The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: April 25, 2014

Photo of the Week

UIW students led by Sr. Martha Ann Kirk (far right) take part in the fifth annual Celebrate Spring. The event gathered UIW volunteers and refugee families at Denman State Park, where they took part in learning and sharing Easter, Passover, Narouz and Holi traditions.


Our Lady’s Chapel Services
All are welcome.

  • Noon Mass, Monday – Friday
  • 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


Asian Tea Culture
Join the Institute of World Cultures as they explore the history and culture of tea in Asia on Thursday, May 1, 4:30-6 p.m. in the ICC Boardroom #1. The event will introduce participants to teas from China, India, Japan and Turkey. For more information, please contact Jianhong Zhang at (210) 396-1239 or

UIW Music Dept. presents the Orchestra of Incarnate Word
The Orchestra of Incarnate Word will perform their on Friday, May 2, 8-9 p.m. in Our Lady's Chapel. For more information please contact the UIW Music Department at (210) 829-3855 or

Department News

UIW Tech Fair 2014 Now Online
If you didn’t get to see all the presentations at this year’s UIW Tech Fair 2014, the videos are now posted online. Check them out here: Plus there’s a list of links to the materials referenced in the keynote speech here:

Evidence Based Health Information Workshop
Physical Therapy Librarian Anthony Micchelli will host an Evidence Based Health Learning Workshop on Tuesday, April 29, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. in the Physical Therapy library. The workshop will discuss the Heirarchy of EBP, locating Evidence Based Practice Information in PubMed, Chocrance, PEDro and CINAHL. For those interested in attending but cannot make the workshop, an online stream will be available on Thursday, May 1, 5 p.m. at For more information, please contact Anthony Micchelli at (210) 283-6920 or

Mabee Library Presents: Dialogue on Human-Animal Interactions
In honor of National Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, library staff member, Taylor Fox, is hosting a series of presentations throughout the month of April.

  • Animal Assisted Therapy, Wednesday, April 30, 7 p.m. in the Library Auditorium
    • Presentation by guest speakers Paul Wenzlaff and Malinda Red Cloud of Therapy Animals of San Antonio. The speakers will be accompanied by a therapy dog, Bonnie.

For more information, please contact Taylor Fox at (210) 283-6316 or

2014 Reach 100 Student Membership Challenge Photo Contest
The 2014 Reach 100 Student Membership Challenge Photo Contest, an online social media event hosted by American Physical Therapy Association Student Assembly (APTA), provides national recognition for UIW, plus a monetary donation to the school by APTA to help benefit student activities. The UIW community is invited to help the APTA Student Assembly by finding their page on Facebook and clicking the photo album 2014 Reach 100 student Membership and like UIW’s photo beginning Wednesday, April 16, 8 a.m. until Wednesday, April 30, 11:19 p.m. For more information, please contact Amber Ferrand at (210) 283-6477 or

Donde Esta en UIW Winner
Congratulations to the library’s Information Literacy Coordinator Leslie Todd, winner of the Donde Esta en UIW Photo Contest. She will receive a $25 iTunes gift card. Leslie, who is approaching her tenth anniversary with the university, correctly identified the photo as being of the rabbit found in the Sustainability Garden, located between the Gorman Building and Clement Hall.

Extended Academic Programs

The photo features ADCaP advisor Melissa Flores-Valencia (far left) and student members of the Society of ADCaP Students volunteering at the 2014 Alumni Easter Egg Hunt.

EAP Bereavement Notice
Our sympathy and prayers go to Administrative Secretary to the Dean of UIW Online Flo Rodriguez on the recent loss of her son-in-law Adrian Herrera.

EAP Hosts Annual Honors Convocation
Extended Academic Programs held its Annual Honors Convocation Thursday, April 11 in the Rosenberg Skyroom. Over 120 people were in attendance to watch honorees receive individual achievement awards as well as induction into Delta Mu Delta and Alpha Sigma Lambda national honor societies.

Congratulations Dr. Matthew Gonzalez
Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Gonzalez, EAP assistant professor of business. Dr. Matthew Gonzalez is recognized by the Provost as one of the three 2014 Legacy Teaching Award winners. The Legacy award is given each year to three faculty members who are in their first five years of service at UIW who have demonstrated a high degree of dedication to teaching and learning that characterizes the educational excellence at UIW. Congratulations Dr. Gonzalez!

Community News

Joe Frost, Ed.D, Parker Centennial Professor Emeritus of the University of Texas at Austin, author, and eminent authority in the field of children’s play and play environments (left) and his wife, Betty (right), were the honorees at the 10th anniversary celebration of the establishment of the Joe L. Frost Play Research Collection in the UIW Mabee Library. The Collection is one of the leading repositories of scholarly work on child’s play and child’s play environments anywhere in the world.

Weekend Closure
Friday, April 25to Monday,April 28

  • Closure of the intersection of Broadway and Hildebrand
    • Please follow set detours routes
    • Closures starts Friday, 9 p.m. through Monday, 5 a.m.
    • 24 Hour operations (Night work)

37th Annual Swing-In Auction Party & Golf Tournament - Volunteers Needed
Calling all faculty, staff and administrators interested in volunteering for this year's Swing-In Auction Party & Golf Tournament. This two-day event raises funds for student scholarships. To date, over $3.3 million dollars have been raised! You can volunteer for the auction party at the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room on Thursday, May 1 or the golf tournament at The Republic Golf Course on Friday, May 2. Please contact Kayla Rice, PR special events coordinator, for more information and to sign up at

“Verbum Incarnatum” Call for Human Rights and Social Justice Article Submissions
“Verbum Incarnatum” is a multidisciplinary journal published annually. It welcomes articles from all disciplines presenting original ideas and critical analysis on the announced special issue topic with a particular emphasis on human rights and social justice. A limited number of book reviews will be accepted. Manuscripts for consideration must be submitted in Microsoft Word by email to Dr. Julie Miller, associate professor of religious studies, at Submissions are subject to anonymous (blind) peer review process. Deadline for article submissions is September 1, 2014. Each contributing author will be notified on the status of submission as soon as the editors have received comments from the peer reviewers. Send all inquiries to Rachel Cywinski before May 1, 2014: Verbum Incarnatum is available online at

Employee Health & Wellness

Ordering in doesn’t have to mean a meal without vegetables. Order vegetable pizza or vegetable lo mein next time you have dinner delivered. Going out? We have that covered too! Find tips on eating out here.

Skip or limit the breading on meat, poultry, or fish. Breading adds calories and can increase the amount of fat soaked up during frying. Learn more ways to decrease empty calories here.

Faculty Focus

UIW student Stephen Lucke, Professor at the Dreeben School of Education Dr. Mary Ruth Moore, Associate Dean of CHASS Dr. Jeff Crane and UIW student Kaime Roe share a photo after the students were presented with the Joe Frost Play Advocacy Student Award at the Joe & Betty Frost 10th Anniversary Child’s Play Collection presentation in the Special Collections Room.

High Schools

IWHS Fiesta Medals 2014
Designed by student Veronica Jarzabek ’15 this year’s design is ShamRockin’. Available for $10 each in the Front Office, Spirit Shoppe and Advancement Office. Proceeds benefit Alumnae Scholarships.

St. Anthony Catholic High School Fiesta Medal 2014
The 2014 Fiesta Medal was designed by SACHS Technology teacher Marcus Martinez. They are available for $8 in the front office or from 11th/12th grade counselor Ms. Alaniz. Proceeds benefit the PTC scholarship fund.

UIW Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show Medal
UIW Cutting Edge Fashion Show Fiesta Medals are now available for $5.They can be purchased through the Fashion Management department and the Fiesta Store on Broadway.

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


The Big Give SA
San Antonio will come together for 24 hours of nonprofit giving during the Big Give S.A. It is San Antonio’s first ever giving day, and it is your chance to make a real impact. All you have to do is commit to donating to the University of the Incarnate Word on May 6th through the Big Give S.A. website: and you help us become eligible for prize money and matching dollar opportunities. This is a great and fun opportunity to increase donor participation and raise funds for a worthy cause. Your BIG GIVE could help the following university needs:

  • Fine Arts Center Mabee Foundation Challenge Grant
    UIW currently has a wonderful opportunity to leverage donors’ contributions through the Mabee Foundation’s challenge grant. The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Oklahoma has committed to making a grant of $800,000 toward UIW’s Campaign for the Fine Arts Center if UIW can raise $405,000 by October 2014. If UIW meets this challenge students, faculty and the community will benefit from a new 30,000 sq. ft. Fine Arts Center. The current facilities for the Arts degree programs were built over 50 years ago, in 1963, when undergraduate enrollment for UIW averaged 1,500 students. With UIW’s current enrollment well over 9,500, these facilities are inadequate to serve current and new students.
    • Your BIG GIVE to this cause will help UIW provide new art galleries for student and faculty work and display of permanent collections, a new music building, a completely renovated auditorium, and new recital halls for large and small-scale performances by students, faculty, and San Antonio community arts groups.
  • Student Scholarships
    Scholarships are an important part of the overall financial aid package many students need to afford their education. Having a scholarship gives access to higher education for students of all income levels. With the assistance of scholarship money,they can focus on their studies and graduate with the high grades they have the potential to achieve.
    • Your BIG GIVE to this cause would certainly help relieve the financial stress of well deserving individuals, many of whom are first-generation college students.
  • Endowment Growth
    Endowment growth allows the University to provide excellent learning opportunities for disadvantaged and worthy students, while also lowering the cost of tuition for all. It enables professors to participate in research activities and additional scholarly work, pursuits that increase the quality of the University’s faculty, and it benefits the community by attracting and retaining more academically talented students and faculty, who otherwise would go to other schools out of the city and state.
    • Your BIG GIVE to this cause would help UIW expand its Endowment Fund to better serve UIW students, faculty and the greater community with more scholarships, professorial chairs and program support.

Our Sympathy & Prayers Go To:

  • The family of Jessie W. Bynum (BSN’66) on her recent death.
  • The family of and the congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family on the recent loss of Sr. Eva Regina Martin, SSF, Ph.D., (MA ’73).
  • CCVI Sr. Theresa Marie Yndo (BA ’62) on the recent loss of her brother, Lt. Col. Michael J. Yndo, Sr, USAF (ret.) (IWHS Friend).

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