The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: March 19, 2010

Photo of the Week

Renee Salem (from left), Zahraa Altayawi, Rana Altayawi, Emil Salem and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk try out musical instruments at Creating Art, Creating Friendship on Saturday. Renee and Emil Salem are children of UIW alumna Linda Salem, who teaches English as a second language to refugees. Zahraa and Rana Altayawi recently arrived from Iraq as part of the Refugee Resettlement Program coordinated by Catholic Charities of San Antonio.   


Lenten Quote of the Day
"Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?"  Luke 2:49

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

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.
  • Liturgy of the Hours evening prayer at 5 p.m. every Wednesday in Our Lady's Chapel


Dr. Phil Klotzbach was one of the keynote speakers at the South Texas Severe Weather Conference held last Friday in Bonilla Science Hall.

Tim Marshall was one of the keynote speakers at the South Texas Severe Weather Conference held last Friday in Bonilla Science Hall.

Tere Dresner-Salinas, the executive director of Women’s Global Connection, presented “Collaborations in Zambia and Tanzania that Promote Education, Women’s Economic Development and Empowerment” last Friday.

5th Annual Run Wild for Brainpower 5K
The 5th annual Run Wild for Brainpower 5K will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday, March 21 behind the Barshop Natatorium. The entire course is on the UIW campus. UIW students, faculty, and staff can register with Coach Derek Riedel for $10. Others may register for $20 on or mail in until the Tuesday before the event or $25 thereafter. The first 500 entries will receive shirts. For more information or to register, contact Derek Riedel at

Earth Month Week 1 Events
For more information, contact Kathy Martin on the Earth Month Committee at or Matthias Schubnell at

March 22, World Water Day

  • Walk on Water: This short and informative walk will begin at 1:30 p.m. with an opening ceremony at the Headwaters of the San Antonio River near the red footbridge. The walk will continue along the path to the Blue Hole, with stops to visit African, Asian and American villages along the way to experience what water means to people throughout the world. We will end at the Blue Hole, also known as the San Antonio Springs, to celebrate this remarkable gift of water. For more information, contact Helen Ballew at 246-2883 or The “Walk on Water” is sponsored by the Headwaters Coalition, in collaboration with UIW S.T.A.N.D., students from the Dreeben School of Education and the UIW Earth Month committee.
  • World Water Day Lecture: Ambassador James F. Creagan and Executive Director Maria Valdez, of the Texas Water Mission, will present a lecture entitled “Water: A Source of World Tensions and International Cooperation” at 4 p.m. in the library auditorium to mark World Water Day.For more information, contact Matthias Schubnell at

March 25, Incarnate Word Day

  • Poster Displays: From 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Westgate Circle
  • Walk on Water Prayer at 10 a.m. on Dubuis Lawn. The Earth Month Committee invites our community to continue in the prayer from World Water Day to pray and give thanks for the gift of water.
  • Walk on Water beginning at 1:30 p.m. near the red footbridge
  • Water and Culture Lecture: Dr. Ismael Aguilar-Barajas from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey will present a lecture entitled “Water for Development in Mexico: A National Overview and the U.S.-Mexico Border” at 5:30 p.m. March 25 in the library auditorium. The event is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, contact Matthias Schubnell at

Saturday, March 27

  • Basura Bash: Help clean up the sanctuary. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Blue Hole. Volunteers will collect trash and recyclables from the banks of San Antonio area waterways. The Olmos Creek at Olmos Basin Park (the creek that joins the waters on our campus to form the San Antonio River) is one of the options in this citywide event. For more information and to register, visit

Incarnate Word Day Schedule
Incarnate Word Day is Thursday, March 25. There will be events throughout the week to celebrate. The schedule is below.

Monday, March 22:

  • Noon – Religious Studies presentation by Dr. Tim Milinovich called “Hearing Scripture Again for the First Time” in the library auditorium.
  • 5:30 p.m. – Dr. Jo LeCoeur, professor of English, will present the annual Slattery Lecture in the library Special Collections Suite. Her lecture entitled “Voice” is on the voice of the writer, primarily the essayist. She will quote women’s voices as well as the voices of men. For more information, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 829-3854 or For more information about Women’s History Month events, visit

Tuesday, March 23:

  • 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – Incarnational Reflection – led by Pat Kerwin, location TBA. Take time from your busy day and join others from our community to reflect on the Incarnate Word in your life – through those you encounter, through nature.
  • 6-8 p.m. – “Moving Experiences, Near and Far” by Dr. Alison Buck, Dr. Sharon Herbers, Dr. Jessica Kimmel and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk in Marian Hall Ballroom. This presentation will highlight opportunities that bring members of the UIW community face to face with women of diverse cultures for heart-to-heart dialogue. Buck will describe a project in Mexico, and Herbers will tell stories of women of Appalachia. Kimmel and Sr. Martha Ann will discuss experiences in Turkey, Israel and Palestine. Participants are invited to bring photographs of women of courage, locally or globally and to share stories of their involvement with women of diverse cultures or experiences. For more information, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 829-3854 or For more information about Women’s History Month events, visit

Wednesday, March 24:          

  • Noon – “Current Threats to Catholic Health Care,” a presentation by Fr. Bob Lampert and Sr. Theresa McGrath, CCVI, in Marian Hall Ballroom
  • 5:30 p.m. – Evening Prayer/Vespers at Chapel of the Incarnate Word, followed by an organ recital

Thursday, March 25:          

  • 9-9:30 a.m. – Liturgy of the Hours: Solemn Celebration of Lauds/Morning prayer in Our Lady’s Chapel
  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Lunch on Dubuis Lawn
  • Noon – 4th annual Parade of Values: Golf Cart Parade on the walkway between the clock tower & Westgate Plaza. For more information, contact Dr. Mac at or Chaye Pena at or call (210) 829-6034.
  • 1:30 p.m. – Alternative Fall Break & Alternative Spring Break: Living the Mission presentation in the library auditorium. Participants will share the experience of their Alternative Fall & Spring Breaks. For more information, contact Beth Villarreal at
  • 3 p.m. – Liturgy at Chapel of the Incarnate Word and presentation of CCVI Awards
  • 4 p.m. – Reception for CCVI Spirit Award honorees and friends at the Brackenridge Villa
  • 4-8 p.m. – Cardinal Carnival, sponsored by CAB, on the west side of the river by the Natatorium
  • 7 p.m. – Roundtable discussion entitled “Through the Eyes of a Refugee” in Marian Hall Ballroom. Listen to stories from refugees who have recently come to the United States for a better life, with a Q&A session afterward. For more information, contact Jean Loden at (210) 832-3211.

Saturday, March 27

  • 11:30 a.m. Saturday – 11:30 a.m. Sunday – The Encounter: 24-Hour Food Fast in Our Lady’s Chapel and Dubuis Hall. Join us and other UIW students in fasting together for 24 hours to learn why hunger and poverty persist and live your faith in solidarity with the poor. Participate in activities such as global footprint, praise and worship, reconciliation service, adoration and more. Sponsored by the Student Retreat Team of University Mission & Ministry.

Deadline to Sign Up for Golf Cart Parade
You are invited to participate in the 4th annual Incarnate Word Day Golf Cart Parade, which will start at noon March 25. Represent your department by decorating a golf cart. Prizes will be awarded to the best carts in the following areas: Most School Spirit, Most Mission Focused, Most Creative. Applications for golf cart entries are available in the Campus Life Office. The deadline to enter is Monday, March 22. For entry forms or more information, contact Dr. Mac at or Chaye Pena at or call (210) 829-6034.

Careers in Actuarial Science
The Mathematics Department has invited Ron Sweet, retired vice president of USAA, to talk about careers in actuarial science, a field that combines math, statistics and finance. He will speak at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 24 in Bonilla Science Hall Room 220. For more information, contact Joleen Beltrami at

Department News

Attention: Residents of the Gorman Building
During the break, the Technology Department replaced a large switch serving the Gorman Building’s network.Office holders in the building should plan to re-boot their computers when they return to work after Spring Break to avoid network connection problems. Those of you who print to a networked printer in the building should contact the Help Desk at Ext. 2721 for assistance in resetting your printer connections.

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

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 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

McNair Scholars Attend Conference
Two McNair Scholars attended the 11th National Conference for McNair Scholars and Undergraduate Research from March 11-14 at the University of Maryland – College Park campus. More than 160 students from around the country presented their summer research to other McNair scholars, faculty members and staff. Carmen Gauna, mentored by Dr. María Félix-Ortiz, presented her research project titled “Relationship of Spirituality and Religiosity to Longevity in Older Latin Adults.” Colleen Ortegón, mentored by Dr. Pat Lonchar, presented “Reflections on Najua Society as Depicted through Visual Representation and Motolinía’s ‘Historia de los indios de la Nueva España.’” The students toured the capitol and several Smithsonian Museums before attending the conference.

Food Service During Spring Break
Hortencia’s/Chick-Fil-A will be open from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
All other food service areas will be closed.
Marian Hall will re-open March 21 at normal operating hours.

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

San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame Inductee
From the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame Honoree announcement:
As an internationally known business education leader, Dr. Sara Jackson has established the Southwest Texas Border International Trade Center and the Small Business Development Center in Mexico to improve communications and practices between and among businesses. As an assistant professor of international business at the University of the Incarnate Word, Jackson expanded the study abroad program, taking students to Mexico to learn first-hand about international trade practices. She then included Europe focusing on a sister university in Germany. Jackson received a Business International Education (BIE) grant of $350,000 to increase participation in international business activities by undergraduate students and the business community. She has since been called upon numerous times by the BIE to present workshops to the grant directors and to serve as an evaluator/reviewer of the grants. Working world wide with business leaders, Jackson was recently elected president of NASBITE International, a top honor. Through this organization, she has helped to develop a professional certification that is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the International Association of Trade Training Organizations as the standard for the United States. Jackson has served as a mentor for and encouraged women to enter the field of international business that is predominantly dominated by men. Jackson is recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration with her models of business programs and expertise in writing/rewriting federal guidelines. As a Fulbright Scholar, she has authored international research and received honors from abroad including Germany.

20-Minute  Mentor Series
Watch a 20-minute presentation titled “How Do I Create Engaging Threaded Discussion Questions?” and discuss the ideas. Learn how to craft questions to provoke discussion. The presentation will begin at noon Tuesday, March 23 in AD 212. Bring your lunch; drinks will be provided. No reservations are needed to attend. By attending, your name will be entered in a drawing for prizes. For more information, contact Susan Hall at 283-5030 or

Career Awareness Presentation for Faculty
Long before graduation, many students want and need to make connections between their studies and the world of work, and Career Services has some interesting tools for helping students investigate these connections. At this interactive session, Connie Kuwamoto will demonstrate two computerized tools for career exploration: Vault and What Can I Do with this Major?  The session will begin at noon March 22 in the library Room 230. Participants will have an opportunity to take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or the Strong Interest Inventory online before the session at no charge. No reservations are needed to attend. By attending, your name will be entered in a drawing for prizes. For more information, call Susan Hall at 283-5030.

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

High Schools

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.

Borders Discount
Borders Bookstore is holding Educator Appreciation Week from Friday, March 19 – Saturday, March 27 and offering all UIW employees who show their UIW ID or a pay stub a 30 percent savings on personal and classroom purchases of books, CDs, DVDs, cafe items, gifts & stationery. For more information, visit There will be a reception from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, March 20 at Borders stores nationwide.

Summer Fitness Program

If you’re ready to get fit and change your life, try CrossFit! CrossFit is broad and inclusive so anyone can participate! CrossFit is constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movements that can maximize fitness potential. Classes cost $275 for the summer program and will be held at the Wellness Center. For more information, visit or call Jeremy Tucker at (210) 710-2248. Class schedule is below.

May 17 – Aug. 13
Monday, Wednesday, Friday

  • 6-7 a.m.
  • Noon – 1 p.m.
  • 5-6 p.m.