The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: January 25, 2008

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MLK March
The Student Center and Leadership Activities (SCLA) Office and Black Student Association sponsored student participation in the 2008 MLK march. Several student organizations were represented including first-year pharmacy students, SGA, Walk, Roll & Read, Campus Ministry, Nuclear Medicine and the Hispanic Latino Association. Faculty members, Don Ewers and Michael Mercer, attended, along with Dr. Renee Moore, Dr. Mac and Kristin Garcia (pictured at bottom left). Other faculty and staff also attended the march.


Ash Wednesday Services
Ash Wednesday is Feb. 6, and the following services will be held (ashes will be distributed at all services):

  • 8 a.m. Mass in Our Lady’s Chapel (Administration Building – 1st floor)
  • Noon Mass in Our Lady’s Chapel
  • 5:15 p.m. Ecumenical Service in the Marian Hall Student Center
  • 7:30 p.m. Prayer service at Incarnate Word High School in the Chapel
  • 8:50 p.m. Communion Service in Our Lady’s Chapel

Penny Drive

Penny Drive in Full Swing
Campus Ministry’s 2nd annual Penny Drive will run through Feb. 5 (Fat Tuesday). Faculty from each school will be in the running for Mardi Gras King & Queen.Bring your pennies, quarters, nickels and dimes and put them in your favorite faculty member’s bucket.A table can be found either in the Student Center or in Westgate Circle (between the Library & Dubuis Hall) depending upon the weather.This year’s contestants are:

Dr. Lydia Andrade, HASS
Dr. Carmita Coleman, Pharmacy
Dr. Julian Davis, MSE
Coach Philip Davis, Athletics
Dr. Esmeralda de los Santos, Business
Paul Fayfich, Business
Bill Gokelman, HASS
Dr. Connie Green, Business
Tisha Harding, HASS
Teri Lopez, Interactive Media & Design
Grace Lopez-Cox, Nursing
Dr. Brian McBurnett, MSE
Dr. Paul Messina, MSE
Theresa Tiggeman, Business

It is only a two week competition - in the first week the top three male and top three female professors will proceed to the final week of competition to see who will be Mardi Gras King & Queen.All proceeds will go to support the Pre-Pharmacy and Pharmacy School in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.Last year we raised $1,000! Let’s shoot for $1,100 or more. Winners will be announced at a Mardi Gras party in Dubuis Lounge with food, fun and games from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5.


Art Reception Today
The opening reception for Metaphysikos: The Mystical Art of Kirk Clark – A one person exhibit by Professor Joe Bravo will be at 5 p.m. today in the Semmes Art Gallery.

PhD Information Session
There will be a PhD information session at 6 p.m. today in the ICC Conference Room.

theFund Giving Campaign and Kick-Off Event
UIW is conducting a university-wide workplace-giving campaign called theFund at UIW, IWHS and SACHS. theFund was created to help financially strengthen qualified nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. The campaign will kick-off at a family event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 2 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Donors contributing more than $60 per year will receive theFUNdiscount card, which provides discounts on admissions and purchases at participating arts and cultural organizations. All donations are tax deductible. Dr. Donna Aronson, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, represents UIW on theFund Board of Directors. She has appointed campaign captains from a variety of areas at UIW who will be conducting presentations throughout the campaign. If you are interested in scheduling a presentation for your group, call Lorraine Ewers at ext. 6070.

UIW Fireside Chat Premiere
The Reverend Dr. Claudette Anderson Copeland will visit campus Thursday, Jan. 31 for the premiere Fireside Chat 2008. Trevor Alexander has invited Copeland to share her insight on “Women Who Dare” in Marian Hall Student Center from 3-4 p.m. All faculty, their classes, staff and administration are invited to come for a cup of hot cocoa and meet the dynamic Copeland at the Student Center fireplace. The Fireside Chat 2008 initiative is coordinated by the Mission Retreat Advisory Council. For more information, contact 829-3130 or

Guitar Hero Event Rescheduled
The Guitar Hero Face-Off has been rescheduled for noon Feb. 8 in Marian Hall.

The Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show
The Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show will be at 10 a.m. Monday, April 21 at the Marriott Rivercenter, 1001 Bowie Street. There will be a silent auction, fashion show and luncheon. Tickets are available. For more information, call (210) 829-6013.

Department News

Dissertation Defense
Rolla Bradley will defend his dissertation at 2:30 p.m. today in the Gorman building, Room 212. The title of his dissertation is Masculinity and Self Perception of Men Identified As Informal Leaders. His dissertation chairman is Dr. Roger Barnes.

Data and Phone Service Outage Scheduled
Because of ongoing construction, fiber optic cables near the ICC will be cut at 5 p.m. today. The following buildings and services at UIW will be affected:

  • School of Pharmacy: Loss of data services and four-digit dialing (outgoing calls will be possible using “9” and full 10- or seven-digit dialing)
  • IWHS:Loss of data services and phone services.

No other UIW facilities are expected to be affected by this outage. Services will be restored as quickly as possible, but no later than 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27.

UIW Vehicle Information Session
There will be an information session for people interested in the use of UIW vehicles for student-related trips and liability issues surrounding student travel in UIW vehicles. Sam Wages and university legal counsel Cynthia Escamilla will make presentations and answer questions at noon Monday, Jan. 28 in the Library Auditorium.Open for all interested persons and departments.

Banner Budget Lookup Training
Banner Navigation and Budget Lookup training will be provided Feb. 5 and 7 in the Library, Room G16 for faculty and staff who must monitor their departmental budgets. On both days, basic navigation of Banner Forms will be taught at 9:15 a.m. to provide readiness for the Budget Lookup class from 10-11 a.m. To register for class or to ask for another time, contact Sr. Margaret Bright at 805-5845 or

Community News

Mexico Mission Trip
Please invite students to “Joining Hands and Hearts Across the Border,” a service trip to Piedras Negras, which will be Feb. 8-10. Students will learn more of the challenges of globalization, maquiladoras, border realities and Christian social teaching. They will help by taking food to the needy and orphans. Encourage students to pick up a poster by Our Lady’s Chapel for more information. The total cost is about $50, with $20 deposit required to reserve a place. To register, contact Campus Ministry at 829-3128, or Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at or 829-3854. Food, blankets, or monetary donations are welcome.

Faculty Focus

Grant Award
In November, Dr. Gilberto Hinojosa was notified that he would receive a $7,000 grant award from Humanities Texas for the project of interviewing priests, nuns and laity connected with the Catholic Church involved in the Chicano Movement. It involves creating video archives and posting segments on a website along with transcripts and the entire interview. Congratulations Gilberto!

High Schools

Incarnate Word High School Events

  • Admission applications are being reviewed for the prospective students of the class of 2012. The final decision letters and phone calls will be made today.
  • Throughout the final week of January, IWHS will celebrate Catholic Schools Week with liturgy and a variety of other activities.


Our sympathy and prayers go to the following:

  • Joanne Molbert Aleman & family on the recent loss of her husband, and Lisa Aleman Costello (IWHS ’85), Patricia (Tricia) Renee Aleman (BBA’05, IWHS ’87), and Angela Aleman Casias (BSN ’01, IWHS ’96) on the recent loss of their father, Alfonso Aleman, Jr. (former UIW Trustee).
  • Dr. Judith Beauford (UIW faculty) & family on the recent loss of her sister, Denise Bolin.
  • Alejandro Calderon (SACHS Director of Development) & family on the recent loss of his grandfather, Alfonso Calderon.
  • Bob Culbertson & family on the recent loss of his wife, Elizabeth (Betty) Ann Culbertson (UIW former faculty).
  • William Embley (BA ’75; former faculty) & family on the recent loss of his wife, Sara Embley.
  • Elaine Martinez (UIW staff) & family on the recent loss of her mother-in-law, Yolanda Flores.
  • Christopher P. Franklin & family on the recent loss of his wife, Karen Lynn Franklin (BAAS, ’00).
  • John Greene on the recent loss of his wife, and Julianna Greene (UIW current student) on the recent loss of her mother, Mary Ann Sandoval Greene.
  • Francisco Gutierrez (SACHS faculty) & family on the recent loss of his grandmother, Teresa Calleja de Gutierrez.
  • Mary Ann Klein (BA ’65) and Kathleen Klein Le Strange (BA ’67) & family on the recent loss of their mother, Mary Ann McMurrough Klein (BA ’27).
  • Christy Haigood & family on the recent loss of her mother, Ruth Lewis (UIW former faculty).
  • Cheryl Lynn McMullan (MA ’70, BA ’66, IWHS ’62) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Ruth McMullan.
  • Michael Mercer (UIW faculty) & family on the recent loss of his father, James Ira Mercer.
  • Jacob Colunga (UIW Campus Police) on the recent loss of his grandmother, Rita G. Pacheco.
  • Barbara J. Schram & family on the recent loss of her husband, Robert A. Schram (UIW friend).
  • Doris Gimmeson Sinclair & family on the recent loss of her husband, Robert A. (Scotty) Sinclair, Sr. (MA ’66).
  • Laura Tyree & family on the recent loss of her husband, Donald Milton Tyree (BBA ’01).
  • Cecilia Valle Gonzales (MS ’69, BA ’63) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Henrietta M. Valle.
  • Aimee Wicht & family on the recent loss of her husband, William Louis Wicht (BBA ’06).
  • Michael Wilkerson & family on the recent loss of his wife, Anne Gabrielle Lege Wilkerson (BSN ’07).