The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: January 23, 2009

Photo of the Week

UIW students, faculty and staff watch President Obama’s inauguration in Marian Hall on Tuesday morning.


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


Asian New Year Celebration
Celebrate the Year of the Ox from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26 in Marian Hall. There will be food, games, cultural demonstration booths and performances.

Nurse Student Luncheon
Come have lunch with the UIW Nursing Dept from noon – 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26 in the Nursing Building, 2nd Floor. The guest speaker will be Army Nurse Capt. Jennifer Maynard. She will speak on nursing opportunities in the Army, such as specialized training, military/civilian hospital jobs, and applying for financial aid and scholarships. For more information, contact UIW Army ROTC Enrollment Officer Chez Varela at 832-3210 or 379-1997. Come hungry and leave full of knowledge!

Leadership Speaker
Consider inviting your students to hear one of the online-broadcasted speakers from the National Society of Leadership & Success. Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos!, will speak at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan .27 in the library auditorium. He will speak on “Building a Brand That Matters” and will share his lessons learned while he built Zappos! on 10 core values that define the company’s culture that in turn drives their business. In his words, “We built a service company that happens to sell shoes online.”

Learn about:

  • Your core values as an identity
  • Your identity as a brand
  • Communicating in a community (with Twitter)
  • How companies become people and not structure

The Extended Run Players
The Extended Run Players will present “Golden Age of Radio” with classic radio scripts brought to life for the whole family to enjoy! 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:

  • Friday, Jan. 30: 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 31: 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 1: 2 p.m.

A number of student associations participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. march on Monday.

Department News

New Program: MS in Community Psychology
The UIW Department of Psychology is offering a new program: The Master of Science in Community Psychology.  The program emphasizes community-based interventions and environmental strategies rather than individual counseling / psychotherapy. Graduate assistantships (scholarships) are available, and UIW graduates are eligible for discounted tuition. Applications for Fall 2009 applications are due by Thursday, Feb. 12. For more information, visit or contact Dr. Maria Felix-Ortiz at (210) 805-3046 or

Community News

ICC Café
The lunch window at the ICC Café will be closed today. Dinner will be served as scheduled.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Free tax returns and free e-file are available for low-income taxpayers. Sessions are will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays until April 11, starting the first Saturday in February. Sessions will be in the Administration Building Room 62. It is available for low-income taxpayers (about $45,000). For more information, contact Tracie Edmond at 283-5004 or Theresa Tiggeman 829-6018.

What to Bring:

  • Social Security cards for taxpayers and dependents
  • Driver’s License
  • W-2s
  • Copy of last year’s tax return
  • Checkbook for direct deposit of the refund
  • Property tax statement
  • 2008 Stimulus Payment amount
  • Form 1098-T for students

Please note:

  • To e-file, both spouses must be present to sign the IRS form.
  • The IRS requires VITA sites to make copies of Social Security Cards for the taxpayers and dependents.
  • The IRS requires VITA sites to make copies of the driver’s licenses.
  • VITA sites are no longer allowed to do returns for Married Filing Separately or for Nonresident Aliens.

Faculty Focus

Each year, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy names 30 Academic Leadership Fellows and five dean facilitators from a nationwide pool of applicants. For 2008-09, the AACP named Dr. David F. Maize, associate dean of academic affairs and associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, a fellow and Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin, founding dean and professor of the Feik School of Pharmacy, a dean facilitator. The program is designed to develop the nation’s most promising pharmacy faculty for roles as future leaders in academic pharmacy and higher education.

High Schools

8th Grade Girls Tennis Tournament
Incarnate Word High School is hosting an 8th Grade Girls Tennis Tournament. The schedule is First round singles/doubles matches on Friday, Jan 30 at 4:15 p.m. with the remaining rounds on Saturday, Jan 31 beginning at 8 a.m.Entry fees cost $7 per player. A full roster includes two singles players and two doubles teams. Additional players may be submitted and will be added to draws via lottery as space is available. Individual awards will be given to 1st, 2nd and consolation winners.Team awards will be given to 1st and 2nd place teams. Registration and entry fee are due by Monday, Jan. 26. For more information, contact IWHS Tennis Coach Bruce Wills at or (210) 829-3122, Option 2.

St. Anthony/Incarnate Word Theatre Winter Showcase
The Winter Showcase, a fun-filled evening of variety acts, will be performed Jan. 29-30 at 7 p.m. in the IWHS gymnasium. Tickets cost $6 for adults and students, and $3 for children 12 and younger. For more information, contact 829-3100 or

IWHS Semiformal
IWHS is hosting a semiformal for students. Faculty is invited.Tickets cost $20 for singles and $30 for couples. The dance will be from 7:30 -11:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 in the UIW Rosenberg Sky Room. No one will be admitted after 9 p.m.

IWHS Spring Open House
IWHS will hold its spring Open House from 2-4 p.m. April 5 in the school gymnasium. Prospective students and their parents are invited to attend. Meet the faculty who believe that every student can achieve her greatest potential. Experience the program that helped the Class of 2008 earn $9 million in scholarships and grants. Envision the possibilities for success! For more information, contact Ninfa Ozuna at 829-3123 or

St. Anthony Catholic High School
Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 26-30

  • Monday, Jan. 26 – Parent Appreciation Day – Parents will get donuts and juice as they drop their kids off.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 27 – Volunteer Appreciation Day – Luncheon
  • Wednesday, Jan. 28 – Faculty Appreciation day – Luncheon
  • Thursday Jan. 29 – Clergy and Religious Appreciation Day – pastries after Mass
  • Friday, Jan. 30 – 7:45 – 8:20 a.m. Cowboy Breakfast at St. Anthony Catholic High School; 8:20 – 8:45 a.m. Morning Prayer, Awards for Essay Contest, Students receive gift.


Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.