The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Feb. 5, 2010

Photo of the Week

A reception honoring the two faculty members was held Wednesday. Dr. Caroline Spana (from left), of the School of Nursing, received the 2010 Robert J. Connelly Faculty Leadership which was presented by its namesake, Dr. Bob Connelly, dean of HASS. Dr. Neeta Singh, of the School of Math, Sciences & Engineering, received the 2010 UIW Nomination for the Minnie Stevens Piper Award, which was presented by Dr. Dorothy Ettling, of the Dreeben School of Education and who was the 2008 and 2009 UIW Piper Nominee, and the 2009 Texas Recipient of the Piper Award.


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:,,


2010 Pierre Lecture
The University of the Incarnate Word Religious Studies Department presents the 2010 Pierre Lecture, titled “Solidarity and Collaboration: The Moral Foundations of Health Care Reform.” Sr. Carol Keehan, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8 in the Rosenberg Sky Room. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, or contact Dr. Julie B. Miller at (210) 283-5062 or

Speaker from John Cabot
James Antonio from John Cabot University in Rome will be visiting UIW on Monday, Feb. 8. He will speak at noon in the library auditorium. For more information, contact Alanna Taylor at (210) 805-5709.

Study Abroad Parent Info Session
The Study Abroad Office will be holding a parent information session from 5:45-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 in the ICC Conference Hall. Parents of former study abroad students will be discussing their experiences in assisting their children through the study abroad process. For more information, contact Alanna Taylor at (210) 805-5709.

7th Annual Red Dress Fashion Show & Health Fair
The 7th annual Red Dress Fashion Show & Health Fair will be from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9 in Marian Hall. For more information, contact Dr. Laura R. Muñoz at 805-3033.

Book Reading and Reception
In her book, The Bread of Angels: A Journey to Love and Faith author Stephanie Saldaña, originally from San Antonio but now living in Jerusalem, chronicles the year she spent as a Fulbright scholar in Syria during which she studied the role of Jesus in Islam, fled to an ancient desert monastery to confront her wavering faith and unexpectedly found herself in love with a French novice monk. She will read from her book from 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 in the Special Collections Suite. There will be a reception. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Dr. Jessica Kimmel and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk met the author and her husband at a café in Bethlehem near the Nativity Church after attending the Mass of Pope Benedict XVI in May 2009. For more information, contact Sr. Martha Ann at 829-3854 or

Headwaters Work Day
Feeling cabin bound? Tired of the rain? Then come out Saturday, Feb. 6 when the skies should be clear. The Headwaters Sanctuary is hosting a day of cleaning, clearing and community.We will continue work on trail building, invasive brush removal and trash cleanup. It’s satisfying work in the beautiful outdoors.Bring your own water bottle, work gloves and boots if you have them.We’ll have snacks and a big water jug for refills.Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Blue Hole. For more information, call Helen Ballew at 246-2883.

Rosie Garcia-Pompa and Alison Hybner recently hosted an endowment reception with the members of the Sembradores of San Antonio Educational Foundation and scholarship recipient Richard Martinez.

Black History Month kicked off at UIW with a performance by Soulfruit in Marian Hall.

Dr. Pat Watkins introduced Marcos Fragoso, who will be taking over as vice president of International Programs in May, at a lunch on Thursday.

Catholic Higher Education Lecture
University Mission and Ministry and St. Mary’s University invites the UIW community to attend a free lecture on “Catholic Higher Education: Embracing Catholic and catholic” to be given by Dr. Michael Galligan-Stierle at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 in the University Center, Conference Room A at St. Mary’s University. RSVP to Sr. Walter Maher at if you plan to attend.

Water Symposium
There will be a multi-disciplinary gathering co-sponsored by UIW to discuss water: the science, politics, law, history, poetry, music, art spirituality, architecture, fashion, use, misuse, past, present and future of water. The free symposium will be Feb. 14-16 at the Holt Center at Trinity University. For a full list of offerings and lesson plans, see or contact presenting UIW faculty member Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at

Women’s Global Connection Presentation
Tomás E. Rodríguez Alas is an expert on the impact of microfinance – the practice of lending small amounts of money to people with little or no income. He has seen how small loans to purchase seeds for a new crop, to start a tortilla bakery, or to open a beverage kiosk in the local market dramatically improves the lives of individuals, families and communities. He is visiting the U.S. during Lent to raise awareness about hunger. He will speak at UIW from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 in the Special Collections Suite. The presentation will be in Spanish. The event is sponsored by Women’s Global Connection. For more information, contact Anna Kathryn Webb at or (210) 366-3884, Ext. 5.

Asian New Year Celebration
This is the year of the tiger. The Asian New Year celebration will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Cultural presentations, a variety of Asian food, a lion dance, a cultural fashion show, Indian tattoo and games will all be part of the celebration. For more information, contact Misty Chen at (210) 832-2174 or or Eva Lee at (210) 663-7934 or

UIW Job Fair
Career Services will hold a UIW Job Fair from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday, March 4 in the Rosenberg Sky Room. Ask students to bring resumes and their student ID and to dress professionally. For more information, call Connie Kuwamoto at 832-5627.

Department News

EAP Prospective Faculty Visit
Over the next three weeks Extended Academic Programs is hosting prospective full-time faculty.Tthe entire UIW community will have an opportunity to meet and interact with the candidates.The following is a list of times for receptions and Q&A for each candidate.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. with Dr. Brian Kinnaird (criminal justice candidate)
  • Thursday, Feb.11 at 10 a.m. with Dr. Hector Tato (criminal justice candidate)
  • Friday, Feb.12 at 10 a.m. with Dr. Raul Rodriguez (business candidate)
  • Thursday, Feb.18 at 10 a.m. with Dr. Matthew Gonzalez (business candidate)
  • Friday, Feb.19 at 10 a.m. with Dr. Ryan Lunsford (business candidate)
  • Friday, Feb.26 at 10 a.m. with Dr. Rochelle Caroon-Santiago (psychology)

Community News

American Heart Month/National Wear Red Day Displays
In support of American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day, two library displays focus on women and heart disease prevention. Take a few minutes to visit the library and invite your students. Though the campaign is aimed at women 40-60 years old, teenagers are not immune to heart disease. The displays are in the reference area and by the dean’s office and will continue though the end of February. Remember to wear red on Feb. 5, National Wear Red Day, to support this important campaign.

Easter Egg Hunt Needs Donations
The 2nd annual campus-wide Easter egg hunt will be hosted by the Student Center on April 1. They need your help to make this a successful event. Please bring all donations to Dr. Mac or Chaye in the Campus Life office by March 1. For more information on what to donate, call Dr. Mac at Ext. 5862 or Chaye at Ext. 5863.

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: SLEEP. Jeremy Tucker, strength and conditioning coach, believes there is no such thing as overtraining, only under-recovering. “A good night’s sleep is vital to success!” 6-8 hours are recommended.

Faculty Focus

International Election
Dr. James Creagan, ambassador in residence, was invited by the politically neutral and independent Superior Electoral tribunal of Honduras to be an international observer of the presidential elections the country held in November.

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

High Schools

Salsa & Scholarship Fundraiser
Incarnate Word High School & Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation invites families, friends and alumnae to our first Salsa & Scholarship Fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, March 7 at La Hacienda de Los Barrios at 18747 Redland Road. Enjoy an evening filled with fun, friendship, fajitas, beverages, entertainment and a silent auction. Advance tickets cost $25 per person 13 years and older. Children under 13 eat free. For ticket information, call 832-2143 or visit

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at


Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

Come Party For a Cause!
Take a ZUMBA fitness class to raise money for the Catholic Relief Services efforts to assist earthquake victims in Haiti. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before each class to check in. Classes will be at Tri Point Trinity Baptist Church, 3233 N. St. Mary’s. Advance payment costs $20 for one event, $35 for two or $40 for all, and $5 more for each event after Feb. 16. Additional donations are welcome. For more information, contact Mara McDonald at (574) 274-7961 or

Saturday, Feb. 20.

  • Noon – 2 p.m. – Zumba Master Class
  • 3-5 p.m. Brazilian/Workshop HipHop

Sunday, Feb. 21

  • 1-4 p.m. – Zumbathon with various instructors and performances