Volume 42 No. 8
August 2011




NAMED FOR 2011-2012





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Summer Programs
Oxford Roundtable
XU at Essence Festival
Checking it Out
Pitt Stop

1834 New Student, Parent Orientation

New incoming freshmen and their parents should note that Orientation for the Fall 2011 semester will be held August 12-21.

Get all the details HERE.

1834 Constitution Day
Essay Contest

All undergraduate Xavier students are encouraged to submit entries to the Office of Academic Affairs’ Constitution Day 2011 essay contest.

The topic: “My Vote Won’t Make a Difference”.

First prize is a $1,000 tuition scholarship! Other prizes will be awarded.

Submission deadline is Sept. 8. Please visit HERE for all the details.

1834 NCF Scholarship Concert Tickets

Tickets for the 4th Annual Dr. Norman C. Francis Endowed Scholarship Benefit Concert are on sale now.

The concert, scheduled for Nov. 18, 2011 at the New Orleans Convention Center Theater, features seven-time Grammy Award winning jazz singer Al Jarreau.

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

1834 XU to Host Rising Tide Conference

The Rising Tide Conference, co-sponsored by XU’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching, will be held at the University Center Aug. 27.

Rising Tide is an annual gathering for all who wish to learn more and do more to assist New Orleans. It's for everyone who loves New Orleans and is working to bring a better future to all its residents. Leveraging the power of bloggers and new media, the day-long program of speakers and presentations is tailored to dispel myths, promote facts, highlight progress and regress, discuss recovery ideas, and promote sound policies at all levels.

Visit HERE to register.

1834 XU in the News

Biotech Firm on Mission to Commercialize Prebiotics

1Clarion Herald
The Barn, Another City
Icon, Will Meet Its End

What You Missed at the Urban Entrepreneur Forum

XU Chapel Will 'Create an
Air of Beauty and Mystery'

2Entercom Radio
Dr. Francis Interview

Meet the Valedictorians
of the 2010-11 Class

2New Jersey.com
Newark H.S. Sees Success with High Graduation Rate

1Clarion Herald
Portrait Commissioned by St. Katharine Drexel Parish


XU President Norman Francis visits with actors Blair Underwood and Sharon Leal during a break in the filming of the upcoming movie On the Seventh Day, some of which was done on campus and in nearby Gert Town. Keith Smith ’83 is serving as director of photography for the film. See article HERE.

Photo by Irving Johnson III


Addressing clean water needs in a far off country is not what you would expect to encounter in a business class focused on sales. Yet, Xavier students will do just that this fall, as part of a $25,000 3M Sales for Social Impact (SSI) grant.

Xavier’s Division of Business received the grant from the 3M Foundation to develop a class focusing on sales for social impact and social entrepreneurship. - more -


Four academic departments and divisions are under new leadership this school year, according to Dr. Anil Kukreja, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Taking over the chairmanship in their respective A&S disciplines are Dr. Christopher Faircloth in sociology, Dr. Ross Louis in communications, Dr. Joe Ricks, Jr. in the Division of Business, and Dr. Paul Schafer in philosophy.
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A special report by Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine once again provides documentation of Xavier's success.

In its annual "Top 100 Graduate Degree Producers" issue (July 2011), the magazine shows XU ranking 11th in the nation in the number of African American students earning professional doctorate degrees (in Xavier’s case, the Pharm.D. degree).

Diverse Issuesreport is based on a review of the 2009-2010 preliminary data distributed by the U.S. Department of Education. The magazine has reported on degrees conferred since 1992, tracking trends in degree conferrals to African American and other minority students.



Makeda Roberts, a junior chemistry/pre-med major from Snellville GA (South Gwinnett High), has been selected to participate in the 2011 National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Peer Educators in Behavioral Health Leadership Summit in Atlanta GA.

Odell Isaac, a senior biology major and Ronald E. McNair Scholar from New Orleans (McDonogh 35 High), is studying Spanish language and culture this summer in Barcelona, Spain.

Kelsey Riley, a senior sociology major and Ronald E. McNair Scholar from Chicago IL (Kenwood Academy), has been named a Carnegie Mellon Fellow and is spending her final summer in Boston MA with UNCF’s Social Entrepreneurship Program.


Keith Smith ’83 (second from left), director of photography for the upcoming movie On the Seventh Day, gets camera and crew ready for the next shot. Some scenes for the film were filmed on campus and in nearby Gert Town, giving the proud alum a chance to revisit his alma mater.

Photo by Irving Johnson III


There were some confused looks on campus when Keith Smith ’83 returned to campus this summer as director of photography for a movie that was being partially filmed on campus. Heads turned to read his t-shirts, which sported names like “Leonard Drake” and “Carroll Mace”.

Although meaningless to the vast majority of current campus residents, those are names undoubtedly familiar to University old-timers and alums from 1970’s and 80’s.

Drake, a former assistant men’s basketball coach, and Mace, a long-time language professor, are both are long-gone from Xavier – in fact, the former has since passed away. And yet their impact on Smith remains profound, and helps to illustrate the special bound that Xavier often inspires in its graduates.

“Dr. Mace was very soft-spoken, gentle person who took a special interest in me despite the fact that I wasn’t even in his department,” said Smith, a communications major. “Coach Drake was just the opposite, he very demonstrative and outspoken, but he helped me mature both on and off the court.”

“They didn’t have to do that; it was just kind of people they were,” he said. “I owe them a great deal.”

Smith, a four-year basketball letterman on Xavier’s powerhouse basketball teams of the early 1980’s, was just as focused when it came to his career goals. Most notably, as a senior he snared an internship with the local cable station as a videographer, which led directly to his being hired as a news photographer for WWL-TV, the city’s most respected news team, immediately following graduation.

In 1989, Smith was accepted into the prestigious American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles CA, where as a freshman he became the first cinematography fellow to win the AFI distinguished student scholarship award. He went on to earn a Master of Fine arts degree.

“Being at AFI really helped me to appreciate the education that I received at Xavier,” he recalled. “I was surrounded by talented people from all over the world, but it quickly became clear to me that I had the skills and the training necessary to succeed in a highly-competitive environment.”

Smith began his film career as a camera assistant, gaining precious experience working for such well-known filmmakers as Oliver Stone (JFK), Rob Reiner (A Few Good Men) and David Koeppe (The Trigger Effect). Stepping up to cinematography, he has worked on a variety of projects, ranging from the including the independent film Statistically Speaking which aired on Showtime to a short film that was one of seven finalists for an Oscar in the live action short category.

He has also served in various capacities on more than a dozen other feature films as a principle photographer, A-Cam Operator and assistant director of photography.

“On the Seventh Day”, an independent film starring Blair Underwood and Sharon Leal, and directed by Emmy-winning director Neema Barnette, represents his first major shot at director of photography. Expected release is early 2012.

In that new role, he’s responsible making the overall look of the film match the director’s stated vision. That involves setting the style of the film by making the correct choice of cameras, lenses, framing, lighting, etc., etc. It’s a daunting task, but one he relishes.

“I find it just incredible that I have the opportunity to do this,” Smith. “I honestly love what I do, whether I am focusing on the creative or technical side of the business.”


3M grant cont

Xavier is a partner in the 3M Frontline Initiative to prepare the next generation of sales talent. This grant was funded through Frontline’s newest program, Sales for Social Impact (SSI). SSI helps students use the skills they learn to develop a sales plan that can contribute to the greater good of humanity by having a direct positive impact on meeting the needs of those who reside at the base of the socioeconomic pyramid.

Dr. Joe Ricks the J.P. Morgan Chase Professor of Sales and Marketing and faculty member Mark Quinn, the Conrad Hilton Chair of Entrepreneurship wrote the grant to develop an undergraduate class to deliver a comprehensive business plan to address the clean water needs  in the country of Liberia. The class will be taught this fall by Quinn as an independent study course offered to junior and senior level students from any major; however some business background will be necessary. The project will be supervised by both Quinn and Ricks.

“This program is important for us here at Xavier as it fits into the University’s mission to create a more just and humane society and the division’s mission of developing tomorrow’s socially responsible business leaders” said Ricks. “It’s an excellent opportunity for students to sharpen their business skills while increasing their global consciousness and gaining firsthand experience in executing our mission.”   
"The concept of the Sales for Social Impact program is a natural extension of 3M values," said Candice Mailand, 3M’s Sales Innovation Manager. "It is directly aligned with 3M’s Sustainability Initiative which is a commitment to both innovation and ethical conduct. 
3M understands that by increasing sustainability at the economic, social and environmental levels, we can build a strong, vital company that will leave a rich legacy for future generations.

The students will be placed into teams and will learn through a combination of lecture, self-study, and interaction with partners, the University of Liberia and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) arm of the World Bank to guide the students in completion of the business plan. At the end of the course a team of students will travel to St. Paul, Minnesota and present their plans to 3M leaders at the company’s Global Headquarters.

In the Fall of 2010, the XU Division of Business hosted a group from the University of Liberia and Southern in Baton Rouge, to discuss a partnership between the schools.

chairs cont

Faircloth, a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Florida who has been at Xavier since 2006, was recently elected chair of the Department of Society. He regularly teaches Medical Sociology, Sociological Theory, Popular Culture and Society, and Sociology of Deviance. He has just completed invited chapters for The Interview Handbook, 2nd Edition (Sage) and The Handbook of the Body (Routledge), and is currently researching how cancer treatment for patients with leukemia and lymphoma impacts individual's perceptions of body and self with a co-investigator at the LSU Health Science Center.

Louis, who has been at XU since 2003, holds a Ph.D. in communication studies from LSU. His subject areas include Public Speaking, Performance of Literature, Theatre, Health Communication, and Intercultural Communication, in addition to the Freshman Seminar course. He also serves as Associate Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and the editor of the XULAneXUS, the University’s online undergraduate research journal. His current research interest is how citizenship is performed in post-Katrina New Orleans via cultural performances (such as Mardi Gras).

Ricks, the J.P. Morgan Chase Professor of Sales & Marketing, has taught at Xavier for 14 years, specializing in such areas as Multivariate Analysis and Sales Force Management and Marketing Research. He has also served as chair of the coordinating committee of the University Academic





Assembly. His current research is examining emotions in the sales profession, and he and his colleagues at other universities have one manuscript "Sales Manager Support: Fostering Emotional Health in Salespeople" accepted for publication in the European Journal of Marketing and a second “Managing Emotions in Personal Selling …”  is under consideration. He holds a Ph.D. in business from LSU.

Schafer, who holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from DePaul University, is in his 12th year at Xavier. His teaching assignments include Great Books in Philosophy, Problems in Philosophy, Business Ethics, Health Ethics, Philosophy of Science, History of Ancient & Medieval Philosophy, History of Modern Philosophy, and 19th & 20th Century Philosophy. He is also leader of Course Portfolio Working Group in CAT and co-advisor for Xavier's Forensics & Debate Team. He current research interests are the development of Karl Marx's early writings and effective practices for successful college level reading.

Fourteen other faculty chairs have returned to guide their respective departments and divisions for yet another school year. They include: Dr. Murty Akundi in physics/engineering, Dr. Gurdial Arora in mathematics, Dr. Andrea Edwards in computer science, Dr. Jerry Farmer in theology, Dr. Nicole Greene in English, Dr. Rosalind Hale in the Division of Education, Dr. Elliott Hammer in psychology, Dr. Shubha Ireland in biology, Bro. Herman Johnson in languages, Nora Olgyay in art, Dr. Steven Salm in history, Dr. Cheryl Stevens in chemistry, Dr. Timothy Turner in music, and Dr. Pamela Waldron-Moore in political science.

Antonio Roberts, a junior biology/pre-med major and a Ronald E. McNair Scholar from Alexandria LA (Peabody Magnet), participated in the Short-term Research Experiences in Cancer at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center this summer, earning first place for his poster presentation in the Undergraduate Research Division and qualifying for the National Student Research Forum in Galveston TX. Earlier he also attended the Target Hope Graduate and Professional School Conference at Washington University in St. Louis.

Jordan Wilson
, a senior biology/pre-med major and Ronald E. McNair Scholar from Baton Rouge LA (Baton Rouge Magnet), has had a second research article published in the Journal of Investigative Medicine. He is currently in conducting research at Boston University.

Two P4 pharmacy students – David Collins of Shreveport LA (Caddo Parish Magnet) and Thao Nguyen of New Orleans LA (Ben Franklin High) – were presented professional leadership scholarships by the Louisiana Pharmacists Association at the LPA annual convention, held in Shreveport LA.


Meighan Anderson ’11, has been accepted into medical school at Meharry College.

Sanchia Anderson ’11, has been accepted into the post-baccalaureate program at Meharry Medical College.

Carroll Antoine '69, a retired Deputy Auditor General for the U.S. Department of the Navy, was among the 100 honorees at the Pentagon’s unveiling of a permanent exhibit commemorating African Americans who have achieved high-ranking positions as commissioned officers and as senior executive civilians in the Navy and the Marine Corps.

Kim Arceneaux ’86, executive vice president for the Dallas/Fort Worth-based export management firm EXIM Strategies Corporation, has won a minimum $2.2 million contract for the company with Universal Corporation Limited of India to exclusively distribute U.S. Baby Magic brand products in that country.

Rashan Clark ’02, has the released his first novel, The Man Behind The Man by Demetrius Smith, under his new publishing business, the Book TAWK Publishing Company. You can find more info at  http://www.booktawk.com.

Brandi Tregre Craft ’06, a human resources manager with the P&G Manufacturing Company in Alexandria LA, has been elected president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated - Alexandria (LA) Alumnae Chapter - for the 2011-2013 biennium.

Lee Gibbs ’11, has been accepted into the Ph.D. program in cancer biology at the University of North Texas’ Health Sciences Center. A NIH M.O.R.E. Fellow, he is currently participating in the Academy of Future Science Faculty at Northwestern University.

Terrika Jones ’11, has been accepted into the GEMS (post-baccalaureate) program at Georgetown University Medical School.

Alejandro Raeshod Perkins ’99, has been named a Fellow of the American Bar Association by the organization’s Board of Directors, an honor bestowed on less than one percent of the nation’s lawyers. As a fellow, he will be supporting the ABF’s ground-breaking research in law and social science.

Harold Stewart ’96, has accepted a position with AT&T Wireless Headquarters as a Senior RAN Engineer 5, where he is responsible for designing and developing radio engineering guidelines for the entire national AT&T 4G network.

Jacquelyn Tucker ’05, has been accepted in Southern University Law School.


Dr. Thomas Bonner, Jr. (Emeritus) published a remembrance of James Gray Watson in the Mississippi Quarterly and a review of Michael Kreyling's The South That Wasn't There in Choice.

Dr. Marion Carroll (Academic Enhancement) has been named an Outstanding Advisor of the Year 2010-2011 by the National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. Only five advisors are honored nationally each year. He has served as the chapter advisor for the XU’s chapter since its founding in 2010. This past year the chapter had 181 eligible students join the honor society.
Ed Cassiere (athletics) earned three awards from the NAIA (Dr. W. Jack Bell Writing Contest), the College Sports Information Directors of America (regional historical feature), and the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (best SID releases) for his feature article "McDaniel, Douglas Made July Memorable for XU Athletics” describing the accomplishments of former XU standouts Jimmie McDaniel (men's tennis) and Herb Douglas (men's track and field).

Dr. Brenda Edgerton-Webster (communications) was awarded a $12,000 summer research grant from the Henry C. McBay Research Fellowship via the UNCF Faculty Development Program to fund her project: "Strangest Fruit: Newspaper Coverage of African American Women at the End of Jim Crow's Noose."

Dr. Nicole P. Greene (Kellogg Professor of English) presented a paper "The War-time Correspondence of Edith Somerville and Ethel Smyth 1920-1921" at the Canadian Conference for Irish Studies held this summer at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

Dr. Elliott Hammer (psychology) and Dr. Elizabeth Yost Hammer (psychology, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching) were selected to participate in the annual Reading and scoring of the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations in psychology.

Katheryn Krotzer Laborde (English) presented "You Can Lead that Horse to Water, but …: When Freshmen Lit Meets Book Club” at the annual meeting of the Popular Culture/American Culture Associations. The presentation was based on her findings after teaching two sections of ENGL 1020 in an environment that mimicked a book club setting, a successful experiment that came about thanks to the Mellon FaCTS Fellowship offered through the Center for the Advancement of Teaching.

Dr. David Lanoue (RosaMary Professor of English) visited Oldenburg, Germany and Madrid, Spain this summer for book signings and bilingual readings of his book Haiku Guy, which were recently published in those two native languages. He also made a stop in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he signed copies of the Bulgarian translation of his newest haiku novel Nowever and then presented a paper, "Issa's Frogs and Toads," at a conference at  Southwest University in Blagoevgrad.

Drs. Kristi Rapp, Joseph LaRochelle, and Shandrika Williams (pharmacy) presented a poster titled “Differences in Faculty and Student Grading: A Two Year Evaluation of SOAP Note Writing” at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Meeting. The poster abstract was published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.

Dennis Sigur ’97 and Kenneth Kirk (Information Technology Center) made a presentation on “Campus-Wide Initiative for Tracking Attendance” at Blackboard Transaction Conference in Phoenix AZ.

QuoVadis Webster ’00, ’10 (pre-med) made a presentation, "Transforming Your Health Professions Office," at the 2011 HBCU Pre-Health Professions Advisors Conference, held at Meharry Medical College.

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