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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Dec. 2, 2011

Photo of the Week

Dr. Louis Agnese and Dr. Patricia A. Watkins, author ofLou: From Brooklyn to Broadway, The University of the Incarnate Word’s 25 Years with Dr. Louis J. Agnese Jr.” at a book signing just before the President’s Spaghetti Dinner in Rosenberg Sky Room. Dr. Agnese and Dr. Watkins will also make appearances at the book signings scheduled at the Barnes and Noble at La Cantera from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, and at the Twig Book Shop at Pearl Brewery from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7.


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


The UIW Student Nurses Association (SNA) staffed a First Aid Booth with Santa's elvesto take care of guests at Light the Way. Faculty supervisors for the booth included Michael Moon and Cindy Richardson, professors in the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

UIW President Dr. Louis Agnese serves spaghetti to students at the annual President’s Spaghetti Dinner. The dinner is UIW’s way of saying “thank you,” to the students who make the university such a special place. Dr. Agnese was the head chef using recipes from his family tradition. Faculty, staff and employees also assisted as staff during the dinner to provide students with the ambiance of a five-star dining experience.

Steve Hemphill, assistant director of alumni relations, welcomes new members to the UIW Alumni Association. Winter 2011 graduates gathered in the Rosenberg Sky Room for “Graduation Finale” Thursday, Nov. 30 to pick up tickets, gowns, and more.

Multicultural Holiday Celebration
The National Optometric Student Association invites the UIW community to a Multicultural Holiday Celebration from noon to 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2 at the Rosenberg School of Optometry. The international and multicultural event will celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, and many other faiths and traditions. Food will be served. For more information, contact Roya Attarhousseini at 210-393-8886 or at

Athletics Home Schedule
2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, women’s and men’s basketball double-header vs. Eastern New Mexico

Cardinal Chorale and Singers Christmas Concert
UIW Music Director William Gokelman and the Cardinal Chorale and Cardinal Singers will perform their Christmas concert from 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 in Our Lady’s Chapel. For more information, contact the music department at 210-829-3855 or at

RSVP for Sometime Singers-Players – Christmas Eve Mass
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: Saturday, December 24 at 5:30 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel/Admin. Bldg. (warm-up begins at 4:00 p.m.) Please attend two of the three rehearsals: Wednesday, Dec. 14 Thursday, Dec. 15 OR Tuesday, Dec. 20 and the final rehearsal on Thursday, Dec. 22. All rehearsals are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. RSVP by Wednesday, Dec. 7. For questions about the rehearsal schedule, contact 832-3207.

Spring 2012 Orientation
The UIW Department of Student Success will host Spring 2012 Orientation for new incoming students. Orientation will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 in the Library Foyer, and Friday, Jan. 6 in the Library Foyer. For more information, contact Rochelle Ramirez at 210-805-3069 or 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.

Department News

Athletics Sees Significant Attendance Increase
The Athletics Department is happy to announce that UIW’s four fall spectator sports, volleyball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and football, all saw significant increases in their attendance from 2010. Volleyball had a 56% increase, men’s soccer had a 35% increase, football had a 15% increase, and women’s soccer had a 14% increase. In addition, the NCAA 2011 Men’s Soccer Championships that were hosted at UIW set a single-game record for the men’s soccer team with 1,243 people at the match. See more at Turnstiles Spinning at UIW. Thank you to everyone for your support and participation! For more information, contact Rick Smith at

DPT Program Receives Full Accreditation
On Monday, Nov. 28, UIW was notified that the proposed Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program has been fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. This accreditation includes the post-professional program to be offered online to individuals who hold the baccalaureate or master's degree and are licensed to practice in the U.S. as well as the entry-level program for students with a baccalaureate degree but are not physical therapists. The entry-level program will be implemented in fall 2012. Congratulations to all who worked so hard to achieve this accreditation.

Adams Invited to be Speaker for Forum
Congratulations to Dr. Melinda Adams of fashion management who received an invitation from the Bexar County Economic Development to participate as a local subject matter expert on the U.S. fashion industry at a forum for delegates from the Hai Yang People’s Congress and Sweater Industry Association.

Extended Academic Programs

EAP Receives National Notice
Extended Academic Programs is receiving national notice for its structure and programs. Dr. Porter was invited to take part in the Online Symposium for the Future of Online Education, held in Chicago. The futuring symposium was held with 100 leaders in online education, members of regional accrediting bodies, and a representative of the Department of Education. While there were many discussions about different modalities, the consensus was that the future of online education is in the formation of programs for adults that are allowed to run in a separate but equal manner. Our structure was pointed to as a best practice.

Senior Leadership Attends Annual Conference
EAP senior leadership attended and made presentations this past month at the Association for Continuing Higher Education 2012 Annual Conference, the Council of Adult and Experiential Learning 2011 International Conference, HACU 2012 Conference and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association annual meeting.

Community News

We’re pleased to announce that the UIW Bookstore now has copies in stock of “Lou: From Brooklyn to Broadway - The University of the Incarnate Word’s 25 Years with Dr. Louis J. Agnese Jr.” by Dr. Patricia A. Watkins. The book, published by San Antonio-based Maverick Publishing, will retail for $26.95 at the bookstore or through Amazon. However, it will be available at the bookstore for the special price of $24.00 until Jan. 31. For more information, please contact the UIW Bookstore at (210) 829-6056.

The Human Resources team including (L-R) Christy Wisely, assistant director of human resources, Red the Cardinal, and Shannon Root, human resources generalist, passed out fruit to employees to promote the United Way Campaign.

Dr. Osman Ozturgut, assistant professor in the Dreeben School of Education, and Tereza Korousova, a student in the UIW doctoral program, presented “An Assessment Tool to Evaluate Evaluator Cultural Competence: A Report of Progress” at the American Evaluation Association Annual Conference: Evaluation 2011: Values and Valuing in Evaluation in Anaheim, Calif.

“A Christmas Carol”
Join UIW’s Theatre Department as they present a ghostly Christmas classic, “A Christmas Carol” at Huth Coates Theatre. Performance dates and times include:

  • 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, Saturday, Dec. 3, Friday, Dec. 9, Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, and Thursday, Dec. 15
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11

Cost to attend is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $8 for students. UIW students, faculty and staff are admitted for free. For more information, contact Chrissie Young at 210-829-3800 or at

Volunteers Needed for Headwaters Coalition Work Day
The Headwaters Coalition is hosting a volunteer work day at the Headwaters Sanctuary from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 3. Volunteers will meet at the main trailhead behind the baseball fields, and are advised to come prepared for work in the woods – long pants and sleeves, and close toed shoes. For more information, contact Helen Ballew at 210-828-2224, ext. 232 or at

Waffle Mania
The UIW Student Government Association will host “Waffle Mania” from 7-10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Marian Hall Student Center. SGA senators will set up the event and serve waffles to students in preparation for finals week. For more information, contact Jonathan Guajardo at

Fiddler on the Roof at Majestic Theatre
Join UIW Alumni Relations for Fiddler on the Roof at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the Majestic Theatre. The Tony Award-winning musical has captured hearts of people all over the world with its universal appeal. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information, contact Steve Hemphill at 210-805-3595 or at

Angel Tree
University Mission and Ministry is sponsoring an Angel Tree for community members in need of assistance this Christmas. The UIW community is invited to sponsor a child or family this holiday season. Beginning Monday, Dec. 5, the Angel Tree will be located in the foyer leading to Our Lady’s Chapel and will be displayed through Monday, Dec. 19. Please bring items in a holiday bag with the original angel tag to Mission and Ministry in AD 146 or AD 147. For more information, contact Mission and Ministry at 210-829-3128.

Christmas Arts and Crafts Sale
Local artists will be displaying and selling art, ceramics, jewelry and more at the Christmas Arts and Crafts Sale from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 in the UIW Fine Arts Building. Cost to attend is free. For more information, contact the UIW Art Department at 210-829-3855.

Christmas Eve Mass
University Mission and Ministry will host Christmas Eve Mass at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24 in Our Lady’s Chapel. Prelude music will begin at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Beth Villarreal at

Getting an iPad for Christmas?
The UIW iPad User group has 60+ faculty and staff members who are using their iPads for productivity, teaching and learning. This group meets once a month to showcase and learn about innovative ways iPads are being used in the classroom and office. If you have an iPad or plan to get one soon from Santa, we encourage you to join the iPad User Group. The next meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. If you would like to join, please email Ana Gonzalez at and she will add you to the group and alert you of upcoming events. 

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.

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

Breakfast with Santa
The Incarnate Word High School Alumnae Association will host Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 10 in the IWHS cafeteria. Come in your favorite pajamas or Christmas outfit and enjoy a pancake breakfast, make-and-take crafts, Christmas stories, and a special photo with Jolly St. Nick. Presale tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children. At the door, tickets will be $12 for adults and $8 for children. For more information, contact Cybele Bolado at 210-829-3103 or at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Beethoven to Broadway
St. Peter's Church and School will present “Beethoven to Broadway” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 in the St. Peter’s Parish Hall. Tickets are $50 per person and include the musical show, heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine. All proceeds will benefit St. Peter’s School. For more information or for tickets, call Becky Finley at 210-822-3367.

Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • Kate (UIW Dev. Bd., BBA ’96) and Robert Crosby (UIW Dev. Bd.) and family on the recent loss of his mother, Frances “Lucille” Crosby.
  • Jill (UIW Dev. Bd.) and Bobby Rosenthal and family on the recent loss of his father, Richard Ebert Rosenthal.

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