The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: January 18, 2013

Photo of the Week

Senior Center Ian Markoff, Wounded Warrior Ethan Harris, and Men’s Basketball Head Coach Ken Burmeister share a photo on Thursday, Jan. 10 in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center during UIW Men’s Basketball vs. West Texas A&M. The Wounded Warrior Program® (WWP) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors and make this the most successful, well-adjusted generation of veterans in our nation’s history. Harris and other members of the WWP will be honored during select UIW games at men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, and softball. For more information, contact Kevin Lepore or Rick Smith at (210) 283-6448 or To learn more about WWP, please visit:


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

Tom Duckworth, payroll administrator, was honored with the CCVI Spirit Award at the 2012 Incarnate Word Day Mass. Pictured (L-R) UIW President Dr. Louis Agnese, UIW president, Duckworth, and Charlie Amato, chairman of the UIW Board of Trustees.

The CCVI Spirit Award Nomination
The CCVI Spirit Award recognizes a member of the faculty, staff or administration who has demonstrated the spirit of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. One award is given each year and it is time to make your nomination. To request a Nomination Form and for more information about the award, please contact Human Resources at (210) 829-6019 or Nominations are due no later than Feb. 28 to Sr. Walter Maher, vice president for Mission and Ministry.

Incarnate Word Day transferred to April
Incarnate Word Day, normally assigned to March 25, will be celebrated on April 8, 2013, since March 25, 2013, is Monday of Holy Week, the Solemnity of the Incarnation. For more info, contact Campus Ministry at (210) 829-3128 or


(Pictured L-R) Alison Buck, associate director of Women’s Global Connection (WGC), Lisa Uribe, director of WGC, Tere Dresner-Salinas, former executive director of WGC, Cynthia Aguirre, former associate director of WGC, Sr. Dorothy Ettling, CCVI, professor of education and co-founder of WGC, and Sr. Neomi Haye, CCVI, co-founder of WGC, share a photo during a WGC “thank you” reception in the Grossman International Conference Center on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Dresner-Salinas and Aguirre were honored for their years of service with WGC.

(Pictured L-R) Dr. Osman Özturgut, associate professor of education, Dr. Sharon Herbers, associate professor of education, and Dr. Michael Guiry, associate professor of marketing, pose for a photo during the WGC “thank you” reception.

Voc Awareness Service 
Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, professor of religious studies, poses for a photo at a service in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. On Wednesday, Jan. 16, the Sisters of the Charity of the Incarnate Word and Liturgical Outreach held a service of prayer, drama and music in recognition of National Vocation Awareness Week.

Women Of the Word Information Session
The Women Of the Word (W.O.W.) is a new graduate student organization sponsored by the Graduate Support Center. W.O.W. is an organization dedicated to serving women in the university community in the areas of mentoring, networking, and service. It is an opportunity for women to come together and discuss issues they face at the university and in the surrounding community. Come learn more at our information session on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 5-6 p.m., in Mabee Library’s Special Collections Room. For more info, contact Trinidad  Macias at (210) 832-5628 or

Spring 2013 New VA Student Orientation
Join the Center for Veterans Affairs and the Office of Admissions for Spring 2013 New VA Student Orientation Lunch & Learn on Thursday, Jan. 24, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., in Mabee Library Auditorium. Representatives from UIW offices will be on hand to answer questions about using VA educational benefits at UIW. Pizza and cookies will be served in the library foyer before and after the meeting, starting at 11:30 a.m. For more info, contact the Center for Veterans Affairs at (210) 829-2705 or

red dress 2013
10th Annual Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair
The Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair will be held Tuesday, Feb. 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., in Marian Hall Ballroom. This annual event promotes cardiac health in women and features fashions designed by UIW students. The event is free and open to the public. For more info, contact Public Relations at

11th Annual Pierre Lecture
The 11th Annual Pierre Lecture, hosted by the Religious Studies Department and the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, will feature a public presentation by acclaimed scholar Dr. Candida Moss on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7-8:30 p.m., Heritage Hall (Village at Incarnate Word). In her lecture, "Heavenly Bodies: What Does It Mean to Be Resurrected from the Dead?" Moss will discuss early Christian ideas about the resurrected body and how these impacted Western understandings of the human body in society and communal ethics. Moss is Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of Notre Dame. For more info, contact Dr. Timothy Milinovich at (724) 998-8832 or

Department News

2013 Spring Training Calendar
The Center for Teaching and Learning’s spring training schedule is now available. Click here: to view the schedule.  Contact Terry Peak, training coordinator, at to register for classes. In some cases, space is limited, so register early.

Extended Academic Programs

EAP Party
Staff of Extended Academic Programs (EAP) had a surprise party for Casey Covington, EAP business office representative, on Monday, Jan. 14, in the main EAP offices at SACHS. He and his wife are expecting their first child.

EAP hosts Student Appreciation Bash
Extended Academic Programs (EAP) is holding its yearly Student Appreciation Bash at the Rosenberg Sky Room on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Event starts at 5:30 p.m. with prizes, live band, and a buffet served by administrators and faculty from EAP.Come have your picture taken with the UIW Mascot.

UIW ranked #41 for Best Online Bachelor's Degree Programs
U.S. News & World Report ranked UIW #41 in the nation in the Best Online Bachelor's Degree Programs category, which makes the university the highest rated Texas school. The best online bachelor's degree programs are based on factors such as graduation rates, indebtedness of new graduates, and academic and career support services offered to students. UIW was also ranked #140 in the Best Online Graduate Business Programs category. 

Community News

UIW ranked #9 for Best for Vets: Colleges 2013
Military Times has ranked UIW #9, tied with the University of Kansas, for Best for Vets: Colleges 2013 in their annual rankings of the colleges doing the most for military veterans. To learn more and view the rankings, please visit

UIW named to 2013 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities
UIW has been named to the 2013 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities by Military Advanced Education, Journal for Higher Learning for Today’s Servicemember. To view the guide, please visit

Recipients of UIW scholarship testimonials needed
Do you know an outstanding scholarship recipient? The Development Office is currently seeking students to tell their stories of how receiving a scholarship has affected them in marketing materials for the 2013 Swing In. Swing In is a two-day event which includes an auction party and all day golf tournament. Proceeds from the events benefit the UIW Scholarship Fund. Please submit candidates’ contact information to Kayla Rice, public relations special events coordinator, at

Join the Women’s Month Planning Committee
Would you like to share or organize a program for March, National Women’s History Month?Would you like to support others who are doing this? See good things that have happened the last three years: Join the Women’s Month Planning Committee. Please send your name, e-mail, and phone number to Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, at

Writing in Graduate School Workshop
The Graduate Support Center is hosting a Writing in Graduate School workshop presented by Dr. John Perry on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 6-8 p.m., Mabee Library’s Special Collections Room, and Saturday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-noon, Mabee Library Auditorium. The workshop is designed to focus on the core elements of writing which serve as the foundation for building strong writing skills. The workshop is free and open to everyone. For more info, contact Dr. David Ortiz at (210) 283-6454 or

Faculty Focus

Research Officer for School of Graduate Studies and Research receives CRA credentials
The School of Graduate Studies and Research would like to congratulate Rebecca Ohnemus, research officer, on successfully testing for her Certified Research Administrator (CRA) credentials. The CRA examination covers a body of knowledge including Project Development and Administration, Legal Requirements and Sponsor Interface, Financial Management, and General Management. The addition of this credential adds another layer of professionalism to the Office of Research Development and its activities on behalf of the UIW community.

Optometry Dean presents lecture series in Germany
Dr. Andrew Buzzelli, dean of Rosenberg School of Optometry, was invited to present a lecture series Jan. 10-13 at the Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, Germany. The university, one of the largest and oldest in Germany, is host to the International Studies Program of Salus University. The program awards degrees of Master of Clinical Science to practicing optometrists throughout Europe and Asia. German, Austrian, Swiss, Finish and Chinese optometrists were present for the lecture series. Buzzelli’s topics covered The Vision Examination of Children, Pediatric Ocular Disease Diagnosis and Treatment and Disabilities of Visual Perception. Buzzelli is one of only 36 optometrists worldwide awarded Diplomate status in Binocular Vision and Visual Perception by the American Academy of Optometry.

High Schools

A Taste of St. Anthony
The St. Anthony Catholic High School PTC invites you to an evening of extravagant festivities on Saturday, Feb. 9, 6 p.m.-midnight, at The Whitley Theological Center at Oblate School of Theology (285 Oblate Dr., San Antonio, TX 78213). The evening begins with a cocktail hour featuring entertainment by the SACHS Jazz Band, followed by a delicious menu and silent auction. Our gala culminates with an elegant dance with music provided by Joe Posada. Tickets are now on sale; for details, call Grace DeJesus at (210) 805-5860 or Emilio Gonzales at (210) 805-5882.

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Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • The family of Marie Catherine Riley Gattuso Henery (BA ’45) on her recent death.
  • Tom Oakes & family on the recent loss of his wife, Melissa Markette Oakes (IWHS ’74, BA ’77).
  • The family of Carr Edward Smith II (former student, non-degreed ’97) on his recent death.
  • Yolanda Uranga (UIW Friend) on the recent loss of her husband, Charles V. Uranga.

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