The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: May 24, 2013

Photo of the Week

mem day 2013
In memory of those who have served in our nation's military and made the ultimate sacrifice, the Center for Veterans Affairs has placed a Memorial Day wreath in the Kathleen Martin Watson Enrollment Center foyer. The community is welcome to come by today and view the wreath.


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



Sr. K jubilee
(Pictured L-R) Jon Gillespie, associate director of foundation, corporate and government relations; Rosie Garcia, director of development; Debra Del Toro, director of public relations; Sr. Kathleen Coughlin, CCVI, vice president of institutional advancement; Lisa McNary, director of alumni relations; and Mike Hood, director of graphic design and printing services; share a photo in the Brackenridge Villa. On Wednesday, May 22, members of the Institutional Advancement team gathered to celebrate Coughlin’s Golden Jubilee recognizing her 50 years of service as a member of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.

vol appreciation swin-in
On Thursday, May 23, the Development Office held a Swing-In Volunteer Appreciation Celebration in the Brackenridge Villa to include free t-shirts, food and door prizes. This year’s Swing-In raised $338,500 benefiting the UIW Scholarship Fund—the highest amount in the event’s 36 year history. 

San Antonio Sports Corporate Cup
UIW will host the San Antonio Sports Corporate Cup on June 1, 2013 on campus. Last year, over 3,000 people and over 50 companies competed in events such as a 5K run, 5K walk, tug of war, dodge ball tournament, soccer kicks competition, and more. UIW took 3rd place overall in their division. Come out and support the UIW team. Visit the Corporate Cup information page at You can also contact Co-Captains Rick Smith at (210) 283-6448/ or Annette Thompson at (210) 283-5091/ for more details.

Need a ride to the Grand Opening and Dedication Celebration of UIW’s Bowden Eye Care & Health Center?
If you would like to attend the Grand Opening and Dedication Celebration of the Bowden Eye Care & Health Center on Wednesday, June 5 at 10 a.m. but need a ride to the 2547 E. Commerce St. location, please RSVP to the Office of Public Relations and let us know. We will secure a shuttle to transport guests from main campus to the center and back if we receive a minimum of 10 requests. For more info and to RSVP, please contact PR at (210) 829-6001. Request must be received by May 31.  

Center for Veterans Affairs hosts UIW Got Your 6 Lunch-n-Learn
Join UIW Veterans Affairs for discussions on veterans returning to school, transition to civilian life, academic support and successful adjustment to the university environment on Friday, June 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., ICC Conference Hall. Guest speaker will be Dr. Glenn James, associate provost, USAF (Ret.); a lunch and discussion will follow. RSVP to or (210) 832-2154. For more info, contact Karen Wyatt at (210) 829-2705.

Department News

IA Departments on the move
Three departments in the Division of Institutional Advancement will be moving in the next month. The Office of Alumni Relations and Office of Development will be moving from the Brackenridge Villa to the West House. The West House is located between the Feik School of Pharmacy and Incarnate Word High School. The Office of Public Relations will also be moving to the West House from the Watson Enrollment Center.

Tom Duckworth's Retirement Reception
Please join the Comptroller’s Office for Payroll Manager Tom Duckworth's retirement reception in Mabee Library’s Special Collections Suite on Thursday, May 30, 3-5 p.m. For more info, contact Veronica Castillo at (210) 829-2746 or

School of Mathematics, Science & Engineering Summer Camps
The School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering's annual Science Summer Camp for top performing students, open to upcoming high school juniors and seniors, will be held July 8-July 12 for girls only and July 15-July19 for co-ed. A schedule will be provided to students who are accepted for camp attendance. Schedules will vary per day of the camp. Students will conduct hands-on lab exercises, get an inside look at labs, participate in team activities, meet UIW professors and researchers and get insight to survive and succeed in college. Each camp is open to the top 20 applicants from each group. The cost of the camp is $250 with $125 being due at the time of application. Students can apply at The deadline for applications is June 21. A $500 college scholarship is available to students who are accepted and choose to attend UIW during their freshman year of college. For more info, contact Kelly Fowler at (210) 829-3148 or

Extended Academic Programs

Our Community Salutes event
On Thursday, May 23, UIW hosted the second annual Our Community Salutes event in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Over 700 students, parents and VIP’s attended the event. There were two new additions to the event. Parents and prospective service members attended a Community Services Fair.USO, Red Cross, Blue Star Moms and others were present to show parents/prospective members free services that are available to help during periods of service. UIW main campus and Extended Academic Programs (EAP) recruiters had a booth to talk about educational benefits while in the military. The second addition was a VIP reception.The dinner/program started at 6:30 pm.with a featured speaker, Lt. Gen. Roberto Sanchez. The Joint Forces ROTC team started the event by posting and retiring the colors.Rita Verreos of Survivor fame was the mistress of ceremonies for the event.

Community News

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

UIW Visual Identity Guidelines Presentation
All UIW employees are encouraged to attend a presentation on the new UIW visual identity (logo) guidelines that will go into effect June 1, 2013. Several sessions will be held this summer to communicate the changes and updates to our existing policy. All personnel should plan to attend one of the sessions. All presentations will be held in the Mabee Library Auditorium. Please direct questions to the Visual Corporate Identity Committee at
The presentation schedule is as follows:
June 3: 9 a.m.
June 11: 1:30 p.m.
August 26, 2013: 8 a.m.

Word Today Summer Schedule
During the summer, the Word Today will be published Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning the week of Monday, May 27 (note: there will be no newsletter on Monday, May 27 due to the Memorial Day holiday). The online Friday e-newsletter will be published every other week. Please keep this schedule in mind when sending announcements and event notices to be included. Events must be submitted to the PR office at least five university working days prior to the date of the event through the online form found at

Emergency Evacuation Coordinators Needed
This summer the Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management office will begin conducting fire drills for all UIW buildings. As part of this program, we will be asking for volunteer Emergency Evacuation Coordinators (EEC). The job of the EEC is to help facilitate the safe and orderly evacuation of their building by informing and directing individuals to the nearest accessible exit.EECs need to be individuals that are present in their buildings and are familiar with the building and staff within their departments. If you wish to participate as an Emergency Evacuation Coordinator, please respond to Osvaldo Crespo III at (210) 805-3068 or

School of Physical Therapy Photo Contest—Still time to vote!
The UIW School of Physical Therapy is in a photo contest, 2013 REACH100 Student Membership Challenge, with other PT schools across the nation. If our students win first place the school will be awarded $250.00. UIW’s School of Physical Therapy is in the top five of finalists. The picture that gets the most likes by May 26 wins. So, please vote for the UIW physical therapy students by clicking on the link provided and logging into Facebook. The UIW students are in grey shirts.!/media/set/?set=a.545944275444544.1073741833.168134476558861&type=1

St. Anthony Catholic School Summer Camps
St. Anthony Catholic School will be offering Pre-Kinder Summer Camp, Blue and Gold Summer Camp, and Enrichment Camps this summer. To learn more, please visit

Register for 2013 UIW Cardinal Elite Basketball Camp
Kids ages 13 to 17 are invited to attend the 2013 UIW Elite Basketball Camp Monday, June 3 and 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

2013 Youth Football Camp
UIW will be offering a Youth Football Camp for Grades 4-8, June 10-June 13, 8 a.m.–noon., at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium. Cost: $50 daily rate or $150 for full four day camp. To register, visit, go to the Cardinal Summer Camps tab, and click on Football. For more info, contact Mike Briglin at (210) 805-3096 or

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

Dr. Lopita Nath, assistant professor of history, speaks to the UIW community during an Interfaith Forum held in Mabee Library’s Special Collections Suite on Tuesday, May 21. As part of the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge: Central Texas Forum, representatives of the U.S. Department of Education Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, director of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and Ken Bedell, senior advisor at the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, were in attendance to share ideas about the future of the program and solicit input about ways to take the challenge to another level.

Special Message from PR to faculty for summer break
The Office of Public Relations would like to wish all faculty members a happy and safe summer break. See you in the fall!

High Schools

(Pictured L-R)BJ Nelsen, IWHS principal; Dr. Cyndi Porter; vice president of  Extended Academic Programs (EAP); Dan Ochoa, dean of university preparatory programs; and Sr. Margaret Snyder, CCVI, IWHS director of Mission integration; share a photo at the Incarnate Word High School (IWHS) graduation on Sunday, May 19 in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center.

(Pictured L–R) Shannon Gunn, valedictorian; BJ Nelsen, IWHS principal; and Elizabeth LaFrance, salutatorian and daughter of Dr. Kevin LaFrance, associate professor, H-E-B School of Business & Administration; pose for a photo at the IWHS graduation. IWHS graduates received over $13 million in scholarships.   

Rickie Baker (right), SACHS vice principal, greets graduates during the St. Anthony Catholic High School (SACHS) graduation on Saturday, May 18 in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center. SACHS graduates received over $11 million in scholarships.

IWHS Summer Camps
Incarnate Word High School will be offering summer strength and conditioning programs along with sport specific camps for middle school and high school students. For more information, please visit and click the Summer Athletic Camps link on the left side panel. Contact IWHS Athletic Director at or (210) 829-3122.

SACHS Summer Music Festival 2013
Join St. Anthony Catholic High School’s Alumni Association for food, music and fun for the family at the Summer Music Festival 2013 on Saturday, June 1, 3-8 p.m., SACHS campus. For more info, contact Alejandro Calderon at (210) 832-5698 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 Friday, June 7, 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:

  • Linda Himes (IWHS ’59) & family on the recent loss of her father, Edward V. Cheviot (Produced Sean Burke’s Meet the Professor).
  • The family of Major (ret.) Charles Joseph Hart (BA ’73) on his recent death.

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