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THE WEEK THAT WAS: March 14, 2008

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Dr. Patricia Lonchar, current holder of the Sr. Margaret Patrice Slattery Endowed Chair, gave the 2008 Slattery Lecture on Tuesday.

Mission

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)

Events

Vendor Day
The UIW Human Resources department will host Vendor Day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. today in Marian Hall. Come by to visit representatives from Aetna, Chase, Citibank, Costco, Hyatt Place, Jimmy John’s, New York Life, Sam’s Club, SWBC, Travelers and Wachovia. In appreciation of our employees, Human Resources will give away two $20 gift certificates from the Wash Tub, two one-night stays at the luxurious Hyatt Place, four $50 H-E-B gift cards, and 15 $5 Jimmy John’s gift certificates. Winners need not be present to win. Hope to see you there!

UIW involved in Luminaria Events
Consider attending Luminaria — Arts Night in San Antonio, which runs all day Saturday, March 15. It is a family friendly event so bring the kids along. For more information and schedules for both citywide and downtown events, visit www.luminariasa.com/.

  • Creating Art, Creating Friendship: Children are invited to create art to send to Iraqi refugee children, to hear stories from Iraq and traditional musical instruments of the Middle East from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, March 15 in the UIW Fine Arts Building. For more information, call (210) 829-6000.
  • Design Exhibition: Margaret Mitchell and Donald Fox will be participating in a design exhibition at the Magik Theatre. The exhibit will highlight scenic and costume design.
  • Extended Run Players will perform “I'm Herbert” at the Magik Theatre along with many other performers. See the schedule of performances at www.luminariasa.com/pages/schedule.

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Sr. Martha Ann Kirk gets a slice of pizza during A Slice of Justice, an event hosted by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences for HASS students to discuss social justice.

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Health Services and STARS Peer Educators sponsored the Wellness Fair on Wednesday. There was free food, free screenings, prize drawings and lots of fun!

Incarnate Word Day
Incarnate Word Day celebrates the Feast of the Annunciation, Mary’s answer to God’s call. Incarnate Word Day is March 25 and the theme is The Word Around the World. There will be several events that day. The schedule is as follows:

  • 8 a.m.: SGA decorates Dubuis Lawn and other areas of campus with balloons and banners
  • 9 a.m.: UIW Service Abroad panel featuring faculty and students who offered service to women and children in Zambia, Tanzania and Mexico.
  • 11:30 a.m.: Picnic at the Tower by Sodexho
  • Noon: Cardinal Carnival Golf Cart Parade from Brackenridge Villa to Marian circle, by SGA and CAB. Students decorate golf carts using UIW Mission themes. The Mardi Gras King and Queen will also be featured.
  • 1:30 p.m.: Social Justice and the Curriculum panel in Marian Hall Ballroom featuring faculty and students who apply principles of Catholic Social Justice in their courses.
  • 3 p.m.: Incarnate Word Day Liturgy in Our Lady’s Chapel including prayers for past CCVI Spirit Award Honorees and the 2008 Honoree. After the Liturgy, the CCVI Spirit Award will be presented.
  • 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, associate professor of theology at Fordham University, New York, in Marian Hall Ballroom

Extended Run Players Present Two Plays
The Extended Run Players will present The Diary of Adam & Eve by Mark Twain and adapted by Henry Holloway and I’m Herbert by Robert Anderson. All performances will be in the Cheever Downstage II Theatre at UIW. 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 28 and Saturday, March 29: 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 30 (Sunday): 2 p.m.

Mulch Madness
Mulch Madness is a community service project at the Villages of Incarnate Word. Meet in the Student Center at 9 a.m. March 28. Free breakfast and lunch!

River Cleanup event
Encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity for community service hours! Join the Headwaters Coalition for the 2008 Basura Bash River Cleanup from 9 a.m.-noon, March 29. Lunch and T-shirts from noon – 1 p.m. Meet by the picnic tables near the Agnese Bridge (the red bridge east of the Barshop Natatorium). RSVP to the Headwaters Coalition at (210) 822-5358 or info@headwaterscoalition.org.

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, www.uiwspringfling.com,for more detailed information about the event. You can sign up for a booth by contacting Jan Taveirne at jant1318@hotmail.com or Leah Bowen at bowen@uiwtx.edu.

Children's Day/Book Day
The theme of Children’s Day/Book Day will be Social Justice: God's Green Earth. The celebration will be from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 19 at the Convocation Center. Local writers and illustrators of children's books will display their work and read to children. The winners of the literature contests in English and Spanish at the four Brainpower preparatory schools will read their work, and the winners of the art contest will be displayed. Also, each preparatory school, and the departments of Foreign Languages and English will have tables promoting the schools/departments. Books will be available for sale. Children’s Day is free and is sponsored by the four Brainpower preparatory schools, the Department of Foreign Languages, English and the Society of Writers and Illustrators of Children's Books. For more information, call Dr. Amalia Mondriguez at 829-3894 or Dan Ochoa at 829-2707.

Department News

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):

  • OnlineCourseEvaluations.com software demonstration from 2-3:30 p.m. today 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

Deadline to Apply for Scholarship
The William McGowan Scholars Program Scholarships are now being offered for the 2008-09 school year. The deadline to apply is March 21. For more information, contact Dianne Wetsel at (210) 829-3181 or wetsel@uiwtx.edu. Requirements to be awarded the scholarship include:

  • Business major
  • Junior or senior standing
  • Full time student
  • Recommended by a H-E-B School of Business and Administration faculty member
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Completion of the application form
  • Submission of 2 essays (Contact Dianne Wetsel for details on essay requirements.)
  • Student may not have, nor subsequently accept, any other scholarship or award that, when combined with the McGowan award, will provide a benefit greater than one year’s tuition
  • This award is for the 2008-09 academic year only
  • This award is forfeited if the student transfers to another major field or another institution

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 leresend@uiwtx.edu. For more information, visit www.uiw.edu/smarrt/index.htm. 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

Online Blackboard Training
Registration has ended for the Blackboard Jungle face-to-face classes, but the Department of Instructional Technology will be offing two instructor-led, online Blackboard training courses for novice and advanced users. All UIW full-time, part-time and adjunct faculty members are invited take part in these courses. For more information, go to http://support.uiwtx.edu/Announcements/index.html or e-mail Training Coordinator Terry Peak at tpeak@uiwtx.edu.

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 sessions will be held in the Conference Hall at the ICC

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

Community News

UIW in the News
College football: UIW signs three

Weekender - Exhibits calendar for March 14-20

Your Help is Needed
Nuclear medicine instructor Norma Green’s son, Christopher, was in a terrible accident over the weekend. He is at University Hospital and needs blood donations. The Blood Bank is on the 3rd floor of University Hospital, 4502 Medical Drive, close to the cafeteria.The lab is open from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.Monday-Friday. Best times to donate are from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Donors should say they are donating for Christopher Green, and the blood will go in to the bank crediting his bill.The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has said they can also credit Christopher for donations given there.

Parking and Construction during Spring Break
Parking regulations will not be enforced during Spring Break week, March 17-21. Also, because of utility excavation across the roads, drivers should avoid the areas of construction near the new dorm and parking garage. One lane of traffic will be open, but drivers should expect delays.

Library Hours
The library will be open during the break!

  • Monday-Thursday, March 17-20: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Good Friday, March 21: Closed
  • Saturday, March 22:10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Easter Sunday, March 23: Closed
  • Monday, March 24: Regular hours resume

Bookstore Hours
The bookstore hours for the week of March 17-22 are:

  • Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday - Sunday: Closed

Income Tax help for Low Income Taxpayers
Low income taxpayers are invited to come to UIW for help with their tax returns. Volunteers in Income Tax (VITA) will be doing free tax returns and free e-filing for low income taxpayers (approximately $40,000). Visit the Administration Building Basement, Room 62 from 10 a.m.-noon every Saturday until April 12. To e-file, both spouses must be present to sign the IRS form. For more information, call Tracie Edmond at (210) 283-5004 or Theresa Tiggeman at (210) 829-6018.

What to bring:

  • Social Security cards for taxpayers and dependents
  • Driver’s License
  • W-2s
  • Copy of last year’s tax return
  • Checkbook for direct deposit of the refund

Please note:

  • The IRS is requiring the VITA sites to make copies of Social Security cards for taxpayers and dependents.
  • The IRS is requiring us to make copies of the driver’s licenses.
  • We are no longer allowed to do returns for Married Filing Separately or for Nonresident Aliens.

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Four women with ties to UIW were inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame on March 6. At the ceremony were (from left) Brig. Gen. USAF Ret. Sue Ellen Turner, BSN ’73 and Alumna of Distinction, was inducted under the category of military, Dr. Kathi Light, BSN ’70, Dean of Nursing and Health Professions, was inducted under the category of health professions, and Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin, founding dean of the Feik School of Pharmacy, was inducted under the category of higher education. Professor Emerita Maureen Halligan, DHL 2005, was also inducted under the category of creative arts, but was unable to attend the ceremony.

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UIW students volunteering with Campus Ministry helped build a house with Habitat for Humanity on March 8.

Faculty Focus

Competition Winner
Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Music coordinator of musicianship studies Dr. James Wiznerowicz, announced that UIW music professor Dr. Ken Metz was the winner of the Experiencing Villa-Lobos Percussion Composition Competition. Dr. Metz’ composition Musica visto que Villa-Lobos will be premiered Friday, March 28 at the VCU School of Arts in Richmond, Va.

High Schools

St. Anthony Catholic High School Events

  • March 14: “The Suffering Savior” a passion play directed by Robert Rodriguez, a member of the SACHS Class of 2008. “The Suffering Savior” will be presented by SACHS students and faculty from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic High School, 3200 McCullough Ave. The event will be held outdoors, and comfortable clothing is advised.
  • March 15: Some SACHS students will be premiering stop motion animations in the Film Slam in the Luminaria Arts Night San Antonio Festival from 6-9 p.m. at the Kress Building downtown.
  • April 5 (tentative date): Alumni Spring Fest
  • April 18: Fiesta St. Anthony – Fiesta St. Anthony will start at 7 p.m. Friday, April 18 in the UIW Rosenberg Sky Room. Tickets cost $30 per person and include dinner, drinks, dancing, silent auction, wheel barrel and fun. Tickets including the $5,000 gift card reverse raffle cost $100 for two guests. Adult guests 21 and over only. Fiesta St. Anthony is sponsored by St. Anthony Catholic High School. For information, call Blanca Leal at (210) 832-5611, Katherine Villarreal at (210) 844-8044 or Stella Mallard at (210) 829-2708.

Incarnate Word High School Events

  • March 19: Pre-registration packet mailed
  • March 24-28: Challenge testing

Miscellaneous

theFund Giving Campaign
UIW is conducting a university-wide workplace-giving campaign called theFund at UIW, IWHS and SACHS. theFund was created to help financially strengthen qualified nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. The campaign at UIW will run through April 15. All employees received information and a form in the UIW mail. Donors contributing more than $60 per year will receive theFUNdiscount card, which provides discounts on admissions and purchases at participating arts and cultural organizations. All donations are tax deductible. Dr. Donna Aronson, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, represents UIW on theFund Board of Directors. She has appointed campaign captains from a variety of areas at UIW who will be conducting presentations throughout the campaign. If you are interested in scheduling a presentation for your group, if you need a form to contribute or if you have any other questions, contact Lorraine Ewers at 829-6070 or lewers@uiwtx.edu. Please return your completed form to: Lorraine Ewers, CPO # 94 or to Tom Duckworth, Director of Payroll, CPO# 110.

Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

Donate to UNICEF’s Tap Project
After a successful pilot program in New York City last year, UNICEF is expanding the Tap Project nationwide to promote World Water Day 2008, which is March 22. The Tap Project, a grassroots initiative to provide clean water to children around the world, invites individuals to donate $1 for the tap water that is normally free at participating restaurants in San Antonio. Six San Antonio restaurants, Acenar, Flying Saucer, La Fogata, Madhatters Tea, Rosario’s and Tomatillos, are among the first to sign up to participate in this nationwide event. This year, the Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group will join with thousands of volunteers across the U.S. to support the Tap Project and to raise awareness of this vital issue in their communities. More than 1 billion people do not have access to clean water or adequate sanitation, and 1 in 5 is a child. Lack of clean water is the second largest killer of children under 5. UNICEF works in more than 90 countries around the world to improve access to safe water and sanitation facilities in schools and communities and to promote safe hygiene practices. With donations, a little goes a long way. For example, with $1 UNICEF can provide 40 liters of safe drinking water, which is enough to give one child safe drinking water for 40 days, or 40 children safe drinking water for one day. To learn more about the Tap Project, visit http://tapproject.org/  or call 1-800-4UNICEF.