The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: April 16, 2010

Photo of the Week

Senior nursing student and president of the UIW Student Nurses Association (SNA) Heather Williams (from left), student Karen Gipson, nursing faculty member and SNA adviser Cynthia Richardson, and student Felicia King attended the National SNA Convention in Orlando, Florida from April 6-11. The students represented UIW and Texas at the National House of Delegates where they debated and voted on 28 resolutions. Gipson was certified in American Red Cross shelter operations and disaster health response. Williams and King participated in an National Council Licensure Examination review course with delegates from all 50 states. Richardson was certified as an SNA adviser/consultant.


Taizé Prayer Service
You are cordially invited to participate in a service of praise and worship in the tradition of Taizé beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 21 in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. Students, faculty, staff and friends of UIW will lead the service. For more information, visit

RSVP for Sometime Singers-Players
Join UIW’s Sometime Singers & Players, a group made up of faculty, staff, administrators and students (vocalists and instrumentalists) who cannot participate in weekly rehearsals and services, but who serve when possible at liturgical prayer throughout the school year. Your commitment to participate at the event and at rehearsals is made only when you RSVP to an event invitation by the RSVP date. To RSVP for one of the events below, or to have your name placed on the SS/P e-mail list for future events, contact Lena Gokelman at or at Ext. 3207, or contact Dr. Glenn James at or Ext. 2717.

  • Spring Baccalaureate Mass: Friday, May 7 at 5 p.m. at the Convocation Center (warm-up begins at 3:45 p.m.) Please attend two of the three rehearsals: Tuesday, May 4 (vocalists), Wednesday, May 5 (instrumentalists) and Thursday, May 6 (vocalists and instrumentalists). All rehearsals are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. RSVP by Wednesday, April 28.

University Mission and Ministry Award Recipients
Congratulations to the following students for their achievements and contributions to the UIW community:
CCVI Student Spirit Award – Gabriela Valdez
UIW Service Award – Amanda Roberts
Peer Minister of the Year – Marty Battafarano
Fr. Philip Lamberty Music Minister of the Year – Elizabeth Lopez

University Mission and Ministry Bulletin
The UMM Bulletin is now available at - click the “Bulletin” link.

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


San Antonio Spurs Playoff Ticket Raffle
Are you a Spurs fan? Would you like the opportunity to win two lower-level seats for a San Antonio Round One playoff game? The Office of Public Relations is holding a raffle for tickets to Round One of the NBA playoffs. One pair of tickets will be awarded per home game. The raffle is open to all full-time employees of UIW, IWHS and SACHS. To enter, reply to this e-mail and replace the subject line with “Go, Spurs, Go!” All entries must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, April 19. Only one entry is needed to participate. Winners will be announced Tuesday.

Alamo Heights Night Traffic/Parking
Premium parking area is for “P” permits only on Friday. Those with an ‘X’ or ‘C’ must park in the ICC and Ancira areas. Parking areas around the Natatorium and the softball and baseball diamonds will be blocked in preparation for Alamo Heights Night on Friday, April 16. The parking areas around the tennis courts, in front of the Convocation Center, around the Natatorium, and the parking areas around the softball and baseball diamonds will be closed all day.
Important notes:

  • Riverside parking will be closed all day, to be used for park-n-ride buses
  • Beginning at 1 p.m., all non-vendor traffic will be stopped from traveling through the event area.
  • Beginning at 2 p.m., traffic to Agnese Sosa garage will require Alamo Heights Night parking permits, UIW resident permits, and UIW premium ‘P’
  • Beginning at 3 p.m., access into Agnese Sosa garage will be limited to special AHN parking permits and UIW Resident Permits.
  • At 4 p.m., the Davis Court and Fine Arts gates will close along with the roadway from the front of Fine Arts to the Wellness Center Gate. All UIW traffic must enter and exit at the Burr Road gate.

Health Fair
Student National Pharmaceutical Association at the Feik School of Pharmacy is sponsoring the 2nd annual Minority Health Fair from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. April 17 at the Davis-Scott YMCA, located at 1213 Iowa Street. This free event will provide educational and preventive information about diabetes, heartburn, chronic kidney disease, HIV/AIDS, and asthma treatment to the surrounding communities. There will be free screenings for blood glucose, blood pressure, BMI measurements, diabetic feet examination, heartburn screenings, medication therapy management and total cholesterol testing.  There will be prizes and activities for kids. For more information, contact Annie Do at or Eboney Hadnott at

International Business Speaker
Dr. Adrian Wong, CPA, will speak to Dr. Pat LeMay Burr's International Business MBA class from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 17 in Gorman Building Room 215. He is the chief financial officer of Coca-Cola in Monterrey, Mexico. He will speak about corporate culture and communication in Mexico, company management practices, and the current violence in the country. The lecture is open to the public. For more information, contact Burr at

Doctoral Student Research Symposium
There will be a Doctoral Student Research Symposium from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. April 17 in Joyce Building Room 126. Everyone is invited. For more information, contact Dr. Judy Beauford at (210) 829-3171 or

HEBSBA Honors Convocation
The H-E-B School of Business and Administration Honors Convocation will be from 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 18 in the Rosenberg Sky Room. The Eucharistic Celebrations will be at 10:30 a.m. Sundays in Our Lady’s Chapel. Fr. Tom will recognize Honors students in attendance on April 18 and 25.

Dr. Carol Jeffries-Horner, OLLU’s Moody Professor for 2009-10, spoke in the Special Collections Suite on Monday.

At the invitation of the Earth Month Committee, a member of the San Antonio Water System presented “From Rain to Drain: Exploring the Urban Water Cycle” on Monday.

The Mabee Library held a party on the porch on Tuesday to encourage comments from the UIW community and to gather fans on Facebook.

Karen Wyatt (left) held a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) workshop on April 9 with counselors from the San Antonio Veterans Center.

Last Chance for Fashion Show Raffle and Tickets
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

It’s your last chance to get tickets, so buy now! Just a few tickets remain for the Cutting Edge Fiesta® Fashion Show at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 19 at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel ballroom. For more information, visit or call (210) 829-6013 for ticket information.

Earth Month Week 5 Events
For more information, contact Dr. Kathy Martin on the Earth Month Committee at

  • “Future Water Supply for San Antonio and the Region: Where will it come from?” will be presented at noon Monday, April 19 in the library auditorium. The speaker is Carol Patterson, an elected director of the Edwards Aquifer Authority, representing North Central Bexar County. She is a charter member and current President of Regional Clean Air and Water Association.
  • International Earth Day is Thursday, April 22. UIW’s Earth Month celebration will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Westgate Circle. The recipient of the 4th annual William Mulcahy Award for Ecological Stewardship will be announced. There will be light snacks provided.

Gaga for Gulu Fundraising Concert
Join UIW-STAND at 7 p.m. April 21 in the Fine Arts Auditorium for Gaga for Gulu, a Lady Gaga-inspired fundraising concert. The concert is a live performance that will include 10 songs from Lady Gaga's hits, five singing pieces and five dancing. General admission costs $5, and VIP seating costs $10. There will be a raffle including t-shirts, CDs and other prizes. Get one ticket for $2 or three tickets for $5. Food and drinks will be provided. All the proceeds will go toward UIW-STAND's Adopt-A-Village project to help build a medical clinic, vocational school and water well in Gulu, Uganda. For more information, contact Robert Rodriguez at (210) 232-0310 or

Saving Our Children
Jointly sponsored by the Joe Frost Play Research Collection, the Alliance for Childhood (Washington, D.C.), the Dreeben School of Education and the Mabee Library, “Saving Our Children: A Reform Movement for the 21st Century” will feature three internationally known speakers on important issues concerning the well-being of children in our nation. The event will be from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 21 in the library Special Collections Suite. For more information, contact Dr. Mary Ruth Moore at or Dr. Renea Fike at


Cardinals Spring Game
The Cardinals’ second annual Red and Black Spring Game will kick off at 7 p.m. April 21 at Orem Stadium at Alamo Heights High School at 6900 Broadway. The expansion of Benson Stadium prevents the game from being played at UIW. The game is free.

Iron Chef
The 4th annual Iron Chef competition will begin at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 22 in Marian Hall Café. Think you have what it takes? Show your talents, have some fun and win prizes. The winner will receive $150 in meal plan points. Other participants will receive $75 meal plan points. If you would like to participate, contact Josh Price at or (210) 805-5874.

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.

Rock’n Red Birds Marathon Team
Sign up for the 2010 team! Signing up on the UIW team will discount your registration fee by $10 and allow you to participate in our training program. Register at and click “Register.” Add the coupon code GFCSAUIW to receive $10 off your registration and be placed on our team. If you already registered, you can transfer to the UIW team at For more information, contact Rick Smith at (210) 829-6014. View a video of the Rock’n Red Birds 2009 San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon team at

Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

Department News

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

Cardinal Football Season Tickets On Sale
For information, contact the Cardinal Ticket Office at or contact Kevin Rubel at or (210) 829-6048.

  • Packages start at $250 for two red-level reserved seats and parking for the six game home schedule
  • VIP packages start at $649 and includes two black-level reserved seats plus priority parking and VIP access to the Benson Fieldhouse during all six home games for the upcoming season
  • Tailgate packages cost $1,000 and include a reserved tailgate spot next to the field, four red-level reserved seats, and parking for all six home games

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

Faculty Focus

Southwest Teaching and Learning Conference
Several UIW faculty members presented at the Southwest Teaching and Learning Conference hosted by Texas A&M at San Antonio from April 9-10. They were: Christi MacMillin (accounting) on “Teaching with the use of Social Applications”; Dr. Michael Risku and Jennifer Degerstrom (education) on “Towards an Equal Opportunity for all Cybercitizens”; Dr. Susan Hall (education), Dr. Pat Lonchar (English), Dr. Theresa Tiggeman (accounting), Dr. Tracie Edmond (accounting), and Judy Broughton (interior design) on “Using Screen Capture Technology to Capture a Class”; Dr. David Fike (research development) on “Improving Minority Student Learning Outcomes in a Community College Science Course”; and a second presentation by Edmond and Tiggeman with student Robin Guerrero on “The Role of Collaborative Learning in Developing and Sustaining a Successful College Campus VITA program.”

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

High Schools

Incarnate Word High School hosted 15 Jesuit colleges and universities from across the nation for a Jesuit college fair called the Jesuit Excellence Tour. Prospective college students met with admissions representatives from all participating universities. 

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

SAIW Theatre Production of “Beauty and the Beast”
The SAIW Theatre Company will present Beauty and the Beast at 7 p.m. April 15-17 and at 3 p.m. April 18 in the McGowen Gymnasium on the Incarnate Word High School campus. Tickets cost $6 for adults, $5 for students and $3 for children and can be purchased at the door. For more information, contact 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.

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.