The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Jan. 27, 2012

Photo of the Week

UIW President Dr. Lou Agnese feeds the dragon at the 2012 Asian New Year Celebration held Tuesday, Jan. 24 in Marian Ballroom. The celebration also featured a fashion show, a traditional Asian orchestra, and Asian cuisine.


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


Bruce Howard, director of operations and development with Fisher, Herbst, and Kemble P.C. Certified Public Accountants, presented “Advanced Resume Writing,” Wednesday, Jan. 25 in the Library Auditorium. Attendees heard from experts in the HR/Recruiting field to learn how to get noticed.

“Going Blind” – The Movie Screening
New York City award-winning filmmaker Joseph Lovett will present his movie, “Going Blind” from 1-3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 in the Rosenberg School of Optometry Events Room. Lovett was diagnosed with glaucoma and will also share his personal testament about how vision loss has impacted him and his community. For information on attending, contact Gladdis Thomas at

Managing Graduate School, Work and Personal Time
Dr. Nursen Zanca will present Managing Graduate School, Work and Personal Time 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 or at

HPV Awareness
S.T.A.R.S.  will host a table with information about Human Papillomavirus (HPV) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30 at Westgate Circle. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease which affects both males and females. Most people affected with HPV do not even know that have the disease, but there is a vaccine for men and women ages 9-26 to help protect against four types of HPV. For more information, contact Samantha Buentello at 210-829-6017 or

Red Dress Scarf and Tie Sale

Shop for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart at the Red Dress Scarf and Tie Sale from 8:30-11:30 a.m.. Tuesday, Jan. 31 in the Mabee Library Foyer. A Scarf and Tie Sale will also be held the day of the Red Dress Fashion Show on Tuesday, Feb. 14. For more information, contact Lee Ann Waltz at 210-832-2191 or at

Ask the Experts
Take your skills to the next level and attend Ask the Experts from noon to 1 p.m. or 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 in the Library Auditorium. Rackspace Hosting will present and answer questions and provide advice regarding resumes, how to dress for interviews, and interviewing in a question and answer format. For more information, contact Career Services and Professional Development at 210-829-3931.

Introduction to APA Writing Style
Graduate students are invited to join Jeanette Curby for “Introduction to APA Writing Style,” from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, or 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 4 in Mabee Library, room 230. American Psychological Association (APA) is the editorial writing style adopted by many graduate programs at UIW.  This writing style is designed to ensure clear and consistent communication of written material. This workshop will cover APA elements such as: punctuation and abbreviation, construction of tables, selection of headings, citations and references, presentation of statistics, and bias-free language. For more information, contact Dr. David Ortiz at 210-283-6454 or at

“What’s Hot in Literacy for 2012”
The Literacy Summit is a nationally publicized event featuring some of the best-known literacy researchers such as P. David Pearson and Jerry Johns. “What’s Hot in Literacy for 2012” will present current research in a variety of formats including institutes in 90 minute sessions, and regular 50 minute sessions, poster sessions and roundtables. Teachers will receive continuing education credits for attending.”What’s Hot in Literacy 2012,” will be held Feb. 3-4 on the UIW campus. Cost to attend is $100 for one day or $150 for both days. For more information, contact Dr. Stephanie Grote-Garcia at 210-832-2106 or at You may also visit

Black History Month Celebration
UIW students are invited to celebrate Black History Month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 on Dubuis Lawn. There will be music, soul food by Sodexo, and live entertainment by Soulfruit and BossTon. The event is being presented by of the Office of Campus Life, and University Events and Student Programs. In case of rain, the event will be moved to the Student Lounge in Marian Hall. For more information, contact Anna Castorena at 210-805-3060 or

Thursday Night Live 2012
The UIW Art Department proudly presents, “Thursday Night Live,” which will feature arts faculty exhibitions and performances. The exhibit will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 through Friday, March 2 in Semmes Art Gallery, located in Dougherty Fine Arts Center. Literary readings and performances will be held at 5 p.m. and a closing reception will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1 in Palestrina Hall in the Fine Arts Center. For more information, contact the Art Department at 210-829-3855 or at

Department News

Farewell for Martin Klingbacher
Please join us for a Farewell Gathering for Martin Klingbacher, former director of International Student and Scholar Services, after 18+ years of service with UIW. All are welcome to attend the reception from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 at the ICC Conference Hall. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Melinda Nail at or 210-805-5838.

Changes Coming to UIW Payroll System
Webtime entry is coming to UIW.Webtime entry will replace our paper timesheet system as of March 1. The new payroll system will allow all daily hours, submissions, and approvals to be submitted electronically online. There will be training sessions for all supervisors, functional users and employees in the month of February before the go live date of March 1.We highly recommend that you attend if you approve time for staff or students to be paid by the Payroll Office. Email notifications will be sent to you concerning the times of the training. All training sessions will be held in Mabee Library room 230 or G16. If you have questions, please email the Payroll Department at

Center for Medical Tourism Research Conference
The 2012 Center for Medical Tourism Research Conference will be held from Feb. 13-15 at the Omni La Mansion Del Rio. Cost to attend is $399 for a regular attendee, $199 for a student/governmental attendee, and $50 for in-town select university attendees (non-food).  For more information, contact Dr. David Vequist at 210-805-5825 or at

“The Future of Healthcare: Global Trends Worth Watching”
UIW and the Center for Medical Tourism Research will host Dr. Tricia J. Johnson, acting associate chair and associate professor, Department of Health Systems Management and Director, Center for Health Management & Policy Research, from Rush University. Johnson is the co-author of “The Future of Healthcare: Global Trends Worth Watching,” and will speak on several topics including the book and “The Changing Nature of Healthcare Demand in a Global Context.” The presentation will be held from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 in the Mabee Library Auditorium. For more information, contact Dr. David Vequist at 210-805-5825 or at

“Reproductive Tourism: Global Trends, Middle Eastern Perspectives”

UIW and the Center for Medical Tourism are honored to host Dr. Marcia C. Inhorn, the William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at Yale University. Inhorn is a specialist on Middle Eastern gender and health issue and has conducted research on the social impact of infertility, assisted reproductive technologies, and reproductive tourism in the Middle East and Arab America for the past 20 years. Inhorn will present “Reproductive Tourism: Global Trends, Middle Eastern Perspectives,” from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 at the International Conference Center Hall and Patio. For more information, contact Dr. David Vequist at 210-805-5825 or at

Extended Academic Programs

EAP’s Dr. Brian Kinnaird to be Featured as Keynote Speaker
Dr. Brian Kinnaird, EAP Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, was an invited keynote speaker in January at both the Guadalupe Valley Peace Officer Association's quarterly meeting and the FBI Regional Command College Luncheon to discuss law enforcement issues.

EAP Professor has Paper Accepted for Presentation
Dr. Matthew Gonzalez, EAP Assistant Professor of Business, had a paper accepted for presentation at Harvard for the Association of Global Management Studies. The paper is titled “Emotional Intelligence within Project Management”.

Extended Academic Programs Information Session
UIW Extended Academic Programs will present an information session for adults who would like to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 at the Dr. Burton E. Grossman International Center. The session will showcase opportunities for adult students including the new daytime blended learning program, and the UIW accelerated eight-week terms. The information session will also discuss the option of the UIW Virtual University for convenient online classes. For more information or to RSVP, call 210-832-2100 or email

Community News

Dr. Cyndi Porter, vice president for extended academic programs, attended the filming of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Project (EMHE) as representative of UIW to present a $100,000 scholarship to the children of wounded warrior Shilo Harris and wife Kathreyn. The family was also the recipient of a new home built by hundreds of volunteers in a joint effort between Morgan’s Wonderland and EMHE.

The Epsilen ePortfolio
The Epsilen ePortfolio, designed to allow UIW students, faculty and staff to create a unique online portfolio, is now available at no cost. This lifelong resource allows users to manage their complete educational profile, work history, and life experience; incorporating calendars, wikis, blogs, notes, drop boxes, and other interactive tools. There is also a resume builder to help you create an online resume. Users may control who may access their ePortfolio, sharing information they feel is relevant with their colleagues, other educational institutions, or even potential employers. The Department of Instructional Technology has created a series of video tutorials designed to teach you how to build a portfolio at: Training Tutorials . Click here to create an Epsilen ePortfolio account: Epsilen Registration.

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. For more information on attending, contact Dr. Scott Roberts at or call 210-832-2141.

Presentation by CHASS Dean Candidate, Dr. Edward Dupuy
Dr. Edward Dupuy, candidate for the position of Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, will give a presentation on advocating for the liberal arts curriculum and faculty in a university setting from 4-5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30 in the Library Auditorium. There will time for questions from the audience. The presentation is open to everyone in the university community. For more information, contact Melissa Chavez at 210-829-3838 or at

Quirk 2012
Faculty and staff, please remind students to submit creative prose, poetry and visual arts to Quirk 2012. Students should submit art without any identifying marks or email, or may send contact information and titles of works separately. Limit for submission is three poems, two prose pieces, and three visual images. Deadline for submission is Tuesday, Jan. 31. For more information or to submit works, contact Dr. Tanja Stampfl at or 210-829-3885.

Presentation by SNHP Dean Candidate, Dr. Joyce Griffin-Sobel
The UIW community is invited to attend a presentation by Dr. Joyce Griffin-Sobel, candidate for the position of dean of the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions from 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 31. Please note: the presentation has been moved to room 312 in the Nursing Building. Her presentation will feature trends in the field, and most of the time will be open for questions from the audience. For more information, contact Esperanza Barron at 210-283-5093 or

UIW’s Social Justice Tradition Rooted in Catholic Social Teachings
Incarnate Word’s Social Justice Tradition rooted in Catholic Social Teachings and the Mission of the Incarnate Word Sisters will be held from 4:30-5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1 in Mabee Library Auditorium. The program will be shared by Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, and will be hosted by Suzan Roy of the UIW Religious Studies Department. Information on the program for lay volunteers and Incarnate Word Missionaries (IWM) will be shared by Kathleen Sullivan, director of the IW Missionaries, and Angelique “Jelly” Snyder, an IWM who works at Visitation House. The event is sponsored by Liturgical Outreach and the Incarnate Word Missionaries. For more information, contact Sr. Kirk at or 210-829-3854.

Free Tax Returns for Low Income Taxpayers
Volunteers in Income Tax (VITA) will be completing free tax returns for low income taxpayers and free e-file from 10 a.m. to noon beginning Saturday, Feb. 4 through Saturday, April 14 in the UIW Administration Building basement, room 62. Low income taxpayers must meet the requirement of making $50,000 per year. Those interested must bring social security cards for taxpayers and dependents, a driver’s license, W-2 forms, a copy of last year’s tax return, a checkbook for direct deposit of the refund, and form 1098-T for students. To e-file, both spouses must be present to sign the IRS form. For more information, contact Tracie Edmond at 210-283-5004 or

9th Annual Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair
The Annual Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 in Marian Hall Ballroom. The pageant will feature red garments modeled by UIW students. The health fair, aimed at bringing awareness to the dangers of heart disease in women, boasts heart healthy appetizers, special activities and exhibits while providing information on the importance of maintaining a heart healthy lifestyle. Join the fun and also have the opportunity to shop for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart at the Red Dress Scarf and Tie sale or with the variety of other vendors on site. Red Dress will also feature a carnation and rose sale – a limited amount will be available, so stop by early before they are gone. For more information, visit 9th Annual Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair or contact Lee Ann Waltz at 210-832-2191 or

Faculty Focus

“Getting Started with a Philosophy of Teaching”
UIW faculty members are invited to attend “Getting Started with a Philosophy of Teaching,” from 12:30-2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 at the Rosenberg School of Optometry. This session will help faculty members from many disciplines begin to write a teaching statement. Workshop leader Barbara Millis is a lively presenter and well known author in teaching and learning. A buffet lunch will be available at noon.  To register, contact Susan Hall at

Faculty Recital
UIW Music Department faculty members including violinist Gerald Schloelzel, and pianist Zachary Ridgway, will come together to perform a Faculty Recital from 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 in Our Lady’s Chapel. For more information, contact the Music Department at 210-829-3855 or 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


Senior and First-Year Students, Tell UIW What You Think
Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 14, senior and first-year students may receive an invitation for the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) through Cardinal email. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and responses are confidential. Feedback received will be used to help administrators and faculty improve policies, curriculum and campus activities. All students who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for one of 50 Visa Gift Cards. Winners will be notified via email. For questions about the survey or if you are interested in the results, contact the Office of Institutional Research at or visit

Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • Warren Hoen & family on the recent loss of his wife, Edith Worcester Hoen (IWHS ’57).

  • The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, her family, and the entire UIW community on the recent loss of Sr. Mary Martha Maguire, CCVI (BA ’76).

  • Sandra (UIW HR Office) & Julian Reyes on the recent loss of his mother, Maria De la Luz Reyes.

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