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2016 fall winter commencement


The University of the Incarnate Word celebrated its Fall Commencement Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Freeman Coliseum. Congratulations to all the graduates on their accomplishments and hard work.


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


Vegas Night
The community is invited to UIW Athletic’s 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

Advent with the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word
Celebrate Advent with the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. The following are upcoming events happening for the Advent season. For more info, contact (210) 828-2224.

  • Christmas Novena – 4 p.m., Dec. 16 – 23 (except Dec. 18), in St. Joseph’s Chapel at The Village at Incarnate Word.
  • Festival of Lessons and Carols – 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 18, in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word.
  • Christmas Eve Mass – 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 24, in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. Music begins at 5 p.m.

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

2016 rosenberg school of optometry rso holiday door contest winner

Libby Macias, student affairs coordinator at the Rosenberg School of Optometry (RSO), won the RSO Holiday Door Decorating contest Friday, Dec. 9. Her door was named "Optometry Life."

2016 office of enrollment angel tree party

The Department of Enrollment, which includes the Office of Veteran Affairs, Office of Career Services, Office of First Year Engagement, Office of Life Skills and Office of Admissions, adopted a family of seven and hosted an Angel Tree Wrap Party Thursday, Dec. 15.

Athletics News

UIW Basketball Schedule for December in the McDermott Convocation Center:
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 fr. tom dymowski nursing pinning ceremony

Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T., chaplain, blesses a nursing graduate’s hands before she receives an honorary pin at the Nursing Pinning Ceremony Friday, Dec. 9.

2016 dr. john perry moody professor commencement fall

Dr. John Perry, professor of speech and 2016-2017 Moody Professor, addressed the 2016 graduates at Fall Commencement Saturday, Dec. 10.

2016 president emeritus dr. louis j. agnese jr mickey agnese charles charlie lutz associate gala dinner

Dr. Louis J. Agnese Jr. was honored at a special dinner Monday, Dec. 12, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Pictured above (left to right) are Charles Lutz, chairman of the board of trustees, Dr. Louis J. Agnese Jr., president emeritus, and his wife Mickey Agnese.

2016 2017 fiesta medals

2017 Fiesta® Medals Available
Pictured above are the two Fiesta® medals on sale for 2017. On the left is the 2017 Cutting Edge Fiesta® Fashion Show Medal is available for $8 in the Juren Sullivan Center for Fashion Management on the second floor of the Joyce Building. On the right is the first official UIW Fiesta® Medal available for $8 in the Administration Building, Room 55. The UIW Fiesta Medal is also available at the Fiesta® Store for $10. These medals make great stocking stuffers. Get yours before they run out. For info on the UIW Fiesta® Medal, contact Paul Ayala at (210) 829-6034 or For info on the 2017 Cutting Edge Fiesta® Fashion Show Medal, contact Leslie Kuhn at (210) 829-3141 or

Holiday Discount on UIW Tartan
Collegiate Tartan is offering a special holiday discount on the UIW official tartan this season. Customers can use the code 2016FALL and receive their 25 percent off their purchase. The official luxury scarf, satin tie and more are available for purchase. Shop for different stocking stuffers now at this link. For more info, contact Dr. Melinda Adams at (210)-805-1204 or

Bereavement Notice
Jo Ann Ybarra, student resource specialist in the Registrar’s Office, Michelle Vasquez (BA ’03), and Joe Vasquez, assistant director of web development, are mourning the loss of their dear father and grandfather, Ernest R. Ybarra, Jr., who passed peacefully on Dec. 13, 2016 at the age of 84. Please keep their family in your thoughts and prayers.

IRD December 2016 Maintenance
Information Resources Division will be conducting the scheduled December 2016 maintenance (LookingGlass v7.9 Upgrade) on Friday, Dec. 16. Please note that Banner will be available. For more info, visit this link. Contact Joanna Arredondo at (210) 283-6489 or for info.

Phone System Maintenance
The AVAYA phone engineer will be conducting maintenance on the phone system from 5:30 – 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 20. The maintenance window is scheduled to last approximately thirty minutes. During this period, the AVAYA Modular Messaging System (Voicemail feature) for all phones on the UIW Main Campus and extended campuses will be down. All voicemail services will be affected for approximately thirty minutes.

The following areas will experience a disruption in voicemail services:

  • UIW Main Campus
  • SACHS Main Campus
  • IWHS Main Campus
  • Datapoint Main Campus
  • East Side Clinic Campus
  • Physical Therapy Campus
  • Brooks City Base Campus
  • LightHouse for the Blind Campus
  • Rolling Oaks Campus
  • School of Golf Campus
  • Broadway Shipping and Receiving site

Please contact the UIW Help desk at (210) 829-2721 or with any questions or concerns.

Employee Wellness

2016 employee wellness aed/cpr class

Employee Wellness hosted its AED/CPR course for faculty and staff in the Barshop Natatorium Classroom 1 Thursday, Dec. 15. Pictured above is BJ Lough, associate director of athletics/sports, teaching the course. The courses will be offered again from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5, and Tuesday, Jan. 10, in the Wellness Center Classroom 1. Sign up at this link. For info, contact

Brainpower Connection

2016 feast of our lady of guadalupe incarnate word high school iwhs

Incarnate Word High School (IWHS) hosted the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mt. Erin Circle in front of the IWHS campus. Pictured above (left to right) are Alexandria Leija, IWHS sophomore, Jennifer Salazar, principal, and Mauro Leija. The Leija Family graciously donated the Lady of Guadalupe monument at Mt. Erin Circle.

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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

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

Our thoughts and prayers go to:

  • The family of Romayne T. Crawford (ALND ’50) on her recent death.
  • John Giordano & family on the recent loss of his wife, Cynthia Sigler Giordano (IWHS ’73).
  • Chris (UIW Development Bd.) & Shellye Purcell & family on the recent loss of his mother, Susan Elizabeth Derby Purcell.
  • Jo Ann Ybarra (Student Resource Specialist/Registrar’s Office) & family on the recent loss of her father; Michelle (BA’03) & Joe (Assistant Director/Web Development, BAAS ’09) Vasquez & family on the recent loss of her grandfather, Ernest R. Ybarra, Jr. 

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