The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: September 12, 2008

Photo of the Week

Employees and students gathered at the Westgate Circle on Thursday to remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Sept. 14, 2008
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.” John 3:16a

Jesus told Nicodemus that the Son of Man had to be lifted up so that those who believed in him may have eternal life. Moses fashioned a bronze serpent so that those who had been bitten by the seraph serpent would be healed once they gazed upon it.

On this great feast of exaltation, let us hold our musical banners high and rededicate ourselves to the cross.Many of us are just getting back to the pastoral music routine after summers filled with weddings, funerals, NPM conventions and vacation.Some of our colleagues have moved on to greater rewards or have found themselves without routines to come back to. As we raise our eyes to the cross, let us be mindful that Jesus came so that we, pastoral musicians and all the faithful, might indeed have eternal life.

Lord Jesus, it is by your cross that we are redeemed.We give you thanks and we praise you.

Meyer J. Chambers
Boston College
Boston, Massachusetts

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. Phone (240) 247-3000. Fax (240) 247-3001. E-mail

Monday’s Weekly Prayer Topic
Division of Student Life
Specific prayer intentions may be e-mailed to one of the Campus Ministry staff,,

Faithful Citizenship
Read thecall for social justice through “faithful citizenship” Find the full document “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility” from the Catholic Bishops of the United States which calls us to consider the moral implications of public issues at

Belonging to the Cosmos
Alexandra Kovats, csjp, Ph.D., 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.


Cancellation – Today’s Doctoral Program Gathering
Due to impending inclement weather, today’s Fall 2008 Doctoral Program Gathering has been canceled. This important event will be rescheduled at a later time. For more information about the Dreeben School of Education Doctoral Program, visit  

Faculty Family Potluck Supper – Postponed
The Faculty Family Potluck supper scheduled for Saturday night will be postponed because of weather conditions.

White Coat Ceremony
The Feik School of Pharmacy will hold the 2008 White Coat Ceremony at 2 p.m. today in the Rosenberg Sky Room. The White Coat Ceremony symbolizes the commitment of the first-year pharmacy students to their profession as they don their white coats and take an oath pledging their devotion to providing the best patient care possible. 

Vacation/Travel Opportunities
Corporate Travel Planners, our new travel agency, will host a wine and cheese social from 4 – 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 in the Special Collections Room. Christy Prescott, owner of CTP/Rennert Travel will be on-hand, along with her staff, to share the perks available for our employees and alumni who book travel with them. They will answer your travel questions and give you information about the new and exciting possibilities from Corporate Travel Planners. If you plan to attend, please RVSP by 4:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12 to Roz Grimes at Ext. 2748 or

Joining Hands and Hearts Across the Border
Please invite students to “Joining Hands and Hearts Across the Border,” a community service and social justice trip to Piedras Negras, Mexico. There are two trip dates: Sept. 19–21 and Oct. 17-19. Learn more of the challenges of globalization, maquiladoras, border realities, and Christian Social Teaching. The cost is $60 per person, but just $20 will reserve the place. The trip can be counted for 10 to 20 community service hours. Participants must attend a preparation meeting and must have the required documents to go to Mexico. For more information or to register, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at or 829-3854. Food and monetary donations are welcome.

The Extended Run Players
The Extended Run Players will present “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward. It is a witty comedy about love (and jealousy) that lingers after death. The performance will be in the Elizabeth Huth Coates Theatre. 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, Sept. 12: 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 13: 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 14: 2 p.m.

Memorial Service
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.

Constitution Day
HASS and the Department of Political Science will host UIW’s annual Constitution Day observance on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Because of the focus on elections this year, we explore the question of the Constitution and voting rights. Dr. Gary A. Keith, assistant professor of Political Science, will chair a panel that will include three distinguished San Antonio voting rights lawyers, Rolando Rios, Jose Garza and Nina Perales. The panel discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 in the Library Auditorium with a question and answer period and refreshments. For more information, contact Gary Keith at  or Ext. 2183.

SGA Open Forum with Administrators
The annual Open Forum gives students an opportunity to express their concerns to administrators. SGA invites each head administrator to attend the forum, which allows one-on-one communication between administrators and students. SGA has been hosting this event for years as a way address major student concerns on campus, and previous years have show the forum to be the foundation for student concern solutions. The forum will be at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18 in the Student Center. For more information, contact Denise Hernandez at

Speakers for Achievement and Success
Mark your calendars and encourage your students to attend the fall presentation sponsored by the UIW Speakers for Achievement and Success Committee. Clint Swindallwill present Engaged Leadership: Pursuit of a Balanced Life at noon Thursday, Oct. 2 in the Marian Hall Ballroom. Swindall believes that life balance is about being engaged at all levels of life, with a focus on career, health, mind, relationships and values. He helps participants understand the simple things that can be done to put it all in perspective in pursuit of a balanced life.A light lunch will be provided, and bag lunches are welcome.

Department News

Hurricane Precautions
The Technology Department strongly encourages UIW employees in San Antonio and Corpus Christi to power off PCs, printers, faxes, etc., as a precaution before leaving for the weekend. This would be a good time to back up the files on your computer to a thumb drive, CD, or other portable media, especially if you aren’t normally in the habit of doing so. If you have questions, contact the UIW Help Desk at 2721.

Budget Management in Banner 7
There will be training available on Budget Management in Banner 7 at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19 and 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 in the Library Room G16 (ground level). This is for deans and department heads interested in training in budget management in Banner. Banner Navigation is a pre-requisite for the course, and will be offered immediately before the class. In addition, you will have to have access to your particular departmental budget or budgets prior to the class. Contact Tom Duckworth at ext. 1222 to reserve your place.

Banner 7 Navigation training will be available for those of you interested in a refresher course prior to the Budget Management training, beginning at 9 a.m. in Library Room G16.Contact Carol Morales, Banner Trainer/HR Specialist at Ext. 5845 to reserve your place.

Technology 4 Lunch
The Technology 4 Lunch program is back for the 2008 fall semester. The first class is the Blackboard Jumpstart course. Blackboard enables faculty to enhance instruction with online components that manage course content, develop collaboration and increase communication between students and instructors. The Blackboard Jumpstart course provides UIW faculty with the tools they need to use Blackboard resources. This course will cover the most fundamental components and useful features of the Blackboard course management system. The class will be from noon – 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 and Thursday, Sept. 18 in Room G16 (on the ground floor of the library). Reservations are required, and space is limited to eight participants. E-mail Terry Peak at before 4 p.m. Sept. 15 for reservations and further information. At least five participants are necessary for the class to take place.

Critical Incident Training
All administrators, faculty and staff are asked to attend one of the mandatory Critical Incident Training sessions given on the dates listed below. All session will be in the library auditorium. This is in order to keep within the guidelines of the Clery Act and to be better prepared during a critical incident. Campus Police requests you e-mail with the date you will be attending. For more information, call Ana Fuentes in Campus Police at 829-6030.

  • Thursday, Sept. 25 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 26 from 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 2 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 3 from 1 – 2 p.m.

Work-Study Students Available
The Office of Career Services is still meeting with a number of students who have been approved for work-study but have been unsuccessful at securing a position.If you need a work-study, contact 829-3931 or

Community News

UIW in the News
Incarnate Word posts record-high enrollment

Rave Test Today
UIW will test the Rave emergency messaging system today. All Rave subscribers will receive an emergency message Friday morning that reads: “This is a test of the Rave emergency alert system.” Pre-selected subscribers only will notify the Public Relations Office by phone or e-mail of the time they receive the emergency test message.There is no need for other Rave subscribers to respond to the emergency test.

School Closure Information
The quickest and easiest way to get information about university closures is to sign up for Rave Alert, which will send a text message to your cell phone and an e-mail to your account in case of a school closure. To sign up, go to Alerts are sent in the case of closure because of extreme weather or emergency.

Word Today Distribution List
If you know of any new employees who might not be receiving the Word Today, please ask them to contact Ashley Festa at to be added to the distribution list.

Download State of the Campus Address
Dr. Agnese’s State of the Campus address is available on iTunes! To download, log into Blackboard and open iTunes from your My UIW page in order to get to UIW iTunes U. “Greetings from the President” is on the home page. Click on that, then click on the Audio tab, and it’s the only recording there. Log in to Blackboard at

Light the Way Workdays
The holidays are approaching, and UIW is gearing up for the 23rd annual Light the Way celebration! The yearly event is the university’s way of kicking off the holiday season, and volunteers are needed to help get the lights ready. Have a free breakfast and lunch, and get community service hours. Get ready to join students and employees for some early holiday cheer! The volunteer schedule is below:

  • Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. – noon at St. Anthony Catholic High School
  • Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. – noon at UIW Marian Ballroom
  • Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. – noon at St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Elementary

Media Guide Forms
Please fill out and return the Media Guide forms that you received to Ashley Festa in the PR office (CPO 316). The Office of Public Relations is trying to update the guide for this academic year, so time is of the essence. This form is for faculty members, deans and directors who might be asked to speak to the media about their area of expertise. If you did not receive a form or need a new one, e-mail to get an electronic copy. Even if you do not wish to participate, please return this form so we will have a record of your choice. Thank you for your cooperation!

Donate Items for Lawn Sale
The annual Mission Lawn Sale will be Tuesday, Sept. 23. Please bring your “gently used items” to the Administration Building Room 151.

Announcement from McNair Scholars
Tara Tovar-Vidales recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.She was a 2000 graduate in biology and a member of the first cohort of McNair scholars. While an undergraduate, she worked under the mentorship of Dr. Foglesong. The title of her dissertation is Tissue Transglutaminase in Glaucoma. Dr. Tovar-Vidales is the first McNair scholar from our program to earn a Ph.D.

Faculty Focus

Dr. Jeannie Scott has accepted the position of Acting Assistant Dean in the H-E-B School of Business & Administration. The search committee, made up of HEBSBA faculty, unanimously recommended Dr. Scott for the position. In June 2009, the position will be included in the budget, and the Assistant Dean position will become permanent. In the meantime, Dr. Scott will remain the MBA Director. Congratulations Dr. Scott!

High Schools

St. Anthony Catholic High School

  • Sept. 17: Meet the faculty from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Sept. 28: Community Liturgy

Incarnate Word High School

  • Sept. 12: Back-to-School picnic from 5-7 p.m. behind the main building by the softball field
  • Sept. 16: Parent Coffee for Sophomore & Junior Parents 8:15 – 9:30 a.m. in Mt. Erin Alumnae Hall

Catholic School Sweepstakes
Support Catholic education and have a chance to win a 2009 Ford. Catholic Life Insurance has donated the grand price for the drawing: the choice between a 2009 Ford F150 truck, a 2009 Ford Fusion or a $20,000 VISA prepaid credit card. Many schools within the Archdiocese of San Antonio are participating, but 100 percent of the money from ticket sales purchased from St. Anthony Catholic High School will go to that school. The prize winner agrees to pay all federal and state taxes due. The winner will be drawn Jan. 31. Tickets cost $5 each. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Alejandro Calderon at 832-5622.

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

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.

The following events have been cancelled:

  • Men’s and Women’s Tennis at Texas Open at San Antonio’s McFarlin Center Friday through Sunday
  • Men’s and Women’s Cross Country at Texas A&M Invitational on Saturday
  • Men’s Soccer vs Newman at Benson Stadium on Sunday

Forging ahead will be volleyball on this schedule, all in the McDermott Center:

  • Friday, vs Cameron, 10 a.m.
  • Friday, vs Abilene Christian, 12:30 p.m.

The UIW Women’s Soccer Team took to high ground:

  • Sunday at Dallas Baptist, noon

2008 Employee Campaign
The 2008 Employee Campaign began Sept. 9 and runs through Oct. 9. You will receive forms via campus mail, but you may also find it on the UIW Web site at Your contribution will be included in fabulous weekly prize drawings and will also be eligible for the Finale Party raffle! “The Future is in Your Hands” and together we can create the path that will lead to a great future! Please contact the Development Office at 829-6013 for additional information.