The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: June 4, 2010

Photo of the Week

Hilario Flores and Cinnamon Kava, of Facilities Management, gave the Brackenridge Villa a summery facelift on Thursday afternoon.


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


Service Opportunity
The office of Mission and Ministry in conjunction with the Willie Velasquez Family Resource and Learning Center will be holding a house painting event Monday, June 7 with the goal of painting two houses near the center. The plan is to leave the university as a group around 8:15 a.m. on VIA buses and paint until noon. Lunch will be provided, and we will return to the university at about 2 p.m. This is a great summer service opportunity for students and a family event for faculty with children who may have service commitments. For more information or to sign up, contact Dr. Harold Rodinskyat or (210) 323-5424.

Rock'n Red Birds Kickoff Party
The event will kick off the 2010 training season for the Rock’n Red Birds, UIW’s marathon and half-marathon training team. Join the 2009 defending champions on Saturday, June 5 at 9 a.m. for a one-mile/two-mile walk/jog/run around UIW. You do not have to be registered for the marathon or half-marathon to participate in Saturday’s kickoff party. The event is free, and snacks will be provided. Register here. For more information, contact Rick Smith at or (210) 805-3595.

Medication Disposal Event
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.

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 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

Get Blackboard 9.1 Training Schedule
The Department of Instructional Technology will be offering a variety of training opportunities during June and August. 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

Renovation has begun on the School of Nursing.

Construction progresses at Benson Stadium.

Website Redesign Launched
The newly redesigned website has launched. The Office of Web Development would like to thank those in the community who gave of their time to help guide us during the process. Feedback on the new design is welcomed. Use the form at to tell us what you think of the new site, or e-mail us at

Notice from Campus Police – Click it or Ticket
The Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization is returning to Texas until 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. For more information, visit

Faculty Focus

Project Approval
The Faculty Endowment Research Award Committee approved funding for three projects in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences: Dr. Gilberto Hinojosa, professor of history, and “The Role of the Catholic Church in the Chicano Movement”; Dr. Lopita Nath, assistant professor of history, and “The Bhutanese Refugee Resettlement in San Antonio, Texas: Choosing a Future”; and Mark Stringham, assistant professor of theatre arts, and “Pre-War Albanian Theatre.”

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

High Schools

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.

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Brainpower Summer Camp
Join St. Peter Prince of Apostles for a fun summer adventure from June 7 – Aug. 6. Campers will be divided into age groups. Projects and activities will be available throughout the summer. Each week, students will also encounter many age appropriate activities based on the weekly theme. This camp is for students age 18 months – 10 years old. For more information, visit and click on the summer camp link, or contact Kirsch Wilberg at (210) 845-3706or

Summer Athletics Camps

DVD Rentals
Use the promotion code 12345 to get a DVD rental at 50 percent off the first night at the kiosk in Marian Hall.The code will be valid for the rest of the year.