The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Feb. 17, 2012

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The Office of Institutional Advancement held a “Coffee Klatch,” on Feb. 15 to welcome new employees Ralph Flanigan, development services data coordinator, and Brance Arnold, secretary of public relations, and to bid farewell to Diane Echavarria, director of major gifts and planned giving. Pictured (L-R) Flanigan, Echavarria, Arnold, and Sr. Kathleen Coughlin, vice president of institutional advancement.


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

Ash Wednesday Services
Wednesday, Feb. 22 will mark the beginning of the Lenten season. Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ, his suffering and sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection. The following is a schedule of Catholic and Ecumenical services being offered Feb. 22. Ashes will be distributed at all services:

  • 8:30 a.m. Catholic Mass at Our Lady’s Chapel
  • Noon Catholic Mass at Our Lady's Chapel
  • 4 p.m. prayer service at the Feik School of Pharmacy
  • 4 p.m. prayer service at the Rosenberg School of Optometry
  • 5:30 p.m. prayer service at Marian Hall Student Center
  • 7:30 p.m. prayer service at ADCaP at Incarnate Word High School
  • 8:50 p.m. Liturgy of the Word with communion at Our Lady's Chapel


Lee Ann Waltz, chair of the Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair, and Dr. Laura Munoz, co-chair of the event, held Tuesday, Feb. 14. The annual fashion show featured red garments modeled by UIW students, and the health fair aimed at bringing awareness to the dangers of heart disease in women.

The Feik School of Pharmacy held a Valentine’s Day party for pharmacy faculty, staff and students on Feb. 14. The party featured burgers, a dance contest, and “name that baby,” where students guessed which baby photo matched the pharmacy faculty or staff member.

UIW to Feature Harald Leibrecht as Guest Speaker
UIW is honored to present Harald Leibrecht, member of the German Bundestag and coordinator for Transatlantic Intersocietal Cooperation of the German Government, as a guest speaker at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17 in Mabee Library Auditorium. Leibrecht was the executive director of Schiller International University in Heidelberg, Germany from 1984-2007 and will present, “Opportunities and Challenges of Transatlantic Relations from a German Perspective – The Euro Crisis, Security, and International Market Place.” For more information, contact Dr. Denise Doyle at 210-829-3943.

RAKUGO! Traditional Japanese Storytelling Comedy
Artist Kokontei Kikushin will perform traditional Japanese Storytelling Comedy in Japanese from 6-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 at Marian Ballroom. There will be autograph sessions before and after the performance. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For more information, contact Charlie Akagi at 210-526-1080 or

Literature Review Searches
Polly McCord will present, “Literature Review Searches,” for all UIW graduate students, from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 18 in Mabee Library Room 230. When working on a literature review for a class project or paper, the process can be overwhelming. Learn to manage resources and discover how to search for the appropriate literature in your subject area with this workshop. For more information, contact Dr. David Ortiz at 210-283-6454 or at

Writing a Literature Review
Dr. Noah Kasraie will present, “Writing a Literature Review,” for all UIW graduate students, from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 25 in Mabee Library Special Collections. Once the appropriate research articles and books have been collected, the next step is writing the literature review.  This workshop is designed to help students understand the purpose, structure and process of composing a literature review. For more information, contact Dr. David Ortiz at 210-283-6454 or at   

Hispanic Marketing Institute Speaker Series
As part of the Hispanic Marketing Institute Speaker Series Dr. Leo Estrada, faculty member in urban planning at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs will present, “Hispanics are the General Market,” from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20 in the Library Auditorium. For more information, contact Dr. Alberto Rubio at

How to Use Every Library in America for Free
Discover services offered through Mabee Library’s Interlibrary Loan Department at “How to Use Every Library in America for Free,” from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 in Library, room 230. The workshop will cover the basics of interlibrary loan including what it is, why and how to use it. For more information, contact Dell Davis at 210-829-6054 or

UIW Career Fair
Connect with employers for full-time, paid positions at the UIW Career Fair will be held from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 in Rosenberg Sky Room. Attendees should dress professionally and bring plenty of resumes. For more information, contact Career Services and Professional Development at 210-829-3931.

Shrimp Boil 2012
Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity will host “Shrimp Boil 2012,” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29 on Dubuis Lawn. The fraternity will serve half a pound of shrimp with each plate along with potatoes and corn on the cob. Cost per plate is $10. For more information, contact Natanael Ortega at 281-881-4055 or

Department News

Pictured (L-R) Dr. David Vequist, director of the Center for Medical Tourism Research (CMTR); Dr. Marcia Inhorn, the William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at Yale University; and Dr. Michael Guiry, associate professor in the H-E-B School of Business and Administration at Inhorn’s presentation, “Reproductive Tourism: Global Trends, Middle Eastern Perspectives.” Inhorn presented at the CMTR Conference held at the Omni La Mansion del Rio Feb. 13-15 and also spoke to UIW students and faculty at the ICC Conference Hall.

“Destination Allen”
The men’s basketball team has secured a spot to play in the conference tournament Feb. 29 – March 4 in Allen, Texas. Tickets for the entire tournament are $45 ($32 for students) and are available at the UIW Athletics ticket office by calling 210-829-6048 or by e-mailing Kevin Rubel at Campus Life and Athletics are working together to plan watch parties for fans to watch the team(s) play in the conference tournament on-campus via Internet webcast. Details will be released when the regular season concludes.

Liturgical Outreach Hosts Conference on Compassion
Liturgical Outreach will host, "Where in the World Is Compassion? Creating Ongoing Relationships for the Common Good,” a Conference on Compassion from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24 in Marian Hall Ballroom. The conference will feature interfaith and panel discussions. Dr. John Esposito, of Georgetown University and author of “Who Speaks for Islam, What a Billion Muslims Really Think,” will preside as the guest speaker of the event. Esposito and Dr. Ali Asani of Harvard University, and representatives of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, will share their thoughts and ideas on compassion and creating ongoing relationships for the common good. Cost to attend the conference is $20 and $10 for students. Lunch included. For more information visit or contact Karen Ball at or at 210-764-1267.

Extended Academic Programs

EAP Attends Symposium in Florida
Dr. Cyndi Porter, vice president of Extended Academic Programs, and Rita Russ, dean of Virtual University, are attending the 2012 Council of College and Military Educators Symposium in Orlando, Fla.

Community News

Students from the Feik School of Pharmacy and the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing collaborated to provide hearing, vision, blood pressure and blood glucose screening to members living at Haven for Home. The members were also offered health promotion education and flu shots.

Pictured (L-R) John Sanchez from Campus Police; Diane Sanchez, director of residence life; Christina Leeth, assistant director of residence life; and Janine Chavez, secretary of campus life, show off their Cardinal pride around campus.

Fat Tuesday Buffet
Sodexo will be serving up a Fat Tuesday Buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 in Marian Hall. The buffet will feature Louisiana gumbo, a shrimp and crawfish boil, chicken etoufee, jambalaya, red beans and rice, corn bread, fried okra, southern greens and potatoes, dirty rice, bread pudding and kings cake. Cost for buffet is $7.50. For more information, contact Josh Price at or 210-805-5874.

UIW Faculty/Staff Discount to Attend “ELEVATE,” Inaugural Women’s Conference
ELEVATE, a women’s conference for UIW alumni and friends, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29 at The Bright Shawl located at 819 Augusta. The conference will feature topics such as “Lift Up Your Gifts – How Volunteerism and Philanthropy Impact our Lives,” presented by Amy Dameron Phipps, director of Community Investment and Philanthropy for Zachry Holdings; “Elevate your Health,” presented by Dr. Carmen Perez, of Health Texas Medical Group and more. Cost to attend is $40 per person and attendees must RSVP by Wednesday, Feb. 22. A $10 discount will apply for UIW faculty and staff who register by Feb. 22. To take advantage of this offer or for more information, contact Diane Echavarria at 210-829-6071 or Register at under “events.”

Blue Man Group at the Majestic

Join the UIW Alumni Relations Department to watch Blue Man Group at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Majestic Theatre. Cost to attend is $23. Visit for more information.

“Los Dilemas del 2012”
The Asociación Empresarios Mexicanos (AEM) and UIW International Affairs will host Raúl Rodríguez Barocio as he presents, “México: Los Dilemas del 2012,” from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 in the ICC Auditorium. Please note: due to the co-sponsorship with the AEM and their membership, the presentation will take place in Spanish. An English version with the World Affairs Council is being planned for the near future. For more information, contact Patricia Alanis at or 210-546-2144.

National Collegiate Day of Prayer
UIW University Mission and Ministry (UMM) will be attending the National Collegiate Day of Prayer at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at the St. Mary’s University Alumni Field. UMM will provide limited transportation on a first come, first serve basis for those who need a ride to the event. For more information or to reserve a space, please contact UMM at or 210-829-2736.

Meet the Mission: Spring Break Edition 2012
Meet the Mission: Spring Break Edition is a week-long university wide neighborhood clean-up held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 12 through Friday, March 16. Students, faculty, and staff volunteers are needed to assist with painting houses and neighborhood clean-up. This event is also suitable for middle school or high school age children. The UIW team will be assisted by volunteers from the City of San Antonio Code Enforcement Division. Breakfast, lunch, and transportation to and from the sites will be provided. Interested volunteers should sign up by Friday, Feb. 24. To sign up, or for more information contact Dr. Chris Edelman at  or Dr. Michael Frye at

“The Tempest”
The UIW Department of Theatre Arts will present “The Tempest,” a magical tale of revenge, love and redemption at Coates Theatre. Performance dates and times include:

  • 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, Saturday, Feb. 25, Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3
  • 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1

Cost to attend is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for students, and $6 for groups of 10 or more. UIW students, faculty and staff are admitted for free. For more information, contact Chrissie Young at 210-829-3800 or at

Health Fair
The UIW Feik School of Pharmacy chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) will host a free health fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Eastside Branch Boys and Girls Club located at 3503 Martin Luther King Drive. The SNPhA’s Mission is to inspire communities to become aware of their health status and promote a healthy lifestyle. The event will feature free blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose screenings, as well as free teeth cleaning for young children, HIV/AIDS screenings, healthy food demonstrations, smoking cessation information, hearing/comprehensive vision exams and more. For more information, contact Tyraeia Benjamin at

Kappa Sigma Golf Classic
The First Annual Kappa Sigma Golf Classic will be held from 1-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Alamo Quarry Golf Course. This fundraising event for the Fisher House, Military Heroes, and the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, is a four-man scramble golf tournament with closest to pin, longest drive, $5 mulligan’s and more. The event is open to the public and costs $100 to participate. If you do not have a team, one will be appointed for you. The organization is also currently seeking sponsorships. For more information, contact Jacob Ramirez at 210-473-8473 or at

Zumba for Zebras

Join Dr. Tracie Edmond and UIW’s graduate accounting students for “Zumba for Zebras” from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 at Woodlawn Lake/Park Gym. Cost to attend is $10 and proceeds will benefit the Immune Deficiency Foundation. For tickets or more information, contact Edmond at 210-283-5004 or

Coffee Drive for Haven for Hope
Haven for Hope, a non-profit organization in San Antonio that helps transform the lives of homeless men, women and children, is experiencing a shortage in coffee. University Mission and Ministry (UMM) in collaboration with the UIW Chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society are sponsoring a coffee drive for the organization through Thursday, May 31. The UIW community is invited to bring by regular/automatic drip coffee to the UMM offices at AD 147 anytime throughout the spring semester. For more information, contact UMM at or 210-829-3128.

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

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 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

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.

Faculty Focus

"Troublesome Student? Who Should You Call?"
UIW faculty are invited to attend “Troublesome Student? Who Should You Call?” from noon to 1:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 in Library Special Collections. This interactive session will identify various sources of assistance for faculty members dealing with troublesome student behavior. Members of UIW’s Behavior Intervention Team will describe how they respond to various types of student behavior and the process faculty can use to report behavior that causes concern. Attendees with smart phones are invited to bring them to the session. Drinks and desserts will be served. For more information contact Susan Hall at 210-283-5030 or

Nominations Needed for Presidential Teaching Award
Nominations will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 24 for the 2012 Presidential Teaching Award. This annual award acknowledges and rewards a full-time faculty member who exemplifies excellence in teaching that leads to student engagement.UIW President Dr. Louis Agnese will present a$5,000 stipend to the recipient. This award is presented to an individual one time; recipients become members of the selection committee in succeeding years. Colleagues, current students and alumni may make nominations accompanied by the reason the nominee is deserving of the award. For full details and a nomination form, visit

Thursday Night Live 2012
The UIW Art Department proudly presents, “Thursday Night Live,” which will feature arts faculty exhibitions and performances. The exhibit is currently on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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

High Schools

UIW Prep Open House
UIW Prep will host an open house at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the International Conference Center to present the online high school college prep program. UIW Prep provides high school classes and dual credit options that can be taken in additional to regular class work or to enhance studies. Administrators and instructors will be available to answer questions and assist with admissions. The open house will also feature a short presentation with a demonstration of online classes. For more information or to RSVP, call 210-805-3013 or email at

Visit the UIW Prep website at

IWHS Celebrates 130th Anniversary and “Salsa & Scholarships”
Incarnate Word High School will celebrate its 130th Anniversary and annual “Salsa & Scholarships” fundraiser on Sunday, March 25. Mass, with Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, begins at 10 a.m., and a fajita dinner, silent auction, games, art expo, entertainment and more begins at noon. Early bird tickets are $15 and tickets the day of the event are $20. The ticket includes the fajita dinner with all the trimmings. Ticket and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information or to assist with the event, contact Joyce Horner at 210-832-2143 or

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at


Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • Mary Lou Alvarez & Family on the recent loss of her husband, Gilbert A. Alvarez (BA ’74).
  • Dorothy & Steve (Asst. Director of Alumni Relations) Hemphill on the recent loss of her grandmother, Emilia M. Alvarez.
  • The family of Roberta Jean Rastellini (BSN ’77) on her recent death.
  • Dr. Zhanbo Yang (MS&E Faculty) & Family on the recent loss of his mother, Suqing Li Yang.

The University of the Incarnate Word provides reasonable accommodation with adequate notice. To request disability accommodation for events listed in this newsletter, visit