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THE WEEK THAT WAS: april 24, 2009

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More than 700 guests enjoyed the 2009 Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show held Monday, April 20, at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel. Proceeds fund student scholarships. Senior Allison Andrews took home best-of-show and first-place honors for best collection.


In Sickness and In Health (Part lII)
By Rev. Dr. Trevor D. Alexander

For this week's Campus Ministry message by Trevor Alexander visit:

An invitation to join the UIW Music Ministry’s Sometimes Singers & Players

The Sometime Singers and Players are a new component to UIW’s Music Ministry. The group is open to faculty, administration, staff and students who sing or play an instrument and would like to be involved in the university’s music ministry on a part-time basis.  The SS/P joins yearround members of the UIW Music Ministry for specific worship services during the year.

Members of the SS/P will receive invitations for ministry opportunities on a service-by-service basis.  Each event has one or two rehearsals associated with it.   A member is committed to singing or playing only when they RSVP to the event. This also allows for the preparation of adequate materials from the Music Ministry Office.

The next ministry opportunity for the SS/P is May 8 @ 6 p.m. – Baccalaureate Mass.  Rehearsals for this service will be on Tuesday, May 5 and Thursday, May 7 from 5:30-7:15 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel (Admin. Building).  The RSVP deadline for participation is Friday, May 1.

If you are interested in joining the SS/P, contact Lena Gokelman, Coordinator of Liturgical Music, (x3207 or or SS/P faculty advocate, Dr. Glenn James (x 2717, ).  We look forward to your participation in our Music Ministry.

Daily Mass Schedule
Daily Mass is held Monday - Thursday at noon in Our Lady’s Chapel. Daily Mass is approximately thirty minutes in length.

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


Student Veterans Association Peace Tree Project
The Student Veterans Association and The Peace Tree Project of South Texas are teaming up to provide special gifts to families of fallen heroes of our armed forces-live tree plantings here in San Antonio! Join them Saturday, April 25 at 9:30 a.m. They will meet and depart from the parking lot facing Benson Stadium. They will return at approx. 1 p.m. A live tree will be planted in memory of these heroes that gave the ultimate sacrifice. Immediately following the plantings, volunteers will return to UIW for a free BBQ appreciation for all those involved. All UIW staff and students are welcome.

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

Jazz Ensemble Heading to Montreux
The UIW Jazz Ensemble will be the first university jazz ensemble from San Antonio to perform at the famed Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. The group was also the only university jazz ensemble from the United States to be invited to perform at this summer’s North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland. The ensemble was scheduled to perform on July 10 at the North Sea Festival but was not able to raise enough funds to be able to travel to both festivals. The UIW Jazz Ensemble will give two performances at Montreux, July 13 & 14.

The last three performances of the UIW Jazz Ensemble for the spring semester will be:

  • St. Mary’s Fiesta Jazz Festival, Friday, April 24 @ 5 pm on the St Mary’s University Campus - free admission
  • The Cove (606 W. Cypress) - UIW Jazz Ensemble with the Prime Time Jazz Orchestra, Wednesday, April 29, from 8 - 10 pm - free admission
  • THANKS UIW- UIW Jazz Ensemble Concert to thank all who helped make the Montreux trip a reality - Thursday @ 7:30 pm, UIW’s Palestrina Hall, free admission

UIW Cardinal Chorale & Madrigal Singers Spring Concert
The 75-voice UIW Cardinal Chorale, and eight voice Madrigal Singers will present a concert of beautiful choral music on Sunday, May 3, at 3 p.m. in UIW's Our Lady’s Chapel. The concert will feature music of Eric Whitacre, Beethoven, Moses Hogan, Orban, Renee Clausen, Stephen Hatfield, and Kirby Shaw, spanning from Classical to jazz. The concert is free, and open to all audiences of all ages.

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Earth Month 2009, March 20- April 22, was celebrated with a variety of activities, lectures and films. Ben McPherson, UIW instructor of biology was awarded the William E. Mulcahy award for ecological stewardship by the UIW Earth Month Committee at a ceremony held Wednesday, April 22. 

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Dr. Glen McCreless and guests admire “The Three Mary’s at the Tomb,” ca. 1820-1830, one of the recent additions to the McCreless Art Gallery at an event held Sunday, April 19 in the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library.  The collection is on loan to the university from Dr. and Mrs. Glen McCreless.

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Spectators at the Spring Fling and Turtle Race anxiously await the winner to cross the finish line.  Approximately 3000 turtles were released into the San Antonio River. The 4th annual event
presented by UIW Athletics benefits the softball and volleyball teams and other campus organizations.

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The 3rd Annual UIW Iron Chef Competition sponsored by Dining Services was held April 22, in Marian Hall Dining Room.  The student team of Jenny Rangel and Carmel Brown won this year’s UIW Iron Chef Crown.  The secret ingredient was pork loin.

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 - Sunday, Weekend at the Word. Visit

Department News

Dissertation Defense
Terry Boord is defending her dissertation on Friday, April 24 at 10 a.m. in Room 106, Joyce Bldg. The title of her dissertation is A Comparison of the Rate of Delivery on Knowledge Retention Using an Automated, Digitized, Technology-Based Instructional Training Tool. Her dissertation chair is Sr. Dorothy Ettling.

Administrative Professionals Week April 19-25
Since 1952, the International Association of Administrative Professionals has honored office workers by sponsoring Administrative Professionals Week. Today, it is one of the largest workplace observances outside of employee birthdays and major holidays.

In the year 2000, IAAP announced a name change for Professional Secretaries Week and Professional Secretaries Day. The names were changed to Administrative Professionals Week and Administrative Professionals Day to keep pace with changing job titles and expanding responsibilities of today’s administrative workforce.

Over the years, Administrative Professionals Week has become one of the largest workplace observances. The event is celebrated worldwide, bringing together millions of people for community events, educational seminars and individual corporate activities recognizing support staff.

Today, there are more than 4.1 million secretaries and administrative assistants working in the United States, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, and 8.9 million people working in various administrative support roles. More than 475,000 administrative professionals are employed in Canada. Millions more administrative professionals work in offices all over the world.

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.

Nursing and Health Professions Info Session
Join the faculty from our School of Nursing and Health Professions to learn more about UIW programs in Nursing, Kinesiology, Athletic Training, Nuclear Medicine, and Sports Management on Friday, May 1 at 2 p.m. in the Nursing Building Conference Room (“Admissions Event” signs will be posted) RSVP to (210) 805-1244. Refreshments provided.

Community News

UIW in the News
Clothes show recycling is in fashion
'Cutting Edge' fashion show delivers*

Server Upgrade Scheduled
Beginning April 27, engineers from Dell will be working with our own network administrators to upgrade network domain controllers preparatory to an upgrade of the university’s Active Directory system.  During the period between April 27-May 8, users may experience brief interruptions of service regarding internet access, e-mail access, or Blackboard access.  Users on campus who currently log in to the “uiw_acc” domain will not be able to log in after the upgrade.  If you feel you may be affected, please contact the Help Desk at X2721 to set up an appointment. To the extent possible actual service transfers will be conducted during off-peak hours.  Interruptions, if they occur at all, will last no longer than a few minutes.  Questions should be directed to the UIW Help Desk at extension 2721.

The Logos Seeks Editors
The Student Publications Advisory Board is seeking editors for the UIW student newspaper, The Logos. Editors will receive a stipend and will serve for the 2009 – 2010 academic year. Applications are available in the Campus Life Office.   Application deadline is: 5 p.m.,  Friday, May 1.  For details call Dr. Renée Moore, Dean of Campus Life at 829-6034.

EAP & FSOP to Assist at Fiesta Parades
Students and staff from the University of the Incarnate Word Extended Academic Programs and Feik School of Pharmacy are volunteers at all three of the Fiesta Parades, manning the first aid stations.

2009 Senior Gift Campaign
The Department of Alumni Relations, Campus Life and the Development Office are proud to announce the launch of the 2009 Senior Gift Campaign. The campaign began Monday, April 20 and will run through the end of the calendar year.

Graduating seniors are being asked to donate $20.09 in honor of their class year to Campus Beautification or another designation/program of their choice. Seniors will receive a commemorative token of appreciation. They will also have the opportunity to name their gift in honor of two individuals who have made a significant impact on their life.

The Senior Gift homepage is Donations to the Senior Gift can be made online or in person by cash or check at the Development Office. For more information, call (210) 829-6013. We hope you join us encouraging the Class of 2009 to participate in the Senior Gift.

Honors Convocation is a forum for the university to recognize student academic and service accomplishments.  Administration, faculty and staff are invited to share in this celebration of excellence.  Eucharistic Celebration will take place on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel in the Colbert Administration Building. 

The final Honors Convocation ceremonies will be held Sunday April 26:

HASS (Division of Arts): 12:00 p.m., Fine Arts Building, Palestrina Hall
SIMD: 1:30 p.m., Joyce Building, room.126
DSE: 1 - 3 p.m., ICC Conference Hall
SMSE: 1-2p.m., Bonilla Science Hall, room.129
SNHP: 2-3 p.m., Marian Hall Student Center

TRiO Program Seeks Mentors and Tutors
The TRiO Student Success Program is now hiring for mentors and tutors for next year. The deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, April 24. Please visit this link for more details, forms, and how to apply:

Bookstore Hours
The Bookstore will close at noon today, Friday, April 24 for Battle of the Flowers.

Faculty Focus

Dr. David Vequist to Present Medical Tourism Finding
Dr. David Vequist, Associate Professor of Management in the H-E-B School of Business and Administration and the Founder and Director the Center for Medical Tourism Research ( will present preliminary findings (along with photographic evidence) of Philippine medical facilities and capabilities. Dr. Vequist was invited by the Filipino government to evaluate and consult on the likelihood of their capitalizing on the estimated $40 to 60 billion dollar medical tourism market. Dr. Vequist traveled to the Philippines from the March 26-31 and has many interesting stories and statistics to share with the UIW community. Faculty, Administrators, and Students are invited to attend the Thursday, April 23 from 11a.m. to noon in the Library Auditorium.

The Center for Medical Tourism Research is aggressively pursuing primary data and accumulating secondary data to support the development of thought leadership, best practices, lessons learned, and policy formulation in the new industry of Medical Tourism. As part of its purpose, the center will supply members of the Medical Tourism Association (MTA) with leading edge research and the truth about the impacts of this trend on the countries, companies and people involved in this industry through both the MTA and Center websites and papers.

Virtual University News
Rita Russ, dean of the virtual university, has been elected President-Elect for 2009-2010 for Council of Military Educators in Texas and the South (COMETS) and will assume the duties of President in 2010 – 2011. This organization was developed to support quality education programs available to military personnel, their dependents and DOD civilians of all services. They also develop and maintain close, effective working relationships among military, colleges and other professional groups concerned with education. Congratulations Dean Russ!

Poster Presentation
Dr.David Foglesong (Biology) gave a poster presentation on his research entitled "Roles of DNA topoisomerases in transcription in HuT 78 cells treated with interleukin-2"at the annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology held in New Orleans, LA, April 18-22. Minh-Hieu Pham, Navya Kondapalli, Leonard Contreras, Adi Singh, and Tripti Jaiswal (graduate students in Dr. Foglesong's lab) and Dr. Bin Kong (Chemistry) were coauthors on the study. This work was supported in part by an EARDA grant to Dr. Foglesong.

The Magnificat: Women Birthing Life and Hope
An hour long DVD by Sister Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI. The Magnificat, Mary’s song of joy shared with her cousin Elizabeth, is celebrated in art, music, and dance. This is interwoven with stories of contemporary women from Cambodia, Cameroon, Korea, Nigeria, Turkey, Vietnam, and the United States which can give hope.

  • April 26, 4 pm, showing as part of the "The Image of the Word" Festival of the Arts sponsored by Assumption Seminary and the Archdiocesan Vocation Office. The Festival is on the seminary grounds, 2600 W. Woodlawn, from 1 to 6:30 pm and is free and open to the public. Information: 737-2942
  • April 27, at 3 p.m. in the University of the Incarnate Word Library Auditorium.

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

High Schools

SACHS Pre-Registration
St. Anthony Catholic High School is now pre-registering students for the 2009-2010 academic year. Contact Bart Zavaletta, Director of Enrollment, at 210-832-5632 or

IWHS in the News:
IWHS tennis duo headed to state tournament*

IWHS Summer Camps
IWHS will be holding various summer camps for girls.  For more information go to:


Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

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

Our prayers and sympathy go to the following:

Shellie & Mike (UIW Board of Trustees) Beucler & family on the recent loss of his mother, Marjorie Beucler.
Peter Carey (UIW Former Faculty) & family on the recent loss of his father, Kenneth J. Carey (UIW friend).
Dr. George Covert & family on the recent loss of his mother, Maxine K. Covert (UNDCL ’42).
Andrew & Ashley (PR Publications Coordinator) Festa & family on the recent loss of his grandfather, Richard L. Festa.
Sr. Catherine Gleitz, PBVM (BA ’69, MA ’78) and Sr. Therese Gleitz, PBVM (MA ’78) on the recent loss of their mother, Bertha V. Gleitz.
Sr. Shirley T. Vaughn, CCVI & family on the recent loss of her sister, Carolyn Marie Vaughn Gracia.
Ruth Eilene Sullivan (Former Chair, UIW Bd. of Trustees & UIW friend) on the recent loss of Richard Stanley Jung (UIW friend).
Richard (Olive Anne) Kleberg and Stephen (Janell) Kleberg & families on the recent loss of their mother, Mary Lewis Scott Kleberg (UIW friend).
Sr. Sally Mitchell, OSF (MA ’95) & family on the recent loss of her sister, Bonnie Mitchell Lammers.
Sr. Rosa Maria Icaza, CCVI (IWHS ’42, ALDN ’46) & family on the recent loss of Maria Del Carmen Gomez de Medrazo (BA ’55).
Lester C. Oenning & family on the recent loss of his wife, Virginia Huntley Oenning (MSN ’98).
Margaret Shaw Peletier (IWHS ’71) on the recent loss of her mother, Anne Andry Shaw.