2021 UIW News


December

UIW Hosts Commissioning Ceremony for Graduates

12/23/2021

UIW hosted a Commissioning Ceremony for three ROTC cadets on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. Cadets Ramon Aguilar, Miguel Alejandro Trevino and Ronnie Woods were commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army. The three soldiers graduated from UIW and St. Mary’s University.

UIW Announces New Scholarships at Incarnate Word H.S. and St. Anthony Catholic H.S.

12/17/2021

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is proud to announce that it has entered into new agreements with Incarnate Word High School (IWHS) and St. Anthony Catholic High School (SACHS) to offer new scholarships to students from each school. Under the Memorandums of Understanding, UIW will provide three academic, merit-based scholarships of $25,000 per year for four years to IWHS and SACHS graduating seniors who are in the top 10 percent of their graduating class.

UIW Receives Grant to Help with COVID Immunizations

12/16/2021

UIW is proud to announce it has finalized an agreement with Texas A&M University – San Antonio (TAMUSA) and the Texas Department of State and Health Services to partner on a project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to promote COVID vaccinations.

UIW Graduates Fall Class of 2021

12/14/2021

On Saturday, Dec. 11, the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) celebrated its Fall 2021 graduates. Nearly 900 graduates of UIW’s bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs crossed the stage at two ceremonies held at the Freeman Coliseum.

UIW Libraries Receives Grant from Kelso Foundation

12/13/2021

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is proud to announce that UIW Libraries has received a grant from the Betty Stieren Kelso Foundation. The $50,000 grant was approved for the UIW Libraries – Meeting the Mission Today and in the Future request.

Students Enjoy President’s Cardinal Holiday Celebration

12/10/2021

More than 500 students at the University of the Incarnate Word participated in an end-of-year tradition on Tuesday, taking a break from studying for finals to enjoy the President’s Cardinal Holiday Celebration. The celebration, hosted by UIW President Dr. Thomas M. Evans, is held each year during finals week. It provides students with food, fun, fellowship and a chance to take a breath as they prepare to end the semester.

Your Journey. Our Mission. Meet Yasmin.

12/09/2021

Yasmin Saaid, a Management Information Services major from San Antonio, is a proud member of the class of 2022. After completing her freshman and sophomore years at a local junior college two years ago, she thought she would finish her degree at a larger school. But what she found was a situation she could not see herself committing to.

Service Spotlight: A Letter from Warren Fulgenzi

12/09/2021

Warren Fulgenzi, a graduate student studying Sport Management at UIW, loves giving back to the community he says has given him and his family so much. Below, he has written a letter about his experiences in serving and why he enjoys it.

Gratitude is Golden

12/09/2021

Brandon Sanders graduates with his Master’s in Communication Arts on Saturday. His greatest role models in his life are his parents. He came from Stockton, California, and his parents grew up in a very different world than he did. They experienced many challenges, and their goal was to ensure that their son did not have to experience those same hardships.

Graduate Spotlight: Like Mother, Like Daughter

12/07/2021

Nicole Pfaff graduates on Saturday, earning a Bachelor’s in Music with an emphasis in Performance (piano). She comes by her love of the art honestly, as her mother is a talented music teacher. Pfaff has always loved playing, with her first memories of piano occurring around six or seven years old.

Your Journey. Our Mission. Meet Antonio.

12/03/2021

A first-generation college student, Antonio is the oldest of three siblings. Entering kindergarten, he was non-verbal and one of the 5.5 million ESL students in the United States. His parents sought assistance from the local school district. A tutor came to his home, and he attended speech therapy regularly.

UIW Theatre Honored with ATAC Globe Awards

12/03/2021

Faculty, staff, students and an alumnus of the UIW Theatre Department were recently honored with seven Globe Awards from the Alamo Theatre Arts Council (ATAC). The 30th Annual ATAC Globe Awards Gala honored local community and educational productions from the 2019 and 2020-2021 season in 25 categories.

UIW Celebrates Centennial Moment for Landmark Building

12/03/2021

This Friday, Dec. 3 marks the 100th anniversary of a milestone moment for the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW). On this day in 1921, the cornerstone of UIW’s most iconic building – the Columkille Administration Building was laid. The façade of the building has come to be a landmark, immediately recognizable as a symbol of the University.

UIW Alumnus Presents to UN

12/03/2021

Eduardo Bravo, a 2014 graduate from the H-E-B School of Business and Administration and the co-founder/CFO of Irys, participated in the Tech For Our Planet event as part of the UN’s Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) event in Glasgow, Scotland, in November.

Rios Attains Distinguished Level credentials from AHIP, Earns TDL Award

12/03/2021

Dr. Dede Rios, director of the Brackenridge Optometry Library, has been recognized for attaining her Distinguished Level credential in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) by the Medical Library Association. Rios is also a recipient of the Scholarly Communications Award, presented by the Texas Digital Libraries, for her work on the Optometric Clinical Practice, the Rosenberg School of Optometry’s open access, peer-reviewed journal.

Fashion Students Display Garments at Rolling Oaks Mall

12/03/2021

Three freshmen in the Orientation to Fashion Management class at UIW designed dresses that are now on display at the Rolling Oaks Mall. A beautiful gold gown was created by Kieann Hernandez and Danielle Tovar, while a lovely green Grinch dress was made by Daniela Mejia.

A Teacher’s Priceless Gift

12/03/2021

Ashley De La O fondly remembers her time at Medio Creek Elementary during her final semester at UIW. De La O had the opportunity to do her clinical teaching with third graders cooperatively with UIW alumna Joanna Fuchs Carreon, BS ’11.

Grad Spotlight: Aimee Galindo

12/02/2021

Aimee Galindo has always wanted to give back to UIW students, so she chose to run for SGA president during one of the most challenging years in recent history. It changed her life.

Giving Back: Lindsay Papper

12/01/2021

Service has always been part of Lindsay Papper’s life, and she is constantly giving back to others. Whether she is working on a fundraising initiative or just checking in on someone, helping others is part of who she is.


November

UIW Celebrates International Education Week

11/18/2021

UIW celebrated International Education Week (IEW) from Nov. 15-19. IEW allows institutions around the country to simultaneously engage with international peers, enhancing self-awareness and understanding of diverse perspectives.

Light the Way Spotlight: Steve Spriester

11/18/2021

Steve Spriester, an anchor at KSAT-12, has been the emcee for the annual Light the Way Holiday Festival at the University of the Incarnate Word for more than a decade. We caught up with him this week to talk about his experiences during the beloved event at the corner of Broadway and Hildebrand.

Light the Way: A Family Tradition

11/18/2021

For Julianne Salame, a graduate student in UIW’s Communication Arts Department, Light the Way has been part of her family’s holiday experience since she was young. She estimates that she was about eight years old the first time she attended the event.

Beechner ’10, ’15 selected to Forbes Next 1000 List

11/16/2021

Kim Beechner ’10, ’15 was selected to the Forbes Next 1000 list for 2021. Beechner is the founder and CEO of Embark Marketing, a Texas-based, digital marketing agency specializing in the food and beverage industry. Beechner founded Embark Marketing in 2010.

Service Spotlight: U.S. Army Veteran Christopher Lee Marmolejo

11/15/2021

Christopher Lee Marmolejo, a Master of Business Administration student with a concentration in Human Resources, has volunteered at eight events this semester already, including Let’s Taco ‘Bout Mental Health, UIW’s First Responders Appreciation Football game and the Military Appreciation Game, Trunk or Treat, UIW’s Veterans Day Ceremony and more.

UIW Signs MOU with Incarnate Word Academy

11/12/2021

Scholarships to UIW change lives, and last week, University of the Incarnate Word President Thomas M. Evans, PhD had the opportunity to announce three. Evans traveled to St. Louis, Missouri, for a visit with the students and staff of Incarnate Word Academy (IWA) a private, Catholic high school that is also a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.

UIW Honors Military for Veterans Day

11/12/2021

UIW, which strives to be a premiere provider of educational service to the men and women of the military and to veterans, celebrated Veterans Day with several events throughout the week, including the Military Appreciation Football Game, the annual Veterans Day Ceremony and a special Veterans Day Parade.

UIW Headed to the WAC

11/12/2021

UIW is proud to announce that it has accepted an invitation to become a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). UIW will join the WAC beginning July 1, 2022.

Light the Way: A Community Event 35 Years Strong

11/12/2021

Lorraine Ewers, administrative assistant to the dean in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, has been at UIW since before the inception of its Light the Way Holiday Festival, which began in 1987.

Service Spotlight: Brother Patrick Tumwine Teaches and Serves

11/11/2021

Brother Patrick Tumwine, CSC, is a Ph.D. student in Education at UIW. He brings a rich background to the program, having been a teacher and principal at Holy Cross schools in his native Uganda. But focusing on classes does not keep him too busy to serve. Just the opposite, it has given him a heart to serve both in Uganda and in San Antonio through the Young Women’s Global Leadership program.

St. Clair and Poole Co-published in Teaching Ethics

11/09/2021

Dr. Norman St. Clair, professor and director of Graduate Studies, and Dr. Deborah Poole, alumna, co-published “Exploring and Developing a Comprehensive Teaching Model for Graduate Ethics,” in Teaching Ethics at The Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum. The journal is dedicated to ethical issues across the curriculum with particular attention to pedagogical methodology and practice in both academic inquiry and professional practice.

Family and a Military Community of Support

11/09/2021

Michael Lesley is a U.S. Army veteran, a sophomore Finance major and a student worker in the Military and Veteran Center at UIW. He joined the military in 2015, shortly after he graduated high school, and was active duty for four years. Originally a Vehicle Wheeled Mechanic, an injury forced him to alter his course.

UIW Professor Awarded for Efforts in Public Health

11/04/2021

UIW is proud to announce that Dr. Linda Hook, assistant professor in the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing & Health Professions, has been named the winner of the 2021 Ruth B. Freeman Award for teaching and service in public health.

Service Spotlight: Jorge Luis Quintero

11/04/2021

Jorge Luis Quintero, who is pursuing his master’s in Communication Arts, serves as a graduate assistant for the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability. We caught up with him this week to discuss how he gives back, why he believes service is important, and more.

UIW Celebrates Homecoming 2021

11/02/2021

UIW celebrated Homecoming 2021 from Oct. 28-31, marking its first in-person Homecoming since 2019. Alumni and Cardinal families reconnected over food, fun and a UIW football victory.

HEBSBA and Nursing Partner to Host Opportunity Recognition Workshop

11/03/2021

Dr. Adesegun Oyedele, coordinator of International Business in the H-E-B School of Business and Administration (HEBSBA), partnered with professor Dr. Karen Weis, PhD, RNC-OB, FAAN, and assistant professor Julio Lujano, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, ENP-C, both from the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions, to co-produce UIW’s first Opportunity Recognition Workshop on Nov. 1.


October

Cardinal Math Talk with Guest Speaker Dr. Md Rafiul Islam

10/29/2021

Dr. Suleyman Tek, professor of Mathematics and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, hosted a Cardinal Math Talk session on Oct. 28 with guest speaker Dr. Md Rafiul Islam, postdoc research associate of Mathematics at Iowa State University.  Islam’s topic was a “Mathematical model of COVID-19 transmission with vaccination and optimal vaccine allocation strategy with limited supply.”

Service Spotlight: Regina Richard, U.S. Army Veteran

10/28/2021

Regina Richard, a U.S. Army veteran and the secretary of UIW’s Student Veterans of America organization, is earning a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a concentration in Administration and a minor in Human Resources. Having already served our nation, Richard now finds joy in finding new ways to give back.

Hard work, determination and a move across the pond

10/28/2021

Robert Pratt, a second-year Physical Therapy major, is at the top of his cohort and is a student ambassador. He says he has worked hard to get where he is today, and he credits his undergraduate career, where he was a pre-PT major and a student-athlete on the UIW men’s soccer team, with his current success.

UIW to Celebrate 2021 Homecoming from Oct. 28 - 31

10/22/2021

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

10/21/2021

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

10/21/2021

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

10/21/2021

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

10/15/2021

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

10/15/2021

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

10/14/2021

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

10/14/2021

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

10/14/2021

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

10/14/2021

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

10/08/2021

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

10/08/2021

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

10/06/2021

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.


September

Live Theatre Returns to UIW

09/30/2021

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

09/24/2021

“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

09/23/2021

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

09/21/2021

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

09/14/2021

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

09/13/2021

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

09/02/2021

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.


August

UIW Students Help Step Up Vaccine Effort

08/27/2021

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

08/06/2021

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.


July

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

07/28/2021

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

07/16/2021

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

07/12/2021

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.


June

Oportunidades de la educación en línea en América Latina

06/10/2021

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.


May

April

UIW Ranked Among Best in Psychology Programs in the Nation

04/29/2021

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

04/09/2021

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

04/06/2021

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.


March

January

UIW Biochemistry Program Receives Major Accreditation

01/08/2021

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).