Volume 44 No. 03 March 2013

 
THIS MONTH AT XAVIER

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NEW ARENA ADDS TO
CITY'S EVENT FACILITIES


COP TO HOST 6TH HEALTH DISPARITIES CONFERENCE

SUMMER PROGRAMS ANTICIPATE INCREASE

WHAT WE'LL BE READING LATER THIS YEAR

REMEMBERING OUR FOUNDER IN 2013

TEACHING THE RIGHT DECISION FOR ALUM

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1834 Basketball Update

MEN: The Gold Rush (24-7), ranked No. 13 in the NAIA national poll, await news of an at-large bid to the NAIA National Tournament after being bounced from the GCAC postseason conference tournament in the first round.

Coach Dannton Jackson was voted GCAC Men's Co-Coach of the Year, while three XU seniors - Anthony Simmons, Denzell Erves and Wanto Joseph - all earned conference honors. More details HERE.

WOMEN: The Nuggets (24-5), ranked No. 14 in the NAIA national poll, likewise are hoping for an at-large bid to the nationals after being ousted from the conference tournament in round one.

Coach Bo Browder was voted GCAC Women's Co-Coach of the Year, while two XU players, SiMon Franklin and Whitney Gaston-Loyd, were voted All-Conference. Details HERE.

Follow both teams through the postseason HERE.


1834 Turner Nominated New GRAMMY Award

XU music chair, professor, and director of bands Dr. Tim Turner has been nominated for the GRAMMY’s Music Educator Award.

The Recording Academy, in partnership with the GRAMMY Foundation, has launched this award to bring attention and recognition to the teaching profession, particularly those it music. The winner, to be announced next year, will receive a $10,000 honorarium and be presented the award at the Special Merits Award Ceremony during GRAMMY Week 2014 in Los Angeles LA.

Turner, who has been at Xavier since 2004, conducts the University’s Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble. He also teaches music theory, composition, orchestration, musicianship, conducting, and music appreciation. Previously he served a stint as director of bands at Xavier from 1987-93, and in a similar position at Morehouse College from 1996-2004.

He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts/Music Education from the University of Memphis.

1834 University Statement on XU Prep Closing

Xavier University of Louisiana is indeed saddened to learn that Xavier University Preparatory High School will be closing its doors at the end of the academic year.

Our two institutions share a mutual early history – both were founded by St. Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament – and we hold the same core values. However, we wish to make it clear that the two institutions are totally separate corporations with a common Founder, and as such, the difficult decision to close the high school in no way affects the status of Xavier University of Louisiana, which remains open and continues its mission to prepare students to assume roles of leadership and service. 

We wish to express our sincere thanks to the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for their efforts – past and present – to serve and educate in the New Orleans area. This city, state and nation owe the Sisters our gratitude and respect far beyond words.


1834 Xaver Names
New Librarian

Dr. Lynette Ralph has been named the new Director of the University Library Resource Center at Xavier University of Louisiana, according to Dr. Loren Blanchard, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Ralph, who holds both a MS and a Ph.D. degree in Library and Information Science, has more than 30 years of experience as a librarian, including 25 as an administrator and manager in a university setting. Most recently she served as assistant university library director at the Sims Memorial Library at Southeastern Louisiana University.

She replaces Robert Skinner, who retired after more than 25 years in the position at Xavier.

1834 XU McNair Program Celebrates 20 years

XU’s Ronald E. McNair Program, which is celebrating 20 years of funding, has accepted four new members for spring 2013, including: Gabrielle Gloston, a senior psychology major from Lake Charles LA (St. Louis Catholic High); Jacobe’ Hollins, a senior business/management major from Houston TX (C.E. King High); Marquisha Johns, a senior chemistry/pre-med major from Marrero LA (L.W. Higgins High); and Javon Mead, a junior business/accounting major from Baton Rouge LA (Baton Rouge Magnet);

The McNair program is designed to encourage minority and low-income, first generation college students to pursue advanced degrees. Xavier’s program is the only one in New Orleans and one of only three in the state.

Xavier places 95 percent its McNair participants into graduate and professional school.


1834 Vote for XU in Tool Your School Contest

Don’t forget to vote for Xavier TODAY and EVERY DAY in Home Depot’s 2013 “Retool Your School” HBCU Grant Program Contest, which could mean up to $50,000 for campus improvements.

The winning school will be the one that receives the most online votes and which generates the most social media activity. As of today Xavier is way behind the current leaders.

Go HERE to to vote. Remember you can vote as often as once a day. Voting ends April 16. Tweet Your Friends (hashtag #xulaRYS2013)!

1834 Track & Field to Host '13 Conference Meet

Xavier and Tad Gormley Stadium will play host to the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championships on April 13 – one of nine meets on XU's 2013 outdoor track and field schedule for men and women.
 
The men and women will compete in six Louisiana meets, including the season opener March 2 at Gormley in the Tulane Team Challenge. In addition to aiming for GCAC titles, the teams will try to meet qualifying standards for the NAIA National Championships on May 23-25 at Marion IN.

Visit HERE for the complete schedule and to follow their progress.

1834 Music Department
Set Audition Dates

Auditions for students interested in admission into the Music Department are March 9 and May 18 at 11:00 a.m. in the Music Building. Call 520-7927 for audition requirements.
LONG-TIME RIVALRY GETS NEW HOME
great ones GREAT ONES

Former Gold Rush basketball greats Bruce Seals and Donald “Slick” Watts were honored as Xavier played its first game against crosstown rival Dillard in its brand new Convocation Center. On the court for the presentation were (L-R) XU Athletics Director Dennis Cousin, Seal’s son and daughter, Seals, XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis, and Watts. Xavier swept the women's/men's doubleheader.

Photo by Irving Johnson III

NEW ARENA ADDS TO CITY'S ARSENAL OF EVENT FACILITIES

Since its official christening in November 2012, the University’s newly-constructed Convocation Center and Annex has been a very busy venue.

The new center boasts more than 93,000 square feet of space with more than 4,100 seats that can be reconfigured for a variety of purposes. Because of its smaller size compared to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and other large spaces in New Orleans, the Convocation Center is providing the city with an alternative space for small to mid-size events, concerts, galas and more.  more

COP TO HOST 6TH ANNUAL HEALTH DISPARITIES CONFERENCE


The College of Pharmacy's Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education (CMHDRE) will host its Sixth Health Disparities Conference March 7-9, at the New Orleans Sheraton Hotel.

Conference participants will include clinicians (pharmacists, nurses, physician assistants, and other allied health professionals), health policy makers, health educators, and public and community health leaders whose work incorporates the use of mid-level providers to build partnerships to eliminate health disparities and improve health equity.
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SUMMER PROGRAMS EXPECT BIG INCREASE IN APPLICANTS

Students who will attend Xavier’s diverse array of pre-college and collegiate summer programs can count on learning analytical reasoning and verbal skills that will help them with their future studies, in some cases college credits.

Applications for the pre-college student programs are being accepted now, and the University is encouraging the community to enroll students soon, expecting the programs to be filled to capacity. Space is limited.  New this year is an online, common application that should make applying easier and convenient.
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ALTOGETHER NOW: WHAT WE'LL BE READING LATER THIS YEAR

Last November, members of the Xavier community were asked to vote on the book they thought would best serve as next year’s shared reading. In the end the community selected "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks", a book that explores "the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we’re made of." more

REMEMBERING OUR FOUNDER, ST. KATHARINE

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. [Visit HERE for Feast Day-related events]

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.
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Kaitland Brannon, a senior mathematics/pre-med major from Houston TX (Debakey Health Professions High), has been selected to participate in the New York University School of Medicine's 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) in the Graduate Biomedical Sciences, a nine-week, multi-faceted program which includes "hands-on" research under a member of the NYU research faculty.  All expenses, including travel and housing are covered, in addition to a $3,500 stipend.

Brandan Dotson, a junior chemistry/pre-med major from San Francisco CA (Lowell High), has been accepted into Vanderbilt University’s Undergraduate Summer Research Program in Chemical-Biology.

Kara Keller
, a senior mathematics major from LaPlace LA (East St. John High), has been accepted into the Ph.D. program in statistics at Purdue University.

Melanie Moore
, a senior English major from Baton Rouge LA (Baton Rouge Magnet), has been accepted into the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health.

Shenitria Myles
, a senior English/pre-law major from Wayne IN (Northrop High) has been accepted into eight law schools – including Emory University, Georgia State University, and Loyola University – with offers of full or partial scholarships.
Where Are They Now? Teaching the Right Decision for Alum

Reprinted with permission, DNAinfo.com Chicago

By now, Shauna Winston could be earning a six-figure salary had she chosen to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor.

Instead, Winston, 48, chose teaching as her profession. With 13 years of experience under her belt including the last six as a math teacher at St. Dorothy Catholic Elementary School in Chicago IL. The wife and mother of three said she made the right decision.

"I wanted to be a doctor until I got to college. That's when I started thinking about my future and how I did not want to be in school forever before I started my career," Winston said. "There is no doubt in my mind that I made the right decision when I became a teacher. It is what I love to do."

It was also in her blood — her mother is a retired Chicago Public Schools teacher.

A few years ago, Winston said students had to write essays about who inspired them to be the best they could be. more

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Shauna Winston, recently named Chicago’s Teacher of the Week by DNAinfo.com, with son LeGrain.
UNCF HONOREES
uncf OUTSTANDING ALUMS

The UNCF honored outstanding alumni from its member schools during the annual National Alumni Council/Pre-Alumni Council Conference held in Atlanta GA. Xavier reps at the event included: (L-R) XU Annual Fund manager Lacrecia James, Lisa Ripoll ’89 (Atlanta Alumni Chapter), Dr. James Pachal ‘57 (UNCF Alumnus of the Year), Dr. Ayana Rowley ‘05 (UNCF Outstanding Young Alumni), and students/pre-alumni council members Bene’ Johnson and Alisha Warren.

Photo courtesy Alumni Relations

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During Super Bowl XLVII, a number of groups took advantage of the space and state-of-the art capabilities the center has to offer. The night before Super Bowl, the Annual Gridiron Celebrity Hoops All-Star Basketball Game marked its 15th year at the Convocation Center.  The star-studded event drew sports fans from across the country and more than three dozen pro-athletes and celebrities took center court to play. 

“This mid-size athletic event proves our Convocation Center has the capacity to draw big crowds for important functions. We have end and center stage arrangements that allows for flexibility and our state-of-the-art scoreboard system is top of the line.  We are pleased we had the opportunity to participate in the City’s Super Bowl activities and hope to be an active participant in more events to come,” said XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis.

Other Super Bowl-related events included the U.S. Chamber of Commerce job fair Hiring Our Heroes – a chance for veteran job seekers, active duty military, Guard and Reserve members, active military and veteran spouses to apply for work at 60  participating, prospective employers. Also, Feed the Children, an organization that provides food to needy families, used the Convocation Center as home base for distribution. 

The first public event held in the Convocation Center was a Liberty Bank Christmas Concert featured the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra, which was held in December 2012. Upcoming events include XU’s inaugural commencement in May, giving the university the chance to bring its students back home for graduation. Until the construction of the Convocation Center, graduation was held at the Kiefer UNO Lakefront Arena.    

The Convocation Center includes weight rooms, an elegant, monumental staircase at the entrance leading to a high-end VIP suite, and a dramatic second floor pre-function area that allows views to the outdoor plaza below while providing natural daylight into the facility. Supporting the Convocation Center is the Annex that houses classrooms, meeting spaces, offices as well as a “green” parking lot with pervious paving and solar panels.

Manning Architects served as architects for both the Convocation Center and Annex, which are anticipated to be LEED Silver Buildings and incorporate community connectivity, water conservation, energy efficiency, recycled and regional materials, and improved indoor air quality. The Convocation Center is across Washington Avenue from the main campus on a site bounded by Short, Palm and Stroelitz streets. A pedestrian bridge will be constructed across Washington Avenue to give the XU community better access to the new building.

health conference cont

The conference, titled “Improving Medical Effectiveness and Health Outcomes to Achieve Health Equity Through Interprofessional Collaborations”, will include discussions on successful multidisciplinary models for improving health systems outcomes. Abstract podium presentations will enhance the effectiveness of the conference and help to stimulate discussions surrounding effective clinical strategies, basic science, health policy and research disciplines, and most importantly, the significant role of mid-level providers and interdisciplinary collaborations.

Visit HERE for more information.

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In addition to those special programs, the summer schedule also includes regular college degree-credit courses available in two five-week sessions, and an additional eight-week session. Some new and exciting online and hybrid courses will be offered, too.  All three sessions, offered at low tuition rates, are open to currently enrolled, new and returning Xavier students, as well as students enrolled at other universities. Registration for Session I and II are May 27 and June 28, respectively. Session III registration is June 7.

“Xavier’s campus during the summer months is jumping with local and non-local high school and college students because of the diverse set of course offerings,” said Summer Programs Associate Dean Dr. Kenneth Boutte, Sr. “It also shows the desire of young people to want to improve their skills and get a jump on their future studies. This summer we are expanding our evening and online courses for students with responsibilities that prevent them from taking courses during the day.” 

Interesting and informative pre-college programs beginning in May and June include:

  • British Petroleum STEM Summer Institute (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
    • Summer Science Academy “Star” Programs – offers three “STAR” programs – MathStar, BioStar, and ChemStar – for high school students who have an expressed interest in science careers
    • Louisiana Engineering Advancement Program (LEAP)/Summer Scholars – a  competitive and intensive honors program designed to improve the analytical reasoning and verbal skills of students considering careers in engineering, mathematics or the sciences
    • Exploring Computer Science at XU – for students interested in learning more about science
  • Center of Excellence Program – a four-week session designed to grant a small group of high school students interested in pharmacy a broader perspective of the academic requirements and exposure to various career opportunities in pharmacy
  • Future Mathematics and Science Teacher Academy (FMSTA) – a worldwide hands-on, middle and secondary school-based science/math education program
  • The Stress On Analytical Reasoning (SOAR1) – a program that prepares students in analytical reasoning and provides early exposure to science/health careers
  • SuperScholar/EXCEL – a four-week residential summer enrichment program that is geared toward students who are interested in pursuing college degrees in the arts, humanities, social sciences and education

While the pre-college programs give the campus a different feel during the summer, XU’s regular collegiate summer school sessions, offered at low tuition rates, and several special college-level programs also attract a brisk enrollment. Special program offerings include the following:

  • Biomedical Scholar Summer Program (BSSP) – provides the opportunity for very high-ability incoming freshmen students who intend to major in Biology, Chemistry-Premed, or Psychology-Premed to complete one semester of Xavier's General Chemistry course earning 3 hours of college credit. Invitation only.
  • Business Achievers Summer Program – for incoming freshmen business majors.  Invitation only.
  • Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) Summer Bridge – enhances diversity in materials research and education by stimulating the development of formal, long-term, collaborative research and education partnerships between minority- serving colleges and universities and the National Science Foundation
  • Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program – ten-week program for students interested in obtaining first research experience in Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • STEM Scholars Summer Bridge Program – a five-week program for incoming freshmen majoring in math, computer sciences, physics and engineering 
  • XUPharmPrep - a four-week program for incoming freshmen majoring in Chemistry-Prepharmacy that is designed to prepare students in key academic areas and expose them to opportunities in pharmacy.  Invitation only.

In addition, the Math and Science Teacher Institute (MSTI) and Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS) are expected to draw higher enrollment numbers as well.

For more information on Xavier’s Summer Programs, visit HERE.

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"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks", which was named by more than 60 critics as one of the best new books when it was first published in 2010, is an investigation into the history of HeLa cells, the first-known human cells to survive and thrive outside the human body. For more than 60 years, HeLa cells have been used by medical researchers around the world and have helped with numerous medical breakthroughs, such as the polio vaccine. For most of those 60 years, however, few people knew about Henrietta Lacks, the woman from whom the original HeLa cells were harvested. Even her children were unaware that their mother's cells were being used in this way.

As the shared reading for 2013-14, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" will be read by all first-year students and will be discussed in their Freshman Seminars. In addition, all members of the Xavier community will be encouraged to read and discuss the book and the ethical and moral issues it addresses. Special events and guest speakers will help to facilitate these discussions. Through such engagement, members of this community will gain not only a better sense of the book but a better sense of one another.

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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 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.

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.

where are they now cont

"That's when I knew God had placed me in this role as a teacher. Over two dozen students said I had inspired them. That touched my heart because a lot kids see me as their second mom, and I love all my kids," said Winston, who teaches six, seventh and eighth grades.

One of her favorite subjects to teach is math, which she said helps students gain common sense as they get older.

"As an adult you have to be able to make good decisions and if you are used to using critical thinking to solve problems, it helps when you get older," Winston said. Winston said teaching gives her a fulfillment that money cannot buy.

"If you are good at what you do, then eventually the money will follow," she said. "You cannot put a price tag on happiness."

The average starting salary for CPS teachers is about $50,000 a year, according to the Chicago Teachers Union, and Winston said most Catholic school teachers start off making half that.

A devout Catholic herself, Winston said there are some things she can do at St. Dorothy that are not allowed at public schools, such as talk about God. A better education is also afforded at Catholic schools, she said.

"My youngest son attended a public school prior to attending St. Dorothy and I was not satisfied with what he was being taught, and the lack of communication that existed between teachers and parents," she said.

About 180 students attend St. Dorothy, which is operated by the Archdiocese of Chicago and was founded in 1929.

Winston, who also doubles as an assistant principal and aspires to become a principal, has attended Catholic schools her entire life, including Xavier University of Louisiana. She is now pursuing a master's degree in Education at St. Xavier University, on the Far Southwest Side.

She resides in West Pullman with her husband, a Cook County deputy sheriff, her 17-year old daughter, a senior honors student at Perspective Charter High School on the South Side, and her 13-year-old son LeGrain III, who is among her seventh-grade students. She also has a 21-year old son in the Air Force.

"She can be hard on me sometimes but I understand why. I am not treated any different than other student," LeGrain said. "The only thing I hate is when people ask me what grade they got on their test when I don't even know because my mom does not tell me anything."

Indeed, Winston admits to being harder on LeGrain.

"I love my son and love riding to school with in the mornings," Winston said. "But he knows I do not play and the way I treat him at school as his teacher is the same way I he is treated at home. He knows it is for his own good."

 

Cyrell Roberson, a senior psychology major from Baton Rouge LA (Baton Rouge Magnet), has been accepted into the Education Cred/PhD program at the University of California at Berkeley.

Alonza Terry Jr., a senior mathematics major from Conyers GA (Southwest Dekalb High), has been accepted into the master’s degree program in mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Alpha Lambda Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. were named recipients of the Bruce Harris Bigger and Better Business Award, the Education Award, and the Chapter with the Highest GPA in the State Award at the 2013 Phi Beta Sigma Louisiana state conference in Alexandria LA.

Alumni

Vernon Dunn, Jr. ’11 has been awarded a Louis Stokes-Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation (LS-LMAP) “Bridge to the Doctorate” Fellowship at LSU, which offers a stipend and full tuition scholarship for study in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

Dr. David Forsh ’02
, an assistant professor of orthopedics at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York NY, was featured on the Dr. Oz television show.

Dr. Christopher Freeburg ’95
, an assistant professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has published a book, Melville and the Idea of Blackness: Race and Imperialism in Nineteenth Century America.

Terrance Osborne ’00 created the 2013 Mardi Gras commemorative poster for the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club.

Valencia Potter ’12 has been accepted into the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Baylor College of Medicine. She will receive an annual stipend, medical insurance, and a tuition scholarship for both medical and graduate school.

Dr. Myiesha Taylor '96, along the two other founding members of the “We Are Doc McStuffins” movement, continue to promote greater diversity in America's physician workforce, appearing in The Disney Channel’s Black History Month set of interstitials naturally called We Are Doc McStuffins, and being interviewed on PRX.

Faculty/Staff


Dr. Thomas Bonner, Jr. (Emeritus) and Robert Skinner (University Librarian) had an article " Rebel in Life and in Fiction: Kate Chopin and Her Writings" published in Firsts: the Book Collector's Magazine. The article focused on Chopin's rare first editions of her fiction, three of which are in the Library's special collections. Bonner also reviewed former Xavier faculty member Patrice Melnick's book Po-Boy Contraband: From Diagnosis Back to Life in the recent issue of Xavier Review.

Bo Browder (athletics) and his Gold Nugget squad reached 20 victories for the 12th consecutive season, making him the Louisiana collegiate women's basketball record-holder. He previously shared the record with Hall-of-Famer Leon Barmore, who led Louisiana Tech to 11 consecutive 20-win seasons from 1991-2002.

Joseph Byrd
(VP Office of Student Services), delivered the keynote address at the "DREAM 365" event honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., held in Columbus MS. He was also keynote speaker at Philander Smith College in Little Rock AR, in addition to conducting an in-service workshop for the Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Division.

Dr. Cary Caro (business) has been named the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Business Education. The ABJE seeks to publish papers that contribute to the understanding and science of teaching business courses and related research. The journal is a blind peer-reviewed, open access journal.

Dr. Jeremy Cohen (psychology) co-authored a research paper, “Insular Cortex Abnormalities in Psychotic Major Depression: Relationship to Gender and Symptoms”, accepted for publication in the journal Neuroscience Research.

Sister Jean Marie Craig, S.B.S. (education) has been named winner of the Pathfinder Award by the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS). The award, which honors women who have dedicated their lives to girls and women in sport, will be presented April 26 at the annual meeting of the Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance in Charlotte NC.

Dr. Ronald Dorris '72 (AFAM & English) presented a paper, "Civil War:  African Americans and Unfinished Work, 1865-77," at the Southern Conference on African American Studies, Inc. in Tallahassee FL.

Dr. Norman Francis (president) was the keynote speaker for a fundraiser launching the capital campaign to restore the Holy Rosary Institute main classroom building in Lafayette LA. The three-story building, which was the heart of the nearly 100-year-old tradition of creating educational opportunities for thousands of South Louisiana Catholic African Americans, has been vacant since the school was closed by the Diocese of Lafayette in 1993. It was placed on the National Historic Register in 1980.

Jarred Honora '10 (admissions) was named Collegiate Advisor of the Year at the Phi Beta Sigma Louisiana state conference.

Katheryn Laborde (English) made a presentation on “The Assumption of Mary” (the painting that adorns the XU Library Resource Center’s main stairwell) at the Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Library. She is author of a book, The Story Behind the Painting, published by the Xavier Review Press last year.

Dr. David Lanoue (RosaMary professor of English) provided the translations for The Painted Kobayashi Issa – 100 full-color paintings based on Issa's haiku, a new book by Mark McGinnis, a South Dakota artist and former professor of art at Northern State University.

Dr. Joseph LaRochelle (pharmacy) co-authored a paper, “Recommendations for Meeting the Pediatric Patient’s Need for a Clinical Pharmacist: A Joint Opinion of the Pediatrics Practice and Research Network of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group”, which was published in Pharmacotherapy.

Dr. Robin G. Vander '92 (English) co-edited, compiled, wrote the introduction for, and contributed an article, "When the Text Becomes the Stage: Percival Everett's Performance Turn in For Her Dark Skin," to the anthology Perspectives on Percival Everett.

Damon Williams, Jr. ’02 (Graduate Placement) has been appointed to the Executive Board for the Urban League Young Professionals as the Professional Development Chair and the National Black MBA as the Social & Events Chair.

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