The University of the Incarnate Word is a private Catholic university with a history that goes back to 1881. The school was founded by three sisters of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. In 1869, the three sisters traveled to the area to help with a cholera outbreak, where they eventually decided to open a college for women. The school has some well-known graduates, including Judge Marina Marmolejo and Texas House of Representative J.M. Lozano. Famous athletes include Hall of Fame professional basketball player David Robinson and NFL tight end Cole Wick.
The main campus is located on a 154-acre piece of land in the Midtown Brackenridge district of San Antonio, as well as the enclave city of Alamo Heights. The school has satellite campuses in northwest San Antonio, and in the year 2000, the university began to offer accredited degrees at satellite campuses in China.
The 1988 comedy Johnny Be Good filmed a couple of scenes on the University of the Incarnate Word campus. The crazy cast included movie stars Anthony Michael Hall, Robert Downy Jr., and Uma Thurman. In this typical 1980s teen comedy, the main character, played by Hall, is a quarterback trying to decide which university to attend. Downey plays the best friend who is a bad influence, and Thurman plays the girlfriend who wants Hall’s character to make good decisions. This movie is perhaps best known for being one of Thurman’s earliest roles.
You can take a tour of the campus, though, admittedly, the tour is for potential students to check out the school. If you're in town during a show at the campus theater, you can stroll the campus less conspicuously as you make your way to the various performance venues and recital halls.
While you're there, pop into the chapel, which is absolutely beautiful and open to the public for mass on the second Sunday of the month and other special occasions.
After you visit the campus, you can head out to the San Antonio River Walk, which is conveniently located nearby. From the River Walk, you can enjoy restaurants and events, as well as most of the locations along this tour of San Antonio film locations.
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