The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: November 22, 2013

Photo of the Week

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Dr. Louis Agnese, Jr., UIW president, serves a student at the 2013 President’s Spaghetti Dinner in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Administrators, faculty and staff volunteered to serve students at the event. The annual UIW tradition is a way of saying “thank you” to students for making the university such a special and enriching place.


Our Lady’s Chapel

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

Mass in Remembrance of President John F. Kennedy
University of the Incarnate Word Mission and Ministry marks the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy with a remembrance during the noon Mass Friday in Our Lady's Chapel on Nov. 22. Dr. Roger Barnes, professor of sociology and criminal justice, will offer brief commemorative words at the end of the service. See the link below about the legacy of the first Catholic President. Stop by the 1st floor of the Administration Building to see the photo of Kennedy receiving a bouquet of yellow roses for Jacqueline Kennedy from the Student Government President when they passed by the Administration Building on the day before he was assassinated. For info, contact Brenda Dimas at 210-829-3128 or

Reminder: Light the Way Mass Cancelled
Due to the construction projects both on and surrounding campus, the traditional Light the Way Mass in Our Lady’s Chapel will not be held this year.

Thanksgiving Ecumenical Prayer Service
The Office of University Mission and Ministry invites the UIW community to prayerfully reflect and give thanks at the Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Prayer Service held in Our Lady’s Chapel at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25. For more info, contact Rev. Trevor Alexander at 210-829-3130 or

Fall 2013 Baccalaureate Mass
Fall 2013 Baccalaureate Mass will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7, 5 p.m., at Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center. For more information, please visit or contact Campus Ministry at 210-829-3128.

Catholic Relief Services for victims of Typhoon Haiyan
Typhoon Haiyan caused massive destruction to both the Philippines and Vietnam. As concerned and enlightened “global citizens” we recognize our need to respond in solidarity to those in desperate need.

If you would like to make a contribution to Catholic Relief Services, the Office of Mission and Ministry will be happy to receive the donation and forward it to Catholic Relief Services. If you prefer to donate directly to Catholic Relief Services, visit Office of Mission and Ministry is located in AD 147. For information, please contact Brenda Dimas at 210-829-3128 or

Thank you for considering this request.We are all one human family, and all experience pain and suffering. And Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me” (Mt. 25:45).

The Honors Program, Residence Life and Campus Ministry are teaming up with other student organizations to also collect donations for the relief fund of Typhoon Haiyan victims through the end of the semester. Please be generous as you can should you encounter a student on campus requesting a donation. We are accepting cash and checks made out to Catholic Relief Services or to the Red Cross. You may also contact Jean Loden at or Paul Huron at to coordinate pick-up/delivery of your donation.


2013 Light the Way-Inclement Weather Change
Due to inclement weather, this year’s Light the Way scheduled for Sat. Nov. 23 will move from Benson Stadium to the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center located on the UIW campus. The Convocation Center holds approximately 2000 guests, so guests are encouraged to arrive early. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. event. For those guests unable to make it to the event, the event will be streamed live at The evening will conclude with the flipping of the switch and a fireworks finale. The candle light procession through campus will not be held but the cookie and cocoa reception sponsored by Sodexo and H-E-B will be held under a tent outside the Convocation Center. The event is FREE and open to the public. For information, call 210-829-6001 or visit

2013 President’s Spaghetti Dinner Photos

Agnese stirs the spaghetti sauce in Marian Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 20 in preparation for this year’s dinner.

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(Pictured L-R) Dr. Renee Moore, dean of campus life; Janine Chavez, campus life office coordinator; Paul Ayala, director of university events and student programs; Diana Sanchez, director of residence life; and Paulina Mazurek, assistant director of university events and student programs; pose in Marian Hall Café. On Tuesday, Nov. 19, administrators, faculty and staff members volunteered to roll both meatballs and silverware for this year’s President’s Spaghetti Dinner.    

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Volunteers pause for a photo during the rolling of meatballs in preparation for the spaghetti dinner.

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(Pictured L-R) David Allwein, assistant director of student health services; Dan Ochoa, dean of university preparatory programs; and Sr. Walter Maher, CCVI, vice president for University Mission and Ministry; take a moment for a photo while volunteering at the spaghetti dinner.

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Jim Waller, instructor of music, and his jazz band entertain students during the spaghetti dinner.

(Pictured L-R) Dr. Carlos Garcia, dean of the School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering, and Marcos Fragoso, vice president for international programs, serve salad at this year’s dinner.

2013 Christmas Reception
All full-time employees are invited to the 2013 Christmas Reception hosted by Dr. and Mrs. Louis J. Agnese, Jr. on Friday, Dec. 6, 3-6 p.m. in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room (5th floor). Join the fun with music, photos and cash prizes! Hors d'oeuvres and desserts will be served. R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, Dec. 3, online at:

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(Pictured L-R) Development Officer Stephanie Rodriguez and student Marysa Ramirez distributed information about the Senior Class Campaign during the Graduation Finale held in the McCombs Rosenberg Sky Room on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

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Johnny Garcia, Jr., assistant director of graduate admissions, poses for a photo at the Graduate Admissions booth during the Graduation Finale.

Fall 2013 Commencement
Fall 2013 Commencement for all December 2013 candidates will take place on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m., at Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E. Houston, San Antonio, TX. Tickets are required for admission. For more information, please visit or contact the Office of the Registrar at 210-829-6006.

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UIW Rock’n Red Birds participate in the 2013 San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll Marathon & 1/2 Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 17.

(Pictured L-R) Tamiris Nascimento, graduate assistant and guest speaker; Mark Papich, director of athletics; and Scott LeBlanc, assistant director of athletic training facilities; take a moment for a photo during the Lunch and Learn held in Marian Hall Ballroom on Thursday, Nov. 21. During the event, sponsored by the Wellness Committee, Nascimento provided food safety tips and information on easy ways to use food labels for healthy eating.   

Department News

VP Information Services Candidate Interviews
On Monday, Nov. 25, William Senter, candidate for VP Information Services, will be on campus for interviews. He is scheduled to meet with administrators and staff at 1:15 p.m. and deans and faculty at 2:15 p.m. Both sessions will take place in the Library Special Collections Room. These two sessions are open for anyone to attend, particularly those who have scheduling conflicts with their designated group’s time.

Blackboard User’s Group
The Blackboard User’s Group was formed this year to demonstrate and provide training for new Blackboard tools. Like the iPad User’s group, Blackboard users can share experiences and best practices regarding Blackboard integration. All are welcome to join the Blackboard User’s Group or attend demonstration and training sessions. Contact Terry Peak at to become a member or register for a training session. Next training session:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.– 2 p.m.: Blackboard Walk-in Training Sessions

Finalize your Grade Center or learn a new Blackboard skill before starting the Christmas break. Come over to AD 221 – no appointment necessary.

Extended Academic Programs

EAP VP Guest Presenter at Development Board Meeting
Dr. Cyndi Porter, vice president, Extended Academic Programs (EAP), was the guest presenter at the UIW Development Board meeting at the Quarry Golf Club on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Her presentation was Adult Education with a UIW Twist.

Community News

UIW in the News (click the link below to view)

UIW Travel Agent Notice
Gail Genthner, UIW travel agent, will be away from the office Tuesday, Nov. 26 through Tuesday, Dec 03 at 9 a.m. She will not be able to help with travel arrangements during thist time.

R.S.V.P. for Sometime Singers-Players
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 R.S.V.P. by the deadline. To R.S.V.P. 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. 3940.

Fall Baccalaureate Mass: Saturday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. at the Convocation Center (warm-up begins at 3:45 p.m.) Please attend two of the three rehearsals:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 3 (vocalists only),
  • Wednesday, Dec. 4 (instrumentalists only)
  • Thursday, Dec. 5 (vocalists and instrumentalists)

All rehearsals are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Our Lady's Chapel. R.S.V.P. by Friday, Nov. 29. For questions about the rehearsal schedule, contact 210-832-3207.

Christmas Eve Mass: Saturday, Dec. 24 at 5:30 p.m. in Our Lady's Chapel/Admin. Bldg. (warm-up begins at 4 p.m.) Please plan to attend at least three of the four rehearsals:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 10
  • Thursday, Dec. 1
  • Tuesday, Dec. 17
  • Thursday, Dec. 19
  • Monday, Dec. 23 (final rehearsal)

All rehearsals are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, Dec. 4. For questions about the rehearsal schedule, contact 210-832-3207.

2013 United Way Campaign
The 2013 United Way Campaign is currently underway. The campaign will run the entire month of November and will end on Dec. 2. All donations can be payroll deducted starting Jan. 1, 2014. Any amount helps support our community. Donate today and be eligible to win great prizes! Please visit UIW’s United Way Campaign website at view the list of incentives and how your donation makes a difference.

Parking Notice
In preparation for Light the Way, there will be no parking today thru noon on Sunday, Nov. 24 between the Tennis Courts & Benson Stadium all the way to the Avoca Residences. There will also be no parking in the lot between Agnese Way and the Tennis Courts. Those areas will be blocked off and students/faculty/staff/guests found parking there could receive a ticket and potentially have their car towed at their expense. There will be signs posted as a reminder starting Monday, Nov. 18.

Light the Way Toy Donation Drive benefiting Elf Louise Project
From Monday, Nov. 11-Friday, Nov. 22 bring any new unwrapped toy(s) to any of the donation stations listed below to benefit the Elf Louise Project. There will also be two donation tents at this year's Light the Way on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium.

Donation stations:

  • St. Peter's Elementary (Cafeteria, Annex and Primary)
  • St. Anthony's Catholic HS Library
  • UIW Administration Building-basement level
  • Marian Hall Student Center
  • Mabee Library foyer
  • Feik School of Pharmacy-2nd floor
  • School of Physical Therapy (Saidoff Center)
  • Rosenberg School of Optometry
  • UIW Wellness Center.

For more information, contact the UIW Office of Public Relations at 210-829-6001.

Appeal for the Faculty Refresh Laptops for the VITA Program
The Volunteers in Tax Assistance (VITA) Program has been relocated to JB 126 and has need for approximately 14 used laptops. If you have recently (or not so recently) participated in the faculty laptop refresh program, your donation would be greatly appreciated. The VITA Program provides free income tax preparation for the low income and elderly of our community. Our volunteers logged approximately 1900 community service hours last year. The VITA Program assisted nearly 350 taxpayers. Our clients are our students, staff, and the community. A laptop in any condition is welcome. Thank you for your consideration.

Cardinal Employee Boot Camp Training
The UIW Wellness Committee is offering Cardinal Employee Boot Camp Training for all UIW, IWHS and SACHS employees. The sessions held every Monday and Wednesday from 6-7 a.m. in the UIW Wellness Center are led by Dr. Alexander Hutchison and will continue through Dec. 4. There is a $50 monthly charge made by cash or check. Checks can be made out to TejasFit or Dr. Alexander Hutchison. Receipt will be provided upon request via email. Monthly fee will be pro-rated according to first day of participation. For more info, please contact Dr. Alexander Hutchison at 210-829-3182 or Please R.S.V.P. at

TRiO Student Support Services
TRiO Student Support Services will once again be working with women and families in transition by collecting and assembling cup care packages now through Dec. 2.
“Cup Runneth Over” is a way in which the faculty, administrators, and staff can give something back to those experiencing difficulties in their lives. Please consider donating:

• Mugs in good condition

• Hotel toiletries

• Toothbrushes and small toothpastes

• Individually wrapped tea bags or packets of hot chocolate

• Any other small item that would be appropriate and helpful

You can deliver these items to our TRiO Lab, AD 225, or call 210-805-5812, if you should need assistance with pickup. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Faculty Focus

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(Pictured L-R) Sr. Margaret Patrice Slattery, CCVI, UIW president emerita; Sr. Elia Rosas, CCVI; Sr. Germaine Corbin, CCVI, instructor of theatre arts; Sr. Kathleen Coughlin, CCVI, vice president for institutional advancement; Sr. Teresa Stanley, CCVI; Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, professor of religious studies; and Sr. Dorothy Ettling, CCVI, director of the Center for Civic Leadership; share a photo with Dr. Caroline Spana (seated), assistant professor of nursing, who is retiring after 50 years with UIW. On Tuesday, Nov. 19, a retirement celebration was held for her in the Nursing Building foyer.  

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On Wednesday, Nov. 20, Dr. Héctor Pérez, associate professor of English, Sr. Margaret Patrice Slattery chair in English (2012-2015), presented the Slattery Lecture, a formal talk, which focused on Sonia Sotomayor's memoir titled “My Beloved World” from the perspective of recent theories of narratology in Mabee Library’s Special Collections Suite. 

DSE Faculty Candidate Meet and Greet
The UIW community is invited to attend meet and greet sessions scheduled for the three faculty candidates being considered to join the Dreeben School of Education Doctoral Program (Organizational Leadership). The schedule for meet and greet sessions is as follows:

  • Dr. Lori Kupczynski, Monday, Nov. 25, 1-1:30 p.m., GB 120
  • Dr. Reginald Nichols, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1-1:30 p.m., GB 120

For info, contact Dr. Noah Kasraie at 210-829-3133 or

Writing Your Teaching Statement
Dr. Barbara Millis will present Writing Your Teaching Statement on Monday, Dec. 9, 9:30 a.m.-noon, in Mabee Library’s Special Collections Suite. Writing a teaching philosophy serves practical purposes. At UIW, candidates for promotion and tenure include one in their packets and many schools request them as part of the annual Faculty Self Inventory. Just as important, writing a teaching statement helps clarify thoughts about how one is teaching. Please register online at  or contact Kathy Allwein at 210-283-5030 or

High Schools

IWHS High School Placement Test
Incarnate Word High School is offering the High School Placement Test on Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. – noon.  Please arrive at 8:30 a.m. at Incarnate Word High School, 727 E. Hildebrand Ave., San Antonio, Texas 78212. Cost: $15. Pre-registration is required. For more info, contact Annette Zahirniak at (210) 829-3123 or

Shadow a Shamrock
The IWHS shadowing program is an excellent opportunity for 8th graders to experience a full day of campus life and get to know more about our school community. Student will obtain a personal look at Incarnate Word’s impressive single-gender environment and will leave with an inquiring mind, confidence in her own self-worth and the empowerment to make a difference.Typical shadow days are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.Lunch will be provided. Visitors should wear their school uniform or other appropriate attire. Contact Annette Zahirniak, IWHS director of enrollment, at 210-829-3123 or by email at for more information or to set up a Shadowing Day at IWHS.

IWHS Annual Poinsettia Sale
Don't miss the annual Christmas Poinsettia Sale sponsored by the IWHS Campus Ministry Office. Cost is $12, however if you order 10 or more cost is only $10 per plant. Poinsettias are delivered in a 6-inch decorative foil pot with a handy carry sleeve to make transporting home a snap. Deadline to order is Friday, Dec. 6. Delivery is Wednesday, Dec. 11 at IWHS. For details, contact IWHS Director of Campus Ministry Audra Cardona at 210-829-3121. Proceeds benefit IWHS Campus Ministry. 

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Angel of Hope Annual Candlelight Vigil
UIW will host one of San Antonio’s Angel of Hope annual candlelight vigils at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, at the Angel of Hope statue near the Grotto. Every year, a candlelight vigil is held to remember and honor all children who have died. The ceremony will include a special message, music, candle lighting, and laying of flowers at the base of the statue. Honor our children in heaven by bringing a monetary donation for the Texas Children's Choir. For more information, contact the San Antonio Angel of Hope Foundation at 210-651-1904 or or visit

John Jay Science & Engineering Academy - Science and Engineering Fair
The John Jay Science & Engineering Academy is hosting its annual Science and Engineering Fair onSaturday, Dec. 7 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.and is seeking volunteers to serve as judges for the fair. Nearly 300 judges are required to provide feedback to students. The school fair is one of the largest of its kind in the state of Texas and the nation and includes nearly 700 students presenting their scientific research. Additionally, St. Mary's University and the University of the Incarnate Word reward top students at the local fair with $560,000 in scholarships each year. To learn more about the fair and to register as a judge, click on the following link Your support at this event will make a positive difference in the life of a young adult and support STEM education.


Our Sympathy & Prayers Go To:

  • Mary Helen “Pinkie” Pinner (IWHS ’42, BA ’46) & family on the recent loss of her nephew, Patrick Devine.
  • Sandra Henke & family on the recent loss of her husband, Raymond Otto Henke (Former IWHS Faculty).
  • The family of Wilma J. Stanfield Jones (BA ‘38) on her recent death.
  • Virginia & Don Beeler (UIW Friends) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Virginia Fischer Martin.

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