The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Feb. 24, 2012

Photo of the Week

Kent Dolasky, adjunct faculty member for UIW Extended Academic Programs, received the 2011 Army Military Citizen of the Year award from the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce for his volunteer work with the homeless in Tampa. Pictured (L-R) Dolasky and homeless friend Vincent.


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

Lenten Quiet Hour
The season of Lent calls us to slow down, reflect, and draw closer to God. To help each of us do this, University Mission and Ministry (UMM) is setting aside “quiet time” in Our Lady’s Chapel from 12:30-1:30 p.m. each work day during the season of Lent. Prayer and scripture resources will be made available in the chapel. For more information or Lenten resources, contact UMM at 210-829-3128 or

Daily Lent Scripture
“He shall take away sins…and win pardon for their offences.” Isaiah 53:11. Find the Daytime Prayer at

Weekly Reflection
The Paradox of Hospitality – Henri Nouwen

If you suffer your food to the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,
then your light shall rise in the darkness
and your gloom be like the noonday.
Isaiah 58:10

Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by class lines. It is not to lead our neighbor into a corner where there are no alternatives left, but to open a wide spectrum of options for choice and commitment. It is not an educated intimidation with good books, good stories and good works, but the liberation of fearful hearts so that words can find roots and bear ample fruit. It is not a method of making our God and our way into the criteria of happiness, but the opening of an opportunity to others to find their God and their way. The paradox of hospitality is that it wants to create emptiness, not a fearful emptiness, but a friendly emptiness where strangers can enter and discover themselves as created free; free to sing their own songs, speak their own languages, dance their own dances; free also to leave and follow their own vocations. From Henri Nouwen Reaching Out: the Three Movements of the Spiritual Life.

Dear Lord, give me the understanding to offer true hospitality to stranger and friend alike.


Pictured (L-R) Harald Leibrecht, member of the German Bundestag and coordinator for Transatlantic Intersocietal Cooperation of the German Government; Uli Leibrecht, spouse of Leibrecht and director of Cultural and Educational Programs Abroad (CEPA); and Marcos Fragoso, UIW VP for international affairs.UIW hosted Leibrecht as a guest speaker Friday, Feb. 17 in Mabee Library Auditorium. Leibrecht presented, “Opportunities and Challenges of Transatlantic Relations from a German Perspective – The Euro Crisis, Security, and International Market Place.”

UIW Career Services and Professional Development annual Career Fair was held Feb. 22 in the Sky Room. Attendees had the opportunity to connect with employers for full-time and paid positions.

Orchestra Concert
The Orchestra of the Incarnate Word along with Terence Frazor, director and conductor, will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F, op. 93 and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 in G, op. 88 from 8-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 in Our Lady’s Chapel. For more information, contact the UIW Music Department at 210-829-3855 or

Writing a Literature Review
Dr. Noah Kasraie will present, “Writing a Literature Review,” for all UIW graduate students, from 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   

The Four-Year Career Plan
Students are invited to The Four-Year Career Plan from 3-3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27 in the Library Auditorium. The 30-minute presentation will share which career-related tasks and activities students should be completing each academic year. 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

Concert at the Cove – Fundraiser for Wounded Warriors
The UIW Jazz Ensemble will perform for a “Fundraiser for Wounded Warriors,” from 8-10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29 at The Cove Restaurant, located at 606 W. Cypress. The concert will feature a special guest appearance by Richie Cole’s Alto Madness Orchestra. Suggested donation is $5. For more information, contact Jim Waller at 210-445-0412 or

Dealing with Stress and Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle
Stress is a body’s physiological response to the daily demands place on oneself. Although stress may not be avoidable, it is manageable. This program discusses the different types of stress and provides positive coping strategies for leading a healthy lifestyle. Join the Graduate Support Center for “Dealing with Stress and Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle,” from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29 and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 3, in Mabee Library Special Collections. For more information, contact Dr. David Ortiz at 210-283-6454 or at

Department News

Destination Allen – schedule and on-campus events
The Lone Star Conference Basketball Tournament is scheduled for Feb. 29 – March 4 in Allen, TX. The top eight seeded teams in the conference received an invite to play in the single-elimination tournament.
Men’s basketball: The men's basketball team has clinched the No. 4 seed in the tournament and will play No. 5 Cameron at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29 in Allen. The game will be webcast in the Student Center Lounge.
Women’s basketball:
With one game to play, the team is currently sitting at No.7 in the standings. If they make the tournament, their first game will take place on Thursday, March 1.
Watch parties:
Athletics and Campus Life have teamed up to host a watch party for the men’s and women’s basketball games when they play in the tournament next week. Additional information will follow once the schedules are finalized.
Team sendoff:
There will be a team sendoff party between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27 at Westgate Circle to wish the teams luck in the tournament.

Special Tailgating and Ticket Price for UIW Departments and Student Groups
The excitement of Cardinal Athletics continues to build in anticipation of the 2012 football season under new Head Coach Larry Kennan. Don’t miss out on this memorable season! Season tickets go on sale for the 2012 football season Thursday, March 1 at A special tailgate package has been created for UIW departments – for $500, you will receive a season pass for tailgating and 20 general admission tickets to each home game. Individually purchased, this package would cost more than $1,400. Additionally, season tickets in the reserved seating section start at $100 for faculty and staff. For more information, contact Rick Smith at 210-283-6448 or

“Where in the World Is Compassion? Creating Ongoing Relationships for the Common Good”
The Texas Pax Christi 2012 State Conference will host the interfaith forum "Where in the World Is Compassion? Creating Ongoing Relationships for the Common Good.” Dr. John Esposito of Georgetown University and Dr. Ali Asani of Harvard University, along with a panel of Muslims of diverse groups will share on compassion at a dinner from 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 23 in Marian Ballroom. RSVP for the free dinner at or 210-367-2042. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24, Esposito, Asani, and representatives of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, will share their thoughts and ideas on compassion and creating relationships for the common good. Pre-registration is required for the events on Saturday, March 24. Cost to attend is $20 and $10 for students. To register, contact Karen Ball at or 210-764-1267. For more information, visit

Extended Academic Programs

EAP Attends Conference at Texas A&M
David Stein, EAP director of accreditation and assessment, attended the 12th Annual Assessment Conference at Texas A&M-College Station. Dr. Glenn James, dean of the School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering, and Robin Logan, director of Institutional Research were also at the conference.

Community News

UIW will present the 2012 Cutting Edge Fiesta® Fashion Show Monday, April 23 at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel located at 101 Bowie Street. Registration and silent auction begin at 10 a.m. followed by the fashion show at 11:30 a.m. Tables are still available at $1,000, and $750, and individual tickets are available for $75. Raffle tickets are also available for $100 each. Only 250 tickets will be sold and the ticket holder need not be present to win. The winners will win one of three prizes: a $5,000 pendant and earring set donated by Dennis Jewelry Co., a trip for two with first-class airfare, to New York City donated by Corporate Travel Planners with a retail value of $7,000 or cocktail ring donated by Neiman Marcus valued over $11,000. For information or to make reservations, call 210-829-6013. All proceeds fund scholarships for students in UIW’s fashion management program. 

Sodexo served up a festive Fat Tuesday Buffet in Marian Hall Feb. 21. Students, faculty, and staff enjoyed Louisiana gumbo, a shrimp and crawfish boil and more.

The UIW Student Nurses Association (SNA) won the Texas Nursing Students’ Association (TNSA) Chapter of the Year and “Breakthrough to Nursing” award at the state convention held Friday, Feb. 17. Michael Moon, instructor in the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions, won “TNSA Faculty of the Year,” and Casey Escamilla won “TNSA Student of the Year.” A total of 12 SNA members will represent UIW as delegates as the state convention.

Deadline Today to Sign Up for Meet the Mission: Spring Break Edition
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

Volunteers Needed for Swing-In Auction Party and Golf Tournament
Faculty, staff and administrators are invited to volunteer for the 35th Annual Swing-In Carnival event. Volunteers can either help Thursday, May 3 for the auction party and Friday, May 4 for the golf tournament. Available shifts include 5-8 p.m. or 7:30-10:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, or from 5:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or Noon to 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 4. Deadline to sign-up is Monday, April 16. To volunteer or for more information visit or, contact Liz Valerio at or 210-832-2127.

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

Melissa Sayre, judicial educator for campus life, and member of the UIW Behavior Intervention Team, helped present “Troublesome Student? Who Should You Call?” to faculty members on Monday, Feb. 20. The session identified various sources of assistance for faculty members dealing with troublesome student behavior.

Nominations Due Today for Presidential Teaching Award
Nominations will be accepted through today 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

Undergraduate Faculty Survey
The Learning Assistance Center is re-evaluating tutoring services for our students. To help us with this goal, all UIW undergraduate faculty are invited to complete a survey of student writing needs. The survey was sent by e-mail on Monday, Feb. 20, and responses are due by Friday, March 2. For more information, contact Cristina Ariza at or 210-283-5020.

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

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 “Salsa & Scholarships” on Sunday, March 25. Mass 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 visit or to assist with the event, contact Joyce Horner at 210-832-2143,

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at


Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • The family of Sr. Mary Kenneth Andreotti, RSM (BS ’64), and the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy, on her recent death.

  • Mary Harvey & family on the recent loss of her husband, Col. (ret.) John James Harvey, Jr. (BSN ’73).

  • Vernon Martens & family on the recent loss of his wife, Rose Marie Herrera Martens (BSN ’58).

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