Feature Stories

The UIW Effect

Mar 13th, 2015 | By
Alumna Alejandra “Ale” Barraza, principal of SAISD’s Carroll Early Childhood Education Center.

By Crystale Lopez Alejandra “Ale” Barraza ’05 MAT, principal of SAISD’s Carroll Early Childhood Education Center, has set a precedence for herself to carry on the movement of great teaching and support to the community that all began for her at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW). “My undergraduate degree is in business, it

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Building Beasts, Beauties and Zombies

Mar 13th, 2015 | By
Tovar instructs a student during a 3-D animation class.

By Brian Hudgins Matt Tovar’s ’08 BA journey from virtual street fighter to senior cinematic animator carried him from San Antonio to sunny California. His introduction to video games came through playing various titles on Nintendo and PlayStation systems. “The Street Fighter series – I would play that with friends,” Tovar said. “I never actually

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The Art of Resilience

Mar 13th, 2015 | By
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Alumnus Winslow Swart ’03 BBA ’05 MAA thinks beyond boundaries. His organizational development firm, Winslow Consulting, has trained leaders and teams on three continents. He has been both a student and a master in the classroom and at the dojo. Winslow is the first non-Japanese man in the world to reach the seventh-degree, master-level rank

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Touching History

Mar 13th, 2015 | By
Boyle and Harrell display a photo taken at the “Gone with the Wind” exhibit in Austin in 1994.

By Ashley Festa Intricate. Delicate. Precise. That’s the status quo for every University of the Incarnate Word fashion design student. But two of them discovered just how painstakingly complicated some needlework projects could be. Alumna Carrie Harrell ’89 BA and former student Jan Hevenor Boyle spent nearly 900 hours measuring, planning, cutting and sewing—not to

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The TED experience, connecting lines of human experience

Mar 13th, 2015 | By
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By Brance Arnold ’10 MA When I got the call in August from an organizer for TEDxSanAntonio, I thought he was saying “FedEx” and almost hung up on him. He said, “No wait! This is a big deal! This is Chris with TEDxSanAntonio.” Then it hit me. A few months prior a friend of mine,

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A Tradition of Service

Mar 13th, 2015 | By
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By Rebecca Esparza ’99 BBA ’03 MBA When over 20,000 people descended upon San Antonio to escape the wrath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, La., one of the deadliest hurricanes in history, University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) students were there to assist. Students and faculty from the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing

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Echoes of a Health Care Legacy

Mar 13th, 2015 | By
Nursing and pharmacy students and faculty members pose at the Great Wall of China in Summer 2012.

By Brance Arnold ’10 MA One morning in Oaxaca, Mexico, Raelyn Ottenbreit felt overwhelmed while standing outside gazing upon the lineup of patients waiting to be evaluated. “A lady standing in line came over to me, said many things in Spanish that I did not understand followed by a very heartfelt ‘muchas gracias’ and gave

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Achieving the Impossible

Mar 13th, 2015 | By
UIW’s 2014-15 men’s basketball team. Photos courtesy of Mark 
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By John Goodspeed The University of the Incarnate Word’s (UIW) men’s basketball team achieved what many called impossible in their second season in a four-year transition to NCAA Division I. They defeated the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, a team that played in last year’s NCAA Division I tournament. “People were saying we had zero chance

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Board member euphoric about helping students achieve dreams

Mar 13th, 2015 | By
Karin and Scott Beckendorf pose for photo at the 2013 Swing-In Auction Party.

By Summer Chandler While it may be said often, it is no less true: helping others rewards the giver as much as the recipient. That reward is what has kept UIW Board of Trustees member J. Scott Beckendorf involved with UIW’s Development Board for 19 years. “I think it just does good for the person

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A Community of Support

Nov 14th, 2014 | By
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By Brance Arnold ’10 MA As the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) advances into its 134th year, a deep, rich sense of pride and community remains as genuine and vibrant as its picturesque campus. There’s a feeling of home that resonates with not only students, but also faculty, alumni, parents, administration, staff, benefactors, and

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