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2017 spring faculty award reception


The Provost's Office invited faculty to its 2017 Faculty Award Reception Tuesday, Jan. 10, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Congratulations to all the award recipients. The award winners pictured above are (left to right):

  • 2016-2017 Sr. Maria Goretti Zehr Award for Innovation: Dr. Joshua Robbins, assistant professor of English,
  • 2016-2017 Sr. Eleanor Ann Young Award for Truth: Dr. Stefanie Boswell, associate professor of psychology,
  • 2016-2017 Sr. Margaret Rose Palmer Award for Education: Dr. Sharon Herbers, associate professor of education,
  • 2017 Robert J. Connelly Faculty Leadership Award: Dr. Roger Barnes, chair and professor of anthropology, sociology and criminal justice,
  • 2016-2017 Sr. Pierre Cinquin Award for Faith: Dr. Flor de Maria Garcia-Wukovits, associate professor of mathematics, science and engineering,
  • 2016-2017 Mother Columkille Colbert Award for Service: Earl Harmsen, associate professor of management, and
  • 2016-2017 Piper Professor Award: Dr. David Campos, professor of education.


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. at (210) 829-3131 or


Informal Conversation Series with Catholic University Presidents
Acting UIW President Dr. Denise Doyle invites you to the second in a series of informal conversations with presidents of Catholic universities. They will share their insights and take questions from our community on the role of a president of a Catholic university. The next speaker is Sister Andrea Lee, IHM. She is President of Alverno College, which is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sr. Andrea previously served as President of St. Catherine University in St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Educational Administration from Penn State University. The presentation will start at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, January 19 in the Bennack Music Center. Light refreshments will be served after her talk. Please RSVP to

Spring 2017 New Graduate Student and Family Orientation
The Graduate Support Center is hosting an orientation from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, in the Nursing Building foyer. This orientation program is designed to help prepare graduate students. It is encouraged to bring a family member and friends to this event. There will also be a special program designed for children ages 3-12. For more info, contact Dr. David Ortiz at (210) 283-6454 or

2017 festival of frames trunk show

"Festival of Frames" Trunk Show
The UIW Eye Institute cordially invites you to the second annual "Festival of Frames" Trunk Show and reception. The event is from 2 – 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. There will be a large selection of eyewear and sunglasses with a 40% discount of for UIW students, faculty and staff. Appetizers, desserts and drinks will be provided. For info, contact (210) 283-6838 or

January Admissions Events

The Office of Admissions is hosting the following events for January:

  • Saturday Campus Visit Day (College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences & School of Media and Design): 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Mabee Library Auditorium
  • Affording UIW Consultation: 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, in the Admissions Office.

For more info, contact the Office of Admissions at (210) 829-6005 or

Roger Colombik: Installation View of More Life in a Time Without Boundaries Opening Reception
The UIW Department of Art is hosting an opening reception for Roger Colombik: Installation View of More Life in a Time Without Boundaries. The reception is from 6 – 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27, in the Kelso Art Center. Roger Colombik's exhibition will be on display in the Semmes Gallery of the Kelso Art Center from Jan. 27 – Feb. 23. For info, contact Roland Sul at (210) 829-3852 or

2017 asian new year celebration

2017 Asian New Year Celebration
The Institute of World Cultures invites you to the annual Asian New Year Celebration from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Enjoy authentic Asian cuisine, live performances and a full cultural experience. For more info, contact the Institute of World Cultures at (210) 805-5820 or

A Time to Break Silence Panel Discussion
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech, Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence. A panel will consider the relevance of the speech for today at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the ICC Conference Center Auditorium and at 12 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. For info, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at (210) 883-5934 or

Ladino Song Concert
The UIW Department of Music hosts pianist Ruth Friedberg and vocalist Flicka Rahn for a special Ladino Song Concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, in the Seddon Recital Hall. For info, contact Roland Sul at (210) 829-3852 or

Human Library
The UIW Honors Program is hosting a unique educational experience called the Human Library. Human books are real people who are on loan to readers like you, ready to accept your questions about the topics they represent. You are welcome to come and engage in conversation with 15 human books from 4 – 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Mabee Library. For info, contact Jean Loden at (210) 832-3211 or

Department News

Blackboard User's Group Meeting
The Office of Instructional Technology is hosting the January Blackboard User's Group Meeting at 12 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27, in the Administration Building, Room 245. This meeting will go over tests and item analysis. This session will outline item analysis, explain how to run an analysis and review the results. For info, contact Terry Peak at (210) 218-8795 or

Institutional Review Board Online System Training and Q&A
The Office of Research Development is offering a brown bag training session at 12 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27, in the Nursing Building, Room 142 on the online IRB submission process. Attendance is recommended for faculty, staff or students who conduct research with human subjects and plan to submit applications for IRB approval. Bring your lunch and your questions. Space is limited. RSVP here. For info, contact (210) 805-3036 or

Athletics News

UIW Basketball Schedule for January in the McDermott Convocation Center:
Jan. 14: Men's Basketball vs. Houston Baptist, 3 p.m.
Jan. 19: Women's Basketball vs. Southeastern Louisiana, 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 21: Women's Basketball vs. Stephen F. Austin, 5 p.m.
Jan. 21: Men's Basketball vs. Stephen F. Austin, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 26: Women's Basketball vs. Abilene Christian, 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 26: Men's Basketball vs. Abilene Christian, 7 p.m.

UIW Tennis Schedule January in the Mabry Tennis Center:
Jan. 28: Men's Tennis vs. UTSA, Mabry Tennis Center, 2 p.m.

For ticket info, contact (210) 829-3000.

Community News

UIW Highlight

2017 welcome back employees alumni and & parent relations

The Office of Human Resources welcomed back UIW employees to the spring semester by throwing a doughnut party by the clock tower Thursday, Jan. 12. Pictured above enjoying doughnuts and coffee (left to right) are Dr. Lisa McNary, dean of alumni & parent relations, Mercedes Moreno, assistant director of alumni relations, Gaby Gonzales-Alvarado, assistant director of parent relations, and Venessa Avant, administrative assistant for alumni & parent relations.

2017 martin luther king jr uiw dining hours of operation spring

UIW Dining has posted their hours of operation over the holiday weekend commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For info, contact UIW Dining at (210) 832-2149.

Faculty Focus

Blackboard Walk-In Sessions
The Office of Instructional Technology is hosting a walk-in Blackboard learning session from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, and Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the Admin. Bldg., Room 212. Bring your syllabus, PowerPoint presentations or other documentation. Help will be available for using Grade Center, copying last semester's course materials and using Zoom. Registration is not necessary. For info, contact Terry Peak at (210) 218-8795 or

Technology Thursday: How to Grade Collaborative Content
The Office of Instructional Technology is hosting the workshop Technology Thursday: How to Grade Collaborative Content from 6 – 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, online via the Zoom interface. This session will explain how to add a grading option and post grades using any of the collaborative tools. Register here. For info, contact Terry Peak at (210) 218-8795 or

Technology Thursdays: Managing Grade Center
Instructional Technology is hosting a workshop that will help you learn how to use Grade Center's management tools. These tools include sort, show and hide columns, row visibility, Smart Views, color codes and Column Organization. The workshop is from 6 – 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, online via the Zoom interface. Register here. For info, contact Terry Peak at (210) 218-8795 or

Employee Wellness

2017 january employee wellness lunch and learn

Pictured above is Jennifer Meachum, UIW alumna and wellness director at North Central Baptist Hospital. Jennifer was the guest speaker at January's Employee Wellness Lunch & Learn and spoke about how to maintain a nutritional New Year's resolution with a healthy cooking demonstration.

Brainpower Connection

2017 sachs garnet & grey gala

St. Anthony Catholic High School Garnet and Grey Scholarship Gala
The Garnet and Grey Scholarship Gala is SACHS's largest fundraiser of the year to raise money for student scholarships. This year's event promises to be the best yet with dinner, drinks, auctions and music by Finding Friday. The gala is from 6 – 11 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Tickets are $65. For info, contact Henry Garcia at (210) 832-3296 or


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Our thoughts and prayers go to:

  • Dr. Maritza Rodriguez (assistant professor, Nursing & Health Professions) & family on the recent loss of her father, Nicanor Collazo.
  • Chris McLee & family on the recent loss of his wife, Phyllis Slaton McLee (BS '12).

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