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2016 student engagement center beam raising sr. kathleen coughlin, ccvi fr. tom dymowski


Sr. Kathleen Coughlin, CCVI, vice president for institutional advancement, is pictured above with Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T., chaplain, in front of the new Student Engagement Center. The university raised a beam signed by UIW students, faculty, staff and administrators signifying the highest level of construction has been reached in the Student Engagement Center Tuesday, Aug. 23.


Our Lady's Chapel Services

All are welcome. 

  • Noon Mass, Monday – Friday
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. & 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. at (210) 829-3131 or

Message from Sr. Walter Maher, CCVI: Extending Help to those in Louisiana
Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc. would like to extend a helping hand to our brothers and sisters in the Diocese of Baton Rouge.  The natural disaster they have suffered is great, and they are in need of compassion and grace at this moment.  I humbly ask you to help us provide for the needs of their community as you so generously and continuously provide for the needs of ours.  We are accepting monetary donations in the Office of Mission and Ministry for the next 30 days on behalf of the citizens who reside within the Diocese of Baton Rouge.  In addition, we are taking up a collection at Catholic Charities, Seton Home and St. PJs which will be matched by leadership and sent to the Diocese of Baton Rouge.  Help us share our mission of selfless service under the sign of love with those who need it most. If you have any questions, contact the Office of Mission and Ministry at (210) 829-3128.

Mass of the Holy Spirit
Join the UIW community for the Mass of the Holy Spirit at 12 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, in Our Lady's Chapel. In keeping with a long tradition dating from the founding of the great European universities in the Middle Ages, UIW celebrates the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the start of each academic year. During the liturgy we ask for the inspiration, guidance, and presence of God's Spirit on all of our campus activities. This festive event gathers the entire university community together to rededicate ourselves to UIW's mission, to renew friendships, and to welcome new members. For more info, contact Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T. at (210) 829-3131 or or Brenda Dimas at (210) 829-3128 or

Day of Prayer for Our Common Home
Join the UIW community for the Day of Prayer for Our Common Home suggested by Pope Francis in Laudato Si on Thursday, Sept. 1. Various faiths will express prayers from their tradition amid music followed by refreshments. The first gathering will be at 12 p.m. at the AT&T circle near the Cervera Wellness Center. The second gathering will be at 2 p.m. & 6 p.m. at the Denman Estate (7735 Mockingbird Lane, 78229). For more info, contact Sr. Alice Holden, CCVI at (210) 525-1232 or


UIW Bookstore Clearance Event
The UIW Bookstore is holding a special clearance event through Saturday, Aug. 27. An additional 25% discount will be applied to all clearance merchandise. For more info, contact the UIW Bookstore at (210) 829-6056 or

Photographic Projects: World War II Veterans & U.S. Marines Opening Reception
The UIW community is invited to the opening reception for D. Clarke Evans's photographic projects from 6 - 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26, in the Semmes Gallery in the Kelso Art Center. D. Clarke Evans retired as the Team Photographer for the San Antonio Spurs, after 25 years, to pursue the two projects:

  • A Photographic Project: World War II Veterans
  • A Photographic Project: Semper Fidelis

The exhibit will be on display from Aug. 26 - Sept. 30. For more on D. Clarke Evans, visit For more info about the reception and the exhibit, contact Roland Sul at (210) 829-3852 or

Street Portraits Gallery Opening Reception
UIW student Zhifeng Han gives us a unique perspective through his street photography. The opening reception is from 6 – 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26, in the Student Gallery in the Kelso Art Center. The exhibit will be on display from Aug. 26 – Sept. 30. For more info about the reception and the exhibit, contact Roland Sul at (210) 829-3852 or

UIW Police Department Community Meet and Greet
You are invited to kick off the school year at a meet and greet with the UIW Police Department from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, in the circle in front of the AT&T Science Center. Enjoy hamburgers and hot dogs and chat with campus officers. For more info, contact Jacob Colunga at

World Belly Dance Exploration
The Institute of World Cultures is hosting a World of Belly Dance Exploration featuring different belly dance costumes and styles from different countries. The event is from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the ICC Board Room 1. For more info, contact Can Li at (210) 805-5820 or

Fencing Center Dedication Ceremony
Please join us to dedicate the Henrich Center for Fencing and International Sports at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 16. The event will be held at St. Anthony Catholic High School (3200 McCullough Ave., 78212). Please R.S.V.P. here if you would like to attend. For more info, contact Taylor Nurmi at (210) 829-6001 or

Department News

The Office of Research Development Announces New Ethics Review Manager System
The Office of Research Development is proud to announce implementation of the new Ethics Review Manager web based management system for applications to the UIW Institutional Review Board (IRB). We will be offering several brown bag training sessions on the new IRB online system during the Fall 2016 semester from 12 – 1 p.m. in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room:

  • Monday, Aug. 29
  • Monday, Sept. 19
  • Monday, Oct. 10

Attendance at a training session is recommended for faculty, staff, or students who conduct research with human subjects and plan to submit applications for IRB approval. Click here to RSVP.

Additionally, IRB office hours will be held from 3 – 5 p.m. every Tuesday and from 9 – 11 a.m. every Thursday at Room 6 in the Administration Building, Suite 1A. Make an appointment with, or just drop by. You may also call (210) 805-3036 for a telephone consultation. For more information on the UIW IRB and the online system, visit the IRB website.

Farhad's Film Series
The Mabee Library's Farhad Moshiri presents How to Start a Revolution from 2 – 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15, in the Mabee Library, Room 221. The film is a story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Gene Sharp, the world's leading expert on nonviolent revolution. For more info, contact Farhad Moshiri at (210) 829-3842 or

Athletics News

2016 wild game dinner

Wild Game Dinner
The UIW Men's Basketball Team is hosting its Wild Game Dinner at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, at Leon Springs Dance Hall (24135 IH-10 West, 78257). This year's Wild Game Dinner will host San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich. The event will consist of dinner, drinks, live auction, silent auction, games, entertainment, the entire UIW Basketball Team, top corporations and businesses across the city and the San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich. Tickets are $50 in advance and $100 at the door. Reserve your spot now. For more info, contact Brian Curtis at (210) 708-7832 or

Cardinals Club Membership Open
Membership to the UIW Cardinals Club is now open. The application can be viewed at this link. By joining, you help UIW Athletics build upon a legacy of academic excellence through the investments in upgraded and new facilities, programs, scholarships and so much more. Your donation plays a critical role in the university's athletic program and allows us to build one of the premier programs in the Southland Conference.  Together, Cardinals Club members provide invaluable support for all 500+ UIW student-athletes, and every gift has a positive impact on their ability to succeed in the classroom, in competition and in the community. For more info, contact Charles Wimett at

UIW Cardinals Club – Volunteers Needed
The UIW Cardinals Club is looking for volunteers to represent each of our athletics teams, a team liaison, on our Cardinals Club leadership group. We are looking for people with a passion for supporting our student athletes, their team, and growing our organization.

As a team liaison you will represent a team's interests in our leadership meetings and coordinate support. This will include:

  • Organizing volunteers to help at Cardinals Club hospitality events
  • Communicating booster club items to your committee
  • Welcoming new Cardinals Club members to our organization
  • Encouraging fan attendance at UIW athletics games, events, fundraisers

Requirements for the position: Must be a Cardinals Club member (Click Here to join Cardinals Club). If you're interested in volunteering, contact John Williams at (210) 829-6053 or

UIW Soccer Schedule for August & September at Benson Stadium:

Aug. 26: Women's Soccer vs. University of Houston, 5 p.m.
Aug. 26: Men's Soccer vs. Oral Roberts, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 4: Women's Soccer vs. UT-Rio Grande Valley, 1 p.m.
Sept. 9: Women's Soccer vs. UTEP, 7 p.m.
Sept. 17: Men's Soccer vs. Central Arkansas, 7 p.m.
Sept. 23: Women's Soccer vs. Southeastern Louisiana, 7 p.m.
Sept. 25: Women's Soccer vs. Nicholls, 1 p.m.
Sept. 25: Men's Soccer Alumni Game, 4 p.m.

UIW Football Schedule for September at Benson Stadium:

Sept. 3: Football vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville, 6 p.m.
Sept. 24: Football vs. McNeese, 6 p.m.

UIW Volleyball Schedule for September at McDermott Convocation Center:

Sept. 9: Women's Volleyball vs. Prairie View A&M, 11 a.m.
Sept. 9: Women's Volleyball vs. Texas Southern, 5 p.m.
Sept. 10: Women's Volleyball vs. Fresno State, 5 p.m.
Sept. 24: Women's Volleyball vs. Abilene Christian, 11 a.m.

For ticket info, contact (210) 829-3000.

Community News

2016 new student pinning ceremony

Pictured above are (left to right) Nataly Gutierrez, campus engagement coordinator, Jorge Compean, student center & Greek life coordinator, Paulina Mazurek, assistant director of campus engagement, Paul Ayala, director of campus engagement, Brittany Nelson, marketing/communications coordinator, and Alyssa Nevárez, trademark & licensing graduate assistant, at the New Student Pinning Ceremony reception Thursday, Aug. 18.

2016 student engagement center beam signing dr. kathi light itza casanova

Dr. Kathi Light, provost, and Itza Casanova, administrative assistant to the provost, are pictured above signing a beam that was raised onto the new Student Engagement Center Tuesday, Aug. 23.


2016 helmets and heels

Pictured above (left to right) are Sr. Kathleen Coughlin, CCVI, vice president for institutional advancement, Dr. Barbara Aranda-Naranjo, associate provost for civic engagement, Lisa Bazley, vice president for information resources, Dr. Lisa McNary, dean of alumni & parent relations, Dr. Sharon Welkey, dean of the school of media & design, and Andrea Cyterski-Acosta, associate dean of admissions for the school of osteopathic medicine, at UIW Football's Helmet and Heels event Thursday, Aug. 25.

Division of Extended Academic Studies

UIW Online and ADCaP Information Sessions
The UIW community is invited to attend a UIW Extended Academic Programs Information Session held at 12 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the UIW Northwest Center (9729 Datapoint Dr., Suite 100), and at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the Courtyard San Antonio Sea World/Westover Hills (11605 State Highway 151, 78251). This is a great opportunity to learn about UIW's Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCaP) and UIW Online, which are tailored to the busy adult learner. UIW will be highlighting opportunities to earn a bachelor's or master's degree completely online or at one of our five locations in San Antonio. Admissions, Academic Advisors,Financial Aid, Veterans Affairs, and faculty will be available to meet face to face with attendees. To RSVP, please call (210) 757-0202 or email Visit for more information.

For Your Student

Tech Assist Workshop
The department of Instructional Technology is hosting a Tech Assist Workshop at 12 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2, in the Mabee Library Auditorium. This is a student-centered event 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 will learn how to stop your PowerPoint presentation from becoming PowerPointless. Register here: For more info, contact Terry Peak at (210) 829-3920 or

Redbird Research Assistance for Music Students
Farhad Moshiri, the music librarian, will assists students to the UIW Mabee Library's music resources and how to research in music from 2 – 4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 12, in the Music Building Lobby. For more info, contact Farhad Moshiri at (210) 829-3842 or

Faculty Focus

Blackboard Course Shell Training
In case you haven't noticed, UIW has adopted a new shell for the Blackboard course template. This shell will be used campus-wide. But there is no need to fear, The UIW Instructional Technology team is here to demonstrate the shell and show you how it will benefit both you and your students. Come and spend an hour with the IT team in the Administration Building, Room 212, and learn how the shell is designed to enhance student engagement and help faculty manage course content. Please contact Terry Peak at to register for one of the times below.

  • Aug. 26 – 9 a.m.
  • Aug. 30 – 12 p.m.
  • Sept. 1 – 9 a.m.

Blackboard User's Group Meeting
During the summer break, the Department of Instructional Technology trained its fourth class of Blackboard Gurus. Stop by from 12 – 1 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26, in the Mabee Library Auditorium and meet your school's guru at the Blackboard User's Group Meeting. Several will be on hand to demonstrate how they are using their newfound Blackboard skills in combination with the UIW course shell to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom. Register here: For more info, contact Terry Peak at (210) 829-3920 or

Part-Time Faculty Workshop
The Provost, EAP and The Center for Teaching & Learning will host the Part-Time Faculty Workshop from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Join us for breakfast, UIW updates, several presentations and meet representatives from a few UIW offices and services.  Multiple door prizes will be given.  Please contact Kathy Allwein, in The Center for Teaching & Learning for additional information and to RSVP. If you are Full-Time Faculty and are attending this event to represent your discipline, please let me know you are attending.

Save the Dates: Center for Teaching and Learning Upcoming Events
Dr. Susan Hall invites all faculty to join her in the Center for Teaching and Learning (Administration Building, Room 212) for learning with refreshments and colleagues. For more info, contact (210) 283-5030 or RSVPs are welcome. Additional special sessions and activities coming in October.

Anatomy of a Writing Assignment
4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31
12 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1

Wraps: Reflecting on Learning

12 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 6
8 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20

Organizing Ideas – Beyond the Outline
9 a.m., Monday, Sept. 19
8 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20

Technology 4 Lunch
Students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend Technology 4 Lunch at 12 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16, in the Administration Building, Room 245. This session will elaborate on Cloud Computing and Microsoft Office 365. In addition to assisting you with the process of setting up your account, we will explain how to set-up and manage your OneDrive, access Microsoft Office applications from your computer or Mobile device, and manage the document in the cloud. Bring your lap top or tablet, as you will be interacting with Office 365 and your OneDrive in real time. Register here: For more info, contact Terry Peak at (210) 829-3920 or

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Green Fire Film Screening
The Headwaters at Incarnate Word is screening Green Fire at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the SoL Center (300 Bushnell Ave., 78212). This film explores the life and legacy of famed conservationist Aldo Leopold and the many ways his land ethic philosophy lives on in the work of people and organizations all over the country today. This screening is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please register at For more info, contact Pamela Ball at (210) 828-2224 or


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