The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: oct 21, 2011

Photo of the Week

Pictured: A team of 24 employees from the University of the Incarnate Word recently participated in the annual United Way Days of Caring. On Friday, Oct. 7, the group hosted the San Antonio State Hospital October Carnival.


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


‘Tis the Season to be Jolly and Volunteer!
The 25th Annual Light the Way celebration is around the corner. Faculty, staff and administrators are invited to help continue making this event a wonderful tradition for the San Antonio community. Volunteers are needed to be supervisors of the student volunteers for various areas, and will need to arrive at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 the day of the event. For more information on volunteering, contact Liz Valerio at or 210-832-2127. Believe in the Magic!

UIW Jazz Ensemble to Perform at 51st Annual Texas Jazz Festival
The UIW Jazz Ensemble, directed by Jim Waller, will perform at the 51st Annual Texas Jazz Festival from 1:15-2:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the AT&T Stage in Heritage Park in Corpus Christi, Texas. This will be the ensemble’s fifth year to perform at the longest running jazz festival in Texas. For more information, contact Waller at 210-445-0412 or at

Orchestra Performance
The Orchestra of the Incarnate Word will perform from 8-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 in Our Lady’s Chapel. For more information, contact the UIW Music Department at 210-829-3855 or at

Domestic Violence Awareness Month
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the UIW Office of Mission and Ministry will host Judge Peter Sakai of the 225 District Court at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Sakai will speak on supporting the rights of all individuals, especially women and girls, to live in peace and dignity. Domestic Violence Awareness Month is an initiative that brings awareness of violence in our communities. For more information, contact Rev. Dr. Trevor D. Alexander at 210-829-3130 or

Breast Cancer Awareness
UIW student organization, S.T.A.R.S., will be hosting a Breast Cancer Awareness event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24 at Westgate Circle. They will have snacks and facts promoting breast cancer awareness. For more information, contact Samantha Buentello at 830-776-1993 or at

The History of Drug Trafficking, and Emergence of Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations
Mauricio Fernandez, head of the San Antonio Drug Enforcement Agency, will discuss the current state of drug trafficking organizations and the violence in Mexico. The History of Drug Trafficking and Emergence of Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24 at the Nursing Building Lecture Hall. For more information, contact Marcos Fragoso at 210-805-3014 or at

Dissertation Defense – Ala’ Alahmad
Ala’ Alahmad will defend his dissertation, “An Investigation of Academic Integrity in Jordanian Universities,” at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24 in Mabee Library Special Collections. Dissertation Chair is Dr. Noah Kasraie. For more information, contact Jeanette Curby at 210-829-2758 or at

An Affirmation of Faith in Post WWII Germany: A Story with Woodcuts
Dr. Matthias Schubnell will show original woodblock prints from a text that he translated on the struggle between faith and power/violence. Published in 1947, it is a powerful indictment of war, illustrating in words and images the futility of violence in direct response to World War II. Some of the historical and artistic context of the time will also be shared. An Affirmation of Faith in Post WWII Germany: A Story with Woodcuts will be held from 4:30-5:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24 in Fine Arts B03. For more information, contact Schubnell at 210-829-3892.

Third Annual Peace Research Symposium
The Dreeben School of Education will present the Third Annual Peace Research Symposium: A Forum for the Presentation and Discussion of International Research in Fields Related to Peace from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24 at the Library Auditorium. Dr. Michael McGuire and Dr. Shishu Zhang will compare the effect of insurance programs on the utilization of health facilities and health status. Dr. Glenn James and Dr. Noah Kasraie will also make presentations at the forum. For more information, contact Kasraie at 210-829-3133 or

Department News

Nominations for Alumni of Distinction Award
UIW Alumni Relations is now accepting nominations for the Dec. 2011 Alumni of Distinction Award. Nominees should be submitted at The deadline to submit nominations for the Dec. 2011 award is Friday, Oct. 28. For more information, contact Lisa Schultz, director of alumni relations, at 210-829-6014.

Blackboard System Maintenance
System Engineers will be performing server maintenance on the Blackboard file system that will result in significant downtime of15 Hours. The downtime will begin at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 and will end at noon Saturday, October 22. For more information, contact the Help Desk at 829-2721.

Banner Budget Training Class
The UIW Comptroller’s Office will be hosting a Banner Budget Training Class from 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21 and Friday, Oct. 28 in Mabee Library room 230. Attendees will learn how to read and understand department budgets and how to be a successful budget manager. Those who wish to attend must have access to their department budget, and must have taken the Banner Navigational Course offered through the UIW IT Department. Email Thomas Duckworth with the dates you want to attend at

October is National Physical Therapy Month
Mobility is the key ingredient to aging successfully and remaining active and independent throughout our lives. The focus for 2011 National Physical Therapy Month is sports injury prevention across the lifespan. Whether it is little league or the Masters, participating in sports helps promote physically active lifestyles. Despite the documented health benefits of physical activity, the potential for sports-related injuries still exists. Participating in sports the right way is key to avoiding injuries that can sideline you. For more information about a physical therapist’s role in sports injury prevention, visit

AmericanPharmacists Month
TheFeik School of Pharmacy at theUniversity of the Incarnate Wordwantsyouto know your pharmacist.Pharmacists canhelp you understand your medicines andreview your medication profile for prescription and over the counter drug interactions. They also check for correctdosage,drug allergies, and prescription accuracy. Additionally, your pharmacist can give vaccines, take your blood pressure, and help monitor blood sugar levels.Get to know yourpharmacist,it may change your life.

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: The UIW Volleyball team hosted their Faculty Appreciation game on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Each volleyball player invited a faculty member who has made a significant impact in their life to the game as their guest. UIW Athletics treated the honorees to a pre-game reception to thank them for their commitment to UIW. Faculty members included Dr. John Velasquez, Dr. Lopita Nath, Cynthia Richardson, Dr. Stephanie Carter, DonLouise Martens, Dr. Richard Peigler, Al Rubio Sanchez, Candace Zepeda, Mark Papich, Delma Delgado, Teresa Lopez, Earl Harmsen, Dr. Thomas Steadman, Dora Fitzgerald, Dr. Ana Vallor, Stephanie Grote-Garcia, and Dr. Timothy Milinovich.

Pictured: William J. Gokelman, UIW’s Moody Professor for 2011-2012, presented his Moody Lecture, “Creativity and Music,” on Monday, Oct. 17 in Palestrina Recital Hall. UIW faculty members elect the Moody Professor every year. The honor reflects the level of scholarship, teaching excellence and community service achieved by the recipient.

UIW Recalls its Heritage and Mission
The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and the University of the Incarnate Word follow the Catholic tradition of innovation and creativity in the worlds of art, music, and performance that bring new life to the human spirit and to the soul.

Recycling Report
Congratulations UIW!During September we collected 7.3 tons of paper. As a result, we saved 123 trees, 30,000 kilowatt hours of energy, 50,820 gallons of water, and 24 cubic yards of landfill. We also eliminated 436 pounds of air pollutants created when making paper from virgin wood pulp.

UIW Men’s Soccer Team Climbs to No. 4 Nationally
UIW Men's Soccer Team is ranked No. 4 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. Their next game is this Friday on the road at Midwestern State University, who is ranked No.13 nationally. UIW beat MSU earlier this year 1-0, when MSU was ranked No. 3 nationally. Go Cardinals!

Arts and Crafts from Around the World
Meet newcomers to the city and buy beautiful arts and crafts at “Arts and Crafts from Around the World” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 at Marian Hall. The Refugee Resettlement Program welcomes all from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. The event will be hosted by Dr. Lopita Nath in collaboration with the Catholic Charities Refugees Resettlement Program, UIW alumna Linda Salem of the Center for Refugee Services, and UIW students participating in President Obama’s Interfaith Service Challenge. For more information, contact Nath at 210-832-2187 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

Alumni Employee Luncheon
Are you a UIW alumni employed by the university? Join fellow alumni employees for the annual Alumni Employee Appreciation Luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 at Brackenridge Villa. RSVP required by Friday, Oct. 28. Register at For more information, contact Steve Hemphill at 210-805-3595 or at

Synchronized Swimming Water Show & Silent Auction
The No. 3 nationally-ranked UIW Synchronized Swimming Team is hosting their annual fall showcase and silent auction from 2-3:30 p.m. and at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at the UIW Natatorium. Cost to attend is $8 for adults and $4 for children, UIW students, faculty, and staff. For more information, visit: Watch the team’s promotional video here:

Faculty Focus

High Schools

Pictured: Debbie Zielins, registrar at Incarnate Word High School, takes part in the annual
IWHS Day of Service held Thursday, Oct. 20.

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


St. Peter Prince Family 5K Fun Run/Walk
St. Peter Prince of Apostles Catholic School will host the 2nd Annual St. Peter Prince 5K Family Run/Walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, beginning on the UIW campus behind the Natatorium. The registration fee to participate is $10 per person, and registration forms can be found at For more information, contact Maria Littlefield at 201-824-3171.


Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • The family of Sr. Tarcisius Flaherty, CCVI (BA ’48), the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, and the entire UIW community on her recent death. 

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