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jose lozano in austin

On Tuesday, Feb. 10, a group of proud UIW students visited with representatives in Austin to lobby for the Texas Education Grant (TEG) during Regional Student Lobbying Day. Pictured above Dr. Gary Keith, associate professor of government and international affairs, Dr. Renee Moore, dean of campus life, State Representative Jose Lozano and the UIW students lobbying for TEG advocacy. Representative Lozano is also a UIW alumnus.




Our Lady's Chapel Services

 All are welcome. 

  • Noon Mass, Monday – Friday
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. & 8 p.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 with Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T., (210)  829-3131 or


Noon Mass Announcement: Friday, Feb. 13
During the noon Mass this Friday, Feb. 13, Trinitarian Seminarian Brother Joshua Warshak will be installed in the Ministry of Acolyte. The Trinitarian Order, to which our chaplains Fr. Thomas Dymowski and Fr. James Mark Adame belong, celebrates the Feast of their Reformer that day, St. John Baptist of the Conception.


Ash Wednesday Services

Ash Wednesday Service Schedule: Wednesday, Feb. 18

  • 8 a.m., Mass with Distribution of Ashes / Our Lady's Chapel
  • 8:30 a.m., Ecumenical Service with Ashes / Bowden Clinic
  • 11 a.m., Ecumenical Service with Ashes / UIW School of Physical Therapy
  • Noon Mass with Distribution of Ashes / Our Lady's Chapel
  • 12:15 p.m., Mass with Distribution of Ashes / Rosenberg School of Optometry School
  • 4 p.m. Ecumenical Service with Ashes / Feik Pharmacy School
  • 5:45 p.m. Ecumenical Service with Ashes / Our Lady's Chapel
  • 7:30 p.m. Ecumenical Service with Ashes / Incarnate Word High School
  • 9:20 p.m. Ecumenical Service with Ashes / Our Lady's Chapel


For more information contact University Mission & Ministry (210) 829-3128




asian new year

The UIW Institute of World Cultures invites you to celebrate the 2015 Asian New Year-Year of the Goat, Thursday, Feb. 19 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Marian Hall Ballroom. Guests can sample Asian cuisine, enjoy Asian music, traditional dances, and authentic drum performances. Everyone will have a chance to win door prizes, play traditional games and participate in a variety of cultural activities. For more info, contact Mingzhi Chen at (210) 805-5820.


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The Beauty Queen of Leenane
The UIW Theatre Department presents Martin McDonagh's riveting play The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Feb. 20-28 in its Cheever Theatre. The production features New York stage and screen actress Laura Poe who has appeared in feature films with Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon as well as in TV series such as House of Cards, Nurse Jackie, Law and Order and many others. The show times for this production are:

  • Friday, Feb. 20: 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 21: 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 22: 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 25: 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 26: 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 27: 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 28: 8 p.m.

Tickets for UIW students, faculty and staff are free.

  • Single tickets: $10
  • Non-UIW students: $8
  • Senior Citizens: $9
  • Group ticket rates are available upon request

This production is not for children under the age of 12. For more information, you may contact Chrissie Young at (210) 829-3800 or


Save the date for the 38th Annual Swing-In Auction Party: "Throwback to the 80s" set for Thursday, April 30 in the McCombs Center Sky Room.  The Golf Tournament will take place on Friday, May 1 at The Republic Golf Course. Proceeds benefit UIW student scholarships. To details and to register visit  or call 210-829-6013.

The 38th Annual Swing-In Auction Party & Golf Tournament: Raffle Tickets for Sale
The 38th Annual Swing-In Auction Party & Golf Tournament is around the corner, Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1. Buy your raffle tickets today for the opportunity to win luxury prizes by calling (210) 829-6013 or emailing


"Money" Gras!
The Office of Financial Assistance will be hosting a FREE event on Tuesday, Feb. 17 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on the Dubuis Lawn to help students prepare for the 2015/16 Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) process. This event benefits both new and continuing students. For more information on this event, contact Heather Miller at (210) 805-1234 or


The 2015 Cutting EdgeTM Fiesta® Fashion Show
The 2015 Cutting Edge™ Fiesta® Fashion Show will be held Tuesday, April 14. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the fashion show starts at 7 p.m. Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 100 Auditorium Circle San Antonio, TX 78205. Tickets from $25 – $125 For tickets call (210) 223-8624 or visit

UIW 2015 Student Media Gala & Silent Auction
The community is invited to attend the 8th Annual UIW Student Media Gala and Silent Auction set for Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 from 6 – 9 p.m. in the Rosenberg Sky Room.  All proceeds benefit student scholarships and new broadcasting equipment for UIW's student run newspaper, TV and Internet radio station. Tables of 10 are $200, individual tickets are $35 and UIW students are $25. To purchase tickets and to receive more information, please call (210) 283-5042 or email  Follow us on Facebook at


A Short Commentary on the Life of a Community Druggist
The UIW African American Heritage Month Committee is hosting a commentary presented by Lester Carter, RPh, on Friday, Feb. 13 from 12 - 1 p.m. in the Feik School of Pharmacy in Room 513. All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Anita Mosley at (210) 883-1083 or


The Impact of Media on Civil Rights
As a part of African American Heritage Month, the UIW African American Heritage Month Committee is hosting a lecture presented by Dr. Valerie Greenburg from 6 – 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17 in Gorman 212. All are invited to attend this event. For more information, contact Anita Mosley at (210) 883-1083 or


An African American Heritage Month Special Musical Presentation
The UIW African American Heritage Month Committee is holding a special musical presentation by Dr. Bill Gokelman on Thursday, Feb. 19 from 6 – 7 p.m. in UIW's Seddon Recital Hall. This event celebrates the African American heritage in our community. For more information, contact Anita Mosley at (210) 883-1083 or

San Antonio International Piano Series Concert
The UIW Music Department invites you to come enjoy the classical piano performance of the 2012 San Antonio Piano Competition Bronze Winner, Yejin Noh on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Seddon Recital Hall. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Kevin Salfen, PhD will conduct a pre-concert lecture from 7:15 – 7:45 p.m. with Noh performing at 8 p.m. You'll have a chance to meet Yejin Noh after the concert with a wine reception in the lobby. For more information on this event, contact Suzan Lambillotte at (210) 270-3829 or


Department News

nursing program

Pictured are UIW Nursing Program Instructors Laurie Singel, Dr. Cynthia Purcell and Cynthia Richardson and UIW nursing students at the 2015 Expand Your Horizons event held Saturday, Feb. 7 at UIW.  The annual event, a collaboration between UIW, St. Mary's University and UTSA showcased opportunities in the sciences to over 150 middle schools girls who attended. The girls also participated in 14 workshops, heard two keynote speakers and enjoyed meeting former senator, mayoral candidate and pharmacist Leticia Van De Putte. Special thanks to the 60 college student volunteers and 45 workshop leaders and assistants who helped ensure the success of the event. 


Academic & Professional Workshop Series
The Graduate Support Center is hosting a workshop on writing proficiently in the academic and professional setting. This workshop will be on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m in Nursing Building 214. For more information, contact Jessica Garcia at (210) 832-5628.


Graduate Writing Institute - Writing Clinic
The Graduate Writing Institute (GWI) is designed to provide graduate students at UIW with an in-depth and personalized approach to the development of professional and academic writing skills. The writing clinics are designed for one on one assistance. This clinic will be on Saturday, Feb. 14 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. in Nursing Building 214. For more information, please contact Jessica Mesa at (210) 832-5628 or at


Extended Academic Programs 

 eap bowling

Extended Academic Programs participated in the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the City South Leadership Academy 8th Annual Big Bowlowski. This event raises funds to provide scholarships for high school graduates. Pictured from left to right are April Carmona, admissions counselor, Corina Quinonez, ADCaP alumni, James Hopkins, academic advisor, and Suzanne Daube, online content/marketing specialist. 


EAP holds record attendance at information session
EAP held an Information Session on Thursday Feb. 5 at the ICC for over 60 prospective students to highlight the ADCaP and UIW Online programs.  UIW staff from Financial Aid, the Business Office, and the Center for Veteran Affairs also participated.




Cardinal Spotlight

UIW Basketball Season

The UIW Athletic Department invites the community to enjoy men's and women's basketball.  Games for February are listed below.

Men's Schedule:

Feb. 13: Men's Basketball at Central Arkansas, 4 p.m.

Feb. 16: Men's Basketball vs. Stephen F. Austin, McDermott Convocation Center, 7 p.m.

Feb. 21: Men's Basketball vs. Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, McDermott Convocation Center, 4 p.m.

Feb. 23: Men's Basketball vs. Houston Baptist, McDermott Convocation Center, 7 p.m.

Feb. 28: Men's Basketball at Lamar, 6 p.m.


Women's Schedule:

Feb. 15: Women's Basketball at Central Arkansas, 1 p.m.

Feb. 19: Women's Basketball at Houston Baptist, 6 p.m.

Feb. 21: Women's Basketball vs. Texas A&M – Corpus Christ, McDermott Convocation Center, 2 p.m.

Feb. 26: Women's Basketball at Stephen F. Austin, 7 p.m.

Feb. 28: Women's Basketball at Lamar, 4 p.m.


Admission to home games is $10. For more information, please contact Kevin Lepore at (210) 805-3000 or


Track and Field Spring Program Fundraiser
The Track and Field Program has launched its Spring 2015 team fundraiser using (link is here).  The fundraiser runs from Sunday, Feb.1 to Sunday, March 1. In addition, the team is providing the fundraiser webpage to friends, family and the community as a way to showcase their season and provide a way for everyone to show their support to the team. For more information, contact Derek Riedel at (210) 355-8535 or

Community News


Announcement: Water Outage – Saturday
Please note that on Saturday, Feb. 14, the water will be shut off at 9 a.m. in various buildings on main campus. This outage is expected to last approximately 4 hours.  The water should be restored at approximately 1 p.m.

The following buildings will be affected by the water outage:

  • Administration Building
  • Joyce Building
  • Dubuis Hall
  • The Mabee Library
  • The Theatre
  • Generalate

Questions should be directed to facilities maintenance at (210) 829-6023.


Bereavement Notice
A memorial service for Mary Acosta will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14 at St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church (111 Barilla, 78209). Mrs. Acosta is mourned by Andrea Cyterski Acosta, UIW dean of enrollment and her husband Bobby Acosta. Mrs. Acosta passed away Tuesday evening surrounded by her family.  Please keep Andrea, Bobby and the Acosta family in your thoughts and prayers. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in the name of Mary Acosta to the Wounded Warrior Project, 12672 Silicon Drive, Suite 105, San Antonio, TX 78249, (210) 569 -0300.


Blind Date with a Book
February is Library Lovers' Month and the Mabee Library is celebrating by offering you a Blind Date with a Book, including books brand new to the collection. Books will be wrapped (to maintain anonymity) and displayed with a few facts to help you decide which one is right for you. And make sure to write what you love about the library on our Library Lovers' Month board before you check out. The event runs now through Saturday, Feb. 28 in the Mabee Library. For more information, contact Taylor Fox at (210) 283-6316 or 

A Conversation with Mayor Ivy Taylor
The UIW community is invited to hear Mayor Ivy Taylor speak on the topic of leadership. Join us for this 40-minute presentation followed by a question and answer session on Tuesday, Feb. 17 from 1 – 2 p.m. in the Mabee Library Auditorium. For more information, contact Paul Ayala at (210) 805-5863 or


DSE Candidate Meet and Greet
The Dreeben School of Education invites the UIW community to attend the Meet and Greet sessions for two faculty candidates for the DSE Master's Program. Join your colleagues in GB 120 from 4-5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17 to meet Dr. Sandra Foster and on Thursday, Feb. 19 to meet Dr. Lynnette Mawhinney. For more information contact Dr. Renea Fike at (210) 832-3218 or


Redbird Research On Call
Librarians will be visiting campus buildings to assist students and faculty with their research using library resources. Need some help? Look for Redbird Research on Call at the following times and locations:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 18, Music Building, 2 - 4 p.m. (Farhad Moshiri)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 25, Gorman Building, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Mary Jinks)


For more information, please contact Melissa Torres at (210) 829-6098 or at


UIW Bookstore: 2 Day Sales
The UIW Bookstore is holding a 2-day sale, Wednesday, Feb. 18 and Thursday, Feb. 19. They are offering 25% off all regular priced Champion and Jansport clothing items and 25% off all emblematic drink ware. These offers cannot be combined with any other offers. This offer is good in bookstore or online at For more info, please contact Anne Richards at (210) 829-6056.


Tax Workshop for International Students
The UIW International Student & Scholar Services Office is offering a workshop for all F-1 and J-1 degree-seeking students required to file U.S. Taxes on Thursday, Feb. 19 from 4 – 5 p.m. in the ICC Auditorium. Come learn about Non-Resident Tax filing. This event is open to international students and scholars. For more information, please contact Sheena Connell at (210) 805-5705 or


13th Annual Pierre Lecture
The 13th Annual Pierre Lecture will be given by Dr. Stacey Floyd-Thomas, an African-American social ethicist at Vanderbilt University.  The lecture titled “Invisibility and Silencing Mechanisms: Generational Angst and the Quest for Social Justice” will be held, from 7 – 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19 in the CHRISTUS Heritage Hall located at the Village of Incarnate Word (between The Chapel of the Incarnate Word and H-E-B Central Market). The lecture will examine the impact race, religion and education have on the current generation's quest for social justice. For more info, contact Julie Miller at (210) 283-5062 or


On-Site Accreditation Visit for UIW
From Monday, Feb. 23 through Thursday, Feb. 26, 11 guests from our regional accreditors, SACSCOC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) will be on main campus to reaffirm UIW's 10-year accreditation.  They will schedule interviews and visits with a wide variety of administrators, faculty, and staff; their private working space during the visit will be in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room.  Everyone is welcome to attend the exit conference to hear a summary of the team's findings, at 9 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 26, in Special Collections. For more information, contact the Office of the Provost at (210) 829-3943.


Rx for Information: Drug Information at UIW
Pharmacy Librarian Christina Seeger will demonstrate the best ways to locate drug information on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1 – 2 p.m. in the Mabee Library, Room 230. The event is open to the public. For more information, please contact Melissa Torres at (210) 829-6098 or


taize prayer service

All are invited to participate in a service of contemplative worship in the tradition of Taizé at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24 in Our Lady's Chapel (UIW Administration Building). For more information contact Lena Gokelman at (210) 832-3207 or


H-E-B School of Business and Administration Graduate and Doctoral Information Night
The UIW School of Graduate Studies and the H-E-B School of Business & Administration invites prospective students to attend an information night event Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the ICC Conference Center. This is a great opportunity to learn about UIW's Doctor of Business Administration, and Masters level degrees in Business Administration, Accounting, Health Administration, and Administration. Please RSVP at For more information, contact Johnny Garcia at (210) 805-3554 or


Presidential Teaching Award Nominations 2015
The Provost's Office is requesting nominations for the Presidential Teaching Award. Nominations will be accepted through Saturday, Feb. 28. 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 will be presented by Dr. Agnese to the award recipient who then becomes a member of the selection committee in succeeding years. Current students, alumni and colleagues are invited to make nominations accompanied by the reason the nominee is deserving of the award. For full details and a nomination form, visit  Former recipients include Dr. Roger Barnes, William Gokelman, Dr. Neeta Singh, Dr. Bill Carleton, Theresa Tiggeman, Dr. Paul Lewis, Dr. Lydia Andrade, Dr. Jessica Kimmel, Dr. Doug Gilmour and Dr. Brian McBurnett.




Health Tip: Go Splitsies
Instead of buying individual yogurt containers, buy a big one to split throughout the week. Add your favorite frozen berries for extra flavor!   


Employee Wellness on Facebook        
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.” Check us out on Facebook and like our page at


Faculty Focus


sr martha

Sr. Martha Ann Kirk spoke on her research in Iraq as part of a panel "Peaceful and Cohesive Societies for Sustainable Development," at the United Nations, Feb. 11, 2015.  This panel was a side event with the 53rd Session of the Commission for Social Development of the United Nations-Department of Economic and Social Affairs, February 4 to 13, 2015. Participants (L to R) Mehmet Kilic, Global Affairs Director for the Peace Islands Institute; H.E. Carlos Garcia, Former Ambassador of El Salvador to the UN and Founder and CEO of Global Consultant; Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, professor of religious studies at the University of the Incarnate Word, Prof. David Ives, executive director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute in Connecticut; and Huseyin Hurmali, vice president of the Journalists and Writers Foundation in Istanbul.


ipad ifilm festival

Ana Gonzalez, director of instructional technology (right), presented the trophy for Best Video to Dr. Zhanbo Yang, professor of mathematics (left). The awards ceremony held Saturday, Jan. 31 was part of the first iPad iFilm Festival. The festival taught UIW faculty the skills needed to create a short video using their iPad. This video could have been an introduction to a course or an instructional video to help students understand a difficult concept.


2015-16 Internal Faculty Research Awards Applications Deadline
Do you have a research or scholarly project, but just need a little time, money, or an extra hand? Faculty research award applications are now being accepted for the 2015-16 academic year. These awards include: 25% workload release for full-time faculty, up to $3,000 in financial support for research activities, and a two-semester graduate research assistantship. Applications are due at noon on Monday, April 13. For application materials and details go online or contact Rebecca Ohnemus for assistance ( or (210) 805-3036).


Grading Student Papers: Burn Less Midnight Oil
Marking papers can take a lot of faculty time, and research suggests that the time invested may do little to improve student writing. This session will try to make paper grading more effective and less of an ordeal. Participants will learn to distinguish more important errors from less important ones, practice using “minimal marking” approaches, and learn strategies for helping students understand and use feedback. If you wish, bring a student paper for use for practice, please remove the student name first.

There will be two sessions led by presenter: Amanda Johnston (WLC).  Both will take place in AD 212. 

  • Tuesday, Feb. 17 (8 - 9 a.m. with breakfast)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 18 (4:30 - 5:30 p.m. with wine/cheese)

The first 10 faculty participants teaching undergraduate level courses will receive a Title V stipend of $100. Interested faculty can register at  For more information, contact Dr. Susan Hall ( or 283-5030) or Kathy Allwein ( or 283-6359).


iPad User's Group Meeting
Membership in Office 365 is free for UIW faculty and staff. Terry Peak will outline how to navigate this online resource, as well as acquaint attendees with the free app to create, edit, and save Microsoft Office documents using your iPad on Friday, Feb. 27 from 12 – 1 p.m. in Gorman 212. To register for this course please contact Terry Peak by email at, or call (210) 829-3920. Lunch will be served at this session.


Friday Blackboard Lunch and Learn: Copyright-Free Content
Locating and accessing copyright-free content is a constant challenge facing faculty. However, there are a variety of copyright-free resources available if you know where to find them. Join Jessica Martinez-Palacios as she explains how faculty can locate and integrate copyright-free images, course content and other course materials. The session is from 12 to 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13 in Gorman 212. To register, contact Terry Peak by email at, or call (210) 829-3920. Lunch will be served.



High Schools


St. Anthony presents Denim & Diamonds Scholarship Gala
Enjoy a night of fun with the St. Anthony community! On Saturday, Feb. 21 St. Anthony presents its annual Denim & Diamonds Scholarship Gala.  Proceeds benefit students in need of tuition assistance.

The evening promises to be a fun filled night with food, music, and dancing along with auctions and raffles. Prizes for auction include jewelry, sports memorabilia, Spurs tickets and much more. A Grand Prize Raffle is being held during the evening with $5,000 for the winner and other cash prizes for other winners. Event pre-sale tickets are $40 until Friday, Jan. 23, and $50 after this date. For details contact SACHS Director of Development Henry Garcia at  or call 210-832-3296.


Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at




Our sympathy and prayers go to:


  • Bobby Acosta and Andrea Cyterski-Acosta (UIW Dean of Enrollment) (UIW Friends) & family on the recent loss of his mother, Mary Acosta.
  • Sr. Elizabeth Riebschlaeger, CCVI (B. of Music '64, MA '77) & family on the recent loss of her cousin, Christopher Charles Dunn.
  • Christopher Mauthe & family on the recent loss of his wife, Dr. Amy Katherine Eppolito (UIW Former Faculty).
  • Rosa Molloy & family on the recent loss of her husband, Thomas Molloy (UIW Friend).
  • The family of Doris Bissett Myers (BS '44) on her recent death.
  • Alicia (IWHS '80) & David Raizen & family on the recent loss of their cousin, Mary Helen Neri (BA '55, MA '60).
  • Luis & Magda Castellanos & family on the recent loss of their daughter, Lyssa Mari Castellanos Stallings (BSN'96). 



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