The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: March 21, 2014

Photo of the Week

Secretary and Box Office Manager Chrissie Young and Library Services' Mary Jinks enjoy some company from Red, the Cardinal mascot at the Human Resources Employee Appreciation Cowboy Breakfast.


Our Lady’s Chapel Services
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

Incarnate Word Day
Please join the UIW community and its founding congregation, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, in celebrating Incarnate Word Day on Monday, March 24 and Tuesday, March 25. Incarnate Word Day celebrates the feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Incarnation of the Eternal Word, God. The Incarnate Word schedule of events is listed below.

Monday, March 24

  • 6:30 p.m. Evening Prayer in Our Lady’s Chapel with a presentation given by Dr. Timothy Milinovich

Tuesday, March 25

  • 11:45 a.m. - Presentation of CCVI Spirit Award, Presentation of CCVI Student Award, Liturgy – Our Lady’s Chapel. Following Mass, a reception for CCVI Spirit Award Recipient will be held in the Provost’s Office
  • 12:30 p.m. - BBQ hosted by Campus Life – Dubuis Lawn
  • 1:00 p.m. - Parade of Values – Dubuis Circle
  • 3:00 p.m. - Student Presentations: Sharing faith traditions: preparation of prayer beads, rosaries, information on their significance in different traditions – Dubuis Lawn
  • 6:30 p.m. - Presentation by Dr. Adrienne Ambrose – Special Collections Room
  • 7:30-8:30 p.m. - Annunciation on Mary and the Women in the Quran and Bible Discussion

All events are open to the public. For more information, please contact Mission and Ministry at (210) 829-3128 or

24-hour Pray-a-thon
To experience the Lenten Season, University Mission and Ministry will hold its 5th annual 24-hour Pray-a-thon beginning Wednesday, March 26, 3 p.m. on Dubuis Lawn. Originating in 2009 when a UIW student wanted to find a way to more fully engage individuals, student organizations and university departments with the spirit of the season; 24 hours are now used to immerse participants into deeper prayer as a community in anticipation of Easter and in celebration of all faiths. Times and locations are listed below.

  • Wednesday, March 26
    • 3 p.m. - Interactive Stations of the Cross, Mabee Library Auditorium
    • 4:30-5:30 p.m. – Live Music, Marian Hall Student Center
    • 6 p.m. – Hunger Banquet, Marian Hall Ballroom
    • 8 p.m. – Taize Prayer Service, Grotto
    • 10 p.m. – Breathe Special, Our Lady’s Chapel

  • Thursday, March 27: Lock-In in Marian Hall
    • Midnight-1 a.m. – Ice Breakers
    • 1-2 a.m. – Crown of Thorns Activity
    • 2-4 a.m. – More Games
    • 4-5 a.m. – Karaoke
    • 5-6 a.m. – Meaning of The Color Purple / Arts & Crafts
    • 7-8 a.m. – Lent Sacrifice Activity
    • 8 a.m. – Breakfast

  • Thursday, March 27: Prayer Fair on Dubuis Lawn
    • 8 a.m. – Arts & Crafts
    • 9-10:30 a.m. – Speed “Faithing”
    • 11 a.m. – Reconciliation Service, Our Lady’s Chapel
    • 11:30-noon – Interfaith Prayer Service
    • Noon – Prayer Station 1: Mass, Our Lady’s Chapel
    • 1 p.m. – Prayer Station 2: Talk on Adoration by Fr. James Mark Adame, Our Lady’s Chapel
    • 1:30-2:30 p.m. – Adoration, Our Lady’s Chapel
    • 1:30-2:30 p.m. – Prayer Station 3: Muslim Prayer, Dubuis Lawn
    • 2 p.m. – Prayer Station 4: Jewish Prayer, Dubuis Lawn
    • 2:30 p.m. – Prayer Station 5: Talk on the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Our Lady’s Chapel
    • 3 p.m. – Divine Mercy Chaplet, Our Lady’s Chapel

  • Friday, March 28: “Pray, Eat & Play” (St. Anthony Catholic High School), is a prayer fellowship-fundraiser with SACHS Mission & Ministry
    • 6 p.m. – Stations of the Cross, Chapel (free)
    • 7 p.m.- Light Lenten Dinner (Gym)

For more information, please contact Beth Villarreal at (210) 829-3128 or

Stations of the Cross
Traditional Lenten Devotional Stations of the Cross will take place Wednesdays, March 26, April 2, and 9, 5 p.m. at Our Lady’s Chapel. Everyone is invited to participate. For more information please contact Fr. Tom Dymowski at (210) 829-3131 or


swimming team
The UIW Men’s Swim Team celebrates their first win as a Division I institution at the 2014 Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Swimming and Diving Championships.

Ara Koh & Yu-Yin Piano Duo Concert
The UIW Music Department presents Ara Koh & Yu-Yin Wang, who will perform works from Mozart, Arensky, Piazzolla, and Brahms. The concert will take place Friday, March 21, 7-8 p.m. in the Palestrina Hall (Second floor of the Fine Arts Building). For more information, please contact the UIW Music Department at (210) 829-3855 or

Health Fair
UIW will host a Health Fair on Saturday, March 22, 9 a.m.-noon, in the School of Physical Therapy, located at 9160 Guilbeau. The Health Fair will offer health screenings, diabetes, vision, cardiovascular health, balance and pre-concussion baseline testing, in both English and Spanish. The event will also offer education on how to talk to physicians as well as assistance regarding the Affordable Care Act and the new insurance exchange marketplace. The event is free to the public. For more information, please contact Matt Walk at (210) 283-6477 or

12th Annual Psychology Research Colloquium
The Department of Psychology is hosting the 12th Annual Psychology Research Colloquium on Monday, March 24, in the Mabee Library Auditorium, 9 a.m.-noon. Guest speaker Dr. Ralph Erber from DePaul University will present “How Will They Feel? Comparing Affective Forecast for the Self and Others.” Dr. Erber will speak during the first half followed by psychology student presentations from 10:30 a.m.-noon. For more information, please contact Dr. Velasquez at (210) 829-3960 or

Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness to Change screening
The National Optometric Student Association will be screening “Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness to Change on Wednesday, March 26, noon-1 p.m. in the Rosenberg School of Optometry Events Rooms 301-304. The documentary covers the 1965 nonviolent protest for voting rights known as “Bloody Sunday” and how Dr. Martin Luther King sent out a call for religious leaders of all faiths and denominations to support the quest for voting rights. For more information, please contact Lourdes Fortepiani at (210) 930-8169 or

Strike Out Cancer Pink Game
In promoting cancer awareness, UIW will be taking part in the Strike Out Cancer Pink Game on Wednesday, March 26, 5-7 p.m. on Cardinal Field. Admission will be $5 to $7 donations. Additional donations will also be accepted for Gaby Hernandez, an 8-year-old undergoing remission from ovarian cancer, who will be in attendance. For more information, please contact Jennifer Jimenez at (210) 383-1604 or

Women’s Leadership in the Military
A panel will share stories of leadership, challenges and the opportunities and achievements of women in the military as a tribute honoring the women of the UIW community who have served in the military. Speakers include San Antonio-Lackland’s 37th training group Commander Colonel Jeanne Hardrath, Bexar County Sherriff and USAF Ret. Major General Susan Pamerleau and San Antonio Navy Recruiting Commander Corry Juedeman. The “Women’s Leadership in the Military: Profiles in Character, Courage and Commitment” presentation will take place Wednesday, March 26, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Mabee Library Auditorium. For more information, please contact Sharon Herbers at (210) 805-3073 or or Vanessa Cerdan at (956) 874-8888 or

Concert at The Cove
The UIW Cardinal Jazz Band invites the UIW community to attend their performance at The Cove Restaurant on 606 W. Cypress, on Wednesday, March 26, 8-10 p.m. The concert is free to the public and will include vocalist John Panzarella. For more information, please contact Jim Waller at (210) 445-0412 or

Photos from the Human Resources Employee Appreciation Cowboy Breakfast
(L-R) Human Resources Director Annette Thompson, Human Resources Generalist Heather Hamilton, Sr. Human Resources Generalist Shanon Root, Assistant Director to Human Reosurces Caryn Geller and Human Resources Generalist Celeste Campos pose with Red, the Cardinal mascot at the Human Reosurces Employee Appreciation Cowboy Breakfast.

(L-R) Accounting Business Analyst Elsa Minana, Grants Accounting Specialist Lucy San Roman, Secretary to the Comptroller Veronica Castillo and Special Projects Accountant Alicia Cortez share a photo.

(L-R Top Row) Director of Web Development and Web Team Troy Knickerbocker, Tech Training Coordinator Terry Peak, Red the Cardinal, Development Office Manager Sylvia Kutschenreuter (L-R Bottom Row) Advancement Data Services Coordinator Ralph Flanigan, Development Officer Stephanie Rodriguez, Convergent Media Manager John Miller and Records and Gifts Coordinator Marcos Contreras pose for a photo op.


Department News

Benefits and Salaries: Realistic Expectations for students
The Office of Career Services and Professional Development invites students to attend the “Benefits and Salaries: Realistic Expectations” event on Tuesday, March 25, at noon in the Mabee Library Auditorium. Discussion will teach students how to research salaries, evaluate a benefits package, the basics of health insurance and the details to consider  when discussing compensation. For more information please contact Career Services at (210) 829-3931 or

Graduate Information Session for prospective students
The Graduate Admissions Office will host a Graduate Information Session for all interested students who seek to pursue a graduate degree from the University of the Incarnate Word on Tuesday, March 25, 6-8 p.m. in the International Conference Center Auditorium. For more information please contact Johnny Garcia at (210) 805-3554 or

On-Site Resume Reviews
Students are invited to bring a paper copy of their resume for a one-on-one review by a career counselor. Resumes will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis on Thursday, March 27, 1:30-3 p.m. in the Marian Hall Ballroom.  The event is open to all students and alumni.  For more information please contact Career Services at (210) 829-3931 or

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources
The Pharmacy Librarian of UIW's Feik School of Pharmacy, Christina Seeger, will present Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources on Monday, March 24, noon, in the Mabee Library Auditorium. This workshop will give a basic overview of the importance of nutrition from a healthcare perspective, and will cover resources available at the UIW libraries. These resources include the Food and Nutrition Information Center, MedlinePlus, the Texas Department of State Health Services, USDA, CDC, and will take a look at nutrition specifically in CINAHL and the library catalog. For more information, please contact Christina Seeger at (210) 883-1121 or

Vivian Wertz Farewell
Vivian Wertz, Accounts Payable Manager, is retiring. We appreciate Vivian’s service to the university over the past 28 years and wish her the best in her retirement.Please join the UIW Comptroller’s Office in saying farewell to Vivian on Wednesday, March 26, 2-4 p.m. in the Library Special Collection’s Room. For more information, please contact the Comptroller’s office at (210) 829-2746.

Extended Academic Programs

EAP Admissions advisor attends U.S. Air Force Education Fair
EAP admissions advisor Nick Wagner attended the U.S. Air Force Education Fair in Colorado Springs, Colo. The invitation-only event took place at the United States Air Force Academy.  In addition, Wagner also visited Ft. Carson and the Peterson Air Force Base Education Services units.

Community News

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Sr. Martha Ann Kirk (right) meets District 1 councilman Diego Bernal at the Compassion Symposium at the Oblate School of Theology.

Alpha Keeping a Child Safe Campaign
Alpha: First Generation Student Success will be participating in ChildSafe's Cardboard Kids Campaign, which will be displaying 5846 kids on Thursday, April 3 (one for each case of an abused child reported last year). The UIW community is welcomed to join and create personalized cardboard kids on March 26, 9 a.m.-noon, on Dubuis Lawn. Materials and refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Tanja Stampfl at (210) 829-3885 or

National Cesar E. Chavez Blood Drive Challenge
UIW Pre-Pharmacy Association in support of the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center will hold a blood drive on Wednesday, March 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Marian Hall Ballroom as a participant in the National Cesar E. Chavez Blood Drive Challenge. For more information, please contact Candace Graham at (210) 829-2703 or

Employee Health & Wellness

Serve seafood twice a week--it's simple! Make patties with canned salmon, crab, or tuna, or use them on a seafood sandwich.

Faculty Focus

Dr. Lopita Nath (left) poses with Andrea Cyterski Acosta (right) at the Festival of Colors on Dubuis Lawn

Quality Time: Associate, Create
Dr. Jo LeCoeur will credit the direct importance of creative sources in her presentation “Quality Time: Associate, Create” on Tuesday, March 25, noon-1:15 p.m. in the Special collections Room. She will show how students stay true to their original vision while using pre-tested writing techniques as well as cite a poem from five women in gratitude for their influences on her own work. The event is open to the public. For more information, please contact Emily clark at (210) 283-5061 or

Mary and the Women in the Quran and in the Bible discussion
Dr. Fatma Arslan of UTSA and Dr. Adrienne Ambrose of UIW Religious Studies Department will share texts, images and popular ideas with a lively discussion led by Dr. Jessica Kimmel of the UIW Education Department and Muslim students at UIW. Co-sponsored by the Turkish Raindrop Women’s Association, the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest, the “Gender” Adult Education Class and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk’s “Women and Faith” class, the discussion will take place on Tuesday, March 25, 7-8:30 p.m. in the UIW Library’s Special Collections room. For more information, please contact Dr. Jessica Kimmel at (210) 829-3144 or

True Grit: Talking with Students about Persistence
Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Maria Felix-Ortiz will present “True Grit: Talking with Students about Persistence” on Wednesday, March 26, 4:45-5:45 p.m. and Friday, March 28, 8-9 a.m. in the Administration Building, Room 212. Participants will take the “Grit Scale” and discuss possible strategies for helping students become “grittier” about college success. Stipends are available for the first 15 teaching faculty participants. For more information, please contact Kathy Allwein at (210) 283-6359 or

United Nations Commission on the Status of Women discussion and lunch
Dr. Jessica Kimmel, a delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women meeting in New York City from March 9-21, will speak and shows slides on Thursday, March 27, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. in the UIW Library Special Collections Room discussing her experience and issues presented. A light lunch will be served courtesy of the Dreeben School of Education. For more information, please contact Jessica Kimmel at (210) 829-3144 or

Metacognition: The Key to Acing Courses (and Everything Else)
Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success Dr. Saundra McGuire will lead a dynamic workshop for all students on how to improve study skills and excel academically on Thursday, March 27, 6-7:30 p.m. in Bonilla Science Hall, Room 129. For more information, please contact Sara Tallarovic at (210) 283-5036 or

High Schools

5th Annual Salsa & Scholarship Fundraiser
IWHS invites you to the 5th annual Salsa & Scholarship Fundraiser, Sunday, March 23, from noon to 4 p.m., on the IWHS Campus. The annual event brings together family, friends and the community in an afternoon filled with festivities. Guests will enjoy a fajita meal with all the trimmings, a silent auction, entertainment and much more.  Tickets are $15 Pre-sale ($20 at the Door), Children (0-6 years) are free. For information or to purchase tickets call the IWHS Development Office at (210) 832-2143 or All proceeds benefit the IWHS scholarship fund.

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UIW Cheer Annual BBQ Plate Sale
The UIW Cheerleaders will be hosting a Bar-B-Q plate sale on Saturday, March 22, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the Sullivan and Cardinal Fields. Plates will be available for $6. All proceeds go towards the team for the NCA Collegiate National competition. For more information, please contact Melissa Martinez at (210) 283-6406 or

"Come Back River," A Reading
Debangana Banerjee, artist and poet will read from her new collection of poems Come Back River on Tuesday, March 25, 3-4 p.m. in the Special Collections Room. These poems accompany her paintings and artwork about the role of rivers, water and women in her native Bengal. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Dr. Tanja Stampfl at (210) 829-3885 or

Dodge for a Cure: Benefiting Children's Hospital of San Antonio
As a fundraiser in support of Dodge for a Cure: for Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation, California Pizza Kitchen will donate 20 percent of customers’ check total when they mention they are eating in support of the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio on Tuesday, March 25. Proceeds will benefit children undergoing chemotherapy treatment. For more information, please contact Will Bailey at (210) 829-6473.

Theatre for Change produces live reading of TV pilot “Region 8”
Alumnae of UIW’s theatre program and co-founders of Theatre for Change, Shelly Chance and Shannon Ivey, are producing a live reading of “Region 8,” a television pilot based on true stories from Texas’ Region 8 foster system. Windell Middlebrooks, star of NBC’s upcoming series “Mason Twins” and ABC’s former series “Body of Proof,” co-wrote the pilot with Ivey and will perform. The project also features local actors and UIW alumni Jose Ruben De Leon and Mikala Gibson as well Assistant District Attorney Catherine Babbit. The production aims to increase awareness and prompt community involvement regarding Texas’ foster care system. “Region 8” is sponsored by Texas Lutheran University (TLU) and has partnered with Child Advocates of San Antonio (CASA), Senator Carlos Uresti’s Blue Ribbon Task Force, Legacy Ranch Foster Home, and St. PJ’s. Dates and times of the performances are as scheduled:

· Thursday, April 3 – 6-7 p.m. at The International Center, 203 S. St. Mary's St.,

· Friday, April 4, 7 p.m. at TLU’s Jackson Auditorium. Free Admission.

· Sunday, April 6, 7 p.m. at The Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, Tickets Available.

Theatre for Change is a non-profit made up of media artists who link the stories inherent in theatre, film and new media to the needs and messages of non-profit organizations. For more info, please visit

Our Sympathy & Prayers Go To:

  • Manlio Cavallini & family on the recent loss of his wife and Adrian Joseph Cavallini (SACHS ’78) & family on the recent loss of his mother, Viola Diana Irvin Cavallini (BA ’50).
  • Lily Lee Chinn (BA ’54) & family on the recent loss of her husband, Dr. Frankin Chinn, Jr. (UIW Friends).
  • Robert Edland & family on the recent loss of his wife, Carole Frances Edland (BSN ’59).
  • Frank Mandriota & family on the recent loss of his wife, JoAnn Johnson Mandriota (BSN ’56).
  • Sabrina Macal-Polasek (Adm. Secretary, School of Physical Therapy) & family on the recent loss of her father-in-law, Ronnie Polasek.
  • Marsha Wohlfeil Box (MA ’77) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Dorothy A. Wohlfeil (BA ’59).

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