The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: May 21, 2010

Photo of the Week

Phil Lampe enjoyed some exercise with his dog around campus on Thursday.


Mass Cancelations
There will be no noon Mass the week of May 24-28. Fr. Tom will be attending a symposium on Campus Ministry at the University of Notre Dame. Noon Mass will also be canceled from May 31 – June 3. The regular Mass schedule will resume Friday, June 4 at the noon Spanish Mass.

Our Lady’s Chapel Mass Services
All are welcome.

  • Noon, Monday – Thursday. Less than 30 minutes in consideration of those on their lunch hour
  • Spanish Mass at noon on Fridays
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.
  • Sunday Mass at 8 p.m.
  • Liturgy of the Hours evening prayer at 5 p.m. every Wednesday


First Arizona Graduates
Dr. Cyndi and Vince Porter were part of the Estrella Mountain Community College graduation ceremony in Arizona last week. Two of the first four Arizona graduates took part in the ceremony where they received their diplomas. Rosemary Rosas received her BA in administration and Matt Velonis, who graduated Magna Cum Laude, earned his BA in organizational development.To view photos of the event, visit The last photo in the slide show pictures the Porters and the two graduates.



Medication Disposal
The Feik School of Pharmacy, along with several other organizations, is sponsoring MedDropSA, a safe and easy way to dispose of unwanted and expired medications. Prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines can pose a risk to the environment when flushed or thrown away and dumped in a landfill. Bring any unwanted medicines along with other household hazardous waste items to the City of San Antonio’s mobile collection events. Medications will be accepted for free and disposed of in a safe, legal way. The next event is from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. June 5 at the South Central District Center on 4719 S. Zarzamora. For more information, visit or contact Helen E. Smith at or (210) 883-1087.

Anita Easton-Vigil was working hard despite the lull in university activity.

Marveen Mahon and Terri Sosa, both of Health Services, were giving aid and health advice on Thursday.

Alumni and Freshmen Gatherings
Alumni and incoming students are invited to get together across the state for events to welcome the incoming freshmen and their families to the Incarnate Word family! If you’re going to be in the area during these events, join the fun, and help answer the questions of incoming freshmen. Appetizers will be provided. For more information on the events, contact Alumni Relations at (210) 829-6014 or Admissions at (210) 829-6005. The dates and locations are listed below:

Saturday, July 10
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Two Rows Classic Grille
2400 University
Houston, TX 770055

Dallas area
Saturday, July 17
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
4901 Belt Line Rd.
Addison, TX  75254

Saturday, July 31
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
London Grill and Tavern
129 East Nolana
McAllen, TX 78504

Upcoming Alumni Events
For more information about any of these events, contact Rick Smith at

  • Rock'n Red Birds Kickoff Party: From 9-11 a.m. Saturday, June 5. Meet at the UIW track at 9 a.m. Enjoy a leisurely one-mile walk around the track, or a two-mile sprint around campus to beat your best personal time. All experience levels are welcome. The event is free! To register, click here.
  • Alumni Mixer: Happy hour from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 17 at The Ticket Sports Grill. Register here and receive 15 wings and two drinks for $10.
  • Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: This is an alumni family activity from 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday, June 18. Only 20 tickets are available. The cost is $15. To register, click here.

Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

Department News

Blackboard 9.1 Online Training
WebEx Fridays will feature online, interactive sessions on May 21, June 4, Aug. 13 and Aug. 20. Times and topics are listed below. For more information, e-mail Terry Peak at .
9-10 a.m. – Blackboard 9 Overview
11 a.m. – noon – Create Course Content
1-2 p.m. Assessment and Grade Center
3-4 p.m. – Collaborative Tools

Blackboard Learn 9.1
The Department of Instructional Technology has identified several key features of Blackboard 9.1, and will be offering a variety of training opportunities during May, June and August to showcase these features. Visit to review the schedule of sessions. All sessions will be held in room G16 of the Media Center. Registration is limited to eight participants per session. Register by e-mailing Terry Peak at .

Community News

UIW in the News
Korean craftsmen erect traditional pavilion on San Antonio estate

Word Today Summer Schedule
The Word Today will be published Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the summer beginning the week of Monday, May 24. The online Friday e-newsletter will be published every other week. Please keep this schedule in mind when sending announcements and event notices to be included. As always, announcements should be submitted no later than 4 p.m. the day before they are to be included.


Notice from Campus Police – Click it or Ticket
The Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization is returning to Texas from May 24 – June 6. Police will be on the lookout for those not following state seatbelt laws, with a special emphasis on nighttime enforcement. If you are stopped without your seatbelt buckled, you will face a ticket and a fine. The UIW Police Department will be patrolling to ensure all drivers and passengers are wearing their seatbelts. Wearing a seatbelt is the easiest way to reduce the risk of death or injury in a crash, whether you’re the driver or a passenger. In 2008 more than 800,000 Texans walked away from collisions without injuries because they were wearing a seatbelt. You may have the money to pay the fine, but can you afford the consequences if you’re in a crash? For more information, visit

Faculty Focus

Mathematics Chair
The School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering is pleased to announce the new appointment of Dr. Zhanbo Yang as chair of the Department of Mathematics. Many thanks to outgoing chair, Dr. Elizabeth Kreston, for successfully leading the department through many years of expansion and service. The MSE department chairs are:

  • Biology – Dr. Christy MacKinnon
  • Engineering/Physics – Dr. Alison Whittemore
  • Chemistry – Dr. Brian McBurnett
  • Mathematics – Dr. Zhanbo Yang
  • Environmental Science / Meteorology – Dr. Bill Thomann
  • Nutrition – Dr. Neeta Singh

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

High Schools


IWHS Student Earns Girl Scout Gold
Junior Miranda McCardle was honored this week as one of 28 Girl Scout Gold Award recipients. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout may earn. The 65-hour Gold Award project is the culmination of a special community service project that must fulfill a need within that girl’s community. McCardle chose to serve Davidson Respite Home, an emergency shelter and foster placement agency for abused and neglected children with developmental disabilities. She raised money through a garage and bake sale to fund a “Spring Time Fun Day” held March 21. The children spent the afternoon planting flowers, filling bird feeders and painting a mural with their handprints. The second part of her project included landscaping the front yard of a building recently purchased by the organization. McCardle organized volunteers and sought donations. McCardle has been a Girl Scout for 10 years.

SACHS Alumni Association Casino Night
The St. Anthony Catholic High School Alumni Association will hold its Texas Hold’em and Casino Night on June 18 at the SACHS gymnasium. Doors open at 6 p.m. and games will be from 7-10 p.m. Tickets cost $50 per person for Casino Night, and there is a $50 buy-in for the Hold’em Tournament (seating is limited). There will be blackjack, poker, roulette, slots and other tables games. All money raised will be allocated to the Alumni Scholarship fund. The Casino Night grand prize is a $2,000 gift card, and for Hold’em grand prize is a $500 gift card. For more information, contact Alejandro Calderon at or 832-5622.

High School Graduation Schedules

  • St. Anthony Catholic High School Baccalaureate Mass: 6 p.m. Friday, May 21 in the St. Anthony Chapel
  • SACHS graduation: 6 p.m. Saturday, May 22 in the Convocation Center
  • Incarnate Word High School Baccalaureate Mass: 10 a.m. Sunday, May 23 in the Convocation Center
  • IWHS graduation: 11 a.m. Sunday, May 23 in the Convocation Center – Ticket required

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at


Summer Athletics Camps