2021 UIW News


UIW to Celebrate 2021 Homecoming from Oct. 28 - 31


The University of the Incarnate Word is gearing up to celebrate Homecoming from Oct. 28 - 31. This year's UIW Homecoming festivities will include the return of the annual Trunk-or-Treat, Nest Fest Block Party, Homecoming Tailgate and Game and more!

UIW Presents at World’s Religions Conference


Sandra Guzman-Foster, PhD, associate professor of Education, and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, ThD, professor emeritus of Religious Studies, co-presented “What Makes for a Compassionate City” at the 8th Parliament of the World’s Religions Conference with Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Rev. Ann Helmke of the City Faith-Based Office, and Andrew Hill, JD, associate professor of Philosophy at St. Philip's College. This year’s theme was “Opening our Hearts to the World: Compassion in Action.”

Meet Alyssa Hinojosa - Student, Supermom, Future Pharmacist


Alyssa Hinojosa is a fourth-year Pharmacy student at the Feik School of Pharmacy and is concurrently working on a Master of Arts in Healthcare Administration. She is also a single mother of three boys and her journey to this point has been anything but a straight path.

Service Spotlight: Q&A with Nailah Landon


Nailah Landon is a junior Media Studies in Public Relations and Advertising major. A member of the UIW volleyball program, Landon is very involved on campus. Although her schedule is busy, she makes time to volunteer on a regular basis. We caught up with Landon this week to discuss this semester’s service opportunities, why service is important to her, and more.

UIW’s Center for Medical Tourism Research Collaborates with Centro Fox on Upcoming Seminar


The University of the Incarnate Word's Center for Medical Tourism Research, in collaboration with Centro Fox, is presenting a special seminar titled Strategies for the Development and Management of International Medical Tourism. Dr. David G. Vequist, founder and director of the UIW Center for Medial Tourism Research, and Ilan Geva of the University of Chicago / DePaul University, will present to administrators and clinicians in the public and private medical sector, other medical tourism stakeholders and the general public on Oct. 19 and 22. Both seminars run from 9 – noon CT.

Staudt Named The Joyce Hardin Service Award Recipient by TACTE


Dr. Denise Staudt, dean of the Dreeben School of Education, was named the Joyce Hardin Service Award recipient by the Texas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (TACTE) at the Consortium of State Organizations for Teacher Education’s annual Fall Teacher Education Conference. The Joyce Hardin Service Award is presented annually for outstanding service to TACTE and the education profession.

Theatre Arts students Learn from Guest Speaker David Grindle


Students in UIW’s Theatre Arts practicum class were invited to attend a lecture by David Grindle, executive director of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT) on Oct. 8. Grindle gave a workshop on communication and hosted a roundtable discussion with theatre students who have a specific interest in management in the entertainment industry.

Service Spotlight: Keeley Ayala’s Passion for Helping Others


Keeley Ayala, a senior Communications in Multimedia major and a member of the UIW women’s soccer team, did not initially choose UIW because of its heavy emphasis on service, but throughout her time at the corner of Broadway and Hildebrand, she's learned the importance of giving back.

Q&A Spotlight: Dr. Robyn Phillips-Madson


Dr. Robyn Phillips-Madson, founding dean and professor of Family Medicine at the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine, was the recipient of this year’s Servant of Christ award, given by the San Antonio Christian Medical & Dental Association. Madson will be honored at the association’s 2021 fall banquet on Oct. 19.

Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: Ben Garza


Ben Garza, a graduate student in UIW’s Nutrition program, grew up in McAllen, Texas but he has grown to love San Antonio. As an undergraduate student at Trinity University looking into what his next steps would be, he began taking more of an interest in his personal health through exercise and nutrition. During one of his Psychology classes, Lifespan Development, he examined how certain foods affect the human body.

Service Spotlight: Madison Tulaba


Madison Tulaba, a senior Theatre Arts major with a minor in Education, is a work study student (student employee) with the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability. She assists with the Cardinals’ Cupboard Food Pantry, the UIW Blood drive and other events hosted by the Ettling Center.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Role models and research


Dr. Zazil Reyes Garcia, associate professor and director of Communication Arts ABM Programs at the University of the Incarnate Word, points back to her mother, grandmother, and many other women in her family for her drive and ambition in life.

UIW Honored for Diversity and Inclusion


The San Antonio Business Journal (SABJ) has named UIW as one of its first recipients of the publications’ inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Awards. SABJ chose 10 honorees who, they say, have gone above and beyond to bolster diversity and inclusion efforts.


Live Theatre Returns to UIW


UIW is proud to announce that the Department of Theatre Arts is bringing live theatre back to the UIW stage. The department will kick off its 2021-2022 season with the comedic play All Hail Hurricane Gordo by Carly Mensch. The show will open October 1, 2021 in the Coates Theatre on the UIW Broadway campus.

Love for family, music and UIW


“UIW is a school that feels like home.” Ambar Valtierra, a senior in UIW’s Music Therapy program, moved to Houston from San Antonio at age two. After attending two other higher education schools before becoming a Cardinal, she is happy to be back home in the Alamo City and at UIW.

UIW Alum Receives Teaching Honor


It was smiles and tears that came much more easily than words to Yesenia Covarrubias. The first-year teacher at Walzem Elementary in the Northeast Independent School District was greeted with a surprise celebration on the morning of Wednesday, September 22, 2021 after being named the 2020-21 Texas Clinical Teacher of the Year. Covarrubias, who graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in May of 2021, was celebrated in her classroom for the achievement.

UIW Receives Grant Funding for More COVID-19 Vaccinations


UIW) is pleased to announce that it has received $16,326 in funding to help UIW provide COVID vaccinations to residents in primarily rural parts of Bexar County. UIW received the funds through a grant from the Houston-based Episcopal Health Foundation awarded to members of The Health Collaborative here in San Antonio, of which the University is a part.

UIW Makes “Great Colleges to Work For” List


UIW is one of the best universities in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by the “Great Colleges to Work For” program. The results, released in a special insert of The Chronicle of Higher Education, are based on a survey of 196 colleges and universities.

UIW Lands on National “Best Colleges” List


UIW is proud to announce that it has been ranked in several categories in the 2022 Best Colleges list published by U.S. News and World Report. UIW ranked No. 263 on the Best Colleges National list, up nine spots from last year. UIW is the highest ranked local university on the national list. This is just the third year that UIW has been ranked on the national list as opposed to the regional list with many other local universities.

UIW Makes Major Classroom Tech Upgrades


As students return to UIW for the Fall 2021 semester, hundreds will notice a major change to their learning environment. Over the course of nine weeks during the summer, UIW has transformed 43 classrooms, auditoriums and other learning spaces with new technology to further enhance the learning experience.


UIW Students Help Step Up Vaccine Effort


UIW is proud to announce that Dr. Heather Barton-Weston, assistant professor and public health coordinator in the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions; Dr. Nile Barnes, assistant professor of Pharmacy; and Dr. Maria Felix-Ortiz, professor and chair of Psychology, obtained $32,000 of stipends from Interfaith Youth Core’s (IFYC) Faith in the Vaccine grant for UIW students to serve as “vaxambassadors” who promote vaccination against COVID-19.

UIW Receives National Recognition for Work with Veterans


The national website Military Times has ranked UIW among the tops in the nation in its service to the military. UIW ranked No. 4 in the Southwest, No. 6 in private not-for-profit institutions, and No. 43 in the overall rankings nationwide in the website’s annual “Best for Vets” listing.


UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine set to Launch First Mobile Medical Clinic


With the support of the Moody Foundation, the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM) has launched a mobile medical clinic called the Mobile Osteopathic Medicine unit (MOM). The 29-foot vehicle will allow medical students and faculty to deliver services to the community including osteopathic primary care, immunizations, health screenings and more.

UIW Lands on Tops Jobs List


UIW has landed on the list of Top Private Employers in San Antonio published by the San Antonio Business Journal. UIW ranked number 12 with 1,304 local employees and 1,568 employees company wide.

UIW Appoints New Key Leadership Positions


UIW is proud to announce that it has selected John Bury and Rick Kimbrough to fill key leadership positions. Bury has been selected as the new vice president for Strategy and Enrollment. Kimbrough joins UIW as the new vice president for External Affairs.

UIW Honored as College of Distinction

July 1, 2021

UIW is proud to announce that it has been acknowledged by the national website Colleges of Distinction, a one-of-a-kind guide for college-bound students. UIW was recognized in several areas including: Business, Education, Nursing, Career Development, Equity and Inclusion and Military Support.


Oportunidades de la educación en línea en América Latina


La tecnología educativa es una herramienta que se ha vuelto indispensable durante los últimos dos años. Hoy, la educación en línea ofrece a los estudiantes la oportunidad de ampliar sus conocimientos, habilidades y experiencias profesionales bajo perspectivas internacionales.



UIW Ranked Among Best in Psychology Programs in the Nation


UIW is proud to announce that the national website Intelligent.com has ranked the UIW Master of Administration with a concentration of Industrial and Organizational Psychology program as one of the Best Online Master’s in Psychology Degree Programs for 2021.

UIW Helps Bring COVID Vaccine to Underserved Area


At least three dozen UIW students from the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing, Feik School of Pharmacy and School of Osteopathic Medicine along with over 100 volunteers will participate in a COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic at Southside High School on April 10, 2021. About 1,000 area residents have been pre-registered to receive the vaccine.

UIW Among Top-Ranked in Animation and Game Design


UIW has been ranked number 4 in the category of Top Animation School Programs in Texas and number 24 in the nation in the category of Top 25 Schools and Colleges with Game Design BFA Programs by the national website Animationcareerreview.com.



UIW Biochemistry Program Receives Major Accreditation


The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is proud to announce that its Biochemistry program in the School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering has received full accreditation from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).