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2017 Employee Campaign Finale

The 2017 Employee Campaign Finale was celebrated on Wednesday,Oct. 25. UIW employees were treated to breakfast, prizes and campaign details on the steps of the Coates Theatre. Thanks to all who participated and helped achieve the 2017 goal. Every gift makes a difference in shaping the professional and personal lives of our students. Picture L-R are members of the Development Office Sylvia Kutschenreuter, office manager, Rosie Garcia, director, Nancy Hodgkinson, donor relations and Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Sr. Kathleen Coughlin.



Our Lady's Chapel Services

All are welcome.

  • Noon Mass, Monday - Friday.
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. in Our Lady's Chapel located in the Administration Building
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation - 11:30 a.m. Fridays or by appointment with Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T. at (210) 829-3131 or

Homecoming-Alumni Memorial Mass
University Mission and Ministry cordially invites the community to the Homecoming-Alumni Memorial Mass at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 29 in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. This annual remembrance of our departed alumni and Sisters concludes with a brief prayer in the Sisters' cemetery and has been a beautiful tradition of current UIW family honoring those who have gone before them. For more information, please contact Brenda Dimas at or (210) 829-3128.

Veterans Day Celebration - Send Names and Photos
Please join us to honor our nation's veterans with an ecumenical service for Veterans Day at noon, Friday, Nov. 10th, in Our Lady's Chapel. A reception will be held in the Cardinal Courtyard following the service. A video display will also honor UIW community members who have served in the military — we invite you to submit names and/or photos to; please include your service member's name, branch, and years of service (e.g., "Frank James, USMC, Korean War vet). Deadline to submit is Tuesday, Nov. 7. Contact Dr. Glenn James with any questions at (210) 829-3943 or



Homecoming 2017

Don't miss the fun of Homecoming 2017. The Department of Alumni & Parent Relations has a full weekend of activities planned. For a list of scheduled events visit For more information contact, call (210) 805-3595.

Trunk or Treat
The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations invites you and your family to enjoy a ghoulish good time at the 2017 Trunk or Treat which is set for 5 - 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct 29 at the McCracken House. Participants are encouraged to come in costume, bring a bag, collect treats from "trunk" to "trunk" and enjoy a tour of the Haunted House appropriate for children of all ages. For details, contact Mercedes Moreno at (210) 805-3595 or by email at


UIW Alumni Lunch

UIW alumni employees enjoyed lunch at the McCracken House on Thursday, Oct. 26 courtesy of the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations. Pictured L-R Michael Castilleja, Genevieve Alvarez, Amy DeAtly, Ryan Mitchell and Helen Phan.

2017 Dio de los Muertos

The Día de los Muertos Mass will be celebrated at 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 29, in Our Lady's Chapel. Following Mass, the Modern Languages Department will serve pan de muertos and hot chocolate. An altar will be in the chapel foyer, and all are invited 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 in place until Nov. 7. For info, contact Dr. Gabriel T. Saxton-Ruiz at

Graphic Representations: Armed Conflict in Peru through Comics
The Department of Modern Languages welcomes Peruvian graphic novelist Jesús Cossio at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 30 in Seddon Recital Hall. Cossio will give a lecture on his works and discuss his country's period of political violence and the recent war over water. The conversation will be in both Spanish and English. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz at

Saudi National Day
The Saudi Student Club will host a celebration for Saudi National Day from 6 - 10 p.m., on Monday, Oct. 30 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Skyroom. The event is free and open to everyone to promote and celebrate Saudi culture. There will be free traditional music performances, a heritage fashion show, food, and videos about the history of Saudi Arabia. Please join us for the celebration! For more information, contact MaKailey Jonas at (210) 805-3051 or

Sodexo Halloween Fun
Join Sodexo for Halloween Fun from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 31 in the Campus Dining area in the Student Engagement Center. Costumes are encouraged! There will be prizes, music and a Spooktacular Menu! For details, contact Amanda Campa at (210) 832-2149 or

Diwali: Festival of Lights
Celebrate the South Asian holiday of Diwali: Festival of Lights at UIW beginning at 5 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Skyroom! The event features South Asian cuisine, dance and musical performances and festivities! Co-hosted by International Affairs, Campus Engagement. Special thanks to Dr. Sushma Ramsinghani and Dr. Lopita Nath. 5pm - Photo booth and Henna followed by 6pm - Dinner, Puja and Performances. General admission tickets are $5, UIW students are free with a valid ID. Pre-sale tickets are available at the SEC Welcome Desk. Tickets will be available at the door - cash only with your UIW ID. To RSVP visit Diwali: Festival of Lights. For more information, contact Sheena Connell at (210) 805-5705 or

Masquerade: Faces on Parade
Come join the Department of Music Singers Workshop for the MASQUERADE! A musical showcase of the students of Singer's Workshop will take place at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3 and 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov 4 in Seddon Recital Hall. The showcase will feature selections from Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, Barber of Seville, Cinderella and Die Fledermaus. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Cheryl Lindquist at


Department News

Guest Artist Series
The UIW Department of Music is hosting this free event from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28, in the Seddon Recital Hall. The department invites guest artist Dr. Domonic Dousa, pianist and composer, to perform with vocalist Dr. Orit Amy Eylon, associate professor of music. Listen to a compilation of Dousa's work including "From A Child's Garden" "Dream Land" and "Elegy" and "Evocations from the Plains." For info, contact Dr. Orit Amy Eylon at (210) 829-3858 or

Pizza and Philosophy
All are welcome to the upcoming Pizza & Philosophy lecture set for 4:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 6 in the Joyce Building room 126. Peter Crawford, Headmaster of Great Hearts Monte Vista, a local charter school that offers a liberal arts education to students in grades k-12, will make a presentation entitled: "Recasting the Drama of Education: the Liberal Arts, Language, and Exploding Minds" as part of the Pizza and Philosophy Lecture Series, sponsored by the Philosophy Department. N.B.: This is a presentation suitable for students, faculty, and staff. For details, contact Dr. Christopher Edelman at

(210) 832-2184 or

TRiO Student Support Services
TRiO's annual Cup Runneth Over project is now accepting donations from UIW and the larger community. TRiO partners with SAMMinistries to donate filled mugs to our local San Antonio citizens who are in need. Trio is collecting travel size toiletry items including soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mugs, and individual packets of hot chocolate and tea bags. These items can be dropped off at any location where donation boxes are located on campus, at out office SEC 3145, or call 210-805-5812 for donations to be picked up by a staff member. Location stations include: SEC Welcome Center, Ettling Center, Library, Nursing building, Campus Life office, Campus Ministries, and SEC 3145.

Flu Shot Clinic
Human Resources will be providing their annual Flu Shot Clinic from 10:30 a.m., to 2:30 p.m., on Thursday November 2, 2017 in the Wellness Center. Faculty and Staff are invited to attend. No insurance? UIW will cover the cost! Current photo ID required and insurance card (if applicable).

For more information, contact Brenda Mata at (210) 832-2195 or

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, Nov. 10
  • 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 30

Community News

Bereavement Notice - McLeod

UIW PD dispatcher Nancy Mcleod is mourning the loss of her father, SSG Joe Louis McLeod who passed away on Oct. 17 after a long illness. Services will be held at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will take place from 6 - 9 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1. The funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 2. Interment with Military Honors will follow at 11:15 a.m., at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. To view his obituary click here: SSG Joe Louis McLeod. Please keep Nancy and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Bereavement Notice - Wickstrom

UIW Athletic Director Dr. Brian Wickstrom is mourning the loss of his father, John J. Wickstrom who passed away, Friday, Oct. 20. Services will be held Friday, Oct. 27 in Overland Park, Kansas. To view his obituary click here: John J. Wickstrom. Please keep Brian and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Community Safety Note

Please be aware that the cooler weather has brought out a variety of insects, including the "ASP" caterpillars. The black or tan caterpillars are known for their painful venomous stings. Stay away. For more information, about the ASP caterpillar click here.

2017 Nursing

Nursing faculty from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, accompanied by Dr. Gayle Dasher of CHRISTUS Health, visited the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing & Health Professions on Monday, Oct. 16. Discussion topics included nursing education in the US and Chile as well as potential opportunities for future collaboration.


SACIV Award - Fragoso

UIW Vice President for International Affairs, Marcos Fragoso was recognized for his work to promote citizen diplomacy in San Antonio and the surrounding community by the San Antonio Council for International Visitors (SACIV) on Wednesday, Oct. 25 in the Mcombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Pictured above are Marcos Fragoso and family.



UIW was also honored by SACIV for its continued support of the organization and its mission. Provost Emeritus Dr. Denise Doyle accepted the award on the university's behalf.

Cardinal Shoppe - Faculty & Staff Appreciation Event

UIW faculty and staff are invited to the Cardinal Shoppe from 8 a.m., to 4 p.m., on November 7 and 8 for a 30% discount on UIW branded gifts and apparel. You must show with your UIW employee ID to receive the discount. Faculty, if you have not turned in your book adoptions for Spring, please drop those off while you shop. Light refreshments will be served from 11 a.m., to 1 p.m. There will also be a raffle for gift cards. For more information, contact Anne Richards at (210) 829-6056 or

Cardinal Walk of Pride

The Brick & Paver Campaign is back by popular demand! If you missed, your chance to order an engraved brick or paver for the Cardinal Walk of Pride you have one more opportunity. A 4" x 8" brick is available for $250; pavers are 12" X 12" and cost $1,000. Students have a discounted price of $100 for a 4" x 8" brick. Your personalized brick/paver will remain visible for generations to come, and is tax-deductible, according to applicable tax law. To order your brick visit: The deadline to submit your order is December 8, 2017. For more information, contact Alex Castaneda, director of Major Gifts & Planned Giving at (210) 829-6071 or

2017 Oct New Employee Mixer

New employees were welcomed to UIW by the Human Resources Department on Thursday, Oct 26, in the Special Collections Room in the Mabee Library. Employees were treated to lunch, fellowship and important UIW community information.


Peace Day 2017
Each October, the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) celebrates Peace Day. This year, Peace Day was celebrated on Wednesday, Oct. 25. UIW began hosting annual Peace Fairs in 1986 with educational content and planted a "peace pole" monument on campus. This annual celebration honors the efforts of society to work together to find a more peaceful, just and sustainable world for all. The UIW community carries on the tradition of Peace Day by bringing agencies, speakers and exhibitions to raise the social consciousness of peace. On the last Wednesday of October, the UIW community remembers Dr. Bernard O'Halloran, a beloved faculty member who was killed. With this in mind, the community promotes education on justice and peace in the world.


Sr. Martha Ann Iraqi Exhibit

Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI is pictured above with the Iraqi Women of Three Generations:Challenges, Education and Hopes for Peace Exhibit located in the SEC.

Immigrant Panel

Immigrants and Social Justice: A Theological Response. A lecture presented at the Mabee Library Auditorium by Dr. Neomi DeAnda, assistant professor of Religious Studies at the University of Dayton. Pictured L-R are Fr. James Adame O.SS.T., Sr. Walter Maher, CCVI, Dr. Neomi DeAnda and Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T.

2017 Kirk and Barnes

Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI and Dr. Roger Barnes are pictured with a UIW student at the Nazi Racial Policy, 1933 -1945: From Persecution to Extermination lecture at the SEC.


Kirk & Miele

Sr. Martha Ann Kirk presents Dr. Benjamin Miele with a certificate of appreciation at his lecture, Gilgamesh as Call to Action: Feminism, Marzism and Moral Agency in the World.

TRiO Student Support Services
TRiO's annual Cup Runneth Over project is now accepting donations from UIW and the larger community. TRiO partners with SAMMinistries to donate filled mugs to our local San Antonio citizens who are in need. Trio is collecting travel size toiletry items including soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mugs, and individual packets of hot chocolate and tea bags. These items can be dropped off at any location where donation boxes are located on campus, at out office SEC 3145, or call 210-805-5812 for donations to be picked up by a staff member. Location stations include: SEC Welcome Center, Ettling Center, Library, Nursing building, Campus Life office, Campus Ministries, and SEC 3145.

Biometric Health Screenings
As part of your Aetna health insurance, Quest Diagnostics will be providing free biometric screenings at UIW on Thursday November 2, 2017. If you were screened in January when Quest was on campus, please be advised that you will not be able to schedule another screening this calendar year. The biometric screening is only available to UIW employees with current Aetna insurance. The deadline to schedule your appointment is October 20, 2017. Please call 1-855-623-9355 for scheduling.

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

Athletics/ Cardinals Club - Homecoming post-game concert

The UIW Cardinals Club (Athletics Booster club) is sponsoring a free live music by the JR Herrera Band after the Homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct 28 beginning at 5 p.m. The community is invited to join us after the game in the Natatorium parking area and lawn to enjoy the show! For details contact

Tracy Avery at (210) 725-4362 or

Tickets on Sale: Annual Wild Game Dinner
Enjoy the annual UIW Men's Basketball Wild Game Dinner in style in the new Student Engagement Center Ballroom. The annual soiree is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4. Doors open at 6 p.m. Along with dinner, guest speakers will be University President, Dr. Thomas Evans, and Director of Athletics, Dr. Brian Wickstrom. Valet parking will be available and food and liquor will be served. Patrons must be 21 or older to attend. Individual tickets to the event is $50 and a table of eight costs $500. The deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, Oct. 30. Please visit For questions or more information, please contact Curtis at

Top Stories

Upcoming Home Games


Oct. 27: Swimming & Diving vs. Trinity, Barshop Natatorium (TIME TBA)
Oct. 27: Women's Soccer vs. Abilene Christian, Benson Stadium, 7 p.m.
Oct. 28: Volleyball vs. HBU, McDermott Center, 11 a.m.
Oct. 28: Football vs. Nicholls, Benson Stadium, 2 p.m.


Nov. 3 - Swimming vs. UT-Permian Basin - Ann Barshop Natatorium (Time TBA)
Nov. 3 - Men's Soccer vs. UT-Rio Grande Valley - Benson Stadium (Senior Day; 7 p.m.)
Nov. 9 - Volleyball vs. Abilene Christian - McDermott Center (7 p.m.)
Nov. 10 - Men's Basketball vs. Southwestern - McDermott Center (7 p.m.)
Nov. 11 - Volleyball vs. Sam Houston - McDermott Center (Senior Day; 11 a.m.)
Nov. 11 - Football vs. Central Arkansas - Benson Stadium (Military Appreciation; 6 p.m.)
Nov. 13 - Men's Basketball vs. Trinity - McDermott Center (7 p.m.)
Nov. 15 - Women's Basketball vs. Texas State - McDermott Center (6 p.m.)
Nov. 16 - Football vs. Prairie View A&M - Benson Stadium (Senior Day; 6 p.m.)
Nov. 17 - Men's Basketball vs. McMurry - McDermott Center (7 p.m.)
Nov. 20 - Women's Basketball vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor - McDermott Center (6 p.m.)
Nov. 22 - Men's Basketball vs. Loyola Marymount - McDermott Center (7 p.m.)
Nov. 29 - Women's Basketball vs. UMass - McDermott Center (6 p.m.)

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


Faculty Focus

Dissertation Defense - Valerie Ballesteros
Valerie Ballesteros, Doctor of Business Administration degree candidate, will defend her dissertation at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 27, in the Nursing Building, Room 142. Her dissertation is titled "The Impact of Culture on Hispanic Entrepreneurs as Mediated by Motivation, Challenge, and Success." Her dissertation committee chair is Dr. Diana Garza. For more information contact, Duncan Hayse at (210) 829-2758 or by email at

Using Videos with a Purpose: EdPuzzle
The Center for Teaching and Learning hosts this workshop in the Admin. Bldg., Room 212, 1:30 p.m.., Friday, Oct. 27. Participants will see examples of EdPuzzle at work and create their own interactive video. If convenient, bring a device and a link to a digital video you'd like to work with—something from YouTube is fine. One person at each session will win a clicker. Register here. For info, contact Kathy Allwein at (210) 283-6359

Making Larger Classes Work
The Center for Teaching and Learning hosts this workshop in the Admin. Bldg., Room 212, at 12 p.m., Monday, Oct. 30, with lunch, and at 12 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 31, with lunch. Participants will learn simple ways to make the most of large classes by building a sense of community and by increasing students' active engagement with the material. Register here. For info, contact Kathy Allwein at (210) 283-6359 or


For Your Students

Word Wednesday
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is hosting its third Word Wednesday of the year on Nov. 1 in the SEC Concourse. November is National Career Development Month. SAAC and the Career Services staff will be in the concourse passing out resources and information about Career Development. Come meet SAAC and the Career Services Staff and sign their board of careers! For more information, contact Amanda Pulido at (915) 539-2423 or

11th Annual Research Week - Call for Abstracts
The Office of Research and Graduate Studies is accepting abstracts now through Nov. 12 for the 11th Annual Research Week. Presentation categories include poster presentations, podium presentations, performing arts, visual arts, interactive demos, Three Minute Thesis (3MT®), and the Faculty Service Learning Showcase. As we enter into our 11th year and the San Antonio Tricentennial, join us as we celebrate "A History of Mission Driven Scholarship" the week of February 19-23, 2018 at the Student Engagement Center. Submit abstract online at For details contact, Dr. Trinidad Macias at (210) 805-2539 or by email at


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VH Fiesta Medal

The Visitation House Ministries 2018 Fiesta Medal is here. Supplies are limited. Reserve it now! Medals can be picked up at Visitation House, 945 W. Huisache, for a suggested donation of $10. The design presents the ministry logo of the Visitation, featuring Mary and Elizabeth. Proceeds benefit homeless and poor women and their children. Visitation House is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Call Cynthia Bossard at (210) 735-6910 or email for more info.

Top Five Ways to Plug-In and Partner with Women's Global Connection

Women's Global Connection is immensely grateful for our ongoing strong partnerships with the UIW community. The flyer in this link provides an introduction to the top five ways to plug-in and partner with us to promote the learning and leadership of women and girls locally and globally. Travel, research, learning presentations, interns & volunteers, and fundraising are great ways that we can work together for the benefit of others. For info, contact (210) 828-2224 or

T'ai Chi Chih Retreat: Joy Through Movement - UPDATE
Sister Alice Holden, CCVI will lead a T'ai Chi Chih Retreat: Joy thru Movement beginning on Thursday, Nov 2 through Sunday, Nov. 5. This retreat is an opportunity for beginners to learn TCC, and for students and teachers to deepen their understanding and experience of TCC. The Retreat begins on Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m., with check-in the Garden Room at the Village of Incarnate Word. TCC Intro & Practice will begin at 5 p.m. with a light dinner at 6 p.m. The retreat concludes on Sunday after lunch. The cost of the retreat has been reduced to $100. For more information, contact Sr. Alice at (210) 787-8476 or by email at


Our thoughts and prayers go to:

  • Nancy McLeon (UIW Police Department Dispatcher) & family on the recent loss of her father, SSG Joe Louis McLeod.
  • Victor "Adam" Madrigal & family on the recent loss of his mother, Rebecca A. Regan (IWHS '71).
  • Marta Alicia Rodriguez and Ana Lisa Rodriguez & family on the recent loss of their mother, Irma Martinez Rodriguez (BA '62).
  • The family of and the Congregation of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the recent loss of Sr. Jo-Michele Sierra, SSCJ (MA '81).
  • Brian Wickstrom (UIW Athletics Director) & family on the recent loss of his father, John J. Wickstrom.

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