The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: March 28, 2008

Photo of the Week

Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin rides along in the Feik School of Pharmacy’s golf cart during the Cardinal Carnival Golf Cart Parade on Tuesday, which was Incarnate Word Day.


Water Pledge
The Student Government Association is asking students, faculty, administration and staff to avoid buying or drinking bottled water for the month of April in an effort to stand in solidarity with the 1.1 billion people in the world who do not have access to water, as well as bring home the point about recycling. Visit the sign-up table between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. outside Marion Hall on Monday and Tuesday and pledge not to drink bottled water. Everyone who pledges receives a Nalgene-type bottle.


Dr. Agnese poses with the 2008 CCVI Spirit Award winner, Dr. Denise Doyle, the vice president for academic and student affairs, and her husband, Dr. Joseph Lazor, after a ceremony on Incarnate Word Day.

Extended Run Players Present Two Plays
The Extended Run Players will present The Diary of Adam & Eve by Mark Twain and adapted by Henry Holloway and I’m Herbert by Robert Anderson. All performances will be in the Cheever Downstage II Theatre at UIW. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for non-UIW students and $9 for seniors. Group rates are available. UIW students, faculty and staff receive one free ticket with ID. For reservations or additional information, call the UIW theatre box office at 829-3800. Performance dates and times:

  • Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29: 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 30 (Sunday): 2 p.m.

Mulch Madness
Mulch Madness is a community service project at the Villages of Incarnate Word. Meet in the Student Center at 9 a.m. today. Free breakfast and lunch!

River Cleanup event
Encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity for community service hours! Join the Headwaters Coalition for the 2008 Basura Bash River Cleanup from 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, March 29. Lunch and T-shirts from noon – 1 p.m. Meet by the picnic tables near the Agnese Bridge (the red bridge east of the Barshop Natatorium). RSVP to the Headwaters Coalition at (210) 822-5358 or

Community Service Lecture
State Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon will present “Community Service, the Challenge and the Opportunity” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 31 in Marian Hall Ballroom. UIW requires each student to do 45 hours of community service. How does one develop a more joyful and meaningful life as one serves the community? Ask yourself, “am I helping or hurting?” Bring your lunch, and desserts and lemonade will be provided. Co-sponsored by the Black Student Association, Campus Ministry, Political Science, and the Women’s History Month Committee.

Poetry Reading
To close the Women's History Month celebration, Dr. Le Coeur will read from her book of poems written in honor of her mother.She will read from Medicine Woods, her latest book of poetry, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March31 in the Special Collections Room of the Mabee Library. There will be a reception afterward.

Earth Month Celebration Kicks Off with Donation Drive
UIW is celebrating Earth Month, which runs from March 20 until April 22, Earth Day. The first event to celebrate the month is a donation drive for the Animal Defense League sponsored by the UIW Biology Club. The drive will run from Wednesday, March 26 – Friday, April 4. There is a drop-off box on the first floor of the AT&T building.If you have items that your pets do not use anymore, you can donate them.New items are also welcome. For more information, contact Biology Club co-president Pamela Barajas at The event is part of UIW’s celebration of Earth Month. Find the rest of the schedule at Here are some of the items needed by the Animal Defense League:

  • Baby blankets
  • Vaporizers
  • Brooms
  • Copy paper
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Heavy duty water hoses
  • Laundry detergent
  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags (13 and 33 gallon)
  • Window cleaner
  • Dog and cat treats
  • Newspaper and shredded paper
  • Blankets
  • Cage dryers
  • Fatigue mats for surgery
  • Gerber baby food (chicken or beef only)
  • Heating pads
  • PetSmart gift certificates
  • PetCo gift certificates
  • Surgical scrubs (all sizes)
  • Towels

Cutting Edge Fashion Show Fiesta Medals
UIW is proud to present the 2008 Cutting Edge Fashion Show Fiesta Medal. Medals are only $7 and can be purchased through the Development Office at (210) 829-6091. Trading Fiesta medals is an important part of Fiesta fun! Buy your UIW medal today! Tickets are available now! Tickets to the event include a runway style fashion show, silent auction and luncheon. Tables of 10 are available for $1,500 (premier runway seating), $1,000 (second row), $750 (third and fourth row), and individual seats may be purchased for $75 each. The Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 21 at the Marriott Rivercenter, 101 Bowie Street. There will be a silent auction, fashion show and luncheon. For more information, call (210) 829-6013 or visit

Join the Iron Chef Competition!
An Iron Chef competition will be held at 11:30 a.m. April 9 in Marian Hall dining room, and all are invited to participate. The event is a mini version of the popular food network TV show Iron Chef.At least one representative from the student body, faculty and staff are wanted. The event should be a fun experience in which each competitor will create a dish using exactly the same ingredients as the other competitors. All cooking equipment and set up will be provided, and there will be prizes for everyone. For more information, contact Richard Morgan at (210) 805-3563 or  

Adopt a Turtle Now for Spring Fling
You’re invited to the 3rd annual Spring Fling and Turtle Race from noon – 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12. The event is an annual fundraiser for the UIW softball team to help cover the costs of travel and competition.Come out for food booths, music and games. Theturtle race is the highlightof thedayas3,000 rubber turtles will be racing down the San Antonio River, all with a chance of winning 20 different prizes and $20,000! Turtles are now up for adoption for $5. Check outthe website,,for more detailed information about the event. Admission is free, and the event is in the UIW Natatorium parking lot and at the headwaters of the San Antonio River. You can sign up for a booth by contacting Jan Taveirne at or Leah Bowen at

Sign Up Now for the Run for Brainpower 5K fundraiser
The track and field program is holding its annual Run for Brainpower 5K fundraiser at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 13 on the UIW campus. All proceeds go directly to the UIW track program. Register with Derek Riedel in Natatorium office 103 or online at The cost is $20 until April 7 and includes a t-shirt for the first 200 entries. UIW students can register for $10 with a student ID.

Children's Day/Book Day
The theme of Children’s Day/Book Day will be Social Justice: God's Green Earth. The celebration will be from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 19 at the Convocation Center. Local writers and illustrators of children's books will display their work and read to children. The winners of the literature contests in English and Spanish at the four Brainpower preparatory schools will read their work, and the winners of the art contest will be displayed. Also, each preparatory school, and the departments of Foreign Languages and English will have tables promoting the schools/departments. Books will be available for sale. Children’s Day is free and is sponsored by the four Brainpower preparatory schools, the Department of Foreign Languages, English and the Society of Writers and Illustrators of Children's Books. For more information, call Dr. Amalia Mondriguez at 829-3894 or Dan Ochoa at 829-2707.

Dr. Renee Moore was joined by her parents at the Associates Dinner on Tuesday evening.


The Rev. Anne Helmke, the director of the peaceCENTER in San Antonio, spoke on Women’s Issues – Challenges and Perspectives on Thursday as part of the URGE (Under-Represented Groups and Education) annual forum.

Martha A. Ojeda, the executive director of the Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras, spoke on NAFTA, Gender, Labor and Migration on Thursday as part of the URGE (Under-Represented Groups and Education) annual forum.

Department News

Software Evaluation
UIW is considering the adoption of an online software tool for faculty evaluations. A committee that includes representatives of all UIW schools and the Institutional Research Department has reviewed the commercial software available for faculty evaluations and has identified three finalists for your consideration. Each of the three finalists will demonstrate its offering in an open forum as scheduled below (click the link to see more information):

  • demonstration is over, but you can still click the link if you missed the demonstration.
  • Scantron Class Climate software demonstration from 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, March 28 in the Library Auditorium
  • CoursEval software demonstration from 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, April 11 in the Library Auditorium

Music Scholarship Auditions
The auditions will be Saturday, March 29 in Palestrina Hall. Call 829-6022 to schedule an appointment.

SMARRT Scholarships Deadline is Tuesday
The SMARRT Project will be awarding scholarships toward the completion of Texas Teacher Certification and 18 hours toward a Master of Arts in teaching in: Math 8-12, Life Science 8-12, or Elementary EC-4. The deadline to apply is April 1. For more information, contact Laura Resendez at (210) 805-3019 or For more information, visit Eligible scholarship candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree
  • Have a GPA of 2.75 or above
  • Secondary applicants must have completed 18-24 hours of college-level math courses or 18-24 hours biology/science
  • Elementary applicants must have completed a total of 9-12 hours of college-level math and/or science courses
  • Meet all admissions requirements for the Dreeben School of Education’s Teacher Certification Program
  • Be a United States citizen or have permanent residence status
  • Agree to teach in a high-need school in the areas of math, science, or elementary, for a specified period of time

Online Blackboard Training
The Department of Instructional Technology will be offing two instructor-led, online Blackboard training courses for novice and advanced users. All UIW full-time, part-time and adjunct faculty members are invited take part in these courses. For more information, go to or e-mail Training Coordinator Terry Peak at

The novice course is designed to provide the basic principles of using Blackboard:

  • Navigate, create and revise the course shell
  • Develop and manage student groups
  • Learn how to plan, integrate and revise a course plan
  • Understand how to use different types of course content to engage students

The advanced course will provide the opportunity to take advantage of additional Blackboard features:

  • Create, import, revise and implement tests and other assessment tools
  • Use the Gradebook to store and analyze grades
  • The Blackboard communication tools, including chat, discussion boards, wikis, blogs and podcasting

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 sessions will be held in the Conference Hall at the ICC

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

Dissertation Defenses
Arla Johnson
Friday, March 28, 10 a.m.
Library, Special Collections Room
Dissertation Chair: Sr. Dorothy Ettling
Dissertation Title: African American Female Persisters in Higher Education: The Lived Experience

Li-Jean Tsai
Friday, March 28, 1 p.m.
Gorman Bldg., Room 212
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Francis Musa Boakari
Dissertation Title: A Study of At-risk Students’ Experiences in a Residential Alternative Girls’ School in Southern Taiwan

KUIW Staff Positions Open
Encourage students to apply for jobs! There are seven staff positions open at the campus radio station, KUIW. These positions will be for the 2008-2009 school year. The positions are:  Operations Manager, Program Director, Music Director, Underwriting/Promotions Manager, Webmaster, Production Coordinator and Sports Director. These are all paid positions. Contact Hank McDonnell for job descriptions and salaries at The deadline to apply is April 25.

Community News

UIW in the News
3 More Colleges Join Tuition Rewards Consortium; 110,131 Students Now Enrolled

Weekender - Exhibits calendar for March 28-April 3

Southwest football star plans to stay close to home

Video of UIW Swimmer
UIW swimmer winning the national championship

Congratulations to the new Dean of the Virtual University!
Please join me in congratulating Rita Russ on her promotion to dean of the Virtual University effective June 1.She was the successful candidate after a national search.The search committee reviewed candidates and made their recommendations between the top two candidates. I am very happy to say that Rita accepted and will move the Virtual University forward in the upcoming years!

Rita joined the Virtual University in fall 2007 as the director of external operations. In that position she has been responsible for finding new opportunities for us in this highly competitive adult market. In this short time she has been responsible for coordinating our inclusion as a provider school in an online consortium, as well as applying and working through the process for us to begin as partners in both the Navy and the Air Force.

Rita is a native of San Antonio, where she and her husband are raising two children.Rita holds an MBA with a concentration in management, and is working on her Ph.D. Rita comes to us with a wealth of experience in management of adult programs, as well as being an experienced online teacher. The Virtual University will flourish under Rita’s guidance.

Recognizing All Valuable Employees – RAVE!
Has someone at UIW, Incarnate Word High School or St. Anthony Catholic High School had a positive influence on you? Let them know they’ve done a good job! Completing a RAVE! card is one way to recognize administrators, faculty, staff and student workers for living the core values of the Incarnate Word Mission. The core values are Education, Faith, Innovation, Service and Truth. Your comments will be shared directly with employees and their supervisors at a special RAVE! luncheon, date is TBA. Find a RAVE! card at the following locations:

Administration Building: Basement; 1st Floor - Business Office; HASS and Registrar’s Office; 2nd Floor: Learning Assistance Center
Library: Lobby
Joyce Building
Science Hall: 1st Floor
Wellness Center
Marian Hall

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.-noon every Saturday starting 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.

Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin (from left), founding dean of the Feik School of Pharmacy; Dr. Kathi Light, BSN ’70, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions; Brig. Gen. USAF Ret. Sue Ellen Turner, BSN ’73 and Alumna of Distinction; and Professor Emerita Maureen Halligan, DHL 2005 (not pictured), were honored Wednesday at the university’s San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame reception.

Message from Dr. Tison
Dr. Dianna Tison extends her sincere thanks for the outpouring of support and prayers by the UIW community on the loss of her husband just prior to Spring Break. The UIW community demonstrates caring concern for each individual member. May we continue to be blessed in our work here with each other.

Faculty Focus

Two Selected for Seminar
Dr. Jessica Kimmel and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk were selected as fundedparticipantsfor a seminar led by Lamin Sanneh of Yale University called “Being Muslim in the United States.” The seminar will be from July 14 – Aug. 1 and is sponsored by the Louisville Institute and the Seminars in Christian Scholarship program at Calvin College.

Great News for Professor Matthias Schubnell
The Cather Project at the University of Nebraska received a request from Cengage Learning to reproduce one of Dr. Matthias Schubnell’s articles about Willa Cather in their publication Short Story Criticism, Vol. 114. The article they requested was one that appeared in a Cather Project publication The Mowers' Tree spring/summer 2004: "Willa Cather's Quarrel with Urbanism." Permission was granted by the Cather Project. The volume of Short Story Criticism is due to be released September 2008.

Article to be Published
Religious Studies Associate Professor Dr. Glenn Ambrose’s article “Great Faith Abounds” will be published in the upcoming May issue of New Theology Review.

Chapter Published in New Book
Dr. Pat Gower’s chapter on the Buffalo Soldiers and relations to the town of San Angelo was published as a chapter in a new book published by Texas A&M press called Slavery to Integration: Black Americans in West Texas.

High Schools

St. Anthony Catholic High School Events

  • April 5 (tentative date): Alumni Spring Fest
  • April 18: Fiesta St. Anthony – Fiesta St. Anthony will start at 7 p.m. Friday, April 18 in the UIW Rosenberg Sky Room. Tickets cost $30 per person and include dinner, drinks, dancing, silent auction, wheel barrel and fun. Tickets including the $5,000 gift card reverse raffle cost $100 for two guests. Adult guests 21 and over only. Fiesta St. Anthony is sponsored by St. Anthony Catholic High School. For information, call Blanca Leal at (210) 832-5611, Katherine Villarreal at (210) 844-8044 or Stella Mallard at (210) 829-2708.

Incarnate Word High School Events

  • April 4: Incarnate Word High School will celebrate Incarnate Word Day on Friday, April 4.The day will begin with a special liturgy followed by a celebratory field day for the girls. Students will compete in a wide variety of fun games, indoors and out ending in a tug of war with faculty at the end of the day.


Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas
The Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas, San Antonio Chapter has now opened its scholarship application process for 2008. Visit for the requirements, criteria, process, schedule and application form. For more information, contact Ivalis Gonzalez, Scholarships Committee Chair, at or call (210) 302-3282.

theFund Giving Campaign
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 at UIW will run through 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.

Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.