The Word E-News Archive

2016 religious studies sr. eilish ryan ccvi retirement


The Department of Religious Studies surprised Sr. Eilish Ryan, CCVI, professor emerita of religious studies, with flowers in honor of her retirement at the Religious Studies Honors Convocation Wednesday, April 27 in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. Pictured above (left to right) are Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, professor of religious studies, Dr. Julie Miller, chair and associate professor of religious studies, Dr. Glenn Ambrose, associate professor of religious studies, Sr. Eilish Ryan, CCVI, Horacio Vela III, instructor of religious studies, and Dr. Adrienne Ambrose, assistant professor of religious studies.


Our Lady's Chapel Services

All are welcome. 

  • Noon Mass, Monday – Friday
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. & 8:30 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 with Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T. (210) 829-3131 or


Blueberry Toast
Barb and Walt have a perfect life, a perfect family, a perfect kitchen … but resentment simmers beneath the gleaming surface. Join the UIW community for a sometimes comic, sometimes touching and always disturbing peek at Barb and Walt's “perfect” life – where the toast isn't the only thing that gets sliced. Robert Ball directs Blueberry Toast with scenic design by Christopher McCollum, costume design by Margaret Mitchell, and lighting design by Melissa Gaspar. Adults: $10, Seniors: $9, Non-UIW Students: $8, Groups (10 or more): $6 and UIW Students, faculty and staff may attend free of charge by presenting their valid UIW ID. This production runs through Saturday, April 30 in the Cheever Theatre. All show times begin at 9 p.m. This play contains vulgar language and extreme acts of simulated violence.  No one under 17 years of age may attend. For more info, contact Chrissie Young at (210) 829-3810 or

Benefits Open Enrollment
Benefits Open Enrollment runs through Saturday, April 30. Everyone must enroll or waive benefits through Banner Self-Service via the myWord portal. Human Resources will host benefit meetings and working sessions throughout the open enrollment period. For more info, contact the Office of Human Resources at (210) 829-6019 or

The Big Give S.A.
Help support UIW and our traditions by participating in The Big Give S.A. on Tuesday, May 3. The goal of the Big Give S.A. is to introduce our community to all of the wonderful charitable organizations located in South Central Texas. May 3 has been designated as the city's giving holiday. For 24 hours, you are invited to log in to the and give big to UIW. From traditions like Light the Way and Homecoming to new traditions like the annual Ring Ceremony and the new Student Engagement Center, UIW has been building traditions that bring the community together as one. You are also more than welcome to designate your gifts to other projects and programs at UIW and are encouraged to give big to any of the other nonprofits participating on May 3. For more information on The Big Give S.A., contact Stephen Skinner at (210) 829-2752 or

2016 Commencement Schedule

  • Feik School of Pharmacy Commencement – 6 p.m., Friday, May 6 in the McDermott Convocation Center
  • Rosenberg School of Optometry & School of Physical Therapy – 10 a.m., Saturday, May 7 in the McDermott Convocation Center
  • Baccalaureate Mass – 5 p.m., Saturday, May 7 in the McDermott Convocation Center
  • Undergraduate, Graduate and Doctoral Commencement – 2 p.m., Sunday, May 8 at the Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum (3201 East Houston Street, 78219).

For more info, contact the Office of the Registrar at (210) 829-6006 or

Department News

2016 rso fundraiser painting with a twist

The Low Vision & Rehab student organization “Painting with a Twist” fundraiser was held Thursday, April 21 at the Rosenberg School of Optometry. Each table was outfitted with different glasses that mimicked different eye issues (glaucoma, cataract, etc.) and participants attempted to create art following an instructor, as if they had that vision ailment.  Pictured above (left to right) showing off their finished work are Cassie Perkins, secretary of clinical services, Dr. Nancy Amir, part-time optometry faculty, Vanessa Baray, ophthalmic technician, Dr. Stephanie Schmiedecke-Barbieri, assistant professor of optometry, and her husband, Andy Barbieri.

2016 esperanza barron retirement party

The Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing & Health Professions honored the retirement of Esperanza Barron, admin secretary to Dean Mary Hoke, Monday, April 25 in the Sr. Charles Marie Frank Nursing Building. Pictured above (left to right) are Shirley Noll, former admin to the dean of nursing, Dr. Gary Norgan, professor emeritus of nursing, and Esperanza Barron.

2016 dreeben school of education retirement dr. mary ruth moore dr. renea fike dr. david fike

On Monday, April 25, the Dreeben School of Education honored three of its retiring faculty at a celebration in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. Pictured above (left to right) are Dr. Mary Ruth Moore, professor emerita of education, Dr. David Fike, professor of education, and Dr. Renea Fike, associate professor of education and coordinator of masters program. We wish them well in their retirement.

2016 school of physical therapy denim day

The School of Physical Therapy faculty, staff and students wearing denim in support of Denim Day and the fight against sexual assault Wednesday, April 27.

2016 chass faculty awards part-time

Two College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences (CHASS) part-time faculty were awarded with prestigious awards Thursday, April 28 in the Concert Hall. Timothy Draves, history, was awarded the Dr. Denise Doyle Teaching and Service Award. Dr. J'Leen Saegar, Spanish, was awarded the CHASS Teaching and Excellence Award. Pictured above (left to right) are Timothy Draves, Dr. Jeff Crane, associate dean of CHASS, Dr. J'Leen Saegar, and Dr. Kevin Vichcales, associate provost and dean of CHASS.

2016 office of research and graduate studies mba award

MBA marketing student and Spring 2016 graduate, Lauren Pesina is presented with a UIW diploma frame courtesy of the Office of Research and Graduate Studies (ORGS) and the UIW bookstore. Lauren won the diploma frame as part of an ORGS raffle during the Graduation Finale.  Pictured above (left to right) are Dr. Osman Ozturgut, dean of ORGS, Lauren Pesina, Anne Richards, manager of the bookstore, and Dr. David A. Ortiz, director of the Graduate Support Center.

CHASS: Theatre Arts Honors Convocation
The College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences is hosting its Theatre Arts Honors Convocation at 4 p.m., Friday, April 29 in the Coates Theatre. For more info, contact Lorraine Ewers at (210) 829-6070 or

Orchestra of the Incarnate Word Concert
The Orchestra of the Incarnate Word will perform their spring 2016 concert at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 30 in the Concert Hall. For more info, contact Roland Sul at (210) 829-3852 or

Cardinal Chorale & Cardinal Singers Spring Concert
The UIW Cardinal Chorale and Cardinal Singers will perform their Spring 2016 Concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 1 in the Concert Hall. For more info, contact Roland Sul at (210) 829-3852 or

Family Game Night
The Doctoral Student Association at the Dreeben School of Education is running a service project from Wednesday, May 4 – Wednesday, May 18 in which they are collecting games and monetary donations to provide snacks and a family games for children in our community. As the school year ends and the children go home for the summer, many, who had relied on activities and food in their Title I schools, do not have sufficient food or options for engagement with their siblings and families. Our goal is to provide a game and snack package for children in need. This project is a collaboration between the UIW Doctoral Student Association and the central office staff of the North East Independent School District. All contributions are welcome and all 100% will go to the children. Suggested games to donate include:

  • Deck of Cards
  • Bingo
  • Uno
  • Checkers
  • Password
  • Connect Four
  • Shape by Shape
  • Scattergories
  • Math Dice
  • Ka-ching!
  • Hit or Miss
  • Small Board Games

Cash donations are also being accepted. Your donation of only $3 serves a family. Campus drop off locations are in the Gorman Building, Rooms 104 and 230. For more info, contact Joan Labay-Marquez at (210) 283-6429 or

Maha Alshhrany Thesis Defense
Maha Alshhrany will host a public defense of her biology master's thesis at 3 p.m., Thursday, May 5 in the AT&T Science Center, Room 311. The title of her thesis is "The Investigation of the Environmental Factors Associated with the Temporal Abundance of Lutzomyia antophora on a Ranch near Poth, Texas." Maha's thesis committee chair is Dr. Russell Raymond. For more info, contact Duncan Hayse at (210) 829-2758 or

Sondos Alhajouj Thesis Defense
Sondos Alhajouj will present a defense of her biology thesis, "A Preliminary Examination of the Bacterial Diversity Harbored by the Pillbug (Armadillidium vulgare)" at 3 p.m., Friday, May 6 in the AT&T Science Center, Room 331. Dr. David E. Starkey is the chair of her thesis committee. For more info, contact Duncan Hayse at (210) 829-2758 or

Athletics News

Cardinal Spotlight

Sundae Fun Day
Join UIW Baseball every Sunday for “Sundae Fun Day” for free sundaes at baseball Sunday games. Sundaes available while supplies last.

  • May 1
  • May 15

For more info, contact Camelia Trahan at (210) 805-3012 or

Cardinal Club Student Athlete Advisory Council All-Sports Banquet
Tickets are on sale for the annual Student Athlete Advisory Council All-Sports Banquet, hosted by the UIW Cardinals Club at 6 p.m., Sunday, May 1 in the McDermott Convocation Center. The banquet will honor student-athletes for their academic and athletic success throughout the 2015-16 academic year. Student-athletes that have completed their four years of eligibility will also be recognized and gifted for their commitment to their sport. Awards include the Cardinal Fire Award, which is selected by UIW coaches, and is presented to the student-athlete that has achieved outstanding success in their respective sport and that embodies UIW mission, followed by the Cardinal Spirit Award, which is given to the team that has shown the most support at games, athletic functions, and SAAC participation, and is voted by SAAC. The Pull Tab Award is given to a team to that has collected the largest amount of pull tabs to be given to the Ronald McDonald house to aid children with cancer, and finally the coveted Community Service Award honors a team that has accumulated the most hours of individual and team community service by displaying leadership and action in fostering community service on campus and in the community. Meanwhile, the athletic department selects its Male and Female Athlete of the Year and Student-Athlete of the Year honorees. The event is open to the public and is being catered by Heavenly Gourmet. Tickets are $30 for all guests and $15 for kids 12 years and younger, and must be purchased at For more info, contact Camelia Trahan at (210) 805-3012 or

Baseball for the Week:
April 29: Baseball vs. Lamar, Sullivan Field, 3 p.m. (Game moved to earlier time due to inclement weather)
April 30: Baseball vs. Lamar, Sullivan Field, 3 p.m.
May 1: Baseball vs. Lamar, Sullivan Field, 1 p.m.

Softball for the Week:
May 6: Softball vs. Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, UIW Softball Field, 6 p.m.

For info, please contact Athletics at (210) 805-3000.

Community News

New Services for the UIW Community - UPDATE
The announcement titled “New Services for the UIW Community” in last Monday's The Word Today was sent for publication prematurely and has been retracted.  The policy approved by the Executive Council to begin June 1 follows.

The University Police Department will provide courtesy jump start services on the properties it patrols: lots on the main campus, the high schools, the McCracken House, the Feik School of Pharmacy, the Watson Loft Apartments and the AT&T lots on Groveland and Broadway.  Service to lots further from campus cannot practically be covered by police personnel.  Police staff will not unlock car doors or repair or provide flat tire assistance.  Vehicle owners will be asked to sign a waiver of liability prior to service.

UIW Police encourages ALL employees and students to have roadside assistance through their auto insurance carrier or other third party provider.  The Roadside Assistance program will cover services not offered by UIW Police, such as lockouts or flat tire assistance.

Graduation 2016
As graduation approaches, the Office of Communications and Marketing is once again looking for unique stories to tell. If you know of a graduate that is exceptional, has overcome a challenge or has unique plans after graduation please let them know.  Send their story and contact information to Margaret Garcia, associate director of communications and marketing at (210) 829-6001 or UIW graduates phenomenal students please help us share their story. 


2016 employee football spring practice

The Cardinals Football team invited departments to come out Thursday, April 21 to participate in their spring practice. Pictured above (left to right) are Javier Lara, director of undergraduate admissions, Coach Larry Kennan, head football coach, and Johnny Garcia Jr., assistant director of graduate admissions.

Dr. Jeff Crane Farewell Gathering
Please the College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences (CHASS) for a farewell gathering in honor of Dr. Jeff Crane, associate dean of CHASS, 4 – 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 4 in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. Dr. Crane will become the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at St. Martin's University in Lacey, Washington. For more info, contact Lorraine Ewers at (210) 829-6070 or

Sometimes Singers/Players for Baccalaureate
Join UIW's Sometime Singers & Players, a group made up of faculty, staff, administrators and students (vocalists and instrumentalists) who cannot participate in weekly rehearsals and services, but who serve when possible at liturgical prayer throughout the school year. Your commitment to participate at the event and at rehearsals is made only when you RSVP to an event invitation by the RSVP date. To RSVP for one of the events below or to have your name placed on the e-mail list for future events, contact Lena Gokelman at or (210) 832-3207. You may also contact Dr. Glenn James at or extension 3940

  • Baccalaureate Mass: 5 p.m., Saturday, May 7 in the McDermott Convocation Center. Warm-up begins at 3 p.m. Please attend two of the three rehearsals:
    • Tuesday, May 3 (vocalists only)
    • Wednesday, May 4 (instrumentalists only)
    • Thursday, May 5 (vocalists and instrumentalists)
  • All rehearsals are from 6 – 8 p.m. in Our Lady's Chapel. RSVP by Friday, April 29. For questions about the rehearsal schedule, contact (210) 832-3207.

Be a part of the excitement - Cheer on the Spurs in a taped TV message
Join us to cheer on the Spurs as they Race for Seis in the 2016 NBA Playoffs! Meet us in front of the Administration Building on Wednesday, May 4 at 9 a.m. to film UIW's message to the Spurs with our friends from KSAT. Let's show them our Spurs spirit! Wear and bring your Spurs gear – the more, the better! For more information, please call the Office of Communications and Marketing, 829-6001. See you there!

Employee Health & Wellness

Employee Wellness Lunch & Learn
The Employee Wellness Committee will host a Lunch & Learn at 12 p.m., Thursday, May 19 in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. The speaker will present for Mental Health Month. RSVP by email:

High Schools

St. Anthony Catholic High School Thespian Society presents Hairspray
SACHS's Thespian Society presents the Broadway musical, Hairspray, under the direction of Louisette Zurita.  This play brings to the forefront the importance of justice and equality for everyone. The play runs from Wednesday, May 4 – Friday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Anthony Hive, (Gymnasium #1). For ticket info contact Ms. Zurita at or Ms. Cortez at

Presentation of Watershed Check to Women's Global Connection
In Aug. 2015, the St. Anthony Catholic High School sophomore class, under the direction of Dr. Christopher Samuel, committed to raising funds for a watershed project in Tanzania. This collaboration with the Women's Global Connection has been a yearlong effort with students, faculty and families pitching in to make this watershed possible. SACHS is fully committed to social justice and making justice and mercy a reality for everyone not only in this community but our global community as well. We have raised over $1,500, which will sponsor a watershed for the families in Tanzania. A presentation of the check to the Women's Global Connection is taking place at 8 a.m., Friday, May 6 in the SACHS Chapel. For more info, contact Rosi Cortez at (210) 832-5691 or

UIW Prep High School Now Enrolling for Summer School
Stressing out over your high schooler's summer school? Want your student to earn credit this summer but faced with scheduling conflicts? UIW Prep is now enrolling! UIW Prep is a 100% online high school emphasizing preparatory and dual credit coursework. Students can earn high school or college credit in up to eight weeks without ever stepping foot in a classroom. To learn more, please visit or speak with Dione Bedell, the coordinator of admissions and guidance, at (210) 805-3013 or Enrollment deadlines are fast approaching. Don't miss out!

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at  

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Call for Proposals – Latina Researchers Conference
The Latina Researchers Conference, July 14-16, 2016, is a multidisciplinary science meeting that brings together diverse scholars, evaluators and researchers to examine and address the under-representation of historically disadvantaged populations with advanced degrees.  The need for diversity is greatest in the social and behavioral sciences, STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and professional credentialing programs. For information on the conference, visit: 

General submission guidelines

Notification of acceptance will be made to the corresponding author.

For more information contact Dr. Cynthia E. Guzmán at


2016 misc flyer 

Our thoughts and prayers go to:

  • Gerard Strieper & family on the recent loss of his wife, Sarah Katherine Strieper (BSN '83).

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