The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: December 5, 2008

Photo of the Week

Dr. Agnese, along with other UIW employees, served the president’s secret sauce at the President’s Spaghetti Dinner in the Rosenberg Sky Room on Monday.


Second Sunday of Advent
December 7, 2008
“Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill shall be made low; The rugged land shall be made a plain, the rough country, a broad valley.” Isaiah 40:4

Rough Country:
Valleys of depression, loneliness, confusion;
Mountains and hills sharp with grudges, doubts, lies;
Rugged land of poor health, addiction, mistakes;
Unsteady footing across financial hardship, wounded relationships, persecution.

an invincible divine Spirit;
a Savior born in poverty, familiar with this terrain, now victorious over death;
an eternal, infinitely-patient God;
a Christian family of faith.

The promise of this Scripture is eschatological: It points to a reality that is but is also, somehow, “not yet.” For any of us stuck in “rough country,” sharing a redemption that is achieved but is also not yet fully revealed is hardly satisfying. It makes our longing for salvation all the more poignant.

Today we are challenged to believe that the one who brings salvation to fulfillment has already begun the good work in us.We are called to remain fiercely hopeful.May our Advent music and homilies proclaim hope in the face of hardship and give comfort to God’s people.

O God, mold us to be co-creators of a new heaven and earth. Teach us to know when to wait patiently and when to act with conviction.

Pat Vallez-Kelly
Office of Worship
Archdiocese of San Francisco
San Francisco, California

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Angel Tree
Campus Ministry is again sponsoring an Angel Tree for our community members who are in need of assistance this Christmas. We invite you to consider sponsoring a child or family this holiday season.For large families, you might want to gather a group of people to sponsor the family. Beginning this weekend, the Angel Tree will be displayed in the foyer leading to Our Lady’s Chapel in the Administration Building through Dec. 16. Bring items in a holiday bag with the original Angel tag to Campus Ministry in the Chapel Building any time through Dec. 17.Gift distribution will be Dec. 18-19. For more information, contact Campus Ministry at 829-3130 or 829-2736.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Patroness of the United States will be celebrated Monday, Dec. 8. Come to the Grotto at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Our Lady’s Apparitions at Lourdes, France. The Grotto is a replica of the French Shrine. For more information, call Sr. Mary Carmel at 858-1907.

Mission Newsletter
The November-December issue is available at

Weekly Prayer
Students: Finals week & graduates
Specific prayer intentions may be e-mailed to one of the Campus Ministry staff,,


Stage Design Discussion
Susan Hilferty, Tony award-winning costume designer and chair of the Department of Design for Stage and Film at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, will visit UIW on Friday, Dec. 5. She will discuss her design process for the Broadway production of “Wicked” at 2 p.m. in the Coates Theatre. For more information, contact Margaret Mitchell at829-3801 or

A Christmas Carol
The classic  tale of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge, loveable Tiny Tim, and the true spirit of Christmas by Charles Dickens as adapted by Robert J. Ball. 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. All the proceeds from the production will go to the Halligan-Ibbs Scholarship Endowment. UIW students, faculty and staff receive one free ticket with ID. For reservations, call 829-3800. Performance dates and times:

  • Friday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 20 at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m.

Chorale and Madrigal Christmas Concert
The UIW Chorale and Madrigals will perform their Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 in Our Lady’s Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public.

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.

About 4,000 guests attended this year’s Light the Way ceremony on Nov. 22.

UIW dedicated the Alonso Ancira Tower on Nov. 24 with a blessing from the archbishop of San Antonio. Dr. Agnese presented Mr. Ancira with a special gift as recognition and thank you for his generosity toward the university.

A room full of UIW employees helped roll meatballs for the President’s Spaghetti Dinner in Marian Hall on Nov. 25.

Dr. Hubert Zitt, visiting professor from Germany, spoke about the physics of Star Trek during his lecture called “To beam or not to beam?” on Tuesday.

Department News

Banner Service Outage Scheduled
The IMS department will apply upgrades to the Banner/BDMS system from 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 to 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 8. Banner services will not be available during this period. For more information, call Sandy Givens at 829-3949 (Ext. 3949) or e-mail

Community News

UIW in the News
UIW completes first football season

Extended Library Hours
The Mabee Library will have extended hours during finals week:
Monday, Dec. 8 – Thursday, Dec. 11: 7 a.m. – midnight
Friday, Dec. 12: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

New Logos is Available
See the new edition online at Hard copies are also available in various locations around campus.

The UIW Ethics Bowl debate team placed third in the 11th annual Texas Regional Ethics Bowl on Nov. 15. This qualified the team for the National Ethics Bowl in Cincinnati, Ohio.Pictured areDenise Hernandez (from left), Sonia Ramirez, Dr. Paul Lewis (faculty coach) and Chrystal Perryman. Team captain Emanuel Carrillo and student coach Jennifer Velez are not pictured.


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. 

Dollhouse Raffle
This year's "A House For Betty" dollhouse is on display at the UIW Feik School Of Pharmacy Office of Student Affairs. Raffle tickets to win the dollhouse benefitting Race for the Cure will be sold for $1 each through Dec. 10. The winner will be chosen Dec. 11. To buy tickets, contact Kristen Dicianna at 883-1063 or or Roxanne Rohrbacher at All proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to help fight breast cancer.

Faculty Focus

Dr. Elda Martinez, of the Dreeben School of Education, and Dr. Kathleen Martin, of the Feik School of Pharmacy, presented “Using Learning, Education, Assessment, and Development (LEAD) Teams to Guide Program Assessment and Development” at the National Assessment Institute in Indianapolis on Oct. 26-28.

High Schools

IWHS High School Placement Test
Incarnate Word High School will host the High School Placement Test from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 6. Students may pay the $15 fee on the day of the exam. Testing begins promptly at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Ninfa Ozuna at (210) 829 3123 or

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

St. Anthony Catholic High School

  • Mass to the Virgen de Guadalupe, 8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12
  • The John JG Gonzales Wellness Center will be dedicated Sunday, Dec. 14 immediately following Mass, which begins at 10:30 a.m.


Box Top Collection
St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Elementary School is participating in the Box Tops for Education program. If you would like to donate Box Tops to help St. Peter earn money, send box tops to the Registrar’s Office, in AD 129 or through campus mail at CPO 304, attention Giana S. Gomez. The collection will continue through the end of the school year at St. Peter and then pick up again when school begins again in the fall. For more information on the program, visit, or call 805-5851.

2nd annual 5K Run/1-mile Walk
The Southside Consortium of Catholic Schools presents the 2nd annual 5K Run/1-mile Walk and “Hope for the Future” Kids 1/4 mile Fun Run on Saturday, Jan. 31 at Mission County Park #2 and run alongside the scenic San Antonio River. The course is paved and stroller friendly. Bring the family to enjoy a morning of fellowship among students and their families who share the core values only a quality Catholic Education can offer. Opening ceremonies will begin at 8:15 a.m. The 5K Run and the 1-Mile Walk begin at 8:30 a.m., and the Kid’s Fun Run begins at 9:30 a.m. To register, visit For more information, call St. Cecilia School at 534-2711.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
Join the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis at 4 p.m. Dec 6 at the University of the Incarnate Word.Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States and costs our nation more than $128 billion annually. Let’s run or walk with all the beautiful Christmas lights as cheerleaders and carolers root for you throughout the UIW campus route. A 1-mile Reindeer Fun Run is available for children. For more information or registration details, call (210) 824-5507 or visit

Angel of Hope Annual Candlelight Vigil
Each Dec. 6, a candlelight vigil is held throughout the U.S. at each Angel of Hope statue to remember and honor all children who have died. Join the annual candlelight vigil at the Angel of Hope statue on the UIW campus near the Grotto. The ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and will include a special message, music, candle lighting, and laying of flowers at the base of the statue. Honor our children in heaven by bringing a monetary donation for the San Antonio Assistance League and their “Operation School Bell” Program. For more information, visit the San Antonio Angel of Hope Foundation Web site at, or call (210) 651-1904.

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.

Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • Clifton Bolner (former UIW Development Board & UIW friend) & family on the recent loss of his wife, and Peggy (UNDCL ’56) & Harvey Penshorn on the recent loss of her sister-in-law, Rosalie Richter Bolner (UIW friend).
  • The family of Florence Louise Beck Brennan (IWHS ’35) on her recent death.
  • The family of Sr. Mary Achille Bugnitz, CCVI (BS ’50), and the entire UIW community, on her recent death.
  • Henry M. Daly & family on the recent loss of his wife, Mary Ann Beck Daly (IWHS ’45, BA ’51).
  • Jean Busby & family on the recent loss of her husband, George William Busby Jr. (UIW friend).
  • Glen & Andrea McCreless (UIW friends) on the recent loss of his aunt, Graceann McCreless Durr.
  • Bonnie Ellison (UIW friend) on the recent loss of her mother, Dathyne Ellison.
  • Diane Espinoza (IWHS ’73) & family on the recent loss of her husband, Manuel Espinoza Jr.
  • The family of Dorothy Little Garza (IWHS ’59) on her recent death.
  • Nichola Harlan (BSN ’94) & family on the recent loss of her father, Technical Sgt. Samuel Lester Harlan, USAF (ret).
  • Bart & Dore Koontz (UIW friends) & family on the recent loss of their son, Augustus Cummings Koontz.
  • Lloyd Allen & Rhonda Livingston & family on the recent loss of his mother, Kathryn Lowery Livingston (IWHS ’59).
  • The family of Sr. Mary Kathleen Lynch, SHSp (BA ’71) on her recent death.
  • Sr. Margaret Mary Mannion, CCVI (BA ’66), on the recent loss of her brother, Luke Mannion.
  • Nick Nett (UIW current student) & family on the recent loss of his grandfather, Col. Robert Burton Nett.
  • Rosalind (IWHS ’66) & Calvin Michelson on the recent loss of her brother, Anthony Raggio.
  • Winifred Wagner & family on the recent loss of her husband, James J. Wagner III (BBA ’77).