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A trio of the 70 participants in the popular and highly-selective SOAR 1 summer program, which offers high school students an opportunity to sharpen their analytical reasoning skills and to receive an early exposure to careers in science - (L-R) Kolby Wiley, Porsha Brown and Ashley Ware – get some pointers from XU junior English major and group leader Keenan Allen of East St. Louis.

photo by Irving Johnson III

Educators from XU’s Math and Science Teacher Institute –
(front, from left) Janice Houston of the Recovery School District, Kim Cherry of Orleans Parish Schools and Tenisha Marcel of the Recovery School District) – participated in the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, a five-day program designed to provide elementary school level teachers with the tools to help them motivate students to pursue careers in science and math. Also pictured are (back, from left) are New Orleans' Chalmette Refinery representatives Grant Parker, Richard Igercich, Leo Caillier III and Jordan Lambert.

photo courtesy the ExxonMobil Foundation


A construction fence around the old St. Joseph’s Residence Hall facing Drexel Drive signals the beginning of the transformation of the dated 40-year old building into a new energy efficient Student Service Center. When completed it 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, which was damaged in Hurricane Katrina.

photo by Irving Johnson III



Modular housing units, which will replace several university-owned houses in the neighborhood between the main campus and the XU South area that were damaged during Hurricane Katrina, are going up in several locations – including this one across from the University Center on Dixon St.

photo by Irving Johnson III

Campus parking just got a little easier with the completion of a new 111-capacity parking lot near Xavier South on the corner of South Clark and Dixon Streets. The location is the site of the old abandoned Print Works building, which was purchased by the University and torn down earlier this year.

photo by Irving Johnson III

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