President Agnese welcomes new, returning students

Dear Students:

Welcome to the new school year at the University of the Incarnate Word.  We will do our best to ensure you have an exciting and meaningful time as a member of the UIW community.

This will be a significant year for us, as enrollment will surpass 8,000 for the first time in our 130-year history. Our campus will be crowded, especially during the first few weeks of classes. If you drive a vehicle, let me ask you to show courtesy and exercise restraint towards pedestrians and other drivers.

You will have a wide assortment of academic, social and spiritual activities to choose from during the year, so I urge you to get involved.

You can do this early on by supporting our football team.  The season’s first game will be on Saturday, Sept. 3, when we host East Central University at Benson Stadium.  While kickoff is at 7 p.m., I suggest you arrive early, and remember to wear your school colors.

One of the strengths of UIW is in our diversity. You’ll have an opportunity to know students from more than 60 countries. Whether you’re from San Antonio or China, Mexico or Turkey, I encourage you to meet students from other parts of the world. I’m a firm believer that meaningful interaction between people of different cultural backgrounds leads to positive dialogue that enriches all of us.

Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to improve your experience at UIW.  On behalf of the faculty, staff and administration, I wish you every success this year. Go Cardinals!


Dr. Lou Agnese

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