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THE WEEK THAT WAS: April 30, 2010

Photo of the Week

Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin presents the Feik School of Pharmacy Faculty of the Year award to Dr. Amy Witte, assistant professor, at the FSOP Rites of Passage ceremony.


Friday Mass Canceled
There will be no noon Mass on the main campus on Friday. Fr. Tom will be celebrating Mass at the Optometry School.

Eucharistic Ministers and Ushers for Baccalaureate Mass
If you are interested in being a Eucharistic Minister or Usher for the Baccalaureate Mass on Friday, May 7, contact Beth Villarreal at (210) 829-2736 or Mass begins at 5 p.m. Eucharistic Ministers and Ushers will meet at 4 p.m. for instruction.

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.

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


SMSE Honors Convocation
The School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering Honors Convocation will be from 7-8 p.m. Friday, April 30 in Bonilla Science Hall, Room 129. There will be a reception before the ceremony from 6-7 p.m. in Bonilla Science Hall, Room 318.

Sneak Peek at Blackboard Version 9
The university will be moving to a new version of Blackboard soon. This session will give participants a preview of the software’s new appearance and functions. The session is limited to 15 participants, so make your RSVP for noon Friday, April 30 in GB 119. Lunch will be served. Copy this link into your browser  or call Susan Hall at 283-5030. By attending, your name will be entered in a drawing for prizes. For more information, call Susan Hall at 283-5030.

Taiwan Film Night
The Institute of World Cultures will hold a free Taiwan film night from 6-9 p.m. April 30 in the ICC auditorium. The film to be shown is “Cape No. 7,” a 2008 Taiwanese film written and directed by Wei Te-Sheng. The film is in Taiwanese and Mandarin Chinese with significant lines in Japanese. It will have English subtitles. Before its commercial release, the film was world premiered on June 20, 2008, at the 2008 Taipei Film Festival as the opening film. The film later won three awards in this festival. For more information, contact Eva Lee at

Rick Smith, assistant director of Alumni Relations, gives graduating seniors information about staying involved as alumni at the Graduation Finale.

Itza Casanova, administrative assistant to the provost, checks out the display at the student art sale on Wednesday.

Dr. Sandra Strickland, of the School of Nursing and Health Professions, was honored at her retirement party on Wednesday.

UIW Orchestra Concert
The UIW Music Department presents the Orchestra of the Incarnate Word in concert at 8 p.m. May 1 in Our Lady’s Chapel. The orchestra will perform pieces by Samuel Barber, Francis Poulenc and Aaron Copland. The concert is free to students and employees of the university. Regular ticket price is $15 for adults and $5 for students with ID card. For more information, contact Kevin C. McCollom at

Chorale and Madrigals Spring Concert
The UIW Cardinal Chorale and Madrigals will present a spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 2 in Our Lady’s Chapel. The groups will sing some of the music from their upcoming Carnegie Hall concert, which is scheduled for Nov. 28. At this concert, we will hold the drawing for our raffle, the winner of which gets to travel to New York with the chorale. Come hear the groups that were invited to sing solo in Carnegie Hall! For more information, contact Bill Gokelman at (210) 829-3848 or

Graduation Schedules

  • Feik School of Pharmacy Oath Ceremony: 6 p.m. Thursday, May 6 at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word
  • Baccalaureate Mass: 5-6 p.m. Friday, May 7 in the Convocation Center
  • Commencement for graduate and professional programs: 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 7 in the Convocation Center – Ticket required
  • Commencement for Extended Academic Programs, H-E-B School of Business & Administration and School of Nursing and Health Professions: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 8 in the Convocation Center – Ticket required
  • Commencement for HASS, Dreeben School of Education, SIMD and MSE: 3 p.m. Saturday, May 8 in the Convocation Center – Ticket required
  • St. Anthony Catholic High School Baccalaureate Mass: 6 p.m. Friday, May 21 in the St. Anthony Chapel
  • SACHS graduation: 6 p.m. Saturday, May 22 in the Convocation Center – Ticket required
  • Incarnate Word High School Baccalaureate Mass: 10 a.m. Sunday, May 23 in the Convocation Center
  • IWHS graduation: 11 a.m. Sunday, May 23 in the Convocation Center – Ticket required

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 Alumni Events
For more information about any of these events, contact Rick Smith at

  • Rock'n Red Birds Kickoff Party: From 9-11 a.m. Saturday, June 5. Meet at the UIW track at 9 a.m. Enjoy a leisurely one-mile walk around the track, or a two-mile sprint around campus to beat your best personal time. All experience levels are welcome. The event is free! To register, click here.
  • Alumni Mixer: Happy hour from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 17 at The Ticket Sports Grill. Register here and receive 15 wings and two drinks for $10.
  • Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: This is an alumni family activity from 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday, June 18. Only 20 tickets are available. The cost is $15. To register, click here.
  • Luau and Margarita Tasting: From 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 22 at the Cambria Suites Airport Hotel. The cost is $10.
  • Dinosaur Exhibit: Alumni and their families are invited to join the dinosaur exhibit visit at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 24 at the Witte Museum. Only35 tickets are available, and they cost $10 for ages 12 and older, $4 for 11 and under. To register, click here.
  • Natural Bridge Caverns Tour: Alumni and their families are invited to join the Natural Bridge Caverns tour from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7. Only 20 tickets are available! The cost is $15 for those 12 and older and $13 for children and includes the tour and food. To register, click here.

Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

Department News

Do Your Students Need To Be Digitally Literate?
ELS Language Centers requests input about the need for classes on digital literacy. If you believe your students need to be digitally literate to function in your classes, e-mail ELS about the Web 2.0 tools and social media skills they need. E-mail your comments to Ellen Clegg at .

Open Enrollment Sessions
The Human Resources office has selected the following dates and times for Open Enrollment 2010-2011. Your attendance will be required. Humana Insurance has been selected as the carrier for medical and dental. For more information, contact Human Resources at 829-6019.

Friday, April 30

  • ICC auditorium: 10 – 11:30am
  • ICC auditorium: 2 – 3:30pm

Monday, May 3

  • SACHS library: 3:45 – 5:00pm

Tuesday, May 4

  • IWHS library:3:45 – 5:00pm

Blackboard Learn 9.1
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. 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

McNair Scholars Attend Conference
Three McNair Scholars represented UIW at the 24th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) on the University of Montana campus in Missoula from April 15-17. Sarah Salazar, mentored by Dr. Amy Witte, presented “Evaluation of a Support Group for Hispanic Adults with Diabetes.” Elyse Alaniz’ research is titled “Presidential Rhetoric: The Charismatic Speaker.” She was mentored by Dr. John Perry. Anna Evans, mentored by Dr. Lisa Lockhart and Dr. Don Lucas, presented “Does Happiness Predict Academic Success in the College Classroom?” The scholars attended the Kyi-Yo Pow Wow on Friday evening and visited the National Bison Range Wildlife Refuge on Saturday afternoon. This is the oldest wildlife refuge in the U.S.

Dr. Richard L. Henderson, professor in the Dreeben School of Education and coordinator of organizational leadership in the doctoral program, traveled to China this spring to serve as interim lead teacher at China Incarnate Word.

Walk, Roll & Read honored its graduating members, Justin Burklow (left) and Demetrius Smith (center), with a party in the Burke-O'Mahony Community Room. Also attending were adviser Alfrieda Leiter (from left) of the Dreeben School of Education, student Nicholas Segura and student Trudy Lettunich.

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

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

Dr. Elda E. Martinez, of the Dreeben School of Education, presented “Using Facebook to Provide Induction Support to Beginning Teachers” at the Texas Association for Teacher Educators 2009 Summer Conference in Austin in June. She also co-presented A Collaborative Approach for the Preparation and Induction of Teachers at the Association of Teacher Educators 2010 annual meeting in Chicago in February. She along with Dr. Denise Staudt and Dr. Norman St. Clair, both of the Dreeben School of Education, presented “Using Facebook to Support Beginning Teachers” at the Association of Teacher Educators 2010 annual meeting in Chicago in February.

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

High Schools

IWHS Silver Tea
Incarnate Word High School Alumnae Advisory Board will hold its annual Silver Tea at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 2, in the Rosenberg Sky Room. The Silver Tea honors the senior class. At the event, each senior is presented with an alumnae pin and white carnation as a symbol of their induction into the IWHS Alumnae Association. The Mother Columkille Colbert Award (MCCA) will be presented to Ann Goetz, IWHS Class of ’65. The IWHS Madrigals will perform. IWHS Alumnae are invited to attend. For more information, contact Cybele Bolado at (210) 829-3103 or

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.