The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: February 8, 2008

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Optometry announcement

Dr. Agnese announced the School of Optometry founding dean, Dr. Hani Ghazi-Birry, at a press conference Feb. 1.


Mardi Gras party
Students and employees enjoyed a Mardi Gras party sponsored by Campus Ministry on Tuesday. The winner of the Mardi Gras King and Queen penny drive were Dr. Paul Messina and Dr. Carmita Coleman. The UIW community donated 503 pounds of money toward the Pre-Pharmacy and Pharmacy School in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.


Asian New Year
The International Program’s Institute of World Cultures sponsored the Asian New Year celebration Thursday. Employees and students enjoyed entertainment and tons of food.

OLLU Moody Professor
OLLU Moody Professor Dr. Julie Eyer presented her lecture Children’s Relevant Responding in Conversation on Tuesday.

Doctoral Student Spring Gathering
The gathering will be at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 in Marian Hall Ballroom.

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

Red Dress Health Fair, Fashion Show & scarf sale
Enjoy fashions designed by UIW students and faculty, heart-healthy appetizers and special activities and exhibits. The guest speaker will be Hilary Moffett, the American Heart Association spokeswoman and a cardiac arrest survivor. The event will be 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 in Marian Hall. For more information, contact Dr. Laura Muñoz at or ext. 3033. There will also be a scarf sale to support the fundraising effort for the event, which is free to UIW students, faculty and staff. The scarves were designed by UIW students and faculty, and prices range from $10 - $30.

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, 101 Bowie Street. There will be a silent auction, fashion show and luncheon. Tickets are available. For more information, call (210) 829-6013.

Department News

Being a Minority in the Business World - Canceled
The BSA has canceled this event, which was scheduled for Monday, Feb. 11.

Resident Assistant Information Sessions
Resident Assistant Information Sessions will be held the following dates and times. For more information, contact Diane Sanchez, assistant director of residence life, at

  • Sunday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Library Auditorium
  • Tuesday, Feb.12 at 11 a.m.; noon; 2 p.m.; 4:30 p.m. in the Library Auditorium
  • Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m.; noon; 2 p.m.; 4:30 p.m. in Dubuis Lounge
  • Thursday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m.; 4:30 p.m. in the Library Auditorium

2008 Financial Assistance Saturday Sessions
Please encourage students to attend one of the 2008 Financial Assistance Saturday Sessions. Students will have the opportunity to pick up 2008-2009 financial aid application forms, find out about resources like scholarships, loans, work and grants, complete the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and review costs for the academic year. A general presentation will be given during the first hour and the remaining time will be open for specific questions. All session will be held in the Conference Hall at the ICC

  • Feb. 9 from 9 -11 a.m.
  • March 8 from 1-3 p.m.
  • April 5 from 1-3 p.m.
  • May 17 from 1-3 p.m.

Community News

A Gracious Invitation to Meet & Greet at Villa Agnese!
Employees are invited to a Meet and Greet at Villa Agnese high atop the Agnese-Sosa Living and Learning Center on Feb. 8! Dr. and Mrs. Agnese invite you for light refreshments in their home from 2-3 p.m. this coming Friday. The Meet and Greet is a direct response to recommendations from participants of UIW’s Mission Journey Retreats. It is intended to present our community with an opportunity to discover the location of UIW office areas, highlight their personnel and get to know one another. The campus initiative is coordinated by Retreat Series Advisory Council: Tom Duckworth, Adela Gott, Rosalinda Villarreal, Scott LeBlanc, Trevor Alexander, Libby Macias, Kathy Martin, Itza Casanova, Lorraine Ewers and Sr. Audrey O’Mahony.

Bookstore Closure
The bookstore will close from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 for the end-of-year inventory. If the inventory is completed by 2 p.m., the bookstore will re-open until 5 p.m.

Make Your CCVI Spirit Award Nominations
Nominations for the CCVI Spirit Award that will be given on Incarnate Word Day are due by Feb. 17. Send nominations to CPO 139 or

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

Faculty Focus

Congratulations, Sr. Martha Ann!
Sr. Martha Ann Kirk’s proposal for the Luminaria, the citywide Arts Festival on March 15, has been accepted. Her idea is called Creating Art, Creating Friendship: Iraqi Refugee Children and U.S. Children and will be presented from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building. Children are invited to create artwork to exchange with Iraqi refugee children. They’ll also get to see art made by the refugee children in Amman, Jordan, and pictures of the ancient art of Iraq. Children are invited to hear stories from Iraq and traditional musical instruments of the Middle East.

Congratulations, Dr. Gary Keith!
Gary A. Keith, an assistant professor of political science at UIW, will be signing copies of his book, Eckhardt: There Once Was a Congressman from Texas, at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Twig Book Shop.

High Schools

St. Anthony Catholic High School Events

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


theFund event
Bill Gokelman and his son attended theFund Giving Campaign kick-off event on Saturday. Children and adults created Refrigerator Art, which is being displayed all over the UIW, IWHS and SACHS campuses to publicize the employee campaign.