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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Aug. 13, 2010

Photo of the Week

Dr. Agnese greets Dr. Shishu Zhang, assistant professor of economics, and other breakfast attendees who celebrated the kickoff of his 25th year as president of UIW.


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


Kristen Dicianna and Diana Dimas help incoming pharmacy students determine their “True Colors” in an orientation exercise on Tuesday.

Pharmacy Picnic
The Pharmacy Professional Class of 2014 will have its Professional Orientation activities at the Feik School of Pharmacy building through Friday, Aug. 13. Orientation will conclude with a picnic lunch sponsored by Wal-Mart on Friday. For more information, contact TJ Williams at (210) 883-1010.

Photo Database Update
In an effort to keep the faculty photo database up-to-date, new faculty members and anyone who would like a new photo for the Public Relations database is asked to stop by Marian Hall Lounge on your way to lunch next Tuesday, Aug. 17. A professional photographer will be on hand to take your headshot. These photos will be available to you if you need to submit a headshot for a publication, and they will be used by each department for their own purposes. The photographer will be available from noon until all headshots are complete. For more information, contact Ashley Festa at or 829-6001.

Faculty Opening Ceremony
The opening ceremony for all faculty members will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17 in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. There will be a lunch and reception in Marian Hall Ballroom following the ceremony. For more information, contact Itza Casanova at 829-3943.

Graduate Orientation
The Graduate Orientation will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19. Doctoral students are required to attend and will meet in the library Special Collections Suite. Master’s students will meet in the library auditorium. For more information, contact Jeanette Curby at  

Mexican American Business Institute (MABI) Meeting
The Mexican American Business Institute will meet from noon – 1:30 p.m. Aug. 25 in the ICC Conference Hall. The group was created to help business owners help each other. For this fall, the MABI will organize the Second Business Plan Competition. The monthly meetings will cover different topics related to entrepreneurship in Texas. One of the objectives for this semester is to create a strong group for networking. More details about these and other activities will be given during the first meeting. The meeting is free for UIW students and faculty. A MABI membership costs $250, and the meeting costs $30 for nonmembers. The price includes the meal. For more information, contact Margaret T. Villarreal at (210) 805-5884 or

Fashion Show
UIW fashion students will participate in Nostalgia of Time, a fundraiser fashion show to benefit the Alamo Honor Flight, which sends veterans to visit the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. The show will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28 at the Esplanade Gardens, 10790 Toepperwein Road. The doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $40 per person, and they include wine and hors d’oeuvres. For more information call (210) 566-7600 or e-mail

Upcoming Athletics Events
Click here for the UIW athletics schedule.

Department News

Register Now to Win
Everyone who registers for any of the following technology sessions before Tuesday, Aug. 17 will receive a bonus entry toward the drawing for a new Dell Netbook computer or an iPod Touch to be given away at the reception on Friday! Winners will be selected from session attendance. You need not be present at the reception to win. The six sessions covering a variety of topics include:

  • Dr. Sara Tallarovic will share her experience using Turnitin. From 9-10 a.m. Aug. 17, Special Collections Suite
  • Harry Whitney will speak about his experience using Blackboard for the first time. From 2-3 p.m. Aug. 17 in the Tilton Room
  • Luis Torres will introduce Wimba Pronto and share his experience using it as a key communication tool in his classes for the H-E-B School of Business and Administration. From 2-3 p.m. Aug. 18 in the Tilton Room
  • Dr. Paul Lewis will explain how he has incorporated the Blackboard Wiki into his course curriculum. From 9-10 a.m. Aug. 19 in the Tilton Room
  • Dr. Annette Craven will host an informal WebEx demonstration session. She will share her experience using WebEx for collaborative meetings and how this tool can be used in the classroom to facilitate guest speakers. She will also demonstrate key features of WebEx with a live conference. From 2-3 p.m. Aug. 19 in the Tilton Room
  • Dr. Marcos Oliveira will share his experiences using clickers at the UIW Feik School of Pharmacy. He will present a live demonstration. From 2-3:30 p.m. Aug. 20 in the Special Collections Suite with reception to follow

Each 45-minute session will evaluate features and benefits, demonstrate key features and review best practices. There will also be a short question and answer session. Each session will include a light breakfast or afternoon snack. To register or for more information, e-mail Terry Peak at Space is limited, so register today.

Blackboard 9.1 Training Opportunities
The Department of Instructional Technology will be offering a variety of training opportunities for Blackboard 9.1 during August that will showcase key features. Session topics include:

  • BB9 Overview: Following a demonstration of Blackboard 9.1, learn how to access the Control Panel, edit the Course Menu, and utilize Notifications Dashboard.
  • Create Course Content: Learn how to generate Course Documents, create Assignments, use the Syllabus Builder, and embed YouTube content into a course.
  • Assessment & Grade Center: Overview of the new features of Blackboard Assessment, and enhancements to the Grade Center.
  • Collaborative Tools: Summary of Blackboard’s collaborative tools including the Discussion Board, Learning Objects’ Wikis and Blogs, plus Wimba Pronto.

Each hour-long session will be offered several times each week. We have added an extra week of training to the schedule form August 23 through 26, take advantage of either morning (9 a.m. and 11 a.m.,) or late afternoon sessions (4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.). All sessions will be held in room G16 of the Media Center. Registration is limited to 8 participants per session. Visit to review the complete schedule, and register by e-mailing Terry Peak at

Can’t come to campus for training? Let the campus come to you! Opportunities to learn online via WebEx will be offered Friday. Aug. 13 and 20. E-mail Terry at for more details.

  • 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

United Way/Days of Caring
UIW will team up with United Way for the annual Days of Caring on Friday, Oct. 8. The list of projects will be available in mid-August and the selection will match the number and abilities of our volunteers. In the past, our UIW team has made Christmas cards for children, picked up trash, done yard work, painted buildings and completed many other projects that benefit the charitable organizations who submit their list of needs. For the past two years, our team has helped staff a carnival at the San Antonio State Hospital.

Most of the projects begin around 8:30 a.m. and end at about 3:30 p.m. Transportation to and from UIW, along with breakfast, lunch, snacks and soft drinks are provided. You will also receive a free Days of Caring t-shirt to wear and keep. To volunteer, contact Roslyn Grimes at or 829-2748. Your participation counts as a regular, UIW-paid day, but please verify with your supervisor that you can be absent from the campus that day.

The Days of Caring annual event is always a fun and rewarding opportunity to help others in the San Antonio community. Please help represent UIW!

Nursing Building Webcam
Watch the progress of the nursing building renovation via the webcam link at

Instructors Wanted for China Incarnate Word
UIW International, an affiliate of UIW, is recruiting a limited number of instructors to teach at China Incarnate Word in Guangzhou, a city of 8 million located about two hours from Hong Kong. This position is for employment with UIW International, an affiliate. Instructors are needed to teach courses in English, business, journalism, communications, history and accounting. Applicants must have a master’s degree and 18 graduate hours in the teaching field to which they are applying. Benefits include salary, travel expenses, housing (apartment), meals and a training program. Departure date to China will be in late August 2010. Interested applicants should send a résumé or CV by e-mail to Osman Ozturgut at or by fax to (210) 805-5701. To view job description, qualifications and to apply online, visit UIW International is an equal opportunity employer.

Call for Papers on Social Justice
Verbum Incarnatum is an annual publication devoted to the exploration of issues relating to social justice. For the 2010 publication, the editors welcome papers from any discipline that address issues concerning race, class or gender and social justice. Previous issues have explored ethics and social justice, U.S. politics and social justice and health care and social justice. Manuscripts must follow APA style and are due no later than Nov. 1. Submit both an electronic and hard copies to Sabrina Koll at 4301 Broadway, CPO #1219, San Antonio, TX 78209. For more information, contact Koll at

Faculty Focus

Reference Librarian Leticia Martinez (left) and Dr. Shih Yung Chou, an assistant professor of accounting who is new to UIW, enjoy the Provost Reception.

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

High Schools

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • Siobhain Anders Buckley (UIW former student) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Diane Hart Anders.
  • The family of Major Karen R. Bennington (BSN ’80) on her recent death.
  • Patricia Miller & family on the recent loss of her mother, Della Keil Collins (BSN ’51).
  • Maria (BA ’75) & Terrence Flannery (former IWHS principal) & family on the recent loss of his mother, Gloria V. Klein Flannery (wife of the late John Flannery, former IWC financial officer).
  • Lisa Lin (UIW friend/president, Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Ai-Chen Lou Tsao.

Movie Nights in the Heights
Come on out and spend an evening under the stars with your family and enjoy Hollywood hits! Movies will be shown at Alamo Heights Park, next to the Nature Trails parking lot off Viesca Ave. Don’t forget to bring pillows, blankets, lawn chairs and coolers. Limited concessions will be available. Movies start at 8:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, Aug. 21st: “Up” (rated PG)
  • Saturday, Sept. 18th: “The Goonies” (rated PG)
  • Saturday, Oct. 16th: “Beetlejuice” (rated PG)

There will be prizes! Donations of canned food or spare change will help support the San Antonio Food Bank. For more information, call (210) 389-0547.

Adopt a Duck
Help raise money for Haven for Hope and the Paseo Del Rio Association by adopting a rubber duck. On Aug. 21, more than 10,000 rubber ducks will be dropped into the San Antonio River, and the owners of the quickest ducks will win prizes. Ducks cost $5 each, and discounts are given on bulk duck purchases! To enter:

1. Go to  
2. Click on “Teams”
3. Click on “Haven for Hope Transformers”
4. Click on: MARCY ANDRADE

For more information, call Marcy Andrade at 220-2113 or visit

DVD Rentals
Use the promotion code 12345 to get a DVD rental at 50 percent off the first night at the kiosk in Marian Hall.The code will be valid for the rest of the year.