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THE WEEK THAT WAS: April 1, 2011

Photo of the Week

2010 CCVI Spirit Award honoree Peter Reininger, Dr. Agnese and Dr. Sally Said, the 2011 CCVI Spirit Awardee, attended the Incarnate Word Day Mass and re-inauguration celebration on Friday.


Lenten Reflection
'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'  Mk 12:31

Collaboration with Catholic Relief Services for Aid to Japan
University Mission and Ministry will be dedicating the collections from Sunday, March 27 and Sunday, April 3 to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and their aid to Japan. If you would like to contribute to the donation to CRS, bring your contribution to the UMM Office at AD 147. Checks may be made to Catholic Relief Services. Cash donations will be included in the UMM donation to be made the week of April 11. For more information, call UMM at 210-829-3128.

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 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 on Friday, April 1 or Friday, April 8 due to the Choral Festival taking place in 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


Dr. Tim Porter explains more about the Management Information Systems concentration on Tuesday.

South Texas Severe Weather Conference
UIW will host speakers at the all-day South Texas Severe Weather Conference from April 1-2 in the Bonilla Science Hall. Keynote speakers include Mr. Bill Read, director of the National Hurricane Center, Dr. Philip Klotzbach, Tropical Meteorology Project, Colorado University, Dr. Eve Gruntfest, Flash Flood Socio-Impact specialist, Oklahoma University, and Mr. Frank Brody, Chief of the Spaceflight Meteorology Department at the Johnson Space Center. Speakers and training from the American Red Cross, the National Weather Service and from the UIW meteorology department. The conference is free. Register online at For more information, contact Alex Garcia at

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 or visit

Water, Coal, and Appalachia
Trey Moore will lecture on "Water, Coal, and Appalachia" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 in the library auditorium. For more information, contact Dr. Matthias Schubnell at

Mathematics Panel
A panel of four graduated mathematics majors will share their experiences in the work force. They will discuss how to survive and succeed in graduate schools, industry and public school systems. The panel will be from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7 in Bonilla Science Hall Room 220. All students are welcome. Math majors are strongly encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Dr. Flor de María García-Wukovits at 210-283-5032 or

Meet the Mission Reunion
Meet the Mission will celebrate its first reunion bringing together those students and faculty who have for the past five years collaborated in making MTM a university-wide success. The reunion will be from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 8 in Marian Hall. Lunch will be served. If you have not participated in MTM, join us and see and hear the reflections and stories from past years. RSVP to Dr. Harold Rodinsky at

The Mysteries Theatre Performance
UIW presents The Mysteries, a collection of short medieval plays that have been adapted into a modern English language version. The plays include The Fall of Lucifer, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah, Abraham and Isaac, The Crucifixion and The Harrowing of Hell. Tickets are free with a UIW ID, and all performances will be in the Elizabeth Huth Coates Theatre. For more information or reservations, call 829-3800 or 829-3810 during regular business hours.

Performance dates and times:

  • April 8-9 at 8 p.m.
  • April 10 at 2 p.m.
  • April 15-16 at 8 p.m.
  • April 17 at 2 p.m.

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.

Las Vegas Night
Tickets are now on sale for the UIW Athletics Department’s Las Vegas Night. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. and games start at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Tickets cost $50 per person. Attire is business casual and you must be 21 or older to attend. UIW athletes with remaining eligibility are not permitted. For more information, contact Lisa Townzen at 210-829-2722.

Department News

Faculty iPad Grants
Faculty iPad grants will be awarded in Summer 2011 on a competitive basis. These awards are a part of continuing efforts to keep UIW's teaching-learning technology in a strong national leadership position. Find the application form at the UIW application site. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 1. As many as 25 iPads will be awarded. Applications will be reviewed by the UIW Technology Innovation Committee, and successful applicants will be notified by July 1. For more information, contact Dr. Pat Burr at

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 Alumni 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.

Mexican American Sociology Textbook
Phil Lampe, sociology professor at UIW, has published a textbook called Mexican Americans: A Sociological Introduction, which is now available for free on the UIW website at The textbook is available in PDF format and is free for anyone who would like to use it.

Community News

UIW in the News
UIW honors Agnese's 25 years as president

Video Commemorating Dr. Agnese’s 25 Years at UIW
Several departments worked together to honor Dr. Agnese’s 25th year at UIW. Watch the video at

Cutting Edge Fiesta Medals Available
Purchase a Cutting Edge Fiesta medal for only $5 from the fashion department. You may also buy a medal from other locations listed on the website at

Cutting Edge Raffle Tickets
Tickets are on sale for the Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show raffle. Buy one ticket for $20 or six for $100 and you’ll be entered to win the following items from Dennis Jewelry:

  • 18K yellow gold pendant with an 8.10ct amethyst, an 8.70ct rhodolite garnet and 1.46ct multi-color stones. Retail value: $3,150
  • 18K yellow gold ring with a 4.16ct amethyst and 6.39ct multi-color stones. Retail value: $2,150

For more information or to buy tickets, contact the Office of Development at 829-6013.

Volunteers In Income Tax (VITA)
Volunteers will assist low income taxpayers (approximately $55,000 combined household income) with their income tax returns for free from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday until April 16 in the Administration Building Basement, Room 62. Free e-filing. To e-file both spouses must be present to sign the IRS form. The IRS is requiring the VITA sites to make copies of Social Security cards for the taxpayers and dependents. The IRS also requires us to make copies of the driver’s licenses. We are no longer allowed to do returns for Married Filing Separately or for Nonresident Aliens. For more information, contact Tracie Edmond at 210-283-5004 or Theresa Tiggeman 210-829-6018.

Be sure to bring:

  • Social Security cards for taxpayers and dependents
  • Driver’s License
  • W-2s
  • Copy of last year’s tax return
  • Checkbook for direct deposit of the refund
  • Property tax statement
  • Form 1098-T for students

Great Colleges to Work For Survey
This weekend a random sample of employees received an email invitation to participate in the Chronicle Great Colleges to Work For survey, a national study designed to recognize institutions that have built great workplaces. If you received this invitation, please take a few minutes to participate in this very important survey, as a high response rate helps ensure accurate results. The deadline to complete the survey is April 15. Thank you.

Cardinal Basketball Camp
UIW Cardinal Basketball Camp 2011 works to improve skills through individual instruction, drills, lectures and games. Fundamentals of passing, dribbling and shooting, as well as both individual and team offensive and defensive strategies will be covered by the camp staff. To help break up each day, campers will have access to the pool for a free swim under the supervision of certified lifeguards, and the staff will engage the kids in other team games as well. The first session of camp will be June 27-July 1 and costs $175. The second session will be July 5-8 and costs $120. For more details, contact Brian Curtis at or 210-283-5052.

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.

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

Reaching and Teaching the Millennial Generation
Dr. Jean Twenge, author of Generation Me, will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the data on how generations differ spiced with plenty of pop culture and humor from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 1, in Marian Hall Ballroom. Box lunches will be available starting at 11:30 a.m. The generational changes include increases in self-esteem, narcissism and expectations, and declines in mental health. In other words, today's students really are different. Twenge will discuss how these changes impact teaching, advising, and managing young people. Register online at or contact Susan Hall at 283-5030 or

Keynote Address
Dr. Caroline Goulet was invited to give the keynote address at the 2011 Physical Therapy Education Faculty Summit in El Paso, Texas, on March 25. The title of her presentation was Acculturation and Social Responsibility in Physical Therapy Education.

Articles Published
Dr. Brian A. Kinnaird, associate professor of criminal justice in EAP, has published two articles in Sheriff Magazine and Texas Police Journal on Life After Law Enforcement.In addition, he is a featured columnist in the Law and Crime sections of Psychology Today and PoliceLink.

Paper Presentation
Dr. Alan Preston, assistant professor of business in EAP, is presenting a paper entitled Clickers in the Classroom: Clicking your Way to Success at the Southwest Teaching and Learning Conference at Texas A&M University San Antonio on April 1.

Chapter Co-Writer
Dr. Rochelle Caroon-Santiago, assistant professor of psychology in EAP, co-wrote a chapter on Psychological Processes and Experience in Gerontology: An interactive text published by National Social Science Press.

Articles Accepted
Dr. Matthew D. Gonzalez, assistant professor of business in EAP, had two articles accepted for presentation and publication this spring term. The first is entitled Souly Aligned:The Impact of Entrepreneurial Spirit on Workplace Spirituality presented at the International Academy of Management and Business during their annual conference. The second is entitled DSS Development and Implementation within the Services Industry:A User Based Design Science Approach to be presented in May at the Association of Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group for Management and Information Systems.

Article Published
Sr. Sally Mitchell, assistant professor of religion in EAP, wrote an article for Women’s History Month published by the Sisters of Saint Francis entitled And God Created Woman And Saw That She Was Good.

Grant Funded
Sr. Martha Ann Kirk’s grant proposal “Three Generations of Women in Northern Iraq and How Gülen-Inspired Institutions Seem to Be Empowering Young Women to Contribute to a More Stable and Peaceful Future There” has been awarded full funding by the Gülen Institute of the University of Houston. She and her research colleague Sr. Patricia Madigan, Ph.D., from Australia, will spend June in Iraq.

Moody Professor Honoree
Congratulations to William J. Gokelman, who was named Moody Professor 2011-12. Awarding of the Moody Professorship reflects the level of scholarship teaching excellence, and community service attained by the recipient. The Moody Professorship is the highest faculty honor bestowed on faculty by faculty.

Presidential Teaching Award
Congratulations to Dr. Lydia Andrade, professor of political science, on her selection as the 2011 Presidential Teaching Award recipient! Andrade was selected from a noteworthy group of full-time faculty from every college and school including faculty from every stage of their teaching careers. These wonderful educators were nominated in early spring by colleagues, current students and alumni. Andrade and the nominees were acknowledged at the Faculty Appreciation Luncheon on March 25. Former recipients of the Presidential Teaching Award include Dr. Roger Barnes, Sociology (2005); William Gokelman, Music (2006); Dr. Neeta Singh, Nutrition (2007); Dr. William Carleton, Human Performance (2008); Theresa Tiggeman, Accounting (2009) and Dr. Paul Lewis, Philosophy (2010).

Faculty Appreciation Luncheon
Four faculty members were recognized at the March 25 Faculty Appreciation Luncheon for their commitment, within their first five years at UIW, to keeping alive the rich tradition of teaching excellence that characterizes UIW. These faculty members, chosen from among the 2011 Presidential Teaching Award nominees, are recipients of the Provost’s Legacy Teaching Award. Congratulations to Dr. Stefanie Boswell, assistant professor of psychology; Dr. Stephanie Grote-Garcia, assistant professor of teacher education; Dr. Jason Cota, assistant professor of pharmacy and Dr. Timothy Milinovich, assistant professor of religious studies. Former Legacy Awards recipients include Dr. Sherry Herbers, Dr. Lila LaGrange and Dr. Michael Frye.

Called and Gifted Award
Sr. Eilish Ryan received the 2011 Called and Gifted award from the National Association of Graduate Programs in Ministry on Feb. 26. This award recognizes Sr. Eilish's “integrity, scholarship, and longevity of service to the Church and AGPIM as a ministry educator.”

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

High Schools

SACHS Cancer Fundraiser
Sadako Sasaki (1943-1955) a young girl from Hiroshima, Japan loved nothing more than running. One day, she found out she had the A-Bomb disease, leukemia. Sadako was forced to be hospitalized; her greatest wish was to run again. In accordance with Japanese legend, she tried to fold 1000 paper cranes to make her wish come true. Unfortunately she could not finish before her death. After her death, Sadako’s friends and family continued to fold cranes. Eventually, her story became famous and a monument was built to remember the children who died from leukemia. People fold and send cranes to Japan from all over the world with messages of peace and hope. Most of us know at least one person whose life has been affected by cancer. Our goal is to fold 1,000 origami cranes to send to the memorial in Hiroshima. A donation of $1 will get you an origami crane. You may write a note that can be copied inside your crane and the JNHS and Art Club will fold them. All funds will benefit the Japanese relief effort through the American Red Cross. For more information, contact Alejandro Calderon at or 832-5622.

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

Summer Fest
The St. Anthony Alumni Association presents Summer Fest with have food booths, drink booths, activities for children. Summer fest will be from noon – 5 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at St. Anthony Catholic High School, 3200 McCullough Ave 78212. Admission is free, but tickets will be needed to purchase food, beverages and to play games. Music will be provided by The Brehm’s Band ( For more information, contact Alejandro Calderon at or 832-5622.

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Brainpower Summer Camp Registration
Registration is now open for St. Peter Prince of Apostles School’s Brainpower Summer Camp 2011. Find registrationforms, pictures of previous summers, and more information online at Enrollment for the June 6 – Aug. 5 camp is expected to be capped, so get your registration in soon before the camp fills up. This camp is for children ages 18 months – 10 year old. For more information, contact Kirsch Wilberg at 210-845-3706 or

Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • The family of Sr. Mary Josephine Marischen, CCVI (BA ’46), the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, and the entire UIW community on her recent death.
  • Barbara Stanush (UIW friend) on the recent loss of her husband and Pam Stanush Edens (IWHS ’85) & Julie Stanush Podbielski (IWHS ’85) on the recent loss of their father, Claude Ignatius Stanush.

Brainpower Summer Camp Registration
Registration is now open for St. Peter Prince of Apostles School’s Brainpower Summer Camp 2011. Find registrationforms, pictures of previous summers, and more information online at Enrollment for the June 6 – Aug. 5 camp is expected to be capped, so get your registration in soon before the camp fills up. This camp is for children ages 18 months – 10 year old. For more information, contact Kirsch Wilberg at 210-845-3706 or

Highlights of Turkey at SAMA
The San Antonio Museum of Art is offering a special free tour from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. April 5 that will focus on the rich heritage of Neolithic, Greco-Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman art found in Turkey. The San Antonio Museum of Art is at 200 W. Jones Ave., San Antonio, 78215.For information contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at or Dr. Tanja Stampfl 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.