The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: February 6, 2009

Photo of the Week

Head Football Coach Mike Santiago and his staff attended a party celebrating Signing Day on Wednesday evening.


Devotional by the Rev. Trevor Alexander

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”Isaiah 26:3

The prophet Isaiah tells us that God will not only give us peace, but He will keep us in perfect peace. The words perfect peace are key terms that we should examine. The Hebrew word, tamim, (perfect) meaning blameless, sincere, entire, whole complete or full. To be perfect is to be complete, which can be translated “in the sense of the entire or whole thing.”

The other Hebrew word is “shalom,”“(shaw·lome) which has a number of definitions, including safety, wellness, health and prosperity. Shalom is a very important term in the Old Testament and has maintained its place in rabbinic and modern Hebrew. In Israel today, people greet the newcomer and each other with the words mah shlomka, (“what is your peace,” “how are you doing,”). Another meaning of shalom is simply to have nothing missing and nothing broken. This shalom is God's will for us. He wants His tamim - complete (lacking nothing to abide) “shalom” - peace to operate in our lives. That means that we should be walking in His divine protection and in His divine care. He wants us to be happy, not only because we stir up the joy of the Lord inside us, but also because of His many blessings towards us.

Definitions: NET Bible Principles of Translation

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

CCVI Student Spirit Award Nominations
In the same spirit as the CCVI Spirit Award for faculty, staff, and administrators, Campus Ministry is soliciting nominations the Student CCVI Spirit Award.The award is bestowed upon a UIW undergraduate or graduate who lives the mission of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Nominations will be accepted through Wednesday, Feb. 25. To make a nomination, visit



Doctoral Program Spring Gathering
There will be a Doctoral Program Spring Gathering from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Dr. Vichcales will give a presentation on the opportunities for funding of doctoral student and dissertation research. Everyone is welcome.

Beat StMU Week
The Campus Activities Board is hosting the first “Beat StMU Week” from Feb. 16-21. Join in the school spirit for the UIW vs. StMU home games on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Many offices participated during the fall semester in the window painting for Homecoming Week, and CAB asks again for your participation for this spirit week. Your offices will be in charge of purchasing the window paint and cleaning up. If you would like to participate but are unable to do the painting, offices can request the help of student organizations. Please let CAB know if your office would like to participate no later than Friday, Feb. 6 by e-mailing Laura Sandoval at

Judaism, Christianity and Islam
How do people practicing Judaism, Christianityand Islam pray in different seasons of life and different seasons of the year? Join a supper with presentations and discussion led by Rachel Walsh, Barbie Gorelick, Narjis Pierre, Rolla Alaydi, Sylvia Maddux and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.10 in the Library Special Collections Room. Please RSVP so enough food can be prepared.E-mail or call 829-3854with the number of persons attending the dinner. The event is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome.

Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair
Join UIW students and faculty for the 6th annual Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10 in Marian Hall Ballroom. This year’s theme is “A Smart Start to a Healthy Heart.” Local personality Colleen Derk will be this year’s keynote speaker. For more information, contact Dr. Laura Munoz at 805-3033 or

Relationship Discussion
As part of Black History Month, there will be a discussion on “Love Jones: A mature discussion about heart-felt issues in relationships” from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. Feb. 11 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

Rolling Oaks Center Grand Opening
The University of the Incarnate Word invites you to the grand opening of the new Northeast Center at Rolling Oaks at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17. The site is located in Rolling Oaks Mall.

Religious Studies’ Pierre Lecture
Margaret R. Pfeil, Ph.D., assistant professor of moral theology at the University of Notre Dame, will present the 7th annual Pierre Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 in Marian Hall. The presentation is called “The Spirituality of Nonviolence and the Reality of Mass Incarceration.” In conversation with the Sermon on the Mount as well as with the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Dorothy Day and others, Pfeil will explore active nonviolence as a spiritual discipline that can foster creative resistance to the social reality of mass imprisonment. Rooted in the gospel paradigm of nonviolent love as well as in a deepened relationship between contemplation and action, Pfeil’s vision suggests how people of social privilege can take our places beside all human beings in the beloved community. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or contact Dr. Adrienne Nock Ambrose at (210) 283-5051.

The Fantasticks
A starry-eyed musical about young moonlit love that wilts in the heat of the sun, only to blossom with time and experience into a rooted, heartfelt union. The performance will be in the Elizabeth Huth Coates 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:

  • Feb. 20 and 27 (Friday): 8 p.m.
  • Feb. 21 and 28 (Saturday): 8 p.m.
  • March 1 (Sunday): 2 p.m.

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

Graduate Information Session
There will be a graduate information session from 6-8 p.m. March 4 in the International Conference Center auditorium. Learn more about UIW graduate admissions, meet with admissions representatives, meet with the School of Graduate Studies and Research, learn more about academic programs, talk to financial aid advisers, and participate in break-out sessions with your program coordinators. RSVP to Janet Kaufman at or (210) 805-3551. For more information, visit

Deaf Awareness Night
Join Walk, Roll & Read and the Campus Activities Boardfor the second annual Deaf Awareness Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Fr. Thomas Coughlin, the only deaf man ordained as a Roman Catholic priest, will be the presenter. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. Fr. Thomas will be available for questions until 9 p.m. For more information, contact Demetrius Smith at

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

Nursing School Fundraiser – Strawberries
The current graduating class for the School of Nursing and Health Professions is selling strawberries to raise money for our pinning ceremony. The money and the form can be turned into Esparanza Barron on the 1st floor of the Nursing building by Feb. 11. The Nursing Learning Resource Center is on the 2nd floor of the Nursing Building, where the strawberries can be picked up. Cash and checks made out to Michelle Jante will be accepted. Strawberries will be sold in front of Marian Hall between 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

Attention SPSS Users
SPSS has issued a version upgrade (to Version 16) which UIW administrators have recently installed on our servers. Users with the Version 14 client installed on their computers must come by the UIW Help Desk to upgrade to Version 16, or schedule an appointment with the Help Desk team (Ext. 2721) for a desktop upgrade. For more information, contact the UIW Help Desk.

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

SACHS in the News
Middle school rivals now teammates

CCVI Spirit Award Nominations
Nominations are being accepted for the CCVI Spirit Award through Feb. 17. This award recognizes a member of the faculty, administration or staff who has demonstrated the spirit of the founders through service to the university and the community. Nomination forms are available in Room 151 in the Administration Building. Return forms through campus mail to Sr. Audrey O’Mahony, CPO 139 or to AD Room 151.

Presidential Teaching Award Nominations
Nominations are being accepted through March 2 for the 2009 Presidential Teaching Award. Established by the Faculty Senate in Fall 2004 upon the recommendation and support of President Dr. Louis Agnese, this annual award acknowledges and rewards a full-time faculty member who exemplifies excellence in teaching that leads to student engagement.The Presidential Teaching Award recipient is honored and presented with a$5,000 stipend given by Dr. Agnese.Like other such awards, this award is presented to an individual once; recipients become members of the Selection Committee in succeeding years. Previous Awardees: Dr. Roger Barnes (2005); William Gokelman (2006); Dr. Neeta Singh (2007) and Dr. William Carleton (2008). Nomination forms are available at or from the Faculty Senate via e-mail attachment.Nominations may be submitted through March 2 by colleagues, students or alumni and must be accompanied by a statement of why the nominee is deserving of the award. Without this rationale, the nomination will be ineligible. Nominations will be forwarded to the Senate Executive Committee who will check for eligibility, collate nominations, and notify all those nominated so that they may complete the candidacy process if they wish to do so.

Quirk Submissions
Faculty, staff and students are invited to submit original works of literature or visual art for this publication. The application form and submission guidelines are available at The deadline for submissions is Saturday, Feb. 28. Send submissions or questions to

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

Dr. Arturo Chavez, a part-time Religious Studies faculty member and the president of MACC, was in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, where he was appointed by President Obama to sit as a member of the Council for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. 

High Schools

Incarnate Word High School

  • Feb. 11 – IWHS Progress Reports sent home
  • Feb. 12 – IWHS Parent Conferences from 4 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 14 – IWHS Regional Soccer / Bi-District Basketball

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
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