Volume 44 No. 08
August 2013








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1834 New Student Orientation Dates

New incoming freshmen and their parents should note that New Student Orientation for the Fall 2012 semester will be held Aug. 16-25.

The ten-day program is designed to help new students transition into the college environment, as introduce the Xavierite Experience! Consider yourself part of the esteemed ranks of students and alumni that proudly call Xavier home.

Orientation is mandatory for all new students. Visit HERE for more details.

1834 XU Physicians Form Alumni Association

Xavier’s long tradition of educating more African American physicians than any other undergraduate university in the nation has always been a source of great pride for the many alumni who are a part of the “We Are No. 1” tradition.

To further capture this spirit and help ensure that this tradition continues, physician alumni have recently announced that they are officially forming a new alumni association: the Xavier University of Louisiana Physician Alumni will.

The inaugural president for the new organization is emergency medical Dr. Trevonne Thompson ’97, who will be joined in leadership by family physician Stephanie Hightower ’96 and pediatrician Shameza Boyd ’96.

“I am honored to serve as part of the leadership of this new Xavier Physician Alumni Association.,” said Thompson. “We have a very proud tradition of helping prepare future physicians and many of our fellow alumni have gone on to do amazing things in medicine. We believe that this alumni association will allow us to better network and allow us to work together to keep Xavier No. 1” said Dr. Thompson.

The Physician Alumni Association is currently utilizing Facebook to reach out to other physician alumni and keep them informed of their progress. For further info send an email to wrforsta@xula.edu..

1834 New Xavier Review Issue Now Available

he new Spring 2013 issue of Xavier Review (Vol. 33.1) is available for purchase at the Department of English and African American Studies, Administration Annex, Room 204, or by calling 520-5246.

The special issue focuses on original essays and other works by individuals who teach in the University’s English Department and some of the department’s creative writing graduates.

Xavier Review Press publishes scholarly and creative works in the arts and humanities. It has special interests in the American South, New Orleans, the Gulf and Caribbean sphere, African American culture, ethnography, and religion. The non-profit press, active since 1988, publishes several books each year.
nola for life GETTING INVOLVED

Xavier students and participant's in the summer SOAR program volunteering with NOLA for Life Gert Town cleanup day huddle under a tent with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to wait out during a brief rain shower.

Photo courtesy Christy Lagarde


The 2014 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges has tabbed Xavier as among its “Best Buy Schools” for academics and affordability.

The publication has designated 41 such institutions – 20 public and 21 private – as “Best Buys.” To qualify for the distinction, the colleges and universities must have a four- or five-star academic rating, be in the inexpensive or moderate price category, and have a good quality of student campus life.

Xavier is the only Louisiana university and one of only two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to make the list. more


Thirty-four upperclassmen have been named Rousseve Scholars for the 2013-14 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.

This year’s recipients, grouped by their class, are listed below along with their majors, hometown and high school. more


The University Rank and Tenure Committee and President Dr. Norman C. Francis have approved the promotions of 10 faculty members in eight disciplines for the 2013-2014 academic year, according to Dr. Loren Blanchard, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Three were promoted to full professorships: Dr. Galina Goloverda in chemistry, Dr. Elliott Hammer in psychology, and Dr. Joe Ricks in the Division of Business. Five others were promoted to the rank of associate professor: Dr. Amy Bellone-Hite in sociology, Dr. Vladimir Kolesnichenko and Dr. Anderson Sunda-Meya in physics, Dr. Robin Vander in English, and Dr. Kun (Karen) Zhang in computer science.

Dr. Rondall Allen and Dr. Joseph LaRochelle were both promoted to the rank of clinical associate professor in the College of Pharmacy’s Division of Clinical and Administrative Sciences. more


A special report by Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine once again provides documentation of Xavier's success in the health sciences.

In its annual "Top 100 Graduate Degree Producers" issue (July 2013), the magazine shows XU tied for 12th nationwide in the number of African American students earning professional doctorate degrees (in Xavier’s case, the Pharm.D. degree) with 54.

The Diverse Issues report is based on a review of the 2011-2012 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.

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In its 25th year, the Fiske Guide to Colleges has provided millions of parents, counselors, and college-bound students with an independent perspective on the distinctive personalities of the best and most interesting colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain. The author, Edward B. Fiske, served for 17 years as education editor of the New York Times.

Other schools selected include: (private) Adelphi University, Brigham Young University, California Institute of Technology, Clark University, Cooper Union, Cornell College, Deep Springs College, Elon University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Olin College of Engineering, Rhodes College, Rice University, St. Olaf College, University of the South, Trinity University, Wabash College, Warren Wilson College, and The College of Wooster; (public) University of Edinburgh, The Evergreen State University, University of Florida, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of Mary Washington, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, New College of Florida, University of North Carolina Asheville, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Purdue University, University of St. Andrews (UK), SUNY-Binghamton University, SUNY-College at Geneseo, University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Seniors / P2s – Tarrin Casey, biology/pre-med, St. Louis MO (Cardinal Ritter High); Chrystina Clinton, biology, Matteson IL (Rich Central High); Brandan Dotson, chemistry/pre-med, Richmond CA (Lowell High); Christopher Hayes, accounting, Chicago IL (Chicago Agricultural High); Vallery Jenkins, education, Centreville MS (Wilkinson County Christian Academy; Parixit Joshi, biology/pre-med, Metairie LA (Grace King High); Kyle McClue, accounting, LaPlace LA (Riverside Academy); Kaylin McLeod, business, Union City GA (Langston Hughes High); Oluwadola Oyebadejo, biology/pre-med, Grand Prairie TX (Macarthur High); and David Nguyen, biology/pre-med, Harvey LA (John Ehret High).

Juniors / P1s – Caitlin Bucher, pharmacy, Kenner LA (Archbishop Chapelle High); Rania El-Desoky, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, Kenner LA (Kingwood High); Sara Elsayed, pharmacy, Kenner LA (Haynes Academy); Paige Estave, biology/pre-med, Kenner LA (Archbishop Chapelle High); Catherine Fakler, English Education; Phoenix AZ (Xavier Prep); Kristen Fowler, biology/pre-med, Kenner LA (Archbishop Chapelle High); Ivyanne London, accounting, New Orleans (McMain High); David Powell, chemistry/pre-med, Bakersfield CA (Stockdale High); Devinn Rolland, pharmacy, Harvey LA (Cabrini High); Theresia Sutherlin, biology/pre-med, Mobile AL (Murphy High); and Victoria Thompson, accounting, Chicago IL (Whitney Young High).

Sophomores – Hanadi Afaneh, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, Terrytown LA (West Jefferson High); Jontavius Gilbert, biology/pre-med, Thomaston GA (Lamar County High); Markea Gilbert, business, New Orleans LA (McMain High); Briana Jarrett, biology/pre-med, Houston TX (Alief

Taylor High); Billy Nguyen, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, Belle Chasse LA (Belle Chasse High); Janice Nguyen, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, New Orleans LA (Ben Franklin High); Lyndsay Nguyen, biology/pre-med, Houma LA (Ellender High); Tami Nguyen, biology/pre-med, Marrero LA (John Ehret High); Pauline Pham, biology/pre-med, New Orleans LA (McMain High); Derriyan Price, chemistry/pre-med, New Iberia LA (West Gate High); Leanna Rucker, biology/pre-med, Riverside CA (John Wesley High); Taylor Thornton, biology/pre-med, Cedar Hill TX (Trinity Christian High); Viet Tran, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, Larose LA (South Lafourche High).

The scholarships are named in honor of the Rousseve family, outstanding alumni and supporters of the University.

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Goloverda, who holds a PhD in physical-organic chemistry from the Pisarzhevskii Institute of Physical Chemistry in Kiev (Ukraine), has been at Xavier for 14 years, teaching such courses as organic chemistry lecture/drill/lab, molecular structure and organic synthesis laboratory and advanced organic chemistry. Her research, supported by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, has focused on the development of suitable organic coating for magnetic nanocrystalline materials to be used as targeted drug carriers, magnetic resonance imaging agents and cell labels.
Hammer teaches research methods, advanced research, cognitive psychology, and the psychology of stereotyping & prejudice. He is a co-Investigator on the Tulane-Xavier MHIRT program which sends students to developing countries to conduct biomedical research, and is a co-Investigator on an NSF-funded collaborative grant investigating psychological barriers to women pursuing STEM careers. He is also researching the social cognitive aspects of stereotypes with an emphasis on the effects on the target of prejudice. At Xavier since 2000, he holds a Ph.D.  in Experimental Social Psychology from Tulane University.

Ricks, the J.P. Morgan Chase Professor of Sales and Marketing, also serves as chair of the Division of Business. He has been at Xavier 17 years, during which time he has taught various aspects of marketing, sales, and business management and analysis. He is currently involved in several initiatives for the division, including new programs in business pre-law, engineering management, and MBA. One of the inaugural Fellows for the new Norman C. Francis Leadership Institute, he holds a Ph.D. in business from LSU.

Bellone-Hite, the Times Picayune/Samuel Newhouse Professor of Sociology and the chair of the new Division of Social and Behavorial Sciences, holds a Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University. Since coming to Xavier in 2004, her teaching has been concentrated in global and comparative sociology, inequality and gender.  She is currently studying how Katrina inspired demographic change in New Orleans' labor markets and working with two colleagues on a new edition of an edited volume entitled The Globalization and Development Reader.





Kolesnichenko, in his ninth year at Xavier, holds a Ph.D. degree from the Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry in Kiev, Ukraine. He teaches General Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Chemistry of Materials. Current research projects focus on chemistry of transition metal cage compounds, studies that can help to develop novel imaging and labeling agents for biomedical applications, and materials for computer hard drive high-density memory. 

Sunda-Meya has taught at Xavier since 2007 in the areas of physics, biophysics, quantum mechanics and analytical methods. His active research involves the manipulation of nanoparticles and cells using laser light, which could lead to the ability to manipulate objects down to molecular levels and thus opening up new avenues to exploit biological science and technology. He holds a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University,

Vander, who Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializes in  the poetics of anthropology, ethnography, Carribbean and African Diaspora.

Zhang, who holds a Ph.D. from Tulane University, has been at XU since 2007. The junior faculty recipient of the 2010 Norman C. Francis Excellence in Scholarship Award, her current teaching and research interests include data mining, database, computer organization and architecture, bioinformatics, information integration, and knowledge representation and inference. She has served as a PI/Co-PI on research grants totaling approximately $1.5 million from various sources, and she has guided and supported the summer research of more than 20 undergraduate students.

Allen, currently serves as the COP Associate Dean for Student Affairs. He also remains active in the classroom by providing lectures in a Behavioral Pharmacy and Communications course and a Self-Care Therapeutics course.  At XU since 2003, he previously served as Director of the Professional Experience Program and the Assistant Dean for Program Assessment. His research interests include student professionalism and factors that impact student performance in the pre-professional and professional curriculum.  He holds a Pharm.D degree from Xavier.

LaRochelle teaches the pediatric content in the pharmacy curriculum (nutrition, pharmacokinetics, pathophysiology, disease state management) and the elective course in advanced pediatric pharmacotherapy. He also practices as a Clinical Specialist in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the LSU-Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. He holds a Pharm.D from the University of Maryland.
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Brittney Lewis, a senior biology/pre-med major from Petal MS (Petal High School), participated in the 2013 Summer San Diego State University Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Program in Cape Coast, Ghana.

Two College of Pharmacy students – Joshua Gathier, a P4 from Rochester NY (McQuaid Jesuit High), and Jessica Lowe, a P4 from Mobile AL (Leflore High), have been awarded academic scholarships from the Louisiana Pharmacists Association (LPA).


Percy Bland III ’93 was elected mayor of Meridian MS defeating the incumbent by more than a 1,000 votes.

Ashley Daniels ’10
has taken a new position as a donor recruiter for Ochsner Health Systems.

Daria Cross ’99 has accepted a position as an engagement specialist with Optum Health in Maryland Heights MO.

Aarika Michelle Diggs ’07 has earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Florida A&M University.

Okyeame Haley '95
has been appointed Deputy Clerk for the Louisiana Supreme Court and elected President of the Board for the Council on Aging.

Dr. Gwendolyn Hudson ’01 has been commissioned as an officer (Lieutenant) in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, at the USFDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in the Washington DC Metro area.

Celeste Parker ’03 has earned a Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology degree from Nova Southeastern University.

Candice Stewart ’06, a pediatric speech therapist in New Orleans, was a member of the cast for this summer’s 15th season of CBS-TV’s reality show Big Brother.

Dr. Paula Verrette ‘75 has been promoted to senior vice president of quality and physician services at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena CA. She also serves as medical director of the hospital’s Community Asthma Program and project director of the hospital’s Healthy Eating Lifestyle Program for both childhood obesity as well as adult diabetes.

Tia Zeno '00 has earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Two alums currently pursuing degrees in optometry – Breanne McLain McGhee ’11 of the Pacific University College of Optometry and Devin Sasser '11 of the University of Missouri at St. Louis College of Optometry – were elected as 2014-15 national officers (corresponding secretary and parliamentarian, respectively) of the National Optometric Student Association executive board during the annual National Optometric Association (NOA) conference held in New Orleans.


Dr. Syed Adeel Ahmed
(business) has been appointed an editorial board member of Universal Journal of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Horizon Research Publishing (HRPUB).

Mora Beauchamp-Byrd (art) will present a lecture, “John McCrady’s Mardi Gras Day: Spectacle, Subversion and the New Orleans Baby Dolls,” Aug. 8 at 6:00 p.m. at the New Orleans’s Cabildo as part of the Second Thursday Series. The event is free and open to the public. Call 523-3939 for more info.

Dr. Kristy Brumfield ‘03 (biology) mentored young students in the Elevate/NORDC Summer Camp Sponsored by Chevron. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Dress for Success New Orleans.  

Dennis Cousin
(director, athletics) was named to HBCUDigest.com’s list of the five best athletics directors (Ads) at an HBCU (Historically Black College or University). During his nine-year tenure, XU teams have won 46 conference and NAIA unaffiliated group championships and made 34 appearances at NAIA National Championships. The University also made two major facility upgrades, including a new basketball arena and tennis courts.

Dr. Joseph LaRochelle (pharmacy) has been accepted into a Docere Fellowship in Health Professions Education through the Academy for the Advancement of Educational Scholarship at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.

Kenneth Marroccoli (athletics) has joined the staff as a women's volleyball assistant coach. He comes to XU from Loyola University, where he served as an assistant the past two seasons.

Dr. Joe Ricks, Jr.
(business) has been appointed to the City of New Orleans Ethics Review Board.

Damon Williams ‘02 (director, Graduate Placement) was among 150 outstanding young professionals nominated for the 2013 Millennial Awards. He was also named to the UNCF’s Louisiana Young Leadership Council.

Three Information Technology Center staffers– Kenneth Kirk, LaToya Sanders, and Dennis Sigur ’97 – made presentations on “Intro to EPAF…Using EPAF For Personnel Actions”, “Data Exchange”, “Tracking Attendance Electronically” & “Data Collection Using Surveys & Population Selections” at the Louisiana Banner User Group Annual Conference.
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