The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Dec. 3, 2010

Photo of the Week

The School of Optometry was named for and dedicated in honor of Sandra and Stanley Rosenberg’s $11.5 million gift to UIW on Thursday.


Advent Scriptural Reflection
“He shall rescue the poor when he cries out and the afflicted when he no one to help him."  Psalm 72:12

RSVP for Sometime Singers-Players
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. Your commitment to participate at the event and at rehearsals is made only when you RSVP to an event invitation by the RSVP date. 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. in Our Lady's Chapel). Attend at least 2 rehearsals on Tuesday, Dec. 14, Thursday, Dec. 16 or Tuesday, Dec. 21. Everyone should attend the final rehearsal Thursday, Dec. 23. All rehearsals are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. RSVP by Wednesday, Dec. 8.

Our Lady’s Chapel Services
All are welcome.

  • Noon Mass, Monday – Thursday. Less than 30 minutes
  • Spanish Mass at noon on Fridays
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.
  • Sunday Mass at 8 p.m.
  • Liturgy of the Hours evening prayer at 5 p.m. every Wednesday


Dr. Kevin Vichcales and Dr. Denise Doyle visit the student-run branch of the United SA Federal Credit Union at the grand opening on Tuesday.

Dr. Agnese flipped the switch with the help of John Miller’s grandsons at the Light the Way ceremony at Benson Stadium.

Student members from TRiO IAA, TRiO McNair, CARE, and the StandOUT Alliance collected donations and assembled care packages for families in transition.

Miles for Africa
STAND | One People, One Tribe will host Miles for Africa starting at noon Dec. 3 running through midnight to raise funds for the Adopt-A-Village project. There will be a walkathon at Benson Stadium where participants will be walking laps for donations. There will also be a flag football tournament. Team members can join the tournament at a $25 fee. Meanwhile, a collaboration of different bands will perform along with entertainment from an African Dance group, Fire Performers, Second to None Dance Crew, Acholi Bead workshop and many more attractions. Food and drinks will be provided. Adopt-A-Village assists in the building of a church, medical clinic, orphanage and a vocational school in Mede, Uganda. The goal is to raise $20,000. Come support a good cause at Miles for Africa. For more information, contact Robert Rodriguez at or (210) 232-0310.

Headwaters Coalition Needs Volunteers
The Headwaters Coalition is hosting two final volunteer work days in the Headwaters Sanctuary this year: from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 4 and from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10. We’ll meet at the main trail behind the baseball fields on both days. Come prepared for work in the woods: long pants and closed-toed shoes.Headwaters volunteers are eligible for off-campus community service hours. For more information, contact Helen at 246-2883 or

Cardinal Chorale & Madrigals Concert
The Cardinal Chorale & Madrigals will hold their Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 in Our Lady's Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bill Gokelman at 829-3848.

Angel of Hope Annual Candlelight Vigil
UIW will host one of San Antonio’s Angel of Hope annual candlelight vigils at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6 at the Angel of Hope statue near the Grotto. Every year, a candlelight vigil is held to remember and honor all children who have died. The ceremony 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 TEAMability Learning Center. For more information, contact the San Antonio Angel of Hope Foundation at (210) 651-1904 or or visit

Fundraiser Barbecue Plates
Jerry Sealey, a UIW senior, started giving gifts to children on the Southeast side of San Antonio three years ago and has helped more than 1,300 kids so far. To help, there will be a barbecue plate fundraiser from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. Purchase tickets on campus by e-mailing Sealey  at For more information, visit or e-mail are also invited to help wrap gifts from 1-9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 in Marian Ballroom for Sealey’s Gifts for Kids.

Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

Tony Melendez Concert
UIW Mission and Ministry and STAND are sponsoring a concert with Tony Melendez to raise funds to build a school and church in Mede, Uganda, the African village UIW adopted as part of the Adopt-a-Village project. Melendez has played for Pope John Paul II and will play for Pope Benedict XVI next year at World Youth Day. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Dec. 19 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Tickets cost $15.50, $24.50, $34.50 or $49.50. For more information, contact Aleck Rios at (956) 878-7610 or

Department News

Credit Union Branch Winter Hours
The Cardinal Branch for United SA FCU will be closed from Dec. 15 through Jan. 2. The branch will resume regular hours of operations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 3.

Official Academic Name Changes
Two UIW academic areas have recently had name changes. The School of Interactive Media and Design (SIMD) is now officially known as the School of Media and Design. In addition, the Department of Sociology is now known as the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. If you have any questions, contact the Office of the Provost at 829-3943.

Free Study Abroad Opportunity
UIW’s sister school, Chosun University, in South Korea has invited two students to participate in the 10-day Korean Culture Experience Program for free. Chosun University will provide accommodation and round-trip airfare up to $1,500. The program will take place from Jan. 17-26. Students will have the opportunity to participate in Korean language classes, learn Taekwondo, visit local markets and museums, and various other activities. To apply, contact Alanna Taylor at Application deadline is 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6.

To be eligible to apply, students must

  • have a 3.0 or higher GPA
  • be an undergraduate student of sophomore, junior or senior status (not graduating in December),
  • have a passport that is valid for at least six months
  • participate in a face-to-face interview with selection committee, and
  • be available from Jan. 15-26.

Community News

UIW in the News
UIW Receives $11.5 Million Gift

$11.5 million gift is UIW's biggest

Internet revolution in Mongu

Call for Submissions for Quirk 2011
UIW's creative arts journal Quirk is inviting submissions from everyone in the university community. Send your original creative work, such as poems, short stories, essays, songs, photographs and digital images of paintings, drawings, fashion sketches, sculptures or pottery to by Jan. 31. Don’t use any identifying marks on the artwork(s) or manuscript(s), but include a separate sheet with your name, title of your work, media/genre and contact information. Include a translation if the work is not in English. In honor of the NEH grant that was awarded to CHASS, we invite creative work that explores or depicts the role of water as cultural symbol. For more information, contact Dr. Tanja Stampfl at or at 829-3885.

UMM Annual Angel Tree
University Mission and Ministry is 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 of children for this holiday season. The Angel Tree will be in the foyer leading to Our Lady’s Chapel in the Administration Building. Pick up an Angel tag before Dec. 12, and drop off your gifts to AD 147 no later than Monday, Dec. 20. Gift-wrapped items are preferred, but not required. Don’t forget to include your Angel tag! For more information, contact Trevor Alexander at (210) 829-3130 or

Recycling Report
Congratulations UIW! During October, we collected 4.3 tons of paper. As a result, we saved 73 trees, 17,630 kilowatt hours of energy, 30,100 gallons of water, and 14.2 cubic yards of landfill. We also eliminated 258 pounds of air pollutants created when making paper from virgin wood pulp.

Faculty Focus

Summit on Global Citizen Diplomacy
Ambassador Jim Creagan participated in the Washington Summit on Global Citizen Diplomacy from Nov. 17-19, 2010. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Department of State partnered with the Center for Citizen Diplomacy on summit initiatives, and the Department of Defense was a very active participant in summit sessions. A 10-year campaign to “ensure that American citizens are aware of global issues, identify effective methods and partners and have resources to put ideas and methods into practice” was announced at the Nov. 19 plenary session held at the Department of State. Hundreds of nongovernmental organization leaders, delegates from the private sector and from the government focused on many specific areas including a “corporate service corps” and the training of faith-based organizations in the core practice of citizen diplomacy. A key goal announced at the Summit was to ensure that by the year 2020 virtually all U.S. college and university graduates will have knowledge of international relations and gain global competency. Creagan discussed the role of the U.S. government in disaster assistance outside the United States, and he outlined the many activities and programs in international education pursued by UIW on the San Antonio campus and abroad.

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

High Schools

Breakfast with Santa at IWHS
Incarnate Word High School will hold a Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 11 in the IWHS cafeteria. Come in your favorite Christmas outfit for a pancake breakfast, crafts, Christmas stories and a photo with Jolly Old St. Nick. Prepay reservations are $10 per adult and $5 per child or $12 and $8 at the door. For more information, call the IWHS Alumnae Office at (210) 829-3103. Sponsored by the IWHS Alumnae Association and Praedium Mortgage.

IWHS Madrigal Alumnae Concert
Alumnae of the IWHS Madrigals will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22 in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word to benefit the newly established Mary Ann de la Garza Endowment Scholarship Fund. Tickets can be purchased for $8 at the door. To make a donation, send checks payable to IWHS to 727 E. Hildebrand Ave San Antonio, TX 78212 Attn: Development Office. Or visit For more information, call (210) 829-3103. We hope to fill the Chapel with dela’s family and friends.

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Tamales at Pearl
All are invited to attend the first Tamale Festival, a celebration of tamales with food, entertainment and fireworks. The event lasts from noon – 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Pearl Brewery. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • Alan McDougal & family on the recent loss of his wife, Genie McDougal (BSN’65).
  • Frances & Emil Pustejovsky on the recent loss of her sister, and the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur on the recent loss of Sr. Margaret Miller, SSMN (BA ’58).
  • John Paul (UIW Police) & Diane Sanchez (Director of Residence Life) on the recent loss of his mother, Delia Sanchez.

DVD Rentals
Use the promotion code 12345 to get a DVD rental at 50 percent off the first night at the kiosk in Marian Hall. The code will be valid for the rest of the year.