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2012 Honor Roll of Donors

Thank you to those below who gave in FY 2012 1930s-1940s 1939 Hazel Nelle Astin Nelson   1940 Paula Ragusa Prentiss   1942 Dorothy Veach   1943 Ruth C. Buerkle Nancy Oden Diseker Margaret J. Garcia Saenz Dorothy Lomax Florence Collins McGaffigan   1944 Juanita Herff Chipman William Flannery Jeanne Thompson Smith   1945 Estate of Ltc. Mary Louise Fisk USA (Ret.) Lydia Haltiner Beata May Shaw McLendon Constance Pollock Murnane Ofelia Onderdonk Robbie   1946 Ellen Frances Crenan Mary Helen Devine Pinner Hilda Garcia Rendon Barbara Seale Condos   1947 Hazel M. Coughran Clara Leedy Shovlin   1948 Margot Dixon Cooper Nell Mueller Kothmann Betty Scott Rabalais Beatrice Franke Richter   1949 Margaret Belluomini Knopp † Mary Evelyn Hoffman Lamb 1950s 1950 Loretta Bordages Gary Julie Gilbert Helen Weynand Mailloux E. Margaret Wagner McCloskey Gladys Henke Niemann Sr. Jennie Torregrossa CCVI Mary Caldeira Wade   1951 Dolores B. Chavarria Villarreal Emma C. Guerrero Evelyn Jerabek Kunetka Ann Watson Schaffer   1952 Martha K. Williams Anderson Helen Loraine Bloomfield M. Maxine Buhler Burns Gladys C. Kallus Estate Of Eleanore Jones Kiersted Diana Mary Koontz Massey † Mary Small Nichols Theresa Ann R. Zaldivar   1953 Patricia J. Bartosh Katherine Cazamias Catsifas Betty Mueller Conley Cornelia M Conway Dankesreiter Anita Flavia Gabrysch Vertice L. Hill Mary Wendelyn Laughlin Peggy Batot Matcek Dorothy A Psencik Ferrell Janet Alvord Ryan   1954...

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Message from the President

Dear Friends: You will be pleased to know that we completed another highly successful year at UIW in May. We ended the year on a very positive note due to two events: our first-ever undergraduate commencement ceremony at the Freeman Coliseum (located next to the AT&T Center, home of the San Antonio Spurs) and the groundbreaking for our newest sports facility. Early in May, more than 5,000 friends and family members gathered to watch as 424 students received their bachelor’s degrees during a procession featuring all of the traditional pomp found in the campus ceremonies.  By the way, as a measure of how much our institution has grown in the last decade, just 218 students received their undergraduate degrees from UIW in the spring of 2000. In mid-May we broke ground for a Fencing and International Sports Center that will be located at St. Anthony Catholic High School, which we own and operate.  The $3 million fencing center will be a multi-purpose facility that will provide new opportunities for high school and college students interested in this sport.  The expected completion date for the center is January of 2013. Looking ahead to the fall, we expect to set another enrollment record.  Early indications are that we’ll surpass 9,000 students for the first time in our 131-year history.  That’s nearly seven times our enrollment from 1985.  We’re also expecting a...

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UIW celebrates Incarnate Word Day and CCVI Spirit Award recipients

The University of the Incarnate Word celebrated Incarnate Word Day on Monday, March 26 in observance of the feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Incarnation of the Eternal Word, God. The annual Incarnate Word Day festivities included lunch on Dubuis Lawn, the Cardinal Carnival, a golf cart parade, and Mass in Our Lady’s Chapel where the CCVI Spirit awards were presented. The 2011-2012 faculty/staff recipient of the award was Tom Duckworth, UIW payroll administrator. The CCVI Spirit Award recognizes a member of the faculty, administration, or staff who has demonstrated in service to the university or the broader civic community, the spirit of the founders, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Duckworth was surprised when he found out he was selected for the award. He said working for UIW has given him the opportunity to grow mentally and spiritually. “I have also had the opportunity to meet and work with remarkable individuals who share with me the core values of the university and the spirit of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word,” he said. “I have received more than I would be able to fully give back, but I give in order for the Mission of the university to continue long after I have gone.” The student award recipient was Samantha Buentello. The Student CCVI Spirit Award began in 1994...

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Kimmel honored with Presidential Teaching Award

Dr. Jessica Kimmel, professor of graduate studies, was honored with the 2012 Presidential Teaching Award on Friday, March 30 at the Faculty Appreciation Luncheon. The annual award acknowledges and rewards a full-time faculty member who exemplifies excellence in teaching that leads to student engagement. Colleagues, current students and alumni make the nominations for the award by sharing why the nominee deserves to be selected. “Teaching at UIW is up there at the top with faculty performance,” Kimmel said. “The university asks for us to be good teachers, rewards faculty and supports them.” Kimmel understands students and the pressures they are under. She believes that problem solving to help students makes for good teaching and advising, rather than just drawing a line and saying “this is how it has to be.” “As faculty, we have to understand these pressures and help our students figure out a way to do it and Incarnate Word is a place where finding solutions for students is encouraged,” she said. “We offer that when a lot of schools do not – this is what makes UIW student friendly.” As part of the award, UIW President Dr. Louis Agnese also presented a $5,000 stipend to Kimmel and she will now be a member of the selection committee in succeeding years. “This is a wonderful award for the president, faculty and administration to give, and as part...

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“Heart Health Around the World”

The University of the Incarnate Word presented the annual Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair, “Heart Health Around the World,” on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at UIW’s Marian Hall Ballroom. The ninth annual event themed, “Heart Health Around the World,” promoted cardiac health in women and featured fashions designed and modeled by UIW students. The health fair, aimed at bringing awareness to the dangers of heart disease in women, boasted heart healthy appetizers, special activities and exhibits while providing information on the importance of maintaining a heart healthy lifestyle. “The Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair also motivates students to take care of their hearts from a young age because heart disease can develop over the course of decades,” said Lee Ann Waltz, event coordinator for Red Dress and professor in the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions. The event culminated with the Red Dress Fashion Show that showcased red garments specifically designed and constructed by UIW student designers. The Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair is held each year in support of the American Heart Association “Go Red”...

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Physical Therapy Program takes first step to accreditation

Effective in May, the Doctor of Physical Therapy entry-level program was granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).  Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with CAPTE that indicates that the program may matriculate students in professional courses and that the program is progressing toward accreditation. The new state-of-the-art School of Physical Therapy, located in the Debbie and Naty Saidoff Center at Guilbeau and Tezel, will include a Rehabilitation Clinic managed by CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Westover Hills to offer physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy services. The orientation week for the first class of students enrolled in the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program will start on August 13, 2012 with classes starting on the...

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UIW programs ranked among best by U.S. News and World Report

The University of the Incarnate Word retained the No. 64 spot in Nursing and the Feik School of Pharmacy (FSOP) earned the No. 80 spot among pharmacy schools in the 2013 edition of Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News and World Report. “UIW has been preparing outstanding nursing leaders for nearly a century,” said Dr. Kathi Light, provost and former dean of the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions. “We are pleased to be recognized once again for the excellent quality of our graduate programs, the faculty, and the clinical leaders we prepare.” This was the first year that the FSOP has been recognized. “Although the Feik School of Pharmacy is considered a ‘new school’, we are pleased to be recognized by potential and current students, employers, and the public for the quality of our graduates,” said Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin, founding dean of the FSOP. UIW was also recognized for Virtual University Programs in the first-ever edition of Top Online Education Program rankings by U.S. News and World Report. UIW earned the No. 3 spot among Teaching Practice and Student Engagement, and the No. 8 spot among Faculty Credentials and Training. Online bachelor’s degree programs as well as graduate online degree programs in business, engineering, nursing, education, and computer information technology were ranked. These rankings were created in response to today’s high demand for education provided...

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New women and gender studies program kicks-off during Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month, observed in March, gave UIW the opportunity to showcase a number a nationally acclaimed speakers from various ethnic and religious backgrounds. The theme of this year’s celebration was “Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment,” and led up to the kick-off of the new women and gender studies program at UIW. “The wonderful variety of events comes from the creativity, vision and dedication of the UIW faculty,” said Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, professor in the College of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences. Events on campus included topics such as “Women for Social Justice and the Environment,” with renowned writer Lucy R. Lippard as keynote speaker and a panel presentation of women whose work and continuing efforts target important social and environmental issues. “It was my hope that while guests were attending the events on campus that they learned about compassion and cooperation, along with persevering determination and working for the common good,” Kirk said. On Thursday, March 28 the English Department hosted a kick-off reception for the new women and gender studies concentration at UIW. During the reception Dr. Pat Lonchar, assistant dean in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences was presented with the Women and Gender Studies Award for Scholarship and Teaching, and former UIW student Maggie Callahan presented the keynote address, “Influences: Women in our Lives.” The new interdisciplinary curriculum will begin in...

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UIW’s Center for Medical Tourism Research hosts 2012 conference

The Center for Medical Tourism and Research (CMTR) at the University of the Incarnate Word presented the Center’s annual conference Feb. 13-15 at the Omni Mansion Del Rio in downtown San Antonio. This year’s conference featured speakers from all over the world committed to understanding the truth behind the hype of medical tourism though the use of empirical analysis and research. “Medical tourism, which includes people travelling to other countries for medical, surgical, health, wellness, dental, and retirement purposes, may be one of the fastest growing industries in the world,” said Dr. David Vequist, founder/director of the CMTR. Among the guest speakers was Dr. Marcia C. Inhorn, the William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at Yale University, who presented “Reproductive Tourism: Global Trends, Middle Eastern Perspectives.” Inhorn is a specialist on Middle Eastern gender and health issues and has conducted research on the social impact of infertility, assisted reproductive technologies, and reproductive tourism in the Middle East and Arab America for the past 20 years. The CMTR’s third annual conference continued in the tradition of the previous conferences of featuring some of the best and brightest speakers on the planet about one of the world’s fastest growing and most controversial industries,” Vequist said. “The event is considered one of the premier events in the world for this $100 billion industry and we were very proud...

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Conference serves as international forum

More than 130 presentations from 36 countries were featured at the International Conference of Cultural and Social Aspects of Research March 22-24 at the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. The focus of the conference was to promote international collaboration among scholars, practitioners, educators and graduate students from multiple disciplines. An international forum for those who wanted to present their projects and papers, guests were also provided the opportunity to discuss the international, multicultural, and social and migration issues in the field of research and education. Sonia Nazario served as the conference keynote speaker and shared her story of the hands-on research she took part in to write “Enrique’s Journey,” a story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S. The book became a national bestseller and earned Nazario the Pulitzer...

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UIW students “paint the town” over spring break

UIW students pulled out their paint brushes and reached out to the community to literally “paint the town” over spring break. In conjunction with the City of San Antonio’s Code Compliance Department, a total of 75 student, faculty and staff volunteers took part in UIW’s annual Meet the Mission: Spring Break Edition 2012. The entire week was spent painting the homes of elderly persons in the San Antonio community. “When I heard about ‘Meet the Mission’ I was excited to participate,” said UIW student Jon Johnston. “By helping those in need we share the gifts we have with others and we are better able to appreciate what we have.” “I am utterly humbled and amazed at the students’ generosity, compassion, energy, and passion,” said Sr. Walter Maher, CCVI, vice president of university Mission and ministry. “I rejoice with them when we see the difference that the action taken has made in the lives of the people we served. The gratitude of the homeowners was palpable.” Meet the Mission is a university-wide week of community service and collaboration between faculty and students, city personnel and other groups who reach out to the community at large by providing necessary services to the underserved and the needy.  The program is a continuation of the Mission of service that brought the first Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word to San Antonio in...

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UIW breaks ground on Fencing and International Sports Center

The University of the Incarnate Word and Bexar County officially broke ground on May 23 to signal the beginning of construction for a new multi-million dollar Fencing and International Sports Center. The facility, made possible by a $2 million contribution from the Bexar County Venue Tax, will be the premier fencing facility in the region and will be built on the St. Anthony Catholic High School campus, which is owned and operated by UIW.  Incarnate Word will fund an additional $1 million toward the facility, bringing its total estimated cost to $3 million. “We’re pleased to provide new opportunities for students interested in pursuing fencing at both the collegiate and high school levels with what will be the finest fencing center in Texas,” said UIW President Dr. Louis Agnese. “Bexar County voters overwhelmingly approved the venue tax referendum in 2008 because they realize the physical and mental importance of having athletic opportunities for our youngest citizens,” Bexar County Commissioner Paul Elizondo said. “Fencing is a prime example of a sport that develops the athlete mentally and physically, so we are very happy to collaborate with the university on this project.” The 17,000 square-foot fencing and international sports facility will include 12 fencing strips; several practice strips; training rooms; spectator and exercise areas; and an armory.  The center will serve as a multipurpose facility allowing UIW to develop an NCAA...

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Students take designs to the runway

The San Antonio community enjoyed the latest fashions created and presented by UIW fashion design students at the 2012 Cutting Edge Fiesta® Fashion Show held April 23 at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel. The show is the most high-profile final exam in the city for students taking UIW’s Fashion Show Production and Senior Collection classes. The fashions showcased were created and constructed by seniors in UIW’s Fashion Design program who worked on their collections for more than a year.  The 2012 student designers included Paige Digiovanni, Heather Fitzgerald, Veronica Hernandez, Christiana Lazarine, Ricki Martin, Adriana Mendez, Sara Stevens and Adelle Stivalet. Students’ final designs were judged by industry professionals and put on public display in a high-energy New York style runway show produced by students in the university’s Fashion Show Production class. Lazarine won Best of Show, Best Design and Best Construction for her “Northern Exposure” collection. Judges determined Lazarine’s collection of faux fur and wool outerwear reflected the qualities of winter’s first snow with neutral tones and clean lines that were simple, classic and tailored. Proceeds from UIW’s Cutting Edge Fiesta® Fashion Show provide scholarships for UIW fashion management students.  Since 2006, the fashion show, its sponsors and supporters have awarded more than $40,000 in scholarships to fashion management...

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Friendship Garden dedication honors UIW lifetime friends

Sr. Kathleen Coughlin, CCVI, vice president of institutional advancement, welcomed the university community to the dedication of the Friendship Garden Friday, May 11 at the oak tree adjacent to the Agnese/Sosa Building. The dedication was sponsored by Barbara and Alan Dreeben in honor of their lifetime friends Tena Gorman, Peggy Lewis, and Ruth Eilene Sullivan. The newly landscaped area will provide a peaceful place for students to meet with friends under the canopy of an oak tree believed to be over 500 years...

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Spring 2012 Commencement Recognizes Graduates and Accomplishments of Many

The Spring 2012 commencement ceremonies at the University of the Incarnate Word not only conferred degrees to graduates, but also bestowed a Doctor of Humane Letters to two commendable couples and recognized a group of graduating nurses from CHRISTUS Muguerza Hospitals in Mexico. The Friday evening commencement, held May 4 in the McDermott Convocation Center, honored graduates of the university’s master’s and Ph.D. programs and UIW’s Feik School of Pharmacy. In addition, 19 nurses, all in leadership positions at CHRISTUS Muguerza hospitals, traveled to San Antonio to graduate with their Master of Science in Nursing from UIW’s Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing. CHRISTUS Muguerza is a group of several hospitals sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in Monterrey and elsewhere in Mexico. In 2005, CHRISTUS Muguerza and UIW partnered to offer the MSN program to these students. UIW also conferred a Doctor of Humane Letters on two couples, Betty and Lt. Col. Robert Earl Kelso and Peggy and A.J. “Jack” Lewis Jr. Both couples are longtime friends of the university and are very active in the community. The Kelso’s and the Lewis’ have donated their time, talent and have made generous gifts to the university allowing UIW to better serve the needs of students. UIW’s 424 undergraduates celebrated their graduation day on Sunday, May 6 at UIW’s first off-campus commencement at the Joe and...

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2012 Alumni of Distinction

The 2012 Alumni of Distinction for Service in Mission was presented to Sgt. Maj. Kent C. Dolasky, ’02 BBA, ’06 MBA. Dolasky is currently an Army Special Forces Sergeant Major and the Commandant of the Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy in Tampa, Fla. “It was a great honor to be selected for this prestigious award,” he said. Dolasky was UIW’s first EArmyU graduate in Dec. 2002, receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration. In 2006 he earned an MBA through UIW’s online program during his deployment in the Middle East, where he also received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He is currently an Army Special Forces Sergeant Major and the Commandant of the Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy in Tampa. “Being deployed is always a challenge, especially when you are in a leadership position,” he said. “Although we stayed very busy, I still found pockets of time for my studies.” During his first graduate course, Dolasky said he was among the group ordered into Iraq where his textbook had to be dropped in a care bundle via parachute. With no internet connection during the initial ground campaign, he studied chapters and highlighted key points in his textbook. “I was also able to take four classes during a five month deployment to Djibouti, Africa,” he said. “This was the perfect location to get some classes done...

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UIW students reign as Fiesta® San Antonio royalty

UIW student Katie Marie Rivera received the crown and scepter of Miss Fiesta® San Antonio 2012 at McCombs Empire Theatre in March. Miranda Gonzaba, also a student at UIW, was selected as the First Princess, and Selina Affram was appointed Second Princess. The royal court participated in various Fiesta® events April 19-29. “I was very excited and overwhelmed when my contestant number and name was called,” Rivera said. “San Antonio is such a great city and there have been so many people I have met who are very supportive, including UIW.” Rivera is a communications arts major with a minor in nutrition at UIW. Her future career plans include hosting her own show about preventative health and fitness aimed toward families and opening a community center that is family friendly and encourages others to live their best life. “I have this great opportunity to represent my city, help people, and gain great networking experience,” she said. “All of these elements, together and separately are helping me grow and become even more ready for life after I graduate.” As the First Princess in the court, Gonzaba took part in Fiesta® events alongside Rivera. She is a McNair Scholar, graduated from UIW with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts in May 2012 and began graduate school shortly after during the summer session. Fiesta® San Antonio began more than 120 years...

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UIW Solar House hosts grand opening

The UIW Solar House has taken shape on campus and is continuing to look to the future. A grand opening celebration was held Tuesday, April 24 to debut the Solar House and mark the culmination of the five-year engineering project. The house was designed and constructed under the direction of Dr. Allison Whittemore, chair of the UIW Department of Engineering and Physics, and with the assistance of Daniel Potter, ’01 BS, Solar House project manager. It was created to be a fully functioning residence as well as a visitor’s center and learning laboratory on the UIW campus. During the five-year project, each succeeding class of seniors researched and developed a specific part of the house and its components. The students then passed on their information to the next group of seniors coming in. The structure is positioned facing due south to have maximum solar exposure. The solar array in the house was designed to provide electricity for the house year-round during peak daytime demand. UIW students are also able to utilize the house as a resource and lab. Engineering senior design students have access to the Solar House and will continue to work to improve the efficiency of the home. “Each student will continue to learn through the house and will use it as a brainstorming facility,” Potter said. “It is also a place to share with our visitors...

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Annual Alumni Easter Egg Hunt creates memories and reconnects alumni

UIW alumni brought their family to the second annual Alumni Association Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 31 on the UIW campus. Children hunted Easter eggs and had the opportunity to participate in numerous activities including face painting, coloring, arts and crafts and more. Guests were also greeted by the Easter Bunny. “The second annual Easter Egg Hunt was a huge success for the UIW Alumni Association,” said Yvette Reyna, ’03 BA, ’12 MA, chair of the event and member of the UIW Alumni Board of Directors. “This year the attendance doubled, amount of volunteers tripled and fun quadrupled.” Below: Enzo Pellegrino ’02 BBA, presi- dent of the UIW Alumni Board, and Kristi Pellegrino ’01 BBA with Isabella Marie Pellegrino and Enzo Pellegrino, III. UIW alumni and their children hunt for Easter eggs on Dubuis Lawn Left: Omar Saucedo ’09 BA with his daughter Lillyana go through the Easter eggs they...

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University Collective

UIW Chancellor Sr. Helena Monahan, CCVI, was designated Chancellor Emerita as she retired from UIW. A farewell reception was held on May 2 in the CHRISTUS Heritage Room at the Village at Incarnate Word. After 31 years of service, she will become president of Incarnate Word Academy in St. Louis, Mo. Dr. Christy MacKinnon, professor of biology, was accepted as one of 17 undergraduate educators into the 2012 American Society of Microbiology (ASM) and Joint Genome Institute (JGI) Bioinformatics Residency. MacKinnon was also accepted in the week-long ASM/JGI Functional Genomics Workshop held at Hiram College in July 2011. She hosted a companion workshop, “Intergraded Microbial Genomes/Annotation Collaboration Tool,” at UIW in December, 2011. She is one of only several faculty members nationwide who has completed all three institutes. Drs. Amy Crocker, and Susan Smith, of the School of Physical Therapy were selected as joint recipients of the 2012 Young Alumni Appreciation Award from the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions. Mark Stringham, assistant professor of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, performed the role of Lepidus and Proculeis in New York for the Dramatist/Royal Shakespeare Company’s collaboration workshop on Shakespeare’s “Antony & Cleopatra” in April. Dr. Timothy Wingert, of the Rosenberg School of Optometry, was named a distinguished scholar and fellow in the National Academies of Practice (NAP).  NAP is composed of 10 Academies representing...

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