The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: December 13, 2013

Photo of the Week

grad 2013 fall
UIW conferred degrees to graduates at a commencement ceremony held Dec. 8 in the Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum. Seven hundred twenty-three students participated in Sunday’s graduation.  


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:  Isaiah’s vision – a Savior is sent to us – Dec. 13

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.

Advent Reflection Series
Advent Reflection Series: "Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths." Mission and Ministry invites you to 20 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. 16 and 23 on traditions of the season and prepare for a most blessed Christmas.

Angel Tree
University Mission & Ministry is once again sponsoring an Angel Tree for our community members who are in need of assistance this Christmas. We invite you to consider sponsoring a child or family of children for this holiday season. If it is a large family you may want to gather a group of people to sponsor the family. The Angel Tree is located in the foyer leading to Our Lady’s Chapel in the Administration Building. It will be displayed through Dec. 18. Please bring items in a holiday bag with the original Angel tag to Mission & Ministry (AD 146 or 147) any time before Wednesday, Dec. 19. Distribution of the items will be Dec. 20 and 21. For more information, please contact Mission & Ministry at 210-829-3128.   

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


xmas party 2013
(Pictured L-R) Monica Cruz, associate director of the Center for Civic Leadership (CCL); Sr. Dorothy Ettling, CCVI, director of the CCL; and Dr. Sharon Herbers, associate professor of teacher education, share a photo at the Employee Christmas Reception on Friday, Dec. 6 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Special thanks to Heather Hamilton, human resources generalist; Shannon Root, senior human resources generalist; and Lorraine Ewers, administrative secretary to the dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; for their efforts in planning the very enjoyable well attended event.   

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.

UIW Men’s Basketball live on CSN
Southland Conference men’s basketball returns to Comcast SportsNet Houston (CSN). The Cardinals’ game against Sam Houston State at home will air live on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. Visit for compete channel listings. CSN is the television home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the Houston Astros, Rockets, and Dynamo, and this season will produce and air live a total of five Southland Conference men’s basketball games.

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 Christmas Greetings
Happy Holidays from the EAP Family! To view EAP’s Christmas greeting, visit

navy award 2013
Dr. Bob Kiser, EAP professor of health sciences, and Jon Lovejoy, EAP director of strategic initiatives, attended the Navy League meeting to honor the Navy Recruiting District San Antonio's Sailor of the Year Seaman Narcia Segovia on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Pictured L-R: Kiser; Segovia, ADCaP student; and CDR Corry Juedeman, commanding officer of the Navy Recruiting District in San Antonio.

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

toys for tots
U.S. Marine Corps Reservists Sgt. Greg Pugh, UIW Computer Information Systems student, and Cpl. Eric Rodriguez stopped by the Center for Veterans Affairs to pick up donations for this year’s Toys for Tots in their seven ton truck. Thanks to everyone who generously donated a gift for children in need. Pictured L-R: Pugh; Karen Wyatt, director of veterans affairs; Sue Steininger, veteran service specialist; and Rodriguez. 

trios xmas 2013
Yesenia C. Caloca (center), program leader of TRiO Student Support Services, and Living Learning Community participants assemble cup care packages for the "Cup Runneth Over" service project on Dec. 4. All donations will be delivered to SAMMinistries to helpwomen and families in transition.

nursing haven for hope 2013
Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing students, faculty and administrators pose with gifts collected for the over 200 children who live at Haven for Hope. On Thursday, Dec. 12, Sigma Theta Tau International Delta Alpha at Large Chapter and the Student Nurses Association (SNA) held their third annual party for the children 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.

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

Administration Building Elevator Out of Service Notice
The Administration Building elevator will be out of service now until Dec. 23 for a motor replacement repair. It is expected to be finished on Dec. 20 or Dec. 23. It will not be operational for any reason. Please make necessary arrangements.

Water Shut-off Notice
The water will be shut off Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 from 8 a.m.– 4 p.m. for arepair. The buildings affected include:  Administration;Dubuis; Joyce; andGeneralate.

UIW Bookstore Friends and Fans Event
Generous discounts on UIW Bookstore clothing and gift items will be provided to the UIW community. The discount will include 20 percent off everything in store except technology and textbooks. To be eligible, customers must ask for the discount. They will also need a code that they can receive by texting 0236 to TEXTBK(839825). For more info, contact Anne Richards at 210-829-6056 or

Follett has extended the Friends and Fans promotion through the weekend. The promotion is now valid through Sunday, December 15 at midnight (PST).

Spread the word! We are just days away from the peak of the holiday season so stock up on all your favorite gifts at a discounted price.

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

moddy tiggeman
UIW Moody Professor Theresa Tiggeman, professor of accounting and finance, holds the university mace during the commencement ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 8. Tiggeman delivered the commencement address during the graduation ceremony.

nursing xmas

Praising God With Drums, Dancing, and the ‘Woman Clothed with the Sun’
Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, professor of religious studies, co-wrote an article, “Praising God With Drums, Dancing, and the ‘Woman Clothed with the Sun,’” featured in the Rivard Report. To view the article, visit   

High Schools

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 scholarships. 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 Christmas Eve Mass
St. Anthony Catholic High School (SACHS) will celebrate Christmas Eve Mass on Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 10 p.m. in St. Anthony Chapel. For more info, contact 210-832-5622 or 

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Women’s Global Connection News
We invite you to check out our Immersion Trip “blogue” page with first person travelogues of the people who serve with us. There is currently a group in Chimbote, Peru for 2 weeks and you can also see the posts from previous trips. Please follow the link to our website to access the “blogue”: Just click on "WGC Travel Blogue." From that same page, you can also click on the links to the “blogues” of the Incarnate Word Missionaries serving with WGC for 2 years. If you’d like to keep up with us on Facebook, please go to our Facebook page (women’sglobalconnection) and “Like” our page.

Are you seeking an alternative giving opportunity for the holidays? You can honor girls and women worldwide by giving to one of our projects: Girls Global Summit in San Antonio, preschool teacher training in Africa or Peru, farming businesses or rainwater harvesters in Tanzania, or a share of a truck for a women-owned soy business in Tanzania – fundraising for this last project is being led by the UIW student group Project Africa. For more information about alternative giving, there are forms in the AD 156 lobby or you can contact Associate Director Alison Buck at 210-422-4568 or

Our Sympathy & Prayers Go To:

  • Anne Barshop (UIW Friend) & family on the recent loss of her husband, and Julenne Deitrick Barshop (MA ’99, Former UIW FCGR Staff) & family on the recent loss of her former father-in-law, Sam Barshop (UIW Friend).
  • Adela Gott (UIW Multimedia Specialist) & family on the recent loss of her father, Robert Allen Gott, Sr.
  • Janna Jackson (IWHS ’01) & family on the recent loss of her father, Jose Jackson.
  • Valerie & Mickey Redus & family on the recent loss of their son, Robert Cameron Redus (UIW Current Student).
  • Forrest Ben Thomas III & family on the recent loss of his wife, Diane Thomas (IWHS ’66).
  • Sr. Shirley T. Vaughn, CCVI (BA ’72, MA ’79) & family on the recent loss of her brother, John William Vaughn, Sr.


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