The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: January 10, 2014

Photo of the Week

Faculty members attend the January Full-Time Faculty Reception held on Tuesday, Jan. 7 in the McCombs Center Sky Room. Fr. John Markey, associate professor and director of Ph.D. in Spirituality Program, Oblate School of Theology, served as the reception’s keynote speaker. UIW classes begin on Monday, Jan. 13. Welcome back to all UIW faculty!  


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

Prayer Service for Cameron Redus
A Prayer Service in Remembrance of Robert Cameron Redus will be held on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. A reception will follow in AD 155. A Tree Planting in Cameron’s honor will follow the service at 12:30 p.m., adjacent to the Natatorium. The Prayer Service is hosted by University Mission and Ministry. There will be no noon Mass in Our Lady's Chapel that day.


Cardinal Dance Marathon
In preparation for the first annual Cardinal Dance Marathon, Miracle Week sets the pace and gets us ready to make UIW the "dance nation for donations." Come out and learn more about CDM, make a donation, and register to be a participant, Jan. 13-17.

Monday- Morale Dance in the Circle
Tuesday- Silent Rave/ $1 Footprints around campus
Wednesday- Splash!
Thursday- Red & Black attack! (Vigil at the Grotto in the evening)
Friday- Promo in the Circle

For info, contact Amanda Gamez at 210-829-3128 or

Department of Psychology, DSE, and Bexar County Department of Community Resources present “Serving and Supporting Students with Mental Health Issues, their Families, & Schools"
UIW’s Department of Psychology and the Dreeben School of Education, in collaboration with the Bexar County Department of Community Resources, are proud to present a free event to the UIW and San Antonio community, "Serving and Supporting Students with Mental Health Issues, their Families, & Schools," on Saturday, Jan. 18, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Marian Hall Ballroom. This event will include a screening of the documentary film “Who Cares About Kelsey?” and a panel presentation with the filmmaker, Dan Habib, and community counselors and educators about Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, a school community-based program for encouraging adaptive, prosocial behaviors among students. The program initiates a new county and university collaboration to assist educators in better serving the needs of children who have mental illness and their families. Continuing professional education credits are available for teachers. Please visit the event website to register and for additional information:

“Ghost” at the Majestic Theatre
Join UIW Alumni and Parent Relations at the Majestic Theatre for the Broadway musical “Ghost” on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. For more info, contact Steve Hemphill at 210-805-3595 or

Spring 2014 Welcome Back our UIW Military Family
The Center for Veterans Affairs is hosting the Spring 2014 Welcome Back for our UIW Military Family: active duty, veterans, and military family member students. Join us Thursday, Jan. 23, in the Marian Hall Ballroom, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., for hot cocoa, coffee and cookies. Staff and faculty veterans are welcome to join. For more information, please contact Karen Wyatt at 210-829-2705 or

UIW Men’s Basketball live on CSN
Southland Conference men’s basketball returns to Comcast SportsNet Houston (CSN). The Cardinals’ game against Sam Houston State at home will air live on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. Visit for complete channel listings. CSN is the television home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the Houston Astros, Rockets, and Dynamo, and this season will produce and air live a total of five Southland Conference men’s basketball games.

2014 Asian New Year - Year of the Horse
Join the UIW Institute of World Cultures in celebrating the 2014 Asian New Year - the Year of the Horse on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Marian Hall Ballroom. Brilliant performances and activities showcase the many diverse cultures found in Asia, and participants can immerse themselves in a festival atmosphere with Asian food and booths. All are invited to this annual celebration! For more info, contact Kelsee McVey at 210-805-5820 or

Department News

Spring Training Events
Instructional Technology will be hosting training events in Spring 2014. To view the schedule of the spring training opportunities, visit  For more info, contact Terry Peak at 210-829-3920 or

iPad User’s Group Training – Join IT for demonstrations and training on the following iPad Apps:

  • Friday, Jan. 31, noon – 1 p.m., GB212. Dr. Zhanbo Yang, professor of mathematics, will be on hand to demonstrate the latest apps for math and science.

Extended Academic Programs

Julie Weber, director of marketing and recruitment for Extended Academic Programs (EAP), is shown with Maj. Gen. Allen Batschlet, commanding general, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, at the San Antonio Community Action Committee breakfast on Friday, Jan. 3, to kick off the Army All American Bowl. Weber spoke about UIW's involvement with the military and Our Community Salutes. Also attending was Jonathan Lovejoy, EAP director of strategic initiatives.

Community News

On Monday, Jan. 6, Dan Ochoa (left), dean of university prep programs, and Dr. Glenn James (right), associate provost, participated in a tandem jump with the U.S. Army Parachute Team “Golden Knights” at Stinson Municipal Airport.

UIW in the News

Bereavement Notice
Nancy Mizera, senior accounts payable technician, is mourning the loss of her father Frederick “Fred” Travis of Somerset, TX, who passed away suddenly on Monday, Jan. 6. A viewing will be held Friday, Jan. 10 at Sunset Funeral Home (1701 Austin Hwy., San Antonio, TX 78218), 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. at John Calvin Presbyterian Church (8102 Midcrown Dr., Windcrest, TX 78239) and internment will take place in New Braunfels at Guadalupe Valley Memorial (2951 Texas 46, New Braunfels, TX 78130). Please keep Nancy and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Agnese/Sosa Parking Garage Maintenance
The Agnese/Sosa Parking Garage is currently closed for routine maintenance including sprinkler installation and parking space restriping. Crews are working to complete the project ASAP weather permitting.Floors will re-open as they are completed. If you need additional information, please contact Facilities at 210-829-6023.

Quirk 2014 – Call for Submissions
Quirk is currently seeking submissions from UIW students, faculty, and staff for the 2014 edition. Quirk is the English department's journal of literature and the arts at the University of the Incarnate Word, and we accept original, unpublished creative work, including poems, short stories, creative non-fiction, photography, paintings, ceramics, sculptures, drawings, etc. For submission guidelines and process please consult our website at or email Dr. Tanja Stampfl at

Doctoral Information Night
This event on Friday, Jan. 24, Mabee Library Special Collections Suite, 6-8 p.m., is designed to introduce prospective doctoral students to UIW's doctoral programs. This is an opportunity to meet with faculty members and discuss the program specifics. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with a representative from the graduate admissions office. For more info, contact Johnny Garcia at 210-805-3554 or

Effective Interviewing
Ready to learn what interviewers are really looking for? Experts will present tips and strategies for effective interviewing Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. in Mabee Library Auditorium. Open to all students and alumni, no registration necessary. Faculty are encouraged to have classes attend. For info, contact Career Services at 210-829-3931 or

Resume Essentials
Resume Essentials covers everything you need to know to create a knock-out resume. Experts in the HR/Recruiting field show you how to get noticed on Thursday, Jan. 30, noon, Mabee Library Auditorium. Open to all students and alumni. Faculty are encouraged to have classes attend. For info, contact Career Services at 210-829-3931 or

Faculty Focus

UIW professors’ work to be highlighted at ITC’s 2014 Asian Festival
The 2014 Asian Festival, presented by the Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC), the university museum of UTSA, will be held Saturday, Feb. 1. The festival will be highlighting the work of two UIW professors, Dr. Joey Lopez, assistant professor of communication arts, and Dr. Lopita Nath, associate professor and chair of the department of history.  

Lopez helped ITC with a grant project from the Smithsonian entitled, “Young Historians, Living History.”  ITC was only one of eight museums in the nation to be invited to participate in this new education initiative at the Smithsonian. The goal of the project was to work with Asian American high school students and encourage them to explore, conceptualize and document their Asian American heritage through oral histories and technology. The end product was a 12 minute video which will eventually be viewed at the Smithsonian and will debut at the Asian Festival.

Nath’s exhibit features approximately 100 photographs took during two research trips to Nepal. “Is This My Shangri-La?" explores life in the Bhutanese refugee camps of Nepal. The camps represent a long stop on the road to Texas for a people forced out of their homes, losing nearly everything, sometimes even family. Images captured in these camps offer a glimpse of life as a refugee, as well as insight into how a people reconstructed their community, and preserved their culture in the face of life-changing events. For more info, visit

The Asian Festival, celebrating the Chinese New Year, attracts over 15,000 people annually. Both projects will remain on exhibit for several months after the Asian Festival. For more info, visit

Full-Time Faculty Workshop

  • Dreeben School of Education: Friday, Jan. 10, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m., GB 119

For more info, contact Itza Casanova at 210-839-3943 or

High Schools

IWHS High School Placement Test
This is a secondary high school placement test date offered to 8th grade students wishing to apply to Incarnate Word High School (IWHS) for 9th grade on Saturday, Jan. 11, 8:30 a.m.-noon, IWHS campus. This test is only open to those students who have not been able to test on the Dec. 7 date at IWHS or any other San Antonio Catholic high school. For more info, contact Annette Zahirniak at 210-829-3123 or

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Headwaters Volunteer Work Day
Headwaters at Incarnate Word is hosting a Volunteer Work Day outdoors in the Headwaters Sanctuary, which is adjacent to the UIW baseball field, on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Volunteers are eligible for off campus community service hours. The Sanctuary contains the original source of the San Antonio River, the famous Blue Hole; people have lived in the Sanctuary for more than 10,000 years.  You'll help restore the Sanctuary by removing invasive plants, making trails, picking up trash and planting native plants. Dress for the woods: long pants, long sleeves and closed-toe shoes. We meet at the picnic tables north of the baseball fields. 

Our Sympathy & Prayers Go To:

  • Joseph Dickens on the recent loss of his wife, and Carla Peterson and Patsy Shields on the recent loss of their mother, Louise Martin Dickens (BA ’73, MA ’79).

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