The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: October 25, 2013

Photo of the Week

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Marveen Mahon (center), director of health services, shares a photo with Jolly Joey’s Clowns. In recognition of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, UIW Health Services and the STARS Peer Educators along with other members of Campus Life, sponsored the “Sober Roads” Alcohol and Drug Awareness Rally on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Marian Hall Ballroom. The UIW campus, San Antonio community and law enforcement agency personnel came 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.


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

Taizé Prayer Service
The community is cordially invited to participate in a service of praise and worship in the tradition of Taizé on Wednesday, Oct. 30 beginning at 6 p.m. in The Chapel of the Incarnate Word. For more information, please contact University Mission and Ministry at 210-829-3128 or Lena Gokelman at For additional information on the history, community, and current events of Taizé, including the upcoming 2014 Texas gatherings, go to: or go to


Alumni Employee Luncheon Photos

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(Pictured L-R) Amy DeAtley, accountant; Nora Cadena, business office manager; Julie Weber, EAP director of marketing and recruitment; Mozelle Breeding, EAP admissions services specialist; and Elisa Gonzales, assistant comptroller; enjoyed lunch at the annual UIW Alumni Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 24 at UIW's McCracken House.

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(Pictured L-R) Adriana Smith, communications specialist for admissions, and Jenny Hernandez, systems analyst, pose for a photo at the alumni employee luncheon.

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(Pictured clockwise) Brandy Garcia, associate registrar; Marcos Contreras, records and gifts coordinator for development; Giana Gomez, secretary to the registrar; and Michael Moreno, network administrator III; attend the alumni employee luncheon.

UIW Alumni Homecoming
Today is your last chance to register for UIW Homecoming! Don’t miss out on all the fun, we have events for everyone. Please contact Steve Hemphill, assistant director for alumni relations at 210-805-3595 or with any questions.

UIW Theatre Department presents “Dear Liar”
This readers’ theatre production evolves from 40 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  

“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

Farewell to Dr. Marshall Eidson, CIO/VP Information Resource Division
Please come by and say farewell to Dr. Marshall Eidson on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Special Collection Suite for refreshments. For info, contact Diana Fonseca at 210-829-3959 or

Civility Week - Dr. Gage E. Paine, PhD (Keynote)
University Events and Student Programs Kicks Off Civility Week with a keynote address by Dr. Gage E. Paine, vice president for Student Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin at 3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Paine will speak on exercising “Civility through Silence” as we strive to encourage more listening and compassion in our interaction with one another. For more information contact Paulina Mazurek at 210-841-7365 or

Families separated by immigration policy on both sides of the U.S.--Mexico border
Vicki Kline of the Mexico City Institute for Women in Migration will speak of the plight of families separated on both sides of the U.S. - Mexico border by immigration policies. Monday, Oct. 28, 1:30 p.m., AD Building - Colbert 415 and Tuesday, Oct. 29, 10:30 a.m., Mabee Library Special Collections Suite. All are welcome. For more information, contact Fr. Tom Dymowski at

Refugee Arts and Crafts Fair
On Wednesday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., in Marian Hall Circle, students, faculty, staff, and community will have an opportunity to meet some of the newcomers to our city, enjoy their cultures, and buy some of their beautiful arts and crafts. This fair will bring refugees to our campus and showcase their traditional arts and crafts. The Refugee Resettlement Program welcomes persons from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa ( The event is hosted by Dr. Lopita Nath in collaboration with the Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program and UIW students participating in President Obama’s Interfaith Service Challenge ( Contact: Dr. Lopita Nath,

Students Against Government Executions (SAGE)
Students Against Government Executions (SAGE) will share information and challenge assumptions about the death penalty at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30 in the Mabee Library Auditorium.  Join Elizabeth Estrada and Catherine Koterba  assisted by Dr. Roger Barnes, professor of sociology. For information, contact Dr. Barnes at 210-829-3976 or

“Kenya and Catholic Relief Services”
UIW Religious Studies presents “Kenya and Catholic Relief Services” by Peter Kimeu on Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 10:30-11:45 a.m. in JB 126. Kenya is developing, but still half the population struggles with poverty. Learn of successes and on-going challenges from Peter Kimeu, the Regional Technical Advisor for Partnership, Solidarity and Justice for Catholic Relief Services East Africa. For over 31 years, Mr. Kimeu has worked with health and development programs, emergencies, community participation and capacity building, project development, monitoring and evaluation, and as the Director of Governance, Global Solidarity & Partnership. See more at   Hosted by Sylvia Maddox, Religious Studies Faculty. For information: 

Civility Week - Online Etiquette Workshop
Learn about good manners for communicating online. This workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 30, noon-1 p.m., Dubuis Lounge, is free and is limited to 50 people. Register in the Campus Life Office. For more info, contact Paulina Mazurek 210-841-7365 or

Refugee Stories and Challenges, A Panel
Refugee Stories and Challenges, A Panel, with free soup lunch, will take place at noon in Marian Hall Ballroom on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Dr. Lopita Nath, who recently spoke in Washington, D.C. as part of President Obama’s Interfaith Service Challenge, will share and host a panel on the global plight of refugees and assistance to refugees in our city. She and her students have worked with Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program which welcomes persons from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa ( Come and meet the refugees and hear their stories first hand. For more information, contact Dr. Lopita Nath at Food generously prepared by the UIW Student Dietetic Association. (If you are bringing a whole class, please send the number so that enough food can be prepared:  

“Compassion, the heart of doing justice and making peace”
UIW's Liturgical Outreach presents “Compassion, the heart of doing justice and making peace,” at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30 in the Mabee Library Auditorium.  The San Antonio peaceCENTER core team members Karen Ball, the leader of San Antonio Pax Christi, Barbie Gorelick Callanan, an award-winning Jewish educator, and Narjis Pierre, leader of the San Antonio Muslim Women’s Association and friends, share on the global movement endorsing the Charter for Compassion. San Antonio compassionNET is a grassroots movement to have San Antonio recognized as a world-class compassionate city. For information, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at 210-829-3854 or

“In the Footprints of St. Francis and the Sultan: A Model for Peace Making”
The film “In the Footprints of St. Francis and the Sultan: A Model for Peace Making” will be shown at 3 p.m. in the Mabee Library Auditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 30. This film shares a little-known story of the Fifth Crusade in 1219. For more information on the film sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Campaign for Human Development, the Institute of Interfaith Dialog, and the Franciscans, see Mehmet Oguz, leader of the San Antonio Dialogue Institute, will have information on local initiatives  For information, contact Mehmet Oguz at or Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at 210-829-3854 or

“Blanketed by Blame, Empowered by Compassion: Maya’s Story”
“Blanketed by Blame, Empowered by Compassion: Maya’s Story,” a drama on the dynamics and structure of domestic violence and how these cycles can be changed, will be presented on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 4:30 p.m. in Mabee Library Auditorium. Learn how community support can make a difference in the empowerment of victims. Information on domestic violence will be shared by Awaaz, a grassroots non-profit organization for South Asians affected by domestic violence which works to create communities of peaceful and healthy relationships. For info, contact Lopita Nath at 210-832-2187 or  

Mabee Library Presents Films and Conversations about Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
The final presentation in the Mabee Library's series on Films and Conversations about Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault will be on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Nursing Building Auditorium. This presentation will feature a filming of The Invisible War, with guest speakers Karen Wyatt, director of the Center for Veterans Affairs, and Dr. Gail Heather Greener, military sexual trauma counselor for the San Antonio Vet Center. The Invisible War is a ground-breaking investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. For more info, contact Christina Link at 210-832-2171 or

Concert at the Cove
The UIW Cardinal Jazz Band will perform at the Cove Restaurant (606 W. Cypress) on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 8-10 p.m. The concert will feature original compositions and arrangements by three of the ensemble members: Kerry Moffit, Roger Hogan and Martin Schwacha. John Panzarella will also be featured on vocals. For more info, contact Jim Waller at 210-445-0412 or

Global Chef
Chef Aldo Cardini from Peru will be on the UIW campus at Marian Hall. He will be preparing and serving cuisine from his native country for all to enjoy during 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31 and Friday, Nov. 1. For info, contact Chris Kennedy at 210-501-2123 or 

Civility Week - Everyday Courtesies Workshop
Learn the golden rule of respect and consideration for others and courtesies in the classroom on Thursday, Oct. 31, noon-1 p.m., in the Mabee Library Special Collections Suite. Workshop is free and is limited to 50 people. Register in the Campus Life Office. For info, contact 210-841-7365 or

Halloween Steampunk Costume Contest
The Mabee Library will be hosting a steampunk themed costume contest on Thursday, Oct. 31 at noon in the Marian Circle. While the prizes for the contest are for students only, everyone is encouraged to dress up and join the fun! For info, contact Taylor Fox at 210-283-6316 or

Pumpkin Decorating Contest
The Mabee Library is sponsoring a Decorated Pumpkin Contest on Halloween. Bring your decorated pumpkin to Marian Circle at noon on Halloween, Oct. 31, and you might win a prize. The decorated pumpkin contest is open to all members of the UIW community and the winning pumpkin will be displayed in the library for a week. We must ask that pumpkins be decorated not carved. For info, contact Taylor Fox at 210-283-6316 or

October Season of Peace and Justice including Peace Day
The 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 7:30 p.m. in Gayle and Tom 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

11th Annual Veteran's Day Celebration
Everyone Welcome to Honor All Who Serve UIW will celebrate our 11th Annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7 on Dubuis Lawn. Everyone is invited to the celebration which features UIW student guest speakers and a formal presentation of the flag-folding ceremony. A display of “living wall” slides will honor UIW community members who have served in the military. We invite you to submit new names by emailing their name, service, and years of service (e.g., “Frank James, USMC, Korean War vet) to Jeff Oliver (in UIW’s Center for Veterans Affairs), Photos of service members are certainly welcome. Thanks to last year’s success, UIW students will again host “Toys For Tots” during the event – please bring new unwrapped toys that will be distributed to local disadvantage children as Christmas gifts. “Toys For Tots” is a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve sponsored program. For any questions about our Veterans Day Ceremony, please contact Karen Wyatt at or 829-2705.

Veteran’s Day Luncheon
On Monday, Nov. 11, all students and employees who are veterans or current military are invited to a meet-and-greet lunch, featuring guest speaker, BGen Sue Turner (UIW ’73, BSN) and former senior service members from our UIW faculty and community. Please contact Lisa McNary, director of Alumni & Parent Relations, for details and to RSVP at or 210-805-3596.

Department News

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 Wednesday, 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 210-829-3170 or

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

WLC To Go: Grammar Time
Busy day? Writing and Learning Center (WLC) To Go brings 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 Thursday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in the AD 122, brush up on your grammar skills, and learn common errors to avoid. For info, contact Dr. Amanda Johnston at 210-805-5856 or

Extended Academic Programs

2013 Annual Greater San Antonio Best Practices & DiversityFIRST Awards Luncheon
On Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the 2013 Annual Greater San Antonio Best Practices & DiversityFIRST Awards Luncheon, the Texas Diversity Council selected Matthew D. Gonzalez, Ph.D., PMP, as a recipient of the DiversityFIRST Award.The award is given to individuals that demonstrate outstanding accomplishments in the promotion and advancement of diversity through and in the workplace.The luncheon was held at the San Antonio Marriott Northwest Hotel. Gonzalez was serving on an ACBSP assessment team but the award was proudly accepted by his mother and sister.

Community News

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In celebration of UIW Homecoming Week, Rick Smith, assistant athletic director and deputy Title IX coordinator UIW athletics, drove Red the Cardinal around campus to provide photo opportunities for students, faculty and staff.  

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(Pictured L-R) Karen Wyatt, director of veterans affairs; Mozelle Breeding, EAP admission services specialist; and Dr. Trevor Alexander, director of ecumenical initiatives, with the signed thank you card from our UIW student veterans and family members. The offices of University Mission and Ministry and the Center for Veterans Affairs co-hosted an event on Wednesday, Oct. 23 to offer assistance to our student veterans affected by the government shutdown furloughs. The university was able to award (60) $25 H-E-B gift cards to student veterans.

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:

Benefits & Salaries: Realistic Expectations
Students are invited to learn how to research salaries, evaluate a benefits package, the basics of health insurance and what kinds of things they will need to consider when discussing compensation on Tuesday, Oct. 29, noon-1:30 p.m., in Mabee Library Auditorium. Faculty are encouraged to bring classes. For more, info, contact Career Services at 210-829-3931 or

Carolyn Powell Dissertation Defense
Carolyn Powell will defend her dissertation at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29 in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. The dissertation chair is Dr. Sharon Herbers. The title of her dissertation is “Colorism: The Unspoken Preference to Skin Tone and its effect on African American Individuals in the 21st Century.” For info, contact Duncan  Hayse at 210-829-2758 or

Civility Week - Civility Walk
As part of civility week, the Civility Walk on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., starting at Westgate Circle, will guide you through several stations that will intend to enhance respect, empathy and tolerance in your life. In its second year, this year’s program hopes to bring together our students in such a way that promotes amity between each other and remind us about the positive values of the human spirit. For more info, contact Paulina Mazurek at 210-841-7365 or

Saturday Garden Workday
Come out and enjoy UIW's most green initiative on campus on Saturday, Nov. 2, 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
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

RSO faculty member featured in new book
Dr. Russell Coates, instructor of optometry, Rosenberg School of Optometry (RSO), has been featured as a chapter in the new book, “Dear Jillian: Vision Therapy Changed My Life Too.”  The authors areRobin Benoit and Jillian Benoit.  As a strabismic amblyope (deviated eyes with “lazy eye”), Coates is one of the patients featured in the book. The chapter describes his life experiences coping with the associated visual deficits of amblyopia and strabismus, and how those deficits contributed to his chosen career as an optometrist.

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

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 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. For more information, contact April Fricke, IWHS Athletic Director at (210) 829-3122 or

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Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • Denise (BA ’77) and David Chidgey & family on the recent loss of his aunt, Nancy Chidgey Means (SR School of Nursing ’40).
  • Gloria and Bruce McGill (ALND ’70) & family on the recent loss of his mother, Adriel Rose Jacobs McGill (UIW Friend).
  • Mary Ray Overton & family on the recent loss of her husband, and John Ray (UIW Former Faculty) & family on the recent loss of his son-in-law, Col. Johnie David “Dave” Overton, USAF (ret.), DDS.
  • The UIW Community on the recent loss of MBA student Joaquin Fernando Martinez Huerta.

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