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2017 fiesta alamo heights night cardinal happy hour

The Office of Enrollment Management and Student Services lead by Dr. David Jurenovich hosted the annual Cardinal Happy Hour Friday, April 21, near the Barshop Natatorium as an employee event before Alamo Heights Night. Pictured above in their Fiesta gear are (left to right) Yvonne Torres, payroll specialist, Janine Chavez, secretary to the dean of Student Success, Nataly Lopez, assistant director of campus engagement, Dr. Denise Staudt, dean of the Dreeben School of Education, Grace DeJesus, payroll specialist, and Melissa Molina, administrative assistant to the dean of the Dreeben School of Education.


Our Lady’s Chapel Services

All are welcome. 

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

Sometimes Singers/Players
Are you interested in singing for the Baccalaureate Mass? Join the Ecclesiastes Ministry and become a Sometime Singer/Player (SS/P). SS/P is 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. This is a great way to meet new people, learn new music and share your gifts with the UIW community. Please attend two of the three rehearsals:

  • Tuesday, May 9 (vocalists only)
  • Wednesday, May 10 (instrumentalists only)
  • Thursday, May 11 (vocalists and instrumentalists)

All rehearsals are from 6 – 8 p.m. in Our Lady's Chapel. The Baccalaureate Mass will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, May 12, in the McDermott Convocation Center. Warm-up begins at 2 p.m. So that materials may be prepared, please RSVP by Sunday, May 7, to Lena Gokelman at (210) 832-3207 or


UIW Highlight

San Antonio Early Voting
The Department of Foundation, Corporate & Government Relations reminds you that early voting for local elections, including for mayor and city council, is in full swing until Tuesday, May 2.  There are 3 early voting sites within 1 mile of UIW’s main campus as well as locations around Bexar County. Polling sites will be closed on Battle of Flowers and on Sunday but open all other days from 8AM to 6PM. Bexar County residents must present a valid form of ID and be registered to vote. During early voting, you can vote at any polling site in the county.  Election Day is on Saturday, May 6. For more information, including a list of polling locations, visit the Bexar County Elections Department:

The Big Give
The Big Give is now open for donations through May 4, 2017. The Big Give supports hundreds of nonprofits in San Antonio and surrounding counties. Through the Big Give 2017, you can help UIW students realize their dreams by supporting student scholarships directly. Now through May 4, make your donation online at Making a donation to UIW directly supports our students and helps shape their lives and future as servant leaders. For info, contact Stephen Skinner at (210) 829-2752 or

Vocal Colors
The Department of Music presents Vocal Colors from 3 – 4 p.m., Sunday, May 7, in the Concert Hall. The UIW Cardinal Chorale and Cardinal Singers will perform a concert of choral music of different styles, languages and nationalities. In addition, several selections from the Chorale’s recent Lincoln Center concert will be performed. This is free and open to the public. For info, contact William Gokelman at (210) 829-3848 or

Department News

2017 hebsba honors convocation

The H-E-B School of Business & Administration hosted its 2017 Honors Convocation Sunday, April 9. Pictured above with UIW honors students is Dr. Joshua Bazzy, assistant professor of management.

2017 sr. margaret patrice slattery lecture

The UIW English Department in the College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences hosted the 2017 Sr. Margaret Patrice Slattery Lecture Tuesday, April 11. Pictured above is Dr. Tanja Stampfl, assistant professor of English, presenting Motherlands Explored: Gender and Place in Literature. Dr. Stampfl also shared some of her ongoing research on the connection between gender, politics, and community in world literature.

2017 nursing honors convocation

The Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing & Health Professions hosted its 2017 Honors Convocation Tuesday, April 18. Pictured above are (left to right) Dr. Laura Muñoz, director of the Doctor of Nursing Program and 2017-18 Moody Professor, Dr. Kathleen Tilton, assistant professor of nursing, and Dr. Mary Hoke, dean of the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing & Health Professions.

2017 earth day sustainability scholars

The UIW Sustainability Scholars hosted a table at the Earth Day Observance Celebration Thursday, April 20, in the AT&T Circle. Pictured above are (top row, left to right) Carli Martinez, sustainability scholar, Mara Young, biology advisor, (bottom row, left to right) Giselle De Leon, sustainability scholar, and Long Hoang, sustainability scholar. They served fresh foods and serve-ups from the UIW Community Gardens including kale salads, kale smoothies and tomato pico de gallo. All food grown in the community gardens are grown by UIW students and are available to all in the community for picking.

2017 alumni ring ceremonyThe Office of Parent & Alumni Relations hosted the Second Annual Ring Ceremony Sunday, April 23, in the McDermott Convocation Center. Pictured above are (left to right) Lourdes Hernandez, work study, Mercedes Moreno, associate director of alumni relations, Gaby Gonzales-Alvarado, associate director of parent relations, Dr. Lisa McNary, dean of alumni & parent relations, and Jorge Jones, alumni & parent relations graduate assistant.

2017 ila faye miller school of nursing & health professions blood drive

The Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing & Health Professions partnered with the Army ROTC to host a blood drive Monday, April 24. The drive received a total of 65 blood donors including seven double red donors who donated twice in day. Pictured above with UIW students is Dr. Laurie Singel, instructor of nursing.

2017 rosenberg school of optometry money week

The Rosenberg School of Optometry (RSO) hosted their Money Smart Week event Tuesday, April 25. This event is a national campaign initiated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and many others including the American Library Association that seek to educate consumers on financial matters.  The RSO Library, Student Affairs and Private Practice Club collaborated to promote personal financial literacy with guest speaker Heather Miller, financial aid advisor, and Dr. Dede Rios, director of optometric & clinical library services. Pictured above are (left to right) Jill Mohr, assistant director of admissions and financial aid, Alden Negaard, first year OPT student, Katherine Horn, first year OPT student, Allison Henley, first year OPT student, Heather Miller, Hayden Matli, first year OPT student, Dr. Dede Rios, and Sam Moo, third year OPT student.

2017 denim day

Students from Introduction to Fashion Design hosted a denim donation drive in honor of Denim Day Wednesday, April 26. Denim items are donated to Blue Jeans Go Green by Cotton and are recycled into cotton insulation. The UIW Sustainability Advisory Board donated 95 denim items to the drive. Pictured above with UIW students are Dr. Kevin Salfen, associate professor of music, Daniel Potter, operations manager for UIW Solar House, Dr. Barbara Aranda-Naranjo, associate provost for civic engagement, Carl Myers, social media/communications specialist, and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, professor of religious studies.

Enterprise Applications Lunch & Learn: Banner System Access Request Process
Join the Enterprise Applications team for a Lunch & Learn from 12 – 1 p.m., Monday, May 1, or Tuesday, May 2, in the Mabee Library Auditorium. They will review the revised Banner security setup and provide step-by-step instructions on how to request system access for yourself or your employees. Pizza will be provided. Sign up here. For info, contact Joanna Arredondo at (210) 283-6489 or

What’s Wrong with Rape: Institutional, Personal, and Theological Reflections
UIW’s National Endowment for the Humanities Trauma Grant Cohort invites you to a lecture with Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune, founder and senior analyst at the FaithTrust Institute, at 6 p.m., Monday, May 1, in the Seddon Recital Hall. For info, contact Dr. Julie Miller at (210) 283-5062 or

UIW Honors Convocations
Below is the list of honors convocation ceremonies and celebrations for UIW. The contact person for each event would be the respective school’s Dean’s Office.

College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences:

  • Modern Languages, 6 – 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 3, Mabee Library Special Collections Room
  • Music, 1:30 p.m., Thursday, May 4, Concert Hall
  • Theatre, Friday, May 5, Coates Theatre (Time TBD)

Ellucian On-Demand Subscription Library Demo 
Enterprise Applications is excited to announce that our Ellucian contact, Joe Debole, will be conducting a 1-hour Ellucian On-Demand Subscription Library (ODSL) demo from 1 – 2 p.m., Thursday, May 4, in the Mabee Library, Room 230. The Ellucian On-Demand Subscription Library is UIW’s chosen tool for self-paced training across a broad range of Ellucian solutions. For info, contact Joanna Arredondo at (210) 283-6489 or  

Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing & Health Professions Pinning Ceremonies
The Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing & Health Professions is hosting a Nursing Pinning Ceremony and Health Professions Pinning Ceremony Friday, May 12. Below is the info and contact for each event:

  • Nursing Pinning Ceremony: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. Reception to follow in the CHRISTUS Heritage Hall at the Village at Incarnate Word. For info, contact (210) 829-6029
  • Health Professions Pinning Ceremony: 2 – 3:30 p.m. in the CHRISTUS Heritage Hall at the Village at Incarnate Word. For info, contact (210) 829-2787. 

Athletics News

Student Athlete Advisory Council All-Sports Banquet
Tickets are on sale for the annual Student Athlete Advisory Council All-Sports Banquet, hosted by the UIW Cardinals Club at 6 p.m., Sunday, April 30, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. The banquet will honor student-athletes for their academic and athletic success throughout the 2016-17 academic year. General admission is $40 and $15 for kids 6-12 years old while guests aged five and under are free. Tickets can be purchased here. Contact (210) 805-3012 or for info.

UIW Cardinals Co-Ed Basketball Day Camp & High School Boys Evening Camp
UIW Basketball is hosting its annual basketball camps this summer and registration is open. The co-ed basketball day camp is June 26-30 and the high school boys evening camp is from June 26-29. For info and to register, visit this link. Contact Brian Curtis at (210) 283-5052 or

Top Stories

UIW Softball Schedule through May 3 at the UIW Softball Field:
April 28: Softball vs. Lamar, 4 p.m. & 6 p.m.
April 29: Softball vs. Lamar, 2 p.m.
May 3: Softball vs. Texas Southern, 3 p.m. & 5 p.m.

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

Community News

Bereavement Notice
Araceli (Sally) Tobin, administrative assistant to the dean of the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions, is mourning the loss of her mother, Atala Mimi Galan. Sally’s mother passed away Sunday, April 23, in McAllen, Texas. Please keep Sally and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

2017 triple helix panel

UIW hosted a special panel discussion on higher education titled The Triple Helix Panel Discussion Monday, April 24, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Panelists included UIW Provost Dr. Kathi Light, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar and University Health System President and CEO Dr. George Hernandez. Pictured above with U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar is Dr. Raul Zendejas, associate dean of enrollment and student engagement.

2017 weather stationAs a part of the cooperative partnership between the National Weather Station (NWS), UIW’s Meteorology Program and the Headwaters at Incarnate Word, an official weather station has been installed at the Headwaters Sanctuary located adjacent to the UIW campus. The new station is now the closest of its kind to the city center and will provide valuable information to the NWS for more accurate weather forecasting. The site will also serve as an official backup station for the city’s main station located at the San Antonio Airport. NWS staff members, including meteorologist and UIW alumna, Yvette Benavides, completed the installation with the assistance of UIW meteorology professor, Dr. Gerald Mulvey, and Headwaters representative, Corey Van Pelt. UIW is proud that this cooperative partnership aligns with our commitment to the environment and enables us to provide a service to the community.

2017 battle of flowers lunchUIW Dining Hours for Battle of Flowers 2017
UIW Dining has posted their hours of operation for Friday, April 28. Except for Finnegan’s, all other dining venues will return to regular business hours on Saturday, April 29. For info, contact (210) 832-2149.

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2017 Fiesta® Medals Available

  • 2017 Cutting Edge™ Fiesta®Fashion Show Medal - $8 in the Juren Sullivan Center for Fashion Management on the second floor of the Joyce Building. Contact Leslie Kuhn at (210) 829-3141 or
  • UIW Student Media Fiesta®Medal - $5 in the Admin. Bldg., Room 280. Cash only. Contact Julie Hutcheson at (210) 283-5044 or

Faculty Focus  

Blackboard Guru Workshop
Join the Instructional Technology staff, along with current Blackboard Gurus, to fortify your knowledge of the Blackboard LMS from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. daily from May 22 through June 2 in the Administration Building, Room 310. The workshop is open to all full-time and adjunct faculty. Faculty are eligible for a $500 stipend. Register here: For info, contact Terry Peak at (210) 218-8795 or

Employee Wellness   

Employee Wellness Lunch & Learn
The Employee Wellness Committee is hosting its May Wellness Lunch & Learn at 12 p.m., Thursday, May 18, in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. For info and to RSVP, email

Brainpower Connection

2017 sachs fiesta medalSt. Anthony Catholic High School Fiesta® Medal 2017
The St. Anthony Catholic High School 2017 Fiesta® Medal is now on sale for $10. The medals can be purchased at SACHS Front Office. For info, contact Alejandro Calderon at (210) 832-5632 or

2017 iwhs fiesta medalIncarnate Word High School Fiesta® Medal 2017
The Incarnate Word High School 2017 Fiesta® Medal, designed by student Julianne Salame '17, is now on sale. The design features a shamrock, IWHS style, and a Fiesta® wreath. Medals are $10 each and can be purchased in the IWHS Front Office, Spirit Shoppe, Advancement Office (Room 106) as well as online. Proceeds benefit IWHS scholarships. Call (210) 829-3103 or e-mail for more info.

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2017 visitation house fiesta medalVisitation House Ministries 2017 Inaugural Fiesta Medal
The first fiesta medal from Visitation House is now available to add to your collection. The design presents the ministry logo featuring Mary and Elizabeth. Medals are $10 each and can be purchased at Visitation House (945 W. Huisache, 78201). Proceeds benefit homeless, vulnerable women and their children. Visitation House is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. For info, call Cynthia Bossard at (210) 735-6910 or email

The Spirit Among the Abundant Springs
The Headwaters at Incarnate Word invites you to this walk through the sanctuary from 9 – 11 a.m., Friday, April 28. This series of walks is a time to reflect on and restore our connection to the ancient heritage of the Headwaters Sanctuary. Video or audio recording is not permitted during these walks. Donald Ewers will guide participants. Each walk is limited to 12 people. For info, contact Pamela Ball at (210) 828-2224 or

The Edge of the Wild Film Screening
The Headwaters at Incarnate Word invites you to a screening of The Edge of the Wild at 3:30 p.m., Monday, May 1, at the CHRISTUS Heritage Hall at the Village at Incarnate Word. The film is a compelling look at the tensions between private property rights and biodiversity that exists today. For info, contact Pamela Ball at (210) 828-2224 or

The Spirit Among the Olmos
The Headwaters at Incarnate Word invites you to this walk through the sanctuary from 9 – 11 a.m., Friday, May 12. This series of walks is a time to reflect on and restore our connection to the ancient heritage of the Headwaters Sanctuary. Video or audio recording is not permitted during these walks. Donald Ewers will guide participants. Each walk is limited to 12 people. For info, contact Pamela Ball at (210) 828-2224 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.


Our thoughts and prayers go to:

  • Joe Brown II (MAA ’06) & family on the recent loss of his father Joseph A. Brown (Adjunct Faculty Member). 
  • Gail Zitz (BA ’00; Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies) on the recent loss of her nephew,James Deacon.
  • The family of and the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament on the recent loss of Sr. M. Lucilla Donnelly, IWBS (BA ’56).

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