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THE WEEK THAT WAS: February 13, 2009

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Special guest Colleen Dirk, Dr. Laura Munoz and Dr. Denise Doyle admire a Fashion Department creation at the Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair on Tuesday.

Mission

24-Hour Prayathon
UIW is bringing the Mission to life by throwing a 24-Hour Prayathon to kick off the Lenten Season! Startingat 8 a.m. Feb. 26 on Dubuis Lawn, Campus Ministry will be having events throughout the day, including make your own rosary, living rosary (with every decade in a different language), confession, Mass, Lenten lunch, prayer service for healing, interdenominational worship service, Christian concert starting at 7 p.m., adoration throughout the night, and ending with stations of the cross and Mass on Feb. 27. Refreshments and other activities will be provided throughout the day. Everyone is welcome to join as we celebrate all faiths coming together in the name of God!

3rd annual Mardi Gras King and Queen Contest
For the past three years Campus Ministry has sponsored a Mardi Gras King and Queen contest-fundraiser to support the Feik School of Pharmacy Race for the Cure team.Each year nominations are taken for Mardi Gras King and Queen to compete via a coin drive.The male and female contestant with the most coins is crowned King and Queen of Mardi Gras. A voting table will be in the Westgate Circle (between Dubuis Hall and the library) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday through Fat Tuesday, Feb. 24.Coins can be brought to Campus Ministry or to the contestants’ schools/areas.Winners will be announced at the Mardi Gras party at 5 p.m. Feb. 24 on Dubuis Lawn. This year’s contestants are:

Mardi Gras King:
Dr. Jeff Cota – Feik School of Pharmacy
Bill Gokelman – Music Department
Dr. Gil Hinojosa – History Department
Coach Mike Santiago – Head Football Coach

Mardi Gras Queen:
Dr. Carmita Coleman – Feik School of Pharmacy (defending her title from last year)
Dr. Patricia Gower – History Department
Diana Young – H-E-B School of Business and Administration

Weekly Devotional

“I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener. He takes away every branch that does not bear fruit in me. He prunes every branch that bears fruit so that it will bear more fruit.”– John 15:1-2

How many of you have ever felt like this plant? Have you ever noticed that some plants appear to still be alive even when some of the branches have no leaves?Maybe it’s hard for us to picture ourselves as a plant.I offer you this suggestion.Try picturing yourself as a member of a team. On this team, the gardener is the coach.Do you have the image in your mind? Now ask yourself this question, “Why do teams practice?”

I think the answer is simple: to become better and achieve our goals. A good coach is demanding when working with the team. The coach will commend the team for following instructions and performing well, but the coach will also reprimand team members. On every team, there are some players that performing at their peak. This does not mean these players do not need to practice, because these players too have the potential of becoming better. The coach wants to see all players improve because the overall success of the team is at the heart of the coach. When all the players are improving the team can enjoy greater success.

This is how the Spirit of God works with us. In essence, the Spirit of God can be likened to a good coach. The Spirit of God will encourage us, instruct us, and correct (prune) us to help make us better, more productive members of our community.The Spirit of God will do all this because He wants ALL of us to enjoy our lives.

Be Blessed!
Grace & Peace
The Rev. Dr. Trevor D. Alexander

Weekly Prayer
Specific prayer intentions may be e-mailed to one of the Campus Ministry staff:
alexande@uiwtx.edu, mgokelma@uiwtx.edu, villaret@uiwtx.edu

CCVI Student Spirit Award Nominations
In the same spirit as the CCVI Spirit Award for faculty, staff, and administrators, Campus Ministry is soliciting nominations the Student CCVI Spirit Award.The award is bestowed upon a UIW undergraduate or graduate who lives the mission of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Nominations will be accepted through Wednesday, Feb. 25. To make a nomination, visit www.uiw.edu/campusministry/AwardNominations.htm

 

Events

Ebony & Ivory Dinner – Canceled
The Ebony and Ivory dinner scheduled for Feb. 13 has been canceled.

NBA All Star Weekend
NBA All Star Weekend in the Student Center will begin Friday, Feb. 13 with a celebrity game and rookie game at 6 and 8 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 14 there will be a 3-point shootout and slam dunk contest at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Feb. 15, there will be an all-star game at 7 p.m. Free snacks will be served on Friday and Saturday, and pizza will be available on Sunday. All are welcome.

Bus Service Available for Northeast Center at Rolling Oaks Grand Opening
You are invited to attend the grand opening of the new UIW Northeast Center at Rolling Oaks at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17. Free bus service will be available for those who would like to catch a ride to the event. The bus will depart from the Convocation Center promptly at 9:30 a.m. and will leave the event at about 11:30 a.m. returning to campus at about noon.

Lift Every Voice: Open Mic Night
Enjoy live performances from talented UIW students, guests and local artists from 7:30 – 10 p.m. Feb. 19 in Dubuis Lounge. Got skills or just want to speak your mind? Sign up at the Student Center desk by 5 p.m. Feb. 16. For more information, contact BSA president Julee Valdez at javaldez@uiwtx.edu.

Beat StMU Week
The Campus Activities Board is hosting the first “Beat StMU Week” from Feb. 16-21. Join in the school spirit for the UIW vs. StMU home games on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Darfur Support Event
The group, S.T.A.N.D. (Students Taking Action Now for Darfur) will present a discussion on the injustices taking place in Darfur, as well as in other regions in Africa. Dr. Sally Baynton will share her experiences in Uganda and how people can help facilitate change for the people who have been victimized by rebel forces and corrupt governments. Together we can plan for peace.  African music and free samples of a typical meal will be part of the program. The event will be from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 18 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Please encourage your students to come and be part of the humanitarian efforts that the UIW community plans to offer to those who are dying of hunger and thirst every day. Hear how you can, in the words of Ghandi, “Live simply so others may simply live.” Hand-made Ugandan “Beads of Life” and t-shirts will be on sale. All proceeds go to building a school in Africa for refugees.

Religious Studies’ Pierre Lecture
Margaret R. Pfeil, Ph.D., assistant professor of moral theology at the University of Notre Dame, will present the 7th annual Pierre Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 in Marian Hall. The presentation is called “The Spirituality of Nonviolence and the Reality of Mass Incarceration.” In conversation with the Sermon on the Mount as well as with the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Dorothy Day and others, Pfeil will explore active nonviolence as a spiritual discipline that can foster creative resistance to the social reality of mass imprisonment. Rooted in the gospel paradigm of nonviolent love as well as in a deepened relationship between contemplation and action, Pfeil’s vision suggests how people of social privilege can take our places beside all human beings in the beloved community. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.uiw.edu/rstudies/ or contact Dr. Adrienne Nock Ambrose at (210) 283-5051.

Volunteer Day at the Blue Hole
The Third Thursday Volunteer Day at the Blue Hole will be from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Blue Hole, just past the volleyball court and to the left. Off-campus service hours available! Come for one hour or four! We’ll tackle invasive plants in areas. Pull, snip and saw to your heart’s content.  Water and tools will be provided; wear sturdy shoes. To RSVP or get information, e-mail info@headwaterscoalition.org or call 828-2224 ext 232.

Walls Symposium and UIW Exhibit
In conjunction with the Walls Symposium, Miguel Cortinas’ students have an exhibit in the Fine Arts building.The exhibit is ongoing through Friday, Feb. 20 in the foyer of theUIW Fine Arts Building. The symposium will be from Feb. 15-17 at Trinity University. UIW and the CCVI Sisters are partners in sponsoring the event. For more information, visit http://1.salsa.net/peace/walls/symposium.html. See the site for all the presentations that UIW faculty members will make.

The Fantasticks
A starry-eyed musical about young moonlit love that wilts in the heat of the sun, only to blossom with time and experience into a rooted, heartfelt union. The performance will be in the Elizabeth Huth Coates 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:

  • Feb. 20 and 27 (Friday): 8 p.m.
  • Feb. 21 and 28 (Saturday): 8 p.m.
  • March 1 (Sunday): 2 p.m.

Cardinal Couples
The Office of Alumni Relations is inviting Cardinal couples for a blessing and reception honoring UIW alumni couples. UIW employees who are married are also invited. Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 15 in Our Lady’s Chapel. A light reception will follow in the Brackenridge Villa.

Department News

Jazz Ensemble News
The UIW Jazz Ensemble received an invitation on Feb. 9 to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland this summer. The festival runs from July 3-18. One of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals, it has been held every July since 1967 on the shores of Lake Geneva.  Originally a pure jazz festival, it now includes rock, pop and all varieties of jazz.  Everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Frank Zappa has performed there over the years. Congratulations!

News from the Dreeben School of Education
The Dreeben School of Education is accepting applications for the Teacher Certification Program (TCP), Teacher Apprenticeship Program, and Teacher Internship Program. Students seeking admission to one of these programs for the summer or fall semesters should apply now. Applications can be picked up from Diana Salazar, Certification Assistant, in the Education Office (GB 124). Applications are due by Friday, Feb. 13.

Community News

CCVI Spirit Award Nominations
Nominations are being accepted for the CCVI Spirit Award through Feb. 17. This award recognizes a member of the faculty, administration or staff who has demonstrated the spirit of the founders through service to the university and the community. Nomination forms are available in Room 151 in the Administration Building. Return forms through campus mail to Sr. Audrey O’Mahony, CPO 139 or to AD Room 151.

Presidential Teaching Award Nominations
Nominations are being accepted through March 2 for the 2009 Presidential Teaching Award. This annual award acknowledges and rewards a full-time faculty member who exemplifies excellence in teaching that leads to student engagement. Nomination forms are available at www.uiw.edu/teacher/index.htm or from the Faculty Senate via e-mail attachment.

Quirk Submissions
Faculty, staff and students are invited to submit original works of literature or visual art for this publication. The application form and submission guidelines are available at www.uiw.edu/quirk. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, Feb. 28. Send submissions or questions to quirk@uiwtx.edu.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Free tax returns and free e-file are available for low-income taxpayers. Sessions will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, from Feb. 7 until April 11. Sessions will be in the Administration Building Room 62. Assistance 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

Congratulations!
Dr. Sara Kolb, professor in the School of Nursing and Health Professions, has obtained national certification as a Clinical Nurse Leader.For more information about Clinical Nurse Leaders, visit http://www.aacn.nche.edu/CNC/cnlcert.htm.

High Schools

National Scholars Honors
The Archdiocese of San Antonio Catholic High Schools have 62 seniors that have received 80honors in the categories of National Merit Finalists, National Merit Semi-Finalist, National Merit Commended Scholars, National Achievement Scholars and National Hispanic Scholars. Below are listed the students honored from St. Anthony Catholic High School and Incarnate Word High School.

Vanessa Ablaya

SACHS

National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student

Alexandra Arambula

IWHS

National Merit Scholar Finalist, National Merit Scholar Semifinalist,
National Hispanic Scholar

Carolyn Boland

IWHS

National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student

Adrian Castellanos

SACHS

National Hispanic Scholar

Amanda Elder

IWHS

National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student

Sarah Fuchs

IWHS

National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student

Megan Gonzales

IWHS

National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student,
National Hispanic Scholar

Madeleine Harden

IWHS

National Hispanic Scholar

Kristen Losensky

IWHS

National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student

Melissa Martinez

SACHS

National Hispanic Scholar

Maricruz Menchero

IWHS

National Hispanic Scholar

Jennifer Mills

IWHS

National Merit Finalist,National Merit Scholar Semifinalist

Katherine Nasr

IWHS

National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student

Alana J. Ramos

IWHS

National Achievement Scholarship Program

Veronica Ray

IWHS

National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student

Mariel Rodriguez

IWHS

National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student,
National Hispanic Scholar

Katherine Severson

IWHS

National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student

Kelsi Sexton

SACHS

National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student

Arielle Solcher

IWHS

National Hispanic Scholar

Shelby Stinner-Trimble

IWHS

National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student

Abigail Talley

IWHS

National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student

Daniela Urigwe

IWHS

National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student

Mia Vargas

IWHS

National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student,
National Hispanic Scholar

Grace Wickersham

IWHS

National Merit Scholar Finalist, National Merit Scholar
Semifinalist

SACHS Fundraiser
On Christmas Eve Marco Altamera, a St. Anthony Catholic High School senior was in an almost fatal traffic accident.Since the accident Marco has been in the hospital.At this time, Marco is doing much better but still has a long recovery process ahead of him. This Saturday, Feb.14, St. Anthony students are selling BBQ plates to help his family with his medical expenses. For a donation of $7 you will receive aplate which includes: brisket, sausage, bread, beans, potato salad and a drink. We are very fortunate to have the plates donated by Grady’s BBQ, the Karl family, and the Luna family. Because of their generosity, 100 percent of the amount raised will go to the Altamera family. Tickets will be pre-sold every day after school this week in the foyer of the main building. If you have any questions please contact Daniel Martinez, Director of Mission Integration, at (210) 832-5618.

Incarnate Word High School

  • Feb. 14 – Bi-District Basketball
  • Feb. 14 – IWHS Soccer (Varsity) playing for TAPPs District against Ursaline in Dallas at noon

SACHS Spring Open House
St. Anthony Catholic High School will hold a Spring Open House at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 22 in the chapel.

IWHS Spring Open House
IWHS will hold its spring Open House from 2-4 p.m. April 5 in the school gymnasium. Prospective students and their parents are invited to attend. Meet the faculty who believe that every student can achieve her greatest potential. Experience the program that helped the Class of 2008 earn $9 million in scholarships and grants. Envision the possibilities for success! For more information, contact Ninfa Ozuna at 829-3123 or ozuna@uiwtx.edu.

Miscellaneous

Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.