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

Photo of the Week

Scott Leblanc took his kayaking kinesiology class out on the San Antonio River on Friday.


Lenten Quote of the Day
The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done.  Matthew 21:42

Visiting Bishop Will Celebrate Mass
Bishop Carlos Sevilla, S.J. of Yakima, Wash., will visit UIW on Friday and will celebrate the noon Mass. Fr. Tom encourages the community to attend.

Alternative Spring Break
For Alternative Spring Break, the Mission & Ministry Office, in collaboration with Meet the Mission, will work with the Willie C. Velasquez Community, Family, Resource and Learning Center – a community center in the heart of the West side of San Antonio. CSL Plasma Center of San Antonio and the Frank Garret Community Center are also involved. The UIW community is invited to commit to this week-long neighborhood clean-up including litter and graffiti removal and house painting. Work days will be from7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. March 15-19.There will be a community celebration from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, March 20. Students are asked to commit to four days of the experience, including Saturday. Employees are invited to join us as they are able.  If you’d like to participate, contact Beth Villarreal at or 829-2736 or stop by the Ministry Office at AD 146. This endeavor is the beginning of a long-term relationship to take our community deeper into the Mission of the university by becoming “concerned and enlightened citizens” and engaging the San Antonio community through service and outreach programs.

CCVI Student Spirit Award Nominations
Each year UIW awards a student who is recognized by peers, faculty and staff as living the Mission of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in service to the university and the broader civic community. The Student CCVI Spirit Award was initiated in 1994 and is presented at the Incarnate Word Day Mass each spring semester. Get a nomination form at or in AD 146.Return forms no later than March 19 to Beth Villarreal at CPO 29, in AD 146 or via e-mail at

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

Liturgy of the Hours
Fr. Tom will hold Liturgy of the Hours evening prayer at 5 p.m. every Wednesday in Our Lady's Chapel.

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:,,


Without Apologies
The Extended Run Players will present “Without Apologies” by Thom Thomas in the Cheever Downstage II Theatre. There will be performances at 7 p.m. March 5 and 6 and at 2 p.m. March 7. Performance is free with a UIW ID. For more information, call the theatre box office at 829-3800.

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

What Are My Rubric Results Telling Me?
Attend the latest installment of the 20-Minute Mentor series at noon Tuesday, March 9 in AD 212. Linda Suskie’s video presentation focuses on getting the most from your rubric. Learn how to analyze the results of an entire class, identify strengths and weaknesses, and make a plan for improvement. Suskie also shows how such an analysis of classroom work can be turned into persuasive evidence for accreditationreports or program review. Bring your lunch, drinks will be provided. No reservations are needed. For more information, call Susan Hall at 283-5030.

Speakers for Achievement and Success
The Speakers for Achievement and Success presents Donna Freitas, author and assistant professor of religion at Boston University. She will speak on Sex & the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, and Religion on America’s College Campuses. The presentation will begin at noon Tuesday, March 9 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Lunch will be provided. There will be a focus group with Dr. Freitas after the presentation. For more information, contact the Office of Campus Life at (210) 829-6034.

Women’s Global Connection Presentation
Sr. Dorothy Ettling will be speaking about microlending as a guest speaker for the "Can We Talk" nonprofit organization, hosted by Women’s Global Connection. This event commemorating Women's History Month will be March 9 at the Bright Shawl, 819 Augusta Street. Displays and an opportunity for networking begin at 5 p.m. Dinner begins at 6:15 p.m., and the program begins at 7 p.m. The event costs $45. Find the registration form at For more information, e-mail

The UIW Cardinal learns about health at the Wellness Fair on Tuesday in Marian Hall.

On Thursday, faculty members participated in a roundtable discussion concerning the creative process between arts and science in Palestrina Hall.

Arturo Cuéllar Jr., the director of Capacity Building and Leadership for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, spoke on Research Day on Friday.

Dr. Mike Marshall, a former Major League Baseball player, spoke about pitching in the ICC on Friday after an invitation from kinesiology faculty members.

Connie Kuwamoto greets students at the UIW Job Fair in the Rosenberg Sky Room on Thursday.

Dr. Tanja Stampfl spoke on “Women as a National Symbol in Bapsi Sidhwa's novel ‘Cracking India’ ” on Friday.

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

Vegas Night
The UIW Athletics Department is sponsoring Vegas Night at 7 p.m. Friday, May 14 in the Rosenberg Sky Room.  All employees 21 and older are invited to enjoy dinner, games, drinks and mingling. Tickets cost $50.For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Brian Curtis at (210) 283-5052 or

Department News

Banner 8 Upgrade
Banner and Bannerweb will be unavailable beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 11 through Sunday, March 14.All systems are expected to be up and running by 8 a.m. Monday, March 15.This will not affect the Blackboard system. For more information, contact Sandy C. Givens at 829-3949 or

Cutting Edge Raffle
Raffle items have been donated by Tiffany and Co. Tickets cost $20 each, or six tickets for $100. You could win a Tiffany feathers pendant in 18K white gold on an 18” chain, with 0.52 carats of diamonds and a retail value of $3,500. Also in the drawing is a sterling silver Return to Tiffany™ Collection heart tag necklace in 16” length and matching bracelet in a 7.5” length with a retail value of $510. The drawing will be held at The Cutting Edge Fiesta® Fashion Show on April 19 at the Marriot Rivercenter Hotel. You don’t need to be present to win. Print the raffle form at For more information, call (210) 829-6013 or e-mail

Community News

UIW in the News
College Students Get Fair Shot At Jobs

UIW student chosen as a recipient of the El Rey Feo Scholarship for 2010

Help Rename This Newsletter
This newsletter was originally named @Universe to reflect university e-mail addresses. Since our e-mail addresses no longer include @universe, we are looking for a more appropriate name and are hoping you can help. Do you have suggestions? Send them to Ashley Festa at

Construction Closures
Beginning Sunday, March 7, construction will begin on the expansion of Benson Stadium. The roadway and sidewalks between Benson Field and the Convocation Center (from Sullivan Field to the front of the Convocation Center) will be blocked off. Campus Police asks for your cooperation with the following until the project is complete:

  • Drivers (including golf carts and bicycles) are asked to use the roadway behind the baseball fields to travel between the two sides of campus.
  • Pedestrians are asked to walk behind the Benson Field bleachers when walking between the two sides of campus. Access this walkway by using the gates closest to the field house and the Avoca apartments.
  • Please stay off the track and field and out of the construction zone at all times.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Microenterprise Coffee Growers Broadcast – Date Change
The microenterprise coffee growers seminar sponsored at UIW by the H-E-B Center for International Peace Studies featuring Peter Rogers' work in Central America will be broadcast by Texas Public Radio (89.1 FM) on Friday, March 12 (moved from March 5) in the 7-8 p.m. time slot. You can also find the lecture at For more information, contact Dr. Pat LeMay Burr at

Library Displays: Writing Women Back into History
In support of March as National Women’s History Month, the Mabee Library has two displays: “Where are the women in Ken Burns’ film National Parks: America’s Best Idea” and “Celebrating Women Artists.” Please come see our two displays.

Faculty Survey of Student Engagement
Please participate in the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE)! UIW uses the FSSE in conjunction with the NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement), which targets incoming freshmen and outgoing seniors. Both instruments look at the nature of engagement among students and faculty. In mid-March, an initial e-mail will come from Indiana University to encourage full-time, on-campus UIW faculty members (not Extended Academic Programs) to take the survey. The UIW Assessment Committee will use the data from both the NSSE and FSSE to make improvements. We can also compare our outcomes to those of similar-size universities. Please be on the lookout for the survey! Your participation is appreciated. For more information, visit contact Dr. Steve Wilson at (210) 829-3940 or

2010 Football Season Ticket Payroll Deduction Option
Each employee is entitled to one free general admission ticket to the Cardinals home games with UIW ID. You may choose to buy package seating instead. If you would like payroll deductions for a ticket package, stop by the Grants Accounting office in AD 189 to fill out the payroll deduction form. For more information, contact Michael R. Castilleja at 805-3571 or

Ticket Package Options

  • Black Club Level: $649 – Seating section C&D – Package includes two seats under the press box awning with personal chair backs, one Black Club parking space, and a catered buffet. Meet with Coach Santiago for pre-game analysis, halftime analysis and post-came analysis. There will be a cash bar at these events.
  • Red Level: $250 – Seating section C&D – Package includes two seats with personal chair backs and 1 Red Level parking space.
  • Red Individual: $125 – Seating section C&D – Package includes one seat with personal chair back.

Tailgating Options

  • Premium Tailgate Package: $1,000 – Package includes four Red Level seats with personal chair backs in section C&D, one field-side tailgate space.
  • General Reserved Tailgate Package: $750 – Package includes four Red Level seats with personal chair backs in section C&D, one tailgate space behind the natatorium.

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.

Donations Needed for Care Packages
TRiO Student Success and the McNair Scholars Program are holding the Our Cup Overfloweth service project and need your donations. All donations will go to homeless and transitional shelters. Items needed include:

  • Coffee mugs to put items in (no cracks or chips)
  • Unopened small toiletries such as sample/hotel shampoos, soaps, lotions, etc.
  • New individually wrapped tea bags/instant coffee bags
  • New individually wrapped gifts
  • Other small, thoughtful items for adults in transition

Drop off items at Administration Building rooms 225 and 120, or call to arrange a pick-up if needed. For more information, contact Victor F. Saldivar at (210) 805-5812 or

Faculty Focus

International Business Class Takes Trip
Dr. Sara Jackson, assistant professor of international business, took her Cross Border class to Mexico City after several months of studying the business culture and protocol for doing business in Mexico.  The class was briefed by the head of the Mexico Trade Center and visited Casa San Antonio. There was a morning session with the UIW students at the Mexico City campus. Later, students toured the Groupo Bimbo factory in Mexico City and took an excursion to the Pyramids of Teotihuacan outside Mexico City.

Meet Faculty Candidates
Two more candidates for the doctoral International Education & Entrepreneurship faculty position will be on campus next week.

  • Tuesday, March 9: Dr. Mark Malisa will meet with the Dreeben School of Education faculty at 3:30 p.m. in GB 120. He will meet with the UIW community at 4 p.m. in GB 120.
  • Thursday, March 11: Dr. Osman Ozturgut will meet with the Dreeben School of Education faculty at 3 p.m. in GB120 and the UIW community at 4 p.m. in GB 120.

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

High Schools

SACHS Fish Fry
St. Anthony Catholic High School will hold a fish fry from 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 5 in the SACHS cafeteria. Tickets cost $6 in advance and at the door. For more information, call 832-5603.

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.