The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Jan. 22, 2010

Photo of the Week

Dr. Agnese unveils the agreement with the Buckner Fanning Christian School to give $20,000 scholarships to graduates of the school. The funds will go toward helping the students continue their private-school educations at the Brainpower Connection schools.


Haiti Fundraising Update
Following this year’s Mission focus of solidarity and collaboration, various student groups, departments, and individuals have been responding to the crisis in Haiti through several fundraising efforts.On Thursday, Jan. 28, we invite all those who have participated in fundraising over the past week to join University Mission and Ministry in our weekly gathering – Lighthouse – from 4-6 p.m. in the Burke-O’Mahony Room. We will gather for prayer, to hear from an ADCaP students from Haiti, and to hear from a Catholic Relief Services representative about the relief efforts they are providing to Haiti. We will also give a preliminary report on how much money has been raised so far.

University Mission and Ministry will continue to accept donations on behalf of the Catholic Relief Services.You may do so by coming by our offices in AD146 with cash or a check. You may also make a direct contribution to Catholic Relief Services at

Thank you to all who have organized the fundraising events and to those who have contributed. Please continue to pray for all those affected by the earthquake and those who are helping restore safety and peace to our brothers and sisters in Haiti. For more information, contact the Mission and Ministry office at (210) 829-2736 or (210) 829-3130.

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 Mission and Ministry staff:,,


Dissertation Defense
Chia Chun Wu will defend his dissertation at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22 in the Joyce Building Room 106. His dissertation chair is Dr. Timothy Henrich. The title of the dissertation is The Influence of Paternalistic Leadership on Satisfaction Towards the Performance of the Division 1 Volleyball Athletes and Their Turnover Intention in Colleges/Universities in Taiwan.

Student Veterans Orientation
Find the answers to questions about using VA benefits or military discounts. There will be special presentations by the VA and The orientation will be from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22 in the library auditorium. All are welcome to attend.

School of Nursing Luncheon
Interested in nursing and being an Army Nurse Corps officer? Come and hear guest speaker Capt. Saundra Martinez, RN, at the nursing luncheon at noon Monday, Jan. 25 in the Ann Everett Lecture Hall, 2nd floor of the nursing building. Learn what Army Nurse Corps officers do, where they work, and what specialized training is available. Come hungry and leave full of knowledge! RSVP to Capt. Chez Varela at (210) 832-3210 or

Moody Lecture
Dr. Mary Ruth Moore, UIW’s Moody Professor for 2009-10, will present this year’s Moody Lecture, “Creating a World Where Play = Learning: Integrating Play and Wonder into Our Cultural Institutions and Schools.” The lecture will be at noon, Tuesday, Jan. 26 in the library Special Collections Suite. Refreshments will be served.

First Medical Tourism Research Conference
You are invited to the first Medical Tourism Research conference in San Antonio, which will be Jan. 27-29 at the Marriott Courtyard Riverwalk Hotel. If you would like to attend, contact Margaret Villarreal at Ext. 5884 or at The conference is offered to UIW faculty for only $50 to cover the cost of meals. This conference has some of the greatest speakers in the world coming to present the latest research on this fascinating industry. For the agenda and other information, visit

Alumni Night at Cowboy’s Dance Hall
The next UIW alumni event is Thursday, Feb. 4 at Cowboy’s Dance Hall. The evening costs $10 per person, which includes admission, dance lessons at 7:30 p.m., food and one drink (beer or soda). Food will be served from 7-8 p.m. in a separate alumni area upstairs. Register online at Sign up ASAP because having a large, early rush of registrants online will help us estimate the amount of food to purchase from the caterer. For more information, contact Rick Smith at (210) 829-6014 or Thank you for your continued participation in the UIW Alumni Association as we continue to strengthen the bond between our alumni and our beloved alma mater.

Photo by Ruby Palomo
Campus Lifeand Student Center and Leadership Activities provided t-shirts, transportation and water to 34 participants who attended the MLK march on Monday, Jan. 18. This event was co-sponsored by the Black Student Association. Encourage your students to participate in the Cesar Chavez march with SCLA and the Hispanic Latino Association on Saturday, March 27. For more information, contact Dr. Mac at 829-6034.

Department News

W-2 Forms
Be sure that your current mailing address is correct. Your W-2 will be mailed to the address on your last paycheck or direct deposit advice. If this address is not correct, contact the Human Resources Department at 829-6019 to make the change.

Student E-mail Account Conversion
This weekend, all student e-mail accounts will be transferred from UIW’s servers to servers at Microsoft’s Live@edu, completing the yearlong project of outsourcing student accounts. Students will receive numerous benefits, including much larger inbox (10 gigabytes) and much larger attachment sizes (up to 20 megabytes), as well as dynamic web spaces for collaborative learning and other features as well.

The transfer will require the dynamic reset of all student e-mail passwords.As a default, each student’s new account password will be set to his or her student identification number. After initial log-in on the new system, the student will be asked to reset his or her password.

Please help us get the word out to our students about this change by making this brief announcement in your classes today.As always, questions should be directed to the Help Desk at Ext. 2721.

Welcome to Mobile UIW!
iPhone users at UIW, join us in downloading the first crop of UIW-specific iPhone applications! The newly released UIW applications for the iPhone include:

  • UIW faculty and staff directory
  • UIW athletics channel
  • UIW’s own YouTube channel
  • UIW images – scenes and photos from around UIW
  • UIW emergency call button – contact UIW police in the event of emergency

Upcoming iPhone applications coming for you this spring:

  • UIW course catalog and registration application
  • KUIW Live!
  • UIW GPS System
  • Calendar and events

To get your UIW iPhone applications, go to: As always, if you need help, contact the UIW Help Desk at Ext. 2721.

Skillport Progress Features
Skillport courses to improve your computer software skills can be completed over several days or weeks. The My Plan and My Progress features will allow users to plan their course track, download a course for completion offline, monitor course progress and print a transcript of completed courses. Transcripts provide documentation of your new skills as well as evidence of self-directed learning – two valuable attributes to mention during your annual review. All UIW employees are eligible to use this service. For assistance with your login or to request a tutorial for using My Plan and My Progress, contact Terry Peak at or at 829-3920.

The My Plan feature:

  • Allows for convenient, one-stop shopping of all your favorite learning assets.
  • Save time and effort by creating a plan that will build your technology and software skills.
  • Easily sort through courses based on who assigned them to you with new icons
  • Conveniently access training resources (books, courses and mentoring) with one centralized location

The My Progress tab will

  • Keep track of your course progress from beginning to completion
  • Allow you to re-enter the course where you left off
  • Print transcripts of course progress and completion

Announce Your Events!
Don’t forget to send Public Relations your event calendars for Spring 2010! Your events will be added to the online UIW event calendars for everyone to see. Please double check your dates, times and location, and be sure to include contact information and a brief description of the event. Send your calendars to Debra Del Toro at

Community News

SACS Substantive Change Visit
UIW will welcome an eight-person team from The Southern Association of Colleges and Schoolsto campus from Monday, Jan. 25 through Wednesday, Jan. 27. The purpose of the visit is to review the impact of and compliance of the Feik School of Pharmacy and the UIW School of Optometry.Upon recommendationfrom the visiting team, these programs will be included in UIW's SACS Accreditation. Headquarters for the team will be the Feik School of Pharmacy. They may, however, be present on the main Broadway campus. They may also request tomeet withadditionalmembers of the administration. Please extend them a warm UIW welcome. For more information, contact Sr. Helena Monahan at 805-5880.

Hope for the Future
Hope for the Future is established as a resource for donors to give eligible families tuition assistance, to provide funds used to offer grants to Catholic Schools and to establish the Hope for the Future Endowment. There will be a Hope for the Future 5K run/walk on Feb. 6. For more information, visit

Catholic Education is not only the best option, but also the most natural one for our Catholic community. The goal of Catholic Education is to assist parents in the formation of their children in moral and academic excellence.

            -- Archbishop José H. Gomez

Tips for a Healthy You
This year we will highlight tips leading up to the Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 9.
Today’s Tip: Read food labels to know how many servings you are really consuming. That bag of chips or soda may have 2-4 servings, and you have to add up the calories accordingly.

Help Desk Holds Saturday Hours
Technology Services have made the following adjustments to service hours to accommodate the university’s technical support and audio visual needs.

  • On Saturdays, a Help Desk technician will be working at the Media Center to resolve faculty/student/stafftechnical support issues between 8 a.m. and noon.
  • The Help Desk calls will be forwarded to the Media Center on Saturdays
  • The Media Center will open its doors at 8 a.m. as opposed to 1 p.m.
  • Students can now use the Media Center between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The Help Desk staff will be at their current location in the Administration Building Monday through Friday.  For more information, contact the Help Desk at 829-2721.

Faculty Focus

Poster Presentation
Dr. Sara Kolb, Irene Gillespie, Maria Gillespie andDr. Amy Witte, all of the School of Nursing and Health Professions, Dr. Jean Deliganis, parish nurse at St. Phillips of Jesus, and PerlaZarate-Abbott, a foot-care nurse at the Health Ministry, co-presented a poster titled “Effects of ‘Blood Pressure Classes’ Among Hypertensive Mexican American Women” at the 34th National Association of Hispanic Nurses Association Conference in July in San Antonio.

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

High Schools

Several professors made presentations at the Texas Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance summer convention in San Antonio in July.Dr. Greg Soukup and Brent Powell presented “Using Coaching Efficacy Concepts to Improve Instruction in Physical Education. Dr. Bill Carleton, Dr. Tim Henrich and Dr. Greg Soukup presented “Wellness Concepts for Overcoming Teacher Burn-Out.”

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at


Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.