The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: March 25, 2011

Photo of the Week

Dr. Agnese and Beth Amen O’Brien ’69 signed the Zelime Lytle Amen Braun Endowed Scholarship on Thursday. O’Brien is one of the seven children of Zelime Lytle Amen Braun ’42 BA.


Lenten Reflection
Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word."  Lk 1:38

Incarnate Word Reflection
From Sr. Martha Ann Kirk

Incarnate Word Day Mass and Re-inauguration
Employees who wish to attend the Incarnate Word Day Mass and Dr. Agnese’s re-inauguration on Friday, March 25 should contact their supervisors in order to attend the service and celebration. While everyone is encouraged to attend, we ask that offices in critical support roles be minimally staffed. The Mass will start at 2:30 p.m. in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word and will be followed by a reception at 4 p.m. in front of Brackenridge Villa. Please note you should be seated by 2:15 p.m. in order to allow the processional to enter the chapel.

MACC Lenten Prayer Service/Cross Ceremony
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 services will be held 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.

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


Helen Ballew, Sr. Walter Maher, CCVI, Beth Villarreal and others learned about water usage around the world during the 2nd annual “Walk on Water” on Tuesday.

The CCVI Spirit Award golf cart, with the award winner Dr. Sally Said, was awarded first prize in the Incarnate Word Day Golf Cart Parade on Thursday.

Dr. Cindy Richardson and Student Nurses Association president Caroline Heileson enjoyed the Health Career Fair on Wednesday.

Java Jazz: New Orleans
Come and enjoy the melodic sounds of the St. Anthony Jazz Band under the direction of Mr. Parker at 7 p.m. March 29 on Dubuis Lawn. The 6th annual Java Jazz has become bigger and better every year. Residence Life has something special planned for this year with a New Orleans theme that will provide attendees with and experience to remember. There will be free coffee, regional specific delicacies, entertainment, and a shared appreciation for jazz music. For more information, contact Julian Gonzalez at 210-883-1995 or

UIW Tech Fair
The UIW Technology Department is hosting its first UIW Tech Fair. Our goal is to highlight a wide range of technologies used at UIW and to increase the community’s knowledge about emerging technology tools and devices that can enhance teaching and learning. Ian Temple, director of global education at Cisco Systems, will speak on “Technology Trends in Higher Education” at 9 a.m. April 6 in the Mabee Library Auditorium. Exhibits and presentations from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Marian Hall Ballroom. Presentations will highlight UIW use of educational technology and vendor demonstrations of new products that enhance teaching and learning. Participating vendors include Apple, AT&T, Blackboard Collaborate, Cisco, Crestron, Dell, HTC and Stoneware. Bring your classes! Food and refreshments will be provided. Door prizes to be awarded. For more information, contact Ana Gonzalez at 210-829-3937 or or visit

Journey from Tragedy to Healing
Holy Land speakers will talk about the journey from tragedy to healing at 7:30 p.m. April 11 in the library auditorium. Before the talk, there will be a potluck supper for those who would like to eat together from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. in the Special Collections Suite. Yuval Rahamim is Israeli and once served as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces. Dr. Omar Alalool is a Palestinian refugee whose father was killed by Israeli forces and was later arrested by Israeli authorities for his student activism. The two come from opposite sides in a long conflict, yet today, both men are speaking to U.S. audiences with one unified voice for peace in the Holy Land. For more information on the speakers, contact Carla E. Aguilar at 210-366-3884 Ext. 4 or For more information on the supper, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 829-3854or There will be a second presentation at 7:30 p.m. April 12 at Mexican American Catholic College. 3115 West Ashby Place. For more information, contact Katherine Jass Lopez at (210) 732-2156, Ext. 7154.

Department News

UIW in the News
UIW celebrates 130 years

What is Management Information Systems?
Learn more about the Management Information Systems concentration from noon – 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Get free pizza and a chance for door prizes! Tim Porter will show a brief video and make a short presentation on careers and some possible average salaries. For more information, contact Connie Kuwamoto at 210-829-3931 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.

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

Sign Up For Alumni Easter Egg Hunt
UIW alumni are planning a UIW community Easter egg hunt from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16 on Dubuis Lawn. Sign up for free today, and bring your kids and friends! RSVP by April 8 and let us know how many children will be in your party. Bring an Easter basket. For more information or to register, contact Steve Hemphill at 210-805-3595 or or visit

Egg hunt schedule:

  • 1-2 yr olds at 11:15 a.m.
  • 3-4 yr olds at 11:30 a.m.
  • 5-6 yr olds at 11:45 a.m.
  • 7-8 yr olds at noon
  • 9-10 yr olds at 12:15 p.m.

Community News

Volunteers In Income Tax (VITA)
Volunteers will assist low income taxpayers (approximately $55,000 combined household income) with their income tax returns for free from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday until April 16 in the Administration Building Basement, Room 62. Free e-filing. To e-file both spouses must be present to sign the IRS form. The IRS is requiring the VITA sites to make copies of Social Security cards for the taxpayers and dependents. The IRS also requires us to make copies of the driver’s licenses. We are no longer allowed to do returns for Married Filing Separately or for Nonresident Aliens. For more information, contact Tracie Edmond at 210-283-5004 or Theresa Tiggeman 210-829-6018.

Be sure to bring:

  • Social Security cards for taxpayers and dependents
  • Driver’s License
  • W-2s
  • Copy of last year’s tax return
  • Checkbook for direct deposit of the refund
  • Property tax statement
  • Form 1098-T for students

Word Magazine
The latest issue of the Word magazine is available online! There are now two ways to view the magazine. Find the regular online edition at, and find a flip book, which looks just like the hard copy, at Hard copies are also being delivered on campus. If you prefer to read the magazine online and do not want your hard copy, please return the magazine to CPO 316. We are trying to reduce waste and save money, so please help us in this effort. If you have not received a hard copy and would like one, please contact Ashley Festa at 829-6001.

Great Colleges to Work For Survey
This weekend a random sample of employees received an email invitation to participate in the Chronicle Great Colleges to Work For survey, a national study designed to recognize institutions that have built great workplaces. If you received this invitation, please take a few minutes to participate in this very important survey, as a high response rate helps ensure accurate results. The deadline to complete the survey is April 15. Thank you.

Cardinal Basketball Camp
UIW Cardinal Basketball Camp 2011 works to improve skills through individual instruction, drills, lectures and games. Fundamentals of passing, dribbling and shooting, as well as both individual and team offensive and defensive strategies will be covered by the camp staff. To help break up each day, campers will have access to the pool for a free swim under the supervision of certified lifeguards, and the staff will engage the kids in other team games as well. The first session of camp will be June 27-July 1 and costs $175. The second session will be July 5-8 and costs $120. For more details, contact Brian Curtis at or 210-283-5052.

Swing-In Volunteers Needed
2011 Swing-In will be filled with the spirit of Mardi Gras, and we need your support to make the event successful! Volunteer to assist at this year’s Swing-In Auction Party on Thursday, April 28. Volunteer positions needed are: set-up, registration table, auction table monitors, gift certificate table, door prize tickets table and raffle ticket sellers. Contact Andrea at or 829-6075 if interested in volunteering or for more information.

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 city of 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.

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
Sr. Martha Ann Kirk (center) with professors from UNAM, LaSalle University in Mexico, the University of Texas Austin, and the University of Houston, gathered March 4 at the Iberoamericana University in Mexico City to lay the groundwork for a book and conference on interreligious dialogue. This was inspired by the Turkish Muslim writer Fethullah Gülen who is pictured with the Pope. She presented "Transformando las áreas de violencia al sureste de Turquía a través de la ayuda y la educación por medio de personas inspiradas por Gülen” (“Transforming the violent areas in Southeast Turkey through aid and education provided by people inspired by Gulen”).

Building Student Engagement in Large Classes
In this faculty development session, Jason Cota and Kathy Martin, both of the Feik School of Pharmacy, will offer participants hands-on experiences with several tools that can help create an environment for active learning, including the Team Based Learning model, the VARK assessment of learning styles, and various informal classroom assessment techniques. The session will be 3-5 p.m. Monday, March 28, in the Special Collections Suite.  Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Susan Hall at 283-5030 or

Texas Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting
The School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering was well represented at the 2011 Texas Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting at St. Edwards University in Austin from March 4-5. Drs. Alakananda Chaudhuri, David E. Coleman, Julian Davis, David Foglesong, Michael Frye, Christy MacKinnon, Veronica Martinez Acosta, Bonnie McCormick, William Thomann and Alison Whittemore presented posters and oral presentations. Dr. Veronica Martinez Acosta was an inviter speaker at the special event “This is your Brain on Neuroscience—Check it out.” Twelve undergraduate and five graduate students were co-authors on the posters and presentations.

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

High Schools

SACHS Principal Rene Escobedo folds origami cranes with students on Thursday.

SACHS Cancer Fundraiser
Sadako Sasaki (1943-1955) a young girl from Hiroshima, Japan loved nothing more than running. One day, she found out she had the A-Bomb disease, leukemia. Sadako was forced to be hospitalized; her greatest wish was to run again. In accordance with Japanese legend, she tried to fold 1000 paper cranes to make her wish come true. Unfortunately she could not finish before her death. After her death, Sadako’s friends and family continued to fold cranes. Eventually, her story became famous and a monument was built to remember the children who died from leukemia. People fold and send cranes to Japan from all over the world with messages of peace and hope. Most of us know at least one person whose life has been affected by cancer. Our goal is to fold 1,000 origami cranes to send to the memorial in Hiroshima. A donation of $1 will get you an origami crane. You may write a note that can be copied inside your crane and the JNHS and Art Club will fold them. All funds will benefit the Japanese relief effort through the American Red Cross. For more information, contact Alejandro Calderon at or 832-5622.

SAIW Theatre Company Presents “Dracula”
The SAIW Theatre Company proudly presents the exciting spring production of Bram Stoker’s classic “Dracula” at 7 p.m. March 25-26 and at 3 p.m. March 27 in the Incarnate Word High School McGowen Gymnasium. With monsters, vampire brides, stage combat and more, you won’t want to miss a thrilling and bloody evening of drama and adventure. Tickets cost $6 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at the door. To reserve seats, contact Director of Theatre Lara Benavides at The material is appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Attend the UIW Prep Open House
Join UIW Prep at our Parent/Student Open House at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5 in the UIW International Conference Center (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. More details at RSVP by calling 210-805-3013 or e-mailing

Shamrock Preview
Please join us as Incarnate Word High School showcases its outstanding academic programs, education opportunities, athletics and extracurricular activities. Tour the school and meet IWHS faculty and staff at the Shamrock Preview from 2 - 4 p.m. Sunday, April 10 at the school. Call IWHS Admissions for information 210-829-3123 or visit

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Run Wild for Brainpower 5K Run/Walk
St. Peter Prince of Apostles is sponsoring the Run Wild for Brainpower 5K Run/Walk starting at 9 a.m. Sunday, March 27 behind the UIW Ann Barshop Natatorium and running along the San Antonio River, through back trails and around campus. All proceeds benefit St. Peter’s School. Registration costs $30. There will be prizes! For more information, contact Jacob Saucedo at 824-3171 Ext. 235 or Maria Littlefield at

Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • Terry Loomis (BBA ’91) & family on the recent loss of his mother, Marie Pauline Hudson Loomis (Bachelor of Music ’84, BA ’59).
  • Dr. Maribeth Henderson & family, and the entire UIW community, on the recent loss of her husband, Dr. Richard Henderson (Faculty, Dreeben School of Education).

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.