Six Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Cardinal You Love

Breathe it in, everyone – it’s the first day of February, and love is definitely in the air! If your heart stopped for a second because you suddenly realized that means you only have 13 days left to find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered! Take a look at some amazing gifts that are sure to show the Cardinal in your life how much you appreciate them.

  1. A UIW Pride T-shirt
    Anyone who loves a UIW student, alumni, or employee, knows that they love comfortable shirts that also show off their UIW pride!

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    This t-shirt is the perfect one to help you celebrate your love this year. A cupid-struck heart on UIW red? Count us in!

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  1. A UIW-framed portrait
    Our campus is a beautiful one, meaning there are plenty of great photo opportunities around. Ask your Valentine to pause for a photo with you! Print it out, and place it in this UIW frame for a thoughtful gift that is sure to make him/her swoon.

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    Pro Tip: Include a heartfelt letter that details why you chose this special gift, including the reason behind choosing your specific photo location and the role UIW has played in bringing you together!


  1. This special snuggle buddy
    Okay, we know this one is pretty cliché, but it’s also adorable.


    Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a teddy bear. Add a bouquet of roses, a card, and perhaps dinner for two, and you’ve got date night covered!


  1. A UIW Wine Glass
    Picture this – dinner you made yourself, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a glass of wine in your sweetheart’s new favorite glass. Sounds like a great date to us!

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    Pro Tip: Add a personal touch by adding your own message or artwork to the other side of the wine glass. Acrylic enamel paint is best for painting on glass!


  1. This cozy blanket
    Spring may be near, but there are still some chilly days ahead this year. Keep your Valentine warm and cozy with this incredibly soft blanket.

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    As a bonus, you’ll get to use it for movie nights and picnics for years to come!


  1. Something punny
    Who doesn’t love a good pun? The possibilities are endless with this UIW tie!

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    May we recommend:

    1. Tied to you
    2. Never too tied up for you
    3. There’s no tie when it comes to you.

The best part about these gifts is that they’re all available now at the Cardinal Shoppe in the Student Engagement Center. No matter who you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with this year, remember to share the love this and every month.

Season of Giving: Four Opportunities to Give at UIW

Season of Service: Four Opportunities to Give at UIW

Christmas is a time of happiness, togetherness and cheer, but for many, the holiday season isn’t joyous or magical. Throughout the San Antonio area, needy and underserved children and families often go without basic necessities, much less holiday’s special tokens, treats and gifts. However, caring people are hard at work to help make their Christmases a bit brighter.

Right here at UIW, dedicated organizations offer several opportunities to embrace the spirit of the season and bring light and hope to local children and families. Remember: Every small contribution can make a big impact. Here’s how you can contribute:

Make the Holidays Happier for a Needy Child with Angel Tree

Once again, University Mission and Ministry has trimmed an Angel Tree in the foyer in front of Our Lady’s Chapel. You won’t see shiny holiday ornaments on this tree. In their place, Angel Trees are decorated with Angel Tags, or special tags featuring the Christmas wish or need of a child and/or a family with children. Mission and Ministry invites members of our UIW community to take a tag from the tree and purchase the item requested, then bring the item in a holiday bag with the original Angel Tag to the organization’s office in AD 147.

Items will be accepted through Friday, December 15, 2017. Distribution of the items will take place December 18 through 20. For more information, please contact Brenda Dimas or (210) 829-3128.

Bring Joy to Displaced Children with Project Santa Mom

The holidays can be hard for children separated from their parents and loved ones. The School of Professional Studies (SPS) Criminal Justice Society has organized a special toy drive with them in mind. Now, through late December, the organization is collecting toys for children whose mothers are incarcerated and who are living in homeless shelters.  Members of the Criminal Justice Society, with the support of volunteers, will wrap and deliver the gifts to the Bexar County Detention Center and homeless shelters for distribution.
Non-violent, unopened toys for children ages 3 through 13 can be donated through Friday, December 22 and dropped off in the designated boxes on main campus, or at the School of Professional Studies Northwest Center, located at 9729 Data Point Drive, Room 135. For more information, please contact Claudia Moreno or Tamara Thompson

Provide Comfort to Critically Ill Children though the Pull-Tab Collection Campaign for the Ronald McDonald House

Join the Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International as they work to make days brighter for critically ill children and their families at the Ronald McDonald House. Simply pop the tabs from the top of your soda cans and drop them off in the designated bins or at reception in the Feik School of Pharmacy. Soda tabs are made from higher quality aluminum than the rest of the beverage can, and can be more easily recycled. The funds generated from the recycling campaign will contribute to the cost of day-to-day operations at the Ronald McDonald House, which becomes a second home for families of children undergoing medical treatment and care.

This campaign continues through the holiday season into the spring. Pop tabs will be accepted through Saturday, June 2, 2018. Participants are asked to drop off their tabs at the front desk of the Feik School of Pharmacy. For more information about the organization, visit

Make Christmas Morning more Cheerful with Toys for Tots

The UIW Lions Club offers yet another way to bring Christmas cheer to underserved children. The club is hosting a campus-wide toy drive for the Toys for Tots organization. Toys for Tots, a program created by the U.S. Marine Corps, gathers new, unused and unwrapped toys to needy children in our local community.

Donations will be accepted from Monday, November 27 through Thursday, December 14 in designation donation stations in select buildings on main campus, including the Student Engagement Center, Mabee Library, Administration Building, Gorman Business and Education Center and more. For more information, contact the UIW Lions Club.


UIW Gears Up for Homecoming 2017

UIW’s Homecoming 2017 is Oct. 26-29. A variety of fun events for students, alumni and the community are scheduled. You can’t forget the Homecoming Football Game vs. Nicholls on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Benson Stadium.

This is a great moment for UIW alumni to come back to the nest and check out how much the campus has changed! If you haven’t toured the new Student Engagement Center, this is also a great time to join your fellow Cardinals on a guided tour.


A full list of Homecoming 2017 events can be found at this link. Make sure you register! For info on all events, contact Gaby Alvarado at (210) 805-5899 or

UIW Faculty Member Brings Immersive Learning Opportunity to Life Science Students

UIW’s Dr. Veronica Martinez Acosta, associate professor of biology, has been named co-director of the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Mass. The program meets over the summer for 10 weeks at the MBL and accepts 10 students per year. Many of the students chosen generally have few research opportunities available to them across their academic career. At least one UIW student will have the opportunity thanks to Martinez Acosta. This program is important to Martinez Acosta because of her history over her career and with the MBL.

Martinez Acosta grew up in Houston and went to Charles H. Milby High School. Not ready for the environment of a larger university, Martinez Acosta enrolled and attended the University of St. Thomas where she graduated in 1996 with a double major in biology and education. It was during this time when she was contemplating graduate school that she realized the hurdles underrepresented minority students face when entering a graduate program. She decided to take time to think about graduate school and instead chose to teach lower school science at Annunciation Greek Orthodox School. After three years of teaching and volunteering her time to research at the University of Houston, she decided to apply to graduate programs all over the country as a marine biologist. She was accepted into Texas A&M University where she switched her focus from marine biology to neuroscience after an impactful meeting with a professor enlightened her on the connection of research in biology and neuroscience. She received her Ph.D. from TAMU in 2005.

Since graduating from TAMU and working at the University of the Incarnate Word, Martinez Acosta has been fascinated and interested in the nervous system and its regeneration. She took a sabbatical from her work at UIW to research at the MBL toward this initiative. It was during this time that Martinez Acosta realized a larger scope of opportunity with the MBL to give back to underrepresented students. This was a position she had once been in as a student.

Students in this program will be placed in the laboratory of an MBL research scientist and have a full immersion experience of participating in all laboratory exercises and activities. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the program will provide each student with a $5,000 stipend in addition to housing and a cafeteria pass for dining purposes for the duration of the program. The NSF wanted to provide this opportunity to university students who would not otherwise have the means to conduct research in their disciplines.

The program will benefit undergraduate students in life sciences interested in continuing their education into graduate school and intend to continue researching in different fields of biology. Information about the program can be found online at the MBL site or by contacting Dr. Veronica Martinez Acosta at

Cardinals Football take on the Javelinas

On July 1, 2013, UIW officially started its journey as a NCAA Division I school in the Southland Conference. Today is the first football game of UIW’s third season as a NCAA Division I school as well as our first home game. Cardinals Football will take on the Texas A&M – Kingsville Javelinas at 6 p.m., in Benson Stadium.  Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Garage parking is free with a valid 2016/17 UIW parking permit.

Come show your Cardinal spirit and pack the stands. Faculty, staff and students get in free with a valid UIW ID. Our Cardinals have come a long way and worked hard to get to this point. Go Cards!  Good luck on a winning season.

To purchase tickets, go to   Follow this link to view a complete football schedule. For questions regarding the game or parking, call (210) 829-3000.