UIW Community Newsletter - October 4, 2019


National Night Out

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, the UIW community gathered under the bleachers of Benson Stadium for the 2019 National Night Out!

A man stands in front of a red and black balloon arch holding a microphone to address a crows

Attendees enjoyed free food, music, games and valuable information about campus safety and making healthy choices. 

A crowd of people visit various informational tables

The National Night Out event serves as an opportunity for neighbors to meet each other and encourage them to be aware of their surroundings. It's also the perfect way for students, faculty and staff to meet the UIW Police Department, members of the Environmental Health and Risk Management Team, Campus Life, Title IX, the Student Conduct Office, the Wellness Center and more. 

A group of UIW employees stand together for a photo and smile at the camera

Thank you to everyone who came out for another successful National Night Out at UIW!


Mission Lobby Dedication

Please join us for the Mission Lobby Dedication in the UIW Concert Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. This dedication is being held in honor of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in thanks for their service to our students and in celebration of their 150th anniversary. The lobby will feature the works of Sister María del Socorro Lazo, CCVI, a former faculty member who was an accomplished and recognized San Antonio artist.

The event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact

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
    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:

  • Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cumbest, Jr. and family on the recent loss of their daughter, Erin Cumbest (DPT ’19)
  • The family and friends of Cisse Drame (BA '10) on their recent loss
  • Col. George W. Irving III and family on the recent loss of his wife, Alice Marie Graves Irving (BSN ’75)
  • Neal Maranto and family on the recent loss of his mother, Annie Marie Maranto (BSN ’60)


Hispanic Heritage Month Events

The Hispanic Heritage Month Committee is excited and proud to provide various events, activities, and learning opportunities to the UIW community in celebration of the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central & South America. Hispanic Heritage Month will be celebrated at UIW from Monday, Sept. 16 through Tuesday, Oct. 15. Please see below for a full list of events. 

Hispanic Heritage Month Schedule of Events 2019:

  • Oct. 11: Latinos in the Sciences, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., SEC 2050
  • Oct. 14: Put Your Piece Into The Puzzle , 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Red's Pub
  • Oct. 15: Barrio Bash, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., Dubuis Lawn

For more information, please email Teofilo Reyes at

Great Colleges to Work For Celebration

Join Human Resources to celebrate UIW's 11th year as a Great College to Work For! Celebrations will be held on Friday, Oct. 4 from 3 – 4 p.m. at UIW’s various campuses. See below for a list of locations: 

  • Broadway campus, SEC Ballroom 
  • Rosenberg School of Optometry, Rm. 304 
  • School of Osteopathic Medicine, Rm. A142
  • Feik School of Pharmacy, Rm. 454 
  • School of Physical Therapy, Rm. 1179 

Be sure to share your photos from the event with #UIWPride and #GreatCollegesToWorkFor! For more information, please contact Heather Hamilton at

UIW Theatre: Lobby Hero

When Jeff, a luckless young security guard, is drawn into a local murder investigation, loyalties are strained to the breaking point. As Jeff's tightly wound supervisor is called to bear witness against his troubled brother, and an attractive rookie cop finds she must stand up to her seasoned partner, truth becomes elusive and justice proves costly.  Lobby Hero is drama, comedy and romance in one play. Catch the show Oct. 4 – 6 and Oct. 10 – 12. For more information, please email

Two actors in costume stand on stage and act out a scene from a play

Erin Cumbest DPT Memorial Run 5K

The University of the Incarnate Word School of Physical Therapy is hosting a 5K run to celebrate the far reaching benefits of the physical therapy profession. Proceeds from the run will benefit UIW’s School of Physical Therapy scholarship fund. To honor a student of the program who recently passed away, the run is named  The Erin Cumbest DPT Memorial Run. This run is sponsored by UIW, H-E-B, iRun, and Ranger Creek Brewery. Water and other refreshments will be available. The first 200 registrants will receive a free t-shirt. The Erin Cumbest DPT Memorial Run (5K) will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 a.m. at O.P. Schnabel Park. Come honor the memory of Erin, celebrate the physical therapy profession, and raise money for scholarships. For more information and to register,  on Facebook

Light the Way Display Board Contest

The annual Light the Way Display Board Contest will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.! Student organization may register for the contest by searching "2019 Display Board Contest" on UIW Engage. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top designs. Spots are limited! Encourage your students to register today! 

Two girls paint a wooden board in a Christmas theme

Visitation House Garage Sale

The Visitation House Garage Sale is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 18 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. and will take place behind the offices of the Generalate.

Thank you your support of Visitation House!

Homecoming 2019

Calling all UIW community members! Homecoming 2019 registration is now LIVE! Please be sure to visit  the UIW Alumni Association site for all your Homecoming 2019 event details. Enjoy new events like the Nest Fest Block Party and classics like Thirsty Thursday and the Redzone Cardinal Tailgate! 
Red the Cardinal stands in front of the marching band and waves to the crowd
If you have any questions regarding Homecoming, please contact Gaby Alvarado, associate director of alumni & parent relations at (210) 805-5899 or

UIW Women of Faith Luncheon 

Sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of the Incarnate Word #2583 and University Mission and Ministry, all UIW Women of Faith are invited to share in prayer and fellowship at a luncheon featuring Sr. Helena Monahan, CCVI. This inaugural luncheon will be celebrated on Friday, Oct. 25 at noon as part of UIW’s 2019 Homecoming & the 150th Jubilee of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.

In addition to individual tickets, general donations and full table sponsorships are accepted. The donations and sponsorship of tables allows our CCVI Sisters and current UIW students to attend our gathering at little to no cost. 

Click here for tickets

Community News

Borders and Identity: Readings from Canícula, Cabañuelas and Meditacion Fronteriza

As part of the University’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the UIW English Department, Women's & Gender Studies, and Religious Studies featured Dr. Norma Cantú on Monday, Sept. 30 for a special reading. Dr. Cantú is the Norine R. and T. Frank Murchison Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Trinity University, and she is an award-winning educator and author of numerous scholarly works and creative writings that explore cultural and literary productions of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Dr. Cantú has written extensively on border literature and traditions, such as the quinceañera celebration and the matachines religious dance tradition. She has also produced a collection of testimonios by Chicanas in STEM. At this event, she read excerpts from her poetry collections that explore borderland identities, and provided her audience with a scholarly framework for understanding both her writing and its cultural origins.

A woman stands in front of a screen holding a mic as she speaks to a crowd

MAN-i-cure Bar

This week, all employees were invited to the Mabee Library's MAN-i-cure Bar in support of the Polished Man movement. Faculty and staff members painted a nail to stand up to violence against children. One child dies every 5 minutes as a result of violence. This event asked men of the UIW community to unite and lead by example, channeling the collective strength of masculinity to protect society’s most vulnerable citizens and future leaders. Thank you to all who participated! 

A man and a woman sit behind a table and hold up their hands to show a polished finger nail

Women's Global Connection Gala

On Thursday, Oct. 3, Women's Global Connection hosted the 2019 Women of the World Gala to honor empowered women in the San Antonio community and beyond.

A group of girls wearing yellow t-shirts pose for a group photo together

Guests enjoyed a special time of friendship and promoting the leadership and economic sustainability of women!

Two gala attendees pose for a photo and smile at the camera 

7th Annual Team Tony Bone Marrow Drive

UIW's Pre-Pharmacy Association (PPA) works to educate the community on the dire need for committed bone marrow donors on the national registry. Over the years, PPA's Team Tony Bone Marrow Drive has produced matches and saved lives. PPA held their annual Team Tony Bone Marrow Drive at the Broadway campus from Monday, Sept. 23 - Wednesday, Sept. 25, where they signed up new donors to the national registry.

So far, 267 students have joined the registry! The drive on the UIW campus was the largest daily drive in the nation during that time period, registering more students than UCLA. Congratulations, UIW PPA!

UIW students strike super hero poses wearing super hero capes at the team tony bone marrow drive

Blessing of the Animals 

All animals - live and stuffed, were invited to the University on Wednesday, Oct. 2 for a special blessing! The annual Blessing of the Animals, in honor of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, was held this week at the Headwaters Sanctuary, a 53-acre nature preserve.

Sr. Martha Ann sprinkles a puppy with holy water as the dog's owners smile

The Headwaters is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word that protects the area with ecological diversity and spreads an ecological ethic of care for creation. This event was hosted by UIW’s Religious Quest class. 

Sr. Martha Ann kneels down to sprinkle holy water on a small dog

Jack Rogers Retirement Celebration

On Monday, Sept. 30, Jack Rogers retired from UIW after 27 wonderful years! During his time at UIW, he served the University well in a variety of technology roles, supporting many facets of university operations and leaving positive marks throughout our institution.  A special celebration was held in his honor this week. Thank you for your many years of dedication and service to UIW, Jack!  

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Department News

2019 Employee Campaign

The Employee Campaign brings together our UIW family as faculty and staff combine their efforts to chart the course for a brighter future for our students. Your gift nurtures the philanthropic spirit of UIW and enhances quality to build on UIW's standard of excellence. It is never about the size of the gift, but the power of the combined efforts of faculty, staff and administration together. Every gift makes a difference in shaping the professional and personal lives of our students.

Click here to make your contribution today!

Dr. Die Hasselmo headshot Search for Provost and Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Ann Die Hasselmo, senior consultant at Academic Search, Inc., will be visiting the University of the Incarnate Word on October 10-11, 2019.  Dr. Die Hasselmo will be leading the searches for the Provost and Chief Financial Officer.  During her visit she will be conducting group and open sessions.  An experienced higher education professional, Dr. Die Hasselmo has more than 40 years of experience in a variety of positions, including having served as president of Hendrix College in Conway, AR.  Dr. Die Hasselmo is familiar with UIW having led the presidential search which resulted in Dr. Thomas Evans’ appointment in August 2017.  Please extend a warm Cardinal welcome to her during her visit. 

  • Thursday, October 10, 2019, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Open session with faculty, UIW Concert Hall
  • Thursday, October 10, 2019, 4:45 - 5:45 p.m., Open session with community, UIW Concert Hall
  • Friday, October 11, 2019, 2:45 - 3:45 p.m., Open session with faculty, UIW Concert Hall
  • Friday, October 11, 2019, 4 - 5 p.m., Open session with community, UIW Concert Hall

Click here to read Dr. Die Hasselmo's bio.

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.

UIW Development: Phonathon

You’re invited! We’re looking for a few good volunteers to help our small but mighty team of five students call alumni to update their information and ask them to consider giving to the University. That’s right - it’s Phonathon time! Please join us during the following days and shifts in SEC room 2041:

  • Monday, Oct. 7, 6-9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 8, 6-9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 9, 6-9 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 13, 3-6 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 14, 6-9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15, 6-9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 16, 6-9 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 20, 3-6 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 21, 6-9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6-9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 23, 6-9 p.m.

To sign up please email Brittany Sharnsky at or call 210-805-5832.

Sr. Martha Ann smiles as she speaks to someone on the phone

Communications and Brand Marketing: Event Banner Available

Are you hosting a UIW event and looking for a way to brand your event space? The Office of Communications and Brand Marketing has disposable UIW banners available for your use! Stop by the Buckley Mitchell Advancement Center to take a piece for your next event! 

UIW employees pose for a photo holding up a UIW branded banner

International Student Recruitment - Call for Information 

Are you a UIW alumnus with an interesting story to share about your experience? Are you a professor who is very passionate about a particular program or class? The International Admissions office is seeking information to use in social media features and email campaigns as faculty spotlights, program highlights, and alumni success stories. Please send a clear photograph and a three to five sentence quote to If you would be interested in filming a two-minute video testimonial please indicate that in your email as well. For examples, please visit on Facebook and Instagram. 

Athletic News

A UIW football player kicks the ball on the field

A UIW women's golf player looks down the golf course

UIW men's soccer players stand on the field side by side with Lamar University players