The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: may 27, 2011

Photo of the Week

J.T. Norris (center, back row), instructor of accounting in the H-E-B School of Business and Administration, will accompany 12 students to Korea from July 22 to Aug. 21. The students will be paired with Korean English teachers for an English camp for elementary and middle school students. The English camp program is part of the Memorandum of Understanding on Education Cooperation agreement established two years ago between UIW and the city of Gwangju, South Korea. Also pictured is Dr. Osman Ozturgut (right front) who prepared the teachers to teach English in Korea.


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


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.

Children’s Hospital Fundraiser
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital, one of the Sister’s ministries, is holding a fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital. The event is “A Walk in the Park” at Six Flags Fiesta Texas will be held Sunday, June 26. All who participate can enjoy a private, fun, family-friendly morning filled with entertainment and refreshments for all ages to enjoy.Walkers who raise $50 will receive a free ticket to spend the entire day enjoying the park.The walk is 1.5 miles.CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital is the beneficiary for the many children it cares for throughout the year.For more information or to register, visit

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

Awards Banquet Invitation
The Alamo Asian American Chamber of Commerce invites you to celebrate its 8th annual Awards Banquet from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel, 420 West Market St. Dr. Louis Agnese will be honored as the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Tickets cost $125. RSVP by Oct. 21 to or 210-777-8899.

Department News

Important ADA Notice
In order to better assist persons with special needs seeking to attend a UIW event, UIW has created an "ADA/Section 504 Information" link on the UIW home page, This links to the ADA/Section 504 site that opens to the page "Request for Accommodations" The web page "Request for Accommodations" has an electronic form that allows the general public and students to request various types of accommodations and includes a “comments” section. The form provides for a notice period of at least five university working days to request accommodations. If a request is made less than five days prior to the event, the form may still be submitted and the university will make reasonable efforts to provide accommodations.

This new procedure is consistent with the events promotion policy recently sent out by the Office of Public Relations requiring that all event promotion notifications be submitted to the PR Office via the online form,, at least five (5) university working days prior to the date of the event.

If you have any questions in this regard, please contact the Section 504 and ADA Coordinators for the University of the Incarnate Word:

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

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.

Blackboard Collaborate - Introductory Course
9-10 a.m. 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. 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. Aug. 11, 18 
1-2 p.m. 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. 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.

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  

  • 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

Food Service Holiday Hours
Marian Hall will be the only food service location open for the Memorial Day weekend. Because dinner hours are not officer, to-go containers for dinner will be offered at lunch price.

Marian Hall Café
Saturday through Monday
11 a.m.– 1 p.m.

Recordings on iTunesU
Recordings of the FSoP Hooding and Oath ceremony and Spring 2011 Commencements is now posted on iTunes U at Graduates who would like to have a higher resolution DVD version (not "High-Def," just standard TV), may email or fill out the form here: DVDs cost $10 and are part of the Communication Arts' fundraising activities.

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

United SA Federal Credit Union Hours
The Cardinal branch of United SA Federal Credit Union will change its hours during the summer. 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

Faculty Member Interviewed
Dr. Janice Dvorkin, associate professor of music therapy, was interviewed for the article “The Sound Effects of Music Therapy” in the March issue of San Antonio Magazine. The article may be viewed here after logging into the magazine website:

Conference Presentation
Dr. Tanja Stampfl, assistant professor of English, attended the North Eastern MLA Conference in New Brunswick, NJ, and presented “Are Literatures of the World the Same as World Literature?” She also attended the American Comparative Literature Association in Vancouver and presented “Arab Cities as Motherlands: Beirut, Constantine, and Baghdad.”

Doctoral Degrees Awarded
Dr. Irene Gilliland and Dr. Monica Ramirez, both of the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions recently earned their doctoral degrees from UT Tyler. The story is available here: Four Women Become First To Graduate From UT Tyler Ph.D. Program

Dr. Julie Nadeau, of the Ila Faye School of Nursing and Health Professions, earned a Doctorate of Education from Walden University in April.

Group Presidency Announced
Dr. Sarah Williams was recently elected president of District 8, Texas Nurses Association (TNA). District 8, TNAis made up of registered nurses from 28 counties covering the Southern Region of Texas.Founded in 1907, Texas Nurses Association is the oldest professional nursing association in Texas.Members of the organization fill many roles of nursing, including bedside, administration, consulting, advanced practice, education and legislation. Duties of members are carried out in settings as diverse as hospital, home and community health, public health, higher education, long term care, school health and policy.Williams will take the presidency of District 8 in July following Dr. Gayle Dasher.

Excellence in Teaching Award
The UIW Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi, honored three faculty members, Dr. Sarah Williams of the Ila Fay Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions, Dr. Sharon Herbers of the Feik School of Pharmacy and Simone Brown, of the Religious Studies Department, at its annual student induction ceremony on April 23.  The three faculty members received the award for Excellence in Teaching. Students and members of this honor society name faculty they have or have had who teach with heart and passion and have motivated them in their pursuit of education. 

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

High Schools

UIW Prep Open House
Join UIW Prep, an online college preparatory high school, at our Parent/Student Open House at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14 in the ICC. Meet the UIW Prep team and instructors, and take part in an informative class demonstration of high school classes online. See how we can provide up to 30 college credits with our dual credit classes. There will be door prizes and light refreshments. For more information, visit or contact Dione Bedell to RSVP at 210-805-3013 or by emailing

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:

  • Dr. Joleen Beltrami (Faculty, Mathematics) & family on the recent loss of her brother, Joseph Rinaldo Beltrami Jr.
  • Dr. Nancy Hagen (MA ’70) & family on the recent loss of her son, Mark Evan Hagen.
  • Alan & Roger Hedges & family on the recent loss of their cousin, Dr. Wallace Anthony Vincent Hedges (Former Faculty).
  • Elaine Olson (current student) & family on the loss of her mother, Dorothy M. Horton.
  • James Hosty & family on the recent loss of his son, Robert P. Hosty (MBA ’89).
  • Dorothy Muras (’41) and Anna Muras O’Donnell (’42) & families on the recent loss of their sister, Rosalie D. Muras Kowalski (BS ’47).
  • The family of Janie Obregon (’75) on her recent death.
  • Mary Nell (BA ’74) & Mike (BA ’74) Costello on the recent loss of her mother, and Anne Ohlrich (BA ’92) on the recent loss of her mother, Edwina Riley Ohlrich (BS’49).
  • Sr. Margarita Martinez, CCVI & family on the recent loss of her mother, Josefa S. Salinas.
  • Dennis Scroggin & family on the recent loss of his wife, Diana K. Patteson Scroggin (IWHS ’56).

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