The Word E-News Archive

Agnese in the kitchen

UIW Athletic Director Mark Papich, San Antonio City Council Member – Dist. 3 Rebecca Viagran, UIW President Dr. Lou Agnese, UIW Development Board Member and President of Foresight Golf Dan Pedrotti, PGM Director Brian Graybeal and H-E-B School of Business Dean Dr. Forrest Aven ceremoniously break ground at the site of the UIW’s new professional golf management facility.




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.

Advent Salvation History Story: Passover, the feast of redemption: God will protect his people on their journey --

Excerpt from The Stories of the Old Testament:  A Catholic’s Guide by Jim Campbell (Loyola Press, 2007).  Posted with permission of Loyola Press. Visit  for more resources to nurture your faith.


UIW celebrates the Fall Class of 2014
A Baccalaureate Mass will be held for all graduates at 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center on the UIW campus. Tickets are not required for admission to Baccalaureate.


UMM Angel Tree
University Mission Ministry is once again sponsoring an Angel Tree for our community members who are in need of assistance this Christmas. We invite you to consider sponsoring a child or family of children for this holiday season. If it is a large family you may want to gather a group of people to sponsor the family. The Angel Tree is located in the foyer leading to Our Lady’s Chapel in the Administration Building. It will be displayed through December 14th. Please bring items in a holiday bag with the original Angel tag to Mission & Ministry (AD 146 or 147) any time before Wednesday, December 17th. Distribution of the items will be December 19th and 20th. For more information please contact Mission & Ministry @ 829-3128.



Employee Christmas Reception
Join the fun today, 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. For more information, please contact Heather Hamilton at (210) 832-2104 or


UIW celebrates the Fall Class of 2014

UIW will confer degrees to graduates at a fall commencement ceremony scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 the Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum located at 3201 E. Houston St.  Commencement speaker is UIW Associate Professor Dr. Lopita Nath, the university’s Moody Professor.  Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are required for admission. Access to the Web broadcast will be available 15 minutes prior to the event at

Department News

Have you served as a TED/TEDx speaker or volunteer?

Attention alumni, faculty, staff and administrators! If you have given a talk or volunteered at a TED/TEDx event or know someone in the UIW community who has, please share by emailing Brance Arnold, publications coordinator for PR, at Thank you


UIW Breaks Ground for New Professional Golf Management Facility

UIW's H-E-B School of Business & Administration held a groundbreaking Wednesday, Dec., 3, for its new Professional Golf Management facility located at The Republic Golf Course.

The 13,000 square foot $3.5 million dollar facility will be home to UIW’s Professional Golf Management Program and the men’s and women’s NCAA Division I golf teams. The facility will feature four contemporary classrooms, offices, state of the art training facilities for UIW’s golf teams, and a specially designed putting green.

UIW’s new Professional Golf Management Program (PGM) is directed by Brian Graybeal. Graybeal has been involved with the golf industry for 18 years including working in and managing golf events including the PGA Tour.

Below are photos from the event:

Dean Aven

Dean Forrest Aven and PGM Director Brian Graybeal



Special Events Coordinator Kayla Rice, Ticket Manager Kevin Lepore and External Business Manager Rick Smith.


Dr. Forrest Aven, Dr. Carlos Garcia, Dr. Jeff Crane and Dr. Jack Healy


Extended Academic Programs 


Extended Academic Programs is excited to invite the entire UIW community to attend presentations and Q&A with two candidates for dean of the School for Online learning position.  Dr. Mitchell Seal will be speaking on Monday, December 8th at 1:30 at the Northwest Center in Rm. 148.  Dr. Jennifer Summerville will be on Tuesday, December 9th at the same time and place.  We hope you can take the time to interact with both candidates.



Cardinals Spotlight

UIW Basketball Season

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


  • Dec. 8: Men’s Basketball at Texas-El Paso, 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 10: Men’s Basketball at Nebraska, 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

Bereavement Notice – Adolfo Guerra

Oscar Guerra, a member of UIW’s facilities/ electrical department is mourning the loss of his father Adolfo Guerra who died Sunday, Nov. 30.  Visitation will begin Friday, Dec. 5, at 4 p.m., with a Rosary recited at 7 pm at Delgado Funeral Home, 319 W Mitchell St., 78204.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 at St Timothy Catholic Church, 1515 Saltillo St., 78207. Please keep Oscar and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Bereavement Notice – Guadalupe Campos

The Dreeben School of Education regrets to inform the UIW community that Dr. David Campos' mother, Guadalupe, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 30 after a 17-month battle with liver cancer. In accordance with her final wishes, a Catholic mass will be held in her honor for her children, her siblings and their families. She desired no funeral services or body visitation. Instead, her ashes will be paired with her husband's ashes (Agapito Campos) and interred in a Catholic cemetery. Please keep Dr. David Campos and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Service Information for Steve Summers

Services for our UIW colleague Steve Summers will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec.6 at Cornerstone Church located at 18755 Stone Oak Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78258. Please keep the Summers’ family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

Christmas Eve Mass / Sometimes Singers & Players Choir

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. RSVP by Friday, Dec. 5 to participate in this year’s Christmas Eve Choir. Participants are urged to attend at least three of the five rehearsals listed below.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 9
  • Thursday, Dec. 11
  • Tuesday, Dec. 16
  • Thursday, Dec. 18
  • Tuesday, Dec. 23

All rehearsals are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. For questions about the rehearsal schedule, contact 832-3207. Christmas Eve Mass will be Wednesday, Dec. 24, 5:30 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel with warm-up beginning at 4 p.m. for participants in the choir. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Lena Gokelman at or at ext. 3207, or Dr. Glenn James at or ext. 3943.

Winter Hours for UIW Dining

Sodexo has announced its winter hours for campus dining facilities:

  • Circa 1881 – closing Thursday, Dec, 4, 6:30 p.m.
  • Java on the Hill – closing Thursday, Dec. 4, 10 p.m.
  • Finnegan’s – closing Friday Dec 5, 1 p.m.
  • Hortencia's – closing Friday Dec 5, 4 p.m.
  • Marian Hall – closing Friday, Dec, 5, 8 p.m.

All dining locations will be closed through January 5, 2015.  For more information visit: or call (210) 832-2149.

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


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.


Faculty Focus


Is This My Shangri-La? Life in a Bhutanese Refugee Camp exhibit on display at UIW

"Is This My Shangri-La? Life in a Bhutanese Refugee Camp" is an exhibit of photographs by Dr. Lopita Nath, UIW Moody Professor 2014-15, which explores life in the Bhutanese refugee camps in Nepal. The exhibit is on display throughout the Fall semester in Mabee Library's reference room, the AV room, and the periodicals room. For more information, please contact Taylor Fox at (210) 283-6316 or


High Schools

High School Placement Tests

Incarnate Word High School and St. Anthony Catholic High School will administer their high school placement tests on Saturday Dec. 6.  The high school placement test is a requirement for 8th grade students wishing to apply to IWHS or SACHS. There is a $15 fee to take the test. 

  • IWHS will administer their test from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on the IWHS campus for more information contact Annette Zahirniak, (210) 829-3123,
  • St. Anthony will administer their test from 9 – 11:30 a.m. on the SACHS campus.  For more information contact Alejandro Calderon, (210) 832-5698,

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. 

  • 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

Turkey Bingo

The SACHS Volleyball Team invites the community to participate in Turkey Bingo on Saturday, Dec. 6, 1:30-5:30 p.m. in the SACHS cafeteria. Play for a chance to win a turkey and other great prizes such as gift cards, gift baskets and hams. Play 20 games for $20 or $5 game specials. For more information, please contact Alejandro Calderon at (210) 832-5632 or

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at  

Beneath a Star - IWHS Madrigal Alumnae Concert

Enjoy the sounds of the season as the Incarnate Word High School Madrigal Alumnae present a holiday concert, Monday, Dec 22, at 7:30 p.m., in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. Tickets are $8 per person and all proceeds benefit the IWHS Madrigal Alumnae Scholarship Program. For more information contact IWHS Development Director Stephanie Denning at (210) 832-2143 or

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at



Women’s Global Connection’s Holiday Alternative Giving Program:

WGC’s holiday alternative giving program provides several options to honor girls and women worldwide.  We are SO very grateful for UIW faculty and staff support of this program over the years. 

The 2014 options are: 

  • $25 to train a preschool teacher in Peru
  • $30 to support a preschool child for 4 months in Africa
  • $35 to purchase a dozen hens for a woman’s family business in Africa
  • $50 to purchase a pig or goat for a woman’s family business in Africa
  • $200 to fund a woman’s business for a year in Peru or Africa with you as her Global Business Partner
  • $1,500 for women in Tanzania to build 1 rainwater harvester (or designate a lesser amount toward a rainwater harvester)
  • $ ____ to provide scholarships through the Dorothy Ettling-Neomi Hayes Immersion Trip Fund for those in need of travel expense support for WGC immersion trips in developing countries. 

Please send payment and where you want it designated to WGC, CPO #1228 or to WGC, 4503 Broadway, San Antonio, TX, 78209.  OR, you can donate online at under Home/Programs/Alternative Giving.    If you have questions, need a paper giving form, or want a special recognition card to give someone, please contact Alison Buck, Associate Director – or call WGC:(210)828-2224, Ext. 269

Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • David Campos (Dreeben School of Education Faculty) & family for the recent loss of his mother, Guadalupe Campos.
  • Mary Alice and Henry Cisneros (Hon. Degree ‘83, UIW Friends) & family on the recent loss of his mother, Elvira Mungia Cisneros.
  • Teresita Escobar (BA ‘99) and Rodolfo Escobar III & family on the recent loss of his mother and father, Banda Escobar & Rodolfo Escobar, Jr.  Teresita is the daughter of Dr. Gil Hinojosa (UIW Former Faculty & Part-Time Faculty).
  • Dan Smith (UIW Digital Infrastructure) & family on the recent loss of his father-in-law, John Goodson.
  • The family of Frances R. Grams (BA ‘74) on her recent death.
  • Oscar Guerra (UIW Facilities/Electrical Department) on the recent loss of his father, Adolfo Guerra.
  • Vickie Hutton & family on the recent loss of her husband, James Alan Hutton (MA '02).
  • The family of Casey Marie Rivera (Current UIW Student) on her recent death.
  • The family of Steve Summers (UIW Telephone Systems Administrator) on his recent death.

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