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sr. martha ann parliament 2015


Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, professor of religious studies, led the forum on “Beyond Words: an Interfaith Ritual for Peace” choreographed by Carla De Sola at the Parliament of the World's Religions, the oldest and the largest interfaith gathering in the world which drew people of about 50 faiths from 80 countries to Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 15-19, 2015. “Beyond Words” involved religious leaders of different faiths pouring water together symbolic of the deep underground river of common spiritual ideas such as compassion. Gestures from Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam were woven together by the Omega West Dance Company. The Parliament advocated global ethics concerned with care for the earth, the vulnerable, and building peace through justice.  War and preparation for war, not only hurts people, but these are some of the most devastating things for the earth's resources. 



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


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 the Center for Veterans Affairs with any questions at or 832-2154.

Native American Month Presentation – Dr. Gilberto Hinojosa
Dr. Gilberto Hinojosa will present a Native American Month Presentation titled, "Native American Texas & Spanish Texas - Cultural Interaction in 1700s Texas" from 2 - 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11 in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. For more info, contact Ben McPherson at (210) 829-3154 or

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

The UIW Department of Theatre Arts invites you to Reckless, a whacky and somewhat dark comedy by Craig Lucas. Robert Ball directs Reckless with scenery designed by Christopher McCollum, costumes designed by Margaret Mitchell, and lighting designed by Justin Bennett. Tickets for this production will be: $10 for adults, $9 for Seniors $8 for non-UIW students, $6 for groups of 10 or more and UIW students, Faculty and staff may attend free by presenting their valid UIW ID. Show times in the Coates Theatre are:

  • 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13
  • 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14
  • 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15
  • 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19
  • 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20

For more info, contact Chrissie Young at (210) 829-3800 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

Winter's Eve Gala
Join Cardinals for Kids and the UIW community for The Winter's Eve Gala from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. The gala benefits the Children's Hospital of San Antonio Foundation and includes a cocktail hour, silent auction and dinner. The evening honors Dr. Richard Wayne. The cost is $150 per person with a minimum table price of $2,000. For more info, contact Justin Lamontagne at (210) 283-6473 or

UIW Cardinal Jazz Band Concert
The UIW Cardinal Jazz Band's last concert of the fall semester is from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19 in the UIW Music Building Concert Hall. They will be performing for the first time in the new UIW Concert Hall and will feature special guests Kyle Keener and Polly Harrison. Keener and Harrison are UIW alumni and have a musical group called Small World that has been a staple of the San Antonio music scene for more than 30 years. The Clark High School Jazz Band will also be featured and will open the concert. For more info, contact Jim Waller at (210) 445-0412 or

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 Marching Cardinals 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

President's Spaghetti Dinner
MARK YOUR CALANDARS AND SAVE THE DATE - The President's Spaghetti Dinner takes place from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. The dinner is an annual UIW tradition for our students and this is your special invitation to join the Campus Life Staff for this event. We would appreciate your assistance in one or more of the following ways:

  • Meatball Rolling (Tuesday, Dec. 1, Marian Hall @ ICC).
  • Serving at one or more of the shifts during the dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 2, McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room.
  • Prepare or purchase a dessert for the dinner.

Please volunteer to assist us by signing up online at this link.


Department News

study and test-taking workshop 2015

ALPHA Student Success held a Study and Test-Taking Workshop Wednesday, Nov. 4 in the Administration Building, Room 155. Pictured above (left to right) are Cristina Ariza, director of the Learning Assistance Center, and Dr. Amanda Johnston, director of the Writing & Learning Center, helping students learn about effective studying tips and test-taking strategies.

A big thank you to the departments that sent photos of their creative Halloween costumes. Here is a collage set of some of the highlights from last week's festivities.

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Dr. Jeffrey L. Crane, associate dean of CHASS, presented a discussion on Native American sustainability titled “Faith in an Abundant Land: Native American Sustainability,” Thursday, Nov. 5 in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room.

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Sr. Martha Ann Kirk visits with Kirsta Melton from the San Antonio Office of the Attorney General who spoke about legal efforts to help victims of trafficking.

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

Discussion of James Anderson's book Monotheism and Yahweh's Appropriation of Baal
The Religious Studies Department and CHASS are sponsoring a discussion of the recent book by James Anderson, Monotheism and Yahweh's Appropriation of Baal, from 12 – 1:15 p.m., Monday, Nov. 9 in the Nursing Building, Room 206. James is a part time instructor in the Religious Studies department and received his PhD from Sheffield University in England. Free and open to the public. Pizza will be served. For more info, contact Julie Miller at (210) 283-5062 or

Mabee Library presents Farhad's Film Series
The Mabee Library presents Banking Nature from 2 – 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11 in the Mabee Library, Room 221. The film investigates the commercialization of the natural world. Protecting our planet has become big business with companies promoting new environmental markets. This involves species banking, where investors buy up vast swathes of land, full of endangered species, to enable them to sell "nature credits". Companies whose actions destroy the environment are now obliged to buy these credits and new financial centers have sprung up, specializing in this trade. Many respected economists believe that the best way to protect nature is to put a price on it. But others fear that this market in nature could lead to companies having a financial interest in a species' extinction. There are also concerns that, like the subprime mortgage crisis of 2008, the market in nature credits is bound to crash. And there are wider issues at stake. What guarantees do we have that our natural inheritance will be protected? And should our ecological heritage be for sale? For more information, please contact Farhad Moshiri at or 210-829-3842.

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

2015 Holiday Expo
The H-E-B School of Business & Administration (HEBSBA) Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program at UIW will hold the first annual Holiday Expo from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14 in the ICC Conference Center. The expo features local small business entrepreneurs. Proceeds from the Holiday Expo will be used to support the HEBSBA DBA Program Study Abroad. For more info, contact Cynthia Sutton at (210) 773-3156 or

Cardinal Chorale & Singers Fall Concert
The UIW Department of Music presents the UIW Cardinal Chorale & Singers Fall Concert from 3 – 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15 in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. For more info, contact the UIW Department of Music at (210) 829-3855 or


Athletics News

Cardinal Spotlight

Men 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

Fan Appreciation Cookout
The UIW Athletics Cardinals Club, along with the Student Athlete Advisor Council is set to host Fan Appreciation Cookout from 5 – 10:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13 in front of McDermott Convocation Center. The event is FREE and OPEN to the public. Attendees will be treated to free hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, water, and soft drinks. The UIW football team will serve as the cooks, and assist SAAC and Cardinals Club members with serving patrons. For more info, contact Kevin Lepore at (210) 805-3000 or

UIW Football Military Appreciation Day
Come and enjoy the UIW Football Military Appreciation Day at the UIW vs. Lamar football game at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14 at Benson Stadium. Admission and parking is FREE to all military personnel and their families. Admission is free to UIW students, faculty and staff with a valid UIW ID. There will be a flag unfurling during pre-game, all branch enlistment ceremony and UIW Marching Cardinals USA tribute show during half-time. For more information contact Kevin Lepore at 210-805-3000.

UIW Basketball Season
The UIW Athletics Department invites the community to enjoy men and women's basketball. Games for November are listed below.

Men's Basketball for the Week:

Nov. 13: Men's Basketball vs. Texas Lutheran, McDermott Convocation Center, 8:30 p.m.

Women's Basketball for the Week:

Nov. 13: Women's Basketball vs. LSU-Alexandria, McDermott Convocation Center, 6 p.m.

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

Women's Volleyball for the Week

Nov. 7: Women's Volleyball at McNeese State, 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 12: Women's Volleyball at Northwestern State, 7 p.m.

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

Football for the Week:

Nov. 7: Football at McNeese State, 6 p.m. (Streaming on KONO 860 AM)
Nov. 14: Football vs. Lamar, Benson Stadium, 2 p.m. (Streaming on KONO 860 AM)

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


Community News


UIW Highlight


2015 dr. glenn james

Dr. Glenn James, associate provost, was the invited speaker at the Mu Alpha Theta (mathematics honor society) induction ceremony at the Young Women's Leadership Academy, SAISD last Thursday.  He's pictured (right) with some of the Mu Alpha Theta students. 

2015 United Way Campaign 
The 2015 United Way Campaign has kicked off. The campaign will run through Monday, Nov. 30. Your pledge can help improve the lives of many in San Antonio. Please help us make this a successful campaign. For more info, contact Jessica Garza-Padilla at (210) 283-6418 or

Southland Conference Mascot Challenge – Vote for Red
MidSouth Bank is saluting this year's Southland Conference mascots who go above and 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.

Call for Sometimes Singers & Players
Join UIW's Sometime Singers & Players, a group made up of faculty, staff, administrators and students (vocalists and instrumentalists) who cannot participate in weekly rehearsals and services, but who serve when possible at liturgical prayer throughout the school year. Your commitment to participate at the event and at rehearsals is made only when you RSVP to an event invitation by the RSVP date. To RSVP for one of the events below or to have your name placed on the e-mail list for future events, contact Lena Gokelman at or (210) 832-3207. You may also contact Dr. Glenn James at or extension 3940.

  • Baccalaureate Mass: Saturday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. in the McDermott Convocation Center. Warm-up begins at 3:45 p.m. Please attend two of the three rehearsals:
    • Tuesday, Dec. 1 (vocalists only),
    • Wednesday, Dec. 2 (instrumentalists only) and
    • Thursday, Dec. 3 (vocalists and instrumentalists).
    • All rehearsals are from 5:45 – 7:45 p.m. in Our Lady's Chapel. RSVP by Sunday, Nov. 29. For questions about the rehearsal schedule, contact (210) 832-3207.
  • Christmas Eve Mass: Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 5:30 p.m. in Our Lady's Chapel. Warm-up begins at 4 p.m. Please plan to attend at least three of the four rehearsals:
    • Tuesday, Dec. 8, Thursday,
    • Dec. 10, Tuesday, Dec. 15, or
    • Thursday, Dec. 17, and
    • The final rehearsal on Tuesday, Dec. 22.
    • All rehearsals are from 5:45 – 7:45 p.m. in Our Lady¹s Chapel. RSVP by Sunday, Nov. 29. For questions about the rehearsal schedule, contact (210) 832-3207.


Faculty News

Writing Your Teaching Statement Workshop
Describing your philosophy of teaching helps us consider what we value most in teaching and how to make that apparent to students. UIW also requires a teaching statement as part of the annual faculty self-inventory and promotion packets. Barbara Millis, who has published widely in this area, will help participants get started on their teaching statements from 12 – 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 9 in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. For more info, contact Kathy Allwein at (210) 283-6359 or


Extended Academic Programs

2015 eap halloween

Members of EAP gather after sharing trick or treat with students from lSt. Anthony Elementary.  From left to right: Brittnay Caro, Christina Rollison, Flo Rodriguez (front), Mitch Seal (back), Barbara Castro and Doris Jones smile for the camera.

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

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Latinos in Action National Hispanic Sports Hall of Fame awards SACHS senior Jade Romo with a $1000 scholarship.

Here are some photos from last week's Halloween events at Incarnate Word High School and St. Anthony Catholic High School.
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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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Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


WGC Alternative Giving Program
Women's Global Connection continues to offer its Alternative Giving Program, which many in the UIW community have supported over the years, especially at holiday time.  Children in Zambia who would not have an opportunity to attend preschool have been able to do so, preschool teachers in Peru have received training, women in Tanzania have received animal grants to expand grass roots businesses and use their profits to send their children to school.  You can also help build a village rainwater harvester or purchase other clean water options as part of the Dr. Patricia Lieveld Water Project in Bukoba, Tanzania.  The Srs. Dot Ettling and Neomi Hayes Immersion Trip Fund benefits students and others going on WGC immersion trips.  To review all of the options and to give, please visit this link or drop by the WGC office in the Brackenridge Villa basement to pick up a list.  You can also request recognition cards from us that you can send to someone you want to honor with your gift.  Donations can also be sent to WGC through campus mail (CPO 1228) or to 4503 Broadway, SA, TX 78209.  Questions?  Call (210) 828-2224 or email us at

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UIW Feeds Phil
The UIW P.R.I.D.E. Committee, a student philanthropy group, along with the UIW Development Office held a “Meet Phil” philanthropy event Thursday, Nov. 5. Phil's mission is to educate the UIW community about philanthropy and the importance of giving back. Phil is leading the “Feed Phil Campaign” that provides an opportunity for UIW students to adopt a piggy bank, “feed” it change, and raise funds for the UIW Scholarship Fund, which will directly benefit other UIW students. It is a chance for students to pay it forward and give back. 100 piggy banks were adopted this past Thursday. For more info, contact Ana Bribiesca at (210) 829-6075 or

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