The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: April 29, 2011

Photo of the Week

Michael Castilleja, grants accounting manager, and Crystal Campos, special events coordinator, dressed for Mardi Gras at the Swing-In Auction Party on Thursday.


RSVP for Sometime Singers-Players
Join UIW’s Sometime Singers & Players, a group made up of faculty, staff, administrators and students (vocalists and instrumentalists) who cannot participate in weekly rehearsals and services, but who serve when possible at liturgical prayer throughout the school year. Your commitment to participate at the event and at rehearsals is made only when you RSVP to an event invitation by the RSVP date. To RSVP for one of the events below, or to have your name placed on the SS/P e-mail list for future events, contact Lena Gokelman at or at Ext. 3207, or contact Dr. Glenn James at or Ext. 2717.

  • Spring Baccalaureate Mass: Saturday, May 7 at 8:30 a.m. at the Convocation Center (warm-up begins at 7:30 a.m.) Please attend two of the three rehearsals: Tuesday, May 3 (vocalists), Wednesday, May 4 (instrumentalists) and Thursday, May 5 (vocalists and instrumentalists). All rehearsals are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. RSVP by Monday, May 2. For questions about the rehearsal schedule, contact 832-3207.

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


Adela Gott was awarded the William E. Mulcahy Award for Ecological Stewardship, presented by Dr. Sally Said, who was last year’s recipient.

Steve Hemphill, of Alumni Relations, helped graduating seniors sign up for the Alumni Association at the Senior Finale.

Dr. Jo LeCoeur presented the Sr. Margaret Patrice Slattery lecture, titled "Upriver."

Dr. D. Stanley Eitzen, sociologist and professor emeritus from Colorado State University, presented “Tears, Snags, and Tangles in the Social Fabric of Society.”

Dr. Bob Connelly introduced the Earth Day panel, which discussed "Climate Change and Global Warming: How to Read the Signs."

Dr. David Eaton, of UT Austin, presented "Water Issues in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal" as part of the Water and Culture lecture series.

The Art Department congratulated Don Ewers (left) on his retirement. Among the attendees were Adela Gott and Dr. Keith Tucker.

Fashion Show Mixer
Project Africa is hosting the Fashion Show Mixer “Prestige” from 6:30 - 10:30 p.m. April 29 at Aloft Hotel, 838 Northwest Loop 410. Tickets cost $15 and proceeds will help build a school in Africa. For more information, contact Dr. John Velasquez at or 210-828-3960, or visit More details about Project Africa can be found on the Facebook page at

The Golden Age of Radio
The Extended Run Players will present The Golden Age of Radio featuring episodes of “Father Knows Best,” “Fibber McGee and Molly” and “Life of Riley.” Tune in and enjoy the classic radio comedies and adventures of yesteryear. Tickets are free with a UIW ID, and 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.

Performance dates and times:

  • Friday, April 29 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m.

Cardinal Chorale and Cardinal Singers Spring Concert
The UIW Cardinal Chorale and Cardinal Singers will present their spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1 in Our Lady's Chapel. The concert will feature music from American folksongs, to Russian masters; from spirituals to African praise music; from Riverdance to Aaron Copland. It will be a funny and entertaining afternoon for all ages. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bill Gokelman at 829-3848 or

Global Refugee Class Presentations
The students from the Global Refugee Class will make presentations on their class project working with the refugee families in San Antonio and documenting case studies. The presentations will be from 1:30-3:30 p.m. May 3 in the library auditorium. Encourage these students who did such an incredible job. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Dr. Lopita Nath at 210-832-2187 or

Commencement Ceremonies
For more information about Commencement, contact the Registrar’s Office at 829-6006.

  • The Baccalaureate Mass for all candidates will be at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center.
  • Commencement for all doctorate and master’s degrees will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 6 in the Convocation Center.
  • Commencement for all bachelor’s degrees will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7 at Gayle & Tom Benson Stadium.

2011 Senior Capstone Exhibition
“Contours of the Mind” is the theme of the 2011 Senior Capstone Exhibition. The exhibit will be on display through May 31. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Visual Arts Society student art sale will be from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, April 29 in the Fine Arts Building foyer. For more information, contact Roland Sul at 210-829-3855.

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.

Organ Concert
The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word invite you to an organ concert at 3 p.m. June 5 in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word.San Antonio organist Mary Ann Winden, assisted by the Cor d’Amici Singers and the Chapel Boychoir of San Antonio, will present “Angels and Alleluias on Ascension Sunday,” which will include music by Reger, Stanford, Vittoria, Philips, de lasso, J.S. Bach and other composers. This concert is the fourth in the series of dedicatory concerts for the new Schoenstein organ. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sr. Eilish Ryan at 210-829-3871.

Technology Advances in Healthcare: Transforming Education and Practice
Join the inaugural South Texas symposium to bring together educators, clinicians and hospital administrators to foster academic-practice partnerships and share best teaching practices that includes the diverse ways that students learn. The symposium will emphasize various ways to prepare educators and students for effective, appropriate and safe use of technology in healthcare. The goal is to increase participants’ knowledge and ability to integrate emerging technology into the classroom and clinical practice. The symposium will be June 9-10 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Skyroom. For more information, visit or contact Dr. Ramona Parker at 210-829-3993 or

Workshop in Pastoral Music
The Pastoral Institute at University of the Incarnate Word invites you to the 16th annual Workshop in Pastoral Music with a focus on the new Roman Missal with Dr. J. Michael McMahon. Check in at 6 p.m. Friday, June 17, with the program from 7-9 p.m. Friday in Our Lady’s Chapel at UIW, and from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18 in the Heritage Hall at the Village at Incarnate Word. Early registration (up to May 23) costs $40 per person for the full workshop, Friday evening only $15 and Saturday single sessions $15 per person. For more information, contact Sr. Eilish Ryan at 210-829-3871.

Department News

Fundraising Dinner
The UIW Doctor of Physical Therapy program and the Central District of the Texas Physical Therapy Association co-hosted a fundraising dinner and continuing education course April 15-16. The fundraising dinner was held in honor of Jaquelin Perry, MD, chief emeritus of pathokinesiology, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, Calif., and internationally renowned for her research on the analysis and restoration of gait. Nearly 100 physical therapists (PT), physical therapist assistants (PTA), athletic trainers and physical therapy students attended the Therapeutic Management of Gait Dysfunction course held in the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions. The course was by Judy Burnfield, PT, PhD , director of the Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering, and of the Movement and Neurosciences Center at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Lincoln, Neb. The events raised more than $3,800 for the Physical Therapy Fund and the Minority Scholarship Award.

Jump Rope for Heart
The Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions held its first Jump Rope for Heart event April 4 to raise awareness and money for the American Heart Association. Many of the students who participated were involved in dimension of wellness spring courses, nursing, and kinesiology. Students raised $696.63 in an hour’s time to be donated to the AHA.

McNair Scholars Research Proposals
The new McNair Scholars presented their research proposals April 15.Mentors, including Dr. Roberta Leichnitz (standing), Phil Youngblood, Dr. Joey Lopez, Sr. Germaine Corbin, Sr. Helena Monahan, the Rev. Trevor Alexander and Dr. Tim Milinovich encouraged their research this summer. After the research proposals, two of the graduating McNair scholars, Ann-Marie Quinones and Chrystal Alexander, were recognized. Both students have scholarships for graduate school.

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.

Extended Academic Programs Information Session
Are you looking to earn your degree? Our accelerated eight-week terms help students complete a degree and advance in their career with classes online or in convenient classroom locations at night or on the weekend. Learn how to achieve your goals at our information session! Have your transcript evaluated, discover payment and scholarship options, and meet with professors and admissions counselors at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 at the ICC. To RSVP, call Julie Weber at 210-832-2100, email or visit

Community News

30 Days to a Greener U: Earth Month Advent Calendar
Avoid PVC curtains or liners, and switch up to an EVA shower curtain.

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 BrianCurtis at or 210-283-5052.

Faculty Focus

Institute Participant
Dr. Christy MacKinnon, professor and chair of biology, was accepted as a participant in the ASM/JGI Functional Genomics Institute sponsored by the American Society of Microbiology and the Department of Energy Joint Genomics Institute. The institute is designed for faculty to involve their students in molecular genetics and functional genomics research. The institute will be held at Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio, July 17-21.

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

High Schools

UIW Summer INstitute
UIW invites you to the annual science summer camp for top-performing high school students from June 20 – July 1. During a two-week overnight camp, 20 select students will explore university-level research and get first-hand experience in valuable careers in the health sciences. Rising juniors with a GPA of 3.5 (85%) or better are invited to apply. The cost is $500. For more information, contact Dan Ochoa at (210) 829-2707 or or Stella Mallard at (210) 829-2708 or

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

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