I’m pleased to welcome you to the new school year at the University of the Incarnate Word. We will do our best to ensure you have a meaningful experience as a member of the UIW community.
Actually, things got off to an exciting start during the summer when we officially became a member of the Division I Southland Conference. We also opened the Bowden Eye Care and Health Center that is located in the city’s Eastside. And you may have heard through media reports that we’re looking to start a medical school.
As we begin the fall semester, our enrollment will likely surpass 10,000 for the first time in our 132-year history. This would make UIW one of just four private universities in Texas with at least that many students.
This will be a challenging year due to several construction projects that are taking place simultaneously, and which will impact campus traffic and parking.
Construction has begun on the Fine Arts Complex on the part of campus located on the corner of Hildebrand and Broadway (this will be an 18-month project). Meanwhile, the new pottery kilns near Sullivan Field are scheduled to be done in the early part of the fall semester.
Complicating our development is a construction project by the City of San Antonio on Hildebrand that has mostly limited vehicular traffic to just the eastbound lane for the past few months (and which is scheduled to last well into 2014).
We’ll do our best to alert the community on detours, road closures and other construction-related news. I encourage you to follow the UIW Facebook page for the latest updates and also the construction update section on the main UIW web page.
UIW 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 as you enter or exit the campus.
On behalf of the faculty, staff and administration, I wish you every success this year.
Dr. Lou J. Agnese Jr., president