The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: September 27, 2013

Photo of the Week

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(Standing L-R) Nursing faculty Dr. Laura Munoz, Dr. Sara Kolb, Dr. Gary Norgan, Dr. Mary Elaine Jones, Dr. Julie Nadeau, Dr. Roberta Lavin, Dr. Caroline Spana, Dean Mary Hoke, Ph.D., (Seated L-R) Dr. Holly Cassells, keynote speaker Sr. Rosemary Donley, and Dr. Jennifer Cook gathered for a photo during the 2013 Sr. Charles Marie Frank Lecture. The program on Tuesday, Sept. 24 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room was 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.


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 Cancelation Notice
Due to the Funeral Mass for UIW student Jose Ruiz at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 27 in Our Lady's Chapel, there will be no noon Mass.

Prayer Service for Washington Navy Yard, Kenya, and Shooting in Chicago Park
On Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 4:30 P.M. in Our Lady’s Chapel, University Mission & Ministry and the Center for Veterans Affairs will sponsor a short prayer service for the victims of the shootings in the Washington Navy Yard, the Kenyan Mall, and the Southwest Chicago Park. Please join us as we stand in solidarity with those affected by these tragic events. For more information, please contact Rev. Dr. Trevor D. Alexander at 210-829-3130 or via e-mail at


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(Pictured L-R) Marisol Martinez, graphic designer, and husband Rudy Martinez participated in early holiday cheer at the second Light the Way workday on Saturday, Sept. 21 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Volunteers enjoyed free food, giveaways and helped prepare for the university’s annual event by replacing Christmas lights. The 2013 Light the Way event is set for 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23 in the Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium located on the UIW campus. For information, call (210) 829-6001 or visit

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(Pictured L-R) A UIW student; Alanna Taylor, study abroad coordinator; and Sr. Walter Maher, vice president of University Mission and Ministry; volunteer at Inner City Development during the eighth annual Meet the Mission (MTM) day of service on Friday, Sept. 20. Two-hundred and eighty-five participants, including 245 students, served at 22 sites around the city, including the Salvation Army, Ronald McDonald House, The Unicorn Center, Travis Park United Methodist Church, St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, and the donation center for Family Violence Prevention Services. The day was dedicated to Billy George ’12 BS, who died of cancer this past summer. George had been very active with MTM both during his time here as a student and later as an alumnus. Teams of students, faculty, and staff travelled by bus or UIW shuttle out to their sites and worked for a few hours before returning to campus for lunch and reflection.

Library Instruction Round Table’s Fourth Annual Summit
The 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 the production of “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). 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. George Burnette creates the scene design with costumes by Vanessa Lopez and lighting design by Denisse Chavez. Cost is 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, contact 210-829-3800 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.

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.

HHM Seminar Speaker - Dr. Tina Garza
As part of the 2013 Hispanic Heritage Month Seminar Series, Dr. Tina Garza, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans (SACNAS), will speak on Wednesday, Oct. 2, noon, in Mabee Library Auditorium. For info, contact Ana Vallor at 210-829-3154 or

Mabee Library presents Films and Conversations about Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
In honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the UIW’s Mabee Library presents Films and Conversations about Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. A presentation will be held in the Mabee Library Auditorium on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. of the award-winning film “Telling Amy’s Story” and will feature guest speaker Marta Pelaez, Director and CEO of Family Violence Prevention Services in San Antonio. For info, contact Polly McCord at 210-805-5809 or

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.

White Coat Ceremony, Class of 2017
The Feik School of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2017 will take place on Friday, Oct. 4, 1:30-3:30 p.m., in the McCombs Rosenberg Sky Room. This is an important milestone for our first-year students as they pledge to build a professional identity founded on integrity, ethical behavior and honor. For more information, please contact Dr. Russell Attridge at

A Blessing of the Animals and Prayer for Creation
UIW's Liturgical Outreach will host the annual Blessing of the Animals and prayer for creation on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron of ecology on Friday, Oct. 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the UIW Grotto.  Bring your animals, live and stuffed! Francis taught love for all, care of creation and peacemaking, hosted by the Arts for Christian Worship Class. For details, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at or 210-829-3854.

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

Screening of “Band of Sisters”
“Band of Sisters,” a film by Mary Fishman, will be shown Wednesday, Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m., at Alamo Drafthouse (Park North, 618 NW Loop 410). The film shows the Sisters as they are, illuminating the path from direct service to social justice to the transformation of consciousness. One of the featured Sisters in the film is Sr. Yolanda Tarango, CCVI. Cost: $9 general admission and $7 seniors, students, and military. For info about the film, visit

“Above Par Vision” Golf Tournament
The Rosenberg School of Optometry/ COVD Student Chapter presents the “Above Par Vision” Golf Tournament, Saturday, Oct. 19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Olympia Hills Golf & Conference Center.  Cost is $90.  Proceeds benefit scholarship funds for children and students who may have vision problems and need assistance with costs associated with vision evaluation and/or vision rehabilitation therapy treatment. For details, contact Susan Ly at

An Evening with Gilbert King - Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize
Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize winner, will give a presentation to be followed by Q&A and book signing opportunity on Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30-9 p.m., McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Gilbert King is the author of Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2013. King is originally from Schenectady, N.Y. He has written about Supreme Court history and the death penalty for the New York Times and the Washington Post, and he is a featured contributor to Smithsonian magazine’s history blog. His book, “The Execution of Willie Francis,” was published in 2008. He lives in New York City with his wife, two daughters, and a French Bulldog named Louis. Please R.S.V.P. using this form: For info, contact the Office of Public Relations at 210-829-6001.

Department News

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(Pictured L-R) Dr. Glenn James, associate provost, and Veronica Ruiz, PR marketing and advertising coordinator, share a photo at the Office of the Provost. On Monday, Sept. 23, donuts were distributed to all departments who achieved 100% participation in the 2013 Employee Campaign.

IRB Workshop - Writing the Protocol
The University of the Incarnate Word’s Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB) would like to invite current and future researchers to attend an informational workshop on the research protocol section of the IRB application.  Faculty and students are encouraged to attend.  The workshop will be given twice on Tuesday, Oct. 1 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 professor recognized by Texas Diversity Council
Dr. Matthew Gonzalez, assistant professor of business, Extended Academic Programs (EAP), has been recognized by the Texas Diversity Council for fostering positive communication and actively promoting inter-group relations among individuals of different races, ages, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, religious backgrounds, or physical and mental capabilities. Gonzalez will be receiving the DiversityFIRST Award at a luncheon on Oct. 22 at the San Antonio Marriott Northwest Hotel.

Community News

(Pictured L-R) Rosie Garcia, director of development; Lisa Reagan, development board member; Sr. Kathleen Coughlin, CCVI, vice president of institutional advancement; and Beccah Hofer, store manager at Elaine Turner’s on Broadway, pose for a photo on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Elaine Turner’s on Broadway hosted a fundraiser for student scholarships.  A percentage of the proceeds from the evening’s sales went towards scholarships for students in UIW’s Fashion Management Program. 

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

Special Notice – Construction Update
Beginning Sat.Sept. 28, 2013 at 6 a.m. – Sunday,Sept. 29, 2013 at 9 p.m. Hildebrand will be closed to through traffic. Those attending events on the UIW campus are encouraged to use the Hwy 281 entrance or Burr Rd.Travel on eastbound Hildebrand will be closed.

Southbound Hwy 281:Josephine Exit
Northbound Hwy 281: St. Mary’s Exit
The closure is related to CPS overhead construction on Hildebrand between the San Antonio River to Broadway

Along with construction, on Sunday, Sept. 29, San Antonio will be hosting its annual Siclovia ( from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. However, because of setup and clean up, Broadway will be closed/blocked off starting at 3rd St. to Mulberry from 5 a.m.–5 p.m.

iPad User’s Group
The iPad User’s Group welcomes iPad users from across the university to participate in app demonstration, sharing and training sessions. Sessions take place from noon-1 p.m. Fridays during the semester. Sessions are followed by an app training session on the following Friday. All are welcome to join the User’s group or register for training sessions. For locations of sessions and info contact Terry Peak at

Upcoming iPad User’s Group meeting and training session:

  • Friday, Oct. 4, GB 212, noon – 1 p.m.: iPad User’s Group Meeting - Socrative, SimpleMind, and App Sharing Session Friday

For further details and a schedule of meetings and training sessions, visit

Saturday Garden Workday
Come out and enjoy the first garden workday of the Fall 2013 semester on Saturday, Oct. 5, 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

Blackboard User’s Group
The Blackboard User’s Group was formed this year to demonstrate and provide training for new Blackboard tools. Like the iPad User’s group, Blackboard users can share experiences and best practices regarding Blackboard integration. User’s Group meetings and demonstration sessions take place from noon-1 p.m. Fridays during the semester. All are welcome to join the Blackboard User’s Group or attend demonstration and training sessions. Contact Terry Peak at to become a member or register for a training session. Upcoming session:

  • Friday, Oct. 11, Library Auditorium, noon – 1 p.m.: Blackboard User’s Group    Demonstration Session – Kaltura

For further details, visit

Faculty Focus

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Many little guests made the Faculty Family Potluck Supper on Friday, Sept. 20 in UIW International Conference Center Conference Room a fun celebration. The Faculty Mentoring program sponsors this event annually as an opportunity to meet new friends. 

Reflection as a Strategy for Teaching and Learning
The Center for Teaching and Learning will host a workshop on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 4:30 p.m., Feik School of Pharmacy, Room 478, examining a variety of activities to help students reflect on their learning. Workshop leader Sherry Herbers invites participants to bring sample assignments. This center for Teaching and Learning event is particularly pertinent for faculty teaching internships and other courses with field work. Register online if you wish at For more info, contact Dr. Susan Hall at 210-283-5030 or

High Schools

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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WGC Gala 2013
Women's Global Connection (WGC), a San Antonio nonprofit that promotes the learning and leadership capacity of women and girls locally and globally, hosted its annual gala on Thursday, Sept. 26, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. WGC is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Emcees for the night were KSAT-TV Anchor Steve Spriester and Ana De Hoyos-O'Connor, an assistant professor at San Antonio College (SAC). 

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:

  • Joyce (Former IWHS Director of Development) and John Horner & family on the recent loss of her father, Paul Edward Albert.
  • The family of James Paul McCue (BBA ’97) on his recent death.
  • Lisa and Jose Ruiz & family on the recent loss of their son, Jose Ruiz III (current student/H-E-B School of Business).

The University of the Incarnate Word provides reasonable accommodation with adequate notice. To request disability accommodation for events listed in this newsletter, visit