The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Nov. 11, 2011

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Most Rev. Oscar Cantú, S.T.L. Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio, visited the UIW campus on Thursday, Nov. 10 to meet with the religious studies department and office of mission and ministry. Most Rev. Cantú is the liaison between the archdiocese and area universities.


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


Business Plan Competition Preliminary Presentations
The H-E-B School of Business and Administration welcomes everyone to the preliminary presentations of the 2011 Business Plan Competition from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 in rooms 117, 208 and 209 of the Gorman Building. For more information, contact Dr. Scott Roberts at

Interfaith Dialogue Panel
The UIW Interfaith Council will conduct an Interfaith Panel Discussion from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 in Marian Hall Ballroom. The panel discussion will answer the questions, “how do you teach your children about your faith,” and “how do you teach your children about other faiths?” Representatives from the five major world religions will be represented, including Christianity (Catholic and Protestant), Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. The goals of the event are to bring students and faculty of different religions together, to educate the UIW community, and to embrace the cultural and religious diversity at UIW. For more information, contact Marty Battafarano at 210-829-3130 or at

Doctoral Student Research Symposium
The Dreeben School of Education will host a Doctoral Student Research Symposium for doctoral students interested in research. The symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 12 in the Joyce Building room 126. For more information, contact Dr. Judith Beauford at 210-829-3171 or at

Golden Harvest Food Drive
The Student Government Association will be hosting the UIW Annual Golden Harvest Food Drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 in the Fine Arts Auditorium. For more information, contact Jonathan Guajardo at 210-829-3833 or at

International Education Week – Monday, Nov. 14

  • Grossman International Conference Center Open House
    The Grossman International Conference Center (ICC) will host an Open House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14. Explore the different offices inside the ICC. The ICC is the location of the Vice-President of International Affairs Office, Study Abroad Program Office, Visiting Groups, International Admission Counselor Office, International Student and Scholar Services Office, Rosenberg Sky Room Office, Institute of World Cultures, San Antonio Council for International Visitors, ICC Facilities, Recruiting, and Utility Management Institute.

  • “Peacebuilding in Iraq through Education”
    As part of International Education Week at UIW, Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, Th.D. will present “Peacebuilding in Iraq through Education,” from 1:30-2:45 p.m. and 3-4:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 in Fine Arts B03. Kirk will speak on summer research in 2010 and 2011 interviewing more than 140 people and visiting schools in Iraq founded by Turkish teachers inspired by Fethullah Gulen. For more information, contact Sr. Kirk at 210-829-3854 or at

Money Monday
Students are invited to bring a lunch and join an open discussion with UIW financial aid advisors. “Student Loan Legislative Updates and “Do you know how much I owe?” will be the featured topics from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 in the Student Center Lounge. For more information, contact Melissa Flores at 210-829-6008 or at

President’s Spaghetti Dinner
The President’s Spaghetti Dinner is UIW’s way of saying “thank you,” to the students who make the university such a special place. Dr. Louis Agnese, president of UIW, will be the head chef using recipes from his family tradition. The UIW faculty, staff and employees will be the staff extraordinaire. Students will be treated to a free spaghetti dinner with the ambiance of a five-star dining experience. The annual dinner will be held from 4:40-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 in the Rosenberg Sky Room. For more information, contact Janine Chavez at 210-829-6034 or at

UIW Christmas Party Invitation
Dr. and Mrs. Louis J. Agnese, Jr. invite you to attend a Christmas party for full-time employees (UIW/IWHS/SACHS) and one adult guest (no children) on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 in the McCombs Center Sandra and Stanley Rosenberg Sky Room. There will be a reception from 6-6:45 p.m. and the seated dinner will begin promptly at 7 p.m. The dance will be from 8-10 p.m. Please reply by Thursday, Dec. 1, online at When you RESPOND, let us know if you have any special dietary restrictions. If you ACCEPT that you are coming and do not attend, please be aware that a fee of $35 per person will be assessed to cover the administrative costs.

Department News

2011 United Way Campaign Kick-Off
UIW employees are invited to attend the United Way Campaign Kick-Off presentation at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 in Marian Hall. Guest speakers from the United Way and agencies UIW helps to support will be a part of the event. Please support UIW’s ongoing effort to change lives in our community and live united. For more information, contact Christy Wisely at 210-829-6085 or at

UIW Bookstore Faculty/Staff Appreciation
The UIW Bookstore will feature 25% off all regular priced clothing and gift items for Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21 and Tuesday, Nov. 22. Employee ID is required for purchases. For more information, contact Anne Richards at 210-829-6056.

UIW has updated their mobile application to include integration with Blackboard Mobile Learn. With the update, current students and faculty members can access their Blackboard courses directly from the UIW App.The UIW App is available for Android, Apple and Blackberry devices. Currently, the Blackboard Mobile Learn App is only integrated with Android and Apple devices, but an update for Blackberry will be out in the coming months. If you have an iPad, we strongly suggest you go to the iTunes App Store and download the iPad specific Blackboard Mobile Learn Application.For questions or comments, please e-mail

Community News

Agnese Book Available for Presale

Pre-sale orders are now being accepted by phone or in-person through the UIW Bookstore for “Lou: From Brooklyn to Broadway” authored by Dr. Patricia A. Watkins. The book, published by Maverick Publishing Company, provides an in-depth look at Dr. Lou Agnese’s first twenty-five years as president of UIW. The book will retail for $26.95. However, it will be available at the UIW Bookstore for $24.00 until Jan. 31. UIW employees who purchase the book through the bookstore will also receive 10% off the purchase price. Order your book during the Faculty/Staff Appreciation event on Nov. 21-22 and you will receive a 25% discount off your book order. For more information, contact the UIW Bookstore at 210-829-6056.

UIW Men’s Soccer Wins and Continues Quest to National Championship

The UIW Men’s Soccer Team defeated No. 4 Midwestern State University yesterday, Nov. 10, 1-0 in thrilling fashion, with a late-minute goal, before a record crowd of more than 1,200 people. The team will board a plane Saturday morning for Colorado, where they will face the no.1 team in the region, Fort Lewis, who has only lost one game this year, and is ranked no.3 nationally. The game will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13. To follow the game, you can join UIW Athletics’ Facebook page or follow the university and/or the Athletics Department on Twitter at @uiwcardinals or @UIW_CARDINALS. The team is now four wins away from the national championship. Stay tuned to the UIW Athletics Facebook page for information on a possible video feed of the game!/UIWAthletics.

Alumni Employees Attend Annual Luncheon

Michelle Beasley and Linda Martinez of the ADCaP Alamo Heights Center gathered with fellow UIW alumni employees for the annual Alumni Employee Appreciation Luncheon Thursday, Nov. 3 at Brackenridge Villa.

Alumni Gather for Softball Game

UIW alumni gathered during Homecoming weekend on Saturday, Nov. 5 to play a game of softball. A BBQ was held after the game to give current players and former players the opportunity to mingle with one another.

Freedom Challenge 2011

Pictured: Dean of the College of Mathematics, Science and Engineering Dr. Glenn James, and Stephen Lucke, student representative for the wellness program, go roundtrip from the Marjorie Jordan Carillon to Bonilla Science Hall during Freedom Challenge 2011. The event was held as part of Disabilities Awareness Month and was sponsored by the Walk, Roll and Read student organization.

UIW Celebrates Veterans Day at 9th Annual Celebration

The UIW Veterans Committee hosted the 9th Annual Veterans Day Celebration Thursday, Nov. 10 on Dubuis Lawn. The celebration featured UIW student guest speakers retired Air Force Lt. Col. Laurel Smyth, and Army Staff Sergeant Eric Saadat. The celebration also included 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.

Students from School of Optometry Conduct Eye Clinic

Pictured (L-R) Students from the Rosenberg School of Optometry Briteny Brunner, Samira Alejos, Jose Correa, Hai Huynh, Sara Kaz, and Anita Ali. Students and their instructors conducted an Eye Clinic in Marian Hall Ballroom Thursday, Nov. 3.A full exam was offered to students for $15 and free trial contact lenses were also made available. Students will have the opportunity to attend the next Eye Clinic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1.To schedule an appointment, students can contact Health Services at 210-829-6017.

UIW in the News

Light the Way Elf Louise Toy Drive
Join the UIW community in collecting new unwrapped toys for the Elf Louise Toy Drive through Friday, Nov. 18. There will be collection boxes in the following locations: St. Peter’s Elementary in the cafeteria, annex, and primary; St. Anthony Catholic High School library; the UIW AD Building-basement level; UIW student center; UIW library foyer; second floor of the Feik School of Pharmacy; the Natatorium; and the Wellness Center. There will also collection boxes at the Northwest and Northeast ADCaP Centers. For more information, contact the UIW Public Relations Office at 210-829-6001.

Volunteers Needed for Headwaters Coalition Work Day
The Headwaters Coalition is hosting a volunteer work day at the Headwaters Sanctuary from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 12. Volunteers will meet at the main trailhead behind the baseball fields, and are advised to come prepared for work in the woods – long pants and close toed shoes. For more information, contact Helen Ballew at 210-828-2224, ext. 232 or at

Celebration of Wellness
The Cardinal Wellness Program will be hosting a celebration of wellness for the last workshop of the semester from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the Wellness Center. Attendees are encouraged to participate in feats of wellness including yoga, Zumba and more! Prizes will be given to the top contestants, and healthy snacks will be provided for all. For more information, contact Stephen Lucke at 210-478-7292 or at

OxFam America Hunger Banquet
University Mission and Ministry (UMM) will host the OxFam America Hunger Banquet from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 in Marian Hall Ballroom. The UIW community is invited to join UMM and student OxFam America Change Agent Michael Hernandez to learn more about the society. Please contact UMM by Monday, Nov. 14 if you plan to bring a class or group to the event. For more information, contact Beth Villarreal at 210-829-3128 or at

21st Annual SACUCCA Job Fair
Students and alumni seeking full and part-time jobs and internships are invited to attend the 21st Annual San Antonio Colleges and Universities Career Centers Association Job Fair from 2-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 at Blossom Athletic Center located at 12002 Jones Maltsberger in San Antonio. For more information, contact UIW Career Services at 210-829-3931 or at

Campus Visit Day
Prospective students who are not able to visit the campus on a weekday during regular business hours are invited to visit the UIW campus a Saturday Campus Visit Day. This is a great opportunity for students to meet with UIW personnel and current students, tour the campus, and get college questions answered. The Campus Visit Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 beginning in the library auditorium. For more information, visit

25th Annual Light the Way Celebration
Join UIW for our annual holiday lighting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium located on the UIW campus. Celebrate Mass prior to Light the Way at Our Lady’s Chapel at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening of musical entertainment and new surprises. Following the ceremony join the candlelight procession, led by Mariachi Sol de Tejas, through campus to a complimentary reception at the Brackenridge Villa hosted by H-E-B. Visitors are invited to bring a new unwrapped toy for the Elf Louise Christmas Project to the event. Additional information is available at

Blue Santa Jolly Jog
The UIW community is invited to come out and join in the fun for a great cause. The Blue Santa Jolly Jog will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 beginning at Benson Stadium. The event is a one-mile walk/jog through the UIW Christmas lights. Following the walk/jog there will be games, food, prizes, and music. The Blue Santa Jolly Jog benefits the Blue Santa Toy Drive for children in need in San Antonio. For more information, contact Heather Barton-Weston at 210-832-5643 or at

Faculty Focus

“Mexican Americans: A Sociological Introduction”
The textbook “Mexican Americans: A Sociological Introduction,” by Dr. Phil Lampe, UIW professor of sociology, is now available for free to all those who are interested at:

Sustainability Forum
The UIW Sustainability Committee and Mike McChesney, architect, will report on the state of sustainability at UIW from noon to 1:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 in Marian Hall. All are welcome to bring their lunch to this faculty forum. For more information, contact Dr. Bob Connelly at 210-829-2770 or at

Study Abroad Funding and Incentives for Faculty
The Study Abroad Office wishes to alert all fulltime faculty of available funding and incentive programs.Fulltime faculty wishing to participate in study abroad programs and/or serving as ambassadors for the University may be eligible for these incentives.

  • The Faculty Incentive Fund offers faculty who are leading students overseas, up to $1,000 to help with their related expenses.In addition, qualifying faculty-led programs may receive up to $6,000 through the Study Abroad Grant.
  • The Ambassador Program is offered to those fulltime faculty and administrators traveling abroad who wish to visit one of our existing and/or potential sister schools. They may be eligible to receive nominal assistance to help with their expenses.

Please visit the Study Abroad website, which details these financial incentives at under the “For Faculty” Link.

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

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • Dr. Bernadette O’Connor (Faculty, Philosophy) (BA ’66, IWHS ’61) and Marsha & Timothy O’Connor (BA ’79) on the recent loss of their brother, Brother Terrence O’Connor, S.M.

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