The Word E-News Archive


On Wednesday, Oct. 8, UIW celebrated Heritage Day where employees were recognized for their years of loyal support, dedication and contribution to the university and mission. Congratulations to everyone who reached a special milestone. We look forward to many more and for next year's honorees.





Dr. Michael McGuire looks on as Bailey is blessed by Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at the annual Blessing of the Animals held Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Lourdes Grotto.


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.


UIW Recalls Its Heritage and Mission

The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and the University of the Incarnate Word value the Catholic tradition which proclaims the spirit of community that calls us, as members of the Body of Christ, to respond to one another's needs, a tradition which counts on God's presence among us, attested by Christ's resurrection, giving us the strength and the courage to meet life's difficulties.





Assistant Director of Campus Life Monica Solis-Hoefl and Director of University Events and Student Programs Paul Ayala share a frame with Red the Cardinal during UIW National Night Out.


Azerbaijan Ambassador to meet with UIW Community

Provost Dr. Kathi Light invites the UIW Community to a presentation by Azerbaijan's Ambassador to the U.S., the Hon. Elin Suleymanov with an introduction and brief remarks by U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar on Friday, Oct. 10, at 11 a.m. in UIW's Mabee Library Auditorium. Azerbaijan has become a leading ally and strategic partner to the United States over the years and is one of the fastest growing economies in its region. They were one of the countries to provide aid to the U.S. directly following the devastating events of 9/11, assisting the U.S. on matters of international security. All are welcome to attend.The presentation will be followed by a meet-and-greet with the Congressman and Ambassador. No R.S.V.P. required.


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 runs 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


Sea the World: 11th Annual Water Show and Silent Auction

UIW synchronized swimming team is hosting their annual water show and silent auction. Everyone is invited to enjoy and support a top nationally ranked team. There will be two separate performances on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. and7 p.m. in the Ann Barshop Natatorium. Before the show and during intermission there will be a silent auction with great items available for bidding. Items range from free pizzas to beautifully themed gift baskets. The event is open to the public with admission prices at $4 for students and children and $8 for adults. For more information, please contact Megan Deatherage at (210) 829-2796 or


State of the University Presentation

Dr. Louis J. Agnese's annual State of the University presentation will be at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 14 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Bill Miller's will provide tacos and iced tea.The community is invited to attend.For more information, please contact Chief of Staff Vincent Rodriguez at (210) 283-5096 or


Hispanic Heritage Month Closing Event: La Celebración

Hispanic Heritage Month Committee Members and the Office of University Events and Student Programs will host HHM's closing event, La Celebración, on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Marian Hall. Attendees will have an opportunity to sample a wide-range of cuisine from different Hispanic cultures, enjoy music and traditional Hispanic dances including a folk Spanish guitar performance. The inaugural closing day celebration will highlight the diverse Hispanic cultures represented at the university while showcasing the Hispanic culture to the local community. The event is open to the public and admission is free. For more information, please contact Gilbert Hinojosa at (210) 829-2757 or

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Director of Admissions, Systems and Data Javier Lara and Dean of Enrollment Andrea Cyterski-Acosta enjoy a mocktail during UIW National Night Out.


Advancement Services Data Coordinator Ralph Flanigan, Administrative Assistant to the V.P. of Institutional Advancement Roslyn Grimes, Records and Gifts Coordinator Marcos Contreras, Development Officer Ana Bribiesca, Director of Development Rosie Garcia, Office Manager Sylvia Kutchenreuter and V.P. of Institutional Advancement Sr. Kathleen Coughlin share a photo with a cutout Dr. Agnese at the Employee Campaign Finale reception in the Dreeben Friendship Garden. Thank you everyone for making this year's campaign a success!


Department News


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.


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 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


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


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. 10, Mabee Library room 230, 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 13, webinar, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 14, webinar, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 14, webinar, 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 15, webinar, 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 16, webinar, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • 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


Ingram Park Mall Health Fair

Students from the Feik School of Pharmacy will be conducting free screenings inside Ingram Park Mall on Saturday, Oct. 11, noon-6 p.m. The health fair will offer free blood pressure screenings, diabetic foot exams, blood glucose screenings and vaccination counseling as well as additional services. Admission is free to the public. For more information, please contact Ritza Molina at (361) 231-2399 or


Upcoming Dissertation Defenses

The UIW community is invited to the following dissertation defenses.

Allison Baez

Allison Baez will hold a public defense of her dissertation on Monday, Oct. 13, 9:30 a.m. in Mabee Library Special Collections Room. The title of her dissertation is "The Roles of Navajo Women in the Fort Defiance Agency of Navajoland (Diné Bikéyah - Tséhootsooí) Concerning Their Life Experiences and the Effects of These Experiences on Their Cultural Roles Within the Navajo Community: An Ethnographic Study." Her dissertation committee chair is Dr. Sally Said.

Lalon Alexander

Mary Lalon Alexander will hold a public defense of her doctoral dissertation in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room on Tuesday, Oct. 14,1:30-3:30 p.m. The title of her dissertation is "Oral History of Professional Theatrical Beaders in New York City." Her committee chair is Dr. Audra Skukauskaite.

Theresa Alexander

Theresa Alexander will host a defense of her doctoral dissertation in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 3:30-5:30 p.m. The title of her dissertation is "Experiences in Embroidery: Stories from the High Fashion Embroidery Industry." Her committee chair is Dr. Audra Skukauskaite.

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


Effective Interviewing Workshop

Career Services and Professional Development will host a workshop on how to effectively interview on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 6 p.m. in Mabee Library Auditorium. The session will include employers discussing what interviewers are really looking for as well as provide tips and information to better prepare a candidate for all stages of an interview. For more information, please contact Darlene Moczygemba at (210) 829-3931 or


Women and Gender Studies Discussion Series

Women and Gender Studies will host the second event of its discussion series on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 4-5 p.m. in the Library Special Collections room. Dr. Doshie Piper and Dr. Georgen Guerrero, both UIW professors of Criminal Justice, will speak about Women in the Criminal Justice System. Light snacks will be provided. For more information, please contact Dr. Emily Clark at (210) 283-5061 or


"Telling Amy's Story"

As part of the "Films and Conversations About Sexual and Domestic Violence" series presented by the Mabee Library, "Telling Amy's Story" will be screened on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 6 p.m. in Mabee Library Auditorium, followed by a conversation with President/CEO of Family Violence Prevention Services Marta Pelaez. For information, please contact Taylor P. Fox at (210) 283-6316 or


iPad iFilm Festival

Instructional Technology's Adela Gott will and Terry Peak invite the community to the inaugural two-day iPad Film Festival on Thursday, Oct. 16 and Friday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. each day in Gorman Building Room 212 where attendees will learn the skills needed to create a short video using an iPad. This video can be an introduction to your course, or an instructional video that will help your students understand a difficult concept. Subject matter experts will be available to guide attendees through the entire production process, from storyboard to a completed video. To help complete videos, entrants will receive:

  • An iPad tripod mount, a tripod, video lens and microphone
  • All software (iMovie, Movie Pro, and Explain Everything)
  • Complimentary lunch

Please apply by email at, or click to access the application. Please include a brief outline of your project; the outline should include the topic, target audience, and the goal of the completed video.

Seating is limited to 10 participants; all participants will need an iPad 2 or newer version. Please update your iPad to iOS 8.0.2, along with iMovie. All videos will be entered in an awards competition and will be featured at the 2015 Tech Fair! Watch a sneak peek at For more information, please contact Terry Peak at (210) 829-3920.


Sage Research Methods

Polly McCord will present regarding Sage research methods on Saturday, Aug. 23, 10-11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, 7-8 p.m. and 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 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 (@10) 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


Extended Academic Programs


EAP hosts its second Annual Fall Festival

EAP will host its second Annual Fall Festival for current EAP students and alumni on Sunday, Oct. 12, noon-4 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic High School. There will be food, drinks, fun games for the little ones and a "Dunk-the-Teacher" booth as well as a rock climbing wall and video games for the older kids and kids at heart. This year's silent auction table includes fabulous prizes the community won't want to miss. Proceeds from the event benefit the EAP Student Scholarship fund, also supported by generosities from the UIW Employee Campaign specifically designated for the scholarship.


Community News


Sr. Margaret Patrice Slattery shares a photo with Dean Dick McCracken during the Heritage Day reception where Dean McCracken was recognized for his fifty years of service and contribution to the University of the Incarnate Word.


UIW faculty and staff participated in the annual United Way Days of Caring on Friday, Oct. 3. Team UIW's project was the San Antonio Food Bank where participants left with a sense of accomplishment from serving the community. Thank you to all of our Cardinal volunteers!


2014 LTW Display Board Contest Change of Venue

Due to the threat of rain, Saturday's Light the Way Display Board Contest will be moved from Dubuis Lawn to the 7th floor of the Ancira Parking Garage. Please only park from the 6th floor and below. Floors 7-9 will not be accessible for thru traffic. To see images from previous Display Board Contests visit 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.

  • Friday, 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Sunday, 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

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


SGA General Assembly

The Student Government will host a General Assembly on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 6 p.m. in Mabee Library Auditorium. The meeting will consist of budgeting, bills/referendums, student organization updates and anything else that concerns UIW. A social hour will follow the assembly. For more information, please contact Desmond Ndikum at (210) 829-3833 or


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
    • Chapel

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


Peace in the Middle East Forum

PhD 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


Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser

The Chi Phi Fraternity will have a table set up on Westgate Circle on Monday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. to collect any donations any one wishes to make. 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. The event will 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



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Assistant Director of Athletic Training Facilities Scott LeBlanc welcomes guests to the latest Lunch and Learn session where the selected topic was "Tech Fit."


Tip of the week

Everyone is different. Think about what YOU eat and drink. How can you make better choices? How can you be more active? Use SuperTracker to identify changes you should make.


Faculty Focus


UIW Play Day for Peace 2014: "B" is for Bats, Bubbles and Boxes—we're going batty at the zoo!

Dreeben School of Education students will host its annual Play Day for Peace with children from the UIW Brainpower Connection schools on Saturday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the San Antonio Zoo's Nature Spot. The United Nations Rights of the child calls for all children to have the right to play; playing is seen as the opposite of violence as well as providing essential benefits for children. For information, please contact Dr. Mary Ruth Moore at (210) 283-5038 or


Pictured left to right: Dr. Kevin Vichcales, Mr. Carlos de Leon, Dr. David A. Ortiz, and HACU Senior Vice President Dr. John Moder. Dr. David A. Ortiz and Dr. Kevin B. Vichcales served as co-convener's for the 3rd Annual Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Deans' Forum on Graduate Education on October 7, in Denver, Colo. MBA Student Carlos de Leon, delivered a luncheon keynote during the event. Dr. Ortiz was also recently presented with the National College Learning Center Association's Hunter Boylan Research Award at their 29th annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico on October 2. Dr. Ortiz received this national award for his work on advancing the field of best practices on graduate student persistence in higher education.


High Schools


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My Walk of Change and Hope: Transforming Women's Burdens into Opportunities

The Headwaters Coalition at UIW will host a talk by Kenyan native Rose Wamalwa who will share her experiences as an African-born female growing up in rural settings and the challenges she encountered that prompted her desire to empower grassroots women today. Her discussion will be on Monday, Oct. 13, 3-4 p.m. in the Village at Incarnate Word Assembly Room. Wamalwa is the founder and program director for the Women in Water and Natural Resources Conservation (We-Can)" nonprofit organization as well as community solutions fellow. The event is open to the public and admission is free. For more information, please contact Helen Ballew at (210) 828-2224 or


Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • The family of Dr. Timothy Henrich (UIW Sports Management/Kinesiology Faculty) on his recent death.
  • Jack Kellmann and family on the recent loss of his wife, Estelle Kellmann (IWHS '51)
  • Dr. Mary Ann Klein Messina (BA '65) and Kathleen Klein Le Strange (BA '67) and their families on the recent loss of their brother, John Klein (UIW Friend).

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