UIW Community Newsletter - November 1, 2019


UIW Homecoming 2019

The UIW community celebrated Homecoming from Oct. 24 - 27, welcoming alumni and friends back to the nest for a fun-filled weekend.

The weekend kicked off with a special Homecoming Thirsty Thursday, where alumni enjoyed drinks and pizza in the Cardinal Shoppe.

Then, a new tradition was launched at the Nest Fest Block Party, where attendees braved the cold to enjoy food trucks, live music, and the lighting of the Administration Building to welcome Cardinals back to the nest.

The words "UIW Homecoming" are illuminated on the outside wall of a red brick building

On Saturday, Oct. 26, the UIW community came out in full force to support UIW Football at the Homecoming tailgate and game where the Cardinals took on Northwestern State.

The UIW Marching Band marches in uniform holding their instruments

UIW Football players run onto the field through a cloud of smoke surrounded by cheerleaders

On Sunday, Oct. 27, alumni and friends began to say farewell at the annual Homecoming Memorial Mass and Cardinal Brunch.

Members of the Incarnate Word College Class of 1969 pose for a photo in Our Lady's Chapel

To officially wrap up Homecoming weekend, the UIW community was invited to Trunk-or-Treat and Fall Fest, where future Cardinals got in on some Halloween fun!

UIW students dressed as people from the 1980s dance outside

A woman dressed as a shark passes out candy to trick-or-treaters

Thank you to all who contributed time and effort to making UIW Homecoming 2019 a memorable weekend for our community!


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

CCVI Jubilee - Celebrating 150 Years

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

  • November 1, 2019
    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.


UIW Military Appreciation Game Sponsored by Frost Bank

Calling all UIW military veterans (students, employees and alumni)! Join us at the UIW Frost Bank Military Appreciation Game on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. Please RSVP to participate in a halftime ceremony in your honor at! Active duty military and veterans get up to four complimentary game tickets to every UIW game (available at the box office and on game day)!

UIW football players shake hands of UIW military and veterans

Chanticleer Concert

The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word are celebrating 150 years of blessings! In celebration of their Jubilee year, the Chapel of the Incarnate Word is thrilled to welcome Chanticleer, the multiple Grammy Award-winning, all-male vocal ensemble comprised of 12 singers, and founded in 1978 by Incarnate Word College graduate, Louis Botto. This concert will feature a variety of sacred works exploring the "Faith of our Fathers" - music from our deepest roots to our own time and traditions. Don't miss this special concert on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. Click here to purchase tickets.

Chanticleer group photo

San Antonio City Fest

UIW is proud to sponsor the second annual San Antonio CityFest, an urban ideas festival designed to bring local leaders together with outside thought leaders to explore San Antonio's greatest challenges and opportunities. UIW students may attend the festival at a discounted rate of $25 for a full day or $15 for a half day on Friday, Nov. 8. Please encourage students to register with the promo code "CFSTUDENT19" today! Click here to register.

Visitation House 2020 Fiesta Medal Launch Party

On Friday, Nov. 8, join the Visitation House for their first ever Fiesta Medal Launch Party! The party will be held from 3 - 6 p.m. Enjoy festivities on the porch at Visitation House and enter for a chance to win door prizes. Viva Fiesta!

San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 10th Annual CORE4 STEM Family Day

Join the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at the University of the Incarnate Word for the 10th Annual CORE4 STEM Family Day! This event is a great way to get the entire family involved with science, technology, engineering and mathematics through hands-on activities and more! This event is free to attend and will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the ICC Ballroom. Click here for more information and to register.

Community News

Open Legislative Forum with State Rep. Roland Gutierrez

On Monday, Oct. 28, the UIW Political Science Department and the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability welcomed State Representative Roland Gutierrez for an open legislative forum. Students were invited to discuss topics including higher education, immigration, veteran services, health care and more.

State Rep. Roland Gutierrez leans over a table and speaks to students

Peace Day 2019

On Wednesday, Oct. 30, the UIW community observed Peace Day. In 1986, UIW began hosting annual Peace Fairs with educational content, and planted a "peace pole" monument to mark the beginning of the University's new Master of Arts degree in Peace and Justice.

Students sit in a conference room and look at the event speaker

The ideas and concepts of peace as the fruit of justice that began as Peace Fairs in 1986, have expanded into many educational, prayerful and celebrative events throughout the month of October, culminating on the last Wednesday of October.

A UIW professor delivers a presentation for students

This year's events included conversations on issues facing our country and students today.

UIW community members stand outside where a tree has just been planted

Halloween at UIW

UIW employees got in the Halloween spirit this year! On Thursday, Oct. 31, the UIW community welcomed little princesses, superheroes, ghouls and more to campus for trick-or-treating. Thank you to all employees and students who dressed up to provide a truly spooktacular experience for our special visitors!

UIW employees dressed as characters from Alice in Wonderland pose for a photo

UIW community members dressed in Halloween costumes pose for a photo together

UIW community members dressed in Halloween costumes pose for a photo together

UIW community members dressed in Halloween costumes pose for a photo together

UIW community members dressed as characters from the wizard of oz pose for a photo

UIW community members dressed up as the Pink Ladies

UIW community members dressed in Halloween costumes pose for a photo together

UIW community members dressed in Halloween costumes pose for a photo together

UIW community members dressed in Halloween costumes pose for a photo together

UIW community members dressed in Halloween costumes pose for a photo together

UIW community members dressed in Halloween costumes pose for a photo together

UIW community members dressed in Halloween costumes pose for a photo together

UIW community members dressed in Halloween costumes pose for a photo together

UIW community members dressed in Halloween costumes pose for a photo together

UIW community members dressed in Halloween costumes pose for a photo together

UIW community members dressed in Halloween costumes pose for a photo together

UIW community members dressed in Halloween costumes pose for a photo together

Dia de los Muertos

Various UIW departments have taken part in Dia de los Muertos celebrations this week, setting up ofrendas with photos of loved ones. Thank you for carrying on this beautiful tradition!
A Dia de los Muertos ofrenda

An ofrenda for Dia de los Muertos with photos, candles and traditional decorations

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 Illa Faye Miller School of Nursing.

When can I go? Employee Flu Shots are available now through December 20, 2019. 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 (and Dr. Evans does too)!

Dr. Evans gets a flu shot

Department News

A Special Message from the Office of the President re: Title IX

Dear students, faculty and staff,

The 2019 Texas Legislative Session concluded with the passing of several bills impacting higher education’s response to incidents of sexual misconduct, some of which expand the current Title IX requirements under federal law. The University of the Incarnate Word is committed to maintaining a safe and respectful environment and to be compliant with state law and federal law.

One of the new bills, Senate Bill 212, requires all employees at every level, including full-time and part-time, to “promptly report” to the Title IX coordinator any information about sexual misconduct committed by or against a student or employee. This means that all UIW employees will be required to complete the training outlining their responsibilities per the mandatory reporting requirement in the law.

The statute provides that the institution “shall terminate” the employment of any employee who fails to follow the reporting requirements, and the employee may also be subject to civil sanctions and criminal penalties. The bill also institutes a fine up to $2 million for institutions who do not comply with the new law. Failure to complete the training by December 1 will result in termination.

The involvement of university presidents and governing boards required by these laws, and the potential for criminal charges and termination of employees, reflects the importance that the state of Texas has placed on university leadership, faculty and staff to be directly aware of and involved with policies and procedures to eradicate sexual misconduct on college campuses.

By Monday October 28, 2019, UIW’s Title IX Coordinator, Alexandria Salas, will post the on-line training on Blackboard, which is accessible via Cardinal Apps. The training includes a 30-minute informational video followed by a short survey and an acknowledgement. On-site training will also be offered in person on our various campuses. The training schedule is posted at:

I want to reiterate that we do not tolerate sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or any other sexual misconduct or acts of gender discrimination under Texas law and Title IX. It is also imperative for us to create avenues of support for students affected by sexual misconduct as part of our call to care for everyone in our community. UIW supports these efforts to address and prevent sexual misconduct on our campuses and all university campuses.

Questions regarding the training, state laws, or the Sexual Misconduct Policy may be directed to Alexandria via email at or by phone at (210) 283-6977.

It is my hope that, by instituting these newly mandated requirements, we continue to build an environment where students and employees feel secure and confident in reporting violations of misconduct and gender discrimination. Working together, we can raise awareness and create a safer, stronger community for all.


Thomas M. Evans, PhD

A Special Message from Doug Endsley, VP for Business & Finance re: Parking for UIW Football 11/02

This Saturday, Nov. 2, UIW Football will take on Nicholls University at 4:05 p.m. at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium. Parking areas will be closed from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Any vehicles remaining in these areas are subject to being towed and impounded at the owner/operator's expense.

The following parking areas will be closed:

  • Parking area between the tennis courts and football field
  • Parking areas between the tennis courts and natatorium
  • Parking around the natatorium
  • All parking areas around the softball and baseball fields
  • The small lot between the San Antonio River and Agnese/Sosa

The following campus roadways will be closed:

  • The roadway under the football bleachers
  • The roadway from Avoca to the McDermott Center
  • The roadway between the San Antonio River Bridge and the McDermott Center (no thru traffic between main and upper campus)

The following lots will be open for guests on game day:

  • Parking across the street near Cheesy Jane's
  • Parking across the street near AT&T building

SSI and ALI Surveys

Attention faculty: The Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) and the Adult Learner Inventory (ALI) surveys are in progress. Please remind your students to check their email for an invitation to complete the surveys. This is their chance to share feedback that will lead to campus improvements. All completed surveys are entered into a drawing for a $250 Visa gift card; details are in the email students received. Surveys close on Nov. 8. Please contact the Office of Institutional Research at for more information.

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 & 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.

Cup Runneth Over

Don’t forget to collect your unused toiletries for TRIO’s annual Cup Runneth Over event! Collections will be donated to women and families in transition at a local shelter. Donations will be accepted now through December 2. Please consider donating the following items:

  • Mugs in good condition
  • Hotel toiletries
  • Toothbrushes and small toothpastes
  • Individually wrapped tea bags or packets of hot chocolate
  • Socks
  • Any other small item that would be appropriate and helpful

All donations can be dropped off at SEC 3145. Please call if campus pick-up is needed. For more information or assistance with items collection, please contact TRiO Student Support Services at (210) 805-5812.

Athletic News

UIW volleyball players gather in a celebratory huddle

UIW cross country team members run

A UIW basketball player shoots his shot with the UIW logo illuminated behind him