The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: February 27, 2009

Photo of the Week

The Mardi Gras King and Queen coin drive brought in more than 165 pounds of coins. Dr. Carmita Coleman, claimed her crown for the second year in a row, and Bill Gokelman (above, center) claimed the crown for king. Dr. Paul Messina (left) and Dr. Patricia Gower (right) were runners up. All proceeds will go to the Feik School of Pharmacy Race for the Cure team. Many thanks to the contestants and those who supported the coin drive.


Mission Series
Incarnate Word Day/Month Reflections will be featured every Monday in March and will remain posted throughout the week. Be on the lookout for the links!

Operation Rice Bowl
First Week of Lent – Jesus’ Temptation
In Mark’s Gospel we read about Jesus being tempted by the devil for 40 days. Lent provides us with time to reflect on the temptations we face and remember we rely on God for all things. Through our participation in Operation Rice Bowl, we put our faith into action; our prayers and alms help people in need around the world.

As we continue our Operation Rice Bowl journey, let us remember in prayer that the ability to work to earn a living is a right of all people. All workers have the right to a fair wage, to organize themselves and to work in good conditions. May our fasting keep us mindful of the workers who provide food for our families.May our almsgiving assist Catholic Relief Services as we learn about microfinance projects in Egypt.

If you would like to participate in Operation Rice Bowl, rice bowls are available at Campus Ministry in the Chapel Building. For more information on the services and programming provided by Catholic Relief Services, visit

The Rev. Dr. Trevor Alexander (right) works with Campus Ministry students to collect votes for the Mardi Gras King and Queen contest on Wednesday afternoon.

Weekly reflection
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” – I Thessalonians 5:16-18

In these difficult times of economic hardship and the many other challenges that we face in our lives, where do we turn? Sometime we focus on our problems and we forget that we still have plenty of reasons to be grateful.Why? Because God is good! Many of us have ever heard this saying, “God is good all the time and all the time God is good.” God is full of grace and mercy. During difficult times, it would serve us well to remember His grace and mercy.Jesus cares about you and He knows where you are in life and what you're going through.

One of my favorite verses is Romans 8:28 that provides us hope in the face of adversity: "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."I know the challenge can be trying to find good in the midst of hardship, but God’s Word is true.Sometimes it’s not until we come through the dark times that we find the good.

No matter what you're facing today, I encourage you to take a moment to consider your blessings. I can remember singing a song growing up that says, “Count your blessing, name them one by one, count your many blessings and see what God has done…”Remember God has brought you through many difficult times before and He will bring you through again.

Take some time to write down your blessings today. You might be surprised how it will change your outlook!

Grace & Peace
The Rev. Dr. Trevor D. Alexander

Weekly Lenten Prayer Opportunities

  • Rosary – 10:30 a.m. – Lourdes Grotto
  • Rosary – 5:30 p.m. – Lourdes Grotto


  • Humane Humans prayer for those on death row – 1:15 p.m. – Clock Tower
  • Bible Study – 5:30 p.m. – Chapel Bldg. Gathering Room


  • Bible Study – 10:30 a.m. – Chapel Bldg. Gathering Room
  • Weekly Campus Ministry Gathering (Prayer, song, reflection) – 4-6 p.m. – Chapel Bldg. Gathering Room


  • Stations of the Cross & Chaplet of Divine Mercy – 2:45 p.m. – Meet at Chapel Bldg. Gathering Room

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



Gospel Fest
Black History Month will conclude with a praise and worship service led by university and local church choirs and praise teams. The Gospel Fest will be from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Fine Arts auditorium. For more information, contact BSA president Julee Valdez at

South Texas Severe Weather Conference
South Texas Severe Weather Conference will be held Feb. 27 and 28 at the university. This year’s theme is Severe Weather: Tropical Storms. The keynote speakers will be Bill Read, the director of the National Hurricane Center, Phil Klotzbach, a Colorado State hurricane research scientist, and Joseph Hilliard of the Texas General Land Office. Register for the conference at 8 a.m. in the lobby of the Bonilla Science Hall on each day. Registration is free with a UIW ID. For more information, contact Alex Garcia at

Synchronized Swimming Competition
The South Regional Championships will be held this weekend at the Barshop Natatorium. The UIW Invitational will begin at about 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27. The regional meet is scheduled all day Saturday and until 3 p.m. Sunday.

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

Dinner and a Movie
“Man on Wire,” the film about Philippe Petit who walked a high wire between the two World Trade Center Towers in 1974, will be shown at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 1 at the ICC auditorium. Admission is free to all UIW students and faculty, courtesy of the UIW Honors Program. This is a remarkable story about a remarkable Frenchman, his loyal friends and their daring deeds. The story was the winner of the Best Documentary Oscar. Dr. Paul Lewis will facilitate a discussion after the screening.Read more about the film at A French-themed dinner, catered by Anne Marie’s, will be served before the movie to the first 50 students who RSVP to

Cruise Week at UIW
Encourage students to attend the Cruise Week events starting March 1.

  • Sunday, March 1 at 7 p.m. in Marian Ballroom: “10 Things Every Student Should Know About Drinking” presented by Brett Sokolow.
  • Monday, March 2 at 8 p.m. in Marian Student Center: A Pirate Parrrty with a viewing of Pirates of the Caribbean and a pirate costume contest
  • Tuesday, March 3 at noon in Student Center Lounge: SGA Open Forum. Students get answers to their questions from UIW administration. Pizza afterwards!
  • Wednesday, March 4 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Marian Ballroom: Wellness Fair. Pick up healthy tips and visit with area vendors.
  • Wednesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. in the library auditorium: Do you know what an “Expectation Hangover” is? Come listen to Christine Hassler as she answers meaningful life questions. Visit
  • Thursday, March 5 at noon in Dubuis Lounge: Still have questions about your “expectation hangovers”? Attend “Cruise Into Adulthood Without The Crisis” and hear from Bunnie and Melissa. Bring your lunch; some snacks will be provided.
  • Thursday, March 5 from 2-6 p.m. in Marian Ballroom: Encourage students to attend the UIW Job Fair! They should bring their résumés and dress professionally. Meet with area and national businesses about full-time and internship positions.

Optometry Press Conference
The University of the Incarnate Word cordially invites you to a press conference for an important announcement regarding the UIW School of Optometry. The press conference will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 2 in the Mabee Library Special Collections Suite.

Support Student Org at Taco Bueno
Taco Bueno located at 8311 Highway 151 in San Antonio, will donate 15 percent of the day’s revenue on Tuesday, March 3 to Walk, Roll & Read in support of Deaf Awareness Night. Get a meal at a disabled-accessible restaurant from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday, March 3.

UIW Job Fair
The 3rd annual UIW Job Fair will be from 2-6 p.m. Thursday, March 5 in Marian Hall Ballroom. There will be more than 20 employers such as Enterprise Rent-A-Car, USAA, Valero, Dillard’s, FBI, IRS, H-E-B, Zachry, Univision and many more. UIW students and alumni are encouraged to attend.Students and alumni from other universities also may attend. All job seekers should dress professionally and bring résumés. For more information, including a complete list of employers, visit

Institute of World Cultures Presents Dabka
The UIW Institute of World Cultures presents Dabka, a free dance event, from 3-4 p.m. on Sundays in March in the ICC. The dance will be March 8, 15, 22 and 29. It’s great exercise! For more information, contact Rolla Alaydi at (210)884-9196.

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Speaker
Wade Martyn will speak on the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) at noon March 18 in BSH 119. He has been a GEOINT analyst with NGA since 2001. He is currently assigned to the NGA Support Team at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas. The UIW community is invited, with special encouragement for geography, political science and international affairs majors. For more information, contact Dr, Michael Frye at Ext. 3160.

Employee Alumni Reception
The UIW Department of Alumni Relations is teaming up with theCambria Suites Airport hotel to hosta reception for UIW employees that are also alumni! The reception will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 19 at the hotel. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact the alumni office at (210) 829-6014.You can register online at

UIW parent Pattie Ortiz (from left) and UIW students Daniella and her sister Erica Ortiz attended the 24-hour Pray-a-Thon on Thursday afternoon.

Department News

Info Session for Business Plan Competition
There will be an information session about the Business Plan Competition that the H-E-B School of Business and Administration is organizing for all UIW students. The session will be at 5 p.m. Monday, March 2 in the Administration Building Room 319. For more information, contact Dr. Jose F. Moreno at (210) 930-8011 or The deadline to register for the competition is March 6. Students should submit registration forms to Kerri Crosby in Gorman Building 223 or Dr. Jose Moreno in Gorman Building 107.

Budget Lookup in Banner 7
Attention deans and department heads:You think you’re out of money? Maybe you are, maybe you’re not.One way to find out is by attending training on looking up your budgets in Banner. There will be training available on Budget Lookup in Banner 7 at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27 in G16. Seating is limited to 8. To reserve your seat, contact Tom Duckworth at Ext. 1222 or

Banner 7 Navigation training will be available for those of you interested in a refresher course prior to the Budget Lookup training, beginning at 9:15 a.m. in G16. For additional information, contact Carol Morales at Ext. 5845 or

Spring Break Training Courses
Take advantage of our learning opportunities for spring break. The Department of Instructional Technology will be offering courses in Blackboard and Microsoft Office. Classes are designed to provide faculty and staff with practical solutions when working with these applications. Classes will take place in Room 230 of the Mabee Library. At least five participants must sign up for the class to take place. Reserve your place by e-mailing Terry Peak at

March 9 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Practical Applications for Word and Excel
For experienced Excel users. Get practical tips, formulas, and functions to streamline your workday. Topics include:

  • Format workbooks and worksheets and create departmental workbook templates
  • Create lists to use with Microsoft Word Mail Merge
  • Manage large data lists using sort and filter
  • Use Vertical Lookup formula to assign grades prior to submitting them to Banner
  • Create colorful, informative charts and link them to PowerPoint or Word documents
  • Use the page setup to customize headers for your department

March 10 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Blackboard Jumpstart
Provides basic instruction in how to use the Blackboard course management system. Covers the most fundamental components and useful features of Blackboard and will include:

  • Identify the components of the Homepage and Course Shell
  • Communicate with students using Announcements and E-mail
  • Define and manage various types of Blackboard content
  • Define and manage Blackboard course tools
  • Define and use Blackboard assessment
  • Define and use the Gradebook

March 11 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Access
Incorporates the new features of Access 2007. Explains basics of building and using an Access database. Experienced Access users invited to share experience and practical, everyday ideas for maximizing the usefulness of Access data. The course will:

  • Define the components of Access
  • Plan and build tables
  • Understand primary keys and relationships
  • Run queries, build forms and generate reports
  • Develop labels and charts

March 12 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Basic Plus!
Provides experienced Blackboard users with an opportunity to plan, develop and manage a Blackboard course, manage groups and integrate course tools as a key part of course content. Participants will share their experience to develop set of best practices for maximizing the potential of Blackboard.

  • Define, create, manage and review users and groups
  • View group development as a lifecycle
  • Develop a strategy to address teaching and learning goals.
  • Define strategies for addressing the “digital divide”
  • Define and design Blackboard content to best serve the learning styles of your class
  • Implement an instructional design and analysis strategy
  • Manage content before, during and after the course

Community News

UIW in the News
San Antonio colleges team up to help address expanding nursing shortage

Women’s History Month Display
The theme of National Women’s History Month is Women & Ecology. To help celebrate the month, there will be a display in the library on Women and Ecology during the month of March.

Renovations Closure
Hortencia’s Café will be closed for renovations on Friday, Feb. 27.

Music Scholarship Auditions
Music Scholarship Auditions will be held Feb. 28 in Palestrina Hall. Call 829-3855 to schedule an appointment.

Last Chance to Make Presidential Teaching Award Nominations!
Nominations are being accepted through March 2 for the 2009 Presidential Teaching Award. This annual award acknowledges and rewards a full-time faculty member who exemplifies excellence in teaching that leads to student engagement. Nomination forms are available at or from the Faculty Senate via e-mail attachment.

Deadline for 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 now 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

Poster Presentation
Dr. David Fike, research statistician in research development, and Dr. Renea Fike, assistant professor in the Dreeben School of Education, presented two posters titled “Educating the Educator” and “Developmental Mathematics: Gatekeeper for Hispanic Success in Healthcare Professions” in Greensboro, N.C. from Feb. 25-28.

High Schools

St. A Mix Up
St. Anthony Catholic High School will be hosting its first St. A Mix Up talent show. The production will showcase bands, musical interpretations, tap dancing and beat-boxing.Join us in celebrating our students’ talents at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 in the St. Anthony gym.Tickets cost $5 ($1 of every ticket purchase will be donated to Marco Altamera to help him on his road to recovery).It will be a fantastic evening of performances, and we look forward to seeing you there!

IWHS H20 Project
Incarnate Word High School students are participating in the H20 project. For two weeks, students will be encouraging our school community to help Catholic Relief Services drill wells and install water pumps in third world countries, so that needy communities will be provided with safe drinking water – all in the name of Jesus Christ, who said “I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink.” You can help by:

  • Spending $1 on a bracelet, which could have been spent on a drink
  • Make water your only beverage for two weeks.
  • Set aside money which would have gone toward other beverages, and donate the money in an envelope on Collection Day, Friday, March 20
  • Place the money you didn’t spend on a drink during lunch in the donation bucket

Incarnate Word High School

  • Feb. 27-28 – French Symposium at Eisenhower High School in Houston.
  • Feb. 28 – Freshman Registration from 9 a.m. to noon in the main building.


Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

Catholic Schools Preview
Choose the school that is right for your child! The Archdiocese of San Antonio invites you to visit the Catholic Schools Preview to discover how Catholic schools are forming hearts, building minds and changing lives. The events will be from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Monday, March 23 – St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church
  • Tuesday, March 24 – St. Luke Catholic Church
  • Tuesday, March 31 – Holy Name Catholic Church

Admission is free and children are welcome. For more information, contact the Department of Catholic Schools at (210) 734-2620.