The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: July 20, 2013

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UIW Honorary Degree
(Pictured L-R) Dr. Louis J. Agnese, Jr., UIW president, Dr. Kathi Light, UIW provost, Honorable Kang Un-tae, Mayor of Gwangju, South Korea and Marcos Fragoso, UIW VP of International Programs.

On Wednesday, July 10, UIW conferred an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree upon The Honorable Kang Un-tae, the Mayor of Gwangju, South Korea. This honor is the most prestigious UIW can confer on an individual. Gwangju has been a sister city of San Antonio since 1981.  Mayor Kang played a key leadership role in helping UIW and San Antonio secure the Korean Pavilion, a $1.5 million gift from Gwangju located at the Denman Estate that was installed and dedicated in 2010.  He was also instrumental in developing opportunities that have allowed UIW students and faculty to teach English to elementary and middle school students at Gwangju.


Our Lady’s Chapel

Weekday masses are cancelled through August 2, 2013. Weekday Masses at 12:00 pm will resume on Monday, August 5, 2013. Sunday Masses at 10:30 will continue.


Goodbye Tony Allen
Please join Campus Life and Sodexo to wish Tony Allen, Sodexo Food Service Manager, good luck on his new assignment. Tony has been with the UIW community for 4 years.  A farewell gathering will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 19 in the Burke O’ Mahoney Room, located next to Hortencia’s in the Administration Building. For information contact Janine Chavez in Campus Life (210) 829-3817.

T.G.I.F. Transfer Get in Friday
Transfer students interested in attending UIW are invited to attend this event Friday, July 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Joyce Building, Room 126 and complete all the necessary steps to becoming a Cardinal. For more info, contact the Office of Admissions at (210) 829-6005 or

Staff Appreciation Ice Cream Social
Join the HR Team for a cool thank you on a hot summer day. All employees are invited to the 2013 Staff Appreciation Ice Cream Social.  The event will be held Tuesday, July 30 from 2:30 -3:30 pm in Marian Hall Dining Room and Patio. 

Department News

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Pictured L-R:  Kenneth Rogers – Blackboard Administrator, Ana Gonzalez – Director of Instructional Technology, Monica Cruz – Faculty, Center for Civic Engagement, Melinda Adams – Faculty, Fashion Management, Terry Peak – Training Coordinator, Alison Whittemore – Faculty, Engineering, Jessica Martinez-Palacios – Instructional Designer, Ried Fisher – Faculty, Athletic Training

IT provides workshop for Mobility Initiative grant recipients
The Instructional Technology team sponsored a workshop for the Mobility Initiative grant recipients. Present at the workshop were Alison Whittemore, Melinda Adams, and Ried Fisher who will receive a class set of iPads to be used for teaching and learning. This workshop provided training on the use of the iPad, teaching strategies and best practices as well as the use of several productivity, education and video production apps. Also present was Monica Cruz of the Center for Civic Leadership who will also use iPads for their initiative.

UIW Art Department presents “PARASITO
The UIW Art Department presents “PARASITO,” works by Erik Romero, Now – August 12, in the Semmes Gallery. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except UIW holidays).

Mozart Festival Texas
The UIW Music Department will host the 2013 Mozart Festival Texas, July 26-Aug. 3, in Our Lady’s Chapel. The festival includes classical concerts -chamber music and orchestral- performed by professional musicians.For more info, contact Roland Sul at (210) 829-3855 or

The schedule of performances and ticket prices are as follows:

  • July 26: 8 p.m. - $15 - chamber music
  • July 27: 8 p.m. - $25 - chamber music
  • Aug. 2: 8 p.m. - $20 - chamber music
  • Aug. 3: 8 p.m. - $25 - orchestra

Word Today Summer Schedule
During the summer, the Word Today will be published Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 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

Extended Academic Programs

ADCaP and UIW Online Information Session
Join UIW’s Extended Academic Programs on Thursday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Live Oak Civic Center for an information session on our Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCaP) and UIW Online programs.  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

Community News

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

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Have you noticed a new addition near Benson Stadium? It is a bronze sculpture created by UIW parent Larry Stevens of Stevens Art Foundry in Bulverde.  Stevens has created sculptures for schools throughout the country including Notre Dame and Texas A&M.  It was installed on July 1 to coincide with UIW’s NCAA D-I Southland Conference Day One Celebration. Go Cards!

Experience UIW Athletics as a VIP
Tailgating, in-game hospitality, special events, spirit apparel, and more! The UIW Cardinals Club allows individuals and departments to enjoy our beloved sports teams like a VIP. Memberships are available for individuals starting at $250. And yes, payroll deduction is available.

Are you a department that wants a membership to host your VIPs? Or maybe you want to offer it as an incentive to employees who go above and beyond? Department memberships are available for $150 for football-only, and $250 for an all-sports membership. Contact Rick Smith in UIW Athletics for more information at (210) 283-6448 or

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Offices on the Move

  • The School of Graduate Studies and Research and Office of Research Development have moved from the Administration Building and Mabee Library to the Watson Building suite 111. The Graduate Support Center will remain in the Mabee Library room 238.
  • The Directions and Connections staff has moved to the first floor of the AD building, rooms 114 and 120.
  • Career Services is now located on the second floor of the Watson Enrollment Center.
  • Troy Knickerbocker, web manager, has moved from the Brackenridge Villa to AD 53.
  • PR, Alumni Relations, Development and the ADCaP – Alamo Heights offices are all located at the West Property. The physical address is 102 Mt. Erin Pass, 78212, and is located between Incarnate Word High School and the Feik School of Pharmacy. 
  • Dick McCracken, AlumniDean Emeritus has also relocated.  You can find him in AD 57.  His phone number remains the same.

If your office is moving this summer please let us know where and when so we can include your information in the Word Today. All mailing CPO’s and phone numbers remain the same.   

UIW Visual Identity Guidelines Presentation
All UIW employees are encouraged to attend the final presentation on the new UIW visual identity (logo) guidelines that went into effect June 1, 2013. The session is set for August 26 at 8 a.m. At this session we will communicate the changes and updates to our existing policy. All presentations will be held in the Mabee Library Auditorium. Please direct questions to the Visual Corporate Identity Committee at

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UIW's Kenneth Rogers, Blackboard administrator, presented at the annual Blackboard World Conference July 11 in Las Vegas.  Rogers was invited by Blackboard to give a presentation on UIW's mobile initiatives.  The presentation, titled Making the Max of Your Mobile Apps, was selected by the program committee as a Blackboard World "Must See Session."  This is the second year that Rogers has had his presentation selected as a Must See.

Faculty Focus

Share your News
Attention faculty, please send us your news and photos from summer presentations, study abroad trips and other UIW related activities. We look forward to sharing your summer experience with the UIW community.  Please send them to Brance Arnold, publications coordinator at

High Schools

IWHS Summer Camps
Incarnate Word High School is 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 Athletic Camps
St. Anthony Catholic High School (SACHS) is 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 Wednesday, July 24 from 7:30-10:30 a.m., which is adjacent to the UIW baseball field. 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:

  • Barbara Blaha-Lindner (BA ’70) and Gary Lindner & family on the recent loss of her mother, Frances Zoeller Blaha (BA ’39).
  • Jo Anne Comeaux (BA ’71) and Patricia Clancy (BA ’71) & their families on the recent loss of their aunt, Carmen de los Santos de Coindreau (UIW Friend).
  • Barbara Prieser & family on the recent loss of her husband, Dale E. Prieser (UIW Friend).
  • Leticia & Pete Van de Putte (UIW Friends) on the recent loss of her father, and Nichole Van de Putte-Stiles (IWHS ’98) and Vanessa Van de Putte (IWHS ’99) & their families, on the recent loss of their grandfather, Daniel G. San Miguel, Jr.
  • Theresa Scioli-Pittl (BA ’07) and Kelly Pittl & family on the recent loss of her brother, Anthony Ryan Scioli.

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