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

Photo of the Week

Walmart health fair
(Pictured L-R) Dr. Charles Connor, professor, Rosenberg School of Optometry (RSO); Dr. Tina Lopez. assistant professor, Feik School of Pharmacy (FSOP); Mabel Goldsmith, Walmart store manager; Ivy Taylor, councilwoman, City of San Antonio – District 2; Terri Murphy-Sanchez, St. Philip’s College; and Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin, founding dean of FSOP; accept a check for $75,000 from the Walmart Foundation on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the UIW Health Fair held at St. Philip’s College School of Health Professions. The grant will help fund health fairs, promote interprofessional education and to serve the Eastside community of San Antonio. The interprofessional education includes faculty and students from UIW optometry (Dr. Charles Connor), UIW nutrition (Dr. Joseph Bonilla), UIW nursing (Cynthia Richardson, Yvonne Davila), UIW pharmacy (Dr. Vanessa Phillips, Dr. Tina Lopez), St. Philip’s nursing (Melissa Arthur), and St. Philip’s medical laboratory (Terri Murphy-Sanchez).


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

Special Bilingual Mass for Immigration Reform
University Mission and Ministry is joining other Catholic universities and colleges in answering the call for people to reflect, pray, educate, and advocate for humane comprehensive immigration reform. The center of our response will be a special Spanish-English bilingual Mass for families torn apart by current immigration policy celebrated in Our Lady’s Chapel at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 25. The diverse community of faith at UIW is invited to pray with us and support a comprehensive approach to immigration policy that respects the human dignity of all people, regardless of their current position on the issue. 

New Outreach Opportunity for Faculty & Staff - Laughter Yoga
Oxygenates Your Body and Brain: Laughter Yoga is combination of deep breathing exercises from yoga and laughter exercises, which oxygenates our body and brain, makes us feel more healthy and energetic. University Mission and Ministry is working with Joanie Brooks, a certified Laughter Yoga instructor, to bring this opportunity to UIW.  We are exploring a day and time that would work for faculty and staff to learn more about Laughter Yoga and to participate in a 30 minute session once a week. There is no cost for this outreach sponsored by University Mission and Ministry and you “come as you are.” There is no special equipment or attire needed for this group. We are looking at the following days and times to start a once a week club: Mondays 11 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. or Thursdays 11 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. If you are interested in this outreach, contact Beth Villarreal, director of ministries, with the day/time that works best for you, at 210-829-2736 or For more information on Laughter Yoga visit


SNA health fair
Pictured are the second shift of the Student Nurses' Association (SNA) members and nursing faculty volunteers. Students from several health care disciplines collaborated to do health screening and education for adults and children during the Walmart/UIW Health Fair at St. Phillips College on Saturday, Sept. 14. Volunteer students came from the St. PhillipsLVN and lab technician programs and UIW optometry, pharmacy, nursing and nutrition programs. Volunteer faculty members represented each program as well. Students helped our community by discovering many clients’ health issues that can now be addressed (diabetic foot problems; high BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol and/or blood glucose; and vision or hearing problems). Clients received recommendations for follow-up care; and medication, nutrition and health promotion counseling.

constitution day 2013
(Pictured L-R) Dr. Gary Keith, associate professor of government and international affairs; Ashley Abrams, UIW graduate; Dr. Lydia Andrade, professor and chair of government and international affairs; Sam Sanders, UIW graduate and National Public Radio (NPR) producer; and Dr. Scott Dittlof, professor of government and international affairs; share a photo in the Mabee Library Auditorium. On Tuesday, Sept. 17, UIW observed the annual Constitution Day with a presentation by Sanders who spoke on the media and the Constitution. 

mccracken 49th
Alumni Emeritus Dr. Richard “Dick” McCracken displays a UIW Employee Campaign coffee mug in the McCracken House conference room. On Friday, Sept. 13, a celebration was held to honor McCracken’s 49 years with the university. To make your donation to the 2013 UIW Employee Campaign, visit

Light the Way Workday
Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in early holiday cheer at the 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 event. For more information, contact Kayla Rice, PR special event coordinator, at 210-829-6001 or

Saudi Arabia National Day Celebration
Join the Institute of World Cultures (IWC) to celebrate Saudi Arabia National Day at Marian Hall Student Center on Monday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Discover the culture and history of Saudi Arabia, take pictures with Saudi costumes, taste special Saudi Arabia style coffee and dessert. For info, contact Meiling Song at 210-805-5820 or

Candidate for Dean of the Medical School
There will be a public presentation by the first candidate for the dean of UIW’s medical school, Dr. Robyn Madson, on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 11:30 a.m. in Mabee Library’s Special Collections Suite. Open to all interested.

2013 Sr. Charles Marie Frank Lecture: Social Justice in Nursing Education & Practice 
This program on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1-3 p.m., in the McCombs Rosenberg Sky Room, is designed to promote discussion and dialogue by registered nurses, nurse educators and students about how the theories and principles of social justice are integral to the educational preparation of nurses and to the practice of nursing. Cost: $10. For more info, contact Dr. Jennifer Cook at 210-829-3978 or

Pre-Pharmacy Association hosts Bone Marrow Drive
The Pre-Pharmacy Association (PPA) will host the first-ever bone marrow drive held at UIW on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., in Marian Circle. PPA has been working closely with the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center on blood drives and we are now taking on the Bone Marrow drive in an effort to educate (which includes debunking the myths of bone marrow donation), inform, and sign up committed donors.  We hope to convey the dire need for an increase in bone marrow donors. For more info, contact Candace Graham at 210-829-2703 or

HHM Seminar Speaker - Anna-Alissette Ruiz, Latinitas Magazine
As part of UIW’s Hispanic Heritage Month Seminar Series Speaker, the Hispanic Heritage Month Organizing Committee welcomes speaker Anna-Alissette Ruiz, Latinitas Magazine, on Wednesday, Sept. 25, in Mabee Library Auditorium, at noon. For more info, contact Dr. Scott Roberts at 210-832-2141 or

UIW Cardinal Jazz Band hosts fundraiser for John Magaldi at the Cove
The UIW Cardinal Jazz Band will host a fundraiser for John Magaldi on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 8-10 p.m., at The Cove Restaurant (606 W. Cypress San Antonio, TX 78212). Magaldi is the leader of the Prime Time Jazz Orchestra and the lead alto saxophonist with the UIW Cardinal Jazz Band. He has had a long and illustrious career performing with many of the biggest names in jazz. With his band, he has raised money for countless charities and musicians with health and financial problems. Currently, his home is in foreclosure and he needs help. Suggested donation at the door is $5. For those who would like to contribute and cannot attend the concert, please visit and donate using PayPal or a credit card.

The Art of Flamenco
As part of Hispanic Heritage Month events, the Hispanic Heritage Month Organizing Committee will host a performance and talk on The Art of Flamenco on Thursday, Sept.26, at noon in Mabee Library Auditorium. For more info, contact Dr. Tim Henrich at 210-829-6036 or

Library Instruction Round Table’s Fourth Annual Summit
The J.E. & L.E. Mabee Library is hosting Texas Library Association’s Library Instruction Round Table’s 2013 Fourth Annual Summit ( on Friday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m-4 p.m., in Marian Hall Ballroom and Mabee Library Auditorium. Librarians from across Texas will be sharing instructional knowledge, experience, and projects on topics pertinent to academic library instruction. For more information, contact Anthony Micchelli, Physical Therapy librarian @

UIW Department of Theatre Arts presents “Winners”
The UIW Department of Theatre Arts invites you to join us for “Winners” at Cheever Downstage II Theatre, Sept. 27, 28 and Oct. 4, 5 at 8 p.m. (Fridays and Saturdays); Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. (Sunday); Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. (Thursday). Joe and Mag are cramming for final exams. Joe and Mag are expecting a child. Joe and Mag are three weeks away from a forced marriage. One of Ireland’s most beloved playwrights weaves a bittersweet tale that reminds us all to rejoice in the moment. International guest artist and UIW Theatre Arts alumnus Leo Gene Peters directs “Winners.” George Burnette creates the scene design with costumes by Vanessa Lopez, and lighting design by Denisse Chavez. Cost - Adults: $10; Seniors: $9; Non-UIW Students: $8; Groups (10 or more): $6. UIW students, faculty and staff may attend free of charge by presenting their valid ID. For info and performance dates and times, contact 210-829-3800 or

Employee and Family Tailgate
Join Human Resources for an employee and family tailgate before the UIW vs. Eastern New Mexico game, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2-5:30 p.m. at Rally Alley (behind the Natatorium). Kickoff is at 6 p.m.  Feel free to bring a side dish to share with your friends. Links and hamburgers provided. To reserve up to four complimentary tickets and to RSVP for the tailgate, please email or call HR at or 210-829-6019 Deadline to RSVP is Tuesday, Sept. 24.

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.

State of the University Presentation
Dr. Louis J. Agnese’s annual State of the University presentation will be at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 1 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Bill Miller’s will provide tacos and iced tea. The community is invited to attend.

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

Presentation of Library Resources for Music
Farhad Moshiri, the audiovisual librarian at the Mabee Library, will give a presentation on library resources for music. The presentation will take place in Palestrina Hall (Fine Arts Building) on Thursday, Sept. 26, 1:30-2:45 p.m. Please join Moshiri to learn about the wonderful resources offered by the library especially for the music students and faculty. For more info, contact Farhad Moshiri at 210-829-3842 or

Extended Academic Programs

UIW listed as 2014 Military Friendly School
Extended Academic Programs (EAP) is proud to announce that once again UIW is listed on the 2014 Military Friendly Schools website and magazine. It is an honor to continue to be recognized for our service to active-duty students. Military Friendly Schools are the top 20% of schools nationwide that deliver the best experience for military students.

Community News

taco truck wed
As part of Hispanic Heritage Month festivities, the UIW community enjoyed street style tacos and Mariachis on Taco Truck Wednesday in front of Marian Hall on Sept. 18.

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

Saturday Garden Workday
Come out and enjoy the first garden workday of the Fall 2013 semester on Saturday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Community Garden (behind Gorman). During this workday we will plant, pull old crops, and renew our connection with nature. Receive off-campus community service by bringing canned goods for the San Antonio Food Bank. For more info, contact Stephen Lucke at 210-478-7292 or

Effective Team Membership for Course Assignments
This workshop on Monday, Sept. 23, 6-8 p.m., Mabee Library, Room 230, will address useful skills and knowledge for being effective on class teams. Topics include team development, roles, best practices, and problem solving. For info, contact Dr. David Ortiz at 210-283-6454 or

Resume Essentials
Resume Essentials on Thursday, Sept. 26, 6-7 p.m., Mabee Library Auditorium, covers everything students need to know to create a knock-out resume. Experts in the HR/Recruiting field will show students how to get noticed. Recommended for all students. Faculty and campus organizations are encouraged to bring classes. For info, contact Career Services at 210-829-3931 or

Faculty Focus

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

The Power of Writing to Learn
“Writing to learn” activities are typically short and informal. Instructors in many disciplines use them to deepen students’ thinking about course content. If you haven’t used a lot of writing in your courses, writing to learn can be a good place to start. Barbara Millis, UTSA Teaching and Learning Center, will present on Monday, Sept. 23, noon-1 p.m., Mabee Library Special Collections Suite. For info, contact Kathy Allwein at 210-283-5030 or

Graduate Information Session
Graduate Information Night will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6:30 – 8 p.m., International Conference Center Auditorium (This event is for those interested in pursuing a graduate degree). Please RSVP with Johnny Garcia, assistant director of graduate admissions, at , 210-805-3554, or

Early Alert Open House
The Early Alert Open House is jointly sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Directions and Connections Center.  Drop by AD 212 on Thursday, Sept. 26 any time between 11:30-1:30 for a refresher on submitting early alert grades, other suggestions for giving students feedback on their performance, and a light lunch. Faculty who advise students will also receive a $50 stipend for attending the open house.  No reservations needed. For info, contact Dr. Susan Hall 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

IWHS Open House
Everyone is welcome to come out and learn of the outstanding opportunities awaiting students at Incarnate Word High School (IWHS) on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2-4:30 p.m. on the IWHS campus. Learn about our AP academic program and dual enrollment at UIW earning you college credit; blended learning opportunities culminating in a study abroad trip to Heidelberg, Germany; academic competitions across all disciplines; our 10 sports; award winning Theatre Production company; and our state qualifying Madrigals. For more info, contact Annette Zahirniak at 210-829-3123 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 footsteps of st francis
(Pictured) Muslims and Christians at the Muslim Children Education and Civic Center explore ideas of compassion, listening and peacemaking. On Friday, Sept. 13, members of both the Muslim and Christian community joined UIW Liturgical Outreach for interfaith dialogue and opportunities to visit both a mosque and a church. For the first time in San Antonio, over 20 Christian and Muslim groups partnered to have an interfaith discussion remembering the story of St. Francis and the Sultan Malek al Kamil. Starting at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, the film In the Footprints of Francis and the Sultan” was shown. The event then continued at the Muslim Children Education and Civic Center.       

WGC’s Be Part of Our Story Gala
Women's Global Connection (WGC), a San Antonio nonprofit that promotes the learning and leadership capacity of women and girls locally and globally, will host its annual gala on Thursday, Sept. 26, 6-9 p.m., at the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. WGC is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Emcees for the night are KSAT-TV Anchor Steve Spriester and Ana De Hoyos-O'Connor, an assistant professor at San Antonio College (SAC). Cost: $60. For info, contact Nicole Foy at 210-313-3562 or

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:

  • Rebecca Maria Barrera (BS ’69) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Rebecca C. Barrera.
  • Beth Hermann Hedge (BA ’75) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Mary Anne Eagan Hermann (BS ’48, MA ’92).
  • Leticia & Pete Van de Putte (UIW Friends) & family on the recent loss of his mother, Elizabeth Folts Van de Putte Hodnett.
  • Helen Ruth Stein & family on the recent loss of her sister, Maxine Lockhart (MA ’68).
  • Ann Marie Cowan-Ozturgut (BA ’01) & family on the recent loss of her grandfather, Richard Anthony Norton.
  • Joe Reyes (UIW Bd. of Trustees) & family on the recent loss of his wife, Frances Marie “Frannie” Reyes.
  • Eric Soderstrom and Susan Soderstrom & family on the recent loss of their mother, Nanette Soderstrom Sheaffer (MA ’77).

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