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THE WEEK THAT WAS: March 18, 2011

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Alternative Spring Break Update
Meet The Mission Spring Edition. The teams of students, faculty, and staff completed prepping and priming the third house this week. On Friday, March 18, the final coat of paint will be applied and UIW's community-service volunteers will have completed prepping, priming, and painting three homes in the residential area surrounding the Willie Velasquez Learning and Family Resource Center. The City of San Antonio Code Enforcement Division supplied the addresses of the homes in need of exterior service and all materials required, and the staff at Willie Velasquez provided their knowledge of this neighborhood and their facility for meetings, lunches, and reflections at the end of each day. The reflections were led by Fr. Tom Dymowski. If you haven't had a chance to join this university-wide day of service, come today (Friday) for the final day of painting for this year's edition of MTM-Spring Break. For information, e-mail Dr. Harold Rodinsky at


Lenten Reflection
Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Mt 5:23-24

MACC Lenten Prayer Service/Cross Ceremony
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 services 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 the MACC 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.

Mass Cancelation
There will be no noon Mass Monday through Friday, March 14-18. Fr. Tom will be participating in the alternative Spring Break at the Willie C. Velasquez Learning Center.

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


Sr. Dot Ettling, CCVI, helped present “Building capacity for sustainability: A remarkable story of Women’s Global Connection’s collaboration with women’s groups in Zambia, Tanzania, and Peru to improve their economic and social realities” with the Women’s Global Connection on Friday.

Dissertation Defense
Linn Waiters is defending her dissertation at 4 p.m. Monday, March 21 in the Library’s Special Collections Room. The dissertation chair is Dr. Dorothy Ettling. The title of her dissertation is “The Perception of African American Women Concerning the Intangible Costs and Benefits of a Post-Baccalaureate Education and Career Choices.”

2nd Annual “Walk on Water”
Celebrate World Water Day 2011 on Tuesday, March 22 with a reflective “Walk on Water” sponsored by the Headwaters Coalition in collaboration with several UIW student groups, including Project Africa, UIW S.T.A.N.D and the Student Ambassadors. Start times for the walk are 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. (tentative). The walks will start from the red footbridge over the river, journey to several “global villages” to learn what water means to people in other parts of the world, and end at our own blessed springs. For more information, contact Helen Ballew at or call (210) 828-2224 Ext. 232.

Incarnate Word Day Activities
Thursday, March 24

  • 8 a.m. – Balloons on Main Campus, sponsored by SGA
  • 11 a.m. – Blood pressure awareness, sponsored by Feik School of Pharmacy - Kappa Psi
  • 11 a.m. – Lunch on Dubuis Lawn
  • 11 a.m. – Golf Cart Parade at Westgate Plaza, hosted by SCLA
  • 4 p.m. – Cardinal Carnival on Dubuis Lawn, sponsored by CAB
  • 5:30 p.m. – Evening Prayer in Our Lady’s Chapel, sponsored by UMM

Friday, March 25

  • 2:30 p.m. Mass in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word with the presentation of CCVI Spirit Awards and the re-inauguration of Dr. Agnese
  • 4 p.m. Reception at Brackenridge Villa lawn

9th Annual Pierre Lecture
The 9th annual Pierre Lecture, sponsored by the Religious Studies Department, will be presented by Dr. Jennifer Hughes at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Hughes is an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of California, Riverside.  Her research and teaching focus on Latin American and Latino religions. This presentation is free and open to the public. The Religious Studies Department gratefully acknowledges a grant from the Pierre Fund of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. For more information, contact Dr. Julie B. Miller at 210-283-5062 or

Global Citizenship Video
Mia Kozlovsky created a video about Women’s Global Connection Children Under Seven program, which she will present at 4 p.m. March 23 in the Library Auditorium. As part of her Girl Scout project, Mia, a junior at Keystone High School, will discuss her inspiration for the video, which she presents to groups throughout the San Antonio community. It is her hope to build awareness surrounding the education and health needs of young children in Africa. She is an Ambassador Girl Scout of the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. 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

Health Career Fair
The UIW Student Nurses Association is sponsoring a Health Career Fair 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.

UIW Tech Fair
The UIW Technology Department is hosting its first UIW Tech Fair. Our goal is to highlight a wide range of technologies used at UIW and to increase the community’s knowledge about emerging technology tools and devices that can enhance teaching and learning. Ian Temple, director of global education at Cisco Systems, will speak on “Technology Trends in Higher Education” at 9 a.m. April 6 in the Mabee Library Auditorium. Exhibits and presentations from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Marian Hall Ballroom. Presentations will highlight UIW use of educational technology and vendor demonstrations of new products that enhance teaching and learning. Participating vendors include Apple, AT&T, Blackboard Collaborate, Cisco, Crestron, Dell, HTC and Stoneware. Bring your classes! Food and refreshments will be provided. Door prizes to be awarded. For more information, contact Ana Gonzalez at 210-829-3937 or

Journey from Tragedy to Healing
Holy Land speakers will talk about the journey from tragedy to healing at 7:30 p.m. April 11 in the library auditorium. Before the talk, there will be a potluck supper for those who would like to eat together from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. in the Special Collections Suite. Yuval Rahamim is Israeli and once served as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces. Dr. Omar Alalool is a Palestinian refugee whose father was killed by Israeli forces and was later arrested by Israeli authorities for his student activism. The two come from opposite sides in a long conflict, yet today, both men are speaking to U.S. audiences with one unified voice for peace in the Holy Land. For more information on the speakers, contact Carla E. Aguilar at (210) 366-3884 Ext. 4 For more information on the supper, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 829-3854or There will be a second presentation at 7:30 p.m. April 12 at Mexican American Catholic College. 3115 West Ashby Place. For more information, contact Katherine Jass Lopez at (210) 732-2156, Ext. 7154.

Department News

March is National Athletic Training Month. We have seven board certified athletic trainers at UIW; Corey Beechner, ATC, LAT; Shandra Esparza, MEd, ATC, LAT; B.J. Lough, MEd, ATC, LAT; Don Louise Martens, MEd, ATC, LAT; Brad Robinson, MS, ATC, LAT; T.R. St. Charles, MS, ATC, LAT and Emi Takigawa, ATC, LAT. These women and men are responsible for the prevention, care and rehabilitation of athletic injuries for all 19 sports at UIW. They keep the Cardinals flying high.

Vets on Campus Workshop Recap
The Vets on Campus workshop was held March 16 for all personnel in the UIW Extended Academic Programs (EAP) Main Offices at SACHS, where the UIW Center for Veterans Affairs is housed. This was presented in collaborative effort by the UIW Center for Veterans Affairs, Counseling and University Mission and Ministry. The focus of the workshop was to provide best practices when working and interacting with our student veterans and to assist the veteran in making a successful transition from “boots to books.” Hosts Karen Wyatt, Dr. Keith Tucker, Juan Loya, the Rev. Trevor Alexander and student veteran Evan Alvarez presented three common scenarios, and the attendees worked in groups to create resolutions and best assist the student.

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.

  • April 4 from 6 - 7:15 p.m.
  • April 7 from noon - 1:15 p.m.

Sign Up For UIW Easter Egg Hunt
UIW alumni are planning a UIW community Easter egg hunt from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16 on Dubuis Lawn. Sign up for free today, and bring your kids and friends! RSVP by April 8 and let us know how many children will be in your party. Bring an Easter basket. For more information or to register, contact Steve Hemphill at 210-805-3595 or or visit

Egg hunt schedule:

  • 1-2 yr olds at 11:15 a.m.
  • 3-4 yr olds at 11:30 a.m.
  • 5-6 yr olds at 11:45 a.m.
  • 7-8 yr olds at noon
  • 9-10 yr olds at 12:15 p.m.

Community News

Fundraiser Lunch
In 1976, Mary Ann Vega began her job here at the university helping in the Hortensia’s Kitchen cooking food for the Sisters. Three years later, she was transferred to the housekeeping department to work as a housekeeper under the direction of Sr. Ann Finn. In 1999, she was promoted to a housekeeping supervisor under the management of ARAMARK Co. In October 2010, she went under a major surgery, and as a result she is a home for a long recovery. The ARAMARK Housekeeping Department cordially invites you to buy a food plate for $6 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday, March 21 in Marian Hall Ballroom.

Swing-In Volunteers Needed
2011 Swing-In will be filled with the spirit of Mardi Gras, and we need your support to make the event successful! Volunteer to assist at this year’s Swing-In Auction Party on Thursday, April 28. Volunteer positions needed are: set-up, registration table, auction table monitors, gift certificate table, door prize tickets table and raffle ticket sellers. Contact Andrea at or 829-6075 if interested in volunteering or for more information.

Library Exhibit for March
The Mabee Library exhibit for March 2011 is in honor of Dr. Louis Agnese Jr. for his 25th anniversary as president of the University of the Incarnate Word. Stop by the library to see what we have found on Dr. Agnese through the years. His service and leadership will be remembered “Then and Now”. For more information, e-mail Leticia Martinez at

Upgrade to the Equipment in AD Building
The Infrastructure Support Department will be performing an upgrade to the networking equipment on the first floor of the Administration Building on Friday, March 18.Offices on the south end of the building may experience a network outage lasting no more than three hours. These offices include and may not be limited to the Business Office, the Comptroller’s office, the offices of the Vice President for Business and Finance, and Graduate Studies and Research. For more information, contact George Cantu at 210-829-6002.

ADA Statement on Events
Announcements listed in the Word Today and on the events calendar on the UIW website are required to include an American Disabilities Act (ADA) notice. This is the statement that says the university provides reasonable accommodation with adequate notice to those with disabilities. Event coordinators are responsible for providing accommodation, so contact names and information are required to list items in the Word Today and online. For more information about how to provide adequate ADA accommodation, visit

Summer Korea Teaching Opportunity
Two years ago UIW and the city of Gwangju, South Korea, established a Memorandum of Understanding on Education Cooperation. As a result, 12 students will have the opportunity to be English language instructors from July 22 to Aug. 21. Those selected will be paired with Korean English teachers for an English camp for elementary and middle school students. Travel expenses will be provided by the city of Gwangju. Students will also receive a stipend. Participants will have weekends for free time and guided sightseeing tours. For more information or an application, contact Alanna Taylor at (210) 805-5709 or Applications should be submitted to the Study Abroad Office, Room F106 in the International Conference Center (ICC). Application deadline is 3 p.m. Monday, March 28.

To be eligible to apply, students must:

  • have a 3.0 or higher GPA;
  • be of junior, senior, or graduate student status (not graduating in May 2011);
  • have a U.S. passport that is valid for at least six months or have applied for a passport (submit proof of application);
  • participate in a face-to-face interview with the selection committee;
  • be legally and academically eligible to study abroad; and
  • must be available to participate in a 2-week training course prior to departure.

The selection committee reserves the right to require additional information or documentation.

Layered Narratives Exhibit
Brianna Burnett and Wesley Harvey will present “Layered Narratives,” an exhibit in the Semmes Art Gallery from March 10 – April 20.

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.

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)

Faculty Focus

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

High Schools

SAIW Theatre Company Presents “Dracula”
The SAIW Theatre Company proudly presents the exciting spring production of Bram Stoker’s classic “Dracula” at 7 p.m. March 24-26 and at 3 p.m. March 27 in the Incarnate Word High School McGowen Gymnasium. With monsters, vampire brides, stage combat and more, you won’t want to miss a thrilling and bloody evening of drama and adventure. Tickets cost $6 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at the door. To reserve seats, contact Director of Theatre Lara Benavides at The material is appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Attend the UIW Prep Open House
Join UIW Prep at our Parent/Student Open House at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5 in the UIW International Conference Center (ICC). You will have the opportunity to meet the UIW Prep team, instructors, and take part in an informative class demonstration. There will be door prizes and light refreshments served. More details at RSVP by calling 210-805-3013 or e-mailing

Shamrock Preview
Please join us as Incarnate Word High School showcases its outstanding academic programs, education opportunities, athletics and extracurricular activities. Tour the school and meet IWHS faculty and staff at the Shamrock Preview from 2 - 4 p.m. Sunday, April 10 at the school. Call IWHS Admissions for information (210) 829-3123 or visit

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


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.

Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • The family of Birdie Samuelson Towery (ALND ’40) on her recent death.