The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: February 15, 2008

Photo of the Week

Red Dress
Fashion students helped raise awareness of the risk of heart disease during the Red Dress fashion show and health fair. The UIW community enjoyed heart-healthy snacks, free blood pressure screenings and other information for having a healthy heart.


Last Chance to Make Nominations!
Make your CCVI spirit award nominations today! Nominations are due by Sunday, Feb. 17 and will be given on Incarnate Word Day. Send nominations to Box 139 or


How's Your Credit?
Toni White, the founder and executive director of Strategic Credit Counselors Inc., spoke Wednesday to UIW students about how to deal wisely with credit card issues.

Valentine's Day
Gladys Delgado and Lisa Shultz enjoy some of the snacks the Campus Activities Board offered at the Valentine’s Day celebration in Marian Hall on Thursday.

Admissions Open House
The open house will be at noon Sunday, Feb. 17 in the Fine Arts auditorium and then immediately following in Marian Ballroom.

Easter Food Drive
The UIW/St. Philip of Jesus Health Ministry is conducting an Easter food drive on campus. The food drive will run through Thursday, March 13. Collection points are set up in the nursing building and Campus Ministry. If you would like to have a collection point in your building, contact Sara Kolb at

Tree Topping Ceremony
You are invited to a special Tree Topping Ceremony at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 at the construction site of the new residence hall. Mark your calendars, more details to come.

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.

Research Day
Research Day is collaboratively organized and sponsored by The UIW Extramural Associates Research Development Award (EARDA), funded by the National Institutes of Health; The School of Graduate Studies and Research – Office of Research Development, and the UIW Department of Instructional Technology. Planned activities include two poster sessions from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29 in Marian Hall. Dr. Joseph Schmelz, director of the Institutional Review Board at University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, will speak at a noon luncheon between poster sessions on the topic of developing an interdisciplinary/collaborative research program. He developed a similar program at Wilford Hall Air Force Hospital prior to coming to the Health Science Center.

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

Banner Budget Lookup Session
A new session has been created for faculty and staff who monitor their budgets in Banner. The Budget Lookup class is scheduled for 10-11 a.m. in G16 (Library) Wednesday, Feb. 20. Banner Navigation training will be provided at 9:30 a.m. for those who need to learn how to move through the screens and forms in Banner.Contact Sr. Margaret Bright to register.

Scholarship Application
The William McGowan Scholars Program Scholarships are now being offered for the 2008-09 school year. The deadline to apply is March 21. For more information, contact Dianne Wetsel at (210) 829-3181 or Requirements to be awarded the scholarship include:

  • Business major
  • Junior or senior standing
  • Full time student
  • Recommended by a HEB School of Business and Administration faculty member
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Completion of the application form
  • Submission of 2 essays (Contact Dianne Wetsel for details on essay requirements.)
  • Student may not have, nor subsequently accept, any other scholarship or award that, when combined with the McGowan award, will provide a benefit greater than one year’s tuition
  • This award is for the 2008-09 academic year only
  • This award is forfeited if the student transfers to another major field or another institution

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

  • March 8 from 1-3 p.m.
  • April 5 from 1-3 p.m.
  • May 17 from 1-3 p.m.

Community News

Meet and Greet
Janet Kaufman, Cindy Escamilla and Kristen Garcia enjoyed the company at the Meet & Greet at Villa Agnese on Friday.

Teaching Award Nominations Wanted
Nominations are being accepted for the 2008 Presidential Teaching Award 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

Paper Presentation
In January, Dr. Lydia Andrade, Dr. Scott Dittloff and UDEM Professor Alejandra Yañez presented a paper on “Internationalizing the Curriculum” at the Southern Political Science Association. Andrade is also the teaching section chair for that conference.

In December, East Carolina University’s Tar River Poetry, a journal supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, published a poem by Dr. Jo LeCoeur, and St. Mary’s University’s Pecan Grove Press published her chapbook, Medicine Woods. She will be reading from the book at Barnes & Noble Northwoods on March 27.

High Schools

St. Anthony Catholic High School Events

  • Feb. 16: Girls Basketball – bi-district game will be against Concordia Lutheran in Tomball Texas on Saturday
  • Feb. 16: Boys Basketball – bi-district game will be against Houston Second Baptist in Houston on Saturday
  • Feb. 17: Community Liturgy Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
  • April 5 (tentative date): Alumni Spring Fest
  • April 18: Fiesta St. Anthony

Incarnate Word High School Events

  • Feb 24: The annual Mother-Daughter Banquet will be from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Omni Hotel, 9821 Colonnade Boulevard.

Congratulations to Miss Fiesta 2008 Ashley Mayle, a IWHS graduate! She was crowned at the 59th annual Miss Fiesta San Antonio Scholarship Pageant on Feb. 9.


Baseball Doubleheader – Note Time Change
Incarnate Word’s Heartland Conference baseball doubleheader against Newman (Kansas) today has a time change. The two teams still plan to play two seven-inning games at Sullivan Field. First pitch now will be at noon rather than the original time of 2 p.m.The change is being made based on weekend weather forecasts for South Texas. The two teams also have a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 16 with first pitch at noon.