The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Aug. 20, 2010

Photo of the Week

Dr. Sushma Ramsinghani (from left), Diana Salazar, incoming pharmacy students Renee Ferro and Tram Ngo, T.J. Williams (behind) and Linda Etter wait in line for lunch at the Feik School of Pharmacy welcom lunch provided by Walmart.


Brown Bag Lunch & Reflection
University Mission and Ministry is hosting a weekly brown bag lunch and reflection from 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Mondays in the Heritage Room (AD 155). Bring your lunch and UMM will provide drinks and reflection. For more information, contact Beth Villarreal at Ext. 2736.

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


Sent Fall Event Announcements
Don’t forget to send your fall event announcements to Public Relations to include in the Word Today, the UIW website and community calendars (when applicable). Be sure to include a brief description of the event, the time, date location and costs. Also indicate whether the event is for the UIW community only or open to the public. If the details of the event change at a later date, please notify Public Relations of the change as soon as possible so adjustments can be made. For more information, call the Office of Public Relations at 829-6001.

Chaye Pena, assistant director of Leadership Activities, prepares for the welcome reception and Pinning Ceremony on Thursday evening.

Connie Kuwamoto speaks at the Parent Orientation in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room on Wednesday.

Mexican American Business Institute (MABI) Meeting
The Mexican American Business Institute will meet from noon – 1:30 p.m. Aug. 25 in the ICC Conference Hall. The group was created to help business owners help each other. For this fall, the MABI will organize the Second Business Plan Competition. The monthly meetings will cover different topics related to entrepreneurship in Texas. One of the objectives for this semester is to create a strong group for networking. More details about these and other activities will be given during the first meeting. The meeting is free for UIW students and faculty. A MABI membership costs $250, and the meeting costs $30 for nonmembers. The price includes the meal. For more information, contact Margaret T. Villarreal at (210) 805-5884 or

Fashion Show
UIW fashion students will participate in Nostalgia of Time, a fundraiser fashion show to benefit the Alamo Honor Flight, which sends veterans to visit the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. The show will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28 at the Esplanade Gardens, 10790 Toepperwein Road. The doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $40 per person, and they include wine and hors d’oeuvres. For more information call (210) 566-7600 or e-mail

Medicine Disposal
MedDRopSA provides a safe and easy way to dispose of unwanted and expired over-the-counter and prescription medications. These medicines can pose a risk to the environment when flushed or dumped in a landfill. Removing these medi­cations from homes can also help curb abuse and avoid accidental ingestion. Bring any unwanted medicines along with other household hazardous waste items to the City of San Antonio’s mobile collection events to dispose of them for free. The next event is from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Alamodome, 100 Montana Street, Lot B, Cherry Street Entrance. For more information, visit or contact Dr. Helen Smith at the Feik School of Pharmacy, who is partnering with the sponsors for the event.

Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

Department News

Technology Session Schedule
Each 45-minute session will evaluate features and benefits, demonstrate key features and review best practices. To register or for more information, e-mail Terry Peak at

  • Dr. Marcos Oliveira will share his experiences using clickers at the UIW Feik School of Pharmacy. He will present a live demonstration. From 2-3:30 p.m. Aug. 20 in the Special Collections Suite with reception to follow

Blackboard 9.1 Training Opportunities
The Department of Instructional Technology will be offering a variety of training opportunities for Blackboard 9.1 during August that will showcase key features. Each hour-long session will be offered several times each week. All sessions will be held in room G16 of the Media Center. Registration is limited to 8 participants per session. Visit to review the schedule, and register by e-mailing Terry Peak at

Can’t come to campus for training? Let the campus come to you! Opportunities to learn online via WebEx will be offered Friday, Aug. 20. E-mail Terry at for more details.

  • 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

Community News

The new portion of Benson Stadium is nearly complete. The first game kicks off at 7 p.m. Aug. 28!

Library Notice
The library online catalog will be unavailable Saturday, Aug. 21 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. due to the implementation of online catalog enhancements. Research databases and other library online resources will not be affected.

Photo Database
If you couldn’t make it to the photo shoot but are still interested in getting a photo taken, notify Ashley Festa at or 829-6001 so we can gauge the interest in a make-up photo session.

Naming Convention
Please remember that whenever the Sky Room is referenced, the full name of the location should be used as follows: McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. This applies to all instances in which the Sky Room is mentioned.

United Way/Days of Caring
UIW will team up with United Way for the annual Days of Caring on Friday, Oct. 8. We will help Seton Homes, one of the CCVI ministries, this year. They need a variety of projects completed. Lunch is included. Transportation to and from UIW, along with breakfast, lunch, snacks and soft drinks are provided. You will also receive a free Days of Caring t-shirt to wear and keep. To volunteer, contact Roslyn Grimes at or 829-2748. Your participation counts as a regular, UIW-paid day, but please verify with your supervisor that you can be absent from the campus that day.

Nursing Building Webcam
Watch the progress of the nursing building renovation via the webcam link at

Instructors Wanted for China Incarnate Word
UIW International, an affiliate of UIW, is recruiting a limited number of instructors to teach at China Incarnate Word in Guangzhou, a city of 8 million located about two hours from Hong Kong. This position is for employment with UIW International, an affiliate. Instructors are needed to teach courses in English, business, journalism, communications, history and accounting. Applicants must have a master’s degree and 18 graduate hours in the teaching field to which they are applying. Benefits include salary, travel expenses, housing (apartment), meals and a training program. Departure date to China will be in late August 2010. Interested applicants should send a résumé or CV by e-mail to Osman Ozturgut at or by fax to (210) 805-5701. To view job description, qualifications and to apply online, visit UIW International is an equal opportunity employer.

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

Welcome back to all the faculty members who were away for the summer!

Media Guide Forms Needed
Thanks to all who have already responded. We’re still waiting on most of the forms. Please return the form to Ashley Festa at indicating whether you are willing to participate. Even a “no” response is helpful for our records. If you did not receive a form, email Ashley and she’ll send you one.

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

High Schools

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • The family of Gladys S. Abe (’63 BSN) on her recent death.
  • Jim and Laura Fitzpatrick (’76 BA) Pitman on the recent loss of her mother, Virginia Fitzpatrick.
  • Kenneth A. Trapp (’95 BBA) on the recent loss of his grandmother, Joyce Aileen Trapp.

Movie Nights in the Heights
Come on out and spend an evening under the stars with your family and enjoy Hollywood hits! Movies will be shown at Alamo Heights Park, next to the Nature Trails parking lot off Viesca Ave. Don’t forget to bring pillows, blankets, lawn chairs and coolers. Limited concessions will be available. Movies start at 8:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, Aug. 21: “Up” (rated PG)
  • Saturday, Sept. 18: “The Goonies” (rated PG)
  • Saturday, Oct. 16: “Beetlejuice” (rated PG)

There will be prizes! Donations of canned food or spare change will help support the San Antonio Food Bank. For more information, call (210) 389-0547.

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.