Journal on Social Justice

 Left to right: Dr. Roger Barnes, Dr. Louis J. Agnese, Jr., and Dr. Julie Miller Left to right: Dr. Roger Barnes, Dr. Louis J. Agnese, Jr., and Dr. Julie Miller

Faculty are currently submitting articles on original ideas and critical analysis representing various disciplines to be included in the Verbum Incarnatum, an annual publication devoted to social justice. This year's theme is United States Politics and Social Justice.

Sociology professor and chair, Dr. Roger Barnes, and associate professor of religious and cultural studies, Dr. Julie Miller, shared UIW's journal submissions with President Agnese who distributed copies of the journal to UIW's executive council. Barnes and Miller join sociology professor, Dr. Phil Lampe, as co-editors of the national publication devoted to a chosen topic, with particular emphasis on social justice.

Manuscripts are being accepted nationwide until September for the 2007 issue.

Passing the Mace

Ryan received the traditional symbol of academic office from Kolb after Provost, Dr. Terry Dicianna, announced the honor.

Dr. Sara Kolb, 2006-07 Moody Professor and UIW professor of nursing, transferred the university mace to Sr. Eilish Ryan, CCVI, professor of religious studies, as she was named the 2007-08 UIW Moody Professor at the spring faculty appreciation luncheon.

The awarding of the Moody Professorship reflects an exceptional level of scholarship, teaching excellence and community service. It is the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member by the faculty.

Ryan holds a bachelor's degree from UIW (then Incarnate Word College) and two master's degrees, one from the Incarnate Word Pastoral Institute and the other in mental health counseling from St. Mary's University. Her ThD in pastoral theology was awarded by the University of St. Michael's College Toronto School of Theology at the University of Toronto in Canada.

Ryan currently serves as the director of the Pastoral Institute, a graduate-level program to prepare for contemporary lay ecclesial ministry and lay leadership positions. She remains active in the American Academy of Religion, the National Catholic Educational Association, the College Theology Society, and as president of the Association of Directors of Graduate Programs in Ministry.


University Collective

Dr. Annette Craven

Dr. Annette Craven

Dr. Annette Craven, associate professor in business management, has been appointed by the director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology to the 2007 Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The award is the highest level of national recognition for performance excellence that a U.S. organization can receive. As an examiner, Craven is responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications submitted for the award. The board is comprised of approximately 500 leading experts in their fields.

In celebration of 100 Years of Nursing in Texas, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and the Texas Nurses Association honored 37 area nurses at a luncheon held recently in San Antonio. Among them were three nursing faculty, Jolynn Lowry, Michael Moon, and Dr. Laura Muñoz, who were honored for their positive professional image, caring attitude, leadership qualities, and contributions to continuing education and to the community.

The 1881 Commemorative Award for Faculty Development was awarded to Dr. Mary Elaine Jones, professor of nursing, in recognition of her dedication and leadership, in relation to the university's Mission. For her accomplishments, Jones received $500 from a faculty development endowment fund established by Lt. Col. Philip J. and Col. Jean M. Piccione to help support ongoing development for individual faculty members in recognition of the university's founding.

Ambassador-in-Residence Dr. James Creagan, professor of political science and Amy Freeman Lee Chair, was nominated to the board of trustees for the Association for International Practical Training, a nonprofit organization involved in providing international experience and cultural exchange for students and professionals in technical training. Creagan also recently accepted the position of vice chairman of the Center for Strategic Studies of the Americas, a new South Texas-based nonprofit center for strategic studies that unites retired U.S. ambassadors and high-ranking members of the military in examining issues affecting our hemisphere.

Dr. Jeannie Scott (left) and Dr. Pat LeMay Burr

Dr. Jeannie Scott, assistant professor of management and director of the MBA program, and Dr. Pat LeMay Burr, professor and distinguished chair in international business, visited the World Trade Organization while attending a seminar in Geneva, Switzerland. They were faculty sponsors of a European Union travel-study class funded by the Wells Fargo International Peace Program. They participated in sessions at the United Nations, International Committee of the Red Cross, World Economic Forum, World Trade Organization, Organization for Economic Trade and Development and American Chamber of Commerce in Paris.

Dr. Patricia Gower, chair of the history department, is advisor of Alpha Mu Phi, the new UIW chapter of Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society. Fifteen students were installed as charter members this spring.

Cambridge Scholars Press published a contribution by assistant philosophy professor, Dr. Paul Lewis, in a volume of essays on postmodern ecology. His essay was entitled “Ars Animalis: Deleuze, Guattari, and the Ecologies of Artificial Life.”

Dr. Renee Moore and family

Dr. Renee Moore, dean of campus life, received the 2007 CCVI Spirit Award in recognition of her service in the spirit of the founding Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Moore was honored after Mass on Incarnate Word Day in March.

Dr. Tim Henrich, professor of sports management, participated in an accreditation visit for Mercersburg Academy, a college preparatory school in southeastern Pennsylvania. The assessment included the physical education department and an academy-wide wellness program, athletic programs and the senior students' thesis program.

Associate professor of music, Dr. Ken Metz, premiered his work Ouroboros and Other Episodes for Alto Saxophone and Piano at a spring concert at Trinity University, sponsored by the Composer's Alliance of San Antonio.

Graciela Lopez Cox

Graciela Lopez Cox

Graciela Lopez Cox, instructor of nursing, was an essential member of the American Red Cross Strike team in Eagle Pass after a devastating tornado struck the region earlier this year. Lopez Cox worked with multiple agencies to coordinate the disaster response. She helped assess situations and locate relief for those suffering physical pain. As the Red Cross Nurse Liaison to the state of Texas, Lopez Cox has been working with the organization for nearly 30 years. In May, she was presented an award for her service at the San Antonio Nursing Excellence Award gala.

Dr. Beth Senne-Duff, associate professor of nutrition, joined more than 50 other professors and graduate students from university nutrition and food science departments throughout the U.S. to participate in the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements first intensive practicum on dietary supplement research. The course, “Current Issues and Recent Developments in Dietary Supplement Research: An Intensive Practicum,” was held in Bethesda, MD, in May. Also, as part of a university research study to improve the wellness of the UIW community, Senne-Duff and nutrition graduate student, Christina Lopez, developed a web site containing valuable information and links to resources advising readers on ways to reduce their risk of heart disease.

Marveen Mahon, director of health services, and David Allwein, assistant director of health services co-presented at the American College Health Association Annual Conference in San Antonio this spring. The presentation was entitled, “The Pandemic Respiratory Infectious Disease Readiness Plan: A Collaboration of Six South Texas Universities and the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District.”

Dr. Eula Pines

Dr. Eula Pines

Dr. Eula Pines, assistant professor of nursing, received an award at the San Antonio Nursing Excellence Award gala for her community service and work in Africa helping families cope with HIV/AIDS.

Research by chemistry professor, Dr. Suk Bin Kong, has been published on two major web sites. “New Tool for Mining Phytochemicals” appeared in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's March news. “Saponins May Shed Light on Health-Promoting Potential of Soy” was published in The Soy Daily, the largest online newspaper devoted to soy and natural products.