The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Sept. 23 , 2011

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UIW President Dr. Lou Agnese presented his annual “State of the University” address to university employees and community members on Tuesday, Sept. 20 in Marian Hall Ballroom.


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 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation - 11:30 a.m. Fridays



Light the Way Display Board Contest Registration Ends Today
Don’t miss the chance to register your student organization in the annual Light the Way Display Board Contest. The deadline to register is 5 p.m., Friday, Sept., 23. The contest will be held on Saturday Oct. 15 at 9 a.m. onDubuis Lawn. Please return registration forms tothe Public RelationsOffice located in the Watson Building. The top three organizations will receive a cash prize! For information, guidelines and registration forms contact Liz Valerio,Special Events Coordinator, at gvalerio@uiwtx.eduor (210) 829-6001.

Last Light the Way Workday
Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in early holiday cheer at this year’s last Light the Way workday from 9 a.m. – noon Saturday, Sept. 24 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Enjoy free breakfast and help prepare for the university’s annual lighting. For more information, contact Liz Valerio at 210-829-6001.

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

UIW Fall Phonathon
The Development Office UIW Fall Phonathon will be held from 5-9 p.m. Oct. 1-5 (location TBA). The annual fundraiser for students helps fund scholarships, technology upgrades, and campus activities. Students who volunteer can earn community service hours, and apply for student employment. Visit for more information.

Cardinal Overnighter
High school seniors can experience the college life at UIW at the Cardinal Overnighter. The event begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2 in the Marian Hall Ballroom, where students will engage in activities, and spend the night with current UIW students. The fun continues through 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, as the seniors will also be attending college classes. For more information or to register for the event online, visit You may also contact Heather Rodriguez at 210-829-6005 or at

Arts and Music Festival Seeking Donations and Performers
The UIW Honors Program is currently seeking donations of artwork, including jewelry or other items, for the Second Annual Arts and Music Festival to be held during homecoming from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 at Mabee Library. The Festival will also need performers to fill the library auditorium and outside stage. Those interested in performing poetry readings, short original videos, and dance or theatre performances are welcome. Donations will be sold in support of the art/music program the UIW Honors Program sponsors at Haven for Hope. To make a donation, volunteer as a performer, or for more information, you may contact Jean Loden at

S.T.A.R.S. for Socks
S.T.A.R.S. has selected ChildSafe as their core value of service, and will be collecting new pairs of socks for the organization through Tuesday, Nov. 22. Drop off your sock donations at five locations on campus, including Health Services, Campus Life, the library, AD 120, and AD 141. Approximately 1,700 children were served by ChildSafe last year, and together we can all make a difference and make the sock donation drive a success. For more information, contact Samantha Buentello at 830-776-1993 or at

Woodwind Quintet Demonstration and Performance
The UIW community is invited to the Air Force Band of West Woodwind Quintet demonstration and performance from 1:30-2:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 in Palestrina Hall. The Quintet will talk about their instruments, perform repertoire, and read student arrangements from orchestration class. Admission is free. For more information contact the UIW Music Department at 210-829-3855 or at

Department News

myWord Campus Portal System Go-Live
Information Technology Services is pleased to announce the official launch of myWord, UIW’s campus portal system ( beginning Monday, Sept. 26. myWord will allow you to sign on to all your accounts, including CardinalMail, Blackboard, Bannerweb, etc. all from one place. You will also have access to calendars, UIW news and events, and social networking applications. Use myWord to reset your password securely using questions and answers you create. Please note, when you reset your password through the portal, you will also be resetting your password for your desktop computer, CardinalMail, and Blackboard because these all use the same UIW ID. If you have trouble logging in, please send a message to For questions, contact Sandy Givens at

Online Directory
A PDF file of the Campus Telephone Directory for 2011-2012 is available on the UIW website at For more information, contact Veronica Castillo in the Comptroller’s Office at 829-6037 or

International Education Week
The International Affairs team is hosting International Education Week (IEW) Nov. 14-18. International Education Week, celebrated worldwide, is an exciting event in which faculty, administrators, students, and outside international organizations/non-profits have an opportunity to showcase their international knowledge, research, skills, and artistic abilities. International Affairs encourages faculty to include an activity, lecture or a topic regarding an international issue in the classroom. To submit a proposal for an event and to be included in the IEW Program, provide the seminar/event title with a brief description and date/time to Jose Martinez. Deadline for entries is October 28.  For more information, contact Jose Martinez at or (210) 805-5705.


Community News


Pictured: Student and Government major, Victor Reyes, at the UIW observance of national Constitution Day. UIW students involved in moot court competition with other colleges showcased this year’s case problem by arguing the First Amendment of free speech, and the Fourth Amendment of search and seizure issues. TCU Political Science Professor Jim Riddlesperger also spoke about varying approaches to constitutional interpretation.

Pictured: Beth Villarreal, Director of Campus Ministry, and Rev. Trevor Alexander, Assistant Director of Campus Ministry serving Jamaican meat pies at the International Food Festival. University, faculty, staff, and students took their tummy around the world at the International Food Festival. Students and staff prepared dishes from their homelands to share with the UIW family.

Pictured: Antoinette van Heugten, author of Saving Max, held a book signing on Thursday, Sept. 22 in the library foyer. Following the book signing, Heugten also read from and spoke about her book which follows a single mother whose teenage son has Asperger’s syndrome and becomes the primary suspect in a gruesome murder case.

Pictured: Dr. Selene Hernández Ruiz, a recent graduate from the University of Arizona and a 2002 Chemistry graduate from UIW, presides as the keynote speaker for the 2011 South Texas Regional McNair Scholars Research Conference. The conference was held on Saturday, Sept. 17 on the UIW campus and hosted more than 150 people from McNair programs across the South Texas region.

EAP Information Session
Learn about opportunities for adult students to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Find out about the new daytime blended learning program for non-traditional students attending the Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCaP). During the session have your transcripts evaluated, hear about payment and scholarship options, meet with professors, visit with career services staff and receive application assistance from admission counselors. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Grossman International Conference Center For more info: To RSVP: or (210) 832-2100.

Headwaters Coalition: Volunteer Work Days
The Headwaters Coalition is hosting two Volunteer Work Days in the Headwaters Sanctuary on Friday, Sept. 30 from 2 - 5 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 1 from 9 – noon. Meet at the main trailhead behind the baseball fields on both work days. Come prepared for work in the woods: long pants and close toed shoes. Headwaters volunteers are eligible for off campus community service hours. For more information contact: Helen Ballew at (210) 828-2224 x232 or

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

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.

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

Dr. David Vequist to Speak on Medical Tourism in Guatemala City
Dr. David Vequist, Founder and Director of the Center for Medical Tourism Research, will speak at the Guatemala Health and Wellness Tourism Commission Service Summit Congress, and participate in their networking event Sept. 29-30 at Hotel Westin Camino Real in Guatemala City. The summit aims at promoting Guatemala’s export and outsourcing services including Health and Wellness Tourism, Sustainable Tourism, Laboratories, Call centers & BPO´s, software & digital content development. Business delegates will be attending from Europe, North and Latin America.   

Call for papers – Center for Medical Tourism Research
Faculty are invited to submit a paper for the Center for Medical Tourism Research Third Annual Conference. The theme for this year’s conference is “The Power of Consumerism – Patient Choice & Medical Travel.” Abstracts are requested by Nov. 15. Selectees 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

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:

  • Jessie Mae, former development staff, and Gilbert Casares, Jr. and family, on the recent loss of their father, Gilbert C. Casares, Sr.
  • Dr. Valerie Greenberg, faculty member in the School of Interactive Media and Design, MA ’87, and her family on the recent loss of their mother, Bobbette Wells Kesner.

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