The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Nov. 18, 2011

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UIW will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Light the Way this Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium. Join us for an evening of musical entertainment and new surprises. If you cannot make it, you can join us virtually by watching UIWTV’s live stream at Following the ceremony, join the candlelight procession through campus to the Brackenridge Villa for a reception hosted by our friends at H-E-B. Come early and celebrate the Mass at 5:30 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. For more information, call 210-829-6001 or visit


Our Lady’s Chapel Services

All are welcome.

There will not be mass at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 23

  • 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 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation - 11:30 a.m. Fridays


Campus Visit Day
Prospective students who are not able to visit the campus on a weekday during regular business hours are invited to visit the UIW campus a Saturday Campus Visit Day. This is a great opportunity for students to meet with UIW personnel and current students, tour the campus, and get college questions answered. The Campus Visit Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 beginning in the library auditorium. For more information, visit

UIW Music Department to present: "Twenty Contemplations of the Infant Jesus"
The UIW Music Department will present, Sacred Sound: An Advent Introduction to Olivier Messiaen’s “Twenty Contemplations of the Infant Jesus” from 3-4:30 Sunday, Nov. 20 at Our Lady’s Chapel. The lecture-recital will present the musical Christmas meditations of Olivier Messiaen. Zachary Ridgway will be the pianist and presenter of the event, along with Paula Bird as the violinist. For more information, contact Ridgway at

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Prayer Service
The UIW community is invited to Our Lady’s Chapel from 10:30-11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21 for a prayer service to give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. For more information, contact Beth Villarreal at

Senior Capstone Exhibition
The UIW Art Department will display the works from senior students from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Monday, Nov. 21 through Friday, Jan. 14 in Semmes Art Gallery. The opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 at Semmes Art Gallery. For more information, contact the Art Department at 210-829-3855.

President’s Spaghetti Dinner
The President’s Spaghetti Dinner is UIW’s way of saying “thank you,” to the students who make the university such a special place. Dr. Louis Agnese, president of UIW, will be the head chef using recipes from his family tradition. The UIW faculty, staff and employees will be the staff extraordinaire. Students will be treated to a free spaghetti dinner with the ambiance of a five-star dining experience. The annual dinner will be held from 4:40-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 in the Rosenberg Sky Room. For more information, contact Janine Chavez at 210-829-6034 or at

UIW Christmas Party Invitation
Dr. and Mrs. Louis J. Agnese, Jr. invite you to attend a Christmas party for full-time employees (UIW/IWHS/SACHS) and one adult guest (no children) on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 in the McCombs Center Sandra and Stanley Rosenberg Sky Room. There will be a reception from 6-6:45 p.m. and the seated dinner will begin promptly at 7 p.m. The dance will be from 8-10 p.m. Please reply by Thursday, Dec. 1, online at When you respond, let us know if you have any special dietary restrictions.If you ACCEPT that you are coming and do not attend, please be aware that a fee of $35 per person will be assessed to cover the administrative costs.

Department News

UIW Bookstore Faculty/Staff Appreciation
The UIW Bookstore will feature 25% off all regular priced clothing and gift items for Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21 and Tuesday, Nov. 22. Employee ID is required for purchases. For more information, contact Anne Richards at 210-829-6056.

Brown Bag Workshop – “Understanding your Budget”
The UIW Grants Oversight Committee will present “Understanding your Budget” from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 in GB 212. Please RSVP by Monday, Nov. 28 to Nora Taylor at so a copy of your budget will be available for you at the workshop. Don’t forget to bring your lunch.

Extended Academic Programs

coming Friday, December 2

Community News

Nursing Honor Society Collects More than 1,500 pounds of Green Beans
Delta Alpha at Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor
Society for Nursing, has collected 1,500 pounds of canned green beans for the
Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner.

International Education Week
Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, Th.D, presented “Peacebuilding in Iraq through Education,”
on Monday, Nov. 14 as part of UIW’s International Education Week. Kirk spoke
on her summer research in 2010 and 2011 which involved interviewing more than
140 people and visiting schools in Iraq founded by Turkish teachers.

UIW Rockin’ Red Birds Take on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & 1/2
UIW’s own Rockin’ Red Birds placed 2nd in the Corporate
Large category of the Get Fit Challenge.

Pictured: Cynthia Rodriguez, admissions secretary for ADCaP and Dr. Glenn
James, dean of the College of Mathematics, Science and Engineering at the
San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & 1/2 held Sunday, Nov. 13.

Itza Casanova cheers on the Rockin’ Red Birds. Casanova was injured during
training but it did not dampen her Cardinal spirit.

HR Hosts United Way Fundraiser Fair
The UIW Human Resources team hosted the 2011 United Way Fundraiser Fair
Wednesday, Nov. 16 on Dubuis Lawn. Guests enjoyed games, a bake sale,
and more to raise money for the United Way.

Financial Tips, Music and Fun
The H-E-B School of Business, UIW Business Club, and Student Board of
United San Antonio Federal Credit Union held a Financial Literacy Concert
Wednesday, Nov. 16 at Dubuis Lounge. The event shared financial tips, featured
a violinist, pizza, door prizes, and the opportunity to win an iPad.

Celebrating Wellness
The Cardinal Wellness Program held a “Celebration of Wellness,” Wednesday,
Nov. 16 at the Wellness Center for the last workshop of the semester.
Attendees participated in yoga, Zumba, and a variety of fitness exercises.

Golden Harvest Food Drive Collects More than 6,000 Pounds of Food
Pictured (L-R) Director of Student Support Services Moises Torrescano along
with the Student Government Association at the 26th Annual Golden Harvest
Food Drive held Saturday, Nov. 12 in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Throughout the
day, students also collected nonperishable food items door-to-door in north
central San Antonio neighborhoods. SGA collected more than 6,000 pounds of
food to donate to the San Antonio Food Bank.

UIW in the News

Recycling Report
Congratulations UIW!During October we collected 8.6 tons of paper. As a result, we saved 145 trees, 35,000 kilowatt hours of energy, 59,850 gallons of water, and 28 cubic yards of landfill. We also eliminated 513 pounds of air pollutants created when making paper from virgin wood pulp.

Agnese Book Available for Presale
Pre-sale orders are now being accepted by phone or in-person through the UIW Bookstore for “Lou: From Brooklyn to Broadway” authored by Dr. Patricia A. Watkins. The book, published by Maverick Publishing Company, provides an in-depth look at Dr. Lou Agnese’s first twenty-five years as president of UIW. The book will retail for $26.95. However, it will be available at the UIW Bookstore for $24.00 until Jan. 31. UIW employees who purchase the book through the bookstore will also receive 10% off the purchase price. Order your book during the Faculty/Staff Appreciation event on Nov. 21-22 and you will receive a 25% discount off your book order. For more information, contact the UIW Bookstore at 210-829-6056.

S.T.A.R.S. for Socks
S.T.A.R.S. has selected ChildSafe as their core value of service, and will be collecting new pairs of socks for the organization through Tuesday, Nov. 22. Drop off your sock donations at five locations on campus, including Health Services, Campus Life, the library, AD 120, and AD 141. Approximately 1,700 children were served by ChildSafe last year, and together we can all make a difference and make the sock donation drive a success. For more information, contact Samantha Buentello at 830-776-1993 or at

Blue Santa Jolly Jog
The UIW community is invited to come out and join in the fun for a great cause. The Blue Santa Jolly Jog will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 beginning at Benson Stadium. The event is a one-mile walk/jog through the UIW Christmas lights. Following the walk/jog there will be games, food, prizes, and music. The Blue Santa Jolly Jog benefits the Blue Santa Toy Drive for children in need in San Antonio. For more information, contact Heather Barton-Weston at 210-832-5643 or at

Movie Night to feature “Elf”
Students and alumni are invited the UIW Student Center’s movie night featuring “Elf,” from 7-10 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 on Dubuis Lawn. Outdoor heaters will provided and popcorn, cotton candy and hot chocolate will be served. Attendees may bring their own seats and blankets. For more information, contact Mehmet Kula at 210-805-3037 or at

Learning Community Research Day
The Learning Community Initiative will host the second annual Research Day focused on first-year students’ research and learning. Students will present their work on posters, ranging from experience of Rwandan refugees to environmental spiritualities, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Faculty and staff are invited to attend Research Day and view the posters and engage students in their presentations. For more information, contact Julie Miller at 210-283-5062 or at

Faculty Focus

“Mexican Americans: A Sociological Introduction”
The textbook “Mexican Americans: A Sociological Introduction,” by Dr. Phil Lampe, UIW professor of sociology, is now available for free to all those who are interested at:

Study Abroad Funding and Incentives for Faculty
The Study Abroad Office wishes to alert all fulltime faculty of available funding and incentive programs.Fulltime faculty wishing to participate in study abroad programs and/or serving as ambassadors for the University may be eligible for these incentives.

  • The Faculty Incentive Fund offers faculty who are leading students overseas, up to $1,000 to help with their related expenses.In addition, qualifying faculty-led programs may receive up to $6,000 through the Study Abroad Grant.
  • The Ambassador Program is offered to those fulltime faculty and administrators traveling abroad who wish to visit one of our existing and/or potential sister schools. They may be eligible to receive nominal assistance to help with their expenses.

Please visit the Study Abroad website, which details these financial incentives at under the “For Faculty” Link.

Invitation to Submit a Paper for Verbum Incarnatum
Faculty and graduate students are invited to submit a paper for Verbum Incarnatum: An Academic Journal of Social Justice published by the University of the Incarnate Word. Verbum Incarnatum is a peer-reviewed journal. The theme for this year’s volume is “Economics and Social Justice.” Papers should include an abstract and are expected to be 15-25 pages, double spaced. Please submit a hardcopy as well as an electronic version, in Word format, of your article. Please submit all papers via email to Deadline for submission is Sunday, January 1, 2012. For more information contact Sabrina Koll, managing editor, at or one of the faculty editors, Dr. Roger Barnes, Dr. Phil Lampe or Dr. Julie Miller.

High Schools

Winter Wine and Social Bazaar
The Incarnate Word High School Alumnae Association will host a Winter Wine and Social Bazaar from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at La Madeleine on Broadway. Join IWHS for an evening of alumnae and friend, wine and holiday shopping. Tickets are $25 and include three tastings and three full glasses of wine, two door prize tickets, and food pairings of sandwiches, fruits, cheeses and desserts. Alumnae vendors representing Pampered Chef, ibettink, Mia Bella’s Candles, and Stella and Dot Jewelry will be in attendance and ready to take your holiday orders. For more information, contact Cybele Bolado at 210-829-3103 or at

“Savior of the World,” Christmas Concert
The Incarnate Word High School Glee Club and Madrigals will present “Savior of the World,” from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at Chapel of the Incarnate Word. Tickets to attend are $5 and are being sold as presale only. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Mary Ann De La Garza at 210-829-3100 or at

Poinsettia Sale
Incarnate Word High School Campus Ministry is selling six-inch Christmas poinsettias in a decorative foil pot with a handy carry sleeve for $12 a plant. Orders of 10 plants or more will be sold at $10 per plant.  An order form can be found in the newsletter section on RenWeb. Please make checks payable to IWHS.  All proceeds from poinsettia sales will benefit the Grace Retreat. Deadline to order is Monday, Dec. 5. For more information, contact Audra Cardona at 210-829-3121 or at

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Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • Margaret (Assoc. Director of PR) (IWHS ’81) and Tim Garcia & family on the recent loss of her aunt; and Gloria Balleza Verna (BA ’71) on the recent loss of her sister, Celia Balleza.
  • Beverly Caldwell & family on the recent loss of her husband; and Elizabeth and Patrick (BA ’91) Caldwell on the recent loss of his father, Robert W. Caldwell, Jr. (UIW Former Faculty).
  • The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, her family, and the entire UIW community on the recent loss of Sr. Mary Julia Delaney, CCVI (BA ’46).
  • Cosmo Guido (Former Dev. Bd.) & family on the recent loss of his wife; Maryanne and Tom Guido (UIW friends) on the recent loss of his mother; and Lauren Guido (BBA ’06) on the recent loss of her grandmother, Antoinette (Toni) Varisco Guido.
  • Sr. Audrey O’Mahony, CCVI (BA ’63) & family on the recent loss of her brother, Patrick O’Mahony.

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