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THE WEEK THAT WAS: January 25, 2013

Photo of the Week

VA Orientation
(Pictured L-R) Veterans Outreach Program Specialist Raymond P. Kaloplastos of the San Antonio Vet Center, two UIW student veterans, Director of Ecumenical Initiatives Dr. Trevor Alexander, and Director of Center for Veterans Affairs Karen Wyatt share a photo during the Spring 2013 New VA Student Orientation in Mabee Library on Thursday, Jan. 24. Representatives from UIW offices were on hand to answer new students’ questions about using VA educational benefits at UIW.


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

The CCVI Spirit Award Nomination
The CCVI Spirit Award recognizes a member of the faculty, staff or administration who has demonstrated the spirit of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. One award is given each year and it is time to make your nomination. To request a Nomination Form and for more information about the award, please contact Human Resources at (210) 829-6019 or Nominations are due no later than Feb. 28 to Sr. Walter Maher, vice president for Mission and Ministry.

Incarnate Word Day celebration moved to April
Incarnate Word Day, normally assigned to March 25, will be celebrated on April 8, 2013, since March 25, 2013, is Monday of Holy Week, the Solemnity of the Incarnation. For more info, contact Campus Ministry at (210) 829-3128 or


VA Orient 2
(Pictured L-R) Clarissa Tejeda, coordinator of career services; Cristina Ariza, director of tutoring services, and Michelle Beasley, coordinator of student disability services; spoke in the Mabee Library Auditorium during the Spring 2013 New VA Student Orientation.   

MLK March
Faculty members Dr. John Velasquez, associate professor of psychology, and Dr. Sharon Herbers, assistant professor of education, joined students for the Martin Luther King, Jr. March on Monday, Jan. 21. The march began at MLK Academy and ended at Pittman-Sullivan Park. An estimated 100,000 people marched in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy. 

Red Dress Invite
Mark your calendars now for the 10th Annual Red Dress Fashion Show & Health Fair.

11th Annual Pierre Lecture
The 11th Annual Pierre Lecture, hosted by the Religious Studies Department and the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, will feature a public presentation by acclaimed scholar Dr. Candida Moss on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7-8:30 p.m., Heritage Hall (Village at Incarnate Word). In her lecture, "Heavenly Bodies: What Does It Mean to Be Resurrected from the Dead?" Moss will discuss early Christian ideas about the resurrected body and how these impacted Western understandings of the human body in society and communal ethics. Moss is professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of Notre Dame. For more info, contact Dr. Timothy Milinovich at (724) 998-8832 or

Department News

Blackboard Course Structure and Course Themes
Jessica Martinez-Palacios, UIW's instructional designer, will demonstrate how to best use course themes and structures to create an engaging course template on Wednesday, Jan. 30, noon-1 p.m., Mabee Library, G16. At the conclusion of the course, faculty will have the option of adding a course structure or course theme to their Blackboard template. Contact Terry Peak, training coordinator, at to register.

Blackboard Calendar Session
Blackboard has updated the Calendar feature to make it more useful for both students and faculty. Information technology Services will present this session on Friday, Feb. 1, 2-3 p.m., in Mabee Library, G16, to show instructors how to create calendar items and integrate the Blackboard calendar with their Outlook calendar. Contact Terry Peak, training coordinator, at to register.

Ticket to Knowledge: Basic Business Research
Mabee Library is kicking off its spring semester Ticket to Knowledge classes. Join Leticia Martinez on Saturday, Feb. 2, 1-2 p.m. in Mabee Library, Room 230, for her class Basic Business Research. For more info, contact Leticia Martinez at (210) 832-2119 or

Extended Academic Programs

EAP hosts official opening of Pecan Valley Center
EAP will be hosting an official opening of the Pecan Valley Center on Monday, March 4 at 10:30 a.m. The new center is located at 408 Bushick Dr. in South San Antonio. Please RSVP with the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

Ticket to Knowledge: Databases & eBooks
Mabee Library is kicking off the spring semester Ticket to Knowledge classes. Join Jason Fetty and Polly McCord at the ADCaP Northwest Center in Room 111 on Thursday, Jan. 31, 5:30-6:30 p.m., to learn more about the library's growing collection of databases and eBooks. For more info, contact Jason Fetty at (210) 283-5022 or

Community News

Red, UIW’s mascot, and Julian Gonzalez, front line manager for ARAMARK at UIW, share a photo with UIW’s new Electrically Activated Water (EAW) cleaning system called Hydris in the Sr. Charles Marie Frank Nursing Building. Utilizing the university’s water, Hydris is an on-site system that produces three powerful cleaning and sanitizing products to clean multiple surfaces. UIW is the first location in the United States to receive this new technology.

Internet Router Maintenance
AT&T notified UIW that it has reserved a maintenance window of midnight-6 a.m. on the morning of Thursday, Jan. 31 to upgrade one of its core Internet routers that serves customers throughout San Antonio. During this timeframe, all UIW locations should expect Internet service disruptions.

Fall 2012 Dean’s List
Congratulations to all Dean's List members on their accomplishment. To view the Fall 2012 Dean’s List, visit

Red Dress Health Tips
Today, have a “water only” day. Don’t grab for a soda or juice. The calories can really add up. Reach for that big tall glass of water- it will keep you hydrated and your waistline will thank you too.

Recipients of UIW scholarship testimonials needed
Do you know an outstanding scholarship recipient? The Office of Development is currently seeking students to tell their stories of how receiving a scholarship has affected them in marketing materials for the 2013 Swing-In. Swing-In is a two-day event which includes an auction party and all day golf tournament. Proceeds from the events benefit the UIW Scholarship Fund. Please submit candidates’ contact information to Kayla Rice, public relations special events coordinator, at

Empowering and Rethinking Your Approach to Writing
The Graduate Support Center presents Empowering and Rethinking Your Approach to Writing. In this first workshop on Saturday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m.-noon, in the Nursing Building, Room 214, you will meet your writing coach, get a "snap shot analysis" of your writing potential, and begin the semester with invaluable stress reducing tips to empower you to overcome your fears and assumptions of professional and academic writing. The workshop is free and open to everyone. For More info, contact Cris Bazaldua at (210) 832-5628 or

Writing in Graduate School Workshop
The Graduate Support Center is hosting a Writing in Graduate School workshop presented by Dr. John Perry on Saturday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-noon, Mabee Library Auditorium. The workshop is designed to focus on the core elements of writing which serve as the foundation for building strong writing skills. The workshop is free and open to everyone. For more info, contact Dr. David Ortiz at (210) 283-6454 or

Affording UIW
The Office of Admissions will host Affording UIW on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 6:30-8 p.m., in Mabee Library Auditorium. Attending these sessions is a great way to learn how to afford a private education during challenging economic times and discover the numerous financial aid opportunities available to UIW students. Admissions and Financial Aid representatives will be available to help answer all questions. The session is free and open to the public. For more info, contact Judy Barger at (210) 829-6005 or

Effective Team Membership for Course Assignments
The Graduate Support Center will host a workshop presented by Dr. Margaret A. Buck on Thursday, Jan. 31, 6-8 p.m., Mabee Library Special Collections, and Saturday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m.-noon, Mabee Library Auditorium. This workshop will address useful skills and knowledge for being effective on class teams. Topics include team development, roles, best practices, and problem solving. The workshop is free and open to everyone. For more info, contact Dr. David Ortiz at (210) 283-6454 or

Submission Deadline Fast Approaching for Quirk 2013
There is less than a week left to submit creative work to Quirk 2013. Please send in your work and encourage others to submit by emailing by Thursday, Jan. 31. Submission guidelines and information about the journal Quirk are available on our website:

Faculty Focus

Dr. Hsin-I Liu invited to present at 2012 Beijing Forum
Dr. Hsin-I (Steve) Liu, associate professor of communication arts, was invited to present a paper entitled “I have a Face and a Thousand Books, so I Don’t Need Facebook: A Critical View on Social Media” at the 2012 Beijing Forum in November 2012. The Beijing Forum was organized by Peking University, which is the oldest university in China and was ranked 46th globally by the 2012-2013 “Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings.”

High Schools

A Taste of St. Anthony
The St. Anthony Catholic High School PTC invites you to an evening of extravagant festivities on Saturday, Feb. 9, 6 p.m.-midnight, at The Whitley Theological Center at Oblate School of Theology (285 Oblate Dr., San Antonio, TX 78213). The evening begins with a cocktail hour featuring entertainment by the SACHS Jazz Band, followed by a delicious menu and silent auction. Our gala culminates with an elegant dance with music provided by Joe Posada. Tickets are now on sale; for details, call Grace DeJesus at (210) 805-5860 or Emilio Gonzales at (210) 805-5882.

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Centering Prayer Mini Workshop: “Heartfulness”
UIW Retreat and Conference Center at the Denman Estate will be offering an opportunity to learn the prayer of Presence called Centering Prayer on Saturday, Feb. 2, 9:30 a.m.-noon, in the Library Building of Denman Estate. “Heartfulness,” a DVD series featuring Fr. Thomas Keating of Contemplative Outreach will be shown. Sr. Mary Agnes Zinni, OSB, will be one of the presenters, assisted by Sr. Alice Holden, CCVI. Cost: $10. For more info, contact Sr. Alice Holden at (210) 525-1232 or

Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • Basilio Flores & family on the recent loss of his wife, Alejandra A. Flores (former student).
  • Dorcey Perez & family on the recent loss of her husband, Joe L. Perez (BBA ’06, MBA ’09).
  • Maria Torres & family on the recent loss of her husband, Thomas Rosales Torres (BA ’94, MAA ’99).
  • Courtney & Mark (UIW Emeriti Bd. of Trustees) Watson, Jr. & family on the recent loss of his sister, Virginia Margo Watson Jones (IWHS ’55, BS ’71).

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