The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: August 2, 2013

Photo of the Week

The Human Resources team (Pictured L-R) Shannon Root, Heather Hamilton, Sandra Reyes, Angelica Le, Leslie White, Caryn Geller, and Annette Thompson, share a photo with Red the Cardinal. On Tuesday, July 30, the team held a Staff Appreciation Ice Cream Social in Marian Hall Café as a thank you to university employees.      


Our Lady’s Chapel

Weekday masses are cancelled through August 2, 2013. Weekday Masses at noon will resume on Monday, Aug. 5. However, there will be no noon Masses Aug. 8 and 9 while Fr. Tom Dymowski attends the UPC Retreat. Sunday Masses at 10:30 a.m. will continue.

Regional Interfaith Conference
University Mission and Ministry will host the first Regional Interfaith Conference: Engaging in Dialogue on Tuesday, August. 6, 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m., at Whitley Theological Center at the Oblate School of Theology. The distinguished scholar Dr. Scott C. Alexander will share a keynote address. Cost: $50. For information and to register, see


Photos of Staff Appreciation Ice Cream Social

Pictured L-R: Michael Hood, director of printing services and graphic design; Jacob Colunga, UIW chief of police; Cpl. Frank Gomez, UIW police; and Michael Castilleja, grants accounting manager. 

Pictured L-R: Raul Zendejas, director of first year engagement and professional development; Michael Moreno, network administrator III; and Ben Rosebrock, senior director of digital infrastructure and user services.  

Need a ride to the dedication and open house of UIW offices at Mount Erin Pass?
If you would like to attend the dedication and open house of the new home of the UIW offices of ADCaP – Alamo Heights; Alumni and Parent Relations; Development; and Public Relations on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m., but need a ride to the 102 Mount Erin Pass 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 offices and back if we receive a minimum of 10 requests. Please RSVP by end of day on Monday, Aug. 5. For more info and to RSVP, please contact PR at (210) 829-6001.

Mozart Festival Texas
The UIW Music Department is hosting the 2013 Mozart Festival Texas, through 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 this week’s performances and ticket prices are as follows:

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

Department News

UIW Offices on the Move
Career Services has moved to the Watson Enrollment Center, Suite 210. Mailing address and phone numbers remain the same. The Office of Institutional Research has moved to the Watson Enrollment Center, Suite 104. Phone numbers and mailing address remain the same.

iPad App-Palooza
For those interested in attending an App-Palooza session, the schedule has been finalized. Apps and topics are noted below.

Beginner sessions on Aug. 6 and 13 will teach the basics of iPad use and navigation, as well as a couple of apps that will enhance ones experience with the iPad.

  • Topics: Adjusting the iPad’ s settings, syncing your UIW E-mail account, navigation and gestures, the Notes app, using the camera, accessing and synching a Dropbox account.

Advanced sessions for faculty will feature apps developed for teaching and learning. These sessions will be presented on Aug. 7 and 14.

  • Topics: creating and editing videos using the camera iMovie, Movie Pro, syncing movies with Kaltura, the Attendance App, and Socrative, with Dr. Pat Burr. August 7 will also include a couple of fun apps thrown in for those times when faculty wants a break from grading assignments.

The advanced productivity apps sessions are designed for administrative staff, deans and faculty. These apps will be featured on Aug. 8 and 15.

  • Apps: SlideShark, CloudOn, TinyScan, Evernote, and a concept mapping app called Simple Mind. There will also be a few apps for inactivity planned.

Seating is limited for most sessions, so please register early by emailing Terry Peak at

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

Blackboard Walk-in Training Sessions
Start the semester with Blackboard training for the Grade Center, Assessment, or Content Management on August 20, 21 and 22, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. All sessions will be at the Center for Teaching and Learning.Visit AD 221 any time - no appointment necessary.

Word Today Summer Schedule
During the summer, the Word Today is published Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The online Friday e-newsletter is 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 The newsletter will resume its normal schedule on Aug. 12.

Extended Academic Programs

Extended Academic Programs (EAP) admissions held an Information Session on Thursday, July 25 at the Live Oak Civic Center for over 60 prospective adult students.Dr. Diana Garza-Ortiz, UIW Online assistant professor, and four of her students spoke to the group on the benefits and value of EAP programs.

Community News

Construction of the new Fine Arts Center is underway! Workers tear down the kiosk on Davis Court. 

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

Notice: Change of Parking at Brackenridge Villa East Lot
With the transition in occupancy of the Brackenridge Villa from UIW back to the Sisters, the lot between the Villa and the Village of Incarnate Word will no longer be available for university parking.Unauthorized vehicles in this lot are subject to towing or booting at the owner’s expense. For more info, contact the Generalate at (210) 828-2224.

How to Buy a Home
Sponsored by Human Resources, Debt Free Angels is offering a free class on How to Buy a Home on Wednesday, Aug. 14 in the Feik School of Pharmacy, Room 478 at 5 p.m. For more info, contact Shannon Root at (210) 283-6858 or

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

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 Monday, Aug. 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

Faculty Focus

Full-time Faculty Opening Ceremony & Luncheon
UIW Provost Dr. Kathi Light will host the Full-time Faculty Opening Ceremony and Luncheon in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room on Tuesday, August 13, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. This is the official beginning of the fall semester for the main campus. Full-time faculty from main campus, professional schools and EAP will be in attendance. This is also your opportunity to update your official UIW headshot. The photographer will be available from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. only. Appointments are not necessary. Questions regarding photography, please contact the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001. Faculty Senate Meeting begins immediately after lunch with Dr. Ramona Parker. For details, contact Itza Casanova at or (210) 829-3943.

Aitsebaomo awarded for grant proposal
Dr. Phillip Aitsebaomo, assistant professor of optometry, has been awarded the full amount possible from the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) Practice Management Education’s call for grant proposals. The goal of the project is to increase the number of new graduates who start a private practice. This is the first year that ASCO 2013 PME awards of up to $2000 are being given. An award selection group comprised of members of the ASCO Academic Affairs Committee met recently to review the proposals.

Rai accepted as the North American Representative to the World Council of Optometry’s Education Committee
Dr. Nikki Rai, assistant clinical professor of optometry, has been nominated and accepted as the North American Representative to the World Council of Optometry’s Education Committee. The nomination was accepted at the World Council of Optometry’s meeting held this past April in conjunction with the European Academy of Optometry.  

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

SACHS 10th Anniversary of Co-Ed
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of co-education at St. Anthony, the first female alumni board member will introduce first female graduate Mary Byrd on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 8-8:30 a.m. Byrd will speak to students about her experiences. The alumni association will hand out special 10th Anniversary tie pins to the female students. For more info, contact Alejandro Calderon at (210) 832-5632 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, Aug. 10, 7:30-10:30 a.m., which is adjacent to the UIW baseball field. We 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:

  • Lita Lamm Anderlitch (BS ’48) & family on the recent loss of her son, David T. Anderlitch.
  • Lawrence Buentello (BA ’88) and John Buentello (BA ’88) & family on the recent loss of their mother, Lorine J. Buentello.
  • The family of Alan Chin (Adjunct Faculty/CIS) on his recent death.
  • The family of Sr. Mary Peter Corcoran, PBVM (BA ’65) on her recent death.
  • Libby (Exec. Assist. to the Assist. Dean/RSO) and Luis Macias (Ophthalmic Support Tech/RSO) on the loss of her mother and his mother-in-law, and Joshua Macias (BA ’13) on the loss of his grandmother, Maria del Carmen “Mary” Gamez.
  • Elizabeth Jansing Griffith (BSN ’57) & family on the recent loss of her husband, Dr. Albert J. Griffith, Jr.
  • Mary Landon Jones (BA ’08) & family on the recent loss of her father, James Landon Jones, Jr.
  • The family of Christopher Lee Poehlmann (BS ’79) on his recent death.
  • Laura (Dreeben Sch. of Ed. ADCaP Coodinator/Advisor) and Emilio Resendez & family on the recent loss of his mother and her mother-in-law, Margie R. Resendez.
  • The family of Mary Ann Vega (Former UIW Employee) on her recent death.
  • Buzz & Reggie Williams (UIW friends) & family on the recent loss of their son, Bradley Reginald Williams.

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