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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Sept. 2 , 2011

Photo of the Week

Marcos Fragoso, VP for International Affairs and others alert students to the UIW Study Abroad Fair coming September 15 from 10:30am to 2:30pm in Marian Hall Ballroom


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

Ecumenical Prayer Service marks 10th Anniversary of 9/11
The University Mission and Ministry Office will host a special Ecumenical Prayer Service to mark the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, Thursday, September 8, at 4:30 p.m., in Our Lady’s Chapel.  We encourage you to participate in honoring those who have fallen and those who are still fighting to protect our freedoms. For more information, please contact Rev. Dr. Trevor Alexander, 829-3130 or


Flu Shots
It’s that time of year to get your flu shot! The flu vaccine has arrived at the Health Center.The cost is $25. Please call 829-6017 to make your appointment.

Mabee Library Services Workshop
The Graduate Support Center will offer a workshop for graduate students to learn about the many services designed specifically for graduate students. This workshop includes a comprehensive tour of the Graduate Support Center. Dell Davis and Polly McCord will present this workshop from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6 and Wednesday, Sept. 7 in the Mabee Library auditorium. This event is open to all graduate students. For more information, contact Dr. David Ortiz at

H-E-B University Developer Challenge
Students are invited to create a web-based (web front end, database back end) application that represents customer behavior data in a visually stunning way (a data visualization project). The challenge, a collaboration between the H-E-B School of Business and Administration and the School of Media and Design, is intended to simulate a real world business problem with time boxed delivery schedule. The goal is to produce a “production” ready application. Find out more at 3 p.m. Sept. 6 in the library auditorium. For more information, contact Phillip Youngblood at 210-832-3205 or

Light the Way Workdays
Light the Way is just around the corner. Be a part of the tradition.  This year is the 25th annual celebration!  Replace old light bulbs for community service or simply come out and help us! Workdays will be from 9 a.m. – noon Saturday, Sept. 10 and Saturday, Sept. 24 in Marian Hall Ballroom. For more information, contact Liz Valerio at or at 210-832-2127.

Volunteer Work Days in Headwaters Sanctuary
Student, staff and faculty volunteers are needed for the Headwaters Coalition’s Volunteer Work Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 10 in the Headwaters Sanctuary. We’ll meet at the main trailhead behind the baseball fields. Come prepared for work in the woods: long pants and closed-toe shoes. Headwaters volunteers are eligible for off campus community service hours. Plus, getting involved in the Headwaters project is a great way to expand your horizons and get to know more intimately this place we call “home” here at Incarnate Word. For more information, contact Helen Ballew at 828-2224 Ext. 232 or

Meet the Mission
The 6th annual Meet the Mission is gearing up for our day of university-wide community service on Friday, Sept. 16. This year, in addition to the agencies we served last year, we are working with the Family Services Association ( on their list of up to 22 additional sites. Last year, we served more than 20 agencies and will be looking for more students and faculty to help with this year’s event. We are very excited about this new connection and the potential for more community service activity for our students and faculty. For more information, contact Harold Rodinsky at or Brenda Dimas at in the Office of Mission and Ministry.

Department News

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Banner System Maintenance
Banner and BannerWeb will be unavailable from 6-7 a.m. Sept. 7 for scheduled maintenance. All Banner systems are expected to be up and running by 7 a.m.after the maintenance has completed. Please note this will not affect systems that interface with Banner such as Blackboard or the ARGOS reporting system.


Community News

UIW in the News
Agnese to receive lifetime award

Ambassador Ron McMullen discusses Foreign Service careers, internships, and experiences Tuesday, August 30 in the library Special Collections Room. 

The Center for Veterans Affairs hosted a new Student Veterans Orientation Lunch & Learn, Tuesday, Aug. 30 in the Mabee Library Auditorium. Cristina Ariza, Director of the Learning Assistance Center and Michelle Beasley, ADCaP, were among the UIW offices who presented at the event.

Chick-Fil-A Pep Rally
Join the UIW Athletics Department at a free pep rally sponsored by Chick-Fil-A at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2 at Sunset Station, near the Alamodome. Food, beverages, music and fun, as well as a speech by UIW Head Football Coach Mike Santiago at 7:15 p.m. Chick-Fil-A is hosting the pep rally for all college football teams, and is inviting the entire San Antonio community to come and meet the players and coaches. For more information, contact Rick Smith, external business manager for UIW Athletics, at

Alumni Football Tailgate
Don't miss tailgate fun leading up to our first football game of the season. Bring the family to a UIW football game, and tailgate from 4 – 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 between the Natatorium and tennis courts with fellow alumni. Unlimited food and drinks are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Don’t forget to RSVP at For more information, contact Steve Hemphill at (210) 805-3595 or

Cardinal Wellness Kickoff
A committed group of students and departments has come together to start a wellness program. The program will emphasize education in the area of health lifestyle habits. The 10-week wellness program kickoff will be at noon and 5:30 p.m. Sept. 7 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Everyone is welcome to this free event. For more information, contact Stephen Lucke at 210-478-7292 or

Scholarships Sweepstakes
University of the Incarnate Word will hold its annual sweepstakes for scholarships until November. You have the chance to win a $5,000 merchandise credit balance on a credit card. Suggested donations are $20 per ticket or $100 for six tickets. The drawing will be held Nov. 5. For more information please contact the Development Office at (210) 829-6013.

UIW Dining Website
Sodexo has a new website that offers weekly menus, a nutrition calculator, the ability to talk to a dietitian, and more. Visit the new site at

Faculty Focus

"Are We Academically Adrift?"
"Academically Adrift" is one of the most widely discussed books on university teaching in recent years.  In it, sociologists Arum and Roksa argue that the contemporary American university is a place of little academic rigor where undergraduates may receive credentials but rarely improve in critical thinking, writing and complex reasoning. In a short video presentation, Arum notes some key findings of their study. Dr. Roger Barnes from CHASS will moderate a discussion for faculty on Monday, Sep 12, from noon – 1 p.m. in the Tilton Room located in the Joyce Building.  For more information contact:  Dr. Susan Hall at (210) 283-5030 or

Call for papers - Verbum Incarnatum
Faculty are invited to submit a paper for Verbum Incarnatum: An Academic Journal of Social Justice published UIW.  The theme for this year’s volume is “Economics and Social Justice.”  Papers must be submitted by January 1, 2012 and should include an abstract and be approximately 15-25 pages, double spaced. Please submit a hardcopy as well as an electronic version (Word Document) of your article.  Submit all papers via email to For more information contact Sabrina Koll, managing editor, at or one of the faculty editors, Dr. Roger Barnes at, Dr. Phil Lampe at or Dr. Julie Miller at

Faculty Family Potluck Supper
Faculty are invited to bring family or significant others to make new friends and meet old friends at the potluck supper from 6:30 – 9 p.m. Sept. 9 in Marian Hall Ballroom.Children are welcome.Bring some food to share. Iced tea provided and you are welcome to bring other drinks. Sponsored by the Faculty Mentoring Program led by Dr. Jessica Kimmel and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk.For more information, contact Sr. Martha AnnKirk at (210) 829-3854 or

High Schools

IWHS in the News
SLIDESHOW: Volleyball - Antonian vs. Incarnate Word

5th Annual IWHS Shamrock Golf Classic
Incarnate Word High School will host its 5th annual Shamrock Golf Classic starting at 8 a.m. Nov. 12 at Canyon Springs Golf Club. The golf tournament benefits the activities and athletics programs at IWHS.  Registration forms are available online at Early bird (by Oct. 7) entry costs $135. After Oct. 7, entry costs $150. For more information, contact Nicki Gonzalez at 210-829-3122 or

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Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • The family of Rosemary Ann Vrooman Dlugosz on her recent death (Santa Rosa School of Nursing).
  • Vilma Howell & family on the recent loss of her husband, Daniel D. Howell (UIW friends).
  • Leticia Rodriguez & family on the recent loss of her husband, Richard Lewis (MA ’92).
  • Chester Magruder & family on the recent loss of his wife, Agnese Ann Fox Magruder (BA ’49).
  • Corinne Mani Yancy (UIW friend) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Ann Lampe Crossett Mani.
  • Dr. Laura Munoz (Nursing Faculty) & family on the recent loss of her step-father, Saul Pompa.

Tai Chi Easy Classes

UIW adjunct instructor Mary Martha McNeel offers ongoing Qigong and Tai Chi Easy classes. Learn to destress and improve your health through the meditative practice of Qigong and Tai Chi Easy. Classes are free from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday nights in the Angelique Garden Room at the Village at Incarnate Word. For more information, contact Mary Martha McNeel at (210) 826-4591 or

gelique Garden Room at the Village at Incarnate Word. For more information, contact Mary Martha McNeel at (210) 826-4591 or

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