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THE WEEK THAT WAS: September 5 , 2008

Photo of the Week

Archbishop Jose Gomez blessed the Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium and Field House at the Countdown to Kickoff blessing and barbecue on Monday. Students, faculty members, UIW board members and other San Antonio football fans joined in the festivities of the day.


Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sept. 7, 2008
“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” Psalm 95:7-8

The organ is too loud … the cantor’s voice is too high-pitched … stop pounding that piano … I don’t like the music … why can’t you go back to the balcony and stop distracting us?

It seems at times that all we hear is criticism, and so we might miss an honest and even beneficial critique amid the din or because of how the necessary correction was delivered. However, if we’re true to our ministry of service, we should make the extra effort to sort out the messages and, if there’s a consistent theme to the negative comments (“on the testimony of two or three witnesses”), we might want to pray about, consult over, and address the concern. And, if we are unnerved by constant criticism, we might want to look at how critical we are of other ministers — an occupational hazard of pastoral musicians (and presiders, too, I might add).

We know that personal taste and opinion often drive the comments and complaints that we hear, but it might be good — for us, for our ministry, and for the Church — to consider whether we’re listening with an open heart and mind. And even though we’re called to do our best and be our best as minister’s of the Church’s worship, we need to remember that it doesn’t all depend on us. Even when everything that possibly could go wrong does go wrong, Jesus assures us: For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.


Lord, make us attentive to your presence in our midst. Strengthen us to serve you wherever two or three are gathered in your name.

Very Rev. James Wm. Bessert
Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, Saginaw, Michigan

Copyright © 2008, National Association of Pastoral Musicians. Sunday Word for Pastoral Musicians is a weekly service of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, 962 Wayne Ave., Suite 210, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Phone (240) 247-3000. Fax (240) 247-3001. E-mail

Monday’s Weekly Prayer Topic
School of Math, Science, and Engineering students, faculty, and staff
Specific prayer intentions may be e-mailed to one of the Campus Ministry staff,,

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Campus Ministry and Liturgical Outreach is offering an opportunity for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Understand the gift of Christ’s presence in the Eucharist through the ages and there will be opportunities for students to plan times of Eucharistic prayer. Led by Mara McDonald and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk with musical assistance by Lena Gokelman. Participants will meet at Our Lady’s Chapel for information and reflection and then walk over to the Sisters’ Adoration Chapel. The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, Sept. 8, from 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. and again from 3 – 4:14 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Mission Committee Posters
The UIW Mission Committee’s theme for this year is “Faithful Citizenship” based on the document “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility” from the Catholic Bishops of the United States which calls us to consider the moral implications of public issues. The committee hopes the document will be helpful during the political discussions leading up to the elections and in social justice conversations throughout the year. One poster will be published each week during September. To see Faithful Citizenship Highlight #1, visit The entire document can be found at

9/11 Prayer Service
Please join us as we unite with our nation as we remember and pray for the families and victims of the 9/11 tragedy. The ringing of the bells will begin at 9 a.m. followed by a prayer service at the Westgate Circle (in front of Dubuis Hall). Contact Campus Ministry at 829-3128 if you would like to be involved or for more information.

"Were not our hearts Burning within us ...?" (Luke 24:32)

Love and Fire: Striving 2gether 2 Ignite the Flame
The first Young Adult Conference in the Archdiocese of San Antonio is scheduled from 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Norris Conference Center in San Antonio. The conference is for all young adults, late teens to 30-somethings, from college campuses and the workplace, and those who minister to young adults. The keynote and workshops will explore developing a Catholic conscience, handling how we question our faith, living in this world as a Catholic, relationships and sexuality, as well approaches to social justice. The evening features a concert after Mass and dinner. For more information, contact Campus Ministry Director Beth Villarreal at (210) 829-2736 or visit Early registration by Sept. 12 costs $20. Afterwards, the cost is $40.

Belonging to the Cosmos
Alexandra Kovats, csjp, Ph.D., will speak on “Belonging to the Cosmos: The Word Becoming Flesh” on Sept. 20 in the Christus Heritage Hall at The Village at Incarnate Word. The unfolding story of the universe and its implications for articulating an ecological spirituality for our times will be the focus of the day. Special attention will be given to the cosmic principles of differentiation, subjectivity and communion and their implications for the spiritual journey, to live a more awakened, compassionate life. The deadline to register is Sept. 13. For more information, call Sr. Audrey O’Mahony at 829-3939.

Sr. Martha Ann Kirk helped coordinate Thursday’s Worship Renewal service with Lena Gokleman and the Arts for Christian Worship Class.


State of the Campus Address
Dr. Agnese will deliver the State of the Campus address at noon Tuesday, Sept. 9 in the library auditorium.

"Including Samuel" screening
"Including Samuel", a film created by a father to learn more about his son's living with cerebral palsy, will be shown at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9 in the Burke-O'Mahony Community Room in the Administration Building.A disabled accessible entrance is through the courtyard. The film will be followed by a discussion.A Walk, Roll & Read business meeting will follow. For more information, contact President Rachel Cywinski at or Secretary Steven Verghese at

Meet the Mission
Faculty will be recruiting students from their classes over the next week with the emphasis on freshman to make up their service-teams. Faculty and students will gather into teams outside Marian Hall at 8:15 a.m. (except those who need to be at their agency earlier) on Friday, Sept. 12. There will be a breakfast provided, followed by a spiritual sendoff conducted by Campus Ministry. Faculty and students will use VIA to travel to their agencies.Community-service teams will return to the university at about 1 p.m. for a pizza lunch and reflection period at Marian Hall. This year, 20+ agencies, 30+ faculty members and about 200 students will be joining in this day of service.

Joining Hands and Hearts Across the Border
Please invite students to “Joining Hands and Hearts Across the Border,” a community service and social justice trip to Piedras Negras, Mexico. There are two trip dates: Sept. 19–21 and Oct. 17-19. Learn more of the challenges of globalization, maquiladoras, border realities, and Christian Social Teaching. The cost is $60 per person, but just $20 will reserve the place. The trip can be counted for 10 to 20 community service hours. Participants must attend a preparation meeting and must have the required documents to go to Mexico. For more information or to register, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at or 829-3854. Food and monetary donations are welcome.

Faculty Family Potluck Supper
All faculty on-campus and in extended programs are invited to the Faculty Family Potluck Supper from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, in the ICC first floor Conference Room. This is a great chance to welcome new faculty, have fun and make friends.Bring your family or a significant other and some food to share. Ice tea will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your favorite drink. Sponsored by the Faculty Mentoring Program, Sr. Martha Ann Kirk and Kathi Light, co-directors.

Constitution Day
HASS and the Department of Political Science will host UIW’s annual Constitution Day observance on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Dr. Gary A. Keith, assistant professor of Political Science, will chair a panel that will include three distinguished San Antonio voting rights lawyers, Rolando Rios, Jose Garza and Nina Perales. The panel discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 in the Library Auditorium with a question and answer period and refreshments. For more information, contact  or Ext. 2183.

Play Day for Peace
The annual Play Day for Peace will be from 10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 22 on Dubuis Lawn (in case of rain, in the Wellness Center).Children from several San Antonio schools will participate at UIW in activities that promote peaceful play. Play Day for Peace is hosted by students of the UIW Dreeben School of Education under the direction of Dr. Mary Ruth Moore, an international leader in the value of play in children’s education. Play Day for Peace is part of UIW’s Peace Day, which will be Oct. 29. Save the date! See the schedule at

The Women's Global Connection Brown Bag Event drew a roomful of UIW community members to the Special Collections Room on Thursday as Dr. Patricia Lieveld, Dr. Neeta Singh, Dr. Lisa Uribe and Elaine Talarski spoke about their experiences during their summer immersion trips to Bukoba, Tanzania and Mongu, Zambia.

The Extended Run Players
The Extended Run Players will present “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward. It is a witty comedy about love (and jealousy) that lingers after death. The performance will be in the Elizabeth Huth Coates Theatre. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for non-UIW students and $9 for seniors. Group rates are available. UIW students, faculty and staff receive one free ticket with ID. For reservations or additional information, call the UIW theatre box office at 829-3800. Performance dates and times:

  • Friday, Sept. 12: 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 13: 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 14: 2 p.m.

Department News

Critical Incident Training
All administrators, faculty and staff are asked to attend one of the mandatory Critical Incident Training sessions given on the dates listed below. All sessions will be in the library auditorium. This is in order to keep within UIW’s new safety and security guidelines and to be better prepared during a critical incident. For more information, call Ana Fuentes in Campus Police at 829-6030.

Thursday, Sept. 25 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Friday, Sept. 26            from 1 – 2 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 2 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 3 from 1 – 2 p.m.

Human Resources Survey
For those employees who have not yet filled out the Human Resources survey, please refer to the e-mail sent by HR on Tuesday, Sept. 2 for the link. The survey will be used to help the university improve and fulfill the needs of its employees. The survey asks for feedback in the following areas: 1. VIA Bus Services 2. Flexible Work Week Schedule 3. Wellness Program and 4. Human Resources.

New Logos is Available
The August Logos is online at and the paper edition is hitting the campus mid-afternoon.

Work-Study Students Available
The Office of Career Services is still meeting with a number of students who have been approved for Work-Study but have been unsuccessful at securing a position.If you need a work-study, contact 829-3931 or

Community News

UIW in the News
Former Warriors linebacker currently cramming in history at Incarnate Word University

Prayers Needed
Itza Casanova, Dr. Doyle’s assistant, is in California recovering from surgery due to a broken ankle. She anticipates that she will be released to return to San Antonio near the end of September. Please keep her in your prayers. If you would like to send her a message, her address is:

Itza Casanova
1237 Castro St.
Martinez, CA 94553

Faculty Focus

Office Changes
Please note the following offices have changed:

  • Dr. Bob Connelly, dean of College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, moved to AD 163 and his fax number is now (210) 829-3880.
  • Dr. Lydia Andrade, Associate Professor for HASS, moved to AD 369.
  • Dr. Pat Lonchar, Professor of English, Assistant Dean, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, moved to AD 163.

High Schools

St. Anthony Catholic High School

  • Sept. 5:  Varsity Football at Cole – 7:30 p.m. away
  • Sept. 6: Junior Varsity Volleyball at NBCA Tournament – TBA
  • Sept. 28: Community Liturgy

Incarnate Word High School

  • Sept. 6: College Connection from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the gym. For more information, click here.
  • Sept. 8: PTC meeting at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria loft
  • Sept. 9: Grandparent’s Day at 8:15 a.m. in the gymnasium
  • Sept. 11: Sophomore Class fundraiser begins
  • Sept. 12: Back-to-School picnic from 5-7 p.m. behind the main building by the softball field
  • Sept. 16: Parent Coffee for Sophomore & Junior Parents 8:15 – 9:30 a.m. in Mt. Erin Alumnae Hall
  • Sept. 18: Children’s Theatre “Bridge to Terabithia” at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. for only middle school students in the gymnasium
  • Sept. 18-20: Children’s Theatre “Bridge to Terabithia” at 7 p.m. for general admission in the gymnasium

Catholic School Sweepstakes
Support Catholic education and have a chance to win a 2009 Ford. Catholic Life Insurance has donated the grand price for the drawing: the choice between a 2009 Ford F150 truck, a 2009 Ford Fusion or a $20,000 VISA prepaid credit card. Many schools within the Archdiocese of San Antonio are participating, but 100 percent of the money from ticket sales purchased from St. Anthony Catholic High School will go to that school. The prize winner agrees to pay all federal and state taxes due. The winner will be drawn Jan. 31. Tickets cost $5 each. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Alejandro Calderon at 832-5622.

St. Anthony/Incarnate Word Theatre Production
All shows are performed in the IWHS gymnasium. Tickets cost $6 for adults and students, and $3 for children 12 and younger. For more information, contact 829-3100 or

Bridge to Terabithia
A heart-warming musical adaption of the Newbery Award winning children’s novel.
By Katherine Paterson and Stephen S. Tolan
Shows are at 7 p.m. Sept. 18, 19 and 20


Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

2008 Employee Campaign
The 2008 Employee Campaign begins Sept. 9 and runs through Oct. 2. You will receive forms via campus mail, but you may also find it on the UIW Web site at Your contribution will be included in fabulous weekly prize drawings and will also be eligible for the Finale Party raffle! “The Future is in Your Hands” and together we can create the path that will lead to a great future! Please contact the Development Office at 829-6013 for additional information.

Our prayers & sympathy go to:

  • Luis A. Baldoni & family on the recent loss of his wife, Gail Baldoni (BS ’68).
  • W. M. Bowles & family on the recent loss of his wife, Mary Owens Bowles (Santa Rosa, ’47).
  • Juliette Broggi (IWHS ’47) & family on the recent loss of her brother Ernest Broggi Jr.
  • Drs. Robert J. Connelly (UIW Dean of HAAS/Assistant to the Provost) & Kathi M. Light (Dean, School of Nursing and Health Professions, BSN ‘70) & family on the recent loss of his mother, Anna Lorine Connelly.
  • Kevin C. McCollom (UIW Staff/HAAS) & family on the recent loss of his sister, Patricia Nell Davis.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Walter T. Seward & family on the recent loss of their aunt, Grace Rita Decker (BSN ’47).
  • Michael “Mickey” & Shirley Doherty & family on the recent loss of his mother, Elizabeth Fowler Betty Doherty (Santa Rosa ’39).
  • Dr. Clifton Ford Douglass Jr. & family on the recent loss of his wife, Sharrard Hopkins Douglass (Bachelor of Music ’51, MA ’71).
  • The family of John Patrick Downs (ALND ’90) on his recent death.
  • Karen S. Erfurth (BA ’81, MA ’84) & family on the recent loss of her father, Kermit W. Erfurth.
  • The family of Elizabeth “Libby” Gillaspie (UIW friend) on her recent death.
  • The family of Vera Pollard-Gravley (BSN ’63) on her recent death.
  • Thelma Jane Hapshie (BS ’82) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Carmen R. Hapshie.
  • Shirley Herres (former UIW Development Board) & family on the recent loss of her husband, Gen. Robert Tralles Herres.
  • Nicolas & Rossalyn Horak (BBA’04, MBA ’06) & family on the recent loss of his mother, Margarita Horak.
  • Robert J. & Donna Bruni (UIW friends) & family on the recent loss of his sister, Gloria Bruni Knight (UNDCL ’47).
  • Sr. Maureen Leach, OSF (UIW friend) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Betty Gene Leach.
  • E. B. Castro Jr. (UIW friend) and the family of Armando F. “Manny” Luna on his recent death.
  • Peter & Sylvia Maddox (UIW friends) on the recent loss of his mother, Naomi Ruth Coons Maddox.
  • Arthur Magers & family on the recent loss of his wife, Madeline McArthur Magers (BS ’61, MA ’70).
  • The Missionary Catechists of Divine Providence Sisters and the family of Sr. Carmela Pilar Montalvo, MCDP (Bachelor of Music ’62) on her recent death.
  • Michael & Bridget Pearson (IWHS ’84) Lauderdale on the recent loss of her father, John T. Pearson Sr.
  • The family of Shirley A. Sterling (UIW friend) on her recent death.
  • Bartell & Mollie Steves Zachry (UIW friends) on the recent loss of her brother, David Pipes Steves Jr.
  • The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word & Blessed Sacrament and the family of Sr. M. Bernard Stryk, IWBS (BA ’52) on her recent death.
  • William & Lizbeth (IWHS ’64) Cordova on the recent loss of her aunt, Etta Elizabeth “Betty” Vaughan.
  • Noemi Villasenor Cue (BA ’75) & Sara Villasenor Samano (BS ’80) on the recent loss of their mother, and Cristina Gil (IWHS ’95) and Carla Cue (IWHS ’00) on the recent loss of their grandmother, Carolina Villasenor.
  • Sharon Glaeser & family on the recent loss of her sister, Tonia E. Willmann (BSN ’62).
  • Robert & Esther Wilson & family on the recent loss of his mother, Angeline “Ann” Doubrava Wilson (BA ’68, MA ’70).