The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Sept. 10, 2010

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Dr. Al Rubio (standing at left), the director of UIW’s Hispanic Marketing Institute, introduced the speakers at the History of Hispanic Marketing lecture on Thursday. Included in the talk were advertising leaders Al Aguilar (sitting, from left), Ernest Bromley and Lionel Sosa. Jesus Rangel (far right) facilitated the talk.


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


Sr. Martha Ann Kirk displays information about Egypt during the Study Abroad Fair on Thursday.

Graphic designer Marisol Martinez was awarded a certificate as a finalist in the photo restoration category of the 2010 Photoshopworld Conference Guru Awards. Her winning piece is a restoration of one of her own older family photos. Congratulations!

University Mission and Ministry led a memorial prayer service on Thursday to remember those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The theme was “Keeping Faith, Keeping Freedom.”

Congressman Charlie Gonzalez invited UIW to participate in a student roundtable discussion, and political science majors Sonia Ramirez and Derek Hooper joined the conversation. Dr. Lydia Andrade (far left) served as the faculty representative.

ADA in the Classroom
Cindy Escamilla and Moises Torrescano will describe UIW procedures and resources for meeting the needs of students with disabilities from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10 in the library Special Collections Suite. The faculty development session includes lunch.To register, contact Susan Hall at or 283-5030, or register online at

Phonathon Seeks Volunteers
Take a break and watch the video on Phonathon at Faculty, staff and administrator volunteers are needed to help make calls to UIW alumni. Phonathon begins Saturday, Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the ICC business center. On Sunday, there will be two three-hour shifts between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. and on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, volunteers will make calls from 6-9 p.m. Food will be provided, so come enjoy the camaraderie helping to raise gifts for the UIW Annual Fund. For more information or to schedule your volunteer shift time and date, contact Patrick Greener at (210) 805-5832 or

Extended Run Players Performance
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the death of one of our country’s most prolific writers, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known throughout history as Mark Twain. In a one-of-a-kind tribute to the wit and satire of this beloved author, the Extended Run Players will present a unique adaptation by Bettye Jo Shyrock called “Tales from Terrific Twain.” The performance will be presented in a sketch comedy format. Performances will be this weekend only, at 7 p.m.Sept.10 and 11and at 2 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Coates Theatre. All proceeds benefit endowed theatre scholarships.

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.

School of Nursing Luncheon
Interested in nursing and being an Army Nurse Corps officer? Come hear guest speaker Capt. Saundra Martinez, RN, and Col. Kelly Wolgast, chief nurse executive MEDCOM, at the nursing luncheon at noon Monday, Sept. 13, in Marian Hall Ballroom. Learn what Army Nurse Corps officers do, where they work, and what specialized training is available. Come hungry and leave full of knowledge! RSVP to Capt. Chez Varela at (210) 832-3210 or

San Antonio Virtual Environments in Education & Training Conference
UIW and the San Antonio chapter of the American Society of Training and Development (SA–ASTD) are pleased to co-host thethird San Antonio Virtual Environments in Education and Training Conference (SAVE ET 2010) from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. To speak at the conference will be the U.S. Air Force Air Education & Training Command and UK’s Open University, along with presentations from UIW, UTSA, SAC, and several San Antonio businesses. The conference is open to the public. Individual presentations are free to classes by contacting Phil Youngblood at or 268-8188. Individual faculty/staff cost $50 and individual students cost $25. For more information or to register, visit

8th Annual Chips & Salsa
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Chips & Salsa with live music provided by Orchestra Tropicante. Learn some of the famous Latin dances such as bachata, merengue and salsa. Chips & Salsa is free for the entire community and starts at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Suggested attire is dress to impress, and there will be a Best Dressed Contest and Best Couples Dance Competition. Sponsored by Residence Life and CAB. For more information, contact Liz Valerio at (210) 283-5024 or

Memorial Tree Planting
The Feik School of Pharmacy will plant a tree in memory of Michael J. Gres at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17 at the pharmacy building. There will be a reception in the lobby at 3:30 p.m. and a ceremony will follow on the lawn in front of the pharmacy building along Hildebrand. The Rev. Trevor Alexander will give the invocation and blessing. Michael was a ’11 Pharm.D. candidate, and he passed away Sept. 17, 2009. Please join us in honoring Michael’s memory.

Light the Way Workdays
Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in early holiday cheer at this year’s Light the Way workdays from 9 a.m. – noon Sept. 18 and Sept. 25 in Marian Ballroom. Enjoy free breakfast and help prepare for the university’s annual lighting. This year’s ceremony will be held in Benson Stadium Saturday, Nov. 20. For more information, contact Crystal Campos at 829-6001.

Department News

E-mail Virus
An e-mail virus is spamming inboxes around the world with the subject line “Here You Have” or “Just For You.” Several local, national and international companies were adversely affected by this virus on Thursday afternoon. UIW has taken measures to block incoming e-mail with these subject lines. However, if you receive any questionable e-mail, delete it immediately. For more information on this virus, visit

Medical Tourism Research Conference Abstracts
The Center for Medical Tourism invites submissions of original research for presentation at the second annual Medical Tourism Research Conference. Research can focus on business, clinical, economic, ethical, legal, marketing, operational, policy, social justice, and societal impacts of the international healthcare industry. Abstract submissions are peer reviewed, and must be submitted online by Oct.15 to The conference will be from Feb. 23-25 in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit or contact Dr. David G. Vequist IVat (210) 805-5825 or

Community News

UIW in the News
UIW establishes Hispanic Marketing Institute

Bereavement Notice
Dr. Janice Dvorkin mourned the death of her father, Louis Dvorkin, who died Aug. 5.

Million Minutes for Peace Campaign
University Mission & Ministry is proud to partner with Odyssey Networks in the Million Minutes for Peace Campaign. Together we're working to collect 1 million pledges to pray for peace for one minute at noon Sept. 21, the United Nations International Day of Peace. Please watch the 60-second video at and join us by pledging your prayer for peace. If you feel so moved, please invite others to join the campaign. Thank you. May peace prevail on Earth. For more information, contact Beth Villarreal at (210) 829-2736.

International Dinner a Success
About 200 people, including students, faculty members and friends from countries including Afghanistan,  Belize, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Turkey, the U.S.  and Yemen enjoyed the Ramadan Iftar (special dinner) at UIW on Sept. 3. Find photos of the event at

Change in Bereavement Notices
The responsibility of distributing employee bereavement/condolence notices once handled by Human Resources is now shifting to the Office of Public Relations. Bereavement notices will be issued through The Word Today e-newsletter and must be submitted by a department head or individual appointed by the department head. All notices must be received by 4 p.m. on the day before they are to be posted. We reserve the right to edit the entry for length and grammar; however, all responsibility for the content of the notice remains with the department that submitted the notice. Please send all notices to Thank you.

Business Plan Competition
The H-E-B School of Business and Administration and the Mexican American Business Institute (MABI) are launching the second Business Plan Competition that encourages students to transform a business idea from the concept phase to a full business plan ready to be implemented. Students will be developing new and successful business enterprise ideas that can help the economic growth in our community. This event is open to all UIW students. The competition will include cash prizes for the best developed business plan and other categories. A series of workshops will help participants develop a successful business plan. Registration for the competition is open until Sept. 20. For more information, contact Dr. Jose F. Moreno at or (210) 930-8011.

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

Jingle Bell Raffle
Could you use an extra $5,000? Enter the Jingle Bell Raffle for a chance to win a $5,000 credit toward the credit card of your choice. Tickets cost $10 each. The winner will be drawn at Light the Way on Nov. 20. You don’t have to be present to win. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit UIW scholarships. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Andrea Hofstetter at or 829-6075.

Faculty Focus

Faculty Family Potluck Supper
Relax, have fun, make new friends and enjoy old friends at the faculty family potluck supper from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Bring your family, a significant other, or come on your own. Bring some food to share. Iced tea will be provided. No RSVP needed. For more information, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at

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, e-mail 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

SACHS Retreat Night
Chili’s proudly supports St Anthony Catholic High School Retreat Program! Pick up the Chili’s flier at SACHS, present it when you order, and Chili’s will donate 10 percent of sales to the school. SACHS Retreat Night will be from 4-10 p.m. Sept. 13 and 20 at the Chili’s in The Quarry Market. For more information, contact Alejandro Calderon at

SAIW Theatre Company Productions
The 2010-11 St. Anthony/Incarnate Word theatre season will offer Greek Stories: From Artemis to Zeus from Sept. 9-11 at 7 p.m. in the Incarnate Word High School gymnasium. A truly epic cast takes the audience on a journey through a world filled with gods, nymphs, and many well known myths. Tickets cost $6 for adults, $5 for students and $3 for children. Shows will be. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Lara Willars at or call the main office at (210) 829–3100.

College Connection
The College Connection for Incarnate Word High School students will begin with a welcome at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 in the IWHS McGowen Gymnasium. There will be programs throughout the day. For more information, contact Mónica L. Solís-Hoefl, IWHS Director of Guidance, (210) 829-3110 or

Great Day SA Performance
SACHS freshman Sarah Centeno will perform on Great Day SA on KENS 5 on Sept. 13 to promote Jazz Alive. She will perform at Jazz Alive at noon, Sept. 19 in Travis Park. Admission is free to Jazz Alive.

Fourth Annual Shamrock Classic
Incarnate Word High School will kick off its fourth annual Shamrock Classic with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Hyatt Hill Country Golf Club, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr. Proceeds will benefit IWHS activities and athletic programs. Registration forms are available at For more information, contact Nicki Gonzalez at (210) 829.3122 or

SACHS Comedy Night
St Anthony Catholic High School presents Comedy Night themed “A Night of Masquerade” from 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 in Marian Hall. Tickets are available for those 21 and older, and cost $25 per person. There will be a dinner, dancing, comedy acts and door prizes. Costumes are welcome. For more information, contact Eydie Villalpando at 854-7750 or; Grace DeJesus at 744-8226 or; or Sylvia Leon at 241-1029 or

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:

  • Marjorie L. Hadnott ‘91 (BA) and Wynette Hadnott Keller ‘90 (MA) on the recent loss of their father, Dr. William Hicks Hadnott Jr.
  • Sylvia (UIW Adjunct Faculty) & Peter Maddox on the recent loss of his brother, Dr. Timothy Maddox.

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.

5K Run/Walk
St. Peter Prince of Apostles Catholic School will hold its first 5K run/walk beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 behind the UIW Natatorium. The run/walk will go through the beautiful campus of UIW, rain or shine. There will be medals awarded to the winners. The entry fee is $10 per person, and early registration is encouraged but not required. For more information or to register, call Jacob Saucedo or Maria Littlefield at 824-3171, or visit