The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Oct. 8, 2010

Photo of the Week

Dr. Jessica Kimmel, Dr. Denise Doyle and Sr. Helena Monahan, CCVI, wait for the start of the 5th annual Feik School of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony.


Thought for the Day: Heritage Week
UIW Recalls Its Heritage and Mission: Training nurses for Santa Rosa Hospital and teachers for their schools eventually led the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word to establish a Catholic high school and college open to young women from South Texas and Mexico.

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 Services
All are welcome.

  • Noon Mass, Monday – Thursday. Less than 30 minutes
  • 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


Another class takes the oath and receives white coats at the 5th annual Feik School of Pharmacy’s White Coat Ceremony on Friday.

Michael Mercer (center) joins a group of animal lovers at the UIW Blessing of the Animals on Monday.

Helen Ballew (standing), of the Headwaters Coalition, and Rosalinda Villarreal, from the Feik School of Pharmacy, work in the garden at the Incarnate Word Generalate for the St. Frances Day gardening event on Monday.

Heritage Day Events

Lorraine Ewers, Sr. Walter Maher, CCVI, Adela Gott and Itza Casanova join the opening ceremony of Heritage Day at the cemetery on Wednesday.

Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, perform “Ashes Could Not Stop Her” for Heritage Day on Wednesday.

Lisa Schultz and Gladys Delgado enjoy the picnic lunch on Dubuis Lawn on Heritage Day.

Sr. Teresa Stanley, CCVI, presents Dr. Agnese with a medal for his 25 years of service to the university at the Employee Ceremony on Heritage Day.

Dr. Roger Barnes and Vince Rodriguez enjoy the reception after the Employee Ceremony on Heritage Day.

Retired Col. Paula Tsufis, of the Retired Air Force Dietitians Association, and Dr. Joseph Bonilla hosted the dedication for the completion of the USAF Dietetics Archive at the J.E. & L.E. Mabee Library on Thursday.

The Poor in Matthew's Gospel
Dr. Tim Milinovich will present “The Poor in Matthew's Gospel” at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11 in Marian Hall Ballroom. In the Gospel of Matthew, the ongoing call to discipleship revolves around recognizing Jesus as Christ and the Son of God, as well as living according to Christ’s commands. How then are disciples called to live in a world with poverty and injustice? This talk will focus on the importance of justice and the poor in Matthew’s gospel and the responsibility of believing disciples both then and now. For more information, e-mail

Employee Campaign Lunch Finale
This year’s Employee Campaign will close with a light lunch finale from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Oct. 12 on the front lawn of the Brackenridge Villa. For more information, contact Andrea Hofstetter at (210) 829-6075 or

Theatre Arts Department Hosts Stage Designer
The UIW Theatre Arts Department cordially invites you to meet internationally acclaimed stage designer Timothy O’Brien at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13 in the Cheever Theatre. He will discuss his life and work in the theatre over the past 50 years. O’Brien has worked with Samuel Beckett, Trevor Nunn, Hal Prince, Harold Pinter and Andrew Lloyd Webber among many other well known artists. He has designed stages in the major opera houses and theatres of the world.

Mexican American Business Institute (MABI) Meeting
The Mexican American Business Institute will meet from noon – 1:30 p.m. Oct. 13 in the ICC Conference Hall. 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

Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

Headwaters Volunteers Needed
Get outdoors and enjoy this beautiful October weather while helping our environment. Join the Headwaters Coalition from 2-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15 at the red footbridge over the San Antonio River behind the Natatorium for an afternoon of volunteer work along the San Antonio River and Olmos Creek. Come prepared to get wet as we will be clearing trash out of the creek and river. Work with the Headwaters Coalition qualifies for off-campus volunteer service hours. To volunteer and for more information, contact Helen Ballew at (210) 246-2883 or

Department News

Feik School of Pharmacy Test Results
The first graduating class of the FSOP posted a 94 percent pass rate on the first attempt on the national board process. Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin says she’s confident the other students will pass on the second attempt.

“UIW Cardinal” is UIW’s campus in the 3D virtual world of Second Life. UIW Cardinal was opened to the public in September 2009 and a device was installed near a virtual version of the Agnese Sosa Building (pictured above) that records the name, day and time of every visit to the island. In the year that the island opened to the public, the device recorded more than 20,000 visitations. Phil Youngblood, computer information systems, determined the number represents about half the number of unique visitors. An informal survey of visitors by Youngblood reveals that they like the beauty of the island, the friendly public space on the beach set aside for builders to practice their skills, and listening to KUIW radio piped into the island.

Dr. Kevin Vichcales and Dr. Roberta Leichnitz welcome McNair Scholars from seven universities to the South Texas Regional McNair Scholars Research Conference on Saturday.

Medical Tourism Research Conference Abstracts
The UIW 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

Electricians are hard at work stringing lights around campus to prepare for Light the Way on Nov. 20 at the Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium.

Seton Scholar Jackie Cortez stands with her mother, Maria, and Tom and Gayle Benson at the award ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Monday.

Bereavement Policy Adjustment
Bereavement notices will be sent at the end of the day as a special message to allow dedicated attention for the UIW community. Notices must be submitted by a department head or individual appointed by the department head. We reserve the right to edit the entry for length and grammar, but responsibility for the content of the notice remains with the department that submitted the notice. Please send all notices to

Golden Harvest
The Student Government Association is holding the 24th annual Golden Harvest food drive. Employees are invited to join the tradition. From Oct. 1-22, SGA is holding a canned food/monetary donation contest until Oct. 22. Golden Harvest will be Oct. 23. For more information, contact SGA President Stephen Lucke at

Are You a Cardinal Fan?
UIW has a Facebook presence and we want everyone to become a fan! Visit the official UIW fan page at and click “Like” to show your school spirit. You can also comment on status posts, view UIW event photos and join discussions. Don’t forget to RSVP to upcoming events on Facebook too! The next one is Homecoming, so “Like” us and let us know you’re coming. See you there!

Donations Requested for Arts & Music Festival
The UIW Honors Program is teaming with the Alumni Association to start a new Homecoming event: the Arts and Music Festival. This event will celebrate the arts and showcase the variety of work created around the campus. Sales of donated work will raise funds for a new art/music program for residents at Haven for Hope. We need performing artists of all types to volunteer to fill two stages and we need donations of art or music/art lessons to sell. If you have artwork or lessons to donate, theatrical scenes, dance or music to perform or videos to screen, contact Jean Loden at

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.

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. 8 – 9 in the Cheever Downstage II Theatre
Friday and Saturday at 8 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

20-Minute Mentor Series
The 20-Minute Mentor Series is back for the fall. These short videos present practical, research-based suggestions to common teaching issues.No reservations are needed; just drop in at AD 212 for the video, a cold drink and a little conversation with colleagues. The first one will be at noon Friday, Oct. 8 as Linda Suskie suggests answers to this question: How can I promote deep, lasting student learning? For more information, contact Dr. Susan Hall at (210) 283-5030.

Please Send Media Guide Forms
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

Art Exhibit
Incarnate Word High School Art instructor Louis Lubbering will showcase his work at an art exhibit called “Louis Lubbering - 50 Years of Art” from Oct. 8-10 at The Cove Greenhouse, 606 W. Cypress. For more information, visit

Middle School Tours
IWHS is hosting middle school tours on Oct. 8, 11 and 12. These tours serve as a preview for prospective incoming 9th graders to tour IWHS and learn about the academics and extracurricular activities the school offers. Open House will be 2-4:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at IWHS.

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

IWHS Green Out
Show your Shamrock Spirit at the IWHS Green Out and cheer on our Shamrock volleyball team as they take on our cross town rivals the Antonian Apaches. Wear your favorite green spirit shirt or purchase your official GREEN OUT t-shirt from the Shamrock Spirit Shop or the alumnae office. Let’s blanket the stands in green as we cheer another Shamrock Victory! The games will be at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 in the UIW Convocation Center. The first 500 shamrock fans wearing green on game day can enjoy a free sausage wrap and soft drinks at the IWHS tent (in front of the UIW Convocation Center). For more information, call the IWHS Alumnae Office at (210) 829-3103.

SACHS Open House
St. Anthony Catholic High School will host an open house for prospective students Sunday, Oct. 24 on the SACHS campus located at 3200 McCullough Ave.  The day will begin with liturgy in the SACHS Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Find out more about our small classes, rigorous academics, community service opportunities, and competitive athletics programs. For more information, contact Paul Alexander at (210) 832-5632 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:

  • Vince (Dean of the School of Extended Academic Programs, ADCaP) & Cyndi (VP Extended Academic Programs) Porter & family on the recent loss of his father, Raymond Ward Porter.
  • Henry & Diana Salazar (Dreeben School of Education Certification Assistant) & family on the recent loss of his mother, Hilda Salazar.
  • Carlos & Lily Salinas (Administrative Secretary to the Math, Science and Engineering Dean) & family on the recent loss of his mother, Stella B. Hernandez.

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.