The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: August 10, 2012

Photo of the Week

Campus Ministry
Lena Gokelman, coordinator of liturgical music in UIW's Mission & Ministry department joins members of the Campus Ministry team at the Thursday, Aug 9 fall orientation session held in Marian Hall Ballroom.


Our Lady’s Chapel Services

Noon mass will be cancelled today, Friday Aug. 10.  Fr. Tom will be attending UPC.

The 2012 Welcome Mass will be held in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word on Sunday, Aug. 19 at 10:30 a.m.

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, Aug. 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.

Welcome Week Activities
For more information on all these activities visit the UIW web page.

Aug. 16
New Student Move-In: Residence Halls – begins at 9 a.m.
Pinning Ceremony: Convocation Center – 6 p.m.
SGA Luau: Marian Hall ballroom – 8 p.m.

Aug. 17
Returning Student check-in: Residence Halls – begins at 9 a.m.

Aug. 18
Cardinal Camp: various locations – 9 a.m.
Cardinal Crawl: Dubuis Lounge – 8:30 p.m.

Aug. 19
Welcome Mass: Chapel of the Incarnate Word – 10:30 a.m.

Aug. 20
Mayhem in Marian:  Student Center – Noon

Aug. 22
Campus Ministry Dinner: Dubuis Lawn – 4 p.m.

Aug. 23
Comedy Show:  featuring comedian, Dean Edwards of SNL fame.  Marian Hall Ballroom – 7 p.m.

Aug. 27
Meet the Greeks:  Dubuis Lawn - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Aug. 28
CAB Cardinal Splash: Sand Volleyball Court – 6 - 8 p.m.
Activities Fair: Kahlig Westgate Circle – 11 a.m.

Aug. 29
SGA General Assembly:  Library Auditorium – Noon
SC Trivia and Open Mic Night: Student Center – 7 p.m.

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

Cardinal Market Place 2012
Don’t miss the first Cardinal Market Place event for the new school year set for Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Marian Hall Ballroom. Vendors will show off their products and local restaurants will be serving free food samples.  In addition, two local businesses will be on hand recruiting students for various part-time positions and you won’t want to miss the raffle drawing held every 30 minutes by University Events and Student Programming.  Admission is free. For more information contact Daniel Ryan at (210) 805-3060 or

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, Aug. 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.

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, Aug. 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

Extended Academic Programs

EAP is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the “Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K” on Sunday Sept. 9.  Pre-race registration starts at 7 a.m. with pre-race ceremonies at 8 a.m.  The race starts at 8:30 a.m.  All UIW staff, faculty, administrators and students are encouraged to take part in the race.  There will be no charge for UIW racers!  To register for the race please contact EAP for a race brochure.  Fill out the appropriate information and return to Cyndi Porter, CPO #312.  Make sure to sign and date the form.  Remember this is free for UIW so no need to send a check or money order!  .

Community News

UIW in the News

Power Outage
CPS will turn power off at 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 to the following buildings: Theater, Chapel, HIT, Auditorium, Fine Arts, and portions of the Administration Building (including the Data Center). Power will be off for approximately four to five hours.  For information contact Facilities at (210) 829-6023.

Construction Alert for Friday 8/10
On Friday, Aug. 10, UIW HVAC will have a crane posted in front of the Administration Building beginning at 6 a.m. while one of the A/C units on the roof is replaced.  The project time is estimated at four to five hours (completion around 11 a.m.)  Expect the roadway in front of the Administration Building to be closed through noon.

Also on Friday, Aug. 10, the roadway in front of Bonilla Science Hall and alongside of the Wellness Center will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to noon.  A rig will be located in this area to pull wire across Hildebrand.  The Hildebrand gates at the traffic light and near the Fine Arts Building will be open to allow some traffic flow in and off campus during this time.

IWHS Phone Maintenance
IWHS users will experience a phone outage from 6 p.m., Friday, August 10, through 8 a.m., Saturday, August 11, For any urgent issues or technical difficulties, please contact the helpdesk at x2721 or

UIW/IWHS Network Maintenance
IWHS, the Feik School of Pharmacy and Blackboard Transaction users will experience a network outage from 6 p.m., Saturday, August 11, 2012 to 10 a.m. Sunday, August 12, 2012 for infrastructure maintenance.  For any urgent issues or technical difficulties, please contact the helpdesk at x2721 or

Cindy Escamilla
Cynthia S. Escamilla, UIW General Counsel, was a conference presenter for two sessions at the 52nd  Annual Conference of the National Association of College and University (NACUA) Attorneys held in Chicago from June 27-30, 2012, with more than 1,400 NACUA members attending.  For the first conference session, Escamilla presented: “Navigating the Federal Regulations Highway: a Review and Preview of New Laws and Regulations Affecting Higher Education in 2011-2012.”  For the second session, she led the discussion group: “Minors on Campus: Institutional Policies and Practices.”  

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, Aug. 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 did not receive notice by Aug. 1, 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).

Requesting Help for the “Caravan for Peace with Dignity” from Mexico
The Caravan for Peace and Dignity, an educational citizens’ movement started by people who have lost family members in the violence in Mexico, will be held Friday, Aug. 24. If you and/or your student group are interested in helping with publicity, hospitality, food, the vigil, or support, please contact Sister Martha Ann Kirk or visit

Register to vote
As we enter the final official weeks of summer and our nation enters one of the biggest and busiest political seasons in years, don’t forget to register to vote. Texas law designates all public libraries in the state as official voter registration sites. All libraries have voter registration applications on-hand in a specially designated table-top station easily visible and accessible to the public. Voter registration forms are available at the Mabee Library Reference desk.

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 Clement Eagan, CCVI
Sister Clement Eagan, CCVI, academic dean, was a native Texan from Ballinger, Texas who earned her BA from Incarnate Word College and, like her colleague Sister Columkille, became a classical languages scholar.  She taught and published many text translations from Latin, but she is best remembered for her forty-year plus tenure as academic dean.  Sr. Clement was the academic power behind additions to the curriculum, accreditation, and acceptance into learned societies.  She was called “The Wonder.”

Sr. Clement updated the College history first done by Sr. Helena Finck, CCVI, and did so under the pen name “a member of the Congregation.”  When she retired from the active deanship until her complete retirement in the 1970s she was working on another updated history, a work later completed in two volumes by Sr. Margaret Patrice Slattery, CCVI.  Sr. Clement was known for encouraging faculty and students alike to pursue advanced degrees and her encouragement, like everything else, was persistent with found applications for fellowships and assistantships to follow.

She was determined to secure a Phi Beta Kappa chapter for the College and never stopped applying.  Finally she was told that some colleges had been on the waiting list since before the Civil War, and we still are.

Sr. proposed the first school colors of red and grey, encouraged and supported student literary efforts before and after graduation, and guided the expansion to a coeducational graduate program in 1950.  In 1969, the residence Clement Hall was named in her honor.  At the time of her death, at age 94, Sr. remained a loyal Cowboys fan.  Whenever they lost she took ownership, “I just didn’t pray hard enough!”

This is our heritage.  Making a Difference.

Faculty Focus

Congratulations to the UIW Math Dept.
Congratulations to Dr. Jesús Cuéllar-Fuentes and the UIW Math Department.  They received notification that UIW has been awarded a grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture for $295,000 to start a statistical consulting laboratory.  The project will begin Sept. 1, 2012 and end Aug. 31, 2015.

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Dr. James Chapman, of UIW’s Rosenberg School of Optometry (RSO) will lead a new outreach program for RSO in Fort Worth.  This unique, public-private partnership is working to develop a new state-of-the-art eye and vision clinic to deliver expert care by faculty and externs from UIW’s Rosenberg School of Optometry and the University Of Houston College of Optometry. The clinic will be housed at the historic First Christian Church of Fort Worth. The partners hope to have it open by Jan.2013.  The Fort Worth partnership represents the first joint-venture for Texas’ two graduate schools of Optometry.  The program will help thousands of Tarrant County children, seniors and families that go without professional eye and vision care each year because they are unable to afford the services.

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, Aug. 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, Aug. 25 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. 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.

“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 AD 212 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Aug. 22, 23, and 24.

  • Grade Center – Aug. 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 – Aug. 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 - Aug. 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.

Faculty Family Potluck Supper
Please save Saturday, Sept. 15, 6-9 p.m., at the 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

IWHS in the news

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 Alfredo Hector Aragon (UIW current student) on his recent death.
  • Mary Anne Connolly (IWHS ’83) & family on the recent loss of her father, Col. John M. Connolly, USAF (ret.).
  • Sr. Kathleen Reynolds, CCVI (BA ’67, MA ’89) & family on the recent loss of her brother, Terry Reynolds.
  • Paul Rode & family on the recent loss of his wife, Mary Margaret Rode (UIW friend).
  • Sr. Marie Green, CCVI (BA ’67) on the recent loss of her brother-in-law, Hilton Lee Tift.

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