The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: February 1, 2008

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Fireside Chat
Trevor Alexander, the assistant director of Campus Ministry, invited the Reverend Dr. Claudette Anderson Copeland to UIW. She spoke on “Women Who Dare” on Thursday at the premiere Fireside Chat 2008 at UIW.


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

Tuesday is Last Day to Vote in Penny Drive
Voting will continue through Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. The Mardi Gras King and Queen will be announced at 5 p.m. at the Mardi Gras Party, which will be from 4-6 p.m. on Dubuis Lawn. So far 120 pounds of money has been donated. A table can be found either in the Student Center or in Westgate Circle (between the Library & Dubuis Hall) depending upon the weather. 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. In no particular order here are the finalists:

  • Grace Lopez-Cox, Nursing
  • Dr. Carmita Coleman, Pharmacy
  • Dr. Paul Messina, MSE
  • Bill Gokelman, HASS
  • Dr. Esmeralda de los Santos, Business
  • Paul Fayfich, Business


SGA Activities Fair
Dr. Mac and Kristin Garcia helped students as they gathered in Marian Hall Ballroom on Wednesday as student organizations displayed information about their groups at tables during the SGA Activities Fair.

Optometry Press Conference Today
Please join us as we formally announce the university’s new School of Optometry and introduce Founding Dean Dr. Hani Ghazi-Birry at a press conference at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 in the Rosenberg Sky Room foyer.

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. Employees and their children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces are invited to color and create “Refrigerator Art” which will be all over the UIW, IWHS and SACHS campuses to publicize our employee campaign. TheFund campaign at UIW will run Feb. 2-April 15. All employees received information and a form in the UIW mail.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, if you need a form to contribute or if you have any other questions, contact Lorraine Ewers at 829-6070 or Please return your completed form to: Lorraine Ewers, CPO # 94 or to Tom Duckworth, Director of Payroll, CPO# 110.

OLLU Moody Professor Lecture at UIW
OLLU Moody Professor Dr. Julie Eyer will present her lecture, Children’s Relevant Responding in Conversation, at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 in the Library Auditorium, with a reception following. Open to all faculty, students and staff.

Asian New Year
The International Program’s Institute of World Cultures is sponsoring an Asian New Year celebration. The program will include various forms of entertainment preformed by San Antonio-area Asian organizations. The celebration will be noon-2:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in Marian Hall ballroom. Asian food will be served, and UIW international students will operate booths designed to share aspects of their respective cultures.

Poetry Reading
The “Our Place: Poetry Reading” spotlights faculty authors. The reading will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 in the Library’s Special Collections Room. Refreshments will follow the program.

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

Hunger Presentation and Discussion
Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, Th.D., T.A. French Chair in Religious Studies will present “You have filled the hungry with good things.” Ancient Muslim, Christian and Jewish women reflected the Holy One by sharing food. Their stories and virtues invite us to care for Earth and about the 25,000people who die from hunger each day. With Dr. Rick Peigler, Kirk has developed education on the Holy Land garden of plants of the Bible and the Qur’an ( hunger presentation will be at 5:15 p.m., and supper and discussion will be at 6-7 p.m.Feb. 21 in the Library Special Collections Room. The “Tastes of the Holy Land” supper will be shared by the San Antonio Muslim Women’s Association. Please e-mail with how many persons will attend the dinner.

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

UIW McNair Scholars Invited to National Conference
For the first time, three UIW McNair Scholars will be presenting their undergraduate research projects at the prestigious 22nd National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). The conference will be April 10-12 on the Salisbury University campus in Salisbury, MD. This conference draws more than 2,200 undergraduates from more than 300 colleges and universities around the country who will be presenting research in all fields of study. The students who will be presenting research are:

  • History major Annie López, mentored by Dr. Patricia Gower, will present her paper titled Voices from the Past: The Story of a Mexican American Neighborhood. 
  • Spanish major María Robledo, mentored by Dr. Amalia Mondríguez, will present her research titled The Representation of Women in the Poetry of Jaime Sabines. 
  • Business Finance major Nora Taylor, mentored by Dr. Nursen Albayrak Zanca, will give her paper titled Trends in Increasing US Hispanic Purchasing Power: A Time Series Analysis (1981-2005).

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

HASS Mini-Workshop
The HASS Faculty Effectiveness Committee is sponsoring a monthly mini-workshop to “Enrich, empower, and impassion the life of the profession.”This month’s topic is "Bumper stickers as learning tools across disciplines." Samples from past students will demonstrate application possibilities. Dr.Pat Lonchar will lead the workshop from 7:30-8 a.m. Feb. 5 in the Heritage Room (Administration building, Room 155). An Israeli breakfast will be served. Please RSVP to Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at

Income Tax help for Low Income Taxpayers
Low income taxpayers are invited to come to UIW for help with their tax returns. Volunteers in Income Tax (VITA) will be doing free tax returns and free e-filing for low income taxpayers (approximately $40,000). Visit the Administration Building Basement, Room 62 from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday from Feb. 2 until April 12. To e-file, both spouses must be present to sign the IRS form. For more information, call Tracie Edmond at (210) 283-5004 or Theresa Tiggeman at (210) 829-6018.

What to bring:

  • Social Security cards for taxpayers and dependents
  • Driver’s License
  • W-2s
  • Copy of last year’s tax return
  • Checkbook for direct deposit of the refund

Please note:

  • The IRS is requiring the VITA sites to make copies of Social Security cards for taxpayers and dependents.
  • The IRS is requiring us to make copies of the driver’s licenses.
  • We are no longer allowed to do returns for Married Filing Separately or for Nonresident Aliens.

Community News

Teaching Award Nominations Wanted
Nominations are being accepted for the 2008 Presidential Teaching Award from Feb. 1 through Feb. 29. Established by the Faculty Senate in fall 2004 upon the recommendation of Dr. Agnese, this annual award acknowledges and rewards a full-time instructor who exemplifies excellence in teaching that leads to student engagement. Nominees may be submitted by colleagues, students or alumni. Criteria information and nomination form are available at

Donations Welcome for Mexico Trip
Although all the spaces are filled for this trip, food, blankets, coats, sweaters or monetary donations are still welcome for the “Joining Hands and Hearts Across the Border” service trip to Piedras Negras,Feb. 8-10. Please leave these with Campus Ministry or Sr.Martha Ann Kirk, AD 341. For more information, call 829-3854.

Announcement from Sodexho

  • Marian Hall will change its Saturday opening hours. From 8:30-11 a.m., Marian Hall will be open for coffee and grab-and-go items.
  • The Cardinal Cart will be running around campus Monday through Thursday for breakfast and lunch beginning at 8 a.m.

Faculty Focus

Nursing Faculty Present at Research Conference
Nursing faculty involved with the Health Ministry gave presentations at the University of Arizona’s 50th Anniversary Research Conference on Jan. 17-20 in Tucson, Ariz. The titles and presenters were:

  • Sara Kolb, Jean Deliganis, Perla Zarate-Abbott, Maria Gillespie, Monica Ramirez and Gary Norgan presented Perceptions About Blood Pressure Among Mexican American Adults Diagnosed with Hypertension
  • Eula Pines, Jolynn Lowry, Maria Gillespie, Monica Ramirez, Jean Deliganis and Sara Kolb presented Learning Needs of Mexican American Elders

Incarnate Word Academy Hall of Fame
Sr. Margaret Patrice Slattery, CCVI, BA 1952 and UIW President Emerita, was a member of the first inductee class of Incarnate Word Academy’s Hall of Fame.She was inducted under the category of Spiritual Leadership.

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.

St. Anthony Catholic High School Events

  • Feb. 17: Community Liturgy Sunday
  • April 5 (tentative date): Alumni Spring Fest
  • April 18: Fiesta St. Anthony


Four from UIW Named to 2008 Women’s Hall of Fame
The ceremony will be March 6 at St. Phillip’s College. Those who were named to the Women’s Hall of Fame:

  • Professor Emerita Maureen Halligan, DHL 2005, in the category of creative arts
  • Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin, founding dean of the Feik School of Pharmacy, in the category of higher education
  • Dr. Kathi Light, BSN ’70, Dean of Nursing and Health Professions, in the category of health professions
  • Brig. Gen. USAF Ret. Sue Ellen Turner, BSN ’73 and Alumna of Distinction, in the category of military