The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: oct. 16, 2009

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Dr. Spana was recognized for her 45 years of service to the university on Wednesday at the Employee Recognition Ceremony during Heritage Day. Dr. Doyle and Board of Trustees member Charlie Lutz gave awards at the ceremony.


Weekday Mass Schedule
Weekday Masses will be canceled Oct. 12-23. Fr. Tom will be attending meetings for the Trinitarian Order in Baltimore.

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:,,


Adjunct professor Sarah Koontz, of the School of Math, Science and Engineering, will present DNA: Desktop Nutrition Advice, an informative session about workplace nutrition from 9-10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16 in the Mabee Library auditorium. Employee attendance is contingent upon authorized release from normal duties by supervisors. For more information, e-mail

UIW Jazz Ensemble
The UIW Jazz Ensemble will be performing at the 48th annual Texas Jazz Festival at 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 in Heritage Park in Corpus Christi on the AT&T Stage. Admission is free. For more information, contact Jim Waller at (210) 445-0412 or

Fat Talk Free Week
Stop by Marian Hall from Oct. 19-23 to see the display “Fat Talk Free Week.” Counseling, Health Services, STARS, Nutrition and the Student Dietetic Association are sponsoring Reflections: Body Image Program, which is the first evidence- based peer-led body image education and eating disorder prevention program that repeatedly has been shown to work. The program works by improving body image and encouraging healthy confrontation and communication skills. This program recently won the 2009 Research and Practice Award from the Academy of Eating Disorders. Fat Talk Free Week 2009 (Oct 19-23) is an international, five-day body activism campaign to draw attention to body image issues and the damaging impact of the “thin ideal” on women in society. For more information, contact Health Services (210) 829-6017 or Counseling Services at (210) 829-3129.

Children Creating Art, Creating Peace
An exhibition of children’s creativity and compassion from ArtPeace and the Circle School will be displayed in the Fine Arts Building lobby from Oct. 19-31. Children in ArtPeace are involved in art exchanges with children of Rawanda and Iraq. For more information about Peace Day, contact Campus Ministry at (210) 829-3128 or Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 829-3854 or

What Does Silk Have to Do with Social Justice?
Dr. Richard Peigler will speak from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Oct. 19 in the library auditorium about the various kinds of wild silks that are produced in the world and emphasize social justice issues as they pertain to the production and marketing of silks: child labor, fair trade, exploitation of women, conservation of rainforests, unsafe working conditions andappreciation of indigenous cultures.For more information about Peace Day, contact Campus Ministry at (210) 829-3128 or Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 829-3854 or

Marjorie Wiggins, the vice president of nursing at the Maine Medical Center, presented the 2009 Sr. Charles Marie Frank Lecture on Friday in the ICC auditorium.

Fr. Bob Lampert spoke on The Ethics of Healthcare at the Faculty Forum on Monday.

Health professional Julie Mitchel spoke at the Health Professions Society meeting on Tuesday.

Students and employees enjoyed a cookout on Dubuis Lawn on Heritage Day.

The Heritage Day Liturgy was held in the Grotto on Wednesday.

Homecoming Window Painting
The Student Center & Leadership Activities Office invites all UIW schools, colleges, divisions, departments and buildings to participate in UIW’s Homecoming Window Painting event on Friday, Oct. 24. Everyone is encouraged to paint the windows or find a related student organization to partner with them. Student volunteers will paint remaining windows Sunday, Oct. 26. All windows will be cleaned by student volunteers on Sunday, Nov. 1. The permissible themes include Homecoming 2009, Cardinal Spirit, Red and Black Attack, “Go Cardinals,” or other related messages that relate directly to Cardinal Spirit, tradition and the Mission. Supplies for painting will be provided. To sign up, call the Campus Life office at 829-6034.

Register Early for Homecoming Week Alumni Activities
Be sure to register early for the following Homecoming Week events! To register for these events or to see the full list of activities, visit For more information, call the Office of Alumni Relations at (210) 829-6014.

  • Alumni & Parents Wine & Cheese with Dr. and Mrs. Agnese: 5:30 – 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 at the President’s House.
  • Alumni Night at Silo Alamo Heights: Food, drinks and live music from 8-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 at Silo Alamo Heights. Tickets cost $10 before Oct. 23 and $15 thereafter.
  • Homecoming 5-mile Fun Run: 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Ann Barshop Natatorium. Tickets cost $10 before Oct. 23 and $15 thereafter.
  • Alumni Employee Luncheon: Free lunch from noon – 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 at the Brackenridge Villa.
  • Nightmare on Grayson: Alumni are invited to dress up and ride the double decker bus to visit the haunted house on Grayson Street and go to the River Walk from 7-11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 beginning at The Lion & Rose in Alamo Heights. Tickets cost $20 before Oct. 23 and $25 thereafter.
  • UIW Alumni Red Zone – Halloween BBQ & Concert: The UIW Alumni Red Zone will have live music, food, drinks and trick-or-treating from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31 near the Ann Barshop Natatorium. Before Oct. 23, tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for children and current students. Thereafter, tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for children and current students.

Dr. Alan M. Preston and Dr. Dan Dominguez from the H-E-B School of Business and Administration discussed healthcare reform proposals pending in Congress on Wednesday. 

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

Street Smart
S.A.F.E.’s Street Smart program will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Come out for free pizza and a great message. Today’s competitive college students are facing greater challenges in the everyday popularity contest. These types of issues and peer pressure are chronic problems that can steer students into making poor choices.  This coalition of firefighter/paramedics is dedicated to educating students about the dangers and consequences of poor driving practices. This program sends a powerful message that clearly demonstrates to students that trauma can happen to anyone at anytime. Alcohol and drug use mixed with driving isn’t just a public education problem; it is a community problem that occurs nationwide. Sponsored by Health Services, STARS, Residence Life, Judicial Education & Silver Eagle Distributors Sponsors. For more information, contact Marveen Mahon at (210) 805-3549 or

Special Events Director Jose Herrera helps supervise the last of the 2009 Light the Way workdays on Saturday.

Fundraiser Water Show
The synchronized swimming team will hold its annual fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 24.The team is putting on a water show with the theme of “Music and Me, a Tribute to Michael Jackson.” There will also be a silent auction with items such as themed gift baskets, restaurant gift certificates, UIW football gear, etc. The water shows will be at 2 p.m. and at 8 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Barshop Natatorium. Tickets are available for pre-order or at the door and they cost $4 for faculty and students with a UIW ID. Adult tickets cost $8. To buy advance tickets or for more information, contact assistant coach Emily Van Vleck at (210) 829-2796 or

Department News

Dissertation Defenses

  • Wanda Sparks will defend her dissertation at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19 in the library Special Collections Room. The title of her dissertation is Exploring Educational Issues: International Nursing Students Enrolled in Professional Nursing Programs in South Texas and Their Perceptions of Educational Barriers. Her dissertation chair is Dr. Absael Antelo.
  • Iolani Connolly is defending her dissertation at noon Tuesday, Oct. 20 in the library Special Collections Room. The title of her dissertation is Uninvested Leadership: A Quantitative Analysis of New Troop Leader Perceptions in Relation to Turnover Intentions in the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas Region. Her dissertation chair is Dr. Absael Antelo.
  • Michael Farlow will defend his dissertation at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 in the library Special Collections Room. The title of the dissertation is The Possible Relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Performance in Small Business Development Center Regional Groups in Texas. His dissertation chair is Dr. Richard Henderson.
  • Harold Rodrigues is defending his dissertation at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 in the library Special Collections Room. The title of his dissertation is A Feasibility Study for a University in Bangladesh under Catholic Sponsorship. His dissertation chair is Dr. Richard Henderson.

Health E-Magazine
Read the October issue at

HACU Internships
All science majors are encouraged to apply for an HACU internship. Applications for HACU internships for spring are due by Nov. 6. Summer applications may be completed at the same time by sending two copies of the application packet. HACU packets may be picked up in AD 113 or at Last year, many openings were unfilled. Don’t pass up this opportunity! For more information, contact Career Services at 829-3931.

Community News

Dining Hours
Marian Hall – Open Friday and Saturday
Accepting cash, credit cards and declining balance only

  • Breakfast: 7:30 to 9 a.m.
  • Lunch: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 6-7:30 p.m.

Finnegan’s – Open Friday and Saturday

  • 7:30 am to noon

Employee Campaign Deadline is Today
Today is the deadline! Your contribution to the 2009 Employee Campaign will assist student needs, sustain programs of UIW, IWHS, and SACHS, and nurture our philanthropic spirit! Turn in your form before noon today to receive your Cardinal pin, to get a coupon for a free Starbucks beverage (minimum $10 gift required), to be included in the weekly prize drawing and to have your name listed on the ‘Thank You’ list of donors. Please visit to download a form, see employee video clips on why it is important to contribute to the campaign, view the donor list or contact the Development Office at 829-6013 for more information.

TRiO Collects Donations
The TRiO Programs are collecting items to donate to transitional housing and homeless shelters. This is our community service project for the semester. Items needed include mugs (without cracks or chips), unused toiletry items (hotel soaps, shampoos, lotions, etc.), individually wrapped tea bags, individual instant coffee, individual packets of hot chocolate, new toothbrushes, small tubes of toothpaste, and individually wrapped candies. Drop off your donation at the TRiO offices, Administration Building Room 225 and 120, before Nov. 9. For more information, contact Roberta Leichnitz at (210) 829-3929 or Victor Saldivar at 829-3925.

Fight Song Competition
The Music Department is accepting submissions for the UIW fight song to be played by the Cardinal Band at football games and other sporting events. If you write music and you want to help create a new UIW tradition, enter your submission! A panel of judges will be selected from among UIW faculty, students and staff to make the final decision; they are not eligible to enter. The winner will receive $500. Make your submission by Jan. 11; the winner will be announced by May 1. The winning fight song will be printed and copyrighted by the UIW Music Department. For more information, contact Bill Gokelman at (210) 829-3848 or

Submission guidelines:

  • All music scores MUST be submitted with the Fight Song Competition Application, which may be downloaded from No entries will be considered without the completed application
  • Scores must be original compositions
  • Scores must be submitted as a Finale or Sibelius file and as a hard copy
  • Scores must be at least in a lead-sheet format (melody, chords, and lyrics); they may be fully orchestrated for band
  • Scores must contain the composer’s name, telephone number(s), and e-mail address
  • This competition is open to the San Antonio community

Flu Shots
Want a seasonal flu shot?Call Health Services at 829-3126 to schedule your appointment.The cost is $25, and you can pay with cash, check or charge.

Faculty Focus

Mission Continues Awards
The Mission Continues Faculty Awards are named for Sisters who represent the congregational heritage of living the Mission through teaching, scholarship, and community service. The awards recognize faculty members for their commitment to promoting the Mission and supporting the ministry of the University of the Incarnate Word in an outstanding manner.

Award winners were:

The Sr. Maria Goretti Zehr Innovation Award: Hank McDonnell, SIMD
The Sr. Eleanor Ann Young Truth Award: Dr. Christy McKinnon, SMSE
The Sr. Margaret Rose Palmer Education Award: Dr. Amalia Mondriguez, CHASS
The Sr. Columkille Colbert Service Award: Dr. Allison Whittemore, SMSE
The Sr. St. Pierre Cinquin Faith Award: Dr. Eilish Ryan, CCVI, CHASS

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

High Schools

SACHS Jacket Idol
St. Anthony Catholic High School will be hosting its 2nd annual Jacket Idol on Friday, Oct. 16.Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with music from the St. Anthony Jazz Band and the singing begins at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $5.There will be a raffle for a charcoal grill with barbecue utensils.Come out and support the talented students of St. Anthony Catholic High School! For more information, contact Jessica De La Rosa at 805-3091 or

SACHS Homecoming
St. Anthony Catholic High School will celebrate Homecoming at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 at Lang Field located on the SACHS campus. Pre-game festivities will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude with a special ceremony at 2:15 p.m., honoring United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal Stephen Perez, SACHS Class of 2002 (pictured above). No. 87 will be retired to honor Perez who was killed in action while serving in Iraq. Perez was laid to rest on April 22, 2006, at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military honors. At 3 p.m., the fighting Yellow Jackets will take on the Marine Military Academy Leathernecks from Harlingen, Texas. For tickets, call SACHS at (210) 832-5620.

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 you can 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.

IWHS Alumnae Dance
Comereclaim some high school memories and make new ones. Incarnate Word High School will hold its first Alumnae Dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, Oct. 23 in the IWHS McGowen Gymnasium. Entertainment will feature the E7 Band. Tickets cost $20 each or $30 per couple. Proceeds will benefit the IWHS Alumnae Association. For more information, contact the IWHS Office of Alumnae Relations at (210) 829-3103.

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Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

Halloween Carnival
St. Peter Prince of Apostles will hold the annual Halloween carnival from 5-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 at the school’s community center. There will be a jack-o-lantern contest, so bring a carved pumpkin to display and compete! For more information, call (210) 824-3171.