UIW Community Newsletter - February 28, 2020


2nd Annual UIW Day of Giving -  One Word. One Goal. 

UIW's 2nd Annual Day of Giving is in full swing! Alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends of UIW have come together to support the University. There is still time to show your support and make a donation. 

One Word. One Goal. will end at 5 p.m., today, Friday, Feb. 28.

There are three ways you can still get involved:

  1. Join the discussion by following UIW on Facebook and Twitter @uiwcardinals. 

  2. Share your UIW story and our Day of Giving link using the hashtag #OneWordOneGoal and encourage your network to be a part of our Day of Giving. 

  3. Make a gift to any of the projects available during  One Word. One Goal.

Your gift will support the scholarships and programs that help our students on their journeys. Join us in making a positive impact in the lives of our students!


Our Lady’s Chapel Services

All are welcome

  • Noon mass Monday - Friday
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation, 11:30 a.m. Fridays or by appointment with Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T. at
    (210) 829-3131 or


Our thoughts and prayers go to:

  • Mrs. Betty Frost and family on the recent loss of her husband, Joe Lindell Frost (Honorary Degree ’04).
  • Mrs. Cherly Steward and family on the recent loss of her mother, Joan Eggemeyer Jones (IWHS ’58).

Lenten Reflection

Click here to read Metanoia, Changing Who We Are - How do We Begin? - A reflection on the Gospel for the First Sunday of Lent by Dr. Timothy Wingert, dean of the Rosenberg School of Optometry. 

Pray-a-thon 2020

During this season of Lent, we invite you to Save the Date for Pray-a-thon 2020, set for March 22 – 29. Pray-a-thon is an invitation for our Brainpower schools and our UIW campus communities to join in solidarity, drawing on a shared vision of faith and learning, to work together as One Word.  While some events will find a place in our chapels, a hallmark of Pray-a-thon has been to take prayer to the people in unique and creative ways. We pray that each of you will enjoy a week filled with opportunities to experience prayer in different forms, expressions and traditions. For more information, please contact, Sr. Walter Maher, VP Mission and Ministry at

CCVI Spirit Award Nominations

On behalf of Mission and Ministry, please click here to find the CCVI Spirit Award Nomination form for 2020. Should you wish to nominate a fellow employee for this award, the deadline for submission is Friday, Feb. 28. Please return nomination forms to Sr. Walter Maher at CPO 139. The CCVI Spirit Award recognizes a member of the faculty, administration, or staff who has demonstrated in service to the University and/or to the broader civic community, the spirit of the founders, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. The mission of the University flows directly from this spirit. One award is given each year. All members of the campus community, lay and religious, part-time and full-time, are eligible. Selection of the honoree is made by a committee of faculty, administrators, and persons chosen for the award in past years.

Student CCVI Spirit Awards

Each year the University awards a student who is recognized by peers, faculty and staff as living the mission of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in her/his service to the University and/or the broader civic community. This Student CCVI Spirit Award was initiated in 1994 and is presented to the student at the Incarnate Word Day Mass each spring semester. Campus Ministry invites all members of the University community to submit a nomination of a student who, in their estimation, lives the mission of the Sisters and whose actions embody the spirit of human dignity and charity in relationships at the University and in the broader community. The student chosen for the award will be presented with a plaque which he or she may keep. Additionally, a plaque listing the student’s name will be displayed in the Administration Building. Nominations will be accepted through Monday, March 9, 2020 at the following link: CCVI Student Spirit Award Nomination 2019-2020. For more information, contact Beth Villarreal, Director of Campus Ministry at or 210-829-2736.


Upcoming Events

Cherish the Ladies Concert

The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word are pleased to have Cherish the Ladies in San Antonio to help close their Jubilee year. Since 1869, almost 1,000 women left Ireland to join the mission in Texas. This concert pays homage to these brave young pioneers who helped grow the Congregation and have served in its ministries of health care, education, and pastoral services.

Cherish The Ladies, the Grammy Award nominated Irish-American supergroup, was formed in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in what had been a male-dominated Celtic music scene. Celebrating their 35th anniversary, Cherish The Ladies has shared timeless Irish traditions and good cheer with audiences worldwide. They’ve brought their signature blend of virtuosic instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, and stunning step dancing to the White House, the Olympics, and to PBS with their television special, An Irish Homecoming, which recently received an Emmy Award. The Washington Post praises the ‘astonishing array of virtuosity’ that Cherish The Ladies bring to the stage on a regular basis. Their new album, Heart of the Home, embraces the gift of music passed down from generations. ‘It was the greatest gift they could give us,’ says bandleader Joanie Madden. ‘We’re carrying on the music of our fathers.’ As their reputation and admiration from both fans and critics alike continues to grow, Cherish The Ladies blazes forward into another decade of music making.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 10 at the UIW Concert Hall. Click here to purchase tickets.

Swing-In Raffle Tickets On Sale Now

UIW's Swing-In is right around the corner! The auction party will be held on Thursday, April 30 with the golf tournament following on Friday, May 1. Raffle tickets are available now. All proceeds will directly benefit the Scholarship Fund and provide students with the opportunity to further their education at UIW. The Swing-In raffle winner will choose one of the following prizes:

  • Banff, Calgary and Lake Louise
  • Tuscany Culinary Escape
  • Scotland Championship Golf Experience
  • Merchandise Credit Balance on Credit Card

Click here to purchase your raffle ticket today  – only 325 will be sold! For more information, please contact Ana Hoff at

Community News

Ash Wednesday 

The UIW community observed Ash Wednesday together on Feb. 26. Several Ash Wednesday services were held at UIW's various campuses throughout the day.

A student blesses a man with ashes in a church

Prior to hitting the road for an away game, the UIW Baseball team received a blessing and ashes from Br. John Paige. During this season of Lent, we invite you to follow along with Lenten reflections here

A student receives a blessing of ashes on his forehead

Welcome, New Employees! 

Human Resources would like to welcome these Cardinals to the nest! 

3 people pose for a photo together on a bench

From left to right: Nelson Orantes, mechanic; Laurel Cook-Jackson, doctoral level licensed professional counselor; Ivonne Gonzales, academic support manager


The School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering and Career Services hosted the Spring 2020 STEM Fair on Monday, Feb. 24.

A group of people converseAttendees had the opportunity to network with organizations and learn about exciting career opportunities and internships. Companies from the public and private sectors were on site to offer students career advice. 

A crowd of people attend a career fair.

TRiO Open House

TRIO Student Support Services held an Open House for new and returning participants on Thursday, Feb. 27. 

A group of students sit at desks and converseThe program provides academic support, leadership development, and educational support services to 200 students who meet first-generation, low-income, and/or disability criteria, as defined by federal guidelines. The program creates a supportive, educational atmosphere to actively promote retention and graduation for participants.

Three students smile at the camera 

Talley's Folly

UIW Theatre opened the curtain on their production of Talley's Folly on Friday, Feb. 21 at the Cheever Theatre.

A deserted Victorian boathouse on the Talley place in Lebanon, Missouri; the time 1944. Matt Friedman, an accountant from St. Louis, has arrived to plead his love to Sally Talley, the susceptible but uncertain daughter of the family. Bookish, erudite, totally honest, and delightfully funny, Matt refuses to accept Sally's rebuffs and her fears that her family would never approve of their marriage. Charming and indomitable, he gradually overcomes her defenses, telling his innermost secrets to his loved one and, in return, learning hers as well. Gradually he awakens Sally to the possibilities of a life together until, in the final, touching moments of the play, it is clear that they are two kindred spirits who have truly found each other—two "lame ducks" who, in their union, will find a wholeness rare in human relationships.

You can still catch the show tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m.! UIW students, faculty and staff may attend free of charge by presenting their valid UIW ID. For more information or reservations, please call (210) 829-3800.

A group of students smile and pose for a photo together

Robert Cormier Digital Symposium 

UIW students, faculty and staff participated in a digital symposiumTwisted Intimacy: Disturbing Pervasions and Genuine Warmth, on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The symposium showcased artifacts from the Robert E. Cormier Collection at Fitchburg State University's Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library. The keynote address featured Jarrett Krosoczka, author of National Book Award Finalist, Hey, Kiddo. 

People sit at desks and look at a screen

Learning Disability Simulation

On Saturday, Feb. 22, the Dreeben School of Education hosted a learning disability simulation, where attendees personally experienced difficulties in processing information and performing seemingly simple tasks.

People sit at desks and look down at a sheet of paperParticipants gained an appreciation of what it means to learn differently and why supporting students with appropriate accommodations is both fair and needed to give all students equitable learning experiences. 

People sit at a desk and look at a sheet of paper

New Employee Mixer

Human Resources hosted the quarterly New Employee Mixer/Luncheon on Friday, Feb. 21 where new employees had an opportunity to meet fellow co-workers, increase their knowledge of the University, and enjoy lunch with the Provost and Vice Presidents of the University. Welcome, new Cardinals!

A group of new employees pose for a photo together

Songs of Continuity 

In conjunction with Contemporary Art Month, the UIW Art Department presented a solo exhibition by San Antonio sculptor Danville Chadbourne called "Songs of Continuity," featuring over 50 recent and new works. The exhibition includes paintings, wall-oriented relief works, freestanding sculptures, suspended works, and smaller-scale sculptures in clay and wood. An opening reception for “Songs of Continuity” was held on Friday, Feb. 21. The exhibit is on display until Friday, March 20, 2020.

As part of the exhibition, a special performance by the Agarita Chamber Players, "Synergy: Music and Sculpture" will take place on Saturday, March 7 in the UIW Concert Hall and galleries, with repertoire selected in response to the sculptures. The exhibition and concert are free and open to the public.

People look at an art exhibit

Thank You, UIW Unsung Heroes!

The University community would like to extend sincerest thanks to UIW's drivers, mechanics and purchasing, postal services and office staff. While this mighty team tends to work behind the scenes, UIW could not serve its students without them! Thank you all for making a difference in the lives of UIW employees and students each and every day. 

A group of people pose for a photo together

Department News

UIW Provost/CFO Search Announcement

Next week, the University of the Incarnate Word will continue hosting finalist candidates for the positions of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Provost. 

Their Curriculum Vitae and a link to a form requesting feedback regarding the candidate’s visit is available via Blackboard in the “My Organization” section. To access Blackboard, go to Cardinal Apps, log in and click on Blackboard Learn. Candidate information will ONLY be available the day of his or her visit and through 9 a.m. the following morning when the information will be removed. 

Each candidate for Provost will be introduced to the faculty and the greater community through specific open sessions. The Faculty Open Session for Candidate 2 will be held Monday, March 2 from 2:15 – 3:30 p.m. in the SEC Ballroom. The Community Open Session will follow in the same location from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Each candidate for CFO will be introduced via their Community (Faculty & Staff) Open Sessions. The open session for CFO Candidate 2 will be held Monday, March 2 from 4:45 – 6 p.m. in the SEC Ballroom. The open session for CFO Candidate 3 will be held Tuesday, March 3 from 4:45 - 6 p.m. in the SEC Ballroom. 

All information will be shared with the community through The Word Today. 

San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Cyber Industry Council Meeting

UIW/SMD will host the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Cyber Industry Council meeting from 3 - 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 4 at the Grossman International Conference Center.

This meeting will be attended by San Antonio city leaders, local industry professionals, academia, and government groups exploring various aspects of the cyber security technology domain and how our local community is affected.  The keynote address will be given by leaders from Joint Base San Antonio who will discuss ways to increase collaboration and cyber systems acquisition within the local community.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Jim Collins, CIS Department Cyber Security lead investigator, at

Cardinals' Cupboard: Donations Needed

Any UIW student, staff or faculty member is welcome to the Cardinals' Cupboard Food Pantry located at Joeris Hall on the UIW Broadway Campus. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Did you know 25% of children identified as food insecure in San Antonio and Texas is ranked #2 in the nation for food insecurity? Help us make a difference by making a donation to the Cardinals' Cupboard!

Top 10 Requested Items:

  1. Cereal
  2. Canned beans
  3. Tuna
  4. Canned soup
  5. Rice
  6. Mac and cheese
  7. Peanut butter
  8. Granola bars
  9. Pasta and pasta sauce
  10. Toothpaste/soap

Monetary and food donations may be dropped off at the Ettling Center in AD 158 or Campus Engagement in SEC 3150, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. To learn more about Cardinals' Cupboard, please contact the Ettling Center at (210) 283-6423.

Health E-News

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance

We are closely tracking the spread of the coronavirus, first identified in December in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The situation is changing rapidly, and we will provide updates when new information or guidance needs to be communicated.

Symptoms of this infectious illness include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Based on current information, symptoms can appear anywhere from two to 14 days after initial exposure to the disease and can be transmitted from inhaling or touching infected droplets – usually through a cough or sneeze — from an infected person. We follow guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for identifying and managing patients of concern.

UIW has numerous health and wellness resources available to students including flu shots which are being offered at Health Services. No appointment is needed to obtain a flu shot.

It’s important to note that we are in the midst of cold and flu season and members of our campus community are reminded to take precautions.

The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure. The CDC always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For more information, please visit the CDC’s Coronavirus website.

We will continue to monitor and update our campus community on the coronavirus outbreak as needed.

If you have questions, please call UIW Health Services at (210) 829-6017.

Athletic News

Womens basketball players celebrate on the court

A golf player smiles at the camera

A basketball player aims for the basket