UIW Community Newsletter - August 9, 2019


3rd Annual UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine White Coat Ceremony

A female student stands on stage with her white coat draped over her arm

On Saturday, July 27, the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine class of 2023 participated in the school's 3rd annual White Coat Ceremony. Students listened to a Keynote Address by President and CEO of The Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, Inc., Dr. Humayun Javaid Chaudhry. Before the Presentation of White Coats, Dr. Evans was presented with his own honorary white coat to wear as he presented coats to students.

Dr. Evans and Dr. Robyn Phillips-Madson share a laugh at the podium

Congratulations to the UIW SOM Class of 2023!

UIW faculty place coats on medical students


Our Lady’s Chapel Services

All are welcome

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

CCVI Jubilee - Celebrating 150 Years

We invite you to celebrate 150 years of blessings at the following events:

  • November 1, 2019
    8:30 am — Morning Prayer, Chapel of the Incarnate Word, followed by an unveiling of a “150” commemorative plaque in the Incarnate Word Cemetery, honoring our deceased Sisters.
    6:00 pm — Eucharist in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word honoring our “great cloud of witnesses” (deceased Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word).
  • November 3, 2019
    3:00 pm — Concert by “Chanticleer” all-male vocal ensemble — Chapel of the Incarnate Word.
  • November 23, 2019
    3:00 pm — Celebrate the annual “Light the Way” with the University of the Incarnate Word.
  • December 3, 2019
    6:00 pm — Eucharist celebrated with CHRISTUS Santa Rosa, remembering the first Mass celebrated at Santa Rosa Infirmary on this day in 1869 — Chapel of the Incarnate Word.

Celebrate the CCVI Jubilee and support their ministries by purchasing their 2019 medal. Medals may be purchased all year at the CCVI International Support Office (The Generalate - 4503 Broadway) or in Sr. Kathleen Coughlin's (SEC 2053).

CCVI Fiesta Medal

A Moment of Reflection

Sr. Mary Henry, CCVI, invites the UIW community to join her in prayer in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word every Friday, beginning this Friday, from 3-4 p.m. Those who wish to attend may join Sister to sit in silence to pray for an end to all forms of violence against people who are labeled as “different.”


Our thoughts and prayers go to:

  • Veronica Castillo, secretary to the comptroller, is mourning the loss of her mother, Josephine Castillo.  Josephine passed away at the age of 85 on Sunday, August 4. Services will be held at Porter Loring Chapel (1101 McCullough Ave), today, Friday, August 9.  Family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. and the evening service will begin at 7 p.m.  Please keep the Castillo family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. View Josephine’s obituary.
  • Suzanne Riley & family on the recent loss of her mother, Virginia Lee Heath (IWHS ’58).
  • Lori Seymour & family on the recent loss of her mother, Patricia Lorraine Klinestiver (MED ’89)
  • Dr. Vincent Porter (Dean, School of Professional Studies) & family on the recent loss of his mother; Dr. Cyndi
  • Porter (Vice President, Enrollment Services) on the recent loss of her mother-in-law, Phyllis Joyce Porter.
  • Juan M. Fresquez & family on the recent loss of his aunt, Sr. Catalina Fresquez (BA ’63).
  • Marvin Huth & family on the recent loss of his wife, Gertrude “Trudie” Marie Huth (BM ’69)



Cardinal Takeover Pre-Game Party 

UIW football player runs onto football field

Join us for the Hometown Showdown as UIW football takes on UTSA for the first time in history!

Before the big game at the Alamodome, meet up with your Cardinal family downtown for the Cardinal Takeover Pre-Game Party! There will be no shortage of live music, food, drinks, games and more to get us ready for the game.

The party will serve as the OFFICIAL UIW "tailgate" and pre-game festivities for the UIW @ UTSA game.

Find out more below!

Cardinal Takeover Pre-Game Party

Date: August, 31, 2019
Time: Pre-game party – 12:30-4:30 p.m. | Kick-off 5 p.m.
Location: Smoke BBQ Restaurant and E Commerce Plaza (in front of Sunset Station)
(Walking distance from the Alamodome)

Tickets Options:

Pre-Game Party Pass - $20.00
Includes entry to the pre-game party, PLUS 4 food/drink tickets.
Food and drink options include brisket Frito pie, smoked chicken, brisket tacos, pulled pork sliders, snow-cones, tea, lemonade or water.

Pre-Game Party Pass w/Game Ticket - $50.00
Enjoy all the perks of the pre-game party pass, and get your game ticket in the official UIW section.

VIP Pre-Game Pass - $100.00
Elevate your pre-game experience with access to the VIP area, located on the second floor of Smoke BBQ Restaurant, with balcony views of the pre-game party. The VIP menu includes brisket and turkey carving stations, St. Louis ribs, a mashed potato bar, Smoke’s signature tres leches cake and more! Top it off with drinks form the VIP open bar from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

VIP Pre-Game Pass w/Game Ticket - $130.00
Get access to the VIP party and reserve your game ticket in the official UIW section.

About the Venue:

This party is exclusively for UIW family and fans so we have reserved the whole space!

E Commerce Plaza (in front of Sunset Station) - This is where the main party will take place with live music, games and a kids area. Plus, exchange your food/drink tickets for delicious Frito pie, smoked chicken, brisket tacos, pulled pork sliders, snow-cones, tea, lemonade or water. A cash bar will also be available outside.

Smoke Sports Bar - Your pre-game party pass gets you access to this indoor sports-bar offering a full BBQ menu and full bar for additional purchase (food, drink, and VIP tickets are not accepted in this venue – cash or card only, please).

Ash Basement Bar - Head down to Ash Basement Bar for a great atmosphere for dancing and mingling with friends before the game. (Food, drink and VIP tickets are not accepted in this venue – cash or card only, please)

Smoke Palace Floor – VIP ACCESS ONLY - Elevate your pre-game experience will access to the VIP area, located on the second floor of Smoke restaurant, with balcony views of the pre-game party. The VIP menu includes brisket and turkey carving stations, St. Louis ribs, a mashed potato bar, Smoke’s signature tres leches cake and more! Top it off with drinks form the VIP open bar from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Tickets to the party and game seats in the UIW Fan Zone are limited and only available BEFORE the game. Get yours now at!

Community News

UIW Welcomes First Admitted Students of the Class of 2024

On Tuesday, July 30, the Office of Admissions announced the first students to be admitted the UIW Class of 2024!

Recently admitted students pose for a photo with Dr. Barbara Aranda-Naranjo

The announcement came at the end of Rising Senior Day, an event that welcomed students entering their senior year to spend the day on campus, learning about all that UIW has to offer them. Congratulations to UIW's first admitted students of the class of 2024! 

A recently admitted student smiles as she hugs her mom and dad

Allegiance Bank Makes Donation to Ettling Center

On Thursday, August 1, Vice President of Allegiance Bank, Marcus Vasquez presented the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability a $15,000 donation to support students serving the community through service mission trips. Thank you, Allegiance Bank! Pictured below are Ettling Center Director, Dr. Ricardo Gonzalez; Ettling Community Outreach Coordinator, Teofilo Reyes; and Vice President of Allegiance Bank, Marcus Vasquez. 

Dr. Ricardo Gonzalez, Teofilo Reyes, and Marcus Vasquez hold a large check in front of the clock tower

miniGEMS Banquet

The University of the Incarnate Word GEMS STEAM and Programming Summer Camp celebrated a record-setting year of attendance at its annual banquet on Friday, August 2 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. CPS Energy President and CEO Paula Gold Williams served as the event's keynote speaker. miniGEMS ( Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science) is a free two-week engineering camp for middle school girls to introduce them to the field of engineering through robotic projects, competitions, guest speakers and field trips.

198 girls from local schools pose for a photo at the miniGEMS banquet

“This has been a summer like no other for GEMS,” says program founder and coordinator Dr. Michael Frye, Associate Professor in UIW’s School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering. “We have had so many people come out to support our students, from elected officials to business leaders to the president and the provost of the University of the Incarnate Word. But we would be nowhere without our university student camp counselors who lead the program and our young campers who wake up early, during the summer, with a desire to learn and develop math and science skills that can be life-changing.”

San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists: Scholarship and Awards Gala

On Saturday, August 3, three UIW students were recognized as San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists (SAAHJ) scholarship recipients. Pictured below are students Gabrielle Yańez, Bethany Melendez and Renee Muñiz at the 21st annual SAAHJ Scholarship and Awards Gala, accompanied by UIW faculty members Michael Mercer, Theresa Coronado, Kristina DeLeon and Dr. Trey Guinn. 

UIW students pose for a photo with UIW faculty at SAAHJ gala

Brainpower Connection

Brainpower Connection Welcomes New Schools, Unveils New Logo

On Thursday, August 1, the UIW Brainpower Connection launched a new era with the ceremonial signing of the Statement of Collegiality and Collaboration and unveiling of the association's new logo. 

Representatives from each of the Brainpower Connection schools pose for a photo together with a framed copy of their newly signed statement

The Brainpower Connection also welcomed two new schools to the association for the first time in decades. Blessed Sacrament Catholic School and St. Mary Magdalen both joined the group of local Catholic schools that collaborate to promote the mission and ministry of Catholic education. 

Brother John stands by a poster of the Brainpower Connection's new logo

Brainpower Connection Gathers to Kick Off School Year

On Thursday, August 8, faculty from the Brainpower Connection schools gathered to officially begin the start of another academic school year. Have a wonderful year, Brainpower schools! Hundreds of faculty from local Catholic schools stand for a photo together

Department News

Announcement from Lisa Bazley, Vice President for Information Resources and CIO

It is with great pleasure that I announce that Jesse Cortinas will be joining the Information Resources leadership team as Director of Enterprise Applications. Jesse had a long and successful career with Judson Independent School District, most recently as Chief Technology Officer. Prior to that he held management roles in data services and business applications. I am confident that Jesse will bring organizational, management and technical skills to benefit our Banner, database, and other enterprise application operations and become another valuable member of the IRD team. Jesse will attend HR orientation on Friday, August 16 and start on Monday, August 19. His office is on the ground floor of the Mabee Library in the enterprise apps area. Please join me in a warm welcome for Jesse Cortinas!

UIW Emergency Preparedness

In light of recent events, it is important to note UIW Emergency Preparedness procedures. UIW has issued a desktop reference/flip book for your use. If you have not received one, please email and one will be sent to you. It is also available on the UIW app under the Emergency tab. This guide includes important numbers and information regarding various topics from medical emergencies to severe weather and lockdown procedures. UIWPD and the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHSRM) are available to answer your questions. You can contact UIWPD at (210) 829-6030. To contact EHSRM call (210) 829-6035.

Elevated Heat and Fire Weather Conditions Today through Early Next Week

Threats & Impacts:

Daily Afternoon Heat Indices ("Feels Like"):

  • 105-110 degrees along and east of I-35 and along and south of U.S. 90. Some isolated locations could briefly exceed 110 degrees.
  • 100-105 degrees across the Hill Country.
  • Prolonged exposure to this excessive heat could lead to dehydration, heat exhaustion, or even a heat stroke.

Timing & Overview:

Hot temperatures will peak across South-Central Texas through the remainder of the week and into early next week. No significant chances for rainfall are forecast during this time. This will result periods of elevated heat and fire weather conditions each afternoon and early evening. Heat Advisories are expected across portions of the region each day.

Tips and Resources:

Residents are encouraged to take appropriate precautions to prevent heat related illnesses:

  • Plan strenuous outdoor activities during the early morning or late evening hours
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Wear light weight, loose fitting, and light colored clothing
  • Take frequent breaks in the shade or air conditioning
  • Young children or pets should never be left unattended in parked vehicles. Vehicle interiors will reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.
  • More heat safety tips and resources
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For more information, contact Sam McDaniel, director of Environmental Health Safety and Risk Management at

Athletic News

The UIW Football team walks out of the field house prepared to take the field