UIW Community Newsletter - October 18, 2019


Employee Campaign Finale

This week, the UIW community celebrated the 2019 Employee Campaign Finale at various events held across UIW's campuses.

Three UIW employees sit at table and smile at the camera

The superhero themed celebrations served as the perfect way for employees to come together to wrap up this year's Employee Campaign. With a few days left to participate, we are just two points away from this year's 75% participation goal. UIW employees sit at a table, smiling and applauding

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. There is still time to make your gift!

Click here to make your contribution today!

A woman speaks into a microphone


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


Gregory Garza

Greg Garza wears his firefighter uniform

The University of the Incarnate Word is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of San Antonio Fire Department firefighter and UIW alumnus, Gregory Garza, Class of ‘96. Greg, a former enlisted U.S. Marine, bravely served the city of San Antonio for 17 years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1996 and while a student, he dedicated his time serving the UIW community, always assisting anyone in need. We would like to extend our sincerest condolences to Greg’s family, friends and the San Antonio Fire Department as they grieve during this difficult time. We pray that God grant them peace and comfort. We are grateful for the opportunity to know Greg and to call him a member of the UIW family.

At this weekend's football game (4 p.m., Benson Stadium), the UIW community will honor Gregory with a moment of silence. The San Antonio Firefighters Benevolent Fund is currently accepting donations to the Greg Garza memorial account - 100% of donations will go directly to Greg's family. Click here for information on how to donate and find service information.

Our thoughts and prayers go to:

  • Dr. Maria Medina-Calvo, Nursing Cardinal Wellness Center office manager, is mourning the recent loss of her mother-in-law, Esperanza G. Vasquez. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. at Funeraria Del Angel Trevino (226 Cupples Rd). A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 18 at St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church. Please keep Dr. Medina Calvo and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
  • Sally Tobin, administrative assistant at the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine, is mourning the loss of her father, Fernando Galan “Chief”. He died on Monday, Oct. 7 at Vitas Hospice Hospital San Antonio, TX after a battle with kidney cancer. He was a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer who served for 38 years. Please keep Sally and her family in your prayers during this difficult time.
  • UIW School of Professional Studies Military Programs Advisor, Robert Barclay, is mourning the loss of his wife, Karen Barclay, who passed away on Saturday, Sept. 28 in San Antonio, Texas. Services will be held on Monday, Oct. 21 on Fort Sam Houston. Please keep Robert and his family in your prayers.
  • Dr. Horacio Vela, UIW assistant professor of Religious Studies, is mourning the loss of his aunt, Dolores VanHorn, who passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 18 in San Antonio, TX. Please keep Dr. Vela and his family in your prayers.



Visitation House Garage Sale

The Visitation House Garage Sale is scheduled for today, 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!

UIW Community Appreciation Football Game - Fight Song Lyrics Debut

You love the tune, now it's time to learn the words! Join us on Saturday, Oct. 19 for a community appreciation football game, where UIW's new fight song lyrics will be debuted during halftime!

Special, commemorative koozies with the fight song lyrics will be available to the first 1,000 fans in attendance!


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

Dr. Evans, Charles Lutz, and a board member cut a cakeCelebrating 4119 Broadway Acquisition 

At UIW's Great Colleges to Work For celebration, Dr. Evans shared the news that UIW had officially closed on the property at 4119 Broadway. In celebration of this monumental acquisition, Dr. Evans and the UIW Board of Trustees cut and enjoyed a cake at the Oct. 11 board meeting.

On Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 10 a.m., join Dr. Evans for a State of the University address in the UIW Concert Hall for more information on this recent success and many more University accomplishments.

Light the Way Display Board Contest

On Saturday, Oct. 12, UIW student organizations braved the cold to compete in the annual Light the Way Display Board Contest. Every year, members of UIW student orgs compete in the contest to win cash prizes that benefit the work of their organizations.

Students hold up a certificate in front of their newly painted display boardAll 24 display boards will be featured on campus beginning next month to celebrate the Christmas season. The greater community can come to campus to view the unique works of art at Light the Way on Saturday, Nov. 23.

UIW students pose for a photo and smile at the camera in front of their newly painted display board

Congratulations to this year's winners! Cardinal Community Leaders took 1st place, with UIW Dance and the History Club coming in 2nd and 3rd. 

UIW students smile in front of their display board and hold up a certificate

Hispanic Heritage Month: Latinos in the Sciences

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Latino UIW faculty members presented their groundbreaking research in the Student Engagement Center on Friday, Oct. 11. Students had the opportunity to stop by and learn about the research their professors have conducted to help create a better world. 

A UIW faculty member delivers a presentation to students sitting in a classroom

Hispanic Heritage Month: Barrio Bash

The UIW community closed out the 2019 Hispanic Heritage month in style at Barrio Bash! Students enjoyed food, music, vendors and a whole lot of fun representing various Latin countries and cultures on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Thank you all for celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with UIW!

UIW students stand on Dubuis Lawn, enjoying food and company

Department News

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:

  • 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

IRD October 2019 Maintenance

Enterprise Applications will be performing maintenance on Friday, Oct. 18 from 6:30 p.m. – midnight. The following production change items will be included in the maintenance window:

  • Argos (Windows Update) 
  • Banner Document Management (Windows Update) 
  • Banner Advancement Self-Service Banner 8.12 (Required for Advancement Administrative Operations) 
  • Banner Financial Aid 8.37, 9.3.16 (Required for Financial Aid Administrative Operations) 
  • Banner Financial Aid Self-Service Banner 9.10 (Required for Financial Aid Administrative Operations) 
  • Form Fusion (Windows Update) 

During the Upgrade the following systems will not be available:

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

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

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

Dear Cardinal Community,

This Saturday, Oct. 19, UIW Football will take on Lamar University at  4:05 p.m., in 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 – closed
  • Parking areas between the tennis courts and natatorium – closed
  • Parking around the natatorium – closed  
  • All parking areas around the softball and baseball fields – closed 
  • The small lot between the San Antonio River and Agnese/Sosa – closed

The following campus roadways will also be closed on game day:

  • The roadway under the football bleachers will be closed from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • The roadway from Avoca to the McDermott Center will be closed from 6 a.m. –11 p.m.
  • The roadway between the San Antonio River Bridge and the McDermott Center will be closed from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. (This means no thru traffic between main campus and upper campus.)

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

  • Parking across the street near Cheesy Jane’s - open / FREE parking
  • Parking across the street near AT&T building - open / FREE parking

Thank you for your cooperation.

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

Football players run onto the field

  A UIW soccer player runs down the field as she faces an opponent

A UIW golf player holds his golf club and raises a celebratory fist in the air