Volume 43 No. 01
January 2012








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1834 Basketball Update

MEN: The Gold Rush, ranked No. 21 in the most recent NAIA national poll, are 8-4 on the season overall.

WOMEN: The Nuggets, ranked No. 16 in the most recent NAIA national poll, are 8-5 on the season overall.

Check HERE for the latest updates on both teams.

1834 XU Basketball Broadcasts Online

Can’t make it to the Barn on game day?

You can watch live internet broadcasts of more than a dozen XU men's and women's basketball games this season from the comfort of your own home via Panhandle Sports Broadcasting (PSB). And it’s all free.

Fans can access the live broadcasts HERE.

1834 Spring Registration

Registration for the spring semester will be held (Jan. 5-6. More details are available HERE.

Classes begin MONDAY (Jan. 09).

1834 Students Publish Online Research

The newest issue (Vol. 9, No. 1) of XULAneXUS, the University’s online undergraduate research journal, is now available online HERE.

This issue includes articles from students in philosophy, psychology and sociology.

Students are encouraged to submit their work for the Spring 2012 issue by the Feb. 10 deadline. See the website for more details.

1834 EXCEL Program Seeks Leaders

The SuperScholar/EXCEL Summer Program is in search of Group Leaders for the 2012 program.

Group Leaders must be academically strong 2011-12 graduates of Xavier. Two males and two females will be hired and will be required to live on campus with the participants from June 18 – July 20. The positions each pay $2,000 plus housing and meals.

Interested applicants should call 504-520-7633 or email Program Coordinator Vernon Dunn.

1834 An Evening of Stars Rebroadcast

The annual UNCF An Evening of Stars celebration, will be re-aired Jan. 28 in New Orleans on CBS-TV at 10:35 p.m. and again on Jan. 29 on BET cable at 11:00 p.m.

It was originally broadcast in September 2011.

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 XU in the News

1Huffington Post
Top 10 HBCU
Successes of 2011
2Wall Street Journal
UNCF Intensifies Efforts to Help College Students
NFS Grad Fellowship
-Brittany Allison ‘09
2Clarion Herald
Lifting High the Cross for
St. Katharine Drexel Chapel
Xavier University to
Offer Chinese Courses

confucius IT'S OFFICIAL

Dr. Loren Blanchard, XU Senior VP for Academic Affairs, and Madame Xu Lin, Director General for Hanban, the Confucius Institute headquarters in Beijing (China), sign an agreement officially making Xavier the first HBCU in the U.S. and the first university in Louisiana to be awarded a Confucius Institute. A formal launch and grand opening will be held in 2012.

photo courtesy Dr. Monique Guillory


Senior administrators have signed a historic agreement that makes Xavier the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the nation and the first university in Louisiana to be awarded a Confucius Institute (CI).

Dr. Loren J. Blanchard, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs led a four-member delegation that consisted of Dr. Monique Guillory, Special Assistant to the Administration, Dr. Rosalind Hale, Chair of Xavier’s Division of Education, and Ms. Julia Wilson, an international consultant. The official document was endorsed by Ms. Lin Xu, Director General of Hanban, the Confucius Institute headquarters in Beijing.

In the process of developing the focus for the Institute, Xavier has partnered with HEBEI UNIVERSITY in Baoding, China. The two universities recently formalized their collaborative agreement upon the opening of the 6th Annual Confucius Institute Conference in Beijing. Xavier’s CI application was the only one approved in conjunction with this meeting. Joint programming for Xavier’s CI will specifically target language instruction (Mandarin and English), Education, Pharmacy and Art.


Educator, speaker and author Dr. Steve Perry will be the keynote speaker for the 26th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week for Peace, Jan. 16-21, 2012.

The Martin Luther King Week for Peace is presented by Xavier, Tulane, Loyola and Dillard Universities. This year’s theme is “When Push Comes to Shove: Where Will You Stand?”

Highlighting the week is Wednesday’s (Jan. 18) annual convocation during which Lifetime Achievement and Student Community Service awards will be presented. Students from all four universities will also be honored.



(from left) Breanna Thompson, Jade Crutch, and Shaniese Foster are all smiles after meeting with Dr. Kenneth Boutte, XU Associate Dean for Summer Programs and External Initiatives, about their forthcoming trip to the “Big Apple”, where the trio will participate in the NYU/Xavier Student Exchange Program.

photo by Irving Johnson III


Three Xavier students will be spending Spring 2012 in the "Big Apple" at New York University participating in the NYU/Xavier Student Exchange Program.

Participating in the program are: Jade Crutch, a sophomore political science major from Garland TX (Lakeview Centennial High); Shaniese Foster, a junior political science major from Houston TX (Westside High); and Breanna Thompson, a junior art major from Pass Christian MS (Pass Christian High).

“The student exchange program at Xavier gives students an opportunity to study and learn in a new and different environment at no additional cost, as well as a chance to take courses not offered here,” said Dr. Kenneth Boutte, Associate Dean for Summer Programs and External Initiatives. “Just as importantly, it enables students to explore post-graduate programs offered at those institutions.”

Students pay regular Xavier tuition, fees, and room and board using their financial aid and financial resources. They are responsible for their travel and educational materials such as books. Exchanges usually take place in the spring semester and eligible students are required to have a minimum 3.00 grade point average (GPA).

“It’s a two-way street because students at the other institutions have the option to spend a semester at Xavier,” said Boutte, noting that several NYU students have attended XU in past years.

Boutte said Xavier currently also has active student exchange agreements with Howard University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and is actively negotiating with other institutions to establish new programs that will provide even more student exchange opportunities.

For information on Xavier's student exchange programs, email Dr. Ken Boutte.

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“Hebei University and Xavier share the same vision for a Confucius Institute at Xavier,” said Professor Wang Hongrui, President of Hebei University. “We have appreciated the opportunity to learn more about this historic institution and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership.”

“We are pleased to embark on this partnership with Hebei University and to share with our students China’s remarkable language, history, and culture,” said Xavier President Norman C. Francis. “We are confident that this exchange will provide our students unprecedented access to Asia particularly at this critical historic moment of increased globalization,” Francis said.

In partnership with Hebei University, Xavier will start offering Mandarin courses in January concurrent with the campus’s anticipated official opening of the Confucius Institute in the earlier half of 2012.

1834 SKD Chapel Update

The construction of the new St. Katharine Drexel Chapel continues to excite the Xavier community as well as the city of New Orleans. The chapel is being designed by architects from the Cesar Pelli firm and they remain very pleased with the overall progress of the construction.

Due in part to the complexity of the building design as well as the many unique architectural components, the scheduled March 3, 2012 opening date has been postponed. The new date for the dedication and opening mass of the new chapel has not been determined and will be announced to the public at a future time.

Please call Institutional Advancement at 504-520-5797 with questions or for additional info.

There are more than 300 Confucius Institutes worldwide with roughly 80 in the United States. Through the Confucius Institute network, universities and k-12 schools receive substantial support in the development of Chinese language and culture programs. Several local and state officials commended Xavier on this historic achievement.

“Xavier’s Confucius Institute will contribute to the city’s economy and prosperity,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans who supported Xavier’s bid for the Confucius Institute. “The dynamic curriculum demonstrates a strong commitment to fostering leadership and service in a global context,” Landrieu said.

Senator Mary Landrieu (Democrat, Louisiana) echoed the mayor’s congratulatory sentiments. “I commend Xavier University for giving its students a phenomenal opportunity to experience Chinese culture. Xavier's Confucius Institute represents an exciting cross-cultural partnership, and I am pleased to support it.”

Xavier’s journey to the Confucius Institute began nearly two years ago through a cultural and economic delegation sent to China through the National Urban League. Urban League President and CEO, Marc Morial, was present at the inception of Xavier’s Confucius Institute and is pleased to see the idea come to fruition.

“The Confucius Institute at Xavier will be an essential step towards showcasing the richness of New Orleans and Xavier University to the world. Hopefully this will be the first of many similar initiatives at historically black colleges and universities to promote intellectual and cultural exchange with China,” Morial said.



Mia Holmes, a senior biology/premed major from New Orleans (Ben Franklin High), has been accepted into dental school at Howard University and Meharry Medical College.

Jasmine Watson, a senior chemistry/pre-med major from Lena, MS (Pisgah High), has been accepted into medical school at the University of Mississippi.


Brittany Allison ‘09, a chemistry student in the Meiler laboratory at Vanderbilt University, has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. She will start her fellowship after completing her training on the Chemical Biology Training Program, an NIH-funded initiative of Vanderbilt's Institute for Chemical Biology and the Chemistry Department.

Youshea Berry ’98, has been appointed by President Obama to the Bureau of Legislative and Public Affairs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she will serve as a congressional liaison between high level agency officials and members of Congress to voice the administration's policy priorities related to foreign assistance and appropriations. She previously worked as a legislative counsel for Senator Mary Landrieu (La.).

Luther St. James IV ’09, has been accepted into medical school at Tulane University and the University of Florida.

Calvin S. Tregre, Jr. ’96, an attorney with the law offices of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine P.C. in Cincinnati OH specializing in the areas of pharmaceutical and general products liability, personal injury, wrongful death, consumer protection, and civil rights litigation, has been named to the Board of Trustees at Cincinnati Country Day School.

Elijah J. Williams ’95, has been named a legislative affairs specialist in the External Relations Office at the NASA-Johnson Space Center in Houston TX.

Desiréia Valteau ’88, has been named associate producer at The Africa Channel, a cable network which chronicles the daily successes, celebrations and challenges of people living throughout Africa. She is based in North Hollywood CA.

The XU Alumni Lake Charles Chapter has elected the following officers for the 2012-2013: President, Cynthia Clay Guillory ’76; Vice President, Consuela Colston ’82; Recording Secretary, Cynthia Nolan White ’76; Corresponding Secretary, Chris Kees ’96; and Treasurer, Kathleen Dorsey Bellow ’97.


Sr. Shawnee Daniels-Sykes, SSND, Ph.D. (Institute for Black Catholic Studies) was presented the 2011 Vatican II Award for Distinguished Service for her outstanding contributions to the Church and society by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI.

Dr. David Lanoue (RosaMary Professor of English), gave the keynote address at the Haiku International Association conference in Tokyo, Japan. His talk was titled, "Issa's Frogs and Toads: Mirrors of Humanity."

Damon Williams, Jr. (Director, Graduate Placement) was honored as “Member of the Month” by the New Orleans Chapter of the National Black MBA Association.

XU has begun its preparations to send a group of students to Hebei University this summer to continue their language instruction. Hebei University is the only comprehensive university in the Hebei Province and was among the first institutions in China to admit international students since 1956. The university consists of 30 colleges with 86 undergraduate majors. Current enrollment is 47,000 students and 8,000 faculty members. Hebei University has also established a Confucius Institute with Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. That institution has expressed an interest in joint programming with Xavier’s Confucius Institute.

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In addition to the convocation, other MLK week activities include an interfaith service, Expressions of Unity celebration, and a community day of service. All events are free and the public is invited to participate.

Perry is the education columnist for CNN and Essence magazine, and the author of the bestselling self-published book Man Up! In his latest book, Push Has Come to Shove, Perry spares no sacred cows in describing what steps need to be taken to ensure that all American schools, whether urban or suburban, deliver a first-rate education to our kids – the kind of schooling that will return the United States to the top of the global education rankings.

He is also the founder of the Connecticut Collegiate Awareness Program (ConnCAP) at Capital Community College, which over a six-year period sent 100% of its low-income first-generation graduates to four-year colleges. That led to the establishment of the Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut’s lowest performing district, in 2004. Since its inception that school, too, has sent 100% of its graduates to four-year colleges. Capital Prep has been recognized by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best High Schools. 

Dr. Perry’s uncompromising, no-excuses approach to designing the ideal educational experience for children led to his being featured on CNN’s documentary “Black in America” and from there to an official role as a weekly education contributor to the network. His “Perry’s Principles” and other reportage, regularly seen on both Anderson Cooper 360 and American Morning, tackles the most contentious issues being debated in American education.

A nationally sought after speaker, he has also appeared on hundreds of radio and television broadcasts and at education and cultural forums around the country. 
The complete calendar of MLK events follows: 

Monday, Jan. 16
- Interfaith Service, 6:00 p.m.
    Lawless Chapel, Dillard University

Thursday, Jan. 19
- MLK Convocation: Reception 5:30 p.m.; Convocation 6:30 p.m.
    Presentation of Awards, Keynote Speaker Dr. Steve Perry
    University Center (Grand Ballroom), Xavier  

Friday, Jan. 20
- Expressions of Unity, 7:00 p.m.
    McAlister Auditorium, Tulane

Saturday, Jan. 21
- Community Day of Service, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
     Staging area, Loyola (Recreation Center)

For more information call 520-5420 or 865-5181.

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