The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: October 17, 2008

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Dr. Agnese gives Sr. Sally Mitchell OSF a certificate of recognition for her 20 years of service to the university. For Heritage Day, UIW honored more than 70 employees for their years of service at the Employee Recognition Ceremony in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word on Wednesday.


Confirmation Classes Available
Campus Ministry has started Confirmation classes to those seeking to complete their Sacrament of Initiation in the Catholic Church.Classes will run 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,,


San Antonio Invasive Species Workshop
Become part of a statewide volunteer effort to track and control invasive species at the San Antonio Invaders Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 1 at UIW and the adjacent Headwaters Sanctuary. Lunch will be provided. Workshop participants will learn the simple methods used to collect invasive species data and share it with others. Participation is limited, and an application is due by Oct. 18. For more information and to download the application, visit Send the application to Rachel Cywinski at Those chosen to participate will receive a message with the classroom location and meal choices. A digital camera is required, and a GPS unit is preferred.

Financial Experts to Speak
The H-E-B School of Business and Administration will have two renowned microfinance experts, Julian Nihill and Mary Rose Brusewitz, coming to campus. With more than 25 years experience working internationally, Brusewitz is a partner in the International practice group of Strasburger & Price, LLP. Nihill heads the Strasburger office in Mexico City, representing U.S. companies doing business overseas as well as foreign families and businesses investing in the United States. The event will be from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20 in Marian Hall Ballroom.Pizza and soda will be provided.

UIW’s Got Talent (Show) Auditions
Auditions for the first UIW’s Got Talent on Nov. 21 will be held from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 20-21 in the Fine Art Auditorium. You can sing, dance or perform skits as a group or solo. To make an appointment, e-mail Jessica Martinez at


Sr. Kathleen Coughlin, CCVI, vice president for institutional advancement, has her blood pressure taken at the Feik School of Pharmacy Meet and Greet on Friday afternoon.

2008 Sr. Charles Marie Frank Lecture – Deadline to RSVP
The School of Nursing & Health Professions and Sigma Theta Tau, 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.

Golden Harvest
Golden Harvest will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Golden Harvest is a citywide food drive sponsored by SGA every year. Students, faculty, and community volunteers come together and collect canned goods for local food agencies before the big holiday rush. For the past two years, more than four tons of canned goods have been collected! The UIW Student Government Association is the onlySGA in San Antonio who puts together a citywide food drive. For more information, contact Denise Hernandez at

Alexia Kelley, of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, gave a presentation calledBeyond Partisan Politics: Search for the Common Good” on Heritage Day.

Employees gathered in the Brackenridge Villa for a reception honoring the dedicated years of service acknowledged at the Employee Recognition Ceremony.

Students and the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word had a chance to chat and learn from one another’s experiences on Heritage Day.

Dissertation Defense
Alison Whittemore will be defending her dissertation at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20 in the library auditorium. The title of her dissertation is “Logistical Barriers Faced by Women on Parole: A Critical Ethnography.” Her dissertation chair is Dr. Roger Barnes.

Dissertation Defense
Sara C. Jackson will defend her dissertation titled “San Antonio Export Leaders: A Case Study of Third-Party Assistance for Small Business” at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21 in the library’s Special Collections Room. Her dissertation chair is Dr. Richard Henderson.

UIW Synchronized Swimming Water Show
Join UIW’s synchronized swimming team for a water show on Saturday, Oct. 25. Shows will be at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Barshop Natatorium. Admission for students, faculty and children costs $4 and for adults costs $7.

Golf Tournament
The Women’s Global Connection will participate in the fall AT&T Championship Golf Tournament Fundraiser from Oct. 22-26 at the Oak Hills Country Club. The fundraiser attracts many "greats" from the golfing world. UIW employees and students are invited to attend. Tickets prices are $10 good-any-day tickets and $25 weekend passes. For information and tickets, contact Cynthia Aguirre at 210.488-3386 or at  

UIW Community Orchestra Concert – Date Change
The UIW Community Orchestra will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3 in Our Lady’s Chapel. The orchestra will perform compositions from Mozart, Schubert and Dvorak and feature soloists soprano Jillian Cox and pianist Nicole Cabello Valadez. The event is free and open to the public. NOTE: The concert was previously scheduled for Oct. 27.

Faculty Recital
The UIW Music Department will perform a Faculty Recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 in Our Lady’s Chapel. The concert will feature music for organ, piano, vibraphone, voice, and guitar by classical, contemporary, and Latin American composers. The event is free and open to the public.

Cross Country Regional Meet
UIW’s Cross Country team will be hosting the NCAA South Central Regional meet at Live Oak City Park on Nov. 8. The men run the 10k at 9:30 a.m. and the women run the 6K at 10:30 a.m. This will be the first NCAA Regional CC meet in San Antonio's history. General admission costs $5, and all UIW students, staff and faculty get free admission! Come take part in this historic event and support the Cardinals! The women enter the meet ranked ninth in the South Central region. The women won the pre-regional meet Sept. 27 at Live Oak City Park, and the men came in second. For more information, visit

Department News

Voicemail Upgrade
The UIW Technology Department will be working with AT&T engineers to upgrade our voicemail system from Oct.16-18. For more information, contact Jim Parlett at (210) 829-3866 As part of the upgrade process, the following changes will take place:

  • Voicemail boxes cannot be added or deleted from the system until Oct. 21.
  • After the upgrade, you will be prompted to change your voicemail password when you first log in to your new voicemail box.
  • Old messages saved on the voicemail network will not be transferred to the new system. If you are saving voicemails on your phone, you should prepare for their deletion on or about Oct. 16.
  • Your username and greeting will be transferred to the new system

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!

Community News

Faculty Play
Act One Series, Volume XII, has chosen a play called “Danger! Murder at Midnight,” written by Michael L. Mercer to be performed at the Jump Start Theatre. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Oct. 17-18. Admission costs $10, to be paid by cash or check at the door. For more information, call (210) 656-0349 or visit

Fall Break Dining Hours
Hortencia’s Café will be open Friday and Saturday.

  • Coffee – 8 – 10 a.m.
  • Lunch – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Dinner – 4:30 – 7 p.m.

Marian Hall will be open regular hours on Sunday.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered their time to help with the Light the Way workdays!

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

Donations Still Welcome
Donations of money, food, and school supplies are welcome any time before the next student trip to Mexico, Oct. 17-19, for “Joining Hands and Hearts Across the Border.” The box for donations is by Sr. Martha Ann Kirk’s office, Admin. 341,, 829-3854.

Economic Policy Forum
The H-E-B School of Business and Administration will present an Economic Policy Forum from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in Marian Ballroom.The recent activity within the American economy will be discussed in lay terms. Learn about the effects of the economy on your financial future. Faculty presentations and a question and answer session will be included. Snacks will be provided.For more information, contact Kerri Crosby at Ext. 5007 or Dr. Michael McGuire at Ext. 3187.

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. Play Day for Peace is part of UIW’s Peace Day, which will be Oct. 29. Save the date! See the schedule at

Blackboard Training Opportunities
To assist faculty and staff in getting the most out of Blackboard, the Department of Instructional Technology has scheduled two opportunities for Blackboard training. The classes will take place in Room 230 of the library. A minimum of five participants is required. For more information or to make a reservation, e-mail Terry Peak at

Oct. 17 – Basic Plus
The Blackboard Basic Plus course is designed to provide experienced Blackboard users of with an opportunity to take advantage of additional of Blackboard features including course building, group management, and course content development. You learn how to activate these tools and integrate their use as a key part of your course. Participants will share their Blackboard experiences and develop a common set of best practices for maximizing the potential of these Blackboard tools. The class will be from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Oct. 17.

Faculty Focus

Chapter Review
Dr. David Foglesong, associate professor of biology, has reviewed a chapter entitled "Chromosome Segregation" of an upcoming book, Molecular Biology: Principles of Genome Function,at the invitation of the publisher, Oxford University Press.

Leaders in Kimse Yok Mu Solidarity and Aid Association in Istanbul thank Sr. Martha Ann Kirk for her efforts to help people understand their work. They presented her with a plate from Iznik, which was formerly called Nicea. 

Research Presentation
Sr. Martha Ann Kirk will present some of her summer research, “Seeds of Peace: Solidarity, Aid, and Education Shared by the Gülen Movement in Southeastern Turkey” at a conference called “Islam in the Age of Global Challenges, Alternative Perspectives of the Gülen Movement.” The conference is at the Georgetown University Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in Washington, D.C., from Nov. 13-15.

High Schools

St. Anthony Catholic High School
Homecoming against Central Catholic will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. For ticket information, call Alejandro Calderon at 832-5622.

Incarnate Word High School

  • Oct. 13-17 – Heritage Week
  • Oct. 15 – PSAT Administration
  • Oct. 17 – Service Day
  • Oct. 17-18 – 8th Grade Volleyball Tournament
  • Oct. 18 – State Cross Country
  • Oct. 19 – Open House from 2-5 p.m.
  • Oct. 21 – Breast Cancer Awareness Assembly

IWHS Students Paint “Tents of Hope”
As part of their Heritage Day Celebration, students at Incarnate Word High School will transform a refugee tent into a unique work of art that will one day be a school for refugees from Darfur, Sudan. The journey to Darfur will begin with a “Gathering of Tents” at the Main Plaza in front of San Fernando Cathedral and then to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. where the IWHS tent along with many others will help create awareness and support for the people of Darfur. The tents will proceed on to Sudan, where they will be used to house schools. Students will also be decorating canvas bags and hats as part of their awareness campaign. The project will run from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 at the IWHS campus.

Catholic School Sweepstakes
Support Catholic education and have a chance to win a 2009 Ford. Catholic Life Insurance has donated the grand prize 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.

Sweatshirt Sale
The UIW bookstore is having a sale on crewneck sweatshirts – two for $25.Individual sweatshirts will cost $13.95 each.