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UIW Unsung Hero

UIW unsung hero maryssa
Meet Maryssa Bustamante, transfer adviser at the University of the Incarnate Word. Maryssa was born and raised deep in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley, in Mercedes, TX. She has served UIW as a full-time staff member for two years, but was a Cardinal long before that! She began her undergraduate studies at UIW in 2012. 
During her time here, Maryssa has built relationships with prospective UIW families and eased their transition into becoming part of the UIW community. Dr. Julie Nadeau, who nominated Maryssa for this week's Unsung Hero feature, says Maryssa "works tirelessly to serve prospective and incoming transfer students."When asked what she loves most about being part of the UIW family, Maryssa said, "I love the sense of community that can be found among the students, faculty and administration. I love that I come to work every morning and know that I am surrounded by truly amazing people who care deeply about the successes of one another." 
When she's not positively impacting lives at UIW from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Maryssa most loves spending time with her daughter and fiancee or tackling DIY projects (she's pretty crafty). She also enjoys sewing - she has sewn everything from clothes, to pillows, to curtains, and hopes to teach her daughter to sew one day just like her grandmother taught her. 

Be sure to give Maryssa a big, cheery hello the next time you see her and thank her for the tireless work she does to make UIW a better place! We appreciate you, Maryssa!


Mission and Ministry: Summer Mass Schedule
Our last 8 p.m. Mass for the Spring semester was celebrated on Sunday, May 6.

Masses will continue on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady's Chapel through August 19, 2018. 

We will celebrate our annual Welcome Mass on Sunday, August 26. Due to limited seating in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word, two liturgies will be offered on this day:
- 10:30 AM (Chapel of the Incarnate Word)
- 10:45 AM (Our Lady's Chapel) 

Our 8 p.m. Mass resumes in Our Lady's Chapel on Sunday, September 2, 2018.

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    


Dancing and Speaking for Water
Water is a critical issue for global security. Last year, the Incarnate Word Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee in partnership with URBAN-15 participated in the Global Water Dance Movement growing on five continents to celebrate beauty, raise awareness and call for advocacy. Learn of that on “El Ojo del Agua”, a discussion focused on the blue hole, San Antonio's sacred headwaters—particularly the stories, poems, songs, and other artistic expressions inspired by the springs for millennia among the diverse peoples. Facilitated by Sister Martha Ann Kirk of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and Isaac Cardenas, Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan elder, this discussion features archival footage of the springs at peak flow.

Join the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability and the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word for Dancing and Speaking for Water, a gathering celebrating and emphasizing the importance of water in the world. This event will be held on Saturday, June 23 at 8 p.m. at the Blue Hole at Headwaters at Incarnate Word. For more information, please contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 883-5934 or

dancing and singing for water UIW


16th Annual Chip'n Classic Golf Tournament

golf tournament st anthony high school


UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine Preview Day
Spread the word! The School of Osteopathic Medicine will host a preview day for any prospective students who wish to take a tour, and ask questions about programs that are offered.

UIW SOM Preview Day 2018


Community News

El Ojo del Agua: Sacred Springs, Sacred Stories
As part of San Antonio's Tricentennial arts activities, URBAN-15 is producing “Hidden Histories,” the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m., a series that pursues and preserves the stories, lives, and places that make San Antonio an inspiring cultural treasure. This series is supported by San Antonio Film Commission and the San Antonio Area Foundation. 

“El Ojo del Agua: Sacred Springs, Sacred Stories,” stories, music, and dance inspired by San Antonio's sacred headwaters where diverse peoples have come for over 10,000 years was the June feature of “Hidden Histories,” and can be watched here. The program considers the Blue Hole from which springs have emerged which is within the Headwaters at Incarnate Word, a 53-acre nature sanctuary, a non-profit ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word adjacent to the University of the Incarnate Word.

Isaac Cardenas, Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan elder and a graduate of Incarnate Word, shared on the waters and ancient wisdom from original peoples. Sister Martha Ann Kirk, a Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word, shared the words of Franciscan Friar Damian Massanet, about the beauty of nature and the river which the people called Yanaguana.

El Ojo del Agua UIW Sr. Martha Ann Kirk

San Antonio Museum Exhibitions

McNay Exhibit


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 
  • Egyptian Animal Mummies: Science Explores an Ancient Religion - Through July 1, 2018

McNay Art Museum Current Exhibitions:

  • Manuel Carrillo: Mi Querido Mexico - Through September 2, 2018
  • Fragments of a Dream - Through September 9, 2018
  • HemisFair '68: San Antonio's World's Fair - Through July 29, 2018

  • 100 Years of Printmaking in San Antonio: Bill Reily - Through July 1, 2018

  • Captain Seth Eastman's Journey with a Sketchbook: New Orleans and the Gulf - Through July 1, 2018

  • ARTMATTERS: Mi McNay es Su McNay - Through July 1, 2018

Faculty Focus

Technology 4 Lunch
Learn everything you wanted to know about OneDrive at this workshop being held on Tuesday, July 10 from noon – 1 p.m. in Mabee Library Rm. 230. 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 more information, please contact Terry Peak at (210) 829-3920 or

Department News

Banner 9 Showcase Sessions
Please sign up for Banner 9 Showcase Sessions using the sign-up sheet here.
Sign Up Steps:

  • View the June 2018 Banner 9 Showcase Sessions Calendar on Sheet 1.
  • Click on the day you would like to sign up & you will be taken to the weekly sign-up list.
  • Add your name next to a numbered space under the sessions you would like to sign up for.

For more information, please contact Joanna Arredondo at (210) 283-6489 or

Athletics News

athletic news



Win a Family Four Pack of Tickets to Schlitterbahn® Waterpark
Thanks to the Office of Development, we have four Family Four Pack ticket bundles available to Schlitterbahn® Waterpark in New Braunfels. For a chance to win the four tickets, email with #BahnLove in the subject line and your answer to the following question: In what year did the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word first come to San Antonio? The first person to correctly answer the question will win the first ticket bundle.

The tickets are valid through Sunday, Sept. 16. Questions? Call Communications and Marketing at (210) 829-6001.

Stay tuned to The Word Today for the remaining three opportunities to win!

Project WILD Workshop
This workshop is offered as part of the Headwaters Environmental Education Teacher Training Institute. Project WILD is a wildlife-focused conservation education program for K-12 educators and their students and is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. It is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world. See schedule below.

Workshop 1: Project WILD ($10)
Tuesday, June 26, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Critically acclaimed wildlife-focused hands-on education program

Workshop 2: Aquatic WILD ($10)
Wednesday, June 27, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Educator program focused on aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecology.

Workshop 3: Flying WILD ($10)
Thursday, June 28, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Fieldwork-based teaching program connecting bird ecology and conservation.

Register for all three workshops for $25! For more information, please contact Alex Antram at (210) 828-2224 ext. 232, or


Our thoughts and prayers go to:

Dr. Stephen Goffar (Associate Dean, School of Physical Therapy) and his wife, Kim & family on the recent loss of her father, Ronald Moder.

Her family, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and the entire UIW community on the recent loss of Sr. Mary Ruth Murphy, CCVI (BA '62).

Emmanuel and Thalenta Ncube Socks on the recent loss of their son, Simiselo Ncube Socks (BS '18).


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