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THE WEEK THAT WAS: november 7, 2008

Photo of the Week

Jo Ann Vasquez (Registrar’s Office), Cynthia Sanchez (Office of Graduate Studies and Research), Melissa Skasik (Human Resources Office), Desiree Alonzo (Registrar’s Office), and Susanne Cook (Registrar’s Office) competed on Friday in the Administration Building Halloween costume contest. Cynthia Sanchez won first place.


Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008 Reflection
Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome
By Sr. Eilish Ryan, CCVI, Pastoral Institute, Religious Studies

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran, one of the four major basilicas in Rome. While most Catholics think of St. Peter’s as the pope’s church, St. John Lateran is actually the papal parish church and the cathedral of Rome. Since the pope is the universal pastor, today’s feast day becomes a universal celebration of the unity of the church throughout the world through one faith and one baptism in Christ.The Basilica of St. John has been a symbol of the church since ancient times, much as the White House represents the USA.

This basilica, first known as the Basilica of the Savior, is dedicated to St. John the Baptist and the Savior. The original church on the site was built in the 4th century on land belonging to the Laterani family, which Constantine donated to the church. It was the baptismal church for ancient Rome and the location for five ecumenical councils.For more than a thousand years, successive popes lived and ruled the church from the Lateran Palace, next to the basilica.Over the centuries, the basilica suffered from fire, earthquake and the ravages of war. The present structure, commissioned in 1646 by Pope Innocent X, has undergone several renovations.

Every Christian is called to be a temple of the Lord, a tabernacle for the divine indwelling. Today’s feast celebrates the holiness, not only of the house of God, and of every church building consecrated to God’s glory, but also of every Christian who through baptism becomes a living sanctuary. This celebration reminds us that we are to be living stones, that together we are built into Christ through love.We are God’s holy people, we are the church.Buildings decay, but the living church endures and carries forward the mission of the church across the centuries.

How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God and the gate of heaven.” Gen. 28:17.

Campus Ministry Memorial Book & Annual Memorial Mass
The month of November is a time in our Church to remember those who have died and to celebrate their lives and the promise of eternal life. This month Campus Ministry will compile for the UIW community a list of those loved ones who have died. A Memorial Book will be placed beside the Dia de los Muertos Altar outside Our Lady’s Chapel in the Administration Building. Names may also be e-mailed to Beth Villarreal at through Monday, Nov. 17. The names of our loved ones will be remembered at the Alumni Memorial Mass at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 23 at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. The UIW community is invited. For more information, call Beth Villarreal at (210) 829-2736.

Weekly Prayer
Our Nation and Veterans
Specific prayer intentions may be e-mailed to one of the Campus Ministry staff,,


Retirement Celebration for Claudia Hartman
A celebration for Claudia Hartman will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7 at the Brackenridge Villa. Claudia has worked for the university for more than 18 years starting as a loan collector in the Business Office and as an administrative assistant first for John Ray and later for Doug Endsley in the Office of the Vice President for Business & Finance. Please come and join us in thanking Claudia for her many years of service to the university.

Indian Music Concert
The Music Department and Music Therapy program will be host an Indian Music Healing Concert at 7:30 p.m.Nov. 7 in Palestrina Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Cross Country Regional Meet
UIW’s Cross Country team will be hosting the NCAA South Central Regional meet at Live Oak City Park on Nov. 8. The men run the 10k at 9:30 a.m. and the women run the 6K at 10:30 a.m. General admission costs $5, and all UIW students, staff and faculty get free admission. For more information, visit

Psychology Research Colloquium
The 7th annual Psychology Research Colloquium will be from 9 a.m. - noon Nov. 10 in the library auditorium. The guest speaker is Christine Reyna, Ph.D. from DePaul University.Her presentation is titled “Attributional Stereotypes and the Legitimizing Ideology of Deservingness.”

Veterans Day Ceremony
Please join us Tuesday, Nov. 11 as UIW honors our nearly 3,000 veteran students and employees in a brief Veterans Day Ceremony. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. on Dubuis Lawn and will include reflections from current students who are active duty or veterans, followed by a wreath laying ceremony and light refreshments immediately after. Our ceremony includes the display of a Living Wall poster, honoring our current students and loved ones who have served in the military. If you would like to include your name or recognize someone on the poster, e-mail Kevin McCollom at with the name, service and years of service (or ERA if unsure, i.e. WW II., Cold War, etc.). They will be honored during the ceremony.

Graduate Information Session
Admissions will hold a Graduate Information Session for interested and prospective students at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 in the ICC Auditorium. For more information and to RSVP, contact Graduate Admissions Counselor Janet Kaufman at (210) 805-3551 or

Marie A. Soto, TRiO program counselor, and three TRiO students attended AAMC’s Minority Student Medical Career Awareness Workshop and Recruitment Fair on Nov. 1 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

Department News

Banner Service Outage Scheduled
The Technology Department will conduct routine maintenance of the Banner server from 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Nov. 7. Banner services will not be available during this period. For more information, contact Sandy Givens at 829-3949 (ext. 3949) or e-mail

Last Critical Incident Training Make-up Session
All administrators, faculty and staff must attend one of the mandatory sessions. The last session will be from10 – 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 7 in the library auditorium.

Harassment Free Presentation Sessions
All university employees are required to attend at least one harassment presentation per calendar year. This year’s training schedule is listed below. All sessions will be in the library auditorium. For more information, call Human Resources at (210) 829-6019.

  • Monday, Nov. 10 – 2-3 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 11 – 2-3 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 14 – 9:15-10:15 a.m., 10:15-11:15 a.m.,2-3 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 15 – 11 a.m. – noon
  • Monday, Nov. 17 – 9:15-10:15 a.m. and 10:15-11:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 18 – 9:30-10:30 a.m., 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 6-7 p.m.

Community News

UIW in the News
UIW selected to house pharmacy museum

UIW creates new master’s in research statistics



Dollhouse Raffle
This year's "A House For Betty" dollhouse is on display at the UIW Feik School Of Pharmacy Office of Student Affairs. Raffle tickets to win the dollhouse benefitting Race for the Cure will be sold for $1 each through Dec. 10. The winner will be chosen Dec. 11. To buy tickets, contact Kristen Dicianna at 883-1063 or or Roxanne Rohrbacher at All proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to help fight breast cancer.

Book Drive
Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society,is hosting a book drive from now until the end of the semester. Textbooks and children's books can be placed in the green cardboard bins located in the basement and on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the AD Building, and books will be collected until the last day of classes. Textbooks will go to help students in Africa, and the children's books will go to the Battered Women's Shelter.For more information, contact Dr. Emily Clark at 283-5061.

Elf Louise Toy Drive
The Elf Louise Christmas Project provides toys to less fortunate children in the San Antonio community during the holiday season. UIW will collect unwrapped toys for the Elf Louise Christmas Project again this year. Collection boxes are located at the Wellness Center and at the Barshop Natatorium. For more information, contact the Office of Public Relations at 829-6001.

Teach For America
Please invite your seniors to apply to the Teach For America program. Members of Teach For America will commit two years to teach in one of our country’s high-need public schools. To learn more, visit deadline to apply is Nov. 7. For more information, e-mail Erin Waltz at

Fall Phonathon
The UIW Alumni Board members have issued a challenge to the campus groups and organizations to help raise pledges for the Annual Fund. The Alumni Challenge has been extended to include volunteers from administration, faculty and staff.Calls are currently being made to our GOLD Alumni Members (Graduates of the Last Decade) from Joyce Building Room 232 on Sundays.Callers are needed for the 2:30-5 p.m. shift and the 5-7:30 p.m. shift on Sunday, Nov. 9 andSunday, Nov. 16.If you would like to volunteer, contact Patrick Greener at (210) 805-5832 or at or Sylvia Kutchenreuter at (210) 805-5833 or

Road Closures
The Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & ½ Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 16 will cause some road closures.Closures along the route will take place between 6:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.The starting line is located in Brackenridge Park and the first few miles of the route will run south on Broadway.The race route may involve the closure of some streets near you, as well as the Hildebrand exit from southbound 281, which will be closed from 4-9 a.m. Nov. 16.Please plan ahead for alternate access routes if you will be coming to campus that morning.More information about the race is available online at For a list of road closures, click here. To see the map of road closures, click here.

Flu Shots
There is a moderate supply of flu vaccine left.Community members still desiring a flu shot can call 829-3126 for an appointment. The cost is $25, payable via check or cash.

Faculty Focus

Concert Performance
The San Antonio Symphony will perform new works by several contemporary composers, members of the Composers Alliance of San Antonio, including Ken Metz, associate professor of music. The concert will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23 at the McNay Art Gallery in the Leeper Auditorium. The concert is free with museum admission.

High Schools

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

The Musical Comedy: Murders of 1940
A non-stop barrage of laughter as the cast of a Broadway musical assembles to untangle the mystery of the “Stage Door Slasher.” By John Bishop
Shows are at 7 p.m. Nov. 13, 14 and 15

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.

Tennis Intramurals
UIW tennis intramurals nights are from 6-8 p.m. Monday-Friday from now until Dec. 12. Intramurals are open to all UIW students, faculty and staff. Please present your UIW ID when entering the courts.

Our prayers & sympathy go to the following:

  • Craig & Louceyette (MA ’98) New & family on the recent loss of her uncle, Joe Ed Baker.
  • Roger (UIW faculty) & Karin Barnes & family on the recent loss of his mother, Nellie E. Barnes.
  • Pat Goebel Brown (IWHS ’51) & family on the recent loss of her husband, Richard R. Brown
  • Patty Croft Cavallini (IWHS ’70) and Joanne Croft Billingsley (IWHS ’71) on the recent loss of their father, William Henry Croft.
  • The family of Sr. Anne Dossmann, CCVI (IWHS ’51, B. Music ’65) and the entire UIW community on her recent death.
  • Carol Dziuk (BA ’90) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Gladys Mary Lyssy Dziuk.
  • The family of Sr. M. Rosaria Estrada, IWBS (BA ’77) and the Sisters of Blessed Sacrament Academy on her recent death.
  • Santana Joe Ferrusca & family on the recent loss of his wife, Xochitl Deptawa Ferrusca (IWHS ’93).
  • Beth Villarreal (Director of Campus Ministry) & family on the recent loss of her grandmother, Viola Bannworth Filut.
  • The family of George Edwin Harvey (UIW student) on his recent death.
  • Jack & Carol (BA ’78) Hebdon & family on the recent loss of his mother, Anne Schuchard Hebdon.
  • The family of Maureen Halligan Ibbs (UIW Professor Emerita of Theatre; HD: MA ’71, Ph.D ‘06) and the entire Incarnate Word community on her recent death.
  • Bart & Dore Koontz (UIW friends) on the recent loss of their son, Augustus Cummings Koontz.
  • Ron & Debra Jo Lynch (BSN ’77) Carson & family on the recent loss of her mother, Georgianna Jo Lynch.
  • The family of Patsy Jean Goodman Martin (BA ’78) on her recent death.
  • Cora Elizabeth Meskill (BA ’47, MEd ’60) and Sr. Miriam Meskill, CCVI (BA ’53) & family on the recent loss of their sister, Catherine Jane Meskill (IWHS ’44, BS ’55, MA ’69).
  • Mendell Morgan (former Dean of Library Services) on the recent loss of his wife, and David (BBA ’88) & Linda Morgan on the recent loss of his mother, Jean Marie Winn Morgan.
  • Dennis Paul Muraida (BA ’87) & family on the recent loss of his father, Paul H. Muraida.
  • Karen Norman (UIW friend) & family on the recent loss of her husband, Dr. Ruskin Curry Norman.
  • Erin O’Docharty (IWHS ’00) & family on the recent loss of her grandmother, Margaret Padrick O’Docharty.
  • Kevin Shelley and Todd Shelley & family on the recent loss of their mother, Betty McFalls Shelley (ND ’45).
  • James Sorenson & family on the recent loss of his wife, Marie O’Connor Sorenson (IWHS ’37, UNDCL ’43).
  • Raymond (MA ’98) & Regina Troilo & family on the recent loss of their son, Tom Troilo.