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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Feb. 3, 2012

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A farewell gathering celebrating Martin Klingbacher, former director of International Student and Scholar Services, and his 18+ years of service with UIW, was held Thursday, Feb. 2 in the ICC Conference Hall.


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.
  • Sunday Mass at 8 p.m.
  • Liturgy of the Hours evening prayer at 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation - 11:30 a.m. Fridays


Representatives from Rackspace Hosting were the guest presenters at “Ask the Experts,” held by Career Services and Professional Development Tuesday, Jan. 31. Students had the opportunity to ask questions and obtain advice on resumes, how to dress for interviews, and how to interview in a question and answer format.

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital-Alamo Heights, a new short stay surgical hospital, brought the Da Vinci Robotic System to the UIW campus for a robot specialist to show a hands-on demonstration and then he provided students the opportunity to try-out the robotic system and experience actual training exercises performed by surgeons.

Incarnate Word’s Social Justice Tradition rooted in Catholic Social Teachings and the Mission of the Incarnate Word Sisters, hosted by Suzan Roy of the UIW Religious Studies Department, was held Wednesday, Feb. 1. Kathleen Sullivan, director of the IW Missionaries, and Angelique “Jelly” Snyder, an Incarnate Word Missionary (IWM) who works at Visitation House, also shared information on the program for lay volunteers and IWM.

The H-E-B School of Business and Administration held the final award ceremony of the Business Plan Competition on Friday, Jan. 27. Awards were presented based on the quality of the final business plan. First place team went to the “Tech Boomers,” along with a $1500 team prize Pictured (L-R) Dr. Scott Roberts, assistant professor in the School of Business and coordinator of the business plan competition; UIW student Ernestina Cortez; Dr. Jeannie Scott, assistant dean of the School of Business; and UIW student Leticia  De Jesus Rodriguez. Teammates not pictured: Maria Fernandez Mejia, Aranza Morales Saucedo, Paloma Palos, and Chi Zhang.

Introduction to APA Writing Style
Graduate students are invited to join Jeanette Curby for “Introduction to APA Writing Style,” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 4 in Mabee Library, room 230. 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. For more information, contact Dr. David Ortiz at 210-283-6454 or at

10th Annual Psychology Research Colloquium
Join the UIW Psychology Department for the 10th Annual Psychology Research Colloquium. Dr. James Pennebaker of UT Austin will present “What our words say about us,” from 9-10:30 a.m. and UIW students will present their research from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Mabee Library Auditorium. For more information, contact Dr. John Velasquez at 210-829-3960 or

OLLU Moody Professor Lecture at UIW
Dr. Mary Ann Acevedo, associate professor of communication disorders at Our Lady of the Lake University, will present her Moody Lecture, “Persistence of English Language Learner Students in Higher Education,” at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 in Mabee Library Special Collections Center. All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Itza Casanova at or 210-829-3943.

References-RefWorks Online Management Software
Graduate students are invited to attend, “References-RefWorks Online Management Software,” presented by Jason Fetty, from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 or 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 11 in Mabee Library Room 230. One of the most important elements of academic writing is properly identifying where information comes from and where the sources can be located. Appropriate citations and references reduce the chance of committing academic fraud or plagiarism while at the same time strengthening a paper. This workshop will provide an in-depth overview of in-text citations, footnotes and reference pages.  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 at

Black History Month Celebrations Around Campus

  • UIW students are invited to celebrate Black History Month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 on Dubuis Lawn. There will be music, soul food by Sodexo, and live entertainment by Soulfruit and BossTon. The event is being presented courtesy of the Office of Campus Life, and University Events and Student Programs. In case of rain, the event will be moved to the Student Lounge in Marian Hall. For more information, contact Anna Castorena at 210-805-3060 or
  • UIW Campus Life and UESP will celebrate Black History Month from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 in Marian Ballroom. Guest speaker Dewey Bozella will share his story and triumph after serving 26 years in jail for being wrongfully convicted of murder. At the 2011 ESPYs, Bozella was honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. For more information, contact Paul Ayala at 210-829-6034 or at

  • Racism was evident in the south during the 1950s which led to an unfair trial for 14-year-old Emmett Till. Till was accused of offending a white woman and the woman’s husband and brother-in-law kidnapped and beat him to death. The all white jury acquitted the two men who killed Till. Learn about the case and the conclusion of the this mistrial which will be presented by Dr. Roger Barnes and Robert Sosa from 3-4:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 at the Nursing Auditorium, NB 214. For more information, contact Anna Lilia Castorena at 210-805-3060 or at

  • Holy Redeemer Catholic Church Dance Ministry; students from the UIW Arts for Christian Worship, and Sr. Leti De Jesus Rodriguez, speaking of the Incarnate Word Sisters’ Ministry in Zambia where she worked; will celebrate Black History Month in prayer, dance, scripture, and song from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word at the Village at Incarnate Word. The event is co-sponsored by the Incarnate Word Sisters New Membership Committee and UIW Liturgical Outreach. For more information, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at 210-829-3854 or

10th Annual Pierre Lecture
The UIW Religious Studies Department will host the 10th Annual Pierre Lecture, “When Mystic Masters Meet: Towards a New Matrix for Christian-Muslim Dialogue,” presented by the book’s author Dr. Syafaatun Almirzanah, from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Almirzanah is a professor of Islam and Middle Eastern Politics and Diplomacy at the University of Indonesia, Jakarta. Her book is a study of the role of mystical discourse and experience can play in Christian-Muslim dialogue. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Julie Miller at 210-283-5062 or at

Rackspace Day
UIW students are invited to attend “Rackspace Day,” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 in Marian Hall. Representatives from Rackspace will be on campus to discuss the company culture, careers, and internship opportunities as well as traits they seek in their prospective employees. All majors are encouraged to attend. Free pizza will be served. For more information, contact Career Services at 210-829-3931 or

Resume Basics Day
First-Year Engagement and Professional Development will host Resume Basics Day Thursday, Feb. 9 in the Library Auditorium. Resume Basics is a 30 minute presentation on essential resume elements and will be offered in three presentations from noon to 12:45 p.m., 2-2:45 p.m. or 3-3:45 p.m. For more information, contact Katie Ramirez at 210-829-3931 or at

Department News

“What’s Hot in Literacy for 2012”
The Literacy Summit is a nationally publicized event featuring some of the best-known literacy researchers such as P. David Pearson and Jerry Johns. “What’s Hot in Literacy for 2012” will present current research in a variety of formats including institutes  in 90 minute sessions, and regular 50 minute sessions, poster sessions, and roundtables. Teachers will receive continuing education credits for attending.”What’s Hot in Literacy 2012,” will be held Feb. 3-4 on the UIW campus. Cost to attend is $100 for one day or $150 for both days. For more information, contact Stephanie Grote-Garcia at 210-832-2106 or at You may also visit

Changes Coming to UIW Payroll System
Webtime entry is coming to UIW.Webtime entry will replace our paper timesheet system as of March 1. The new payroll system will allow all daily hours, submissions, and approvals to be submitted electronically online. There will be training sessions for all supervisors, functional users and employees in the month of February before the go live date of March 1.We highly recommend that you attend if you approve time for staff or students to be paid by the Payroll Office. Email notifications will be sent to you concerning the times of the training. All training sessions will be held in Mabee Library room 230 or G16. If you have questions, please email the Payroll Department at

Athletics Update
The men’s and women’s basketball teams are preparing for a possible berth in the conference championships Feb. 29 – March 4 in Allen, Texas. Tickets for the entire tournament are $45 ($32 for students) and are available at the UIW Athletics ticket office by calling 210-829-6048 or by e-mailing Although the teams are not yet guaranteed a spot in the tournament, it appears as if the teams will get an invite based on their current win/loss record.

Center for Medical Tourism Research Conference
The 2012 Center for Medical Tourism Research Conference will be held from Feb. 13-15 at the Omni La Mansion Del Rio. Cost to attend is $399 for a regular attendee, $199 for a student/governmental attendee, and $50 for in-town select university attendees (non-food).  For more information, contact Dr. David Vequist at 210-805-5825 or at

“The Future of Healthcare: Global Trends Worth Watching”
UIW and the Center for Medical Tourism Research will host Dr. Tricia J. Johnson, acting associate chair and associate professor, Department of Health Systems Management and Director, Center for Health Management & Policy Research, from Rush University. Johnson is the co-author of “The Future of Healthcare: Global Trends Worth Watching,” and will speak on several topics including the book and “The Changing Nature of Healthcare Demand in a Global Context.” The presentation will be held from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 in the Mabee Library Auditorium. For more information, contact Dr. David Vequist at 210-805-5825 or at

“Reproductive Tourism: Global Trends, Middle Eastern Perspectives”

UIW and the Center for Medical Tourism are honored to host Dr. Marcia C. Inhorn, the William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at Yale University. Inhorn is a specialist on Middle Eastern gender and health issue and has conducted research on the social impact of infertility, assisted reproductive technologies, and reproductive tourism in the Middle East and Arab America for the past 20 years. Inhorn will present “Reproductive Tourism: Global Trends, Middle Eastern Perspectives,” from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 at the International Conference Center Hall and Patio. For more information, contact Dr. David Vequist at 210-805-5825 or at

Extended Academic Programs

Vince Porter, dean of the School of Extended Studies/ADCaP; Dr. Cyndi Porter, vice president for Extended Academic Programs (EAP); and Rita Russ, dean of Virtual University at the EAP Student Appreciation reception held Thursday, Feb. 2 in the Sky Room. This week EAP held student appreciation events in Corpus Christi and San Antonio.The annual events give faculty, administrators and staff the opportunity to show the EAP students how much EAP appreciates that they selected UIW to continue their education.

Shirley Caldera, director of operations for ADCaP; faculty member Tony Castilleja; and ADCaP student Rosalinda Velasquez enjoyed a live band, hors d’oeuvres, and more at the UIW EAP Student Appreciation Reception.

Extended Academic Programs Information Session
UIW Extended Academic Programs will present an information session for adults who would like to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 at the Dr. Burton E. Grossman International Center. The session will showcase opportunities for adult students including the new daytime blended learning program, and the UIW accelerated eight-week terms. The information session will also discuss the option of the UIW Virtual University for convenient online classes. For more information or to RSVP, call 210-832-2100 or email

Community News

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. The St. Vincent de Paul Society will make their first delivery of coffee to Haven for Hope Friday, Feb. 10 so stop by with your donations today. For more information, contact UMM at or 210-829-3128.

Free Tax Returns for Low Income Taxpayers
Volunteers in Income Tax (VITA) will be completing free tax returns for low income taxpayers and free e-file from 10 a.m. to noon beginning Saturday, Feb. 4 through Saturday, April 14 in the UIW Administration Building basement, room 62. Low income taxpayers must meet the requirement of making $50,000 per year. Those interested must bring social security cards for taxpayers and dependents, a driver’s license, W-2 forms, a copy of last year’s tax return, a checkbook for direct deposit of the refund, and form 1098-T for students. To e-file, both spouses must be present to sign the IRS form. For more information, contact Tracie Edmond at 210-283-5004 or

9th Annual Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair
The Annual Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 in Marian Hall Ballroom. The pageant will feature red garments modeled by UIW students. The health fair, aimed at bringing awareness to the dangers of heart disease in women, boasts heart healthy appetizers, special activities and exhibits while providing information on the importance of maintaining a heart healthy lifestyle. Join the fun and also have the opportunity to shop for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart at the Red Dress Scarf and Tie sale or with the variety of other vendors on site. Red Dress will also feature a carnation and rose sale – a limited amount will be available, so stop by early before they are gone. For more information, visit 9th Annual Red Dress Fashion Show and Health Fair or contact Lee Ann Waltz at 210-832-2191 or

A Dinner to Remember
Enjoy a restaurant style Valentine’s Day dinner for you and your sweetheart or you and your friends. The meal includes salad; rolls; an entrée of Chicken Florentine Roulade, Steak Diane, Panko Crusted Prawns, or a vegetable plate; and Baked Alaska for dessert, all for $24.99. You may also dance the night away and be entered into a drawing to win a free dinner. Contact the Sodexo Catering Office to make your reservation for 7 p.m. or 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 in the ICC Ballroom at

Hispanic Marketing Institute Speaker Series
As part of the Hispanic Marketing Institute Speaker Series Dr. Leo Estrada, faculty member in urban planning at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs will present, “Hispanics are the General Market,” from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20 in the Library Auditorium. For more information, contact Dr. Alberto Rubio at

Blue Man Group at the Majestic
Join the UIW Alumni Relations Department to watch Blue Man Group at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Majestic Theatre. Cost to attend is $23. Visit for more information.

National Collegiate Day of Prayer
UIW University Mission and Ministry (UMM) will be attending the National Collegiate Day of Prayer at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at the St. Mary’s University Alumni Field. UMM will provide limited transportation on a first come, first serve basis for those who need a ride to the event. For more information or to reserve a space, please contact UMM at or 210-829-2736.

Kappa Sigma Golf Classic
The First Annual Kappa Sigma Golf Classic will be held from 1-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Alamo Quarry Golf Course. This fundraising event for the Fisher House, Military Heroes, and the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, is a four-man scramble golf tournament with closest to pin, longest drive, $5 mulligan’s and more. The event is open to the public and costs $100 to participate. If you do not have a team, one will be appointed for you. The organization is also currently seeking sponsorships. For more information, contact Jacob Ramirez at 210-473-8473 or at

The Epsilen ePortfolio
The Epsilen ePortfolio, designed to allow UIW students, faculty and staff to create a unique online portfolio, is now available at no cost. This lifelong resource allows users to manage their complete educational profile, work history, and life experience; incorporating calendars, wikis, blogs, notes, drop boxes, and other interactive tools. There is also a resume builder to help you create an online resume. Users may control who may access their ePortfolio, sharing information they feel is relevant with their colleagues, other educational institutions, or even potential employers. The Department of Instructional Technology has created a series of video tutorials designed to teach you how to build a portfolio at: Training Tutorials . Click here to create an Epsilen ePortfolio account: Epsilen Registration.

Faculty Focus

Thursday Night Live 2012
The UIW Art Department proudly presents, “Thursday Night Live,” which will feature arts faculty exhibitions and performances. The exhibit will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Monday, Feb. 6 and will run through Friday, March 2 in Semmes Art Gallery, located in Dougherty Fine Arts Center. Literary readings and performances will be held at 5 p.m. and a closing reception will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1 in Palestrina Hall in the Fine Arts Center.  For more information, contact the Art Department at 210-829-3855 or at

Faculty Recital
UIW Music Department faculty members including violinist Gerald Schloelzel, and pianist Zachary Ridgway, will come together to perform a Faculty Recital from 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 in Our Lady’s Chapel. For more information, contact the Music Department at 210-829-3855 or at

Nominations Needed for Presidential Teaching Award
Nominations will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 24 for the 2012 Presidential Teaching Award. This annual award acknowledges and rewards a full-time faculty member who exemplifies excellence in teaching that leads to student engagement.UIW President Dr. Louis Agnese will present a$5,000 stipend to the recipient. This award is presented to an individual one time; recipients become members of the selection committee in succeeding years. Colleagues, current students and alumni may make nominations accompanied by the reason the nominee is deserving of the award. For full details and a nomination form, visit

High Schools

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Senior and First-Year Students, Your Feedback is Important to UIW
Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 14, senior and first-year students may receive an invitation for the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) through Cardinal email. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and responses are confidential. Feedback received will be used to help administrators and faculty improve policies, curriculum and campus activities. All students who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for one of 50 Visa Gift Cards. For questions about the survey or if you are interested in the results, contact the Office of Institutional Research at or visit

Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • The family of Henriette Yturri Ames (BA ’45) on her recent death.

  • Ms. Linda Solis (ADCaP staff) on the recent loss of her brother-in-law, and Mark Anthony Solis (BA ’05) & family on the recent loss of his uncle, Richard Bocanegra.

  • Edna & Ernie Buhemik & family on the recent loss of her mother, Marjorie Brite Hohon (BA ’40).

  • Paul Knopp & family on the recent loss of his wife, Margaret Belluomini Knopp (BA ’49).

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