The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: November 8, 2013

Photo of the Week

Members of the community pose for a group photo following the 11th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony held on Dubuis Lawn on Thursday, Nov. 7. Approximately 120 guests attended the celebration. In recognition of Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., in the ICC Conference Room, all students and employees who are veterans or current military are invited to a meet-and-greet lunch, featuring guest speaker, Brig. Gen. Sue Turner (UIW ’73, BSN) and former senior service members from our UIW faculty and community. Please contact Lisa McNary, director of alumni and parent relations, for details and to R.S.V.P. at 210-805-3596 or


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



Veterans Day Ceremony Photos

UIW/St. Mary’s University Army ROTC cadets fold the United States flag during the Flag Folding Ceremony at the 11th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony. Dr. Kevin LaFrance (USA, ret), associate professor, H-E-B School of Business & Administration, described to the community the symbolic representation of each fold of the flag.

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Dr. Glenn James, associate provost and master of ceremonies for the event, speaks during the ceremony. Thanks to Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX-21), UIW received a U.S. flag (pictured) flown over the U.S. Capitol on Oct. 9 of this year on the 20th anniversary of the university’s campus celebration of UIW Heritage Day and flown to honor the service of all veterans and their families in the UIW community.  

Student veteran speaker for the ceremony was Maj. Tony Patterson (pictured), O.D. (USA). Patterson is a practicing optometrist and is currently a student in UIW’s newly accredited Master of Health Administration program.

Dedication ceremony for School of Physical Therapy Library
A dedication ceremony for the School of Physical Therapy Library will be held on Friday, Nov. 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m., at the Debbie & Naty Saidoff Center (9160 Guilbeau Rd.). For info, contact Elia Catalina at (210) 283-6924 or

China Dream Singer
The UIW Institute of World Cultures presents an exciting new singing contest with the UTSA Chinese Student and Scholar Association on Friday, Nov. 8, 6-8:30 p.m., ICC Auditorium. The "China Dream Star" competition is open to students of all nationalities and song selections may be in any language. All students are invited to compete for school-wide fame and great prizes.

“A Flea in Her Ear”
The UIW Department of Theatre Arts invites you to “A Flea in Her Ear,” a hysterical bedroom farce full of mistaken identities, misplaced jealousies, and marital mayhem that promises an evening of unparalleled fun at Elizabeth Huth Coates Theatre. Come to see ATAC award winner and San Antonio theatre legend George Burnette grace the stage one last time before retirement from UIW. A Flea in Her Ear is directed by Mark Stringham with costumes by Margaret Mitchell and scenery and lighting by Melissa Gaspar.  Performance schedule: Nov. 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. (Fridays and Saturdays); Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. (Sunday); and Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. (Thursday). 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  

Navajo Weaver Beverly Allen
Navajo weaver Beverly Allen, who has taught and shown her work around the world, will visit UIW for the week of November 11-14, as part of UIW's Native American Heritage Month activities. Monday-Thursday, she will demonstrate weaving techniques and offer instruction under a tent on Dubuis Lawn, 8 a.m.-noon all four days and from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. She is speaking to two classes, on Monday and Wednesday in the afternoon. For more information, contact Dr. Sally Said at 210-829-3890 or

International Education Week
International Education Week celebrates the benefits of international education on the UIW campus and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is hosted on campuses around the U.S. and throughout the world.  UIW will host 14 events the week of Nov. 11-15 to highlight UIW and its role in promoting international education. For more info, contact Sheena Connell at 210-805-5705 or  or visit

Fall Concert 2013
On Monday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m., at Our Lady of the Lake University Thiry Auditorium, Orchestra of the Incarnate Word will perform Violin Concerto in g minor, op.26, Max Bruch Symphony no.5 in E minor, op.64, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Matthew Zerweck, violinist, Terence Frazor, conductor. For info, contact UIW Music Department at 210-829-3855 or

Presentation - Indigenous Epistemology
As part of UIW's celebration of Native American Heritage Month, Dr. Letitia Harding, instructor of English, will present on Indigenous Ways of Knowing with a specific emphasis on how Native Americans pass knowledge on to their children. The presentation will take place in NB 305 from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12. For more information, contact Dr. Letitia Harding at

Fall 2013 Veterans Benefits Info Session
A veterans benefits information session will be held at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Dr. Burton E. Grossman International Conference Center (ICC) auditorium, located at the corner of Hwy. 281 N. and E. Hildebrand Ave. Each semester, UIW offers free informational sessions for prospective student veterans and their families to answer questions about attending UIW, and using GI Bill/ VA educational benefits. UIW Center for Veterans Affairs staff and representatives from other UIW offices will be on hand to assist. For more information, contact Karen Wyatt at 210-829-2705 or R.S.V.P. by phone at 210-832-2154 or online at

Lunch and Learn
Learn about food safety tips and how to read food labels in this informational lunch and learn on Thursday, Nov. 21, noon, Marian Hall Ballroom. The first 40 employees to R.S.V.P. to the event will be provided lunch, but feel free to bring your own if you'd like. The event is free and open to all UIW employees. This event is sponsored by the Wellness Committee and the Wellness Center. For more info, contact Erin Galloway at 210-805-5873 or

Dr. Tina Lopez (third from right), assistant professor of pharmacy instruction, poses for a photo with pharmacy students during a free health fair held on Saturday, Nov. 2, at St. Philip’s College. Guests of the event took part in cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose, vision and glaucoma screenings as well as diabetic foot exams, medication education & counseling and nutrition counseling. The fair included demonstrations and screenings for children as well. The free community event was made possible by UIW in partnership with Walmart and St. Philip's College.    

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Dr. John Velasquez (left), associate professor of psychology, assists students during the 28th Annual Golden Harvest on Saturday, Nov. 2. UIW students and staff gathered non-perishable food items from local neighborhoods. All proceeds were donated to the San Antonio Food Bank.

International Food Festival
Come try free food from around the world on Thursday, Nov. 14, 4-6 p.m., Marian Hall Ballroom. Learn about other cultures to bring about unity and understanding. Community service opportunity is available if you cook or serve at the event. R.S.V.P. to cook or serve by Monday, Nov. 11 by contacting Rev. Trevor Alexander at

RSO Seminar Series
This seminar entitled: “Understanding Vision Loss in Diabetic Retinopathy: A Dopamine-VEGF Axis of Pathology, “ presented by Dr. René Rentería, Department of Physiology, UTHSCSA, will take place on Friday, Nov. 15, noon, Rosenberg School of Optometry, Room 327. For more info, contact Dr. Lourdes Fortepiani for 210-930-8169 or

UIW Art Department Senior Capstone Exhibit: “Uncommon Ground”
The UIW Art Department Senior Capstone Exhibit, “Uncommon Ground,” will be on display Nov. 15-Dec. 9 in Semmes Gallery/Dougherty Fine Arts Center/1st floor. The exhibit includes works by Roxy C.J., Monica Mae Castillo, Thomas A. McGehee, Julia Novikova, Sara Samano,and Ellen A. Wise. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m., in Semmes Gallery. Gallery hours:  10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday (except UIW holidays). For info, contact the UIW Art Department at 210-829-3855 or

Music of the Incarnation
The UIW Music Department presents "Music of the Incarnation," Sunday, Nov. 17, from 3-4 p.m. in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department William Gokelman will direct the Cardinal Chorale & Cardinal Singers as they perform "Music of the Incarnation." For details contact the UIW Music Department at 210-829-3855 or

San Antonio Rock and Roll Marathon and 1/2
The Department of Alumni & Parent Relations is looking for a UIW employee who would like to serve as leader for a ‘cheer station’ at the San Antonio Rock and Roll Marathon and ½ on Sunday, Nov. 17, 5 am.- p.m. We will collect volunteer names of alumni, parents and staff but need one or two staff members who can co-coordinate the details. Please email Steve Hemphill, assistant director of alumni relations, at if you are interested in serving as a leader to cheer on UIW on the day of the half-marathon.

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 Visit:

2013 Christmas Reception
All full-time employees are invited to the 2013 Christmas Reception hosted by Dr. and Mrs. Louis J. Agnese, Jr. on Friday, Dec. 6, 3-6 p.m. in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room (5th floor). Join the fun with music, photos and cash prizes! Hors d'oeuvres and desserts will be served. R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, Dec. 3, online at:

Angel of Hope Annual Candlelight Vigil
UIW will host one of San Antonio’s Angel of Hope annual candlelight vigils at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, at the Angel of Hope statue near the Grotto. Every year, a candlelight vigil is held to remember and honor all children who have died. The ceremony will include a special message, music, candle lighting, and laying of flowers at the base of the statue. Honor our children in heaven by bringing a monetary donation for the Texas Children's Choir. For more information, contact the San Antonio Angel of Hope Foundation at (210) 651-1904 or or visit

Department News

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, 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: DIY Proofreading
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 Wednesday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in AD 122, learn ways to edit your own writing more effectively. For info, contact Dr. Amanda Johnston at 210-805-5856 or

Extended Academic Programs

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Dr. Cyndi Porter, vice president, Extended Academic Programs (EAP), and Vince Porter (pictured), dean, EAP, attended the CAEL 2013 International Conference in San Diego to accept the 2013 Institutional Service Award. The award is given to one institution yearly that exemplifies outstanding commitment to providing access to quality academic programs for adult learners.

EAP staff attend education fair in Ft. Hood
Julie Weber, EAP director of marketing and recruitment; Jon Lovejoy, EAP director of strategic initiatives; and Fernando Rodriguezramos, adjunct faculty; attended the Ft. Hood invited education fair this week in observance of Distance Learning Week as guests of the Education Services Office.

Community News

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

Parking Notice
In preparation for Light the Way, there will be no parking rom 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21 thru noon (12 p.m.) on Sunday, Nov. 24 there will be no parking between the Tennis Courts & Benson Stadium all the way to the Avoca Residences. There will also be no parking in the lot between Agnese Way and the Tennis Courts. Those areas will be blocked off and students/faculty/staff/guests found parking there could receive a ticket and potentially have their car towed at their expense. There will be signs posted as a reminder starting Mon, Nov 18.

Light the Way Toy Donation Drive benefiting Elf Louise Project
From Monday, Nov. 11-Friday, Nov. 22 bring any new unwrapped toy(s) to any of the donation stations listed below to benefit the Elf Louise Project. There will also be two donation tents at this year's Light the Way on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium.

Donation stations:

  • St. Peter's Elementary (Cafeteria, Annex and Primary)
  • St. Anthony's Catholic HS Library
  • UIW Administration Building-basement level
  • Marian Hall Student Center
  • Mabee Library foyer
  • Feik School of Pharmacy-2nd floor
  • School of Physical Therapy (Saidoff Center)
  • Rosenberg School of Optometry
  • UIW Wellness Center.

For more information, contact the UIW Office of Public Relations at 210-829-6001.

IRB Workshop - Constructing and Utilizing Consent Documents
UIW’s Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB) would like to invite current and future researchers to attend an informational workshop on constructing and utilizing consent documents for human subjects research. Faculty and students are encouraged to attend.  The workshop will be given twice on Wednesday, Nov. 13 from noon-1 p.m. and again from 5-6 p.m. in Mabee Library Special Collections Suite. Please contact the Office of Research Development for additional information at 210- 805-3036.

Blue Santa Toy Drive
Students, faculty, and the public can bring one new unwrapped toy to the football game on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium and receive free admission to the game and a raffle ticket for a $100 gift basket from the bookstore. The winner will be announced at halftime, they have to be present to win. For info, contact Jennifer Jimenez 210-383-1604 

Research Week Call for Posters, Presentations, Performing and Visual Artists
The School of Graduate Studies and Research’s Office of Research Development invites all UIW researchers, scholars, and artists to submit abstracts / artist’s statements describing their current and ongoing projects as part of the 7th Annual UIW Research Week, Feb. 17-21, 2014.

As we continue to expand and grow the Research Week events, we seek to develop a wholly representative celebration of UIW’s research enterprise – beyond the poster presentation.Please see additional submission categories below.Submissions are due to the Office of Research Development by Nov. 18, 2013 at midnight. All accepted abstracts and artists’ statements will be published in the “Proceedings.”

  • Poster Presentations

The poster presentation is open to any discipline and will include a formal poster session.

  • Podium Presentations

Podium presentations are open to those who feel their discipline or area of study is better-suited to podium presentations.Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes.

  • Performing Arts Submissions

Performing arts submissions are open to any musical, spoken, or theatrical performance.Submissions must be original works by the artist or presentation/discussion of existing pieces.Please see submission form for additional performance information.

  • Visual Arts Submissions

Visual arts submissions are open to any medium lending itself to a gallery setting, including short films.Submissions must be original works by the artist. Please see submission form for additional display information.

President’s Spaghetti Dinner – Volunteer Opportunity
The President’s Spaghetti Dinner is an annual UIW tradition for our students and this is your invitation to join the Campus Life Staff for this event.This year the dinner is on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room.We would appreciate your assistance in one or more of the following ways: meatball rolling (Tuesday, Nov. 19, Marian Hall Café), serving at one or more of the shifts, and preparing or purchasing a dessert for the dinner. Please volunteer to assist us by signing up online at For more info, please call Janine Chavez at 210-829-6034.

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 now through 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

(Pictured L-R) Dr. Mary Elaine Jones, professor of nursing, and Dr. Jeanette McNeill, professor of nursing, share a photo in the Nursing Building foyer. The dean, faculty, and staff of the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing & Health Professions bid farewell to Jones who is retiring and McNeill who is relocating to Denver, Colo., at a farewell reception held on Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Dr. Lopita Nath, assistant professor of history, speaks during the presentation of “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, on Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Mabee Library Auditorium.

Supporting International Students in their Writing
New international students often need to sharpen their skills in written English and also become familiar with the writing conventions of their disciplines. In this hands-on session, participants will try out various strategies designed to help international students master some of the demands of academic writing. Dr. Norm St. Clair and Dr. Osman Ozturgut will present on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 4:30 p.m., AD 331. For info, contact Kathy Allwein at 210-283-5030 or

High Schools

IWHS Madrigal Singers perform during the Veterans Day Ceremony. The singers are led by IWHS faculty member Mary De La Garza.  

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 

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • Leticia (BSN ’97, MSN ’06, Nursing Faculty) & Albert (BA’95) Canchola & family on the recent loss of her mother, Olga M. Gonzales.
  • The family of Sr. Jo Rita Fertitta, O.P. (MA ’63) on her recent death.
  • Sr. Edith McGrath, CCVI (BSN ’52) and Sr. Theresa McGrath, CCVI (IWHS ’51, BA ’59, MA ’76) & family on the recent loss of their sister, Sr. Mary McGrath, PBVM.


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