The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Sept. 18, 2009

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Allison Hybner hangs out with the Cardinal at the Employee Campaign kickoff breakfast on Tuesday. To give to the campaign, turn in your form before Oct. 16 and receive your Cardinal pin and coupon for a free Starbucks beverage (minimum $10 gift required). Those wearing their Cardinal pins will be eligible for daily and weekly prize drawings. For more information, visit or contact the Development Office at 829-6013.


Mass Services
All are welcome.

  • Noon, Monday – Thursday, in Our Lady's Chapel. Less than 30 minutes in consideration of those on their lunch hour
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady's Chapel
  • Sunday Mass at 8 p.m.

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


Light the Way Workday Tomorrow
Join others in the UIW community getting the lights ready for our big November event. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The following workdays have been scheduled from 9 a.m. - noon. For more information, contact the PR office at 829-6001.

  • Sept. 19, at St. Peter Prince of Apostles Elementary, cafeteria
  • Sept. 26, at UIW in the Bell Garden behind AD building
  • Oct. 3, at St. Anthony Catholic High School, cafeteria
  • Oct. 10, at Incarnate Word High School, cafeteria

Dr. Agnese thanks Gary Joeris for his seven-figure gift for the Capital Campaign.Hillside Residence II will be renamed Joeris Hall in his honor.

Food Drive
Lambda Chi Alpha is sponsoring a food drive from 8 a.m. – noon Friday, Sept. 18 at the San Antonio Food Bank, 5200 Old Highway 90 West. For more information, contact Joey Pena at

Bake Sale
The Health Professions Society is sponsoring a bake sale from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 in the main circle on campus. For more information, contact Kolby Klaus at

Football After Party 
Multicultural Greek Alliance is sponsoring a football after-party from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 in Marian Ballroom. For more information, Janea McDaniel at

Help Needed for Phonathon
Phonathon is in need of at least 75 student and staff volunteers to complete this year’s weeklong event. The event will be in the ICC Room L2 and needs 25 callers per night at the following times:

  • Saturday, Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Sunday Sept. 20 from 4-10 p.m.

Student volunteers are asked to make calls to alumni for two nights, and they will receive on-campus community service hours. Faculty and staff are invited to call and to assist with Banner updates. To participate, contact Patrick Greener at (210) 805-5832 or

UIW Jazz Ensemble
The UIW Jazz Ensemble will perform at San Antonio’s premier jazz festival, Jazz’SAlive, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20. This will be the 26th year of the festival, which is held in Travis Park. Admission is free. For more information, visit or contact Jim Waller at

Chips & Salsa
Learn the basics of Salsa dancing, meringue, and bachata at the 8th annual Chips and Salsa event hosted by Residence Life in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month! All students and employees are welcome to be a part of the celebration. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Stop by and participate in the Best Male/Female Dress-up Contest or the Best Couple’s dance contest! Have some Latin fun and celebrate the Hispanic culture! Dress-up is optional! For more information, contact Liz Valerio at (210) 283-5024 or

Travel Overview Meeting
Gail Genthner, of Corporate Travel Planners/Rennert Travel, the authorized travel agent for UIW, will be on campus starting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25 for an overview of the UIW travel guidelines and to answer questions. The meeting will be in the library auditorium. Employees who book travel arrangements are encouraged to attend. RSVP to Vivian Wertz at 829-6089 or no later than Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Women’s Global Connection Cross Cultural Forum
Women’s Global Connection will lead “Economic Empowerment for Sustainability,” a discussion about the role of economic development and education as empowerment tools. There will be short presentations followed by discussion. Join us for an inspiring morning of cross cultural dialogue. The forum will be from 9 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 in the ICC. For more information or pre-registration (preferred), e-mail Submit your name, organization, phone number and e-mail for each person attending.

School of Nursing Luncheon
Interested in nursing and being an Army Nurse Corps officer? Come and hear guest speaker Capt. Saundra Martinez, BSN, at the Nursing Luncheon at noon Monday, Oct. 5 in the Ann Everett Lecture Hall, 2nd floor of the nursing building. Learn what Army Nurse Corps officers do, where they work, and what specialized training is available. Come hungry and leave full of knowledge! RSVP to Capt. Chez Varela at (210) 832-3210 or

South Texas Regional McNair Research Conference 2009
UIW McNair Scholars Program and the School of Graduate Studies and Research hosted the South Texas Regional McNair Research Conference 2009 on Saturday, Sept. 12. Seventy-five McNair scholars from campus across South Texas presented their summer research projects to the university community.  In addition to UIW, the universities represented included Trinity, OLLU, UTSA, St. Edward’s and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Roger Brooks, Ph.D. was the invited speaker for the event. He earned his undergraduate degree in psychology at UIW and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Notre Dame. He now is an assistant professor of psychology at SUNY-Oswego.

Students and faculty members browse the tables at the annual Study Abroad Fair on Thursday.

Department News

Flu Prevention
A limited supply of 8 oz hand sanitizers are available in Health Services.Limit one for each office, but large offices may request more. For more information, call Sam McDaniel at 829-6035.

Community News

Dick McCracken celebrated 45 years at UIW this week. Congratulations!

Doctoral Regalia
The bookstore is running a special on doctoral regalia for $439.95. This includes the robe, hood, tam and tassel. Upgrades are available, and the cost stays below $500 with sales tax. This price is good through Nov. 13. To have yours before December graduation, place your order by Oct. 10. Stop by the bookstore anytime, or come to the Senior Salute on Oct. 8 in the ICC Ballroom.

Bicycle Club Fighting Cancer
The UIW Bicycle Club joined the Lance Armstrong Foundation's efforts in the fight against cancer. The club joined the Tour de Cure 2009 and raised $925 for the American Diabetes Association. To join the fight, visit To make a donation, visit A small contribution will make a big change in lives of millions of people affected by cancer! For more information, contact Haldun Unal, president of the Bicycle Club, at

Acoustical Society of America Needs Workers
Students are needed to help presenters with audio visual equipment for the Acoustical Society of America fall 2009 meeting. There will be a short training for each participant prior to the session. The shifts are 8 a.m. – noon and from 1 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Oct. 26-30 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Students may work one or both shifts, and $15 per hour is offered. Transportation will be provided by shuttle in front of AD Building at 7 a.m. and returning to campus after morning session and return to Hyatt Hotel for the afternoon session. Final return to UIW will be at about 5:30 p.m. Interested students must sign up with Career Services in AD 113 by Oct. 19.

Peace Day Proposals Welcome
The Peace Day planning committee is now reviewing and scheduling presentations for Peace Day, which will be Oct. 28. If you or your group has a possible presentation forPeace Day or the season around that time, submit your ideas to the planning committee so they can be well publicized. See background information in“Social Justice Explored in Peace Fairs andPeace Days” at To submit your idea, contactSr. Martha Ann Kirk at or 829-3854.

Faculty Focus

Panel Participation
Dr. James Creagan, ambassador in residence, chaired academic panels at the annual conference of the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies (SCOLAS) in March in Santo Domingo.  His areas included “The Intersection of Economics and Politics in the Americas.”  In addition to the conference academic discussions, he met with the Dominican Ambassadors to the U.S., past and present, and discussed policy issues. He explored the possibility of UIW students who are proficient in Spanish to spend a semester at the Pontifical Catholic University in the Dominican Republic, where UIW has a sister school agreement. He also represented UIW’s international studies at the Feb. 23 meeting of leaders in international education (AIEA). 

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

High Schools

SACHS Open House
St. Anthony Catholic High School will hold an open house from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 at the school. For more information, call the Office of Enrollment at (210) 832-5632.

IWHS Tours
IWHS will be hosting Middle School Tours from Oct. 5-9 and 12-13. Area 8th grade girls are invited to tour the campus. Parents are welcome. For more information, contact the Office of Enrollment at (210) 829 3123.

IWHS Open House
Incarnate Word High School will host an open house for prospective students from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 at the school.

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at


Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.