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2016 state of the university address dr. denise doyle


UIW Acting President Dr. Denise Doyle addressed the community for the annual State of the University presentation Thursday, Oct. 27, at the CHRISTUS Heritage Hall at The Village at Incarnate Word. The community received updates on the university's state of affairs, the medical school, budget, enrollment and upcoming events.


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

Día de los Muertos Mass
The Día de los Muertos Mass is at 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30, in Our Lady's Chapel. Following Mass, the Modern Languages Department will serve pan de muertos, and University Mission and Ministry will provide hot chocolate. An altar will be in the chapel foyer, and you are invited you to add a picture or other small item in honor of someone who has died. Please write your contact info on any item you leave so it can be returned to you. The altar will remain until Nov. 7. For info, contact Dr. Sally Said at

Alumni Memorial Mass
The Alumni Memorial Mass is at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 6, in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. It is the annual remembrance of our departed alumni and Sisters concluding with a brief prayer in the Sisters' cemetery. For info, contact Brenda Dimas at (210) 829-3128 or


UIW Retirement Week
The Office of Human Resources ends its week of retirement presentations in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room Friday, Oct. 28. Representatives from TIAA, Emeriti, the Social Security Administration, UIW Counseling Center and the law firm of McReynolds & Tye, PC will be present. For info and the full calendar, contact Michael Schneid at (210) 829-6083 or

Homecoming Registration Now Open
All Alumni & Parent Association Homecoming 2016 events are open for registration. Visit to RSVP for events like the annual Trunk-or-Treat, Memorial Mass or new events like the Greek Alumni Network Tailgate, Champagne Brunch and more. Registration for all events will close on Wednesday, Nov. 2. For info, please contact Mercedes Moreno or Gaby Gonzales in the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (210) 829-6014.

Trunk or Treat & Haunted House
Bring your family to enjoy this fun event at the McCracken House (102 Mt. Erin Pass, 78212) from 5 - 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30. Dress up in costume, bring a bag and collect treats from "trunk" to "trunk" and enjoy a family-friendly haunted house. There will be a pumpkin patch with games, face painting and photo opportunities. Each activity will cost $1 (cash only). The proceeds go to the Honors Society Study Abroad Scholarship fund. For more info, contact Mercedes Moreno at (210) 805-3595 or

Homecoming Department Door Challenge
Departments are invited to decorate their doors for Homecoming starting Monday, Oct. 31. The theme is "traditions" in the spirit of Homecoming Week. The winner receives a department lunch sponsored by the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations. Students will vote on their favorite door via social media. To enter into the contest, email a picture of your completed door to For more info, contact Mercedes Moreno at (210) 805-3595 or
2016 eccl voting transportation

ECCL Provides Transportation to Voting Site
The Ettling Center for Civic Leadership (ECCL) is proud to announce that they assisted over 600 students, faculty and staff register to vote as a result of awareness events and programming beginning in preparation for the Nov. 8 election day. ECCL will provide transportation to any UIW community member who is registered to vote in Bexar County from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1, and Wednesday, Nov. 2 for early voting.

Brandon Courtney - Veteran & Author Reading
UIW presents award-winning poet and veteran of the United States Navy and Operation Enduring Freedom, Brandon Courtney will read his work and discuss war trauma, PTSD, and the role of writing in recovery at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1, in Ingrid Seddon Recital Hall. A brief Q&A will follow. Books will be available for purchase and signing. For info, contact (210) 283-6383 or

UIW Alumni Employee Lunch
All UIW alumni employees are welcome to join the Alumni Association for a special lunch in your honor at 12 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, at the McCracken House. You will receive a delicious lunch and UIW swag (while supplies last). Register here. For info, contact Mercedes Moreno at (210) 805-3595 or

Arts & Music Festival
Join in the celebration of our artistic community featuring the Chorale Coffeehouse at the eighth annual Arts & Music Festival from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, in Ingrid Seddon Recital Hall and the Student Gallery of the Kelso Art Center. Sponsored by the Honors Program, this event offers original visual and wearable art for sale, diverse musical performances and a poetry slam. Contact (210) 832-3211 or

Why Central Americans Come to the U.S.
Robert McKinley, senior vice president for economic development at UTSA, has directed UTSA's Institute for Economic Development for over 26 years. He will lead a discussion with our community at 12 p.m., Monday, Nov. 7, in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. For info, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, at (210) 829-3854 or

Diwali: Festival of Lights
Celebrate the South Asian holiday of Diwali: Festival of Lights with dinner, performances and festivities starting at 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Co-hosted by International Affairs, Campus Engagement, History & Asian Studies. Special thanks to Dr. Sushma Ramsinghani and Dr. Lopita Nath. RSVP required to or

International Food Festival
You are invited to the International Food Festival from 4 - 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Cardinals Courtyard. University Mission & Ministry and International Affairs hosts this event. If you are interested in cooking a meal that represents your heritage, (samplers enough for 80 people), please contact, Rev. Dr. Trevor D. Alexander at (210) 829-3130 or or Sheena Connell at (210) 805-5702 or

Save the Date: Cardinal Holiday Feast
The Cardinal Holiday Feast, hosted by the president, faculty and staff, is an annual UIW tradition for our students, and you are invited to join the event. The dinner is from 4 - 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Please volunteer to assist us by signing up online at this link. For info, contact Janine Chavez at (210) 829-3817 or

Department News

2016 school of physical therapy

Students, faculty and staff from the School of Physical Therapy (SoPT) helped celebrate National Physical Therapy Month by participating in the National PT Day of Service. They helped organize clothing and household items in the warehouse at Haven for Hope on Saturday, Oct. 22. Pictured above (left to right) are Elizabeth Cansino, student, Erin Cumbest, student, Angela Martin, student, Dr. Lisa McDougle, associate dean for academic success and student affairs, and Dr. Roberto Sandoval, assistant professor.

2016 dr. arcelia johnson-fannin retirement party

Join the community in celebration of Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin's retirement from 6 - 11 p.m., Friday, Dec. 30, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. RSVP to

Mindfulness Groups
The Office of Counseling Services is offering a free mindfulness group from 12 - 12:45 p.m., each Friday through Oct. 28, in the Administration Building, Room 422. Attendees will learn about the benefits of mindfulness, and each week a new technique will be practiced. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate and experience what it is like to be aware of the present moment. For info, contact Dr. Christopher Leeth at (210) 829-3127 or

OU Campus Training Session
Web Development's next web training session is 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, in the Mabee Library, Room 230. This session will detail instructions on gadgets in the OU Campus web content management system. Gadgets add functionality to the OU Campus environment, including analytics, URL shorteners and workflow updates. Seating for this advanced session is limited to 25 participants. Please RSVP to

Rocky Horror Picture Show Movie Night
The UIW Fashion Society is hosting a screening of the movie for free at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, in the Joyce Building, Room 126. Food will be available for purchase; the proceeds will go to a plaque for Courtney Mcrary. For info, contact Patrick Martinez at (210) 387-8571 or

The Seddon Recital
The UIW Department of Music presents the first annual Seddon Recital at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Ingrid Seddon Recital Hall. The event is in honor of Mr. Robert Seddon and his gift of endowed scholarships in voice. The recital will feature the three current Seddon scholars, Nina McGuane, Gabriella Fresquez, and Maura Navarrette, with William Gokelman on piano. For info, contact (210) 829-3848 or

Banner Budget Training
The Comptroller's Office is hosting a Banner Budget Training Class from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the Mabee Library, Room 231. This event is open to all budget managers and anyone assigned to reviewing budgets. The presentation is to assist in navigating through Banner to review organization budgets and transactions. For more info, contact Armando Villarreal at (210) 832-2167 or

Speaker Series - Falling in Love with Robert Cormier: Exploring an Archive
CARE presents a speaker series with Dr. Anna Consalvo at 12 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the Mabee Library Auditorium. Dr. Consalvo will share her process of falling in love with author Robert Cormier and share some of Cormier's letters with participants, as well as class projects based on his books that became a part of his archive. For info, contact Dr. Ann David at (210) 829-1344 or

Interior Design Film Series - If You Build It
Join the Interior Design Department for a screening of If You Build It at 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Mabee Library Auditorium. This film is about the convergence of design and education. Two teachers with 10 students and an epic homework assignment. The event is free to the public. For info, contact Nadia Pidgeon at (210) 829-3860 or

Dolores De Crecimiento Closing Reception
The Department of Art is hosting a closing reception for the Dolores De Crecimiento exhibit from 6 - 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4, in the Kelso Art Center. The exhibit is currently running Monday through Friday until Nov. 4. For info, contact Roland Sul at (210) 829-3852 or

Cardinal Chorale & Singers Concert
The UIW Department of Music presents the Cardinal Chorale & Singers Concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 13, in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. For info, contact Roland Sul at (210) 829-3852 or

Dr. Sarah Williams Retirement Celebration
Please join the faculty and staff of the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing & Health Professions to celebrate the retirement of Dr. Sarah Williams from 3:30 - 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the foyer of the Sr. Charles Marie Frank Nursing Building. For info, contact Sally Tobin at (210) 283-5093 or

Jazz Ensemble Concert
The UIW Jazz Ensemble will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, in the Concert Hall. For other jazz ensemble events, visit: For info about this concert, contact Roland Sul at (210) 829-3852 or

Quality Matters Online Course Design Workshop
Terry Peak hosts a seminar from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., daily Dec. 12 - 16, in the Mabee Library, Room 230. This seminar includes an overview of the QM Rubric and a framework for participants to design an online course plan. Register here. For info, contact Terry Peak at (210) 218-8795 or

Athletics News

UIW Football Schedule for October & November at Benson Stadium:
Oct. 29: Football vs. Stephen F. Austin, 6 p.m.
Nov. 5: Football vs. Southeastern Louisiana, 2:30 p.m. - HOMECOMING GAME/MILITARY APPRECIATION GAME
Nov. 17: Football vs. Houston Baptist, 7 p.m.

UIW Soccer Schedule for October & November at Benson Stadium:
Oct. 28: Women's Soccer vs. Abilene Christian, 7 p.m.
Nov. 5: Men's Soccer vs. Utah Valley, 8 p.m.

UIW Basketball Schedule for November in the McDermott Convocation Center:
Nov. 15: Men's Basketball vs. St. Edwards, 7 p.m.
Nov. 21: Men's Basketball vs. Howard Payne, 7 p.m.
Nov. 25: Women's Basketball vs. Utah State, 2 p.m.
Nov. 26: Men's Basketball vs. Rice, 3 p.m.
Nov. 29: Women's Basketball vs. Eastern Michigan, 5:30 p.m.

UIW Volleyball Schedule for November at McDermott Convocation Center:
Nov. 1: Women's Volleyball vs. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, 7 p.m.
Nov. 3: Women's Volleyball vs. Nicholls, 7 p.m.
Nov. 5: Women's Volleyball vs. McNeese, 11 a.m.

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

Community News

Halloween Photos
Is your department celebrating Halloween in costume Monday, Oct. 31? Send photos of your team in costume to for possible inclusion in next week's newsletter.

Bereavement Notice
Kedra Grant-Brinkley, assistant director/area coordinator for advising, is mourning the loss of her sister, Dorcas Grant. There will be a viewing from 3 - 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Collins Funeral Home (6867 Montgomery Dr., 78239). Another viewing will take place from 10 - 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 31, at the Westridge Park First Baptist Church (522 SW 42nd St., 78237) with a Celebration of Life service to follow at 11 a.m. Please keep Kedra and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Christmas Ornaments Needed for Fashion Display
Looking for a way to clear out your old Christmas ornaments? Don't trash them, recycle them! The Fashion Dept.'s - Apparel 1 class is creating two garments made entirely of Christmas ornaments to be displayed at Rolling Oaks Mall in November. Please deliver your gently used ornaments to the Fashion Department by Monday, Oct. 31. For info, contact Dr. Melinda Adams at

IRD October 2016 Maintenance
Information Resources Division will be conducting the scheduled October 2016 maintenance beginning 5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, until 7 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 29. During the maintenance window, Banner and third party systems will be unavailable. More information here. Contact (210) 283-6489 or if you have questions.

Division of Extended Academic Programs

Announcement from the Division of Extended Academic Programs
The Division of Extended Academic Programs (EAP) has renamed our two schools to more closely reflect our programs instead of the modality of our offerings. The School of Professional Studies (SPS) (formerly referred to as ADCaP) houses our business degrees to include undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. Criminal Justice is also part of SPS. See the school's website here. Students in SPS have the option of doing classes in-class, online, or blended. SPS is also the home of the Office of Personal Development where students can take non-credit continuing education courses. The School of Applied Sciences (SAS) (formerly referred to as UIW Online) is home to our health sciences, psychology, RN to BSN, and education degrees. See the school's website here. SAS offers students the options of doing courses in-class, online, blended, or competency-based education.

UIW Information Session for Adult Students
The UIW community is invited to attend a UIW Extended Academic Programs Information Session held at 12 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, in the UIW Northwest Center (9729 Datapoint Dr., 78229), and at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, in the ICC Conference Center. Admissions, academic advisors, financial aid, veteran 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.

Faculty Focus

October Blackboard User's Group Meeting
Faculty can create groups as a collaborative learning tool. If you assign group projects as part of your course curriculum, then this is the workshop for you. Join Instructional Technology at 12 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, in the Admin. Bldg., Room 245, as they explain the group life-cycle, describe how to build groups, and manage both tools and content within each group. Register here. For info, contact (210) 829-3920 or

November Blackboard User's Group Meeting
This session highlights options that are available in Blackboard. We will explain how to create a course banner and add design template. You will learn how create and manage the adaptive release rules and track your student's interactions with Blackboard. This session is at 12 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11, in the Admin. Bldg., Room 245. Register here. Contact (210) 829-3920 or for info.

Playing Games in the Classroom
Dr. Paul Lewis, associate professor of philosophy, will present to faculty in the Admin. Bldg., Room 212, from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1, with snacks and cold drinks provided, and from 12 - 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4, with lunch provided. Participants will learn about what are sometimes called "role immersion games" and discuss possible strategies for using that approach in their classes. For info, contact (210) 283-6359 or

Discussion Boards; How-to and Best Practices
In this session, you will learn how to create forums and threads, use the Inline Grading tool, and we will share some of our best practices for maximizing the potential of the Discussion Board. Register here for the online Zoom session for 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10. For info, contact (210) 829-3920 or

Technology Thursdays: Building and Editing Rubrics
Rubrics will greatly reduce your grading time. This online session at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 18, will show you how to create, edit and apply a rubric to course assignments and the Grade Center. Register here. Please note that registration for all sessions ends 24 hours prior to the session's start time. For info, contact Terry Peak at (210) 829-3920 or

International Students and Academic Integrity Webinar
International Student and Scholar Services invites faculty who teach international students to this webinar at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. Participants will review strategies to communicate and provide guidance on academic integrity policies to international students. For info and to RSVP, contact Jose Martinez at (210) 805-5705 or

Brainpower Connection

St. Anthony Catholic High School Fall Open House
The St. Anthony Catholic High School (SACHS) Fall Open House is an opportunity for prospective students to learn more about SACHS. They will have the opportunity to tour the campus, talk with faculty from each department and learn more about some of our organizations. The open house starts at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 13, at St. Anthony Catholic High School's campus. For info, contact Alejandro Calderon at (210) 832-5632 or


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Alternative Giving Program
Women's Global Connection continues to offer its Alternative Giving Program this holiday season through Dec. 25. Honor a loved one by sponsoring an animal grant for a woman in Tanzania to receive a pig or goats for her small agricultural business, sponsor preschool children and programs in Tanzania, Zambia and Peru and so much more. Review all options here. Call (210) 828-2224 or email

A Guided Celtic Walk to Thin Places in The Headwaters
Join the Headwaters at Incarnate Word for a guided Celtic walk through the Headwaters Sanctuary from 9 - 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 29. The Celtic tradition has always honored "thin places" as places where heaven and earth were closely connected. This walk will offer quiet meditations that will reflect the Celtic vision that enables us to see "thin places" of healing and mystery right before our eyes. Religious Studies Professor Sylvia Maddox will lead the retreat. She is the co-author of "Praying with The Celtic Saints." This program is limited to 14. For info, contact Pamela Ball at (210) 828-2224 or

Play Again Screening
The Headwaters at Incarnate Word is screening Play Again from 3:30 - 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 7, in the CHRISTUS Heritage Hall at the Village at Incarnate Word. For info, contact Pamela Ball at (210) 828-2224 or

Third Friday Birding
Come take a leisurely walk (1.5 - 2 hours) through the Headwaters Sanctuary with a birding specialist from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 18. Anyone fascinated by the sounds of birds is welcome. Please wear close-toed shoes, long pants and bring water. Binoculars will be available. Each walk is limited to 12 people. To reserve a space and for info, email

Our thoughts and prayers go to:

  • Robert H. Cortner, Jr. (St. Anthony Catholic HS '87) & family on the recent loss of his father, Robert H. Cortner, Sr.
  • Kedra Grant-Brinkley (BBA '08, MAA '14, UIW Asst. Director of Academic Advising) & family on the recent loss of her sister, Dorcas Grant.
  • The family and friends of Rev. John (Jack) O'Donoghue, (Former IWC Chaplain, Former Dev. Bd.) on his recent death.

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