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THE WEEK THAT WAS: October 10 , 2008

Photo of the Week

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (second from right), with Dr. Agnese (from left) Gayle and Tom Benson, and Coach Mike Santiago, toured Benson Field House on Wednesday before speaking to the UIW community in the Rosenberg Sky Room about the future of football in San Antonio.


Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 12, 2008
“Many are invited, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:14

This vision of the kingdom of heaven, a king struggling to get guests to come to the wedding feast for his son, has always seemed severe.Didn’t the guests consider it an honor to be invited to the king’s palace?Did they not like the king and his son? Why was the king so severe about the guest who was not dressed properly?

However, the parable will not make sense if we approach Jesus’ parable literally.The King has already invited you and me to the heavenly banquet.

Have we prioritized our daily business to make ourselves available to the King? Do we “dress” our behaviors well to accept the graces the heavenly King gives us?Are we ready, at any time of the day, to enter the banquet hall?Do we believe that God wants to love us into a fuller experience of life in the fellowship of the Kingdom? The Body and Blood of his Son, our eternal banquet, nourish us.Let us sing our way into the banquet hall.

Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,
Calling for you and for me;
See, on the portals He’s waiting and watching,
Watching for you and for me.
(Will L. Thompson, 1847 – 1909)
M. Peggy Lovrien
Diocese of Winona
Winona, MN

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Confirmation Classes Available
Campus Ministry has started Confirmation classes to those seeking to complete their Sacrament of Initiation in the Catholic Church.Classes will run through February 2009. For more information, call Beth Villarreal at 829-2736.

Weekly Prayer
School of Interactive Media & Design
Specific prayer intentions may be e-mailed to one of the Campus Ministry staff,,


Pharmacy Meet and Greet
The Mission Retreat Advisory Committee invites you to meet and greet the faculty and staff of theFeik School of Pharmacy from 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 at the pharmacy school. October is National Pharmacy Month. Join us for a tour, refreshments and giveaways. Pharmacy students will provide blood pressure screenings, “brown bag” medicine assessments and a personal medication analysis! Bring your medications to find out whether you are taking them correctly. The pharmacy museum will be open, and its curator, Billy Walker, will be available. The meet and greet shuttle will depart from Marian Hall to the pharmacy school every half hour beginning at 1:45 p.m.The last return shuttle will leave the pharmacy school at 3:30 p.m.

Gay Straight Alliance Meeting
UIW'sGay Straight Alliance will be celebratingNational Coming Out Day at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 in the library auditorium. The next meeting will be at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13 in Dubuis Lounge. For more information, contact Janet Kaufman at or (210) 805-3551.

Light the Way Workday This Saturday
The holidays are approaching, and UIW is gearing up for the 23rd annual Light the Way celebration! The event, which will be Nov. 22, 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. No need to sign up! 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:

  • Oct. 11, 9 a.m. – noon at St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Elementary

Development Workshop
The Title V faculty development workshop entitled “Getting Started with Blackboard” will be Saturday, Oct.11 from9 a.m. to noon in the Feik Pharmacy Building Room 481.

Real Women Have Curves
Five unforgettable mujeres, working in a tiny LA sewing factory, racing against the clock, dreaming of their futures, and learning to love their curves. The performance will be in the Cheever Downstage II Theatre. 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:

  • Oct. 10 (Friday): 8 p.m.
  • Oct. 11 (Saturday): 8 p.m.
  • Oct. 12 (Sunday): 2 p.m.

Music Recital
Music professor Deborah Bussineau-King and Music professor emerita Ruth Friedberg will give a sacred recital called "A Judeo-Christian Musical Journey" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 at Christ Episcopal Church, 510 Belknap Place. The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call Debbie at 829-3858.

Graduate Student Campus Tours
Campus tours will be given for graduate students at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 14, Nov. 18 and Dec. 10. To join a tour, call (210) 805-3551.

Sr. Martha Ann Kirk blessed all sorts of animals, live and stuffed, at Saturday’s Blessing of the Animals in the Grotto.

2008 Sr. Charles Marie Frank Lecture
The School of Nursing & Health Professions and Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Alpha at Large Chapter will present the 2008 Sr. Charles Marie Frank Lecture called  “Fifty-Two Tuesdays: Transforming Care at the Bedside” on Wednesday, Oct. 22. Mary A. Viney, RN MSN NEA-BC, will present the lecture. Registration and networking will begin at 12:30 p.m., and the program will be from 1 – 3 p.m. in the Rosenberg Sky Room. The cost is $5 for unlicensed nursing students, $10 for others and $30 for attendance and Nursing Continuing Education Credit. Please RSVP by Friday, Oct. 17 to Dr. Jennifer Cook at or (210) 829-3978. Contributions to the UIW Nursing School Expansion Campaign Fund are welcome.

Debate Watching Party
The Political Science Department is having a debate watching party from 8-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15 in the Marian Hall Lounge. Everyone is welcome to watch.There will be snacks and post-debate analysis and discussion. For more information, contact Dr. Lydia Andrade at Ext. 3877, Dr. Scott Dittloff at Ext. 2713, or Dr. Gary Keith at Ext. 2183.

Peace Building and Justice in East Africa
The Catholic Relief Services Advisor for Peace Building and Justice in East Africa will speak on peace and reconciliation at noon, Oct. 13 in the Special Collections Room of the Library. John Katunga has led the Nairobi Peace Initiative-Africa and has experience in negotiations, dialogue facilitation and monitoring peace initiatives.The UIW Center for International Studies and the Women’s Global Connection invite you to listen to his experiences defending human rights and searching for conflict resolution.

Heritage Day
This year’s UIW Heritage Day is Wednesday, Oct. 15. Below is the schedule of events for the day.

  • 8:10 a.m. – Opening Ceremony to honor UIW’s founders.  By large oak in cemetery.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Speaker: Alexia Kelley “Beyond Partisan Politics: Search for the Common Good” in the library auditorium
  • 11:15 a.m. – “Lunch and Listen” concert in the Plaza
  • Noon – Mass at Grotto to pray for all employees being honored for their service
  • 2 p.m. – Employee Recognition Ceremony at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word
  • 3:15 p.m. – Employee Reception on Brackenridge Lawn
  • 4:15 p.m. – Student Conversations with the CCVI Sisters in Dubuis Lounge

Beyond Partisan Politics: Search for the Common Good
Alexia Kelley, of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, will talk to the UIW community at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 15, UIW Heritage Day, in the library auditorium. She will speak on a Catholic Vision for the Common Good in the context of Election Year 2008. Washington-based Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good is committed to creating the necessary conditions for a culture of “life and dignity of the human person over greed, materialism and politics of division.” She will talk about vital values and Catholic Social Tradition and thenonpartisan promotion of key issues in the midst of a heated electoral campaign. Come for avigorous discussion on the issues, the campaign and the resolution to have the Common Good supersedepartisan politics.

More than 30 UIW employees participated in the United Way Days of Caring on Oct. 3 by setting up and operating booths at the San Antonio State Hospital’s monthly carnival.

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.

Voicemail Upgrade
The UIW Technology Department will be working with AT&T engineers to upgrade our voicemail system from Oct.16-18. For more information, contact Jim Parlett at (210) 829-3866 As part of the upgrade process, the following changes will take place:

  • Voicemail boxes cannot be added or deleted from the system until Oct. 21.
  • After the upgrade, you will be prompted to change your voicemail password when you first log in to your new voicemail box.
  • Old messages saved on the voicemail network will not be transferred to the new system. If you are saving voicemails on your phone, you should prepare for their deletion on or about Oct. 16.
  • Your username and greeting will be transferred to the new system

Spam E-mail Alert
A reminder from UIW Technology Services: We will never ask for your password by e-mail. Do not e-mail your password to anyone who asks for it. If you receive an e-mail that requests your account password for any UIW service, that e-mail is a form of spam called “phishing” no matter how legitimate it might sound.Do not respond to such an e-mail. Simply delete it. By doing so, you help Technology Services protect your identity and the databases that safeguard the personnel of UIW. Thank you!

MS in Community Psychology Program Open House
The UIW Masters of Science in Community Psychology will prepare students for work in program development/evaluation, organization and policy change, or for more higher education. You are invited to an informational open house from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 in Room 107 of the Joyce Building. RSVP to Angelica Khorram at Applications are due Thursday, Jan. 15. For more information about completing the graduate school application, contact Janet Kaufman at or Dr. María Félix-Ortiz at For more information, visit

Community News

Volunteer Opportunity
Earn off-campus volunteer credit hours close to home by removing exotic plants in the Headwaters Sanctuary. Volunteers will meet at theUIW practice soccer fieldsat 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 and take the short walk to the back of the sanctuary. The day will run from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., and volunteers may come for one hour or four hours. Water, tools, gloves and snacks will be provided.To sign up, call 828-2224 or e-mail more information, visit Because of poison ivy, volunteers are advised to wear long pants and closed toe shoes. Long-sleeve shirts are recommended.

Flu Shots – Last Opportunity
Influenza immunizations will be offered in the Demonstration Lab on the 2nd floor of the Nursing Building or in the Seminar Room (219). Shots cost $25 and can be paid in cash or by check made payable to UIW. To make a reservation, call 829-3126. The schedule is as follows:

  • Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tuition Exchange Meeting
If you are the parent of a dependent child who wants to attend a college or university other than the University of the Incarnate Word, you are invited to attend a meeting at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13 in the Burke-O’Mahony Room regarding scholarships that may be available to your child through Tuition Exchange or Council of Independent Colleges.

Study Abroad Tuition Discount
UIW tuition is being offered at a 50 percent discount through a grant for students who wish to study abroad in one of our sister schools located in Korea or Taiwan during Spring and Fall 2009. For more information, contact Study Abroad Coordinator Alanna Taylor at (210) 805-5709 or

Donations Still Welcome
Donations of money, food, and school supplies are welcome any time before the next student trip to Mexico, Oct. 17-19, for “Joining Hands and Hearts Across the Border.” The box for donations is by Sr. Martha Ann Kirk’s office, Admin. 341,, 829-3854.

Flying Tip from University Travel Agent Gail Genthner
To help streamline the security process and better protect laptop computers, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is now allowing passengers to leave their laptop computers in bags that meet new “checkpoint friendly” standards. Computer bags that will produce a clear and unobstructed image of the laptop when undergoing X-ray screening will be allowed to remain in bags for screening.

For a bag to be considered checkpoint friendly it should meet the following standards:

  • A designated laptop-only section
  • The laptop-only section completely unfolds to lay flat on the X-ray belt
  • No metal snaps, zippers or buckles inside, underneath or on top of the laptop-only section
  • No pockets on the inside or outside of the laptop-only section
  • Nothing packed in the laptop-only section other than the computer itself

This applies only for destinations in the U.S. under TSA screening standards and protocols. Foreign locations may vary due to local regulations.

The TSA has not endorsed any specific bag design or manufacturer and will only allow laptops to stay in bags through screening if they provide a clear and unobstructed X-ray image of the laptop. Visit the TSA online at for images of checkpoint friendly designs and guidance on use.

Dr. Terry Dicianna, former UIW chancellor, was honored at the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce 7th Annual Doctoral Achievement Awards Banquet on Sept. 30.

Faculty Focus

Debbie Bussineau-King, professor of music, was elected president of the South Texas Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing on Oct. 4.Membership for this organization draws from 15-20 colleges and universities as far north as Belton and south to Brownsville.

Play Selected
Act One Series, Volume XII, has chosen a play called “Danger! Murder at Midnight,” written by Michael L. Mercer to be performed at the Jump Start Theatre. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Oct. 17-18. For more information, visit

High Schools

Incarnate Word High School

  • Oct. 10: Pep Rally
  • Oct. 13: IWHS Heritage Week
  • Oct. 19: IWHS Open House from 2-5 p.m.

SACHS Comedy Night
St. Anthony Catholic High School Class of 2010 presents “A Comedy Night”from 7 – 11:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Come for a night of dinner, music, dancing and San Antonio’s best comedians. The comedians are Freddy Hernandez, Danny Ingle, Richard “The Latin Lover” Trevino and your host for the night – James Munoz. Tickets are limited and cost $25 per person.For ticket information, call Blanca Leal at 832-5611 or Stella Mallard at 829-2708.

Catholic School Sweepstakes
Support Catholic education and have a chance to win a 2009 Ford. Catholic Life Insurance has donated the grand prize 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.


Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

Allison Hybner announced prize winners at the 2008 Employee Campaign finale party on Thursday. UIW employees who donated to the campaign enjoyed lunch and milkshakes on the lawn of the Brackenridge Villa.

Employee Campaign Finale
Congratulations and thank you to all for a successful 2008 Employee Campaign!
Finale Totals: Thursday, Oct. 9: 63 percent participation. Total amount raised: $101,601 and $46,835 of the total raised has been designated towards Dr. Doyle's Faculty Development Endowment challenge gift for 2008. Visit for a list of donors and Employee Campaign information or contact the Development Office at 829-6013.

Finale Party Raffle Winners:

  • Spurs tickets from Lou: Dr. Gary Norgan
  • Grandstand Box for 4 at Retama Park: Dora Fitzgerald
  • EZ’s gift card: Dr. Mary Ruth Moore
  • Wash Tub Pass: Dr. Jeannie Scott
  • Taco Cabana Coupon: Lynn Davis-Johnson
  • Witte Museum Pass: Dr. Connie Green
  • University Bowl Pass: Dr. David Maize
  • Dinner for 2 at Cheesy Jane’s: Justin Berner
  • Dinner for 2 at Cheesy Jane’s: Sandy McMakin
  • Mexican Manhattan gift card: Dr. Kathi Light
  • Mexican Manhattan gift card: Lee Ann Waltz
  • Al’s Gourmet Nuts package: Dr. Louis Agnese, Jr.
  • Al’s Gourmet Nuts package: Roslyn Grimes
  • Al’s Gourmet Nuts package: Dr. James Sorensen
  • Al’s Gourmet Nuts package: Dr. Mark Granberry
  • Regal Cinemas Movie Gift Card: Dr. Jim Parlett
  • Sterling Silver Cross: Mike Hood
  • Sterling Silver Cross: Dr. Anita Mosley

Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • Van Henry & Edna Archer (UIW friends) & family on the recent loss of his brother, Robert Richey Archer.
  • Joe Arenas & family on the recent loss of his wife, Maxine Brynston Arenas (BA ’43).
  • Clint Burge & family on the recent loss of Doris Cagle Burge (BA ’56).
  • Sherwood & Bebe Canales (UNDCL ’57, IWHS ’53) Inkley (UIW friends) and Lloyd & Mary Virginia “Cisi” Canales (UNDCL ’63, IWHS ’55) Jary on the recent loss of their mother, and Virgil & Pamela (BA ’90) Rosser on the recent loss of her grandmother, Ruth S. Canales.
  • Mark & Nancy Willis & family on the recent loss of her mother, Helen Marie Crumrine (UNDCL ’48, IWHS ’44).
  • Michael & Rita Fox (BA ’76, IWHS ’73) Duggan & family on the recent loss of her mother, Margie Ingle Fox.
  • Fred L. Gawlik on the recent loss of his wife, Gerald A. Gawlik (BA ’90) on the recent loss of his mother, and Marshalene Williams Kleypas (BSN ’57) and Rose Marie Williams Filio (BA ’67) on the recent loss of their sister, Carol A. Williams Gawlik (BS ’58).
  • Loren M. (BBA ’02) & Becky Gulley & family on the recent loss of his father, Michael Hamilton Gulley.
  • Eddie & La Velle (MA ’75) Leinweber & family on the recent loss of her brother, Marvis Allen Hejtmancik.
  • Gerald & Sandi Garza (IWHS ’71) Karam & family on the recent loss of his father, Morris Karam.
  • Walter & Donna (UIW Development Board) Muslin & family on the recent loss of her sister, Bette M. Lemon.
  • Charles & Dorothy Maclean (BA ’83) Ulcak & family on the recent loss of her father, Donald E. “Mac” Maclean Sr.
  • Marveen Mahon (Director of Health Services) & Dr. Keith Tucker (Director of Counseling) & family on the recent loss of her aunt, Eileen Mahon.
  • The family of Sandra Phyllis Massey (MSN ’98) on her recent death.
  • The family of Mary W. McComb (UIW friend) on her recent death.
  • Clete & Vivian (UIW Accounts Payable) Wertz & family on the recent loss of her father, Lawrence E. Mechler.
  • Balous & Julie Miller and John & Vladimira Miller (UIW friends) & family on the recent loss of their mother, Ila Faye Miller.
  • Trish DeScioli (UIW student) & family on the recent loss of her grandfather, Robert F. Schmicker.
  • Dr. Edward H. Spalten & family on the recent loss of his wife, Grace Roegelein Spalten (BS ’47, IWHS ’43).
  • Mercedes Spellmon & family on the recent loss of her husband, F.L. “Doc” Spellmon (BA ’82).
  • Sara K. Tallarovic (UIW Faculty – Biology) & family on the recent loss of her grandmother, Florence Pech Tallarovic.
  • Sr. Maria del Consuelo Urrutia, CCVI (BS ’40) & family on the recent loss of her brother, Pedro Damian Urrutia.
  • Marcos (UIW Development) & Jorgie Ann Contreras & family on the recent loss of his grandmother, Carmen Votion.
  • Thomas & Lillian (BSN ’66) Van De Walle on the recent loss of her mother, Lydia Hollas White.