major upgrade


(L-R) XU Interim VP for OTA Melva Williams, XU President Dr. Norman Francis, LONI Executive Director Donnie Vandal, and XU Board of Trustees Chair Michael Rue participate in a ceremonial ribbon-cutting signifying the University’s official connection to the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative, a fiber optics network linking the state’s research universities to one another and national networks, in addition to doubling bandwidth and significantly ratcheting up internet speeds on campus.

photo by Irving Johnson III

where the action is


Xavier’s newly-elected Student Government Association (SGA) president Javon Bracy (at left) poses with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and two other students in Washington D.C., where the senior English major from New Orleans is interning at the United Negro College Fund UNCF headquarters.

photo courtesy of Marion Bracy



Sr. VP for Administration Calvin Tregre ’69 and his wife, Judy Ann Bergeron-Tregre, are congratulated by long-time colleague Sister Jean Marie Craig, S.B.S., during a retirement party held in his honor. Tregre has served at his alma mater for nearly all of his adult life.

photo by Irving Johnson III

rites of summer RITES OF SUMMER

(L-R) XU sophomore and camp counselor Elmore Cato guides high school student Eude Lesperance through some hands-on learning challenges in the computation sciences during the Computer Science Department’s CS: Exploring Computer Science at Xavier. It’s one of many summer enrichment programs currently on campus.

photo by Irving Johnson III

advanced training


Biology professor Dr. Peter Barrett shows students the proper technique for handling C. elegans (a nematode worm), which canbe used as a model to study aging. XU students were joined on campus by students from around the country for the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging funded mini-course/workshop, "Frontiers in Aging and Regeneration".

photo by Irving Johnson III

have sign will travel HAVE SIGN, WILL TRAVEL

Xavier students, faculty, staff, and parents proudly display their “I Am Xavier” signage outside the entrance to the Blue mosque in Turkey during a visit to that country and Greece organized by Dr. Lourdes Rincon in the Theology department.

photo courtesy Dr. Pamela Franco

star power STAR POWER

Participants in XU head basketball coach Dannton Jackson’s inaugural Basketball Skills Camp take a break from developing their footwork and other fundamentals to pose with camp counselors, which included (front and center) Al-Farouq Aminu of the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans, in the new Convocation Center.

photo by Irving Johnson III

bearing gifts



The 2013 Pilgrimage in New Orleans by the Associates of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament New Orleans included a stop at Xavier, where they presented President Dr. Norman C. Francis a donation for the University’s new St. Katharine Drexel Chapel. Posing for the occasion were the organization’s co-directors, Sr. Mary Norbert Moline, S.B.S. and Carole Blanks, A.S.B.S.

Photo by Veronica Farve

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