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THE WEEK THAT WAS: March 23, 2012

Photo of the Week

Students, faculty, and staff including (pictured) Fr. Tom Dymowski and Sr. Walter Maher, worked together to assist with painting houses and neighborhood clean-up during “Meet the Mission: Spring Break Edition 2012,” held March 12-16. The UIW team was assisted by volunteers from the City of San Antonio Code Enforcement Division.


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 know him, because I am from him, and he sent me." Jn 7:29. Find the Daytime Prayer at

Weekly Reflection: March 21-28
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


Pictured (L-R) Helen Ballew of the Headwaters Coalition, Mélida Buentello-Olivo of the UIW Art Department and curator of the GAIA Factor art exhibition, and Cynthia Camlin, featured artist in the exhibition, were featured as panelists during the “Women, Social Justice and the Environment Symposium,” held Friday, March 9 in Mabee Library Auditorium.

Texas State Representative Mike Villarreal, and Dr. David Ortiz, director of the UIW Graduate Support Center, at the Alliance for Hispanic Serving Institute Educators National Conference held March 12-14 in the Sky Room. The conference highlighted successful programs and research that increase Hispanic student success and persistence in higher education.

24-Hour Pray-a-thon and Friday Fish Fry for Wounded Warriors
Join University Mission and Ministry (UMM) and the Delta Beta Chi sorority at the 24-hour pray-a-thon Friday Fish Fry from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 23 on Dubuis Lawn. The fish fry includes fried catfish or tilapia, corn, coleslaw and lemonade for $5. Proceeds will be donated to Wounded Warriors. Tickets are available through Delta Beta Chi or UMM. For more information, contact Beth Villarreal at 210-829-3128 or

“II: Two One-Act Plays,” by John Igo
The Extended Run Players will present “II: Two One-Act Plays,” by John Igo at 7 p.m. March 23-24, and at 2 p.m. March 25 at Coates Theater. “Letter to God,” is a short comedy about a poor Mexican farmer named Lencho who enlists the aid of fellow villagers to write a letter to God himself. The second comedy, “Tomorrow and Tomorrow,” is about very crafty senior citizens living in a retirement center. Cost to attend is $10 for adults, $8 for students, and free for all UIW students, faculty and staff. For more information, contact

Cross-Cultural Communication
Dr. David Ortiz will present, “Cross-Cultural Communication,” for UIW graduate students from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 24 in Mabee Library Special Collections. The workshop is designed to help participants draw upon existing, and build new knowledge and skills to strengthen their capacity to work across cultures and in diverse communities. For more information, contact Dr. Ortiz at 210-283-6454 or at

Basic Business Research
Mabee Library will host, “Basic Business Research,” a workshop on how to do better business research, from 2-3 p.m. Saturday, March 24 in room 230 on the second floor of the library. For more information, contact Dell Davis at 210-829-6054 or

Cardinal Spring Concert
The Office of Campus Life and KUIW invite all to a free concert, featuring Gabe Kubanda, Lost in Atlantis, and UIW local talent, from 7-11 p.m. Friday, March 23 at the Convocation Center. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Anna Castorena at 210-805-3060 or

Plants Misbehaving: Native Solutions
The Headwaters Coalition and Texas Invaders will host “Plants Misbehaving: Native Solutions,” from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24 in Mabee Library Auditorium. The workshop will share information on certain highly invasive non-native plants such as nandina, ligustrum, and chinaberry, often used in landscapes that have spread into natural areas negatively impacting the ecological balance of native plants and wildlife. Learn what these invasive plants are, what you can do to reduce their spread, and what native plant alternatives may be used in home landscapes. Pre-registration required. Contact Cheryl Hamilton at for more information.

UIW Alumni Wine Tasting Trip
Join the UIW Alumni Association for the First Annual Alumni Wine Tasting from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24. For $20, attendees will receive shuttle transportation to and from UIW to the Winery on the Gruene, four wine samples of choice, two full glasses of wine, and a keepsake wine glass. RSVP at For more information, contact Steve Hemphill at 210-805-3595 or

“Where in the World Is Compassion? Creating Ongoing Relationships for the Common Good”
The Texas Pax Christi 2012 State Conference will host the interfaith forum "Where in the World Is Compassion? Creating Ongoing Relationships for the Common Good.” Dr. John Esposito of Georgetown University and Dr. Ali Asani of Harvard University, along with a panel of Muslims of diverse groups will share on compassion at a dinner from 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 23 in Marian Ballroom. RSVP for the free dinner at or 210-367-2042. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24, Esposito, Asani, and representatives of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, will share their thoughts and ideas on compassion and creating relationships for the common good. Pre-registration is required for the events on Saturday, March 24. Cost to attend is $20 and $10 for students. To register, contact Karen Ball at or 210-764-1267. For more information, visit

“Music Nova”
The UIW Music Department will present “Music Nova,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24 in Our Lady’s Chapel. The event will feature music by pianist Zachary Ridgway, and flautist Laura Salfen. For more information, contact the Music Department at 210-829-3855 or

World Religions: Sacred Music
The UIW Interfaith Council will host an interfaith panel discussion exploring the topic, “How do different religions use sacred music in their worship?” from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, March 25 in Marian Ballroom. Representatives from the five major world religions will present. For more information, contact Marty Battafarano at 210-829-3130 or

Screening of CCVI Documentary on Incarnate Word College
A screening, featuring original interviews of 15 Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate, will be held from 4-5 p.m. Monday, March 26 in Mabee Library Auditorium. The interviews share the Sisters’ experiences teaching at Incarnate Word College (IWC) from the 1960s to 1970s. This work was produced at UIW and is dedicated to the Sisters of Charity and their legacy of service at IWC/UIW. For more information, contact Dr. Denise Doyle at 210-829-3943 or

Incarnate Word Day Celebrations
"Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord.  May it be done to me according to your word."  Luke 1:38. Enjoy all day events as UIW celebrates the Feast of the Annunciation - also known as Incarnate Word Day, on Monday, March 26. Events include:

  • Noon Mass in Our Lady's Chapel to present the CCVI Spirit Award to the staff and student recipients
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., UIW Day BBQ on Dubuis Lawn
  • 1 p.m., cheer on students, faculty and staff at the Annual Golf Cart Parade beginning at Dubuis Lawn
  • 4-7 p.m. Cardinal Carnival, sponsored by Campus Activities Board, will feature games, food, music and fun at the Natatorium Parking Lot

For more information, contact Beth Villarreal at 210-829-3128 or

Summer Job and Internship Fair
Connect with employers and explore part-time, summer and internship position openings at the Summer Job and Internship Fair from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 28 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Dress professionally and bring plenty of resumes. For more information, contact Career Services and Professional Development at 210-829-3931.

RSVP for 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 brings 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

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 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.

Communication Arts: UIW Students Participate in “Proyecto U”
Five UIW students are participating in “Proyecto U,” a new innovative educational partnership program that offers students, from universities and colleges in San Antonio, comprehensive work experience and coaching under the supervision of the Univision 41 news department. UIW students have the following roles: Joel Flores-Sanjur, anchor one; Ryan Bazan, sports anchor; Prinzezz Lopez, floor manager; Ivonne Martinez, graphics; and Sochy Ortiz, producer. The second production will air as part of the weekend news at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 24 on Univision-41.

The UIW Eye Institute is now on Facebook and Twitter
The UIW Eye Institute at the Rosenberg School of Optometry is now on Facebook and Twitter! The Eye Institute will be posting general eye health information, staff and doctor profiles and biographies, special offers in the UIW Eye Institute Optical, and updates on when staff, interns, and doctors will be offsite at health fairs or doing vision screenings for the public. Search Facebook for UIW Eye Institute, and on Twitter @UIWEyeInstitute.

Extended Academic Programs

Pictured: Dan Ochoa, dean of university preparatory programs, and Sr. Sally Mitchell, faculty member for the Virtual University at the Extended Academic Programs (EAP) Fifth Annual Corporate Appreciation Breakfast held Wednesday, March 21 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room.The program entitled, “Partnerships that Soar,” was a thank you to all of EAP’s partners.Donna Normandin, senior vice president for community development at Frost Bank, presided as the guest speaker.

Pictured (L-R) Suzanne Daube, April Carmona, Linda Solis, and Shirley Caldera from EAP mimic "Charlie's Angels," at the Corporate Appreciation Breakfast.

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. Tables are still available at $750, and individual tickets are available for $75 for the lunch and show, and $25 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.

Beverly Allen, Navajo master weaver, conducted weaving demonstrations March 21-22 on Dubuis Lawn.

UIW in the News

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 Dr. Jean Loden at 210-832-3211 or

Grants for Higher Education Videoconference
The Office of Congressman Henry Cuellar will be hosting a “Grants Videoconference,” at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 27 in the Ila Faye School of Nursing and Health Professions, conference room 105. The videoconference will brief constituents on funding opportunities for higher education institutions and will host speakers from relevant entities in Washington D.C. The event will also provide constituents with the opportunity to discuss relevant grants that are applicable to the Texas 28th Congressional District and learn about tools are available to help facilitate their needs. Due to limited seating, please RSVP to by 5 p.m. Friday, March 23. 

Summer Korea Teaching Opportunity
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.

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—One week to go!
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, now 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

Volunteers and Plastic Eggs Needed for Easter Egg Hunt
Alumni Relations would like to request donations of plastic eggs to fill with goodies for the Second Annual Easter Egg Hunt. An egg stuffing party will also be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, March 26 in Brackenridge Villa. Volunteers will be needed to staff activities the day of the event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31. Plastic eggs may be dropped off at the Alumni Relations Office located in the Villa or if you would like to volunteer to stuff eggs or on the day of the event, contact Steve Hemphill at 210-805-3595 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.

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 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

Earth Day
Earth Day 2012 is Sunday, April 22, with on-campus observances set for Monday, April 23. The Earth Month committee is currently soliciting ideas for on-campus activities that day, and is also interested in hearing about any environmentally-friendly UIW activities occurring any time this semester, for mention on our web site and possible integration into the April 23 programming. Please send your information or ideas to

Faculty Focus

Creating and Using Reading Guides
UIW faculty are invited to the brown bag lunch presentation of “Creating and Using Reading Guides,” from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 in AD 212. Dr. Dan Dominguez, faculty member in health care administration, will demonstrate how to create interactive reading guides with the Blackboard testing function. These guides assist students in completing substantial reading assignments, yet do not require additional grading by the faculty member. Drinks and desserts will be served. For more information, contact Dr. Susan Hall at 210-283-5030 or

Physical Therapy Faculty Selected for Young Alumni Appreciation Award
Physical Therapy faculty members, Amy Crocker, PT, DPT, OCS, and Susan Smith, PT, DPT, PCS, were selected as joint recipients of the 2012 Young Alumni Appreciation Award. The award is conferred annually on outstanding graduates from the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions who earned their degree the past ten years. These awards are presented to alumni who have distinguished themselves in their professional practice, through community service or other areas which reflect positively on the school and the university.

Dr. Christy MacKinnon Accepted into 2012 American Society of Microbiology
Dr. Christy MacKinnon, professor of biology, was accepted as one of 17 undergraduate educators into the 2012 American Society of Microbiology (ASM) and Joint Genome Institute (JGI) Bioinformatics Residency. The residency culminates with a capstone experience held in conjunction with the Annual ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators. MacKinnon was also accepted in the week-long ASM/JGI Functional Genomics Workshop held at Hiram College in July 2011. She hosted a companion workshop, Intergraded Microbial Genomes/Annotation Collaboration Tool, at UIW in December, 2011. She is one of only several faculty members nationwide who has completed all three institutes. As a result of this intensive training, along with her participation in the Genomics Education Partnership, and a national collaboration of faculty with Washington University in St. Louis, MacKinnon is implementing authentic genomic research projects in BIOL 3461, Genetics and Lab.

Interfaith Educational Events Appropriate for Classes
The UIW community is invited to read of upcoming educational events appropriate for class assignments, learn of the many UIW activities in response to President Obama’s Interfaith Service Challenge and see pictures of student involvement at and

High Schools

IWHS Celebrates 130th Anniversary and “Salsa & Scholarships”
Incarnate Word High School will celebrate its 130th Anniversary and “Salsa & Scholarships” on Sunday, March 25. Mass begins at 10 a.m. in the IWHS McGowen Gymnasium. A fajita dinner, games, art expo, and more begins at noon. Parking will be located at the ICC and the Feik School of Pharmacy. For more information, contact Joyce Horner at 210-832-2143,

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.

Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • The family of Edith Imogene Bramblett (Bachelor of Music ’72) on her recent death.

  • The family of Clarence F. Theis (MA ’73) on his recent death.

  • Kristin (BBA ’05) & Robert Tips (UIW friends) on the recent loss of his uncle, Will Chambers Tips.
  • Sr. Rosemary Burke, CCVI (BSN ’63) & family on the recent loss of her brother, Martin Burke.

  • Mary G. (BSN ’84, MSN ’88) & Kenneth (BSN ’84, MSN ’88) Curll on the recent loss of her mother, Consuelo Lozano Gomez.

  • The Family of Tessie B. Gonzales (BSN ’50) on her recent death.

  • Jode Luce & family on the recent loss of her husband, Gene Clayton Luce, Jr. (BA ’00).

  • George B. Ozuna, on the recent loss of his wife, and Matthew and Andrea Ozuna (IWHS ’09) on the recent loss of their mother, Mary Ninfa Ozuna (IWHS ’79).

  • Debra Smith Drury (BS ’84) on the recent loss of her father, Ray Smith.

The University of the Incarnate Word provides reasonable accommodation with adequate notice. To request disability accommodation for events listed in this newsletter, visit