The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Jan. 21, 2011

Photo of the Week

Dr. Kathi Light, Dr. Agnese, Sr. Yolanda Tarango, and Vladimira and John Miller pull the ribbon to open the “gift” of the newly named Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing, named in memory of John Miller’s mother who was a registered nurse.


Brainpower Mass
All the schools in the Brainpower Connection are invited to the Brainpower Mass from 9-11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 28 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. The Mass will help celebrate the bonds between eighth graders and freshman from the Brainpower Connection schools. For more information, contact Dan Ochoa at 210-829-2707 or

CCVI Spirit Award Nominations
The CCVI Spirit Award recognizes a member of the administration, staff or faculty who has demonstrated in service to UIW and to the broader civic community the spirit of the founders, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. The award is given each year to recognize members of the university community who are living the charism of the spirit of the Incarnate Word. Nominations from the community are reviewed by the CCVI Spirit Award Committee. Get a nomination form in AD 151. Return forms no later than Feb. 15 to CPO 139 or to office 151 in the AD building. For more information, contact Mission and Ministry at 210-829-2736.

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


Dr. Glenn James jokes with students at the Student Veteran Orientation on Thursday.

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.

UIW Jazz Ensemble
The UIW Jazz Ensemble will be performing from 8-10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26 at The Cove, 606 West Cypress one block from San Pedro. Admission is free.  For directions and menu, visit For more information, contact Jim Waller at 210-445-0412 or, or visit

Race for the Cure Team
The Feik School of Pharmacy and pre-pharmacy students invite the UIW community to join their 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 the team raised more than $8,000, making them No. 1 of the school fundraising teams in San Antonio. Please join the team and help in the fight against breast cancer. For more information, contact Kristen Dicianna at 210-883-1063 or

To register:

  • Go to
  • 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 the team name – UIW & FSOP Community – and click search
  • Click on the team name.
  • On the team page, on the top right side – click join UIW & FSOP Community
  • Then complete the registration form.

Retirement Party
After 11 years of service to the University of the Incarnate Word, Bob Kunczt is celebrating his retirement. Please join us as we honor him with a reception from 2:30-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28 at the Brackenridge Villa.

Extended Academic Programs Information Sessions
Are you an adult student ready to achieve your degree? Learn how at our information sessions! Have your transcript evaluated, learn about scholarship opportunities, and meet with current students and professors at one of these information sessions:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m.: Dual Enrollment Center, 1621 N. Main St.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m.: Northwest Center, 9729 Datapoint Dr., Suite 100
  • Thursday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m.: Northeast Center, Rolling Oaks Mall, 6909 N Loop 1604 East

For information, call 210-832-2100, e-mail, or visit

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.

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

Red Dress Health Tips
Try a new heart healthy recipe. Visit the website of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute ( for recipe ideas, such as oatmeal pecan waffles.

Recycling Report
Congratulations UIW! During December, we collected 2.7 tons of paper. As a result, we saved 47 trees, 11,234 kilowatt hours of energy, 19,180 gallons of water, and 9 cubic yards of landfill. We also eliminated 164 pounds of air pollutants created when making paper from virgin wood pulp.

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

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

High Schools

SACHS Community Liturgy/Winter Open House
St. Anthony Catholic High School will hold a Community Liturgy/Winter Open House on Sunday, Jan. 23. Mass will start in the SACHS on-campus chapel at 10:30 a.m. with the open house to follow from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. All academic department heads will have information tables. Faculty and administration will be on hand to conduct tours and answer questions. Representatives of all sports, clubs and other extra-curricular activities will be there as well. Students, parents and friends are invited. We look forward to seeing you!

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.

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

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:

  • John H. Collins Jr. (BA ’78) & family on the recent loss of his father, John Henry Collins Sr.
  • The family of Catherine Eleanor Hamilton (SR School ’47) on her recent death.
  • Lynn & Porter Loring III (UIW friends) & family on the recent loss of his father, Porter Loring Jr. (UIW friend)
  • Sr. Walter Maher, CCVI (BA ’67, VP for Mission & Ministry) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Ellen Tobin Maher.
  • Sr. Margaret Rose Palmer, CCVI (BA’45) & family on the recent loss of her sister-in-law, Patricia Davison Palmer.
  • Martha Ann Weise Bouldin (BS ’76) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Martha Binford Gulley Weise (BA ’41).
  • The family of Dieter Wespatat Jr. (BA ’91, BSN ’99) on his recent death.