The Word E-News Archive

Dr. Lou Agnese's Speech

On Tuesday, Oct. 14, UIW President Dr. Lou Agnese presented his 2014 State of the University Address to the university community. 




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.




La Celebracion

The UIW community came together during Hispanic Heritage Month’s closing event, “La Celebracion,” on Wednesday, Oct. 15, where guests enjoyed live music performances, fun games, free food and more!


Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser

The Chi Phi Fraternity will have a table set up at Westgate Circle on Monday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. to collect donations for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Chi Phi will sell pink Chi Phi bracelets for $1 as well as Tear Pad Slips to sign for someone who is or has fought breast cancer. All proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation; everyone is invited to wear pink and stop by to show their support! For more information, please contact Benjamin Quintanilla at (210) 997-8737 or or Duncan Hayse at (210) 829-2758 or


Diwali Festival of Lights

The UIW community is invited to attend the Indian festival that celebrates victory of good over evil and welcomes peace and prosperity into our hearts and minds and into the community on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6-8 p.m. in the ICC conference hall. Sponsored by the International Student Office, Campus Life, Asian Culture Club and History Club, with special arrangements by Dr. Lopita Nath and Dr. Sushma Ramsinghani; pooja, dinner and Indian cultural performances will delight guests in attendance. The event is open to the public and admission is $5. For more information, please contact Dr. Lopita Nath at


Asian Tea and Coffee Culture II

Join the Institute of Word Cultures in exploring the history and culture of tea and coffee in Asia on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 3-4:30 p.m. in Marian Hall Ballroom. The event will introduce guests to the savory side of cultures form Taiwan, India, Japan, Korea, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Wei-Cheng Tung at (210) 294-2419 or


Arts & Music Festival

The community is invited to celebrate UIW’s arts at the Arts & Music Festival on Thursday, Oct. 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Marian Hall Student Center and at Westgate Circle. Live performances, dance and improvisational theater will be outdoors with a poetry slam and additional musical performances inside the Marian Hall Student Center where visual and wearable art will be available for purchase. Admission is free and the event is open to the public; proceeds from sales at the art gallery and coffeehouse will go to the UIW Fine Arts Building Fund. For more information, please contact Jean Loden at (210) 832-3211 or


UIW Football Radio Show

Enjoy complimentary food and beverages while listening to the UIW Football Coaches Show LIVE on CBS Sports Radio 860AM from the steps of the Convocation Center on Thursday, Oct. 23, 7-8 p.m.. The radio show happens right before the Beacon of Light Ceremony and the Blackout Pep Rally. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. For more information, please contact UIW Athletics at (210) 283-6448 or


Blackout Spirit & Pep Rally

Calling all alumni! Join the biggest UIW Spirit Rally of the year! Kickoff Homecoming Week with speeches, performances and the official lighting of the alumni beacon, welcoming all alumni back to campus for Homecoming Weekend on Thursday, Oct. 23, 8-9:30 p.m. Following the ceremony, the doors to the Convocation Center will open for the Blackout Pep Rally.

Come meet your 2014-2015 Men and Women's basketball teams on Thursday, Oct. 23, 8-9:30 p.m. in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center. Bring your glow in the dark items and lots of spirit for a one-of-a-kind blackout pep rally! Performances will include the UIW Marching Band, spirit and dance teams as well as special guests. Watch a sneak peak here!

The event is open and free to the public. For more information, please contact UIW Athletics at (210) 283-6448 or or Steve Hemphill at (210) 805-3595 or


Blanketed by Blame, Empowered by Compassion: Maya’s Story

Sponsored by Asian Studies and Women and Gender Studies, the UIW community is invited to attend a drama on the dynamics and structure of domestic violence and how these cycles can be changed on Thursday, Oct. 23, 4:30 p.m. in the Special Collections Room to learn how they can support and make a difference in the empowerment of victims Information on domestic violence will be shared by Awaaz, a grassroots non-profit organization for South Asians affected by domestic violence which works to create communities of peaceful and healthy relationships. For more information, please contact Dr. Lopita Nath at (210) 832-2187 or

Dr. Robin Madson, Mary Teal, Dr, Corinne Bell, and Dr. Kathi Light

Founding Dean of the Osteopathic School of Medicine Dr. Robin Madson, Administrative Assistant to the Dean Mary Teal, Associate Dean Dr. Corinne Bell and Provost Dr. Kathi Light gather during the State of the University address.

Michelle McWilliams and Abreetta Goode

Career Services Advisor Michelle McWilliams and Career Services Coordinator Abreetta Goode share a photo after Dr. Agnese’s State of the University address.

Elin Suleymanov and Dr. Kathi Light

The Honorable Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the U.S. Embassy Elin Suleymanov shares a photo with Provost Dr. Kathi Light during his visit to UIW.


Department News


Fire Alarm System Inspection

 Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management (EHSRM) began conducting an inspection of the fire alarm system, today, Oct. 17 at 7 a.m.  Please be advised there will be an activation of the fire alarm.  An announcement will be made by EHSRM prior to activation and when testing has concluded.  Since this is an inspection, no one will have to evacuate the building unless they see fire or smoke.  If fire or smoke is noticed, please call Campus Police at (210) 829-6030 or 911.  Please note, EHSRM and contractors will be entering office areas and rooms between 7 a.m. to possibly 5 p.m.  If you have any questions, please contact Sam McDaniel at (210) 829-6035 or Ozzie Crespo at (210) 805-3068.


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.


Information Resources Routine Maintenance

Information Resources Division will be conducting monthly maintenance beginning Friday, Oct. 17, 11:59 p.m through Sunday, Oct. 19, noon.

The following systems will be upgraded:

  • Banner Database Extension Utility (DBEU)
  • Finance Grants Rebuild
  • Network Switch maintenance

During the upgrade the following systems will not be available:

  • Banner INB/SSB, BDM, Intellecheck, Argos, Blackboard Transact, myWORD
  • Network availability in specified buildings 
    • Residence Life
    • Hillside Residence Hall
    • Joeris Residence Hall
    • Pharmacy 
    • ICC Parking Area
    • Clement Hall
    • Avoca A, B, C, D, E
    • Our Lady’s Chapel 

Please contact Joanna Arredondo (Enterprise Applications) at 210-283-6489 or with any questions or concerns.


HR presents Cardinal Talent!

HR is excited to announce the new online application system, Cardinal Talent!  Cardinal Talent goes live on Wednesday, Oct. 22. In order to transition to Cardinal Talent, the old PeopleAdmin system will shut down; therefore, Tuesday, Oct. 14 is the last day to post a position on the old PeopleAdmin system; all positions will be closed on Tuesday, Oct. 21. Access to PeopleAdmin will still be available to view applicants that have applied to current vacant positions. Below are training dates and working sessions for the new system.    

Training Dates

  • Friday, Oct. 17, Admin Building room 417, 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 20, webinar, 9-10:30 a.m.

Working Session Dates

  • Tuesday, Oct. 21, Joyce Building room 236, 3-4:45 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 23, Admin Building room 417, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 24, Joyce Building room 236, 9:30-11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 29, Mabee Library room 221, 2-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 6, Mabee Library room 236, 2-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 13, Mabee Library room 221, noon-2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 19, Mabee Library room 221, 2-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 26, Mabee Library room 221, 2-4 p.m.

HR will conduct in-person and webinar training sessions for all user groups on how to use the system. If attending the webinar training, please RSVP so login information can be prepared. If unable to attend the training sessions or having trouble with Cardinal Talent, please stop by at any time during one of the working sessions and HR will help with posting a position or creating a job description. For more information, please contact Shannon Root at (210) 832-2161 or


Sage Research Methods

Polly McCord will present regarding Sage research methods on Saturday, Oct. 18, noon-1 p.m. in Mabee Library Room 230. For more information, please contact Farhad Moshiri at (210) 829-3842 or


Writing Clinic
A writing clinic will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, 9:30-11:30 a.m. in Nursing Building rm. 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


Senior Voice Recital: Luis Guerra

Luis Guerra will perform his senior recital on Saturday, Oct. 18, 7-8:30 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. For more information, please contact the UIW Music Dept. at (210) 829-3855 or


Upcoming Dissertation Defenses 

The UIW community is invited to the following dissertation defenses.

Michelle Cox

  • Michelle Cox will host a public defense of her doctoral dissertation on Monday, Oct. 20, 3-5 p.m. in the Angelique Garden Room at The Village at Incarnate Word. The title of her dissertation is "Diversity Programs: Learning and Effectiveness as Viewed Through the Eyes of the Diverse." The chair of her dissertation committee is Dr. Jessica Kimmel.

Heather Staples

  • Heather Staples will host a public defense of her doctoral dissertation, "The Generational Divide: Generational Differences in Psychological Capital," on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Nursing Building room 142. Heather's dissertation committee chair is Dr. Osman Özturgut.

For more information, please contact Duncan Hayse at (210) 829-2758 or


Peace in the Middle East Forum

Ph.D., students from the Dreeben School of Education will represent different countries in the Middle East to discuss roots and causes of conflict in the region and possible solutions to reestablish peace as part of the "Peace in the Middle East Forum” on Monday, Oct. 20, 6-7:30 p.m. in the Special Collections Room. For information, please contact Dr. Noah Kasraie at


Two-day sale!

Don’t miss out on UIW Bookstore’s two-day sale on Tuesday, Oct. 21 and Wednesday, Oct. 22. There will be 25% off select merchandise including hooded sweatshirts, sweatpants, blankets and tailgate tents. Sale will also be available online at For more information, please contact Anne Richards at (210) 829-6056 or


Business & Industry Research

Dell Davis will host a presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 21, noon-1 p.m. in Library 221 and 5-6 p.m. in Library room 230 regarding how to locate and use the library’s resources for business and industry research. The event is open to the public. Attendees are asked to bring their questions. For more information, please contact Farhad Moshiri at (210) 829-3842 or



Librarian Anthony Micchelli will present instruction on how to use the RefWorks citation management tool on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 1-2 p.m. in Mabee Library Room 221. For more information, please contact Farhad Moshiri at (210) 829-3842 or


Alternatives to Medical School Workshop
Career Services & Professional Development will host a workshop discussing alternatives to attending medical school. The presentation will cover the importance of having a plan b as well as introduce alternative opportunities. The event will be on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at noon and at 6 p.m. in Mabee Library Auditorium. For more information, please contact Darlene Moczygemba at (210) 829-3931 or


Writing a Philosophy of Teaching
Writing a statement of teaching philosophy serves two practical purposes: it is often needed for annual reviews, and it also helps consider how well teaching practices align with underlying goals. Presenter Barbara Millis has written and presented widely on the process of writing a teaching philosophy. Her most recent books are Cooperative Learning in Higher Education and The Course Syllabus: A Learning Centered Approach. Millis will host an interactive workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. in Mabee Library Special Collections room where she will introduce the elements of a teaching statement, show examples of effective and ineffective statements, and help participants get started in writing their own teaching philosophies. UIW faculty members include a teaching statement in the annual Faculty Self-Inventory as well as in promotion and tenure files. Lunch will be provided. For more information, please contact Kathy Allwein at (210) 283-6359 or


Alpha First Generation Student Success Workshops

Alpha First Generation Student Success will host a series of events on the following topics on the following dates and locations.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 22: Using Time Wisely, AD 330, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 28: Monitoring Toolbox, Library Room 221, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 13: Study Skills/ Exam Prep Workshop, AD 348, 3-4 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Tanja Stampfl at (210) 829-3885 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. 22, Nursing Building, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 23, Gorman Building, 1-2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 23, Fine Arts Building, 2-4 p.m.

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


UIW Alumni Employee Luncheon

UIW graduates currently working for the university are invited to the annual Alumni Employee Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 23, from noon-1:30 p.m., at the McCracken House, (located at 102 Mt Erin Pass behind the pharmacy school).  Join us for a quick lunch with friends and some special giveaways. Lunch is free, but guests must RSVP. RSVP at For more information, please contact Steve Hemphill at (210) 805-3595 or

Parking spaces at the McCracken House will be blocked off for guests attending the luncheon.

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


Alumni & Parents Wine & Cheese
Join alumni and parents for a Wine and Cheese social at the President’s House on Friday, Oct. 24, 5:30-7 p.m. in the 5th floor of the Agnese/Sosa Building. A popular event among alumni and parents, don’t miss out! For more information, please contact Steve Hemphill at (210) 805-3595 or

50th Reunion Dinner
Join alumni from 1964 for a special dinner on Friday, Oct. 24, 7:30-9 p.m. in Mabee Library Special Collections Room. Unwind with other IWC alumni and reminisce about good old Incarnate Word memories; cost of attendance is $25 per person. For more information, please contact Steve Hemphill at (210) 805-3595 or


Extended Academic Programs 



Dean of the School of Extended Studies Vincent Porter, Director of Operations Christy Wisely, Coordinator of Processing Jill Stanislawski, VP for Extended Academic Programs Dr. Cyndi Porter, EAP Director of Marketing and Recruitment Julie Weber and Director of Strategic Initiatives Jonathan Lovejoy take a group photo after the State of the University address.

EAP Students

On Sunday, Oct. 12, EAP held its 2nd Annual Fall Festival honoring current students and alumni at St. Anthony Catholic High School.  Over 250 people attended the family-friendly event.  There were a variety of games for all ages, great food, a DJ, and a silent auction to raise money for the Non-traditional Scholarship. Thanks to everyone who made the event a success!


Community News


UIW Highlight


54th Annual Texas Jazz Festival

The UIW Cardinal Jazz Band will perform on the Main Stage (AT&T) at the 54th Annual Texas Jazz Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Heritage Park in Corpus Christi. The Texas Jazz Festival is the longest running jazz festival in Texas and has been designated by the Texas State Legislature as the official jazz festival of Texas; the UIW Cardinal Jazz band has been invited back every year since its debut at the festival in 2006. The ensemble will perform original compositions and arrangements by ensemble director Jim Waller and Lead Tenor Saxophonist Roger Hogan; John Panzarella will be the featured vocalist. Hogan is an alumnus of the legendary U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note and the Gerald Wilson Jazz Orchestra. For more information, please contact Jim Waller at (210) 445-0412 or


2014 Light the Way Display Board Contest

Over 30 student groups participated in this year’s Light the Way Display Board Contest on Saturday, Oct. 11. Below you can see the top three winners who along with the rest of the entries will decorate Main Campus from Saturday, Nov. 22 to Tuesday, Jan. 6.

  • First Place & People’s Choice – UIW Honors Program
  • Second Place – Math Club
  • Third Place – Fashion Society

Light the Way First Place Winners with Board

Light the Way Second Place Winners with Board

Light the Way Third Place Winners with Board




Tip of the Week

Drink water instead of sugary drinks. There are about 10 packets of sugar in a 12-ounce can of soda, while water has no added sugars. 


Faculty Focus


Professor Emerita, Dr. Jessica Kimmel, Dr. Audra Skukauskaite, Lalon Alexander, Theresa Alexander, Kevin Vichcales, and Dr. Michal Hayse

From left to right, Professor Emerita at the Dreeben School of Education Dr. Jessica Kimmel, Associate Professor and committee chair to the dissertations Dr. Audra Skukauskaite, Lalon Alexander, Theresa Alexander, Kevin Vichcales and Adjunct Fashion Professor Dr. Michal Hayse pose before the Alexander sisters defend their dissertations.


"I'm fine. How are you?" Candid Conversations about Mental Health
Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Maria Felix-Ortiz will lead a panel discussion on people living with mental health issues on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 3-5 p.m. in Mabee Library Auditorium. Panel members will discuss their life stories, the stigma of mental illness and how they are working, loving and how they adapt to everyday life. The discussion also invites conversation with student and audience members. For information, please contact Dr. Maria Felix-Ortiz at (210) 805-3046 or


Reach Out Africa: Studies in Community Empowerment, Sustainable Development and Cross-Cultural Engagement

A panel of the authors will discuss the stories of collaborative partnerships that led to the transformation of individuals and communities in African development projects, on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Bonilla Science Hall room 129. The discussion will charter the recent book “Reach Out Africa: Studies in Community Empowerment, Sustainable Development, and Cross-Cultural Engagement,” co-edited by Dr. Kevin Vichcales and Sr. Dot Ettling. The session will also celebrate the life of Sr. Dot, co-founder of Women’s Global Connection and inspiring role model for reaching across boundaries to build a more responsible sense of global citizenship. For more information, please contact Alison Buck at (210) 832-3208 or


War Requiem and Coventry Cathedral
Associate Professor of Music History Dr. Kevin Saifen invites the community to a presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7-8 p.m. in Music Building room 222 as he explores Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem.” The music still resounds today inviting humanity to peace. ( Professor of Religious Studies Sr. Martha Ann Kirk will follow and present on Coventry Cathedral. The congregation has kept the ruins from the bombing of World War II as a constant reminder that we have not yet learned enough from the Prince of Peace. For information, please contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 829-3854 or


Business as a Vocation to Serve

Students from H.E.B. School of Business and Administration led by Professor of Economics Dr. Michael McGuire, explore ideas from conversations initiated by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. “When businesses and market economies function properly and focus on serving the common good, they contribute greatly to the material and even the spiritual well-being of society.” Focusing on seeing, judging, and acting in ethical and compassionate ways, UIW students will present panels and invite discussion on  the following dates.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7:30-8:45 a.m. in Gorman Building room 115
  • Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7:30-8:45 a.m. in Gorman Building room 109
  • Wednesday, Oct. 22, 10:30-11:45 a.m. in Gorman Building room 109.

For more information on the days and times, please contact Dr. Michael McGuire at (210) 829-3187 or


Women, Power and Culture

As part of the “Films and Conversations About Sexual and Domestic Violence” series, Associate Professor and Chair of Cultural Studies and Religious Studies Dr. Julie Miller will lead a discussion on representation of women in the media and its role in creating a culture’s ideas and behaviors towards women, with an emphasis on sexual and domestic violence. The discussion will follow a presentation of video/s in Mabee Library Auditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 6 p.m. For more information, please contact Taylor P. Fox at (210) 283-6316 or


High Schools


Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at




Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • Gen. Thomas Murnane (UIW Friend) and family on the recent loss of his wife, Constance Pollock Murnane (IWHS ’41, UNDCLD ’45, UIW Friend).
  • Julie Weber (MBA ’96) and family on the recent loss of her father, Donald T. Hoelscher.
  • The family of Susan Gail Sullivan-Weir (MSN ’14) on her recent death.

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