2022 UIW News


UIW Celebrates Conclusion of $100 Million Fundraising Campaign


UIW is proud to announce that it surpassed the $100 million dollar mark during its “Their Journey, Your Legacy” fundraising campaign which was started five years ago. The University shared the news at a reception for alumni and friends during UIW’s annual Light the Way Holiday Festival on Saturday, Nov. 19, on the Broadway campus.

UIW Faithful Brave the Chill to Light the Way


An overcast and chilly night did not dampen the spirits of the thousands who attended UIW 2022 Light the Way Holiday Festival. The event, presented by H-E-B, was held on Saturday, Nov. 19, on the UIW Broadway campus.

UIW Holds Annual Holiday Tree Lighting for Student Body


The 2nd annual Holiday Tree Lighting hosted by the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Campus Activities Board (CAB) took place on Nov. 16 in the SEC Ballroom. As the SGA Chief of Staff, not only is this one of my favorite University events of the year, but being able to plan the event was even more fulfilling.

UIWtv Earns Esteemed Awards in Eight Categories


After receiving a record-breaking 15 nominations for the Lone Star EMMY Chapter Student Production Awards, UIWtv celebrated accolades in eight categories. The nominations covered a wide range of categories including Best Newscast, Best Talent and Best Short Film.

Amahl and the Night Visitors


The UIW Department of Music is hosting its annual performance of Amahl and the Night Visitors at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, in the Diane Bennack Concert Hall.

36th Annual Light the Way Holiday Festival


It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Join the UIW community for the 36th Annual Light the Way Holiday Festival, presented by H-E-B. UIW’s biggest community event of the year will feature live music, food trucks, Shoppers' Lane, children’s' activities, meet and greets with Santa, and a million twinkling lights and fireworks to end the night.

Growing as a Leader


Dr. Veronica Acosta, Biology professor at UIW, has had various leadership roles during her 14-year tenure at the University. Recently, she was selected to participate in the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Leadership Institute to hone her leadership skills.

UIW Provides Transportation to Voting Polls


Election Day is a key part of democracy, and Dr. Ricardo Gonzalez, director of the Ettling Center of Civic Leadership (ECCL), wants students to understand that their voice and their vote matters. To help the UIW community cast their ballots, the ECCL provided transportation to the voting polls during early voting (Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 1-2) and on Election Day (Nov. 8).

UIW Holds Graduation Fair


The 2022 Fall Graduation Fair was held Thursday, Nov. 10. For the first time since Fall 2019, graduating students had an opportunity to prepare for December Commencement by visiting a variety of tables hosted by departments from across campus.

UIW Celebrates Successful Homecoming Weekend


UIW celebrated Homecoming Weekend from Nov. 3 – 6, with various events that brought together former and current students, families and friends. In all, nearly 4,000 people came back “to the nest” to take part in Homecoming activities.

National Website Recognizes UIW Online Success


The national website, Intelligent.com, has named UIW to its list of the Best Online Colleges in Texas for 2023. Intelligent.com is a trusted resource for program rankings and higher education planning.

Honoring our Nation's Veterans


As Jonathan Lovejoy, senior director of Military and Veterans Affairs, prepared for Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11, his one focus was to honor and recognize as many veterans as possible. Veterans Day is a time to come together and honor all veterans, both living and departed, for their sacrifices to their country.

The Art of Conducting


“Conducting is the physical craft of showing performers the speed, style and emotional components of the music they are performing.” This is how Dr. Brett Richardson (UIW associate professor, coordinator of Music Education and director of Bands) explained conducting.

UIW Holds First-Generation College Celebration


UIW faculty, staff and students gathered on campus for the National First-Generation College Celebration. The national celebration was first held in 2017 by the Council for Opportunity in Education and the Center for First-generation Student Success.

UIW Celebrates Diwali: The Festival of Lights


On Thursday, Oct. 27, the UIW community was invited to join millions of people across the world in celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Lights. Diwali, which for some also coincides with harvest and new year celebrations, is a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.

SACHS Hosts Inaugural Yellow Jacket Tee-Off Tournament


St. Anthony Catholic High School (SACHS) hosted its inaugural Yellow Jacket Tee-Off Golf Tournament on Friday, Oct. 28, at the Canyon Springs Gold Club. The event had over 75 participants and volunteers in attendance and successfully raised over $8,000 through generous donations, hole sponsorships, and other charitable contributions.

Celebrating Life: UIW Observes Día de los Muertos


Every year, the University community comes together to celebrate the lives of loved ones, colleagues and friends who have passed on with special Día de los Muertos observations. The two-day holiday spanning Nov. 1-2 is traditionally celebrated in Mexican culture and coincides with the Christian observations of All Saints’ Day, honoring the Saints of the Church, and All Souls’ Day, a day of prayer and remembering the departed.

Achieving a Dream


Dr. Trey Guinn, associate professor and program director of Communication Arts at UIW, recently finished something many people only dream about completing. In fact, he dreamed about writing his latest book for 10 years before buckling down and resolving to turn it into reality. His recently published book, Communication Essentials: The Tools You Need to Master Every Type of Professional Interaction, is teeming with wisdom for all readers.

3D Learning Techniques


What would you do with $10,000? Dr. Debora Zamora Kaliski, associate professor in the UIW School of Physical Therapy, had the opportunity to answer this question when she received the Seed Grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

UIW Joins the Coalition for College


UIW is proud to announce it has joined the Coalition for College, a diverse group of more than 170 public and private colleges and universities across the U.S. working to improve college access for low-income, under-resourced and first-generation students.

Boo! UIW Dresses Up for Halloween


Goblins and super heroes and princesses, oh my! On Monday, Oct. 31, Brainpower Connection elementary school students donned their best Halloween costumes and arrived at UIW to say “trick or treat!” to various departments on campus for the annual Brainpower Trick-or-Treating Event.


Learning through Collaboration


Dr. Adesegun Oyedele, coordinator of UIW’s International Business program, Dr. Roberto Saldivar, associate professor of Business Administration, and 14 Cardinal students took a four-hour bus ride to Brownsville early in October to “grow their professional competencies by connecting with women-business owners and engaging in experiential learning activities alongside them.”

Eagle Scouts Descend on the Nest for Special Reception


On Thursday, Oct. 20, the University of the Incarnate Word welcomed current Eagle Scouts and alumni to the Nest for a special networking event. Hosted by UIW President and Eagle Scout Thomas M. Evans, PhD, the event relaunched the local Eagle Association and included presentations – led by faculty members and fellow Eagle Scouts, Dr. Adam Watkins and Dr. Michael Frye – about two innovative UIW programs: the Autonomous Vehicles Systems (AVS) Laboratory and 3D Animation and Game Design.

UIW Disburses $20,000 to Support Students in Need


The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) was selected as a 2022 Progress, Accomplishment, Thriving, Hope (PATH) Scholarship recipient through the Ellucian Foundation. The PATH Scholarship program provides grants to higher education institutions to support students facing economic hardship.

Making a Difference and Leaving a UIW Legacy


UIW is proud to announce that, thanks to the generosity of the Beckendorfs, it has established The Beckendorf Family Center for Innovation and Global Entrepreneurship. The Center will work with the H-E-B School of Business and Administration (HEBSBA) to find and develop the business leaders of tomorrow right here at UIW.

DSE Dean Receives Ben E. Coody Distinguished Service Award


Dr. Denise Staudt, dean of the Dreeben School of Education (DSE), was named the Ben E. Coody Distinguished Service Award recipient at the 2022 Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education (CSOTTE) Teacher Education Conference. This award honors individuals who have given the same level of professional contributions to teacher education in Texas as did Coody. Coody served as the last president of the Texas Association for Student Teaching before the association became the Texas Association of Teacher Educators in 1971.

Theatre Earns Standing Ovation with 27 Globe Awards


“It is always great to receive recognition from our community, and we hope it will bring an awareness to our larger goals.” Those are the words Mark Stringham, chair and producing director of Theatre Arts, shared about the recent awards the Department of Theatre Arts received from the Alamo Theatre Arts Council. After winning five awards in Fall 2021, the department brought home an astounding 27 honors from the 2022 Alamo Theatre Arts Council Globe Awards.

Shaping the Future of Global Finance


Providing advice for the U.S. Government, the World Bank and the United Nations, UIW Alumnus Dr. Jonathan R. Everhart CPA, Esq., MCSI (MS ’11, DBA ’17), has quickly become recognized as a global leader in financial innovation and technology.

UIW 2022 Homecoming


Are you ready for UIW Homecoming? Bring family and friends and join your fellow alumni for food, drinks and fun while reminiscing about time spent at UIW!

Rally for UIW


Do you want to help UIW student-athletes become champions in the classroom, in the community and in competition? Rally for UIW! From Monday, Oct. 31, through Saturday, Nov. 5, Cardinal fans will rally together to support UIW Athletics and the programs that help student-athletes become the leaders they were meant to be.

A Calling to Support Students


“We support the Mission of UIW by connecting students with the aid that is essential for them to earn their degree, thereby sending out educated and social-justice-minded graduates into our community.” Cristen Alicea, director of Financial Aid, and her office recognize Financial Aid Day, celebrated annually on the third Wednesday in October.

Champion in the Classroom, Community and Competition


What did Keeley Ayala, a graduate student on the women’s soccer team at UIW, feel as she helped guide the team to its most successful seasons in program history? “Pure joy,” she says. Ayala, who has played midfield and forward, helped guide the team to its first Southland Conference Tournament spot in 2019.

UIW Observes Banned Book Week


“I believe everyone's viewpoints ought to be aired because when they're not, when people are silenced, I think we lose out on the ability to seek the truth in its fullness.” Those are the words shared by LuElla D’Amico, associate professor of English, following the events she helped organize on UIW’s campus for Banned Book Week.

Los Alcaldes: Patriots of the Revolution


In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, UIW Women’s and Gender Studies and Los Alcaldes de Béxar, a local nonprofit organization, partnered to host a public history program that honored the early alcaldes (mayors) of San Antonio, pre-1836. The program, hosted Saturday, Oct. 8, included the display of the Los Alcades de Béxar Project educational travel exhibition and the unveiling of a new forensic portrait.

Love for Learning and Leading


Dr. Carlos Garcia, dean of the School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering, has been at UIW for more than a decade. He started his career teaching ocular pharmacology, but since then he has spent time as a researcher and president of a community college. Hear more about Garcia’s leadership style, projects he is currently working on, and his role with UIW’s Sustainability Advisory Board below.

UIW Partners in Major $2.5 Million Grant to Aid Underrepresented STEM Students


UIW, along with St. Mary’s University, Trinity University and Our Lady of the Lake University, have been awarded an almost $2.5 million grant by the National Science Foundation. The goal of the grant-funded project from the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program is to increase the number of historically underrepresented students and those from lower-income backgrounds to obtain bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

UIW Honors Employees during Heritage Day


Every October, the University of the Incarnate Word celebrates Heritage Week, a tradition that invites its employees to reflect on the foundation and the legacy of its founders, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. One of the main events of this week was Heritage Day. Observed on Oct. 5, it was a day to celebrate and acknowledge the work being done to manifest the Mission of the University by the dedicated employees who make up UIW.

Kevlar to Canvas


“We wanted to create a sense of belonging and help with the transition from military to college life.” This is how Phillip Rangel, a United States Air Force veteran and team leader for the Peer Advisor for Veteran Education (PAVE) program at UIW, described the purpose of a recent painting event, called Kevlar to Canvas, the Military and Veterans Center held.

UIW Libraries Presents In Sickness and In Health In South Texas: A Symposium


It has long been acknowledged that people’s health and well-being involve more than just one’s physical health. There are dimensions of wellness that include emotional, physical, social, occupational, spiritual, and intellectual aspects. The significant impact of COVID on people’s lives has brought all these areas of health and wellness into sharp focus. In observance of this and other factors, In Sickness and In Health in South Texas: A Symposium will be held on October 12, 2022, in the Diane Bennack Concert Hall in the Luella Bennack Music Center at the University of the Incarnate Word at 7 pm.

UIW Celebrates National Night Out


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.

Student-Run TV Station makes history with 15 award nominations


UIWtv had a record-breaking 15 nominations from the Lone Star Emmy® Educational Foundation for Student Production Awards. The student-run television station on the UIW Broadway campus strives to bring the campus community news, entertainment and sports from around the University.

Serving the Community


Service is one of UIW’s core values, and recently, students across campus came together to live out that value during UIW’s annual Meet the Mission event. This event, which is sponsored by Mission and Ministry, has allowed countless faculty, staff and students to serve the local San Antonio community since 2006.

Learning through Presentations


“I was proud to be part of a cosmopolitan organization that drew intelligent, driven people from across the world.” Those are the words Orion Jones, a senior Meteorology student, shared about the recent 41st AIAA/IEEE Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC) several UIW students and faculty attended. At the conference, held in Portsmouth, Virginia, the Autonomous Vehicle Systems (AVS) Research Lab submitted a variety of papers on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs).

Farhad’s Film Series


Farhad Moshiri, MLS, UIW’s media librarian, has been hosting Farhad’s Film Series each month for eight years. Farhad’s Film Series is a documentary/educational film screening program that runs throughout the academic year. In this Q&A, Farhad shares what he hopes people will learn from the series and more.

Blessing of the Animals


The UIW community celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with the annual Blessing of the Animals on Tuesday, Oct. 4. For many, the animals that live in their homes are not just “pets,” but are part of their family. The campus community was invited to bring pets or images/representations of their pets to the annual Blessing of the Animals event hosted by Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI.


UIW Students Step Up to Help Special Olympics Athletes


“Seeing students embrace diversity and inclusion strengthens my faith in a better tomorrow.” That’s the way Dr. Stephanie Grote-Garcia, professor of Teacher Education, sees the formation of the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) Special Olympic College Club. Grote-Garcia and Dr. Emily Dow are faculty co-advisors of the Club which is made up of UIW students and Special Olympic athletes.

UIW Graduate Named Clinical Teacher of the Year


Micah Hunter admits it has taken a little while to get used to her new job as a first-year teacher of fourth graders at Woodlawn Academy in the San Antonio Independent School District, but it hasn’t take her long to reach new heights. Earlier this year, the Texas Directors of Field Experience recognized Hunter as the 2021-2022 Texas Clinical Teacher of the Year.

Student Mentors Leading the Way


Starting college can be exciting. It’s a time to make new friends, go to new events and have new experiences. But it can also be nerve-wracking to live away from home for the first time. For some, it is a challenge to learn how to balance academics, a social life and their own health. According to Dr. Raúl Zendejas, UIW’s director of First-Year Engagement (FYE), this is where the FYE Office comes into play.

Reconnecting During SALVE Retreat


Each year in the fall semester, University Mission and Ministry offers a SALVE Retreat for UIW students. The weekend is designed to give participants an opportunity for inner reflection and welcome them to the UMM community. Located at a beautiful site in the Texas Hill Country, SALVE provides the ideal getaway to help retreatants pursue a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and, together with others, spread His joy to the world. SALVE is a Catholic-based retreat but is open to all Christian denominations.

Diversity in the Medical Field


What factors in general surgery residencies encourage women and minorities to apply to these programs? This is the question UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine learners Rachael Holtzman (second year), Deepti Akella (second year) and Jacqueline Danisi (fourth year) set out to research. They examined different factors that influence diverse applicants when applying to general surgery residency programs.

Serving Students


What sets the UIW Master of Athletic Training (MSAT) program apart? According to Dr. Reid Fisher, associate professor and program director in Athletic Training, the answer, is “service.” Service to the students. Fisher says he finds out where the student is in their journey and helps them take the next leap forward.

HEBSBA Students Network at Career Fair


According to Dr. Trish Driskill, associate professor of Accounting in the H-E-B School of Business and Administration (HEBSBA), their recent networking reception and career fair was “extremely successful.” During the event, hosted by HEBSBA and Career Services in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room, 164 HEBSBA students had the opportunity to meet with 65 companies.

UIW Research Center and Mexican Government Partner on Major Project


UIW is proud to announce that its Center for Medical Tourism Research (CMTR), under the guidance of CMTR Director Dr. David Vequist, will lead a year-long partnership to conduct a medical tourism training program through an agreement with the Mexican government’s Secretaría de Economia and Secretaría de Turismo.

The Importance of Voting: UIW Holds National Voter Registration Event


If you ask Abigail Velez, Miss San Antonio USA and a senior Communication Arts student at UIW, why exercising your right to vote is so important, she will passionately tell you about her childhood growing up in a marginalized community that did not have access to resources other zip codes might have had. As she grew older, she says she realized that this was caused by a lack of representation – the result, in part, of low voter turnout. Now, it is her mission as a public servant and in her role as Miss San Antonio USA to help those who need the most help learning to make their voices heard, particularly first-time voters.

Social Justice, Ethics, and Aesthetics: A Q&A with Dr. Javier Clavere, Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


UIW recently welcomed Dr. Javier Clavere as the new dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS). Dr. Clavere was born in Rosario, Argentina, and was invited to the United States on a full scholarship to attend Brigham Young University. His graduate studies followed at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. Most recently, he served as chairman of the Department of Music at Berea College in Kentucky.

Servicio (Serving) through Amigos en Medicina Clinic


Yesenia Anaya, a second-year learner at the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM), was one of the many students who participated in the third session of the Amigos en Medicina clinic on Saturday, Sept. 17. UIWSOM, along with the UIW School of Physical Therapy (SoPT), Ortho-SA and CHRISTUS Health, provide free hip and knee arthritis evaluations for Southside residents in San Antonio at each Amigos en Medicina clinic.

DSE Teacher Education Program Earns Accreditation


The University of the Incarnate Word Teacher Education program, housed in the Dreeben School of Education (DSE), has been awarded full seven-year accreditation status by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).

Annual Sr. Charles Marie Frank CCVI Endowed Lecture Set for Sept. 27


The UIW Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions will hold its annual Sr. Charles Marie Frank, CCVI Endowed Lecture at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. This year, guest speaker Athena Sherman, PhD, PHN, RN, CNE assistant professor at Emory University, will address deliver her lecture titled, LGBTQI+ and Health in Nursing: Creating Environmental and Curricular Change.

UIW Receives Major Grant for Cardiovascular Research


UIW has been awarded a nearly half million-dollar grant to the Feik School of Pharmacy for research on cardiovascular disease. The $469,428 grant will be disbursed over the course of four years and is funded through the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health via the Support for Research Excellence Program.

UIW Celebrates Latinx Heritage Month


UIW is a proud Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and is hosting several events to celebrate LHM, which runs from Sept. 15 - Oct. 15 annually. At the corner of Broadway and Hildebrand, though, the celebration began early in honor of National HSIs Week (Sept. 12-18).

Stories Worth Sharing


In the Spring 2022 semester, Dr. Deepti Kharod, assistant professor of Education in the Dreeben School of Education (DSE), along with students from UIW's chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), an international education honor society, participated in a unique book drive focused on cultural representation for students at Northside ISD's Dr. Martha Mead Elementary School. Because of this initiative, the UIW Alpha Kappa Omega (AKO) chapter, was recently awarded Kappa Delta Pi's 2022 Chapter Programming Award for Community Service.

Meet UIW’s Lead Catholic Chaplain, Fr. Hector Kalaluka, OMI


A new member of the UIW community, Fr. Hector Kalaluka, OMI now serves as UIW’s lead Catholic Chaplain, presiding at Mass, sacramental celebrations and other special events hosted by UIW’s Office of Mission and Ministry. At UIW, he also puts his love of teaching to use as a part-time professor of Environmental Theology and Ethics in the Religious Studies department. Below, Fr. Kalaluka shares a little about his background, his favorite Bible passage, and why he felt compelled to serve God and others at UIW.

Growth through Giving Back


“Being at the clinics, working hard every single day, feeling the adrenaline in my body, that was extremely awesome.” That is how Gustavo Herrera Garcia, a UIW Nutrition major, recalls the mission trip he and 41 other faculty, staff and students took to Oaxaca, Mexico, from Sept. 3-11. The group, made up of community members from the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions, the Feik School of Pharmacy, the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability, the Rosenberg School of Optometry (RSO), the School of Physical Therapy (SoPT), Community Health and Nutrition, traveled to Oaxaca to provide medical services to the city’s residents.

UIW Lands on National “Best Colleges” List


UIW is proud to announce that it has, once again, been ranked in several categories in the 2022-2023 Best Colleges list published by U.S. News and World Report. UIW ranked among the top 50 national universities promoting Social Mobility, coming in at No. 46 on the list and UIW was ranked No. 206 among national universities in the category of Undergraduate Nursing.

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. This marks the 14th year in a row that UIW has been recognized with this designation and the 13th year, also consecutively, that the University is named to the publication’s Honor Roll, which recognizes institutions who received top marks in multiple categories. Only 42 institutions nationwide made the Honor Roll.

UIW Launches First-Generation Speaker Series


The UIW Office of Student Success: Academic Support Services hosted the inaugural session of UIW’s new First-Generation Speaker Series, supported by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Accelerating Student Success Grant. Dr. Cynthia Mosqueda, faculty coordinator for the First Year Experience Program at El Camino College in Torrance, California, served as the featured speaker for the virtual event on Friday, Sept. 9.

UIW Holds Let’s Taco-Bout Mental Health Fair


UIW Behavioral Health Services hosted the second annual Let’s Taco-bout Mental Health fair on Thursday, Sept. 8. The event allowed more than 430 students, faculty and staff to take a moment to focus on their own mental health, have fun and enjoy tacos from the Mi Frijoles taco truck.

MBA Student Earns Scholarship from Honors Business Fraternity, Delta Mu Delta


Alicia Caballero is soon to be a UIW alumna twice over, having earned a bachelor’s degree in 2011 and currently in her final semester as an MBA student with the H-E-B School of Business and Administration. In the classroom, Caballero has stood out as a leader, being described as “a first-rate student and trusted leader in our academic community” by her former professor Dr. Trey Guinn, program director of Communication Arts in the School of Media and Design.

Assistant Professor in SMSE Receives Grant from National Science Foundation


Dr. Gonzalo Parra, assistant professor of Cyber Security Systems in the School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering, received $95,000 as part of a grant from the National Science Foundation for the project Collaborative Research: CISE-MSI: Active and Passive Internet Measurements for Inferring IoT Maliciousness at Scale, which focuses on cybersecurity. Parra is collaborating with UTSA and the San Diego State University Foundation (SDSU) on the project. The total grant provided the trio of Hispanic-Serving Institutions with $600,000.

UIW Welcomes New Senior Director of Development for Special Projects


UIW is pleased to announce that Dr. Brian Scislo has joined the UIW family as the new Senior Director of Development for Special Projects. Scislo brings a wealth of experience with 18 years in similar administrative positions, most recently at the University of Tulsa where he worked in several areas including Development, External Relations, Facilities and more.

UIW and TLU Sign MOUs to Establish Health Professions Pathway for TLU Graduates


UIW and Texas Lutheran University (TLU) announced they have entered into a series of memorandums of understanding (MOU) as part of UIW’s Health Professions Pathway. The MOUs pave the way for TLU students to further their education in four different areas of health professions by reserving interview slots for qualified students to have an opportunity to attend the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine, the Feik School of Pharmacy, the Rosenberg School of Optometry, and the UIW School of Physical Therapy.

St. Anthony Catholic High School Welcomes Auxiliary Bishop Gary Janak


On Thursday, Sept. 1, the St. Anthony Catholic High School (SACHS) community proudly welcomed Auxiliary Bishop Gary Janak to campus. In 2021, Pope Francis named Father Gary Janak as the new auxiliary bishop of San Antonio. This was Bishop Gary’s first time visiting SACHS, where he celebrated mass and spoke to students on patience, trusting God and having courage in life.

Meet Aidan Quinn, Senior Engineering Major


With my senior year before me, I can say that choosing to attend the University of the Incarnate Word has greatly impacted my life, and I have learned a lot these past three years. One of my main reasons for attending UIW is that it emphasizes its Catholic faith as the foundation of the school’s history. UIW has helped me grow deeper in my faith because the Catholic identity is prominent throughout campus and participation in church celebrations is encouraged.

Assistant Professor in HEBSBA Publishes Manuscript


Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems Dr. Yi Liu, in the UIW H-E-B School of Business and Administration, has published his manuscript “Connecting Perceived Effectiveness of App Evolution to App Engagement: A Technology Identity Perspective” in Information Technology and People (ITP). Liu worked with co-authors Dr. Xinlin Tang (Florida State University), Peigong Li (Shanghai Lixin University of Accounting and Finance), and Xuan Wang, (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) on the paper.


UIW Welcomes New Leader for Brainpower Connection


UIW is proud to welcome Patricia Ramirez as the new Director of Brainpower Connection Programs. Ramirez brings more than two decades of Catholic school experience after spending 25 years at St. Anthony Catholic School where she rose from teacher to principal at the historic elementary school.

Returning Home


Ambassador Dr. James F. Creagan, who served under nine U.S. Presidents in a diplomatic career that spanned three decades, returns to UIW for the Fall 2022 semester as Ambassador in Residence, professor of Political Science and fellow at the Liza and Jack Lewis Center of the Americas.

Welcome Week Highlights


As classes began at UIW on Monday, San Antonio had its first hint of the end-of-summer weather, with much-needed rain and slightly lower temperatures. But the change in weather did not dampen the spirits of the students, who are excited to be back on campus and enjoyed several events between classes.

UIWSoPT Professor Completes Anatomy Training Program


Dr. Debora Kaliski, associate professor in the UIW School of Physical Therapy, recently completed the Anatomy Training Program (ATP), a program co-sponsored by the American Association for Anatomy (AAA) and The Anatomical Society. Kaliski completed the two-year fellowship at the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM) and capped the program with a two-week residency at the University of Cambridge in England.

UIW ABSN Graduates Honored at Pinning Ceremony


The UIW Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions honored its Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) August graduates at a pinning ceremony in Our Lady’s Chapel on Saturday, Aug. 20. The pinning ceremony celebrates nursing graduates and recognizes their entry into the profession of nursing.

2022 Startup Challenge


The UIW H-E-B School of Business and Administration (HEBSBA) is excited to announce the 2022 Startup Challenge and Business Opportunity Assessment Certificate, sponsored by The Beckendorf Family Center for Innovation and Global Entrepreneurship. The challenge is open to all UIW students – both undergraduate and graduate – regardless of major or program of study, as well as some faculty and staff. Registration is now open and closes on Sept. 9.

UIW Professor Receives Lifetime Achievement Award


The UIW Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions is pleased to announce that Professor Michael D. Moon PhD, MSN, RN, CNS-CC, CEN, FAEN will be the recipient of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Lifetime Achievement Award.

UIW partners with Hiring Our Heroes to Give Back to Military Community


UIW’s Military and Veteran Center and Career Services partnered with Hiring Our Heroes to host a career summit Aug. 3-4 in the UIW McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. More than 680 members of the San Antonio military community participated in this event. St. Anthony Catholic High School and UIW’s Student Veteran of America chapter provided student volunteer support.

Newest Cardinal Families Welcomed During Move-In Days


UIW welcomed new students to campus on Thursday during first-year student move-in. During the day, we met several students and their families. See why these new Cardinals are excited to arrive at the Nest, and learn why their families are happy their student found the right school for them.

UIW Welcomes Newest Students at 2022 Pinning Ceremony


Each year, new students coming into the University of the Incarnate Word are invited to a special event called Pinning Ceremony. The ceremony commemorates the start of students’ college careers and officially welcomes them as part of the UIW family.

Feik School of Pharmacy Celebrates White Coat Ceremony


The UIW Feik School of Pharmacy (FSOP) held its annual White Coat Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 12 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. 700 attendees, including students, families, UIW administrators, and FSOP alumni, faculty, staff and special guests celebrated the Class of 2026.

Alumna’s “Opera Cat” Goes Viral


When people think of opera, their minds typically turn to stunning costumes, gorgeous performance halls, and … cats? Well, they do now, after a UIW alumna went viral on TikTok for the sweet operatic vocals of her cat, Max.

Dreeben Faculty Member, Students to be Published by Springer Publishing


Dr. Lisa Brown, assistant professor in Adult Education in the UIW Dreeben School of Education, along with Organizational Leadership and Evaluation Ph.D. candidates Pam McCray and Jeff Neal, recently presented at the Learning Ideas Conference held at Columbia University Teacher’s College. Their article, “Creating Affective Collaborative Adult Teams and Groups Guided by Spiral Dynamic Theory,” will be published as a book/eBook in the Springer Publishing series "Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems."

University Collective: A Fond Farewell


Every UIW employee, whether beloved faculty or dedicated staff, leaves their mark on the University and makes a lasting impact on students. This year, the University bid farewell to esteemed members of the community who began a new chapter in their lives – retirement. The UIW family thanks each and every one of these individuals for their years of service to bettering the lives of students and for the many contributions they made to the University.

Moment of Reflection: Reflections of a Servant Leader


As a child, you never realize how important being safe and loved by your parents and family shapes your outlook on life and the choices you make in your vocation. I was blessed to have grown up with loving parents, seven brothers and one sister, and many extended family members including both my paternal grandmother, Petra Cordoba-Aranda, and my maternal grandmother, Barbarita Gonzalez-Ramos, both of whom were born in Mexico.

Healthcare: A Global Solution


UIW’s Center for Medical Tourism Research (CMTR), part of the Liza and Jack Lewis Center of the Americas, has been at the forefront of research in the medical tourism industry for more than a decade.

Catching up with Miss Fiesta


Read a Q&A with Miss Fiesta San Antonio 2020-2022 Calista Burns as she explains her connection to UIW and The Brainpower Connection, accomplishments despite a pandemic, aspiring role models and career in education.


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 - Scott Beckendorf


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.