Volume 39 No. 06
June 08


Honor Graduates
Accent Commencement

Seniors Presented
University Service Awards

COP Awards Honors

Twins Get Double Dose
of Xavier Experience

Blanchard Named to
Head Academic Affairs

Mass Comm Graduate
Enjoys the Sporting Life


Xavier in the News

1834 Students Go
Abroad to Teach

The Department of Languages reports that six Xavier alums – six of them 2008 graduates – have been selected to teach abroad during the 2008-2009 academic year.

Thao-Nguyen Tran, a 2008 Spanish/biology pre-med graduate from New Orleans (John Ehret High), has been selected to teach in Japan under the auspices of the highly-competitive Japan Exchange Teaching program.  

Raquelle Richardson, a ’08 biology/pre-med grad from Wilmette IL (Dominican) and Brittany Thornton, a ’08 chemistry/pre-med grad from Dayton OH (Chaminade-Julienne), have been assigned to teach in Spain in La Mancha and Extramadura, respectively, through the Spanish Ministry of Education. 

Four other graduates will teach in France this through the assistantship program of the French National Ministry of Education. They include: Kimberly Evans ’03, who has been assigned to Amiens; Brandy Vital, a ’08 biology/pre-med grad from Nashville TN (Fogg), who will teach in Rennes; Kara Wilhite, a ’08 biology/pre-med grad from Arlington TN (Bolton), who was placed in Reims; and Donald Williams, a ’08 biology/pre-med grad from Gray LA (H.L. Bourgeois), who will work in Poitiers.

For more info on teaching abroad opportunities, contact Dr. Susan Spillman, chair, Department of Languages, at sspillma@xula.edu.

1834 Tennis Players
Make All-American

Three XU tennis players – sophomore Anastesia Opata and seniors Dominique Bell and Miroslav Vukicevic – have been named to their respective NAIA All-American teams.

Opata, a sophomore mass communications major from Lawrenceville GA (Central Gwinnett High), was selected to the women's first team, while Bell, a P3 pharmacy major from Jackson MS (Calloway), made the women's second team.

Vukicevic, a senior political science major from Sombor, Serbia-Montenegro, was named to the men's second team.

Opata, in her first year at Xavier after transferring from Washington State University, was 16-4 in singles play and teamed with Bell to go 20-5 in doubles and rank among the top 10 NAIA doubles team by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

It's the second consecutive year that XU has placed a woman on the All-America first team. Bell accomplished the feat in 2007.

Bell was 16-4 in singles and Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year for the fourth time. She closed a stellar career with victories in 11 of her final 12 doubles matches and in her final eight singles matches.

Vukicevic, XU's highest rated singles player this year (7th), was 12-9 in singles and 13-10 in doubles. He is the first XU men's tennis All-American in the modern era. Jimmie McDaniel, who played for Xavier in the 1930s, won multiple singles national championships in the American Tennis Association.

The XU women's team were 17-8 this year, ranked 13th in the final national poll and reached the second round of the NAIA nationals for the third time. The men's team finished 15-9, ranked 17th and won the GCAC Tournament.

1834 Summer CUR
Grant Recipients

Eight faculty members have been awarded summer grants through the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR). The summer stipends, ranging from $6,000 to $7,000, support each faculty member’s respective research project, which includes at least one XU undergraduate student.

Among those receiving grants were: Dr. Biljana Obradovic (English), Dr. Jian Zhang (chemistry), Dr. Cecile Brookover (psychology) and Dr. Cheryl Klein Stevens (chemistry), Dr. Pamela Waldron-Moore (political science), Dr. Anderson Sunda-Meya (physics), Dr. Galina Goleverda (chemistry) and Dr. Ray Lang (computer science).

For more info on CUR, contact Dr. Gary Donaldson at gdonalds@xula.edu or Terina Walker at twalker@xula.edu.

1834 Kappa Gamma Pi
Initiatives Members  

Thirty-two students have been initiated into Kappa Gamma Pi, the national Catholic college graduate honor society. 

Students were selected based on demonstrated academic excellence and leadership during their college years and a commitment to continue to provide examples of scholarship, leadership and service in their personal and professional lives.

New members selected this year include: Ashley Bailey, Miranda Bradford, Whitney Brown, Katrina Byrd, Tiffany Curtis, Erik Davis, Dorothea Dixon, Torrey Fingal, Whitney Hardy, Markita Harris, Aaron Harrison, David Hewlett, DeShondra Leonard, Danisha McCall, Desmin Milner, Vyaisha Moss, Nia Nelson, Chinonyelum Obih, Kimberly Onyirioha, Alicia Pressley, Angela Pressley, Alyce Richard, Terry Richardson II, Charlean Sadler, Michael Sanders, Jr., Arie Ce’Ville Shaw, Janelle Snoddy, Stephanie Warfield, ShaRhonda Watkins, Gwenevere Weatherspoon, Ashley Winston and Jonathan Ystad.

1834 John Scott Tribute

Steve Prince ’91, artist-in-residence at The Steward School in Richmond VA and an acclaimed artist in his own right, has created a 15-foot tall kinetic stainless steel sculpture entitled "Song for John" which honors the memory of his mentor, the late John T. Scott ’62, and features 40 words that exemplify the spirit of the city of Hampton VA, where the artwork is officially displayed. 

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1834 College of Pharmacy
Scholarships 2008

green Walgreen Company Scholarship – Tina Bertuccini, Ronnika Jackson, Ambra King, Takena Reese and Kimberli Thompson
green Henry Cade Memorial Scholarship Award – Tehmi Chassion and Tammara Taylor
green Rite-Aid Corporation Scholarship – Tanecia Auguillard, Brittany Cochran, Tara Hendrix, Reggie Sylve and Trung Tran
green Albertson’s Pharmacy Scholarship Award – Heidi Becnel and Elise Crovetto
green CVS Scholarships – Lyla Alihamad, Hang Nguyen, Danielle Person and Janay Woodard
green Donzell Floyd Scholarship – Charles Mason and Heather Olivier
green Warren Welters Scholarship –Lauchland Roberts
green Marcellus Grace Scholarship – Elizabeth Barthelemy and Nathaniel Thomas
green Dr. Hazel Merritt Memorial Scholarship – Courtney McKay
green Merck Scholarship – Bridget Narcisse
green Kroger Scholarship – Delisha Borne
green K-Mart Scholarship – Kirk LeBouef
green General Peay Scholarship – Thaddeus Wallace
green Faculty and Staff Recognition Award – Chelsea Hicks
green Alma Richards Endowed Scholarship – Phi Linh Ho
green Monica Barquet Memorial Endowed Scholarship – Jensen Marshall
green James Holt Endowed Scholarship – Demetria Taylor
green Victor Castellon Endowed Scholarship – Jon Malveaux and Kenesha Pace
green CoP Academic Achievement Scholarships – Ifeanyi Onor, John Andry and James Peavy

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1834 XU in the News

1902Washington Post
A City Gets to Its Feet, Slowly


Keynote speaker Tavis Smiley (center) congratulates the university’s seven 4.0 graduates – (front row, from left) Thao-Nguyen Tran, Erica Stevens and Breyanna Grays; (back row) Jamie Crawley, Katura Thomas, Fahamina Ahmed and Heba Hossenally – prior to the start of Xavier’s 81st annual commencement ceremony.

Photo by Irving Johnson III


One hundred forty-three of 550 graduates received their degrees with honors from the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Pharmacy, and the Graduate School during Xavier’s 81st annual commencement, which was held for the first time since Hurricane Katrina at the Kiefer Lakefront Arena.

Thirty-seven students graduated with summa cum laude honors, while another 35 earned magna cum laude honors and 65 others earned cum laude distinction. An additional six students earned Graduate School honors.

Broadcaster, author, advocate and philanthropist Tavis Smiley delivered the keynote address. It was the second visit to a Xavier commencement for Smiley, who was awarded an honorary degree in 2004.

Seven students with perfect 4.0 grade point averages headed this year’s group of summa cum laude graduates: including Fahamina Ahmed of Metairie LA (Pharm.D),  Jaime Crawley of  Houston TX (Pharm.D), Breyanna Grays of Grand Blanc MI (BS in biology/premed), Heba Hossenally of  Jefferson LA (PharmD), Erica Stevens of Mobile AL (BS, biology/premed), Katura Thomas of Allentown PA (Pharm.D) and Thao-Nguyen Tran of Marrero LA (BA in Spanish and BS in biology/premed). 

Also earning degrees with summa cum laude honors were:

Bachelor of Arts – Michael Sanders.

Bachelor of Science – Airat Agbetoba, Garrett Anderson, Michael Aregbesola, Kristen Buxton, Wonestta Collins, Joshua Coney, Caneita Creighton, Chari Gary, Whitney Hardy, Desmin Milner, Chika Nwankwo, Kimberly Onyirioha, Alyce Richard, Ashley Screws, Kimberly Tran and Maesha Twyner.

Pharm.D. – Crystal Calloway, Lindsay Coulon, Le Do, Laura Esteve, Mary Hollinger, Trinh Le, Mary Lu, Thoa Mai, Melanie Rachal, Jessica Sta Maria, Kathryn Vedeckis, Shandrika Williams and Ashley Wilson.

Earning their degrees with magna cum laude honors were:

Bachelor of Arts – Renata Alford, Ashley Bailey, Jacquelyn Bailey, Brandon Dawkins, Markita Harris, Stephanie Warfield and Jonathan Ystad.

Bachelor of Science - Ashley August, Jacquelyn Bailey, Eboni Betts, Whitney Brown, Chandra Carter, Brandon Dawkins, Ashley Ellerbe, Newton Ford, Lindsey Holloman, Camiel Irving, Gabrielle Jackson, Danisha McCall, Arielle Norris, Ellegant Pearson, Dorcas Pinto, Tanisha Powell, Arie Shaw, Stephanie Warfield and Gwenevere Weatherspoon.

Pharm.D. – Itohan Agbonlahor, Sarah Bourgeois, Farrell Fort, Phi-ha Ho, Bertram Jackson, Roshandra Lee, Celina Livaccari, Thuy An Nguyen, Thuy-Thanh Nguyen, Thuy Vy Nguyen, Huong Lan Tran, Victoria Tran and Kate Ung.

Earning their degrees with cum laude honors were:

Bachelor of Arts – Christopher Bordenave, Lakeshia Cooper and Jason Harry.

Bachelor of Science – Ashton Baltrip, Heather Barnes, Brittany Blackwell, Asia Bradley-Stephens, Katrina Byrd, Tamala Carey, Tiffany Curtis, Dorothea Dixon, Phylicia Dupree, Torrey Fingal, Jessica Fuselier, Winda Gibson, Christina Gilbert, Randal Harris, Aaron Harrison, David Hewlett, Taryn Hicks, Ebony Juakali, Krystal Kofie, DeShondra Leonard, Sesily Macon, Jheanell Morgan, Vyaisha Moss, Nia Nelson, Rosalie Nguyen, Chinonyelum Obih, Kelechi Okoroha, Austin Orgah, Christopher Phoenix, Alicia Pressley, Angela Pressley, Terry Richardson, Christina Roberts, Ashley Ross, Giselle Rouson, Charlean Sadler, Janelle Snoddy, Danyetta Thomas, Quang-Hai Tran, Sharhonda Watkins, Brandon Williams, Gentri Williams and Ashley Winston.

Pharm.D. – Fronce Barnes, Takanya Bryant, Jeffrey Bullock Jr., Christopher Chivleatto, Lindsay DeVun, Sherryl Lynn Escondo, Lawrence Henry, Charee Kaufman, Hang Kha, Mia Louis, Jonathon Newsome, ThongJohn Nguyen, Rachael Nunez, Candace Sampson, Christina Seal, Donald Williams, Samuel Young and Stacy Young.

Receiving Graduate School degrees with honors were: (Master of Arts) Patrick Dubendorfer; (Master of Arts in Teaching) Constance Alphonse, Joel Kelly and Tina Smith; and (Master of Theology) John Hipskind and Mary O’Donovan.


Farrell Fort , a Pharm.D major from St. Louis MO, and Maesha Twyner, a chemistry/pre-med major from Pass Christian MS, are congratulated by President Norman Francis after receiving the University’s top two honors during the '08 Baccalaureate Mass and Honors Convocation.

Photo by Irving Johnson III


Farrell Fort and Maesha Twyner were named recipients of the University’s two most coveted service awards at the 2008 Baccalaureate Mass and Honors Convocation.

Fort, a Pharm.D pharmacy major from St. Louis MO (Hazelwood East High School), and Twyner, a chemistry/pre-med major from Pass Christian MS (Pass Christian High), were presented the St. Katharine Drexel Award and the Mother Agatha Ryan Award, respectively.

They topped a short list of graduating seniors receiving awards, including:

1834 National Council, Knights of Peter Claver leadership awards:
xxxx– Andrew Williams (the Gilbert Faustina Award)
xxxx– Julius Tonzel (the Louis Israel Award)
xxxx– Ashley Scioneaux (the Alphonse Pierre Auguste Award)

1834 Victor H. Labat Service Award – Jeffrey Bullock

1834 Sister Thea Bowman Award – Candyce Chenier

1834 William H. Mitchell Christian Leadership Award – Newton Ford

1834 Walter J. Barker, Sr. Award – Sharon Peters

1834 Saint Cecilia Music Award – Frederick Hudnall

1834 Sister Eloise Sisson Award – Willie Arnold

Click respective links for College of Pharmacy Honors and Scholarships.

Dr. Loren Blanchard ’84 has been named Xavier’s new Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs by President Norman Francis.
Blanchard, whose appointment becomes effective July 1, currently serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic & Multicultural Affairs at the LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans, where he was responsible for serving as an advocate for the academic and research development and success of students and faculty, developing strategic diversity initiatives and providing leadership in the development of programs that enhance and illuminate intercultural understanding.

He has also served as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Louisiana System (ULS) in Baton Rouge, where he provided coordination
among eight regional universities in achieving their academic and research goals. among eight regional Blanchard also served as Vice President for Accreditation, Leadership and Accountability for ULS; and Accreditation Specialist with the Louisiana Department of Education.

Blanchard previously served as Chair and Associate Professor in Xavier’s Division of Education and as Xavier’s Coordinator forNational Accreditation through the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
“Dr. Blanchard brings a wealth of experience in academic administration to the University,” said Francis. “He will be a major addition to Xavier’s academic services at this crucial time in higher education.”

A much sought-after national expert in accreditation planning and implementation, he led the effort to seal the state of Louisiana’s partnership with NCATE. Blanchard’s specialty is assessment where he has been recognized for co-developing a comprehensive web-based assessment tool known as PASS-PORT (Professional Accountability Support System using a Portal Approach) that has been successfully used by nearly every college and university in Louisiana. PASS-PORT is now nationally-marketed software. Blanchard is also a Millennium Leadership Fellow with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
Blanchard’s research includes minority male populations, national accreditation preparation for HBCU teacher education programs, as well as competence studies in children and families of gifted and talented minority students. His teaching focus includes educational and adolescent psychology as well as research and statistics at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

He holds a B.S. degree in speech pathology education from Xavier, a M.Ed. degree in educational administration & supervision from McNeese State University, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Georgia.

He replaces Dr. Elizabeth Anne Barron who will retire in June.


During her college career Angela Pressley was not only a top student (she graduated cum laude), she was also an active volunteer, a cheerleader, active in student government,  conducted research and held a part time job – what’s more, she has an identical twin who did the same.

And even more unusual, the Pressley twins are just one set of four sets of twins who received degrees at Xavier’s 81st annual commencement Saturday May 10, at 10:00 am at the Keifer Lakefront Arena.

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31 K. Tran

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TWINS: (L-R) Alishia and Ayeshia Bankhead, Alicia and Angela  Pressley,  Stephanie and Tiffany Curtis, and Katrina and Katherine Byrd.

Identical twins Angela and Alicia Pressley of Slidell, LA both received their bachelor of science degrees in biology/premed, cum laude.

Three other sets of twins joined the Pressley twins at that ceremony:  

Tifffany and Stephanie Curtis, of Philadelphia, PA-- Stephanie received a bachelor of science in biology/premed; Tiffany received a bachelor of science in psychology, cum laude; 

Katharine and Katrina Byrd of Detroit Michigan--Katherine received a bachelor of science in biochemistry and Katrina received a bachelor of science in microbiology, cum laude;  

Alishia and Ayeshia Bankhead of Atlanta, GA – both received a bachelor of science degree in biology/premed
In 2004 these 2008 graduates were part of a group of six sets of twins in the freshmen class at Xavier.  A lot has happened since then: the City of New Orleans lived through and continues to recover from Hurricane Katrina. Xavier re-opened just a few months later (ahead of most of the rest of the city’s businesses and neighborhoods) in January 2006 and resumed classes. 

While many of Xavier’s students had enrolled in other schools around the country after the hurricane, in the spring, the majority of those students returned to the Xavier campus. Those returning included most the twins from that earlier freshman class. That freshman class is this year’s graduates.

This year's graduating class includes four of the original six sets of twins. All agree that their Xavier experience was a good one.  After spending a semester at other schools following Hurricane Katrina, all said they couldn’t wait to get to back to XU.

“Xavier students are a different quality of students,” said Angela Pressley, “I think Xavier students are more focused. We like to party and Xavier has a good social life, but we don’t party 24/7.  The school we went to had a great school spirit, but they’d party in the middle of the day, that’s when I was trying to study!”

“Xavier is a special place,” said Katrina Byrd. “It’s not for everyone, but I think I’ve been afforded a wonderful opportunity that I wouldn’t have had at another institution.”
“We’re definitely going to miss Xavier – the morale of the students, the activities, the faculty that’s always willing to help you when you need it, said Alicia Pressley. “But we’ve had a good foundation and I know we’ll all succeed wherever we go.”

“My dad say’s we’ve changed so much in the past four years,” said Angela Pressley. “Xavier gives you so much power you never knew didn’t have!  Now if something goes wrong I am not afraid to stand up for myself.  That’s they way they teach you at Xavier, there’s really nothing you can’t do.”

The Pressley twins will start medical school in the fall at LSU.



Reuben Battley, a recent graduate in biology/pre-med from Shreveport LA (Byrd High), has been accepted into medical school at Meharry College.

Eboni Betts, a recent graduate in biology/pre-med from Columbia SC (Spring Valley High), has been accepted into veterinary school at Tuskegee College and the University of Georgia.

Caneita Creighton, a recent graduate in chemistry/pre-med from Grand Blanc MI (Grand Blanc High), has been accepted into medical school at Meharry College and the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Erik Davis, a recent graduate in biology/pre-med from New Orleans (Bro. Martin High), has been accepted into medical school at Meharry College.

Where Are They Now?


You might say that Gregory Lee ’96 is living sort of a sports fan’s dream.

Now living in Boston MA, which is generally regarded as one of the most fanatical sports towns in America, he can immerse himself in the daily exploits of some of most highly regarded and recognizable names in all of professional sports: the Major League Baseball (MLB) Red Sox, the National Basketball Association (NBA) Celtics, the National Hockey League (NHL) Bruins and the National Football League (NFL) New England Patriots.  

What makes it so sweet, however, is someone actually PAYS him to be there!

To be truthful, Lee, as the new senior assistant editor of The Boston Globe newspaper, spends much more time in the news room overseeing the activities of some 50+ sports writers and copy editors than he does in actually sitting in Fenway Park, TD Banknorth (formerly THE Boston Garden) or Gillette Stadium. But when the event is big enough to warrant it – as has been the case during the Celtics recent romp through the NBA playoffs – he is there.

Gregory Lee ’96, the new senior assistant sports editor for The Boston Globe newspaper, leads the team coverage of the Celtics’ NBA playoff game in Detroit MI. xxxxxxxx-

Later this year he’ll be among the international media covering the 2008 Olympic Games in China.

So, all in all, life is pretty good for a guy who just 12 years ago was covering the Gold Rush for the Xavier Herald.

“Make no mistake about it, Boston is a professional sports town,” said Lee, pointing out that unlike his hometown New Orleans, collegiate and high school athletics doesn’t warrant at lot of coverage. “It’s a great atmosphere to be involved in this city is really passionate about its pro teams, especially the Red Sox and the Patriots.”

And when they’re winning – and all have pretty good recent track records – the meter goes up another notch.

“To be here when the Red Sox finally broke their World Series curse was an awesome experience,” admitted Lee, case in point.

But then there is some work involved. As the No. 2 guy in the Globe sports section, it is routine for Lee to in 10-12 hour days during which he not only has to anticipate what stories will be the top sports items of the day, but has to coordinate the special projects and assignments of his cadre of reporters and editors to make it happen. In addition, he responsible for the paper’s online appearance.
Lee is also charged with planning and coordination of big events coverage (including credentialing, reporter’s schedules and travel budgets), including the upcoming Olympics.

“It is not unusual for us to have several reporters covering the same event, and part of my responsibility to make sure they’re not writing similar articles,” said Lee, who had just returned from accompanying four writers to one of the Celtic’s NBA recent playoff games in Detroit MI.
“This is a job that challenges you every day,” confessed Lee, “but I’m blessed with a veteran, professional crew here and we have a good team approach. It’s a great place to be.”

Lee, who has been at the Globe since 2004, was in charge of the newspaper’s award-winning Sunday sports section until his recent promotion.

Lee is quick to credit his Xavier professors and classmate Corwin Murray ‘96 for helping to get his career going: the former for helping him develop his journalistic skills and opening the door to his internship at the New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper while still at Xavier, and the latter for helping him land a full-time job at the TP after graduation.

But it was Lee who made the most of the opportunity, working as a sports slot editor in New Orleans for three years before landing a higher profiled job at The Washington Post newspaper, where he honed his skills as a layout editor, assistant sports editor and high school editor. He passed along a little of that knowledge as an adjunct professor of newspaper design at the University of Maryland’s Journalism school as well.

During his short stay in DC, Lee was an active member of the XU Alumni chapter in the area, serving as president of the fledgling organization. That’s one luxury he does not have in New England.

“There aren’t a lot of Xavierites in the Boston area that I know of,” said Lee, who nevertheless manages to fill that void by his leadership role in the National Association of Black Journalists, which he currently serves as national treasurer.


1834 AphA-ASP Mortar and Pestle Professionalism Award – Meng Tsai

1834 Facts & Comparisons Award of Excellence in Clinical Communication – Melanie Rachal

1834 Highest Scholastic Standing in Pharmacy Practice and Ethical Conduct – Jaime Crawley

1834 Lilly Achievement Award – Jaime Crawley

1834 Merck & Co. Award – Fahamina Ahmed, Lindsay Coulon and Jaime Crawley

1834 Mylan Pharmaceuticals Excellence in Pharmacy Award – Katura Thomas

1834 Roche Pharmacy Communications Award – Heba Hossenally

1834 Glaxo Smith Kline Patient Care Award – Lindsay Coulon

1834 Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Outstanding Student Award – Jaime Crawley

1834 COP Award for Excellence in Research – Jeffrey Bullock

1834 COP Award for Excellence – Fahamina Ahmed, Jamie Crawley, Heba Hossenally and Katura Thomas

1834 Academy of Students of Pharmacy Service Award – Meng Tsai

1834 Rho Chi Recognition Certificate – Elizabeth Barthelemy, Liliana Cosenza, Jcelyn Hooks, Ashley Lenfant, Thuy Nguyen, Ifeani Onor and Nazima Yousef

1834 Albert Lauve Hospital Pharmacy Award – Jack Iskander

1834 KE Pharmacy Fraternity for Women Achievement Award – Kimberly Aristide

1834 Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Service Award – Andrea Toles

1834 Mary Munson Runge Activity Award – Sheritta Horne

1834 Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Award – Adwoa Darkwa

1834 Special Pharmacy Faculty Awards – Kenesha Pace and Takena Reese

1834 Student National Pharmaceutical Association Award – Ambra King

1834 Lawrence Ferring Faculty Award – Dr. Patience Obih


Dr. Elaine Parker Adams ’61, is serving as presiding officer of the Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council. She and her son, Albert Adams Jr., had an article on TBI published in Teaching Exceptional Children Plus.

Miller Boyd ’98, has been accepted into a PhD. program in History at the University of Mississippi.

Terri Burton ’94, director of Patriots Circle and Membership Program at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, made a presentation, “Increasing Your Membership and Keeping the Number Growing,” at the Louisiana Association of Museums Annual Conference.

Marvin Ellis ’76, a long-time educator and community activist in Miami (Dade County) FL, is featured in the Florida AT&T’s 2008-2009 African American History Calendar in recognition of his community leadership. 

Candice Fields ’07, has been accepted into St. Matthew’s University Medical School.

Dr. Mary Gauthier-Lewis ’80, has been named assistant dean of the University of Louisiana-Monroe College of Pharmacy’s Baton Rouge satellite campus. She previously served as a faculty member and critical care clinical pharmacist at the LSU Health Sciences Center.

Tamara Johnson ’06, has been accepted into St. George’s University Medical School.

Tequilla Pryor ’06, has been accepted into the Philadelphia Collegee of Osteopathic Medicine.

Craig Quintal ‘04 has earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis TN.

Kelvin Simmons ’06, has been accepted into dental school at Baylor University.


Dr. Thomas Bonner (English) presented "The Other Awakening: Kate Chopin's Fiction in later Generations" on a panel of scholars responsible for Chopin's critical revival in the latter twentieth century at the Conference of the American Literature Association in San Francisco, CA.

Joseph K. Byrd (VP for Student Services) conducted a workshop,"Faith and Values in the African American Community", during the Men of Color Collegiate Summit held at Tulane University.

Rev. Jeffery Ott, OP
(University Chaplain/Assoc. Director) will serve as chaplain/liturgist for a group of some 45 Dominicans on a pilgrimage to places where their founder – St. Dominic de Guzman – lived preached, and traveled, including Spain, southern France, and Italy. 

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