Volume 42 No. 7
July 2011










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Inside Story
Chapel Progress
Lincoln Lives
Teach for America
St. Joe Gets New Life

1834 568 Scholars Make Spring Dean's List

A total of 568 student scholars made the Dean's Honor Roll during the 2011 spring 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. For the complete list of honor students, click HERE.

1834 2006-09 Yearbooks Available Soon

Student editors are working this summer to produce a combination edition of the Xavierite for the academic years ’06-07, ’07-08, and ’08-09, with an anticipated campus delivery of November 2011.

If you were a graduate or full-time student from 2006-2009 and would like to receive a copy, please send an e-mail to yearbook@xula.edu including your name, current mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number.

Copies of the yearbooks covering 2003-2006 (combined), 2009-10 and 2010-11 are also available to grads/full-time students from those years.

1834 XU Hires New Volleyball Coach

Christabell Hamilton, who has coaching experience at the college, high school and club levels, has been named the new head coach of women's volleyball at Xavier.

Hamilton, 29, coached five seasons (2005-09) at Tarleton State University, an NCAA Division II member in Stephenville TX. She was a graduate assistant in the 2005 and 2006 seasons and was promoted to full-time assistant after receiving her master's degree there. She helped the TexAnns go 22-10 in 2008 – the program's first winning record in 16 seasons – and reached the semifinals of the Lone Star Conference Tournament.

She moved to New Orleans last year after her husband, Ronnie, was hired as a men's basketball assistant coach at Tulane University. She previously served as middle-school volleyball coach at Metairie Park Country Day School, then as varsity girls volleyball assistant coach at Louise S. McGehee School, where she helped the Hawks reach the semifinals of Louisiana's Division IV state playoffs in 2010. She was coaching the girls 17s at Krewe Volleyball Club when Xavier offered her its position.

"We are confident that Christabell will do an outstanding job," XU Athletics Director Dennis Cousin said. "She impressed our search committee with her knowledge, her enthusiasm, her confidence and her personality. She's a great fit for Xavier."

1834 XU in the News

2UNC Healthcare
30 Physicians Named
‘Top Regional Doctors’
[Keith Amos '92]
Watts Proved the Skeptics Wrong; in La. Hall of Fame2Alexandria Town Talk
Perseverance pays off
again for "Slick" Watts '73
1Monroe News Star Teachers Bone Up
on Research
2First Science
Teachers Transform
Materials Science
Madison County Herald
Canton Graduates Receive Academic Scholarships
Summer Camps Kick Off
for Thousands of Kids
1Press Register
Area Students Earn
Health-related Degrees
XU Changing with Times
with New Athletic Arena
XU AD Oversees Mix of Academic/Athletic Success


Professor Qianfeng Shi, Chairman of the University Administration Committee for the Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology, (right) and XU President Norman C. Francis shake hands after signing a cooperation agreement to promote Mandarin instruction at XU and support faculty/student exchanges between the two institutions. The agreement is an important milestone in efforts to establish a Confucius Institute at Xavier.

Photo by Irving Johnson III


Xavier and Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology (HNUST) have signed a cooperation agreement to promote Mandarin instruction at Xavier and support faculty and student exchanges between the two institutions.

The agreement is an important milestone in the university’s efforts to establish a Confucius Institute at Xavier. - more -


Thirty upperclassmen have been named Rousseve Scholars for the 2011-12 school year.

Students selected for the University’s Rousseve Scholars Program generally represent the top ten (or more) students in the senior, junior and sophomore classes based on their academic performance the preceding two semesters. Each recipient receives a full tuition scholarship and a book allowance.
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You’ve got to applaud teenagers and young adults 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’s diverse set of offerings by filling most of the programs to capacity.   - more -


The University Rank and Tenure Committee and President Dr. Norman C. Francis have approved the promotions of seven faculty members in six different disciplines for the 2011-2012 academic year, according to Dr. Loren Blanchard, vice president for academic affairs.

Dr. Pamela Waldron-Moore in political science was promoted to the rank of professor, while Dr. Renee Akbar in education, Katheryn LaBorde and Dr. Bonnie Noonan in English, Dr. Christopher Faircloth in sociology, and Dr. Andrea Edwards in computer science were all promoted to the rank of associate professor.

Dr. Camtu Ho ‘99 was promoted to the rank of clinical associate professor in the College of Pharmacy’s Division of Clinical and Administrative Sciences.
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Brianna Dekine, a sophomore chemistry/pre-medical major from Culver City CA (Culver City High) has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 6 College Division track and field/cross country team. She is the first female athlete from XU to be selected for the team, which is voted on by College Sports information Directors.

Chanel Perry, a senior biology/pre-med major from Memphis TN (East High), is engaged in a 10-week, paid summer research internship in Belem, Brazil through the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Program at Christian Brothers University. Her research is focuses on color vision.

Blake Smith, a senior philosophy major from Kenner LA (Rummel High) is participating in a summer research program at Milano: The New School for Urban Policy in New York City NY, where the McNair Scholar is studying "trauma victims" with a research group at the institution.


Dr. Leonard Jack, Jr., Director of the College of Pharmacy’s Center for Minority Health, Health Disparities and Education, (left) visits with U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin '79, who was on campus to attend a Delta Sigma Theta Sorority event.

Photo by Irving Johnson III

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The two universities formalized the agreement upon the conclusion of a three-day campus visit by a small delegation of HNUST administrators, during which the delegation toured campus facilities and departments that are specifically targeted for Xavier’s CI programming, including the Department of Languages, the Division of Education, the College of Pharmacy and the Art Department.

XU will start offering Mandarin courses in the spring of 2012 concurrent with the anticipated official opening of the Confucius Institute at Xavier.

“HNUST and Xavier share the same vision for a Confucius Institute at Xavier,” said Professor Qianfeng Shi, Chairman of the HNUST University Administration Committee. “The campus has been impressive and your hospitality is as warm as the weather.”

“We are pleased to have this opportunity to partner with Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology and to share with our students China’s remarkable language, history, and culture,” said Dr. Loren Blanchard, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Xavier. “We are confident that this exchange will be beneficial to both institutions as we strive to foster greater mutual understanding between these two nations.”

XU has begun its preparations to send a six-member delegation to HNUST in the first week of July. With 24,000 students, HUNST is among the smaller universities in China and was selected to partner with Xavier due to its size and similar academic programs which include five research centers and 19 schools or departments. HNUST has also partnered with Troy University in Alabama and established Confucius Institute there in 2007.

During the upcoming visit to China, a delegation of Xavier and HNUST representatives will attend meetings at Hanban, the Confucius Institute headquarters in Beijing where they intend to solicit approval for the joint application.

Upon the approval of its application, Xavier is positioned to be the first Confucius Institute at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) and the first in the State of Louisiana. There a more than 300 Confucius Institutes worldwide, including 87 in the United States.

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This year’s recipients, grouped by their class, are listed below along with their majors, high school and hometown.

Seniors / P2s – Truc Dinh, biology/pre-med, L.W. Higgins High, Marrero, LA; Dominique Gabriel, mass communications, Cabrini High, New Orleans; Kim Hoang, biology/pre-med, John Ehret High, Harvey LA; Ashley Matthew, chemistry/pre-med, North Quincy High, Pearland TX; Asia Matthew, chemistry/pre-med, North Quincy High, Pearland TX; Theresa Nguyen, pharmacy, Morgan City High, Amelia LA; Thuylinh Nguyen, biology/pre-med, Edna Karr High, New Orleans; Phuc Tran, pharmacy, Bonnabel High, Kenner LA; Ashley Varnado, political science, Rich Central High, Matteson IL; and Simone Williams, chemistry/pre-med, Pass Christian High, Pass Christian MS.

Juniors / P1s – Nnenia Clark, business-management, The Paideia School, Riverdale GA; Jessica Cooper, biology/pre-med, Oberlin High, Oberlin LA; Danny Giang, biology/pre-med, Archbishop Shaw, Harvey LA; Megan Haynes, political science, Xavier Prep, New Orleans; LaTasha Henderson, biology/pre-med, Caddo Parish High, Shreveport LA; Meagan Piazza, pharmacy, Belle Chasse High, Belle Chasse LA; Desmond Stewart, biology/pre-med, duPont Manual High, Louisville KY; Angelica Vu, pharmacy, Acadiana High, Lafayette LA; Faith Webre, pharmacy, Riverside Academy, Reserve LA; and Schuyler Williams, biology/pre-med, Houston High, Collierville TN.

Sophomores – Kaitland Brannon, mathematics, Debakey High for Health Professions, Houston TX; Tram Bui, chemistry/pre-med, Thomas Jefferson High, Harvey, LA; Jade Crutch, political science, Lakeview Centennial High, Garland TX; Rose Duchane, chemistry/pre-med, West St. Mary’s High, Jeanerette LA; Parixit Joshi, biology, Grace King High, Metairie LA; Injee Lim, chemistry/pre-med, John Curtis High, River Ridge LA; David Nguyen, biology/pre-med, John Ehret High, Harvey LA; Quan Nguyen, chemistry/pre-med, Slidell High, Slidell LA; Oyebadejo Oluwadola, biology/pre-med, McArthur High, Grand Prairie TX; and Jeffrey Quach, chemistry/pre-med, Archbishop Shaw, Marrero LA.

The scholarships are named in honor of the Rousseve family, outstanding alumni and supporters of the University.

Dr. Keith Amos ’93, a surgeon with the University of North Carolina Health Care, has been recognized among 30 “Top Regional Doctors” by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

Miller Boyd '98, a PhD. candidate in the Department of History at the University of Mississippi, has been named the 2011 Robert Eldridge Seiler Fellow by the Supreme Court of Missouri Historical Society.

Dr. Willyetta Brown-Mitchell ’97 & ’98
, has been named the Chair of the Department of Education at St. Augustine’s College. She has also been appointed to the national faculty for the National Science Resource Center where she promotes effective teaching of science preK-16.

Rear Admiral Stephen Rochon ’84, has been named Principal Executive for Strategic Integration at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, one of the largest and complex components of the Department of Homeland Security. A decorated U.S. Coast Guard officer, he previously served as Director of the Executive Residence and Chief Usher at the White House in Washington DC.


Dr. Thomas Bonner, Jr. (Emeritus) served as a consultant to Mississippi State University and the University of Tulsa.

Dr. Joe Ricks, Jr.
(business) has co-authored a manuscript, "Sales Manager Support: Fostering Emotional Health in Salespeople," which has been accepted for publication in a forthcoming edition of the European Journal of Marketing

Dr. Michael White ’76 (The Rosa and Charles Keller, Jr. Endowed Chair in the Arts and Humanities) will be honored for his contributions to the arts and the local community by the Asante Foundation at its annual awards ceremony in August 2011.
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The 13 pre-college student programs which began in late May and June – among them: the Louisiana Engineering Advancement Program (LEAP), Center for Excellence, Mardi Gras Indian Arts, Upward Bound/Summer Academic, MathStar, BioStar, PREM Summer Bridge, STEM Scholars, Business Achievers, SuperScholar/EXCEL, Upward Bound/Summer Bridge, REU, Bard Urban Studies – have already attracted nearly 500 students to the campus between them.

The four remaining programs that will be opening in July – SOAR 1, ChemStar, BP Math & Science and Future Math/Science Teacher Academy – are expected to add some 200 more students to the mix. And while 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, XU’s regular summer school sessions – which offered college credits in a variety of undergraduate disciplines at discounted tuition rates – also reported a brisk enrollment of more than 2,000 for the recently concluded Summer Sessions I and III, and the on-going Summer Session II.

In addition, the Math and Science Teacher Institute (MSTI) and Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS) are expected to draw more than 90 to campus this month.

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Waldron-Moore has been at Xavier for the past 13 years, having joined the University after obtaining a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Houston. Her main teaching areas have been Comparative Politics, International Political Economy, International Law and Relations, Political Psychology, Research Methods and Quantitative Analysis. She complements her teaching with research interests, ranging from a general inquiry into issues of social justice and political development, as national transitions to democracy are consolidated, to a more specific investigation of how minority students are motivated to assume global citizenship. Currently she is pursuing research on gender justice and engaging comparative analysis of the intersections of race, class and citizenship on the multiplicative identity of women in the African diaspora.

Akbar holds a Ph. D. in Educational Foundations from Florida State University. She has served at Xavier since 2003, teaching on both the undergraduate (Child Psychology, Classroom Management, Elementary Mathematics Strategies and Techniques, and Educational Psychology) and graduate level (Educational Leadership) She is also involved in the Louisiana School Turnaround Specialist program, which teaches sitting principals how to turnaround a "failing" school, and is the principal investigator of the Transition to Teaching program, which provides participants with the opportunity to become certified in teaching and earn a Master’s degree.

LaBorde, who teaches freshman composition courses and the New Voices practicum, came to Xavier in 2001. She is currently fleshing out a novella, which won the 2010 Pirates' Alley Faulkner Society Medal, into a full length novel for an agent's consideration. In addition, she is finishing a monograph about The Assumption of Mary (the large painting in the library) and preparing for a trip to Milledgeville GA to research the life of Flannery O'Connor. She holds a MFA degree in fiction from the University of New Orleans Writing Workshop.

Noonan, who has a Ph.D. degree in English from LSU, has been at Xavier since 1991, serving as a Writing Center instructor and teaching in the English Department. Her main areas of focus are Freshman Composition (all levels, including developmental and honors), Advanced Writing, Rhetoric, Writing and the Teaching of Writing. She is currently fulfilling a book contract with McFarland Publishers for Gender and the Science Fiction Films of the Sixties and Seventies.

Faircloth, a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Florida who has been at Xavier since 2006, was recently elected chair of the Department of Society. He regularly teaches Medical Sociology, Sociological Theory, Popular Culture and Society, and Sociology of




Faculty Promotions
Deviance. He has just completed invited chapters for The Interview Handbook, 2nd Edition (Sage) and The Handbook of the Body (Routledge) and is currently researching how cancer treatment for patients with leukemia and lymphoma impacts individual's perceptions of body and self with a co-investigator at the LSU Health Science Center.

Edwards holds a Ph.D. from Tulane University, has been at Xavier since 1999. Among the courses she has taught are Intro to PCs, Computer Science I and II, Data Structures, Computer Literacy and Capstone. Her research efforts are concentrated in bioinformatics and computer science literacy, including working with the Departments of Art and Communications to develop an interdisciplinary course on Engaging Digital Media.

Ho, who has served at Xavier for eight years, coordinates and teaches applied pharmacokinetics and infectious disease management.  She also maintains a practice site at the Tulane University Hospital and Clinic where she conducts her Clinical Clerkship Course for P4 pharmacy students. She is currently researching and writing an article on newly approved antibiotics.

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