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meet the mission 2015

The Tenth Annual Meet the Mission Day of Service was held Friday, Sept. 18. Approximately 300 students volunteered and provided 1,500 hours of service to 28 organizations in the San Antonio community. Students and faculty served in a variety of areas including assisting the underserved in our community as well as the elderly, refugees living in our city and built gardens and refurbished playgrounds. Pictured above (left to right) are Fr. Tom Dymowski, university chaplain, Sr. Walter Maher, vice president for mission and ministry, Dr. Harold Rodinksy, founding advisor of UIW Meet the Mission, Dr. Kevin Vichcales, associate provost and dean of HASS, Dr. Craig McCarron, associate professor of mathematics and current faculty advisor of Meet the Mission, and Dr. Lopita Nath, associate professor and chair of history.




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

The Song of the People: Music for Your Whole Community
All are invited to attend the 20th annual Pastoral Music Concert, 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 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26. 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 $55 per person and $45 per person for groups of 3 more. To register and for info, contact Sr. Eilish Ryan at (210) 829-3871 or

Laudato Si' – On Care for our Common Home
UIW Mission and Ministry invites you to a special presentation by Sr. Linda Gibler, OP, PhD, on Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Whitley Theological Center at the Oblate School of Theology (285 Oblate Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78216). Registration for this event is $10. Sr. Linda will review the outline of Laudato Si' and then focus on two chapters at the heart of Pope Francis' teaching: Chapter Four – Integral Ecology and Chapter Six – Ecological Education and Spirituality. For more info, contact Brenda Dimas at (210) 829-3128 or

Presentation: Charism
Fr. Frank Santucci, OMI, will present a lecture on charism at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6 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

St. Francis of Assisi Blessing of Animals and Prayer for Creation
The St. Francis of Assisi Blessing of Animals and Prayer for Creation will take place at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1 at the entrance of the Headwaters Sanctuary, which is just west of Sullivan Field. Bring your animals live and stuffed, enjoy God's creation and pray that we may work together to preserve it. This event is co-sponsored by UIW Liturgical Outreach and the Headwaters Coalition, a Ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. For more info, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 829-3854 or



Hispanic Heritage Month
The UIW community celebrates a month of activities and lectures commemorating Hispanic heritage. For a full list of events, please click here. For more info, contact Paula Ayala at (210) 805-5863 or

Saudi National Day and Eid Al-Adha
Eid al-Adha, known as Greater Eid or the Feast of the Sacrifice, is the second of two major Eid Muslim holidays. Thousands of Muslims around the world are set to celebrate the festival, join us in celebrating Eid al-Adha on Monday, Sept. 28 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room with the UIW Saudi Student Club. For more info, contact Melissa Villanueva at (210) 805-3051 or

Concert at the Cove
Join the UIW Cardinal Jazz Band on Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 8 – 10 p.m. for a fun concert at The Cove Restaurant (606 W Cypress, San Antonio, Texas 78212). For more info, contact Jim Waller at (210) 445-0412 or

National Night Out
Join the UIW community at this year's National Night Out from 4 - 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6 outside the Convocation Center. Enjoy an evening of games, activities, music and free food. You will also 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

Heritage Day Employee Recognition Ceremony and Reception
The 22nd Annual Incarnate Word Heritage Day will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7 in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. UIW will recognize full-time employees celebrating milestone years of service. Immediately following the ceremony, the university will hold a reception in Heritage Hall located at the Village of Incarnate Word. For more info, contact Heather D. Hamilton at (210) 832-2104 or

Light the Way Display Board Contest
Join us from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10 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 maine

Almost, Maine
The UIW Theatre Department presents Almost, Maine. 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. The show times are listed below located at the Cheever Theater:

  • 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2
  • 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3
  • 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4
  • 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8
  • 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9
  • 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10

For more info, please contact (210) 829-3800 or

Department News

prep for internship fairCareer Services held an informative internship preparation presentation on Wednesday, Sept. 23. Pictured above is Abreetta Goode, coordinator of Career Services, presenting to students in the Mabee Library Auditorium.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. 

October Redbird Research On Call

  • 1 – 3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 12 - Chemistry Research Assistance, Bonilla Science Hall, 1st Floor. For more info, contact Christina Seeger at or 210-883-1121.
  • 2 – 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13 - Brainstormin' in Gorman: Business Research Help, Gorman Building, 1st Floor. For more info, contact Paul Andersen at or 210-829-6010.
  • 2 – 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 19 - Arts & Humanities Research Assistance in the Music Building. For more info, contact Farhad Moshiri at or 210-829-3842.
  • 11:30 a.m.− 1:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23 - Library Research Assistance, Gorman Building, 1st Floor. For more info, contact Mary Jinks at or 210-829-3839.
  • 12 – 1:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 26 - STEM Disciplines Research Assistance, Bonilla Science Hall, 1st Floor. For more info, contact Dell Davis at or 210-829-6054.

Being an Incarnate Word Missionary as an Expression of Catholic Social Teaching
Women's Global Connection will present information about the Incarnate Word Missionary program from 5:15 – 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6 in the Administration Building, Room 215. This is a 1 – 2 year service opportunity following university graduation. The missionaries who have recently returned from Peru will share some of their experiences. This program is open to the public and light refreshments will be served. For more info, contact Ada Gonzalez at (210) 828-2224, extension 297, or

Mabee Library Presents: Farhad's Film Series
Farhad's Film Series will be a double feature from 2 – 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8 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.

  • 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
  • 6 p.m., 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
  • 6 p.m., 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
  • 6 p.m., 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

South Texas Chapter the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Workshop/Meeting & Student Recital
The South Texas Chapter of NATS will hold its annual meeting, workshop, and student recitals on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Ingrid Seddon Recital Hall. For more info, contact the UIW Department of Music at (210) 829-3855 or

Elective Voice Recital: Marissa C. Garcia
The UIW Department of Music proudly presents Marissa C. Garcia in her Elective Voice Recital on Sunday, Oct. 11 from 3 – 4 p.m. in the Ingrid Seddon Recital Hall. For more info, contact the UIW Department of Music at (210) 829-3855 or

The Value of Summer Internships & Fellowships
Two panels of students, each with a faculty moderator, will discuss their personal experiences with internships and research fellowships on Monday, Oct. 12 in the Administration Building, Rooms 215 and 365. One panel, in Room 365, will focus on opportunities in the natural sciences and the second panel, in Room 215, will cover social sciences, humanities and communications majors. Attendees will be looking for self-development and self-discovery as well as learn how to find, prepare for and use these opportunities to widen their social and professional networks, which helps them toward reaching their ultimate post-graduation goals. All students welcome. Sponsored by the Honors Program. For more info, contact Jean Loden at (210) 832-3211 or


Athletics News

Cardinal Spotlight

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. 25: Men's Soccer vs. UIW Mexico, Benson Stadium, 7 p.m. – Admission is FREE
Sept. 27: Men's Soccer vs. UIW Alumni, Benson Stadium, 5 p.m.
Sept. 30: Men's Soccer vs. Bakersfield, Benson Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Women's Soccer for the Week:
Sept. 25: Women's Soccer at Southeastern Louisiana, 4 p.m.
Sept. 27: Women's Soccer at Nicholls, 1 p.m.
Oct. 2: Women's Soccer vs. Central Arkansas, Benson Stadium, 7 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. 26: Football at UTEP, 7 p.m.
Oct. 3: Football vs. Northwestern State, Benson Stadium, 2 p.m.

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


Community News

employee spirit photo
UIW employees gathered at the clock tower Thursday, Sept. 17 to show their Cardinal spirit and celebrate the beginning of the fall semester.

dr. harold rodinsky retirement celebrationThe UIW Community came together to celebrate the retirement of Dr. Harold Rodinksy, associate professor of psychology, and Dr. Patricia Lonchar, professor of English, on Thursday, Sept. 26. Pictured above is Dr. Harold Rodinksy with Sr. Eilish Ryan, professor of religious studies.

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

Light the Way Volunteer Day
Join us for the 2015 Light the Way Volunteer Day from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and/or 1 –4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26 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

Free Museum Admission with UIW ID
Did you know that you get free admission to local art museums such as the San Antonio Art Museum or the McNay Art Museum with your UIW ID? There are fees that will be extra if the museums are having special exhibits, so be sure to check their schedule ahead of time. To check out current exhibits at the McNay Art Museum, click here. To see current exhibits at the San Antonio Museum of Art, click here. There are so many perks with your UIW Cardinal ID. For more info about discounts with your ID, visit this link to the HR website.



Getting Started with Service Learning
Well-designed service learning projects address community needs and help students meet course outcomes while being practical for a busy faculty member to implement. Participants will learn efficient strategies for planning and implementing service learning on Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 12 – 1 p.m. or Friday, Oct. 2 from 12 – 1 p.m. Both sessions will take place in the Administration Building, Room 212, and lunch will be served. This session's presenter is Dr. Chris Edelman, associate professor of philosophy. To register for any session, click this link. For more info, contact Kathy Allwein at (210) 283-6359 or

Minimizing Plagiarism Workshop
Decades of surveys suggest that plagiarism is fairly common; however, it is possible to minimize this problem in our own courses without becoming “the cop in the classroom.” Participants will explore ways, mostly non-technological, to shape a course environment less conducive to cheating. The first workshop opportunity will be from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1 in the Administration Building, Room 212 where wine and cheese will also be served. The second workshop will be announced soon. The presenter for both workshops is Dr. Amanda Johnston, director of the Writing and Learning Center. To register, click this link. For more info, contact Kathy Allwein at (210) 283-6359 or

Extended Academic Studies

Extended Academic Programs Fall Faculty Assembly Workshop
Extended Academic Programs is hosting a Fall Faculty Assembly workshop with Dr. Cyndi Porter, vice president of EAP, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26 in the Norris Conference Center (618 Loop 410, Suite 207, San Antonio, Texas 78216). Please contact the Betsy Dvorak at (210) 805-5800 or

Graduate Information Session
Join the UIW Extended Academic Programs for a Graduate Information Session on the Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCaP) and UIW Online schools on Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry (9725 Datapoint Dr., Room 301, San Antonio, TX 78229). During this session, you can have your transcripts evaluated, discuss financial aid options, meet with a professor and receive application assistance from admission counselors. To RSVP, call (210) 757-0202 or email Visit for more details.

For Your Students


TechAssist Workshop
Don't miss informative workshop from 12 – 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25 in the Gorman Building, Room 212 that 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 & career success. This workshop is from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26 in the Nursing Building, Room 214. Registration is required. For info and registration, contact Jessica Mesa at or (210) 832-5628.


Employee Health & Wellness


Employee Wellness Lunch & Learn: Spirituality
The Employee Wellness Committee is hosting a Lunch & Learn event at 12 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21 in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. Beth Villarreal, director of campus ministry, will present a lecture on spirituality. RSVP by email to For more info, contact Kristi Galloway at (210) 805-5873 or


High Schools

dr. agnese international dinnerDr. Lou Agnese, president of UIW, hosted a dinner at his home this past week for international high school students from Incarnate Word High School and St. Anthony Catholic High School. Pictured above are the international students from both high schools on Dr. Agnese's patio.

Incarnate Word High School Casino Night
Mark your calendar and make plans to attend Casino Night 2015 from 6 – 11:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9 at the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. This event is IWHS's largest fundraiser of the year, and all the proceeds will support student scholarships.  The evening includes a seated dinner, drinks, silent auction and casino play with prizes. Please review the Registration Form to participate or follow this link. For more info, contact Stephanie Denning at (210) 832-2143 or

Mobile Digital Mammogram Clinic at Incarnate Word High School
Christus Santa Rosa's Mobile Digital Mammogram Clinic will be at Incarnate Word High School from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20. To schedule your appointment with the clinic, contact (210) 704-4100. To schedule online, click here

St. Anthony Catholic High School Events

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


zero walk
The 2015 Zero Prostate Cancer Run/Walk this past Saturday had some Cardinal representation as a team. Pictured above (left to right) are Dr. Ann David, assistant professor of teacher education, Dr. Renea Fike, assistant professor of teacher education, Zero Prostate Cancer Run/Walk Team Leader Dr. Stephanie Grote-Garcia, associate professor of teacher education, Dr. Audra Skukauskaite, professor of teacher education, Dr. Elda Martinez, associate professor of teacher education and 2015 Moody Professor, Itza Casanova, administrative assistant to the provost, and Cristina Ariza, director of the Learning Assistance Center.

Our sympathies and prayers go to:

  • Emma Campbell & family on the recent loss of her husband, John M. Campbell, Jr. (UIW Former Student).

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