The Word E-News Archive

2016 mass of the holy spirit


Dr. Kathi Light, provost, is pictured above with representatives from UIW's schools at the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit in Our Lady's Chapel Wednesday, Aug. 31. Each school presented gifts representative of their discipline in honor of the beginning of a new school year.


Our Lady's Chapel Services

All are welcome.

  • Noon Mass, Monday - Friday
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. and 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

9/11 Day of Remembrance
University Mission and Ministry, the Interfaith Council, and the Student Interfaith Organization is calling our UIW and surrounding community to come together as we remember the tragic day of September 11. Prayers will be said for the nation, for the families of those who died, and our UIW First Responders during the service. The service will be held at 12 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8, in Our Lady's Chapel. As a prelude to our service, we will ring the bell outside of Our Lady's Chapel at 9 a.m. to commemorate the events of the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 followed by a moment of silence. For further info, please contact, Rev. Dr. Trevor D. Alexander at (210) 829-3130 or


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

Study Abroad Fair
The Study Abroad Fair is a comprehensive information event for anyone interested in learning more about the many available study abroad opportunities. Former study abroad and current exchange students will be displaying information about UIW sister schools. This event is from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8, in Cardinals Courtyard behind the Administration Building. For more info, contact Alanna Taylor at (210) 805-5709 or

Meet the Mission
The eleventh annual Meet the Mission service project is Friday, Sept. 16. Meet the Mission is organized and sponsored by University Mission and Ministry, under the leadership of Sr. Walter Maher, CCVI. On this day, UIW students and employees engage the greater San Antonio community with service. For more information about the event's schedule and plan, please visit this link to the Meet the Mission web page. For other inquiries, contact University Mission and Ministry at (210) 829-3128 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

Employee Campaign Kickoff Party
Join the employees of UIW and the Office of Development for the Employee Campaign Kickoff Party at 12 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21, in front of the Brackenridge Villa. For more info, contact Ana Bribiesca at (210) 829-6075 or

Department News

2016-2017 alumni board

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations welcomed its 2016-2017 alumni board members at a retreat at the McCracken House Friday, Aug. 26.

2016 uiw police meet and greet

Pictured above are Captain Jacob Colunga and Officer Christopher Small at the UIW Police Department Community Meet and Greet. UIW police officers handed out water bottles, served hot dogs and hamburgers and met with students in the circle by the ATandT Science Center Wednesday, Aug. 31.

2016 orgs new employees

The Graduate Support Center/Office of Research and Graduate Studies has hired two Professional Development Specialists in Writing, Dr. Charita Ray-Blakey (left) and Sia Achica (right). Services will be available for all graduate/professional students in developing and sharpening their fundamental and academic writing skills. In person meetings will be available from 1 - 6 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, in the Mabee Library, Room 233.Additionally, 20 hours of online and virtual appointments will be dedicated in order to provide flexibleschedulingfor full-time working graduate students.To schedule appointments or paper reviews, students can visit our online writing center at Graduate faculty can schedule writing presentations for their classes by contacting or Dr. Ray-Blakely or Sia Achica directly.

The Office of Health Services is Open
The Office of Health Services is now open for business in the first floor of the Agnese/Sosa Residence Hall behind the Frank Nursing Building. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. from Monday-Friday. The telephone numbers have not changed. If you have any questions, contact (210) 829-6017.

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

Senior Recital: Jason Smith
UIW senior Jason Smith will perform his clarinet recital at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16, in the Concert Hall. For more info, contact Roland Sul at (210) 829-3852 or

Camerata San Antonio
Camerata San Antonio will perform in concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18, in the Concert Hall. For more information on the event and ticket prices, please visit: For any other inquiries, you may contact Roland Sul at (210) 829-3852 or

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, 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.

Improvisations - Oil Paintings Art Exhibit Opening Reception
The UIW community is invited to the opening reception for Steven G. Smith's oil paintings from 6 - 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23, at the Rosenberg School of Optometry (9725 Datapoint Dr., 78229). His work is inspired by blues and jazz music, and his renditions depict street musicians from NYC to San Antonio, TX. The exhibit will be on display from Sept. 23 - Nov. 30. For more on Steven G. Smith, visit this link. For more info about the reception and the exhibit, contact Cesar Hernandez at (210) 930-8686 or

Sr. Charles Marie Frank Distinguished Lecture
The Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions invites the community to join them in their 2016 Sr. Charles Marie Frank Distinguished Lecture Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. The academic poster display begins at 3 p.m. Ann Marie T. Brooks, PhD, MBA, FAAN, FACHE, FNAP, co-author of Nursing without Borders: Values, Wisdom, Success Markers, will present her lecture, Nursing Through a Lens: Leadership for Global Health, starting at 4 p.m. A registered nurses' reception will follow the lecture. For more info, contact Sally Tobin at (210) 283-5093 or

Athletics News

First Football Game of the Season: Cardinals Football vs. Texas A&M - Kingsville
The UIW Football Season officially kicks off at 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3, against Texas A&M - Kingsville. All staff, faculty and students are encouraged to pack the stands and show their Cardinal spirit. Interested staff, faculty and students receive free entry by showing their UIW ID card at the gate. To purchase additional tickets for friends or family, go to Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and parking is free in one of the two parking garages with a valid UIW parking permit. Follow this link to view a complete football schedule.

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 and September at Benson Stadium:

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 on any of our games, contact (210) 829-3000.

Community News

2016 dr. raul zendejas and dr. brian mcburnett

Pictured above are Dr. Brian McBurnett, professor of inorganic chemistry, and Dr. Raul Zendejas, associate dean of enrollment and student engagement, posed together Tuesday, Aug. 30, as they helped welcome students in their second week back of the school year.

2016 uiw dining labor day weekend hours

UIW Dining has posted their hours of operation for Labor Day Weekend. For more info, contact UIW Dining at (210) 832-2149.

Bereavement Notice
Judy Barger, admissions secretary, is mourning the loss of her father, Gordon F. Dieringer, who passed away on August 27 in Oregon. He was 85. Memorial services will be held in Canby, Oregon. Keep Judy and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Emergency Evacuation Coordinators Needed
The Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management department will begin conducting fire drills for all UIW buildings. As part of this program, they are seeking volunteer Emergency Evacuation Coordinators (EEC). The job of the EEC is to help facilitate the safe and orderly evacuation of their building by informing and directing individuals to the nearest accessible exit, as well as being a point of contact within their areas to relay any safety-related concerns to EHSRM. EECs need to be individuals that are present in their buildings and are familiar with the building and staff within their departments. If you wish to participate as an Emergency Evacuation Coordinator, please respond to Sam McDaniel at

Fire Extinguisher Training
The Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management department will be conducting a fire extinguisher training event from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9, as part of their initiative to expand the volunteer Emergency Evacuation Coordinator (EEC) program. The training will include practicing extinguishing a real fire and participants will all have the opportunity to participate while learning about various aspects of fire safety. Prizes will be awarded to those with the fastest time! In addition, they are still accepting volunteer EECs, and are especially in need of more volunteers for all buildings on main campus. Please plan on meeting at the bell tower at 9am and RSVP to Andy Fohn at

Special Month Committees - Volunteers Needed
You are invited to sign up to help plan education events for special months or occasions at UIW. Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 16 to Oct. 16); October - Season of Peace and Justice including Peace Day; November, Native American Heritage Month; January, Afro-American Heritage Month; Asian New Year Celebration; March, Women's History Month; April, Earth Month including Earth Day. Please send what you are interested in to For more info, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at

2016 Summer Immersion Trips Update
Please join the Women's Global Connection for a special presentation of this summer's Immersion Trip experiences in Tanzania, Kenya, Peru, and Zambia. The meeting will be from 3 - 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the Assembly Room at the Village at Incarnate Word. Light refreshments will be served. For more info, contact Tamarra Mencey at (210) 828-2224 or

Speaking for Human Dignity, Standing Against Human Slavery
You are invited to work in partnership with the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, the founders of UIW, learning about and working against human slavery. (Please visit this link to Speaking for Humanity.) Faculty from different disciplines are invited to be a part of a Lilly Foundation Small Grant program learning about some of the issues in the fall semester and teaching and getting students engaged with the issues in the spring semester. For more info on the grant, visit this link. Please sign up before Friday, Sept. 9 for one of the 17 places in the grant program by contacting Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 883-5934 or

What We All Need to Know About the Rights of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children
The community is invited to a special lecture at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20, in the Mabee Library Auditorium. The lecture is presented by Melissa Cuadrado, a staff attorney at The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights. Special emphasis will be placed on international and domestic laws in regards to unaccompanied children and information about unaccompanied children in San Antonio. Information about volunteering at The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights will also be shared. For more info, contact Dr. Stephanie Grote-Garcia at (210) 832-2106 or

Constitution Day Lecture
Each September, UIW observes Constitution Day. This is the day the U.S. Constitution was signed in 1787. You are welcome to hear distinguished author and professor Dr. Keith Gaddie, University of Oklahoma Chair of the Dept. of Political Science, discuss the Constitution and voting rights. The lecture is at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20, in the Mabee Library Auditorium. For more info, contact Dr. Gary Keith at (210) 832-2183 or

Three Mystics Walk into a Tavern: A Once and Future Meeting of Rumi, Meister Eckhart, and Moses de León in Medieval Venice
Authors James C. Harrington, a human rights lawyer in Austin, Texas, and the founder and director emeritus of the Texas Civil Rights Project, and Sidney G. Hall III, a United Methodist minister, will share their new book with the community at 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, in the Mabee Library Auditorium. Three great mystics meet for an imaginary night-long conversation which can invite individuals today to find their own spirituality. The different spiritual paths of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism led them to similar understandings of union with the Divine. Authentic union leads to action for compassion, justice, and justice. For more info, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, at (210) 819-3854 or

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

Student Nominations Needed for the 2017 Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation
The 2017 Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation is seeking student nominations by UIW's campus faculty representative, Dr. Zhanbo Yang. This is a STEM scholarship program established by congress, with up to $7,500 annual scholarship amount.Up to four applicants canbe nominated by Dr. Yang. To be eligible, a student must be a current full-time sophomore or junior, who has one or two years of full-time undergraduate study left while pursuing a baccalaureate degree, have a B average or equivalent, and be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or U.S. national, who will pursue a research career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. The submission deadline for all 2017 nominations is by 5 p.m. on the last Friday in January 2017. If you're interested in this scholarship, contact Dr. Zhanbo Yang at

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 set up a service point in the Music Building Lobby to provide research assistance to students from 2 - 4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 12. He will be prepared to work with individuals or small groups looking for scholarly, peer-reviewed information in the fine arts field. For more info, contact Farhad Moshiri at (210) 829-3842 or

Light the Way Volunteer Day
Join us to earn community service hours at the annual Light the Way Volunteer Day, Saturday, Sept. 17, in the McDermott Convocation Center. Assist by replacing discolored and broken bulbs to ensure our campus will shine bright this holiday season. Students, faculty and alumni are invited to participate. Families are welcome; please, no children under the age of 10. Two sessions are available: 9 - 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 -2:30 p.m. To register, visit For more info, contact Taylor Nurmi at (210) 829-6001 or

Faculty Focus

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 RSVP's are welcome. Additional special sessions and activities coming in October.

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

Faculty-Led Study Abroad Information Session
The Study Abroad Office will be inviting third party providers to campus throughout the year to provide additional resources for faculty planning future international programs. These third party providers can assist faculty in coordinating the logistics of faculty-led programs such as creating a customized itinerary, arranging transportation, accommodation, course related visits, etc. The first presentations will be given by Catherine Jones of the Edventives Group and Ilse Mehus from Student Universe at 12 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the Mabee Library Auditorium. For more info, contact Alanna Taylor at (210) 805-5709 or

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 laptop 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

A Faculty Family Potluck Supper
All full and adjunct faculty are invited to a Faculty Family Potluck Supper from 6:30 - 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16, in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. Bring your family, a significant other, or come on your own. Bring some food to share. Lemonade provided, but you are welcome to bring any type of drink you like. We don't always get to meet the children we hear about. This is a great chance for that. Sponsored by Faculty Mentoring (Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, Dr. Brian McBurnett). For more info, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at

Blackboard User's Group Meeting
This session at 12 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23, shows faculty additional options for managing student interaction with the Grade Center. You will learn how to color-code grade columns, email students and add extra credit to grades. In addition, you will learn how to manage how students view columns, grades, and instructor comments. Please bring your lap top or tablet to the Administration Building, Room 245, as you will be interacting with your Grade Center in real time. Register here: For more info, contact Terry Peak at (210) 829-3920 or

Employee Wellness

Employee Wellness Lunch and Learn
The Employee Wellness Committee is hosting a Lunch and Learn at 12 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. A fellow from Fort Sam will be presenting on Health and Wellness. Lunch is provided and seating is limited to the first 35 employees. RSVP by email at

Tuesday Zumba Classes for Employees
Through Dec. 6, Zumba classes for employees will be held in the Wellness Center at 5:15 p.m. every Tuesday. Wear comfortable tennis shoes, bring a bottle of water, face towel and your positive vibes to share while releasing some stress. For more info, contact Candace Graham at (210) 829-2703 or

Brainpower Connection

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit UIW Prep at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic School at

Visit St. Peter Prince of Apostles Catholic School at


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

Renewal Film Screening
The Headwaters at Incarnate Word is hosting a film screening of Renewal at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the SoL Center (300 Bushnell Ave., 78212). Renewal is a path breaking film that gives us for the first time stories of the emerging movement of religious environmentalism across the United States. Please register at For more info, contact Pamela Ball at (210) 828-2224 or

The Harp and Shamrock Society of Texas Presents 1916: The Irish Rebellion
The Harp and Shamrock Society of Texas Presents 1916: The Irish Rebellion at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Grossman International Conference Center. This documentary depicts the events surrounding the 1916 Easter rising in Dublin, Ireland. This event eventually led to Irish independence in 1918. The film is narrated by Liam Neeson. For more info, contact Terry Peak at (210) 829-3920 or

Our thoughts and prayers go to:

  • John Bayley and family on the recent loss of his sister, Lt.Col. Susane A. Bayley, USAF (ret.) (BSN '75).
  • Judy Barger (UIW Admissions Secretary) and family on the recent loss of her father, Gordon F. Dieringer.
  • Mary Finke, Robert Rochfort, Jr., and William Rochfort and families on the recent loss of their mother, Elizabeth Larkin Rochfort (UIW Friend).
  • The family of Diana Louise Rose (IWHS '75) on her recent death.
  • Jay Goolsby (BA '12) and family on the recent loss of his grandmother, Janice Stone Goolsby Clegg Rovello.
  • Drew Langworthy and family on the recent loss of his aunt, Nancy Ann Wilson (BS '44, BFA '46).


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