The Word: UIW Community Newsletter - July 23, 2021


UIW Appoints New Key Leadership Positions

Two New Vice Presidents Will Help Lead University to Continued Success

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is proud to announce that it has selected John Bury and Rick Kimbrough to fill key leadership positions. Bury has been selected as the new vice president for Strategy and Enrollment. Kimbrough joins UIW as the new vice president for External Affairs.

“Our commitment to realizing UIW’s vision and strategic priorities made it imperative to find established, veteran leaders in higher education for these two significant roles,” says Dr. Thomas M. Evans, UIW president. “Not only do John Bury and Rick Kimbrough bring a wealth of knowledge to their respective positions, they also have a true understanding of our Mission and an appreciation for the kind of transformational education we provide at UIW. I look forward to seeing how their efforts will impact the lives of everyone across our University.”

A headshot of John BuryJohn M. Bury was most recently the Chief Financial Officer and corporate treasurer at the University of Tulsa. There he oversaw all financial and physical operations, which includes more than 200 staff members across several offices and included oversight of budgeting and finances in the athletic department. Over his 20-plus years in higher education leadership, Bury has managed operations of academic and student support, chaired Tulsa’s Enrollment Management Council and held leadership positions in institutional research and graduate student enrollment. He has also helped direct strategic planning efforts, identifying goals, working with key leaders to define Key Performance Indicators and developing dashboards to track progress. At UIW, Bury will oversee Enrollment, Strategic Planning and the Athletics Department.

“John’s vast experience leading operations across higher education and his investment in elevating the lives of students and their families speak to his inimitable skill set and strong character. I am certain that his wealth of knowledge and efforts will be boons to UIW,” says Evans.

“First, I would like to thank Dr. Evans and everyone involved in the process that has brought me to the University of the Incarnate Word,” says Bury. “This is the beginning of a new chapter, and I am looking forward to being a part of a university with a long tradition of service and a commitment to advancing the social mobility of its students while also preparing them to create positive change in the world.”

Rick Kimbrough was most recently vice president for University Advancement at Pacific University in Oregon. Kimbrough brings more than 20 years of A headshot of Rick Kimbrough development leadership in higher and private education leading successful comprehensive and capital campaigns. During his tenure as vice president for University Advancement at St. Mary’s University, he oversaw the university’s largest campaign, a $130 million initiative, which he helped reach and exceed by $21 million by the time of his departure. As Chief Development Officer of the Mayo Clinic Health System in Southwest Minnesota, he was a member of the senior management team for the six-hospital, 28-clinic system, led fundraising and improved company culture to achieve higher gift revenue. Kimbrough has deep ties to the Incarnate Word community and to the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. His mother, Judy Bel, taught at Incarnate Word High School for more than 20 years. His father, John Bel, served as president of The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation and Chief Development Officer for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health. Kimbrough has three sisters who are Incarnate Word High School alumnae, two are UIW alumnae, and he attended St. Anthony Catholic High School. In his new post at UIW, Kimbrough will oversee the offices of Development, Communications and Brand Marketing, and Alumni and Parent Relations.

“I deeply value Catholic education and the difference it makes in the lives of students and in communities,” says Kimbrough. “This is an incredible opportunity to support the UIW Mission and, by extension, the work of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word throughout South Texas. I look forward to contributing to new possibilities at such an important institution and working to create new opportunities for students to be educated in the UIW Catholic tradition.”

“With his deep connection to our Incarnate Word community and extensive expertise fueling institutional advancement, Rick brings with him a rare combination of qualities. He is an ideal fit for UIW today and can help us advance toward our vision for tomorrow,” says Evans.

The UIW community is eager to welcome both Bury and Kimbrough as they begin their tenures on August 1.


UIW Ranks Among Top Fashion Bachelors programs

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The University of the Incarnate Word was recently ranked as one of the top Fashion Bachelor’s programs in the country by UIW was listed at No. 10 out of the 30 schools that made the list. The ranking is based on three aspects of the program: potential salary after graduation, individual program accreditation and overall affordability.

A Bachelor of Science in Fashion Management from UIW prepares students for a career that explores the design and business sides of fashion. The program’s emphasis on technology, practical technique, business insight, artistry and scholarship produces well-rounded graduates with extensive insights into fashion. Concentrations in Merchandising and Apparel Production and Design offer students an opportunity to specialize in one of these two critical areas, giving them all the tools they need to pursue success in dozens of career paths.

Learn more about the ranking and see the full list

Learn more about UIW's Bachelor of Science in Fashion Management program

Nursing Faculty Honored with National Nursing Education Award

A headshot of Delia MeyerDelia G. Meyer, MSN, RN, CE, a faculty member in the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing, has been awarded the 2021 National League for Nursing (NLN) Faculty Education Award. The selection process for this award is highly competitive, and the committee noted Meyer’s “promising future for nursing education.” She will be recognized at the NLN Education Summit near Washington, D.C. on September 24, 2021. A Ph.D. candidate, Meyer’s dissertation will explore the experience of Mexican American caregivers who have a male child with asthma.

UIW Faculty Advocate for Unified Experiences on College Campuses

Headshots of Drs. Grote-Garcia and DowDr. Stephanie Grote-Garcia, professor of Teacher Education, and Dr. Emily Dow, assistant professor of Kinesiology, recently presented "Special Olympics College Clubs: One University’s Experience" at the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPEID) Annual Conference. In the session, they spoke with other university educators and professionals about starting Special Olympic College Clubs at their institutions, and the importance of unified experiences on college campuses. The discussion was centered on and inspired by Grote-Garcia and Dow's own experiences starting a club at the University of the Incarnate Word in Fall 2020.

“I hope the session leads to other universities offering unified experiences through Special Olympic College Clubs," said Dr. Grote-Garcia. "It's important that we gather in friendship with all individuals and these clubs offer those opportunities. This fall, we will be offering a unified flag football team where athletes of the Special Olympics and UIW students will participate together."

To learn more about the UIW Special Olympics College Club, email

Mission and Ministry

July Service Updates

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Reminder: No Mass in Our Lady's Chapel from July 16 - 31

We will be taking a short break during this time to prepare our worship space for the upcoming Fall semester. It’s an opportunity for our facilities and UMM staff to do some much-needed cleaning and upkeep of our chapel space. There will be no weekday or Sunday Masses during this time (in person or live streamed) from July 16-31. We look forward to welcoming everyone back on Sunday, August 1.

Worship and Event Registration

Registration links for online and in-person worship services and events – including Sunday Mass – for University Mission and Ministry can be found at our UMM registration site.

See current safety protocols for Our Lady's Chapel.

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Our UIW family is always in our prayers. If you have a special intention for which you would like us to pray, please feel free to submit it through our prayer link or via email to

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By Bishop Trevor D. Alexander (Staff Devotion 7-12-2021)

Acts 2:42-47:

"And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.

So, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”

A headshot of Bishop TrevorIn our cultural climate today, I struggle when I see people promoting a “me-first mentality.” I hear self-help gurus saying, “do what makes you happy.” To a lesser degree, but still a "me" focus, people are taking “selfies” everywhere they go. We have smartphones that can instantaneously provide the answers we seek by speaking a word or a phrase. We have G.P.S., that can take us to our destination, just by following the instructions given.

As I am writing this reflection, another viewpoint concerning “selfies” has been brought to my attention. Some people may be taking selfies, not for selfish reasons, but as a means of not being forgotten. Selfies can be used as a method of drawing others to see them, to make themselves visible, when they cannot be present. In our current fast-paced society, it can be very easy to walk by others and not see them. If we are not careful, people can become invisible, and they could be standing right in front of us. It is also is important to keep in mind, those that cannot be present (be in front of you) often become prevalent to others having an out of sight, out of mind mentality, and may think they have not only been forgotten, but are not important or valued.

We are relying more on technology than we are on human interaction. Do you remember the days when we stopped to ask someone for directions? Do you remember when we knew our neighbors’ names? I understand and embrace, to a certain degree, the need for individual freedom and decision-making. While I know the importance of self-care and the importance of selfies (preserving the moments), I am hard-pressed not to focus on the Biblical model of community.

The word that comes to mind is the Greek word “koinonia.” There is no exact translation in English of the word koinonia, but we have a good Biblical understanding of it means. We understand it is something closely associated with the concept of a holy and covenantal fellowship.

When we study the Book of Acts, we see images of what koinonia should look like. We see a picture of communal-style living, where they “had everything in common," sold their property to give to anyone in need. This community regularly gathers to eat meals together joyfully, in their homes and praying together (Acts 2:43-47).

Here are some ideas to implement Koinonia today (H.A.T.S):
  1. Hospitality: We can be hospitable to each other, offering food, clothing, shelter and more. This past February, we saw hospitality in action when neighbors were helping each other during the freeze.
  2. Acceptance: Become more accepting of people who are different than us.
  3. Togetherness: This may be difficult during the pandemic, but finding ways to come together, even if virtual, and creating opportunities for small group gatherings.
  4. Service: We can serve each other, whether it is washing each other’s feet, watching each other’s children, providing a meal when someone is sick, calling people “just because,” etc. In other words, do something for others without looking for something in return. The truth of the matter is you will get something in return. You will get the “warm and fuzzy” feeling. The feeling that still reminds us that human interaction is important.
Questions to Ponder

Establishing Koinonia community can be challenging. There will be moments in every conversation that can change the whole relationship. A moment when you can either move toward the other person or away from them.

  1. Have you ever been challenged to be a "peacemaker" when all you want to do is to walk away from the relationship?
  2. How did the Holy Spirit guide you?
Closing Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.


— Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” —Booker T. Washington.

Feeding the Five Thousand

Loaves of bread and fishJohn 6:1-15

6 After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. [ a ] A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages [ b ] would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” 10 Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they [ c ] sat down, about five thousand in all. 11 Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.”

15 When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

Community News

Be the Change: UIW Business Professor Adesegun Oyedele Sets an Example for Global Collaboration

A headshot of Dr. Adesegun OyedeleLong before he became a recognized expert at fine tuning business models across emerging global markets, Dr. Adesegun Oyedele, an associate professor of International Business and Marketing at the H-E-B School of Business and Administration (HEBSBA), understood the power of relationships, especially ones that could bridge longstanding divides, be they tribal, political, cultural or linguistic.

UIW President Dr. Thomas Evans welcomes Dr. Oyedele to share his take on the importance of building bridges across cultures to prepare students for a brighter future.

Read the full piece on the President’s site

Fashion Management Program Director Selected for Hoffman Challenge Show

A headshot of Dr. Melinda AdamsDr. Melinda Adams, program director of Fashion Management, recently participated in the international competition, “Garden State of Mind,” a digital print collection for the 2020-2021 Hoffman Challenge Collection. Her entry was selected to travel on the Hoffman Challenge Show. The entry will go on tour and exhibition that may include museums, libraries, cultural centers, guilds festivals and some Hoffman retailers. Hoffman California Fabrics designs and manufactures premium screen printed and hand-dyed fabrics for independent retailers focused on the quilting and home-sewing markets, and for other manufacturers and entrepreneurs.

In the News

San Antonio Express-News: UIW coach Eric Morris confident in returning QB Cameron Ward

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"Incarnate Word coach Eric Morris has a wealth of experience coaching on the offensive side of the football. Before taking the head job at UIW for the 2018 season, Morris had stints as an assistant at Texas Tech and Washington State. He served as a graduate assistant at the University of Houston in 2011."

Read the full story from the San Antonio Express-News


Stories of Truth and Transformation: Compassion, Solidarity in Civic Engagement and Teaching Social Justice

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Stories can reveal and heal. Stories can be windows, mirrors or sliding glass doors. From Aug. 4 - 6, 2021, join others in listening to stories of truth and transformation from our Earth and from people of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, physical abilities, genders and more. Participants will explore and question how educators can recognize our individual stories, engage in educational practices that will help our students realize their own “sacred stories” and human dignity, help them actively listen to the stories of others, and compassionately embrace civic engagement for equity and justice, leading to the creation of new, better stories for the future.

"Stories of Truth and Transformation" is part of San Antonio’s Compassion Movement. This event is co-hosted by UIW’s Center for Teaching and Learning, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability, Liturgical Outreach, and Mission and Ministry’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Additional co-hosts include Compassionate San Antonio, Faith-Based Initiative (City of San Antonio) and the Justice, Peace and Creation Committee of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.

Register for Stories of Truth and Transformation

Cardinal Corner

Meet Briana Garza, Marching Cardinals Drum Major

A headshot of Briana GarzaFor UIW’s newest drum major, Briana Garza, music has always meant family. That’s what inspired her to join the band when she was just 11 years old.

“My family really enjoys music,” said Garza. “It is something that has always brought us closer together, so when I was finally old enough to join band I couldn’t wait and signed up right away.”

Growing up in Kingsville, Texas, Briana was well acquainted with San Antonio. After attending the Cardinal Admit Day, she knew UIW was the next place she wanted to call home.

“[I felt] immediately at ease,” she said. “Everyone was so welcoming, and the campus was so beautiful. It felt like a place that I needed to be.”

Joining band, the activity that had always made her feel at home, was a natural choice. Briana decided to major in music and become a Marching Cardinal.

“Marching bands have such a great bond,” said Garza. “You create memories that last a lifetime. Moving to San Antonio was a big change for me and I wanted something that was going to feel familiar. The Marching Cardinals has given me that sense of home.”

A junior this year at UIW, Garza was thrilled to learn that she is going to be this year’s drum major. She can’t wait to continue her family’s musical legacy as she leads and directs the band during performances.

“It did not feel real for the longest time,” said Garza. “I could not stop smiling. It is such a huge honor to have been given this opportunity and I am very thankful to everyone who has helped me along my journey.”

Briana is now ready to be the leader of a new family and is excited for the upcoming season to show what the Marching Cardinals can do.

“The staff, student leadership and all the members of the Marching Cardinals have been working hard towards preparing for the fall,” said Garza. “We cannot wait for what #band13 holds. Praised be the Incarnate Word and as always Go Cards!”

Alumni and Parent Relations

UIW Alumni Board of Directors Spotlight Series: Johnathan Cuevas, PharmD ’11

A headshot of Dr. Johnathan CuevasJoining the UIW Alumni Association Board of Directors in 2020, Dr. Johnathan Cuevas, PharmD ‘11 cemented himself as a passionate board member who continually promotes and lives the Mission of the University of the Incarnate Word.

Currently serving as a medication therapy management coordinator and assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Feik School of Pharmacy, Dr. Cuevas remains inspired by the experience he had as a student, which now carries over to his position on the alumni association board. 

As a board member, Dr. Cuevas represents the Feik School of Pharmacy and is committed to serving its alumni throughout his tenure. 

Read more about Dr. Cuevas

Homecoming Survey and Save the Date

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Save the date! UIW Homecoming weekend is October 28 - 31! The Department of Alumni and Parent Relations is seeking your assistance in planning Homecoming and Family Weekend 2021! After the unexpected events of 2020, we are eager to see our fellow Cardinals for the traditional football tailgate, Memorial Mass and more. Please take a moment to fill out a quick survey so that we may create a Homecoming weekend that suits you and your loved ones' needs and comfort levels during this special celebration.

Answer the survey linked below by July 30 for a chance to win a family 4-pack of tailgate passes (game tickets not included).

Take the survey

International Alumni Panel

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Calling all UIW international alumni!  

Join the Department of Alumni and Parent Relations, Career Services and International Student and Scholar Services for an upcoming International Alumni Panel in Fall 2021. We are looking for international alumni who would like to share their personal and professional experiences with current international students.  

If you're interested in joining us as a panelist, please fill out the form linked below.

International alumni panel form


UIW softball tabs Kimberly Dean as new head coach

A headshot of Kimberly DeanThe University of the Incarnate Word Athletics Department is proud to announce that Kimberly Dean has been selected as the new head softball coach. A 12-year coaching veteran, Dean spent the past four seasons as the head coach of the Georgia Southern (GSU) softball program. This past season, Dean secured her 100th career collegiate head coach victory, improving her overall record to 103-77. Dean led GSU to three Sun Belt Conference Tournament qualifier appearances in her four years. Under Dean, the GSU softball program led the nation in community service hours in 2018, 2020, and 2021. 

“We are excited for what coach Dean will bring to the UIW softball team” said UIW Athletic Director Richard Duran. “We have high expectations for her and the future of UIW softball, and we know she will take our program to new heights. Coach Dean is a true servant leader with head coaching experience at the DI level, so we have no doubt she will successfully lead our program.” 

“I’m extremely grateful to Dr. Thomas M. Evans, Richard Duran, Angela Lawson and all those involved in the hiring committee for entrusting me in taking over this up-and-coming softball program,” said Dean. “UIW felt like home from the first stages of the interview process to the first time stepping on campus. I truly believe in the Mission of the University and its Athletic Department. UIW is creating the best experience for the student-athletes and building great leaders. I’m excited to build a culture of excellence and hit the ground running.” 

Prior to Georgia Southern, Dean served as the head coach for the Armstrong State University (ASU) softball program. At ASU, Dean and her staff received the Coaching Staff of the Year award in 2017. In that year, they appeared in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament, the Southeast Regional Tournament and the national semifinals.  

“I’m excited to see the future development of the UIW softball program under coach Kim Dean,” said Lisa Sweany, associate VP for administration at Georgia Southern. “I’ve witnessed firsthand her drive for success at both Armstrong State and Georgia Southern, and I am confident the Cardinals are in good hands. She is an exceptional recruiter, has tremendous knowledge of the game and, most importantly, develops her student-athletes on and off the field to be successful leaders. Great hire for UIW. The future is bright.”  

Dean’s coaching career started at the University of Southern Indiana (USI) as the assistant coach from 2009-16. During her seven years with USI, Dean helped led the team to four conference tournaments, three regional tournaments and an overall record of 209-167. While at USI, Dean assisted in all aspects of recruiting, practice planning and execution, scouting reports, and pitch calling. Dean also monitored the academics of a Southern Indiana program that featured 56 academic all-conference honorees, four CoSIDA Academic All-District honorees and two CoSIDA Academic All-America honorees.  

During her time as a student-athlete at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside (UWP), she was a two-time All-GLVC honoree and twice led the team in batting average. After completing her four-year softball career at UWP, Dean spent one season as a student-assistant for the Rangers. 

Dean earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Coaching from UWP in 2006. She went on to obtain a Master of Public Administration in 2012 from the University of Southern Indiana. 

The Word on Dean  

Sara Kubuske  

Head Softball Coach, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay  

“Coach Dean is a great hire for UIW. Coach Dean is a knowledgeable coach who will produce results in the win column, but more importantly, she will provide the student-athletes with a great collegiate experience. Not only does she know the ins and outs of the game, but she knows how to relate to the student-athletes and get them to perform at their optimal level. Most importantly, coach Dean is a first-class person and leader and will be a great role model for the UIW softball student-athletes. Under her guidance, the softball program will reach new heights, and I look forward to following her successes.”  

Suzanne Kunkle  

Head Softball Coach, University of Southern Indiana  

“I am so excited for coach Dean to have the honor of leading the program at UIW. I am confident that she will excel and continue great success working for a university that supports her and will bring out her passion for coaching. She is an extremely hard working and driven individual with a fire to win. Kim will be a wonderful addition to the UIW Athletic Department” 

Thomas Kleinlein  
Deputy Athletic Director, University of Mississippi  

“Kim Dean has demonstrated the skill set to lead a team to postseason and transition a program into a new conference while laying a foundation for future success. I fully expect her to lead the UIW program to new heights and to develop student-athletes that UIW would be proud of.”

Southland Conference announces 2021 Preseason All-Conference football teams 

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Fifteen University of the Incarnate Word football student-athletes were named to the Southland Conference 2021 Preseason All-Conference Football Team, the league office announced on Friday. The Cardinals earned the second-highest number of selections. 

First team all-conference offensive selections included running back Kevin Brown and receiver Robert Ferrel.  

Brown had a season high of 775 rushing yards with five touchdowns in the shortened, six-game season for the Cardinals. He led the nation, averaging 10.5 yards per carry with 21 caught passes for 205 yards. Brown also received Southland All-Conference first team honors following the Spring 2021 season.  

Ferrel led the team in receptions, yards and touchdowns for the Spring 2021 season. He finished with a season high of 35 catches, 474 yards and six touchdowns. Ferrel’s six touchdowns tied the school record for most in a single season.  

First team all-conference defensive selections included Cameron Preston, Kelechi Anyalebechi, Ce’Cori Tolds and Ferrel.  

Preston started all six games as a defensive tackle for the Cardinals in the Spring 2021 season. He registered 15 tackles (four unassisted, 11 assisted) with 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack. He had a season high of fours total tackles in one game (Lamar, March 6).  

Anyalebechi led the team with 42 tackles (22 unassisted, 20 assisted) and had one tackle for a loss. He tallied a personal-best 17 tackles and forced one fumble in the appearance against Lamar on March 6. Following the Spring 2021 season, Anyalebechi’s was named to the Southland All-Conference first team.

Tolds opened the Spring 2021 season with a 109-yard kick return for a touchdown against McNeese on Feb. 27, bringing his career total to three kickoffs returned for a touchdown. This tied him for the most career kickoff returns for a touchdown in school history. He recorded 19 tackles (11 unassisted, eight assisted) with two pass breakups and one forced fumble on defense.

As a punt returner, Ferrel returned six punts for 91 yards, including a 60-yard return against Northwestern State (April 10). He also returned five kickoffs for 120 yards. 

Second team all-conference offensive selections included Cameron Ward, Caleb Johnson, Nash Jones, Reid Francis and Carson Mohr.  

In his debut season with the Cardinals, Ward was selected as the 2021 Jerry Rice award recipient. He set multiple UIW single-game and single-season passing records in the shortened six-game season. Ward finished with 2,260 yards passing, two rushing touchdowns and 22 passing touchdowns for a total of 24 touchdowns. He threw for a career-high 470 yards and six touchdowns against Nicholls on March 27.  

Johnson started all six games at right guard.  

Jones recorded one total tackle against Nicholls on March 27.  

Francis appeared in five games, starting in four. He started three games at center and one game at left guard.  

Mohr appeared in all six games as UIW’s place kicker. He made 5-of-7 field goal attempts with a career long 48-yard field goal against McNeese on Feb. 27. Mohr finished the Spring 2021 season 30-for-31 on extra points.  

Second team all-conference defensive selections included: Blaine Hoover, Isaiah Paul, Shawn Holton and Elliott Davison.  

Hoover completed 21 tackles (seven unassisted, 14 assisted) with four tackles for loss in the Spring 2021 season. He led the team with three sacks and had a career high of eight total tackles and 2.5 sacks. Hoover also recorded two quarterback hurries.  

In the Spring 2021 season, Paul recorded a career-high 12 tackles against Lamar on March 6. He was second on the team 38 total tackles (17 unassisted, 21 assisted). Paul finished the season with 4.5 tackles for loss, two pass breakups and one quarterback hurry.   

Holton tallied 34 total tackles (16 unassisted, 18 assisted) and had a team high of seven pass breakups. He had a career best of nine total tackles and four pass breakups in the game against Southern Louisiana on March 20. 

Davison completed 31 total tackles (21 unassisted, 10 assisted), one interception and three pass breakups for the Spring 2021 season. He also tallied his first career interception against Lamar on March 6.

Up Next

The Cardinals open the 2021 season on Sept. 2, traveling to Youngstown, Ohio, to face Youngstown State in a Thursday night matchup. 

Two Cardinals named to Texas Football’s 2021 Preseason All-Texas Small College Team

Headshots of Kevin Brown and Ce'Cori ToldsThe University of the Incarnate Word football team was honored to have two student-athletes – seniors Kevin Brown and Ce’Cori Tolds – announced to the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football 2021 Preseason All-Texas Small College Team.

Cardinal running back Brown started all six games in the 2020 season. Brown rushed for 775 yards with five touchdowns, including a season-high 196 yards at Lamar on March 6. He led the nation with 10.5 yards per carry and caught 21 passes for 205 yards. Brown was selected to the Southland All-Conference first team, the 2020-21 STATS Perform FCS All-American team, and the 2021 Spring AFCA FCS Coaches All-American team. 

One of UIW’s primary kick returners, Tolds opened the season on a high note, running his first kick return back for a touchdown against McNeese (Feb. 27). Overall, he had 446 return yards in the short, six game season. Tolds set a career record with three consecutive games with a kick return for a touchdown: New Mexico State (100 yards, Nov. 16), UCA (94 yards, Nov. 22) and McNeese (100 yards, Feb 27).


COVID-19 Resources

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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.

COVID-19 Information Site

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Case Updates

Cardinal Flight Plan

Schedule a COVID-19 test on the Broadway campus (students and employees ONLY)

Schedule a COVID-19 test at the UIWSOM campus (open to general public)