The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: August 22, 2008

Photo of the Week

Dr. Richard Gray celebrated his retirement from UIW after 25 years of service at a reception on Thursday afternoon.


Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
Aug. 24, 2008
“I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 16:19

A key is a practical tool that can either open a door or lock it shut. Those entrusted with keys have a certain power. The phrase “the power of the keys” was inspired by today’s Gospel, when Jesus entrusts the “keys” of the kingdom to Peter and his successors.

In a sense, we also share in this power. As Christ’s followers, we have the power to open doors to others or to shut them out. What an awesome power! The music we choose for Mass can open the door of faith for our parishioners; the way we deal with a bride (or mother of the bride!) in planning a wedding liturgy can open the door of understanding; our attitude toward a new choir member can open the door of welcome.

May we use the power of the keys wisely.

Loving God, help us through our ministry to open doors for others, and in so doing, open the doors to you.

Rev. James Chepponis
Office for Music Ministry
Diocese of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Copyright © 2008, National Association of Pastoral Musicians. Sunday Word for Pastoral Musicians is a weekly service of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, 962 Wayne Ave., Suite 210, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Campus Ministry Welcome Dinner
Join us as we welcome our students back with a free meal.With the support of the Knights of Columbus, Campus Ministry will serve an early dinner at the great oak tree by the Agnese/Sosa Living Learning Center from 4 – 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27.Come enjoy hot sausage, tortillas, cold lemonade and great fellowship. For more information, call Campus Ministry at 829-2736.

Incarnate Word Missionary Sending Ceremony
The Incarnate Word Sisters invite you to the Mass and reception to bless the 10 new people who have volunteered to work for a year or two with the needy in Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, Zambia and the U.S. The ceremony will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word at the Retirement Center.For more information, call 828-2224.

Mass of the Holy Spirit
UIW will hold its annual Mass of the Holy Spirit from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 24 in Our Lady’s Chapel.

Campus Ministers Weekly Prayer
Campus Ministry staff will gather in prayer each Monday morning for the UIW community. If there is a specific prayer intention you would like us to include, e-mail any of the campus ministry staff – Trevor Alexander at, Lena Gokelman at or Beth Villarreal at Our first week of prayer will be focused on our incoming freshman and transfer students. For more information, contact Beth Villarreal at 829-2736.

Belonging to the Cosmos
Alexandra Kovats, csjp, PhD., will speak on “Belonging to the Cosmos: The Word Becoming Flesh” on Sept. 20 in the Christus Heritage Hall at The Village at Incarnate Word. The unfolding story of the universe and its implications for articulating an ecological spirituality for our times will be the focus of the day. Special attention will be given to the cosmic principles of differentiation, subjectivity and communion and their implications for the spiritual journey, to live a more awakened, compassionate life. The deadline to register is Sept. 13. For more information, call Sr. Audrey O’Mahony at 829-3939.


ROTC Contracting Ceremony
The Army ROTC Contracting Ceremony for all ROTC scholarship winnerswill begin at 11 a.m. today at theUIW Library Auditorium followed by a luncheon being held at the Fort Sam Houston Golf Course clubhouse located on Harry Wurzbach. Comeout and support your new fellow ROTC cadets!For more information, call Capt. Varela at (210) 379-1997.

Campus Visit Day
Admissions will hold a Campus Visit Day from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 in the library auditorium.

Welcome Week Luau
Student Government Association is hosting a Welcome Week Luau from 4 - 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 on Dubuis Lawn. Welcome Week is an annual event to engage first-year students with the campus life environment. It also gives students a chance to meet the new student government officers. SGA will be providing food, entertainment and prizes.

Feik School of Pharmacy Blood Drive
The Feik School of Pharmacy will be holding a blood drive from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.Monday Aug. 25 in the Pharmacy Building Room 478 (Media Room). In the summer months, the blood supply generally runs low, so we need as many donors as possible. Donors will receive snacks, juice and a t-shirt for your effort to donate the gift of life. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 lbs, be in general good health and avoid aspirin 24 hours before the donation. A photo ID is required. The following will be accepted: drivers license, military ID, school ID, credit card with photo or passport. For more information, contact the Office of Student Affairs at 883-1063 Ms. Dicianna or 883-1062 Mrs. Hernandez. We hope to see you there representing our Feik School of Pharmacy!

Last Chance to Catch the Olympics!
The Olympics will be broadcast live in the Olympic Center in the International Conference Center on two big screen TVs. Enjoy free popcorn and drinks! All students, faculty and guests are invited.For more information, contact Jose F. Martinez Jr. at 832-3294 or The viewing schedule is below:

Friday, Aug. 22, 7-10 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 23, 6:30-10 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 24, 6-10 p.m. (Closing Ceremony)

Cardinal Camp
UIW’s 2nd Cardinal Camp will be from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. today. Check-in will be in the Fine Arts auditorium. Cardinal Camp is sponsored by the Student Center & Leadership Activities and First Year Engagement, designed to introduce new students to academic and campus life, first-year issues and new friends. Visit the Web site at more information, contact Kristy Pacheco at or 805-3069 or Kristin Garcia at or 805-5836.


Countdown to Kickoff
The University of the Incarnate Word invites you to attend the Countdown to Kickoff Blessing and Barbecue. Relax and enjoy your Labor Day, Sept. 1, with us as we celebrate at the new Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium. The festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with a special blessing by Archbishop José H. Gomez, followed by a barbecue courtesy of Bill Miller Bar-B-Q, Coca Cola and Silver Eagle Distributing/Bud Light. Enjoy the activities of the day and meet UIW athletes at FanFest. The new Cardinal football team will hold their first public practice so come on out and cheer on the team. There will be food and fun for the whole family. The event is free and open to the public so mark your calendars now.

Study Abroad Information Session
There will be a study abroad information session from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 in the ICC auditorium. Drinks and light snacks will be provided. Parents are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Study Abroad Coordinator Alanna Taylor at (210) 805-5709 or

Study Abroad Fair
There will be a study abroad fair from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 in Marian Hall. Representatives from sister schools will be there to answer questions. For more information, contact Study Abroad Coordinator Alanna Taylor at (210) 805-5709 or

Memorial Service for Fr. Philip Lamberty, O.P.
This summer, Fr. Philip Lamberty, O.P., passed away July 17, just a month after he retired as university chaplain. We will be remembering Fr. Philip and celebrating his life in a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 in Our Lady’s Chapel (first floor of the Administration Building).For more information, contact the Campus Ministry Offices at 829-3128.

Platform for the Common Good
In this election year, what does it mean to be a faithful citizen?Learn about the Platform for the Common Good and discuss issues that matter from noon to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30in Marian Hall Ballroom and from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 in the Assembly Room of the Village at Incarnate Word (formerly called IW Retirement Center, from UIW enter through glass door of the building to the right behind the Brackenridge Villa). Snacks will be provided, and brown bag lunches are welcome. The discussion will be led by Dr. Gary Keith and Becky Quigley Williams who were representatives for the Sisters at the Convention for the Common Good in Philadelphia in July.

Play Day for Peace
The annual Play Day for Peace will be from 10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 22 on Dubuis Lawn (in case of rain, in the Wellness Center).Children from several San Antonio schools will participate at UIW in activities that promote peaceful play. Play Day for Peace is hosted by students of the UIW Dreeben School of Education under the direction of Dr. Mary Ruth Moore, an international leader in the value of play in children’s education.

Department News

Orientation for Tenure/Promotion
Dr. Roger Barnes, chair of the Rank and Tenure Committee, will hold an orientation session at noon today in AD 155 for faculty who will be going through the tenure/promotion process this academic year.This is a repeat of the meeting that was held in May. For more information, contact Roger Barnes at 829-3976 or

Community News

UIW in the News
Incarnate Word scores academic grant from USDA

Parking Permits
Campus Police will be issuing warning tickets from Aug. 25-29, and will begin giving regular tickets on Sept. 2. Be sure to get your parking permits!

VIA Bus Passes
Monthly and semester bus passes are available at the Student Center desk in Marian Hall. Monthly bus passes are available for $25 and semester bus passes cost $25 for UIW students, faculty and staff who have an ID card. For more information, contact the Student Center desk at 841-7360 or Student Center Manager Steven Tiffany at 832-3213.

Faculty Photos
If you haven’t already had your photo taken for the faculty member database, your turn is coming soon! A photographer will be taking every faculty member’s photo at each school’s workshop. Please keep in mind that it is imperative to be on time so all photos can be taken before the workshops begin. We will be working on a tight schedule. Please come prepared to have your photo taken at your respective workshop! Photos will be kept on file in the Office of Public Relations, used in the Word Magazine and available for you to submit to publications as needed. Thank you for your cooperation! The schedule is below:

10:30 a.m. today in the Nursing Building, Room 219 (across from Anna Everett Lecture Hall)

Business and Administration
8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29 Heritage Hall, IW Retirement Center

10:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 Tilton Room, Joyce Building (lobby area)

Burr Road Parking Rules
To prevent congestion, the City of Alamo Heights will restrict parking on the curb of Burr Road between Broadway and N. New Braunfels from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The area will be patrolled by police, and illegally parked vehicles will be subject to citation or towing.

Faculty Focus

Welcome back, faculty!

High Schools

St. Anthony Catholic High School

  • Aug. 22: Early dismissal / In-service / Last day to drop/add
  • Aug. 25: High School/University (Senior) Connection Classes begin
  • Aug. 29: Varsity Football-Memorial at home at 4 p.m.
  • Aug. 31: Community Liturgy

Incarnate Word High School

  • Aug. 22: Back to School dance
  • Aug. 22: Volleyball (Northeast Tournament) at Roosevelt H.S (Johnson H.S. 10 a.m.; Alamo Height H.S. 11 a.m.; and East Central H.S. at 2 p.m.)
  • Aug. 23: Hosting Princeton Review practice ACT/SAT combo exam and a practice PSAT (8:30 a.m. in the cafeteria)
  • Aug. 26: Freshman Tie Ceremony at 8:15 a.m. in the gymnasium
  • Aug. 28: Sophomore Pin Ceremony during Reserve Time in the gymnasium
  • Aug. 29: Back to school Mass at 8:15 a.m. in the gymnasium
  • Aug. 29: Volleyball (Arlington Tournament) at Sam Houston H.S. in Arlington, TX.First game is 10 a.m. against Longview High School.
  • Aug. 30: Cross Country (Northside Invitational) at Hardin Complex at 8 a.m.
  • Sept. 4: Back to School night at 5:30 gymnasium
  • Sept. 12: Back to School picnic from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. behind the main building

St. Anthony/Incarnate Word Theatre Production
All shows are performed in the IWHS gymnasium. Tickets cost $6 for adults and students, and $3 for children 12 and younger. For more information, contact 829-3100 or Below is the theatre schedule:

Bridge to Terabithia
A heart-warming musical adaption of the Newbery Award winning children’s novel.
By Katherine Paterson and Stephen S. Tolan
Shows are at 7 p.m. Sept. 18, 19 and 20


Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.


Sign up now for the United Way Day of Caring. All participants get a t-shirt with this logo!

United Way/Days of Caring
UIW has again teamed up with United Way for its annual Days of Caring.Our participation day will beFriday, Oct. 3, and our project is a carnival with the theme, “Celebrating Hispanic Heritage” on the grounds of the San Antonio State Hospital.The carnival is a monthly event sponsored by the SASH Volunteer Service Council, and council members will provide help and supervision.We will leave UIW by bus at 8 a.m.Upon arrival, orientation and set-up will be from 8:30–10a.m. and the carnival will operate from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.Our duties will include staffing various booths of games, arts and crafts, drinks, snow-cones, popcorn, etc., and some volunteers will work the serving line for the lunch. Tear-down and clean up will be from 1–2:30 p.m., and volunteers will be returning to UIW by 3 p.m. All participants will receive a t-shirt, breakfast, lunch and transportation to and from the project.To volunteer, e-mail Roslyn Grimes at deadline to sign-up is Aug. 25.Please help show United Way that UIW is here to help! (Participation in this project does not count as community service hours).