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THE WEEK THAT WAS: march 30, 2012

Photo of the Week

Tom Duckworth, payroll administrator, was honored with the 2012 CCVI Spirit Award at the Incarnate Word Day Mass celebrated Monday, March 26 at Our Lady’s Chapel. Pictured (L-R) UIW President Dr. Louis Agnese, Duckworth, and Charlie Amato, chairman of the UIW Board of Trustees.


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 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation - 11:30 a.m. Fridays

Daily Lent Scripture
"I have come in my Father's name." Jn 5:43 Find the Daytime Prayer at

Weekly Reflection
Lenten Reflection: Toward a Welcoming Congregation
In a world that has grown frighteningly guarded and harsh, Christian congregations [communities] are called to imitate the “table manners” of Jesus by being sacraments of God’s hospitality in the world.How do we become these kinds of congregations [communities] in the Church and for the world today? To continue reading, you are invited to for the remainder of the reflection. Click “Lenten Reflection” in the middle of the page.

Lenten Quiet Hour
The season of Lent calls us to slow down, reflect, and draw closer to God. To help each of us do this, University Mission and Ministry (UMM) is setting aside “quiet time” in Our Lady’s Chapel from 12:30-1:30 p.m. each work day during the season of Lent. Prayer and scripture resources will be made available in the chapel. For more information or Lenten resources, contact UMM at 210-829-3128 or


The International Conference of Cultural and Social Aspects of Research was held March 22-24 at the UIW International Conference Center. The conference hosted attendees from 36 countries and featured more than 130 presentations. Sonia Nazario, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of “Enrique’s Journey,” was welcomed as the keynote speaker of the event. Pictured (L-R) Dr. Sara Jackson, assistant professor of international business; Dr. Sharon Herbers, associate professor in the Dreeben School of Education; and Nazario.

Pictured (L-R) Durrell Smith, grants accountant; and admissions team members Adriana Smith, Ashley Lara, and Fabian Villalobos, have lunch at the Incarnate Word Day BBQ hosted by Sodexo Monday, March 26 on Dubuis Lawn.

Sr. Martha Ann Kirk waves at the crowd during the Incarnate Word Day Golf Cart Parade held Monday, March 26. Winners of the parade included: Feik School of Pharmacy (FSOP) for “Best in Show;” for university departments the Office of Public Relations won “Best Use of Theme,” and FSOP won “Most Creative.” Student Organization winners included the biology team for “Best Use of Theme,” and S.T.A.R.S. for “Most Creative.” Greek Life winners were Lambda Chi Alpha for “Most Creative,” and Delta Xi Nu for “Best Use of Theme.”

The UIW community attended a documentary screening, featuring original interviews with 15 Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, on Monday, March 26 in Mabee Library Auditorium. The interviews share the Sisters’ experiences teaching at Incarnate Word College (IWC) from the 1960s to 1970s.

The kick-off reception for the new women and gender studies concentration was held Wednesday, March 28 in Mabee Library Special Collections. Pictured (L-R) Dr. Emily Clark, associate professor in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS), and Dr. Pat Lonchar, assistant dean in the CHASS and recipient of the Women and Gender Studies Award for Scholarship and Teaching.

In celebration of Incarnate Word Day, University Mission and Ministry invited students and Sisters to share stories at “Afternoon Tea with the Sisters,” on Tuesday, March 27 in Dubuis Lounge.

Aramark held their Employee Recognition Day Thursday, March 29 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Maria Barany was recognized for nine years of service at UIW, with a total of 40 years of service at Aramark. Pictured (L-R) Barany, Sr. Kathleen Coughlin, Sr. Sally Mitchell, and Sr. Feliciana Mejia. 

2012 Hoops for Heart
UIW students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the 2012 Hoops for Heart basketball and shoot around competition fundraiser for the American Heart Association scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, March 30 in the UIW Wellness Center. Cost to participate is $20 per team for a 3-4 person team to compete in the basketball tournament, and $1 per person to take part in the single-person shoot around competition. The top basketball team will win a $100 prize. Interested individuals may register early or, space allowing, at the door. For more information, contact Randall Griffiths at 210-829-2795 or

Second Annual UIW Easter Egg Hunt

Join Alumni Relations for the Second Annual UIW Community Easter Egg Hunt from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31 on Dubuis Lawn. The Alumni Association hosts this great free, fun family event for all UIW alumni and schools in the Brainpower Connection. Sign up now to bring kids and grandkids to take a photo with the Easter bunny and to visit the UIW campus. Don’t forget to BYOEB (bring your own Easter basket) and camera! RSVP at For more information, contact Steve Hemphill at 210-805-3595 or

“How to be a Producer,” Workshop
Young girls are invited to attend the “How to be a Producer,” workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31 in AD 265 and AD 271. Hosted by UIWtv and KUIW with Latinitas Magazine, the workshop will guide girls through the process of making their own news programs for television and radio at an actual TV/radio station. Attendees will also be introduced to industry vocabulary and equipment. Cost to attend is $8. Visit How to be a Producer Workshop to sign up. For more information, contact Anna Ruiz at 512-740-1829 or

Dissertation Defense – Carlos C. Peña
Carlos C. Peña will defend his dissertation titled, “Academic Achievement of First Generation Mexican American Males in a Community College,” from 2-4 p.m. Monday, April 2 in Mabee Library Special Collections. Dissertation chair is Dr. Absael Antelo. For more information, contact Jeanette Curby at 210-829-2758 or

What does it mean to be a first-generation student?
Alpha invites all first-generation students at UIW to explore ways of succeeding at the university at “What does it mean to be a first-generation student?” from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 in Mabee Library Special Collections. For more information, contact Dr. Tanja Stampfl at 210-829-3885 or

An Introduction to Liberation Theology
Dr. Tarcisio Beal will share “An Introduction to Liberation Theology” from his upcoming book, “Follow the Man: The Historical Jesus in his World,” from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 in Fine Arts B03. For more information, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at 210-829-3854 or

Law School Panel
A Law School Panel will be held from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 in Mabee Library Auditorium. Legal professionals will provide students with information on careers in law, law school, and advice on how to prepare during undergraduate school. For more information, contact Career Services and Professional Development at 210-829-3931.

Farewell Reception for Dr. Shawn Daly
The H-E-B School of Business and Administration and the UIW Business Club invite all to attend a farewell reception for Dr. Shawn Daly, dean of the School of Business and Administration, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 at Dubuis Lounge. Dr. Daly’s last day is Thursday, April 5 and if you are unable to attend, you may email farewell wishes to For more information, contact Margaret Villarreal at 210-805-5884 or Dr. Shih Chou at or 210-283-6482.

First Annual Honors Project Symposium
The Honors Program will host the First Annual Honors Project Symposium from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 in the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions, room 214. The symposium will recognize and celebrate senior projects of the program’s first graduating seniors and ambitious juniors. A total of 11 students will present and discuss their research and creative work they have put into projects over the last two years. “A Kaleidoscope of Inquiry,” will include a wide array of topics including fashion, the arts, scorpions, stress, psychology, and politics. For more information, contact Jean Loden at 210-832-3211 or

Student Workshop: “Being Advising Period Ready!”
The University Advising Center will host “Being Advising Period Ready!” workshops from 10-11 a.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 in Mabee Library Auditorium. The workshops are intended to ensure students know what takes place during the Advising Period at UIW, and understand the items they are responsible for to make sure they are ready for advising and UIW Registration Day. For more information, contact Ruth Spina at 210-805-5814 or

Schedule for 2012 Honors Convocation

Ceremonies for the 2012 Honors Convocation include the H-E-B School of Business and Administration from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Wednesday, April 11 in Mabee Library Auditorium; the Dreeben School of Education at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 13 in the ICC Conference Center; the School of Media and Design from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 15 in Marian Hall Ballroom; the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19 in Marian Hall Ballroom; the School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26 in Bonilla Science Hall, room 129; and the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, April 29 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Additional information can be provided by each college/school hosting the ceremony.

UIW Tech Fair
The UIW Technology Services Department is hosting its second annual UIW Tech Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 in Marian Ballroom. Presentations of 20-30 minutes will be going on throughout the day highlighting UIW faculty, staff, and student use of educational technology, and vendor demonstrations of new products to enhance teaching and learning. A Technology Employment Showcase will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Marian Hall Lounge. Employers from local firms will be present to talk to students about potential full-time, and part-time jobs, and internships. For more information, visit or view the video at: Tech Fair 2012.

Department News

Vegas-style gaming comes to UIW from 7-11 p.m. Friday, May 11 at the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room, as UIW Athletics hosts their annual Vegas Night fundraiser. Come enjoy food, beverages, gaming, and fun with other UIW alumni, friends, families, and supporters. Tickets are $50 and include all food, beverages, and gaming. Each ticket is entered into a drawing for great prizes. Tickets are limited and the event sells out every year, so buy your tickets today! For more information, or to purchase your tickets, contact Rick Smith, external business manager, at or 210-283-6448.

Extended Academic Programs

Extended Academic Programs held its annual Honors Convocation on Sunday, March 25 in the Rosenberg Sky Room at the McCombs Center. More than 170 students and family members attended a reception that was followed by the convocation. Students were inducted into the national honor societies of Delta Mu Delta and Alpha Sigma Lambda.

Vincent Porter, dean of the UIW School of Extended Studies, presents Raul Rodriguez, guest speaker and professor in the H-E-B School of Business, as an honorary inductee of Alpha Sigma Lambda at the EAP Honors Convocation held Sunday, March 25.

Community News

UIW will present the 2012 Cutting Edge Fiesta® Fashion Show Monday, April 23 at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel located at 101 Bowie Street. Registration and silent auction begin at 10 a.m. followed by the fashion show at 11:30 a.m. Three tables are still available at $750, and individual tickets are available for $75 for the lunch and show, and $25 for show-only tickets. Raffle tickets are also available for $100 each. Only 250 tickets will be sold and the ticket holder need not be present to win. The winners will win one of three prizes: a $5,000 pendant and earring set donated by Dennis Jewelry Co., a trip for two with first-class airfare, to New York City donated by Corporate Travel Planners with a retail value of $7,000 or cocktail ring donated by Neiman Marcus valued over $11,000. For information or to make reservations, call 210-829-6013. All proceeds fund scholarships for students in UIW’s fashion management program.

UIW in the News

China Faculty Needed
UIW International, an affiliate of UIW, is recruiting for a limited number of instructors to teach at China Incarnate Word in Guangzhou, located approximately two hours from Hong Kong.Instructors are sought to teach courses in English, business, journalism, communications, history and accounting.A minimum of a master’s degree and 18 graduate hours in the field to which you are applying is required.These positions are with UIW International and not the University of the Incarnate Word.Apply online at Req. 00910452.

Team Ellwanger at UIW Run Wild
In honor of Dr. James Ellwanger, who is fighting brain cancer, several honors students will be participating in the track team fundraiser “Run Wild for Brainpower,” as Team Ellwanger. The fundraiser will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31 beginning at the Natatorium. Dr. Ellwanger may be well enough to observe the race and several of his family members plan to be there as well to cheer on the team. The students have chosen this race to reflect their internalization of the values that Dr. Ellwanger passed on to them in his Dimensions of Wellness class. For more information, contact Amber Moczygemba at 210-259-9199 or Caitlin Ward at 936-581-3712.

Summer Teaching Opportunity in South Korea
Three 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 27 to Aug. 18. 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, and 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 Application deadline is 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 to the Study Abroad Office, room F106 in the International Conference Center.

Nominations Sought for the 2012 Mulcahy Award for Ecological Stewardship
The Bill Mulcahy Award for Ecological Stewardship was first awarded to its namesake in 2007, in recognition of Mr. Mulcahy’s commitment to Incarnate Word’s grounds, and the environment. Nominations for the 2012 Bill Mulcahy Award are currently being sought, and are due to the Earth Month Committee no later than 5 p.m. Monday, April 9. If submitting a nomination, tell the committee why your nominee deserves to be recognized, giving examples of their commitment to the environment. The recipient of this year’s award will be made at noon on Earth Day, April 23, during Earth Month celebrations at Westgate Circle. Please submit nominations to

The Word Today for Retired UIW Employees, too
Do you know of a retired UIW employee who misses receiving the Word Today? We have received feedback that many of you have helped keep retired UIW community members in the loop by forwarding them the newsletter daily. If an effort, to share our UIW news, we will now be sending the newsletter to those retired employees who still wish to receive it. This will be an opt-in opportunity, so we are asking for your help to gather current email addresses for those who are interested. Send names and email addresses to

SA’s United Arts theFund Campaign
Think “March Madness” for the arts and be a fan! Give a donation of $60 before the end of the month and get theFund Card with discounts to arts events.Send donation forms to Dr. Bob Connelly, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, at CPO 68.For more information, call 210-829-6070.

Library Book Drive
The UIW Mabee Library is holding a book drive for the annual book sale through Saturday, March 31. Please bring donations to the library circulation desk during regular business hours and notify the library that the donations are for the book sale. Boxes available if needed. The book sale is scheduled for April 11-12 outside the library in the circle. Proceeds of the book sale benefit the Mendell Morgan Library Fund, which will be used to create a leisure reading collection. For more information, contact Dell Davis at 210-829-6054 or

Read Across America Library Display
The National Education Association has organized a dual initiative to foster reading practices and celebrate the birthday of the famous Dr. Seuss throughout the month of March. Mabee Library is proud to celebrate Read Across America by setting up a display on the second floor of the library commemorating Dr. Seuss. Mabee Library invites the UIW community to stop by and reminisce through Dr. Seuss favorites from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Saturday, March 31. For more information, contact Leticia Mariniz at 210-832-2119 or

Volunteers Needed for Swing-In Auction Party and Golf Tournament
Faculty, staff and administrators are invited to volunteer for the 35th Annual Swing-In Carnival event. Volunteers can either help Thursday, May 3 for the auction party and Friday, May 4 for the golf tournament. Available shifts include 5-8 p.m. or 7:30-10:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, or from 5:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or noon to 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 4. Deadline to sign-up is Monday, April 16. To volunteer or for more information, visit or, contact Liz Valerio at or 210-832-2127.

Coffee Drive for Haven for Hope
Haven for Hope, a non-profit organization in San Antonio that helps transform the lives of homeless men, women and children, is experiencing a shortage in coffee. University Mission and Ministry (UMM) in collaboration with the UIW Chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society are sponsoring a coffee drive for the organization through Thursday, May 31. The UIW community is invited to bring by regular/automatic drip coffee to the UMM offices at AD 147 anytime throughout the spring semester. For more information, contact UMM at or 210-829-3128.

Faculty Focus

Dr. Dan Dominguez, associate professor in the H-E-B School of Business and Administration, presented “Creating and Using Reading Guides” to UIW faculty on Tuesday, March 27 in AD 212. Dr. Dominguez demonstrated how to create interactive reading guides with the Blackboard testing function.

Sustainability Open House
UIW faculty are invited to meet members of the UIW Sustainability Committee and learn about the summer curriculum workshop for sustainability at the Sustainability Open House from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 in AD 212. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Susan Hall at 210-283-5030 or

High Schools

UIW President Dr. Louis Agnese visits with students from Incarnate Word High School. The students had the opportunity to attend the keynote speaker presentation at the International Conference of Cultural and Social Aspects of Research.

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


San Antonio Sports Corporate Cup
The UIW Athletics Department has partnered with San Antonio Sports to host their inaugural Sports Corporate Cup, a city-wide event open to businesses of all sizes and aimed at helping company’s team-build and network, while providing an atmosphere of friendly competition. The event will take place Saturday, June 2 on the UIW campus. Faculty, staff, and administrators are invited to participate and will have the opportunity to compete in 13 different events, and mix-and-mingle throughout the day at the tailgate. To be part of the team, either as a team member or to help manage the tailgate/tent area, email Rick Smith at

2012 UIW Cardinal Basketball Camp
Kids ages six to 16 are invited to attend the 2012 UIW Cardinal Basketball Camp to improve skills through individual instruction, drills, lectures, and games. The two-week camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 25 through Thursday, June 28, and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, June 29. The second week of camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 2 through Friday, July 6 (please note: there will be no camp scheduled for Wednesday, July 4).Cost to attend is $175 the first week all-day or $150 half-day; and $165 the second week all-day or $140 half-day. UIW faculty and staff receive 20 percent off cost. For more information, contact Brian Curtis, assistant men’s basketball coach, at 210-283-5052 or the camp brochure for registration information at 2012 UIW Cardinal Basketball Camp Brochure.

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