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GEORGIA ON MY MIND: Visiting Fulbright Scholar Dr. Marina Rukhadze of Tbilisi State University in the Middle Eastern country of Georgia (center) chats with XU CIIP Director Torian Lee and chemistry professor Dr. Galina Goloverda following her lecture on campus.

LAND SURFERS: Four Xavier premed undergraduates expanding their minds at the eight-week Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry gather for a photo op. (L-R) Taylor Thornton, Armond Collins, Dera Mezue and Brittany Russell.

IBCS COMMENCEMENT: Master of Theology degree recipient Ashley Morris (third from left) is congratulated by Institute for Black Catholics Studies Director Rev./Dr. Maurice Nutt, The Most Rev. Shelton Fabre, XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis, XU Associate VP Dr. Marguerite Giguette, and XU Provost/Senior VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Loren Blanchard following this summer's closing ceremony.

WE ARE XU: Xavier premed students attending the six-week SHEP (Summer Health Enrichment Program) at the University of Alabama-Birmingham strike a familiar XU-pose in between program activities. (L-R) Jasmine Hodges, Alexandria Craig, Chelsea Tate, Alexys Nunn, Miyah Davis, J Cindy Simporios, Brittany Landry, Heba Sarhan, and Alexis Bryant.

PRESS AWARDS: (L-R) Xavier Herald adviser Melinda Shelton and 2013-14 graphics design editor Latasha Smith display awards the student newspaper received in the Louisiana Press Association's Better Student Newspaper Competition, including 1st place in general excellence (the LPA's highest award) and staff generated color advertisement, and 2nd place in graphic design and feature photography.

LIVING HIGH ON THE HOG: Junior XU political science major Eric Craig of Los Angeles CA was selected as this year's winner of the University of Arkansas George Washington Carver Research Program's 2014 Research Poster Competition. The award is given annually to a summer GWCRP intern that demonstrates exceptional research and presentation skills in his/her chosen area of study.

PARDON OUR PROGRESS: The former B. Samuels building, corner of Drexel Drive and Jeff Davis Pkwy., undergoes demolition in preparation for construction of the University's new Fitness Recreation Center on that site. Workers are also replacing grout and windows on the nearby Xavier South building.

FIXER UPPER: Anyone who has driven a car the length of Drexel Drive through campus will appreciate the fact that the City of New Orleans has embarked on the lengthy process of street repairs on that well-traveled thoroughfare, as well as some other streets near the Convocation Center.

HANDS ON: ChemStar participants (L-R) Kira Bickham, Tierra Foley, and Jailyn Heisser get in some valuable, hands-on experience in the lab during this summer's program, one of five XU summer offerings under the umbrella of the BP STEM Summer Institute funded by a three-year, $750,000 grant awarded in 2011.

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