Meet the Mission Celebrates 11 Years

UIW’s community service event Meet the Mission is about to celebrate its eleventh year of serving underserved organizations and members in the San Antonio community this September. The initiative, under the leadership of the Office of Mission and Ministry, actively teaches students about the “service” portion of our Mission through action and practice.

In 2015, UIW sent 300 students to provide 1,500 hours of community service to 28 organizations in the San Antonio community. Students and faculty served in a variety of areas including assisting the elderly and refugees living in our city as well as building gardens and refurbished playgrounds in the community.

This year, Meet the Mission is Friday, Sept. 16, and starts in the McDermott Convocation Center. Not only is this event a great way to earn community service hours and help organizations in the San Antonio community, but it is also a great way to meet new friends that you might have not met in other ways. For the past 11 years, Meet the Mission has bonded hundreds of students together in our UIW family through the act of service.

For up to date information, visit the Mission and Ministry web page or call (210) 829-3128. We hope to see you there!

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Mozart Lives On at UIW

In a time where current technology has transformed the way current music sounds and feels, it is nice to take a break and listen to the music that has become the building blocks to what we listen to today. UIW presents the UIW Mozart Festival Texas as a way to connect our generation with beautiful pieces by the influential classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Starting Friday, July 29 and running through Saturday, Aug. 6, the community is invited to this series of concerts featuring internationally known performers showcasing the works of Mozart in UIW’s new, state-of-the-art Concert Hall. Performers include the Artisan Quartet, Rick Rowley, Toby Blumenthal, Younggun Kim and Gary Fair. You don’t want to miss out on this event.

For event info and to purchase tickets, please follow this link.

A Recollection: The Student Engagement Center Past, Present and Future

Incarnate _Word_0245As most of you know, our campus is currently under construction building a new, state-of-the-art student engagement center. Before this project started, UIW’s beloved center for students and the community to gather was Marian Hall. From the 1960s all the way through 2015, Marian Hall was one of UIW’s favorite dormitories, dining halls, event centers and student union centers.exterior1991marianhall

By the time Marian Hall was completed in 1960, there was a need to have a place on campus where students could congregate and hang out in one place. Over the years, Marian Hall would become a staple on campus for students to meet. Many campus events took place in the famed Marian Ballroom, and one of the central dining locations was the dining hall in Marian Hall. Both locations provided a place to come together between classes. The dormitories also provided residents a form of unity as Marian Hall was one of the earliest dormitories on campus at that time.

exterior1991dininghallBy Marian Hall’s final year, the location housed offices, a ballroom, a dining hall and a lounge for students to watch television or set up their computers to work on homework or use social media. Losing the physical building of Marian Hall has been emotionally hard for many in the UIW community from students and alumni to current and past employees who also have strong ties to the location.

IMG_1088The new Student Engagement Center that is being built in its place will carry on the legacy that Marian Hall built over the decades. It boasts a much larger space for students and the community to gather as well as the opening of a restaurant in its basement level. It will continue to help grow the traditions and community that UIW loves and cherishes in each and every unique student that walks the halls and paths of campus.

Whether you went to Incarnate Word College/University of the Incarnate Word and congregated at Marian Hall or currently attend UIW and will hang out with your friends in the new Student Engagement Center, we are one family made up of many unique and beautiful cultures.