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The UIW Women's Basketball team welcomes its newest member, eleven-year-old Maya Sanders, to the team during a special signing. Sanders has her own jersey, locker and will be part of the practices and games thanks to Team Impact, a special program that helps children deal with life-threatening illnesses. Welcome to the Cardinal Family, Maya! Pictured left to right are Red, Women's Basketball Coach Kate Henderson, Maya Sanders, Jeff and Amy Sanders.




Our Lady's Chapel Services

All are welcome. 

  • Noon Mass, Monday – Friday
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Liturgy of the Hours evening prayer at 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation - 11:30 a.m. Fridays or by appointment.

Memorial Service for Dr. Tim Heinrich

The Memorial Service for Dr. Tim Henrich will take place today, Friday, Oct 24, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Our Lady's Chapel. The community is invited to join us to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Henrich.

Taizé Prayer Service

During World War II, a young Roger Louis Schütz-Marsauche offered shelter and hospitality within the small village of Taizé, France to refugees fleeing the war-torn area. This simple act of kindness led to the founding of the ecumenical, monastic community known as “Taizé.” The Taizé Community's primary vocation has long been known to be a bridge for communion among all peoples, with its specific focus on reconciliation – not only among divided Christians, but more importantly, among humanity - reflecting God's presence and love among the poor and most vulnerable, the dying, the imprisoned, and the spiritually and emotionally wounded.

Today, thousands of pilgrims (most especially, young adults) come from all over the world to experience and participate in the contemplative prayer of Taizé, which includes the singing of repetitive scriptural chants, silence, and reflection. Through this manner of prayer, communal gathering and dialogue, pilgrims are invited to a deeper communion with God and to be a leaven of peace and reconciliation for the world.

The UIW community is cordially invited to participate in a service of praise and worship in the tradition of Taizé on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 6-7:15 p.m. in Our Lady's Chapel. For more information, please contact Mission and Ministry, at (210) 829-3128 or Lena Gokelman at . For additional information on the history, community, and current events of Taizé, including the upcoming International Pilgrimage of Trust in Prague (Dec. 29, 2014-Jan. 2, 2015), please visit or go to





On Wednesday, Oct. 22, the Office of the Provost and the Department of Biology invited the community to join a panel of health professionals in addressing the current situation involving the Ebola Virus Outbreak in Western Africa and reported cases in the United States. Watch a clip from KSAT here.


China Dream Singer

Join the UIW Institute of The Word Cultures and UTSA CSSA for a night of singing competition of wonderful Chinese songs on Friday, Oct. 24, 6-9 p.m. in the ICC auditorium. Guests will cast their vote for their favorite Chinese singer at the conclusion of the evening. For more information, please contact Wei Cheng Tung at (210) 294-2419 or


Trunk or Treat
The Department of Alumni and Parent Relations will host its annual Trunk or Treat during on Sunday, Oct. 26, 5-7 p.m. on the Mabry Tennis Courts' parking lot. For more information, please contact Steve Hemphill at (210) 805-3595 or


Annual Memorial Mass and Celebration Honoring the Class of 1964
Remember those whose lives have touched the community at the Annual Memorial Mass and Celebration honoring the Class of 1964 on Sunday, Oct. 26, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. Afterwards, guests are invited to visit to the CCVI cemetery. Please RSVP if attending. For more information, please contact Steve Hemphill at (210) 805-3595 or


Sikhism and the Sikh Gurdwara in San Antonio

In the face of some recent acts of violence against Sikhs in the U.S., the UIW Asian Studies Department invites the community to learn about the rich traditions and good works of Sikhism, the fifth-largest organized religion in the world that also originated in India, on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 4:30 p.m. in the Mabee Library Special Collections room. Everyone is welcome to the Gurdwara regardless of race, caste, gender, religion, or ethnicity. Learn more at For information on the date and time, please contact Dr. Lopita Nath at (210) 832-2187 or


Dining in the Dark

The Rosenberg School of Optometry will host a special event to raise awareness about preventable blindness on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 6-9 at the RSO campus located at 9725 Datapoint Dr. “Dining in the Dark,” is an event in which guests will dine in the dark enjoying a delicious three-course Italian meal, experiencing food in a way they never have before.  The event will also feature a silent auction for items including designer sunglasses, two $250 vouchers for the Eye and Vision Care Clinic optical department, Lasik eye surgery, an iPad air, Volk Superfield funduscopic lens and much more. Please come and join us for a night of fun, food, charity and entertainment. All money raised will go to optometry giving sight to help eliminate preventable blindness. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For tickets or more information, please contact Sam Bohl, Denisse Lopez De Chacon, Alicia Chacon or Laura Valdez for tickets at,,, or


Annual Peace Day at UIW
On the last Wednesday of October, the UIW community remembers Dr. Bernard O'Halloran, a beloved faculty member whose life was violently taken away. Therefore, the community promotes education on justice and peace in the world. The community is invited to celebrate the Annual Peace Day at UIW on Wednesday, Oct. 29 with the following events.

8:30-9 a.m. - Pray for the Persecuted

Join us for a time of interfaith prayer in Mabee Library Auditorium to lift up those of all faiths currently enduring persecution

9-10:15 a.m. - “The Complexity of Forgiveness in Post-Conflict Societies” by Dr. Larry Hufford

Professor of International Relations at St. Mary's University Dr. Hufford has researched and traveled across Northern Ireland, Israel/Palestine, and many other countries facing challenges of distrust and hatred. Dr. Hufford, highly respected for his writing and teachings in the area of social justice and peace keeping as well as for being the former president of the World's Council for Curriculum will speak in Mabee Library Auditorium regarding The Complexity of Forgiveness in Post-Conflict Societies.”

10:30-11:45 a.m. – “Which Way Home”
The dilemma of many young Central American children who leave their homes for fear of threats, violence and death is exposed in this Best Documentary (Academy Awards 2010) nominated film. Home is where the parents are but that spot lacks security or safety from harm and harassment. Often travelling for months or years, some venture to join distant relatives; some hope to find work to support the families they left. These courageous and determined children have stories of hope and resilience, disappointment and sorrow. Come find out more information during the about these young immigrants and what the community can do to appeal for their fair treatment, during a screening in Mabee Library Auditorium. For more information, please contact Mary Ann Lovett at

11 a.m.-2 p.m. - Refugee Arts and Crafts Fair
Hosted by Dr. Lopita Nath in collaboration with the Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program, the History Club and UIW Interfaith Student Organization, the UIW community is invited to attend the Refugee Arts and Crafts Fair and delight in this opportunity to meet some of the city's newcomers, enjoy their cultures and buy some of their beautiful arts and crafts. The Refugee Resettlement Program welcomes refugees from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa to showcase their traditional arts and crafts on Westgate Circle. Learn more at and For more information, please contact Dr. Lopita Nath, at

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. - Understanding Islam to Build Bridges rather than Walls
Although Islam is the world's second largest religion, many Americans know little about its beliefs and practices; as part of UIW Peace Day, the community is invited to attend a panel presentation seeking to bridge that knowledge gap on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. in Marian Hall Ballroom.. Leaders from the San Antonio Muslim community, including Hajja Olaiya Humphrey from Masjid Bilal ibn Rab'ah, Sarwat Husain from the Council of American Islamic Relations, and Imam Mustafa Safak, of the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest, will introduce topics including Hijab and Women in Islam, the concept of Jihad, and Sharia. (Note: the event is part of UIW Peace Day) For more information, please contact Adrienne Ambrose at (210) 283-6344 or Guests are encouraged to also attend the continuation of this panel “Build Bridges, Through Interfaith Collaboration” on Friday, Oct. 31, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Oblate School of Theology. For more information, please contact Dr. Trevor Alexander

1:30–2:45 p.m. - The Path to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's Philosophy of Nonviolence
UIW Professor of Sociology Dr. Roger Barnes will explore the influence that people like Jim Lawson, Bayard Rustin, A.J. Muste, the people involved in the Fellowship of Reconciliation, ( and other pacifists, such as Mahatma Gandhi, had on Dr. King's philosophy of nonviolence in a presentation in Mabee Library Auditorium. For more information, please contact Dr. Roger Barnes at

3–4:15 p.m. - Genocide and Ways to Prevent It
Members of the San Antonio Coalition Against Genocide led by Susan Smylie will share on eight steps of genocide with materials from the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission in Mabee Library Auditorium. Genocide is a planned activity and as a planned activity, it can be prevented; during the presentation, survivors' stories and the role of reconciliation will be considered. All will be invited to be a part of the next San Antonio Walk Against Genocide on Sunday, April 12, 2015. To learn more about the walk, please visit For information, please  contact Susan Smylie at

4:30–5:45 p.m. - Iraqi Women of Three Generations: Challenges, Education, and Hopes for Peace

Sister Martha Ann Kirk, Th.D. will share images and stories at Mabee Library Auditorium from her research interviewing approximately 140 people in northern Iraq in the summers 2010-12. A book based on the photography exhibit is being published by the peaceCENTER and the Gülen Institute. For information, please contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 829-3854 or

6-7 p.m. - Sixth Annual Peace Month Research Symposium

Organized by Dr. Noah Kasraie, the Sixth Annual Peace Month Research Symposium will be in the Library Special Collections Room. For more information, please contact Dr. Kasraie at (210) 829-3133 or

6 p.m. - UIW Library Auditorium, Mabee Library Presents…Film & Conversations About Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence

As part of the “Films and Conversations About Sexual and Domestic Violence” series , the film “Searching for Angela Shelton” will be screened in Mabee Library Auditorium, followed by a conversation with The Rape Crisis Center of San Antonio Director of Education Kelsey Banton. The film is a fascinating documentary about a young woman who starts a cross-country search for women who share her name; her journey uncovers that an astounding number of the women had been victims of sexual abuse or sexual assault or domestic violence. For more information, please contact Taylor P. Fox at (210) 283-6316 or


The university gives a special thank you to all of the presenters, organizers and promoters of the 2014 Season of Justice and Peace: Trevor Alexander, Adrienne Ambrose, Helen Ballow, Roger Barnes, Alison Buck, Maria Felix-Ortiz, Taylor Fox, Larry Hufford, Sarwat Husain, Noah Kasraie, Mary Ann Lovett, Michael McGuire, Julie Miller, Mary Ruth Moore, Lopita Nath, Mehmet Oguz, Narjis Pierre, Scott Smith, Shishu Zhang, Osman Ozturgut, Joshua Robbins, Kevin Salfen, Susan Smylie, Tyler Tully, Kevin Vichcales, Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, Chair Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program, the Student Dietetic Association and SDA President James Alvarez. For more information on the October Season of Peace, please contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 829-3854 or


Fall-O-Ween 2014

KIUW radio will host a block party on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 5-9 p.m. on Dubuis Lawn. There will be performances by a live band perform and DJ's along with free food, drinks, a Madden tournament, a costume contest and more! The event is free and open to the public. Student organizations are invited to join and be part of the fun! Tables will be available for each organization that wishes to sell or showcase. For more information, please contact Ryan Ibarra at (210) 913-5247 or


Department News


Administration Building Elevator Maintenance

The Administration Building elevator will be shut down for maintenance on Friday, October 24, 1:15-4:15 p.m. 


HR presents Cardinal Talent!

HR is excited to announce the new online application system, Cardinal Talent!  Cardinal Talent went live Wednesday, Oct. 22. Access to PeopleAdmin will still be available to view applicants that have applied to current vacant positions. Below are training dates and working sessions for the new system.    

Working Session Dates

  • Friday, Oct. 24, Joyce Building room 236, 9:30-11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 29, Mabee Library room 221, 2-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 6, Mabee Library room 236, 2-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 13, Mabee Library room 221, noon-2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 19, Mabee Library room 221, 2-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 26, Mabee Library room 221, 2-4 p.m.

HR will conduct in-person and webinar training sessions for all user groups on how to use the system. If attending the webinar training, please RSVP so login information can be prepared. If unable to attend the training sessions or having trouble with Cardinal Talent, please stop by at any time during one of the working sessions and HR will help with posting a position or creating a job description. For more information, please contact Shannon Root at (210) 832-2161 or


Alumni & Parents Wine & Cheese
Join alumni and parents for a Wine and Cheese social at the President's House on Friday, Oct. 24, 5:30-7 p.m. in the 5th floor of the Agnese/Sosa Building. A popular event among alumni and parents, don't miss out! For more information, please contact Steve Hemphill at (210) 805-3595 or


50th Reunion Dinner
Join alumni from 1964 for a special dinner on Friday, Oct. 24, 7:30-9 p.m. in Mabee Library Special Collections Room. Unwind with other IWC alumni and reminisce about good old Incarnate Word memories; cost of attendance is $25 per person. For more information, please contact Steve Hemphill at (210) 805-3595 or


First year student family orientation
With the first semester fully underway, the UIW community is invited to join Parent & Family Orientation II on Saturday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Mabee Library Auditorium. The event offers parents and other support members the opportunity to meet with families, ask questions, learn more about the university and how to support their UIW student. Sessions for family members are designed to provide the foundation for support throughout the student's time on campus. The goal is to help families understand the academic and social environment at UIW including the resources and support services available. Sessions will be available in both English and Spanish. For more information, please contact Steve Hemphill at (210) 805-3595 or


Professional and Personal Success Workshops

The Office of Graduate Studies will hold the following workshops on Saturday, Oct. 25 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in Nursing Building Room 214.

 Cross-Cultural Communication (presented by Dr. David Ortiz), 9-10:15 a.m.

This workshop is designed to help participants draw upon existing (as well as build new) knowledge and skills to strengthen their capacity to work across cultures and in diverse communities. 

Managing Graduate School, Work and Personal Time (presented by Dr. Nursen Zanca), 10:30-11:45 a.m.
The intersection of school, work, and personal life can become overwhelming at times.  Juggling all these activities takes time and thoughtful consideration.  This highly interactive and informative workshop will be led by current UIW graduate students.  Learn the “insider's” secrets to successfully managing your schedule.

Stress and Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle (presented by Dr. Keith Tucker), 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Stress is a body's physiological response to the daily demands place on oneself.  Although stress may not be avoidable, it is manageable.  This program discusses the different types of stress and provides positive coping strategies for leading a healthy lifestyle.

Developing a Publication Agenda (presented by Duncan Hayse), 2-3:15 p.m.
This workshop is meant to help students adapt their college writing for publication. Learn how to turn your essays and chapters into journal articles or book chapters, and how to think about the difference.

For more information, please contact Carlos de Leon at (210) 832-5682 or


Senior Voice Recital: Matt Davis and Amanda Pawelek

Matt Davis and Amanda Pawelek will perform their senior recital on Saturday, Oct. 25, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Music Building's Seddon Recital Hall. For more information, please contact the UIW Music Dept. at (210) 829-3855 or


Drug Information Resources

Pharmacy Librarian Christina Seeger will demonstrate the best ways to locate drug information on Tuesday, Oct. 28, noon-1 p.m. in the Library Auditorium. The event is open to the public. For more information, please contact Farhad Moshiri at (210) 829-3842 or


Discover Primo

Mabee Library will present instruction on how to use the library's new online catalog and how to locate library resources on Tuesday, Oct. 28, noon-1 p.m. in Library 230. For more information, please contact Farhad Moshiri at (210) 829-3842 or


Alpha First Generation Student Success Workshops

Alpha First Generation Student Success will host a series of events on the following topics on the following dates and locations:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 28: Monitoring Toolbox, Library Room 221, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 13: Study Skills/ Exam Prep Workshop, AD 348, 3-4 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Tanja Stampfl at (210) 829-3885 or


Redbird Research On Call

Redbird Research On Call will be available on the listed dates with the listed subject librarians for those interested on learning more about how to conduct research and finding library resources.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 29, Gorman Building, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Mary Jinks)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 11, Gorman Building, noon-1 p.m. (Dell Davis)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 11, Gorman Building, 5-6 p.m. (Dell Davis)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 12, Library Lobby, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Melissa Rucker)

For more information, please contact Farhad Moshiri at (@10) 829-3842 or


Red Flag Speaker Series: Getting to Know Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships

Campus Life will host as part of their Red Flag Speaker Series, a discussion that will provide a hands on approach to understanding healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, help for identifying red flags and provide awareness of necessary resources for providing assistance. The event will also show participants how to report an incident on or off campus. The event is free and open to the public on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 6-7 p.m. in Marian Hall Ballroom. For more information, please contact Monica Solis-Hoefl at (210) 832-2189 or hoeflm


LinkedIn Workshop

Career Services & Professional Development will host a LinkedIn workshop on how to effectively use the social media site as a better networking tool on Thursday, Oct. 30, noon in Mabee Library Auditorium. For more information, please contact Darlene Moczygemba at (210) 829-3931 or


Blackboard User's Group Session

Instructional Technology will offer Blackboard user's group sessions on Friday, Oct. 31, noon-1 p.m.

in Gorman Building Room 212. The event is open to the public. For more information, please contact Terry Peak at (210) 829-3920 or


Extended Academic Programs 


EAP VP guest speaks at Women in Leadership Conference

Vice President for Extended Academic Programs Dr. Cyndi Porter was an guest  speaker at the “Dream it, Live it” H-E-B Women in Leadership Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 21-22 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.


Community News



Assistant Director of Parent Relations Noelle Butler-Lightner, Alumni Relations Office Manager Gladys Delgado, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Steve Hemphill and Director of Alumni Relations Dr. Lisa McNary welcome alumni employees for a special luncheon at the McCracken House.


Current UIW alumni employees gather for a photo during a special luncheon.


TRiO Project Director Wynette Keller, Dean Emeritus Dick McCracken and Grants Accounting Manager Michael Castilleja pause for a photo during the Alumni Employee Luncheon.


Alumni and Family Homecoming Tailgate

The Department of Alumni and Parent Relations is looking for volunteers to help with the annual Homecoming tailgate this Saturday October, 25, 1-5 p.m. Volunteer opportunities include set-up/decorating, registration, greeters and help with t-shirt distribution. Volunteers will receive free Augies' BBQ and a Homecoming t-shirt. If interested in joining this fun, high energy event, please contact Noelle Butler-Lightner at (210) 805-5899 or


SGA General Assembly

The Student Government will host a General Assembly on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 6 p.m. in Mabee Library Auditorium. The meeting will consist of budgeting, bills/referendums, student organization updates and anything else that concerns UIW. A social hour will follow the assembly. For more information, please contact Desmond Ndikum at (210) 829-3833 or


Concert at The Cove

The UIW Cardinal Jazz Band will perform at the Cove. John Panzarella will be featured on vocals, joining several UIW Music Department faculty members who will perform including Trombonist Mark Hill, Saxophonist Larry Loden, and Band Director Jim Waller. The concert will be at The Cove Restaurant (606 W Cypress St.) on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 8-10 p.m. The event is open to the public and admission is free. For more information, please contact Jim Waller at (210) 445-0412 or


Chi Phi Blood Drive

Come help the University Health System and the San Antonio community during a blood drive on Thursday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in Marian Ballroom, sponsored by the Chi Phi Fraternity. They are in need of blood donations. You will receive 2 community service hours for your donation. For more information, please contact Andrew Villarreal at (210) 887-1901 or


UIW Day at Fiesta Texas

Join UIW Athletics at Six Flags Fiesta Texas for UIW Day on Saturday, Nov. 1, noon- 6p.m. Meet the men's and women's basketball teams, cheerleaders, dance team and Red the Cardinal during a day of fun. Purchase your tickets online for $29.99 using promo code: UIW. For more information, please contact UIW Athletics at (210) 283-6448 or


2014 Light the Way- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

UIW/IWHS/SACHS Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni are encouraged to volunteer for the 28th Annual Light the Way "A Cardinals Christmas." Volunteers will receive free food, a limited edition Light the Way volunteer shirt and on-campus community service hours if needed! Please visit: to sign up for your desired shift. For more information, please visit or contact Kayla Rice at




Tip of the Week

Drink water instead of sugary drinks. There are about 10 packets of sugar in a 12-ounce can of soda, while water has no added sugars. 


Faculty Focus



Associate Professor and Chair of Religious Studies Dr. Julie Miller accompanied honors students on their annual social justice trip to the Rio Grande Valley. Above is a photo of Dr. Miller and her students visiting the border wall in Brownsville, Texas.


Assistant Professor of Doctoral Studies Dr. OsmanÖzturgut (seen center) is joined by Ph.D. students and graduates at the International American Evaluation Association Annual Conference in Denver where they presented on various topics.


High Schools


SACHS to Host Fall Open House
St. Anthony Catholic High School (SACHS) will hold a Fall Open House on Sunday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The open house will serve as an opportunity for prospective students and their families to tour the campus, meet the faculty and coaching staff, and learn about the academic and athletic opportunities awaiting future SACHS students. For more information or to register for the open house, please contact SACHS at (210) 832-5698 or

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

IWHS to Host Fall Open House
Incarnate Word High School (IWHS) will hold a Fall Open House on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2-4:30 p.m., (727 E. Hildebrand Ave., 78212). The open house will serve as an opportunity for prospective students and their families to tour the campus, meet the faculty and coaching staff, and learn about the academic and athletic opportunities awaiting future Shamrocks. For more information contact the IWHS Director of Enrollment Annette Zahirniak at or (210) 829-3123. Please RSVP to the IWHS Enrollment office at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

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Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • Ruth (BA Music '54) and Arthur Gurwitz on the recent loss of his sister, Pauline Gurwitz Kress.
  • The family of Lynette Warburton (MA '72) on her recent death.
  • The family of Virginia Brosset Wolf (BSN '58) on her recent death.

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