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fall 2015 employee orientation mixer

On Monday, Nov. 16, Human Resources held its employee mixer for new hires. The UIW community welcomes all of the new faces to its expanding family. If you have any human resource questions, contact (210) 829-6019.



Our Lady’s Chapel Services

All are welcome. 

  • Noon Mass, Monday – Friday
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.
  • Sunday evening mass resumes at 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. (210) 829-3131 or

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service
The annual UIW Ecumenical Thanksgiving Prayer Service is being celebrated this year at 12 p.m., Monday, Nov. 23 in Our Lady’s Chapel. This Ecumenical Service is an opportunity for UIW to come together and give prayerful thanks as a community for the abundant blessings that God has given us throughout the year. For more info, contact Brenda Dimas at (210) 829-3128 or

UIW to Host Candlelight Vigil
UIW invites the community to join a Candlelight Vigil from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 22 by the Peace Pole on UIW’s Dubuis Lawn. The vigil will remember those currently suffering from violence, which includes the families, countries, victims, perpetrators and others around the world. Co-sponsored by CAIR-TX, SA (Council on American Islamic Relations, San Antonio, TX); Christ Lutheran Church of Alamo Heights; Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation; Episcopal Church of Reconciliation; Dialogue Institute of the Southwest, SA; Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word International Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Committee; Pax Christi, SA; Raindrop Women’s Association; SA Coalition Against Genocide; SA Community of Congregations;  SA Muslim Women’s Association; SA peaceCENTER; SoL Center at University Presbyterian Church; Temple Beth El; UIW Honors Program; and others. For more info, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 829-3854 or



The UIW Department of Theatre Arts invites you to Reckless at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20 in the Coates Theatre. The production is a whacky and somewhat dark comedy by Craig Lucas. Robert Ball directs Reckless with scenery designed by Christopher McCollum, costumes designed by Margaret Mitchell, and lighting designed by Justin Bennett. Tickets for this production will be: $10 for adults, $9 for Seniors $8 for non-UIW students, $6 for groups of 10 or more and UIW students, faculty and staff may attend free by presenting their valid UIW ID. For more info, contact Chrissie Young at (210) 829-3800 or

UIW International Education Week
UIW International Student & Scholar Services proudly presents International Education Week through Friday, Nov. 20. The events celebrate the diversity of the UIW community and the international opportunities UIW offers to our students.  Check out all of the events for the week at this link. Join the community in celebrating International Education on our campus and beyond. For more info, contact Priyangana Risal at (210) 805-5705 or

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Light the Way: O Tannenbaum
Join the UIW family to celebrate the time honored holiday tradition of “O Tannenbaum” as we kick off the holidays with one of the most anticipated events of the season at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21 in Benson Stadium. The program will feature several fan favorites including Tejano superstar Patsy Torres, the talent of the UIW Cardinal Chorale, the UIW Marching Cardinals and Spirit Team plus the performing groups of UIW’s Brainpower Connection schools.  

The evening will culminate with the flip of a switch to deck the UIW campus with nearly a million twinkling Christmas lights. Guests are invited to join the candlelight procession through campus led by Mariachi Las Coronelas to Dubuis Lawn for a complimentary hot chocolate reception. The campus will be illuminated nightly for self-guided tours through Jan. 6, 2016.  Follow us on social media using #LTW2015 to stay up-to-date with this year’s event.  Don’t forget to share your favorite Light the Way memories and photos past and present.  For more information, call (210) 829-6001 or visit

Hon. Juan Gabriel Valdés, Ambassador of Chile to U.S. Lecture 
The UIW Department of International Affairs invites you to a reception, lecture and Q&A session with the Hon. Juan Gabriel Valdés, ambassador of Chile, from 6 – 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 23 in the ICC Conference Center. This event is free and open to the public. For more info, contact Beth Costello of the World Affairs Council of San Antonio at (210) 308-9494 or

President’s Spaghetti Dinner
The President’s Spaghetti Dinner takes place from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. The dinner is an annual UIW tradition for our students and this is your special invitation to join the Campus Life Staff for this event. We would appreciate your assistance in one or more of the following ways:

  • Meatball Rolling (Tuesday, Dec. 1, Marian Hall @ ICC).
  • Serving at one or more of the shifts during the dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 2, McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room.
  • Prepare or purchase a dessert for the dinner.

Please volunteer to assist us by signing up online at this link.

Advent and Christmas Masses
The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word invite you to join the community for this year’s Advent and Christmas Masses. The date and times are listed below:

  • Evening Prayer for Advent – 6 p.m. prayer every Sunday of Advent (Nov. 29 – Dec. 24) in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word
  • Sunday Eucharist – 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 13 in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word
  • Christmas Novena – 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16 through Thursday, Dec. 24 in St. Joseph’s Chapel at the Village at Incarnate Word
  • Midnight Mass – Thursday, Dec. 24 in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word

For more info, contact Blanca Elizondo at (210) 828-2224 or

Orchestra of the Incarnate Word Concert
The Orchestra of the Incarnate Word will hold their fall concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6 in the UIW Music Building Concert Hall. For more info, contact the UIW Department of Music at (210) 829-3855 or


Department News

Don’t Forget:
Please remember to submit your spring events to the Office of Communications and Marketing for inclusion in the Word Today and the Friday e-newsletter.  Per university policy, we can only promote events submitted via the “Request for Event Promotion” form found at this link. The form must be submitted no less than 5 working days prior to the event. If you have any questions, contact Social Media/Communications Specialist Carl Myers at (210) 829-6001 or

Web Development Training Session
The Office of Web Development will conclude its Fall 2015 OU Campus Training sessions at 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20 in the Mabee Library, Room 230. 
As this will be a general training session, we welcome those still unfamiliar to OU Campus and also those who'd like a refresher. Seating for this advanced session is limited to 25 participants; please RSVP to

Branding Training
The UIW Visual Corporate Identity Committee is hosting a UIW logo and branding guidelines training session from 10 – 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 20 in the Mabee Library Auditorium (Please note that this is a location change). For more info, contact Jenness Gough at (210) 391-5724 or

Everything I Never Showed You
The UIW Department of Art
presents its Fall 2015 Senior Capstone Exhibition titled
Everything I Never Showed You. The opening reception is from 6 – 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20 in the Kelso Fine Arts Center first floor. The exhibit will be on display
in the Kelso Fine Arts Center through Jan. 8, 2016. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday
(except UIW holidays). For more info, contact Roland Sul at (210) 829-3852 or


Athletics News

Cardinal Spotlight

UIW Basketball Season
The UIW Athletics Department invites the community to enjoy men and women’s basketball. Games for November are listed below.

Men’s Basketball for the Week:

Nov. 24: Men’s Basketball at Oklahoma, 7 p.m.

Women’s Basketball for the Week:

Nov. 23: Women’s Basketball vs. Howard Payne, McDermott Convocation Center, 6 p.m.

UIW Football Season
The UIW Athletics Department invites the community to enjoy the football season.  Games for November are listed below.

Football for the Week:

Nov. 21: Football at Houston Baptist, 2 p.m. (Streaming KONO 860 AM)

For info, please contact Athletics at (210) 805-3000.


Community News


UIW Highlight


UIW Dining Thanksgiving Break Hours

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Light the Way Parking & Athletic Facilities Notice
In preparation for Light the Way, there will be no parking in various areas throughout campus beginning 7 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 19 through noon, Sunday, Nov. 22.  Signs will be posted as a reminder starting Wed. Nov 18.  The 1st floor of Agnese Sosa garage, the McDermott Convocation Center and the Benson Stadium will be closed Friday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, Nov. 22 as well. The Barshop Natatorium will only be closed on Saturday, Nov. 21.  Vehicles found parked in these areas will be relocated at the owners expense ($85.00). Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we prepare for UIW’s annual holiday tradition! If you have any questions, please contact (210) 829-6038.

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The Word is Out
The Fall 2015 Annual Report and Honor Roll List of Donors issue of The Word magazine is now available online. To view the most recent issue featuring the Kelso Art Center as well as previous editions of The Word, visit: For more info, contact Brance Arnold, publications coordinator, at

UIW Awarded Million Dollar Grant
UIW along with Lackland Air Force base have been awarded a Clinical Research Initiative (CRI) Intramural Research Award to fund a project titled:  "Athletic Trainer Integration in U.S. Air Force Basic Training: Reducing Injury and Related Costs.”  UIW Athletic Trainers, Dr. Shandra Esparza and Dr. Reid Fisher will lead the project in partnership with Lackland AFB. The 30-month, $980,000 project will embed two certified athletic trainers within an Air Force Squadron of 1,200 Trainee Airmen at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.  The project expects to demonstrate the efficacy of applying a sports-medicine model of patient care to Air Force basic training, thereby reducing the costs associated with musculoskeletal injury and subsequent recycling and attrition. Activities such as gait analysis and early injury intervention will be the focus in order to reduce stress pathologies from progressing. The results of the study will be used as proof-of-concept for the newly established Air Force Versatile Injury Prevention and Embedded Reconditioning (VIPER) program which plans to expand the use of athletic trainers throughout military conditioning and injury recognition under their purview. 

Native American Heritage Month Exhibit
November is Native American Heritage Month.  Please take time to visit the display case on the first floor of the AT&T Science Building to see an exhibit of Native American artifacts and books placed there by members of the Native American Heritage Month Committee.  The exhibit will be up through the first week of December.  For more info, contact Dr. Richard Peigler at or (210) 829-3832.

Call for Service Learning Pictures and Stories – Ettling Center for Civic Leadership
The Ettling Center for Civic Engagement would like to collect some stories and pictures of service learning projects that could be used to encourage others in service learning.  Please send brief and informal descriptions of three sentences to a page and a picture or two if you have them to the ECCL Faculty Liaison Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at  When faculty put what they have done in the Sedona form, there is now a MISSION CODE where one can select SL for Service Learning and report service learning projects. Documenting these for the last five years can help UIW to earn Carnegie recognition for service leadership.  

UIW Fashion Management Program Develops Official Tartan
After years of hard work, the UIW Fashion Management Program has developed the official tartan (plaid) for UIW. They felt it was important to incorporate the founding Sisters in the plaid design.  The three white lines that are together on the plaid represent the founding Sisters. Several versions of the plaid were developed.  The fashion faculty narrowed it down to 3 designs. Luxury scarves and satin ties can be purchased at this link. A portion of the money from the sales of the tartan items will be returned to the Fashion Management Program to fund scholarships.

2015 United Way Campaign
The 2015 United Way Campaign has kicked off. The campaign will run through Monday, Nov. 30. Your pledge can help improve the lives of many in San Antonio. Please help us make this a successful campaign. For more info, contact Jessica Garza-Padilla at (210) 283-6418 or

Call for Sometimes Singers & Players
Join UIW's Sometime Singers & Players, a group made up of faculty, staff, administrators and students (vocalists and instrumentalists) who cannot participate in weekly rehearsals and services, but who serve when possible at liturgical prayer throughout the school year. Your commitment to participate at the event and at rehearsals is made only when you RSVP to an event invitation by the RSVP date. To RSVP for one of the events below or to have your name placed on the e-mail list for future events, contact Lena Gokelman at or (210) 832-3207. You may also contact Dr. Glenn James at or extension 3940.

  • Baccalaureate Mass: Saturday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. in the McDermott Convocation Center. Warm-up begins at 3:45 p.m. Please attend two of the three rehearsals:
    • Tuesday, Dec. 1 (vocalists only),
    • Wednesday, Dec. 2 (instrumentalists only) and
    • Thursday, Dec. 3 (vocalists and instrumentalists).
    • All rehearsals are from 5:45 – 7:45 p.m. in Our Lady's Chapel. RSVP by Sunday, Nov. 29. For questions about the rehearsal schedule, contact (210) 832-3207.
  • Christmas Eve Mass: Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 5:30 p.m. in Our Lady's Chapel. Warm-up begins at 4 p.m. Please plan to attend at least three of the four rehearsals:
    • Tuesday, Dec. 8, Thursday,
    • Dec. 10, Tuesday, Dec. 15, or
    • Thursday, Dec. 17, and
    • The final rehearsal on Tuesday, Dec. 22.
    • All rehearsals are from 5:45 – 7:45 p.m. in Our Lady¹s Chapel. RSVP by Sunday, Nov. 29. For questions about the rehearsal schedule, contact (210) 832-3207.


Employee Health & Wellness

november 2015 employee wellness lunch and learn

The Employee Wellness Committee hosted a lunch and learn Thursday, Nov. 19 in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. Pictured above (left – right) are Sam Martinez, graduate assistant for Employee Wellness, Dr. Cynthia Heiss, nutrition professor, Scott LeBlanc, director of recreation, sports and wellness, and Erin Galloway, athletic facilities coordinator. Sam and Dr. Heiss presented a lecture on diet and lifestyle changes. 

High Schools

St. Anthony Catholic High School Placement Test Workshop
Successful performance on the HSPT test can be the gateway to an outstanding high school education for your middle school child. St. Anthony Catholic High School offers convenient, high quality prep courses for the HSPT high school admission test. Taught by the St. Anthony counseling department, the courses use practice material carefully chosen to provide students with:

  1. Effective strategies to help them cope with math and verbal problems
  2. Extensive practice with the HSPT
  3. Foundation necessary to boost confidence

We will help students to increase their scores by preparing them with the test-taking skills necessary to read and solve problems efficiently and accurately. Students will learn strategies to increase their scores by eliminating incorrect answers and by making wise educated deductions.

To register for the course online, click on this link.

St. Anthony Catholic High School Events

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


The University of the Incarnate Word provides reasonable accommodation with adequate notice. To request disability accommodation for events listed in this newsletter, visit