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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Dec. 4, 2009

Photo of the Week

Light the Way 2009


Advent Verse of the Day
“Then he touched their eyes and said, ‘Let it be done for you according to your faith.’ And their eyes were opened.” Matthew 9:29-30

Baccalaureate Volunteers Needed
University Mission and Ministry seeks volunteers to act as ushers and Eucharistic Ministers for the 5:30 pm Baccalaureate Mass on Friday, Dec. 11. Volunteers need to arrive at the Convocation Center by 4 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Beth Villarreal at 829-2736 or

University Mission and Ministry held a Thanksgiving Celebration Prayer Service on Nov. 23.

Advent Reflection
University Mission and Ministry invite you to join us as we reflect on the meaning and significance of Advent in the life of the University of the Incarnate Word. The reflection sessions will be held from 9-11 a.m. and from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Pat Kerwin, director of Spirituality of Houston-San Antonio Congregations, will facilitate the reflections. Please RSVP by Dec. 8 to or 829-3939 with the time of reflection you would like to attend.

UIW Sometime Singers-Players (Ecclesiastes Choir)
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.  Primary ministry opportunities for the SS/P are fall and spring Baccalaureate Masses, Christmas Eve Mass, Holy Week/Easter services, occasional memorial services and other special events. Your commitment to participate at the event and at rehearsals is made only when you RSVP to an event invitation by the RSVP date. Responding by the RSVP date helps the office to prepare materials in advance. To RSVP for one of the events below, or to have your name placed on the SS/P e-mail list for future events, contact Lena Gokelman at or at Ext. 3207, or contact Dr. Glenn James at or Ext. 2717.

  • Christmas Eve Mass: Thursday, Dec. 24 at 5:30 p.m. (warm-up for the Mass will begin at 4:30 p.m.) With four rehearsals: Tuesday, Dec. 15 and 22 and Wednesday, Dec. 16 and 23. All rehearsals are from 5:30-7:15 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. RSVP by Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Christmas Novena
The Incarnate Word Sisters invite you to join them for beautiful ancient song-prayers of preparation for the solemn feast of Christmas in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. The service lasts about half an hour.The service will be at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23. The service will be at 4 p.m. on Dec. 18, 19, 24.

Mass Services
All are welcome.

  • Noon, Monday – Thursday, in Our Lady's Chapel. Less than 30 minutes in consideration of those on their lunch hour
  • Spanish Mass at noon on Fridays in Our Lady's Chapel
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady's Chapel
  • Sunday Mass at 8 p.m.

Weekly Prayer
Specific prayer intentions may be e-mailed to one of the Mission and Ministry staff:,,


Cardinal Concert Band Christmas Concert
The Cardinal Concert Band, which is UIW’s Marching Band during football season, will perform traditional Christmas tunes at its free Christmas concert from 7-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 in Our Lady’s Chapel.

Cardinal Chorale and Madrigals Christmas Concert
The UIW Cardinal Chorale and Madrigal Singers will present their annual Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 in Our Lady’s Chapel. Festive music of the season will include Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols,” Robert Ray’s “Gospel Magnificat,” the Biebel “Ave Maria,” and Lauridsen’s “O Nata Lux.” Guest harpist Rachel Ferris will perform. The concert is free and open to all. For information, contact William Gokelman at 829-3848.

Angel of Hope Annual Candlelight Vigil
UIW will participate in the San Antonio Angel of Hope annual candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Angel of Hope statue near the Grotto. Richard Paul Evans wrote about an Angel of Hope in the best-selling novel, The Christmas Box. In the story, an elderly woman mourns at the base of an angel monument in Salt Lake City for the 3-year-old daughter she lost many years earlier. Each Dec. 6, the death date of the child in the novel, a candlelight vigil is held throughout the U.S. at each statue to remember all children who have died. Come join us at the 67th annual vigil at the Angel of Hope statue. The ceremony will include a special message, music, candle lighting and laying of flowers at the base of the statue. For more information, visit

Dissertation Defense
Chia-Hao Liu will defend his dissertation at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4 in the ICC Board Room 1. The title of his dissertation is Relationship Between the Perceived Leadership Practices of Managers and Customer Satisfaction in the Sports Centers of Taipei, Taiwan. His dissertation chair is Dr. Absael Antelo.

Sr. Helena Monahan, Lisa Schultz and Dr. Denise Staudt help roll meatballs for the President’s Spaghetti Dinner.

Dr. Agnese served plates to students at the President’s Spaghetti Dinner along with Lou Fox, Vincent Rodriguez and Damita Pape, along with many other volunteer employees.

Several UIW organizations helped put on the World AIDS Day booths on Dec. 1, the national AIDS information and awareness day. Melissa Sayre, judicial educator for Campus Life, helps advise the STARS Peer Educators, who helped sponsor the event.

Graduating seniors received their caps and gowns at the Graduation Finale on Wednesday.

Department News

Campus Holiday Lockdown
Campus Police will lockdown the campus Dec. 23 for the holidays. Between Dec. 24 and Jan. 2, the campus gates and facilities will remain locked 24 hours a day.If you have an event scheduled with Campus Police, gates and facilities will be opened one hour prior to an event scheduled on campus. If the gates need to be opened earlier, e-mail Jacob Colunga before Dec. 22.During the times that the gates are closed, the only campus access will be through the Burr Road entrance. Visitors will need to show a valid driver’s license. Anyone who will be entering a building will need UIW ID.

Community News

UIW in the News
Dr. Agnese's op-ed: UIW student loan story omitted information

UIW Christmas Party Invitation
Dr. and Mrs. Louis J. Agnese Jr. invite you to attend a Christmas party for full-time employees (UIW/IWHS/SACHS) on Sunday, Dec. 13 in 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 Friday, Dec. 4 online at When you RSVP, 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 the administrative costs.

University Christmas Cards Going Green
In an effort to support the university’s commitment to going green, the Christmas cards traditionally produced by the Office of Public Relations will be discontinued. Instead, the Office of Web Development is producing an online Christmas greeting that various offices can use. The greeting will be made available by Dec. 8. For more information, contact Troy Knickerbocker, director of Web Development, at 805-5818 or

Library Hours

  • Friday, Dec. 4: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 5: 10 a.m. – midnight
  • Sunday, Dec. 6: noon – midnight
  • Monday – Thursday, Dec. 7-10: 7 a.m. – midnight
  • Friday, Dec. 11: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Faculty Focus

Fall Semester Faculty Celebration
Come have some good food, a glass of wine and some fellowship before the Baccalaureate Mass and Graduate Commencement ceremony! The celebration will be from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11 in the library Special Collections Room.

Several faculty members presented posters at the University Purdue, University Indianapolis IUPUI 2009 Assessment Institute in Indianapolis in October. Dr. Kathleen Martin, of the Feik School of Pharmacy, and Dr. Elda E. Martinez, of the Dreeben School of Education, presented Faculty Perspectives: Using Focus Group Input to Improve Teaching Approaches and Student Learning. Dr. Elda E. Martinez and Dr. Renea Fike, both of the Dreeben School of Education, presented Building Support for Teacher Candidates by Evaluating Predictors of Success.

To share your news with the UIW community, send your announcements and accomplishments to Ashley Festa at  

High Schools

Christmas Choral Concert
The IWHS Glee Club and Madrigals will present “Bethlehem” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word.Tickets cost $5 at the door. Seating is limited, so arrive early! Doors will open at 2:15 p.m. Come out and support our award winning Shamrock Choir.

IWHS Breakfast with Santa
Incarnate Word High School invites you to come in your pajamas or favorite Christmas outfit, enjoy a pancake breakfast, make and take crafts, readings from the SAIW Theatre Company and a photo with Jolly Old St. Nick. Breakfast with Santa will be from 9 a.m. – noon Saturday, Dec. 12 in the IWHS cafeteria loft. RSVP by Wednesday, Dec. 9 by mailing a check to IWHS Breakfast w/Santa to 727 E. Hildebrand Ave. San Antonio, TX 78212. You may also pay online at – Under gift info, specify Breakfast w/ Santa. Advance tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets at the door cost $12 for adults and $8 for children. For more information, call (210) 829-3103.

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Upcoming Athletics Events
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