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THE WEEK THAT WAS: January 16, 2009

Photo of the Week

The Incarnate Word High School Madrigal choir caroled at the White House in December for the third time, and the girls report that it was the experience of a lifetime.  This year, the girls performed in the Grand Foyer of the White House for visitors and White House staff.


Mass of the Holy Spirit
The Mass of the Holy Spirit will be at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 18 in Our Lady’s Chapel. Join us as we begin the new semester in praise and thanksgiving for our blessings and invoking the Holy Spirit to be with us throughout the semester. There will be a special blessing for students, administrators, faculty and staff.

Weekly Prayer
Specific prayer intentions may be e-mailed to one of the Campus Ministry staff:,,


Black History Month Opening Ceremony
The theme for Black History Month 2009 is “Catching the Vision, Embracing our Future.” The opening ceremony will be from 7:30 – 10 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20 in the Student Center. Kick off February’s Black History Month followed by a reflection and a discussion on the inauguration of President Obama. One of the televisions in the Student Center has been reserved so that anyone canstop by to watch the inauguration.For more information, contact BSA president Julee Valdez at

Graduate Student Campus Tour
The Office of Admissions offers campus tours to students interested in graduate studies and the doctoral program. The tour will begin at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Admissions Office. Call Janet Kaufman at (210) 805-3551 to RSVP.

Asian New Year Celebration
Celebrate the year of the ox from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26 in Marian Hall. There will be food, games, cultural demonstration booths and performances. More details to come!

Walls Symposium
Please consider making this free Symposium about Walls a part of your spring classes.UIW and the CCVI Sisters are partners in sponsoring it at Trinity University from Feb. 15-17. The Walls Symposium is for academics, activists and students. It is not about any particular wall or even about purely physical walls, but rather a deep conversation about why humans build walls and a critical exploration about what walls mean in our personal and civic lives. It will include sessions designed around academic disciplines. An expert in each field is coordinating his or her session, which might be a panel discussion, film, interactive experience. For more information, visit

Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair
Join UIW students and faculty for the 6th annual Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10 in Marian Hall Ballroom. This year’s theme is “A Smart Start to a Healthy Heart.” RSVP to Dr. Laura Munoz at 805-3033 or

Incarnate Word Day
Incarnate Word Day celebrates the Feast of the Annunciation, Mary’s answer to God’s call. It will be Wednesday, March 25. To see the schedule of activities that will form part of the celebration during the week of March 23-25, visit Please encourage your students to participate in one or more of these activities.

Department News

Beware of Spam and Phishing
As with any major event or holiday, the inauguration will bring with it spam and phishing attacks designed to steal personal information. Please be careful in the upcoming days and weeks about e-mails you may receive (even if they seem to come from friends or business associates) with subject lines related to the Obama Inauguration,the Martin Luther King holiday, or the Presidents’ Day holiday in February. Do not open such generically-titled e-mails, unless you are specifically expecting such an e-mail. If you are in doubt or have questions about such e-mails, contact the UIW Help Desk.

Community News

UIW in the News
Paintings by Carla Veliz reflect on the Katrina tragedy

Food Service for Holiday
Marian Hall and Java on the Hill will be open regular hours on Monday, Jan. 19. Finnegan’s, Hortencia’s, ICC Cafe & Pharmacy Café will be closed.

Library Closed for Holiday
The Mabee Library will be closed Monday, Jan. 19 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The library will be open Saturday, Jan. 17 and Sunday, Jan. 18 for regular weekend hours.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Free tax returns and free e-file are available for low-income taxpayers. Sessions are will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays until April 11, starting the first Saturday in February. Sessions will be in the Administration Building Room 62. It is available for low-income taxpayers (about $45,000). For more information, contact Tracie Edmond at 283-5004 or Theresa Tiggeman 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
  • Property tax statement
  • 2008 Stimulus Payment amount
  • Form 1098-T for students

Please note:

  • To e-file, both spouses must be present to sign the IRS form.
  • The IRS requires VITA sites to make copies of Social Security Cards for the taxpayers and dependents.
  • The IRS requires VITA sites to make copies of the driver’s licenses.
  • VITA sites are no longer allowed to do returns for Married Filing Separately or for Nonresident Aliens.

Faculty Focus


Sr. Martha Ann Kirk presented“The Magnificat: Women Bearing Life and Hope” for the Feminist Studies in Liturgy Seminar of the North American Academy of Liturgy in Baltimore, Jan. 2-5. She also attended the Catholic Academy of Liturgy annual meeting there.

High Schools

IWHS Model United Nation Team Competition
An IWHS Model United Nation Team is participating in the Central Texas Model United Nations competition, “Challenges Without Borders.” The competition is in Austin all day Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 17-18. For more information, contact Richard Boyd at or visit

IWHS Dazzlers Dance Team
The IWHS Dazzlers Dance Team is presenting a dance clinic for girls in 5th through 8th grade from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 at Incarnate Word High School. Girls attending the clinic will perform routines from High School Musical at the IWHS basketball game that afternoon. The clinic fee is $35 and includes instruction, lunch and a t-shirt for each participant. Go to to download the registration form. Deadline for registration is Jan. 19.Monies collected will be used to help send the IWHS Dance Team to American Dance/Drill Team Competition in February.

St. Anthony/Incarnate Word Theatre Winter Showcase
The Winter Showcase, a fun-filled evening of variety acts, will be performed Jan. 29-30 at 7 p.m. 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

IWHS Semiformal
IWHS is hosting a semiformal for students. Faculty is invited.Tickets cost $20 for singles and $30 for couples. The dance will be from 7:30 -11:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 in the UIW Rosenberg Sky Room. No one will be admitted after 9 p.m.


St. Anthony Catholic School Open House
St. Anthony Catholic School will hold an open house from 1 – 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18 at the school. The open house will be for K3 through 8th grade. Contact Lucy Gonzales at (210) 732-8801 Ext. 120 for a tour for the 2009-10 school year. For more information, visit

Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • The family of Laura Teresa Berg (former student) on her recent death.
  • The family of Beatriz Bolanos (Aramark Housekeeping) on her recent death.
  • James E. Connell & family on the recent loss of his wife, Barbara Ann Connell (BA ’73).
  • The family of Mabel Christman Decker (BS ’69) on her recent death.
  • The family of Modesto Flores Jr. (BA ’72) on his recent death.
  • Sr. Margaret Gerken, CCVI (BS ’55) & family on the recent loss of her brother, Gilbert William Gerken.
  • Dr. Matthias Schubnell (UIW English faculty) & family on the recent loss of his sister, Barbara Kamprad.
  • Ellen Kennelly Orman (BA ’55) & family and the entire UIW community, on the recent loss of Sr. Josephine Kennelly, CCVI (BS ’52, MA ’68).
  • Jose N. Mascorro & family on the recent loss of Enriqueta Valadez Mascorro (BA ’56).
  • Victoria Gaytan (UIW current student) & family on the recent loss of her grandmother, Enriqueta G. Reza.
  • Minitza Santizo & family on the recent loss of her husband, Dr. Mario Jose Santizo (UIW adjunct faculty).
  • Mary Theresa Vazquez (BS ’62) & family on the recent loss of her husband, Jaime Vazquez-Rivera (BA ’84, IWHS former faculty).