Volume 44 No. 02 February 2013












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1834 625 ScholarsMake Fall 2012 Dean's List

A total of 625 student scholars made the Dean's List during the fall 2012 semester, according to XU Registrar Avis Stuard.

Students merited a spot on the honor roll by earning a semester grade point average of 3.3 or above while taking at least 12 semester hours. The honor students listed below are grouped by major and include their classifications, high schools and/or (hometowns). Unless otherwise noted, the latter is New Orleans.

The complete lists are available HERE (College of Arts & Sciences) and HERE at (College of Pharmacy).

1834 Miranti Named to State BESE Board

Dr. Judith Miranti (education) has been named to the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

The 11-member board is the state’s policy-maker for all Louisiana public elementary and secondary schools. It also performs certain administrative functions for the state’s non-public elementary and secondary schools.

Miranti, who serves as counseling program director in the XU Division of Education, has been involved in education for more than 50 years. She has served on the Blue Ribbon Commission for the redesign of teacher education, as president of the Louisiana Association for College of Teacher Education, and on the State's task force for the accountability system.

 She was also instrumental in the development of the state’s partnership with National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). 

1834 Basketball Update

MEN: The Gold Rush, ranked No. 13 in the NAIA national poll, are 19-4 overall and 6-1 in conference play on the season following their most recent 57-53 win at Mobile. The men will host Talladega this Saturday (Feb. 2) at noon.

WOMEN: The Nuggets, ranked No. 14 in the NAIA national poll, are 16-4 overall and 5-2 in conference play. The women also host Talladega this Saturday (Feb. 2) at 2:00 p.m.

Check HERE for the latest updates on both teams.

1834 Convocation Center Hosts SB Activities

Xavier’s new Convocation Center will be the host site for the Super Bowl-affiliated Gridiron Celebrity Hoops XV Feb. 2 at 7:00 p.m. Visit HERE for details.

Earlier the University's newest facility hosted three other NFL-sanctioned community activities: a "Hiring Our Heroes" a job fair for military families sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a community-based food distribution sponsored by Feed the Children, and a community health fair.

1834 Tennis Opens
New Campus Digs

A new campus venue and plenty of matches against NAIA tournament qualifiers and NCAA Div. 1 opponents await the men’s and women’s tennis teams in 2013.

The Nuggets opened the season Jan. 25 with a win over Loyola at the new $2.5 million XU Tennis Center; the Rush opener was postponed.

The teams will play six more duals at the facility. It’s the first time since 1959-60 that XU has hosted outdoor intercollegiate competition on its campus.

Visit HERE for more info and the complete schedules.

1834 DFW Alumni Plan Mardi Gras Ball

he XU Dallas-Ft. Worth Alumni Chapter will host its 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Ball and Scholarship Fundraiser Feb. 15 at 8:00 p.m. at Edison's, 1724 Cockrell Ave., in Dallas TX.

Proceeds will benefit the chapter's student scholarship fund. Cost is $55 per person.

To purchase tickets call Donna Bush at (504) 915-5979.

Vanencia Lynch, a senior psychology major from Houston TX, is congratulated by XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis after receiving a student community service award during the 27th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Week for Peace Celebration for her leadership role in the University’s MAX service program and in urban girl scouting..

Photo by Irving Johnson III


Vanencia Lynch, a senior psychology major from Houston TX (Westfield High School), was honored for her community service during the 27th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Week for Peace Celebration.

Lynch, whose career goals include graduate study in clinical adolescent counseling and a foundation to mentor and inspire young adolescents, was recognized for emulating the true spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and for embracing the Xavier’s mission of leadership and service, particularly in the area of urban girl scouting. more


Xavier will launch its Big Read program in celebration of Ernest J. Gaines’s novel A Lesson Before Dying with a keynote event Saturday, Feb. 23, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. Xavier, along with its partner, the New Orleans Public Library, was one of only 78 not-for-profits awarded a grant to host a Big Read project between September 2011 and June 2012. The Big Read in New Orleans focuses on A Lesson Before Dying by Louisiana native Ernest J. Gaines.


The XU Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of Dr. Loren Blanchard to serve as the University’s first Provost effective July 1, 2013.

Blanchard, who will continue to serve as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, will now also act as University President Norman C. Francis’ chief advisor, providing leadership in establishing priorities and in collaborating with all organizational units to advance the mission and the continuing success of the institution. In the Provost’s role, Blanchard will become the ranking Vice President who coordinates the work of the other University Vice Presidents. more



Accomplished professionals from the public and private sectors will visit the campus Feb. 24-26 to participate in the Office of Career Service’s annual Youth Motivation Task Force/Black Executive Exchange Program (YMTF/BEEP).

The team of 55 African American professionals includes attorneys, educators, and entrepreneurs, as well as representatives from various state and federal government agencies, the military, the medicine/health sciences, fine arts, and business arena. This year’s event is sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps. more


Xavier has been awarded a $330,000 grant by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of its comprehensive engaged reading program.

The three-year grant, “Creating a Culture of Critical Reading,” will allow the University to continue the work begun in 2010 with its “Read Today, Lead Tomorrow” initiative, a multi-faceted and broad-ranging approach designed to develop a culture of critical reading among students. more


(L-R) XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis, archdiocesan archivist Dr. Lee Leumas, Loyola University President Dr. Kevin Wildes, S.J., and New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond gather during the American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA) luncheon, at which Francis was honored for his “Distinguished Service to Catholic Studies”.

photo by Irving Johnson III

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As a project coordinator with MAX (Mobilization at Xavier) – the University’s umbrella community service organization – she undertook the challenge of resurrecting and re-invigorating the Girls Scouts at Xavier campus program and also successfully organized a Girl Scouting program in the Iberville Housing Development. The urban girl scouting program focuses on mentoring, tutoring and life skills.

In addition to leading the two scouting programs, Lynch currently serves as a MAX executive board member and assists with planning Xavier Service Saturdays, monthly one-day service projects in the community.

She was one of four students (one from each of the MLK Week-sponsoring local institutions: XU, Tulane, Dillard and Loyola) to receive a community service award during MLK Week’s signature convocation. Other events included an inauguration watch party, an interfaith service, an expressions of unity celebration, and a community service day

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The Feb. 23 kick-off event will feature an appearance by the author – a Louisiana native – who will be interviewed about his life and his work on stage by Fox 8 News Anchor Nancy Parker. The event is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be provided. Each attendee will be eligible to receive a free copy of the novel.

“The Big Read is a direct response to an increasing devaluation of reading as a habit and as a skill,” said Dr. Jason Todd, QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) director at Xavier. “In recent years Xavier has made a commitment to battle that devaluation on our campus. Through the Big Read we will be able to extend our efforts throughout New Orleans.”
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Loren Blanchard, in applauding receipt of the NEA grant, said, “This as a tremendous opportunity to both recognize a Louisiana literary legend and promote the significance of engaged reading as a lifelong treasure.”

The Big Read in New Orleans will be held from Feb. 23 through March 23, with a full calendar of events scheduled, including books discussions, film screenings, essay contests, and an oral history project involving area high school students. The events are being held in cooperation with several local bookstores, library branches, and social organizations. Throughout those four weeks, more than 1,000 copies of A Lesson Before Dying will be given away. Copies will be available at some events, as well as at both the Main Branch of the New Orleans Public Library and the Library Resource Center at Xavier.

For more information contact Todd at 520-5292 or jtodd@xula.edu. The full calendar of events and other info is available HERE.

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In the new dual role, Blanchard will not only hold primary responsibility for implementing academic policy and coordinating academic programs and activities but will now assume a more active role with Dr. Francis in expanding the economic, social and cultural impacts of Xavier by strengthening partnerships within the local, state, national and global arenas.

Michael Rue, President of Xavier’s Board of Trustees, stated that “with the increasing pressures facing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) like Xavier, I can think of no better time for Dr. Blanchard to step into this critical administrative role to work strategically with Dr. Francis to ensure the University’s continuing growth and competitiveness.”

Over the past five years, Blanchard has been Xavier’s chief academic officer after previously serving in similar posts at the University of Louisiana System in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans for nearly seven years, total.

“As an alumnus, it is clear to me that the success of faculty, students and Xavier as a whole runs vibrantly through Blanchard’s bloodstream”, said Dr. Norman Francis, who has served as President of Xavier University for almost 45 years. “He works hard to ensure that Xavier stands at the forefront of excellence in all aspects of our work.  We are glad and fortunate to have Blanchard now serve in this inaugural role of Provost at his alma mater.”

Students / Alumni / FacultyStaff


Chantel Bonner, a sophomore biology/pre-medicine major from Pascagoula MS (Pascagoula High) is studying at Veritas University in Costa Rica this spring via the International Studies Abroad (ISA) program.


Dr. Katrice Albert ’94 has been named vice president of equity and diversity at the University of Minnesota, where she will lead the University’s access, equity, and diverse multicultural resources and programs, She previously served as vice provost and chief diversity officer at LSU.

LaToya Cantrell ’96 has been elected to the New Orleans City Council, representing  District B (which includes parts of Mid-City, Central City, Broadmoor, Uptown, the Lower Garden District and the Central Business District).

Dr. Jessica Long ’05 has earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Curriculum & Instruction from Texas A&M University.

Alejandro Perkins ’99 has been named a partner in the Baton Rouge LA law firm of Hammonds, Sills, Adkins and Guice, LLP, specializing in complex litigation, education law, and insurance defense.

Jacquelynn Orr ’00, director for practice management at Princeton Healthcare System in Princeton NJ, was presented the 2013 Early Careerist Healthcare Award by the American College of Healthcare Executives of New Jersey (ACHE-NJ), a professional society with over 800 members who direct management services and programs within health care facilities, networks and related organizations in New Jersey and surrounding areas.


Dr. Ronald Dorris '72 (African American Studies/English) had an article, "Frenzy:  Framing Discourse to Set Text in a Cultural Continuum," published in the anthology Perspectives on Percival Everett.

Dr. David Lanoue (RosaMary Professor of English) has been elected President of the Haiku Society of America.

Dr. Silas Lee (sociology) served as the plenary presenter at the MLK "Protecting and Expanding Democracy" program in Philadelphia PA and as a panelist on "The Continuing Need for Affirmative Action in a Diverse America," at the annual MLK Week for Peace celebration in New Orleans. He also authored an article in the ebook Haternation: How Incivility and Racism are Dividing Us, and was a co-pollster for the NAACP Battleground Election Eve Poll. Additionally, he was named one of the recipients of the MLK, Jr. Jazz Awards.

Dr. Nancy Martino (speech pathology) and Corinne Williams, a senior speech pathology major from Lynwood IL (Thornton Fraction South High), had an article, “African American English Usage and Development by Children During Story Retells”, published in the ECHO Journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing, Fall, 2012.

Carolyn Thomas ’71 (career placement) had an article, “The Power of Networking,” published in the latest issue of Diversity Employers magazine.

Two Division of Business faculty members – Dr. Cary Caro and Dr. Richard Peters – won Best Paper in Session Awards at the Clute Institute Academic Conference 2013, held in Maui. Both papers – “Redesigning MGMT 4010S: Creating a Cause of Social Responsibility and Social Justice” by Caro and "Changing the way we do things: Transformation in Academia" by Peters - were developed based on work they completed under funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Faculty Communities of Teaching Scholars (FaCTS) initiative grants.

Blanchard holds a B.S. from Xavier in Speech Pathology; a M.Ed. in Educational Administration from McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana; and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.  His professional expertise centers on assessment and accreditation planning.  Blanchard was largely instrumental in co-creating an electronic-based assessment system used by nearly every teacher education program in Louisiana for accreditation purposes.  This system was later sold and is now commercially marketed.

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In addition to pre-arranged visits to classrooms to share their stories and give advice on how to succeed in life after college, the consultants will be available to meet with individual students Feb. 25 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

This year’s YMTF/BEEP team, chaired by XU Director of Career Services Carolyn Duvigneaud Thomas ’71, features 30 other alumni, including: Monica Bertran ’88, Kenneth Boutte, Sr. ’76, Kenneth Boutte Jr. ’09, Chad Broussard ’99, Charlese Brown ’81, Michael Campbell ’82, Conchetta Carpenter ’99, Lynette Causey ’72, Clement Dugue ’80, Veronica Harrison ’86, Kimberly Henderson ’03, Paula Narcisse Hooks ’89, Kristi Hubbard ’78, Adrienne Johnson ’95, Frank Joshua ’84, Algernon Kelley ’04, Amanda Kelley ’06, Victor Labat ’55, Ivan Lemelle ’71, Ambrose Martin ’76, Vernon Martin Jr. ’73, Willie McKinney ’90, Giovanni Morris ’90, Latoya Moseley ’03, Andrea Rance ’09, Larry Rivarde ’74, Randall Schexnayder ’80, Anthony Sharp ’06, Melanie Sullivan ’88, and Albert Tripps ’72.

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“It has been well-documented that American teenagers are not graduating from high school with the critical skills necessary to excel at the college level, and one of the greatest areas of concern is reading,” said Jason Todd, QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) director at Xavier and principal investigator for the grant. “Simply put: American teenagers are neither reading enough nor well enough.”

“Three years ago we conducted an internal review which confirmed that Xavier students were not immune to this trend, so we made the decision to aggressively address the problem here at the college level,” he said. “We are pleased to say that we have since seen measureable positive outcomes as a result of our initiative, and this new grant will allow us to fully implement it.”

From the beginning, the focus of the initiative has been on fostering faculty development, implementing active reading strategies in and out of the classroom, developing and facilitating literary communities, and incorporating reading-based service learning opportunities.

1834 Summer Programs Offered at Xavier

For summer 2013, Xavier
once again offers an exciting array of pre-college and collegiate summer programs.  Apply today!

Visit HERE for more info and to apply online.

1834 Xavier-Dillard Classic Tickets

Tickets for the upcoming Feb. 23 Xavier-Dillard Crosstown Basketball Classic, the first game(s) in the long rivalry to be played in XU’s new Convocation Center, will go on sale Feb. 18.
Tickets for the men’s and women’s doubleheader can be purchased for $5 each at the Convocation Center Box Office from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday- Thursday (Feb. 18-21). Tickets purchased on game day will cost $10 at the Box Office, which opens at 2:00 p.m.

XU students can pick up one free ticket with their ID from Student Activities Office from Feb. 18-21 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Moving forward, the University will re-double efforts to incorporate discipline-specific, active-reading into the classroom – including providing financial funding to those faculty members willing to experiment with novel approaches to integrating critical reading instruction. In addition, this past fall each academic department began offering both a mandatory entry-level class that introduces critical reading skills and an upper-level class that reinforces critical reading.

One component of the initiative that has met with great enthusiasm since its introduction is the “Shared Reading” program, which requires all incoming freshman to read the same book selection during the summer, and then discuss and reflect on the reading as part of their mandatory Freshman Seminar course.

The program has been enhanced by a speaker series which brings of the author of the selected book to campus. This year’s shared reading is The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, a book about two African American men with the same name who, as children, lived almost identical lives in urban Baltimore. This past fall, author Wes Moore spoke before a campus audience of more than 800.

Other members of the Xavier community have also been encouraged to participate in the shared reading and in the literary communities (books clubs, journal clubs, etc.) which have emerged on campus.

“Xavier has established a robust reading program that promises to transform the learning community,” said Todd, noting that an earlier two-year planning grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation which funded an increase in the faculty development components of the initiative, has been critical to the initiative’s success to date. “We are pleased that the Foundation has found merit in our efforts so far, and more so, that they have provided us with the financial support to see it through.”

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