Volume 42 No. 12
December 2011











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hank aaron scholarship
Homerun for Education
Scholarship Concert

al jarreau Say it with Music

Law of the Land
Celebration On the Yard
miss xavier
Coronation Ball

volleyball champs
Volleyball Champs

Spirit of Philanthropy

1834 Basketball Update

MEN: The Gold Rush, ranked No. 21 in the NAIA national poll, are 4-2 on the season following a 66-59 loss to Loyola.

Next up is a Dec. 3 clash with Concordia College here at home. It’s one of only two home appearances in December.

WOMEN: The Nuggets, ranked No. 16 in the NAIA national poll, are 6-3 on the season after defeating William Carey College 55-38.

They’ll be at home again Dec. 3 against Shorter College. It’s their only home game this month.

Check HERE for the latest updates on both teams.

1834 XU Basketball Broadcasts Online

You can watch live internet broadcasts of two dozen XU men's and women's basketball games this season via Panhandle Sports Broadcasting (PSB) . And it’s all free.

Fans can access the live broadcasts HERE.

1834 What Should
We Read Next?

All members of the Xavier community – students, staff, faculty, alums, Trustees, Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament – are encouraged to cast their vote for next year’s shared reading, one book that will be read and discussed by all first-year students and many other people around campus.

Visit HERE now through Quiet Day (Dec. 6) to read about the five great possibilities and then cast your vote. The book with the most votes will be announced when the spring semester begins and will help shape the campus-wide conversation throughout the 2012/2013 school year.

1834 H&W Center Cooking Series

The XU College of Pharmacy’s Health and Wellness Center has enlisted the help of local chefs to present a healthy holiday and eating series in November and December. Chefs include Jodi Brown, Timothy Harlan and Marilyn Doucette. Visit HERE for details.

1834 New Alumni Website Online

XU alums everywhere are encouraged to reconnect with their alma mater and classmates through the new interactive alumni website, “I Am Xavier”. Check it out HERE and spread the word.

1834 Music Concerts

The Department of Music invites the XU community to enjoy three free concerts this month, including performances by the Symphonic Band Concert Dec. 1 and by the University Chorus Dec. 3 and again Dec. 5.

All three concerts are at 7:00 p.m. in Music Recital Hall.

1834 St. Joseph Altar Making Tradition

The St. Joseph Altar making tradition will be the topic of a lecture and demonstration to be presented on campus by journalist and culinary arts instructor Sandra Scalise Juneau in separate events Dec. 1 and Dec. 3.

Visit HERE for more details on the events, which are sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and Read Today, Lead Tomorrow initiative.


Volleyball Season Ends at Nationals

An extremely successful season which saw the Nuggets win both the regular season and tournament Gulf Coast Athletic Conference titles came to an end with a straight set loss at 16th ranked Spring Hill College in the in the opening round of the NAIA National Championships.

The loss snapped a school-record eight-match win streak of the Gold Nuggets, who finished 23-7 overall (10-0 in conference play). Xavier set program records in its fourth season for victories, home victories, conference victories and victories on opponents' courts. Xavier was 11-26 a year ago.

Moira Kirk, a freshman biology/pre-med major from Dallas TX (Bishop Lynch High), was named the conference Freshman of the Year. She was second in the GCAC and 16th in the NAIA with a .363 hitting percentage and had 12 matches of 10 or more kills.

She was joined by three teammates on the GCAC All-Conference team: freshman chemistry/pre-med major Chinedu Echebelem of Duncanville TX (Duncanville High), senior biology/pre-med major Patrice Hightower of New Orleans (McGehee High), and freshman chemistry/pre-pharmacy major Taylor Reuther of New Orleans (Dominican High).

"I'm so very proud of my team and how they came together and made history this year," said first-year head coach Christabell Hamilton, who was named conference Co-Coach of the Year.

1834 XU in the News

1Clarion Herald
Xavier Dedicates Art Village
2Jazz News
Christmas with N.O. Ladies
- Germaine Bazzle ‘57
1Sports Illustrated
Faces in the Crowd
- Zahri & Kwame Jackson
2MMD News
Author Emphasizes
Certainty of Change in Novel - Eldridge Rodney '87
1MPR News
Adoption Recognition ... International Families
- Myiesha Taylor '96

If you have any comments about TMAX or have some info you would like to submit, please direct an e-mail to rtucker@xula.edu



Workers install a 15-foot tall cross atop the octagonal roof of the new St. Katharine Drexel Chapel, which is currently under construction with an expected completion date of early spring. Rising to 90 feet above the ground at its highest point, the cross will serve as a new religious beacon and as a landmark for Xavier. Watch the VIDEO.

Photo by Irving Johnson III


BP America has awarded Xavier a $750,000 grant to establish the BP STEM Summer Institute, to include the following  programs: MathStar, BioStar, ChemStar, Louisiana Engineering Advancement Program (LEAP), and Computer Science.

The grant, distributed over a three-year period, will allow the existing “Star” and LEAP programs to sustain and enhance offerings and support the development of a new summer program in the Computer Science Department, while also funding ongoing recruitment and retention efforts
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Xavier added five new members to its Board of Trustees at the October meetings of the governing board.

Newcomers to the Board are Sister Jane Norton, S.B.S., who works in parish ministry in New York NY; Sonia Perez, president of AT&T Louisiana; Sister Marianne Poole, S.B.S., a project manager in educational ministry in Nashville TN; and Phyllis Taylor, chairman and CEO of Taylor Energy Company and president/chairman of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation.

Rejoining the Board is Michael Rue, president of Marketplace Properties in Anaheim CA, who had previously served from 2005-2010. more


One hundred and fifty student scholars will appear in the 2012 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 continue.


Cyrell Roberson, a junior psychology major from Baton Rouge LA (Baton Rouge Magnet), has been awarded the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream 4 for 4 Endowed Scholarship at Xavier in recognition of his solid academic performance and his commitment to service.

“Cyrell has demonstrated a sense of giving back through his involvement in both campus based and community organizations,” said Gia Soublet, assistant vice president for Institutional Advancement, of his nomination. more





Anna D'Souza, a senior biology/pre-med major from Baton Rouge LA (St. Michael the Archangel High), ran the 5,000 meters in 20 minutes, 26 seconds – the fastest time ever recorded by a Gold Nuggets' at nationals – to place 238th out of 323 women at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships Vancouver WA.

Marina Ghaly, a P3 pharmacy student from Metairie LA (Bonnabel High), has published an abstract, “Clinical Pharmacy Faculty Interventions in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: an 8-Month Review”, in the Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

Kwame Jackson, a freshman biology/pre-med major from Humble TX (Kingwood High), ran the 8,000 meters in 27:40 to finish 275th out of 312 men at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships in Vancouver WA. His time was second fastest by a Gold Rush runner at nationals.

Matt Pieri, a P1 pharmacy student from New Orleans (Brother Martin High), was among the 159 men's cross country runners named a 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete. A three-time All-GCAC runner, he was named Runner of the Week a conference-record 10 times in his career and has helped Xavier win four straight team titles. He is the only GCAC runner, male or female, to earn the honor this season.

Simone Williams, a senior chemistry/pre-med major from Pass Christian MS (Pass Christian High), has been accepted into University of Mississippi School of Medicine.


Dr. Katrice Albert ’94, Vice Provost for Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach and adjunct faculty for counseling education in the College of Education at LSU, has been named to the Volunteers of America National Board of Directors.

Gilda Barabino ’78, a professor and associate chair for Graduate Studies in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University, has been elected president of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). She is first underrepresented minority and second woman to be elected to the office since the organization was established in 1968. She begins her two-year term in October 2012.

alumna of the year TOP ALUM

Mildred Gardner ’56 of El Cerrito CA (second from right) accepts the 2011 Victor H. Labat Alumna of the Year Award from (L-R) Dr. Joseph Labat '59, National Alumni President Frederick Carter '69, 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.

Photo by Irving Johnson III


Mildred Gardner ’56 of El Cerrito CA, a retired school administrator, was honored as the University’s top alumni at the 2011 Alumni Homecoming Gala.

She was presented the Victor H. Labat Alumna 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.

The annual gala drew a crowd of nearly 500 attendees to the University Center Ballroom this year. Class agents for the 15 special five-year reunion classes presented the University with gifts totaling $298,455. The Class of '61 led the way with 50 members contributing $61,655, followed by the Class of ’56 (42 members, $46,655 contributed) and the Class of 1971 (50 members, $42,260 contributed).

Gardner was honored for her more than 40 years of volunteer service to Xavier, including her unwavering support of National Alumni Association activities, most recently serving as a member of the fundraising committee. In that capacity she assisted in raising $25,000 to establish the Dr. Norman C. Francis and Mrs. Blanche Francis Endowed Scholarship Fund. 

Currently president of the Northern California Alumni Chapter, she has been a regular at the annual Homecoming Reunions in New Orleans since her graduation and has served as the Class Agent for her class for several reunions.

Through the years Gardner has championed HBCUs through her participation in Historically Black Colleges and Universities Coalition of Northern California. At her own Alma Mater, she funds a yearly scholarship and is a generous supporter of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.

Before her retirement, she received numerous awards in the field of education for her dedication to children and learning. She remains very active in her church and is part of an ongoing group who serve food to the homeless. She has served on the Sister Parish-Haiti Committee for over ten years and has helped finance various projects in Haiti.


Sales for Social Impact students (from left) Herstyn Jones, Derrick Bradley, Derek Williams and Venus Black, demonstrate AquaTherm, a product to create clean water, to professor Mark Quinn on the rooftop of Xavier South. The students will present their business plan to 3M executives in December.

Photo by Irving Johnson III


Clean drinking water is something we may take for granted here in the United States, but in other parts of the world it is not so easy to come by.

A small group of Xavier students are part of a class that is not only researching this issue, but taking steps to making clean water a reality.

The class – Sales for Social Impact – is based in the University’s Division of Business’ Entrepreneurship Institute. Led by E.I. director and professor Mark Quinn, the students are working together to create a business and feasibility plan for an innovative product with a focus on the African country of Liberia. The class was developed with the proceeds of a grant from the Frontline Program of the 3M Foundation.

Students Derrick Bradley, Venus Black, Herstyn Jones and Derek Williams each have a role in the formation of the plan and the group will present their final plan to 3M executives Dec. 2 at 3M headquarters in St. Paul MN.

Bradley, a third year pharmacy student from Ringgold LA, is in charge of operations.

“I look at the feasibility, the raw materials and the technical aspect,” he explained. “Before taking this class I was aware of the world’s water problems, but did not realize it was this big. Earlier in the semester we had to complete research reports and get background information for the project. I think we’re all more global minded because of this course.”

Black, a senior from Bloomington IL for whom the class represents a convergence of her double majors (sociology and marketing), is responsible for the finance part of the project.

Jones, a marketing senior from Shreveport LA and a veteran business plan competition participant said that although he has competed, the course was an eye opener for him as well. “Working on this project I have learned that this is about more than just the product and the customer. You have so much more to consider and pay attention to in order to have a successful outcome.”

This is no one hour, once a week easy course. Of course there is the usual class work, guest speakers and discussions, but it goes beyond that for this group. The team meets in class once a week for two and one-half hours, but also meets outside of class at regularly scheduled meetings on Thursdays and Saturdays … and sometimes more often. 

“It is very time consuming, and we’re each doing our own research outside of when we meet as a group, but we want to make sure we have a quality product and plan,” said Jones.

“I certainly have much more respect for business now,” said Williams a senior biology major from Bangor MI. “This can be tedious work. There is a lot of research involved and a lot of adjustments to be made. Communications with a third world country has been one of our biggest challenges.”

But despite the setbacks and obstacles, all of the team members consider it a positive experience.

“Our speakers were really helpful,” said Black. “We had a former Peace Corp participant who gave us good feedback about what to expect and some of the difficulties we might face in this kind of country, and what he had to go through to get clean water, considering he contracted malaria twice!”

“We think we have a great product, that is far less expensive than other devices like it,” Jones explained. “The inventors of the product are retired 3M engineers and it utilizes solar energy and can produce up to 10 gallons of clean, microbial free water each hour.”

The group received a prototype of the product (known as “AquaTherm”) and has installed it on campus to test it and actually get a feel for how it works and ease of use.

“We are planning to market it as a microenterprise to charities, non-profits and small businesses. So it is important for us to know first-hand how well it works,” said Bradley.

The class has done research on the international water crisis, and case studies of other companies, looking at their distribution methods and similarities. They’ve even reviewed the memoir of the current president of Liberia.

“Social responsibility is important,” said Williams. “We are not only finding a way to provide a clean water alternative in a remote area, at an affordable price, but as a result the project could possibly create jobs, stimulating the economy, here and in Liberia, and making it profitable.”

“I would certainly recommend this class for someone interested in becoming an entrepreneur, said Black. “It gives you the tools you need to take your ideas to the next level. It’s not easy, but it is rewarding. “

Quinn is as excited about the possibilities as his students. “This is not just an academic exercise,” he said. “We plan on pursuing it beyond this initial class. We believe this can make a big difference in the world.”

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“Since coming to our aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, BP America has supported Xavier math and science programs every year,” said Xavier University President Dr. Norman C. Francis. “The establishment of the BP STEM Summer Institute comes at a critical time and the Xavier community is delighted to have them on board. We are extremely grateful to BP America for its continued investment in our educational mission.”

For over 25 years Xavier has provided summer programs that promote academic excellence by contributing to a solid foundation in STEM courses – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics - as well as analytical reasoning and leadership.

It is Xavier’s philosophy that participation in pre-college access programming will further encourage middle and high school-aged students to pursue undergraduate and graduate studies in these areas in the future. These vital programs have positioned more than 7,500 students to excel in high school science and mathematics, as well as prepare them for college undergraduate studies with STEM focus.

With a $150,000 grant received from the BP Foundation in 2010, the BP Math and Science Initiative secured a three-year commitment from 30 students to participate in Xavier’s “Star” programs. In addition to the traditional curriculum offered in these programs, this cohort of students has been introduced to petro-technical studies.

“We recognize that Xavier’s math and science camps begin the career journey for many bright, young future doctors, scientists, and engineers,” said Crystal Ashby, Executive Vice President, Government and Public Affairs at BP America. “BP is pleased to expand its commitment to Xavier’s summer education camps and honored to be the lead corporate sponsor for these prestigious programs.”


Norton, who resides in New York NY, has served as an elementary school teacher, school principal and parish minister during her 50+ years as a member of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, working in such cities as Chicago IL, Cincinnati OH, New Orleans, Philadelphia PA and Harlem NY.

Perez has served as president of AT&T Louisiana since March 2010, where she works closely with community leaders, elected officials, stakeholders and others at the company to bring the best technology and the most advanced services to Louisiana customers.

Poole, currently serving as a project administrator in educational ministry in Nashville TN, has been member of the S.B.S. for 50 years. She previously served as a principal, administrator and teacher in such cities as Philadelphia PA, Cleveland OH, Santa Fe MX, Harlem NY and New Orleans.

Taylor, chairman and CEO of Taylor Energy Company and president/chairman of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, has previously held positions as an In-house Counsel for John Mecom Sr. and as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Louisiana and Orleans Parish District Court.

Rue, president of Marketplace Properties in Anaheim CA, previously served as executive vice president for Westar Associates and assistant general counsel for the Vons Grocery Company.

Active carryovers on the 20-member board, who are serving either their first or second terms, include: Sister Doris Blum, S.B.S. '55, Dwight Bush Sr., Dr. Dale Mason Cochran, Carla Harris, Sister Stephanie Henry S.B.S., Dr. Toni Hoover, James Mitchell Jr., Sister Rita Radloff  S.B.S., Mark Romig (secretary), Leo Sam, Jr. '52, Sister Barbara Specker S.B.S., Sister Patricia Suchalski (vice chair), David Voelker, Janice F. Wilkins '67, and Mary K. Zervigon (chair). XU President Dr. Norman Francis '52 is an ex-officio member on the Board.

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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 divisions/departments:

ART – Brenna Thompson

BUSINESS – (Accounting) Andria Buckner, Akilah Hills and Kimberly Jackson; (Finance) Jaquia Abreu and Peter Baham; (Management) Iva Bobkova, Nnenia Clark, Jacobe Hollins, Chris Iles, Bryan Lucky-Heard, Kiristin Phillips, De’Anglea Smith, Tamera Warren-Jackson and Cynthia Watson; (Marketing) Brianna Bell and Herstyn Jones; (Sales & Marketing) Jacob Evans and Whitney White

Miller Boyd III, M.A. '98, a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Mississippi, presented his paper "The Other Way Forward: Alternative Constructions of Black Manhood in Civil War Missouri" at the 96th Annual Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH) conference in Richmond VA.

Learnard Dickerson ’93, president of DACO LLC, was recognized for his business success and community activism in an article “3 Inspired People” in the Winter 2011 issue of Catfish Alley magazine.

Letitia Clark George ’05, director of government affairs for the New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors, has been named to Gambit magazine’s 14th annual “40 Under 40” list, which honors 40 people under the age of 40 for their accomplishments and the contributions they have made to New Orleans.

Archie Milton '63 and wife Simonia have published a new book, She's Vocal/He's Instrumental: A True Story of Faith, Love and Music and released a new gospel CD, "Faith Through the Storm".

Willard Payne, Jr. ’61, president of North Florida Recruiting and Consulting Services, Inc.  in Jacksonville FL, was named to the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) North Florida Alumni Hall of Fame. He was recognized for his contributions and outstanding service to Xavier and to his community. He was nominated by Savannah State University.

Eldridge Rodney ’87, a certified public accountant in New Jersey, has published his first book, “The Table Turners: A Novel”. It is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.

Luther St. James, IV ‘10, has been accepted into medical school at the University of Florida.

Stacey Windon ’11, has been named a marketing analyst the 3M Company’s Aerospace & Aircraft Maintenance Department (AAMD). She had interned with the company this past summer in frontline sales, producing a successful customer ambassador video.


Bo Browder (athletics) posted his 300th victory as XU head women’s basketball coach when the Nuggets defeated Spring Hill in November. Now in his 13th season at Xavier, he has compiled a 302-103 to date and has reached 20 victories 11 times.

Joseph K. Byrd (VP for Student Services) participated on a panel for College and University Leaders, entitled "Great Leaders Begetting Great Leaders." The panel was held in conjunction with the National Alliance of Black School Educators held in New Orleans.

Dr. Mack Crayton (biology) was an invited presenter at the EPS International Gene Conference in Montreal (Canada), where he presented his research article published in the BMC Evolutionary Biology journal, "Tracking the Evolution of alternatively spliced exons within the Dscam Family,” which challenges the standard notion that all of the structural units that compose a gene evolve as a single unit. More than 100 scientists from 30 countries presented at three concurrently-run conferences.  Xavier was the only Historically Black College/University (HBCU) represented.

Gina Ferrara (English) has poems forthcoming for publication in Mutabilis, Telling Our Stories, The New Laurel Review and The Lousiana Poetry Anthology. She also gave readings at several bookstores this fall, including McKeown's Books and Difficult Music, and Lorelei Books in Vicksburg MS.

Dr. Leonard Jack, Jr. (pharmacy) was presented the Society for Public Health Education’s highest honor, the Distinguished Fellow Award, in recognition of “decades of groundbreaking contributions to public health scholarship and practice” at the SOPHE annual meeting held in Arlington VA. He serves as associate dean for research in XU’s College of Pharmacy and director of the Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education (CMHDRE).

Katheryn Krotzer Laborde (English) and Gina Ferrara (English) made presentations at the Louisiana Book Festival held on the grounds of the state capitol. Laborde spoke about her book Do Not Open: The Discarded Refrigerators of Post-Katrina New Orleans in a panel on photo-rich books about the hurricane's aftermath, and moderated a discussion on Andre Dubus held in the House Chamber. Ferrara was part of a panel that paid tribute to late Louisiana poet Maxine Cassin.

Joseph Moses (athletics), in his seventh season as XU head cross country coach, was selected Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) Coach of the Year by his peers for the fifth time on the women's side and the sixth time on the men's. Both teams captured conference titles this season.

Five faculty from the Department of English and African American Studies participated in the South Central Modern Language Association Conference, held in Hot Springs AR. Dr. Thomas Bonner, Jr., (emeritus) presented a paper "Cleanth Brooks Reads Hyatt Waggoner Reading William Faulkner: Notes from the Margins", and was also respondent at the Andre Dubus panel. Elsewhere Dr. Violet H. Bryan chaired two panels on War, Literature, and the Arts; Dr. Nicole P. Greene chaired the panel on Andre Dubus; Dr. Bonnie Noonan chaired the panel on Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature; and Dr. Biljana Obradovic chaired the panel of the Regional Poets Group.
BIOLOGY – (Biology) DeAndrea Washington; (Biology/Pre-Med) Leslie Anderson, Treshawn Anthony, Allan Auguillard, Shaheera Chughtai, Iesha Colla, Chelsea Conrad, Jessica Cooper, Chigozie Dike, Truc Dinh, Dung Duong, Racquel Gardner, Danny Giang, Kevin Giang, Diari Gilliam, Christen Harris, Patrice Hightower, Christopher Holloway, Eboni Hooper, Thuylinh Nguyen, Ogochukwu Oseji, Brandord Smith, Quinette Thomas, Kaylise Trahan, Quang Vu, Monique Westley, Schuyler Williams and Keon Wimberly

CHEMISTRY – (Biochemistry) Endia Blunt; (Chemistry ACS) Shirmir Branch; (Chemistry) Talasha Aubert and Brittani Franklin; (Chemistry/Pre-Med), Kara Edmond, Jasmine Holmes, Deanna Johnson, Ashley Matthew, Asia Matthew, Brittany Moore, Telycia Peters, Keishondra Sampson, Marvin Stewart, Morgan Weber, Simone Williams and Tatiana Zague; (Chemistry/Pre-Pharmacy) Sobia Arshad and Manisha Paul

COMMUNICATIONS – (Mass Communication) Brook Adams; (Speech Pathology) Kaitlyn Gaddis, Deshanna McDonald, Tiffany Ransom, Joy Sorells and Corinne Williams

COMPUTER SCIENCE – Keith Carroll and Micaya Davis

EDUCATION – (Grad School) – Ashley Bley, Shenice Cook, Ashley Gerfin, Amelia Noel and Dodie Plaisance; (Elementary Ed) Cherie Blue; (Middle School Ed) Jessica Joseph

ENGLISH – Shenitria Lewis, Kristine Mbadugha, Nikita Peters and Nia Weber

MATHEMATICS – Kara Keller and Alonza Terry

MUSIC – (Music Ed) Llowen Robinson

PHARMACY – Jonn Bailey, Candace Bloomer, Breannie Charles, Chuwuemezi Chimezie, David Collins, Seth Delise, Haley Dufrene, Felicia Gibson, Shanette Harris, Destini Hill, Queenet Ibekweh, Courtney Jason, Brooke Johnson, Teresa Lee, Jessica Lowe, Ryan Myers, Duy Nguyen, John Nguyen, Katrina Nguyen, Thao Nguyen, Chioma Obih, Brittany Pegues, Porscha Showers, Brittany Singleton, Andrea Speights, Terreca Taylor, Janae Thompson, DeAnn Vessel, Shavonda Wilson and Michelle Winn

POLITICAL SCIENCE – Nicole Coleman, Jessica Dandridge, Shaniese Foster, Doretha Gibson, Anna-Patrice Harris, Megan Haynes, Sunseray Joseph, Daniel McGee, Laura Parish, Bailey Smith and Ashley Varnado

PSYCHOLOGY – (Psychology) Kelly Allison, Vickyann Cortes, Oriema Ewo, Gemima Fauvel, Felice Gaddis, Sonja Hebert, Dorian Johnson, Jillique Logan, Ayrielle Pollard, Nelanhta Riley, Rarelle Triplett, Mychelle Williams and Jasmine Wise; (Psychology/Pre-Med) Cierra Bonvillain, Victoria Dauphin, Michelle Lawrence, Felicia Obialo, Nikki Odofin, Chavez Scott and Ashley Taylor

THEOLOGY – LaShaunda Reese and DeAnna Walker

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“He is well respected by his peers and serves as a role model and mentor to the younger members of his church family,” she added. “He does not seek recognition or accolades for his involvement; rather he exemplifies many of the attributes of the servant leader. This young man demonstrates both merit and need and he is indeed ‘chasing the dream.’”

Roberson has served as Freshman Class and Sophomore Class treasurer, Junior Class Congressman, as  a member of the Peer Dean Association, XU Love Mentor Program, and Chaplain for the 100 Black Men’s Collegiate 100. Roberson has been a Horatio Alger Scholar, Papa Johns’ Scholar, Bryant F. Joseph Scholar and earned a spot on the Dean’s List. 

He has done volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity, the Martin Luther King Jr. Week Community Plunge, the Hunger Coalition, and served as a tutor.  He is active in the City of Love Church in New Orleans and in Baton Rouge at the New Beach Grove Baptist Church.

The scholarship is named for retired baseball legend Hank Aaron, whose Major League Baseball career spanned the years 1954 through 1976. Aaron is widely considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time. His most notable achievement was breaking the career home run record set by Babe Ruth.

His Chasing the Dream Foundation has established several scholarships for deserving youngsters who have chosen to pursue their dreams by attending college.
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