The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: oct. 2 , 2009

Photo of the Week

Dr. Mac and Chaye Pena, of the Campus Life Office, serve Caribbean and British food from their table at the International Food Festival on Wednesday.


Post-Graduate Service Fair
Please invite students to the Post-Graduate Service Fair. They will have the opportunity to meet representatives from volunteer and missionary agencies from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Students might consider volunteering with the poor and underprivileged in the United States or another country after graduating.For more information, contact Beth Villarreal at (210) 829-2736. Mary said, “Here I am, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word” Luke 1:38.

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 Workdays
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.

  • Oct. 3, at St. Anthony Catholic High School, cafeteria
  • Oct. 10, at Incarnate Word High School, cafeteria

Theatre Performance: Mary’s Wedding
The play by Stephen Massicotte is about the night before Mary’s wedding, a night of dreams and the promise of a coming storm. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for non-UIW students and $9 for seniors. Group rates are available. UIW students, faculty and staff receive one free ticket with ID. For reservations or additional information, call the UIW theatre box office at 829-3800.

Performance dates and times:
Oct. 2-4 and 8-11 in the Cheever Downstage II Theatre
Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Blessing of the Animals
UIW will celebrate creation and hold a blessing of the animals on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Sunday. Oct. 4. The blessing will be at 5 p.m. at the Grotto. In case of rain, it will be held at the nearby pavilion (in front of Marian Hall near Dubuis Hall).

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

Banner Budget Training
Tom Duckworth will be offering Banner Budget Training courses. Classes will be from 9-11 a.m. Oct. 8, 12 and 14 in Room G-16 in the Library basement. Get hands-on experience and help with your individual budgets. You must have Banner Budget Access to your individual department budget or budgets before attending the class. The class is limited to 8 participants per week. To enroll, e-mail with the date you want to reserve, and you will get an e-mail confirmation. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

2009 Sr. Charles Marie Frank Lecture
The 2009 Sr. Charles Marie Frank Lecture entitled “The Developing Role of the CNL in Nursing Clinical Practice” will be presented by Marjorie Wiggins, the vice president of nursing at the Maine Medical Center. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m., and the lecture will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 in the ICC auditorium. The lecture is sponsored by UIW’s School of Nursing & Health Professions and Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing Delta Alpha at Large Chapter. The registration cost is $5 for unlicensed nursing students, but is waived for UIW/UT Health Science Center students. Registration costs $10 for others and $30 for attendance and to receive nursing continuing education credit. RSVP by Friday, Oct. 2 to Dr. Jennifer Cook at or (210) 829-3978.

Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin addresses first-year pharmacy students at the White Coat Ceremony on Friday.

Tom Cordaro spoke about the historical context of terrorism and about his new book, “Be Not Afraid: An Alternative to the War on Terror”on Monday.

Blood donors fill out their paperwork in preparation to give blood at the Pre-Pharmacy Association’s blood drive on Tuesday.

Graduate Information Session
The Office of Admissions is hosting a Graduate Information Session for prospective students to learn more about graduate studies and speak with faculty, staff, and administration associated with the graduate experience at UIW. The session will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6 in the ICC auditorium. For more information, call the Office of Admissions at 829-6005.

Japanese Calligraphy Class
Would you like to learn Japanese calligraphy? A native Japanese teacher will teach you how to use a Japanese brush and do Japanese calligraphy. Join the class and have fun experiencing Japanese culture! Classes will be from 6-7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month in the ICC. The cost is $8 for UIW students and JASSA members and $10 for non-JASSA members. There are only 12 seats available for each class, so be sure to reserve your space by noon on the day of the class. The event is sponsored by the Institute of World Cultures and by the Japan America Society of San Antonio. For more information, contact JASSA member Hiromi Akagi at (210) 913-2314 or For more information about JASSA, visit

Center for Veterans Affairs Grand Opening
The University of the Incarnate Word invites you to celebrate the grand opening of the Center for Veterans Affairs at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 at the Extended Academic Programs main offices, 3200 McCullough Avenue (adjacent to St. Anthony Catholic High School). For more information or to RSVP, contact Ruby Herrera at (210) 829-2709 or

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.

Community News

The latest Logos is online at

Homecoming Court Nominations Accepted
The 2009 UIW Homecoming Court Committee is now accepting nominations from faculty members, staff and students for the 2009 Homecoming Court. Nominees should include students who maintain and share the core values of the Incarnate Word Mission and whose actions reveal commitment to social justice and community service. Nomination forms can be downloaded from Forms should be submitted to Chaye Pena in the Campus Life office no later than noon Thursday, Oct. 8. For more information, contact Rick Smith at or Chaye Pena at

1. Candidate must be a full-time student at UIW and have completed two consecutive academic semesters.
2. Candidate must be in good standing with the university.
3. Candidate must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.6.
4. Candidate may not be a candidate for graduation in December 2009.

Veterans Benefits Announcement
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced the Department of Veterans Affairs has authorized checks for up to $3,000 to be given to students who have applied for educational benefits and who have not yet received their government payment. The checks will be distributed to eligible students at VA regional benefits offices across the country starting Oct. 2. To read the article, visit For more information, contact Karen Wyatt at (210) 829-2705 or

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

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

Award Received
Dr. Cyndi Wilson Porter, vice president for Extended Academic Programs, received an award from the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce at the 8th annual Doctoral Awards for outstanding leadership in the community.

Grant Received
Dr. David Foglesong, of the Department of Biology, has received a grant from the Morrison Trust tosupport his basicresearch project entitled "Characterization of DNA Topoisomerases in Interleukin-2-activated Human T Cells." The one-year grant for $80,351 will provide support for three graduate students engaged in thesis research for the MS degree in biology under Foglesong's supervisionand other aspects of his laboratory-based scholarship. The Morrison Trust primarily supports research into the causes and treatment of human diseases.

Meeting Hosts
Debbie Bussineau-King and the UIW Music Department hosted the Fall meeting of the South Texas Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing on Saturday. About 50 people attended from universities as far north as Wacoand as far south as Corpus Christi and Brownsville.The meeting included an Alexander Technique Masterclass, members meeting and a recital of the winners from the spring student auditions. Bussineau-King is president of the South Texas Chapter of NATS.


Jane Clanton Bick (right) taught the Alexander Technique at the morning masterclass. The Alexander Technique teaches voice professionals how to relax, use their bodies and voices more effectively, and how to avoid repetitive motion injuries. MichaelDeosdade (left) is UIW music major.

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