Itza Casanova IW Day

Administrative Assistant to the Provost and CCVI Award Recipient Itza Casanova (left) showcases her CCVI Award during the Parade of Values with Greek Life Coordinator Mercedes Moreno.

On March 25, the UIW community celebrated Incarnate Word Day with the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, its founding congregation. The annual celebration was held in observance of the feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Incarnation of the Eternal Word, God.

An evening prayer and presentation by Dr. Tim Milinovich, assistant professor of religious studies, was held in Our Lady’s Chapel on March 24 to kick-off Incarnate Word Day events. Festivities the following day included the presentation of the CCVI Spirit Awards during a Mass in Our Lady’s Chapel; the Parade of Values: Golf Cart Parade; a BBQ hosted by Campus Life; student presentations demonstrating preparation of prayer beads, rosaries, and information on their significance in varying traditions on Dubuis Lawn; a presentation by Dr. Adrienne Ambrose, assistant professor of religious studies, in Mabee Library’s Special Collections Suite as well as a discussion on the Annunciation of Mary and the women in the Quran and Bible.

The 2014 recipient of the CCVI Spirit Award was Itza Casanova, administrative assistant to the provost. The award recognizes a member of the faculty, administration or staff who has demonstrated in service to the university and/or to the broader civic community, the spirit of the Sisters.

The 2014 Student CCVI Spirit Award, presented to a student who is recognized by peers, faculty and staff as living the Mission of the Sisters, was awarded to Amira Alsareinye, junior biology student; it is the highest award a student can earn at UIW.

View video of 2014 Incarnate Word Day on UIWTV!