The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: August 29, 2014

Photo of the Week

UIW alumna and one of the stars of the current season of Project Runway Samantha Plasencia returned to UIW where she met with former instructors and students. Seen above from left to right are Fashion Instructor Dr. Carla Anderson Perez, designer Samantha Plasencia and Fashion Instructor Teri Lopez.


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.


The Office of Public Relations invites the UIW community to join the Tailgate on Saturday, Aug. 30, 4:30 p.m. where they will be giving away the limited edition “Not in my Nest!” t-shirt while supplies last. Come early and stay for the first home football game at 6 p.m. in Benson Stadium.

Department News

UIW Employee Campaign Captains gathered for a lunch meeting on Tuesday, Aug., 26 in the Special Collections Room to discuss plans for the 2014 Employee Campaign. The campaign will kick-off at noon, Thursday, Sept. 4 with a light lunch in Marian Hall Ballroom. Employees should bring their gift form to enter the prize drawing.

Blackboard User's Group Session
Instructional Technology will offer a Blackboard user’s group session on the Friday, Aug. 29, noon-1 p.m. in Gorman Building Room 212. The event is open to the public. For more information, please contact Terry Peak at (210) 829-3920 or

Academic and Professional Workshops
The Graduate Support Center is offering academic and professional workshops on Saturday, August 30, 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. in the Nursing Building, Room 214 for those who are new to graduate school or perhaps need a refresher course on academic writing. The following is a break-down schedule of the times and workshops that will be offered.

  • Introduction to APA Writing Style by Dr. Alberto Rubio-Sanchez, 9-10:15 am
    American Psychological Association (APA) is the editorial writing style adopted by many graduate programs at UIW. This writing style is designed to ensure clear and consistent communication of written material. This workshop will cover APA elements such as: punctuation and abbreviation, construction of tables, selection of headings, citations and references, presentation of statistics, and bias-free language.
  • RefWorks Online Management Tool by Anthony Micchelli, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
    One of the most important elements of academic writing is properly identifying where information comes from and where the sources can be located. Appropriate citations and references reduce the chance of committing academic fraud or plagiarism while at the same time strengthening a paper. This workshop will provide an in-depth overview of in-text citations, footnotes and reference pages. Additionally, participants will be trained on how to use RefWorks, an online reference management software.
  • Writing in Graduate School by Dr. John Perry, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
    Highly developed writing skills are expected in graduate school. This workshop is designed to focus on the core elements of writing which serve as the foundation for building strong writing skills.
  • Writing a Literature Review by Dr. Noah Kasraie, 2-3:15 p.m.
    Once you have collected the appropriate research articles and books, the next step is writing the literature review. This workshop is designed to help students understand the purpose, structure and process of composing a literature review.

For more information, please contact the UIW Graduate Support Center at (210) 832-5628 or

Career Services & Professional Development will host “Resumania” on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 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

Writing the Assignment Sheet/Crafting Assignments
The Center for Teaching and Learning will host two sessions describing the elements that make an assignment sheet helpful to students on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 4:45-5:45 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 5, noon-1 p.m. in Admin 212.  Attendees are asked to bring an old assignment to revise. Participants will receive two templates to use or adapt when creating writing assignments. Stipends for fulltime faculty will be available as well as light refreshments. For more information, please contact Susan Hall at (210) 283-5030 or

UIW Coaches’ Radio Show
UIW Athletics and Learfield Sports is proud to announce the 2014 UIW Coaches’ Radio Show featuring head football coach Larry Kennan. Join him Thursday, Sept. 4, 7-8 p.m. at The Barn Door restaurant (8400 N New Braunfels Ave., 78209). The radio show will be broadcasted live on CBS Sports Radio 860 AM.

UIW Athletics also invites YOU to be a part of the excitement by hosting an employee night, family night, or other type of event at the radio show at little-to-no cost for your department. To help facilitate a successful event for your school/department and to thank you for your support, Athletics will help to cover the cost of food for your event. For more information, please contact Rick Smith at (210) 283-6448 or

Writing and Learning Center Extended Hours
The Writing and Learning Center is now offering extended hours for those interested in writing tutoring. The new hours are listed below.

  • Sunday, 6-9 p.m.
  • Mondays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Fridays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information, please visit the Writing and Learning Center’s website at

Extended Academic Programs

EAP Director of Strategic Initiatives represents UIW at military education luncheon
EAP Director of Strategic Initiatives Jon Lovejoy represented UIW at an education luncheon on Randolph AFB sponsored by Gen. Robin Rand (Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph), where Gen. Rand discussed military education policy and strategy with representatives from the majority of San Antonio colleges and universities.

Community News

The UIW Alumni Executive Board shares their love for UIW with a photo.

UIW Highlights

  • S.A. designer moves ahead on “Project Runway.”
    • Catch up on the latest from last night’s episode by visiting
  • Volleyball prepares for season opener.
  • Caliber of competition going up considerably for UIW.

SGA General Assembly – First Legacy Session
The Student Government will begin holding general assemblies with its first Legacy Session on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 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 all general assemblies. For more information, please contact Desmond Ndikum at (210) 829-3833 or

Employee Health & Wellness

Tip of the week
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Wellness Center Orientation
The UIW Wellness Center will host an orientation session 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. Orientation sessions will be every first Tuesday of the month beginning Tuesday, Sept. 2, 6:45 a.m. 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

Andrés Gamón Dissertation Defense
Andrés Gamón will defend his dissertation, Contemporary U.S. Expatriate Artists in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico: Challenges of Transnationalism and Acculturation, on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. Gamón’s dissertation chair is Dr. Osman Özturgut. For more information, please contact Duncan Hayse at (210) 829-2758 or

Faculty Family Potluck Supper
UIW faculty are invited to bring their families to a faculty family potluck supper on Friday, Sept. 5, 6:30-9 p.m. in the ICC conference room and patio. The event is great opportunity for faculty and their families to relax, have fun, make new friends as well as reconnect with old ones. Attendees are kindly asked to bring a dish or any food of their choice to share. Iced tea refreshments will be provided; guests are welcome to bring any other drink they prefer. The event is sponsored by Faculty Mentoring (Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, Dr. Brian McBurnett and Dr. Susan Hall). For more information, please contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 829-3854 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:

  • Sr. Luz Romay, CCVI (Former UIW Bd. of Trustees) & family on the loss of her mother, Maria de la Luz Munoz de Cote.
  • Sandra and Stanley Rosenberg (UIW Friends) on the loss of his sister; Benita Soble (BA ’71) on the loss of her mother; and Jill (UIW Dev. Bd.) and Bobby (UIW Bd. of Trustees) Rosenthal on the loss of her aunt, Miriam Helen Rosenberg Soble (ALND ‘47).

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