The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: March 13, 2009

Photo of the Week

UIW employees who worked during Spring Break were treated to a barbecue on Thursday by the Human Resources Department.


Alternative Spring Break 2009 – San Antonio Immersion
Twenty students participated throughout the week in this year’s Alternative Spring Break in their own backyard.Students took a cultural tour of the San Antonio Mission Trail; painted and cleaned up the grounds of St. Raymond’s Catholic Church in Leakey, Texas, a rural parish in the Hill Country. They also did landscaping for the Visitation House (a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word serving homeless mothers and children), served breakfast and lunch at St. Vincent De Paul, and helped Habitat for Humanity at their warehouse when rain spoiled their work at the Palo Alto Housing site. Visit for pictures from this week’s projects.

Humility Brings About Thankfulness
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” James 4:10
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

As I meditated on the qualities of humility and thankfulness this week, I've come to the conclusion that these two great qualities are closely linked. Often as we grow in one, we grow in the other. Likewise, when we fail in one of these qualities, we often fail in the other.

In order to be truly thankful and humble, we must resist the strong tendencies of pride, arrogance, greed and selfishness that are rampant today. We live in a culture that gives us permission to look out for ourselves and to fight for what we feel we are entitled to. We have the go-ahead to be selfish. We do not live in an environment conducive to humility and thankfulness.

As Christians, we are called to live a life that reflects the image of Christ.Notice that James says to "humble yourself,” and Paul says we should "Give thanks."Though we may not always succeed in being humble and thankful, we should strive daily to achieve these two qualities. By adopting a humble attitude, we will become humble, and by adopting a thankful heart, we will display a thankful posture.

Humbling ourselves is as simple as making a conscious decision to act more like Christ and to suppress the tendency to go with the flow of popular culture. The more we do this, the easier and more natural it will become for us to be humble. Likewise, we must make a conscious decision to be thankful in all things. The more we are thankful, the more we will begin to see the positive aspects of life. Have a humble and thankful day!

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


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



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 15, 22 and 29. It’s great exercise! For more information, contact Rolla Alaydi at (210)884-9196.

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

Contemporary Reflections on the Stations of the Cross
To open theLenten Season, art students have created fresh visions of the traditional “Stations of the Cross,” the art and prayer inCatholic Church, remembering the sufferings of Jesus and praying that all suffering may be transformed into wisdom and compassion.The art will be displayed 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.

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

Swing-In 2009 'Ultimate Tailgate' Auction Party Raffle
Raffle tickets cost $50 and only 500 tickets will be sold!
One winning ticket will be drawn Thursday, April 30 for one of the following items:

  • $2,500 Yardley's Spa Package
  • 52" Samsung Flat Screen Television
  • $4,000 Gift Package from San Antonio Jewelry
  • $4,000 Travel Voucher and Two Round Trip Airline Tickets Valued at $1,500
  • $4,158 Cruise Voucher and Two Round Trip Airline Tickets Valued at $1,500
  • $4,800 Hunting Trip at Rough Creek in Glen Rose, Texas

If you'd like to attend the party, entry tickets cost $50 and include great food and fun! Come ready to bid on some wonderful auction items! For more information, contact the UIW Development Office at (210) 829-6013.

Several UIW employees went on a Mission retreat at the Denman Estate on March 6 and participants said they had a great time.

Department News

Scheduled Service Outage
Users at UIW may experience service interruptions between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. Thursday, March 19, while scheduled maintenance and equipment replacement is performed on part of UIW’s up-channel network located in Austin and the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio. For more information, contact the UIW Help Desk at Ext. 2721.

Community News

theFund Campaign
UIW is participating in the theFund Campaign during the month of March. You can support 28 different arts and cultural organizations in San Antonio by donating through a convenient payroll deduction plan. Any contribution is welcome, and a donation of $60 or more entitles you to theFUNd card.With this card, you can receive discounts.For more information, contact Cheryl Anderson at 829-6091.

Spring Break Dining Hours

  • Marian Hall Café will be closed through Saturday, March 14.
  • Hortencia’s Café will be closed through 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

  • Through Friday, March 13from 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

Faculty Speaker
Sr. Martha Ann Kirk was an invited speaker for the Fifth International Conference on Islam in the Contemporary World: The Gülen Movement in Thought and Practice where she presented "A Model of Peace Building from the Gülen Movement in Southeastern Turkey" at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, March 6-7. She also served on the editorial board refereeing abstracts from people in 16 countries and seven states.

Poster Presentation
Dr. David Foglesong, from thedepartment of biology, along with three graduate students,Minh-Hieu Pham, Navya Kondapalli and Leonard Contreras, gave a poster presentation entitled "Interleukin-2 Induces DNA Topoisomerase I Activity in HuT 78 Cells" at the 112th annual meeting of the Texas Academy of Science held March 5-7 in Junction, Texas.

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.

Athletics Schedule
Home games are in all caps.

Friday, March 13
Baseball at Texas / Permian Basin (2) at 1 p.m.
Women’s Basketball vs Washburn, Regional Tournament at 3 p.m.
SOFTBALL vs LINCOLN (2) at 4 p.m.

Saturday, March 14
Baseball at Texas / Permian Basin at noon
SOFTBALL vs LINCOLN (2) at 2 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs Midwestern State, Regional Tournament at 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 15
TENNIS (M&W) vs NEWMAN at 11 a.m.

For more information about the regional men’s basketball tournament this weekend, visit the 2009 NCAA Division II South Central Regional Tournament site at

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