Dr. Renee Bellanger, associate professor of pharmacy instruction, presented “Drugs and Nutrients: Clinically-Important Interactions” at the Texas Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (TASPEN) monthly meeting, San Antonio, Texas, in August and presented “Impact of Drug Nutrient Shortages” at the Society of Critical Care Medicine Texas chapter annual symposium, San Antonio, Texas, in October. She also served on the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) Poster Review Committee to choose and grade posters for Clinical Nutrition Week 2016, August-October.
Dr. Zenon Culverhouse, assistant professor of philosophy, and Dr. Jeff Crane, associate dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS), secured a $100,000 grant for Hispanic-Serving Institutions from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This grant is for a three-year project titled “Trauma: Conflict and Aftermath,” which has UIW faculty from disciplines across the humanities collaborate on research and design interdisciplinary and service-oriented humanities courses. The project will also bring distinguished speakers to campus.
Last fall, Dr. Ann David, assistant professor of teacher education, presented at the annual conferences of the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education and the Literacy Research Association on her research with kinesiology majors who are working toward their teacher certification in physical education. The research focuses on how kinesiology majors use reading and writing in their own health and fitness routines, and how they might use these subjects with their future students. The research is funded through the UIW Faculty Endowment Research Award. David, with her colleague Dr. Melody Zoch at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, published an article titled “Understanding Writing Teachers’ Perspectives on Being Researched: A Case Study of Two Teachers” in “Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education.” The article examines how participation in research benefits K-12 teachers’ instruction. The article can be found at http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/wte/
Among other recently published works, Dr. Shafik Dharamsi, professor and associate dean for social accountability, School of Osteopathic Medicine, had published “Occupational Therapists’ Views of Nussbaum’s Practical Reason and Affiliation Capabilities,” in “Occupational Therapy in Mental Health,” Mousavi T., Forwell S., Dharamsi S., Dean E. 2015;31(1):1-18, as well as “And do Nussbaum’s ten central human functional capabilities extend occupational therapy’s construct of occupation? A narrative review,” in the “New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy,” Mousavi T., Forwell S, Dharamsi S., Dean E. 2015; 62(1):21-27.
Dr. Jean Dols, associate professor of nursing, and Kimberly Harris, director of Health Care Access San Antonio, presented a one-hour program entitled, “Nursing and the Health Information Exchange,” on Nov. 18. The program was designed to enhance the registered nurse’s knowledge of HIPPA compliant cloud-based community Health Information Exchange (HIE). By understanding the structure and benefits of HIE in the patient care setting, the registered nurse is in a position to more effectively educate the patient and community on the HIE elements.
In December, Dr. Beth Senne-Duff, associate professor of nutrition, and dietetic intern Priscilla Benavides participated with Women’s Global Connection, UIW Ettling Center for Civic Leadership, and the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in a joint immersion trip to Chimbote, Peru. They presented a workshop on nutrition in palliative care to the staff of Hospicio Santiago Apóstol. They also conducted health fairs in association with the UIW sponsored eye care clinics in Chimbote and Cambio Puente.
Dr. Caroline Goulet, founding dean of the School of Physical Therapy, was elected a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice – Physical Therapy. Founded in 1981, the National Academies of Practice is dedicated to quality health care for all by serving as the nation’s distinguished, interprofessional policy forum that addresses public policy, practice, education, research and inquiry in health care. NAP is comprised of distinguished, elected members in 14 health care academies.
Dr. Jessica Ibarra, former assistant professor of biology, began a new appointment as assistant professor of anatomy, applied biomedical sciences, School of Osteopathic Medicine, in December 2015. She was also selected to be recognized as a “30 for 30” alumni of Palo Alto College (PAC). In celebration of the 30th anniversary of PAC in San Antonio, PAC selected 30 exceptional former students who are achieving great success in their professional and personal endeavors.
Dr. Sara Jackson, associate professor of international business, and Dr. Michael Forrest, associate professor of business law, along with students from the Cross Border Forum course visited the new UIW campus in Irapuato, Mexico. The group spent four days visiting the campus, making a presentation to students in the mock courtroom and visiting with prospective students. They also met with the directors of Economic Development for the City of Irapuato, toured the world’s largest General Motors plant and visited a transmission factory.
Professor of Health Administration Dr. Kevin LaFrance spent the beginning of the semester traveling to support the Mission of UIW. As part of The Los Quijotes Medical Missionaries, LaFrance visited Oaxaca, Mexico to provide health care services to the impoverished community. This year’s Los Quijotes Medical Missionaries consisted of a blend of UIW student volunteers, professors and medical practitioners from the San Antonio community. The team delivered care to 2,800 patients and performed over 6,000 medical procedures during the visit.
UIW bid farewell to two longtime Interior Design faculty in December, John Lodek, associate professor of interior design, and Judy Broughton, associate professor of interior design. Lodek served as a faculty member at UIW since 1978 as well as a private design consultant for residential and commercial projects for nearly 40 years. He earned his M.Ed. from Incarnate Word in 1984. Broughton, who earned a M.Ed. in 1988 and a BA in 1980 from Incarnate Word, taught at UIW for 35 years and has worked as a self-employed registered interior designer since 1983.
In the fall, Paulina Mazurek, assistant director of university events and student programs, was recognized by the National Society of Leadership and Success for her outstanding achievements in effectively motivating UIW’s Society members to attain individual goals, demonstrate leadership and continually strive for success. The recognition noted that Mazurek’s involvement not only improved student leadership skills and helped prepare them for success in the real world, but her desire to hold members to a high standard of leadership helped to solidify UIW’s chapter as an example to others across the nation.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, UIW Faculty Senate, and Mission and Ministry, the 2016 Faculty Award Reception was held Jan. 5 at the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. The 2015-2016 faculty award recipients are:
• Robert J. Connelly Faculty Leadership Award:
Theresa Tiggeman, professor of business administration
• Sr. Maria Goretti Zehr Award
Adam Watkins, professor of animation and game design
• Sr. Eleanor Ann Young Award for Truth:
Dr. Roger Barnes, professor of sociology and criminal justice
• Sr. Margaret Rose Palmer Award for Education:
Dr. Stephanie Grote-Garcia, associate professor in the Dreeben School of Education
• Mother Columkille Colbert Award for Service:
Dr. Craig McCarron, assistant professor of math
• Sr. St. Pierre Cinquin Award for Faith:
Dr. Brian McBurnett, professor of chemistry
• UIW Nominee for the Piper Professor Award:
Dr. David Campos, associate professor of teacher education
Cynthia Richardson, instructor of nursing, and Yvonne Davila, instructor of nursing, debuted in supporting roles in the UIW theatre production of “Reckless” during the second half of November.
UIW is proud to announce the selection of Jennielle Strother as the university’s new dean of enrollment. Strother comes to UIW from the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin where she served as vice president for enrollment management/financial aid. She will advise the vice president for enrollment management and student services on internal and external data trends that contribute to the development of a successful UIW student profile and will lead the Office of Admissions including 18 administrators and support staff. Strother will also serve as a member of UIW’s Enrollment and Student Services leadership team, University Planning Commission (the principle UIW strategic planning body), Graduate Council, Honors Council and the University Branding Committee. She holds a Master of Education in Enrollment Management from Capella University, a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Dallas Baptist University, and is currently working toward a Doctorate of Education from Northeastern University.
Dr. David Trevas, visiting assistant professor of engineering, applied for a grant from Siemens for Computer-Aid Design (CAD) software and UIW was awarded licenses for their software with a commercial value of $14.7 million. This software represents the top echelon of packages used in industries that include mechanical design. Trevas plans to propose a Design Automation course, which would be the first of its kind in America. Design Automation combines CAD design, engineering, analysis, computer programming and mathematics.
Associate Professor of Economics Dr. Nursen Zanca received the Competitive Paper Award for her paper presentation, “Lecture vs. Lectureless: A META Analysis,” from the “Journal of Economic Education (1969 to 2015)” at the Financial Education Association’s (FEA) 2015 Conference in September. The goal of FEA is to share and learn about ways to enhance students’ learning experiences and best practices in business education.
Alejandra Zertuche, senior analyst of educational assessment, Feik School of Pharmacy (FSOP), served as a presenter at the Conference for the Rocky Mountain Association of Institutional Research (RMAIR) in Las Vegas, Nev., on Oct. 8. Zertuche’s presentation was entitled “Transforming Student Perception Data into Actionable Data Using Interactive Dashboards.”