The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: april 3, 2009

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Mayoral Candidate Julian Castro presents during a Q & A session sponsored by the Student Government Association, Pi Sigma Alpha and Phi Alpha Delta Wednesday in Marian Hall Ballroom


In Sickness and In Health (Part I)
By Rev. Dr. Trevor D. Alexander

This coming weekend will be the “Walk for the Cure.” I thought I would share some of the lessons I learned from walking with my wife through this “valley of the shadow of death.” I am going to share my reflection with you in three parts.

September will be another milestone for our family. My wife will soon be a FIVE year Breast Cancer survivor. There were some challenges presented to us while she was confronting this horrific illness. A marriage in-and-of-itself will present its own trials and conflicts. Facing a serious illness will only add to the normal challenges of life. In spite of these, what I call “opportunities for growth;” I have learned some valuable lessons that I believe will help many couples and or families that are facing a serious or long-term illness.

The following are some of the lessons that I have learned:

1. Be Sensitive: Always and I mean always try to show that you are sensitive to your spouse or family member. Many people are usually very sensitive when they are faced with “short-term” illness. However, when facing “long-term” illness their patience will sometimes wear thin. It is important that caregivers make a conscious effort each day to be extremely sensitive. Remember, they are not choosing to be sick and most likely hate the fact that they are ill. It has been my experience that most spouses detest the fact that they are unable to be the husband or wife they really want to be.

2. Pray For and With your spouse and/or family member: Prayer is a wonderful means of communicating.  My wife loves to hear me pray. Not because I pray so deeply and wonderfully, but because she hears my heart and my concerns during our prayer time. As you are praying For and With your spouse or family member they will hear your heart’s concerns.

3. Avoid Finger Pointing: Finger pointing is blaming them for their illness. We make statements like, “if you had only gone to the doctor’ like you should have,” or “if you had taken better care of yourself.” They already feel bad enopugh and may even be feeling like they are unable to contribute to the relationship. While you may not intentionally blame them your “non-direct language” or “body language” may be sending a different signal.They may have to go to the hospital for frequent routine appointments and you sayy things like, “here we go again.” You are speaking loudly and clearly. You may not deliberately want your loved one to feel like a burden, but your actions might show it.

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

Daily Mass & Sacrament of Reconciliation during Holy Week
UIW’s new Chaplain, Fr. Tom Dymowski, will say Mass Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (April 6-8) at 5 pm in Our Lady’s Chapel. Fr. Tom will also be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to Mass beginning at 4 pm in Our Lady’s Chapel. Appointments can also be made by contacting Fr. Tom at 829-3131.

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:,,


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Lacey Halstead presents “Caring for Earth Here: The Headwaters Sanctuary”  in the library auditorium in celebration of Earth Month.

Earth Month Events
Earth Month runs from March 20-April 22, and UIW will be celebrating with a variety of activities, lectures and films.Visit for the Earth Month calendar and environmental readings from numerous disciplines. It’s springtime; renew and reinvigorate your commitment to the planet!For questions or additions to the calendar, contact Julian Davis For more information, contact Lacey Halstead at or 828-2224.

The Earth Month activities schedule:

  • April 7: Screening of “The Unforeseen” from 2:30-4 p.m. in the library auditorium.  Produced by Robert Redford and Terence Malick and directed by Laura Dunn, who is from Austin. “The Unforeseen” explores the conflicts between urban development and the preservation of natural resources. Laura Dunn chronicles the fight to save the famous Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer from development, and examines the impact on our water. It was the winner of the 2008 Independent Spirit Award. Visit
  • April 8: Tour the Headwaters Sanctuary from 2-3:30 p.m. Meet at the Grotto, near the Agnese Bridge. See what’s blooming in the Headwaters and learn about our plans for the future. It’s a walking tour so wear comfortable shoes!
  • April 16:  Calling volunteers! Restore habitat in the Headwaters Sanctuary from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Cut down invasive trees and improve wildlife habitat.  Meet at the entrance to the UIW practice soccer fields. Come for one hour or four and get off-campus service hours! Volunteers should wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Refreshments and equipment provided. RSVP to Lacey Halstead at or 828-2224.
  • April 18: Saturday Tour of the Headwaters Sanctuary from 9-10:30 a.m. Meet on the front steps of the UIW Administration Building. See what’s blooming in the Headwaters and learn about our plans for the future. This is a walking tour.
  • April 21: Screening of “An Inconvenient Truth” from 9:30 - 11:15 the Garden Room at the Village of the Incarnate Word Retirement Center. From Marian Hall, head north toward the Blue Hole, past the volleyball pit. Go through the black gate separating campus from the retirement center, and enter the Garden Room through the glass door straight ahead of you. Signs will be posted on the door. 

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Invited speaker, David Baenziger of the Small Business Development Center, presented the third of a series of workshops offered by the
H-E-B School of Business and Administration, Basics of Financial Planning and Budgeting, Thursday April 2 in Administration Building.

Campus-Wide Easter Egg Hunt
The Student Center and Leadership Activities Office will be hosting a campus-wide Easter Egg Hunt on Wednesday, April 8. Eggs will be placed around campus the night before. Each egg will have a number associated with a prize or a Happy Easter message. Prizes will range from pencils and scantrons to t-shirts and gift cards and students can come to the Student Center Desk to claim their prize. If your department would like to donate small prizes such as department pens, t-shirts, or cups, please contact Shawna Corley at or Kristin Garcia at You can also bring your prizes to Kristin in the Campus Life Office.

Minority Health Fair
The Feik School of Pharmacy will hold UIW’s first minority health fair from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at Davis-Scott YMCA, 1213 Iowa in San Antonio. April is minority health awareness month, and the pharmacy students will promote positive changes in our community. Free screenings such as blood pressure, glucose, body mass index, diabetic foot check and cholesterol checks will be available. Licensed pharmacists will answer questions about medications and screening results. BEAT AIDS will conduct HIV rapid testing. There will be hourly drawings for great prizes. The event is free, and everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Eboney A. Hadnott at (713) 875-9365.

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

San Antonio Alumni Mixer
Join alumni from around San Antonio as we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the launch of our online community. The celebration will start at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 at the Cambria Suites Airport Hotel. Attendees receive free food and drinks. For more information and to RSVP, log on to

Bicycle Club: Tour de Cure
The UIW Bicycle Club is proud to support millions of adults and children 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

Rotaract Club Advisor Needed
UIW students are interested in starting a Rotaract Club on Campus. Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30. Rotaract clubs are either community or university based, and they’re sponsored by a local Rotary club.  If you are a Rotary Club member and would be interested in advising the UIW Rotaract Club, please contact Dr. Angela McPherson Williams at

Weekend Events
Please continue to encourage your students to check out the Student Center & Leadership Activities (SCLA) Web site each week for activities. Our e-newsletter, What’s the Word, shares SCLA information and our new feature of events on Friday through Sunday, Weekend at the Word. Visit

Department News

Insurance Benefits Meetings for Full-Time Benefit Eligible Employees (for period 6/1/09-5/31/10)

All full-time, benefit eligible employees of UIW currently covered or eligible for insurance benefits are encouraged to attend one of the enrollment meetings for the plan year June 1, 2009 – May 31, 2010. These meetings will include the AFLAC and SBS Cafeteria 125 Flex Spending Plans.

Deadline for current participants to make insurance changes is Friday, May 1, 2009. If you are a current policyholder and DO NOT want to make changes, no action is needed on your part to continue your insurance. Dollars you shelter through the SBS Cafeteria 125 Flex Spending Plan to cover medical, dental or child care costs, MUST BE RE-ELECTED each year. The dollar amounts do not roll over. If you do not wish to elect a new amount for the next plan year, we must have a Signed Waiver from you.

You may attend the one-hour meetings at UIW or at either of the high schools.
Thursday, 4/9 UIW Library Auditorium 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m.
Monday, 4/13 UIW Library Auditorium 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 4/15 UIW Library Auditorium 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 4/15 IWHS Library 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, 4/16 UIW Library Auditorium 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, 4/16 SACHS Cafeteria 3:30 p.m.

Aetna will remain the university’s medical and dental carrier.
VSP – Vision Service Plan will continue as our vision carrier.
Catholic Life will continue as the Life insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment carrier.
The Hartford will continue as the carrier for the Long Term Disability.
AFLAC will continue to provide supplemental insurance.
SBS will continue to administer the Cafeteria 125 Flex Spending Plan.

You will not need to fill out a new life insurance form. If you wish to make changes or add additional voluntary life insurance for you, your spouse and/or your children, you must complete a Catholic Life form. All insurance forms must be returned to HR in the meetings or at the latest by Friday, May 1, 2009.

Human Resources and representatives from the carriers will be at the meetings along with Sylvia Anderson/SWBC our broker/agent, to answer questions. If you have questions please call Zasha Ghanbarian-Alanis at 210-829-6083. Due to the high volume of walk-ins and phone calls, you may need to leave a phone message or email for Zasha.

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

Word Today Submissions
Ashley Festa is out of the office until the first week of May on a trip with the San Antonio Rotary Club. She will not be responding to e-mail.  During this time, the Word Today will only be published on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please submit announcements to Debra Del Toro at As the trip progresses, follow along at

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 April 12, 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.

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

Professor Margaret Mitchell, presents a one-person exhibit in the Semmes Art Gallery from March 30 - April 24. The opening reception was held on Thursday, April 2.

Tim Draves earns TexasState Historical Association Prize
On March 27 in Austin, the TexasState Historical Association presented Tim Draves with the 2009 Mary Jon and J.P. Bryan Leadership in Education Award. Since 2005, Draves has worked with Patricia Gower, Ph.D. as editor of UIW’s online Journal of the Life and Culture of San Antonio ( A History Department project funded by a grant from Humanities Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Journal promotes research and writing about our community’s heritage from various disciplinary perspectives.

Poem Published
Dr Jo LeCoeur had her poem, Old Leaves published in the Fall-Spring 2008-2009 issue of the Palo Alto Review, page 79.

To share your news with the UIW community, send your announcements and accomplishments to the Public Relations office at

High Schools

Fiesta St. Anthony
The annual Fiesta St. Anthony event will be held on will be Friday, April 17 from 7 p.m. – midnight in UIW’s Rosenberg SkyRoom. Dinner will be served from 7-8 p.m. with dancing to follow through midnight.  Tickets are $30 per person or $100 for two and a chance to win the $5000.00 gift card. For more information contact Alejandro Calderon at 832-5622 or

IWHS Spring Open House
IWHS will hold its spring Open House this Sunday April 5, from 2-4 p.min the McGowan gymnasium. The event is for prospective students, as well as girls in 6th and 7th grade who may be interested in attending IWHS.For more information, contact Ninfa Ozuna at 829-3123 or

IWHS Gym Dedication
On Thursday, March 19, IWHS dedicated its school gymnasium to Peggy Lynn Mowers McGowen, Class of 1935.  The IWHS gymnasium will now formally be known as the McGowen Gymnasium.  Peggy Lynn Mowers McGowen, IWHS Class of 1935, loved IWHS and its students.  McGowen demonstrated her love through her annual support.  She passed away in 2007 and a significant gift was left to IWHS, much of the gift was used to update the school gymnasium. View the McGowan gym dedication photo album located at

IWHS Summer Camps
IWHS will be holding various summer camps for girls.  For more information go to:


Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

Athletic Schedule (home games indicated by all caps)

Wed-SatApril 1-4 Track (M&W) at Texas Relays, Austin All Day
Fri April 3TENNIS (M&W) vs LAREDO JC 2 p.m.
Baseball at Newman (2) 3 p.m.
SOFTBALL vs ST. EDWARD’S (2) 5 p.m.
Sat April 4 TENNIS (M&W) vs McMURRY 9 a.m.
Baseball at Newman (2) Noon
Softball at St. Edward’s (2) Noon

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

Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • Sr. Dorothy Ann Balser, SSND (BA ’80) & family on the recent loss of her sister, Sr. Mary Kathlyn Balser, SSND (BS ’53).
  • Jose (BBA ’95, MBA ’98) & Peggy Bell (Former UIW Faculty) Picon on the recent loss of her father, Michelle Puente (BBA ’01) on the recent loss of her grandfather, and Julie (MED ’91), Emma & Tyler Bell on the recent loss of their father-in-law and grandfather, Frederick R. “Bob” Bell (father of the late Phil Bell).
  • The family of Elizabeth (Betty) Corwin Culbertson (BA ’35) on her recent death.
  • Dr. Henry Daly & family on the recent loss of his wife, Mary Ann Beck Daly (IWHS ’45, BA ’51).
  • The family of Elizabeth Margaret Glenewinkel (BS ’65) on her recent death.
  • Maria Luisa Machuca Gonzales (BSN ’57) & family on the recent loss of her husband, Saturnino Gonzales, Jr.
  • The family of Sr. Mary Hanick, CCVI (BMusic ’48, Former Piper Professor) and the entire University of the Incarnate Word community, on her recent death.
  • Tim Jackson & family on the recent loss of his mother, Mary Therese Hanchett Jackson (Music Ed ’53).
  • Joseph Patrick and Abbie Kelly & family on the recent loss of his brother, Rev. John Edward Kelly (BA ’76).
  • Mary Ellen Riley & family on the recent loss of her mother, Thelma Jean Quinn Riley (SR School of Nursing & BSN ’49).
  • Les (SACHS ’69, Former UIW Dev. Bd.) and Colleen Tschoepe & family on the recent loss of her mother, Polly Ann Grona Sheridan (IWHS ’48, NDS ’52).
  • Denise Pawelek (BA ’77) & family on the recent loss of her grandmother, Annie Scheffler Waclawczyk. 
  • Vince (Dean/Sch. of Ext. Studies) and Cyndi Wilson (VP/Ext. Academic Programs) Porter & family on the recent loss of her father, Donald W. Wilson.