The Word E-News Archive


On Wednesday, Jan.7 the Office of the Provost and Faculty Senate hosted the 2015 full-time faculty reception in the Rosenberg Sky Room. After a brief meeting the 2014-2015 Faculty Leadership and Mission Continues Awards were presented.  Dr. Bob Connelly is pictured with Dr. Bonnie McCormick the winner of the 2015 Robert J. Connelly Faculty Leadership Award. The award is given in honor of Dr. Connelly for his many years of leadership and dedicated service to UIW.


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.




Pictured L-R Summer Chandler, UIW marketing & advertising coordinator and Dr. Lisa McNary, director of alumni & parent relations show off two scarf styles available for sale by the 2015 Red Dress Committee.


12th Annual Red Dress Event & Health Fair

Save the date for the 12th Annual Red Dress Event & Health Fair set for Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Marian Hall Ballroom. This annual event promotes cardiac health in women and features fashions designed by UIW students. In addition, each year fashion faculty and students hand dye scarves sold to benefit the event. Scarves are $20 and up. If you are interested in purchasing a scarf,come by the Office of Public Relations or contact Public Relations at (210) 829-6001. 


Made in SA: Music by SA Composers, Played by SA Pianists

The University of the Incarnate Word will host a concert featuring all world premieres of pieces written specifically for young pianists from 3 – 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 25 in UIW's Seddon Hall (new music building). The music will also be performed by young pianists who are currently studying with teachers in the San Antonio area. A book containing select pieces performed on the concert will be available for purchase at the event. The concert and book were conceived and the pieces written by members of the Composers Alliance of San Antonio (CASA). The event is free and open to the public but seating is limited. For more information contact Ken Metz at (210) 829-3855 or

Department News


UIW employees gathered to celebrate the retirement of Paula Proud (pictured in center) after serving over 8 years as student resource specialist in the Registrar's Office. The event was held Monday, Jan 5 in the McCreless Heritage Room, AD 155. 

Information Resources Division - January Maintenance 

Information Resources Division will be conducting the scheduled January monthly maintenance beginning Friday, Jan. 16 (10:00 PM) through Saturday, Jan. 17 (6:00AM). For information contact Joanna Arredondo at (210) 283-6489 or


The following production change items will be included in the maintenance window:

 • Tax updates for Payroll (Regulatory)

• Financial Aid 8.22 Update (Regulatory)

• Parent Data Project

• Grants Seed Data

• Transcript Request Project

• IR Temporary Table Space Maintenance

• Core Switch IOS Update

• NIC Modification

-Buda-Post Office Mail System

-Kyle-Secure FTP/Network Monitoring




During the maintenance window the following systems will not be available:

 • Banner INB/SSB

• Banner Document Management

• BOSSCars

• myWord (Banner Links within the portal will not be available)

• Intellecheck

• Argos

• FormFusion

• Automic

• Focus

• Recruiter

• Intermittent Network Service Access (During the core switch update, network services across campus will be disrupted causing intermittent access to all services.)  


Blackboard Walk-in Training Sessions

Stop by the Center for Teaching and Learning (AD 212) on Jan 13 and 14 from 10 am – 2 pm for a tour of the newly enhanced Blackboard LMS. Bring your syllabus, PowerPoint presentations or other documentation, and we will show you how to get your course ready for the spring semester. We can also help you to set up your Grade Center, copy course materials from last semester's course and create a collaborative online session. For more information contact, Terry Peak at or (210) 218-8795.


Center for Veterans Affairs - Spring 2015 Welcome Back our UIW Military Family

The Center for Veterans Affairs welcomes back our UIW Military Family: active duty, veterans, and military family member students. Stop by Tues, Jan 27, in the Special Collections Room (J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library), between 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for pizza and sodas. Meet new friends and speak with current students about campus life, majors, how to survive finals, etc. Staff and faculty veterans are welcome, too! For more information, please contact Karen Wyatt at 210-829-2705 or by email 


Alumni Relations - Chicago the Musical at the Majestic

Join UIW Alumni Relations for Chicago: The Musical at the Majestic Theatre, Wed. Jan. 28 at 7 p.m.  Limited tickets in the balcony are available for only $26.50 each. Get your tickets now at  For more information contact Steve Hemphill at (210) 805-3595 or


Graduate and Doctoral Information Night

The UIW School of Graduate Studies invites prospective students to attend an information night from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28 in the ICC Auditorium.  The school will be showcasing UIW's graduate and doctoral degrees in a number of competitive disciplines. For more information visit UIW's Graduate Admissions website at or contact Johnny Garcia at (210) 805-3554 or Please RSVP online at 


Special Event and Announcement Submissions:

Please remember to submit your events to the Office of Public Relations for inclusion in the Word Today and the Friday e-newsletter.  Per university policy, we can only promote events submitted via the “Request for Event Promotion” form found at: The form must be submitted no less than 5 working days prior to the event. If you have any questions, contact PR at (210) 829-6001 or 


UIW Style Guide
The UIW Style Guide is available online at to help answer your questions regarding university style for UIW publications. A downloadable PDF document is available here

Find answers to questions such as:

  • Capitalization rules
  • Titles
  • Common spelling errors
  • University logo usage
  • Abbreviations
  • Time and date usage
  • Punctuation
  • Web standards

If you have questions or comments about the style guide, contact Brance Arnold, PR publications coordinator, at   

Extended Academic Programs 

Military Advanced Education (MAE) has awarded the University of the Incarnate Word the designation of a Top School in its 2015 MAE Guide to Colleges & Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education. The Guide was released in the December issue of MAE, and is available online at


Cardinal Spotlight

UIW Athletics Open House

All are invited to the 2015 UIW Athletics Open House at the Drury Inn & Suites Airport (95 NE 410, San Antonio, TX 78216) from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan 21.  Enjoy complimentary food and drinks while mingling with other UIW employees and UIW Cardinals Club members.  Each attendee will receive a complimentary gift certificate for a one night stay at the hotel. Door prizes will be given away. RSVP to UIW Athletics at

UIW Basketball Season

The UIW Athletic Department invites the community to enjoy men's and women's basketball.  Games for January are listed below.

Men's Schedule:

Jan. 10: Men's Basketball at Northwestern State, 3 p.m.

Jan. 12: Men's Basketball vs. New Orleans, Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center, 7 p.m.

Jan. 17: Men's Basketball vs. Southeastern Louisiana, Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center, 4 p.m.

Jan. 24: Men's Basketball at Abilene Christian, 4 p.m.

Jan. 26: Men's Basketball vs. McNeese State, Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center, 7 p.m.

Jan. 31: Men's Basketball at Nicholls, 3:30 p.m.


Women's Schedule:

Jan. 10: Women's Basketball at Northwestern State, 1 p.m.

Jan. 17: Women's Basketball vs Southeastern Louisiana, 2 p.m.

Jan. 22: Women's Basketball vs McNeese State, 6 p.m.

Jan. 24: Women's Basketball at Abilene Christian, 2 p.m.

Jan. 29: Women's Basketball at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, 7 p.m.

Jan. 31: Women's Basketball at Nicholls, 1 p.m.


Admission to home games is $10. For more information, please contact Kevin Lepore at (210) 805-3000 or

Community News


UIW Highlights:

Bereavement Notice - Ramsinghani

Dr. Sushma Ramsinghani, associate professor in the Feik School of Pharmacy, is mourning the loss of her mother, Mrs. Sushila Devi Baderia, who passed away after a very brief illness in Atlanta on December 29th at the age of 83 years. She was visiting the United States from India. She leaves behind three daughters and one son, who were with her in her last days. Funeral and cremation were performed in Atlanta on December 31st. Please keep Dr. Ramsinghani and her family in your prayers.

Bereavement Notice – Vargas

Cindy Escamilla, UIW legal counsel, Frank Sanchez, special events operations manager and Robert Sanchez, campus security are mourning the loss of their nephew, Matthew Vargas who passed away Sunday, Jan. 4, after a two year battle with cancer. Matthew was a 2011 graduate of St. Anthony Catholic High School where he was quarterback of the football team. He also attended UIW. Matthew passed peacefully at the young age of 22.  Visitation begins at 5:30 p.m., with a rosary to follow at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 9.  A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan 10.  All services will be held at St. Margaret Mary's Catholic Church, 1314 Fair Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78223. More information can be found at:

Please keep Cindy, Frank, Robert and the Vargas family in your thoughts and prayers. 


UIW Dining – Finnegan's

Finnegan's, located in the Mabee Library, is now open for your coffee, taco and snack needs from 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., through Friday, Jan. 9.  Marian Cafeteria will open Friday, Jan. 9 with regular operating hours.  All other locations will open Monday, Jan. 12 during their regular business hours. For more information visit: or call (210) 832-2149.


Career Services & Professional Development Open House

Stop by the Office of Career Services & Professional Development (AD 112) Thursday, Jan. 22 from 3-5 p.m., to see what we have to offer. Become familiar with our services and location. Light refreshments will be served. For details contact Darlene Moczygemba at (210) 829-3931 or


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.” If you have any health and wellness related events, we want to hear from you. Please email us at with information about your event. Like us on Facebook.

Faculty Focus

2015 Faculty Awards Reception

On Wednesday, Jan.7 the Office of the Provost and UIW Faculty Senate hosted the 2015 full-time faculty reception in the Rosenberg Sky Room. After a brief meeting the 2014-2015 Faculty Leadership and Mission Continues Awards were presented to the following faculty:



Dr. Sharon Herbers, associate professor in UIW's Dreeben School of Education is the UIW's 2015 nominee for the Piper Professor Award. Pictured L-R  Dr. Sharon Herbers, Dr. Ramona Parker and Dr. Susan Hall.



Sr. Maria Goretti Zehr Award for Innovation – Dr. Carolyn Majcher, senior clinical instructor, Rosenberg School of Optometry



Sr. Eleanor Ann Young Award for Truth – Dr. M. Lourdes A. Fortepiani, associate professor, Rosenberg School of Optometry.



Sr. Margaret Rose Palmer Award for Education – Amanda Rakowitz, instructor, School of Math, Science and Engineering.



Mother Columkille Colbert Award for Service – Dr. Michael Forrest, associate professor, H-E-B School of Business & Administration.



Sr. St. Pierre Cinquin Award for Faith – Dr. Donald Sikazwe, associate professor, Feik School of Pharmacy.

High Schools

St. Anthony Catholic High School - School Choice Rally

St. Anthony will hold a School Choice rally at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28 on the SACHS Lang Field.  The rally is to bring the issue of School Choice, which provides parents the option to choose their child's school, to the community and area legislators. For more information contact Alejandro Calderon, (210) 832-5632 or


Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at  


IWHS - High School Placement Test

IWHS is offering the High School Placement Test for those current 8th grade students who are interested in applying to Incarnate Word High School AND have not already taken the test at another high school. The test will be given on Saturday, Jan 10 at 9 a.m., at IWHS. For more information, contact Annette Zahirniak at (210) 829-3123 or


Visit Incarnate Word High School at


Visit the UIW Prep website at


Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • Iona Bea Ewing & family on the loss of her daughter, Cynthia Bea Ewing (BA '05, MAA '07).
  • Leonard (Leo) Ginglewood (UIW Grounds) & family on the recent loss of his grandmother, Claudia A. Hartman (Former UIW Administrative Assistant).
  • Dr. Sara Kerr (UIW Faculty/Biology) and husband, Dr. Chad McHugh (UIW Former Faculty) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Mercedes Deshon Frizell Kerr (BSN '63).
  • Cynthia Diane Osbourne (BA '96) & family on the recent loss of her father, Walter Larry Osbourne.
  • Dr. Rochelle Caroon-Santiago (EAP Faculty/Psychology) and husband, Mike Santiago (Former UIW Faculty/Athletics) & family on the recent loss of his mother, Helen Margaret Santiago.
  • Kiki Santikos Lymberry (ALND '46) and husband, Albert Lymberry & family on the recent loss of her brother, John Louis Santikos (UIW Friend).
  • Kathleen (BA '76) & Larry Beierle & family on the recent loss of her mother, Rose Francis Stipp Vallance (UIW former student).


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