The Word: UIW Community Newsletter - April 30, 2021
On Wednesday, April 28, members of our UIW community tuned in for the premiere of the 2021 Leadership Appreciation Event. A first-of-its-kind video event, Leadership Appreciation 2021 is hosted by President Dr. Thomas M. Evans and features University leaders, faculty, students, alumni and benefactors who share the impacts that UIW has made in their lives and in the larger world. Throughout the 30-minute video, students gave viewers a look into their UIW journeys, the exceptional opportunities in which they have taken part, and how they intend to live the Mission now and into the future.
Future educators, business professionals, engineers, pharmacists, scientists, and more, each student dreams of making positive change in the world, thanks to their transformative UIW education and the scholarships that made it possible. Alumni, leaders and friends shared why they are giving back to the university that gave them so much and are helping open doors to even more students through their support. Leadership Appreciation 2021 can be viewed below or at uiw.edu/leadership.
The Spring Class of 2021 will be honored with modified, in-person commencement ceremonies on May 7 and 8 at UIW’s Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium. All in-person graduates and guests will be required to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines, including the use of masks and social distancing. Tickets to undergraduate, graduate and doctoral ceremonies are limited to two per graduate. The deadline for graduates to claim their guest tickets is Friday, April 30 at 11:59 p.m. All ceremonies will be live-streamed. As a University, we will celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass on Thursday, May 6 at 6 p.m. via Zoom and live-stream.
Baccalaureate Mass/Commencement Ceremony dates and times
- Thursday, May 6, 6 p.m. (Online Event)
- Baccalaureate Mass - Register here to participate virtually
- Friday, May 7, 7 p.m. (Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium/Online Livestream)
- Feik School of Pharmacy
- Rosenberg School of Optometry
- School of Physical Therapy
- Saturday, May 8, 9 a.m. (Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium/Online Livestream)
- School of Osteopathic Medicine (Inaugural Class)
- Saturday, May 8, 12 p.m. (Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium/Online Livestream)
- Dreeben School of Education
- School of Professional Studies
- Rosenberg School of Optometry (Vision Science)
- Saturday, May 8, 3 p.m. (Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium/Online Livestream)
- College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
- H-E-B School of Business and Administration
- Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing & Health Professions
- School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering
- School of Media and Design
The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is proud to announce that the national website Intelligent.com has ranked the UIW Master of Arts in Administration with a concentration of Industrial and Organizational Psychology program as one of the Best Online Master’s in Psychology Degree Programs for 2021. UIW was ranked No. 13 in the nation and also ranked as the Best Catholic Institution.
“Jobs in the area of psychology continue to be in high demand,” says Jonathan Lovejoy, interim dean of the UIW School of Professional Studies. “It’s an honor to be recognized by Intelligent.com for our rigorous work in preparing students for this field and it’s a credit to those students who are getting the work done and succeeding.”
Intelligent.com based its results on various categories including assessment of reputation in the field, post-graduate job placement ratings, course strength, faculty and flexibility. The website only considered programs that have a fully online component and are offered at non-profit universities.
According to the website, job prospects for psychology majors are on the rise with more than 138,000 jobs expected by 2026. Those jobs are best found in the areas of market research and analysis and in clinical, school, counseling and industrial psychologist jobs.
UIW offers an online Master of Arts in Administration with a concentration in the area of Industrial and Organizational Psychology out of the School of Professional Studies that requires 30 credit hours to graduate.
Intelligent.com analyzed 144 schools, on a scale of 0 to 100, with only 41 making it to the final list for Online Master’s in Psychology Degree Programs.
A virtual study abroad course brought together students from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio and Universidad Incarnate Word Campus Bajío in Irapuato, Mexico, during the Spring 2021 semester.
The course, Startup Models Beyond Borders (HON BINT 4360), teaches students the steps and processes involved in creating, funding and operating a startup business in emerging markets.
Students from the UIW campuses in San Antonio and Irapuato attended the class together virtually – a first for the University. With help from local organizations and mentors, students established working relationships with the indigenous Chicimeca people, who reside in the present-day Bajío region of Mexico, in order to acquire, transport and sell their handmade artisan goods in the United States.
A First for UIW
The Startup Models Beyond Borders course has been offered at UIW in San Antonio for several years and usually includes a week-long excursion to the Bajío region of Mexico during Spring Break. Travel restrictions due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic took away the opportunity to visit Mexico, but not the benefits of the shared cultural experience of studying abroad.
The Spring 2021 term is the first in which the University has offered a virtual study abroad course. It is also the first course to include students from the UIW campuses in the United States and Mexico.
"It's been a great experience collaborating with the students from UIW Campus Bajío," said Luis Aarón Jiménez Guillén, a sophomore mechatronics engineering student at UIW. "Listening to different ideologies has helped me to expand my critical thinking towards the development of the project."
"This class has challenged my problem solving skills and enabled me to collaborate with other students abroad for a common goal. The advantage of this class is we are not relying on a textbook, but rather engaging in real time with real world transactions. Moreover, preparing us for what we might see when engaging in cross-border business," senior international business student David Flores said.
Dr. Adesegun Oyedele, an associate professor of international business and marketing at the H-E-B School of Business, said that teaching the course online has actually enhanced the experience. The Spring Break trips to visit UIW Campus Bajío in pre-pandemic times were jam packed from the moment students landed in Mexico, with visits to local businesses, meetings with students and tours of the region.
"Holding the class virtually has helped to focus on the content," Dr. Oyedele said. "Technology has also helped to bring in more people with experience."
Before, collaboration between students at UIW in San Antonio and Campus Bajío was only possible during the one week of Spring Break. By teaching the class virtually, students have been able to work together throughout the entire semester.
While nothing can replace the experience of physically traveling to a different country, the pandemic has spurred innovations to the study abroad model that will likely continue in some ways in the future.
One of the innovations made possible by teaching the course online has been the ability to bring more expertise to the classroom through guest speakers and mentors who otherwise would never be able to visit an in-person class.
Students have learned from mentors and guest speakers like Rachel L. Spence, director of operations and engagement at the nonprofit Fair Trade Federation; Joy McBrien, founder of Fair Anita, a fair-trade jewelry brand; Robert Scarlett, board of directors chair at the Venn Foundation; and Adriana Cortes, director of the Fundación Comunitaria del Bajío (FCB).
This expert knowledge and experience offered insight into the challenges unique to operating a cross-border startup and helped students navigate the steps in their own cross-border partnership with the Chicimeca people.
Shared Cultural Experience
The students in the Startup Models Beyond Borders class – eight from UIW in San Antonio and 10 from Campus Bajío – worked together in teams to establish their startup project while maintaining a focus on social responsibility.
One of the main strategic partners that made it possible for the students to connect with the Chichimecas was the Fundación Comunitaria del Bajío. For more than 20 years, the foundation has worked to improve the healthcare, education and economic opportunities for vulnerable populations in the region. Watch foundation Director Adriana Cortes explain more about their work.
"One of our objectives was to help connect people from the indigenous communities to the global economy. These groups do not have formalized businesses, which limits their participation in the global economy. The Fundación Comunitaria del Bajío was the bridge to making the connection with indigenous communities," Dr. Oyedele said.
Professor María G. Alba from UIW Campus Bajío said that by working together with the Fundación Comunitaria del Bajío, students are helping to conserve the Chichimecas history and promote their traditions while activating their economy.
"We respect their values and train the new generations with a social conscience to help those who need it most, always respecting their origins, which historically are also ours," Professor Alba said. "I think this is the best way to learn – to live the reality and practice our human values."
To launch their startup projects, each team of students received $1,500 in funding through the UIW Office of the Provost. Capitalizing on the business connections made to the Chicimeca community, students purchased handmade artisan products, such as musical instruments and figurines. Teams then arranged for the packing and shipping of the products across the border, where they have been sold to consumers in the United States. See a full catalog of products.
One of the largest customers for the Chicimeca products has been the Golden Purge boutique in San Antonio, which has purchased more than $1,000 worth of goods. Owner Magdalena Barrera said the products have been received well by her customers.
"The Golden Purge operates on a conviction to offer curated and distinctive merchandise through sourcing authentic, original and culturally significant artisans that offer a distinguished product assortment," Barrera said. "Offering a curated product line to our patrons is as equally important as supporting the commercial sustainability and cultural preservation of the artisans, families and their communities."
Throughout the process of establishing their startup projects, students have worked to offer fair-trade pricing by working directly with the Chichimeca people. Watch a demonstration of the products.
"Our goal as a team is to share the Chichimecas story," junior international business student Pilar Romero said. "We are not just selling a product; we are allocating the community's life and rich culture to a different society. The effort to create this startup business with the indigenous community aligns with all five values of the University of the Incarnate Word: education, faith, truth, service and innovation."
"Supporting the Chichimeca community is an initiative we are taking very seriously as we know the culture and background behind these products is the most important factor for the indigenous community," Flores said.
The students plan to continue selling the Chichimeca products through the end of the spring semester and explore opportunities to partner with them again on future projects. They also hope to one day soon visit the Bajío region of Mexico once again.
By working together on this project, students from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio and from UIW Campus Bajío have established a foundation for future endeavors between the two schools. Their work demonstrates the possibilities present in the UIW network of students, educators and community partners.
Dr. Adesegun Oyedele and Prof. María G. Alba leveraged the virtual study abroad platform to create UIW's first bicultural course experience. Through cross-cultural research and the experiential startup project, students developed a deep cultural knowledge and established the skills needed to connect with business partners in emerging markets.
The H-E-B School of Business and Administration, along with the UIW Office of the Provost and the Liza and Jack Lewis III Institute of the Americas, are proud of the work the students in the Startup Models Beyond Borders class have done toward creating global connections and are excited for the future of the course as it continues to evolve.
On Monday, April 26, the School of Media and Design hosted the 2021 Senior Show for Fashion Management and Graphic Design at the McNay Art Museum. The Fashion Management and Graphic Design Departments presented their student design projects from the 2020-2021 academic year. Each student designer featured their collection in a private boutique-type setting with their portfolio, a concept board and some of the fashion garments displayed on mannequins. To preserve the ambiance of a fashion show, models were also present to informally showcase the garments. Graphic design students displayed their work on posters and other printed items. Guests had the opportunity to visit with the student designers in person to discuss their inspiration and future plans.
As with many events and celebrations of the last year, the 2021 senior showcase looked different from the way senior work is typically displayed and celebrated, but these senior Cardinals rose to the occasion. Guests and students adhered to COVID-19 safety protocols for a showcase that was safe, fun and featured the hard work of the student designers on full display.
Congratulations to the graduating students of UIW's Fashion Design and Graphic Design programs on an outstanding showcase!
The Feik School of Pharmacy is pleased to announce the launch of the Master of Science in Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences degree program. The goal of this program is to equip students with the advanced knowledge and skills for careers in pharmaceutical sciences. The two-year degree program is built on a curriculum that focuses on three key areas of pharmaceutical sciences – medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, and pharmacology – and includes an internship. Career opportunities for graduates include the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, government agencies, and research laboratories. The program is currently taking applications for the Fall 2021 semester.
In late March, AVS Labs’ student research assistants Tristan Brouwer and Charles Beck, working with several other members of the lab, applied to establish a chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) student branch at UIW. IEEE accepted the application, and UIW hosted its first Student Branch meeting on April 14. IEEE is the world's largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology. The association has 423,000 members in over 160 countries.
The UIW IEEE student branch will give students access to many academic opportunities and resources from around the world, including over a dozen different technical councils and committees, as well as dozens of societies devoted to everything from Magnetics to Oceanic Engineering. The student branch extends sincere thanks to Garrett Hall, electrical engineer at Southwest Research Institute, for his support, cooperation and close work with the AVS Lab in establishing UIW's IEEE student branch.
The Feik School of Pharmacy Class of 2022 held its first in-person event for the 2020-2021 academic year on Friday, April 23. Ninety-six third-year (P3) students celebrated the end of their didactic learning as they move into their fourth year of experiential learning. The ceremony was held in the Lila Cockrell Theatre at the Henry B. González Convention Center downtown. Each student was able to invite two family members to attend the ceremony and still allow for safe distancing among attendees. The full complement of Pharmacy administrators, faculty and staff were in attendance as well. Sr. Walter Maher, CCVI, vice president of University Mission and Ministry, led guests in the blessing of the students.
The P3 students were awarded over $78,000 in scholarships, in recognition of their academic performance or field of interest, from community partners, pharmacy associations and alumni. Special recognitions went to OSA Ambassador of the Year Award recipient Ms. Sumera Virani, and to the USPHS Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Award recipient Ms. Iliana Rico.
FSOP also recognizes three Pharmacy faculty and staff at this ceremony annually. The Faculty of the Year Award recipient, chosen by faculty and staff, was Dr. Russell Attridge, senior associate dean of Academic Affairs. The Staff of the Year Award recipient, chosen by faculty and staff, was Mrs. Liz Hernandez, student affairs advisor and counselor. The Teacher of the Year Award recipient, chosen by the students, was Dr. Jorge Medina, assistant professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
The University of the Incarnate Word will hold its Spring Baccalaureate Mass on Thursday, May 6 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The virtual doors will open at 5:45 p.m.
The history of the Baccalaureate ceremony is firmly entrenched in the medieval European custom of presenting graduating candidates for the degree of Bachelor (bacca) with laurels (lauri) or recognition of their achievement. It is traditionally a religious service of celebration and thanksgiving for the time the graduates (bachelor and advanced degrees) have devoted to growing in wisdom at a place of education.
University Mission and Ministry cordially invites the UIW family to gather in thanksgiving on this interactive Zoom platform to celebrate the sacrifices and accomplishments of our soon-to-be graduates. Though we are unable to gather in the traditional way, we know that having the opportunity to see friends, family, and mentors who have impacted one's life is an important part of the celebration of this day.
Graduates, faculty, Incarnate Word Sisters, family and friends are invited to register for the Zoom link by Sunday, May 2. Due to security purposes and to preserve the integrity of the Mass, the registration deadline is firm.
Please join us on Thursday, May 6 at noon for our virtual National Day of Prayer service that will be streamed on the UMM Media Ministry YouTube channel. Prayers will be said for our communities and for our nation as we are facing unprecedented times. We believe that in these unprecedented times is our opportunity to come together in prayer. The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.
UIW Mission and Ministry is now live-streaming Sunday Mass from Our Lady’s Chapel. We invite your participation in one of the following formats:
- In-Person Attendance: UIW Community members wishing to attend Mass in-person are asked to register for a seat using our new Flocknote app, as well as abide by all safety guidelines put in place for the pandemic, including the health screening via Cardinal Health Check and wearing a mask during the liturgy. Seating is extremely limited due to protocols put in place due to the pandemic. Students receive priority in-person registration at the following links:
- Virtual Attendance: Those wishing to attend Mass virtually should continue registering through Zoom. The links to RSVP for the livestream Mass are:
Our livestream Mass is a hybrid broadcast, bringing both our in-person assembly in Our Lady’s Chapel and online assembly together. Both groups are able to see and hear one another.
The 44th Annual Swing-In Auction Party and Golf Tournament is just around the corner! This year, the auction party you know and love is coming to you in a safe, virtual format. Plus, when you register for the auction, you will also be able to view the premiere of our virtual "gala" program! All proceeds raised from the auction will directly benefit the University’s scholarship fund to ensure the continuation of higher education for students at the University of the Incarnate Word.
The auction will officially open Friday, May 7 at 8 a.m. and close Thursday, May 13 at 8:30 p.m. The virtual gala program will premiere on the auction site on Thursday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m.
You don’t want to miss your chance to bid on amazing auction items including:
- Front-row Spurs tickets including car service
- Artistic Images Studio Portrait Session
- Happy Hour at Frederick’s Bistro for 20 guests including appetizers and drinks
- Invisalign or Braces Package from 7 to 7 Dental
- A $2,250 gift card to Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
- Koe Wetzel autographed electric Fender guitar
- Radiance MedSpa Package
- Whataburger for a Year
- And more!
As always, the Swing-In Raffle has returned as well! Only 300 tickets will be sold! Buy your Swing-In raffle ticket for $100 to support UIW scholarships – all proceeds will directly benefit the Scholarship Fund and provide UIW students with the opportunity to further their education at a faith-based institution. The raffle winner will choose one of the following prizes:
- Tuscany Culinary Escape
- Charleston Luxury Getaway
- Fairmont Chateau Whistler
- $5,000 Merchandise Credit Balance on Credit Card.
The Swing-In Golf Tournament will be held Friday, May 14. For information on how to participate in the golf tournament, please contact Kendra Pittman with the UIW Office of Development at email@example.com.
Jessice Parra, director of operations for UIW's Corpus Christi Center, represented UIW as the Regional P-16 Council Events Committee Chairperson for this year’s Discover Your Direction conference in Corpus Christi, on March 30 and 31. The Discover Your Direction conference explores endorsements and is an annual event hosted by the Regional P-16 Council and Education Service Center, Region 2. This conference is open to students from grades 7-10 in the Coastal Bend region. Discover Your Direction offers interactive sessions presented by professionals from across the region.
This year’s event provided 273 students with the opportunity to explore endorsements and learn about careers leading to in-demand jobs and high-paying wages in our area. During the two-day event, Parra was asked to present Learning for Life in Arts & Humanities to the students who selected to learn about that topic. In addition to aiding in the planning and executing of the event, she worked with the city to secure the Mayor of Corpus Christi as a keynote speaker for the students on day two of the event.
The Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability hosted its annual day of service on Friday, April 23. Students participated in caring for the Community Gardens and donated canned food to benefit the Cardinals’ Cupboard Food Pantry. The Lemonade Circle hosted a T-shirt bag activity benefitting the Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc. Donation Center, wrote words of encouragement and hope through postcards and notes, and participated as individuals and teams in the service challenge game, the Amazing Race for Hope hosted by CAVALRY.
Students are encouraged to continue the spirit of giving and volunteering through ongoing service opportunities.
Alex Montalvo, senior Music Performance major, was selected as one of four Summer Apprentice Artists for the OPERA San Antonio. Montalvo will participate in a series of performances this summer in San Antonio public libraries as well as coaching with Maestro Millioto and masterclasses with the artist director, Lorren Meeker and chorus master Dottie Randall.
“This is a highly competitive program in which mostly Master's in Vocal Performance major applicants are selected by audition," said Dr. Orit Eylon, coordinator of the UIW Voice Area and associate professor of Music. “I am so proud of Alex, and this gives us great exposure within the community. Alex is my voice student and coaches with Bill [Gokelman] as well, so we are so proud of his accomplishments at such a young age.”
Montalvo has a year of study remaining to complete his degree.
Ruby Filoteo and Justin Kraiza, editor and assistant editor respectively, of The Logos, UIW's student-run newspaper, received honors for their columns entered into the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association’s Division 5 competition, where most of the state’s college papers compete as non-daily or non-weekly publications.
The Logos, which moved to a digital format this academic year due to the pandemic, is published monthly. Filoteo, a Graphic Design major who is minoring in Communication Arts, developed the template on which she and Kraiza, a Communication Arts major concentrating in Multimedia-Journalism, create the layout and write columns for each issue.
Filoteo’s column, “Saying Bye-Bye to Buddy,” about the death of her longtime family pet dog, and Kraiza’s column, “The Importance of Having Conversations,” received the top honors, with a judge commenting that they "enjoyed the personal nature” of the articles.
Filoteo also received a second-place award for a front-page cover, which a judge said had a “good variety of photos, logos, stories and skyteases.” She shared third place with Kraiza for a feature-page design that a judge commented was “very newsy with lots of points of entry between photos and breakout boxes.” Filoteo also received an honorable mention for an editorial cartoon about classes starting in a pandemic. A judge in this division complimented the work as one where “the color pops and nicely echoes the title design.”
In addition to sharing the third-place award with Filoteo, Kraiza received a second-place award for his critical review of the movie, “The Shining,” and how it shined “a light on environmental psychology.” The judge in this category said, “I appreciated a lack of plot description in this review of the classic film that focused more on the reader's thoughts [about] the theme of the movie and its social commentary.”
Class of 2021, welcome to your official UIW Alumni Association! Soon you will cross the graduation stage and enter into a world of endless possibilities. The world is yours and we are grateful to have been a part of your academic journey. To wish you success in your next chapter, UIW Alumni Association Board of Directors President, Martin Padron Jr., and President-Elect, Dr. Christopher Alvarado shared a special message for the Class of 2021.
The National Home Infusion Foundation (NHIF) has named UIW alumna Christina Ritchey, MS ’08 the recipient of the of the 2021 Outstanding Abstract Achievement Award (OAAA). The OAAA is awarded to an individual that presents a poster during the National Home Infusion Association (NHIA) Annual Conference on a relevant home and specialty infusion topic.
Ritchey, a dietitian and clinical program manager for Optum Infusion Pharmacy, received the award for her poster titled, “Is My Patient Non-Compliant or Do They Have Low Literacy Skills? A Case Report”. Her poster examined the effect of low literacy on a patients’ ability to comply with instructions provided as part of their home and specialty infusion treatment and identified alternative methods patient education can be provided to improve outcomes.
Former UIW Alumni Association Board Member Daniel Martinez, BA ‘11 has been named Head of School at St. Pius X High School in Houston, Texas. Martinez, a devoted leader in Catholic education, has served as principal of St. Gregory the Great Catholic School since 2015. Congratulations, Daniel!
University of the Incarnate Word men's tennis doubles teams of Dennis Boisseau/Marwin Kralemann and Warren Fulgenzi Jr. /Joao Sasso were named to the Southland All-Conference second team, the league announced Thursday, April 22.
Boisseau and Kralemann were named to the second team at the No. 1 position after going 2-3 in league action and helping the Cardinals reach the SLC Tournament.
Fulgenzi Jr. and Sasso claimed the second team No. 2 position after a 4-1 conference record. The duo also led the team with a 7-4 overall record.
The Cardinals reached the Southland Men’s Tennis Tournament for the third year in a row.
The UIW synchronized swimming team competed in the 2021 Collegiate Championship against the likes of Stanford University and Ohio State University, placing third overall. The competition was highlighted by Nour Shamala’s first-place finish in Collegiate B Figures and Natalia Vega’s third-place ranking in Solo. Five additional Cardinals placed in the top 10 in their events. Two UIW groups also placed in the top five in team competitions: Erandi Aguirre, Juliana Damico, Greta Hampson, Natalie Lagrone, Hannah Ray, Nour Shamala, Natalia Vega, Yvette Pinter, and (R) Adora Kruger (third); Rafaella Catharino, Claire Ermer, Nia Kostadinova, Mireia Martin-Mora, Lindsay Papper, Sofia Puchniak, Gwenivere Ronnau, (R) Leah Sterling, and (R) Yvette Pinter (fifth).
The University of the Incarnate Word women’s golf program placed two student-athletes, Ellen Nicholas and Lauren Mancha, on the Southland Conference’s second and third all-conference teams, announced the league office Thursday. This marks the first time that a Cardinal has been named to an all-conference team since moving up to Division I.
Nicholas was named second team and Mancha was named third team.
Nicholas led the Cardinals throughout the season, averaging a 75.67 round score. She finished tied for sixth at the HBU Husky Invitational and collected five top-12 finishes. Nicholas played 18 rounds this season and turned in two one-under par 71 scorecards for her low rounds. Mancha placed 12th at the HBU Husky Invitational. She notched an average round score of 77.56 during 2021 and is leaving UIW as the women’s golf program record-holder in three categories: career rounds played (118), career counting scores (114), and career birdies (171).
The University of the Incarnate Word continues to monitor the local, regional and state-wide progression of COVID-19 to inform decisions about safe campus operations. Below you will find links to helpful information regarding UIW's COVID-19 warning indicators, case tracking, safety guidelines and resources for the UIW community. These sites will be updated to reflect changes or new information.