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THE WEEK THAT WAS: March 27, 2009

Photo of the Week

Dr. Agnese and Dr. Denise Doyle, last year’s CCVI Spirit Award winner, presented this year’s winner, Adela Gott, with the award at the Incarnate Word Day liturgy on Wednesday.


Swim Until You Can’t Swim Any More
"...Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13b-14

When I read this Bible verse, the movie “Finding Nemo”comes to my mind.I have a tendency when I watch movies to try to find any theological content in it.

In this film, one of the characters is a fish named Dory. During the movie, Dory sings, “Just keep swimming.”She sings continually with an upbeat attitude. Dory is teaching us to keep swimming even in the face of adversity. Not only do we keep swimming, but swim with an upbeat attitude.

The other theological value I find in Dory is her short term memory loss. We have the ability to choose to forget.Maybe Dory’s inability to remember helps her keep her upbeat attitude. We too can chose to forget with grace and keep an upbeat attitude as we keep swimming.

When we go through difficult situations, especially, a trial that calls for long suffering and perseverance, it helps for us to keep a positive attitude. We need to keep our focus on the goal. Focus on the promises of God.We can focus on the prize that is in Christ Jesus. Focusing on the goal does not mean that we ignore the problem, but we focus on the solution. A well known Gospel recording artist, Fred Hammons, said, “Stop telling Jesus about your problems. He already knows. Start telling your problems about Jesus.”His approach allows us to keep swimming with an upbeat attitude.

Grace & Peace
The Rev. Dr. Trevor D. Alexander

Memorial Service and Dedication of the Apparel Construction Laboratory
You are invited to a memorial prayer service for Cosette Reyes-Varela, a 2005 graduate with a degree in fashion management & design and a member of the tennis team who died on Dec. 13, 2007. The service will begin in Our Lady’s Chapel at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 28 followed by the dedication of the Apparel Construction Laboratory in the Joyce Building Room 224. You are invited to bring your favorite photographs of Cosette to this time of remembrance, reflection and contemplation.

Holy Week Services – Our Lady’s Chapel
The Holy Week Schedule is as follows:
Holy Thursday, April 9 - 5:30 p.m.
Good Friday, April 10 – 3:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 12 – 10:30 a.m.
There will not be an Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday, April 11.

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



Fiesta Lecture
The theme of National Women’s History Month is Women & Ecology. To help celebrate the month, Laura Hernandez-Ehreisman will present a lecture called “Fiesta: Its Meaning, Development and How Its Influence in Our Culture Affects Our Community and Individual Identity” from 6-8 p.m. March 27 in the library auditorium. The lecture is sponsored by the San Antonio Psychoanalytic Reading Group.

Evening on Broadway
Walk down the red carpet and support the Cardinal Chorale at the annual Evening on Broadway fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28 in Marian Ballroom. Enjoy live entertainment by the chorale members and a delicious Italian dinner, which is included in the ticket price. The cost is $5 for UIW students and children, and $7 for adults. Purchase tickets from any chorale member or at the door.

Institute of World Cultures Presents Dabka
The UIW Institute of World Cultures presents Dabka, a free dance event, from 3-4 p.m. Sunday, March 29 in the ICC. It’s great exercise! For more information, contact Rolla Alaydi at (210)884-9196.

Weekend Events
Please continue to encourage your students to check out the Student Center & Leadership Activities (SCLA) Web site each week for activities. Our e-newsletter, What’s the Word, shares SCLA information and our new feature of events on Friday through Sunday, Weekend at the Word. Visit

Ambassador William Eaton, diplomat in residence at UT-Austin, spoke to UIW students about careers in diplomacyas United States Foreign Service officers on Monday.

Margaret Mitchell, UIW’s Moody Professor for the 2008-09 academic year, presented “Designing for the Theatre: The Research and Process of Costume Design”on Tuesday.

Incarnate Word Day was celebrated on Wednesday. Read on to see snapshots of the day.

Students decorate golf carts for Incarnate Word Day’s annual Golf Cart Parade.

The UIW community turned out for lunch, games, caricatures and fellowship on Dubuis Lawn during the Carnival on Incarnate Word Day.

Students show off their golf carts during the parade as the carnival continues on the lawn.

Lauren Wappelhorst was selected as this year’s CCVI Student Spirit Award recipient. Dr. Agnese presented her with the award at the Incarnate Word Day liturgy.

The second Legacy Tree of Donors was unveiled after the liturgy to honor those who have contributed to the Faculty Development Endowment.

On Wednesday, Fr. Juan Molina and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk made a presentation called The Magnificat in conjunction with Incarnate Word Day and Women’s History Month.    

Mayoral Candidate Question and Answer Session
The Student Government Association, Pi Sigma Alpha and Phi Alpha Delta will present a question and answer session with Julian Castro, one of San Antonio’s mayoral candidates at 3 p.m. April 1 in Marian Hall Ballroom.

FSOP Candidate Presentation
Dr. Naushad Khan Ghilzai, candidate for chair of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department of UIW-Feik School of Pharmacy, will be giving a presentation for interested pharmacy and UIW faculty members at 12:50 p.m. Monday, March 30 in Room 478 at the FSOP.

Sign Up Now for the U.S. Department of Commerce Conference
UIW is hosting a conference for the U.S. Department of Commerce entitled “Competing in the 21st Century: Navigating the Global Marketplace.”The conference will be Tuesday, March 31 in the Rosenberg SkyRoom. The morning session, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., is for small businesses and includes lunch with keynote speaker, Raul Rodriguez, former CEO of the North American Development Bank (NADBank) and Benson Chair in Banking and Finance at UIW. The afternoon session, from 1-4 p.m., is for students and the academic community and will include a focus on employment and internship opportunities within the USDOC and other organizations and will offer suggestions for preparing for a successful career in the international marketplace. There will be time to meet with the organizational representatives personally to discuss opportunities for the students. Registration for the morning event and lunch is required. For more information, the agenda and registration form, visit the conference Web site at

Earth Month Events
Earth Month runs from March 20-April 22, and UIW will be celebrating with a variety of activities, lectures and films.Visit for the Earth Month calendar and environmental readings from numerous disciplines. It’s springtime; renew and reinvigorate your commitment to the planet!For questions or additions to the calendar, contact Julian Davis For more information, contact Lacey Halstead at or 828-2224.

The Earth Month activities schedule:

  • April 1: Remembering Chico Mendes, Brazilian environmental activist, from 1:30-2 p.m. in the library auditorium.
  • April 1: Presentation called Caring for Earth Here: The Headwaters Sanctuary by Lacey Halstead, from 2:10 - 2:45 p.m. in the library auditorium.
  • April 7: Screening of “The Unforeseen” from 2:30-4 p.m. in the library auditorium.  Produced by Robert Redford and Terence Malick and directed by Laura Dunn, who is from Austin. “The Unforeseen” explores the conflicts between urban development and the preservation of natural resources. Laura Dunn chronicles the fight to save the famous Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer from development, and examines the impact on our water. It was the winner of the 2008 Independent Spirit Award. Visit
  • April 8: Tour the Headwaters Sanctuary from 2-3:30 p.m. Meet at the Grotto, near the Agnese Bridge. See what’s blooming in the Headwaters and learn about our plans for the future. It’s a walking tour so wear comfortable shoes!
  • April 16:  Calling volunteers! Restore habitat in the Headwaters Sanctuary from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Cut down invasive trees and improve wildlife habitat.  Meet at the entrance to the UIW practice soccer fields. Come for one hour or four and get off-campus service hours! Volunteers should wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Refreshments and equipment provided. RSVP to Lacey Halstead at or 828-2224.
  • April 18: Saturday Tour of the Headwaters Sanctuary from 9-10:30 a.m. Meet on the front steps of the UIW Administration Building. See what’s blooming in the Headwaters and learn about our plans for the future. This is a walking tour.
  • April 21: Screening of “An Inconvenient Truth” from 9:30 - 11:15 the Garden Room at the Village of the Incarnate Word Retirement Center. From Marian Hall, head north toward the Blue Hole, past the volleyball pit. Go through the black gate separating campus from the retirement center, and enter the Garden Room through the glass door straight ahead of you. Signs will be posted on the door. 

Spring Fling and Turtle Race
The fourth annual UIW Spring Fling and Turtle Race is a fundraiser presented by the Athletics Department for the UIW and San Antonio communities. It will be from noon – 6 p.m. Sunday April 19 by the Natatorium building and river bank area. Admission and parking are free! On the agenda is a day of entertainment including live bands, a DJ, games and food. The Turtle Race will begin at 4 p.m. with 5,000 adopted rubber turtles being released into the San Antonio River headwaters on campus. Turtles cost $5 to adopt, and the first 20 winners will receive a prize and a chance to win $20,000. This fundraiser benefits the softball and volleyball teams and other campus organizations. For more information or to adopt a turtle, contact Mary Jane Moritz at (210) 818-7267 or

Minority Health Fair
The Feik School of Pharmacy will hold UIW’s first minority health fair from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at Davis-Scott YMCA, 1213 Iowa in San Antonio. April is minority health awareness month, and the pharmacy students will promote positive changes in our community. Free screenings such as blood pressure, glucose, body mass index, diabetic foot check and cholesterol checks will be available. Licensed pharmacists will answer questions about medications and screening results. BEAT AIDS will conduct HIV rapid testing. There will be hourly drawings for great prizes. The event is free, and everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Eboney A. Hadnott at (713) 875-9365.

San Antonio Alumni Mixer
Join alumni from around San Antonio as we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the launch of our online community. The celebration will start at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 at the Cambria Suites Airport Hotel. Attendees receive free food and drinks. For more information and to RSVP, log on to

Department News

ApplicationXtender Training
The Department of Information Management Services is offering faculty advisers training in ApplicationXtender, the system that is used by Admissions to electronically manage pertinent documentation on incoming students. Training is designed to provide faculty advisers with the proper tools to retrieve and view domestic undergraduate student admissions documents for advising and registration purposes.The training options for faculty advisers are:

  • Blackboard online tutorial. This training will take 25 minutes or less to complete and can be reviewed as necessary.
  • Instructor-led training will run through April 7. Please refer to initial e-mail sent out March 13 for specifics.

Select a learning option and e-mail Carol Morales at

iPodTouch Raffle
The Feik School of Pharmacy and Pre-Pharmacy Association are raffling an iPod Touch among other prizes, including a handmade wooden porch swing, a DVD player, a Starbucks gift basket and a Blockbuster gift basket.Tickets cost $1 each and are on sale until March 31. The winner will be drawn April 1. To buy tickets, contact Kristen Dicianna at 883-1063 or All proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, to which we have donated more than $7,300 so far.

Swing-In 2009 'Ultimate Tailgate' Auction Party Raffle
Raffle tickets cost $50 and only 500 tickets will be sold!
One winning ticket will be drawn Thursday, April 30 for one of the following items:

  • $2,500 Yardley's Spa Package
  • 52" Samsung Flat Screen Television
  • $4,000 Gift Package from San Antonio Jewelry
  • $4,000 Travel Voucher and Two Round Trip Airline Tickets Valued at $1,500
  • $4,158 Cruise Voucher and Two Round Trip Airline Tickets Valued at $1,500
  • $4,800 Hunting Trip at Rough Creek in Glen Rose, Texas

If you'd like to attend the party, entry tickets cost $50 and include great food and fun! Come ready to bid on some wonderful auction items! For more information, contact the UIW Development Office at (210) 829-6013. For more information, contact the UIW Development Office at (210) 829-6013. If you have something you wish to donate, download a form at or contact Allison Hybner at 829-6075.

Community News

UIW in the News
UIW creates world's first medical tourism think tank

Word Today Submissions
Beginning Monday, March 30, Ashley Festa will be out of the office until the first week of May on a trip with the San Antonio Rotary Club. She will not be responding to e-mail during this trip. During this time, the Word Today will be published only Monday, Wednesday and Friday. To submit announcements, please send them to Debra Del Toro at As the trip progresses, follow along at


The RAVE! Award recipients were honored at a luncheon on Thursday.

theFund Campaign
UIW is participating in the theFund Campaign during the month of March. You can support 28 different arts and cultural organizations in San Antonio by donating through a convenient payroll deduction plan. Any contribution is welcome, and a donation of $60 or more entitles you to theFUNd card.With this card, you can receive discounts.For more information, contact Cheryl Anderson at 829-6091.

William E. Mulcahy Award Nominations
The Earth Month Committee is requesting nominations for the 2009 William E. Mulcahy Award.  This annual award recognizes a UIW employee for Ecological Stewardship. Nominations will be accepted through March 31. Submissions should include a short summary of the nominee’s contribution to the preservation of the planet and may be submitted to the Earth Month Committee, c/o Russell Raymond, CPO 311 or by e-mail to

Student Service Project Donations
The TRiO Programs at UIW are organizing a community service project titled “Our Cup Overfloweth.” Students are collecting mugs and items to fill them to distribute to people living in transitional situations. These people are often overlooked, and students would like to give encouragement to those who are in the process of putting their lives back in order. Please consider donating:

  • Mugs in good condition
  • Hotel soaps, shampoos, conditioners and lotions
  • Toothbrushes and small toothpastes
  • Wrapped candies
  • Individually wrapped tea bags or packets of hot chocolate
  • Any other small item that would be appropriate and helpful

Bring donations to the TRiO offices in AD 120 or AD 225 until April 12, or you may request that they be picked up. For more information, call the offices at Ext. 3929 or Ext. 3925. Thank you for your help.

Faculty Focus

To share your news with the UIW community, send your announcements and accomplishments to the Public Relations office at

High Schools

Fiesta St. Anthony
Fiesta St. Anthony will be from 7 p.m. – midnight Friday, April 17 in the UIW Rosenberg SkyRoom. Dinner will be from 7-8 p.m. and the dance will last the rest of the evening. Tickets cost $30 per person. If you’d like a chance to win the $5,000 gift card, tickets cost $100, and it admits two people.

IWHS Speech Tournament
The 8th annual Incarnate Word High School Shamrock Invitational Speech Tournament Wild about WORDs will be Saturday, March 28. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of events that segue into high school competition, and they will develop skills that are useful in the classroom and larger world. For more information, contact Jessica Karam at

IWHS Spring Open House
IWHS will hold its spring Open House from 2-4 p.m. April 5 in the school gymnasium. The event is for prospective students, particularly students in 6th and 7th grade who might be interested in IWHS.Students and parents can 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.

Catholic Schools Preview
Choose the school that is right for your child! The Archdiocese of San Antonio invites you to visit the Catholic Schools Preview to discover how Catholic schools are forming hearts, building minds and changing lives. The events will be from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Monday, March 23 – St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church
  • Tuesday, March 24 – St. Luke Catholic Church
  • Tuesday, March 31 – Holy Name Catholic Church

Admission is free and children are welcome. For more information, contact the Department of Catholic Schools at (210) 734-2620.

Brainpower Summer Camp
St. Peter Prince of Apostles School is holding a summer camp from June 8 – Aug. 7. This camp is for students ages 3-12. Prices and times vary. For more information, contact Kirsch Wilberg at (210) 845-3706 or