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2017 mass of the holy spirit

University Mission & Ministry hosted the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit Wednesday, Sept. 6. Students, faculty, administrators and staff gathered to pray for guidance. The Mass started with the procession of symbols, pictured above, representing all schools within the University.


Our Lady's Chapel Services

All are welcome.

  • Noon Mass, Monday - Friday
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation - 11:30 a.m. Fridays or by appointment with Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T. at (210) 829-3131 or

A Message from University Mission & Ministry
Special Collection - Sept 9 & 10: Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, has called on dioceses and parishes to take up a special collection to support victims of Hurricane Harvey and to provide pastoral and rebuilding support to impacted dioceses. Funds given to the collection will support the humanitarian and recovery efforts of Catholic Charities USA and will provide pastoral and rebuilding support to impacted dioceses through the USCCB.

9-11 Ecumenical Service

University Mission & Ministry, the Interfaith Council and the Student Interfaith Organization invites the community to come together and remember the tragic day of Sept. 11, 2001. Prayers will be said for our nation, for the families of those that died and our UIW First Responders during the service. The service will be held at 12 p.m., Monday, Sept. 11, in Our Lady's Chapel. For info, contact Rev. Dr. Trevor D. Alexander at (210) 829-3130 or


Shakespeare in Prague: Imagining the Bard in the Heart of Europe
The UIW Department of Art is proud to present Shakespeare in Prague: Imagining the Bard in the Heart of Europe. The exhibit will be on display through Friday, Sept. 29, in the Kelso Art Center Galleries. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. An opening reception is set for 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 8. For info, contact Roland Sul at (210) 829-3852 or

Upcoming UIW Police Department Events

  • Coffee with a Cop: 8 - 10:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 11, in SEC Concourse
  • Milk and Cookies with a Cop: 9 - 11 p.m., Monday, Sept. 11, in SEC Concourse
  • Operation Identification: Theft Prevention: 8 - 9 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Mabee Library Auditorium
  • Survival Mindset: 9 - 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Mabee Library Auditorium
  • Personal Safety: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Mabee Library Auditorium
  • Personal Safety: 3 - 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Mabee Library Auditorium
  • Operation Identification: Theft Prevention: 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Mabee Library Auditorium

2017 campus engagement blood drive

Campus Engagement - Blood Drive
Campus Engagement is hosting a Blood Drive from 11 a.m., to 3:15 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 12, in the Student Engagement Center, Floor 2, classroom 2041. For information contact, Kristen Barrick at (210) 805-5862 or

The Murder of Emmett Till with author Devery S. Anderson
CHASS is hosting a public lecture from 7 - 9 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the Concert Hall with author and scholar Devery S. Anderson, author of Emmett Till: The Murder that Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement. The book, published in 2015 by the University of Mississippi Press, is the definitive account of the murder of 14-year old Emmett Till in Mississippi, an event that is often credited as the "beginning" of the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement. For info, contact Dr. Roger Barnes at (210) 829-3976 or

Periphorous Film Screening
Artist/musician Brian Allen presents his film (with live soundtrack), Periphorous, at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Goretti Lecture Hall in the Bennack Music Center. Periphorous is made of photographs, videos and field recordings with drawings, animations and a musical score created by Brian, who will perform on trombone and other instruments. For info, contact Dr. Kevin Salfen at (210) 829-3849 or

Meet the Mission 2017
Meet the Mission 2017 is from 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15. UIW students and employees meet to go out into the greater San Antonio community and provide volunteer services to help other community service providers and agencies. This year's event marks the 12th anniversary of the service project. For further info, visit this link or contact Betsy Leverett at (210) 283-6437 or

Light the Way Volunteer Day
Join us for the 2017 Light the Way Volunteer Day and help prepare for one of the most anticipated events of the holiday season. Students, faculty and alumni are invited to help replace light bulbs to ensure our campus continues to shine bright. Community Service hours available. Families are welcome, please no children under the age of 10.

Two sessions available in the McDermott Convocation Center on Saturday, Sept. 16: 9-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-2:30 p.m. To register, email

Fall ClayFest 2017
UIW Trap & Skeet is hosting a fundraiser event from 1 - 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16, at Joshua Creek Ranch (132 Cravey Rd, Boerne, Texas 78006). For more information please contact the UIW Club Sports office at 210-805-5873 or email Edie Cogdell at Register here.

Employee Campaign Kickoff Party - UPDATE
The Office of Development invites all UIW employees to kick off the 2017 Employee Campaign at a kickoff party from 12 - 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21, in the Student Engagement Center Ballroom. For info, contact Rosie Garcia at (210) 829-6072 or

Farhad's Film Series: Education, Inc.
The Mabee Library presents Education, Inc (2016), at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 27, in the Mabee Library, Room 221. The film examines the free-market and for-profit interests that have been quietly and systematically privatizing America's public education system under the banner of "School choice". For info, contact Farhad Moshiri at (210) 829-3842 or

2017 heritage dayHeritage Day 2017
UIW's Heritage Day 2017 will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. The University will recognize full-time employees who have contributed milestone years of service. A reception will follow in the Student Engagement Center Ballroom. For info, contact (210) 829-6019.

Department News

Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
University Mission & Ministry and the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability are organizing relief efforts for our neighbors affected by Hurricane Harvey. For information on volunteer opportunities, please call Dr. Ricardo Gonzalez, Ettling Center director at (210) 283-6423 or by email at

Fall 2017 Instructional Technology In-Person and Online Training
Instructional Technology is hosting a series of in-person and online training sessions for Blackboard and Microsoft Office Online. For a full list of courses and ways to sign up, follow this link to the IRD Training Schedule. For further info, contact Terry Peak at (210) 218-8795 or

Interested in Studying Abroad? - Get your questions answered Sept. 11 - 15
Monday, Sept. 11 - Diversity Abroad Passport Tour - The Study Abroad Office welcomes the Diversity Abroad Passport Tour to UIW from 3 - 4 p.m., in the Library Auditorium. The Passport Tour is a nationwide campus-based initiative designed to introduce study abroad resources and opportunities to students, faculty and administrators, particularly from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.

Tuesday, Sept. 12 - Taco 'Bout Study Abroad - Join the Study Abroad Office for breakfast tacos and get your study abroad questions answered from 8 to 9 a.m., in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room.

Wednesday, Sept. 13 - Study Abroad Parent Information Session - UIW parents are invited to learn about the opportunities their students have to study abroad from 6 - 7 p.m., in the Library Auditorium.

Thursday, Sept. 14 - Financing Study Abroad - Talk to Financial Aid about how to finance your study abroad, learn what scholarships are available and get tips from the Writing & Learning Center on writing your study abroad scholarship essay. The session is set for 3 to 4 p.m., in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room.

Friday, Sept. 15 - Meet Study Abroad Alumni - Join the Study Abroad Office for lunch at noon, in the ICC, Boardroom 1. Meet our study abroad alumni, hear about their experiences and find out how to incorporate study abroad into your resume and future job interview.

For more information on any of these events, contact Alanna Taylor at or (210) 805-5709.

Fall 2017 DASH Training Sessions
The Office of Institutional Research has several DASH training opportunities this Fall 2017 semester in the Mabee Library, Room 230. These sessions are open to individuals who are interested in accessing DASH but haven't had DASH training. Even if you had DASH training in the past, these sessions will be helpful if you need a refresher on the basics. We will cover navigation, the functionalities of the system, as well as show you a report or two as examples of the kinds of information found in DASH.

  • 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 29
  • 2 p.m., Friday, Oct 13
  • 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 24
  • 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 10
  • 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 30

Please click on the link to view this invitation and to sign up for a session. Signing up ensures that your log-in will be active during the training session. For questions, contact Erika Pompa at (210) 832-2169 or

Community News

UIW Highlights

2017 eid al adha

The Saudi Student Club hosted Eid al-Adha Wednesday, Sept. 6. The event showcased Saudi Arabian culture. Pictured above is Sheena Connell, assistant director of international student & scholar services, receiving a henna tattoo.

2017 september word wednesday

The UIW Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted its first monthly Word Wednesday Wednesday, Sept. 6, in front of the SEC. The SAAC collected donations for Hurricane Harvey Relief. The UIW Police Department attended Word Wednesday and gave out Cardinal stress balls to the community.

DACA Update
The Trump administration has announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will end on a six month phase out, during which time the President has encouraged Congress to pass legislation in this regard. DACA was established by President Obama in 2012 to allow undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to legally work and attend school without risk of deportation. The Department of Homeland Security has stated it will not terminate existing DACA permits, which are good for two years, and that it would continue to adjudicate requests for renewals "on an individual, case-by-case basis" for those whose benefits are due to expire on or before March 5, 2018, and who apply for renewal by Oct. 5. For further information, please refer to the International Student and Scholar Resource page at

Bereavement Notice
Dr. Sharon Herbers, professor, Dreeben School of Education is mourning the loss of her mother, Mary Welker Herbers who passed away in August. Please keep Dr. Herbers and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Her obituary is available by clicking here.

Campus Safety Awareness Month
UIW's Department of Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management plans to observe September as Campus Safety Awareness Month by conducting fire drills for all UIW buildings. As this may cause a slight disruption in the daily schedule, we want to inform everyone in advance in order to minimize inconvenience as much as possible. All deans, department heads or other individuals responsible for buildings or areas are invited to coordinate with Andrew Fohn at to plan potential dates and times for the drills. In addition, any other questions or concerns are welcome.

San Antonio Museum Exhibitions
University employees receive free admission to the McNay Art Museum and the San Antonio Museum of Art with their valid UIW ID. Additional fees may apply to exhibitions. For info, contact (210) 829-6019.

Athletics News

Top Stories

Upcoming Home Games

Sept. 15 - Women's Soccer vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Benson Stadium, 7 p.m.
Sept. 22 - Men's Soccer vs. HBU, Benson Stadium, 7 p.m.
Sept. 26 - Volleyball vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, McDermott Convocation Center, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 - Volleyball vs. McNeese, McDermott Convocation Center, 7 p.m.
Sept. 29 - Women's Soccer vs. Northwestern State, Benson Stadium, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 - Volleyball vs. Nicholls, McDermott Convocation Center, 11 a.m.
Sept. 30 - Football vs. Abilene Christian, Benson Stadium, 6 p.m.
Oct. 1 - Women's Soccer vs. Central Arkansas, Benson Stadium, 1 p.m.

For ticket info, contact (210) 805-3000 or visit this link.

Faculty Focus

Sustainability and Educating the Whole Person
The Center for Teaching and Learning partnered with the Sustainability Advisory Board for this fall reading group series starting at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 8, in the Gorman Building, Room 120. Lunch will be served. Dr. Chris Edelman and Dr. Ann David are the facilitators. This reading group will explore this integral ecology by studying excerpts from Laudato Si, as well as Wendell Berry's "Solving for Pattern." The group is limited to 10 members. Register here. For info, contact (210) 283-6359 or

Faculty Family Potluck Supper
Faculty Mentoring is hosting a potluck dinner from 6:30 - 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 9, in the Student Engagement Center ballroom. Bring your family, a significant other or come on your own. Bring some food to share and whatever type of drink you like. For info, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 883-5934 or

Interfaith Literacy for All UIW Employees
The Center for Teaching and Learning is hosting this workshop in the Admin. Bldg., Room 365, at 12 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15, with lunch. The event will also take place at 12 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. Participants will learn about important holidays in these traditions and will be invited to participate in a year-long initiative called "Interfaith Literacy, Fluency and Service." Register here. For info, contact (210) 283-6359 or

For Your Student

Alpha Lounge
Alpha: First Generation Student Success will host Alpha Lounge every Tuesday between 1 - 3 p.m. in the Mabee Library, Room 212, throughout the fall semester. Alpha will provide snacks and drinks for students who want to do work, relax, or have any questions. For info, contact Dr. Tanja Stampfl at (210) 829-3855 or

Extended Academic Programs

UIW Info Session for Adult Students
Extended Academic Programs is hosting a one-hour info session at either 12 p.m. or 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 12. The noon session will be held at the UIW Northwest Center (9729 Datapoint Dr., Suite 100, 78229), and the 6:30 p.m. session will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn & Conference Center San Antonio/Live Oak (8101 Pat Booker Rd., 78233). Learn about the School of Professional Studies, School of Applied Sciences and more about degree offerings and benefits. RSVP online here or contact (210) 757-0202 or

Brainpower Connection

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Visit St. Peter Prince of Apostles Catholic School at


Ethnobotany Walk
Hike the Headwaters trails with Patty Leslie Pasztor from 9 - 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 8, to learn how Native Americans and early settlers used plants for food, medicine, fiber, dyes and more. Patty will share stories about our trees, shrubs and wildflowers while providing some I.D. tips. The walk is limited to 12 people. Reservation required:

History of Peyote Pilgrimages through Headwaters
The Headwaters at Incarnate Word is hosting a nature walk from 9 - 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 9, through ancient indigenous routes leading through San Antonio to the sacred Peyote Gardens of South Texas. The walk is limited to 12 people. Reservation required:

Third Friday Birding
Come take a leisurely walk through the Headwaters Sanctuary with one of our birding specialists. This walk will take place at 8:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 15. Anyone fascinated by the sights and sounds of birds is welcome. This is a great opportunity for beginning or intermediate birders to develop and improve their identification skills. Please wear close-toed shoes, long pants, and bring water. Binoculars will be available. Each walk is limited to 12 people. Please make a reservation at

Interpretation Skills Presentation
The Headwaters at Incarnate Word is hosting this program from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22.
Learn the basics of interpretation principles and best practices. This presentation is perfect for anyone giving lectures, offering guided walks or working with audiences of all ages. A guided walk will follow the presentation. Liz Palfini, Park Superintendent at Palmetto State Park, will be our presenter. The program is limited to 12 people. Reservation required:

Healing the Headwaters
The Headwaters at Incarnate Word is hosting a sanctuary clean-up at 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 29.
The Headwaters at Incarnate Word relies on volunteers for land stewardship tasks. This is a wonderful way to help preserve the only nature sanctuary in the heart of San Antonio. For info and to sign up, email

Nature Based Soul Care
The Headwaters at Incarnate Word is hosting a walk at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 30.
Participants will be attending the natural world as it reminds us of who we are in the eyes of the Sacred. The guide will be Steven Chase, professor of spirituality at the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Spirituality at Oblate School of Theology. This walk is limited to 12 people. Reservation required:

Autumn Fest and Fundraiser
The Village at Incarnate Word will host their annual Autumn Fest and Fundraiser from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30, in the Village at Incarnate Word Courtyard. All proceeds will benefit the legacy fund. Admission is free; tickets must be purchased for food and games. Enjoy a talent show, music, games, massages, food, drinks, basket raffles and a silent auction. For info, contact Maria Reyna at (210) 289-7561 or


Our thoughts and prayers go to:

  • Dr. Sharon Herbers (Dreeben School of Education Faculty) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Mary Welker Herbers.
  • Gregory and Shari Hudson & family on the recent loss of their son, Elliott Donte Hudson (BBA '14).
  • The family of Ingrid Marie Maier Koenig (BA '66) on her recent death.
  • Randy Smith & family on the recent loss of his wife, Janice Herrera Smith (IWHS '02, BA '09, MA '12).

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