The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: September 13, 2013

Photo of the Week

ceramic studios
(Pictured L-R) UIW Trustee Chairman Emerita Dr. Ruth Eilene Sullivan and UIW President Louis J. Agnese, Jr., pose in front of the newly dedicated Ruth Eilene Sullivan Ceramic and Sculpture Studios. A dedication ceremony was held on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the new facility. The studios will be made up of one gas kiln, a ceramic studio with ten pottery wheels, spray booth for glazing and five to six electric kilns as well as a sculpture studio with five metal welding stations, two large portable welding stations for larger pieces, a ban saw, a chop saw and a sandblaster. Each studio can accommodate up to 10 students per class. This is the first time UIW students be able to do metal work of this caliber. Completed projects will be displayed at UIW locations in San Antonio.  


9-11 service
Dr. Trevor Alexander, director of ecumenical initiatives, lights a candle for peace as Imam Abdur-Rahim Muhammad, Associate Imam of Masjid Bilal Ibn Rabah of San Antonio, Texas and a member of the UIW Interfaith Council, reads a prayer of peace during the 9/11 Day of Remembrance Service held in Our Lady’s Chapel on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Sponsored by University Mission and Ministry, the Interfaith Council, and the Student Interfaith Organization, the interfaith prayer service called the UIW and surrounding communities to come together to remember the tragic day of September 11.   

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 Cancellation Notice
There will be no noon Masses in Our Lady's Chapel Wednesday, Sept. 18 and Thursday, Sept. 19 while Fr. Tom is visiting CIW in Mexico with UPC, and no Mass on Friday, Sept. 20 while Fr. Tom participates in Meet the Mission. Mass on Tuesday, Sept. 17 will also be cancelled as Fr. Tom will have Mass at the Rosenberg School of Optometry (RSO).

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


Texas Public Radio’s Jack Morgan interviews James Borders, assistant professor of sculpture, following the dedication of the Ruth Eilene Sullivan Ceramic and Sculpture Studios. Borders is the managing director of the facility and has overseen its development. 

former art faculty ceramics
Retired UIW art faculty Nancy Pawel (left) and Eloise Stoker (center) share a photo with Dean of Alumni Emeritus Dr. Dick McCracken at the dedication.

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 and 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.

UIW Volleyball hosts Texas Tech
UIW Volleyball hosts Texas Tech in their home opener on Monday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center. A large crowd is expected, so some guidelines have been put in place to ensure the safety of everyone. These procedures ONLY apply to the Texas Tech game.

  • Only 500 complimentary student tickets will be distributed
    • Student ticket distribution will open Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. at the Convocation Center ticket window. Students must show valid ID. Only one (1) ticket per ID. No exceptions.
    • Students who are not one of the first 500 to receive a ticket, or students who wish to secure their tickets early, may purchase tickets starting Sept. 3.
  • Only 100 complimentary faculty/staff tickets will be distributed
    • Ticket distribution will start Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. at the UIW Athletics Ticket Office. Employees must show valid ID. Only one (1) ticket per ID. No exceptions.
    • Faculty/staff who are not one of the first 100 to receive a ticket, or faculty/staff who wish to secure their tickets early, may purchase tickets starting Sept. 3.
  • UIW Cardinals Club members may purchase reserved seating for the game. Each ticket is $20.
  • General admission seating will be behind the team benches (on the south side of the Convo). Tickets are $10 for everyone.
  • Single-game ticket sales start on Sept. 3, 9 a.m.

If you have questions, please contact Kevin Lepore, UIW athletics ticket manager, at (210) 805-3000 or

game 2013
UIW fans cheer on the Cardinals for the first home football game of the season at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 7. The Cardinals shut out Texas College with a score of 69-0.   

Constitution Day
UIW observes the annual Constitution Day on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6:30-8 p.m., in the Mabee Library Auditorium, with a speech by UIW graduate and current National Public Radio (NPR) Producer Sam Sanders, speaking on the media and the U.S. Constitution. For more info, contact Dr. Gary Keith at 210-832-2183 or

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

Taco Truck Wednesday
Free street style tacos and drinks will be available in Marian Circle on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. For info, contact Jessica Ibarra at 210-283-6334.

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

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration
Join the Institute of World Cultures (IWC) to celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival on Thursday, Sept. 19, 6-7:30 p.m., the International Conference Center (ICC) Conference Room. Learn the story of Chang Er, and the way to celebrate the Chinese harvest with friends and family, try brewed tea leaves, moon cakes and fun games. For more info, contact Meiling Song at 210-805-5820 or

Light the Way Workday
Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in early holiday cheer at this year’s next Light the Way workday on 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

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.

Light the Way Display Board Contest
Don’t miss the chance to register your university organization in the annual Light the Way Display Board Contest. The deadline to register is 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4. The contest will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 9 a.m. on Dubuis Lawn. Please return registration forms to the Office of Public Relations located in the McCracken House (102 Mt Erin Pass, 78212 or CPO 316).  The top three organizations will receive a cash prize! For information, guidelines and registration forms contact Kayla Rice, PR special events coordinator, at or 210-829-6001.

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

Extended Academic Programs

Nancy Larson wins EAP Innovation Award
Extended Academic Programs (EAP) is happy to announce the first winner of the EAP Innovation Award. The award was established to reward staff and administrators for innovative ideas that help in making processes more streamlined and cost effective.Working smarter, not harder is the EAP motto! The first winner is Nancy Larson an ADCaP advisor at the Northwest Center. Her idea of separating advisor duties will help increase retention in the division. Larson will receive an award to be placed on her desk. Congratulations to Larson!

ADCaP & UIW Online Fall Information Session
Join the UIW Extended Academic Programs (EAP) on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Republic Golf Club 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  Visit for more information. The Republic Golf Club is located at 4226 SE Military Dr. off of I-37.

Community News

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

Notice of water shutoff
The water will be shutoff for approximately 5 hours Saturday morning from 2 – 7a.m. due to the construction on Hildebrand. The buildings affected will be Marian Hall, Agnese-Sosa, Nursing, Wellness Center, Gorman, Incarnate Word House, Advancement Center and Clement.

“Women & Spirit, Catholic Sisters in America”
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is asking for your help to contact your local NBC station and request that they broadcast the documentary “Women & Spirit, Catholic Sisters in America.” This film is virtually the untold story of the Catholic Sisters in America, the vital role they have played and the impact they have had in shaping our nation’s social, cultural and spiritual landscapes. The documentary will be available for broadcast to all NBC stations and affiliates, starting Sept. 15, 2013. This is a part of the NBC “Horizons of the Spirit” series and the technical information and blurb about the program is on the NBC Universal APT system.

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

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

SALT Launch Day
SALT is coming to UIW campus! Come by the SALT launch event on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., UIW campus lawn area (near the clock tower), and learn how to make smart choices with your money and stay on track with your student loan payments. SALT is a program brought to you by the non-profit American Student Assistance (ASA). And did we mention its FREE, thanks to UIW’s Office of Financial Assistance. For more info, contact Heather Miller at 210-805-1234 or

Faculty Focus

9-11 lopita
Dr. Lopita Nath, assistant professor of history and co-chair of the Interfaith Council, presents a Hindu prayer of peace during the 9/11 Day of Remembrance Service in Our Lady’s Chapel.

9-11 barton
Heather Barton-Weston (pictured front row center), instructor of human performance, shares a photo with UIW students on Wednesday, Sept. 11 in front of the Tower of Americas. Students of Barton-Weston’s Dimensions of Wellness classes participated in the first annual San Antonio 110 9/11 Memorial Climb at the Tower of the Americas. Students climbed 60 or 120 flights of stairs honoring the fallen heroes of 9/11.

new faculty reception
(Pictured L-R) Dr. David Moffett, professor of education; Mary Jinks, library services; and Dr. Cheryl Anderson, dean of library services; share a photo at a new faculty reception in Mabee Library’s Reference Room on Thursday, Sept. 5. The event introduced new faculty to their library liaisons, as well as showed them the resources and services offered to faculty and their students by the library.

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

Faculty Family Potluck Supper
All full and part time faculty members are invited to have fun, make new friends, and enjoy old friends on Friday, Sept. 20, 6:30-9 p.m., in the International Conference Center (ICC) Conference Room and patio. Bring your family, a significant other, or come on your own. Bring some food to share. Ice tea provided, but you are welcome to bring any type of drink you would like. Children are welcome. The potluck is sponsored by Faculty Mentoring (Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, Dr. Denise Doyle and Dr. Susan Hall). For more info, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at 210-829-3854 or

High Schools

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

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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Visit the UIW Prep website at


“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:

  • Paul Aschbacher (Former Dev. Bd. Member) & family on the recent loss of his wife, Joan Carole McIntyre Aschbacher.
  • The family of Janina Hurtado (IWHS ’86) on her recent death.
  • Olga Perez Snyder (BS ’56) & family on the recent loss of her husband, Ebbie Snyder.
  • Catherine Galindo Valdez & family on the recent loss of her husband, Oscar Jesus Valdez (BA ’98).


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