Volume 44 No. 01 January 2013









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1834 Spring Registration

Registration for the 2013 Spring Semester will be held Jan. 10-11, with classes beginning Jan. 14.

Visit HERE for more details.

1834 Basketball Update

MEN: The Gold Rush, ranked No. 16 in the NAIA national poll, are 12-3 on the season following a 73-63 win at Belhaven to close out 2012. The men will be on the road the next two games before returning home to host Tougaloo Jan. 12.

WOMEN: The Nuggets, ranked No. 9 in the NAIA national poll, are 10-2 on the season after defeating nationally-ranked Bethel TN 75-67 in double overtime in their first outing of 2013.

Check HERE for the latest updates on both teams.

1834 Students Research
at Amistad Center

Two Students – Joi Martin, a senior English major / history minor from Garyville LA (East St. John High), and Alexis Parker, a sophomore history major from Long Beach CA (Junipero Serra High) – completed internships with the Amistad Research Center in New Orleans.

Visit HERE for their story. 

1834 Lawing to Lead
XU Volleyball

Hannah Lawing has been promoted to women's volleyball head coach, taking over for Christabell Hamilton, who resigned after leading the Gold Nuggets to Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships and berths in the NAIA National Championship in both her seasons.

Lawing joined the XU staff as an assistant coach in August and helped the Gold Nuggets finish 22-8 overall and 10-0 in the GCAC. They also repeated as GCAC Tournament champion before losing at 13th-ranked Georgetown KY in the opening round of the NAIA tourney.

It was Lawing's first season as a collegiate coach after serving as a varsity assistant at Heathwood Hall Episcopal High School in Columbia, S.C., in 2011 and co-head coach of the South Carolina Midlands 18s Elite club team this year. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.

Hamilton, whose teams were 45-15, left Xavier to rejoin her husband in Houston TX.

1834 Student Research Journal Online

The lastest issue of XULAneXUS, Xavier's online undergraduate research journal, is now available ONLINE. Volume 10/Issue 1 of the peer-reviewed academic journal, includes articles from students in Biology, Communications, English, and Psychology.

All Xavier students are encouraged to submit their work for inclusion in the next issue, which will be published in April. The submission deadline is March 1.

1834 Exhibit Features
Book by XU Prof

A book release and signing by XU associate dean and author Dr. Kim Vaz highlights the Jan. 18 opening celebration of the New Orleans’ Presbytere’s newest exhibit, “They Call Me Baby Doll: A Mardi Gras Tradition.”

The exhibit, which will be on display through December 2013, features the preservation and resurgence of 100 years of the “Baby Doll” masking, song and dance traditions of New Orleans.

Vaz’s book, The Baby Dolls: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition, tells the story of the first women’s street masking practices in the United States. It is available from the LSU PRESS. Vaz is associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a professor of education.

Visit HERE for more info on the event.

Representing Xavier at the 7th Confucius Institute Conference in Beijing were: (L to R) CI associate director Rongyao Wen, pharmacy dean Dr. Kathleen Kennedy, associate vp for academic affairs Dr. Marguerite Giguette, and CI director Dr. Yu Jiang. The group also met with officials from partner school Hebei University to plan future initiatives.

Photo Courtesy by Dr. Yu Jiang


University officials visited Xavier’s Confucius Institute partner school, Hebei University in Baoding (China), to plan future initiatives and attended the 7th Global Confucius Institute Conference Representatives in Beijing.

The delegation, led by Dr. Marguerite Giguette, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, also included Dr. Kathleen Kennedy, Dean of the College of Pharmacy; and Dr. Yu Jiang and professor Rongyao Wen, the XU Confucius Institute directors. 

During the visit, a variety of topics were explored with administrators, faculty, and students from Hebei, including summer trips to China for XU students, rotation opportunities for pharmacy students; faculty and student exchange programs in education, art, music, and business, and visiting Hebei faculty experts.

More than 300 Confucius Institutes worldwide attended the conference.


he University will host its annual open house for prospective students Jan. 31 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

"Explore Xavier" gives students and their parents the opportunity to meet individually with representatives from academic departments, Admissions, Financial Aid, Fiscal Services, and the various programs under Student Services (Health Service, GradStar, Career Services, Housing and Residence Life, Student Government, sororities and fraternities, to name a few) to learn about their offerings.

Campus tours are also given throughout the evening. Free tickets will be available to that night's women's basketball game. Attendees should go to the University Center to begin open house.

Visit HERE for more info or call 1-877-XavierU.


A panel discussion on affirmative action featuring several prominent national and local leaders highlights the 27th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week for Peace, Jan. 21-26, 2013.

The theme for this year’s event – a joint collaboration between Xavier, Tulane, Loyola and Dillard Universities – is “Keep Calm and D.R.E.A.M.”

The headliner event of the week-long celebration – the annual MLK Convocation on Jan. 22 – will be hosted this year by Dillard University. The panel discussion, “The Continuing Need for Affirmative Action in a Diverse America” will be moderated by MSNBC host and Tulane University professor Melissa Harris-Perry. Panel members will include Dillard University President Dr. Walter Kimbrough, Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson, Spelman College professor Dr. William Jelani Cobb, Loyola University law professor Bill Quigley, and Xavier University professor and political pollster Silas Lee.

Lifetime achievement and student community service awards will also be presented at the opening event. Students from all four universities will also be honored.

In addition to the convocation, other MLK week activities include inauguration watch parties at the respective schools, an interfaith service, an Expressions of Unity celebration, a special student event, and a community day of service. All events are free and the public is invited to participate.

Visit HERE for the complete schedule of events.
Students / Alumni / FacultyStaff


Monique Desvignes, a senior chemistry premed major from New Orleans (Karr High), has been accepted into St. James Medical School and the University of Medicine and Health Sciences-St. Kitts.

Christen Harris, a biology/premed major from Franklin LA (Franklin High), has been accepted into the LSU-New Orleans School of Medicine.

Telycia Peters, a senior chemistry/premed major from Newport News VA (Woodside High), has been accepted into the University of Virginia and Campbell University Osteopathic Medical Schools.

Courtney Royal, a senior biology/premed major from Kenner LA (Ursuline Academy), has been accepted into University of Rochester School of Medicine via its Early Assurance Program.

Justin Spraglin, a senior biology/premed major from New Orleans (Benjamin Franklin High), has been accepted into Tulane University School of Medicine via its Early Acceptance Program.

Taylor Reuther, a sophomore pre-pharmacy major from Metairie LA (Dominican High) and a standout on the Nuggets volleyball team, is Xavier’s first female to be named Capital One Academic All-America. She was chosen to the college division third team. She earned a 3.90 GPA while being named Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year.


Six business majors presented a plan for exporting shoes to Liberia (Steps for Empowerment) to executives at the 3M Corporation in St. Paul MN as part of their Sales for Social Impact Class. On hand were: (seated, L-R) Gina Ricard, Anjanique Hill, and Jacqre' Stewart; (standing, L-R) Division of Business Chair Dr. Joe Ricks, Jr. and Conrad N. Hilton Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship Mark Quinn, Nnenia Clark, Jacobe' Hollins, Timothy Jackson, and 3M marketing analyst Stacey Windon ’11.

Photo Courtesy 3M


A team of XU students presented a business plan to executives at the 3M Corporation in St. Paul MN.

The six students, all seniors, teamed up to present a business plan called “Steps for Empowerment”, an initiative to export used shoes to Liberia. The group included: Nnenia Clark, a business-finance major from Riverdale GA (The Paideia School); Gina Ricard, a business-sales/marketing major from South Orange NJ (Columbia High); Anjanique Hill, a business-sales/marketing major from Marrero LA (L.W. Higgins High); Jacobe Hollins, business-management major from Houston TX (C.E. King High);  Jacqre’ Stewart, a chemistry major from Fresno TX (Hightower High); and Timothy Jackson, a business-management major from Opelika AL (Opelika High).

In addition to making the presentation, the students had the opportunity to meet with 3M executives from a number of its operating units. 3M uses this event as a place to identify talent and to stimulate students to address global issues using business principles.

“The Sales for Social Impact class combines the characteristics of Xavier’s Sales & Marketing Program with the Entrepreneurship Institute to give students the opportunity to address real world issues,” said professor Mark Quinn, XU’s Conrad N. Hilton Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship. “We are preparing our students for viable careers with corporations while developing their entrepreneurial skills.”

“We are grateful for the opportunity to dig deep into today’s global issues and the challenges of other lower developmental countries” said Jackson. “The experience of presenting a plan and responding to questions in an authentic corporate setting helped me greatly.”

A number of XU graduates have joined 3M as interns and full time employees in recent years. The Sales for Social Impact class is offered in the fall semester and all Xavier students regardless of their major are welcome to enroll.

Additional information on these activities is available by contacting Quinn at mquinn@xula.edu or at 520-5046.


The performance by the Xavier Music Department at the French Quarter Festival has been nominated for a Big Easy Award for "Best Performance of New Classical Music." 

The performance, which took place in April 2012, included a number of pieces performed by the Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. John Ware ‘77, a song cycle written by Dr. Daniel Shore and performed by Darah Rahming ‘95, and several scenes from Shore’s own opera, "Freedom Ride".

The winners will be announced at the Big Easy "Tribute to the Classical Arts" banquet Jan. 7 at the Hotel Monteleone. This will be the fourth year in a row that Xavier's Music Department has been featured at the event, including Dr. Ware's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. 

Two other ensembles who have been nominated for awards, OperaCreole and the 9th Ward Opera Company, also feature current Xavier music students, recent alumni, and faculty.


iMon Franklin, Xavier's talented women's basketball guard, knows plenty about disappointment and coming back stronger.

In 2010, low grades disqualified her from registering for XU's second summer session. She appealed to the university and lost and was not readmitted until January 2011 after winning a second appeal.

"It was very humbling for me," said Franklin, now a fifth-year XU senior and a graduate of St. Joseph's Academy in Baton Rouge, La. "I thought, wow — is this really happening to me?"

But look at Franklin now. She changed majors – it’s business management after many struggles in chemistry/pre-pharmacy – and has excelled. Since XU readmitted her, Franklin has passed 78 hours with a 3.5 GPA on a 4-point scale. Her 3.67 GPA in 2011-12 qualifed her for the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Honor Roll. She produced the highest GPA on her team in 2011-12 and tied for seventh among Xavier's 73 student-athletes. Best of all, she's on course to receive a bachelor’s degree from Xavier on May 11.

"That's what I respect about Monee Franklin," XU head coach Bo Browder said. "She got knocked down, but she got up fighting."
Franklin said determination and faith in God were the keys to her comeback.

"I had to take ownership for what I had done," she said. "I had to own up for it and get focused on what I've done and what needed to be done. All of this brought me closer to God. When I trust in Him, that is when I succeed. I am nothing without God."

SiMone Franklin

Franklin was ineligible to play for the Gold Nuggets in 2010-11 after starting her first two seasons for teams which were a combined 51-15, but last season she picked up where she left off. Franklin led the Nuggets with 10 points per game and 74 made free throws and was second with 70 steals. She was All-GCAC and chosen MVP of the GCAC Tournament, which Xavier won for the third consecutive year. The Gold Nuggets finished 26-9 after reaching the second round of the NAIA Division I National Championship.

Through the first 12 games this season — Xavier is 10-2 and ranked ninth in NAIA D-I — Franklin leads the Nuggets with 9.5 points per game. She had career highs of 25 points and nine rebounds Saturday in a 66-64 loss to NAIA No. 24 Faulkner in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Montgomery, Ala. — that helped her earn her first GCAC Player of the Week award — but Franklin isn't shooting for those numbers every game.

"I just want to be a solid player," said Franklin, who needs 70 points to become the 19th XU woman to reach 1,000 in a career. "I want to be able to contribute on offense and defense. I want to be a great team player and bring energy to the floor. We have a very talented team. It could be anyone's night (to score 25)."

Franklin is the team's only senior and the captain.

"Monee leads by example," Browder said. "She communicates very well, but she leads by example even better. She's the hardest worker on the team, and that's what you want from your captain."

Said Franklin, "To be a team captain, you have to have great preparation and be able to communicate to a group of people. You have to be able to motivate people and create an atmosphere where people are excited to work together. I'm blessed to have this opportunity. It's definitely great preparation for the real world. I have a very understanding boss in Coach Browder, but he's very demanding."

After basketball season, Franklin will compete on XU's track and field team – she was a Class 5A state champion in the 800-meter run as a 10th-grader – then enter the workforce after graduation. Eventually, she'll pursue a master's degree.

MLK Schedule

Monday, Jan. 21

- Inauguration Watch Party
     Contact each school for their respective time and location.

Tuesday, Jan. 22
- MLK Convocation
    Panel Discussion: The Continuing Need for Affirmative Action in a Diverse America
    Reception 5:30 p.m.; Convocation 6:30 p.m.
    George’s Auditorium, Dillard University

Wednesday, Jan. 23
- Interfaith Service
    6:00 p.m.
    St. Katherine Drexel Chapel, Xavier University

Friday, Jan. 25
- Expressions of Unity and Step Off for the Dream
     7:00 p.m.
    Roussell Hall, Loyola University
- MLK Student Event, 9:30 p.m.
    Danna Center, Loyola University

Saturday, Jan. 26
- MLK Community Day of Service
    8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Staging area: McAlister Auditorium, Tulane University

For more information call 520-5450.

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Marina (Ghaly) Wassif, a P3 pharmacy student from Metairie LA (Bonnabel High), had her COE Scholars project, “Clinical Pharmacy Faculty Interventions in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: An Eight-Month Review,” published in the Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Her mentor is Dr. Joseph LaRochelle (pharmacy).

Schuyler Williams
, a senior biology/premed major form Collierville TN (Houston High), has been accepted into Meharry Medical College.

Yves-Yvette Young, a junior Psychology major from St. Paul, MN (Ponchatoula High School) presented a poster, “Sexual and Reproductive Health:  Differentials by Age, Gender, Urbanicity and Wealth among adolescents in developing countries” at the 2012 ABRCMS Conference in San Jose CA.  She was the recipient of a Presentation Award in the category of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health. She is a McNair/MARC scholar at XU.


Dr. Katrice Albert ‘94 has been appointed vice president for equity and diversity at the University of Minnesota. She is currently vice provost for equity, diversity, and community outreach and as the chief diversity officer at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

Lauren Ausama ’11 has been accepted into Meharry Medical College.

Mary Brown ’72
, executive director and co-founder of Life Pieces to Masterpieces, an academic enrichment program for young Black males in Washington, D.C., has been selected to receive the John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award from Georgetown University.

John Fuller ’58, a registered pharmacist in Pasadena CA, was featured in the Holy Family Church bulletin in recognition of his more than 50 years of service to both the parish and the community.

Mary E. Green ’06 has been accepted into the LSU-New Orleans School of Medicine.

Dr. Ebonee Johnson ’05 has earned a Ph.D. with a major in rehabilitation psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Andrea Lee ’09 has been accepted into Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Hanh-My Tracy Tran ’11 has been accepted into the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Vi Truong Tran ‘09 has been accepted into University of Queensland (Australia) Medical School/Ochsner New Orleans Clinical School.

Ashley Williams ’12 has been accepted into Meharry Medical College and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine-Georgia Campus.


Dr. Thomas Bonner, Jr. (Emeritus) has "Seppe", flash fiction, published in New Orleans by New Orleans (Smolarcorp).

Dr. Kathleen Kennedy (Dean, College of Pharmacy) was featured in an article, “Putting Patients First” in the fall 2012 issue of the University of California-San Francisco’s alumni magazine.

Dr. Joseph LaRochelle (pharmacy) co-authored a paper, “Recommendations for Meeting the Pediatric Patient’s Need for a Clinical Pharmacist: A Joint Opinion of the Pediatrics Practice and Research Network of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group”, published in the Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology
and Therapeutics.

Dr. Bonnie Noonan (English) had an article, "Love in the Composition Classroom,"
published in the Louisiana English Journal, Vol. 14 (2012).

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