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THE WEEK THAT WAS: May 4, 2012

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A reception was held honoring Sr. Helena Monahan, CCVI, on Wednesday, May 2 in the Christus Heritage Room at Village at Incarnate Word. Friends and colleagues gathered to thank Sr. Helena for her 31 years of service to UIW and wish her well as she heads to St. Louis, Mo. to become president of Incarnate Word Academy. Pictured: UIW President Dr. Louis Agnese and Sr. Helena.


Our Lady’s Chapel Services
All are welcome. 

Mass Schedule for May 7-11
There will be no Mass on Monday and Friday, and noon Mass will take place as scheduled on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Thursday Mass will be held at 4 p.m. and will include a brief commission blessing for the University Mission and Ministry interns.


The Office of the Registrar and volunteers from around campus gathered to help to create more than 100 tissue paper flowers to decorate Freeman Coliseum for spring commencement on Friday, April 27 in JB 126. Back row pictured (L-R) Idalia Rodriguez from the library, Christina Link of the library, Thomas Dzuik of enterprise systems, Susanne Cook of the registrar’s office, and Giana Gomez of the registrar’s office. Front row pictured (L-R) Sandy Givens of enterprise systems; Leticia Martinez of the library; Brandy Garcia of the registrar’s office; Dr. Bobbye Frye of the registrar’s office; Vanessa Vasquez, work-study in the provost office, and Itza Casanova of the provost office.

UIW Spring 2012 Commencement Schedule
UIW’s commencement ceremony for graduate and professional programs will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 4 in the McDermott Convocation Center. A Baccalaureate Mass will be held for all graduates at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 6 at the Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum located at 3201 E. Houston. The undergraduate commencement ceremony will follow the Mass at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6 at Freeman Coliseum. For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar at 210-829-6006.

Accessorize Your Eyes! – Trunk Show
Join the UIW Eye Institute as they feature the Marchon Collection of designer eyewear from 2-7 p.m. Thursday, May 10 at the Eye Institute Optical. Marchon is the parent company of Calvin Klein, Diane Von Furstenberg, Fendi, Salvatore Ferragamo, Lacoste, Michael Kors and more. Guests will also enjoy refreshments and door prizes. Visit the Eye Institute Facebook page to view the 2012 eyewear catalogs. For more information, contact Homer Martinez at 210-283-6800 or

Transfer “Get In” Friday – T.G.I.F.
UIW Admissions and Extended Academic Programs will host Transfer “Get In” Friday(T.G.I.F.) at 3 p.m. Friday, May 11 at the UIW Dual Enrollment Center, and at 3 p.m. Friday, June 8 at the Northwest Center. The event is a one-stop-shop for transfer students to apply, complete files, submit documentation, pay confirmation fees, sign up for orientation, meet with financial aid, and meet with the Veteran’s Affairs Office. For more information, contact Javier Lara at 210-829-6005 or  

Friendship Garden Dedication
UIW President Dr. Louis Agnese invites the university community to the dedication of the Friendship Garden at 11:15 a.m. Friday, May 11 at the oak tree adjacent to the Agnese/Sosa Building. The dedication is sponsored by Barbara and Alan Dreeben in honor of their lifetime friends Tena Gorman, Peggy Lewis, and Ruth Eilene Sullivan.

Purchase Tickets for “Vegas Night”
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.

“Taller de Lecturas sobre el México Contemporáneo”
The Asociación Empresarios Mexicanos (AEM) and UIW International Affairs will host a workshop featuring Raúl Rodríguez Barocio as he presents, “Taller de Lecturas sobre el México Contemporáneo,” from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 24 in the ICC Auditorium. Barocio will discuss the following books: “Mañana o pasado,” by Jorge Castañeda; “Transición,” by Carmen Aristegui; “El país de uno,” by Denise Dresser; and “Por eso estamos como estamos,” by Carlos Elizondo Mayer-Serra. Please note: due to the co-sponsorship with the AEM and their membership, the workshop will take place in Spanish. For more information, contact Patricia Alanis at or 210-546-2144.

Department News

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

EAP To Take Part in Teacher Exchange
Extended Academic Programs is taking part in a teacher exchange this summer term.Dr. Luis E. Bayonet Robles from Universidad Iberoamericana, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic has arrived at UIW and will be teaching a graduate-level information systems course this summer in the School of Extended Studies.In exchange Dr. Matthew Gonzalez, assistant professor of business for EAP will be teaching in the Dominican Republic this summer. If you see Dr. Bayonet on campus at the ICC where he is staying please make sure to welcome him to UIW.

Community News

Graduating veterans may wear the UIW Veterans Tribute Stole beginning at the May 2012 commencement ceremony. The stole is provided free of charge to the student by the UIW Center for Veterans Affairs.Join us in wishing the graduating veterans the very best of success! Pictured: Evan Alvarez, work-study in the VA Office, Aug. 2012 BA Theatre Arts.

Scott LeBlanc, assistant director of athletic training facilities and pictured far right, gathers with his Spring 2012 Kayak Class on the San Marcos River. The unique class is offered every spring through the Kinesiology Department.

UIW in the News

“Logos” Bonus Content
The last issue of the “Logos” has been printed, but the UIW community is invited to view exclusive additional online coverage at The interactive site will feature articles including Dr. Denise Doyle being appointed chancellor, Dr. Kathi Light’s move to the provost office, the retirement of longtime adjunct professor Simone Brown, Dr. Glenn James taking on assessment, the Presidential Teaching Award going to Dr. Jessica Kimmel, the Moody Professorship awarded to Dr. Sally Said, and Fr. Tom Dymowski, campus chaplain, being awarded the Doctor of Ministry degree from the Oblate School of Theology.

McNair Scholars Program Hosts Presentation Breakfast
The McNair Scholars Program hosted the Spring 2012 Research Proposal Presentation Breakfast on Friday, April 27. The following scholars presented their proposed research projects for the summer:

  • Paul Amador, mentor Dr. Ana Vallor, “Generation of Agglutinin-like Sequence (ALS) Mutants in Selected Clinical Strains of Candida tropicalis”
  • Judith Arriaza, mentors Dr. Zhanbo Yang and Dr. Flor de María García-Wukovits, “Growth Patterns of Ethnic Groups in Bexar County with Modified Leslie Models”
  • Carmen Cortázar, mentor Dr. Michael Frye, “Zombies! The Application of Genetic Algorithms to Model the Behavior of Artificial Agents”
  •  Oscar Delagarza, mentor Dr. Paul Lewis, “Reality Television: The Social and Psychological Effects”
  • Andrea Espinosa, mentor Dr. Sara Tallarovic, “Effects of Diethyl Phthalates on the Endocrine System of Betta splendens”
  • Jenny Gómez, mentors Dr. Joleen Beltrami and Dr. Jesús Cuéllar Fuentes, “Apparel Size Standards within the Fashion World”
  • Ralonda Green, mentor Dr. John Perry, “Yellow Journalism and the Marriage Talk”
  • Erica Hall, mentor Dr. Christy MacKinnon, “Isolation, Sequencing, and Characterization of Glyceraldehyde-3-Phosphate Dehydrogenase from a Plant Species”
  • Jaime López, mentor Dr. Doug Gilmour, “Body Talk: A Comparative Anthropological Investigation of Dance”
  • Celia Martínez, mentor Timothy Porter, “Are Grocery Store Apps the Next Big Thing?”
  • Annalisa Moore, mentor Dr. Zhanbo Yang, “Public Health Policy and Managing Bioterrorism”
  • Darleny Pereira, mentor Mr. Robin Guerrero, “UIW VITA and Other VITA Sites: A Comparative Study”
  • Eric Salas, mentor Dr. María Félix-Ortiz, “Transitions Project”
  • Shannon Samples, mentors Dr. Joleen Beltrami and Dr. Jesús Cuéllar Fuentes, “Skin Safe Sunscreens”
  • Marsha Sanchez, mentor Dr. Kevin Salfen, “Liturgical Music of Spanish Language Catholic Masses 1962-1982”
  • Jan Santos, mentor Dr. Lopita Nath, “Pacifying Dragons? US-China Policy from 1970 to 2010”
  • Scott Torres, mentor Dr. Kevin Vichcales, “Trading Liberty for Convenience: An Examination of the Separation and Delegation of Powers”
  • Valerie Vélez, mentor Dr. Michael Frye, “Control of a Lego MINDSTORMS Robot Balancing on a Ball”

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. For more information, contact UMM at or 210-829-3128.

Instructional Technology Training Opportunities
This summer, the department of Instructional Technology is offering more training opportunities than ever before. This is your chance to earn a gold medal as you learn to integrate new applications and technologies with opportunities for teaching and learning. Opportunities will include online courses in Blackboard, MS Office, and Epsilen. Web 2.0 Toolbox sessions and the iPad App-palooza will also be offered – iPad App-palooza attendees will receive a free video adapter and $25 iTunes gift card. To review the summer’s offerings and to register, visit

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

Faculty Research Barriers Assessment
As the School of Graduate Studies and Research and the Office of Research Development look to make strategic improvements in the services we offer faculty, we must carefully examine the current state and culture of our scholars on campus. We ask that all full-time faculty check their email and assist our efforts by responding to our research barriers assessment. This survey should take 10 to 12 minutes.The included questions and elements have been developed to examine departmental, institutional, and individual barriers to seeking funding for your research. Input is incredibly valuable and we encourage responses regardless of experience with external funding.For additional information on the survey, its purpose, or its content, please contact Rebecca Ohnemus in the Office of Research Development at 210-805-3036 or

Tools for Academic Advising
UIW faculty who advise undergraduates are invited to attend the “Tools for Academic Advising,” a workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Wednesday, June 20 in Mabee Library Special Collections. The workshop will describe new and existing tools for academic advising, as well as, creative ways to make the most of them. Participants will also receive lunch and a stipend. For more information, contact Dr. Susan Hall at 210-283-5030 or

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

Summer Fest
Join the St. Anthony Alumni Association for “Summer Fest,” from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 2 at St. Anthony Catholic High School. Guests will enjoy music, food, and fun for the whole family. Proceeds from the event will benefit the alumni scholarship fund. For more information, contact Alejandro Calderon at 210-832-5632 or

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Denim & Diamonds
St. Peter Prince of the Apostles is having their annual Denim & Diamonds event at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5 in the St. Peter Annex Gym. Tickets are $50 per person for dinner, drinks, auctions, music and dancing, free babysitting, and a chance to wina $2,500 gift cardand other prizes.There will also be a silent auction and live auction items.Join St. Peter families and friends for a fabulous time, great food, and a chance to win!Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at Denim & Diamonds. Proceeds benefit the faculty, staff, and students of St. Peter Prince of the Apostles. Join us and help make this event a success!

Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • Anita Kegley Deaton (UIW Dev. Bd. member) & family on the recent loss of her sister, Diana L. Cummings.

  • Mirella Kennedy (ADCaP Adj. Faculty) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Maria Evangelina Garza.

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