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Cardinal Family Brunch

The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations hosted the Cardinal Family Brunch on Sunday Oct, 29 in the SEC Ballroom as part of the 2017 Homecoming activities. Dr. Lisa McNary, dean of Alumni & Parent Relations welcomed the Golden Graduates who returned to campus to celebrate their 50th Jubilee. Pictured with McNary is Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Sr. Kathleen Coughlin and her fellow alumnae who attended the celebration.


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

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. 10, 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


All Saints Day Mass

Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, Nov. 1 in Our Lady's Chapel for the Solemnity of All Saints. Pictured are Lena Gokelman, coordinator of Liturgical Music and a UIW student cantor.




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

UIW Outdoor Fitness Complex Grand Opening
The Sports and Wellness department is hosting the Grand Opening of the UIW Outdoor Fitness Complex located on UIW Main Campus next to the Ann Barshop Natatorium at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 7. For more information, contact Erin Galloway at (210) 805-5873 or

Business Club Speaker Series - Rodney Klein
The Business Club Speaker Series presents Rodney Klein of the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8 in the Gorman Building Rm. 208. Klein will discuss the EEOC, EEO laws and their interpretation as well as the complaint and resolution process. Persons with disabilities needing special assistance to attend should contact the ADA coordinator at least five university business days prior to the event at or 210-829-6035. For more information, contact Teresa Harrison at (210) 283-6482 or

Veteran's Day Ecumenical Service
Join University Mission & Ministry at noon, Friday, Nov. 10 in Our Lady's Chapel for the annual Veteran's Day Ecumenical Service as our UIW community comes together to honor all of our veterans and thank them for their dedicated and loyal service to our country. A reception will be held immediately after in the Cardinal Courtyard. Many Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans Day honors American military personnel who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained from combat. Memorial Day honors those who have died. Veterans Day, honors ALL veterans, both living and dead. For details, please contact, Rev. Dr. Trevor D. Alexander (210) 829-3130 or

Cardinal Chorale and Cardinal Singers Fall Choir Concert
The UIW Cardinal Chorale and Cardinal Singers will present their Fall Choir Concert on Sunday, Nov. 12 from 5 to 6 p.m., in the UIW Concert Hall. The concert will feature varied choral music, from African to jazzy, Bach to contemporary, and will feature songs that express our desire for peace. The concert is free and open to everyone. For more information contact William Gokelman at (210) 829-3848 or

RSO dia de los Muertos

The Rosenberg School of Optometry library hosted a Dia de los Muertos event Wednesday, Nov 1. Pan de muerto and hot chocolate were served. Pictured below (left to right) are Melissa Carreon, Clinical Appointment Representative, Grace Rios, student support services coordinator, Jill Mohr, director of admissions, Eric Tradup, assistant director of admissions, Dr. Timothy Wingert, dean of RSO, Cesar Hernandez, access services library assistant, Libby Macias, student affairs coordinator, and Guadalupe Atienzo, clinic receptionist.



UIW Celebrates Halloween

2017 UIW Trunk or Treat

UIW President, Dr. Tom Evans, stopped for a photo at the 2017 Trunk or Treat Halloween event, held Sunday, Oct. 29 at the McCracken House. UIW alumni, employees and students enjoyed the day as children collected treats from "trunk" to "trunk" and visited the very spooky Haunted House. The event was hosted by the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations.


UIW Tailgate 2017

Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Sr. Kathleen Coughlin is pictured with UIW alumni and family who gathered at the Homecoming tailgate held Saturday, Oct. 28.


Peru through Comics


The Department of Modern Languages welcomed Peruvian graphic novelist Jesús Cossio on Monday, Oct. 30 in Seddon Recital Hall. Cossio gave a lecture on his works and discussed his country's period of political violence and the recent war over water. The conversation will be in both Spanish and English. Pictured L-R are Dr. Gabriel Saxton Ruiz, UIW associate professor of Spanish and Jesús Cossio.

Saudi National Day

The Saudi Student Club hosted a celebration for Saudi National Day, Monday, Oct. 30 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Skyroom. The event was held to promote and celebrate Saudi culture. Guests enjoyed traditional music performances, a heritage fashion show, food and videos about the history of Saudi Arabia.

Diwali Festival of Lights

The South Asian holiday of Diwali: Festival of Lights was celebrated at UIW on Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Skyroom. The event, co-hosted by International Affairs and Campus Engagement featured South Asian cuisine, dance and musical performances and festivities. Pictured L-R are members of the Office of International Affairs, Ryan Osborne (Student from UK), MaKailey Jonas, Sheena Connell, Priyangana Risal, Amy DeStefano and Jose Martinez.


Word Wednesday

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted Word Wednesday on Nov. 1 in the SEC Concourse. SAAC and Career Services staff passed out resources and information about Career Development.


Department News



CPS Energy Luncheon

UIW Board of Trustee and CEO & President of CPS Energy Paula Gold-Williams was the featured speaker at the Free Trade Alliance CEO Lunch held Wednesday, Nov. 1. STEM students from the UIW Autonomous Vehicle System Lab Drone Team are pictured with her at the event. Pictured L-R are Jordan Epps - UIW MBA student, Engineering, class of 2016, Darnell Campbell - Biology and Tomas Goldaracena - Engineering, class of 2016.

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 accepting donations through Nov. 29 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.

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

Strategic Visioning Sessions - Update
UIW President Dr. Tom Evans has invited Dr. Susan Resneck Pierce to UIW to continue our strategic visioning process. She will be on campus November 7-9 and will conduct two sessions for the UIW community. Pierce is the President of SRP Consulting and advises colleges and universities on various matters including strategic planning. All are welcome to participate in these sessions.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 7, noon, SEC 2030:

Dr. Pierce will give a public presentation on the current landscape of American higher education, including its challenges and opportunities, and how that external landscape is affecting and may in the future affect Incarnate Word. She will also share with us effective approaches to planning at colleges and universities in light of this reasonably new environment. Finally, she will leave ample time for questions and conversation.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 8, 3 p.m., SEC 2030:

Dr. Pierce will conduct an open listening session for any interested faculty, staff or administrators around topics such as our aspirations, our identity and culture, challenges and opportunities. All are welcome

  • Thursday, Nov. 9, noon, SEC 2030:

Dr. Pierce will conduct an open listening session for any interested faculty, staff or administrators around topics such as our aspirations, our identity and culture, challenges and opportunities. All are welcome.

Bereavement - Becerra
The Division of Extended Academic Programs is mourning the loss of employee Michael Becerra who passed away, Friday, Oct. 20. He will be remembered for his quick smile, positive attitude and abundant energy. He took on every challenge life threw at him with optimism and looked at a way to help others through his experiences. Michael earned his MAA with UIW in 2014 while he was working as an admissions counselor in EAP. The service is at 11 a.m., Monday Nov. 6, at Community Bible Church 2477 (North Loop 1604, 78232) with burial at 1 p.m., at Sunset Memorial Park (1701 Austin Hwy, 78218). Please keep Michael and his family in your prayers.

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

Veterans Day - Send Names and Photos
UIW community members are invited to submit names and/or photos of family and friends who have served in the military to They will be included in a video display to shown at the annual UIW Veterans Day Celebration. 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

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

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

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


Nov. 3 - Swimming vs. UT-Permian Basin - Ann Barshop Natatorium (Noon)
Nov. 4 - 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

Difficult Conversations
Near the end of the semester, just when we are all a little tired, a student may begin a conversation about shaky academic performance with a comment like "I don't know what you want" or "You just don't like me." It can be challenging to bring our best selves to these difficult conversations. Workshop participants will learn strategies for de-escalating conflicts, as well as communicating clearly yet empathetically. One person at each session will win a clicker. Presenter: Christie Melonson (Director of Counseling Services) AD 212. Fri Nov. 3 from 12:30 to 1:30 (lunch).

Doctoral Student Research Symposium
Join us for our Annual Doctoral Student Research Symposium from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4, in the Gorman Building, Room 212. The Symposium is a celebration of students actively engaged in research at the Dreeben School of Education. The keynote speaker, Dr. Sandra L. Guzman Foster will talk about how to create your journey that defines your own research experience. Following the keynote speaker, Dr. Jacquelyn Poplawsky Ortiz and Dr. Cigdem Kocoglu Meek will present their dissertations. For details, contact Inci Yilmazli Trout at or click Doctoral Student Research Symposium.

Faculty-led Study Abroad Third Party Provider: Eden Travel International
Eden Travel International will be on campus at noon, Monday, Nov. 6 in the Special collections Rm to provide information on their customized international study tours and academic study abroad programs. Study tours are an opportunity for students to integrate their career development goals with academic learning, while being introduced to the global world. Tour itineraries are designed in coordination with each university's international program director and faculty to meet specific academic requirements providing students with a unique educational and cultural experience. For details, contact Alanna Taylor at (210) 805-5709 or

Title IX Issues: How Should Faculty Respond?
Students who have experienced sexual harassment or assault may confide in a professor. When this happens we may wonder what would be best for the student, what our legal and ethical obligations are, and what happens when a Title IX violation is reported. While the answers to these questions can be complex, there are principles that can help us make sound decisions. Participants will explore UIW policies and practices in the context of shifting state and federal requirements. One person at each session will win a clicker. AD 212. Presenter: Caitlin McCamish (Title IX and Compliance Coordinator)
Wed 11-8 @ noon (lunch)

Brown Bag Research Presentation Series - Developing a Typology of Native Advertising
The H-E-B School of Business and Administration is hosting a series of Brown Bag Research Presentations this fall to promote business research and draw attention to the ongoing academic exploration occurring within the school. The session is at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9, in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. "A SWOT Analysis for Online vs Face-to-Face Teaching at UIW," a section of a paper written by Dr. Esmeralda de los Santos, Dr. Nursen Zanca, and Ana Gonzalez, will be discussed. For information, contact Dr. Esmeralda de los Santos at (210) 829-3179.


For Your Students

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

"Semi-synthesis of Artemisinin Derivatives - an Interdisciplinary Approach"
The School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering / Dept. Chemistry and Biochemistry welcomes Paulo B. Carvalho, Ph.D., associate professor, in the Feik School of Pharmacy who will present "Semi-synthesis of Artemisinin Derivatives - an Interdisciplinary Approach," at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8 in BSH 129. For details, call MSE at (210) 829-2718 or email

Ph.D./Graduate Information Session
The Dreeben School of Education and Office of Research and Graduate Studies is sponsoring a Ph.D./Graduate information session on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m., in the Office of Admissions. Learn about our Graduate Programs and discover the possibility of earning your Ph.D. To register for the session click HERE. For more information, contact Joan Labay-Marquez at (210) 283-6429 or

Brainpower Connection

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St. Anthony Catholic High School will hold a Middle School Open House from 5 - 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8 on the SACHS campus (3200 McCullough Ave., 78212). The evening includes live performances from the band, drumline and other student groups. Guests are invited to sign up to win prizes. No RSVP or appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend encouraged to schedule a personal visit. Contact the Office of Admissions at (210) 832-5600 or email Visit for more general information.

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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


Our thoughts and prayers go to:

  • The family of Dr. Benjamin L. Blanco (Adjunct Faculty, Corpus Christi Center) on his recent death.
  • Victoria Shipley (Administrative Assistant, School of Physical Therapy) on the recent loss of her grandmother, Santa Chavez Coca.


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