The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Jan. 14, 2011

Photo of the Week

Music professor Bill Gokelman introduced the UIW Cardinal Chorale during this week’s visit from the Notre Dame Folk Choir Winter Touring Ensemble.


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


Fr. Daniel Groody, CSC, an award-winning producer and author, presented Dying to Live: A Migrant’s Journey on Wednesday.

Comedian Natasha Leggero, who has been a judge on Last Comic Standing, visited UIW on Monday for January Jump Off to kick off the spring semester. She is pictured here with UIW students Leo Abreau and Vincent Marotta.

Doctoral Student Spring Gathering
The Doctoral Student Association invites faculty and students to the Doctoral Student Spring Gathering at 6 p.m. Jan. 15 in Marian Hall Ballroom. We begin the semester with a time to welcome one another back for a new semester and to thank the faculty who serve doctoral students. For more information, contact Judy Beauford at or Emma Santa Maria at

Dedication of School of Nursing and Health Professions
You are cordially invited to attend the grand opening and dedication of the School of Nursing and Health Professions. The event will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19 in front of the nursing building. For more information, contact the Office of Public Relations at 829-6001.

Moody Lecture
Dr. David Campos, UIW’s Moody Professor for 2010-11, will present his Moody Lecture, “The Childhood Obesity Epidemic: Jump Start Health as Prevention” at noon Monday, Jan. 24 in the Mabee Library Special Collections Suite.

Race for the Cure Team
The Feik School of Pharmacy and pre-pharmacy students invite the UIW community to join our Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Team. The race will be Saturday, April 30.If you register before Jan. 31, you can save $5.Last year we raised more than $8,000, making us No. 1of the school fundraising teams in San Antonio. This year we want to raise even more! Please join our team and help us in the fight against breast cancer. For more information, contact Kristen Dicianna at 210-883-1063 or

To register:

  • Go
  • On the top middle of the page, click on “Komen Race for the Cure”
  • On drop down menu, choose “Register”
  • On the right hand side, click “Join a Team”
  • At the bottom, type our team name – UIW & FSOP Community – and click search
  • Click on our team name.
  • On our team page, on the top right side – click join UIW & FSOP Community
  • Then complete the registration form.

Department News

Ask An Advisor Day
Do you need a question answered about investing, retirement planning, saving for college, or creating/changing a will or trust? UIW will host a call-in/e-mail session called Ask An Advisor Day from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8. Members of the UIW Planned Giving Council will be standing by to take your calls and e-mails on questions/issues related to wills, trusts, retirement, insurance or investment planning. Call (210) 829-6071 or e-mail to talk to one of our estate planning attorneys, trust officers and financial professionals. You may send your questions before Feb. 8 to Diane Echavarria, UIW Planned Giving Office, at (210) 829-6071 or One of the council members will get back with you that evening. This event is provided as a benefit to UIW alumni and faculty and staff without obligation or cost.

Extended Academic Programs Student Appreciation Reception
Faculty and students from ADCaP and the Virtual University are invited to a Student Appreciation Reception from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. We’ll have hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, door prizes, giveaways and entertainment. Come enjoy an evening with fellow students, faculty and staff as we kick off the semester. For more information, contact Linda Vela-Solis at or Ext. 2100.

New Student Veteran Orientation
Join us for the Spring 2011 UIW New Student Veteran Orientation Lunch & Learn from noon to 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20 in the J. E. and L. E. Mabee Library auditorium. Representatives from UIW offices will answer students’ questions about using VA educational benefits at UIW. Included will be a “Transition from Military to Civilian Life” workshop, presented by representatives from the local San Antonio Vet Center. Pizza and cookies will be served in the library foyer. For more information, contact Karen Wyatt at or Ext. 2705.

Submit Spring Announcements and Events
The Office of Public Relations requests that all departments submit their events and announcements for the spring semester. Please submit the time, date, location, cost and contact information, along with a brief description of the event. To ensure you have submitted all the necessary information, you are encouraged to use the publicity form found at Don’t forget to let us know if something changes or the event is canceled! For more information, contact the Office of Public Relations at 829-6001.

Community News

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday
UIW will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Test of the Fire Alarm System Today
Risk and Safety management will test the fire alarm system today in the AD building. There will be flashing audio visuals along with music playing. Please disregard both. You will only need to evacuate the building if you hear the normal sirens going off that indicate there is a fire.

Red Dress Health Tips
Plan something active and fun this weekend. Have you thought about walking the new extension of the River Walk? Is it time for a bike ride or a night of dancing? Turn off the television and the computer, and take the family bowling. Consider walking in the MLK March for inspiration.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Menu
Marian Hall Café will be serving the following menu on Jan. 18:

  • Ribs
  • Fried Chicken
  • Macaroni & Cheese                 
  • Black-eyed Peas
  • Collard Greens
  • Neck Bones & Rice
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Cracklin’ Cornbread

Call for Submissions for Quirk 2011
UIW's creative arts journal Quirk is inviting submissions from everyone in the university community. Send your original creative work, such as poems, short stories, essays, songs, photographs and digital images of paintings, drawings, fashion sketches, sculptures or pottery to by Jan. 31. Don’t use identifying marks on the artwork(s) or manuscript(s), but include a separate sheet with your name, title of your work, media/genre and contact information. Include a translation if the work is not in English. In honor of the NEH grant that was awarded to CHASS, we invite creative work that explores or depicts the role of water as cultural symbol. For more information, contact Dr. Tanja Stampfl at or at 829-3885.

Faculty Focus

Grant Received
Dr. Paul David Foglesong, of the biology department, has received a grant of $20,000 from the William and Ella Owens Medical Research Foundation. The grant will support Foglesong's continuing research on human T cells including their sensitivity to antitumor drugs.This is the third extramural grant he has received in the past three years totaling more than $110,000, which has supported six graduate students performing thesis research for their MS in Biology. Congratulations!

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

High Schools

IWHS Salsa and Scholarships Fundraiser
Incarnate Word High School’s annual Salsa and Scholarships Fundraiser will be from 2:30 – 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6 at La Hacienda de Los Barrios, 18747 Redland Road. Advance tickets for adults (13 and older) cost $30, and at the door cost $35. Children 6-12 cost $7 at the door, and children 5 and younger eat free. Tickets include a fajita buffet, one free margarita or beer, silent auction and entertainment. Please support our efforts to raise money for scholarships for IWHS students. For more information, contact 210-832-2143 or visit

UIW Prep Open House
Want to give your student a head start on college? Find out how by joining UIW Prep at our Parent Open House at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25 or Thursday, Feb. 24 in the ICC. You will have the opportunity to meet the UIW Prep team, instructors and take part in an informative class demonstration. There will be door prizes and light refreshments served. RSVP by calling (210) 805-3013 or e-mailing For more information, contact Julie Weber at or 832-5631 or contact Dione Bedell at or 805-3013.

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:

  • The family of Clara Rubiola Brundage (UIW friend, IWHS ‘42) on her recent death.
  • The family of Franklin Garcia Jr. (BA ’80) on his recent death.
  • Sr. Margaret Rose Palmer, CCVI (BA ’45) & family on the recent loss of her sister-in-law, Patricia Davison Palmer.