The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Sept. 30, 2011

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Vice President for Extended Academic Programs Dr. Cyndi Porter will go to any heights to recruit for EAP. She jumped from a plane at 2.5 miles above San Antonio this week with the Army’s Golden Knights. Porter is the chair of the education subcommittee for the US. Army San Antonio Community Action Committee.


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



Gospel of Mark Presentation
The UIW and San Antonio community are invited to join University Mission and Ministry for a presentation by Dr. Timothy Milinovich on the Gospel of Mark from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and then again from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 in Mabee Library Auditorium. For more information, contact Beth Villarreal at 210-829-3128 or

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 a chance to win great prizes. Contact Rick Smith, at (210) 283-6448 for more information.

Making the Shift to the Blend
The Center for Teaching and Learning will host Patricia McGee of UTSA who will provide an overview of what works and what doesn’t work in blended course design. Examples of blended courses and strategies for determining which technologies are the best fit for a specific blended course will be shared. The discussion is set for Friday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to noon. in the nursing building auditorium. For information contact Dr. Susan Hall at (210) 283-5030 or

Cardinal Rally Alley Tailgate this Saturday
Join in on the fun from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at the UIW Natatorium parking lot and tailgate with your friends and family members. More than 300 people have already signed up to attend, come join in the fun! The Cardinal Rally Alley Tailgate, sponsored by Time Warner Cable, and co-sponsored by UIW Athletics, Chi Phi, Delta Beta Chi and Student Government, will provide food, music, giveaways and more, to fans that attend. In addition, the Games2U gaming vehicle will be on-site so you can challenge your friends in your favorite video game. The game will be televised throughout the State of Texas to Time Warner Cable customers on digital cable channel 888. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. For more information, contact Rick Smith at or at (210) 283-6448.

UIW Fall Phonathon
The Development Office UIW Fall Phonathon will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 1-5 in the ICC Building-International Room. The annual fundraiser for students helps fund scholarships, technology upgrades, and campus activities. Chat with alumni, munch on free food, and earn community service hours. Visit for more information.

Cardinal Overnighter
High school seniors can experience 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

Exploring Popular Chicano Music
As a way to celebrate the Hispanic culture and traditions, the UIW community is invited to partake in an event designed to tantalize the ear and illuminate our awareness of “rock ‘n’ roll,” Chicano style.  At 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room 211, the UIW Hispanic Heritage Month Faculty Committee will listen to commentary on the acclaimed film “Chicano Rock.” McNair Scholar Jaime Lopez will complete the afternoon with a presentation, based on original research, titled “Corridos de Soul: The Roots of Chicano Soul in San Antonio.” Refreshments will be provided courtesy of UIW’s Chemistry Club. For more information, contact Dr. Hector Perez at 210-829-3166 or at

International Ground Bazaar
Join the UIW Institute of World Cultures at the 2011 International Ground Bazaar! The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 at Circle Plaza between Marian Hall and the Library. The Ground Bazaar will feature Japanese calligraphy, Japanese ikebana, Henna tattoos, Palestinian embroidery, and more. For more information, contact Joyce Su at 210-805-5820 or at

Department News

McNair Scholars Attend Research Conference
Three McNair scholars attended the 15th Annual Ronald E. McNair MKN Heartland Research Conference in Kansas City, MO, September 23-25. Pre-conference activities included a tour of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Jaime López, mentored by Dr. Doug Gilmour, presented his research titled Corridos de Soul: The Roots of Chicano Soul in San Antonio, Texas. Shannon Samples’ project, mentored by Dr. Alison Whittemore, was titled Cost-Efficient Roof Renovations. Valerie Vélez was mentored by Dr. Zhanbo Yang and Dr. Jesús Cuellar-Fuentes, and she presented Replacing Water Mains? A Cost/Benefit Analysis.

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.

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: Sandy McMakin, dean of Student Services, and Armando Saliba, grant writer for Foundation, Corporate and Government Relations. On Sept. 19, UIW was notified by the Office of Congressman Charlie Gonzales that the university received a pair of five-year grants awards from the Department of Education’s Title V Office. Grant one is for the Title V Developing Hispanic –Serving Institutions Program in the amount of $3,063,223 over five years. The second grant, in the amount of $5,930,474 over five years, is for the Hispanic-Serving Institutions Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Articulation Programs. This is a cooperative project with St. Phillip’s College, who will receive $1 million from these funds. 

Pictured (L-R) Karen Wyatt, director/Veterans Affairs coordinator; Al Marroquin, UIW Virtual University student and daughter Elizabeth Marroquin, UIW student; and Rita Russ, dean of the Virtual University. The group came together for a television interview with Kristina DeLeon, reporter for News 4 WOAI and UIW alumna. WOAI was completing a “What’s Cool in School” segment covering UIW’s listing as a 2012 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine for the third year in a row.

Pictured: Light the Way Workday volunteers sort through strands of Christmas lights. UIW students, faculty, staff and families got into the holiday spirit Saturday, Sept. 24 by helping prepare for the university’s annual lighting.

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

Afternoon Tea and Conversation with the Sisters
In celebration of Heritage Week, University Mission and Ministry would like to invite UIW faculty, staff, and for light refreshments and conversations with some of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Come share your story, as you are part of the heritage of the community, from 1:30-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at Dubuis Hall. Please RSVP to Beth Villarreal by Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 210-829-3128 or

Changes in the Roman Missal – Text and Music
Sunday, Nov. 27 will mark the beginning of Advent and the implementation of the new Roman Missal for the Catholic Church in English speaking countries. Come learn the text and some of the musical responses that will be used at UIW. Fr. Tom Dymowski, Bill Gokelman, and David Kaufman will lead the presentation. The workshop will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 at Our Lady’s Chapel. It will begin with a light lunch, and the presentation will follow. Please RSVP by Thursday, Oct. 6. For more information contact Beth Villareal at 210-829-3128 or at

Faculty Focus

Invitation to Submit a Paper for Verbum Incarnatum:
You are invited to submit a paper for Verbum Incarnatum: An Academic Journal of Social Justice published by the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. Verbum Incarnatum is a peer-reviewed journal. The theme for this year’s volume is “Economics and Social Justice.” Papers should include an abstract and are expected to be 15-25 pages, double spaced. Please submit a hardcopy as well as an electronic version, in Word format, of your article. Please submit all papers via email to Deadline for submission is Sunday, January 1, 2012. For more information contact Sabrina Koll, managing editor, at or one of the faculty editors, Dr. Roger Barnes, Dr. Phil Lampe or Dr. Julie Miller.

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

Incarnate Word High School Athletic Director and varsity volleyball coach Nicki Gonzalez along with Providence Athletic Director Elise Denoux present WINGS representative with a $1500 check from Dig Pink fundraisers. WINGS is a 501(C)(3) charity which provides comprehensive breast cancer treatment services to uninsured women in Central and South Texas.

St. Anthony Catholic High School – Scholar Athlete:

Incarnate Word High School – Volleyball Teams Dig Deep for Charity:

UIW Prep Open House
UIW Prep will be hosting an Open House at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 at the Dr. Burton E. Grossman International Conference Center. The Open House will present the UIW Prep online high school college prep program with dual credit options. There will be a short presentation with a demonstration of the UIW Prep’s technology. Attendees can meet and visit with UIW Prep administrators and instructors, and staff will also be available to answer questions and assist with admissions. You may RSVP at or at 210-805-3013.

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at



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