The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: July 20, 2012

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HR Ice Cream Social
The UIW Human Resources Department welcomed employees to a summer Ice Cream Social on Thursday, July 12 at Finnegan’s Coffee Shop to thank employees for making a difference. (Pictured L-R) Annette Thompson, Sandra Reyes, Heather Hamilton, Christy Wisely, Angelica Le and Shannon Root.


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 Music Department presents Mozart Festival Texas
Don’t miss the 2nd Annual Mozart Festival Texas presented by the UIW Music Dept. Mozart Festival Texas is a series of six concerts, held on successive Saturday evenings in Our Lady’s Chapel. The concerts organized by the UIW Music Department will feature the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Programs include orchestra, operatic and chamber music repertoire performed by members of the UIW music faculty and other outstanding professional musicians from throughout South Texas. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. on July 20, 21, 27 and 28 and Aug. 3 and 4. Admission is $25 per concert for Friday performances and $30 per concert for Saturday performances. For ticket information, call UIW’s music department at (210) 829-3855 or

Athletics Special Announcement
UIW Athletics is adding a new feature to the football pre-game schedule at Benson Stadium: the UIW Pre-Game Concert Series. Concerts will be held in the Fan Engagement Area, located in front of the Convocation Center from 4 - 6:30 p.m. The area will feature live music and games for fans of all ages. Updated traffic patterns and tailgate rules will be announced in the coming weeks.

The UIW pre-game concert series lineup is*:

  • Sept. 1           Encore   
  • Sept. 22         Texas Tides
  • Oct. 6            Felix Truvere
  • Oct. 20          Court Jesters
  • Oct. 27          Homecoming 2012 Concert: Ellen and the Degenerates, Whiskey Myers and Texas Country presented by Campus Life & Alumni Relations.
  • Nov. 10          Palacio Brothers

*talent and entertainment lineup subject to change

For more information, contact or (210) 283-6448.

Department News

New Graduate Student and Family Orientation
The Graduate Support Center will host the Fall 2012 New Graduate Student and Family Orientation on Saturday, August 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Marian Hall Ballroom. The orientation welcomes the student and their family to the UIW community. The orientation has three tracks: the student track, the family track, and a children’s track. The student track covers information on support services and important academic policies. The family track is designed to illustrate the positive ways a family can support their graduate student throughout the master’s program and the children’s track features arts and crafts that tie into the overall theme.  The day ends with a Kairos Card ceremony and a free family lunch.  For more information contact the Graduate Support Center at (210) 832-5628 or

Make your UIW social media site official
In an effort to increase social engagement, the Office of Web Development has created a 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 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. Questions? Please contact Troy Knickerbocker at 210.805.5818 or

Don’t forget to tell PR…
As you plan your 2012/13 events and activities please remember to fill out the online form found at We will be happy to help you get the word out to our UIW community and beyond.  Have questions?  Call PR at (210) 829-6001.

Extended Academic Programs

Vice President Joe Biden visited the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Francis this past week.  Sr. Sally Mitchell, an instructor for the Virtual University in Extended Academic Programs (pictured in the blue blouse) got the opportunity to meet with the VP with members of her community.

On July 6, UIW’s Center for Veterans Affairs hosted an event for prospective students.  Admissions from main-campus as well as from EAP were present at the event.  UIW representatives Ruben DeLeon, Evan Alvarez, Oscar Sanchez and Kevin McCollom greeted sixty-five students and family members at the event.

EAP Information Session
Join UIW’s Extended Academic Programs at an information session on Tuesday, July 31 at 6 p.m. at the ICC Conference Center. During the session you can have your transcripts evaluated, hear about payment and scholarship options, meet with professors, visit with our career services staff and receive application assistance from admission counselors.  To RSVP call (210) 757-0202 or email  Visit for more information.

Department of Defense Worldwide 2012 Conference
Dr. Cyndi Porter, Vice President for extended academic programs, Rita Russ, dean of the Virtual University, Julie Weber, EAP director of marketing and recruitment, and Luis Gonzales, EAP admissions advisor will be attending the Department of Defense Worldwide 2012 Conference this upcoming week. 

Community News

UIW in the News

Join us for the Southland Conference Press Conference
Dr. Louis J. Agnese, Jr. and the UIW Athletics Department invite you to join us at a press conference today, July 20, at 2:30 p.m. in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. UIW has applied for membership into the Southland Conference, a Division I FCS Conference. The press conference will be limited to 30 minutes. Come out, show your Cardinal spirit and enjoy light refreshments.  For more information, contact Rick Smith at (210) 283-6448 or Please R.S.V.P. to the Public Relations Office at (210) 829-6001 or

2012-2013 Parking Permit Registration
Cardinal Cars (access through myWord or BannerWeb) is now open for 2012-2013 parking permit registration. Employees may login to register their vehicle and request their permit. Employee permits must be paid in full or registered for payroll deductions (part-time employees are not eligible for payroll deductions) prior to or at the time of pick-up. Employees who signed up for ongoing payroll deductions will have their permits automatically renewed and their payroll deduction submitted to the Payroll Office. Once the permit has been fulfilled, an email will be sent via Cardinal E-mail with notification that the permit is available for pick-up. If you expected your permit to be renewed automatically and have not received notice by August 1, please contact or if you wish to cancel your payroll deduction authorization, please email The revised version of the Parking and Traffic regulations are available on our website (note: the placement of the permit has been changed for 2012-2013).

Take the Get Fit Challenge with UIW and help us take back 1st  place from UTSA!
The kick-off for our FREE training for the UIW Get Fit Challenge is open to all alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of UIW! The kick-off is set for Saturday, July 21 from 8 to 10 a.m. on the Benson Stadium Track. The FREE kick-off will include a 1 mile jog/run around the Benson stadium track to measure a baseline for future improvement. FREE TRAINING will be provided three times weekly. There will be a morning group, an evening group and a Saturday group. RSVP at For more information, contact Steve Hemphill, assistant director of alumni relations, at (210) 805-3595 or

New Student Orientation
The Office of Student Success will host new student orientation sessions in Marian Ballroom and Student Center from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on the following days:

• Orientation #8: Thursday, August 2 - transfer
• Orientation #9: Thursday, August 9 - freshman
• Orientation #10: Wednesday, August 15 - freshman.

For more information, contact Rochelle Ramirez at (210) 805-3069 or

CCVI Heritage Profiles
Each Friday Dick McCracken, advancement researcher, will highlight an outstanding CCVI in celebration of the university’s heritage. If you have any feedback or ideas, please contact Dick at

Sister Columkille Colbert, CCVI
Sister Columkille Colbert, CCVI, Academic Dean, President and Board Chair Margaret Colbert left her hometown of Cappoquin, Ireland in the new 20th century at age 16 to come to San Antonio to join the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.  Here she received the name Columkille, a remarkable Irish saint and a man gifted with incredible talents. The name was a sign of things to come.  In short order she became a scholar-teacher of classical languages and became the first religious woman to earn a Ph.D. in Texas.

The road was not easy for anyone less determined.  At that time Catholic University was still for men although some women were admitted.  However, Sister was not allowed in the classroom with the men; she had to attend classes sitting in the hallway.  After a two month term as president of IWC by Rev. Mariano Simon Garcia, a former resident of the CCVI orphanage, Sister assumed the post of President and then Chairman of the Board for the next 40 years.  A woman of vision and drive, she moved Incarnate Word forward as a premier women’s college.  And she never heard the word “NO”.  She assumed it meant “MAYBE”.

She focused that vision and drive on expanding the physical campus, and making sure the Sisters on the faculty earned the highest degrees possible.  Recognition and accreditation in the academic community guaranteed the value of degrees granted and she had her targets in sight like a sharpshooter with bottles on the wall.  And she was the religious equivalent of Annie Oakley.  Sister could be tough when needed, but she also had a gentler, giving side.

Accessibility for students meant everything to her ” No student will ever be turned away from Incarnate Word College because of her parent’s  inability to pay the costs of tuition," she insisted, and throughout the 1930s, she dismissed many unpaid bills.  Some parents living on farms or ranches outside the city paid the costs of tuition in fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs and meat.  The supplies were always welcome and used to feed hungry students.  And that philosophy included all races and creeds.  She had financial aid and work study long before Congress.  The contributed services of the Sisters kept the operating budget reasonable, but if she needed cash flow she knew how to do that too.

In 1950, when Incarnate Word High School opened a new campus she had a dream for an evening degree program for working adults.  Once again, a “not now” was only a future “maybe.”  In the 1960’s she opened the campus up to the wider community and revealed the value of her past friendships with the then young Dr. Raymond Roehl, Lyndon Baines Johnson, and Jose Vives-Atsara.   Even before co-education, she allowed young men to finish a degree if we alone had their major.  She just needed to change the pronoun her to him. And when she left the campus in 1969 for retirement the record of her life was entered into the Congressional Record.  A medal of honor in print.

This is our heritage. Making a Difference.

UIW’s finest (pictured L-R) Dep. Chief Chris Tingwald, Cpl. John Paul Sanchez and Chief Jacob Colunga secured the UIW sky bridge on Tuesday, July 17, in preparation for President Obama’s motorcade passing on Hwy 281.

On Wednesday, July 11, the UIW Development Office had a heavy rain drill at the Brackenridge Villa. Staffers spent part of the morning mopping up the rain invading their office.

Ice Cream Social Party Pictures

(Pictured L-R) UIW Vice President’s Doug Endsley, David Jurenovich, Sr. Kathleen Coughlin, CCVI and Marshall Eidson.

HR Director Annette Thompson

(Pictured L-R) Lynn Davis-Johnson and Roslyn Grimes from Institutional Advancement visit with Yvonne Burns of the President’s Office.

Patrick Greener, UIW Development Office

Faculty Focus

Congratulations to Dr. Marcos Oliveira, FSOP, associate professor of Pharmacy Science and a native of Brazil recently became a U.S. Citizen.  On June 28, co-workers celebrated the occasion with him.  Dr. Oliveira became a member of the FSOP faculty in 2006. 

High Schools

On Monday, July 16, Alejandro Calderon, St. Anthony Catholic High School director of enrollment was interviewed by KVDA Telemundo regarding the launch of the StopBullies App at SACHS and IWHS.

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at



Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • The family of Sr. Jo Anne Becker, SSMN (BA ’68) and the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur community on her recent death.
  • Jorgie & Marcos Contreras (Records & Gifts Coordinator, Development Office) (BA ’04, MA ’11) & family on the recent loss of his grandmother, Mary Contreras.
  • Michael Davis (SACHS '62) & family on the recent loss of his wife Joan Marie Ashcraft Davis (B. of Music ’72).
  • Shirley (UIW Admissions) & Luis De La Garza & family on the recent loss of his mother, Isabel C. De La Garza (BA ’68).
  • Carlos Guerrero (SACHS ’85) & family on the recent loss of his wife, Esther Guadalupe Guerrero (IWHS ’82).
  • Margaret & Jim Heavner & family on the recent loss of their son, Adam Crawford Heavner (UIW former student).
  • The family & friends of Joyce A. Kaisch (MA ’61, Verbum Society) on her recent death.
  • Joseph Kobell & family on the recent loss of his wife, Elizabeth Catherine “Betsy” Kobell (UIW friend).
  • The family of Sr. Mary Bertille Lindemann, RSM (BS ’65) and the Religious Sisters of Mercy community on her recent death.
  • Roberto Morales & family on the recent loss of his wife, Graciela Gomez Morales (BA ’70).
  • Toni-Marie Van Buren Saldana & family on the recent loss of her husband, Steven Graham Saldana (SACHS ’68).
  • The family of Betty Ann Whitmire (BSN ’73) on her recent death.

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