The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Aug. 5, 2011

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Training for the Rock N' Red Birds marathon team has begun!
We need your participation to help us win the 2011 Get Fit Challenge! The UIW Rockin’ Red Birds marathon team is only 30 participants behind UTSA, and Trinity University’s team is closing in behind us. With your participation, we can take over UTSA’s first place position! If you know of someone who is participating in the marathon and are looking for a team to be on, they can join the UIW team at For more information, contact Steve Hemphill at 210-805-3595 or


Celebration of Ramadan
For 2011, Ramadan began this week and will continue for 30 days until Wednesday, Aug. 30. Ramadan, the 9th month of the Islamic calendar year, is set aside to observe one of the five major pillars of Islam, the pillar of fasting. Because Islam aims to strike a balance between productive mundane life and spiritual development, a need is identified for every believer to practice a form of asceticism provided by abstaining from food, drink, and marital relations from dawn to dusk, and by spending a part of each night pondering the Qur’an. Ramadan is the month when believers emphasize their spirituality and upgrade their sense of care and respect for others. The Office of Mission and Ministry would like everyone to be mindful of this time of year.

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


Maria Ibarra BBA ‘04, Allison Hicks BA ‘88, Red Cardinal, Gloria Gonzales BA ’11 and Dawn Cunningham MAA ’06 enjoyed the fun at the 2nd annual Alumni Luau & Margarita Tasting on July 28.

Mozart Festival Texas
Two concerts remain in this year’s Mozart Festival Texas, 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, Aug. 6 and Aug. 13. Admission costs $20. For more information, contact Roland Sul at (210) 829-3855 or

Fall Information Session
Join us at an information session for adult students wanting to earn a degree at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 at the International Conference Center. UIW will be presenting the new daytime blended learning program from the School of Extended Studies for its nontraditional students attending the Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCaP) beginning this August. Reap the benefits of a higher degree! Have your transcripts evaluated, discover payment and scholarship options, and meet with professors and admission counselors during the session.  To RSVP, call Linda Solis at (210) 832-2100 or email Visit for more information.

Fall 2011 New Student Veterans Orientation
The Center for Veterans Affairs invites you to the Fall 2011 UIW New Student Veterans Orientation Lunch & Learn, which will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30 in the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library Auditorium. New GI Bill legislative changes are now in effect and our focus this year will be how this will impact students attending UIW. Representatives from UIW Offices will be on hand to answer questions. Pizza and cookies will be served in the UIW library foyer, before and after the meeting. In addition, representatives from the San Antonio Vet Center and the Warrior Navigation & Assistance Program will each host a presentation. For more information, contact Karen Wyatt at 210-829-2705 or

Meet the Mission
The 6th annual Meet the Mission is gearing up for our day of university-wide community service on Friday, Sept. 16. This year, in addition to the agencies we served last year, we are working with the Family Services Association ( on their list of up to 22 additional sites. Last year, we served more than 20 agencies and will be looking for more students and faculty to help with this year’s event. We are very excited about this new connection and the potential for more community service activity for our students and faculty. For more information, contact Harold Rodinsky at or Brenda Dimas at in the Office of Mission and Ministry.

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

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 classes highlighting how they integrate technology into their courses. All classes will be held in Room G16 of the Mabee Library. Space is limited. 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.    

Community News

UIW in the News
Filmmakers use videos and movies to break cultural stereotypes

Water Shut-Off
There will be a shut-off of water on the campus for a repair on Friday at 4 p.m. for 3-6 hours. The buildings affected will be the Wellness Center, Nursing, Agnese-Sosa, Gorman, Clement, Marian, and the Advancement Center (Buckley Mitchell).

UIW Welcome Week Concert – Ticket Update
More than half of the VIP tickets are already gone, so if you are hoping to see The Spazmatics from the VIP section, buy your ticket before it’s too late! Faculty and staff will receive a free general admission ticket with school ID. The concert is being hosted by Campus Life and features ‘80s cover band The Spazmatics, who have a huge following in South Texas. For more information, visit See the promotional video and buy tickets on the site. For more information, contact Rick Smith at or Paul Ayala at

Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed for the back to school concert featuring The Spazmatics on Thursday, Aug. 25. This is a campuswide event that we hope will be a great success! But we need your help! The university is in need of 100 volunteers to aid with the various tasks required to make this event a success. Volunteers are needed for the days prior to the event, during the event, and the day following the event. If you are interested in helping, please contact Melissa Sayre at and provide your full name, UIW email address and telephone number. She will contact you with the shifts available.

Scholarships Sweepstakes
University of the Incarnate Word will hold its annual sweepstakes for scholarships until November. You have the chance to win a $5,000 merchandise credit balance on a credit card. Suggested donations are $20 per ticket or $100 for six tickets. The drawing will be held Nov. 5. For more information please contact the Development Office at (210) 829-6013.

Student Logo Contest
UIW students are encouraged to participate in the Alamo Heights Night® 2112 logo contest. The logo should include some reference to the event and year of the event. All finished computer separated artwork should be provided on a disk no later than Dec. 2. For more information and the contest guidelines, visit

2011 Football Season Ticket and Quarterback Club Payroll Deduction Option
Each employee will receive one general admission to the Cardinals’ home games, but you may choose to buy a package seating instead. This year, if you purchase a Black/Red Club level package and become a member of the 2011 Quarterback Club (at time of purchase) you will receive an additional discount on your total purchase. If you would like payroll deduction for a ticket package, stop by the Grants Accounting office in AD 186 to fill out the payroll deduction form. For more information, contact Michael R. Castilleja at 805-3571 or

Ticket Package Options

  • Black Club Level: $649 – Seating section C&D – Package includes: two seats under the press box awning with personal chair backs, one Black Club parking space, and a catered buffet. There will be a cash bar at these events.
  • Red Level: $250 – Seating section C&D – Package includes: two seats with personal chair backs and 1 Red Level parking space.
  • Red Individual: $125 – Seating section C&D – Package includes: one seat with personal chair back.

Tailgating Options

  • General Reserved Tailgate Package: $750 – Package includes: four Red Level seats with personal chair backs in section C&D, one tailgate space in front of the Natatorium.

Quarterback Club

  • Alumni/Employee Membership - $150
  • Add a spouse - $75

Faculty Focus

Goulet Gives Keynote Address
Dr. Caroline Goulet was invited to present the keynote address at Rosalind Franklin University 2nd annual K. Michael Welch Interprofessional Symposium. The title of her presentation was “Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice – The WHAT, WHY and WHERE.” She was also invited by the American Physical Therapy Board of Directors to serve on the APTA Diversity Task Force charged with developing and presenting to the Board of Directors a plan to address the issues of cultural competence and cultural diversity in the physical therapy profession and the association.

Book Published
David Campos, an associate professor of education, co-authored Reaching Out to Latino Families of English Language Learners, a recently published book by three advocates of Latino achievement and powerful voices in education. The book offers educators the valuable insight and resources they need to break down linguistic and cultural barriers to engage Latino parents in student learning.

Proposal Submitted
In response to an invitation for an event in Washington, DC, CHASS sponsored Lopita Nath and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk’s attendance at the "President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge White House Convening" at the White House Executive Offices this week.President Obama invited campuses to submit proposals to the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The UIW proposal focuses on community service to refugees and it will advance interfaith ideas and cultural dialogue through education.

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

High Schools

Back to School Dance "Space Odessey: Word Invasion”
The Incarnate Word High School Student Council is hosting the Back to School Dance "Space Odessey: Word Invasion” from 7:30 – 11 p.m. Aug. 12 at the UIW Convocation Center. The event is open to all Catholic high school students in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Public school students are welcome but must be accompanied by a Catholic high school student. Students should bring ID and ticket for admission.  Dress code guidelines are on the back of the ticket and will be enforced. Tickets cost $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information, contact Joyce Horner at 210-832-2143 or

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. 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.

5th Annual IWHS Shamrock Golf Classic
Incarnate Word High School will host its 5th annual Shamrock Golf Classic starting at 8 a.m. Nov. 12 at Canyon Springs Golf Club. The golf tournament benefits the activities and athletics programs at IWHS.  Registration forms are available online at Early bird (by Oct. 7) entry costs $135. After Oct. 7, entry costs $150. For more information, contact Nicki Gonzalez at 210-829-3122 or

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • James & Evelyn Cobarruvias (UIW friends) & family on the loss of his mother, and Vanessa Cobarruvias (BA ’08) on the loss of her grandmother, Mary Elena Cobarruvias.
  • Stephanie Escobar & family on the recent loss of her aunt, Carmen Segovia Hidalgo (BSN ’51).
  • Dorothy (IWHS ’75) & Daniel Cantu, Sharon (IWHS ’78) & Gregory Schmidt, and Shirley (IWHS ’78) & Randy Ogden & family on the recent loss of Margaret Lillian Breit Sauer (IWHS ’49, BS ’53), mother of Dorothy, Sharon and Shirley.

Tai Chi Easy Classes
UIW adjunct instructor Mary Martha McNeel offers ongoing Qigong and Tai Chi Easy classes. Learn to destress and improve your health through the meditative practice of Qigong and Tai Chi Easy. Classes are free from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday nights in the Angelique Garden Room at the Village at Incarnate Word. For more information, contact Mary Martha McNeel at (210) 826-4591 or

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