The Word E-News Archive


UIW's Graduate Support Center (GSC) was selected from among 217 programs from 26 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia as the nation's top program for increasing achievement for Latino students in graduate school. UIW President Dr. Lou Agnese (right) and GSC Director, Dr. David Ortiz (left) were recognized at an event held Tuesday, Sept. 30 in Washington, D.C. Elected officials and higher education leaders from across America were also in attendance. The two are seen above sharing a photo with Texas State Rep., and UIW alum Justin Rodriguez (center) during the event. Congratulations to the GSC on this achievement.




Our Lady's Chapel Services

All are welcome.

  • Noon Mass, Monday - Friday
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.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.


A Blessing of the Animals and Prayer for Creation on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
St. Francis taught love for all, care of creation, and peacemaking. UIW is part of the Catholic Climate Change national movement "Care for creation. Care for the poor." The UIW community is invited to bring their pets, both live and stuffed, for a blessing of the animals and prayer for creation on Saturday, Oct. 4, 5:30 p.m. at the Grotto. The event is hosted by the "Arts for Christian Worship Class." To learn more visit and for more information, please contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at or (210) 829-3854.




UIW Theatre Dept. presents Gruesome Playground Injuries

The UIW Theatre Dept. presents "Gruesome Playground Injuries." The play chronicles Kayleen and Doug's thirty-year relationship from elementary school through adulthood. It's a relationship marked by personal injuries, sometimes horrific, as the action jumps back and forth in five-year increments. The production will begin Friday, Oct. 3 and run until Saturday, Oct. 11 with various show times in Cheever Theatre. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for non-UIW students, $6 for groups of 10 or more and FREE for UIW students, staff and faculty with use of campus ID. For more information, please contact Chrisie Young at (@10) 829-3800 or


Incarnate Word Sisters in Latin America

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Sr. Teresa Maya will discuss the work of the Incarnate Word Sisters in education and health care in Mexico as well as responding to the needs of the poorest of poor in South America. The discussion will be in Mabee Library Auditorium on Monday, Oct. 6, noon-1 p.m. The event is open to the public. For more information, please contact Gilbert Hinojosa at (210) 829-2757 or


Saudi National Day

The Saudi Student Club at UIW invites the UIW community to celebrate Saudi National Day on Monday, October 6, 2014 from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Dubuis Lawn. This event is an opportunity for the community to meet UIW's Saudi students and learn about Saudi Arabian culture through a variety of fun activities focusing on different aspects of the life in Saudi Arabia. Also following the Saudi National Day festivities there will be an Eid-Adha celebration in the Rosenberg Sky Room from 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm. Both events are free and open to the public, we encourage the UIW community to come and enjoy. For more information, please contact Melissa Villanueva at (210) 805-3051 or


The Story of Tejanos

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Founder and Chairman of the Hispanic Heritage Center of Texas Rudi R. Rodriguez will give a presentation that covers the exploration of the state in 1690s through the Texas Revolution on Tuesday, Oct. 7, noon-1 p.m. in Mabee Library Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Teresa Johnson at (210) 283-5003 or


Heritage Days

Mission and Ministry invite the UIW community to celebrate Heritage Days with a series of events on Tuesday, Oct. 7 and Wednesday, Oct. 8 across the UIW campuses. Dates and events are as follows:

Tuesday, Oct. 7

  • 8 a.m. - Opening Ritual at the Incarnate Word Sister's Cemetery
  • 10 a.m. - Tour of Chapel of the Incarnate Word, Brackenridge Villa, Grotto, and Blue Hole. Meet in front of Admin. Bldg.
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. - Art and Fun at the Student Center Lounge: Come join us at the student center and make a Minute Moment Book. Capture a few seconds of you and your friends having fun in an
    amazing flip book. Captured, printed, and bound right before your eyes.
  • noon - Noon Mass in Our Lady's Chapel remembering all who have been part of our community.
  • 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Heritage Day Cook Out on Dubuis Lawn by Sodexo. Hamburgers, chicken sandwich, sausage and more will be available; meal cards will be accepted.
  • 2 p.m. - Tour of the Chapel of the Incarnate Word, Brackenridge Villa, Grotto and Blue Hole. Meet in front of Admin. Bldg.
  • 4-7 p.m. - UIW National Night Out: Join the UIW community during this year's National Night Out on Dubuis Lawn. Enjoy an evening of games, activities, music and free food as well as receive valuable information on campus safety, healthy living, sexual assault prevention and drug and alcohol awareness. The event is free and open to all UIW students, faculty and staff. For more information, please contact the UIW Department of Campus Life at (210) 805-6034.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

  • noon - Noon Liturgy of the Eucharist in Our Lady's Chapel remembering Sr. Dorothy (Dot) Ettling
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Hispanic Heritage Month Taco Truck/ Pinata Bash/ Mariachi Las Coronelas invites the community to enjoy some street-style tacos, paletas, delicious candy from the Pinata and to enjoy a musical serenade by the lovely Mariachi group during lunch on Dubuis Lawn.
  • 2 p.m. - UIW's Heritage Day Ceremony will be held in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. Employee's celebrating milestone years of service with UIW will be recognized. A reception will follow in Heritage Hall at the Village of Incarnate Word. For more information, please contact Heather Hamilton at (210) 832-2104 or
  • 7-9 p.m. - Loteria! (Mexican Bingo) Join the fun and play Loteria in the student center lounge; plenty of fun and prizes.

For more information about Heritage Days, please contact Brenda Dimas at (210) 829-3128 or


Fundación de Arq. Saul Vara Rivera en Zaragoza, Mexico Presentation

The work and history of the Fundación will be presented by members of the group who are from Zaragoza, Mexico on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 10-11:30 a.m. in Mabee Library Auditorium. Students, faculty, staff and community attendees will learn about the various projects that help the poor as well as learn about ways they can help the foundation. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. John Velasquez at (210) 829-3960 or


Department News

piggy round up

Development Associate Ana Bribiesca shares a photo with students during a Piggy Round-Up on Westgate Circle.


New Website

With the help of more than 100 content editors from across the UIW community, the newly redesigned website was recently launched. The new site represents the culmination of more than a year of work; content is now managed using the OU Campus content management system. Web Development continually strives to make the site better; should you have any suggestions for improvement, please contact Web Development at


Email Inbox 60 Day Purge Policy

Email is allowed to remain in the system inbox for up to 60 days on the centrally managed email server (defined as Messages left in the Outlook inbox or system inbox for more than 60 days are purged during a nightly process. The email systems' inbox should not be used for archival storage. The system inbox purge process is necessary to insure there is adequate space to process and deliver all of the system's incoming and outgoing email. This 60-day policy applies to all faculty and staff email accounts. To avoid losing any mail, you can create an Outlook data file to archive your email.

Creating and Outlook Data File tutorial -

Responsible Use of Computing Resources policy -

If you have any questions, or need assistance with this, please contact our help desk at 210-829-2721, or 1-866-614-5043.


Fall Break air conditioning interruption of service

During Fall Break, Thursday, Oct. 16 and Friday, Oct. 17, the first and second floors of the Administration Building will have no air conditioning due to a new chiller being installed. Please contact Facilities if you have any questions at (210) 829-6023.


Working Effectively with First Generation Students
A significant portion of UIW undergraduates are the first in their families to attend college, bringing their particular strengths and weaknesses to the classroom. Participants to this workshop on Friday, Oct. 3, noon-1 p.m. in Admin Building Room 212 will learn characteristics common to many first generation students as well as classroom strategies for uncovering "the hidden curriculum" of higher education. Attendees can register for the workshop at For more information, please contact Kathy Allwein at (210) 283-6359 or


Writing Clinics
Two writing clinics will be held on October 4 and October 18, 9:30-11:30 a.m. in Nursing Building 214. Writing Clinics are informal sessions during which graduate students are welcome to bring class assignments and are able to get one-on-one assistance from the coaches on site or in small peer group reviews. For more information, please contact Carlos de Leon at (210) 832-5682 or


Adobe Acrobat Pro Training Sessions

The Department of Instructional Technology invites faculty and administrative staff to learn how to use Adobe Acrobat Pro. This training is essential for faculty and administrative staff wishing to create interactive online forms. Michael Clayton will teach the courses with assistance from Instructional Technology staff.

Adobe Acrobat Pro software will be taught in three separate sessions, each including a different topic. Sessions and topics will be on the following dates in Admin. Building room 417.

Friday, Oct. 24, noon-1 p.m. (Form Planning)

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 10:30-11:45 a.m. (Form Editing)]

Friday, Nov. 7, noon-1 p.m. (Form Distribution)

Participants are required to have a strong knowledge of Microsoft Word and have Adobe Creative Cloud installed on their UIW office computer. Participants are expected to attend all three sessions. Lunch will be provided and seating is limited to 15 participants so attendees are asked to RSVP by emailing


"Sexual Assault in the Military"
As part of the "Films and Conversations About Sexual and Domestic Violence" series presented by the Mabee Library, the award-winning documentary "The Invisible War" will be screened followed by an interactive discussion with Dr. Rosemary Hernandez and Dr. Jane Madison of the San Antonio Vet Center on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 6 p.m. in Mabee Library Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Taylor P. Fox at (210) 283-6316 or



Career Services and Professional Development will host "Resumania" on Wednesday, Oct. 8, noon-3 p.m. in Marian Hall Lobby. Students and alumni are invited to bring their current resume for a one-on-one review by a career counselor. Resumes will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis. For more information, please contact Darlene Moczygemba at (210) 829-3931 or


Redbird Research On Call

Redbird Research On Call will be available on the listed dates with the listed subject librarians for those interested on learning more about how to conduct research and finding library resources.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 8, Library Lobby, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 8, Bonilla Science Hall, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Farhad Moshiri at (@10) 829-3842 or


Giving Students Effective Feedback on Writing Assignments
Feedback on students' writing is crucial to improvement; the Center for Teaching and Learning will host a workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 4:45-5:45 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 10, noon- 1 p.m. in Admin Bldg. Room 212 describing ways instructors can better provide feedback to their students, how to better deliver their feedback and more. Stipends are available for fulltime faculty attending and light refreshment will be provided. Please register at For more information, please contact Kathy Allwein at (210) 283-6359 or


Math Tutoring Center Open House

The School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering will host an open house to introduce faculty and students to the new math tutoring center in Bonilla Science Hall room 336 on Thursday, Oct. 9, 3-5 p.m. The event is open to the public. For more information, please contact Flor Garcia-Wukovits at (210) 283-5032 or



Librarian Anthony Micchelli will present instruction on how to use the RefWorks citation management tool on Thursday, Oct. 9, 1-2 p.m. in Mabee Library Room 230. For more information, please contact Farhad Moshiri at (210) 829-3842 or


Discover Primo

Mabee Library will present instruction on how to use the library's new online catalog and how to locate library resources on Thursday, Oct. 9, noon-1 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. in Mabee Library Room 230. For more information, please contact Farhad Moshiri at (210) 829-3842 or


iPad User's Group Sessions

Instructional Technology will offer iPad user's group sessions on Friday, Oct. 10, noon-1 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


Extended Academic Programs


EAP Center Director Fernando Rodriguez Ramos is seen to the right of two students at the 10th Central Texas College Transfer in late September.


EAP attends 10th Central Texas College Transfer

Vice President Dr. Cyndi Wilson Porter, Dean Vincent Porter and Center Director Fernando Rodriguez Ramos were in attendance at the 10th Central Texas College Transfer Day in Killeen, Texas; an event that was open to only 500 students. EAP had a special invitation as part of an articulation agreement with CTC.


ADCaP and UIW Online Graduate Information Session
Join Extended Academic Programs on Thursday, Oct. 9, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Debbie and Naty Saidoff Center (9160 Guilbeau Road, 78250) 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 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


October is Fire Prevention Month.

Below are some key points in the event of a fire:

R.A.C.E. stands for

React to the situation-find the nearest telephone and call 911. Stay calm and answer all the dispatcher's questions.

Activate the nearest fire alarm pull station.

Close doors behind you as you leave the area.

Exit the building using the nearest, safe exit. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS.

Please inform your immediate supervisor if you know of anyone needing assistance. Assemble to designated evacuation points in the event of a fire. Try and take a head count to make sure everyone is accounted for as well as wait for the "all clear" to be given from UIW Campus Police, Environmental Health Safety and Risk Management (EHSRM) or emergency response personnel. To view the emergency evacuation map, please visit, then go to the Emergency Evacuation Map section and click the link which will direct users to Blackboard. Once logged into blackboard, users will have access to view the map.


Emergency Evacuation Coordinators Wanted; if you are interested in becoming a volunteer for your building, please contact EHSRM at (210) 805-3068 or (210) 829-6035.


Special thanks from the Wyatt Family

My family and I would like to thank everyone for their support, prayers, assistance and kind words during my daughter's battle with cancer. Lyndsey just completed her final treatment and is now officially a Survivor! Many friends were there for us with food, gifts, words of encouragement, etc., and I am very grateful to be part of a community that is so supportive. Lyndsey is looking forward to joining her sister at IWHS and I will be back at my desk soon.

Thank you,

Karen Wyatt and Family,
Director of Veterans Affairs


Seen above is Lindsey Wyatt, daughter of Director of Veterans Affairs Karen Wyatt.


Limited influenza vaccines available at Health Services

A limited supply of influenza vaccine is available at Health Services. Cost is $25. Please call ext. 6017 to make an appointment for your immunization. With your employee health insurance, the immunization is available at HEB, Walmart, Walgreen's or CVS at no additional charge to you. Check with local pharmacies for availability.


(Pictured L-R) UIW VP of Institutional Advancement Sr. Kathleen Coughlin, WGC Associate Director Dr. Alison Buck and CCVI Congregational Coordinator Sr. Tere Maya at the 2014 Women's Global Connection Gala held Thursday, Oct 2 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg SkyRoom.


(Pictured L-R) WGC Board Member, Dr. Sarah Williams Dr. Eula Pines and Dr. Jennifer Cook of the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing enjoy the 2014 Women's Global Connection Gala.


2014 LTW Display Board Contest

All approved student organizations are invited to participate in the 2014 Light the Way Display Board Contest. This year's contest will take place on Saturday, October 11, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Dubuis Lawn. Boards must reflect the organization's interpretation of Light the Way; there will be cash prizes for the top three winners!

Deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 3, 5 p.m. Forms must be turned into the Office of Public Relations: CPO 316 or McCracken House, 102 Mt Erin Pass, 78212 (next to IWHS and Feik School of Pharmacy) or online registration is available at To see images from previous Display Board Contests visit

For more information, please contact PR special events coordinator Kayla Rice at (210) 829-6001 or



Calling all volunteers! Phonathon is looking for student, staff and faculty volunteers. Callers will have the opportunity to network with alumni and earn community service hours. ATandT has loaned UIW 50 cell phones to call 26,000 members of the university's alumni community for financial support beginning Saturday, Oct. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 12. Phonathon will be in Joyce Building Room 126 during the following times and dates.

  • Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Sundays, 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Monday-Friday, 6-8:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Patrick Greener at (210) 805-5832 or




Tip of the week

Over the last few decades, Americans have been eating out more and cooking at home less often. When you cook at home, you can often make better choices about what and how much you eat and drink than you do when eating out. Cooking can also be a fun activity and a way for you to spend time with family and friends. Get started cooking more often at home; learn more here.


Wellness Center Orientation

The UIW Wellness Center will host an orientation session on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 6:45 a.m. where it will introduce faculty and staff to the basics of the facility including weight machines, free weights, treadmills, elliptical trainers and other cardio equipment. Use of the center is free to UIW, IWHS and SACHS faculty and staff with valid UIW, IWHS or SACHS ID. To RSVP or for more information, please e-mail or follow the Wellness Committee on Facebook.


Faculty Focus


TRiO Student Support Services Program Leader Yesenia Coloca (far left) and Program Counselor Alejandra De Hoyos (far right) took on a special tour of the McNay Art Museum with a group of students as part of the community initiative, "Know Your Neighborhood," which aims to expose students to the arts and culture of San Antonio.


High Schools


Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at


IWHS faculty ( L-R) Dr. Lynn Piez, Audra Cardona and Diane Brown enjoy the 2014 Women's Global Connection Gala held Thursday, Oct 2 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg SkyRoom.


Visit the UIW Prep website at 




Elaine Turner UIW Private Party

The UIW community is invited to attend a UIW Private Party hosted by Elaine Turner Alamo Heights Boutique on Thursday, Oct. 9, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at their store located at 5922 Broadway Street (78209). Everyone is invited to support UIW in style and enjoy a private shopping experience of Elaine's Fall 2014 Collection. Twenty percent of all proceeds during the event will benefit UIW scholarships. One lucky guest will win a Fall 2014 Elaine Turner leather wrap bracelet and exclusive private party certificate. Guests are asked to RSVP; to confirm attendance or for more information, please contact (210) 829-0052 or


Health Fair/Flu Clinic

The Student National Pharmaceutical Association at the Feik School of Pharmacy will participate in the Carvajal Pharmacy Health Fair/Flu Clinic, Saturday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will be held in the pharmacy parking lot at 3410 Roosevelt Ave. (78214). The event will provide free health screenings for blood pressure and glucose as well as brown bag counseling services. The fair will also provide flu shots as follows: trivalent vaccine $20, quadrivalent vaccine $30. Direct billing will be available for patients with insurance. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Favianni Cortes at (210) 279-1738 or


Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • Albert (BA '95) and Letty (BSN'97, MSN '06, IFM School of Nursing and Health Professions Faculty) Canchola on the recent loss of his father and her father-in-law; Teresa Canchola Washko (BS '81) on the recent loss of her father, Oscar Saenz Canchola.
  • Peter S. Clark and family on the recent loss of his wife, Dallas Wenner Clark, RN (Santa Rosa School of Nursing, '48).
  • Melanie DeMore (BA '76) and family on the recent loss of her father, Frank William DeMore (UIW Extended Run Players).
  • Lily Lee Chinn (BA '54) and family on the recent loss of her brother, Harry Park Lee.
  • Laura (ADCaP Education Coordinator and Advisor) Resendez and family on the recent loss of her sister, Alicia Morales.
  • The family of Barbara Splawn Parker (ALND '46) on her 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