The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: January 31, 2014

Photo of the Week

(Pictured L-R, top) William Gokelman, professor of music; Dr. Jack Healy, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; Dr. Denise Doyle, UIW chancellor and acting president; (pictured L-R, bottom) Rosie Garcia, director of development; Dr. Kathi Light, UIW provost; Stephanie Rodriguez, development officer; Maryanne Guido, Guido Bros. CEO; Tom Guido, Guido Bros. president; and Chris Trowell, Guido Bros. senior project manager; pose for a photo during the Fine Arts Building Tree Topping ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 22.  




Dr. Trevor Alexander, director of ecumenical initiatives, shares a photo with UIW students who participated in the annual San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. March on Monday, Jan. 20. UIW had 35 participants who represented the university at the event. 

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

Cardinal Dance Marathon
You are invited to participate in the 1st annual Cardinal Dance Marathon (CDM) to be held on Saturday, Feb. 1, 4 p.m.-midnight, in Marian Hall Ballroom. CDM is an 8 hour dance marathon hosted by University Mission and Ministry to raise money and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Participants will remain on their feet for the entirety of the event in solidarity of a long nurses shift and in honor for these children who can’t.

CDM is specifically raising funds for our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital - the Children's Hospital of San Antonio. All the money raised will go to Children's Hospital of San Antonio.

This will be a day filled with dancing, games, performances, and touching moments as we hear from some of our Miracle Families. It will be a day filled with memories to last a lifetime.

Please sign up to attend or donate to the first ever Cardinal Dance Marathon at You may also contact us at 210-283-6473 or


(Pictured L-R) Dr. Elda Martinez, associate professor of teacher education; Dan Habib, filmmaker; and Dr. Maria Felix-Ortiz, associate professor of psychology; share a photo in Marian Hall Ballroom on Saturday, Jan. 18. UIW’s Department of Psychology and the Dreeben School of Education, in collaboration with the Bexar County Department of Community Resources, presented a free event to the UIW and San Antonio community, "Serving and Supporting Students with Mental Health Issues, their Families, & Schools." The event included a screening of the documentary film “Who Cares About Kelsey?” and a panel presentation with the filmmaker, Habib, and community counselors and educators about Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, a school community-based program for encouraging adaptive, pro-social behaviors among students.    

(Pictured L-R) Julie W. Nadeau, assistant professor of nursing; Loraine Ewers, administrative secretary to the dean, CHASS; and Dr. Sarah Williams, associate professor of nursing; attend the Spring 2014 Welcome Back for our UIW Military Family event, hosted by the Center for Veterans Affairs on Thursday, Jan. 23 in Marian Hall Ballroom. 

The Taizé Community Building Friendship and Peace – and coming to Texas!
Adam Kerr from Australia and Andrea Fiora from Italy will give an introduction to the contemplative prayer and mission of this ecumenical monastic community which started in France during World War II. The presentation will take place on Monday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m. and will be repeated on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1:30-2:45 p.m. in Mabee Library Special Collections Suite. Taizé chants, prayers, and ecumenical networks of friends have spread throughout the world. Learn of the “Taize Pilgrimage of Trust in Texas” and join UIW students going to Austin, March 21-23, 2014; or attend in Dallas-Fort Worth, April 4-6, 2014; or in Houston, April 25-27, 2014. To learn more, visit For more info, contact LenaGokelman at 210-832-3207 or

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

Red Dress Event and Health Fair Tip for the Day
Tips from Elite CrossFit / Jeremy Tucker, M.A., CSCS, USAW

  • SLEEP. “A good night’s sleep is vital to success!” 6-8 hours are recommended.

UIW Full-Time Job Fair
Join Career Services for the UIW Full-Time Job Fair on Thursday, Feb. 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:

Swing-In Auction Party Raffle Tickets-ON SALE NOW
The 37th Annual Swing-In Auction Party & Golf Tournament will be Thurs, May 1 and Fri, May 2 and this year’s raffle tickets for phenomenal prizes are already available for purchase. This year’s two-day, Kentucky Derby themed event raises funds towards student scholarships at UIW and your support is greatly appreciated. Purchasing a raffle ticket is just one way to get involved. Only 250 tickets will be sold and the winner can chose one prize from five amazing options: a trip to Paris for 2; $2,500 in credit; a trip to London for 2; a deluxe home sound system; or a trip to St. Kitts for 2. You need not be present to win. Click here to learn more and to purchase your ticket. For more information, contact the UIW Development Office at 210-829-6013.

Department News

(Pictured L-R) Stephanie Hall, admissions counselor; Damontre Pamilton, admissions counselor; Heather Rodriguez, former director of admissions; Fabian Villalobos, transfer counselor; Ashley Lara, campus visits coordinator; and Adriana Smith, communications specialist; pose for a photo in Mabee Library Special Collections Suite. The Office of Admissions and UIW community bid farewell to Rodriguez during a reception held Thursday, Jan. 23. She is leaving UIW to join the staff of the College Board.  

iPad User’s Group
The iPad User’s Group is meeting for the first time this semester on Friday, Jan. 31 at noon in Room 212 of the Gorman Building. At this time, we plan to demonstrate the following apps: Socrative and Course Smart. There will be time available for members to demonstrate an app that they are currently using for teaching and learning. For more info, contact Terry Peak at 210-829-3920 or

WordPress/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, Feb. 28, 2-3 p.m., Mabee Library, Room 230: WordPressThis class is for content editors running their current department/unit websites in WordPress only.
  • Friday, Mar. 7, 2-3 p.m., Mabee Library, Room 230: Adobe ContributeThis class is for content editors running their current department/unit websites in Contribute only.

Please R.S.V.P. no later than two days prior to the class you wish to attend (Feb. 26 for WordPress, March 5 for Contribute) by contacting Joe Vasquez at x5815

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

Extended Academic Programs

EAP alumnus and online instructor highlighted for work with homeless
Extended Academic Programs (EAP) alumnus, Kent Dolasky, who also teaches online, is highlighted for his work with the homeless in Tampa, Fla. Click the following link to view the article:

EAP Information Session
All are invited to attend an 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

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

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 accepts 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 the website at or email Dr. Tanja Stampfl at

EBSCOHost's CINAHL and SportsDiscus Workshop
CINAHL and SportsDiscus are great places to locate and access physical therapy scholarly research. In this workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 11:30 a.m. in the Geneva R. Johnson Library, you will learn about search strategies, sharing information, and EBSCOHost tools. Bring your lunch and your laptop. For info, contact Anthony Micchelli at 210-283-6920 or

On-Site Resume Reviews
Bring a paper copy of your resume for a one-on-one review by a career counselor. Resumes will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.  Open to all students and alumni with a paper copy of their document, on Thursday, Feb. 6, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Marian Hall Ballroom. We are excited to announce that Bruce Howard with Aventine Hill Partners will be joining us to assist in reviewing resumes. For info, contact Career Services at 210-829-3931 or

Employee Health & Wellness

Employee Wellness Committee
The mission of the UIW Employee Wellness Committee is “To promote health of spirit, mind and body across the UIW community, and nurture new models of and leaders in health and wellness.” If you have any health and wellness related events, we want to hear from you. Please email us at with information about your event. Like us on Facebook.

Cardinal Employee Boot Camp Training
Get fit and stay fit in 2014 with a New Year’s resolution you can stick to!Join the UIW Wellness Committee and be a part of the Cardinal Employee Boot Camp Training. Offered to all UIW, IWHS and SACHS employees, training consists of running, body weight exercises and light weight lifting. Classes begin Jan. 13 and run through May 9 every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6-7 a.m. in the UIW Wellness Center. Monthly payment plans are available: 1) $50 per month for two training sessions a week or 2) $75 per month for three training sessions a week. Payment can be made by cash or check to TejasFit or Dr. Alexander Hutchison. An email receipt will be provided. Only 30 spots are available. For details, contact Dr. Alexander Hutchison at 210-829-3182 or Please R.S.V.P. at

Wellness Tip of the Week
If you are trying to lose weight, look at your liquid calories. Beverages now supply more than 20 percent of the calories in the average diet. Most liquid calories come from soda or alcoholic beverages. Studies show that people who get calories from beverages tend to subsequently eat more than those who get the same number of calories from solid food. Source: 

Faculty Focus

Dr. Marcos Oliveira (left), associate professor of pharmacy instruction, and Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin (center), founding dean of the Feik School of Pharmacy (FSOP), pose with pharmacy students from UIW’s sister school Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Parana (PUC-PR) in Brazil. The students are here for four weeks as part of a four way agreement involving Brazilian Pharmaceutical Company Prati-Donaduzzi, H-E-B (offering training for the four students), UIW and PUC-PR.

Dr. Julie Miller (right), associate professor of religious studies, and Dr. Chris Edelman (left), assistant professor of religious studies, presented at the Center for Teaching and Learning’s Learning Communities workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Learning Communities pair two classes to help students develop a closer community and see intellectual connections between the disciplines. Veterans of previous learning communities share successful practices and others can learn about how to select a course and a partner for a learning community.   

Writing Your Teaching Statement
A teaching philosophy serves important purposes. UIW candidates for promotion and tenure include one in their packets; moreover, having written one can make it easier to write the teaching reflection required each year in the Faculty Self-Inventory. Ultimately, a teaching statement helps to clarify thoughts about how one is teaching.

Presenter: Dr. Barbara Millis, UTSA retiree  

  • Friday, Jan. 31, noon-2 p.m. (lunch available at 11:30 a.m.), Library Special Collections.

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 Friday, Jan. 31, 2-5:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 8, 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. 

"Finding God among Our Neighbors: Christian Foundations for Interreligious Engagement"
Rev. Dr. Kristin Largen, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, will deliver the 12th Annual Pierre Lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m., CHRISTUS Heritage Hall at The Village at Incarnate Word. The lecture title is inspired by Largen's 2013 book of the same name, which seeks to prepare students for the real task of understanding and articulating their Christian beliefs in a religiously and culturally diverse world.  The presentation is made possible by a grant from the Pierre Fund of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. For info, contact Adrienne Ambrose at 210-283-6344 or

Women's Global Connection Dec. 2013 Immersion Volunteer Presentation
Join Women's Global Connection to hear about the experiences and learning of the WGC December 2013 immersion trip team to Chimbote, Peru.The presentation is set for Tuesday, Feb. 4, 3:30 p.m., at the Village of the Incarnate Word Retirement Center (next to H-E-B Central Market). Learn more about the work and involvement with the wonderful women of Pushaq Warmi, Incarnate Word missionaries, and the preschool teachers in the Peru WGC teacher training program. For more information, contact Women's Global Connection 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. Check for directions. 

Chapel of the Incarnate Word Concert Series 2014
Joseph Causby, music director/conductor at St. Marks Episcopal Church, will perform “Music of the Masters for the Organ” on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. The concert will feature the music of Bach, Howells, Franck, and Vierne. The event is free and open to the public. For more info, contact 210-829-2736.

Our Sympathy & Prayers Go To:

  • Kristin and Mark (UIW Dev. Bd.) De Hoyos & family on the recent loss of his mother, Esther Saenz De Hoyos.
  • The family of and the Sisters of St. Joseph on the recent death of Sr. Jean Fryoux, CSJ (BS ’51).
  • Dorothy and Steve (UIW Asst. Director of Alumni & Parent Relations, MAA ‘13) Hemphill & family on the recent loss of his grandmother, Paula Resendez Gonzalez.
  • Karen Wogenstahl (BA ’75) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Maxine Sophia Russell Mizell (BSN ’66, Med ’73).
  • Eva and Phil Lopes (UIW Asst. Director of Facilities Mgmt.) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Frances Gutierrez Padilla.
  • Her family, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and the entire UIW community on the recent loss of Sr. Mary Anne Ryan, CCVI (BSN ’55, MA ’80).
  • The family of Carol Lafferty Scott (IWHS ’58) on her recent death.
  • Sr. Anastasia Thibodeaux, CCVI (BA Music ’59) on the recent loss of her sister, Sr. Doloretta Thibodeaux, CCVI.

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