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THE WEEK THAT WAS: March 12, 2010

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Lydia Roberts (in the Spurs t-shirt) and students from the TRiO Student Success Program attended the Department of Education’s National TRiO Day at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. Mayor Castro (center) was there in support of the National TRiO Day event.

Mission

Lenten Quote of the Day
'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'  Mark 12:31

Alternative Spring Break
For Alternative Spring Break, the Mission & Ministry Office, in collaboration with Meet the Mission, will work with the Willie C. Velasquez Community, Family, Resource and Learning Center – a community center in the heart of the West side of San Antonio. CSL Plasma Center of San Antonio and the Frank Garret Community Center are also involved. The UIW community is invited to commit to this week-long neighborhood clean-up including litter and graffiti removal and house painting. Work days will be from7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. March 15-19.There will be a community celebration from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, March 20. Students are asked to commit to four days of the experience, including Saturday. Employees are invited to join us as they are able.  If you’d like to participate, contact Beth Villarreal at villaret@uiwtx.edu or 829-2736 or stop by the Ministry Office at AD 146. This endeavor is the beginning of a long-term relationship to take our community deeper into the Mission of the university by becoming “concerned and enlightened citizens” and engaging the San Antonio community through service and outreach programs.

CCVI Student Spirit Award Nominations
Each year UIW awards a student who is recognized by peers, faculty and staff as living the Mission of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in service to the university and the broader civic community. The Student CCVI Spirit Award was initiated in 1994 and is presented at the Incarnate Word Day Mass each spring semester. Get a nomination form at www.uiw.edu/campusministry/AwardNominations.htm or in AD 146.Return forms no later than March 19 to Beth Villarreal at CPO 29, in AD 146 or via e-mail at villaret@uiwtx.edu.

Liturgy of the Hours
Fr. Tom will hold Liturgy of the Hours evening prayer at 5 p.m. every Wednesday in Our Lady's Chapel.

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:
alexande@uiwtx.edu, mgokelma@uiwtx.edu, villaret@uiwtx.edu

Events

Rock’n Red Birds Video
View a video of the Rock’n Red Birds 2009 San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon team at www.uiw.edu/rockinredbirds/. Sign up for the 2010 team! Signing up on the UIW team will discount your registration fee by $10 and allow you to participate in our training program. Register at www.rnrsa.com/ and click “Register.” Add the coupon code GFCSAUIW to receive $10 off your registration and be placed on our team. If you already registered, you can transfer to the UIW team at http://san-antonio.competitor.com/getfitchallenge/get-fit-challenge-transfer-request/. For more information, contact Rick Smith at (210) 829-6014.

South Texas Severe Weather Conference
The conference will be from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13 in the Bonilla Science Hall. There will be special presentations for emergency managers, first responders, broadcast meteorologists, HAM radio operators, teachers and students. For more information, contact Alex Garcia at alex@urbansciencelive.org or the Department of Math, Science and Engineering.

Women's Global Connection Presentation
Tere Dresner-Salinas, the executive director of Women’s Global Connections, will present the Women's Global Connection’s “Collaborations in Zambia and Tanzania that Promote Education, Women’s Economic Development and Empowerment” starting at 10:15 a.m. Friday, March 12 in AD 365. The presentation will include a video of rural women entrepreneurs who are marketing their products and services to benefit their families and the local and global economies. For more information contact Dr. Anita Anderson at anders@uiwtx.edu or Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 829-3854 or kirk@uiwtx.edu. For more information about Women’s History Month events, visit www.uiw.edu/womenshistory.

Creating Art, Creating Friendship
The exhibit of art by children from Iraq, Rwanda and the U.S. will be displayed in conjunction with the citywide Luminaria Arts Festival and Contemporary Art Month. The exhibit will be displayed through March in the Fine Arts Building lobby. Children of all ages are invited to visit the display and create art for children in Rwanda and Iraq, and to hear stories and music from those countries from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. March 13. For more information, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 829-3854 or kirk@uiwtx.edu. For more information about Women’s History Month events, visit www.uiw.edu/womenshistory.

Veterans Benefits Information Session
A veterans benefits information session will be held at 6 p.m. March 16 at the ICC auditorium. For more information or to RSVP, contact Karen Wyatt at wyatt@uiwtx.edu or Ext. 2705.

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Dr. Susan Hall helps answer questions after the 20-Minute Mentor series “What Are My Rubric Results Telling Me?” presentation on Tuesday.

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Donna Freitas, an author and assistant professor of religion at Boston University was invited by the Speakers for Achievement and Success committee to speak on “Sex & the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality and Religion on America’s College Campuses” on Tuesday.

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Rick Smith of the Alumni Office helped out at the Senior Salute on Thursday getting graduating seniors prepared to be involved alumni.

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Vice President Doug Endsley answered student questions at the SGA Open Forum on Monday.

5th Annual Run Wild for Brainpower 5K
The 5th annual Run Wild for Brainpower 5K will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday, March 21 behind the Barshop Natatorium. The entire course is on the UIW campus. UIW students, faculty, and staff can register with Coach Derek Riedel for $10. Others may register for $20 on Active.com or mail in until the Tuesday before the event or $25 thereafter. The first 500 entries will receive shirts. For more information or to register, contact Derek Riedel at riedel@uiwtx.edu.

A “Walk on Water”
In celebration of World Water Day 2010 on Monday, March 22, you are invited to take a “Walk on Water.” This short and informative walk will begin at 1:30 p.m. with an opening ceremony at the Headwaters of the San Antonio River near the red footbridge. The walk will continue along the path to the Blue Hole, with stops to visit African, Asian and American villages along the way to experience what water means to people throughout the world. We will end at the Blue Hole, also known as the San Antonio Springs, to celebrate this remarkable gift of water.For more information, contact Helen Ballew at 246-2883 or helen.ballew@amormeus.org. The “Walk on Water” is sponsored by the Headwaters Coalition, in collaboration with UIW S.T.A.N.D., students from the Dreeben School of Education and the UIW Earth Month committee.

World Water Day Lecture
Ambassador James F. Creagan and Executive Director Maria Valdez, of the Texas Water Mission, will present a lecture entitled “Water: A Source of World Tensions and International Cooperation” at 4 p.m. Monday, March 22 in the library auditorium to mark World Water Day.For more information, contact Matthias Schubnell at schubnel@uiwtx.edu.

Water and Culture Lecture
Dr. Ismael Aguilar-Barajas from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey will present a lecture entitled “Water for Development in Mexico: A National Overview and the U.S.-Mexico Border” at5:30 p.m. March 25 in the library auditorium. The event is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, contact Matthias Schubnell at schubnel@uiwtx.edu.

Incarnate Word Day
Incarnate Word Day is Thursday, March 25. There will be events throughout the week to celebrate. The schedule is below.

Monday, March 22:

  • Noon – Religious Studies presentation by Dr. Tim Milinovich called “Hearing Scripture Again for the First Time” in the library auditorium.
  • 1:30 p.m. – Take a “Walk on Water” beginning near the red footbridge. The walk will continue along the path to the Blue Hole, with stops to visit African, Asian and American “homes” along the way to experience what water means to people throughout the world.For more information, contact Helen Ballew at 246-2883 or helen.ballew@amormeus.org.
  • 4 p.m. - Ambassador James F. Creagan and Executive Director Maria Valdez, of the Texas Water Mission, will present a lecture entitled “Water: A Source of World Tensions and International Cooperation” in the library auditorium to mark World Water Day.For more information, contact Matthias Schubnell at schubnel@uiwtx.edu.
  • 5:30 p.m. – Slattery Lecture by Dr. Jo LeCoeur called “Voice” in the library Special Collections Suite. For more information, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 829-3854 or kirk@uiwtx.edu.

Tuesday, March 23:

  • 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – Incarnational Reflection – led by Pat Kerwin, location TBA. Take time from your busy day and join others from our community to reflect on the Incarnate Word in your life – through those you encounter, through nature.
  • 6-8 p.m. – “Moving Experiences, Near and Far” by Dr. Alison Buck, Dr. Sharon Herbers, Dr. Jessica Kimmel and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk in Marian Hall Ballroom. This presentation will highlight opportunities that bring members of the UIW community face to face with women of diverse cultures for heart-to-heart dialogue. Buck will describe a project in Mexico, and Herbers will tell stories of women of Appalachia. Kimmel and Sr. Martha Ann will discuss experiences in Turkey, Israel and Palestine. Participants are invited to bring photographs of women of courage, locally or globally and to share stories of their involvement with women of diverse cultures or experiences. For more information, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 829-3854 or kirk@uiwtx.edu. For more information about Women’s History Month events, visit www.uiw.edu/womenshistory.

Wednesday, March 24:          

  • Noon – “Current Threats to Catholic Health Care,” a presentation by Fr. Bob Lampert and Sr. Theresa McGrath, CCVI, in Marian Hall Ballroom
  • 5:30 p.m. – Evening Prayer/Vespers at Chapel of the Incarnate Word, followed by an organ recital

Thursday, March 25:          

  • 9-9:30 a.m. – Liturgy of the Hours: Solemn Celebration of Lauds/Morning prayer in Our Lady’s Chapel
  • 10 a.m. – Walk on Water Prayer on Dubuis Lawn. The Earth Month Committee invites our community to continue in the prayer from World Water Day to pray and give thanks for the gift of water.
  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Lunch on Dubuis Lawn
  • Noon – 4th annual Parade of Values: Golf Cart Parade on the walkway between the clock tower & Westgate Plaza. For more information, contact Dr. Mac at angelaw@uiwtx.edu or Chaye Pena at aspena@uiwtx.edu or call (210) 829-6034.
  • 1:30 p.m. – Alternative Fall Break & Alternative Spring Break: Living the Mission presentation in the library auditorium. Participants will share the experience of their Alternative Fall & Spring Breaks. For more information, contact Beth Villarreal at villaret@uiwtx.edu.
  • 1:30 p.m. – Take a “Walk on Water” beginning near the red footbridge. The walk will continue along the path to the Blue Hole, with stops to visit African, Asian and American “homes” along the way to experience what water means to people throughout the world.For more information, contact Helen Ballew at 246-2883 or helen.ballew@amormeus.org.
  • 3 p.m. – Liturgy at Chapel of the Incarnate Word and presentation of CCVI Awards
  • 4 p.m. – Reception for CCVI Spirit Award honorees and friends at the Brackenridge Villa
  • 4-8 p.m. – Cardinal Carnival, sponsored by CAB, on the west side of the river by the Natatorium
  • 5:30 p.m. – Water & Culture grant lecture in the library auditorium. Dr. Ismael Aguilar-Barajas, professor in the Department of Economics and Coordinator of the Faculty of Economics Research of The Northern Border at Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), will present a lecture entitled “Water for Development in Mexico: A National Overview and the U.S.-Mexico Border.” Dr. Aguilar-Barajas’ academic work in recent years focused on economic relations between Mexico-United States and the binational management of water between the two countries. For more information, contact Matthias Schubnell at schubnel@uiwtx.edu.
  • 7 p.m. – Roundtable discussion entitled “Through the Eyes of a Refugee” in Marian Hall Ballroom. Listen to stories from refugees who have recently come to the United States for a better life, with a Q&A session afterward. For more information, contact Jean Loden at (210) 832-3211.

Saturday, March 27

  • 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. – 2010 Basura Bash. Volunteers will collect trash and recyclables from the banks of San Antonio area waterways. The Olmos Creek at Olmos Basin Park (the creek that joins the waters on our campus to form the San Antonio River) is one of the options in this citywide event. For more information and to register, visit www.basurabash.org.
  • 11:30 a.m. Saturday – 11:30 a.m. Sunday – The Encounter: 24-Hour Food Fast in Our Lady’s Chapel and Dubuis Hall. Join us and other UIW students in fasting together for 24 hours to learn why hunger and poverty persist and live your faith in solidarity with the poor. Participate in activities such as global footprint, praise and worship, reconciliation service, adoration and more. Sponsored by the Student Retreat Team of University Mission & Ministry.

Department News

Blackboard 9 Control Panel
Blackboard 9 has a new Control Panel that is easy to access and use. It is on the Course Homepage, saving you time and simplifying access to content, assessment groups and the Grade Center. Visit http://support.uiwtx.edu/Blackboard/video/bb9/ControlPanel.swf for a sneak peek of the Blackboard 9 Control Panel.

Banner 8 Upgrade
Banner and Bannerweb will be unavailable through Sunday, March 14.All systems are expected to be up and running by 8 a.m. Monday, March 15.This will not affect the Blackboard system. For more information, contact Sandy C. Givens at 829-3949 or givens@uiwtx.edu.

Cutting Edge Raffle
Raffle items have been donated by Tiffany and Co. Tickets cost $20 each, or six tickets for $100. You could win a Tiffany feathers pendant in 18K white gold on an 18” chain, with 0.52 carats of diamonds and a retail value of $3,500. Also in the drawing is a sterling silver Return to Tiffany™ Collection heart tag necklace in 16” length and matching bracelet in a 7.5” length with a retail value of $510. The drawing will be held at The Cutting Edge Fiesta® Fashion Show on April 19 at the Marriot Rivercenter Hotel. You don’t need to be present to win. Print the raffle form at http://www.uiw.edu/cuttingedge/documents/fashionraffleflyerfinal.pdf. For more information, call (210) 829-6013 or e-mail development@uiwtx.edu.

Community News

UIW Athletics in the News
Area college report/postcard home

Don’t Forget – Daylight Saving Time Begins This Sunday!
We lose an hour this weekend.

Pharmacy Interviews
The Feik School of Pharmacy is deep into the process of interviewing students for admission into the Class of 2014. In the past two weeks, FSOP and UIW faculty, local pharmacists and 4th year pharmacy students have interviewed about 320 prospective students. We would like to thank everyone involved in making the interview process a success.

Virtual Environments Innovation Contest
All UIW faculty members, administrators and students are invited to submit a proposal for how they would personally apply virtual environments (Web 2.0 technologies, including 3-D virtual worlds) to enhance education, training, research, practice or outreach in their field of study or interest. Submissions are due no later than April 5 to the Provost’s Office. Submissions should be in a hard-copy format no longer than two pages, including point of contact, anticipated participants, the time period of implementation (within the next year), and sufficient detail to envision the specific use of these technologies and how they will meet the specified criteria. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of UIW faculty members, administrators and students. Semi-finalists will be contacted for further information if necessary and winners will be announced by April 19. Winners will be expected to summarize their original idea and report on its implementation and findings to a wide audience at the conclusion of their project. First place will earn $500, second place will earn $250, third place will earn $150, and fourth place will earn $100. For more information, contact Phil Youngblood at youngblo@uiwtx.edu or 268-8188.

Help Rename This Newsletter
This newsletter was originally named @Universe to reflect university e-mail addresses. Since our e-mail addresses no longer include @universe, we are looking for a more appropriate name and are hoping you can help. Do you have suggestions? Send them to Ashley Festa at festa@uiwtx.edu.

Microenterprise Coffee Growers Broadcast
The microenterprise coffee growers seminar sponsored at UIW by the H-E-B Center for International Peace Studies featuring Peter Rogers' work in Central America will be broadcast by Texas Public Radio (89.1 FM) on Friday, March 12 in the 7-8 p.m. time slot. You can also find the lecture at www.tpr.org. For more information, contact Dr. Pat LeMay Burr at burr@uiwtx.edu.

Sister to Speak on TV Show
Sr. Martha Ann Kirk will talk about the “Creating Art, Creating Friendship” exhibit in the Fine Arts lobby with art of children of Iraq, Rwanda, and the U.S. andon her article published by Catholic Relief Services called “Seeking Solidarity with Iraqis” on the show “Catholic Café” on Catholic Television of San Antonio this week. The program will air at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 13 on CTSA, Time Warner Channel 15. To read her article, visit http://gsn.crs.org/Images/Refugees/Seeking%20Solidarity%20with%20Iraqis_Kirk.pdf. For more information, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 829-3854 or kirk@uiwtx.edu. For more information about Women’s History Month events, visit www.uiw.edu/womenshistory.

Faculty Survey of Student Engagement
Please participate in the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE)! UIW uses the FSSE in conjunction with the NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement), which targets incoming freshmen and outgoing seniors. Both instruments look at the nature of engagement among students and faculty. In mid-March, an initial e-mail will come from Indiana University to encourage full-time, on-campus UIW faculty members (not Extended Academic Programs) to take the survey. The UIW Assessment Committee will use the data from both the NSSE and FSSE to make improvements. We can also compare our outcomes to those of similar-size universities. Please be on the lookout for the survey! Your participation is appreciated. For more information, visit http://fsse.iub.edu/or contact Dr. Steve Wilson at (210) 829-3940 or wilson@uiwtx.edu.

2010 Football Season Ticket Payroll Deduction Option
Each employee is entitled to one free general admission ticket to the Cardinals home games with UIW ID. You may choose to buy package seating instead. If you would like payroll deductions for a ticket package, stop by the Grants Accounting office in AD 189 to fill out the payroll deduction form. For more information, contact Michael R. Castilleja at 805-3571 or micasti2@uiwtx.edu.

Ticket Package Options

  • Black Club Level: $649 – Seating section C&D – Package includes two seats under the press box awning with personal chair backs, one Black Club parking space, and a catered buffet. Meet with Coach Santiago for pre-game analysis, halftime analysis and post-came analysis. There will be a cash bar at these events.
  • Red Level: $250 – Seating section C&D – Package includes two seats with personal chair backs and 1 Red Level parking space.
  • Red Individual: $125 – Seating section C&D – Package includes one seat with personal chair back.

Tailgating Options

  • Premium Tailgate Package: $1,000 – Package includes four Red Level seats with personal chair backs in section C&D, one field-side tailgate space.
  • General Reserved Tailgate Package: $750 – Package includes four Red Level seats with personal chair backs in section C&D, one tailgate space behind the natatorium.

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 kamartin@uiwtx.edu 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.

Ecological Stewardship Nominations Due
To help celebrate the hopes and ideals of the founders of Earth Day, nominate your favorite ecological steward for the Bill Mulcahy Award for Ecological Stewardship. Nominations are due to Kathy Martin at kamartin@uiwtx.edu no later than 5 p.m. March 12. Tell why your nominee deserves to be recognized. The award will be presented on Earth Day.

Donations Needed for Care Packages
TRiO Student Success and the McNair Scholars Program are holding the Our Cup Overfloweth service project and need your donations. All donations will go to homeless and transitional shelters. Items needed include:

  • Coffee mugs to put items in (no cracks or chips)
  • Unopened small toiletries such as sample/hotel shampoos, soaps, lotions, etc.
  • New individually wrapped tea bags/instant coffee bags
  • New individually wrapped gifts
  • Other small, thoughtful items for adults in transition

Drop off items at Administration Building rooms 225 and 120, or call to arrange a pick-up if needed. For more information, contact Victor F. Saldivar at (210) 805-5812 or vfsaldiv@uiwtx.edu.

Faculty Focus

Faculty Member Receives Grant
Dr. Helmut Gottlieb, of the Feik School of Pharmacy, has received the MBRS-SCORE grant from National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the NIH.His project title is “Central Kappa Opioid Neural Regulation of Cardiovascular and Renal Function.”The grant is awarded for three years, with a total budget of more than $360,000. This study will provide basic knowledge on how different body systems interact and modulate water and sodium balance under normal and disease states, which is crucial for the prevention and treatment of diseases. Ultimately, new drugs can be developed and used to treat fluid-susceptible patients, and improve not only survival but quality of life. Congratulations, Dr. Gottlieb!

Career Awareness Presentation for Faculty
Long before graduation, many students want and need to make connections between their studies and the world of work, and Career Services has some interesting tools for helping students investigate these connections. At this interactive session, Connie Kuwamoto will demonstrate two computerized tools for career exploration: Vault and What Can I Do with this Major?  The session will begin at noon March 22 in the library Room 230. Participants will have an opportunity to take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or the Strong Interest Inventory online before the session at no charge. No reservations are needed to attend. By attending, your name will be entered in a drawing for prizes. For more information, call Susan Hall at 283-5030.

To share your news with the UIW community, send your announcements and accomplishments to Ashley Festa at festa@uiwtx.edu.  

High Schools

SACHS Golf Tournament
The 8th annual Chip’n Classic golf tournament sponsored by the St. Anthony Catholic High School Alumni Association is set for Saturday, March 13 at The Republic Golf Club, 4226 Southeast Military Drive. Tournament sponsorships are still available. Registration includes green fees and cart, unlimited range balls, a replay certificate for The Republic Golf Club and an opportunity to win door prizes. Prizes will also be awarded for various contests. For registration and sponsorship information contact Alejandro Calderon at (210) 832-5622. Tournament proceeds benefit SACHS alumni scholarships.

Visit Incarnate Word High School at www.incarnatewordhs.org.

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at www.sachs.org.

Miscellaneous

Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

TheFund Employee Campaign
UIW’s theFund Employee Campaign runs throughout March.Last year, UIW employees contributed $7,544 to this organization, which raises funds to support 27 arts and cultural groups in the Greater San Antonio area. A minimum gift of $60 entitles you to theFUNd card that can be used for discounts with these arts organizations. A payroll deduction plan makes it easy to donate. For more information, call the School of Interactive Media & Design at 829-6091, or drop by AD112.

Borders Discount
Borders Bookstore is holding Educator Appreciation Week from Friday, March 19 – Saturday, March 27 and offering all UIW employees who show their UIW ID or a pay stub a 30 percent savings on personal and classroom purchases of books, CDs, DVDs, cafe items, gifts & stationery. For more information, visit www.borders.com/teaching. There will be a reception from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, March 20 at Borders stores nationwide.