The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Jan. 7, 2011

Photo of the Week

Fr. Donald Nesti, C.S.Sp. spoke at Mission and Ministry’s Breaking Open the UIW Mission workshop on Thursday.


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


Student Ivan Juarez (from left), Dr. Eli Phillips and student Adrianna Fontaney-Dimando, along with others from the Feik School of Pharmacy, helped at the Haven of Hope’s Christmas Under the Bridge event in December. Sponsored by Walgreens, the group gave out hand sanitizers, pill organizers, information and counseling to the residents of Haven for Hope and surrounding areas.

Headwaters Volunteer Opportunities
Join the Headwaters Coalition every first Friday of the month for a workday to restore our beautiful nature sanctuary. This month, we will meet from 2-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, and from 9 a.m. – noon Saturday, Jan. 22. Work qualifies for off-campus volunteer service hours. Dress for the weather and woods! For more information, a map and a parking pass, contact Michelle Dangler at or (210) 246-2883.

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.

Dying to Live: A Migrant’s Journey
Fr. Daniel Groody, CSC, an award-winning producer and author, directs the Center for Latino Spirituality and Culture at the University of Notre Dame. His videos have received international acclaim and have aired on various television stations including PBS. Drawing on years of work in Latin America, particularly along the U.S.- Mexico border, he has authored various books and articles, which have been translated into five languages. His credits include Border of Death, Valley of Life: An Immigrant Journey of Heart and Spirit, and Globalization, Spirituality, and Justice: Navigating the Path to Peace (2007). He has worked with the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the World Council of Churches, and the Vatican on issues of theology, globalization and immigration. See parts of his videos from 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. Jan. 12 in the library auditorium. For more information, visit or contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at

Dedication of School of Nursing and Health Professions
You are cordially invited to attend the grand opening and dedication of the School of Nursing and Health Professions. The event will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19 at the nursing building. For more information, contact the Office of Public Relations at 829-6001.

Department News

Rosie Garcia-Pompa presented Phil Esquivel, the winner of the $5,000 Jingle Bell Raffle, with his prize.

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.

Community News

Test of the Fire Alarm System Today
Risk and Safety management will test the fire alarm system today in the AD building. There will be flashing audio visuals along with music playing. Please disregard both. You will only need to evacuate the building if you hear the normal sirens going off that indicate there is a fire.

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.

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.

Sylvia Kutschenreuter from Development won the raffled Spurs tickets to help baby Noah.

Faculty Focus

The Mission Continues 2010 Faculty Awards
The Faculty Senate held its Mission Continues award reception on Thursday, and six faculty members were honored. Congratulations to all the awardees, and thank you for your service!

An electronic copy of the booklet given to the honorees with more information on each award can be accessed at the Faculty Association Blackboard site under the documents tab.

Dr. Kathi Light received the Robert J. Connelly Faculty Leadership Award.

Professor William Gokelman received the Sr. St. Pierre Cinquin Award for Faith. He was also nominated for the Piper Professor Award.

Dr. John J. Stankus received the Sr. Maria Goretti Zehr Award for Innovation.

Dr. Maureen Rauschhuber received the Sr. Margaret Rose Palmer Award for Education.

Dr. Harold Rodinsky received the Mother Columkille Colbert Award for Service.

Dr. Bernadette O’Connor received the Sr. Eleanor Ann Young Award for Truth.

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

High Schools

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 Bedell at or 805-3013.

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • The family of Dorothy Paula Katz (UIW friend) on her recent death.
  • The family of Nadine Slayton Metcalf (BA ’70) on her recent death.