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2016 cardinal holiday feast president's spaghetti dinner


On Wednesday, Nov. 30, the Office of Student Success hosted the 30th annual Cardinal Holiday Feast in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Pictured above (left to right) are Dr. Glenn James, associate provost, Dr. Denise Doyle, acting president, Chris Luna, legal assistant, and Cindy Escamilla, vice president and general counsel.


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

Advent Salvation History Story: Passover, the feast of redemption
God will protect his people on their journey. Excerpt from The Stories of the Old Testament:  A Catholic’s Guide by Jim Campbell (Loyola Press, 2007).  Posted with permission of Loyola Press.  Visit for more resources to nurture your faith.

University Mission & Ministry Angel Tree
University Mission & Ministry (UMM) is sponsoring an Angel Tree for our community members who need assistance this Christmas. The tree is in the foyer by Our Lady’s Chapel and will be displayed through Sunday, Dec. 11. We invite you to consider sponsoring a child or family. Please bring items in a holiday bag with the original Angel tag to UMM any time before Wednesday, Dec. 14. For info, contact UMM at (210) 829-3128. 

Noon Mass Cancelled: Monday, Dec. 12, 2016
Due to the Mass scheduled in honor of Dr. Louis J. Agnese Jr. in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word, the regular Mass at 12 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel is cancelled. For info, contact (210) 829-3128 or


Mass and Retirement Reception for Dr. Agnese
The UIW community is invited to join former UIW President Dr. Louis J. Agnese Jr. and his family at a Mass and retirement reception honoring his 31-year legacy as president. The Mass will be celebrated in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word (Motherhouse Chapel) at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 12. A reception will follow Mass from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the new CCVI Heritage Center, located next to the Chapel.  Refreshments, including finger foods, will be served at the reception. Individuals planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP at Limited parking will be available near UIW’s main entrance. Walking and carpooling are encouraged.

Employee Christmas Reception
The Office of Human Resources is hosting the annual Employee Christmas Reception from 3 – 6 p.m., today, Friday, Dec. 2, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. There will be music, photos, cash prizes, hors d'oeuvres, and desserts. Please note that cash prize winners will be announced at 4:30 p.m. and you must be present to win. For info, contact (210) 829-6019 or

Bill Watrous Concert & Masterclass
World-renowned jazz trombonist Bill Watrous will perform a concert at 12 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Concert Hall with a masterclass to follow at 1 p.m. Considered one of the greatest trombone virtuosos of all time, he was voted number one Jazz Trombonist in Downbeat Magazine's readers poll seven years in a row and won the Critic's Award twice. For info, contact Jim Waller at (210) 445-0412 or

Orchestra of the Incarnate Word Concert
The Orchestra of the Incarnate Word will perform from 8 – 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Concert Hall. Tickets are $15 and available at the door. Admission is free for UIW students, faculty and staff with a valid UIW ID. Terence Frazor is the conductor and Artina McCain is the pianist. For info, contact Roland Sul at (210) 829-3852 or

Camerata San Antonio
Camerata San Antonio will perform in concert from 3 – 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Concert Hall. For info and ticket prices, visit

Fall Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement
UIW’s Baccalaureate Mass will be held at 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9, in the McDermott Convocation Center. Fall Commencement will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, in the Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum (3201 E. Houston St., 78219). Tickets are not required for admission to the Mass, however, tickets are required for admission to commencement. For info, contact the Office of the Registrar at (210)-829-6006 or

Vegas Night
The community is invited to UIW Athletics Las Vegas Night from 7 – 11 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. You must be 21+ to attend. Entry fee of $50 provides dinner, drinks and $1,000 in gaming tokens. Door prizes and casino prizes will be distributed at the end of the event. For info, email Mark Papich at

Holiday Treasures Art & Craft Sale 2016
The UIW Department of Art is hosting an Art & Craft Sale from 6 – 10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16, and from 12 – 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, in the Kelso Art Center. Complimentary refreshments will be served on Friday. Get your last minute unique gifts and support the local arts at the same time. For info, contact Roland Sul at (210) 829-3852 or

 Department News

Norah Alqahtani Thesis Defense
Norah Alqahtani, candidate for the Master of Science in Biology, will present a defense of her thesis, "The Effect of Varying Conditions on Stenotrophomonas maltophilia," on at 9:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 2, in the AT&T Science Center, Room 111. The chair of Norah's thesis committee is Dr. Ana Vallor. For info, contact Duncan Hayse at (210) 829-2758 or

Office of Clinical Health Services and Behavioral Health Services Closure
The Office of Clinical Health Services and Behavioral Health Services will both be closed from 10:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6. For more info, contact (210) 832-5656.

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

Softchalk Training Webinars
The Department of Instructional Technology is offering two web-based training sessions from 1 – 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12, and from 1 – 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14, in the Mabee Library, Room 230. It is recommended that you register for both sessions. The sessions include hands-on training, basic features training, and software overview. Click the link to register. For info, contact Terry Peak at (210) 218-8795 or

Athletics News

UIW Basketball Schedule for December in the McDermott Convocation Center:
Dec. 3: Women’s Basketball vs. Rice, McDermott Convocation Center, 1 p.m.
Dec. 3: Men’s Basketball vs. LIU, McDermott Convocation Center, 3 p.m.
Dec. 7: Men’s Basketball vs. Texas Lutheran, McDermott Convocation Center, 7 p.m.
Dec. 10: Men’s Basketball vs. Texas A&M International, McDermott Convocation Center, 7 p.m.
Dec. 17: Women’s Basketball vs. Murray State, McDermott Convocation Center, 3 p.m.
Dec. 20: Women’s Basketball vs. Alexandria, McDermott Convocation Center, 11:30 a.m.
Dec. 28: Women’s Basketball vs. Texas A&M – Kingsville, McDermott Convocation Center, 5:30 p.m.

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

Community News


2016 cardinal holiday feast president's spaghetti dinner meatball rolling

In preparation for the Cardinal Holiday Feast, UIW faculty and staff gathered in the ICC Marian Hall  Tuesday, Nov. 29, to roll meatballs and silverware. Pictured above (left to right) are Taylor Nurmi, special events coordinator, Brance Arnold, publications coordinator, Christopher McCollum, instructor of theater, and Shirley Caldera, associate dean of extended academic programs.

2016 cab uiw puppy pawty

The UIW Campus Activities Board hosted a “Puppy Paw-ty” Thursday, Dec. 1. Certified therapy dogs visited with students to help them de-stress before final exams. Pictured above is Joan Labay-Marquez, graduate studies department coordinator, with UIW students visiting with Tex near the clock tower.

Call for Sometimes Singers & Players 
UIW's Sometime Singers & Players, a group made up of faculty, staff, administrators and students (vocalists and instrumentalists), serve when possible at liturgical prayer throughout the school year. Please RSVP by Friday, Dec. 9, to participate in the Christmas Eve Mass. For questions or to RSVP, contact Lena Gokelman at (210) 723-7741 or

Christmas Eve Mass, 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 24, in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word (Pre-Service program begins at 5:00 p.m.)

Please plan to attend at least three of four rehearsals and the final rehearsal from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 13
  • Thursday, Dec. 15
  • Tuesday, Dec. 20
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21
  • Friday, Dec. 23 – FINAL rehearsal

Division of Extended Academic Programs

2016 eap thanksgiving lunch

The Division of Extended Academic Programs (EAP) celebrated their Thanksgiving staff lunch on Monday, Nov. 21, at the EAP offices located on the St. Anthony Catholic High School campus.

Employee Wellness

Employee Wellness Lunch & Learn
Dr. Raul Zendejas will speak on Setting and Achieving Goals at an Employee Wellness Lunch & Learn at 12 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. Lunch is provided. Please RSVP to  

Brainpower Connection

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Incarnate Word High School is hosting the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe from 8:15 – 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 12, in Mt. Erin Circle in front of the IWHS campus. There will also be an unveiling of a new monument in Mt. Erin Circle. Contact (210) 829-3108 or for info.

Incarnate Word High School Madrigal Alumnae Concert
Enjoy angelic voices at the IWHS Madrigal Alumnae Concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 22, in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word with reception to follow. Lift your spirits with the sounds of the season. This year’s event will raise the balance needed for the Madrigal Alumnae Scholarship Fund. For info, contact Stephanie Denning at (210) 287-0730 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

America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie Film Screening
The Headwaters at Incarnate Word hosts a screening of America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie from 3:30 – 5 p.m., Monday, Dec. 5, in the CHRISTUS Heritage Hall at the Village at Incarnate Word. The film highlights prairie preservation efforts and explores how this ecosystem may serve as a future model for a sustainable agriculture. For info, contact Pamela Ball at (210) 828-2224 or

Third Friday Birding
Come take a leisurely walk through the Headwaters Sanctuary with one of our birding specialists from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 16. Please wear close-toed shoes, long pants, and bring water. Binoculars will be available. Each walk is limited to 12 people. Duration: 1 ½ - 2 hours. For info, contact Pamela Ball at (210) 828-2224 or

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