The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: oct. 30, 2009

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This year's Employee Campaign was a huge success! Thank you to all who participated! We raised just over $108,000 and had 74 percent participation. Be sure to use your drink coupon at one of the coffee shops before it expires on Saturday. Finnegan’s will be open from 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.  today and from 7:30 – noon on Saturday. Java on the Hill will be open from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. today.


Day of the Dead Altar and Mass
Dr. Sally Said’s Intermediate Spanish class constructed the annual ofrenda, or altar, for Day of the Dead outside Our Lady’s Chapel in the Administration Building. The class invites the community to add photos of deceased loved ones (with return information on the back). A special Mass will be celebrated at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1 in Our Lady’s Chapel, and afterward, the Spanish program will serve pan de muerto, the traditional bread of the season, and Campus Ministry will serve hot chocolate. All are welcome.

Spanish Mass
Fr. Tom Dymowski will celebrate Mass in Spanish at noon Fridays in Our Lady's Chapel. All are invited. Confessions will be at 11:30 a.m.

Brazen Generation
Brazen Generation will be happening every second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in Marian Ballroom starting in November. This event will consist of worship from local bands or worship leaders, a speaker, prayer time and free food. For more information, contact Corey Franklin at (210) 685-6456 or

A team of 18 student leaders led 44 students in the annual Ministry Fall Retreat last weekend. S.A.L.V.E. stands for Service, Action, Love, Vocations, Evangelization and reflected on the Gospel story from Mark of the blind man Bartimaeus being asked by Jesus “What do you want me to do for you?” and him answering “Master, I want to see.” For more information on how to get involved in the different ministries offered at the university, contact the Mission & Ministry offices at 829-3128 or

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:,,


Center for Veterans Affairs Grand Opening is Today
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

Global Service Session
Dr. Amalia Mondriguez and her students will make presentations in Spanish about the global service projects of the UIW community from 11 a.m. – noon Friday, Oct. 30 in Administration Building Room 365.

Sydney King, tenor, and Ruth Friedberg, pianist, will present a recital featuring the songs of Brahms, Mahler, Finzi, Griffes and Duke at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 in Our Lady’s Chapel.

Homecoming Week is well under way, and the library has been painted to highlight our school spirit!

Homecoming Activities
For more information or to register for any of the events, call the Office of Alumni Relations at (210) 829-6014.

  • Crimson & Gold Society: Enjoy coffee and baked goods with fellow alumnae from the Class of 1959 and earlier at the Crimson & Gold Society event from 4 – 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 in the McCreless Art Gallery.
  • Alumni & Parents Wine & Cheese: Alumni and parents are invited to enjoy wine, cheese and a stunning view of downtown San Antonio and the campus of Incarnate Word with Dr. and Mrs. Agnese. The event will be from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 at the President’s House.
  • Homecoming Week Soccer Games: The women’s soccer team hosts St. Edward’s at 6 p.m. and the men’s soccer team plays University of Texas of the Permian Basin at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 at Benson Stadium.
  • Alumni Night at Silo Alamo Heights: Enjoy food, drinks and live music at one of the hottest spots in San Antonio with fellow alumni. Alumni are invited 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: Join the UIW marathon and half-marathon training team for a fun run/walk five miles through the campus and surrounding community. The Fun Run begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Ann Barshop Natatorium. Tickets cost $10 before Oct. 23 and $15 thereafter.
  • UIW Alumni Red Zone – Halloween BBQ & Concert: The UIW Alumni Red Zone is the official pre-game tailgate for UIW alumni and families. Come out for live music provided by London Calling, along with 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.
  • UIW Volleyball: Watch the UIW volleyball team in action as they take on Arkansas-Fort Smith starting at noon Saturday, Oct. 31 in the Convocation Center.
  • Homecoming Football Game: UIW’S first Homecoming football game will kick off at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 at Benson Stadium against Southern Arkansas. Join alumni, students, families and fans to cheer the Cardinals to victory!
  • Memorial Mass and Reception: Prayerfully remember those who have touched our lives, including a remembrance of the deceased Incarnate Word Sisters during the Memorial Mass from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1 at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. A light reception will follow.

Dinner and a Movie
The Honors Program will be showing three-time Academy Award-winning “Pan's Labyrinth” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3 in the Mabee Library auditorium. Film expert and connoisseur Dora Fitzgerald will lead a discussion after the movie. For more information, contact

Mission & Ministry Yard Sale
Mission and Ministry (formerly Campus Ministry) is having a yard sale from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Nov. 7 in the parking lot in front of the Fine Arts Auditorium. Mission & Ministry is collecting donations Nov. 4-6 at their offices in AD 146 for the yard sale. Large items such as appliances and furniture will be accepted the day of the sale. All proceeds will benefit Mission & Ministry programming. Contact our office for an inventory list to be submitted with your items. Thank you for your support. For more information, contact Beth Villarreal at or 829-2736.

UIW Represented at 2009 International College Fair in “Second Life”
UIW is being represented at the 2009 International College Fair held in the virtual world of Second Life until Oct. 30. Come see the exhibit and those of 38 universities and colleges from around the world! Phil Youngblood in Computer Information Systems designed and built the exhibit (pictured above) and followed the keynote speaker Oct. 24 with a presentation before a global audience of 40 people on “Teaching International Courses in Second Life.” The virtual exhibit gives visitors Admissions’ profiles on all UIW degree programs and a booklet on university activities. They are able to browse the UIW Web site and send e-mails asking about the university which are forwarded to Admissions. Photos of the “real life” campus and photos of our virtual campus on UIW Cardinal Island are also featured. For more information, e-mail Youngblood at

Peace Day was Wednesday. These photos represent some of the highlights of the day:

There was a wide variety of exhibits in Jordan Plaza for nonprofit and community service groups that help build peace through justice and service.

Simone A. Brown (from left), professor of religious studies, moderated a panel discussion on Living and Minimum Wage: Challenges and Possibilities on Wednesday. Other members of the panel were Dr. Jeannie Scott, assistant dean of the H-E-B School of Business and Administration; Sharon De La Garza, assistant city manager for the city of San Antonio; and Gloria Parra, of the Central Labor Council of San Antonio.

UIW STAND, the Genocide Intervention Network, sponsored “Not On Our Watch,” a march throughout the main campus with visuals and information on past and current genocides, presented by UIW.

Students gave the “Service, Solidarity, and Collaboration” presentation on Wednesday, which also provided a free lunch to attendees.

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.

Campus Visit Day
Prospective students, alumni and their families are invited to tour the campus with the Office of Admissions. The visit will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 at Marian Hall. For more information, call the Office of Admissions at 829-6005.

Faculty Development Presentation – Date Correction
Dr. Patricia Lieveld,of the Feik School of Pharmacy, will discuss “Presentation Styles and Techniques” at noonNov. 3 (originally announced as Nov. 11) in Gorman 115. Come and learn some tips for creating engaging presentations. All faculty members are welcome to attend. For more information, call Susan Hall at 283-5030.

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 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

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

UIW in the News
College Student Wins Season Tickets From Scratch-Off Game

International students decorated pumpkins to be displayed under the Welcome sign at the International Conference Center.

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

“Conversations” hosted by Raul Rodriguez
UIW’s Raul Rodriguez will host the program “Conversations” on KLRN (PBS - Channel 10) at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1. The topic will be “Security challenges along the U.S. - Mexico border: a perspective from a former Marine.” The guest will be author David Danelo, a former Marine captain, convoy commander and intelligence officer who was awarded a Purple Heart and other decorations during his tour in Iraq. He has written for the Los Angeles Times and other publications, and has appeared in CBS, NPR, C-SPAN and Fox News.

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

High Schools

Engineering Day
St. Anthony Catholic High School, in conjunction with the UIW Engineering Club, is hosting a Middle School Engineering Day from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.Saturday, Nov. 14 starting in the cafeteria.The event is open to all students from grades 6 through 8 in the archdiocese of San Antonio. Students will enjoy an academic scavenger hunt, egg drop and impromptu engineering design competitions. Registration is free, and refreshments will be sold by the SACHS Technology, Robotics and Engineering Sciences (TRES) club. Concluding the big event will be an awards ceremony.For more information, contact Jessica De La Rosa at 805-3091 or

The sophomore class sanded and painted the fence at St. Anthony Catholic School for the SACHS Service Day.

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Upcoming Athletics Events
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