The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: oct 28, 2011

Photo of the Week

Pictured (L-R) UIW students Marcela Salinas, Maria Jose Escobar, Ana Bribiesca, Jill Simon, and UIW Development Officer Stephanie A. Rodriguez, all of Project Africa, won first place at the Light the Way Display Board Contest. Additional photos of the competition in “Community News.”


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

All Saint’s Day Mass will be celebrated from noon to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 at Our Lady’s Chapel.


Cardinal Preview Day
Attending Cardinal Preview Day is a great way to learn about Incarnate Word. Prospective students can speak to a representative from every major and take a tour of the campus. Information on financial aid, athletics, support services and more will be available. Special sessions for transfer students will also be held. Cardinal Preview Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 at the Fine Arts Auditorium. For more information or to register for the event online, go to

Horror Film Documentary Presentation
The UIW Mabee Library will present, “Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: the Evolution of the American Horror Film,” a new film by Andrew Monument from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31 in Marian Hall Student Lounge. Free popcorn will be served. For more information, contact Farhad Moshiri at 210-829-3842 or at

Faith in the News
Abe Levy, religion reporter for the San Antonio Express-News and member of the Board of the Religion News Writers Association, will be the featured guest speaker for Faith in the News from 1:30-2:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. Please note: the location has been changed to the Nursing Building Auditorium. For more information, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at 210-829-3854 or at
Peace Projects
Sr. Alice Holden and Sandra Gravitt will lead “Peace Projects,” from 4:30-5:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31 in Fine Arts B03. Attendees will make their own peace dove, and learn about peace projects. The event is sponsored by Liturgical Outreach. For more information, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at

Cross Cultural Communication Workshop
UIW graduate students are invited to attend a Cross-Cultural Communication workshop from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 and Thursday, Nov. 3, in Mabee Library room 230. The workshop is designed to help participants draw upon existing, and build new, knowledge and skills to strengthen capacity to work across cultures in diverse communities. For more information, contact Dr. David Ortiz at 210-283-6454 or at

Freedom Challenge 2011
Since 2008, Freedom Challenge has paired university administrators and student leaders to travel a route on campus together and then meet to reflect upon their experiences and insights about the freedom that assistive technology provides to those with disabilities. Freedom Challenge 2011 will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 beginning at Marjorie Jordan Carillon Plaza. For more information, contact Trudy Lettunich at 210-532-4123 or at

Homecoming Family BBQ and Tailgate
UIW Alumni Relations invites you to bring your friends and family to visit UIW and enjoy a tailgate, UIW style. The tailgate will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at Benson Stadium parking lot. Cost to attend is $10 per adult and $5 per child. There will be musical entertainment and fun games for the kids. For more information, contact Steve Hemphill at 210-805-3595 or at

2nd Annual "Bad Romance" Masquerade Homecoming Ball
All the Kings Kid’s will host the 2nd Annual “Bad Romance” Masquerade Homecoming Ball from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Admission is $5 or $3 if purchased pre-sale at the Student Center. All attendees are invited to come dressed for the “Bad Romance,” theme. The ball will be held after the homecoming football game and benefits Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital. For more information, contact Maria Edwards at 210-842-7973 or at

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.

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. 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

UIW Insurance Benefits Survey
Human Resources would like to remind all employees to please complete the Insurance Benefits Survey. The survey is for all employees, regardless of participation in UIW’s health insurance plans. It will assist Human Resources in making decisions on whether or not to consider other insurance providers to ensure the best and most cost effective programs are offered to employees. Answers are confidential. Deadline to complete the survey has been extended to Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Community News

UIW Faculty Helps City of San Antonio Kick-off “Year of Jazz”

Pictured: Jim Waller, director of the UIW Jazz Ensemble, plays some jazz accompaniment while Mayor Julian Castro, reads from “Charlie Parker Played Bebop,” at the opening event of San Antonio’s “Year of Jazz,” at the Sunken Garden Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 23.

Pictured: Retired San Antonio Spur Sean Elliott reads accompanying narration as jazz is played in the background at the “Year of Jazz,” by (far left) Larry Loden, UIW music faculty adjunct instructor of saxophone; and (far right) Gerald Schoelzel, UIW adjunct faculty instructor of viola and instructor of entertainment law for the Music Industry Studies program. For more information on the “Year of Jazz,” and UIW’s participation, visit

UIW Celebrates Peace Day

Pictured (center) Dr. Noah Kasraie, assistant professor in the Dreeben School of Education, leads students on a peace walk to visit the Holy Land Garden, and to reflect at the UIW Peace Pole monument.

2011 Light the Way Display Board Contest

Pictured: Students from the Children are Reason Enough (C.A.R.E.) student organization. The group won an honorable mention for their board for the best interpretation of Light the Way.

Pictured: More than 34 student organizations participated in the Light the Way Display Board Contest held Saturday, Oct. 15 on Dubuis Lawn.

Pictured: Members of Alpha Sigma Alpha worked together to get their idea on their display board.

‘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 Recalls its Heritage and Mission
The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and the University of the Incarnate Word value the Catholic tradition which counts on God's presence among us, attested by Christ's resurrection, giving us the strength and the courage to meet life's difficulties.

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 today Friday, Oct. 28. Register at For more information, contact Steve Hemphill at 210-805-3595 or at

Tenn to One: Letters of Tennessee Williams
UIW’s Extended Run Players will be performing “Tenn to One: Letters of Tennessee Williams,” at Cheever Downstage II Theatre. This readers’ theatre production is based on letters Williams exchanged with British actress Maria St. Just. Performance dates and times include:

  • 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28
  • 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30

Cost to attend is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $8 for students. UIW student’s, faculty and staff are admitted for free. Proceeds from performances by the Extended Run Players go to UIW Theatre Arts Scholarships. For more information, contact Chrissie Young at 210-829-3800 or at

The UIW Music Department will present, “Beginnings,” featuring cellist Basel Sarweh, and pianist Zachary Ridgway at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 in Our Lady’s Chapel. The performance will include Bach First Unaccompanied Cello Suite, Beethoven First Sonata for Cello and Piano, and Brahms First Sonata for Cello and piano. For more information, contact Roland Sul at 210-829-3855 or at

Synchronized Swimming Water Show and 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 UIW’s Barshop Natatorium. Cost to attend is $8 for adults and $4 for children, UIW students, faculty, and staff. For more information, visit Cardinal Athletics. Click here, Synchronized Swimming, to watch the team’s promotional video.

Trunk or Treat
Join UIW Alumni Relations and Trunk or Treat! This free, fun, and safe event will be held from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 on the UIW campus at the tennis court parking lot across from the Natatorium. There are two ways to participate – you can either sign up to “Trunk” or you can “Treat.” If you Trunk, you are signing up to bring your family, friends, and kids all dressed up to go trunk to trunk collecting candy and treats from other alumni. If you Treat, you are signing up for a parking spot where you can bring your decorated car trunk and hand out treats and candy from your car’s trunk to future Cardinals. You can be as creative as you want. For more information, contact Steve Hemphill at 210-805-3595 or You may also RSVP at

Arts and Music Festival
UIW alumni and current students will perform a range of acts at the Arts and Music Festival from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 in Mabee Library and Marian Hall Ballroom. The festival will feature three stages celebrating UIW’s artists from reader's theater to tribal belly dance to a poetry slam. Musicians will perform a variety of selections in a coffeehouse atmosphere and original works of art and jewelry will be on sale. Proceeds from art, jewelry and pastry sales go to supplies for the children’s art/music program at Haven for Hope. For more information, contact Jean Loden at 210-832-3211 or at

Student Government Association to host, “Invisible Children”
The UIW Student Government Association will host “Invisible Children,” a movement seeking to end the conflict in Uganda and stop the abduction of children for use as child soldiers, from 7-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 in Marian Ballroom. “Invisible Children,” will screen a video about their latest campaign of rescuing child soldiers from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel army in Northern Uganda. The organization will also have a child guest speaker from Uganda who has been saved and rehabilitated from the LRA. The “Invisible Children” merchandise will also be available for purchase after the screening and guest speaker. For more information, contact Robert Rodriguez at 210-232-0310 or at

9th Annual Veteran's Day Celebration
The UIW Veterans Committee will host the 9th Annual Veterans Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 on Dubuis Lawn. The celebration will feature UIW student guest speakers retired Air Force Lt. Col. Laurel Smyth, and Army Staff Sergeant Eric Saadat. The celebration will also include a formal presentation of the flag-folding ceremony and a display of living wall slides honoring UIW community members who have served in the military. To submit names and/or electronic photos for the wall, email Kevin McCollom at (please include the military branch, service dates or era, i.e. WWII vet, etc.) For more information on the event, contact Karen Wyatt at 210-829-2705.

Faculty Focus

“No Group, No Project: Techniques for Handling Small Groups Effectively”
Most classroom instructors introduce some type of group work to their instructional programs and most accept that, used effectively, small groups can build student engagement and foster deeper knowledge of course content. Group work is generally undervalued and strongly disliked by the students and faculty alike. In this session, Tisha Harding, from the CHASS, will present strategies for helping students work productively in small groups. UIW faculty are invited to attend, “No Group, No Project: Techniques for Handling Small Groups Effectively,” from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 in AD 212. For more information, contact Dr. Susan Hall at 210-283-5030 or at

High Schools

St. Anthony Open House
St. Anthony Catholic High School will be hosting an Open House from noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 at SACHS. The Open House is open to all those interested in learning more about attending SACHS. For more information, contact Alejandro Calderon at 210-832-5632 or at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

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Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • Jayme M. Gonzales (Mathematics Adjunct Faculty, MA ‘06) and family on the recent loss of her nephew, David Jesse Gonzales.
  • Linch D. Mahanay and family on the recent loss of his wife, Ila Frances Dowling Mahanay (MA ’73).

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