The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: October 31, 2008

Photo of the Week

Dr. Denise Doyle, provost, and SGA president Denise Hernandez took the Freedom Challenge as part of Disabilities Awareness Week on Wednesday.


Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)
November 2, 2008
“…that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life…” John 6:39

“Another funeral”, sigh the pastoral musician, priest and sacristan. “This is the third one this week!”
A beloved choir member dies. We grieve and are determined to celebrate the Order of Christian Funerals with compassion, love, and joy.
The Body of Christ walks with the bereaved to hold up for them the hope of immortality gained for all by Christ. Whether the deceased is a dear one or a soul not personally known to us, parish ministers and the people of God celebrate the funeral rites with faith and hope that “everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life” and will be raised on the last day.

All embracing God, as we remember this day all who have died in Christ, give us renewed faith in the promise of eternal life. Let our ministry hold the grieving in hope of the life to come.
Dr. Dolly Sokol
Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Albuquerque, New Mexico

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All Saints Day Mass
The Feast of All Saints is Saturday, Nov. 1. The university community has been extended an invitation by the Archdiocese Office of Worship to attend the Mass celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1 in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word.

Campus Ministry Memorial Book & Annual Memorial Mass
The month of November is a time in our Church to remember those who have died and to celebrate their lives and the promise of eternal life. This month Campus Ministry will compile for the UIW community a list of those loved ones who have died. A Memorial Book will be placed beside the Dia de los Muertos Altar outside Our Lady’s Chapel in the Administration Building. Names may also be e-mailed to Beth Villarreal at through Monday, Nov. 17. The names of our loved ones will be remembered at the Alumni Memorial Mass at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 23 at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. The UIW community is invited. For more information, call Beth Villarreal at (210) 829-2736.

Weekly Prayer
Political Science Department – Students, Faculty, & Staff and the National Elections
Specific prayer intentions may be e-mailed to one of the Campus Ministry staff,,


Student Ambassador Barbecue
The Student Ambassadors are having a barbecue from noon – 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1 in the back parking lot of the Admissions building. The tickets cost $5, and donations are also welcome. For more information or to buy a ticket, contact Ariel Lopez at or Brittany Hermes at

UIW Community Orchestra Concert
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.

Day of the Dead Altar and Mass
On Thursday, Oct. 30, Dr. Sally Said’s Intermediate Spanish class will construct the annual ofrenda or altar for Día de los Muertos adjacent to Our Lady’s Chapel in the Administration Building, first floor. They invite the community to add small photos of loved ones they wish to remember (with return information on the back) to the altar.Campus Ministry and Foreign Languages will host a reception after the Mass at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, in Our Lady’s Chapel, with pan de muerto (special bread for Day of the Dead) and hot chocolate. All are welcome.

DSE Graduate Studies Alumni Event
Dr. Denise Staudt and the faculty of the Dreeben School of Education (DSE) 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.

The Pharmacy Museum Foundation of Texas donated its inventory of over 4,000 early pharmacy artifacts, dated from between 1850-1950, and valued at more than $250,000 to the Feik School of Pharmacy. Billy Walker, chairman of the Pharmacy Museum Foundation of Texas, and several Foundation board members met with Dr. Louis Agnese, and FSOP Founding Dean Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin to commemorate the important gift.

Dr. Fadi Fawaz spoke at the H-E-B School of Business and Administration’s Economic Policy Forum on Tuesday.

Dr. Mahmud Yusuf spoke on “Who speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think” at UIW’s annual Peace Day on Wednesday.

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.

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

Road Closures
The Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & ½ Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 16 will cause some road closures.Closures along the route will take place between 6:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.The starting line is located in Brackenridge Park and the first few miles of the route will run south on Broadway.The race route may involve the closure of some streets near you, as well as the Hildebrand exit from southbound 281, which will be closed from 4-9 a.m. Nov. 16.Please plan ahead for alternate access routes if you will be coming to campus that morning.More information about the race is available online at For a list of road closures, click here. To see the map of road closures, click here.

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.

Elf Louise Toy Drive
UIW is collecting unwrapped toys for the Elf Louise Christmas Project. Collection boxes are located at the Wellness Center and the Barshop Natatorium. The Elf Louise Christmas Project provides toys to less fortunate children in the San Antonio community during the holiday season. Toys will be collected through Friday, Nov. 21 at the university, but also may be dropped off at the Light the Way ceremony, where they will be presented to Elf Louise. This year’s Light the Way ceremony will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov.  22 at the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center. Mass will be at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 22 in Our Lady’s Chapel.

New Heritage Moment Video
The video, called “Heritage Moment on ‘The Search for Truth’ with Dr. Patricia Lonchar” is on the Mission Web site. Visit

Recycling Update
UIW is now recycling comingled material in all big green containers outside buildings and blue containers inside.
What’s OK: all kinds of office paper; newspaper; magazines; phone books; plastic bottles/containers; cans; small cardboard.(Please remove liquids from bottles and cans). Continue to leave cardboard boxes flattened besides big green containers outside buildings.
NOT OK: Styrofoam; garbage; waxed paper; paper towels; tissue paper

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.

TJ Williams, administrative secretary to the dean of the FSOP, raised more than $300 to beat runner up Dr. David Maize in the pharmacy school’s run for the cure competition. Williams assigned Maize to wear a costume on Thursday.

Faculty Focus

Mathematics Grant
The Department of Mathematics has received a $600,000 grant inMay 2008from the National Science Foundation to offer "Mathematics Scholars Program" starting Fall, 2009. The prime investigator was Dr. Zhanbo Yang.  Dr. Elizabeth Kreston and Dr. Flor Wukovits were the co-investigators.

High Schools

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.

Tennis Intramurals
UIW tennis intramurals nights are from 6-8 p.m. Monday-Friday from now until Dec. 12. Intramurals are open to all UIW students, faculty and staff. Please present your UIW ID when entering the courts.