The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: October 18, 2013

Photo of the Week

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(Pictured L-R) Scott LeBlanc, assistant director of athletic training facilities; Mike Hood, director of printing services and graphic design; Brendan Nadeau, student and Interfaith Student Organization member; Elizabeth Valerio, IWHS/SACHS boarding coordinator; Itza Casanova, administrative assistant to the provost; and Amira Alsareinye, student and Interfaith Student Organization member; pose for a photo on Saturday, Oct. 12. The UIW Interfaith Student Organization won first place in this year’s Light the Way Display Board Contest held in the Ancira Parking Garage. LeBlanc, Hood, Valerio, and Casanova served as judges for the event.


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

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
University Mission and Ministry calls the community to be mindful of the poor on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The 2013 Commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP) will be held on Thursday, Oct. 17 at United Nations Headquarters in New York focusing on the theme “Working together towards a world without discrimination: Building on the experience and knowledge of people in extreme poverty.” To learn more, visit

Dialogue with Donna Freitas - Sexuality, Spirituality and the Hook-up Culture
Join the dialogue with Donna Freitas in addressing the challenges young adults on our campuses are facing—Sexuality, Spirituality and the Hook-up Culture on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Our Lady of the Lake University, 411 SW 24th St., San Antonio, TX 78212. Staff and faculty presentations will be held from 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Chapel Auditorium. A light lunch will be served. Student presentations and discussion will be held from 5-8 p.m. in the Chapel Auditorium.  A dinner will be served.  University Mission and Ministry will provide transportation for students attending the evening session. For info contact Beth Villarreal at 210-829-2736 or


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Casanova judges student display boards during the Light the Way Display Board Contest. 

Diana Sanchez (right), director of residence life, breaks a cascarón over the head of Paul Ayala, director of university events and student programs, during Sodexo’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration in Marian Hall’s dining hall on Tuesday, Oct. 15. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Sodexo hosted a Mexican buffet. Diners enjoyed a performance by mariachis during the celebration.     

“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, on 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.

Sober Roads
In recognition of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, UIW Health Services and the STARS Peer Educators along with other members of Campus Life, are sponsoring the “Sober Roads” Alcohol and Drug Awareness Rally on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Marian Hall Ballroom. The UIW Campus, San Antonio Community and Law Enforcement Agency personnel will come together to provide opportunities for students and employees to get information and ask questions about issues concerning responsible decision-making about alcohol and drug use and abuse. Residence Life will provide “mocktail” margaritas and the San Antonio Police Department will bring the BAT van. Texas Transportation Institute will provide Pedal Karts for participants to drive while wearing Beer Goggles. The first 200 people will get a free Cardinals mini-football.

Alumni Employee Luncheon
Are you a UIW graduate that currently works at the university? If so, please join us at a special luncheon in your honor. The annual UIW Alumni Appreciation Luncheon is set for Thursday, Oct. 24 from noon - 1:30 p.m., at UIW's McCracken House (located next to IWHS and behind FSOP) for a quick getaway, a social lunch and some special giveaways. Lunch is free, but you must R.S.V.P. at Don't worry about parking, we will block off spaces at the McCracken House just for you. For more info, contact Steve Hemphill at 210-805-3595 or

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.

Arts and Music Festival
The festival on Thursday, Oct. 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Marian Hall and Marian Circle, is a celebration of UIW's artistic talent. Enjoy music, dance, theater, a poetry slam and the Chorale Coffeehouse. Original art and fashion for sale. All proceeds will go to the new Fine Arts Building. For info, contact (210) 832-3211 or

UIW Theatre Department presents “Dear Liar”
This readers’ theatre production evolves from forty years of correspondence between British playwright, George Bernard Shaw, and actress, Mrs. Patrick Campbell.  Filled with typical Shavian wit and humor the show promises a delightful performance by six Extended Run Players portraying the couple.  Performances run Oct. 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. (Friday and Saturday night) and Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. (Sunday Matinee). Cost: Adults: $10; Seniors: $9; Non-UIW Students: $8;    Groups: $6; UIW students, faculty and staff attend free of charge. For more info, contact  Chrissie Young at (210) 829-3800 or  

Special Cardinals Club Event
The UIW Cardinals Club and UIW Athletics are hosting a special event on Friday, Oct. 25 at The Barn Door, starting at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a night of laughs and magic from one of the top magicians on the circuit, Daniel Martin. Event tickets include admission to the social hour/happy hour prior to the event, dinner (with a salad and soft drink) and admission to the show. To reserve online, click here, or call Rick Smith at (210) 283-6448.Seating is very limited, so make sure to reserve soon.

  • 6:30 p.m.: Social hour / happy hour (cash bar) and check-in
  • 7:30 p.m.: Dinner served
  • 7:50 p.m. / 8 p.m.: Daniel Martin show
  • 9 p.m.: End of show

Check out some of Daniel's material at

“Living for Peace in a Violent World: Paul’s Philosophy of Social and Political Action in the Letter to the Romans”
UIW's Religious Studies Department presents “Living for Peace in a Violent World: Paul’s Philosophy of Social and Political Action in the Letter to the Romans,” by Dr. Timothy M. Milinovich. He has written extensively on Christian scriptures, including “Now Is the Day of Salvation” and “Beyond What Is Written.” The program will take place on Friday, Oct. 25 from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in AD 215. For information, contact Dr. Timothy Milinovich at

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 be found on the Peace Day webpage as well.

2013 Light the Way-Volunteers Needed
The 27th Annual Light the Way “Christmas Around the World” is Sat., Nov 23 at 7:30pm in Benson Stadium. Volunteers are needed for a number of areas throughout the event to ensure things run smoothly and our guests enjoy this UIW tradition and the exciting surprises we have in store. For more information or to volunteer, please contact PR special events coordinator Kayla Rice at 210-829-6001 or

Department News

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Clarissa Tejeda, coordinator for career services, speaks to UIW students in Mabee Library Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 10. The presentation, co-sponsored by the Biology Department and the Title V HSI-STEM Pr ogram, introduced students to other career opportunities in the medical field as well as the importance of having a “plan b” for medical school.

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Instructional Technology team members provided an opportunity for faculty to learn and apply Flipped Classroom concepts using Blackboard in the Mabee Library on Thursday, Oct. 17. The Department of Instructional Technology is hosting eight faculty members over the Fall Break for the "Flipping the Classroom with Blackboard" Mini Session. Attendees are being provided in depth instruction on effective use of Blackboard tools to flip their classroom. For additional information on this program, as well as additional trainings, please contact Terry Peak, coordinator of technology training, at 210-829-3920 or

Annual Texas Blackboard Users Group (T-Bug) Conference
UIW and the Department of Instructional Technology will be hosting the annual Texas Blackboard Users Group (T-Bug) conference. Pre-conference sessions will be held in the ICC on Wednesday, October 23. The remainder of the conference will be held off campus on Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25. Everyone is invited to register for the conference at For additional information, please contact Ana Gonzalez at 210-829-3937 or

Does this look normal to you?
Learn which library databases and other information resources can help you identify or learn more about medical diagnosis in lay language on Thursday, Oct. 24, at noon, in the Mabee Library, Room 230. Presented by Dell Davis, this workshop is for all students, staff, faculty, and administrators interested in consumer health information, as well as health sciences students wanting to learn more about the types of resources they can offer their patients. For info, contact Christina Link at 210-832-2171 or

San Antonio Chapter of the American Statistical Association Meeting
Dr. Jesús Cuéllar Fuentes, assistant professor, Department of Mathematics, will hold the San Antonio Chapter of the American Statistical Association Meeting on Friday, Oct. 25 from 2-3 p.m., in the Mabee Library’s Special Collections Suite. The objective of this work is to make researchers in other fields aware of the contributions of statistical science and thus allow the statistical scientist to make research projects more effective and efficient (Hoerl and Snee 2010). For details, contact Dr. Jesus Cuéllar Fuentes at or (210) 829-3170.

Word Press/Adobe Contribute Training
Need help uploading an image to your website? Or perhaps, linking a PDF document to your home page? The Office of Web Development is offering Adobe Contribute and WordPress training classes this semester to UIW web content editors seeking a refresher in maintaining their unit/department websites. The dates are scheduled below:

Friday, Oct. 25, 2-4 p.m., Mabee Library 230: WordPress – For current WordPress users.
Friday, Nov. 15, 2–4 p.m., Mabee Library 230: Adobe Contribute – For current Adobe Contribute users.

Each course will run two hours. The first hour will cover the basics, while the second hour will cover more advanced topics. For more information, please contact Joe Vasquez at x5815 or

Extended Academic Programs

EAP professor participates in Harvard Business School pilot
Dr. Ryan Lunsford, associate professor of business, Extended Academic Programs (EAP), participated in Harvard Business School’s pilot offering of their “Teaching with Cases Online” seminar. Lunsford participated with 20 interdisciplinary faculty members from around the country to examine case study strategies, methodologies, and best-practices in both synchronous and asynchronous online courses.

Community News

Joanie Brooks (center), laughter yoga leader, leads UIW community members in a laughter yoga session on Thursday, Oct. 17 in the Administration Building. Laughter yoga’s mission is to promote world peace through laughter and is a tremendously efficient way to express and release tension in a positive manner; it is proven to relieve stress, improve blood flow and digestion, and strengthen the immune system.

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

View the 2013 UIW State of the University Address
UIW President Dr. Lou Agnese presented his annual “State of the University” address to university employees and community members on Tuesday, Oct. 1 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Click on the link to view:

UIW Sponsored Event for Student Veterans affected by Furloughs
The offices of University Mission and Ministry and the Center for Veterans Affairs are co-hosting an event to offer assistance to our student veterans affected by the government shutdown furloughs. Current student veterans are invited to stop by the International Conference Center (ICC) United Nations Boardroom on Wednesday, Oct. 23 from noon-4 receive a free H-E-B gift card to help families in need of groceries, fuel, baby items, or any other necessities (while supplies last). A representative from the San Antonio Vet Center, Raymond P. Kaloplastos, 1st Sgt., USA, INF (Ret.), Veterans Outreach Program specialist, will also be on site to offer counseling and advice for veterans and their families. Anyone interested in making a donation, please contact Rev. Trevor Alexander at or 210-829-3130. For any questions on the event, please contact Karen Wyatt at or 210-829-2705.

Saturday Garden Workday
Come out and enjoy UIW's most green initiative on campus on Saturday, Oct. 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Learn about planting with the seasons, composting, and many other sustainable ways to live. Gain 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

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 210-829-3182 or 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.

Cardinals Kick Butts Campaign
The Cardinals Kick Butts is enrolling individuals into a support program to help reduce their tobacco use. Interested individuals can contact Melanie Gomez at to enroll. Participants will then begin receiving text messages to help motivate them to reduce their tobacco use. The goal of the project is to gauge smoking at UIW and find ways to reduce it. In phase one, students have distributed surveys to measure the amount of cigarettes smoked per day by students and faculty, how smoking impacts their lives and how quitting will improve their quality of life. In this next phase, students will send participants motivational messages via Blackboard through the end of October. At the end of the project, students will distribute the survey again to participants to see if their smoking habit has improved and what goals each participant has achieved. For project details contact Dr. Maria Felix-Ortiz at 210-805-3046 or

Faculty Focus

A Few Things Instructors Should Know
Learn current thinking on the factors that influence human motivation and consider ways to apply that knowledge in your teaching, course planning, and sequence of assignments. Cold drinks and dessert will be served. The presenter will be Stefanie Boswell, assistant professor fo psychology, Tuesday, Oct. 22, noon-1 p.m., AD 212. For more info, Kathy Allwein at 210-283-5030 or

Using Technology to respond to Student Writing
Join the Center for Teaching and Learning for a hands-on workshop to learn to use online collaborative tools and tablet apps to respond to your students’ writing on Friday, Oct. 25, noon-1 p.m., in AD 212. If you have a tablet, feel free to bring it. For more info, contact Kathy Allwein at 210-283-5030 or 

High Schools

Kateri Martinez (center), IWHS faculty member, shares a photo with IWHS students on Thursday, Oct. 17 during the IWHS annual Service Day activity. Juniors and seniors were off campus at various locations throughout the city, sophomores conducted global awareness activities on campus and freshmen spent the day beautifying the campus through various in-house projects.

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Mark Barker, assistant director of alumni relations, SACHS, and Rosie Cortez, director of Mission and Ministry, SACHS, display a $500 check for Catholic Charities on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the SACHS gym.  Pink T-shirts were sold to students and for $1 students wore them in lieu of their uniform. Proceeds from the t-shirt sales and spirit dress fees benefited Catholic Charities. In addition, half the money collected at the gate was donated to Catholic Charities.

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

UIW Preparatory High School Dual Credit Study Abroad Information Session
UIW Prep High School will host an Information Session on a Dual Credit Study Abroad Program to Heidelberg, Germany. The session is Monday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Dr. Burton E. Grossman International Conference Center on the UIW campus at 847 E. Hildebrand. This session is for Incarnate Word High School and St. Anthony Catholic High School junior and senior year students. Another session will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. for high school students in the San Antonio area. Please call Karin Simelaro at 210-805-3084 or email with questions or see

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 Department. 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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Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • Jane Klyn Bruce & family on the recent loss of her husband, Dr. Wallace Bruce (UIW Former Faculty, Education).
  • Cheryl Russell Craig (BA ’84) & family on the recent loss of her husband, George A. Craig (BA ’77).
  • Ruth C. Friedberg (UIW Professor Emerita of Music) & family on the recent loss of her husband, Dr. Samuel Friedberg.
  • T. Charles Parr III (UIW Planned Giving Council) & family on the recent loss of his wife, Alisa Ann Key Parr.
  • Carl Charles Sarmiento & family on the recent loss of his wife, Mary Melissa Sarmiento (BSN ’96).
  • James E. Sullivan & family on the recent loss of his wife, Patricia Pugh Sullivan (IWHS ’55, BA ’58, Med ’59).


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