The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: August 3, 2012

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Rockin' Red Birds
A group of UIW employees gathered early on July 21 for the 2012 Get Fit Challenge free training kick-off.  There’s still time to join the Rockin’ Red Birds.  Free training will be provided three times weekly. There will be a morning group, an evening group and a Saturday group. For more information, contact Steve Hemphill, assistant director of alumni relations, at (210) 805-3595 or


Our Lady’s Chapel Services

Noon mass will be cancelled Thursday Aug. 9 and Friday Aug. 10.  Fr. Tom will be attending UPC.

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 Eye Care and Health Institute – ground breaking ceremony
The University of the Incarnate Word invites you to the ground breaking ceremony of the UIW Eye Care and Health Institute, Tuesday, August 14, 10:30 a.m.  The ceremony will be held at the clinic site located at 2547 East Commerce Street, 78203. R.S.V.P. to (210) 829-6001. Please note, the ground is uneven and appropriate footwear should be worn.  We realize this ground breaking conflicts with the full-time faculty opening ceremony & luncheon however we hope those who are not attending will join us.

Grand Opening Celebration for the Debbie and Naty Saidoff Center
You are cordially invited to attend the Grand Opening Celebration for the University of the Incarnate Word’s Debbie and Naty Saidoff Center, Thursday, August 30, 10:30 a.m., 9160 Guilbeau Road, (corner of Tezel and Guilbeau).  The Saidoff Center will be home to UIW’s School of Physical Therapy and our newest Extended Academic Program location. Please R.S.V.P. to (210) 829-6001.

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 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

UIW Alumni Association- Wine Tasting
Join UIW’s Alumni Association for a wine trip to New Braunfels, Saturday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For only $20, you’ll receive shuttle transportation to and from UIW, four wine samples of your choice, two full glasses of wine and a keepsake wine glass. Register at

Department News

Media Center Closure
The Media Center student lab suffered some flood damage during the heavy rains.  As a consequence the floors and portions of sheetrock are being replaced in the Media Center and some of the offices.  The Media Center will be closed until further notice.  Faculty please direct your students to use the computers on the main floor of the library.  If you require for your students to access specific software, please contact Ana Gonzalez at or call Ext. 3937 and she will work with you and the library to load the software on a PC(s) somewhere in the library.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.  We hope to have an improved facility for students and faculty come the start of the fall semester.

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

Red The Cardinal Is Getting A Make Over – Schedule Your Special Picture Now!
While UIW employees are working this summer and preparing for the start of school, our beloved mascot Red is enjoying his summer “buffing up,” getting new wings, and getting a nice tan in his “Mascot Makeover” summer session.  All jokes aside – the new Red will be unveiled in a special pre-game ceremony at the football game on Sept. 1.  Starting Sept. 4, faculty, staff, student groups, departments, etc. can make appointments to have Red stop by their office and take a group picture with his new look.

To schedule your appointment, contact Rick Smith in Athletics at (210) 283-6448 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

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 attended the Department of Defense (DOD) Worldwide meeting last week. UIW was represented with a booth and was very popular with the DOD audience. Our degree programs, included textbooks and military friendly status made us very popular with the convention goers that influence the choice of military students when they are ready to attend college.

Community News

UIW in the News

Take your official UIW headshot
UIW Employees and staff are invited to take or update their official UIW headshot.  A photographer will be available from noon to 3 p.m., Tuesday, August 14 in the Sky Room during the faculty opening ceremony and luncheon. For more information contact the PR Office at (210) 829-6001. 

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).

The iPad App-palooza
The iPad App-palooza is an App festival featuring several popular educator-friendly applications. Participants will receive a VGA video adapter for their iPad, and a $25.00 iTunes card. The card can be used to purchase apps, music, and/or anything else you would like,

There will be two sessions; Level One and Level Two. We strongly suggest that novice iPad users complete the Level One course before attempting Level Two. Space is limited, so register today!

•           App-palooza Level One – August 8 & 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. You will learn basic iPad operations; sync your iPad with iTunes, access the UIW wireless network, search for and download apps, tether your iPad to an alternative monitor and organize apps on your desktop. We will download and explain how to use the following apps: Find my iPad, Red Laser QR code reader, and the UIW Mobile app.

•           App-palooza Level Two – August 9 & 16 from 9 a.m. to noon Level Two will continue where Level One left off. We will download and explain how to use the following apps; Dropbox, ShowMe, CloudOn, iAnnotate, Prezi Viewer, and a few others.

Click here to register:

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 Joseph Marie Armer, CCVI, Professor Emerita of Biology  In the late 1920’s Annie Armer, a young Baptist woman came to teach at Incarnate Word College from the University of Texas with the ink on her biology PhD still wet.  In a short period of time she became a convert, entered the Congregation, became Sister Joseph Marie and taught undergraduate and graduate students non-stop until her retirement. 

Eventually recognized as  Piper Professor of Texas for Teaching Excellence, Sister Joseph Marie had a dedication to the advancement of science teaching at all levels and established the still running Alamo Regional Science Fair for high school students.  Her lectures and labs made biology exciting for majors and non majors alike, and no one knows how many students she motivated into advanced degrees and careers in medicine and research.  As the years went by her vision deteriorated, but it was hard to notice.

She continued on with some assistance.  In fact, though nearly blind, she was invited to apply for the deanship of a medical school in California, an honor she humbly declined.  With glasses as thick as soda bottles she made her way to the Science Hall daily and learned to recognize her students, and graduates, by sound if not by sight.

She was also a born story teller and entertained her fellow nuns with animated and even costumed tales of Biblical stories she heard preached in the churches of her youth. Even after retiring from full time teaching she continued to spend hours with students as an advisor in campus ministry.  Well into her 90’s Sister could recognize the voice of a former student before any introduction, and amazed them with her knowledge of what they had accomplished.

This is part of our heritage.  Making a difference

New Student Orientation
The Office of Student Success will host the final two 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 #9: Thursday, August 9 - freshman
• Orientation #10: Wednesday, August 15 - freshman.

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

Requesting Help for the “Caravan for Peace with Dignity” from Mexico
We will be hosting on Friday evening, August 24, the Caravan for Peace    an educational citizens’ movement started by people who have lost family members in the violence in Mexico. If you and/or student groups could help with publicity, hospitality, food, the vigil, or support, please contact Sister Martha Ann Kirk

HR Birthday Celebration

Pictured L-R Angelica Le, Heather Hamilton and Annette Thompson from Human Resources prepare for the August birthday celebration, Wednesday, August 1 in the Special Collections Room.

Faculty Focus

Full-time Faculty Opening Ceremony & Luncheon – time correction
UIW Provost Dr. Kathi Light will host the full-time faculty opening ceremony and luncheon in the Sky Room on Tuesday, August 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  This is the official beginning of the fall semester for the main campus.  Full-time faculty from main campus, professional schools and EAP will be in attendance. This is also your opportunity to update your official UIW headshot. The photographer will be available beginning at noon. For details contact Itza Casanova at or (210) 829-3943

Adjunct Fair – time correction
UIW Provost Dr. Kathi Light will host an Adjunct Fair in Marian Hall Ballroom on Saturday, August 25 from 9 – 11:30 a.m. noon to provide an opportunity for all university part time faculty to learn about various campus resources available to them.  For details contact Itza Casanova at or (210) 829-3943

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Dr. Philip Aitsebaomo, Assistant Professor at the UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry, was honored at the 2012 National Optometric Association (NOA) convention in Toronto.  Aitsebaomo was named National Optometric Student Association (NOSA) Mentor of the Year.  This award is presented to NOA optometrists who display the most interest in helping students across the different schools of optometry, as voted by the NOA executive council and NOSA members.  Congratulations Dr. Aitsebaomo.


“What's New in Blackboard?” drop-in sessions
In association with the Center for Teaching and Learning, the UIW Department of Instructional Technology will feature a series of three drop-in sessions during the first week of classes to help you get your Blackboard course fine-tuned for the upcoming semester.  Each day, we will feature one on one assistance with a different Blackboard component; Grade Center, Content, or Collaborate. Register for any or all of the sessions, and bring your course resources in an electronic format to room AD212 between 10 am and 3 pm on August 22, 23, and 24.

  • Grade Center – August 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bring your syllabus and course outline so that you can develop the Blackboard Grade Center in one of your courses. The session will include options for creating categories, adding weighted columns, and building interactive rubrics. You will also learn about options for providing student feedback.
  • Backboard content – August 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to showing you how to add course content, this session will also explain how to create assignments and tests. In addition, you will create a Mashup, which allows instructors to integrate content with Flick’r, Slide Share and YouTube videos.
  • Blackboard Collaborate - August 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will create a Collaborate Session.  In addition, you will learn to add content to the session, and then record and post the session to a Blackboard course.

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Dr. Lopita Nath and Rev. Trevor Alexander attended the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, at Howard University in Washington D.C. The two day conference was sponsored by the White House Office of Faith based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the Department of Education and the Interfaith Youth Core. The purpose of the conference was to acknowledge and applaud the universities who had participated in the challenge last year and also to encourage universities new to the challenge to learn from the best practices presented at the conference.

Faculty Family Potluck Supper
Please save Saturday, September 15, 6 -9 p.m., International Conference Center, for your whole family to have fun and make new friends at the potluck sponsored by Faculty Mentoring.   For information, contact Sister Martha Ann Kirk or Dr. Jessica Kimmel

High Schools

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 Lt. Col. Billie D. Sims, U.S. Army (ret.) (BSN ’72) on her recent death.
  • Sr. Estella Flynn, CCVI (BSN ’71, UIW former faculty) & family on the recent loss of her brother, James Joseph Flynn.
  • The family of Rosa Perez Garza (SR School of Nursing, ’44) on her recent death.
  • Her family, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, and the entire UIW community on the recent loss of Sr. Mary Aidan Handibode, CCVI (IWHS ’40, SR School ’45).
  • Holly & Charlie (UIW Bd. of Trustees) Lutz and family on the recent loss of his mother, Helen Osgood Lutz.
  • Dr. William Smith & family on the recent loss of his wife, Maria Garcia Smith (IWHS ’41, BA ’45).
  • Mary Jane (BA ’75) Schreiber and family on the recent loss of her mother, June Elizabeth Graham Tsakopulos.

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