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UIW's Office of Mission and Ministry held its Sixth Annual Alternative Spring Break from March 6 - 13 and will again on March 20. UIW students, faculty and staff came together to help repair homes for those in need. Pictured above is Sr. Walter Maher, vice president of mission and ministry, assisting a UIW student as he repairs a carport.




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 Cancelled

The noon mass in Our Lady's Chapel is cancelled Friday, March 13 so the Chaplains, Fr. Tom Dymowski and Fr. James Mark Adame may participate in the Alternative Spring Break. Call (210) 829-3131 for info.

Mass Intentions for Ayotzinapa Missing Students, Their Families and Mexico
On Monday, March 16, the noon Mass intention will be for the victims, families and communities of those who have been kidnapped or abducted in Mexico. All are welcome as we gather in solidarity and prayer for the human rights violations in our neighboring country - Mexico. For information on how you can get involved contact University Mission & Ministry for more information at (210) 829-3128 or For more information on the work of Somos Ayotzinapa visit Facebook at: and or YouTube at

Lenten Reflection
Luke 8 tells the story of a man who recognized his own failings, asks for forgiveness, and is "made right with God." Only by being honest with oneself and accepting God's mercy, can we grow and understand the mystery of His love.




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 To purchase raffle tickets online, click here.


2015 uiw fiesta medalsOur 2015 Cutting EdgeTM Fiesta Medals are available for purchase. They are $5 and can be purchased at the Fiesta Commission Store (2611 Broadway St., San Antonio, TX 78215) or the UIW Fashion Department Office in the Joyce Building. The medal will also be available for purchase the evening of the Cutting EdgeTM Fiesta Fashion Show. For more information on the medals, contact the UIW Fashion Department at (210) 832-3219.


The 2015 Cutting EdgeTMFiesta® 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

South Texas Alamo Irish Festival
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with The Harp & Shamrock Society of Texas at the Annual South Texas Alamo Irish Festival on Saturday, March 14 from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. hosted by UIW.

Festivities kick off with Donovan's Run 5K at 8:30 a.m. followed by the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Gayle & Tom Benson Stadium at 11:30 a.m. The San Antonio Gaelic Athletic Club will host a Football Tournament beginning at 12:30 p.m. Enjoy authentic Irish cuisine and live entertainment, including Ravenmoor, San Antonio Pipe & Drums and Joe Walmsley. Headlining the evening will be the Celtic rock band from Houston, The Blaggards.

Tickets for adults are $5, available only the day of the event at the gates. Admission to the South Texas Alamo Irish Festival is free for faculty, students and staff with a UIW ID. Active duty military with a valid ID and children under 12 are free. Free parking will be available on the campus of UIW. This is a family friendly event.

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For more information, visit or call (210) 896-1598.

St. Baldrick's Fundraiser
In conjunction with the March 14 South Texas Alamo Irish Festival, the St. Baldrick's Foundation will be holding a head shaving event to raise funds for childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick's raises millions annually through its shaving events, and the money benefits children's cancer research. Among the honored children at the STAIF event are Zoe Knickerbocker, daughter of director of web development Troy Knickerbocker, who is in treatment for leukemia, and Lyndsey Wyatt, IWHS student and daughter of Director of Veteran's Affairs Karen Wyatt, who was treated last year for osteosarcoma and is now in remission.

Donations are welcome; please use this link for more information:, or to make a donation directly to St. Baldrick's.

The festival will feature Irish music, dance, food and games, including Gaelic football; admission is free for UIW students, faculty and staff with their I.D. For more information on this fundraiser, you may contact Terry Peak at (210) 829-3920 or

Celebration of Women Open House
Women's Global Connection (WGC) is excited to invite you to a "Celebration of Women" come-and-go Open House Wednesday, March 18 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. at our new offices at the beautiful Brackenridge Villa complex. We are celebrating Women's History Month, as well as our 14 years dedicated to the empowerment of women and girls locally and globally. Please join us for conversation, coffee, and breakfast in Suite 3 basement-level, adjacent (east corner) to the Brackenridge House. For more information, contact Alison Buck at (210) 828-2224 ext. 297 or

Festival of Colors
Join International Affairs and Campus Life in a celebration of Holi and the diversity of UIW on Wednesday, March 18 from 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Dubuis Lawn. The event will include a food truck, vendors, cultural activities & games and live performances from Latin and South America, Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, Africa, East Asia and more. Also, join the live demonstration and hands-on opportunity to learn more about fencing and pentathlon events UIW Fencing Center. For more information, contact Sheena Connell at (210) 805-5705 or

Las Hermanas: The Struggle is One
This interdisciplinary symposium from Thursday, March 19 through Saturday, March 21 in the Seddon Recital Hall will honor the history, development and legacy of Las Hermanas, a grassroots Latina movement formed 40 years ago to challenge and change the church and its role in society. The conference promises a rich program, including outstanding keynote speakers, academic papers, sharing of stories, celebration in the spirit of Las Hermanas, and an opportunity to visit the new Heritage Center of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.

Cost for attendees is $50 per person. For more information, contact Adrienne Ambrose at (210) 283-6344 or

The UIW Campus Activities Board is hosting its annual CABchella event, Wednesday, March 25 from 5 - 10 p.m. in the Natatorium Parking Lot. CABchella is a free event based on a West Coast music festival with local music artists, great attractions, and many festival based accessories and foods. CAB is looking to create this welcoming atmosphere in order to bring students together and enjoy this West Coast experience, while bonding as a campus community. For more information on this event, contact UIW student Celina Aur at (901) 326-5056.


UIW Tech Fair
The 2015 UIW Tech Fair will take place Wednesday, April 1 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Marian Ballroom. Now, in its fifth year, the UIW Tech Fair is a showcase of educational technology, demonstrating how our students, faculty and staff are integrating technology into teaching and learning. Stop by and see the latest in educational technology, listen to informative presentations, enjoy some lunch, and pick up some free goodies. Door prizes will be given away. For more information on this event, contact Ana Gonzalez at (210) 832-3937 or and visit Turning Technologies has donated a Clicker Set valued at 1,300. Any UIW faculty member who would like to have a chance at winning will need to submit a presentation to be used at the Tech Fair. The winner does not need to be present to win and will be announced and contacted at the end of the event. Please submit your presentation at:


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The Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educations (AHSIE) 7th Annual National Best Practices Conference was held on Monday, March 9 in the Rosenberg Sky Room. Pictured above left to right is Dr. David Ortiz, director of the graduate support center, Jessica Mesa, graduate assistant, Jessica Garcia, graduate assistant, Marcos Davis, deputy director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, Carlos De Leon, and Dr. Kevin Vichcales, associate provost and dean of research and graduate studies. Davis delivered the keynote address at this event.


Department News


Life After F-1 & J-1 Status
The UIW International Student & Scholar Services is holding an information session Tuesday, March 17 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. Ask our guest Immigration Attorney questions and learn about your immigration options. Did you know there are visa options to start you own business? There are also special visa options for Mexican and Canadian citizens. Learn about H-1B visa, other employment visas, green cards and other visa options inside the US. Open to international students and their advisors, refreshments provided. For more information on this event, contact Sheena Connell at (210) 805-5705 or

Vendor Fair
The UIW Department of Licensing is holding a Vendor Fair on Wednesday, March 18 from 9:45 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Marian Ballroom. Below is the agenda for the fair:

  • 9:45 - 10:15 a.m. - Rick Smith and LLP meet with university personnel, Library Auditorium Q&A with faculty, staff and student groups hired in the last year, may not have come to licensing meetings last year, or who want a refresher on licensing process, why we do it, etc.
  • 10:20 - 11 a.m. - Rick and LLP meet with vendors, Library Auditorium Q&A with vendors.
  • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Vendor Fair, Marian Ball Room, Vendors display their products.

For more information on this event, please contact Jenness Gough at or (210) 283-6448.

Academic & Professional Workshops Series
Graduate school requires a lot of time, come learn how to manage everything from time, stress and your career on Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in Nursing Building 214. For more information, contact Jessica Garcia at (210) 832-5628 or

Power Chair in Education Presentation
The Dreeben School of Education proudly announces a presentation by Dr. Stephanie A. Grote-Garcia, Sr. Theophane Power Chair in Education. Grounded in theories of play and child development Dr. Grote-Garcia's presentation, "Social Media as a 21st Century Playground: An Examination of the Supporting Research, examines the similarities of traditional and virtual play with a specific focus on how both modes prepare individuals for a healthy adult life. Learn more about the multiple opportunities that social media offers for social and cognitive play on Monday, March 23 at 6 p.m. in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. For more information on this event, please contact the DSE Office at (210) 829-3137 or

Sr. Margaret Patrice Slattery Chair in English Lecture
The English Department is hosing an English lecture Wednesday, March 25 from 12 - 1:15 p.m. in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. This lecture analyzes the advantages and disadvantages of generalist vs. specialist training of faculty in undergraduate English departments, with projections and suggestions for our evolving institutions. For more information, contact Hector Perez at (210) 829-3166 or

13th Annual Psychology Research Colloquium
The UIW Department of Psychology hosts the 13th Annual Psychology Research Colloquium on Thursday, March 26 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the Mabee Library Auditorium. UT Austin Professor William Swann, Ph.D, will give this year's keynote lecture from 9 - 10:15 a.m. The title of his lecture is: ""What Makes a Group Worth Dying For? Identity Fusion Fosters a Perception of Familial Ties, Promoting Self-Sacrifice". From 10:30 - 11:45 a.m., psychology students will present their research projects. The Colloquium is free and open to the entire UIW community. For more information, contact John Velasquez at (210) 829-3960 or

Sr. Joseph Marie Armer Chair Lecture
The School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering will present the Armer Chair Lecture honoring the memory of Sr. Joseph Marie Armer, Thursday, March 26 at 4 p.m. in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. The topic of the lecture is "Levels of Topoisomerases in Human Tumors and Activated T Cells". Dr. David Foglesong, the current recipient of the endowed chair will give the talk. For more information on this event and to RSVP, contact Kelly Fowler at (210) 829-2718 or


Where Rivers Meet: Writer's Workshop
The UIW Music Department & CHASS present Architectures of Poetry and Time: A Three-Day Writer's Workshop from March 27 - 29. Learn to use traditional Japanese poetic forms to write new English-language creative works. This workshop will be led by David Crandall, former professional of the Hosho School of Noh Theater and will culminate in the opening of an exhibit of noh-related items at the Central Branch of the San Antonio Public Library. The workshop and exhibit are part of "Where Rivers Meet," an education and performance project supported by UIW, Theatre Nohgaku, and St. Luke's Episcopal Church & School. Cost to attend is: $150 for general admission, $75 with Student-ID, $20 for UIW students, faculty and staff. For more information on this event, contact Dr. Kevin Salfen at (210) 829-3849 or

Senior Recital: Nathan I. Munoz
The UIW Department of Music is holding Nathan I Munoz's senior recital on Tuesday, April 7 from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. in Seddon Recital Hall. For more information on this special event, contact the UIW Department of Music at (210) 829-3855 or

Junior Recital: Joseph D. Flores
The UIW Department of Music is holding Joseph D. Flores's junior recital on Friday, April 10 from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. in Seddon Recital Hall. For more information on this special event, contact the UIW Department of Music at (210) 829-3855 or

Graduate Writing Institute - Concluding Workshop
The Graduate Writing Institute (GWI) is providing graduate students with a workshop on Saturday, April 11 from 9 - 11 a.m. in Nursing Building 214 designed to provide graduate students at UIW with an in-depth and personalized approach to the development of professional and academic writing skills. For more information, contact Jessica Mesa at (210) 832-5628.


Extended Academic Programs


Extended Academic Programs Wins 'Best for Vets 2015'
Extended Academic Programs is proud to announce that EAP made the Military Times Best for Vets 2015 list of online business schools, ranking at #7 nationally. To see our ranking and the full list, click here.




Cardinal Spotlight


UIW Baseball & Softball Season

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

Men's Baseball:

March 13: Men's Baseball at McNeese State, 6 p.m.
March 14: Men's Baseball at McNeese State, 3 p.m.
March 15: Men's Baseball at McNeese State, 1 p.m.
March 20: Men's Baseball vs. Prairie View A&M, Sullivan Field, 6:30 p.m.
March 21: Men's Baseball vs. Prairie View A&M, Sullivan Field, 3 p.m.
March 22: Men's Baseball vs. Prairie View A&M, Sullivan Field, 1 p.m.
March 25: Men's Baseball at UTSA, 6 p.m.
March 27: Men's Baseball vs. Houston Baptist, Sullivan Field, 6:30 p.m.
March 28: Men's Baseball vs. Houston Baptist, Sullivan Field, 3 p.m.
March 29: Men's Baseball vs. Houston Baptist, Sullivan Field, 1 p.m.
March 31: Men's Baseball at UT Pan Am, 2 p.m.


Women's Softball:

March 13: Women's Softball at Southeastern Louisiana, 4 p.m.
March 14: Women's Softball at Southeastern State, 12 p.m.
March 20: Women's Softball vs. Lamar, Cardinals Field, 2 p.m.
March 21: Women's Softball vs. Lamar, Cardinals Field, 12 p.m.
March 27: Women's Softball at Houston Baptist, 2 p.m.
March 28: Women's Softball at Houston Baptist, 12 p.m.
March 31: Women's Softball vs. Texas Southern University, Cardinals Field, 4 p.m.

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

Men's Basketball First Round Playoff Game
The UIW Men's Basketball team has accepted an invitation to the post-season tournament (CIT) and will be hosting the first-round matchup at home on Tuesday, March 17 at 7 p.m. The opponent will be announced Monday. Read the story here.

Tickets go on sale starting Wednesday, March 11, for $10, $15 and $25, depending on what section you select. Students and employees must purchase tickets to this event. The first 100 students to purchase tickets in Westgate Circle on Tuesday, March 17 at 11:30 a.m. can purchase them at a special rate of $5. The first 100 will also receive a commemorative t-shirt.

The first 100 ticket purchases will receive a commemorative t-shirt, while supplies last. To purchase tickets, visit or call (210) 805-3000.

National Athletic Training Month
March is National Athletic Training Month.UIW is staffed with ten Board Certified Athletic Trainers who are medical professionals that evaluate athletic injuries incurred by UIW athletes, deliver emergency and acute care, develop and administer therapy and rehabilitation protocols, direct the return to play protocols for our athletes, liaise with our team physicians and educate our Athletic Training curriculum students. Please help these dedicated men and women celebrate this special month of recognition. Have you hugged your Athletic Trainer today?


Community News


UIW Highlight


March Maintenance
Information Resources Division will be conducting the scheduled March monthly maintenance beginning Friday, March 20 (6 p.m.) through Saturday, March 21 (6 a.m.).

The following production change items will be included in the maintenance window:

  • Oracle RDBMS Upgrade
  • Graduation Application Fee Change
  • Commvault Media Agent Update
  • SAN Compellent Controller Firmware Update
  • ECHO 360 Upgrade (Pending final review)
  • Appliance Upgrades: PacketShapers at Rolling Oaks, Data Point, SACHS, Eastside Clinic and Physical Therapy
    • During Packet Shaper updates, network services at Rolling Oaks, Data Point, SACHS, Eastside Clinic and Physical Therapy will be disrupted causing intermittent access to all services.

During the maintenance window the following systems will not be available:

  • Banner INB/SSB
  • Banner Document Management
  • BOSSCars
  • myWord (Banner links within the portal will not be available)
  • Intellecheck
  • Argos
  • FormFusion
  • Automic
  • Focus

If you have any questions, contact Joanna Arredondo at (210) 283-6489 or

Women's Global Connection Announcement

Women's Global Connection (WGC) is available to talk to classes or UIW groups on topics related to global citizenry, cross-cultural competencies, and women's empowerment. The mission of this non-profit organization is to promote the learning and leadership of women and girls in the least advantaged regions and countries. The WGC is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and works closely with UIW. WGC currently is offering three part-time, one-year student internships with stipends: a WGC Board internship for undergraduates, plus a WGC Future Leaders of San Antonio internship and a WGC Communications internship for graduate or undergraduate students. For more information, please contact Ada Gonzalez, 828-2224, ext. 297 or


Easter Egg Stuffing
Want to help make the UIW Alumni Easter Egg Hunt a success? Give a couple of hours of your service to stuff Easter eggs for the kids. We will be in the McCracken House large conference room from Wednesday, March 18 until Thursday, March 26 stuffing eggs. We will provide service hours for those in need. Email Steve Hemphill at to plan a time to come stuff eggs or sign up at

UIW Campus Closures
Through 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 will be from approximately 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Questions should be directed to facilities maintenance at (210) 829-6023.

DSE Candidate Meet and Greet
The Dreeben School of Education (DSE) invites the UIW community to attend the Meet and Greet session scheduled for faculty candidates for the DSE Master's and Doctoral Programs. Join us in Gorman Building 120 on the following dates and times:

  • Monday, March 16, 4 - 5 p.m.: Dr. Misty Sawatzky (Doctoral Program)
  • Tuesday, March 17, 4 - 5 p.m.: Dr. Toby Jenkins (Doctoral Program)

For more information, please contact Dr. Norman St. Clair at (210) 829-3138 or

Professional Development Panel
Alpha: First Generation Student Success will host a special panel with professors and professionals from various disciplines to answer any questions students might have about their networking, graduate school, internships, common obstacles and success strategies on Tuesday, March 17 from 12 - 1 p.m. in the Mabee Library Auditorium. Dr. Donald Sikazwe (Pharmacy), Dr. Veronica Acosta (Biology), Dr. James Baker (English), Dr. Chris Edelman (Philosophy), Elizabeth Hernandez (Pharmacy), Dr. Jessica Ibarra (Biology), and Dr. Srihari Narayanan (Optometry) will share their own experiences and offer recommendations and suggestions to the audience. For more information, contact Dr. Tanja Stampfl at (210) 829-3885 or

Girls' Night Out Event with Marian Jordan Ellis
On Wednesday, March 18 at 8 p.m. in the Rosenberg Sky Room, The Sisterhood of UIW, a new women's student organization, is bringing author and speaker, Marian Jordan Ellis to the University of the Incarnate Word to host a Girl's Night Out Event. At this event, Marian will talk about her book: "Sex and the City Uncovered," which helps women turn from coping with life through "hook-ups, hang-overs, and heartbreaks" to coping with life through true love found in God. The Girls' Night Out Event is open to women from all universities and groups in the San Antonio area, and the cost of attendance is free. Door prizes will be awarded at this event. For more information on this event, contact Olivia Almirudis at (210) 829-2736 or


UIW Presents Award-Winning Author Farnoosh Moshiri
Come and experience the award-winning author Farnoosh Moshiri on Thursday, March 19 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. in the Mabee Library Auditorium. Moshiri is the author of four novels and a collection of short stories. She is the recipient of Barthelme Memorial Award, C. Glenn Cambor/Inprint Fellowship, two Barbara Deming Awards for writing of peace and social justice; two consecutive Black Heron Awards for Social Fiction, and Valiente (courage) Award from Voices Breaking Boundaries.


She has taught literature, playwriting, and creative writing in Universities of Tehran, Kabul, Houston, and Syracuse. Currently she is teaching at the University of Houston-Downtown and working on a new novel. Her latest novel and others are available at her website: and also at She will do a book signing if you have the books. For more information, contact Dr. Lopita Nath at (210) 832-2187 or


Charles Khachan Dissertation Defense
Charles Khachan will present his doctoral dissertation in a public defense on March 20, 2015, at 11 a.m. in the Nursing Building, Room 222. The title of his dissertation is "Ethnic Identity Among Maronite Lebanese in the United States." His dissertation committee chair is Dr. Judith Beauford. For more information, contact Duncan Hayse at (210) 829-2758 or


Mary McGall Dissertation Defense
Mary McGall will be holding a public defense of her doctoral dissertation on Friday, March 20, at 1 p.m. in the Nursing Building, Room 142. The title of her dissertation is "Experiences of Women Entrepreneurs: An Interpretative Study." Her dissertation committee chair is Dr. Absael Antelo. For more information, contact Duncan Hayse at (210) 829-2758 or


Matthew Shirley Dissertation Defense
Matthew Shirley will host a public defense of his doctoral dissertation on Friday, March 20 at 3 p.m. in the Nursing Building, Room 222. The title of his dissertation is "Learning Preferences and Perceptions of Undergraduate Mathematics Tutees." His dissertation committee chair is Dr. Judith Beauford. For more information, contact Duncan Hayse at (210) 829-2758 or

How to Write Good Essays Workshop
Zach Gonzalez will present Alpha's How to Write Good Essays workshop on Wednesday, March 25 from 9 - 10 a.m. in The Mabee Library Room 230. This workshop will assist students with effective essay preparation, construction, and writing skills. For more information on this event, contact Dr. Tanja Stampfl at (210) 829-3885 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:

  • Thursday, March 26, Gorman Building, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Mary Jinks)
  • Tuesday, March 31, Music Building, 2 - 4 p.m. (Farhad Moshiri)
  • 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

Begin Your Job Search in the Digital Age
Learn where to start and what resources are available to you as you begin your job search on Thursday, March 26 in the Mabee Library, Room 230 at 5 p.m. We will discuss online job search resources such as Cardinal Careers, Campus2Careers, LinkedIn and other sites. Participants will have an opportunity to create their online profiles on-site. Registration is required for this event through Cardinal Careers. For more information, contact Career Services at (210) 829-3931.

Discover Primo
The Mabee Library will present instruction on how to use the library's new online catalog and how to locate library resources on Tuesday, March 31 from 3 - 4 p.m. in Library Room 230. For more information, please contact Melissa Torres at (210) 829-6098 or


National Library Week: The Boy Made of Lightning
Join us in welcoming author Barbara Renaud, artist Deborah Kuetzpalin Vasquez and Convergent Media Professor Dr. Joey Lopez for a panel discussion of the writing, illustration and creation of the iBook, The Boy Made of Lightning on Tuesday, April 14 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Mabee Library Auditorium. Narrated by Congressman Joaquin Castro, the book, tells the story of San Antonio native, Willie Velasquez who founded the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project in 1974. In 1995, Mr. Velasquez was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton. The Boy Made of Lightning is an interactive book, containing original artwork, music, pop-up video windows, translations and sound effects.

Mabee Library is hosting this event in recognition of National Library Week (April 12-18, 2015). Light refreshments will be served after the event. For more information, contact Melissa Torres at (210) 829-6098 or

The Mabee Library Presents... Farhad's Film Series
The Mabee Library presents American Winter on Wednesday, April 15 from 2 - 4 p.m. in the Mabee Library, Room 221. The film follows the personal stories of families struggling in the aftermath of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Filmed over the course of one winter in Portland, Oregon, the film presents and intimate snapshot of the state of the nation's economy as it is playing out in millions of American families, and highlights the human consequences of the decline of the middle class and the fracturing of the American Dream. For more information, please contact Farhad Moshiri at (210) 829-3842 or




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


Why Won't They Talk? Helping English Language Learning Students Participate in Class
New international students sometimes find the American classroom a bit of a shock. The cultural norms frequently differ radically from what they have previously experienced. These students, often outstanding, English students at home—sometimes find that their oral English is not as strong as they had believed. As a result, they may retreat into silence. Participants will learn practical strategies for engaging English Language Learning (ELL) students in class activities. These approaches can also help draw more reticent native speakers into class discussion, too.

Presenter: Letitia Harding (English)

Tuesday, March 17 (8-9 am with breakfast) AD 212 (Was previously scheduled for Thursday, March 5)

Register at For more information, contact Dr. Susan Hall ( or 283-5030) or Kathy Allwein ( or 283-6359).

Faculty Forum
All full-time faculty are invited to discuss the proposed changes to the Faculty Handbook which involve the addition of a College/School Rank and Tenure Committee to each school/college, and the a specific process for including these committees into third year review and the promotion and tenure process for full-time faculty on Monday, March 16 from 12 - 1 p.m. in the Mabee Library Auditorium. A proposed change to the Faculty Senate Bylaws, adding a process for promotion to Senior Instructor, will also be discussed. There will be a short presentation and a question and answer period. For more information, contact Dr. Maria Felix-Ortiz at (210) 364-9023 or


Blackboard User's Group Meeting - Fun and Games with Blackboard
Join James Umphres for an informative session outlining options for "gamifying" a Blackboard course shell on Friday, April 10 from 12 - 1 p.m. in Gorman Building 212. Concepts include releasable content, extra credit assignments, and other options to ensure students stay motivated and engaged. To register for this course please contact Terry Peak by email at, or call (210) 829-3920. Lunch will be served at this session.

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 percent 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).

High Schools


St. Anthony Chip'n Classic Golf Tournament
The St. Anthony Alumni Association and St. Anthony Catholic High School presents the 13th Annual St. Anthony Chip'n Classic Golf Tournament Saturday, March 14 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at The Republic Golf Course (4226 SE Military Drive, San Antonio, TX 78222). Proceeds benefit students who would not otherwise be able to attend St. Anthony due to their economic situation. For more information on this event, contact Christopher de Hoyos at (210) 832-5622 or

Incarnate Word High School Casino Night
Join Incarnate Word High School for Casino Night from 6:30 - 11 p.m., Friday, April 10 in the Rosenberg Sky Room. This fun-filled evening includes dinner, casino gaming and a fabulous silent auction. Pre-sale tickets are only $60 ($75 at the door). Sponsorship opportunities are available. Call (210) 832-2143 for reservations or for more information. Proceeds benefit the IWHS Student Scholarship Fund.

sachs fiesta medal

St. Anthony Catholic High School is selling 2015 Fiesta Medals on campus for $7. For more information, contact St. Anthony Catholic High School at (210) 832-5600.

iwhs fiesta medal
Incarnate Word High School is selling 2015 Fiesta Medals. Medals are available for $10 each in the front office, Spirit Shoppe and advancement office. Proceeds benefit Alumnae Scholarships. Veronica Jarazabek (class of 2015) designed this medal. For more information about purchasing this medal, contact IWHS at (210) 829-3102.


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National Weather Service SKYWARN Spotter Training
The Austin-San Antonio National Weather Service Office offers Skywarn severe weather training throughout year. Most Skywarn trainings are conducted in the spring to coincide with severe weather season and allow citizens, first responders, emergency management, amateur radio operators, and volunteer organizations the opportunity to learn about severe weather preparedness and safety. Scheduled trainings are free and open to the general public. There is no pre-registration unless specifically noted on the schedule or link. This semester's training is on Saturday, March 28 from 8 - 11:30 a.m. in the Bonilla Science Hall, Room 129.

After training is complete, usually 1.5 hours for the BASIC training, you will be an official weather spotter for the National Weather Service. Real time reports to our office can save lives and property. Post storm reports can help us find severe weather damage, tornado tracks, and verify severe weather warnings. For more information, contact Jose Lerma at (210) 884-5261 or



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