The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Feb. 25, 2011

Photo of the Week

Dr. Brian McBurnett and his cooking partner, graduate student Adam Obregon, won first place in the Iron Chef competition with their blackened amberjack.


Understanding the Revised Mass Texts
To help everyone better understand the Catholic Mass, why the translation of the prayers is changing, and how it will affect us, Fr. Tom will hold two information sessions on Friday, Feb. 25. The first will be from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and a repeated session from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. in AD 319. For more information, e-mail Fr. Tom at

CCVI Student Spirit Award Nominations
The CCVI Student Spirit Award recognizes a student 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 either a graduate or undergraduate student who is living the charism of the spirit of the Incarnate Word. Nominations from faculty, staff, administrators, and students are reviewed by the CCVI Student Spirit Award Committee. Nomination forms are available at or in AD 147. Return forms no later than March 9 to CPO 29 or to AD 147. For more information, contact Mission and Ministry at 210-829-3128.

Ash Wednesday Services
Ash Wednesday is March 9.The schedule for Masses and Ash Services is below. For more information, contact University Mission and Ministry at 829-3128.

Everyone is welcome to all services.

  • 8:30 a.m. Mass – Our Lady’s Chapel
  • Noon Mass – Our Lady’s Chapel
  • 4:15 p.m. Ash Service – Feik School of Pharmacy
  • 4:30 p.m. Ash Service – Data Point
  • 5:15 p.m. Ecumenical Service – Marian Hall Student Center
  • 7:30 p.m. Ash Service – IWHS
  • 8:50 p.m. Communion Service – Our Lady’s Chapel

Our Lady’s Chapel Services
All are welcome.

  • Noon Mass, Monday – Thursday. Less than 30 minutes
  • 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


The contemporary Christian group SoulFruit performed Wednesday for the Black History Month Celebration in Marian Hall.

Sr. Martha Ann Kirk (left) introduces Dr. Karin DeVilla, UIW Spanish teacher, at the viewing of “Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think” on Wednesday. DeVilla along with Sarwat Husain, UIW Alumni of Distinction, and Jessica Motawea, student organizer of the Muslim Students Association, answered questions at the event.

Research Day
The university community will celebrate faculty and student research at the annual Research Day on Friday, Feb. 25, with a series of events sponsored by the UIW Extramural Associates Research Development Award (EARDA) project and the School of Graduate Studies and Research – Office of Research Development. For more information, contact Dr. Kevin B. Vichcales at (210) 829-2759 or The university community is encouraged to attend:

  • Research Poster Session from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Marian Hall Ballroom (42 research posters from faculty and students will be exhibited)
  • UIW Faculty Research Panel from 1:15 – 2:30 p.m. in the Mabee Library auditorium (Dr. Helmut Gottlieb, Dr. Laura Munoz, and Dr. Gilberto Hinojosa will present overviews of their research agendas describing the development and implementation of specific projects)
  • Reception from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in Marian Hall Ballroom
  • Research Poster Session from 5-7 p.m. in Marian Hall Ballroom (Designed for graduate students who cannot attend the morning session)

Basketball Tailgate
UIW faculty and staff who are alumni are invited to the basketball tailgate from 1:30-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 under the bleachers at Benson Stadium (visitor side). Come support our teams in their last home game vs. Texas A&M Kingsville. Be sure to call 805-3595 to RSVP and save your spot.UIW ID gets one free admission.The women’s game tips off at 2 p.m. and the men’s game starts at 4 p.m. in the Convocation Center. Sponsored by the UIW Alumni Association and the Office of Institutional Advancement.

Lantern Festival
The Institute of World Cultures presents the Lantern festival starting at 5 p.m. Feb. 28 in the ICC Conference Room. The UIW community is invited to make a lantern and taste rice balls. The cost is $3 to cover materials. Sign up before Feb. 27 to Joyce at

Wellness Fair
The annual Wellness Fair will be from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. March 2 in Marian Hall Ballroom. The event will provide active wellness promotion and free health screenings including dental screenings, vision tests, blood pressure checks, diabetes screenings and BMI testing. Diabetes, heart and cancer awareness, skin care, pet care, music therapy, healthy recipes and tastings, a Zumba demonstration, therapeutic shoulder and neck massage will also be part of the Wellness Fair. The annual event is sponsored by UIW Health Services and STARS Peer Educators. More than 50 businesses from the San Antonio community will participate. There will be music, snacks, mocktails and prizes. For more information, contact Marveen Mahon at (210) 805-3549 or

OLLU Moody Lecture
Dr. Thomas J. Gadsden, associate professor of physical sciences and co-director for the Center for Science and Mathematics Education at Our Lady of the Lake University, will present his Moody Lecture at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 in the Mabee Library Special Collections Suite. He will present, "Trials, Triumphs, and Inspiration: Research and Reflections on the Joys of Teaching Science." Refreshments will be served.

“Women and War” Poetry Reading
Beverly Monestier, an award-winning international writer, will read some of her poetry on “Women and War” at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 3 in the Special Collections Suite of the library. Please come and join us. For more information, contact Dr. Tanja Stampfl at or 829-3885.

Dance and Cheer Spring Show
The UIW and IWHS spirit teams will hold a Dance and Cheer Show from 7-9 p.m. Friday, March 4 in the UIW Fine Arts Auditorium. Admission costs $2, and tickets will be sold in advance and at the door. There will be door prizes given throughout the evening. For more information, contact Coach Audrey Brooks at 612-418-4911.

Medicine Disposal
MedDropSA provides a safe and easy way to dispose of unwanted and expired over-the-counter and prescription medications. These medicines can pose a risk to the environment when flushed or dumped in a landfill. Removing these medications from homes can also help curb abuse and avoid accidental ingestion. Bring any unwanted medicines along with other household hazardous waste items to the City of San Antonio’s mobile collection events to dispose of them for free. The next event is from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. March 5 at the City’s Southeast District Center on 7402 S. New Braunfels. For more information, visit or contact Dr. Helen Smith at the Feik School of Pharmacy. The FSOP partners with SAWS, SWMD, and the SAPD to publicize these MedDropSA events.

KUIW and UIWtv Annual Gala
The third annual KUIW and UIWtv Gala provides an opportunity for students enrolled in radio and TV practicum classes to showcase their talents and what they have been working on this past year. The event will be from 6:30-9 p.m. March 8 at the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Individual tickets cost $25 each and include dinner. Tables seat eight people and cost $150. There will be a silent auction. By donating time and money, sponsors will provide these students will get opportunities to learn more about Communication Arts with hands-on experience before they graduate. For more information, contact Anna Ruiz at 512-740-1829, or Jessica Clark at 830-832-4523 or

24 Hour Pray-a-Thon
The 3rd annual 24-Hour Pray-a-Thon is right around the corner. There will be many opportunities for prayer beginning at 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 9 through 10 p.m. March 10.Find a schedule at For more information, contact University Mission and Ministry at 829-3128.

“Concepts of Self-Defense: A Crash-Course”
Dr. Brian A. Kinnaird, associate professor of criminal justice, Extended Academic Programs will present the two-part “Concepts of Self-Defense: A Crash-Course.” Part 1 will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 9 in GB 212. Part 2 will be from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 10 in GB 215. This crash-course is designed to increase your survivability through awareness and behavior modification.  This is not a defensive tactics or hands-on experience. The class is limited to 25 registrants, so contact Charlene Lynch at 805-5800 or if you’d like to join.

Job Fair
The UIW community is invited to the UIW Job Fair on March 10. For more information, contact Connie Kuwamoto at (210) 832-5627 or

Race for the Cure Team
The Feik School of Pharmacy and pre-pharmacy students invite the UIW community to join their Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Team. The race will be Saturday, April 30. Last year the team raised more than $8,000, making them the No. 1school fundraising team in San Antonio. Please join the team and help in the fight against breast cancer. For more information, contact Kristen Dicianna at 210-883-1063 or

To register:

  • Go
  • On the top middle of the page, click on “Komen Race for the Cure”
  • On drop down menu, choose “Register”
  • On the right hand side, click “Join a Team”
  • At the bottom, type the team name – UIW & FSOP Community – and click search
  • Click on the team name.
  • On the team page, on the top right side – click join UIW & FSOP Community
  • Then complete the registration form.

Department News

UIW alumna Molly (Finley) Ramon (left) and Jill Johnstone, teachers from NSISD, presented their research on developing perceptual-motor skills and reading abilities for kindergarten students to UIW students taking a motor development course. Ramon played soccer while at UIW.

McNair Scholars Presentation
Eight McNair scholars presented their summer research at the 13th annual Texas National McNair Scholars Research Conference in Denton, Texas, Feb. 18-20. This conference attracts scholars from across the US. Ninety-four students presented at the conference this year. The UIW scholars included: Dalia Bishop, Against Sexism: Lesbian Masculinity in Black Feminist Thought, Dr. Julie Miller, mentor; Samantha Buentello, Behavior Observations of Weakly Electric Fish in Relation to Water Quality, Dr. Sara Tallarovic, mentor; Christine Clark, 18q- Patient Gait Prediction Using Particle Swarm Optimization, Dr. Michael Frye, mentor; Anna Evans, Is Smile Recognition Affected by One’s Happiness?, Dr. Lisa Lockhart and Dr. Don Lucas, mentors; Venancio González, Fra le linee: The Frame Narrative as Folklore in Boccaccio’s The Decameron, Dr. Pat Lonchar, mentor; Shay Malcolm, Comorbidity between PTSD and Minor Head Injury, Dr. John Velásquez, mentor; Ann-Marie Quiñones, A Musical and Cultural Analysis of Non-diegetic Soundtrack Aspects in the 1995 BBC Adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, Dr. Ludim Pedroza, mentor; and Jannelly Villarreal, The Synthesis of Calix[n]arenes with Potential for Anti-cancer Agents, Dr. Brian McBurnett, mentor.

Alumni Spurs Game Night
Join UIW alumni, family and friends for a Spurs game night Saturday, March 19 or Monday, March 21 as the San Antonio Spurs take on the Charlotte Bobcats and the Golden State Warriors. For more information, contact Steve Hemphill at Ext. 3595 or

RefWorks Workshops
With Title V funds, the library has been able to purchase RefWorks, a web-based bibliographic management tool. It will allow the user to format and generate reference lists using more than 400 styles. The tool will assist faculty and students in their scholarly writing. In March and April, the library will be sponsoring several workshops on how to use RefWorks. The workshops are open to the UIW community. Sessions will be in Room 230 of the library. For more information, contact Cheryl A. Anderson at Ext. 3837 or The schedule is as follows.

  • March 9 from 8: 30 – 10 a.m. and 10: 30 a.m. – noon (taught by vendor representative)
  • March 15 from noon - 1:15 p.m.
  • March 16 from 6 - 7:15 p.m.
  • April 4 from 6 - 7:15 p.m.
  • April 7 from noon - 1:15 p.m.

Community News

Planned Elevator Outage
The Cliff Elevator by Avoca E is scheduled to be out of service from 8 a.m. – noon Friday, Feb. 25 for a necessary upgrade.

Driving Delays on Broadway from Burr to Allensworth
The UIW community may experience delays coming to and leaving campus because of AT&T’s underground duct bank replacement. The AT&T project begins March 2. This is not the major project that will begin in May. More details about surrounding construction will follow as the start of the Hildebrand/Broadway drainage project approaches.

2011 Swing-In Raffle
Buy a Swing-In Raffle ticket for $50 and get your chance to win your choice of one of five prizes. The drawing will be at Swing-In on April 28. Proceeds fund student scholarships. Only 300 tickets will be sold, so get yours today. For more information or to buy a ticket, contact the Office of Development at 829-6013. The winner will get the choice of one of the following prizes:

  • Trip to Paris ($11,904) Round trip airfare for two on American Airlines, 5-night stay at Hyatt Regency in Paris Madeleine
  • Trip to Costa Rica ($6,490) Round trip airfare for two on American Airlines, 5-night stay at the JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa or Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort (Stay at both or pick one)
  • Trip to Bermuda ($9,808) Round trip airfare for two on American Airlines, 4-night stay in a junior suite at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess or the Fairmont Southampton (Stay at both or pick one)
  • Home Theater System ($3,000) 50” Samsung 3D-HD ready television and Blu-Ray DVD player, and Bose theater speakers
  • Merchandise Credit Balance on Credit Card ($2,000)

Help UIW win Recyclemania
Join UIW in the campuswide effort to go green in this year’s Recyclemania, a national eight-week recycling competition running until April 2. UIW is competing against several hundred other universities, and the school that collects the most recyclables, wins! SCLA is seeking student organizations and individuals with ideas or suggestions to boost recycling on our campus. SCLA will provide a small budget if needed to get the idea up and running. If you have an idea for an event or program you would like to host to increase recycling efforts, contact SCLA at For more information on the competition, visit

Contribute to Women's History Month in March
Consider contributing a program to Women's History Month at UIW. These could be class content about women that could benefit the general public or something extra. Send the name of the program, a short description, the date, time, and place to the Women’s HistoryCommittee by e-mailing These will be posted online at

Faculty Focus

Nora Taylor, of the Grants Accounting Office, presented a Travel Workshop for faculty on Wednesday.

Survey of Handbook Training Needs
Reminder: The Faculty Senate Survey of Handbook Training Needs will be open until March 1. If you are a full-time faculty member, we want your feedback so we can continuously improve. The survey can be accessed at If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact Annette Craven at or 283-5031.

Last Chance – Make Nominations for Presidential Teaching Award
Nominations for the 2011 Presidential Teaching Award will be accepted through Feb. 25. This annual award acknowledges and rewards a fulltime 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 more information and a nomination form, visit

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

High Schools

IWHS Salsa and Scholarships Fundraiser
Incarnate Word High School’s annual Salsa and Scholarships Fundraiser will be from 2:30 – 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6 at La Hacienda de Los Barrios, 18747 Redland Road. Advance tickets for adults (13 and older) cost $30, and at the door cost $35. Children 6-12 cost $7 at the door, and children 5 and younger eat free. Tickets include a fajita buffet, one free margarita or beer, silent auction and entertainment. Please support our efforts to raise money for scholarships for IWHS students. For more information, contact 210-832-2143 or visit

Chip n’ Classic Golf Tournament
The St. Anthony Catholic High School 9th annual Chip n’ Classic Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, March 12 at the Republic Golf Course. Registration is at 11:30 a.m. and tee time is 1:30 p.m.  For registration information, contact Alejandro Calderon at 832-5622 or

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:

  • Mary Pat & Michael Bolner & family (UIW friends) on the recent loss of her mother, Patricia E. Begeman (BS ’43).
  • Wanda Donovan & family on the recent loss of her husband, James Donovan (Former Faculty - Accounting & CCVI Spirit Award Recipient).
  • The family of Nancy Ann Fassnidge (BA ’82) on her recent death.
  • Harry Henderson Jr. & family on the recent loss of his wife, Susan Stiehl Henderson (SR School ’46).
  • Jose C. Laguna & family on the recent loss of his wife, Diana Maria Laguna (Former Faculty – English).
  • Wanda Myers & family on the recent loss of her husband, Charles Louis Myers Jr. (BSN ’70).
  • Eula (MSN ’92, Faculty - Nursing) & George Pines & family on the recent loss of her father, Claude Walker.
  • Dennis Reilly & family on the recent loss of his wife, Maureen Patricia Reilly (BSN ’86, MSN ’89, Former Faculty - Nursing).
  • Karin Rowland (BBA ’98) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Bertha Hermine Rowland.
  • Joe & Maria Verastique (Caretakers, Denman Estate) & family on the recent loss of his mother, Concha Verastique.