Volume 41 No. 12
December 2010









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1834 Basketball Update

MEN: The Gold Rush, ranked No. 20 in the NAIA national poll, are 8-0 on the season following a Monday night win at St. Thomas TX.

Next up is a Dec. 3 clash with Talladega here at home. It’ll be their only home game during December.

WOMEN: The Nuggets, ranked No. 22 in the NAIA national poll, are 8-1 on the season after defeating LSU-Shreveport Monday night.

They’ll be on the road until Dec. 6, when they return home to host Lee TN. It’s also their only home game this month.

Check HERE for the latest updates on both teams.

1834 Nominations for Teaching Awards

Faculty and students are invited to submit nominations for the 2010-2011 Norman C. Francis Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Nominations should include XU faculty members whose teaching is of such quality that it merits recognition. All full-time faculty are eligible, regardless of specialty or rank. Nomination letters are due by Feb. 1, 2011.

Visit HERE for more info.

1834 Images of Haiti
Photo Exhibit

Images of Haiti: The Young Photographers of La Vallee, a photo exhibit co-sponsored by Haiti Cherie and Read Today, Lead Tomorrow, is on display now through Dec. 17 in the Library Resource Center Gallery (1st floor).

Hours are Tuesday-Friday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. 

The exhibit will re-open after the holiday break Jan. 4- 13, 2011. Admission is free.

1834 University Chorus Christmas Concerts

The XU University Chorus will present two Christmas concerts this holiday season: Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 4 at 2:00 p.m., both in the Music Building Recital Hall.

Both concerts are free and open to the public. For more info visit HERE or contact the Department of Music at 504-520-7597.

1834 Students Inducted into Honor Society

Seventy-one students have been inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) National Honor Society for First Year Students according to the group’s advisor and director of the First Year Student Success program, Dr.  Marion Carroll.

ALD is a national honor society that recognizes and encourages academic excellence among first year college students. Membership is open to full-time freshmen students who earn a scholastic average of 3.5 or better.
Visit HERE for a list of the 71 members of the XU Class of 2013.

1834 High School
Essay Contest

The XU History Department is sponsoring an essay contest on the Haitian Revolution open to all high school juniors and seniors in the Greater New Orleans area. Prizes range from $200 to $500. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 1, 2011.

Visit HERE for more details.

1834 Travel to Rome

Xavier is sponsoring a tour to Italy this coming May for alumni and students alike to travel together and experience the world!

Join fellow alumni and current students on this amazing tour through Rome where the past and the present come alive!

For more info on how to participate, visit HERE or contact Sister Mary Ann Stachow for more info.

1834 Alumni Chapters

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

Dec. 5
Washington D.C. Chapter
Holiday Brunch - Marriott
North Bethesda MD
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

For more info contact Dr. Evita Bynum or Ayana Rowley at (317) 306-6409

Dec. 5
Houston Chapter
Mardi Gras in December

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

1834 XU in the News

Xavier Cross Country Runner Finds His Road to Success
2Catholic News Service
Drexel Scholarships Open
to the Best in Class
1Diverse Issues
Surgeon General Urges Prescription for Better Health
- Dr. Regina Benjamin ‘79
2Charleston Gazette
UC Pharmacy Dean
Proud of Students
[Dr. Michelle Easton '93]

lieteau TOP ALUM

Halvan Lieteau ’53 of New Orleans (second from right) accepts the 2010 Victor H. Labat Alumnus of the Year Award from (L-R) National Alumni President Frederick Carter '69, Dr. Joseph Labat '59 and XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis ’52, at the annual Homecoming Gala. The annual celebration drew a sellout crowd to the University Center Ballroom. Visit HERE for more homecoming photos.

Photo by Irving Johnson III


Halvan Lieteau ’53 of New Orleans, a successful corporate businessman and entrepreneur on the national and international level, was honored as the University’s top alumni at the 2010 Alumni Homecoming Gala.

He was presented the Victor H. Labat Alumnus of the Year award by National Alumni president Frederick Carter '69, Dr. Joseph Labat ’59, and XU President Norman Francis '52 during the annual Gala, the traditional highlight of alumni homecoming week.
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There are student-athletes and then there are student-athletes. Some are average students, excelling in athletics; others excel in academics, but are just average athletes; while still others are those rare individuals who excel in both areas. Danielle Jones is one of the latter.

A senior biology-premed major, Jones is graduating later this month (December). Due to a combination of earned pre-college credits, summer school and internships, she is finishing up her college degree credit requirements in just three-and-a-half years. She has, however, crammed a wide variety of experiences into somewhat abbreviated time-frame.xx - more -



One hundred and fifty student scholars will appear in the 2011 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, an annual chronicle of the nation’s outstanding campus leaders.

The students – chosen by XU department chairs and faculty and approved by the editors of the directory – were selected based on their academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success.xx - more -


The men’s and women’s cross country teams won their respective Gulf Coast Athletic Conference championships for the fifth year in a row at the NAIA Championships qualifying meet.

Xavier won the GCAC men's title with 19 points, followed by Edward Waters with 50 points and Dillard with 55. Xavier scored 27 points to repeat as GCAC women's champion, followed by SUNO with 59 points. XU, which automatically qualified its teams for the NAIA National Championships in 2008 and 2009 by winning the conference meet, did not qualify this year after finishing fourth and third, respectively, in  the regional meet. xxx - more -

lieteau cont

The annual gala drew a crowd of 447 attendees to the University Center Ballroom this year. Class agents for the 15 special five-year reunion classes presented the University with gifts totaling $253,957. The Class of '60 led the way with 46 members contributing $33,828.

“Tonight we honor a prolific, tireless worker on behalf of Xavier University,” said Carter of this year’s honoree in his introduction. “His efforts on behalf of alumni association chapters have taken him from New York to New Orleans.”

A long-time employee of IBM in New York, Lieteau retired home to New Orleans, where he owned and operated Lieteau’s Shops and was General Manager of Pioneer Services Incorporated, a provider of engineering services to oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.

While in New York he served as chapter president for that city’s alumni chapter, and recently served in the same capacity for the New Orleans Alumni Chapter #1, where he coined the phrase “the Home Team”.  He also assisted the National Alumni Association as a member of the Fundraising Committee and has assisted the Office of Alumni Relations as a volunteer with the Annual Fund Phone-a-thon. 

Lieteau has been actively engaged as a consultant and speaker in the areas of financial planning, manufacturing management and general business operations.  Presently he serves as a Board Member and Chairman of the Education Committee for the New Orleans Rotary Club.

His dedication to the mission of St. Katharine Drexel also extends to his support of Xavier University Preparatory High School (The Prep) where is service includes hands-on and financial support for The Prep’s annual fundraiser “Remember When”. 

In keeping with his commitment to the University, he is insuring the continued growth of Xavier by making a provision in his will to benefit the University, thus establishing for himself and his wife, Theyon, a perpetual legacy.

student-athlete cont

A member of the Gold Nuggets basketball team for three years, she became a rare two-sport letterwoman for the University by joining Xavier’s fledgling volleyball program this semester. She has participated in two prestigious summer research programs at Ivy League institutions. She has worked as a volunteer with the several local organizations, including the Audubon Zoo and the Jesse Owens Recreational Center, and was involved in various green light and recycling projects.

“I was used to juggling academics and athletics in high school, so that in itself was no big deal,” said Jones, reflecting back over the years. “But college certainly takes it to a higher level and I found I had to push myself even harder.”

“Danielle has impressed me with her ability to merge athletics with academics without neglecting either one,” said biology professor Sister Grace Mary Flickinger S.B.S., Xavier’s Faculty Athletics Representative and Jones’ academic advisee since she arrived as a freshman. “She was always open to advice and willing to act on it. She is a gracious young woman who is respected by both faculty and peers.”

Jones, who prepped at Episcopal High School in Baton Rouge, excelled at both basketball and volleyball at that level. She was awarded a partial basketball scholarship (supplementing a full academic scholarship) to play for Xavier, which she did for three years, averaging 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds a game in 99 appearances.

When she realized last spring she would be completing her academic studies early, she decided to forego her fourth year of eligibility in the sport. As fate would have it, however, the University announced it was reviving its dormant women’s intercollegiate volleyball program for the 2010 fall semester. Although she hadn’t played the sport competitively since high school, Jones tried out for and made the new volleyball squad.

“For me, it was like what they say about riding a bike – once you learn how you never forget – so once practice started volleyball came back to me pretty easily,” said Jones, who professes to have inherited her athletic abilities from her mother (Andrea Jones). “The hard part was joining the team late; the other players had been practicing together while I was away doing summer research, so when I came back home I was like a stranger.”

Still she persevered and scored 47 kills and 23 blocks in 24 matches, mostly in a reserve role.

At the same time she continued to maintain the highest academic standards, earning a spot on the Dean’s List every semester and being named recipient of a Rousseve Academic Scholarship, an honor reserved for the University’s top 10 students in each class. She was also recognized nationally as a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete.

“We take pride at Xavier in our student-athletes excelling both in the classroom and out on the court,” said Coach Robert “Bo” Browder, XU’s head women’s basketball coach since 1998. “There is no question that Danielle has exceeded those expectations.”

Jones made sure her summers were equally productive. She has spent the last two years conducting basic research in neurology, ecology and evolutionary biology under the watchful eyes of professor mentors at both Harvard and Yale Universities.

“There is a lot to be said for leaving your comfort zone (e.g. Xavier) and putting what you’ve been learning all these years to the test in an unfamiliar environment,” she said. “I think participating in those programs has helped make me a more complete candidate for medical school.”

Medical schools seem to agree. Jones has already been accepted for fall 2011 into such prestigious institutions as Johns Hopkins University, Emory University and Tulane University. Jones has not yet decided which medical school she will attend, but wherever she eventually matriculates to, she is in it for the long haul. She aspires to become a reconstructive plastic surgeon – a specialty that will add a seven-year residency to the traditional four years of medical school.

Jones’ interest in the area is personal. As a child she had a staph infection that left her with noticeable scarring under her lips. It wasn’t until high school that she was able to have scar vision surgery, and it changed her life.

“I still remember how self-conscious I felt; I didn’t want anyone to see me, to go out in public, or have my picture taken,” she said. “There are a lot of people out there who have more serious physical and emotional problems than I ever had to deal with, and I want to be able to give them a chance to improve their self-perception.”

Jones also credits her interest in the health sciences to her father (Wardell Jones) and maternal grandfather (Eugene Williams), who cultivated her natural curiosity by challenging her with home-based science experiments and infused in her a life-long love of learning.

“I still enjoy watching educational television,” she laughed.

“Over the years of teaching, I have been privileged to teach many wonderful young men and women,” said Flickinger, who has taught at Xavier for more than 40 years. “I refer to the most exceptional ones as being in my ‘Top Ten’ and Danielle is certainly in that number. I expect to hear great things from her in the future.”

who's who cont

They join an elite group of students from more than 2,000 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several foreign nations. Outstanding students have been honored in the annual directory since it was first published in 1934.

The students included in this year's directory are listed below, grouped by their departments:

ART – Nile Lang

ACCOUNTING – Andria Buckner, Christian Joiner and Tyrone Oubre

BUSINESS – Jenese Antoine, Bilesha Autry, Dareion Blackwell, Sierra Hall, Jared Romance, LaKeisha Shields, Mikhail Vaval, Cynthia Wilson, Kelsey Williams and Sondra Willis

BIOLOGY – Leslie Anderson, Allan Augillard, Shaheera Chughtai, Justin Cutrer, Brittany Dent, Anna D’Sousa, Lee Gibbs, Perry Mitchell, Malcolm Moise, Thuylinh Nguyen, Onome Oboh, Chanel Perry, Farah Raza, JaNae’ Richard, Ashley Sankey, Nailah Smith, Justin Spraglin, JoAnn Tran, Khuong Tran, Ashley Walker and Kelly Wright

CHEMISTRY – Talasha Aubert, Alisha Bailey, Angela Burke, Thy Ho-Pham, Janna Hutchinson, Joseph Lee, Ashley Matthew, Asia Matthew, Julian McKnight, Jennifer Olofindayo, Telycia Peters, Jamal Pratt, DaJonitta Richmond, Marleesa Thompson, Kia Williams, Simone Williams and Carita Winn

EDUCATION – (Undergraduate) Amanda Isaacs and Jessica Joseph; (Graduate) Tamieca Key, Jeanne Sabolyk, Erica Sanders, Nicole Smith, Brittney Thomas and Corey Williams

ENGLISH – Meliki Addison, Jillana Cavalier, Kristine Mbadugha, Raphaela Romero, Nia Weber and Courtney Williams

HISTORY – Michael Caldwell Jr.

LANGUAGES – Jeanine Daniels and Tatiana Zague

COMMUNICATIONS – Kourtney Cooke, Kristin Fletcher, Kaitlyn Gaddis, Dudley Grady, Ariel Johnson, Amber McGowan and Hong Nguyen

MATHEMATICS – Kara Keller and Andrew Wilson

PHARMACY – Margaret Alabi, Tammara Allen, Jonn Bailey, Derrick Bradley, Jeremy Branch, Derrick Burnett, Tehmi Chassion, Catherine Chaucer, David Collins, Liliana Cosenza, Cherell Dancy, Brittany Dean, Haley Dufrene, Sabrina Fenceroy, Brittany Franklin, Jasie Gautreaux, Alexandria Goins, Courtney Harrell, Maxwell Haslauer, Kelly Hebert, Destini Hill, Jocelyn Hooks, Mia Incaprera, Britany Jackson, Brooke Johnson, Kyla Leon, Dominique Mano, Charles Mason, Lakia Montegut, Duy Nguyen, Katrina Nguyen, Thao Nguyen, Michael Olaiya, Ifeanyi Onor, Danielle Person, Adrienne Roberts, Casey Robinson, Jakarta Robinson, Akilah Scott, Hannah Ta, Tuyet Tran, Mallory Waguespack, Adrianne Walls, Savannah Washington and Jade Young.

PHILOSOPHY – Zachary Carroll, Joshua Davis and Blake Smith

POLITICAL SCIENCE – Monkia Arceneaux, Jessica Dandridge, Alexis Easterling, Daniel McGee, Shantel Ragland, Ashley Varnado and Natarche Walker

PSYCHOLOGY – Kelly Allison, Shontrell Bailey, Alycia Boutte’, Quiana Carney, Lauren Cooper, Adrienne Glover, Whitney Miller, Chinyelu Onuora, Nelanhta Riley, Chavez Scott, Ashley Taylor, Latasha Tinson, Brittanae Veal, Kristen Vincent and Jasmine Wise

SOCIOLOGY – Kelsey Riley and Ariana Stone



Danielle Jones, a senior biology/pre-med major from Baton Rouge LA (Episcopal High), has been accepted into medical school at Johns Hopkins University, Emory University and Tulane University. (see article HERE)

Carita Winn
, a senior chemistry/pre-med major from Natchez MS (Natchez High), has been accepted into medical school at the University of Mississippi and the University of Texas-Galveston.

Three members of the women’s volleyball squad – junior business major Iva Bobkova from the Czech Republic, freshman biology/pre-med major Sierra Lyons from Houma LA (Terrebone High) and Erin Vincent, a senior biology/pre-med major from The Woodlands TX (Oak Ridge High) – were named to the 2010 All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference women's volleyball team.


Syed Ahmed ’10, has been accepted into the William Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Beverly Brown Dupre’ ’56, has been awarded the American Contract Bridge League Life Master Certificate in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments in bridge competition. The designation is the most highly sought level of bridge achievement.

Dr. Jason Robinson ’02,
has accepted the position of Senior V-22 Avionics Engineer at Bell Helicopter.  Previously, he held the title of Senior Quality Assurance Engineer for V-22 Structural Assembly at the Amarillo Military Aircraft Assembly and Delivery Center.

Joy Rovaris ’09
, a student at the New York Film Academy Acting School, has signed with a major talent agency based in Los Angeles CA. She completed her first year in New York this past May and is now working towards completing her MFA degree at NYFA Los Angeles.

Idalorraine Jules Wilderson '53, has been elected state president of the Minnesota Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary. As President she is charged with assisting the 33 local Auxiliaries and their respective KC Councils and serves as the official liaison to the Knights of Columbus Executive Directorate.

TMAX sadly notes the passing of another XU legend, Dr. Charles Bell ’47, one of the first African Americans to graduate from the University of Notre Dame as well as one of the first to earn a Ph.D. in statistics. A professor of mathematics for two years at Xavier, he went on to teach at seven other major U.S. colleges, among other endeavors.


Dr. Loren Blanchard (senior VP for Academic Affairs) has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce. He also co-wrote an article “The Role of Adjuncts in the Professoriate” that was published in the Peer Review Journal.

Dr. Violet Bryan (English) introduced the movie For Colored Girls at its recent screening at AMC Clearview. She spoke about the author Ntozake Shange and her Obie Award-winning Broadway production of the choreopoem For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enough (1976), which inspired the movie.

Joseph K. Byrd ( Vice President for Student Services) received the Presidential Citation from the General (National) President, Herman "Skip" Mason, Jr., of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. for this work in co-chairing the 2009 General (National) Convention held in New Orleans LA.

Dr. David Lanoue (RosaMary Professor of English) led a workshop on "Reading the New Haiku (Part 3)" at the Haiku Society of America's Southern Regional meeting in Hot Springs AK.

Dr. Sim Shattuck (English) has published his fourth novel, Yarilo’s Dance, which of the threatened fantasy-world of a mental patient and of his psychiatrist, who's undergoing his own crisis.

Seven faculty from the Department of English and African American Studies participated in the South Central Modern Language Association Conference in Fort Worth TX:

Ralph Adamo chaired the panel on Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities.

Dr. Tom Bonner (Professor Emeritus) presented a paper “Pastoral Impulses in John Faulkner’s Fiction and Nonfiction”.

Dr. Violet Bryan presented a paper “Yusef Komunyakaa and the Horrors of Vietnam”.

Dr. Nicole Greene chaired the Irish Literature panel

Dr. Oliver Hennessey presented a paper “Making Yeats-Speare:  Shakespeare Reception in the Irish Literary Revival" and chaired the Renaissance Drama panel.

Dr. Bonnie Noonan presented a paper, “Representations of Ethnicity in the Science Fiction Film”.

Dr. Biljana Obradovic presented a paper “How Does a Mr. Become a Mrs.?  Cultural and Linguistic Choices in Translating the Poems of Bruce Weigl and Bratislav Milanovic” and was secretary for Regional Poets Group.

runners cont

Matt Pieri ran 8,000 meters in 28 minutes, 57 seconds to win the GCAC men's individual title, while Anna D'Souza was the Nuggets top finisher in 11th place finish.

All-GCAC honors went to the top 10 men's and women's finishers. Earning that men's honor for XU were Pieri and teammates Ray Walston, Javon Mead, Charles Shaw and Ryan Thompson. XU’s women's All-GCAC performers were D'Souza, Brianna Dekine, Donyé Coleman, Ashley Taylor, Dominique Webb, Yazmin Ramirez and Rubeneisha Cooper.

XU coach Joseph Moses was chosen GCAC Coach of the Year by his peers for the fifth straight time on the men's side and for the second straight year on the women's.

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