The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Jan. 13, 2012

Photo of the Week

Raymond Leon of UIW Facilities Management and father of graduate Vanessa Leon, along with Provost Dr. Denise Doyle at the Graduation Reception held Sunday, Jan. 8 in the Convocation Center.


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


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. 13 in Semmes Art Gallery. For more information, contact the Art Department at 210-829-3855.

New Graduate Student and Family Orientation
The Spring 2012 New Graduate and Family Orientation will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Graduate Support Center. The event focuses on welcoming both students and families to UIW and provides information and campus resources geared toward student success. For more information, contact Dr. David Ortiz at

Ping Pong Tournament
Students are invited to participate in a Ping Pong Tournament from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 in the Student Center Game Room. Prizes will be awarded to the first and second place winners. Free snacks and drinks will be provided. For more information, contact Mehmet Kula at 829-3037 or

Spring 2012 UIW New Student Veteran Orientation
The UIW Center for Veterans Affairs will host the Spring 2012 UIW New Student Veteran Orientation Lunch and Learn from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 in the Mabee Library Auditorium. Representatives from UIW Offices will be on hand to answer questions about using VA educational benefits. Pizza and cookies will be served. For more information, contact Sue Steininger at

2012 Asian New Year Celebration
The Institute of World Cultures invites the UIW community to the 2012 Asian New Year Celebration from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 in Marian Hall Ballroom. The celebration features a fashion show, traditional orchestra, and other performances from local Asian associations. Guests will have the opportunity to win door prizes and taste Asian cuisine. For more information, contact Joyce Su at 805-5820 or at

Advanced Resume Writing
Have a resume, but want to make it shine? Build upon the concepts presented in “Resume Basics,” and join experts in the human resource and recruiting field to show you how to get noticed. The Advanced Resume Writing session will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 in the Library Auditorium. For more information, contact Career Services and Professional Development at 829-3931.

Managing Graduate School, Work and Personal Time
Dr. Nursen Zanca will present Managing Graduate School, Work and Personal Time from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, and from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 28 in the Special Collections Room. The intersection of school, work, and personal life can become overwhelming at times. Juggling all these activities takes time and thoughtful consideration. This highly interactive and informative workshop will be led by current UIW graduate students. Learn the “insider’s” secrets to successfully managing your schedule. For more information contact Dr. David Ortiz at (210) 283-6454.

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

Interfaith Educational Events Appropriate for Classes
The UIW community is invited to read of upcoming educational events appropriate for class assignments, learn of the many UIW activities in response to President Obama’s Interfaith Service Challenge and see pictures of student involvement at and

The UIW Center for Veterans Affairs is Moving
To better serve our growing population of veterans and their families, we are relocating to the Kathleen Martin Watson Enrollment Center, 2nd Floor, Room 224 (across the street from the Administration Building next to Bill Miller ®) beginning Friday, January 13.All contact details (emails, phone and fax numbers) will remain the same, except now send UIW campus mail to CPO# 58. If you have any questions, please feel free to call at 832-2154 or email We look forward to seeing you at our new office.

Upcoming Athletics Schedule
2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, Women's basketball vs. Texas Woman's University.

Extended Academic Programs

Charlene Lynch, administrative secretary to Dean Vince Porter, retired after 13 years in ADCaP. To honor her service and celebrate her retirement EAP recently held a luncheon. Charlene is pictured with her daughter Amanda, and Dr. Rochelle Caroon-Santiago, full-time Psychology faculty for EAP.

VU Ranked as One of the Best in the Nation
The U.S. News and World Report ranked UIW’s Virtual University as one of the best in the nation including as part of the U.S. News and World Report Top Online Programs for 2012. Schools were ranked based on three areas: Teaching Practice and Student Engagement, Student Services and Technology, and Faculty Credentials and Training. For our bachelor’s degrees on line we were ranked in the top 100 in all categories. More importantly we were ranked in the top ten in two of the three. Our programs are #3 in Teaching Practice and Student Engagement and #8 in Faculty Credentials and Training. We were also ranked in two of the three categories in graduate online programs.

Community News

For National Vocation Awareness Week, The New Membership Committee of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word hosted, “We are Called,” a prayer service to reflect on how each of us is called by God.

Pictured: Father Willy Verboomen CICM and Mary Helen “Pinkie” Pinner. On Friday, Jan. 6, Mary Helen “Pinkie” Pinner of the IWC class of 1946, her classmates, friends and families celebrated the 60th annual Three Kings Celebration started in 1951.

The Mabee Library and art professor James Borders are proud to present a student exhibit throughout the library.Come by and see the great artwork of UIW students.The exhibit will be on display for the Spring semester. For more information call (210) 832-2171.

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 805-1204.

Miss Representation Film Screening
The School of Media and Design will present a screening of the documentary "Miss Representation," recently shown at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.The film explores how the mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence.In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman's value and power lie in her youth, beauty and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader.The screening will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 in the ICC Auditorium. For more information, contact Melinda Poulter at 829-6091 or by email at

Utilize San Antonio Museum of Art Membership
The University of the Incarnate Word is currently a Corporate Member of the San Antonio Museum of Art. UIW has added complementary admission to SAMA to benefit offerings for employees and students, and the Brainpower schools.

  • University of the Incarnate Word
  • St. Anthony Catholic High School
  • Incarnate Word High School
  • St. Peter Prince of Apostles Elementary School
  • St. Anthony Elementary School

Through June 1, 2012, students, faculty, and staff of these campuses will gain free admittance during regular operating hours when they present a valid school ID. Any other family members or guests attending with the student or employee will need to pay regular admission to visit the museum.

Fiesta Medals Now Available
Cutting Edge Fashion Show Fiesta Medals are now available for only $7.They can be purchased in the fashion office, JB214, Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information call Leslie Kuhn at 829-3141 or at

Join UIW iPad User Group
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. 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. 

Faculty Focus

Blackboard Instructional Video Now Available
The Department of Instructional Technology has prepared a short video to help you get started with Blackboard. Click on: Getting Started with Blackboard to view the video. For additional assistance with Blackboard contact Terry Peak, Training Coordinator at 829-3920 or at, or Ana Gonzalez at 829-3937 or at Instructional Technology also offers a large variety of training videos and handouts for both faculty and students at:

High Schools

UIW Prep Open House
UIW Prep will host an Open House at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 at the Grossman International Conference Center. Meet and visit with UIW Prep administrators and instructors. There will be a short presentation with a demonstration of our classes online.Staff will be available to answer questions and assist with admissions. RSVP at or 805-3013.

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • Grace (UIW Payroll) & Martin De Jesus & family on the recent loss of her mother, Eva R. Castro.

  • The family of Susan Nuelle Crandell (UNDCLD ’65) on her recent death.

  • Simon Cornelius & family on the recent loss of his wife, Florine Ann Cornelius (Former UIW Board of Trustees).

  • The family of Lillian Ann Drake (BA ’59) on her recent death.

  • Carolyn Duffin (IWHS ’47) on the recent loss of her husband; and Mike & Diane Duffin Taylor (IWHS ’86) on the recent loss of her father, Jack L. Duffin (Brackenridge Villa restoration architect).

  • Betty & Joe Frost (UIW Friends, Frost Play Research Collection) and family on the recent loss of his brother, Pat Ray Frost.

  • The family of Mary Lou Hagendorn Krenek (BS ’49) on her recent death.

  • Cecilia Flores Price (BS ’53) & family on the recent loss of her husband, Glen Leroy Price (MA ’62).

  • Brian Schmidt & family on the recent loss of his wife, Anita L. Bailey Schmidt (MA ’96).

  • David Smith & family on the recent loss of his mother, Geraldine Marjorie Jones Smith (IWHS ’44).

  • Kristin (BBA ’05) & Robert D. Tips (UIW Friends) & family on the recent loss of his father, Frederick Julius Tips, Jr.

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