The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Nov. 20, 2009

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With people all over the world, members of the UIW community watched the dramatic reading to inauguratethe Charter for Compassion. Compassion in various traditions was explained by Lama Passang Gelek, a Buddhist monk from Tibet; Anna Huth from Catholic Relief Services, San Antonio; Judy Lackritz of the Jewish Federation, San Antonio; UIW history professor Dr. Lopita Nath from the Hindu tradition; Narjis Pierre, leader of the San Antonio Muslim Women’s Association; UIW nutrition professor Dr. Neeta Singh from the Sikh tradition.


Thanksgiving Celebration Prayer Service
You are invited to take a moment to pause & reflect with your fellow community members for aThanksgiving Prayer Service at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23 in Our Lady’s Chapel. Join us for prayers of thanks. As a gesture of giving, bring a canned food item in support of the Psychology Club’s food drive for Inner City Development. For more information, call (210) 829-2736.

Advent Reflection
University Mission and Ministry invite you to join us as we reflect on the meaning and significance of Advent in the life of the University of the Incarnate Word. The reflection sessions will be held from 9-11 a.m. and from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Pat Kerwin, director of Spirituality of Houston-San Antonio Congregations, will facilitate the reflections. Please RSVP by Dec. 8 to or 829-3939 with the time of reflection you would like to attend.

UIW Sometime Singers-Players (Ecclesiastes Choir)
Join UIW’s Sometime Singers & Players, a group made up of faculty, staff, administrators and students (vocalists and instrumentalists) who cannot participate in weekly rehearsals and services, but who serve when possible at liturgical prayer throughout the school year.  Primary ministry opportunities for the SS/P are fall and spring Baccalaureate Masses, Christmas Eve Mass, Holy Week/Easter services, occasional memorial services and other special events. Your commitment to participate at the event and at rehearsals is made only when you RSVP to an event invitation by the RSVP date. Responding by the RSVP date helps the office to prepare materials in advance. To RSVP for one of the events below, or to have your name placed on the SS/P e-mail list for future events, contact Lena Gokelman at or at Ext. 3207, or contact Dr. Glenn James at or Ext. 2717.

  • Fall Baccalaureate Mass: Friday, Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. (warm-up at the Convocation Center will begin at 4 p.m.) With two rehearsals: Tuesday, Dec. 8 and Thursday, Dec.10. Both rehearsals are from 5:30-7:15 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. RSVP by Wednesday, Dec. 2.
  • Christmas Eve Mass: Thursday, Dec. 24 at 5:30 p.m. (warm-up for the Mass will begin at 4:30 p.m.) With four rehearsals: Tuesday, Dec. 15 and 22 and Wednesday, Dec. 16 and 23. All rehearsals are from 5:30-7:15 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. RSVP by Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Mass Services - Friday Mass and Confessions Canceled This Week
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 Mission and Ministry staff:,,


New reasons to start your holiday with Light the Way tomorrow night

  1. The UIW Cardinal will make his Light the Way debut.
  2. Our new student mariachi band, UIW Mariachi Los Cardenales,will perform.
  3. A Living Nativity will be added near Agnese/Sosa for procession-goers, courtesy of University Mission and Ministry.
  4. Our elementary Brainpower students will have an added role as escorts for a special guest.
  5. Enjoy the procession and see the display boards created by our student organizations promoting the event.
  6. If you are unable to attend, this year you can view the live streaming from UIWTV at

Mass at 5:30 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel, opening ceremony at 7:30 p.m. in the McDermott Convocation Center. Don’t forget to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Elf Louise Project! For more information, contact the PR office at 829-6001.

Help with Graduate Application Essays
The Psychological Society presents Writing the Graduate School Application Essay from 5-6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 in AD 365. There will be a question and answer session and pizza. The session will be led by Dr. Marie Félix-Ortiz. For more information, contact her at

International Honor Society In Psychology Applications
The Psychology Department is soliciting applications for a new international honor society in psychology, Psi Chi, a prestigious organization that offers scholarships, publication, networking and mentoring opportunities to members.  Both psychology majors and minors with at least nine credit hours of psychology coursework are eligible to apply. For full requirements and to get an application, contact Dr. Marie Felix-Ortiz at The deadline to apply is 5:30 p.m. Nov. 20.

Research Symposium
There will be a doctoral student research symposium from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 in the Joyce Building, Room 126. All are invited. For more information, contact Dr. Judith E. Beauford at or (210) 829-3171.

Photo by Itza Casanova
David Allwein of Health Services participated on the UIW Rock ‘n Red Birds team that came in first place in the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon. Have a good story or some good pictures from the marathon? Send them to Rick Smith in the Office of Alumni Relations to be posted on the blog at For more information, visit

Rich Teplitsky, director of public relations at KGBTexas, delivered a presentation to the UIW community on the impact and challenges of social media as a means of communication with our students and community on Friday.

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. 20-21 in the Coates Theatre
Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m.

The International Student Association held a poster presentation called Around the World in 80 Minutes on Tuesday. Students explained the posters they made.

UIW Jazz Ensemble Concert
The UIW Jazz Ensemble will be performing a free concert from 8-20 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Cove, 606 West Cypress, one block off San Pedro. Admission is free. For more information, visit or contact Jim Waller at 829-6066 at

President’s Spaghetti Dinner
Sign up to assist 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

World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day is observed every year on Dec. 1. World AIDS Day provides governments, national AIDS programs, faith organizations, community organizations, and individuals with an opportunity to raise awareness and focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic. Health Services, STARS, CHI PHI, Campus Ministry & StandOUT will sponsor World AIDS Day from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Marian Circle. For more information, contact Health Services.

Department News

Campus Police to Close Classrooms for Holiday
According to the UIW Academic Calendar, the Thanksgiving Holiday is Nov. 25-27.Following this schedule, all UIW classrooms will remain locked from Wednesday, Nov. 25 – Sunday, Nov. 29. If faculty members are planning to hold classes on any of these days, Campus Police must be notified via e-mail no later than 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24. E-mails must be sent to from a UIW e-mail account with the professor’s name, class, classroom number and the time block allotted for that class.The classrooms will be opened 10-20 minutes prior to scheduled class time, unless otherwise stated in the e-mail. Thank you all for your cooperation and support.

Help Desk Reduced Staff
The Help Desk will be operating on limited staff Friday, Nov. 20. The department will return to normal capacity Monday, Nov. 23. We ask for your patience in this matter. For more information, contact the Help Desk at 829-2721. The hours of operation are Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Community News

Word Magazine
The fall issue of the Word magazine is available online at Hard copies are also being delivered on campus this week. If you prefer to read the magazine online and do not want your hard copy, please return the magazine to CPO 316. We are trying to reduce waste and save money, so please help us in this effort. If you have not received a hard copy and would like one, please contact Ashley Festa at 829-6001.

Congratulations to the Ethics Debate Teams
UIW entered two teams, UIWBlack and UIW Red, in the 12th annual Texas Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl (IEB), held at St. Mary's University, on Saturday. The prestigious competition drew about 20 teams from colleges and universities across Texas and Oklahoma.UIW Black,consisting of Emanuel Carrillo, Denise Hernandez, Sonia Ramirez, Justin Burklow, and David Garza, captured first place in the competition, securing its position for the second year in a row at the IEB National Finals in Cincinnati next spring. The faculty coach of the team is Dr. Paul Lewis from the UIW Philosophy Department.

Congratulations to RAVE Employees
These employees have been given a RAVE by their co-workers:

  • Lance Beck
  • Omar Torres
  • Michael Mercer
  • Rodney Evans
  • Armando Saliba
  • JV Villarreal
  • Sam Wages
  • Carmen Rivera
  • Lisa Schultz
  • Rick Smith
  • Gladys Delgado
  • Jack Rogers
  • Melvin Arnell
  • Roberto Jimenez

Food Drive
The Psychology Club is sponsoring a canned food drive for the benefit of the Inner City Development Agency. Food can be dropped off on the 3rd floor of the AD building across from office 391. The Psychology Clubwill collect food until Tuesday, Nov. 24. Inner City is short of necessary food stocks for their ongoing needs and Thanksgiving. Inner City serves about 800 families on the near Westside.

Textbook Donations
Students from the Department of Communication Arts are holding a textbook drive to benefit the founding of a new school of communications in Zambia, Africa, sponsored by Oblate priests. Help UIW make a difference and donate any available academic text books. To contribute books, contact student Cameron Tufino at (210)912-5105 or Dr. Valerie Greenberg. Deadline to donate is Nov. 25.

Holiday Grams Food Drive
Send a holiday greeting and help spread the holiday spirit with your donation. Holiday Grams are available through the Residence Life Office. Make your donation by Dec. 2 and Holiday Grams will be passed out Friday, Dec. 4. All proceeds will be donated to the San Antonio Food Bank.

2 cans/dry foods = 1 Holiday Gram
3 cans/dry foods = 1 Holiday Gram + Candy Cane
$1 = 1 Holiday Gram
$2 = 1 Holiday Gram + Candy Cane

Bookstore Holiday Hours
For the week of Thanksgiving:
Monday, Nov. 23: Open 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 24: Open 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 25: Open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Nov. 26-29: Closed

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.

Veterans Exhibit
In honor of Veterans Day, the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library has prepared an exhibit displaying photographs and various memorabilia from local servicemen and women of the United States military. Featured items include original discharge papers, a collection of metals, pins, other awardsand photographs of our veterans.  The exhibit will be displayed until Wednesday, Nov. 25 in the library.

United Way
The deadline for pledges is Nov. 20. 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. If you have not received your pledge card, call (210) 829-6019.

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

Sr. Martha Ann Kirk received artwork to take to Iraqi refugee children created by participants in ArtPeace, a project funded by a grant from the San Antonio Cultural Affairs Office at the Church of Reconciliation.Art from both Iraqi children and San Antonio children was displayed.All are invited to participate in “Creating Art, Creating Friendship,” the on-going Iraqi Student Art Exchange. For information, e-mail

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

High Schools

SAIW Theatre Company Production
St. Anthony Catholic High School and Incarnate Word High School present “Little Women.” Performances will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 and Friday, Nov. 20 and at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 in the Incarnate Word High School Gym. Tickets cost $6 for adults, $5 for students and $3 for children. The play “Little Women” contains the most loved scenes from Louisa May Alcott’s famous book. E-mail for reservations, or call 829-3100 for more information.

IWHS Breakfast with Santa
Incarnate Word High School invites you to come in your pajamas or favorite Christmas outfit, enjoy a pancake breakfast, make and take crafts, readings from the SAIW Theatre Company and a photo with Jolly Old St. Nick. Breakfast with Santa will be from 9 a.m. – noon Saturday, Dec. 12 in the IWHS cafeteria loft. RSVP by Wednesday, Dec. 9 by mailing a check to IWHS Breakfast w/Santa to 727 E. Hildebrand Ave. San Antonio, TX 78212. You may also pay online at – Under gift info, specify Breakfast w/ Santa. Advance tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets at the door cost $12 for adults and $8 for children. For more information, call (210) 829-3103.

IWHS Winter Wine Social and Bazaar
The IWHS Alumnae Association invites you to the first Winter Wine Social and Bazaar from 7-10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 at Park Oaks Shopping Center, 16630 San Pedro (Thousand Oaks & 281) San Antonio, 78232. Tickets cost $20, which includes unlimited wine tasting, light food pairings and two raffle tickets. RSVP by Monday, Dec. 1 by mailing a check to IWHS Wine Event, 727 E. Hildebrand Ave. San Antonio, TX 78212. You may also pay online at – Under gift info, specify Wine Event. Several vendors will be available for your shopping convenience! For more information, call (210) 829-3103.

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Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at


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