The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Dec. 18, 2009

Photo of the Week

Faculty members celebrated the end of the semester at the faculty dinner on Friday.


Advent Verse of the Day
“For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her.” Matthew 1:20

Christmas Eve Mass
Mass will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24 in Our Lady’s Chapel.

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. 20-23. 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:,,


Jazz Ensemble
The UIW Jazz Ensemble will perform at the Pearl Holiday Celebration at the historic Pearl Brewery from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. The ensemble will perform some Christmas classics in addition to its usual repertoire. Admission is free. For more information, visit

KUIW Christmas Concert - Internet Radio will have its yearly Christmas music concert beginning at noon Dec. 21 and ending when the music runs out, usually about 2 or 3 p.m. Hank McDonnell will host the show. Call in at 805-KUIW or go to and “Comment” a request. You will hear your traditional holiday favorites, along with some weird favorites.

UIW History Club students visited local refugees to donate toys and clothes for Christmas.
The UIW History Club held a toy and clothing drive to bring the joy of the season to the Refugee Resettlement in San Antonio. UIW students and faculty donated generously throughout the semester. On Dec. 10, the History Club students – Kimberlee Ortiz, Justin Burklow, Zach Schudrowitz, Brandon Ochoa and Fred  Pompa – with adjunct history faculty Mary Elise Ferrer and led by Dr. Lopita Nath, visited the refugees at Garden Dale in San Antonio. The groups that they met with were primarily from Myanmar, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. Rey Lopez of the Catholic Charities said these were probably the only toys that these children will be getting this Christmas. The refugees thanked us all in their own languages. The students said that it was a great way to end the semester.

Alumni Night at Cowboy’s Dance Hall
The next UIW alumni event is Thursday, Feb. 4 at Cowboy’s Dance Hall. The evening costs $10 per person, which includes admission, dance lessons at 7:30 p.m., food and one drink (beer or soda). Food will be served from 7-8 p.m. in a separate alumni area upstairs. Register online at Sign up ASAP because having a large, early rush of registrants online will help us estimate the amount of food to purchase from the caterer. For more information, contact Rick Smith at (210) 829-6014 or Thank you for your continued participation in the UIW Alumni Association as we continue to strengthen the bond between our alumni and our beloved alma mater.

Department News

Blackboard Grade Center Training
Because of the high number of requests for assistance with the new Grade Center, Instructional Technology will be offering a series of training sessions covering the basics of the Grade Center. Attendees will get a sneak peak at the new Blackboard System coming fall 2010. Join us for a two-hour session covering how to use, manage, customize and update the Grade Center and get a first look at Blackboard 9!

  • Jan. 5 at 3 p.m.
  • Jan. 6 at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Jan. 7 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Jan. 8 at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Classes will be held in Room G16 of the Mabee Library and are by reservation only. Seating is limited to 8 participants. Make reservations via e-mail to At least five participants must register for each session in order for the session to take place. Please contact Terry Peak if you are unable to attend. We will have refreshments and door prizes, so register today!

View UIW’s New Advertising Campaign
In an effort to address the recent Alamo Colleges advertising campaign focusing on the cost of higher education, the new campaign, created under the direction of advertising legend Lionel Sosa, features a variety of our students explaining how a UIW degree is affordable with the financial aid that is available to our students. The new campaign can be viewed at

Send Your Events to PR
Don’t forget to send Public Relations your event calendars for Spring 2010! Your events will be added to the online UIW event calendars for everyone to see. Please double check your dates, times and location, and be sure to include contact information and a brief description of the event. Send your calendars to Debra Del Toro at

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

Turkey Distribution
The university will distribute 425 turkeys on Friday, Dec. 18 to full-time employees of UIW and the high schools, including employees of the ARAMARK, Sodexo and Follett. Each employee will be limited to one turkey, and they will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis from 2-5 p.m. in the parking lot between the Nursing Building and the river.For more information, call the Office of Facilities Management at 829-6023.

Send a Service Member a Thank-You Card
To send a free thank-you card to a soldier serving in Iraq, visit Pick out the card you would like to send, and Xerox will print it and send it. You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armedservices. Whetheryou are for or against the war, our soldiers needto know we support them. It’sfree, and it only takes a second.

Faculty Focus

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

High Schools

IWHS Madrigal Alumnae Concert
Don’t miss the annual IWHS Madrigal Alumnae Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22 at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word.Tickets cost $8 and may be purchased at the door. Proceeds benefit the Roger J. Labat Scholarship Fund. Christmas audio CDs featuring IWHS madrigalalumnae will be available for $10. For more information, call the IWHS Office of Alumnae Relations at (210) 829-3103.

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at


Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.