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Unsung Hero

2017 july unsung hero caitlin mccamish

Meet UIW Title IX Coordinator Caitlin McCamish. Caitlin was born in Connecticut and moved to San Antonio when she was 10. She is an alumna of Incarnate Word High School. Caitlin holds a B.A. in Psychology and Juris Doctorate from Texas Tech University. She will be celebrating two years with UIW this coming September. Prior to working at UIW, Caitlin worked for the San Antonio District Attorney's Office. Caitlin likes to spend time with her husband, family and her dog named Fenway. Caitlin is also a huge Boston Red Sox fan.

She is impressed with the community here at UIW and enjoys the support and camaraderie faculty, staff and employees show students to make them comfortable and welcome. If you see Caitlin on campus, be sure to stop and say hello and thank her for her hard work and all she 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.
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation - 11:30 a.m. Fridays or by appointment with Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T. at (210) 829-3131 or


My Super Sweet 16 and Quince Training Camp
The McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room is hosting a My Super Sweet 16 and Quince training camp from 12 - 4 p.m., Sunday, July 16. This camp will provide information to people who are planning or looking to plan an event. Vendors will be on-site to answer questions about events, sample food, listen to music and see all the latest trends. Pre-sale tickets are $5 and $10 at the door. For info, contact (210) 805-5805 or

Shakespeare in Prague: Imagining the Bard in the Heart of Europe
The UIW Department of Art is proud to present Shakespeare in Prague: Imagining the Bard in the Heart of Europe. The exhibit will be on display through Friday, Sept. 29, in the UIW Fine Arts Center Galleries. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. An opening reception is set for 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 8. For info, contact Roland Sul at (210) 829-3852 or

UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine Grand Opening
The University of the Incarnate Word invites you to celebrate the grand opening of the School of Osteopathic Medicine at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 20, at 2510 Kennedy Circle, Building 2, 78235. Refreshments and tours to follow. Afternoon tours will be available from 4:30 - 7 p.m. Please RSVP to (210) 829-6001 or

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

  • 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 this link or contact Rochelle Ramirez at (210) 805-3069 or

Night Out at the Missions Game
The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations invites you to the San Antonio Missions baseball game at 7 p.m., Friday, July 28 at Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium (5757 U.S. HWY 90 W, 78227). Tickets are $15 each and include a food voucher and post-game firework show. Purchase your tickets today at For more info, contact Mercedes Moreno at (210) 805-3595 or

Mozart Festival Texas 2017
The UIW Department of Music is hosting Mozart Festival Texas 2017. The first set of dates is at 8 p.m., Saturday, July 29, and 3 p.m., Sunday, July 30. The second set of dates is at 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 5, and 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 6. Tickets and info can be found at this link. For more info, contact the UIW Department of Music at (210) 829-3852 or

UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine White Coat Ceremony
The UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine will host its inaugural White Coat Ceremony from 1 - 4 p.m., Sunday, July 30, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room for the incoming osteopathic medical class of 2021. For info, contact Sophia Piña at (210) 283-6388 or

Department News

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At the request of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, at 10 a.m., Friday, July 7, UIW Police activated their police lights for one minute in honor of fallen SAPD Officer Miguel Moreno. Officers throughout Texas also showed their solidarity with Officer Moreno and the SAPD. Pictured above (left to right) are Officer Juan Lopez, Corporal Edward Prado, Officer Donnifier Celestine and Officer Joe Carrasco.

Comptroller's Office Announcement
Effective immediately, the Comptroller's Office will be restructured to address the growing complexity of the accounting operations for the University and its related entities. Edie Cogdell, the University's Comptroller since 1999, will become the Associate Vice President for Business and Finance and Comptroller. Edie will directly supervise two Assistant Comptrollers, Elisa Gonzales (also with the University since 1999) and one who is in the process of being hired. Edie will directly oversee cash management, debt management/compliance, budget management, tax compliance, internal audit/quality control, financial systems and international operations. Elisa will supervise the business office, payroll and accounts payable operations and related cash/general ledger accounting. The new Assistant Comptroller will supervise the accounting operations for grants, gifts and other restricted accounts, endowment, athletics, professional schools/clinics, study abroad, fixed assets, leases, student organizations, and high schools. In addition, the new Assistant Comptroller will oversee external audit functions and financial reporting.

Office 365 Online Tuesdays: Microsoft Office Online
Instructional Technology hosts this session from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 18 via Zoom online. This session will focus on the features of the Microsoft Office Online platform. Office Online features access to both online and desktop Office applications. Participants will explore options for creating and editing collaborative documents with colleagues, share documents through the OneDrive, and learn to manage workbook data. Register here. For info, contact Terry Peak at (210) 829-3920 or

Technology 4 Lunch: Office 365 Mail and Calendar
Instructional Technology hosts this session from 12 - 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 19 via Zoom online. Mail and calendar features have changed since the University migrated to Office 365. 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 Terry Peak at (210) 829-3920 or

Technology 4 Lunch: Office 365 Collaborative Applications - Forms & Outlook Groups
Instructional Technology hosts this session from 12 - 1 p.m., Thursday, July 20 via Zoom This session will focus on the following collaborative applications:

  • Groups: Build a work group and share documents, folders, mail and create meetings. Groups also enjoy a shared inbox for email conversations between members, a shared calendar, and a SharePoint Team Site
  • Forms: This application lets you create surveys, coordinate activities and engage students online.

Register here. For info, contact Terry Peak at (210) 829-3920 or

Community News

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All UIW departments and groups are invited to take part in the upcoming San Antonio Tricentennial celebration in 2018. Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, professor of religious studies and UIW representative on the Inter-University Tricentennial Committee, is pictured above with Dr. Alfonso Chiscano, a leader in the Friends of the Canary Islands, at the San Antonio Tricentennial Summer Institute for Educators 2017. To read more about the summer institute, visit this link. Dr. Gilberto Hinojosa, professor emeritus of history, also presented.

2017 summer orientation

UIW Dean of Enrollment Heather Rodriguez is pictured above welcoming incoming freshman and their families at the First-Time Freshman Orientation Wednesday, July 12.

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Dr. Elda Martinez, director of teacher education, hosted this summer's BALLER Camp (Basketball and Life Lessons Essential to Remember) at UIW. BALLER camp is a free summer camp for incoming sixth grade boys and girls to assist in their transition to middle school. These camps were created to help kids become involved in on-campus activities and develop a support network. Coaches from SAISD middle and high schools staff the camp, which allow students to begin making those important connections. Children in the camp had a chance to meet with UIW athletes, coaches and toured the campus. The camp was created to help kids transition to middle school by becoming involved in on-campus activities and developing a support network. For more information visit:

First-Time 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, 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.

Banner Users Group Meeting
Enterprise Applications is hosting a Banner Users Group Meeting at 10 a.m., Friday, July 21, in the Mabee Library Auditorium. This meeting is comprised of departmental representatives appointed from each functional area that use the Banner Information System. Members of this group meet quarterly to discuss any issues reported within their departments, educate each other on Banner Functionalities and resolve any upcoming and existing issues in a collaborative manner. For info, contact Jessica Gomez at (210) 805-5845 or

Division of Extended Academic Programs

UIW Information Session for Adult Students
Extended Academic Programs is hosting a one-hour info session at either 12 p.m. or 6 p.m., Thursday, July 27. The 12 p.m. session will be held at the UIW Northwest Center (9729 Datapoint Dr., 78229), and the 6 p.m. session will be held at the UIW Grossman International Conference Center (847 E. Hildebrand Ave., 78209). Learn about the School of Professional Studies, School of Applied Sciences and more about degree offerings and benefits. RSVP online here or contact (210) 757-0202 or

Athletics News

UIW Volleyball Summer Camp
UIW Volleyball is hosting a series of summer camps throughout July in the McDermott Convocation Center.

  • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., July 16-18: Position Camp
  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., July 22-23: Sand Camp
  • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., July 24-26: Advanced Setter Camp
  • 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., July 27: Defense Camp
  • 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., July 28: Setting Camp
  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., July 29-30: Advanced Sand Camp

For full info and to sign up, visit this link or contact Shawn McLaughlin at (530) 545-1677 or

UIW Cardinal Summer Soccer Camp
UIW is hosting a soccer camp designed for 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. The camp will be from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily from Monday, July 17 through Friday, July 21 at Benson Stadium. To register and for more info, visit this link or contact or (210) 841-7396.

UIW Synchronized Swimming Camp
UIW is hosting a co-ed synchronized swimming camp in the Barshop Natatorium from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. daily Tuesday, July 18 through Friday, July 21 for children ages 6-14. No synchronized swimming experience is necessary. Drop off is from 8 - 8:30 a.m. and pick up is from 12:30 - 1 p.m. To register and for more info, visit this link or contact Elizabeth Gerdin at (210) 829-2796 or

UIW Co-Ed Summer Basketball Camp
UIW Men's Basketball is hosting a summer basketball camp from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily from Monday, July 31 to Friday, Aug. 4 in the McDermott Convocation Center. This camp works to improve skills through individual instruction, drills, lectures and games. To register and see full-day and half-day schedules, 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

Brainpower Connection

St. Anthony Catholic High School Alumni Association Casino Night & Texas Hold'Em Tournament
The SACHS Alumni Association is hosting its ninth annual Casino Night & Texas Hold'Em Tournament from 7 - 10 p.m., Saturday, July 22 in the SACHS Gymnasium. Casino Night tickets are $40 per person; food and beverage are included. Entry fee for the Texas Hold'Em Tournament is $50; seating is limited. A Casino Night ticket must be purchased to play in the tournament. This year, the Texas Hold'Em Tournament will benefit SACHS alumnus SAFD Fire Lt. Max Weltens as he continues to battle cancer. This event is for ages 21 and up. For info, contact Alejandro Calderon at (210) 832-5632 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:

  • Dora Alderete & family on the recent loss of her husband, Felix J. Alderete (BS '73).
  • Nora Cadena (UIW Business Office Manager, BBA '04, MAA '07) & family on the recent loss of her father, Deacon Eluterio Bitoni Jr.
  • Angela-Marie Sukmann Heise (IWHS '92) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Anna Marie Gasbarro Sukmann (IWHS '65).

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