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THE WEEK THAT WAS: february 15, 2013

Photo of the Week

Fragoso Asain New Year
(Pictured L-R) Dr. Paul Messina, associate professor of mathematics; Misty Chen, director of UIW’s Institute of World Cultures; HangCha W. Jones, who leads the Korean Folk Dance Team; and Marcos Fragoso, vice president for international affairs; share a photo during the 2013 Asian New Year Celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 12 in Marian Hall Ballroom. This year marks the “Year of the Snake.”  


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

Feb 15: Lent – Daily Reflection: Joy and Peace

Taizé Prayer
University Mission and Ministry cordially invites you to participate in a service of praise and worship in the tradition of Taizé on Thursday, Feb. 21, beginning at 9 p.m. at the UIW Grotto. Students, faculty, staff and friends of UIW will lead the service. For more information on the history, community and current events of Taizé, go to: For more info on the event, contact Lena Gokelman at (210) 832-3207 or

"The Concept of A Savior Through The Eyes of Faith"
The UIW Interfaith Council will host a panel discussion about "The Concept of A Savior Through The Eyes of Faith" on Thursday, Feb. 21, 5-6:30 p.m., in Marian Hall Ballroom. The panel will consist of presenters that are knowledgeable from their various faith traditions. Please come out and join us for an evening of enlightenment and rich sharing. A light meal will be served. For more info, contact Dr. Trevor Alexander at (210) 829-3130 or

5th annual 24-Hour Pray-a-thon
To begin the Lenten Season in the right frame of mind, University Mission and Ministry will hold its 5th annual 24-hour Pray-a-thon beginning Thursday, Feb. 21 at 11:45 a.m. on Dubuis Lawn. The tradition began in 2009 when one of our students wanted to find a way to more fully engage individuals, student organizations and university departments with the spirit of the season. GMA award winning artist Natalie Grant will perform on Thursday, Feb. 21, 7-8 p.m., in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center. An up-to-date schedule of events can be found at For more info, contact Mission and Ministry at (210) 829-2736.

Meet the Mission: Spring Break Edition
Spring Break Meet the Mission is a neighborhood cleanup and house painting effort in the San Antonio community undertaken by teams of UIW students, faculty, and staff each weekday, March 11-15. Breakfast, lunch, and transportation to and from the sites will be provided.  Each day of service will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude by 3 p.m. Volunteer for as many days as you like. To sign up or receive more information, contact Dr. Chris Edelman at

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 Mission and Ministry at (210) 829-3128 or Nominations are due no later than Feb. 28 to Sr. Walter Maher, vice president for Mission and Ministry.


Lion Dance
UIW's Institute of World Cultures Lion Dance Team performed the Lion Dance during the 2013 Asian New Year Celebration. 

Chinese Opera
(Above) Hui Opera members perform “Guan Yu Floods Seven Armies.” UIW International Affairs, the Institute of World Cultures, the Greater San Antonio Chinese Chamber of Commerce, and the Alamo Asian American Chamber of Commerce hosted the performance of two Chinese opera companies, the Hui Opera and Huangmei Opera, in the Rosenberg Sky Room at the McCombs Center on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Memphis at the Majestic Theatre
Join UIW Alumni Relations for a great time at the Majestic Theatre to mix and mingle with alumni on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 8 p.m. We will be attending a performance of “Memphis,” the hot new Broadway musical about the 1950s underground dance clubs of Memphis, Tenn. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at

Annual Wellness Fair
Health Services & Human Resources will host the Annual Wellness Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in the Marian Hall Ballroom. The fair will include active wellness promotion, free health screenings, diabetes, heart and cancer awareness, skin care, pet care, music therapy, healthy recipes and tastings, therapeutic shoulder and neck massage, clowns, face painting and a Wellness Game to win prizes. Music will be provided by KUIW. For more info, contact Marveen Mahon at (210) 805-3549 or

UIW Fashion Department presents Hats Off to Lila
Ten students and graduates of UIW’s Fashion Management Program, three students from the University of Minnesota's fashion program, and four students from Somerset High School will show new designs inspired by Lila Bath originals on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 6-9 p.m. in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Skyroom. Bath gave scholarships and her couture collection to UIW and the University of Minnesota. Twenty other originals will be professionally modeled by the Ricardo Mario Agency. UIW music students will provide accompaniment. Cost: $10 adults, $5 students. For more information, contact Carla Perez at (210) 823-4412 or   

UIW Theatre Arts presents “The Memory of Water” 
The UIW Department of Theatre Arts invites you to “The Memory of Water,” a gloriously funny and deeply felt story about three bereaved sisters who have come together for the funeral of their mother.  Performances will take place in Cheever Downstage II Theatre at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, Saturday, Feb. 23, Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2; Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.; and Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. For more info, contact (210) 829-3800 or

ELEVATE Women’s Conference 2013
ELEVATE, a women's conference for UIW alumni and friends and sponsored by UIW Planned Giving Council & UIW Alumni Association, will be held Thursday, Feb. 28, 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at The Bright Shawl (819 Augusta, San Antonio, Texas). Keynote speaker is Suzanne Cheever Goudge whose topic is "Lessons Learned and Taught - Our Generational Legacy." Conference cost is $40 per person. Lunch with keynote option is $25 per person (space is limited). RSVP is required by Feb. 22. Please register online at

Department News

(Pictured L-R) Dell Davis, Mabee Library’s director of public services, and Jessica Martinez-Palacios, instructional designer for instructional technology, met with students as part of Librarians on Location to share and demonstrate Mabee Library and Instructional Technology’s resources and services in the AT&T Building lobby on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The next Librarians on Location events will take place in Bonilla Science Hall lobby on Monday, Feb. 18, 1:30-3 p.m., and in the Gorman Building lobby on Thursday, Feb. 21, 10-11:30 a.m.   

APP 101
Dreux Marie, system engineer of Apple Computer, came to UIW’s MIS 4399 iOS App Development class on Thursday, Feb 14. Marie shared his long term software development and management experience with students. Students obtained advice about the bright employment opportunities as app developers and how to develop great apps for iOS. The event has received tremendous positive feedback from attending students. Marie has been with Apple Inc since 1988. He is a four-time winner of “System Engineer of the Year” for Apple Computer.

iPad User’s Group Meeting
An iPad user’s group meeting will be help on Friday, Feb. 15, noon-1 p.m. in Mabbe Library, Special Collections Room. This meeting will feature various apps and a few tips and tricks. For more info, contact Terry Peak, training coordinator, at

Dean Candidates for H-E-B School of Business Administration
Four finalists for the dean’s position with the H-E-B School of Business Administration will be on campus.They will have presentations/open forums for the university community. For more info, contact Dr. Sharon Welkey at The schedule of presentations is as follows:

Monday, Feb. 18
Candidate: Dr. Jaime Ortiz
10:30-11:45 a.m., Library Auditorium
Topic: “Role of business schools in educating students for the future”

Tuesday, Feb. 19
Candidate: Dr. Nancy Albers-Miller
10:30-11:45 a.m., Library Auditorium
Topic: “Role of business schools in educating students for the future”

Thursday, Feb. 21
Candidate: Dr. Alicia Jackson
Times and locations of the presentation/open forum for university community: 10:30-11:45 a.m., Library Auditorium
Topic: “Role of business schools in educating students for the future”

Friday, Feb. 22
Candidate: Dr. Forrest Aven
10:30-11:45 a.m., Library Auditorium
Topic: “Role of business schools in educating students for the future”

On Wednesday, Feb. 20, noon-1 p.m., in Mabee Library, G16, join Jessica Martinez-Palacios, instructional designer, as she shows you how to create engaging course materials- including learning activities, self-assessments, and games. Faculty members will create a StudyMate activity at the completion of the course. Contact Terry Peak, training coordinator, at to register.

Blackboard Assessment Updates
Blackboard Assessment has some new assessment tools; Item Analysis and automatic re-grading, which will assist faculty as they build online assessments within their Blackboard course. On Friday, Feb. 22, 2-3 p.m., in Mabee Library, G16, Terry Peak, training coordinator, will demonstrate how the Item Analysis tool can help identify and fix questions that have been identified as poor performers by the item analysis process. At the end of the session, faculty members will use the Item Analysis tool to diagnose and then fix questions identified as “poor performers.” Faculty members will then re-grade an assessment. Contact Terry Peak at to register.

Extended Academic Programs

(Pictured L-R) Vince Porter, dean of the School of Extended Studies; Coeta Montgomery, director of operations for ADCaP-Corpus Christi; an ADCaP student; and Priscilla Johnson, academic advisor for ADCaP; share a photo on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Extended Academic Programs (EAP) held a student appreciation event at UIW’s Corpus Christi Learning Center. Over 100 students were in attendance.Good food, fun and door prizes were enjoyed by all.

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 to the Office of Public Relations at (210) 829-6001.

Community News

Ash Wed.
Members of the community attended Ash Wednesday service in Our Lady’s Chapel on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T., UIW chaplain, presided over the Mass.   

UIW in the News (click the link below to view)

Upcoming Infrastructure Maintenance
This Friday, Feb. 15, beginning at 5 p.m., Infrastructure Support Services will be doing maintenance on the network authentication services. You may experience login issues during this time. Please contact the Help Desk at (210) 829-2721 or, if you have any questions.
Date: Friday, Feb. 15-Monday, Feb. 18
Time: 5 p.m. (Friday)-8 a.m. (Monday)
Services: Applications that require network authentication, such as E-mail Services, Network login, myWord portal, Blackboard, Argos, etc.

APA Writing Style Workshop
The Graduate Support Center will host an Introduction to APA Writing Style workshop on Saturday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m.-noon, in Mabee Library, Room 230. American Psychological Association (APA) is the editorial writing style adopted by many graduate programs at UIW. For more info, contact Dr. David Ortiz at (210) 283-6454 or

RefWorks Online Research Management Tool
Presented by Jason Fetty, this is a RefWorks Online Research Management Tool workshop on Monday, Feb. 18, 6-8 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-noon, in Mabee Library, Room 230, and 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 info, contact Dr. David Ortiz at (210) 283-6454 or

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 in the Library, Bonilla Science Hall, AT&T Science Hall, and Joyce Building.
When: Tuesday, Feb. 19
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.

WLC To Go: Crack the Code: APA
The Writing and Learning Center (WLC) brings you writing lessons you can take away. In this WLC To Go workshop, we make APA formatting less cryptic. Stop by, check it out, and spend as much or as little time as you need. We will have games, along with online and print learning resources. This WLC To Go event will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Administration Building, Room 55 (just across from the mailroom). For more info, contact Dr. Amanda Johnston at (210) 805-5856 or

Affording UIW
Affording UIW sessions are a great way to learn how you can afford a private education during challenging economic times. Discover the numerous financial aid opportunities available to UIW students on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 6:30-8 p.m., in Mabee Library Auditorium. Admissions and Financial Aid representatives will be available to help answer your questions. For more info, contact the Office of Admissions at (210) 829-6005 or

2013 Presidential Teaching Award Nominations
Nominations for the 2013 Presidential Teaching Award will be accepted today until Thursday, Feb. 28. 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 J. Agnese, Jr. 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

2013 William E. Mulcahy Award Nominations
The Earth Month Committee is accepting nominations for the 2013 William E. Mulcahy Award. Nominations will be accepted until Monday, April 15. Submissions should include a short summary of the nominee’s contribution to the preservation of the planet and may be submitted to the Earth Month Committee, c/o Dr. Sally Said, AD 258,

Shoe Collection for “A Walk in My Shoes”
UIW‘s National Society of Leadership & Success has partnered with “A Walk in My Shoes,” a non-profit organization founded by UIW student Eric Castillo, to collect gently used shoes for those in need. Two bins are setup for donations, one located in Marian Circle and the other in the Administration building by the Registrar’s Office. Shoes will be collected until the end of April and the goal is to collect 1000 shoes. For more info, contact Stephani Flores at

Faculty Focus

zhanbo erhu
Dr. Zhanbo Yang (right), chair and professor of mathematics, performed with the San Antonio Chinese Orchestra at the Asian New Year Celebration. Yang plays the erhu (二胡), a two-stringed, bowed Chinese musical instrument.

bollywood dancers
Dr. Lopita Nath (left), assistant professor of history, poses for a photo with the Bollywood Dancers at the Asian New Year Celebration.

High Schools

IWHS Asian
Kateri Martinez (center), faculty member at IWHS, shares a photo with two IWHS students during the Asian New Year Celebration.

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Headwaters Coalition Volunteer Work Day
The Headwaters Coalition is hosting a Volunteer Work Day outdoors in the Headwaters Sanctuary on Saturday, Feb. 16, 8:30-11:30 a.m., which is adjacent to the UIW baseball field. Volunteers will meet at the picnic tables north of the baseball fields. For more info, contact Helen Ballew at (210) 828-2224, x232, or

Women’s Global Connection (WGC) Immersion Trips 2013
Interested in the possibility of meaningful travel while becoming more globally aware and concerned?Consider joining us for our 2013 Immersion Trips to work with women's groups in other cultures: Peru, May 16-29/Tanzania, July 2-17 (approximate dates). Participants will actively contribute to WGC’s mission, utilizing their expertise to improve the lives of women, their families, and communities. To learn more, attend our information meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 4:30-6 p.m. or Friday, Feb. 22, 5-6:30 p.m., in the Joyce Building, Room 106 (Tilton Room). The meetings are open to everyone. For more info, contact Dr. Alison Buck, associate director of administration & women's economic development, at (210) 832-3208 or

Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • Dr. Russell Coates (Rosenberg School of Optometry Director) & family on the recent loss of his mother, Carol Coates.
  • Mary Agnes Ney Gilhooly (BSN ’56) & family on the recent loss of her husband, John Vincent Gilhooly (UIW Friends).
  • Dr. Susan Hall (Dreeben School of Education Faculty) & family on the recent loss of her husband, Dr. H. Palmer Hall.
  • Drs. Farshid (Rosenberg School of Optometry Faculty) and Nancy (Rosenberg School of Optometry Faculty) Amir & family on the recent loss of his father, Sirous Sepanta.
  • Ernestine (BA ’69) & Elliot Troutman & family on the recent loss of his sister; and Gary & Laurel Ferri (UIW Friends) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Sylvia Peggy Troutman (BBA ’87, MBA ’93).

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