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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Feb. 19 2010

Photo of the Week

Basil Aivaliotis donated a book to the Mabee Library at his going-away reception on Wednesday. He has moved to the School of Optometry as director of library services.


Sr. Martha Ann Kirk guides speakers at the 24-Hour Pray-a-thon Lenten lunch on Dubuis Lawn on Thursday.

Lenten Quote of the Day
This, rather, is the fasting that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly,
untying the thongs of the yoke; setting free the oppressed,
breaking every yoke; sharing your bread with the hungry…  Isaiah 58:6-7

Mass Services - No Noon Service Today
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:,,


Psychology Research Colloquium
The 8th annual Psychology Research Colloquium will be from 9 a.m. – noon Friday, Feb. 19 in the library auditorium. The featured speaker is Gary Elkins, Ph.D., the director of clinical training at Baylor University. The title of his presentation is Discovering the Potential of Clinical Hypnosis Through Research. Following the talk, psychology students and psychology alumni will present research and case studies. Everyone is invited. For more information, contact Dr. John M. Velasquez at (210) 829-3960.

Doctoral Student Association Spring Social
The Doctoral Student Association will hold their Spring Social from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19 in the ICC Conference Hall. All faculty and doctoral students are invited. For more information, contact Dr. Judy Beauford at 829-3171 or

Theatre Performance: The Lady’s Not for Burning
The sublime and the ridiculous feed the fire of this comedy by Christopher Fry, pairing a woman falsely accused of witchcraft and a man who claims to be the devil. 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. 19-21 and 26-27 in the Coates Theatre
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.

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.

Orchestra Concert
The UIW Orchestra will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 in Our Lady’s Chapel. For more information, contact Kevin C. McCollom at

UIW celebrated the year of the tiger on Tuesday at the Asian New Year celebration in Marian Hall. A lion dance helped observe the occasion.

Nursing Career Fair
The School of Nursing and Health Professions will hold a free Nursing and Allied Health Career Fair from noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22 in Marian Hall Ballroom. This is a great opportunity for students to talk to health agencies about jobs during school and future careers. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions, set up references and meet other health professional students from around the city. Many hospitals and staffing agencies in San Antonio and surrounding areas in Texas have been invited to participate. Methodist Healthcare, Baptist Health System, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa, and the Air Force have confirmed attendance. For more information, contact Sean Athey at (210) 215-1103 or

Cell Phone, Laptops and Facebook … What Can I Do about Them?
View this 20-minute taped presentation at noon Tuesday, Feb. 23 in the Center for Teaching and Learning (AD 212).Bring your lunch, and drinks will be provided.No reservations are needed. For more information, call Susan Hall at 283-5030.

Former MLB Player Presentation
The Kinesiology Department is sponsoring a presentation by Dr. Mike Marshall from 10 a.m. – noon Friday, Feb. 26 in the ICC auditorium. Marshall is a former Major League Baseball player. He was an All Star pitcher and won the Cy YoungAward in 1974.He also has a Ph.D. in kinesiology and worked as a university professor and baseball coach for many years. He opened the Mike Marshall Pitching Academy where he continues to work with and conduct research on improving pitching mechanics to improve performance and prevent injuries with young pitchers. His presentation will review his biomechanical research,and there will be a question and answer session. The presentation is open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Greg Soukup at 832-2176 or

KUIW and UIWTV Spring Gala
KUIW Internet radio and UIWTV are proud to present a Spring Gala and Silent Auction from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 3 at the Oak Room at the Falls, 226 West Bitters Road, 78216. Tickets cost $25 per person and may be purchased at the door or in advance at the KUIW office. The Keynote speaker will be Mae Escobar, CEO of aMAEzing Marketing & Special Events who will speak about her experiences in the communications field.  Food will be provided by Los Cucos Mexican Restaurant, and KUIW will provide music for the event. Proceeds from the evening will help cover operating costs for student media. To buy tickets, call KUIW radio at (210) 805-5849.

Mayela Reyes, an international student adviser from the Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM), our sister school in Monterrey, Mexico, spoke to UIW students on Wednesday.

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. Now 70 employers have committed to the event. Ask students to bring resumes and their student ID and to dress professionally. For more information, call Connie Kuwamoto at 832-5627.

Golf Cart Parade
You are invited to participate in the 4th annual Incarnate Word Day Golf Cart Parade, which will start at noon March 25. Represent your department by decorating a golf cart. Prizes will be awarded to the best carts in the following areas: Most School Spirit, Most Mission Focused, Most Creative. Applications for golf cart entries are available in the Campus Life Office. The deadline to enter is Monday, March 22. For entry forms or more information, contact Dr. Mac at or Chaye Pena at or call (210) 829-6034.

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

In December, Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin accepted a check for $10,000 to the Feik School of Pharmacy from Walgreens representatives as part of the corporation’s diversity initiative. The gift includes a $2,000 scholarship to be given to a student who has helped move the issue of diversity forward. The remainder is designated to fund diversity activities within the school.

In January, Julie Mitchell of Walgreens, was back on campus to present another $10,000 check to the university, the final installment on the $30,000 commitment made to the capital campaign for the School of Pharmacy building initiative.

Skillport Course Reward
The Department of Instructional Technology will reward you for completing online courses in Skillport between Feb. 15 and May 7. Skillport helps you improve your proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or office skills such as e-mail etiquette and time management. Course hours are based on the estimated course duration determined by Skillport. For example, the course Exploring Microsoft Word - Beyond the Basics has an estimated duration of four hours. When you complete other courses, you will earn additional credit hours. On May 7, total course hours will be calculated and gifts will be awarded based on the number of course hours completed. Awards are determined as follows:

  • 3 completed online course hours – $50 Visa Gift Card
  • 6 completed online course hours – 4 GB iPod Shuffle
  • 9 completed online course hours – $100 Visa Gift Card
  • 12 completed online course hours – Flip Ultra Video Camera
  • 18 completed online course hours – 8 GB iPod Touch
  • 24 completed online course hours – Dell Mini 10 Netbook Computer

E-mail Terry Peak at if you want to participate in this program, so the he can monitor your hours. He can also help if you need assistance. Participants will not receive credit for incomplete or repeated courses. Participants may print a certificate of completion at the end of the course to prove professional development.

Follow these instructions bellow for logging in to Skillport.

  1. Go to
  2. Type in your UIW username and Skillport password (DOB - MDDYYYY)
  3. Click Login to Skillport
  4. When Skillport opens, type a search topic in the search window (i.e. PowerPoint 2007)
  5. Choose Courses under Course Category
  6. Click Search
  7. Choose a course from the list and begin!

All faculty, administrators, staff and on-campus students are eligible for awards. Consult your supervisor regarding workload restrictions and time allotment for professional development.

Community News

Nursing Convention Honors
Several nursing students represented UIW at the annual Texas Nursing Students' Association (TNSA) Convention held in San Antonio last weekend. The UIW Student Nurses Association chapter came in second for overall chapter accomplishments during the year and the UIW nursing student team placed fourth at the convention knowledge competition NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) Brain Bowl. There were an unprecedented number of UIW participants at the TNSA House of Delegates. Students participated in passing resolutions related to health care that will be submitted to the national level. Student Erica Medellin was elected into the TNSA State board of directors as secretary-treasurer. In addition, UIW nursing instructor Cynthia Richardson won the TNSA Faculty of the Year award.

Thank You
The Managerial Accounting (MBA) Class and the Medina Children's Home thanks everyone who bought raffle tickets to support the needy children in Texas. God bless you all.

Contributions to March Women's Month Welcome
You are invited to contribute a program to Women's Month and to be the chair or member of the Women’s Month Committee. If you would like to participate, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at as soon as possible.

40th Anniversary of Earth Day
April 22 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Is your class having an Earth Day and ecological stewardship presentation or activity? Send information to Kathy Martin, chairwoman of the Earth Month Committee, at or any of the Earth Month Committee members: Stefanie S. Boswell, Dorothy Ettling, Helen Ballew, Sharon Herbers, Mary Jinks, Noah Kasraie, Patricia Lonchar, Tina Lopez, Benjamin McPherson, Sally Said, Mark Stringham or Cynthia Villarreal.

Make Nominations for Bill Mulcahy Award for Ecological Stewardship
To help celebrate Earth Day, nominate your favorite ecological steward for the Bill Mulcahy Award for Ecological Stewardship. The Bill Mulcahy Award for Ecological Stewardship was first conceived and given to the award’s namesake in 2007 in recognition of his leadership in ecological conservation and care of the land that is home to UIW. Nominations are due to Kathy Martin at no later than 5 p.m. March 12. Tell why your nominee deserves to be recognized. The award will be presented on Earth Day.

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.

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

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

The Feik School of Pharmacy was pleased to present a Continuing Education course to members of the Bexar County Pharmacy Association on Feb. 10. Dr. William Linn, assistant dean and chair of Pharmacy Practice, presented “Cardiovascular Risk – Why should we do it?”

Faculty Family Potluck Supper
Faculty members are invited to a Faculty Family Potluck Supper from 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 at the ICC first floor conference room. It will be a chance to have fun, meet friends and remember that UIW is more than just work. For more information, contact Sr.Martha Ann Kirk at kirk@uiwtx.eduor 829-3854.

EAP Prospective Faculty Visit
Extended Academic Programs is hosting prospective full-time faculty. The 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.19 at 10 a.m. with Dr. Ryan Lunsford (business candidate)
  • Friday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. with Dr. Rochelle Caroon-Santiago (psychology)

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

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

High Schools

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

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at


Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

Our prayers & sympathy go to:

  • The Rev. Barbara Draper Hunt (BS ’67) & family on the recent loss of her sister, Laurel Lynn Draper.
  • Albert & Gladys (UIW Alumni Relations) Delgado & family on the recent loss of his sister, Angelita D. “Angie” Garcia.
  • The family of Teresa Carol Garcia (BA ’84, MA ’89) on her recent death.
  • Gilbert & Shirlie (UNDCL ’56) Kaats & family on the recent loss of her mother, Kathryn M Grant.
  • Iris Solcher (UIW Sr. Programmer, IMS) & family on the recent loss of her grandmother, Margarita M. Gutierrez.
  • The family of Dr. John Henderson (UIW former faculty) on his recent death.
  • The family of Balbina R. “Barbie” Hernandez (BBA ’00) on her recent death.
  • Yvonne Schindler & family on the recent loss of her mother, Naida Sylvia Hinojosa (BA ’51).
  • Mary Landon Jones (BA ’08) on the recent loss of her brother, JoAnn Tolson (UIW friend) on the recent loss of her grandson, and J. Landon & Mary Vance Jones (UIW friends) on the recent loss of their son, James Landon “Tres” Jones III.
  • Genevieve Kollodziej (IWHS ’50) & family on the recent loss of her husband, Chester Louis Kollodziej.
  • The family of Sr. Alice Marie Leahy, CCVI (UNDCL ’80) and the entire UIW community upon her recent death.
  • Cynthia Bartholomew (IWHS ’71) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Marina Lesles Monroy (BA ’67).
  • The family of Bernice Barr Ragsdale (BA ’35) on her recent death.
  • Lois T. Soefje (UIW former faculty) & family on the recent loss of her husband, Lt. Col. Alan E. Soefje.
  • Paul & Alice Webster (BA ’78) Sueltenfuss & family on the recent loss of Sr. Elizabeth Ann Sueltenfuss (Hon. Doctorate ’95)
  • Mary Landon Jones (BA ’08) on the recent loss of her uncle, JoAnn Tolson (UIW friend) on the recent loss of her son, and J. Landon & Mary Vance Jones (UIW friends) on the recent loss of her brother, Raymond Stanley Tolson III.
  • Ben Torres & family on the recent loss of his wife, Alice Marie Ortiz Torres (BSN ’57).
  • Joe Vela & family on the recent loss of his wife, Teresa B. Vela (UIW former staff).