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THE WEEK THAT WAS: April 15, 2011

Photo of the Week

The silent auction at the Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show was a popular event before lunch and the runway show on Monday.


Lenten Reflection
Sing to the LORD, praise the LORD, For he has rescued the life of the poor from the power of the wicked!  Jer 20:13

Mass Cancelations
Mass is cancelled for Friday, April 15 due to the half day. There will be no noon Mass on Tuesday, April 19.

Holy Week Schedule
Notes: There will be no noon Mass on Tuesday, April 19. There will be no 8 p.m. Mass on Easter Sunday, April 24.

  • Palm Sunday, April 17 – 10:30 a.m. Mass in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word
  • Palm Sunday, April 17 – 8 p.m. Mass in Our Lady’s Chapel
  • Holy Thursday, April 21 – 5:30 p.m. Mass in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word
  • Good Friday, April 22 – 5:30 p.m. Mass in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word
  • Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 23 – 9 p.m. Mass in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word
  • Easter Sunday, April 24 – 10:30 a.m. Mass in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word

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. Roger Barnes talks with Desiree Cervantes ’10 at the Meet the Mission reunion on Friday.

Students Lyndsey Reyna, Cody Hoover, Victoria Enriquez, Mike Mejia, Caroline Garcia and Assistant Director of Leadership Activities Chaye Pena celebrated at the 10th annual Campus Activities Board and Student Government Association Awards Night.

Leslie Todd, information literacy librarian, Mary Jinks, director of Technical Services, Christina Link, copy cataloger, and Idalia Rodriguez, cataloging assistant, helped the university celebrate National Library Week on Tuesday outside the Mabee Library.

On Thursday, Dr. Denise Doyle and Sr. Kathleen Coughlin unveiled the fourth and last Legacy Tree, honoring those who have made a difference in the lives of others and have been recognized with a gift made to the Faculty Endowment.

UIW Jazz Ensemble Concerts
The UIW Jazz Ensemble will perform in concert at 5 p.m. Friday, April 15 at the St. Mary’s Fiesta Jazz Festival in the University Center on the campus of St. Mary’s University. Admission is free. The UIW Jazz Ensemble will perform their last concert of the Spring semester at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28 in Palestrina Hall at UIW. Admission is free. For more information visit or contact Jim Waller at 210-445-0412 or

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

Construction Update – Postponed
Presentations from Mike McChesney and Lou Fox on Monday, April 18 have been postponed.

Earth Month Celebration
The UIW Earth Month Celebration is scheduled for April 18.Events will include:

  • Noon – Award Ceremony for the William E. Mulcahy Award for Ecological Stewardship and the Earth Month Video Contest in Marian Hall
  • 1:30 p.m. – Panel discussion of Climate Change and Global Warming: How to Read the Signs in Marian Hall
  • 4:45 p.m. – Performance called Cherishing the Earth: A Prayer for Creation in Marian Hall
  • 6 p.m. – Solar Project Presentation and Earth Research Symposium in Bonilla Science Hall 129, sponsored by the Dreeben School of Education

For more information, contact Mark Stringham at

Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Speaker
The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice welcomes Dr. D. Stanley Eitzen, an internationally known sociologist and professor emeritus from Colorado State University. Eitzen will speak on “Tears, Snags, and Tangles in the Social Fabric of Society” at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 in the Mabee Library Auditorium. For more information, contact Dr. Roger Barnes at

Convergent Media Lecture Series
The Convergent Media Lecture Series is proud to host Brandon Wiley’s and Dustin Younse’s technological updates on media, technology and culture. Expect to hear about and see some of the newest trends taking place in convergent media today. The format for this talk series will consist of each presenter giving a 40 minute presentation and 10 minutes of Q&A. The talk will be from 7-9 p.m. April 19 in Administration Building Room 319. RSVP via the Facebook event page at or email Dr. Joey Lopez at For more information, visit

Crawfish Boil
Lambda Chi Alpha is holding an all-you-can-eat crawfish boil as a fundraiser from noon – 2 pm April 20 on Dubuis Lawn. Tickets cost $10 for all you can eat. For more information, contact Joe Urby at 210-413-4657 or

Slattery Lecture
Dr. Jo LeCoeur will deliver the Sr. Margaret Patrice Slattery lecture, titled "Upriver," from 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. April 20 in the library's Special Collections Suite. For more information, contact LeCoeur at

The Delta Beta Chi sorority is encouraging the UIW community to wear pink to support breast cancer awareness on April 20 for UIW goes PINK. For more information, contact Maria Edwards at or 210-842-7973.

Sparks/Chispas Energetics of Spirituality
Lucy Destin, LPC, seeker of the divine in daily life, will share her insights into the mystery and allow participants to deepen their appreciation of the God within. As Albert Einstein once said, "No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it." How can we raise our consciousness?  By inner realization, meditating upon experience, and development of a less self-centered way of seeing. Join us from 7-9 p.m. April 25 at the ICC Auditorium. The event is free, but donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, contact Cecilia Perez at or call (210) 787-8476.

Senior Graphic Design Portfolio Show
UIW’s School of Media & Design is having its second annual Senior Graphic Design Portfolio Show. Students will present their work including print design, interactive/web and advertising pieces from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, April 28 in the Fine Silver Building, 816 Cameron St. Expect an art-gallery style opening night with food, drink, music, lots of great design work and prizes. Out of 22 student award winners in this year’s San Antonio ADDYs, UIW grads took home 16 top awards, including Best of Show. This year’s show theme, THE 2011 RELEASE, is very tongue-in-cheek with each student having a rap sheet for committing bad design choices. Once graduated they will have been reformed, served their time and be ready to get into their career track as model design citizens. For more information or to RSVP, contact Bob Johnson at 210-832-2111 or For more on the show, visit

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

McNair Scholars Present at NCUR
Two McNair Scholars were selected to present their summer research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Chrystal Alexander (above left), mentored by Dr. Paul Lewis and Dr. Mark Teachout, presented her research, titled Sustainable Mining and the Global Economy: Lessons from the Grasberg Mine. Rosario Plascencia (right), mentored by Dr. Nurşen Albayrak Zanca, presented her project titled, OPORTUNIDADES: Is the Cash Transfer only an Incentive? This year there were 3,600 attendees from the U.S., Great Britain, Canada and South Korea. More than 2,500 students presented their research projects either in oral or poster presentations. The conference was held at Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y.

A panel of four graduated mathematics majors discussed how to survive and succeed in graduate schools, industry and public school systems last week.

Nicole Czelusta, Casey Escamilla, Caroline Heileson,new NSNA president Joe Twitchell, UIW nursing instructor Cindy Richardson and Cassandra Haley, represented UIW at the National Student Nursing Association Convention.
UIW Student Nurses' Association members successfully represented UIW as delegates to the National Nursing Student Association Convention last week in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students participated in the legislative process and adopted18 resolutions to be sent on to the National Nurses Association. Almost 3,000 students, coming from all 50 states, had an opportunity to network and also gained valuable information from focus sessions and at the from the career walk.

New Help Desk Phone Services
The Information Technology Department now offers 24/7/365 help desk phone services effective Monday, April 4. Contact the help desk via phone: on campus at Ext. 2721; locally at 210-829-2721; or toll-free at 866-614-5043. All calls will be answered by a live technician with an average wait time of 60 seconds. Certified technicians can assist you in resolving login issues and answer your questions about UIW email, Blackboard, Banner and other commonly used applications. Two other methods of contacting the help desk, a chat feature and a new self-service web form, will follow soon. When help desk requests are resolved, you may receive an electronic survey by email. Give your feedback by filling out the survey. Your opinion will help improve future services.

Do you know a UIW Star?
PR is currently searching for potential candidates to feature in an upcoming advertising campaign focusing on UIW alumni. Do you know a UIW alumnus who is a shining example of the success our students can achieve? We are looking for representatives from any school or program. Just provide contact information and a sentence or two about why you think the candidate should be considered for inclusion in the next campaign to Debra Del Toro at We will follow up with the candidates. We look forward to hearing from you.

Benefits Open Enrollment
All benefit eligible employees may again enroll in or makechanges to their core benefit plans for medical, dental, vision, life insurance coverage and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) for the upcoming year. Meetings will start April 13 and end April 20. For more information contact the Human Resources Department at 210-829-6019.

Locations and times are as follows:

  • 3:45 p.m. Monday, April 18 at IWHS Library
  • 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 19 at UIW Library Auditorium
  • 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 at UIW Library Auditorium
  • 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 at SACHS Library

Community News

30 Days to a Greener U: Earth Month Advent Calendar
Resist the stacks of napkins given from fast-food joints and eateries today.

Valero Texas Open Tickets
Valero has offered a certificate to redeem four one-day tickets to the 2011 Valero Texas Open at the J.W. Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa. The certificate will be given to the first person to respond to this offer at You must be able to pick up the certificate at the Office of Public Relations no later than 11 a.m. today.

William E. Mulcahy Award Nominations
The Earth Month Committee is requesting nominations for the 2011 William E. Mulcahy Award. This annual award recognizes a member of the University of the Incarnate Word faculty or staff for Ecological Stewardship. Nominations will be accepted until Sunday, April 10.Submissions should include a short summary of the nominee’s contribution to the preservation of the planet and may be submitted to the Earth Month Committee, c/o Mark Stringham, Theatre Arts, CPO 380 or by email to

Volunteers In Income Tax (VITA) – Last Chance
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 – Last Chance
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

Newsletter Feature
Dr. Melinda Adams was featured in this month’s American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences newsletter. Find the PDF newsletter online at If you have problems opening the PDF file, you can also access it at

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

High Schools

UIW Summer INstitute
UIW invites you to the annual science summer camp for top-performing high school students from June 20 – July 1. During a two-week overnight camp, 20 select students will explore university-level research and get first-hand experience in valuable careers in the health sciences. Rising juniors with a GPA of 3.5 (85%) or better are invited to apply. The cost is $500. For more information, visit or contact Dan Ochoa at (210) 829-2707 or or Stella Mallard at (210) 829-2708 or

Summer Fest
The St. Anthony Alumni Association presents Summer Fest will 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:

  • William Belcher & family on the recent loss of his wife, Charlotte Menger Belcher (ALND ’49)
  • Frank & Lily Lee (BA ’54) Chinn & family on the recent loss of her sister, Anna Lee (BA ’57).

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.