Volume 45 No. 12
December 2014




2014 POWER LIST 100


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Timely Discussion

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When in Rome

1834 Pre-registration
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Pre-registration for the Spring semester has been extended through Dec. 06.

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National Alumni
Elect Officers

The National Alumni Association has elected new officers: President – Dr. James Paschal ‘57; 1st Vice President – Demetria George Caston ‘98; 2nd Vice President – Trevor Thompson ‘91; Corresponding Secretary – Gwendolyn Catchings ‘74; Recording Secretary – Dionne Barnum ‘85; and Treasurer – Kevin Barnes '10.


NCF Endowed
Scholarships Named

In 2008 Xavier held a very special tribute concert to mark the 40th presidential anniversary of Dr. Norman C. Francis. In addition to paying tribute to America’s longest serving college president, the University established a goal to raise $1 million from the concert and the subsequent annual concerts in order to create an endowed scholarship for deserving students.

The $1 million goal was exceeded last year, thereby fully endowing the Dr. Norman C. Francis Endowed Scholarship Fund. The first student scholarships were award during the NCF Tribute and Scholarship Benefit held during Alumni Homecoming week.

The 2014 Scholarship Recipients, all freshman, include: Brianna Anderson, a biology/pre-med major from Calera AL (Calera High); Marques Banks, a chemistry/pre-pharmacy
major from St. Louis MO (Hazelwood East High); Sydney Booker, a biology/pre-med major from Pass Christian MS (Pass Christian High); Saquan Harper, a psychology/pre-med major from Chicago IL (UIC College Prep); Hannah Mbony, a biology/pre-med major from Brookeville MD (Sherwood High); Dominique Nelson, a music performance-instrument major from Houston TX (Clear Lake High); Shaisa Pittman, a deciding major from Peoria IL (Richwoods High); Bryan Redmond, a psychology/pre-med major from Memphis TN (City University of Arts); Imani Reid, a deciding major from Chicago IL (Gwendolyn Brooks High); and Kylar Wiltz, a biology/pre-med major from Breaux Bridge LA (Breaux Bridge High).


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ALUM OF THE YEAR: Dr. James Paschal ‘57 (second from right) accepts the 2014 Victor H. Labat Alumnus of the Year award from (L-R) XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis ’52, Marc Labat ‘99, and National Alumni President Vivian Broussard Guillory 75 during the annual Homecoming Gala, which drew a sellout crowd to the University Center Ballroom.

photo by Irving Johnson III


Dr. James Paschal ‘57, the newly elected president of the National Alumni Association (NAA), was honored as the University’s top alumnus at the 2014 Alumni Homecoming Gala.

He was presented the Victor H. Labat Alumnus of the Year award by XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis ’52, outgoing National Alumni President Vivian Broussard Guillory ’75, and Marc Labat '99 at the annual Homecoming Gala.

See the full story HERE.


One hundred and fifty student scholars will appear in the 2015 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, an annual chronicle of the nation’s outstanding campus leaders.

The students – chosen by XU department chairs and faculty and approved by the editors of the directory – were selected based on their academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success. They join an elite group of students from more than 2,000 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several foreign nations. Outstanding students have been honored in the annual directory since it was first published in 1934.

See the full story HERE.


U President Dr. Norman C. Francis, the nation’s longest serving college president, was named to EBONY Magazine’s Annual Power 100 List, which salutes the remarkable achievements of African-Americans in 2014.

The EBONY editorial team selected the 100 most influential African-Americans in the country.  These achievers have made noteworthy accomplishments over the past year. The list of outstanding leaders highlights individuals from a variety of fields, including business, medicine, sports, media, religion, the creative arts and more. As the curator of the African-American experience, EBONY is proud to showcase these individuals.

See full story HERE.



Jamie Bolden, a senior chemistry/pre-med major from La Place LA (Riverside Academy), has been accepted into the LSU-Shreveport School of Medicine.

Johlee Schinetsky, a P3 pharmacy student from Kenner LA (Chapelle High), has been awarded a 2014 TYLENOL Future Care Scholarship in recognition of her academic excellence, leadership, and community involvement. Only 40 scholarships were awarded nationwide.

Three XU student-athletes – Chubedu Echebelem, a senior chemistry major from Dallas TX (Duncanville High); Claudia Haywood, a junior psychology major from Memphis TN (Cordova High); and Franziska Pirkl, a junior mass communication major from Anchorage AK (Theolinden Gymnasium) – were named first-team All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference in women's volleyball. The trio led the Nuggets to an 18-5 overall and perfect 14-0 GCAC record, winning their fourth consecutive GCAC regular-season championship in the process.


The 2014 Dr. Norman C. Francis Endowed Scholarship Fund recipients include: (front row, L-R) Bryan Redmond, Kylar Wiltz, Saquan Harper, and Marques Banks; (back row) Shaisa Pittman, Brianna Anderson, Sydney Booker, Hannah Mbony, Imani Reid, and Dominique Nelson.

Photo by Irving Johnson III

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This year’s Homecoming Gala, the last to be presided over by retiring President Dr. Norman C. Francis ’52, drew a record, overflow crowd of 600 alumni and friends. During the event, Class agents for the 14 special five-year reunion classes presented the University with gifts totaling $270,246. The Class of 1969 led the way with 53 members contributing $52,000, while the Class of 2004 had the largest number of donors (90).

Paschal, a therapist and sole proprietor of the Family Counseling Center in Atlanta GA, was lauded for “living the mission of Xavier University and St. Katharine Drexel”. 

Upon graduating from Xavier Paschal lent his services to such community-minded organizations as the Friendship House of Hospitality, the Catholic Day Camp; and the National Defense Education Institute. He went on to found Lambda Enterprise, a nationally recognized program to provide employment opportunities to the less advantaged. During his professional career James served in numerous capacities at colleges/universities throughout the south; holding several senior level positions in Student Affairs.

Since 2007 James has served as president of the Atlanta Alumni Chapter, breathing new life into the chapter. During his first year as President the Chapter made a $500 contribution and today as a result of the fundraisers and the annual St. Katharine Drexel Brunch the Atlanta Alumni Chapter has raised nearly $100,000 for Xavier. He has also served on the National Alumni fundraising committee and awards committee. He has truly engaged the greater Atlanta area including alumni of all ages and local businesses. 

Overwhelmed by the increasing financial needs of incoming freshmen, Paschal and his wife Zelma started a scholarship to assist Atlanta area students. In his spare time, he can be found visiting area high schools promoting XU.

A Deacon at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, he is also a member of 100 Black Men of American, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Knights of Columbus, American Counseling Association, the Metro Atlanta Kiwanis Club, and American Legion Post 558.

Who's Who cont

The students included in this year's directory are listed below, grouped by their divisions/departments:

BUSINESS – (Accounting) Erin Ancar, Christopher Hayes, Ivyanne London, and Victoria Thompson; (Finance) Keisha Murray; (Management) Markea Gilbert and Rasaan Hollis; and (Sales & Marketing) Ajhia Ellis, Hue-Hillary Nguyen, Kaila Pulliam Collins, and Kennedy St. Charles

BIOCHEMISTRY: Dominique Benson, Christopher Dunlock, and Destane Garrett

BIOLOGY – (Biology Education) Cyndi Paz; (Biology/Pre-Med) Tarrin Casey, Duy Dang, Jeremiah Davis, Jasmine Douglas, Paige Estave, Shikira Flounory, Kristen Fowler, Briana Jarrett, Leslie Jones, Kevin Lam, David Le, Hoang Michael Nguyen, Tami Nguyen, Tri Pham, Sherry Reddix, Leanna Rucker, Brittany Russell, Heba Sarhan, Treasure Stone, and Theresia Sutherlin

CHEMISTRY – (Chemistry) Chinedu Echebelem and Peter Pham; (Chemistry ACS) Lacey Douglas and Lydia Mensah; (Chemistry/Pre-Med) Ayanna Banks, Jamie Bolden, Amber Carter, Kandis Carter, Kai Combs, Jasmine Geathers, Taylor Harris, Jade Meyers, David Powell, Derriyan Price, and Danyelle Wesley; (Chemistry/Pre-Pharmacy) Nancy Pham

COMPUTER SCIENCE – (Information Systems) Jasmine Lewis; and (Computer Science) Gregory Degruy, Nam Nguyen, and Tuan Nguyen

EDUCATION – (Counseling) Natasha Ballard, Anita Cox, and Ayla Yarbrough; (Clinical Mental Health) Octavia Davis and Celita Owens (Educational Leadership) Kendall McManus-Thomas and Thomas Wright Jr.; (Elementary Education) Megan Riley, Melissa Riley, Kaylan Rogers, Rynisha Streeter, and Jennifer Tran; (MAT) Ashton LeBourgeois, LaDonna Jackson, Jasmine Jones; (Middle School Education) Vallery Jenkins 

ENGLISH – (English) Jessica Gardiner, Jordyn Goody, Simone Graham, Anthony Lotten, and Mia Ruffin; (English Education) Catherine Fakler
HISTORY – Alexis Parker

LANGUAGES – (Spanish) Bianca Moore and Ashley Taylor

MASS COMMUNICATION – Deanna Nichelle Eaton, Kareka Green, Keshante Horton, and Franziska Antonia Pirkl

MATHEMATICS – Jennifer Vicks

MUSIC – (Music) Jasmine Eugene; (Music Performance) Simone Brown

PHARMACY – Evelyn Ambush, Sobia Arshad, Michael Aucoin, Temitayo Banjo, ALeon Burgess, Antonio Chimezie, Rose Duchane, Sara El-Rachidi, Terri Frazier, Amanda Grego, Rayya Hunter, Brianna Jenkins, Breanna Lorick, Laneka Mumphrey, Stephanie Ogunrinade, Lynda Osei, Anthony Poche, Ashlee Poolson, Derrick Pullins, Jeffey Quach, Claire Reuter, Teri Robinson, Malak Saad, Chandler Schexnayder, Johlee Schinetsky, Natalie Tran, Ashlynn Volpe, Brittany Williams, Lashira Williams, Marlon Williams, and David Wilson

PHILOSOPHY – Paul Joseph

PHYSICS/ENGINEERING – (Biomedical Engineering) Laquel Brown and Oyindayo Hassan; (Chemical Engineering) Levon LeBan; (Civil Engineering) Summer Flowers; (Electrical Engineering) Jarielle Gilbert

POLITICAL SCIENCE – Eric Craig, Jade Crutch, Evangeline Dech, Jodi Hill, Gregory Jones, Michael Moore, DeVon Pruitt, Aleshia Smith, Cierra Wilcox, and Felecia Woolens

PSYCHOLOGY – (Psychology) Ashanti Anderson, Donielle Curry, Danielle Hodges, Chinyere Okafor, Jusiah Prowell, Keyaisha Thomas, and Toiya Williams; (Psychology/Pre-Med) Megan Bright, Ricaylah Citizen, Armond Collins, Efehi Edomwonyi, Kyriante Henry, Jazzolynn Kelly, Thuy-Lihn Nguyen, Amber Owens, and Khalil Thompson

SOCIOLOGY – Alana Peck


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These leaders are honored and recognized for changing the course of history and making an enduring and lasting impact in their communities and the world.

In addition to Francis, who was categorized as a “Dream Keeper”, other game changers honored this year are NBA player LeBron James, Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer, television producer Shonda Rhimes, music producer Pharrell Williams, actresses Audra McDonald, Gabrielle Union and Laverne Cox, comedian Kevin Hart, ballerina Misty Copeland and Bishop T.D. Jakes.

All members of the Power 100 List will be honored at the 29th Annual Gala celebration in Los Angeles CA Nov. 19, at the AVALON Hollywood. The 2014 Power 100 list appears in the December issue of EBONY, on newsstands now. The full list of the EBONY Power 100 can also be found HERE.

Francis, Xavier Class of ’52, announced his plans to retire from the office effective June 30, 2015. His affiliation with Xavier has spanned 66 years.


Dr. L'Issa Gates '03, a pediatrician in New Orleans, has partnered with the American Medical Association's Doctors Back to School program to increase minority awareness about careers in medicine.

Lawrence Jackson ’13, a second year Master of Science student in Marriage & Family Therapy at University of Nevada, was awarded was awarded a Minority Fellowship during the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) 2014 annual conference in Milwaukee WI.

Dr. Trimiko Melancon '99, an Assistant Professor of English, African American Studies, and Women's Studies at Loyola University, has published her first book: Unbought and Unbossed: Transgressive Black Women, Sexuality, and Representation, anexploration of the complexity of black female identity and race, gender, and sexuality. Visit HERE more info.

Fizza Sajid ’14, has been accepted into the Campbell, Des Moines, and Nova Southeastern Osteopathic Medical Schools.

Deshawn Stevenson ‘10, a pharmacist with Walmart Stores, Inc., has been promoted to Market Health & Wellness Director for Savannah GA and the surrounding areas.

Dr. Ian Jermaine Wilson ‘95, an assistant professor in the Department of Imaging Sciences at the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, has been named recipient of the school’s 2014 Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of his professional work and community initiatives.

A book detailing the life of the late University of North Carolina/Lineburger Cancer Center oncologist Keith Amos ’92, appropriately entitled “Keith Amos: A Celebration”, is now available through Lulu.com. A portion of sales will provide financial assistance to XU students.


Dr. Norman C. Francis (President) was presented the National Bar Association’s 2014 Wiley A. Branton Award during the organization’s 25th annual issues symposium, held at the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge LA.

Shirley F. Labbe ’72, ’92 (counseling)
has been selected to serve on the Steering Committee for the Morehouse School of Medicine’s Historical Black College and University – Center for Excellence (HBCU-CFE).

Torian Lee (Center for Intercultural and International Programs), helped hosted a group of lawyers and judges from Africa as well as representatives from China during November in his role as a member of the Advisory Board for the New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council (NOCDC). During the past year he has hosted foreign delegations from the United Kingdom, Iran, and Latin America.

Dr. Biljana Obradovic (English) had a book review of Vasa Mihajlovic's Selected Poems published in the Nov/Dec 1014 issue of World Literature Today.

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