The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: June 24, 2011

Photo of the Week

Sr. Martha Ann Kirk and Dr. Tanja Stampfl took a group of 15 UIW students and faculty on a study trip to Turkey from May 11-23. One of our Turkish hosts was Ensar Agirman, a UIW graduate from the H-E-B School of Business and Administration. The group visited Istanbul, Ephesus, Cappadocia, Konya and Urfa, learning about history, art, religion and literature. Dr. Michael Guiry also went on the trip.


Sr. Walter Maher, CCVI, took a group to Galveston, Texas, for a Heritage retreat. The group gathered at Christus Daily Bread, one of the ministries the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word support in Galveston.

Summer Mass Cancelations
Noon Mass will be canceled from June 27 through July 12 because Fr. Tom will be away from campus. Normal noon Mass schedule will resume July 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.
  • Liturgy of the Hours evening prayer at 5 p.m. every Wednesday


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 $55 for the full conference, and individual sessions cost $22. 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. UIW students, staff and faculty members receive one complimentary ticket (with a valid UIW ID) and may purchase additional tickets at For more information, contact

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

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

Cloud File Storage Availability
Information Technology introduces Stoneware, a web-based tool that allows you to access UIW’s private cloud. It’s like taking a UIW desktop environment wherever you go. Services include file storage space (so you don’t have to keep up with that flash drive), and single sign-on to various resources such as Cardinal Mail, library databases, Banner INB and Blackboard. You can access Microsoft Office 2010 applications even if the computer you are working on does not have Office installed. Take Stoneware for a test drive by visiting: and logging in with your UIW username/password (same information you use to log into your work computer or access Cardinal Mail). Several support documents linked below have been created to assist you. If you have additional questions, call the Help Desk at Ext. 2721.

Remotely Access UIW Resources

Remotely Access Banner

Remotely Access your Files

Access Library Databases

Event Submission Policy Changes
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

UIW in the News
Colleges Continue to Add Football Teams

Recycling Containers
Please help get the word out if you have any contact with the many visitors on campus this summer: The blue containers are for paper, cans and bottles only. Put all garbage in other containers.

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

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

High Schools

SACHS Casino Night
The St. Anthony Alumni Association 3rd annual Casino Night and Texas Hold’em Tournament will be held July 8 at the SACHS gymnasium.Doors open at 6 p.m., and games will be from 7-10 p.m. Tickets cost $50 per person for Casino Night and there is a $50 buy-in for the Hold’em Tournament (seating is limited). Gaming includes: black jack, poker, roulette, slots and other table games. All money raised will be allocated to the Alumni Scholarship Fund. The Casino Night grand prize is a $1,000 gift card, and the grand prize for the Hold’em tournament is a $500 gift card. For registration information, contact Alejandro Calderon at or 832-5632.

SACHS Rummage Sale
The St. Anthony Catholic High School Class of 2013 will be hosting a Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 in the SACHS gym, 3200 McCullough Avenue, San Antonio, Texas 78212. Prepaid spaces for sales will be reserved beginning at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 18. The cost of a space inside the gym is $25, and reservations for spaces are limited. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Eydie Villalpando at or 854-7750 or Sylvia Leon at or 241-1029.

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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:

  • Angela (’63) & Al Notzon & family on the recent loss of her sister, Jo Anne McCaffrey Ameel (BS ‘58).
  • Joy & Mike Curnutt & family (UIW friends) on the recent loss of her mother, Clara Liddy Dyrrlich Brown (UIW friend).
  • Doris (BA ‘83) & Thomas Dunlap & family on the recent loss of her father, the Rev. Raymond A. Callies.
  • Joy Roane-Carlson & family on the recent loss of her husband, Robert W. “Bob” Carlson (UIW friend).
  • Esther Curnutt (UIW friend) on the recent loss of her husband, and Joy and Mike Curnutt (UIW friends) & family on the recent loss of his father, Harry Curnutt (UIW friend).
  • Phyllis & Charles Weston & family on the recent loss of his mother, Julia Patch Diehl (BSN ‘80).
  • The family of Oswald H. Finck (UIW friend) on his recent death.
  • The family of Lt. Col. Mary Louise Fisk (BS ‘45, Verbum Society) on her recent death.
  • Dr. Bobbye (UIW Registrar) & Tommy Fry on the recent loss of her mother, Yvonne Avery Wilhite Hrbacek.
  • Joe McEntire & family on the recent loss of his wife, Audrey Luce McEntire (BS ‘66).
  • The family of Mary O. Pena (BSN ‘78, MSN ‘84, Verbum Member) on her recent death.
  • James Simmons & family on the recent loss of his wife, Gloria Verduzco Simmons (BS ‘58).
  • Liza & Jack Lewis III (UIW Board of Trustees) on the recent loss of her mother, Frances Heard Billups (UIW friend).

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