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

Photo of the Week


Dr. Louis Agnese and Dr. Hani Ghazi-Birry talked to the media and the UIW community about the UIW School of Optometry at Monday’s Optometry Press Conference in the Special Collections Suite.


Operation Rice Bowl
Second Week of Lent – The Transfiguration
In Mark’s Gospel, we find Peter, James and John being disturbed hearing Jesus talk about carrying a cross and losing his life. In answer to their misgivings, Jesus took them up to a mountain and was transfigured before them. They were filled with awe as they realized his glory was also theirs, a glory not experienced in his future kingdom, but also here on earth.

As we continue our Operation Rice Bowl journey, let us remember in prayer that as a community of faith, we have the obligation to reach out to those most in need.The Gospel specifically calls us to take action on behalf of the most vulnerable members of society.May our fasting move us to action on behalf of the poor.May our almsgiving assist Catholic Relief Services as we learn about agriculture programs in the Philippines.

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 provided by Catholic Relief Services, visit

Do Not Fear, Just Believe
“But Jesus, paying no attention to what was said, told the synagogue ruler, ‘Do not be afraid; just believe.’” Mark 5:36

Fear can be crippling! Fear can come in many forms – from a small case of the butterflies to being unable to function. In some people, fear has the capacity to cause the heartbeat to run rapid and leave them with a feeling of paralysis.

Fear can also rob us of peace and replace our peace with anxiety. Jairus, the father of the sick girl and a leader in the synagogue, approached Jesus, pleading with Him to heal his daughter. Jairus might have felt hopeless and a little afraid.But Jairus did not give into his fears because the love for his daughter was far more pressing. Even after receiving the news that his daughter was dead, Jairus still pressed towards Jesus.What was Jesus’ response to him? “Do not fear, just believe.”

Jesus demonstrated His compassion for Jairus. Jesus responded to Jairus’ faith.In other words, Jesus is saying “Don’t be afraid! Just trust Me!” Even in time of trial, we must trust the Lord and not give into our fears. When we TRUST in the Lord’s promises, we boldly make a confession that we believe!

Prayer: Lord, help me to trust you in every circumstance of my life and not to give into my fears, Amen!

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

Lenten Prayer Opportunities
Stations of the Cross & Chaplet of Divine Mercy – 2:45 p.m. Friday, March 5 – Meet at Chapel Bldg. Gathering Room


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



Basura Bash River Cleanup
The Basura Bash River Cleanup in the Headwaters Sanctuary will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 7. Off-campus service hours are available! Register at For more information, call 828-2224 Ext. 232 or e-mail

Multicultural Catwalk Fashion Show
The Delta Xi Nu Multicultural Sorority will present the Multicultural Catwalk Fashion Show from 7-10 p.m. Friday, March 20 in the Rosenberg SkyRoom. Multicultural models will show off ethnic clothing from their countries. There will also be a silent auction in the SkyRoom lobby. Tickets cost $15 or $10 with a student ID. All proceeds will be donated to S.T.A.N.D. (Students Taking Action Now Darfur). Light snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Cielo Perez at (210) 320-3051 or


Cruise Week was a busy week for UIW students and employees! Students had passports to be stamped at each event that they attended, and students who turned in their passports had the chance to win prizes. Read on to see photos from the week.

A panel of UIW administrators answers student's questions at SGA's Open Forum on Tuesday.

The Wellness Fair provided free health screenings and information about good health for the entire UIW community on Wednesday.

Students gathered with Kristin Garcia, assistant director of leadership activities, for “Cruise Into Adulthood Without The Crisis” in Dubuis Lounge on Thursday.

Students had the opportunity to meet a variety of employers and pass out their résumés at the UIW Job Fair on Thursday afternoon.

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.

Summer Korea Teaching Opportunity
UIW and the city of Gwangju, Korea, recently established a Memorandum of Understanding on Educational Cooperation. As a result, 10 students will have the opportunity to be a student English language instructor for Summer 2009. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 GPA and be of junior or senior status. Selected applicants will be paired with Korean English teachers for a 10-day English camp for elementary and middle school students (ages 11-14). The program will run from July 30 to Aug. 18. Instructors’ airfare, room, board and traveler’s insurance will be provided by the city of Gwangju. Students also will receive a $1,000 stipend. Participants will have Saturdays and Sundays for free time and guided sightseeing tours around the Gwangju area. For more information or an application, contact the Study Abroad Office at (210) 805-5709 or Dr. Pat Watkins at The deadline to apply is March 11.

English Language Camp
An information session on the 10-day English Language Camp in Korea will be held from 4-5 p.m. Monday, March 16 at the ICC auditorium.All students that are interested in participating must attend this session.

Lacey Halstead presented “Women Protecting the Environment: The Birth of the Headwaters’ Sanctuary” in the library auditorium. The discussion was part of National Women’s History Month.

Contemporary Reflections on the Stations of the Cross
To open the Lenten Season, art students have created fresh visions of the traditional “Stations of the Cross,” the art and prayer in Catholic Church, remembering the sufferings of Jesus and praying that all suffering may be transformed into wisdom and compassion.The art will be displayed from Feb. 25 through March 20 in the Fine Arts Building. You are invited to participate in a discussion of the Stations at 3 p.m. Monday, March 16 in the Fine Arts Building. For more information, contact Miguel Cortinas or Sr. Martha Ann Kirk.

Careers in Diplomacy Discussion
Ambassador William Eaton, diplomat in residence at UT-Austin, accompanied by Ambassador James Creagan, UIW director of international studies, will speak to UIW students about careers in diplomacyas United States Foreign Service officers. The discussion will be at noon Monday, March 23 in the library auditorium. The Obama administration is looking to expand careers in the field, and there will be opportunities for UIW students in the various academic disciplines.

Department News

Spring Break Training Courses
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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 a set of best practices for maximizing the potential of Blackboard.

Scheduled Service Outage
Users at UIW may experience service interruptions between 10 p.m. and midnight on Thursday, March 12, while scheduled maintenance is performed on part of UIW’s up-channel network located in Austin. Questions should be directed to the UIW Help Desk at Ext. 2721.

Community News

UIW Night with the Spurs
Tickets are available for $5 at the Student Center desk in Marian Hall to all UIW faculty, staff and students. The game begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6 against the Washington Wizards. Seats are in sections 218 and 219. Stop by today and join your fellows Cardinals as they cheer on our San Antonio Spurs. UIW will not provide transportation. Tickets can be purchased with check or cash. For more information, call 841-7360.

Spring Break Dining Hours

  • Marian Hall Café will be closed Saturday, March 7 – Saturday, March 14.
  • Hortencia’s Café will be closed Monday, March 9 – Friday, March 13.
  • Finnegan’s Café will be open for breakfast and lunch from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday – Friday during Spring Break.
  • Java on the Hill will be open for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday during Spring Break.

Bookstore Spring Break Hours

  • Saturday, March 7 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Monday, March 9 through Friday, March 13 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 14 – Closed

William E. Mulcahy Award Nominations
The Earth Month Committee is requesting nominations for the 2009 William E. Mulcahy Award.  This annual award recognizes a UIW employee for Ecological Stewardship. Nominations will be accepted through March 31. Submissions should include a short summary of the nominee’s contribution to the preservation of the planet and may be submitted to the Earth Month Committee, c/o Russell Raymond, CPO 311 or by e-mail to

Student Service Project Donations
The TRiO Programs at UIW are organizing a community service project titled “Our Cup Overfloweth.” Students are collecting mugs and items to fill them to distribute to people living in transitional situations. These people are often overlooked, and students would like to give encouragement to those who are in the process of putting their lives back in order. Please consider donating:

  • Mugs in good condition
  • Hotel soaps, shampoos, conditioners and lotions
  • Toothbrushes and small toothpastes
  • Wrapped candies
  • Individually wrapped tea bags or packets of hot chocolate
  • Any other small item that would be appropriate and helpful

Bring donations to the TRiO offices in AD 120 or AD 225 until Easter, or you may request that they be picked up. For more information, call the offices at Ext. 3929 or Ext. 3925. Thank you for your help.

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.

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. Kathleen Martin, Dr. Marcos Oliveira and Dr. Scott Weston, all of the Feik School of Pharmacy, and Dr. Elda Martinez, of the Dreeben School of Education, and Dr. Jodie Malhotra, former FSOP faculty member presented a posterat the UIW Research Day on Feb. 20. The poster, called Student Perceptions of the Value of Peer Focus Groups to Facilitate Communication and Improve the Learning Environment,” addresses program assessment data collected during the 2008-2009 academic year to determine if established student focus groups met student expectations, provided formative instructional feedback and were perceived as a positive communication process.

High Schools

SACHS Alumni Golf Tournament
The St. Anthony Alumni Association 7th annual Chip ‘N Classic Golf Tournament will be Saturday, March 21 at the Republic Golf Course. For more information, call Alejandro Calderon at 832-5622.

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

IWHS Speech Tournament
The 8th annual Incarnate Word High School Shamrock Invitational Speech Tournament Wild about WORDs will be Saturday, March 28. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of events that segue into high school competition, and they will develop skills that are useful in the classroom and larger world. For more information, contact Jessica Karam at


Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

UIW Basketball Live On Internet
Heartland Conference Championship basketball games will be broadcast live at It’s free to watch, but Cardinals fans must register. UIW supporters can log onto then select a game under "Upcoming Events." A second option is click on the "Live" link on the marquis. The Incarnate Word men’s games also will be aired by KUIW Internet Radio.The KUIW broadcast link is posted on the UIW athletics home page.

Brackets for the Heartland tournaments are:

Friday, March 6 – Semifinal Games – Women at St. Mary’s
Noon – St. Mary’s vs. St. Edward’s
2:30 p.m. – UIW vs. TAMIU

Friday, March 6 – Semifinal Games – Men at Incarnate Word
5:30 p.m. – UIW vs. St. Edward’s
8 p.m. – DBU vs. St. Mary’s

Saturday, March 7 – Championship Games
Women’s Championship at St. Mary’s – 2 p.m.
Men’s Championship at UIW – 6 p.m.

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 – 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.

Brainpower Summer Camp
St. Peter Prince of Apostles School is holding a summer camp from June 8 – Aug. 7. This camp is for students ages 3-12. Prices and times vary. For more information, contact Kirsch Wilberg at (210) 845-3706 or