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THE WEEK THAT WAS: March 4, 2011

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Dr. Timothy Henrich spoke with a student presenter about cardiac arrhythmias during the Research Day poster session on Friday.


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

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.

Eucharistic Adoration during 24-Hour Pray-a-thon
You are invited to spend time in prayer anytime from 12:30 – 7 p.m. March 10 in Our Lady’s Chapel. Eucharistic Adoration will be held immediately after the noon Mass and ending with Taize prayer and Benediction at 6 p.m. To sign up for a time, contact Peer Minister Monica Hernandez more information, contact UMM at 210-829-3128.

MACC Lenten Prayer Service/Cross Ceremony
Beginning Tuesday, March 15, the Mexican American Catholic College (MACC) and Catholic Relief Services Southwest Region (CRS) will host a Lenten Prayer Service and Cross Ceremony as a call to stand in solidarity with our Mexican families who are living in the midst of violence and uncertainty. The service will be held on March 22, March 29, April 5 and April 12 at the MACC campus located at 3115 W. Ashby Place, 78228. The service begins at 7 p.m. We invite you to come be a part of placing crosses on our campus in memory of those who have died due to the violence in Mexico. For more information, contact Katherine Lopez (210) 732-2154 Ext. 7154.

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


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, presented his Moody Lecture on "Trials, Triumphs, and Inspiration: Research and Reflections on the Joys of Teaching Science"on Monday.

STARS Peer Educators show off their free Cardinal goodies at the Wellness Fair on Wednesday.

Dr. Ludy Benjamin, professor of psychology at Texas A&M University, spoke on “San Antonio’s Inez Beverly Prosser: Historiography of the First African-American Woman Psychologist” at the Psychology Colloquium on Monday.

Beverly Monestier, an award-winning international writer, read some of her poetry on “Women and War” on Thursday.

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.

First Friday Work Day
Join us for an afternoon of outdoor service work in the newly cleaned up Headwaters Sanctuary! We’ll be working from 2-5 p.m. March 4 along the back fence-line along Olmos Drive. Dress for the woods and weather. E-mail for more information or to sign-up.

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.

Convergent Media Lecture Series
Susana Ramirez and Berenice Dimas are Chicana scholars, activists, and creative artists from Los Angeles. They are the co-founders of the online community Casa Nepantlera. Casa Nepantlera is a network dedicated to creating dialogues and resource tools on the life and work of Gloria E. Anzaldúa. Learn how online communities can become a tool to bridge theory and praxis at 7 p.m. March 8 in AD 319. RSVP to Dr. Joey Lopex at or on the Facebook page at

International Women's Day
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 at the home of Eleanor Brackenridge (1837–1924), who was called the "Mother of Women's Suffrage in Texas." Remember her on the porch of her home, the Brackenridge Villa, with a discussion of her life. At 5:15 p.m., participate in a short prayer service "Bread and Roses" remembering women of many parts of the world, the breads they make, and their struggles and triumphs. For more information, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at or 829-3854. For more Women’s History Month events, visit

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 6-9 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

The Inspirational Journey of 6 Texas Women + 1 Local Revelation
José A. Lόpez, Texas historian and author, and Patsy Torres, a UIW doctoral student and recording artist, will speak. The role of six significant women in Texas History and the extraordinary journey of a female trailblazer in a male-dominated music genre will be featured at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 in Joyce Building Room 126. Co-sponsored by the Program Development in Adult Education class and UIW Campus Life/SCLA.  For more information, contact Dr. Sharon Herbers at For more Women’s History Month events, visit

“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

Health Career Fair
Invite students to the Health Career Fair sponsored by the UIW Student Nurses Association from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 in Marian Hall Ballroom. There will be many hospital recruiters. Door prizes! For more information, contact Cindy Richardson at or 210-262-9551.

Partnering with Women of Peru
Ada Gonzalez, recipient of the WGC Global Citizen internship and a doctoral student at UIW, made her second trip to Peru to offer training on strategic and business planning, grant writing and basic computer skills after witnessing the dire poverty and social obstacles the women there face in their communities. She will speak at 6 p.m. March 23 in the library auditorium. Additionally, as a scholar, she seeks to understand the role and voice of women in development and implementation of poverty reduction programs. Sponsored by Women's Global Connection. For more information, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at or 829-3854. For more Women’s History Month events, visit

Re-Inauguration Mass
The University of the Incarnate Word invites you to a Mass celebrating Incarnate Word Day and the re-inauguration of university president Dr. Louis J. Agnese Jr. at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 25 in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. A reception will follow on the Brackenridge Villa lawn. RSVP to Public Relations at (210) 829-6001 or and indicate the number of attendees for the Mass, reception or both.

Department News

Two new McNair scholars, Nichole Sánchez (left) and Miranda Gonzaba, attended the Graduate School Preparation: Best Practices and Professional Development Seminar in Long Beach, Calif., Feb. 25-26.Gonzaba, theatre arts, and Sánchez, computer information systems, participated in workshops and general sessions on preparing for graduate school and the new GRE exam. The conference was held aboard the Queen Mary, which is now permanently docked in Long Beach. They also had the opportunity to speak with graduate school recruiters. Activities included exploring the Queen Mary and visiting the Getty Art Museum in Santa Monica.

Amy Bolden (from left), Sean Athey, Caroline Heileson and Nicole Czelusta attended the Texas Nursing Student Association State Convention.
Under Caroline Heileson's leadership, eight Student Nurses' Association members successfully represented UIW as delegates to the Texas Nursing Student Association State Convention last weekend. Students participated in the legislative process and adopted two resolutions to be sent on to the Texas Nurses Association. Congratulations to Emily Burnett, second semester UIW nursing student, who was elected as the secretary-treasurer for the Texas Nursing Student Association! She is the second consecutive UIW nursing student to represent our great school on the state board. In addition, our students were fourth out of all state teams in the "NCLEX Brain Bowl." Students had a great opportunity to network and also gained valuable information from the career walk. A special thank you to Erica Medellin, fourth semester UIW nursing student, who served on the TNSA executive board this past year.

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

UIW in the News
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Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Announcement
On Wednesday, March 2, UIW was notified by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools of the approval of the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program. With the approval of this fourth doctoral program, the university advanced from a Level V institution (3 or fewer doctoral degrees), to a Level VI institution (4 or more doctoral degrees). Level VI is the highest level recognized by SACS. The approval of the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program is a tribute not only to the nursing faculty but to the entire institution. Congratulations on this achievement.

SA’s United Arts Fund theFund Campaign
TheFund campaign runs through the end of March. A minimum donation of $60 gets you two theFund Cards with discounts to arts events, and 100 percent of workplace donations benefit 27 cultural organizations in San Antonio. Campaign captains are distributing forms in your area, and these are to be returned to Lorraine Ewers, CHASS, at CPO 94.For more information, call 829-6070.

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 History Committee by e-mailing These will be posted online at

Faculty Focus

Accommodations, Modifications, Differentiated Instruction
Lisa Kirby of the Educational Service Center will lead a workshop illustrating how faculty can use modifications and accommodations to meet the needs of diverse learners from noon – 2 p.m. Friday, March 4 in Gorman 118. Differentiating instruction in today's classroom is about change, challenge, and choice. A light lunch will be served. For more information, contact Susan Hall at 283-5030 or

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.  The cost of the tournament is $100. Proceeds from this golf tournament will go toward the alumni scholarship fund. For registration information, contact Alejandro Calderon at 832-5622 or

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

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The University of the Incarnate Word provides reasonable accommodation with adequate notice. To request disability accommodation for events listed in this newsletter, contact the organizing group at least five business days in advance.

Spring Break Camp at St. Peter School
St. Peter Prince of Apostles School is offering a spring break camp from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. March 14-18 at “105 House,” the Early Childhood Center at St. Peter's, 105 Marcia Place. Brainpower Connection families with students in K3-third grade are invited to sign up. Activities include games, crafts, stories, playtime and movies. The cost is $150 per child per week and sibling discounts are available. Space is limited and filling up quickly. For more information, contact Amy Migura at 210-870-9604 or Leaders are CPR/First Aid Certified.

Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • Susan Bollinger (MA ’10) & family on the recent loss of her husband, David Bollinger.
  • The family of Sr. Mary Esther Brennan, CCVI (BA’58, MA ’70), the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, and the entire UIW community on her recent death.
  • Veronica (Dev. Bd., MBA ‘92) & Bryan Edwards & family on the recent loss of her brother, Darrell Anthony Muzquiz (BBA ’04).
  • Jay Myers & family on the recent loss of his wife, Lucile White Myers (SR School ’41).
  • Dr. Eula (Nursing Faculty, MSN ‘92) & Master Sgt. George Pines (ret.) & family on the recent loss of her father, Claude Walker.