The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: May 3, 2013

Photo of the Week

Tison Retirement
(Pictured clockwise) Dr. Kathi Light, provost; Sr. Teresa Stanley, CCVI; Dr. Louis J. Agnese, Jr., UIW president; Dr. Hector Gonzalez, friend and former colleague of Tison; Dr. Mary Hoke, dean of Ilya Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions; and Dr. Dianna Tison, assistant professor of nursing; share a photo in the foyer of the Nursing Building. A retirement celebration was held on Tuesday, April 30, in recognition of Tison’s over 40 years of teaching at UIW. During the celebration, Tison was honored with emerita status.


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



(Pictured L-R) Kayla Rice, public relations special event coordinator; Stehpanie Rodriguez, development officer; and Marcos Contreras, development office records and gifts coordinator; working hard at the 36th Annual Swing-In Auction Party on Thursday, May 2 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room.

smith cuellar agnese
(Pictured L-R) Co-founder of the Institute for Civility in Government Cassandra Dahnke, U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX 21), UIW President Dr. Louis Agnese, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX 28), and Co-founder of the Institute for Civility in Government Tomas Spath pose for a photo at the Grossman International Conference Center (ICC) Auditorium. On Wednesday, May 1, the UIW community was invited to attend a Congressional Student Forum, sponsored by the Institute for Civility in Government. During the forum, Smith and Cuellar spoke and took questions from UIW students.

employee walking program
Faculty, staff and students share a photo at the UIW Employee Walking Program brunch held in Mabee Library’s Special Collections Suite on Tuesday, April 30. Twenty-one employees participated in the program coached by students of the Worksite Health Promotion class; the students designed the program as a way to help promote wellness on campus. Employees were given pedometers to monitor their daily steps over a six week period. Six employees received awards during the brunch in recognition of their accomplishments as part of the program: Minnie Cieslack, 500,465 steps; Dr. Audra Skukauskaite, 475,231 steps; Rosalinda Villarreal, 436,449 steps; Marisol Scheer, 379,199 steps; Itza Casanova, 306,969 steps; Armando Villarreal, 268,920 steps; and Ana Gonzalez, 247,518 steps.   

liu international mixer
Dr. Hsin-I (Steve) Liu, associate professor of communication arts, shares a photo with international students graduating this spring in front of the Brackenridge Villa. On Tuesday, April 30, Alumni Relations hosted an International Graduate Mixer to wish the graduates well in their future endeavors.

slattery provost
Sr. Margaret Patrice Slattery, CCVI, president emerita, speaks to the UIW community during her "Life at Incarnate Word House with Sr. Margaret Patrice Slattery” presentation in the Provost Office on Wednesday, May 1. Slattery shared a personal glimpse of UIW during her tenure of service and residence at Incarnate Word House.

health fair 2013
Dr. Tina Lopez, assistant professor of pharmacy instruction; Dr. Vanessa Phillips, assistant professor of pharmacy instruction; Cynthia Richardson, instructor of nursing; Yvonne Davila, instructor of nursing; Dr. Joseph Bonilla, associate professor of nutrition; and Dr. Charles Connor, professor of optometry instruction; led the successful "Tus Medicinas y Tu Salud" Walmart/Univision Health Fair on Saturday, April 20. Over 350 primarily Spanish-speaking clients were screened and educated on a wide variety of health topics. Pictured are members of the UIW Student Nurses Association at the health fair. It was a collaborative event- pharmacy, optometry, nursing and nutrition students worked together with RN students from University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) and LVN students from St. Phillips College. Two more health fairs are planned for Fall 2013. Another nursing/pharmacy collaborative health fair was held at Haven For Hope on Tuesday, April 23; under the direction of Phillips, it focused on diabetes care.

KLRN Broadcasts of Texas Cavaliers, Battle of Flowers and Fiesta Flambeau Parades
UIW was once again the title sponsor for the KLRN broadcasts of the Texas Cavaliers, Battle of Flowers and Fiesta Flambeau parades. If you were unable to make it out to the parades, you can still view them online at

Cardinal Chorale & Cardinal Singers Spring Concert
The UIW Cardinal Chorale and Cardinal Singers will perform their annual spring concert for the UIW community and the public on Sunday, May 5, 3-4:30 p.m., at Our Lady’s Chapel. For more info, contact the UIW Music Department at (210) 829-3855 or

Orchestra of the Incarnate Word perform Beethoven and Schumann
UIW Orchestra will perform Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 in A, Op.92 and Schumann - Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54. The scehdule of performances is as follows:

  • Saturday, May 4, 8-9:30 p.m., in Our Lady’s Chapel
  • Wednesday, May 8, 7:30-9 p.m., at San Antonio College (SAC) in McAllister Auditorium
  • Friday, May 10, 8-9:30 p.m., at Concordia Lutheran Church (16801 Huebner Rd.)

For more info, contact the UIW Music Department at (210) 829-3855 or

Spring 2013 Commencement for Professional and Ph.D. Candidates  
Spring 2013 Commencement for Professional and Ph.D. candidates will take place on Friday, May 10, 6:30 p.m., at the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center. Tickets are required for admission. For more information, please visit or contact the Office of the Registrar at (210) 829-6006. UIWtv link for the live-stream feed from the fall Commencement:

Spring 2013 Baccalaureate Mass
The Spring 2013 Baccalaureate Mass will take place on Saturday, May 11, 5 p.m., at the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center. For more information, please visit or contact Campus Ministry at (210) 829-3128.

Spring 2013 Commencement for Undergraduate and Graduate Candidates
Spring 2013 Commencement for Undergraduate and Graduate candidates will take place on Sunday, May 12, 11 a.m., at Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum, 3201 East Houston, San Antonio, TX. Tickets are required for admission. For more information, please visit or contact the Office of the Registrar at (210) 829-6006. UIWtv link for the live-stream feed from the fall Commencement:

Live Coverage of Feik School of Pharmacy Oath and Hooding Ceremony
Live coverage of the Feik School of Pharmacy Oath and Hooding ceremony on Thursday, May 9 at 6 p.m. at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church (8134 Blanco Rd.), can be viewed at  For more information, please visit contact the Office of the Registrar at (210) 829-6006.

UIW Brainpower Center for Fencing and International Sports Grand Opening Celebration
Please join UIW President Dr. Louis J. Agnese, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and Bexar County Commissioner Paul Elizondo for the Grand Opening Celebration of the Brainpower Center for Fencing and International Sports on Monday, May 13, 10:30 a.m., at St. Anthony Catholic High School (3200 McCullough Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78212). Please RSVP to the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001. 

Department News

Sodexo Survey
Take the Sodexo survey at and be entered for a chance to win an iPad mini or one of four $50 gift cards. For more info, contact Josh Price at (210) 805-5874.

UIWEI perform eye exams for TASC, Inc.
Beginning Monday, April 8, the UIW Eye Institute (UIWEI) will be performing eye examinations for TASC, Inc. at Fort Sam Houston to determine subject eligibility for a study involving lasers and exposure to lasers. These exams will be comprehensive and will include evaluations of: dilated fundus exam; retinal photography; near and distance visual acuity (uncorrected and best corrected); color vision; confrontation visual fields; documentation of a history of eye disease, hypersensitivity to light, or if currently taking photosensitizing drugs; and documentation of a history of epilepsy. TASC, Inc., formerly The Analytic Sciences Corporation, Inc., is a private, defense contractor based outside Washington, D.C., in Chantilly, Virginia.  To lean more about TASC, Inc., visit

Extended Academic Programs

Dean of University Preparatory Programs and UIW Prep staff tour California high schools
Dan Ochoa, dean of university preparatory programs, and staff of UIW Prep are in San Francisco this week meeting with several California high schools to tour and learn about their health sciences high school curriculum.

Community News

eye and school
Staff members of UIW’s Rosenberg School of Optometry (RSO) pose for a photo at the UIW Eye and Vision Care Clinic on Monday, April 29. RSO teamed up with Northside Independent School District (NISD) April 29-May 1 to provide free eye exams to 60 pre-selected students between the ages of 5 and 9 years who failed their school vision screenings.These children either did not have vision insurance or the ability to pay for comprehensive eye care. Optometry students, under the direction of RSO clinic faculty, provided free eye examinations and the Essilor Vision Foundation provided free frames and lenses.

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

UIW B-Cycle Interest Survey
The City of San Antonio recently implemented the B-Cycle Shared Bike program which provides shared bicycles for anyone in the area who needs or wants local transportation throughout the workday for business and personal trips. City representatives have invited local universities to consider building bike-share stations on their campuses. This survey will help UIW’s leadership to evaluate our students’ and employees’ interest in taking part in the city-wide program. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. The responses you provide will help inform the UIW Sustainability Committee about the value of a bike-sharing program to our students and employees. If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Heather Barton-Weston at (210) 832-5643. To access the survey please click on this link:

Benefits Open Enrollment Meetings
The Benefits Open Enrollment period for plan year 2013 - 2014 began Friday, April 19. Benefits Open Enrollment Meetings are scheduled through May 3. During this period, UIW benefits eligible employees will have the opportunity to: change their insurance plans; add or drop dependents; increase their supplemental life insurance (Evidence of Insurability may be required); decrease their supplemental life insurance; and enroll in the Flexible Spending Account for plan year 2013-2014. The Humana NPOS 80/60 plan is being discontinued effective May 31, 2013. Employees on this plan will need to select another insurance plan. The final meeting is scheduled for Friday, May 3, 11 a.m.-noon, at the Rosenberg School of Optometry, Room 304. For more info, contact Sandra Reyes, benefits administrator, at (210) 829-608 or

Mabee Library and the Instructional Technology Services Extended Hours
The Mabee Library and the Instructional Technology Services are committed to the success of higher education for our students at UIW. We will extend our regular service hours in the library and the media center to provide additional opportunities for studying and research.

The extended hours for the Mabee Library, Monday, April 29, 2013 – Thursday, May 9, are as follows:

Monday, April 29 – Thursday, May 2

7 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Friday, May 3

7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday, May 4

8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, May 5

10 a.m. - midnight

Monday, May 6 - Wednesday, May 8

7 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Thursday, May 9

7 a.m. - midnight

The extended hours for the Media Center, Monday, April 29, 2013 – Thursday, May 9, are as follows:

Monday, April 29 – Thursday, May 2

8 a.m. - midnight

Friday, May 3

8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday, May 4

8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday, May 5

noon - midnight

Monday, May 6 - Wednesday, May 8

8 a.m. - midnight

Thursday, May 9

8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

RSVP for Sometime Singers-Players: Baccalaureate Mass
Join UIW’s Sometime Singers & Players, a group made up of faculty, staff, administrators and students (vocalists and instrumentalists) who cannot participate in weekly rehearsals and services, but who serve when possible at liturgical prayer throughout the school year. Your commitment to participate at the event and at rehearsals is made only when you RSVP to an event invitation by the RSVP date. To RSVP for the event below, or to have your name placed on the SS/P email list for future events, contact Lena Gokelman at or at Ext. 3207, or contact Dr. Glenn James at or Ext. 2717.

Spring Baccalaureate Mass: Saturday, May 11 at 5 p.m. at the Convocation Center (warm-up begins at 3:45 p.m.) Please attend two of the three rehearsals: Tuesday, May 7 (vocalists), Wednesday, May 8 (instrumentalists) and Thursday, May 9 (vocalists and instrumentalists). All rehearsals are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. RSVP by Friday, May 3. For questions about the rehearsal schedule, contact (210) 832-3207.

Garden Workday
Learn about living a sustainable lifestyle, while beautifying the campus. During this garden workday in the UIW Community Garden on Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., volunteers will help harvest spring crops, build tree rings 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

2013 UIW Cardinal Elite Basketball Camp
Kids ages 13 to 17 are invited to attend the 2013 UIW Elite Basketball Camp Monday, June 3-Tuesday, June 4, 6-8 p.m. Registration cost is $40. The camp will help participants to get mentally and physically ready for high school, AAU, college and pro basketball. For more information, contact Brian Curtis, assistant men’s basketball coach, at (210) 283-5052 or or visit 

Register for 2013 UIW Cardinal Basketball Camp
Kids ages six to 16 are invited to attend the 2013 UIW Cardinal Basketball Camp to improve skills through individual instruction, drills, lectures and games. The two-week camp will take place 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday, June 24-Thursday, June 27, and 9 a.m.-noon on Friday, June 28. The second week of camp will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday, July 1-Friday, July 6 (please note: there will be no camp scheduled for Wednesday, July 4). Cost to attend is $175 the first week all-day or $150 half-day; and $165 the second week all-day or $140 half-day. UIW faculty and staff receive 20 percent off cost. For more information, contact Brian Curtis, assistant men’s basketball coach, at (210) 283-5052 or or visit

Faculty Focus

craven spain
(Pictured L-R) Dr. Annette E. Craven, professor of management in the H-E-B Shcool of Business Administration; Dr. R. Seetharaman, CEO of Doha Bank Group; Doug Viehland, Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) executive director; Kal Kallaugher, editorial cartoonist for The Economist; Dr. Dirk Craen, president of European University (EU); and Mrs. Seetharaman; share a photo in Barcelona, Spain. During Craven's visit, Kallaugher presented her with a signed copy of his newly released book, "Daggers Drawn," which features 36 cover cartoons from The Economist. Craven was also the honored guest of the European University (EU) at the 40th Anniversary Celebration in Barcelona, Spain where she conducted leadership workshops, served as expert panelist on two panels and guest lectured for the Strategic Management students.

UIW Veterans Tribute Stole for current faculty veterans
Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Glenn James, the Center for Veterans Affairs is honored to award the UIW Veterans Tribute Stole to our current faculty who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Please come by the Kathleen Martin Watson Enrollment Center, 2nd Floor, Room 224, to pick up your stole for May Commencement. Please contact Karen Wyatt at (210) 829-2705 or with any questions.

UIW Graduation Exit Survey
Now 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

SACHS Spring Rummage Sale
St. Anthony Catholic High School (SACHS) will host a Spring Rummage Sale on Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.,  at the SACHS Gym & Parking Lot (3200 McCullough San Antonio, TX, 78212). If you would like to rent a space or have any questions, please contact Michelle Zamora at (210) 304-9219 or Please indicate how many spaces you would like. Cash or check made payable to St. Anthony’s High School. Spaces: Outdoor $10; Outdoor/mostly shaded $15;  and Indoor $25. Each space comes with one table. Set up time is between 7-9 a.m. A map of the Rummage Sale will be emailed/mailed prior to the sale for all who have registered early. SACHS will also be renting spaces the day of the Rummage Sale—first come first serve.

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

IWHS Spring Concert "Songs of the Silvery Screen"
IWHS Chorale and Madrigals will perform their Spring Choral Concert entitled, "Songs of the Silvery Screen," on Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Mt. Erin Hall on the IWHS campus. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. For more info, contact Mary Ann De La Garza at (210) 829-3100 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 Saturday, May 11 , 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:

  • The family of Helen Bennett (Former Faculty, IWHS & UIW) on her recent death.
  • Rita Pfeiffer Moulder (BA ’46) and Marjorie Pfeiffer Mascioti (BA ’51) & their families on the recent loss of their brother, Dr. John P. Pfeiffer, Jr.
  • Armando Rey & family (UIW Carpentry Supervisor) on the loss of his mother, and Armando Rey II & family (UIW Sch. of Physical Therapy) on the loss of his grandmother, Frances Rey Ramirez.
  • The family, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, and the entire UIW community on the recent loss of Sr. Mary Rose Winkle, CCVI (IWHS ’57, BA ’71).

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