The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: January 4, 2008

Photo of the Week

Christmas Mass
Photo by Dick McCracken

The Rev. Phil Lamberty performs on the violin for the children at the UIW Christmas Mass.


Mass of the Holy Spirit
Please join us in celebrating the beginning of a new semester and celebrating the achievements of our honors students from UIW, St. Anthony Catholic High School and Incarnate Word High School. Mass of the Holy Spirit will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 in Our Lady’s Chapel.


Graduate Orientation
The spring orientation for new graduate students will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the Gorman Building, Room 212.

Catch the Cardinal Spirit
The men’s basketball game between rivals UIW and St. Mary’s University is scheduled for 8 p.m.Monday, Jan. 21 in the Convocation Center. Admission is free with a UIW ID or $7 for adults and $5 for children under 12. It will be broadcast live on CTSA, Time Warner channel 15. Catch the spirit!

Department News

Sign Up for Blackboard Jungle Sessions
All full-time, part-time, and adjunct faculty are invited to the next Blackboard Jungle sessions Monday, Jan. 7 through Wednesday, Jan. 9. Reservations are required and will be taken through Jan. 5 by Terry Peak at Type “Blackboard” in the subject line. Sessions with fewer than five registrants will be canceled. If there is enough interest, afternoon sessions for the advanced courses will be scheduled. All sessions will be held in Room 230 of the Mabee Library. The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, Jan. 7, 8 - 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 - 9 p.m. (Two sessions); Blackboard Basics: Both sessions will focus on providing entry-level assistance in the use of Blackboard. The first hour will show you how to navigate the Blackboard Course Management System. Then there will be a discussion about employing good teaching practice when creating a course shell and planning course content. The session will also include a review of the features and benefits of Blackboard content. There will be ample opportunity to create course content for your spring course.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 8, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Advanced Blackboard, Session 1: Communication. During the Christmas break, Blackboard will be upgraded to version 7.3; which includes an upgraded and more user-friendly discussion board. This session will focus on using and administering the new discussion board. In addition, there will be demonstrations of the chat, virtual classroom, wikis, blogs and podcasting features. There will be an opportunity to create a discussion board within your spring course shell.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 9, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Advanced Blackboard, Session 2: Using Blackboard Assessments, Surveys and the Gradebook. This session will focus on creating and administering tests and surveys in Blackboard. The test manager is a more complex content area, so this session will explain ways to build and administer a seamless and secure assessment. The course will also focus on using the Gradebook, not just as a repository for grades, but as a method of communicating with students about their performance. The session will conclude with a tutorial on Turnitin. Many of our faculty members know the benefits of this service, so we will show you how to create a Turnitin assignment and interpret the Turnitin Originality Report.

Each class includes step-by-step instruction within your own course. Candidates for the basic Blackboard course are first-time users or faculty who use Blackboard on a limited basis. Candidates for the advanced courses have used Blackboard before or want to use the discussion board, Gradebook or assessment features this semester. It is recommended that the basic course be taken prior to any advanced sessions. For more information call Terry Peak at 829-3920, or e-mail him at

Community News

UIW in the News
Four graduates from the University of the Incarnate Word were included in the San Antonio Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list. The list awards young professionals whom the Business Journal has identified as tomorrow’s leaders. To be included, the chosen individuals have shown significant career advancement at a young age, commitment to their fields, community involvement or a combination of the three. The UIW graduates who received the award are:

  • Junab Ali ’94 BBA, the president of Mobius Partners Enterprise Solutions.
  • Jenny Carnes ’99 BBA, sports management, the executive director of the San Antonio Local Organizing Committee for 2008 Men’s NCAA Final Four.
  • Peter Cavazos ’95 BA, communications, the area manager and senior vice president of Citibank.
  • Staci Foster-Diaz ’96 BS, nutrition, the senior clinical oncology specialist at Genentech.

Network Outage Announcement
AT&T network engineers will be working with UIW technology staff to replace the UIW network firewall today. Users may experience intermittent service outages that affect Internet or e-mail access while components of the new firewall are configured and installed. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this causes you. Questions about the firewall upgrade may be directed to Dr. Jim Parlett at extension 3866 or

Last Chance to View Shakespeare’s Haunted Stage
Assistant Professor Donald Fox was the associate curator for the exhibit titled “Shakespeare’s Haunted Stage” in the Tobin Wing at theMcNay Art Museum. Professor Margaret Mitchell had ten paintings and two costume designs in the exhibit. The exhibit will be open until Jan. 6.

Faculty Focus

Christmas Mass
Photo by Dick McCracken

Faculty member Dr. Glenn Ambrose and son Perry, 1, join the children during the UIW liturgy on Christmas Eve.

High Schools

Enjoy the break!


Open House
There will be an open house at St. Anthony Catholic School for new families from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20.

St. Peter Elementary Registration
St. Peter School is beginning the registration process for the 2008-09 academic year. Registration packets will be going home Jan. 15 to all registered families, and forms will be due back to the school office by Jan. 23. We also invite any new families to St. Peter School who are parishioners or members of the Brainpower Connection to complete and turn in their registration forms beginning Jan. 15. Open registration will begin Jan. 25. Interested families who would like to visit the school are encouraged to attend one of our two Information Days at 9 a.m. Jan. 16 or Jan. 24 in the Parish Hall.Contact our school secretary/registrar, Yvette Mireles, at 824-3171 for more information or go to our school website at