The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Sept. 16 , 2011

Photo of the Week

(Pictured left to right) Dr. Javier Lozano, Director of Sister School Programs, Ambassador Jim Creagan, and Marcos Fragoso, Vice President for International Affairs join UIW students at the 2011 Study Abroad Fair, Thursday in Marian Hall Ballroom.


Our Lady’s Chapel Services

  • There will be no noon Mass today as Fr. Tom is participating in Meet the Mission.

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
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation - 11:30 a.m. Fridays



Outdoor Mass Notification System
Please note, Campus Police will be testing the Outdoor Mass Notification System (Voice Only) today, Friday Sept. 16 at 9:45 a.m. for approximately 10 min. 

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 today, 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. Contact Salma Kiani at (443) 813-5705 or by email at

Men’s Soccer vs. #3 nationally-ranked Midwestern
UIW Men’s Soccer takes on #3 nationally-ranked Midwestern tonight, Friday Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium. Admission is free for everyone.  LET’S PACK THE HOUSE for this huge conference game! WEAR RED for our Rally Red game.  100 students will receive commemorative Rally Red t-shirts at halftime.  For more information, contact Rick Smith 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 p.m. – 3 p.m., hosted by Alumni Relations and Human Resources Departments.  Call HR at 829-6019 for information.

"State of the University" Address
Dr. Agnese will present his annual "State of the University" address at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 20 in Marian Hall Ballroom.  The community is invited to attend.  Tea and Tacos will be served.

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

International Food Festival
"Take your tummy around the world." Come enjoy samplings of food from around the world on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 4 – 6 p.m. in Marian Hall Ballroom.   University faculty, staff, and students will prepare dishes from their homelands to share with their UIW family.  Come enjoy good food, music, and friendship.  For information contact the University Mission & Ministry Office at (210) 829-3128.

"Our Place Special Event: Evening with an Author"
The English Department and English Club present author Antoinette van Heugten who will read from and speak about her book, Saving Max.  The book follows single mother, Danielle Parkman, whose teenage son has Asperger’s syndrome and becomes the primary suspect in a gruesome murder case. The reading and discussion will take place on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. in the Mabee Library AuditoriumThere will be a book signing from 4:30-5 p.m. in the library foyer.  For information contact Tanja Stampfl at (210) 829-3885.

UIW Mabee Library - Open classes
The UIW Library will offer open classes and host webinars throughout the semester.  Everyone is invited to attend; however, seating is limited, so hurry in!  Don’t miss RefWorks, Monday, Sept. 26 from noon – 1 p.m. in Mabee Library room 230.  Work in a hands-on environment with one of our librarians to learn more about managing your bibliographic citations and creating documents using Write-N-Cite.  For more information contact Christina Link at (210) 832-2171 or at

APA Citation/References- RefWorks Software
An important element of academic writing is properly identifying and referencing sources. Appropriate citations and references reduce the change of committing academic fraud or plagiarism. This workshop provides an overview of in-text citations, footnotes, reference pages, and in-depth training in the use of RefWorks online reference management software. This workshop, sponsored by the Graduate Support Center, will be held on Tuesday, September 27th and Wednesday, September 28th from 6-8 p.m. in Mabee Library Room 230. This event is open to all UIW graduate students.   For information call (210) 283-6454.

“Moving Social Entrepreneurship Forward”
Women’s Global Connection presents: Moving Social Entrepreneurship Forward, a morning of awareness for future connections and partnerships.  Our goal is to create a conversation on the social obligation organizations have to connect with each other, and maximize their efforts to improve the local and global community. Faculty, students and business persons are invited to an interactive dialogue with our guest panelists on the role of collaboration in social entrepreneurship.  Thursday, Sept 29, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Rosenberg Sky Room.  Register at or call WGC office: (210) 832-3208

Super Soccer Extravaganza
Don’t miss UIW’s soccer double-header, Friday, Sept 30 at 4 p.m. in Benson Stadium.  A pre-game tailgate with free food and beverages will be available for all UIW students. Stay for the men's and women's matches for chances to win great prizes.  Contact Rick Smith, at (210) 283-6448 for more information.

Heritage Day
The 18th annual Incarnate Word Heritage Day will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5th in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. The university will recognize full-time employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 years of service. Immediately following the ceremony, the university will hold a reception at the Brackenridge Villa.

English Beer Garden
UIW students, faculty, staff, and administrators welcome! Live entertainment and true English brew and fare. (That means food!) Thursday, Oct 06, 5:30 - 08:30 PM Agnese/Sosa Picnic Area.  For more information contact Paul Ayala at (210) 829-6034 or by email at

Department News

Business Plan Competition
The H-E-B School of Business and Administration and the Mexican American Business Institute (MABI) are launching the third annual Business Plan Competition.  The competition encourages students to transform a business idea from the concept phase to a full business plan ready to be implemented. This event is open to all UIW students. The competition includes CASH PRIZES for the best developed business plan and other categories. A series of workshops will help participants develop a successful business plan. Registration is open until Sept. 30. For more information, contact Dr. Scott Roberts at or (210) 832-2141.

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


Community News

Walking a mile in another woman's shoes: (pictures l-r) Dr. Lopita Nath, Assistant Professor of History, Beth Villarreal, Director of Ministry, and Gloria Park, UIW (Economics and Finance Major) student (pictured with Alison Meyer and Pastor, Rev. Dr. Claudette Copeland) spoke at the New Creations Christian Fellowship Women’s Sister’s Luncheon “A Mile in her Shoes” on Sunday, September 11, 2011. On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, each spoke of the role of women as peacemakers from their respective religions.

UIW Campus Police Officers, (pictured left to right) Officer Joe Ireland, Officer Jessica Serbantes, Cpl. Ed Cruz and Cpl. Abel Cavazos gather in Marian Hall Ballroom on Tuesday for the 2011 Employee Campaign kick-off.

Dr. Andrew Buzzelli, Dean Rosenberg School of Optometry shared his experience at Ground Zero as part of the first military medical unit who responded on 9-11, on Wednesday in the Gorman Building.

Dr. Alicia Rodriguez de Rubio and Dr. Al Rubio of the H-E-B School of Business and Administration and their family join the UIW community at the first Light the Way Workday on Saturday, Sept. 10 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Our next workday is Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon in Marian Hall Ballroom.  Join us!  For more information call Liz Valerio at (210) 829-6001.

South Texas Regional McNair Scholars Research Conference 2011
The South Texas Regional McNair Scholars Research Conference 2011 will be held on the UIW campus September 17 in Marian Hall Ballroom and Bonilla Science Hall. Ten universities will be participating with 80 students presenting their research finding. Seventeen of the presenters are current UIW McNair scholars. Keynote speaker is Selene Hernández Ruiz, Ph.D., 2002 UIW chemistry graduate. Ruiz earned her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2011. Conference presentations are open to the public. The conference schedule can be found on the McNair website at Contact the McNair office at 829-2791 for details.

Solar San Antonio 2011 Tour- The House of CARDS
Don’t Miss the Solar San Antonio 2011 Tour, Saturday, Oct 1, 2011 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  One of the featured tours is UIW’s House of CARDS (Cardinals Achieve Renewable Design with Solar) designed by students in the Department of Engineering. The Solar Tour will give students a chance to answer questions and share their hands-on experience with the public.  For information contact, Dr. Alison Whittemore, (210) 829-3151 or at

Blessing of the Animals – Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
Bring your animals live and stuffed to the annual Blessing of the Animals Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. at Lourdes Grotto. You will also have an opportunity to learn about the Headwaters Sanctuary, one of the last undeveloped forests in San Antonio.  For more information contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 829-3854 or at

Feik School of Pharmacy Annual White Coat Ceremony
The FSOP will hold their annual White Coat Ceremony, Friday, Oct. 7 at 1:30 p.m. in the McCombs Center Rosenberg SkyRoom.  This is a ticketed event.  This annual event marks the commitment of the new pharmacy students to the rigors of the curriculum and tenets of the profession they are studying. For ticket information contact TJ Williams at (210) 883-1010 or 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

Director gives presentation at Statewide Symposium
Dr. David A. Ortiz, Director of the Graduate Support Center, presented “A Critical Examination of Persistence Among Latino Master’s Degree Students” at the 3rd Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium hosted by the University of Texas at San Antonio, August 4-5, 2011

Call for papers – Center for Medical Tourism Research
Faculty are invited to submit a paper for the Center for Medical Tourism Research 3rd Annual Conference.  The theme for this year’s conference is “The Power of Consumerism – Patient Choice & Medical Travel.”  Abstracts are requested by Nov. 15.  You will be notified by Dec. 15.  To submit abstracts go to   All abstracts need to be original pieces of work owned and created by the author(s) and approximately 1,500 words.  For details contact Dr. David Vequist at (210) 805-5825 or at (210)

Blackboard Grade Center Training
The Center for Teaching and Leaning invites faculty to learn more about the Blackboard Grade Center.  Training is set for Mon. Sept. 19th at 2p.m.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 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.

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


Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • The family of Debra Huerta (BBA ’83, MBA ’90) on her recent death.
  • Dr. Elda Martinez (Dir. of Teacher Education, Dreeben School of Ed.) & family on the recent loss of her grandfather, Medardo Montoya, Sr.

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