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THE WEEK THAT WAS: November 1, 2013

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On Saturday, Oct. 26, UIW celebrated Homecoming 2013 with a tailgate at Rally Alley. The Cardinals went on to win the Homecoming game against Houston Baptist University 24-3.


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The UIW community joined Mission and Ministry in a service of praise and worship in the tradition of Taizé on Wednesday, Oct. 30 in The Chapel of the Incarnate Word. For additional information on the history, community, and current events of Taizé, including the upcoming 2014 Texas gatherings, go to: or

Our Lady’s Chapel

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



Halloween 2013 Photos

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UIW Business Office employees (pictured L-R) Daniel Gonzales, Carlos Sanchez, Diego Rivas and Joey Ramirez celebrate Halloween in costume on Thursday, Oct. 31.

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Payroll Department employees (pictured L-R) Grace DeJesus, Isabel Rivas, Stacee Chambers and Michelle Turney pose in costumes at the Payroll Office on Halloween.

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Registrar’s Office employees pose for a photo in front of their office in the Administration Building. 

Water and Culture Symposium
The annual Water and Culture Symposium sponsored by the Department of English will be held Friday, Nov. 1, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Marian Hall. Guest speakers are Alyssa Burgin and Annalisa Peace. The event will also feature student research presentations and a panel discussion presented by members of the UIW English department faculty. For info, contact Matthias Schubnell at 210-829-3892 or

Global Chef
Chef Aldo Cardini from Peru will be on the UIW campus at Marian Hall. He will be preparing and serving cuisine from his native country for all to enjoy during 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1. For info, contact Chris Kennedy at 210-501-2123 or 

Reception for Harp & Shamrock Society Gift
The Harp & Shamrock Society will loan a statue of St. Patrick to UIW, which will be displayed in the second floor lobby of the Mabee Library. The wooden statue is over seven feet tall and carved from a single piece of cedar. Previously on loan to the Institute of Texan Cultures, this statue was displayed for a number of years in an exhibit featuring the Celtic influences in Texas. A reception will be held to accept the statue on Friday, Nov. 1 on the second floor of the Mabee Library from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. For info, contact Polly McCord at 210-805-5809 or

28th Annual Golden Harvest
UIW's Student Government Association presents the 28th annual canned food-drive Saturday, Nov. 2 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Organizations and individuals are encouraged to sign-up. Students will gather cans from local neighborhoods. All proceeds are donated to the San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB). Help UIW and SAFB fight hunger! For details call SGA at 210-829-3833 or by email at

UIW Free Community Health Fair
UIW will host a free health fair for the whole family from 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Nov. 2, at St. Philip’s College - Center for Health Professions.  The Center for Health Professions is located at the 400 block of South Walters. At the event guests can take part in cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose, vision and glaucoma screenings as well as diabetic foot exams, medication education and counseling, and nutrition counseling. There will also be demonstrations and screenings for your children.  For details call 210-883-1000. This free community event is brought to you by UIW in partnership with Walmart and St. Philip's College.

Day of Native American Dance
The group Danza Azteca de Yanaguana will hold practice sessions and lessons on Sunday, Nov. 3, in Marian Hall Ballroom from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Those wishing to join the group for lunch at noon are invited to bring food to share. Children are especially welcome. Ray Ríos, the group’s leader, and others will also talk about the dances and the importance of recovering Native American traditions in San Antonio. For info, contact Dr. Sally Said at 210-829-3890 or  

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Wynette H. Keller (right), director of TRiO student support services, and participants hold up signs in support of the TRiO freshmen and sophomore cheerleaders and dance team members at the UIW Homecoming game.

Día de los Muertos observed, Sunday, November 3, and Altar de Muertos
Following the 8 p.m. Mass on Sunday, Nov. 3, Dr. Gilberto Hinojosa will speak briefly about the significance of Día de los Muertos. Afterwards, the Modern Languages Department will serve pan de muertos, the traditional “bread of the dead” and Campus Ministry will provide hot chocolate. All are welcome. An altar, or ofrenda, is constructed in the chapel foyer each year by the students in Dr. Sally Said’s intermediate Spanish class.  They invite you to add a picture or other small remembrance in honor of someone who has died.  Please write your name and contact information on any article you leave so it can be returned to you. The altar will remain in place from Oct. 31-Nov. 8. For more information, contact Dr. Sally Said at

UIW Diwali: Indian Festival of Lights
Diwali is the Indian Festival of Lights to celebrate victory of good over evil, light over darkness. It is a community festival and celebrated now all over the world. Come hear the story of Diwali, enjoy live dance performances, and traditional Indian food on Tuesday, Nov. 5 in the ICC Conference Hall and Patio. Seating is limited. Reserve yours ASAP by emailing one of the organizers: Dr. Sushma Ramsinghani at; Dr. Lopita Nath at; or Sheena Connell at

The "Gandhi" of Iran, Mossadegh
Mossadegh Awareness Begets American Nonviolence. Learn About the "Gandhi" and "George Washington” of Iran, whose legacy is producing “Circles of Nonviolence” in the U.S. Moji Agha, an Iranian-American Sufi monk will share on the Mossadegh Legacy Institute on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 6:30 p.m. in Mabee Library Auditorium.  A "Pilgrimage of Compassion" event, it is co-sponsored by UIW Liturgical Outreach, PeaceCENTER, and San Antonio Muslim Women's Association (SAMWA). For info, contact 210-829-3854 or

Obscure Relatives and Prepositions
UIW presents Brian Allen's solo multimedia piece entitled "Obscure Relatives and Prepositions," a film of original photos, drawings, animations, texts, travel movies and music with trombone, melodica, harmonium, toy piano, percussion and field recordings on Thursday, Nov. 7, 1:30-3 p.m., in Mabee Library Special Collections Suite. It is conceived as a live counterpoint to a trilogy of albums/books designed, composed and performed by Allen. For info, contact the UIW Music Department at 210-829-3855 or

11th Annual Veteran's Day Celebration
UIW will celebrate our 11th Annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7 on Dubuis Lawn. Everyone is invited to the celebration which features UIW student guest speakers and a formal presentation of the flag-folding ceremony.A display of “living wall” slides will honor UIW community members who have served in the military. We invite you to submit new names by emailing their name, service, and years of service (e.g., “Frank James, USMC, Korean War vet) to Jeff Oliver with UIW’s Center for Veterans Affairs at Photos of service members are certainly welcome. Thanks to last year’s success, UIW students will again host “Toys For Tots” during the event – please bring new unwrapped toys that will be distributed to local disadvantage children as Christmas gifts. “Toys For Tots” is a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve sponsored program.For any questions about our Veterans Day Ceremony, please contact Karen Wyatt at 210-829-2705 or

Dr. Roger Barnes (left), professor of sociology and criminal justice, poses for a photo with Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize winner, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room on Oct. 24. King is the author of “Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America,” which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2013. He gave a presentation which was followed by Q&A and book signing opportunity.

Dr. Marshall Eidson, vice president of information systems, opens a gift during his farewell party on Tuesday, Oct. 29, in Mabee Library's Special Collection Suite.  

“A Flea in Her Ear”
The UIW Department of Theatre Arts invites you to “A Flea in Her Ear,” a hysterical bedroom farce full of mistaken identities, misplaced jealousies, and marital mayhem that promises an evening of unparalleled fun at Elizabeth Huth Coates Theatre. Come to see ATAC award winner and San Antonio theatre legend George Burnette grace the stage one last time before retirement from UIW. A Flea in Her Ear is directed by Mark Stringham with costumes by Margaret Mitchell and scenery and lighting by Melissa Gaspar.  Performance schedule: Nov. 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. (Fridays and Saturdays); Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. (Sunday); and Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. (Thursday). Cost: Adults $10; Seniors $9; Non-UIW Students $8; Groups $6; UIW students, faculty and staff attend free of charge. For more info, contact Chrissie Young at 210- 829-3800 or  

Veteran’s Day Luncheon
On Monday, Nov. 11, all students and employees who are veterans or current military are invited to a meet-and-greet lunch, featuring guest speaker, Brig. Gen. Sue Turner (UIW ’73, BSN) and former senior service members from our UIW faculty and community. Please contact Lisa McNary, director of alumni and parent relations, for details and to R.S.V.P. at 210-805-3596 or

China Dream Singer
The UIW Institute of World Cultures presents an exciting new singing contest with the UTSA Chinese Student and Scholar Association on Friday, Nov. 8, 6-8:30 p.m., ICC Auditorium. The "China Dream Star" competition is open to students of all nationalities and song selections may be in any language. All students are invited to compete for school-wide fame and great prizes. Register at with contact information and song selections by noon on Oct. 30.

San Antonio Rock and Roll Marathon and 1/2
The Department of Alumni & Parent Relations is looking for a UIW employee who would like to serve as leader for a ‘cheer station’ at the San Antonio Rock and Roll Marathon and ½ on Sunday, Nov. 17, 5 am.- p.m. We will collect volunteer names of alumni, parents and staff but need one or two staff members who can co-coordinate the details. Please email Steve Hemphill, assistant director of alumni relations, at if you are interested in serving as a leader to cheer on UIW on the day of the half-marathon.

2013 Light the Way-Volunteers Needed
The 27th Annual Light the Way “Christmas Around the World” is Sat., Nov 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium. Volunteers are needed for a number of areas throughout the event to ensure things run smoothly and our guests enjoy this UIW tradition and the exciting surprises we have in store. For more information or to volunteer, please contact PR Special Events Coordinator Kayla Rice at 210-829-6001 or

Department News

UIW's Blackboard Administrator Kenneth Rogers gave a presentation to attendees Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the Blackboard Collaborate Now conference in Houston. Rogers' presentation, Implementing True Blended Learning, was given to approximately 100 attendees and was an opportunity to highlight UIW's hybrid learning initiatives and faculty use of Collaborate.

Pictured L-R: Terence Peak, coordinator of technology training; Ana Gonzalez, director of instructional technology; Dr. Letitia Harding, instructor of English; Jessica Martinez-Palacios, instructional designer; and Kenneth Rogers, Blackboard administrator. Instructional Technology staff and Harding presented at the annual Texas Blackboard Users Group conference on Oct. 24 and 25 in San Antonio.

Non-Profit Careers Panel Discussion
The Office of Career Services and Professional Development presents a non-profit panel which will connect students with local non-profit professionals and will explore the variety of careers available within the non-profit sector on Thursday, Nov. 7, 6-8 p.m., Mabee Library Auditorium. Faculty members are encouraged to bring classes. For info, contact Career Services at 210-829-3931 or

Word Press/Adobe Contribute Training
Need help uploading an image to your website? Or perhaps, linking a PDF document to your home page? The Office of Web Development is offering Adobe Contribute and WordPress training classes this semester to UIW web content editors seeking a refresher in maintaining their unit/department websites. The dates are scheduled below:

Friday, Nov. 15, 2–4 p.m., Mabee Library 230: Adobe Contribute – For current Adobe Contribute users.

Each course will run two hours. The first hour will cover the basics, while the second hour will cover more advanced topics.

For more information, please contact Joe Vasquez at x5815 or

Extended Academic Programs

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Members of Extended Academic Programs (EAP) took part in this past weekend's Trunk or Treat as part of Homecoming events on Sunday, Oct. 27. Valerie Vargas, academic advisor, Northwest Center; Gabrielle Camarillo, ADCaP monitor, Saidoff Center; and Ruby Herrera, administrative assistant to the VP of EAP, did face painting for the event.

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EAP had a Halloween Food Fest and Costume Party on Oct. 31. Costume contest winners (Pictured L-R) Evan Alvarez, UIW Online advisor; Laura Resendez, SACHS Business Office coordinator; and Clarissa Ozorio, EAP processor; posed for a picture.

Community News

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

Rolla Alaydi Dissertation Defense
Rolla Alaydi will defend her dissertation, “Palestinian Women’s Perception of Their Social and Economic Status,” at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1 in the Mabee Library Special Collections Suite. The dissertation chair is Dr. Jessica Kimmel. For info, contact Duncan Hayse at 210-829-2758 or

UIW Community Garden Workday
The UIW Community Garden is expanding! This Saturday, Nov. 2, 2-5:30 p.m., we will build five raised beds at the Ella Austin Community Center in conjunction with the Eastside Promise Neighborhood (EPN) and the United Way. Volunteers can meet in front of the Marian Hall Student Center, and we will carpool to Ella Austin from there. Please send an email to if you plan to attend.

Research Week Call for Posters, Presentations, Performing and Visual Artists
The School of Graduate Studies and Research’s Office of Research Development invites all UIW researchers, scholars, and artists to submit abstracts / artist’s statements describing their current and ongoing projects as part of the 7th Annual UIW Research Week, February 17-21, 2014.

As we continue to expand and grow the Research Week events, we seek to develop a wholly representative celebration of UIW’s research enterprise – beyond the poster presentation.Please see additional submission categories below. Submissions are due to the Office of Research Development by Nov. 18, 2013 at midnight. All accepted abstracts and artists’ statements will be published in the “Proceedings.”

  • Poster Presentations

The poster presentation is open to any discipline and will include a formal poster session.

  • Podium Presentations

Podium presentations are open to those who feel their discipline or area of study is better-suited to podium presentations. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes.

  • Performing Arts Submissions

Performing arts submissions are open to any musical, spoken, or theatrical performance. Submissions must be original works by the artist or presentation/discussion of existing pieces. Please see submission form for additional performance information.

  • Visual Arts Submissions

Visual arts submissions are open to any medium lending itself to a gallery setting, including short films. Submissions must be original works by the artist. Please see submission form for additional display information.

President’s Spaghetti Dinner – Volunteer Opportunity
The President’s Spaghetti Dinner is an annual UIW tradition for our students and this is your invitation to join the Campus Life Staff for this event.This year the dinner is on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room.We would appreciate your assistance in one or more of the following ways: meatball rolling (Tuesday, Nov. 19, Marian Hall Café), serving at one or more of the shifts, and preparing or purchasing a dessert for the dinner. Please volunteer to assist us by signing up online at For more info, please call Janine Chavez at 210-829-6034.

Appeal for the Faculty Refresh Laptops for the VITA Program
The Volunteers in Tax Assistance (VITA) Program has been relocated to JB 126 and has need for approximately 14 used laptops. If you have recently (or not so recently) participated in the faculty laptop refresh program, your donation would be greatly appreciated. The VITA Program provides free income tax preparation for the low income and elderly of our community. Our volunteers logged approximately 1900 community service hours last year. The VITA Program assisted nearly 350 taxpayers. Our clients are our students, staff, and the community. A laptop in any condition is welcome. Thank you for your consideration.

Cardinal Employee Boot Camp Training
The UIW Wellness Committee is offering Cardinal Employee Boot Camp Training for all UIW, IWHS and SACHS employees. The sessions held every Monday and Wednesday from 6-7 a.m. in the UIW Wellness Center are led by Dr. Alexander Hutchison and will continue through Dec. 4. There is a $50 monthly charge made by cash or check. Checks can be made out to TejasFit or Dr. Alexander Hutchison. Receipt will be provided upon request via email. Monthly fee will be pro-rated according to first day of participation. For more info, please contact Dr. Alexander Hutchison at 210-829-3182 or Please R.S.V.P. at

TRiO Student Support Services
TRiO Student Support Services will once again be working with women and families in transition by collecting and assembling cup care packages now through Dec. 2.
“Cup Runneth Over” is a way in which the faculty, administrators, and staff can give something back to those experiencing difficulties in their lives. Please consider donating:

• Mugs in good condition

• Hotel toiletries

• Toothbrushes and small toothpastes

• Individually wrapped tea bags or packets of hot chocolate

• Any other small item that would be appropriate and helpful

You can deliver these items to our TRiO Lab, AD 225, or call 210-805-5812, if you should need assistance with pickup. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Cardinals Kick Butts Campaign
Cardinals Kick Butts is enrolling individuals into a support program to help reduce their tobacco use. Interested individuals can contact Melanie Gomez at to enroll. Participants will then begin receiving text messages to help motivate them to reduce their tobacco use. The goal of the project is to gauge smoking at UIW and find ways to reduce it. In phase one, students have distributed surveys to measure the amount of cigarettes smoked per day by students and faculty, how smoking impacts their lives and how quitting will improve their quality of life. In this next phase, students will send participants motivational messages via Blackboard through the end of October. At the end of the project, students will distribute the survey again to participants to see if their smoking habit has improved and what goals each participant has achieved. For project details, contact Dr. Maria Felix-Ortiz at 210-805-3046 or

Faculty Focus

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As part of Peace Day events, Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, professor of religious studies, speaks before the showing of the film “In the Footprints of St. Francis and the Sultan: A Model for Peace Making” on Wednesday, Oct. 30 in the Mabee Library Auditorium. The film shares a little-known story of the Fifth Crusade in 1219 where St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan Malek Al-Kamil engaged in dialogue which eventually led to peace.

Farewell Reception for Nursing Faculty
Please join the dean, faculty, and staff of the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing & Health Professions to bid farewell to Dr. Mary Elaine Jones, professor of nursing, who is retiring and Dr. Jeanette McNeill, professor of nursing, who is relocating to Denver, Colo. A farewell reception will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 3:30-5:30 p.m., in the Nursing Building foyer. For info, contact Esperanza Barron at 210-283-5093 or

High Schools

(Pictured L-R) Nina Avila, IWHS dean of students; Kateri Martinez, IWHS religion faculty; Cleto Rodriguez, WOAI and FOX morning news personality; Diane Brown, IWHS religion faculty; and Michelle De Anda, IWHS vice principal, pose in costume at IWHS on Thursday, Oct. 31.

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(Pictured L-R) BJ Nelsen, IWHS principal, and Stephanie Denning, IWHS director of development, share a photo on Halloween.

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SACHS faculty and staff members (pictured L-R) Vanessa Carrasco, Megan Lesczynski, Mark Barker, and Delaney Marlowe share in the Halloween spirit on Thursday.  

SACHS faculty member Marcus Martinez poses for a photo on Halloween.

SACHS Fall Open House
St. Anthony Catholic High School (SACHS) will host its Fall Open House for prospective students and families on Sunday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., SACHS campus. For more info, contact Alejandro Calderon at 210-832-5698 or 

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

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Visit the UIW Prep website at


Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • Gayle (UIW Board of Trustees) and Tom (Hon. ’05) Benson (UIW Friends) & family on the recent loss of his brother, Larry Benson, Sr.
  • Samantha S. Martinez (UIW current student) on the recent loss of her mother, Cynthia Lopez Martinez.


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