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THE WEEK THAT WAS: November 9, 2012

Photo of the Week

VD Agnese and James
Dr. Louis Agnese, Jr., UIW president, displays a specially designed coin commemorating UIW’s 10th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony as Dr. Glenn James, associate provost, describes to the community the significance of the coin. The ceremony, honoring the daily sacrifice of those who serve and have served in our nation’s armed forces and their families, was held on Dubuis Lawn on Thursday, Nov. 8. Following the ceremony, commemorative coins were handed out to attendees of the momentous occasion.      


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

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 and Nor’easter 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.

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.

“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.15 and 29. For more information or questions, please contact Fr. Tom at 210-829-3131/ or visit

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.


First Gen Filim
Dr. Tanja Stampfl, assistant professor of English, leads a discussion with the UIW community following a screening of the film “First Generation,” an award-winning documentary about students who are the first in their families to attend college, in Mabee Library Auditorium on Monday, Nov. 5.

Euro Center
Dr. Javier Lozano, director of sister schools partnerships, and J.T. Norris, assistant professor of accounting, speak to the UIW community about opportunities available at the university’s new European Study Center in Heidelberg, Germany. Hosted by Study Abroad, the European Study Center Information Session was held in Marian Hall Ballroom on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Nov BD Event
(Pictured L-R) Sandra Reyes, human resources generalist, Annette Thompson, director of human resources, Raymond Leon, maintenance painter for facilities management, Heather Hamilton, human resources generalist, and Shannon Root, senior human resources generalist, share a photo as Leon displays his birthday prize. Leon was one of four employees to win a cash prize during the November Employee Birthday Celebration hosted by Human Resources in Mabee Library’s Special Collections Room on Wednesday, Nov. 7. 

10th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony Photos

Flag Fold 2012
UIW Army ROTC cadets begin folding the United States flag during the Flag Folding Ceremony at the 10th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony. Dr. Kevin LaFrance (USA, ret), associate professor of health care administration, described to the community the symbolic representation of each fold of the flag as the cadets performed the tradition.    

Color Guard
The UIW Army ROTC Color Guard performs the Presentation of the Colors during the 10th Annual Veterans Ceremony.

Dr A VD Ceremony
President Agnese addresses the community during the 10th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony.

K Wyatt VDC
Karen Wyatt (USN, 1990-1995), director of veteran affairs, speaks during the 10th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony.  

Sgt Jones
Sgt. James Jones, USA, UIW student veteran, speaks to the community during the Veterans Day Ceremony. Jones expressed that his decision to attend UIW was inspired by the Mission of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.    

Maj Montoya
Maj. Andrew Montoya, USA, veteran and UIW doctorate student, presents during the ceremony. Montoya spoke of not only the sacrifice of service members in the line of duty, but of their families as well.   

Class Photo VDC
Attendees of the 10th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony gathered for the annual Class Photo following the Veterans Day event.   

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 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. 

Green Bean Drive- Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Day Dinner
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Sigma Theta Tau (Honor Society of Nursing) is once again holding their GREEN BEAN CAN DRIVE for the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner. Last year more than 3200 lbs. of green beans were collected. Please help us reach our goal this year by dropping off your donation at the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing anytime between now and Friday, Nov. 16. For more information contact Yvonne Davila at (210) 832-3289 or by email at

UIW International Education Week
Come celebrate diversity and different cultures with 18 different events on campus as part of the 2nd annual UIW International Education Week, a  joint initiative between the U.S. Dept. of Education and the U.S. Dept. of State. For a full list of events visit: For full descriptions of events, please contact

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

The Literacy of Carlisle Indian School
In recognition of Native American Heritage Month 2012, CHASS presents The Literary Legacy of Carlisle Indian School: Students Read and Comment on the Writings of Carlisle Indian School Students on Monday, Nov. 12, Mabee Library’s Special Collection Room, 1:30-2:45 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Matthias Schubnell at (210) 829-3892 or

Sodexo hosts Farmer’s Market at UIW
Sodexo will host a Farmer's Market for the UIW community on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Dubuis Lawn. For more info, contact Rudy Martinez at (210) 832-2149 or

Poetry Reading: Laura Tohe, Navajo Poet
In honor of Native American Heritage Month 2012, Laura Tohe, Navajo poet, will give a poetry reading in Mabee Library Auditorium, Thursday, Nov. 15, 6-7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Matthias Schubnell at (210) 829-3892 or

“Insert Title Here”: Senior Capstone Exhibit
Senior Capstone Exhibit: “Insert Title Here,” works by Gabriela Gonzalez, Tiffany Marie Leavelle, Amie Lucio, Macy Magdalyn Perez, and Erik Romero will be on display Nov. 15- Dec. 10 in Semmes Gallery. The Opening Reception will take place on Thursday, Nov. 15, 6-7:30 p.m., Semmes Gallery. For more information, contact the UIW Art Department at (210) 829-3855 or

UIW Art Department presents the 2nd annual Holiday Treasures Arts & Crafts Sale
The UIW Art Department presents their 2nd annual Holiday Treasures Arts & Crafts Sale on Friday, Nov. 16, 6-10 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 17, noon-10 p.m., in the Fine Arts Building. A number of local artisans will be selling unique handmade goods for the holiday season to include: ceramics, jewelry, quilts, and much more. For more information, please contact the UIW Art 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

UIW presents A Night of Jazz on Broadway
Join the UIW Music Department and KRTU Radio for "A Night of Jazz on Broadway" featuring Jackie King, the UIW Jazz Ensemble, John Magaldi’s Prime Time Jazz Orchestra, Butch Miles, John Panzarella, and Jim Waller on Thursday, Dec. 6, 7-9 p.m. at UIW Fine Arts Auditorium. Visit for ticket information. Proceeds from this concert go to the UIW Fine Arts Campaign. General Admission is $20. For more information, contact Jim Waller at (210) 829-6066 or

UIW Christmas Party Invitation
Dr. and Mrs. Louis J. Agnese, Jr. invite you to attend a Christmas party for full-time employees (UIW/IWHS/SACHS) and one adult guest (no children) on Sunday, Dec. 9, in the McCombs Center, Sandra and Stanley Rosenberg Sky Room. There will be a reception 6-6:45 p.m. and the seated dinner will begin promptly at 7 p.m. The dance will be from 8-10 p.m.Please reply by Tuesday, December 4, online at you respond, let us know if you have any special dietary restrictions. If you accept that you are coming and do not attend, please be aware that a fee of $35 per person will be assessed to cover the administrative costs. For more information, please contact Lorraine Ewers at

Department News

Social Media Sites/Update
The Office of Web Development is updating our social media directory for the university, comprising all official UIW Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and other social media sites. The URL is: Does your department or program have a new Facebook page, or other social media site, not listed in the directory? Please use this form to tell us about it: Inclusion in the directory will help increase engagement by allowing more frequent cross-postings between sites, and also allow for better management of the university's social media efforts. For details, please contact Troy Knickerbocker at (210) 805-5818 or

IT hosts its final 2012 iPad User’s Group meeting
The final iPad User’s Group meeting of 2012 will take place on Friday, Nov. 16, at noon in Mabee Library Auditorium. Blackboard Administrator Kenneth Rogers will be on hand to demonstrate two Blackboard iPad apps: Blackboard Mobile and Blackboard Collaborate Mobile. Rogers will explain how both students and faculty can use the Blackboard Mobile App to access content via the web browser; participate in asynchronous dialog using the Discussion Board; and how to access, upload, and save content using Drop Box integration. Rogers and Terry Peak, technology training coordinator, will demonstrate the Blackboard Mobile Collaborate app, which allows both faculty and students to access and participate in a collaborative session using their iPhone or iPad. Adela Gott, multimedia specialist, will spend a few minutes demonstrating the iBook that she and Dr. Amalia Mondriguez, professor of foreign language, are in the process of creating for the Feik School of Pharmacy. Lunch will be served following the session. Please accept this invitation to RSVP by contacting Terry Peak at (210) 829-3920 or

Cup Runneth Over, UIW TRiO Community Service Project
Cup Runneth Over, UIW TRiO community service project, is now collecting items to be distributed to Homeless/Transitional Shelters during the holiday season. Items needed include: clean coffee mugs; unopened small toiletries like hotel soaps and shampoos; individually wrapped tea bags, instant coffee packets, or hot chocolate packets; individually wrapped hard candies; and any other small, thoughtful items for adults who may be in transition. Please bring items to AD 225 before Nov. 30. For more information, please contact Patty Medina at (210) 832-2152/ or Roberta Leichnitz at  (210) 829-3929/

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

VP and Dean of EAP to attend Council on Adult and Experiential Learning's Annual Conference
Dr. Cyndi Wilson Porter, vice president for Extended Academic Programs, and Vince Porter, dean of Extended Academic Programs, are attending the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning's Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Dr. Porter is co-presenting, along with University of Maryland University College, a workshop entitled "Defining, Measuring and Improving Student Success.”

Community News

Technical Services Announcement: SafeConnect Network Access Control
Technical Services will be implementing SafeConnect Network Access Control at UIW. SafeConnect allows Technical Servicesto 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 at the School of Physical Therapy
When: Tuesday, November 13, 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 (210) 829-2721 or with any questions or concerns.

Light the Way™ Volunteers Needed
This year’s event is going to be bigger and better and that means we need more student, alumni, staff and faculty volunteers to make it another huge success! If you are interested in volunteering for this year’s Light the Way™ on Saturday, Nov. 17, please contact Kayla Rice, public relations special events coordinator, at (210) 829-6001 or by Wednesday, Nov. 14.

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 ever 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

Effective and Engaging Presentations
Come learn tips and strategies for keeping your audience interested and alert during class presentations on 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

Cross-Cultural Communication
This workshop is designed to help participants draw upon existing (as well as build new) knowledge and skills to strengthen their capacity to work across cultures and in diverse communities on Monday, Nov. 12, 6-8 p.m. in the Mabee Library’s Special Collections Room & Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6-8 p.m. at UIW Northwest Center. For more info, contact Dr. David Ortiz at (210) 283-6454 or

Library Workshop-Special Collections and Archives: Finding and Using Unique Library Materials
Mabee Library presents an open workshop for faculty, staff and students on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6-7 p.m., Mabee Library’s Special Collections Room; it is designed to help find and use unique library materials. 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 Polly McCord (210) 805-5809 or

Pin-Yin and Pronouncing Chinese Names for Faculty and Staff
Learning to pronounce a student's name is a gesture of respect and hospitality, but pronouncing Chinese names can be challenging for English speakers. The Center for Teaching and Learning invite faculty and staff to enjoy lunch and get tips on pronouncing Chinese names on Wednesday, Nov. 14, noon-1 p.m., AD212. For more information or to reserve your spot, contact Sheena Connell at or (210) 805-5705.

Arabic Conversation Cafe
The Department of Modern Languages and Study Abroad Office are hosting Arabic Conversation Cafe for current Arabic course students, staff, faculty, or anyone interested in learning Arabic to practice their skills with native Arabic speakers on Friday, Nov.16, from 1-3 p.m., located at GB116. Snacks will be provided. This event is part of International Education Week. For more information, contact International Student & Scholar Services at 210-805-5705 or

Faculty Focus

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

IWHS Madirgals
Mary De La Garza, faculty member and fine arts department chair of IWHS, and the IWHS Madrigal Singers share a photo following the 10th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Dubuis Lawn on Thursday, Nov. 8. The IWHS Madrigal Singers performed the National Anthem and “America the Beautiful” during the event.

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

Blood Donors are Forever Blood Drive
If you would like to help give the gift of life, please come out and donate blood on Friday, Nov. 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic High School Library. Help us save the lives of others. Come to donate and receive a Twilight themed t-shirt. If you would like to register for a priority time slot, please contact Vanessa Carrasco at or Jessica De La Rosa at

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. 17, 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:

  • Deb (UIW Adjunct Faculty/Computer Information Systems) & Phillip (UIW Faculty/Computer Information Systems) Youngblood and family on the recent loss of her mother, Bobbie Chipman.
  • Judy (BSN ’72) & Ron Richter and family on the recent loss of her mother, Alice M. Gregoire.
  • Lisa Schultz (IWHS ’86, BA ’91, MA ’95) and family on the recent loss of her great-aunt, Lou Rita Kaplan.
  • Rosemary (IWHS ’67) & Greg DeHaven and family on the recent loss of her mother, Mary P. Monaco.
  • Valerie (Academic Advisor/EAP) & T. J. Vargas and family on the recent loss of her grandmother, Soila Lopez Moncivalles.
  • Elaine Olson (Admin. Assistant/School of Physical Therapy) and family on the recent loss of her grandson, Dylan Speece.

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