UIW Community Newsletter - September 6, 2019


Cardinal Takeover: UIW @ UTSA 

UIW cheerleaders perform a cheer in front of a crowd of people

The Hometown Showdown between UIW and UTSA — the first meeting on the football field between San Antonio’s two NCAA Division I universities — took place on Saturday, Aug. 31 at the Alamodome. 

UIW fans smile and hold up the Cardinal sign

Before the big game, Cardinal fans gathered for the Cardinal Takeover Pre-Game Party at Smoke: BBQ Restaurant. 

UIW fans look over a balcony, smiling

The UIW community enjoyed delicious BBQ, drinks, live music, performances by UIW Spirit and more.  

UIW football players run onto the football field with a giant red and black flag with an image of a Cardinal head

After the party, thousands of Cardinal fans flocked to the Alamodome to support UIW Football. UIW fans sit and smile at the camera

Way to go, UIW Football on a hard fought game, and thank you to all members of the UIW family who filled the Alamodome with red and black! Go Cards! 


Our Lady’s Chapel Services

All are welcome

  • No noon mass today, Friday. Sept. 6
  • 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


CHASS Distinguished Lecture Series: Gilbert King

Gilbert King headshot Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize winner in general nonfiction, will return to the University of the Incarnate Word on Wednesday, September 11 to speak on his latest book, Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found.  His presentation is sponsored by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences as its annual Distinguished Speakers Series and will be held at the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room at 7 p.m.

King, whose classic work, Devil in the Grove, won the Pulitzer in 2013, spoke at UIW in 2014.  His latest work, which came out last year, has been described by Jeffrey Toobin in the New York Times as one told with “grace and sensitivity and his narrative never flags.”

Beneath a Ruthless Sun is a masterful accomplishment.  Despite its setting years ago, King’s story is a hugely contemporary one resonating with themes of racism, police brutality, a corrupt justice system, and class inequality.  Dean Kevin Vichcales of CHASS observed, “It is a story that illustrates how far we have come and simultaneously, how far we have yet to go to ensure equal justice for all.”

A book signing and reception will follow Gilbert King’s presentation.

MIW @ UIW: A Music Industry Workshop

An image of UIW's recording studio with sound boards and TV screens, a drum set and audio speakers

MIW @ UIW will bring music industry professionals and educators together to share their knowledge and experience with students who are interested in pursuing a career in music business.

Event activities include:

  • Free breakfast tacos in the morning and refreshments throughout the day
  • A music industry trade show with vendor tables representing many music-related businesses and organizations including the Texas Music Office, Sam Ash Music Stores, GRAMMY U, Studio M, TuneCore, and more!
  • Networking with fellow musicians and music industry pros
  • Panel discussions on songwriting and publishing (with several successful Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriters and publishers) and recording and producing (with several Grammy Award-winning engineer/producers)
  • A presentation on music industry education programs
  • “Five-on-One” intimate discussion groups with panelists and other music pros.
  • Musical performances by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriters

Click here for more information. 

Employee Campaign Kick-Off

The 2019 Employee Campaign officially kicks off this month with several parties at UIW’s various campuses. See below for a full list of Employee Campaign Kick-off Party dates.  

  • Rosenberg School of Optometry Datapoint
    Sept. 10
    8:30 a.m.
    Rm. 301
  • School of Physical Therapy
    Sept. 10
    11:30 a.m.
    Faculty Lounge
  • Feik School of Pharmacy
    Sept. 10
    Rm. 450
  • Broadway Campus
    Sept. 12, 2019
    SEC Ballroom
  • Rosenberg School of Optometry Bowden
    Sept. 13
    8:30 a.m.
    Rm. 330
  • School of Professional Studies
    Sept. 13
    9 a.m.
    St. Anthony Catholic High School Lunch Room
  • School of Osteopathic Medicine
    Sept. 13
    1 p.m.
    1A 142

For more information on the Employee Campaign, please contact Ana Hoff at

Community News

Mass of the Holy Spirit 

In keeping with a long tradition, UIW celebrates the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the start of each academic year. During the liturgy, we ask for the inspiration, guidance, and presence of God's Spirit on all of our campus activities. 

UIW priests perform the Liturgy of the Eucharist at the altar of Our Lady's Chapel

On Wednesday, Sept. 4, members of the UIW community gathered to rededicate themselves to UIW's Mission, renew friendships, and welcome new students!

A UIW professor walks to the front of the chapel 

Cardinal Welcome Night

UIW Career Services hosted a welcome night for freshmen students on Wednesday, Sept. 4. The evening featured information on how Career Services can help students with professional development and Financial Aid Q&A's. Last but not least, attendees enjoyed free pizza! Thank you, Career Services and Financial Aid for your commitment to helping our Cardinals succeed! 

UIW students sit side by side at a table

UIW Oaxaca Health Mission Trip

This year’s UIW Oaxaca Health Mission Team is comprised of 40 team members representing the Feik School of Pharmacy, Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing & Health Professions, Rosenberg School of Optometry, School of Physical Therapy, Nutrition Department, Department of Community Health, and the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability. Since 2015, UIW's Oaxaca Health Mission Team has assisted in providing over 22,500 medical procedures to over 9,400 patients. UIW students and faculty have been volunteering in Oaxaca since Saturday, Aug. 31, and will return to the nest on Sunday, Sept. 8. We ask for continued prayers for this team!

Members of the UIW Oaxaca Health Mission Trip stand and pose for a photo

Thank You, Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio!

The Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio (BHFSA) awarded $120,000 to support UIW Health Professions Schools annual scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year.  The awards ceremony took place on Friday, Aug. 23 at St. Phillip’s College and included other area colleges and universities as well as UIW.  Since Fall 2006, the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio has supported over 200 individual UIW students with $937,465 in scholarship funding. That number as of May 2019 includes 81 nurses, 47 pharmacists, 20 optometrists, 20 physical therapists, 14 nutritionists, 5 nuclear medicine technologists, and now 4 osteopathic medical students. The Foundation’s generosity has had an incredible impact on health care in our community through student support. 

Chris Gallegos, Dr. Thomas Evans and Jon Gillespie hold a large check and smile at the camera

Thank You, HOPE Organization!

Members of the HOPE (Hispanic Organization for Public Employees) Organization presented a check to UIW for the University's scholarship fund on Thursday, Sept. 12. Since 2017, HOPE has promoted academic excellence by raising and awarding over $166,000 in scholarships throughout the community, helping to make higher education a reality for 102 student scholars.

Members of the HOPE Organization stand with UIW representatives holding a large check and smiling at the camera

Brainpower Connection

St. Anthony Catholic High School Delivers Laptops to Every Student

St. Anthony Catholic High School students smile while holding new laptop boxes

On Thursday, Sept. 5, St. Anthony Catholic High School students, parents, faculty and staff gathered along with community leaders to celebrate the launch of the school's new laptop initiative. An effort two years in the making, the school provided every student with a new laptop, fully loaded with software that is needed to allow for better and more efficient communication between teachers and students. Microsoft was on hand for day one of the project and the school plans to hold ongoing Tech Camps for students and parents. The SACHS laptop initiative was made possible by the generous contributions of parents, alumni and community leaders as well as funds raised during the annual Garnet and Gray Gala. 

Athletic News

A UIW football player runs onto the field surrounded by white smoke

A women's soccer player runs down the field

UIW women's volleyball players jump and reach for the ball as it comes over the net

A smiling men's soccer player runs down the field