The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: April 12, 2013

Photo of the Week

Faculty Awards
UIW faculty members and administrators share a photo at the Faculty Appreciation Luncheon held in the Rosenberg Sky Room at the McCombs Center on Thursday, April 4.  

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2013 Provost’s Legacy Teaching Award who were recognized at the luncheon for their commitment within their first five years at UIW to keeping alive the rich tradition of teaching excellence that characterizes UIW. The recipients included Dr. Joleen Beltrami, instructor of mathematics; Dr. Noah Kasraie, assistant professor of teacher education; Dr. Russell Raymond, assistant professor of biology; and Dr. Teresa Taylor-Partridge, assistant professor of psychology.

Congratulations to Dr. Douglas Gilmour, associate professor of philosophy, on his selection as the Presidential Teaching Award recipient of 2013. Gilmour was selected from a noteworthy group of full-time faculty from every college and school including faculty from every stage of their teaching careers. These wonderful educators were nominated in early spring by colleagues, current students and alumni. Gilmour and the nominees were acknowledged at the luncheon.

Congratulations to the 2013-2014 Moody Professor Teresa Tiggeman, professor of accounting and finance. Several Moody Professors were on-hand for Tiggeman’s announcement at the Faculty Appreciation Luncheon. The Moody Professorship, established in 1971 at UIW and Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) through a grant made to the two institutions by the Moody Foundation, is a distinctive honor reflecting the level of scholarship attained by the recipient.


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

Mass Cancellation Notice
There will be no noon Mass on Friday, April 12. Daily Mass will resume on Monday, April 15.


ccvi award swofford
(Pictured L-R) Dr. Mary Beth Swofford, associate professor of English, and Marveen Mahon, director of health services, wave during Incarnate Word Day’s Parade of Values: Golf Cart Parade in Dubuis Circle on Monday, April 8. Swofford was honored with the 2013 CCVI Spirit Award at the Incarnate Word Day Mass celebrated Monday, April 8 at Our Lady’s Chapel.

ccvi student award
(Pictured L-R) Dr. Kathi Light, provost, and Caroline Garcia, UIW student, pose for a photo during the Incarnate Word Day Mass. Garcia was honored with the 2013 CCVI Student Spirit Award.

sr. slattery iw day
As part of Incarnate Word Day events, Sr. Margaret Patrice Slattery, CCVI, president emerita, gives a presentation on the origins and history of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in the Mabee Library Auditorium on Monday, April 8.

corporate cup give back
Members of the Corporate Cup Committee and volunteers for this year’s Corporate Cup share a photo during the Team UIW Gives Back event on Dubuis Lawn. On Friday, April 5, donations were collected for the San Antonio Food Bank and Haven for Hope. Faculty, staff and administrators were invited to donate and to learn more about this year’s Corporate Cup. Currently, 140 pounds of food has been collected. 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 through April 30. For more information, please contact Heather Hamilton at (210) 832-2104 or Rick Smith at (210) 283-6448.

moore play conference
Dr. Mary Ruth Moore, professor of teacher education, speaks to the UIW community during the Lifelong Health, Fitness, and Learning Through Play Conference on Friday, April 5 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Dr. Stuart Brown, author of the report to Gov.John 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 University of Texas Tower in 1966, spoke during the event. Dr. Joe Frost, UIW’s benefactor of the Frost Play Research Collection at Mabee Library, served as the keynote speaker. The event was sponsored by the Joe L. Frost Play Research Collection and the Dreeben School of Education.  

Tech Fair Presentations Online
The 3rd annual UIW Tech Fair took place Wednesday, April 3 with an attendance of over 500 people from the community.If you missed the presentations that occurred during the Tech Fair, you can now view them online at thanks to sponsors Crestron, Kaltura and UIW Instructional Technology.

The Interactive Corner presentations can be viewed directly at:

App Table presentations can be viewed directly at:

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Ana Gonzalez at

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

Orchestra of the Incarnate Word performs at OLLU
UIW Orchestra will perform Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 in A, Op.92 and Schumann - Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54 on Monday, April 15, 7:30-9 p.m., at Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) in the Thiery Auditorium. The performance is free and open to the public. For more info, contact the UIW Music Department at (210) 829-3855 or

UIW Earth Month Research Symposium
During the Fourth Annual Earth Day Research Symposium on Monday, April 15, 6-7:30 p.m., Bonilla Science Hall, students, faculty and UIW community members will present research and discuss topics related to environmental issues. The event is co-sponsored by the UIW Earth Month Committee and Dreeben School of Education. Contacts: Dr. Judith Beauford,beauford@uiwtx.eduand Dr. Noah Kasraie, For more info, visit

UIW Baseball vs. St. Mary’s at Wolff Stadium – Special Event
Join the UIW Cardinals Club and the UIW Alumni Association at Wolff Stadium on Tuesday, April 16 at 6 p.m. when UIW Baseball takes on St. Mary’s University. Members of the UIW Cardinals Club are free with advanced registration; non-members are $20. Event ticket includes admission to the game, seating on the Fiesta Deck, food and a beverage. For more information and for payment or registration, contact Rick Smith at or (210) 283-6448.

Woman's Global Connection Presentation
Dr. Patricia Lieveld, professor in the Feik School of Pharmacy and volunteer with Women’s Global Connection (WGC), a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, will share a wealth of experiences from her research on global water issues, especially as they affect women and children, on Tuesday, April 16, noon-1 p.m., in the Joyce Building, Tilton Room. She will offer her stories about the exciting clean water and water access initiatives underway in Tanzania with WGC’s partner women’s group. Come hear this important presentation and ways you can be involved. Light snacks provided. The event is co-sponsored by the UIW Earth Month Committee and WGC. For more info, contact Dr. Alison Buck at

Residence Life will host VIVA UIW, an alcohol awareness program with educational concepts focusing on Fiesta history and traditions, on Wednesday, April 17, 5-7 p.m., on Dubuis Lawn. For more info, contact Vanessa Cerda at (210) 829-6034 or

Japanese Experience: Sushi, Tea Ceremony and Origami
UIW’s Institute of World Cultures will provide an opportunity to gain a hands-on experience in making sushi, learn about traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, and create origami art on Thursday, April 18, 4:30-6:30 p.m., in the ICC Business Center Room. Cost: $5 per person. For more info, contact Meiling Song at (210) 805-5820 or

Italian American Reconciliation
The UIW Theatre Department presents “Italian American Reconciliation,” by John Patrick Shanley, on April 19, 20, 26, and 27 at 8 p.m.; April 20 at 2 p.m.; and April 25 at 7 p.m. in Cheever Downstage II Theatre. Cost: Adults $10; Seniors $9; Non-UIW Students $8; Groups (10 or more) $6; UIW students, faculty and staff may attend free of charge. Love in New York City’s “Little Italy” can be a romantic dream or a nightmare in this hilarious comedy by one of Broadway’s most popular playwrights. For more info, contact the Theatre Department at (210) 829-3800 or

2nd Annual Kappa Sigma Golf Classic
This year the UIW (Rho-Upsilon) Chapter of Kappa Sigma will be hosting a golf tournament at the Silverhorn Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas. The event will be help raise money for the Fisher House Foundation and the chapter. Kappa Sigma is asking for your help and company sponsorship, which is tax deductible. The event will be on Saturday, April 20, 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch and door prizes will be available for participants. The event is open to the public. Contact Jacob Ramirez for info at (210) 473-8437.

The Cutting Edge Fiesta® Fashion Show medals are now available for $5. They can be purchased through the fashion department 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 United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide some stipends to select students. For more details go to

Extended Academic Programs

Dr. Cyndi Wilson Porter speaks at Bright Horizons Client Conference
Dr. Cyndi Wilson Porter, vice president for Extended Academic Programs (EAP), was an invited speaker, representing non-profit, private education at the Bright Horizons Client Conference this week. Porter discussed the changing landscape of higher education for adults. Bright Horizons is the parent company of EdAssist Tuition Services, a company that works with major corporations to manage their tuition assistance dollars.EAP is a preferred provider of education.

EAP Marketing and Recruitment hosts Open House
EAP Marketing and Recruitment held an Open House on Tuesday, April 9 at the UIW International Conference Center Auditorium.The event was well attended by perspective EAP students. Kudos to Julie Weber, director of marketing and recruitment for EAP, and her staff for an excellent event.

EAP hosts first of three Criminal Justice candidates
Join EAP on Friday, April 12, as they host the first of three Criminal Justice candidates. Dr. Evaristus Otatade Obinyan will be giving a presentation and taking part in a Q&A at the Northwest Center at 10 a.m.

Community News

lunch and learn
Dr. Alexander Hutchison, assistant professor of biology, discusses easy ways to stay active with the UIW community during the Employee Wellness Lunch & Learn held in Marian Hall Ballroom on Thursday, April 11.  

gdsa steph
Stephanie Rodriguez, development officer, shares a photo with Brenda Jimenez from Univision’s Despierta San Antonio. Stephanie was there to invite the San Antonio community to the 2013 Cutting Edge Fiesta® Fashion Show.

Writing and Learning Center and the English Club present Collaborative Social Media Event
The Writing and Learning Center and the English Club present their first collaborative social media event. Any member of the UIW community is welcome to join in writing a story via Twitter. For more information and guidelines, click here: This event will run until Friday, April 12.

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 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

Critical Thinking and Analysis
Participation in graduate school requires students to be reflective thinkers, causing students to see the world differently. This workshop presented by Dr. Hector Perez on Tuesday, April 16, 6-8 p.m., and Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.-noon, in Mabee Library’s Special Collections Room will engage participants in the concepts of reasoning, logic and critical thinking. Participants will develop and organize arguments in order to identify and develop critical thinking skill sets. For more info, contact Dr. David Ortiz at (210) 283-6454 or

Resume Basics
Resume Basics is a 45 minute presentation on essential resume elements on Wednesday, April 17, 1:30 p.m., in Mabee Library Auditorium. The presentation is recommended for freshmen, sophomores and students who have not yet created a resume. Faculty members 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 Avenue. The UIW Center for Veterans Affairs and representatives from other UIW offices, including Admissions, the 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 (210) 832-2154.

Affording UIW
The Affording UIW Information Session on Thursday, April 18, 6:30-8 p.m., in Mabee Library Auditorium is a great way to learn how you can afford a private education during challenging economic times. Discover the numerous financial aid opportunities available to UIW students. Admissions and Financial Aid representatives will be available to help answer questions. For info, contact the Office of Admissions at (210) 829-6005.

Garden Workday
Learn about living a sustainable lifestyle, while beautifying the campus. During this garden workday in the UIW Community Garden on Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., volunteers will help maintain spring crops, beautify the UIW Gardens 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

Innovative Cardinal Suggestion Program
The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce the new Innovative Cardinal Suggestion Program which provides employees with an opportunity to share their cost savings ideas and receive monetary rewards. Full-time faculty, staff and administrators are eligible to participate. You harness the power to make a difference at UIW. Please see the UIW Human Resources website at for the program guidelines and suggestion form.

Bill Mulcahy Ecological Stewardship Award Presentation
The Bill Mulcahy Award for Ecological Stewardship was first conceived and given to the award’s namesake in 2007 in recognition of Bill Mulcahy, grounds superintendent, for his leadership in ecological conservation and care of the land that is home to the UIW.In 2008, Dr. Bob Connelly received the award. Ben McPherson was the recipient in 2009, Sally Said received the award in 2010, and Adela Gott was the award winner in 2011. Last year's recipient was Sr. Helena Monahan, who accepted the award on behalf of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. 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 Sally Said, Modern Languages Department, or by email The Bill Mulcahy Ecological Stewardship Award Presentation will be held on Monday, April 22, noon-12:30 p.m., at Westgate Circle.

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

no means no
A UIW faculty panel meets on Wednesday, April 10 in AD 212 during a “Cultural Aspects of University Teaching” session. The panel discussed how the word “no” can provoke a range of culturally charged responses.

Sr. Martha Ann Kirk’s article published in “Sacred Dance Guild Journal”
Over a hundred people of all ages participated in “Religious Dance and Drama INCARNATING COMPASSION” on March 9 at UIW. Sr. Martha Ann Kirk’sarticle with pictures is featured in the “Sacred Dance Guild Journal,” Spring 2013:

Grading Efficiently Workshop
Writing and Learning Center Director Dr. Amanda Johnston will lead a workshop on responding to student writing efficiently yet helpfully on Wednesday, April 17, noon-1 p.m., AD 215. Participants will consider selecting the issues to mark, crafting a note to guide improvement, using tools like rubrics and checklists, and using conferences and peer response groups. For more information, contact Dr. Susan Hall at (210) 283-5030 or

Cultural Aspects of Teaching: Hispanic Cultures
In the next session in the “Cultural Aspects of University Teaching” series on Thursday, April 18, noon-1 p.m., AD 212, a UIW faculty panel will discuss cultural issues that can arise when teaching students from Mexico and from Hispanic cultures within the United States. Join colleagues for a free lunch, an interesting presentation, and conversation about our increasingly diverse campus. Reserve your spot at or contact Dr. Susan Hall at (210) 283-5030 or

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

High Schools

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

SACHS Summer Athletic Camps
St. Anthony Catholic High School (SACHS) will be offering several athletic camps this summer. To learn more, please visit


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 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.

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