March 2011, Women's History Month at the University of the Incarnate Word

National 2011 Theme - Our History is Our Strength

Sisters on the Planet.

What is the population group most affected by ecological disasters? Women!?!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 12 noon - 1 pm, Marian Student Center Lounge. Free Baked Potato Bar and Discussion on why women are suffering most and how we can change that. Sponsored by University Mission and Ministry and Oxfam. In light of severe feminine, students at Oxfam started a movement which is now one of the most important relief organizations in the world. Be a part of that:

Women and War, A Poetry Reading by Beverly Monestier.

Thursday, March 3, 4 - 5 pm, UIW Library Special Collections. Beverly Monestier is an international writer who lives in Cyprus and the US. She has won awards in both poetry and prose. “ Cypriot-American poet Beverly Monestier’s work centres on images of loss and conflict, interspersed with moments of transient beauty. Her poetry is at once staunchly political and uncompromising in its anti-war message, and yet at the same time concerned with the importance of human connections even in the most desperate of times.” -Dr James Mackay, Professor of Comparative Literature

Light refreshments will be served to celebrate the opening of Women's History Month at UIW. Sponsored by the English Club and the Women's History Month Committee.

March 5. You are invited to join the San Antonio Annual Women's Day March.

Incarnate Word Ministries Touching the World

March 7, 1:30 - 2:45 pm and repeated 3 to 4:15 pm, UIW Library Special Collections

Claire Strockbine, Assistant Director of the Incarnate Word lay volunteers who serve in Africa, Peru, Guatemala, and Mexico,  and Sister Margaret Snyder, CCVI, who assisted immigrants for many years including during the raid of the Missouri Capitol building, and will share stories of the joy that comes through service. Consider joining the IW Missionaries for a year or two.

Consider joining the IW Sisters for a lifetime of joy -

See the "Hands of Christ in the World," "Las manos de Cristo en el mundo."

Celebrate the One Hundredth Anniversary of International Women's Day at the home of Eleanor Brackenridge    (1837–1924)   called the   "Mother of Women's Suffrage in Texas"

Tuesday, March 8, 5 pm. Remember her on the porch of their home Brackenridge Villa with a discussion of her life. To learn more of her, see

5:15 pm Participate in a short prayer service "Bread and Roses" remembering women of many parts of the world, the breads they make, and their struggles and triumphs. Learn of the Bread and Roses movement:

Information: Sister Martha Ann Kirk,

The Inspirational Journey of 6 Texas Women + 1 Local Revelation

José A. Lόpez, M.Ed., Texas historian and author and Patsy Torres, UIW doctoral student and recording artist

Tuesday, March 8, 6 pm, Joyce Building 126. The role of six significant women in Texas History and the extraordinary journey of a female trailblazer in a male-dominated music genre will be featured. Co-sponsored by the  Program Development in Adult Education class and the UIW Campus Life/SCLA. Information: Dr. Sharon Herbers at

Building capacity for sustainability: A remarkable story of Women’s Global Connection’s collaboration with women’s groups in Zambia, Tanzania, and Peru to improve their economic and social realities.

Tere Dresner-Salinas, Executive Director, Women's Global Connection.

Friday, March 11, 1:30 - 3:00 pm, UIW Administration Building 365.

Tere Dresner-Salinas joined Women’s Global Connection as Executive Director in March 2009 after being a volunteer for three years.  She was inspired by WGC’s mission of promoting learning and leadership of women, especially those in disadvantaged counties. While on a mission trip to Mongu, Zambia, in 2007 she collaborated with local women to help establish their first fund for microlending. She taught several workshops on how to start a business, how to maintain records and manage loans. She returned in 2009 and 2010 to continue to work with HIV positive women, Early Childhood Education teachers and the women cooperatives.  She is planning another trip this summer. Tere is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Simply Fresco, ( a Mexican salsa and Italian pasta sauce maker. The manufacturing plant is based out of San Antonio and sells to several retailers in the Northeast. Tere has over twenty-five years’ experience in the business world, in mergers and acquisitions, occupying various leadership positions. As part of the executive team and at times serving as interim President, her focus was on creating wealth and great work environments. She has served as a Board Member for several profit and non-profit organizations and is currently a PhD candidate in Organizational Leadership at the University of the Incarnate Word. Information: Dr. Anita Anderson,

Mia Kozlovsky and the Global Citizenship Video She Created.

March 23,  4 pm, Library Auditorium. Spreading the Word – As part of her Girl Scout project, Mia, a junior at Keystone High School, created a video about Women’s Global Connection Children Under Seven program. Mia will discuss her inspiration for the video, which she presents to groups throughout the San Antonio community. It is her hope to build awareness surrounding the education and health needs of young children in Africa. She is an Ambassador Girl Scout of the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas.  

Sponsored by  Women's Global Connection.

Partnering with Women of Peru.

Ada Gonzalez, Recipient of the WGC Global Citizen Internship, PhD Student at UIW.  

March 23, 6:00 p.m.  Library Auditorium. The women of Chimbote and Cambio Puente in Peru inspired Ada to apply for a four-month internship, which includes traveling to Peru. After witnessing the dire poverty and social obstacles the women face in their communities and how willing they are to invest time building their individual and collective knowledge, Ada made her second trip to Peru to offer training on strategic and business planning, grant writing and basic computer skills.  Additionally, as a scholar, she seeks to understand the role and voice of women in development and implementation of poverty reduction programs. Sponsored by Women's Global Connection.

Lovely and Helpful! Vicki Siptak Making Jewelry

Thursday,  March 24,  12 noon - 2 pm, Tilton Room, Joyce Building

Using sustainable materials to make jewelry to enjoy and to help the disadvantaged.  See a display, learn how to make jewelry and learn how Vicki  helps the San Antonio Food Band through her work. For information: Teri Lopez,, 829-3953.

The Annunciation: Incarnate Word Day.

On March 25 the announcement of the angel Gabriel to Mary inviting her to be the mother of Jesus is remembered as told in Luke 1:5-25. The university has many special educational and inspirational activities in the week of this day which is special to the Incarnate Word Sisters, the founders of the university. Consult March 24 is a day of fun on campus.

Thursday, March 24, 5:30 pm, Evening Prayer, Our Lady's Chapel.

Friday, March 25, 2:30 pm, Eucharist and the presentation of the CCVI Spirit Awards, Chapel of the Incarnate Word.

We are grateful to all of the presenters and to the Women's History Planning Committee, including   Tanja Stampfl, Tere Dresner-Salinas; Flor D. Wukovits, Timothy Henrich, Letitia Harding, Heather M. Barton-Weston, Sharon Herbers, Sally Said, Angela McPherson Williams, Theresa Ann Lopez, Lauren Garcia, and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, Chair.