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THE WEEK THAT WAS: february 21, 2014

Photo of the Week

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Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin, founding dean of the Feik School of Pharmacy (FSOP), poses with students during the biennial Valentine’s Day FSOP Fiesta on Friday Feb. 14.   


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


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.

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

Academic & Professional Saturday Series
The Graduate Support Center’s Saturday Series allows you to attend four workshops in one day on Saturday, Feb. 22, 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Nursing Building 214. Eligible students may receive a $250 participation stipend for attending a Saturday Series and/or up to $500 for attending two separate Saturdays. Registration is required. For info, contact the Graduate Support Center at 210-832-5628 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 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 Center 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 at 210-283-5042 or

Mardi Gras Wellness Celebration
Health Services and Human Resources’ annual Wellness Fair for students and employees, featuring 45 vendors and 10 UIW campus departments offering health and wellness information, screenings, healthy snacks, & wellness game prizes, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Marian Hall Ballroom. For more info, contact Marveen Mahon at 210-805-3549 or

Mocktail Mixer
Please join Campus Life for our Mocktail Mixer on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6-9 p.m., in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. This is a great time to update your knowledge of risk management and prevention regarding hazing, alcohol, drugs, consent, dating and domestic violence, stalking, rape, harassment, assault, and transportation in an entertaining manner. Speakers Kelsey Banton and CL Lindsay will engage participants through great examples and real life scenarios to help capture the importance of understanding and managing risk. Non-alcoholic margaritas and piña coladas and appetizers will be available. For more info, contact Monica Solis-Hoefl at 210-832-2189 or

UIW’s ELEVATE Conference 2014 (Deadline to R.S.V.P.)
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 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

Senior Recitals

  • Senior Federico Cardenas will perform his senior recital on Friday, Feb. 28, in Our Lady’s Chapel at 7:30 p.m.
  • Senior Justyn Arellano will perform his senior recital on Saturday, March 1, 5-7 p.m. at Our Lady's Chapel.

For more info, contact the UIW Music Department at 210-829-3855 or

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

37th Annual Swing-In Auction Party & Golf Tournament - Volunteers Needed
Calling all faculty, staff and administrators who are interested in volunteering for this year's Swing-In Auction Party & Golf Tournament! This two-day event raises funds for student scholarships. To date, over $3.3 million dollars have been raised. You can volunteer for the auction party at the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room on Thursday, May 1 or the golf tournament at The Republic Golf Course on Friday, May 2. Please contact Kayla Rice, PR special events coordinator, for more information and to sign up at

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

Veronica Ruiz Farewell Gathering
Please join the UIW Office of Public Relations as we say farewell to Veronica Ruiz, PR marketing and advertising coordinator. The gathering takes place Thursday, Feb. 27, from 3-5 p.m. in the McCracken House Conference Room (102 Mt. Erin Pass). For info, contact PR at 210-829-6001.

iPad Users Group Meeting
The second iPad User's Group meeting of the semester on Friday, Feb. 28, at noon in GB 212 will feature new apps and lunch. Please R.S.V.P. to Terry Peak at

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 or

Extended Academic Programs

EAP to be recognized as military friendly by “Military Times”  
Extended Academic Programs (EAP) has been informed by “Military Times” that they are on the top of the list for military friendly recognition.As such, they will include pictures of students and an interview with Dr. Cyndi Porter, EAP vice president. “Military Times” is read actively by all of the military branches, having the largest distribution of all providers.

Community News

DAV truck
The Center for Veterans Affairs hosted the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Mobile Service Van on Thursday, Feb. 20, 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 were available for students, staff, faculty members and the San Antonio community.

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

Network Upgrade
Infrastructure support will be performing a network upgrade on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 between the hours of 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. CST. Service will be restored by Sunday 2 a.m. CST. As a result of the upgrade, internet service will be intermittently available during the network outage and users will not be able to access the internet. All San Antonio campus locations will be affected. Please contact the UIW Help desk at 210-829-2721 or with any questions or concerns.

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.

Market Research & Industry Analysis Tool
Learn how to locate credible sources for researching and analyzing industry trends. This workshop will be presented by Dell Davis on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at noon in Mabee Library, Room 230. For info, contact Christina Link at 210-832-2171 or

Discover the world of credible, scholarly information available to you through a single interface – Primo. This workshop will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27 at noon in Mabee Library, Room 230. For more, info, contact Christina Link at 210-832-2171 or

Graduate Program in Biostatistics at Baylor
Dr. James Stamey, the graduate program director of the Statistics Department at Baylor University, will talk to students about opportunities to pursue graduate degrees in the area of biostatistics on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 4:15 p.m. in Bonilla Science Hall, Room 122. Stamey will also talk about "Bayesian Modeling of Cost-Effectiveness Studies with Unmeasured Confounding” at 5:30 p.m. For more info, contact Dr. Jesús Cuéllar Fuentes at 210-829-3170 or

On-Site Resume Reviews
Bring a paper copy of your resume for a one-on-one review by a career counselor. Resumes will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Open to all students and alumni with a paper copy of their document, on Thursday, Feb. 27, 1:30–3 p.m., Marian Hall Ballroom. We are excited to announce that Bruce Howard from Aventine Hill Partners will be joining us to assist in reviewing student resumes. For info, contact Career Services at 210-829-3931 or

UIW Garden Workday
Join the UIW Garden and learn how to work with fruit, vegetable, and ornamental plants on Friday, Feb. 28, 1-3 p.m. in the UIW Community Garden (Behind Gorman). As the seasons change we will plant, prune, weed, and do many other garden related activities. Gain off-campus community service by bring canned goods for the San Antonio Food Bank. For info, contact Stephen Lucke (210) 478-7292 or

Employee Health & Wellness

Wellness Tip of the Week
Reduce your risk for osteoporosis (thinning of bones) by routinely eating low-fat or fat-free dairy food--at all ages and stages of life. Love cheesy mashed potatoes? Look for low-fat cheese blends or part skim ricotta to whip into your creation and slim down your side dish. Learn more about the health benefits of dairy here. Learn more ways to enjoy dairy here.

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

TNSA 2014
Dr. Mary Hoke (third from left), dean of the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions, shares a photo with the UIW Student Nurses Association (SNA). Congratulations to UIW SNA for winning an unprecedented Texas Nursing Student Association (TNSA) Chapter of the Year Award for three years in a row. Kathryn Mendez, TNSA president, presented the award to Minh Lucas, UIW SNA president, at the awards banquet on Friday, Feb. 14 where Hoke served as keynote speaker.

2014 Presidential Teaching Award
Nominations for 2014 Presidential Teaching Award Nominations will be accepted until 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.

  • Main Campus, Friday, Feb. 28, noon, AD 212

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 Mother Daughter Day
Sr. Margaret Snyder, CCVI, director of Mission Integration, and Annette Zahirniak, IWHS director of enrollment, enjoy a moment at the annual IWHS Mother/Daughter Banquet held Sunday, Feb. 16 at the Omni Hotel.

SACHS new coach
St. Anthony Catholic High School (SACHS) has named Edward E. Moreno, Jr. as its new head football coach. Moreno graduated with honors in 1996 from UIW where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. He then completed his master’s in education in 1999. While an undergraduate student, he played baseball for UIW and was voted to the GTE Academic All-District VI baseball team. In 2009, Moreno coached at Southside High School, where he led the Cardinals to two playoff appearances as a defensive coordinator. Moreno completed his final season this year as interim head coach.

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.

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trevor vote hall of fame
Rev. Dr. Trevor Alexander (bottom row, fourth from right), director of ecumenical initiatives, served as one of the leaders invited to attend and vote at Black Worship III’s Annual Clergy Hall of Fame Dinner. The dinner celebrated and documented black religious leaders in San Antonio on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. 

Headwaters Coalition in the News (click the link below to view)

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. 26, 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 (WGC) hosts 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 students who will speak about empowerment of women and girls in San Antonio and around the world. WGC will 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 WGC at 210-832-3208 or email Claudia Garcia-Guzman at WGC is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.

South Texas Alamo Irish Festival
Harp & Shamrock Society of Texas presents South Texas Alamo Irish Festival:

  • 11:30 a.m.: St. Patrick’s Day Parade on the track of the Gayle & Tom Benson Stadium
  • 12:30 p.m.: San Antonio Gaelic Athletic Club Football Tournament

This Irish music festival features Irish ‘Colmhaltas’ musicians, San Antonio Pipe & Drums, and Joe Walmsley. Evening Headliner: Celtic rock band – Blaggards. The festival will also include authentic Irish cuisine, craft vendors, and a kids’ area. Free parking will be available on the campus of UIW. For more info, email or call 210-896-1598. All ages are welcome at this authentic Irish St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

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:

  • The family of Jane Long Clark (BS ’40) on her recent death.
  • Nancy (UIW Sr. Accounts Payable Technician) and Don Mizera & family on the recent loss of her sister, Catherine Ennis.

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