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hortencias 2016 grand opening chick-fil-a


Sodexo held a grand opening event this week at Hortencia's Dining Hall in the Administration Building. The event featured the addition of the spicy chicken sandwich to Chick-Fil-A's menu on campus. Pictured above (left to right) is Janine Chavez, office coordinator for Campus Life, Dr. Renee Moore, dean of Campus Life, and Dr. Julie Miller, associate professor of religious studies.


Our Lady's Chapel Services

All are welcome. 

  • Noon Mass, Monday – Friday
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. and 8:30 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 Story of the Other Wise Man
The UIW Theatre Department presents the Extended Run Players production of The Story of the Other Wise Man at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29 and Saturday, Jan. 30 in the Ingrid Seddon Recital Hall. The production traces the travels and challenges of a fourth wise man who strives to join the other three, but meets with one delay after another. While the plot begins in the Christmas season, it ends at the Passion years later. It is a moving story that appeals because of the generosity of its hero. Ticket prices are: Adults: $10 Seniors: $9 Non-UIW Students: $8 Groups (10 or more): $6 UIW and Students, Faculty and Staff may attend free of charge. For more info, contact Chrissie Young at (210) 829-3000 or

Red Dress Health Fair & Fashion Show 2016
Join us for the 2016 Red Dress Health Fair & Fashion Show from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 2 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room in support of the American Heart Association's Go Red campaign. This annual event brings awareness to female cardiac health and features one-of-a-kind dress designs by UIW fashion students. This year's event will exhibit over 20 health and lifestyle vendors. Students from UIW's professional programs will be on hand to check blood pressures, glucose levels, provide visions screenings and offer information on the importance of maintaining a heart healthy lifestyle. You can also shop for unique gifts for your special valentine from local vendors. The event is free and open to the public. Please contact or (210) 829-6001 for questions.

UIW Nursing Cardinal Wellness Center Open House
Join the UIW community from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3 at the Bowden Eye and Health Institute (2547 E. Commerce Street, San Antonio, Texas 78203) for the UIW Nursing Cardinal Wellness Center Open House. The UIW Nursing Cardinal Wellness Center is a nurse managed wellness center developed by the UIW School of Nursing & Health Professions. The Open House will promote the Center and the available services to the local community and introduce this new endeavor to the university community. For more info, contact Dr. Holly DiLeo at (210) 283-6331 or

2016 Asian New Year Celebration
Join the UIW community for the annual Asian New Year Celebration from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. The Asian New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the lunar calendar. The New Year festivities, traditionally begins on the first day of the month and continues until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest. This year is the Year of the Monkey. The Institute of World Cultures will provide free delicious Asian cuisine and fantastic Asian performances. For more info, contact Suyuan Yi at (210) 805-5820 or


Department News

Symposium On Practical Statistics
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is hosting a Symposium on Practical Statistics from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 15 in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. The morning session will feature topic presentations and the afternoon session will feature career presentations. The event is open to faculty, students, and staff. Please see the attached flyer for details and registration. Lunch will be provided. For more info, contact Joleen Beltrami at (210) 829-3875 or

Solo Piano Recital - Artina McCain
The UIW Department of Music presents Artina McCain. McCain will perform a solo piano recital from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21 in the Ingrid Seddon Recital Hall. For more info, contact Roland Sul at (210) 829-3855 or

Master of Biomedical Sciences Information Session
You are invited to an information session from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23 in the UIW Office of Admissions (ground floor of the Administration Building) for the Master of Biomedical Sciences program. Students will gain information about the Master of Biomedical Sciences, a full-time one-year master's degree program at the University of the Incarnate Word. The program provides students with the background necessary to pursue a variety of careers in the health professions and biomedical sciences. The multidisciplinary course of study is intended for students who need to bolster their competitiveness for medical school and other related health professions. For more info, contact Andrea Cyterski-Acosta at (210) 283-6976 or

Islam's Understanding of Jesus
The Department of Religious Studies presents “Islam's Understanding of Jesus,” lecture from 6:15 – 8:15 p.m., Monday, Feb. 1 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Internationally respected scholar Dr. Zeki Saritoprak, professor of Islamic Studies at John Carroll University, will explore ideas of Jesus in Islam. Dr. Saritoprak will examine the place of Jesus in the Qur'an and Hadith and discuss the important role Jesus can play in interfaith dialogue. Dr. Saritoprak's recent book Islam's Jesus (University of Florida Press) will be available. A suggested $10 donation will be appreciated for admittance to this lecture. Seniors can come free as well as UIW students with their valid ID. For more info, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 377-1110 or


Athletics News

Cardinal Spotlight

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

Men's Basketball for the Week:
Jan. 16: Men's Basketball at Southeastern Louisiana, 4 p.m.
Jan. 23: Men's Basketball vs. Abilene Christian, McDermott Convocation Center, 4:30 p.m.

Women's Basketball for the Week:
Jan. 16: Women's Basketball at Southeastern Louisiana, 1 p.m.
Jan. 20: Women's Basketball at McNeese State, 7 p.m.
Jan. 23: Women's Basketball vs. Abilene Christian, McDermott Convocation Center, 2 p.m.

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


Community News

Swing-In Raffle Tickets
Buy your Swing-In raffle ticket for $100 to support the education of UIW students. Only 300 will be sold. All proceeds will directly benefit the Scholarship Fund and provide UIW students with the opportunity to further their education at a faith-based institution. The drawing will be held at the Swing-In Auction Party Thursday, April 28. Participants do not need to be present to win. The winner must be at least 18 years old, or the prize will be transferred to their legal guardian. Certain restrictions apply. The winner is responsible for applicable taxes. The raffle ticket does not include admission to the event.

Prize options are:

  • Luxury voyage to Paris
  • Extravagant visit to London
  • Rome VIP Vatican Exploration
  • Merchandise Credit Balance on Credit Card ($5,000)

For more information, follow this link or contact the UIW Development office at (210) 829-6013.

Faculty News


2016 information resources

Faculty attended a 5-day “Quality Matters Workshop” workshop provided by Instructional Technology in December.  During this workshop, faculty learned how to use the Quality Matters rubric to build online courses.  They used an online course template developed by UIW Instructional Technology and learned how to adapt it to design their online courses.  Pictured above (left to right) are Dr. Nursen Zanca, associate professor of business administration, Jessica Martinez-Palacios, Title V/instructional designer, Dr. April Poe, assistant professor of business administration, Dr. Vess Johnson, assistant professor of business administration, Dr. Michael McGuire, professor in business administration, Terry Peak, technology training coordinator, Maureen Rauschhuber, associate professor of nursing, Dr. William Miller, professor of optometry, Dr. Sara Luna, assistant professor of physical therapy, Jody Hildebran, instructional designer, Dr. Holly DiLeo, assistant professor of nursing, Dianne Lavin, assistant professor of nursing, Dr. Melinda Adams, associate professor of fashion management, Dr. Susan Smith, assistant professor of physical therapy, Dr. Alicia Rodriguez de Rubio, assistant professor of business administration, Heather Barton-Weston, instructor of human performance, and Ana Gonzalez, director of instructional technology.

Feik School of Pharmacy Faculty Featured in National Advertisement for ExamSoft
Dr. David Maize, associate dean and professor of academic affairs, and Alejandra Zertuche, senior analyst of academic assessment, were photographed for a national advertisement while attending an ExamSoft Users Conference. To view the photo, please follow this link.


Extended Academic Studies


2016 eap new year

The UIW Extended Academic Programs family wishes you and yours a wonderful New Year.


Employee Health & Wellness


2016 january employee lunch and learn

Dr. James Chapman, assistant dean of clinical affairs, was the guest speaker for January's Employee Wellness Lunch & Learn. Dr. Chapman spoke on important eye health topics. The next Employee Wellness Lunch & Learn will be at 12 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17 in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. The speaker will present for American Heart Month. RSVP to

Employee Zumba Classes
Join Employee Wellness for exciting new Zumba routines. Classes will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. in the Wellness Center Cardio Room beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19. Tuesday classes will include calorie burning and a strength training dance experience using small hand-held weights (they are available for use in the cardio room). Thursday classes will include cardio, balance and range of motion. For more info, contact Candace Graham at (210) 829-2703 or


High Schools

Brainpower Connection Mass 2016
The annual Brainpower Connection Mass is from 9 – 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 22 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room for freshmen students from St. Anthony Catholic High School and Incarnate Word High School along with 8th grade students from St. Peter Prince of the Apostles School and St. Anthony Elementary School. This event is the kick off to Catholic Schools week. For more info, contact Dan Ochoa at (210) 829-2708 or


Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at



Renewal Film Screening
The Headwaters Coalition invites you to come and enjoy a free screening of Renewal at 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 2 in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. The many Americans who are answering a spiritual call to confront the enormous challenges of environmental degradation inspire this documentary. Marty Ostrow and Terry Kay Rockefeller produce the documentary. For more info on this screening, contact Pamela Ball at (210) 828-2224, extension 280, or at

Our sympathies and prayers go to:

  • Robert Bruni & family on the recent loss of his wife, Donna Norton Bruni (UIW friend).
  • Kellie Blumberg, Scott Fleming, Stacey Hain, Leslie Pennebaker & family on the recent loss of their mother, Kellie Byrd Fleming (IWHS '55, BSN '78, former faculty).
  • Gregg Gardner, Patrick Gardner, Jr., Tracey Stanger & family on the recent loss of their mother, Carole Byrd Gardner (IWHS '53).
  • Michael Forde & family on the recent loss of his wife, Yvonne Marie Hernandez (IWHS '71).
  • Tracey Barnes, William O'Brien on the recent loss of their mother; and Mary Heck Aschenbrener (IWHS '53, BA '57) & family on the recent loss of her sister, Patricia Heck O'Brien (IWHS '45).
  • Patricia Spencer & family on the recent loss of her husband, Col. Gordon Abbott Spencer, USAF (ret.) (UNDCLD '75).




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