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UIW Administration Building Dec 2017

Happy Friday Cardinals!

Photo Courtesy - UIW Office of Alumni & Parent Relations.



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.
  • Sunday, Dec 10 is the last 8 p.m., mass of the fall semester.
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation - 11:30 a.m. Fridays or by appointment with Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T. at (210) 829-3131 or

Advent Prayer
May we say "yes" to God's plan for us as joyfully as Mary's response to the angel (Luke 1:26-38). From The Magnificat, Advent Companion, 2017 (


UMM Angel Tree

University Mission Ministry is sponsoring an Angel Tree for UIW community members in need of assistance this Christmas. There are still many angels available. Please consider sponsoring a child or family of children for this holiday season. Groups may sponsor large families. The Angel Tree is located in the foyer leading to Our Lady's Chapel in the Administration Building. It will be displayed through Sunday, Dec. 10. Please bring items in a holiday bag with the original Angel tag to the University Mission & Ministry office (AD 147) before Friday, Dec. 15. For more information, contact Brenda Dimas by email at or (210) 829-3128.

Fall Baccalaureate Mass
The University of the Incarnate Word will hold its Fall Baccalaureate Mass at 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15 in the McDermott Convocation Center. A reception sponsored by the Provost's Office will immediately follow in the Student Engagement Center (SEC). So that we may prepare materials, the space for worship, and plan for the reception, please RSVP by Wednesday, Dec. 13, at For more information contact, Brenda Dimas at (210) 829-3128 or

UMM - Sometime Singers-Players RSVP
Interested in singing or playing for some of our worship services, but can only make a short-term commitment? Join our SOMETIME SINGERS-PLAYERS ministry - a great way to meet new friends, make great music, and serve your community! Sometime Singers & Players (a part of University Mission and Ministry's Ecclesiastes Ministries) is an ensemble comprised of students, faculty, administrators, staff, CCVIs, and community members who cannot commit to weekly rehearsals, but who serve when possible at liturgical prayer throughout the school year. Your commitment to participate is made only when you RSVP. To RSVP for one of the liturgies below, or to have your name placed on the roster for future events, please complete the forms below, or contact Lena Gokelman at or at Ext. 3207 or Dr. Glenn James at or Ext. 3940.

We welcome your participation in the following liturgies:

Baccalaureate Mass Music Ministry
5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15, McDermott Convocation Center
RSVP by Sunday, Dec. 10

Baccalaureate Music Ministry RSVP - Click here

Christmas Eve Music Ministry
5:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 24, Chapel of the Incarnate Word
RSVP by Friday, Dec. 15

Christmas Eve Music Ministry RSVP - Click here


Special message from UIW President Thomas M. Evans

Dear Colleagues,

The Cardinal Feast was a wonderful experience. Our family was delighted to join so many of you as we served our students together. Over 120 employees volunteered their time to take part in this great event, which is a true testament to our community's commitment to our Mission.

The international menu was well received, and it was a joy to see 1,141 members of our diverse student body experiencing cuisine from around the world and celebrating. The family-style meal encouraged conversation among the students and volunteers and it was nice to see the smiling faces accompanying lively conversations. Our entire family enjoyed the opportunity to talk with students. Walter and Leland, especially, had fun preparing crepes in the ballroom.

We are grateful to the 40 faculty and staff members who cheerfully joined Lisa on Monday afternoon to roll 1,200 sets of silverware in a record 30 minutes in preparation for the dinner. A very special thank you to all who organized and prepared for the dinner and served our students, especially Cindy Adair and the Sodexo team and Paul Ayala and his team, for their work in the preparation and coordination of this festive event.

We hope that you all enjoyed the experience as much as we did. It is a joy to see our community come together as "One Word" on such occasions.

Praised be the Incarnate Word,

Tom, Lisa, Walter and Leland Evans


UIW Campus Dining - Christmas Luncheon
Get in the holiday spirit! Join Sodexo us for a Christmas luncheon from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 12 in the Student Center Café. Cost is $8.69 plus tax. Students, faculty & staff are all welcome! For more information, contact Amanda Campa at (210) 832-2149 or

Alumni & Parent Thirsty Thursday at Chuy's
Don't miss December's Thirsty Thursday hosted by the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations. The event is set for 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 14, at Chuy's on 281/1604. Please note our new gathering time of 5 - 7 p.m. The December theme is "Warm Wishes" and we will be collecting knit hats and socks for the homeless. These items will be donated to the Catholic Worker House. If you would like to donate by check, please make them payable to the Catholic Worker House or Traveling Loaves and Fishes. For more information, contact Mercedes Moreno at (210) 805-3595 or

Fall Commencement - Sunday, Dec. 16
UIW President Dr. Thomas M. Evans will confer degrees to nearly 1,300 professional, doctoral, graduate and undergraduate students at the Fall Commencement Ceremony scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 16 in the Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum. This graduating class completed a total of 45,597 hours of service in the community providing an economic impact totaling $1,100,711.

Moody Professor Dr. Laura Muñoz of the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions will deliver the commencement address. Dr. Christopher Alvarado, a proud alumnus of the UIW Feik School of Pharmacy, will be recognized as the 2017 Alumna of Distinction for Professional Development.


Fine Arts Sale


Department News

Viridiana Wheeler Thesis Defense
Viridiana Wheeler, candidate for the Master of Science in Biology, will present a defense of her thesis on Friday, Dec. 8, at 1 p.m. in Bonilla Science Hall, Room 120. The title of her thesis is "Preliminary Analysis of Diversity of Soil Microbes on the Campus of the University of the Incarnate Word." Dr. David Starkey is Viridiana's thesis committee chair. For more information, contact Duncan Hayse at (210) 829-2758 or

Transfer Get-In Friday (TGIF)
UIW invites all transfer students interested in Main Campus to visit the Office of Admissions from 11 a.m., to 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15. Interested students will be given assistance in completing all the necessary steps for enrolling. You may sign up for a tour at 10am or 3pm along with your visit. This is a come and go event, no formal presentation will be given. The event will be held in the Office of Admissions. For more information, contact Eric Martinez at (210) 805-3557 or

New dates added! Join the OneDrive League this month to ensure that no file is left behind
We have added two sessions on Monday, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18 at @ 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Mabee Library room 230. The deadline for moving UIW work files including Dropbox, My Documents, and personal files stored on the network) to your Office365 OneDrive is December 20. To help with the transition the OneDrive League. If you need some one-on-one support, contact the UIW ITS OneDrive League: Terry Peak or Adela Gott to make an appointment.

Click link to sign up: Signup Genius:


Community News


UIW 2018 Fiesta Medal

Are you looking for that perfect stocking stuffer? Look no further, the 2018 UIW Fiesta Medal is now available! Get yours today in the Campus Engagement Office located in the Student Engagement Center - Rm# 3150. Medals are only $10 and supplies are limited. For details contact Janine Chavez at (210) 829-3817.

UIW Lions Club - Toys for Tots
The UIW Lions Club is collecting new unwrapped toys for the Marines Toys for Tots program. Donation boxes are located in the Administration, Building, Nursing Building, Student Engagement Center, the Library and the Wellness Center. Toys will be collected through Friday Dec. 8. For more information, contact Professor Alma Delgado at (210) 275-1953 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 TODAY, Friday, Dec. 8. 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


Dec. 16: Men's Basketball vs. UMKC - 3 p.m. McDermott Centern
Dec. 28: Women's Basketball vs. McNeese (conference opener) - 6 p.m. McDermott Center
Dec. 30: Women's Basketball vs. Nicholls - 1 p.m. McDermott Center

Jan. 06: Men's Basketball vs. Sam Houston - 7 p.m. McDermott Center
Jan. 10: Women's Basketball vs. Central Arkansas - 6 p.m. McDermott Center
Jan. 17: Men's Basketball vs. Lamar - 7 p.m. McDermott Center
Jan. 24: Women's Basketball vs. HBU - 6 p.m. McDermott Center
Jan. 27: Women's Basketball vs. New Orleans - 11 a.m. McDermott Center
Jan. 27: Men's Basketball vs. New Orleans - 2 p.m. McDermott Center

Baseball camp
UIW Baseball will host a baseball camp in January where kids will get an opportunity to work on their skills in a positive environment. Full-time UIW employees will receive a $50 discount for the enrollment of your child in 1st- 8th grade. Just enter the code baseballuiw50 during the registration process to receive the discount. For more information contact, Tom Sutaris, UIW assistant baseball coach at (512) 720-2527. To register, click on the links below:

Baseball Offensive and Defensive Youth Skills Camp

Baseball Offensive and Defensive High School Skills Camp


Faculty Focus

Service Learning Presentation: Mentoring Refugee Families

The students from the Global Refugees Course (HIST 4345) did their Service Learning Project "Mentoring Refugee Families" this semester, working one on one with the Refugee families resettled in San Antonio. They will be doing a presentation on their research and experiences with the families they worked with from 1:30-3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 12 in the Library Auditorium. The event is open to the public. All are invited to attend this presentation and congratulate the students on their hard work. Please encourage your students to attend and learn more about service learning with the Refugees at UIW. For more information, contact Dr. Lopita Nath at (210) 832-2187 or

Brainpower Connection

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

IWHS Campus Ministry - Poinsettia Sale
Let IWHS take care of your holiday decor. The IWHS Campus Ministry Office is once again selling poinsettias to brighten up your home or office this Christmas season. All proceeds benefit the Incarnate Word High School GRACE Retreat. This fundraiser assists with retreat materials and helps offset the cost for students unable to afford the total registration fee. To place your order, email IWHS Director of Campus Ministry Gloria Clayton at Deadline to order is TODAY, Friday, Dec. 8.

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic School at

Visit St. Peter Prince of Apostles Catholic School at



Women's Global Connection - Alternative Giving Campaign
As we head into this special holiday season, Women's Global Connection invites you to shop gifts that truly give back. Our Alternative Giving program allows you to honor loved ones while empowering women and girls locally and globally. Donate to help send a child to school. Buy hens, pigs or goats to help build a woman's family business - or even help build a rainwater harvester for a village in Tanzania or Kenya. Sponsor a San Antonio-area girl to attend our flagship Girls Global Summit. WGC has a number of ways to participate, with an array of options and price ranges to best suit anyone. To make sure your recipients know of your thoughtful gesture, we can send you a special recognition card to personalize and pass along to them.

You can give online at WGC Alternative Giving or contact WGC at (210) 828-2224, ext. 297 or for more information


St. Peters ACTS Concert



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