University prepares ‘National Night Out’

“Let’s Flock the Block” is the theme of the second annual National Night Out at the University of the Incarnate Word, which is celebrating it from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, this year.

Last year, UIW placed first among local universities and second in the city category for its National Night Out celebration, said Janine Chavez, the coordinator.

National Night Out – with the hashtag #UIWNNO — is being sponsored by all Campus Life offices with the assistance of the UIW Office of Communications and Marketing, Wellness Center, Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and the UIW Police Department, said Chavez, who serves as officer manager for the Office of Campus Life.

The free event under the bleachers outside Alice McDermott Convocation Center will feature free food from Pugels Original Gourmet Hotdogs (sponsored by Wells Fargo), drinks sponsored by Sodexo), free T-shirts, giveaways and interactive activities from groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, state Department of Public Safety, Ettling Center for Civic Leadership, J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library, UIW’s professional schools (pharmacy, optometry and physical therapy) and the Rape Crisis Center.

There’ll be music, games, prizes, giveaways and performances by the UIW Spirit Team, “Red” the mascot and Bollywood dancers. Additional entertainment will also include henna painting and a dance-off. The grand prize winner of a “Call Box” game will take home a new bicycle. And the grand prize for the best singer in a lip sync contest gets a 32-inch TV.

“ ‘National Night Out’ is an annual national community event geared to make our environment and neighborhood a safe and better place to live,” said Chavez, “This year, let’s go for first place — citywide — while promoting UIW police/safety officers and encouraging positive choices in healthy living and prevention against violence, bullying, drug and alcohol abuse.”


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