TOP STUDENTS DESIGNATED AS ROUSSEVE SCHOLARS
Thirty-nine upperclassmen have been named Rousseve Scholars for the 2014-15 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.
This year’s recipients, grouped by their class, are listed below along with their majors, hometown and high school.
Seniors / P2s –Caitlin Bucher, pharmacy, Kenner LA (Chapelle High); Tarrin Casey, biology/premed, St. Louis MO (Cardinal Ritter High); Duy Dang, biology/premed, Harvey LA (Shaw High); Sara Elsayed, pharmacy, Kenner LA (Haynes Academy); Paige Estave, biology/premed, Kenner LA (Chapelle High); Catherine Fakler, English/English Education, Phoenix AZ (Xavier Prep); Shikira Flounory, biology/premed, Shreveport LA (C.E. Byrd High); Kristen Fowler, biology/pre-med, Kenner LA (Chapelle High); Tri Pham, biology/pre-med, Harvey LA (Shaw High); and Theresia Sutherlin, biology/pre-med, Mobile AL (Murphy AL).
Juniors / P1s – Ashnti Anderson, psychology, Mobile AL (Williamson High); Jasmine Douglas, biology/premed, Shreveport LA (Caddo Parish High); Rania El-Desoky, pharmacy, Kenner LA (Kingwood High); Jasmine Geathers, chemistry/premed, Chester PA (Christian Academy); Lynn Hoang, chemistry/prepharmacy, New Orleans (Ben Franklin); Rasaan Hollis, business, Columbus OH (Westerville North High); Leslie Jones, biology/premed, Memphis TN (Central High); Kevin Lam, biology/premed, Kenner LA (Haynes High); Anthony N. Nguyen, pharmacy, New Orleans (Ben Franklin High); Janice Nguyen, pharmacy, New Orleans (Ben Franklin High); Tami Nguyen, biology/premed, Marrero LA (Ehret High); and Derriyan Price, chemistry/premed, New Iberia LA (New Iberia High).
Sophomores – Nkemdi Agwaramgbo, biology/premed, Gretna LA (Thomas Jefferson High); Aizaz Ahmad, biology/premed, Metairie LA (Grace King High); Jacqueline Baidoo, dual-degree engineering, Frederick MD; Usman Chaudhry, biology/premed, Kenner LA (Grace King High); Rebekah Covington, biology/premed, Leavenworth KS (Leavenworth High); Keeyan Davis, chemistry/prepharmacy, Harvey LA (Lusher High); Ryan Hoang, biology/premed, Gretna LA (Thomas Jefferson); Erica Greenwood, business, LaPlace LA (East St. John High); Moamen Ismail, chemistry/premed, Metairie LA (Grace King High); Shahan Maqbool, chemistry/premed, Metairie LA (Grace King High); Renee’ Miller, biology/premed, Luling LA (Hahnville High); Tracey Nguyen, biology/premed, Gretna LA (Thomas Jefferson High); Alayna Robinson, chemistry/premed, Peachtree City GA (McIntosh High); Michaela Smith, chemistry/premed, Shreveport LA (Caddo Parish High); Amanda Ware, accounting, Houston TX (Cypress Creek High); Cassidy Williams, chemistry/prepharmacy, Hammond LA (Pontchatula High); and Zhayna Yarber, biology/premed, New Iberia LA (New Iberia High).
2014 GIVE. LOVE. XAVIER DAY A MAJOR SUCCESS
Xavier raised a total of $275,100 from participants in the second Annual Give. Love. Xavier Day held on June 2. This year’s online fundraising event far exceeded last year’s total of $120,000, and nearly 1,200 donors contributed to the cause and rallied fellow alumni and supporters over social media.
Xavier thanks the generous donors, volunteers and those alumni who established Challenge Grant Incentive opportunities. The Give. Love. Xavier Day Challenge Grant Initiatives were dollar for dollar matches that were only realized when alumni and friends made their donations on June 2.
All gifts go directly to the Annual Fund which supports scholarships and other important University programs.
“Xaverites coming together like this showcases the spirit of our University,” says Dr. Kenneth St. Charles, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “Part of our mission is to prepare students to assume roles of leadership and service in the global society and these alumni are taking on the responsibility of preserving that tradition. Their donations to the Annual Fund make a vital difference in the lives of current students.”
“All of this year’s Challenge Grant Initiatives were met,” said Kim Reese, XU Director of Alumni Relations. “These matches brought in an extra $90,000 for Give. Love. Xavier Day 2014, doubling the impact of many of our donor dollars”
FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE FOR NEW PSY.D. PROGRAM
Prospective students applying for admission to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s (TCSPP) new Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) Program at Xavier for the fall 2014 semester, can now apply for federal financial aid. Applications are now being accepted HERE.
The Clinical Psy.D. Program is the first one of its kind offered in the state of Louisiana and has been approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, a regional accrediting agency.
While TCSPP’s Clinical Psy.D. Program curriculum will be housed on the XULA campus with XULA providing all classrooms, program offices and other support services, TCSPP will provide, manage and maintain faculty, curriculum and all other academic matters. Oversight will be provided by The Chicago School of Professional Psychology as well, and all faculty members, and some administrators, will be employed by the institution.
The program opens the door to well-qualified candidates from Xavier and other local universities, as well as professionals already in the field, who are seeking clinical psychology graduate studies. Graduates of the Clinical Psy.D. Program at XULA will be equipped with expert knowledge in theory, research, and practice in clinical psychology, so that they are well-prepared to serve as practitioners in clinical settings.
The Chicago School’s Clinical Psy.D. Program, offers 106 credit hours of rigorous training in culturally competent service provision while exposing students to a variety of professional training opportunities.
A unique feature of the program is the Research Clerkship model through which students are paired with core faculty to receive mentorship in research and scholarship, and obtain important support and preparation for their dissertation. All students complete three years of practicum experiences, allowing them to be well prepared for internship placement.
Two P4 students – Claire Reuter of New Orleans (Dominican High) and Laura Wadell of Slidell LA (John Paul II High) – have been awarded academic scholarships from the Louisiana Pharmacists Association (LPA) 2014-15. Reuter is past president of XU’s Academy of Students of Pharmacy, while Wadell is past secretary of Rho Cho Honor Society.
Dr. Elaine Parker Adams '57 had her book The Reverend Peter W. Clark: Sweet Preacher and Steadfast Reformer, the biography of her great grandfather, named as one of the Notable Louisiana Books for Adults by the Louisiana Library Association. It was also featured in an exhibit at Centenary College.
Jerrie Hanible ’98, a professor of biology at Southeastern Louisiana University, was featured in a series, “40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire”, on the NerdScholar financial literacy website.
Dr. Dereck Rovaris, Sr. MA ’84 has been named the Vice Provost for Diversity at LSU. He is currently serving as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic and Multicultural Affairs at the LSU Health Sciences Center.
Chavez Scott ’12 has been accepted into medical school at Meharry College and awarded a a $10,000 academic merit scholarship.
Dr. Thomas Bonner, Jr. (Emeritus) with Kate Chopin's great granddaughters spoke on a panel honoring the author and her writing at the American Literature Association in Washington DC. He also participated in the executive board meeting of the Kate Chopin International Society.
Joseph K. Byrd (Vice President for Student Services) was guest lecturer for the Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Topics included student services at an HBCU and his Katrina experience.
Ed Cassiere (athletics) received two NAIA 2013-14 Dr. W. Jack Bell Writing Awards for his recaps of the XU-Spring Hill men's basketball story (7th place) and the finals of the NAIA Unaffiliated Group 2 Tennis Tournament (9th place). During the past six year years he has received 19 NAIA writing awards, including four firsts.
Dr. Joseph LaRochelle (pharmacy) has been promoted to Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine.