The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Dec. 9, 2011

Photo of the Week

UIW President Dr. Louis Agnese, and Dr. Patricia A. Watkins, author of “Lou: From Brooklyn to Broadway, The University of the Incarnate Word’s 25 Years with Dr. Louis J. Agnese Jr.” sign a copy of the book for Dr. Alba DeLeon, alumna of UIW's Ph.D. program, at the Twig Book Shop signing event held Thursday, Dec. 7. Those attending the Christmas Party on Monday, Dec. 12 will be able to purchase the book and have their copies signed. The book is available for $24 at the UIW Bookstore until Jan. 31. For more information, contact 210-829-6056.


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

    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. Please note: The Christmas Eve Mass is the Vigil Mass for Christmas Day; therefore there will be no Christmas Day Mass on Sunday, Dec, 25. Additionally, there is no Midnight Mass. For more information, contact Beth Villarreal at


The McNair Scholars Fall Luncheon was held Friday, Dec. 2.UIW President Dr. Louis Agnese addressed guests, and scholars. Mentors and other supporting UIW community members were honored.

Commencement Ceremonies and Baccalaureate Mass
UIW will celebrate the fall class of 2011 at two commencement ceremonies. A ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 in the Convocation Center and will honor graduates of the university’s masters and Ph.D. programs. The Baccalaureate Mass begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Convocation Center. The ceremony honoring undergraduate students will follow at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at Benson Stadium. Commencement will also be broadcast online beginning 15 minutes prior to the event and will be made available at or at

Scarf and Tie Sale
The Ninth Annual Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair will host a scarf and tie sale from 2-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at Dubuis Hall around the faculty get together before graduation. The scarves were designed by UIW students and faculty, and range in prices from $10-$30. For more information, contact Lee Ann Waltz at or ext. 2191.

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


Extended Academic Programs

EAP Enters New Partnerships
The Division of Extended Academic Programs is entering into a variety of partnerships. Education Dynamics is a private company that helps institutions market, recruit, enroll and retain students. In the very short time the program has been up and running for EAP it has been quite successful, sending us 15 qualified applicants. Ivy Bridge College, a department at Tiffin University in Ohio, is called America’s Transfer College. Students complete an associate’s degree through Ivy Bridge then move on to guaranteed acceptance at a four-year school that has partnered with Ivy Bridge. Extended Academic Programs will be their newest partner.

Community News

The Headwaters Coalition recently invited the UIW community to attend “Land Use Changes through Time: The Sisters’ Original 283.” The presentation shared the visual story of changes in the land since 1897 and the importance of saving the last remains of the original 283 acres: the 53-acre Headwaters Sanctuary.

UIW in the News

Volunteers Needed for Headwaters Coalition Work Day
Students, faculty and staff are invited to volunteer for the Headwaters Coalition Volunteer Work Day at the Headwaters Sanctuary from 2-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. 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. Headwaters volunteers are eligible for off-campus community service hours. Taking part in the Headwaters project is an excellent opportunity to learn about the Sanctuary and get to know the place we all call “home” at Incarnate Word. For more information, contact Helen Ballew at 210-828-2224, ext. 232 or at

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

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

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. The Angel Tree will be located in the foyer leading to Our Lady’s Chapel 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.

Create a Garment for Annual Red Dress Fashion Show
The UIW community is invited to be a part of the Ninth Annual Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair by submitting a garment for possible use in the fashion show scheduled for Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. Those interested should submit garments by Tuesday, Jan. 17. Garments can be any size, but must be the original pattern. Prizes will be presented for first, second, and third place. For more information, contact Dr. Melinda Adams at or at 210-805-1204.

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

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

Pictured (L-R) Rossana Hernandez, president of the Incarnate Word High School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and Margaret Garcia, associate director of public relations at UIW, IWHS alumna and PTO vice president, at the IWHS Alumnae Association Winter Wine and Social Bazaar held Friday, Dec. 2 at La Madeleine.

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

IWHS Madrigals present, “All Hearts Come Home for Christmas”
The IWHS Madrigal Alumnae Concert will present “All Hearts Come Home for Christmas,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22 at Chapel of the Incarnate Word. Tickets will be $8 at the door. All proceeds benefit the Mary Ann de la Garza Endowment Fund. For more information, contact the IWHS Development Office at 210-832-2143.

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Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • Grace (UIW Payroll) & Martin De Jesus & family on the recent loss of her mother, Eva R. Castro.
  • The family of Susan Nuelle Crandell (UNDCLD ’65) on her recent death.
  • Simon Cornelius & family on the recent loss of his wife, Florine Ann Cornelius (Former UIW Board of Trustees).
  • The family of Lillian Ann Drake (BA ’59) on her recent death.
  • Carolyn Duffin (IWHS ’47) on the recent loss of her husband; and Mike & Diane Duffin Taylor (IWHS ’86) on the recent loss of her father, Jack L. Duffin (Brackenridge Villa restoration architect).
  • Kristin (BBA ’05) & Robert D. Tips (UIW Friends) & family on the recent loss of his father, Frederick Julius Tips, Jr.

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