UIW News

Table Of Contents/Spring 2001


UIW, Northwest Vista and Philips Semiconductors Ink Training Agreement

Five Crusaders Named Baseball All-Conference

UIW Nursing Program Making Difference in Southside Parish

Area Golfers "Swing-In" to Help UIW Raise Scholarship Funds

UIW Names New Board Members

Fashion Students Present "The Cutting Edge" Fiesta Fashion Show

Czech Pianist Makes UIW First San Antonio Stop

Currier Takes Helm of Men’s Soccer Program

Chancellor Named President Emerita

UIW Taps National Expert to Head Engineering Program

Latin American Scholarship Fundraiser Supports Cross-Border Studies

Sr. Helen Prejean, Author of Dead Man Walking, to Speak

Theatre Arts Presents Shakespeare's Othello March 2-10

The Universe Online: The Next Step in Education

MLK, Other Historical Figures Honored During Black History Month Events

Keeping MLK’s Dream Alive, Barrows to Speak at UIW

UIW, Northwest Vista and Philips Semiconductors Ink Training Agreement

Archived June 19, 2001

The University of the Incarnate Word, along with Northwest Vista College and Philips Semiconductors of San Antonio are joining forces to help employees and area citizens develop the skills necessary for success in a vital, high-tech industry.

During an April 16 agreement signing in the UIW J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library Auditorium, these three entities entered a business partnership that is the first of its kind in higher education. Together this private university, community college and industry will jointly offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Equipment Engineering.

Northwest Vista College, a college of the Alamo Community College District, currently offers a Certificate of Completion and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology. With this new partnership, NVC students will have a seamless transfer to UIW to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

This cutting-edge, high technology program prepares students for entry to mid-level positions in the industry, which produces integrated circuits for digital electronics used in computers, satellite television technology, cellular phones and other products.

The program was created to answer a growing need for highly skilled people in the industry. This comprehensive program prepares students by providing both in-class instruction as well as on-site, hands-on active learning.

Classes will be offered through the UIW Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCaP) on a flexible schedule that fits the students’ needs. The classes will primarily be held on the Northwest Vista campus and at Philips Semiconductors.

Those attending the agreement signing included: Dr. Louis J. Agnese Jr., UIW President; Dr. Jacqueline Claunch, Northwest Vista College President; Mr. Ajit Manocha, Senior Vice President of USA Operations for Philips Semiconductors. Also, a number of other representatives from all three parties were on hand during the event.

Classes for the new program begin this summer. For more information, call (210) 829-3889.

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Five Crusaders Named Baseball All-Conference

Archived June 11, 2001

Close on the heels of their winning the Heartland Conference championship, five members of the University of the Incarnate Word baseball team have been named all-conference for 2001.

The UIW quintet named to the elite squad is headed by three seniors, second baseman Mike Rodriguez, catcher Daniel Potter, and outfielder Joe Omiecinski.

Others receiving the all-conference designation are sophomore third baseman John Elia and junior righthanded pitcher John Ruebsahm. For the season, Potter led the Crusaders with his .409 batting average while Rodriguez (San Antonio Holmes High School) hit .393 and set a school record with 13 triples.

Omiecinski batted .364 for the year while Elia hit .312 and had two home runs in the Heartland tournament. Ruebsahm led UIW with his season record of 9-3 and 4.54 ERA while earning a victory in the tournament. Incarnate Word swept through the HC tournament with a perfect 3-0 mark and had a season record of 35-21.

The Crusaders won their final eight games of the year and won 13 of the last 16 games.

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Nursing Program Making a Difference in Southside Parish

Archived May 28, 2001

Over on the Southeast side of San Antonio there is a newly renovated house that is not only welcoming on the outside, but inside - offering a new and healthy hope for the neighboring parishioners of St. Philip of Jesus.

The University of the Incarnate Word and St. Philip of Jesus have formed a partnership creating the "Ministerio de Salud" or St. Philip of Jesus Health Ministry. Together, the two entities now have a headquarters building located at 130 Bank Street.

The students, faculty and staff of UIW have been active in the health ministry for over a year, but are now able to do more for the community with the establishment this wellness center near the church.

UIW has entered the parish community on several occasions offering health assessments for the parishioners, free health screenings, classes in health awareness, stress management classes and even college and career preparation for the youth.

Every semester, UIW also organizes a clean-up day to assist the elderly parishioners with yard work that may be too difficult for them to do themselves. Last fall, over 30 individuals participated in the event and cleaned 13 yards in one day.

The next clean-up day is scheduled for April 21, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Health Ministry Building.

The mission of the ministry is to improve the health and well being of the community of St. Philip of Jesus through collaboration and capacity building. The vision of the ministry is the working together of the communities of St. Philip of Jesus and UIW to assess community health needs, develop solutions, and build a health-promoting environment.

For more information, call the Health Ministry office at 224-7122, between the hours of 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Area Golfers "Swing-In" to Help UIW Raise Scholarship Funds

Archived May 21, 2001

Area golfers are heading for the fairways once again, to help raise money for local students and athletes during the University of the Incarnate Word’s 24th Annual Swing-In Golf Tournament to be held May 18 at the Tapatio Springs Golf Club.

This year’s tournament theme is 2001: A Golf Odyssey and benefits the UIW student scholarship funds and athletic program.

Tournament festivities begin with the auction party scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on May 17 outside near UIW Plaza. The party will include a buffet, live music, and a live and silent auction of more than 100 items.

On May 18, golfers swing into action during either an 8 a.m. or 1 p.m. round of golf. Separate awards will be presented at the end of each round. Contests will also be held throughout the day.

Sponsorship levels from "Platinum" to "Cart" sponsors are available for the tournament. Each sponsorship level will receive special promotional recognition throughout the tournament. All golfers will receive complimentary tickets to the auction party, a logo shirt and a goodie bag. Individual golf spots are available as well as individual tickets to the auction party.

Major sponsors for the Swing-In 2001 tournament include: Bud Light, Bank of America, and Pizza Hut. For registration or ticket information, call the UIW at (210) 829-6013.

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UIW Names New Board Members

Archived May 13, 2001

The University of the Incarnate Word recently appointed six San Antonians it considers "the best of the best" to serve on its Board of Trustees.

The new trustees include: David J. Cibrian, shareholder, Jenkens & Gilchrist law firm; Mark E. Watson Jr., business owner and rancher, Watson Management Group/Diamond K Ranch; Berkley V. Dawson, President, BudCo of San Antonio; and Peggy Wolf Lewis, retired business owner.

These four new trustees will serve 3-year renewable terms, beginning with UIW’s March board meeting.

The two other individuals are: James F. "Fully" Clingman Jr., President and CEO, H. E. Butt Grocery Company and Bruce A. Smith, President and CEO, Tesoro Petroleum Corporation. Both have already been active with the board and have just over two years of their term left to serve.

As trustees, these individuals will be part of the policy-making body for the University, also setting strategies and developing new visions for the University.

The University of the Incarnate Word is a Catholic, co-educational liberal arts college founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Guided by its 120-year mission of Christian service and social justice, Incarnate Word maintains a tradition of excellence.

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Fashion Students Present "The Cutting Edge" Fiesta Fashion Show

Archived April 23, 2001

Fiesta is more than just music and parades; it is also about fashion, culture and food. The fashion students at the University of the Incarnate Word will present their annual Fiesta Fashion Show and Luncheon "The Cutting Edge" at noon on April 23 in the UIW McDermott Convention Center.

In its 21st year, the show has evolved into a New York-style runway presentation that is among the highlights of San Antonio’s fashion year. "The Cutting Edge" is a student-directed production. Students handle stage design including the runway and backdrop, hiring of professional models and their choreography, and manage the lighting, sound and video.

Most importantly, the garments modeled are designed and constructed by the students.

This year, fourteen student designers will present their artistic creations, which are a culmination of four years of work at UIW.

Two guest designers, Tracy Avery and Nicholas Morgan Stout, also will be featured. Ms. Avery is a graduate of the Fashion Management Program at UIW and has recently opened her own studio in Fredericksburg, Texas. Mr. Stout is an eighth grade San Antonio student, with a very promising career in design.

"The Cutting Edge" fashion show is sanctioned by the Fiesta San Antonio Commission as an official Fiesta event. Last year’s show was a sellout, and is anticipated to be just as successful this year.

The doors for the event open at 11 a.m., with a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. The cost for the luncheon and show are $50 per person and table sponsorships are also available. For reservations, call (210) 829-6013.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for the show only for $10 or $5 for students and seniors. For advanced tickets, call (210) 805-1212.

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Czech Pianist Makes UIW First San Antonio Stop

Archived April 23, 2001

Celebrated Czech pianist Martin Kasik presents his first San Antonio concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20 in University of the Incarnate Word’s Our Lady’s Chapel.

Kaisk has won several international competitions, including First Prize in the 1998 Prague Spring Festival in the Czech Republic, First Prize in the 1998 Young Concert Artists European Auditions in Leipzig, the Beracasa Foundation Prize of the Montpellier Radio-France Festival in 1999, and First Prize in the prestigious 1999 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York.

He counts among U.S. venues he has played Washington’s Kennedy Center and New York’s Lincoln Center.

His repertoire includes the music of Chopin and Rachmaninoff, as well as Bach, Mozart and Schumann. He also performs the compositions of his countrymen, Janacek and Slavicky.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (210) 829-6001.

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Currier Takes Helm of Men’s Soccer Program

Archived April 17, 2001

Dennis Currier is coming to San Antonio with a plan and high goals for the University of the Incarnate Word men’s soccer program.

The St. Louis native was selected to be the next head man for the soccer Crusaders. The announcement was made by UIW Athletic Director Howard Patterson.

"I am extremely pleased to have someone with Dennis’ background and accomplishments at the national level as UIW’s new men’s soccer coach," Patterson said.

For the past eight years, Currier has been the head coach at Harris-Stowe State College in St. Louis, and in that time his teams have posted a cumulative 118-35-5 record.

For the past four seasons Harris-Stowe has been nationally ranked in the NAIA. In 2000, his team entered the NAIA National Tournament ranked number one in the nation.

"Dennis brings an extremely strong and successful background in recruiting, coaching and winning," Patterson added. "One of his many strengths is his ability to blend players from diverse backgrounds, international and American, and to win at the national level."

Twice Currier was a finalist for NSCAA / ADDIDAS national coach of the year, and three times he was the NAIA Midwest Region coach of the year. His teams produced one academic All-American player, 16 NAIA All-Americans and 24 all-region performers.

"I have really high goals," Currier said. "I am leaving a team at Harris-Stowe which is close to a national championship. I am enthusiastic and I want to come in and set those same high goals at Incarnate Word."

For more information, call UIW’s Sports Information Office at (210) 829-3828

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Chancellor Named President Emerita

Archived April 4, 2001

Sister Margaret Patrice Slattery, Chancellor of the University of the Incarnate Word, is currently celebrating her golden anniversary as a member of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and a career in higher education.

During the UIW commencement exercises on Dec. 9, she was named President Emerita, one of the highest honors that the University awards.

In her career, she has served as an English professor, departmental chairman, academic dean, and president of Incarnate Word College, a post she held for 13 years.

Upon leaving the office of president, Sister Margaret Patrice was named Chancellor by the Board of Trustees and is directly responsible for mission effectiveness.

In addition to her bachelor’s degree in English from Incarnate Word College, Sister Margaret Patrice holds a master¹s degree in English from Marquette University and a doctoral degree in English from the Catholic University of America.

She has completed additional studies at universities in this nation, and a post-doctoral study at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. In 1981 and 1998 she was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from St. Edward’s University and the University of the Incarnate Word.

As a civic leader and professional leader, Sister Margaret Patrice served as President of the Association of Texas Colleges and Universities, of the Higher Education Council of San Antonio, and of the United Colleges of San Antonio.

She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the United Way, the American Red Cross, Incarnate Word Hospital in St. Louis, St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Worth, and Incarnate Word Health Services in San Antonio.

Sister Margaret is the author of Promises to Keep, a two-volume history of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, which was selected for the 1998 annual book award by the Texas Catholic Historical Association.

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UIW Taps National Expert to Head Engineering Program

The Engineering program at the University of the Incarnate Word is on its way to a prosperous start with the recent hiring of Dr. Richard Szecsy as the new Director of Engineering.

Szecsy is a native of San Antonio and a graduate of Clark High School. After graduation, he attended Texas A & M University where he completed both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Civil Engineering.

Soon after, he left Texas to continue his education and earned his doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois. Recently, he also earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from a private university in Houston, Texas.

Szecsy’s background is comprised of experience in both corporate and international business. He has had the opportunity to work not only in different location across the United States, but also in Asia, Australia, and Europe.

He is a Registered Professional Engineer that specializes in construction materials and is a national leading expert in recycled water and concrete. He now has his own consulting firm, which deals mainly with the integration of Internet and technology strategies for the construction industry.

UIW is the first institution in San Antonio to offer a degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Environmental Engineering. The four-year program will be in full gear beginning fall 2001, but is offering an Introduction to Engineering course this spring semester.

"This new program is geared towards producing students that can become engineers and contribute to the health, safety, and welfare of the public," said Dr. Szecsy. "Engineers follow a strict code of ethics that is part of everything we do."

A vision that the director has for the program is to also offer an extended program in which the student may also earn a master¹s degree in Business Administration.

Finally, Szecsy wants to utilize the international ties that UIW has and give the students an opportunity to take part in an exchange program to study in Turkey or China where the world’s oldest engineering and newest hi-tech engineering exists.

"Engineers are the lifeblood of any society. No one ever says there are too many engineers," said Dr. Szecsy.

For more information about this new opportunity, call (210) 829-3152 or (210) 829-3151.

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Latin American Scholarship Fundraiser Supports Cross-Border Studies

International relations is taking on a new meaning, with the creation of a Latin American scholarship fund at the University of the Incarnate Word that will give students the opportunity to study in Latin America and for students from Latin America to attend UIW.

Now, with the help of over 40 San Antonians, who are all of Latin American descent, the opportunity is becoming more of a reality.

In an effort to raise the funds needed, a scholarship dinner "Unidos por la Educación" will be held at 7 p.m. on March 23 at the San Antonio Country Club. This elegant evening of dining and entertainment will serve as the main scholarship fundraiser for the Latin American scholarship fund.

"The academic connection between UIW and Latin America is a natural one for several reasons," UIW President Dr. Louis J. Agnese said. "For instance, our proximity to Latin America and the fact that this region is one of the geographic areas that represents the future of world commerce."

Dr. Agnese will be honored at the event, since this year marks the 15th anniversary of his inauguration as president of UIW. Under his leadership, UIW has grown strong in the international market and continues to strive for more influence globally.

Also, the University is celebrating its 120th anniversary. The school was chartered in 1881, by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and has grown into one of San Antonio’s most distinguished private Catholic liberal arts institutions.

A silent auction will be held and feature the artwork of painters Martha Ochoa, Martha Peláez and sculptor Javier Marín. Entertainment will be provided by Mexican guitarist Eduardo Castañón, the UIW Jazz Ensemble, and other student musicians.

Corporate tables are available for $3000 or $1500 and individual sponsorships are available for $100. For reservations or to make a donation, call (210) 829-6012.

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Sr. Helen Prejean, Author of Dead Man Walking, to Speak

The story began two decades ago in Louisiana with a woman on a mission "to get involved in the way of justice." Sister Helen Prejean has seen "the blinding light of death" and now devotes her efforts to obtaining a worldwide moratorium on the death penalty.

She will share her experiences with the San Antonio community at 7 p.m. on March 24 in the University of the Incarnate Word Fine Arts Auditorium as part of the UIW Distinguished Speaker Series.

A book signing and reception will be held immediately after the presentation. This event is free and open to the public.

Author of Dead Man Walking: An Eye Witness Account of the Death Penalty in the U.S., Prejean began counseling death row inmates in 1981 at Louisiana State Penitentiary and continues this ministry today. She has accompanied five men to execution in Louisiana and Virginia.

Her book was on the New York Times best selling list for 31 weeks and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Then in 1995, it was made into a motion picture, written and directed by Tim Robbins. Susan Sarandon received best actress in 1996 at the Academy Awards for her portrayal of Sister Helen in "Dean Man Walking."

Her book has been translated into 12 languages and has been made into an opera by the San Francisco Opera Company, which premiered in October 2000. Currently, she is the honorary chair of Moratorium 2000, which has gathered over 3.2 million signatures for a moratorium on the death penalty.

For more information, call the UIW Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

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Theatre Arts Presents Shakespeare's Othello March 2-10

What could make a good man kill the woman he loves more than life itself? Shakespeare’s Othello - a classic tale of love and jealousy - addresses that very question.

UIW Theatre Arts presents the classic tragedy March 2, 3 and 4 and 6-10 at the University’s Elizabeth Huth Coates Theatre. Curtain is at 8 p.m. on March 2,3, 8 and 10, at 7:30 p.m. on March 6-8, and at 2:30 p.m. on March 4.

One of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, Othello traces the descent of a man from noble commander and trusting husband into deranged monster. The play reminds us that trust - the invisible bond that sustains our relationships - is all too fragile.

The play is directed by Director of Theatre Arts Robert Ball. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for students, and group rates for 10 or more are available.

Call the UIW Theatre Box Office at 829-3800 for reservation or more information.

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The Universe Online: The Next Step in Education

The University of the Incarnate Word has taken education to the next level, offering classes online through the new Universe Online program, with a full slate of classes scheduled for the fall semester.

Dr. Reg Traylor, acting dean of UIW’s School of Math/Science/Engineering, laid the groundwork to establish the virtual university. At the time, he was the VP for Extended Academic Programs. "Our society has become so mobile and so drawn by convenience that universities across the land are responding to the changing market." Traylor said. "They’re offering courses and degrees by way of electronic media."

In the near future, students will be able to complete degree plans online.The Internet will be used to deliver coursework to students, through Convene, a company dedicated to online education.

Running the Universe Online will be Dr. Cyndi Porter, who was lured by the challenge of getting the program up and running. And the challenge is right up her alley, she built, "from the ground up,"" a similar program at Wisconsin's Lakeland College. Under her direction, Lakeland’s online program grew from 22 students at its 1997 inception to nearly 1,000 in four years, making it the nation’s fourth largest.

Porter, who was a professor of chemistry at Lakeland before donning the virtual dean’s hat there, admits she was initially skeptical of online instruction.

Her experiences, however, have made her a believer that anything can be taught -- and taught well -- online. "I don’t see a limit to any course, unless it involves physical activity. But I bet I could figure out a way to do it."

Porter points out that in an online setting, a student gets constant feedback, rather than attending a specific class twice or three times weekly. Access to their instructor and classmates is as close as their computer. "Online, you’re never alone, never by yourself," Porter said. "You get almost immediate feedback, seven days a week."

The first course offerings include classes from the business department, political science, and organizational behavior. Eventually, an entire degree will be available through online instruction, with the initial plan probably in business administration, Porter said.

And serving the needs of students seeking traditional courses will merely be the beginning for UIW’s virtual university. According to Traylor, plans are in the works to deliver virtual coursework to both Christus Santa Rosa Health Care and the U.S. Army’s Allied Health Services, based at Fort Sam Houston. "Some of these programs may include getting a degree as an objective, some might not," Traylor said.

Plans for the Virtual University are ambitious, but both Traylor and Porter are confident UIW’s online educational goals can be reached while still serving Incarnate Word’s mission. "In five years, we hope to have 3,000 students," Traylor said. "I think that’s immenently reachable."

Registration is now being held for the fall semester, with classes beginning Aug. 21. For more information about the Universe Online or to register, e-mail virtual@universe.uiwtx.edu, call (210) 829-2702 or call toll free at 1-877-827-2702.

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MLK, Other Historical Figures Honored During Black History Month Events

From the Marcus Garvey movement to the Martin Luther King era to the present day, the Civil Rights movement has always been a topic of great concern to many individuals. Now with the creation of Black History Month, others are able to learn the history behind the movements and honor the many individuals that have been a part of the struggle over the years.

As part of the month of celebration, the University of the Incarnate Word has scheduled events in honor of Black History Month. The first event is a play entitled "The Colored Museum," by George C. Wolfe and directed by Kathy Hornsby, which will be performed at 6 p.m. on Feb. 19 in the UIW Student Center.

"This production is composed of 11 Oexhibits¹ that cut the stilted legs out from under black stereotypes old and new," said director Hornsby, "and returns to the facts of what being black means."

Next on the calendar is Bryan Barrows who will present "Who Was Martin Luther King?" at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 20 in Marian Hall Ballroom. He is part of UIW¹s Distinguished Speaker Series.

Finally, the First Annual Frank C. Paredes Lecture will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 in the UIW Mabee Library Auditorium. The film "Crossover: A Story of Desegregation" will be shown. It is a 53-minute documentary directed by Ricardo Ainsile, which presents the compelling accounts of school desegregation in Hempstead, Texas.

The events are sponsored by UIW and are all FREE and open to the public. For more information, call 829-6001.

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Keeping MLK’s Dream Alive, Barrows to Speak at UIW

The Civil Rights movement was an era when equality was an undying dream for black Americans and among them was a young leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. whose dream still lives on.

Bryan Barrows will present "Who Was Martin Luther King?" at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 20 at the University of the Incarnate Word’s Marian Hall Ballroom.

Barrows is a master storyteller who has been touring this original play since 1988. He currently works at Prairie View A & M University and wrote this docu-drama while he was an assistant professor of communication at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The project took six years to research and is a combination of anecdotes, traditional history coupled with obscure facts and colored with characterizations. In the story, an elderly man is appalled to find out that his grandson doesn't know who MLK was and decides that it his duty to educate the boy. "What has happened to the dream when the dreamer is no longer with us?" the old man sighs as he begins his tale.

"This play is a reminder that the battle for justice and fairness did not end with the death of Martin Luther King," Barrows said. "We have a duty to fight racism wherever we find it and this is my way of doing it."

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 829-6034.

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