The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: June 10, 2011

Photo of the Week

Terry Peak (left), technology training coordinator, leads a summer technology workshop on Microsoft Word with a booked class on Tuesday.


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


Rock N' Red Birds Marathon Team
Join the Rock N' Red Birds as they walk, jog and run the San Antonio Rock N' Roll Marathon & Half Marathon. Joining the Rock N' Red Birds team gets you a $10 discount on registration and the camaraderie that comes with accomplishing a large health goal. Take the Get Fit Challenge with us and do something big this year! For more information on joining the team, contact Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Steve Hemphill at 210-805-3595 or

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 transcripts evaluated, discover payment and scholarship options, and meet professors and admissions counselors at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 16 in the Nursing Building. To RSVP call (210) 832-2100, email or visit For more information, contact Linda Solis at 210-832-2100 or

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.

The Four Seasons Showcase
View the spectacular view from the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room, overlooking the beautiful San Antonio city skyline, and mingle with 30 vendors showcasing their services and offering discounts to all who attend. Taste food from the best caterers in the city, and see the unique designs of decorators and event planners in the area in four different themes of décor. The event is free, and will be from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, June 23 in the Sky Room. For more information and to RSVP, contact Antoinette Lopez at 210-805-5805 or

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 starting at 7 p.m. 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

On Saturday, June 4, students from the South Texas Region attended a full day of workshops with Donald Asher, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on the graduate admissions process. More than 100 students and staff from McNair Scholars Programs attended the workshops. Students learned how to look for graduate programs that would be a good fit and match, what should be included in a personal statement, how to find the money to pursue graduate education, the etiquette of asking for letters of recommendation, and how to contact faculty at the schools to which they hoped to apply.

Employee Services Module
The Payroll Office is pleased to announce that BannerWeb is offering the Employee Services module. If you have any questions or comments about this update, email the Human Resources or Payroll Departments at or  

The module will include the following features:

  • View your pay stub online (official copies available thru Payroll office)
  • View and print your W-2 online with electronic consent
  • View and change your W-4 tax filing status
  • View your payroll deductions both voluntary and regulatory
  • View payroll deduction history
  • View your earnings history
  • View vacation and sick leave balances
  • View your direct deposit information
  • Access on-line Payroll forms
  • Update your emergency contact information
  • Update your billing, mailing, and permanent address (used for W-2 and 1098T mailings)

The following functionality will be available soon:

  • Web time entry
  • Benefits open enrollment
  • View student tuition waiver recipients

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

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.

Community News

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 members Dr. Jeanette McNeill, Dr. Jennifer Cook, Marveen Mahon, David Allwein, Dr. Maureen Rauschhuber, Cynthia Richardson, Dr. Laura Munoz and Dr. Mary Elaine Jones, and graduate student Rosanna Estrada recently published “A Family History Intervention: Enhancing Cardiovascular Risk Assessment” in the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) Journal.

Faculty members Dr. Ramona Parker, Dr. Jeanette McNeill, Dr. Kathy Goei, Joyce Howard, M. Danielle Gunter recently published “Child Health Clinical Simulation:  A Pilot Project” in the Journal of Nursing 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

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Screening of Award-Winning Documentary on Social Justice and Religious Life
“The Calling,” anacclaimed documentary that explores the fundamental and enduring questions that provide meaning and value to our lives, will bepart of the screeningsatthe San Antonio Film Festival on June 19.Theevent will be held at 2 p.m. at the San Antonio Public Library, 600 Soledad. For more information about the event, visit or call 210-977-9004.

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

St. Anthony Catholic School Summer Program
A summer enrichment program with each different themed week packed with recreation, arts and crafts, drama, cooking, science projects, water play and field trips. The program will run from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. through Aug. 12 at 205 W. Huisache Avenue. For more information, contact Summer Coordinator Rebecca Martinez at 210-732-8801 Ext. 135.

Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • Alex & Patty Balboa & family on the recent loss of their son, Alejandro Antonio Balboa (BS ’11).
  • Sr. Helen Ann Collier, CCVI (’68, Emeriti Board of Trustees) & family on the recent loss of her brother, Robert Emmett Collier.
  • Rose Lee (BS ’59) & Donald Hoelscher & family on the recent loss of his brother, the Rev. James Edward Hoelscher.

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