The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter

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President Dr. Lou Agnese presented the opening remarks at UIW's 9/11 Day of Remembrance service held in Our Lady's Chapel. Special guest Fr. Eddie Bernal, pastor, St. Benedict Catholic Church, shared words of comfort and hope for our country. The Interfaith prayer service featured Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Catholic prayers for our nation, for the families of those who died and for our first responders who heroically responded during the tragic events thirteen years ago.


Our Lady’s Chapel Services
All are welcome.

  • Noon Mass, Monday – Friday with the exception of Monday, Sept. 15 and Friday, Sept. 19.
  • 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.

Meet the Mission 2014
Faculty and staff are invited to participate in the ninth annual Meet the Mission day of service on Friday, Sept. 19, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 pm.Meet-up for the day of service will be in the Marian Hall Ballroom; during the event, faculty and staff will lead groups of UIW students out into the city to volunteer with local organizations that serve the greater SA community. For more information, or to sign up, please contact Dr. Edelman at (210) 832-2184 or

Bereavement Notice
Services for John Casanova husband of Itza Casanova, administrative assistant to the provost, will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 in Our Lady's Chapel. The family will receive friends from 8:30 - 9:15 a.m. Mass will follow at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery with Military Honors. Our thoughts and prayers are with Itza and her family.



UIW friends and family come together for a special tree and plaque dedication ceremony in honor of the late Officer Dunkley coinciding with his birthday on Monday, Sept. 8.

Golden Age of Radio
Those who remember the vacuum tube radio days will enjoy playing the audience as The Extended Run Players, in cooperation with the Theatre Arts Department, reproduce three shows: Fibber McGee and Molly (originally broadcast in 1944), Suspense (1947), Burns and Allen(1949). Performances will be on Saturday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 14, 2 p.m. in Mabee Library Auditorium. Admission to the event is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for Non-UIW students, $6 for groups and FREE for UIW students, faculty and staff. For more information, please contact Chrissie Young at (210) 829-3800 or

Hispanic Heritage Month Opening Proclamation and Bilingual Mass
The UIW community is invited to attend the opening proclamation for the Hispanic Heritage Month events and bilingual mass on Tuesday, Sept. 16, noon-1 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. The event is open to the public. For more information, please contact Jessica Ibarra (210) 283-6334 or

Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-off Event: Salsa (Hot Sauce) Competition
The Hispanic Heritage Month Committee invites the UIW community to kick-off the 2014 Hispanic Heritage Month with a Salsa (Hot Sauce) competition on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 4 p.m. on Dubuis Lawn where UIW organizations and groups will compete for prizes. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Attendees will have an opportunity to enjoy salsa music, salsa dancing and games. For more information, please contact Paul Ayala at (210) 829-6034 or

Saudi Women’s Day
UIW’s Saudi Student Club is hosting a special get-together event honoring all women at UIW. The event will focus on promoting women from all backgrounds on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Marian Hall Ballroom. The event is open to the public and admission is free. For more information, please contact Melissa Villanueva at (210) 805-3051 or

Constitution Day and Hispanic Heritage Month Speaker
UIW celebrates Constitution Day 2014 with a special Hispanic Heritage Month speaker on Wednesday Sept. 17, 6-7:30 p.m. in Mabee Library Auditorium. Vice President of Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP) Lydia Camarillo will speak on the “Voting Rights Protections in the 14th Amendment and the Voting Rights Act.” Everyone is welcome to attend and learn about the U.S. Constitution. Persons with disabilities needing special assistance to attend should contact the ADA coordinator at least five university business days prior to the event at or 210-829-6035. For more information, please contact Gary Keith at (210) 832-2183 or

Pre-Pharmacy Association Bone Marrow Drive
There are currently 11 million people on the registry, but an average of 60% of people who get called when they're identified as a match decline to donate bone marrow. Minority groups are in dire need of more registered donors.

The UIW Pre-Pharmacy Association (PPA) will host a second Bone Marrow Drive for registry of new donors on Wednesday, Sept. 17 and Thursday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. both days on Westgate Circle.

The process takes about 10 minutes. Please help PPA exceed the number achieved at last year’s bone marrow drive of 404 registered. For more information, please visit or contact Candace Graham at (210) 269-5238 or

Department News

Director of Development Rosie Garcia (third from left), Development Officer Ana Bribiesca (far right) and students share their love for UIW during Piggy Round Up.

iPad User’s Group Sessions
Instructional Technology will offer an iPad user's group session on Friday, Sept. 12, 1-2 p.m. in Gorman Building Room 212. The event is open to the public and lunch will be provided. For more information, please contact Terry Peak at (210) 829-3920 or

Women and Gender Studies
UIW Theatre Major and Kemper Scholar Victoria Perez will present "Gender in the Workplace: Issues, Strategies, and Pitfalls” on Tuesday, Sept. 16, noon-1:15 p.m. in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. Attendees are invited to bring their lunch; cookies will be provided. For more information, please contact Emily Clark at (210) 283-5061 or

Creating Effective Group Writing Assignments
Designing effective group writing assignments may be demanding but rewarding when executed successfully; the Center for Teaching & Learning will host two sessions describing ways to encourage meaningful interactions within groups and holding students accountable for their own contributions. The sessions will be on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 4:45-5:45 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 19, noon-1 p.m. in Administration Building Room 212. Stipends will be available for fulltime faculty as well as complimentary light refreshments. To attend, please register at For more information, please contact Kathy Allwein at (210) 283-5030 or

Tribute to Dr. Gerald Sseruwagi
Dr. Gerald Sseruwagi was a PhD graduate of the Dreeben School of Education in December 2012, who was an active member of the UIW community and who after graduation, went to Africa to continue the mission of UIW. Unfortunately, Gerald passed away over the summer. The PhD program and the Dreeben School of Education invite students, faculty and community members to a special tribute to his life on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 7:45-9:15 p.m. in the Special Collections Room. For more information, please contact Dr. Noah Kasraie at (210) 829-3133 or

Spaghetti Feed
Organized by the UIW American Pharmacist Association - Student organization, the UIW community is invited to attend Spaghetti Feed on Friday, Sept. 19, 6-9 p.m. in the ICC conference room. Admission to the dinner is $10 and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the event will benefit the student organization’s costs associated with activities including student conferences, free health fairs, local counseling competitions and patient care projects for the community. For more information, please contact Priya Sureja at (832) 331-5623 or

Extended Academic Programs

EAP attends 10th Annual CTC Transfer Event
Next week, Dean Vince Porter and Dr. Cyndi Porter will be joining Ft. Hood/Killeen Director of Operations Fernando Rodriguez Ramos at the 10th Annual CTC Transfer Event at Ft. Hood. Five hundred students will be looking for representatives from a Bachelor’s granting institution to evaluate their credit to move from CTC to the new school. This is an invitation-only event restricted to programs that hold a valid transfer articulation agreement with CTC.

ADCaP and UIW Online Fall Information Session
Join Extended Academic Programs on Thursday, Sept. 18, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Schertz Civic Center (1400 Schertz Parkway, Building #5, Schertz, Texas 78154) for an information session on the Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCaP) and UIW Online programs. The info session will highlight opportunities for adult students to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree completely online or at one of the six San Antonio locations. During the session, admission counselors will be available to evaluate transcripts, discuss financial aid options or offer application assistance. For more information to R. S.V.P. please contact (210) 757-0202 or or visit

Community News

UIW Highlights

Added Exposure for UIW This Weekend from Fargo, ND
The University of the Incarnate Word will be receiving national exposure this weekend when the football team travels to North Dakota State in Fargo, ND on Saturday. ESPN’s College GameDay will be hosting their show from Fargo on Saturday. The show will air live on ESPN from 8 to 11 a.m. CT on Saturday.

The Cardinals (0-2) will be taking on the three-time defending national FCS champion Bison (2-0) at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. UIW’s very own Kate and Robert Crosby, and Donna Normandin, former Alumni Board President will be travelling with the team.

The game will be televised live on ESPN3 with Trey Bender and Jay Taylor on the call. For UIW fans wishing to watch College GameDay online, please go to and to watch the game online, go to For those on Twitter, please use the hashtag #UIWvsNDSU.

Parking Violations
Citations are being enforced on all parking space violations in both parking lots (Brackenridge Villa & Generalate/Chapel area). All violators will be booted by APEX parking enforcement.

Booted cars will have a notice on their window, asking to call a phone number. The offender can pay (on the spot) a $50 fine to have the boot removed.

Call for presentations during the October Season of Justice and Peace
Individuals and groups are invited to propose presentations for the October Season of Justice and Peace which is being organized now.See for past events and history.Topics are to be related to themes of Catholic Social Teaching For more information, please contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at or Dr. Roger Barnes at

Call for Applicants – UIW IRB Seeks Non-Affiliated Board Member
The UIW Human Subjects Institutional Review Board is currently seeking applicants for the non-affiliated member position on our board. This position is often referred to as the “community member” and serves the IRB as an outside perspective – keeping the public interest and subjects’ welfare at heart. More information can be found in the position description. If you know someone who may be interested in serving the UIW community in this capacity, please encourage them to view the posting and contact Rebecca Ohnemus at (210) 805-3036 or with any questions.

Light the Way 2014 Workdays
Light the Way 2014 is around the corner and UIW is hosting two workday sessions on Saturday, Sept. 13, 9 a.m.-noon and Wednesday, Sept. 24, 5:30-8:30 p.m. in Marian Hall Ballroom  in preparation of the dazzling event. UIW students are eligible to receive on-campus community service hours by updating and replacing Christmas light bulbs. Friends and family over the age of 10 are encouraged to attend; we also encourage faculty, staff and administrators to join in the fun. Free food and refreshments will be provided for volunteers!

To volunteer, visit and click on the sign-up link on the right to select which date works best. Volunteers can attend one or both work days. For more information, please contact Kayla Rice at (210) 829-6001 or

Red Flag Speaker Series: Alcohol & Drugs: How do they affect consent & assault?
The UIW Red Flag Campaign will host as part of their speaker series, a session promoting awareness and prevention of dating violence and sexual assault. The event is open to the public on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 6-7 p.m. in Marian Hall. As the new academic year begins, it is important to be aware of how alcohol and drugs affect consent and assault. Information includes updates on the Violence Against Women Act and Title IX, bystander intervention, prevention and risk reduction as well as available resources. For more information, please contact Monica Solis-Hoefl at (210) 832-2189 or

Identity Theft Seminar
Mabee Library will host a seminar on identity theft presented by Dawn Field on Thursday, Sept. 18, 6-7:30 p.m. in the Mabee Library Auditorium. For more information, please contact Farhad Moshiri at (210) 829-3842 or

Information Resources Division – Scheduled Outages this weekend

  • Network upgrade interruption of service
    • Infrastructure Support will perform a network upgrade on Saturday, Sept. 13, between the hours of midnightand noon. Service will be restored by Saturday, Sept. 13, noon. The upgrade is intended to eliminate any security vulnerabilities which may exist on network hardware. As a result of the upgrade, access to network resources, internet, phone and Microsoft Exchange email services will be unavailable. The areas affected as a result of this upgrade will be:
      • Gorman Building
      • Administration building 2nd and 3rd floor south end (this is the side nearest to the Fine Arts)
      • Bonilla Science Hall
      • Incarnate Word High School
  • Enterprise Applications Regulatory September Upgrades
    • The Enterprise Applications department will be conducting regulatory Banner upgrades and an Argos upgrade on Saturday, September 13 from 6:00PM-11:00PM. During the Banner/Argos upgrade the following systems will not be available:
      • Banner INB
      • Banner SSB
      • Blackboard Transact
      • myWord portal banner links
      • Argos reporting
      • Intellecheck for Payroll and Accounts Payable
      • BDM document imaging

Please contact the UIW Help desk at 829-2721 or with any questions or concerns.

Fencing and Modern Pentathlon Classes
The UIW Brainpower Center for Fencing and International Sports offers fencing classes for all ages as well as a Modern Pentathlon Training Program from Monday, Sept. 8 to Wednesday, Dec. 10. Cost of attendance is $150 per person per month. To learn more about classes and times, visit Also stay up to date with the center’s happenings and receive promotions by following their Facebook page at For more information, please contact Erin Galloway at (210) 832-5686 or

Employee Health & Wellness

Tip of the week
When watching television, get up and move during commercials to get some physical activity and avoid the marketing.

Employee Wellness on Facebook
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.” Check us out on Facebook and like our page at

Faculty Focus

Texas Health & Sciences University President Lisa Lin presented the HEBSBA with a check for $1,000 on Friday, Sept. 5 for hosting the Center for Medical Tourism Research (CMTR) 2014 Patient Consumerism Seminar in the HEBSBA Finance Lab. Seen right is Dean of the HEBSBA Dr. Forrest Aven receiving the check.

High Schools

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Free admission to San Antonio Museum of Art and McNay Art Museum for UIW employees and students
As the University of the Incarnate Word is a corporate sponsor of the San Antonio Museum of Art and the McNay Art Museum, all UIW employees and students have free access to the museums with use of their campus ID. Matisse: Life in Color will be at SAMA until Sunday and the McNay welcomes an Impressionist’s exhibit on Tuesday, Sept. 3. The UIW community is encouraged to take advantage of this membership.

12th Annual Alamo City Cancer Council Breast Cancer Update Conference
The UIW community is invited to attend the 12th Annual Alamo City Cancer Council Breast Cancer Update Conference on Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Oblate School of Theology’s Whitley Center (285 Oblate Drive), 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  Topics will include immunotherapy and breast cancer, surgical approaches in breast reconstruction, survivorship and breast cancer as well as diet, exercise and other measures among many more. Admission is free. For more information, please visit

Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • Itza Casanova (UIW Administrative Assistant to the Provost) on the recent loss of her husband, and Nancy Casanova (IWHS ’98, BFA ’07) on the recent loss of her father, John Gilbert Casanova.
  • The family of David William Shanks (BBA ’88) on his recent death.

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