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THE WEEK THAT WAS: November 2, 2012

Photo of the Week

(Pictured L-R) Rosenberg School of Optometry Dean Dr. Andrew Buzzelli, U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX 21), U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX 28), President Dr. Louis Agnese, Jr., UIW Grant Writer Armando Saliba, EDA Regional Director Pedro Garza, and UIW Director of Foundation, Corporate & Government Relations Robert Sosa display a check for $1 million awarded to UIW by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) during a press conference held at the Rosenberg School of Optometry on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The federal grant will be used for specialized optometric equipment at the new UIW Eye Care and Health Institute of San Antonio’s Eastside.  


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

Mass schedule for All Souls Day 
Mass for All Souls Day will take place today at noon in Our Lady’s Chapel. 

Weekend Mass collections to be donated to Red Cross for victims of Hurricane Sandy
UIW Mission and Ministry shares the national concern for the victims of Hurricane Sandy in the devastation they experienced in these past few days. We know the recovery will take time and many people's support. The collections taken at the two university masses this Sunday in Our Lady's Chapel, 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.,will be given to the Red Cross to assist Hurricane Sandy survivors. Donations to Mission and Ministry for this collection will be transferred to the Red Cross for their efforts.

“Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith”
UIW 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 several sessions, followed by discussion, in the Mabee Library’s Special Collections Room, 7-8:30 p.m., Nov. 8, 15, and 29. For more information or questions, please contact Fr. Tom at 210-829-3131/ or visit

Office of Mission & Ministry presents Catherine of Siena: A Woman for Our Times
The UIW Office of Mission & Ministry presents Catherine of Siena: A Woman for Our Times, a one-woman performance by Dominican Sister Nancy Murray on Friday, Nov. 9, 6:30-8 p.m., Our Lady’s Chapel. An inspiring performance for people of all ages, St. Catherine of Siena lived in the 14th century and had the courage to speak out thereby influencing political and church leaders by her wisdom, love and truth. This performance is free and all are welcome. For details, contact the Office of Mission & Ministry at (210) 829-3128.

2012 Light the Way™ Liturgy
The community is invited to share in the UIW's annual Light the Way™ Mass set for 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17 in Our Lady’s Chapel located in the Administration Building on the UIW campus. For more information, contact the UIW Office of Mission & Ministry at (210) 829-3128.


Peace Day Photos

Compassionate Eating
Stephen Lucke, nutrition student, and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, professor of religious studies, give a presentation during the “Compassionate Eating” event in Marian Hall Ballroom on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Lucke is leading the initiative to create a UIW Community Vegetable Garden on campus. As part of Peace Day, the event also included an interfaith discussion with Barbie Gorelick Callaghan of the Jewish tradition; Bob Jaffer of the Muslim tradition; Dr. Neeta Singh of the Sikh tradition and the UIW Nutrition Department; and Rolla Alaydi, UIW Arabic teacher who planted an olive tree in the Holy Land Garden and recently led a successful olive harvest.      

Building Comilia
As part of Peace Day events, Dr. Susan Klappa, associate professor and director of the post professional DPT program, shares stories from experiences in Honduras, Venezuela, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Haiti with the UIW community in Mabee Library Auditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 31. During the presentation, “Building Comilia,” Klappa discussed the deep joy that comes from humanitarian work across borders.   

Halloween on Campus Photos

Development Halloween
(Pictured clockwise) Stephanie Rodriguez, development officer, Rosie Garcia-Pompa, director of development, Ralph Flanigan, advancement services coordinator, Marcos Contreras, records and gifts coordinator, and Sylvia Kutschenreuter, office manager for development, pose in costume at the Brackenridge Villa on Wednesday, Oct. 31.   

HR Halloween
(Pictured L-R) Annette Thompson, director of human resources, Caryn Geller, assistant director of human resources, Angelica Le, human resources generalist, Shannon Root, senior human resources generalist, Sandra Reyes, human resources generalist, and Heather Hamilton, human resources generalist, show their Halloween spirit in the Human Resources’ office on Wednesday, Oct. 31. 

Dr. Tucker Wizard
Dr. Keith Tucker, director of counseling, and Veronica Ruiz, public relations marketing and advertising coordinator, share a photo in the Public Relations’ office on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

EAP Halloween
EAP staff and administrators gathered for a Halloween lunch and costume contest at the EAP offices adjacent to St. Anthony Catholic High School on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Spooktacular Buffet
Students and staff compete in a costume contest during the Spooktacular Buffet held on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Sodexo treated faculty, staff and students to a variety of Halloween-themed foods in Marian Hall.   

Life Portraits: Works by Vikki Fields
Vikki Fields, 1971 art alumna, sees paintings as floral portraits. Flowers have presence and personality; they demand the same attention and time that a fine portrait requires. Flowers gestate, grow, bloom, move and wilt as humans do. The exhibit will be on display from now until Nov. 9 in Semmes Gallery/Dougherty Fine Arts Center/1st Floor (Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday). For more information, contact the UIW Art Department at (210) 829-3855 or

Light the Way - Elf Louise toy drive
Join the UIW community in collecting unwrapped toys for the Elf Louise project. From now until Friday, Nov. 16, drop off your new, unwrapped toys at any of the following locations:

St. Peter’s Elementary
(Cafeteria, Annex, Primary)
UIW AD-Basement Level
UIW Student Center
UIW Library Foyer
Feik School of Pharmacy—2nd Floor
Rosenberg School of Optometry
Wellness Center
School of Physical Therapy (Saidoff Center)

For more information, contact the UIW PR Office at (210) 829-6001.

First Generation Film Screening
ALPHA First Generation Students invite the UIW community to the screening of this award-winning documentary about students who are the first in their families to attend college. Each screening will be followed by a discussion. Light refreshments will be served. The film will be shown on Monday, Nov. 5, noon-2 p.m., Mabee Library Auditorium, and 6-8 p.m., P3 at the Feik School of Pharmacy. For more information, contact Dr. Tanja Stampfl at (210) 829-3885 or

Department of Treasury FinCEN Panel Discussion
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) will be conducting a webinar discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. in the Mabee Library Auditorium. Learn what employment and internship paths are available for those interested in pursuing a career path with the federal government. Students will get the opportunity to hear directly from a bureau that supports law enforcement investigative efforts and fosters interagency and global cooperation against domestic and international financial crimes. Faculty is strongly encouraged to bring classes for this interactive event. For more information, contact Career Services at (210) 829-3931 or

CHASS Screening of “Windtalkers”
In recognition of Native American Heritage Month 2012, CHASS will show the film “Windtalkers” on Tuesday, Nov. 6 in the Joyce Building, Tilton Room (JB 106), 6-9 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Matthias Schubnell at (210) 829-3892 or

Slide Presentation on Native American Pottery
In celebration of Native American Heritage Month 2012, Eloise Stoker, a retired faculty member, will give a slide presentation on Native American Pottery on Thursday, Nov. 8 in the Fine Arts Building, B03, noon-1 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Matthias Schubnell at (210) 829-3892 or

UIW Theatre Department presents Antigone
UIW Theatre Department presents Sophocles’ Antigone in Elizabeth Huth Coates Theatre, Nov. 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. (Fridays & Saturdays), Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. (Sunday) and Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. (Thursday). Cost: $10 adults; $9 seniors; $8 students; $6/person for groups; UIW students, faculty and staff are free with ID. For more information, contact the Theatre Department at (210) 829-3800 or

Orchestra of the Incarnate Word to perform at Our Lady’s Chapel
Join the Orchestra of the Incarnate Word for a concert on Saturday, Nov. 10, 4-5:30 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. The orchestra will perform: Ludwig van Beethoven, Egmont, Overture op.84; Georges Bizet, L’Arlesienne Overture; and Franz Liszt, Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat. For more information, contact UIW Music Department at (210) 829-3855 or

UIW’s 26thAnnual Light the Way™
Mark your calendars, for UIW’s 26th Annual Light the Way™. Join us for a Miracle on Broadway, an evening of musical entertainment and new surprises. The 2012 “Light the Way” event hosted by UIW is set for 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17 in the Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium located on the UIW campus. This year, we are pleased to present Tejano Superstar Patsy Torres and Jazz Crooner Extraordinaire Ken Slavin in a duet performance not to be missed. The event also features musical entertainment from the UIW Cardinal Chorale, UIW Marching Band and the choirs from Incarnate Word High School, St. Anthony Catholic School and St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Catholic School. The St. Anthony Catholic High School jazz band will also be on hand to entertain the crowd. Following the ceremony, join the candlelight procession through campus to Dubuis Lawn for a reception from our friends at H-E-B. We will also once again collect new, unwrapped toys for the Elf Louise Christmas Project. Look for the drop-off tents at the event. The event is free and open to the public. The campus is open for self-guided tours through January 6, 2013. This annual event is sponsored by UIW and H-E-B. For information, call 210-829-6001 or visit

Department News

Tour de Word 2012
(Pictured L-R) Anthony Ramos, director of technical support services, Ana Gonzalez, director of instructional technology, Robin Logan, director of institutional research, Erika Pompa, institutional research programmer/analyst, and Terence Peak, coordinator of technology training, served red beans and rice to the UIW community during Information Resources’ 2nd annual Tour de Word. The event raised money for the UIW Capital Campaign benefiting the Fine Arts Building Fund. Attendees were also invited to ride on two bicycles equipped with wattage meters to measure how much energy they could generate.     

Robert H. Gardner Photography Exhibit
The University of the Incarnate Word’s Rosenberg School of Optometry (UIW-RSO) is proud to announce that photographs by local photographer Bob Gardner are on display now through April 2013 at the UIW-RSO located at 9725 Datapoint Dr. Additional information is available at or or contact Basil Aivaliotis at (210) 930-8688 or

Child and Adolescent Research Lab Recruitment
The Child and Adolescent Research Laboratory (CARL), a component of the Dept. of Psychology at UIW, conducts research on the development of infants, children and adolescents. Currently, CARL is investigating how infants perceive, become familiar with, and come to prefer the characteristics of human faces and certain social behavior. The results of this research will have important implications for understanding how infants process social information. The testing procedures are safe and uncomplicated. The session lasts between 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the particular study and infant comfort. You are always with your baby and you may ask to stop the session at any time. If you have a child of any age, you are invited to join the recruitment list by contacting CARL at (210) 832-3201 or

Extended Academic Programs

EAP Fall Faculty Assembly
On Saturday, Oct. 27, the division of Extended Academic Programs (EAP) held its Fall Faculty Assembly.There were over 80 people in attendance. EAP full-time faculty put on a best practices panel as part of the program. Dr. Matthew Gonzalez (right) worked with a group of faculty updating them on changes in the marketing concentration this year.

10thAnnual Veterans Day Celebration – Honoring All Who Serve
UIW will celebrate the 10th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8 on Dubuis Lawn. The celebration will feature UIW student guest speakers and a formal presentation of the flag-folding ceremony. A display of “living wall” slides will honor UIW community members who have served in the military. We invite you to submit new names by emailing their name, service, and years of service (e.g., “Frank James, USMC, Korean War vet) to Jeff Oliver (in UIW’s Center for Veterans Affairs), Photos are certainly welcome. NEW THIS YEAR – UIW students will also host Toys for Tots during the event – please bring new unwrapped toys that will be distributed to local disadvantaged children as Christmas gifts. Toys for Tots is a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve sponsored program. For any questions about our Veterans Day Ceremony, please contact Karen Wyatt, director of veteran affairs, at or 829-2705.

EAP Information Session
Join UIW’s Extended Academic Programs (EAP) at an information session for busy adults wanting to earn a degree on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Dr. Burton E. Grossman International Conference Center. During the session, you can have your transcripts evaluated, hear about payment 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 For more information, please visit

Community News

UIW in the News

Library Workshop-Finding the Evidence: Locating Evidence-Based Healthcare Research
This open class is for faculty, students, and staff on Tuesday, Nov. 6, noon-1:30 p.m., Mabee Library, Room 221. It is designed to help you learn which healthcare databases have evidence-based information that can be crucial to your research. Additional 2012 Library Workshops can be found through the GET TRAINING link on the library's webpage ( or by clicking on the Library Workshops Link ( The UIW community is invited to attend, but seating is limited. For more information, contact Dell Davis at (210) 829-6054 or

Effective and Engaging Presentations
Come learn tips and strategies for keeping your audience interested and alert during class presentations on Thursday, Nov. 8, 6-8 p.m. & Saturday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-noon in Mabee Library Auditorium. Engaging presentations properly stimulate the mind and promote effective learning. Participants will learn how to integrate advanced PowerPoint features, public speaking strategies and building rapport using non-verbal cues. For more information, contact Dr. David Ortiz at (210) 283-6454 or

Saturday Morning Wellness
Every Saturday morning, the UIW community is invited to participate in, and celebrate wellness. Currently, the mornings will focus on getting the first every UIW Community Vegetable Garden up and running. We will meet behind the Gorman Building at 8:45 a.m. ever Saturday for the rest of the semester (excluding Nov. 24). For more information, contact Stephen Lucke at (210) 478-7292 or

Stress and Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle
Stress is a body's physiological response to the daily demands placed on oneself. Although stress may not be avoidable, it is manageable. This program presented by Dr. Keith Tucker, director of counseling, on Saturday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-noon in Mabee Library’s Special Collections Room discusses the different types of stress and provides positive coping strategies for leading a healthy lifestyle. For more info, contact Dr. David Ortiz at (210) 283-6454 or

Faculty Focus

Writing Your Teaching Statement
Writing a philosophy of teaching helps instructors to identify what they most value about learning and to consider ways to make their practices consistent with those values. Additionally, statements of teaching philosophy are often needed for faculty self-inventories, promotion files, or teaching awards. Nationally known expert Barbara Millis will lead participants as they begin to write their own teaching statements.  Two different sessions will be held: Monday, Nov. 5, 4:30-5:15 p.m., Feik School of Pharmacy, Rm 478, and Tuesday, Nov. 6, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., School of Physical Therapy, Room 1107 (lunch will be provided). For more information, contact Dr. Susan Hall at (210) 283-5030 or

Call for papers - Verbum Incarnatum
Faculty is invited to submit a paper for Verbum Incarnatum: An Academic Journal of Social Justice published by UIW.The theme for this year’s volume is “Social Justice and Peace.”Papers must be submitted by March 1, 2013 and should include an abstract and be approximately 15-25 pages, double spaced. Deadline for final revisions is April 1, 2013. Please submit a hardcopy as well as an electronic version (Word Document) of your article.Submit all papers via email to For more information, contact Rachel Cywinski, managing editor, at or one of the faculty editors, Dr. Roger Barnes at, Dr. Phil Lampe at or Dr. Julie Miller at

Research Week – Call for Abstract Submissions
The School of Graduate Studies and Research’s Office of Research Development invites all UIW researchers and scholars to submit poster abstracts describing their projects as part of the 6th Annual UIW Research Week, Feb. 25-March 1, 2013. Faculty and students are encouraged to submit abstracts describing 1) research projects in progress that describe preliminary results, 2) completed projects, and/or 3) projects presented elsewhere over the last academic year. Undergraduate and graduate student research projects are welcome.Student abstracts should be accompanied by faculty mentor endorsement.The deadline for submissions is Nov. 16, 2012 at noon. For information regarding submission, deadlines, or Research Week activities, please contact the Office of Research Development at (210) 805-3036 or

High Schools

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 Campus. The event will begin with a community liturgy at 10:30 a.m. For more information, contact Alejandro Calderon at (210) 832-5632 or

High School Placement Test Workshop
All students wishing to be admitted at St. Anthony must take the High School Placement Test (HSPT).  This course, presented on Saturday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-noon, at SACHS, will prepare students for that test. For more information, please contact Alejandro Calderon at (210) 832-5698 or

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


2013 Book of Free
This year's book has over $2,000 worth of coupons for the San Antonio Area for only $50 and they do not expire until the end of 2013. They make a great Christmas present for loved ones who are always busy out and about in the area. For more details and to purchase this year’s book, please visit

Headwaters Volunteer Work Day
The Headwaters Coalition is hosting a Volunteer Work Day in the Headwaters Sanctuary on Sat., Nov. 3, 8-11 a.m. Come prepared to learn about the Sanctuary and for work in the woods: long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toe shoes. Headwaters volunteers are eligible for off campus community service hours. Plus, getting involved in the Headwaters project is a great way to expand your horizons and get to know more intimately this place we call “home” here at Incarnate Word.  We’ll meet at the main trailhead behind the baseball fields. For more information, contact Helen Ballew at (210) 825-2224 or

Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • Gloria Ellwanger & family on the recent loss of her husband, James R. Ellwanger (UIW Former Faculty/Baseball Coach).
  • Craig Pfeiffer & family on the recent loss of his wife, Cheryl Ann Pfeiffer (BA ’87).

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