The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: may 29, 2009

Photo of the Week

Dr. Agnese addresses members of the University Planning Commission at a retreat May 26 and 27.


Weekly Reflection
For this week's Campus Ministry message by Trevor Alexander visit:

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


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

Women’s Global Connection presents Cherish the Ladies
Cherish the Ladies, one of the most successful and sought-after all-female Irish-American groups in Celtic music, will perform a benefit concert on behalf of Women’s Global Connection on Sunday, May 31, at The Pavilion in Sunset Station.Women’s Global Connection is a partner in Visitation House Ministries which are sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. concert. The $50 ticket price (plus handling fees) includes a food coupon and two drink coupons. Advance concert tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets. Sunset Station box office will have tickets available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 30 and on the day of the event, Sunday, May 31from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information about this nonprofit organization, visit

Weekend Events
Please continue to encourage your students to check out the Student Center & Leadership Activities (SCLA) Web site each week for activities. Visit

Summer Science Institute
The UIW Summer Science Institute (high school on-campus science camp) will be Monday, June 8 through Friday, June 19. For more information, contact Gil Gomez at or (210) 283-5010. You can also contact the School of Math, Science and Engineering at (210) 829-3148.

Meet the Mission
The 4th annual Meet the Mission will be held Friday, Sept. 11. This event is a university-wide day of community service organized around teams of faculty members, first-year students and service agencies in San Antonio. If you would like to participate, contact Dr. Harold Rodinsky at or (210) 283-5055.

Homecoming 2009 – Committee Members Wanted
Homecoming Week will be Oct. 25 - Nov. 1. The Homecoming football game will be Saturday, Oct. 31, with kickoff scheduled for 2 p.m. If you are interested in being on the Homecoming Committee, or have any ideas or suggestions for events, please e-mail them to We’re already getting started on this exciting event, so sign up now!

San Antonio Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon – Start Training Now
The 2009 San Antonio Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon will be Sunday, Nov. 15, and UIW has a team who will be taking part in the Get Fit Challenge (GFC). The GFC offers a $10 discount, access to training tools and more. There’s no pressure to finish within a certain time period. To be part of the UIW Team, or for registration information, contact the alumni office at or (210) 829-6014.

Department News

Relocation of Offices
The VP for Extended Academic Programs, the dean and staff of Virtual University, the dean and secretarial support for ADCaP, and the dean of Preparatory Programs have been relocated to St. Anthony Catholic High School. The ADCaP Main Office’s new telephone number is (210) 832-2100 and fax is (210) 832-2135. The ADCaP Alamo Heights advising office will remain in the Watson Administration building.

Instructional Technology Summer Training Schedule
The Department of Instructional Technology is offering free training opportunities to faculty and staff this summer. Classes held in Mabee Library Room G16 are limited to eight participants. All other sessions are limited to 20 participants and will take place in Mabee Library Room 230. Make reservations via e-mail to: At least five participants must register for each session in order for the session to take place. Please contact Terry Peak if you are unable to attend a session so that he can offer your seat to someone else. To view the schedule, please visit

Community News

UIW Football Camp
UIW will hold two football camps this summer. Camps cost $100 for the week if signup is before June 3 and costs $125 after that date. UIW employees will receive a discounted price of $80 if signup is before June 3. For more information, contact Jim Marshall at (210) 805-3026 or

June 15 - 18
9 a.m. to noon at Benson Stadium for grades 4-8
Players will be grouped according to their age and will learn football skills and techniques by Coach Mike Santiago and his staff. Required equipment includes: cleats and proper athletic attire.

June 23 - 26
9 a.m. to noon at Benson Stadium for grades 9-12.
Players will be grouped by position.

Rising Senior Day - Saturday, June 27
9:30 a.m. to noon at Benson Stadium for all incoming high school seniors.
The $25 cost is waived if player participated in the week of high school camp. Participants will be tested in a series of agility/athletic drills and position specific drills.

Lion Dance Team
UIW’s Institute of World Cultures is forming a Lion Dance team! It’s free to sign up. The team will practice every Sunday 5 p.m. so come out for a summer of fun, excitement and exercise. For more information, contact Rolla Alaydi at or (210) 833-4257 or Eva Lee at or (210) 663-7934.

Office Hours
The following are the hours for the offices of Academic Advising, Admissions, Business Office, Financial Assistance and Registrar for summer 2009.

May 11 to August 14
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, July 3:Independence Day – Offices Closed

Notice from Campus Police – Click it or Ticket
From May 18 – 31, the Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization is returning to our state. Both locally and nationwide, police will be fully mobilized and on the lookout for those not following state seat belt laws, with a special emphasis on nighttime enforcement. If you are stopped without your seat belt buckled, you will face a ticket and a fine. Our campus police force will be patrolling to ensure all drivers are wearing their seatbelts.

Marching Cardinal Band
Encourage students who are interesting in learning about the new UIW Marching Cardinal Band tojoin us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 2 in Palestrina Hall (2nd floor of the Fine Arts Building). They can discover the many opportunities to showcase your musical talents as a student at UIW! To RSVP, call (210) 805-1244.

Faculty Focus

Sr. Joseph Marie Armer Chair in Natural Science
The School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering is pleased to congratulate Dr. Christy MacKinnon on her appointment as the next Sr. Joseph Marie Armer Chair in Natural Science. She will apply the resources of the chair to extend her research and writing in genetics, genomics and bioinformatics.

Pat LeMay Burr stands with former President Clinton backstage at the World Affairs Council's Distinguished Speaker Series in May. President Clinton spoke to about 2,700 attendees in Laurie Auditorium at Trinity University. Burr is chair of the Board of Trustees of the World Affairs Council and was emcee of the evening's event.

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

High Schools

Dr. Cyndi Wilson Porter and Dan Ochoa stand with Hope Andrade, the Texas Secretary of State, at the Incarnate Word High School graduation ceremony on Sunday.

Incarnate Word High School

  • May 29: End of Year Luncheon at 12:30 p.m., IWHS Mt. Erin Alumnae Hall

Robert Niehoff, a St. Anthony Catholic High School faculty member and recipient of this year’s CCVI Spirit Award, carries the CCVI Mace at the SACHS graduation on Saturday.

St. Anthony Catholic High School

  • July 25: St. Anthony Alumni Association is hosting a Casino Night and Texas Hold ’Em Tournament. For ticket information, please call Alejandro Calderon at 832-5622.


Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

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