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THE WEEK THAT WAS: September 19, 2008

Photo of the Week

Dr. Agnese congratulated and encouraged the Pharmacy Class of 2012 at the 2008 White Coat Ceremony, which was held Friday.


Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sept. 21, 2008
“Are you envious because I am generous?” Matthew 20:15b

Sunday after Sunday we celebrate God’s generous goodness in our songs. Yet when it comes to recognizing that goodness as it unfolds in daily life, sometimes we falter. This parable reminds us that God will pour surprising gifts into whatever hands God wishes.

As you prepare for making music this Sunday, look for an opportunity to do one irrationally generous thing. If it’s anonymous, even better. Then imagine what the world could be like if everyone lived God’s kind of generosity every day.

Wise and generous God, may we always remember to count the things of this world with the measure of your eternity. May our music be as generously poured out as your abundant grace.

Cynthia Serjak, RSM
Sisters of Mercy
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Copyright © 2008, National Association of Pastoral Musicians. Sunday Word for Pastoral Musicians is a weekly service of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, 962 Wayne Ave., Suite 210, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Phone (240) 247-3000. Fax (240) 247-3001. E-mail

Confirmation Classes Available
Campus Ministry will begin Confirmation classes to those who are seeking to complete their Sacrament of Initiation in the Catholic Church.Classes will begin Wednesday, Oct. 8 and last through February 2009. For more information, call Beth Villarreal at 829-2736.

Weekly Prayer
Support Staff – Facilities Management and Services (Mailroom, Purchasing, Central Receiving, Vehicle Service, Maintenance, Grounds, HVAC, Electrical, Carpentry, Paint, Data) Campus Police, Aramark, Sodexo, Special Events
Specific prayer intentions may be e-mailed to one of the Campus Ministry staff,,


Employee Appreciation Day
The Human Resources department will host Employee Appreciation Day from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. today in Marian Hall Ballroom. In appreciation of our employees, HR will be giving away a giftfrom Florame worth $250, two gift certificates from the Wash Tub, one Spa D’ Sante hour massage gift certificate, ten $25 HEB gift cards and 10 $25 Valero gas cards, plus additional surprises!

Blood Drive
The Pre-Pharmacy Association will be hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22 and Tuesday, Sept. 23 in the Marian Hall Student Lounge.Donors will receive snacks, juice and a t-shirt. Donors must be 17 years or older, weigh at least 110 lbs, be in general good health and avoid aspirin 24 hours before donating.A photo ID is required. For more information, call the Pre-Pharmacy Advisor Diana Dimas at 829-2703.

Deadline to Register
Join the Women’s Global Connection for the 2nd Cross-Cultural Forum for Professional Development to hear presenters discuss their participation in cross-cultural experiences and research. The educational forum is meant to strengthen involvement in cross-cultural experiences and cross-cultural research, provide learning and research opportunities for graduate students, and bring new interest groups to share collaborative experiences in developing countries. Bring a friend or a guest! The forum will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 in the ICC conference hall. The event is free! To reserve your space, RSVP by Sept. 19 to Paula Caffer at (210) 832-3208 or For more information, visit

7th Annual Chips & Salsa
The 7th Annual Chips & Salsa will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Residence Life is sponsoring this event that will feature free food, salsa/merengue lessons, best dressed contest and “grito” contest. Come out and help celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! For more information, contact Liz Cruz at 283-5024 or

Mission Lawn Sale – Make a Donation!
The annual Mission Lawn Sale will be Tuesday, Sept. 23. Please bring your “gently used items” to the Administration Building Room 151.

Corporate Travel Planners Breakfast
Corporate Travel Planners, our new travel agency, will host a breakfast from 7:30 – 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26 in the Special Collections Room.Have a chance to meet Gail Genthner, our long-time travel agent, in person. If you would like to attend, RVSP by Wednesday, Sept. 24 to Roz Grimes at Ext. 2748 or

Book Club Meeting
A book club hosted by Alpha Lambda Delta and Elizabeth Birkenfeld will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Burke O'Mahony Community Room in the basement of AD building next to Chick-Fil-A. Everyone is invited to come for discussion, fun and refreshments. The first book is “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe. For more information, contact Elizabeth Birkenfeld at or Erin M Galloway egallowa@uiwtx.ed. The club will meet at 7 p.m. on the following dates to discuss these books:

  • Sept. 24 – “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe
  • Oct. 29 – “The Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold
  • Nov. 25 – “My Sister's Keeper” by Jodi Picoult

Careers in Nonprofit Panel
Make the world a better place by falling in love with nonprofit work. Join the discussion at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 in the library auditorium. A breakout information session will follow. Light refreshments will be served.

International Food Festival
This year’s International Food Festival sponsored by Campus Ministry and International Programs will be from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 in Marian Hall Ballroom. You are invited to sample foods from around the world or provide a dish from your culture/ethnic background.If you are interested in providing a dish, contact Trevor Alexander at 829-3130 for more information.

Disabilities Open Forum
Walk, Roll & Read will host an open forum with Moises Torrescano, the director of Academic Advising & Student Disability Services, starting at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8 in the Burke-O'Mahony Community Room.The accessible entrance is through the courtyard.The presentation will be followed by an informal discussion with participants.

Creationism Film
“Teaching Creationism in Schools” See the 82-minute documentary "Kansas vs. Darwin" and have a discussion with the filmmaker Jeff Tamblyn from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 in the Library Auditorium. Co-sponsored by Liturgical Outreach and the peaceCENTER.

Golf Tournament
The Women’s Global Connection will participate in the fall AT&T Championship Golf Tournament Fundraiser from Oct. 22-26 at the Oak Hills Country Club. The fundraiser attracts many "greats" from the golfing world. UIW employees and students are invited to attend. Tickets prices are $10 good-any-day tickets and $25 weekend passes. For information and tickets, contact Cynthia Aguirre at 210.488-3386 or at

Students had a chance to ask questions of UIW administrators during the open forum on Thursday afternoon.

Harold Rodinsky and many other faculty members and students participated in this year’s Meet the Mission on Friday.

Department News

Banner Password Policy
UIW will begin a new Banner password-reset policy effective Oct. 13.The new practice is part of a broader focus on network and information security. The policy applies to all employees and contractors who log into “native” Banner, but this policy does not apply to users of Bannerweb.Under the new policy, Banner passwords will expire and require re-set every 60 days. New rules for password creation also will apply.Passwords can be re-set on the main Banner menu page. Users will receive expiration warnings beginning 10 days before the password’s actual expiration.Detailed instructions on changing the password and frequently asked questions will be on the IMS Web site beginning Monday, Sept. 22. For more information, call Sandy Givens at Ext. 3949 or Carol Morales at Ext. 5845.

Banner Access Request Form
Information Management Services will begin implementation of an access request form for all Banner, Argos and Xtender accounts effective Monday, Oct. 6. The purpose of the form is to streamline requests IMS receives and will cover requests for new accounts, changes to existing accounts and termination of account privileges. Completion of the form will require approval from a supervisor or hiring manager. Instructions on filling out the form as well as frequently asked questions will be posted to the IMS website by Monday, Sept. 29. Questions about the new document may be directed to Sandy Givens at Ext. 3949 or Carol Morales at Ext. 5845.

Budget Management in Banner 7
There will be training available on Budget Management in Banner 7 at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19 and 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 in the Library Room G16 (ground level). This is for deans and department heads interested in training in budget management in Banner. Banner Navigation is a pre-requisite for the course, and will be offered immediately before the class. In addition, you will have to have access to your particular departmental budget or budgets prior to the class. Contact Tom Duckworth at ext. 1222 to reserve your place.

Banner 7 Navigation training will be available for those of you interested in a refresher course prior to the Budget Management training, beginning at 9 a.m. in Library Room G16.Contact Carol Morales, Banner Trainer/HR Specialist at Ext. 5845 to reserve your place.

Critical Incident Training
All administrators, faculty and staff are asked to attend one of the mandatory Critical Incident Training sessions given on the dates listed below. All sessions will be held in the library auditorium. This training is necessary to keep within the guidelines of the Clery Act and to be better prepared during a critical incident. Campus Police requests you e-mail with the date you will be attending. For more information, call Ana Fuentes in Campus Police at 829-6030.

  • Thursday, Sept. 25 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 26 from 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 2 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 3 from 1 – 2 p.m.

Community News

Recycling Report
Congratulations UIW!During August, we collected 4.7 tons of paper, compared with 4.3 in May. As a result, we saved 80 trees, 19,000 kilowatt hours of energy, 33,000 gallons of water, and 16 cubic yards of landfill in August. We also eliminated 284 pounds of air pollutants created when making paper from virgin wood pulp. More desk side boxes for paper are available.To get one, call Laura at Ext. 3879. Watch for information on Phase 2 of UIW’s recycling program, which is coming soon!

Road Closed
At 12:30 p.m. today, the road on the east side of the new dorm at Hwy. 281 will be closed for traffic up and down the hill as a crane will be hoisting equipment on the roof. Please try to avoid this area for a few hours.

Online Memorial Guestbook
For anyone who would like to leave a comment, there is an online memorial guestbook for Fr. Philip Lamberty at

Light the Way Workdays
The holidays are approaching, and UIW is gearing up for the 23rd annual Light the Way celebration! The yearly event is the university’s way of kicking off the holiday season, and volunteers are needed to help get the lights ready. Have a free breakfast and lunch, and get community service hours. Get ready to join students and employees for some early holiday cheer! For more information, call PR at 829-6001. The volunteer schedule is below:

  • Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. – noon at St. Anthony Catholic High School
  • Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. – noon at UIW Marian Ballroom
  • Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. – noon at St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Elementary

Faculty Focus

Article Presentation
Several UIW professors presented articles at UNESCO International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance with colleagues from Texas State University and Tamkang University Taiwan in the Japanese National Institute of Sport and Fitness in Kanoya Japan. Dr. Tim Henrich, professor of sports management and kinesiology, Dr. Bill Carleton, professor of human performance and kinesiology, and Dr. Steve Liu, assistant professor of communication arts. Dr. Yuan-Sheng Wang received his doctorate from UIW in 2006. The following manuscripts were published in the proceedings of this conference.

  • Henrich, T.W. and Pankey, R.B. Results of a Longitudinal Study of the Swimming Performances and Power Output in Middle School Swimmers
  • Henrich, T.W., Pankey, R.B., Carleton. W. and Wang S.H: The Elimination of Over Corrected Stroke Techniques and the Subsequent Development Unnatural Skill Patterns in Competitive Swimming
  • Wang, Yuan-Sheng Tamkang University, Henrich, Timothy and Steve Liu University of the Incarnate Word: The Impact of Coaches’ Leadership Behaviors on Taiwanese Collegiate Tae Kwon Do Competitor’ Performance

After the conference, Henrich consulted with Dr. Takeo Nomura at Tsukuba University in the area of Biomechanics of Swimming. Tsukuba University is a world leader in the area of fluid mechanics.

High Schools

St. Anthony Catholic High School

  • Sept. 20: Cross Country IWHS Classic at 8 a.m. at Fort Sam Houston
  • Sept. 24: Volleyball at Providence. Time is TBA
  • Sept. 27: Football at 2 p.m. at Holy Cross
  • Sept. 28: Community Liturgy

Incarnate Word High School

  • Sept. 20: Cross Country IWHS Classic at 8 a.m. at Fort Sam Houston
  • Sept 22:Blood Drive at the front of the school from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Sept 23: Guidance Night with Princeton Review in the Testing & Mount Erin from 6 – 7:30 p.m. followed by an all grade level information night
  • Sept. 26: Volleyball at Providence at 5 p.m.
  • Sept 27: JV Volleyball Tournament at IWHS, time is TBA

Catholic School Sweepstakes
Support Catholic education and have a chance to win a 2009 Ford. Catholic Life Insurance has donated the grand price for the drawing: the choice between a 2009 Ford F150 truck, a 2009 Ford Fusion or a $20,000 VISA prepaid credit card. Many schools within the Archdiocese of San Antonio are participating, but 100 percent of the money from ticket sales purchased from St. Anthony Catholic High School will stay at SACHS. The prize winner agrees to pay all federal and state taxes due. The winner will be drawn Jan. 31. Tickets cost $5 each. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Alejandro Calderon at 832-5622.

St. Anthony/Incarnate Word Theatre Production
All shows are performed in the IWHS gymnasium. Tickets cost $6 for adults and students, and $3 for children 12 and younger. For more information, contact 829-3100 or

Bridge to Terabithia
A heart-warming musical adaptation of the Newbery Award winning children’s novel.
By Katherine Paterson and Stephen S. Tolan
Shows are at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20


Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

2008 Employee Campaign
The 2008 Employee Campaign began Sept. 9 and runs through Oct. 9. You will receive forms via campus mail, but you may also find it on the UIW Web site at Your contribution will be included in fabulous weekly prize drawings and will also be eligible for the Finale Party raffle! “The Future is in Your Hands” and together we can create the path that will lead to a great future! Please contact the Development Office at 829-6013 for additional information.