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sr. walter cfk award

Cardinals for Kids, a University Mission & Ministry student organization announced on Wednesday, Feb. 4, that their Humanitarian of the Year Award will be renamed for Sr. Walter Maher, CCVI. Maher was honored as the first recipient of the award in November 2014 recognizing her spirit of humility, charity and service to her community. Pictured above are: Beth Villarreal, Director of Campus Ministry, Desiree Sanchez, Cardinals for Kids Communications Officer, Rev. Trevor Alexander, Assistant Director of Campus Ministry, Will Bailey, Co-Founder of Cardinals for Kids, and Sr. Walter Maher, C.C.V.I., Vice President of Mission and Ministry.




Noon Mass Announcement: Friday, Feb. 13
During the noon Mass this Friday, Feb. 13, Trinitarian Seminarian Brother Joshua Warshak will be installed in the Ministry of Acolyte. The Trinitarian Order, to which our chaplains Fr. Thomas Dymowski and Fr. James Mark Adame belong, celebrates the Feast of their Reformer that day, St. John Baptist of the Conception.

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


Ash Wednesday Services
Ash Wednesday Service Schedule: Wednesday, Feb. 18

  • 8 a.m., Mass with Distribution of Ashes / Our Lady¹s Chapel
  • 8:30 a.m., Ecumenical Service with Ashes / Bowden Clinic
  • 11 a.m., Ecumenical Service with Ashes / UIW School of Physical Therapy
  • Noon Mass with Distribution of Ashes Our Lady¹s Chapel
  • 12:15 p.m., Mass with Distribution of Ashes Rosenberg School of Optometry School
  • 4 p.m. Ecumenical Service with Ashes Feik Pharmacy School
  • 5:45 p.m. Ecumenical Service with Ashes Our Lady¹s Chapel
  • 7:30 p.m. Ecumenical Service with Ashes Incarnate Word High School
  • 9:20 p.m. Ecumenical Service with Ashes Our Lady¹s Chapel

For more information contact University Mission & Ministry (210) 829-3128



asian new year


The UIW Institute of World Cultures invites you to celebrate the 2015 Asian New Year-Year of the Goat with us on Thursday, Feb. 19 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Marian Ballroom. We will provide delicious Asian cuisine, and you can enjoy exciting & beautiful cultural performances! For more info, contact Mingzhi Chen at (210) 805-5820.


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 the 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.

Billy Strayhorn Centennial Concert
John Magaldi and the Prime Time Jazz Orchestra (PTJO) will present a concert marking the centennial of the birth of legendary composer Billy Strayhorn on Sunday, Feb. 8 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Jo Long Theatre (Carver Community Cultural Center, 226 N. Hackberry, San Antonio, TX 78202). They will perform such Strayhorn-penned standards as Lush Life, Take the A Train, and Something to Live For. PTJO will be conducted by UIW Cardinal Jazz Band Director Jim Waller and will feature vocalist Jacqueline Sotelo, an alumna of UIW and the Cardinal Jazz Band. Several members of the UIW music faculty are members of both the PTJO and Cardinal Jazz Band. Billy Strayhorn's nephew Larry Strayhorn will be the Master of Ceremonies for the concert. Tickets are $10.50 for students and $21 for adults. For more information and to purchase tickets visit:


"Money" Gras!
The Office of Financial Assistance will be hosting a FREE event on Tuesday, Feb. 17 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on the Dubuis Lawn to help students prepare for the 2015/16 Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) process. This event benefits both new and continuing students. For more information on this event, contact Heather Miller at (210) 805-1234 or


The 2015 Cutting EdgeTM Fiesta® Fashion Show
The 2015 Cutting Edge™ Fiesta® Fashion Show will be held Tuesday, April 14. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the fashion show starts at 7 p.m. Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 100 Auditorium Circle San Antonio, TX 78205. Tickets from $25 – $125 For tickets call (210) 223-8624 or visit


UIW 2015 Student Media Gala & Silent Auction
The community is invited to attend the 8th Annual UIW Student Media Gala and Silent Auction set for Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 from 6 – 9 p.m. in the Rosenberg Sky Room.  All proceeds benefit student scholarships and new broadcasting equipment for UIW's student run newspaper, TV and Internet radio station. Tables of 10 are $200, individual tickets are $35 and UIW students are $25. To purchase tickets and to receive more information, please call (210) 283-5042 or email  Follow us on Facebook at


The 38th Annual Swing-In Auction Party & Golf Tournament: Raffle Tickets For Sale
The 38th Annual Swing-In Auction Party & Golf Tournament is around the corner on April 30th and May 1st. Buy your raffle tickets today for the opportunity to win luxury prizes by calling (210) 829-6013 or emailing 


red dress scarves

12th Annual Red Dress Event & Health Fair
Save the date for the 12th Annual Red Dress Event & Health Fair set for Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Marian Hall Ballroom. This annual event promotes cardiac health in women and features fashions designed by UIW students. In addition, each year fashion faculty and students hand dye scarves sold to benefit the event. Scarves are $20 and up. If you are interested in purchasing a scarf, come by the Office of Public Relations or contact Margaret Garcia at (210) 829-6001. 


Poetry Slam and Oratory Competition
The UIW African American Heritage Month Committee is hosting a poetry slam and oratory competition on Wednesday, Feb. 11 from 7 - 9 p.m. in Finnegan's in the Mabee Library. All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Anita Mosley at (210) 883-1083 or


A Short Commentary on the Life of a Community Druggist
The UIW African American Heritage Month Committee is hosting a commentary presented by Lester Carter, RPh, on Friday, Feb. 13 from 12 - 1 p.m. in the Feik School of Pharmacy in Room 513. All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Anita Mosley at (210) 883-1083 or


Department News


New Study Abroad Requirement Information Session
This information session will discuss the details of the new study abroad requirement for International Business and International Affairs majors. The session will be held on Friday, Feb. 6 from 10 – 11 a.m. in the Library Auditorium. For more info, please contact Alanna Taylor at (210) 805-5709 or


Academic & Professional Workshop Series
The Graduate Support Center is hosting a workshop on writing proficiently in the academic and professional setting. This workshop will be on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m in Nursing Building 214. For more information, contact Jessica Garcia at (210) 832-5628.


Graduate Writing Institute - Writing Clinic
The Graduate Writing Institute (GWI) is designed to provide graduate students at UIW with an in-depth and personalized approach to the development of professional and academic writing skills. The writing clinics are designed for one on one assistance. This clinic will be on Saturday, Feb. 14 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. in Nursing Building 214. For more information, please contact Jessica Mesa at (210) 832-5628 or at


School of Osteopathic Medicine (SOM) Candidate Presentation
The UIW learning community is invited to attend presentations by the following candidates for the position of the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine's Associate Dean for Medical Education:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 10 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Library Special Collections Rm. - “Social Justice and Osteopathic Principles Integration into the Curriculum” presented by Dr. Miguel Bedolla.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 11 from 11:30am – 12:30 p.m. in the Library Special Collections Rm. - “The UIW SOM Social Accountability Philosophy” presented by Dr. Alan Xenakis.

Please contact Mary Teal at for more information.


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Cardinal Spotlight


UIW Basketball Season

The UIW Athletic Department invites the community to enjoy men's and women's basketball.  Games for February are listed below.


Men's Schedule:

Feb. 7: Men's Basketball vs. Lamar, Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 10: Men's Basketball vs. Nicholls, Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center, 7 p.m.

Feb. 13: Men's Basketball at Central Arkansas, 4 p.m.

Feb. 16: Men's Basketball vs. Stephen F. Austin, Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center, 7 p.m.

Feb. 21: Men's Basketball vs. Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center, 4 p.m.

Feb. 23: Men's Basketball vs. Houston Baptist, Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center, 7 p.m.

Feb. 28: Men's Basketball at Lamar, 6 p.m.


Women's Schedule:

Feb. 7: Women's Basketball vs. Lamar, Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center, 5 p.m.

Feb. 12: Women's Basketball vs. Stephen F. Austin, Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center, 6 p.m.

Feb. 15: Women's Basketball at Central Arkansas, 1 p.m.

Feb. 19: Women's Basketball at Houston Baptist, 6 p.m.

Feb. 21: Women's Basketball vs. Texas A&M – Corpus Christ, McDermott Convocation Center, 2 p.m.

Feb. 26: Women's Basketball at Stephen F. Austin, 7 p.m.

Feb. 28: Women's Basketball at Lamar, 4 p.m.


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


Track and Field Spring Program Fundraiser
The Track and Field Program has launched their spring 2015 team fundraiser using (link is here), which runs from Sunday, Feb.1 to Sunday, March 1. They are providing a fundraiser webpage to all friends, family and supporters as a way to see what they are doing and show support anyway they can. For more information, contact Derek Riedel at (210) 355-8535 or

Community News


Heart Healthy Tips
February is Health Heart Month.  In honor of that, for the next 7 days leading up to the 12th Annual Red Dress Fashion Show & Health Fair, the committee will share a tip for a healthy lifestyle.  Save the date for the event, set for 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10 in Marian Hall Ballroom.  For more information contact PR at (210) 829-6001. 

Tip #1: Do not skip meals. When you skip meals, it can make you moody and unable to focus. Often, at the next meal you are so famished you make up for those skipped calories and then some!  

Tip #2: Today, have a “water only” day! Don't grab for a soda or juice.  The calories can really add up. Reach for that big tall glass of water- it will keep you hydrated and your waistline will thank you too!

Tip #3: To help stick to your goal of weight loss and better health, when eating out, opt to take half of the entrée home and order a salad with lite dressing to help fill you up during the meal. 

Tip #4: If you haven't made the switch to 1% or skim milk, DO IT!  Whole and 2% milk have a lot of saturated fat and calories that you don't need.

Tip #5: Eat small meals throughout the day. This trains your body to use energy more efficiently.  Large meals train the body to store energy in the form of body fat.


remembrance mass

In November 2014, we lost one of our beloved UIW employees, Steve Summers. Steve was our telephone systems administrator. The university community will gathered to remember Steve on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at noon in Our Lady's Chapel with Fr. Thomas Dymowski and Rev.Trevor Alexander presiding over the service.


Presidential Teaching Award Nominations 2015
The Provost's Office is requesting nominations for the Presidential Teaching Award. Nominations will be accepted Sunday, Feb. 1 through Saturday, Feb. 28 for the 2015 Presidential Teaching Award. This annual award acknowledges and rewards a full-time faculty member who exemplifies excellence in teaching that leads to student engagement.

Dr. Agnese presents a $5,000 stipend to the recipient. Recipients become members of the selection committee in succeeding years. Former recipients include Dr. Roger Barnes, William Gokelman, Dr. Neeta Singh, Dr. Bill Carleton, Theresa Tiggeman, Dr. Paul Lewis, Dr. Lydia Andrade, Dr. Jessica Kimmel, Dr. Doug Gilmour and Dr. Brian McBurnett.

Current students, alumni and colleagues are invited to make nominations accompanied by the reason the nominee is deserving of the award. For full details and a nomination form, visit


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.

•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


Rx for Information: Drug Information at UIW
Pharmacy Librarian Christina Seeger will demonstrate the best ways to locate drug information on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1 – 2 p.m. in the Mabee Library, Room 230. The event is open to the public. For more information, please contact Melissa Torres at (210) 829-6098 or


H-E-B School of Business and Administration Graduate and Doctoral Information Night
The UIW School of Graduate Studies and the H-E-B School of Business & Administration invites prospective students to attend our information night event on Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the ICC Conference Center. This is a great opportunity to learn about our Doctor of Business Administration, and Masters level degrees in Business Administration, Accounting, Health Administration, and Administration. Please RSVP at For more information, contact Johnny Garcia at (210) 805-3554 or


henry cisneros

Former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros joins staff from the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership, Sr. Elizabeth Riebschlaeger, Associate Provost Barbara Aranda-Naranjo and UIW student leaders at the inaugural citywide student leadership conference at UTSA. 

13th Annual Pierre Lecture
Dr. Stacey Floyd-Thomas, an African-American social ethicist at Vanderbilt University, will give a public lecture titled “Invisibility and Silencing Mechanisms: Generational Angst and the Quest for Social Justice” on Thursday, Feb. 19 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the CHRISTUS Heritage Hall at the Village of Incarnate Word (between The Chapel of the Incarnate Word and H-E-B Central Market). This talk will examine the impact race, religion and education have on the current generation's quest for social justice. For more info, contact Julie Miller at (210) 283-5062 or


FAFSA and Scholarship Workshop
Heather Miller, Financial Aid Counselor, will give a workshop on what to consider when filling out the FAFSA application and share strategies in locating and applying for scholarships on Tuesday, Feb. 10 from 3 – 4 p.m in the Mabee Library, room 230. If you already have your or your parents' tax information, feel free to bring it. For more info, contact Dr. Tanja Stampfl at (210) 829-3885 or


The Mabee Library Presents... Farhad's Film Series
The Mabee Library Presents: Brand New You: Makeover Television and the American Dream (53 minutes) on Wednesday, Feb. 11 from 2 – 3 p.m in the Mabee Library, Room 221. The film examines how the interventions featured in makeover shows, from weight loss to cosmetic surgery, reproduce conventional norms of physical attractiveness and success. Taking a wider social and cultural view, it also shows how these programs have become models of self-transformation at precisely the same time jobs have become harder to find and keep, and women and men have been forced to remake themselves to compete in a rapidly changing labor marketplace. For more information, please contact Farhad Moshiri at (210) 829-3842 or




Employee Wellness on Facebook        
The mission of the UIW Employee Wellness Committee is “To promote health of spirit, mind and body across the UIW community, and nurture new models of and leaders in health and wellness.” Check us out on Facebook and like our page at


Faculty Focus


2015-16 Internal Faculty Research Awards Applications Deadline
Do you have a research or scholarly project, but just need a little time, money, or an extra hand? Faculty research award applications are now being accepted for the 2015-16 academic year. These awards include: 25% workload release for full-time faculty, up to $3,000 in financial support for research activities, and a two-semester graduate research assistantship. Applications are due Monday, April 13 at noon. For application materials and details, go online or contact Rebecca Ohnemus for assistance ( or (210) 805-3036).


Learning Community Drop-In
Drop in anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a bite to eat and a chance to learn about Learning Communities (LC) at UIW on Wednesday, Feb. 11 in the Administration Building, Room 212. See samples of student work from past LCs, learn about different strategies for pairing two courses, and meet colleagues who might partner with you in an LC. This is an opportunity to consider how a learning community might fit into your teaching plans in fall of 2015 or further in the future. For more information on this event, contact Kathy Allwein at (210) 283-6359 or


Building a Bridge from Tweets to Journal Articles
Surprisingly, research suggests that college students today read more than they did a few decades ago. However, relatively little of that reading is “long form reading.” Reading strategies that work for short, online texts are often automatic to students, but work poorly for challenging academic or literary texts. An annotated text or two can alert students to the reading strategies needed in university work. Instructors can model effective highlighting and annotation, point out an article's organizational structure, and help with key terms. Crocodoc Personal is a free, online tool that makes it easy to annotate and share any digital text (PDFs and Word documents both work fine). Bring a digital version of an article, short story or other text for one of your courses and annotate it during the session. If you have a laptop, please bring it. Cold drinks will be served. Presenter: Stephanie Grote-Garcia (Education) Monday, Feb. 9 from 12 – 1 p.m. or Tuesday, Feb. 10 from 12 – 1 p.m. in AD 212. Register at For more information, contact Dr. Susan Hall ( or 283-5030) or Kathy Allwein ( or 283-6359).


High Schools


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.


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Our sympathy and prayers go to:


  • Gloria Bautista & family on the recent loss of her husband, Johnnie C. Bautista (UIW Former Staff).
  • Lynn Finesilver Crystal & family on the recent loss of her mother, Susane Josephson “Suzy” Finesilver (UIW Friend).
  • The family of Dr. Mary Helen McMahon (UNDCLRD '52) on her recent death.
  • Lisa Serrato (UIW Friend) & family on the recent loss of her husband, Michael John Serrato (Former UIW Student). 


The University of the Incarnate Word provides reasonable accommodation with adequate notice. To request disability accommodation for events listed in this newsletter, visit