The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Nov. 6, 2009

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The Office of Development dressed up as Dick McCracken for Halloween.


Introducing University Mission and Ministry
The Office of Mission Effectiveness has developed into a new collaborative entity which facilitates the ongoing process of discernment by all members of the diverse parts of the university in implementing the UIW Mission and strengthening the institution’s Catholic identity. Building on the most effective programs of Mission awareness and pastoral ministry and incorporating a shared response to God’s grace, the new University Mission and Ministry seeks to support the evolution of the university toward a Mission model where education and Mission are effectively integrated in UIW’s vision of truly being a sacrament of the Incarnate Word. Through this focus on credibly representing the Word of God to the world through Mission and ministry, UIW lives deeply the gospel inspired charism of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and responds creatively to the most pressing human needs of our time. To correspond with the change, Sr. Walter Maher’s title has been changed from Assistant to the President to Vice President for Mission and Ministry.

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

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
  • Spanish Mass at noon on Fridays in Our Lady's Chapel
  • 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:,,


Korean Pavilion Groundbreaking is Today
The City of San Antonio, the University of the Incarnate Word, the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Houston and the Korean Association of San Antonio invite you to join us for a groundbreaking ceremony celebrating the commencement of the construction of the first authentic Korean Pavilion in San Antonio, courtesy of our sister city Gwangju. Join us at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6 at the Denman Estate Club House near the pond. The address is 7735 Mockingbird Lane, San Antonio, 78229. For more information, contact the Office of Public Relations at 829-6001.

Deadline to Donate to 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 through today 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.

Moody Professor to Give Lecture on Play
Dr. Mary Ruth Moore, the 2009-2010 UIW Moody Professor, will present “Play=Learning: Integrating Play and Wonderinto Our Cultural Institutions and Schools” at Our Lady of the Lake University at 3:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9 in the Sueltenfuss Library Community Room.Wine and cheese will be served. The Moody Professorship was established in 1971 at UIW and OLLU through a grant made to the two institutions by the Moody Foundation.Each year, each institution names a faculty member Moody Professor, and the chosen professor delivers two public lectures. The awarding of the Moody Professorship reflects the level of scholarship, teaching excellence and community service attained by the recipient. The UIW Moody Professor also leads the faculty at Commencement and bears the University Mace.

Navajo Weaver Demonstrations
Navajo weaver Beverley Allen will offer demonstrations of her craft in honor of Native American Month. She will demonstrate her work from 9 a.m. - noon and 1-3 p.m. Nov. 10-12 on Dubuis Lawn. She will also be presenting to a class of students at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 in JB 126. All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Letitia Harding at 829-6028.

Center for Teaching and Learning Open House
The Center for Teaching and Learning will have an open house from 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9 and Tuesday, Nov. 10 in Administration Building Room 212. Drop in to see the new facility, have a little lunch and take home a prize or two. For more information, contact Susan Hall at 283-5030.

Zasha, Rachel and Elaine from Human Resources sport their Halloween costumes at the Employee Vendor Day on Friday.


Lt. Gen. Robert T. Clark (retired) spoke at the grand opening for the Center for Veterans Affairs on Friday.

SACUCCA Job Fair – Shuttle Service
Students are asked to join the San Antonio Colleges and Universities Career Centers Association for its 20th annual Job Fair from 2-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 at Blossom Athletic Center, 12002 Jones Maltsberger Road. For more information, visit, or call the UIW Career Services office at 829-3931. Shuttle service is available, but space is limited. Register by e-mailing
Shuttle schedule: Meet in front of the AD Building
1:30 p.m. pickup at UIW, 2 p.m. drop off at Blossom Athletic Center
3 p.m. pickup at UIW, 3:30 p.m. drop at Blossom Athletic Center
4:30 p.m. last pickup at Blossom Athletic Center

TRiO Assembles Care Packages
Help TRiO assemble their care packages to be donated to homeless and transitional shelters. The entire UIW community is invited to participate, and off-campus community service hours will be earned. Join them from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Nov. 9-13 in the Joyce Building Tilton Room. For more information, contact Victor F. Saldivar at (210) 805-5812.

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.

Veterans Day Ceremony
UIW will honor our nearly 3,000 veteran students, employees and community members in a brief Veterans Day ceremony, beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 on Dubuis Lawn. Please join us for reflections from current students who are on active duty or veterans, followed by the unveiling of the new veterans memorial plaque and light refreshments. The ceremony includes the display of Living Wall posters honoring students and loved ones who have served in the military. If you would like to include your name or recognize someone on the posters, e-mail Kevin McCollom at with the name, branch of service and years of service (or era if unsure, i.e. WW II., Cold War, etc.) no later than Nov. 5. They will be honored during the ceremony.

Don’t miss our Tissues, or technology issues, session from 9-10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13 in the library auditorium. This is a great opportunity to provide constructive input and feedback on various technology issues that interest UIW employees. For more information, e-mail

Alzheimer’s Disease Candlelight Remembrance
In recognition of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, join the Village at Incarnate Word and the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word to raise awareness, remember those who fought this disease and celebrate the lives of those who are affected and touched by dementia. The 8th annual candlelight remembrance service “Celebrating the Light of Hope” will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. You may bring a photograph or token representing the person whose life you wish to honor. All items will be displayed in the chapel. For more information, visit or call (210) 822-6449.

Dr. Patricia Lieveld,of the Feik School of Pharmacy, discussed “Presentation Styles and Techniques” at the Faculty Development Presentation.

Some more sights from Halloween last week:





Department News

Technology Information Session
The Information Systems Department is hosting a technology information session from noon – 1 p.m. Nov. 11 in Marian Hall Ballroom. H-E-B, USAA and Valero will be discussing careers in technology. For more information, contact Tim Porter at or 832-5626.

Lunch IT Seminar
The Office of Instructional Technology would like invite you to attend a special presentation called“How Lecture Capture Can Enhance the Educational Experience at UIW” from noon – 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 in the library auditorium. Representatives from UIW and Echo360 will discuss the benefits to students, faculty members and administration. A box lunch will be provided. If you plan to attend, please RSVP so enough food will be provided. To reserve your seat, e-mail Terry Peak at

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 Application Deadline
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
Scholarships available for John Paul II seniors

United Way
The 2009 United Way Campaign has begun! If you have not received your pledge card, contact Human Resources at (210) 829-6019. The deadline for all pledges is Nov. 20. This year’s goal is $36,500 with 100 percent participation! Those who donate at least $10 to the campaign will be entered in a drawing to win great prizes. Those who donate $200 or more will be entered in a drawing for bigger prizes! Give at the CareShare/FairShare level and receive: One Paid Day Off & one priority parking to the end of fiscal year beginning December 2009 – May 2010.

If your Salary is:                                    Your Care Share guideline is:
Up to $17,999                           One hour’s pay per month
$18,000-$23,999                        0.8% of your annual salary
$24,000- $99,999                       1% of your annual salary
$100,000- and above                 1.2% of your annual salary

Turn your pledge forms into Human Resources CPO# 320.

Tuition Exchange Program Deadline
The deadline to submit all Tuition Exchange applications for employee dependents is Nov. 6. Submit forms to Robert Kunczt, director of Human Resources.

Aetna Announcements
WhiteGlove House Call Health has joined the San Antonio network. WhiteGlove is an affordable pain management routine care benefit for all ages that performs house calls daily between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Airrosti Rehab Centers has also been added to the Aetna network in San Antonio. Airrosti is a nonsurgical treatment for many soft tissue injuries. For a list of rehab centers and information regarding target areas this treatment may be beneficial for, contact Zasha Ghanbarian-Alanis at 829-6083.

Elf Louise Toy Drive
Join the UIW community in collecting unwrapped toys for the Elf Louise Project! Collection boxes are located at Marian Hall, outside Our Lady’s Chapel, the Natatorium, the basement of the AD building, Java on the Hill, the Wellness Center, the library and the Feik School of Pharmacy. Toys also will be collected at the Light the Way ceremony on Nov. 21. The toys will be presented to the Elf Louise organization at Light the Way. For more information, contact the PR office at 829-6001.

Project Africa Raffle
Employees are invited to buy raffle tickets to help a new student organization called Project Africa. One of the items to win is a commuter parking pass. The raffle will be Nov. 11. To buy raffle tickets, contact the organization president, Cessi Drame, at goal of this organization is to build a school in Mali, Africa. 

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

Research Proposals Receive Funding
Research proposals from Dr. Gilberto Hinojosa, professor of history; Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, Th.D., professor of religious studies; Sr. Eilish Ryan, professor of religious studies; and Dr. Mary Beth Swofford, associate professor of English, have been selected to receive funding from the Graduate Research Assistantship program for the coming year. Each award is worth $3,600 and provides 300 hours of service by a graduate student assisting on a faculty research project. Sr. Martha Ann’s proposal is "Developing Online Dialogues with Students in Other Countries to Further Student Engagement and to Promote the Common Good." Sr. Eilish’s project is to research theory and practice concerning content and methodological approaches for teaching Christian spirituality to college age students and young adults.

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

High Schools

IWHS Gives Practice Exam
Incarnate Word High School will hold a Practice High School Placement Test from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 at the school. There is no fee for taking this practice exam. To RSVP, contact the enrollment office at (210) 829-3123.

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

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at


Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

Our sympathy and prayers go to the following:

  • The family of Lt. Col. Gertrude E. Baker, Army Nurse Corps (ret.) (BA ’84) on her recent death.
  • The family of Robert Calvin Baltimore, Jr. (BSN ’06) on his recent death.
  • The family of Rev. Domingo Estrada, OMI (SACHS ’62) and his Oblate family on his recent death.
  • Estela Flores (BA ’64) & family on the recent loss of her husband, Ramon F. Flores.
  • Janice Pruitt and Vickie Monfelt & families on the recent loss of their mother, Ruth Worthington Golson (BSN ’39).
  • Nasario & Socorro Gres and family on the recent loss of their son, Michael James Gres (student in the Feik School of Pharmacy).
  • The family of Susan Kaufman (former UIW faculty) on her recent death.
  • Eva Linda Rash Mann (UNDCL ’62) & family on the recent loss of her husband, John E. Mann.
  • Robert & Linda Gay (BA ’75) O’Nave & family on the recent loss of her mother, Gay Grote McGauvran (IWHS ’45, ALND ’49).
  • Brian Pape & family on the recent loss of his wife and Johnnie Medina (UIW Development Board member) on the recent loss of her daughter, Sara Medina-Pape.
  • Dennis Wade & family on the recent loss of his wife, Gail Pattison (BA ’77).
  • Efrain Pena, Sr. & family on the recent loss of his wife, Beatrice Garza Pena (BSN ’55).
  • The family of Mary Louise Rowland Pena (IWHS ’51) on her recent death.
  • Clement H. Spalding Sr. (UIW friend) & family on the recent loss of his brother, Graham Pickrell (Pick) Spalding.
  • Joe (UIW Assistant Director of Web Development, BAAS ’09) & Michelle Casares Vasquez (BA ’03) on the loss of their daughter, and Jo Ann Vasquez (UIW Registrar’s Office) on the loss of her granddaughter, Faith Evelyn Vasquez.