The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Dec. 17, 2010

Photo of the Week

Incarnate Word High School employees Joyce Horner (from left), Paul DuBay (aka Santa Claus), Cybele Bolado and Claire Davies celebrated the Breakfast with Santa on Saturday at the school.


Advent Scriptural Reflection
Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Messiah. Mt 1:16

Workshop: Breaking Open the UIW Mission
You are invited to join University Mission and Ministry for this workshop with Fr. Donald Nesti, C.S.Sp. as we break open the UIW Mission and discover how we are invited to live it in our diverse community. The workshop will be Thursday, Jan. 6 and is made up of three interconnected sessions:

  • 9:30-11:30 a.m. Breaking Open the Mission
  • Noon Mass followed by lunch
  • 1:30 – 3 p.m. Faith & Culture
  • 3:30 – 5 p.m. Interreligious Dialogue

Come to as many sessions as you are able. All sessions will be held in JB 126. RSVP by Jan. 4 for the sessions you will attend to Brenda Dimas at or 829-3128.

Mass Invitation
University Chaplain Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T., invites you to the noon Mass on Friday, Dec. 17 in Our Lady's Chapel to celebrate the Founder of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity, St. John DeMatha. During the Mass, the Institution of Readers and Acolytes will take place for four Trinitarian seminarians. There will be a reception afterwards in the McCreless Heritage Room, Admin Building 155. Please RSVP by e-mail to Fr. Tom by Thursday if you plan to stay for lunch. No RSVP is required for the Mass.

Christmas Mass
The Christmas Mass on Christmas Eve will be at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 24 in Our Lady's Chapel.

Angel Tree Gifts Due
Angel Tree gifts should be returned to AD 147 by Monday, Dec. 20.

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. – Canceled until after Mass of the Holy Spirit in Spring
  • Liturgy of the Hours evening prayer at 5 p.m. every Wednesday


Melissa Chavez checked out the scarves at the Red Dress scarf sale fundraiser on Friday. Diane Echavarria helped work the table.

Dr. Agnese, City Manager Sheryl Sculley, Board of Trustees member Charlie Amato and Dr. Denise Doyle joined Friday evening’s Commencement ceremonies.

Recent graduate Jennifer Castillo receives her pin at the School of Nursing and Health Professions annual Pinning Ceremony on Friday.

Tony Melendez Concert
UIW Mission and Ministry and STAND are sponsoring a concert by 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 Performances
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. These performances are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lena Gokelman at (210) 832-3207, Brenda Dimas at (210) 829-3128 or Sr. Eilish Ryan, CCVI, at (210) 829-3871.

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.

Dr. Agnese Featured on Conversations
Dr. Lou Agnese will be the featured guest on Conversations, a locally produced KLRN program at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13. Conversations is about San Antonio and the people here who make contributions to our way of life. Host Jeff Coyle interviewed Dr. Agnese about his 25 years at UIW and his vision for the future.

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
College Students Bank on Unique Credit Union

Bookstore Holiday Hours
Dec. 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.

Help Baby Noah and Get a Chance to Win 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.

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

Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, pictured with Ambassador James Creagan, received the Insigne Verbum award during Commencement ceremonies last weekend. The award recognizes those individuals who have contributed meritorious service to the community and who represent and carry out the mission of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Congratulations!

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

High Schools

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

UIW Prep Open House
Want to give your student a head start on college? Find out how by joining UIW Prep at our Parent Open House at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25 or Thursday, Feb. 24 in the ICC. You will have the opportunity to meet the UIW Prep team, instructors and take part in an informative class demonstration. There will be door prizes and light refreshments served. RSVP by calling (210) 805-3013 or e-mailing For more information, contact Julie Weber at or 832-5631 or contact Dione Bedellor at or 805-3013.

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Help Fight Hunger in San Antonio
Help fight hunger in San Antonio with your vote to have Walmart donate $1 million dollars to the San Antonio Food Bank. Visit and click "like."Pass the word, no one should go hungry in our community.

Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • Emzy & Joyce (BS ’53) Kostelnik Garrett & family on the recent loss of her sister-in-law, Lucille Pozzi Kostelnik.

Paramount’s Christmas Laser Spectacular
City of San Antonio will present a free family event at the newly renovated Lila Cockrell Theatre.  The production features thousands of choreographed lights and lasers set to everyone’s favorite holiday tunes. There will be 22 performances, beginning Friday, Dec. 17 and running through Thursday, Dec. 23. General admission tickets are free and are available at the Alamodome Box Office. Tickets will also be available at the Lila Cockrell Theatre Box Office one hour prior to each performance. Tickets are limited to theatre capacity. Limited reserved seating will be available at but a small convenience charge will apply. For more information, visit or call 1-800-884-3663. Performance times are as follows: 

  • Friday, Dec. 17 – 7 pm, 8 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 18 & 19 – 5 pm, 6 pm, 7 pm, & 8 pm
  • Monday – Thursday, Dec. 20 – 23rd – 6 pm, 7 pm, & 8 pm

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.