The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: August 17, 2012

Photo of the Week

Dr. Adena Williams Loston, president, St. Philip’s College, Ivy R. Taylor, councilwoman, City of San Antonio – District 2, Dr. Andrew Buzzelli, dean UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry and Dr. Louis J. Agnese, Jr., UIW president, ceremoniously break ground at the new UIW Eye Care and Health Institute located at 2527 E. Commerce Street (corner of Walters and Commerce, two blocks north of St. Philip’s College).


Our Lady’s Chapel Services

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


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

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.
Aug. 28
CAB Cardinal Splash: Sand Volleyball Courts - 6 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.

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The Residence Life and Campus Life Teams were all set for new student check-in, Thursday, Aug. 16. (see more pictures from Move-in day below)

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.

Join Alumni Relations for the UIW Coach’s Radio Show
Join UIW’s Alumni Relations Office to kick off the Cardinal football season with Head Football Coach Larry Kennan.  The Larry Kennan UIW Coach’s Radio Show will be broadcast live at Boston's (281 & 1604) starting at 5:30 p.m., Thursday Aug. 30. Join us after work for some fun, friends and football talk!  RSVP to Steve Hemphill at (210) 805-3595 or 

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, 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. For more information contact the Graduate Support Center at (210) 832-5628 or

UIW Art Dept. presents Arequipenos
Arequipa is located in southern Peru and is known as the “white city” as its beautiful colonial buildings are built of sillar, a white volcanic stone.  The eleven young artists of this exhibition represent a new vision, art that is fully aware of the present as it explores national and self-identity and a social consciousness linked to the complex cultural and historical situation in Peru. The opening reception is set for Friday, Aug. 31, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Semmes Gallery. The exhibit will be on display from Aug. 31 – Oct. 5.  Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except UIW holidays).  For more information contact Roland Sul at

Mabee Library presents "Synchro in Motion": Photography Exhibit by Rafael Domeyko
Mabee Library presents "Synchro in Motion": Photography Exhibit by Rafael Domeyko.  For information contact Leticia Martinez at (210) 832-2119 or by email at  In 2012, the UIW’s Synchronized Swim Team made history by capturing its first national title.  In Florida, the team claimed the competition team and duet titles at the US Collegiate National Championships.  Immediately following this victory, they went to Arizona and took Gold in every event at the US National Championships; solo, duet, team and combo.  As the spectator we see their fluid motion and ability to effortlessly rise above water.  It is only when we join them under this medium that we see what is best described as the infinite amount of time they spend underwater.  These images capture the beauty, discipline, and effort rarely seen.  Additional images and information available at: or

2nd Annual UIW International Education Week
The Department of International Affairs is hosting the second annual UIW International Education Week Nov. 12 – 16, as part of the larger joint initiative of the US. Department of State and the US. Department of Education.   International Education Week is an opportunity to showcase the international efforts taking place within UIW Departments and Offices as well as create campus wide awareness of international students and faculty at UIW.  For more information visit Departments or individuals interested in planning an event during IEW – November 12-16, 2012 can submit their proposals via email to Deadline for event submissions Oct. 1. For information, contact Sheena Connell at (210) 805.3021 or

Blackboard Administrator keeping UIW ahead of the curve
Kenneth Rogers, UIW blackboard administrator, was busy this summer making sure that UIW is at the front of all things Mobile in Higher Ed - especially in Texas. 

Rogers represented UIW at the conferences listed below:

  • June 19: Buy vs. Build - This was a webinar hosted by Blackboard Mobile where he had the opportunity to outline the benefits of utilizing a third party developer to build custom mobile applications for higher education.  He shared industry trends and the work UIW is doing to make our community more mobile friendly/accessible.
  • July 17: Unveiling the ROI of Blackboard Mobile - a presentation at the annual international Blackboard World conference in New Orleans where he discussed the ROI UIW has seen by partnering with Blackboard Mobile, but continued to make external individuals aware of UIW and what we are doing to become the leader of campus mobility in Texas. 
  • August 7: Mobility Matters - This presentation highlighted Student Engagement trends in Higher Ed and how we are engaging our students in terms of mobility on campus. 

Extended Academic Programs

Fall 2012 UIW New Student Veteran Orientation Lunch & Learn
Join us for the Fall 2012 UIW New Student Veteran Orientation Lunch & Learn, Monday, Aug. 27 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Mabee Library Auditorium. Representatives from UIW Offices will be on hand to answer your questions about using your VA educational benefits. Pizza and cookies will be served in the UIW Library Foyer, before and after the meeting. For more information contact the Veterans Affairs Office at (210) 832-2154 or

EAP presents “Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K”
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

Photo update
If you had your photo taken on Aug. 14 at the faculty luncheon and would like a copy of your file please contact Debra Del Toro at  The files will be available by the end of next week.  Please note that the PR office will have a database of all the photos which is available to you as needed throughout the year.

The road to success is always under construction
Be patient. Stay informed. Give yourself extra time to arrive at your destination.

Various city and university construction projects are planned both on and around main campus for the next 18 months. Several of those projects have already begun. This work will affect roadways and entrances to UIW’s main campus.

Our goal is to keep everyone informed so you may plan your route accordingly. We encourage you to refer to the Construction Updates tab on the bottom of the UIW main page (Scroll to the bottom of the page. In the bottom black box you will notice the top line reads: Campus Status: Normal • Campus Emergency Information • Construction Updates.) This information will be updated regularly and will include a map indicating detours as necessary. We also encourage you to follow the UIW Facebook page for updates on closures and detours.

Updates will also be provided to faculty, staff and administrators via The Word Today and special message emails. If you have employees in your area that do not receive the daily employee newsletter, please email the Office of Public Relations at  with their full name, job title and email address. We are happy to add you to the distribution list.  We apologize for the inconvenience and ask for your patience.

Roadway & Closure Alerts
Friday, Aug. 17, 2012 - Resident Move-In - Officers will be stationed at various locations to help facilitate the process and keep traffic flowing.

  • Administration Building:
    The roadway will be a one-way. Traffic will travel south to north (from the Fine Arts to Mission Plaza).
    Parking meters will be blocked off and parents may use the area as immediate drop off only.
  • Marian/Dubuis:
    Various parking spaces behind Dubuis will be designated as “unloading” areas for students/parents to unload, park and then move-in to either Dubuis or Marian.
    Marian Circle will be closed as well to avoid unnecessary congestion.
  • Joeris Hall:
    Residents will be allowed to unload their vehicles in the grassy area next to Joeris. An officer will be assigned to the area to facilitate traffic for move-in.

United Way “Days of Caring 2012”
UIW will once again put together a team of faculty and staff members to participate in the 2012 United Way - “Days of Caring.”  Our day to volunteer will be Friday, October 12, and our project will be at the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center.  If you would like to take part in this year’s event or have questions, please e-mail Roslyn Grimes at The deadline to sign-up is August 31.  Please help us build a great team and make a difference for our community! Participation in this project does not count as community service hours.  Please check with your supervisors before volunteering.

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

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UIW PR's latest advertising negotiation with Spurs Sports & Entertainment included this cool feature, a "moment of exclusivity," at a recent Silver Stars game. Go Cards!

New Student Move-in Day - Thursday, Aug. 16.

Gladys Delgado, Lisa Schultz, Steve Hemphill of UIW’s Office of Alumni Relations and Alumni Board Chair-elect Tracy Avery were on hand to assist new students moving on campus.

The UIW Campus Life Team held a “Welcome to Campus” BBQ on Dubuis Lawn for new students and their families.  Sausage wraps, drinks, snow cones, great music and UIW camaraderie were the order of the day.

The UIW Admissions Office was on hand to assist with move-in and to ensure everyone was welcomed to campus in style.

Faculty Focus

Blackboard "Walk-In" Training
Drop in for assistance in setting up your Blackboard sites.  Bring electronic versions of course documents. Topics will vary by day: 8-22 (the Bb Grade Center), 8-23 (Bb's Content and Assessment functions), 8-24 (Bb's Collaborate function). No reservation required--just drop in. The session on 8-22 will end at 3 p.m., all others end at 4 p.m. For more information, contact Terry Peak at (210) 829-3920 or

Meet the Mission
Faculty and staff are invited to participate in the 7th Annual Meet the Mission, a campus-wide day of service during which faculty and staff lead students out into the San Antonio community to perform service activities.  This year MTM takes place on September 21.  If interested, please contact Chris Edelman by August 24 ( / 832-2184). 

Faculty needed to plan educational events
Faculty is invited to serve on a committee planning educational events and seasons at UIW. Activities include Hispanic Heritage month, Season of Peace and Justice, Native American Heritage Month, Afro-American Heritage Month, Asian New Year Celebration, Women's History Month and Earth Month. To sign up please contact: Dr. Sally Said or Sr. Martha Ann Kirk

Proposals needed for Season of Peace and Justice/Peace Day
Faculty are invited to send proposals to present or organize a presentation for the October - Season of Peace and Justice/Peace Day.  Please contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk Examples from the last five years are available at:

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

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SACHS Principal Rene Escobedo welcomes senior Rafael Ilano to campus the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 13.

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at



2012 September Soiree an Evening of Music, Art and Moonlight
Please join the Village at Incarnate Word for an evening of song and art. Tickets are $45 and include open bar and hors d’oeuvres.  Music for the evening provided by Ken Slavin, art exhibit by Franco Mondini-Ruiz.  Proceeds from the event benefit the Connections community outreach ministry. Connections, provides supportive education, family caregiver support and information, exercise, nutrition, illness prevention and self-care at little or no cost to the greater San Antonio community.  For more information or to purchase tickets please contact Debbie Gonzales at 210.829.7561 ext. 187 or, or Alma Cosme, 829-7561, ext. 114. or

Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • The family of Marie Greathouse (UIW friend) on her recent death.
  • Matthew Shirley (Mathematics Faculty) & family on the recent loss of his father, Dr. Edward Lee Shirley.
  • The family of Dianne Wetsel (H-E-B School of Business Faculty, MBA ‘05) on her recent death.

The University of the Incarnate Word provides reasonable accommodation with adequate notice. To request disability accommodation for events listed in this newsletter, visit