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Unsung Hero of UIW

2016 unsung heroes of uiw gino segovia


Meet UIW Convergent Media Specialist Gino Segovia. Gino was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. After high school, Gino moved and lived in Washington until moving back to Corpus Christi to pursue a degree in communications with an emphasis in media. In 2004, Gino moved to San Antonio to pursue an additional bachelor's degree at UIW. While pursuing this degree, Gino became a work study in the Instructional Technology department and was soon hired full time to fill the AV Tech role in 2005. In 2009, Gino became UIW's Convergent Media Specialist.

His first real love is music. Currently, Gino is writing music and perfecting his guitar skills in the hopes of performing live in the future.

He said that a rewarding part of working at UIW is that it is a home for both employees and students. A highlight of his job is working with the student work studies. Gino loves teaching and learning from his students as well as watching them grow into their career.

Growing up, Gino was raised by his mother, grandmother and aunts who taught him the value of hard work and dedication. It was the impression of these strong women that propelled him to never give up or settle for mediocrity. Gino works to make a difference in his community though his work and his music.

If you see Gino on campus, be sure to stop by and say hello, and help us thank him for all he does for UIW.

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Our Lady's Chapel Services

All are welcome. 

  • Noon Mass, Monday – Friday
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.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

Jubilee Year of Mercy
A merciful heart moves beyond its comfort zone. For a reflection on some of Pope Francis's remarks at the World Youth Conference, see:

A Special Message from the Vice President for Mission and Ministry: Sr. Walter Maher, CCVI
Southside ISD is collecting stuffed backpacks to give their students when school begins in a couple of months. Their district lacks enormous resources. Out of all the school districts in San Antonio, Southside ISD is the only school district that does not have a major grocery store like H-E-B. They are asking for our help. They are asking for backpacks stuffed with pairs of jeans, tennis shoes, toiletries and healthy snacks. All donations can be dropped off in the Office of Mission and Ministry. For more info, contact the Office of Mission and Ministry at (210) 829-3128.

UIW Welcome Mass
The UIW Welcome Mass is a beautiful Mass welcoming all of our newest Cardinals to the UIW community. Two Masses will be made available on Sunday, Aug. 21. The first Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. The second Mass will be in the Administration Building in Our Lady's Chapel at 10:45 a.m. to accommodate the overflow of persons. Mass will be followed by a free barbecue on Dubuis Lawn to welcome all of our new students and their families. For more info, contact Brenda Dimas at (210) 829-3128 or

Mass of the Holy Spirit
Join the UIW community for the Mass of the Holy Spirit at 12 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, in Our Lady's Chapel. In keeping with a long tradition dating from the founding of the great European universities in the Middle Ages, UIW celebrates the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the start of each academic year. During the liturgy we ask for the inspiration, guidance, and presence of God's Spirit on all of our campus activities. This festive event gathers the entire university community together to rededicate ourselves to UIW's mission, to renew friendships, and to welcome new members. For more info, contact Fr. Tom Dymowski at (210) 829-3131 or or Brenda Dimas at (210) 829-3128 or


UIW Bookstore Clearance Event
The UIW Bookstore is holding a special clearance event through Saturday, Aug. 27. An additional 25% discount will be applied to all clearance merchandise. For more info, contact the UIW Bookstore at (210) 829-6056 or

2016 mozart festival

Mozart Festival Texas
The Mozart Festival Texas is San Antonio's premier summer classical music event. Held through Aug. 6 in the new state-of-the-art Concert Hall at UIW, Mozart Festival Texas features chamber music and orchestral concerts performed by nationally and internationally recognized artists. For tickets and info, please telephone the UIW Music Department at (210) 829-3852. Tickets can also be purchased online at this link.

Employee Ice Cream Social
The Office of Human Resources is hosting an Employee Ice Cream Social from 2 – 3 p.m., Friday, Aug. 5, in the Marian Hall at ICC dining hall. Enjoy a bowl of cold refreshing ice cream, mingle with coworkers, and enter for a chance to win one of our many door prizes. Don't forget to wear your best Hawaiian outfit and enter the best dressed contest. For more info, contact Heather Hamilton at (210) 832-2104 or

Walking Meditation for Peace
Join the UIW community for Walking Meditation for Peace at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 5, at the Denman Estate (7735 Mockingbird Lane, 78229). This walk for peace is on the eve of the anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Quietly, compassionately circle and know that we are part of one human family circling the earth. Our hearts long for inner and for outer peace. Those who wish are welcome to come early and bring a picnic to enjoy the lovely park with pond and Korean Pavilion given to San Antonio by our sister-city Gwangju, South Korea. Co-sponsors: UIW Interfaith, INC; Ettling Center for Civic Leadership; and Liturgical Outreach. This gathering is part of the observances. For more info, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, at (210) 883-5934 or

First-Time Freshman Orientation
Help us welcome new Cardinals to the nest. UIW's one-day orientation program is designed to prepare admitted students to be successful at UIW. Students and families will have the opportunity to participate in sessions which will familiarize them with the UIW campus and prepare them for classes. The program includes a welcome from Dr. Lou Agnese, sessions from academic deans, advising, Cardinal organization fair and other informative events. Orientation is required for first-time freshmen and will take place from approximately 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 10, and Wednesday, Aug. 17, in the Concert Hall. For more info, contact Rochelle Ramirez at (210) 805-3069 or

Photo Database Update – All Employees Welcome
In an effort to keep the employee photo database up-to-date, new administrators, faculty members and staff who would like a new photo for the Office of Communications and Marketing database are asked to stop by the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room on Thursday, Aug. 18 during the Full-time Faculty Opening Workshop and Luncheon. A professional photographer will be on hand to take your headshot. These photos will be available to you if you need to submit a headshot for a publication, and they will be used by each department for their own purposes. No appointments are necessary; the photographer will be available from 12 – 3 p.m. only. 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. will be designated for Executive Council photos only. For more information, contact Brance Arnold at (210) 829-6001 or


2016 new student engagement center beam raising

UIW Student Engagement Center Beam Raising
Join us at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 23, in the circle in front of Dubuis Hall to celebrate reaching the highest point of construction of the Student Engagement Center. Guests are invited to sign the beam that will be raised in honor of this construction milestone. Please RSVP at this link. For info, contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at (210) 829-6001.


2016 dr. arcelia johnson fannin farewell party


Department News

2016 academic deans on the go to som

UIW Provost Dr. Kathi Light hosted a meeting of the academic deans at the School of Osteopathic Medicine at Brooks City Base on Tuesday, Aug. 2. Pictured above are the academic deans and Dr. Kathi Light in front of the Administration Building prior to departure.

Lynda Cavazos Dissertation Defense
Lynda Cavazos will host a public defense of her PhD dissertation at 1 p.m., Friday, Aug. 5, in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. The chair of Lynda's dissertation committee is Dr. Mary Ruth Moore. The title of her dissertation is "A Basic Interpretative Study of Educators in the Childcare Profession: Collegiality as a Base of Job Satisfaction." The event is free and open to the public. For more info, contact Duncan Hayse at (210) 829-2758 or

Thirsty Thursday at Blue Box
The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations will be hosting Thirsty Thursday at Blue Box (312 Pearl Parkway, 78215) from 6 – 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 11. Come out and enjoy delicious appetizers and drink specials. For more info, contact Mercedes Moreno at (210) 805-3595 or

Night at the Missions Game
Join the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at the Missions ballgame at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13.  Get your tickets today and join us to cheer on the San Antonio Missions. For tickets please visit Tickets are only $15 each and include a meal voucher for a hotdog, chips and a drink. For details, call the Office of Alumni Relations at (210) 805-3595.

New Graduate Student and Family Orientation
Join the UIW community for the New Graduate Student and Family Orientation from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, in the Concert Hall. The orientation provides both the student and family a sense of belonging to the UIW community. The orientation has three tracks: the student track, the family track, and the Little Cardinal's track. The student track will cover information on support services and important academic policies. The family track is designed to illustrate the positive ways that family/friends can support their graduate student throughout the Master's program. The Little Cardinal's track features arts and crafts that tie into the overall theme of orientation. The orientation is closed with a special Kairos Card ceremony. For more info, contact Dr. David Ortiz at (210) 283-6454 or

Athletics News

Single Game Tickets On Sale for UIW Football
The beginning of the 2016 UIW football season is less than a month away and fans can start purchasing single game tickets starting at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 5. The Cardinals will play six home games at Benson Stadium this fall, opening the Sept. 3 home contest against former Lone Star Conference rival Texas A&M-Kingsville. The next two home game come against a pair of 2015 FCS playoff teams, McNeese on September 24 and Sam Houston State on Oct. 8.  The Cardinals will also play Southland Conference foes Stephen F. Austin (Oct. 29), Southeastern La. (Nov. 5) and Houston Baptist (Nov. 19).

Tickets will start at $12.00 and can be purchased online at or by calling the UIW Ticket Office at (210) 805-3000.

UIW Football to Host Helmets and Heels Clinic
UIW head football coach Larry Kennan and his staff will host its inaugural Helmets and Heels football clinic for women from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 25, at the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. The Helmets and Heels Clinic gives women a chance to learn the fundamentals, strategies, tactics and language of football from the Cardinals coaching staff. The event will be conducted in a social atmosphere, that will include an all-star panel discussing sessions on offense and defense, a fashion show, and a Q & A segment. The social engagement for the evening will include:

  • Hors d'oeuvres and adult beverages
  • Welcome from UIW Coaching Staff
  • Defense and offense sessions
  • Referee's presentation
  • Coach's wives panel
  • Equipment demonstration
  • Players fashion show
  • Raffle and silent auction
  • Post event player meet and greet

The cost to attend Helmets and Heels is $40 per person or a table of eight for $300. For more info, contact Mike Barela at (210) 805-3096 or

UIW Soccer Schedule for August:
Aug. 11: Women's Soccer at UTSA, 7 p.m.
Aug. 13: Women's Soccer vs. Texas State, Benson Stadium, 7 p.m.
Aug. 21: Men's Soccer vs. UT-Rio Grande Valley, Benson Stadium, 7 p.m.
Aug. 26: Women's Soccer vs. University of Houston, Benson Stadium, 5 p.m.
Aug. 26: Men's Soccer vs. Oral Roberts, Benson Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

For ticket info, contact (210) 829-3000.

Community News

UIW Highlight

2016 baptist health check presentation uiw sr. kathleen coughlin, ccvi

Cody Knowlton, president and CEO of Baptist Health Foundation, presented a check to Sr. Kathleen Coughlin, CCVI, vice president for institutional advancement, for $97,000 for scholarships in our health professional schools fall semester. Baptist Health Foundation has been a friend and supporter since its inception.


2016 throwback to 2015 united way days of caring

United Way “Days of Caring” 2016
Pictured above is last year's group that participated on behalf of UIW in the United Way's “Days of Caring.” UIW will once again put together a team of faculty and staff members to participate in the United Way's, “Days of Caring.”  Our day to volunteer will be Friday, Sept. 30.  Our project will not be determined until after Monday, Aug. 1, but it's always a wonderful opportunity to offer much needed help in our community.  Past projects have included:  The SA Food Bank, Botanical Gardens, St. PJ's, The Audubon Center, the San Antonio State Hospital, and other non-profits who have been most grateful for UIW's assistance. 

If you would like to take part in this year's event or have questions, please e-mail Roslyn Grimes at  The deadline for sign-up is Thursday, Aug. 25.  Please help us build a great team and make a difference for our community.

Road Closure Notice
The campus roadway around the Fine Arts Building will be closed to traffic through Saturday, Aug. 6. The roadway in this area will be repaired and resurfaced.  During this time, the Burr Road entrance can only be used to access the parking lots along Broadway.  Access to the other parking lots will be from the Hildebrand or US-281 entrances.  No parking lots will be closed to complete this project. If you have any questions about this project, please contact Facilities Management at (210) 829-6023.

A Parking Notice from the Vice President for Business & Finance, Mr. Douglas Endsley
The two parking lots in front of the Administration Building will be reserved for new students and parents attending orientation on Wednesday, Aug. 10, and Wednesday, Aug. 17.  Employees are asked to park in the Agnese-Sosa garage or behind the Barshop Natatorium. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation as we welcome new students and their families to the UIW community. If you have any questions, call (210) 805-3552.


2016 august uiw dining hours

UIW Dining Hours of Operation through Aug. 15
UIW Dining has posted their hours of operation through Aug. 15. For more info, contact UIW Dining at (210) 832-2149.

Highest Heaven: Spanish and Portuguese Colonial Art Exhibit
The San Antonio Museum of Art is hosting an exhibit titled Highest Heaven: Spanish and Portuguese Colonial Art through Sept. 4, 2016. The exhibition features more than 100 works, including religious paintings, carved and gilded wooden sculptures, intimate ivories, and silverwork, originally housed in ecclesiastical and private collections throughout the former colonial possessions of Spain and Portugal. For more info on the exhibit, contact (210) 978-8100. REMEMBER: You receive FREE admission to the San Antonio Museum of Art with your valid UIW ID. Additional exhibition fees may apply.

Division of Extended Academic Programs

2016 eap admins

(Pictured left to right) Extended Academic Programs admins Michelle Harrison, Betsy Dvorak and Flo Rodriguez recently attended an open house held by the Wyndham Riverwalk to celebrate their two-year anniversary with EAP.  

Faculty Focus

In the Face of Violence – Call for Proposals
Lead our students and encourage their leadership by organizing gatherings in September and in October.  We are currently seeking proposals for Campaign Nonviolence Week at UIW, which is a part of our international efforts starting Sept. 18 and the annual UIW October Season of Peace and Justice with its call for presentations. Contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, at for more info or if you have questions.

Blackboard Course Shell Training
In case you haven't noticed, UIW has adopted a new shell for the Blackboard course template. This shell will be used campus-wide. But there is no need to fear, The UIW Instructional Technology team is here to demonstrate the shell and show you how it will benefit both you and your students. Come and spend an hour with the IT team in the Administration Building, Room 212, and learn how the shell is designed to enhance student engagement and help faculty manage course content. Please contact Terry Peak at to register for one of the times below.

  • Aug. 5 – 12 p.m.
  • Aug. 9 – 3 p.m.
  • Aug. 10 – 9 a.m.
  • Aug. 12 – 12 p.m.
  • Aug.16 – 9 a.m.
  • Aug. 18 – 12 p.m.
  • Aug. 19 – 3 p.m.
  • Aug. 22 – 3 p.m.
  • Aug. 24 – 12 p.m.
  • Aug. 26 – 9 a.m.
  • Aug. 30 – 12 p.m.
  • Sept. 1 – 9 a.m.

Blackboard Organizations 101
This workshop is designed for organizational leaders who need to leverage Blackboard tools and content to deliver information and generate feedback from organization users. The course will be offered Aug. 8, 9 and 11 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Mabee Library, Room 230. Upon completing the workshop, organizational leaders will be able to manage the organization's course menu and communicate with members using announcements and email. The Instructional Technology team will also explain how to create, deliver and manage course content. We will finish out the workshop with an overview of the Zoom web conferencing interface. Seating is limited. To sign up, please follow this link. For more info, contact Terry Peak at (210) 829-3920 or

Full-Time Faculty Opening
Dr. Kathleen Light will host the Full-Time Faculty Opening from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 18, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Professional headshot photography will be available 12 -3 p.m. in the Mc Combs Center Rosenberg Sky Room foyer. Please contact Itza Casanova, in the Provost's Office for additional information.

Part-Time Faculty Workshop
The Provost, EAP and The Center for Teaching & Learning will host the Part-Time Faculty Workshop from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Join us for breakfast, UIW updates, several presentations and meet representatives from a few UIW offices and services.  Multiple door prizes will be given.  Please contact Kathy Allwein, in The Center for Teaching & Learning for additional information and to RSVP. If you are Full-Time Faculty and are attending this event to represent your discipline, please let me know you are attending.

Employee Health & Wellness

Summer Zumba Class for Employees
Join UIW employees for this summer's Zumba party. All are welcome and modifications are available for every level. This is great stress release and lots of fun. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a small towel, water, and your positive vibes. Classes are from 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. every Thursday in the Wellness Center Cardio Room throughout the summer until Aug. 11. For more info, contact Candace Graham at (210) 829-2703 or

Brainpower Connection

2016 brainpower connection high schools orientation

Faculty and staff of St. Anthony Catholic High School, Incarnate Word High School and UIW Prep met Wednesday, Aug. 3, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room for its annual orientation.

St. Peter Prince of Apostles Catholic School Extended UIW Discount
St. Peter Prince of Apostles Catholic School announces a 20% tuition discount available to all UIW employees who registers one child for the 2016-2017 school year and is on the wait list for the Brainpower waiver of 50%. Please contact our registrar, Becky Pawelek, at (210) 824-3171 to schedule a visit. For more info, contact Yvette Mireles at (210) 307-5997.

St. Anthony Catholic School Extended UIW Discount
St. Anthony Catholic School announces a 20% tuition discount available to all UIW employees who registers one child for the 2016-2017 school year and is on the wait list for the Brainpower waiver of 50%. Please contact our registrar, Mary Martinez at (210) 732-8801 to schedule a visit. For more info, contact Christopher Escobedo at (210) 732-8801, ext. 303.

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Our thoughts and prayers go to:

  • The family of, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, and the entire UIW community on the recent loss of Sr. Margaret Teresa Conneely, CCVI (BA '51, MA '75).
  • The family of, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, and the entire UIW community on the recent loss of Sr. Mary Cunningham, CCVI (BA '50).
  • Sophie Pina (Dean of Student Affairs, School of Osteopathic Medicine) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Maria “Rose Mary” Guardiola.
  • The family of Mary Sewell Davis Hight (IWHS '51) on her recent death.
  • Herbert Lomax (UIW Friend) & family on the recent loss of his wife, Dorothy Donnell Lomax (ALND '43, UIW Friend).
  • Don Tobin, Jr. & family on the recent loss of his mother, Margaret Payne Portwood “Peggy” Tobin (UIW Friend).

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