The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Sept. 24, 2010

Photo of the Week

Itza Casanova gets into the spirit at Saturday’s Light the Way workday. The last workday will be from 9 a.m. – noon Saturday, Sept. 25 in Marian Ballroom. Come enjoy free breakfast and help prepare for the university’s annual lighting. For more information, contact Crystal Campos at 829-6001.


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.

University Mission and Ministry along with several UIW students lit candles at the United Nations International Day of Peace Prayer service.

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


“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.

State of the University Address
Dr. Agnese will deliver the annual State of the University address at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27 in the library auditorium. Join UIW’s president to learn more about the university’s plans for the 2010-11 academic year and into the future.

Dr. Joseph Stewart, political science professor at Clemson University, presented “Shhh! Something We Don’t Talk About in the Constitution: Race” in honor of Constitution Day.

Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin spoke at the tree planting ceremony in memory of FSOP student Michael Gres on Friday at the Feik School of Pharmacy.

Dr. Harold Rodinsky and UIW senior Erica Sifuentes pack food boxes for Inner City Development during Meet the Mission on Friday.

Michael Mercer studies a photo from Kelly Walls’ pet rescue display in the Semmes Art Gallery during the exhibit’s closing reception last week.

Texas Invaders Workshop
Help liberate the natives with the Headwaters Coalition and the Texas Invaders. An all-day free training workshop on non-native invasive plants will begin at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 in the library auditorium. Learn to identify, eradicate and manage invasive species. Training includes classroom instruction and field experience in the Headwaters Sanctuary along the San Antonio River. At the completion of the session, participants will be certified as “Texas Invaders Citizen Scientists.” The training is open to the UIW community and friends. Advance registration is required and space is limited, so register now! Download the registration form at Submit registration to For more information, contact Headwaters Director Helen Ballew at (210) 246-2883 or

Family Day Game
The Cardinal football team will celebrate Family Day as they play the Texas A&M University – Kingsville Javelinas at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept 25 at Benson Stadium. All students 18 and younger will receive free admission with the purchase of an adult general admission ticket. Festivities will include the Radio Disney Rockin’ Road Show pregame show from 5:30–7 p.m. The show will feature dance performances by the Radio Disney Dancers. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Kevin Rubel at (210) 829-6048.

UIW Pre-Pharmacy Association Blood Drive
The UIW Pre-Pharmacy Association “The Remedies” will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27 and Tuesday, Sept. 28 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Donors receive snacks, juice, a donor t-shirt and a complete cholesterol and blood type profile. Donors must be 17 years of age or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health. Drink plenty of water the night before and that morning, avoid aspirin 24 hours before donating, and pump-up your iron (eat beef, leafy greens and nuts). A photo ID is required. For more information, contact Brittany Rodriguez at (210) 829-2703 or

International Food Festival
University Mission and Ministry invites you to the International Food Festival from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 29 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Come and enjoy samples of food from countries all around the world made by the UIW community! For more information, contact Beth Villarreal at (210) 829-2736.

Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

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

Cross Country Invitational
The 5th annual UIW Cross Country Invitational will be Saturday, Oct. 2 at Live Oak City Park in Live Oak, Texas. The men’s team will run at 8 a.m. followed by the women at 8:45 a.m. The men are the defending champions and the women were second last year only to University of Texas. Thirteen universities are expected to attend. Come support the Cardinals! The event and parking are free. For more information, contact Derek Riedel at (210) 805-3566 or

Dedicatory Concert
Dr. David Heller, professor of music and university organist at Trinity University, will perform the dedicatory concert of the new Schoenstein pipe organ at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sr. Eilish Ryan at

Annual Water Show and Silent Auction
The synchronized swimming team will hold its annual water show and silent auction at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Barshop Natatorium. The theme this year is “Disney on Melted Ice.” Admission costs $4 for students, faculty and children and $8 for adults. Come support UIW’s nationally ranked synchronized swimming team. For more information, contact Emily Van Vleck at (210) 829-2796 or

Music Panel and Recital
Two musical groups will discuss musical instruments in a panel discussion and then perform a recital from 3-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1 in the ICC auditorium. Taller Campesino, directed by Edwin Colon Zayas, and Sabor a Cultura, a group of young musicians from Cayey, Puerto Rico, will discuss and play el cuatro and el tiple, two musical instruments that look like guitars. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Dr. Amalia Mondriguez at 829-3894 or

Department News

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

Flu Shots Available
Flu shots are available in Health Services for $25.Pay by cash, check or charge. To make an appointment, call 829-6017.

Athletics Director Mark Papich and Alumni Relations Director Lisa Schultz passed out information on UIW and sold football tickets at the UIW Family Day at Schlitterbahn Waterpark on Sunday.

Two Short Plays from the Theatre of the Absurd
The UIW Theater Arts Department will present two plays, The Bald Soprano and Play, in a special double-feature. Writing in the years following World War II, several European playwrights were labeled as “absurdists,” because they urged their audiences to embrace the freedom of chaos rather than enslave themselves to nonexistent order and rationality. The Bald Soprano, by Eugene Ionesco, is a wacky comic spoof that lampoons the craziness of language. Play, written by Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett, is the autopsy of a love triangle told from three points of view. Free ticket with UIW ID. For more information or reservations, call (210) 829-3810.

Performance schedule:
Oct. 1 – 3 & 7 – 9 in the Cheever Downstage II Theatre
Thursdays at 7 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sunday at 2 p.m.

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 benefit UIW scholarships. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Andrea Hofstetter at or 829-6075.

Faculty Focus

Media Guide Forms Needed
We’re still waiting on some faculty members’ 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

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:

  • Dr. Doug Gilmour (UIW Faculty - Philosophy) & family on the recent loss of his mother, Jesse Gilmour.
  • Jerry Gueldner & family on the recent loss of his wife, Mary Margaret Willis Gueldner (IWHS ’47).
  • Dr. Lopita Nath (UIW Faculty - History) & family on the recent loss of her father, Tarun Kumar Nath.
  • Patricia Quernemoen & family on the recent loss of her husband, James Benjamin Quernemoen ’83 (MA).

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.