Volume 41 No. 2
February 2010



Applications for Fall 2010
Continue Upward Swing

Campus Community
Responds to Crisis in Haiti

LEH Names White
"Humanist of the Year"

Big Easy Awards
Set to Honor Ware

YMTF/BEEP Welcomes Black Professionals to Campus

Political Science Major
Receives MLK Service Award

A Sign of the Times

1834 Basketball Update

MEN: The Gold Rush take a 3-6 conference record (12-09 overall) into this Thursday's (Feb. 4) game at Spring Hill.

The Rush are currently back in eighth place in the GCAC standings behind front-running LSU-S [see standings HERE]. In their last outing the men defeated archrival Dillard 72-67.

Junior guards Michael Harvey of Amite LA (Amite High) and Devin Andrew of Harvey LA (Vandebilt Catholic) currently lead the Rush in scoring and rebounding with 12.8 and 12.3 averages, respectively.

WOMEN: The Gold Nuggets take a sparkling 9-0 conference record (16-5 overall) into this Thursday's (Feb. 4) road game at Spring Hill.

The Nuggets hold 1st place in the GCAC standings, two games ahead of second-place LSU-S [see GCAC standings HERE]. In their last outing the women handled Dillard 69-40.

Brittany Powell, a senior forward from Milwaukee WI (Divine Savior), currently leads the defensive-minded Nuggets team in scoring with a 14.4 average.

For the latest on all XU sports, visit HERE.  

1834 Journey for Justice:
A.P. Tureaud Story

Journey for Justice: The A.P. Tureaud Story, a film and panel discussion recognizing his life, his ties to Xavier, and his impact on the Civil Rights Movement in New Orleans will be held Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

Panelists include A.P Tureaud, Jr. ‘57, State Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson and filmmaker Rachel Emanuel. The event is free and the public invited.

For more info on this and future Springtime at Xavier series events, visit HERE.

1834 Apply Now for XU Summer Programs

The University is now taking applications for its popular slate of pre-college Summer Enrichment Programs.

Among this year's offerings are the Summer Science Academy, SuperScholar/Excel, Upward Bound, STEM Scholars Summer Bridge, EPsAR, Biomedical Scholar Summer Program, Business Achievers, New Orleans Urban Initiative, Center for Excellence and the Mardi Gras Indian Arts Summer School.

For more info visit HERE.

1834 LEH Expands
Scott Collection

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) has received an anonymous foundation grant of $84,000 to purchase seven additional major works by the famed New Orleans artist John Scott ’62 that were recently restored from his flooded studio.

Included in this grant is $6,000 for a comprehensive catalogue of the LEH's 30-work Scott collection. The new pieces were installed last month.

For more information contact Brian Boyles at the LEH at 504-620-2622.

1834 Recipes Sought
for XU Cookbook

The University is seeking recipes from alumni for inclusion of its first-ever Xavier Cookbook.

The deadline for submissions is Feb. 12, 2010. Visit HERE for more details.

1834 The Best in Fiction
from Xavier Review

Some of the best fiction to appear in the Xavier Review from 1980-2007 will come alive again in a new publication, Silver Threads: 25 Years of Fiction from Xavier Review.

Among the featured selections are works by such writers as Alvin Aubert, Fred Chappell, Andrei Codrescu, David Madden, Robert Morgan, Fatima Shaik and Dabney Stuart. The original authors also write reflections on their own stories.

In addition, co-editors Dr. Thomas Bonner, Jr. (Emeritus), Robert Skinner (University Librarian), and Dr. Richard Collins (former member of XU's English faculty) narrate the history of Xavier Review and comment on the stories published.

Books are available for $21.95 at the Office of the University Librarian, Library Resource Center Room 221. Call 504-520-7304 for more info.

1834 California Matches
Highlight for Tennis

Another trip to California to face some of the NAIA's best awaits the XU men's and women's tennis teams in 2010.

XU will travel to the West Coast for the second time in three seasons to face national powers such Azusa Pacific, Fresno Pacific and Concordia.

The teams will play the majority of their conference matches before March 1 and then host the conference tournament on April 23-24. Visit HERE for the complete schedule.

As the University's priority deadline of March 1 fast approaches, the XU Office of Admissions reports that applications for the fall 2010 semester are running 15 percent higher than last year.

That’s music to the ears of XU Dean of Admissions Winston Brown, who attributes much of the increase to a growing national interest in the University’s varied offerings.

“Applications from local students remain steady, but we are seeing additional interest from prospects from throughout our region and across the country,” said Brown. “That makes it more important than ever for high school students who are serious about attending Xavier to apply as early as possible.”
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The Xavier campus community continues its fundraising efforts for the “HAITI CHERIE” campaign to benefit the victims of the Haitian earthquake with regular donation collections, payroll deduction options for faculty and staff and a “Help Haiti” campus blood drive.  

In response to the devastation caused by the massive January earthquake in Haiti, the XU community launched its HAITI CHERIE ("Dearest Haiti") campaign encouraging all students, faculty and staff to donate toward ongoing relief efforts.

A special university fund has been established for donations from the campus community, with all funds raised being distributed equally to three separate relief organizations. [visit HERE for details]

The XU community's relief efforts have been ongoing since the disaster with campus donations being collected every Tuesday & Friday at the University Center lobby. - more -

haiti HAITI CHERIE: Haitian-born student Ismaelite Saint-Felix (left), a senior political science major now residing in Portland OR (Benson Polytechnic High), chats with Dr. Pamela Franco, executive associate in the Office of Academic Affairs, at the campus collection point for the University’s ongoing earthquake relief fund. photo by Irving Johnson III


Dr. Michael White ’76, has been named "2010 Humanist of the Year" by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

White, a renowned jazz clarinetist, bandleader, composer, jazz historian and Xavier music and Spanish educator, will receive the organization’s top honor at the 2010 awards ceremony March 6 at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens in Darrow LA.

Each year, the LEH honors Louisianians who have made outstanding contributions to the study and understanding of the humanities. -more-


Dr. John Ware ’77, professor of music and conductor/music director of the New Orleans Black Chorale, has been selected to receive the Big Easy Entertainment Award’s 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award.

He will be honored at the organization’s 16th annual Tribute to the Classical Arts benefit gala March 9 at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. The benefit supports the Foundation for Entertainment Development and Education. - more -



Accomplished professionals from the public and private sectors will visit the campus Feb. 21-23 to participate in the Office of Career Service’s annual Youth Motivation Task Force/Black Executive Exchange Program (YMTF/BEEP).

A team of 55 African American professionals from fields including government, business, education, law, medicine, insurance, social work, military and entrepreneurship will be visiting classes to discuss with students the realities of life after college. The team will include 23 alumni.
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Merije Chukumerijek, a senior biology/pre-med major from Chino CA (Colony High) has been accepted into medical school at Meharry College.

Jessica Isom, a senior biology/pre-med major from Fayetteville NC (Sanford High), has been accepted into medical school at the University of North Carolina.

Courtney Jackson, a senior chemistry/pre-dental major from New Orleans (McDonogh 35 High), has been accepted into dental school at Howard University.

Ugochi Obih, a senior biology/pre-med major from New Orleans (Dominican High), has been accepted into medical school at LSU-Shreveport.

Amber Robins, a senior biology/pre-med major from Baton Rouge LA (Baton Rouge High), has been accepted into medical school at the University of Rochester under its early assurance program.


Edward Jenkins III, a senior political science major from New Orleans (De La Salle High School), was honored for his community service during the 24th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Week for Peace Celebration.

He was recognized for embodying the true spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a community leader and a spirit for change in various efforts to restore, rebuild and renew the New Orleans community.

A member of the student-led organization Mobilization at Xavier (M.A.X), Jenkins is a project coordinator for Outreach Day, a program designed to enhance the educational, cultural and social enrichment of young students.

He is also active in the Student Government Association (SGA) and numerous other campus organizations. He has served as vice president of Phi Alpha Delta Pre Law Fraternity and vice president of the Xavier Activity Board, as well as on the SGA Election Board. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and a mentor in the XU LOVE mentoring program.
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jenkins THEY ALSO SERVE: Edward Jenkins III, a senior political science major from New Orleans (De La Salle High School) accepts a Student Community Service Award from XU President Norman C. Francis during the 24th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Week for Peace convocation. Photo by Irving Johnson III

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Some of the increase can also be directly credited to Xavier’s enhanced marketing strategies, including a refined WEBSITE that offers complete admissions information to prospective students and allows them to take advantage of the University’s preferred online application process.

Brown said the Office of Admissions has also been aggressive in distributing marketing materials and making personal visits to traditionally-strong recruiting areas throughout the country, as well expanding into other areas.

Meanwhile, enrollment at the University continues to hold steady in the present academic year with a total enrollment of 3,190 attending classes in Spring 2010 semester. This represents an increase over last spring’s enrollment.

Brown said this is evidence that enrollment is expanding in spite of the uncertain economic times. “A Xavier education remains an excellent value,” he said.

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As of Jan. 29 the campaign had already collected $10,893 in donations and pledges. Dr. Pamela Franco, executive assistant for Academic Affairs and the university’s Haiti Cherie committee chair, says more will be done to help the Haitian people throughout the Spring 2010 semester.

“Our campus student organizations are busy planning special fund raising activities," she said. " A tee-shirt sale and a benefit concert are some of those planned events. Students have also inquired about visiting Haiti to help with recovery and rebuilding of the capital city.”

Franco adds that faculty and staff members have begun exploring ways to make Xavier students more engaged, adding that, “We hope to see the introduction of new courses and service learning projects that focus on Haiti and the rebuilding efforts.”

A special "Help for Haiti" campus blood drive, sponsored by the Resident Assistants of XU, was held with all donors that day receiving a free N.O. Saints T-shirt identifying them as a "Who Dat for Life."

In addition, the Office of Human Resources has established a special employee payroll deduction option for staff and faculty members who wish to use that option to donate to the campus Haitian earthquake relief fund. [see HERE for details]

For more information on the Xavier University community's response to the Haiti earthquake disaster visit HERE.

Alumni and friends of Xavier may also contribute to the University’s “Haiti Cherie Relief Fund” using our online web site or by mailing a check to the following address.

To mail a contribution to the “Haiti Cherie Relief Fund”:
  1. Make checks payable to Xavier University of Louisiana
  2. In the notation / memo section of the check write “Haiti Cherie Relief Fund”
  3. Mail your check to:

    Department 1378
    Xavier University of Louisiana
    P.O. Box 56308
    New Orleans, LA 70156-9901

To make an online contribution to the “Haiti Cherie Relief Fund” click the icon below and complete applicable sections of the online form which includes:

    • Designating the amount of your contribution.
    • Selecting “Other” in the gift “Designation” field and Inserting “Haiti Cherie Relief Fund” in the “Other” field which will appear after entering “Other” as the gift designation.
    • Completing the information required in the “Additional Information”,“Billing Information” and “Payment Information” sections of the template.
    • Clicking the “Donate Now” icon to complete the transaction.

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When nominating White for the award, Nick Spitzer, producer and host of the American Routes syndicated radio broadcast and Tulane University professor of American studies and anthropology, described White as the “foremost player of traditional New Orleans jazz clarinet alive today.”

In addition to having revived, performed and recorded important original repertoire and arrangements by Jelly Roll Morton and the late clarinetist George Lewis, White has created, performed and recorded new songs in traditional style.

“White is also known in the community as a great artist and humanist, always ready to lend his clarinet to a second-line parade, jazz funeral or other occasion; always ready to speak out on the meaning of traditional New Orleans jazz music in our lives and in the recovery of New Orleans culture post-catastrophe,” said Spitzer.

The LEH is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It’s a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities. For more info contact Brian Boyles at the LEH 504-620-2632.

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The designated Rosa Keller Endowed Chair in Music at Xavier, Ware teaches voice, conducting, vocal diction, vocal literature and pedagogy as well as serving as conductor of the XU Concert Choir and Opera Theater. He has served as the department chairman since 1995.  

His major commitment to the Greater New Orleans community has been through his work with the New Orleans Black Chorale, which is dedicated to preserving and performing the American Negro Spiritual and the art music of African American composers. In addition to its annual season of concerts, The Black Chorale has performed for New Orleans Mayoral inaugurations, several state and national conventions, Habitat for Humanity and at the 1984 World’s Fair.

Ware has been honored for his community work by the Friends of the Amistad Research Center, the local Links Chapter and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Ware has composed a number of choral works for his group at Xavier and for the New Orleans Black Chorale. In March of 2009, Ware premiered “Virtue on the Mountain Top,” music and text written by him in honor of the newly elected President, Barack Obama.

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Other activities scheduled include lunch with faculty from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., on Feb. 21 and a networking mixer with students at 4:00 p.m. on that same day.

XU alumni participating in this year’s program are Ambassador Charles Baquet III ‘63, Chad Broussard ‘99, Dr. Lynette Smith Causey ‘72, Clover Davis ‘76, Charles Donaldson Jr. ’06, Danyale Ellis ‘97, Dr. Pamela Payne Foster, Dr. Raquel Harris ‘92, Keith Hill ‘75, Kristi Hubbard ‘78, Dr. Adrienne Johnson ‘95, Frank Joshua Sr. ‘84, Todd Keller ’85, Kenneth Loyd ‘86, Dr. Ambrose Martin III ‘76, Vernon Martin Jr. ‘73, Willie J. McKinney ‘90, Giovanni Morris ‘90, Donald Naylor Jr. ‘96, Shondra Patterson ‘97, Randall Schexnayder ‘80, Tamara Thomas ‘98, Dr. Kyshun Webster ’99, and Vernon Williams ‘85.

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He was one of the four students from the MLK Week-sponsoring local institutions (XU, Tulane, Dillard and Loyola) to receive a community service award during the convocation. Civic leader and businessman, Charles Teamer, a nationally-recognized expert in the field of higher education and financial management, was presented the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award during the same event.

Author, TV commentator and syndicated columnist Roland Martin delivered the keynote address at the convocation. Other MLK Week for Peace events included a community service day and expressions of unity celebration.

Amanda Williams, a senior biology/pre-dental major from Frisco TX (Frisco High), has been accepted into dental school at the Universities of Louisville and Tennessee.


Jasmine Branchcomb ’07, has been accepted into medical school at Howard University.

Candice Fields ’07, has been accepted into the medical education review program at Ross University Medical School.

JaNiya Nelson ’09, has been accepted into medical school at LSU-Shreveport and Howard University.

Owokunile Otubusin ’09, has been accepted into medical school at the University of Texas-San Antonio and the University of Texas-Galveston.

Nina Perrault ’08, has been accepted into medical school at LSU-New Orleans.

Steve Prince ’91 and family have collaborated on a new children's video book Cargo Billups Goes Looking for Lips. He did the illustrations based on wife Valerie’s text, while son Elijah did the narration. The production was further enhanced by Delfeayo Marsalis, who created the original score, and gospel recording artist Adrian Gause, who created the sing-a-long for the text. For more info visit HERE.

The Rev. Paul Whittington O.P. ’90, will be the keynote speaker at the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ 2010 Evangelization Conference Feb. 26.

George Washington ’09, has been accepted into medical school at Howard University.


Ralph Adamo (English) was interviewed on Fred Kasten’s WWNO radio books program (which airs between segments of NPR's morning show) regarding his editing of the Everette Maddox selected poetry book I Hope It's Not Over, And Goodbye published by UNO Press.

Dr. Bryan Bilyeu (dual degree engineering/chemistry) co-wrote a chapter "Gamma Radiation-Polymerized Metal Methacrylates for Adsorption of Metal Ions from Wastewater" for the new American Chemical Society book New Membranes and Advanced Materials for Wastewater Treatment. "

Dr. Conchetta White Fulton ’85 (pharmacy) was featured on the cover and in an interview for the January 2010 issue of News-Line for Pharmacists. You can view the issue HERE.

Katheryn Krotzer Laborde (English) had her creative nonfiction essay "Roads Taken" published in CrossRoads: A Southern Culture Annual published by Mercer University Press. Her essay is accompanied by her 13-page photo essay "Coming Home”.

Dr. David Lanoue (RosaMary Professor of English) collaborated with Carl Wiltse to create "Cup-of-Tea Poems", a composition for piano and choir that was recently performed and recorded by the Camarata Singers in Muskegon MI. He translated the texts for the song cycle from the Japanese of Kobayashi Issa.

1834 Got News for TMAX?

Recently been accepted into professional or graduate school, earned an advanced degree, received an internship or scholarship, won an award, secured a grant, had a book or article published, accepted a new job or promotion?

If so, why not share the good news with the XU community? Send an e-mail to the TMAX at rtucker@xula.edu – it’s really that simple.

1834 Xavier in the News

Three Try for Court Bench
- Marie Williams '93
2Houma Today
BP Gives $2.5 M to La. Schools
Helping Earthquake Victims
HBCUs Organize to Help Haiti1Houston Sun
Mobile Dental Unit
- Dr. Sharhonda Scott  '93

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