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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Feb. 10, 2012

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Sr. Martha Ann Kirk; Marty Battafarano; Dr. Rev. Trevor Alexander; and Dr. Lopita Nath, leader of the UIW response to President Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Challenge, joined campus ministers, faculty, and administrators at St. Edward’s University in Austin Friday, Feb. 3 to consider progress and plans in regard to Interfaith Service. After receiving midyear reports of campus activities, President Obama spoke of the responses at the National Prayer Breakfast. The President’s complete remarks are posted at: Remarks by the President at the National Prayer Breakfast.


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


Pictured (L-R): Dr. Roger Barnes, professor in the CHASS; Dr. Mary Ann Acevedo, Our Lady of the Lake University Moody Professor; and Raul Zendejas, coordinator of First-Year Engagement at Acevedo’s presentation of her Moody Lecture Monday, Feb. 6 in the Library Special Collections Room.

The UIW Psychology Department held the 10th Annual Research Colloquium on Monday, Feb. 6. Dr. James Pennebaker of UT Austin presented “What our words say about us,” and UIW students presented their research.

The Feik School of Pharmacy held “Foods Around the World,” on Monday, Feb. 6. Students brought dishes from their native culture to share with classmates, faculty and staff.

5Dr. Roger Barnes, professor in the CHASS, and Robert Sosa, director of foundation, corporate and government relations, presented the case and conclusion of the mistrial in the1955 Murder of Emmett Till in recognition of Black History Month.

References-RefWorks Online Management Software
Graduate students are invited to attend, “References-RefWorks Online Management Software,” presented by Jason Fetty, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 11 in Mabee Library Room 230. One of the most important elements of academic writing is properly identifying where information comes from and where the sources can be located. Appropriate citations and references reduce the chance of committing academic fraud or plagiarism while at the same time strengthening a paper. This workshop will provide an in-depth overview of in-text citations, footnotes and reference pages.  Additionally, participants will be trained on how to use RefWorks, an online reference management software. For more information, contact Dr. David Ortiz at 210-283-6454 or at

UIW Athletics Pink Week
Join UIW Athletics for “Pink Week” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 as UIW baseball takes on St. Mary’s at Sullivan Field. The Rally Red game will offer free t-shirts for students while supplies last, and Athletics and Campus Life will also host a BBQ for students. Pink Week continues at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 when softball vs. Texas A&M International at the UIW softball field. Campus Life will also host a BBQ for students. For more information, contact Rick Smith at 210-283-6448 or

CAB Loves You!
The UIW Campus Activities Board (CAB) will offer free candy and other Valentine’s Day treats from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 at Westgate Circle. CAB will also feature a photo booth to take fun pictures. For more information, contact Joseph Whitacre at

A Dinner to Remember
Enjoy a restaurant style Valentine’s Day dinner for you and your sweetheart or you and your friends. The meal includes salad; rolls; an entrée of Chicken Florentine Roulade, Steak Diane, Panko Crusted Prawns, or a vegetable plate; and Baked Alaska for dessert, all for $24.99. Dance the night away and be entered in a drawing to win a free dinner. Contact the Sodexo Catering Office to make your reservation for 7 p.m. or 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 in the ICC Ballroom at

Literature Review Searches
Polly McCord will present, “Literature Review Searches,” for all UIW graduate students, from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 and from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 18 in Mabee Library Room 230. When working on a literature review for a class project or paper, the process can be overwhelming. Learn to manage resources and discover how to search for the appropriate literature in your subject area with this workshop. For more information, contact Dr. David Ortiz at 210-283-6454 or at

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for Freshman
Limited to 20 freshman students, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator session explores the basics of psychological type in relation to preferences and careers. Please note update: students must be an undeclared or undecided major, a freshman and need to register with Career Services in AD 113 by Wednesday, Feb. 15 to participate. The session will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 5 in Mabee Library Room 230. For more information, contact Career Services and Professional Development at 210-829-3931.

Where Do I Go Next: Strong Interest Inventory for Sophomores
This session is limited to 20 sophomore students and explores students’ major/career interests using the Strong Interest Inventory. Please note update: students must be an undeclared or undecided major, a sophomore and need to register with Career Services in AD 113 by Wednesday, Feb. 15 to participate. The Strong Interest Inventory will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 in Mabee Library Room 230. For more information, contact Career Services and Professional Development at 210-829-3931.

Community Cake Walk
UIW Greek Life will be hosting a musical chairs cake walk from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Marian Circle. Prizes include assorted cakes, $20 Visa gift cards, and gift cards to restaurants including Jim’s and La Madeleine. Admission to play is only $1. For more information, contact Christina Macias at 956-784-2436 or

Fourth Annual Student Media Gala and Silent Auction
The Fourth Annual Student Media Gala and Silent Auction will be held from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 in Rosenberg Sky Room. The annual event provides students of the School of Media and Design the opportunity to gather and celebrate a year’s worth of their work at the Logos Newspaper, KUIW Radio, and UIWtv station. This year's gala will feature Nina Duran, UIW alumna and co-editor-in-chief of “La Prensa”. Dinner is provided, and the silent auction will benefit and expand the knowledge and experience of the students working for the Logos, KUIW, and UIWtv. Cost to attend is $25 per person or $160 for a table of 10. For more information, contact Hank McDonnell at 210-283-5042 or at

Department News

Physical Therapy Successfully Completes Candidacy Visit
Physical Therapy faculty and staff just had their candidacy visit which is the formal pre-accreditation stage. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to enrolling students in the professional program. The accreditation candidacy reviewer was Dr. Carol Likens, director of the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis. The Exit Summary presented to the administration, faculty and staff highlighted compliance with all criteria. She reported on the strengths of the Application for Candidacy and noted no weaknesses. She will submit her report to the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education for their determination of the Candidacy Status of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at their April meeting, We could not have achieved this ‘clean review’ without the dedicated work of the Physical Therapy faculty and staff over the past 15 months and the on-going support of all of UIW Health Professions faculty.

Changes Coming to UIW Payroll System
Webtime entry is coming to UIW.Webtime entry will replace our paper timesheet system as of March 1. The new payroll system will allow all daily hours, submissions, and approvals to be submitted electronically online. There will be training sessions for all supervisors, functional users and employees in the month of February before the go live date of March 1.We highly recommend that you attend if you approve time for staff or students to be paid by the Payroll Office. Email notifications will be sent to you concerning the times of the training. All training sessions will be held in Mabee Library room 230 or G16. If you have questions, please email the Payroll Department at

“Destination Allen”
The men’s basketball team has secured a spot to play in the conference tournament Feb. 29 – March 4 in Allen, Texas. Tickets for the entire tournament are $45 ($32 for students) and are available at the UIW Athletics ticket office by calling 210-829-6048 or by e-mailing Kevin Rubel at Campus Life and Athletics are working together to plan watch parties for fans to watch the team(s) play in the conference tournament on-campus via Internet webcast. Details will be released when the regular season concludes. Come out and support the women’s and men’s basketball teams at 2 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 11 as they host Cameron. A barbeque will begin at 1:30 p.m. for fans.

Center for Medical Tourism Research Conference
The 2012 Center for Medical Tourism Research Conference will be held Feb. 13-15 at the Omni La Mansion del Rio. Cost to attend is $399 for a regular attendee, $199 for a student/governmental attendee, and $50 for in-town select university attendees (non-food).  For more information, contact Dr. David Vequist at 210-805-5825 or at

“The Future of Healthcare: Global Trends Worth Watching”
UIW and the Center for Medical Tourism Research will host Dr. Tricia J. Johnson, acting associate chair and associate professor, Department of Health Systems Management and Director, Center for Health Management & Policy Research, from Rush University. Johnson is the co-author of “The Future of Healthcare: Global Trends Worth Watching,” and will speak on several topics including the book and “The Changing Nature of Healthcare Demand in a Global Context.” The presentation will be held from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 in the Mabee Library Auditorium. For more information, contact Dr. David Vequist at 210-805-5825 or at

“Reproductive Tourism: Global Trends, Middle Eastern Perspectives”

UIW and the Center for Medical Tourism are honored to host Dr. Marcia C. Inhorn, the William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at Yale University. Inhorn is a specialist on Middle Eastern gender and health issue and has conducted research on the social impact of infertility, assisted reproductive technologies, and reproductive tourism in the Middle East and Arab America for the past 20 years. Inhorn will present “Reproductive Tourism: Global Trends, Middle Eastern Perspectives,” from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 at the International Conference Center Hall and Patio. For more information, contact Dr. David Vequist at 210-805-5825 or at

Liturgical Outreach Hosts Conference on Compassion
Liturgical Outreach will host, "Where in the World Is Compassion? Creating Ongoing Relationships for the Common Good,” a Conference on Compassion from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24 in Marian Hall Ballroom. The conference will feature interfaith and panel discussions. Dr. John Esposito, of Georgetown University and author of “Who Speaks for Islam, What a Billion Muslims Really Think,” will preside as the guest speaker of the event. Esposito and Dr. Ali Asani of Harvard University, and representatives of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, will share their thoughts and ideas on compassion and creating ongoing relationships for the common good. Cost to attend the conference is $20 and $10 for students. Lunch included. For more information visit or contact Karen Ball at or at 210-764-1267.

Extended Academic Programs

EAP Spring Faculty Assembly
EAP will hold the Spring Faculty Assembly beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at Norris Conference Center.This is a division-wide meeting of administrators, full-time and adjunct faculty.Run by the full-time faculty, there will be an informational agenda for all members to exchange information, and there will be several break-out sessions on faculty topics including grading, assessment and pedagogy.

Dean Invited to Strategic Planning Retreat
Dean Vincent Porter, School of Extended Studies, was invited and attended the Alamo Colleges Strategic Planning Retreat, hosted by UIW. It is the fourth consecutive year in a row that he has been invited.

Community News

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. The St. Vincent de Paul Society will make their first delivery of coffee to Haven for Hope Friday, Feb. 10 so stop by with your donations today. For more information, contact UMM at or 210-829-3128.

Deadline to Submit CCVI Spirit Award Nominations Feb. 15
The deadline to submit nominations for the CCVI Spirit Award is fast-approaching. The CCVI Spirit Award recognizes a member of the faculty, administration, or staff who has demonstrated in service to the university and/or to the broader civic community, the spirit of the founders, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. One award is given each year and all members of the campus community, lay and religious, part-time and full-time are eligible. Nomination forms are due no later than Wednesday, Feb. 15 to Sr. Walter Maher at CPO #139 or AD 151.

UIW to Feature Harald Leibrecht as Guest Speaker
UIW is honored to present Harald Leibrecht, member of the German Bundestag and coordinator for Transatlantic Intersocietal Cooperation of the German Government, as a guest speaker at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17 in Mabee Library Auditorium. Leibrecht was the executive director of Schiller International University in Heidelberg, Germany from 1984-2007 and will present, “Opportunities and Challenges of Transatlantic Relations from a German Perspective – The Euro Crisis, Security, and International Market Place.” For more information, contact Dr. Denise Doyle at 210-829-3943.

9th Annual Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair
The Annual Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 in Marian Hall Ballroom. The pageant will feature red garments modeled by UIW students. The health fair, aimed at bringing awareness to the dangers of heart disease in women, boasts heart healthy appetizers, special activities and exhibits while providing information on the importance of maintaining a heart healthy lifestyle. Join the fun and also have the opportunity to shop for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart at the Red Dress Scarf and Tie sale or with the variety of other vendors on site. Red Dress will also feature a carnation and rose sale – a limited amount will be available, so stop by early before they are gone. For more information, visit 9th Annual Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair or contact Lee Ann Waltz at 210-832-2191 or

Hispanic Marketing Institute Speaker Series
As part of the Hispanic Marketing Institute Speaker Series Dr. Leo Estrada, faculty member in urban planning at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs will present, “Hispanics are the General Market,” from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20 in the Library Auditorium. For more information, contact Dr. Alberto Rubio at

Blue Man Group at the Majestic
Join the UIW Alumni Relations Department to watch Blue Man Group at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Majestic Theatre. Cost to attend is $23. Visit for more information.

RSVP for “ELEVATE,” Inaugural Women’s Conference
ELEVATE, a women’s conference for UIW alumni and friends will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29 at The Bright Shawl located at 819 Augusta. The conference will feature topics such as “Lift Up Your Gifts – How Volunteerism and Philanthropy Impact our Lives,” presented by Amy Dameron Phipps, director of Community Investment and Philanthropy for Zachry Holdings; “Elevate your Health,” presented by Dr. Carmen Perez, of Health Texas Medical Group and more. Cost to attend is $40 per person. RSVP required by Wednesday, Feb. 22. Please register at under “events.” For more information, contact Diane Echavarria at 210-829-6071 or

National Collegiate Day of Prayer
UIW University Mission and Ministry (UMM) will be attending the National Collegiate Day of Prayer at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at the St. Mary’s University Alumni Field. UMM will provide limited transportation on a first come, first serve basis for those who need a ride to the event. For more information or to reserve a space, please contact UMM at or 210-829-2736.

Kappa Sigma Golf Classic
The First Annual Kappa Sigma Golf Classic will be held from 1-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Alamo Quarry Golf Course. This fundraising event for the Fisher House, Military Heroes, and the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, is a four-man scramble golf tournament with closest to pin, longest drive, $5 mulligan’s and more. The event is open to the public and costs $100 to participate. If you do not have a team, one will be appointed for you. The organization is also currently seeking sponsorships. For more information, contact Jacob Ramirez at 210-473-8473 or at

Health Fair
The UIW Feik School of Pharmacy chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) will host a free health fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Eastside Branch Boys and Girls Club located at 3503 Martin Luther King Drive. The SNPhA’s Mission is to inspire communities to become aware of their health status and promote a healthy lifestyle. The event will feature free blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose screenings, as well as free teeth cleaning for young children, HIV/AIDS screenings, healthy food demonstrations, smoking cessation information, hearing/comprehensive vision exams and more. For more information, contact Tyraeia Benjamin at

Meet the Mission: Spring Break Edition 2012
Meet the Mission: Spring Break Edition is a week-long university wide neighborhood clean-up held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, March 12 through Friday, March 16. Students, faculty, and staff volunteers are needed to assist with painting houses and neighborhood clean-up. This event is also suitable for middle school or high school age children. The UIW team will be assisted by volunteers from the City of San Antonio Code Enforcement Division. More details will be available later this month. For more information, contact Dr. Michael Frye at

Free Tax Returns for Low Income Taxpayers
Volunteers in Income Tax (VITA) will be completing free tax returns for low income taxpayers and free e-file from 10 a.m. to noon through Saturday, April 14 in the UIW Administration Building basement, room 62. Low income taxpayers must meet the requirement of making $50,000 per year. Those interested must bring social security cards for taxpayers and dependents, a driver’s license, W-2 forms, a copy of last year’s tax return, a checkbook for direct deposit of the refund, and form 1098-T for students. To e-file, both spouses must be present to sign the IRS form. For more information, contact Tracie Edmond at 210-283-5004 or

The Epsilen ePortfolio
The Epsilen ePortfolio, designed to allow UIW students, faculty and staff to create a unique online portfolio, is now available at no cost. This lifelong resource allows users to manage their complete educational profile, work history, and life experience; incorporating calendars, wikis, blogs, notes, drop boxes, and other interactive tools. There is also a resume builder to help you create an online resume. Users may control who may access their ePortfolio, sharing information they feel is relevant with their colleagues, other educational institutions, or even potential employers. The Department of Instructional Technology has created a series of video tutorials designed to teach you how to build a portfolio at: Training Tutorials . Click here to create an Epsilen ePortfolio account: Epsilen Registration.

Faculty Focus

Faculty Forum
A Faculty Forum on the proposed revisions of the faculty evaluation process will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13 in Marian Hall. Light refreshments will be served, but attendees are welcome to bring a lunch. For more information, contact Dr. Renee Bellanger at 210-883-1000 or at

Faculty Recital

UIW Music Department faculty members including violinist Gerald Schloelzel, and pianist Zachary Ridgway, will come together to perform a Faculty Recital from 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 in Our Lady’s Chapel. For more information, contact the Music Department at 210-829-3855 or at

Nominations Needed for Presidential Teaching Award
Nominations will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 24 for the 2012 Presidential Teaching Award. This annual award acknowledges and rewards a full-time faculty member who exemplifies excellence in teaching that leads to student engagement.UIW President Dr. Louis Agnese will present a$5,000 stipend to the recipient. This award is presented to an individual one time; recipients become members of the selection committee in succeeding years. Colleagues, current students and alumni may make nominations accompanied by the reason the nominee is deserving of the award. For full details and a nomination form, visit

Thursday Night Live 2012
The UIW Art Department proudly presents, “Thursday Night Live,” which will feature arts faculty exhibitions and performances. The exhibit is currently on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, March 2 in Semmes Art Gallery, located in Dougherty Fine Arts Center. Literary readings and performances will be held at 5 p.m. and a closing reception will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1 in Palestrina Hall in the Fine Arts Center.  For more information, contact the Art Department at 210-829-3855 or at

High Schools

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Senior and First-Year Students, Your Feedback is Important to UIW
Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 14, senior and first-year students may receive an invitation for the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) through Cardinal email. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and responses are confidential. Feedback received will be used to help administrators and faculty improve policies, curriculum and campus activities. All students who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for one of 50 Visa Gift Cards. For questions about the survey or if you are interested in the results, contact the Office of Institutional Research at or visit

Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • The family of Michael A. Chavez (UIW former student) on his recent death.
  • Sr. Marie Green, CCVI & family on the recent loss of her sister, Janice Irene Luig.

  • Cristina (BA ‘92) and David (BBA ’90) Sawtelle & family on the recent loss of her mother, Cynthia Collins Pedregon.
  • Larry Ynman, Jr. (UIW Faculty) & family on the recent loss of his grandmother, Elida Flores Ynman.

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