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THE WEEK THAT WAS: December 6, 2013

Photo of the Week

Dr. Louis Agnese, Jr., UIW president, speaks during the 27th Annual Light the Way held at the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center on Nov. 23. Sponsored in partnership with H-E-B, special guests for the evening included H-E-B’s Director of Public Affairs Dya Campos, T-Bone from the San Antonio Rampage, and Santa and Mrs. Claus who entered the Convocation Center accompanied by angels from UIW’s Brainpower elementary schools. KSAT Anchors Isis Romero and Steve Spriester served as emcees for this year’s Light the Way. The audience enjoyed performances by UIW’s Chorale; Cardinal Marching Band; the UIW dance team;St. Anthony Catholic High School Jazz Band; choirs from Incarnate Word High School (IWHS), St. Anthony Catholic School and St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Catholic School; and the Brainpower Dance Team. UIW’s Institute of World Cultures Lion Dance Team surprised the crowd with the traditional Lion Dance for the Chinese New Year. Tejano Music Legend Patsy Torres headlined the event.  


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

Advent Salvation History Story:  Passover, the feast of redemption:  God will protect his people on their journey – Dec. 6

Excerpt from The Stories of the Old Testament:  A Catholic’s Guide by Jim Campbell (Loyola Press, 2007).  Posted with permission of Loyola Press.  Visit for more resources to nurture your faith.

Baccalaureate Mass – Inclement Weather Plan
Please note the change in arrangements for the Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2014.

  • Graduates – Line up outside, under the Benson Stadium bleachers next to the McDermott Convocation Center will begin at 4:30 pm. The procession will begin promptly at 4:45 pm. Please consider dressing warmly under your graduation gown.
  • Faculty – Please gather in the foyer of the Natatorium by 4:30 pm. You will be directed at 4:45 pm to follow the graduate procession into the McDermott Convocation Center.
  • General Public & Guests – Doors to the McDermott Convocation Center will open at 4:00pm for general seating.

University Mission & Ministry staff will be present to provide assistance.

Advent Reflection Series
Advent Reflection Series: "Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths." Mission and Ministry invites you to twenty minute reflections on the meaning of Advent each Monday in December at 5 p.m. in the Heritage Room, AD 155. Pause and reflect with us Dec. 9, 16, and 23 on traditions of the season and prepare for a most blessed Christmas.

Christmas Eve Mass
Christmas Eve Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 5:30 p.m. in Our Lady's Chapel (Administration Building). Pre-Service music will begin at 5 p.m. For info, contact Elisabeth  Villarreal at 210-829-2736 or


Light the Way 2013 Photos

Despite the inclement weather, over 5500 guests attended Light the Way.

UIW's Institute of World Cultures Lion Dance Team performs the Lion Dance during Light the Way.

Light the Way culminated in a fireworks finale after the official switch was flipped to illuminate the campus. Mariachi Las Coronelas entertained the crowd at a complimentary reception hosted by H-E-B and Sodexo.

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. UIWtv link for the live-stream feed from the fall commencement: 

UIW Holiday 4-Point Play
As a special holiday offering from Dr. David Jurenovich, vice president for enrollment management and student services, the UIW Ticket Office is offering a ticket package for any upcoming UIW basketball games (men or women), now through Jan. 1.

UIW Holiday 4-Point Play includes:
(4) tickets (general admission)
(4) hot dogs
(4) drinks
Cost: $44.00

UIW Faculty and Staff members can purchase this package and receive reserved chair-back seats instead of general admission. You can purchase this holiday special by calling or visiting the UIW Ticket Office located adjacent to the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center at 210-805-3000.

(Pictured L-R) Lisa Ping-Hui Tsao Lin, E.M.B.A., president and CEO, Texas Health and Science University (THSU), and Douglas Endsley, UIW vice president of business and finance, pose at the signing of an agreement between UIW and THSU. UIW welcomed THSU, an Austin-based institution, to San Antonio at a press conference on Monday, Dec. 2. THSU, formerly the Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is scheduled to begin offering acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine classes at UIW’s Debbie and Naty Saidoff Center in 2014. 

Red the Cardinal; Paulina Mazurek, assistant director of university events and student programs; Margaret Garcia, associate director of public relations; UIW students; Larry Loden, instructor of music; and members of the UIW Marching Band; prepare for this year’s Holiday River Parade at the San Antonio River Walk. The group represented UIW on the float “Three Ships.”

Department News

Spring Training Events
Instructional Technology will be hosting training events in Spring 2014. To view the schedule of the spring training opportunities, visit  For more info, contact Terry Peak at 210-829-3920 or

Extended Academic Programs

EAP hosted its annual Christmas event this past Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the Club at Sonterra. Pictured are some of the members of the leadership team: (L-R) David Stein, EAP director of accreditation and assessment; Jill Stanislawski, EAP coordinator of admissions; Shirley Caldera, ADCaP director of operations for San Antonio; Jon Lovejoy, EAP director of strategic initiatives; and Christy Wisely, EAP director of operations.

UIW Prep Spring 2014 Enrollment
UIW Prep is now enrolling for Spring 2014. The first spring session of regular courses (core, honors, Pre-AP, AP) will begin Jan. 6; dual credit courses will begin on Jan. 20. Every course offering is 100 percent online. For more information, please contact our admissions office at 210-805-3013,, or visit our website at The registration deadline is Friday, Dec. 13. Contact us today!

Community News

The Center for Veterans Affairs would like to congratulate our December 2013 student veteran graduates. In honor of their service to our nation, 74 UIW Veterans Tribute Stoles were awarded to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students attending main campus, EAP, and the professional programs. Join us in wishing them the best as they cross the stage and in their future successes.

The UIW Student Nurses Association (SNA) and Sigma Theta Tau collected over 2000 lbs. of green beans for the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner. The canned food collection was picked up by the Jimenez family on Friday, Nov. 22.

On Thursday, Dec. 5 in the Nursing Building, the UIW Student Nurses Association (SNA) made bracelets and 300 mini gingerbread houses for children and homeless to decorate at the upcoming Haven for Hope Child Care Party and Haven for Hope Prospect Courtyard Party. On Dec. 12, Sigma Theta Tau International Delta Alpha at Large Chapter and the SNA will have their third annual party for the 240 children who live at Haven for Hope. On Dec. 13, the SNA from UIW will hold their first annual party for Prospect Courtyard (Center of HOPE) next to Haven for Hope; 600-700 people sleep there each night. In addition, SNA will be building a diaper tree and a blanket/scarf/mitten tree. If you would like to donate diapers, blankets, scarfs or mittens or if you would like donate a child's gift or donate any items such as thick socks, toiletries, healthy snacks for the homeless bags (plastic reusable bags or plastic tie string bags), please contact Yvonne Davila at 210-213-0232.

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

UIW Bookstore Friends and Family Event
Generous discounts on UIW Bookstore clothing and gift items will be provided to the UIW community Dec. 11-12. For more info, contact Anne Richards at 210-829-6056 or

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.

Faculty Focus

Professors to present in Turkey
Dr. Timothy Henrich, professor of human performance, and Dr. Gregory Soukup, associate professor of human performance, will be presenting in Istanbul, Turkey during the holidays. They will be giving research presentations on Obesity and Bullying in the Sport and Physical Education Environment.

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

Led by Mary De La Garza, faculty member and fine arts department chair of IWHS, IWHS Madrigals sing during Light the Way 2013.

St. Anthony Jazz Band performs during this year’s Light the Way event.

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. 

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.

Breakfast with Santa
The IWHS Alumnae association is hosting a Breakfast with Santa, Saturday, Dec.14, 9 a.m.-noon in the IWHS cafeteria loft. Participants are invited to come in pajamas or favorite Christmas outfit, enjoy a pancake breakfast, make and take crafts, listen to Christmas stories and bring your own camera for special photo opportunities with Ol’ St. Nick and in our outdoor winter wonderland. R.S.V.P. by Thursday, Dec. 12 by calling or mailing a check to IWHS Breakfast w/Santa to 727 E. Hildebrand, San Antonio, Texas 78212. 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 or to phone in your R.S.V.P., call 210-829-3103.

Madrigals Alumnae Christmas Concert
Don't miss the 2013 IWHS Madrigal Alumnae Concert, Sunday, Dec. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word.  Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the door.  This year the concert will benefit a special scholarship named for these talented women who have raised $75,000 benefitting other IWHS scholarship. Sponsorship opportunities honoring your favorite Madrigal are available. For tickets to the event or for more information please contact Stephanie Denning at 210-832-2143 or by email at

SACHS High School Placement Test
St. Anthony is offering the High School Placement Test on Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Please arrive at 8:15 a.m. at St. Anthony, 3200 McCullough Ave., San Antonio, Texas 78212. Cost: $15. Pre-registration is required. For more info, contact St. Anthony Admissions at 210-832-5698 or register on-line at

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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

Our Sympathy & Prayers Go To:

  • Adela Gott (MA ’99) & family on the recent loss of her father, Robert Allen Gott, Sr.
  • Rosario Flores Garcia (BA ’63), Gloria Flores Dickinson (BS ’64) and their families on the loss of their sister, Marilu Flores Gruben (BA ’66).
  • The family of, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, and the entire UIW community on the recent loss of Sr. Magdalen Hession, CCVI (BSN ’59).
  • Rachelle Neuman (BA '86)& family on the recent loss of her husband, Sterling Samuel Neuman.
  • Cheryl (UIW Dean of Library Svcs.) and Bruce Anderson & family on the recent loss of her father, Thomas John Quinlan.
  • James Smith & family on the recent loss of his wife, Lois Parkhouse Smith (Former IWC Director of Planned Giving).
  • Dick McCracken (Hon. Ph.D '05) & family on the recent loss of his brother-in-law, Joseph Charles Tardi (UIW Friend).
  • Lucia Urso Welch (BA '74) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Ruth L. Urso.

The University of the Incarnate Word provides reasonable accommodation with adequate notice. To request disability accommodation for events listed in this newsletter, visit