The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: October 24, 2008

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Campus Police provided special goggles to students to simulate intoxication at the Sober Roads event on Wednesday in Marian Hall.


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,,


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.

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 each year! 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

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 is $4 and for adults is $7.

OLLU Professor to Give Moody Lecture
Dr. Loranel Graham, associate professor of psychology at Our Lady of the Lake University, will give her Moody Lecture entitled, “Your Attention Please! The Cognitive Cost of Worry,” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 in the library auditorium.Graham is a cognitive psychologist. All are welcome and refreshments will be served after the presentation.

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.

Art Creating Justice and Peace
“Art as a Way of Creating Justice and Peace” by Miguel Cortinas will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 in FA B03 with an opportunity to view “Visual Reflections on Peace and Justice" by the Advanced Projects in Drawing course.

Peace Day 2008
The theme of UIW’s 2008 Peace Day is “Building A Culture Of Peace In An Ever Changing World.” The presentations will be in the library auditorium and lunch will be in Marian Hall Ballroom on Wednesday, Oct. 29, starting at 8:45 a.m. See for the history of Peace Day and for updated details or call Campus Ministry at 829-3128. The day’s schedule is as follows:

  • 8:45 a.m. Opening Prayer led by Campus Ministry
  • 9 – 10:15 a.m. “Seeking Peace: Understanding the Heritage of Peace in America’s Military.”Why do people of faith volunteer for military service? How does America’s military reflect Catholic teachings on war and peace? What do military people do to promote peace?How do these questions relate to the needs of more than 2,000 student veterans and family members currently in our UIW community? Organized by Dr. Glenn James and the UIW Student Veterans Association.
  • 10:30 – 11: 45 a.m.Why Interreligious Dialogueand Peace Make Sense. Professor Simone Brown with students from World Religion and Catholic Social Teaching classes will lead a discussion with participants on how dialogue under different auspices and topics can lead to religious and cultural understanding and peace on a local and global level. This will include various aspects of interreligious dialogue, such as political, sociological, educational and cultural issues.
  • Noon 1:15 p.m. FREE LUNCH and Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think. Rolla Alaydi, Dr. Roger Barnes, Dr. Mahmud Yusuf and the moderator, Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, will lead a discussion of a book based on many years of Gallup World Polls.“What are the hopes and dreams of average Muslims? What forms of government do they seek?” Join us for a soup lunch remembering foods mentioned in the Bible and Qur’an and the Holy Land Garden here at UIW. These holy Scriptures speak of the Creator’s gifts to be shared with all people. The Student Dietetics Association is generously preparing food. If you are bringing a whole class, please give the number coming to or 829-3854 so that enough food can be prepared.
  • 1:30 2:45 p.m. Social and Environmental Justice in World Literature Studies organized by Dr. Matthias Schubnelland the English Department. At UIW, the World Literature Studies course is informed by and focused upon social and environmental justice.This visual/verbal presentation invites the audience to consider how variousauthors help us explore social and environmental concerns through sight and sound.
  • 3 4:15 p.m. Finding a Common Ground: Human Rights of Children in the World organized by Dr. Lopita Nath and the Human Rights Class. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was crafted after the atrocities of the Nazis invites global citizens to justice. Are we protecting the children of the world?
  • 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. Conflict Transformation: Creative Responses in the Face of Suffering or Violence: Encouraging Reconciliation in Uganda shared by Sarah Gazda, Kristy Baynton, Lara Snead, Christine Grisham and Laura Kraus. Organized by Dr. Sally Baynton. Massive Mexican immigration or building better jobs and economy there: examples from the Justicia Cooperative and the Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras shared by Gaby Canavati and others who have gone on service trips to Piedras Negras.
  • 6 p.m. The video, The Power of Good, an inspiring story of Nicholas Winston who saved 669 Czechoslovakian children from the Nazis ( with discussion based on resources from Facing History and Ourselves ( The video won the International Emmy Award in 2002. Organized by Dr. Sharon Herbers and the College Teaching class.
  • Exhibits: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Jordan Plaza (Marian Hall if rain) Nonprofit and Community Service Groups and Agencies building peace through justice and service. There will be opportunities to sign up for community service.

Children from several San Antonio schools joined students of the UIW Dreeben School of Education, under the direction of Dr. Mary Ruth Moore, to participate in activities that promote peaceful play on Wednesday at Play Day for Peace on Dubuis Lawn.

Mary A. Viney, RN MSN NEA-BC spoke to a large crowd in the Rosenberg Sky Room on Wednesday during the Sr. Charles Marie Frank annual lecture.

DSE Graduate Studies Alumni Event
Dr. Denise Staudt and the faculty of the Dreeben School of Education will host a DSE Graduate Studies Alumni special event from 4:30 - 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7 at the ICC. The event will feature a special presentation of “Facebook: It’s Not Just for Teenagers.” DSE Graduate Studies Alumni are asked to RSVP to Anita Easton-Vigil at or (210) 829-2761 no later than Nov. 4.

Indian Music Concert
The Music Department and Music Therapy program will be host an Indian Music Healing Concert featuring Dr. Hari Haaren at 7:30 p.m.Nov. 7 in Palestrina Hall. Haaren, who hails from Pondicherry, India, is a music therapist, music healer, ethnomusicologist, vocal performer and vedic astrologer. The concert is free and open to the public.

Homecoming 2008
UIW Homecoming 2008 “Lighting the Way to New Heights” is Nov. 16-23. See all of the exciting activities and events planned for UIW faculty, staff, alumni and students at Be one of the first 50 people to register for the Decade Dinners, the Fashion Show or the Family BBQ and football scrimmage and receive a free Homecoming t-shirt. For more information, contact the Department of Alumni Relations at or (210) 829-6014.

Department News

Critical Incident Training Make-up Sessions
Below are the final make-up dates for the Critical Incident Training. All administrators, faculty and staff must attend one of the mandatory sessions given in the library auditorium on the dates listed below. The training is necessary to keep within UIW’s new Safety and Security guidelines and to be better prepared during a critical incident.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 4 from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 5, from10 – 11 a.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 7 from10 – 11 a.m.

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

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

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Run for the Cure
Several of the faculty and staff in the Feik School of Pharmacy are in a friendly competition to raise money for the Run for the Cure.The pharmacy’s Office of Student Affairs has set up jars to collect money at the pharmacy school with each entrant’s name.Anyone who wishes to donate may add to the jars.At the end of the day Wednesday, Oct. 29, the entrant with the highest amount will get to either wear a designated Halloween costume or assign the person of their choice to wear the costume all day Thursday, Oct. 30.For more information, contact Kristen Dicianna at 883-1063.

Bible Collection
Mrs. Maher’s third grade class at St. Peter Prince of Apostles Catholic School is asking for donations of Catholic Bibles for the classroom. If you would like to make a donation, you may bring the Bible to Sr. Audrey O’Mahony’s office, AD 151. The class would like to collect the Bibles as soon as possible. For more information, call Brenda Dimas at(210) 883-1050.

ICC Café – This Week’s Hours
For the remainder of this week, the ICC Café will not be open for lunch. It will be open for dinner from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. The ICC café will be open for lunch next week Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and for dinner Monday through Thursday from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. The café is on the ground floor of the International Conference Center.

Flu Shots
There is a moderate supply of flu vaccine left.Community members still desiring a flu shot can call 829-3126 for an appointment. The cost is $25, payable via check or cash.

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Red and Black Attack
Student Center and Leadership Activities (SCLA) will deliver one prize to a lucky UIW employee each week who supports UIW by wearing Red and Black on Thursday.You could be the next winner!


TRiO student Alma Vega (right), a senior international business major, received a scholarship to attend an all expense paid trip to the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) 22nd annual conference in Denver, Colo., on Oct. 11-13. Marie A. Soto, the program counselor for the TRiO Student Success Program and Antonio R. Flores, president and CEO of HACU, were also at the conference.

Faculty Focus

Dr. Renea Fike, an assistant professor in the Dreeben School of Education, will be attended the National HEP/CAMP Conference from Oct. 19-22in Puerto Rico. She wrote the original High School Equivalency Program (HEP)grant for AmarilloCollege andnow serves as a consultant for the $1.5 million grant.

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.


IWHS students painted “Tents of Hope” to support refugees from Darfur on Friday.

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.

Dig for the Cure
The Cardinal volleyball team is staging a tailgate party with food, drinks and homemade goodies available to fans for small donations at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the McDermott Convocation Center. The Incarnate Word volleyball match against St. Mary’s will begin at 7 p.m. All proceeds from the evening’s events will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, specifically for breast cancer research.