The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: april 17, 2009

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The Mabee Library staff celebrated National Library Week with a party on the porch, Wed., April 15.  Cookies, cake, punch, and freebies were provided.  Music from the library’s A/V collection entertained the crowd.


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

For this week's Campus Ministry message by Trevor Alexander please visit

Daily Mass Schedule
Daily Mass will be held Monday through Thursday at noon in Our Lady’s Chapel. Daily Mass is approximately thirty minutes in length.


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


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 checks 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 open to the public. For information contact Eboney A. Hadnott at (713) 875-9365.

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McCreless Art Gallery adds Artwork
Please join us in celebration of new works of art at the McCreless Gallery in the J.E. & L.E. Mabee Library,  Sunday April 19 from 3 – 5 p.m.
The McCreless Art Gallery has paintings, drawings, sculptures, illuminated manuscript leaves and liturgical objects representing a wide spectrum of art from the Renaissance and Middle Ages. Light refreshments will be served. R.S.V.P. to Diane Echavarria at 829-6071 or

Spring Fling and Turtle Race
The fourth annual UIW Spring Fling and Turtle Race is Sunday April 19, noon to 6 p.m. The event will take place by the Natatorium. Admission and parking are free! Entertainment will be provided by live bands and a DJ.  Games and food are also available.  The Turtle Race begins at 4 p.m. Turtles cost $5 to adopt, and 20 winners will receive a prize and a chance to win $20,000.  The fundraiser presented by UIW Athletics, benefits the softball and volleyball teams and other campus organizations. For information or to adopt a turtle, contact Mary Jane Moritz at 818-7267 or

Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show
This is your last opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2009 Cutting Edge Fashion Show.  Tickets must be purchased by Noon today.  The show will begin at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 20, at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, located at 101 Bowie Street. Doors open at 10 a.m.  Tickets to the event include fashion show, silent auction and luncheon.  Individual seats are $75 each. “Show only” tickets are $25. For ticket information call 829-6013. Proceeds fund student scholarships.

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Children’s book author Dr. Carmen Tafolla presented a bilingual talk, sponsored by UIW’s Spanish Program, Thurs., April 16.  Tafolla is the winner of the 2009 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award.  

Earth Month Events
Earth Month began March 20 and ends April 22.  UIW celebrated with a variety of activities, lectures and films.Visit for the Earth Month calendar and environmental readings from numerous disciplines.For details contact Lacey Halstead at or 828-2224.

Earth Month activities:

April 21:

  • 9:30 - 11:15 a.m. Screening:  “An Inconvenient Truth” in 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. 

April 22: 

  • 8-9 a.m. FREE screening: State of Flowing Water in the UIW Library Auditorium. See this great documentary about Texas water resources and their future.
  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. second FREE screening: State of Flowing Water in the UIW Library Auditorium.
  • 11-11:30 a.m.  William E. Mulcahy Award ceremony.  Will be held under the live oak south of the library (by the outdoor tables). Join us to honor this year’s recipient.   Refreshments provided. Rain-out location: library auditorium.
  • 3:-4 p.m. FREE screening: State of Springs in the Library Auditorium. Learn about Texas’s springs and see some of our state’s best-kept biological secrets.

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Lacey Halstead and others Tour the Headwaters Sanctuary in celebration of Earth Month.

3rd Annual UIW Iron Chef Competition
Think you got what it takes? Dining Services is hosting the 3rd annual UIW Iron Chef competition in Marian Hall dining room, April 22 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Dining Services is looking for participants. This year’s event will feature 2 person teams. Everything you need will be provided. Contact Dining Services for details and a list of ingredients (except the mystery ingredient) that will be available. Prizes include Fiesta Texas and Schlitterbahn tickets, meal plan points and Chef knives. To sign up or get details contact Richard Morgan at 805-3563 or at or Josh Price at 805-5874 or

Fiesta in the Breezeway Information Session
The Dual Enrollment Center, 1621 N. Main, will hold a Fiesta in the Breezeway Information Session on Wed. April 22, from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Entertainment and lunch will be provided. Please stop by and visit with a UIW representative. Learn about adult degree completion programs, transferring to UIW, financial aid and more. For information call 223-5747.

Student Veterans Association Peace Tree Project
The Student Veterans Association and The Peace Tree Project of South Texas are teaming up to provide special gifts to families of fallen heroes of our armed forces-live tree plantings here in San Antonio! Join them Saturday, April 25 at 9:30 a.m. when they will meet and depart from the parking lot facing Benson Stadium. They will return at approx. 1 p.m. A live tree will be planted in memory of these heroes that gave the ultimate sacrifice. Immediately following the plantings, we will return to UIW for a free BBQ appreciation for all those involved. All UIW staff and students are welcome.

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

UIW Cardinal Chorale & Madrigal Singers Spring Concert
The 75-voice UIW Cardinal Chorale, and eight voice Madrigal Singers will present a concert on Sunday, May 3, at 3 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. The concert will feature music of Eric Whitacre, Beethoven, Moses Hogan, Orban, Renee Clausen, Stephen Hatfield, and Kirby Shaw, spanning from classical to jazz. The concert is free and open to all.

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

UIW in the News:
New Texas Optometry School Joins ASCO

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

Research Symposium
There will be a Doctoral Student Research Symposium on Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in JB 126. Doctoral students will present their research projects with the opportunity to receive input from the audience. Everyone is welcome.

Community News

Honors Convocation is a forum for the university to recognize student academic and service accomplishments.  Administration, faculty and staff are invited to share in this celebration of excellence.  Eucharistic Celebration will take place on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel in the Administration Building. 

Individual ceremonies are scheduled on the following dates:

Sunday, April 19, 2009:
HEBSBA: 3:00-6:00 p.m., McCombs Center, Rosenberg Sky Room

Wednesday, April 22, 2009:
HASS (Division of Social Sciences): 4:30 p.m., Mabee Library, Special Collections Suite

Thursday, April 23, 2009:
HASS (Division of Humanities): 6:00 p.m., Marian Hall Student Center

Sunday, April 26, 2009:
HASS (Division of Arts): 12:00 p.m., Fine Arts Building, Palestrina Hall

SIMD: 1:30 p.m., Joyce Building, JB 126

DSE: 1:00-3:00 p.m., ICC Conference Hall

SMSE: 1:00-2:00 p.m., Bonilla Science Hall, BSH 129

SNHP: 2:00-3:00 p.m., Marian Hall Student Center

Documentary Screening
Communication Arts Graduate Student, Donnie Meals,wrote and produced a documentary film entitled "El Corrido" which concerns Drug Trade and Traffic in Mexico for his graduatethesis. The film has appeared in film festivals and has won the national Accolade Award. The research surrounding the film is an ethnographic musicology study. There will be a showing of this work on Monday, April 20, at 6 p.m. in the Mabee Library Auditorium. All are welcome.

TRiO Program Seeks Mentors and Tutors
The TRiO Student Success Program is now hiring for mentors and tutors for next year. The deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, April 24. Please visit this link for more details, forms, and how to apply:

Faculty Focus

The Magnificat: Women Birthing Life and Hope
The Magnificat: Women Birthing Life and Hope, an hour long DVD by Sister Martha Ann Kirk will be shown April 27, at 3 p.m. in the Library Auditorium.  The Magnificat, Mary’s song of joy shared with her cousin Elizabeth, is celebrated in art, music, and dance. This is interwoven with stories of contemporary women from Cambodia, Cameroon, Korea, Nigeria, Turkey, Vietnam, and the United States.

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 is today, Friday, April 17 from 7 p.m. – midnight in UIW’s Rosenberg Sky Room. Dinner will be served from 7-8 p.m., dancing will follow through midnight.  Tickets are $30 p/person or $100 for two which includes a chance to win a $5000.00 gift card.  For information contact Alejandro Calderon at 832-5622 or

SACHS Pre-Registration
St. Anthony Catholic High School is now pre-registering students for the 2009-2010 academic year. Contact Bart Zavaletta, Director of Enrollment, at
832-5632 or

St. Anthony/Incarnate Word Theatre Performance
Meet Me in St. Louis, one of the most popular and charming plays about family, dreams, and learning to accept the unexpected.  The play is based on the book by Sally Benson. There are three performances left:  7 p.m. on April 17, 22 and 23 in the IWHS McGowen gymnasium. Tickets are $6 for adults and students, and $3 for children 12 and younger. For details call 829-3100 or contact

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.

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 information, contact Kirsch Wilberg at 845-3706 or

Our prayers and sympathy go to the following:

Shellie & Mike (UIW Board of Trustees) Beucler & family on the recent loss of his mother, Marjorie Beucler.
Peter Carey (UIW Former Faculty) & family on the recent loss of his father, Kenneth J. Carey (UIW friend).
Dr. George Covert & family on the recent loss of his mother, Maxine K. Covert (UNDCL ’42).
Andrew & Ashley (PR Publications Coordinator) Festa & family on the recent loss of his grandfather, Richard L. Festa.
Sr. Catherine Gleitz, PBVM (BA ’69, MA ’78) and Sr. Therese Gleitz, PBVM (MA ’78) on the recent loss of their mother, Bertha V. Gleitz.
Sr. Shirley T. Vaughn, CCVI & family on the recent loss of her sister, Carolyn Marie Vaughn Gracia.
Ruth Eilene Sullivan (Former Chair, UIW Bd. of Trustees & UIW friend) on the recent loss of Richard Stanley Jung (UIW friend).
Richard (Olive Anne) Kleberg and Stephen (Janell) Kleberg & families on the recent loss of their mother, Mary Lewis Scott Kleberg (UIW friend).
Sr. Sally Mitchell, OSF (MA ’95) & family on the recent loss of her sister, Bonnie Mitchell Lammers.
Sr. Rosa Maria Icaza, CCVI (IWHS ’42, ALDN ’46) & family on the recent loss of Maria Del Carmen Gomez de Medrazo (BA ’55).
Lester C. Oenning & family on the recent loss of his wife, Virginia Huntley Oenning (MSN ’98).
Margaret Shaw Peletier (IWHS ’71) on the recent loss of her mother, Anne Andry Shaw.