Volume 41 No. 08
August 2010



Remembering Katrina, Looking Forward

Top Students Designated Rousseve Scholars

New Summer Program Encourages Young Writers

XU Volleyball Returns
With 30 Matches

NCF Scholarship Concert Tickets Now on Sale


Xavier in the News

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1834 Mark Your Calendar for Homecoming '10

Mark your calendars now for Homecoming 2010, which will be celebrated Nov. 17-21. Be sure to bookmark the new web link HERE (the official site for all homecoming info and updates).

1834 New Student and Parent Orientation

New incoming freshmen and their parents should note that Orientation for the Fall 2010 semester will be held August 13-22. For more specific details visit HERE.

1834 XU Included in 2011
Fiske College Guide

Xavier is among the nation’s “best and most interesting colleges and universities” according to the 2011 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges.

The annual guide, published by Edward Fiske, education editor for the New York Times newspaper for 17 years, features just over 300 of the more than 2,200 four-year colleges in the United States.

Schools are assessed in terms of academics, social life and overall quality of life.

For more info visit HERE.

1834 Graduate Programs
Fall Orientation

An orientation program for all new and readmitted Graduate program students of the Division of Education will be held August 16 at 5:00 p.m. in Room 115 of the College of Pharmacy Building. For more information contact Marlene Robinson.

1834 Cassiere Receives 5 NAIA-SIDA Awards

Sports information director Ed Cassiere has earned five awards – four for writing and another for publications – from the NAIA-Sports Information Directors of America.

He earned 2nd, 4th and 5th place in the season preview & review writing category for his basketball and cross country previews, in addition to 6th place for feature writing. He also placed 8th for his men's basketball brochure.

1834 Voorhees Decides Not to Join GCAC

The Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) notes that Voorhees College of Denmark SC has decided not to accept an invitation to join the conference as was previously announced.

In March Voorhees was one of three colleges that stated their intention to join the GCAC in 2010-11. The other new members were Edward Waters College of Jacksonville FL and Fisk University of Nashville TN.

Now only Waters and Fisk will join SUNO and charter members Xavier, Dillard University and Tougaloo College – giving the GCAC six members for the upcoming academic year.

1834 Alumni Sponsor
Varied Activities

Alumni chapters around the country are hosting a variety of events in late summer and fall designed to bring together Xavierites of all ages. 

Check out the alumni HOME PAGE regularly for events near you. Here's what's happening this month:

August 6
Houston Alumni Chapter

5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Hotel Sorella - Monnalisa Bar
800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N.

For more info contact Chapter President Randall McHenry at (281) 415-3720.
August 7
Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter
Annual Freshman Reception
2:00 to 4:00 p.m. 
Center for Comm Cooperation
2900 Live Oak St.

For more info and to RSVP contact Chapter President Chalisa Warren at
(214) 808-2491.

August 8
Chicago Alumni Chapter
Freshmen and Parents Welcome Reception
2 p.m.
Mars Hill Baptist Church
5916 W. Lake Street

For more info contact Charla Travis at (504) 905-6235 or (708) 748-6502.

August 8
New York, NY
Lincoln Center Concert
7:30 p.m.
Damrosch Park Bandshell

For more info contact Kim Reese at (504) 520-5131. kreese@xula.edu

August 8
Houston Alumni Chapter
Freshman Meet & Greet
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 4212, 4212 Almeda St.

For more info contact Chapter President Randall McHenry at (281) 415-3720.  

August 8
The Southern California Alumni Chapter
Membership Drive
12:30 p.m.

For more info contact Chapter President Anthony Sharp at (310) 413 3440.   

August 14, 2010
Philadelphia Alumni Chapter
Fundraiser – White Water Rafting

For more info contact Jazmine Atkins at (609) 237-7859 or

August 21
Nashville TN
Young Alumni Picnic
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Ed Warner Park, Pavillion #2

For more info contact Maya Hills at (337) 351-7821 or
Nadrea Reeves at (812) 361-8647.

August 22
Philadelphia Alumni Chapter
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

For more info contact Jazmine Atkins at (609) 237-7859.

construction TAKING SHAPE

Construction of the College of Pharmacy’s imposing new Qatar Pavilion expansion, located on the university's northern I-10 boundary, continues at a steady pace. Partial occupancy of the building is expected in early fall. Meanwhile test pilings (far left) have already been driven for the new St. Katharine Drexel Chapel, with permanent pilings scheduled to be added in the next couple of weeks.

Photo by Irving Johnson III


There are some anniversaries we celebrate because they conjure up wonderful memories, and there are other anniversaries people commemorate simply because they want to remember what they endured and survived.

August 29 is one of the latter for New Orleans residents, and for institutions such as Xavier. On that fateful date in 2005 – five years ago – Hurricane Katrina came ashore and dramatically changed things not only for New Orleans in general but for the nation’s only Historically Black and Catholic university. 

But five years later, the Xavier campus is fully recovered physically – growing in fact. Enrollment at the highly regarded HBCU powerhouse remains solid. And while many important capital projects around the “Big Easy” continue to languish five years after Katrina, that is hardly the case at Xavier.

The Xavier campus reopens for the Fall 2010 semester with a brand new wing opening at the College of Pharmacy. Meanwhile, pilings are already being driven for a world-class chapel to be erected in honor of the university’s founder Saint Katharine Drexel and, nearby, a previously idle building is being transformed into a new Student Services Center.

Elsewhere, modular housing units – replacing university-owned houses in the neighborhood that were damaged during the hurricane – are going up in several locations, while a new 111-capacity parking lot has been completed near Xavier South on the corner of Howard and So Clark and Dixon Streets.

Across campus, multiple major renovation projects are underway to renovate the university’s Art Village and to upgrade offices housing several academic departments.
And a new Convocation Center is next up and already on the drawing board.

The most visible of these campus improvements is the Qatar Pharmacy Pavilion. Under construction since 2008, it is expected to be ready for partial occupancy in early fall, with the official ribbon-cutting scheduled for October.
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Thirty-seven upperclassmen have been named Rousseve Scholars for the 2010-11 school year.

Students selected for the University’s Rousseve Scholars Program generally represent the top ten (or more) students in the senior, junior and sophomore classes based on their academic performance the preceding two semesters. Each recipient receives a full tuition scholarship and a book allowance.
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Watching movies on Picasso and blogging, holding class sessions under a shady tree on campus and observing the water in a nearby canal is not your usual summer camp for teens. But this summer 20 high school and junior high school students are learning to see things differently and write about them as part of Xavier newest summer program – Write Now! ----- more -


Xavier's revival of women's volleyball in 2010 includes a schedule of more than 30 regular-season matches.

The Gold Nuggets will begin their regular season Aug. 28 when they play host to Alabama State and Belhaven at The Barn, announced first-year Coach Al'lisa Hale. This will be XU’s third season of intercollegiate volleyball, but the first since 2004. The program was suspended in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.--- more -


Tickets for the 3rd Annual Dr. Norman C. Francis Endowed Scholarship Benefit Concert are on sale now.

The concert, scheduled for Nov. 19, 2010, at the New Orleans Convention Center Theater, features the comedy of Bill Cosby and musical performances by four of the most popular male R&B vocalists of the past three decades: Jeffrey Osborne, Grammy Award winner Peabo Bryson, Howard Hewett & Freddie Jackson.

Tickets will go fast. Call the XU ticket hotline at (504) 520-4252 to reserve the best seats in the house today.-


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Connected to both the Library Resource Building and the existing College of Pharmacy building, the new Pavilion faces the campus’ I-10 boundary to the north. Once completed, the five-story, 60,000-square foot addition will allow the University to sustain its increased enrollment growth while drastically improving the overall quality of the academic programs and research endeavors.

All of the new high-tech teaching labs, as well as two large auditorium-style lecture halls – each capable of seating as many as 200 students – will be housed in the expansion. The building will also hold teaching and research laboratories, a mock pharmacy skills laboratory and a Drug Information Center.

It would be an understatement to suggest that building a free-standing religious chapel on campus has been an elusive dream for most of Xavier's history. A chapel was actually included in (then) Mother Katharine Drexel’s original blueprint plans for the Xavier campus in the late 1920’s and it has been mentioned as an upcoming project in nearly every university strategic plan for the past 80+ years.

That dream, however, is finally about to become reality. Test pilings are already been driven, the close to 200 permanent pilings are expected to be in place with-in the next two weeks.

The 11,000 square foot structure, designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, will be situated next to the pharmacy addition right alongside the Interstate-10 Expressway bringing motorists to and from downtown New Orleans.

Like the other buildings on campus, the chapel’s exterior will be made of limestone. Its domed roof will be made of copper with a large cross located strategically at its crest that architect Pelli joked “will be visible from the airport to the river...” adding that “...people will see this cross and know it is the chapel at Xavier University.”

A construction fence has also gone up around the old St. Joseph’s Residence Hall facing Drexel Drive, signaling the beginning of gutting and transformation of the dated 40-year old building into a new energy efficient Student Service Center. When completed, the three-story building will house the Student Health Center, the Counseling Center, as well as the reading and writing labs and various other student-oriented offices. It replaces the Old Student Center – yet another victim of Hurricane Katrina.

Construction projects always infuse a certain amount of vitality to the campus – and with enrollment expected to remain consistent and healthy at 3,000+ students as Xavier reopens for another academic year – the university remains confident and focused on the future.

Still when such anniversaries do occur, it is sometimes helpful to look back at where you’ve been and how far you’ve come. You can view the story of Xavier’s recovery in a 6:00-minute You Tube video entitled “After Katrina: Rebuilding Xavier” HERE or check the 2006 view book which is still available ONLINE.

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This year’s recipients, grouped by their class, are listed below along with their major field of study and high school-hometown.

Seniors – Alycia Boutte, psychology, Northshore High-Slidell LA; Jiliana Cavalier, English, Baton Rouge Magnet-Zachary LA; Breannie Charles, PharmD, Northside High-Lafayette LA; Gabrielle Gordon, PharmD, Ben Franklin High-New Orleans LA; Courtney Jason, PharmD, Opelousas High-Opelousas LA; Daniel Le, biology/pre-med, Destrehan High-Gretna LA; Trisha Le, biology/pre-med, Immaculata High-Harvey LA; Steve Morgan, biology/pre-med, H.L Bourgeois High-Gray LA; Hong Nguyen, mass communication, L.W. Higgins-Westwego LA; Alayne Perkins, PharmD, Ben Franklin-New Orleans LA; Raphaela Romero, English, Helen Cox High-Gretna LA; and Sondra Willis, business-management, Grace King High-Kenner LA.

Juniors – Talasha Aubert, chemistry/pre-med, Donaldsonville High-Donaldsonville LA; Brianna Dekine, chemistry/pre-med, Culver City High-Culver City CA; Truc Dinh, biology/pre-med, L.W. Higgins High-Marrero LA; Chisom Ezenwoye, PharmD, Lakeside High-Seattle WA; Kaitlyn Gaddis, speech pathology, South Gwinnett High-Snellville GA; Mia Holmes, biology/pre-med, Ben Franklin High-New Orleans LA; Ashley Matthew, chemistry/pre-med, North Quincy High-Quincy MA; Asia Matthew, chemistry/pre-med, North Quincy High-Quincy MA; Theresa Nguyen, PharmD, Morgan City High-Amelia LA; Thuylinh Nguyen, biology/pre-med; Edna Karr High-New Orleans LA; Valencia Potter, biology, Murphy High-Mobile AL; and Ashley Varnado, political science, Rich Central High-Matteson IL.

Sophomores – Endia Blunt, biochemistry, Ben Franklin High-New Orleans LA; Krista Burton, engineering, Creekside High-Jonesboro LA; Brittany Gorden, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, St. Mary’s Academy-New Orleans LA; Amanda Grego, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, Ecole Classique High-Kenner LA; Megan Haynes, political science, Xavier Prep-New Orleans LA; Lianne Jang, chemistry/pre-med, Destrehan High-Destrehan LA; Kayla Moses, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, St. James High-Vacherie LA; Thuy-Tien Nguyen, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, St. Martin High-Biloxi MS; Marvin Stewart, chemistry/pre-med, West Feliciana High-St. Francisville LA; Brynne Vernon, political science, (home schooled)-Sunset LA; Angelica Vu, chemistry/pre-pharmcy, Acadiana High-Lafayette LA; Mia Ward, biology/pre-med, McKinney North High-McKinney TX; and Faith Webre, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, Riverside Academy-Reserve LA.

writenow OUT AND ABOUT

Participants in the Xavier’s new Write Now! summer program, (from left) Ashlie Cain of Pineville High School,  Kaitlin Graham and Talyah Gilbert of Xavier Prep, and Deja Bickham of Douglas County High School, take in the sights and sounds of the campus – observations recorded in their personal journals which they later used as a catalyst for their creative writing exercises.

Photo by Irving Johnson III

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Program coordinator Kathryn Laborde, a Xavier English professor, said the program is a good way to show the creative side of what the University has to offer.

“Of course we’re known for the sciences, in particular our excellent premed and pharmacy programs, but many people don’t realize that Xavier is so much more,” said Laborde, who along with fellow English faculty member Ralph Adamo works with the students to stimulate their creativity and get them thinking in new ways. “It’s not about critiquing their writing so much as putting emphasis on ideas and what they’re coming up with as a result.

The students write in their journals every day and participate in creative exercises. Brainstorming is a regular part of the class day and so is observation.

“Sometimes it’s just important to observe closely in order to create a documentation of what happened,” said Laborde, recalling the day students gathered at the Palmetto Street canal after a heavy rainstorm and used that image as a catalyst for their writing exercise. They returned the next day when the water line had receded, to create a different observational essay.

Students also viewed the work of Picasso and saw a film on how Picasso created. They used prints to figure out story lines and make connections on how fiction is structured.  All of their ideas are good. Things start with an idea said Laborde.

 Adamo runs the afternoon portion of the program which focuses on poetry.  The students excitedly beg to play ‘the game’ from a previous class, where Adamo gives them a starting point and they create poems.

“Getting them engaged and involved in being creative – that’s the goal,” he said.“It’s not what I expected,” said Ashlie Cain, a 9th grader from Atlanta GA. “But we’re learning about different styles of writing and creating stories. I especially like the poetry class.”

Some of the students do aspire to be writers, ranging from novelists to song writers, and hoped Write Now would give them the push and direction they needed. Even with all unusual vehicles to writing explored during the program, the best advice for these budding authors, agreed upon by both instructors, “Writers write!”

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Belhaven will be Xavier's opening opponent at 3:00 p.m., and the Nuggets will play Alabama State at 7:00 p.m. Sandwiched between those matches will be an Alabama State-Belhaven contest at 5:30 p.m.

"We're going to work hard to get a good crowd in The Barn for the opening matches and get the volleyball team some momentum for rest of the season," XU Athletics Director Dennis Cousin said. Alabama State will be one of five NCAA Division I opponents on the schedule.

"This is a well-rounded schedule, and it will be a good test for us," Hale said. "I tried to schedule a lot of non-conference matches against teams I'm familiar with. I'm excited about the schedule, and so are our players."

Visit View the complete schedule HERE.






Allen Augillard, a junior biology/premed major from Destrehan LA (Destrehan High), was among only 10 undergraduates from across the U.S. invited to participate in the Biological Discovery in Woods Hole summer research program (Woods Hole MA). Students were paired with scientists/research mentors and were joined by more than 470 advanced graduate students and post-docs.

Two undergraduates – Aaron McCalister, a junior deciding major from Fort Worth TX (North Crowley High), and Ayrielle Pollad, a sophomore psychology major from Denver CO (George Washington High) – were among 12 ethnic minority student participants in LSU’s annual Pre-Doctoral Scholars Institute (PDSI), a summer institute aimed at increasing the number of minority students entering the doctoral programs.

Six additional student-athletes have earned recognition as Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars for 2009-10, including: Marchelle Jones, Jamaan Kenne, Ebubechi Okwumabua, Brittany Powell, Anna D'Souza and Ashley Taylor. They join Danielle Jones, who was featured as a first team selection in the April edition of Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine. Visit HERE for more details.


Carl Ambrose, Sr. ’59, a long-time Catholic educator in Lake Charles LA, has been named to the St. Louis Catholic High School Hall of Fame.

Frederick Carter ’69
, executive pharmacy manager at Target in Chicago IL and a pharmacy preceptor and adjunct professor at both the Midwestern College of Pharmacy and the Chicago State University College of Pharmacy, was named to the Chicago Defender newspaper’s 2010 Men of Excellence. He currently serves as president of the XU National Alumni Association.

Dr. Stephanie Hightower ’96
, a physician in private practice in Birmingham AL, has been selected as an Outstanding Young Professional by the Metro Birmingham Branch NAACP.

Brian Hobson ’94, a page instructor for the U.S. Congress, has launched year two of his Summer Page Academy in social studies for high school students on Capitol Hill. He was also selected as a presenter at the American Association of Teachers of French convention. 

Dr. Festus Imhante-Johnson ’08, staff pharmacist for H-E-B Pharmacy in Houston TX, has been recognized by Cambridge Who's Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in pharmaceutical operations.  

Jonathan Tennial '10, has been accepted into the Wake Forest University School of Divinity, where he is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree with special emphasis in Prison Chaplaincy and Urban Ministry. 

Mary Webb ’06, an English and speech teacher at Westgate High School in Iberia Parish LA, has had her novel “The Summer of Superheroes and the Making of Iron Boy” – the very personal story of her son Quentin’s battle with leukemia and his sister Jory’s life-saving gift as a bone marrow transplant donor – published. Visit HERE for more info.

Dr. Everett Williams ’53, a deacon at St. Joan of Arc parish in New Orleans, has been named recipient of the 2010 Pope John Paul II Award by the Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of New Orleans in recognition of his volunteerism and ministry. He will receive the award at the Foundation’s Annual Dinner in October.

The Houston Alumni Chapter has elected new officers, including: Randall McHenry '86, president; Angele White '98, vice-president; Antoinette Marks '89, treasurer; Cynthia Hurd '71, corresponding secretary; Denise Coleman '98, recording secretary; Connie Broussard '53, parliamentarian; and Iriane Lee '06, historian.


Dr. Charles Gramlich (psychology) had his collection of western fiction stories "Killing Trail" published as a Kindle eBook on Amazon.com View it HERE.

Dr. David Lanoue (RosaMary Professor of English) launched the Bulgarian translation of his third novel, Haiku Wars, with a reading and book-signing in Sofia. He also gave a paper, “Slippery Haiku,” at a conference sponsored by Southwest University in Blagoevgrad, and participated in a poetry reading at the Sofia Library. In addition, his introductory essay, “Such Suchness!” appears in the book, Suchness 2, by Serbian poet Slavko J. Sedlar.

Holly Haydel Terrie, '92 (admissions) served as a panelist during the seminar series of The Essence Music Festival, “College Roundtable: Preparing to Apply, Getting In and Finding Money.”

Conchetta White Fulton '85, '98 (pharmacy) has been appointed to the 2010-2012 International Membership Committee of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. by 28th International President Attorney Carolyn House Stewart. 

Three pharmacy faculty members – Dr. Kristi Isaac Rapp, Dr. Vida Henderson and Dr. Joseph LaRochelle – presented a poster “Use of Peer Evaluation to Enhance Student Confidence, Attitude, and Quality of SOAP Notes” at the American Associations of Colleges of Pharmacy annual meeting in Seattle WA.

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