The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Dec. 16, 2011

Photo of the Week

happy faces
Pictured back row (L-R) Sr. Luz Romay, associate professor for the Virtual University, Shirley Caldera, director of operations for ADCaP, front row (L-R) Sr. Consuelo Urrutia, and Kristin Dicianna, counselor and advisor for the Feik School of Pharmacy at the annual UIW Christmas Party held in the Sandra and Stanley Rosenberg Sky Room on Monday, Dec. 12.


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

Christmas Eve Mass
University Mission and Ministry will host Christmas Eve Mass at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24 in Our Lady’s Chapel. Prelude music will begin at 5 p.m. Please note: The Christmas Eve Mass is the Vigil Mass for Christmas Day; therefore there will be no Christmas Day Mass on Sunday, Dec, 25. Additionally, there is no Midnight Mass. For more information, contact Beth Villarreal at


nursing pinning ceremony
The Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions celebrated the traditional Nursing Pinning Ceremony Friday, Dec. 9 in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word.

“The Four Fountain Springs of Texas:  A Native American View”
Gary Perez, long-time friend of the Headwaters Coalition, along with Andrew May of The Map Works in Austin, and Dr. Clarissa Kimber, retired geographer of Texas A&M University, will present a working hypothesis about the Four Fountain Springs of Texas, including San Antonio Springs and other prominent features of central Texas landscape. The presentation will take place from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16 in the Madeleine Room, off the downstairs lobby of Chapel at Incarnate Word. For more information, contact Helen Ballew at 210-828-2224 or at

Senior Capstone Exhibition
The UIW Art Department will display the works from senior students from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, Jan. 14 in Semmes Art Gallery. For more information, contact the Art Department at 210-829-3855.

Final Award Ceremony of the Business Plan Competition
The H-E-B School of Business and Administration Business Plan Competition Final Award Ceremony will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 in the ICC Conference Hall. The winners from the competition will be announced and prizes awarded based on the quality of the final business plan. Everyone is welcome, but please RSVP by Thursday, Jan. 26. For more information, contact Dr. Scott Roberts at or call 832-2141.

Department News


Extended Academic Programs

EAP Holds Annual Christmas Party
Extended Academic Programs held its annual Christmas Party at Milano’s Ristorante. There were 45 people in attendance to include all staff, administrators and some of the full-time faculty.

CourseSmart to Provide Textbooks and Reduction in Costs
EAP is in the implementation phase of providing textbooks to our students through CourseSmart (  This will allow faculty to pick from more than 20 publishers that are offering their books in digital format.  Previously EAP had worked with one publisher, so there will be a significant increase in choice which will reduce costs to the division.

Community News

glenn james and lily salinas
Dr. Glenn James, dean of the School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering and Lily Salinas, administrative assistant to the dean, celebrating her retirement after 14 years of service to UIW.  

UIW in the News

“A Christmas Carol”
Join UIW’s Theatre Department as they present a ghostly Christmas classic, “A Christmas Carol” at Huth Coates Theatre. Performance dates and times include:

  • 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17

Cost to attend is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $8 for students. UIW students, faculty and staff are admitted for free. For more information, contact Chrissie Young at 210-829-3800 or at

Christmas Arts and Crafts Sale
Local artists will be displaying and selling art, ceramics, jewelry and more at the Christmas Arts and Crafts Sale from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 in the UIW Fine Arts Building. Cost to attend is free. For more information, contact the UIW Art Department at 210-829-3855.

Angel Tree
University Mission and Ministry is sponsoring an Angel Tree for community members in need of assistance this Christmas. The UIW community is invited to sponsor a child or family this holiday season. The Angel Tree will be located in the foyer leading to Our Lady’s Chapel through Monday, Dec. 19. Please bring items in a holiday bag with the original angel tag to Mission and Ministry in AD 146 or AD 147. For more information, contact Mission and Ministry at 210-829-3128.

Mobile Mammography
Christus Santa Rosa will have a mammogram mobile unit in front of the UIW Administration Building from 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Dec. 20. The mammogram screening is for all employees and/or their spouse or family member, ages 35 or older. You must call to schedule an appointment.  When you call to schedule your appointment, please verify that your insurance will be accepted; however, if you do not have insurance you may be eligible for Community Funding. For more information, contact Marveen Mahon at 210-704-4100 or at

Volunteers Needed for Headwaters Coalition Work Days

Students, faculty and staff are invited to volunteer for the Headwaters Coalition Volunteer Work Day at the Headwaters Sanctuary from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Dec. 19 and Wednesday, Dec. 21. 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 sleeves, and close toed shoes. Headwaters volunteers are eligible for off-campus community service hours. Taking part in the Headwaters project is an excellent opportunity to expand your horizons and get to know this place we all call “home” at Incarnate Word. For more information, contact Helen Ballew at 210-828-2224, ext. 232 or at

Create a Garment for Annual Red Dress Fashion Show
The UIW community is invited to be a part of the Ninth Annual Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair by submitting a garment for possible use in the fashion show scheduled for Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. Those interested should submit garments by Tuesday, Jan. 17. Garments can be any size, but must be the original pattern. Prizes will be presented for first, second, and third place. For more information, contact Dr. Melinda Adams at or at 210-805-1204.

Getting an iPad for Christmas?
The UIW iPad User group has 60+ faculty and staff members who are using their iPads for productivity, teaching and learning. This group meets once a month to showcase and learn about innovative ways iPads are being used in the classroom and office. If you have an iPad or plan to get one soon from Santa, we encourage you to join the iPad User Group. The next meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. If you would like to join, please email Ana Gonzalez at and she will add you to the group and alert you of upcoming events. 

Agnese Book
The UIW Bookstore now has copies in stock of “Lou: From Brooklyn to Broadway - The University of the Incarnate Word’s 25 Years with Dr. Louis J. Agnese Jr.” by Dr. Patricia A. Watkins. The book, published by San Antonio-based Maverick Publishing, will retail for $26.95 at the bookstore or through Amazon. However, it will be available at the bookstore for the special price of $24.00 until Jan. 31. For more information, please contact the UIW Bookstore at (210) 829-6056.

Faculty Focus

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

Alejandro Calderon, director of enrollment at St. Anthony Catholic High School, checks in families to receive their Christmas Gifts at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church. For the past four years, SACHS has adopted families through the Adopt-a-Needy Family program. This year SACHS and Extended Academic Programs adopted a total of 13 families.

IWHS faculty member Eddie Vega brought his children to enjoy Breakfast with Santa, hosted by the IWHS Alumnae Association, Saturday, Dec. 10 in the IWHS cafeteria. Guests took part in a pancake breakfast, make-and-take crafts, Christmas stories, and took photos with jolly St. Nick.

IWHS Madrigals present, “All Hearts Come Home for Christmas”
The IWHS Madrigal Alumnae Concert will present “All Hearts Come Home for Christmas,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22 at Chapel of the Incarnate Word. Tickets will be $8 at the door. All proceeds benefit the Mary Ann de la Garza Endowment Fund. For more information, contact the IWHS Development Office at 210-832-2143.

SACHS Christmas Program to Air on TV
The SACHS Liturgical Choir Christmas program will air at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 10 a.m. Christmas morning on KCWX-TV. You may check your cable provider for a channel line-up guide.

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Spurs Holiday Basketball Clinics
Are you looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Give your young athlete the opportunity to receive elite basketball instruction at the Spurs Holiday Basketball Clinics. The clinics are open to boys and girls ages 7-18, no experience necessary. This exclusive offer is for UIW employees for the clinic being held Dec. 21-22 at the McDermott Convocation Center (Dec. 17 and 27 clinics are excluded). The original price is $140 for the 2-day clinic and we are offering a $40 discount. Interested parties must contact Megan Homan at 210-444-5021 and mention the UIW Newsletter offer in order to receive the discount. For more information, visit the website at

Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • Mary Margaret Frost Contie (BA ’71) on the recent loss of her mother; and Sharon and Douglas (BBA ’00) Contie on the recent loss of his grandmother, Mary G. Weller Frost.
  • The family of Mary Jane Killion Lewis (UIW friend) on her recent death.
  • Sr. Theresa Marie Yndo, CCVI (BA ’62) and family on the recent loss of her sister, Corrine Yndo Lockamy.
  • Mary H. Gomez (BBA ’06) and family on the recent loss of her mother, Elizabeth Johnson Moore (BA ’89).

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