The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: April 11, 2008

Photo of the Week

Faculty and staff visit with Dr. Cyndi Wilson Porter at a reception Monday celebrating her promotion to Vice President for Extended Academic Programs.


Fiesta Fandango Lawn Sale
A Fiesta Fandango Lawn Sale will be from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 on Dubuis Lawn. Enjoy fiesta music and great “treasures,” including New Orleans Saints collectibles. Proceeds benefit Mission activities.


Faculty Appreciation Luncheon
The faculty appreciation luncheon will begin at noon today in the Rosenberg Sky Room. RSVPs were due by Monday.

Last Day to Sign Up!
All interested students are invited to a working lunch to create a Student Veterans Association from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the Library Special Collections Room.  If you plan to attend, reply by today to Lily Salinas at 829-2718 or

Watermelon Bash!
Join the men of Lambda Chi Alpha as they host this annual festival. The event will be today from noon to 5 p.m. on Dubuis Lawn. If you are interested in participating as a team, please contact

UIW Jazz Ensemble Concert
The UIW Jazz Ensemble will perform a free concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Southwest School of Art and Craft, Navarro Campus, 1201 Navarro St. The ensemble will perform several of Ella Fitzgerald’s classics featuring vocalist Jacqueline Sotelo. This event is part of Jazz Market Exchange, an annual event associated with “JAM” and has multiple sponsors. For more information, contact Jim Waller, the director of the ensemble, at (210) 829-6066 office or

Spring Fling and Turbo Turtle Race
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! You can still adopt a turtle 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.

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.

Mexico and U.S. Political Interest Talk
The Department of Political Science is sponsoring a presentation by Alejandra Yañez Vega on Mexican interested in the upcoming United States presidential elections. The presentation entitled “Mexico and the 2008 American Presidential Elections” will be at 7 p.m. Monday, April 14 in Bonilla Science Hall 129 with a reception to follow. Everyone is welcome. Alejandra Yañez Vega is the director of international studies and the program in political science and public administration at the Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM). For more information, contact Dr. Scott Dittloff at (210) 829-2713 or

Landscapes and Landmarks of Play
Students, teachers and other professionals are invited to the fourth anniversary of the Joe L. Frost Children’s Play and Play Research Collection. The seminar will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 with a reception to follow in the Library Auditorium. The agenda is as follows:

3 p.m. Welcome

Dr. Lisa Uribe-Kozlovsky and Mr. Cary Clack, Master of Ceremonies
Opening Remarks: Dr. Terry Dicianna, Provost

3:15 p.m. The National Landscape “The Ecology of Play”

Dr. Joe Frost , Ed.D., L.H.D., Parker Centennial Professor Emeritus, University of Texas in Austin

3:45 p.m. A National Landmark “Making Way for Play: The Evolution of a Museum”

Ms. Betty Bordner, director of the Woodbury Preschool and education director at the Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester, New York

4:15 p.m. A National Advocate “The Voice of Play”

Mr. Tom Norquist, past president of the International Play Equipment Manufacturer’s Association (IPEMA)

4:45 p.m. Awards

5 p.m. Recognition of Sponsors

5:15 p.m. Reception, Special Collections Room

Tour the Frost Collection during this time and sign the guest register.

6 p.m.  Introduction of Panel and Documentary, Library Auditorium

6:15 p.m. Premiere: “Where Do the Children Play?” Edited by Elizabeth Goodenough

Panel Discussion:
Dr. Edwin Miller , Alliance for Childhood (Moderator)
Dr. Dorothy Ettling , Women’s Global Connection
Dr. Diane Fisher , La Vernia ISD
Ms. Hilda Salas , San Antonio ISD
Ms. Toni Marie Van Buren , United Way of San Antonio

Free Movies
Celebrate the Earthdance Short-Attention Span Environmental Film Festival at UIW. Come see funny, funky, uplifting short films celebrating nature and the environment at 7 p.m. April 17 in the Library Auditorium. Pet a bee, meet a professional tuber, see blind birders of the Rio Grande, and more. Bring a friend!  The screening is brought to you by the Headwaters Coalition. See trailers at The event is part of UIW’s celebration of Earth Month. Find the rest of the schedule at "Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It was loaned to you by your children." -Kenyan Proverb

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. For more information, call Dr. Amalia Mondriguez at 829-3894 or Dean Dan Ochoa at 829-2707. Included in the program will be:

  • Students of the four Brainpower schools reading their own original poems, short-stories and essays (Spanish and English) to the audience
  • An exhibit of students’ art (photography, painting, drawings). All their art and writing was created for the Brainpower Literary and Art contests within the Social Justice topic.They have written about child abuse, homeless people, immigrants and war, among other topics.
  • String music by Estudio Cuatro (the cuatro is a musical instrument that looks like a guitar).
  • Acclaimed children’s author Dr. Carmen Tafolla talking about her new book It’s Not Fair! EmmaTenayuca’s struggle for justice (Wings Press, 2008).
  • Roxana Basaldúa reading her bilingual book La Leyenda del Cascarón and will teach the children how to make cascarones.
  • Heather Powers, illustrator and president of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators teaching how to make “The Magic Book” (a mini book).
  • Students in the UIW Spanish program presenting a puppet play in Spanish: El León Comelón.
  • Members of the Puerto Rican Heritage Society reading children books from Puerto Rico.
  • The publisher of Raining Rainbow displaying and selling books.The Twig Bookshop will sell books as well.
  • Some agencies that will be present are The Children's Advocacy Agency and IDRA.

Tickets are still available for the Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show
Get your tickets for $75 now! Tickets to the event include a runway style fashion show, silent auction and luncheon. The Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 21 at the Marriott Rivercenter, 101 Bowie Street. To buy your tickets, call (210) 829-6013. More information is available at

Cutting Edge Fiesta Medals Available
UIW is proud to present the 2008 Cutting Edge Fashion Show Fiesta Medal. Medals are only $7 and can be purchased through the Fashion Department at (210) 829-6091 or visit AD 112. Trading Fiesta medals is an important part of Fiesta fun!  Buy your UIW medal today!

KUIW Formal fundraiser
The 2nd annual KUIW Suits & Shirts Gala is the formal fundraiser of KUIW Internet Radio.Guests can add their favorite music or radio T-shirt to their formal attire and show their support for KUIW Internet Radio at this fabulous event. Festivities kick off at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at Panchito's Mexican Restaurant (4118 McCullough Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212). There will be a silent auction followed by dinner and awards presentation at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $45 per person, and a portion of the proceeds benefiting the PAL Foster Youth Center of Baptist Child & Family Services ( If you would like to purchase tickets, sponsor studentattendees or donate silent auction items, please contact the KUIW studios at (210) 805-5849 or KUIW Operations Manager James Longoria at (210) 837-6503.

Student Melissa Baker beat out Dr. Dianna Tison, Dr. Shawn Daly and T.J. Williams during the Iron Chef competition on Wednesday.

The ambassador from Tunisia, Mohamed Nejib Hachana (center), along with two members of the Tunisian community in Texas (left), were visiting with UIW officials to initiate a relationship between the university and Tunisia to establish an exchange of students and faculty with that country.

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 demonstration is over, but you can still click the link if you missed the demonstration.
  • CoursEval software demonstration from 2-3:30 p.m. today in the Library Auditorium

Important Message from the Comptroller’s Office
In order to close out the 2007/2008 fiscal year, we need your cooperation in the following areas related to the unrestricted operating budget. If you have any questions, please call 829-6037.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

  • April 14: Purchase orders for 07/08 will be suspended on April 14, 2008 to process and ensure the appropriate charge to this fiscal year.  Any invoices received for goods purchased without an advance purchase order may not be paid and may be the responsibility of the individual who ordered the goods. Purchase orders for the remainder of the current fiscal year 07/08 which is $500.00 or more individually or in the aggregate for a department must be signed by the respective Vice-President.  Furniture and equipment purchase orders must be approved by the Vice President for Business and Finance or the President.  Any vendor credits or refunds related to fiscal year 07/08 will be credited back to fiscal year 07/08.  They may not be applied to fiscal year 08/09.  
  • May 2: Petty cash requests for fiscal year 07/08 will be suspended on May 2, 2008. 
  • May 9: All outstanding receipts must be turned in to the Business Office by May 9, 2008 to settle outstanding petty cash to ensure a proper charge to fiscal year 07/08. 
  • May 23: The University credit card billing for May will cut off on the 23rd.  Any charges for May not reflected on that statement will be charged to the subsequent fiscal year.
  • May 30: Only items or services that are received and exhausted before May 30, 2008 can be charged to the 07/08 fiscal year.  If equipment or supplies are not received, or actual travel does not occur before May 30, 2008, it will not be charged to this fiscal year.
  • May 30: To allow lead time in ordering, purchase orders for services and supplies that will not be received or paid for by May 30, 2008 may now be made in advance of the new fiscal year by citing the account number to be used in the new fiscal year and noting “FY09 expense” on the purchase requisition.    These expenses will be charged directly to fiscal year 08/09.
  • June 2: Petty cash requests will resume on June 2, 2008.
  • June 6: Departments with open billings to third parties for services rendered (i.e. facilities rental) for this fiscal year need to provide copies of invoices to Tom Duckworth in the Payroll Office by June 6, 2008.  These billings will be set up as accounts receivable for this fiscal year.
  • June 6: All internal service request charges for fiscal year 07/08 (print shop, mail, bookstore, mileage, copy charges, etc.) are due to Tom Duckworth in the Payroll Office by no later than June 6, 2008. 
  • June 9: Any vendor invoices sent directly to your department for goods received by May 30, 2008 must be submitted to the Accounts Payable Department by June 9, 2008 with proper approval for payment to ensure the proper charge to fiscal year 07/08.   Please notify Accounts Payable by June 9, 2008 of any expected invoices not yet received.
  • June 9: All travel settlements must be submitted no later than 10 days after returning from travel.  Therefore any settlements received after June 9, 2008 will be charged to the following fiscal year.
  • June 13: Organization Status Reports (budget reports) for May will be sent out on or before Friday June 13, 2008.  These reports should be reviewed carefully in order to verify that all charges to fiscal year 07/08 have been posted. 
  • June 20: The books for the 07/08 fiscal year will be closed on Friday, June 20, 2008.  After this date no further invoices, journal entries, or other transactions will be accepted for the 07/08 fiscal year.  Any transactions received after this date will be posted to the subsequent fiscal year.

Community News

Gate Closure
The UIW gates along Hildebrand and Broadway, except the Burr Road entrance, will remain closed until about 9:30 a.m. Sunday, April 13 because of the Run for Brainpower 5K fundraiser. Drivers can access the campus only from the ICC, the 281 and the Burr Road entrances.

Recycling Forum
Join us at an open forum from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 in Marian Hall and learn more about recycling at UIW and in San Antonio.The guest speaker will be Zach Walter from Vista Fibers, the company handling our recycling and all the curbside in San Antonio.The program includes a 30-minute presentation on what good is happening and what we can do better. Then there will be time for questions and discussion.Refreshments will be provided.

San Antonio Warriors Semi-Professional Football Tickets
The San Antonio Warriors have achieved many accomplishments in their 5-year existence. Purchase season tickets for 2008 spring and fall games for a great price! Students can get season tickets for $7, adults for $15 and Fan Bus (including home games, away games and playoffs) for $30. Cash and checks are accepted. Make checks payable to The San Antonio Warriors. For information on tickets, call Kristin Garcia at 805-5863. Visit for team and schedule information.

Announcements from HASS

  • Tabitha Roberts, a senior English major, has had her paper “Rumi's Relevance in the Modern West” accepted for presentation and publication in the “Essentials of Rumi's Thoughts” Conference at the University of Texas at Austin, April 26-27. This 13th century Turkish Islamic mystic has been the best selling poet in the U.S. Roberts has been doing this research as a part of the Turkey Study Trip class led by Sr. Martha Ann Kirk.
  • The Semmes Gallery’s current exhibit, “The Density of Life” by Brian Johnson, was chosen as the Critic’s Pick in the April 2-8 issue of the San Antonio Current.
  • Student Diana Almeter’s “extended definition” essay has been accepted for inclusion in a new edition of Dr. Laura Olson’s book The College Writer. Dr. Pat Lonchar received permission to send the paper that Almeter had submitted in class to Olson and to use her paper as a sample of an excellent essay. Lonchar received word that not only will Olson include the student essay, she also wants Lonchar to send her assignment materials used in preparing the students to compose the essay. It is wonderful that the student will receive external confirmation of her solid writing ability and that Lonchar’s fine teaching was recognized in this way.

New KUIW Talk Show
“The Not So Late Show,” KUIW’s newest talk show, will air every Sunday from 5 - 7 p.m. The show, featuring DJ Memo and DJ Smiles, will approach various topics including social justice, the Holocaust and Hispanic nutrition.

KUIW Staff Positions Open
Encourage students to apply for jobs! There are seven staff positions open at the campus radio station, KUIW. These positions are 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.

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

Last day for 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). The last session will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 12 in the Administration Building Basement, Room 62. 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.

Faculty Focus

Book Review
Dr. Gary Keith, assistant professor of political science, had his book review published in the San Antonio Express-News.
Book review: Bob Bullock profane, feared, complex political genius

Election to Board of Directors
Donald Fox, assistant professor of theatre arts, has been elected to the Board of Directors for the USITT Southwest Regional Section. This is the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology and is the premier association for theatre design and technology.

Research Article Published
Dr. S. Bin Kong, professor of chemistry, recently co-authored a research article published in Letters in Drug Design & Discovery, 2008, 5, 104-107. The title of the publication is “New Peptide Neuroprotectants Against NMDA Neurotoxicity: Synthesis and Biological Evaluations of Linear Complestatin Analogs.” Complestatin is an aromatic acid produced by fungus, Streptomyces species. The therapeutic use of this compound as a new neuroprotectant is limited by its commercial availability due to the complexicity of its synthesis and low extraction rate from the original natural resources.

High Schools

St. Anthony Catholic High School

  • St. Anthony Yellow Jacket Lacrosse vs. Austin Leander at SACHS at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 12.
  • Memorial Mass for Stephen Perez, Corporal (Select), USMC, SACHS Alum, at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13 in St. Anthony’s Chapel
  • Fiesta St. Anthony will start at 7 p.m. Friday, April 18 in the UIW Rosenberg Sky Room. Joe Posada is the entertainer. 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.
  • Now Registering! Experience a true faith community, earn up to 18 college credits before graduation and enjoy 16 athletic programs! If you would like to register your child for St. Anthony Catholic High School, call (210) 832-5632, fax (210) 832-5633 or e-mail Spaces are limited, so early enrollment is encouraged. SACHS is located at 3200 McCullough Ave.

Incarnate Word High School

  • St. Anthony Incarnate Word Theatre is proud to present their Spring Production of Sabrina Fair at 7 p.m. April 10, 11, 17 and 18 in Mt. Erin Hall at IWHS. Tickets will be available at the door and cost $5 for adults and students, and $3 for age 12 and under. Sabrina Fair is the story of the wealthy Larrabee family of New York in the 1950s. Sabrina, the daughter of the family chauffeur, returns home after five years in Paris and quickly turns the world of the family on end with her newly found charm. It is a wonderful comedy of manners featuring a cast of 14, including both St. Anthony and Incarnate Word students. For more information or advance ticket reservations, contact Lara Willars at


Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

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. 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.

Our sympathy and prayers go out to:

  • Lois “Chips” Baumann and family on the recent loss of her husband, Ernest G. Baumann (UIW Extended Run Players).
  • Carlos Collazo (UIW friend) and family on the recent loss of Leandro V. Collazo.
  • The family of Rita E. Dobson (BSN ’78) on her recent death.
  • John Flannery Jr. and family on the recent loss of his wife, Caroline Olson Flannery (MA ’75).
  • Guy and Juanita Herff (BA ‘94) Chipman & family and Carolyn Herff Kennon (UIW friend) on the recent loss of their brother, August F. Herff Jr.
  • Anne Rahtjen and family on the recent loss of her mother, Joyce Arrington MacDonald (BSN ’51).
  • Paul and Janet Morris and family on the recent loss of his mother, Barbara Marya Johnson Morris (IWHS ’30).
  • The Sisters of Mount Carmel on the recent loss of Sr. Marie de Lourdes Romagosa (BA ’45).
  • Peter and Lynne Hennessey (UIW friends) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Louise Parker Sayers.
  • Gary Scheer & family on the recent loss of his mother, Kathryn Loftin Scheer (BA ’66, MA ’99).
  • The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate on the recent loss of David Gordon Tarlizzo, OMI (BA ’69).
  • Spencer H. Vallance and family on the recent loss of his wife, Barbara Tollen Vallance (BS ’61).