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

Photo of the Week

UIW President Dr. Louis Agnese; Dr. Alison Whittemore, chair of the department of engineering and physics; and Daniel Potter, project manager, cut the ribbon at the grand opening celebration of UIW’s Solar House held Tuesday, April 24.


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


Sr. Helena Monahan, chancellor, was presented with the William Mulcahy Award for Ecological Stewardship at the UIW Earth Day celebration held Monday, April 23 in front of Marian Hall. Pictured (L-R) Sr. Helena and Adela Gott, 2011 award recipient.

The UIW Department of Government and International Affairs hosted a presentation by Army South CO, Major General Simeon Trombitas Monday, April 23 in Mabee Library Auditorium.

Dr. Jo LeCoeur, professor in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, presented the 2012 Sr. Margaret Patrice Slattery Lecture, “Gratitude for the Genuine Voice,” Wednesday, April 25 in Mabee Library Special Collections.

St. Mary’s Fiesta Jazz Festival
The UIW Jazz Ensemble will perform at the St. Mary’s 50th Annual Fiesta Jazz Festival from 5-6 p.m. Friday, April 27 at Pecan Grove at St. Mary’s. For more information, contact Jim Waller at 210-445-0412 or

“Fiction,” by Steven Dietz
The UIW Department of Theatre Arts will present, “Fiction,” by Steven Dietz. The production is a scintillating mixture of comedy and drama that takes guests for an exciting ride. The show will be featured at 8 p.m. April 27-28 at Cheever Downstage II Theatre. Cost to attend is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for non-UIW students, and $6 for groups of 10 or more. UIW students, faculty and staff are admitted for free. For more information, contact

School of Nursing 2012 Honors Convocation
The ceremony for the 2012 Honors Convocation for the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions will be held from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, April 29 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Additional information can be provided by the School of Nursing.

Spring Concert
The Cardinal Chorale and Cardinal Singers, directed by William Gokelman, will present their Spring Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29 in Our Lady’s Chapel. For more information, contact the Music Department at 210-829-3855 or

Dissertation Defense – Malok Malok
Malok Malok will defend his dissertation titled, “The Relationship between Leadership Style and Motivation among Faculty Members in Two Public Universities in the Republic of South Sudan,” from 9-11:30 a.m. Monday, April 30 in JB 106. Dissertation chair is Dr. Judy Beauford. For more information, contact Jeanette Curby at 210-829-2758 or

TRiO Student Support Services Awards Ceremony
TRiO will host their first annual awards ceremony from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 2 in Marian Ballroom. The ceremony is to celebrate TRiO fall and spring graduates, summer bridge participants, grant aid recipients, living learning students, and mentors. The TRiO Student Support Services Project is a federally funded grant program supporting first generation, low income students, and students with disabilities. For more information contact Kara Mowrey at 210-805-5812 or

35th Annual Swing-In Carnival
Get your samba on and bring your mask to the 35th Annual Swing-In 2012 Carnival. The auction party will kick-off the two day event beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. The golf tournament will feature two tee times at 7:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. on Friday, May 4 at the Republic Golf Club. Thanks to the generous support of donors, the 2011 Swing-In event raised nearly $3 million dollars for student scholarships. To register or for more information, contact the UIW Development Office at 210-829-6013 or visit

Mexico 2012: The Presidential Election Dilemmas
The World Affairs Council and UIW International Affairs will host Raul Rodriguez as he presents, “Mexico 2012: The Presidential Election Dilemmas,” from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 3 in the ICC Auditorium. For more information, contact Barbara Schneider at

Accessorize Your Eyes! – Trunk Show
Join the UIW Eye Institute as they feature the Marchon Collection of designer eyewear from 2-7 p.m. Thursday, May 10 at the Eye Institute Optical. Marchon is the parent company of Calvin Klein, Diane Von Furstenberg, Fendi, Salvatore Ferragamo, Lacoste, Michael Kors and more. Guests will also enjoy refreshments and door prizes. Visit the Eye Institute Facebook page to view the 2012 eyewear catalogs. For more information, contact Homer Martinez at 210-283-6800 or

Friendship Garden Dedication
UIW President Dr. Louis Agnese invites the university community to the dedication of the Friendship Garden at 11:15 a.m. Friday, May 11 at the oak tree adjacent to the Agnese/Sosa Building. The dedication is sponsored by Barbara and Alan Dreeben in honor of their lifetime friends Tena Gorman, Peggy Lewis, and Ruth Eilene Sullivan.

Purchase Tickets for “Vegas Night”
Vegas-style gaming comes to UIW from 7-11 p.m. Friday, May 11 at the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room, as UIW Athletics hosts their annual Vegas Night fundraiser. Come enjoy food, beverages, gaming, and fun with other UIW alumni, friends, families, and supporters. Tickets are $50 and include all food, beverages, and gaming. Each ticket is entered into a drawing for great prizes. Tickets are limited and the event sells out every year, so buy your tickets today! For more information, or to purchase your tickets, contact Rick Smith, external business manager, at or 210-283-6448.

“Taller de Lecturas sobre el México Contemporáneo”
The Asociación Empresarios Mexicanos (AEM) and UIW International Affairs will host a workshop featuring Raúl Rodríguez Barocio as he presents, “Taller de Lecturas sobre el México Contemporáneo,” from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 24 in the ICC Auditorium. Barocio will discuss the following books: “Mañana o pasado,” by Jorge Castañeda; “Transición,” by Carmen Aristegui; “El país de uno,” by Denise Dresser; and “Por eso estamos como estamos,” by Carlos Elizondo Mayer-Serra. Please note: due to the co-sponsorship with the AEM and their membership, the workshop will take place in Spanish. For more information, contact Patricia Alanis at or 210-546-2144.

Department News

Danny Heep Earns 500th Career Victory
Congratulations to Danny Heep, head baseball coach, who earned his 500th career victory as the UIW baseball coach over the weekend. He has been at UIW since 1992 and has been the head coach for the past 15 years.

Summer Camps at UIW
The UIW Athletics Department is proud to host several summer camps for children of all ages. Summer camp programs include football, soccer, softball, tennis, cross country, track, basketball, and baseball. Several of the camps offer discounts for employees. For more information or registration details, visit: 2012 UIW Summer Camps Information.

Extended Academic Programs


Community News

UIW in the News

Memo from UIW Comptroller for Year-End Procedures
In order to close out the 2011/2012 fiscal year, cooperation is needed in areas related to the unrestricted operating budget. Please click the following link for year-end procedures: Year End Procedures Memo.

Volunteers Needed to Create Commencement Decorations
The Office of the Registrar is seeking volunteers to help create 100-150 tissue paper flowers to decorate Freeman Coliseum for spring commencement. Volunteers will gather at 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 27 in JB 126 and will finish by noon. No experience necessary. Refreshments will be served and guests are invited to bring their own favorite treat as well. For more information, contact Dr. Bobbye Fry at 210-829-6006 or

Eucharistic Ministers for Baccalaureate May 6, 2012
University Mission and Ministry (UMM) invites those who are Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) or those interested in being EMHCs to join us in serving our graduating class and their families at the spring Baccalaureate Mass.This year, UMM will need 25-30 EMHCs. The Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 6 at the Joe Freeman Coliseum.Arrangements will be made for transportation.Training will be provided for those who have not served at EMHCs. For more information or to volunteer, contact Beth Villarreal at 210-829-2736 or by Friday, April 27.

RSVP for Sometime Singers-Players
The Sometime Singers & Players (SS/P) are an ensemble of the UIW Music Ministry comprised of faculty, staff, administrators and students (vocalists and instrumentalists) who cannot participate in weekly rehearsals and services, but who serve when possible at liturgical prayer throughout the school year.  The commitment to participate at an event and its corresponding rehearsals is made only when you RSVP to an event invitation by the RSVP date. Currently, we are seeking musicians to minister at the Spring Baccalaureate Mass scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 6 at Freeman Coliseum. Please attend two of the three rehearsals: 

  • Tuesday, May 1 (vocalists)
  • Wednesday, May 2 (instrumentalists)
  • Thursday, May 3 (vocalists and instrumentalists)

All rehearsals are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. RSVP by Friday, April 27. For questions about the rehearsal schedule, contact 210-832-3207.To RSVP for this event, or to have your name placed on the SS/P e-mail list for future events, contact Lena Gokelman at or at Ext. 3207, or contact Dr. Glenn James at or Ext. 2717.

Faculty Focus

Dr. Sally Said Appointed as “Moody Professor”
Congratulations to Dr. Sally Said, professor of Spanish, on her appointment as Moody Professor for 2012-2013. Selection of the Moody Professor is based upon the recommendation of the Faculty Senate, the academic deans, and the provost in recognition of scholarship, teaching excellence and community service.As Moody Professor, Dr. Said will present two public lectures on a topic of her choice, one at UIW and one at Our Lady of the Lake University. In addition, Dr. Said will serve as the speaker for the Dec. 2012 commencement ceremonies.

Sr. Martha Ann Invited to Assist in Documentary
Sr. Martha Ann Kirk has been invited to assist Terry Spencer Hesser in making a documentary film in northern Iraq. Hesser has won three Emmy awards for her documentaries and would like Sr. Martha Ann to introduce her to the people and places she has been researching the last two summers. Sister will go to Iraq near the end of May. This journey will help in making all of us more aware of our sisters and brothers in Iraq.

New Biology Co-Chairs
Congratulations to Dr. Bonnie McCormick and Dr. Sara Tallarovic who will serve as co-chairs for the growing Department of Biology.We offer our heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Christy MacKinnon, for her five years of dedicated service as the previous department chair.

Dr. Jessica Kimmel Selected as Presidential Teaching Award Recipient of 2012
Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Kimmel, professor of graduate studies, on her selection as the Presidential Teaching Award recipient of 2012. Dr. Kimmel was selected from a noteworthy group of full-time faculty from every college and school including faculty from every stage of their teaching careers.These wonderful educators were nominated in early spring by colleagues, current students and alumni. Dr. Kimmel and the nominees were acknowledged at the Faculty Appreciation Luncheon held Friday, March 30 in the Convocation Center. Former recipients of the Presidential Teaching Award include Dr. Roger Barnes, sociology (2005); William Gokelman, music (2006); Dr. Neeta Singh, nutrition (2007); Dr. William Carleton, human performance (2008);Theresa Tiggeman, accounting (2009); Dr. Paul Lewis, philosophy (2010), and Dr. Lydia Andrade, political science (2011).

Provost’s Legacy Teaching Award Recipients
Congratulations to the recipients of the Provost’s Legacy Teaching Award who have been recognized for their commitment within their first five years at UIW to keeping alive the rich tradition of teaching excellence that characterizes UIW.Recipients include Dr. Tanja Stampfl, CHASS; Dr. Helmut Gottlieb, FSOP; Dr. Osman Özturgut, DSE; and Dr. Veronica Acosta, SMSE. Former Provost’s Legacy Award recipients include Dr. Sherry Herbers, DSE; Dr. Lila LaGrange, FSOP; and Dr. Michael Frye, SMSE; Dr. Stefanie Boswell, CHASS; Dr. Stephanie Grote-Garcia, DSE; Dr. Jason Cota, FSOP; and Dr. Timothy Milinovich, CHASS.

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Football Summer Camp
UIW Football will be hosting “Rising Star Camp” and “Youth Camp” this summer. The Rising Star Camp is for juniors and seniors in high school where speed, agility, and position-specific drills will be taught by UIW coaches. The one-day Rising Star Camps will be held from noon to 4 p.m. June 20 and July 11, and cost $40. Youth Camp is for children in grades 4–8 and will teach fundamentals and 7-on-7 drills. The cost is $125 before May 31, and a 20% discount is given to UIW employees. The camp is from 9 a.m. to noon June 4–7. For more information, contact Coach Tony Marciano at 210-805-3096 or

Register for 2012 UIW Cardinal Basketball Camp
Kids ages six to 16 are invited to attend the 2012 UIW Cardinal Basketball Camp to improve skills through individual instruction, drills, lectures, and games. The two-week camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 25 through Thursday, June 28, and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, June 29. The second week of camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 2 through Friday, July 6 (please note: there will be no camp scheduled for Wednesday, July 4).Cost to attend is $175 the first week all-day or $150 half-day; and $165 the second week all-day or $140 half-day. UIW faculty and staff receive 20 percent off cost. For more information, contact Brian Curtis, assistant men’s basketball coach, at 210-283-5052 or

San Antonio Sports Corporate Cup

The UIW Athletics Department has partnered with San Antonio Sports to host their inaugural Sports Corporate Cup, a city-wide event open to businesses of all sizes and aimed at helping company’s team-build and network, while providing an atmosphere of friendly competition. The event will take place Saturday, June 2 on the UIW campus. Faculty, staff, and administrators are invited to participate and will have the opportunity to compete in 13 different events, and mix-and-mingle throughout the day at the tailgate. To be part of the team, either as a team member or to help manage the tailgate/tent area, email Rick Smith at

Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • The family of Margaret C. Donoghue (BSN ’54) on her recent death.

  • Mary Emma Knapp (B. of Music ’38) & family on the recent loss of her sister, Rosemary F. Dyess.

  • Yolanda & Rudy Garza on the recent loss of their son and Madeline Rose Garza-Gonzalez on the recent loss of her father, David Joseph Gonzalez (BBA ’00).

  • Florence & Louis Mosel & family on the recent loss of his sister, Mary Regina Mosel (IWHS ’51).

  • Dr. Bernadette O’Connor (UIW Philosophy Faculty; IWHS ’61; BA ’66) on the recent loss of her sister, Mary Lou O’Connor Okruhlik.

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