The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Feb. 4, 2011

Photo of the Week

Asian dancers celebrated the Year of the Rabbit at the Asian New Year event on Wednesday.


Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T., celebrated the Brainpower Mass on Friday with students from all the Brainpower Connection schools.

CCVI Spirit Award Nominations
The CCVI Spirit Award recognizes a member of the administration, staff or faculty who has demonstrated in service to UIW and to the broader civic community the spirit of the founders, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. The award is given each year to recognize members of the university community who are living the charism of the spirit of the Incarnate Word. Nominations from the community are reviewed by the CCVI Spirit Award Committee. Get a nomination form in AD 147. Return forms no later than Feb. 15 to CPO 139 or to office 147 in the AD building. For more information, contact Mission and Ministry at 210-829-2736.

Understanding the Revised Mass Texts
To help everyone better understand the Catholic Mass, why the translation of the prayersis changing, and how it will affect us, Fr. Tom will hold an information session at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8 in the Library Special Collections Suite. For more information, e-mail Fr. Tom at

Spanish Mass Canceled Today

Our Lady’s Chapel Services
All are welcome.

  • Noon Mass, Monday – Thursday. Less than 30 minutes
  • Spanish Mass at noon on Fridays – No Spanish Mass on Friday, Feb. 4
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.
  • Sunday Mass at 8 p.m.
  • Liturgy of the Hours evening prayer at 5 p.m. every Wednesday


Dr. Shawn Daly and Dr. Jose Moreno (far right) gave out the final awards for the Business Plan Competition at a ceremony on Friday.

Bob Kunczt bids farewell to UIW after 11 years of service to the university. Dr. Agnese and others gathered to help him celebrate his retirement.

Extended Academic Programs Information Sessions
Are you looking to earn your degree? Learn how at our information sessions!Have your transcript evaluated, learn about scholarship opportunities, and meet with current students and professors at one of these information sessions:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m.: Dual Enrollment Center, 1621 N. Main St.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m.: Northwest Center, 9729 Datapoint Dr., Suite 100
  • Thursday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m.: Northeast Center, Rolling Oaks Mall, 6909 N Loop 1604 East

For information, call 210-832-2100 or e-mail, or visit  

Basura Bash at the Headwaters
This year, the Headwaters is an official site for the Basura Bash citywide cleanup. Volunteers from all over the city will help us bag trash from 9 a.m. – noon on Saturday, Feb. 26. Volunteer registration for Headwaters on the Basura Bash website is maxed out, but you may still be able to participate as members of registered UIW students groups such as the SGA and Project Africa. If you’d like to volunteer, check with these organizations to see if there is still room on their sign-up lists. We’ll meet at the red footbridge over the San Antonio River at 8 a.m. for registration. For more information, contact Helen Ballew at

Hispanic Marketing Speaker
The Hispanic Marketing Institute and SA Vision will host Jaime Cantu, regional manager for Texas Multicultural Marketing and his talk “Bacardi: A Multicultural Brand.” The event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 2 at the ICC. Seating is limited, so reserve your space at The cost is $10, and appetizers will be provided. For more information, contact Dr. Al Rubio at 210-930-8766 or   

Race for the Cure Team
The Feik School of Pharmacy and pre-pharmacy students invite the UIW community to join their Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Team. The race will be Saturday, April 30. Last year the team raised more than $8,000, making them the No. 1 school fundraising team in San Antonio. Please join the team and help in the fight against breast cancer. For more information, contact Kristen Dicianna at 210-883-1063 or

To register:

  • Go
  • On the top middle of the page, click on “Komen Race for the Cure”
  • On drop down menu, choose “Register”
  • On the right hand side, click “Join a Team”
  • At the bottom, type the team name – UIW & FSOP Community – and click search
  • Click on the team name.
  • On the team page, on the top right side – click join UIW & FSOP Community
  • Then complete the registration form.

Department News

What’s an In-Kind Gift?
An In-Kind Gift is a gift of a tangible item to UIW, like books, coins, jewelry, computer equipment, software, art, lab equipment, etc. To help faculty and staff respond to calls and inquires about these types of gifts, we provide some general guidelines and ask that you refer these calls/questions to the Development Office at (210) 829-6072 or for handling. In-Kind Gifts are important and valuable to UIW and we appreciate donors thinking of the University for these types of gifts. For more information, visit

Ask An Advisor Day
Do you need a question answered about investing, retirement planning, saving for college, or creating/changing a will or trust? UIW will host a call-in/e-mail session called Ask An Advisor Day from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8. Members of the UIW Planned Giving Council will be standing by to take your calls and e-mails on questions/issues related to wills, trusts, retirement, insurance or investment planning. Your name and contact information are not required unless you want to share it with the advisor or the planned giving office. That evening, call (210) 829-6071 or e-mail to talk to one of our estate planning attorneys, trust officers and financial professionals. You may also send your questions in advance of Feb. 8 to Diane Echavarria, UIW Planned Giving Office, at (210) 829-6071 or One of the council members will get back with you that evening. This event is provided as a benefit to UIW alumni and faculty and staff without obligation or cost.

Community News

Red Dress Health Tips
Go Red for Women: Share the news with five friends that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women over age 20. Fact: More women die of heart disease than the other four leading causes of death, including all forms of cancer. Take a step today to educate yourself about heart disease and heart health.

Contribute to Women's History Month in March
Consider contributing a program to Women's History Month at UIW. These could be class content about women that could benefit the general public or something extra. Send the name of the program, a short description, the date, time, and place to the Women's History Committee by e-mailing These will be posted online at

Faculty Focus

Avoiding Conflicts with Students over Grades
Cindy Escamilla, the university’s attorney, and Susan Hall, of the Center for Teaching and Learning, will discuss classroom practices that can help prevent conflicts with students over grades as well as legal issues to keep in mind when such conflicts do arise. The session will be from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in AT&T 121. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Susan Hall at

Faculty Forum
The Faculty Senate and the Mabee Library invites you to the Faculty Forum at noon Monday, Feb. 14, in Marian Hall Ballroom. The topic will be on New Technology in the Mabee Library including Ref Works (a great bibliographic tool), new tools in our databases, new ways to do reserves and upcoming technological initiatives such as Discovery Tool and Stoneware. Bring your lunch. For more information, contact Dr. Annette Craven at 210-283-5031 or

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

High Schools

SACHS Head Track and Field Coach John “J.G.” Gonzales enjoyed signing day with athletes Irma Garza (left), who will attend the University of the Incarnate Word, and for Jean Deason, who will attend Texas A&M.

Principle BJ Nelson (back center) and Incarnate Word High School hosted a group of Korean students who presented a cultural event with dance, drums, a slideshow, a folk tale dramatization and an ensemble choir performance.

UIW Prep Open House
Want to give your student a head start on college? Find out how by joining UIW Prep at our Parent Open House at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 in the ICC. You will have the opportunity to meet the UIW Prep team, instructors and take part in an informative class demonstration. There will be door prizes and light refreshments served. RSVP by calling (210) 805-3013 or e-mailing For more information, contact Julie Weber at or 832-5631 or contact Dione Bedell at or 805-3013.

IWHS Salsa and Scholarships Fundraiser
Incarnate Word High School’s annual Salsa and Scholarships Fundraiser will be from 2:30 – 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6 at La Hacienda de Los Barrios, 18747 Redland Road. Advance tickets for adults (13 and older) cost $30, and at the door cost $35. Children 6-12 cost $7 at the door, and children 5 and younger eat free. Tickets include a fajita buffet, one free margarita or beer, silent auction and entertainment. Please support our efforts to raise money for scholarships for IWHS students. For more information, contact 210-832-2143 or visit

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • Daniel Dupre & family on the recent loss of his wife, Diana S. Dupre (IWHS ’56, IWC ’60).
  • The family of Sr. Margaret Murray, CCVI (BSN ’70) and the entire UIW community on her recent death.
  • Karen A. Nance (UIW friend) & family on the recent loss of her husband, Wayne Thomas Nance.
  • John Miller (UIW Board of Trustees) & Vladimira (BBA ’93) & family on the recent loss of his brother-in-law, and Vivian Miller Vance & family on the recent loss of her husband, Louis Gene Vance.
  • Marilyn Veach (Bachelor of Music ’57) & family on the recent loss of her husband, Thomas C. Veach.