Volume 40 No. 07
July 09
Popular Summer Programs
Keep Campus Alive
You’ve got to applaud teenagers who will give up their free summers to go to school, but then that’s a regular occurrence at Xavier ... [ more ]
COP Faculty Named Editor
of Major Heath Journal
A College of Pharmacy faculty member, Dr. Leonard Jack, Jr., has been named as the editor-in-chief of the Society for Public Health Education’s (SOPHE) peer-reviewed journal Health Promotion Practice (HPP)  ... [ more ]
Pharmacy Opens new
Health and Wellness Center
Xavier's commitment to its initiatives focusing on minority health disparities and diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure was reinforced by the ribbon cutting for the College of Pharmacy’s new Health & Wellness Center  ... [ more ]


1834 XU Saddened by Death
of Former Trustee

The Xavier community sadly notes the death of William T. McCaffrey, a long-time friend and supporter of the university and former chair of its Board of Trustees June 18.
McCaffrey, who had retired in 1998 as Senior Executive Vice President of Equitable Life, and Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of The Equitable Companies, joined the Xavier University Board of Trustees in 1982 after earlier service on the Business Advisory Committee.

McCaffrey worked tirelessly on Xavier’s behalf. He served four terms on the Board, including four years as chairman. During that tenure also chaired the development committee and was at the forefront of the University’s first two Capital Campaigns, which raised more than $70 million towards expansion of the campus. He was named a Trustee Emeritus in 2001.
Despite personal health challenges for the past several years, he never lost interest in Xavier's continued progress and well being. The main ballroom of the University Center is named in honor of him and his wife Mary.

1834 Bard Urban Studies Series at Xavier

The Bard Urban Studies in New Orleans Program at Xavier is bringing local scholars and civic leaders together again this summer for a series of lectures and panel discussions relating to neighborhood-level revitalization projects in post-Katrina New Orleans.

Upcoming events include: (July 9) a panel discussion, “New Roles for Urban Planning in and Beyond New Orleans,” on July 09 and a discussion with XU President Dr. Norman Francis on July 23.

Both events will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the XU University Center, Room 201. Admission is free. Contact Michelle Balan at 504-520-7652 for more info.

1834 Join the XU Alumni
Online Community!

Want to make sure you’re on the mail and e-mail lists to get the latest news and info about your alma mater? Want to stay in touch with your former classmates and other Xavierites, and receive up-to-date info on alumni and class events?  

Then you’ll want to join the Alumni Online Community, a password-protected website available only to registered members. Some features of the community are: individual profile pages, an alumni directory, online event registration, reunion class notes, e-mail forwarding for life, a career directory and chapter pages. 

It’s easy to join, just visit HERE.

1834 Career Assistance
Offered to Alumni

Alumni Affairs and Career Services have formed a partnership designed to assist alumni currently in the job search process.

Whether you are a recent graduate or seeking a career change after many years, check out XU’s new on-line job bank and web-based recruiting system, Gold Rush Express.[username: your email address; password: xavier (all lowercase letters)]

1834 Yearbook Seeks Help for CD Project

In an effort to assist all those alumni who lost yearbooks during Katrina, the Yearbook Office is planning to make digital files of the various books and burn CD's for each year.

In order to do that, however, they are asking faculty, staff and alumni who have “extras” to donate their yearbooks for this worthy cause. Please note that the yearbooks WILL NOT be returned, as the spines will be cut off to facilitate photographing of the individual pages.

For more info call 504-520-5404 or email vcfarve@xula.edu.

1834 '02-05 Combination Yearbook Available

Speaking of yearbooks, alumni should note that the Xavierite 2002-2005 combination yearbook will be here in early July. To have the book mailed, send an email to vcfarve@xula.edu with your name and mailing address.

Local alumni are asked to pick up their books in the yearbook office, XU South Room 109. This book is for students who attended Xavier in the fall 2002 through spring 2005.

1834 Xavier in the News

1Food Network
Jamika Brings It!
- Jamika Pessoa '01
Leading Professionals
- Shirley Washington '54


Participants in the College of Pharmacy's COE Summer Enrichment program - (from left) Dominique Cook of St. Augustine High, Kaelyn Charbonnet of Ursuline Academy and Jalen Johnson of St. Augustine High - enjoy a break in the air-conditioned chemistry lab, where this day they learned to calculate the volume and density of unknown sustances. Who said learning isn't fun?

photo by Irving Johnson III



You’ve got to applaud teenagers who will give up their free summers to go to school, but then that’s a regular occurrence at Xavier.

Anyone observing the ages of the students who are keeping the campus jumping during the hot summer months would correctly surmise that area elementary school, high school and college students have responded to the University diverse set of offerings by filling most of the programs to capacity.

The 12 pre-college students which began in late May and June, among them: the Biomedical Scholar Summer program, BioStar, Business Achievers, pharmacy’s Center of Excellence Summer Enrichment Program, engineering’s EPsAR Program, the Mardi Gras Indian Arts Summer Program, MathStar, the New Orleans Urban Initiative, STEM Scholars, Summer Bridge-Upward Bound, SuperScholar/EXCEL and Upward Bound – have already attracted more than 525 students to the campus between them.

The two remaining programs that will be opening in July, ChemStar and SOAR1, are expected to add another 155 students to that number.

Not to be outdone, XU’s regular summer school, which offers college credits in a variety of undergraduate disciplines at discounted tuition rates, also reported a brisk 936 students attending the recently concluded Summer Sessions I and III. Attendance figures aren't available for Summer Session II, which is just getting underway.

But it is undoubtedly the pre-college programs – each with a unique focus but a common purpose – which give the campus a different feel during the summer months.

A prime example is the College of Pharmacy’s COE high school initiative, a four-week session designed to give a select group of high school students with an expressed interest in pharmacy a broader perspective of the academic requirements of the program and exposure to career opportunities in the profession.

As an added benefit, the 30 lucky students accepted into the highly competitive program receive reinforcement of important math and science concepts, a wealth of new content material, and some hands-on lab experience, all of which are sure to help them when they return to their respective high schools in the fall. The educational field trips are lagniappe.   


A total of 542 student scholars made the Dean's Honor Roll during the spring ’09 semester, according to records released by Avis Stuard, registrar.

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. For the complete list of honor students, click HERE.

Apparently the benefits have not been lost on its participants.

“I’m trying to decide between pharmacy and other medical fields, and I wanted to see what pharmacy was all about,” said Kaelyn Charbonnet, a junior at Ursuline Academy. “What I’ve found out is that it is very hard, but it’s a challenge and I am really enjoying it.”

Charbonnet said some of the things she enjoys most about the program is the opportunity to conduct hands-on lab work (something not readily available in high school), and the chance to learn new things and to meet new people.

That’s a sentiment certainly not unique to the pharmacy program; moreso, it is a common thread that runs the gamut of XU summer programs.

Still another two other COE participants, Dominique Cook and Jalen Johnson, both juniors at St. Augustine High School, had a similar objectives going into the program, and apparently, got the same things out of it.

“I’ve learned a lot of things that I think will help me in my chemistry and algebra II classes this year, said Cook, who himself is torn between very diverse career choices of pharmacy and business.

Johnson concurred. “I think I’ll be better prepared for chemistry this year now than if I hadn’t come here,” he said, adding that the program had confirmed his hopes that pharmacy would be a wise career choice.
“I want to help people and it seems there are a lot of opportunities in pharmacy to do that,” said Johnson.


A College of Pharmacy faculty member, Dr. Leonard Jack, Jr., has been named as the editor-in-chief of the Society for Public Health Education’s (SOPHE) peer-reviewed journal Health Promotion Practice (HPP).  

Jack is the University’s director for the Center for Minority Health, Health Disparities, Research and Education; the endowed chair of Minority Health Disparities; and a professor in the Division of Clinical and Administrative Services. He begins a six-month transition period as head of HPP’s editorial board this month, with his five-year term officially commencing in January 2010.

He has more than 20 years of public health research and practice experience related to the socio-cultural aspects of disease management; psychosocial aspects of managing diabetes; health disparities; men’s health; and family, and community-based interventions. Before his entry into academia, he worked for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, and served in several editorial board positions.

Jack completed his undergraduate studies at Virginia State University and received a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy from The Pennsylvania State University in Health Education.

"We are delighted that Dr. Jack will assume the leadership of one of the nation’s premiere public health practice-based journals,” says Kathryn Meier, MPH, CHES, SOPHE President. “He brings a rich blend of research and practice experience in health promotion and education that has been the basis for the young journal’s outstanding success over the last decade.”

HPP publishes authoritative, peer-reviewed articles devoted to the practical application of health promotion and education and is one of two-peer reviewed SOPHE journals.


Chelsea Hall, a senior political science major from Natchez MS (Natchez High), was selected to participate in LSU's Pre-Doctoral Scholars Institute, a one-month program offering insight into doctoral education and pursuing graduate studies through a series of workshops, seminars, roundtable discussions and other activities.

Two P4 College of Pharmacy students – Geoffrey Gros from Jefferson LA (Riverdale High) and Laquisha Thomas of North Las Vegas NV (Community College High) – have been awarded scholarships from the Louisiana Pharmacists Association. They are past presidents of the La. Society of Health Systems Pharmacists and the Pharmacy Students Association student chapters, respectively.


Brandi Tregre Craft '05, an engineer withThe Procter and Gamble Company, has been named to the Board of Directors of Renaissance Home for Youth for 2009-2011.

Joe Drexler-Dreis '09, an All-Gulf Coast Conference runner for the XU men's cross country team, was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 6 first team in the college division. A summa cum laude graduate, he compiled a perfect 4.0 GPA. He has been accepted into Yale University Divinity School.

Houston Gilliand Jr. ’90, a senior environmental compliance officer with the  Environmental Protection Agency in Stone Mountain GA, is serving as a diet technician with the U.S. Air Force at the Joint Base Balad, the central logistical hub for forces in Iraq. There he is responsible for providing regular and therapeutic meals for all the patients at the hospital as well as supervising three airmen and 12 contractors responsible for staff feeding.

Dr. Eileen Julien ’69, professor of French and chair of Comparative Literature at Indiana University-Bloomington, has authored a novel, Travels with Mae: Scenes from a New Orleans Girlhood, published by the Indiana University Press.

Dr. Donzell Lee '72, is serving as dean of graduate studies at Alcorn A&M.

Tahra Taylor ’91, has been elected president of the board of directors for Literacy Instruction for Texas.

Bryant Terry ’97, an eco chef, food justice activist and author of the book Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy and Creative African American Cuisine, has opened a Vegan Soul Food Restaurant in Washington DC.



It was all smiles at the grand opening of the College of Pharmacy’s new Health & Wellness Center, located next to the Wal-Mart store in Harahan, La. Among those on hand for the event were: (from left) COP associate dean Dr. Kathleen Kennedy, COP dean Dr. Wayne Harris, Walmart-Mart pharmacist Brandi Puglise ’04, XU president Dr. Norman C. Francis, renowned local chef Leah Chase and Center director Dr. William Kirchain.

Photo by Irving Johnson III


Xavier’s commitment to its initiatives focusing on minority health disparities and diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure was reinforced by the ribbon cutting for the College of Pharmacy’s new Health & Wellness Center June 24.

The goal of the Center, located next to the Wal-Mart store at 5110 Jefferson Hwy. in Harahan, is to improve the health of the community by providing education, medication therapy management and screening services to those with Diabetes-related health care needs in the Greater New Orleans area. 

The XU Health and Wellness Center will provide supplementary education and services to community members to assist in the management of diabetes and other related illnesses.

“The goal is to promote healthy living and eating habits among citizens of the Greater New Orleans area,” said William Kirchain Pharm.D., director of the center. “In addition, we hope to build partnerships in the community with other organizations which are also dedicated to the elimination of health disparities and enrich our pharmacy students' clinical education through their interaction with the public.”

The XU Health & Wellness Center will offer free weekly courses on topics such diabetes and healthy eating, monitoring blood glucose, and stress and diabetes. The center will also offer free blood pressure and blood sugar checks with no appointment necessary. Other services including healthy cooking classes and medication check-ups and the classes, require an appointment and a fee applies. 

For more information the XU Health & Wellness Center please call 504-733-1127 or email wellnessctr@xula.edu.


Alexandra Broussard and Danielle Jones were named first-team Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars and among seven XU student-athletes to receive national recognition for their athletic and academic success.

The Ashe awards, sponsored by the magazine Diverse Issues in Higher Education and announced Thursday, are given to student-athletes of color who have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale through the fall 2008 semester. The student-athletes must have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution, must be an active member of an intercollegiate team during the 2008-09 academic year and must have a record of service to the campus or community.

Broussard, a senior psychology/pre-med major from Columbus OH (Bishop Watterson High), is on the women's tennis first team for the second consecutive year and honored for the third straight year. Jones, a sophomore biology and pre-med major from Baton Rouge LA (Episcopal High), is on the women's basketball first team.

The other Xavier representatives are:

•   Terry Richardson, men's tennis second team, senior biology/pre-med major from Ellenwood GA (Stockbridge High)
•   Kelechi Okoroha, men's basketball second team, graduate school in education from Missouri City TX (Dulles High)
•   Cameron Knowles, men's tennis third team, senior chemistry/pre-pharmacy major from Omaha NE (Central High)
•   Darren Wallace, men's track/cross country third team, senior mass communications major from Baton Rouge LA (Baton Rouge Magnet)
•   Ashley Broden, women's track/cross country honorable mention, senior and P2 pharmacy major from Baton Rouge LA (Baton Rouge Magnet).


XU’s Alan Green was named All-Louisiana Coach of the Year in both the men’s and women’s divisions by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

It’s the first All-Louisiana coaching honor for Green, who in his sixth season at the University coached both his teams to top-20 NAIA final rankings, Gulf Coast Athletic Conference championships and first-round victories in the NAIA National Championships.

Three players also made the All-Louisiana team: Anastesia Opata, a junior from Lawrenceville GA (Central Gwinnett High), women's first team; Angelina Callis, a junior from Los Angeles CA (Dorchester), women’s second team; Terry Richardson, a senior from Ellenwood GA (Stockbridge High), men's first-team; and Mikhail Vaval, a sophomore from New Orleans (De La Salle High), men’s honorable mention.

The Gold Rush set a school record with 17 dual-match victories and became the first men's HBCU to qualify for the NAIA nationals since the dual-match format began in 2000. The Gold Nuggets won 19 duals and improved to 4-0 in the first round at nationals.

Karen Thompson ’83, has been elected to the Bellwood IL Library Board of Trustees.

Dr. Kyshun Webster ’99, founder and CEO of Operation REACH, a regional non-profit community education organization based in New Orleans, has been awarded the '09 Innovator Award for Louisiana in recognition of his efforts to improve quality of life issues through economic opportunities related to bio-products, alternative energy and energy efficiency.            

Dr. Randall Wright ‘94, a neurologist in Houston TX, was honored by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for his professional commitment to stroke research and treatment as well as his personal commitment to educating and preventing stroke in the African American community.  


Dr. Keturah Robinson ‘05, installed this past weekend as President of the Louisiana Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (LSHP).

Drs. Pamela Waldron-Moore (political science), Renee Akbar (education) and Conchetta White Fulton (pharmacy) ’85, ’98 participated in a Faculty Curriculum Development Workshop on Women’s Studies at Historically Black Colleges/Universities, held in Atlanta GA. Waldron-Moore reported on XU's progress in development of a women's studies minor/concentration.

Quo Vadis Webster ’00 (premed office) made a presentation, "Premedical Advising: The Xavier Model," during the Transforming Your Pre-Health Advising Office segment of the 2009 HBCU Pre-Health Professions Advisors Conference, held Nashville TN.

The Department of English sponsored the South Central Conference on Christianity and Literature "Human Experience as the Mask of God: The Hero's Journey as the Quest for the Sacred in Literature and the Arts." The conference was directed and chaired by Sr. Donna Marie Gould, SBS and co-chaired by Daniel Webre. The Plenary Presentation was given by Robin Vander "Reflections of the Divine in African American Women's Writing."

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