The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: April 5, 2013

Photo of the Week

(Pictured L-R) Diana Sanchez, director of residence life; Paul Ayala, director of university events and student programs; Christina Leeth, assistant director of campus life; and Janine Chavez, secretary/office coordinator to the dean of student life; share a photo at the 2013 Tech Fair in Marian Hall Ballroom on Wednesday, April 3.


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

Incarnate Word Day
Please join UIW to celebrate Incarnate Word Day on Monday, April 8 with the UIW community and its founding congregation the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Incarnate Word Day celebrates the feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Incarnation of the Eternal Word, God. All events are open to the public. For more info, contact Mission and Ministry at (210) 829-3128. 

Incarnate Word Day schedule of events is as follows:

9:30 a.m.
Liturgy of the Hours:  Morning Prayer
Our Lady’s Chapel

10 a.m.
Sr. Margaret Patrice: 
History, origins, etc.  
Mabee Library Auditorium

11:50 a.m.    
Presentation of CCVI Spirit Awards
•Student Award
Our Lady’s Chapel

Liturgy of the Day
Our Lady’s Chapel

Noon-2 p.m.
Lunch Dubuis Lawn

Parade of Values
Dubuis Circle

3 p.m.                                           
Presentation on Incarnational Spirituality Fr. John Markey, OP
Mabee Library Auditorium

4 p.m.  
Dubuis Circle


2013 Tech Fair Photos

Terry Peak, coordinator of technology training, speaks during the 2013 Tech Fair. The fair hosted approximately 500 attendees and included representation from 16 vendors, 14 UIW programs and departments, and three employers in the Employer Showcase. The employers spoke with students about technology jobs and qualifications. Various faculty members gave presentations showcasing apps and technologies that have enhanced their teaching, student project presentations and vendor presentations.

(Pictured L-R) Dell Davis, Mabee Library’s director of public services, and Fabian Rodriguez, Mabee Library’s Media Center assistant, greet guests and handout door prize tickets during the Tech Fair.  

(Pictured L-R) Ana Gonzalez, director of instructional technology, and Anthony Ramos, director of technical support services, pose for a photo during the Tech Fair.

Corporate Cup Team UIW Gives Back
Live the Mission of UIW and give back to the local community. Join Team UIW on Dubuis Lawn, Friday, April 5, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., to learn more about this year’s Corporate Cup and make donations for the San Antonio Food Bank and Haven for Hope. All employees are invited to enjoy lunch when you donate four canned food items, a new/unused package of white shirts, a package of socks, a package of underwear (men or women’s), cotton sport or regular bras and/or make a donation of at least $5. Donation stations will be available at the Marian Hall Student Center, the basement of the Administration Building, the Kathleen Watson Enrollment Center and the Natatorium from March 23-April 30. For more information please contact Heather Hamilton at (210) 832-2104 or Rick Smith at (210) 283-6448.

Lifelong Health, Fitness, and Learning Through Play Conference
This conference is for anyone interested in the health and wellbeing of children, teens, and adults and is set for Friday, April 5, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., in Marian Hall Ballroom. Dr. Stuart Brown, author of the report to Gov.Connally and the lead psychiatrist writing the exhaustive two-year report with a panel of experts to explain why Charles Whitmann killed the people at the UT Tower in 1966, will speak following lunch at 12:15-1 p.m. in Marian Hall Ballroom. The event is sponsored by the Joe L. Frost Play Research Collection at the Mabee Library and the Dreeben School of Education. For more info, please visit  or Contact Dr. Mary Ruth Moore at (210) 829-3137 or with questions.

Golf Cart Parade
The Golf Cart Parade will begin at 1 p.m. or immediately following the CCVI awards on Monday, April 8. Campus Life still has room for departments and organizations to sign up and participate. Please contact Daniel Ryan at

Cardinal Carnival
In celebration of Incarnate Word Day on Monday, April 8, come out and enjoy games, food, music and fun with UIW students and organizations at the Natatorium parking lot, 4-7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Campus Activities Board (CAB). For more info, contact CAB at (210) 841-7376 or

Helen Ballew, director of the Headwaters Coalition, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, presents The Headwaters at Incarnate Word, a Gift from the Creator, an Invitation to Us to the UIW community in Mabee Library Auditorium on Wednesday, April 3.

Mike Sins, vice president of special events, Men's Warehouse, spoke to approximately 60 graduate students and faculty on Monday, April 1, in Mabee Library Auditorium about how to dress for success and gave tips on interviewing -- in the picture above, he teaches students how to tie a windsor knot and gave them the silk ties to keep.

UIW Art Department presents Uncommon Ground
The Senior Capstone Exhibit, Uncommon Ground, will be on display in the Semmes Gallery, April 10 – May 10. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday (except UIW holidays). An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 6-7:30 p.m., in Semmes Gallery.  For more info, contact the UIW Art Department at (210) 829-3855 or

Foam Party
Join the Campus Activities Board at the annual Foam Party featuring DJ JC Flores. Come out and enjoy great music and FOAM with the UIW Student Community on Thursday, April 11, 8-11 p.m., Natatorium parking lot. For more info, contact Inez De La Rosa (210) 841-7376 or

Delta Xi Nu Multicultural Sorority 3rd Annual 5K Benefit Run
This benefit run on Sunday, April 14, 8 a.m.-noon, will start in front of the Convocation Center. Proceeds benefit the Little Black Dress Society, a non-profit organization. Students and faculty are $5 and others are $7. For more info, contact Aricel Alvarado at (210) 364-3750 or

Government and International Affairs hosts Law Panel
A panel of lawyers from the San Antonio chapter of the American Corporate Counsel Association will discuss legal careers, focusing on legal careers in business and in-house counsel on Thursday, April 11, noon-1:15 p.m., in the AT&T Science Center, Room 121. For info, contact Dr. Gary Keith at (210) 832-2183 or

The Cutting Edge Fiesta® Fashion Show Medals are now available for $5. They can be purchased through the fashion office at JB214, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Julian Gold; and the Fiesta Store on Broadway. For more information, contact Leslie Kuhn at (210) 829-3141 or

Cutting Edge Fiesta® Fashion Show
UIW presents the 2013 Cutting Edge Fiesta® Fashion Show on Monday, April 22, at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, 101 Bowie Street. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. with the fashion show set for 11:30 a.m. the luncheon will be served immediately following the show. Tables are $1,500, $1,000, and $750, individual tickets are available for $75. For information and to make reservations, call (210) 829-6013. All proceeds from the event fund scholarships for students in UIW’s fashion management program.

Department News

Crucial UIW Technology Survey: The 2013 ECAR Survey
Now through April 12, the Information Resources Division is encouraging participation in the 2013 ECAR Survey.Please help us encourage students to complete this important survey which will provide insights on how to improve students’ experiences with technology.Undergraduate students should watch for an invitation to participate in their Cardinal Mail, and the survey should take about 20 minutes to complete.For any questions, please contact Robin Logan at

Some findings from the 2012 ECAR Study:

  • 75% of students say that technology helps them achieve their academic career.
  • 74% of students say they have taken at least one course that includes online components.
  • 54% of students say they are more actively involved in courses that use technology.
  • 67% say technology helps them feel connected to what’s going on at the institution.

Visit to view the full report.

MS in Applied Statistics
UIW Mathematics Department is seeking applicants for its Master of Science in Applied Statistics. Please submit applications before April 30. A grant from the USDA will provide some stipends to select students. For more details go to

Extended Academic Programs

Virtual University changed to UIW Online
The Virtual University has changed its name to UIW Online. This is an effort to align with the branding efforts taking place university-wide. When talking to friends, family or perspective students please use this new name.

EAP Spring Faculty Assembly
EAP held its Spring Faculty Assembly on Saturday, March 23. There were over 90 adjuncts in attendance at the Norris Conference Center.

EAP Information Session
Join EAP for an information session 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

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, April 6, 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

Effective and Engaging Presentations
Come learn tips and strategies for keeping your audience interested and alert during class presentations. Participants will learn how to integrate advanced PowerPoint features, public speaking strategies and building rapport using non-verbal cues. The Graduate Support Center will offer Effective and Engaging Presentations, presented by Dr. John Perry, on Monday, April 8, 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m.-noon, in Mabee Library’s Special Collections Room. For more info, contact Dr. David Ortiz at (210) 283-6454 or

Benefits & Salaries: Realistic Expectations
Come learn how to research salaries, evaluate a benefits package, and what kinds of things you’ll need to consider when discussing compensation on Tuesday, April 9, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Mabee Library Auditorium. Recommended for juniors and seniors. For more info, contact Career Services at (210) 829-3931 or

Tips and Strategies for Effective Interviewing
Experts will present to students tips and strategies for effective interviewing on Tuesday, April 9, 3-4:30 p.m., in Mabee Library Auditorium. Faculty are encouraged to bring classes. For more info, contact Career Services at (210) 829-3931 or

Spring 2013 Veterans’ Benefits Info Session
A veterans' benefits information session will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 at the Dr. Burton E. Grossman International Conference Center (ICC) Auditorium, located at the corner of Hwy. 281 N. and E. Hildebrand Ave. The UIW Center for Veterans Affairs and representatives from other UIW offices, including Admissions, Business Office, Student Success and Financial Aid, will be on hand to assist. RSVP online at For more information, contact the Center for Veterans Affairs at or 1-877-855-7957 or local (210) 832-2154.

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 a volunteer for UIW’s biggest fundraiser. The Development Office is 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

Teri Lopez (left), instructor of fashion management, shares a photo with UIW student designers Shatorria Whitener and Chasity Taylor at KENS for Great Day SA on Thursday, April 4.

(Pictured L-R) Leo Pereira, Ph.D. student; Dr. Osman Ozturgut, assistant professor of education; Denise Ramon, Ph.D. student; and Maria Cantu, Ph.D. student; pose for a photo during the 57th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society in New Orleans, La. during spring break. A total of 11 Ph.D. students presented at the conference.

As part of “The 2013 UNT Peace Conference: The Middle East---A New Era?” March 22-23, in Denton, Texas, Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, professor of religious studies, presented on her research in Iraq which she had begun as an art exchange between Iraqi and U.S. children. Wearing her “Make Art, Not War” shirt, Kirk joined some of the creators of “Your Night, My Day,” an exhibit of ongoing digitalcollaborative artworks of artists in Iran and the U.S. The Iranian initiator, Morehshin Allahyari, in a TEDx talk describes the project:;Most-popular  Kirk also presented “Hope and Healing: Stories from Iraqi Women of Three Generations” at the University of Texas Dallas sponsored by the Intercultural Women’s Society, the Institute of Interfaith Dialog, and the Turkish Women’s Association on March 22.  

Internal Faculty Award Application Deadline
The School of Graduate Studies and Research would like to remind faculty that applications for 2013-14 Faculty Endowment Research Award, Faculty Workload Reassignment Award, and Graduate Assistantship Award are due to the Office of Research Development no later than Friday, April 5 at noon. The award opportunities are available to faculty members of any discipline. Internal award applications and guidelines can be found online at and application assistance is available through Ms. Rebecca Ohnemus in the Office of Research Development.

UIW Graduation Exit Survey
Starting Monday, April 1 and through mid-May, the UIW Graduation Exit Survey will be available to all graduating students via Cardinal Mail. This crucial student feedback provides valuable insights to the effectiveness of UIW programs and services. Please make every effort to encourage all graduating students to take 20 minutes to provide their insights through this survey. Please direct any questions to Dr. Glenn James at

No Means No--Or Does It?
In the next session in the “Cultural Aspects of University Teaching” series, a UIW faculty panel will discuss how the word “no” can provoke a range of culturally charged responses on Wednesday, April 10, noon-1 p.m., AD 212. Consider joining colleagues for a free lunch, an interesting presentation, and conversation about UIW’s increasingly diverse campus.  Reserve your spot at  or contact Dr. Susan Hall at (210) 283-5030 or

High Schools

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. Guests 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 Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 13, 8:30-11:30 a.m., which is adjacent to the UIW baseball field. Volunteers will 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:

  • Brenda (Adm. Assist., Office of Mission & Ministry) and Robert Dimas & family on the recent loss of his father, Robert M. Dimas.
  • Theresa Elizondo-Orr (IWHS support staff) & family on the recent loss of her sister, Catherine Ann Elizondo (BA ’93).
  • Ana Fuentes (UIW Police Dept. Office Manager) (BA ’03, MAA ’10) & family on the recent loss of her grandfather, Armando Ballesteros.
  • Dr. David Ortiz (Grad. Support Ctr. Director) & family on the recent loss of his father, Francisco H. Ortiz.

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