The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: March 20, 2009

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On Tuesday, the Dreeben School of Education brought participants of the 2009 International Clute Conference in downtown San Antonio who have expressed interest in the DSE Graduate Studies and Doctoral programs to campus for a tour and reception as an opportunity to explore the possibility of their candidacy to our school.


Chaplain Position Filled
Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T. will join the Campus Ministry team April 1 as university chaplain. A reception will be planned the week after Easter to formally welcome him – stay tuned.

CCVI Student Spirit Award Recipient
Lauren Wappelhorst has been selected as this year’s CCVI Student Spirit Award recipient. She was chosen for her exemplary demonstration of the university Mission.She is a dedicated Resident Assistant, Peer Minister, Student Ambassador, founding leader of the Ultimate Frisbee Club and Human Humans: Students Against Government Executions, Peer Mentor, a finalist for the Kemper Scholars Award and more. Wappelhorst is a second year student double majoring in sociology and religious studies. She will receive the award during the Incarnate Word Day Mass at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 with Adela Gott, this year’s CCVI Spirit Award recipient.

Testing In My Soul
"Search me, oh God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Psalm 139:23-24

One of my favorite verses in the Bible and one of the verses that keeps me grounded is Psalm 139:243-24. When I was a student, I would work hard to achieve good grades. My parents taught me to strive to be the best and not to settle. I would spend hours rewriting my notes and studying my textbooks. Even after spending countless hours studying, sometimes when taking a test I would find myself second guessing and confusing the information I had studied. This text reminds me of a test, a self-examination.

I’m usually in touch with my emotions, but when it comes to testing them, I find myself struggling. Maybe I need to study more. I sometimes find myself second guessing what is really going on deep within my soul. Sometimes in my confusion, I struggle with how I should respond to my brothers and sisters. I would try hard to understand my emotions, but would find myself falling short. It is usually during these times that I would make an appeal to the Lord, an appeal that sounds like, “Search me Lord, lead me Lord, and show me Lord the way I should react.” In other words, show me the answer.

The Lord holds the answer keys. He knows what it takes for us to unlock the mystery of our hearts. With His help, we are able to sort out our emotions. He helps us to toss out the incorrect answers that we sometimes hold on to. God has the ability to help us reorganize our thoughts and find rest for our soul.

Most students work and study hard to improve their GPA. I wonder if God graded all our trials, what would be our heavenly GPA? Thank God that we are graded on a cross that is known as GRACE. Psalm 139 should help us realize that the many “tests” that we encounter in our lives have provided us the opportunity to grow stronger in our faith. In other words, we are smarter in Christ. How are your test scores?

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

Memorial Service and Dedication of the Apparel Construction Laboratory
You are invited to a memorial prayer service for Cosette Reyes-Varela, a 2005 graduate with a degree in fashion management & design and a member of the tennis team who died Dec. 13, 2007. The service will begin in Our Lady’s Chapel at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 28 followed by the dedication of the Apparel Construction Laboratory in Joyce Building Room 224. You are invited to bring your favorite photographs of Cosette to this time of remembrance, reflection and contemplation.

Holy Week Services – Our Lady’s Chapel
The Holy Week Schedule is as follows:
Holy Thursday, April 9 - 5:30 p.m.
Good Friday, April 10 – 3:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 12 – 10:30 a.m.
There will not be an Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday, April 11.

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



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

Solo Piano Recital
The UIW Music Department presents Artina Hunter in solo piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 20 in Our Lady’s Chapel. She will perform selections from Ravel, Poulenc, Prokofiev, Walker, Bonds and Brahms. Concert is free and open to the public.

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

Candidate for Dean of Interactive Media and Design
Michael L. Niblett will be visiting UIW on Monday and Tuesday, March 23-24. He is a candidate for dean of the School of Interactive Media and Design. He will make a presentation from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 23 in the Bonilla Science Hall Room 129.

Dissertation Defense
Jewell Ann Borjes will defend her dissertation at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 23 in the library Special Collections Room. The title of her dissertation is “Repeated Oral Reading Approach versus Independent Silent Reading Approach for Reading Fluency and Comprehension.” Her dissertation chair is Dr. Absael Antelo.

Health Professions Career Fair
Please join us at the Student Nurses Association Health Professions Career Fair from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday, March 23 in Marian Hall. More than 20 hospitals and branches of the armed services willbe represented.

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.

Moody Lecture at OLLU and UIW
Margaret Mitchell, UIW’s Moody Professor for the 2008-09 academic year, will present the Moody Lecture at Our Lady of the Lake University from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. Monday, March 23 in the Sr. Elizabeth Sultenfuss Library Community Room at OLLU. Mitchell will present the Moody Lecture at UIW at noon Tuesday, March 24 in the library auditorium. The topic will be “Designing for the Theatre: The Research and Process of Costume Design.” A light lunch will follow upstairs in the foyer of the Special Collections Room.

On Wednesday, Travel writer Tracy Barnett shared her experiences in Tanzania last October with UIW as part of the National Women’s History Month “Women & Ecology” theme.

The International Student Association hosted speaker Kyle Burns, the president and CEO of the San Antonio Free Trade Alliance, at UIW on Thursday.

Students attended the first of several business workshops intended to give them guidance for the Business Plan Competition 2009.

Basics of a Marketing Plan Workshop
This workshop is the second of a series of workshops that the H-E-B School of Business and Administration is offering for the UIW community. It will be from 4:30-6 p.m. March 24 in Gorman Building Room 209. Please RSVP because the places are limited. The Business Plan Competition 2009 participants will receive first priority. For more information or to RSVP, contact Dr. Jose F. Moreno at (210) 930-8011 or

Incarnate Word Day
Incarnate Word Day celebrates the Feast of the Annunciation, Mary’s answer to God’s call. It will be Wednesday, March 25. To see the schedule of activities that will form part of the celebration during the week of March 23-25, visit Please encourage your students to participate in one or more of these activities.

8 a.m. Banners and Balloons on Dubuis Lawn
11 a.m. Picnic at the Tower
Noon Cardinal Carnival Golf Cart Parade at Dubuis Lawn
1:30 p.m. Magnificat Presentation—DVD. S. Martha Ann Kirk. L.A.
3 p.m. Incarnate Word Day Liturgy and Presentation of CCVI Spirit Award. OLC.
Legacy Tree dedication
4 p.m. Reception for CCVI Spirit Award Honorees, family and friends at the Clock Tower

Justice, Solidarity, and Hope – The Magnificat
In conjunction with Incarnate Word Day and Women’s History Month, a presentation titled “Justice, Solidarity, and Hope – The Magnificat” will be given from 1:30-2:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 in the library auditorium. Fr. Juan Molina will explore global challenges and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk will examine glimpses of hope from Mary's prayer “The Magnificat” (Luke 1:46-56). Fr. Juan, O.Ss.T., an economist and the advocacy program coordinator for Catholic Relief Services in eight southwest states, will share his ideas on creating a more just world. He has held a variety of positions throughout the United States where he was integral in building community and social awareness. Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, Th.D. professor of religious studies, will share from a DVD she has created  with art, music, and dance  based on the Magnificat, Mary’s song of joy shared with her cousin Elizabeth interwoven with stories of contemporary women from different continents. The canticle invites people through the ages to continue proclaiming justice and working with God.    

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. There will be American Sign Language-English interpretation. For more information, contact Demetrius Smith at

Spring Fling and Turtle Race
The fourth annual UIW Spring Fling and Turtle Race is a fundraiser presented by the Athletics Department for the UIW and San Antonio communities. It will be from noon – 6 p.m. Sunday April 19 by the Natatorium building and river bank area. Admission and parking are free! On the agenda is a day of entertainment including live bands, a DJ, games and food. The Turtle Race will begin at 4 p.m. with 5,000 adopted rubber turtles being released into the San Antonio River headwaters on campus. Turtles cost $5 to adopt, and the first 20 winners will receive a prize and a chance to win $20,000. This fundraiser benefits the softball and volleyball teams and other campus organizations. For more information or to adopt a turtle, contact Mary Jane Moritz at (210) 818-7267 or

Department News

iPodTouch Raffle
The Feik School of Pharmacy and Pre-Pharmacy Association are raffling an iPod Touch among other prizes, including a handmade wooden porch swing, a DVD player, a Starbucks gift basket and a Blockbuster gift basket.Tickets cost $1 each and are on sale until March 31. The winner will be drawn April 1. To buy tickets, contact Kristen Dicianna at 883-1063 or All proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, to which we have donated more than $7,300 so far.

Fundraising Jazz Concert
The UIW Jazz Ensemble will kick off Incarnate Word Week with a fundraising concert at 3 p.m. March 22 in the Rosenberg SkyRoom. The event is free but donations are welcome. The ensemble has been invited to perform at two premier jazz festivals in July at the Montreaux in Switzerland and the North Sea in Holland.  Donations will help defray the travel expenses for the group of 20, half of whom are students. The ensemble has a new Web site,, which has video excerpts of the six-song demo that was submitted to both festivals. It also has information on the festivals, the ensemble, and a link to accept tax-deductable donations by check or online with a credit card.

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. For more information, contact the UIW Development Office at (210) 829-6013. If you have something you wish to donate, download a form at or contact Allison Hybner at 829-6075.

Community News

UIW in the News
Night After Night, March 20, 2009

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.

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.

Faculty Focus

To share your news with the UIW community, send your announcements and accomplishments to Ashley Festa at

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.

SACHS Spring Open House
St. Anthony Catholic High School will hold a Spring Open House at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 22 in the chapel. For more information, call Bart Zavaletta at 832-5605.

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.

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