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THE WEEK THAT WAS: April 4, 2008

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State Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon spoke on “Community Service, the Challenge and the Opportunity” on Monday at UIW.


TV Program relates to Mission
Faculty, have your students watch this show, and students, don’t miss it! “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?” is a four-hour series that for the first time on television sounds the alarm about our huge and alarming socio-economic and racial disparities in health and searches for their causes. Those causes are not what we might expect. The show will be broadcast on PBS at 9 p.m. April 10 and 17 (check local listings). For more information, visit

Cell Phone Recycling
The UIW Recyclers, Headwaters Coalition and UIW Biology Club bring you eco-friendly cell phone recycling. Drop off your old cell phones in front of Marian Hall from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. April 8-10. Please include phone chargers! Working phones will be refurbished and reused, and non-working phones will be safely recycled. This event benefits Cell Phones for Soldiers, which donates cell phone minutes to deployed soldiers and their families. The event is part of UIW’s Earth Month celebration. Find the rest of the schedule at


Reception for new VPEAP
All faculty, students and staff are invited to attend a reception for Dr. Cyndi Porter to celebrate her promotion to Vice President for Extended Academic Programs. The reception will be from 3-5 p.m. Monday, April 7 in the Library Special Collections Room.

Learning Symposium
“Collaborating for Student Success: Building Engagement in Learning” is a symposium on best practices for getting students involved in learning. The symposium will be from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 4. Check in at Marian Hall Ballroom.  For the entire schedule, visit The keynote speaker will beDr. Vincent Tinto, the chair of the higher education program at Syracuse University. Tinto’s research deals with student persistence and attainment in higher education. His recent book, Taking Student Retention Seriously, presents current research on student retention and applies it to practical institutional issues, especially classroom teaching. Representatives from10 institutions as well as representatives from the Institute of Higher Education and other government institutions will be attending. Registration for the symposium is closed.

Doctoral Student Research Symposium
The symposium will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 5 in Bonilla Science Hall Room 129.

Admissions Campus Visit Day
The campus visit day will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5 in the library auditorium.

Sr. Helena Monahan, Congregation Coordinator of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of San Antonio, discusses her connections to the deaf community, and the history and Mission of the Sisters and the university, during Deaf Awareness Night on March 27.

Last Chance to Donate
Friday is the last day to donate items for the Animal Defense League. The drive is sponsored by the UIW Biology Club. There is a drop-off box on the first floor of the AT&T building.If you have items that your pets do not use anymore, you can donate them.New items are also welcome. For more information, contact Biology Club co-president Pamela Barajas at The event is part of UIW’s Earth Month celebration. Find the entire schedule at Here are some of the items needed by the Animal Defense League:

  • Baby blankets
  • Vaporizers
  • Brooms
  • Copy paper
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Heavy duty water hoses
  • Laundry detergent
  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags (13 and 33 gallon)
  • Window cleaner
  • Dog and cat treats
  • Newspaper and shredded paper
  • Blankets
  • Cage dryers
  • Fatigue mats for surgery
  • Gerber baby food (chicken or beef only)
  • Heating pads
  • PetSmart gift certificates
  • PetCo gift certificates
  • Surgical scrubs (all sizes)
  • Towels

The Fiesta medals for The Cutting Edge Fashion Show have the show logo on the front (above left) with the UIW logo on the back (above right).

Tickets are still available for the Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show
Get your tickets for $75 now! Tickets to the event include a runway style fashion show, silent auction and luncheon. The Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 21 at the Marriott Rivercenter, 101 Bowie Street. To buy your tickets, call (210) 829-6013. More information is available at UIW is proud to present the 2008 Cutting Edge Fashion Show Fiesta Medal. Medals are only $7 and can be purchased through the Fashion Department at (210) 829-6091 or visit AD 112. Trading Fiesta medals is an important part of Fiesta fun!  Buy your UIW medal today!

Come Watch the Iron Chef competition!
An Iron Chef competition will be held at 11:30 a.m. April 9 in Marian Hall dining room. The event has all the participants; now it just needs an audience! The competition will be a mini version of the popular food network TV show Iron Chef.  

Adopt a Turtle Now for Spring Fling
You’re invited to the 3rd annual Spring Fling and Turtle Race from noon – 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12. The event is an annual fundraiser for the UIW softball team to help cover the costs of travel and competition.Come out for food booths, music and games. Theturtle race is the highlightof thedayas3,000 rubber turtles will be racing down the San Antonio River, all with a chance of winning 20 different prizes and $20,000! Turtles are now up for adoption for only $5. Check outthe website,,for event details. Admission is free, and the event is in the UIW Natatorium parking lot and at the headwaters of the San Antonio River. You can sign up for a booth by contacting Jan Taveirne at or Leah Bowen at

Deadline to Sign Up!
The track and field program is holding its annual Run for Brainpower 5K fundraiser at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 13 on the UIW campus. All proceeds go directly to the UIW track program. Register with Derek Riedel in Natatorium office 103 or online at The cost is $20 until April 7 and includes a t-shirt for the first 200 entries. UIW students can register for $10 with a student ID.

KUIW Formal fundraiser
The 2nd annual KUIW Suits & Shirts Gala is the formal fundraiser of KUIW Internet Radio.Guests can add their favorite music or radio T-shirt to their formal attire and show their support for KUIW Internet Radio at this fabulous event. Festivities kick off at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at Panchito's Mexican Restaurant (4118 McCullough Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212). There will be a silent auction followed by dinner and awards presentation at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $45 per person, and a portion of the proceeds benefiting the PAL Foster Youth Center of Baptist Child & Family Services ( If you would like to purchase tickets, sponsor studentattendees or donate silent auction items, please contact the KUIW studios at (210) 805-5849 or KUIW Operations Manager James Longoria at (210) 837-6503.

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. For more information, call Dr. Amalia Mondriguez at 829-3894 or dean Dan Ochoa at 829-2707. Included in the program will be:

  • Students of the four Brainpower schools will read their own original poems, short-stories and essays (Spanish and English) to the audience
  • An exhibit of students’ art (photography, painting, drawings). All their art and writing was created for the Brainpower Literary and Art contests within the Social Justice topic.They have written about child abuse, homeless people, immigrants and war, among other topics.
  • String music by Estudio Cuatro (the cuatro is a musical instrument that looks like a guitar).
  • Acclaimed children’s author Dr. Carmen Tafolla will talk about her new book It’s Not Fair! Emma Tenayuca’s struggle for justice (Wings Press, 2008).
  • Roxana Basaldúa will read her bilingual book La leyenda del cascarón and will teach the children how to make cascarones.
  • Heather Powers, illustrator and president of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators will teach how to make “The Magic Book” (a mini book).
  • Kristi Holl, author of Faith Girlz, four books of girls connecting with God (finding faith in everyday life).
  • Penni Griffin has published 11 books for children and young adults, such as The Music Thief.
  • Lupe Flores has two bilingual books published by Piñata Press.
  • Students in the UIW Spanish program will present a puppet play in Spanish: El León Comelón.
  • Members of the Puerto Rican Heritage Society will read children books from Puerto Rico.
  • The publisher of Raining Rainbow will display and sell its books.The Twig Bookshop will sell books as well.
  • Some agencies that will be present are The Children's Advocacy Agency and IDRA.

Department News

March Logos
The March 2008 Logos is online at

Online Blackboard Training
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 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 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.

KUIW Staff Positions Open
Encourage students to apply for jobs! There are seven staff positions open at the campus radio station, KUIW. These positions are for the 2008-2009 school year. The positions are:  Operations Manager, Program Director, Music Director, Underwriting/Promotions Manager, Webmaster, Production Coordinator and Sports Director. These are all paid positions. Contact Hank McDonnell for job descriptions and salaries at The deadline to apply is April 25.

Important Message from the Comptroller’s Office
In order to close out the 2007/2008 fiscal year, we need your cooperation in the following areas related to the unrestricted operating budget. If you have any questions, please call 829-6037.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

  • April 14: Purchase orders for 07/08 will be suspended on April 14, 2008 to process and ensure the appropriate charge to this fiscal year.  Any invoices received for goods purchased without an advance purchase order may not be paid and may be the responsibility of the individual who ordered the goods. Purchase orders for the remainder of the current fiscal year 07/08 which is $500.00 or more individually or in the aggregate for a department must be signed by the respective Vice-President.  Furniture and equipment purchase orders must be approved by the Vice President for Business and Finance or the President.  Any vendor credits or refunds related to fiscal year 07/08 will be credited back to fiscal year 07/08.  They may not be applied to fiscal year 08/09.  
  • May 2: Petty cash requests for fiscal year 07/08 will be suspended on May 2, 2008. 
  • May 9: All outstanding receipts must be turned in to the Business Office by May 9, 2008 to settle outstanding petty cash to ensure a proper charge to fiscal year 07/08. 
  • May 23: The University credit card billing for May will cut off on the 23rd.  Any charges for May not reflected on that statement will be charged to the subsequent fiscal year.
  • May 30: Only items or services that are received and exhausted before May 30, 2008 can be charged to the 07/08 fiscal year.  If equipment or supplies are not received, or actual travel does not occur before May 30, 2008, it will not be charged to this fiscal year.
  • May 30: To allow lead time in ordering, purchase orders for services and supplies that will not be received or paid for by May 30, 2008 may now be made in advance of the new fiscal year by citing the account number to be used in the new fiscal year and noting “FY09 expense” on the purchase requisition.    These expenses will be charged directly to fiscal year 08/09.
  • June 2: Petty cash requests will resume on June 2, 2008.
  • June 6: Departments with open billings to third parties for services rendered (i.e. facilities rental) for this fiscal year need to provide copies of invoices to Tom Duckworth in the Payroll Office by June 6, 2008.  These billings will be set up as accounts receivable for this fiscal year.
  • June 6: All internal service request charges for fiscal year 07/08 (print shop, mail, bookstore, mileage, copy charges, etc.) are due to Tom Duckworth in the Payroll Office by no later than June 6, 2008. 
  • June 9: Any vendor invoices sent directly to your department for goods received by May 30, 2008 must be submitted to the Accounts Payable Department by June 9, 2008 with proper approval for payment to ensure the proper charge to fiscal year 07/08.   Please notify Accounts Payable by June 9, 2008 of any expected invoices not yet received.
  • June 9: All travel settlements must be submitted no later than 10 days after returning from travel.  Therefore any settlements received after June 9, 2008 will be charged to the following fiscal year.
  • June 13: Organization Status Reports (budget reports) for May will be sent out on or before Friday June 13, 2008.  These reports should be reviewed carefully in order to verify that all charges to fiscal year 07/08 have been posted. 
  • June 20: The books for the 07/08 fiscal year will be closed on Friday, June 20, 2008.  After this date no further invoices, journal entries, or other transactions will be accepted for the 07/08 fiscal year.  Any transactions received after this date will be posted to the subsequent fiscal year.

Community News

The UIW Legacy Wall
The university is undertaking an initiative to increase UIW’s endowment. A key focus of the endowment is a portion designated for Faculty Development, which is funded at $600,000. Our goal is to increase it to $1 million. To assist us in this initiative, we have created a Legacy Wall where donors are encouraged to make a gift of $1,000 or more in honor or memory of a faculty member who has been a major influence on them. To raise awareness of this fund, Dr. Denise Doyle, vice president for academic and student affairs, has generously contributed $50,000 to the Faculty Endowment Campaign. Members of the UIW community, students, alum and others are asked to help us match her gift over the next two years. Your generosity will help us to enhance our faculty, support research, fellowships, curriculum initiatives, grant programs and teaching awards. Your contribution to the Faculty Development Endowment will allow us to attract and retain an academically talented faculty who otherwise would go to other schools out of the city or state. Please support us and consider making your special gift to ensure a legacy that will benefit the future students of our university.

New KUIW Talk Show
“The Not So Late Show,” KUIW’s newest talk show, will air every Sunday from 5 - 7 p.m. The show, featuring DJ Memo and DJ Smiles, will approach various topics including social justice, the Holocaust and Hispanic nutrition. Tune in to KUIW this Sunday, April 6 to catch the premiere of “The Not So Late Show.”

Faculty Effectiveness Breakfast
The HASS Faculty Effectiveness Committee invites you to the HASS Morning Café. Join us for breakfast, good ideas and conversation from 7:30-8 a.m. Wednesday, April 9 in the Heritage Room (Administration Room 155). On the agenda is “Silent Night, Beyond the Notes and Rhythms” to be shared by Deborah Bussineau-King, professor of music. The breakfast is part of our series of mini-workshops to “Enrich, empower, and impassion the life of the profession.” Start your day right and thrive as a teacher/scholar. Please RSVP to

Working Lunch to create Student Veterans Association
All interested students are invited to a working lunch to create a Student Veterans Association from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the Library Special Collections Room.  If you plan to attend, reply by Friday, April 11 to Lily Salinas at 829-2718 or

Recognizing All Valuable Employees – RAVE!
Has someone at UIW, Incarnate Word High School or St. Anthony Catholic High School had a positive influence on you? Let them know they’ve done a good job! Completing a RAVE! card is one way to recognize administrators, faculty, staff and student workers for living the core values of the Incarnate Word Mission. The core values are Education, Faith, Innovation, Service and Truth. Your comments will be shared directly with employees and their supervisors at a special RAVE! luncheon, date is TBA. Find a RAVE! card at the following locations:
Administration Building: Basement; 1st Floor - Business Office; HASS and Registrar’s Office; 2nd Floor: Learning Assistance Center
Library: Lobby
Joyce Building
Science Hall: 1st Floor
Wellness Center
Marian Hall

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.

Faculty Focus

Book Review
Political Science assistant professor Dr. Gary Keith has a book review appearing in The San Antonio Express-News on Sunday, April 6. The book is Bob Bullock: God Bless Texas by Dave McNeely and Jim Henderson (University of Texas Press, 2008). It is a biography of the late Lt. Gov. Bullock.

Article Published
Adjunct art instructor Paul Northway’s article “Finding the Balance: Recent Sculpture by Orvidio Giberga,” was published in the April 2008 edition of Ceramics Monthly.

Article and Photos Published
Dr. John Perry’s article in Texas Heritage is “Panna Maria: The Polish Plymouth Rock.” He also contributed photos. The magazine is published by the Texas Historical Foundation. In the 1850s, a group of Polish immigrants left their homeland to seek opportunity in Texas.Their first years were very difficult, but they made Panna Maria (about 55 miles southeast of San Antonio) their home.This settlement became the first Polish colony in the United States, built the first Catholic church, and opened the first Polish parochial school. The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word taught there in the late 19th century.

Congratulation to the UIW Theatre Arts Departments Extended Run Players
The UIW Theatre Arts Departments Extended Run Players will have two plays featured at the Senior Theatre Festival in Baltimore, Maryland. The two productions I'm Herbert andMemories of World War II are scheduled for Friday, June 13. The Extended Run Players is directed by Sr. Germaine Corbin. All the proceeds from productions are donated to Theatre Arts Scholarships.

High Schools

St. Anthony Catholic High School

  • 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.
  • Now Registering! Experience a true faith community, earn up to 18 college credits before graduation and enjoy 16 athletic programs! If you would like to register your child for St. Anthony Catholic High School, call (210) 832-5632, fax (210) 832-5633 or e-mail Spaces are limited, so early enrollment is encouraged. SACHS is located at 3200 McCullough Ave.

Incarnate Word High School

  • Incarnate Word High School will celebrate Incarnate Word Day on Friday, April 4.The day will begin with a special liturgy followed by a celebratory field day for the girls. Students will compete in a wide variety of fun games, indoors and out ending in a tug of war with faculty at the end of the day.
  • SAIW Theatre is proud to present their Spring Production of Sabrina Fair at 7 p.m. April 10, 11, 17 and 18 in Mt. Erin Hall at IWHS. Tickets will be available at the door and cost $5 for adults and students, and $3 for age 12 and under. Sabrina Fair is the story of the wealthy Larrabee family of New York in the 1950s. Sabrina, the daughter of the family chauffeur, returns home after five years in Paris and quickly turns the world of the family on end with her newly found charm. It is a wonderful comedy of manners featuring a cast of 14, including both St. Anthony and Incarnate Word students. For more information or advance ticket reservations, contact Lara Willars at


Sr. Martha Ann Kirk and UIW alumna Saeda Tomnbay help children make art to send to Iraqi refugee children.

Friends all over the World
We have received more than a hundred art pieces to send to the Iraqi refugee children. The exhibit “Creating Art, Creating Friendship,” with art created by refugee children and photographs by Sister Martha Ann Kirk and Dr. Jessica Kimmel taken in the Middle East, was part of the Luminaria, the citywide celebration of the arts. Viewing the exhibit, sharing music, telling stories, and participating in the art exchange attracted children of all ages from Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Iran, Korea, Palestine, Canada, and the U.S. The exhibit is now available for loan to schools and groups (after it is shown in St. Louis, Missouri) and the art exchange project continues. Contact

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