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THE WEEK THAT WAS: APril 13, 2012

Photo of the Week

Dr. Jessica Kimmel, professor of graduate studies, was presented with the Presidential Teaching Award on Friday, March 30 at the annual Faculty Appreciation Luncheon held in the Convocation Center. Pictured (L-R) Kimmel, and Dr. Denise Doyle, provost.


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


Raul Zendejas, director of first-year engagement and professional development, stops by the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network booth at the 2012 Summer Job Fair held Wednesday, March 28 in Marian Hall Ballroom.
In honor of Dr. James Ellwanger (pictured center), who is fighting brain cancer, several honors students participated in the track team fundraiser “Run Wild for Brainpower,” as Team Ellwanger on Saturday, March 31 on the UIW campus. Students chose this race to reflect their internalization of the values that Dr. Ellwanger passed on to them in his Dimensions of Wellness class.

Sr. Kathleen Coughlin, vice president of Institutional Advancement, visits with the Easter bunny at the second annual UIW Alumni Easter Egg Hunt held Saturday, March 31 on Dubuis Lawn.

Pictured (L-R) Mary Helen “Pinkie” Pinner, and Sr. Helena Monahan, chancellor, attended the annual UIW Associates Dinner held Tuesday, March 27 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room.

UIW Asian Studies welcomed Jimmy Hu to present on Taiwan-China Relations Tuesday, April 10 in Mabee Library Auditorium. Hu is commissioner of the Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission-Taiwan, executive committee member for the Cultural, Arts and Economic Development of the City of San Antonio, president of the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of North America, and president of Pheng Saqn, Inc.  

Dr. Suk Bin Kong, professor of chemistry, browses through books at the annual book sale held April 11-12 in front of Mabee Library. Proceeds from the book sale will go to the Mendell Morgan Library Fund to be used in part to create a leisure reading collection.

Faculty, staff, and students filled Marian Ballroom Wednesday, April 11 for the UIW Tech Fair. Presentations were held throughout the day highlighting use of educational technology, and vendors also showcased demonstrations of new products to enhance teaching and learning.

The H-E-B School of Business and Administration (SBA) honored students at the school’s 2012 Honors Convocation ceremony held Wednesday, April 11 in Mabee Library Auditorium. Pictured (L-R) UIW President Dr. Louis Agnese; Teri Grubb, student in the master of arts in administration program, and Dr. Jeannie Scott, assistant dean of the SBA.

Heather Rodriguez, director of undergraduate admissions, and Lisa Townzen, administrative assistant to the director of athletics, take the field with the UIW football team at “Faculty Day,” held Thursday, April 12 at Benson Stadium. Faculty, staff, and administrators were invited to watch and take part in practice running plays, making calls, and more.

Headwaters Coalition Seeking Volunteers
Students, faculty and staff are invited to volunteer for the Headwaters Coalition Volunteer Work Day at the Headwaters Sanctuary from 2-5 p.m. Friday, April 13. Volunteers will meet at the main trailhead behind the baseball fields, and are advised to come prepared for work in the woods – long pants and sleeves, and close toed shoes. Headwaters volunteers are eligible for off-campus community service hours. Taking part in the Headwaters project is an excellent opportunity to expand your horizons and get to know this place we all call “home” at Incarnate Word. For more information, contact Howard Homan at 210-845-1084 or

Schedule for 2012 Honors Convocation
Ceremonies for the 2012 Honors Convocation include the Dreeben School of Education at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 13 in the ICC Conference Center; the School of Media and Design from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 15 in Marian Hall Ballroom; the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19 in Marian Hall Ballroom; the School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26 in Bonilla Science Hall, room 129; and the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, April 29 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Additional information can be provided by each college/school hosting the ceremony.

Doctoral Student Research Symposium
The Dreeben School of Education will host a “Doctoral Student Research Symposium,” for doctoral students to present their research, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 14 in Joyce Building, room 126. For more information, contact Judith Beauford at or 210-829-3171.

UIW Spring Football Game
UIW Athletics will host a spring football game for the UIW football team from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, April 14 and Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium. Season tickets will be on sale during the event, and guests can also meet the players, cheerleaders, and dancers, and enjoy a post-game photo and autograph session. Tailgating will be permitted with prior reservation – call 210-805-3000 to reserve a space. For more information, contact Rick Smith at 210-283-6448 or

SAAC Field Day
UIW Athletics and the Student-Athlete Advisory Council will host a field day as an end-of-year gathering for all student-athletes and coaches. The SAAC Field Day will be held from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, April 15 at Benson Stadium. For more information, contact Rick Smith at 210-283-6448 or

European Study Center Information Session
Learn about the German culture and UIW’s new European Study Center in Heidelberg Germany from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 in Mabee Library Auditorium. The center will open this fall and students will have the opportunity to take UIW courses in Germany. All courses will be taught in English and excursions are included in the program. For more information, contact Alanna Taylor at 210-805-5709 or

UIW Team and Chi Phi Hosting Blood Drive
As part of the Corporate Cup Competition scheduled for June 2, the Chi Phi Fraternity and the UIW Team are hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 at Dubuis Lounge. All UIW community members and the general public are invited. All blood donated will count toward the UIW Team's charitable giving as part of the Corporate Cup. Those who do not have a UIW parking decal should park in visitor’s parking (the meters in front of the Administration Building), or e-mail to apply for a temporary parking pass. For more information, contact Rick Smith at 210-283-6448 or

Ask the Experts
Take your skills to the next level and attend Ask the Experts from noon to 1 p.m. or 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 in the Library Auditorium. Experts in the human resources and recruiting field will answer questions and provide advice regarding resumes, how to dress for interviews, and interviewing in a question and answer format. For more information, contact Career Services and Professional Development at 210-829-3931.

Iron Chef of UIW
Sodexo will host UIW’s version of “Iron Chef,” from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 on Dubuis Lawn. All are invited to watch students and faculty compete to see who will be the next Iron Chef of UIW. For more information, contact Josh Price at 210-805-5874 or

UIW Residence Life is bringing Fiesta 2012 to UIW and will host “VIVA UIW” from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 on Dubuis Lawn. Guests can enjoy Fiesta-style foods by Sodexo including flautas, tacos, nachos and more, and can also participate in salsa dancing competitions, and other Fiesta activities. For more information, contact Vanessa Cerda at 210-218-3247.

“Hillbilly Vittles”
Join Sodexo for “Hillbilly Vittles,” from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 19 in Marian Hall. Sodexo will serve country fried pork chops with sausage gravy, barbeque ribs, chicken, sausage, corn on the cob, ranch beans, mashed potatoes, potato salad, sliced watermelon, and funnel cakes. Guests can also compete in a watermelon seed spitting contest. Cost is $7.50 per person. For more information, contact Josh Price at 210-805-5874 or

2012 Senior Capstone Art Exhibit
The opening reception for the 2012 Senior Capstone Art Exhibit will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 19 in Semmes Art gallery. Artists featured include Mariel Bayona, Joshua Cedillo, Melissa Conner, Elina López, Jennifer Medrano, Sarah Jane Nordman, and Sara Rakowitz.The exhibit will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 19-May 18, except on UIW holidays. For more information, contact Roland Sul at 210-829-3855 or

“Fiction,” by Steven Dietz
The UIW Department of Theatre Arts will present, “Fiction,” by Steven Dietz. The production is a scintillating mixture of comedy and drama that takes guests for an exciting ride. The show will be featured at 8 p.m. April 20-21 and April 27-28; 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26; and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22 at Cheever Downstage II Theatre. Cost to attend is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for non-UIW students, and $6 for groups of 10 or more. UIW students, faculty and staff are admitted for free. For more information, contact

UIW Solar House Grand Opening
The UIW Solar House will host a grand opening ceremony from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 24. The ceremony will be followed by refreshments and tours. The Solar House is located between the McDermott Convocation Center and Barshop Natatorium. Those interested in attending may RSVP at 210-829-6001.

Department News

Vegas-style gaming comes to UIW from 7-11 p.m. Friday, May 11 at the McCombs Center 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.

Football Season Tickets Now On Sale
Don’t forget to purchase season tickets for UIW football. View the football promo video at 2012 UIW Cardinal Football. For more information, contact Kevin Rubel at 210-805-3000.

Extended Academic Programs

Dr. Cyndi Porter, vice president for Extended Academic Programs; Julie Weber, director of marketing and recruitment, and Vince Porter, dean of the School of Extended Studies, attended the 97th Annual University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) conference in Portland, Ore.UPCEA is a leader in providing resources and strategies to the fast growing adult population of students returning to school.

Community News

Melissa Sayre, Paul Ayala, and Marshall Eidson pose with Campus Life members as they encouraged the campus to “Go Blue for Autism,” on Monday, April 2. The group submitted the photo to national organization “AutismSpeaks” in support of Autism awareness and support for the university category.

Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, Jean Loden, Dr. Adrienne Ambrose, Sr. Alice Holden, UIW alumna Linda Salam and Rolla Alaydi, and students hosted “Celebrate Spring” for refugee children and their families at Denman Estate Park Friday, April 6. Approximately 40 people from Iraq, Nepal, Palestine, Kenya, and the U.S. learned celebrations of new life from each other.

The Cutting Edge Fashion Show Fiesta Medals are now available for $7.They can be purchased in the fashion office at JB214, Julian Gold, and the Fiesta Store on Broadway. For more information contact Leslie Kuhn at 210-829-3141 or at

UIW in the News

UIW Network Maintenance
UIW will experience a campus wide network outage from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday, April 13, and library users will also experience network outage from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday, April 14 for infrastructure maintenance. For urgent issues or technical difficulties, contact the Help Desk at Ext. 2721 or

Memo from UIW Comptroller for Year-End Procedures
In order to close out the 2011/2012 fiscal year, cooperation is needed in areas related to the unrestricted operating budget. Please click the following link for year-end procedures: Year.End.Procedures.Memo

McNair Scholars Attend Conferences

  • Carmen Cortázar and Marcella Wilkinson, McNair Scholars attended the 13th National Conference for McNair Scholars and Undergraduate Research on the University of Maryland – College Park campus, March 15-18. Cortázar, mentored by Dr. Michael Frye, presented her research titled “The Application of Genetic Algorithms to Artificial Life,” and Wilkinson’s project, mentored by Dr. Glenn Ambrose, is titled “Euphonies of the Spirit: The Common-Thread of the Sacred Experience within Monotheism.”
  • McNair Scholars Judith Arriaza and Jannelly Villarreal attended the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, March 29-31. More than 2,500 undergraduates from around the world presented their research at this prestigious conference. Arriaza, mentored by Dr. Zhanbo Yang and Dr. Flor de María García-Wukovits, presented her research titled “Growth Patterns of Ethnic Groups in Bexar County;” and Jannelly Villarreal, mentored by Dr. Ana Vallor, presented “Purification and Characterization of the S-layer Protein from Lactobacillus coleohominis.”

2012 Cutting Edge Fiesta® Fashion Show

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

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

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.

Earth Day
Earth Day 2012 is 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

Utilize San Antonio Museum of Art Membership
The University of the Incarnate Word is currently a Corporate Member of the San Antonio Museum of Art. UIW has added complementary admission to SAMA to benefit offerings for employees and students, and the Brainpower schools.

  • University of Incarnate Word
  • St. Anthony Catholic High School
  • Incarnate Word High School
  • St. Peter Prince of Apostles Elementary School
  • St. Anthony Elementary School

Through June 1, 2012, students, faculty, and staff of these campuses will gain free admittance during regular operating hours when they present a valid school ID. Any other family members or guests attending with the student or employee will need to pay regular admission to visit the museum.

Faculty Focus

China Faculty Needed
China Incarnate Word, an affiliate of UIW, is recruiting for a limited number of instructors to teach in Guangzhou, located approximately two hours from Hong Kong.Instructors are sought to teach courses in English, business, journalism, communications, history and accounting.A minimum of a master’s degree and 18 graduate hours in the field to which you are applying is required.These positions are with China Incarnate Word and not the University of the Incarnate Word. Apply online at Req. 00910452.

High Schools

SAIW Theatre Company presents, “Twelfth Night”
The St. Anthony Incarnate Word Theatre Company will present the spring 2012 production of William Shakespeare’s comedy, “Twelfth Night,” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 13 at the IWHS McGowen Gymnasium. Each night audiences will be treated to different guest appearances from St. Anthony and IWHS faculty members, ensuring that no show will be the same. Material is appropriate for ages 10 and up. Cost to attend is $6 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, contact Lara Benavides, director of theatre, at

UIW Prep Open House: Summer School and Beyond!
UIW Prep will host an Open House at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 at the Dr. Burton E. Grossman International Conference Center. The Open House will present summer school options, UIW Prep’s online high school college prep program, and will also include a short presentation and demonstration of online classes. Guests will have the opportunity to visit with UIW Prep administrators and instructors and staff will be available to answer questions and assist with admissions. RSVP at or 210-805-3013.

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

Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • The family of Michael James Gimblet (ADCaP Adjunct Faculty) on his recent death.

  • Veronica Ruiz (Marketing/Advertising Coordinator – PR; BA ‘06) on the recent loss of her grandmother, Mercedes Loza de Hernandez.

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