The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Nov. 4, 2011

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We are happy to welcome Louis Agnese Sr. back to campus. Papa, as he is best known, arrived in San Antonio via “Miller Air”.


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


Volunteers Needed for Light the Way Celebration
Faculty, staff and administrators are invited to volunteer for the 25th Annual Light the Way celebration. Volunteers need to be available from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 the day of the event. To sign up, or for more information, contact Liz Valerio at or at 210-832-2127.

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. This year Walk, Roll and Read, will feature wheelchairs and walkers to provide a diversity of experiences, adaptability to various participant needs, and to allow those administrators who used wheelchairs in previous years the ability to use walkers this year. 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

Campus Activity Board and Chi Phi Tailgate
The UIW Campus Activity Board and Chi Phi will be tailgating and providing food and drinks to the UIW community from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at the tailgate area in the Convocation parking lot. For more information, contact Melissa Sayre at 210-832-2189 or at

Workshop on Proposals and Posters
The Dreeben Center for Research, and Dreeben School of Education will host a workshop for faculty and students to learn how to develop a structured proposal and research poster. Attendees are invited to bring an idea and leave with something ready for the Research Week Poster Session (proposals are due Thursday, Nov. 17). The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 5 in Mabee Library, room 230. For more information, contact Dr. Judy Beauford at or at 210-829-3171.

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. The theme for 2011 is “Bad Romance,” so all attendees are invited to come dressed for the 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

Preparing for the Spring 2012 Advising Period
The Student Success Team and First-Year Engagement (FYE) peer mentors will be assisting students during the advising period of Nov. 14-17 to prepare for registration day, Friday, Nov. 18. FYE peer mentors will also be at the red tent from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 through Wednesday, Nov. 9 on Dubuis Lawn. Peer mentors will check student holds, provide advisor office location, and help student’s access registration material. Those students who need more specialized assistance may visit the University Advising Center in AD 105 or the FYE Office in 14 Chapel Building. For more information, contact Raúl Zendejas at 210-805-3006 or at

“Effective and Engaging Presentations”
UIW graduate students are invited to attend, “Effective and Engaging Presentations,” from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 in Mabee Library room 230. Dr. John Perry will present tips and strategies for keeping an audience interesting and alert during presentations. Attendees will learn how to integrate advanced PowerPoint features, public speaking strategies, and build rapport with an audience using non-verbal cues. For more information, contact Dr. David Ortiz at 210-283-6454 or at

Learning from Successful Students: Research on Hispanic Students
UIW faculty are invited to attend, “Learning from Successful Students: Research on Hispanic Students,” from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 in AD 212. Dr. Julie Nadeau, professor in the School of Nursing and Health Professions, will discuss research on Hispanic students who have succeeded in the courses that precede admission to a nursing program, and discuss implications for faculty who teach in other disciplines. A light lunch will be served. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Susan Hall at 283-5030 or at

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

Department News

FSOP Welcomes Inaugural Editorial Board of “The UIW Pharmacy Review”

The Feik School of Pharmacy (FSOP) recently announced plans to establish “The University of the Incarnate Word Pharmacy Review.” The journal is modeled after the law review, a journal common to most schools of law. “The UIW Pharmacy Review,” will be a product of student editors. Becoming a student editor conveys a prestige far higher than any single accomplishment earned at FSOP. The Feik School of Pharmacy would like to welcome the inaugural editorial board of “The UIW Pharmacy Review,” pictured (L-R) Lindsay Thurman, Ronda Wenzel, Andrea Roldan, Lauren Hernandez, Sara Bazan, and Rachel Pittman.

Rear Admiral Speaks of Career Opportunities

Pictured: Rear Admiral Eleanor V. Valentin and Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin, founding dean of the FSOP at the Forum for First-Year Students held Thursday, Oct. 27. As part of Navy Week in San Antonio, Rear Admiral Valentin spoke to FSOP students about the Navy’s role in providing healthcare to enlisted men and women, veterans, and victims of natural disasters. Navy career opportunities for pharmacists were also presented.

Web Time Entry Pilot Group Meeting
UIW Payroll will be hosting a Web Time Entry Pilot Group meeting from 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4 in Mabee Library, room 230. If you attended the Web Time Pilot Group meeting on Sept. 16, please join this meeting as it will be a follow-up discussion on project plans and system issues. For more information, contact Iris Solcher at 210-805-5860 or at

Web Time Entry Community Informational Meeting
UIW employees are invited to join the Banner Web Time Entry (WTE) project team in a project kick-off meeting. Important information affecting all supervisors of students and staff employees will be provided. The project team will provide information regarding Banner WTE project plan, computer and internet requirements, supervisor approval requirements, employee time sheet requirements, selection of department functional user, and mandatory supervisor training schedule. The meeting will be offered from 8:30-10 a.m. Monday, Nov 7 and from 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the library auditorium. For more information, contact Payroll at 210-805-5860 or

Community News

UIW’s Virtual University Dean Honored by Texas Diversity Council

Rita Russ, dean of UIW’s Virtual University was selected as a DiversityFIRST™ Award Winner presented by the Texas Diversity Council. Russ was honored in the individual achievement category for her dedication and continuing commitment to corporate and community events promoting mutual respect, acceptance, cooperation or tolerance. Russ was presented with the award at the council’s annual DiversityFIRST™ Awards Luncheon, held Oct. 19 at The Club at Sonterra.

Halloween at UIW

UIW Human Resource Department dresses the part for Halloween.

Trick or Treating with S.T.A.R.S.

Gumby and Marveen Mahon, director of UIW Health Services and S.T.A.R.S. faculty advisor get into the Halloween spirit and go along trick or treating with the children from St. Peters Elementary and St. Anthony Elementary School.

Alumni Association Presents “Trunk or Treat”

More than 350 people attended the UIW Alumni Relations 2011 Trunk or Treat. Alumni came ready to “trunk,” bringing family, friends, and children dressed up to go trunk to trunk collecting candy and treats from other alumni. While others came ready to “treat,” with a decorated car trunk filled with treats to hand out to future cardinals.

Students Share Experiences with Campus Visitors

Pictured (L-R) John Gallegos, UIW peer mentor with First-Year Engagement in the Student Success Department, shares his experience as a student and peer mentor with campus visitors Dr. Sonia Feigenbaum, HSI division director of the U.S. Department of Education; and Henry Bonilla, former congressman who represented Texas’s 23rd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. The visitors were on campus Monday, Oct. 31 for a presentation and discussion with UIW administrators, “Developing and Sustaining a Culture of Hispanic  Student Success.” The group then went for a campus tour to meet and interact with students.

Headwaters Coalition Work Day
The Headwaters Coalition is hosting a volunteer work day at the Headwaters Sanctuary from 2-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4. 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

Volunteers Needed for House Painting
UIW students, faculty, and staff are invited to volunteer to help paint a house from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. Volunteers should meet in front of the AD Building at 7:45 a.m. and will then travel to the site by campus vans. The UIW team will be assisted by volunteers from the Willie Velasquez Learning and Family Resource Center, and the City of San Antonio Code Enforcement Division. For more information, contact Dr. Michael Frye 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

Proposition 3 on the Nov. 8 Election Ballot
With voter authorization, Proposition 3 would allow the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to issue general obligations bonds for the purpose of funding student loans. Approval of the proposition is critical as sources of grant funds at both the state and federal level have been reduced. If the proposition passes, the funds allocated to Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas are likely to increase by about 8% next year. The UIW community is encouraged to vote in the Nov. 8 election.

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.

Take a “Mystic Journey”
UIW Art Department invites you to “Mystic Journey,” a voyage through art quilts by Ellie Kreneck. The art quilt exhibition depicts a mystic response of West Texas, with its vast raw rugged landscape, and awe-inspiring skies populated by saints and assorted biblical figures, clothed in their “uniforms,” driving pick-ups and outboard motorboats – and generally making their presence felt. The exhibit will be available for viewing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, Nov. 11 in Semmes Art Gallery. For more information, contact the UIW Art Department at 210-829-3855.

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

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, 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; the Wellness Center; and on Homecoming Day-Saturday, Nov. 5. There are also collection boxes at the Northwest and Northeast ADCaP Centers. For more information, contact the UIW Public Relations Office at 210-829-6001.

Faculty Focus

Study Abroad Funding and Incentives for Faculty
The Study Abroad Office wishes to alert all full time faculty of available funding and incentive programs. Full-time 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 full time 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

Comedy Night at SACHS
St. Anthony Catholic High School will be hosting “Comedy Night,” from 6:30-11:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at UIW’s Marion Hall. Cost to attend is $25 per person. For more information, contact Eydie Villalpando at 210-854-7750.

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


Retired Vice President Keeps Busy and Welcomes First Great-Grandchild
John L. Ray, retired vice president of business and finance, and grandfather to eight grandchildren, welcomed his first great-grandchild last June.He has been travelling and keeping up with his habit of reading 50 books a year.He has also written two of his own: one on his military career and one on his life with his late wife, Charlotte, an alumna.

Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • Fran Ramsey and Patricia Britt and family on the recent loss of their aunt, Sr. Mary Johnell Busch, RSM (BA ’56).
  • The family of Bertha Adelina Gonzalez Keith (BS ’63) on her recent death.
  • Gretchen and John Lance Lahourcade (UIW friends) and family on the recent loss of his father, John B. Lahourcade.

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