UIW Celebrates National Night Out

October 6, 2022

Red in front of the National Night Out banner

Across the U.S., communities came together on Tuesday, Oct. 4, to celebrate National Night Out. The communities of UIW and Alamo Heights were no different, as both hosted gatherings to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

UIW’s event featured games, a 360-degree camera and treats, including corn in a cup, snow cones and Frito pie. Attendees had the opportunity to meet members of the UIW Police Department and the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability.

“National Night Out is a unique event because it is known all over the United States,” said Janine Chavez, director of Student Advocacy and Accountability. “Many of our students recognize the event from their hometown, so they can come here and connect to those memories. It's also important because they get to come out and meet their neighbors, the UIW police department, the student advocacy and accountability office and other offices that are here to support and help our students.”

UIW was proud to be the lead sponsor of the Alamo Heights National Night Out event, which was part of the Alamo Heights Centennial Celebration. The family-oriented event emphasized the city’s services and focused on safety as well as public awareness. The event included a moon bounce, an opportunity to explore fire trucks, EMS vehicles and police cars, and there was even an appearance by UIW’s mascot Red the Cardinal.