The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: December 7, 2012

Photo of the Week

Dr. Louis J. Agnese, UIW president, stirs spaghetti sauce at Marian Hall in preparation for this year’s annual President’s Spaghetti Dinner. On Wednesday, Dec. 5, Dr. Agnese, faculty, staff, and administration served students a traditional UIW Christmas Dinner in Rosenberg Sky Room. 


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.
  • Liturgy of the Hours evening prayer at 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation - 11:30 a.m. Fridays or by appointment

Advent Scriptural Reflection: Friday, Dec. 7
"He shall rescue the poor when he cries out and the afflicted when he has no one to help him."  Psalm 72:12

Mass Cancellation Notice
Due to the intensity of work being done in Our Lady’s Chapel including painting and excessive fumes, Mass at noon will be cancelled today and the chapel will be closed to all. Thank you for your consideration. Mass will resume Sunday, Dec. 9. For more details, please contact Campus Ministry at (210) 829-3128. 

December 2012 Baccalaureate Mass
December 2012 Baccalaureate Mass will take place on Saturday, Dec.15, 6 p.m. at Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center. For more information, please visit or contact Campus Ministry at (210) 829-3128.

UIW Christmas Eve Mass
University Mission & Ministry invites you to join us for Christmas Eve Mass, Monday, Dec. 24 at 5:30 p.m. in Our Lady's Chapel located in the Administration Building of the university. For more information, contact Beth Villarreal (210) 829-3128 or

Midnight Mass at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word
Join the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word for Midnight Mass in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word on Monday, Dec. 24. Doors will open at 11 p.m. Seating is limited and is on a first come basis. For more information, please call Jose at (210) 828-2224 Ext. 262.   


2012 President’s Spaghetti Dinner Photos

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Dr. John Healy (left), dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, joined administrators, faculty and staff in rolling meatballs in preparation for the 2012 President’s Spaghetti Dinner. The volunteers rolled both meatballs and silverware in Marian Hall Café on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

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Agnese serves a student at the President’s Spaghetti Dinner. The meal was prepared using his traditional family recipe.   

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Members of the Campus Life staff share a photo during the 2012 President’s Spaghetti Dinner. 

"A Night of Jazz on Broadway" Photos

King Seminar
Guitarist Jackie King speaks to the UIW community during his business seminar in Mabee Library Auditorium on Thursday, Dec. 6. Later in the evening, King performed at UIW Music Department and KRTU Radio's "A Night of Jazz on Broadway" also featuring the UIW Jazz Ensemble, John Magaldi’s Prime Time Jazz Orchestra, Butch Miles, John Panzarella, and Jim Waller in the UIW Fine Arts Auditorium.

Jazz Night
Jackie King, Jim Waller, the UIW Jazz Ensemble, John Magaldi’s Prime Time Jazz Orchestra, Butch Miles, and John Panzarella perform a special finale at "A Night of Jazz on Broadway.”

Cardinal Chorale & Singers Christmas Concert
The Cardinal Chorale & Singers will perform their annual Christmas concert in Our Lady's Chapel on Sunday, Dec. 9, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the UIW Music Department at (210) 829-3855 or

UIW Christmas Party
UIW’s Christmas party for full-time employees (UIW/IWHS/SACHS) and one adult guest (no children) takes place this Sunday, Dec. 9, in the Rosenberg Sky Room. There will be a reception 6-6:45 p.m. and the seated dinner will begin promptly at 7 p.m. The dance will be 8-10 p.m.For more information, please contact Lorraine Ewers at

December 2012 Commencement
December 2012 Commencement for all candidates for graduation (Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional) will take place on Sunday, Dec. 16 at Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum, 3201 East Houston, San Antonio, TX. The processional will begin at 1:15 p.m. and the ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are required for admission. For more information, please visit or contact the Office of the Registrar at (210) 829-6006. UIWtv link for the live-stream feed from the fall Commencement:

Department News

FSOP Employee Wins National Award
Alejandra Zertuche, assessment coordinator for the Feik School of Pharmacy, was honored to receive two nominations this fall for the ExamSoft Champion awards.  ExamSoft is the online electronic exam delivery and assessment program used by FSOP.  She was nominated by her supervisor, Dr. David Maize, for the Helping Others Award, for a program that goes above and beyond to spread best practices to help their peers succeed.  Her second nomination came from ExamSoft staff for an award for which only they could submit nominations, the Thanks Award.  This award was to an individual that has repeatedly helped the ExamSoft Team learn, improve, and better themselves. Zertuche was one of only three nominees in this category.  As Dr. David Maize stated in his nomination, “It would have been impossible to get the overwhelming faculty support of ExamSoft that we have achieved without Zertuche’s capable assistance on so many fronts.” The full text of Ms. Zertuche’s nominations can be read on ExamSoft’s website under Champion Awards at:

Social Media Sites/Update
The Office of Web Development is updating our social media directory for the university, comprising all official UIW Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and other social media sites. The URL is: Does your department or program have a new Facebook page, or other social media site, not listed in the directory? Please use this form to tell us about it: Inclusion in the directory will help increase engagement by allowing more frequent cross-postings between sites, and also allow for better management of the university's social media efforts. For details, please contact Troy Knickerbocker at (210) 805-5818 or

Extended Academic Programs

EAP sponsors ROTC Rattler Battalion Military Ball
Extended Academic Programs (EAP) sponsored the ROTC Rattler Battalion Military Ball. The ball was held in the Rosenberg Sky Room on Thursday, Nov. 29. Dr. Cyndi Porter, vice president of EAP, Dr. Kathi Light, provost, and Dr. Denise Doyle, chancellor, represented UIW. Dr. Maureen Rauschhuber, associate professor of nursing, was present and received an award of appreciation for her work with ROTC students.

Community News

Commencement Stories
Public Relations is working to pitch unique graduation stories to local media. If you have a unique story to tell about a graduating student, please contact Margaret Garcia at (210) 829-6001 or

Accepting Submissions for Quirk 2013
Quirk is the English Department's journal of literature and the arts at UIW. We are currently soliciting outstanding original creative work from UIW students, staff, and faculty for publication in Quirk 2013. For more information and submission details, visit Quirk online at or contact Dr. Tanja Stampfl at

Crunch Hour Lib
Clare Fortino, library student assistant, and Mary Jinks, director of technical services, served cookies, hot chocolate, and coffee to UIW students to aid them in their study efforts in the foyer of the Mabee Library on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Mabee Library and IT have extended regular service hours in the library and the media center, before and after, in order to provide additional study and research opportunities. The library will provide complimentary chocolate candy during this time. Complimentary cookies, hot chocolate and coffee will also be provided in the Media Center on Monday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m.

Extended hours for the library are as follows: 
Friday, Dec. 7, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-midnight
Monday, Dec.10-Wednesday, Dec.12, 7 a.m.-2 a.m.

Extended hours for the media center are as follows:
Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.                  
Sunday, Dec. 9, noon-midnight
Monday, Dec. 10 – Wednesday, Dec.12, 8-12 a.m.

For more info, contact Leticia Martinez at (210) 832-2119 or

RSVP for Sometime Singers-Players: Baccalaureate Mass and 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 mgokelma@uiwtx.eduor at Ext. 3207, or contact Dr. Glenn James at or Ext. 2717.

  • Fall BaccalaureateMass: Saturday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Convocation Center (warm-up begins at 4:45 p.m.) Please attend two of the three rehearsals: Tuesday, Dec. 11 (vocalists), Wednesday, Dec. 12 (instrumentalists) and Thursday, Dec. 13 (vocalists and instrumentalists). All rehearsals are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel.RSVP by Friday, Dec. 7.For questions about the rehearsal schedule, contact (210) 832-3207.
  • Christmas EveMass: Saturday, Dec. 24 at 5:30 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel/Admin. Bldg. (warm-up begins at 4:00 p.m.) Please plan to attend at leasttwoof the three rehearsals: Monday, Dec. 17, Tuesday, Dec. 18 or Thursday, Dec. 20 andthe final rehearsal on Sunday, Dec. 23. All rehearsals are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel.RSVP by Monday, Dec. 10.For questions about the rehearsal schedule, contact (210) 832-3207.

Blackboard Representatives to Demo Bb Enhancements
On Monday, Dec. 10, Blackboard Representatives will be on campus to demo the upcoming enhancements to Blackboard Learn for faculty and staff. The event will take place from 10-11 a.m. and has been moved to Marian Hall Ballroom. Coffee and water will be provided and we will be raffling off an iPad to one lucky winner. Please RSVP by e-mailing Terry Peak at

Faculty Focus

RSO appoints new Externship Program Director
Dr. Carolyn Majcher has been appointed as Externship Program Director at the Rosenberg School of Optometry (RSO). In her newly appointed position, Majcher will be responsible for assigning 4th year optometry students to external clinical training sites where they will further refine their skills while working alongside experts in the field. The externship program at the Rosenberg School of Optometry consists of 40 sites, both national and international, including various veterans affairs hospitals, referral centers, military bases, and private practices.

High Schools

Breakfast with Santa
The IWHS Alumnae association is hosting a Breakfast with Santa, Dec. 8, 9 a.m. - noon, in the IWHS cafeteria loft. Children and families are invited to come in pajamas or favorite Christmas outfit, enjoy a pancake breakfast, make and take crafts, listen to Christmas stories and have a photo taken with Jolly Old St. Nick. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets at the door will be $12 for adults and $8 for children. For more information, call (210) 829-3103.

IWHS Madrigal's Alumnae Christmas Concert
Please join us Saturday, Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word as the Madrigal Alumnae present "Unto Us A Child Is Born," a Christmas Concert benefiting the Mary Ninfa Ozuna '79 Scholarship Endowment. Admission is $8. For tickets, contact Stephanie Denning at Space is limited.

SACHS Christmas Eve Mass
SACHS - Alumni Association will have Christmas Eve Mass on Monday, Dec. 24 at SACHS Chapel, 10 p.m.-11 p.m. For more info, contact Alejandro Calderon at (210) 832-5632 or

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Sr. Dorothy Batto’s Bake Sale and Christmas Market
Join Sr. Dorothy Botto for a Bake Sale with many tasty treats and a Christmas Market featuring a variety of gifts such as candles, wreaths, ornaments and more on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m-5 p.m., in The Sacred Garden (lower level of the Chapel of the Incarnate Word). The event will include a Sacred Garden Christmas Raffle with 18 items up for winning; the drawing will be held at The Sacred Garden on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. You do not need to be present to win (Donation: $2 each or 6 for $10). For more info, contact (210) 824-5332.

Headwaters Volunteer Opportunities
The Headwaters Coalition is hosting a Volunteer Work Day in the Headwaters Sanctuary on Sat., Dec. 8 and 15, 8-11 a.m. Come prepared to learn about the Sanctuary and for work in the woods: long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toe shoes. Headwaters volunteers are eligible for off campus community service hours. Plus, getting involved in the Headwaters project is a great way to expand your horizons and get to know more intimately this place we call “home” here at Incarnate Word.  We’ll meet at the main trailhead behind the baseball fields. For more information, contact Helen Ballew at (210) 825-2224 or

Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • The Ursuline Sisters and the family of Sr. Muriel Rose Boyle, OSU (BA ’68) on her recent death.
  • Daniel Felter on the recent loss of his wife, and Demetrio & Sylvia Ruiz on the recent loss of their daughter, Roxanna Diane Ruiz-Felter (IWHS ’94).
  • Tiffany Freiger (BBA ’00, MBA ’06) & family on the loss of her husband, Jon Michael Freiger.
  • The family of Clare Lawler Garison (BA ’40) on her recent death.
  • Mary and Jim deBrueys & family on the recent loss of her mother, Mary T. White Heffron (UNDCLRD ’50).
  • The family of Dorothy Annette Mills Rheinlander (BSN ’83) on her recent death.
  • Anthony Sanchez & family on the recent loss of his wife, Irma Iliana Garcia-Sanchez (MA ’08).
  • Alice (BA ’78) and Paul Sueltenfuss & family on the recent loss of his father, Gerald Thomas Sueltenfuss.
  • Bill Thode & family on the recent loss of his wife, Maureen Jean Thode (IWHS ’58).
  • Margaret Murnane Yoxall (UNDCLRD ’53) & family on the recent loss of her husband, G. Patrick Yoxall.

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