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Pictured L-R Dr. David Jurenovich, vice president enrollment & student services, Dr. Lou Agnese, UIW president, John Williams new athletic director and Mark Papich, new director of marketing and development for student life and athletics gather for a photo at the Tuesday, Jan. 20 press conference announcing Williams as the UIW’s new athletic director. Williams is poised to take UIW to the next level as the transition to NCAA Division I continues. Papich served as UIW athletic director for 14 years.




Our Lady’s Chapel Services

 All are welcome. 

  • Noon Mass, Monday – Friday
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. & 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 with Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T., (210)  829-3131 or



Made in SA: Music by SA Composers, Played by SA Pianists
The University of the Incarnate Word will host a concert featuring all world premieres of pieces written specifically for young pianists from 3 – 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 25 in UIW’s Seddon Hall (new music building).  The music will also be performed by young pianists who are currently studying with teachers in the San Antonio area. A book containing select pieces performed on the concert will be available for purchase at the event. The concert and book were conceived and the pieces written by members of the Composers Alliance of San Antonio (CASA). The event is free and open to the public but seating is limited. For more information contact Ken Metz at (210) 829-3855 or


Alpha: First Generation Student Success/ Financial Literacy Workshop
Dr. Theresa Martines, assistant professor of mathematics and Alpha faculty, will present a workshop for students on how to best manage their money and finances on Monday, Jan. 26 from noon to 1 p.m. in AD 155. Come and join us to learn about great strategies to save money. For details contact Tanja Stampfl at (210) 829-3885 or

Expanding Your Horizons
Expanding Your Horizons is a national effort to expose middle school girls to STEM professions. The event is Saturday, February 7 from 8:45am-2:30pm at UIW Marian Ballroom. You can sign up your excited daughter at Or sign up to be a volunteer by contacting Samana Hashim ( Or sign up to have a workshop to show off your profession by contacting Kathleen Lusk ( or Rebecca Ohnemus ( Contact Tina Lopez at 210-883-1100 or for general information.  


Rosenberg Sky Room Open House
The McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room will hold an open house on Sunday, Feb. 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. The 2015 theme is “Four Weddings” after the hit TLC show. The Sky Room will be transformed into four different wedding themes showcasing vendors from across San Antonio. There will be free food and drinks. Admission is free with reservation. To RSVP or for more information contact Stephanie Ponce at or call (210) 805-5805.


A Call for Social Justice
The UIW Honors Program presents A Call for Social Justice at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb., 10 in Mabee Library Auditorium. Students will report and reflect on the people and organizations they witnessed during their three-day trip to the Rio Grande Valley in October 2014.  The students traveled to the Valley to learn about the economic and social issues affecting this impoverished area. Students will also add their reflections on the legal issues and other constraints affecting the development of this region. Presentation attendees will find out how they can support these local groups and impact legislation to help residents of the border area help themselves. The event is free and open to the public. For details, contact Jean  Loden, director – UIW Honors Program at (210) 832-3211 or


Save the date for the 38th Annual Swing-In Auction Party: "Throwback to the 80s" set for Thursday, April 30 in the McCombs Center Sky Room.  The Golf Tournament will take place on Friday, May 1 at The Republic Golf Course. Proceeds benefit UIW student scholarships. To details and to register visit  or call 210-829-6013.

Department News


Career Services

Abreetta Goode, director of Career Services, (right) informs a student at the Career Services & Professional Development Open House on Thursday, Jan. 22 about the upcoming Resume & CV Essentials Workshop.


UIW's New Social Media/Communications Specialist
The UIW Office of Public Relations is proud to introduce Carl Myers as the university’s new Social Media/Communications Specialist. Carl replaces Jonathan Salas who previously served in the position. Carl’s duties at UIW include planning and implementing comprehensive social media strategies to maintain the university’s brand. He also manages the daily employee newsletter. He most recently served as Marketing Copywriter and Social Media Specialist at Rainman Creative, a local advertising and marketing agency. He holds a Bachelor of Communication Studies from The University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Business Administration from Hope International University in Fullerton, CA.   Please remember to submit your events for inclusion in the Word Today and the Friday e-newsletter to him via the request for event promotion form found at:  Please help us to welcome Carl to UIW and to assist him as he takes on his new position. If you have any questions about The Word Today or UIW’s social media, you can reach him at (210) 832-2162 or  Thank you.


Graduate Support Center - Academic & Professional Workshop Series
Graduate Support Center will be offering the first Academic and Professional Workshop of the semester on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. in Nursing Building 214. All graduate students are welcome to attend. Please RSVP by emailing


Center for Veterans Affairs - Spring 2015 Welcome Back our UIW Military Family
The Center for Veterans Affairs welcomes back our UIW Military Family: active duty, veterans, and military family member students. Stop by Tues, Jan. 27, in the Special Collections Room (J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library), between 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for pizza and sodas. Meet new friends and speak with current students about campus life, majors, how to survive finals, etc. Staff and faculty veterans are welcome, too! For more information, please contact Karen Wyatt at 210-829-2705 or by email

Graduate and Doctoral Information Night
The UIW School of Graduate Studies invites prospective students to attend an information night from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28 in the ICC Auditorium.  The school will be showcasing UIW’s graduate and doctoral degrees in a number of competitive disciplines. For more information visit UIW's Graduate Admissions website at or contact Johnny Garcia at (210) 805-3554 or Please RSVP online at 


Extended Academic Programs 


ADCaP and UIW Online Spring Information Session
Join UIW’s Extended Academic Programs for an information session on our Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCaP) and UIW Online program on Thursday, February 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dr. Burton E. Grossman International Conference Center on the UIW campus. UIW will be highlighting opportunities for adult students to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree completely online or at one of our six locations in San Antonio. We will feature the nine concentrations available for our Bachelor of Science of Business Administration including Project Management and Social Marketing. The five concentrations in the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree will also be detailed.

During the session, you can have your transcripts evaluated, discuss financial aid options, meet with a professor, and receive application assistance from Admission Counselors. To R.S.V.P. call (210) 757-0202 or email Visit for more details. The Dr. Burton E. Grossman International Conference Center is located at the corner of I-37 and Hildebrand. See for directions.



Cardinal Spotlight

UIW Basketball Season
The UIW Athletic Department invites the community to enjoy men’s and women’s basketball.  Games for January are listed below.


Men’s Schedule:

  • Jan. 24: Men’s Basketball at Abilene Christian, 4 p.m. 
  • Jan. 26: Men’s Basketball vs. McNeese State, Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center, 7 p.m.
  • Jan. 31: Men’s Basketball at Nicholls, 3:30 p.m.   


Women’s Schedule:

  • Jan. 24: Women’s Basketball at Abilene Christian, 2 p.m. 
  • Jan. 29: Women’s Basketball at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, 7 p.m. 
  • Jan. 31: Women’s Basketball at Nicholls, 1 p.m.

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

Community News

MLK march

Pictured above are Dr. John Velasquez, Rev. Trevor Alexander, Itza Casanova and UIW students as they prepared to participate as marshals in the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March. The march took place Monday, Jan. 19.


REMINDER: Administration Building Elevator Out of Service Through Jan. 31
The elevator in the Administration Building will be out of service through Saturday, Jan. 31. If you are a UIW employee and are unable to access your classroom or office during this time, please contact the Assistant Director of Human Resources, Caryn Geller, at 829-6085. If you are a UIW student that cannot gain access to your classroom, service, or activity in the Administration Building during this time, please contact Student Disability Services at 210-829-3997. We thank you for bearing with us during this period of change in the Administration Building.
UPDATE: It was previously stated that the elevator would be out of service until Tuesday, Jan. 27. Due to maintenance, the elevator will be out of service through Saturday, Jan. 31. We apologize for this inconvenience. 


Spring 2015 Welcome Back our UIW Military Family 
The Center for Veterans Affairs welcomes back our UIW Military Family: active duty, veterans, and military family member students. Stop by Tuesday, Jan. 27 in the Special Collections Room (J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library), between 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. for pizza and sodas. Meet new friends and speak with current students about campus life, majors, how to survive finals, etc. Staff and faculty veterans are welcome, too! For more information, please contact Karen Wyatt at 210-829-2705 or by email


iPad User's Group Meeting
During fall break, seven UIW faculty and staff attended a two-day training course called the iPad iFilm Festival. They learned how to create, edit and produce short videos using an iPad, a tripod and a few simple apps. Please join us on Friday, Jan. 30 from 12 – 1 p.m. in Gorman 212 to screen the completed videos and celebrate with the recipient of the Best Video award. To register for this course please contact Terry Peak by email at, or call (210) 829-3920. Lunch will be served at this session.


2015 Quirk – Call for Submissions
The Department of English announces the call for submissions for the 2015 issue of Quirk, UIW's literary arts journal. The journal is produced and published annually by UIW students and the Department of English. We are currently seeking outstanding original creative work from UIW students, faculty, and staff, for our next issue!  Submit your poetry, short stories, creative essays, and visual arts, including paintings, drawings, photographs and more!  For more information and submissions guidelines contact Dr. Joshua Robbins ( or visit us online:  Submissions will be accepted through January 30.


Redbird Research On Call
Redbird Research On Call will be available as listed below for those interested on learning more about how to conduct research and finding library resources.

•Monday, Feb. 2, Nursing Building, 10 a.m. - noon (Dell Davis)
•Wednesday, Feb. 11, Gorman Building, 9 -11 a.m. (Paul Anderson)
•Wednesday, Feb. 18, Music Building, 2 - 4 p.m. (Farhad Moshiri)
•Wednesday, Feb. 25, Gorman Building, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Mary Jinks) 

For more information, please contact Melissa Torres at (210) 829-6098 or at



Prevention & Care of Common Workout Injuries
Don’t miss the January Lunch & Learn, beginning at noon, Thursday, Jan. 29 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Dr. Andy Waldhelm, faculty member, UIW School of Physical Therapy and BJ Lough, head athletic trainer – UIW Athletics will present how you can prevent common workout injuries.  RSVP to or call (210) 805-3001. 


Protect yourself from the flu
Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself from the flu. There are additional steps you can take to keep yourself and your family healthy this flu season. Visit for more information. 





Faculty Focus

Study Abroad Information Session
The Study Abroad Office will hold a Faculty Information Session on Friday, Jan. 23 from noon to 1 p.m., and on Wednesday, Jan. 28 from 4 to 5 p.m., in AD 155.  The session will provide faculty and administrators an overview of the process and procedures in planning a faculty-led study abroad program. For details, contact Alanna Taylor (210) 805-5709,  


Making a Micro-Change in Teaching: Improving the First Five Minutes of Class
Join colleagues on Thursday, Jan. 29 from 8 – 9 a.m. in AD 212 to share ideas on making the most of the first five minutes. The discussion moderator is Trey Guinn of the Communication Arts Department. In teaching, enriching the first five minutes of class is an area where small changes can have big pay-offs. Not only do the first few minutes of a class session set the tone for the day, but they are also one of the times when students are most attentive. Email to sign up. Breakfast will be provided at this discussion event.


Trip to the TCEA Conference in Austin
The Department of Instructional Technology invites faculty on a field trip to explore the latest in educational technology. Join us as we travel to Austin on a one-day trip to the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Conference. At the conference, you will have the opportunity to visit more than 800 educational technology exhibits and experience the latest technology solutions and learn from vendors and colleagues. The plan is to leave UIW at about 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4 and depart Austin around 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be on your own. Instructional technology will purchase the entrance fee to the exhibit hall for all who attend. There is a limit of 12 guests, and signup is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the exhibitors and what you will find at the TCEA exhibit hall please visit:

Please RSVP by contacting Terry Peak at or calling (210) 829-3920.


High Schools


SACHS School Choice Rally
St. Anthony will hold a School Choice rally at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28 on the SACHS Lang Field.  The rally is to bring the issue of School Choice, which provides parents the option to choose their child’s school, to the community and area legislators. For more information contact Alejandro Calderon, (210) 832-5632 or


St. Anthony presents Denim & Diamonds Scholarship Gala
Enjoy a night of fun with the St. Anthony community! On Saturday, Feb. 21 St. Anthony presents its annual Denim & Diamonds Scholarship Gala.  Proceeds benefit students in need of tuition assistance.

The evening promises to be a fun filled night with food, music, and dancing along with auctions and raffles. Prizes for auction include jewelry, sports memorabilia, Spurs tickets and much more. A Grand Prize Raffle is being held during the evening with $5,000 for the winner and other cash prizes for other winners. Event pre-sale tickets are $40 until Friday, Jan. 23, and $50 after this date. For details contact SACHS Director of Development Henry Garcia at  or call 210-832-3296.


Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at



Celebrate the Release of the Reach Out Africa Book
Woman’s Global Connection invites the UIW community to attend this celebration of the release of Reach Out Africa, co-edited by Sr. Dot Ettling and Dr. Kevin Vichcales, Friday, Jan. 30 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Twig Bookshop (306 Pearl Parkway, Suite 106, San Antonio, TX 78215). Most of the authors, among them several UIW faculty and PhD graduates, will be on hand to share some of the inspiring and transformational stories of African development projects. A wine and cheese reception follows the discussion time. For more information, contact Nicole Foy at (210) 313-3562 or


WGC Immersion Trip Information Meeting
Immersion trips are a great opportunity for cross-cultural learning and working with the groups the Women’s Global Connection serves. An information meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 2 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. in Joyce Building Room 126. We will cover basic information about this summer's immersion trips to Peru and Tanzania, requirements, costs, and the projects in both countries. 

Approximate trip dates are: Peru: May 20 - June 3 & Tanzania: July 7 - 21 or continue to Kenya with return July 27. For more information, contact Dr. Alison Buck at (210) 828-2224 or


Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • The family of Agnes Bomba Gottfried, RN (Santa Rosa School of Nursing, ’42) on her recent death.



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