The Word: UIW Community Newsletter - May 7, 2021
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. Join us in celebrating our graduates by tuning into each ceremony's live-stream.
Commencement Ceremony dates and times
- 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
- 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 Baccalaureate Mass was held Thursday, May 6 in a hybrid format, offering in-person attendance for two graduates representing each school, interactive Zoom attendance and live-streaming. Graduates and their loved ones are invited to watch the stream on the University's YouTube channel.
See Your Graduation Photo on a Billboard!
Members of the Class of 2021 are invited to share their graduation photos on Instagram or Twitter with #UIWGrad for the chance to be featured on celebratory digital billboards all over San Antonio. Participants should make sure to tag the University's social media channels (@uiwcardinals) and set their social media profiles public temporarily.
The 44th Annual Swing-In Auction Party and Golf Tournament is officially live! If you haven't registered to make your bid, don't worry – there's still time!
Plus, when you register for the auction, you will be able to view the premiere of our virtual "gala" program on Thursday, May 13. 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 opened Friday, May 7 at 8 a.m. and will 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 a few tickets are left! 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.
In the fall of 2017, the University of the Incarnate Word welcomed its very first class of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program candidates. These learners made history as UIW's first cohort of future osteopathic physicians. That semester, we interviewed four UIWSOM D.O. students about why they wanted to become medical doctors and what they hoped to gain from their journeys.
As the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine's (UIWSOM) inaugural class of graduates from the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program prepares to cross the stage this weekend, we gathered those four students together again and let them listen to their former selves right before they learned where they matched for their residency programs.
Here are their reactions.
The students who received the honorable mention were Alejandro Villanueva Muñoz, 3D Animation and Visual Effects student, and Nancy Gutiérrez Ayala, Nutrition student.
Professor Abraham García, coordinator of the International Business degree program, advised the students on this project.
In addition to the honorable mention, Sergio Alejandro Villanueva won first place in the Investor Challenge category, obtaining a prize of $2,500 dollars.
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All projects participating in the competition must generate profits and, at the same time, make a difference by returning value to the community either by satisfying social needs, supporting vulnerable sectors, improving the quality of life, helping the environment, etc.
This year more than 1,000 participants registered for the competition with 264 projects that were submitted from 28 U.S. universities, 11 countries, and 4 continents, distributing more than $90,000 dollars in prizes.
CIW Mexico City students competed alongside universities such as Cornell University, Georgetown University, The George Washington University (Washington, D.C.) and Clarkson University (New York), which obtained the top spots in the competition.
The University of the Incarnate Word is proud to promote this type of project among its students, because it reflects the entrepreneurial spirit of the students who maintain their commitment to social projects by transforming their ideas into concrete actions.
Congratulations, Cardinals in Mexico City and Irapuato!
As part of the UIW business curriculum, H-E-B School of Business and Administration (HEBSBA) students in Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Health Administration (MHA) programs are required to take a capstone course in their respective degree plans. These courses are referred to as a “capstone” because they are one of the final pieces in a student’s degree and a culmination of their program education. The capstone course asks students to harness all the knowledge and skills gained from their other courses and apply them to real-world scenarios through a capstone project.
Working together in teams, students are paired with an established business or nonprofit organization – their client – and tasked with studying operations, approaches and company culture for the duration of the semester. Through their study, the teams identify real organizational challenges, and utilize their comprehensive business knowledge learned throughout their program to discern real opportunities and develop solutions that the client can then apply. Student teams share their organizational analysis and solutions via a formal proposal presentation for the client and HEBSBA faculty.
Students of this semester's BBA Capstone II class, taught by Dr. Jeannie Scott, dean of the HEBSBA, recently presented their reports to their clients. One group of students, comprised of Jay Seline, Sarah Ruiz, Luiz Garza, Kayla Taylor, and Koen Vos, worked with Jason Mims, founder and president of the MIMS Institute Fellows, Inc. The MIMS Institute Fellows, Inc. shares "Gifts of Kindness with students from low-income ZIP codes who demonstrate a willingness and/or interest in preparing to attend Tier One Universities and other colleges/universities committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need." Their assignment for MIMS was to create a marketing plan for an advanced placement (AP) course in African American Studies. High school students who complete the AP course and pass the AP exam can earn college-level credit.
Jason Mims and Lionel Sosa, founder and partner of Bromley Communications and noted authority in marketing to Hispanic populations, attended the students' presentation. After watching the presentation, Sosa stated, “All my life, I have been in advertising and marketing, and I have seen many, many presentations through the years. I can tell you this was one of the best put-together presentations I have had the pleasure of seeing. I thought I was at Harvard listening to Harvard [graduate] students because that’s the quality that you bring here. You put your hearts into it."
Jason Mims is a frequent client of the Capstone II class and was pleased with and appreciative of the work of the team.
Dr. Adam Nash, assistant professor of Interior Design, will present during the EDRA52 (Environment Design Research Association) Just Environments annual conference this month. The conference will focus on how research, design, and relationships contribute to the creation of justice. Nash's presentation is titled “The Role of the Built Environment in Perceived Quality of Care of U.S. Combat Veterans Utilizing VA Healthcare Facilities.”
Nash holds certifications or licenses in the National Council of Interior Design Qualification, is a WELL Accredited Professional, and is a LEED Green Associate.
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.
As our thoughts turn to summer and the temperature rises, it is hard to believe that it has been just weeks since a once-in-a-generation winter storm dropped inches of snow on our now-green trees and grounds. While much of the city was shut down and thousands went without power and water in mid-February, dedicated employees of UIW and partners like Sodexo and Aramark went far beyond the work required of their roles and sprang into action to do everything possible for the University and the resident Cardinals who call it home. Some employees worked from sunrise to well after midnight and others even stayed on campus overnight to help make sure that their teams and UIW equipment remained working.
In March, the UIW Board of Trustees recognized the incredible service of more than 140 UIW, Sodexo and Aramark employees by passing a resolution. Recently, these employees received a copy of that resolution, a letter of thanks from President Dr. Thomas M. Evans and an H-E-B gift card as a token of gratitude for all of their effort, their commitment to our institution and the exceptional way they put the UIW Mission into action.
The administration, faculty and students of the Feik School of Pharmacy congratulate Dr. Jorge Medina, assistant professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, who was selected as the UIW Student Organization Advisor of the Year for his work with the National Hispanic Pharmacists Association (NHPA). The NHPA is a leading organization devoted to improving the health of Hispanic populations in the U.S.
Freshman quarterback Cameron Ward of the University of the Incarnate Word football team was named the recipient of the 2021 Stats Perform FCS Jerry Rice Award, which is presented to the national freshman player of the year in college football’s Division I subdivision, announced the association Monday.
“I couldn’t be happier for Cam winning the Jerry Rice Award. There is no freshman more deserving,” said head coach Eric Morris. “To come from running the option in high school to learning our offense, winning the starting job and doing what he did this season, I don’t think there’s any question [he deserves it].
“He’s grown a lot this season as both a quarterback and a man. Cam wants to be great, and he wants our team to be great. I’m excited to get back to work and see what we can do come fall.”
The 6-3, 225-pound standout from West Columbia, Texas, needed only six games to set UIW’s record for touchdown passes in a season with 24. Ward, recently named the Southland Conference Freshman of the Year, also set the Cardinals’ single-game record for touchdowns and then matched it with six scoring passes in back-to-back outings against nationally ranked opponents Southeastern Louisiana and Nicholls.
Ward’s 24 touchdown passes led the FCS during the regular season. He also ranked second nationally in passing yards (2,260), completions (183) and total touchdowns (26 with two rushing), and third in pass attempts (303) and passing yards per game (376.7). Ward surpassed 300 passing yards in every game and was intercepted only four times, leading to a 146.5 pass efficiency, another Cardinals’ single-season record.
UIW was nationally ranked for six straight weeks, achieving a program-best No. 13 ranking midseason.
A 40-member national media panel voted for the Rice Award following the unprecedented regular season, which spanned the fall and spring semesters. Ward received 19 first place votes on the ballot, 32 points ahead of South Dakota State quarterback Mark Gronowski who was second in the voting.
Named after the legendary Hall of Fame wide receiver, the Rice Award is celebrating its 10th anniversary season. Ward, selected from 16 finalists, will be honored on an FCS National Awards show to air on Bally Sports Regional Networks (formerly Fox Sports Regional Networks) on Saturday, May 15.
Feature Story: A season of uncertainty gives rise to Jerry Rice Award winner, Cameron Ward
Crisp mornings and hot afternoons—it was a change in the weather from what the University of the Incarnate Word football was used to during its regular fall season.
The team faced a variety of changes because of the COVID-19 pandemic, moving the season to the spring in addition to uncertainty at the quarterback position.
Following the departure of Jon Copeland, who started for UIW the previous two seasons, there was speculation as to who would take the lead for the Cardinals behind center. It was a mystery to those outside, but not inside the locker room.
Cameron Ward wasn't a household name. There was little to no film as he played the triple option in high school, barely making use of his arm. His astonishing performance at a UIW camp two summers ago displayed his raw talent and led quarterbacks coach Mack Leftwich to offer him a scholarship.
"Coming out of high school, I wasn't heavily recruited because of the offense I played," Ward said. "Coach Leftwich got a hold of me on twitter and wanted me to come out to a camp. So I came and immediately right there I took over camp with my throwing ability."
Despite the impressive showing at camp, Ward was going into his first year of college, during the pandemic, which meant practices were different and the adjustment wasn't easy.
"It was kind of rocky because I didn't know what to expect," Ward said. "When I first got here, trying to learn this offense, it was terrible. I had to learn from my mistakes."
But it was nothing a little bit of coaching couldn't fix.
"I'm handing the ball off when I am supposed to throw it was kind of a rough start for me, but coach Leftwich helped me a lot," Ward said. "He brought me along, we had one-on-one meetings to talk about everything and that helped me a lot."
Ward ran out to the field on a windy day in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in the first game of the season to emerge as the new face behind center. In his debut, he matched a true-freshman record for most touchdown passes in a game, accounting for four of the five, to open the season with a 48-20 win.
Ward found his home in head coach Eric Morris' air raid offense.
"I love to throw the ball," Ward said. "I like the deep ball, Coach Morris knows I like to go deep. I think about every series I tell him 'Let's go deep, Coach, let's go deep!'"
The following week, Ward continued his explosive play with four touchdown passes and another on the ground against Lamar for another big win on the road.
The momentum didn't stop there as Ward turned in another impressive performance in UIW's homecoming matchup against a ranked Southeastern Louisiana team. The teams went blow for blow to start the game, but three consecutive touchdown passes from Ward put the game out of reach despite a high-scoring fourth quarter by the Lions. The freshman had now set a new program-record six touchdown passes in a game.
After three weeks of top-notch performances, the nation and conference took notice as Ward was named Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week and also received FCS National Freshman Player of the Week.
The Cardinals took their perfect 3-0 record on the road to then-No. 17 Nicholls. Despite a rough loss, Ward still managed to tie his record-six touchdown passes in a game for the second week in a row.
Despite closing out the season with two losses at home against Northwestern State and the conference champion Sam Houston, Ward ended the season on a high note, setting the record for most touchdown passes in a single season, in just six games.
"[Breaking that record] means a lot to me," Ward said. "It shows all the hard work that I have put in throughout the years to get to where I am."
His performance in those six games garnered enough attention to land him on the finalist list for the national freshman of the year award at the FCS level, the Jerry Rice Award, eventually winning the honor.
"I think receiving the award is a blessing, it just shows [recruiting] stars don't mean anything," Ward reflected. "Coming out of high school, I was a zero-star recruit with one offer. So if you put in the time, you can achieve anything."
Ward expected to win the award, but it doesn't block his ambition for his future at UIW.
"I think next season might be the best season yet," he beamed. "Everyone is ready to play next season, we're locked in [during the] offseason. I think we'll have a chance to compete for a conference championship."
San Antonio Express-News: UIW's Cam Ward stands out through 'remarkable' transition to earn Jerry Rice Award
"As the quarterback in a Wing-T offense at Columbia High, Cam Ward often had just one receiver to read. If the target wasn’t open, Ward could only run the ball or throw it away.
When he enrolled at Incarnate Word last fall and stepped into an air raid system that offered four or five options on each play, Ward said he carried a mentality that he had plenty to learn but nothing to lose."
The University of the Incarnate Word's Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program was featured on News 4 San Antonio for a Nurse's Day story about how the program aims to aid in the nationwide shortage of nursing staff.
The University of the Incarnate Word and Texas A&M San Antonio in collaboration with the Service-Learning Intercollegiate Collaborative (SLIC) hosted a virtual panel discussion to bring awareness to sustainability efforts across the city on April 30. Other UIW Earth Month 2021 events included Community Garden workdays, composting workshops, EcoExchangeEdu Annual Sustainability Showcase, and a Green Move Out hosted by Residence Life.
For more information or service-learning opportunities for faculty or student organization collaboration on sustainability projects, please contact the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (210) 283-6423.
Junior Interior Design students, Jennifer Salyer and Amie Miller, along with senior Interior Design students, Ariana Gomez and Loni Martinez, recently passed the WELL Professional Accreditation exam and may now use the appellation “WELL AP” credential on their resume. The WELL exam was created by professionals in the fields of health, wellness, and design to support the implementation of the WELL Building Standard and the credential shows that these individuals design the built environment with a focus on human health and wellness.
Congratulations to these outstanding Cardinals!
The School of Media and Design (SMD) presented the Amy Freeman Lee Scholarship Achievement and Service Recognition Award to Ariana Gomez, senior Interior Design student. This award has been presented since 1978 and recognizes students whose academic performance demonstrates a love of learning and whose outstanding service to the community evidences an ethic of life-long service. Student recipients of this award are selected by faculty vote; thus, the recognition carries with it special acknowledgement of the recipients’ achievement in service as well as their studies.
Amy Freeman Lee was an author, artist and educator who played a significant role in San Antonio’s arts and cultural community. In 1938, at age 24, she co-founded the San Antonio Symphony and, in 1948, she helped found the Watercolor Society. She received numerous awards including the Ford Motor Company Lifetime Achievement Award, the J.C. Penney Spirit of the American Woman, and the International Women’s Forum’s The Woman Who Made A Difference Award.
In addition, SMD presented the St. Catherine Medal for Student Achievement to Rina Hernandez, senior Communication Arts student.
This annual award is presented at colleges and universities affiliated with Kappa Gamma Pi, the National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society. The recipient (an undergraduate or graduate student) is selected by the faculty and classmates based upon leadership and service to the college. The award honors a student who represents the high ideals of a Catholic college education.
St. Catherine has long served as an inspiration for individuals who aspire to obtain knowledge and to stand their own ground against constraints placed upon them.
Congratulations are in order for Joshua McMullen, senior 3D Animation and Game Design student, for earning his first video game credit. McMullen is credited for his contributions on Sony's MLB The Show 21. In the summer of 2020, he worked at Sony San Diego for an internship and will be returning to work with them after graduation.
Watch the game trailer below.
When Josh Sanchez first crossed paths with the University of the Incarnate Word, he had his sights set on a future in business. But when the path of his car crossed with a bus, the ensuing collision and needed repairs put his sights into new focus. Sanchez ended up taking out a small pay-day loan to pay for car repairs and was stunned by how much he had to pay in interest in just the two weeks it took him to pay back the loan.
Convinced there had to be a better way, Sanchez, a 2016 graduate of UIW, teamed up with co-founders Ryan Cleary and Chris Brown, to develop an app called FloatMe. The app allows people to take out small, short-term advances on their paychecks at a low interest rate and without exorbitant fees. The app also has features that allow people to monitor their bank balances and help save money to avoid costly overdraft fees.
Recently, FloatMe closed a $25-million financing agreement with KSD Capital.
Congratulations to alumna Jessica Davila-Burnett, BA '05, MAA '06 on her recent election victory to the Boerne ISD Board of Trustees.
Jessica, the 2015 UIW Alumna of Distinction for Service in Mission, and former UIW Alumni Association Board Member, also serves on the American Red Cross Hill Country Chapter Board and its Diversity Committee. Jessica is a graduate of Leadership Texas, Leadership San Antonio, and is in the current Leadership Boerne class. Jessica's small business, JDB Public Relations, is a proud member of the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce.
Class of 2021, welcome to your Official UIW Alumni Association! Soon you will cross the graduation stage and enter a world of endless possibilities. We are grateful to have been a part of your academic journey.
To wish you success in your next chapter, please watch this short video with 2020-2021 UIW Alumni Association Board of Directors President, Martin Padron Jr., and President-Elect, Dr. Christopher Alvarado.
The University of the Incarnate Word men's golf team placed one golfer, Christian Hernandez, on the Southland Conference's third all-conference team, announced the league on Thursday.
Hernandez picked up his first all-conference honor with a third-team bid. He led the Cardinals all season averaging a 74.00 round score. He finished tied for seventh at the La Tour Intercollegiate and collected three top-12 finishes. He played 14 rounds this season and turned in four under par 72 scorecards for his low rounds.
All-Conference teams and individual superlatives are voted on by each league school's head coach and sports information director. Voting for oneself or one's own athletes is not permitted.
Two student-athletes on the women's soccer team at the University of the Incarnate Word have been named to the Southland Conference All-Academic first and second teams announced the league office Tuesday.
Isabella Beletic (MF) and Eve Clarkson (D) received the postseason accolades for their continued determination on the pitch and in the classroom. Beletic was named to the first team, while Clarkson was named to second team.
All-Academic teams are nominated by, and voted upon by, each SLC school's respective SID, head coach and athletics sport administrator.
Isabella Beletic, Sr. | First Team All-Academic: MF | Computer Information Systems—3.67
- Beletic was named first team All-Conference as a mid-fielder.
- Preseason All-Conference second team honoree.
- Starting in 10 games this season, she scored one goal and recorded one assist to total three points.
- Took 13 shots, seven of which have been on goal.
- Beletic has been a leader in a back line that ranked second in the conference in goals allowed with 11, including five conference shutout games.
- Beletic is a member of the squad that made UIW's second appearance at the Southland Conference Tournament in program history.
- She is part of a team that received the NSCAA team academic award in both 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Eve Clarkson, So. | Second Team All-Academic: D | Rehab Science—3.87
- Clarkson was named second team All-Conference as a defender.
- She has been part of the black and red defense that is second in the conference in goals allowed with 11, including five conference shutout games limiting opponents to just 39 shots on goal for the season.
- Contributed offensively for the Cardinals taking six shots, three on target one of which resulted in a goal against Houston Baptist.
- She is part of the team that made UIW's second appearance at the SLC Tournament in program history.
- She is part of a team that received the NSCAA team academic award during the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Richard Kuykendoll of the University of the Incarnate Word track and field team was named Southland Conference Men's Track Athlete of the Week, announced the league on Wednesday afternoon.
Kuykendoll received the honors following a record-breaking performance at the Bobcat Classic over the weekend winning the 400-meter dash with a time of 46.37 seconds, beating the previous program record by two seconds. The new record time places him fourth in the conference and 22nd in the region this season.
The second-year also had a strong showing with a first-place finish in the 4x100 meter relay alongside teammates DeVante Mount, Jordan Chopane and Quadyr Tindal, adding a fourth-place finish in the 200M dash with a time of 21.17 seconds.
In two years at UIW, he has now set the program record in both the indoor and the outdoor 400-meter events. He will compete in his first SLC outdoor conference championships, when the team travels to Humble, Texas on May 15.
The University of the Incarnate Word Fencing Head Coach, John Moreau, was appointed to three modern pentathlon international competitions taking place over the summer as a technical delegate and an international judge.
Moreau was appointed one of the Technical Delegates, charged with the oversight of the competition, at the World Cup Final for Modern Pentathlon to be held in Székesfehérvár, Hungary, from May 13 through May 16.
Additionally, he will be one of the Technical Delegates at the World Championships for Modern Pentathlon to be held in Cairo, Egypt from June 8 to June 14.
He will also serve as a member of the Jury of Appeal and an International Judge for the event at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. The Modern Pentathlon Event will take place from August 4 until August 7.
The modern pentathlon is an Olympic event that comprises five different areas; fencing, freestyle swimming, equestrian show jumping, and finishes with a combined event of pistol shooting and cross country running. This last event is now referred to as the laser-run, since it alternates four legs of laser pistol shooting followed by an 800-meter run.
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.