The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: January 30, 2009

Photo of the Week

Employees and students gathered in Marian Hall to celebrate the Asian New Year on Monday with costumes, performances and food.


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


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.

Supervisors Session
Online evaluation sessions will be available for supervisors/managers on Monday, Feb. 2 in the library, Room 230. Please RSVP to Rachel in HR at Ext. 2104. Sessions will be at the following times: 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m.

Japanese Calligraphy Class
A native Japanese teacher will teach you how to use Japanese brush and do Japanese calligraphy. Join the class and have fun experiencing Japanese culture! Classes will be from 5-6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in the ICC. The cost for JASSA members and UIW students is $8 and $10 for non-JASSA members. The class is open to only 12 people, so be sure to make a reservation by noon on the day of the class. To register or get more information, contact Tamaki Masuda, the Japan outreach initiative coordinator for the Japan-America Society of San Antonio (JASSA), at (210) 805-5707 or You can also visit The class is sponsored by the UIW Institute of World Cultures and the Japan America Society of San Antonio.

Religion Discussion
As part of Black History Month, there will be a discussion on the Origins of and Reflections on Religion from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in Marian Ballroom. Those who participate could win a prize. All intellectually expressed opinions are welcome. For more information, contact BSA president Julee Valdez at

Walls Symposium
Please consider making this free Symposium about Walls a part of your spring classes.UIW and the CCVI Sisters are partners in sponsoring the symposium at Trinity University from Feb. 15-17. The Walls Symposium is for academics, activists and students. The symposium is not about any particular wall or even about purely physical walls, but rather a deep conversation about why humans build walls and a critical exploration about what walls mean in our personal and civic lives. It will include sessions designed around academic disciplines. An expert in each field is coordinating his or her session, which might be a panel discussion, film, interactive experience. For more information, visit

Cardinal Couples
The Office of Alumni Relations is inviting Cardinal couples for a blessing and reception honoring UIW alumni couples. UIW employees who are married are also invited. Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 15 in Our Lady’s Chapel. A light reception will follow in the Brackenridge Villa. Please RSVP to (210) 829-6014 or by Monday, Feb. 9. For more information, visit

Bicycle Club: Tour de Cure
The UIW Bicycle Club is proud to support millions of adults and children who are affected by diabetes by participating in the American Diabetes Association-sponsored Tour de Cure fundraising event on May 30-31. By participating in the Tour de Cure, the UIW Bicycle Club will be part of the mission to help 23 million Americans with diabetes and their families.You can help! Register as a rider, as a volunteer or make a donation to the UIW Bicycle Club team. Registration fee will be waived for the first 30 riders who sign up. Enter the promo code “UIW” during registration. To register, volunteer or make a donation, visit the Tour de Cure. For more information, contact Haldun Unal at

Department News

Music Scholarship Auditions
Music Scholarship Auditions will be held Jan. 31 in Palestrina Hall. Call 829-3855 to schedule an appointment.

Alumni of Distinction Nominations
The Alumni of Distinction award is the highest award presented by UIW to graduate. UIW recognizes two graduates each year in the categories of Professional Achievement and Service in Mission. Honorees are selected based on professional accomplishments, service to others and Christian living. Please submit nominations for this prestigious award by 5 p.m. Feb. 2 to Rick Smith. For criteria, eligibility requirements and the nomination form, click here. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (210) 829-6014 or

MARS Scholarship Deadline
The McCracken Alumni Referral Scholarship (MARS)allows students to receive a $1,000 scholarship during their first semester at UIW. To be eligible, a student must be a first-time, first-semester freshman and an alumnus must submit the nomination. To nominate an incoming freshman, fill out the nomination form found here by 5 p.m. Feb. 2. You can download the form from our Web site and fax it to (210) 829-6015. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (210) 829-6014 or

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 are due by Thursday, Feb. 12. For more information, visit or contact Dr. Maria Felix-Ortiz at (210) 805-3046 or

Community News

Elevator Out of Service
The Administration building passenger elevator will be out of service today from 1 – 3 p.m. We are sorry for the inconvenience. For assistance during that time, contact Campus Police at 829-6030.

Orientation Leader Recruits
The Office of Admissions is planning the annual recruitment of the Summer 2009 Orientation Leader staff. Each year, the Office of Admissions asks administrators, faculty and staff to submit recommendations of outstanding students who may be interested in becoming the faces of UIW throughout the orientation program. Please submit recommendations by Monday, Feb. 2 to Heather Rodriguez at

Study Abroad Tuition Discount
A 50 percent tuition discount is being offered to students who study abroad at a sister school in South Korea or Taiwan during the 2009 fall semester. For more information, e-mail

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Free tax returns and free e-file are available for low-income taxpayers. Sessions will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, from Feb. 7 until April 11. Sessions will be in the Administration Building Room 62. Assistance 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

Major Gen. Keith M. Huber (right), UIW's Ambassador James F. Creagan (center) and Command Sgt. Major Armando Ramirez (left) discuss U.S. Army South’s mission during a recent visit at Army South headquarters here Jan. 23. Creagan is the former ambassador to Honduras. He visited U.S. Army South headquarters Jan. 22 at the invitation of Army South commander Huber. (Photo by Army Sgt. Nina J. Ramon, U.S. Army South Public Affairs Office)

High Schools

Incarnate Word High School
Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 26-30

  • Friday, Jan. 30 – “Green Out Day” in support of our athletic program from 4-6 p.m. at the UIW Convocation Center, then the soccer teams play Harlandale at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Benson Field at UIW and basketball teams that play Antonian at 4:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m. at the Convocation Center.
  • Saturday, Jan. 31 – Outstanding Leaders in Catholic Education awards dinner

SACHS Student Receives Scholarship
Junior Litong Dong placed first in the Algebra, Trigonometry and Geometry Competition at the 2009 St. Mary’s University Mathematic Scholarship Competition. Litong is a recipient of a $1,000 scholarship to St. Mary’s University. The competition was open to high school juniors and seniors who rank in the top 10 percent of their class or had an SAT combined score of 1200 or ACE composite score of 25.

St. Anthony/Incarnate Word Theatre Winter Showcase
The Winter Showcase, a fun-filled evening of variety acts, will be performed Jan. 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 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


Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.