UIW Community Newsletter - September 27, 2019


Juntos Aprendemos "Together We Learn"

On Thursday, Sept. 26, the UIW Student Alumni Association hosted a Hispanic Heritage Month event: Juntos Aprendemos "Together We Learn." UIW alumni were on-site to meet with current students and discuss their academic and professional successes. UIW students were invited to meet with these outstanding alumni for networking and mentorship. We thank all of our alumni who returned to the nest for this special event! 

  students meet with alumni and converse


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


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 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  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

Faculty Family Potluck

The UIW Faculty Family Potluck was held on Saturday, Sept. 21 at UIW’s School of Osteopathic Medicine. Faculty members and their families and loved ones were invited to bring food to share. Before the potluck, attendees visited a  UNESCO World Heritage Site at Mission Espada where they learned about Mission Espada’s 300-year history, and the history of the Incarnate Word Sisters there 100 years ago. 

UIW faculty members gather for a photo with their families

Light the Way Community Volunteer Day

On Saturday, Sept. 21, members of the UIW community came together to help light the way! Alumni, students and friends spent the morning replacing faded and broken Christmas lights for the annual Light the Way event. Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers who finished replacing all the bulbs in just two and a half hours! The UIW campus will shine bright this Christmas season! 

volunteers sit at a table with christmas lights

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. Thank you for making a difference, PPA! 

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

Hispanic Heritage Month: La Historia de Cesar Chavez 

UIW continues to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! On Monday, Sept. 23, students gathered to learn about Latino civil rights activist Cesar Chavez and the grassroots movement he led that changed the lives of generations of farm workers. 

panelists sit at a table on stage

Sr. Charles Marie Frank Endowed Lecture

The annual Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing Sr. Charles Marie Frank Endowed Lecture was held on Tuesday, Sept. 24 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room.

lecturer stands behind podium and delivers presentation

The event began with a poster presentation followed by the lecture. This year’s speaker was Pain Management Team Coordinator at the University of Kansas Health System, Melanie A. Simpson, Ph.D. The title of her lecture was  The Opioid Crisis: The Many Roles of Nursing.

presenter stands behind podium as attendees look on 

UIW Libraries Book Extravaganza 

The Mabee Library Book Extravaganza was held on Wednesday, Sept. 25 and Thursday, Sept. 26. The UIW community was encouraged to stop by the extravaganza to provide the library with a small donation in exchange for books and films. Students and staff alike took home their favorite items and helped support the UIW library! 

rows of books line the student engagement center and people browse through the items

H-E-B School of Business and Administration Career Fair 

On Wednesday, Sept. 25, Career Services hosted a Career Fair for the H-E-B School of Business and Administration. Students were invited to attend for professional headshots and the opportunity to meet with potential employers. The event provided students the opportunity to network and learn about current opportunities for internship positions and jobs. 

a group of students converse with employers at a job fair

Super Hero Donuts and Coffee Break 

On Thursday, Sept. 26, UIW employees were invited to take a break at the SEC Concourse for donuts and coffee in appreciation of their support of the 2019 Employee Campaign! Students also attended to learn about the Employee Campaign, say thanks and take photos with donors. Thank you to all who have already made their gift to the 2019 Employee Campaign! 

  employees and students smile 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!

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.

Dr. Die Hasselmo headshot

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

On Saturday Sept. 28, UIW Football will take on Abilene Christian University at 6 p.m., in Benson stadium.  

Parking areas will be closed from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Any vehicles remaining in these areas are subject to being towed and impounded at the owner/operator’s expense. Parking across the street near Cheesy Jane’s will be open.

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. – 11 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 9 a.m. –11 p.m. (This means no thru traffic between main campus and upper campus.)

Thank you for your cooperation.  See you at the game! Go Cards! 

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

Alumni and Parent Relations Welcomes New Team Member

Please give a warm welcome to the newest addition to the Department of Alumni & Parent Relations team – Jorge Jones. Jorge previously served the department as a graduate assistant. He is a two-time graduate of UIW, receiving his bachelor’s degree in bilingual communications and his master’s in communications. After leaving UIW, he worked as the Hispanic & Youth Marketing Intern for NASCAR in Daytona Beach and then as the Marketing Communications Coordinator for Capital Insiders.  

In his new position as the Coordinator of Young Alumni & Volunteer Engagement, Jorge will focus on formalizing the alumni and parent volunteer program, as well as providing meaningful and engaging programs for our current students and young alumni.

Gaby Alvarado has been promoted to the Associate Director of Alumni & Parent Relations. In her new role, Gaby will take on more leadership responsibilities for both parents and alumni programs.

Welcome back to the nest, Jorge! 

Brainpower Connection

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