2022 UIW News


Catching up with Miss Fiesta


I have enjoyed being a part of the Brainpower Connection because I had the opportunity to take college courses while I was a senior at Incarnate Word High School. Being on the UIW campus allowed me to see the warm community the University has. While taking UIW courses in high school, my professors were always welcoming and helpful which is why I decided to attend UIW to earn my degree.


UIW Announces Faculty Research Awards


UIW recently announced the following faculty members as recipients of the Faculty Endowment Research Award and/or the Faculty Workload Reassignment Award.

SA24 – UIW Music Department Comes Together for New Documentary


Assistant Dean and Professor of Music Kevin Salfen created a “San Antonio version” of the music collection Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias, a classic teaching text for singers. The process – from writing the new pieces to premiering them – was all captured on film for a new documentary called SA24 – Two Dozen Songs From Now. The documentary, co-produced by Salfen and Dr. Ken Metz, professor, will be shared with the local community at the San Antonio Film Festival on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

megaGEMS Prepares for Local Drone Competition


The UIW Autonomous Vehicle Systems (AVS) Lab-sponsored outreach program, Girls in Engineering Math and Science (GEMS), is preparing to participate in a drone competition as part of the Digital Avionics Systems Conference. The conference, scheduled for the fall, is sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Aerospace and Electronics Systems Societies (AESS) and hosted by St. Mary’s University.

A Leader of Leaders


It takes a special person who can recognize this about student veterans to lead a team who serves this unique population and appreciate the culture of veterans and their families. It takes a person who has lived “the military life” and, through their various military experiences, has learned to make things happen. That person for UIW is Jonathan Lovejoy, senior director of Military and Veterans Affairs.

UIW Participates in Local Fair Addressing Health Disparities


Faculty and learners from the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM) and the Cardinal Nursing and Wellness program participated in the Access Denied Health Fair on May 28. UIW supported the event by providing water and coffee to attendees. Additionally, Dr. Lyssa Ochoa, a preceptor for UIWSOM, and Dr. Jason Miller, program director for the UIWSOM Psychiatric Residency Program, served as members of a panel that facilitated discussions with individuals from the area.

UIWSOM Alumni Excel in First Year of Residency


In May 2021, the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine celebrated its inaugural graduating class. Now, the first cohort has completed a year of residency and six program alumni have been named Resident of the Year by their respective programs.

UIW Group Tours San Antonio Missions


On Tuesday, June 21, the UIW Office of Mission and Ministry hosted a group of students and employees for a tour of four of San Antonio’s historic Missions: Mission San Francisco de la Espada, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo and Mission Concepción.

Newest Cardinals Fly into the Nest at Summer Orientation


At new student orientation every summer, UIW’s newest Cardinals fly into the Nest as official students for the very first time. The Office of Admissions hosted its first orientations of the summer on Friday, June 24 and Wednesday, June 29, and the UIW community welcomed attendees with open arms.

megaGEMS AEOP Internship Programs Inspire Next Generation of Women in STEM


UIW’s Autonomous Vehicle Systems Laboratories (AVS Labs), in association with the UIW Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science (GEMS) program, launched its second annual summer internship initiative in partnership the Army Education Outreach Program (AEOP) on Monday, June 6. The internsip program consists of two educational opportunities for local high school girls.


UIW Hosts GearHeads San Antonio Summer Research Academy


From June 20 - July 1, 12 high school students attended the GearHeads San Antonio Summer Research Academy (GearHeadsSA SRA), a project-based learning summer program provided by the UIW School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering (SMSE).

UIW Provost Looks Forward to New Chapter in Life


From being a student of Incarnate Word College to serving as Provost of the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), you might say the career of Dr. Barbara Aranda-Naranjo has come full circle. The dedicated servant and educator announced she will retire from her position as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at UIW at the end of July 2022.

UIW Recommits to Growing Southland Conference


Coming off its most successful year on and off the playing field, the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) has recommitted to continue its Division I athletics program in the Southland Conference. UIW had accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) effective July 1, 2022. UIW has informed the WAC that it will not proceed with becoming a member.

Tejanos con Ganas: UIW MBA Student Discovers Shared Values in Tejano Culture and Business


The UIW Leading a Diverse Workforce class, taught by Dr. Teresa Harrison, professor and coordinator of UIW’s Management department, invites Master of Business Administration students to take a closer look at diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and how embracing diversity contributes to better workplace environments for all. The course aims to expose business students to what their role will be as future business managers in regard to reducing prejudice, improving psychological safety and contributing to social justice in the workplace and beyond.

UIW to Participate in Interfaith Programs


The University of the Incarnate Word has been invited to participate in the Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence and the Institute on Interfaith Excellence (IIE) for the second year in a row by Interfaith America and the American Association of Colleges and Universities.

Strength in Unity, Hope in Understanding: Feik Students and Faculty Live the Mission in Puerto Rico


Ten learners and three faculty members from the University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy lived out this command, using the gifts of medicine and compassion on a mission trip held from May 14 – 21. The group travelled to Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, where they served the Celia Mondriguez Elderly Center and residents of the local community. The trip was a collaborative effort with the National Hispanic Pharmacy Association and the UIW Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability.

Schools of Osteopathic Medicine and Physical Therapy Hold Follow-up Amigos en Medicina Clinic


In January, the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM), the UIW School of Physical Therapy (SoPT), Ortho-SA and CHRISTUS Health partnered to form Amigos en Medicina (AEM). Together they are providing free hip and knee arthritis evaluations for Southside residents in San Antonio. The second AEM clinic held in May partnered the UIWSOM, SoPT, Ortho-San Antonio, CHRISTUS Health and River City Produce to follow up with 12 patients, tracking their progress from the inaugural AEM clinic held in January.

Medio Creek and UIW Teaching Partnership


The teaching partnership between the University of the Incarnate Word and Medio Creek Elementary School has never been stronger. The students from UIW’s teacher education program spend time shadowing established teachers at Medio Creek and learning from them just as their students do. Many of these teachers and administrators are UIW alumni.

UIW Wins Sustainability Award for Green Game


The University of the Incarnate Word, as a participant in the Campus Race to Zero Waste competition, won the GameDay Basketball category for its Green Game initiative, which occurred during the spring semester at a men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader.

Moment for Reflection


As readers of this magazine know, in March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced many professors and students to shift their in-person classes to remote learning. The semesters following have been a mix of learning methodologies and platforms. A Texas-sized snowstorm, the omicron variant, constant political upheaval in the United States and now a European war—in addition to the numerous other global conflicts, have all been part of our shared learning communities. Starting. Stopping. Adapting. Ratcheting up anxiety at every turn.

Shine a Light


For more than 25 years, Kate Crosby ’96 has lent her insight and influence to the University of the Incarnate Word, helping positively impact programs, spearhead initiatives and otherwise support students, many just like her, to achieve their academic dreams.

UIW Research Project with Global Reach


Dr. Paulo Carvalho, UIW associate professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, is researching ways to combad malaria, and he has been awarded two National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grants to use for this purpose.

Making a Difference and Leaving a UIW Legacy


From the Development Board to the Board of Trustees, Scott Beckendorf has been serving and supporting UIW for almost three decades. His family ties to the University, however, stretch back much farther. In the 1940’s, Jeanette Herrmann Longoria and Ayleen Herrmann Radke, the aunts of Scott’s wife Karin, graduated from then-Incarnate Word College. More recently, the Beckendorf’s daughter, Sophie Rose Beckendorf, graduated from UIW in 2018.

Love for Incarnate Word, Passion for Research


For Dr. Ricardo Carrion ’98, the decision to attend the University of the Incarnate Word was an easy one. In addition to his family’s bond with the Sisters, he loved the school’s Catholic identity and small class sizes, as well as the enthusiasm of the instructors who encouraged his passion for biology.

A Global Community


As a group of nine students crossed the stage on a cloudy Mexico City afternoon on June 21, 2008, history was made. UIW became the first American university to confer a collegiate degree on a Mexican campus. For Atzel Jonatan Peña, BBA ’08, MBA ’20, being a member of the first graduating class is something he holds dear to his heart. This pioneer group of Cardinals is remembered as the group paving the way for all subsequent classes.

UIW to Celebrate Juneteenth


The University of the Incarnate Word will host its second annual Juneteenth Celebration at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, at the McDermott Convocation Center. This event is free to the public.

Sr. Kathleen Coughlin: A Lifetime of Service


On May 23, UIW faculty members, leaders, administrators, staff and many University friends gathered in the Student Engagement Center to celebrate Sr. Kathleen Coughlin, CCVI, senior advisor to the president for Leadership Gifts & Sponsored Ministries, on her retirement after 20 years of service to the University.

Divine Intervention


The history of Peter Reininger, a leader of the UIW Grounds team and HVAC Superintendent who retired this week, and his family, has interwoven with the history of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, the University, and their respective missions for generations.

Summer: A Time for Research


Summer is often a time for relaxation, rest and rejuvenation for college students. But for Emma Vequist, a rising junior Biology major at the University of the Incarnate Word, this summer is a time for research and discovery. For 11 weeks spanning June, July and August, Vequist is participating in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Biological Discovery in Woods Hole.

Nursing Faculty, Alumna Earn Local Awards


Two members of the UIW Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions faculty – Professor Julie Nadeau, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE, and Assistant Professor Linda Hook, DrPH, MSN, RN, PHNA-BC – and UIW alumna Lizet Garza, RN, BSN, Northeast Independent School District (NEISD) were recently recognized for their dedication and service to the field of nursing.


UIW Feik School of Pharmacy Tops in Texas


UIW is proud to announce that the Feik School of Pharmacy (FSOP) graduating Class of 2021 led the State of Texas by finishing No. 1 in the state on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX). The NAPLEX is a standardized test that is considered one of the last steps before a student becomes a licensed pharmacist. This is the second year in a row that FSOP students led the state.

UIW Receives Major Funding for Kidney Research


UIW is proud to announce it has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund further research into kidney disease and diabetes. The $300,000 grant will specifically go into research regarding an enzyme, Duox2, and how it effects those with kidney disease.

UIW Welcomes New Deans


The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is proud to announce the appointment of two new Deans. Dr. John Pham will head the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine (SOM) and Dr. Javier Clavere will take over as the Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS).

UIW Receives Major Donation For Future Doctors


Robert Seddon made his latest contribution that will change the lives of UIW students and South Texans. A $100,000 gift brings the total of the Ingrid Seddon Endowed Scholarship in Osteopathic Medicine to $400,000. It is the largest endowed scholarship fund benefitting students at the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine.

UIW Celebrates 2022 Spring Graduates


UIW is proud to announce the conferral of 1,090 professional, doctoral, graduate and undergraduate degrees to students at the Spring Commencement Ceremony. The ceremony took place in front of family and friends at Freeman Coliseum during two ceremonies on May 7, 2022.

May 2022 Academic Highlights


Academic highlights from the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, as well as the Dreeben School of Education.

Building Blocks: How the TRIO Program Helped a Student Succeed


Daniela Gonzalez graduated on May 7, 2022, from UIW’s Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security Systems program. As a first-generation college student, she was excited about UIW’s small class sizes. When she arrived for freshman orientation, she discovered another program that would help make her college career even better: TRIO.

Joining the Family: UIW Grads Finish MBA Capstone


At the University of the Incarnate Word, there’s a class like no other – the Master of Business Administration Capstone. A course anticipated by MBA students with both excitement and apprehension, the Capstone experience is said to be something that one cannot truly understand unless they’ve lived through it.

UIW Student Turns Passion for Fashion into Blossoming Career


Coming out of high school, Andrea Rivera made it her mission to get through college. Now, she is preparing to graduate this weekend with a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Management, a degree she earned while working part-time as a lead merchandiser at Target.

UIW Set to Celebrate Spring Class of 2022


University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) President Thomas M. Evans, PhD will confer degrees to 1,090 professional, doctoral, graduate and undergraduate students at the Spring Commencement Ceremony.

Creating a Unified Space: UIW Hosts 2022 Amazing Race of Hope


Tim Taggart, a Special Olympics athlete, was one of 22 participants in the 2022 Amazing Race of Hope, held April 29 by the UIW Special Olympics Club and Calvary, a local nonprofit run by Dr. Traci Edmond from the UIW H-E-B School of Business and Administration. Several student organizations hosted stations throughout campus, most of which were service stations where participants created items to be donated to local charitable and health organizations.


Where Everybody Knows Your Name: Beloved Student-Athlete to Cross the Stage


A walk around campus with soon-to-be graduate Kyle Lewis will take longer than the average stroll. A familiar face to friends and staff alike, it’s hard to take more than a few steps without getting stopped as person after person says hello to him, asks how his weekend was, or congratulates him on his latest accomplishment.

Rewriting the Script


UIW students are engaging communities to become better prepared to work in the healthcare industry

Not in my Nest – UIW Observes Sexual Assault Awareness Month


Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is an annual awareness month observed every April on college campuses across the nation, and UIW is no exception. But after the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to close their physical doors and go virtual, the Title IX office and its campus partners were limited to sharing their #NotInMyNest campaign messaging on social media.

Spring 2022 Academic Highlights at UIW


As the spring semester comes to a close, academic departments from around the University of the Incarnate Word have been hard at work, wrapping up major projects and celebrating big wins.

UIW Holds Faculty Awards Ceremony


UIW is proud to announce its annual faculty awards which were handed out during the 2022 Faculty Appreciation Luncheon held on April 19, 2022.

Aspiring Entrepreneurs Share Business Proposals at Pitch Competition


The University of the Incarnate Word H-E-B School of Business and Administration (HEBSBA) held its annual CEO Club Pitch Competition on Friday, April 8. Each year, the pitch competition allows student teams to share a problem they have identified and a proposed business solution to remedy the issue.

Oldest Residence Hall at UIW Reopens as Newest


UIW is proud to announce the reopening of the Bishop Claude Marie Dubuis Residence Hall on the Broadway Campus of UIW. The official ribbon-cutting and reopening was held on April 13, 2022.

SPS Professor Assigned to US Department of Defense Task Force


The United States Department of Defense has appointed Dr. Gregg Anders, professor of Health Sciences at the University of the Incarnate Word School of Professional Studies, to a task force working with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS).

UIW Recognizes National Athletic Training Month


The University of the Incarnate Word is proud to recognize athletic trainers and sports medicine staff during National Athletic Training Month, held annually in March to raise awareness about the important work of athletic trainers.

UIW Hosts BioFest Invest


The University of the Incarnate Word hosted BioMedSA’s BioFest Invest, an annual spring event that allows potential investors from across the nation and Texas bioscience companies to come together, on March 30, in the Rosenberg Skyroom. At the event, investors seek funding, while sharing best practices, connections and valuable advice.

The Next Step Towards a Life of Service: UIWSOM Celebrates Match Day


On Friday, March 18, the crisp, cool morning air was filled with anticipation as University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM) learners waited to see where they would complete their residency or fellowship training positions. Families waited, huddled together under a large outdoor tent due to COVID-19 restrictions, repeatedly refreshing the National Resident Matching Program webpage that would reveal their matches.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox Pays Historic Visit to UIW


The Liza and Jack Lewis Center of the Americas at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is proud to have hosted the first Leaders of the Americas Speaker Series on March 30, 2022. The series will allow the UIW community, students, faculty and staff to hear from dignitaries and statesmen who have impacted society through their leadership. The inaugural lecture was a historic moment for UIW, with Mr. Vicente Fox, 62nd President of Mexico, delivering a speech titled “Immigration: Challenges and Opportunities for the Next Generation of Leaders.” Fox’s presentation also focused on leadership and, after the speech, Fox and UIW President Dr. Thomas M. Evans signed a historic memorandum of collaboration.


UIW Set to Begin New Occupational Therapy Program


UIW is proud to announce the start of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program. Under the guidance of Dr. Ruth Ford, the first director of the UIW OTD program, the University will be seeking full accreditation in May 2023 and will start accepting student applications for the program in July 2022 in anticipation of the August 2023 start date. The doctoral graduate program is comprised of 8 semesters, 112 credit hours, that can be completed full-time in 33 months.

UIW Celebrates Incarnate Word Week


“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” (Luke 1:38). Mary said “yes” to God’s call to become the mother of Jesus, and it is because of this moment that the Word became incarnate and walked on earth. The University of the Incarnate Word celebrates this response through Incarnate Word Day, held annually on March 25 on the Feast of the Annunciation.

Students Teaching Students: Cardinals Visit Elementary School in Mexico


Twenty University of the Incarnate Word students traveled to Tierra Blanca, Mexico, for a unique learning experience. There, they were able to see the traditional Otomi ceremonies, including the meeting and delivery of Cuelga, items created by the artisans of the Indigenous community. These are traditions preserved today in the community. The trip aided the students in their academic research project on the Chichimeca and Otomí cultures, which aims to generate actions that favor the community.

Lawson named 2022 CCVI Spirit Award Winner


The University of the Incarnate Word is pleased to announce that the 2022 CCVI Spirit Award winner is Angela Lawson, senior associate director of Athletics/Academic Affairs and Senior Woman Administrator (SWA). The CCVI Spirit Award recognizes a member of the faculty, administration or staff who has demonstrated, in service to the University and/or to the broader civic community, the spirit of the founders, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. The Mission of the University flows directly from this spirit.

Go Green! UIW Prepares to Celebrate Earth Month


At UIW, Earth Month is designed to build up to Earth Day, April 22, raising awareness among students and faculty and encouraging them to take action on that day and moving forward. Earth Day began in 1970, with nearly 10 percent of the American Population taking part in the inaugural celebration. The day is now recognized on a global scale.

UIW Libraries Adds More Programs for Veterans Thanks to New Grant


Dr. Dede Rios, director of Optometric and Clinical Library Services for the Rosenberg School of Optometry, received a $3,000 subaward from Texas A&M University’s Libraries and Veterans National Forum. Rios initially worked with a diverse group of librarians from all over the United States to create toolkits for libraries to use to initiate programming. She is now working with the UIW Military and Veterans Center to implement use of the funding.

Growth, Inspiration and a Family Atmosphere


Like many of the University of the Incarnate Word’s international students, Oleksandr Karpenko is far from his home country of Ukraine and a bit out of his comfort zone. He transferred to UIW in 2018 for a chance to compete on a Division I swim team in the United States, but he found much more than a way to compete in the pool.

Women in Leadership Panel: Sharing Influences, Challenges and Successes


The University of the Incarnate Word Office of Career Services invites members of the community to join it for Women in Leadership – a panel discussion of women in leadership roles sharing their influences, challenges and successes along with words of advice for young women. The panel discussion will take place on Wednesday, March 23, from 3 - 5 p.m. CT in the Student Engagement Center Ballroom.

UIW to Celebrate Fourth Annual Day of Giving


Each spring, the University of the Incarnate Word community comes together as “One Word” to work towards “One Goal” – raising funds to support current and future UIW students. UIW’s fourth annual Day of Giving, known as “One Word. One Goal.,” will be celebrated for 1881 minutes, in honor of the University’s founding year, during Incarnate Word Week beginning March 23.

SMSE Receives Grant to Help STEM Students Graduate


Veronica G. Martinez Acosta, PhD, professor of Biology and director of the UIW Honors Program, is part of a group that received grant funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Equitable Pathways program. The landmark $5 million grant will support 20 different partnerships across various organizations to build equitable pathways, helping Black, Indigenous and Latina/o students advance into STEM graduate studies.

Religious Studies Holds 20th Annual Pierre Lecture


The University of the Incarnate Word Religious Studies Department held its 20th annual Pierre Lecture on March 16, via Zoom. This year’s presentation, titled “Do THE WORK: Antiracism and the U.S. Catholic Church” was presented by Tia Noelle Pratt, PhD, director of Mission Engagement and Strategic Initiatives, Courtesy Assistant Professor of Sociology, and editor-elect of the Journal of Catholic Social Thought at Villanova University.

Guzman Foster Selected for National Outstanding Teaching Award


Sandra Guzman Foster, PhD, associate professor in the Graduate Studies Program at the University of the Incarnate Word Dreeben School of Education, has been selected for the Outstanding Teaching Award, Postsecondary by the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). She will be recognized at the organization’s virtual conference on April 29-20. Guzman Foster was nominated by two separate parties, a cohort of her students and a group of her peers across the state.

Giving Back Through Alternative Spring Break: Cardinal Reflections


Spring Break is typically known as a time for students to hang out with friends, take a trip, and relax and recharge for the remainder of the semester. But for a group of UIW students who participated in the Alternative Spring Break, coordinated by the Office of Mission and Ministry, Spring Break was a time to give back. Two students, Justine Delgado and Minnie Delgado, shared their thoughts on the week and the impact it had on them.

Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope: UIW Celebrates Women’s History Month


In 1869, three young women did what, to most, probably seemed extreme. Armed only with determination, a crash course in nursing skills and a love for people, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word responded to a call for help, moving from France to the U.S. to help those in need. Now, more than 150 years later, women at the University of the Incarnate Word, and around the world, are still making a difference. In celebration of Women’s History Month, UIW has a series of events scheduled to honor women who have changed lives, like the founders of the University.

Student-Athletes and UIW Community Step Up to Support Ukrainian Students


In a show of solidarity with Ukrainian classmates, University of the Incarnate Word student-athletes, alongside International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), spent the day Wednesday, March 10, working to spread the word about what the community can do for them during this time of need. The event aimed to raise awareness not just about the conflict, but how to best stay informed and support the people of Ukraine.

Be Your Own Superhero: Walker Moderates Movement is Life workshop


Dr. Melissa Ann Walker, assistant professor of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM), was a featured moderator for the recent Movement is Life (MIL) Caucus. She moderated the movement workshop, "Be Your Own Superhero: The Power of Physical and Mental Immunity."

UIW Joins Pope Francis in Effort to Address Global Warming


“From the hands of God we have received a garden. We cannot leave a desert for our children.” Those are the words of Pope Francis as he invites everyone to join the Laudato Si’ Action Platform. UIW is proud to announce it has joined the international effort to address global warming. The platform builds upon the 2015 encyclical from Pope Francis titled, “Laudato Si’, on Care for our Common Home.”


Local Educators Discuss the Role of ‘Race in Education’ at UIW Black History Month Event


Dr. Doshie Piper, associate professor of Criminal Justice at the University of the Incarnate Word and co-chair of the UIW Black History Month committee, hosted an event titled “Race in Education” on Monday, Feb. 21. The Zoom discussion featured a panel of three local educators: Bishop Trevor Alexander, UIW instructor/Protestant Chaplain, Dr. Brandi Coleman, induction coordinator in the Dreeben School of Education, and Akeem Brown, founder, CEO and president of Essence Prep SA.

Keller Receives 20 Year Service Award from Texas TRiO Association


Wynette Keller, director of TRiO Student Support Services at the University of the Incarnate Word, was recognized by the Texas TRiO Association with a 20 Year Service Award at the organization’s conference. We caught up with Keller to discuss how rewarding her work is and how it aligns with the Mission of UIW.

Vote Now! UIW Nominated for Best Local College/University


The University of the Incarnate Word has been nominated for Best Local College/University in the San Antonio Express-News Readers’ Choice Awards. UIW won this award in 2021 and seeks to keep its crown in 2022. Below, several students share their views on why UIW is the best college/university in San Antonio.

UIWRSO Faculty Members to be Recognized by Texas Optometric Association


Two faculty members from the University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry – associate professor Dr. Matt Valdes and acting dean and associate professor Dr. Sandra Juarez Fortenberry – will be recognized at the Texas Optometric Association (TOA) conference on Feb. 19.

UIW Partners with HSIs to Host Virtual Career Fair


The University of the Incarnate Word has partnered with 13 other schools to host the Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) Virtual Career Fair on Thursday, Feb. 24. The one-day event, which the organizations have planned in an effort to address the nationwide labor shortage, will run from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. CT.

Campus Engagement Continues Celebrating Diversity through Black History Month Events


UIW’s Office of Campus Engagement is known among students for its fun activities, opportunities to meet new people, and events that offer the chance to truly enjoy the full college experience. From organizing Greek Life meet and greets to hosting movie nights under the stars, there is always something to do on campus thanks to the office’s dedicated team.

Brainpower Connection Celebrates Rededication Ceremony


The University of the Incarnate Word welcomed home the schools that make up the Brainpower Connection for a special rededication ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 16, on the Broadway Campus. UIW President Thomas M. Evans, PhD, and Dreeben School of Education Dean Denise Staudt, EdD, spoke at the event.

UIW Receives Major Gift from Laredo Trust


UIW is proud to announce it has received an $85,000 donation for the Primary Care Residency Programs at the Laredo Medical Center. This latest gift from the Matias De Llano Charitable Trust brings the total donations from that trust to $415,000 since 2018. The International Bank of Commerce (IBC) in Laredo oversees the Matias De Llano Charitable Trust.

UIWtv Earns Television National Signature Station Award


The University of the Incarnate Word’s student-run television station, UIWtv, has been awarded first place in the 2022 Television National Signature Station from the Broadcast Education Association (BEA). This is the first such honor for UIWtv.

UIWPD Joins SAPD, Other Agencies to Swear in 10-year-old Officer


The University of the Incarnate Word Police Department’s Sgt. Ryan Ladson and Officer Lenard Thomas joined the San Antonio Police Department and approximately 40 other agencies for a swearing in ceremony at Community Bible Church on Monday as 10-year-old Devarjaye “DJ” Daniel became an honorary UIWPD officer. Daniel becomes UIWPD’s first honorary police officer in the department’s history.

UIW Sustainability Advisory Board, Ettling Center and Athletics Partner for Green Game


The University of the Incarnate Word Sustainability Advisory Board and the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability (ECCL) have partnered with UIW Athletics to host the inaugural Green Game on Feb. 17 at the McDermott Convocation Center. The event surrounds the women’s basketball game at 5:30 p.m. CT and the men’s game at 7:30 p.m., with both teams facing Northwestern State University.

UIW, TLU Hold Florence Price Celebration


The University of the Incarnate Word Department of Music, in collaboration with Texas Lutheran University, hosted a Florence Price Celebration (1887-1953) on Feb. 5-6, honoring the legacy of one of the 20th century’s most notable Black women composers. Price wrote over 300 works and was the first Black woman to have her music performed by a major symphony orchestra.

As One We Will: Inspiring Change and Educating People


When TJ Wright and Gerald Bowie III met with the UIW football team in the summer of 2020, they knew they wanted to do more to promote social justice, so together they created a student organization and called it As One We Will.

Dr. Ann D. David Receives 2022 University Teacher of the Year Award at TCTELA


Dr. Ann D. David, associate professor of Teacher Education at the Dreeben School of Education, was named the 2022 University Teacher of the Year by the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (TCTELA). She will receive the award at the 57th TCTELA Annual Conference in Galveston, Texas, on Feb. 18-20.

UIW Study Finds Special Glasses Improve Color Vision for Color Blind


The University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry (UIWRSO) is proud to announce the publication of a groundbreaking new study that found special EnChroma glasses, engineered with technically advanced spectral notch filters, enhance color vision for those with the most common types of color vision deficiency. It should be noted that test subjects with color blindness experienced immediate improvement, which persisted long-term even after subjects stopped wearing the glasses.

UIW Theatre Opens Season with Classic French Comedy


The University of the Incarnate Word Department of Theatre Arts will continue its 2021-2022 season with the classic French comedy Tartuffe by Moliere and adapted by Richard Wilbur. The show opens at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18, in the Coates Theatre on the Broadway campus.

UIW Announces 2022 Faculty Awards


Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the University of the Incarnate Word Faculty Senate and University Mission and Ministry, faculty across UIW were honored with the 2022 Faculty Awards in January.

HEBSBA Professor Honored with E-Tourism Global Novel Award


Dr. David Vequist, professor of Management in the University of the Incarnate Word’s H-E-B School of Business and Administration and the founder/director of the University’s Center for Medical Tourism Research (CMTR), was honored with the E-Tourism Global Novel Award by the Mall of Fame Nigeria. He was presented the award during the E-Tourism Business Awards and Conference on Feb. 1-2.

Contributing to Black History Month: Dr. Lisa R. Brown


The University of the Incarnate Word is proud to celebrate Black History Month (BHM) and will offer programs and experiences all month long. One of the events on the University BHM calendar is a presentation from Dr. Lisa R. Brown, PhD, of the Dreeben School of Education.

Service Spotlight: Mayte Alvarado


For Mayte Alvarado, a sophomore Psychology major with a concentration in Neuroscience on the pre-med path at the University of the Incarnate Word, service has been ingrained in her upbringing since birth. The Honors student serves as the service coordinator for the UIW Honors Student Board, and comes from a family whose culture is built on helping others and ensuring the greater good of the group is a top priority.


UIW and TLU set to Celebrate the Music of Florence Price


UIW, in conjunction with Texas Lutheran University (TLU), is proud to present the Florence Price Celebration. The goal of the Florence Price Celebration is to introduce up and coming musicians to the life and music of this wonderful composer and inspire their creative endeavors. The celebration takes place the weekend of February 5 and 6 on the campuses of UIW in San Antonio and TLU in Seguin.

VITA Program Returns to UIW


UIW is pleased to announce the return of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, program. The program provides free tax preparation services from IRS certified volunteers to households with incomes of $58,000 or less and helps working families take advantage of all of the tax credits that they are eligible for. The VITA program engages UIW faculty and student volunteers from the UIW H-E-B School of Business and Administration (HEBSBA) help prepare basic, current year tax returns for these eligible taxpayers at no charge.

UIW Celebrates Black History Month


“There is no more powerful force than a people steeped in their history. And there is no higher cause than honoring our struggle and ancestors by remembering." - Lonnie G. Bunch III

Service Spotlight: Rozlyn Bermea and Agapao Ministries


Agapao Ministry is geared towards reconnecting the UIW community with the CCVI Sisters, including those at The Village at Incarnate Word. When trying to decide on a name for the ministry, Rozlyn Bermea, along with UIW Mission and Ministry staff, tossed around a few ideas. They wanted to truly encompass how powerful the love of the Sisters is and always has been.

UIW Ranked Among the Best in Major Publication


UIW has been ranked among the best Universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its annual “Best Of” list which was released today. UIW ranked No. 87 on the list of Best Bachelor’s Online degrees and was the highest-ranking San Antonio institution on that list. UIW also ranked No. 51 on the list of Best Online Bachelor’s for Veterans.

The Cardinal Evolution


Digital technology is playing a role in education it never has before. Greater reliance on internet tools, a more significant need for access and wider opportunities for international connection have all emerged since the start of the pandemic. With the changing landscape of education experienced nation-wide in 2020, UIW has positioned itself as a dynamic and engaging academic institution.

Family First and Paying it Forward


Warren Fulgenzi, a graduate student on the men’s tennis team, did not start his college journey at the University of the Incarnate Word. But when he decided to move on from Our Lady of Lake University, Fulgenzi did not have to look far to find some familiar faces across the tennis court.

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Amanda Kitten


Dr. Amanda Kitten, assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Feik School of Pharmacy, has been named the residency program director for the Pharmacotherapy Residency Program.

Moment for Reflection - Spring Break 2019


As I reflect upon this time frame from Spring Break of 2019 until now and the impact the Ettling Center and the University community made to support the needs of so many that have been affected by COVID-19, I feel as if we, as a UIW community, have been able to continue to walk in the footsteps of the three Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word that were asked to “go” and help those in need during a pandemic so very long ago.

Living the Mission and operating as One Word


When Athletic Director Richard Duran – who came to UIW as the deputy athletic director in October 2017 – took the reins of the department in August 2019, he says the department was operating as a silo rather than working with its campus partners. Duran understood that this needed to change.

Building from Scratch


As the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM) founding dean, Dr. Robyn Phillips-Madson prepares to retire, she reflects on her time helping start UIW’s osteopathic medical school. “To be a founding dean has been an incredible experience,” said Phillips-Madson. “The more I learned about UIW and the position, the more I was convinced that this was a mission and university I could commit to wholeheartedly.”

Rising from the Pandemic


Dr. Ronda Gottlieb, UIW director of Clinical Health, has been part of UIW’s team of first responders since the onset of the pandemic. As she recounts, “On Jan. 9, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a mysterious coronavirus-related pneumonia in Wuhan, China. At that point, cases were very low in China, but on January 20, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began screening for Coronavirus at three U.S. international airports. When the first confirmed U.S. case of COVID-19 was identified in Washington state, the UIW Incident Command team began officially meeting."

A lifetime of Teaching, A legacy of Learning


Dr. Michael McGuire spent 31 years as a professor of economics at the University of the Incarnate Word. He and his wife, Patience, also a retired educator, have established the Dr. Mike McGuire Scholarship Endowment for Mission-Inspired Business Leadership. The $300,000 endowment will allow for a $10,000 scholarship to be awarded to one business student every year. Recipients of this scholarship must not only show accomplishment in the classroom, but a true understanding of the Mission of UIW.

Listen, Learn and Take Action with La Palabra


Podcasts are everywhere; they saturate the social landscape and are even the subject of television series on streaming services. Whether or not one is a fan of podcasts, their ubiquitous accessibility is undeniable, and the University of the Incarnate Word’s Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability aims to harness this medium as a tool to inspire positive action.

AVS Research Lab Receives Grant from Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word


The University of the Incarnate Word’s Autonomous Vehicle Systems (AVS) Research Lab is excited to announce that the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word has funded the GEMS after-school miniGEMS clubs for the upcoming FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competitions. A generous $5,000 award from the CCVI “Sisters supporting women for a better world” grant will help support the GEMS after-school programs.

UIW Student Nurses Association Receives Two TNSA Awards


The University of the Incarnate Word Student Nurses Association (SNA) received the 2021 Image of Nursing Award and the Breakthrough to Nursing Award from the Texas Nursing Students Association (TNSA). The TNSA is a direct constituent of the National Student Nurses’ Association.