Volume 43 No. 12 December 2012









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Reunion Classes

coronation ball
Coronation Ball
Fit as a Fiddle
Repeat Champions
Education Week
Campus Recruiting
cultural night
Melting Pot

1834 Basketball Update

MEN: The Gold Rush, ranked No. 19 in the NAIA national poll, are 9-1 on the season following a 69-66 win over the University of Mobile last Tuesday night.

WOMEN: The Nuggets, ranked No. 11 in the NAIA national poll, are 6-1 on the season after their 58-53 victory over University of Mobile.

Next up is a home doubleheader vs. Loyola University in the Convocation Center. It’ll be the only home appearance both squads in December.

Check HERE for the latest updates on both teams.

1834 Volleyball Season Ends at Nationals

An extremely successful season volleyball season came to an end with a four-set loss at 13th ranked Georgetown KY in the opening round of the 2012 NAIA National Championships.

Xavier, which finished the season at 22-8, repeated as both the regular season and tournament Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) champions.

1834 University Chorus Presents Messiah

The University Chorus will give a performance of George Fredrick Handel’s Messiah MONDAY (Dec. 3) at 7:00 p.m. in the Administration Auditorium. The event is open to the public. Visit HERE for details.

1834 Faculty Shine at SCML Convention

Eight English faculty members participated in the South Central Modern Language Convention in San Antonio TX.

Papers included: Dr. Hannah Baker Saltmarsh, “’Strange Poems Made under the Shadow of Death’: Sir Bones’ Fascination with Self-Destruction and Death in John Berryman’s Dream Songs”; Dr. Oliver Hennessey, “Yeats’s Shakespeare: The Irish Literary Revival and the Globalized Bard”; Dr. Alexios Moore, “Adapting the Adjusters: Narrative and Thematic Fidelity in The Adjustment Bureau”; Dr. Bonnie Noonan, ”Alternate Spaces: Science Fictional Aspects of Gloria Naylor’s Bailey’s Café and Marge Piercy’s Woman on the Edge of Time”; Dr. Biljana Obradovic, “The Transnational Aspect of the Poetry of Nigerian Poet Niyi Osundare”; Jayson Todd, “’Doubtless, sir, your title is both legal and equitable’: The Intersection of Property, Masculinity, and the Law in Cooper’s The Pioneers”; and Dr. Thomas Bonner, Jr. (Emeritus), “The Conception, Development, and Composition of William Faulkner’s ‘A Rose for Emily’. Dr. Violet Harrington-Bryan served as Secretary for the session African Languages and Literatures.

top alumni TOP ALUMS

The dynamic husband and wife duo of Consuella Broussard ’53 and Edmund Broussard ’54 accept the 2012 Victor H. Labat Alumnus of the Year award from (L-R) Victor Labat, Jr. ‘55, XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis ’52, and National Alumni President Frederick Carter '69 at the annual Homecoming Gala. The annual celebration drew a sellout crowd to the University Center Ballroom.

Photo by Irving Johnson III


The dynamic husband and wife duo of Consuella Broussard ’53 and Edmund Broussard ’54 were honored as the University’s top alumni at the 2012 Alumni Homecoming Gala.

They were each presented Victor H. Labat Alumnus of the Year awards by Victor Labat, Jr. ‘55, XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis ’52, and National Alumni President Frederick Carter '69 at the annual Homecoming Gala.

The annual gala drew a crowd of nearly 500 attendees to the University Center Ballroom this year. Class agents for the 14 special five-year reunion classes presented the University with gifts totaling $485,565.31. The Class of '52 led the way with 30 members contributing $134,647.99, followed by the Class of 1967 (33 members, $63,255.10 contributed) and the Class of 1957 (56 members, $48,200 contributed).


xceptional high school seniors considering a career in pharmacy now have a unique opportunity to get a leg up on their professional education through a new program being offered by the University.

Under Xavier’s new Contingent Admit Program (CAP), students can apply for admission into the College of Pharmacy as seniors in high school. Those who qualify and are accepted into the CAP will be guaranteed a seat in the professional pharmacy program if they satisfactorily complete all of their pre-requisite courses in two years.

Previously, all applicants for the four-year professional program were required to complete the same requirements either at Xavier or another college before they would even be considered for admission into pharmacy school.

“This is a significant step that takes some of the anxiety out of the admissions process,” said Dr. Kathleen Kennedy, dean of the XU College of Pharmacy. “Students in the Contingent Admit Program will know exactly what is expected of them, allowing them to focus on what is really important – their academic work – with the assurance of enrollment in the pharmacy program.”

Xavier is the only college in the state, and one of a handful nationwide, that offers this option.


Students / Alumni / FacultyStaff


Lester Bell Jr., a senior psychology major from Axis AL (Satsuma High), has authored a book, Command Your Destiny: The Key to Living the Life You Want.

Catherine Fakler, a sophomore English education major from Phoenix AR (Xavier Prep) ran 5,000 meters in 20 minutes, 12 seconds Saturday to record Xavier’s fastest time ever at the NAIA Women's Cross Country National Championships in Vancouver WA.

Taylor Reuther
, a sophomore pre-pharmacy major from Metairie LA (Dominican High), has earned both athletic and academic honors for the 2012 volleyball season. She was named GCAC Player of the Year for leading the Nuggets to the conference championship (with a team-high 286 kills, 66 aces and 251digs) and named to the Capital One Academic All-District 4 college division team (posting a 3.90 GPA).



Three Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament celebrating significant jubilees – (L-R) Sister Mary Ann Stachow (50 years), Sister Juliana Haynes (60 years), and Sister Grace Mary Flickinger (60 years) – are congratulated by XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis before a special Mass held in the new St. Katharine Drexel Chapel. The event also marked the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Associates of the S.B.S. at Xavier.

Photo by Irving Johnson III

convocation center


Xavier administrators and a host of dignitaries lend their support as XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis deftly handles his fourth official ribbon-cutting in as many weeks – this one for the University’s new state-of-the-art Convocation Center, new home of the Gold Rush and Nugget athletics programs. Earlier ribbon-cuttings were for the St. Katharine Drexel Chapel, the Tennis Complex, and the Confucius Institute.

Photo by Irving Johnson III


Xavier celebrated the opening of its first spacious indoor assembly when the official ribbon-cutting for the new Convocation Center and Annex was held Nov. 3.

Opening activities included the formal ribbon-cutting and blessing of the facility, a more informal tailgating party, and a pair of court wins for the Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets in a basketball doubleheader.

The Convocation Center, large enough to house the University’s commencement and other large-scale events, provides a state-of-the-art arena for the men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball teams. It replaces the University’s venerable old gymnasium, known as “The Barn”, which opened in 1937.
“The Barn will always be a part of Xavier’s history, but I look forward to seeing the Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets continue their winning traditions as well as establishing new traditions in the Convocation Center,” said XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis.

The new center boasts more than 93,000 square feet of space that can be reconfigured for a variety of purposes, with seating ranging from 3,500 to 4,100 depending on the event. A state-of-the-art scoreboard includes four LED displays providing live and recorded video.

The new facility also houses weight room facilities, taping and training areas, coach’s offices, and home/visitor locker rooms. A monumental staircase at the entrance leads to a high-end VIP suite, and a dramatic second floor pre-function area that allows views to the outdoor plaza below while providing natural daylight into the facility.

An Annex to the building has also been constructed diagonally from the Convocation Center, providing more athletic offices, as well as classrooms and meeting rooms.

Manning Architects served as architects for both the Convocation Center and Annex, which are anticipated to be LEED Silver Buildings and incorporate community connectivity, water conservation, energy efficiency, recycled and regional materials, and improved indoor air quality.

The Convocation Center located is across Washington Avenue from the main campus on a site bounded by Fern and Stroelitz streets. A pedestrian bridge provides access from the main campus to the new building.


The Enactus team at Xavier has been awarded $1,500 grant from EnactusUSA to implement “First Class,” a Walmart Women’s Economic Empowerment project.

Through the Walmart Women’s Economic Empowerment Project Partnership, The XULA Enactus team will equip women with the skills to obtain a career thus creating a better, more sustainable world for themselves.

“First Class” is a series of eight seminars that will be held weekly beginning Jan. 16 at Xavier. In each seminar, women aged 18-25 yrs. old will learn skills to assist them in finding or advancing their career. Amanda Materre, a sophomore pre-Pharm XULA student from Richmond TX (Westside High School), developed the concept for this project.

“The Xavier Enactus team is excited to see their project come to life in ‘First Class,’” said Mark Quinn, the Conrad N. Hilton Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship at XULA’s Division of Business. “These students are receiving an opportunity to make a difference in young women’s lives. I am proud to see this team accomplish their goals.”

For more info on the project, email mquinn@xula.edu or call 504 520-5046.


Dr. Sanders W. Anderson ’78 gets an assist from some young locals in proudly displaying her “I am Xavier” poster from Xavier Gold magazine in Haiti, where she spent Thanksgiving providing free medical and spiritual assistance.

Photo courtesy Veronica Farve
Where Are They Now? Retired Doc Brings Relief to Haiti

r. Sanders Anderson ‘78, a retired U.S. Navy doctor, could have spent her Thanksgiving holiday at home sharing food and times with family and friends. But instead, she and three of her fellow physicians opted to give something back.

The four doctors traveled to Haiti at their own expense, where they set up stations with interpreters to dispense medicine, food, clothing, and shoes to locals struggling in poverty. In all they provided medical treatment – ranging from backaches to badly infected wounds – to more than 1,500 patients over a 4-1/2 day span. The patiently waiting Haitian people literally poured into the makeshift clinic.

Being true missionaries, however, the doctors were not content to provide just medical assistance and physical commodities – they gladly gave of themselves and served with love and compassion.

“If we don’t give them Jesus as well, our efforts are in vain," said Anderson.

alumni homecoming cont

The Broussards were honored for the individual and composite efforts they have made for the betterment of their alma mater since their respective graduations. They have been staples in the Houston Alumni Association from its beginning and have held positions ranging from President to Parliamentarian. They currently serve as the advisor to the President of the Houston Alumni Chapter and will always available to “chauffeur” University representatives visiting the Houston area.

The honorees served as the chairpersons for the University’s Annual Fund in the early 2000s and have served the National Alumni Association in many capacities. They were also instrumental in raising funds for the St. Katharine Drexel Chapel.

The Broussards were also recognized for living the mission of St. Katharine Drexel through their commitment to the Catholic Church, education, and philanthropy. They are active members of numerous civic and social organizations, including Jack and Jill, the Houston Professional Administration Association, and St. Mary of the Purification Catholic Church. Members of the Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Peter Claver, respectively, both were recipients of the Papal Honor: Knights of the Holy Sepulcher.

college of pharmacy cont

To be considered for contingent admission, high school students must have a minimum composite ACT score of 23 (or equivalent SAT score) and a minimum cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale) in a college preparatory curriculum. They will also need to submit an online application, a personal statement, and two letters of reference from their high school math or science teachers. An on-campus personal interview is also required.

Once admitted into the program, students must take 66 hours of prescribed courses and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in the pre-pharmacy curriculum.  They will also be required to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) in the fall semester of the second year. Students admitted to the program who do not maintain the requisite GPA will be withdrawn from the program, but may still apply for admission into the college along with the remainder of the class.

Pharmacy graduates receive a Pharm.D. degree, providing access to an exciting and dynamic role in the healthcare industry. Pharmacy practice settings include retail pharmacies, hospital and clinics, and long-term care facilities. Pharmacists also work in the pharmaceutical industry, state and federal government, academia, research organizations, and a variety of other professional settings.

For more information on the program, including application deadlines, visit HERE or call 520-5397.

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Two men's cross country standouts – Matt Pieri, a P2 pharmacy major from New Orleans (Brother Martin High), and Javon Mead, a junior business/accounting major from Baton Rouge (Baton Rouge Magnet) – have been named 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, the NAIA announced Friday. Student-athletes must maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA.


Dr. William L. Cody ’02 is serving as an assistant professor at the University of Dallas, where he teaches molecular biology, microbiology and immunology, in addition to maintaining a bacterial pathogenesis research program.

Dr. PonJola Coney ’73, director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Health Disparities and professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the VCU School of Medicine, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute has become recognized as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues.

Dr. Melanie Duckworth ’88 has been named Director for the Public Health Prevention Service (PHPS) fellowship program – a three year master level fellowship program – with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention..

Venus Rome ’07 has been named an administrative assistant with the United Negro College Fund in New Orleans.

Dr. April Savoy ’02 has been named an assistant professor of business administration and program director of Informatics at Indiana University East. She holds a Ph.D. in philosophy in industrial engineering.

Ashley Thomas ’07, an outreach and communications specialist with Total Community Action (TCA) in New Orleans and the owner of Creative Vibe, a local graphic design, T-shirt design and photography services company, was named to Gambit newspapers’ “2012 Forty under Forty” list.


Dr. Renee Akbar (education) was honored at the 2012 Asante Awards and Festival in New Orleans for her contributions to education as a professor, administrator, and elementary school teacher.

Sister Jean Marie Craig, S.B.S. (education) was presented a 2012 Pathfinder Award for her contributions to education by the Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance at a luncheon held in Baton Rouge LA.

Karen Lee
(Center for Intercultural and International Programs) has been named Louisiana State Representative for Region III of the NAFSA: Association of International Educators, which includes Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. She has been an active member of NAFSA for over 12 years, a Trainer Corps member and was a member of the NAFSA Academy class in 2003.

Dr. Biljana Obradovic (English) presented a paper "Anthologizing Serbian Contemporary Poetry" during the Constructing the Serbian Poetic Canon of Poets after WWII: Before and Now session at the ASEES (Association of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies) Conference, held in New Orleans. She also had a poem republished in the Prairie Schooner and a review published in World Literature Today.

Dr. Jason Todd (English) gave a presentation, "Diversity and Collaboration through Reading in the Disciplines," at the annual conference of the College Reading and Learning Association in Houston TX and read a paper, "The Intersection of Gender, Law, and Civilization in James Fenimore Cooper's The Pioneers," at the annual conference of the South Central Modern Languages Association in San Antonio TX.

Quo Vadis Webster ’00, ’10
(premedical adviser) made a presentation "The Medical School Application Process" at the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Region III Conference.

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