The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: October 4, 2013

Photo of the Week

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Members of the Human Resources team hosted an Employee and Family Tailgate at Rally Alley before the UIW vs. Eastern New Mexico game on Saturday, Sept. 28.


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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Dr. Louis J. Agnese, Jr., gave his annual State of the University presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 1 in Marian Hall Ballroom.

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Mark Papich (center), director of athletics, welcomed Matthew Seale (right), a member of the UIW baseball team from 2003-2006, into the UIW Athletics Hall of Fame during the UIW vs. Eastern New Mexico game on Saturday, Sept. 28. Seale earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 2007.

Phonathon 2013
This year’s Phonathon wcontinues through 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 student 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.

Melting Ice, Mending Creation: a Catholic Approach to Climate Change
The Pontifical Academy of Science calls  “on all people and nations to recognize the serious and potentially irreversible impacts of global warming caused by the anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants, and by changes in forests, wetlands, grasslands, and other land uses.”  Learn about the dramatic evidence  and explore Catholic teaching on climate change. The poor and the vulnerable are the most impacted by this. This program on Friday, Oct. 4, at noon in Marian Hall Ballroom is part of the Catholic Climate Change national movement. People are invited to take the St. Francis Pledge to  “Care for creation. Care for the poor.”

For info, contact Sister Martha Ann Kirk at 210-829-3854 or

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.

“Empowering women to face challenges in the current social and political situation”
Zawadi Nikuze, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, will speak Monday, Oct. 7 at 3 p.m.and again at 4:30 p.m. in theLibrary part of the Season of Peace. The presentation is sponsored by Women’s Global Connection. Nikuze has been active in peace work since high school. She worked in Kigali, Rwanda with “Mwananshuti,” an outreach program for street children.She currently plans and facilitates “Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities” workshops on trauma healing and reconciliation with displaced persons who fled violence to camps outside Goma. Zawadi is a member of the Religious Society of Friends in DRC, and is raising funds to build a women’s center during her time in the U.S. For more information, contact Dr. Alison Buck at 210-832-3208 or,

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

HHM Seminar Speaker - Arturo Chavez: Mexicans Americans and the Catholic Church Today
As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Arturo Chavez, president and CEO of the Mexican American Catholic College, will speak on “Mexican Americans and the Catholic Church Today,” on Wednesday, Oct. 9, noon, Nursing Building, Room 312. For more info, contact Dr. Gilbert Hinojosa at (210) 829-2757 or

Hispanic Heritage Open Mic Night
As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, University Events and Student Programs will host an Open Mic Night featuring talents of the UIW community on Thursday, Oct.10, 7-10 p.m., Finnegan's Coffee Shop. For info, contact Paulina Mazurek at 210-841-7365 or

Spanish Poetry Reading
Hispanic Heritage Month Spanish Poetry Reading by Dr. Amalia Mondriguez, professor of modern languages, will take place on Thursday, Oct. 10, Mabee Library Auditorium, at 1:30 p.m. For more info, contact Dr. Gilbert Hinojosa at 210-829-2757 or

UIW goes Pink
Support Breast Cancer Awareness by wearing Pink ALL DAY on Thursday, Oct. 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., UIW Circle. Delta Beta Chi will be in the circle giving prizes to those who wear pink. Also meet us at the UIW pink Volleyball game at 7p.m. to win more prizes. For more info, contact Mayelisa Gasca at 512-665-2793 or

UIW Art Department presents Moments
The UIW Art Department presents “Moments,” works by J. Salvador Lopez. An opening reception will take place on Friday, Oct. 11, 6-8 p.m., at Semmes Gallery. The exhibit will be on display from Oct. 11-Nov. 8. To view Lopez’ work online, visit For more info, contact the UIW Art Department at 210-829-3855.

Presentation by candidate for Dean of the Medical School
There will be a public presentation by the second candidate for Dean of UIW’s Medical School, Dr. Charles Henley, on Friday, Oct. 11 at 10:30 a.m. in Mabee Library’s Special Collections Suite. All are welcome to attend.

“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 and 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

On-Site Resume Reviews
Students are invited to bring a copy of their resume for a one-on-one review by a career counselor on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 1:30-3 p.m. in Marian Hall Ballroom Lobby. Resumes will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Faculty is encouraged to send students. For info, contact Career Services at (210) 829-3931 or

WLC To Go: CSI: Credible Source Investigation
Busy day? The Writing and Learning Center presents WLC To Go to bring you writing lessons you can take away! Stop by, 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 WLC To Go event on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in AD 122, find out how to identify sources that will make your paper more authoritative.

Extended Academic Programs

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Pictured L-R: Julie Weber, EAP director of marketing and recruitment; Vince Porter, dean of ADCaP; Dr. Cyndi Porter, vice president of EAP; Dan Ochoa, dean of university preparatory programs; Shirley Caldera, director of operations for ADCaP; David Stein, EAP director of accreditation and assessment; and Christy Wisely, director of operations for EAP. On Sunday, Sept. 29, EAP held its first EAP Fall Festival on the grounds of St. Anthony Catholic High School.Over 500 people attended the event. The festival had great food, a carnival atmosphere, games for all ages and a silent auction.All proceeds from the event will be used toward the first EAP Adult Student Scholarship.Successful recipients of the scholarship will demonstrate exceptional community involvement.

UIW Graduate Programs Information Session for ADCaP and UIW Online
Join UIW’s Extended Academic Programs (EAP) on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at UIW Northwest Center (9729 Datapoint Drive 78229) for an information session on our master’s degrees in the Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCaP) and UIW Online. During the information session you can have your transcripts reviewed, meet with financial aid, speak to professors, and receive application assistance from admission counselors.  To R.S.V.P. call 210-757-0202 or email  Visit for more information.

Community News

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

TRiO Student Support Services
TRiO Student Support Services will once again be working with women and families in transition by collecting and assembling cup care packages Oct 1-Dec. 2..
“Cup Runneth Over” is a way in which the faculty, administrators, and staff can give something back to those experiencing difficulties in their lives. Please consider donating:

• Mugs in good condition
• Hotel toiletries
• Toothbrushes and small toothpastes
• Individually wrapped tea bags or packets of hot chocolate • Any other small item that would be appropriate and helpful

You can deliver these items to our TRiO Lab, AD 225, or call (210) 805-5812, if you should need assistance with pickup. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Interactive Online Logos
October is so full of events the Logos, which came out Monday, didn’t have room to run them all. That includes Heritage Week, Homecoming Week, 2013 Season of Peace and Justice, and a Kick Butts no-smoking or less-smoking campaign. Find this information through the interactive online Logos at

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 the Gorman Building). 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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(Pictured L-R) Dr. Sarah Williams, associate professor of nursing, and Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin, dean of the Feik School of Pharmacy, pose for a photo at the Women’s Global Connection (WGC) annual gala on Thursday, Sept. 26 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. 

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

Reflection as a Developmental Process
Reflective writing can both challenge and support students who are gaining valuable experience in clinical settings, practicums, study abroad, or internships. Examples will illustrate how reflections can be an indicator of professional development and can facilitate higher order thinking .This session on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 4:30 p.m.,  Feik School of Pharmacy, Room 478, builds on the earlier session on reflection, but it will also make sense on its own. For info, contact Kathy Allwein at (210) 283-5030 or

High Schools

IWHS Breast Cancer Awareness Activities
October is unanimously known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and during this month information is distributed to educate the community on this disease that affects so many women. It is critical that women have their annual mammogram but some women who are uninsured or unfunded don't always think that mammograms are an option for them. Fortunately CHRISTUS Santa Rosa has a mobile mammography unit that provides free mammograms to those women who are not able to get them otherwise.

Throughout the school year, IWHS will raise money for those who are in need of the services provided by CHRISTUS Santa Rosa by selling pink, "I believe" shirts for $12.00 thorugh the IWHS Athletic Dept. All the proceeds will benefit CHRISTUS Santa Rosa mobile mammography program.

Each sport will hold a breast cancer awareness event and the athletes will wear pink and encourage fans to wear the "I believe" shirt to show support for the women of San Antonio and our IWHS athletes dedicated to helping our community.

Event dates are:
Oct. 19- Cross Country Meet @ Texas Lutheran University TBA
Oct. 25- Swimming Meet @ San Antonio Natatorium TBA

Basketball, Track, Soccer, Golf and Softball events will be held later in the school year. For more information, contact April Fricke, IWHS Athletic Director at (210) 829-3122 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

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


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

A History Mystery, Minds & Dreams Slide Presentation
Crop Circle Cultures: A History Mystery, Minds and Dreams, a slide presentation of Crop Circles in England, by Dr. Jonathan DeVierville, will take place at The Angelique Garden Room at the Village at Incarnate Word on Monday, Oct. 7. The presentation is sponsored by the Connections Program. For more information, contact Mary Martha McNeel at 210-829-7561

Support the San Antonio Missions for World Heritage Status
Signed up to support the quest for World Heritage Status for the San Antonio Missions. Share with family, neighbors, business colleagues, church associates, school families and students, employees and others. Whilethe numbers of supporters have continued to increase, there are still thousands of people throughout the community who would sign up if they just knew about it. Help us gather the numbers that will demonstrate to the UNESCO selection committee that San Antonio and Bexar County loves the rich history of the Missions and will continue to support and protect them. To sign up, visit

Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • The Family of Nicki Sue Giglio (BSN ’98) on her recent death.
  • Robert Johnston and family on the recent loss of his wife, Nanette Cleveland Johnston (MA ’78).
  • The family of, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and the entire UIW community on the recent loss of Sr. Lawrence Marie Tobin (BSN ’51).

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