The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: September 6, 2013

Photo of the Week

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(Pictured L-R) Marcos Contreras, development officer; Rosie Garcia, director of development; Dr. Kevin Vichcales, dean of graduate studies and research; and Stephanie Rodriguez, development officer; share a photo during the 2013 Employee Campaign kickoff party on Thursday, Sept. 5 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Please click here to watch a fun and informative video about the campaign with special guest appearances by many of our colleagues. The Development Office would like to extend a special thanks to John Miller, convergent media manager, and Gino Segovia, convergent media specialist, for their assistance in creating the video. For more info about the campaign, contact Stephanie Rodriguez at 210-829-6075 or


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

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On Wednesday, Sept. 4, members of the UIW community gathered in prayer in Our Lady’s Chapel in response to Pope Francis’ call for a day of prayer and fasting for Syria. The University of the Incarnate Word’s Mission “includes a global perspective and an emphasis on social justice.” The community prayed for our leaders who are discerning their response to the tragedy in Syria and joined the rest of the world in prayer for peace.

Meet the Mission
The eighth annual Meet the Mission day of service will take place on Friday, Sept. 20 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Faculty and staff volunteers are needed to lead teams of students out into the city to learn about and serve at organizations that serve the San Antonio community. For more information or to sign up, please contact Chris Edelman at


2013 Employee Campaign Kickoff Party Photos

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(Pictured L-R) Paul Ayala, director of university events and student programs, and Patrick Greener, Phonathon coordinator, volunteer at the 2013 Employee Campaign kickoff.

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(Pictured L-R) Dr. Bill Carleton, professor of human performance; Marveen Mahon, director of health services; and Peter Reininger, HVAC superintendent; attend the Employee Campaign kickoff event.

Light the Way Workday Photos

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Nearly 120 student, faculty and staff volunteers participated in early holiday cheer at this year’s Light the Way workday on Wednesday, Sept. 4 in Marian Hall Ballroom. The volunteers enjoyed free food, giveaways and helped prepare for the university’s annual lighting by replacing Christmas lights. The next workday of the year will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m.–noon in Marian Hall Ballroom. For more information, contact Kayla Rice, PR special event coordinator, at (210) 829-6001 or

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(Pictured L-R) Dr. Forrest Aven, dean of the H-E-B School of Business and Administration, and his wife, Patti Aven, volunteer at the first Light the Way workday.

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(Pictured L-R) Donald Cieslak, instructor of business administration, and Minnie Cieslak, administrative assistant to the dean of the Rosenberg School of Optometry, take a moment from changing light bulbs to share a photo at the workday event.

Spaghetti Feed
The American Pharmacists Association- Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) at the Feik School of Pharmacy is hosting the first annual Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser. The event is on Friday, Sept. 13 from 6-9 p.m. in Marian Hall Ballroom. There will be a live raffle, DJ, and spaghetti dinner.  Spaghetti tickets are $5, raffle tickets range from $1-$10, and golden tickets for the iPad Mini grand prize are $10. Tickets for the public will be sold at the door. Come join us for an exciting night to help raise funds to support APhA-ASP student pharmacist leadership activities such as health fairs, local counseling competitions and patient care projects for our community. Please contact Amanda Zessin for additional information at

Women's Soccer vs. Texas Southern University
UIW Women’s Soccer will take on Texas Southern University on Friday, Sept. 6, 7-10 p.m., at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium. For info and ticket information, contact UIW Athletics at 210-283-6448 or

tshirt giveaway
What are YOU wearing to the Cardinals football game on Saturday? Come to the game early and get a free Meet me at the Game t-shirt on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the white tent near the Cardinal statue at Benson Stadium. The first 1,000 fans get a free t-shirt to wear to the game! Limit one t-shirt per person, while supplies last. Please note, last year’s t-shirt giveaway lasted less than an hour, so they will go quick - don’t be late!

UIW Football vs. Texas College - Game Information
Saturday, Sept. 7, Benson Stadium:
1 p.m.: Parking and Tailgating Opens
2 p.m.: Pre-game concert featuring Mario Flores and the SodaWater Creek Band
4:30 p.m.: T-shirt distribution starts at the Bronze Cardinal
5:15 p.m.: Flight of the Cardinal begins
5:30 p.m.: Tailgating ends
6 p.m.: Kickoff
For all game day information, visit:

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. Refreshments will follow the ceremony. Please RSVP to the Office of Public Relations at 210-829-6001.

A showing of the musical drama “Ordo Virtutum”
The Mabee Library presents a showing of “Ordo Virtutum” (The Ritual of the Virtues), a musical drama on Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Mabe Library Auditorium, 9-10:30 a.m. Written by one of the world’s first known female composers, Ordo Virtutum is the oldest extant Western musical drama. For more info, contact Farhad Moshiri at 210-829-3842 or

Free Health Screenings for Adults and Children
UIW will host a free health fair for the whole family on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 9 a.m.-noon at St. Philip’s College - Center for Health Professions (400 block of South Walters St.). At the event guests can take part in cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose, vision and glaucoma screenings as well as diabetic foot exams, medication education & counseling and nutrition counseling. There will be various demonstrations and screenings for children. For details, call (210) 883-1000. This free event is held in partnership with UIW, Wal-mart and St. Philip's College.

Book of Mormon at the Majestic
Join UIW Alumni and Parent Relations on Wed., Sept. 18 at 7:30p.m. at the Majestic Theatre for the “Book of Mormon” musical. Tickets can be purchased at

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 things such as 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.

Heritage Day Employee Recognition Ceremony and Reception 
The 20thannual Incarnate Word Heritage Day will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 9 in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. The university will recognize full-time employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years of service. Immediately following the ceremony, the university will hold a reception on the lawn of Brackenridge Villa. For more info, contact Heather Hamilton at 210-832-2104 or

Department News

WLC To Go: Beat Writer's Block
Busy day? WLC To Go brings you writing lessons you can take away. Stop by the Writing and Learning Center, check it out, and spend as much or as little time as you need. We will have games, along with online and print learning resources. At this event on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in AD 122, discover practical ways to move past feeling stuck and be more productive with your writing time. For info, contact Dr. Amanda Johnston at 210-805-5856 or

On-Site Resume Reviews
Career Services invites students to bring a copy of their resume for a one-on-one review by a career counselor on Thursday, Sept. 12, 1:30-3 p.m., in Marian Hall Ballroom. Resumes will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Faculty are encouraged to bring classes. For more info, contact Career Services at (210) 829-3931 or

IRB Workshop - Types of IRB Review
UIW’s Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB) would like to invite current and future researchers to attend an informational workshop on the different types of IRB protocols and associated risk levels. Faculty and students are encouraged to attend. The workshop will be given twice on Monday, Sept. 9 from noon-1 p.m. and again from 5-6 p.m. in Mabee Library’s Special Collections Suite. Please contact the Office of Research Development for additional information at (210) 805-3036.

Extended Academic Programs

EAP student receives Delta Mu Delta scholarship
Dr. Ryan Lunsford, assistant professor for UIW Online, is proud to announce that Judith Raven of Boerne, Texas, received a $1,000 scholarship last week from Delta Mu Delta (an international honor society in business administration) as a member of UIW’s Extended Academic Programs (EAP) Theta Gamma Co-Chapter. Lunsford, who serves as EAP’s Delta Mu Delta advisor, worked with Raven in receiving the scholarship. After raising two children as a single parent, Raven returned to school to complete her undergraduate degree from UIW. Since 1979, she has served as an accountant for Albertson’s, the SA Eye Center, and H-E-B. She is currently enrolled in her first master’s class through UIW Online.

Community News

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

Cardinal Employee Boot Camp Training
The UIW Wellness Committee is offering Cardinal Employee Boot Camp Training for all UIW, IWHS and SACHS employees. The training will begin Sept. 16 and go through Dec. 4. Sessions will be held every Monday and Wednesday from 6-7 a.m. in the UIW Wellness Center. The first two weeks are free and there will be a $50 monthly charge after that (Payment can be made by cash or check. Checks can be made out to TejasFit or Dr. Alexander Hutchison. If a receipt is requested, one can be provided via email). There are only 30 spots available on a first come first served basis. The deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 13. For more info please contact Dr. Alexander Hutchison at or 210-829-3182. Please RSVP at

Simply to Go Cart
Are you hungry and in a hurry? Look for Sodexo’s Simply to Go Cart making stops around campus from 7:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. We offer a variety of breakfast and lunch snacks, meals and beverages. It’s a convenient stop for the person on the go!

Sammie’s by Sodexo
Come check out our newest concept, Sammie’s located next to Chick-fil-a in the Administration Building. We are now serving breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. We have a line of signature sandwiches to choose from or you can create your own. Breakfast is from 7:30–10:00 a.m., lunch and dinner are served from 10:30 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

Women Of the Word General Meeting
Join the Women Of the Word (WOW) for the first meeting of the fall semester on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 3:30 p.m. in the Nursing Building, Room 214. For more info, contact Trinidad Macias at 210-832-5628 or

Serving Globally in Community: WGC Volunteers and Incarnate Word Missionaries in Peru
A presentation of service and experiences by our Women's Global Connection (WGC) volunteers and former/current Incarnate Word Missionaries to Chimbote, Peru on Friday, Sept. 13, 12:30-2 p.m. in the Gorman Building Auditorium. Snacks and great interaction are bonuses. For info, contact Alison Buck at 210-832-3208 or

Literature Review Searches
Working on a literature review for a class project or paper?  This process can be overwhelming. Learn to manage resources with this workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 6-8 p.m., in Mabee Library, Room 230. 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

Doctoral Information Session
This event on Thursday, Sept. 12, 6:30–8 p.m., in the International Conference Center Auditorium is for those interested in pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Business Administration degree. Please RSVP with Johnny Garcia, assistant director of graduate admissions, at or 210-805-3554, or

Faculty Focus

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Dr. Elda Martinez (left), associate professor of teacher education, displays her new iPad Mini with Kenneth Rogers (right), Blackboard administrator, in the Mabee Library Auditorium. Blackboard representatives visited campus on Wednesday, Sept. 4 for a faculty listening session to discuss Blackboard issues and the features that are coming to Blackboard. Blackboard and Instructional Technology offered attendees the chance to win an iPad Mini in each of the two sessions.

Library Faculty Reception at the Saidoff Center
The library at the UIW School of Physical Therapy is hosting a faculty reception to meet the librarian and learn about resources and services offered by the library. The reception will be held from 11 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, Sept. 10 in the library at the Saidoff Center. This event is by invitation only. PT faculty who did not receive an invitation should contact Polly McCord at

Advising and Supporting International Students
Learn about the demographics of UIW international students, issues in advising them, and strategies to support their cultural and academic adjustment. This session, sponsored by International Students and Scholar Services, on Thursday, Sept. 12, noon-1 p.m., in the Joyce Building, Room 106, is particularly pertinent for faculty who advise international students. Lunch will be served. For more info, contact Kathy Allwein at 210-283-5030 or

Designing Effective Writing Assignments
Dr. Amanda Johnston of the UIW Writing and Learning Center will lead a session on how to craft writing assignments that will engage students with course content and discourage plagiarism on Friday, Sept. 13, noon, AD 215. Lunch will be served. For more info, contact Kathy Allwein at 210-283-5030 or

High Schools

IWHS Phonathon
The Incarnate Word High School (IWHS) Phonathon is held yearly to raise funds for scholarships, academic programs, student services and continuing campus enrichment projects. Phonathon allows us to connect with our alumnae for support. Students, parents, faculty and alumnae volunteers make phone calls over three days to alumnae across the country. Volunteers are provided with dinner, soft drinks, calling scripts, cell phones, calling instructions and a chance to win exciting door prizes. This year’s Phonathon will take place Sept. 23-25, 5:30-8:30 p.m., in the IWHS cafeteria. For info, contact Cybele Bolado at 210-829-3103 or

Shamrock Classic
Join Incarnate Word High School (IWHS) Advancement for a day filled with friends, golf, food and great prizes at Canyon Springs Golf Club (24405 Wilderness Oak ) on Saturday, Oct. 26, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Your support will directly benefit athletics and activities at IWHS. The school’s activities and athletic programs include: basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, dance, diving, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. All entries include a goodie-bag, driving range access, green fees and cart, on-course refreshments, and a post-tournament luncheon. Register online at to play or sponsor this event. The Early Bird price of $135 is available until Sept. 27. The cost after Sept. 27 is $150. For more info, contact Stephanie Denning at 210-832-2143 or

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“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.

Headwaters Coalition Volunteer Work Day
The Headwaters Coalition is hosting a Volunteer Work Day outdoors in the Headwaters Sanctuary on Saturday, Sept. 28, 8:30-11:30 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:

  • Nancy A. Fisher (UIW Former Staff) & family on the recent loss of her husband, Al Fisher.
  • The family, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, and the entire UIW community on the recent loss of Sr. Patricia Kennedy, CCVI (BA ’52).

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