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THE WEEK THAT WAS: June 22, 2012

Photo of the Week

Peru study trip
Faculty pictured L-R with UIW students Dr. Michael Guiry, Sister Martha Ann Kirk and Dr. Jennifer Cook at Machu Picchu.

“Peru: Faith, Beauty, and Solidarity” Study Trip
The “Peru: Faith, Beauty, and Solidarity” Study Trip led by Sister Martha Ann Kirk visited Machu Picchu built by the Incas in the 15th century. Dr. Michael Guiry gave a Marketing Workshop  and Dr. Jennifer Cook gave a Time Management Workshop for Women’s Global Connection in Chimbote, an area of great need where the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word have a clinic and Incarnate Word Lay Missionaries serve.  


Friday Mass Cancellation
There will be no noon mass today, Friday, June 22 in Our Lady's Chapel.  Fr. Tom will be attending funeral services for Msgr. French.

Summer schedule changes:
There will be no daily noon masses in Our Lady's Chapel from July 2 – 16 as Fr. Tom will be on vacation.  Noon mass will resume Tuesday, July 17.  Sunday masses at 10:30 a.m. will continue as scheduled.

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.
  • Liturgy of the Hours evening prayer at 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation - 11:30 a.m. Fridays or by appointment


UIW Military Education Fair
Join us at the Military Education Fair on Friday, July 6 from 3-6 p.m. at the Grossman International Conference Center (ICC). Find out more about Admissions, GI Bill benefits, Academic advising, Services for veterans with disabilities, Local veteran service organizations, Student veteran panel, Campus resources that will help make for an easy transition. RSVP at or call 210 829 2705 for more information.

UIW Art Department presents Metamorphosis
The UIW Art Department presents Metamorphosis, works by recent UIW graduate Bianca Arguellez.  The opening reception will be held Friday, July 13, from 6-7:30 the Semmes Gallery/Dougherty Fine Arts Center.  The exhibit on will be on display in the Semmes Gallery from July 9 – August 10. For more information contact Roland Sul at (210) 829-3855 or

Department News

UIW Jazz Ensemble News
The UIW Jazz Ensemble will be featured in KRTU’s "The South Texas Jazz Project" a series of one-hour specials which includes live recordings of jazz musicians, college jazz ensembles, and professional ensembles from the San Antonio, Austin and surrounding areas. The radio show will be hosted by KRTU DJ, J.J. Lopez, a UIW student and McNair Scholar. Additional commentary will be provided by John Panzarella, UIW Jazz Ensemble vocalist and trumpeter. For more info, contact Jim Waller, (210) 445-0412 or

The UIW Jazz Ensemble will be featured as follows:

  • Saturday, June 23 @ 5:00, the South Texas Jazz Project will feature live recordings of the UIW Jazz Ensemble from their concert at “Jazz at the Witte” which took place on Easter Sunday, April 8 at the Witte Museum. J.J. Lopez will host with additional commentary by John Panzarella, vocalist and trumpeter with the UIW Jazz Ensemble since 2005
  • Thursday, June 28 @ 7:00 pm, and Saturday, June 30 @ 5:00 pm, KRTU host, J.J. Lopez will interview Waller about his career as a composer, arranger, and educator, and play recordings of the UIW Jazz Ensemble at the 2009 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. He will also play recordings of "Los Blues", a group I played with in Las Vegas from 1967 to 1973.

Dissertation Defense - Derek J. Riedel
Derek J. Riedel will present his dissertation on Wednesday, June 27, from 1 -3 p.m. in GB 212.  For more information, contact Jeanette Curby in the Graduate Studies & Research office at (210) 829-2758 or by email at

UIW opens new writing and learning center
Student Success is pleased to announce the arrival of UIW’s new Writing and Learning Center. We are recruiting new writing tutors for the 2012-13 academic year. If you would like to recommend someone to be a tutor, please contact the director, Dr. Amanda Johnston, at or (210) 805-5856.

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 Information Session
UIW’s Extended Academic Programs will offer an information session Thursday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m at the Courtyard by Marriott SeaWorld/Westover Hills, 11605 State Hwy 151. EAP will be highlighting opportunities for adult students to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree at our newest location at the Debbie & Naty Saidoff Center located at Tezel & Guilbeau Road.  To RSVP call (210) 757-0202 or email  Visit for more information.

EAP members skydive with Golden Knights
As a thank you for all of their hard work at the inaugural Our Community Salutes Event in April the San Antonio Army Recruiting Battalion invited Julie Weber, EAP Director of Marketing and Recruitment, and Ruby Cosgrove, Administrative Assistant to the VPEAP, to jump with the Golden Knights.  Both jumped last Monday and had a great time!

Julie Weber EAP director of marketing and recruitment jumps with the Golden Knights. 

Ruby Herrera, administrative assistant to the VP, EAP jumps with the Golden Knights. 

Community News

UIW in the News

San Antonio Business Journal – UIW is pictured in slide # 7. Best Rehab: University of the Incarnate Word School of Physical Therapy -  A Rendering of University of the Incarnate Word ‘s new School of Physical Therapy, which is taking shape in an abandoned Albertson's. 

Orientation 2
UIW Admissions Counselor, Stephanie Hall greets new parents and students on campus for orientation in the McCombs Center Rosenberg SkyRoom as they arrive for lunch.

Don’t forget to tell PR…
As you plan your 2012/13 events and activities please remember to fill out the online form found at We will be happy to help you get the word out to our UIW community and beyond.  Have questions?  Call PR at (210) 829-6001.

Cardinal Branch of United SA Federal Credit to close for the summer
Effective Monday, June 25, the Cardinal Branch of United SA Federal Credit Union will close for the summer. It will re-open Monday, August 13. Signs will be posted this week inside/outside the branch to notify members and will also be available on their website. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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

Faculty Focus

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Pictured L-R Mehmet Sahin of the Journalists and Writers Foundation, Sister Martha Ann Kirk, and Ambassador Mohamed El Fatah Naciri, League of Arab States.

Sr. Martha Ann joins roundtable meeting
On June 19, the Journalist and Writers Foundation ( in Ankara, Turkey hosted a roundtable meeting with Sister Martha Ann Kirk presenting on her latest book Growing Seeds of Peace: Stories and Images of Service of the Gulen Movement in Southeastern Turkey and dialogue with ambassadors and diplomats from the Arab League, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Japan, Poland, Qatar, Rumania, Serbia, Somalia and academics from Turkish Universities.

Faculty Research Assessments
As the School of Graduate Studies and Research and the Office of Research Development look to make strategic improvements in the services we offer to you, 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 both our “Research Interests Questionnaire” and “Research Barriers Assessment”.   These surveys should take 10 to 12 minutes each.  Your input is incredibly valuable and we encourage responses regardless of experience with research or external funding.  For additional information on the surveys, our usage of the data, or the surveys’ content, please contact Rebecca Ohnemus in the Office of Research Development at (210) 805-3036 or 

High Schools

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at



Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • Lynn Davis-Johnson (UIW Capital Campaign Coordinator) & family on the recent loss of her father, Larry Davis.
  • The family of Monsignor Thomas Aquinas French, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, and the entire UIW community, on his recent death.
  • Mary Guerrero (IFM School of Nursing Faculty), (IWHS ’87, BS ’95, MAA ’99) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Mary Julia Guerrero.
  • Pat Lonchar (CHASS Faculty & Assistant Dean) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Ann Lonchar.
  • Anna M. Morales (BSN ’53) & family on the recent loss of her husband, Richard Morales.
  • The family of Richard E. Martin, Jr. (SACHS Former Faculty/Softball Coach) on his recent death.
  • Damontre Pamilton (UIW Office of Admissions), (BA ’12) & family on the recent loss of his father, Paul Pamilton.
  • The family of Sr. Aquilina Relihan, CCVI (BA ’84) and the entire UIW community on her recent death.
  • Donald Sikazwe (Feik School of Pharmacy Faculty) & family on the recent loss of his mother, Rev. Esther Ntinda Sikazwe.
  • The family of Herminia Salinas Villarreal (IWHS ’50, BA ’54) on her recent death.

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