UIW Community Newsletter - November 22, 2019


Triplets Receive Surprise College Scholarship to UIW

Thursday, Nov. 21 was a special day on Broadway. Alamo Heights High School and UIW presented a big surprise to the Peters Family triplets! When Melanie, Matthew and Madelyn Peters' school counselor realized that the triplets were having a difficult year, and would likely be heading in different directions after high school, he reached out to UIW President Dr. Thomas Evans to see what could be done to keep the students close to home and to their mom as she continues to battle health issues. The family was surprised by Dr. Evans and Red the Cardinal with the opportunity to attend UIW!

The Peters family poses for a photo sitting behind a table with Red the Cardinal and UIW President Dr. Thomas Evans

UIW will help this deserving family realize the dream of attending a four-year university together. Melanie, Matthew and Madelyn have been conditionally admitted for the upcoming Fall 2020 semester! After any gift financial aid is applied, UIW has committed to meeting any remaining tuition gap. 

Welcome to the nest, Cardinals! 


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 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.


Our thoughts and prayers go to: 

  • Mr. Mark Bohl and family on the recent loss of his mother, Joan Patricia Bohl (BS '56)
  • Mr. Pedro F. Martinez and family on the recent loss of his wife, Maria del Socorro Martinez (BA '60)


Light the Way 2019

Join us on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 3 - 9 p.m. for the University of the Incarnate Word's annual holiday celebration, Light the Way, sponsored by H-E-B!

The Incarnate Word steeple is illuminated and surrounded by Christmas lights in nearby trees

What you can expect: 

  • A million twinkling lights illuminating the beautiful UIW campus (lights switch on at 6:15 p.m.)
  • Over a dozen trucks in the Food Truck Yard (sponsored by SA Food Truck Association)
  • A Kids' Corner where guests can take selfies with Santa, decorate a cookie with Bird Bakery, ride the kiddie train and more!
  • Over 45 local vendors in the Holiday Shoppe
  • Live performances and musical entertainment
  • Exclusive opportunities just for UIW alumni and their families

Once again, we will be collecting new, unused toys for the Elf Louise Project. As always, admission is free and limited parking is available on campus (free for those with a UIW parking permit, $10 for those without a UIW parking permit). Those seeking to park on campus may only enter through the gate at Hwy 281. All other gates will be closed to vehicle traffic. 

Follow our Light the Way event page for more information!

UIW Invitational Sponsored by Denny's

UIW basketball will host the UIW Invitational at the McDemott Center from Friday, Nov. 22 - Sunday, Nov. 24, featuring matchups against Bethune-Cookman on Friday at noon, St. Francis (Illinois) on Saturday at 10 a.m.  and Eastern Illinois on Sunday at 2 p.m. Come cheer on your Cardinals this weekend! See the full schedule below:

  • Friday, Nov. 22
    • UIW vs. Bethune Cookman, noon
    • St. Francis Illinois vs. Eastern Illinois, 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 23
    • UIW vs. St. Francis Illinois, 10 a.m.
    • Eastern Illinois vs. Bethune Cookman, noon 
  • Sunday, Nov. 24
    • Bethune Cookman vs. St. Francis Illinois, noon
    • UIW vs Eastern Illinois, 2 p.m. 

Cardinal Feast

Mark your calendars and save the date! The Cardinal Feast is an annual UIW tradition for our students and this is your invitation to join us for this special event! The dinner will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the SEC Dining Hall. We would appreciate your assistance in one or more of the following ways: 

  • Silverware rolling, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 3 - 5 p.m., SEC Dining Hall (wine and cheese will be served after this volunteer shift)
  • Serving at the dinner, Wednesday, Dec. 4, shifts available between 4 - 8 p.m., SEC Dining Hall. 

Click here to register for a volunteer time. For more information, please contact Janine Chavez at

UIW students sit and enjoy a meal

Baccalaureate Mass

The University of the Incarnate Word will hold its fall Baccalaureate Mass on Friday, Dec. 13 at 5 p.m. in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center. The history of the Baccalaureate ceremony is firmly entrenched in the medieval European custom of presenting graduating candidates for the degree of bachelor (bacca) with laurels (lauri) or recognition of their achievement. It is traditionally a religious service of celebration and thanksgiving for the time the graduates have devoted to growing in wisdom at a place of education. 

UIW graduates dressed in their caps and gowns stand for mass

A reception will be held immediately following the Baccalaureate Mass in the Student Engagement Center hosted by the Provost's Office. Tickets are not required, but please click here to RSVP for Baccalaureate Mass by Wednesday, Dec. 11. Please note that while tickets are not required, seating is limited due to fire regulations. Doors to the McDermott Center will be closed once capacity is reached. A maximum of 7 guests per graduate is permitted. Thank you for your understanding and assistance with this matter.

Community News

College Awareness Week School Visits 

Last month, the Office of Communications and Brand Marketing asked UIW Dreeben School of Education alumni to nominate their classes to win a special visit from Red the Cardinal during College Awareness Week.

UIW Spirit cheers in classroom for students

Three deserving classes from Bowden Academy, Steele High School and Jubilee Lakeview University Prep were visited this week by Red the Cardinal, members of UIW Spirit, representatives from the Dreeben School of Education and UIW Admissions.

Red the Cardinal and a dance team member peek over a brick wall at Steele High School

Each student and teacher was gifted UIW gear to show off their UIW Pride year round! We see some future Cardinals in the mix! 

Red the Cardinal takes a selfie with a classroom full of students in UIW t-shirts

International Education Week 

This week, UIW participated in International Education Week. The annual event provides an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

A study abroad advocate speaks to two students at a table

This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to the U.S. to study, learn, and exchange experiences. UIW International Affairs hosted events all week in observance of International Education Week including a Study Abroad Panel, International Food Fair, International Bazaar and more! 

Two women hold up items for sale at International Bazaar

UIW Nursing Gives Back

The UIW Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions alongside SIGMA Global Excellence Delta Alpha at Large Chapter, UT Health School of Nursing, Baptist School of Nursing, Methodist Healthcare and University Hospital, donated 3,200 pounds green beans to the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner! The annual dinner, now in it's 40th year, helps feeds tens of thousands of San Antonians in need of a warm meal and community on Thanksgiving Day. This collective donation will feed approximately 12,500 of the many guests in attendance at the dinner. The San Antonio Fire Department was on campus yesterday, Nov. 21, to lift the many pounds of green beans into a truck for delivery to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. 

UIW nursing faculty and staff stand with firefighters surrounded by hundreds of cans of green beans

Cardinal Chorale and Cardinal Singers: Amazing Grace Fall Concert

On Sunday, Nov. 17, the Cardinal Chorale and Cardinal Singers presented "Amazing Grace," a concert of choral music featuring songs of different styles, languages and cultures.

A choir sings on stage as they are conducted

Attendees listened to beautiful, uplifting music and lyrics. Congratulations on another beautiful performance, UIW Music!

The Cardinal Signers pose for a photo in their concert attire on stage

School of Professional Studies Thanksgiving Lunch

On Thursday, Nov. 21, the School of Professional Studies gathered to celebrate Thanksgiving with a special luncheon. 

School of Professional Studies faculty and staff pose for a group photo together

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 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

Title IX Training 

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  the UIW title IX site.

UIW does 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 the University 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.

UIW United Way Campaign

Monday, Nov. 4 was the official kickoff of the 2019 UIW United Way Campaign. Each employee received a pledge form and a United Way information sheet. We encourage you to review the materials and decide how you can make a difference in the lives of so many in our community. Below is a link to the 2019 United Way Campaign Video, which shows just how many lives are impacted by United Way. If you have any questions, please call the Office of Communications and Brand Marketing at (210) 829-6001 or email us at

UIW Parking Notice: Nov. 22 - 23

We have an exciting weekend coming up for UIW!

On Friday, Nov. 22, Cardinal Football will host their last home game and UIW Theatre will be performing their production of Living Out. UIW Basketball will host a multi-team tournament on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and of course the University will welcome the community to the 33rd Annual Light the Way Holiday Festival on Saturday, Nov. 23. In preparation of and for these events below you will find information regarding parking for this very busy weekend.

Please note that any vehicles remaining in areas where there are parking or road closures are subject to being towed and impounded at the owner/operator’s expense.

  • Friday, November 22, 2019  
    • Open Lots
      • Burr Lot (reserved for theatre performance during evening hours)
      • A Lot (by Cheesy Jane’s)
      • Agnese-Sosa
      • Parking parallel to Hildebrand (along, Nursing, Bonilla, Coates)
      • Ancira
      • McCombs
    • Parking Closures
      • Parking area on the North side of the Administration Building (a.k.a. Admission Parking) – CLOSED ALL DAY
      • Kelso Center Parking – CLOSED ALL DAY
      • Bennack Music Center Parking – CLOSED ALL DAY (ADA spaces will be available for those with state issued plates or placards)
      • Parking area between the tennis courts and football field – CLOSED ALL DAY
      • Parking areas between the tennis courts and natatorium – CLOSED ALL DAY
      • Parking around the natatorium – CLOSED ALL DAY
      • All parking areas around the softball and baseball fields – CLOSED ALL DAY
      • The small lot between the San Antonio River and Agnese/Sosa – CLOSED ALL DAY
    • Road Closures
      • The roadway under the football bleachers will be closed from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
      • The roadway from Avoca to the McDermott Center will be closed from 8 a.m. –11 p.m.
      • The roadway between the San Antonio River Bridge and the McDermott Center will be closed from 12 p.m. –11 p.m. (This means no thru traffic between main campus and upper campus.)
  • Saturday, November 23, 2019
    • Open Lots – FREE Parking with UIW Permit
      • A Lot (by Cheesy Jane’s)
      • Ancira
      • Parking around the Softball/baseball fields
      • Parking lot and garage at AT&T
    • Parking Closure – Areas closed ALL DAY (SEE MAP)
      • All parking spaces/areas along Hildebrand
      • All parking spaces/areas between the San Antonio River and Agnese/Sosa Garage & Nursing
      • Parking area on the North side of the Administration Building (a.k.a. Admission Parking)
      • Burr Road Lot
      • Kelso Center Parking
      • Bennack Center Parking
      • Dubuis Parking Lots
      • Agnese/Sosa Garage
      • Canopy Lot
      • Parking areas between the tennis courts and natatorium (ADA Parking)
      • Parking Areas between the Tennis Courts and Natatorium – (parking by event pass only)
    • Roadway & Gate Closures
      • There will be no vehicle traffic allowed over the driving bridge after 2 p.m. on Saturday. Any cars parked in Agnese Sosa Garage after that time will not be able to be moved until 10 p.m. that evening.  
      • Roadway between Burr Rd. Entrance to Hildebrand/Wellness Entrance – CLOSED ALL DAY
      • Roadway between Buckley Mitchell to Joyce – CLOSED ALL DAY
      • Hildebrand/Wellness Gate – CLOSED from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
      • The roadway between the San Antonio River Bridge and the McDermott Center will be closed from 2 p.m. –10 p.m. (This means no thru traffic between main campus and upper campus.)
      • The only gates open will be at 281/Hildebrand

Day of event parking for Friday and Saturday will be $10 per vehicle. Any vehicle with a UIW permit will be allowed in at no cost.  

If you have any questions, please call the Office of Communication and Brand Marketing at (210) 829-6001. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this very busy weekend.

IRD November 2019 Maintenance

Enterprise Applications will be performing maintenance on Friday, Nov. 22 from 6:30 p.m. – midnight. The following production change items will be included in the maintenance window:

  • Banner 9x Database Upgrade 9.18 (Required for Student Registration Upgrade)
  • Banner HR and Payroll 8.16 (Required for Student Registration Upgrade)
  • Banner Position Control 8.16 (Required for Student Registration Upgrade)
  • Banner Student Registration 9.15 (Required for Student Administrative Operations)
  • Oracle Security Patch (Quarterly Patch Updates-October 2019)
  • Form Fusion (Windows Updates)
  • Banner Document Management (Windows Updates)
  • Argos (Windows Updates)

During the upgrade, the following systems will not be available: 

  • Banner 9 Admin Pages/SSB (Enterprise Resource Planning System)
  • BDM/Xtender (Banner Document Management)
  • Cardinal Apps (Links to Banner Apps)
  • Degree Works (Academic Advising, Degree Audit Software)
  • Automatic (Scheduler for Banner jobs and data integrations)
  • Argos (Banner Reports)

If you have any questions, please contact the Help Desk at (210) 829-2721 or

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.

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

The UIW women's basketball team gathers in a team huddle

A wall in a locker room is painted to say "Cardinal Softball"

A UIW women's basketball player dribbles a ball down the court