The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: may 13, 2011

Photo of the Week

David Robinson, of the San Antonio Spurs, spoke at the Commencement ceremony on Saturday.


Mass Cancelation
There will be no noon Mass on Friday, May 13.

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


Brian Buck (from left), Kyle Smith, Rick Smith and Todd Beebe were the champions of the Swing-In Golf Tournament.

Las Vegas Night
Tickets are now on sale for the UIW Athletics Department’s Las Vegas Night on Friday, May 13 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. and games start at 7:30 p.m. 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 is 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 (through 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.

Vatican II Fifty Years Later Conference
The year 2012 will mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. In preparation for this anniversary, we will examine how we have been doing with the task put before us: What have we done well and what still has not been fully implemented? In a world that seems to be slowly turning away from God, the Vatican II documents provide some specific ways by which teachers and ministers can cooperate with the Holy Spirit in stirring up the flames of faith that are necessary for conversion during this new “springtime of faith” mentioned by Pope John Paul II. The conference will be Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and all sessions will be held in Marian Hall Ballroom. The cost is $50 for the full conference (or $55 after June 10) and individual sessions cost $20 (or $22 after June 10). For more information, contact Sr. Eilish Ryan at (210) 829-3871.

Mozart Festival Texas
The Mozart Festival Texas is a series of four concerts, held on successive Saturday evenings at Our Lady's Chapel, featuring the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Programs include orchestral, operatic and chamber music repertoire. Performers for Mozart Festival will include members of the UIW music faculty and other outstanding professional musicians from throughout South Texas. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 23, July 30, Aug. 6 and Aug. 13. Admission costs $20. For more information, contact Roland Sul at (210) 829-3855 or

UIW Welcome Week Concert
Join your friends for this great Welcome Week event featuring The Spazmatics. The Spazmatics are one of the hottest bands in Texas and are sure to drop the beat to move your feet, as you sing and dance the night away! Make sure you block the evening of Thursday, Aug. 25 on your calendar to join your friends at this amazing event. For more information, contact

Department News

Telephone Outage
The Infrastructure Support Department will be performing an upgrade to the telephone system in the Administration Building and the ICC Building after 5 p.m. Friday, May 13.  Users may experience a telephone outage lasting no more than two hours each afternoon.

Notification of Events – New Policy
To remain compliant with federal law, a new ADA webpage has been created ( The new policy regarding event promotion has been created as a result of an effort to remain consistent with the request to provide 5 days notice for accommodations. Thank you for your understanding.

In order to improve coordination and accessibility for university public events, the Office of Public Relations will no longer accept events for promotion submitted fewer than five (5) university working days prior to the date of the event. Events must be submitted to the PR office through the online form found at There will be no exceptions. PR lists events in the Word Today, on the calendar of events on UIW main page, on the plasma screens across campus, on community calendars and to the external public through media advisories. Events not submitted at least five days in advance using the online PR event form will not be accepted for promotion. The new policy will be in effect as of 8 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2011.

Blackboard & Office 2010 Summer Training Schedule
The UIW department of Instructional Technology is offering faculty and staff the opportunity to update their Blackboard and Office 2010 skills. All classes will be held in Room G16 of the Mabee Library. Space is limited, so register soon. Email registration requests to Terry Peak at

Blackboard Collaborate - Introductory Course
9-10 a.m. May 16-18, May 26, Aug. 8, 10, 15, 16
Blackboard Collaborate is a virtual classroom solution with audio, video, application sharing and content display capabilities. Instructors may capture and archive lectures for future playback through Blackboard. The introductory course provides an overview of the basic features and benefits.

Blackboard Collaborate - Advanced Course
1-2 p.m. May 16-18, May 26, Aug. 8, 10, 15, 16
The advanced course will be taught online. Participants will plan, design and present a session. Attendees will also critique the session of their colleagues. 

Blackboard Grade Center
9-10 a.m. May 23, Aug. 11, 18 
1-2 p.m. May 19, Aug. 9
The Grade Center can record data, monitor student progress and communicate information to students. It is also a valuable tool to assist with making informed decisions to take action to promote student progress. 

Blackboard Assessment and Content Management
9-10 a.m. May 19, Aug. 9
1-2 p.m. Aug. 18
Content Areas contain a variety of learning materials such as tests, assignments and other downloadable content that instructors use to present information relevant to their courses.

Microsoft Office 2010 Tips and Tricks
9-11 a.m. June 6-9
Improve your knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook 2010 by attending this four-day session.  On Thursday, attendees will be invited to share their own “secrets” to getting the most out of Office 2010.

Summer 2011 Faculty Training Series
The UIW Department of Instructional Technology is offering faculty and staff the opportunity to learn from their colleagues. Faculty members will present one- and two-hour classes highlighting how they integrate technology into their courses. All classes will be held in Room G16 of the Mabee Library. Space is limited, so register soon. Email registration requests to Terry Peak at  

  • May 24, 9-10 a.m. – ARTSTOR – Professor Mitchell will demonstrate how to create image files and make visual presentations from the ARTSTOR database
  • May 25, 9-10 a.m. – Google Forms – Dr. Pat Burr will use Google Forms to create in-class student surveys. Better than clickers! Please open a Gmail account before class.
  • May 26, 10-11 a.m. – Hybrid Learning: Lessons Learned and Best Practices – Dr. Pat Lonchar and Dr. Mary Beth Swofford share their experiences, successes and best practices with instructors who want to teach using hybrid learning tools. 
  • May 26, 2-3 p.m. – Blackboard Collaborate: Tips and Tricks – Dr. Noah Kasraie will share his tips for successfully integrating Wimba Classroom (aka Blackboard Collaborate) with his course curriculum.  
  • Aug. 10, 10-11 a.m. – Hybrid Learning: Lessons Learned and Best Practices – Dr. Pat Lonchar and Dr. Mary Beth Swofford share their experiences, successes and best practices with instructors who want to teach using hybrid learning tools.    
  • Aug. 17, 1-2 p.m. – Social Networking as a Teaching Tool – Dr. Marcos Oliveira explains how he incorporates text messaging and Facebook into teaching and learning. He will relate his knowledge of Pharmacy students’ perceptions on different social media practices.
  • Aug. 19, 9-11 a.m. – Microsoft Photo Story 4 – Dr. Annette Craven and Dr. Esmeralda De Los Santos will demonstrate the use of Microsoft Photo Story to integrate photos, music and voice recording into a media file documentary of fact-finding trips, which are then used in the classroom to teach students about other cultures.

New Help Desk Phone Services
The Information Technology Department now offers 24/7/365 help desk phone services. 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.

Community News

UIW in the News
Classes studying India take overseas trip

Word Today Summer Schedule
During the summer, the Word Today will be published Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning the week of Monday, May 16. The online Friday e-newsletter will be published every other week. Please keep this schedule in mind when sending announcements and event notices to be included. Events must be submitted to the PR office at least five university working days prior to the date of the event through the online form found at

College Week
Show your college pride! Mayor Julián Castro is kicking off College Week on May 16, and the UIW community is invited to participate. Encourage a young person to go to college on Thursday, May 19. Wear your favorite UIW t-shirt on Friday, May 20.

San Antonio Museum of Art Membership
Human Resources is pleased to announce an exciting new benefit: The University of the Incarnate Word will become a corporate member of the San Antonio Museum of Art beginning June 1. UIW is excited to add the complementary admission to SAMA to our benefit offerings for our employees and students, and to extend this benefit to the Brainpower schools.

  • University of the Incarnate Word
  • St. Anthony Catholic High School
  • Incarnate Word High School
  • St. Peter Prince of Apostles Elementary School
  • St. Anthony Elementary School

For a one year period beginning June 1, students, faculty and staff of these campuses will gain free admittance during regular operating hours when they present a valid school ID. Any other family members or guests attending with the student or employee must pay regular admission to visit the museum.

United SA Federal Credit Union Hours
The Cardinal branch of United SA Federal Credit Union will change its hours during the summer. From May 16 until Aug. 5, the new schedule will be Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Normal hours (Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will resume Aug. 8.

House of CARDS Update
Find a new time-lapse video of the construction of the House of CARDS solar house at

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

Catholic Charities Prayer
The Catholic Charities Life Time of Faith and Service Award Dinner opened May 11 with a prayer through drama and dance shared by Sr. Martha Ann Kirk and her Arts for Christian Worship students.

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

High Schools

IWHS Commencement
The Incarnate Word High School graduation ceremony will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 22, in the UIW McDermott Convocation Center. The Baccalaureate service will be at 10 a.m. Both events are by ticket only.

SACHS Commencement
The St. Anthony Catholic High School graduation ceremony will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 21 in the UIW McDermott Convocation Center. The Baccalaureate service will be at 6 p.m. Friday, May 20 in the St. Anthony Catholic High School Chapel. Both events are by ticket only.

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

St. Anthony Alumni Association Summer Fest
The St. Anthony Alumni Association presents Summer Fest will be from noon – 5 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at the St. Anthony Front Field at St. Anthony Catholic High School, 3200 McCullough Ave 78212. Admission is free, but tickets for food, drinks and kids’ activities will be available for sale the day of the event. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Music will be provided by The Brehm’s Band (, Take Note and SACHS Jazz Band. All proceeds benefit the St. Anthony Alumni Scholarship Fund. 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:

  • Miguel Cortinas (Faculty/Art) & family on the recent loss of his brother, Aurelio R. Cortinas.
  • George Dojahn & family on the recent loss of his wife, Marlene Ann Dojahn (M.Ed. ’99).
  • The family of Margaret M. Earl (IWHS ’34) on her recent death.
  • Gail & Patrick Greener (Phonathon Coordinator/Development) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Margaret Elizabeth Heather.
  • Marie (M.Ed. ’85) & Ben McPherson (Faculty/Biology; MA ‘93) & family on the recent loss of his father, the Rev. Benjamin Carroll McPherson.
  • Gregory Williams & family on the recent loss of his wife, Maria Carol Hatfield Williams (BSN ’90).

The University of the Incarnate Word provides reasonable accommodation with adequate notice. To request disability accommodation for events listed in this newsletter, visit