The Word E-News Archive

dr. agnese stirs spaghetti sauce for 2015 president's spaghetti dinner


President Dr. Lou Agnese stirs his spaghetti sauce in preparation of the 29th Annual President's Spaghetti Dinner that was held Wednesday, Dec. 2. 



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

Advent Scripture Reflection
“He shall rescue the poor when he cries out and the afflicted when he no one to help him."  Psalm 72:12

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
The 12 p.m. mass on Tuesday, Dec. 8 in Our Lady’s Chapel is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and a Holy Day of obligation. For more info, please contact Brenda Dimas at (210) 829-3128 or

Annual Angel of Hope Candlelight Vigil
UIW Mission and Ministry invites you to the annual San Antonio Angel of Hope Candlelight Vigil at 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6 at the 67th Angel of Hope Statue located near the Grotto. Each year the San Antonio community gathers in loving memory of all children who have left our embraces to be held in the arms of the Lord. The ceremony will include a special message by Rev. Dr. Trevor Alexander, music, candle lighting and laying of flowers at the base of the statue. Candles and flowers are provided at no charge. Each year the San Antonio Angel of Hope Foundation dedicates the vigil to a ministry that provides services to children and families. This year the vigil is dedicated to Heroes N More, a group of “special superheroes providing much needed smiles and inspiration to children with special needs and health challenges. Guests are invited to honor our children in heaven by brining a monetary donation or coloring books, superhero figures, princess dolls or blankets for Heroes N More. For more info, contact Beth Villarreal at (210) 829-3128 or

Christmas Eve Mass
UIW will be hosting its Christmas Eve Mass at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 24 in Our Lady’s Chapel. Pre-Service Music will begin at 5 p.m.  For more info, contact Brenda Dimas at (210) 829-3128 or



“Sisters’ Stories, A Living Legacy” Presentations and Exhibit
Join Sr. Martha Ann Kirk’s religious studies class for presentations and exhibit titled, “Sisters’ Stories, A Living Legacy,” from 10 – 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 4 in the Madeleine Room located in the Heritage Center at the Village at Incarnate Word.  The class did research on the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word archive, which includes early founders, Sisters during the Mexican Revolution, the changes of Vatican II, beginnings in Mexico and Peru, prayer life, poets and more. For more info, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 829-3854 or

Baccalaureate Mass
Join the UIW community for the 2015 Fall Baccalaureate Mass at 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5 in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center. Tickets are not required for this event. Please note the date for the Baccalaureate Mass was changed to Saturday. Dec. 5. For more information visit this link.

Fall Commencement
The 2015 Fall Commencement will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum. Tickets are required for admission to all Commencement ceremony events. Live streaming of commencement will be available at the following link. For more information visit the registrar’s website at this link

Advent and Christmas Masses

The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word invite you to join the community for this year’s Advent and Christmas Masses. The date and times are listed below:

  • Evening Prayer for Advent – 6 p.m. prayer every Sunday of Advent (Nov. 29 – Dec. 24) in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word
  • Sunday Eucharist – 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 13 in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word
  • Christmas Novena – 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16 through Thursday, Dec. 24 in St. Joseph’s Chapel at the Village at Incarnate Word
  • Christmas Eve Mass – 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 24 in Our Lady’s Chapel
  • Midnight Mass – Thursday, Dec. 24 in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word

For more info, contact Jose Deleon at (210) 828-2224 or


Department News

international graduate reception fall 2015

International Student and Scholar Services and Alumni Relations held an International Graduation Reception on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at The Lion & Rose Restaurant & Pub. Pictured above with the graduates are Dr. Lisa McNary, dean of alumni & parent relations, Mercedes Moreno, assistant director of alumni relations, Dr. Sharon Herbers, associate professor of teacher education, Dr. David Foglesong, lecturer of biology, Amy DeStefano, international admissions counselor, Sheena Connell, assistant director of International Student and Scholar Services, and Priyangana Risal, immigration advisor.

fall 2015 meatball rolling president's spaghetti dinner

Dr. David Ortiz, director of the Graduate Support Center, Lucretia Fraga, education faculty, and Dr. Maria Felix-Ortiz, associate professor of psychology, were among the many employees that came out on Tuesday, Dec. 1 to roll meatballs in preparation of the 29th Annual President's Spaghetti Dinner. 

Don’t Forget:
Please remember to submit your spring 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 this link. The form must be submitted no less than 5 working days prior to the event. If you have any questions, contact Social Media/Communications Specialist Carl Myers at (210) 829-6001 or

UIW Alumni & Parent First Annual Christmas Bash
Join UIW Alumni & Parent Relations for breakfast treats at the McCracken House, located at 102 Mount Erin Pass, San Antonio, Texas 78212 between the Feik School of Pharmacy and Incarnate Word High School, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12. There will be hot chocolate, hot cider and pan dulce. Treats and a picture with Santa is FREE to all UIW Alumni & Parents, including your family, with a donation of (one) toy or gift card to be donated to St. PJ's Children's Home for Christmas. To see the wish list of donations, please visit this link. Visit our website to register for the event. For more info, contact Gaby Gonzales at (210) 805-5899 or

Athletics News

Cardinal Spotlight

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

Men’s Basketball for the Week:

Dec. 7: Men’s Basketball at Sacramento State, 9:05 p.m.
Dec. 9: Men’s Basketball at California, 10 p.m. (Streaming Live on the Pac 12 Network)

Women’s Basketball for the Week:

Dec. 5: Women’s Basketball at Trinity, 4 p.m.
Dec. 7: Women’s Basketball vs. Houston, McDermott Convocation Center, 6 p.m.
Dec. 10: Women’s Basketball at Purdue, 7 p.m.

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


Community News

Verify/Update RAVE Emergency Notification
The University has recently revised the Rave Alert emergency notification system to improve accuracy and coverage.  This process involved revising data in the Rave Alert system.

We are encouraging all active faculty and staff of the University and high schools and all students of the University to review the mobile phone and email emergency contact information that we have in Rave Alert.

Please go to the University’s main webpage and log into myWord.

Click on the Rave Alert icon in the upper left of the screen.  On this screen you can confirm/test, delete, add cell phone numbers and email addresses.  If you need assistance please contact the Help Desk at 829-2721 or

This is an opt-out system.  This means if we have your contact information in Rave and you do not want to receive emergency messages you must delete your Rave account information in order to not to be contacted.  You can do this by accessing your record in Rave.  Click on Edit.  Click on Delete Account.

Affiliated groups and vendors, including the Congregation, Retirement Village, Headwaters, Women’s Global Connection, Sodexo, ARAMARK and Follett will be asked to provide lists of contacts to be loaded into the Rave Alert system. 

Thank you for supporting the President’s Spaghetti Dinner
The Office of Campus Life would like to thank all faculty and staff who assisted with making the President’s Spaghetti Dinner a success. They sincerely appreciate all of the help and support given to the dinner. Stay tuned for the pictures and statistics on how many students we served.


rosenberg school of optometry christmas tree 2015

The Rosenberg School of Optometry is in the holiday spirit with their beautiful customized Christmas Tree. 

Send Us Your Christmas Tree Photos
Happy Holidays UIW! In the spirit of the season, the Office of Communications and Marketing would love to share photos of your department Christmas trees with the community. Send your photos to

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Event at UIW Bookstore
It is that time of year again! From Monday, Dec. 7 through Friday, Dec. 11, receive 25% off your purchase in the bookstore located in the McCombs Center. This offer is good on all regular priced clothing and gifts. On Wednesday, Dec. 9 and Thursday, Dec. 10, there will be a 2-day sale open to the general public offering 30% off on all regular priced clothing and gifts. There will be no exceptions or extensions of additional discounts. You must provide a valid UIW ID to receive this discount. For more info, contact the UIW Bookstore at (210) 829-6056 or

MyWORD Portal Upgrade
Enterprise Applications has been working with the MyWord portal vendor, CampusEAI and their partner LookingGlass to upgrade the portal. Students and employees navigate to most of the university’s third party software such as Blackboard Learn, CASHNet, Grades First and campus email through the MyWord portal. The new platform will introduce responsive themes and responsive page layouts that will enable users on mobile devices like tablets and smartphones to have a better user experience. The upgrade is currently scheduled for the weekend of Friday, Dec 18. For more info, contact Armando Villarreal at or Ciro Juarez at


Employee Health & Wellness

Employee Wellness Lunch and Learn
The Employee Wellness Committee is hosting a December Lunch and Learn at 12 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10 in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. The event is titled "Living with and Managing Diabetes," and is presented by Health Texas. RSVP to


High Schools

Las Posadas and Christmas Social
Join the St. Anthony Catholic High School Mission and Ministry in this beautiful tradition from 5:30 – 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5 at the SACHS Chapel and Gym as they accompany Mary and Joseph in their quest for lodging, seeking refuge throughout the Monte Vista neighborhood. The evening will end in the SACHS gym for a special Christmas Social and dinner for all to enjoy. SACHS invites you to bring your favorite dessert to share with the St. Anthony Catholic High School community. Music provided by our very own award winning jazz band. There will also be an opportunity to take your picture with Santa. For more info, contact Rosi Cortez at (210) 832-5691 or

Orchestra of the Incarnate Word Concert
The Orchestra of the Incarnate Word will hold their fall concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6 in the UIW Music Building Concert Hall. For more info, contact the UIW Department of Music at (210) 829-3855 or

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at

Our sympathies and prayers go to:

  • Quinn Clamann McDonald (BA ’69) on the recent loss of her brother, Dr. York Clamann (MA ’66).
  • Tracie and Jimmy Hasslocher & family on the recent loss of his father, G. Jim Hasslocher (UIW friend).
  • LaDonna Kibler & family on the recent loss of her husband, Bobby Carl Kibler (BA ’76).
  • Pat Maloney, Jr. (UIW friend) on the recent loss of his sister-in-law, Marynell Maloney.
  • Col. John F. Reed, Jr. & family on the recent loss of his wife, Patricia Yarborough Reed (BA ’74).
  • The family of Doris P. Gimmeson Sinclair on her recent death (BSN ’68).
  • Margaret & Ed Dylla on the recent loss of her mother, Mabel Specia Wolfe (IWHS ’37, UNDCLD ’41).


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