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THE WEEK THAT WAS: September 21, 2012

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Civility Week
Dr. Renée Moore, dean of campus life, joins students for “Walk for Civility” at Marian Circle on Tuesday, Sept. 18 as part of the first annual “Civility Week,” hosted by Residence Life and University Events and Students Programs. A free shirt was given to the first 200 participants.  


Our Lady’s Chapel Services

Friday Mass Cancelation
Mass will be cancelled on Friday, September 21; Fr. Tom will be participating in Meet the Mission. For more info, please contact Fr. Tom Dymowski at 210-829-3131 or

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

Pope Benedict XVI proclaims a Year of Faith
Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed a Year of Faith beginning on October 11, 2012. The whole Catholic Church throughout the world and in the University of the Incarnate Word is invited to respond to God's call to faith in Jesus Christ. See the following link for details:

“Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith”  
Mission and Ministry presents Fr. Robert Barron’s “Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith.” Please join Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T., university chaplain, for this video series in nine sessions, followed by discussion, in the Mabee Library’s Special Collections Room, 7-8:30 p.m. on Sept. 27; Oct. 11 and 25; and Nov. 1, 8, 15, and 29. For more information or questions, please contact Fr. Tom at 210-829-3131/ or visit

“The Theology of Louis-Marie Chauvet” by Dr. Glenn Ambrose
Dr. Glenn Ambrose will speak about his new book, “The Theology of Louis-Marie Chauvet, Overcoming Onto-Theology with the Sacramental Tradition,” on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6-7 p.m., Mabee Library’s Special Collections Room. Many consider Chauvet the most significant sacramental theologian of our time. Ambrose emphasizes the connection between sacramental worship and ethics. Books will be available. For more information, please contact Sister Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 829-3854 or


Talk with a Cause
Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, professor of religious studies, joins students for lunch and a roundtable discussion at the “Civility Week” event, “Talk with a Cause,” on Monday, Sept. 17 in Marian Hall Ballroom.

Taco Truck Wednesday
Campus Activities Board celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with Taco Truck Wednesday. Students, faculty and staff enjoyed free tacos while listening to mariachis in Marian Circle on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

UIW Football Vs. West Texas A&M
Come cheer the UIW football team to victory at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m. when they take on West Texas A&M. Go to to purchase tickets online, or call the Cardinals Ticket Office at (210) 805-3000. The pre-game concert series will feature Texas Tide, San Antonio’s Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band, 4-6:30 p.m., Fan Engagement Area in front of the McDermott Convocation Center.

Civility Week Mass
UIW student, faculty and staff are choosing to show others what it means to be civil, choosing to be civil, and taking a stand on making a difference by showing their civility. Residence Life closes  the first annual Civility Week on Sunday, Sept 23 with UIW Mass, Our Lady’s Chapel, 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. For more info, contact Christina Leeth at (210) 883-1996 or

Meet the Mission
Faculty and staff are invited to participate in the 7th Annual Meet the Mission, a campus-wide day of service during which faculty and staff lead students out into the San Antonio community to perform service activities. This year MTM takes place on September 21. If interested, please contact Chris Edelman ( / 832-2184).

Light the Way Workday
Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in early holiday cheer at this year’s second Light the Way workday Saturday, Sept 22, 9 a.m.-noon in Marian Hall Ballroom. Enjoy free breakfast and help prepare for the university’s annual lighting. For more information, contact Kayla Rice, PR special event coordinator at (210) 829-6001.

Alumni Red Zone Tailgate
Join the UIW Alumni Red Zone for a tailgate before the Saturday, Sept. 22 football game, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Kids under 10 are free! For $10, you get unlimited food and drink. A $20 deluxe package also offers a football ticket and a special UIW Alumni shirt! RSVP at and Make 'em see Red! The event is open to UIW alumni, staff and family and friends of alumni and staff.

Light the Way™ Display Board Contest
Don’t miss the chance to register your student organization in the annual Light the Way™ Display Board Contest. In order to not conflict with fall break, the contest has been moved from its original date and will now be held on Saturday, October 13 at 9 a.m. onDubuis Lawn. The deadline to register is 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 24th. Please return registration forms toPublic Relationslocated in the Watson Building. The top three organizations will receive a cash prize! For information, guidelines and registration forms contact Kayla Rice,PR special events coordinator, at krice@uiwtx.eduor (210) 829-6001.

Fall Gathering for Current & Potential Majors & Minors
Join other current and potential majors and minors in Religious Studies for pizza and to celebrate Fall Semester in Mabee Library’s Special Collections Room on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 4:30-6p.m. Graduates of UIW Religious Studies program will be present to speak about their current work, and how their time at UIW helped prepare them for their lives after graduation. For more info, contact Adrienne Ambrose (210) 832-2181 or

International Food Festival
The Office of University Mission and Ministry and the UIW Interfaith Council will host their Annual International Food Festival on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 4–6 p.m. in Marian Hall Ballroom. The International Food Festival is designed for the entire UIW community to come together and experience the delightful food from different countries like: Europe, Mexico, Asia , Africa, the Americas Caribbean, Middle Eastern and many others. The festival is a truly international experience where the aattendee will have the opportunity to taste new dishes and learn more about the various cultures here at UIW. For more info, contact Trevor Alexander at (210) 829-3130 or

Fundraising Concert at the Cove
UIW Jazz Ensemble will be in concert at the Cove Restaurant ( on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 7:30-10 p.m. The concert is a fundraiser for Brighter Days Horse Refuge ( Guest magician Paul Amerson will also perform. A $10 donation at the door is suggested. For more information, please contact Jim Waller at (210) 445-0412 or

Chinese Moon Festival Celebration
Come celebrate the traditional Chinese Harvest Festival on Thursday, Sept. 27 at the ICC-Ballroom  #1, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Enjoy authentic Chinese moon cakes, non-alcoholic drinks , entertainment, and even learn a Chinese song for only $3. To sign up before Sept. 21, contact Vicky Lu at (210) 805-5820 or

Sixth Annual Cross Cultural Forum: “Locally and Globally Towards the Future”
Women’s Global Connection hosts the Sixth Annual Cross Cultural Forum: “Locally and Globally Towards the Future” at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 in the Rosenberg Sky Room.  The forum will feature an Educational Panel with guest speakers Shannon McNamara, founder of SHARE in Africa; Lorenzo Gomez III, Executive Director of 80/20 Foundation; women of Fuerza Unida; and Dr. Annette Craven, Associate Professor of H-E-B School of Business. Faculty and students are invited to join in an interactive dialogue with the guest panelists to become aware of the need for future partnerships as a way of accomplishing social entrepreneurial efforts.  For more information, visit or contact Lisa Uribe at (210) 832-3208/

The Last Five Years
The UIW Department of Theatre Arts invites you to “The Last Five Years,” an emotionally powerful and intimate musical about a man and a woman who fall in and out of love with each other over the course of five years, on Sept. 28, 29, Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13 at 8 p.m. (Fridays & Saturdays) and Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. (Sunday). All performances will take place at Cheever Downstage II Theatre on the UIW campus. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for non-UIW students, $6 for groups (10 or more) and UIW students, faculty and staff may attend free of charge by presenting their valid ID. For more info, contact Chrissie Young at (210) 829-3800 or For more details and upcoming productions, visit

9th Annual Synchronized Swimming Silent Auction and Watershow
UIW’s Synchronized Swimming team is pleased to host the 9th Annual Silent Auction and Watershow at the Ann Barshop Natatorium. On Sept. 29, 2012, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. the team will perform to music centered on their theme for this year, "A Tribute to American Sports." The silent auction will be open for bidding throughout the show. Proceeds are 100 percent tax deductible! The watershow is open to the public. Tickets are $4 for students, faculty and children and $8 for adults. For more info, contact Kim Wurzel-LoPorto at (210) 841-7230 or

Phonathon 2012
Student volunteers make calls to solicit donations from alumni towards student scholarships, technology upgrades and other campus activities. Students have the opportunity to earn 15 on-campus community service hours as well as other fun incentives such as gift cards to James Avery or Frost Bank visa cards. There are also possible on-campus employment opportunities once the volunteer time is over. Training will be provided. Phonathon 2012 begins on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 9 a.m. in Bonilla Science Building and continues through Thursday, Oct. 4. For more information on how to volunteer or other questions please contact coordinator, Patrick Greener at (210) 805-5832 or

Department News

IT Fall Training Calendar
The Department of Instructional Technology has created a series of hour-long learning opportunities for the fall semester. There will be opportunities for faculty and staff to learn new iPad Applications, broaden their Blackboard skills, learn a few new tricks in Microsoft Office 2012, and experiment with several Web 2.0 tools. In addition, IT will be offering a few online learning opportunities through Blackboard Collaborate. These classes provide an opportunity to learn new applications and technologies and present tools to integrate for teaching and learning. Courses will be offered on Wednesdays at noon and Fridays at 2 p.m. Enrollment is limited, so register today by emailing Terry Peak at See website for details: Upcoming training opportunities include: iPad Applications: Live Binder on Friday, Sept. 21, 2-3 p.m., Mabee Library, G16.

Librarians on Location
Librarians, library staff and IT staff will be visiting designated UIW locations throughout the months of September and October as part of Librarians on Location. Locations they will be visiting next week include:

  • Monday, Sept. 24, Nursing Building Lobby, 1-3 p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 24, ADCaP-NE Center Lobby, 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 25, Nursing Building Lobby, 10 am.-noon
  • Wednesday, Sept. 26, ADCaP-NW Campus Lobby, 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 27, Nursing Building Lobby, 5-6 p.m.

For more information, please contact Leticia Martinez at (210) 832-2119 or Please check the UIW calendar for more dates, times and locations at

Business Plan Competition
H-E-B School of Business and Administration is launching the third annual Business Plan Competition. The competition encourages students to transform a business idea from the concept phase to a full business plan ready to be implemented. This event is open to all UIW students. The competition includes CASH PRIZES for the best developed business plan and other categories. A series of workshops will help participants develop a successful business plan. Registration is open until Friday, Sept. 28th. For more information, contact Dr. Scott Roberts at or (210) 832-2141.

Extended Academic Programs

Dr. Cyndi Porter and UIW honored by U.S. Army 5th Recruiting
Dr. Cyndi Porter and UIW were honored by the U. S. Army 5th Recruiting this week atits yearly banquet held in the Rosenberg Sky Room. UIW was honored for the work EAP does in support of the U.S. Army. Dr. Porter received a commendation for her 5 years of service on the San Antonio Community Action Committee. She also received a Certificate of Appreciation for her leadership of Our Community Salutes (OCS). OCS is a national grassroots effort to honor seniors who are graduating from high school and moving directly to the military. Dr. Porter is the president of the local 501C3. Last year was the first event honoring 500 students and their parents.

EAP Information Session
Join the UIW Extended Academic Programs at an information session for working adults wanting to earn a degree on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott SeaWorld/Westover Hills, 11605 State Hwy 151 across from the SeaWorld entrance. The University of the Incarnate Word will be highlighting opportunities for adult students to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the classroom or online.  We will feature the newest location, the Debbie & Naty Saidoff Center, located at Tezel & Guilbeau Road.  During the session you can have your transcripts evaluated, hear about payment and scholarship options, meet with professors, visit with our career services staff and receive application assistance from admission counselors.  To RSVP call (210) 757-0202 or email 

Community News

iPad Meeting
Over 50 faculty and staff attended the first iPad User Group meeting of the semester. At this meeting faculty and staff share and discuss different iPad Apps that they use to improve teaching, learning and productivity. This group is sponsored by the UIW Instructional Technology department.

UIW Construction Update
Friday, Sept. 21 - No scheduled closures or detours at this time.

SafeConnect Network Access Control
Technical Services will be implementing SafeConnect Network Access Control at UIW. SafeConnect allows Technical Services to identify and remedy compromised computers, ensuring a safe computing environment for the entire UIW Network.

What: TSS will begin isolated deployments of SafeConnect Network Access Control
Where: SafeConnect will be enabled in the new offices in the Agnese/Sosa building
When: Monday, October 1, 2012
How: The first time you browse the internet you will see the login screen (To view the login page, please click here). You will need your UIW Network username and your password to continue the SafeConnect process.


  • You will not be able to access the Internet until you have authenticated with SafeConnect and completed the SafeConnect process.
  • Internet access will be enabled once you have successfully completed the SafeConnect process, which ensures your computer meets minimum security requirements.

Please contact the UIW Help Desk at 829-2721 or with any questions or concerns.

Introduction to APA Writing
The American Psychological Association (APA) is the editorial writing style adopted by many graduate programs at UIW. This writing style is designed to ensure clear and consistent communication of written material. This workshop will cover APA elements such as punctuation and abbreviation; construction of tables; selection of headings, citations and references; presentation of statistics; and bias-free language. Dr. Alberto Rubio-Sanchez will present the workshop on Saturday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-noon in Mabee Library, Room 230. For more information, contact Dr. David Ortiz at (210) 283-6454 or

Register to Vote
UIW encourages all students, faculty and staff to become registered voters, and is hosting several events on campus this fall to facilitate voter registration on behalf of Bexar County and the State of Texas. The League of Women Voters will have a representative on campus, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25 in Marian Hall Student Center to hand out voter registration cards. For more information, please visit

Banner Budget Training Class
It is a new fiscal year. Come learn how to be a successful budget manager for your department. The class will teach you how to read, to understand, and to learn processes of downloading data directly from Banner into Excel for analysis. The sessions will be held in Mabee Library, Room 230. Sessions will be held Sept. 21, 9-11 a.m., and Sept. 28, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Classes are 1 ½ hour in length. Before signing up it is required that you have access to your particular budget for your department and you have taken the Banner Navigational Course offered thru the IT Department. Email Tom Duckworth at with the date you wish to attend. Come and learn the new and exciting features that Banner has to offer to help you manage your funds.

RefWorks Online Research Management Tool
Jason Fetty will present a workshop to provide an in-depth overview of in-text citations, footnotes and reference pages on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-noon in Library Room 230. 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

Faculty Focus

South Texas Conference
San Antonio Councilman and Mayor Pro-Tempore Ray Saldaña addresses students, faculty and staff at the South Texas Regional McNair Scholars Research Conference on Saturday, Sept. 15 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Approximately 140 people attended the conference with 90 students from the South Texas region presenting their summer research projects. The conference included keynote speaker Dr. Sarita Molinar Bertinato, a 2012 UIW graduate in sociology.

Creating Blackboard Announcements: Best Practices
The Center for Teaching and Learning will host a workshop on using the Blackboard Announcements feature effectively on Tuesday, Sept. 25, noon-1 p.m. in Mabee Library, Room 230. Jessica Martinez-Palacios, UIW's instructional designer, will lead a hands-on session in which faculty members will create announcements that introduce material or lead students to specific resources. Spaces are limited, so please register online at by contacting Susan Hall (

High Schools

Anti-Bullying SACHS
Rene Escobedo, SACHS principal, Tim Porter, instructor of information systems for H-E-B School of Business, and Kevin Smisek, SACHS director of student services, share a photo at the Anti-Bullying App presentation held at St. Anthony’s Catholic High School on Monday, Sept. 17. The StopBullies App is a smartphone application that empowers students to instantly report bullying incidents by sending photos, video or text via their smart phones.    

Anti-Bullying IWHS
Nina Avila, IWHS director of student services, and Tim Porter, UIW instructor, pose following an Anti-Bullying App presentstion at Incarnate Word High School on Thursday, Sept. 19. 

Children’s Theatre Production of Robin Hood: The Courtship of Allan A’Dale
The SAIW Theatre presents Robin Hood: The Courtship of Allan A’Dale, Sept. 20–22 in the McGowen Gymnasium. With a cast of 25 students from Incarnate Word and St. Anthony, along with some special guest roles, this is an evening of live theatre that you and your family are sure to enjoy. Show times are at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with Thursday being a special student discount show beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door, with the pricing as follows: Thursday - $3 for students; Friday/Saturday - $5; Adults - $6; children 12 and under - $3. For more info, contact Lara Benavides-Willars at (210) 829-1761 or

6th Annual Shamrock Classic Just Around the Corner
Don’t miss the 6th Annual IWHS Shamrock Classic golf tournament, Saturday, Oct. 20 at Canyon Springs Golf Club, (24405 Wilderness Oak).  Cost is $150 per person or $600 per team. For more information contact April Fricke, at (210) 829-3122 or 

SACHS Open House
St. Anthony Catholic High School will host its fall Open House on Sunday, Nov. 11, noon-3 p.m. on the St. Anthony’s Campus. For more information, contact Alejandro Calderon at (210) 832-5632 or

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Sacred Harmonies: Music for the Soul
The Copperleaf Quintet presents Sacred Harmonies: Music for the Soul - an hour of peace and tranquility with the a cappella music of Palestrina, Byrd, Allegri and Schubert. The free concert, a gift to the community from the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, will take place on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. The event is free & open to the public. For more information, contact Jose De Leon at (210) 219-4639 or

Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • Nancy & Steve Neff on the recent loss of her mother, Nancy Florence Jones Helms (BSN ’76).
  • The family of Harriet Budow Singer (BA ’45) on her recent death.
  • The family of Col. Judith E. Williamson, USAF (BSN ’57) on her recent death.

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