The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: February 29, 2008

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Last week, UIW and the University of Monterrey (UDEM) had a team of students participating together at the Model UN at Harvard. Dr. Scott Dittloff was the UIW adviser, and Professor Alejandra Yantes was the UDEM adviser.


2008 CROPWalk donation deadline
Officers of Walk, the Roll & Read student organization will be participating in the 2008 CROPWalk sponsored by theSan Antonio Council of Churchesto end hunger.Today is the last day to make donations to San Antonio Council of Churches and Church World Service (SACC/CWS) in the Campus Ministry office. Of the funds raised, 25 percent will support the San Antonio Food Bank, Christian Assistance Ministries and the Archdiocese of San Antonio infant formula program.The other 75 percent will be shared by 19 faith-based hunger relief agencies.

Don’t Forget! Bring Donations for the Easter Food Drive
The UIW/St. Philip of Jesus Health Ministry is conducting an Easter food drive on campus. The food drive will run through Thursday, March 13. Collection points are set up in the nursing building and Campus Ministry. If you would like to have a collection point in your building, contact Sara Kolb at


Today is Research Day
Research Day is collaboratively organized and sponsored by The UIW Extramural Associates Research Development Award (EARDA), funded by the National Institutes of Health; The School of Graduate Studies and Research – Office of Research Development, and the UIW Department of Instructional Technology. Planned activities include two poster sessions from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. today in Marian Hall. Dr. Joseph Schmelz, director of the Institutional Review Board at University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, will speak at a noon luncheon between poster sessions on the topic of developing an interdisciplinary/collaborative research program. He developed a similar program at Wilford Hall Air Force Hospital prior to coming to the Health Science Center.

Eat Free Today
Join BSA in a celebration ending Black History Month at a free barbecue from 1 - 3 p.m. today at the volleyball courts. For more information, contact BSA President Camille Taylor at, or call the Student Center/Leadership Activities Office at 829-6034.

The Importance of Being Earnest
Oscar Wilde’s play is a witty and irreverent satire of Victorian morality, marriage and mischief. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for non-UIW students and $9 for seniors. Group rates are available. UIW students, faculty and staff receive one free ticket with ID. For reservations or additional information, call the UIW theatre box office at 829-3800. Performance dates and times:

  • Feb. 29 and March 7 (Friday): 8 p.m.
  • March 1 and 8 (Saturday): 8 p.m.
  • March 2 (Sunday): 2 p.m.
  • March 6 (Thursday): 7 p.m.

Job Fair at UIW
A job fair hosted by Career Services will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, March 6 in Marian Ballroom. For more information, contact Career Services at

Four from UIW Named to 2008 Women’s Hall of Fame
Four women tied to UIW will be inducted into the 2008 San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame. A reception will begin at 6 p.m., and the ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6 at St. Phillip’s College in the Watson Fine Arts Center, 1801 Martin Luther King Dr., in San Antonio. For ticket information, call (210) 691-9435. Those who were named to the Women’s Hall of Fame:

  • Professor Emerita Maureen Halligan, DHL 2005, in the category of creative arts.
  • Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin, founding dean of the Feik School of Pharmacy, in the category of higher education
  • Dr. Kathi Light, BSN ’70, Dean of Nursing and Health Professions, in the category of health professions
  • Brig. Gen. USAF Ret. Sue Ellen Turner, BSN ’73 and Alumna of Distinction, in the category of military

On March 26, all are invited to a reception honoring these women from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Special Collections Room of the Library.

UIW Jazz Ensemble Concert
The UIW Jazz Ensemble will perform Remembering Ella, a free concert, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6 in Palestrina Hall (2nd floor of the Dougherty Fine Arts Building). The ensemble will perform classic and contemporary big band jazz compositions and will feature vocalist Jacqueline Sotelo singing Cole Porter’s “I Get A Kick Out Of You” and Gershwin’s “Summertime.” Jazz aficionados consider those two songs an essential part of Ella Fitzgerald’s repertoire and this concert is dedicated to her memory and contribution to American music.  For more information, contact Jim Waller, the director of the ensemble, at (210) 829-6066 office or

2008 Slattery Lecture
The 2008 Slattery Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Patricia Lonchar, current holder of the Margaret Patrice Slattery Endowed Chair, at 6 p.m. March 11 in the Library Auditorium. The topic is “Whose Story is it? Reflections on the Literary History of the Story of Lucretia.” Stories are fundamental to our being human; in fact, all literature emerges from the tradition of telling a story. How stories are told and passed forward and how those stories are used by the various generations who repeat them or refer to them offer us a window on a culture.Nowhere is this fact more revealing than in women’s stories.By examining the classic story of the Rape of Lucretia, a Roman matron, in its various iterations, we begin to understand the power underlying storytelling and story appropriation. This lecture explores some of the more prominent retellings of Lucretia’s story and examines lesser-known versions, including a post WWII opera. The lecture also inquires what the original and its many echoes may teach us about story, voice, author-ity, rape and women in literature and culture.There will be a reception after the lecture.

Incarnate Word Day
Incarnate Word Day is March 25 and the theme is The Word Around the World. There are several events scheduled:

  • 8 a.m.: SGA decorates Dubuis Lawn and other areas of campus with balloons and banners
  • 9 a.m.: UIW Service Abroad panel with faculty and student presenters
  • 11:30 a.m.: Picnic at the Tower by Sodexho
  • Noon: Cardinal Carnival and Golf Cart Parade from Brackenridge Villa to Marian circle, by SGA and CAB
  • 1:30 p.m.: “Social Justice and the Curriculum” panel presentation with faculty and students in Marian Hall Ballroom
  • 3 p.m.: Incarnate Word Day Liturgy in Our Lady’s Chapel. Includes presentation of CCVI Spirit Award
  • 4 p.m.: Reception for CCVI Spirit Award Honoree, family and friends at the Carillon Tower
  • 7 p.m.: Religious Studies Pierre Lecture, “The Cosmopolitan Catholic: Constructing Religious Identity in a Globalized World” by Dr. Jeannine Hill Fletcher in Marian Hall Ballroom

Tickets are available for the Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show
The Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show will be at 10 a.m. Monday, April 21 at the Marriott Rivercenter, 101 Bowie Street. There will be a silent auction, fashion show and luncheon. Tickets are available. For more information, call (210) 829-6013.

A panel discussed the impact of racism in the library auditorium on Wednesday.

Department News

HASS announcements

  • UIW alumni Eric Rodriguez, BA ’07, began taking private instruction in compositions under Dr. Ken Metz during his final year of undergraduate studies. Eric is a graduate student at Texas State University pursuing a degree in music theory. His work Oscura de la Noche was presented at a Feb. 23 concert. “The composition Oscura de la Noche was written after hearing the news about the death of a childhood friend. After long reflection, I began to write what I felt,” Eric said.
  • Rosemarie Caldwell, a student from last term's Imagination & Knowledge course, was accepted to a conference on the basis of her first attempt at writing a research abstract/proposal. Rosemarie isa double major in cultural studies and religious studies. The conference is the 2008 Texas Tech Comparative Literature Symposium on “War, Empire, and Culture” to be held April 11-12 at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. This is an annualcomparative literature conference.
  • The UIW team competing in the National Ethics Bowl finals was eliminated after the third round. In each of three rounds they argued two cases. In the first round they were defeated by the team from Wright State University, a past national champion team; in the second round they were closely defeated by Dartmouth College; and they won the third round against San Jose State University. Their coaches believe they learned a lot and had a great experience.

Blackboard Jungle Face-to-Face classes
The Blackboard Jungle classroom course will be offered during spring break, March 17-21. Classes will be offered from 9 a.m. until noon and from 2-5 p.m. Registration is required and each class will require a minimum of five registrants. All classes will take place in Room 230 of the Mabee Library. Register for classes by e-mailing Training Coordinator Terry Peak at Registration ends March 13. The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, March 17 – Blackboard basics and group management
  • Tuesday, March 18 – Course planning and content management
  • Wednesday, March 19 – Blackboard communication options
  • Thursday, March 20 – Assessment
  • Friday, March 21 – The Gradebook

Online Blackboard Training
If you are unable to attend the Spring Break training courses, the Department of Instructional Technology will be offing two instructor-led, online Blackboard training courses for novice and advanced users, beginning March 1. All UIW full-time, part-time and adjunct faculty members are invited take part in these courses. For more information, go to or e-mail Training Coordinator Terry Peak at

The novice course is designed to provide the basic principles of using Blackboard:

  • Navigate, create and revise the course shell
  • Develop and manage student groups
  • Learn how to plan, integrate and revise a course plan
  • Understand how to use different types of course content to engage students

The advanced course will provide the opportunity to take advantage of additional Blackboard features:

  • Create, import, revise and implement tests and other assessment tools
  • Use the Gradebook to store and analyze grades
  • The Blackboard communication tools, including chat, discussion boards, wikis, blogs and podcasting

2008 Financial Assistance Saturday Sessions
Please encourage students to attend one of the 2008 Financial Assistance Saturday Sessions. Students will have the opportunity to pick up 2008-2009 financial aid application forms, find out about resources like scholarships, loans, work and grants, complete the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and review costs for the academic year. A general presentation will be given during the first hour and the remaining time will be open for specific questions. All session will be held in the Conference Hall at the ICC

  • March 8 from 1-3 p.m.
  • April 5 from 1-3 p.m.
  • May 17 from 1-3 p.m.

Community News

Last Chance to Submit to the UIW Literary Journal
Quirk 2008 is seeking the best works of literature and visual arts created by the writers and artists throughout the UIW community for publication in this year's edition. The extended deadline is Saturday, March 1. For submission guidelines and more details, visit If you have questions, e-mail them to

Watch UIW basketball online! – Time Correction
The Oklahoma Panhandle State University vs. UIW basketball games were chosen to be broadcast on the CSTV/Division II website via broadband. UIW women will play at 6 p.m. and the men will play at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 1. Visit the CSTV website at

Art Exhibit Begins
Art made by the refugee children in Amman, Jordan, and pictures of the ancient art of Iraq will be displayed from March 1-25 in the UIW Fine Arts Building Lobby. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the San Antonio peaceCENTER. Visit the website at

2008 Alumni of Distinction Award Nominations Wanted
Nominate a graduate for the Alumni of Distinction Award in professional achievement or service in mission! Please read the criteria at and fill out the nomination form at

Spurs Tickets on Sale
The Campus Activities Board and Office of Residence Life have teamed up once again to bring $5 Spurs tickets to UIW. Tickets are for the March 6 game versus the Pacers with a 7 p.m. tip off. Students, faculty and staff can stop by the Marian Hall Student Center desk to purchase their tickets.Cash only sales please. For more information, please contact Kristin Garcia at ext. 5863 or the Student Center Desk at ext. 7360.

Last Day to make Nominations!
Today is the last day to make a nomination for the 2008 Presidential Teaching Award. Established by the Faculty Senate in Fall 2004 upon the recommendation of Dr. Agnese, this annual award acknowledges and rewards a full-time instructor who exemplifies excellence in teaching that leads to student engagement. Nominees may be submitted by colleagues, students or alumni. Criteria information and nomination form are available at

Faculty Focus

Paper Presentation
Dr. Pat Lonchar will present her paper titled "Using a Visual/Verbal Model in College Composition: One Instructor's Experience" today at the annual CCTE Conference, which will be in San Antonio this year.

High Schools

St. Anthony Catholic High School Events

  • April 5 (tentative date): Alumni Spring Fest
  • April 18: Fiesta St. Anthony

Incarnate Word High School Events

  • Feb 29: SAT Review at UIW from 6-9 p.m.
  • March 7: Career Day
  • March 8: Advising Day


Bookstore’s Leap Year Sale
The UIW Bookstore is having a Leap Year Sale today for in-store purchases. Receive 25 percent off clothing, general books, gifts, accessories and supplies, and receive 10 percent off medical/law reference books and computer supplies. The sale excludes textbooks, food, health and beauty items, diploma frames, special value Spring Break merchandise, calculators, computer hardware and software, gift cards and previous or online purchases, and the discount may not be combined with other offers.


Fundraising Effort
Samantha K. Mangum, an alumna of UIW, will be riding a bicycle across the United States this summer to raise $50,000 for the Living Waters Children Center in Arusha, Tanzania. The Living Waters Children Center was founded by the Kimaro family in 2003, and there are 33 orphans living and attending school there. The center is funded completely through private donations. There is a growing need to help more and more children and cannot be accommodated within the current space. The Kimaro family has found a piece of land at a very reasonable price of $50,000. Mangum said she will soon have nonprofit status for this fundraising effort, which will make donations tax deductable. Every dollar will go directly to the Living Waters Children Center. For more information, contact Samantha Mangum at