The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: July 11, 2014

Photo of the Week

The Human Resources Team pose for a photo with Red while hosting the Employee Appreciation Pizza Party.


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.

Sunday, July 13 Mass change in service
Mission and Ministry informs the UIW community that Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel has moved to the Chapel of the Incarnate Word (the Sister’s Motherhouse Chapel) for Sunday, July 13 due to the Installation Mass of the new leadership team of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. All are welcomed to join the Sisters in prayer and celebration in this special Mass service. For more information, please contact Beth Villarreal at (210) 829-3128 or


Associate Professor of Nursing Dr. Jennifer Cook joins Rosenberg School of Optometry Library Director Basil Aivaliotis at his retirement farewell.

Employee Appreciation Pizza Party
Campaign Coordinator Lynn Davis-Johnson, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Steve Hemphill, Assistant Comptroller Elisa Gonzales and Red the Cardinal stand in the back row from left to right while Director of Alumni Relations Dr. Lisa McNary, Director of Development Rosie Garcia, Development Office Manager Sylvia Kutchenreuter and Administrative Assistant to the V.P. of Institutional Advancement Roslyn Grimes enjoy the Employee Appreciation Pizza Party.

Pictured left to right; Payroll Specialist Michelle Turney, Secretary Graces DeJesus, Payroll Manager Isabel Rivas and Payroll Specialist Marissa Cortez are all smiles at the Italian theme pizza party.


Department News

In June, UIW faculty and students assisted the San Antonio Archdiocese Catholic Charities Health Fair targeting the local refugee population. Pictured above left to right are Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Dr. Cynthia Ngyuen, Nursing Instructor and Clinical Coordinator Yvonne Davila, a Health Fair mascot, Senior Instructor Cynthia Richardson and Associate Professor Tina Lopez.

Extended Academic Programs

EAP Information Session
The UIW community is invited to attend a UIW Extended Academic Programs (EAP) Information Session on Thursday, July 17, 6 p.m. in the UIW International Conference Center. The session is a great opportunity for attendees to learn about the Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCaP) and UIW Online, both of which are tailored for the adult learner. Also highlighted will be opportunities for how students can earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree completely online or through one of the six ADCaP locations throughout the city. Advisors from the Offices of Admissions, Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs as well as faculty members will be available to answer any additional questions. To R.S.V.P. or for more information, please contact EAP at (210) 757-0202, or visit

EAP HR degree program ranked among best
EAP is proud to announce that their Human Resources degree program is recognized by as #6 in the nation for Best Online Bachelor’s in Human Resources Degree Programs. In addition EAP’s program is recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management for alignment with their standards.

Bereavement Notice
Dr. Gerald Sseruwagi, who earned his PhD in Organizational Leadership from UIW, passed on June 28 in Rwanda, where he was serving as Principal for the Africa College of Theology. A memorial service for Dr. Gerald Sseruwagi will be held on July 25, 2014 at 7 pm at Maranatha Bible Church located at 7855 Texas 1604 Loop, Converse, TX 78109. Maranatha is also establishing a memorial fund to assist his wife Robina and their four young children Bethany (10), Aaron (8), Jonathon (6), and Yosef (4). More details will be available at the memorial service.

Community News

Math, Science and Engineering Summer Camp
The School of Math, Science and Engineering is offering a summer camp for high school junior and senior students from Monday, July 14 to Friday, July 18 on Main Campus. Daily times are 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The camp provides an environment that fosters social and intellectual development centered on the study and enjoyment of mathematics, science and engineering. Cost of attendance for the week-long camp is $250. For more information, please contact Jenne Martinez at (210) 829-2718 or

UIW Summer Fencing Camps and Classes
The UIW Brainpower Center for Fencing and International Sports invites the community to join one of the interactive and fun camps offered over the summer. All camps with the exception of the UIW Modern Pentathlon Camp will take place on site at the UIW Brainpower Center for Fencing and International Sports located on the St. Anthony Catholic High School campus. A list of the camps and classes offered is listed below.

  • UIW Fencing Saber Camp
    • UIW Saber Camp for ages 10 – 15 will host two sessions July 14-17 and Aug. 11-14, 1-4 p.m. daily. Participants will be introduced to the sport of sabre, its footwork, bladework, rules and tactics. Sessions are taught by USFCA Instructor, former National Champion and World Ranked Fencer Gary M. van der Wege. Equipment will be available; cost of attendance for either session is $125.
  • UIW Beginner Foil Fencing Class
    • The foil fencing class for ages 12-18 runs Tuesday, July 15 to Thursday, Aug. 14, 6-9 p.m. daily. The six-week class will teach footwork, offensive and defensive blade work, tactics, terminology and rules of this old, yet ultra-modern sport. Classes will be divided into a first hour of instruction followed by a second hour of bouting. Equipment will be provided; cost of attendance is $75.
  • UIW Intermediate Foil Fencing Class
    • The foil fencing class runs Thursday, July 17 to Thursday, Aug. 14, 6-9 p.m. daily. This on-going session of instruction is for those with a previous background in the sport of fencing. Fencers will focus on more precision in their blade work, as well and a better sense of tactics. There will also be ample opportunities for bouting under the guidance of USFCA certified coach Gary van der Wege. Equipment will be provided; cost of attendance is $75.
  • UIW Modern Pentathlon Camp
    • The Modern Pentathlon Camps begins Monday, July 28 to Saturday, Aug. 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in both the UIW Natatorium and UIW Fencing Center. The camp focuses on training four of the five disciplines of the Pentathlon: running, shooting, fencing and swimming. Please note there is no live ammo used in the pistols as they are competition grade laser pistols; each participant will take a gun safety course at the beginning of the camp. Cost of attendance is $300.

As an appreciation to UIW Employees, all university staff will receive a 15% discount off attendance cost by using promo code UIWEMPFC. For more information on camps and classes, please visit, Facebook or contact Erin Galloway at (210) 832-5686 or

UIW Women’s Basketball Day Camp
UIW Women's Basketball will host a Day Camp from Monday, Aug. 4 to Wednesday, Aug. 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily in the McDermott Convocation Center. The camp invites girls, grades three through eight, to learn about the fundamentals of playing basketball while enjoying a little competition and having fun. Camp attendees will be allowed to compete in various drills as well as on assigned teams, separated to their according grade and skill level. Cost of attendance is $200; participants are asked to provide their own lunch. Last day to register online is Monday, July 21. For more information, please contact Christian Mueller at (210) 829-3998 or

Employee Health & Wellness

Tip of the Week
Don't sit during your entire lunch break. Instead, take half of the time to eat your lunch and the other half to squeeze in a mini workout. Go outside and take a short walk or walk up and down the stairs in your building.

Faculty Focus

(L-R) UIW student Caira Spenrath and Professor of Religious Studies Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, and Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Suleyman Tek (not pictured) welcome our “new neighbors” at World Refugee Day. Read more about this day celebrating San Antonio’s Refugee Communities in the Rivard Report. Be sure also not to miss Sr. Kirk’s story on Development Goals for the Global community.

High Schools

UIW Prep Hiring Adjunct Instructors for the 2014 – 2015 Academic Year
The UIW Preparatory High School is seeking adjunct instructors to facilitate online high school and dual credit courses for the 2014 – 2015 academic year. All UIW Prep instructors must have: a minimum of a bachelor's degree and a current state-issued educator certificate at the secondary level in the subject area to be taught; and/or a master's degree from an accredited college or university in the subject area to be taught. If you are a full-time UIW, IWHS or SACHS employee and are interested in this adjunct teaching opportunity, please contact Melissa A. Sayre (UIW Prep Coordinator of Faculty) at or (210) 805-3084 for more information.

Casino Night and Texas Hold’Em
The St. Anthony Alumni Association invites the UIW community to attend the 6th Annual Casino Night, Saturday, July 12, 6:30-10 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic High School. Proceeds from the event benefit the St. Anthony Alumni Scholarship Fund, which helps students fund their SACHS education through scholarships. Admission is $40 per person. For more information, please contact Alejandro Calderon at (210) 832-5698 or

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

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Visit the UIW Prep website at


6th Annual Christmas in July Mercado Arts & Craft Fair
The Village at Incarnate Word will celebrate its 6th Annual Christmas in July Mercado Arts & Craft Fair on Friday, July 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the CHRISTUS Heritage Hall at 4707 Broadway. Over 30 artisans will be present specializing in handmade, affordable gifts such as jewelry, crosses, photography, artwork, wickless candles, stocking stuffers, ceramics, textiles, collectibles and more. Complimentary refreshments, door prizes, entertainment and fellowship will be available. The event is open to the public and festive fiesta attire is encouraged. For more information, please contact Alma Cosme at (210) 829-7561 or

Volunteer Workdays at Headwaters Sanctuary
Headwaters at Incarnate Word is hosting volunteers work days at the Headwaters Sanctuary; adjacent to the UIW baseball field. Volunteers are eligible for off-campus community service hours. Work times are 7:30-10:30 a.m. on the following dates:

  • Saturday, July 19
  • Wednesday, July 23
  • Wednesday, Aug. 6
  • Saturday, Aug. 16

The Sanctuary contains the original source of the San Antonio River, the famous Blue Hole. Volunteers can help restore the Sanctuary by removing invasive plants, making trails, picking up trash, and planting native plants. Participants are reminded to dress for the woods with clothing such as long pants, long sleeves and closed-toe shoes. Volunteers will meet at the picnic tables north of the baseball fields. For more information, please contact Hellen Ballew at (210) 828-2224 or

Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • Cindy (UIW general counsel) and Paul Escamilla & family on the recent loss of his mother, Luz Medina Escamilla.
  • Tenchita & Al Flores, Jr. (former UIW Dev. Bd. & UIW friends) on the recent loss of his father; Sr. Teresa Flores, CCVI, Ph.D on the recent loss of her father; and Tenchita Flores Marr (IWHS ’84), Monica Flores Madere (IWHS ’86), Amber Flores Rickhoff (IWHS ’95) and Renee Flores Bradley (IWHS ’95) on the recent loss of their grandfather, Alfredo Lorenzo Flores, Sr. (UIW friend).
  • The family of Zenia Vivian Kitowski (BA ’46) on her recent death.
  • Robina Sseruwagi & family on the recent loss of her husband, Dr. Gerald Kappere Sseruwagi (Ph.D ’12).

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