UIW Celebrates American Heart Month with the Red Dress Fashion Show & Health Fair

The 14th Annual Red Dress Fashion Show & Health Fair is from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. February is American Heart Month. For years, UIW has promoted cardiac health in women with a beautiful fashion show and health fair.

This year’s fashion show features unique, one-of-a-kind designs by UIW students. Along with the fashion show is a great health fair featuring 20 health and lifestyle vendors offering a variety of special activities and exhibits promoting cardiac health. Students from UIW’s professional programs will be on hand to check blood pressures, glucose levels, provide visions screenings and offer information on the importance of maintaining a heart healthy lifestyle.

Valentine’s gifts will be available from several local vendors including Zelime Matthews Jewelry and the Women’s Global Connection who sells items handmade by women in Peru and Zambia.  You also don’t want to miss the opportunity to purchase scarves hand-dyed by UIW fashion students and faculty. Scarves start at $20.

Another great aspect to this event is the photography contest. The contest is open to all UIW faculty, staff and students. Entries must be an original photograph that represents the color red and/or something related to the heart, heart health or the American Heart Association’s Go Red Campaign. Photographs should be signed by the contestant and printed on a 12×14 or 14×14 canvas and not exceed a cost of $35. If the artwork includes people in the photograph, a media release will need to be signed. Canvas prints should be submitted to Dr. Michael Moon in the Nursing Building, Room 128 no later than 12 p.m., Monday, Feb. 27. Voting will take place during the Red Dress event. All the artwork will be available for purchase with proceeds helping to support future Red Dress Day activities and a prize will be given to the winner. For more information on the contest, contact Dr. Michael Moon at (210) 216-5086.

This annual Red Dress Event supports the American Heart Association and their Go Red campaign during National Heart Month in February.


Artist Roger Colombik’s Exhibition Comes to UIW

Texas artist Roger Colombik brings his art exhibition to UIW. The exhibition will run from Friday, Jan. 27, through Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Semmes Gallery of the Kelso Art Center. Colombik’s exhibition will feature his Selected Works and More Life in a Time Without Boundaries pieces.  

Colombik’s Selected Works features the artist’s diverse practices in sculpture and social engagement. The sculptures weave through the narrative of Absence/Presence, a psychological state of yearning for two disparate possibilities of simultaneous existence. The representational imagery (journals, a magic carpet, pillows and scales) awaken restless spirits navigating the space between wanderlust and responsibility.

More Life in a Time Without Boundaries was undertaken in collaboration with Jerolyn Bahm-Colombik, International Rescue Committee-Abilene (IRC) and The Grace Museum. The goal was to initiate a more profound awareness and dialogue regarding the human face of immigration and the contributions that refugees make to their new homeland. To engage with this community is to enter a realm where personal histories are inextricably linked with global crises and the simple dreams that parents have for their children. This work addresses these conflicting zones of human nature through a diverse range of applications.

An opening reception for the art exhibition will be from 6 – 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27, in the Kelso Art Center. Roger Colombik will also be giving an artist lecture from 1:30 – 2:45 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, in the Kelso Art Center, Room 112. This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information on this exhibition and gallery hours, contact (210) 829-3852.

UIW Hosts Dolores de Crecimiento Exhibition

A unique art exhibition showcasing memories from childhood, death and cultural folklore is on display in the Semmes Gallery of the Kelso Art Center at the University of the Incarnate Word. The exhibition, titled Dolores de Crecimiento, runs through Friday, Nov. 4.

Semmes Gallery, Kelso Art Center

Artists Lisette Chavez and Coco Rico explore memories and tragedies that become lifelong lessons shaping adulthood transcending physical growth. While Chavez and Rico desire to reminisce about fonder times, often their work is fueled by tormented memories. Rico’s childhood includes witnessing animal slaughter and cruelty. Chavez felt forced to go to stranger’s funerals and to church with her mother.

Semmes Gallery, Kelso Art Center

To express these details from their past, both artists expose their vulnerable positions of worries and sadness through beautiful drawings and lithographs. An exhibition closing reception will be held in the Kelso Art Center from 6 – 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding UIW holidays). For more information about this exhibit, contact (210) 829-3852 or sul@uiwtx.edu.


Interior Design Students Win Big

Students from the UIW Interior Design program had a great week of recognition for their creative work and dedication. Interior Design students placed in both the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Pinnacle of Design Awards as well as the Fall 2016 San Antonio Home & Garden Show, which took place at the Alamodome.

ASID Pinnacle of Design Awards
UIW Interior Design students entered projects from their classes, and professional designers from other locations judged them. Ashley Shirley, who graduated in 2016, entered her senior capstone project and won first place. Kory Lipscomb, who is currently still in the Interior Design program, took second place for her Residential Design II project.



Ashley Shirley, ASID Pinnacle of Design Award first place winner
Kory Lipscomb, ASID Pinnacle of Design second place winner

Fall 2016 San Antonio Home & Garden Show
UIW Interior Design held a student competition to determine which three students would design and furnish a 10’ x 20’ room vignette at the Fall 2016 San Antonio Home & Garden Show. Five professional interior designers came and judged students’ presentations of their concepts. The three students who won were: Kory Lipscomb, Cody Rackley, and Danielle Reyes. Sherwin Williams donated paint. Home Depot at SE Military HWY & Godiad gave each student a $50 in-store credit. The At Home store in Live Oak allowed students to select furniture and accessories and Cort Furniture allowed students to select furniture to be used. Show Technologies, who puts on the Home & Garden show, had three 10’ x 20’ space built and ready for students to begin their work on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Show Technologies also constructed a stage area for Interior Design speakers next to the students’ vignettes.






UIW Celebrates Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with Blessing of the Animals

St. Francis of Assisi (c.1182-1220) 1642 (oil on canvas)Each October, the University of the Incarnate Word community comes together to observe the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi in October. This year, we are observing the feast at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3. The day will consist of a blessing of the animals at the entrance to the Headwaters Sanctuary (located behind Sullivan Field).

Born in the early 1180s, St. Francis of Assisi spent his early years as a soldier but later devoted his life to God. It was during this period that he dedicated his time to helping the poor as well as teaching humility, obedience, patience and compassion. Around 1209, Pope Innocent III granted St. Francis and his followers the right to a new religious order. The order would be known as the Franciscan Order (Order of Friars Minor).


Many centuries later, in 1979, Pope John Paul II formally declared St. Francis of Assisi the patron saint of ecology. Pope John Paul II said, “…he, in a special way, deeply sensed the universal works of the Creator and, filled with a certain divine spirit, sang that very beautiful ‘Canticle of the Creatures’.” Since this time, St. Francis’s feast day has normally included a moment to bless animals of all types. So, in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, we welcome you to the entrance of the Headwaters Sanctuary at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3, to have your animal blessed by Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI. The event is co-sponsored by the UIW Liturgical Outreach and the Headwaters Coalition, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.

UIW Gears Up for Light the Way

We will celebrate Light the Way at the University of the Incarnate Word on Saturday, Nov. 19. While the actual date of the event is months away, a lot of work and effort is accomplished by the community to create a successful and fun event. UIW invites the community to help prepare for Light the Way at a volunteer day on Saturday, Sept. 17, in the McDermott Convocation Center.

While this day is a great way for students to earn community service, the day really is a huge help in the process of Light the Way. Volunteers help remove and install light bulbs into Christmas lights that are placed all over campus and are lit on Nov. 19 through the holiday season. There are two shifts available to volunteer from 9 – 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Students, faculty, alumni and their families are invited to participate. Please no children under the age of 10. (Students must have their valid UIW ID to check in for community service hours.) To register, please follow this link.

Light the Way is an event that the whole community enjoys to ring in the Christmas season, and we could not do it without your help and support. Let’s make this Light the Way the best and brightest yet. We cannot wait to see you there.

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!

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.