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dr. lou agnese employee campaign kick-off

Dr. Lou Agnese, president of UIW, helped kicked off the 2015 Employee Campaign with the UIW faculty and staff at the main campus Employee Campaign Kick-Off Party on Thursday, Sept. 17. If you couldn't make it to the main campus party, there will be kick-off parties dates and times listed in this newsletter under Community News.




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.
  • 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

sr. dot remembrance ceremony

Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, professor of religious studies, celebrates the life of Sr. Dorothy “Dot” Ettling at a remembrance ceremony on Monday, Sept. 14 at the Cemetery of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. The ceremony was organized by The Ettling Center for Civic Leadership. 

Friday Mass Cancelled: Sept. 18
Meet the Mission is happening Friday, Sept. 18. Fr. Tom Dymowski will be helping with the community outreach during that time, so there will be no daily mass today. Daily mass will resume Monday, Sept. 21. For more info, contact (210) 829-3128.

Backyard Solidarity: The Immigration Reality of Today

Join Mission and Ministry on Friday, Sept. 18 from 3 – 5 p.m. at the Oblate School of Theology Whitley Theological Center (285 Oblate Drive, San Antonio, TX 78216) for Backyard Solidarity: The Immigration Reality of Today. Guest speakers will include Jonathan Ryan, J.D., R.A.I.C.E.S., Fr. Phillip Ley and Dr. Victor Carmona. For info, contact Mission & Ministry at (210) 829-3128.

The Song of the People: Music for Your Whole Community
All are invited to attend the 20th annual Pastoral Music Workshop, Sept. 25 & 26 in Our Lady's Chapel presented by the Pastoral Institute and UIW Music Ministry.  The workshop opens with a concert, from 7 – 9 p.m., Friday, Sept 25, and continues on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  This year's presenters Jaime Cortez from Mesa, Ariz., and Curtis Stephan, from Coppell, Texas are composers and parish music directors associated with Oregon Catholic Press. The 2015 workshop, titled "The Song of the People: Music for Your Whole Community" will address incorporating bilingual music in worship. This event in pastoral music is perfect for church musicians, choir members or anyone interested in pastoral music.  Cost to attend is $50 per person and $40 per person for groups of 3 more.  After Sept. 11 the cost is $55 and $45. To register and for info, please contact Sr. Eilish Ryan (210) 829-3871 or

Presentation: Charism
Fr. Frank Santucci, OMI, will present on charism on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. Fr. Frank will address the meaning of charism, and how charism is then fleshed in the Mission. The first thing to remember about charism is how Jesus continues to manifest his presence among us. How Jesus does this is through charisms, which are special gifts. These gifts emerge among people not only in the Church but also in the world. Charisms are found wherever there are human needs and that these unique gifts are given for the common good. For more info, contact Brenda Dimas (210) 829-3128 or



2015 constitution day

Pictured above are Dr. Gary Keith, associate professor of government and international affairs, Dr. Lydia Andrade, professor of government and international affairs, Dr. Kevin Vichcales, associate provost and dean of CHASS, Dr. Scott Dittloff, associate professor of government and international affairs, Dr. Michael Forrest, associate professor of business administration, with Judge Patrick Higginbotham and the UIW Pre-Law Society in a reception in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room before Judge Higginbotham spoke to the public on the revolution of the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments in honor of Constitution Day, Sept. 17. 

hispanic heritage monthAbove is a list of events happening around campus celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. For more info, contact Paul Ayala at (210) 805-5863 or


Meet the Mission 2015
The Tenth Annual Meet the Mission Day is, Friday, Sept. 18. Join the University of the Incarnate Word community as we reach out and engage the greater San Antonio community with service. University employees can support this event in numerous ways (large and small), before, during, or after Sept. 18. Visit for info.

Ambassador Richard Lebaron comes to UIW
The San Antonio Council for International Visitors welcomes Ambassador Richard Lebaron on Friday, Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the ICC Auditorium and Atrium for a discussion on his career as a diplomat, public diplomacy and participating in exchanges for a positive change in the Middle East and how exchange programs contribute to foreign policy objectives. This event is open to the public and costs $10 in donation for general admission and $5 in donation with a UIW Student ID. RSVP to Cecilia Cross at For more info, contact Melinda Nail at (210) 805-5838.

Francis and the Sultan: A Model for Peacebuilding
This event is a film followed by a discussion led by Sr. Martha Ann Kirk and Sumeyra Tek of the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest on Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, Room 215. When Christians and Muslims were killing each other during the Crusades, Francis of Assisi and the Egyptian Sultan had a dialogue. Later that Sultan led the way to peace. This program is a part of Campaign Nonviolence. For more info, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 829-3854 or  

Blessed Is She Who Dances for Justice and Peace
This is a presentation by Sr. Martha Ann Kirk on Thursday, Sept. 24 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, Room 215. Sr. Martha Ann is currently writing a biography of Carla De Sola. De Sola is one of the foremost dancers, choreographers, teachers, and authors in the field of sacred dance in the United States. At the World Parliament of Religions, the largest religious gathering in the world, De Sola's Beyond Words: an Interfaith Ritual for Peace will be shared. For more info on this event, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 829-3854 or

Guest Artist Series
The UIW Department of Music, in collaboration with UTSA, is hosting David Small (UT Austin), baritone, and Joachim Reinhuber (Texas A&M – Kingsville), piano, to perform a song cycle by Schubert, Winterreise on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the UIW Music Concert Hall. Tickets are free for UIW and UTSA students with ID, $15 for adults and $10 for military. For more info, contact Dr. Orit Eylon at (210) 829-3858 or

National Night Out

Join the UIW community during this year's National Night Out on Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 4 - 7 p.m. outside the Convocation Center. Enjoy an evening of games, activities, music and free food as well as receive valuable information on campus safety, healthy living, sexual assault prevention and drug and alcohol awareness. The event is free and open to all UIW students, faculty and staff. Volunteer positions are available for faculty and staff from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. and 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. To volunteer or for more information, contact Janine Chavez at

Light the Way Display Board Contest
Join us Saturday, Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Dubuis Lawn for the annual Light the Way Display Board Contest. Approved UIW student organizations are invited to compete for cash prizes and other awards such as Most Mission Friendly Design, Best Interpretation of Light the Way and People's Choice. All approved UIW student organizations are encouraged to participate. For more info, contact Taylor Nurmi at (210) 829-6001 or

almost maineAlmost, Maine
The UIW Theatre Department presents Almost, Maine. The production runs from Friday, Oct. 2 through Saturday, Oct. 10. On a cold winter's Friday, the Northern Lights move beautifully about the midnight sky. No one would know the difference except for the citizens of Almost, Maine. While the colors flair above, the people of Almost find love, loss, and everything in between. John Cariani's romantic comedy, Almost, Maine, is a magical play that can warm the coldest of hearts. Mark Stringham directs UIW's Almost, Maine. The scene design is by Christopher McCollum, lighting design is by Justin Bennett, and the costume design is by Margaret Mitchell. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, $8 for non-UIW students, $6 for groups of 10 or more and free for UIW faculty, staff and students with their valid UIW ID. For production times and more info, please contact (210) 829-3800 or

Department News

bright spot photos


UIW named a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education by White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence has selected the UIW Graduate Support Center as a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education for Hispanics. Alejandra Ceja, executive director, made the announcement on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the launch of Hispanic Heritage Month and in honor of the Initiative's 25th anniversary in Washington, D.C. As a Bright Spot, UIW's Graduate Support Center, will be part of a national online catalog ( that includes over 230 programs that invest in key education priorities for Hispanics. The Initiative seeks to leverage these Bright Spots to encourage collaboration between stakeholders focused on similar issues in sharing data-driven approaches, promising practices, peer advice, and effective partnerships, ultimately resulting in increased support for the educational attainment of the Hispanic community, from cradle-to-career. To learn more about the Initiative and to view the Bright Spots in Hispanic Education national online catalog visit Pictured above (left to right) is the UIW Graduate Support Center Staff (GSC). Front row Trinidad Macias, graduate assistant, Jessica Mesa, graduate assistant. Back Row Carlos de León, graduate assistant, David A. Ortiz, Ph.D., GSC director. 

bird group photo
Ana Gonzalez, director of instructional technology, and Dr. Cheryl Anderson, dean of library services, hosted an afterhours gathering to celebrate 30 years at UIW for the amazing Adela Gott, multimedia specialist in instructional technology.  In attendance were, Dr. Susan Hall, Lorraine Ewers, Rodney Evans, Itza Casanova, John Miller, Dr. Jennifer Cook, Terry Peak, Rosalinda Villarreal, Anita Easton-Vigil, Dell Davis, Dr. Sally Said and friends and family of Adela's. 

Rebecca Penaloza Farewell Party
Please join the Office of Research and Graduate Studies on Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 3 – 5 p.m. in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room as we offer a heartfelt goodbye to our Research Officer, Rebecca (Ohnemus) Penaloza.  Rebecca has called UIW and the Brainpower Connection her family for over 25 years, from elementary school at St. Peter Prince of the Apostles to her five years in the Office of Research Development.  Though she will surely miss UIW, she is excited to join her husband in Charlotte, North Carolina, and plan for their growing family.  For more info, contact Dr. David Ortiz at (210) 283-6454.

Blackboard User's Group Meeting
Five things that you did not know you could do in Blackboard – record video, build groups, create interactive assignments and more. Join Terry Peak on Friday, Sept. 18 from 12 – 1 p.m. in the Gorman Building, Room 212 as he shows you some interesting tips and tricks that you may not have known you could do in the Blackboard LMS. Bring your laptop or tablet. For more info, contact Terry Peak at (210) 829-3920 or

September Redbird Research On Call

  • Tuesday, Sept. 22 - Chemistry Research Assistance from 1−3 p.m., Bonilla Science Hall, 1st Floor. For more information, please contact Christina Seeger at or (210) 883-1121.
  • Thursday, Sept. 24 – Library Research Assistance from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Gorman Building, 1st Floor. For more information, contact Mary Jinks at or (210) 829-3839.
  • Thursday, Sept. 24 - Health Sciences Research Assistance from 12 −1:30 p.m., Nursing Building, 1st Floor. For more information, please contact Dell Davis at or (210) 829-6054.

Women and Gender Studies Speaker's Series: Dr. Scott Dittloff
The Women and Gender Studies program presents Dr. Scott Dittloff speaking on Monday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room about "FEMEN, Hollaback, and Slutwalk: Assertive or Aggressive Human Rights?” Light Refreshments to follow. For more info, contact Emily Clark at (210) 283-5061 or

Retirement Celebration
Join the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences on Thursday, Sept. 24 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room to celebrate new beginnings honoring Dr. Pat Lonchar and Dr. Harold Rodinsky. All faculty, staff and administrators are welcome. For more info, contact Lorraine Ewers at (210) 829-6070 or

Mabee Library Presents: Farhad's Film Series
Farhad's Film Series will be a double feature on Thursday, Oct. 8 from 2 – 4 p.m. in the Mabee Library, Room 221. The first film, The Throwaways, tells the story of a homeless filmmaker, activist, and co-director Ira McKinley, who channels his experience of living on the streets through the lens of a camera. The second film, Every Mother's Son, tells the story of three mothers, Iris Baez, Kadiatou Diallo and Doris Busch Boskey, fighting for justice for their sons. For more information, please contact Farhad Moshiri at or 210-829-3842.

The Mabee Library Presents: Films & Conversations about Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
All programs will be held in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room and begin at 6 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 7 – Film about Domestic Violence: Private Violence Filmmaker Cynthia Hill examines the case of Deanna Walters, a survivor of spousal abuse who embarks on a crusade for justice. Speaker: Marta Pelaez, President/CEO of Family Violence Prevention Services
  • Wednesday, Oct. 14 – Film about Sexual Assault in the Military: The Invisible War An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape within the US military. Speaker: Jane Madison, Ph.D., Readjustment Counseling Therapist, Vet Center
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21 – Film about Sexual Assault: Searching for Angela Shelton Filmmaker Angela Shelton searches across the country for other women with her name – and finds 70% of them have been victims of rape, incest or domestic violence. Speaker: Jennifer Tristan, Director of Education Training, San Antonio Rape Crisis Center
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28 – Film about Rape: It was Rape Eight women of different ages, backgrounds and ethnicities tell their personal stories of sexual assault. Speaker: Jennifer Tristan, Director of Education Training, San Antonio Rape Crisis Center We hope you will join us for our third annual presentation of this series.

For more information, contact Polly McCord at

Athletics News

Cardinal Spotlight

away trips football

Soar with the Cardinals on their away game to UTEP from Sept. 25 – 26. Reserve your spot now at (210) 805-3000. 

UIW Soccer Season
The UIW Athletics Department invites the community to enjoy men and women's soccer.  Games for September are listed below.

Men's Soccer for the Week:
Sept. 18: Men's Soccer vs. Central Arkansas, Benson Stadium, 8 p.m.
Sept. 25: Men's Soccer vs. UIW Mexico, Benson Stadium, 7 p.m. – Admission is FREE

Women's Soccer for the Week:
Sept. 18: Women's Soccer vs. Houston Baptist, Benson Stadium, 5 p.m.
Sept. 25: Women's Soccer at Southeastern Louisiana, 4 p.m.

UIW Football Season
The UIW Athletics Department invites the community to enjoy the football season.  Games for September are listed below.

Football for the Week:
Sept. 19: Football vs. Nicholls, Benson Stadium, 2 p.m.
Sept. 26: Football at UTEP, 7 p.m.

For info, please contact Athletics at (210) 805-3000.


Community News

employee kick-off photo invitation

Call for presentations during the October Season of Peace and Justice
Presentations related to themes of Catholic Social Teaching are welcomed throughout the month of October. At this time following the lead of Pope Francis, UIW will be particularly emphasizing care of creation. See the “Call for Presentations” on the left at Another link of note is located here. If you have questions, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at

Light the Way Volunteer Day
Join us for the 2015 Light the Way Volunteer Day on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and/or 1 –4 p.m. in the Convocation Center to help prepare for one of the most anticipated events of the holiday season. Assist by replacing discolored and broken bulbs to ensure our campus continues to shine bright. Enjoy free breakfast or lunch, earn community service hours and enjoy some holiday cheer. Students, faculty and alumni are invited to participate. Families are also welcome, but please no children under the age of 10. Click here to register. For info, contact Taylor Nurmi, or 210-829-6001.

UIW Phonathon 2015
UIW Phonathon 2015 is occurring in the Joyce Building, Room 126 starting Saturday, Oct. 3 through Wednesday, Oct. 14. This event poses opportunities for students such as: free training, great networking, potential paid opportunities, community service hours and a chance to win prizes. Please contact Patrick Greener for more info at (210) 805-5832 or


Using the Blackboard Blogging Function
Participants in this hands-on session will learn to use the journal/blog function of Blackboard and will consider the advantages and disadvantages of including student blogging in a course. This course will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 22 in the Administration Building, Room 212 from 12 – 1 p.m. Limit 10; please bring a laptop. The presenter will be Scott Roberts. To register, click this link.  For more info, contact Kathy Allwein at (210) 283-6359 or

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

School Workshops & events

  • Rosenberg School of Optometry (RSO): Dr. Timothy Wingert; Fri., Sept. 18, 2015 = First Faculty meeting
  • Extended Academic Programs (EAP): Dr. Cyndi W. Porter; Sat., Sept. 26, 2015 = Fall Faculty Assembly, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Norris Conference Center

For Your Students

Prep for Internship Fair
Prepare for your next internship with Career Services on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 12 p.m. in the Mabee Library Auditorium. For info, please contact Darlene Moczygemba at (210) 829-3931 or

Manage Your Student Loans with SALT
College isn't cheap, but paying for it doesn't have to be painful. Be a Money Master and learn the financial basics! Let SALT help you pay for next semester and put together a plan to defeat debt-student loans and otherwise. Come check out SALT information session in the Mabee Library from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23. For more information please contact, Heather Miller in the Office of Financial Assistance at:

Arts & Music Festival Auditions
The annual UIW Arts and Music Festival will be held on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in Marian Circle, Dubuis Lawn and the Mabee Library. Music, theater, and poetry slam performance auditions are scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Mabee Library Auditorium. Prepare a 4 – 6 minute excerpt of the work of your choice. These can be multi-person or solo performances. Please RSVP for the audition to Olivia Morales by Monday, Sept. 21 at (210) 683-7632 or

TechAssist Workshop
This student-centered event on Friday, Sept. 25 from 12 – 1 p.m. in the Gorman Building, Room 212 will focus on how to effectively share information with your audience using PowerPoint. At the end of this half-hour session, you will know the secrets to minimizing boredom and maximizing attention. In other words, you learn how to stop your PowerPoint presentation from becoming “PowerPointless.” For more info, contact Terry Peak at (210) 829-3920 or

Academic Papers Institute Workshop
The Graduate Support Center's Graduate Institutes Workshop allows you to attend four workshops in one day! The Graduate Institutes include a focus on Graduate Writing, Academic Papers, and Academic and Career Success. This workshop is Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Nursing Building, Room 214. Registration is required. For info and registration, contact Jessica Mesa at or (210) 832-5628.


Employee Health & Wellness


marveen mahon and dr. keith tucker

Pictured above (left to right) are UIW retirees Marveen Mahon, former director of health services, and Dr. Keith Tucker, former director of counseling. Dr. Tucker presented a Stress and Time Management lunch and learn to faculty and staff on Thursday, Sept. 17.


High Schools

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St. Anthony Catholic High School Events

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American Cancer Society "Ranch Chic Fashion Show"
The Ranch Chic Fashion Show, sponsored by and for the benefit of the American Cancer Society, is a very special event on Thursday, Sept. 24 from 6:30 – 10 p.m. at the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room honoring cancer survivors. Over 15 cancer survivors will be modeling in the show along with community celebrities and noteworthy anchors from KENS-TV. Cavender Boot is providing the fabulous fashions and Wrangler jeans are a major sponsor. Tickets are $75. For more info, contact Renee Silber at (210) 595-0249 or


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