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

Photo of the Week

Peter Reininger waves from the CCVI Spirit Award golf cart during the Golf Cart Parade on Incarnate Word Day.


Lenten Quote of the Day
Sing to the LORD, praise the LORD, For he has rescued the life of the poor from the power of the wicked!  Jer 20:13

24-Hour Food Fast
The Encounter: 24-Hour Food Fast will be from 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 27 until 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 28 in Our Lady’s Chapel and Dubuis Hall. Join Mission and Ministry 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. For more information, contact Beth Villarreal at

Holy Week and Easter Services
March 28 – April 4

  • 11 a.m. March 28: Palm Sunday Liturgy at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word
  • 8 p.m. March 28: Palm Sunday Liturgy in Our Lady’s Chapel
  • 5:30 p.m. April 1: Holy Thursday Liturgy at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word
  • 5:30 p.m. April 2: Good Friday Liturgy at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word
  • 9 p.m. April 3: Easter Vigil Liturgy at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word
  • 11 a.m. April 4: Easter Sunday Liturgy at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word

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


Protest for Death Penalty Truth
Students for Death Penalty Truth will stage a mass intercollegiate protest against the death penalty. Students from UIW, UTSA, Trinity, St. Mary’s and Our Lady of the Lake will all unite to be a voice for the 450 people who have been executed in Texas since 1982. The protest will raise awareness about the cost of capital sentencing, deterrence and racial prejudice. The protest will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, March 26 at Main Plaza in downtown San Antonio after a news conference at 4:45 p.m. There will be transportation provided from the Peace Center, 1443 S. St. Mary's. For more information, contact Rose Caldwell at (210) 355-4322 or

Dissertation Defense
Tomas E. Ramos will defend his dissertation at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 26 in the library, Room 235. His dissertation chair is Dr. Gilberto Hinojosa and the title of his dissertation is “Crisis Speeches Delivered During World War II: A Historical and Rhetorical Perspective.”

Basura Bash
Basura Bash 2010: Help clean up our creeks and waterways! Event registration is from 8-9 a.m. at the Trailhead to the Headwaters Sanctuary (near the soccer fields – note location change from Blue Hole). Cleanup is from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will collect trash and recyclables from the banks of San Antonio area waterways. The Olmos Creek at Olmos Basin Park (Headwaters Zone) is one of the options in this citywide event. Olmos Creek is the creek that joins the waters from the Blue Hole spring to form the headwaters of the San Antonio River. Bring work gloves and rakes if you have them. For more information and to pre-register, visit or call Helen Ballew at 246-2883. Get free t-shirts, lunch and off -campus community service credit!

Beth Villarreal leads the Water and the Incarnate Word reflection at Westgate Circle to combine Incarnate Word Day with Earth Month.

Dr. Agnese presented Gabriela Valdez with the Student CCVI Spirit Award at the Incarnate Word Day Liturgy in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word.

Peter Reininger was awarded the 2010 CCVI Spirit Award.

The reception at the Brackenridge Villa honored the CCVI Spirit Award honorees.

CAB celebrated Incarnate Word Day with the Cardinal Carnival at the Natatorium.

Robert Rodriguez, president of UIW S.T.A.N.D. and a co-sponsor with Headwaters Coalition of the Walk on Water event, explains the importance of water throughout the world.

Dr. Jessica Kimmel, Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, Dr. Sherry Herbers, Dr. Alison Buck and Vanessa Seifert led the “Moving Experiences, Near and Far” discussion on Tuesday.

Dr. Tim Milinovich spoke on “Hearing Scripture Again for the First Time” on Tuesday.

Sr. Theresa McGrath, CCVI, spoke on “Current Threats to Catholic Health Care” on Wednesday.

Faculty Forum
The Faculty Forum on Nontenure Track Proposal will be from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 29 in Marian Hall Ballroom. For more information, contact Dr. Annette E. Craven at (210) 283-5031.

Women’s Voices Inviting Compassion and Wisdom
A panel with Muslim, Jewish and Christian women will discuss “Women’s Voices Inviting Compassion and Wisdom” from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30 in the library Special Collections Suite. On the panel will be Marcia Goren Weser, a free lance writer for MGW Communications; Dr. Fatma Korkmaz, the director for Women’s  Outreach at Institute of Interfaith Dialog; and Dr. Kelly Allen, pastor of University Presbyterian Church. The discussion is sponsored by the Institute of Interfaith Dialog, Women's Global Connection and the Women and Faith class at UIW. For more information, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 829-3854 or For more information about Women’s History Month events, visit

Join Race for the Cure
The Dreeben School of Education has a team participating in the Race for the Cure on Saturday, May 1. We would love to have you and your friends join us. The deadline to register is April 9. For more information, contact Renea Fike at To join the team:

  • Go to
  • Look on the right side—click on “Register Now”
  • Look on the right side—click on “Join a Team”
  • Look at bottom pink box—click on “Choose an existing company”
  • Select “UIW Dreeben School of Education”
  • Click on “Search for a Team” at the bottom of the page
  • New page opens. Scroll down to the bottom and you will see:
    • UIW Dreeben School of Education/Renea Fike/Schools/UIW Dreeben School of Education
    • Look on right side and click on “Join”
  •  Complete the rest of the form with your personal choices and information.

Department News

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

UIW in the News
DAVID FLORES: Cardinals' football remains work under construction

SACHS in the News
Baseball identical twins rule the nest at St. Anthony

Student Leader of the Year Award
The Office of Student Center & Leadership Activities invites all members of the UIW community to nominate a student who lives the Mission of the Sisters and whose actions embody school spirit, a sense of teamwork, and a love of the university and the broader community. Nominations are due by April 2. For more information, contact Dr. Angela McPherson Williams at 805-5862 or

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

Articles Published
Dr. Greg Soukup, assistant professor of kinesiology, had three op-ed articles published by “The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance” in 2009. The articles are titled “Issues: Should students be allowed to ‘test out’ of physical education by meeting a fitness standard such as Fitnessgram?,” “Issues: Should universities require all students to pass a physical activity course?” and “Issues: Should ‘exergaming,’ or interactive video technology, be included in physical education?” He also presented “Significant Differences in Body Composition of Hispanic Female University Wellness Class Students at the Beginning and End of a Semester of Instruction” at the Health Collaborative fifth annual Health Literacy Conference in San Antonio in October.

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.