October was a busy month for the University of the Incarnate Word, as it cut the ribbons on two new facilities. Each new facility represents the university’s growth and ongoing development in the areas where the new buildings are – on the Alamo Heights campus and on San Antonio’s South Side.
On Oct. 19 the UIW community welcomed more than 120 guests for a ceremony celebrating the official opening of a professional golf management facility. The 13,000-square-foot facility, located at 4234 S.E. Military Dr., is now home to UIW’s H-E-B School of Business and Administration’s professional Golf Management Program and the men’s and women’s NCAA Division I golf teams. The facility features four contemporary classrooms, offices, state-of-the-art training facilities for the men and women’s golf teams, and a specially designed putting green for UIW. UIW’s new Professional Golf Management (PGM) Program is designed to prepare graduates to integrate their education and training into a golf management career field. Students will earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration in professional golf management. “The PGM Program will develop our business students who are passionate about growing and improving the game and business of golf,” said PGM Director Bran Graybeal in a news release. “This new facility will give PGM students the resources they require to compete and succeed in the business world.” Graybeal has been involved with the golf industry for 18 years including working and managing golf events such as the PGA Tour.
On Oct. 14, more than 200 guests joined the UIW community members to open the fine arts complex and Kelso Art Center. The 55,000-square-foot fine arts complex is composed of a music building, concert hall and Kelso Art Center. The complex will give students access to the facilities and resources necessary for a world class fine arts education, university officials said. The three-story music building features a 100-seat recital hall; choir and band rehearsal halls; a recording studio; a music therapy suite with a services center offering clinical sessions to the community; piano lab; iMac lab; 18 Wenger modular practice rooms; percussion studio; seven teaching studios for private lessons; two general classrooms; instrument storage facility; and a listening library.
The 500-seat concert hall has variable acoustics ranging from zero to 10 seconds of reverb via an electronic system installed throughout the hall designed to replicate natural, room sound. The mezzanine of the former fine arts auditorium, now the concert hall, has been converted to a lecture hall for fine arts classes.
The newly renovated art building, dedicated as the Kelso Art Center, has separate spaces and designated studios for drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and art history as well as three galleries, the Kelso Art Gallery, Semmes Gallery and a student gallery. The new art building offers students updated technologies and resources including a computer lab for digital photography; two darkroom labs for photo classes; and a designated lighting studio for photography students as well as an exposure unit for photographic screen printing processes.
In addition, the center also features, a mural, funded by the Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts, commissioned by the university and designed by local artist Cakky Brawley. The mural, “The Source of Life,” is a 40-foot by 20-foot aluminum sculpture designed to articulate with the wind. In daytime, it reflects sunlight. At night, the mural will be LED lit depicting sunrise and ending with sunset.