UIW Community Newsletter - September 20, 2019


Music Industry Workshop at UIW 

On Saturday, Sept. 14, the UIW Department of Music hosted MIW @ UIW, a music industry workshop. The event was free and open to anyone interested in pursuing a career in music business. The workshop brought music industry professionals and educators, including Grammy Award-winning artists, together to share their knowledge and experience with students. 

A man (Jim Waller) wearing a red, button down shirt sits behind a sound mixing board in a recording studio

Event activities included a music industry trade show with vendor tables representing music-related businesses and organizations, networking with fellow musicians and music industry pros, panel discussions on songwriting, publishing, recording and producing, a presentation on music industry education programs, intimate discussion groups with panelists and other music pros and musical performances by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriters. 

Music industry professionals sit behind a table for a panel discussion

Thank you, UIW Music for providing this wonderful event for UIW students and the San Antonio 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
    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:

  • Michael Beck and his family on the recent loss of his mother, Dr. Shevaun Irene Beck (BSN ’47)
  • Thalia Munoz Hinojosa (BSN ’64) and family on the recent loss of her cousin, Roel Roberto Ramirez
  • Shelley Schoolfield Tortorice and family on the recent loss of her mother, Joe Anne Hallgren (BSN ’47)


Light the Way Community Volunteer Day

Help prepare for one of the most anticipated events of the holiday season! Students, faculty, staff and alumni (families are welcome with children 10 and up) are invited to help replace light bulbs to ensure our campus continues to shine bright during the Christmas season! Our annual Light the Way Community Volunteer Day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the McDermott Convocation Center. Available shifts include 9 – 11 a.m. and noon – 2 p.m. Community service hours are available. Click here to sign up today! Students, go to the Engage website

students stand around a table and replace broken Christmas lights

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:

  • September 23: La Historia de Cesar Chavez, 12 p.m.-1:15 p.m., Library Auditorium
  • September 26: Juntos Aprendemos Mentorship Social, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. , SEC 2051
  • September 28: UIW vs Abilene Christian Football Game, 6 p.m., Benson Stadium, presented by Taco Cabana
  • September 30: "Borders and Identity" A Discussion with Norma Cantu, 5:30 p.m., Library Auditorium
  • October 1: Talavera , 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., SEC Concourse
  • October 1: National Night Out. 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Benson Stadium
  • October 2: DiversiTea, 3 p.m., SEC Café
  • October 3: Dia De Paz, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Red's pub
  • October 11: Latinos in the Sciences, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., SEC 2050
  • October 14: Put Your Piece Into The Puzzle , 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Red's Pub
  • October 15: Barrio Bash, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., Dubuis Lawn

For more information, please email Teofilo Reyes at

National Night Out

Join us for National Night Out under the bleachers of Benson Stadium for free food, music, games and valuable information on Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 4 – 7 p.m.! The National Night Out event is an opportunity for neighbors to meet each other and support the effort to be aware of their surroundings and promote healthy choices. 
A UIW student uses a fire extinguisher to put out a small fire in a fire extinguisher training at National Night Out
NNO at UIW: Speak Up, Speak Out is the perfect opportunity for students, faculty and staff to meet the UIW Police Department, members of the Environmental Health and Risk Management Team and more! Community partners such as Tiff’s Treats and Jimmy John’s will sponsor giveaways of cookies and sandwiches during the event. Interactive games and free t-shirts will also be on-site, along with door prizes every half hour! For more information, please contact Janine Chavez at .

Women’s Global Connection Annual Gala - Women of the World (WoW) Gala

Please join us for a special time of friendship, promoting the leadership and economic sustainability of women! We invite you to the 2019 WGC Women of the World Gala to honor empowered women in the San Antonio community and beyond. The gala will be held on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. View the website to view ticket, table and sponsorship options. Please contact Marlene Diaz at< with any questions.

Homecoming 2019

Calling all UIW community members! Homecoming 2019 registration is now LIVE! Please be sure to visit 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

Community News

Salsa Competition

Salsa competition attendees exchange samples of various salsas from across a table

On Monday, Sept. 16, the UIW community kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month with the annual Salsa Competition! Students organizations and UIW departments brought the heat as they competed to win. Students and employees enjoyed delicious flavors and voted for their favorite (though all were yummy)!

UIW police officers pose for a photo holding a plate of chips and salsa

Career Services: Finance Your Future

On Tuesday, Sept. 17, Career Services hosted Finance Your Future, an event for students looking for a work-study, student employment or graduate assistant position on campus. Students brought their resumes and cover letters to be reviewed by the Career Services department and received interview tips. Financial Services was also present to provide information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities, and Human Resources was available to help students navigate the Cardinal Talent system and apply for on-campus jobs. 

Two women sit behind an info table as a student stands on the other side

Constitution Day

The UIW Department of Political Science hosted a Constitution Day event on Tuesday, Sept. 17 with a presentation by Emma Cantu titled Beyond the Text: Public Defenders, Juvenile Justice, and Constitutionalism. A strong believer in the constitutional protections afforded to those entangled in the criminal and juvenile justice system, regardless of socioeconomic status, Cantu is currently serving as an assistant public defender assigned to the Juvenile Division in the Harris County Public Defender’s Office.

Students sit in auditorium seats and listen as Emma Cantu stands at the front of the room and delivers her presentationAfter graduating from Incarnate Word High School, Emma attended Sam Houston State University to study Criminal Justice and Political Science and then The University of Texas School of Law. Before becoming a public defender, she received experience in criminal defense and immigration removal defense by working as an associate for Madrid Law and the Law Office of Arnold R. Lopez. She now finds herself blessed to be doing what she is passionate about—protecting the rights of juveniles and the accused all while using the resources available to her at the Public Defender’s Office to provide holistic, not just legal, representation to her clients. 

Students gather for a photo and smile at the camera with UIW faculty and Emma Cantu

Bread for the World: Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulation

UIW's Office of Mission and Ministry held a racial wealth gap simulation called Bread for the World, on Wednesday, Sept. 18. This simulation served as an interactive tool to help people understand the connections among racial equity, hunger, poverty, and wealth. It was a good first step for people unaware of structural inequality, a support tool for those who want a deeper understanding of structural inequality, and a source of information for experts who want to know the quantifiable economic impact of each policy that has widened today’s racial hunger, income, and wealth divides. In the simulation, participants were guided to an understanding of why racial equity is so important to ending hunger and poverty in the United States. 

Students sit at a table and look up at the presenter

Looking Back at "No Mexicans, Women, or Dogs Allowed" and Co-creating the Future

Event attendees sit in a row listening to the presentation

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, Dr. Cynthia Orozco, author of  No Mexicans, Women, or Dogs Allowed, The Rise of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement was joined by UIW History Assistant Professor, Dr. Laura Cannon and UIW Sr. Theophane Power Endowed Chair in Education, Dr. Sandy Guzman-Foster for a discussion considering racism and sexism. All were invited to participate in creating paths to a better future. The session was moderated by Yesenia Caloca, Ettling Center campus community coordinator. 

Yesenia Caloca, Dr. Cynthia Orozco and Dr. Laura Cannon smile at the camera for a photo together

Lunch and Learn - Fitness 101: misCONCEPTions

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, members of the UIW community enjoyed a lunch and learn called Fitness 101: misCONCEPTions. The lunch and learn was presented by UIW Club Sports Athletic Trainer, Randalle Williams-Diaz. 

Randalle Williams-Diaz stands at the front of the room while lunch and learn attendees listen to his presentation

Loteria Night

On Thursday, Sept. 19, members of the UIW community gathered at Red's Pub to enjoy an evening of playing one of the most beloved games in Latin culture - Loteria! 

Four students smile at the camera and pose for a photo together

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!

Brainpower Connection

St. Mary Magdalen: America - The Jesuit Review Feature

IWHS: Shamrock Golf Classic

Join us for the return of the Shamrock Golf Classic, benefiting the IWHS Scholarship Program. The event will be held at 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28 at SilverHorn Golf Club (1100 West Bitters Ave). Registration is now open.  Visit the website  for more information and to register. 

Athletic News

A UIW football player dives on the field to attempt a tackle

A UIW swimmer does the backstroke in a pool

A UIW women's soccer player runs down the field while trying to keep control of the ball as a member of the opposing team tries to take it