2013 WINNERS • EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

Dr. Anderson Sunda-Meya

Dr. Anderson Sunda-Meya

Department of Physics

Dr. Sunda-Meya is an Associate Professor in the Physics Department in the College of Arts and Sciences. His students know and understand how much he wants them to succeed. Students say that his door is always open and that he will go that “extra mile” to assist them. He uses inquiry-based learning to help his students grasp various concepts. He provides them with opportunities to apply these concepts through service learning projects with local high schools and through a study abroad course and community service in his native Angola. In addition to teaching Physics, Dr. Sunda-Meya also mentors students in Xavier’s Dual Degree Engineering program.

Dr. Susan Spillman

Dr. Susan Spillman

Department of Languages

Dr. Spillman is an Associate Professor of French in the Languages Department of the College of Arts and Sciences. She believes that students learn a foreign language best when they use authentic materials and resources used by native speakers. Students speak of Dr. Spillman’s excellence in the classroom and of her ability to use innovative teaching techniques and field-based experiences to help them master the French Language and appreciate Francophone cultures. Through the quality of her mentorship and assistance with planning and preparing for study abroad experiences, Dr. Spillman has changed students’ perspectives and tranformed their lives.

2013 WINNERS • EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE

Dr. John Okogbaa

Dr. John Okogbaa

Division of Clinical and Administrative Sciences

Dr. Okogbaa is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Clinical and Administrative Sciences in the College of Pharmacy. Since joining Xavier in 2008, Dr. Okagbaa has served the students, the College, the University, and his profession. He has directed the post-graduate residency program, and was largely responsible for assuring College of Pharmacy accreditation for this program through the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. He also serves as the faculty advisor for the Student National Pharmaceutical Association, one of the team of organizations responsible for the College’s “Operation Diabetes” initiative held at Lakeside Mall. Answering the community’s call, Dr. Okogbaa spearheaded a blood pressure screening project as part of the larger “healthy living” initiative sponsored by the New Orleans City Council. In addition, he has served on various University and College committees including the College Academic Council and the Curriculum Review Committee.

Dr. Rosalind Hale

Dr. Rosalind Hale

Division of Education

Dr. Hale is a Professor in the Division of Education who has worked tirelessly in service to her Alma Mater and its surrounding community. Dr. Hale played an instrumental role in establishing Xavier’s Confucius Institute and the Xavier-Haiti Project. She has also written numerous successful grants focused on enhancing academic and social enrichment services for the youth of New Orleans. She is the faculty advisor to three campus student organizations as well as a co-leader of the Xavier Community Outreach project which provides tutoring and counseling to residents of the Gert Town Community.

2013 WINNERS • EXCELLENCE IN SCHOLARSHIP

Dr. Harris McFerrin

Dr. Harris McFerrin

Department of Biology

Dr. McFerrin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology. Since coming to Xavier in 2009, Dr. McFerrin has co-authored nine peer-reviewed journal articles and 27 scholarly abstracts. In addition, he has mentored 15 students who present annually at the Xavier University Festival of Scholars and other regional and national conferences. Dr. McFerrin has also secured close to $750,000 in external funding through the National Institutes for Health, the Louisiana State Board of Regents and the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium.

Dr. Guangdi Wang

Dr. Guangdi Wang

Department of Chemistry

Dr. Wang is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry whose scholarly work focuses on the environment, drug abuse, and cancer. Since coming to Xavier in 1995, Dr. Wang has published forty-one peer-reviewed articles and has filed for three patents. He has mentored thirty-five students, seven of whom have co-authored papers in peer-reviewed publications. Since 2009, Dr. Wang has served as the Program Director of Xavier’s Research Centers in Minority Institutions Program Grant. This grant is a multi-disciplinary, multi-faculty program that focuses on cancer research.