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THE WEEK THAT WAS: December 21, 2012

Photo of the Week

Grad Dec 2012
UIW conferred degrees to graduates at a commencement ceremony held Sunday, Dec. 16 in the Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum.The commencement honored the over 900 students who completed their degree either in August or at the end of the fall semester. Seven hundred fifty students participated in Sunday’s ceremony.Sixty-eight were veterans who were awarded the UIW Veterans Tribute Stole.


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

Ringing of the Chapel Bell at 9:30 a.m. this morning for the lives lost in Connecticut
At 9:30 this morning, we will be joining Churches and communities around the country as we toll our Chapel bell for the lives lost in Connecticut one week ago. If you would like to share this moment with others, we will gather in  the Incarnate Word Chapel foyer (around the Holy Water fount). If you cannot, or prefer not to join in person; we ask that you observe a moment of silence as we toll the bell.

Advent Scriptural Reflection: Friday, Dec. 21
“O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord.”  Is 3:5

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. A Pre-service program will begin at 5 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. 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.   


Dr Said Dec Grad\
UIW Moody Professor Dr. Sally Said delivered the commencement address during Sunday’s graduation ceremony. Dr. Said gave a very inspiring speech. If you missed it, the full text is available at:

Nursing PhD
Skyler Salmasi and Elizabeth Martinez Leal, inaugural graduates of the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions’ Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, share a photo during Sunday’s commencement ceremony. The program is directed by Dr. Laura Munoz, director of DNP program and associate professor of nursing at the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing.

IA xmas party
(Pictured Clockwise L-R) Roslyn Grimes, administrative assistant to the vice president of institutional advancement, Stephanie Rodriguez, development officer, Ralph Flanigan, development services data coordinator, Rosie Garcia-Pompa, director of development, Sylvia Kutschenreuter, development office manager, and Sr. Kathleen Coughlin, vice president of institutional advancement, share a photo and show off their holiday spirit during the Institutional Advancement (IA) Christmas Party at the Brackenridge Villa on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

McNair Reception
(Pictured L-R) Dr. Linda Malcom, assistant director of the McNair Scholars Program, Dr. Kevin B. Vichcales, dean of the school of graduate studies and research, and Dr. Roberta M. Leichnitz, director of the McNair Scholars Program, pose for a photo at a farewell reception hosted by the School of Graduate Studies and Research to honor the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Scholars Program staff in recognition of their many years of service to the university community in Mabee Library’s Special Collections Room on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Department News

Blackboard Downtime
Blackboard will be down on Sunday, December 23 for an update to the system. The system will be unavailable from 1:30 AM to 8:30 PM (19 Hours) and will not affect any other systems on campus. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Kenneth Rogers, Blackboard Administrator, at

Blackboard Enhancements
Blackboard will be updated over the Christmas holiday. The main update you will see to Blackboard are design enhancements. You will have a new login page as well as a fresher, cleaner user interface. Please note that how you currently interact with your course (adding content, for example) will remain unchanged. There are also a few new and enhanced tools. For a brief overview of these tools and how best to utilize them in your course, please contact Terry Peak, coordinator of technology training, 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 Christmas Greeting
The staff and leadership of the Division of Extended Academic Programs (EAP) wish all of the UIW Community a healthy, happy and blessed Holiday Season!

Community News

Christmas Greetings from PR
The Office of Public Relations would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  

UIW Construction Update
Friday, Dec. 21 – Please note that the 281 entrance to the UIW Campus will be closed from December 18 through December 23. Thank you for your patience. If you have any questions, please contact the Facilities Department at (210) 829-6023.

Message from The City of San Antonio’s Capital Improvements Management Services Department
This is to announce the start of construction on the Broadway Corridor PH III project.The contractor will work on the traffic signal at Allensworth from Dec 18 to Friday Dec 21.The work will resume on Jan 2, 2013. All of the traffic signal work will be done during the hours of 7:00 to 6:00 daily. There will be lane closures of the right lane to both north and south bound traffic to accomplish the required work. If you have questions, please call John Donnelly, capital project officer, at (210) 207-4019 or e-mail at

2012 UIW Christmas Greeting Online
The UIW Christmas Greeting for 2012 is online: Featuring the UIW Jazz Ensemble, the greeting includes students and faculty and previews the 2013 renovations to the Fine Arts Center.

Faculty Focus

Students and faculty of the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions, organized by nursing faculty member, Yvonne Davila, shared hundreds of holiday gifts, play activities and music with children ranging from infants to teens on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the 2nd Annual Haven for Hope Child Care Christmas party.

Dr. Srihari Narayanan invited to teach Optometry Department of Beuth Hochschule in Berlin
Dr. Srihari Narayanan, associate professor and director of cornea and dry eye service at the Rosenberg School of Optometry (RSO), was invited to teach at the Optometry Department of Beuth Hochschule, Berlin, Germany. He taught 16 Master of Science Optometry students, who will obtain their degrees from Salus University, Pennsylvania. The students originated from four European countries as well as from China. Dr. Narayanan will later participate in mentoring some of these students to perform their research projects.

RSO faculty new hires meet with Dr. Susan Hall
During the Fall 2012 semester, the Center for Teaching and Learning effort at RSO has emphasizednew faculty.This year, the optometry faculty created a checklist of tasks and resources for newly hired faculty, which included a meeting with Dr. Susan Hall. She met individually with each of the newly hired faculty members as they came on campus.The goalsof the meeting were to discuss experiences they could build on as they began their teaching at UIW andto discover at least one resource thatwould be immediatelyhelpful to each. In each case, the follow-up included an article, webpage or other simple resource addressing a teachingissue of concern or interest to each individual. Dr. Hall reports that she learned a tremendous amount about the various forms teaching takes in health care programs. Additionally, once or twice a month Dr. Hall also had open office hours on the RSO campus.

UIW Mobile Tech Research Expands to Austin
UIW mobile tech research expands to businesses in Austin, Texas, for the first time on Dec 19, 2012. Dr. Bo Han, instructor of management information systems at UIW, went to BarZ Adventures, a mobile tech supported location based service company in Austin Texas, and had the first meeting with the management of the company. The purposes of this meeting with the company include: (1) promoting UIW brand and mobile tech research at UIW and (2) requesting potential job positions for students who will graduate from the forthcoming iOS app development class at UIW in Spring 2013. BarZ Adventure agreed that qualified students from the app development class at UIW could be potential summer interns in the company. The professional developers in BarZ Adventure will be technological mentors to UIW student developers. UIW mobile tech researchers and BarZ Adventure will have other collaborations such as programming project research, human resources recruitment from UIW, etc.BarZ Adventures is the industry leader in the development of GPS-activated smartphone application technology. Its iPhone and Android apps are designed to be an interactive map and multimedia experience for users. Current BarZ Adventures customers range from newspapers to scenic byways to college campuses. More update of UIW mobile tech research in action can be found at

High Schools

IWHS Madrigal's Alumnae Christmas Concert
Please join us Saturday, Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. 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, 10-11 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


Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • Charles Batto and family on the recent loss of his wife, Mary Ann Batto (IWHS ’53, BSN ’57).
  • The family of E. B. Castro (UIW Friend) on his recent death.
  • The Sisters of Providence on the recent loss of Sr. Margaret Eileen Croghan, SP (BSN ’53).
  • The family of Judith Ann Garcia Graham (IWHS ’49) on her recent death.


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