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2015 fashion management plaid pattern official


After years of hard work, the UIW Fashion Management Program has developed the official tartan (plaid) for UIW. They felt it was important to incorporate the founding Sisters in the plaid design.  The three white lines that are together on the plaid represent the founding Sisters. Several versions of the plaid were developed.  The fashion faculty narrowed it down to 3 designs. Luxury scarves and satin ties can be purchased at this link. A portion of the money from the sales of the tartan items will be returned to the Fashion Management Program to fund scholarships. Pictured above (left to right) is Dr. Melinda Adams, associate professor of Fashion Management, with Dr. Lou Agnese, UIW president, displaying the new plaid.



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

Salve Retreat
Salve is UIW's Fall retreat for students hosted by UIW Mission and Ministry. It's a 3-day experience from Nov. 6 through Nov. 8 held at the Tecaboca Retreat Center (5045 Junction Hwy, Mountain Home, TX 78058). Mission and Ministry will provide transportation and meals. The cost of the Retreat is $50 per person to cover food, transportation, and retreat t-shirt. For more info, contact Brittany Nelson at (210) 861-9410 or



Day of the Dead Altar and Observance
Following the mass at 8 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 1, the Modern Languages Department will serve pan de muertos, the traditional “bread of the dead” and Campus Ministry will provide hot chocolate just outside Our Lady’s Chapel. All are welcome. The students in Dr. Sally Said’s intermediate Spanish class construct an altar, or ofrenda, in the chapel foyer each year. They invite you to add a picture or other small remembrance in honor of someone who has died. Please write your name and contact information on any article you leave so it can be returned to you. The altar will remain in place from Oct. 22 to Nov. 4. For more info, contact Dr. Sally Said at

Putting Care of Creation Into Practice
Julian Gonzalez, general manager of Aramark Custodial Services, will be giving examples and ideas of national trends and ideas that we are implementing on our campus from 5:15 – 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 3 in the Administration Building, Room 215. Julian Gonzalez has been actively involved in Sustainability initiatives at UIW and nationally recognized for his work. For more info, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 829-3854 or

Native American Month Presentation
Helen Ballew, director of the Headwaters Coalition, will describe the evidence of Native American occupation and use of the property that is now the Headwaters Sanctuary from 1:30 – 2:45 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4 in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. For more info, contact Ben McPherson at (210) 829-3154 or

Faith in an Abundant Land: Native American Sustainability
Dr. Jeffrey L. Crane presents a talk on Native American sustainability by the author of a book covering the subject at 9 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 5 in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. For more info, contact Ben McPherson at (210) 829-3154 or

Where Rivers Meet: Sumida River, Song of the Yanaguana River and Curlew River
UIW Department of Music presents: Where Rivers Meet: Sumida River, Song of the Yanaguana River and Curlew River from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5 in the UIW Music Building Concert Hall. For tickets and info, visit this site. There are other events throughout the community and at UIW as a part of this project. For a full list and description of events, please visit this webpage. For more info, contact the UIW Department of Music at (210) 829-3855 or

UIW Veterans Day Celebration
All are welcome to come and honor our nation’s veterans with an Ecumenical Service on Veterans Day at 12 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11, in Our Lady’s Chapel. Even more special events will take place at the UIW Military Appreciation Football Game, Saturday, Nov. 14. Contact Karen Wyatt at our Center for Veterans Affairs with any questions at or 832-2154.

Care for the Earth: Pope Francis’s Integrated Vision of Nature, Culture, and Society
On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si’) is Pope Francis’s urgent call for all humanity to reflect on our interaction with each other and our planet. Released in June 2015, the encyclical has sparked a global conversation. The Provost and Religious Studies faculty welcome the UIW and local community to study and act upon the Pope’s message from 7 – 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12 in the Mabee Library Auditorium. In this upcoming lecture, Peter J. Casarella, Ph.D. (Yale University) will explore the Latin American theological context of Pope Francis and this first encyclical on the environment. For more info, contact Horacio Vela at (210) 829-3803 or

“Festival of Frames” Trunk Show
The UIW Eye Institute cordially invites you to the first annual “Festival of Frames” Trunk Show from 4 – 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. The trunk show features an exclusive selection of eyewear and sunglasses at 40% off for faculty and staff. There will be a selection of styles by Prada, Michael Kors, Coach, Versace, Ray Ban, Tory Burch, D&G and more. Insurance may not be combined with 40% discount. Appetizers, desserts and wine will be served. Please RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 11 to Homer Martinez at

Light the Way: O Tannenbaum
Join the UIW family to celebrate the time honored holiday tradition of “O Tannenbaum” as we kick off the holidays with one of the most anticipated events of the season at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21 in Benson Stadium. The program will feature several fan favorites including Tejano superstar Patsy Torres, the talent of the UIW Cardinal Chorale, the UIW Cardinal Marching Band and Spirit Team plus the performing groups of UIW’s Brainpower Connection schools.  

The evening will culminate with the flip of a switch to deck the UIW campus with nearly a million twinkling Christmas lights. Guests are invited to join the candlelight procession through campus led by Mariachi Las Coronelas to Dubuis Lawn for a complimentary hot chocolate reception. The campus will be illuminated nightly for self-guided tours through Jan. 6, 2016.  Follow us on social media using #LTW2015 to stay up-to-date with this year’s event.  Don’t forget to share your favorite Light the Way memories and photos past and present.  For more information, call (210) 829-6001 or visit


Department News

fsop workshop brazil finale 2015

Dr. Marcos Oliveira, FSOP associate professor, is pictured with some of the student participants of the Mission Health IV International Initiative. Students from the University of the Incarnate Word and Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Parana in Parana, Brazil participated in different groups during of about four months to develop their projects on the wellbeing of diabetes patients in our communities.

Web Development Training Session
Web Development continues its fall web training sessions at 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30 in the Mabee Library, Room 230 with instructions on gadgets in the OU Campus web content management system. Seating for this advanced session is limited to 25 participants. Please RSVP to For more info, contact Troy Knickerbocker at (210) 805-5818 or

Piano Concert Series
The UIW Department of Music presents the San Antonio International Piano Competition at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7 in the UIW Music Building Concert Hall. For tickets and information, visit For further information, contact the UIW Department of Music at (210) 829-3855 or

Chinese Food Culture
The UIW Institute of Word Cultures presents a special event showcasing Chinese food culture from 3 – 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11 in the ICC Boardroom 1. For more info, contact Chaoyi Wang at (210) 829-2784 or


Athletics News

Cardinal Spotlight

Men's and Women's Basketball Home Opener
UIW Cardinals Men's and Women's Basketball will tip off the 2015-2016 seasons as they play host to the LSU-Alexandria Generals and Texas Lutheran Bulldogs at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13. In the McDermott Convocation Center. The Cardinals Club will be hosting an All-Night tailgate party beginning at 5 p.m. for UIW students, faculty, staff, and fans. Game ticket for the basketball games is required for the tailgate party. The tailgate part will last all-night leading into the UIW vs. Lamar football game. Come on out to support our Cardinals and Celebrate our Military at the Military Appreciation Game, Saturday, Nov. 14. For more info, contact Kevin Lepore at (210) 805-3000 or

UIW Soccer Season
The UIW Athletics Department invites the community to enjoy men’s soccer.  Games for November are listed below.

Men’s Soccer for the Week:

Nov. 1: Men’s Soccer at Seattle, 3 p.m.

UIW Volleyball Season
The UIW Athletics Department invites the community to enjoy women’s volleyball.  Games for October & November are listed below.

Women’s Volleyball for the Week:

Oct. 31: Women’s Volleyball vs. Abilene Christian, McDermott Convocation Center, 2 p.m.
Nov. 5: Women’s Volleyball at Nicholls, 6:30 p.m.

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

Football for the Week:

Oct. 31: Football at Stephen F. Austin, 3 p.m. (Streaming on ESPN 3 & KONO 860 AM)
Nov. 7: Football at McNeese State, 6 p.m. (Streaming on KONO 860 AM)

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


Community News


2015 alumni and parent wine & cheese

Pictured with a cardboard cutout of Dr. Agnese (left to right) are Mickey Agnese and Dr. Lisa McNary, dean of Alumni & Parent Relations. Mickey graciously opened up her home to host the 2015 Alumni & Parent Wine and Cheese Mixer on Friday, Oct. 23. 

2015 peace day

Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, professor of Religious Studies, Alotaibi Abdulmajeed, Basem Almalki and Zaki Alabdulbagi stand before Pope Francis’ document and Islamic Leaders’ document on caring for creation. The Cardinal Community Leaders of the Ettling Center for Civic Engagement hosted this exhibit for Peace Day, Oct. 28.

2015 hispanic chamber of commerce

UIW’s Ettling Center for Civic Leadership hosted the 2015 Commencement Ceremony for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Latina Leadership Institute on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the Rosenberg Sky Room. This collaborative effort which will incorporate a Latina Mentoring initiative that will match 50 UIW students with Latina professionals over the next three years.  The initiative is one of 150 national Commitments to Action recognized by the President’s White House Initiative on Educational Excellence, which was recognized on the House Floor by Congressman Joaquin Castro. Shown in the bottom photo are Fr. Tom Dymowski, UIW chaplain, Patricia Pliego Stout, co-chair of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor, UIW Associate Provost Dr. Barbara Aranda-Naranjo, UIW Provost Dr. Kathi Light and San Antonio Chamber President Ramiro Cavazos. 

Bereavement Notice
Linda Etter, FSOP academic affairs secretary, lost her father, Dr. Jackson Edward Cagle, Jr., on Tuesday, Oct. 27.  Dr. Cagle was well known in the Ft. Worth area as a cardio-vascular surgeon, specializing in peripheral vascular surgery.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 31in Ft. Worth, Texas.  Please keep Linda (an 18-year UIW employee)  and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Halloween Photos
Did your department celebrate Halloween in costume this year? Send photos to for possible inclusion in next week’s newsletter.

Southland Conference Mascot Challenge – Vote for Red
MidSouth Bank is saluting this year’s Southland Conference mascots who go above an beyond to keep school spirit at its peak. Vote for Red to be the best mascot in the Southland Conference – the best school mascot will win $5,000 towards its spirit fund. You can vote once per day every day until midnight, Thursday, Nov. 12 at this link.

Denman Estate Open House
Looking for a venue to host your next function? Check out the Denman Estate Open House from 12 – 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15 at the Denman Estate (7735 Mockingbird Lane, San Antonio, TX 78229). This is a great chance to see the venue and meet with other event professionals that will help make your next event spectacular. For more info, contact Stephanie Ponce at (210) 805-5805 or

Cup Runneth Over
TRiO Student Support Services will once again work with women and families in transition by collecting and assembling cup care packages.“Cup Runneth Over” is a way in which the faculty, administrators and staff can give something back to those experiencing difficulties in their lives. Collection of items run until 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16. Please consider donating the following items in good condition

  • Mugs
  • Hotel toiletries
  • Toothbrushes and small toothpastes
  • Individually wrapped tea bags or packets of hot chocolate
  • Any other small item that would be appropriate and helpful 
  • Items can be delivered to the TRiO Lab in the Administration Building, Room 225.

For more info or assistance with item collection, please contact TRiO Student Support Services at (210) 805-5812. 


Faculty News

Informal Writing Workshop
Also called writing-to-learn, informal writing involves short activities designed to help students grapple with new material. Informal writing is typically done during class and is lightly graded, if it’s graded at all. Participants will experience several informal writing activities and create one for their class. The first session is from 12 – 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 3, in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room (Location change due to size of event). Lunch will be served at this session. The second session will be from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4 in the Administration Building, Room 212. Wine and cheese will be served at this session. The presenter for both sessions is Dr. Amanda Johnston. For more info, contact Kathy Allwein at (210) 283-6359 or


For Your Students

Study and Test-Taking Workshop

This ALPHA workshop from 12 – 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4 in the Administration Building, Room 155 will help students learn about effective studying tips and test-taking strategies. For more info, contact Dr. Tanja Stampfl at (210) 829-3885 or

Employee Health & Wellness

Employee Wellness Lunch & Learn 
The Employee Wellness Committee will host a lunch and learn at 12 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19 in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. Sam Martinez, Employee Wellness GA, will present on Diet and Lifestyle Changes. RSVP by email:


High Schools

St. Anthony Catholic High School Open House
SACHS Open Houses are a great way to learn about the school and its academic programs. All prospective students and their families are invited to attend this in-depth look into the school from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 8. Tours, teacher demonstrations and meetings with our faculty are a part of the experience. There is no RSVP needed nor is an appointment necessary. Guidance in the admission and financial aid processes will be offered to those ready to make the commitment to attend St. Anthony Catholic High School. If you are unable to attend the Open House event, we encourage you to contact us at (210) 832-5632 or to schedule a personal visit to our school at your convenience.

St. Anthony Catholic High School Placement Test Workshop
Successful performance on the HSPT test can be the gateway to an outstanding high school education for your middle school child. St. Anthony Catholic High School offers convenient, high quality prep courses for the HSPT high school admission test. Taught by the St. Anthony counseling department, the courses use practice material carefully chosen to provide students with:

  1. Effective strategies to help them cope with math and verbal problems
  2. Extensive practice with the HSPT
  3. Foundation necessary to boost confidence

We will help students to increase their scores by preparing them with the test-taking skills necessary to read and solve problems efficiently and accurately. Students will learn strategies to increase their scores by eliminating incorrect answers and by making wise educated deductions. To register for the course online, click on this link.

St. Anthony Catholic High School Events

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 2015 rosenberg school of optometry altar ofrenda

The Rosenberg School of Optometry has erected an ofrenda in honor of Dia de los Muertos. Pictures on la ofrenda (the altar) belong to faculty, staff and students of RSO. They will be serving traditional pan de muerto at 8 a.m., Monday, Nov. 2. 

Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • Cynthia and Rickie Baker (Vice Principal of St. Anthony Catholic High School) & family on the recent loss of his mother, Ora L. Baker.
  • Clara (BS ’77) and Paul Baumgarten & family on the recent loss of his brother, Thomas Lee Baumgarten (MA ’77).
  • Robert N. Corrigan, Jr. & family on the recent loss of his son, Robert N. Corrigan III (ALND ’96).
  • Louis J. Polk, Sr. & family on the recent loss of his wife, Adell Ferguson Polk (BA ’56).
  • The family of Mary Emma Solis (IWHS ’49) on her recent death.
  • Elizabeth White (UIW Student) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Lupita Nava White.



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