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THE WEEK THAT WAS: February 20, 2009

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Dr. Agnese officially opens the Northeast Center at Rolling Oaks after a grand-opening ceremony on Tuesday. Visitors toured the facility while mariachis played.


Meet the Chaplain Candidate
Campus Ministry invites faculty and staff to meet the candidate for the Chaplain position after Mass on Wednesday, Feb. 25.A light lunch will be served at 1 p.m. in AD 155. Please RSVP to Beth Villarreal at or 829-2736 by noon Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Catholic Relief Services Operation Rice Bowl
As part of our faith community’s Lenten observance, we will participate in Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten program, Operation Rice Bowl. Since 1975, Operation Rice Bowl has inspired Catholics in the United States to pray, fast, learn and give as we increase our understanding of our global community. We encourage you to participate in Operation Rice Bowl throughout the campus. Rice bowls will be placed around campus for loose change to be collected.All proceeds will go to Catholic Relief Services. For more information on CRS, visit You may also pick up a rice bowl in the Campus Ministry Office for your home or office.

Ash Wednesday Worship Services
Ash Wednesday is Feb. 25.

  • 8:30 a.m. – Mass – Our Lady’s Chapel
  • Noon – Mass – Our Lady’s Chapel
  • 5:15 p.m. – Ecumenical service – Marian Hall Ballroom
  • 7:30 p.m. – Ecumenical service – Incarnate Word High School Chapel
  • 8:50 p.m. – Communion service – Our Lady’s Chapel

Weekly Reflection by the Rev. Dr. Trevor Alexander
Psalms 18:6, “In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.” (NIV)

Wow! Where do we turn to or to whom do we turn to when we are experiencing distress in our lives? For some of us, we might turn to a best friend, a family member or a spouse. Have you ever been in a situation where you need help and they couldn’t help you?

Well, today’s devotion says, “In my distress I called to the Lord…” We all, at some point in our lives, will need help. When the time comes, turn to the Lord!

The challenge for many is trusting God to help them. Letting go and letting God handle our issues, can be challenging.Many of our have to go through the process and letting go of ourselves and letting God handle our problems in His timing.Part of the process is to inform ourselves, repeatedly, that “nothing is impossible with God…” What does that mean? God can do anything except fail!

There are three very important lessons that I have learned in my process of trusting God. First, I have learned that I must cast off my ego. I don’t have to be “Mr. Fix-it all.” Second, I leaned obedience. I learned to cast my net on the other side when the instruction came to me (reference John).Third, I learned to cast away my selfish desires. It doesn’t always have to be, all about me.

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

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



UIW Research Day
UIW’s second annual Research Day is Friday, Feb. 20 in the Rosenberg SkyRoom and will consist of a poster session and a research luncheon. Faculty research posters will be displayed from 9:30-11:30 a.m. with faculty researchers available to discuss their work. A research luncheon buffet will begin at 11:30 a.m. and end at about 1 p.m. At noon, Dr. Yvonne Bronner, Sc.D., R.D., professor and founding director of the Public Health Program at Morgan State University, will speak on community-based participatory research. The UIW community is invited to participate by visiting the poster session, participating in the luncheon and supporting your colleagues’ activities.

Beat St. Mary’s Week
Wear your Red and Black all week and get fun giveaways! The Cardinal’s play our cross town rivals on Saturday, Feb. 21, and we need all our fans out there! See the athletics flier at

  • Friday, Feb. 20: Cheerleaders Pep Rally celebrating ALL athletics at UIW at 8 p.m. in the Convocation center. Wear your best glow in the dark outfit! Join us after the pep rally for music and s’mores. Sponsored by Student Center & Leadership Activities, Campus Life CAB, KUIW, UIW Dance Team and the media center.
  • Saturday, Feb. 21: Game Time & Cardinal Tailgate. Stop by the Convo before each game to enjoy free food and fellowship. Paint your face red! Women’s game is at 2 p.m. and the men’s game is at 4:30 p.m. Banner competition for organizations in the Convo. Winners of the window and banner competition announced during half time of the men’s game.

Faculty Recital
The UIW Music Faculty will present a Faculty Recitalat 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 in Our Lady's Chapel.Musicforsolo flute, voice,guitar and pianowill be performed.Featured composersare Mozart, Metz, Duke, Torroba, Puccini, de Fallaand Albeniz.Faculty performers will be tenor John Boyer, soprano Debbie Bussineau-King, Jesus Gachupin on guitar, guest flautist Rita Linard, guest tenor Sydney King, Meredith Kay Ridgeway on piano,and soprano Emily Ward.The program is free.

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.

Native American Stories
Listen to Native American Stories from the Headwaters Sanctuary from 7-8 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Village at Incarnate Word Garden Room. Artifacts from the Headwaters will help tell the story of Coahuiltecans and others who camped, hunted and traded here 250-11,000 years ago. UIW Professor Emerita Dr. Eloise Stoker will present.

Responsibility Discussion
As part of Black History Month, there will be a discussion on “Accountability & Responsibility: Moving Forward with Resolve” from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. Feb. 25 in Marian Ballroom. Those who participate could win a prize. All intellectually expressed opinions are welcome. For more information, contact BSA president Julee Valdez at

UIW Jazz Ensemble
The UIW Jazz Ensemble has a gig! The ensemble will be performing at the Cove at 606 W. Cypress on the last Wednesday of every month from 8-10 p.m. Admission is free. The dates are: Feb. 25, March 25 and April 29. For more information, contact Jim Waller at (210) 445-0412 or

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Speaker
Wade Martyn will speak on the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) at noon March 18 in BSH 119. He has been a GEOINT analyst with NGA since 2001. He is currently assigned to the NGA Support Team at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas. The UIW community is invited, with special encouragement for geography, political science and international affairs majors. For more information, contact Dr, Michael Frye at Ext. 3160.

Employee Alumni Reception
The UIW Department of Alumni Relations is teaming up with theCambria Suites Airport hotel to hosta reception for UIW employees that are also alumni! The reception will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 19 at the hotel. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact the alumni office at (210) 829-6014.You can register online at

Volunteers removed invasive plants near the Blue Hole as part of the Third Thursday Volunteer Day with the Headwaters Project.

Live music by the Ashlee Rose band, free food and plants, and displays of electric cars helped Rock the Earth bring awareness to environmental issues on Thursday afternoon.

Department News

Business Plan Competition
In quest of new and real learning experience and networking opportunities for our students, the H-E-B School of Business and Administration is launching a Business Plan Competition that encourages participants to transform a business idea from the concept phase to a full business plan ready to be implemented. The Business Plan Competition is open to all the UIW students and it includes, not only cash prizes to the best developed business plan, but also the accessibility to a loan with the lowest interest rates to facilitate the implementation of the new business. The HEBSBA will offer a series of workshops to help the participants develop a successful business plan. The deadline to register for the competition is March 6. An information session about the competition will begin at noon Feb. 25 in Gorman Building Room 215. For more information, contact to Dr. Jose F. Moreno at or (210) 930-8011.

Budget Lookup in Banner 7
Attention deans and department heads:You think you’re out of money? Maybe you are, maybe you’re not.One way to find out is by attending training on looking up your budgets in Banner. There will be training available on Budget Lookup in Banner 7 at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 or 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27 in G16. Seating is limited to 8 per training session. To reserve your seat, contact Tom Duckworth at Ext. 1222 or

Banner 7 Navigation training will be available for those of you interested in a refresher course prior to the Budget Lookup training, beginning at 9:15 a.m. in G16. For additional information, contact Carol Morales at Ext. 5845 or

Community News

Bookstore Hours
The bookstore will close at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb 23 for textbook inventory. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, Feb 24.

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 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 The deadline for submissions is Saturday, Feb. 28. Send submissions or questions to

Faculty Focus

Dr. Paul F. Messina, Dr. Flor de Maria Garcia-Wukovits, Sue E. Stankus, all of the School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering, with the help of Dr. James D. Stamey, of Baylor University, published the article “Examination Color-Coding Versus Student Achievement in College Mathematics Courses” in the “Far East Journal of Mathematical Education” last year.

High Schools

Incarnate Word High School

  • Feb. 22 – Mother/Daughter Banquet at the Omni Hotel. Mass at 11 a.m., registration at 12:30 p.m. and the luncheon at 1:15 p.m.
  • Feb. 24 – National Latin Examat 8 a.m. in Mt. Erin Alumnae Hall.
  • Feb. 25 – Ash Wednesday Liturgy at 10 the school gymnasium.
  • Feb. 27-28 – French Symposium at Eisenhower High School in Houston.
  • Feb. 28 – Freshman Registration from 9 a.m. to noon in the main building.

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. For more information, call Bart Zavaletta at 832-5605.

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


Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

Our sympathy and prayers go to the following:

  • Charlie (UIW Board of Trustees Chair) & Cathy Amato & family on the recent loss of his mother, Amelia GrassoAmato.
  • Dr. Thomas Baumgarten (MA ’77) & family on the recent loss of his mother, Bess Baumgarten.
  • Michael Byrne & Desiree Kornrum-Byrne (UIW Director of Financial Assistance) & family on the recent loss of his mother, Edyth Walters Byrne.
  • Trevor (UIW Assistant Director of Campus Ministry, BA ‘96), Emma & Tara Alexander (current UIW students) on the recent loss of Emma’s mother, Marie Coleman.
  • James E. Connell & family on the recent loss of his wife, Barbara Ann Connell (BA ’73).
  • The family of Jessie Leary Cox (MA ’63) on her recent death.
  • William & Annette (UIW Faculty, H-E-B School of Business) Craven & family on the recent loss of his father, William W. Craven Sr.
  • Albert & Gladys (UIW Staff, Alumni Office) Delgado & family on the recent loss of her aunt, Hortense T. De Leon.
  • Militza Cunningham & Don C. Hauser & family on the recent loss of their mother, Rose McEnery Hauser (UNDCL ’43).
  • Carlton & Kathleen Stott (IWHS ’92, BSN ’98) Hogan & family on the recent loss of Tim Hogan.
  • The family of Annie Laurie Howells (IWHS ’49) on her recent death.
  • Rudolph F. Klein III & family on the recent loss of his wife, Katherine Adell Campbell Klein (UNDLC ’58).
  • Gerald & Patricia (BS ’66) Lopez & family on the loss of their son, Noel Richard Lopez.
  • Irvin Gordon on the recent loss of his wife and Carla Maslakowski on the recent loss of her twin sister, Dr. Dennise Maslakowski (BA ’76, MA ’79).
  • Dr. Rebecca A. Olivares (IWHS ’73) and Dr. Patricia Olivares (IWHS ’79) & their families on the recent loss of their mother, Mary Jane Olivares.
  • Jessica Burney (IWHS ’02) & family on the recent loss of her grandmother, Maggie Dean Osman.
  • Hubbard & Karen Parks (UIW friends) & family on the recent loss of their daughter, Dr. Leslie Hunt Parks-Finley.
  • Mark & Tina (UIW Women’s Soccer, MA ’96) Patterson & family on the recent loss of his mother, Betty Lee Patterson.
  • Perry Rainey & family on the recent loss of his wife, Judith Snider Rainey (BSN ’91).
  • Margaret Rose Coleman Russo, Joel & Georgie (BA ’70) Coleman McAteer and Sr. Margaret Rose Palmer, CCVI (BA ’45) on the recent loss of Jack Russo.
  • Lloyd & Linda (BSN ’73, MBA ’91) Tiemann & family on the recent loss of his father, Alvin W. Tiemann.
  • Sr. Jennie Torregrossa, CCVI (BS ’50) & family on the recent loss of her nephew, Gregory Wayne Whitaker.