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THE WEEK THAT WAS: february 14, 2014

Photo of the Week

(Pictured L-R) Lee Ann Waltz, instructor of nursing; Dr. Jennifer Cook, associate professor of nursing; and Dr. Laura Muñoz, associate professor of nursing; take a moment for a photo during the 11th Annual Red Dress Event and Health Fair in Marian Hall Ballroom on Monday, Feb. 10. The annual event promotes cardiac health in women with a variety of special activities and exhibits providing information on the importance of maintaining a heart healthy lifestyle.


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

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

The Catholic Social Teaching App
Catholic Social Teaching can be a tricky field to navigate, but with this app, you have a resource that puts church documents, recent commentary, and an extensive cross reference function in the palm of your hand. Stay up to date, in the know, and on top of what the Catholic Church teaches. The app is available through iTunes at

Noon Mass: Bro. Joshua Warshak to be installed in the Ministry of Reader
During the noon Mass on Friday, Feb. 14, the Feast Day of the Holy Reformer of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity and Captives, St. John Baptist of the Conception, Bro. Joshua Warshak, O.SS.T., will be installed in the Ministry of Reader. All are invited to participate in the Mass and a small reception afterward in the Heritage Room, AD 155.


Baseball and Softball Group Options
What a better way to spend a San Antonio spring day than at the ballpark!

The Baseball Picnic Pavilion includes a grill for your group to use and 15 tickets in the MVP green chair backs.These premiere seats on the 1st base side are exclusive for Picnic Pavilion use and group outings. This also gives you the opportunity to BYOB/food to cook on the grill. Don’t want to bring in food to cook yourself – we provide a wide variety of catering packages to choose from. The Picnic Pavilion without any catering add-on is: $150 for non-conference games, and $225 for Southland conference games.All games are $150 with a department Cardinals Club membership.

Also available at Cardinals Softball Field, reserve the left field “Porch Suite” at softball for all the same fun as the Sullivan Field Picnic Pavilion. Once you watch a game from left field, you will never sit in the stands again! Southland Conference games are $225, non-conference games are $150.

To learn more or purchase group options, contact the UIW Ticket Office at 210-805-3000.

Research Week Events

  • Podium Presentations

Faculty and students from a broad spectrum of disciplines will give a series of 20 minute presentations on the topic of their research. Podium presentations will be given on Tuesday, Feb. 18 and on Thursday, Feb. 20 from noon – 4:15 p.m. in Marian Hall Ballroom. A complete listing of presenters, presentation titles, and times is found online. Light lunch and refreshments will be served. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend.If you are able to attend for only part of the event, please attend, but remember to be courteous and keep your entrance and exit quiet.

  • Formal Poster and Visual Arts Session

Join poster and visual arts presenters in celebrating the first Research Week to include the visual arts! The formal poster and visual arts session will take place Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 2 – 5 p.m. in Marian Hall Ballroom.Researchers, scholars, and artists will be in attendance to discuss their work, research activities, and answer questions. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend.

  • Graduate & Professional Student Session

The Graduate & Professional Student Session will take place Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 5–7 p.m. in the Marian Hall Ballroom.Students are encouraged to view posters after work or before class; faculty whose classes are scheduled to meet that evening are welcome to meet, view posters, and discuss the posters with their classes as a community. Light dinner will be served. Faculty and students are encouraged to attend.

  • Thursday Night Live: Fine and Performing Arts

Join in the UIW Research Week celebration of UIW’s fine and performing artists on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 5 –7 p.m. in Palestrina Hall for live performances and a discussion on the similarities and differences in the research process between UIW’s varied disciplines.Reception will follow. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend.If you are able to attend for only part of the event, please attend, but remember to be courteous and keep your entrance and exit quiet.

OLLU Moody Professor Lecture
Dr. Mark Green, OLLU Moody Professor, will present, "Evidence of Leadership: The Story Told by 10,000 Statistical Analyses from the Peer-Reviewed Literature," on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. in Mabee Library Special Collections Suite. During the past decades over 2000 peer-reviewed studies employing data collection and statistical analyses have been published. Over 10,000 statistical analyses provide a body of evidence for effective and ineffective aspects of leadership. Green synthesizes the results of these analyses and their influence on workplace outcomes. For info, contact Itza Casanova at 210-829-3943 or

UIW Wind Ensemble Spring Concert
The UIW Wind Ensemble will perform its first spring concert on Friday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. For info, contact the UIW Music Department at 210-829-3855 or

UIW's Department of Theatre Arts presents “Dead Man's Cell Phone”
UIW's Department of Theatre Arts presents “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” by award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl. The play is a darkly comic fable for our post-modern world. Technology has made our lives easier by connecting us, but is easier always better when it comes to human relationships? The cell phone allows us to always “be there” for each other – even when we really aren’t. What if you were sitting in a quiet café and some guy at the table next to you refused to answer his incessantly ringing cell phone? Would you answer it for him? A quiet woman does and it sends her on a strange but exciting journey of self-discovery in our technologically obsessed world. UIW’s “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” features lighting by Melissa Gaspar, costumes by Margaret Mitchell and direction by Robert Ball. Cost: adults $10; seniors $9; Non-UIW students $8; groups (10 or more) $6; UIW students, faculty and staff may attend free of charge by presenting their valid ID. Performances are Feb. 21, 22, 28, and March 1 at 8 p.m. (Fridays and Saturdays); and Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. (Thursday) at Elizabeth Huth Coates Theatre. For more info, contact the Department of Theatre Arts at 210-829-3800 or

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 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

Student Media Gala and Silent Auction
UIW's 7th annual Student Media Gala and Silent Auction on Sunday, Feb. 23, 6-9 p.m., in the McCombs Rosenberg Sky Room will consist of dinner and presentations from student officers from each station (UIWTV, Logos, KUIW) as well as our guest speaker, former grad, Ya’Ke Smith. Cocktail attire. Cost: $25/person or $160/table. For more info, contact Hank McDonnell 210-283-5042 or

UIW’s ELEVATE Conference 2014
UIW’s ELEVATE Conference 2014, a conference for UIW alumni and friends and sponsored by UIW Planned Giving Council and Alumni Association, will be held Thursday, Feb. 27, 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at The Bright Shawl (819 Augusta, San Antonio, TX). Keynote speaker is Louise Locker, founder of Elf Louise, whose topic is "Fulfilling a Heartfelt Mission." Conference cost is $40 per person. Lunch with keynote option is $30 per person (space is limited). R.S.V.P. is required by Feb. 21. Please register online at

Alternative Spring Break
Alternative Spring Break is a neighborhood cleanup and house painting effort undertaken by teams of UIW students, faculty, and staff each weekday during Spring Break (March 10-14). 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! Visit, click on “Find a Sign Up” and enter the email address For more info, contact Dr. Chris Edelman at

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.

2014 Corporate Cup - Join Team UIW
Over 5,000 people representing over 75 companies will come to UIW on May 31, 2014 to compete in an Olympic-style all day event known as the Corporate Cup. Employees, faculty and staff are invited to join Team UIW to compete in 13 activities and sports, tailgate throughout the day, and enjoy UIW camaraderie. Watch the recruitment video here: Don’t want to compete in an activity? Volunteers are needed to help us at the Team UIW tailgating tent. Families and friends are welcome to attend and support. Please contact Rick Smith, assistant athletics director and Title IX deputy coordinator, at 210-283-6448 or to register.

Department News

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

“Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.” ― Og Mandino

EAP on Facebook
Be sure to visit and “like” Extended Academic Programs’ (EAP) Facebook page at

Community News

Nevil Shed speaks to the UIW community as part of Black History Month events in Mabee Library’s Special Collections Suite on Feb. 6. Shed was a member of the Texas Western Miners (now named University of Texas at El Paso) team that won the 1966 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament National Championship. The team was the subject of the 2006 film, “Glory Roads.” The Miners made history for being the first team to start an all African American lineup in the championship game.

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

Bereavement Notice
Nancy Mizera, senior accounts payable technician, is mourning the loss of her sister, Catherine Ennis of Arkansas who passed away Wednesday, Feb. 12.Funeral services are pending. Please keep Nancy and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

UIW Email Signature Options - REMINDER
The Responsible Use of Computing Resources Policy was revised effective June 14, 2013, to provide clarification regarding acceptable UIW email signatures. All university employees are expected to comply with this policy. Please visit details.

Garden Workdays @ UIW
Volunteer in the UIW Community Garden (behind the Gorman Building) on Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15 from 1-3 p.m. Volunteers will learn proper planting, pruning, and mulching techniques. Receive off-campus community service by bringing canned goods for the San Antonio Food Bank. For more info, contact Stephen Lucke at 210-478-7292 or 

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, 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.

PubMed/Medline is the premier database that indexes medical and health sciences information. In this workshop, you will learn:

  • Search Strategies
  • Introduction to MeSH
  • Using Bibliographic Information to locate full-text articles
  • Searching for Clinical Trials

The workshop will be held on Tuesday, February 18 at 11:30 a.m., in the Geneva R. Johnson Physical Therapy Library. Bring your lunch and your laptop. For info, contact Anthony Micchelli at (210) 283-6920 or

DAV® on UIW Main Campus
The Center for Veterans Affairs is pleased to host the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Mobile Service Van to visit Thursday, Feb. 20, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., in front of the Administration Building. DAV provides free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service and provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies of government. Services will be available for students, staff, and faculty and also open to the San Antonio community. For more information, please contact Karen Wyatt at 210-829-2705 or If you have a specific disability claim question, you may contact your local DAV office at 210-699-5066 or visit

Employee Health & Wellness

Wellness Tip of the Week
Popeye had it right--use spinach in a salad or to top off a sandwich. Try its cousins--kale and collards--in soups and side dishes. Click here for tips to help you eat more vegetables.

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

Faculty Focus

(Pictured L-R) Dr. Theresa Martines, assistant professor of mathematics, shares a photo with UIW students Maria Monroy and Ambar Villarreal. Martines and the students attended Robotics Coach training on Jan. 31 in Bonilla Science Hall. These students, along with others from the UIW Math Club, will be coaching elementary children at the Ella Austin Community Center in a robotics program this spring.

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

The Writing and Learning Center presents Student Writing and Critical Thinking
Participants in this session will learn strategies to guide students into thinking more deeply about course material and translating their thoughts into writing. Stipends will be provided for the first 15 participants at each session. Dr. Amanda Johnston, director of UIW’s Writing and Learning Center, will present on Wednesday, Feb.19, 8-9 a.m. (breakfast, AD 212). For more info, contact Kathy Allwein at 210-283-5030 or

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.                                                                

  • Rosenberg School of Optometry, Friday Feb. 14, noon, Room 301
  • 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 in the News (click icon to view)

  • San Antonio Express News: Girls Global Summit builds empathy among S.A. girl ViewView Icon

SACHS in the News (click icon to view)

  • KSAT 12 NEWS AT NOON: SACHS v CCHS ViewView Icon

3rd Annual Taste of St. Anthony
The 3rd Annual Taste of St. Anthony will be held on Saturday, March 1, 6 p.m. at Whitley Theological Center (285 Oblate Dr.) The event includes a live and silent auction, open bar, exquisite dinner, and entertainment by Latin Grammy winner Joe Posada. Individual tickets: $50; reserved table for 10: $550. All Proceeds fund St. Anthony tuition assistance. Purchase tickets in the SACHS business office or call 210-832-5613.

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


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 Wednesday, Feb. 19, 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. 

Women’s Global Connection: Girls Global Summit
What does it mean to be a global citizen? A team of local high school girl students will lead the all-age summit on Saturday, March 1, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry (9725 Datapoint Dr., San Antonio, TX 78229) to explore this question. Presenters include other high school girls who will speak about empowerment of women and girls in San Antonio and around the world. We honor and hear from local global health leader Dr. Ruth Berggren, director of the Medical Humanities and Ethics Department at the University of Texas Health Science Center. Community service hours provided and the event and lunch are free! For details contact, the Women’s Global Connection at 210-832-3208 or email Claudia Garcia-Guzman at The Women’s Global Connection is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.

Chapel of the Incarnate Word Concert Series 2014
Copperleaf Quintete will perform “Miserere Mei,” an hour of contemplative music for the Season of Lent on Sunday, March 9 at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. The event is free and open to the public. For more info, contact 210-829-2736.

Our Sympathy & Prayers Go To:

  • Dan Ochoa (UIW Dean of Preparatory Programs) & family on the recent loss of his brother, David Ochoa.
  • The family of, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, and the entire UIW community on the recent loss of Sr. Carmen Roche, CCVI (BS ’70).
  • The family of Bettye Jo Bartlett Shryock (UIW Extended Run Players & Cadenza Singers) on her recent death.
  • Richard and Lanny Sinkin & family on the recent loss of their father, William “Bill” Rashall Sinkin (UIW Friend).
  • The family of Ellen Ramona de Tournillon (BA ’50) on her recent death.
  • Marian Townsend & family on the recent loss of her husband, Robert Foard Townsend (MA ’68).
  • Patricia Maguire (IWHS ’65), Anne Wright (IWHS ’68), Jeanne Albrecht (IWHS ’71) and Janet Arnold (IWHS ’75) & their families on the recent loss of their mother; and Janis (IWHS ’67) and Bruce Tschoepe on the recent loss of his mother, Marian Seng Tschoepe (BA ’43).

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