The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: July 18, 2008

Photo of the Week

UIW held a tree topping ceremony to celebrate the Alonso Ancira Tower parking garage reaching the highest point without serious injury to any of the workers. Those at the ceremony also signed a beam which was hoisted atop the building.


Help the Ronald McDonald House
Residence Life is collecting household supplies to donate to the Ronald McDonald House. Donation boxes are located in the Campus Life Office and on the first floor of the Administration Building. They need supplies to help clean the house, which needs to be germ free. For more information, call 829-6034 or e-mail or

They particularly need:
Powdered Laundry Detergent                             Garbage Bags (7-32 gallon)
Fabric Softener Sheets                                      Any Type of Disinfectant Spray
Disposable Dinnerware/Silverware                      Zip Lock Baggies (all sizes)
Shower Curtains/Liners (standard size)                Plastic Standard Pillow Covers
Plastic Twin Mattress Covers                             Clock Radios
Bath and Hand Towels                                       Twin Size Blankets
Plastic Pitchers                                                 Pots and Pans
Diapers (newborn to large)                                 Sewing/Mending Kits
Electric Can Openers                                         Electric Coffee Maker
Brooms (straw and plastic)                                Tooth Brushes/Tooth Paste
Bath Soap/Shampoo                                         Scotch Tape
Canned Foods/Nonperishable Goods                 Masking Tape
Writing Pens (black, blue, red)                            Permanent Markers
Postage Stamps                                               Manila File Folders (third cut)    
Scissors                                                           Electric Pencil Sharpener          
Magazines/Books for Adults                              Children’s Books/Games


Campus Visit Day
Admissions will hold a Campus Visit Day starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 19 in the Library Auditorium.

“Be a Star on Broadway” Orientation
Admissions will hold orientations from 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Thursday, July 24 and Friday, July 25 in Marian Hall Ballroom.

Deadline to sign up for TRiO Summer Bridge Program
The TRiO Student Success Program will be holding its annual Summer Bridge Program from July 20-25 for up to 40 incoming freshmen. The check-in time is from 3-5 p.m. in Marian Ballroom.It is a free orientation for first-year students and a registration form needs to be filled out and approved in advance.Today is the deadline to fill out the form, which can be picked up in AD 225. The main tenet of the SSP is to increase retention and graduation rates of its participants through the provision of a continuum of academic (i.e., tutoring) and nonacademic support services tailored to assist each participant from enrollment to graduation. For more information, call Dr. Rhonda Rapp or Lydia Perez Roberts at (210) 805-5812.

Alumni Golf Event
Enzo '02 BBA and Kristy Pellegrino '01 BBA,'03 MBA, in conjunction with the UIW Alumni Association, have organized a golf outing for UIW Alumni and the community on Friday, July 25. Registration is at 12:30 p.m. and tee time is 1 p.m. at Olympia Hills Golf Course. The cost is $29.50 and includes green fees, cart, and range balls. For more information and for RSVP information, please see the event page here, or contact Rick Smith in the Department of Alumni Relations at (210) 805-3595.


Last Herbal Tea Session
The Institute of World Cultures is sponsoring an opportunity to learn about herbal teas of the world. Discuss and learn about various ancient cultures and their uses of herbal tea. Enjoy music and meditation, and taste delicious herbal teas. The last session is about European teas on July 22, from noon to 2 p.m. in the ICC. The session costs $10 each, including take home materials. For more information, call the ICC at (210) 805-5838 or Rolla Alaydi at (210) 884-9196.

Department News

Instructional Technology Summer Training Schedule 2008
The free training classes are offered to faculty and staff by reservation only and seating is limited. All classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. The following sessions will take place in Room 230 of the Mabee Library. Make reservations via e-mail to: At least five participants must register for each session in order for the session to take place. Please contact Terry or Adela if you are unable to attend a session so that we can offer your seat to someone else. Upcoming classes include:

Aug. 11 & 12

Blackboard Basics

Aug. 13 & 14

Blackboard Advanced

Aug. 20-22

Practical Applications for Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2007

Community News

UIW in the News
UIW Cardinals add to football staff

Emergency Siren System Test
A test of the emergency siren system on campus is planned for Friday at 4:30 p.m. The test is only an exercise and no action is necessary. The test will include the following:

General Emergency Siren Warning

Severe Weather Warnings:

  • 30 second burst
  • Then 10 seconds off
  • This process will continue for 3 minutes

Campus Incident:

  • 7 second burst
  • Then 4 seconds off
  • This process will continue for 3 minutes

All Clear Signal:

  • 3 minute steady burst

Farewell Reception
Please join Technology in a farewell reception for Linda Perez who has worked at the university for 14 years. The reception will be from 3-4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24 in the Brackenridge Villa. Her last day is July 30. If you are unable to attend, you may e-mail farewell wishes to, and they will be included in an autograph book for Linda.

Recycling Reminder
The Vista Fibers recycling toters are for paper recycling only.Collapse and place your cardboard boxes by the side of the toters. Please do not place any plastic, glass or aluminum containers in the recycling toters.Thanks to all for your interest and continued support!

Construction at ICC
The UIW community should avoid the ICC construction area as much as possible because concrete trucks coming in and construction will make it difficult to get around the area.

Announcement from Alumni Office
The Alumni Relations Office will use (210) 829-6015 as its new fax number and not Brackenridge Villa. All incoming calls on (210) 829-6014 will be answered whether the calls are for Alumni or for the Brackenridge Villa.

Faculty Focus

Rave! Awards
Human Resources will hold a presentation to honor RAVE (Recognizing All Valuable Employees) recipients. It is a recognition event that is provided to the employees and shared with their supervisor. These employees have been recognized by another colleague or a student:

San Juanita “Janie” Rangel – Registrar
Anthony “Tony” Ramos – Technical Support Services
Sam Wages – Facilities Management
Roger Garza – Technical Support Services
Michael Moreno – Infrastructure Support
Cynthia Caballero – International Programs                    
Monica Poole – Special Events
Sylvia Carrier – International Programs
Cynthia Rodriguez – Registrar
Kedra Grant – Academic Advising
Paula Proud – Registrar
Dr. Hector Perez – HASS                      
Melvin Arnell – Technical Support
Armando Saliba – Foundation & Corporate Relations
Michael Castilleja – Comptroller

High Schools

Incarnate Word High School

  • Incarnate Word High School parking is being affected by the school’s renovations. There is a “tented” area under the covered parking.ADCaP faculty and students are advised to park away from that area, as the varnish being sprayed on classroom doors could be harmful to paint on cars.
  • July 31: The Incarnate Word High School Guidance Office will present its Student Leadership Orientation & Training Program on Thursday, July 31. Mónica Solis-Hoefl, who is the head of guidance, is the contact. Her office number is (210) 829-3110.
  • Aug. 11-12: Final fall registration
  • Aug. 14: Freshman and transfer orientation
  • Aug. 18: First day of school

St. Anthony Catholic High School

  • Aug. 2 Rummage Sale: St. Anthony Catholic High School will hold a rummage sale fundraiser to benefit the Class of 2010 on Aug. 2. Tables are available for all price ranges:  $25 per table in the air conditioned gym, $15 per table on the shaded driveway, $10 for a parking space (bring your own table) by the chapel. Extra table requests are $10 per table, bring your own chairs. Gates open for vendor set up at 7 a.m. The sale starts at 9 a.m.For more information, call 210-832-5611.
  • Aug. 8: Fish Camp for incoming freshmen
  • Aug. 9: Fish Camp for 9th grade parents
  • Aug. 11: Student Registration for grades 9 and 12
  • Aug. 12: Student Registration for grades 10 and 11
  • Aug. 15: Assumption of Mary
  • Aug. 18: Classes begin / Advisory schedule
  • Aug. 22: Early dismissal / In-service / Last day to drop/add
  • Aug. 25: High School/University (Senior) Connection Classes begin
  • Aug. 31: Community Liturgy


Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

Saint Peter Prince of Apostle School Summer Camp
The summer camp will be from June 2 – Aug. 5. It is available for children ages 3-12. For more information, visit

Travel Agency Changes
The University of the Incarnate Word would like to announce our new travel agency, Corporate Travel Planners Inc. We will continue to work with our dedicated travel consultant, Gail Genthner. In addition to our business and group travel, we will be rolling out a program for students and staff called Vacation Perks, namely benefits that are available to us when we book with CTP/Rennert. Corporate Travel Planners Inc. has been in business since 1991 and is San Antonio’s largest travel management company. For university, group or personal travel, please use the contact information below:

Business and Group Travel:
Gail Genthner at (573) 204-0641 or (573) 382-0295 (cell) or

Back-Up Business Travel Contact Information:
Pat Works at (210) 366-9565

Vacation Perks:
(210) 524-3394 or