UIW Community Newsletter - July 26, 2019


2019 Freshman Orientation 

A new student sits by her mother in the UIW Concert Hall for freshman orientation

UIW continues to welcome its newest Cardinals to the nest with summer freshman orientations! New students spend the day getting to know campus and learning about all of the resources available to them. Thank you to all who continue to work hard to give our new students the best experience! 

The UIW Admissions team poses for a photo at UIW freshman orientation


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


Our thoughts and prayers go to:

Dean of the School of Professional Studies, Vincent Porter, and his wife, Vice President for Enrollment Services, Dr. Cyndi Porter, are mourning the loss of his mother, Phyllis Porter. Mrs. Porter passed away at the age of 89 on Wednesday, July 24. Please keep the Porter family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Click here for Mrs. Porter's obituary and service information. 

Dana Gardner Wilson (BA ’82) & family on the recent loss of her sister, Erin Gardner Bowman (BA ’73).

Paul Cervantes III & family on the recent loss of his mother, Ernestine Martinez Cervantes (BA ’69).

Marcos Contreras (MBA ’05 & Former UIW Staff) & family on the recent loss of his father, Herbert Contreras, Jr.

Dr. Tracie Edmond (UIW Faculty) on the recent loss of her mother, Jean Amelia Eaves.

The family of George H. Foster, Sr. (BA ’61)

Yvonne La Vaude (Development Board Member) & Louis La Vaude & Family on the recent loss of their mother, Olga Hachar La Vaude (BA ’50).

Theresa Lymbery (BSN ‘82) & Family on the recent loss of her aunt, Sr. Brigid Mollaghan, CCVI (MA ’68).

Gary Schlueter & Family on the recent loss of his wife, Elizabeth Fern “Beth” Schlueter (BBA ’07 & MBA ’09)


Mozart Festival

Mozart Festival poster

On Saturday, July 27, UIW will kick off the 2019 Mozart Festival. Saturday concerts will be held at 8 p.m., and Sunday concerts will be held at 3 p.m. in the UIW Concert Hall. View the Mozart Festival website for ticket information and a list of performers.

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. 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.

Click here to purchase your Cardinal Takeover Pre-Game Party tickets and game tickets in the official Cardinal Fan Zone! 

Community News

Congratulations, Bishop Trevor Alexander! 

Congratulations to our very own Dr. Trevor Alexander on his recent elevation to Bishop by the Kingdom Council of Interdependent Christian Churches and Ministries. Bishop Alexander's elevation was celebrated at a special reception on Friday, June 28. 

Bishop Trevor Alexander sits at his reception and gives a "thumbs up" to the camera

Sacred Choral Music in Spanish/Música Sacra Coral en Español

The UIW Cardinal Singers presented a concert of sacred choral music in Spanish on Sunday, July 14 in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. The concert was a prelude to their performance later in the week at the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) convention. The Singers were been invited to present this concert to a national audience of liturgical musicians who gathered for the annual NPM convention, this year held in Raleigh, NC.

The Cardinal Chorale sings their concert under the direction of William Gokelman at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word

A Better Future for Immigrants, Starting with Help for an Immigrant Now

On Friday, July 19 members of the UIW community learned from the courage and determination of Edgar Navarrete, an immigrant who has been working with the Equal Justice Center assisting immigrant youth across Texas. He has been accepted by St. Mary’s University School of Law and has plans to assist immigrants. As a DREAMER, he shared wisdom on how we can work together for a more just and humane future. 

Members of the UIW community sit with Edgar Navarrete at a table

New Employee Luncheon

Human Resources hosted the quarterly New Employee Mixer/Luncheon on July 25, 2019, where new employees had an opportunity to meet fellow co-workers, increase their knowledge of the University, and enjoyed lunch with UIW President, Dr. Thomas Evans and other members of Executive Leadership. Welcome, new Cardinals!

New UIW employees gather for a photo at the New Employee Mixer and Luncheon

Welcome, New Employees! 

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

New employees pose for a photo with an iconic bench on campus

Back row, from left to right: Logan Henslee, Reporting Specialist for Institutional Research; Matthew Garza, Coordinator of Facilities Events; Erika Soto, Athletic Trainer; Christopher Artis, Men’s Basketball Operations; Cinnamon Schulze, Secretary to Brainpower Connection; Mei-Lei Hester, Anatomy and Teaching Laboratories Assistant; La’Ron Haywood, Quality Control Assistant Football Coach; Rajesh Thapa, Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Front row, from left to right: Jon Whitney, Technology Support Specialist; Kyle Winkler, Assistant Baseball Coach; Ryan Shotzberger, Head Baseball Coach

New employees pose for a photo with an iconic bench on campus

Back row, from left to right: Alexander Portillo, Clinical Counselor; Cynthia Plueger, Director of Enrollment for the School of Physical Therapy; Matthew Carpenter, Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards; Dr. Rafael Hoyle, Special Assistant to the President for Planning & Campus Management; Billy Richardson, Network Administrator; Dr. Steve Mifflin, Associate Dean of Research and Innovation at the School of Osteopathic Medicine; Ryne Smith, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach; Maria Medina- Calvo, Registered Nurse/Office Manager

Front row, from left to right: Sarah Prezioso, Assistant Softball Coach; Venesa Matthew, Learning Specialist for the School of Osteopathic Medicine

Aramark Check Presentation

On Monday, July 15, longtime UIW friends and partners at Aramark presented the University with a donation to support student scholarships. Aramark Regional VP, Stephen Cantrell, presented UIW President, Dr. Thomas Evans with the check. Thank you, Aramark! 

Aramark representatives, Dr. Evans and Chris Gallegos pose for a photo with the check

MiniGEMS Visit

UIW President, Dr. Thomas Evans, and UIW Interim Provost, Dr. Barbara Aranda-Naranjo, paid a visit to the middle school girls participating in this year's miniGEMS program! They offered words of encouragement and advice, and learned about what the girls have accomplished at the camp thus far. 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. Now in its fifth year, the program has grown into four two-week camps that focus on everything from computer coding to the science of food preparation. 

Dr. Barbara and Naranjo and Dr. Thomas Evans speak to a group of miniGEMS participants who are gathered around them

Department News

Cardinal Apps

Cardinal Apps” is coming! By Fall 2019, Cardinal Apps will replace MyWord portal. Cardinal Apps will be the go-to place for the software applications you use every day, including Banner. Accessible on the faculty, staff, and student community websites, Cardinal Apps enhances information security and best of all, brings modern features and easier password recovery techniques to all community members. Over the next few weeks, you will see more and more software apps move from MyWord to Cardinal Apps.

Be Aware: The first time you login to Cardinal Apps, you will need to enter a secondary (non-UIW) email address, security question, and a cell phone number. This will ensure that you are able to reset or recover your password at any time.

Resident Move-In

The Department of Residence Life and Housing Operations is calling for volunteers to assist our 1,000 students who will be moving onto campus for the 2019-2020 school year on August 22 and 23! We are looking for faculty and staff to be welcoming faces, help push bins, direct traffic, and provide the UIW experience! Departments are encouraged to volunteer together. Volunteers are needed for two shifts each day. The morning shift will be from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.,  and the afternoon shift from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

To sign up to be a part of this wonderful event, please complete the registration form by clicking here.


Athletic News

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

The UIW track and field time pose for a group photo on the football field