The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Nov. 12, 2010

Photo of the Week

Karen Wyatt speaks to the audience at the Veterans Day ceremony on Thursday.


RSVP for Sometime Singers-Players
Join UIW’s Sometime Singers & Players, a group made up of faculty, staff, administrators and students (vocalists and instrumentalists) who cannot participate in weekly rehearsals and services, but who serve when possible at liturgical prayer throughout the school year. Your commitment to participate at the event and at rehearsals is made only when you RSVP to an event invitation by the RSVP date. To RSVP for one of the events below, or to have your name placed on the SS/P e-mail list for future events, contact Lena Gokelman at or at Ext. 3207, or contact Dr. Glenn James at or Ext. 2717.

  • Fall Baccalaureate Mass: Friday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. (warm-up at the Convocation Center at 3:45 p.m.). Please attend two of the three rehearsals: Tuesday, Dec. 7 (vocalists), Wednesday, Dec. 8 (instrumentalists only), Thursday, Dec. 9 (vocalists and instrumentalists). All rehearsals are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. RSVP by Wednesday, Dec. 1.
  • Christmas Eve Mass:  Thursday, Dec. 24 at 5:30 p.m. (warm-up for the Mass will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Our Lady's Chapel). Attend at least 2 rehearsals on Tuesday, Dec. 14, Thursday, Dec. 16 or Tuesday, Dec. 21. Everyone should attend the final rehearsal Thursday, Dec. 23. All rehearsals are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. RSVP by Wednesday, Dec. 8.

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


Volunteers Needed for Light the Way
Interested in helping collect toys or escorting children who will dress as angels? Assistance is needed in the following areas: passing out candles and programs; collecting toys and monitoring walkways. Those interested contact Debra Del Toro at 829-6001 or Join us Saturday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium for an evening of musical entertainment and fun. The event is free and all are welcome.

Dr. Fernando A. Guerra, the director of health at San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, spoke at the “Promoting Adolescent & Child Health in San Antonio: A Community Roundtable” discussion on Friday.

Assistant Dean of Students Dr. Carmita Coleman (from left), Walgreens Regional Manager Julie Mitchell, Dean Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin, and Amyn Madhani, a P-3 student and SNPHA chapter president attended the check presentation on Wednesday.

For the third consecutive year, Walgreens Corp. has donated $10,000 to the Feik School of Pharmacy. The contribution is designated to help foster diversity in the profession. The FSOP has earmarked $2,000 for a scholarship to a single student who has been instrumental in moving the school’s diversity agenda. The remaining funds will support activities such as transportation to Indian Health Facilities, mission trips to Central America, middle school health interest contests, health fairs, and other student-driven projects.

Dr. Julie Miller presents a poster at the symposium for Learning Community Research Day on Monday.

The group representing Residence Life took home the grand prize for their interpretation of Light the Way at the sandwich board contest on Saturday.

Business Plan Competition Preliminary Presentations
The H-E-B School of Business & Administration welcomes everyone to the preliminary presentations of Business Plan Competition from noon – 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12 in Rooms 212 and 215 of the Gorman Building. For more information, contact Dr. Jose Moreno at or Margaret Villarreal at

President’s Spaghetti Dinner
It’s time for our annual tradition, the President’s Spaghetti Dinner, and this is your special invitation to assist us. Dr. Agnese is the head chef and we are the restaurant staff extraordinaire. Our students will be treated to a free spaghetti dinner with all the ambiance of a five star fine dining experience. The only catch is that the success of the event is dependent on your participation. This year the event is on from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Also, sign up to help with meatball rolling at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12 in Marian Hall Café, serve at one or more of the shifts, or preparing or purchasing a dessert.  We would love to have your support. Please reply and reserve your time slot for the evening at

Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

Headwaters Sanctuary Volunteer Work Day
Come out from 2-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12 for the Headwaters Sanctuary volunteer work day. Meet at the main trail at the entrance to the soccer fields. Volunteer service hours available. Come dressed for work in the woods (long pants, closed shoes).We will have work gloves and tools. To volunteer, please contact Helen Ballew at or call 828-2224 Ext. 232.

Jack and the Beanstalk
The UIW Theatre Arts Department presents Jack and the Beanstalk.  Come enjoy this retelling of the magical childhood classic, full of new twists and turns. Get free admission with a UIW ID. For more information or reservations, call 829-3800 or 829-3810 during regular business hours.
Performance schedule:
Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. (Friday)
Nov. 13 and 20 at 11 a.m. (Saturday)
In the Elizabeth Huth Coates Theatre

Chemistry Club Speaker
The Chemistry Department and Chemistry Club will host Scott M. Grayson, of Tulane University’s Department of Chemistry, at 6 p.m. Nov. 17 in Bonilla Science Hall Room 129. He will speak on the preparation of nanoscale polymer architectures for improved drug delivery. He will discuss several case studies. Refreshments will be served before the event in the BSH lobby area. For more information, contact Dr. Kate Edelman at (210) 283-6493 or

Native American Heritage Month Lecture
Richard Garay will lecture at noon Thursday, Nov. 18 in the Mabee Library auditorium. This lecture is part of the Native American Heritage Month program and is entitled "Los Coahuitecos: Su Cultura, El Rio, Sus Alimentos, Sus Mitotes, Y Su Lengua. The Coahuiltecos: Their Culture, the River, Their Food, Their Spiritual Quests and Their Language." The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Matthias Schubnell at

Blue Santa Jolly Jog/Walk
The Blue Santa Jolly Jog/Walk is a family friendly event, and at the end of the jog/walk there will be games, prizes for the kids, food, drinks and music. The event will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 30 beginning at Benson Stadium. The entry fee is one unwrapped toy to benefit the Blue Santa’s project. For more information, contact Heather Barton-Weston at (210) 832-5643 or

Department News

Golf Cart Needed
Public Relations is in need of a large golf cart to borrow for the Light the Way event on Nov. 20. If your department has a six-passenger golf cart available, please contact PR at 829-6001.

Fundraisers for Mabee Library

Kappa Delta Epsilon, the honorary professional education fraternity is holding two fundraisers for the J.E. & L.E. Mabee Library. The group is selling Partylite candles through Nov. 15. To place an order, contact Dr. Stephanie Grote-Garcia at or 832-2106. EZ’s Brick Oven & Grill will donate to KDE 20 percent of sales between 5-8 p.m. Nov. 22 at the 255 E. Basse location. Just place your receipt in the KDE donation box that evening.

Abstract Submission Deadline Extended
The Center for Medical Tourism invites submissions of original research for presentation at the second annual Medical Tourism Research Conference. The deadline for submissions has been extended to Nov. 12. Submit your abstract to Research can focus on business, clinical, economic, ethical, legal, marketing, operational, policy, social justice, and societal impacts of the international healthcare industry. The conference will be from Feb. 23-25 in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit or contact Dr. David G. Vequist IV at (210) 805-5825 or

Community News

UIW in the News
In honor of veterans

Elf Louise Toy Drive Collection Locations
We are collecting new, unwrapped toys to donate to the Elf Louise project. Find collection boxes in the basement of the AD building, on the 2nd floor of the Feik School of Pharmacy, in Marian Hall Student Center, in the foyer of the library, in the Wellness Center, in the Natatorium and outside Our Lady’s Chapel. The boxes will be in place until Nov. 19, and toys can also be dropped off at the Light the Way ceremony on Nov. 20. All toys will be taken to Elf Louise after Light the Way.

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

Texas Pharmacy Congress Meeting
Dr. David Maize, associate dean of academic affairs, attended the quarterly Texas Pharmacy Congress meeting in Houston on Nov. 1-2. Also representing the Feik School of Pharmacy were Dr. Marcos Oliveira, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences and 2010-2011 AACP Academic Leadership Fellow, and Ivan Juarez, a fourth year student on academic rotation with the FSOP Office of Student Affairs.

TAFE Conference
The Dreeben School of Education and CARE (future educators society) will be hosting the Region 20 Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE) Conference on Friday, Nov. 12.We will have about 150 high school students on campus.

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

High Schools

SAIW Theatre Company Presents “God’s Favorite”
The 2010-11 St. Anthony/Incarnate Word theatre season will offer a production of “God’s Favorite.” The story of Job comes to life in a modern comedy about the highs and lows of a God-fearing man and his family. All shows will be in the Incarnate Word High School gymnasium. Shows will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 12-13 and at 3 p.m. Nov. 14. Tickets cost $6 for adults, $5 for students and $3 for children. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Lara Willars at or call the main office at (210) 829–3100.

Poinsettia Sale
To benefit the Campus Ministry GRACE Retreat and Jamaican Mission Trip, IWHS is holding its second annual poinsettia sale. Poinsettias cost $12 each, and orders of 10 or more will be sold at a discounted price of $10 each. Plants are in 6.5-inch decorative foil pots, have 5-7 red blooms and come in a handy carry sleeve to make transport home easy. Please make checks out to IWHS and submit the order from found in Campus Ministry no later than Monday, Nov. 29. Orders will be available for pick-up at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13 in the cafeteria. Anyone interested should call Gloria Clayton at (210) 829-3121.

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Beethoven To Broadway
Join us from 7-10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 at St. Peter's Parish Hall for a fabulous evening of dinner, drinks and music with selections ranging from Beethoven to Broadway. Michael Valdez, anchor of Fox News at 9 on Fox 29, will emcee. Local artists Jillian Cox,  soprano; Jennifer Halteman, mezzo soprano; Nicole Valadez, pianist; Sixto Elizondo, violinist; Seis Steves, theatre arts; Kasandra Keeling, pianist; and Rafael Moras, tenor, will be collaborating in a fundraising event for St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church and School. Complimentary babysitting will be available. For ticket information, contact Becky Finley at St. Peter’s Parish Office at 822-9553 or

Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • Sr. Catalina Fresquez, CCVI (BA ’63) & family on the recent loss of her sister, Maria Dolores Fresquez.
  • The family of Sr. Mary Daniel Healy, CCVI (Professor Emerita, Alumna of Distinction, BA ’47, MS ’85), the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, and the entire UIW community on her recent death.
  • Mike Kelley & family on the recent loss of his wife, Mary Riese Kelley (BSN ’87).
  • Nathan Ubogy (BS ’73) on the recent loss of his daughter, Cheryl & Samuel (BA ’74) Ubogy on the recent loss of his sister, and Ginny Lin Burris (BA ’95) on the recent loss of her mother, Rochelle “Shelly” Neely.
  • The family of Rose Kathryn Dallal Reed (MA ’57) on her recent death.

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.