The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: October 12, 2012

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Sr Martha Ann Honoree 40 years
President Dr. Louis Agnese and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees Charles D. Lutz, III present Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, professor of religious studies, with a certificate of recognition for 40 years of service at the 19th annual Heritage Day Recognition Ceremony on Oct. 10. The University recognized full-time employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service. Following the ceremony, a reception was held for honorees on the lawn of the Brackenridge Villa. 

Dr Connelly 40 Years Service
Dr. Agnese and Charles Lutz, III present a certificate of recogintion to Dr. Robert J. Connelly, asistant director of assessment, for 40 years of service at the Heritage Day Employee Recognition Ceremony.  


Our Lady’s Chapel Services

Friday Mass Cancelation
Mass on Friday, Oct. 12 at noon in Our Lady’s Chapel will be cancelled. The regular schedule for daily Mass will resume Monday, Oct. 15, noon. For more info, please contact University Mission and Ministry at (210) 829-3128 or

All are welcome.

  • Noon Mass, Monday – Thursday. Less than 30 minutes
  • Spanish Mass at noon on Fridays
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.
  • Liturgy of the Hours evening prayer at 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation - 11:30 a.m. Fridays or by appointment

UIW Recalls Its Heritage and Mission
Friday, Oct. 12: The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and the University of the Incarnate Word value the Catholic tradition which proclaims the spirit of community that calls us, as members of the Body of Christ, to respond to one another's needs, a tradition which counts on God's presence among us, attested by Christ's resurrection, giving us the strength and the courage to meet life's difficulties.

Pope Benedict XVI proclaims a Year of Faith
Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed a Year of Faith beginning on Oct. 11, 2012. The whole Catholic Church throughout the world and in the University of the Incarnate Word is invited to respond to God's call to faith in Jesus Christ. See the following link for details:

Sunday Mass
The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word invite the public to Mass in The Chapel of the Incarnate Word the second Sunday of each month. The first Mass will take place on Sunday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m.-noon. For more information, contact Jose Ruben Deleon (210) 828-2224 or


Blessing of the Animals
Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, professor of religious studies, blesses pets during the Blessing of the Animals on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi at the UIW Grotto on Oct. 4.

Chapel Tour  
Sr. Eilish Ryan, CCVI, professor and pastoral institute director, guides members of the UIW community on a tour of Our Lady’s Chapel on Oct. 8. The tour was one of several tours of historic facilities on campus in honor of Heritage Week at the university.

CCVI Cemetery
Itz Casanova, administrative assistant to the provost, presents the Reading of Bishop Duibuis’ Letter during the CCVI cemetery service in celebration of Incarnate Word Heritage Day on Oct. 10. Students from St. Anthony Catholic School and St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Elementary School sang the Hymn to the Incarnate Word. Rev. Trevor Alexander, director of ecumenical initiatives, placed flowers on the gravesites of Sr. Madeleine and Sr. Pierre, co-founders of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.  

The Last Five Years
The UIW Department of Theatre Arts invites you to “The Last Five Years,” an emotionally powerful and intimate musical about a man and a woman who fall in and out of love with each other over the course of five years, on Oct. 12, 13 at 8 p.m. (Fridays & Saturdays) and Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. (Sunday). All performances will take place at Cheever Downstage II Theatre on the UIW campus. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for non-UIW students, $6 for groups (10 or more) and UIW students, faculty and staff may attend free of charge by presenting their valid ID. For more info, contact Chrissie Young at (210) 829-3800 or For more details and upcoming productions, visit

Iraqi Women of Three Generations: Challenges, Education, and Hopes for Peace
“Iraqi Women of Three Generations": Challenges, Education, and Hopes for Peace,”an Exhibit of Images and Stories by Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, Th.D. and Sr. Patricia Madigan, Ph.D.will be on display, Oct. 11-31, Weekdays, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Hall. Oct. 12: 6 p.m., Gallery Talk and a Discussion with Dr. Jessica Kimmel’s Gender class; Oct. 16, 9 a.m., Gallery Talk and a Discussion with Dr.Tanja Stampfl’s Literary Theory class; and Oct. 22, 3-4:15 pm., Gallery Talk considering Muslims inspired by Fethullah Gülen as peace builders. For more information, see

Life Portraits: Works by Vikki Fields
Vikki Fields, 1971 art alumna, sees paintings as floral portraits. Flowers have presence and personality; they demand the same attention and time that a fine portrait requires. Flowers gestate, grow, bloom, move and wilt as humans do. The exhibit will be on display Oct. 12-Nov. 9; Opening Reception, Friday, Oct. 12, 6-7:30 p.m., Semmes Gallery/Dougherty Fine Arts Center/1st Floor (Gallery hours: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday). For more info, contact the UIW Art Department at (210) 829-3855 or

Heritage BBQ
Pictured (L-R) Mary Gaytan, payroll specialist, Marcos Recio, assistant payroll manager, Grace de Jesus, payroll secretary, and Michelle Turney, payroll specialist, enjoy the Heritage Day BBQ, hosted by Sodexo, on Dubuis Lawn on Oct. 10.

HD Mass
Sr. Eilish Ryan, CCVI, professor and pastoral institute director, sings with members of University Mission and Ministry’s Music Ministry Laudate and Jubilate Choirs during Mass at Our Lady’s Chapel in celebration of Heritage Day on Oct. 10.

Professionalism Ceremony
The Professionalism Ceremony for the University of the Incarnate Word School of Physical Therapy Inaugural Class of 2015 will take place on Friday, Oct. 12, 6:30-9 p.m. at Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, 7575 Tezel Road, with reception to follow at School of Physical Therapy, 9160 Guilbeau Road. For more info, contact Elaine Olson at (210) 283-6477 or

Light the Way™ Display Board Contest
Don’t miss the annual Light the Way™ Display Board Contest being held on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 9 a.m. onDubuis Lawn. For information, contact Kayla Rice,PR special events coordinator, at krice@uiwtx.eduor (210) 829-6001.

Invisible Children: MOVE
Move to action and join University Events and Student Programs/Residence Life and the Invisible Children Southwest roadie team on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7:30-10 p.m., Dubuis Lawn, as they screen Invisible Children's newest documentary, “MOVE.” A survivor of the longest running war in Central Africa will also be speaking of how the injustice has affected her life and the life of her family. This experience will be a unique and special human to human connection. For more info, please contact Caroline Garcia at (210) 420-1564 or

Play Day for Peace
The Dreeben School of Education’s Creative Play and Play Environments Class will host its annual play day in conjunction with Peace Month on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 9-10:45 a.m., Dubuis Lawn. Children from our partner schools will participate in some 25 outdoor learning play spaces provided by the education students. Play is seen as the opposite of violence as well as providing essential benefits to the child.  The United Nations Rights of the child calls for all children to have the right to play. For information, contact Dr. Mary Ruth Moore at (210) 283-5038 or

UIW Alumni Homecoming
Register for Homecoming 2012 (Oct. 21-28) and bring your friends and family. There are fun events for everyone. Make sure to register for UIW Homecoming at For more info, contact Steve Hemphill at (210) 805-3595 or

Art Sale Preview
The Third Annual Arts and Music Festival will be held on Oct. 25.  Three stages will showcase musicians, actors, poets, and artists. An art sale will be held in the Mabee Library Foyer as part of the festival. You can preview the art that will be for sale in the Mabee Library from now up until the sale on Oct. 25. For more info, contact Christina Link at (210) 832-2171 or

UIW Alumni Employee Luncheon
Join other UIW alumni employees for our annual appreciation luncheon here at the Brackenridge Villa on Thursday, Oct. 25, noon-1:30 p.m.  Lunch is free, but you must RSVP at For more info, contact Steve Hemphill at (210) 805-3595 or

Department News

Librarians on Location
Librarians, library staff and IT staff will be visiting designated UIW locations throughout the months of September and October as part of Librarians on Location. Locations they will be visiting soon include:

  • Friday, Oct. 12, Bonilla Science Hall (lobby), 10 a.m.-noon
  • Tuesday, Oct. 16, Gorman Building (lobby), 4-6 p.m.

For more information, please contact Leticia Martinez at (210) 832-2119 or Please check the UIW calendar for more dates, times and locations at

Fall IT Training
During Fall Break, (Oct. 17, 18, and 19), the Department of Instructional Technology is offering faculty and staff three opportunities to learn how to be more productive with their iPad.

iPad Users Group meeting - Friday Oct. 19, noon-1 p.m., Special Collections

  • Trece Witte, Higher Ed Account Executive with Apple, will be on hand to demonstrate iBooks Author; an amazing software application that allows anyone to create beautiful Multi-Touch textbooks - and just about any other kind of book - for iPad.

Technology 4 Lunch – Wednesday, Oct. 17, noon-1 p.m., room G16:

  • Ana Gonzalez will demonstrate iAnnotate, an excellent, full-featured app for marking-up or making notations on PDF files on your iPad. Attendees will receive a $10.00 iTunes card. *Space is limited so register soon!

The Fall iPad Palooza - Thursday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m.-noon, Nursing conference room 142:

  • Jessica Palacios-Martinez, Kenneth Rogers, and Terry Peak will be on hand to demonstrate several popular apps including: the New Blackboard Collaborate app, DropBox, Cloud On, Evernote, Prezi, and a host of new Keyboard and screen gesture tips and tricks. Lunch will be served.

Register today, as space is limited for all three events. Send an email to Terry Peak at to register.

Child and Adolescent Research Lab Recruitment
The Child and Adolescent Research Laboratory (CARL), a component of the Dept. of Psychology at UIW, conducts research on the development of infants, children and adolescents. Currently, we are investigating how infants perceive, become familiar with, and come to prefer the characteristics of human faces and certain social behavior. The results of this research will have important implications for understanding how infants process social information. Our testing procedures are safe and uncomplicated. The session lasts between 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the particular study and infant comfort. You are always with your baby and you may ask to stop the session at any time. If you have a child of any age, you are invited to join our recruitment list by contacting us at (210) 832-3201 or

Extended Academic Programs

EAP Vince
Vincent Porter,dean of the School of Extended Studies, Cyndi Porter, vice president of Extended Academic Programs, and Ruby Herrera, administrative assistant to the vice president of Extended Academic Programs, attend the EAP Tailgate Party and Cardinal game on Oct. 6. Over 100 EAP students, faculty and staff attended the event.

EAP Counselor
Michael Becerra, EAP admissions counselor, (far right) and his family attend the EAP Tailgate Party and Cardinal game.

Community News

U Driver Seat
Marveen Mahon, director of health services, joins students at a press conference at Texas A&M University-San Antonio on Sept. 27 announcing a collaborative program, “U in the Driver Seat.” Texas A&M-San Antonio & UIW have launched the peer-based program to raise awareness of impaired driving among college-age drivers.

Nurse Vaccine
On Oct. 6, UIW Student Nurses' Association volunteers, SAC student nurses and UIW Feik School of Pharmacy students collaborated to administer 491 flu vaccines as they participated inthe San Fernando Cathedral Community Health Fair.

Water Shut-off at Main Campus
The Fine Arts and Auditorium will remain without water on Friday. On Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon, the water will be shut off for repairs at the: Fine Arts, Auditorium, Bonilla Science, AT&T Science, Library, Joyce, Generalate, Chapel, Administration, Colbert Hall and Dubuis Hall. Repairs will continue at that point for about 4 hours until 4 p.m. for: Fine Arts, Auditorium, AT&T Science, Bonilla Science and Library. We are sorry for the inconvenience. For more info, contact Facilities Management at (210) 829-6023 or 

Thinking of You: Take a Break @ Fall Break
Sr. Walter Maher, vice president for University Mission and Ministry, invites all new and current administrative staff to attend a fall retreat on Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Oblate Renewal Center, Mission Room. Please RSVP at (210) 823-3128/ or

Professional Writing Tutors Needed
The Writing and Learning Center is accepting applications for part-time professional writing tutors. For more information or to apply, visit the UIW Human Resources website at

Fundamentals of a Successful Business Plan Workshop
This workshop is the first of two workshops that the H-E-B School of Business and Administration and the UTSA Small Business Development Center are offering for UIW and the community. In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamentals of a business plan, which will give our students the tools to write effective business plans. The workshop will be Friday, Oct. 12, 3-5 p.m., Gorman Building, Room 209. For more information or to RSVP, contact Dr. Scott D. Roberts at (210) 832-2141 or

Writing a Literature Review
Once you have collected the appropriate research articles and books, the next step is writing the literature review. Graduate Support Center presents “Writing a Literature Review” on Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Mabee Library Special Collections Room.  This workshop is designed to help understand the purpose, structure and process of composing a literature review. For more information, contact Dr. David Ortiz at (210) 283-6454 or

Intro to Qualitative Research Methods
Dr. Audrone Skukauskait presents a workshop on Monday, Oct. 15, 6-8 p.m. & Saturday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Library Auditorium. The workshop explores the use of qualitative methods to achieve understanding of human behavior by investigating the why and how of decision making rather than just the what, where and when. For more info, contact Dr. David Ortiz at (210) 283-6454 or

Library Workshop - Finding the Evidence:  Locating Evidence-Based Healthcare Research
This open class is for faculty, students and staff on Tuesday, Oct. 16, noon-1:30 p.m. in MabeeLibrary, Room 221. It is designed to help you learn which healthcare databases have evidence-based information that can be crucial to your research.  Additional 2012 Library Workshops can be found through the GET TRAINING link on the library's webpage ( or by clicking on the Library Workshops Link ( The UIW community is invited to attend, but seating is limited. For more info, contact Dell Davis at (210) 829-6054 or

Announcing - New Doctorate in Business Administration program
The University of the Incarnate Word invites prospective doctoral students and guests to visit with us and discover all that UIW has to offer at a Wine and Cheese Reception on Thursday, Oct. 25, 6:30-8 p.m., ICC Ballroom. You will have the opportunity to talk with faculty and staff about our new Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) program pending accreditation. In keeping with its commitment to educational excellence the School of Graduate Studies at UIW offers high quality degrees in a number of disciplines. For more information, visit UIW's Graduate Admissions website at For general admissions, contact UIW Admissions at 1-800-749-WORD or (210) 829-6005. Please RSVP to Dr. Andrea Cyterski-Acosta, dean of enrollment, at

Chigiri-e is a Japanese art form in which the primary technique uses colored paper that is torn to create images, and may resemble a watercolor painting. The technique dates from the Heian period of Japanese history when it was often used in conjunction with calligraphy. Handmade paper is essential for the creation of chigiri-e images. The workshop will be held at the ICC, 1st Floor, L2 Business Center, Wednesday, Oct. 24. There will be two sessions: 5:30-6:15 p.m. and 6:30-7:15 p.m. The cost is $3 for materials. Participants will create their own picture. The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, Oct. 16. To sign up, please contact (210) 805-5820.

Shoe Drive
During the month of October, the UIW Eye Institute will be hosting a Shoe Drive benefiting A Walk in My Shoes. Your donation of a pair of new or gently used shoes will go to help those in need and be good for a discount in the UIW Eye Institute Optical (Discount: One pair of shoes = 10 percent off total purchase (up to 40 percent or 4 pairs of shoes), excludes “Modern” frame line, maximum contact lens discount of 20 percent). If you can’t donate, then LIKE our Facebook pages.  At the end of October, the total number of “Likes” for each page ( & will be added together and UIW Eye Institute will make a monetary donation in that amount to A Walk in My Shoes, so that brand new shoes may be purchased for upcoming holiday donations. For more information, contact Nathan McCarthy at (210) 283-6836 or

Faculty Focus

Dr Burr Award
Dr. Pat Lemay Burr, professor and distiguished chair of international business, and Sr. Kathleen Coughlin, CCVI, vice president of institutional advancement, display Burr’s 2012 Women’s Leadership Award for Public Service/Education. She was awarded the accolade by the San Antonio Business Journal at a special awards luncheon on Oct. 5. The award recognizes women who have achieved success while serving as an elected official, governmental employee or educator.

Faculty & staff photo shoot scheduled
A make-up session has been set for UIW faculty and staff wishing to update their official UIW headshot who were unable to attend the first session in August. A photographer will be available 9 a.m.- noon on Friday, Oct.12 in Room 249 of the Mabee Library.This will be the last opportunity to take a professional photo for university use until next August. No appointments are necessary, photos will be taken on a first come, first served basis until noon. For more information contact the PR Office at (210) 829-6001.

Update to Adjunct Faculty Contact List for The Word Today
Public Relations has updated the adjunct faculty contact list for The Word Today daily newsletter. If you are receiving double emails of The Word Today newsletters, please notify the Public Relations Department at (210) 829-6001 or in order for us to adjust the contact list so that you only receive one emailed newsletter per day. We apologize for any inconvenience.  

Call for papers - Verbum Incarnatum
Faculty is invited to submit a paper for Verbum Incarnatum: An Academic Journal of Social Justice published UIW.The theme for this year’s volume is “Social Justice and Peace.”Papers must be submitted by March 1, 2013 and should include an abstract and be approximately 15-25 pages, double spaced. Deadline for final revisions is April 1, 2013. Please submit a hardcopy as well as an electronic version (Word Document) of your article.Submit all papers via email to For more information, contact Rachel Cywinski, managing editor, at or one of the faculty editors, Dr. Roger Barnes at, Dr. Phil Lampe at or Dr. Julie Miller at

Research Week – Call for Abstract Submissions
The School of Graduate Studies and Research’s Office of Research Development invites all UIW researchers and scholars to submit poster abstracts describing their projects as part of the 6th Annual UIW Research Week, Feb. 25-March 1, 2013. Faculty and students are encouraged to submit abstracts describing 1) research projects in progress that describe preliminary results, 2) completed projects, and/or 3) projects presented elsewhere over the last academic year. Undergraduate and graduate student research projects are welcome.Student abstracts should be accompanied by faculty mentor endorsement. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 16, 2012 at noon. For information regarding submission, deadlines, or Research Week activities, please contact the Office of Research Development at (210) 805-3036 or

High Schools

IWHS Service Day
BJ Nelson, IWHS principal, shares a photo with San Antonio Food Bank representatives and IWHS faculty and sophomore students during Service Day on Oct. 11. San Antonio Food Bank brought eight tons of canned food for the students to label before distribution. Federal regulations require foods to be labeled prior to distributing to those in need.          

IWHS in the News

6th Annual Shamrock Classic Just Around the Corner
Don’t miss the 6th Annual IWHS Shamrock Classic golf tournament, Saturday, Oct. 20 at Canyon Springs Golf Club, (24405 Wilderness Oak).  Cost is $150 per person or $600 per team. For more information contact April Fricke, at (210) 829-3122 or 

SACHS Open House
St. Anthony Catholic High School will host its fall Open House on Sunday, Nov. 11, noon-3 p.m. on the St. Anthony’s Campus. For more information, contact Alejandro Calderon at (210) 832-5632 or

IWHS Open House
IWHS will host its Open House on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2-4:30 p.m. All future Shamrocks and their families are welcome to attend. Please join us as we showcase our outstanding academic programs, education opportunities, athletics and extracurricular activities. Tour our school and meet IWHS faculty and staff.   For more information, contact Annette Zahirniak, IWHS director of enrollment at (210) 829-3123 or

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Headwaters Volunteer Workday
The Headwaters Coalition is hosting a Volunteer Work Day in the Headwaters Sanctuary on Saturday, Oct. 13, 8-11 a.m. Come prepared to learn about the Sanctuary and for work in the woods: long pants, long sleeves and closed-toe shoes. Headwaters volunteers are eligible for off-campus community service hours. Plus, getting involved in the Headwaters project is a great way to expand your horizons and get to know more intimately this place we call “home” here at Incarnate Word. We’ll meet at the main trailhead behind the baseball fields. For more information, contact Helen Ballew at (210) 825-2224 or

Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • Dr. Richard McCracken, UIW Prospect Researcher/Alumni Dean Emeritus (HON ’05) & family on the recent loss of his brother, Alfred P. McCracken.
  • Her family and the Sisters of the Incarnate Word & Blessed Sacrament on the recent loss of Sr. M. Hilda Meismer, IWBS (BA ’59).
  • Fred & Greg Mengden & their families on the recent loss of their mother, Mary Louis Morris Mengden (IWHS ’38, BS ’41).

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