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Picture of the Week
August 7, 2015

The UIW community gathered together on Monday, Aug. 3, in Our Lady’s Chapel for a special mass honoring Dr. Louis Agnese’s 30th anniversary.  Dr. Agnese arrived on the Incarnate Word campus in August 1985. At that time, Incarnate Word College offered 56 majors with an enrollment under 1,300.  Today, UIW offers 80 academic programs including doctoral and professional programs serving nearly 10,000 students.



Our Lady’s Chapel Services

All are welcome. 

  • Noon Mass, Monday – Friday
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.
  • Sunday evening mass resumes at 8 p.m., Sunday, August 23
  • Welcome Mass 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 16, Chapel of the Incarnate Word
  • 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

Mass of the Holy Spirit 
In keeping with a long tradition dating from the founding of the great European universities in the Middle Ages, UIW celebrates the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the start of each academic year. During the liturgy we ask for the inspiration, guidance, and presence of God's Spirit on all of our campus activities. This festive event gathers the entire university community together to rededicate ourselves to UIW's mission, to renew friendships, and to welcome new members. The Mass of the Holy Spirit will be celebrated on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at noon in Our Lady's Chapel.

For more info, contact Fr. Tom Dymowski:, (210) 829-3131 or Brenda Dimas:, (210) 829-3128



Red Dress Committee Meeting 
8am-9am, Friday, Aug. 14, in Boardroom 1, ICC

The Red Dress Committee is a cross-disciplinary group open to all UIW faculty and staff. We organize and run the UIW Red Dress Event each February to help promote heart health awareness. This event includes a health fair and student fashion show. We are open to new ideas and suggestions from all disciplines in the UIW community. Please attend the meeting if you are interested. If you are unable to attend, please contact Dr. Lalon Alexander:


Retirement Celebration 
Join the Office of Campus Life from 3:30 – 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 14  in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room to celebrate the retirement of Dr. Keith Tucker and Marveen Mahon, R.N. from UIW. Collectively, they have served our UIW community in the Campus Life department for more than 60 years. All faculty, staff and administrators are welcome to bid farewell, reminisce and celebrate all they have contributed to UIW.


Department News

UIW nutrition graduate students Priscilla Benavides, Melissa Alanis, Melanie McCall, Karina Cienega, and Samantha Hinojosa; undergraduate nutrition student, Yasmine Lainez; and Dr. Beth Senne-Duff participated in the American Diabetes Association's Camp Power Up to prevent Type 2 diabetes in children.  Priscilla and Melissa helped develop the nutrition education for the camp and designed the menu. All were involved with delivering nutrition education and preparing food for campers and staff for the camp.  Campers visited the UIW kitchen lab and prepared pizzas for one of the fun field trips for the camp, July 27 to 31.


Photo Database Update – All Employees Welcome
In an effort to keep the employee photo database up-to-date, new administrators, faculty members and anyone who would like a new photo for the Office of Communications and Marketing database is asked to stop by the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room on Friday, Aug. 14 during the Full-time Faculty Opening Workshop and Luncheon. A professional photographer will be on hand to take your headshot. These photos will be available to you if you need to submit a headshot for a publication, and they will be used by each department for their own purposes. No appointments are necessary; the photographer will be available from 12:30-3:30 p.m. only. For more information, contact Brance Arnold at (210) 829-6001 or


Special Event and Announcement Submissions
Please remember to submit your events to the Office of Communications and Marketing for inclusion in the Word Today and the Friday e-newsletter.  Per university policy, we can only promote events submitted via the “Request for Event Promotion” form found at: The form must be submitted no less than 5 working days prior to the event. We will begin regular daily distribution of the Word Today and Friday e-Newsletter on Monday, Aug. 10. If you have any questions, contact our office at (210) 829-6001 or


Athletics News



Community News


UIW Highlights


Friday Parking Notice 
Beginning Monday August 17, Economy (C Permits) and Free (A Permits and AT permits) will no longer be valid in Premium lots (east of the river) on Fridays from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., while fall and spring semester classes are in session.  Faculty, staff and students holding Economy and Free permits should follow the same parking schedule Monday through Friday.

The university is making this change because the demand for Premium parking has increased, Friday class attendance has increased and we are losing 67 Premium parking spaces during the construction of the new Student Engagement Center.


A Parking Notice from Dr. David Jurenovich, VP for Enrollment Management & Student Services 
The parking lot in front of the Fine Arts Building will be reserved for new students and parents attending orientation.  Employees are asked to park in the Agnese-Sosa garage or behind the Barshop Natatorium on Wednesday, Aug. 12

Thank for your understanding and cooperation as we welcome new students and their families to the UIW community. If you have any questions, contact (210) 805-3552.


Paulina H. Mazurek, assistant director, University Events and Student Programs and Dr. David Ortiz, founding director of the Graduate Support Center and assistant professor attended the Omega Delta Phi National Conference held at the Tropicana Hotel, San Antonio Saturday, July 25. Omega Delta Phi is the newest fraternity at UIW and will work to begin to forming UIW’s Multicultural Greek Council. Dr. Ortiz is serving as the fraternity’s on campus faculty advisor.




New full-time faculty mentoring program 
Dr. Brian McBurnett and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, co-chairs of the Mentoring Program, welcome New Full-Time Faculty on Monday, Aug., 10 in the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library Special Collections Center.  Orientation and mentoring sessions will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.  Please contact Dr. Brian McBurnett, for additional information.


Full-time faculty workshop
Dr. Kathy Light will host the Full-Time Faculty workshop from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 14 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room   Opportunity for professional headshot photography will be available 12:30-3:30 p.m. in the Sky Room foyer. Please contact Itza Casanova,  in the Provost’s Office for additional information.


Fall Workshops 
Workshops hosted by each school are listed below.  Please contact the Dean’s office for additional information.

School Workshops & events

•  Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing & Health Professions (IFM SN&HP): Dr. Mary Hoke

Tues-Thurs., August 11, 12 and 13,  9 a.m. - noon, Nursing Building, Rm 214


•  H-E-B School of Business & Administration (HEBSBA): Dr. Forrest Aven

Tues., August 11, 2015, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Library Special Collections Center


•  College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences (CHASS): Dr. Kevin Vichcales

Tues., August 11, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – noon, Music Building, Choir Rm 113


•  Dreeben School of Education (DSE): Dr. Denise Staudt

Thurs., August 13, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., San Antonio Country Club


•  School of Mathematics, Science & Engineering (SMSE): Dr. Carlos Garcia

Thurs., August 13, 2015, 8 a.m. – noon., campus of the School of Physical Therapy


•  School of Media and Design (SMD): Dr. Sharon Welkey

Thurs., August 13, 2015, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Library Special Collections Center


•  Feik School of Pharmacy (FSOP): Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin

Mon.-Fri., August 3-7, 2015 = New Student Orientation


•  School of Physical Therapy (SOPT): Dr. Caroline Goulet

Mon.-Fri., August 10-14 = New Student Orientation


•  Rosenberg School of Optometry (RSO): Dr. Timothy Wingert

Fri, September 18, 2015 = First Faculty meeting


•  Extended Academic Programs (EAP): Dr. Cyndi W. Porter

Sat., September 26, 2015 = Fall Faculty Assembly, 8 a.m. – noon, Norris Conference Center



EAP will hold a ribbon cutting and grand opening for its new Corpus Christi ADCaP Center, beginning at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 19.  The center, located at 5350 S. Staples Street, Suite 300 is in the heart of Corpus Christi’s south side and easily accessible from all areas of town.  A reception with the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce will follow at the center from 6-7:30 pm. 

The 7,500 square-foot facility has five classrooms and a state of the art computer lab, as well as a student lounge and faculty lounge area. The center is staffed by a full-time advisor and Director of Operations from 9 -6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Undergraduate classes will be held from 5:30-10 p.m.,   Tuesdays and Thursdays. Graduate classes will be held from 5:30-9:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays.





Employee Health & Wellness

Employee Lunch & Learn: True Colors
The Employee Wellness Committee is hosting an employee lunch and learn from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Friday, Aug. 7, in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. Marveen Mahon, director of health services, and Dr. Keith Tucker, director of counseling, present the True Colors workshop. True Colors is a human relations model that incorporates simple techniques developed from leading-edge research. It is based on motivational characteristics inherent in each individual, personally and professionally. These universal techniques are the result of research based on the psychological personality types of Dr. Carl Jung, Isabel Briggs-Meyers, David Kiersey and Don Lowry. The True Colors system uses colors to identify four distinct perspectives and personalities. Identifying our own preferred personality style is the first step to increasing self-awareness, to gaining greater control over our responses and improving our capability to initiate effective communication. For more info and to RSVP, email


Open Swimming for Faculty and Staff
Make a splash this summer with employee-only open swim. Running until Thursday, Aug. 13, open swimming will take place from 5 – 7 p.m., on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Incarnate Word High School campus pool located behind the school  One lane will be open for lap swimming while two lanes will be reserved for a circuit of exercise classes. Tuesdays, an instructor will teach a water aerobics class. Thursdays, the lanes will have instructions and equipment for circuit workouts to be completed at your own pace. This program is free to all UIW, IWHS and SACHS faculty and staff (you must have your ID to enter). No family members or guests are allowed. There will be a lifeguard on duty from 5 – 7 p.m. for the session only. If you have any questions, please contact (210) 805-5873 or

High Schools

Incarnate Word High School - Save the Date

St. Anthony Catholic High School Events

Save the dates and mark your calendars.

  • Concert – 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 5: Catholic musicians and recording artists David Kauffman and William Gokelman, UIW professor of music, will present a concert at SACHS.  Together they have produced 7 cd's written a musical, and co-composed an award winning Mass setting, Mass of Renewal. You will not want to miss this night of prayer, song and story. For more information on tickets contact Rosi Cortez, or 210 832-5691.
  • Partners for Good with SACHS – From 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12:  Goodwill Industries of San Antonio will place donation trailers on the SACHS campus. Each full truck will result in up to $1,000 for the school. This year, Goodwill is also accepting furniture donations. All donations to Goodwill will be used for re-sale in their stores to fund their exceptional educational programs and services. It’s win-win collaboration for SACHS and Goodwill Industries. Be on the lookout for further details in the coming weeks. All proceeds benefit the SACHS chapel fund. For more information, contact Rosi Cortez,, 210 832-5691.

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Our sympathies and prayers go to:

  • Sharon Buckley & family on the recent loss of her husband, Jack Edward Buckley (UIW Former Student).
  • Col. John Jay Douglass & family on the recent loss of his wife, Margaret Pickering “Papoose” Douglass (BA ’42).
  • Dr. David Jurenovich (UIW VP of Enrollment Management & Student Services) & family on the recent loss of his father, Jerome Jurenovich.
  • Dick McCracken (Alumni Dean Emeritus, Prospect Research/Development) on the recent loss of his sister-in-law, Agnes McCracken.
  • The family of Vanessa G. Puente (BA ’04) on her recent death.
  • Cheryl and Sam (BA ’74) Ubogy & family on the recent loss of his father, Nathan Ubogy (BS ’73).


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