The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: June 18, 2010

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Officer Ken Dunkley was awarded the first UIW Police Officer’s Community Service Award. The award will be presented to the officer who has longevity and has shown s/he embraces the Mission and demonstrates it through interactions with our community. The UIW Police Officer’s Community Service Award will be known as the Kenneth Dunkley Service Award.


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


Welcome, baby Jack!
Congratulations to Dr. Louis & Mickey Agnese on the birth of their first grandchild, Jack Louis. Louis III and wife Melissa welcomed the healthy baby boy Thursday morning. He was 6 lbs. 15 oz. and 20 inches long.

Reception after Memorial Service
The memorial service for Dr. Jim Parlett will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 18 in Our Lady's Chapel. A reception will be held in the Special Collections Suite immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Animal Defense League of Texas or the Cancer Research Institute. You are invited to sign the guestbook at

San Antonio World Refugee Day
Students, faculty members and the community are invited to attend the June 19 San Antonio observance of World Refugee Day, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church. Cultural exhibits, music, dance, food and information will be shared. For more information or to sponsor this event, contact UIW alumna Linda Salem at or 392-7401. To volunteer June 19, meet at St. Francis at 8:30 a.m. or meet Sr. Martha Ann Kirk and Dr. Lopita Nath in front of the UIW Student Center at 8 a.m. For more information on volunteering, e-mail Sr. Martha Ann at

Learn about Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program
The Fulbright Scholar-in Residence (S-I-R) Program enables U.S. colleges and universities to bring a visiting scholar from abroad to campus for a semester or academic year to lecture and to interact with the community. Scholars can be requested by name or recruited by U.S. Embassies and Fulbright Commissions in 150 countries around the world in a host of subject fields. Help internationalize our campus, curriculum and community. Preference in this program is given to minority-serving institutions. To learn more, attend the webinar from 1-2 p.m. June 29. For more information or to register, go to

Dr. Agnese spoke to high school students participating in the Summer Institute at UIW on Wednesday. He encouraged the students to never limit themselves when creating their goals.

Join the House Painting Project
This Monday, June 21 the office of Mission and Ministry in conjunction with the Willie Velasquez Family Resource and Learning Center will be continuing work on the house painting event started two weeks ago. 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. For more information, contact Dr. Harold Rodinsky at or (210) 323-5424.

Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

Department News

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

Isela Jacobs, a student in the ADCaP program, has made a two-year commitment to “Keep San Antonio Beautiful” through the San Antonio Adopt a Spot project. She’s calling for volunteers who need to complete their community service hours.This sign stands at the area she adopted, Babcock Road between Loop 1604 and Camp Bullis. 

Call for Papers on Social Justice
Verbum Incarnatum is an annual publication devoted to the exploration of issues relating to social justice. For the 2010 publication, the editors welcome papers from any discipline that address issues concerning race, class or gender and social justice. Previous issues have explored ethics and social justice, U.S. politics and social justice and health care and social justice. Manuscripts must follow APA style and are due no later than Nov. 1. Submit both an electronic and hard copies to Sabrina Koll at 4301 Broadway, CPO #1219, San Antonio, TX 78209. For more information, contact Koll at

Faculty Focus

Research Grant
Sr. Martha Ann Kirk has an opportunity to research Hispanic Religious Dance and Drama funded by the Lilly Endowment. She had research opportunities in the Archives and the Latino Studies Center Library at the University of Notre Dame, is interviewing leaders in the San Antonio area, and will work on this as part of “Case Studies in the History of Worship” at Calvin College Institute of Worship in Grand Rapids, Michigan,from June 28 to July 16.

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 tonight 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 black jack, poker, roulette, slots and other table games. All money raised will be allocated to the Alumni Scholarship fund. The Casino Night grand prize is a $2,000 gift card, and the 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


Sr. Audrey O’Mahony (right), CCVI, former assistant to the president for Mission effectiveness, received congratulations on her Golden Jubilee in May from the Carr family of Eagle Pass.

Brainpower Summer Camp
Join St. Peter Prince of Apostles for a fun summer adventure through Aug. 6. 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 Wilbergat (210) 845-3706 or

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.

Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • The family of Sr. Therese Blanchette, OLC (MA ’92) on her recent death.
  • Lisa & Joe Cadena (Supervisor, UIW Shipping & Receiving) & family on the recent loss of his father, Robert V. Cadena.
  • Henry Cantu (UIW Director of Admissions/School of Optometry) & family on the recent loss of his father, Henry Leon Cantu.
  • Jan & Howard E. “Ben” Davis Jr. (UIW Development Board) on the recent loss of his father and Cara Davis (BA ’01) on the recent loss of her grandfather, Howard Earl Davis Sr.
  • Sylvia (BS ’64) & Paul Biever on the recent loss of her brother, Theodore A. Gonzalez (UIW former faculty).
  • The family of Jessica Eve Hernandez (BBA ’10) on her recent death.
  • Luanne & Kevan Krenz & family on the recent loss of his mother, Eve Krenz (Santa Rosa School of Nursing).
  • Gayle (UIW Board of Trustees) & Tom Benson (Hon. ’05) (UIW friends) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Marie Folse LaJaunie.
  • The family of Jillian Marie Roque Martinez (BBA ’05, MBA ’08) on her recent death.
  • Lesa Boone McKenzie (former ADCaP Academic Counselor, MA ’08, MBA ’09) & family on the recent loss of her son, Matthew Alvoyd McKenzie.
  • The family of George Carlton Mead (former UIW Board of Trustees) on his recent death.
  • The family of Dr. James Wisner “Jim” Parlett (UIW CIO) and the entire UIW community on his recent death.
  • Charles E. Cheever Jr. (UIW friend) & family on the recent loss of his sister-in-law, Irene Mary McKinney Prescott.
  • The family of Genevieve Tom Schiffers (BA ’34) on her recent death.
  • Melissa A. Flores (UIW Tech. Services Processor) & family on the recent loss of her grandfather, Raul F. Sifuentes.
  • Dr. Susan (UIW faculty, Dreeben School of Education) and Palmer Hall & family on the recent loss of his sister, Marion Alice Hall Springer.
  • The family of Sr. Mary George Vasek, IWBS (BA ’56) and the congregation of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament on her recent death.
  • Sr. Teresa Whyte, CCVI (BA ’66) & family on the recent loss of her sister, and the entire UIW community, on the death of Sr. Catherine Whyte, CCVI (BSN ’56).