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(top-L) Home-grown legendary bandleader, trumpet player, songwriter, producer, arranger, talent scout, businessman, musician and producer David Bartholomew, receives his honorary degree from XU President Norman Francis during the University's 83rd annual commencement, held at the Lakefront Arena; (top R) Francis congratulates Merije Chukumerije,
a graduating biology/pre-med major from Chino CA (Colony High School), after he was named recipient of the University's top service award, the St. Katharine Drexel Award, during Baccalaureate; (L) U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Ducan entreats graduates to consider a career in teaching during his keynote address. More commencement photos are available HERE.

photo by Irving Johnson III

tennis REPEAT

The XU men’s and women's tennis teams – (from left) Hassan Abbas, Mikhail Vaval, head coach Alan Green, graduate assistant coach Terry Richardson, Steffen Giles-Osborn, Colleen McArthur, Mario Myles, Carmen Nelson, Angelina Callis, Melissa DeLoach, student manager Ismaelite St. Felix, Ashley McGill and Anastesia Opata – proudly display their conference championship plaques after winning their fifth and second consecutive Gulf Coast Athletic Conference titles, respectively.  

photo by Ed Cassiere


Herb Douglas, the only surviving member of the 1942 Xavier relay team (the first HBCU school to win a race at the Penn Relays); XU President Dr. Norman Francis; Ralph Metcalfe Jr., son of the late Ralph Metcalfe, the XU coach who assembled that team; and Joseph Cosgrove, President and CEO of event sponsor Pentec Health Inc., pose for publicity photos at the 116th running of the prestigious Philadelphia PA track meet. The 2010 4x100 relay was named the Ralph Metcalfe Centennial.

photo courtesy Ralph Metcalfe Jr.



XU students Theresa Scales and Steve Morgan (fourth and fifth from left, respectively), winners of the Coca-Cola Open Happiness Tour Contest, pose with (from left) company marketing rep Tyrone Rousell, XU’s Marian Minnard, and company marketing rep Adrienne Johnson and account rep Calvin Segura. The students will join actor Idris Elba on an all-expense paid trip to Johannesburg, South Africa, to participate in the company’s water conservation project RAIN (Replenish Africa Initiative) and attend a World Cup Soccer event.

photo courtesy Marian Minnard



Faculty from XU and four other universities participated in a computing series workshop on data mining held on campus, including (front row, L-R) co-organizer Dr. Syed Ahmed, Dr. Sridhar Jayalakshmi, Dr. Wenshung Zhang and Dr. V.J. DuRapau; (second row) Dr. N. Radhakrishnan and Dr. Ram Mohan of North Carolina A&T, Deborah Schwartz of the U.S. Department of Defense, co-organizer Dr. Andrea Edwards and Dr. Mostafa Elaasar of SUNO; (back row) Dr. Michael Steinbach of the University of Minnesota, XU student Austin Orgah, Dr. Mack Crayton, and Dr. Gloria Love and Dr. Azubike Okplaeze of Dillard.

photo courtesy Dr. Syed Ahmed


National media personality and social commentator Tavis Smiley (at left, facing away from the Xavier sign on Drexel Street), was on campus recently to interview XU President Norman Francis for a special documentary he is filming which focuses on the rebuilding efforts in the New Orleans area five years after Hurricane Katrina.

photo by Irving Johnson III

With the outside structure pretty much completed, construction of the interior of the College of Pharmacy’s new Qatar Pavilion expansion continues at a steady pace through the early summer months. Partial occupancy of the building is expected in early fall, with the official ribbon-cutting scheduled for October.

photo by Irving Johnson III

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