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THE WEEK THAT WAS: february 7, 2014

Photo of the Week

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(Pictured L-R) Melinda Nail, administrative assistant to the vice president of international programs; Amy DeStefano, international admissions counselor; Marcos Fragoso, vice president of international programs; Sheena Connell, assistant director of international student and scholar services; Alanna Greene, international student and visitor activities coordinator; and Jose Martinez, director of international student and scholar services; take a moment for a photo during the 2014 Asian New Year Festival, sponsored by UIW’s Institute of World Cultures, held in Marian Hall Ballroom on Wednesday, Feb. 15.  


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Pictured L-R: Andrea Fiorá from Italy; Adam Kerr from Australia; and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, professor of religious studies. Fiorá and Kerr gave an introduction to the contemplative prayer and mission of Taizé, an ecumenical monastic community which started in France during World War II, on Wednesday, Feb. 5 in Mabee Library’s Special Collections Suite. Both young men have been living for the last year with the brothers of the Taizé community in Taizé, France. They are in Texas for a month to promote the three Pilgrimages of Trust that will be held in Texas: Austin (March 21-23), Dallas (April 4-6), and Houston (April 25-27). University Mission and Ministry (UMM) is currently working to take a group of students to the Austin pilgrimage. Information is available through UMM at 210-829-3128.

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


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UIW’s Institute of World Cultures (IWC) Lion Dance Team performs the traditional Lion Dance at the 2014 Asian New Year Festival. The annual event included brilliant performances and activities showcasing the many diverse cultures found in Asia. Participants had the opportunity to immerse themselves in a festival atmosphere with Asian food and booths.

Black History Month Events
As part of Black History Month, events will feature various topics of interest that bring awareness to the history and culture of the African American community.

  • Feb 6: 12:45 p.m. - Showing of “Glory Road,”  3 p.m. - Discussion with Nevil Shed (basketball player depicted in the movie), 4:00 p.m. - Showing of “Glory Road,” Mabee Library Special Collections Suite
  • Feb 13: 1:30 p.m. - UIW Department of Music presents “Thelonious Monk: Perspectives on the Motives and Melodies of a Jazz Giant” at Mabee Library Special Collections Suite
  • Feb 22: 3 p.m. - Gospelfest at Our Lady's Chapel
  • Feb 24: noon - Special guest TBD at the Rosenberg School of Optometry, Room 301
  • Feb 25: 12:45 p.m. - Alpha Kappa Alpha Step Demonstration at the Westgate Circle.
  • Feb 28: 1 p.m. - Celebrating Black Educators at Marian Hall Ballroom

Ongoing displays of achievements of the African American community will be featured in the Mabee Library Auditorium all month. For more info, contact Paulina Mazurek at 210-841-7365 or

Seminar of Sinology, “Yijing” (I Ching, Book of Change), Feng Shui
The UIW Institute of World Cultures has partnered with the Greater San Antonio Chinese Chamber of Commerce to bring a seminar by Master Qiansheng Liu. This free seminar on Saturday, Feb. 8, in the ICC - Conference Hall at 10 a.m. is open to all and will introduce Liu's experience on the ancient art of feng shui. He will also cover “Yijing” (I Ching, Book of Change) which is one of the most ancient Chinese classic texts and has been considered as the top text of the five Confucian classics. This event will be held in Chinese and English. For info, contact Jing Hao at 210-885-3868 or

UIW Full-Time Job Fair
Join Career Services for the UIW Full-Time Job Fair on Thursday, Feb. 13, from 1-4 p.m. in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Students and alumni are invited to visit with area employers offering full-time employment.  Students should remember to dress professionally and bring copies of their resume. For info, contact Career Services at 210-829-3931 or A list of registered employers can be found on our website:

Swing-In Auction Party Raffle Tickets-ON SALE NOW
The 37th Annual Swing-In Auction Party & Golf Tournament will be held Thursday, May 1 and Friday, May 2 and this year’s raffle tickets for phenomenal prizes are already available for purchase. This year’s two-day, Kentucky Derby themed event raises funds towards student scholarships at UIW and your support is greatly appreciated. Purchasing a raffle ticket is just one way to get involved. Only 250 tickets will be sold and the winner can choose one prize from five amazing options: a trip to Paris for 2; $2,500 in credit; a trip to London for 2; a deluxe home sound system; or a trip to St. Kitts for 2. You need not be present to win. Click here to learn more and to purchase your ticket. For more information, contact the UIW Development Office at 210-829-6013.

Department News

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Terence Peak, technology training coordinator, speaks during this semester’s first iPad User’s Group meeting held Jan. 31 in the Gorman Building.

UIW Blackboard User’s Group
The first meeting of the UIW Blackboard User’s Group is Friday, Feb. 14 at noon in Gorman Building 212. We will be demonstrating the new Discussion Board. Blackboard has updated it with the following features:

  • Instructors now can require students to first post to a forum before they can see other students’ posts.
  • All of the posts in a thread are now visible at the same time on one page.
  • When replying to a post, the response appears on the same page, in the context of the discussion.
  • We will also spend will spend a few minutes talking about the social media tools that complement the Discussion board.

Lunch will be served. Following lunch, please join us for cake and refreshments. We will be saying goodbye to Kenneth Rogers, our Blackboard administrator.Please R.S.V.P. by email to

WordPress/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, Feb. 28, 2-3 p.m., Mabee Library, Room 230: WordPressThis class is for content editors running their current department/unit websites in WordPress only.
  • Friday, Mar. 7, 2-3 p.m., Mabee Library, Room 230: Adobe ContributeThis class is for content editors running their current department/unit websites in Contribute only.

Please R.S.V.P. no later than two days prior to the class you wish to attend (Feb. 26 for WordPress, March 5 for Contribute) by contacting Joe Vasquez at x5815

Extended Academic Programs

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UIW ADCaP student/Navy Petty Officer Narce Segovia was awarded the Region West Senior Sailor of the Year for FY 2013 award,Navy Recruiting District (NRD) San Antonio Senior Sailor of the Year award, Military Entrance Processing Station Person of the Year award, and a Navy Commendation medal. Segovia is pictured with Commander Corry Juedeman, commanding officer, NRD San Antonio, receiving the award on Friday, Jan. 31 at the NRD San Antonio awards ceremony in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Dr. Bob Kiser, Extended Academic Programs (EAP) professor of health sciences, and Jon Lovejoy, EAP director of strategic initiatives, opened the meeting. EAP sponsored the yearly event.

Community News

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(Pictured L-R) Rick Berchin, member of the Alamo Heights Rotary board of directors, as well as operations manager for Alamo Heights Night, LLC; Dr. David Jurenovich, vice president for enrollment management and student services; Meriah Pelkmann, UIW student; share a photo on Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Administration Building. The Alamo Heights Rotary Club presented Pelkmann with the Alamo Heights Night Logo Design Contest Scholarship. Pelkmann designed original artwork for a logo for Alamo Heights Night® 2014 to be used on promotional material for the event.

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

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SA Rodeo Ticket Giveaway Winner
Congratulations to Paul Ayala, director of university events and student programs, on winning the four tickets to the Sunday, Feb. 9 performance of Big Time Rush at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.

Possible Inclement Weather Conditions
Because inclement weather is expected for later this evening through tomorrow morning, the university will be monitoring weather conditions. Any updates will be posted on the UIW webpage ( and on Delays or closures will also be communicated through RAVE alerts. To sign up for RAVE alerts, please log into UIW MyWord and click on the Rave Alert icon. Follow the prompts to register your mobile phone information. When watching local news broadcasts please understand that closure listings are updated at the discretion of the station and may not be immediate.

UNITED SA Federal Credit Union Cardinal Branch Closing
As a member-owned financial institution, UNITED SA Federal Credit Union has a responsibility to all members to operate as efficiently as possible. As a result, we have made the difficult decision has been made to permanently close the UIW Cardinal Branch effective Friday, Feb. 14, at 4 p.m. Though there will no longer be a location at UIW, there are many options for account access.Please visit or contact our call center at 210-561-4500 or 1-800-531-8456, Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Elevator Maintenance for Administration Building
The Administration Building elevator will be out of service for maintenance from 1-2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

IRB Workshop – Policy, Procedure, and Types of Review
UIW’s Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB) would like to invite current and future researchers to attend an informational workshop on procedural and policy changes for IRB application submission as well as types of review. Faculty and students are encouraged to attend. The workshop will be given twice on Monday, February 10 from noon-1 p.m. in Nursing Building 142 and again from 5-6 p.m. in Mabee Library Special Collections Suite. Please contact the Office of Research Development for additional information at 210-805-3036.

Community Service 101
Why do you need community service hours to graduate? What constitutes community service? How do you get the hours approved, and where can you get started? Monica Cruz, associate director for the Center for Civic Leadership, and Alpha peer mentors will help answer questions and provide practical suggestions on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 10:30 a.m. in GB 120. For info, contact Tanja Stampfl at 210-829-3885 or

How to develop and find answers for a PICO(T) question
Come practice this sometimes difficult process of developing answerable, researchable health questions. We will also work with the UIW research databases to find the answers to the PICO(T) questions. Join the Mabee Library's newest librarian, Dawn Field, for this workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 230 of the Mabee Library. For info, contact Dawn Field at 210-283-5022 or

Research Instruments Workshop
The Research Instruments Workshop is designed to help you locate and access primary and secondary source articles on the development of psychosocial instruments and functional testing. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 11:30 a.m. in the Geneva R. Johnson Physical Therapy Library (9160 Guilbeau Rd., San Antonio, TX 78250). Bring your laptop and your lunch. A workshop will also be held online on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 5 p.m. The guest link for the workshop is For more info, contact Anthony Micchelli at 210-283-6920 or

Employee Health & Wellness

Wellness Tip of the Week
Tame tension headaches by rubbing peppermint oil, Tiger Balm, or white flower oil into your temples. All three remedies contain menthol, which has analgesic properties. Source:

Employee Wellness Committee
The mission of the UIW Employee Wellness Committee is “To promote health of spirit, mind and body across the UIW community, and nurture new models of and leaders in health and wellness.” If you have any health and wellness related events, we want to hear from you. Please email us at with information about your event. Like us on Facebook.

Cardinal Employee Boot Camp Training
Get fit and stay fit in 2014 with a New Year’s resolution you can stick to!Join the UIW Wellness Committee and be a part of the Cardinal Employee Boot Camp Training. Offered to all UIW, IWHS and SACHS employees, training consists of running, body weight exercises and light weight lifting. Classes began Jan. 13 and will run through May 9 every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6-7 a.m. in the UIW Wellness Center. The first two weeks are free for new members! Monthly payment plans are available: 1) $50 per month for two training sessions a week or 2) $75 per month for three training sessions a week. Payment can be made by cash or check to TejasFit or Dr. Alexander Hutchison. An email receipt will be provided. Only 30 spots are available. For details, contact Dr. Alexander Hutchison at 210-829-3182 or Please R.S.V.P. at

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Red Dress Event and Health Fair Tip for the Day
Tips from Jan Tilley, MS, RD, LD, President, Jan Tilley & Associates

  • Keep a food journal to track how much you are really eating each day. This will make you more conscious of your food choices and help bring to light hidden calories that may be keeping you from success.

Faculty Focus

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Dr. Forrest Aven (center), dean of the H-E-B School of Business and Administration, poses with the winnersof the 5thAnnual Business Plan Competition, Garrett Townzen and Devin Judkins, business students, in Mabee Library Auditorium. The winners were presented with a check for $2,000.00 on Jan. 23 for their business planTexas Premiere Sports. The duo combined market research, strategic vision, and an entrepreneurial attitude to deliver the first place plan.Texas Premiere Sports was proposed as a club sports organization that facilitates youth basketball tournaments.  

2014 Presidential Teaching Award
Nominations for 2014 Presidential Teaching Award Nominations will be accepted Feb. 1-Feb. 28, 2014. This annual award acknowledges and rewards a full-time faculty member who exemplifies excellence in teaching that leads to student engagement. A $5,000 stipend is presented to the recipient and 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

A Lunchtime Conversation: Building a Professional Life
Newly hired faculty are invited to the next Mentoring Program event. Join other first year faculty for a discussion of getting started on—or maintaining—a scholarly agenda. Lunch will be served.

  • Option 1:  School of Physical Therapy (9160 Guilbeau Rd,
    San Antonio, TX, 78250), Thursday, Feb. 13, noon 
  • Option 2:  Rosenberg School of Optometry (9725 Datapoint Dr., CPO 17
    San Antonio, TX 78229), Friday, Feb. 14, noon, Room 301                                                                                                                                                                                          
  • Option 3:  Main Campus, Friday, Feb. 28, noon, AD 212 (this is a change of location)

Please click on the following link to sign up for one of these options or contact Kathy Allwein at 210-283-5030 or

High Schools

IWHS now enrolling for Fall 2014
Incarnate Word High School (IWHS) is now enrolling for the Fall 2014 semester. Providing excellence in education since 1881, IWHS is a private Catholic school for young women in grades 9 through 12. IWHS offers students outstanding academic programs, a vibrant student life, enriching spiritual development, competitive athletics programs and a dual enrollment opportunity at the University of the Incarnate Word. To schedule a visit or for more information, contact IWHS Director of Enrollment Annette Zahirniak at 210-829-3123 ( or visit

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


Free Admission to SAMA
As a university member, all students, faculty, and staff receive free admission to the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) when they present their university ID. Visit for details on upcoming programming. For info, contact SAMA at 210-978-8100

Headwaters Volunteer Work Day
Headwaters at Incarnate Word is hosting a Volunteer Work Day outdoors in the Headwaters Sanctuary, which is adjacent to the UIW baseball field, on Saturday, Feb. 8, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Volunteers are eligible for off campus community service hours. The Sanctuary contains the original source of the San Antonio River, the famous Blue Hole; people have lived in the Sanctuary for more than 10,000 years. You'll help restore the Sanctuary by removing invasive plants, making trails, picking up trash, and planting native plants. Dress for the woods: long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toe shoes. We meet at the picnic tables north of the baseball fields. 

Chapel of the Incarnate Word Concert Series 2014
Joseph Causby, music director/conductor at St. Marks Episcopal Church, will perform “Music of the Masters for the Organ” on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. The concert will feature the music of Bach, Howells, Franck, and Vierne. The event is free and open to the public. For more info, contact 210-829-2736.

Our Sympathy & Prayers Go To:

  • Berta and Eddie Garcia & family on the recent loss of his mother, Emilia Rodriguez Garcia (BA ’45).
  • The family of Ethel Olson Ludwig (SR School of Nursing, ’46) on her recent death.
  • The family of, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and the entire UIW community on the recent loss of Sr. Mary Ellen O’Connor (Alum Non-Degreed).
  • The family of Carmen Novoa Pinson (IWHS ’58, UNDLCRD ’60) on her recent death.

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