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THE WEEK THAT WAS: March 7, 2008

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Dr. Denise Doyle, vice president for academic and student affairs, has been chosen to receive the 2008 CCVI Spirit Award. Dr. Doyle will be recognized at the Incarnate Word Dayceremony on March 25. Congratulations!


Holy Week and Easter Services
The Holy Week and Easter Services for the UIW community will be held in Our Lady’s Chapel. For more information, or if you would like to be involved in the services (music, lectors, etc.), call Campus Ministry at (210) 829-2736. The schedule is as follows:

  • Palm Sunday, March 16: 10:30 a.m. (there will be no evening Mass)
  • Holy Thursday, March 20: 5:30 p.m.
  • Good Friday, March 21: 3 p.m.
  • Easter Sunday, March 23: 10:30 a.m. (there will be no evening Mass)

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

On Feb. 26, the Recyclers Club cleaned up the low-lying channels of Mitchell Lake that collect debris, and some volunteered to clean up the display garden. Afterwards, the Recyclers removed trash from the area near the entrance and fences. Because all of their time was spent working, the Audobon Center gave them each a family pass to return and spend a day there in the future.


A Slice of Justice
The College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences would like to invite all HASS majors and minors, and undeclared students to "A Slice of Justice" from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, March 7 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Faculty and studentswill have lunch together to discuss the implications of social justice in the students' majors and the community. Pizza will be provided!

Admissions Campus Visit Day
Admissions will host a campus visit day for prospective students at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 8 in the library auditorium.

UIW Cardinal Overnighter
Prospective students will attend an overnighter starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 9 in Marian Hall Ballroom.

Graduate Studies Information Session
Please join us for a UIW Graduate Studies information session at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 27 in the UIW International Conference Center auditorium. Faculty and staff from our graduate programs will be available to answer your questions. For more information call the graduate admissions counselor at (210) 805-3551.

Pierre Lecture
Dr. Jeannine Hill Fletcher, associate professor of theology at Fordham University, New York, will deliver the 2008 Pierre Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 in Marian Hall Ballroom. The topic will be “The Cosmopolitan Catholic: Constructing Religious Identity in a Globalized World.” The event is free and open to the public.

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:

  • Friday, March 7: 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 8: 8 p.m.

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.

Spring Fling
The Spring Fling on April 12 is an annual fundraising event for UIW athletic teams/student organizations. Food booths, music, games and the $20,000 turtle race highlight a fun-filled day. Admission is free. Check outthe website,,for more detailed information about the event. You can sign up for a booth by contacting Jan Taveirne at or Leah Bowen at

Dr. Joseph Schmelz, director of the Institutional Review Board at University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, spoke at the first Research Day at UIW. He spoke on the topic of developing an interdisciplinary/collaborative research program.

Students dressed in their best as they presented resumes to potential employers at the Job Fair hosted by Career Services on Thursday.

Sr. Eilish Ryan presented the Moody Professor Lecture on Wednesday. This year’s topic was “Voices of Hope in Difficult Times.”

Department News

Students Joseph Kirby and Andrew Deegear have attained press passes to the Global Tech Meeting in Norway. The H-E-B International Peace Program funding is helping these two UIW students participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

McNair Scholars present projects
Several McNair Scholars presented their summer research projects at the 10th Annual Texas National McNair Scholars’ Research Conference at the University of North Texas. This conference attracts scholars nationwide and was held Feb. 15-17. The students who presented were:

  • Christián Ríos, Engineering Management, mentored by Alison Whittemore, presented “Smooth Ride: Superpave and the Next Generation of Asphalt Mixtures”
  • María Robledo, Spanish Literature, mentored by Dr. Amalia Mondríguez, presented “The Representation of Women in the Poetry of Jaime Sabines”
  • Nora Taylor, Business Finance, mentored by Dr. Nursen Albayrak Zanca, presented “Trends in the US Hispanic Purchasing Power: A Time Series Analysis (1981-2005)”
  • Carlo Reyes, Marketing, mentored by Sara Jackson, presented “Social Entrepreneurial Businesses: A Case Study of the Guadalupe Street Coffee Company”
  • Jessica Garza, Meteorology, mentored by Dr. William Thomann, presented “Cloud Seeding Effects and Processes”
  • Annie López, History, mentored by Dr. Patricia Gower, presented “Voices from the Past: The Story of a Mexican American Neighborhood”
  • Katie Bateman, Mathematics, Mentored by Dr. Haoxuan Zhou and Dr. Zhanbo Yang, presented “Fractals: A History”

Software Evaluation
UIW is considering the adoption of an online software tool for faculty evaluations. A committee that includes representatives of all UIW schools and the Institutional Research Department has reviewed the commercial software available for faculty evaluations and has identified three finalists for your consideration. Each of the three finalists will demonstrate its offering in an open forum as scheduled below (click the link to see more information):

  • software demonstration from 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, March 14 in the Library Auditorium
  • Scantron Class Climate software demonstration from 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, March 28 in the Library Auditorium
  • CoursEval software demonstration from 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, April 11 in the Library Auditorium

SMARRT Scholarships
The SMARRT Project will be awarding scholarships toward the completion of Texas Teacher Certification and 18 hours toward a Master of Arts in Teaching in: Math 8-12, Life Science 8-12, or Elementary EC-4. The deadline to apply is April 1. For more information, contact Laura Resendez at (210) 805-3019 or For more information, visit Eligible scholarship candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree
  • Have a GPA of 2.75 or above
  • Secondary applicants must have completed 18-24 hours of college-level math courses or 18-24 hours biology/science
  • Elementary applicants must have completed a total of 9-12 hours of college-level math and/or science courses
  • Meet all admissions requirements for the Dreeben School of Education’s Teacher Certification Program
  • Be a United States citizen or have permanent residence status
  • Agree to teach in a high-need school in the areas of math, science, or elementary, for a specified period of time

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

UIW in the News
College Basketball: Nuncio enjoys second shot with Incarnate Word

Students raised money for their fraternity during the Pie a Chi Phi event on Wednesday.

UIW Chorale & Madrigals Concert
The UIW Chorale & Madrigals will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8 in San Fernando Cathedral. The concert of choral music from across the centuries will be free and open to the public. Come support our UIW choirs and enjoy a beautiful evening in San Fernando.

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

Faculty Focus

Panel Chairman
On March 3, the Garfield Institute of Hiram College, Ohio (Cleveland) held a seminar on the political and economic issues in human migration. Dr. James F. Creagan chaired the proceedings and presided over a panel including Doris Meissner, the former commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service,as well as academic experts in the field of immigration and migration.

Guest Artist Recital
On March 6-7, professor of music Debbie Bussineau-King is giving a guest artist recital of American Women's Art Song and Sephardic music at Del Mar College.She will also give a master class/workshop the next day. Ruth Friedberg, music Professor Emerita,willaccompany her.

High Schools

St. Anthony Catholic High School Events

  • March 8: 8 a.m. St. Anthony Cheer and Dance Clinic in the gym
  • April 5 (tentative date): Alumni Spring Fest
  • April 18: Fiesta St. Anthony

Incarnate Word High School Events

  • March 7: Career Day
  • March 8: Advising Day
  • March 11: Spring Dance Show


Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

Home games are in all caps
Friday, March 7

  • Track (M&W) at Texas State, All Day
  • Tennis (M&W) at St. Edward’s, 1:30 p.m.
  • BASEBALL VS ST. MARY’S (2), 2 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball vs St. Edward’s at Denton, 2:30 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball vs St. Mary’s at Denton, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 8         

  • BASEBALL VS ST. MARY’S, 1 p.m.
  • Tennis (M&W) at Trinity, 2 p.m.

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