The Word E-News Archive


president agnese receives check from mx consulate

At a press conference held Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Instituto Cultural de Mexico the Mexican Consulate presented a $60,000 check to UIW to fund scholarships for students of Mexican origin as part of the “IME Fellowship Program.” The Scholarship Program IME-BECAS was created in 2005 as an initiative of the Mexican Government to contribute to the development and personal improvement of Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. UIW will match the $60,000 IME-Becas award for the 2015 fiscal year funded making a total of $120,000 available to eligible students.




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


Lenten Reflection
Fasting is about turning away from the things that distract us from what really matters – and what really matters are the many things that prevent us from seeing what hurts us or the injustice in the social system that brings suffering to many around us. 


reverend trevor imposes ashes

Pictured above is Rev. Trevor Alexander imposing ashes to a UIW student at an ecumenical service at the Feik School of Pharmacy on Wednesday, Feb. 18. 




dr. andrade and dr. nath enjoying asian new year

The UIW Institute of World Cultures celebrated 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 sampled Asian cuisine, enjoyed Asian music, traditional dances, and authentic drum performances. Pictured above are Dr. Lydia Andrade, professor of government and international affairs, and Dr. Lopita Nath, associate professor of history.


misty chen enjoying asian new year celebration

Misty Chen, director of institute of world cultures, Dr. Paul Messina, associate professor of mathematics, and guest, Semon Tam, enjoyed the 2015 Asian New Year Celebration in Marian Hall.


the beauty queen of leenane

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


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. at the 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

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 at a wine reception in the lobby. For more information on this event, contact Suzan Lambillotte at (210) 270-3829 or

UIW Wind Ensemble Concert
The UIW Wind Ensemble will hold their first performance of the Spring 2015 semester on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Band/Orchestra Rehearsal Hall on the first floor of the newly constructed Music Building on campus. This will mark the first performance of the university's premier concert band under the baton of Dr. Brett A. Richardson, recently appointed Coordinator of Music Education and Director of Bands. Richardson comes to UIW from Indiana University where he completed the Doctor of Music degree in Wind Conducting.

Admission is free to the public and the concert will start promptly at 7:30 PM. The University of the Incarnate Word provides reasonable accommodation with adequate notice. For more information on this event, contact the UIW Department of Music at (210) 829-3855 or

Concert at the Cove
The UIW Cardinal Jazz Band will perform at the Cove Restaurant (606 W Cypress St, San Antonio, TX 78212) on Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 8 – 10 p.m. and feature arrangements by Roger Hogan, the ensemble's lead tenor saxophonist. John Panzarella will be featured on vocals. Jim Waller will direct the ensemble. For more information on this event, contact Jim Waller at (210) 841-7233 or

8th Annual Research Week: Feb. 23 – 27

  • Podium Presentations: Join our faculty and student podium presenters from a broad spectrum of disciplines as they give a series of 20 minute presentations on the topic of their research. Podium presentations will be given on Tuesday, Feb. 24 from 12 – 5 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 26 from 12 – 4:15 p.m. in Marian Hall Ballroom.  A complete listing of presentations can be found online.  Light refreshments will be served.  Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend.  If you will only attend for part of the presentation session, please remember to be courteous and keep your entrance and exit quiet.
  • Formal Poster & Visual Arts Presentations: Join poster and visual arts presenters in celebrating the incredible diversity of our UIW community of scholars.  The formal poster and visual arts session will take place Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 2 – 4 p.m. in the Marian Hall Ballroom.  A complete listing of presentations can be found online.  Our presenting faculty and students will be available at that time to discuss their work and engage questions.  Hors d'oeuvres will be served.  Faculty, staff, students, and guests are encouraged to attend.
  • Graduate & Professional Student Session:  Graduate and professional students are encouraged to join the Graduate Support Center and view posters, engage in conversation, and celebrate the work of their peers on Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 5:30 –7 p.m.  Faculty whose classes are scheduled to meet that evening are welcome to convene in the ballroom to view and discuss the posters with their classes as a community. Light dinner will be served.
  • Thursday Night Live:  Join us in celebrating UIW's fine and performing artists for an evening of live vocal and instrumental performances on Thursday, Feb. 26 from 5:15 – 8 p.m. in the Seddon Recital Hall.  Performances will be followed by discussion on the similarities and differences between research and scholarship across disciplines.  A complete listing of presenters can be found online.  Reception to follow.  Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend.  If you will only attend for part of the event, please remember to be courteous and keep your entrance and exit quiet.

For more details on exhibit hours, walk-in viewing, and other Research Week events throughout the week of Feb. 23 – 27, visit the Research Week website or contact Rebecca Ohnemus at (210) 805-3036.


Department News


New Study Abroad Requirement Information Session
This information session will discuss the details of the new study abroad requirement for International Business and International Affairs majors. The session will be held on Friday, Feb. 20 from 10 – 11 a.m. in the Library Auditorium. For more info, please contact Alanna Taylor at (210) 805-5709 or


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.


Extended Academic Programs 

 eap basketball free throw

Matt Miller is shown shooting a half-court shot at the Monday, Feb. 16 Men's Cardinals basketball.  The chance to win $5,000 was sponsored by Extended Academic Programs during the EAP family night. 




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. 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. 21: Women's Basketball vs. Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, 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.


UIW Baseball & Softball Season

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

Men's Baseball:

Feb. 20: Men's Baseball vs. Northwestern University @ Wolff Stadium – 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 21: Men's Baseball vs. Villanova University @ Wolff Stadium – 5 p.m.

Feb. 22: Men's Baseball Championship TBA

Feb: 24: Men's Baseball at UTSA – 6 p.m.

Feb. 25: Men's Baseball at Texas A&M University – 6:35 p.m.

Feb. 27: Men's Baseball at New Mexico State University – 6:05 p.m.

Feb. 28: Men's Baseball at New Mexico State University – 1:05 p.m.

Women's Softball:

Feb. 20: Women's Softball vs. Iowa State University @ UTSA – 3 p.m.

Feb. 21: Women's Softball at UTSA – 12:30 p.m.

Feb. 22: Women's Softball at UTSA – 12:30 p.m.

Feb. 27: Women's Softball vs. Jackson State University @ Gulfport, MS – 11:30 a.m.

Feb. 27: Women's Softball vs. University of Southern Mississippi @ Gulfport, MS – 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 28: Women's Softball vs. Jackson State University @ Gulfport, MS – 10 a.m.

Feb. 28: Women's Softball vs. Mississippi Valley State @Gulfport, MS – 12:30 p.m.


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


Wolff Stadium Hosts Irish Alamo Invitational
Notre Dame will host a four-day baseball tournament at Wolff Stadium. UIW will play one game each day. On Sunday, Feb. 22, Sullivan Field will host a to-be-determined game at a to-be-determined time. Villanova and Northwestern University are the other two schools involved. Tickets for this event are $10. For more information, 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


mayor ivy taylor visits uiw

The UIW community was invited to hear Mayor Ivy Taylor speak on the topic of leadership on Tuesday, Feb. 17 from 1 – 2 p.m. in the Mabee Library Auditorium. Pictured above is Paul Ayala (top row, far right), director of the student center, Dr. Trey Guinn (top row, second from the right), assistant professor of communication arts, Paulina Mazurek (top row, third from the right), assistant director of the student center, Mayor Ivy Taylor (top row, center), mayor of San Antonio and UIW students. 


Film Crew on Campus
A professional film crew will be on campus Friday, Feb. 20, capturing footage for our next advertising campaign. They will be filming areas where students frequent to use as filler shots for our commercials. If you see them, smile. You just might make a cameo appearance in one of our next advertisements.

Bereavement Notice
TJ Williams, Feik School of Pharmacy (FSOP) administrative secretary to the dean and Cindy Norwood, FSOP secretary are mourning the loss of their mother, and Sara Gwathmey, FSOP secretary, the loss of her grandmother Mrs. Bonnie Sams.  Mrs. Sams was a native Texan who recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Her husband was a military man, a teacher, a Federal employee, and an antique dealer.  Mrs. Sams was a "salt-of the-earth homemaker” who was his support and guide in all he did. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at Brookdale Patriot Heights, Senior Living Community (5000 Fawn Meadow, San Antonio, TX 78240).  For more information please call 866-931-4283. Flowers are welcome however, the family prefers you make a donation to the charity of your choice in remembrance of their dear mother and grandmother Mrs. Bonnie Sams. Please keep TJ, Cindy and Sara in your thoughts and prayers.

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 


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. 25, Gorman Building, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Mary Jinks)
  • Monday, March 2, Nursing Building, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Dell Davis)
  • Wednesday, March 4, AT&T Math, Science & Engineering Center, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Christina Seeger)
  • Thursday, March 5, Gorman Building, 3 – 5 p.m. (Paul Andersen)
  • Tuesday, March 10, Music Building, 2 – 4 p.m. (Farhad Moshiri)
  • Thursday, March 26, Gorman Building, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Mary Jinks)
  • Thursday, April 16, Bonilla Science Hall, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Christina Seeger)

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

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.


A Conversation with CPS CEO Doyle Beneby
The UIW community is invited to hear CPS CEO Doyle Beneby share his personal story and how it shapes his decisions as CEO of CPS. Join us for this 40-minute presentation followed by a question and answer session on Tuesday, Feb. 24 from 1 – 2 p.m. in the Mabee Library Auditorium. For more information, contact Paul Ayala at (210) 805-5863 or

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

Shannon Johnson-Quaife Dissertation Defense
Shannon Johnson-Quaife will host a public defense of her dissertation at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25 in Room 105 of the Nursing Building. The title of her dissertation is "Exploring Perceptions of Generation X Members of Labor Unions." Shannon's dissertation committee chair is Dr. Sharon Herbers. For more information on this event, contact Duncan Hayse at (210) 829-2758 or

Newt Courtney Dissertation Defense
Newt Courtney is conducting a public defense of his dissertation on Friday, Feb. 27 10 – 11:30 a.m. in Room 221 of Mabee Library. The title of his dissertation is "An Assessment of the Relationship Between the Hospital Chief Executive Officer's Leadership Behaviors and Hospital Success." The chair of Courtney's dissertation committee is Dr. Dan Dominguez. For more information, please contact Duncan Hayse at (210) 829-2758 or

Girls Global Summit
The Women's Global Connection is hosting a free event geared towards women ages 10 and up on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Marian Hall. Hear projects with global themes and local significance shared by high school girl groups. Support the girls and participate in dialogue with them. Meet the 2015 Globally Awesome Girl. This event and lunch are free. You can register online:


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.

Marching Cardinals Uniform Unveiling
You are invited to a special unveiling of the new Marching Cardinals uniform and tour of the new UIW Music Building on Wednesday, March 4 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the UIW Music Building (4301 Broadway). Light reception to follow. Please RSVP at You may also make a donation to the Marching Cardinals at For more information contact Dr. Lisa McNary at 210-829-6014 or

UIW Campus Closures
On Saturday, March 7 – March 14, the bridge coming down the hill from Joeris Hall to the Grounds Shop will be closed due to construction. On Saturday, March 14 – there will be an electrical shutdown for 8 hours to the entire ICC building.  The outage should be from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Questions should be directed to facilities maintenance at (210) 829-6023.

Swing-In Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed for the 38th annual Swing-In Auction Party & Golf Tournament on Thursday, April 30 & Friday, May 1. Students (21 years of age or older), faculty, staff & alumni are encouraged to participate in this two-day event that benefits student scholarships. The volunteer request form can be found at You can also contact Kayla Rice at for more information.




Health Tip
Did you know that solid fats and added sugars add calories to food but few or no nutrients? That's why they are called empty calories. Learn more: 


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


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).


Lunch & Learn: Keeping the Resolve in your New Year's Resolutions: Motivational Interviewing to Enhance Your Overall Wellness
Join the Employee Wellness Committee for a Lunch & Learn - Keeping the Resolve in your New Year's Resolutions: Motivational Interviewing to Enhance Your Overall Wellness, presented by Dr. Joshua Smalley, DO, Maj, USAF/MC, Adolescent Medicine Fellow, Thursday, Feb. 26 from 12 – 1 p.m. in the Dubuis Hall Lounge. Lunch will be provided by Health Services. For more information on this event, please contact Kristi Galloway at (210) 805-5873 or

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.



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:


  • Mike Gomez & family on the recent loss of his wife, Kathleen Diane Aleman Gomez (IWHS '86). 
  • Michael Kuk & family on the recent loss of his wife, Julianne Wallace Kuk (B. of Music '85).
  • Patricio & Victoria Rodriguez & family on the recent loss of their daughter, Mary Esther Rodriguez (BSN '97).
  • T. J. Williams (FSOP Admin. Secretary to the Dean) and Cindy Norwood (FSOP Secretary) & their families on the recent loss of their mother; Sara Gwathmey (FSOP Secretary) on the recent loss of her grandmother, Bonnie Sams.
  • Rebecca Ohnemus (IWHS '03, BA '10, MAA '12; UIW Research Officer, Research Development) and Sarah Ohnemus (IWHS '04, BA ‘12/BS '12) & their families on the recent loss of their grandmother, Gertrude A. Smith.



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