The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: November 16, 2012

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UIW Rock’n Red Birds won 1st Place in the Rock 'n’ Roll Marathon’s “Get Fit Challenge” under the Corporate Large category.  The results of the marathon, which took place on Saturday, Nov. 10, were posted in Monday’s Express-News with a featured ad listing the "Get Fit Challenge" winners.


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.
  • 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 Director of Ministry becomes Field Advocate for AFSP
Elisabeth “Beth” Villarreal, director of ministry, has become a Field Advocate for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).AFSP’s Field Advocate Program seeks to inspire others to raise their community’s awareness about suicide and help spread the word that prevention is possible, including working with the AFSP public policy office.For more information or to become involved, please visit the AFSP website at

2012 Light the Way™ Liturgy
The community is invited to share in the UIW's annual Light the Way™ Mass set for 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17 in Our Lady’s Chapel located in the Administration Building on the UIW campus. For more information, contact the UIW Office of Mission & Ministry at (210) 829-3128.

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Prayer Service
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attendan Ecumenical Thanksgiving Prayer Service on Monday, Nov. 19 in Our Lady’s Chapel, 4:30-5:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Brenda Dimas at (210) 829-3128 or


Dr. Louis J. Agnese, Jr., UIW president, speaks during the “Forever First” dinner held in Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center on Friday, Nov. 9. The event commemorated the members of UIW’s first football squad and featured a “Forever First” plaque honoring the team members.

The official 26th Annual Light the Way™ 2012 sandwich board is on display at the campus entrance. Join us for a Miracle on Broadway, an evening of musical entertainment and new surprises. The 2012 “Light the Way” event hosted by UIW is set for 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17 in the Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium located on the UIW campus. This year, we are pleased to present Tejano Superstar Patsy Torres and Jazz Crooner Extraordinaire Ken Slavin in a duet performance not to be missed. The event also features musical entertainment from the UIW Cardinal Chorale, UIW Marching Band and the choirs from Incarnate Word High School, St. Anthony Catholic School and St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Catholic School. The St. Anthony Catholic High School jazz band will also be on hand to entertain the crowd. Following the ceremony, join the candlelight procession through campus to Dubuis Lawn for a reception from our friends at H-E-B. We will also once again collect new, unwrapped toys for the Elf Louise Christmas Project. Look for the drop-off tents at the event. The event is free and open to the public. The campus is open for self-guided tours through January 6, 2013. This annual event is sponsored by UIW and H-E-B. For information, call 210-829-6001 or visit

Special Message from UIW President Dr. Louis Agnese
Dear Friends:

Incarnate Word College faced an uncertain future in 1985. Today, UIW is a financially robust university that will inject more than one billion dollars into the San Antonio economy over the next decade.

How did this happen?

I’m pleased to invite you to “Institutional Transformation: What are the components?”, a special brown bag presentation I’ll make at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Marian Hall.

It’ll cover our transformation from one of the smallest private colleges in Texas in the 1980s into an international center of learning that could become the third largest private university in the state next year.

You’re welcome to bring your lunch. We’ll provide iced tea and dessert.I hope to see you Tuesday.

Best wishes, Lou

UIW Men's Soccer defeats Regis
Men's soccer defeated Regis last night 1-0. UIW will face off against Simon Fraser on Saturday at 8:00 PM CST. Winner heads to the Final Four. Three more wins and the team is NATIONAL CHAMPIONS. Congratulations!

“Insert Title Here”: Senior Capstone Exhibit
Senior Capstone Exhibit: “Insert Title Here,” works by Gabriela Gonzalez, Tiffany Marie Leavelle, Amie Lucio, Macy Magdalyn Perez, and Erik Romero will be on display Nov. 15-Dec. 10 in Semmes Gallery. For more information, contact the UIW Art Department at (210) 829-3855 or

Light the Way - Elf Louise toy drive
Join the UIW community in collecting unwrapped toys for the Elf Louise project. From now until Friday, Nov. 16, drop off your new, unwrapped toys at any of the following locations:

St. Peter’s Elementary
(Cafeteria, Annex, Primary)
UIW AD-Basement Level
UIW Student Center
UIW Library Foyer
Feik School of Pharmacy—2nd Floor
Rosenberg School of Optometry
Wellness Center
School of Physical Therapy (Saidoff Center)

For more information, contact the UIW PR Office at (210) 829-6001. 

UIW International Education Week
Come celebrate diversity and different cultures with 18 different events on campus as part of the 2nd annual UIW International Education Week, a  joint initiative between the U.S. Dept. of Education and the U.S. Dept. of State. For a full list of events visit: For full descriptions of events, please contact

UIW Theatre Department presents Antigone
UIW Theatre Department presents Sophocles’ Antigone in Elizabeth Huth Coates Theatre, Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov.17 at 8 p.m. Cost: $10 adults; $9 seniors; $8 students; $6/person for groups; UIW students, faculty and staff are free with ID. For more information, contact the Theatre Department at (210) 829-3800 or

UIW Art Department presents the 2nd annual Holiday Treasures Arts & Crafts Sale
The UIW Art Department presents their 2nd annual Holiday Treasures Arts & Crafts Sale on Friday, Nov. 16, 6-10 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 17, noon-10 p.m., in the Fine Arts Building. A number of local artisans will be selling unique handmade goods for the holiday season to include: ceramics, jewelry, quilts, and much more. For more information, please contact the UIW Art Department at (210) 829-3855 or    

Sodexo hosts Thanksgiving Buffet
Sodexo invites the UIW community to enjoy a Thanksgiving Buffet on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Marian Hall. Sodexo will be serving: oven roasted turkey with giblet gravy, cornbread stuffing and sausage stuffing, carved rosemary crusted baron of beef, pineapple glazed pit ham, buttered herbed corn, baked green bean casserole, yukon gold mashed potato, jellied cranberry sauce, roasted marshmallow covered sweet yams, and assorted fall harvest desserts. For more information, please contact Rudy Martinez at (210) 832-2149 or

UIW presents A Night of Jazz on Broadway
Join the UIW Music Department and KRTU Radio for "A Night of Jazz on Broadway" featuring Jackie King, the UIW Jazz Ensemble, John Magaldi’s Prime Time Jazz Orchestra, Butch Miles, John Panzarella, and Jim Waller on Thursday, Dec. 6, 7-9 p.m. at UIW Fine Arts Auditorium. Visit for ticket information. Proceeds from this concert go to the UIW Fine Arts Campaign. General Admission is $20. For more information, contact Jim Waller at (210) 829-6066 or

UIW Christmas Party Invitation
Dr. and Mrs. Louis J. Agnese, Jr. invite you to attend a Christmas party for full-time employees (UIW/IWHS/SACHS) and one adult guest (no children) on Sunday, Dec. 9, in the McCombs Center, Sandra and Stanley Rosenberg Sky Room. There will be a reception 6-6:45 p.m. and the seated dinner will begin promptly at 7 p.m. The dance will be from 8-10 p.m.Please reply by Tuesday, December 4, online at you respond, let us know if you have any special dietary restrictions. If you accept that you are coming and do not attend, please be aware that a fee of $35 per person will be assessed to cover the administrative costs. For more information, please contact Lorraine Ewers at

Holiday River Parade
For over 30 years, this spectacular one-hour parade along San Antonio's River Walk has featured illuminated floats with celebrities, bands and lavishly-costumed participants. The parade will take place on the evening of Friday, Nov. 23, 7-10 p.m. The parade goes on RAIN OR SHINE. Children 3 years of age or older will need a ticket. Click HERE for a copy of this year's Parade Program. The parade will include the official UIW Spirit Float and a float, Bud Light/Silver Eagle, donated to UIW by Silver Eagle Distributors. The UIW Spirit Float participants will include: Lorraine Ewers, Employee Campaign winner; Red; the UIW Marching Band; and UIW Cheerleaders. The Bud Light/Silver Eagle float UIW representatives will include: Tracy E. Avery, president-elect of the alumni association; Dr. Annette E. Craven, professor and faculty senate president; Dr. Carlos A. Garcia, dean of the School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering; Dr. John F. Healy, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; Dr. Mary M. Hoke, dean of the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing & Health Professions; and Dr. Caroline Goulet, dean of the School of Physical Therapy.

The President's Spaghetti Dinner! Volunteer Signup
Come & Help us:
•Roll meatballs & silverware on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 2:30-5:30 p.m. in Marian Hall Cafe (wine and cheese served after we work!)
•Serve students on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 4:30-7:30 the Sky Room and YOU eat for FREE!
•Donate dessert - LOTS of Desserts
•Clean up
Please submit the Participation Form and join us in the annual celebration. Thank you in advance for your time and support. This event helps make the Christmas Season a special time for our students and it would not be possible without the cooperation of the entire Incarnate Word Community. Paste this link into your browser to complete the volunteer form. For more information please contact the Campus Life Office: 210-829-6034.

Department News

Social Media Sites/Update
The Office of Web Development is updating our social media directory for the university, comprising all official UIW Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and other social media sites. The URL is: Does your department or program have a new Facebook page, or other social media site, not listed in the directory? Please use this form to tell us about it: Inclusion in the directory will help increase engagement by allowing more frequent cross-postings between sites, and also allow for better management of the university's social media efforts. For details, please contact Troy Knickerbocker at (210) 805-5818 or

IT hosts its final 2012 iPad User’s Group meeting
The final iPad User’s Group meeting of 2012 will take place on Friday, Nov. 16, at noon in Mabee Library Auditorium. Blackboard Administrator Kenneth Rogers will be on hand to demonstrate two Blackboard iPad apps: Blackboard Mobile and Blackboard Collaborate Mobile. Rogers will explain how both students and faculty can use the Blackboard Mobile App to access content via the web browser; participate in asynchronous dialog using the Discussion Board; and how to access, upload, and save content using Drop Box integration. Rogers and Terry Peak, technology training coordinator, will demonstrate the Blackboard Mobile Collaborate app, which allows both faculty and students to access and participate in a collaborative session using their iPhone or iPad. Adela Gott, multimedia specialist, will spend a few minutes demonstrating the iBook that she and Dr. Amalia Mondriguez, professor of foreign language, are in the process of creating for the Feik School of Pharmacy. Lunch will be served following the session. For details contact Terry Peak at (210) 829-3920 or

Cup Runneth Over, UIW TRiO Community Service Project
Cup Runneth Over, UIW TRiO community service project, is now collecting items to be distributed to Homeless/Transitional Shelters during the holiday season. Items needed include: clean coffee mugs; unopened small toiletries like hotel soaps and shampoos; individually wrapped tea bags, instant coffee packets, or hot chocolate packets; individually wrapped hard candies; and any other small, thoughtful items for adults who may be in transition. Please bring items to AD 225 before Nov. 30. For more information, please contact Patty Medina at (210) 832-2152/ or Roberta Leichnitz at  (210) 829-3929/

Robert H. Gardner Photography Exhibit
The University of the Incarnate Word’s Rosenberg School of Optometry (UIW-RSO) is proud to announce that photographs by local photographer Bob Gardner are on display now through April 2013 at the UIW-RSO located at 9725 Datapoint Dr. Additional information is available at or or contact Basil Aivaliotis at (210) 930-8688 or

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, CARL is 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. The 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 the recruitment list by contacting CARL at (210) 832-3201 or

Extended Academic Programs

VP and Dean of EAP attend Association of Continuing and Higher Education Conference
Dr. Cyndi Wilson Porter, vice president for Extended Academic Programs, and Vince Porter, dean of Extended Academic Programs, attended the Association of Continuing and Higher Education’s national conference in Austin. Dr. Cyndi Porter gave a presentation on Student Success.

Ft. Hood Education Division’s 16th Annual Graduation Ceremony
Dr. Cyndi Porter, vice president of EAP, and Julie Weber, EAP director of marketing and recruitment, represented UIW at Ft. Hood Education Services Division’s 16th Annual Graduation Ceremonies at Ft. Hood on Thursday, Nov. 15.

EAP in News

Community News

green bean
Sigma Theta Tau (Honor Society of Nursing) placed a Green Bean Can Drive display in the nursing building foyer. So far the organization has collected close to 1500 lbs. of green beans for the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner. The Jimenez family is planning to pick up the green beans today at 4:30 p.m. Last year more than 3200 lbs. of green beans were collected. Please help Sigma Theta Tau reach their goal this year by dropping off your donation at the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing before 4:30 p.m. today. For more information, contact Yvonne Davila at (210) 832-3289 or by email at

The first ever UIW Community Vegetable Garden is being planted behind the Gorman Building. Every Saturday morning, the UIW community is invited to participate in, and celebrate wellness. Currently, the mornings will focus on getting the garden up and running. Those interested will meet behind the Gorman Building at 8:45 a.m. every Saturday for the rest of the semester (excluding Nov. 24). For more information, contact Stephen Lucke at (210) 478-7292 or

UIW Construction Update
Friday, Nov. 16 – Parking around the tennis courts & Benson Stadium MUST BE cleared by 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16 in preparation for Saturday’s Light the Way™ celebration. NO IN & OUT TRAFFIC WILL BE PERMITTED (from AVOCA AREA) from 7 p.m. – midnight on Saturday. Thank you for your cooperation and patience!

Spanish Conversation Cafe
The Department of Modern Languages and Study Abroad Office will offer current Spanish course students, faculty, staff or anyone interested in learning Spanish to practice their skills with native Spanish speakers on Friday, Nov. 16, 1-3 p.m. at GB 116. This event is part of International Education Week. Snacks will be provided. For more information, contact International Student & Scholar Services at (210) 805-5705 or

Students needed for next advertising campaign-Submit Nominations by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, 2012
The Office of Public Relations is working on the next UIW advertising campaign. We are seeking nominations of exemplary students who are shining examples of what UIW has to offer. Do you know a student who has overcome obstacles to become a success? Or perhaps a student who has gone above and beyond what is expected? If you know a student with a phenomenal story, we ask you to nominate them for possible inclusion in the next round of UIW advertising. Submit their name and contact information along with a brief summary of their story and why you think they should be considered to: Thank you.

Faculty Focus

Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, professor of religious studies, gives a presentation on learning to be compassionate global citizens (with a video pan of an audience of almost 1100) during the Antalya Intercultural Dialog Center Conference in Turkey this week. For information, visit 

Call for papers - Verbum Incarnatum
Faculty is invited to submit a paper for Verbum Incarnatum: An Academic Journal of Social Justice published by 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 – Last Day to Submit: November 16
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

sa liv
(Pictured L-R) Shelly Miles, host of San Antonio Living, the IWHS Madrigal Singers, Mary De La Garza, faculty member and fine arts department chair of IWHS, and Leslie Bohl, co-anchor for News 4 Today, share a photo following the Light the Way segment on WOAI’s San Antonio Living show on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Blood Donors are Forever Blood Drive
If you would like to help give the gift of life, please come out and donate blood on Friday, Nov. 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic High School Library. Help us save the lives of others. Come to donate and receive a Twilight themed t-shirt. If you would like to register for a priority time slot, please contact Vanessa Carrasco at or Jessica De La Rosa at

High School Placement Test Workshop
All students wishing to be admitted at St. Anthony must take the High School Placement Test (HSPT).  This course, presented on Saturday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-noon, at SACHS, will prepare students for that test. For more information, please contact Alejandro Calderon at (210) 832-5698 or

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


2013 Book of Free
This year's book has over $2,000 worth of coupons for the San Antonio Area for only $50 and they do not expire until the end of 2013. They make a great Christmas present for loved ones who are always busy out and about in the area. For more details and to purchase this year’s book, please visit

Headwaters Volunteer Work Day
The Headwaters Coalition is hosting a Volunteer Work Day in the Headwaters Sanctuary on Sat., Nov. 17, 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:

  • Christine Barber Rothe (BS ’63, MBA ’85) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Laurita Celaya Grider Barber (BA ’37).
  • The family of Sr. Rosalie Glynn, CCVI (BSN ’56), the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, and the entire UIW community on her recent death.
  • The family & friends of Shirley Jean Hagens (BA ’43) on her recent death.
  • Karen Jones, Kathy Robertson & Janet Weatherhogg & their families on the recent loss of their aunt, Capt. Helen Louise Wilson Hiatt (BSN ’50).
  • Roger Massey & family on the recent loss of his mother, Diana Keeran Koontz Massey (BA ’51).
  • Diane McOmie (former UIW Dir. of Major Gifts & Planned Giving) on the recent loss of her mother, Betty Phillips McOmie.
  • Maria Helena Ruenes (IWHS ’01, BA ’07) & family on the recent loss of her grandmother, Viola Gomez Ruenes.
  • Sr. Elizabeth Smith, CCVI & family on the recent loss of her brother, Patrick Joseph Smith.
  • The family of Sr. Mildred Warminski, CCVI (UNDCLRD, ‘48), the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, and the entire UIW community on her recent death.

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