The Word E-News Archive

Agnese in the kitchen

Seen in black, President Dr. Lou Agnese shares a photo with Director of Special Events Jose Herrera (second from left) and the Sodexo team while preparing food for his annual spaghetti feast.




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.




Coolest Dean ever!

Campus Life Office Coordinator Janine Chavez and Dean of Campus Life Dr. Renee Moore share a photo during the meatball rolling event in preparation for the President's Spaghetti Dinner.


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2014 Light The Way - Rain Plan

The community is invited to join UIW for "A Cardinals Christmas" at the 28th Annual Light the Way on Saturday, Nov. 22, 7:30. Please note that there has been a change of location due to inclement weather; Light the Way will take place in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center.

Due to the threat of inclement weather this weekend, the annual Light the Way holiday event scheduled for Sat. Nov. 22 will move from Benson Stadium to the Convocation Center. The Convo holds approx. 2000 guests as opposed to 7000 in Benson Stadium, so arrive early! Doors will open at 6:45p.m. for the 7:30p.m. show. For those guests unable to make the event, it will be streamed live at The evening will finish with the flipping of the switch. The candlelight procession through campus will NOT be held but the cookie and cocoa reception sponsored by H-E-B, Sodexo and Martinelli's Sparkling Cider will be held adjacent to the Convocation Center.

Stay up to date with this year's event by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and don't forget to use the hashtag #UIWLightTheWay. For more information, please call (210) 829-6001 or visit


Employee Christmas Reception

Join the fun on Friday, Dec. 5, 3-6 p.m. in the Rosenberg Sky Room for this year's Employee Christmas Reception hosted by Dr. and Mrs. Louis J. Agnese, Jr. There will be music, photo booths and cash prizes along with a wonderful selection of hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Please RSVP by Dec. 2, at For more information, please contact Heather Hamilton at (210) 832-2104 or


meatball rolling

Dean Dick McCracken, Administrative Assistant to the VP of Information Resources, Diana Fonseca, Administrative Secretary to the Dean at the Dreeben School of Education Anita Easton-Vigil and Technical Support Services Manager Tony Ramos showcase a tray of meatballs they rolled for the annual President's Spaghetti Dinner.


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Seen from left to right, VP for Extended Academic Programs Dr. Cyndi Porter, Assistant to the President Lou Fox, Chief of Staff Vincent Rodriguez, President Dr. Lou Agnese and Board of Trustees member Gary Henry pose for a group photo in between serving at the annual President's Spaghetti Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 19.


Department News



European Study Center Coordinator Petra Kulasova, Assistant Director to International Student and Scholar Services Sheena Connell and Director of University Events and Student Programs Paul Ayala participate in the German cookie-decorating tradition of Lebkuchen as part of International Education Week at UIW.


Inviting International Visiting Faculty 101

As part of International Education Week, the UIW Dept. of International Affairs will host a workshop on the protocol of inviting international visiting faculty on Friday, Nov. 21, noon-12:30 p.m. in Administration Building room 115. For a complete list of IEW events, please see RSVP is required, please confirm attendance to For more information, please contact Sheena Connell at (210) 805-5705.


Cup Runneth Over

TRiO Student Support Services will once again work with women and families in transition by collecting and assembling cup care packages. "Cup Runneth Over" is a way in which the faculty, administrators, and staff can give something back to those experiencing difficulties in their lives. Collection of items will run until Monday, Nov. 24, 5 p.m. Please consider donating the following:

  • Mugs in good condition
  • Hotel toiletries
  • Toothbrushes and small toothpastes
  • Individually wrapped tea bags or packets of hot chocolate
  • Any other small item that would be appropriate and helpful

Items can be delivered to the TRiO Lab in AD 225. For more information or assistance with item collection, please contact TRiO Student Support Services at (210) 805-5812.


Faculty/Staff Appreciation Event at UIW Bookstore

In appreciation of faculty and staff, the UIW Bookstore will give 25% OFF all regular priced clothing and gift items to university until Monday, Nov. 24, 5 p.m. with proof of their campus ID. For more information, please contact Anne Richards at (210) 829-6056 or


HR presents Cardinal Talent!

HR is excited to announce the new online application system, Cardinal Talent! The last work session will be Wednesday, Nov. 26 in Mabee Library room 221, 2-4 p.m. For more information, please contact Shannon Root at (210) 832-2161 or


Finals Study Break

To help students study, the library will have free hot chocolate, coffee and cookies on Monday, Dec. 1, 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and Tuesday, December 2, 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. in the Library Lobby. For more information, please contact Farhad Moshiri at (210) 829-3842 or


Mabee Library Extended Hours

The Mabee Library will extend its business hours beginning on Monday, November 24 through Wednesday, December 3 from 7 a.m.- 2 a.m. Check signage in the library for update times. For more information, please contact Farhad Moshiri at (210) 829-3842 or


Extended Academic Programs


EAP attends Bioscience Economic Impact Study Roll-out Luncheon

School of Extended Studies Dean Vince Porter, Vice President for Extended Academic Programs Dr. Cyndi Porter and EAP Director of Marketing and Recruitment Julie Weber attended the Health Care and Bioscience Economic Impact Study Roll-out luncheon sponsored by the San Antonio Greater Chamber on Thursday, Nov. 20 at the Riverwalk Westin.




Cardinals Spotlight


UIW Basketball Season

UIW Men's Basketball invites the community to enjoy their upcoming season; games for the month of Nov. and Dec. are listed below.

  • Nov. 22: Men's Basketball at Princeton, 11 a.m.
  • Nov. 24: Men's Basketball vs. Texas A&M-International, Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center, 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 4: Men's Basketball vs. St. Edward's, Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center, 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 8: Men's Basketball at Texas-El Paso, 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 10: Men's Basketball at Nebraska, Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center, 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 17: Men's Basketball at Grand Canyon, 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 20: Men's Basketball at Missouri-Kansas City, 6:05 p.m.
  • Dec. 22: Men's Basketball at Tulsa, 8 p.m.

Admission to games is $10. For more information, please contact Kevin Lepore at (210) 805-3000 or


Community News



Light the Way Parking & Athletic Facilities Notice

In preparation for Light the Way, there will be no parking in the areas shaded in blue on the map above, beginning 7 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 20 through noon, Sunday, Nov. 23. Signs will be posted as a reminder starting Mon, Nov 17. The McDermott Convocation Center and the Benson Stadium will be closed Friday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 23 as well. The Barshop Natatorium will only be closed on Saturday, Nov. 22. Vehicles found parked in these areas will be relocated at the owners expense ($85.00). Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we prepare for UIW's annual holiday tradition!


UIW Highlights


The Word Online

The newest issue of the The Word Magazine, Fall 2014 Annual Report and Honor Roll List of Donors, is now available online! Please visit to view and also check with your department head to view a print copy.


Visitors Temporary Parking Permit

In order to obtain a temporary parking permit: visitors, vendors or students must contact the UIWPD Parking Enforcement office 48 hours in advance (to exclude holidays and weekends) of requiring a temporary parking permit. Visitors, vendors or students must send an email to during the office hours of 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and provide the following information:

  • Visitor, Vendor, or Student name
  • Driver's license number and state
  • Vehicle license plate and state
  • Make and model of vehicle
  • Date of visit

If advance notice is not provided visitors, vendors or students must stop by the UIWPD Parking Enforcement office at Mission Plaza to obtain a permit in person. For more information, please contact Mel Aguilar at (210) 283-5066 or


El Santo Nino, Prayer for Immigrants and Card Writing to Those in Detention

Hundreds of children and families have fled their homes in Central America seeking protection in the US. The community is invited to write a holiday card for one of the 1,700 families in detention facilities. Join in prayer led by the Arts for Christian Worship Class with José Rubén De León singing from his new album Villancicos, Christmas Carols from Latin America and Spain on Monday, Nov. 24, 4:30-5:15 p.m. in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. Learn more of the "Hope for the Holidays" writing project at For more information, please contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 829-3854 or


2014 United Way Campaign Kick Off

For over seventy years, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County have funded agencies and programs that reach out to individuals, families and children throughout San Antonio and Bexar County. As a community, UIW/IWHS/SACHS contribute to many local organizations through United Way. No matter how large or small, any contribution will help improve the lives of many San Antonians.

This year's campaign will run the entire month of Nov. and will end on Dec, 1. Please join us this year in meeting our United Way Goal of $65,000 by submitting your pledge form today!

For more information, please contact Celeste Campos at (210) 283-6418 or


Fall Sometime Singers/Players Choir for Baccalaureate Mass

Join UIW's Sometime Singers & Players, a group made up of faculty, staff, administrators and students (vocalists and instrumentalists) who cannot participate in weekly rehearsals and services but who serve when possible at liturgical prayer throughout the school year. Commitment to participate in events and rehearsals is made only when participants RSVP to an event invitation. RSVP by Sunday, Nov. 30 to participate in this year's Christmas Eve Choir. Please attend two of the three rehearsals listed below.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 2 (vocalists)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 3 (instrumentalists)
  • Thursday, Dec. 4 (vocalists and instrumentalists)

Rehearsal times will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Our Lady's Chapel. Fall Baccalaureate Mass will be on Saturday, Dec. 6, 5 p.m. in the Convocation Center with warm-up for participants beginning at 3:45 p.m. For questions about the rehearsal schedule, contact 832-3207. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Lena Gokelman at or at ext. 3207, or Dr. Glenn James at or ext. 3943.


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Canned Green Bean Drive for Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner

For the fourth consecutive year, the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Delta Alpha at Large Chapter and the UIW Nursing SNA collected over 3000 lbs of green beans for the annual Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner. Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner's Patricia Jimenez, Nursing Instructor Yvonne Davila (both seen left of the Honor Society of Nursing sign) and Instructor Leticia Canchola (seen to the right of the HSN sign) pose with students who helped make this year's collection a success!




Tips of the Week

  • When eating out order a green salad as a side dish. Ask for dressing on the side. You'll limit the empty calories.
  • Fitting activity into a daily routine can be easy - join a walking group or take part in an exercise program at work.


Wellness Center Orientation

The UIW Wellness Center will host an orientation session where it will introduce faculty and staff to the basics of the facility including weight machines, free weights, treadmills, elliptical trainers and other cardio equipment on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 6:45 a.m. Use of the center is free to UIW, IWHS and SACHS faculty and staff with valid UIW, IWHS or SACHS ID. To RSVP or for more information, please e-mail or follow the Wellness Committee on Facebook.


Faculty Focus

RSO All-Star Team

Rosenberg School of Optometry's Dr. Charles Garcia, Dr. Amy Ferguson, Dr. Christopher Choat, Dr. Patricia Sanchez-Diaz, Dean Dr. Timothy Wingert, Dr. Stephanie Schmiedecke Barbieri and Dr. Kara Tison share a photo while volunteering at the annual President's Spaghetti Dinner.


Nursing's coolest star!

On Wednesday, Nov. 19, the School of Nursing and Health Professions celebrated Associate Professor Dr. Jennifer Cook's 25 year legacy at UIW as she retires after proudly teaching and serving the university's community. Congratulations and best wishes in your new chapter, Dr. Cook!


Cup Runneth Over

TRiO Student Support Services and Residence Life sponsored the annual "Cup Runneth Over" on Tuesday, November 18th. Students learned about the importance of community service and civic leadership. Seen above accompanied by student volunteers, second to the left is TRiO Program Counselor Alejandra De Hoyos, and TRiO Program Leader Yesenia Caloca and center in the back is Graduate Assistant for Residence Life Emily Urquidi. All donations will be donated to SAMMinistries. Thank you to the UIW community for their kindness and generosity in making this event possible!



Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. John Velasquez, seen second from the right, shares a photo with students while attending the annual APA conference.


High Schools


SACHS Theatre Dept. presents Over the River and Through the Woods

The story synopsis is that Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That doesn't mean his family isn't still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he has to tell them that he's been offered a dream job. The job he's been waiting for—marketing executive—would take him away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. He tells them the news, which doesn't sit so well. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around. How could he betray his family's love to move to Seattle, for a job, wonder his grandparents? Well, Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma do their level best, and that includes bringing to dinner the lovely—and single—Caitlin O'Hare as bait... the ending won't be given away here.

The Theatre Dept. of St. Anthony Catholic High School invites the community to attend their production of Over the River and Through the Woods at the following show times in the SACHS gymnasium.

  • Thursday, Dec. 4, 6p.m
  • Friday, Dec. 5, 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 11, 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m.

Admission is $5 a person and CCVI's are free. For more information, please contact Louisette Zurita at (210) 832-5600 or


Las Posadas

St. Anthony Catholic High School students will recreate Mary and Joseph's search for a place to stay in Bethlehem on Saturday, Dec. 6, 5:30-8:20 p.m. on the SACHS campus. The procession will include the Three Wise Men shepherds, angels and of course, sheep!

Posadas are held in neighborhoods across Mexico and are also becoming popular in the United States. The celebration consists of a procession with candles, songs and music. The procession will make its way to a particular home (two homes in Monte Vista), where a special song is sung. In this song those outside the house sing the part of Joseph asking for shelter and the family inside responds singing the part of the innkeeper saying that there is no room. The procession will return and conclude at the St. Anthony chapel. For more information, please contact Rosi Cortez at (210) 832-5691 or


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Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • Winell Herron (UIW Board of Trustees) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Juanita Rosie Alexander, and father, Marcellus Winston Alexander, Sr.
  • Valerie Perez (BSN '91) & family on the recent loss of her father, Alfredo Traviesco Perez.

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