UIW Community Newsletter - October 25, 2019


UIW Community Honors Gregory Garza

On Thursday, Oct. 24, funeral services were held for San Antonio Fire Department firefighter and UIW Class of '96 alumnus, Gregory Garza. Greg's funeral procession passed by the University on Highway 281. UIW employees lined the Sky Bridge to pay their respects to Greg, his family and his fellow first responders.

Three women stand on a bridge and look onto the highway below as a fire truck drives by

Incarnate Word High School students also came to honor Greg, singing the national anthem as the procession approached the Sky Bridge.

Thank you to all who came to honor this beloved member of our UIW and San Antonio communities. 


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.


Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. and Mrs. Scott Jones and family on the recent loss of their daughter, Kelsey Leigh Jones (ALND ’07).


Homecoming 2019

It's Homecoming weekend! See below for a list of remaining Homecoming events!

  • Friday, Oct. 25 - Nest Fest Block Party, 6 - 9 p.m., front of UIW Broadway campus

    Please join us as we host our very first Nest Fest Block Party in celebration of UIW Homecoming 2019! All UIW students, alumni, parents and friends are invited to enjoy live music, food trucks, childrens' activities, games and more. Hosted in front of UIW's enchanting campus, enjoy an evening celebrating our Cardinal community as we kick off Homecoming weekend. Help us make this the biggest new party on the block!

    You'll want to stay to the end, when UIW will introduce a brand new Homecoming tradition!  The UIW Administration Building will be beautifully lit up to welcome all of our Cardinals back to the nest. 

    This event is free to attend!

  • span>Saturday, Oct. 26 - Redzone Cardinal Tailgate and Football Game, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. tailgate, 4 p.m. kickoff

    Come out and enjoy a tailgate, Cardinal Style, as UIW prepares to take down the Northwestern State Devils! The Redzone Cardinal Tailgate area is the OFFICIAL gathering place for alumni, parents and friends during UIW's Homecoming to show your Cardinal pride and support our boys before they hit the football field!  You'll also get to enjoy a delicious meal from Cheesy Jane's ($12, while supplies last)! 

    Are you UIW alumni? Take advantage of this special UIW Alumni Homecoming Game flash sale, and get your general admission game tickets for just $10! Head to and enter the discount code "UIWALUM" when prompted for your discounted game tickets!
  • Sunday, Oct. 27 - Memorial Mass, Chapel of the Incarnate Word, 10:30 a.m.

    Join us for our annual Homecoming Memorial Mass and Celebration honoring the UIW Class of 1969 as we remember those who have touched our lives. After Mass, join us for a visit to the CCVI cemetery. Bring your family to visit the beautiful UIW campus.

  • Sunday, Oct. 27 - Cardinal Brunch, CHRISTUS Heritage Hall, noon

    As we begin closing Homecoming weekend, we invite you to join us for a brunch in the CHRISTUS Heritage Hall. Listen to a message from a Class of 1969 alum and UIW President, Dr. Thomas Evans, before we say farewell ($12, while supplies last). 

  • Sunday, Oct. 27 - Trunk-or-Treat and Fall Fest, McCracken House, 5 - 7 p.m. 

    Trunk-or-Treat and Fall Fest is open to all UIW Community members and their families! In addition to Trunk-or-Treat, this event will feature a haunted house, pumpkin patch and fall crafts for sale. A great event for kids, this year's Fall Fest is the perfect event to bring your future Cardinals to and a great end to Homecoming weekend!

UIW Homecoming: 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

Open Legislative Forum with State Rep. Roland Gutierrez

On Monday, Oct. 28 at 4:30 p.m., join the UIW Political Science Department and the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability for an open forum with State Representative Roland Gutierrez. The forum will cover topics including higher education, immigration, veteran services, health care and more. This event will be held in SEC Rm. 2052. For more information, please email

State of the University Address

Please join UIW President, Dr. Thomas Evans for a State of the University address. Dr. Evans will be sharing information on UIW’s recent accomplishments and progress on key initiatives. The address will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. in the UIW Concert Hall. Video of the State of the University address will be available on the president’s webpage,, by Friday, Nov. 8. The event will not be livestreamed. Please email with any questions.

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!

Community News

Celebrating Frank Bennack

Last week, the San Antonio Express News held a special event at the St. Anthony Hotel, where Frank Bennack, executive vice chairman and former CEO of Hearst, presented his recently published book, Leave Something on the Table: And Other Surprising Lessons for Success in Business and Life. A member of our UIW community, Mr. Bennack is the husband of the late Luella Bennack for whom the UIW Bennack Music Center is named. Pictured below at the event from left to right are Andrea del Valle (SGA president), Sr. Kathleen Coughlin, Iraida Aimeé Galindo (SGA vice-president), Mr. Frank Bennack, Martin Padron (Alumni Board president) and Ann Islas (Alumni Board member).

UIW community members pose for a photo with Mr. Frank Benanck

Take Back the Night

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, the UIW Women and Gender Studies Dept. hosted Take Back the Night, an event focused on ending sexual and domestic violence. Attendees heard survivor stories, shared information about local support services for survivors and those who listen to them, and walked together with paper lanterns.

A group of students hold up lit lanterns

Alumni Employee Luncheon

UIW kicked off Homecoming festivities on Wednesday Oct. 23 with a special luncheon for alumni employees. The event served as an opportunity for classmates who now work across campus from one another to come together and reminisce about their time as students.

Three UIW employees gather close to one another to pose for a photo

Happy Homecoming, UIW alumni! We're honored that you chose to study and work here! 

UIW employees sit at a table with food and smile

Welcome, New Employees!

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

More UIW employees pose for a photo around a bench in the shape of a Cardinal

Back row, from left to right: Lilia Cintron, Shuttle Bus Driver; Jorge Jones, Coordinator of Young Alumni & Volunteer Engagement; Alexis Montoya, Shipping & Receiving Warehouse Clerk; Dr. Andrew Pagel, Director of Institutional Research; Nicholas Alvarado, Admissions Counselor- School of Professional Studies; Christopher Puente, Ticket Writer/ Key Liaison; Paul Chaiken, Tutor; Michael Ferro, UIWPD Dispatcher

Front row, from left to right: Alexandria Salas, Director of Title IX; Dr. Pamela Moreno, Director of Student Affairs- School of Osteopathic Medicine

Several more UIW employees pose for a photo around a bench in the shape of a Cardinal

Back row, from left to right: Dr. Sarah Lang, Director of Academic Support- School of Osteopathic Medicine; Stephanie Garcia, Certified Medical Assistant & Medical Billing

Front row, from left to right: Alicia Caballero, Administrative Assistant- School of Media and Design; Debbie Blake, Associate Registrar for Registration and Technology Services
Even more UIW employees pose for a photo around a bench in the shape of a Cardinal

From left to right: Rebecca Hernandez, Secretary to the Registrar Christopher Nelson, Technology Purchasing and Logistics Coordinator

New Employee Luncheon

On Thursday, Oct. 24, Human Resources hosted a welcome luncheon for new employees. Twenty-five new employees learned more about UIW and enjoyed getting to know members of senior leadership.

New employees gather as a group and pose for a 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 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 Doug Endsley, VP for Business & Finance re: Parking for Friday's Homecoming Event

This Friday, Oct. 25, UIW will be hosting the Homecoming Block Party #NestFest at 6 p.m. in front of the Kelso Art Center and Luella Bennack Music Center. Parking areas in front of the Kelso Art Center and Luella Bennack Music Center will be closed from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 25. Any vehicles remaining in these areas are subject to being towed and impounded at the owner/operator’s expense. Furthermore, vehicle access in front of the Administration, Kelso Art Center and Luella Bennack Music Center will be blocked off beginning at 5 p.m. This area will be closed to all drive-thru traffic. Thank you for your cooperation. See you at the Homecoming Block Party!

A Special Message from Doug Endsley, VP for Business & Finance re:  Football Parking for 10/26

This Saturday, Oct. 26, UIW celebrates Homecoming 2019!  Cardinal Football will take on Northwestern University at 4 p.m., at the Gayle & Tom Benson Stadium. The following 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.

  • 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

Please note the following parking locations will be open and free to the public.

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

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. –9 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.)

Thank you for your cooperation. GO CARDS!

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.

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

Two volleyball players jump in celebration

Men's tennis player on the court

Volleyball team wears party hats and poses for a photo on the court