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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Feb. 12, 2010

Photo of the Week

Lance Beck gets his cholesterol checked at the 7th annual Red Dress Fashion Show & Health Fair on Tuesday.


Mass Canceled Today
There will be no noon Mass on Friday, Feb 12. Fr. Tom will be off campus assisting with a retreat for St. Anthony's High School.

24-Hour Pray-a-thon
University Mission and Ministry will hold its annual 24-hour Pray-a-thon from Thursday, Feb. 18 – Friday, Feb. 19 on Dubuis Lawn. The day’s events are listed below. For more information, contact Beth Villarreal at (210) 829-2736 or
9 a.m. Liturgy of the Hours on Dubuis Lawn
9:30 a.m. Make your own rosary on Dubuis Lawn
10 a.m. Confession on Dubuis Lawn
11 a.m. Living Rosary on Dubuis Lawn  
Noon Mass in Our Lady’s Chapel
12:40 p.m. Lenten lunch on Dubuis Lawn
1:45 p.m. Prayer Around the World on Dubuis Lawn
3 p.m. Prayer and Inner Healing Service on Dubuis Lawn
4 p.m. Social Justice Speaker on Dubuis Lawn
4:40 p.m. Inspiration Service on Dubuis Lawn
6 p.m. Christian concert on Dubuis Lawn. Headliners are David Kaufman and William Gokelman 
10 p.m. Taize prayer at the Grotto
11 p.m. Adoration at the Grotto
8 a.m. Mass at the Grotto

Mass Services
All are welcome.

  • Noon, Monday – Thursday, in Our Lady's Chapel. Less than 30 minutes in consideration of those on their lunch hour
  • Spanish Mass at noon on Fridays in Our Lady's Chapel
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady's Chapel
  • Sunday Mass at 8 p.m.

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


Water Symposium
There will be a multi-disciplinary gathering co-sponsored by UIW to discuss water: the science, politics, law, history, poetry, music, art spirituality, architecture, fashion, use, misuse, past, present and future of water. The free symposium will be Feb. 14-16 at the Holt Center at Trinity University. For a full list of offerings and lesson plans, see or contact presenting UIW faculty member Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at

Faculty Forum on Meet the Mission
Faculty members are invited to a presentation and discussion about community outreach, civic responsibility and higher learning from noon – 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Hear from students and faculty about the impact of Meet the Mission. For more information, contact Dr. Annette Craven at (210) 283-5031 or

Psych Week
The Psychology Department is holding Psych Week from Feb. 15-19. For more information, contact Dr. Felix-Ortiz at or Angelica Khorram at The week’s activities are as scheduled:

  • Feb. 15: Psych Society Party and mini psychology graduate program fair and "Meet the Professor" from 5:30 – 7 p.m. in Administration Building Room 265
    Feb. 16: Psych Alumni Visit
  • Feb. 17: Community Service Panel from noon – 1 p.m. in Administration Building Room 245
  • Feb. 18: Grad School Mock Interview Workshop from 5:30 – 7 p.m. in Administration Building Room 354
  • Feb. 19:Psychology Colloquium from 9 a.m. – noon in the library auditorium. Gary Elkins will be the guest speaker.

Asian New Year Celebration
This is the year of the tiger. The Asian New Year celebration will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16 in Marian Hall. Cultural presentations, a variety of Asian food, a lion dance, a cultural fashion show, Indian tattoo and games will all be part of the celebration. For more information, contact Misty Chen at (210) 832-2174 or or Eva Lee at (210) 663-7934 or

Careers in Business Information Night
The Office of Admissions invites anyone interested to visit with faculty from the H-E-B School of Business and Administration to learn more about careers in accounting, banking and finance, economics, management, marketing, international business, and computer information systems. The session will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16 in the library auditorium. Light refreshments will be served. To RSVP, call (210) 805-1247. For more information, call (210) 829-6005.

Sr. Carol Keehan, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, greets the audience after giving the 2010 Pierre Lecture on Monday.

Sr. Martha Ann Kirk introduces author Stephanie Saldaña before she read from her book called The Bread of Angels: A Journey to Love and Faith on Wednesday.

Tomás E. Rodríguez Alas spoke on the impact of microfinance on Thursday for a Women’s Global Connection presentation.

Headwaters Needs You
Need off-campus community service hours? Want to work with your hands, make some new friends and have some friendly competition with Trinity University?Then come out Saturday, Feb. 20 to help build foot trails through the woods, clear invasive brush and clean up the sanctuary.Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Blue Hole. For more information, call Helen Ballew at 246-2883.Mark your calendar for the 2010 Basura Bash cleanup along Olmos Creek on March 27 at the Headwaters.

UIW Job Fair
Career Services will hold a UIW Job Fair from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday, March 4 in the Rosenberg Sky Room. Ask students to bring resumes and their student ID and to dress professionally. For more information, call Connie Kuwamoto at 832-5627.

Help Us Host Homecoming 2010
University departments, schools, offices, etc. are invited to host an official Homecoming 2010 event in the fall. Last year, Student Success and Graduate Studies and Research each hosted a “Coffee in the Circle” where students received free coffee and treats. We are looking to expand these types of events for 2010 and are looking for new and creative ideas. If your department or office would like to host an official Homecoming 2010 event, e-mail the Department of Alumni Relations at

Department News

FSOP Hosts Pharmacy Congress
The Feik School of Pharmacy was pleased to host the quarterly meeting of the Texas Pharmacy Congress (TPC) on Feb. 3-4. All of the pharmacy schools and pharmacy leadership in Texas were represented and met to discuss current pharmacy topics affecting the state. Updates from the respective organizations are also presented. Member organizations are:

  • Texas A&M Health Science Center Irma Rangel College of Pharmacy
  • Texas State Board of Pharmacy
  • Texas Federation of Drug Stores Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy
  • Texas Pharmacy Association University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy
  • Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists University of Houston College of Pharmacy
  • Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
  • University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy

EAP Prospective Faculty Visit
Over the next three weeks Extended Academic Programs is hosting prospective full-time faculty.Tthe entire UIW community will have an opportunity to meet and interact with the candidates.The following is a list of times for receptions and Q&A for each candidate.

  • Friday, Feb.12 at 10 a.m. with Dr. Raul Rodriguez (business candidate)
  • Thursday, Feb.18 at 10 a.m. with Dr. Matthew Gonzalez (business candidate)
  • Friday, Feb.19 at 10 a.m. with Dr. Ryan Lunsford (business candidate)
  • Friday, Feb.26 at 10 a.m. with Dr. Rochelle Caroon-Santiago (psychology)

Community News

UIW in the News
"Blue Hole" at Incarnate Word a great sign of change for the aquifer

IWHS in the News
IWHS Presents “Salsa & Scholarships!”

CCVI Spirit Award Nominations
The CCVI Spirit Award Recognizes a member of the faculty, administration or staff who has demonstrated in service to UIW and to the broader civic community the spirit of the founders, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. The award is given each year to recognize members of the university community who are living the charism of the spirit of the Incarnate Word. Nominations from the community are reviewed by the CCVI Spirit Award Committee. Get a nomination form in AD 151. Return forms no later than Feb. 28 to CPO 139 or to office 151 in the AD building.

Valentine’s Dinner Buffet
The Marian Hall Café will have a dinner buffet beginning at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12. It will be all you can eat seafood buffet with a cupcake bar. With the purchase of dinner, get free coffee for two at Java on the Hill. You must present your UIW ID.

Student Alumni Network Seeks Members
The Student Alumni Network is recruiting members to become a new student organization on campus. It is seeking a strong group of responsible and outgoing students who will help start the organization. The group will join 300 other student alumni organizations from around the nation that help foster a strong bond between the student and the university through their years at UIW, which correlates to an increased level of involvement as alumni. If you know students who would serve as great campus leaders, please submit their names to Rick Smith at

Make Nominations for Presidential Teaching Award
Nominations will be accepted through March 2 for the 2010 Presidential Teaching Award. This annual award acknowledges and rewards a full-time faculty member who exemplifies excellence in teaching that leads to student engagement.Dr. Agnese will present a$5,000 stipend to the recipient. This award is presented to an individual one time; recipients become members of the selection committee in succeeding years. Colleagues, current students and alumni may make nominations accompanied by the reason the nominee is deserving of the award. For full details and a nomination form, visit

American Heart Month/National Wear Red Day Displays
In support of American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day, two library displays focus on women and heart disease prevention. Take a few minutes to visit the library and invite your students. Though the campaign is aimed at women 40-60 years old, teenagers are not immune to heart disease. The displays are in the reference area and by the dean’s office and will continue though the end of February.

Easter Egg Hunt Needs Donations
The 2nd annual campus-wide Easter egg hunt will be hosted by the Student Center on April 1. They need your help to make this a successful event. Please bring all donations to Dr. Mac or Chaye in the Campus Life office by March 1. For more information on what to donate, call Dr. Mac at Ext. 5862 or Chaye at Ext. 5863.

Faculty Focus

Dr. Bill Carleton, professor of Kinesiology, presented “Teaching by Level Ability in the Inclusive Movement Environment” at Arizona’s 10th Adapted Physical Education Conference in Chandler, Ariz., in February.

To share your news with the UIW community, send your announcements and accomplishments to Ashley Festa at  

High Schools

IWHS Director of Guidance Monica Solis-Hoefl, keynote speaker Dr. Norma Guerra, IWHS Principal B.J. Nelson and IWHS Guidance Counselor April Garza attended the Thursday luncheon to celebrate National Counselors Week. Incarnate Word High School held a counselor lunch. Guerra spoke on Learning, Transitions, and Problem Solving: Supporting Counselors Using the LIBRE Model.

Salsa & Scholarship Fundraiser
Incarnate Word High School & Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation invites families, friends and alumnae to our first Salsa & Scholarship Fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, March 7 at La Hacienda de Los Barrios at 18747 Redland Road. Enjoy an evening filled with fun, friendship, fajitas, beverages, entertainment and a silent auction. Advance tickets cost $25 per person 13 years and older. Children under 13 eat free. For ticket information, call 832-2143 or visit

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Upcoming Athletics Events
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