The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: November 15, 2013

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(Pictured L-R) Brig. Gen. Sue Turner (USAF, Ret.) ’73 BSN and Lisa McNary, director of alumni and parent relations, share a photo during the Veterans Day Luncheon held Monday, Nov. 11 in the ICC Conference Room. Students and employees who are veterans or current military were invited to the meet-and-greet lunch featuring Turner, the event’s guest speaker, and former senior service members from the UIW faculty and community.  


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

The Chapel of the Incarnate Word to be featured in Sunday’s San Antonio Express-News
The Chapel of the Incarnate Word (the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word) will be featured in the architectural section, City Scape, of Sunday’s San Antonio Express-News. The Express-News will be highlighting the chapel as part of a feature about local, historical architecture. The article will also be available on Cityscape is a weekly look at a building or place that makes San Antonio distinct. Comments or suggestions are welcome at    

Catholic Relief Services for victims of Typhoon Haiyan
Typhoon Haiyan caused massive destruction to both the Philippines and Vietnam.The storm has killed an estimated 2,500 people and according to local reports approximately 9.5 million people have been affected.As concerned and enlightened “global citizens” we recognize our need to respond in solidarity to those in desperate need.

If you would like to make a contribution to Catholic Relief Services, the Office of Mission and Ministry will be happy to receive the donation and forward it to Catholic Relief Services. If you prefer to donate directly to Catholic Relief Services, this is the website: Office of Mission and Ministry is located in AD 147. For information, please contact Brenda Dimas at or 210-829-3128.

Thank you for considering this request.We are all one human family, and all experience pain and suffering. And Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me” (Mt. 25:45).


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Dr. Caroline Goulet, founding dean of the UIW School of Physical Therapy, speaks during the dedication ceremony for the School of Physical Therapy library, the Geneva R. Johnson Library, on Friday, Nov. 8 at the Debbie & Naty Saidoff Center. The library is named after Geneva Johnson, PT, Ph.D., FAPTA, a national leader in physical therapy education. Johnson served as a consultant to UIW for the development of the university’s School of Physical Therapy Problem-based Learning Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She has also consulted with Goulet on development of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program and the development of problem-based curriculum.In addition, Johnson provided a gift of archival documents and books for the School of Physical Therapy’s library and also established a scholarship for UIW DPT graduates.

Cardinals, Fill the Nest!
Come “Fill the Nest” this Saturday as UIW hosts Angelo State University. UIW Football is currently UNDEFEATED at home this year. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, at Benson Stadium.

Tailgating in RALLY ALLEY starts at 9 a.m., and the live pre-game concert featuring Court Jesters begins at 11:30 a.m. Institutional Research, Information Technology, the Rosenberg School of Optometry, the School of Physical Therapy, Extended Academic Programs, Campus Life, the Blue Santa program and more will be tailgating!

UIW students and employees receive complimentary admission with a valid UIW ID. If you need extra tickets, call the Athletics Ticket Office at 210-805-3000 or purchase online at If you purchase on the phone or in-person, tickets are only $5 this game for employees!

Bring an new unwrapped toy and receive one free admission. Proceeds benefit the San Antonio Police Department’s Blue Santa Program, who serve as many as 8,000 needy families a year in the community.

For more information, contact UIW Athletics at for a more immediate response.

Go Rock’n Red Birds!
The UIW Rock’n Red Birds are set to compete in the 2013 San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll Marathon & 1/2 Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 17. The Rock’n Red Birds won 1st Place in the Rock 'n’ Roll Marathon’s “Get Fit Challenge” under the Corporate Large category in 2012. We wish this year’s team, comprised of 69 UIW alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents and friends, great success in their participation in the annual race!   

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 today, Friday, Nov. 15, noon, Rosenberg School of Optometry, Room 327. For more info, contact Dr. Lourdes Fortepiani at 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 tonight, 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

“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. 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. (Friday and Saturday). 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  

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

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(Pictured L-R) Alanna Taylor, study abroad coordinator, and Wen-Jiao Duan, instructor of modern languages, pose for a photo in the Gorman Building. On Thursday, Nov. 14, the Study Abroad Office and Department of Modern Languages presented Language Exchange: Mandarin Conversation Café as part of International Education Week events.

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Dr. Renee Moore (left), dean of campus life, and Janine Chavez (right), secretary/office coordinator to the dean of student life, serve a student during the International Food Festival in Marian Hall Ballroom on Thursday, Nov. 14. Presented by University Mission & Ministry, the festival was part of International Education Week events at UIW.     

The Civilization, Calendar and Number System of the Maya
November is Native American Heritage Month. Join Dr. Kathryn Brown from UTSA as she speaks about the Mayan culture, number system, and calendar on Monday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. in BSH 128. For info, contact Matthew Shirley at 512-832-5601 or

Learning Community Research Day
The 4th Annual Learning Community Research Day will take place Tuesday, Nov. 19 from noon-4:30 pm in Marian Hall Ballroom. Come view the Poster presentations by First Year students as they exhibit their research. Over 30 posters will be on display with a wide range of topics. Stop by and support our First Year students and Learning Communities! For more info, contact Dr. Julie Miller at 210-283-5062 or

Dr. Caroline Spana's Retirement Reception
Please join the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing & Health Professions in saying farewell to Dr. Caroline Spana, assistant professor of nursing. The celebration of her 50 years of service at UIW will be held in the foyer of the Nursing Building on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  All of the UIW community is welcome to come and wish her good luck. For info, contact Esperanza Barron at 210-283-5093. 

Slattery Chair in English Lecture
The 2013 Slattery Lecture will be presented by Dr. Héctor Pérez, associate professor of English, Sr. Margaret Patrice Slattery Chair in English (2012-2015) on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. in Mabee Library's Special Collections Suite.  The Slattery Lecture, a formal talk, will focus on Sonia Sotomayor's memoir titled “My Beloved World” from the perspective of recent theories of narratology. Sotomayor is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, serving since Aug. 2009. Sotomayor is the Court's 111th justice, its first Hispanic justice, and its third female justice. For more information, contact Perez at 210-829-3166 or Light refreshments will be provided.

The Female Experience
Women Of the Word (WOW) and the Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) are hosting an event to highlight the experiences of some extraordinary UIW female students. The event will also feature a workshop on Chakras 101. Join us for some great stories and discussions on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 4-6 p.m., in the Mabee Library Auditorium. For more info, contact Trinidad Macias at 210-283-6423 or

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. 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

5th Annual Hesburgh Lecture Series
This lecture presented by Dr. Gilberto Cardenas, director of the Institute of Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame, on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. in Mabee Library Auditorium, will discuss contemporary issues pertaining to Mexican immigration, drawing on historical foundations of immigration policy and utilizing a visual presentation based on contemporary artwork addressing immigration issues. These issues will include works from the “CARAS VEMOS” exhibit inaugurated at the University of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum in the fall of 2006 and formerly on national tour. For info, contact Elaine Cornejo at 210-805-5884 or

Concert at the Cove
Fundraiser for Brighter Days Horse Refuge of Pipe Creek, Texas: UIW Cardinal Jazz Band will perform on Thursday, Nov. 21, 8 p.m., their last concert of the fall semester at The Cove Restaurant (606 W Cypress St.). Please visit for more information or to make a donation. Event is free - suggested donation of $5.00. For info, contact Jim Waller at (210) 445-0412 or

Fall Concert 2013 – Nov. 22
Orchestra of the Incarnate Word performs 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, on Friday, Nov. 22, 8-9:30 p.m., Our Lady’s Chapel. For info, contact the UIW Music Department at 210-829-3855 or

2013 Light the Way-Volunteers Needed
The 27th Annual Light the Way “Christmas Around the World” is Saturday, 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

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Clarissa Tejeda (right), coordinator of career services, assists a student during Career Services and Professional Development’s On-site Resume Reviews. Students were invited to bring a copy of their resume for a one-on-one review by a career counselor on Wednesday, Nov. 13 in Marian Hall Ballroom.

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 an Adobe Contribute training class this semester to UIW web content editors seeking a refresher in maintaining their unit/department websites.

The date of training is as follows:

  • Friday, Nov. 15, 3–4 p.m., Mabee Library 230: Adobe Contribute – For current Adobe Contribute users only.

For more information, please contact Joe Vasquez at x5815

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 to 1:00 pm 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 by contacting Terry Peak at

Friday, Nov. 15 noon – 1:00 pm, Library Auditorium: iPad User’s Group Meeting – Blackboard Mobile App

Extended Academic Programs

Pictured L-R: Dr. Cyndi Porter, vice president, Extended Academic Programs (EAP); Vince Porter, dean, EAP; Pamela Tate, president and CEO of CAEL; and Judy Wertheim, vice president of Higher Education Services for CAEL. This week Vince Porter and Dr. Cyndi Porter attended the Council of Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) International Conference in San Diego. The Porters were there to accept the CAEL Institutional Award for 2013 in recognition of what EAP has done for its adult learners as well as the military populations.

Community News

2013 United Way Campaign
The 2013 United Way Campaign is currently under way. The campaign will run the entire month of November and will end on Dec. 2. All donations can be payroll deducted starting Jan. 1, 2014. Any amount helps support our community. Donate today and be eligible to win great prizes! Please visit UIW’s United Way Campaign website to view the list of incentives and how your donation makes a difference.

Parking Notice
In preparation for Light the Way, there will be no parking from 6 p.m., 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 Monday, 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.

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 midnight, Monday, 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.

Resume Essentials
Resume Essentials will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 19, noon-1:30 p.m., in Mabee Library Auditorium. This workshop covers everything students need to know to create a knock-out resume. Experts in the HR/Recruiting field will show students how to get noticed. Recommended for all students. Faculty and campus organizations are encouraged to bring classes. For info, contact Career Services at 210-829-3931 or

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 will be held 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.

Canned Green Bean Drive for Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner
Help the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Delta Alpha at Large Chapter and the UIW Nursing SNA collect GREEN BEANS for the annual Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner. More than 25,000 people attend this event! The last two years we collected over 3800lbs of green beans and we would like to achieve and surpass that this year. Small or large cans are welcome. Please drop off your donation anytime between now and Thursday, Nov. 21 at the UIW School of Nursing. For more information contact Yvonne Davila at (210) 832-3289 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 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.

Faculty Focus

Pictured L-R: Dr. Denise Staudt, dean, Dreeben School of Education, and Dr. Stephanie Grote-Garcia, assistant professor of teacher education. Grote-Garcia was honored as one of the Texas Exemplary Teacher Education Faculty at the CREATE Quest for Quality: Excellence in Teacher Preparation and Research in Teaching Conference on Tuesday, Nov. 11 in Austin, Texas. The Quest for Quality project highlights exemplary quality in university-based teacher preparation in Texas. This honor was bestowed on Grote-Garcia for her innovative methods of conveying both knowledge and experiences to students in such a way as to prepare them to excel as leaders in the classroom. Her practices provide the optimum learning environment for students to put learning theory into practice.

Faculty and students attend Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB)’s workshop on constructing and utilizing consent documents for human subjects research for current and future researchers in Mabee Library’s Special Collections Suite on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

DSE Faculty Candidate Meet and Greet
The UIW community is invited to attend meet and greet sessions scheduled for the three faculty candidates being considered to join the Dreeben School of Education Doctoral Program (Organizational Leadership). The schedule for meet and greet sessions is as follows:

  • Dr. Peter E. Williams, Nov. 20, 1:30-2 p.m., GB 120
  • Dr. Lori Kupczynski, Nov. 25, 1-1:30 p.m., GB 120
  • Dr. Reginald Nichols, Nov. 26, 1-1:30 p.m., GB 120

For info, contact Dr. Noah Kasraie at 210-829-3133 or

High Schools

Shadow a Shamrock
The IWHS shadowing program is an excellent opportunity for your 8th grader to experience a full day of campus life and get to know more about our school community. Your student will obtain a personal look at Incarnate Word’s impressive single-gender environment and she will leave with an inquiring mind, confidence in her own self-worth and the empowerment to make a difference.Typical shadow days are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.Lunch will be provided. Visitors should wear their school uniform or other appropriate attire. Contact Annette Zahirniak, IWHS director of enrollment at 210-829-3123 or by email of for more information or to set up a Shadowing Day at IWHS.

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


CCVI Pre-Chapter Assembly
The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word will hold their Congregation’s Pre-Chapter Assembly on the UIW campus this weekend, Nov. 14-17. Please note the event times below as parking availability may be affected in these areas. If you have any questions, contact Ana Nelson, director of international communications, Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word at 210-828-2224 Ext. 231

  • Fri., Nov. 15, 2013: 8 a.m.– 5 p.m. - Sky Room Area
    5 p.m. – Area around Marian Hall
  • Sat., Nov. 16, 2013: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Sky Room Area
    6 p.m.– Marian Hall Area
  • Sun., Nov. 17, 2013: 9:30 a.m. – Area around the Chapel of the Incarnate Word

John Jay Science & Engineering Academy - Science and Engineering Fair
The John Jay Science & Engineering Academy is hosting its annual Science and Engineering Fair onSaturday, Dec. 7 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.and is seeking volunteers to serve as judges for the fair. Nearly 300 judges are required to provide feedback to students. The school fair is one of the largest of its kind in the state of Texas and the nation and includes nearly 700 students presenting their scientific research. Additionally, St. Mary's University and the University of the Incarnate Word reward top students at the local fair with $560,000 in scholarships each year. To learn more about the fair and to register as a judge, click on the following link Your support at this event will make a positive difference in the life of a young adult and support STEM education.

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