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HEB Business Plan Students

UIW students competed in the H-E-B School of Business & Administration Business Plan Competition on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. Pictured above are the event's two teams of finalists after the presentation of their final business plans to a panel of judges.


Our Lady's Chapel Services

All are welcome.

  • Noon Mass, Monday - Friday
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation - 11:30 a.m. Fridays or by appointment with Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T. at (210) 829-3131 or


Ettling Center for Civic Leadership: Incarnate Word Sisters in History and Drama
The Ettling Center for Civic Leadership presents Incarnate Word Sisters in History and Drama. "For the Good of Others: A Brief History of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio" by Dr. Gilberto M. Hinojosa, History Professor Emeritus and part of "Ashes Could Not Stop Her: A One-Woman Drama on How the Sisters Started Responding to Needs in 1869" will be performed by Sr. Martha Ann Kirk followed by a discussion on how we respond to needs today. These programs will first be held on Tuesday, Jan. 30, once from 1:30 - 2:45 p.m., and once from 3 - 4:15 p.m. in the Mabee Library Auditorium. These programs will be available throughout the Tricentennial Year for different UIW schools. For more information, please contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at

UIW Campus Dining: Join Us for Steak & Lobster!
Get fired up to experience the sizzle of delicious grilled sirloin with split lobster tail, served with creamy garlic mashed potatoes and fresh grilled asparagus, accompanied with clarified butter and au jus. Enjoy your meal at Campus Dining in the Student Engagement Center on Wednesday, Jan. 31 from 4:30 - 8 p.m.
Cost for attendees: One meal swipe + $10 ($10 payable by dining dollars, credit card or cash) or $19.75 + tax if paying with credit card or cash.

Honors Program: Human Library
Popular demand has the Honors Program bringing back the Human Library to Mabee Library. "Readers" will check out human "books" for an information exchange on provocative topics to help dispel misconceptions or misinformation. This year's topics include reporter, feminist, addiction recovery, veteran, peace activist, and more. The full catalog can be found online at here. The public is invited to participate in this event, to be held from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Mabee Library on Wednesday, Feb. 7.

UIW Admissions Event for Adults

The UIW community is invited to an Extended Academic Programs Admissions Event for Adults at noon or 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb.1. The noon session will be held at the UIW Northwest Center (9729 Data point Dr., 78229). The 6:30 session will be held at the UIW Grossman International Conference Center (847 E. Hildebrand Ave., 78212). This presentation will provide an overview of the School of Professional Studies, School of Applied Sciences, degree offerings and program benefits. Apply in person and bring your transcripts for an evaluation. Door prizes and light refreshments provided. RSVP at (210) 757-0202 or

Visit to learn more.

International Student & Scholar Services: 2018 Asian New Year Celebration
The International Affairs Division invites you to the annual Asian New Year Celebration from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 12, in the Student Engagement Center Ballroom. Enjoy Asian cuisine and live performances. For more information, contact Jose Martinez at (210) 805-5705 or


UIW Presents 15th Annual Red Dress Fashion Show & Health Fair

2018 Red Dress Invitation

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is proud to present the 15th Annual Red Dress Fashion Show & Health Fair, Tuesday, Feb. 13. Join us from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the UIW Student Engagement Center (SEC) for healthy living information, demonstrations and tips provided by students from UIW's professional programs. Plus, visit local vendors to shop for unique gifts just in time for Valentine's Day. The highlight of the event will take place at 12 p.m. as the Red Dress Fashion Show takes place in the SEC Ballroom. The annual Red Dress Fashion Show & Health Fair supports the American Heart Association and their Go Red campaign during National Heart Month in February. The event is free and open to the public.

2018 San Antonio Tricentennial Higher Education Events



Community News

Campus Engagement, ECCLS, and International Affairs: Diversi-Tea/Collation

Cardinals Give Back

Representatives of the Campus Engagement Office, the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability, and International Affairs host Diversi-Tea, held Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. The daily tradition of "Collation" of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word dates as far back as 1876 when the Sisters would gather for a break each afternoon after returning to the convent from teaching in the local schools and helping in the hospitals. The Sisters would reflect and spend time with each other over tea and bread or cookies.



Spring 2018 Student Org Fair

student org fair

UIW students represent Greek life at the spring 2018 Student Org Fair. The Student Org Fair took place on Wednesday, Jan. 24, and served as an opportunity for students to learn about the many ways they can become involved in campus life.


Celebrating the Big 300th Birthday!
Incarnate Word ministries have been part of almost half of San Antonio's history. For education and enjoyment during this Tricentennial year, please consider the resources and service opportunities available for you at our website's UIW Tricentennial Invitation page and Sustainability Service 300 page. For more on how to integrate service learning opportunities in your classes this year, please visit the website's Service and Service Learning Guidelines page. For more information, please contact Sister Martha Ann Kirk at
Watch KSAT 12's recent SA 300 feature on UIW founder, Mother Madeleine here:

The Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability Winter Coat Drive
The ECCL needs your assistance in donating new clothing and items to help the children at the Jose Cardenas Early Childhood Head Start Center. We are asking for the following items Children's coats/sweaters size 5, blankets, kids socks, khaki/navy blue pants (child sizes 4, 5, and 6). Please drop off your donations through Feb. 1, 2018 in AD 158 or call our office to arrange a pick-up. For questions, please contact Yesenia Caloca at 210-805-2547 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.

San Antonio Museum of Art Current Exhibitions:

The Magic of Clay and Fire: Japanese Contemporary Ceramics Through Spring 2018

McNay Art Museum Current Exhibitions:

Chuck Ramirez: All This and Heaven Too - Through January 14, 2018

Art & Activism: Political Prints by Goya, Orozco, and Shahn - Through January 14, 2018

Rashaad Newsome: KNOT - Through January 21, 2018

Behind the Screen: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas - Through February 4, 2018

Stage Frights: Madness, Monsters, Mayhem - Through February 4, 2018

Faculty Focus

Instructional Technology - Blackboard User's Group
Since UIW's last update, Blackboard has made significant updates to the LMS. These new features include:

  • Bulk Delete - This is a time-saving feature that allows faculty to delete multiple unused Grade Center columns at one time.
  • Drag and Drop - This option allows faculty to drag and drop links and documents into content areas, assignments, journals and blogs.
  • Submission Receipts - When a student submits their assignment, they receive a receipt with a date and time stamp, noting that the assignment was completed and turned in.
  • Cloud storage integration allows students and faculty to upload course documents from their OneDrive.

This training session will be held on Friday, Jan. 26 from noon - 1 p.m., in the Mabee Library room 230. For more information, contact Terry Peak at (210) 218-8795 or

Center for Teaching and Learning: To Flip or Not to Flip

Join presenter John Stankus for the Center for Teaching and Learning's session, To Flip or Not to Flip, on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 8 a.m. or Thursday, Feb. 1 at noon in AD 212. In the flipped model, students get a first introduction to the content before class meets, often through short videos. This early preparation allows more class time for problem-solving or other active learning. The session's participants will learn strategies for making the most of this model, as well as ways to avoid some of its potential problems. Register for the session here. For more information, please contact Kathy Allwein at (210) 283-6359 or

Instructional Technology - Kaltura
Kaltura is a Blackboard plugin, allowing users to easily capture their computer screen or webcam. The application has been significantly upgraded, and the session will address current changes in the software.

In addition, attendees will learn how to:

  • Create a Kaltura video
  • Edit their video
  • Upload the video to Blackboard's My Media Gallery
  • Manage video content in the My Media Gallery

This training session will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 31 from 3 - 4 p.m., in AD 312. Click here to sign up. For more information, contact Terry Peak at (210) 218-8795 or

Soft Chalk
Are you delivering engaging, interactive learning content to your students? Or are your online courses just a place for students to download a syllabus and check their grades? SoftChalk Cloud is the fast and easy way to create high quality online lessons and eBooks that are interactive and engage students. This course is taught in two consecutive sessions, one week apart.

At the conclusion of session one, participants will be able to:

  • Access License Key
  • Convert a Word document into an interactive Web page
  • Save a lesson

At the conclusion of session two, participants will be able to:

  • Create an interactive Web page
  • Add an interactive quiz
  • Upload your SoftChalk lesson to Blackboard

Click here to register for both February face-to-face sessions.

Please sign up for BOTH sessions


StudyMate will help students "master the basics" of course material through learning activities, self-assessments, and games.

At the conclusion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Create different types of learning activities such as crossword puzzles, flash cards and self-quizzes
  • Integrate learning activities with Blackboard and the Grade Center

Register here.


For Your Students

Residence Life Staff Recruitment
Residence Life has opened its "Call for Nominations" for the 2018-2019 Residence Life staff. Nominations will be accepted from Jan 16 through 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10. Please take this opportunity to nominate a UIW student who you feel is ready to take on the challenge of being a residential leader. The department has six unique opportunities for students who wish to develop their skill set and be challenged to make a difference at UIW: Resident Assistant (UIW), Resident Assistant (Madeleine Hall), Office Assistant, Tutor, and Driver. Nominees will receive a personal invitation to one of several information sessions hosted January 22-25. Please visit for more information. If you would like to nominate a student, fill out our nomination form at here. For more information, contact J.R. Chiodo-Benmuvhar at (210) 883-1996 or

Official UIW Class Ring Order Dates
UIW now has an official class ring designed by Herff Jones! The new class ring was carefully designed to encompass prominent landmarks on campus that not only tell the story of our university, but also reflect on the student's college journey. To view the official class ring, visit

Herff Jones will be on main campus outside the Cardinal Shoppe in the Student Engagement Center to take orders on:

Tuesday, Jan. 30: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan 31: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 1: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Prices vary depending upon material and stone selections. A full price breakdown and payment plan options will be available at the ring order site. For inquiries, please contact Herff Jones at 281-353-2774 or at


Athletics News

UIW Athletics


Jan. 27: Women's Basketball vs. New Orleans - 11 a.m. McDermott Center

Jan. 27: Men's Basketball vs. New Orleans - 2 p.m. McDermott Center


Feb. 3: Women's Basketball vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi - 1 p.m. (McDermott Center)

Feb. 3: Men's Basketball vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi - 3 p.m. (McDermott Center)

Feb. 4: Men's Tennis vs. Louisiana-Lafayette - 10 a.m. (Mabry Tennis Center)

Feb. 4: Women's Tennis vs. UTSA - 1 p.m. (Mabry Tennis Center)

Feb. 7: Men's Basketball vs. Southeastern Louisiana - 7 p.m. (McDermott Center)

Feb. 9: Women's Tennis vs. Louisiana-Lafayette - 11 a.m. (Mabry Tennis Center)

Feb. 9: Synchro Hosts UIW Invitational - 7 p.m. (Natatorium)

Feb. 10: Synchro Hosts UIW Invitational - 11:30 a.m. (Senior Day; Natatorium)

Feb. 14: Women's Basketball vs. Lamar - 6 p.m. (McDermott Center)



Announcement from Lisa Bazley, VP for Information Resources
Please join us in welcoming Brian Anderson to the university. As Director of Information Security, Brian is responsible for the development and enforcement of the university's information security policy and strategy. Brian comes to us with an impressive background in cyber security operations and security infrastructure. From 2009 to 2014 Brian was the Cyber Defense Range Director and Lead Cyber Defense Tactician for the Texas Air National Guard, San Antonio. In 2014 he joined Texas A&M University, San Antonio as the information security officer. We are pleased and quite fortunate that Brian has joined the UIW IT leadership team. Feel free to drop Brian a welcome note at or stop by to visit him in his new office on the ground floor of the Mabee Library.

The Office of Communications and Marketing has moved
The UIW Office of Communications and Marketing (OCM) has moved. Formerly located in the McCracken House, OCM is now located on the ground floor of the Buckley Mitchell Advancement Center. Phone and CPO numbers have stayed the same. Please feel free to stop by and say hello. If you have any questions, call (210) 829-6001.


Our thoughts and prayers go to:
Retired Professor Emerita, Dr. Pat Gower, who mourns the loss of her son, Travis Lamkin. Travis received both his BA and MA from UIW. He also taught part-time at UIW and CIW. A memorial service is to be determined. Condolences may be emailed to Dr. Gower at


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