The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Jan. 28, 2011

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Dr. David Campos, UIW’s Moody Professor for 2010-11, gave the Moody Lecture titled “The Childhood Obesity Epidemic: Jump Start Health as Prevention” on Monday.


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 147. Return forms no later than Feb. 15 to CPO 139 or to office 147 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


Cpt. Saundra Martinez, BSN, explained what Army Nurse Corps officers do at the Nursing Luncheon on Monday.

Melinda Adams, of the Fashion Department, sells tie-dyed scarves Thursday to raise money for the Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair on Feb. 15.

Final Award Ceremony of the Business Plan Competition
Participants of the HEBSBA Business Plan Competition will receive prizes based on the quality of their final business plan submitted. The ceremony will be from noon – 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28 in the ICC Conference Hall. Everyone is welcome, but please RSVP because the places are limited. For more information, contact Margaret Villarreal at or Jose Moreno at or call 805-5884 or 930-8011.

Friday Tour of the Headwaters Sanctuary
Join Professor Gil Hinojosa’s Environmental History class and Headwaters Executive Director Helen Ballew for a tour of the Headwaters Sanctuary from 2-4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28. The tour will begin at the red footbridge over the San Antonio River near the Natatorium. Come dressed for a walk in the woods (long pants, closed toe shoes). Bring a friend. You’ll explore the greater UIW environs and learn about the history of the special land and waters at the “Head of the River.” No need to register, just show up if interested. For more information, contact Helen Ballew at (210) 828-2224 Ext. 232 or

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 2:30-4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28 at the Brackenridge Villa.

Dissertation Defense
Robert Olivares is defending his dissertation at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28 at the Library’s Special Collections Suite. The title of his dissertation is Exploring Variables Predictive of Bachelor Degree Completion Among Hispanics: A Focus on Persistence, Perseverance, and Prosperity. His dissertation chair is Dr. David Campos.

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. 1of 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
  • 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.

Asian New Year Celebration
Join the Asian New Year celebration at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2 in Marian Ballroom. 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit. Guests can sample Asian cuisine, enjoy Asian music, traditional Asian dances, Tai-Chi and drum performances. The highlight of the event is the traditional Lion Dance to be performed by UIW’s Lion Dance Team. Everyone will have a chance to win door prizes and play traditional Asian games for prizes as well. Guests can also participate in Asian cultural experiences including the Asian New Year blessing, quick Chinese learning, Indian Henna, Asian themed costume photography, calligraphy practice and a traditional tea ceremony.

Mathematics in the Business World
Guest speaker Abhi Ingle, the AT&T vice president of the Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions Group, who majored in mathematics, will address the attendees on the practicality of mathematics in the business/industrial world. He will speak 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3 in BSH 220. All students are welcome. Math majors are strongly encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by grants from USDA and NSF at Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Extended Academic Programs Information Sessions
Are you looking to earn 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 or e-mail, or visit  

Basura Bash hits the Headwaters
This month, the Headwaters becomes an official site for the Basura Bash citywide cleanup! We’ll be bagging as much trash as we can from 9 a.m. – noon Feb. 26 on our part of the San Antonio River. Meet at the red footbridge by the UIW Natatorium. To sign up, visit, and choose “Volunteer Registration” on the left side bar. As you fill out the form, choose “Headwaters of San Antonio River” as your tributary site in Step 2. For more information, contact Helen Ballew at

Department News

What’s an In-Kind Gift?
An In-Kind Gift is a gift of a tangible item to UIW, like books, coins, jewelry, computer equipment, software, art, lab equipment, etc. To help faculty and staff respond to calls and inquires about these types of gifts, we provide some general guidelines and ask that you refer these calls/questions to the Development Office at (210) 829-6072 or for handling. In-Kind Gifts are important and valuable to UIW and we appreciate donors thinking of the University for these types of gifts. For more information, visit

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. Your name and contact information are not required unless you want to share it with the advisor or the planned giving office. That evening, call (210) 829-6071 or e-mail to talk to one of our estate planning attorneys, trust officers and financial professionals. You may also send your questions in advance of 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
Browse through Eat This, Not That at your local bookstore or visit the website of the same title for eye-opening information about choices at restaurants. Consider a trip to Subway: Order a turkey sub and pile on those vegetables. 

Contribute to Women's History Month in March
Consider contributing a program to Women's History Month at UIW. These could be class content about women that could benefit the general public or something extra. Send the name of the program, a short description, the date, time, and place to the Women's History Committee by e-mailing These will be posted online at

Last 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

Teaching Philosophies: A Working Session
Barbara Millis of UTSA will lead faculty in revising their teaching philosophies from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31 in the Library Special Collections Suite. This working session will benefit those who are just beginning to write a teaching philosophy and those eager to enhance an existing statement. Participants are asked to bring a draft of their teaching statement. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Susan Hall at or 283-5030.

Faculty Forum
The Faculty Senate and the Mabee Library invites you to the Faculty Forum at noon Monday, Feb. 14, in Marian Hall Ballroom. The topic will be on New Technology in the Mabee Library including Ref Works (a great bibliographic tool), new tools in our databases, new ways to do reserves and upcoming technological initiatives such as Discovery Tool and Stoneware. Bring your lunch. For more information, contact Dr. Annette Craven at 210-283-5031 or

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

High Schools

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. 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:

  • The family of Leona L. Flaig (SR School ’43) on her recent death.
  • Joy & Gary Hoover & family on the recent loss of his mother, Ila Marie Belk Hoover (Santa Rosa School ’47).
  • The family of Eleanore Jones Kiersted (BSN ’52) on her recent death.
  • Wanda (UIW Adm. Sec/School of Media and Design) & Kent Palma & family on the recent loss of his mother, Lois Palma.
  • Margaret Winn (Former Development Board member) & family on the recent loss of her husband, George Joe Winn III.