Volume 44 No. 12
December 2013









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1834 Basketball Update

MEN: The Gold Rush, ranked No. 19 in the NAIA national poll, are 5-2 on the season going into a Nov. 30 game at Lemoyne-Owen.

The men return home Dec. 3 for a meeting with William Carey. Visit HERE for updates.

WOMEN: The Nuggets, ranked No. 15 in the NAIA national poll, are 4-2 going into a Thanksgiving Capital City Classic holiday tournament in Oklahoma City OK.

Next home game is Dec. 5 vs. William Cary. Check HERE for updates.

1834 Volleyball Update

It was a record-breaking season for the Gold Nuggets, who finished the season at 26-8, which included winning their third straight Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) regular season and tournament titles. Visit HERE for more info.

1834 Falker Sets Record in Cross Country Finals

Catherine Fakler ran 5,000 meters in 19 minutes, 0.84 seconds to finish 68th out of 319 women Saturday at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships – the best all-time finish by an XU runner at nationals. A junior from Phoenix AZ, she has run five of Xavier's six fastest 5K times, with four occurring during this season.

Gregory Jones
1834 XU Student Awarded Gilman Scholarship

Gregory Jones, a junior political science major from Rockville IL (Auburn High School), has been awarded a 2014 Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship for study abroad, which he will use to study at Richmond University in London, England, this coming Spring.

Torian Lee, director for Xavier’s Center for Intercultural and International Programs, said Jones, who considers study abroad opportunities as an integral part of his development as a future professional, was selected out of thousands of students nationally who are studying abroad during the spring 2014 term. The scholarship is worth $3,500.

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

1834 China Announces HBCU Scholarships

At an historic meeting at the U.S. Capitol attended by XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis, President and CEO of the National Urban League Marc Morial (also a member of Xavier’s Board of Trustees), and three other HBCU presidents,  China’s highest-ranking education leader, Vice Premier Madam Liu Yandong, announced the award of 1,000 two-week scholarships over four years to students in districts of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), to study in China and 400 scholarships to Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) for longer-term study in China, ranging from 3 months to 2 years, for undergraduate or postgraduate studies.

The scholarships are part of continuing efforts for increased U.S.-China educational exchange. Additionally, the relationship-building work by the China-U.S. Exchange Foundation with the CBC and HBCUs are designed to more competitively position America’s diverse students in the 21st century global marketplace.  In addition to Xavier, seven other  HBCUs will benefit.
Of the more than 300 CIs worldwide and 80 CIs in the United States, Xavier was the first HBCU to receive Chinese government approval to establish a Confucius Institute. Xavier began offering classes in Chinese culture and language in January 2012. Howard University serves as the HBCU alliance’s lead coordinator.

1834 Christmas Season Campus Events

Mass / Creche Blessing

The Xavier community is invited to celebrate two events Dec. 3: a noon Mass in the St. Katharine Drexel Chapel honoring our patron St. Francis Xavier, and a 12:40 p.m. blessing of the Christmas Creche on the corner of Drexel and Pine Streets.

University Chorus Concert

The University Chorus & Concert Choir will celebrate the majesty and glory of the season with a performance of Gloria and Magnificat Dec. 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Administration Building Auditorium. Admission is free.

1834 Longue Vue Student Photography Exhibit

Longue Vue House and Gardens in New Orleans will host an exhibit featuring photography from digital photography students at Xavier Dec. 12-29 in the Coach House, 7 Bamboo Road.

An opening reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held Dec. 12 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Visit HERE for more info.



President Dr. Norman C. Francis ’52 and Terrance Osborne ’00 display a double-signed, lithograph print of “Every Day a Miracle”, the artist’s specially-commissioned rendering of the Xavier campus. Prints are available for purchase HERE, with all proceeds dedicated to the newly established Terrance Osborne Endowed Scholarship for Aspiring Art Students. The title is a reference to an oft-heard Francis quote referencing the challenges of keeping the University up and running.

Photo by Irving Johnson III


One hundred and fifty student scholars will appear in the 2014 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. 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.more


Frederick Carter ’69 (second from left) accepts the 2013 Victor H. Labat Alumnus of the Year award from (L-R) XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis ’52, Michael Labat ‘63, and National Alumni President Vivian Broussard Guillory at the annual Homecoming Gala, which drew a sellout crowd to the University Center Ballroom.

photo by Irving Johnson III


Frederick Carter ‘69, who has served as National Alumni Association for the six years, was honored as the University’s top alumnus at the 2013 Alumni Homecoming Gala.

He was presented the Victor H. Labat Alumnus of the Year award by Michael Labat ‘63, XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis ’52, and National Alumni President Vivian Broussard Guillory ’75 at the annual Homecoming Gala.

The annual gala drew a 520 attendees to the University Center Ballroom this year. Class agents for the 14 special five-year reunion classes presented the University with gifts totaling $381,068. The 50-year Reunion Class of 1963 led the way with 58 members contributing $107,805. more

campus queen CAMPUS QUEEN

Miss Xavier 2013-14, Donielle Williams of Fayetteville GA, waves to her subjects in a packed University Ballroom as her parents and XU President Dr. Norman Francis look on after being crowned during the annual University Ball & Coronation.

photo by Irving Johnson III

XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis (center) hangs out backstage with Motown superstars (L-R) The Commodores - Walter Orange, J.D. Nicholas, and William King - and comedian Bill Cosby just prior to the 6th Annual NCF Endowed Scholarship Concert in the new Convocation Center.

photo by Irving Johnson III

who's who cont

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

ART – (Art Education) Erica Hampton

BUSINESS – (Accounting); Nadine Bizimana, Shanequa Grayson, Christopher Hayes, Ivyanne London, Kyle McClue, Javon Mead, Victoria Thompson, Dana Thompson,  and Amber Williams; (Finance) Kara Everhart and Keisha Murray; (Management) De’Angela Smith; and (Sales & Marketing) Kaylin McLeod and Hue-Hillary Nguyen

BIOLOGY – (Biology) Kayla Colvert; (Biology/Pre-Med) Kristia Abernathy, Shaniqua Bagley, Tarrin Casey, Duy Dang, Jeremiah Davis, Paige Estave, Shikira Flounory, Kristen Fowler, Parixit Joshi, Oluwapelumi Kareem, Jymirah Morris, Danh Nguyen, David Nguyen, Oluwadolapo Oyebadejo, Tri Pham, Heba Sarhan, Treasure Stone, Theresia Sutherlin, and Dieplinh Tran

CHEMISTRY – (Biochemistry) Terrell Buckson and Desmond Stewart; (Chemistry) Sion Ward and Kamirah Demouchet, (Chemistry ACS) Milana Jones,Lydia Mensah, and Jonathon Watson; (Chemistry Education) Jennifer Tran; (Chemistry/Pre-Med) Jamie Bolden, Amber Carter, Brandan Dotson, Shannon Douglas, Chinedu Echebelem, LeaAnn Love, Alyssa Mercadel, Lauree Thomas, and Jasmine Thompson; (Chemistry/Pre-Pharmacy) Nancy Pham

COMPUTER SCIENCE – (Computer Engineering) Gregory Degruy; (Information Systems) Jasmine Lewis; and (Computer Science) Emmanuel Detiege, Morgan Edwards, Nam Nguyen, and Alexandria Rencher

EDUCATION – (Counseling) Chinelo Ananaba, Aasiyah Clark, Carolyn Granders, Kelly Hardy, Tara Payne, Andrea Spreter, Chantell Washington-Williams, and Jasmine Williams; (Educational Leadership) Charles Allen, Shella Banks, Amy Milam, LaKeisha Weber-Davis, Thomas Wright, and Ashonta Wyatt; (Elementary Education) Megan Riley and Melissa Riley; (MAT) Katerine Rosales, Odell Isaac, Jeremiah Jackson, James Saunders, Dwayne Cormier, and Jordan Sanchez; (Middle School Education) Vallery Jenkins  

ENGLISH – (Education) Javon Bracy, Jordyn Goody, Simone Graham, Anthony Lotten, Mia Ruffin; (English Education) Kamaria Beamon

HISTORY – Alexis Parker

MATH – Kaitland Brannon


MUSIC – (Music) Jasmine Eugene; (Music Performance) Sandi Lewanika

PHARMACY – Raina Abdelfattah, Temitayo Banjo, Amy Beshir, Bianca Brock, Kelly Chapman, Chukwuemezie Chimezie, Lauren Day, Seth Delise, Michael Ezebuenyi, Felicia Gibson, Brittany Gorden, Alexis Gosserand, Johmyrin Johnson, Holly Landrieu, Kelly Mott, Stephanie Ogunrinade, Ashlee Poolson, Christopher Pugh, Claire Reuter, Teri Robinson, Haley Schexnayder, Johlee Schinetsky, Brandi Semien, Porscha Showers, LaShon Synder, Ashlynn Volpe, Brittany Williams, Lashira Williams, Michelle Winn, and Candance Zahn

PHILOSOPHY – Adia Wallace

PHYSICS/ENGINEERING – (Civil Engineering) Breanna Bell

POLITICAL SCIENCE – Jade Crutch, Evangeline Dech, Gregory Jones, Ja’Keria McCowan, Michael Moore, and DeVon Pruitt

PSYCHOLOGY – (Psychology) Ricaylah Citizen, Gabrielle Gloston, Ariana Mitchell, and Jillian Young; (Psychology/Pre-Med) Armond Collins, Nia Geiggar, Kyriante Henry, Jazzolynn Kelly, Alonda Moore, Autumn Myers, Thuy-Lihn Nguyen, Amber Owens, Emmanuel Spence, and Khalil Thompson

SOCIOLOGY – Brionnee Broussard and Jeanece Kelly

SPEECH PATHOLOGY – Amithyse Moore, Jade Romain, and Taylor St. Charles

top alum cont

Carter, a retired pharmacist, was lauded for “giving his time, talents, and treasures to ensure that future generations of students benefit from the same excellent education provided to him.”

In his acceptance remarks, Carter said he realized the value of hit education soon after beginning his professional career at the Revco Pharmacy in Cleveland OH, when it became clear to him how much better prepared he was for his professional career than the other young pharmacists from around the country. “After a I realized what Xavier did for me, I knew that I had a responsibility to my Alma Mater,” he remarked.

Carter served as president of the Chicago Alumni Chapter for more than 20 years. Under his his leadership membership grew at a rapid rate, and the Club established the Yvonne Allen Hughes Scholarship and the Chicago Boat Ride, now a signature event for the Chapter.

His hard work and dedication was soon recognized by the National Alumni Association and he was appointed to serve on various committees, and later elected to two terms as a vice-president. In 2007 he was elected as the national president. During his tenure the national association and chapters established the Norman C. Francis and Blanche Francis Endowed Scholarship and contributed more than $100,000 to the St. Katharine Drexel Chapel Campaign.

Carter, who recently retired as executive pharmacy store manager for Target in South Holland IL, was previously honored by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) with the National Alumni Council Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award.

run for funds
RUN FOR FUNDS: XU students, faculty, staff, and friends join President Dr. Norman C. Francis at the start of the 25th Annual United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Walk/Run for Education, held at Audubon Park. photo by Irving Johnson III


BACK ON CAMPUS: Members of the Xavier University of Louisiana’s Xi Sigma chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity gather on the familiar steps of the venerable old Administration Building while celebrating their 75th Anniversary and Reunion. photo courtesy Alumni Relations

Students / Alumni / FacultyStaff


Maura Jones, a senior biology/pre-med major from Monroe LA (Ouachita High), has been accepted into medical school at Meharry College.

Alyssa Mercadel, a senior chemistry/pre-med major from Sugarland TX (Austin High), has been accepted into medical school at the Texas A&M University.

David Nguyen, a senior biology/pre-med major from Harvey LA (Ehret High), has been accepted into medical school at Tulane University under its early acceptance program.

Oluwadolapo Oyebadejo, a senior biology/pre-med major from Grand Prairie TX (MacArthur High), has been accepted into medical school at the University of Texas-Galveston, the University of Texas-Houston, the University of Texas-Southwestern, and Texas A&M University.

Anthony Pham, a senior biology\pre-med major from Gretna LA (South Lafourche High Galiano LA), has been accepted into the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Michael Seaberry, a senior biology/pre-med major from Lake Charles LA (Barbe High), has been accepted into medical school at the University of Rochester under its early acceptance program.

Sion Ward, a senior chemistry/pre-med major from New Orleans (McMain High), has been accepted into medical school at Meharry College and LSU-New Orleans.


Steven Battin ‘97 has earned his doctorate in Systematic Theology from the University of Notre Dame after completing his dissertation, “Intercommunal Ecclesiology: Re-Envisioning the Church as God’s Response to Intergroup Disunity.”

Astiney Clark ’11, has been accepted into the Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry.

Dr. Lishunda Franklin ’93 celebrated the grand opening of her locally-owned and operated, full-service retail pharmacy, Crescent City Pharmacy, in central city New Orleans last month.

Dr. Lamont Jones ’98, Vice Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology for the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit MI, has been awarded the 2014 Institutional Research Support Grant which includes 50% salary support and a $120,000 grant for three years to study Keloids in the Head and Neck area. He also serves as President of the Organization of Physicians, Academicians, and Executive Leaders (OPAL).

Dr. Noreen Khan-Mayberry ’94
delivered the keynote address at the Houston Shenzhen Sister City, "Invest in Shenzhen Forum”, and was a VIP guest at the 16th Annual Partnership Walk/Run during Houston Citizenship Month. In addition, her Detoxification Support Liver & Kidney Health supplement is now in distribution.


Joseph Byrd (VP Office of Student Services) was the keynote speaker for the Freedom Fund Banquet for the Lowndes County Branch of the NAACP in Columbus MS.

Dr. Jeremy Cohen
(psychology) was named recipient of the Louisiana Biomedical Research Network (LBRN) Summer Fellowship. He also had an article published in Neuroscience Research.

Bart Everson (Center for the Advancement of Teaching ) made a presentation, "Mindfulness for Professors & Students", at the 20th National HBCU Faculty Development Network Conference and another, “Contemplative Faculty Development: From Spiritual Emergency to Visions of Wholeness”, at the 5th Annual Meeting of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education. He also officiated at a tree blessing ceremony at Bayou St. John sponsored by the Mothership Foundation.

Katheryn Krotzer Laborde (English), along with former Times-Picayune columnist Chris Rose, spoke on “Crisis Reporting: Finding Stories in Post-Katrina New Orleans” at the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association National College Media Convention. She is the author of several essays and a book that cover various aspects of Katrina evacuation and recovery.

Dr. David Lanoue (RosaMary Professor of English) led a workshop, "Folktales and Novels as Seeds of Haiku”, at the Arkansas Haiku Society meeting in Hot Springs. It’s the ninth haiku-related conference that he has attended in his first year of his presidency of the Haiku Society of America. This month he'll present a personal record-breaking 10th here in New Orleans.

Dr. Treva Lee, '84, '88 (Planning, Institutional Research, and Assessment) has been appointed to the Institutional Research Task Force of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for the 2013-2015 biennium.

Dr. Judith Miranti (education) was interviewed by the Catholic school Superintendent Dr. Jan Lancaster on WLAE-TV (New Orleans) about her role with Louisiana’s BESE board.

Dr. Steven Salm (history) delivered the keynote address, "The Future of African Historiography", at the University of North Carolina Wilmington conference, "Beyond the Boundaries: Toyin Falola and the Art of Genre Bending."

Three University Library staff members – Nancy Hampton, Paul Haschak, and Paula Singleton – teamed up for a poster presentation, “Virtual Resources Impact Actual Space at the Xavier University of Louisiana Library”, at the LOUIS Users Conference (LUC), held in Port Allen LA.

Six English faculty members presented at the Maple Leaf Book Store: Ralph Adamo and Katheryn Krotzer Labordeorganized and read at the reading celebrating the latest issue of Xavier Review. Also reading their prose/poetry were Dr. Tom Bonner, Jr., Dr. David Lanoue, and Dr. Biljana ObradovicDr. Nicole Pepinster Greene, read the work of several poets who have been published in the Xavier Review over the years.

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