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THE WEEK THAT WAS: november 21, 2008

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Join us for the 23rd annual Light the Way ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 in the McDermott Convocation Center. Mass will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. For more information, call PR at 829-6001. Don’t forget to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the Elf Louise Christmas Project! Toys will be given to needy children in the San Antonio area.


Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King
November 23, 2008
“I myself will look after and tend my sheep.” Ezekiel 34:11

This year I’ve longed to get to the “good stuff,” arriving finally at the end of the church year with Our Lord Jesus Christ the King. We’ve made it through another year and are ready to celebrate, to pull out all the stops. And with our new cathedral organ that’s a lot of glorious stops just waiting to be pulled!

Then on Oct. 22, Fr. Larry Murphy died. “Murph,” assisted at the cathedral community in his retirement, walked the neighborhood streets with others against violence and served as a hospice volunteer. He was a gentle man with a kind word for everyone.

Today we’re reminded of Ezekiel’s image of the shepherd who will look after, tend, rescue, pasture, seek out, bring back, bind up and heal. The passage from Matthew’s Gospel fleshes out the “tending” as our response to the hungry, thirsty, naked, stranger and imprisoned in our world.

After reflecting on today’s readings in light of Murph’s death, pulling out all the stops takes on a whole different meaning.

Loving and challenging Shepherd, help us to “pull out all the stops” as another liturgical year comes to a close. May we mirror your care, tending to visitors and volunteers, those who participate most and least, and those to whom we return home each day.

Ginny Miller
The Cathedral Community
Rochester, New York

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Weekly Prayer
International Student Programs, Students and ESL
Specific prayer intentions may be e-mailed to one of the Campus Ministry staff,,

Annual Memorial Mass
The names of our loved ones will be remembered at the Alumni Memorial Mass at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 23 at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. The UIW community is invited. For more information, call Beth Villarreal at (210) 829-2736.


UIW’s Got Talent
The UIW Chorale will host the UIW’s Got Talent talent show at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21 in the Fine Arts Auditorium. The show will feature UIW student performers and a panel of UIW judges. There will be door prizes and a silent auction. Tickets cost $10 for general admission, and $5 with a UIW ID. Purchase tickets from any Chorale member or at the door. For more information, call 829-3848 or e-mail William Gokelman at

Ancira Tower Dedication
You are cordially invited to the dedication of the Alonso Ancira Tower at 10:45 a.m. Monday, Nov. 24 at the parking garage. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the Public Relations Office at 829-6001. See you there!

CARdinal Car Decorating Contest
The Homecoming theme is “Lighting the Way to New Heights.” Decorate your car according to this theme, and/or school related colors/decorations. All cars participating in the contest should arrive at the parking spaces between the Convocation Center and the football stadium between 10:30-11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22. The cars will be judged from noon-1 p.m.To register, e-mail by 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21 with your name, phone number, status (student, faculty, staff, administrator, alumni), car make, model, and color, and your decoration ideas.

UIW Christmas Party Invitation
Dr. and Mrs. Louis J. Agnese Jr. invite you to attend a Christmas party for full-time employees on Sunday, Dec. 14 at the Rosenberg Sky Room. There will be a reception from 6-6:45 p.m. and the seated dinner will begin promptly at 7 p.m. The dance will be from 8-10 p.m. Please reply by Tuesday, Dec. 9 online at When you RSVP, please let us know if you have any special dietary restrictions. If you RSVP that you are coming and do not attend, please be aware that a fee of $35 per person will be assessed to cover administrative costs.Also be advised that those who attend without an RSVP will be seated on a space-available basis.

Employees of UIW who are also graduates gathered for the Employee Alumni Luncheon on Thursday in the Brackenridge Villa.

The UIW Development Board honored several board members on Wednesday for their years of service. Gary Dudley was honored for 15 years of service to UIW.

Department News

Nursing News
Nursing students enrolled in mental health and the Semester I nursing students and nutrition students have been completing projects with the UIW/St. Philip of Jesus Parish Health Ministry this semester. Nursing students enrolled in mental health did screenings and presentations on depression at two senior nutrition sites, and the Semester I nursing students and nutrition students held a Diabetes Health Fair at the parish on Sunday, Sept. 16.Nearly 100 parishioners participated in the health fair, where students, faculty and staff provided screenings, education and referrals for body mass index, blood sugar levels, blood pressures, nutrition assessments and foot assessments with foot care.

Walgreens gave the Feik School of Pharmacy $10,000 to aid in the promotion of diversity in pharmacy, community involvements, recruitments and other activities. One student will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship on the basis of involvement in diversity efforts and promoting community awareness.

Community News


University Logo Gift Idea
If you’re looking for a special holiday or graduation gift, consider a limited edition UIW memento.  This beautiful brass, etched rendition of the university logo in color is on display in the bookstore and may be purchased for $15 from Roslyn Grimes, at Ext. 2748 or No ordering necessary – limited number available – call now! All proceeds benefit the Faculty Development Endowment. 

Flu Shots
There is a moderate supply of flu vaccine left.Community members still desiring a flu shot can call 829-3126 for an appointment. The cost is $25, payable via check or cash.

Faculty Focus

Concert Performance
There will be a concert which will include “Southwestern Sketches for Flute Solo” composed by UIW associate professor Dr. Ken Metz at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23 in the McNay Art Museum’s Leeper Auditorium. The piece is inspired by Native American images:  I. Aztlán, II. Trail of Tears, III. Drought, IV. Rain Dance. The concert is free with museum admission.

High Schools

High School Placement Test
St. Anthony Catholic High School will host the High School Placement Test (HSPT) for incoming freshmen from 10 a.m.  – 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. The fee is $15 and can be paid on the day of the test. For more information, contact Bart Zavaletta at (210) 832-5632 or


Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

Tennis Intramurals
UIW tennis intramurals nights are from 6-8 p.m. Monday-Friday from now until Dec. 12. Intramurals are open to all UIW students, faculty and staff. Please present your UIW ID when entering the courts.