The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: April 8, 2011

Photo of the Week

Joe Vasquez and Troy Knickerbocker, both of web development, and Marshall Eidson, UIW CIO, enjoyed the first UIW Tech Fair on Wednesday.


Lenten Reflection
“I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me."  Jn 7:29

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 last service will be held 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.

Holy Week Schedule
Note: There will be no 8 p.m. Mass on Easter Sunday, April 24

  • Palm Sunday, April 17 – 10:30 a.m. Mass in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word
  • Palm Sunday, April 17 – 8 p.m. Mass in Our Lady’s Chapel
  • Holy Thursday, April 21 – 5:30 p.m. Mass in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word
  • Good Friday, April 22 – 5:30 p.m. Mass in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word
  • Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 23 – 9 p.m. Mass in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word
  • Easter Sunday, April 24 – 10:30 a.m. Mass in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word

Mass Cancelation
There will be no noon Mass on Friday, April 8 due to the Choral Festival taking place in Our Lady’s Chapel.

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


Trey Moore, founder and director of the New Ground, an environmental arts action group, gave a lecture titled "Water, Coal, and Appalachia" on Wednesday.

Vanessa Garza (from left), Diane Sanchez, Christina Leeth, all of Residence Life, Sr. Walter Maher, VP for Mission and Ministry, and Marveen Mahon of Health Services, attended the Aramark Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday.

Ian Temple, director of global education at Cisco Systems, spoke on “Technology Trends in Higher Education” on Wednesday at the Tech Fair.

Meet the Mission Reunion
Meet the Mission will celebrate its first reunion bringing together those students and faculty who have for the past five years collaborated in making MTM a university-wide success. The reunion will be from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 8 in Marian Hall. Lunch will be served. If you have not participated in MTM, join us and see and hear the reflections and stories from past years. RSVP to Dr. Harold Rodinsky at

The Mysteries Theatre Performance
UIW presents The Mysteries, a collection of short medieval plays that have been adapted into a modern English language version. The plays include The Fall of Lucifer, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah, Abraham and Isaac, The Crucifixion and The Harrowing of Hell. Tickets are free with a UIW ID, and all performances will be in the Elizabeth Huth Coates Theatre. For more information or reservations, call 829-3800 or 829-3810 during regular business hours.

Performance dates and times:

  • April 8-9 at 8 p.m.
  • April 10 at 2 p.m.
  • April 15-16 at 8 p.m.
  • April 17 at 2 p.m.

Cutting Edge Fiesta® Fashion Show
This year’s Cutting Edge Fiesta® Fashion show will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 11 at the Grand Hyatt, 600 E. Market, San Antonio. For more information, contact the Office of Development at (210) 829-6013. For more information, visit Purchase a Cutting Edge Fiesta medal for only $5 from the fashion department. You may also buy a medal from other locations listed on the website at

Cutting Edge Raffle Tickets
Tickets are on sale for the Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show raffle. Buy one ticket for $20 or six for $100 and you’ll be entered to win the following items from Dennis Jewelry:

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                      Pendant                                                  Ring

  • 18K yellow gold pendant with an 8.10ct amethyst, an 8.70ct rhodolite garnet and 1.46ct multi-color stones. Retail value: $3,150
  • 18K yellow gold ring with a 4.16ct amethyst and 6.39ct multi-color stones. Retail value: $2,150

For more information or to buy tickets, contact the Office of Development at 829-6013.

Alamo Heights Night 2011
UIW will again host Alamo Heights Night from 5:30-11 p.m. Friday, April 8, on the parking lots surrounding the Natatorium and Convocation Center. The event will offer food booths, musical entertainment, a section of fun and games for children, beverages and fun for all ages. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for ages 12-17 and with a student ID. Children under 12 get in free. Please join the Alamo Heights Rotary and the UIW community for this family event.Parking Notice: After 2 p.m. Friday, April 8, there will be no traffic allowed over the bridge or from the ICC roadway down to the main campus. Both entrances off Hildebrand Avenue may be used as the main thoroughfare until 4 p.m. At 4 p.m. Friday, both Hildebrand entrances will be blocked. Anyone entering campus after 4 p.m. may enter the campus from Broadway at Burr Road or the Davis Court gate. To access the ICC area, use the ICC or 281 gates. For more information, contact Campus Police at

Japanese Calligraphy
Hiroko Fay, from the Japan America Society of San Antonio, will introduce calligraphy and explain the artistic handwriting to participants from 5-6:30 p.m. Monday, April 11 in the ICC- Ballroom 1. The cost to attend is $3 to cover all materials. Sign up by Friday, April 8 by email to

Doctoral Student Research Symposium
The public is invited to the Dreeben School of Education Doctoral Student Research Symposium from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. April 9 in JB 126. This is a chance for doctoral students to share their research experience with the community. For more information, contact Judy Beauford at or 829-3171.

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. Ali Abu Awwad is a Palestinian. 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.

National Library Week Celebration
National Library Week is April 10-16, and the UIW Mabee Library will be celebrating from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 12.Come by the library and enjoy free cookies and punch, and learn about our exciting new resources and tools. It's time to Fiesta @ Your Library! For more information, contact Christina Link at 832-2171 or

Legacy Tree Unveiling
You are invited to the hanging and unveiling of our fourth and last Legacy Tree, honoring those who have made a difference in the lives of others and have been recognized with a gift made to the Faculty Endowment or to UIW. Gather with us at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14 in the foyer of Our Lady’s Chapel to celebrate the men and women who have been an inspirational influence on these donors. If you are unable to attend, come by at a later time and view the fourth of the mighty oak trees on our campus, the one adjacent to the Grotto, that has been chosen for this series. For more information, contact Roslyn Grimes at

Earth Month Celebration
The UIW Earth Month Celebration is scheduled for April 18. Events will include:

  • Noon – Award Ceremony for the William E. Mulcahy Award for Ecological Stewardship and the Earth Month Video Contest in Marian Hall
  • 1:30 p.m. – Panel discussion of Climate Change and Global Warming: How to Read the Signs in Marian Hall
  • 4:45 p.m. – Performance called Cherishing the Earth: A Prayer for Creation in Marian Hall
  • 6 p.m. – Solar Project Presentation and Earth Research Symposium in Bonilla Science Hall 129, sponsored by the Dreeben School of Education

For more information, contact Mark Stringham at

Senior Graphic Design Portfolio Show
UIW’s School of Media & Design is having its second annual Senior Graphic Design Portfolio Show. Students will present their work including print design, interactive/web and advertising pieces from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, April 28 in the Fine Silver Building, 816 Cameron St. Expect an art-gallery style opening night with food, drink, music, lots of great design work and prizes. Out of 22 student award winners in this year’s San Antonio ADDYs, UIW grads took home 16 top awards, including Best of Show. This year’s show theme, THE 2011 RELEASE, is very tongue-in-cheek with each student having a rap sheet for committing bad design choices. Once graduated they will have been reformed, served their time and be ready to get into their career track as model design citizens. For more information or to RSVP, contact Bob Johnson at 210-832-2111 or For more on the show, visit

Las Vegas Night
Tickets are now on sale for the UIW Athletics Department’s Las Vegas Night. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. and games start at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Tickets cost $50 per person. Attire is business casual and you must be 21 or older to attend. UIW athletes with remaining eligibility are not permitted. For more information, contact Lisa Townzen at 210-829-2722.

Department News

Participate in Library Survey
Help the Mabee Library by answering the LibQUAL+®, a standardized web-based assessment tool that measures users’ expectations and perceptions of library services, library as a place and as a provider of information resources. The survey runs until April 8, and participants have an opportunity to win prizes. For more information, email

New Help Desk Phone Services
The Information Technology Department now offers 24/7/365 help desk phone services effective Monday, April 4. Contact the help desk via phone: on campus at Ext. 2721; locally at 210-829-2721; or toll-free at 866-614-5043. All calls will be answered by a live technician with an average wait time of 60 seconds. Certified technicians can assist you in resolving login issues and answer your questions about UIW email, Blackboard, Banner and other commonly used applications. Two other methods of contacting the help desk, a chat feature and a new self-service web form, will follow soon. When help desk requests are resolved, you may receive an electronic survey by email. Give your feedback by filling out the survey. Your opinion will help improve future services.

Do you know a UIW Star?
PR is currently searching for potential candidates to feature in an upcoming advertising campaign focusing on UIW alumni. Do you know a UIW alumnus who is a shining example of the success our students can achieve? We are looking for representatives from any school or program. Just provide contact information and a sentence or two about why you think the candidate should be considered for inclusion in the next campaign to Debra Del Toro at We will follow up with the candidates. We look forward to hearing from you.

Benefits Open Enrollment
All benefit eligible employees may again enroll in or make changes to their core benefit plans for medical, dental, vision, life insurance coverage and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) for the upcoming year. Meetings will start April 13 and end April 20. For more information contact the Human Resources Department at 210-829-6019.

Locations and times are as follows:

  • 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 13 at ICC Auditorium
  • 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 at UIW Library Auditorium
  • 10 a.m. Thursday, April 14 at School of Optometry
  • 3:45 p.m. Monday, April 18 at IWHS Library
  • 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 19 at UIW Library Auditorium
  • 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 at UIW Library Auditorium
  • 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 at SACHS Library

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.

Mexican American Sociology Textbook
Phil Lampe, sociology professor at UIW, has published a textbook called Mexican Americans: A Sociological Introduction, which is now available for free on the UIW website at The textbook is available in PDF format and is free for anyone who would like to use it.

Community News

30 Days to a Greener U: Earth Month Advent Calendar
Give your change to charity today.

Video Commemorating Dr. Agnese’s 25 Years at UIW
Several departments worked together to honor Dr. Agnese’s 25th year at UIW. Watch the video at

William E. Mulcahy Award Nominations
The Earth Month Committee is requesting nominations for the 2011 William E. Mulcahy Award. This annual award recognizes a member of the University of the Incarnate Word faculty or staff for Ecological Stewardship. Nominations will be accepted until Sunday, April 10.Submissions should include a short summary of the nominee’s contribution to the preservation of the planet and may be submitted to the Earth Month Committee, c/o Mark Stringham, Theatre Arts, CPO 380 or by email to

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

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.

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

The university offered a workshop to help faculty and students using RefWorks.

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

High Schools

Fiesta St. Anthony
Don your favorite Fiesta wear and head on over to Fiesta St. Anthony starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 8 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Tickets cost $30 per person and include dinner buffet, drinks and a silent auction. Raffle tickets for a $2,000 and $1,000 Visa gift card are available for only $10.For ticket information, contact Alejandro Calderon at 210-832-5622 or Proceeds directly benefit St. Anthony Catholic High School.

SACHS Cancer Fundraiser
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.

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

Summer Fest
The St. Anthony Alumni Association presents Summer Fest will have food booths, drink booths, activities for children. Summer fest will be from noon – 5 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at St. Anthony Catholic High School, 3200 McCullough Ave 78212. Admission is free, but tickets will be needed to purchase food, beverages and to play games. Music will be provided by The Brehm’s Band ( For more information, contact Alejandro Calderon at or 832-5622.

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Brainpower Summer Camp Registration
Registration is now open for St. Peter Prince of Apostles School’s Brainpower Summer Camp 2011. Find registrationforms, pictures of previous summers, and more information online at Enrollment for the June 6 – Aug. 5 camp is expected to be capped, so get your registration in soon before the camp fills up. This camp is for children ages 18 months – 10 year old. For more information, contact Kirsch Wilberg at 210-845-3706 or

Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • Margarita (BS ’79) & Buford (BS ’79) Kelley & family on the recent loss of her mother, Margarita Gonzalez Bolado.
  • Kevin McCormack & family on the loss of David Wayne Morrison (BA ’76).
  • Kathleen Kennon Parma (MA ’69, BSN ’52, IWHS ’45) & family on the recent loss of her brother-in-law, Edwin F. Parma.

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.