The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Sept. 9 , 2011

Photo of the Week

Rita Russ (pictured far right), Virtual University Dean, represented UIW as Title Sponsor of the 2011 Healthcare Diversity Summit sponsored by UIW and the Texas Diversity Council on Thursday in the SkyRoom.


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



Alumni Soccer Tailgate
Come tailgate with former soccer alumni and meet current UIW soccer players. We will have free tailgate food and fun before the game. Bring your friends and family out to see your UIW soccer team from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 9 outside the Convocation Center. For more information, contact Steve Hemphill at (210) 805-3595 or

Light the Way Workdays
Light the Way is just around the corner. Be a part of the tradition.  This year is the 25th annual celebration!  Replace old light bulbs for community service or simply come out and help us! Workdays will be from 9 a.m. – noon Saturday, Sept. 10 and Saturday, Sept. 24 in Marian Hall Ballroom. For more information, contact Liz Valerio at or at 210-832-2127.

Volunteer Work Days in Headwaters Sanctuary
Student, staff and faculty volunteers are needed for the Headwaters Coalition’s Volunteer Work Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 10 in the Headwaters Sanctuary. We’ll meet at the main trailhead behind the baseball fields. Come prepared for work in the woods: long pants and closed-toe shoes. Headwaters volunteers are eligible for off campus community service hours. Plus, getting involved in the Headwaters project is a great way to expand your horizons and get to know more intimately this place we call “home” here at Incarnate Word. For more information, contact Helen Ballew at 828-2224 Ext. 232 or

Honoring the end of Ramadan
In honor of the end of the holy month of Ramadan, known as Eid-al-Fitr, the National Optometric Student Association - Muslims Student Association (NOSA-MSA) of the Rosenberg School of Optometry is having a celebration.   The event will take place on Friday, Sept.16, from noon to 1:30 p.m at the UIW Rosenberg School Optometry.   This event is free to all NOSA members and $5 for all non-members. Please RSVP by Sept. 14 to Salma Kiani at (443) 813-5705 or by email at

UIW Chamber Music Concert
The Artisan Quartet, led by UIW Music Department's new violin instructor, Richard Kilmer, will perform a Chamber Music Concert on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. Our Lady’s Chapel. The program will include:  Beethoven Quartet in A, op.18, no.5 & Grieg Quartet in G Minor, op.27.  Tickets are $10 at the door.  Admission is free for UIW students and staff. For information, call 210-829-3855.

UIW Family Day at Schlitterbahn
All UIW employees, alumni and families are invited to attend UIW Family Day at Schlitterbahn, Sunday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. with an ice cream social from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., hosted by Alumni Relations and Human Resources Departments.  The deadline to purchase discounted admission tickets is Thursday, September 15.  Tickets may be purchased by credit card by faxing the order form to Schlitterbahn Group Sales for a discount admission price of $20.00 per person.  The form can be found at:  You can also purchase a discounted combo meal for $7.50 which includes a hamburger, chips, and a drink or you can pack your own lunch. Call Human Resources at 829-6019 for more information.

Constitution Day
Each year, UIW observes national Constitution Day. This year there will be two events held on Sept. 20. First, at 4 p.m. in the Library Auditorium UIW students involved in moot court competition with other colleges will showcase this year's case problem by arguing the 1st Amendment (Free Speech) and 4th Amendment (Search and Seizure) issues.  Next, at 5:30 p.m. in the same location, TCU Political Science Professor Jim Riddlesperger will speak about varying approaches to constitutional interpretation, in "The Constitution--Wanted: Dead or Alive!"  For details call, Dr. Gary Keith at (210) 832-2183 or


Department News

UIW Mabee Library Auditorium Reservations
As of September 1, 2011, arrangements for the use of the UIW Mabee Library Auditorium must be made through Melissa Chavez, Library Administrative Assistant, (210-829-3838 or She also makes arrangements for the International Conference Room, the Special Collections room and other library meeting rooms. Before making a request, you can check the times and dates that the rooms are available by viewing the Public Folders in Outlook. Instructions on how to do this can be found at

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Community News

Sr. Helena Monahan, Chancellor, and Lisa Schultz, Director of Alumni Relations at Benson Stadium enjoy tailgating at the first Cardinal Football game of the year.

David Allwein, Health Services, students Stephen Lucke and Jaime Vasquez at the Cardinal Wellness kick-off Wednesday in Marian Hall Ballroom.

Pictured L-R Sr. Walter Maher, CCVI, V.P., University Mission & Ministry, Trevor Alexander, Assistant Director, University Mission & Ministry, Michael Mercer, UIW faculty and Fr. Thomas H. Dymowski, O.SS.T. University Chaplain, gather with the Cardinal Singers at the Ecumenical Prayer Service marking the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 sponsored by the University Mission & Ministry office.

Tell your story – Where were you on 9/11?
To mark the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, University Mission and Ministry Office invites you to join us in Marian Hall Conference Room, Friday, Sept. 9, between 10 a.m. and noon & from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., to tell your story.   Where you were, what you were doing, and how did you feel when you heard the news about 9-11.? Selected stories will be posted on our webpage. For more information, please contact Rev. Dr. Trevor Alexander, 829-3130 or online at

9/11 Presentation
Dr. Andrew Buzzelli, School of Optometry Dean, will show exclusive crime scene photos and talk about his experience at Ground Zero as part of the first military medical unit, in Gorman Building 212 at noon on September 14. He will raise questions about what it meant then and now and how is faith part of our reflections about the event.

Managing School, Work and Personal Time
The intersection of school, work, personal and home life can become overwhelming. Learn secrets to successfully managing your schedule.  Dr. Nursen Zanca will present this workshop sponsored by the Graduate Support Center from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 and Thursday Sept. 15, in the Mabee Library room 230. This event is open to all graduate students. For more information, contact Dr. David Ortiz at

Donations needed for fire victims
Fashion Society (student org) is collecting donations for the fire victims around Central Texas. We will have a collection point starting tomorrow in the Fashion Management office on the 2nd floor of the Joyce bldg. Clothing, money, non-perishable food items, toiletries, baby needs, animal feed are among the items needed for the victims.  For more information call the Fashion Management Office at 829-3141 or online at

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.

Faculty Focus

Faculty Family Potluck Supper
Faculty are invited to bring family or significant others to make new friends and meet old friends at the potluck supper from 6:30 – 9 p.m. today, Sept. 9 in Marian Hall Ballroom.Children are welcome.Bring some food to share. Iced tea provided and you are welcome to bring other drinks. Sponsored by the Faculty Mentoring Program led by Dr. Jessica Kimmel and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk.For more information, contact Sr. Martha AnnKirk at (210) 829-3854 or

"Are We Academically Adrift?"
"Academically Adrift" is one of the most widely discussed books on university teaching in recent years.  In it, sociologists Arum and Roksa argue that the contemporary American university is a place of little academic rigor where undergraduates may receive credentials but rarely improve in critical thinking, writing and complex reasoning. In a short video presentation, Arum notes some key findings of their study. Dr. Roger Barnes from CHASS will moderate a discussion for faculty on Monday, Sep 12, from noon – 1 p.m. in the Joyce Building - Tilton Room and Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 4 – 5 p.m. in the Mabee Library’s Special Collections Room.  For more information contact:  Dr. Susan Hall at (210) 283-5030 or

Meet the Mission - Update
The 6th annual Meet the Mission is gearing up for a day of university-wide community service on Friday, Sept. 16. Here is a partial listing of the agencies teams of UIW faculty and students will serve during the 6th annual Meet The Mission: Any Baby Can, Family Services Association, FSA Head Start Programs, Guadalupe Community, The Headwaters Project, Inner City Development, Methodist Children's Home, Our House Clubhouse, Our Lady of Angels Refugee Family Assistance, St. Mary Magdalene, St. PJ's, St. Timothy's, St. Vincent De Paul @ Haven for Hope, Retirement Center @ the Village at Incarnate Word, Violence Prevention SITE, Visitation House, Willie Velazquez Center, St. Agnes. If we had more faculty-student teams we could provide service to more agencies…..There is time to still sign-up and recruit students.  For more information please e-mail Harold Rodinsky or Brenda Dimas .

Blackboard Grade Center Training
The Center for Teaching and Leaning invites faculty to learn more about the Blackboard Grade Center.  We will be offering a several opportunities throughout September for faculty to drop by and learn how to set-up and use the Grade Center at these time in September:

•           Tues. Sept 13th at noon

•           Mon. Sept. 19th at 2:00

Bring your syllabus and course outline to the Center for Teaching and Learning (Ad 212). Terry Peak and Ana Gonzales will be on hand to help you develop grade categories, generate weighted grade columns, and add grade data to the Grade Center. When you leave, your Grade Center will be ready to use.Terry and Ana will be available to answer any other questions regarding other Blackboard tools or content. We will have a variety of handouts and videos available to help you enhance your experience with Blackboard. Refreshments will be available at each session.

Contact Terry Peak at more information. The Department of Instructional Technology and the Center for Teaching and Learning look forward to enhancing your Blackboard experience.

Call for papers - Verbum Incarnatum
Faculty are invited to submit a paper for Verbum Incarnatum: An Academic Journal of Social Justice published UIW.  The theme for this year’s volume is “Economics and Social Justice.”  Papers must be submitted by January 1, 2012 and should include an abstract and be approximately 15-25 pages, double spaced. Please submit a hardcopy as well as an electronic version (Word Document) of your article.  Submit all papers via email to For more information contact Sabrina Koll, managing editor, at or one of the faculty editors, Dr. Roger Barnes at, Dr. Phil Lampe at or Dr. Julie Miller at

High Schools

SAIW Theatre Presents: “Peter Pan and Wendy”
The SAIW (St. Anthony Catholic High School, Incarnate Word High School) Theatre proudly presents the first production of the 2011-2012 season, “Peter Pan and Wendy,” Sept. 22 – 24, at 7 pm in the IWHS McGowen Gymnasium.   Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for students and $3 for children 12 and under.  Tickets are available at the door. The material is best suited for children ages 9 and up.  To reserve seats, contact Director of Theatre Lara Benavides at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at

Dr. Beth Landis, IWHS faculty, joins students from IWHS and SACHS at the 2011 Healthcare Diversity Summit sponsored by UIW and the Texas Diversity Council on Thursday in the SkyRoom.


Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • Dr. Christopher Edelman (HAAS Faculty) & family on the recent loss of his grandfather, Robert Edelman.
  • Cynthia (UIW General Counsel) & Paul Escamilla & family on the recent loss of his father, Paul S. Escamilla

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

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