UIW Community Newsletter - January 17, 2020


January Jumpoff 

UIW students pose for a photo together behind an information table

Our UIW Cardinals were welcomed back to the nest in style this week! The Office of Campus Engagement hosted fun events all week to help students get settled into a new semester.

A student hugs an alpaca

Fan favorite events included Alpacas on the Lawn, the Student Activities Fair and Cardinal Field Day. Thank you to all who made the first week of the semester extra special for all returning students! 

Students pose for a photo holding instruments


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


LMC celebrates success of residency programs

KGNS: LMC celebrates success of residency programs

Laredo Medical Center and the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM) are proud to announce that their partnership has achieved its fundraising goal of $850,000 for the build-out and start-up of the city’s first residency programs. The groups came together in celebration of this milestone on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 in the Community Room at the Laredo Medical Center.

The LMC-UIWSOM partnership already fully employs 33 resident physicians, two staff members, and partially employs nine physicians to oversee the programs. The group has already had over 30,000 patient encounters in the clinic and/or hospital setting.

In just its second year, the LMC-UIWSOM partnership received 1,600 applications for the Internal Medicine Residency Program and 800 applications for the Family Medicine Residency Program. Each month, new local physicians are volunteering more of their time to work with the residents in clinical and didactic training. The residents have already started to perform research and quality improvement projects to expand clinical knowledge and elevate the quality of patient care in Laredo.

A group of people hold a giant check

Jefferson Bank Investor Challenge 

Spectrum News: Saint Mary's Hall Student Wins Jefferson Bank Investor Challenge

Thomas Garrett, a senior at Saint Mary's Hall, was awarded first place in the Jefferson Bank Investor Challenge.  H-E-B School of Business Finance Professor Dr. Tim Griesdorn and Jefferson Bank President Paul McSween presented Thomas a winning check today.

The Jefferson Bank Investor Challenge offers high school students the opportunity to learn financial strategy at UIW and apply the skills they learn in an online simulated investment portfolio. Thomas competed against 45 other students from 21 San Antonio-area high schools. Please join us in congratulating Thomas on this accomplishment!

Learn more about the challenge here.

A student is presented with a large check

Community News

Feik School of Pharmacy Celebrates National Pharmacist Day

From help with the common cold to life-saving medication, where would we be without our pharmacists? There are currently over 300,000 pharmacists in the United States and they were all celebrated on National Pharmacist Day, officially recognized on January 12.  Current and future pharmacists of the Feik School of Pharmacy gathered on Monday, Jan. 13 to celebrate the big day.  

Pharmacy students in white coats pose for a group photo

Welcome Home, Coach Lara!

A headshot of Kiki LaraUIW Athletics has brought in three-time All-American, two-time Academic All-American and UIW Hall of Fame member Ricardo "Kiki" Lara as head coach of the men's soccer program. Coach Lara joins UIW after five years at Eastern Illinois University. He officially started yesterday, so if you see him around campus, be sure to welcome him to the nest!

Brainpower Connection

A student receives Holy Communion

Yesterday morning, hundreds of students from Brainpower Connection Catholic schools came together to celebrate Mass as they begin a new semester of studies. After Mass, students enjoyed a reception with treats and time to meet students from other Catholic schools.

Students wait in line to receive Communion

Established in 1989, the Brainpower Connection is an association of Catholic schools that collaborate to promote the mission and ministry of Catholic education. Students can benefit from curriculum alignment, integrated resources, Brainpower scholarships, reduced tuition, and access to UIW’s state-of-the-art facilities. 

A student closes his eyes in prayer

Department News

Search for Dean of Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions

Dear Members of the University of the Incarnate Word Community, 

Academic Search is working with the University of the Incarnate Word in its search for the next Dean of the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions. We are reaching out to invite nominations from those of you in disciplines outside of the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

For more information about this opportunity,  expectations, qualifications, and the application process, please review the ad and full position profile

To schedule a confidential call or offer nominations, please email or reach out directly to the consultants leading this search:

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Best Regards, 

Sharon Welkey, Search Committee Co-Chair
Tim Wingert, Search Committee Co-Chair

Baseball and Softball Season Memberships on Sale Now

Baseball and softball season memberships are on sale now! Come out to support our student-athletes and coaches who have been working hard to prepare for the season. UIW faculty and staff receive 50 percent off all season tickets. 

2020 Baseball Memberships

  • First home game is Feb. 14, 2020
    • Reserved Covered Seating first and third Baseline: $75 per seat for faculty/staff (regular $150)
    • Reserved Seating Grandstand Bleachers (comes with a chairback and same seat location for all home games): $40 per seat for faculty/staff (regular $80)
    • General Admission Grandstand Bleachers (no specific seat location and no chairback): $25 per seat for faculty/staff (regular $50)
  • 2020 Softball Memberships
    • First home game is Feb. 7, 2020 (H-E-B Classic Tournament featuring UIW in five home games)
    • Reserved Seating Bleachers (comes with a chairback and same seat location for all home games): $25 per seat for faculty/staff (regular $50)
    • General Admission Bleachers (no specific seat location and no chairback): $20 per seat for faculty/staff (regular $40)

To purchase season memberships or for questions, contact UIW Director of Ticketing Alma Lara at 210-805-3012 or

Thank you and Go Cards! 

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

Flu Shots Now Available!

Employee flu shots are now available at the UIW Health Services Clinic. To receive your flu shot, please visit the UIW Health Services Clinic located on the ground level of the Agnese Sosa parking garage. The entrance to the facility located behind the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions.

When can I go? Employee Flu Shots are still available. Employee flu shots will be administered between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon, Monday through Friday. Please stop by at your convenience.

What will I need to bring? Medical Insurance ID, Driver License or University ID, and, if this is your first visit to Health Services, a completed New Patient Form.

What if I do not have UIW medical insurance? If you have other medical insurance, the clinic will bill your insurance. If you do not have medical insurance and are a full time UIW employee, you can still get your flu shot at Health Services and UIW will cover the cost.

What if I cannot make it to Health Services? You can also go to a participating pharmacy such as CVS, Walgreens, HEB, or your physician’s office.

Can my spouse or child get their flu shot at Health Services? At this time only UIW employees can receive their flu shot from Health Services.

While timing of the flu season is unpredictable, seasonal flu activity often begins to increase in October. It is common for the flu season to peak between December and February, but it may last as late as May. CDC recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older receive a flu vaccine by the end of October. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body to protect against flu virus infection.

You have the power to fight the flu!

Athletic News

A UIW men's tennis player on the court 

A UIW women's basketball team member jumps and aims for the basket 

  The UIW women's soccer team poses for a group photo on the field