The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: May 2, 2014

Photo of the Week

prayer day
The UIW community joined Fr. Tom Dymowski (seen mid-left in all black) for the 63rd Annual Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 1 at the clock tower.


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.


Alex Castaneda, director of major gifts and planned giving and Ralph Flanigan, advancement data services coordinator prepare for guests at the 2014 Swing-In Auction Party.

UIW Music Dept. presents the Orchestra of the Incarnate Word
The Orchestra of the Incarnate Word will perform 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

UIW Music Dept. presents Cardinal Chorale and Singers Spring Concert
The Cardinal Chorale and Singers will perform their Spring Concert on Sunday, May 4, 3-4:30 p.m. in Our Lady's Chapel. For more information please contact the UIW Music Department at (210) 829-3855 or

Taste the Joy of Giving
UIW faculty and staff are invited to attend a wine mixer on Thursday, May 8, 6-10 p.m. at Copa Wine Bar on 19141 Stone Oak Parkway. The student organization Project Africa will host the event on behalf of the Women's Global Connection. For a donation of $30, attendees will receive two glasses of wine, appetizers and discounts on wine purchases. All proceeds of the event go toward the purchase of a truck for the BUWEA Project in Tanzania. For more information, please contact John Velasquez at (210) 829-3960 or

More photos from the 37th Annual Swing In

UIW volunteers getting ready for the 2014 Swing-In Auction Party.

UIW Comptroller Edie Cogdell and live auction cutie Wilson at the 2014 Swing-In Auction Party.

Public Relations Special Events Coordinator Kayla Rice, Marketing & Advertising Coordinator Veronica Ruiz and UIW Athletics Ticket Manager Kevin Lepore at the 2014 Swing-In Auction Party.

Department News

Assistant Director of University Events and Student Programs Paulina Mazurek (far left) is joined by UIW students at the SGA and CAB Awards Banquet.

Spring Sometime Singers/Players Choir for Baccalaureate Mass
Join UIW's Sometime Singers & Players, a group made up of faculty, staff, administrators and students (vocalists and instrumentalists) who cannot participate in weekly rehearsals and services but who serve when possible at liturgical prayer throughout the school year. Commitment to participate in events and rehearsals is made only when participants RSVP to an event invitation. The next event and rehearsal times are:

  • Spring Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday, May 10, 5 p.m. in the Convocation Center (warm-up begins at 3:45 p.m.) Please attend two of the three prior rehearsals: Tuesday, May 6 (vocalists only), Wednesday, May 7 (instrumentalists only) and Thursday, May 8 (vocalists and instrumentalists) in Our Lady’s Chapel. Please RSVP by Friday, May 2 if attending.

To RSVP for the event or one of the rehearsal times described above, or to be placed on the SS/P e-mail list for future events, please contact Lena Gokelman at (210) 832-3207 or or contact Dr. Glenn James at (210) 832-3943 or

Web of Science Workshop
Web of Science indexes articles from the highest impact journals across the science and medical fields. Physical Therapy Librarian, Anthony Micchelli, will present a workshop on how to get the most of Web of Science on Tuesday, May 6, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Saidoff Center. For those interested in attending but cannot make the workshop, an online stream will be available on Thursday, May 8, 5 p.m. at For more information, please contact Anthony Micchelli at (210) 283-6920 or

Extended Academic Programs

grad finale
UIW employees assist students at Graduation Finale, where students receive their cap and gown for their commencement ceremony.

Community News

A Special Notice regarding the closure of the intersection of Broadway and Hildebrand.
The intersection of Broadway and Hildebrand will be closed for 4 days beginning at 9 p.m., Friday, May 2 through 5 a.m., Wednesday, May 7.

A benefit of the closure will be the activation of a newly installed traffic signal on Hildebrand to the west of Broadway on May 5. This signal will allow for two-way traffic along a larger portion of Hildebrand during the closure. Traffic will remain one-way from that signal through the Broadway intersection

Crews will work 24-hours a day during the closure. Traffic will be detoured to local streets and off duty police officers will be available to assist traffic through the detours. Up to date information regarding construction can be found at:

Corporate Cup Charity Challenge
As part of the UIW's participation in the San Antonio Sports Corporate Cup, TEAM UIW is looking for help to acquire points towards the Charity Challenge. TEAM UIW will receive points towards the Corporate Cup with donations to the San Antonio Food Bank, Haven for Hope, and South Texas Blood & Tissue Center.

  • SA Food Bank Donations:
  • Haven For Hope Donations:
    • ONLY donations being accepted: New and packaged socks, underwear, bras, and white t-shirts
    • Donations can be dropped of in the Campus Life office

In order for donations to count towards TEAM UIW, they must be received before Friday, May. 9. To sign up to donate or for more information, please contact Paulina Mazurek at (210) 841-7365 or

2014 Corporate Cup - JOIN TEAM UIW
Over 5,000 people representing over 75 companies will come to UIW on May 31, 2014 to compete in an Olympic-style all day event known as the Corporate Cup. Employees, faculty & staff are invited to join TEAM UIW as we compete in 13 activities and sports, tailgate throughout the day, and enjoy UIW camaraderie. Watch last year’s event here. Don’t want to compete in an activity? We need volunteers to help us at the TEAM UIW tailgating tent! Families and friends are welcome to attend and support. Please contact Rick Smith, assistant athletics director and Title IX deputy coordinator, at or (210) 283-6448 to register.


Employee Health & Wellness

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Faculty Focus

Recognition of Faculty Achievement
University Provost, Dr. Kathi Light, hosted the annual Faculty Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, April 23. 

Faculty awards and recognitions included:

  • President’s Teaching Award:  Dr. Brian McBurnett (Chemistry)
  • Moody Professor of History:  Dr. Lopita Nath

Provost’s Legacy Teaching Awards

  • Dr. Christopher Edelman (Philosophy)
  • Ms. Yvonne Davila (Nursing)
  • Dr. Matthew Gonzalez (Information Systems, EAP)
  • Dr. Yutaka Maki (Optometry)

Retiring Faculty Awarded Emeritus status:

  • George Burnett, Director Emeritus of Technical Theatre
  • Debbie Bussineau-King, Professor Emerita of Music
  • Dr. Mary Elaine Jones, BG Lillian Dunlap Endowed Professor Emerita of Nursing
  • Dr. Jessica Kimmel, Professor Emerita of Education
  • Dr. Sara Kolb, Professor Emerita of Nursing
  • Dr. Bernadette O’Connor, Professor Emerita of Philosophy
  • Dr. Chris Paris, Associate Professor Emeritus of English
  • Dr. Caroline Spana, Assistant Professor Emerita of Nursing

Faculty Awarded Sabbaticals for 2014-15:

  • Dr. Christy MacKinnon, Biology, Fall 2014
  • Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, Religious Studies, Spring 2015
  • Dr. Steve Liu, Communication Arts, Fall ‘14 –Spring ‘15

Memorial Services for Mildred Ann Gude Parker
Services for Mildred Ann Gude Parker, mother of Dr. Ramona Ann Parker, associate professor in the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing, who passed away on April 29 are as follows: May 5, 2014 at Northeast Baptist Church viewing 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.; services 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; interment 1 p.m. at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery.

The faculty of the School of Nursing and Health Professions has established the Mildred Ann Gude Parker Scholarship Fund to honor her memory. Ms. Parker was a nurse and firm believer in education. She would surely appreciate the legacy of supporting others in their efforts toward educational advancement. If you wish to contribute to the scholarship fund, please send all donations to the UIW Development Office. Please ensure that you state the donation is in honor of Mildred Ann Gude Parker.

High Schools

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Visit the UIW Prep website at


The Big Give
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.

The university is committed to educational excellence in a context of faith in Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word of God. It promotes life-long learning and fosters the development of the whole person. The faculty and students support one another in the search for and the communication of truth. The university is open to thoughtful innovation that serves ever more effectively the spiritual and material needs of people. The curriculum offers students an integrated program of liberal arts and professional studies that includes a global perspective and an emphasis on social justice and community service.

The University of the Incarnate Word is a Catholic institution that welcomes to its community persons of diverse backgrounds, in the belief that their respectful interaction advances the discovery of truth, mutual understanding, self-realization, and the common good. 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 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.

In helping encourage philanthropic efforts, students from the H-E-B School of Business & Administration Capstone II class will be representing the city’s nonprofits by handling social media efforts for the philanthropic marathon. CLICK HERE on Tuesday, May 6 to donate to the university via the BIG GIVE SA website. For more information, please contact Lynn Davis-Johnson at (210) 829-2750 or

San Antonio Museum of Art discounts for UIW employees
As the University of the Incarnate Word is a corporate sponsor of the San Antonio Museum of Art, all UIW employees with company ID and one guest will receive free general admission from May 1 to June 8 and a 15% discount on personal membership purchases (not valid with any other discounts or offers). Some upcoming events are:

  • First Sundays for Families on Sunday, May 4, noon-4 p.m.
  • Art Party, second Friday Happy Hour with live music and signature cocktails on May 9, 6-8 p.m.
  • Family Flicks, “Where the Wild Things Are,” on Saturday, May 10, 8-10 p.m.

For more information and events, please visit

Our Sympathy & Prayers Go To:

  • The family of Claudia Jean Lugo Messner (IWHS '57, BSN '61) on her recent death.
  • Michael Carter Reily & family on the recent loss of his father, William A. "Bill" Reily, Jr. (UIW Professor Emeritus).

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