The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: April 9, 2010

Photo of the Week

Students from IWHS and SACHS have been invited to create a chalk mural of the Battle of Flowers logo along the parade route. SACHS art teacher Michelle Keith assisted students in a practice run on Wednesday.


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

Marcia Goren Weser (from left) of the Jewish tradition, Dr. Fatma Korkmaz of the Muslim tradition, Tere Dresner-Salinas of Women's Global Connection, the Rev. Kelly Allen of the Christian tradition, and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, moderator, participated in the Women Role Models from Various Faith Traditions on March 30. The panel discussed women’s voices inviting compassion and wisdom.


Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Workshop
If you missed January’s Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) workshop, join us for our follow-up PTSD Workshop to be presented by counselors from the San Antonio Veterans Center specializing in addressing re-adjustment issues facing our returning veterans. Among the topics will be what to expect from the student with PTSD, how to best handle potential stressful situations and what services the center may offer. The workshop will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, April 9 in the Special Collections Suite of the Mabee Library. The presentation will be about an hour with time for your questions at the end. For more information or to RSVP, contact Karen Wyatt at or Ext. 2705.

Michael Gres Heel 2 Heal 5K
The Feik School of Pharmacy will be the host of a charity race in honor of Michael Gres on Saturday April 10. Join us for the Heel 2 Heal 5K. The race begins at 8 a.m. from the FSOP and will tour the beauty of the Olmos Park area. The $25 ($30 after April 9) entry fee will fund the new Michael Gres scholarship while highlighting the healing work of pharmacy. For full details, visit For more information contact Kristen Dicianna at 883-1063 or

Join Race for the Cure
The Dreeben School of Education has a team participating in the Race for the Cure on Saturday, May 1. 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.

UIW was represented by 47 people at the Cesar Chavez March on March 27. Participants included Alpha Phi Omega, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity and TRiO Student Success. Student Center and Leadership Activities co-sponsored this event with the Hispanic Latino Association.

TRiO Student Success Program students Jacqueline Cortez (left) and Alexandra Salazar pose with Mayor Julian Castro at the Cesar Chavez March.

Bake Sale Fundraiser
The Breast Cancer Awareness Committee of the School of Nursing and Health Professions will hold a bake sale from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday, April 12 at Westgate Circle. All contributions collected will be donated to the Komen Foundation to help find a cure for breast cancer. You can also place your order for a Race for the Cure t-shirt, which cost $13 each. For more information, contact Jana Maley at (210) 279-1345 or

Earth Month Week 4 Events
For more information, contact Dr. Kathy Martin on the Earth Month Committee at

  • “From Rain to Drain: Exploring the Urban Water Cycle” presented by the San Antonio Water System at noon Monday, April 12 in the library auditorium.
  • “GreenStar Recycling – What can YOU do?” presented by GreenStar Recycling at noon Tuesday, April 13 in the library auditorium.

OLLU Moody Professor Lecture
Dr. Carol Jeffries-Horner, OLLU’s Moody Professor for 2009-10, will present her Moody Lecture at 4 p.m. Monday, April 12 in the Mabee Library Special Collections Suite. Jeffries-Horner is a tenured professor of computer information systems and security and is the current chair of the CISS department at the OLLU School of Business and Leadership. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Itza Casanova at (210) 829-3943 or

Asian Game Night
Institute of World Cultures will hold an Asian game night from 6-7 p.m. April 12 in AD 331. Come play games for free and learn more about what these games mean in their cultures. For more information, contact Misty Chen at or Eva Lee at

Library Party on the Porch
Celebrate National Library Week at UIW’s Mabee Library. A Party on the Porch will be held from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 13 in front of the library. Come by and enjoy snacks, give us your suggestions for improvement or just let us know how we’ve been doing. Also, sign up that day as a UIW library Facebook friend and get a free toy cardinal.

Awaken the Sleeping Poet
Dr. Jo LeCoeur, professor of English, Alan Birkelbach, the 2005 Texas poet laureate, will be reading poetry at the Awaken the Sleeping Poet event, which begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13 at the Twig Book Shop, 200 E. Grayson, Ste. 124. There is ample parking on the west side of the Pearl Brewery development and limited parking on the east side. For more information, e-mail LeCoeur at

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

Get Your Cutting Edge Tickets
Get your tickets now for the 2010 Cutting Edge Fiesta® Fashion Show presented by Mercedes Benz of San Antonio at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 19 at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel ballroom. Tables seat 10 people, and individual tickets are available. To purchase tickets, contact the Office of Development at (210) 829-6013. For more information, visit

Tickets still available include:

  • $750 tables (limited) – with lunch
  • $75 seats– with lunch
  • $25 seats – does not include lunch

Swing-In ‘Safari Adventure’ Auction Party and Golf Tournament
The Swing-In ‘Safari Adventure’ Auction Party and Golf Tournament will be Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 30. Tickets to the auction party cost $50 and will include great food and fun beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Rosenberg Sky Room. Come ready to bid on some wonderful auction items. There are morning and afternoon rounds available for the golf tournament at the Republic Golf Club. Proceeds benefit student scholarships. For more information, visit or contact the UIW Development Office at (210) 829-6013.

Department News

TRiO Seeks Mentors
Encourage your juniors and seniors to become mentors with the TRiO Student Success Program!  Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 9 to AD 225. To apply, visit AD 225 or For more information, contact Stephanie Kopecky Vasquez at 832-2152 or

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

Legacy Tree Unveiled: In recognition of the support given by our employees during last year’s Employee Campaign, a picture of a third oak tree from our beautiful campus was displayed outside Our Lady’s Chapel. All who donated $1,000 or more are listed on the tree. Proceeds went toward the Faculty Development Fund and were given in honor of a person or faculty member who made a difference in the donor’s life. This oak reminds us of the lasting impact we can have on others and how our gift keeps on giving for future students and faculty.

New Name for Newsletter
You might have noticed the new name for the university’s weekly online newsletter. The name of the Word e-News reflects suggestions made by the UIW community to bring the newsletter up-to-date. Thanks for your help!

Campaign Pledge Results
Congratulations UIW employees! We beat last year’s record for pledges to theFund campaign. UIW employees committed $8,807 to the San Antonio Arts community this year by giving to theFund. Special thanks go out to the campaign coordinators who encouraged their colleagues to contribute.

The Rev. Trevor Alexander volunteers with TRiO Student Success to package donations to be sent to homeless and transitional shelters.

Deadline Extension: Virtual Environments Innovation Contest
All UIW faculty members, administrators, students and organizations are invited to submit a proposal to the Provost’s Office by April 12 of no longer than two pages for how they or their group would apply virtual environments to enhance education, training, research, practice or outreach at UIW. Winners will be expected to summarize their original idea and report on its implementation and findings to a wide audience at the conclusion of their project. For more information, contact Phil Youngblood at or 268-8188.

Deadline Extended for Summer Korea Teaching Applications
Due to the popularity of the program, the International Affairs Office has extended the application deadline for the Summer Korea Teaching Opportunity to noon Monday, April 12. Ten students will have the opportunity to be English language instructors from July 23 to Aug. 20. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 GPA and be of junior, senior or graduate student status, and must participate in a face-to-face interview with the selection committee. Travel expenses will be provided by the city of Gwangju. For more information or an application, contact Dr. Javier Lozano at (210) 805-3015 or

Alumnae Joan A. Davis (from left) of Alexandria, La., and Srs. Germaine Corbin, Helena Monahan and Margaret Patrice Slattery, CCVI, enjoy a reunion at the Oblate College galaon March 23 honoring Davis’ husband, Mike, SACHS alumnus and former UIW development officer.

Faculty Focus

Conference Presentation
Sr. Martha Ann Kirk and Miguel Conchas presented“Using Online International Exchanges with University Students to Promote Interfaith Dialogue and Understanding” at the conference “Peace through Faith-based Grassroots Organization? Exploring the Gülen Movement”on March 27 and sponsored by the University of Texas – Pan American College of Arts and Humanities, in cooperation with the Institute of Interfaith Dialog.

Conference Moderators and Presentations
At the College English Association conference in San Antonio from March 25-27, English adjuncts Lenora Perry-Samaniego and Linda Winterbottom served as session moderators. English faculty Dr. Letitia Harding presented a paper on “Disparate Voices of Climate Change Rhetoric: The Power/Knowledge Struggle,” Dr. Tanja Stampfl delivered a paper on “Cacophonous Noise or Concert of Voices? Reading World Literature in a Globalized World,” and Dr. Pat Lonchar examined “Silencing ‘Voice’ in Words and Image: Disturbing Lessons from Lucretia.”

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

High Schools

Fiesta St. Anthony
This fundraiser for St. Anthony Catholic High School features dinner, live music and live and silent auctions. Doors open at 7 p.m. Friday, April 16 in the UIW Rosenberg Sky Room. Food will be catered by Panchitos, and music will be provided by Mario Flores and the Soda Creek Band. For tickets or more information, contact Marissa Bondurant at 832-3296 or

Incarnate Word High School Open House
Meet current students and faculty at the Shamrock Preview from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 11 at Incarnate Word High School. Visit with the IWHS Campus Ministry team and listen to a father’s perspective at the “Why an All-Girls School?” panel discussion. The IWHS Chorale will perform at 2:15 p.m. and 3 p.m. Visit the disciplines and programs of interest to you and your daughter. RSVP to Ninfa Ozuna at (210) 829-3123 or

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at


Denim and Diamonds Spring Bling Fling
St. Peter Prince of Apostles will hold the Denim and Diamonds Spring Bling Fling from 6-11 p.m. Saturday, May 1 in the St. Peter annex gym. Admission costs $100 and includes entry for two people, food, an open bar, babysitting, dancing and entry into the reverse raffle. Only 250 tickets will be sold to the reverse raffle. There will be 10 $50 winners, five $100 winners and one $5,000 grand prize winner. Silent auction baskets will also be available. Buy your admission tickets at the primary or annex offices at the school. For more information, call Martha at 834-2918 or Dawn at 859-1864.

Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

Our prayers & sympathy go to:

  • Caroline (IWHS ’66) & Gerald Anz & family on the recent loss of his father, William Burnet Anz.
  • Msgr. Dermot N. Brosnan (MA ’70) & family on the recent loss of his sister, Phyllis Brosnan.
  • Aimee & Ernest Bromley (UIW friends) & family on the recent loss of his mother, C. Leticia Bromley.
  • Mayme Burkhalter (IWHS ’45, UNDCL ’49) & family on the recent loss of her husband, Miller F. Burkhalter.
  • Katherine C. Catsifas (BA ’53) & family on the recent loss of her husband, Charles Catsifas.
  • The family of Sidney Walsh Cichon (IWHS ’58) on her recent death.
  • Edythe B. (BA ’90) & Thomas Toudouze & family on the recent loss of their daughter, Pamela Toudouze Conrad (IWHS ’80).
  • The family of Col. Buckley Lawerntz Drenner (MA ’68) on his recent death.
  • Patricia Fox Haig (IWHS ’45, UNDCL ’49) & family on the recent loss of her husband, Gen. Alexander M. Haig Jr.
  • Sally Halff & family on the recent loss of her husband, Alexander Hart Halff (UIW friend).
  • The family of George J. Hanko Jr. (BBA ’90) on his recent death.
  • Stella & Theodore (BS ’80) Holubec & family on the recent loss of his father, John E. Holubec.
  • Sgt. Jason Garcia (UIW Campus Police) & family on the recent loss of his mother-in-law, Holly L. Keck.
  • The family of Sr. Elizabeth King, CCVI (BA ’71) and the entire UIW community on her recent death.
  • Maria Teresa Landa (BA ’93) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Celia Esquivel Landa (BSN ’55).
  • Kathleen Mulkey (IWHS ’70) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Adell Mulkey Lynch.
  • Sylvia M. (IWHS ’57) & Norbert Laskowski, Norma M. (IWHS ’59, BS ’63) & Dwight Hall, and Lucy M. (IWHS ’69, BA ’73) & Martin Rumfelt, on the recent loss of their mother and mother-in-law, Olivia Martin.
  • Bonita Maurer & family on the recent loss of her husband, Gary Max Maurer (MBA ’74).
  • The family of Eugenia Jacobs McClure (BSN ’46) on her recent death.
  • Dr. Amalia Mondriguez (UIW Faculty – HASS) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Celia Margarita Torres de Mondriguez.
  • Gladys Henke Niemann (BA ’50) & family on the loss of her husband, Freddie A. Niemann.
  • The family of Sr. Teresa Ann O’Connor, CCVI (BA ’59, MA ’84) and the entire UIW community on her recent death.
  • Marky (UIW Board of Trustees) & Uwe Pontius & family on the recent loss of her mother, Margaret Roemer “Peggy” Read.
  • Sylvia & Armando (UIW Facilities Mgmt.) Rey & family on the recent loss of his brother, Eugene “Big Gene” Rey.
  • Joanna Christine Arredondo (UIW Business Office) & family on the recent loss of her grandmother, Maria Cruz Rodriguez.
  • Lawrence Ralph Roos & family on the recent loss of his wife, Alice Offley Walther Roos (BA ’66, MA ’73).
  • Corinne Lyssy-Sekula (BBA ’86, MBA ’90) & Roger Sekula & family on the recent loss of his mother, Cecilia B. Sekula.
  • Mary Anne Sinclair (UIW friend) & family on the recent loss of her step-daughter, Anna Sinclair Tipps.
  • Cynthia Marie Valdez (IWHS ’82, BBA ’86) & family on the recent loss of her father, Antonio J. “Tony” Valdez.
  • The family of Irene Sharrock Wilson (BSN ’49, Alumna of Distinction) on her recent death.