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2015 emeritus winners

International Student and Scholar Services and Alumni Relations held an International Graduation Reception on Wednesday, April 29 at The Lion & Rose Restaurant & Pub. The reception featured guest speaker, Peter French, co-founder of FreeFlow Research. Pictured above with the graduates are Dr. Elda Martinez, associate professor of teacher education & 2015 Moody Professor, Dr. Hector Perez, associate professor of English, Dr. Lisa McNary, director of alumni and parent relations, Sheena Connell, assistant director of international student and scholar services, Phil Youngblood, computer information systems instructor, and Dr. Paul Messina, associate professor of mathematics.


Noon Mass Cancelled
There will not be noon mass on Friday, May 1 or Friday, May 8. For more information, contact University Mission & Ministry at (210) 829-3128 or

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



Commencement Schedule
As the semester nears to a close, let's take a look at the commencement schedule for Spring 2015. Please keep in mind that the schedule for the upcoming commencement exercises is slightly different than what has been done in the past.

  • Baccalaureate Mass - Saturday, May 2 at 5 p.m.; Convocation Center
  • Pharmacy Commencement - Friday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m.; Convocation Center
  • Optometry Commencement - Saturday, May 9 at 10 a.m.; Convocation Center
  • Physical Therapy Commencement - Saturday, May 9 at 2 p.m.; Convocation Center
  • Undergraduate, Graduate and Ph.D. Commencement - Saturday, May 9 at 6 p.m.; Freeman Coliseum (3201 E. Houston St., San Antonio, TX 78219)

Admission to all commencement ceremonies is by ticket only. For more information about this semester's commencement exercises, please contact the Office of the Registrar at (210) 829-6006.

Scenes From Auntie Mame
This delightful comedy is performed in the style of a radio show and tells the story of orphaned Patrick Dennis growing up under the care and influence of his gloriously unconventional aunt, Mame Dennis. Directed by Extended Run Player, Anne Collins, assisted by Barbara Simpson with Courtney Rohmer serving as Stage Manager, the production includes the appearances by three UIW theatre majors, one of whom plays the young Patrick Dennis. Another student will play Mame's Japanese butler, Ito, and a third student will perform the role of Michael Dennis, the son of the adult Patrick. Lila Jean Potts plays Mame, and Joe DeMott plays the adult Patrick. Other cast members are members of the Extended Run Players, many of who have appeared in other productions on and off campus.

Show times at the Mabee Library Auditorium:

  • Friday, May 1 - 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 2 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 2 - 7 p.m.

Adults: $10; Seniors: $9; Non-UIW Students: $8; Groups: $6; UIW students, faculty and staff attend free of charge. For more information, contact Chrissie Young at (210) 829-3800 or

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The Big Give S.A.
Help support UIW and our Marching Cardinals by participating in The Big Give S.A. on Tuesday, May 5. The goal of the Big Give S.A. is to introduce our community to all of the wonderful charitable organizations located in South Central Texas. May 5 has been designated as the city's Giving Holiday. For 24 hours, you are invited to log in to the or and give big to UIW. Our UIW Marching Cardinals have received new band uniforms, and our goal is to continue their momentum through your generosity and support. You are also more than welcome to designate your gifts to other projects and programs at UIW and are encouraged to give big to any of the other 800+ nonprofits participating on May 5. For more information on The Big Give S.A., contact Stephen Skinner at (210) 829-2752 or

St. Anthony Catholic High School is also participating in The Big Give S.A. To continue the Yellow Jacket legacy, donate on May 5 by visiting the St. Anthony Catholic High School Big Give site:

corporate cup sock drive

2015 Corporate Cup
UIW will host the citywide San Antonio Sports Corporate Cup on Saturday, May 30 from 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the UIW Athletic Complex. Companies from all over San Antonio will compete in field day type activities for points and prizes. UIW is in the large company category against groups such as H-E-B, USAA, Rackspace and more. This year there is an online registration form to be a part of TEAM UIW. Visit to select which activities you would be interested in participating or sign-up to volunteer during tailgate. You will be notified which activities you will be competing in closer to the event by the Team UIW Corporate Cup Committee, as there are limited spots for each. Each UIW employee who participates will receive a free t-shirt! Families are encouraged to attend and support but are not eligible to participate EXCEPT for a 2k Healthy Walk. For more information, visit

As part of this competition, UIW can earn points for collecting items for the charity challenge. TEAM UIW has selected to focus on donations for Haven for Hope. Haven for Hope is collecting the following new items ONLY in all sizes: packages of socks, packages of underwear, cotton sports or regular bras and packages of white cotton t-shirts. Donations will be collected until Thursday, May 7 at the UIW Campus Life Office. For more information, call Campus Life at 210-829-6034.


Department News

spring 2015 senior salute

On Tuesday, April 28, this semester's Senior Salute event was held in the Rosenberg Sky Room. Graduates were able to pick up their caps and gowns as well as enjoy some snacks and come together to celebrate the end of a chapter in their lives. Pictured above is Heather Miller, UIW financial aid advisor, helping students with their accounts as the semester nears to a close.

Fiscal Year End Procedures
We are approaching the end of another budget year. In order to close out the 2014/2015 fiscal year, we need your cooperation in the areas displayed in this memorandum.

Department of Music Recitals
The UIW Department of Music is holding recitals in the Seddon Recital Hall.

  • Candice R. Strycharz - Friday, May 1, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m., Senior Recital

For more information, contact the UIW Department of Music at (210) 829-3855 or

Department of Music Ensemble Concerts

  • Orchestra of the Incarnate Word, Trinity Baptist Church (319 E Mulberry Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212), Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m.
  • Cardinal Chorale & Cardinal Singers Spring Concert, Our Lady's Chapel, Sunday, May 3 at 3 p.m.
  • San Antonio Piano Competition, Seddon Recital Hall, Saturday, May 9 at 8 p.m.

For more information on these concerts, contact the UIW Department of Music at (210) 829-3855 or

Everything I Never Showed You
The UIW Department of Art presents the 2015 Senior Capstone Exhibition titled Everything I Never Showed You from Friday, May 1 to Tuesday, June 30 at the Rosenberg School of Optometry (9725 Datapoint Dr., San Antonio, TX 78229). There will be an opening reception on Friday, May 1 from 6 - 8 p.m. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday excluding UIW holidays. For more information, contact the UIW Art Department at (210) 829-3855 or

Interior Design Senior Showcase
Celebrate the creative works of the interior design graduating seniors at the 2015 Interior Design Senior Showcase on Friday, May 8 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Joyce Building. For more information on this event, contact Judy Broughton at (210) 829-3860 or

Newsies at the Majestic Theatre
Join UIW Alumni Relations for a night at the Majestic to watch Newsies live on Tuesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre. Tickets are offered at the balcony level for $29 each and at the Mezzanine level at $49 each. Get your tickets now before they sell out at For more information, contact Steve Hemphill at (210) 805-3595 or


Extended Academic Programs


EAP Faculty Attends iPad Workshop
Three members of the EAP faculty attended an iPad workshop at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida this past week. Dr. Alan Xenakis, EAP professor of health sciences, Dr. Diana Garza-Ortiz, EAP assistant professor of business, and Juan Gonzalez, EAP instructor of psychology, joined others to learn about how Lynn incorporates iPads into their teachings. At the end of the workshop, they left with iPad minis and good ideas for how to use them in their classes.




Cardinal Spotlight

UIW Baseball & Softball Season

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

Men's Baseball for the Week:

May 1: Men's Baseball vs. Central Arkansas, Sullivan Field, 6:30 p.m.
May 2: Men's Baseball vs. Central Arkansas, Sullivan Field, 3 p.m.
May 3: Men's Baseball vs. Central Arkansas, Sullivan Field, 1 p.m.
May 6: Men's Baseball vs. Prairie View A&M, Sullivan Field, 6:30 p.m.
May 8: Men's Baseball vs. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, Sullivan Field, 6:30 p.m.

Women's Softball for the Week:

May 1: Women's Softball at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, 3 p.m.
May 2: Women's Softball at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, 12 p.m.

For more information, please contact Kevin Lepore at (210) 805-3000 or


Community News

Alumni Class Notes Updates
Attention UIW employees. Do you keep in touch with alumni that should be highlighted in the Word magazine? Let us know if they have a new job, started a new career, recently married, retired, etc. We would love to reach out to them through you to share their accomplishments and good deeds in the Word magazine. Email us updates by May 2 at with any updates or questions.

Benefits Open Enrollment
Benefits open enrollment runs until Friday, May 8. Aetna is now administrating the health and dental plans and Metlife is providing our vision insurance. Everyone must enroll or waive benefits this year through Banner Self-Service via the myWord portal. Human Resources will be available in the Library's Computer Lab, Room 230 from 9 - 11 a.m. and 1 - 3 p.m. on Monday, May 4, Wednesday, May 6 and Friday, May 8 to assist with the online open enrollment. For more information, contact Shannon Root at (210) 829-6019 or

Sometimes Singers & Players
Join UIW's Sometime Singers & Players, a group made up of faculty, staff, administrators and students (vocalists and instrumentalists) who cannot participate in weekly rehearsals and services but who serve when possible at liturgical prayer throughout the school year. Your commitment to participate at the event and at rehearsals is made only when you RSVP to an event invitation by the RSVP date. To RSVP for one of the events below, or to have your name placed on the e-mail list for future events, contact Lena Gokelman at or at Ext. 3207, or contact Dr. Glenn James at or Ext. 3940. The Sometimes Singers & Players will be performing at the Spring Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday, May 2 at 5 p.m. For questions about the rehearsal schedule, contact 832-3207.




Health Tip
Got a green thumb? Start a garden for fresh, inexpensive, flavorful additions to meals. Herbs, cucumbers, peppers, and tomatoes are good options for beginners and can be grown in the ground or in a pot.

Faculty Focus


Hosting of Candidates for Vice President for Information Resources
On the following days, the candidates for vice president of information resources are scheduled to meet with deans and faculty at 12:45 p.m. in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. The candidates will then meet with the administrators and staff at 2 p.m. in the Mabee Library Auditorium. These two sessions are open for anyone to attend, particularly those who have scheduling conflicts with their designated group's time.

  • May 1: Leebrian Gaskins
  • May 6: Renee Drabier
  • May 15: Lisa Bazley

Summer Training Call for Proposals
Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit a proposal for either of our two summer institutes at the UIW Campus. Proposals will be accepted now through Monday, May 25.

  • Blackboard Guru: Monday, June 1 - Friday, June 12; 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; AD 417
    This is your opportunity to take your course from a repository for your syllabus and PowerPoint presentations to an integrated, interactive, and engaging course. This two-week seminar will include instruction in: pedagogy, course organization and design, assessment, assignments, the grade center and other beneficial topics. Upon successful completion of the course, UIW faculty will receive a $500.00 technology stipend. Stipends are only available for full time UIW faculty. Adjunct faculty, IWHS/SACHS faculty, and UIW staff may participate but will not receive a stipend. Seating is limited. Click to submit your proposal. Email Terry Peak: for more details.
  • Flipped Classroom: Monday, Aug. 3 - Wednesday, Aug. 12; 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; AD 417
    This is your opportunity to learn and apply Flipped Classroom concepts using Blackboard and a variety of video creation tools. This week and a half seminar by the Department of Instructional Technology will show you how to apply collaborative tools and video editing applications to create instructional content that is interactive and engaging. Upon successful completion of the course, UIW faculty will receive a $500.00 technology stipend. Stipends are only available for full time UIW faculty. Adjunct faculty, IWHS/SACHS faculty, and UIW staff may participate but will not receive a stipend.

Seating is limited. Participants will be selected by proposal. Email Terry Peak: for details, or click to submit your proposal.

High Schools


Jackets and Jewels Brunch
Come joins the St. Anthony Catholic High School Alumni Relations Association Sunday, May 3 from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. for the annual Jackets and Jewels Brunch. This year's brunch will be held at Casa Rio located at 430 E. Commerce St. on the Riverwalk. This is the yearly celebration of all the wonderful women who make St. Anthony Catholic High School so special. Alumni, current Lady Jackets and their female family members are all welcome to join us for this memorable event.

The cost is $35 a person and all funds raised go towards scholarships and initiatives that keep the St. Anthony Alumni Association active and growing. To register click the following link and fill out your information. For more information, contact Christopher de Hoyos at (210) 832-5622 or


Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

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Our sympathies and prayers go to:

  • Cristina Ariza (UIW Director of Tutoring Services; BBA '92, MBA '95) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Luz Melo de Sandino.
  • Cynthia and Jim Manley & family on the recent loss of her mother, Kathleen Shelton Gorkowski (BS '65).
  • The family of Genevieve Friesenhahn Kollodziej (IWHS '50) on her recent death.
  • The family of Stella Marie Muckenthaler (BSN '66) on her recent death.
  • Denise & Bill Pfeiffer (Friends of IWHS) on the recent loss of his mother, Barbara Marie Klar Pfeiffer (IWHS '51, ALND '55).
  • The family of Susan Kay Thornton (MS/Nursing '91) on her recent death.
  • Jerry Watson (ALND '71) & family on the recent loss of his mother, Emma Watson.
  • Kimberly and Peter White & family on the recent loss of his mother, Mary Theresa White (BS '59).

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