PHARMACY AMONG TOP 20 IN NIH RESEARCH FUNDING
Xavier ranks among the nation’s top 20 colleges of pharmacy when it comes to research funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), according to the latest American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy report on such funding.
The new ranking reflects a substantial jump from Xavier’s previous ranking of No. 58 out of 109 total schools included in the annual NIH rankings.
Dr. Kathleen Kennedy, Dean of the College of Pharmacy), credits expanded outreach and cultivation of research resources over the past decade with the rise in the rankings. ----- more -
XAVIER SUMMER PROGRAMS, SESSIONS STILL POPULAR
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. ----- more -
ATHLETIC TEAMS MAKE MAXIMUM CONFERENCE IMPACT
For the fifth straight year XU has finished third in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference's (GCAC) all-sports competition, but team-for-team the Rush and Nuggets got the most bang-for-their buck.
Five of the University's six earned maximum all-sports points by finishing first in the regular season (women's basketball, men's and men's tennis) or winning the championship meets (men's and women's cross country).
Points were awarded in 12 conference-sponsored sports and other NAIA-sanctioned sports where there is GCAC competition.
XU finished with 40 points in the all-sports standings, trailing Belhaven College (49) and the University of Mobile (46).
The conference will look substantially different next year. Loyola, Mobile and charter members Belhaven, Spring Hill and William Carey will depart this summer for the Southern States Athletic Conference, while LSU-Shreveport will join the Red River Athletic Conference.
Joining holdovers XU, Dillard University and SUNO in the new GCAC this fall will be Edward Waters College University, Fisk University and Voorhees College.
In addition, XU will reinstitute intercollegiate women's volleyball this fall after a five-year absence.
FULL TUITION AVAILABLE TO TOP
CATHOLIC, LOCAL SCHOLARS
Top performing high school students from Catholic high schools across the nation, as well as those from public high schools in two Louisiana parishes, are eligible for full tuition scholarships at Xavier beginning this Fall.
The newly-established Katharine Drexel Scholarships, named for Xavier’s founder, offer full tuition to all valedictorians and salutatorians from any Catholic high school in the United States who are admitted as first-time freshmen. The equally new Norman C. Francis Scholarships, named for Xavier’s current president, provides the same benefits to valedictorians or salutatorians from public schools in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes
Both scholarships honor the vision of Xavier’s founder St. Katharine Drexel by retaining and reinforcing the University’s Catholic foundation and values, and by increasing access and opportunity to higher education for some of the region’s most underrepresented and disadvantaged students. ----- more -
The Diverse Issues report is based on a review of the 2008-2009 preliminary data distributed by the U.S. Department of Education. The magazine has reported on degrees conferred since 1992, tracking trends in bachelor degree conferrals to African American and other minority students. The complete report can be viewed at HERE.
“Over the years Xavier has grown from providing quality trained pharmacists across the country, something that we continue to do successfully, to so much more including cancer research, nanoscience, and our continuing focus on minority health disparities,” said Kennedy.
In 2002, the College of Pharmacy (COP) established a Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education (CMHDRE). Since that time the CMHDRE has received endowment funds from NIH in two consecutive funding cycles of three years each. In recent years, the CMHDRE has used funding to support faculty salaries, provide educational training opportunities to faculty and staff and to supplement the research-related infrastructure of the College of Pharmacy.
CMHDRE is also dedicated to having a positive impact on the community, working together with local, regional, and national partners to provide services and education to community members on health topics such as diabetes, heart disease, nutrition, men’s and women’s health, and cancer.
In 2007, XU established a Center for Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery where the goal is to enhance the scientific and technological competitiveness of Louisiana in the field of nanomedicine and drug delivery. During the last few years, the center received over $6 million from state and federal granting agencies to develop numerous novel pharmaceutical formulations. Currently, the University’s state-of-the-art drug delivery research laboratory is serving as a pharmaceutical formulation hub for local biotechnology companies and academic research institutions.
This year the COP, in collaboration with the College of Arts & Sciences, received a five-year, $10-million award from NIH/National Center for Research Resources to help establish a Center for Cancer Research. This project provides funds to increase their number and quality of cancer researchers, to support selected pilot projects to assist junior investigators in becoming fully competitive in cancer research; to provide seed funding for developmental projects, and to develop three core laboratories to support cancer research activities in the university.
XU is a member of the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium (LCRC) along with Tulane and LSU Health Sciences Centre. The goal of the LCRC, funded by a portion of the State of Louisiana’s tobacco tax revenue, is to be designated as a NIH National Cancer Institute. That designation will provide not only increased funding for cancer research, but also give Louisiana cancer patients access to the highest levels of clinical support.
XU has invested significant resources to enhance its research capacity and to help faculty become more successful in obtaining the highly competitive NIH grants. The increased NIH funding not only promotes research per se but also helps the university to better prepare its students by involving them in faculty research projects. In addition, it contributes to overall economic development in the City.
“This is really remarkable that a relatively small school like Xavier has garnered these grants, especially at the College of Pharmacy, and can help boost the area’s economy,” said Kennedy.
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 2,158 enrollment for the recently concluded Summer Sessions I and III, and the on-going Summer Session II.
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.
“High school valedictorians and salutatorians have many choices when it comes to attending college, and although Xavier is already a popular choice for many, we want all of them to be aware that there are NO financial barriers to attend Xavier because of their outstanding academic performance," said Dr. Loren Blanchard, senior vice president for academic affairs.
“As far as we know, Xavier is the first university to offer such a far-reaching scholarship opportunity to Catholic high school graduates,” he added.
Xavier, the nation’s only Historically Black and Catholic university, offers preparation in 47 major areas through its undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences, its graduate division in Education and Black Catholic Studies, and its College of Pharmacy.
The new scholarships add to the variety of financial options available to qualified students. High school juniors or seniors who wish to learn more information about scholarships and applying to Xavier University may visit the website at HERE.
Andria Buckner, a junior accounting major from Greenville MS (Miss. School for Math/Science), was accepted into the Emerging Minority Business Leaders summer program at West Liberty University in Wheeling WV.
Danielle Jones, a junior biology/pre-med major from Baton Rouge LA (Episcopal High) has been named a first-team Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar in women's basketball for the second consecutive year. She has a 3.85 GPA and averaged 4.8 points and 4.2 rebounds this past season.
Dr. Malcolm J. Broussard ’78, executive director of the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy, was elected president of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy at the annual meeting held in Anaheim CA.
Angel Bolden DeSquare RN ’99, nurse manager of the cardiopulmonary medical surgical unit at Baptist Memorial Healthcare-DeSoto in Southaven MS, has been accepted into the executive master's in nursing program at the University of Memphis and chosen as recipient of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi scholarship award.
Dr. Anita Harris ’94, assistant professor and chair of the Department of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville, is directing a seminar in Ghana and doing research there and in Egypt.
Michael Henderson ’79, a retired Naval officer, has been invited to join the Sons of the American Revolution, one of the most distinguished and respected ancestral lineage organizations in the country, as a result of an historic connection he found while researching his family genealogy. Follow his personal journey HERE.
Dr. Charles Nero ’78, has been promoted to Full Professor in the Department of Theater and Rhetoric and the Programs in African American and American Cultural Studies at Bates College, Lewiston MA.
Dr. Aaron Omotola ’99, an orthopedic surgeon, has joined the staff of Alton Memorial Hospital in Alton IL. A graduate of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, he spent two years of residency in Los Angeles and completed his orthopedic surgery training under a sports fellowship with the Ochsner Clinic Foundation Program.
Dr. Latrice Pichon '01, is completing her postdoctoral fellowship in the Kellogg Health Scholars Program at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She will start a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Memphis’ School of Public Health in August.
Terence Sims ’83, was among the honorees at a tribute to Louisiana's first 100 African American Certified Public Accountants sponsored by the Harrison-Rochon, the CPAs Educational Foundation and the Greater N.O. Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants.
Marie Williams '93, has been named to the Leadership Law Class of 2010 by New Orleans' CityBusiness newspaper for her professional and community endeavours.
Dr. Thomas Bonner, Jr. (Emeritus) presented the lecture "Kate Chopin: Traveling Louisiana" at the Ouachita Parish Main Public Library in Monroe, Louisiana as part of its annual River Reads Adult Summer Program.
Dr. Ronald Dorris '72 (AfAm Studies/English) has been selected to participate in the 2010 UNCF/Mellon Faculty Seminar “Legacies and Treasures: Exploring the Archival Collections of Black Intellectual Scholar-Activists” in Atlanta GA this month.
Kristal Huggins ’99 (biology) co-authored a research paper, "Detrimental Effects of Carotenoid Pigments: The Dark Side of Bright Coloration", which was the cover feature for the May 2010 issue of the peer-reviewed scientific journal NaturWissenschaften (Natural Sciences).
Randall Schexnayder (pharmacy) visited the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as a member of the Graduate School’s External Advisory Committee for Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity grant. The committee met to review the grant strategy and met with students, faculty and administrators of the grant.