The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Feb. 18, 2011

Photo of the Week

Marveen Mahon, director of Health Services, gets a blood glucose screening from pharmacy student Brittany Martinez during the Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair on Tuesday.


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


Ambassador Ron McMullen talked about careers in foreign service on Tuesday.

Trinity University professor Dr. Saber Elaydi spoke on “Understanding Uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, and Beyond” on Tuesday.

Jane Vosteen and Kevin Rodriguez worked in the kissing booth at the CAB Valentine’s Day to raise funds for Project Africa.

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. 18-19 (Fridays & Saturdays) at 8 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.

SoulFruit & Soul Food
The Office of Campus Life is sponsoring a Black History Month lunch at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23 in Marian Student Center Lounge. Come out for great music and fantastic food! The event is free.

On the menu:
Red Beans & Rice with sausage
Peach Cobbler
Swamp Water

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 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.

Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think
Watch a video of a Gallup poll six-year study of Muslims around the world called “Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think.” Then join the discussion sponsored by the Interfaith Committee of the University Mission and Ministry, the Council on American Islamic Relations San Antonio, UIW Liturgical Outreach, and the San Antonio Institute of Interfaith Dialogue. The event will be from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Feb. 22 in the library auditorium. For more information, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at or 829-3854.

Basura Bash at the Headwaters
This year, the Headwaters at Incarnate Word is an official site for the Basura Bash citywide cleanup. Online registration for this site is closed, but UIW volunteers may sign up through registered UIW student groups: SGA and Project Africa. If you’d like to volunteer, contact one of these organizations. Help bag trash from 9 a.m. – noon on Saturday, Feb. 26. Meet at the red footbridge over the San Antonio River at 8 a.m. for event day registration. For more information, contact Helen Ballew at

“Women and War” Poetry Reading
Beverly Monestier, an award-winning international writer, will read some of her poetry on “Women and War” at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 3 in the Special Collections Suite of the library. Please come and join us. For more information, contact Dr. Tanja Stampfl at or 829-3885.

Medicine Disposal
MedDropSA provides a safe and easy way to dispose of unwanted and expired over-the-counter and prescription medications. These medicines can pose a risk to the environment when flushed or dumped in a landfill. Removing these medications from homes can also help curb abuse and avoid accidental ingestion. Bring any unwanted medicines along with other household hazardous waste items to the City of San Antonio’s mobile collection events to dispose of them for free. The next event is from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. March 5 at the City’s Southeast District Center on 7402 S. New Braunfels. For more information, visit or contact Dr. Helen Smith at the Feik School of Pharmacy. The FSOP partners with SAWS, SWMD, and the SAPD to publicize these MedDropSA events.

KUIW and UIWtv Annual Gala
The third annual KUIW and UIWtv Gala provides an opportunity for students enrolled in radio and TV practicum classes to showcase their talents and what they have been working on this past year. The event will be from 6:30-9 p.m. March 8 at the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Individual tickets cost $25 each and include dinner. Tables seat eight people and cost $150. There will be a silent auction. By donating time and money, sponsors will provide these students will get opportunities to learn more about Communication Arts with hands-on experience before they graduate. For more information, contact Anna Ruiz at 512-740-1829, or Jessica Clark at 830-832-4523 or

“Concepts of Self-Defense: A Crash-Course”
Dr. Brian A. Kinnaird, associate professor of criminal justice, Extended Academic Programs will present the two-part “Concepts of Self-Defense: A Crash-Course.” Part 1 will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 9 in GB 212. Part 2 will be from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 10 in GB 215. This crash-course is designed to increase your survivability through awareness and behavior modification.  This is not a defensive tactics or hands-on experience. The class is limited to 25 registrants, so contact Charlene Lynch at 805-5800 or if you’d like to join.

Job Fair
The UIW community is invited to the UIW Job Fair on March 10. For more information, contact Connie Kuwamoto at (210) 832-5627 or

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

Seventeen new McNair Scholars were inducted Friday. Fr. Tom Dymowski (bottom right) led the invocation. Dr. Louis Agnese, Dr. Denise Doyle and Dr. Kevin Vichcales spoke to the new inductees.

2011 Swing-In Raffle
Buy a Swing-In Raffle ticket for $50 and get your chance to win your choice of one of five prizes. The drawing will be at Swing-In on April 28. Proceeds fund student scholarships. Only 300 tickets will be sold, so get yours today. For more information or to buy a ticket, contact the Office of Development at 829-6013.

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.

Community News

New Painting
UIW has purchased a work of art by Felix Valle on behalf of Project Africa’s efforts to raise money to build a school in Africa. Project Africa is a UIW student organization.The painting will be displayed in the ICC. For more information, contact Dr. John M. Velasquez at 210-829-3960 or

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

Conference Presentation
Dr. Mary Ruth Moore presented at the Value of Play Conference at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C.  Her presentation was titled “Remember the Alamo:  The Story of the Alamo Chapter of the U.S. Play Coalition.”  She was a co-presenter with Leslie Sprague, the Education Director of the San Antonio Children’s Museum and Lacy Morrison of the San Antonio Zoo’s Tiny Tot Nature Spot. The presentation explained the formation of the new Alamo Chapter of the U.S. Play Coalition on April 22, 2010. The Alamo Chapter was the first such chapter to join under the umbrella of the U.S. Play Coalition. 

Travel Brownbag Workshop
The Grants Accounting Office will host a Travel Brownbag Workshop from noon – 1:15 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Library Special Collections Suite. Learn about policy and procedures for successful travel with specific focus on: advances, airfare, settlements and other Q&A. Bring your lunch; light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Nora Taylor at or 210-805-1223.

Faculty Exhibit and Performances
Thursday Night Live will feature a faculty exhibit and performances. The exhibit will run through Feb. 25 in the Semmes Gallery, open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. There will be literary readings and performances beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 in Palestrina Hall. The closing reception will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 in the Semmes Art Gallery.

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

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

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 Lt. Col. Roy Farrell Bennett, USA (ret.) (BSN ’67) on his recent death.
  • L. W. “Les” Tschoepe (UIW friend) & family on the recent loss of his wife, and Thelma Bauml Lincoln (UNDCL ’46) & Joyce Bauml Gebhardt (BS ’55) & families on the recent loss of their sister, Helen Irene Bauml Tschoepe (UNDCL ’48).