The Word E-News Archive

 dr. glenn james ccvi spirit award

On Wednesday, March 25, Dr. Lou Agnese (left), president of UIW, presented Dr. Glenn James (right), associate provost, the prestigious honor of the 2015 CCVI Spirit Award. 



Our Lady's Chapel Services

All are welcome. 

  • Noon Mass, Monday – Friday
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. & 8 p.m.
  • Liturgy of the Hours evening prayer at 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation - 11:30 a.m. Fridays or by appointment with Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T. (210) 829-3131 or

 joh johnston student ccvi spirit award

The University Mission and Ministry awarded its 2015 Student CCVI Spirit Award on Wednesday, March 25. Pictured above from left to right is Dr. Lou Agnese, Jon Johnston, the student CCVI award recipient, and Dr. Chris Edelman, assistant professor of philosophy.

Stations of the Cross
Each Station of the Cross is represented by student and social justice groups from the San Antonio Archdiocese. 15 topic of social justice are presented at each station as a representation of the issues that still affect our world today. UIW, as a part of the San Antonio Intercollegiate Networking Team (SAINT) is this year's host. All are welcome to join us as we walk the Stations of the Cross through the main campus on Friday, March 27 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. beginning at Dubuis Lawn. A simple Lenten meal will be served at the end of the event. For more information, visit or contact Beth Villarreal at (210) 829-2736 or

Easter Triduum
The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday in Our Lady's Chapel. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ's Paschal Mystery.

The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil.

The liturgical services that take place during Triduum are:

  • Mass of the Lord's Supper: Thursday, April 2, 5:30 p.m.
  • Good Friday of the Lord's Passion: Friday, April 3, 5:30 p.m.
  • Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord: Saturday, April 4, 8 p.m.
  • Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 5, 10:30 a.m.*

*The only mass on Sunday, April 5 is at 10:30 a.m.; there will be no 8 p.m. mass on Easter Sunday. The final 8 p.m. mass of the semester is Sunday, May 3.

For more information contact University Mission & Ministry at (210) 829-3128 or


Lenten Reflection
Towards the end of his ministry of teaching Jesus prepares himself to journey into Jerusalem to face suffering, death, and resurrection.  We join him in this journey through the liturgy of Holy Week, and he accompanies us in our journey through life.






The 38th Annual Swing-In Auction Party & Golf Tournament
The 38th Annual Swing-In Auction Party "Throwback to the 80s" is set for Thursday, April 30 in the McCombs Center Sky Room.  The golf tournament will take place on Friday, May 1 at The Republic Golf Course. Proceeds benefit UIW student scholarships. For details and to register visit or call (210) 829-6013. Buy your raffle tickets today for the opportunity to win luxury prizes by calling (210) 829-6013 or emailing To purchase raffle tickets online, click here.
Volunteers are needed for the event. Students (21 years of age or older), faculty, staff & alumni are encouraged to participate. The volunteer request form can be found at You can also contact Kayla Rice at for more information.


2015 Corporate Cup
UIW will host the citywide San Antonio Sports Corporate Cup on Saturday, May 30 from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the UIW Athletic Complex. Companies from all over San Antonio will compete in field day type activities for points and prizes. UIW is in the large company category against groups such as H-E-B, USAA, Rackspace and more. This year there is an online registration form to be a part of TEAM UIW. Visit to select which activities you would be interested in participating or sign-up to volunteer during tailgate. You will be notified which activities you will be competing in closer to the event by the Team UIW Corporate Cup Committee, as there are limited spots for each. Each UIW employee who participates will receive a free t-shirt! Families are encouraged to attend and support but are not eligible to participate EXCEPT for a 2k Healthy Walk. For more information on the sports and the event as a whole visit


2015 uiw fiesta medals

The 2015 Cutting EdgeTM Fiesta® Fashion Show
The 2015 Cutting Edge™ Fiesta® Fashion Show will be held Tuesday, April 14. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the fashion show starts at 7 p.m. at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts (100 Auditorium Circle San Antonio, TX 78205). Tickets from $25 – $125 For tickets call (210) 223-8624 or visit Our 2015 Cutting EdgeTM Fiesta Medals are currently available for purchase. They are $5 and can be purchased at the Fiesta Commission Store (2611 Broadway St., San Antonio, TX 78215) or the UIW Fashion Department Office in the Joyce Building. The medal will also be available for purchase the evening of the Cutting EdgeTM Fiesta Fashion Show. For more information on the medals, contact the UIW Fashion Department at (210) 832-3219.


incarnate word day golf cart judges


As part of Incarnate Word Day on Wednesday, March 25, UIW hosted a Golf Cart Parade of Values. Pictured above from left to right are judges Kayla Rice, PR special events coordinator, and Itza Casanova, administrative assistant to the provost, with Paulina Mazurek, assistant director of the student center. Not pictured above is the third judge of the golf cart parade, Dr. Chris Leeth, assistant director of counseling.


Women Narrating Themselves
As part of Women's History Month, Ivonne Ayala, Kelly Holguin and Leah Gomez will share their creative autobiographies as they reflect on the most important events, people, and influences in their lives on Monday, March 30 from 3 – 4 p.m. in the Nursing Building, Room 142. We conceive of our identities and sense of self in the form of narratives, and the three presenters will weave their stories through the lens of gender. These projects originated in the Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies course (Engl 2340), and Dr. Tanja Stampfl will facilitate the reading and discussion. For more information on this event, contact Dr. Tanja Stampfl at (210) 829-3885 or

Festival of Colors
Join International Affairs and Campus Life in a celebration of Holi and the diversity of UIW on Tuesday, March 31 from 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Dubuis Lawn. The event will include a food truck, vendors, cultural activities & games and live musical and dance performances from Latin and South America, Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, Africa, East Asia and more. For more information, contact Sheena Connell at (210) 805-5705 or


UIW Tech Fair
The 2015 UIW Tech Fair will take place Wednesday, April 1 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Marian Ballroom. Now, in its fifth year, the UIW Tech Fair is a showcase of educational technology, demonstrating how our students, faculty and staff are integrating technology into teaching and learning. Stop by and see the latest in educational technology, listen to informative presentations, enjoy some lunch, and pick up some free goodies. Door prizes will be given away. For more information on this event, contact Ana Gonzalez at (210) 832-3937 or and visit


Department News


kuiw anniversary

KUIW Radio turned 10 years old on Monday, March 23. To celebrate, KUIW alumni returned to UIW to speak to current KUIW students and faculty. Pictured above is Hank McDonnell, senior instructor of communication arts, presenting an anniversary t-shirt to UIW alumna Samantha Najeda. Najeda is now owner of her own media company, Heartfire Media

kathi light

Dr. Kathi Light (left), UIW provost, examines the artistry of a mask at an introductory Where Rivers Meet reception. A series of workshops, demonstrations, art exhibits, and a symposium will lead to performances of Where Rivers Meet, in November 2015.


Where Rivers Meet: Writer's Workshop
The UIW Music Department & CHASS present Architectures of Poetry and Time: A Three-Day Writer's Workshop from March 27 – 29. Learn to use traditional Japanese poetic forms to write new English-language creative works. This workshop will be led by David Crandall, former professional of the Hosho School of Noh Theater and will culminate in the opening of an exhibit of noh-related items at the Central Branch of the San Antonio Public Library. The workshop and exhibit are part of "Where Rivers Meet," an education and performance project supported by UIW, Theatre Nohgaku, and St. Luke's Episcopal Church & School. Cost to attend is: $150 for general admission, $75 with student-ID, $20 for UIW students, faculty and staff. For more information on this event, contact Dr. Kevin Salfen at (210) 829-3849 or

Honors Symposium
The Honors Symposium is one of the signature events of the UIW Honors Program. It will be held on Saturday, March 28 from 8:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Mabee Library Auditorium. This is a showcase of the in-depth creative and research projects that the students have completed over a period of 18-24 months. The program includes 14 honors students and features remarks by two honors alumni. Research studies, videos, painting and singing presentations will represent a variety of disciplines. For a detailed program and more information, contact Jean Loden at

Graduate and Doctoral Information Night
The UIW School of Graduate Studies invites prospective students to attend an information night from 6:30 – 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7 in the ICC Auditorium. The school will be showcasing UIW's graduate and doctoral degrees in a number of competitive disciplines. For more information visit UIW's Graduate Admissions website at or contact Johnny Garcia at (210) 805-3554 or Please RSVP online at

Department of Music Recitals
The UIW Department of Music is holding Nathan I Munoz's senior recital on Tuesday, April 7 from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. in Seddon Recital Hall as well as Joseph D. Flores's junior recital on Friday, April 10 from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 26 from 3 – 4 p.m. in Seddon Recital Hall. For more information on this special event, contact the UIW Department of Music at (210) 829-3855 or

Graduate Writing Institute – Concluding Workshop
The Graduate Writing Institute (GWI) is providing graduate students with a workshop on Saturday, April 11 from 9 – 11 a.m. in Nursing Building 214 designed to provide graduate students at UIW with an in-depth and personalized approach to the development of professional and academic writing skills. For more information, contact Jessica Mesa at (210) 832-5628.

Feik School of Pharmacy Competitive Intramural Scientific Research Awards
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015-16 Feik School of Pharmacy (FSOP) Competitive Intramural Scientific Research Awards competition.  The purpose of the FSOP Research Awards competition is to encourage the individual and collaborative scientific/biomedical research efforts of UIW faculty.  This award is intended to assist researchers in producing pilot data, which will enable the investigator(s) to submit for external funding competitions sponsored by the National Institute of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), or private foundations.  The award is made for the Fall and Spring semesters.  All applications must be submitted electronically to Rebecca Ohnemus in the Office of Research Development (ORD) by Monday, April 20. For application forms and guidelines, visit the ORD's Internal Funding webpage.


Extended Academic Programs


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EAP Director Presents at Southwest Decision Sciences Institute
David Stein, EAP director of accreditation and assessment, presented a paper this past week at the Southwest Decision Sciences Institute.  The paper was entitled Understanding Rates of Retention of Nontraditional, Undergraduate Students:  Leveraging Transcript Data to Inform both Strategy and Tactics.  He provided an overview of UIW and the programs offered in the EAP as well as our initial study of EAP rates of student retention.  He also concluded with an explanation of how our enrollment management strategies and tactics have been guided by the study findings.  These included a general focus on newly recruited students, related staffing changes, and enhancements to our new student orientation programs.

UIW ADCaP & UIW Online Information Session
UIW ADCaP and UIW Online will hold a Summer Information Session on Thursday, April 9 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Republic Golf Club located at 4226 SE Military Dr. 78222. During the session, you can have your transcripts evaluated, discuss financial aid options, meet with a professor, and receive application assistance from Admission Counselors. Door prizes and light refreshments will be provided. To R.S.V.P. call (210) 757-0202 or email Visit for more details.




Cardinal Spotlight


UIW Baseball & Softball Season

The UIW Athletics Department invites the community to enjoy men's baseball and women's softball.  Games for March are listed below.


Men's Baseball for the Week:

March 27: Men's Baseball vs. Houston Baptist, Sullivan Field, 6:30 p.m.
March 28: Men's Baseball vs. Houston Baptist, Sullivan Field, 3 p.m.
March 29: Men's Baseball vs. Houston Baptist, Sullivan Field, 1 p.m.
March 31: Men's Baseball at UT Pan Am, 2 p.m.
April 2: Men's Baseball at Nicholls, 6 p.m.
April 3: Men's Baseball at Nicholls, 6 p.m.


Women's Softball for the Week:

March 27: Women's Softball at Houston Baptist, 2 p.m.
March 28: Women's Softball at Houston Baptist, 12 p.m.
March 31: Women's Softball vs. Texas Southern University, Cardinals Field, 4 p.m.
April 1: Women's Softball at Texas State, 6 p.m.
April 3: Women's Softball vs. Abilene Christian, Cardinals Field, 4 p.m.

Admission to home games is $10. For more information, please contact Kevin Lepore at (210) 805-3000 or

National Athletic Training Month
March is National Athletic Training Month. UIW is staffed with ten Board Certified Athletic Trainers who are medical professionals that evaluate athletic injuries incurred by UIW athletes, deliver emergency and acute care, develop and administer therapy and rehabilitation protocols, direct the return to play protocols for our athletes, liaise with our team physicians and educate our Athletic Training curriculum students. Please help these dedicated men and women celebrate this special month of recognition. Have you hugged your Athletic Trainer today?


Community News


Administrative Building Elevator Outage
Please be advised that the elevator in the Administrative Building will be out of service until further notice. Any employee needing an accommodation due to medical reasons should contact Caryn Geller, assistant director of human resources, at (210) 829-6085. If you know a UIW student that cannot gain access to your classroom, service, or activity in the Administration Building during this time, please contact Student Disability Services at (210) 829-3997. Thank you for your patience.

Women's Global Connection Announcement

Women's Global Connection (WGC) is available to talk to classes or UIW groups on topics related to global citizenry, cross-cultural competencies, and women's empowerment.  The mission of this non-profit organization is to promote the learning and leadership of women and girls in the least advantaged regions and countries.  The WGC is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and works closely with UIW.  WGC currently is offering three part-time, one-year student internships with stipends: a WGC Board internship for undergraduates, plus a WGC Future Leaders of San Antonio internship and a WGC Communications internship for graduate or undergraduate students.  For more information, please contact Ada Gonzalez, 828-2224, ext. 297 or

The Dreeben School of Education Adult Education Program, the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership, and C.A.R.E., proudly invite the UIW community to attend the viewing of the film Maestra in honor of Women's History Month on Friday, March 27 at 5 p.m. in the Mabee Library Auditorium. This film explores the experiences of nine of the young women who helped eradicate Cuban illiteracy within one year. A brief panel discussion will take place at both viewings scheduled. Refreshments will be provided and door prizes will be given away. For more information, contact Dr. Sharon Herbers at (210) 805-3073 or

Redbird Research On Call
Librarians will be visiting campus buildings to assist students and faculty with their research using library resources. Need some help? Look for Redbird Research on Call at the following times and locations:

  • Thursday, April 16, Bonilla Science Hall, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Christina Seeger)

For more information, please contact Melissa Torres at (210) 829-6098 or at

Discover Primo
The Mabee Library will present instruction on how to use the library's new online catalog and how to locate library resources on Tuesday, March 31 from 3 – 4 p.m. in Library Room 230. For more information, please contact Melissa Torres at (210) 829-6098 or

40 Cans for Lent Food Drive
The UIW Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program is taking part in the 40 Cans for Lent Food Drive through April 5. The food drive is a part of the UIW MHA's spring semester community service project. The project benefits the San Antonio community as well as those hungry in our archdiocese. Collection bins are located all around campus. For more information, please contact UIW student Camille Betito at (210) 226-6178 or

Benefits & Salaries: Realistic Expectations
UIW students have the opportunity to learn how to research salaries, evaluate a benefits package and what kinds of things they'll need to consider when discussing compensation at a workshop provided by Career Services on Wednesday, April 8 at 1:30 p.m. in the Mabee Library Auditorium. For more information on this workshop, contact Career Services at (210) 829-3931.

Resume Essentials
This student workshop on Thursday, April 9 at 12 p.m. in the Mabee Library Auditorium covers everything one needs to know to create a knockout resume. Experts in human resourcing and recruiting fields show students how to get noticed. For more information on this workshop, contact Career Services at (210) 829-3931.

El Quinto Dragón
Join us in welcoming author Paulina Aguilar Gutiérrez ('06, communication arts) in a discussion about her award-winning novel, El Quinto Dragón on Thursday, April 9 from 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. For more information, contact Amalia Mondriguez at (210) 829-3894 or

National Library Week: The Boy Made of Lightning
Join us in welcoming author Barbara Renaud, artist Deborah Kuetzpalin Vasquez and Convergent Media Professor Dr. Joey Lopez for a panel discussion of the writing, illustration and creation of the iBook, The Boy Made of Lightning on Tuesday, April 14 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Mabee Library Auditorium. Narrated by Congressman Joaquin Castro, the book, tells the story of San Antonio native, Willie Velasquez who founded the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project in 1974. In 1995, Mr. Velasquez was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton. The Boy Made of Lightning is an interactive book, containing original artwork, music, pop-up video windows, translations and sound effects.

Mabee Library is hosting this event in recognition of National Library Week (April 12-18, 2015). Light refreshments will be served after the event. For more information, contact Melissa Torres at (210) 829-6098 or

The Mabee Library Presents... Farhad's Film Series
The Mabee Library presents American Winter on Wednesday, April 15 from 2 – 4 p.m. in the Mabee Library, Room 221. The film follows the personal stories of families struggling in the aftermath of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Filmed over the course of one winter in Portland, Oregon, the film presents and intimate snapshot of the state of the nation's economy as it is playing out in millions of American families, and highlights the human consequences of the decline of the middle class and the fracturing of the American Dream. For more information, please contact Farhad Moshiri at (210) 829-3842 or

Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership Survey
Through April 16, a random sample of undergraduate UIW students will be participating in the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL). The MSL provides insights on the leadership development and learning needs of college students. This survey will help UIW faculty and administrators measure how we are doing compared to peer institutions and understand how experiences in and out of the classroom impact student capacities for socially responsible leadership. Students who complete and submit surveys will entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of four $250 Visa gift cards from UIW and one gift card from MSL for either $500, $250, or $100! Please remind your students to check their Cardinal mail to see if they've been selected to participate. For more information about this project, contact Dr. Barbara Aranda-Naranjo, Associate Provost for Civic Engagement, at (210) 829-2764 or




employee wellness walking group

Rosalinda Villarreal (right), secretary to the dean of the school of pharmacy, walks with weights on a treadmill with UIW Graduate Assistant Nellyvette Gonzalez (left). Gonzalez leads an employee walking group on campus to promote overall wellness. For information on this group, contact Nellyvette Gonzalez at


Health Tip
Less is more: Sauces, gravies, and dressings tend to be high in fat and sodium. Watch out for foods prepared with a lot of oil, butter, or topped with heavy condiments, such as mayonnaise. You don't have to do away with sauces and condiments all together; just use less.


Employee Wellness on Facebook        
The mission of the UIW Employee Wellness Committee is “To promote health of spirit, mind and body across the UIW community, and nurture new models of and leaders in health and wellness.” Check us out on Facebook and like our page at



Faculty Focus


employee picnic double-header

On Friday, March 20, Human Resources held an employee picnic at Cardinals Field in celebration of a double-header game being played that day. Pictured above from left to right is Chrissie Young, theatre arts department secretary, Gladys Delgado, office manager of alumni relations, Steve Hemphill, assistant director of alumni relations, Dr. Lisa McNary, director of alumni relations, and Cindy Escamilla, UIW general counsel, enjoying the softball games and wonderful food provided by Sodexo. 


dubuis lawn incarnate word day lunch

Pictured above from left to right is Fr. James Adame, Trinitarian transition deacon, Dr. Keith Tucker, director of counseling, three UIW students, Itsa Casanova, administrative assistant to the provost, Dr. Glenn James, associate provost at UIW, Pat James, Dr. James's wife, Sr. Walter Maher, vice president of mission & ministry, a UIW student, David Allwein, assistant director of student health services, and Fr. Tom Dymowski, the university chaplain, enjoying lunch on Dubuis Lawn as part of the Incarnate Word Day festivities on Wednesday, March 25.


Faculty Forum
All full-time faculty are invited to discuss the proposed changes to the Faculty Handbook which involve the addition of a College/School Rank and Tenure Committee to each school/college, and the a specific process for including these committees into third year review and the promotion and tenure process for full-time faculty on Monday, March 30 from 12 – 1 p.m. (formerly March 16) in the Mabee Library Auditorium. A proposed change to the Faculty Senate Bylaws, adding a process for promotion to Senior Instructor, will also be discussed. There will be a short presentation and a question and answer period. For more information, contact Dr. Maria Felix-Ortiz at (210) 364-9023 or

Student Response Groups: Students Helping Students Write Better
Feedback helps any writer improve, but not all feedback needs to come from an instructor. When used well, various types of student response groups can increase the amount of useful feedback students get on their writing. Participants will learn the most helpful kinds of peer feedback, practical strategies for implementing response groups, and pitfalls to avoid. First five faculty participants teaching undergraduate level courses will receive a Title V stipend of $100.00

Presenters: Amanda Johnston (WLC) and Susan Hall (CTL) on Tuesday, March 31 (12 – 1 p.m. with lunch) or Wednesday, April 1 (8 – 9 a.m. with breakfast) in AD 212. For more information, please contact Kathy Allwein at (210) 283-6359 or


Blackboard User's Group Meeting - Fun and Games with Blackboard
Join James Umphres for an informative session outlining options for “gamifying” a Blackboard course shell on Friday, April 10 from 12 – 1 p.m. in Gorman Building 212. Concepts include releasable content, extra credit assignments, and other options to ensure students stay motivated and engaged. To register for this course please contact Terry Peak by email at, or call (210) 829-3920. Lunch will be served at this session.


2015-16 Internal Faculty Research Awards
Applications are being accepted for the 2015-16 Internal Faculty Research Award competition.  Awards include financial support, graduate assistantships, and workload release. 

  • The Faculty Workload Reassignment Award provides full-time faculty the opportunity to seek reassignment of workload responsibilities (25% time) in support of individual research and scholarship objectives relevant to their personal growth or to pursue special projects relevant to their departments or college/schools.  Awards are granted for either the Fall or Spring semester. 
  • The Faculty Endowment Research Award provides limited support for new and ongoing faculty research projects.  Applications may propose budgets for supplies, books, equipment, travel related to research, and other expenses ($3,000 award maximum). 
  • The Faculty Graduate Research Assistantship Award provides faculty with research assistance for their scholarly endeavors leading to publication and provides institutional financial support to graduate students within the context of a mentored research experience.  The award is made for the Fall and Spring semesters. 

All applications must be submitted electronically to Rebecca Ohnemus in the Office of Research Development (ORD) by Monday, April 13 at noon. For application forms and guidelines, visit the ORD's Internal Funding webpage. 


High Schools


iwhs ccvi spirit award

On Wednesday, March 25, Incarnate Word High School (IWHS) awarded the 2015 Student and Faculty CCVI Spirit Awards. Pictured above from left to right is the student award recipient Celestina Hernandez with BJ Nelsen, IWHS principal, and Br. Francis Snider, IWHS math instructor and the faculty award recipient.


Incarnate Word High School Casino Night
Join Incarnate Word High School for Casino Night from 6:30 – 11 p.m., Friday, April 10 in the Rosenberg Sky Room.  This fun-filled evening includes dinner, casino gaming and a fabulous silent auction. Pre-sale tickets are only $60 ($75 at the door). Sponsorship opportunities are available. Call (210) 832-2143 for reservations or for more information. Proceeds benefit the IWHS Student Scholarship Fund.

sachs fiesta medal

St. Anthony Catholic High School is selling 2015 Fiesta Medals on campus for $7. For more information, contact St. Anthony Catholic High School at (210) 832-5600.

iwhs fiesta medal
Incarnate Word High School is selling 2015 Fiesta Medals. Medals are available for $10 each in the front office, Spirit Shoppe and advancement office. Proceeds benefit Alumnae Scholarships. Veronica Jarazabek (class of 2015) designed this medal. For more information about purchasing this medal, contact IWHS at (210) 829-3102.


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National Weather Service SKYWARN Spotter Training
The Austin-San Antonio National Weather Service Office offers Skywarn severe weather training throughout year. Most Skywarn trainings are conducted in the spring to coincide with severe weather season and allow citizens, first responders, emergency management, amateur radio operators, and volunteer organizations the opportunity to learn about severe weather preparedness and safety. Scheduled trainings are free and open to the general public. There is no pre-registration unless specifically noted on the schedule or link. This semester's training is on Saturday, March 28 from 8 – 11:30 a.m. in the Bonilla Science Hall, Room 129.

After training is complete, usually 1.5 hours for the BASIC training, you will be an official weather spotter for the National Weather Service. Real time reports to our office can save lives and property. Post storm reports can help us find severe weather damage, tornado tracks, and verify severe weather warnings. For more information, contact Jose Lerma at (210) 884-5261 or


Our sympathies and prayers go to:

  • Jacob (St. Anthony Catholic HS '89) and Merilee (BSN '98, BA & BBA '09) Colunga & family on the recent loss of his father, Enemencio Colunga.
  • B. C. McDonald & family on the loss of his wife, Doris Grace McDonald (BA '84).
  • The family of Teresita Jacinto-Oliva (BA '68) on her recent death.
  • Allen Swize & family on the recent loss of his wife, Betty Lou Lidamore Swize (Former IWHS Faculty).


The University of the Incarnate Word provides reasonable accommodation with adequate notice. To request disability accommodation for events listed in this newsletter, visit