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

Photo of the Week

The McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room was filled with employers and UIW students during the Job Fair offered by Career Services on Thursday.


Lenten Reflection
This, rather, is the fasting that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly,
untying the thongs of the yoke; setting free the oppressed,
breaking every yoke; sharing your bread with the hungry…  Is 58:6-7

Mass & Blessing
The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word invite you to a second Sunday Mass and blessing of our co-ministers Dr. Louis Agnese Jr. and Steve Fuller, chief executive officer at the Village at Incarnate Word. The Mass will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 13 in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. For more information, contact Suzanne Benavides at 210-828-2224 or

MACC Lenten Prayer Service/Cross Ceremony
Beginning Tuesday, March 15, the Mexican American Catholic College (MACC) and Catholic Relief Services Southwest Region (CRS) will host a Lenten Prayer Service and Cross Ceremony as a call to stand in solidarity with our Mexican families who are living in the midst of violence and uncertainty. The service will be held on March 22, March 29, April 5 and April 12 at the MACC campus located at 3115 W. Ashby Place, 78228. The service begins at 7 p.m. We invite you to come be a part of placing crosses on the MACC campus in memory of those who have died due to the violence in Mexico. For more information, contact Katherine Lopez (210) 732-2154 Ext 7154.

Mass Cancelation
There will be no noon Mass Monday through Friday, March 14-18. Fr. Tom will be participating in the alternative Spring Break at the Willie C. Velasquez Learning Center.

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


Sr. Margaret Snyder, CCVI, who assisted immigrants for many years including during the raid of the Missouri Capitol building, shared stories of joyful service on Monday.

Marcela Fajardo, who recently joined Bacardi USA, was invited by the UIW Hispanic Marketing Institute to speak on Bacardi’s multicultural marketing initiatives.

Building Capacity for Sustainability
Tere Dresner-Salinas, executive director of the Women's Global Connection, will present “Building capacity for sustainability: A remarkable story of Women’s Global Connection’s collaboration with women’s groups in Zambia, Tanzania, and Peru to improve their economic and social realities” from 1:30 - 3 p.m. Friday, March 11 in Administration Building Room 365. Dresner-Salinas joined Women’s Global Connection as Executive Director in March 2009 after being a volunteer for three years. While on a mission trip to Mongu, Zambia, in 2007 she collaborated with local women to help establish their first fund for microlending. She taught several workshops on how to start a business, how to maintain records and manage loans.   She returned in 2009 and 2010 to continue to work with HIV positive women, early childhood education teachers and the women cooperatives.  She is planning another trip this summer. She is an entrepreneur and her focus has been on creating wealth and great work environments. For more information, contact Dr. Anita Andersonat For more Women’s History Month events, visit

Alternative Spring Break
Alternative Spring Break/Meet the Mission is a week-long university-wide neighborhood cleanup centered around the Willie Velasquez Family Learning and Resource Center, 1302 N. Zarzamora. Meet at the center each day at 8:30 a.m. from March 14-18. We will conclude each day around 1:30 p.m. Sign up for as many days as you would like and receive four hours of credit towards your university service requirement each day. This activity is suitable for faculty and middle-school-age children. You must arrange your own transportation. Sign-up sheets and directions are available in the Mission and Ministry Office AD147. For more information, contact Brenda Dimas at or Dr. Harold Rodinsky at

2nd Annual “Walk on Water”
Celebrate World Water Day 2011 on Tuesday, March 22 with a reflective “Walk on Water” sponsored by the Headwaters Coalition in collaboration with several UIW student groups, including Project Africa, UIW S.T.A.N.D and the Student Ambassadors. Start times for the walk are 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. (tentative). The walks will start from the red footbridge over the river, journey to several “global villages” to learn what water means to people in other parts of the world, and end at our own blessed springs. For more information, contact Helen Ballew at or call (210) 828-2224 Ext. 232.

Health Career Fair
The UIW Student Nurses Association is sponsoring a Health Career Fair from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 in Marian Hall Ballroom. There will be many hospital recruiters. Door prizes! For more information, contact Cindy Richardson at or 210-262-9551.

Partnering with Women of Peru
Ada Gonzalez, recipient of the WGC Global Citizen internship and a doctoral student at UIW, made her second trip to Peru to offer training on strategic and business planning, grant writing and basic computer skills after witnessing the dire poverty and social obstacles the women there face in their communities. She will speak at 6 p.m. March 23 in the library auditorium. Additionally, as a scholar, she seeks to understand the role and voice of women in development and implementation of poverty reduction programs. Sponsored by Women's Global Connection. For more information, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at or 829-3854. For more Women’s History Month events, visit

Re-Inauguration Mass
The University of the Incarnate Word invites you to a Mass celebrating Incarnate Word Day and the re-inauguration of university president Dr. Louis J. Agnese Jr. at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 25 in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. A reception will follow on the Brackenridge Villa lawn. RSVP to Public Relations at (210) 829-6001 or and indicate the number of attendees for the Mass, reception or both.

Department News

Banner (Oracle 11g) Upgrade
Banner and Bannerweb will be unavailable through Sunday, March 13. All Banner systems are expected to be up and running at 8 a.m. Monday, March 14. This will not affect the Blackboard system. For additional information, contact Sandy C. Givens at 829-3949 or

Alumni Spurs Game Night
Join UIW alumni, family and friends for a Spurs game night Saturday, March 19 or Monday, March 21 as the San Antonio Spurs take on the Charlotte Bobcats and the Golden State Warriors. For more information, contact Steve Hemphill at Ext. 3595 or

RefWorks Workshops
With Title V funds, the library has been able to purchase RefWorks, a web-based bibliographic management tool. It will allow the user to format and generate reference lists using more than 400 styles. The tool will assist faculty and students in their scholarly writing. In March and April, the library will be sponsoring several workshops on how to use RefWorks.The workshops are open to the UIW community. Sessions will be in Room 230 of the library. For more information, contact Cheryl A. Anderson at Ext. 3837 or The schedule is as follows.

  • March 15 from noon - 1:15 p.m.
  • March 16 from 6 - 7:15 p.m.
  • April 4 from 6 - 7:15 p.m.
  • April 7 from noon - 1:15 p.m.

Community News

Pharmacy Interview Days
The Feik School of Pharmacy is in the process of evaluating applicants for the new class of PharmD students for Fall 2011. The first interview day was Friday, March 4, with a second to follow today, March 11. For a maximum class size of 100, the school is interviewing approximately 300 students.Applicants are coming from multiple states outside of Texas, as well as internationally. Interviewers participating in the process include faculty and graduating FSOP students, members of the UIW community and local pharmacy practitioners. Pre-Pharmacy students are serving as volunteers.

ADA Statement on Events
Announcements listed in the Word Today and on the events calendar on the UIW website are required to include an American Disabilities Act (ADA) notice. This is the statement that says the university provides reasonable accommodation with adequate notice to those with disabilities. Event coordinators are responsible for providing accommodation, so contact names and information are required to list items in the Word Today and online. For more information about how to provide adequate ADA accommodation, visit

Summer Korea Teaching Opportunity
Two years ago UIW and the city of Gwangju, South Korea, established a Memorandum of Understanding on Education Cooperation. As a result, 12 students will have the opportunity to be English language instructors from July 22 to Aug. 21. Those selected will be paired with Korean English teachers for an English camp for elementary and middle school students. Travel expenses will be provided by the cityof Gwangju. Students will also receive a stipend. Participants will have weekends for free time and guided sightseeing tours. For more information or an application, contact Alanna Taylor at (210) 805-5709 or Applications should be submitted to the Study Abroad Office, Room F106 in the International Conference Center (ICC). Application deadline is 3 p.m. Monday, March 28.

To be eligible to apply, students must:

  • have a 3.0 or higher GPA;
  • be of junior, senior, or graduate student status (not graduating in May 2011);
  • have a U.S. passport that is valid for at least six months or have applied for a passport (submit proof of application);
  • participate in a face-to-face interview with the selection committee;
  • be legally and academically eligible to study abroad; and
  • must be available to participate in a 2-week training course prior to departure.

The selection committee reserves the right to require additional information or documentation.

Layered Narratives Exhibit
Brianna Burnett and Wesley Harvey will present “Layered Narratives,” an exhibit in the Semmes Art Gallery from March 10 – April 20.

SA’s United Arts Fund theFund Campaign
TheFund campaign runs through the end of March. A minimum donation of $60 gets you two theFund Cards with discounts to arts events, and 100 percent of workplace donations benefit 27 cultural organizations in San Antonio. Campaign captains are distributing forms in your area, and these are to be returned to Lorraine Ewers, CHASS, at CPO 94.For more information, call 829-6070.

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. The winner will get the choice of one of the following prizes:

  • Trip to Paris ($11,904) Round trip airfare for two on American Airlines, 5-night stay at Hyatt Regency in Paris Madeleine
  • Trip to Costa Rica ($6,490) Round trip airfare for two on American Airlines, 5-night stay at the JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa or Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort (Stay at both or pick one)
  • Trip to Bermuda ($9,808) Round trip airfare for two on American Airlines, 4-night stay in a junior suite at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess or the Fairmont Southampton (Stay at both or pick one)
  • Home Theater System ($3,000) 50” Samsung 3D-HD ready television and Blu-Ray DVD player, and Bose theater speakers
  • Merchandise Credit Balance on Credit Card ($2,000)

Faculty Focus

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

High Schools

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.  The cost of the tournament is $100. Proceeds from this golf tournament will go toward the alumni scholarship fund. 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


The University of the Incarnate Word provides reasonable accommodation with adequate notice. To request disability accommodation for events listed in this newsletter, contact the organizing group at least five business days in advance.

Spring Break Camp at St. Peter School
St. Peter Prince of Apostles School is offering a spring break camp from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. March 14-18 at “105 House,” the Early Childhood Center at St. Peter's, 105 Marcia Place. Brainpower Connection families with students in K3-third grade are invited to sign up. Activities include games, crafts, stories, playtime and movies. The cost is $150 per child per week and sibling discounts are available. Space is limited and filling up quickly. For more information, contact Amy Migura at 210-870-9604 or Leaders are CPR/First Aid Certified.

Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • The family of Gloria Maese (SR School of Nursing, ’41) on her recent death.
  • Sandra Meyer (ALND ’88) & family on the recent loss of her husband, and Sr. Germaine Corbin, CCVI (BA ’62) on the recent loss of her brother-in-law, Joseph Edgar Meyer Jr.
  • Helen Ware Rogers on the recent loss of her husband, Dr. Albert M. Rogers (UIW friends).
  • Patrick Henry Trenton & family on the recent loss of his wife, Dorrace Jean Trenton (BSN ’63).