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THE WEEK THAT WAS: April 23, 2010

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The Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show was a great success on Monday with 880 fashion-lovers in attendance and revenue of about $95,000. Congratulations to all!


RSVP for Sometime Singers-Players
Join UIW’s Sometime Singers & Players, a group made up of faculty, staff, administrators and students (vocalists and instrumentalists) who cannot participate in weekly rehearsals and services, but who serve when possible at liturgical prayer throughout the school year. Your commitment to participate at the event and at rehearsals is made only when you RSVP to an event invitation by the RSVP date. To RSVP for one of the events below, or to have your name placed on the SS/P e-mail list for future events, contact Lena Gokelman at or at Ext. 3207, or Dr. Glenn James at or Ext. 2717.

  • Spring Baccalaureate Mass: Friday, May 7 at 5 p.m. at the Convocation Center (warm-up begins at 3:45 p.m.) Please attend two of the three rehearsals: Tuesday, May 4 (vocalists), Wednesday, May 5 (instrumentalists) and Thursday, May 6 (vocalists and instrumentalists). All rehearsals are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. RSVP by Wednesday, April 28.

Visitation House Service Opportunity
University Mission & Ministry invites you to participate in a landscaping project for Visitation House, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Join us anytime from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, April 30, for the whole day or part of the day, whatever your schedule allows. For more information or to RSVP, contact Beth Villarreal at or (210) 829-2736.

Reach-Out Africa & Peru Volunteers
You are cordially invited by Women’s Global Connection to a commissioning service for those who are participating in the Reach-Out Africa Program and Peru Volunteers. Join us at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 28 at the Village of the Incarnate Word. A short reception will follow. Please join us in praying for these individuals who have committed themselves to these services:

Lisa Uribe-Kozlovsky                 Jacquelyn Poplawsky
Ada Gonzales                           Michael R. Guiry
Jerome Shen                             Neeta Singh
Erika Haskins                            Bridget Brennan
Patricia Lieveld                          Sr. Dorothy Ettling
Terri Horn                                  Tere Dresner-Salinas
Angelica Martinez                      Alison Buck
Elaine Talarski

For more information, visit

The Rev. Trevor Alexander led the Administrative Professionals Day celebration on Wednesday in the Phil Bell Garden.

Our Lady’s Chapel Mass Services
All are welcome.

  • Noon, Monday – Thursday. Less than 30 minutes in consideration of those on their lunch hour
  • Spanish Mass at noon on Fridays
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.
  • Sunday Mass at 8 p.m.
  • Liturgy of the Hours evening prayer at 5 p.m. every Wednesday


Jazz Ensemble
The UIW Jazz Ensemble will perform at the St. Mary’s Fiesta Jazz Festival at 5 p.m. Friday, April 23 in the Pecan Grove at St. Mary’s University. Admission is free. The featured guest performer/clinician at this year’s festival will be world-renowned saxophonist and composer, Bob Mintzer. The UIW Jazz Ensemble will perform one of his compositions/arrangements from his “Homage to Count Basie” CD entitled “Home Basie.” For more information, contact Jim Waller at (210) 829-6066 or

Benefit Garage Sale
The Cardinal Chorale will hold a benefit garage sale from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, April 24 in front of the Fine Arts Building, to help raise funds for its planned performance trip this November to Carnegie Hall. For more information, contact Bill Gokelman at (210) 829-3848 or

Honors Convocation Celebrations
Fr. Tom will recognize Honors students in attendance at the April 25 Eucharistic Celebration at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel.

  • The Dreeben School of Education Honors Convocation will be from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 25 at the International Conference Center conference hall.
  • The School of Interactive Media and Design Honors Convocation will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25 at the Joyce Building, Room 126. There will be a reception after the ceremony.
  • The School of Nursing and Health Professions Honors Convocation will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 25 in Marian Hall Ballroom. There will be a reception after the ceremony.

Dr. Sally Said (second from right) was named recipient of the William Mulcahy Award for Ecological Stewardship at the Earth Day celebration on Thursday.

Dr. Joe Frost spoke at the “Saving Our Children: A Reform Movement for the 21st Century” lecture in the Special Collections Suite on Wednesday.

Congratulations to Iron Chef Competition winners Dr. Carmita Coleman and Elaine Anderson from the Feik School of Pharmacy!

Mexican-American Business Institute Meeting
The next Mexican-American Business Institute meeting will be on Cross-Cultural Consumer Behavior from noon – 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 28 at the ICC Conference Hall. The guest speaker will be Dr. Alberto Rubio and the student speaker will be Stephanie Rodriguez, with the Project Africa Organization. Lunch costs $30 for nonmembers or free for members. The goal is to raise $32,000 to build a school in Mali, Africa. For more information, visit Dress is business casual. For more information or to RSVP for lunch, contact Margaret Villarreal at

Swing-In ‘Safari Adventure’ Auction Party and Golf Tournament
The Swing-In ‘Safari Adventure’ Auction Party and Golf Tournament will be Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 30. Tickets to the auction party cost $50 and will include great food and fun beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Rosenberg Sky Room. Come ready to bid on some wonderful auction items. There are morning and afternoon rounds available for Friday’s golf tournament at the Republic Golf Club. Proceeds benefit student scholarships. For more information, visit or contact the UIW Development Office at (210) 829-6013.

2010 Swing-In Raffle
Only 500 tickets will be sold, so get yours now for $50! Proceeds fund student scholarships. You don’t have to be present to win.  The winner may choose one of the following four items as the prize:

  • Trip to Hawaii ($3,500): Round trip airfare for two on American Airlines, seven-night stay at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
  • Trip to Paris ($3,350): Round trip airfare for two on American Airlines, five-night stay at Hyatt Regency in Paris Madeleine
  • Trip to New York ($3,000): Round trip airfare for two on American Airlines, four-night stay in executive accommodations at the Hilton New York and four Broadway tickets for premier shows
  • Home Theater ($3,000): 52” Sanyo flat screen television, Blue-ray DVD player, speaker unit, wall mount, and/or stand

Blackout dates apply. Travel packages expire April 29, 2011. Purchase tickets through April 29 through the Office of Development at (210) 829-6013. For more information on Swing-In, visit

Monitors Needed for Swing-In
The Swing-In ‘Safari Adventure’ Auction Party is in need of three auction table monitors for the evening of Thursday, April 29. Dedicated volunteers only! If interested, contact the Development Office at 829-6013.

Rock’n Red Birds Marathon Team
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 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 For more information, contact Rick Smith at (210) 829-6014. View a video of the Rock’n Red Birds 2009 San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon team at

Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

Department News

Blackboard Learn 9.1
Blackboard Learn 9.1 is coming to UIW in August. Blackboard Learn 9.1 is the latest and most robust version of the Blackboard CMS. Although Blackboard 9.1 is easier to use, the instructor experience has changed significantly. The Department of Instructional Technology has identified several key features of Blackboard 9.1, and will be offering a variety of training opportunities during May, June and August to showcase these features. Session topics include:

  • BB9 Overview: Following a demonstration, learn how to access the control panel, edit the course menu, and use notifications dashboard.
  • Create Course Content: Learn how to generate course documents, create assignments, use the syllabus builder, and embed YouTube or iTunes content into a course.
  • Assessment & Grade Center: Overview of the new features of Blackboard assessment, enhancements to the grade center, plus a demonstration of the Respondus LockDown Browser.
  • Collaborative Tools: Summary of Blackboard’s collaborative tools including the Discussion Board, Learning Objects’ Wikis and Blogs, plus Wimba Pronto.

Visit to review the schedule of sessions. All sessions will be held in room G16 of the Media Center. Registration is limited to eight participants per session. Register by e-mailing Terry Peak at .

Learn Blackboard 9.1 Online
WebEx Fridays will feature online, interactive sessions on May 14, May 21, June 4, Aug. 13 and Aug. 20. Times and topics are listed below. For more information, e-mail Terry Peak at
9-10 a.m. – Blackboard 9 Overview
11 a.m. – noon – Create Course Content
1-2 p.m. Assessment and Grade Center
3-4 p.m. – Collaborative Tools

Community News

UIW in the News
ExxonMobil and Employees Donate $7.9 Million to Texas Educational Institutions

Cardinal Football Season Tickets On Sale
For information, contact the Cardinal Ticket Office at or contact Kevin Rubel at or (210) 829-6048.

  • Packages start at $250 for two red-level reserved seats and parking for the six game home schedule
  • VIP packages start at $649 and includes two black-level reserved seats plus priority parking and VIP access to the Benson Fieldhouse during all six home games for the upcoming season
  • Tailgate packages cost $1,000 and include a reserved tailgate spot next to the field, four red-level reserved seats, and parking for all six home games

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

Faculty Focus

Sr. Martha Ann Kirk has been commissioned to write five articles in the areas of religious dance and drama for the Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement. She was also awarded a three-week research seminar "Case Studies in the History of Worship" funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc.and co-sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Her focus will be on liturgical dance and drama in the southwest and it will involve working with interviews, text and film.

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

High Schools

SACHS Alumni Association Casino Night
The St. Anthony Catholic High School Alumni Association will hold its Texas Hold’Em and Casino Night on June 18 at the SACHS gymnasium. Doors open at 6 p.m. and games will be from 7-10 p.m. Tickets cost $50 per person for Casino Night, and there is a $50 buy-in for the Hold’em Tournament (seating is limited). There will be black jack, poker, roulette, slots and other tables games. All money raised will be allocated to the Alumni Scholarship fund. The Casino Night grand prize is a $2,000 gift card, and for Hold’em grand prize is a $500 gift card. For more information, contact Alejandro Calderon at or 832-5622.

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Denim and Diamonds Spring Bling Fling
St. Peter Prince of Apostles will hold the Denim and Diamonds Spring Bling Fling from 6-11 p.m. Saturday, May 1 in the St. Peter annex gym. Admission costs $100 and includes entry for two people, food, an open bar, babysitting, dancing and entry into the reverse raffle. Only 250 tickets will be sold to the reverse raffle. There will be 10 $50 winners, five $100 winners and one $5,000 grand prize winner. Silent auction baskets will also be available. Buy your admission tickets at the primary or annex offices at the school. For more information, call Martha at 834-2918 or Dawn at 859-1864.

Summer Fitness Program
If you’re ready to get fit and change your life, try CrossFit! CrossFit is broad and inclusive so anyone can participate! CrossFit is constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movements that can maximize fitness potential. Classes cost $275 for the summer program and will be held at the Wellness Center. For more information, visit or call Jeremy Tucker at (210) 710-2248. Class schedule is below.

May 17 – Aug. 13
Monday, Wednesday, Friday

  • 6-7 a.m.
  • Noon – 1 p.m.
  • 5-6 p.m.