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2017 uiw new president dr. thomas evans welcome press conference 2017


UIW held an official media and community introduction to UIW's 10th president Dr. Thomas Evans Tuesday, June 13, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. To see highlights of the event and footage of the whole press conference, visit this link.

Unsung Hero

2017 june unsung hero

Meet UIW Groundskeeper Emeterio Dimas Gonzalez. Born in Mexico, Emeterio has been working at UIW for 16 years. He came to San Antonio after living in Temple in search of better opportunities. He found UIW and has been working hard on our campus ever since. He not only takes pride in his work around campus, but he also displays the same dedication and meticulous work ethic at home where he makes sure his house and yard are in pristine condition. He likes to make sure everything he does is perfect and right the first time.

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

If you have a suggestion for a UIW Unsung Hero, email


Our Lady's Chapel Services

All are welcome.

  • Noon Mass, Monday - Friday
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation - 11:30 a.m. Fridays or by appointment with Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T. at (210) 829-3131 or


Blackboard Organizations 101
Instructional Technology has designed this workshop for students, faculty and staff who lead or manage a Blackboard organization. The workshop will help you leverage Blackboard tools and content to deliver information and receive feedback from your organization's users. The sessions will be held daily from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 20 through Thursday, June 22 in the Fine Arts, Room 213. Register here: For info, contact Terence Peak at (210) 829-3920 or

Celebrating and Dancing with Creation
The UIW Office of Sustainability and the Headwaters at Incarnate Word invite all to a gathering in support of environmental justice at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 24 at the Blue Hole. The Urban-15 Group will share Global Water Dances. The Blue Hole, source of the San Antonio River, the heart of the Headwaters Sanctuary is preserved by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. The Headwaters at Incarnate Word promotes science, sustainability and sanctuary for all. This 53-acre sanctuary offers a space for reflection and environmental education for people of all ages and may be explored at any time. For info, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 883-5934 or

First-Time Freshman Orientation
UIW's Freshman Orientation is from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. on the dates below:

  • Thursday, June 29
  • Wednesday, July 12
  • Thursday, July 20
  • Wednesday, Aug. 9
  • Wednesday, Aug. 16

Check-in will begin in the Concert Hall. This program is designed to help students acclimate to the college environment and have a successful first-year as a Cardinal. Our goal is to answer new students' questions, connect them to campus resources, and help them capitalize on their new college experience. The program includes information on UIW's history/mission, sessions with Academic Deans, advising, and many more informative events. Orientation is mandatory for all freshman students. For info, visit or contact Rochelle Ramirez at (210) 805-3069 or

Department News

2017 school of physical therapy

On Saturday, June 10, 23 members of the School of Physical Therapy traveled to Port Aransas for the Life Rolls On - They Will Surf Again event, sponsored by Rolling Inspiration, to help athletes who have physical limitations surf. They were integral to the success of the event and helped make lifelong memories for all participants. Eighteen students, and two faculty members (Amy Crocker, PT, DPT, OCS, and Susan Smith, PT, DPT, PCS) participated in this experiential learning opportunity (in the Patient-Client Management III course), assisting with set-up, transfers of athletes from and to wheelchairs, surfboards and cars, as well as stabilizing the surfboards or swimming along with the athletes.

Online Tuesdays
Instructional Technology is hosting a series of one-hour seminars delivered via Zoom. The seminar at 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 27 will explain Office 365 Mail and Calendar. Mail and calendar features have changed since the University migrated to Office 365. The UIW IT Team will explain the features and benefits of the Office 365 platform. Attendees will learn how to share and access their personal calendar, access resource (room) calendars, and manage personal mail archives in the cloud. Register here: For info, contact Terence Peak at (210) 829-3920 or

Technology 4 Lunch
Instructional Technology is hosting this lunch and learn session about Office 365 Mail and Calendar from 12 - 1 p.m., Thursday, June 29 via Zoom online. The UIW IT team will explain the features and benefits of the Office 365 platform. Attendees will learn how to share and access their personal calendar, access resource (room) calendars, and manage personal mail archives in the cloud. For info, contact Terence Peak at (210) 218-8795 or

Community News

UIW Highlights

2017 blackboard guru

Instructional Technology hosted a Blackboard Guru workshop from May 22 - June 2. Pictured above are (front row, left to right) Dr. Gregory Soukup, professor of kinesiology, Dr. Amy Crocker, director of social accountability and experiential learning in the School of Physical Therapy, Dr. Sreerenjini Nair, professor of physics, Sr. Eucharia Gomba, part-time religious studies faculty, Christina Ariza, director of tutoring services, Dr. Laura Munoz, director of the Doctor of Nursing Program (back row, left to right) Dr. Cathryn Studak, professor of fashion management, Dr. Daniel Lovasz, assistant professor of nursing, David Pedraza, part-time nursing faculty, Terry Peak, technology training coordinator, Jody Hilderbran, instructional designer/blackboard manager, Dr. Paulo Carvalho, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, and Ana Gonzalez, director of institutional technology.

2017 corporate cup team uiw

Team UIW was proudly represented at the 2017 Corporate Cup Saturday, June 3. Pictured above (left to right) are Amy DeAtley, accounting manager, Brandy Garcia, associate registrar, David Espinoza, coordinator of student affairs at the School of Medicine, and Ryan Mitchell, business office system analyst.

2017 minigems summer camp

For the third consecutive year, UIW is hosting miniGEMS, a camp for middle school aged girls interested in STEM and STEAM programs. MiniGEMS is a student-run program led by undergraduate and graduate students from various UIW STEM programs and will run through August. Guest speakers from throughout San Antonio will also provide information to the campers about careers in these fields. Pictured above is Dr. Michael Frye, associate professor of engineering, meeting with members of the U.S. Navy in the Barshop Natatorium Thursday, June 8.

Administration Building Elevator Outage
Beginning Wednesday, June 14, the elevator on the north side of the Administration Building (near Admissions, Registrar, & Media and Design) will be closed for repairs for approximately six to eight weeks. The south side elevator in the Administration Building will remain operational. Any employee needing an accommodation due to medical reasons may contact Human Resources at (210) 829-6091. Any students needing accommodations due to medical reasons, please contact Student Disability Services at (210) 829-3928.

Freshman Orientation Parking Information
The two parking lots in front of the Administration Building will be reserved for new students and parents attending orientation. Employees are asked to park in the Agnese-Sosa garage or behind the Barshop Natatorium on the following dates:

  • Thursday, June 29
  • Wednesday, July 12
  • Thursday, July 20
  • Wednesday, Aug. 9
  • Wednesday, Aug. 16

Employees with a handicap or H parking decal can continue to park in the two parking lots in front of the Administration Building. Thank 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.

Athletics News

Men's Soccer ID Camp
The UIW Men's Soccer ID Camp is from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, June 17 - Sunday, June 18 at Benson Stadium. The camp aims to provide high school freshman to high school seniors the chance to work with college soccer coaches and experience collegiate level sessions in a challenging environment. For info, visit this link or contact or (210) 841-7396.

UIW Cross Country Camp
UIW is hosting a week-long running camp for high school age athletes looking for an opportunity to meet other runners and learn about the sport of track and field and cross country - specifically distance running. This camp will be held from 1 - 7 p.m., Saturday, June 24 - Wednesday, June 28 at Benson Stadium. For more info, visit this link or contact Derek Riedel at (210) 355-8535 or

UIW Cardinal Summer Soccer Camp
UIW is hosting a summer soccer camp from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday, June 26 - Friday, June 30 at Benson Stadium. The camp is designed for soccer players of all backgrounds and ability levels. The camp has taken a new focus on developing the core skills that are required to become a successful soccer player and succeed on the field. For info, visit this link or contact or (210) 841-7396.

Cardinal Summer Basketball Camp
UIW is hosting a summer basketball camp from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday, June 26 - Friday, June 30 in the McDermott Convocation Center. This camp works to improve skills through individual instruction, drills, lectures and games. Our philosophy is simple: have fun as well as continue to help young people develop as a basketball player and as a person. For more info, visit this link or contact Brian Curtis at (210) 283-5052 or

High School Boys Evening Basketball Camp
This year, UIW will be hosting an evening camp from 6 - 9 p.m., Monday, June 26 - Thursday, June 29 in the McDermott Convocation Center specifically targeted towards high school boys looking to advance their basketball skills. The camp is designed to target strength, agilities, speed, fundamental dribbling and shooting drills and individual and team competition. The high school boys evening camp will help advance and teach everyone the mindset it takes to be a dedicated athlete. For info, visit this link or contact Brian Curtis at (210) 283-5052 or

Employee Wellness

Employee Wellness Zumba Class
UIW employees are invited to join the fun and relieve some stress at the employee Zumba class at 5:15 p.m., every Monday, in the Wellness Center. Bring your face towel, water, positive vibes and the desire to move. Comfortable light-weight tennis shoes are recommended. All levels welcome. Classes will be continue on Mondays through Aug. 21. For info, contact Candace Graham at (210) 269-5238 or

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2017 headwaters at incarnate word summer camp

The Headwaters at Incarnate Word is hosting summer camps for children ages seven to nine years-old. For info, contact (210) 828-2224 or

San Antonio Museum Exhibitions
University employees receive free admission to the McNay Art Museum and the San Antonio Museum of Art with their valid UIW ID. Additional fees may apply to exhibitions. For info, contact (210) 829-6019.


Our thoughts and prayers go to:

  • Erika Arredondo Haskins (MA ‘10) & family on the recent loss of her sister, Deanna Arredondo.
  • Dr. Maria Gillespie (MSN '05) & family on the recent loss of her father, Gerald Ciolek.
  • Andrea Cyterski-Acosta (Associate Dean of Admission, School of Osteopathic Medicine) & family on the recent loss of her brother, David J. Cyterski.
  • The family of Elva Lozano Garcia (IWHS '52) on her recent death.
  • Harry and Christine Garison & family on the recent loss of their son, Joshua Townsend Garison (BS '11).
  • The family of Eleanor A. Krupa (MA '96) on her recent death.
  • The family of and the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament on the recent loss of Sr. Theresa Marie Miller, IWBS (BA '61).
  • Mary Uhlig & family on the recent loss of her husband, Donald Charles Uhlig (MBA '86).

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