The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: October 3 , 2008

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There was a great turnout at Saturday’s Light the Way workday at St. Anthony Catholic High School. Join the group this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in Marian Hall Ballroom for more Christmas cheer. The last workday will be from 9 a.m. – noon Oct. 11 at St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Elementary at 112 Marcia Place.


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
Specific prayer intentions may be e-mailed to one of the Campus Ministry staff,,


Gay Straight Alliance Meeting
There will be a Gay Straight Alliance meeting at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 in the Campus Ministry Gathering Room. It is open to all students, staff, administrators and faculty members who would like to support the group’s mission. For more information, contact Janet Kaufman at (210) 805-3551 or

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 for UIW employees and students will cost $40 per person, which is the Chamber member price. Nonmembers cost $55. 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 make a reservation, contact the Chamber’s Special Events Department at (210) 229-2119.

NFL Commissioner to Address Students
Please invite your students to a brief address at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8 at Benson Stadium where NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will speak to UIW students.

Jazz Ensemble Concert
The UIW Jazz Ensemble will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 in Palestrina Hall. The ensemble will feature works by a variety of composer/arrangers including UIW Adjunct Professor, Mark Pomerantz. Several professional musicians will be performing with the ensemble including Al Gomez, John Magaldi, Jerrold Feigenbaum and John Panzarella. UIW Research Assistant Dr. David Fike will be joining the ensemble on acoustic and electric bass.For more information contact Jim Waller at (210) 445-0412 or The concert is free and open to the public.

2008 Sr. Charles Marie Frank Lecture
The School of Nursing & Health Professions and STT, Delta Alpha at Large Chapter will present the 2008 Sr. Charles Marie Frank Lecture called  “Fifty-Two Tuesdays: Transforming Care at the Bedside” on Wednesday, Oct. 22. Mary A. Viney, RN MSN NEA-BC, will present the lecture. Registration and networking will begin at 12:30 p.m., and the program will be from 1 – 3 p.m. in the Rosenberg Sky Room. The cost is $5 for unlicensed nursing students, $10 for others and $30 for attendance and Nursing Continuing Education Credit. Please RSVP by Friday, Oct. 17 to Dr. Jennifer Cook at or (210) 829-3978. Contributions to the UIW Nursing School Expansion Campaign Fund are welcome.

Doctoral Information Session
Admissions will hold a Doctoral Information Session for interested and prospective students at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 in Marian Hall Ballroom. For more information and to RSVP, contact Graduate Admissions Counselor Janet Kaufman at (210) 805-3551 or

Debate Watching Party
The Political Science Department is having a debate watching party from 8-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7 and from 8-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15 in the Marian Hall Lounge. Everyone is welcome to watch.There will be snacks and post-debate analysis and discussion. For more information, contact Dr. Lydia Andrade at Ext. 3877, Dr. Scott Dittloff at Ext. 2713, or Dr. Gary Keith at Ext. 2183.

Pharmacy Meet and Greet
The Mission Retreat Advisory Committee invites you to meet and greet the faculty and staff of theFeik School of Pharmacy from 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 at the pharmacy building. October is National Pharmacy Month. Join us for a building tour, refreshments, and giveaways. Pharmacy students will provide information, blood pressure screenings, “brown bag” medicine assessments and a personal medication analysis! Bring your medications to find out whether you are taking them correctly. The pharmacy museum will be open and its curator, Billy Walker, will be available. The meet and greet shuttle will depart from Marian Hall to the pharmacy building every half hour beginning at 1:45 p.m.The last return shuttle will depart the pharmacy building for the main campus at 3:30 p.m.

Students, faculty and staff enjoyed sampling foods from many countries at this year’s International Food Festival.

The Speakers for Achievement and Success Committee sponsored Clint Swindall, who spoke to students and employees about “Engaged Leadership: Pursuit of a Balanced Life.”

Department News

Banner Access Request Form
Information Management Services will begin implementation of an access request form for all Banner, Argos, and Xtender accounts effective Monday, Oct. 6. The purpose of the form is to streamline requests IMS receives and will cover requests for new accounts, changes to existing accounts, and termination of account privileges. Completion of the form will require approval from a supervisor or hiring manager. Instructions on filling out the form as well as frequently asked questions will be posted on the IMS Web site. Questions about the new document may be directed to Sandy Givens at Ext. 3949 or Carol Morales at Ext. 5845.

Critical Incident Training – Last Session
All administrators, faculty and staff are required to attend one of the mandatory Critical Incident Training sessions. Today’s session from 1 – 2 p.m. in the library auditorium is the last opportunity to attend. For more information, call Ana Fuentes in Campus Police at 829-6030.

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

New Logos is Available
The September issue of The Logos is available throughout the campus.

RAVE Recipients
These people have been nominated for RAVE awards, and they will be recognized Friday, Oct. 3. Congratulations!

  • Michelle Beasley: ADCAP
  • Lance Beck: Facilities
  • Jacob Colunga: Campus Police
  • Kristin Garcia: Campus Life
  • Jose Herrera: International Programs
  • Bill Mulcahy: Facilities Management
  • Maria Ramirez: Business Office
  • Jack Rogers: Technical Support Services

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. 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

UIW students help disadvantaged people in Piedras Negras, Mexico, sharing food with the needy, helping orphans, supporting maquila workers on the September trip, “Joining Hearts and Hands Across the Border.”  

Donations Still Welcome
The students who went are now having a bake sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, by Dubuis Hall to raise money for food and school supplies to be sent to Mexico.  Also donations of money, food, and school supplies are welcome any time before the next student trip, Oct. 17-19. The box for donations is by Sr. Martha Ann Kirk’s office, Admin. 341,, 829-3854.

Faculty Focus

Dr. Elda Martinez and Dr. Michael Risku, both of the Dreeben School of Education, will present “Recruiting Math and Science Teachers: The University of Incarnate Word’s Community College Initiative” at the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education 2008 Fall Teacher Education Conference from Oct. 19-21.

High Schools

St. Anthony Catholic High School

  • Oct. 4: Football game vs. Antonian College Preparatory High School at UIW at 2 p.m.
  • Oct. 7: Blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at SACHS

Incarnate Word High School

  • Sept. 26: Volleyball at Providence at 5 p.m.
  • Sept 27: JV Volleyball Tournament at IWHS, time is TBA
  • Oct. 2-30: 8th Grade School tours
  • Oct. 3: University of Notre Dame admissions at Incarnate Word High School in the Guidance Office during modules 7, 8 and 9
  • Oct. 5-9: IWHS Phonathon
  • Oct. 9: Board of Trustees meeting at Incarnate Word High School in Mount Erin
  • Oct. 10: Pep Rally
  • Oct. 13: IWHS Heritage Week
  • Oct. 19: IWHS Open House from 2-5 p.m.

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
The 2008 Employee Campaign runs through Oct. 9. 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.