Volume 42 No. 3
March 2011










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1834 Basketball Update

MEN: The Gold Rush (26-4 overall, 4-2 GCAC) are ranked No. 17 in the NAIA national men’s poll. They, resume play March 3 at the conference tournament in Jacksonville FL.

WOMEN: The Nuggets (24-6, 6-0) are ranked No. 21 in the NAIA national women’s poll. They too start the postseason March 3.

Check HERE to keep abreast of the postseason progress of both teams.

1834 Tennis Update

MEN: The Rush, ranked 14th in the nation, are off to a fast 7-2 (1-0) start. They resume play March 9.

Women: The Nuggets, ranked 22nd in the nation, are 2-5 (1-0) on the season. They resume play March 5.

Check HERE for schedules and info on both teams.

1834 2011: Will YOU Be Connected to XU?

Xavier has introducted a new communcation system - the Connect-ED® for Higher ED communication service - to deliver emergency and other time-sensitive notifications to all students, faculty and staff employees.

In order for this new system to succeed, each individual needs to participate. All it takes is a brief visit online to your XULA Banner Web account online where you will take our brief single-question "phone survey" to provide the info needed to reach you via your preferred communications delivery options.

Go HERE to sign up.

1834 ALD Honor Society

Ninety-two students have been inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) National Honor Society for First Year Students according to the group’s advisor and director of the First Year Student Success program, Dr.  Marion Carroll.

ALD is a national honor society that recognizes and encourages academic excellence among first year college students. It is open to freshmen who earn a GPA of 3.5 or better.
Visit HERE to the list.

1834 Day at the Races

The New Orleans Alumni Club will host its 5th annual Day at the Races March 20 at the Fairgrounds Race Course.

Tickets are $45, including admission, racing program, week-end buffet.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the chapter’s scholarship fund. Visit HERE for more info.

1834 Alumni Chapters

Alumni around the country are celebrating St. Katharine Drexel's Feast Day with Masses and other celebrations.

Get the scoop on those and other Alumni Chapter events HERE.

1834 XU in the News

2Fox 8 News
Dr. Norman Francis: Leading XU to New Heights
Are Black Colleges & Universities Still Needed?
1Searching For (OWN)
Miss La. Reunites with Birth Mom [Candice Stewart '05]


A plot of empty land and a dream less than three months ago, the St. Katharine Drexel Chapel begins to take shape in campus center. Scheduled for an early 2012 opening, the university's new spiritual center will accommodate upwards of 400 visitors and house a sanctuary, sacristy, mediation room and garden, day chapel and bell tower. An $8 million campaign to fund the Chapel construction is currently underway. Visit HERE for more details on how you can contribute to this project.

Photo by Irving Johnson III


The College of Pharmacy (COP) will host the fourth annual Health Disparities Conference “Utilizing Interdisciplinary Strategies to Advance from Disparity to Reform” March 27-29 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

The conference, hosted by COP’s Center for Minority Health & Health Disparities, which will focus on replicable multidisciplinary collaborative models and approaches from the clinical, research, and community arenas that integrate all levels of providers to improve health outcomes and eliminate health disparities.
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The University has added a new member to its governing Board of Trustees: James Mitchell, Jr., manager in corporate government relations at General Electric Company.

Mitchell is a senior executive at GE and currently is a Lobbyist in the firm’s Government Relations Group in Washington DC where he helps GE drive its legislative agenda in the following areas: immigration, taxes, capital markets, international government relations, investment management and financial services. - more -

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St. Katharine Drexel


March 3 is the Feast Day of St. Katharine Drexel, the founder of both Xavier University and Xavier Prep, as well as the matriarch of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament religious order. Her story cannot be repeated too often.

St. Katharine was the 19th century equivalent of an American princess, born into the privileged family of a wealthy Philadelphia banker and philanthropist. She could have lived her life in the lap of luxury, oblivious to the suffering of others. - more -

1834 Fall 2010 Dean's List

A total of 540 student scholars made the Dean's Honor Roll during the 2010 fall 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.


The students, faculty, and staff of Xavier have selected Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal as next year’s shared reading.

In the book, journalist Eric Schlosser chronicles the evolution of the fast food industry and documents some ugly truths about this hallmark of American culture.

With vivid detail, Schlosser argues that fast food poses greater dangers than just high cholesterol. From the ethics of marketing to children to wiping out rain forests to make room for cattle, from the abuse of immigrant labor to the risk of Mad Cow Disease, Schlosser makes a case that the fast food industry is a leading contributor to some of our world’s greatest threats, making the book an ideal candidate for Xavier’s shared reading.

The book will be required reading by all first-year students at Xavier, but it is a text that anyone on campus can and should read, as it is selected because it addresses issues relevant to Xavier’s mission.

In October, the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Office asked members of the Xavier community to suggest possible titles for next year. After receiving over 70 suggestions, the list was narrowed to six, which were then voted on through a web-based poll. Fast Food Nation received a majority 25 percent of the vote from students, faculty, and staff.


Catholic, Louisiana writer Andre Dubus and his son Andre Dubus III are prominently featured in the newest edition of Xavier Review.

In addition to scholarly, journalistic, and personal essays from the two legendary writers, the issue includes a chapter from the younger Dubus's forthcoming memoir Townie, which will be published this spring.

The elder Dubus is regarded as one of the most important American short story writers of the 20th century. The Xavier University Library Special Collections houses a number of his papers. His son is the author of the novel House of Sand and Fog which was turned into a movie starring Ben Kingsley.

“Publishing a chapter from his forthcoming memoir is quite a coup for Xavier Review,” said Dr. Nicole Greene, editor of the Xavier Review and a professor of English at Xavier. “It means we will be credited in the paperback edition and in the video Dubus is making for Vanity Fair.

The new issue of Xavier Review (Vol. 30.1) is available for purchase at the Department of English and African American Studies, Administration Annex, Room 204, or by calling 520-5246.


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“Mid-level providers provide an increasing amount of primary care resources, said Dr. Leonard Jack, Jr., Associate Dean for Research and Director, Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education (CMHDRE) at Xavier. “Utilizing mid-level providers in a trans-disciplinary environment can provide lower costs, improve quality care and increase access to care in low income, racial and ethnic, rural and migrant communities, which are particularly affected by health disparities.”

Jack said the target audience for the conference is mid-level providers such as pharmacists and nurses. He said at the end of this activity participants will be able to demonstrate models of successful implementation of projects using multidisciplinary healthcare teams to address disparities in chronic disease; examine the impact of a culturally and linguistically competent healthcare workforce in the delivery services; and discuss policy changes related to healthcare reimbursement at local and regional levels.

The conference pre-registration deadline is March 14 and the deadline for submitting abstracts for poster presentation is Feb. 23. Visit HERE for more details.

Funding for the conference was provided [in part] by a grant from the from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

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In addition, he continues to lead the Office of the Chairman sponsored initiative designed to invest in minority and women owned financial services firms.  He has committed close to $1.0 billion of investments with minority-owned and women-owned investment firms.

Mitchell holds degrees from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Finance (BS) and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School (MBA). He is married to Dana Davis and they have two children.

Other members of the 18-member board include: Sister Doris Blum S.B.S. ’55, Dwight Bush Sr., Dr. Dale Mason Cochran, Dr. Norman C. Francis (ex-officio), Carla Harris, Sister Stephanie Henry S.B.S., Dr. Toni Hoover, the Rev. Monsignor Paul Lenz, Sister Amedee Maxwell S.B.S., Sister Rita Radloff S.B.S., Mark Romig (secretary), Leo Sam Jr. ’52, Sister Barbara Specker S.B.S., Sister Patricia Suchalski S.B.S. (vice chair), David Voelker, Janice Frilot Wilkins ’67, and Mary Keller Zervigon (chair).

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But instead, throughout the 1890’s and the first half of this century – long before taking up the cause of racial equality came into vogue – she was at the forefront of efforts to improve the lives of others.

During these decades shadowed by the segregation and degradation forced on Blacks – combined with the dispossession, relocation and betrayal of Native Americans – the name of St. Katharine Drexel shone out as a beacon of hope. St. Katharine was at the forefront of efforts to educate African-Americans and Native Americans with an eye toward helping them to develop their own leadership and self-determination. Her schools were always open to all faiths; and the nuns who followed her lived among the poor they served.

Katharine Drexel was born in 1858 to wealthy Philadelphia banker and philanthropist Francis Drexel and his wife Hannah, who died a mere five weeks after giving birth. Her father remarried two years later. It was from her parents – revered for their own generosity and charity to the less fortunate – that St. Katharine learned early the lesson of stewardship and responsibility to the poor.

Early on, St. Katharine indicated her intent to establish a bureau to distribute her wealth to Indians and Black missions, and to enter a cloistered religious order. But instead, during a trip to Rome with her family, she accepted the challenge of Pope Leo XIII and established a brand new order – the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament – which went on to found and staff schools and centers in the inner cities of the North and East, the Indian reservations of the west and across the Deep South.

Despite the many obstacles placed in their path, including strong opposition from whites, by 1942 the Sisters were operating black Catholic schools, convents and mission centers in some 13

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states. So extensive was her influence in the Black, rural areas of New Iberia, St. Martinville and other Acadiana parishes that she is often referred to as the “Patron Saint of South Louisiana.”

St. Katharine’s presence was also felt in urban New Orleans, where the Sisters not only opened a Catholic high school and several elementary schools, but also established Xavier – which was to become the capstone of her educational system.

Originally a coeducational secondary school, Xavier evolved into a teacher’s college and by 1925 had achieved full university status. A College of Pharmacy – now one of only two pharmaceutical schools in the state – was added two years later. The same pharmacy school is today among the nation’s top three producers of African American Doctor of Pharmacy degree recipients.



Margaret Alabi, a P4 pharmacy student from Decatur GA (Columbia High), has been awarded a two-year Sanofi-Aventis Fellowship in health policy and strategic advocacy. The fellowship is administered through Rutgers University.

Monika Arceneaux, a senior political science major from Kenner LA (Ursuline High), has been accepted into the Charlotte School of Law and the University of Arkansas Law School.

Brianna E. Bell, a junior business-marketing major from New Orleans (Ursuline Academy), has been selected as a recipient for The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Business Leadership Award Scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year. The scholarship, awarded through the UNCF, covers tuition, fees, and room and board.

Lauren Cooper, a senior psychology/pre-med major from Los Angeles CA (Bishop Montgomery High), has been accepted into medical school at Meharry College.

Dannielle Foster, a senior biology/pre-med major from Indianapolis IN (Arsenal Tech), has been accepted into medical school at Howard University.

Marina Ghaly, a P2 pharmacy student and Center of Excellence Research Scholar from Metairie LA (Bonnabel High), and faculty mentor Dr. Joseph LaRochelle (pharmacy) presented a poster, “Clinical Pharmacy Faculty Interventions in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the American Federation for Medical Research” at the regional meeting of the Southern Society of Pediatric Research. An abstract was also published in the Journal of Investigative Medicine.

Daphanie Taylor, a senior biology/pre-med major from Garland TX (Garland High), has been accepted into medical school at the University of Texas-Galveston.


Maria Sly George '58, was presented the prestigious Louisiana Retired Teachers Association Name of Fame award at the Association's fall meeting. She is also the District I President.

Breyanna Grays ‘07, a third-year student at the Indiana University School of Medicine, was named one of only eight recipients of the American Academy of Neurology Foundation’s 2011 Minority Scholars Program award, which recognizes outstanding achievements as a medical student. She intends to specialize in neurology after she receives her medical degree next year.

Carlos (CJ) Minor ’96, educator and athletic coach in the Douglas County (Georgia) School System, has successfully defended his dissertation and earned a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Administration from Clark Atlanta University.

Harry Johnson, Sr. ’77, president and CEO for the Washington DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, has been named recipient of the Trumpet Awards Foundation’s “President’s Award”, which recognizes Black Americans who have succeeded against immense odds.

Candice Stewart ’05, the first African American woman to hold the Miss Louisiana USA crown, was reunited with her birth mother during the premiere of the cable television series “Searching For” on the new Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) in February. You can view it HERE.

Amber C. Williamson ’05, has earned a master’s degree in information systems management from the Keller Graduate School of Management. She is currently pursuing a 2nd master’s in network and communications management and wireless communications.


Dr. Thomas Bonner, Jr (Emeritus) had an essay "New Orleans and Its Writers: Burdens of Place" published in the Mississippi Quarterly. He also has reviews of Southern literary studies in Choice.

Dr. Ronald Dorris '72 (AFAM/English) presented a paper, "Keeping the Word Alive:  Orality as Reflexive Frame,” at the Southern Conference on African American Studies, held in Dallas TX.

Dr. David Lanoue (RosaMary Professor of English) published poetry in Bottle Rockets, commentary in the Journal of Renga and Renku, and a book review in Modern Haiku. He also contributed insights to a just-published French book by Alain Kervern, Pourquoi les non Japonais écrivent-ils des haïku? ("Why Do Non-Japanese People Write Haiku?").

It is estimated that St. Katharine – who during her lifetime shared the annual income from her father’s trust fund with her two sisters – gave away more than $20 million.

The stresses and strains of building a nationwide network of schools for black and Indian children were hard on St. Katharine. The heavy workload and awesome responsibilities that she shouldered for more than a half-century finally took their toll in 1935 when she suffered a near-fatal heart attack. For 20 years she was confined to the infirmary at the Motherhouse in Bensalem, Pa., where she is said to have spent most of her waking hours in prayer and meditation. She died in 1955.

St. Katharine was officially canonized a saint of the Roman Catholic Church in October of 2000 by Pope John Paul II. During a rain-soaked canonization ceremony that drew tens of thousands to the Vatican, Pope John Paul II said that her life brought about “a growing awareness of the need to combat all forms of racism through education and social services."

Only the fifth American to have been canonized and only the second American-born Saint, she is now in the select company of Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, Rose Philippine Duchesne, Bishop John Neumann and Mother Elizabeth Seton.

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