The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: March 22, 2013

Photo of the Week

(Pictured L-R) Dr. Chris Edelman, assistant professor of philosophy, and Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T., UIW chaplain, share a photo during Meet the Mission: Spring Break Edition on Wednesday, March 13. UIW’s Office of Mission and Ministry held the weeklong community service event Mach 11-15. UIW faculty, staff and student volunteers served the San Antonio community each day during the break by painting six homes inhabited by individuals and families who lacked the resources to see to the work themselves. Overall, 98 volunteers participated including 20 students from the Oak Hills Church Youth Group.


UIW students, faculty and staff help paint a home located on San Antonio’s West Side on Wednesday, March 13 during Meet the Mission.

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

Mar 22: Lent – Daily Reflection:  Searching Outside for the Spirit Inside

Holy Week Schedule for the Chapel of the Incarnate Word
The Holy Week schedule for the Chapel of the Incarnate Word is as follows:

  • Stations of the Cross-every Wednesday during Lent at 6:30 p.m.
  • Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord-Sunday, March 24, 10:30 a.m.

Holy Week

  • Thursday of the Lord’s Supper- Thursday, March 28, 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday of the Passion of the Lord-Friday, March 29, 5:30 p.m.
  • The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night-Saturday, March 30, 8 p.m.
  • Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord-Sunday, March 31, 10:30 a.m.

For more information, contact (210) 828-2224.


In celebration of Women's History Month, women from the UIW community gathered for the Women of Faith Brunch on Thursday, March 21 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Guest speaker Candis Richardson (seated fourth from left), founder and president of Noble Women's Network Incorporated, led a devotional focusing on "Leading in Faith."

Dr. Patricia Lieveld, professor of pharmacy instruction, presents Women & Water Issues: Local and Global to the UIW community in the Joyce Building on Thursday, March 21. During the presentation, Lieveld shared her stories, research, photos and local/global involvement with Women’s Global Connection’s (WGC) partner women’s group in Tanzania to address water transport and health in the villages.

(Pictured L-R) Diana Sanchez, director of residence life, and Janine Chavez, secretary/office coordinator to the dean of student life, attend a Campus Activities Board (CAB) event sponsored by Sonic at Dubuis Lawn on Thursday, March 21.

Third Annual UIW Easter Egg Hunt
Join Alumni Relations for the Third Annual UIW Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 23 at 10 a.m., back soccer fields. The UIW Alumni Association hosts this free, family event for all UIW Alumni and schools in the Brainpower connection. RSVP at Sign up now to bring your kids and grandkids to take a picture with the Easter Bunny and visit the beautiful UIW campus. For more info, contact Steve Hemphill at (210) 805-3595 or

Music Therapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders
Sponsored by the UIW Music Therapy Program, Tiffany Dawn, MS, MT-BC, will present “Music Therapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders” on Saturday, March 23, 1-4:30 p.m., in the Fine Arts Building, Palestrina Hall. Cost: $25 for a 3 credit CEU; $10 for general public; and free admission for UIW faculty, staff and students. For more info, contact Dr. Janice Dvorkin at (210) 829-3856 or

11th Annual Psychology Research Colloquium
Keynote Speaker Mark Barisa, Ph.D. from the Baylor Rehabilitation Institute (Dallas, TX) will speak on Monday, March 25 in Mabee Library Auditorium about ObamaCare and the impact of this legislation on health care with an emphasis on the role of psychology when “mental health parity” begins in January 2014.Barisa will present from 9-10:30 a.m. The Colloquium will also include psychology student research presentations from 10:30 a.m.-noon. For info, contact Dr. John Velasquez at (210) 829-3960 or  

Residence Life presents Not Your Stereotypical Runway
Residence Life will present Not Your Stereotypical Runway, an event assisting in education related towards stereotyping, labels, etc., on Monday, March 25, 5-7 p.m., Dubuis Lawn. The RAs will be conducting a fashion show runway dressed in diverse labeling stereotypes. Students, community, faculty and staff will be able to attain free gift bags, free food and giveaways. For info, contact Vanessa Cerda at (210) 829-6034 or

The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, a report by Dr. Jessica Kimmel
Dr. Jessica Kimmel participated in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, March 4-15, 2013, in New York City as a delegate of the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction (WCCI).  She was among women from 157 countries who developed recommendations on women’s issues for the United Nations. Learn more about this gathering: Kimmel of the Dreeben School of Education has been recognized with the UIW Presidential Teaching Award. In WCCI, she was a major leader in the 2013 World Council of Curriculum and Instruction Conference in Taiwan: Kimmel will give a report on Tuesday, March 26, noon-1 p.m., in the Joyce Building, Tilton Room. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Drinks and sweets will be provided. For more info, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 829-3854 or

Honors Project Symposium
The Honors Project Symposium is a celebration to recognize the hard work of our graduating seniors in completing their senior projects. The project is a culmination of their studies and fulfills a requirement of the UIW Honors Program. The Symposium has two parts: March 27 is the Research Night and April 4 is the Creative Night. Fourteen students will present their original research in the natural and social sciences on Wednesday, March 27, 5:30-8:30 p.m., in the ICC Conference Room. Refreshments will be served. For more info, contact Jean Loden at (210) 832-3211 or

Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness to Change
In 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King sent out a call to religious leaders of all faiths and denominations to support the quest for voting rights through their physical presence in a nonviolent march from Selma to Montgomery. Six nuns from the Midwest participated in the march and others provided services to the marchers behind the scenes. This documentary being shown on Wednesday, March 27, 6-7 p.m., in Marian Hall includes interviews of some of the Sisters and archival footage of the march. Discussion will follow. For more info, contact Dr. Sharon Herbers at (210) 805-3073 or

Currency & National Flags
UIW’s Institute of World Culture will present Currency & National Flags, a presentation on several different countries' currencies and the meaning of their flags, on Thursday, March 28, 4:30-6:30 p.m., in ICC Board Room #1. For more info, contact Meiling Song at (210) 362-0981 or

"Celebrate Spring" with Refugee Families
As part of the UIW Interfaith Service Challenge, students, faculty and friends are invited to host refugee children and their families for the fourth annual “Celebrate Spring,” a gathering with arts, crafts, games, music, and fun from many cultures on Friday, March 29, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Denman Estate Park (7735 Mockingbird Lane, San Antonio, Texas  78229). Please RSVP to or Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 829-3854. Please let us know if you can bring art supplies, eggs, music, snacks, etc. and if you need a ride from Marian Hall at 9 a.m.  Read about “Celebrate Spring” in previous years: See Denman Estate Park Pavilion from Korea:

Corporate Cup Team UIW Gives Back
Live the Mission of UIW and give back to our local community. Join Team UIW on Dubuis Lawn to learn more about this year’s Corporate Cup and make donations for the San Antonio Food Bank and Haven for Hope. When you donate 4 canned foods, new/unused package of white shirts, package of socks, package of underwear (men or women’s), cotton sport or regular bras and/or a make a contribution of at least $5.00 we will provide your lunch. The event is on Friday, April 5 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and all faculty, staff and administrators are invited. There will also be donation stations at the Marian Hall Student Center, the basement of the Administration Building, the Kathleen Watson Enrollment Center & the Natatorium from March 23-April 30 if you can’t make it out to the lunch. For more information please contact Heather Hamilton at 210-832-2104 or Rick Smith at 210-283-6448.

Department News

iPad User's Group Meeting
The iPad User's Group Meeting on Friday, March 22, noon-1 p.m., will cover three Apps:

  • TinyScan turns your iPhone or iPad into a mini scanner for documents, photos, receipts and other texts. With TinyScan, you can scan your documents at anywhere and store or email them as PDF files.
  • AppShopper lists deals and descriptions on various Apps and features a wish-list which emails you when an App goes on sale.
  • Apps Gone Free lists Apps, price history, and features Apps that are available free on that particular day.

There will also be time for you to share your favorite teaching, learning and productivity Apps. All three apps are free for the iPad. Lunch will be served. For more info, contact (210) 829-3920 or

UIW Tech Fair
Instructional Technology is currently planning the third annual UIW Tech Fair which will be held Wednesday, April 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in Marian Hall Ballroom. We have booths showcasing technology-based projects and will be having 30 minute presentations throughout the day in our App Corner and Interactive Corner. The App corner will be dedicated to showcasing Apps that can be used for teaching and learning and the Interactive Corner will have a few iPads that can be used during a presentation to allow for interactivity and learning. For more info, contact Ana Gonzalez at or Terry Peak at

Extended Academic Programs

EAP Information Sessions
Join EAP for an information session for adult students wanting to earn a degree on Tuesday, April 9, 6 p.m., at the Dr. Burton E. Grossman International 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.

Community News

100k club
We would like to congratulate (pictured L-R) Marisol M. Scheer, academic advisor for virtual university; Dr. Audra Skukauskaite, associate professor of education; Armando Villarreal, Jr., programmer analyst; and (not pictured) Minnie Cieslak, administrative secretary to the dean of the Rosenberg School of Optometry; for becoming the first employees to successfully walk over 100,000 steps as part of the Employee Walking Program.

UIW in the News (click the links below to view)

Garden Workday
Learn about living a sustainable lifestyle, while beautifying the campus. During this garden workday in the UIW Community Garden on Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., volunteers will help plant spring crops, complete new raised beds, and gain up to four hours of off-campus community service. A portion of the proceeds benefits the San Antonio Food Bank. For more info, contact Stephen Lucke at (210) 478-7292 or

Begin Your Job Search in the Digital Age
Students can learn where to start their job/internship search online and what resources are available to them on Tuesday, March 26, 5-6:30 p.m., Mabee Library, Room 230. The presenter will go over online job search resources such as Career Circuit, Campus2Careers, LinkedIn and other sites. Due to limited space, registration is strictly required: For more info, contact Career Services at (210) 829-3931 or   

Intro to Quantitative Research Methods
The Graduate Support Center will offer Intro to Quantitative Research Methods on Monday, March 25, 6-8 p.m., and Wednesday, March 27, 6-8 p.m., in Mabee Library’s Special Collections Room. Presented by Dr. David Fike , this workshop explores the techniques of systematic empirical investigation of social phenomena via statistical, mathematical or computational techniques. For more info, contact Dr. David Ortiz at (210) 283-6454 or

Understanding Travel
This event on Wednesday, March 27, noon-1 p.m., in the Nursing Building Conference Room 142 is open to all Restricted Account and Grant Account Holders of UIW. The presentation will focus on travel advances, travel procedures and best practices. Don't forget to bring your lunch. For more info, contact Lucy San Roman at (210) 805-1223 or

Health Professions Information Night
The UIW Office of Admissions and several faculty members from our health professions programs will explore numerous opportunities available at UIW on Saturday, March 27, 6:30-8 p.m. in the Nursing Building Auditorium. For more info, contact Judy Barger at (210) 829-6005 or

theFund Campaign for the Arts
UIW/IWHS/SACHS is participating again this year in theFund employee giving campaign.Sponsored by the San Antonio United Arts Fund, this program provides financial assistance to qualified arts and cultural organizations right here in San Antonio.Information packets have been distributed to all full-time employee mailboxes and the campaign will run March 4-29. To find out more, or if you need an information packet, please contact Dr. David Maize or Linda Etter at (210) 883-1020 or

$500 Rally Alley Package Now Available
Reserve your tailgate space for the 2013 football season now. University departments and student groups are encouraged to take advantage of this limited time offer: a tailgate space in Rally Alley and 20 vouchers for a general admission ticket for each home game for $500. This is advantageous for groups who host families, non-employees, alumni, etc., because you can tailgate and give your attendees a ticket to the game. This deal is only available until April 1. For more information and to order, contact Kevin Rubel at (210) 805-3000 or Don’t miss the opportunity to make an impact.

2013 William E. Mulcahy Award Nominations
The Earth Month Committee is accepting nominations for the 2013 William E. Mulcahy Award. Nominations will be accepted until Monday, April 15. Submissions should include a short summary of the nominee’s contribution to the preservation of the planet and may be submitted to the Earth Month Committee, c/o Dr. Sally Said, AD 258,

36th Annual Swing-In seeking volunteers
Enjoy food and beverages as you volunteer for UIW’s biggest fundraiser. We are looking for fun and dedicated faculty, staff and/or administration to volunteer at the Auction Party on Thursday, May 2, 5:45-10 p.m. and the Golf Tournament on Friday, May 3, 6 a.m.-noon or noon-6 p.m. To date, Swing-In has raised over $3.1 million dollars for the UIW Scholarship Fund and our dedicated volunteers help to make this two-day event go as seamlessly as possible. For more information or to volunteer please email Kayla Rice, special events coordinator for public relations, at or Stephanie Rodriguez, development officer, at

Faculty Focus

Moody Professor Dr. Sally Said speaks to the UIW community during her UIW Moody Professor Lecture, “In Search of Spider Woman: Navajo Ethnogenesis and Navajo Weaving,” in Mabee Library’s Special Collections Room on Tuesday, March 19. Displayed on the table are Navajo weaved rugs.

rso vsp
(Pictured L-R) John Mazziotti, district manager, Marchon Eyewear Inc.; Dr. Sandra Fortenberry, directory of professional relations, Rosenberg School of Optometry (RSO); Joy Denny, regional manager, VSP Strategic Partners; Dr. Andrew R. Buzzelli, dean, RSO; Homer Martinez, optical manager, RSO; and Maricruz Garza, sales director, VSPOne Dallas, Optical Laboratory; share a photo at RSO on Feb. 19. VSP donated $50,000 toward the Optical Dispensary at the UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry Eye Care and Health Center located on the East Side of San Antonio. VSP delivers eye care services to 58 million members nationwide primarily through independent doctors of optometry.

UIW professor of communications displays video at Luminaria 2013
Along with artist Ruth Buentello, Dr. Joey Lopez, assistant professor of communications, who is in charge of UIW’s Convergent Media concentration, displayed a video projected installation at Luminaria 2013. The installation was a huge success and garnered positive feedback from both patrons and critics alike. For more information, please visit their website at:

RSO professor receives George Mertz New Educator Travel Award
Dr. ChandraMickles, assistant clinical professor, Rosenberg School of Optometry (RSO),has been chosen by the Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE) executive committee to receive the George Mertz New Educator Travel Award. She will be recognized for her growing contributions to contact lens education at theAOCLE meeting held in June.

Mobile Learning Program for School Year 2014
UIW is committed to supporting the continued use of mobile devices in the classroom to enhance teaching and learning. Information Resources has received funding to support Phase II of UIW's Mobile Learning Program. This is an opportunity to provide interested faculty with mobile devices that can be integrated into their classroom teaching. Proposals are being sought from full-time faculty members interested in participating in the program in the Fall 2013 and/or Spring 2014 semesters. Please see the following Call for Proposals and click on the link to submit your proposal: Faculty can go to the link provided and submit a proposal by March 22.

High Schools

Open House for UIW Prep
UIW Prep will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday, March 26, 6:30 p.m., at the Dr. Burton E. Grossman International Conference Center Auditorium to present the online high school college prep program. UIW Prep provides high school classes and dual credit college courses that can be taken in addition to regular classwork or to enhance current studies. Classes are available for full time students or for individual classes. Start planning for our two four-week summer school sessions now. Meet and visit with UIW Prep administrators and instructors.  Staff will be available to answer questions and assist with admissions. For more information, visit or RSVP at (210) 805-3013/

Salsa & Scholarship
IWHS is inviting one and all to the Salsa & Scholarships fundraiser, Sunday, April 7, noon- 4 p.m., at Incarnate Word High School. You will experience a wonderful afternoon filled with festivities, including a fajita meal with all the trimmings, silent auction, children’s carnival games, entertainment, Mercado, an art walk, and more. All proceeds from this event provide scholarships to IWHS students in financial need. The pre-sale tickets are $15 per adult and $5 per child (6 and under). For more info, contact Stephanie Denning at (210) 832-2143 or

IWHS Spring Open House
IWHS will host their Spring Open House on Sunday, April 14, 2-4 p.m., on the IWHS campus to provide a preview for sixth and seventh grade students and families introducing them to what IWHS has to offer. For more info, contact Annette Zahirniak at (210) 829-3123 or

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Headwaters Coalition Volunteer Work Day
The Headwaters Coalition is hosting a Volunteer Work Day outdoors in the Headwaters Sanctuary on Thursday, March 28, 8:30-11:30 a.m., which is adjacent to the UIW baseball field. We meet at the picnic tables north of the baseball fields. For more info, contact Helen Ballew at (210) 828-2224, x232, or


Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • Her family and the Sisters of the Incarnate Word & Blessed Sacrament, Houston, on the recent loss of Sr. Miriam Meskill, C.V.I. (BA ’53).
  • Nancy (UIW Bd. of Trustees) and Frank (UIW Dev. Bd.) Kudla & family on the recent loss of her sister, Cynthia Mariano Peed.
  • Melinda and Art Saucedo & family on the recent loss of their son, Erik Jacob Saucedo (UIW current student).

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