs of others in each class she teaches.   She has also written textbooks and produced audio and video materials in Spanish for Optometry and Pharmacy courses and is currently in the process of creating curriculum materials in Spanish for Physicians. Mondriguez coordinates various community service projects on campus and assists UIW’s professional students with health fairs held in underserved areas of San Antonio and the surrounding area.  A native of Puerto Rico, Mondriguez makes bi-annual visits to the island where she volunteers in the food service area and gives presentations on health and nutrition at the Celia T. de Mondriguez Elder Hostel, named for late mother and hostel founder. She is also active in the Puerto Rican Heritage Society, involving their members in volunteer activities at UIW.

Nominated by faculty, staff, administrators and students, each year’s recipient is selected by a committee of faculty and administrators, including previous award winners. The winner is presented with a sculpture signifying the award, as well a $500 donation made in the winner’s name to a ministry of the Congregation chosen by the winner.