The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: oct. 23, 2009

Photo of the Week

Dr. Richard Peigler spoke on various kinds of wild silks and emphasized social justice issues at a Peace Season lecture on Monday.


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:,,


2009 Employee Campaign ‘Donor Thank You’ Finale Party
All Employee Campaign donors are invited to join us from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 on the Brackenridge Villa lawn for a light lunch, raffle, door prizes and live entertainment! (Rain plan is in the large conference room of the Brackenridge Villa.)

Solo Piano Recital
The UIW Music Department presents Dr. Washington Garcia, from Texas State University, in a solo piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 in Our Lady’s Chapel. The program will include works by Haydn, Chopin, Gershwin and Latin American composers. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or contact Dr. Ludim Pedroza at 829-3849 or

Used Clothing Drive
The Meteorology Club will be holding its first used clothing drive until Oct. 23. The main drop-off location will be at the AT&T Building Room 111.Club representatives will accept donations from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22in front of Marian Hall.The drive will benefit the San Antonio Salvation Army. For more information, contact Juan Acuna at

Orchestra Concert
The UIW Orchestra will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in Our Lady’s Chapel. The concert will include music of Saint-Saens, Beethoven and Mendelssohn. For more information, contact Kevin C. McCollom at

Homecoming Activities

  • Window Painting: Help paint the windows of local businesses and campus departments to spread the message about UIW’s Homecoming 2009. Meet in the Student Center on Sunday, Oct. 25. For more information, including the TBA time, call the Office of Alumni Relations at (210) 829-6014.
  • Zombie Walk: Join the Zombie Walk sponsored by KUIW and UIWTV from 7 p.m. – midnight Sunday, Oct. 25 on Dubuis Lawn. For more information, call the Office of Alumni Relations at (210) 829-6014.
  • Homecoming Barbecue: The Business Club will throw a Homecoming barbecue from 6-10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26 on Dubuis Lawn. Come enjoy free food and live music. For more information, call the Office of Alumni Relations at (210) 829-6014.
  • Coffee in the Circle: Students may enjoy free coffee and pastries from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27 outside the library main entrance. For more information, call the Office of Alumni Relations at (210) 829-6014.

Peace Day Events

  • Oct. 27: The Power of Art to Bring About Social Change from 6-7:15 p.m., Fine Arts B03. By Miguel Cortinas.
  • Oct. 27: Immigration: A Critical Issue from 9-10:15 a.m., library auditorium. By Dr. Arturo Chavez, president of the Mexican American College.

Schedule for Peace Day, Oct. 28:

  • 8:45 a.m. – Opening prayer, library auditorium. Led by Campus Ministry
  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Exhibits in Jordan Plaza (in case of rain, in Marian Hall). Nonprofit and Community Service Groups and Agencies building peace through justice and service.  Opportunities to sign up for community service.
  • 9-10:15 a.m. – Living and Minimum Wage: Challenges and Possibilities library auditorium. A panel discussion focusing on wages locally, statewide and nationally with Gloria Parra, of the Central Labor Council of San Antonio; Sharon De La Garza, assistant city manager for the city of San Antonio; and Dr. Jeannine Scott, assistant dean of the H-E-B School of Business and Administration. Moderated by Simone A. Brown, professor of religious studies.
  • 10:30-11:45 a.m. – Race and Gender Matter...Still, library auditorium, by Dr. Maria Felix-Ortiz and the Rev. Dr. Trevor Alexander
  • 10:30 a.m. - noon – Not On Our Watch, starting in Marian Circle. A march throughout the main campus with visuals and information on past and current genocides, presented by UIW STAND, the Genocide Intervention Network. To participate in the march, contact or
  • Noon to 1 p.m. – Free Lunch, in Marian Hall Ballroom.  Service, Solidarity, and Collaboration. UIW student organizations will present services they are providing. Information on the university program of the Clinton Global Initiative, "a growing community of young leaders who don't just discuss the world's challenges – they take real, concrete steps toward solving them" shared by Jonathan Trejo-Mathys. The Student Dietetics Association is preparing food. (If you are bringing a class, please RSVP with the number attending to or 829-3854 so enough food can be prepared.)
  • 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. – Sixgun Saviors and the Invasion of Iraq in Marian Hall Ballroom. A religious vision prompted the Bush White House to invade Iraq, and the American people to cheer them on. The sixgun savior is a frontier hero who does the work of the avenging Christ, but he does not destroy evil at the end of time. The invasion of Iraq was envisioned as a blazing display of god-like power, ridding the world of evil, with the United States military doing the work of Christ. This vision is a perversion of Christian faith. By Dr. T. Walter Herbert, emeritus professor of English at Southwestern University.
  • 3-4:15 p.m. – Understanding the Refugee Crisis in South Asia: The Case of the Bhutanese/Burmese Refugees, library auditorium. Presented by supervisor Dr. Lopita Nath, Sarah Simister, Marlene Diaz, Cynthia Castro and Anthony Sanchez from the migration studies in Asia class, and Justin Burklow. This presentation will focus on the refugees from Bhutan and Burma. After almost 17 years in refugee camps and years of negotiations to repatriate the refugees to their home countries, third country settlement became the only solution. This presentation will give insight into the refugee resettlement program in San Antonio. Come hear from some of the refugees themselves.
  • 4:30-5:45 p.m. – The Death Penalty in Texas, library auditorium. A film presentation, panel discussion and invitation to get involved. Shared by Dr. Roger Barnes, sociology professor and board member of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty; Rose Caldwell, president of Humane Humans: Students Against Government Executions; and Joan Cheever, the author of Back from the Dead.  Sponsored by Humane Humans: Students Against Government Executions.
  • 6-8:30 p.m. – Understanding and Coping with Severe Stress, Marian Hall Ballroom. By Jean Souza, MS, LPC, LMFT, counselor and internationally respected consultant and team builder who works extensively with first responders, police, firefighters and military who have gone through traumatic experiences. Sponsored by the Student Veteran's Association.

Photo Display
In honor of UIW’s Heritage Day and Homecoming, the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library is displaying photographs from UIW’s past and present. The display will continue through Monday, Nov. 9. Come see then and now pictures of chemistry students, sports, logos and graduates located in the library reference area Room 143.

Golden Harvest
The SGA sponsoring its 23rd annual canned food drive, Golden Harvest. Each year, student organizations from UIW and community volunteers venture into certain neighborhoods of San Antonio collecting nonperishable goods to benefit various local charities. For more information, call the SGA office at 829-3833.

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.

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

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

International Students seek Student Employment Opportunities
If any department has an opening for Student Employment, there are highly motivated and qualified undergraduate and graduate international students with very good or excellent English proficiency who are eager to find opportunities to work on campus.Start date: immediately or at the beginning of the Spring 2010 semester.International students face a lot of difficulties to find a job because the immigration regulations allow them only to work on campus limited to 20 hours a week while school is in session. They are allowed to work more hours during official school breaks. However, they are not eligible for work study positions. To post job opportunities or for more information, contact the International Student & Scholar Services at 805-5705 or by e-mail at

Dissertation Defense
Jia-Jing Jien is defending her dissertation at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26 in Room 155 of the Administration Building. The title of the dissertation is Student Engagement Survey Results: Implications for Relationship Marketing. Her dissertation chair is Dr. Richard Henderson.

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

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

Keynote Address
Dr. Mary Ruth Moore gave the keynote address at Southern Taiwan University’s Creative Playground: “Conversations between Industries and Institutions Conference” on Oct. 14 in Tainan City, Taiwan. Dr. Mei-Yi Shen, a December 2008 graduate of the UIW doctoral program, hostedand directed the conference at STU as well as directing a huge Play Day as part of the conference.

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 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.