Volume 45 No. 3
March 2014








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Historic Summit
Feeding the Children
pass it on
Pass It On
Baby Dolls
wet paint
Wet Paint
down under
Taste from Down Under

1834 Basketball Update

MEN: The Gold Rush, ranked No. 13 in the NAIA national poll, are 21-7 overall and 9-2 in conference play going into their final regular season game vs. Dillard (March 1).

The Rush will probably hold the No. 1 seed when the GCAC postseason tourney gets underway March 6-9 in New Orleans, where the games are scheduled to be hosted by both XU and Dillard.

Visit HERE for updates.

WOMEN: The Nuggets, ranked No. 25 in the NAIA national poll, are 19-9 overall and 9-2 in conference going into the regular season finale.

The Nuggets are the likely No. 2 seed in the tournament.

Check HERE for updates.

1834 Campus Ministry Spring Retreat

Campus Ministry is offering a spring retreat for students March 21-23 at the William J. Kelley Retreat Center in Bay St. Louis MS.

The retreat is designed for all XU students, Catholics and non-Catholics, to share their faith journey with peers. It is to help students to get in touch and to experience God in a deeper way and to know His purpose for our lives.

The cost is $20. Visit HERE to register. For more info call 520-7593 or email ejerome@xula.edu.

1834 Applications for XU Summer Programs

Applications for pre-college summer programs are being accepted now, and the University is encouraging the community to enroll students soon, expecting the programs to be filled to capacity. Space is limited. New this year is an online, common application that should make applying easier and convenient.

Visit HERE for more info or to register.


Walking With the SaintsSymposium

The Institute for Black Catholic Studies will hold a symposium – “Walking with the Saints: Black Catholics, Their Concerns, and the Journey to Sainthood” – featuring Dr. M. Shaen Copeland of Boston College March 14-16.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door, and $15 for students w/ID. Call 520-7691 for more info.

1834 Why Love? Hate?

The Student Academic Success Office invites the XU community to participate in a panel discussion on what makes students enjoy or despise various subjects – “Why Love? Why Hate? – March 13 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. in the UC Room 219.

1834 Excuse Me Doctor, I've Got What?

Dr. Melissa Clark, patient advocate and author of the book Excuse Me Doctor! I Have What?, will offer valuable insights on how to take ownership of your health March 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the UC Ballroom. The event is sponsored by Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society.

1834 Alumni Events

New Orleans: 8th Annual Day at the Races, Sunday, March 23, at 12 noon at the New Orleans Fairgrounds. Tickets can be purchased by going HERE.  

Atlanta: Annual St. Katherine Drexel Jazz Brunch, Sunday, March 16 at 1:00 p.m. at the Retreat at Perimeter Summit, 1001 Summit Boulevard, Atlanta GA. Tickets can be purchased by contacting James Paschal, President 229-886-2349 or paschal07@comcast.net

Memphis: 3rd Annual Jazz Brunch, Sunday, April 28, from 11:00 to 3:00 p.m at Memphis Sounds, 22 N. Third Street, Memphis, TN. Tickets can be purchased by calling Trevor Thompson at 901-266-6027.

1834 XU in the News

2NOLA.com [video]
Black Mardi Gras Traditions Extravaganza at Xavier

1N.O. Advocate
XU Hosts Surgeons General for Anti-tobacco Summit

2N.O. Advocate
Plans Summer
Programs for Teenagers

1Clarion Herald
‘The Music Man’ Takes
a Knee and Gives Thanks

L.A. Sentinel
Black Learning
Spotlight: XULA

1HBCU Digest
For HBCUs, the Proof
is in the Productivity

2Madison Courier
Lending a Hand to
Four-legged Friends
- Dr. Adrianne Noble-Clark '09

1TNT - [video]
Feed the Children

Surgeons General Include E-Cigarette Warning In Message

1Huffington Post
Surgeons General/Teens Unite for TobacNo Generation

Tobacco Still The Leading Preventable Cause Of Death

1Diverse Issues
Greene Uses Lessons of
Civil Rights Movement
- Wendy Greene '97



Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Edwin Lombard visits with XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis and graduating seniors (L-R) Javon Bracy, Jade Young, Shelby Haynes, and Eric Dangerfield during the University’s annual Black History Month Convocation, at which he delivered the keynote address.

Photo by Irving Johnson III


Xavier has been accepted as a partner in 100Kin10, a multi-sector network addressing the national imperative to train 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers by 2021.

Xavier is the only university in Louisiana and the only HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) nationally in the collaboration. more


Xavier is among 15 historically-black colleges and universities (HBCU) chosen to lead a multi-year collaboration to foster innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurship on their respective campuses.

Sponsored by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Office for Access and Success (OAS), the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and the United Negro College Fund, the HBCU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Collaborative establishes an inaugural cohort of 15 HBCUs (both public and private) which have committed to implementing new institutional courses, changing faculty pedagogy, and developing partnerships that will lead to success for students on their campuses. more


The College of Pharmacy's Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education (CMHDRE) will host its Seventh Health Disparities Conference March 10-12, at the New Orleans Sheraton Hotel.

Conference participants will include clinicians (pharmacists, nurses, physician assistants, and other allied health professionals), health policy makers, health educators, and public and community health leaders whose work incorporates the use of mid-level providers to build partnerships to eliminate health disparities and improve health equity.  more

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Jade Crutch, a senior political science major from Garland TX (Lakeview Centennial High), was among 75 undergraduate, graduate and professional students nationwide named to The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ first class of HBCU All-Stars in recognition of their accomplishments in academics, leadership and civic engagement.

Gregory Degruy
, a senior computer science major from New Orleans (Lusher Charter High), has been accepted into Columbia University-New York's 2014 Engineering Achievers in Graduate Education (EngAGE) program.

Emmanuel Detiege, a senior computer science major from New Orleans (Bro. Martin High), has been offered a position in the applied physics laboratory at Johns Hopkins University.


arch 3 is the Feast Day of St. Katharine Drexel, the founder of both Xavier University and Xavier Prep, as well as the matriarch of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament religious order. Her story cannot be repeated too often. [Visit HERE for Feast Day-related events]

St. Katharine was the 19th century equivalent of an American princess, born into the privileged family of a wealthy Philadelphia banker and philanthropist. She could have lived her life in the lap of luxury, oblivious to the suffering of others.

But instead, throughout the 1890’s and the first half of this century – long before taking up the cause of racial equality came into vogue – she was at the forefront of efforts to improve the lives of others. more

St. Katharine

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As part of its commitment to 100Kin10, Xavier will provide hands-on professional development for 225 STEM teachers (including elementary) through workshops and site-visits led by STEM professionals, with activities that are culturally sensitive to the community and students with special needs.

In addition, the University will also prepare 110 teachers (50% will be elementary) who will be trained to work with students in urban high needs schools and districts, highly knowledgeable in STEM content areas, and culturally sensitive to special needs of the inner-city community.

“Xavier is delighted to have been selected to join this elite group of organizations and foundations committed to training 100,000 STEM teachers over the next ten years,” said Xavier President Dr. Norman C. Francis. “STEM literacy and the importance of ensuring that our nation is fully prepared to address the current STEM teacher shortage is a national priority and one that we at Xavier stand ready to address.”

“We especially look forward to collaborating with the growing number of more than 150 partners currently in the network in order that we can share our own STEM successes while learning new and innovative practices and concepts that will help ensure America’s leadership in this critical area,” he said.

More and better-trained STEM teachers are essential to prepare America’s students to fully participate in our democracy and to understand and respond to complex national and global challenges. To compete in the global marketplace and provide opportunity to all young Americans, all students – not just those fortunate enough to attend certain schools— must have basic STEM skills and knowledge. Xavier is one of nearly 200 100Kin10 partners unified by a single, ambitious goal: to prepare all students with the high-quality STEM knowledge and skills to equip them for success in college and the workplace.

With 65 percent of its incoming freshmen focusing on a STEM discipline, XULA has perfected the model in successfully guiding and educating minority STEM students.  The university’s success has been well-documented. According to data compiled by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), in 2011 Xavier was the top producer of African-American students who earned medical degrees – besting the nation’s most prestigious schools including Harvard, Yale and Stanford.  Sixty of its alumni graduated from medical schools across the country compared to 22 Harvard graduates, 21 Yale graduates and 20 Stanford graduates.

According to the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the university is first in the nation in awarding African-Americans baccalaureate degrees in physics and the physical sciences. The university is consistently ranked by the American Chemical Society as one of the top 25 universities in the nation in awarding bachelor’s degrees in chemistry. The National Science Foundation ranks XULA ninth on its list of schools whose minority alumni complete a PhD. Xavier is also one of the nation's top producers of African-American Doctor of Pharmacy graduates.

Organizations are accepted as 100Kin10 partners following a rigorous vetting process conducted by a team of partner reviewers and the University of Chicago. Reviewers are looking for organizations that bring innovation, boldness, and a proven track-record to their commitment(s) toward expanding, improving, and retaining the best of the nation’s STEM teaching force, or building the 100Kin10 movement. 

A complete list of partners – with new partners highlighted – is also available HERE. [].

As partners fulfill their ambitious commitments and work together to spark innovation, they have access to exclusive opportunities—including competitive research opportunities, solution labs, collaboration grants, a growing research and learning platform, and a funding marketplace. Each of these is designed to foster collaborative problem-solving and support partners in fulfilling their ambitious commitments.

In January 2014, 100Kin10 launched its third fund with $5 million and leadership from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, and the Overdeck Family Foundation. To date, 100Kin10 funding partners have committed more than $57 million in support of the work of the partners. Over $31 million has already been distributed to partner organizations in 99 grants since the first fund launched in June 2011.I

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Partnering with Xavier in the new initiative, which is funded by The Lemelson Foundation, are: Clark Atlanta University, Fayetteville State University, Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University, Jackson State University, Morehouse College, Morgan State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Prairie View A&M University, Tuskegee University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of the Virgin Islands, and Virginia State University.

“Xavier University of Louisiana is pleased to be included in this inaugural cohort of HBCU’s that have committed themselves to a leadership role in the critical area of innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Xavier President Dr. Norman C. Francis. "Our strategic efforts in this arena over the last few years have been productive and we look forward to the added incentives and challenges that this collaborative will offer.”

“We especially look forward to collaborating with the other selected institutions in assuring that our faculty, students, and graduates are focused on the future and addressing emerging societal needs in state-of-the-art ways,” he said.

Selected universities will have the opportunity to participate in a collaborative community seeking to increase innovation and entrepreneurship across disciplines (i.e., agriculture, business, science, mathematics, engineering and technology, etc.) in order to build an innovation community among institutions, administrators, faculty and students, the federal government and private industry. This cohort of HBCUs will be able to access current and future funding opportunities that will find a consortial approach attractive.

“Xavier has had a long standing commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship, and this new partnership opens up new avenues for exploration and funding opportunities to extend upon previous initiatives,” said Dr. Loren Blanchard, Xavier University Provost and Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The 15 member cohort was selected from a list of 44 institutions that submitted competitive applications for the limited number of spaces in the initial cohort. Institutions were rated on the following criteria: Institutional Commitment, Institutional Capacity, Federal Research Engagement, Intellectual Property Engagement, Faculty Innovation Potential, and Cross-Disciplinary Impact.

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This year’s theme is “Implementing Interprofessional Collaborations that Achieve Health Equity and Eliminate Health Disparities”. Objectives for the conference include examining partnerships between patients and communities to eliminate health and healthcare disparities; discussing models that improve health equity and eliminate health disparities; examining new partnership opportunities that result from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act;, and reviewing the impact of patient and community partnerships designed to reduce racial and ethnic health and health care disparities.

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During these decades shadowed by the segregation and degradation forced on Blacks – combined with the dispossession, relocation and betrayal of Native Americans – the name of St. Katharine Drexel shone out as a beacon of hope. St. Katharine was at the forefront of efforts to educate African-Americans and Native Americans with an eye toward helping them to develop their own leadership and self-determination. Her schools were always open to all faiths; and the nuns who followed her lived among the poor they served.

Katharine Drexel was born in 1858 to wealthy Philadelphia banker and philanthropist Francis Drexel and his wife Hannah, who died a mere five weeks after giving birth. Her father remarried two years later. It was from her parents – revered for their own generosity and charity to the less fortunate – that St. Katharine learned early the lesson of stewardship and responsibility to the poor.

Early on, St. Katharine indicated her intent to establish a bureau to distribute her wealth to Indians and Black missions, and to enter a cloistered religious order. But instead, during a trip to Rome with her family, she accepted the challenge of Pope Leo XIII and established a brand new order – the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament – which went on to found and staff schools and centers in the inner cities of the North and East, the Indian reservations of the west and across the Deep South.

Despite the many obstacles placed in their path, including strong opposition from whites, by 1942 the Sisters were operating black Catholic schools, convents and mission centers in some 13 states. So extensive was her influence in the Black, rural areas of New Iberia, St. Martinville and other Acadiana parishes that she is often referred to as the “Patron Saint of South Louisiana.”

St. Katharine’s presence was also felt in urban New Orleans, where the Sisters not only opened a Catholic high school and several elementary schools, but also established Xavier – which was to become the capstone of her educational system.

Originally a coeducational secondary school, Xavier evolved into a teacher’s college and by 1925 had achieved full university status. A College of Pharmacy – now one of only two pharmaceutical schools in the state – was added two years later. The same pharmacy school is today among the nation’s top three producers of African American Doctor of Pharmacy degree recipients.

It is estimated that St. Katharine – who during her lifetime shared the annual income from her father’s trust fund with her two sisters – gave away more than $20 million.

The stresses and strains of building a nationwide network of schools for black and Indian children were hard on St. Katharine. The heavy workload and awesome responsibilities that she shouldered for more than a half-century finally took their toll in 1935 when she suffered a near-fatal heart attack. For 20 years she was confined to the infirmary at the Motherhouse in Bensalem, Pa., where she is said to have spent most of her waking hours in prayer and meditation. She died in 1955.

St. Katharine was officially canonized a saint of the Roman Catholic Church in October of 2000 by Pope John Paul II. During a rain-soaked canonization ceremony that drew tens of thousands to the Vatican, Pope John Paul II said that her life brought about “a growing awareness of the need to combat all forms of racism through education and social services."

Only the fifth American to have been canonized and only the second American-born Saint, she is now in the select company of Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, Rose Philippine Duchesne, Bishop John Neumann and Mother Elizabeth Seton.
1834 "The Dressmaker" Shared Reading

Students, faculty, and staff have chosen the novel The Dressmaker of Khair Khana as the shared reading for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Written by the by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, the book tells the story of Kamila Sidiqi, a young Afghan woman whose world was turned upside down when the Taliban took control of the country. Kamila teaches herself to sew and earns money to support herself and her sisters under the strict laws of the Taliban. Soon Kamila begins teaching other women of her village to sew as a way to support and empower themselves in a world that denied them any opportunity to live freely.

Since 2007, Xavier has used the idea of a shared reading as a means of helping our first-year students make the transition to college life. Every year, all first-year students at Xavier read the same book and discuss and reflect upon it in their Freshman Seminar classes. In addition, all members of the campus community are encouraged to read and discuss the book and the issues it addresses. The discussions are enhanced through the Reading Connexions series, through which XU hosts authors, speakers, and films screenings related to the shared reading.

PACE SETTER: Geminesse Dorsey ’04 (second, left) is congratulated by fellow attendees at the UNCF National Leadership Alumni/Pre-Alumni Council Conference in Memphis TN after being honored as XU’s Outstanding Young Alumni. On hand: (L-R) IA staffer Lacrecia James, Dorsey, senior Alisha Warren of Elton LA, mom Trena Dorsey, sophomore Brianna Jarrett of Houston TX , and Memphis alumni Trevor Thompson ’91, Danese Welch ’63, Dr. William Terrell Jr. ’61, and Tamekia Cobb ’63. (courtesy of Office of Alumni Relations)
MAN OF THE HOUR: Joseph Sudduth ’63, honored as XU’s Alumnus of the Year at the UNCF National Leadership Alumni/Pre-Alumni Council Conference in Memphis TN, is joined by family members and Xavierites: (seated L-R) James Suddeth, Dorothy James, Marvin Sudduth, Gwendolyn Sudduth, and Margaret Sudduth-Stewart; (standing) Annabelle Terrell ’63, senior Alisha Warren, Elenor Addison, Joseph, Dr. William Terrell ’61, sophomore Briana Jarrett, Cynthia Vernon ’63, Mary Yates, and Monica Sudduth. (courtesy of Office of Alumni Relations)
MARDI GRAS IN BIG D: XU Institutional Advancement staffers join local and national alums in the Lone Star state to enjoy the Dallas/Ft. Worth Alumni Chapter’s 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Scholarship Fundraiser. Among those on hand for the occasion: (L-R) Lamont Hayes, Tiffany Devereaux ’98, Tiffany Jones ’98, Vivian Guillory ’75, and  Whitney Forstall ’03. (courtesy of Office of Alumni Relations)

Rasheed Gilmer, a senior philosophy major from Atlanta GA (Sammamish High), has been accepted into law school at Penn State University and Tulane University, both offering renewable scholarships of at least $30,000 a year.

Kyriante' Henry, a senior psychology/premed major from New Orleans (Xavier Prep) has been accepted into Saint Louis University’s Program G.R.A.D (Graduate Recruitment for Achieving Diversity).

Debria Joe, a junior biology/premed major from Alexandria LA (Peabody Magnet High), has been invited to participate in Brown University’s Summer Research-Early Identification Program. She will receive round-trip transportation and housing during the faculty-mentored program.

Karen Nguyen, a sophomore chemistry/pre-pharmacy major from Westwego LA (L.W. Higgins High) received honorable mention for her poem Strange Day in the "Imagine a World Without Hate" art & poetry contest sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League and the National WWII Museum.

Sherry Reddix, a junior biology/premed major from Madison MS (Mississippi School for Math/Science), has been accepted into Vanderbilt University's Summer NSF-REU program in chemical biology for summer 2014. She will receive a stipend of $5,000, paid housing, and a travel allowance up to $500 for the 10-week mentored program.

Antonio Roberts, a senior biology/premed major from Alexandria LA (Peabody Magnet High) has been accepted into Saint Louis University’s Program G.R.A.D (Graduate Recruitment for Achieving Diversity).

Adia Wallace, a senior philosophy major from Jackson MS (Jim Hill High), has been accepted into the master’s program in Educational Studies at the University of Michigan.

Folasade Wilson-Anumudu, a senior sociology major from San Mateo CA (Burlingame High), was selected to participate in the Summer Research Program in Social Determinants of Health at the University of California-Berkeley.

Yves-Yvette Young, a senior psychology major from St. Paul MN, has been offered a Fellowship to the Multidisciplinary International Research Training Program (MIRT) at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston MA. She has also been accepted into graduate programs at Saint Louis University’s College for Public Health & Social Justice, the University of California-Berkeley School of Public Health, and the University of Texas School of Public Health.

Nine sociology majors were awarded the 2013 Student Research Award by the American Public Health Association for their co-authored research project entitled, “Unveiling the Truths of Depression:  A Comparative Analysis Exploring Variations in Stress Exposure and Vulnerability in Depression for Young Black and White Women". The students – Folasade Wilson-Anumudu, Alexandra Harris, Marquisha Johns, Jeanece Kelly, Tiara Murray, Rae Fiera Pickett, Makeda Roberts, Takara Turner, and Ranesha Turnipseed – were mentored by Dr. Claire Norris.


William E. Dailey, Jr. ’98 is the founder and managing attorney of The Dailey Law Firm based in St. Louis MO. In addition to managing a law practice, Will serves as an adjunct professor at Washington University.

Dr. Ronald Dorris '72 (African American & Diaspora Studies/English) presented a paper, "Keeping the Local in Globalization: Literature after Brown," at the Southern Conference on African American Studies, Inc.

Dr. L'Issa Gates ’03 has been named a partner at Westside Clinics, AMC, in Marrero LA, where she has worked the past four years. She is the clinic’s first African American elevated to partner status.

Dr. Wendy Greene ’99 is serving as Professor and Director of Faculty Development at the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham AL.

Ciera Hearn ’05 was named EEO Research Specialist for New York City’s Equal Employment Practices Commission, where she will develop, administer, evaluate, and advise NYC government officials regarding equal employment opportunities for over 120 city agencies. She is also a doctoral candidate in Public Policy Analysis at Southern University.

Dr. Adrianne Noble-Clark ’09
, a veterinarian in private practice in Madison IN, was featured in a Madison Courier article, “Lending a Hand to Our Four-legged Friends.”

Farrah Roybiskie '98 had her 20th novel, Yours Forever, published by Harlequin Kimani Romance. Set in a small fictional Louisiana town and featuring a history professor as one of the main characters, the book contains several scenes that take place the XU campus.


Ron Bechet (Chair, Art) was named a CANO Bal des Artistes 2014 Honoree in Art Education in recognition of his mentoring of young artists for more than two decades, his service to local arts associations, and his excellent as an artist.

Dr. Violet Bryan
(English) had her study The Myth of New Orleans in Literature: Dialogues of Race and Gender (1993) and her articles on Grace King and Alice Dunbar-Nelson cited repeatedly in James Nagel's Race and Culture in New Orleans Stories (2014).

Dr. Thomas Bonner, Jr. (Emeritus) evaluated the manuscript of his book for the University of Alabama Press.

Bart Everson
(CAT) was featured in the 2013 Winter issue of ACMHE newsletter for the Center’s interactive faculty session “Contemplative Practices in Diverse Traditions” which featured the Zen tradition and Buddhism.

Dr. Nicole P. Greene (English) hosted the Louisiana Association for College Composition Conference, at which 45 of the 70 attendees from 21 institutions from across the state read papers, including Alexios Moore (English) and Jeremy Tuman (English). Dr. David Lanoue (RosaMary Professor of English) welcomed the group to the XU campus. Greene was elected President of LACC at the conference.

Dr. Biljana Obradovic (English) published a review of Nenad Milosevic's book of poems, Vode i Vetrovi (Waters and Wind), in the Jan. 2014 issue of World Literature Today.

Candice Roche Boucree (business) appeared on Cox-New Orleans’s "Own a Piece of New Orleans" to discuss the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

Dr. Michael White (The Rosa and Charles Keller, Jr. Endowed Chair in the Arts and Humanities) performed Sidney Bechet's Petite Fleur at St. Louis Cathedral as part of the Historic New Orleans Collection's music program "Postcards from Paris" with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

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