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2017 faculty luncheon

The 2017 full-time faculty fall opening and luncheon was held Friday, Aug. 25, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Pictured above (left to right) are Dr. Glenn James, associate provost for institutional effectiveness, Dr. Thomas Evans, UIW president, and Dr. Denise Doyle, provost emeritus.


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

Special Message from the Vice President of University Mission & Ministry on Hurricane Harvey Relief
To read the full special message and see ways to help in the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, please follow this link to the UIW Emergency Page.

Special Message from the Vice President of University Mission & Ministry: Mass of the Holy Spirit
The Mass of the Holy Spirit will take place at 12 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 6, in Our Lady's Chapel. Our annual Mass invoking the grace of the Holy Spirit upon the University at the beginning of the new academic year follows the great tradition of doing so in Catholic universities since the Middle Ages.

Students, Faculty, Administrators and Staff gather as one body to pray for the Wisdom only God grants to the humble who seek guidance from above. The Mass of the Holy Spirit begins with the procession of symbols representing all schools within the University of the Incarnate Word and we will be welcomed to this liturgy by our new University President, Dr. Thomas Evans.

In this time of new beginnings, the academic year and new developments on campus and throughout the University, let us unite in prayer for the success of our educational efforts on behalf of our students and for the benefit of those our university community serves.

For info, contact Brenda Dimas at (210) 829-3128 or

9-11 Ecumenical Service
University Mission & Ministry, the Interfaith Council and the Student Interfaith Organization invites the community to come together to remember the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. Prayers will be offered for our nation, for those who died and their families. and for UIW's first responders. The service will be held at 12 p.m., Monday, Sept. 11, in Our Lady's Chapel. For info, contact Rev. Dr. Trevor D. Alexander at (210) 829-3130 or


River Jam
Join Campus Engagement as they wrap up Welcome Week at River Jam 2017! This free event will take place in the SEC from 7 - 10 p.m., Friday, Sept. 1. Have fun, get a free t-shirt and enjoy the music of DJ Noel, DJ Kenneth Thomas and DJ EGHA. For info, contact Kristen Barrick at (210) 805-5862 or

Word Wednesdays
The UIW Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will host its first monthly Word Wednesday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 6, in front of the SEC. The SAAC will collect donations for Hurricane Harvey Relief. Donations accepted will be: monetary, toiletries and canned goods. The SAAC will also reveal the new athletic slogan and pass out sweet treats. For info, contact Amanda Pulido at (210) 283-6448 or

2017 eid

Eid al-Adha
The Saudi Student Club is hosting Eid al-Adha from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 6, in the Student Engagement Center. This event will showcase Saudi Arabian culture. Eid al-Adha commemorates Prophet Abraham's sacrifice to God. We invite you to come learn about how and why this holiday is celebrated and enjoy snacks, artifacts and traditional clothing from Saudi Arabia. For info, contact MaKailey Jonas at (210) 805-3051 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 Kelso Art Center Galleries. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. An opening reception and lecture is set for 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 8. For info, contact Roland Sul at (210) 829-3852 or

Upcoming UIW Police Department Events

  • Coffee with a Cop: 8 - 10:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 11, SEC Concourse
  • Milk and Cookies with a Cop: 9 - 11 p.m., Monday, Sept. 11, SEC Concourse
  • Operation Identification: Theft Prevention: 8 - 9 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, Mabee Library Auditorium
  • Survival Mindset: 9 - 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, Mabee Library Auditorium
  • Personal Safety: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, Mabee Library Auditorium
  • Personal Safety: 3 - 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, Mabee Library Auditorium
  • Operation Identification: Theft Prevention: 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, Mabee Library Auditorium

The Murder of Emmett Till with author Devery S. Anderson
CHASS is hosting a public lecture from 7 - 9 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the Concert Hall with author and scholar Devery S. Anderson, author of Emmett Till: The Murder that Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement. The book, published in 2015 by the University of Mississippi Press, is the definitive account of the murder of 14-year old Emmett Till in Mississippi, an event that is often credited as the "beginning" of the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement. For info, contact Dr. Roger Barnes at (210) 829-3976 or

Employee Campaign Kickoff Party - UPDATE
The Office of Development invites all UIW employees to kick off the 2017 Employee Campaign at a kickoff party from 12 - 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21, in the Student Engagement Center Ballroom. For info, contact Rosie Garcia at (210) 829-6072 or

Department News

2017 rso orientation

The Rosenberg School of Optometry faculty welcomed the Class of 2021 Friday, Aug. 25, at their orientation. The class received their lab coats, participated in an ice cream social and had a chance to have lunch with and meet faculty.

2017 chass party

The College of Humanities, Art & Social Sciences (CHASS) dean, faculty and students invited the community to a welcome BBQ on Dubuis Lawn Wednesday, Aug. 30. Pictured above is Dr. Kevin Vichcales, associate provost & dean of CHASS, enjoying the event.

2017 chass party bbq

Dr. Raul Zendejas, associate dean of new student engagement, was the grillmaster at the CHASS Welcome Party Wednesday, Aug. 30. Pictured above (left to right) are Dr. Raul Zendejas, Sr. Sally Mitchell, OSF, retired religious studies faculty for EAP, and Dr. Lopita Nath, associate professor of history and chair.

Ettling Center Reorganization
Dr. Barbara Aranda-Naranjo, associate provost for civic engagement, would like to announce the reorganization of the Ettling Center for Civic Engagement & Sustainability which will now include the Office of Sustainability. The reorganization is a result of the increased need to support, maintain and enhance sustainable efforts within and beyond the University community and the growth of civic and social justice engagement initiatives that support the Mission of the University. The Center will be led by Dr. Ricardo Gonzalez who has over fifteen years of higher education experience in outreach, intervention, and engagement programming and initiatives. The Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability is located in Administration Building, Room 158, and may be contacted at (210) 283-6423.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Collection - UIW Pre-Pharmacy Association
The UIW Pre-Pharmacy Association (PPA) and the Ettling Center for Civic Engagement & Sustainability are partnering to help those in need following the hurricane. Bins labeled NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS and NON-FOOD ITEMS are located throughout campus for your donation. Collection will be accepted now through 12 p.m., Friday, Sept. 1. The PPA will be staging their station from 12 - 4 p.m. on the first floor of the SEC. Some of the collected items will be delivered this Saturday morning to Victoria and surrounding areas. The remainder will be donated to local organizations facilitating relief efforts. They are accepting:



Baby wipes


Small toys


Non-perishable pouch snacks



Non-perishable items only

Bottled water

Bottled Gatorade

Ensure protein drinks


Baby wipes


Tooth brushes

Feminine hygiene products

Soap/Body wash


Please do not donate clothing nor any other items not appearing on this list. For more info, contact Candace Graham at (210) 829-2703 or or Dr. Ricardo Gonzalez at (210) 283-6423 or

UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine Seeks Volunteers for Candidate Interviews
The UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine Office of Admissions is looking for volunteers to assist with student applicant Candidate Interview Days. UIWSOM will conduct 16 fall and spring interview days from Sept. through March. This year's interviews will be held Friday afternoons (1:30 - 3:45 p.m.) and Saturday mornings (7:45 - 10 a.m.). Since the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format is used, many interviewers are required to make each day a success. Training will be provided online and prior to each individual interview day for both new and returning interviewers. For further information, including the list of available interview days, contact Celia Velez, enrollment specialist, at or at (210) 283-6366.

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

Fall 2017 Instructional Technology In-Person and Online Training
Instructional Technology is hosting a series of in-person and online training sessions for Blackboard and Microsoft Office Online. For a full list of courses and ways to sign up, follow this link to the IRD Training Schedule. For further info, contact Terry Peak at (210) 218-8795 or

Community News

2017 student engagement center ribbon cutting

The Student Engagement Center was officially opened Monday, Aug. 28. The University held a grand opening, ribbon cutting, dedication & blessing event at 4 p.m. Pictured above cutting the ribbon are Dr. Thomas Evans, UIW president, Aaron Chávez, SGA president, and UIW Mascot Red Cardinal.

2017 sec opening

UIW held the grand opening, ribbon cutting, dedication and blessing of the Student Engagement Center Monday, Aug. 28. Pictured above with Red Cardinal (left to right) are Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, professor of religious studies, Dr. Mary Hoke, dean of the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing & Health Professions, Dr. Caroline Goulet, dean of the School of Physical Therapy, and Dr. David Maize, dean of the Feik School of Pharmacy.

2017 light the way volunteer day
The first Light the Way Volunteer Day took place Wednesday, Aug. 30, in the Student Engagement Center concourse. Pictured above is Marisol Martinez, graphic designer, helping to string lights. The next volunteer day is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16. Stay tuned for more info.

2017 ice cream social hr

The Office of Human Resources invited UIW employees to celebrate the new school year with a Hawaiian themed ice cream social in the Student Engagement Center ballroom Thursday, Aug. 31. Pictured above (left to right) are Heather Hamilton, HR project manager, Jaime Lopez, benefits specialist, Melody Colunga, HR receptionist, Shannon Root, assistant director of human resources, Breanna Martinez, recruiter and onboarding specialist, Annette Thompson, director of human resources, Mallory Angier, human resources assistant, Michael Schneid, human resources administrator, and Brenda Mata, benefits specialist.

2017 human resources ice cream social group international

Enjoying ice cream and each other's company at the Employee Ice Cream Social are (left to right) Alanna Taylor, study abroad coordinator, Vanessa Lopez, administrative assistant to the vice president for international affairs, Austin Pershing, coordinator of sister school partnerships, Vanessa Griffin, coordinator of international student & visitor activities, Jacqueline Kennedy, European Study Center program assistant, Dr. Renée Bellanger, professor of pharmacy practice, and Christina Seeger, pharmacy librarian.

2017 labor day uiw dining hours

UIW Dining Labor Day Hours
UIW Dining posted their holiday hours for Labor Day weekend. For further info, contact (210) 832-2149.

UPDATE: 2017-2018 Parking Permit Replacement Information
The UIW Business Office has received the replacement parking permits for the 2017-2018 school year. If you have already received your parking permit, please exchange it for a new one at the UIW Business Office located in the Administration Building. No permit will be issued if the defective permit is not returned. If you haven't picked up a permit, please continue to request a temporary permit and register your vehicle on Cardinal Cars. If you have questions, contact the UIW Business Office at (210) 829-6043.

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.

Athletics News

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Upcoming Home Games

Sept. 15 - Women's Soccer vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Benson Stadium, 7 p.m.
Sept. 22 - Men's Soccer vs. HBU, Benson Stadium, 7 p.m.
Sept. 26 - Volleyball vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, McDermott Convocation Center, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 - Volleyball vs. McNeese, McDermott Convocation Center, 7 p.m.
Sept. 29 - Women's Soccer vs. Northwestern State, Benson Stadium, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 - Volleyball vs. Nicholls, McDermott Convocation Center, 11 a.m.
Sept. 30 - Football vs. Abilene Christian, Benson Stadium, 6 p.m.
Oct. 1 - Women's Soccer vs. Central Arkansas, Benson Stadium, 1 p.m.

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

Faculty Focus

Knowing Ourselves, Our Students and Our Disciplines: Culturally Responsive Teaching in Higher Education
The Center for Teaching and Learning is hosting this workshop in the Admin. Bldg., Room 212, at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 19, with wine & cheese, and 12 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21, with lunch. Participants will learn strategies for creating a classroom climate that communicates high expectations and helps foster a sense of belonging for all students. Register here. For info, contact (210) 283-6359 or

Extended Academic Programs

UIW Info Session for Adult Students
Extended Academic Programs is hosting a one-hour info session at either 12 p.m. or 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 12. The noon session will be held at the UIW Northwest Center (9729 Datapoint Dr., Suite 100, 78229), and the 6:30 p.m. session will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn & Conference Center San Antonio/Live Oak (8101 Pat Booker Rd., 78233). 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

Brainpower Connection

2017 sachs

The St. Anthony Catholic High School varsity football team worked with Catholic Charities Thursday, Aug. 31, to help flood victims of Hurricane Harvey. The team did this in lieu of their regularly scheduled practice.

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Visit St. Peter Prince of Apostles Catholic School at


SEED: The Untold Story Film Screening
The Headwaters at Incarnate Word is hosting a screening of SEED: The Untold Story at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 5, in the CHRISTUS Heritage Hall located at The Village at Incarnate Word. The film follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000-year-old food legacy. For info, contact Pamela Ball at (210) 828-2224 or

Ethnobotany Walk
Hike the Headwaters trails with Patty Leslie Pasztor from 9 - 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 8, to learn how Native Americans and early settlers used plants for food, medicine, fiber, dyes and more. Patty will share stories about our trees, shrubs and wildflowers while providing some I.D. tips. The walk is limited to 12 people. Reservation required:

History of Peyote Pilgrimages through Headwaters
The Headwaters at Incarnate Word is hosting a nature walk from 9 - 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 9, through ancient indigenous routes leading through San Antonio to the sacred Peyote Gardens of South Texas. The walk is limited to 12 people. Reservation required:

Third Friday Birding
Come take a leisurely walk through the Headwaters Sanctuary with one of our birding specialists. This walk will take place at 8:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 15. Anyone fascinated by the sights and sounds of birds is welcome. This is a great opportunity for beginning or intermediate birders to develop and improve their identification skills. Please wear close-toed shoes, long pants, and bring water. Binoculars will be available. Each walk is limited to 12 people. Please make a reservation at

Interpretation Skills Presentation
The Headwaters at Incarnate Word is hosting this program from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22.
Learn the basics of interpretation principles and best practices. This presentation is perfect for anyone giving lectures, offering guided walks or working with audiences of all ages. A guided walk will follow the presentation. Liz Palfini, Park Superintendent at Palmetto State Park, will be our presenter. The program is limited to 12 people. Reservation required:


Our thoughts and prayers go to:

  • Dora Garner (Academic Counselor, University Advising Center, BA '65) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Paula Garza.
  • Fletcher R. Veach, Jr. & family on the recent loss of his wife, Dorothy Ann Veach (IWHS '37, ALND '42).

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