Volume 42 No. 4
April 2011









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open house
Open House
freshmen honors
Freshman Honors


sga elections
SGA Elections
wellness week
Wellness Week
Student Research

Health Disparities

1834 Early Summer, Fall 2011 Registration

Early registration for Summer Sessions 2011 and the Fall 2011 semester will be held April 11-15. Get more details and instructions HERE.

1834 Tennis Update

MEN: The Rush, ranked 8th in the NAIA Men’s Tennis Coaches Top 25 Poll, are 10-5 on the year. The men have three regular season matches remaining – including a home date with Fisk April 2 at 11:00 p.m. at the City Park Tennis Center – before the NAIA National Championship qualifying tournament.

Women: The Nuggets have struggled to a 2-11 record this season, dropping out of the women’s national Top 25 for the first time since 2004. The women have two regular season matches remaining – including that same home date with Fisk – before the NAIA National Championship qualifying tournament.

Check HERE for schedules and info on both teams.

1834 UNCF Honors XU Alums for Service

Two Xavier alums have been honored by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) for their distinguished service to their alma mater and outstanding achievements in their professional, civic and community activities.

Dr. Elaine Parker Adams ’61, a retired educator and administrator in Houston TX, was presented the National Alumni Council (NCA) Outstanding Alumnus Award for Xavier at the NAC Leadership Conference held recently in Atlanta GA, while Keva Gwin ’00, senior medical science liaison for Shire Pharmaceuticals in Chicago IL, was presented the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award for Xavier.

1834 Kenner Named Scholar-Ahlete

Jamaan Kenner is a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete in men's basketball.

Kenner, a junior guard and biology/pre-med from LaPlace LA (East St. John High), was among 59 students selected for the award, which recognizes athletes with a minimum of junior academic status and a cumulative 3.5 grade-point average. Kenner is a senior academically with a 3.59 GPA.

He helped the Gold Rush finish 27-6 this season, averaging 4.7 points and 1.8 rebounds in 32 games with 16 starts.

1834 Communications Week at Xavier

The XU Communications Department is hosting several activities for both students and the community during its Communications Week celebration April 11-17.

"Networking Night and Race Peace Event" will be held April 12 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Administration Building Auditorium. The event offers an evening of networking and theater, including a cross-generational performance using humor and personal experience to talk about the debilitating effect of racism.

"Treme Forum: Portraying a Living Culture," set for April 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the University Center room 205B, will feature Eric Overmyer, writer and co-producer of the TV series Treme. Also featured will be Lolis Eric Eli, co-writer and consultant to the series.

For more info call 520-5087.

1834 2011: Will YOU Be Connected to XU?

Xavier has introducted a new communcation system - the Connect-ED® for Higher ED communication service - to deliver emergency and other time-sensitive notifications to all students, faculty and staff employees.

In order for this new system to succeed, each individual needs to participate. All it takes is a brief visit online to your XULA Banner Web account online where you will take our brief single-question "phone survey" to provide the info needed to reach you via your preferred communications delivery options.

Go HERE to sign up.

1834 Division of Education Honors

The XU Department of Education has recognized HBCU-Up DOE Fellows focusing on education research in the following areas: (middle school) Eugene Foy, Vallery Jenkins, Bianca Johnson, Jessica Joseph and Ra’Shaun Simon; (chemistry) Kendall McManus; (MAT secondary physics) Athanasios Chalastara; (MAT secondary chemistry) Samuel Barnhart; and ( MAT secondary mathematics) Michael Landry and Shanera Pinkston. The group worked with faculty Dr. Glenda Hembree and Dr. Janette Sturm-Mexic.

Also recognized were the three students –Joseph, McManus, and Michael Moore (MAT secondary English) – who presented a paper, “School Reform in New Orleans: Post Katrina,” at the Oxford Round Table in England, along with faculty Dr. Renee’ Akbar and Dr. Rosalind Hale.

1834 Alumni Chapters

Get the scoop on those and other Alumni Chapter events HERE.

1834 XU in the News

Texas Attorneys Are
Named Rising Stars
- Nolan Knight '96
2The Root
The Big Payoff
from Black Colleges

convocation center STILL MORE CAMPUS GROWTH

Preparation for construction of the highly-anticipated Convocation Academic Center [seen here in artist’s rendering] has begun with TEST PILINGS driven at the site across the Washington Avenue canal (area bounded by Short, Palm and Stroelitz Streets). When completed, the building will feature a 4,500 seat arena for basketball games and large assemblies, as well as additional classrooms, offices and meeting spaces.

Courtesy Manning Architects

As the saying goes, “Pardon Our Progress”.

While it doesn't look like much yet, the evidence of pile-driving tests signals the beginning of the university’s newest construction project – a Convocation Academic Center – which will be located across Washington Avenue from the main campus on a site bounded by Short, Palm and Stroelitz Streets.

Upon its completion, the much anticipated addition to the campus skyline will provide Xavier with its first spacious indoor assembly area: a modern 4,500 seat arena suitable for athletic and other large-scale events. The new facility will replace the 74-year old, storm-damaged gymnasium (“The Barn”), which heretofore has traditionally hosted all indoor athletic events and most other special ceremonies. The Barn seats just 1,200 for athletic events.

In addition to the arena, the building will also house classrooms, meeting spaces, and offices. Actual construction is expected to commence this May, with the anticipated completion date late summer 2012.


Urban League CEO and former New Orleans mayor Marc H. Morial will be the keynote speaker when Xavier holds its 84th annual commencement Saturday, May 7, at 10:00 a.m. in the Lakefront Arena.

Morial has led the national civil rights organization since 2003, after an eight-year stint (1994-2002) as mayor of the Crescent City.

He is expected to address more than 500 graduates, along with their families and friends.

Also at this year’s graduation, Xavier will award honorary degrees to businesswoman and philanthropist Camille Hanks Cosby, BET Holdings CEO and Chair Debra Lee, and Xavierite Olympic medalist and businessman Herbert Douglas. - more -

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The XU Department of Music will host its third annual Jazz Festival April 12-14.

The festival, a three-day event offering clinics/workshops and an evening concert series, focuses on the multiple genres of the jazz art form. The clinics/workshops will feature well-established jazz artists presenting various topics of their choice and expertise, while the evening concerts will have specific themes featuring guest artists in performance.

Sponsored by the American Jewish Committee and the Office of Black Ministry for the Archdiocese of New York, the festival is designed to expose XU students and the New Orleans community to a wide range of jazz forms and world-class jazz artists. - more -


The story of America’s immense struggle to rid itself of the scourge of slavery and preserve its fragile democracy is the focus of a traveling exhibit for libraries, Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, which will be hosted by the XU Library Resource Center April 13 through June 25.

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War highlights the three constitutional crises Lincoln faced as President from 1861 until his assassination in 1865: Secession, Slavery and Civil Liberties during the Civil War. This exhibition vividly traces Lincoln’s struggle to resolve these questions, through three distinct divisions entitled: Divided, Bound, and Dissent which serve as a backdrop to revive the Constitution and embrace the long held belief that “all men are created equal” which Lincoln quoted in his famous Gettysburg Address.
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People's Republic of China Consul General Madame Gao Yanping, visiting campus to hear plans to house a Confucius Institute program at Xavier, shares a moment with President Norman Francis. If Xavier's application is accepted, the Institute would focus primarily on language instruction, education, medicine and Chinese artistic traditions.

Photo by Irving Johnson III


Gold Nugget standout Christina Warren headlines a group of five XU basketball players who earned postseason honors.

Warren, a senior forward/guard and a biology major from Rancho Cucamonga CA (Los Osos High) named Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year in women's basketball. She led the Gold Nuggets in scoring with 12 points per game, including 36 made three-pointers.

Two other Nugget basketball players – Keldra Hall, a junior center and a mass communications major from Dallas TX (Molina High) and Jazmoné Kelly, a junior guard/forward and a biology/pre-med major from Cincinnati OH (Ursuline) – were also named to the All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference women’s team. Hall, also chosen Newcomer of the Year, and Kelley, averaged 8.3 and 7.1 points a game, respectively

A very successful season for the Gold Nuggets ended in the second round of the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament with a 67-51 loss to No. 1 seed Oklahoma City. The women finished with a 27-7 record, winning both the GCAC regular season and tournament titles.

Two members of the Gold Rush squad – Devin Andrew, a senior guard and a mass communications major from Harvey LA (Vandebilt Catholic-Houma LA) and Anthony Simmons, a sophomore forward and a business-marketing major from Rochester NY (Allendale Columbia) – were named to the All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference men’s team. They lead the Rush in scoring, averaging 10.9 and 9.8 points a game. Andrew also received honorable mention on the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball All-America Team.

The Gold Rush season came to a close with a 79-71 loss to Evangel in the opening round of the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament in Kansas City MO. The men finished with a 27-6 record, their best record since the 1983-84 season.


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The annual Baccalaureate Mass and Honors Convocation will be held the preceding evening, Friday, May 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the Xavier Gymnasium. Bishop Dominic Carmon, S.V.D. will serve as the Main Celebrant for the Mass and Father John Moran, OMI will be the Homilist.

Marc H. Morial

In an illustrious professional career that has spanned 25 years, Morial has served successfully as an entrepreneur, lawyer, professor, legislator, mayor and CEO of the National Urban League, earning him a distinction as one of the most accomplished servant-leaders in the nation.

As mayor of New Orleans, Morial was a popular chief executive with a broad multi-racial coalition. He led the city’s 1990’s renaissance and prompted a surge in the New Orleans convention and tourism sector. After two notable terms, he left office with a 70 percent approval rating. A lawyer by training, Morial is the recipient of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award for his legal service to the poor and disadvantaged.

He has served as a state legislator and an adjunct faculty member at Xavier. Xavier awarded him an honorary degree in 2002.

As President of the National Urban League since 2003, Morial has led the transformation of the civil rights organization as it approaches its centennial anniversary. Under Morial’s leadership the League has seen record fundraising success and has pumped almost $200 million into urban impact and minority owned businesses through the National Urban League Empowerment Fund. The League has launched numerous other innovative programs including the Urban Youth Empowerment Program to assist young adults in securing sustainable jobs and five Entrepreneurship Centers to foster the growth of small businesses.

The son of former New Orleans Mayor Ernest N. Morial ’51 and Sybil H. Morial ’52, Marc Morial has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential Black Americans by Ebony Magazine.

Camille Hanks Cosby

Camille Cosby is married to one of the most recognized faces in the entertainment industry: comedian, author, and television actor Bill Cosby. However, throughout their 45-years of marriage, Camille Cosby has been a subtle-yet-significant presence with immense influence in education and other philanthropic areas.

Cosby serves as her husband’s executive manager, overseeing all financial, philanthropic and staffing matters to oversee their vast enterprise. She plays an active role in her husband's career and causes, the focus of which has often been education, including historic African American colleges and universities in an ongoing one-family philanthropic mission.

Cosby is the President of two production companies – one for film and the other for theatre.
1834 St. Katharine Named to Women's Hall of Fame

Xavier founder St. Katharine Drexel will be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

She is one of 11 American women who will be recognized for their "valuable and enduring contributions to our nation” at ceremonies to be held Sept. 30 in Seneca Falls NY, the birthplace of the American Women's Rights Movement.

The National Women's Hall of Fame is the nation's oldest membership organization recognizing the achievements of great American women. Inductees are selected every two years based on their lasting contributions to society through the arts, athletics, business, education, government, humanities, philanthropy and science.

This year’s inductees include: St. Katharine, Dorothy Harrison Eustis, Loretta C. Ford, Abby Kelley Foster, Helen Murray Free, Billie Holiday, Coretta Scott King, Lilly Ledbetter, Barbara Mikulski, Donna Shalala, and Kathrine Switzer.

Visit HERE for more info.

She has undertaken some significant creative projects of her own, including a stage play based on a best-selling book and a documentary on the power of mentoring in young people’s lives. She is the founder of the National Visionary Leaders Project (NVLP), an oral history collection comprised of nearly 300 interviews of influential and extraordinary African Americans including the late Shirley Chisholm, eminent historian John Hope Franklin as well as actress Ruby Dee, poet Sonia Sanchez, Drs. Dorothy I. Height and Maya Angelou. The collection is housed at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. In 2004, Simon and Schuster published A Wealth of Wisdom: Legendary African American Elders Speak based on stories from fifty of the elders in the NVLP archive.

Cosby holds both a M.Ed. and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts.

Debra Lee

Since 2005, Debra Lee has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BET Holdings, Inc. (BET), a media and entertainment division of Viacom, Inc. She started at BET as corporate counsel in 1986 after being recruited by founder Robert Johnson to serve as the company’s first staff lawyer. Prior to her appointment to the company’s top executive office, she was President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of BET Networks for nine years. She joined BET in 1986 as Vice President and General Counsel.

As senior executive at BET, Lee wields significant power as one of the relatively few female executives in cable television. During her tenure at BET, she has helped steer the company as it grew from a small, privately held cable company to a multibillion dollar, multimedia, publicly traded corporation.

Lee serves on the Board of Directors for a public utility company, WGL Holdings, Inc., Eastman Kodak, Marriott International, Inc. and Revlon, Inc. She has served on the Board of Directors for a number of other companies and organizations.
1834 COP Faculty Paper Earns AACP Award

Three College of Pharmacy faculty – Dr. Cecile Brookover, Dr. Margarita Echeverri, and Dr. Kathleen Kennedy (Dean) – have been named recipients of the 2011 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Rufus A. Lyman Award honoring the best paper published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.

The paper, “Nine Constructs of Cultural Competence for Curriculum Development” details how the authors use survey results to guide curriculum development. The award, to be presented at the AACP annual meeting in San Antonio TX this July, includes a $5,000 stipend.

Hebert "Herb" Douglas

Herb Douglas is perhaps best known to Xavierites as a member of the 1942 Xavier track team which made history as the first HBCU to win at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia PA. Douglas’ lifetime accomplishments resonate well beyond this auspicious moment in college sports history.

An accomplished athlete, Douglas won a bronze medal in the long jump at the 1948 Olympics in London, in addition to three collegiate track titles at Xavier. After military service in World War II, he is credited with helping to integrate the University of Pittsburgh's varsity football team in 1945 and was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.A successful businessman, Douglas served as a sales executive for the Pabst Brewing Company before rising to become the third African-American vice president for Schieffelin and Somersot, the makers of Hennessy Cognac. He was selected by Ebony magazine as one of the 100 Most Successful Black Men in America.

A member of the NAACP and Urban League, Douglas founded the International Amateur Athletic Association, Inc., and has served on the board of directors of the Jesse Owens Foundation and the University of Pittsburgh.

jazz festival cont

All events, which are free and open to the public, will be held in the XU Music Recital Hall. The schedule is as follows:

Day One (April 12 – 7:00 p.m.) The festival opens with an evening concert featuring internationally acclaimed traditional jazz musician and historian Dr. Michael White ‘76 and his Original Liberty Brass Band; Day Two (April 13 – 7:00 p.m.) Day two offers a performance by the celebrated modern jazz combo, Astral Project; Day Three – Afternoon (April 14 – 12 noon to 3:00 p.m.) The final day of includes a series of one-hour clinic/workshops, featuring Dr. White (New Orleans jazz), the Astral Project (modern jazz), pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis (improvisation) and trumpeter extraordinaire Nicholas Payton (improvisation); and Day Three – Evening (April 14 – 7:00 p.m.) The festival concludes with a final concert featuring Payton and the Xavier University Jazz Ensemble.

Visit HERE for details or call the XU Department of Music at 520-7597.


Leland Abrams, a senior biology/pre-med major from Baton Rouge LA (Taylor High-Katy (TX), has been accepted into medical school at the University of Texas-Houston.

Alycia Boutte’, a senior psychology major from Slidell LA (Northshore High), has been accepted into graduate school at the University of Minnesota and the University of Texas at Austin. I will attend UT-Austin for their Master of Public Health, Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences program.

Kaitlyn Gaddis, a junior speech pathology major from Snellville GA (South Gwinnett High, has been elected president of the Student Government Association for 2011-12.

Marina Ghaly, a P2 pharmacy student and Center of Excellence Research Scholar from Metairie LA (Bonnabel High), and faculty mentor Dr. Joseph LaRochelle (pharmacy) presented a poster, “Clinical Pharmacy Faculty Interventions in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: an 8 month review’, at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group.

Mia Holmes, a junior biology/pre-med major from New Orleans (Ben Franklin High), has been elected Miss Xavier 2011-2012.

Breanne McLain, a senior psychology/pre-med major from Baton Rouge LA (McKinley High), has been accepted into the Pacific University College of Optometry.

Jennifer Msigwa
, a senior biology/pre-med major from Sugarland TX (Hightower High), has been accepted into medical school at the University of Texas-Galveston.

Lauren Thompson
, a senior biology/pre-med major from Collierville TN (Houston High), has been accepted into the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry.

Nia Weber
, a junior English major from New Orleans (Ben Franklin High), was named a finalist for the Operation REACH, Inc. Gulf South Youth Action 2010 Change Maker Award, which recognizes leadership shown through community service in the four-state region.

Three students – Blake Gray, a sophomore biology/pre-med major from DeSoto TX (DeSoto High School); Janay Tyler, a junior psychology/pre-med major from New Orleans (Slidell High School); and Shavonn Whiten, a senior biology/pre-med major from Baton Rouge LA (Baton Rouge Magnet) – have been selected to participate in the Minority Health Disparity International Research Training (MHIRT) summer program through San Diego State University. This summer these students will travel to Ghana, Africa and participate in ethnobotany research for 10 weeks on plants used to treat diabetes in Ghana. The program, funded by the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, covers all costs in addition to an $800 a month stipend.


Grace Andoh ’08, has been accepted into the Temple University School of Podiatry.

Jessica Brumfield ’09, has been accepted into the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine-Georgia.

Parish Florence ‘10, has been accepted into the Doctor of Audiology degree program at Salus University in Pennsylvania.

Maryse Holly ’06, a graduate student at Cornell University studying international agriculture and rural development, has been selected to participate in a three-week course in rice production at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines. It is fully funded by the National Science Foundation.

Nolan Knight ’96, an attorney with the Texas-based law firm of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C., has been named a "Rising Star" by Thompson Reuters in a special supplement published in newspapers and magazines across the country. He specializes inenvironmental laws and regulations.

Melanique Labeaud ’10, has been accepted into the Doctor of Audiology degree program at the University of Florida.

Dr. Milton Moore ’76, a Houston TX dermatologist and founder of Moore Unique Skin Care, has announced a new product – Silky Hydroglide – a shave gel and post-shave skin rejuvenator. Check out the details HERE.

Rhaoul A. Guillaume, Sr., ’71, president of GOTECH, Inc., was presented the 2011 Andrew M. Lockett Award for Civic Activities by the Louisiana Engineering Society (LES) in recognition of his distinguished public service without compensation for those services.

Klyne Smith ’89, has been promoted to vice president of transformation services for the Asia Pacific region for Alcatel-Lucent in Singapore, where he is responsible for providing leadership in the area of complex solution delivery. He is also in the dissertation phase of his pursuit of a doctorate degree in software engineering at Southern Methodist University.

Prentice White ’91, has authored a book, It’s Not Bad to Be Allergic, which recounts how her family coped with her daughter’s struggle to deal with multiple food allergies. More details available HERE.

Two XU alums – Dr. Kelley Harris-Johnson ’03, assistant faculty associate of biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Dr. Gregory Bogin ’03, assistant research professor of chemical engineering at the Colorado School of Mines – served as judges for the oral and poster presentations at the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference, held in Washington DC. Both were also recognized by the ERN as former recipients of the David and Lucille Packard Graduate Scholar Fellowships.


Bo Browder (athletics) was named Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Women’s Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year. He guided the Nuggets to a 24-6 record this season, winning both the conference regular season and tournament titles. He is 295-101 in 12 seasons at XU.

Dr. Norman Francis ‘52 (president) was presented the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Awardee by American Association of Blacks in Education (AABHE) at its national convention, held in Atlanta GA. He also gave the keynote address.

Dr. David Lanoue (RosaMary Professor of English) has won the Haiku Society of America's 2010 Kanterman Book Award (Special Award for Fiction) for his novel, Haiku Wars.

Two English faculty members – Katheryn Laborde and Dr. Biljana Obradovic – have lent their literary talents to the Nola Diaspora, an online forum for women who experienced dislocation following Hurricane Katrina. Laborde’s contribution is a prose piece, “The Freaks”, while Obradovic has contributed three poems: “Eye to Eye”, Post Mortem”, and “To All Those Who Want Happy Poems”. Visit the site HERE.

lincoln exhibit cont

The traveling exhibition and tour organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office, are funded by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Xavier is one of only 25 public, academic and special libraries selected to host the 1,000-square-foot exhibit during its five-year national tour, which began in 2009.

An opening ceremony and reception will be held April 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Library Resource Center featuring the world renowned author, playwright and professor David Madden. The Library Resource Center is also sponsoring an essay contest, free public programs and other events in conjunction with this notable exhibition. For more information contact Michele Woods at 520-7584 or visit HERE.

Did you know…?

The Office of Planning, Institutional Research, and Assessment (OPIRA) is here to provide the Xavier community with useful-accurate and timely information and support. To that end, we are here to share knowledge, provide service, and deliver expert information to you on a vast array of data.  This month we are introducing a new feature in the TMAX: "Did you know...?"
Each month we will highlight/provide national, regional, and/or local statistics with the Xavier Community. This month we are providing recent data regarding National Unemployment Rates for 20-24 year olds based on Educational Attainment.

Did You Know…? Persons with only a high school diploma in 2009 had an unemployment rate of 19.1%, but persons with a bachelor’s degree had an unemployment rate of only 8.8% in 2009; that’s more than a 50% decrease in the level of unemployment based solely on degree attainment .

The source for this information is The Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2009. The entire report is located in the Administration Annex building, 1st floor bulletin board, located across from the OPIRA office.  For any questions about this report or any other data you may be seeking, please feel free to contact us at ext. 7566.

If you have any comments about TMAX or have some information you would like to submit for publication, please direct an e-mail to rtucker@xula.edu

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