The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Feb. 26, 2010

Photo of the Week

Dr. Agnese speaks with a group of Catholic educators at a breakfast at UIW on Thursday in honor of National Catholic Colleges Week.


Lenten Quote of the Day
Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:23-24

Creating Art, Creating Friendship
The exhibit of art by children from Iraq, Rwanda and the U.S. will be displayed in conjunction with the citywide Luminaria Arts Festival and Contemporary Art Month. The exhibit will be displayed through March in the Fine Arts Building lobby. Children of all ages are invited to visit the display and create art for children in Rwanda and Iraq, and to hear stories and music from those countries from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. March 13. For more information, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 829-3854 or

CCVI Spirit Award Nominations
The CCVI Spirit Award recognizes a member of the faculty, administration or staff 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 151. Return forms no later than Feb. 28 to CPO 139 or to office 151 in the AD building.

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:,,


Research Day Events
UIW is celebrating its 3rd annual Research Day. For more information, contact Dr. Terry Boord at 805-3036 or

Friday, Feb. 26

  • Research poster session with refreshments from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in Marian Hall Ballroom
  • Guest speaker Arturo Cuéllar Jr., the director of Capacity Building and Leadership for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, will speak on "The Power Within:  Building Research Capacity" at noon in the library auditorium
  • Fine and creative arts and design exhibit with reception at 1:30-3 p.m. in Semmes Gallery
  • Doctoral student research poster session at 5:307:30 p.m. in the ICC Dining Hall

Former MLB Player Presentation
The Kinesiology Department is sponsoring a presentation by Dr. Mike Marshall from 10 a.m. – noon Friday, Feb. 26 in the ICC auditorium. Marshall is a former Major League Baseball player whose career lasted 14 years. He opened the Mike Marshall Pitching Academy where he continues to work with and conduct research on improving pitching. The presentation is open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Greg Soukup at 832-2176 or

First UIW Invitational Collegiate Track Meet
Ten universities are signed up to attend the meet, promising some great competition to kick off the outdoor track season. The event will be from 2-7 p.m. Feb. 27 at Benson Stadium. UIW students, faculty, and staff get in free with ID. Adults cost $5, children 5-11 years old cost $3 and children under 5 get in free. For more information, contact Derek Riedel at

Theatre Performance: The Lady’s Not for Burning
The sublime and the ridiculous feed the fire of this comedy by Christopher Fry, pairing a woman falsely accused of witchcraft and a man who claims to be the devil. 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: 8 p.m. Feb. 26-27 in the Coates Theatre

Gospel Fest
The Black Student Association invites you to Gospel Fest from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Fine Arts Auditorium. For more information, contact Regina Forcey at (210) 373-8457 or

Gary Elkins, Ph.D., the director of clinical training at Baylor University, spoke on “Discovering the Potential of Clinical Hypnosis Through Research” at the Psychology Research Colloquium on Friday.

Senior Rodrigo “Roy” Garza attended the Nursing and Allied Health Career Fair with other School of Nursing and Health Professions students on Monday.

The Black Student Association hosted a presentation on the Harlem Renaissance on Thursday in honor of Black History Month.

Panel Discussion on Immigration
Hear from professionals who work with refugees to the United States to understand the complexities of living and working in a new country. Panelists will share their experiences working with refugees starting at 7 p.m. March 1 in Dubuis Lounge. There also will be an audience discussion. The event is sponsored by the UIW Honors Program. For more information, contact Jean Loden at (210) 832-3211.

Liberty in North Korea Discussion
Amnesty International will host a documentary and discussion of Liberty in North Korea (LINK) at noon Tuesday, March 2 in the library auditorium. LINK is a nonprofit organization based in California and is currently on a national tour. Four different student groups are traveling throughout the U.S. presenting and discussing the documentary. For more information, contact the Amnesty International President Sarah Simister

Wellness Fair
UIW Health Services and STARS Peer Educators will sponsor a Safari Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 2 in Marian Hall Ballroom. The Wellness Fair will provide active wellness promotion, free health screenings, heart and cancer awareness, skin care, pet care, music therapy, healthy recipes and tastings, therapeutic shoulder and neck massage. Win prizes! For more information, contact Marveen Mahon at (210) 805-3549 or

KUIW and UIWTV Spring Gala
KUIW Internet radio and UIWTV are proud to present a Spring Gala and Silent Auction from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 3 at the Oak Room at the Falls, 226 West Bitters Road, 78216. Tickets cost $25 per person and may be purchased at the door or in advance at the KUIW office. The Keynote speaker will be Mae Escobar, CEO of aMAEzing Marketing & Special Events who will speak about her experiences in the communications field.  Food will be provided by Los Cucos Mexican Restaurant, and KUIW will provide music for the event. Proceeds from the evening will help cover operating costs for student media. To buy tickets, call KUIW radio at (210) 805-5849. 

UIW Job Fair – Shuttles Available
Career Services will hold a UIW Job Fair from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday, March 4 in the Rosenberg Sky Room. Now 70 employers have committed to the event. Ask students to bring resumes and their student ID and to dress professionally. All UIW Shuttles will be available for job seekers to ride up the hill to the Rosenberg Sky Room starting at 9:45 a.m. in front of Marian Hall. One shuttle will be reserved solely for job seekers. For more information, call Connie Kuwamoto at 832-5627.

Women as a National Symbol in Bapsi Sidhwa's Novel Cracking India
Dr. Tanja Stampfl will speak on “Women as a National Symbol in Bapsi Sidhwa's novel Cracking India” from noon – 1 p.m. March 4 in the Tilton Room of the Joyce Building. Stampfl will talk about the role of women in the violent riots of Indian Partition (1947) and relate these historical facts to her reading of Pakistani writer Bapsi Sidhwa's novel Cracking India. Part of an article that has recently been published in a collection of essays, this discussion will center on the concept of "Mother India," an idea supported and promoted by Mahatma Gandhi. This is a Women's History Month event.Bring your lunch and drinks will be provided. For more information, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at

UIW Cardinal Chorale Fundraiser
The UIW Cardinal Chorale is working to raise funds to sing in Avery Fisher Hall in New York. The chorale has already been invited to sing, but lacks the funds to pay for the trip. To help, you are invited to an Evening on Broadway beginning at 6:30 p.m. March 6 in Marian Ballroom. Tickets cost $10 and include a spaghetti dinner and entertainment. Tickets are available in advance and at the door. Door prizes will be given out. For more information, contact Elizabeth F. Lopez at (210) 535-2732 or

South Texas Severe Weather Conference
The conference will be from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13 in the Bonilla Science Hall. There will be special presentations for emergency managers, first responders, broadcast meteorologists, HAM radio operators, teachers and students. There is not conference fee, but you must register if you would like to attend. For more information or to register, contact Alex Garcia at

Department News

McNair Scholars Research Conference
Six McNair scholars presented their summer research at the 12th Annual Texas National McNair Scholars Research Conference in Denton, Texas, on Feb. 19-21. This conference attracts scholars from across the U.S. The UIW scholars included: Sondra Albarado (Dr. Kenneth Metz, mentor) Dalia Bishop (Dr. Kevin B. Vichcales, mentor), Samantha Buentello (Dr. Ana Vallor, mentor), Christine Clark (Dr. Michael Frye, mentor), Claudia Hernández (Dr. Zhanbo Yang and Dr. Flor de María García-Wukovits, mentors) and Zhong Lin (Dr. Sara Jackson, mentor).

Councilwoman Speaks to Pharmacy Students
The UIW chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) hosted San Antonio District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor on Tuesday. She engaged students in a discussion about healthcare reform and its potential ramifications for San Antonio and south Texas.

Pharmacy Student Chapter Wins Award
The Academy of Student Pharmacists of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) has selected the Feik School of Pharmacy student chapter as a 2010 recipient of their Project CHANCE Award. Their research proposal concerns increasing healthy eating and activity for children, and the selection committee declared their proposal “one of the best.” The students will receive a research grant of $2,000, and submit an abstract and report. The project committee members will attend and present a research poster at the APhA 2011 annual meeting next March in Seattle, Wash.

Help Us Host Homecoming 2010
University departments, schools, offices, etc. are invited to host an official Homecoming 2010 event in the fall. Last year, Student Success and Graduate Studies and Research each hosted a “Coffee in the Circle” where students received free coffee and treats. We are looking to expand these types of events for 2010 and are looking for new and creative ideas. If your department or office would like to host an official Homecoming 2010 event, e-mail the Department of Alumni Relations at

Blackboard Welcome Page
Blackboard 9 has an exciting new feature called the Welcome Page. From this page, you can customize the course page, create course modules and edit the course menu. Blackboard 9 will make your day-to-day Blackboard experience easier. Visit  for a sneak peek of the Blackboard Welcome Page.

Skillport Course Reward
The Department of Instructional Technology will reward you for completing online courses in Skillport between Feb. 15 and May 7. Skillport helps you improve your proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or office skills such as e-mail etiquette and time management. Course hours are based on the estimated course duration determined by Skillport. For example, the course Exploring Microsoft Word - Beyond the Basics has an estimated duration of four hours. When you complete other courses, you will earn additional credit hours. On May 7, total course hours will be calculated and gifts will be awarded based on the number of course hours completed. Awards are determined as follows:

  • 3 completed online course hours – $50 Visa Gift Card
  • 6 completed online course hours – 4 GB iPod Shuffle
  • 9 completed online course hours – $100 Visa Gift Card
  • 12 completed online course hours – Flip Ultra Video Camera
  • 18 completed online course hours – 8 GB iPod Touch
  • 24 completed online course hours – Dell Mini 10 Netbook Computer

E-mail Terry Peak at if you want to participate in this program, so the he can monitor your hours. He can also help if you need assistance. Participants will not receive credit for incomplete or repeated courses. Participants may print a certificate of completion at the end of the course to prove professional development.

Follow these instructions bellow for logging in to Skillport.

  1. Go to
  2. Type in your UIW username and Skillport password (DOB - MMDDYYYY)
  3. Click Login to Skillport
  4. When Skillport opens, type a search topic in the search window (i.e. PowerPoint 2007)
  5. Choose Courses under Course Category
  6. Click Search
  7. Choose a course from the list and begin!

All faculty, administrators, staff and on-campus students are eligible for awards. Consult your supervisor regarding workload restrictions and time allotment for professional development.

Community News

Contributions to March Women's Month Welcome
You are invited to contribute a program to Women's Month and to be the chair or member of the Women’s Month Committee. If you would like to participate, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at as soon as possible.

40th Anniversary of Earth Day
April 22 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Is your class having an Earth Day and ecological stewardship presentation or activity? Send information to Kathy Martin, chairwoman of the Earth Month Committee, at or any of the Earth Month Committee members: Stefanie S. Boswell, Dorothy Ettling, Helen Ballew, Sharon Herbers, Mary Jinks, Noah Kasraie, Patricia Lonchar, Tina Lopez, Benjamin McPherson, Sally Said, Mark Stringham or Cynthia Villarreal.

Make Nominations for Bill Mulcahy Award for Ecological Stewardship
To help celebrate Earth Day, nominate your favorite ecological steward for the Bill Mulcahy Award for Ecological Stewardship. The Bill Mulcahy Award for Ecological Stewardship was first conceived and given to the award’s namesake in 2007 in recognition of his leadership in ecological conservation and care of the land that is home to UIW. Nominations are due to Kathy Martin at no later than 5 p.m. March 12. Tell why your nominee deserves to be recognized. The award will be presented on Earth Day.

Dr. Denise Doyle hosted a lunch for the current Gates Millennium Scholars, Efrain Francisco Garcia (second from left) Shayvonna Genevieve-Dionne Malcolm (right), Vanassa Marie Garcia (not pictured) and Victor James Salcido (not pictured). Assistant Director of Financial Assistance Desiree Byrne (left) also joined the lunch with Andrea Cyterski and Dr. Kevin Vichcales.

Student Alumni Network Seeks Members
The Student Alumni Network is recruiting members to become a new student organization on campus. It is seeking a strong group of responsible and outgoing students who will help start the organization. The group will join 300 other student alumni organizations from around the nation that help foster a strong bond between the student and the university through their years at UIW, which correlates to an increased level of involvement as alumni. If you know students who would serve as great campus leaders, please submit their names to Rick Smith at

Donations Needed
Thanks to those of you who have donated already! The campus-wide Easter egg hunt is just around the corner. Campus Life is still accepting donations. Donations can include folders, pencils, gift cards, shirts, or anything else you would like to give. Drop off donations at the Campus Life office or call to arrange a pick-up time. For more information, call Dr. Mac at Ext. 5862 or Chaye at Ext. 5863.


Women’s UIW T-shirts
Campus Life is selling women’s UIW t-shirts. They cost $24 each (2X add $2, 3X add $3.50). Keep in mind that sizes appear to run small. For more information or to place an order, contact Dr. Mac at or Chaye Pena at

Faculty Focus

Paper Presentation
Dr. Tracie Edmond, assistant professor of accounting, Theresa Tiggeman, professor of accounting and finance, and Robin Guerrero, a UIW doctoral student, presented their paper, “The Dual Benefits of Tax Credits: Taxpayer Income Generation and Economy Stimulus,” to the UIW Doctoral Program Fall Research Symposium on Nov. 21.

EAP Prospective Faculty Visit
Extended Academic Programs is hosting prospective full-time faculty. The last opportunity to meet a candidate will be at a reception at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26 in the United Nations Room at the ICC with refreshments. There will also be a Q&A session with Dr. Rochelle Caroon-Santiago (psychology).

Make Nominations for Presidential Teaching Award
Nominations will be accepted through March 2 for the 2010 Presidential Teaching Award. This annual award acknowledges and rewards a full-time faculty member who exemplifies excellence in teaching that leads to student engagement. Dr. Agnese will present a$5,000 stipend to the recipient. This award is presented to an individual one time; recipients become members of the selection committee in succeeding years. Colleagues, current students and alumni may make nominations accompanied by the reason the nominee is deserving of the award. For full details and a nomination form, visit

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

High Schools

SACHS Talent Show
St. Anthony Catholic High School will hold its second annual “St. A Mix Up” talent show. The production will showcase bands and musical performances, dancing and a comedy act. Join us at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 in the SACHS gym to celebrate our student talents. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5. For more information, contact Jessica De La Rosa at or 805-3091.

IWHS Freshman Preregistration
Incarnate Word High School will be holding freshman pre-registration from 9 a.m. - noon Saturday, Feb. 27 at the school gym.

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 friendship, fajitas, 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

SACHS Golf Tournament
The 8th annual Chip’n Classic golf tournament sponsored by the St. Anthony Catholic High School Alumni Association is set for Saturday, March 13 at The Republic Golf Club, 4226 Southeast Military Drive. Tournament sponsorships are still available. Registration includes green fees and cart, unlimited range balls, a replay certificate for The Republic Golf Club and an opportunity to win door prizes. Prizes will also be awarded for various contests. For registration and sponsorship information contact Alejandro Calderon at (210) 832-5622. Tournament proceeds benefit SACHS alumni scholarships.

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at


Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

TheFund Employee Campaign
UIW’s theFund Employee Campaign runs throughout March.Last year, UIW employees contributed $7,544 to this organization, which raises funds to support 27 arts and cultural groups in the Greater San Antonio area. A minimum gift of $60 entitles you to theFUNd card that can be used for discounts with these arts organizations. A payroll deduction plan makes it easy to donate. For more information, call the School of Interactive Media & Design at 829-6091, or drop by AD112.