The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: January 17, 2014

Photo of the Week

Pictured L-R: Gabriela Falcon Cholak, wife of Imam Beytullah Cholak; Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, professor of religious studies; Imam Mustafa Safek, volunteer worker with the Dialogue Institute; Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller; Imam Beytullah Cholak, volunteer worker with the Dialogue Institute; Mehmet Oguz, Dialogue Institute director; and Dr. Jessica Kimmel, professor of teacher education. Kirk and Kimmel, who serve as board members for the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest, helped host the Archbishop at a breakfast to further Catholic-Muslim understanding on Wednesday, Jan. 15.


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


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:

eBooks Workshop
Discover and utilize UIW's extensive eBook collection platforms for Physical Therapy:

Access Physiotherapy
ebrary Digital Library
EBSCOHost's eCollection of ebooks

Bring your lunch and your laptop on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 11:30 a.m., Geneva R. Johnson Physical Therapy Library at the Saidoff Center. For info, contact Anthony Micchelli at 210-283-6920 or

UIW Biology Club Seminar - So You Want to Go to Physical Therapy School?
Sylvia Davila, PT, CHT, will share her career story and will present background about physical therapy school as a profession on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 6:30 p.m., BSH, Room 129. She will also present some of her clinical experience with hand and upper extremity therapy. Come and listen to a personal career story. For more info, contact Dr. Veronica Acosta at 210-829-3149 or

“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

Alpha: First Generation Student Success Welcome Back Party
If you know a student who is the first in your family to attend college, then invite them to our Alpha Welcome Party on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at noon in Mabee Library Special Collections Suite. Alpha: First Generation Student Success is a faculty-led organization specifically for first-generation students. Come enjoy lunch, meet our Alpha faculty and peer mentors and find out about the workshops and events we will be offering this semester. For info, contact 210-829-3885 or

Spring 2014 Welcome Back for 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

Heather Rodriguez Farewell Gathering
Please join the Office of Admissions to bid farewell to Heather Rodriguez, director of admissions. Heather will leave UIW to join the staff of the College Board. The gathering takes place Thursday, Jan. 23, from 3-5 p.m. in Mabee Library Special Collections Suite.

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

UIW Full-Time Job Fair
Join Career Services for the UIW Full-Time Job Fair on Thursday, February 13, from 1-4 p.m. in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Students and alumni are invited to visit with area employers offering full-time employment.  Students should remember to dress professionally and bring copies of their resume. For info, contact Career Services at 210-829-3931 or A list of registered employers can be found on our website:

Department News

Mabee Library Service Update
We are pleased to announce that Adela Gott will be available Mondays 4-6 p.m. in Room G14 of the Mabee Library to offer a Design Help Desk. Students needing assistance with PowerPoint or poster presentation layout should take advantage of this free service.

Mabee Library and the Media Center will no longer be able to make change for customers. We understand this is a bit of an inconvenience and so we encourage patrons to come to the library with correct change for their printing needs (i.e. to put value on your ID or Go Print card). There is a change machine in Marian Hall but be aware it only dispenses coins. You may also get change from the Business Office until 6 p.m. on weekdays. Any of the food establishments on campus might be able to give change as well.

The staircase and elevator connecting Mabee Library to the Media Center are now open to make it easier for our customers to travel between the two. The stairs and elevator will close for security purposes during the evening hours when the library is open and the Media Center is closed.

For info, contact Christina Link at 210-832-2171 or

Writing and Learning Center
The Writing and Learning Center is open for the fall semester. Our office and tutoring hours, closure dates, and upcoming workshops are posted on our website: For more information, contact Dr. Amanda Johnston at 210-805-5856 or

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

EAP at Fort Hood
UIW Extended Academic Programs (EAP) staff will begin meeting with students at Fort Hood in the base Education Center in February. Current students and prospective students will have the opportunity to receive assistance and information on all UIW educational opportunities available.

EAP Information Session
All are invited to attend a UIW Extended Academic Programs (EAP) Information Session to be held Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Northwest Center (9725 Datapoint Dr. Room 301) at 6:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to learn about the Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCaP) and UIW Online, which are tailored to the adult learner. UIW will be highlighting opportunities to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree completely online or at one of our six locations in San Antonio. Admissions, Academic Advisors, Financial Aid, Veterans Affairs, and faculty will be available to meet face-to-face with attendees. To R.S.V.P. call 210-757-0202 or email Visit for more info.

Community News

(Pictured L-R) Rafael Quesada, student; Monica Cruz, associate director for the Center for Civic Leadership and UIW Washington program advisor; and Destinee Russell, student; share a photo in front of the White House. UIW-WISH fellows Quesada and Russell are ready to begin their internships for the spring semester in Washington DC. Through UIW in Washington Program (working with WISH--Washington in Student Housing Internships), participating students intern 32 hours a week for a semester and have a weekly seminar with experts and policy practitioners. They earn course credit hours for their participation. For more info, visit

Network Upgrade
Infrastructure Support will be performing a network upgrade to our campus infrastructure on the evening of Friday, Jan. 24 between the hours of 9:30 p.m.-4:00 a.m. CST. Service will be restored by 6 a.m. CST Jan. 25.
What: Internet, Network and possible phone connectivity will be affected at our main campus and all satellite facilities.
Where: UIW Main Campus, Rosenberg School of Optometry / ADCaP (Datapoint), Saidoff Center School of Physical Therapy, Bowden Eye Care and Health Center, Frank Bryant Clinic, St. Anthony Catholic High School (SACHS/ ADCaP), ADCaP Pecan Valley, ADCaP Rolling Oaks, ADCaP Dual Enrollment Center.
When: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014


• Users will not be able to access the Internet

Please contact the UIW Help Desk at 829-2721 or with any questions or concerns.

Notice Regarding Parking at Brackenridge Villa East Lot
Please note that the lot between the Brackenridge Villa and the Village of Incarnate Word is not available for university parking.The lot is property of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Generalate. Unauthorized vehicles in this lot are subject to towing or booting at the owner’s expense. For more info, contact the Generalate at 210-828-2224.

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 UIW, and we accept original, unpublished creative work, including poems, short stories, creative non-fiction, photography, paintings, ceramics, sculptures, drawings, etc. Deadline for submissions is Jan. 31, 2014. 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 on 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

Employee Health & Wellness

employee health-wellness

Faculty Focus

Faculty Awards Announcement
Congratulations to the following faculty who were honored by their colleagues on January 7 at the Faculty Reception for their service and achievement:

2013-2014 Robert J. Connelly Faculty Leadership Award: Dr. Bernadette O’Connor (CHASS)

2013-2014 Piper Professor Nominee: Dr. Lopita Nath (CHASS)

2013-2014 Mission Continues Awards:

Sr. Maria Goretti Zehr Award for Innovation: Dr. Sara Tallarovic (SMSE)

Sr. Eleanor Ann Young Award for Truth: Dr. Julian Davis (SMSE)

Sr. Margaret Rose Palmer Award for Education: Dr. Patricia Sanchez-Diaz (RSO)

Mother Columkille Colbert Award for Service: Dr. Christopher Edelman (CHASS)

Sr. St. Pierre Cinquin Award for Faith: Dr. Russell Coates (RSO)

Center for Teaching and Learning presents Learning Communities
Learning Communities pair two classes to help students develop a closer community and see intellectual connections between the disciplines. Veterans of previous learning communities will share successful practices and others can learn about how to select a course and a partner for a learning community. Presenters: Dr. Julie Miller, associate professor of religious studies, and Dr. Chris Edelman, assistant professor of philosophy, Tuesday, Jan. 21, noon-1 p.m. (lunch), Mabee Library Special Collections Suite. For info, contact Kathy Allwein at 210-283-5030 or kallwein@uiwtx.ed

High Schools

IWHS now enrolling for Fall 2014
Incarnate Word High School (IWHS) is now enrolling for the Fall 2014 semester. Providing excellence in education since 1881, IWHS is a private Catholic school for young women in grades 9 through 12. IWHS offers students outstanding academic programs, a vibrant student life, enriching spiritual development, competitive athletics programs and a dual enrollment opportunity at the University of the Incarnate Word. To schedule a visit or for more information, contact IWHS Director of Enrollment Annette Zahirniak at 210-829-3123 ( or visit

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Free Admission to SAMA
As a university member, all students, faculty, and staff receive free admission to the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) when they present their university ID. Visit for details on upcoming programming. For info, contact SAMA at 210-978-8100

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. 22, and Saturday, Jan. 25, 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. 

Chapel of the Incarnate Word Concert Series 2014
John L. Blackburn will perform an Organ Concert on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. The event is free. For more info, contact 210-829-2736.

Immersion Trips 2014 Information Meeting
The last general information meeting about the Women’s Global Connection’s immersion trips this summer in Africa (travel June 1-17) and Peru (travel June 30-July 14) will be on Thursday, Jan. 30, 4 p.m., Nursing Building, Room 312. There will be a brief overview about the purpose and specifics of each trip, followed by small group gatherings to begin the preparation process. If you can't be at this meeting, but want to be included in one of the trips, please contact Alison Buck at 210-832-3208 or

Tibetan Monk Yoga Class
The event is Monday, Feb. 3, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the Angelique Garden Room in The Village at Incarnate Word and Thursday, Feb. 6, 2-3 p.m., at St Paul's Episcopal Church, 1018 E Grayson. Contact number for all events is 210-826-4591. Dr. Ngawang Thogmey, a Tibetan monk, will lead a simple yoga class practiced in chairs.

Our Sympathy & Prayers Go To:

  • The family of Rose Marie Raab Badough (BA ’60) on her recent death.
  • Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI (UIW Religious Studies Faculty; BA ’68) on the recent loss of her cousin, and Dr. Leo O’Gorman on the recent loss of his wife, Ramah Koenig O’Gorman (BA ’61).
  • Dr. Hector Perez (UIW English Faculty) & family on the recent loss of his mother, Margarita Gutierrez Perez.
  • Nancy (UIW Accounts Payable Senior Tech.) and Don Mizera & family on the recent loss of her father, Frederick Wallace Travis, Sr.

The University of the Incarnate Word provides reasonable accommodation with adequate notice. To request disability accommodation for events listed in this newsletter, visit