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Unsung Hero

2017 august unsung hero joe vasquez

Meet UIW Assistant Director of Web Development Joe Vasquez. Joe has worked at UIW for 17 years and was born and raised in San Antonio. In his spare time, he spends time with his family as well as collects '80s memorabilia and video games. Joe also likes to play vintage video games. One thing about him that people may not know is that Joe likes to bake. Baking runs in his family, and it is a skill he picked up.

Joe admires the sense of community at UIW. He always sees it as a pleasure to work with everyone he interacts with and enjoys UIW as a whole. If you see Joe on campus, be sure to stop and say hello and thank him for his hard work and all he does for UIW.


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

Noon Mass Announcement - Friday, Aug. 11, 2017
Seminarian Br. Joshua Warshak, O.SS.T. will renew his temporary profession of vows in the Trinitarian Order during the Noon Mass Friday, Aug. 11, in Our Lady's Chapel. The rite will be short and not significantly lengthen the duration of the Mass. For more info, contact Brenda Dimas at (210) 829-3128 or

UIW Welcome Mass
University Mission & Ministry is hosting the UIW Welcome Mass Sunday, Aug. 27. This Mass is a celebration to welcome all our newest Cardinals and their families to UIW. Two Masses will be made available:

  • 10:30 a.m. in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word
  • 10:45 a.m. in Our Lady's Chapel to accommodate the overflow of persons.

Mass will be followed by a free luncheon in the CHRISTUS Heritage Hall. For more info, contact Brenda Dimas at (210) 829-3128 or


Win a Family Four Pack of Tickets to Schlitterbahn® Waterpark
We have a Family Four Pack of tickets available to Schlitterbahn® Waterpark in New Braunfels, Texas. For a chance to win the four tickets, email with #BahnLove in the subject line. The tickets are valid through Sunday, Sept. 17. Submissions will be accepted until 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 14. One winner will be picked from a random drawing and will be announced in The Word Today on Wednesday, Aug. 16. Tickets must be claimed by 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 18 or an alternate winner will be selected. Only one submission will count per person, so please do not send multiple emails. Questions? Call Communications and Marketing at (210) 829-6001.

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 Kelso Art 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

U.S. Citizen Naturalization Ceremony
The UIW campus community is invited to attend and participate in the August Naturalization Ceremony from 1 - 3 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 15, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez will conduct the ceremony. This ceremony will naturalize over 250 new United States citizens. For questions, contact the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership at (210) 283-6423 or

Feik School of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony
The 12th Annual Feik School of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2021 will take place from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 18, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. For info or questions, contact Russell Attridge at (210) 883-1021 or

2017 Pinning Ceremony - Faculty Volunteers Needed
The Office of Campus Engagement is hosting its 2017 Pinning Ceremony from 6 - 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 24, in the Student Center Ballroom. This event commemorates the beginning of the freshman class' college career at UIW. Faculty volunteers are needed to assist in the event. As a faculty volunteer, you will present the new students with their UIW pin. To volunteer, please RSVP with this link. For details, contact (913) 961-2250 or

Photo Database Update - All Employees Welcome
To keep the employee photo database up-to-date, new administrators, faculty members and anyone who would like a new photo for the Office of Communications and Marketing database is asked to stop by the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room on Friday, Aug. 25 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 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more info, contact Marissa Rodriguez at (210) 805-3593 or

Fall 2017 New Graduate Student and Family Orientation
The Office of Research and Graduate Studies will host its Fall 2017 New Graduate Student and Family Orientation from 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 26, in the Student Engagement Center. This event provides an overview of what to expect as a new graduate student as well as meet faculty, administrators and fellow graduate students. To attend, you must be a newly admitted graduate student for the Summer 2017 or Fall 2017 semester. For info, contact Cigdem Meek at (210) 832-5628 or

2017 student center grand opening ribbon cutting

Student Engagement Center Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
You are invited to attend the Student Engagement Center Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting outside the Student Engagement Center main entrance at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 28. Tours will be available throughout the day. A Blessing & Dedication will take place inside the lobby at 4 p.m. Please RSVP to (210) 829-6001 or

Department News

2017 uiwsom white coat ceremony

The UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine hosted its inaugural White Coat Ceremony Sunday, July 30, for the incoming osteopathic medical class of 2021.

2017 minigems banquet

UIW's miniGEMS summer camp ended its summer program with a banquet and poster presentation Friday, Aug. 4. In attendance were Red Cardinal, the Spurs Coyote, UIW President Dr. Thomas Evans, and U.S. Congressman Will Hurd.

2017 orgs arise award

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies presented Melanie Bass with the ARISE Graduate Student Award for Social Justice Wednesday, Aug. 9. In the spirit of UIW's Mission to educate men and women who will become concerned and enlightened citizens within the global community, the Office of Research & Graduate Studies established the ARISE Award to recognize currently enrolled post-baccalaureate students who have demonstrated exemplary service related to a social justice issue and who have unselfishly sought to bring positive change in the community. The title "ARISE" is drawn from Isaiah 60:1, "Arise, shine; for your light is come." Pictured above (left to right) are Dr. David A. Ortiz, director of the Graduate Support Center, Dr. Mona Bains, assistant professor in the School of Physical Therapy, Melanie Bass, physical therapy Student, Dr. Caroline Goulet, dean of the School of Physical Therapy, and Dr. Osman Ozturgut, dean of the Office Research and Graduate Studies.

uiwsom first mass at chapel

The UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine held its first Mass Thursday, Aug. 10, at the UIWSOM chapel. Mass will be held every Thursday at 12:15 in the UIWSOM chapel with Fr. Tom Dymowski.

Alumni of Distinction Award Nominations
The UIW Office of Alumni & Parent Relations is seeking nominations for the next alumni of distinction award. Nominees for professional achievement should reflect significant accomplishments in a profession, recognition for scholarly or artistic contributions, honors, awards, length of service, etc. Nominees for service in mission should reflect accomplishments in service to the civic community, church, family or volunteer activities. Please visit this link to submit your nomination. For info, contact Mercedes Moreno at (210) 805-3595 or

Announcements from Information Resources Division
The Information Resources Division is pleased to announce several technology and service related changes for our campus community. All faculty and staff are invited to review a list of important announcements. Many items point to more detailed information just a click away. Some items may come with personal deadlines to act. Please take the necessary time to familiarize yourself with these upcoming technology changes and improvements. All the updates can be found at this link. For info, contact Neil Schroeder at

Information Resources Division - Ana Gonzalez Announcement
The Information Resources Division is happy to announce that Ana Gonzalez, director of instructional technology, has accepted a new position within the university. She will now be the Director of Academic Technology & Support for the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine. Ana will be transitioning to this new position over the next two months, spending a couple of days on main campus, but most of her week will be at UIWSOM. Ana's experience with and knowledge of instructional technology as well as her experience as an administrator will serve her well in the new position. She will still be a part of the IRD team and will be a direct report to the Vice President for Information Resources, Lisa Bazley. Dr. Cheryl Anderson, dean of library services, will oversee Instructional Technology and Media Services after the transition period until a new director is hired.

William K. Pugh Dissertation Defense
William K. Pugh, candidate for the Doctor of Business Administration degree, presents a defense of his dissertation at 1 p.m., Monday, Aug. 14, in the Gorman Building, Room 120. The title of his dissertation is "Call Center Experience Optimization: A Case for a Virtual Predictive Queue." The chair of Bill's dissertation committee is Dr. Vess Johnson. For info, contact Duncan Hayse at (210) 829-2758 or

Open Call for Artists - Attention UIW Faculty & Staff
The Rosenberg School of Optometry would love to feature your artwork in their upcoming exhibit. Is painting your way to relax? Are your photographs a hidden talent? Do you have a room full of paintings, and nowhere to hang them? Participate in their upcoming show. Please contact Dr. Dede Rios at by Sunday, Aug. 20 to be included.

Community News

2017 ibc check presentation

The IBC Foundation, administered by International Bank of Commerce (IBC Bank), presented a donation to the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine. A formal presentation was made by Dennis E. Nixon, an administrator of the IBC Foundation, to Sr. Kathleen Coughlin, UIW vice president of institutional advancement, and Dr. Robyn Madson, founding dean of the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine, on Tuesday, Aug. 1.

2017 august new employee mixer

UIW welcomed its new employees at the monthly New Employee Mixer Friday, Aug. 4. Welcome to the nest.

2017 uiw som mass southside isd

Students, parents, future doctors, faculty and staff were present at a special Mass Saturday, Aug. 5, in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word to celebrate the partnership with the Southside Independent School District and the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine. This partnership is the first public school district in Texas to partner entirely with a medical school.

2017 baptist health services scholarship

Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio presented UIW with a check Tuesday, Aug. 8, to go towards scholarships for students in the health professional schools. Pictured above (left to right) are Cody Knowlton, president of Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio, Sr. Kathleen Coughlin, vice president of institutional advancement, and Dr. Thomas Evans, UIW president.

UIW Dining - Faculty and Staff Discounts
UIW faculty and staff can enjoy discounts at UIW Dining locations with the purchase of dining points. To purchase dining points, you can contact the Business Office at (210) 829-6043.

  • 25% off at Campus Dining
  • 25% off at Sammie's
  • 25% off at Hortencia's
  • 25% off at Finnegan's
  • 10% off at Chick-Fil-A
  • 10% off at Pasha
  • 10% off at Luciano's Pizzeria

Contact UIW Dining for info at (210) 832-2149 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.

Rock 'n' Red Birds Group Registration
Registration is open for the Rock 'n' Red Birds training group. This group will focus primarily on half marathon training for the upcoming 2017 Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Sunday, Dec. 3. Participants are encouraged to train for the 5K, 10K and full marathon. All UIW friends and family are welcome to register. Training will begin on Sunday, Aug. 13. Included in the free training program are discounted rates for the San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll Marathon.

  • 10K: $55
  • Half Marathon: $80
  • Full Marathon: $90

Registration for the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon with these group rates will close on Friday, Oct. 6. To register for the race and to find out more information on the Rock 'n' Red Birds please visit or call Gaby Gonzales-Alvarado at (210) 805-5899.

2017-2018 Parking Permit Replacement Information
The parking permits issued for the 2017-2018 school year are defective. A replacement order will be in soon to correct the issue. A notice will be sent to the community upon receipt of the new permits. Permits will NOT be issued until the new permits are received. If you have already received your parking permit, you will need to exchange it when notified that the replacement order has arrived. If you haven't picked up permit, please continue to request a temporary permit and register your vehicle on Cardinal Cars. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please notify the Business Office at (210) 829-6043 if you have any questions or concerns.

Parking Lottery
Parking for the off-campus lot (next to Cheesy Jane's) requires an "A" permit and is open to full-time administrators, faculty and staff at no cost. Since the demand for parking in this lot exceeds the available spaces, a lottery will be held to select recipients of the "A" permit. Entry into the Lottery will end at 5 p.m., Monday, Aug. 14. A random selection of names will be conducted from all the submissions and the winners will be notified by 5 p.m., Tuesday Aug. 15. To participate in the lottery, you must submit your name by accessing this Survey Monkey link. Winners will be required to register their vehicles, and permits will be available for pickup after the winners are notified. Contact the Business Office at if you have any questions.

Third Quarter Employee Wellness Challenge
Registration is open for the Third Quarter Wellness Challenge themed "American Adventure." This is a fun, free team-based fitness challenge open to all UIW employees. One adult family member per employee can participate as well.

  • Register for access at
  • Join the "American Adventure" challenge and join an existing team, or create one with your co-workers
  • Sync your smart phone or fitness wearable (Fitbit, etc.) to
    On Monday, Aug. 14, start tracking steps!

For info, contact Michael Schneid at (210) 829-6083 or

New Freshman Orientation Parking Notice
Only the parking lot at Burr and Broadway, in front of the Administration Building, will be reserved for new students and parents attending orientation. Employees are asked to park in the lot in front of the Kelso Art Building, Agnese-Sosa Garage or behind the Barshop Natatorium on 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

Aug. 13: Men's Soccer vs. San Jacinto (exhibition), Benson Stadium, 7 p.m.
Aug. 18: Women's Soccer vs. North Texas, Benson Stadium, 7 p.m.
Aug. 22: Women's Soccer vs. Louisiana Tech, Benson Stadium, 7 p.m.
Aug. 25: Volleyball Hosts I-10 Tournament in the McDermott Convocation Center

  • UTEP vs. Tulane - 10 a.m.
  • UIW vs. Louisiana-Lafayette - 3 p.m.
  • UIW vs. Tulane - 5 p.m.

Aug. 26: Volleyball hosts I-10 Tournament in the McDermott Convocation Center

  • UIW vs. UTEP - 11 a.m.
  • Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Tulane - 1 p.m.
  • UIW vs. Louisiana-Lafayette - 6 p.m.

Aug. 27: Women's Soccer vs. UTSA, Benson Stadium, 7 p.m.

For ticket info, contact (210) 805-3000 or visit this link.

Employee Wellness

Employee Wellness Lunch & Learn
The Employee Wellness Lunch & Learn will be at 12 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 16, in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. The guest speaker will be Dr. David Ortiz, director of the Graduate Support Center, on a lecture titled Beyond 26.2 Miles: Ultra-Marathons and the Spirit of Trail Running. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to

Faculty Focus

Office 365 Training Mail and Calendar
Instructional Technology will host this training from 12 - 1 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 22, via the Zoom online platform. Mail and calendar features have changed since the University migrated to Office 365. Upon completing this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Create a meeting on their calendar
  • Check room availability
  • Invite participants

Register Here: For info, contact Terry Peak at (210) 218-8795 or

Everything You Wanted to Know About the OneDrive
Instructional Technology will host this training from 12 - 1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 23, in the Kelso Fine Arts Center, Room 213. With OneDrive, your documents are available anywhere, anytime, and with any mobile device. This workshop will:

  • Review the Interface and settings
  • Demonstrate file uploading, copying and downloading
  • Use Office 365's file-sharing and search functions

Register Here: For info, contact Terry Peak at (210) 218-8795 or

Full-Time Faculty Opening and Luncheon
UIW Provost Dr. Kathi Light will host the Full-time Faculty Fall Opening and Luncheon from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 25, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Please contact Itza Casanova at for additional information and to request dietary accommodations.

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. 26, at the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine campus (7615 Kennedy Hill, 78235). Receive UIW updates and meet representatives from UIW offices and services. Breakfast will be served, and multiple door prizes will be given. Click the following link to register. If you are full-time faculty and are attending this event to represent your discipline, please RSVP to

Blackboard Walk-In Sessions
Stop by the Center for Teaching and Learning in the Administration Bldg., Room 210, between 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Aug. 29 - 30, for an opportunity to get your courses ready for the spring. Bring your syllabus, PowerPoint presentations or other documentation. Also receive help to set up your Grade Center, copy course materials from last semester's course and create a Zoom collaborative online session. For info, contact Terry Peak at (210) 218-8795 or

Grade Center Tips and Tricks
Instructional Technology will host this training from 12 - 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 1, in the Mabee Library, Room 230. This session will focus on managing a student's interaction with the Grade Center. You will learn how to color-code grade columns, email students, manage rows or columns and add extra credit to grades. Register here: For info, contact Terry Peak at (210) 218-8795 or

For Your Student

Federal Work-Study Fair
The Office of Career Services & Professional Development will host its Federal Work-Study Fair for current students from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 31, on Dubuis Lawn (will move to the Student Engagement Center Concourse in the event of inclement weather). For info, contact Michelle McWilliams at (210) 829-3931 or

Brainpower Connection

iwhs sachs in service retreat at uiw

UIW hosted faculty from both Incarnate Word High School and St. Anthony Catholic High School for their in-service training Wednesday, Aug. 2, in the Kelso Art Center.

Incarnate Word High School - Meet the Shamrocks
Don't miss the second annual Meet the Shamrocks event set for 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 16 at IWHS. Guests will meet the 2017-18 athletes, IWHS teachers, enjoy Cheesy Janes and Tikiz food trucks, can shop at the athletic "garage sale," enjoy a guest speaker and listen to emcee Jay Tope. All family, friends, neighbors and surrounding community are invited to enjoy this fun event. For info, contact Genevieve Trevino at (210) 829-3122 or

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic School at

Visit St. Peter Prince of Apostles Catholic School at


Our thoughts and prayers go to:

  • Albert Neubauer III and Paula Stager on the recent loss of their sister, Brenda Rae Neubauer Fisher (MSN '90).
  • The family of Raymond A. Troilo (MA '98) on his recent death.
  • Robert Ibarra Jr., Gabriel Ibarra, and Monica Ibarra Campos on the recent loss of their mother, Guadalupe Palacios Ibarra (BS '59).
  • Debbie Dietrick, Diane Stolte and Andy Thompson on the recent loss of their mother, Mary Alice Albers Thompson (MA '70).

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