The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: October 11, 2013

Photo of the Week

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UIW President Dr. Louis J. Agnese Jr., and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees Charles D. Lutz, III present a certificate and UIW commemorative diamond pin of recognition to Dr. Caroline Spana, director of student affairs, Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing, for her 50 years of service to the university at the 20th annual Heritage Day Employee Recognition Ceremony. The event was held Wednesday, Oct. 9 in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. The university recognized full-time employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 50 years of service. Following the ceremony, a reception was held for honorees on the lawn of the Brackenridge Villa.


Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T., UIW chaplain, leads the UIW community in the Liturgical Celebration for Heritage Week Mass in Our Lady's Chapel on Wednesday, Oct. 9.

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

UIW Recalls Its Heritage and Mission – Oct. 11 
The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and the University of the Incarnate Word value the Catholic tradition which proclaims the spirit of community that calls us, as members of the Body of Christ, to respond to one another's needs, a tradition which counts on God's presence among us, attested by Christ's resurrection, giving us the strength and the courage to meet life's difficulties.

Brother Emmanuel of the Taizé Community (Taizé, France) to visit UIW
University Mission and Ministry will host a conversation with Brother Emmanuel of Taizé, France this Friday, Oct. 11 from 9:30–11:30 a.m. in the Mabbe Library Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. If you need more information, please contact University Mission & Ministry at (210) 829-3128.


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Dr. Louis Agnese, Jr., UIW president, speaks during the UIW Employee Campaign Finale Party at the Dreeben Friendship Garden, Wednesday, Oct. 9. UIW employees donated over $150,000 and exceeded the goal of 85 percent participation by the end of the campaign. Congratulations!

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(Pictured L-R) Patrick Greener, Phonathon coordinator, Subway’s “Subman,” and Tricia Torres, Subway manager, give out Subway gift cards rewarding the most productive callers during UIW’s annual Phonathon in Bonilla Science Hall on Sept. 28. Student volunteers are placing calls through Nov. 6 to alumni across the country. Students will be updating alumni on exciting new developments on campus as well as asking for financial contributions to support student scholarships, technology upgrades, faculty recruitment and other UIW projects. To date, the initiative has raised over $31,000 in pledges.

Presentation by candidate for Dean of the Medical School
A public presentation will be given 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.

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

2013 HHM Closing Reception
Hispanic Heritage Month Event closing reception will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 4-6 p.m., in Mabee Library’s Special Collections Suite. For more info, contact Dr. Jessica Ibarra at (210) 283-6334 or

Noche de la Familia (Family Movie Night)
Hispanic Heritage Month Final Event: Noche de la Familia (Family Movie Night) will be shown on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m., Dubuis Lawn. For more info, contact Paul Ayala at 210-805-5863 or

Screening of "The Story of the San Antonio River”
Trace the history from 12,000 years ago with Native American artifacts to the present, and follow the path from the Blue Hole 240 miles through SA and on to the Gulf of Mexico.  Experts talk about the challenge of sustaining and enriching life in South Texas. A screening of "The Story of the San Antonio River” will take place in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. For more info, contact Itza Casanova at 210-829-3943 or

Turkish Folk Dance Night
Join the Institute of World Cultures and the Turkish American Association of San Antonio as they present three-time world champion and eight-time Turkey champion HOY-TUR Turkish Folk Dance Ensemble show on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m., Marian Hall Ballroom. For info, contact Sibel Lacquement at 210-693-9859 or

 “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

Cardinal Jazz Band to perform at the 53rd Annual Texas Jazz Festival
The UIW Cardinal Jazz Band will perform at the 53rd Annual Texas Jazz Festival at Heritage Park in Corpus Christi, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 19 at 1:30 p.m. on the AT&T Stage. It will be the ensemble's eighth consecutive performance at the festival. The Texas Jazz Festival is the longest running jazz festival in Texas.

Shine While You Dine Etiquette Dinner
This event will introduce students of all majors to proper dining etiquette, professional attire, and business conversation on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 6-8 p.m., McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Employers will be seated at tables to converse with UIW students to offer tips and tricks on how to "shine while you dine." There is no fee for this event. Advanced registration and professional dress strictly required. Faculty are welcome to register as a class. R.S.V.P. by is Oct. 22. Contact the Office of Career Services and Professional Development at 210-829-3931 to register.

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.

October Season of Peace and Justice including Peace Day
The whole schedule of events for the October Season of Peace and Justice including the events of Peace Day, Oct. 30, can be seen at Please tell students and consider bringing classes. Also the history of Peace Day which goes back 27 years at UIW and information on the Peace Polecan can also be found online.

Department News

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

Flipping with Blackboard
This is your opportunity to learn and apply Flipped Classroom concepts using Blackboard. The Department of Instructional Technology will show you how to apply Blackboard tools such as wikis, blogs, journals, and Kaltura video to create instructional content that is interactive and engaging. The course will take place in Room G16 of the Mabee Library. Space for this unique event is limited, and attendance will be determined by proposal. If your proposal is accepted, you will receive $200.00 that may be used towards the purchase of technology. We will choose 8 proposals, and the winners will be notified the week of October 7th, 2013. Click here to submit your application.

Topics covered by day:

Oct. 17: Room G16, Mabee Library 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Defining a Flipped Classroom
Using Course Structures and Course Modules in Blackboard Wikis, Blogs and Journals

Oct. 18: Room G16, Mabee Library, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Storyboarding for Video Production
Mobile Lecture Capture
Kaltura Video Production and Repository

Extended Academic Programs

EAP Dean selected to 2014 Business Intelligence Board
Dean Vince Porter, ADCaP, was selected to be on the 2014 Business Intelligence Board for Chief Learning Officer Magazine. The Chief Learning Officer Business Intelligence Board is made up of individuals who hold senior-level roles in domestic and global organizations.

Community News

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

Bereavement Notice
Dr. Chris Paris, associate professor of English, is mourning the loss of his father, John Paris. Funeral arrangements are pending. Please keep Dr. Paris and his family in your prayers.

Appeal for the Faculty Refresh Laptops for the VITA Program
The Volunteers in Tax Assistance (VITA) Program has been relocated to JB 126 and has need for approximately 14 used laptops. If you have recently (or not so recently) participated in the faculty laptop refresh program, your donation would be greatly appreciated. The VITA Program provides free income tax preparation for the low income and elderly of our community. Our volunteers logged approximately 1900 community service hours last year. The VITA Program assisted nearly 350 taxpayers. Our clients are our students, staff, and the community. A laptop in any condition is welcome. Thank you for your consideration.

Cardinal Employee Boot Camp Training
The UIW Wellness Committee is offering Cardinal Employee Boot Camp Training for all UIW, IWHS and SACHS employees. The sessions held every Monday and Wednesday from 6-7 a.m. in the UIW Wellness Center are led by Dr. Alexander Hutchison and will continue through Dec. 4. There is a $50 monthly charge made by cash or check. Checks can be made out to TejasFit or Dr. Alexander Hutchison. Receipt will be provided upon request via email.  Monthly fee will be pro-rated according to first day of participation.For more info, please contact Dr. Alexander Hutchison at or 210-829-3182. Please R.S.V.P. at

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

Faculty Focus

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(Pictured L-R) Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin, founding dean of the Feik School of Pharmacy (FSOP); Arthur A. Nelson, Jr., founding dean and professor of the Texas Tech University School of Pharmacy and Dr. Kathi Light, provost; share a photo at FSOP’s White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2017 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room on Friday, Oct. 4.

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Adjunct faculty member Dr. Arturo Chavez, president and CEO of the Mexican American Catholic College, presented “Mexican Americans and the Catholic Church Today,” on Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the Nursing Building.

TNSA Conference in Austin
Cynthia Richardson, instructor of nursing, attended the Texas State Student Nurses' Association (TNSA) conference in Austin on Oct. 4 and Oct. 5. UIW Student Nurse leader, Kathryn Mendez presided over the Texas State Student Nurses' Association (TNSA) Council of Schools as was one of two state leaders at the conference. Mendez presented two focus sessions: President and Vice President Workshop and Navigating the Convention as a Delegate.

Effective Interviewing
Are your students ready to learn what interviewers are really looking for? Experts will present tips and strategies to for effective interviewing on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 6-7:30 p.m., in Mabee Library Auditorium.  Faculty members are encouraged to bring classes. For more info, contact Career Services at 210- 829-3931 or

High Schools

SACHS Pink Out Volleyball Game
SACHS Volleyball Game to benefit Catholic Charities Breast Cancer Awareness on Wednesday, Oct. 16, St. Anthony gym, 6:45-8 p.m. Alumni will present gifts to volleyball players, players will present flowers to parents. A portion of the entree fee will be donated as well as any other donation given that evening. Cost: $2 for students; $4 for adults. For info, contact Alejandro Calderon at 210-832-5398 or

SACHS Fall Open House
St. Anthony Catholic High School (SACHS) will host its Fall Open House for prospective students and families on Sunday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., SACHS campus. For more info, contact Alejandro Calderon at 210-832-5698 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

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 through 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

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Visit the UIW Prep website at


2013-2014 Immersion Trip Information Meeting
This meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 5-6 p.m., JB 126, is for faculty, staff, students, and the greater community to gain information about Women’s Global Connection (WGC) immersion trips to Peru in December and next July, and to Tanzania next June.  Come discover how you can help empower women and build your global awareness.  Please invite others who might be interested. For info, contact Dr. Alison Buck at (210) 832-3208 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

Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • Sr. Bernadette Forck, CCVI (MA ’79) and Sr. Rose Mary Forck, CCVI (UNDCL ’51) & family on the recent loss of their sister, as well as the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and the entire UIW community on the loss of Sr. Mary Rose Forck, CCVI.
  • Carl C. Sarmiento & family on the recent loss of his wife, Mary Melissa Sarmiento (BSN ’96).

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