The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: September 26, 2008

Photo of the Week

Dr. Agnese spoke to a group from the Greek community during the Hazing Prevention Week mixer. Greek staff and students discussed the affects of hazing and UIW commitment to deliver a quality fraternity and sorority experience to the community.


Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 28, 2008
“Have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus…” Philippians 2:5

“I don’t want to do it anymore; I’m tired. I want to run away.” Ever feel like that? How many times can you play that same Mass setting until you want to scream: “Enough!”

That’s when we all feel like the first son in the Gospel. Quick to say no, wanting to say no. But like the first son we go back and we keep going, keep making music, keep serving our sisters and brothers.

In those moments when we find it difficult to keep going, when we want to say no, we need to keep in mind the example of Christ who “emptied himself” out of love for each of us and all of us. Sometimes it is only in the realization that Christ so loved us that we can find the strength and the dedication to continue serving God’s people with a similar love.

Lord Jesus, make my heart like yours, that I might empty myself in service of my sisters and brothers. May the music I make be a reflection of your love working in and through my life.

Rev. Ronald E. Brassard
Immaculate Conception Parish
Cranston, Rhode Island

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Theology on Tap
Discuss “Should we have the right to take someone’s life?” - Christian Ethics and the Death Penalty presented by Dr. Roger Barnes, sociology professor, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 in the Chapel Building Gathering Room. Please invite students to attend. For more information, contact Lauren Wappelhorst at (832) 257-9012 or


Faithful Citizenship
Call for social justice through “faithful citizenship”:Read Highlight #4 at Find the complete document at

Confirmation Classes Available
Campus Ministry will begin Confirmation classes to those who are seeking to complete their Sacrament of Initiation in the Catholic Church.Classes will begin Wednesday, Oct. 8 and last through February 2009. For more information, call Beth Villarreal at 829-2736.

Weekly Prayer
Health Professions – Nursing, Nuclear Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Sports Medicine
Specific prayer intentions may be e-mailed to one of the Campus Ministry staff,,

Worship Renewal
Music and the arts will be used to help open our minds and hearts to the Holy One and all creation. The renewal will be presented by Lena Gokleman, director of the UIW Music Ministry, Sr. Martha Ann Kirk and the Arts for Christian Worship Class. First Thursdays of each month from 1:30 - 2:40 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. For more information contact, 832-3207 or, 829-3854. Sponsored by Campus Ministry and Liturgical Outreach. The Oct. 2 Worship Renewal will be Music “Lifting Our Hearts.”


Light the Way Workday This Saturday
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! For more information, call PR at 829-6001. The volunteer schedule is below:

  • Sept. 27 from9 a.m. – noon at St. Anthony Catholic High School at 3200 McCullough Ave.
  • Oct. 4from 9 a.m. – noon at UIW Marian Ballroom
  • Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. – noon at St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Elementary at 112 Marcia Place

Campus Visit Day
Admissions will hold a campus visit day starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 in the library auditorium. For more information, contact Admissions at (210) 829-6005.

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 (Snacks will be provided, and brown bag lunches are welcome) and from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 in the Assembly Room of the Village at Incarnate Word (from UIW enter through glass door of the building to the right behind the Brackenridge Villa). 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.

Study Abroad Information Session
A study abroad information session will be held from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30 in the ICC Auditorium.Parents are welcome to attend.

International Food Festival
This year’s International Food Festival sponsored by Campus Ministry and International Programs will be from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 in Marian Hall Ballroom. You are invited to sample foods from around the world or provide a dish from your culture/ethnic background.If you are interested in providing a dish, contact Trevor Alexander at 829-3130 for more information.

Careers in Nonprofit Panel
Make the world a better place by falling in love with nonprofit work. Join the discussion at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 in the library auditorium. A breakout information session will follow. Light refreshments will be served.

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.

Real Women Have Curves
Five unforgettable mujeres, working in a tiny LA sewing factory, racing against the clock, dreaming of their futures, and learning to love their curves. The performance will be in the Cheever Downstage II 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:

  • Oct. 3 and 10 (Friday): 8 p.m.
  • Oct. 4 and 11 (Saturday): 8 p.m.
  • Oct. 5 and 12 (Sunday): 2 p.m.
  • Oct. 9 (Thursday): 7 p.m.

Blessing of the Animals
Bring your animals, live and stuffed, to UIW’s Blessing of the Animals, at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, the eve of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, at the Grotto. Information on the Headwaters Project will be available. The Headwaters Project is to preserve and restore the land including and surrounding the Blue Hole, headwaters of theSan Antonio River, whose stewardship rests with the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. For more information about the Headwaters Coalition, visit Blessing of the Animals is hosted by the Arts for Christian Worship Class and Campus Ministry. 

NFL Commissioner to Speak
The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and UIW present Roger Goodell, the NFL Commissioner, who will speak on the “Future of the NFL” at UIW. Registration for the luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will begin at noon on Oct. 8 in the Rosenberg Sky Room. If you plan to attend, you must make a reservation by Oct. 5. Reservations cost $40 per person for Chamber members and $55 for prospective members. A table of eight costs $450 for Chamber members and $500 for prospective members. A portion of the proceeds goes to the UIW football scholarship program. To reserve your place, contact the Chamber’s Special Events Department at (210) 229-2119.

The Mission Lawn Sale on Tuesday was a great success. Thanks to all who donated items and bought treasures. Proceeds will go to the Mission activities of Reach Out Africa and to support Mission activities of the UIW community.

Bestselling author Gregory Smith spoke Wednesday morning in the Rosenberg Sky Room about employee recruitment and retention.

Employee Appreciation Day was a success! Human Resources requests that if you have any ideas for next year’s event, please contact someone in HR to share your comments.

Employee Appreciation Day Winners
Starbucks gift basket- Liz Hernandez
CitiBank Gift Bag- Melissa Rucker
Sam’s Football Set- Elaine Anderson
$5 Smoothie King- Roberta Leichnitz
$5 Smoothie King- Cindy Escamilla
$5 Smoothie King- Rafael Parada
$5 Smoothie King- Laura Hasewinkle
COSTCO $20 Gift Card- Marveen Mahon
Lighthouse Gift Certificate- Phil Lampe
Lighthouse Gift Certificate- Heather Miller
Lighthouse Gift Certificate- Mike Santiago
Lighthouse Gift Certificate- Cynthia Rodriguez
Lighthouse Gift Certificate- Carol Morales
Lighthouse Gift Certificate- Rick Smith
$20 Wash Tub Certificates- Martha Gutierrez
$20 Wash Tub Certificates- Mary Beth Swoford
Spa D Santé Gift Certificate- Debra Del Toro
$25 HEB Gift Card- Tom Duckworth
$25 HEB Gift Card- Dr. Adrienne Ambrose
$25 HEB Gift Card- Dr. Denise Doyle
$25 HEB Gift Card- Rene Moore
$25 HEB Gift Card- Roslyn Grimes
$25 HEB Gift Card- Elisa Gonzales
$25 HEB Gift Card- Diane Echavarria
$25 HEB Gift Card- Charlene Lynch
$25 HEB Gift Card- Cristen Alicea
$25 HEB Gift Card-Jerry Garses
$25 Valero Gas Card- Connie Kuwamoto
$25 Valero Gas Card- Brynell Jameson
$25 Valero Gas Card- Dr. Julie Miller
$25 Valero Gas Card- Jeanette Curby
$25 Valero Gas Card- Mike Hood
$25 Valero Gas Card- Sr. Audrey O’ Mahony
$25 Valero Gas Card- Oscar Guerra
$25 Valero Gas Card- Sonia Gonzales
$25 Valero Gas Card- Sylvia Segura
$25 Valero Gas Card- Cynthia Pino
Central Market Gift basket- Idalia Rodriguez
Florame Gift Box- Jennifer Romo
Cambria Suites One Night Stay- Emeterio Gonzalez-Dimas

You can come by the Human Resources office to claim your prize!

SACHS Winners
$25 Valero Gas Cards- Megan Lesczynski
$25 Valero Gas Card- Yolanda Wood
$25 Valero Gas Card- Janet Perry
$25 Heb Central Market gift card- Nathan Torok
$25 Heb Central market gift card- Dan Sorola
$25 HEB Central market gift card- Eddie Marshall
Lighthouse Gift Card- Wright Daggett
Lighthouse Gift Card- Alejandro Calderon
$20 Wash Tub Certificate- Jessica De La Rosa
Central Market Gift Basket- Chihiro Legris

IWHS Winners
Lighthouse Gift Card- Meaghan House
$25 Valero Gas Card- Bruce Wills
$25 Valero Gas Card- Toni Collins
$20 Wash Tub Certificate- Jacqueline Utz
Ann Dunne
Michael Morris
Nicole Gonzalez
Tania Barrientos
Mary Ann De La Garza
Gloria Medrano

Department News

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 sessions will be held in the library auditorium. This training is necessary 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.

  • 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.

Spam E-mail Alert
A reminder from UIW Technology Services: We will never ask for your password by e-mail. Do not e-mail your password to anyone who asks for it. If you receive an e-mail that requests your account password for any UIW service, that e-mail is a form of spam called “phishing” no matter how legitimate it might sound.Do not respond to such an e-mail. Simply delete it. By doing so, you help Technology Services protect your identity and the databases that safeguard the personnel of UIW. Thank you!

MS in Community Psychology Program Open House
The UIW Masters of Science in Community Psychology will prepare students for work in program development/evaluation, organization and policy change, or for more higher education. You are invited to an informational open house from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 in Room 107 of the Joyce Building. RSVP to Angelica Khorram at Applications are due Thursday, Jan. 15. For more information about completing the graduate school application, contact Janet Kaufman at or Dr. María Félix-Ortiz at For more information, visit

Community News

UIW in the News
Area colleges share part of USDA grant

Turkish Classes
Have you always wanted to learn a new language, one that helps you communicate with students from another country? How about Turkish? UIW’s Institute of World Cultures now offers non-credit Turkish classes. Classes will be Tuesdays from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. starting Oct. 7 and ending Nov. 1 in the ICC. The cost is $80 plus $20 for the provided materials. The classes will be taught by native speakers who are UIW master’s degree students. For more information, e-mail Dr. Murat Tas at

Flu Shots
Influenza immunizations will be offered in the Demonstration Lab on the 2nd floor of the Nursing Building or in the Seminar Room (219). Shots cost $25 and can be paid in cash or by check made payable to UIW. To make a reservation, call 829-3126. The schedule is as follows:

  • Oct.1 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Oct. 8 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Study Abroad Tuition Discount
UIW tuition is being offered at a 50 percent discount through a grant for students who wish to study abroad in one of our sister schools located in Korea or Taiwan during Spring and Fall 2009. For more information, contact Study Abroad Coordinator Alanna Taylor at (210) 805-5709 or

Faculty Focus

Magazine Feature
Margaret Mitchell, of the theatre arts department, and Sr. Michele O’Brien were featured in the current issue of San Antonio Woman magazine. Mitchell’s article is about her work as a costume designer, written because she will receive the Jasmina Wellinghoff Special Contribution to Theatre Award on Oct. 5 at the Empire Theatre. The award is given to one person each year in the San Antonio theatre community. She is the third person from UIW to receive the award. Read the article at The article about Sr. Michele can be found in the same issue in the Up Front section starting on page 19.It is called “The Gift of Life” by Jasmina Wellinghoff.

High Schools

St. Anthony Catholic High School

  • Sept. 27: Football at 2 p.m. at Holy Cross
  • Sept. 28: Community Liturgy

Incarnate Word High School

  • Sept. 26: Volleyball at Providence at 5 p.m.
  • Sept 27: JV Volleyball Tournament at IWHS, time is TBA

Blessing of the Animals at SACHS
St. Anthony Catholic High School invites the San Antonio community and their furry friends to the annual SACHS Blessing of the Animals at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 28 at the school. All animals, big and small, are welcome to attend the event with the appropriate restraint (i.e. leash, cage, etc). Blessing of the Animals honors the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology.   This special day reminds us to respect all of the creations that call Earth home. For more information, contact Alejandro Calderon at 832-5605.

Comedy Night at SACHS
St. Anthony Catholic High School Class of 2010 presents “A Comedy Night”from 7 – 11:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Come for a night of dinner, music, dancing and San Antonio’s best comedians. The comedians are Freddy Hernandez, Danny Ingle, Richard “The Latin Lover” Trevino and your host for the night – James Munoz. Tickets are limited and cost $25 per person.For ticket information, call Blanca Leal at 832-5611 or Stella Mallard at 829-2708.

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 stay at SACHS. 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.


Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

2008 Employee Campaign
As of Monday, Sept. 22, the Employee Campaign has 20 percent participation. The total amount raised so far is $61,420. Of that, $25,163 has been designated towards Dr. Doyle's Faculty Development Endowment challenge gift for 2008. To obtain a form or for more information, visit or contact the Development Office at 829-6013.