UIW News

Table Of Contents/Spring 2005

Outstanding Alumna Receives Commencement Honor

Against Odds, Grandmother Graduates

Barnes Wins Presidential Teaching Award

Graduates to be Honored During May 7 Ceremonies

UIW Tees it Up for Scholarships With Swing-In

MLS Veteran Jeffries Signs on as Head Soccer Coach

Faculty Leads Peace Pilgrimage to Holy Land

Theatre Arts Features Comedy Anton in Show Business

25th Annual Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show Set

Three Cardinals Honored by Heartland Conference

Womens History Month Celebrated

Incarnate Word Day Celebrated March 23

UIW Students Lobby for State Financial Aid

UIW Welcomes Soria’s Return from Iraq

Theatre Arts Presents Molière’s Classic The Miser

Incarnate Word, OLLU Join Forces to Raise Funds for Tsunami Victims

UIW and McNay Museum Team for Theater Exhibit

Presidential Teaching Award to Honor UIW Faculty

Israeli Scholar to Speak Feb. 8

Gift Creates S.A.’s First School of Pharmacy

Speaker Series Features Healthcare Primer

Outstanding Alumna Receives Commencement Honor

The University of the Incarnate Word honored Antoniette Pollock Mulvaney as the 2005 Alumna of Distinction for Professional Achievement on May 7 at spring commencement ceremonies in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center.

Mulvaney has accomplished great success and stands out as the first undergraduate alumna to achieve the rank of full Professor of Business Law. She is currently teaching at Lamar University in Beaumont. She is a member of the Lamar University Honors Council, Director of the Lamar University Ambassadors Program and chair of the Lamar University/Texas Tech Law School Scholarship Committee. She has received numerous awards for outstanding teaching.

Mulvaney received an undergraduate degree in English from Incarnate Word in 1978 and a JD from St. Mary’s University in 1981. She was a practicing trial lawyer in Beaumont until 1986 and then went on civic practice with her husband in the Law Offices of Tom Mulvaney.

In addition to her work, she is also active in community service. For outstanding service to her parish and faith community, she received the first annual Diocese of Beaumont “Faithful Steward Award” earlier this year. In 2004, she organized a mission to Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico in cooperation with Habitat for Mexico. The mission included building houses and providing dental care and basic needs for the poorest parish in the U.S.

As though a full time career, family, and community service work is not enough to fill Mulvaney’s schedule, she is also an accomplished tennis player. A member of a United States Tennis Association League team, she has qualified for sectionals for the last two years. She is ranked at 4.5, the highest level in Beaumont.

For 23 years UIW has recognized an alumnus/alumna, nominated by his or her peers, for exceptional professional achievement or service in keeping with the mission of Incarnate Word.  Mulvaney, who is a second generation Incarnate Word graduate, truly lives her life in the spirit of the mission.

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

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Against Odds, Grandmother Graduates

Archived June 7, 2005

At 64 years old and despite more obstacles than the average student could even dream of, Alice Ramirez walked the stage at the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center May 7 and received her Associates degree in Liberal Studies at the University of the Incarnate Word’s commencement ceremonies. 

The grandmother of six was in a hit and run accident and left injured on the highway, resulting in surgery to remove her left knee bone and the replacement of a metal template, yet this semester she enrolled in a dance class. Her apartment was broken into twice and she managed to fight off the intruders giving one a nasty bump on the head with an alarm clock. Her disposition doesn’t even hint at the adversity she has encountered.

“I know I should be mad at the person who hit me, but I just can’t be,” she says with complete forgiveness.

In a 12 year span, Ramirez lost every member of her immediate family, but found a new family at Incarnate Word. She absorbed every bit of college life even living in the dorms for three years. A journalist as a teen, Ramirez wrote for her school newspaper at Sidney Lanier High School, continuing that interest she has been a dedicated member of The Logos staff at UIW. Faculty and students alike comment that she appears to be everywhere at once covering events around campus.

During her summer breaks she works at Fort Sam Houston where she has received the two highest commendations a civilian can earn. Whatever she is doing she gives it her all, with no hint of slowing down.

“I always imagined myself cruising around in my sixties… maybe when I turn eighty,” she says with a giggle. Indeed when many people are thinking of retirement and slowing down Ramirez admits she’s only getting started.

For more information, please call the office of public relations at (210) 829-6001.

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Barnes Wins Presidential Teaching Award

Archived May 24, 2005

The University of the Incarnate Word honored the hard working members of the teaching staff recently at the Faculty Appreciation Luncheon on the university campus. One outstanding professor was singled out above all others as the first recipient of the Presidential Teaching Award.

UIW Sociology Professor Roger Barnes, Ph.D. received the coveted honor which included a $5,000 award. This is the first award of this size to be offered through UIW and one of very few in the region. Created by the Faculty Senate with support from UIW President Dr. Louis Agnese, Jr., the award is equivalent to many national contests

“By awarding our faculty a prize of this scale, we are acknowledging the value and talents our professors offer their students resulting in a higher level of education at the University of the Incarnate Word. Through this award we hope to continue the recognition of exemplary professors for years to come,” said David M. Jurenovich, Ph.D. UIW vice president for administration.

Presidential Award
Dr. Roger Barnes (center) with Vice President Dr. Denise Doyle and President Dr. Louis Agnese.

Barnes was chosen from more than 30 nominated faculty members for his extraordinary dedication to teaching demonstrated by an impact and involvement with students and a teaching approach that encourages student engagement. Nominations were accepted from alumni, students and faculty members.  A student of Barnes commented in his nomination form that in his four and a half years at UIW,  “I have not had a professor who has inspired me more through his passion and dedication to his discipline.”

Barnes, who has been at the University of the Incarnate Word since 1988, earned numerous degrees including a B.A. in 1973, M.A. in 1976, M.Phil. in 1978 and a Ph.D. in 1983 all in the study of Sociology at the University of Kansas. He is a past recipient of the CCVI Spirit Award and a former UIW Moody Professor, both of which are prestigious honors given by the university.

“I have never tired of the classroom. Where does the written word come so alive, the imaginations see something afresh or the new idea take hold? Where does that which is controversial get addressed? Where does the new way of seeing often emerge? Obviously, all this happens in the classroom. In other words, teaching has the ability to help a student’s world open up, to explore new ideas and to think about old problems in new and different perspectives,” said Barnes of his teaching experience.

As an award winner, Barnes will become a member of the Selection Committee in succeeding years.

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

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Graduates to be Honored During May 7 Ceremonies

Archived May 9, 2005

The University of the Incarnate Word will celebrate 2004-2005 Commencement on May 7 with two graduation ceremonies, to accommodate a higher number of guests per graduate, one at 11 a.m. and a second at 5 p.m.

The morning celebration for the H-E-B School of Business & Administration and the School of Nursing and Health Professions will begin with a Baccalaureate Mass at 9 a.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium, followed by commencement at 11 a.m. in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center. The morning address will be given by Tom Benson.

Born in New Orleans, La., Tom Benson attended Catholic schools until he joined the U.S. Navy in 1945. After leaving the Navy with an accounting degree he began his business career. In 1959 he acquired his first Chevrolet dealership and proceeded to become a leader in the industry. His other career interests included real estate, investments and banking.

With associates, he acquired ownership of the New Orleans Saints football team in 1984, emerging as an influential leader of the NFL. Benson is not only a successful businessman, but an active philanthropist as well, with a strong commitment to the community. He has served as a member of the UIW Board of Trustees and received the UIW Insigne Verbum award in 1993.

A second Baccalaureate Mass will be held at 3 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium for graduates from the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, the Dreeben School of Education, the School of Interactive Media & Design, and the School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering. The afternoon commencement will begin at 5 p.m. in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center and will feature an address by Joe L. Frost, Ph.D.

An internationally acclaimed educator and author, Joe L. Frost, Ph.D. has collaborated with UIW’s Dreeben School of Education since 1996. The Arkansas native has written over 15 books and numerous articles on early education. Through a career which included positions as a public school teacher, Iowa State University Assistant Professor and work with children in poverty and Operation Head Start, Frost became a leader in the field of early education.

Frost also helped to develop early childhood graduate and undergraduate programs at the University of Texas at Austin which led to work developing courses on child development and play environments. He has lectured across the globe and has received many honors for his work. A great benefactor to UIW, he has set a goal of creating the most comprehensive collection on children’s play and play environments in the U.S. at the University of the Incarnate Word.

Processional and recessional music will be performed by the San Antonio Pipes and Drums. Musical direction provided by William Gokelman, Associate Professor of Music.

For more information, please call the office of public relations at (210) 829-6001.

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UIW Tees it Up for Scholarships With Swing-In

Archived May 6, 2005

Plans are underway for a fun-filled weekend as the University of the Incarnate Word hosts its 28th annual Swing-In golf tournament and auction part,y sponsored by Bud Light. This year’s event boasts a beach bash theme.

Last year, the event raised more than $128,000 for UIW students. Over the past 28 years, sponsors of this event have helped UIW raise approximately $1 million.  This year, their goal is to raise $150,000.

The two-day event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on May 5 in the UIW Sky Room (4301 Broadway). The Swing-In “Beach Bash” will feature a live and silent auction along with dinner, drinks and Caribbean music by a live D.J. This spring beach party promises to be a night of hot fun without all of the sun.

On May 6 the fun continues with a day on the greens as participants tee off at The Republic Golf Club (4226 Southeast Military Drive). With its picturesque views and lush greens, this day of golf will be filled with camaraderie and competition.

Individual golf sponsorships are available for $250 and will be accepted through April 29. Tickets to attend the auction are $50 per person and are available through May 2. For more information about the tournament, auction or other sponsorship opportunities, please contact Monica Martinez, UIW director of development at (210) 829-6072.

All proceeds from the auction and tournament will benefit student scholarships and athletics.

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MLS Veteran Jeffries Signs on as Head Soccer Coach

Archived May 3, 2005

With the intent of keeping intact its national level of competition and recognition, and seeking another level of technical knowledge, the University of the Incarnate Word today named Mike Jeffries its new men’s soccer coach.

Jeffries, taking the reins of the Cardinals program immediately, comes to UIW after most recently being head coach of the Dallas Burn of Major League Soccer for three years.

“We eagerly anticipate the arrival of Mike Jeffries and we feel strongly that he will continue the excellence which has been established at Incarnate Word for men’s soccer,” UIW Director of Athletics Mark Papich said. “Mike is another in a line of highly-respected coaches here and we think he provides another level of experience and expertise. We reached Division II’s Elite Eight last fall and we fully expect to remain at that level.”

The Cardinals in 2004 finished as the fifth ranked team in the nation after winning both the regular and post-season titles in the Southwest Soccer Conference and winning the Midwest Region championship.

“This was a long process with a lot of tension,” Papich said. “It was a roller coaster ride as we had a large pool of candidates with a vast array of experience. We think Mike's experience in MLS, his proven winning record, his recruiting contacts and his technical expertise will provide UIW the best avenue to a national title.”

Jeffries has spent the last year as a volunteer for the highly-regarded men’s soccer program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

A finalist for 2002 MLS coach of the year honors, Jeffries engineered arguably the best drafts in the league in his first two seasons and then led the Burn to the playoffs. Prior to joining the Burn, Jeffries spent three years as an assistant coach with the Chicago Fire, helping that team to a 1998 MLS Cup Championship, and to U.S. Open Cup titles in 1998 and 2000.

From 1995 to 1998, Jeffries was the head coach for the A-League’s New Orleans Storm (formerly the Riverboat Gamblers). In 1997, he guided the Gamblers to the A-League Central Division Championship and to the Western Conference playoff semifinals.

Jeffries was a four-year starter at Duke University from 1980-83, earning All-American status as well as being named the recipient of the 1983 Hermann Award (soccer’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy). Upon graduation from Duke, Jeffries played one season for the Minnesota Strikers of the North American Soccer League. He also made three appearances with the United States National Team in 1984.

From 1984 to 1987, Jeffries played in the Major Indoor Soccer League for the Minnesota Strikers and then with the Dallas Sidekicks in 1988. A torn ACL forced retirement from his playing days at which time he moved to New Orleans to become a financial consultant for Smith-Barney. After three years with that company, he founded the Lafreniere Select Soccer Program, serving as Director of Coaching from 1992 to 1996.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and public policy from Duke University and a master’s degree in finance from Tulane University in New Orleans.

For more information, please call the office of sports information at (210) 829-3828.

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Faculty Leads Peace Pilgrimage to Holy Land

Archived April 29, 2005

University of the Incarnate Word’s Sister Martha Ann Kirk, Th.D. will lead a group on a Peace Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from May 20 – June 1.

The trip to the sacred land of Christians, Jews, and Muslims will encourage relationships of justice and peace, provide an opportunity to learn of today's political opportunities and challenges and visit biblical sites, especially those associated with Christ.

The two-week trip, co-sponsored by the Women’s Global Connection, will include transportation in the Holy Land, accommodations in double rooms in simple Christian hostels, guided tours and lectures, entrance fees to sites, handouts, tips, guides, and breakfast and dinner daily.

Among the featured sites are the Negev Desert, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Bethlehem, Gaza, Nazareth and Galilee.

Space is limited and a deposit is required. For more information call (210) 829-3854 or visit www.uiw.edu/holylandtour/kirk.html

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

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Theatre Arts Features Comedy Anton in Show Business

Archived April 25, 2005

The University of the Incarnate Word Department of Theatre Arts presents Anton in Show Business by Jane Martin as the final production on the 2004-2005 theatre season. 

Performances are scheduled for Friday, April 15 through Sunday April 17 and Thursday, April 21 through Saturday, April 23 in the university’s Coates Theatre. Curtain is at 8 p.m., except for a 7 p.m. showtime on Thursday, April 21 and a 2 p.m. start on Sunday, April 17.

The play, which is a spoof of the theatre community, centers around three actresses trying to mount a production of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters but the production has every problem imaginable. What makes the play unique is its ability to have all the essential character types that are acquainted with contemporary theatre. 

Martin’s cast of characters includes the egotistical and conniving starlet, the eager community actress, the down on her luck off-off Broadway actress, the over educated artistic director with degrees from Harvard and Yale, the eccentric guest director, the cynical sponsor with ties to the tobacco industry and a disgruntled audience member. The lives of these characters are fused together to showcase a contemporary theatre in danger of being torn apart by economic, artistic, and personal forces that sustain its existence.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for non-UIW students, and groups of 10 or more may purchase tickets for $6. UIW students, faculty and staff each receive one free ticket with a valid university ID. To reserve seats, call the UIW Department of Theatre Arts at (210) 829-3800.

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25th Annual Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show Set

Archived April 19, 2005

University of the Incarnate Word’s Fashion Department will hold the 25th Annual Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show at 11:30 on April 18 in the UIW Sky Room.

The annual event is entirely produced by students and will feature the work of 13 student designers. Each designer produces a collection of between six to eight garments, with each collection centered on an individual theme selected by the student and ranging from a season, to a color or market segment. Each design is entirely designed and constructed by the student.

Students coordinate every aspect of the event, a detail unique to the UIW show. Other universities with fashion programs hold small shows or participate in an annual agency produced show in Dallas, but no other university presents a large scale event entirely produced by students. From sound and lighting to staging and contracting professional models, UIW students experience every angle of planning a large event.

The Cutting Edge is an official Fiesta event which has grown in popularity each year and is now celebrating its 25th anniversary of showcasing the rising stars of the fashion industry. Tickets for the show are $50, $75 and $100.

To schedule an interview with a show coordinator, please contact Debra Del Toro UIW Director of PR at 829-6001.

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Three Cardinals Honored by Heartland Conference

Archived April 15, 2005

Three women’s basketball players at the University of the Incarnate Word have picked up post-season honors in the Heartland Conference.

Junior forward Erika Pink was a double winner after being voted co-newcomer of the year in the league and then being named to the all-conference second team.

Senior guard Amy Mueller was voted first team all-league first team for the third time while senior forward Morgan Bridgers received honorable mention honors.

Pink, a product of Houston Madison High School, was third on the UIW team with her 11.1 points a game average and topped the Cardinals with 6.7 rebounds a contest. Mueller, from Duncanville High School, led the team in scoring at 14.5 a game and ends her eligibility as the UIW all-time leading scorer with 1,639 points. Bridgers from San Antonio's Churchill High School was second in both scoring (11.4) and rebounding (6.0).

The Cardinals finished 17-12 on the year and for the second consecutive season reached the finals of the Heartland Conference tournament, losing only to Drury, the nation's top ranked team in Division II.

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Women’s History Month Celebrated

Archived March 27, 2005

A month to celebrate our mothers, grandmothers, daughters, teachers, mentors, next door neighbors and all women who have made an impact on our lives. A month that showcases where women have come from and where they are going, March is National Women’s History Month.

In honor of National Women’s History Month, The University of the Incarnate Word Liturgical Outreach Program and the Women’s Global Connection present a night of drama, rituals and dance through “Compassion and Courage: Ancient Muslim, Jewish and Christian Women, Ancient Echoes of Music and Song,” from 6 – 7:30 p.m. on March 8 at the Center for Spirituality and the Arts.

The program will take its audience on a pilgrimage to the center of the heart with music by Covita Moroney from her CD “Ancient Echoes” and dramatic stories from “Women of Bible Lands: A Pilgrimage to Compassion and Wisdom” by Sister Martha Ann Kirk, Th.D. This spiritual journey will capture its audience through music and words and help them to find the compassion that lies within their soul.

The 2005, Women’s History Month theme, "Women Change America," honors and recognizes the role of American women in transforming culture, history and politics as leaders, writers, scientists, educators, politicians, artists, historians, and informed citizens.

Other events include a March 22 presentation by visiting Fulbright Scholar Dr. Lopita Nath (time and place, TBA), a March 23 sharing by students and faculty who attended the UIW Campus Ministry’s Alternative Spring Break as part of the Incarnate Word Sisters’ Women’s Cooperative in Juarez, Mexico (10 a.m., Library Auditorium), and March 29 and 30 performances of Sr. Martha Ann Kirk’s one-woman drama, “Ashes Could Not Stop Her” (Fine Arts Building B03, 6:10 p.m. on March 29 and 4:15 p.m. on March 30).

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, (210) 829-3854.

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Incarnate Word Day Celebrated March 23

Archived March 24, 2005

The University of the Incarnate Word will be celebrating a very special day March 23 with a variety of festivities on the UIW campus for the entire community.

March 25, traditionally known as “Incarnate Word Day,” celebrates the feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Incarnation of the Eternal Word, God. This year however, that day falls on Good Friday; therefore the celebrations have been moved to Wednesday, March 23. Incarnate Word Day is the patronal feast day of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, founders of the university.

This year’s celebrations will begin at 10 a.m. in the Marian Hall Ballroom, as students and staff who participated in “alternative spring break” share their experiences of learning about militarization, economic justice and civil rights while making a difference as they helped to construct ecological dry toilets and learn about natural remedies.  Seven students and three staff members went to Juarez, Mexico, for the experience.

At noon, also in the Marian Hall Ballroom, Gonzaga University’s Professor of Christian Ethics, Patrick McCormick will speak on “Jesus’ Table Manners: A Radical Call to Hospitality, Friendship and Service.” McCormick, who regularly speaks about social injustice, has published several books and articles on the subject. For the past 11 years he has also written a monthly column in U.S. Catholic on Christianity and culture. Free pizza and soft drinks will be served to all who attend.

A mass will be held at 3 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. Each year, one member of the permanent community (staff, faculty and administration) is chosen to receive the CCVI Spirit Award. CCVI are the initials of the Latin title of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.  The award is given to a person whose life embodies the spirit of service of the founding sisters. This year’s honoree is UIW’s Dean of the School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering, Robert Connelly, Ph.D.

A community reception will be held at 4:15 p.m. in the Jordan Plaza (around the clock tower). Door prizes will be given. The festivities will wrap up with a dinner, activities and prizes in Marian Hall at 5 p.m.

All are welcomed to attend and all events are free to the public. A campus map is available at http://www.uiw.edu/pdffiles/uiwmap.pdf

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

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UIW Students Lobby for State Financial Aid

Archived March 21, 2005

Recently, seven students from the University of the Incarnate Word traveled to the state capitol to make their voices heard regarding funding for the Tuition Equalization Grant Program (TEG).

This program, which was established by the Texas Legislature in 1971, grants financial assistance to students from all socioeconomic backgrounds who seek an education from an independent institution of higher education.  The TEG helps to bridge the gap between the price of a state-subsidized institution and the cost of a private institution allowing the student the opportunity to choose the best school for him or her.

UIW reps at capitol
UIW students - flanked by advisors Lydia Andrade (L.) and Renee Moore (R.) - visited the capitol to speak with representative about aid.

Over 30,000 Texas students are aided by the program annually. At UIW, 29 percent of students receive the grant. The Texas Legislature is considering cutting funding of this worthwhile program, a prospect that incited these seven students to set appointments and travel to see their respective senators and house representatives to encourage them to vote against the cutting of these needed funds.

The student group which included Ashley Abrams, Crystal Campos, Orlando Lackey, Marco Lomeli, Siobahn Ortiz, Gina Puglisi and Tiffany Swisher represented different classifications, ages and backgrounds, but all had a similar story of the benefits they had received from these grants. Dressed in business attire they tirelessly climbed the stairs and walked the halls of the capitol, knocking on doors and telling their stories.

The group was led by UIW Political Science Chairman and Assistant Dean Lydia Andrade, Ph.D. and Dean of Campus Life Renee Moore, Ph.D. who hand selected the group based on their diversity.

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

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UIW Welcomes Soria’s Return from Iraq

Archived March 18, 2005

From the dusty terrain of Iraq, Army Staff Sergeant Daniel Soria has returned home to San Antonio and to the campus of the University of the Incarnate Word after 15 months abroad.

In Feb. 2003, Soria was sitting in his office in the UIW academic advising department when his phone rang. Five days later he was reporting to Fort Bliss in El Paso for deployment to Iraq. The Gulf War Veteran was no stranger to the quick pace of the military, having served numerous years in both active duty and the reserves.

His latest tour was to take him to far away locales for much longer than was anticipated. Following a year of providing support for the 3rd Armor Calvary Division, Soria’s unit was four days from returning home when they were turned around at the border and told to go back. For four additional months the men of the 974th quartermaster served their country often directly in the line of fire.

“One night it was pitch black out there and I was walking by my equipment,” recalled Soria. “I didn’t even hear the boom. All I remember seeing was a flash and the heat, you know, before I heard the noise.”

Soria’s original unit, the 340th quartermaster, had been cross-leveled at his time of deployment, a process where soldiers from one unit are merged with another. He had been merged with the 974th quartermaster unit from Amarillo, Texas a unit he is particularly proud to be a part of. The unit which deployed with 128 men did not have a single fatality.

“We were really lucky; we did things untypical of a quartermaster unit.  We provided security, we did convoy support. Some of our guys were responsible for prisoner guard and convoy escorts,” said Soria. “We provided security for KBR, the civilians that were being kidnapped.”

Though in constant danger, Soria was proud of the cohesiveness of the coalition troops.

“In Nasiriyah, you would see coalition troops all out on the roadway everywhere; if they needed water we exchanged water. They always made a point to make sure we had something to eat or invite us over. I think the cohesion between the coalition forces was, I can’t say something I didn’t expect, but it was really nice,” said Soria.

Now that Soria has returned home it has taken a while to get adjusted to civilian life and the freedoms so often taken for granted. He is proud of our country and how it has stepped up to support the soldiers who are still at work.

“I think that the community itself has already established a love and warmth first and foremost for their country and second for those who defend it. One of the most wonderful things I saw when I came home from the airport and passed down 281 and the university (Incarnate Word) was the “God Bless our Coalition Troops” sign. That meant the world to me,” said Soria.

The University of the Incarnate Word is pleased to welcome Staff Sergeant Daniel Soria back to our community with gratitude for his hard work and the work of all of our troops.

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Theatre Arts Presents Molière’s Classic The Miser

Archived March 7, 2005

The University of the Incarnate Word Department of Theatre Arts presents The Miser, a comedy by Molière, as the third production of the 2004-2005 theatre season. 

The play centers on its main character Harpagon – a greedy old man whose only concern is saving money. Harpagon becomes so obsessed with his money that he locks down everything in his house and watches over it day and night in order to prevent it from being stolen. Considered as one of Molière’s most notorious characters, Harpagon’s obsessive behavior provides the play with its comic momentum and its dark overtones.

For more than three centuries, The Miser has charmed audiences with its tale of obsession and greed. The University of the Incarnate Word Department of Theatre Arts invites you to join them for this timeless production.

When: 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25

             8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26

             2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 27

             7 p.m., Thursday, March 3

             8 p.m., Friday, March 4

             8 p.m., Saturday, March 5

Where: Coates Theatre, University of the Incarnate Word

View a campus map at http://www.uiw.edu/pdffiles/uiwmap.pdf

Cost: UIW students, faculty and staff free with valid ID; Non-UIW Students $8; Groups of 10 or more $6; Seniors $9; Adults $10

Contact: UIW Department of Theatre Arts (210) 829-3800.

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

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Incarnate Word, OLLU Join Forces to Raise Funds for Tsunami Victims

Archived March 1, 2005

On December 26th an undersea earthquake shook Southern Asia. To date, media and governmental sources estimate the death toll from this tragic event at more than 225,000 people.  The recovery and reconstruction of this area will be a long and difficult journey. Help is still needed.

In the spirit of giving, the University of the Incarnate Word and Our Lady of the Lake University have combined forces to establish South Texas Colleges that Care: Tsunami Relief Effort.

The program will raise funds to aid the victims of last month’s tragic tsunami through the Catholic Relief Services Organization (CRS). The aid CRS provides is widespread with no restrictions based on race, creed or religion.

Students, faculty and staff of both institutions are raising money for the effort through Feb. 28. Various campus fundraising activities have been planned for both campuses and direct contributions will also be accepted. Gifts will be tallied and presented on behalf of South Texas Colleges That Care to CRS at the close of the fund drive. All contributions received will be given entirely to Catholic Relief Services.

“We are proud to be a part of such a worthwhile endeavor,” stated Dean of Campus Life Renee Moore, PhD. “Along with our partner OLLU, we look forward to assisting Catholic Relief Services to aid the tsunami ravaged region of South Asia.”

For information on how to give, visit www.uiw.edu/relief

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

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UIW and McNay Museum Team for Theater Exhibit

Archived February 24, 2005

In a joint effort, the University of the Incarnate Word and the McNay Art Museum will host Metaphor and Irony 2: František Tröster and Contemporary Czech Theatre Design, Feb. 13 – April 3.

The one-of-a kind exhibit features the work of František Tröster, considered the most influential Czech designer of the mid-twentieth century. The exhibit features a variety of works including costumes, puppets, designs, production photos and models which will be exhibited jointly at the UIW Semmes Gallery and the Tobin Gallery of Theatre Arts at the McNay Art Museum.

Metaphor and Irony 2 displays the importance of theatre in Czech life. In a time of Socialist repression, the theatre provided an outlet for those seeking the truth; design, therefore played a pivotal role in both art and politics.

The exhibit will feature works by other designers influenced by the work of Tröster as well.

“It is very exciting that we are doing our first collaboration with the McNay Art Museum and the Tobin Foundation,” said Margaret Mitchell, University of the Incarnate Word Associate Professor of Theatre Arts.

Metaphor and Irony 2: František Tröster and Contemporary Czech Theatre Design was organized by the Ohio State University – Lima and The Theatre Institute – Prague, in partnership with the Ohio State University – Columbus, Bowling Green State University, The University of Toledo, the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, the University of the Incarnate Word and the Tobin Foundation for Theatre Arts funded by the Tobin Endowment.

Additional funding for the exhibit provided by the Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts and JPMorgan Chase.

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

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Presidential Teaching Award to Honor UIW Faculty

Archived February 21, 2005

The University of the Incarnate Word Faculty Senate upon the recommendation and support of President, Dr. Louis Agnese, Jr. have recently established the first-ever Presidential Teaching Award.

The annual award acknowledges and rewards a UIW full time faculty member who exemplifies excellence in teaching that leads to student engagement.

“This award is unique for Incarnate Word because it is the first time we’ve had such an institutional effort for recognizing faculty excellence,” stated UIW Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Denise J. Doyle.

To be eligible for the award, a nominee must be a full time faculty member at the University of the Incarnate in the semester nominated and must be nominated on the official Nomination Form. Forms can be downloaded at www.uiw.edu/teacher.

Judging will be based primarily on an extraordinary dedication to teaching demonstrated by an impact and involvement with students and a teaching approach that encourages student engagement.

Nominations will be accepted from Jan. 24 – Feb. 18. Any nominations received after the closing date will not be accepted. Announcement of the winner will take place on April 1 at a Faculty Appreciation Luncheon.

“Five thousand dollars cash will be awarded to the winner,” stated Doyle. “The prize is a substantial award equal to other national prizes of its kind.”

Award winners will become members of the Selection Committee in succeeding years.

For a detailed list of criteria and more information on the selection process, please visit www.uiw.edu/teacher

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Israeli Scholar to Speak Feb. 8

Archived February 9, 2005

A lecture entitled “Women’s Rights and Multiculturalism in Israel” will be given by Daphna Sharfman, Ph.D., chair of political science at Western Galilee College, Israel at 7:30 p.m. on Feb 8 at the Library Auditorium at the University of the Incarnate Word.

Sharfman received her Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has studied and taught at the University of Haifa, Israel. She has authored Government and Human Rights in Israel – Ideology, Politics and Foreign Policy; Living Without a Constitution – Civil Rights in Israel; Women and Politics; and numerous articles. She has presented extensively at international conferences and lectured in various countries.

The lecture is organized through the partnership of Western Galilee College, the San Antonio Jewish Federation, Women’s Global Connection and the University of the Incarnate Word.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

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

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Gift Creates S.A.’s First School of Pharmacy

Archived February 3, 2005

DFB Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s President and COO John W. Feik recently endowed a personal financial gift to University of the Incarnate Word to establish the city’s first and only School  of Pharmacy.

As a member of the UIW board of trustees, it was Feik’s vision for the board to develop a school of pharmacy at the private university. UIW president Dr. Lou Agnese says Feik was instrumental in the school’s pre-planning.

“To underwrite the pre-planning, UIW needed outside funding, which was received greatly in part by a personal gift from John and Rita Feik,” says Dr. Agnese. “Their gift not only helps to achieve the overall vision for the School of Pharmacy, but more importantly, this gift also includes John’s brainpower and guidance to the pharmacy program,” adds Dr. Agnese.

The next step in realizing the School of Pharmacy is a capital campaign to raise approximately $9 million for construction costs of the 65,000 square foot pharmacy building. Feik will co-chair the capital campaign to construct the building that will be named for his family, the Feik School of Pharmacy, in honor of John and Rita Feik. The building, scheduled to open in August of 2006, will serve approximately 400 students and 40 full-time faculty

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

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Speaker Series Features Healthcare Primer

Archived January 26, 2005

The Distinguished Speaker Series Committee of the University of the Incarnate Word is pleased to host a panel presentation on healthcare issues offering timely and topical information for the general public.

How does a drug move through the FDA process?

Why are drugs available in other countries that I can order over the counter?

What questions should you ask when choosing a medical facility?

What can you expect from your nurse and doctor?

The presentation on Jan. 26 will be held from 12–1p.m. in Marian Hall on the University of the Incarnate Word campus and will feature four panelists from different areas of the healthcare profession. Panelists include Don Beeler, President/CEO of Christus Santa Rosa, William Dean Rasco, President/CEO of the Greater San Antonio Hospital Council, Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin, UIW Founding Dean of the Feik School of Pharmacy, Dr. Kathleen M. Light, UIW Dean of the School of Nursing. Panel moderator is Sister Helena Monahan.

Don Beeler, President/CEO of Christus Santa Rosa Health Care has a career in health care than spans 32 years. After completing a residency at Santa Rosa Hospital and obtaining his Master’s degree in Health Care Administration from Trinity University, Beeler was named assistant administrator at Santa Rosa in 1973.  In 1981, Beeler became the first employee of the former Incarnate Word Health Services, serving as Executive Vice President until 1988.  Following a four year hiatus from health care, Beeler joined St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas as Chief Operating Officer in 1992 before moving to CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas, where he served as Regional President and Chief Executive Officer from 1995 until early 2003.

A Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives and two-time recipient of that organization’s prestigious Senior-Level Heath care Executive Regent’s Award, Beeler is a former Chairman of the Catholic Health Association of Texas and serves on various local, state and national committees, including serving as the current chair of THA’s HOSPAC and a member of the THA Board of Directors.

William Dean Rasco, FACHE, became the first president and chief executive officer of the Greater San Antonio Hospital Council in July 1993.  Rasco also serves as the Executive Director of the Greater San Antonio Healthcare Foundation.

As a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Rasco is active in many professional and community activities.  He currently serves as Regent for the ACHE Lone Star Area.  In conjunction with the Hospital Council, he serves on the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board (Region 7), Texas Hospital Association Trauma System & Emergency Technical Advisory Group, former member and officer of the Bexar County Medical Society Foundation Board, board member of the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, and the San Antonio Medical Foundation.  He is also a member of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Medical Steering Committee and the Conference of Metropolitan Hospital Association as Past Chair. He has been appointed by the American Hospital Association (AHA) as the AHA representative to the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) Trauma-EMS System Program.

Dr. Arcelia Johnson Fannin, the University of the Incarnate Word’s founding dean of the Feik School of Pharmacy brings years of experience in guiding pharmacy schools to excellence. The native Texan served as the founding Dean of the Hampton University School of Pharmacy and as director at the pharmacy program at Florida A&M. In Virginia, Dr. Fannin guided the school through full accreditation with ACPE while fundraising for millions in the first three years of operation.           

Considered one of the most dynamic African American pharmacy professionals in the country, Dr. Fannin worked as a pharmacist, research associate pharmacist, and hospital pharmacy consultant. She has served on visiting accreditation teams for both the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Dr. Kathleen M. Light is the Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions at University of the Incarnate Word.  She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Incarnate Word College, her Master’s degree in Parent-Child Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and her doctorate in Adult and Continuing Education from Texas A&M University.

After serving in the Army Nurse Corps from 1968-1973, Dr. Light worked as a staff nurse and nursing administrator at Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital until joining the faculty at University of the Incarnate Word in 1981.  Dr. Light has taught courses in Child Health, Health Promotion, Nursing Ethics, Holistic Health, Nursing Leadership and Adult Education.

Dr. Light is active in Texas nursing and health policy as it affects nursing education.  She recently completed a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the Texas Nurses Association and President of the Texas Nurses Foundation.  She is the immediate past-president of the Texas Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Nursing and a member of the Texas Nursing Education Policy Coalition.  During spring, 2004 she served on the Texas Nurses Association task force on Nursing Education Redesign.

The panel presentation will be moderated by Sr. Helena Monahan. Serving as Congregational Coordinator for the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word since 2002, Sr. Helena Monahan supervises the congregation of sisters serving in the United States and throughout the world. As Coordinator, Sr. Monahan oversees the work of CHRISTUS Health Care, one of the ten largest Catholic health care systems in the United States. Her current position as Coordinator comes after years serving the Incarnate Word community as professor, Vice-president and General Counsel.

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