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THE WEEK THAT WAS: October 5, 2012

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State of the Univ
President Dr. Louis J. Agnese speaks to the UIW community during the “State of the University” address on Wednesday, Oct. 3 in Mabee Library Auditorium. 


Our Lady’s Chapel Services

All are welcome.

  • Noon Mass, Monday – Thursday. Less than 30 minutes
  • Spanish Mass at noon on Fridays
  • 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

Pope Benedict XVI proclaims a Year of Faith
Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed a Year of Faith beginning on Oct. 11, 2012. The whole Catholic Church throughout the world and in the University of the Incarnate Word is invited to respond to God's call to faith in Jesus Christ. See the following link for details:

Sunday Mass
The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word invite the public to Mass in The Chapel of the Incarnate Word the second Sunday of each month. The first Mass will take place on Sunday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m.-noon. For more information, contact Jose Ruben Deleon (210) 828-2224 or

“Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith”  
Mission and Ministry presents Fr. Robert Barron’s “Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith.” Please join Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T., university chaplain, for this video series in nine sessions, followed by discussion, in the Mabee Library’s Special Collections Room, 7-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 11 and 25; and Nov. 1, 8, 15, and 29. For more information or questions, please contact Fr. Tom at 210-829-3131/ or visit


FSOP White Coat
Dr. Agnese speaks during the Feik School of Pharmacy’s (FSOP) White Coat Ceremony on Friday, Sept. 28 in the Rosenberg Sky Room. 

Patrick Greener, phonathon coordinator, and Sylvia Kutschenreuter, office manager for the development office, share a photo during the 2012 Phonathon. The Phonathon began on Sept. 29 and continued until Oct. 4. Student volunteers made calls to solicit donations from alumni towards student scholarships, technology upgrades and other campus activities.  

UIW Football vs. Texas A&M-Commerce (Hispanic Heritage Night)
Come cheer the UIW football team to victory at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m. when they take on Texas A&M-Commerce. Go to to purchase tickets online, or call the Cardinals Ticket Office at (210) 805-3000. The pre-game concert series will feature Felix Truvere and the Open Road, 4-6:30 p.m., Fan Engagement Area in front of the McDermott Convocation Center.

The Last Five Years
The UIW Department of Theatre Arts invites you to “The Last Five Years,” an emotionally powerful and intimate musical about a man and a woman who fall in and out of love with each other over the course of five years, on Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13 at 8 p.m. (Fridays & Saturdays) and Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. (Sunday). All performances will take place at Cheever Downstage II Theatre on the UIW campus. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for non-UIW students, $6 for groups (10 or more) and UIW students, faculty and staff may attend free of charge by presenting their valid ID. For more info, contact Chrissie Young at (210) 829-3800 or For more details and upcoming productions, visit

A Holistic Approach to Health by Nutritionist Kay Spears
University Mission & Ministry invites you to hear Kay Spears a Certified Clinical Nutritionist, IAACN Health/Wellness Teacher at Summit Christian Center, San Antonio, TX. Join us on Friday, Oct. 5, 9:30-11:30 a.m. in Mabee Library Auditorium as she speaks with us about healthy living. Kay’s first book, titled Balanced Living: Seven Steps for a Healthy Body and Renewed Spirit, is scheduled for release in May. Active in the San Antonio community, she appears regularly on the internationally-televised Doctor to Doctor Show, as well as local radio programs. There will be time for questions and answers during the presentation. (This presentation repeats at 2:30-4:30 p.m. to accommodate schedules.) For more info, contact Beth Villarreal at (210) 829-3128 or

Year of Jazz - San Antonio Children's Museum
One of several events commemorating the close of San Antonio's "Year of Jazz," a one hour performance and lecture by Jim Waller on the Music of John Coltrane will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2-3 p.m., SA Children’s Museum (305 E. Houston St.). Waller will perform on the tenor, alto, and soprano saxophones. Waller was part of the opening ceremony one year ago when he accompanied Mayor Julian Castro on the saxophone while Castro read from a children's book entitled "Charlie Parker Played Be-Bop. Sponsored by

Chicana Identity Construction
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month Event, Dr. Esmeralda De Los Santos, marketing professor, will present “Chicana Identity Construction” on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at noon in Mabee Library’s Special Collections Room. For more information, please contact Jessica Ibarra at (210) 283-6334 or

Heritage Day Employee Recognition Ceremony and Reception 
The 19th annual Incarnate Word Heritage Day will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10 in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. The university will recognize full-time employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years of service. Immediately following the ceremony, the university will hold a reception on the lawn of Brackenridge Villa. For more info, contact Heather Hamilton at (210)832-2104 or

Heritage Day Celebration: Anthony Kearns in Concert
Anthony Kearns, Irish tenor, will perform in concert at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for General Admission and $40 for Meet the Artist (after the show). Tickets are free for faculty and staff if they are picked up at the Student Center Desk in Marian Hall. Tickets are available at or call 210.829.6034 for more information.

Heritage Day BBQ
Come and enjoy a delicious BBQ to celebrate Heritage Day on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. We will be serving smoked turkey legs, wings, sausage on a stick, burgers, funnel cakes, roasted corn, chips, aguas frescas, and soft drinks. For more info, contact Cynthia Limones (210) 832-2149 or

Varias Delicias de la Herencia
Hispanic Heritage Event: “Varias Delicias de la Herencia Hispana,” presented by Dr. Amalia Mondriquez, modern languages professor, Thursday, Oct. 11, noon-1 p.m., Mabee Library’s Special Collections Room. For more info, contact Jessica Ibarra at (210) 283-6334 or

Iraqi Women of Three Generations: Challenges, Education, and Hopes for Peace
“Iraqi Women of Three Generations": Challenges, Education, and Hopes for Peace,”an Exhibit of Images and Stories by Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, Th.D. and Sr. Patricia Madigan, Ph.D.will be on display, Oct. 11-31, Weekdays, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Hall. An Opening Reception will be held Oct. 11,4:30 p.m. with a Gallery Talk at 6 p.m.; Oct. 12, 6 p.m., Gallery Talk and a Discussion with Dr. Jessica Kimmel’s Gender class; Oct. 16, 9 a.m., Gallery Talk and a Discussion with Dr.Tanja Stampfl’s Literary Theory class; and Oct. 22, 3-4:15 pm., Gallery Talk considering Muslims inspired by Fethullah Gülen as peace builders. For more information, see

The Four Seasons of Wedding Showcase 2012
Prepare to be inspired by an exclusive selection of San Antonio's finest special event vendors showcasing the hottest design concepts and cuisine, complete with a panoramic view of the San Antonio skyline from the 100-foot window in the Rosenberg Sky Room. The Four Seasons of Wedding Showcase 2012 will take place on Thursday, Oct. 11, 5-9 p.m. For more info, contact Tracy Reeder at (210) 805-5805 or

Life Portraits: Works by Vikki Fields
Vikki Fields, 1971 art alumna, sees paintings as floral portraits. Flowers have presence and personality; they demand the same attention and time that a fine portrait requires. Flowers gestate, grow, bloom, move and wilt as humans do. The exhibit will be on display Oct. 12-Nov. 9; Opening Reception, Friday, Oct. 12, 6-7:30 p.m., Semmes Gallery/Dougherty Fine Arts Center/1st Floor (Gallery hours: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday). For more info, contact the UIW Art Department at (210) 829-3855 or

Professionalism Ceremony
The Professionalism Ceremony for the University of the Incarnate Word School of Physical Therapy Inaugural Class of 2015 will take place on Friday, Oct. 12, 6:30-9 p.m. at Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, 7575 Tezel Road, with reception to follow at School of Physical Therapy, 9160 Guilbeau Road. For more info, contact Elaine Olson at (210) 283-6477 or

Department News

Melissa Sayre Farewell
Paul Ayala, director of university events & student programs, and Melissa Sayre, judicial educator & student development specialist, share a photo during Melissa Sayre’s farewell event in Mabee Library’s Special Collections Room on Wednesday, Oct. 3.  

Librarians on Location
Librarians, library staff and IT staff will be visiting designated UIW locations throughout the months of September and October as part of Librarians on Location. Locations they will be visiting next week include:

  • Monday, Oct. 8, Bonilla Science Hall (lobby), 1-3 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 11, ADCaP NE Center, 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 12, Bonilla Science Hall (lobby), 10 a.m.-noon

For more information, please contact Leticia Martinez at (210) 832-2119 or Please check the UIW calendar for more dates, times and locations at

Extended Academic Programs

EAP Info Session
April Carmona, ADCaP admissions counselor, presents the program’s features at the UIW EAP Information Session. The information session hosted over 75 people on Sept. 27, 2012 with representatives from the Center for Veteran’s Affairs, Financial Aid, faculty, EAP advisors and EAP admissions.

Veterans Benefits Info Session Fall 2012
A veterans' benefits information session will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Dr. Burton E. Grossman International Conference Center (ICC) auditorium, located at the corner of Hwy. 281 N and E. Hildebrand Ave. For more information, contact the UIW Center for Veterans Affairs at or 1-877-855-7957 or local (210) 832-2154. RSVP online at

UIW recognized at the Navy Counselors Association’s 24th Annual Symposium
Luis Gonzalez, EAP admissions counselor, attended the Navy Counselors Association’s 24th Annual Symposium on Sept. 24 -27, 2012 where UIW was recognized for their consecutive years of support for Navy education.

Community News

Fencing Center Construction
Construction is underway at the new Fencing and International Sports Center on the campus of St. Anthony Catholic High School. The center is due for completion in January. 

Thinking of You: Take a Break @ Fall Break
Sr. Walter Maher, vice president for University Mission and Ministry, invites all new and current administrative staff to attend a fall retreat on Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Oblate Renewal Center, Mission Room. Please RSVP at (210) 829-3128/ or

Professional Writing Tutors Needed
The Writing and Learning Center is accepting applications for part-time professional writing tutors. For more information or to apply, visit the UIW Human Resources website at

RefWorks Workshop
Everyone is invited to attend this library workshop to learn how to use this web-based bibliographic management tool for your research on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 4:30-6 p.m. in Mabee Library, Room 230. Additional 2012 Library Workshops can be found through the GET TRAINING link  on the library's webpage ( or by clicking on the Library Workshops Link ( The UIW community is invited to attend, but seating is limited.

Non-Profit Careers Panel
The Non-Profit Careers Panel will connect students with local leaders in the non-profit community to explore the variety of careers available within this sector, Thursday, Oct. 11, 6–7 pm, Library Auditorium.  Faculty are encouraged to bring classes. Open to all students & alumni. For more info, contact Career Services at (210) 829-3931 or

Business Ethics Confessional
Harry Whitney of the UIW Business Department and members of Business Ethics class share some of the more egregious violations of social, personal and economic justice by businesses in the last decade on Monday, Oct. 8, 1:30-2:45 p.m., Mabee Library Auditorium. For more information, contact Harry Whitney at (210) 826-6043 or

Dissertation Defense
Paul Asamoah is defending his dissertation Thursday, Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. in Room 312, Nursing Building. The title of his dissertation is “Assessing the Need for Entrepreneurial Training at the Higher Educational Institutions in Ghana.” His dissertation chair is Dr. Osman Ozturgut.  For more info, contact Jeanette Curby at (210) 829-2758 or

Fundamentals of a Successful Business Plan Workshop
This workshop is the first of two workshops that the H-E-B School of Business and Administration and the UTSA Small Business Development Center are offering for UIW and the community. In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamentals of a business plan, which will give our students the tools to write effective business plans. The workshop will be Friday, Oct. 12, 3-5 p.m., Gorman Building, Room 209. For more information or to RSVP, contact Dr. Scott D. Roberts at (210) 832-2141 or

Shoe Drive
During the month of October, the UIW Eye Institute will be hosting a Shoe Drive benefiting A Walk in My Shoes. Your donation of a pair of new or gently used shoes will go to help those in need and be good for a discount in the UIW Eye Institute Optical (Discount: One pair of shoes = 10 percent off total purchase (up to 40 percent or 4 pairs of shoes), excludes “Modern” frame line, maximum contact lens discount of 20 percent). If you can’t donate, then LIKE our Facebook pages.  At the end of October, the total number of “Likes” for each page ( & will be added together and UIW Eye Institute will make a monetary donation in that amount to A Walk in My Shoes, so that brand new shoes may be purchased for upcoming holiday donations. For more information, contact Nathan McCarthy at (210) 283-6836 or

Faculty Focus

Faculty & staff photo shoot scheduled
A make-up session has been set for UIW faculty and staff wishing to update their official UIW headshot who were unable to attend the first session in August. A photographer will be available from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct.12 in Room 249 of the Mabee Library.This will be the last opportunity to take a professional photo for university use until next August. No appointments are necessary, photos will be taken on a first come, first served basis until noon. For more information contact the PR Office at (210) 829-6001.

Organizing your Blackboard site with Folders and Modules
Learn some strategies for making a Blackboard site more user-friendly for both students and instructor on Monday, Oct. 8, noon-1 p.m. in AD 212. Instructional Designer Jessica Martinez-Palacios will illustrate possibilities with “before” and “after” versions of a site.  The design suggestions, based on the Quality Matters rubric, work for traditional, blended, and online formats. You may reserve a spot in this event by going to the online site: or by contacting Susan Hall (283-5030 or 

Hopefulness and Academic Achievement
Join colleagues for a discussion of how students' hopefulness is associated with their academic achievement on Thursday, Oct. 11, 4:40-5:30 p.m. in the Joyce Building, Tilton Room. Dr. Pat Lonchar will present a brief overview of recent research in this area and lead a discussion of ways teachers can use these findings in their classes. Cheese, wine, and other cold drinks will be served. For information, contact Dr. Pat Lonchar at (210) 829-3886 or

Call for papers - Verbum Incarnatum
Faculty is invited to submit a paper for Verbum Incarnatum: An Academic Journal of Social Justice published UIW.The theme for this year’s volume is “Social Justice and Peace.”Papers must be submitted by March 1, 2013 and should include an abstract and be approximately 15-25 pages, double spaced. Deadline for final revisions is April 1, 2013. Please submit a hardcopy as well as an electronic version (Word Document) of your article.Submit all papers via email to For more information contact Rachel Cywinski, managing editor, at or one of the faculty editors, Dr. Roger Barnes at, Dr. Phil Lampe at or Dr. Julie Miller at

High Schools

6th Annual Shamrock Classic Just Around the Corner
Don’t miss the 6th Annual IWHS Shamrock Classic golf tournament, Saturday, Oct. 20 at Canyon Springs Golf Club, (24405 Wilderness Oak).  Cost is $150 per person or $600 per team. For more information contact April Fricke, at (210) 829-3122 or 

SACHS Open House
St. Anthony Catholic High School will host its fall Open House on Sunday, Nov. 11, noon-3 p.m. on the St. Anthony’s Campus. For more information, contact Alejandro Calderon at (210) 832-5632 or

IWHS Open House
IWHS will host its Open House on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2– 4:30 p.m. All future Shamrocks and their families are welcome to attend.

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Building Reconciliation
“Building Reconciliation”:Christophe Mbonyingabo, a leader of Reconciliation Ministries in Rwanda and the Congo, will share on their important work and the value of reconciliation for all of us on Monday, Oct. 8, 3 p.m. and repeated at 4:30 p.m., Mabee Library Auditorium. Learn more of the work in Africa is grateful to the Episcopal Church of Reconciliation for bringing him to UIW. For information: Sr. Martha Ann Kirk

Headwaters Volunteer Workday
The Headwaters Coalition is hosting a Volunteer Work Day in the Headwaters Sanctuary on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 8-11 a.m. Come prepared to learn about the Sanctuary and for work in the woods: long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toe shoes. Headwaters volunteers are eligible for off campus community service hours. Plus, getting involved in the Headwaters project is a great way to expand your horizons and get to know more intimately this place we call “home” here at Incarnate Word.  We’ll meet at the main trailhead behind the baseball fields. For more information, contact Helen Ballew at (210) 825-2224 or

Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • Gerald Anz on the recent loss of his wife, and Mary Owens Schermerhorn (BA ’68, MA ’76) on the recent loss of her daughter, Caroline Schermerhorn Anz (IWHS ’66).
  • William C. Knipp & family on the recent loss of his wife, Bernardina Wilde Knipp (BSN ’56).

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