The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Feb. 11, 2011

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Guest speaker Abhi Ingle, the AT&T vice president of the Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions Group, who majored in mathematics, spoke to students on the practicality of mathematics in the business world on Friday.


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.

Spanish Mass Canceled Today

Our Lady’s Chapel Services
All are welcome.

  • Noon Mass, Monday – Thursday. Less than 30 minutes
  • Spanish Mass at noon on Fridays – No Spanish Mass on Friday, Feb. 4
  • 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


Members of the StandOUT Alliance collect donations at the bake sale in the library foyer on Wednesday.

Volunteer at the Headwaters
Join us from 2-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, in the Headwaters Sanctuary. We will be working to prepare for the upcoming Basura Bash where volunteers are coming to help us clean up our creeks and waterways. Meet us at the Trailhead behind the baseball fields for an afternoon of service. Dress for the weather and woods. Headwaters volunteers are eligible for off-campus community service hours. For more information contact, or call (210) 246-2883.

Red Dress Fashion Show & Health Fair
The 8th annual Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, in Marian Hall Ballroom. The event promotes cardiac health in women and features fashions designed by UIW students. There will be heart healthy appetizers, special activities, exhibits and information on the importance of maintaining a heart healthy lifestyle. The theme of this year’s event is “Heart 2 Heart.” For more information, contact Laura Muñoz at 210-805-3033 or

Prizes will be awarded to members of the audience in the following categories:

  • Best use of a “UIW Red Dress” scarf or tie. Scarves will be on sale at the event.
  • Best Red Dress ensemble
  • Wackiest Red Dress
  • Best use of the theme Heart2Heart
  • Best looking workout clothes

Entries will be judged on good taste, creativity, and style.

Wall of Love: You are invited to bring a photograph of a friend or loved one who has dealt with heart disease. The Wall of Love will be displayed in memory of those who have died and in honor of survivors of heart disease. Participants may choose to attach a paragraph about their loved ones.

Foreign Service Careers and Internships
Ambassador Ron McMullen will be discussing foreign service careers, experiences and internships starting at 4 p.m. Feb. 15 in the Special Collections Suite. The U.S. Department of State is hiring consular, economic management, political and public diplomacy officers, as well as offering positions for those with specialized skills in security, health care, construction engineering, information management and other fields. For more information, visit or contact Career Services at (210) 829-3931 or

Understanding Uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Beyond
Dr. Saber Elaydi, a professor from Trinity University, will present “Understanding Uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, and Beyond” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 in Fine Arts B03. Elaydi studied in Egypt and has frequent contact with the Middle East. The presentation is free. For more information, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirkat 829-3854 or

Theatre Performance – Life x 3
The Theatre Arts Department will present Life x 3 by Yasmina Reza. Life X 3 is a hilarious and poignant triple take of our intimacies and private longings. UIW students, faculty and staff get in free. All performances will be in the Cheever Downstage II Theatre. For more information or reservations, call 829-3800 or 829-3810 during regular business hours.


  • Feb. 11-12 and 18-19 (Fridays & Saturdays) at 8 p.m.
  • Feb. 13 (Sunday) at 2 p.m.
  • Feb. 17 (Thursday) at 7 p.m.

Iron Chef Competition
The annual Iron Chef event is back! The competition is open to students and employees, and your team of two can sign up in Marian Hall. The competition will begin at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 22 in Marian Hall Café.

Hispanic Marketing Speaker
The Hispanic Marketing Institute and SA Vision will host Jaime Cantu, regional manager for Texas Multicultural Marketing and his talk “Bacardi: A Multicultural Brand.” The event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 2 at the ICC. Seating is limited, so reserve your space at The cost is $10, and appetizers will be provided. For more information, contact Dr. Al Rubio at 210-930-8766 or   

Meet the Mission Reunion
UIW will host a reunion for all faculty members and students who have made Meet the Mission a continuing event at the university. The reunion will be from noon – 3 p.m. March 4 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Lunch will be served. There will be an open general discussion/reflection for all to share their experiences since their last participation in Meet the Mission. For more information, contact Dr. Harold Rodinsky at (210) 323-5424 or

Dance and Cheer Spring Show
The UIW and IWHS spirit teams will hold a Dance and Cheer Show from 7-9 p.m. Friday, March 4 in the UIW Fine Arts Theatre Auditorium. Admission costs $2, and tickets will be sold in advance and at the door. There will be door prizes given throughout the evening. For more information, contact Coach Audrey Brooks at 612-418-4911.

Alternative Spring Break – Meet the Mission
Alternative Spring Break, collaboration between Meet the Mission and the Office of Mission and Ministry, will begin Monday, March 14 and conclude Friday, March 18. This year’s activity, a continuation of last year’s event, will be a weeklong neighborhood clean-up effort in the area surrounding the Willie Velasquez Family Resource and Learning Center. The entire UIW community is encouraged to participate. This event will be suitable for faculty to bring their middle-school-age children. Students and faculty can participate for as many days as they wish. More information will be forthcoming.

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. Last year the team raised more than $8,000, making them the No. 1school fundraising team 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.

Department News

Résumé Software
Encourage students to stop by Career Services, AD 113, on Feb. 14 to check out new résumé software that allows users to create a résumé online. For more information, contact Career Services (210) 829-3931 or

Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunity: South Korea
UIW’s South Korean sister schools Anyang University and Soonchunhyang University have each invited two students to participate in a special scholarship program for the 2011 fall semester. Each university will provide two students with accommodation, airfare assistance (partial reimbursement), and a weekly stipend. Students would be responsible for paying UIW tuition. The fall semester will begin in mid-August and end in mid-December. Students can take a variety of courses pertaining to Korean language and culture. To apply, contact Alanna Taylor at Applications should be submitted by 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, to the Study Abroad Office, Room F106 in the ICC.

To be eligible to apply, students must:

  • have a 3.0 or higher GPA;
  • be an undergraduate student who has completed at least 12 semester hours at UIW, not exceeding 95 semester hours and not graduating in December 2011;
  • have a U.S. passport that is valid for at least six months or have applied for a passport;
  • participate in a face-to-face interview with the selection committee; and
  • be legally and academically eligible to study abroad for the 2011 fall semester.

PhD Information Session
The University of the Incarnate Word invites prospective doctoral students and guests to speak with representatives of the Dreeben School of Education Doctorate of Philosophy in Education program from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 in Joyce Building Room 126. RSVP to Graduate Admissions Counselor Elisabeth Levy at or 210-805-3554.

Community News

Red Dress Health Tips
Know your numbers. Schedule a physical exam to check cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and screen for or monitor diabetes. Free screenings will be available at the Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair from 11a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 in Marian Hall.

Fire Alarm Test
The fire marshal will be testing the fire alarm system in the AD building beginning at 7 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11. Silent testing will run all day. For more information, contact Risk & Safety Manager Sam McDaniel at or 210-860-3963.

Help UIW win Recyclemania
Join UIW in the campuswide effort to go green in this year’s Recyclemania, a national eight-week recycling competition running until April 2. UIW is competing against several hundred other universities, and the school that collects the most recyclables, wins! SCLA is seeking student organizations and individuals with ideas or suggestions to boost recycling on our campus. SCLA will provide a small budget if needed to get the idea up and running. If you have an idea for an event or program you would like to host to increase recycling efforts, contact SCLA at For more information on the competition, visit

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 HistoryCommittee by e-mailing These will be posted online at

Faculty Focus

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

Make Nominations for Presidential Teaching Award
Nominations for the 2011 Presidential Teaching Award will be accepted through Feb. 25. This annual award acknowledges and rewards a fulltime faculty member who exemplifies excellence in teaching that leads to student engagement.Dr. Agnese will present a$5,000 stipend to the recipient. This award is presented to an individual one time; recipients become members of the selection committee in succeeding years. Colleagues, current students and alumni may make nominations accompanied by the reason the nominee is deserving of the award. For more information and a nomination form, visit

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

High Schools

SACHS Blood Drive
St. Anthony Catholic High School will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 in the library. Donors must bring a photo ID, be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health. Donors age 16 weighing 120 pounds may donate with parental consent form, Donors should eat and drink fluids prior to donating blood. For more information, contact Jennifer Ketchum at 829-2708 or

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

Chip n’ Classic Golf Tournament
The St. Anthony Catholic High School 9th annual Chip n’ Classic Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, March 12 at the Republic Golf Course. Registration is at 11:30 a.m. and tee time is 1:30 p.m.  For registration information, contact Alejandro Calderon at 832-5622 or

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Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • Joseph L. Aleman & family on the recent loss of his wife, Beatrice Gonzalez Aleman (IWHS ’61, BA ’65, MA ’69).