The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Sept. 17, 2010

Photo of the Week

The Employee Campaign kicked off on Thursday with a breakfast on the Brackenridge Villa lawn.


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.

United Nations International Day of Peace Prayer Service
Please join University Mission & Ministry for this annual day of prayer service at 9:15 a.m. Sept. 21 in the Westgate Plaza Circle (between Dubuis Hall & the JE & LE Mabee Library). For more information, contact Beth Villarreal at (210) 829-2736.

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.

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


Constitution Day
Dr. Joseph Stewart, professor in the Department of Political Science at Clemson University, will present “Shhh! Something We Don’t Talk About in the Constitution: Race” at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17 in the library auditorium in honor of Constitution Day. For more information, contact Dr. Lydia Andrade at

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 Pharm.D. ’11 candidate, and he passed away Sept. 17, 2009. Please join us in honoring Michael’s memory.

Stadium Dedication & Military Appreciation at Saturday’s Football Game
Looking for a great time this weekend? Come cheer on your favorite football team, the UIW Cardinals, as they take on the University of Central Oklahoma. Arrive at Benson Stadium by 6:30 p.m. and you’ll be part of a special pre-game dedication for the completion of Benson Stadium. This week’s game is also Military Appreciation Day, all military and civil service individuals will receive free admission and free parking for the game. Halftime will feature a performance by the Air Force Band of the West. Go Cardinals!

Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

Col. Kelly Wolgast, chief nurse executive MEDCOM, spoke at the nursing luncheon on Monday.

Julie Weber gave a presentation at the San Antonio Virtual Environments in Education & Training Conference on Tuesday.

Broadway performer Jonathan Hadley (center) answered questions from theatre students in the Cheever Downstage II on Tuesday. Sr. Germaine Corbin, Lisa Schultz and Dick McCracken joined the conversation.

Cardinal Spirit Bicycle Parade
Saturday, Sept. 18. Meet at Bike World at 5911 Broadway

  • 2 p.m. Bike World Kids Bicycle Rodeo & Free Bike Safety Inspection
  • 3:30 p.m. Bike World Competition for Best Cardinal Spirit Decorated Bike
  • 4 p.m. Free Bike Parade Bike World. Down Broadway to UIW.
  • 4:30 p.m. UIW Bike Parade through UIW Campus to Tailgate Party
  • 7 p.m. UIW Football Game kick off

For more information, contact Audrey Brooks at (612) 418-4911 or Bike World at (210) 828-5558.

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.For more information, contact Crystal Campos at 829-6001.

“Emergence of the Human” Presentation
Fr. Robert Kennedy, S.J., Roshi, a Jesuit priest and Zen master of the White Plum lineage, will speak on “Emergence of the Human” at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24 in the library auditorium. The topic will cross academic boundaries, moving from psychology to politics, philosophy, spirituality and more. Fr. Kennedy founded the Morningstar Zendo to foster an environment for interfaith dialogue. He is also a psychotherapist and representative at the United Nations Institute for Spiritual Consciousness in Politics. The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to help defray Fr. Kennedy’s expenses. Co-sponsored by the UIW Honors Program and the Office of Student Center and Leadership Activities with the San Antonio Zen Center.

Jazz Ensemble
The UIW Jazz Ensemble will perform from 8-10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29 at the Cove, 606 W. Cypress. Admission is free. The ensemble will feature its new vocalist, John Panzarella, who fronts his own jazz/swing group, Johnny P. and the Wiseguys. There will be a special guest performance by vocalist Sarah Centeno, San Antonio’s newest singing sensation. For more information, contact Jim Waller at (210) 445-0412 or Find the Jazz Ensemble schedule at

Women’s Global Connection Annual Cross Cultural Forum
The theme will be “Partnerships Making a Difference: A New Business Ethic.” Join us for a morning of awareness for future partnerships. Check in at 8:30 a.m. and the program will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 7 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room.  Registration is requested, and registered students will receive certificate of attendance. Register by e-mailing or call the WGC office at (210) 832.3208.

Veterans Benefits Information Session
UIW will hold an information session for students who are interested in pursuing a degree at UIW using their Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) educational benefits. The session will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4 at the ICC auditorium. For more information or to RSVP, contact Karen Wyatt at or Ext. 2705.

Information Technology (IT) & Cyber Security Job Fair
UIW and the Greater Chamber are co-hosting a free Information Technology (IT) & Cyber Security Job Fair. This forum will connect IT professionals and local businesses with college students who are seeking employment. It also provides professional networking opportunities. Students will get to meet local businesses who are hiring in software development, program management and cyber security areas. IT professionals can offer advice to students about certifications and other experiences that will best prepare them to achieve their career objectives after college. The fair will be from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5 at the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. For more information, contact Will Garrett at or (210)229-2163.

Department News

Respondus LockDown Browser Demonstration
The Department of Instructional Technology will present a free, live demonstration of the Respondus LockDown Browser at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22 in the Tilton Room. The Respondus LockDown Browser creates a locked testing environment within Blackboard that prevents students from printing, copying, going to other URLs, or accessing other applications during an online test. The LockDown Browser keeps the students locked into the test until it is submitted for grading. Snacks will be served. RSVP via e-mail to Terry Peak at

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 Family Day at Schlitterbahn Waterpark, New Braunfels
UIW Board of Trustees member Gary Henry invites all UIW employees, students and alumni to UIW Family Day at Schlitterbahn Waterpark New Braunfels on Sunday, Sept. 19. As a special gift to the community, one-day admission tickets (adults and children) will be $21.99. Regular park admission is $42.99 for adults and $34.99 for children. To receive the special discount you must present a valid UIW ID at one of the park’s admission booths. The discounted ticket offer is open to the holder of the UIW ID and immediate family members. There’s no limit on the number of tickets that can be purchased, but it is limited to immediate family only. The UIW ID holder must be present when the tickets are purchased, but the ID holder is not required to enter the park. If the ID holder opts to not enter, then that person doesn’t have to purchase a ticket. If you have any questions, contact PR at 829-6001. For park information and directions, visit

Job Fair Commercial Contest
Encourage your students to enter the Career Services’ job fair commercial contest. Prizes of $250 will be given to the winner in each of two categories. Commercials should communicate why students or employers should attend the UIW Job Fair on March 10 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Creativity is encouraged and all majors are welcome to participate. Complete an entry form and submit it to Career Services no later than Oct. 31. Entry forms can be picked up at the Office of Career Services, AD 113. For more information, call (210) 829-3931 or e-mail

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
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 Development Event: Questions, Questions, Who’s Got a Good Question?
Posing questions is one of the most frequent teaching activities that faculty use, so asking good questions is a valuable ability. This session will help participants distinguish between more and less helpful questions and provide practice in writing questions that promote learning. The session will also include ideas for increasing the number of students who respond in class to questions. Join Elizabeth Kreston, of mathematics, from noon – 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20 in the AT&T building, Room 121. Bring a lunch if you wish; drinks and dessert will be provided. To register contact Susan Hall at 283-5030 or or use this link:

Media Guide Forms Needed
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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. 20 at the Chili’s in The Quarry Market. For more information, contact Alejandro Calderon at

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

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Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • Judith Patton Crane '69 (BA) & family on the recent loss of her husband, Daryl S. Crane.
  • Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin (Dean, Feik School of Pharmacy) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Una Mae Johnson.
  • Betty Jonietz Dupnick '69 (BA) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Louise Alva Jonietz.
  • Andrea & Glen McCreless (UIW friends) on the recent loss of his father and Lauren McCreless (IWHS '06, UIW current student) on the recent loss of her grandfather, G. P. McCreless.

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.