Sr. Alberta Novosad, IWBS ’53 BA recently published a book, “Texas Footprints in the Sands of Time,” a history of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament in southern Texas.


Dr. Carolina G. Huerta ’71 BSN was in- ducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing on Oct. 13, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Academy fellows are nursing’s most accomplished nursing leaders in education, management, practice, and research.

Velma Manuelito Shirley ’71 BS worked for the Indian Health Service and retired after 41 years. She is currently enjoying her retirement with her eight-year-old grand- daughter and loves to travel whenever possible. She volunteers at St. Michael School where her granddaughter attends school.

Bonnie Rowe Clinbeard ’71 BA and husband Dale celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in June. She enjoys latchhook needlework, listening to music, and being around family.

Sr. Josetta Eveler, CCVI ’72 MA is teaching at Immaculate Conception School in Jefferson City, Mo., for the 24th year. This is her 59th year in education.

Dr. Michael Masser ’73 MA has been named the department head of the wildlife and fisheries sciences department at Texas A&M University at College Station.

Pete Padron ’75 BA ’80 MA is playing base- ball for the San Antonio Pirates, a team of baseball lovers, ages 56 to 83.


Leslie D. Noels ’81 MA retired from teaching after 31 years May 2011. Her daughter, Courtknee Noels was a Magna Cum Laude graduate from UIW May 2011, receiving her BA in communications.

Victoria Prosper Leland ’82 BSN retired from nursing in favor of grandmotherhood but has continued her national award winning photography. She is the proud grandmother of year-old Mary Claire.

Rev. Mark Cannaday ’86 BA was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in Keller, Texas at Elizabeth Ann Seton parish on June 30, 2012. Bishop Vann was the celebrant, with Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, the Ordinary of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter attending.

“Most important to me is that I am a graduate from Highlands High School, which gives me the unique opportunity to return and give back to the community,” said Jarzombek. “I would like to express my appreciation to the faculty and staff at Incarnate Word. Their philosophy and love of teaching has helped to make me a strong and confident educator.”

Terri Guajardo-Jarzombek ’86 BM has completed 27 years of teaching music. She taught elementary music for 10 years, middle school band for 15 years andtwo years of high school band. She has now been assigned to the head position as Director of Bands at Highlands High School where she will be in charge of all bands (beginner, concert, symphonic, wind ensemble, and jazz) and all classes pertaining to music education at the high school level (midi lab, theory, woodwind and brass class). She is also the Youth Choir Director (Jammin’ for Jesus) at Holy Name Catholic Church and Life Teen Music Director at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. She is married to Ralph Jarzombek ’94 BM, a UIW music alumnus.


Toni Chapa ’90 MA received her Ph.D. in curriculum & instruction, literacy studies, from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, in May. She is employed with the Corpus Christi Independent School District.

Dr. Trip Puhl ’92 BS was recently inducted into the UIW Athletics Hall of Fame. Puhl is one of very few three-sport athletes in UIW history, competing in basketball, baseball and golf. He continues to hold three basketball records including career rebounds and free throws while placing third on the all-time scoring list with 1,595 points.

Kevin Smisek ’93 BBA is in his 2nd year as the head boys basketball coach and director of students at St. Anthony Catholic High School. This is his 18th year in education.

David W. Snowden ’94 BA was recently appointed as vice president of public relations at Natixis Global Asset Management.

Jimbo Parks ’96 BBA was recently inducted into the UIW Athletics Hall of Fame. He helped lead the soccer team to a 62-20-6 record during his four years on the pitch. He was recognized as a NAIA All-American three times and was the university’s first player to be named all-region. Parks was a finalist for the Collegiate Player of the Year in 1993.

Cynthia Osbourne ’96 BA is the lead singer for the hard rock/alternative band, When Words Attack. WWA has opened for several national and international acts including Kittie, Fates Warning, & In This Moment. Osbourne has also appeared in several independent films, commercials and music videos.


Celena Guerra Hernandez ’01 BA is working as a kindergarten teacher at Floresville South Elementary.

Monica Velasquez McIlwain ’01 BA, was recently recognized as a NISD 2012 Pillar of Respect. McIlwain founded the Texas non- profit for single teen moms, TYME to em- Power (Teaching Young Mothers to Excel). She leads the board of directors of the Texas organization which encourages pregnant or new teen parents to finish high school, and serves as emotional and motivational sup- port for the teen parents and their families.

Jorge Reyes ’01 BA received his M.Ed. degree in education administration from Sul Ross University in August. Reyes teaches in El Paso.

Joshua Jimenez ’02 BA is working at KENS TV as a digital sales specialist.

Sarita Molinar Bertinato ’03 BA received her Ph.D. in sociology from Texas A&M University, College Station on Aug. 10, 2012. She currently resides in the greater New York City area.

Jennifer Ann Balleza Gonzalez ’05 BA is the head trainer/communications manager at City Base Cinema. City Base Cinema is a brand new state-of-the-art theater located on the South side of San Antonio by Brooks City Base.

Mayra Carbajal ’06 BA is currently working as a family specialist with Pathways Youth & Family Services which helps children and families thrive by offering an array of social services including foster care, adoption, and counseling.

Joan Braune ’06 BA successfully defended her doctoral dissertation in philosophy (“Erich Fromm’s Prophetic Messianism: Towards a Critical Theory of Hope”), earning her Ph.D. in philosophy from the Univer- sity of Kentucky. She has been active at the campus Catholic Newman Center and was recently appointed to the Catholic Diocese of Lexington’s bishop’s advisory team on Peace and Justice Leadership.

Bryan Ortiz ’08 BA recently directed “Monsters Are Real,” the second piece in an anthology movie titled “Sanitarium” that was filmed in San Antonio and will be released on DVD in the spring.

Pablo Pena ’07 BBA ’08 MAA is in the process of writing his dissertation for his Ph.D. and is hoping to propose his topic in November and move on to the next phase of writing.

Juan Acuna ’11 BS has signed as an on-air meteorologist in his hometown of Corpus Christi with KRIS Communications, the NBC affiliate.

Susan Cabrera ’11 BA recently returned from working in Hong Kong as a factory in- spector and translator to start her own busi- ness, Hong Kong Direct that offers custom clothing direct to customers.

Brittany Valadez ’11 BA was selected as the first official ALMA Awards Red Carpet Fash- ion Correspondent and was recently named Conexion’s “Hottest Latina”. She also won the award for “Reader’s Choice.”

Jorge Lafuente ’12 BA was recently featured on “Fresh Designer Spot,” a UK blog for U.S.exclusive designers. Lafuente worked with fashion stylists American Rebel Chic and Indian Chic 2.

Tony Jackson ’12 BA is an organization and talent development manager at Whataburger.

Michael J. Farlow ’09 Ph.D. published a new book “Leaders are Made Not Born: 40 Simple Skills to Make You the Leader You Want to Be.” The book is designed with managers and executives in mind.




In Memoriam

Bertye Dodic Wolfson ’32 BA

Sr. Mary Aidan Handibode, CCVI ’40 IWHS, ’45 Santa Rosa School

Maria Garcia Smith ’41 IWHS, ’45 BA

Margarita Guerra Salinas ’51 BA

Sr. Christine Murphy, CCVI ’38 IWHS, ’52 BS

Herminia “Minnie” Salinas Villarreal ’50 IWHS, ’54 BA

Gloria Boerger Boudeau former student, IWC class of 1959

Esther Merle Martin ’60 BS

Mary H. Woodside ’62 BSN

Pamela Vanette Calk Plunkett ’67

BA Pauline Thomas Gannt ’69 BS

Sr. Lauren (Molly Ann) Moynahan, CCVI ’77 MA

Sr. Aquilina Relihan, CCVI ’84 BA

Maj. Arthur Anthony ’85 BA, Alumni Board Member

Mary Lorraine Cunningham ’86 BSN

Virginia Jackson ’91 BA

Larry Ray Wynn ’91 MA

Vincent J. Cleveland ’02 BBA

Dianne Wetsel ’06 MBA

Msgr. Thomas A. French, professor emeritus of religious studies ’94 HoN

Clement Hill Spalding, parent benefactor

Mary Margaret Rode, benefactor

Marie Greathouse, benefactor

Dr. Frederick M. Bock, former faculty

Weddings and Engagements

Dr. Mari Guadalupe Falcon ’02 BS and Dr. Christopher Hester Cantrill were married Sept. 1, 2012

Benjamin Smyth ’03 BA was recently engaged to Colleen O’Connell.

Michael Ruiz DVM ’04 BS married Jennifer Maureen Moreno June 30, 2012 in San Fernando Cathedral.

Andrew Xavier Segura ’10 BBA, MS and Danae’ BreAnn Chavira were married June 8, 2012.

Peter John Holt ’11 BBA and Lauren Kate Caldwell were married July 28, 2012.

Austin Wayne Hodges ’12 BBA married Ashley Rae Nicole Pena Aug. 4, 2012 at First Presbyterian Church in San Antonio.

Erika Rodriguez Sauceda ’11 MBA and Ronnie Sauceda were married April 21, 2012.


Future Cardinals

Kevin Bucheck JD ’00 BA and Christie Buchek of St Louis welcomed Sieve Slattery (pictured above), on May 25, 2012. His first name is a place in Ireland and his middle name is in honor of Sr. Margaret Patrice Slattery.

Mary Jimenez Fischer ’01 BA welcomed Brody James on May 17, 2012.

Elvira Svraka Valdez ’02 BA ‘04 MBA and her husband Francisco Valdez welcomed a baby boy, Darian, on May 22, 2012.

Erika Pinner ’12 BBA welcomed her first baby, Isabelle Grace.

Dominique Rosales ’08 BA, Joe Rosales ’11 MBA and big brother Luis are pleased to announce the arrival of Madisyn Leigh, born April 3, 2012.

Marianne Rodriguez ’87 IWHS ’91 BA announces the arrival of John Paul Lawrence, born May 10.