The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Sept. 25, 2009

Photo of the Week

Dr. Agnese and David Robinson make a presentation during a press conference at Carver Academy to announce UIW’s new scholarship program for graduates of the school.


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:,,


The crew from Special Events organizes the light bulbs in preparation for the Light the Way workday last Saturday. There’s another workday tomorrow from 9 a.m. – noon in the Bell Garden behind the Administration Building. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. In case of rain, the workday will be canceled. For more information, contact the PR office at 829-6001.

White Coat Ceremony
The Feik School of Pharmacy will hold its annual White Coat Ceremony at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 25 in the SkyRoom.

Don’t Forget – 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. today, 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.

Faculty Family Potluck Supper
Relax and enjoy friends at the faculty family potluck supper from 6-9 p.m. toady, Sept. 25 at the ICC first floor conference room. Bring food to share and drinks if you wish. For more information, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at or 829-3854.

Author to Speak on Historical Context of Terrorism
Award-winning author Tom Cordaro will speak from his new book, “Be Not Afraid: An Alternative to the War on Terror,”which explains terrorism in a historical context and examines the story we are told after 9-11. Cordaro challenges us to tell "a different story, one grounded in the underappreciated and often unacknowledged U.S. history of a democratic republic founded on principles and ideals now under attack by the War on Terror.” He will speak at 1:30 p.m. Monday,Sept. 28 in the library auditorium. For more information, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at

Students made calls to alumni seeking donations during Phonathon last Saturday.

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.

Blood Drive
The Pre-Pharmacy Association is hosting a blood drive for the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 in front of Marian Hall. All presenting donors in will receive a patriotic T-Shirt. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health. Photo ID is required. For more information, contact Diana Dimas 829-2703 or

Jazz Ensemble
The UIW Jazz Ensemble will perform from 8-10 p.m. on the last Wednesday of every month at The Cove, 606 W. Cypress Street, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 30. Admission is free. For more information, contact Jim Waller at (210) 829-6066 or

2009 International Food Festival
The annual International Food Festival will be from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 in Marian Hall Ballroom. All are invited to this free event.Come sample food from around the world prepared by our very own faculty, staff and students. Campus Ministry is sponsoring the event in collaboration with ELS, Faculty Senate, International Programs, and Student Center & Leadership Activities.

Department News

Printing Services
The Office of Printing Services and Graphic Design now has a Web site where customers can find Print Shop hours, location, contact information and a downloadable Project Request Form. Visit more information, contact Mike Hood at 805-5826.

Health E-Magazine
To read Health Service’s September issue of Health e-magazine, visit

Community News

San Antonio Virtual Environments for Education & Training Conference
UIW's Rosenberg SkyRoomwas the scene of an unusual conference Sept. 15 as members of the academic, business, and military communities in San Antonio shared activities they are conducting invirtual environments.UIW's PhilYoungblood (CIS Program Coordinator)and Kurt Steuck (San Antonio chapter of the American Society for Training and Development) co-sponsoredboth the conference. UIW participants heard from the U.S. Air Force on their "MyBase" project,activities on UIW's and UTSA's virtual campuses, and virtual training for telephone repairmen createdby the SW Research Institute. An "in-world" panel of representatives from NASA, NOAA, Nature magazine and Virtual Ability answered questions.For more information, contact Phil Youngblood at

UIW’s Second Life Island

UIW Opens Campus in Virtual World of Second Life
After nine months of construction and guidance from UIW's Second Life Advisory Board, UIW's16 acres of land in the virtual world of Second Life was opened to the public Sept. 5. Visiting the virtual campus, you’ll see many of the buildings on the physical campus, but there also is a beach, mountains and islands, the central one of which contains a student-designed chapel and a reproduction of the McCreless art gallery. The campus contains a variety of class and meeting spaces of various sizes and atmospheres and an entertainment area where you can just hang out. For more information, contact Phil Youngblood at or Ana Gonzalez at

Medical Tourism Abstracts
The Center for Medical Tourism Research (CMTR- also see invites submission of original research for presentation at the first Medical Tourism Research Conference. The conference theme is “Paradigm Shifts and Disruption -- the Impact of Globalized Healthcare.” Abstract submissions are due by Sept. 25 to Dr. David Vequist. For more information, contact Dr. David Vequist at (210) 413-2100 or

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 for Peace 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 and Peace Days” at To submit your idea, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at or 829-3854.

Faculty Focus

Abstract Accepted
Tim Henrich, professor of sports management, along with three faculty members from Texas State University, San Marcos, submitted an abstract that was accepted for publication in the December 2009 “Journal of the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.” The abstract was called A Pilot Study Comparing Pulmonary Function and Resting VO2 On Swimmers With Relaxed Versus Contracted Abdominal Muscles.

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

High Schools

SACHS Comedy Night
St. Anthony Catholic High School’s Class of 2010 will hold A Comedy Night from 7-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 in the Rosenberg SkyRoom. This year’s theme is “Viva Las Vegas.” There will be music, food, dancing, door prizes and a raffle. Tickets cost $25 or sponsor a table for 10 for $300. Those 21 and older may attend. For more information or to buy tickets, call Blanca Leal at 832-5611 or Stella Mallard at 829-2708.

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.

5K Run/Walk
St. Anthony Catholic School will host the 11th annual Monte Vista 5K Run/Walk on Oct. 10 beginning and ending at St. Anthony Catholic School, 205 W. Huisache Avenue. The children’s run begins at 7:45 a.m. and the 5K run/walk begins at 8:15 a.m. Everyone is welcome. A sausage plate dinner at Augie’s Barbed Wire Smokehouse will be held the night before, so each registrant will receive a ticket for a pick-up or eat-in dinner and for food and refreshments the morning of the run. The cost is $25 and includes the sausage plate dinner, t-shirt and run/walk registration. For more information, call Rhonda Vasbinder at 732-8801 Ext. 302. To download a registration form, visit