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2016 homecoming alumni employee lunch


The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations welcomed UIW employee alumni to a Homecoming lunch in their honor on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the McCracken House. Pictured above (left to right) are Mercedes Moreno, assistant director of alumni relations, Edward Leos, president of the alumni board, Dr. Lisa McNary, dean of alumni & parent relations, and Gaby Gonzales-Alvarado, assistant director of parent relations.


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

Alumni Memorial Mass
The annual Alumni Memorial Mass will be held 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

Thanksgiving Prayer Service
Please join University Mission & Ministry and the Community in Missions at 12 p.m., Monday, Nov. 21, in Our Lady's Chapel for the Joy of Thanksgiving Service. For info, contact, Rev. Dr. Trevor D. Alexander at (210) 829-3130 or


Military Appreciation Game
The UIW Military Appreciation Game is set for 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, in Benson Stadium. Admission to the game is free for Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, Veterans, DoD Civilians, ROTC, JROTC, Enlistees and family members as well as UIW faculty, staff and administrators with a valid UIW ID. The half time performance will feature a special Enlistment Ceremony. For info, contact (210) 805-3012 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

2016 Learning Community Showcase
The UIW Learning Community Initiative will host its annual showcase from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. All are invited to view the posters that freshman students in the learning community classes this semester have created and listen to the students discuss their work. For info, contact Dr. Letitia Harding at (210)829 6028 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

Veteran's Day Celebration
All are welcome to honor our nation's veterans with an ecumenical service on Veterans Day at 12 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11, in Our Lady's Chapel. A reception will be held in the Cardinal Courtyard following the Service. Contact Dr. Glenn James with any questions at (210) 829-3943 or

UIW Theatre presents Rosmersholm
The UIW Theatre invites you to Rosmersholm. Mark Stringham directs Rosmersholm with scenery designed by Christopher McCollum, costumes designed by Margaret Mitchell and lighting designed by Justin Bennett. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for non-UIW students, $7 for groups of 10 or more, and free for students, faculty and staff with a valid UIW ID. Below are showtimes in the Coates Theatre:

  • 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11
  • 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12
  • 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 13
  • 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16
  • 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17
  • 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18

For info and tickets, contact (210) 829-3800 or

An Evening with Hilary Corna
Former Toyota Asia Executive and author Hilary Corna will be speaking about how she followed her post-college dream of having a career in Asia at 4:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14, in the Mabee Library Auditorium. Corna is a TED speaker and author of One White Face, a memoir of her time abroad. This event is a part of UIW International Education Week. For info, contact Julia Garza at (210) 807-5709 or

Chinese Dumpling Party
The Institute of World Cultures is hosting a Chinese Dumpling Party from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, on Dubuis Lawn. This event is open to all faculty, staff and students. Learn about Chinese culture and understand why the Chinese make and eat dumplings during the Chinese New Year. For info, contact the Institute of World Cultures at (210) 805-5820 or

International Food Festival
You are invited to the International Food Festival from 4 - 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Cardinal 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

Light the Way
The 30th Annual Light the Way will be held at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, in Benson Stadium. Guests will enjoy an evening filled with performances from fan favorite entertainers, including students from our Brainpower Connection schools, Tejano singer Patsy Torres and a visit from our friend from the North Pole. Visit for more info or contact (210) 829-6001 or

First Annual Golden Harvest 5K
The Ettling Center for Civic Leadership in collaboration with Student Government Association, Student Engagement and the Human Performance & Sports Management Organization are hosting the First Annual Golden Harvest 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 20, at UIW. Registration is $25 per person (children under 10 are free; strollers are welcome). For info, contact (210) 283-6423 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

Save the Date: Employee Christmas Reception
The Office of Human Resources is hosting the annual Employee Christmas Reception from 3 - 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. There will be music, photos, cash prizes, hors d'oeuvres, and desserts. For info, contact (210) 829-6019 or

Department News

2016 ettling center for civic leadership latina summit

UIW's Cardinal Latina Mentoring Program, conducted by the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership, was invited to attend the Latinas in the U.S. Summit hosted on Oct. 21 at the White House. University representatives participated in numerous sessions and discussions regarding the future development and expansion of Latina leadership in local, state and national levels. The event was sponsored by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Pictured above (left to right) are Sandra Lorena San Miguel, UIW alumna and director of the Cancer Institute in Washington D.C., Alejandra Ceja, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence, Anastasia Monroy, UIW student, and Dr. Barbara Aranda-Naranjo, associate provost for civic engagement.

2016 rosenberg school of optometry dia de los muertos

The Rosenberg School of Optometry (RSO) library hosted a Dia de los Muertos event Wednesday, Nov. 2. Pan de muerto and hot chocolate were served. Pictured above (left to right) are Grace Rios, student support services coordinator, Libby Macias, student affairs coordinator, Dr. Timothy Wingert, dean of RSO and professor, Diana Balderas, executive coordinator, and Nena Reynolds, administrative assistant.

2016 feed phil campaign development

The Office of Development hosted its Feed Phil campaign Tuesday, Nov. 1. Pictured above is Ana Bribiesca, development associate, with UIW students promoting the campaign on campus.

2016 feik school of pharmacy students go to brazil

The Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUCPR) hosted its annual international cultural competition Mission Life: One Health. Students competed to develop innovative designs, ideas, tools, resources and/or services that address the search for well-being of humans, animals and the environment under the One Health perspective, which includes detecting problems and providing solutions. Dr. Marcos Oliveira, professor of pharmaceutical sciences and coordinator for pharmacy Latin American activities, and Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin, founding dean of the Feik School of Pharmacy (FSOP), are pictured above with the winning group of FSOP students traveling to Brazil to compete against PUCPR and Kent State on Nov. 21.

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

Leo Pereira Dissertation Defense
Leo Pereira will present a defense of his dissertation at 3 p.m., Monday, Nov. 7, in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. The title of Leo's dissertation is "Values Education in Bangladesh: Understanding High School Graduates' Perspectives." The chairperson of his dissertation committee is Dr. Sharon Herbers. For info, contact Duncan Hayse at (210) 829-2758 or

Anida Duarte Dissertation Defense
Anida Duarte hosts a public presentation of her Doctor of Business Administration dissertation at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Gorman Building, Room 120. The title of her dissertation is "Blended Learning: Institutional Frameworks for Adoption and Implementation." The chair of her dissertation committee is Dr. Annette Craven. For info, contact Duncan Hayse at (210) 829-2758 or

Tina Siller Dissertation Defense
Tina Siller, doctoral candidate in the Dreeben School of Education, will host a public defense of her dissertation at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. The title of Tina's dissertation is "Alumni Commitment: Exploring the Process of Transition from Participants to Donors." Her dissertation committee chair is Dr. Norman St. Clair. For info, contact Duncan Hayse at (210) 829-2758 or

UIW Department of Art Senior Capstone Exhibition Opening Reception
The UIW Department of Art presents its Senior Capstone Exhibition. The opening reception is from 6 - 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11, in the Semmes Gallery of the Kelso Art Center. The exhibition will be on display through Friday, Dec. 9. 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. The concert is free and open to the public. 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

Suzanne Magargee Dissertation Defense
Suzanne Magargee is presenting a public defense of her doctoral dissertation at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. The title of her dissertation is "An Exploration of Math Names for Numbers: An Early Childhood Mathematics Intervention." Dr. Judith Beauford is the chair of her dissertation committee. For info, contact Duncan Hayse at (210) 829-2758 or

Fall DASH Training Session
The Office of Institutional Research is hosting a DASH training session at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the Mabee Library, Room 230. This session is open to individuals who are interested in accessing DASH but haven't had DASH training. To register, click here. For questions, please contact Erika Pompa at (210) 832-2169 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

Kenneth O. Miles Guest Lecture: Controversy & Creativity in Teams & Groups
The Dreeben School of Education invites the community to this guest lecture from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, in the Gorman Building, Room 119. Kenneth O. Miles is the assistant vice chancellor and executive director for Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes at Louisiana State University (LSU). For info, contact Dr. Danielle J. Alsandor at (210) 832-3218 or

Quality Matters Online Course Design Workshop
Join the UIW Instructional technology team for this workshop 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 November at Benson Stadium:
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 November at Benson Stadium:
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. 5: Women's Volleyball vs. McNeese, 11 a.m.

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

Community News

UIW Highlight

2016 halloween

halloween 2016

Thank you to all the departments who sent in photos of their fun Halloween costumes. We hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween weekend.

Native American Heritage Month Exhibit
November is Native American Heritage Month. Please take time to visit the display case on the first floor of the AT&T Science Building to see an exhibit of Native American artifacts and books placed there by members of the Native American Heritage Month Committee. The exhibit will be up through the first week of December. For info, contact Dr. Richard Peigler at (210)829-3832 or

Research Week Submission Deadline Approaching
The 10th Annual Research Week is set for Feb. 20-24, 2017. The deadline for submissions is Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. Follow this link to apply. For info, contact Dr. Trinidad Macias at (210) 805-2539 or

Annual Green Bean Can Drive for the Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner
Help the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Delta Alpha-At-Large Chapter collect Green Beans for the Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner. Their goal is to collect 3,800lbs of cut green beans. Donations will help feed over 24k individuals on Thanksgiving Day. Please place the cans at the display in the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions Office by Thursday, Nov. 17. For info, contact Yvonne Davila at (210) 932-3289 or

Division of Extended Academic Programs

UIW Information Session for Adult Students
The UIW community is invited to attend a UIW Extended Academic Programs Information Session 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

Playing Games in the Classroom
Dr. Paul Lewis, associate professor of philosophy, will present to faculty in the Admin. Bldg., Room 212, 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

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.

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

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:

  • Erika Arrendondo-Haskins (MA '10) & family on the recent loss of her father, Benjamin C. Arredondo.
  • Jana & Gary (UIW Bd. of Trustees) Henry & family on the recent loss of his father, Robert Ray Henry.
  • Newton LeBlanc & family on the recent loss of his wife, Shirley Alice Mueller LeBlanc (BSN '57).
  • Annie (UIW Development Board) and Randy Turner & family on the recent loss of his mother, Lucille Middleton Turner.

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