The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Nov. 13, 2009

Photo of the Week

At the Veterans Day ceremony, Steve Wilson unveiled the new plaque that will be displayed on the lawn of the Brackenridge Villa to honor all branches of the military.


Faith and Physician
International Education Week presents Faith and Physician, uniting spiritual wellness and healthcare at a time of “dis-ease.” Elena Avila, RN, will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at Guadalupe Chapel at St. Mary’s University. For more information, contact St. Mary’s University Ministry at (210) 436-3213 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:,,


Members of our Technology Advisory Committee are eager to hear constructive feedback about employee technology development and resources and to respond to questions about services and support. This informative session will be from 9-10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13 in the library auditorium. For more information, contact or Lorraine Ewers at 829-6070 or

Speaker on Social Networking
The UIW Technology Advisory Committee is pleased to have the opportunity to bring in Rich Teplitsky, director of public relations at KGBTexas, to deliver a presentation to the UIW community on the impact and challenges of social media as a means of communication with our students and community. Teplitsky will speak on the application of social networking in administrative services at college and universities at noon Friday, Nov. 13 in the library auditorium. For more information, contact Ana Gonzalez at 829-3937.

Theatre Performance: If I Can’t Have You, No One Can
Envy leads to comic mayhem in this Spanish Golden Age romantic comedy by Lope de Vega. 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:
Nov. 13-15 and 19-21 in the Coates Theatre
Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Christmas Mercado Arts & Craft Fair
More than 35 artisans specializing in handmade, affordable gifts will sell their crafts at the Christmas Mercado Arts & Craft Fair. The fair will be from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 at the Christus Heritage Hall at the Village at Incarnate Word. There will be refreshments and door prizes. For more information, please contact Alma Cosme at (210) 829-7561 or

2009 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championships
The UIW women’s soccer team will play the winner from the first round, either Central Oklahoma or St. Edward’s University. The game will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15 at Benson Stadium. Help cheer the Cardinals to victory! For more information, contact Tina Patterson at

Photo courtesy of city photographer Fred Gonzales
Dr. Agnese, along with San Antonio and Korean dignitaries, turns the dirt at the groundbreaking of the Korean pavilion at the Denman Estate on Friday.

Navajo weaver Beverly Allen demonstrated her work this week on Dubuis Lawn.

The Center for Teaching and Learning was open to show off its new facility on Monday.

Faculty Forum
Faculty members are encouraged to bring their lunch and join in a discussion led by Dr. Denise Doyle on generational differences and the academic environment at noon Monday, Nov. 16 in Marian Hall Ballroom.This is a great opportunity to engage with colleagues and experience community. For more information, contact Faculty Senate President Dr. Annette E. Craven at (210) 283-5031.

Poetry Reading
In honor of Native American Month, Navajo poet and writer Laura Tohe will present a reading of her work at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the library auditorium. All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Letitia Harding at 829-6028.

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.

Around the World in 80 Minutes
The International Student Association is holding Around the World in 80 Minutes from noon – 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 in Marian Hall Ballroom. UIW students from all over the world will present their countries on tri-fold posters. They will talk about a variety of topics, including native language, tourism, culture, music, dancing and customs. Students will explain the posters they made. Food will be provided. For more information, call (210) 685-1378.

President’s Spaghetti Dinner
It’s time for the President’s Spaghetti Dinner, and this is your invitation to assist with this special event. Dr. Agnese is the head chef, and we are the restaurant staff extraordinaire.Our students will be treated to a free spaghetti dinner from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1 in the Rosenberg Sky Room. Sign up to assist us with meatball rolling from 2:30 – 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, serving at one or more of the dinner shifts on Tuesday, Dec. 1, or bringing a dessert. Please reply and reserve your time slot for the evening at Comfortable shoes and holiday cheer are a must on the evening of the event. For more information, contact Chaye Pena at (210) 805-5863 or

A look at the Homecoming Game on Oct. 31:

Athletics Director Mark Papich presents a plaque to Todd Rasco, head of the UIW Quarterback Club.

Chancellor Sr. Helena Monahan shows off her thank you gift, the coin that started it all, from Head Football Coach Mike Santiago.

PR Special Events Coordinator Crystal Campos and Director of Alumni Relations Lisa Schultz crown each other Homecoming Queen before making the final decision on the Homecoming Court.

The Homecoming Court was (from left) Stephen Lucke, prince; Taylor Rhoades, prince; Homecoming King Vincent Marotta, Homecoming Queen Maggie Callahan, Victoria Galindo, princess; and Jasmin Hernandez, princess.

Department News

Payroll Office Relocates to New Office
The Payroll Office is now located on the first floor of the Watson Enrollment Center.

Community News

University Christmas Cards Going Green
In an effort to support the university’s commitment to going green, the Christmas cards traditionally produced by the Office of Public Relations will be discontinued. Instead, the Office of Web Development is producing an online Christmas greeting that various offices can use. The greeting will be made available by Dec. 8. Thank you for your support as we take one more step towards being an environmentally friendly campus.

UIW Wins Award
UIW is a winner in the WESTMARC 17th annual Best of the West Awards for innovative higher education as part of the Communiversity in Surprize, Ariz.Along with several of the Maricopa County Community Colleges, UIW is collaborating to offer opportunities for students to complete their education with our coalition. WESTMARC is a coalition of 15 communities and a large number of businesses in the West Valley that acts as a public advocacy group for all issues impacting the west Maricopa Valley.

The San Antonio Children’s Museum
Buy one admission and get one admission free with UIW employee I.D.! This offer will be valid in January 2010. Admission is $7 per person and children under 2 are free. For more information, visit

The Synergy Studio
The Synergy Studio is offering a 10 percent discount card to all UIW employees. The card does not expire and is good for any of their regular weekly classes. Employee I.D. will be required upon enrollment. For more information, visit

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.

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

Dr. Denise Staudt, Dr. Norman St. Clair and Dr. Elda Martinez, all of the Dreeben School of Education, presented A New Induction Model: Using Facebook to Support Beginning Teachers at the 2009 Association of Teacher Educators summer meeting in Reno, NV, in August.

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

High Schools

SACHS Free Practice Test
St. Anthony Catholic High School will be holding a free practice session for the High School Placement Test for 8th grade students. The session will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 at the school. Please RSVP by Nov. 16 to (210) 832-5632 or

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

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Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.