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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Dec. 10, 2010

Photo of the Week

During the Cardinal Chorale’s Christmas concert on Sunday, students presented professor Bill Gokelman with a collage they made of the group’s trip to New York and performance in Carnegie Hall.


Advent Scriptural Reflection
Thus says the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I, the LORD, your God, teach you what is for your good, and lead you on the way you should go.    Is 48:17

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

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


On Friday, Dr. Roberta Leichnitz (center) and the McNair Scholars enjoyed their Fall Recognition & Achievement Luncheon. Thanks to all in the UIW community who contributed to the McNair Scholars’ success this year.

The opening reception for the senior capstone exhibit, called Eclectic Collective, was held in the Semmes Art Gallery on Thursday.

Scarf and Tie Sale
As part of the annual fundraiser for the upcoming 8th annual Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair, there will be a scarf and tie sale from 1-4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 outside the Special Collections Suite in the library. This will coincide with the Faculty Senate buffet held prior to the Baccalaureate Mass. Scarves and ties have been designed by UIW faculty. These make great Christmas gifts and support a worthwhile cause. For more information, contact Dr. Laura Muñoz at 805-3033.

Commencement Ceremonies
All Commencement ceremonies will be held at the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center and will also be broadcast online. Tickets are required. Baccalaureate Mass for all candidates will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 in the McDermott Convocation Center. UIW will honor graduate students, doctoral, and Pharm.D. candidates at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10. At 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, UIW will honor graduates from the Division of Extended Academic Programs and the H-E-B School of Business and Administration. At 3 p.m., UIW will honor graduates from the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, the School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering, the Dreeben School of Education, the School of Nursing and Health Professions and the School of Media and Design.

Pinning Ceremony
The School of Nursing and Health Professions invites the UIW community to the Pinning Ceremony honoring the 24 Fall 2010 graduates. The pinning ceremony is designed to celebrate the accomplishment of completing the baccalaureate program and the transition into professional practice. The ceremony will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. Reception to follow.

Headwaters Coalition Needs Volunteers
The last Headwaters Coalition volunteer work day in the Headwaters Sanctuary this year will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10. We’ll meet at the main trail behind the baseball fields. 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 at246-2883 or

Christmas Party
Don’t forget: If you RSVP’d for the UIW/IWHS/SACHS Christmas party, it will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room.

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

Notre Dame Folk Choir Winter Touring Ensemble 
The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word invite you to a concert of sacred music presented by the University of Notre Dame Folk Choir Winter Touring Ensemble at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9 in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. This concert is part of the dedicatory series for the recently installed Schoenstein Organ at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. The group will also perform a concert at noon Monday, Jan. 10 in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lena Gokelman at (210) 832-3207, Brenda Dimas at (210) 829-3128 or Sister Eilish Ryan, CCVI, at (210) 829-3871.

Department News

Health Services Temporary Entrance
For about two weeks, the main entrance to Health Services (behind the Nursing School) is temporarily closed for sidewalk and ramp construction. Access the Health Center through the Agnese Sosa parking garage. Follow the directional signs. For more information, contact Marveen Mahon at

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.

Community News

UIW in the News blog: The end and the beginning

Bookstore Holiday Hours
Dec. 13-17 from 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 20-22 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Dec. 23 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 2.
Reopen Jan. 3 with regular business hours: Monday-Friday 8-5:30 and Saturday 9-3.

Submit Spring Announcements and Events
The Office of Public Relations requests that all departments submit their events and announcements for the spring semester. Please submit the time, date, location, cost and contact information, along with a brief description of the event. To ensure you have submitted all the necessary information, you may use the publicity form found at Don’t forget to let us know if something changes or the event is canceled! For more information, contact the Office of Public Relations at 829-6001.

Benefit Raffle for Spurs Tickets
Win two Spurs lower level tickets (Section 111) and a parking pass to watch Spurs vs. Lakers on Tuesday, Dec. 28. Tickets cost $5 each or three for $10, and they are available at the Registrar’s Office. The drawing will be Wednesday, Dec. 22. Proceeds will assist with medical expenses for Baby Noah Vasquez, who is a patient at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Noah is the son of Joe Vasquez, assistant director of Web Development, and the grandson of Jo Ann Vasquez, student resource specialist in the Registrar’s Office. Tickets would make a great Christmas gift! For more information, contact the Registrar’s Office at 829-6006.

Electronic Holiday Greeting
As part of the university’s effort to be environmentally friendly, the Office of Web Development is again producing an electronic holiday greeting that will be sent to students, alumni, donors and other members and friends of UIW. Any departments that maintain e-mail lists may request the card be sent on the official university e-letterhead; to do so, provide an Excel or a .csv file to web development including recipients’ e-mail addresses. Personalized salutations are available if the spreadsheet includes the recipient’s name(s) in a field adjacent to the appropriate e-mail address. For more information, contact Troy Knickerbocker at 805-5818 or e-mail

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.

Faculty Focus

Faculty Gathering
The Faculty Gathering is an opportunity for faculty to come together to share fellowship, enjoy a soup, salad and potato bar, and raise a toast to a semester well spent. The gathering will be from 3-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 in the Library Special Collections Suite. For more information, contact Dr. Annette Craven at

International Collaborative Blogging
The Catholic Volunteer Network recently published an article on the Incarnate Word Missionaries (the Sisters’ lay volunteers in Tanzania,Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, and the U.S.) who are communicating by blogs. Clare Strockbine, the associate director, mentions how UIW teachers have gotten students involved in international learning exchanges in her article Spiritual Reflection through Collaborative Blogging. Dr. Amalia Mondriguez’s Spanish classes and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk’s religious studies classes have participated. Research is being done on the value of academic online international exchanges. Interested faculty members are invited to contact

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 or visit

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Tamales! At Pearl: A Holiday Family Festival
A holiday tradition becomes a major new celebration with “Tamales! At Pearl….A Holiday Family Festival” on Saturday, Dec. 11. The event will take place across the Pearl grounds from noon - 7 p.m. Tamale varieties ranging from traditional to dessert along with other traditional foods of Mexico will be available for purchase. Admission is free and cash donations to the San Antonio Food Bank will be accepted at the gate. For more information, visit

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.