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THE WEEK THAT WAS: february 22, 2013

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Wellness Fair
(Pictured L-R) Dr. Keith Tucker, director of counseling; Marveen Mahon, director of health services; Caryn Geller, assistant director of human resources; David Allwein, assistant director of health services; and Annette Thompson, director of human resources; pose for a photo during the Annual Wellness Fair in Marian Hall Ballroom on Wednesday, Feb. 20. 


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 22: Lent – Daily Reflection:  Being In Touch with God (click the link below to view)

24 hour Pray-a-thon Canned Food Drive & Speaker
Join University Mission & Ministry for this year's 24-hour Pray-a-thon Canned Food Drive to support the San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB). A representative from the SAFB  will join us for lunch and discussion on Friday, Feb. 22 at 11:30 a.m. on Dubuis Lawn. Barrels from the SAFB will be available for donations. For more info, contact Mission and Ministry at (210) 829-3128.

Lenten Stations of the Cross
The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word invite the community to participate in the Stations of the Cross: A Journey in Faith Walking the Way of the Cross with Jesus, the Incarnate Word—Using Scripture, Music and Prayer each Wednesday during Lent, Feb. 27-March 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. For more info, contact Jose DeLeon at (210) 828-2224, x262, or

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.


Lozano Capitol
Dr. Renee Moore, dean of campus life; Dr. Gary Keith, associate professor of government and international affairs; and UIW students share a photo with State Rep. Jose Lozano (center) at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Lozano is an alumnus of UIW. Students traveled to the capitol to meet with representatives and senators to lobby for Texas Equalization Grant (TEG) funding, which provides financial aid to students to enable them to attend private, non-profit colleges or universities in Texas.

Beth V.
Beth Villarreal, director of ministry, poses for a photo at Dubuis Lawn on Thursday, Feb. 21 during this year's 24-hour Pray-a-thon.   

Faith Panel
The UIW community gathered in Marian Hall Ballroom on Thursday, Feb. 21 for “The Concept of A Savior Through The Eyes of Faith” panel discussion. The panel consisted of presenters who shared knowledge of their various faith traditions.  

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 on Friday, Feb. 22, Saturday, Feb. 23, Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.; and Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. For more info, contact (210) 829-3800 or

Sixth Annual Research Week
The School of Graduate Studies and Research and the Office of Research Development would like to invite the campus community, February 25-March 1, in celebrating the accomplishments of faculty, students, and staff members who have shared their research and scholarly pursuits with us. Classes are encouraged to meet at Marian Hall for poster viewing and discussion. Special events include:

Monday, Feb. 25

  • Noon-7 p.m.-posters on display in Marian Hall

Tuesday, Feb. 26

  • 8-2 p.m.- posters on display in Marian Hall
  • Noon-1 p.m.- Young Researchers Panel and light lunch
  • 1-7 p.m.- posters on display in Marian Hall

Wednesday, Feb. 27

  • 8 a.m.-2 p.m.- posters on display in Marian Hall
  • 2-5 p.m.-Formal Poster Session with presenters
  • 5-7 p.m.-Graduate Student Session with light dinner

Thursday, Feb. 28

  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.-posters on display in Marian Hall
  • Noon-1 p.m.-Authorship: Issues for Faculty and Students and light lunch
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m.-Thursday Night Live program with reception

Friday, March 1

  • 8 a.m.-noon-posters on display in Marian Hall

For a complete list of events, visit Sixth Annual Research Week or for more information, contact Rebecca Ohnemus (210) 805-3036 or

Student Media Gala, Logos Newspaper, and UIWtv are proud to announce the fourth annual spring gala and silent auction set for Tuesday, Feb 26 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room, 6-9 p.m. This annual fundraising event will contribute to yet another successful year of student media at UIW. Last year’s event raised over $2,000 and contributed to scholarships and new broadcasting equipment. Tickets are $25. For tickets and more information, contact Mariana Veraza at To see what we’ve been up to over the past year, visit,,

Dinner and a Movie
The Honors Program will show “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” a documentary feature, on Wednesday, Feb. 27. This film tells the incredible true story of how an eccentric French shopkeeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the separation barrier on the Palestinian West Bank. A catered French dinner will be served at 6 p.m. in Bonilla Science Hall, Room 318 and the film will be screened at 7 p.m. in Mabee Library Auditorium. A post-screening discussion will follow at 8:30 p.m., moderated by Kathy Vargas, art professor. The event is open to everyone. For more info, contact Zaina Irion-Byrd at (210) 283-6328 or

Concert at The Cove
The UIW Jazz Ensemble will perform live at The Cove (606 W. Cypress), featuring vocalist John Panzarrela, on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 8-10 p.m. For more info, contact Jim Waller at (210) 445-0412 or

UIW Part-Time Job & Internship Fair
The UIW Part-Time Job & Internship Fair will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2-4 p.m. in the Marian Hall Ballroom. Employers recruiting at this event will feature part-time/summer jobs and internships only. Dress professionally and bring resumes.  Students are highly encouraged to check the list of attending employers and apply online prior to the event. For more info, contact Career Services at (210) 829-3931 or

Thursday Night Live 2013
The UIW Art Department proudly presents, “Thursday Night Live,” which will feature arts faculty exhibitions and performances. The exhibit is currently on display 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (M-F) and will run through Friday, March 1 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, Feb. 28 in Palestrina Hall in the Fine Arts Center. For more information, contact the Art Department at (210) 829-3855 or at

UIW Cardinals Club Launch Party
On Thursday, Feb. 28 the UIW Cardinals Club, the department-wide booster club, will host the club's launch party at the Aloft San Antonio Hotel (838 NW Loop 410), 6-8 p.m. Free appetizers will be provided. Ray Colao will be performing, voted number 1 vocalist in San Antonio in 2012. Please R.S.V.P. at 

ELEVATE Women’s Conference 2013 (RSVP is required by today)
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

Sport Management Symposium
On Friday, March 1, 6 p.m., and Saturday, March 2, 4 p.m., UIW will co-host the third annual Sport Management Symposium with Trinity University in the Burton E. Grossman International Conference Center. Join in as industry leaders from across South Texas come to the UIW campus to discuss the current issues and opportunities in the sports world (diversity, media, non-profit, club sport, doping and more). The featured speaker, Dr. George Cunningham of Texas A&M, is the industry leader examining diversity in sports. Registration is only $5 for UIW students and $20 for all other attendees. Anyone interested in the sports scene in San Antonio should definitely take the opportunity to network with our guests. Register and learn more at Email Dr. Randall Griffiths directly for more information or for an electronic copy of the event flyer at

Religious Dance and Drama Incarnating Compassion
Retreat groups, youth groups, prayer groups, and individuals are invited to share and to learn drama and dance at the Religious Dance and Drama Incarnating Compassion event on Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., in Marian Hall Ballroom. The event is organized by Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, professor of religious studies; with Dr. Terri E. Boggess, chair of exercise and sports science at St. Mary’s University, sharing “Yoga as Prayer”; Catherine L. Cuasay, LPC expressive arts therapist; and other leaders of dance and drama. The event is free and open to the public. Register by sending your name and contact information to or leave a message at (210) 829-3854. For more info, visit

Department News

ipad meeting
Terrence Peak, coordinator of technology training, speaks to UIW faculty and staff during an iPad User Group meeting in Mabee Library’s Special Collections Room on Friday, Feb. 15. 

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 today’s presentation is as follows:

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”

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.

Librarians on Location
The Library & Instructional Technology staff will engage the UIW community in discussions and demonstrations on Library and Instructional Technology resources & services such as PRIMO or other electronic resources on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 10-11:30 a.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. at the West Gate Circle. For more info, contact Leticia Martinez at (210) 832-2119 or

UIW Tech Fair - Booths / Presentations
Instructional Technology is currently planning the 3rd annual UIW Tech Fair which will be held Wednesday, April 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in Marian Hall Ballroom. We would like to encourage your participation in this year’s fair. We have booths where you can showcase technology-based projects and will be having 30 minute presentations throughout the day in our App Corner and Interactive Corner. The App corner will be dedicated to showcasing Apps that can be used for teaching and learning and the Interactive Corner will have a few iPads that can be used during a presentation to allow for interactivity and learning. If you are interested in a booth or presentation please contact Ana Gonzalez at or Terry Peak at and let us know how you would like to participate. 

Extended Academic Programs

On Tuesday, Feb.12, Extended Academic Programs (EAP) held a Valentine’s Day Information Session. The session was attended by 40 people where special emphasis was placed on the soon to be open Pecan Valley Center. The above photo is of the “Candy Bar” enjoyed by prospective students.

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

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

Bereavement Notice
Please keep Sandra Reyes, human resources generalist, and her family in your prayers. Sandra's father, Rudolfo "RC" Rodriguez, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. The family will receive visitors at Angelus Funeral Home on Sunday at 2 p.m.  There will be a rosary at 5 p.m. on Sunday.  The memorial service will be on Monday, Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. at St. Gabriel's Church.

RefWorks Online Research Management Tool
Presented by Jason Fetty, this is a RefWorks Online Research Management Tool workshop on 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

Banner Upgrade
The Banner Human Resources 8.8.1, Accounts Receivable 8.4, and Finance 8.8 upgrade is scheduled for this Sunday, Feb. 24, 6-11 p.m. We are currently in the testing phase and awaiting sign-off from the end-users. As issues are encountered, they are being resolved by the Enterprise Applications programming and DBA staff.

The following systems will not be available during this five hour period:

  • Self Service Banner
  • INB Banner
  • Argos Reporting
  • Banner links in Portal
  • Xtender (BDMS)

Thank you for working with us and allowing us to ensure we stay up to date with our enterprise software. For questions, contact Enterprise Applications at (210) 832-2110.

Writing the Protocol
UIW’s Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB) would like to invite current and future researchers to attend a series of educational workshops over the course of the Spring Semester. The next workshop, Writing the Protocol, will take place on Monday, Feb. 25 at noon and at 5 p.m. in Mabee Library Auditorium. For more information, contact the School of Graduate Studies and Research at

WLC To Go: Crack the Code: MLA
The Writing and Learning Center (WLC) brings you writing lessons you can take away. In this WLC To Go workshop, we make MLA 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 is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Administration Building, Room 55 (just across from the mailroom). For more info, contact Dr. Amanda Johnston at (210) 805-5856 or

Literature Review Searches Workshop
The Graduate Support Center will present a Literature Review Searches workshop presented by Polly McCord on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 6-8 p.m., and Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m.-noon, in Mabee Library, Room 230. Learn to manage resources with this workshop. Discover how to search for the appropriate literature in your subject area. For more info, contact Dr. David Ortiz at (210) 283-6454 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,

Faculty Focus

Sr. Martha Ann Kirk awarded 2013 San Antonio Peace Laureate
At the 8th Annual Blessing of the Peacemakers on Sunday, Jan. 27, the Peace Center of San Antonio named Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, professor of religious studies, the San Antonio Peace Laureate for her works of compassion at home and abroad. The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word were also included in the award for their long history of compassionate service in healthcare and education to the people of the U.S., Mexico, Peru and Africa. A decorative art piece carved from UIW campus oak and depicting “Compassion,” complete with twelve candles, was presented to Kirk and the CCVIs as a token of gratitude.

Cross Cultural Teaching
The Center for Teaching and Learning invites faculty members for lunch and presentations on “Teaching University Students from Other Cultures” on Wednesday, Feb. 27, noon-1 p.m., Administration Building, Room 212. Presenters will be Dr. Osman Ozturgut, assistant professor of education; Dr. Norman St. Clair, assistant professor of education; and Dr. ShiShu Zhang, assistant professor of business. Lunch will be provided by Marcos Fragoso, vice president of international affairs. For more info, contact Dr. Jessica Kimmel at (210) 829-3144 or

High Schools

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


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 Friday, Feb. 22, 5-6:30 p.m., in the Joyce Building, Room 106 (Tilton Room). The meeting is 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:

  • The family of, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, and the entire UIW community on the recent loss of Sr. Mary Philomena Burke, CCVI (IWHS ’50, BA ’74).
  • John K. Riley, Jr. & family on the loss of his mother, Jody Riley (UNDCLD ’52).

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