The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: August 23, 2013

Photo of the Week

alumni board 2013
Steve Hemphill (second from left), assistant director of alumni relations, and Lisa McNary (far right), director of alumni relations, pose for a photo with the UIW Alumni Association Board of Directors in front of the McCracken House. On Friday, Aug. 16, alumni board members gathered for a board retreat.


Our Lady’s Chapel

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 of the Holy Spirit
In keeping with a long tradition dating from the founding of the great European universities in the Middle Ages, UIW celebrates the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the start of each academic year. During the liturgy we ask for the inspiration, guidance, and presence of God's Spirit on all of our campus activities. This festive event gathers the entire university community together to rededicate ourselves to UIW's Mission, to renew friendships, and to welcome new members. The Mass of the Holy Spirit will be celebrated on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at noon in Our Lady's Chapel. For more info, contact Beth Villarreal at 210-829-3128 or


vendor fair 2013
(Pictured L-R) Ricardo Sanchez, graduate assistant for the Student Center; and Paulina Mazurek, assistant director of university events and student programs; display a banner promoting the Campus Life Vendor Fair held in Marian Hall Ballroom on Wednesday, Aug. 21. At the fair, the UIW community had the opportunity to visit with some of the many vendors that provide services to the university.

CCL 2013 open house
Sr. Dorothy Ettling (center), CCVI, director of the Center for Civic Leadership, poses for a photo with Cardinal Community Leaders in the Administration Building. The Center for Civic Leadership, a collaboration between UIW and CHRISTUS Health, hosted an open house on Thursday, Aug. 22. The open house was an opportunity for the UIW community to learn more about how the center will promote civic engagement both locally and globally.

"I have a dream," Celebrating 50 years after the March on Washington, D.C.
On Monday, Aug. 26, noon-1 p.m., in Marian Hall Ballroom, celebrate as we watch a film of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s world-changing speech "I have a dream" and the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963. Be ready to share what your dream is today. Bring your lunch and as many friends as you can. Drinks provided. Facilitated by Rev. Trevor Alexander, Dr. Roger Barnes, Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI. Co-sponsored by the Black Student Association, Graduate Student Association, SAGE (Students Against Government Executions), Sustain, Faculty Senate, Liturgical Outreach, and others. For information, contact or 210-892-3854  

Veterans Meet & Greet
UIW Student Veterans Association (SVA) and the Center for Veterans Affairs are co-hosting a Veterans Meet & Greet to welcome our student veterans and military family members, Tuesday, August 27, noon-2 p.m. on Dubuis Lawn. Stop by for food and fun with free Frito-pies. Tips for success will be shared by returning student veterans. For questions, please contact Karen Wyatt at or Phil Youngblood at

Aloha to Summer
Say farewell to summer the Hawaiian way. Join the Institute of World Culture (IWC) to learn about the cultural differences between mainland USA and the Hawaiian islands while making paper leis, learning a simple hula dance routine, and creating beautiful sand paintings to take home on Thursday, Aug. 29, 4:30-6 p.m., ICC Board Room #1. RSVP to 210-805-5820 or email on Facebook by Aug. 26.

UIW Art Department presents “Flourish”
The UIW Art Department presents “Flourish: Blooms, Blossoms & Beauty,” works by Elizabeth Elequin. An opening reception will take place on Friday, Aug. 30, 6-8 p.m. in Semmes Gallery. The exhibit will be on display Aug. 30 – Oct. 4. To view Elequin’s work online, visit For more info, contact the UIW Art Department at 210-829-3855

Light the Way Workdays
Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in early holiday cheer at this year’s Light the Way workdays on Wednesday, Sept. 4 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m.–noon in Marian Hall Ballroom. Enjoy free food and help prepare for the university’s annual lighting. For more information, contact Kayla Rice, PR special event coordinator, at 210-829-6001 or

Ruth Eilene Sullivan Ceramic and Sculpture Studios Dedication
UIW invites you to the Dedication Ceremony of the Ruth Eilene Sullivan Ceramic and Sculpture Studios on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. The studios are adjacent to the baseball and softball fields. Tours and refreshment will follow the ceremony. Please RSVP to the Office of Public Relations at 210-829-6001.

Phonathon 2013
This year’s Phonathon will be Sept. 28-Oct. 6. Student volunteers will be placing calls during these dates to alumni across the country updating them on the exciting new developments on campus as well as seeking financial contributions for student scholarships, technology upgrades, faculty recruitment and more. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact annual fund coordinator Patrick Greener at or 210-805-5832.

Department News

Escamilla named one of San Antonio’s best lawyers by S.A. Scene
Congratulations to Cynthia Escamilla, UIW general counsel, who has been named one of San Antonio’s best lawyers by S.A. Scene. As a result of a peer review survey for S.A. Lawyers: Best of 2013, Escamilla will appear under the category of In-house Counsel. Congratulations!

Parra recognized by the Mexican American Hispanic Physicians Association
At an award ceremony held on Thursday, Aug. 22 at the Westin Riverwalk San Antonio Hotel, Dr. Norma Parra, UIW campus physician for 21 years, was recognized by the Mexican American Hispanic Physicians Association for Distinction in Community Medicine. Congratulations to Para for receiving such tremendous honor!

RSO IT employee promoted to System Administrator II
Dan Smith of the UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry IT Department has been promoted from Technology Support Specialist to System Administrator II.Smith has been with UIW since 2010 and worked for the Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio for 10 years prior to joining the university.

WLC Weekly Schedule and Workshops
The Writing and Learning Center (WLC) is open for the fall semester. Our weekly schedule and list of workshops are posted on our webpage: If you would like to have a tutor visit your classes to introduce students to our services, please fill out our request form: You may also request WLC bookmarks and/or labels to distribute to your students. Please contact the director, Dr. Amanda Johnston, with any questions at or 210-805-5856. We look forward to working with you and your students this semester.

Extended Academic Programs

EAP now site for certification testing
Extended Academic Programs (EAP) is now a sitefor certification testing for the National Healthcare Association. Students who complete the Health Sciences degree programs are eligible for certification in a variety of areas.

EAP’s Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources recognized by SHRM
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) now recognizesthe curriculum of EAP’s Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources and is officially aligned with SHRM standards.

Community News

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

IRB Workshop - Policy and Procedure Updates
UIW’s Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB) would like to invite current and future researchers to attend an informational workshop on procedural and policy changes for IRB application submission.  Faculty and students are encouraged to attend. The workshop will be given twice on Tuesday, Aug. 27 from noon-1 p.m. and again from 5-6 p.m. in the Joyce Building, Room 106.  Please contact the Office of Research Development for additional information at 210-805-3036.

Introduction to APA Writing Style
American Psychological Association (APA) is the editorial writing style adopted by many graduate programs at UIW. This writing style is designed to ensure clear and consistent communication of written material. This workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 6-8 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 31, 9-10:15 a.m., in the Nursing Building, Room 214, will cover APA elements such as:  punctuation and abbreviation, construction of tables, selection of headings, citations and references, presentation of statistics, and bias-free language. For more info, contact the Graduate Support Center at 210-823-5628 or

Literature Review Searches
Working on a literature review? This process can be overwhelming. Learn to manage resources with this workshop on Saturday, Aug. 31, 12:30-1:45 p.m., in the Nursing Building, Room 214. Discover how to search for the appropriate literature in your subject area. For more info, contact the Graduate Support Center at 210-823-5628 or

Writing a Literature Review
Once you have collected the appropriate research articles and books, the next step is writing the literature review. This workshop on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2-3:15 p.m., in the Nursing Building, Room 214, is designed to help students understand the purpose, structure and process of composing a literature review. For more info, contact the Graduate Support Center at 210-823-5628 or

RefWorks Online Management Tool
One of the most important elements of academic writing is properly identifying where information comes from and where the sources can be located. Appropriate citations and references reduce the chance of committing academic fraud or plagiarism while at the same time strengthening a paper. This workshop on Saturday, Aug. 31, 10:30-11:45 a.m., in the Nursing Building, Room 214, will provide an in-depth overview of in-text citations, footnotes and reference pages. Additionally, participants will be trained on how to use RefWorks, an online reference management software. For more info, contact the Graduate Support Center at 210-823-5628 or

Faculty and Staff Parking Permits
Faculty and staff members may now order their parking permit through the Cardinal Cars system, which is accessible through the myWord portal. Once the vehicle is registered and a permit is ordered, a temporary permit will be issued. It is the responsibility of the employee to 1) place the temporary permit in their vehicle and 2) pick-up the official decal and display it on their vehiclepriorto the expiration of their temporary permit. Full-time employees may opt to use payroll deductions on either a pre-tax or post-tax basis. For payroll deductions, the annual cost of the permit will be divided into a series of payroll deductions. Employees who have an active parking payroll deduction authorization will not need to submit a new authorization for parking deductions. Part-time employeeswill be required to pay the yearly cost of the permit at the time of ordering.Details for ordering permits, placement of permits, appeal processes, and traffic regulations are available at Additional questions or concerns may be directed to the Business Office at 210-829-6043 or

UIW Visual Identity Guidelines Presentations – Dates Added
All UIW employees are encouraged to attend a presentation on the new UIW visual identity (logo) guidelines that went into effect June 1, 2013. The sessions are set for Monday, Aug. 26 at 8 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 29 at 2 p.m., and Friday, Aug. 30 at 10 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

Brazil Feik
Feik School of Pharmacy faculty members (seated front row) share a photo with students from Brazil, U.S. and Prati-Donaduzi. Pharmacy faculty returned from Brazil on Monday, Aug. 19, where they implemented for the first time a joint program between Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUC-PR), UIW and the pharmaceutical company Prati-Donaduzzi from Aug. 12-16. The exchange is part of a program with the objective to promote the exchange of experiences among pharmacy students from Brazil, U.S. and professionals who work in the company along with academic faculty from abroad.

honors program 2013 induction
Catherine Hill, honors student board member, speaks on Aug. 16 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Jean Loden, honors program director; Dr. Kathi Light, provost; and Dr. John Stankus, honors council chair; welcomed the freshman class during their induction into the honors program. Forty-two students of the incoming class were inducted into the program.

Adjunct Faculty Workshop
The Adjunct Faculty Workshop will take place on Saturday, August 24, 9-11 a.m., at Marian Hall Ballroom. It will feature breakfast with colleagues, as well as an opportunity to hear about the latest developments at the university and the services available to you and your students. Register online at  or contact Dr. Jeff Crane at or 210-283-6422. 

High Schools

IWHS Quilt
(Pictured L-R) Sr. Margaret Snyder, CCVI, IWHS director of mission integration; Kelly Cordova, IWHS student; and Edith Cordova, mother; display a quilt designed by Kelly. Throughout the summer Snyder hosted several quilting classes attended by Incarnate Word High School (IWHS) students, alumnae and parents. The proceeds from these classes were donated to the IWHS student scholarship fund.

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, August 23, 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

2013 September Soiree Fundraiser
The Village at Incarnate Word invites all to attend the 2013 September Soiree Fundraiser, an evening of fine arts and elegant jazz, on Thursday, Sept. 5, 7-10 p.m., at CHRISTUS Heritage Hall located at The Village of the Incarnate Word (4707 Broadway St.). The 25th anniversary fundraiser will include an art exhibit and sale by several local artists, a jazz performance and concert by the Prados and vocalist Joan Carroll, a silent auction, and fabulous food along with free beer and wine. Advance tickets are available until Sept. 4, $45 each or two for $80. Tickets will be $50 at the door. For more info or to purchase tickets, contact Roland Mazuca at roland.mazuca@iwretire.ore/210-829-7561, Ext. 150, or Alma Cosme at, Ext. 114.

“In the Footprints of Francis and the Sultan”
Enjoy a delightful evening of film, meeting new friends, sharing food and conversation, interfaith dialogue, and opportunities to visit both a mosque and a church on Friday, Sept. 13, 6-9 p.m., starting at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, continuing at the Muslim Children Education and Civic Center. The film, In the Footprints of Francis and the Sultan,” shares a little-known story of the Fifth Crusade in 1219. St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan Malek Al-Kamil engaged in dialogue which eventually led to peace. Their example is an invitation to us to join in respectful dialogues with people of different faiths and cultures. Registration required, see for information.

Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • The family of Jo Catherine Angle (BSN ’78) on her recent death.
  • The family of Vera Pollard Gravley (BSN ’63) on her recent death.
  • Todd and April Massey & family on the recent loss of his mother, Sara Reid Massey (UIW Former Faculty/Education).
  • Mary A. Matamoros (BA ’79) & family on the recent loss of her former husband, Gilbert Matamoros, Jr.
  • The family of, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, and the entire UIW community on the recent loss of Sr. Agnes Rose Piwonka, CCVI (UNDCLRD ’69, IWHS Former Faculty).
  • Elizabeth Pyndus Morin & family on the recent loss of her mother, Margaret Hromco Pyndus (BA ’71).
  • Rolando Rodriguez & family on the recent loss of his wife, Carlota Rodriguez (IWHS ’57).
  • Floyd Wilson, Jr. & family on the recent loss of his wife, Karen Ann Wilson (BBA ’92, MAA ’06, UIW Adjunct Faculty/Business).

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