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|| New Student Leaders Selected
Ruben Battley, a senior biology/pre-med major from Shreveport, La. (CE Byrd High) has been elected the president of the Student Government Association, heading the list of new student leaders for the 2007-2008 school year.
He will be joined on next year’s SGA Executive Board by Gabriel Jackson, a senior psychology/pre-med major from Houston, Texas (DeBakey Health), who was elected vice president; Julius Tonzel, a junior biology/pre-med major from Little Rock, Ark. (Central), elected secretary; Stephanie Curtis, a junior biology/pre-med major from Philadelphia, Pa. (University City), elected treasurer; and Megan Minor, a P1 PharmD. major from Baton Rouge (St. Joseph’s Academy), the new Miss Xavier.
|| Microsoft Pilot Program Succeeds
When Microsoft co-workers Ian Heisser ’95 and Osama Hamdan ’96 devised a plan to get computer science students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities to start thinking in terms of teamwork, they naturally launched their pilot program at dear old XU.
“We wanted to increase their knowledge of what it's like to work in the computer industry as well as expose them to different concepts of software engineering,” said Heisser, a member of the Content Access Protection Engineering Team at the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Wash. “But we also wanted to do that in the context of working as team – with the added pressure of a finite deadline.”
Called the Vista Challenge, the competition involved having students to create new applications for tagging photographs and sorting them on the computer based on different criteria. The real challenge was that the students had to work in three-to-four man teams – not as individuals – to execute the project, taking their initial concepts through planning, design, development and testing.
According to Heisser and Hamdan, they were very pleased with the dedication and execution of the students and outcome of the pilot program. Earlier this week, Heisser and Hamdan, who serve as Microsoft’s liaison to XU, recognized the teams which met for their successes and hard work.
The winning project was submitted by "The Fantastic Four" team, which consisted of: Ryan Grayer, a junior computer science major from Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson High); Vyaisha Moss, a senior computer science major from Baton Rouge, La. (Christian Life); Jean-Paul Trudeau, a senior computer science major from New Orleans (Edna Karr); and Kory Twaites, a sophomore computer science major from Kent, Wash. (Kentridge).
|| XU Summer Academy Accepts Applications
The Hottest School for Premed is now accepting applications for its popular Summer Science Academy for '07.
The Summer Science Academy features programs for students in grades 8-12. The offerings include Math Star (June 4-15)
for students who will take their first Algebra course in the fall, BioStar (June 6-26) for entering biology; ChemStar (July 9-27) for students entering chemistry, and SOAR 1 (July 2-27) for students who will be seniors next fall.
XU has gained a reputation for its premedical program. The University is number one in the nation in placing African American into medical school and has also been successful in placing students into related health professions such as osteopathic medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, podiatry, and public health and health care administration
All of the programs will be held Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Applications and information on all of the programs is available on the web at www.xula.edu/premed. Select the link for "High School Students". For more info call 504.520.5418 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
|| 27 Join Catholic Honor Society
Twenty-seven graduating seniors have been enrolled in Kappa Gamma Pi, the National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society.
Enrolled in baccalaureate membership were: Jaime Anderson, Jeffrey Brown, Emmary Butler, Sandra Eluhu, Helen Flippin, Cortlandt Franklin, Cintashia Frazier, Thomas Fugate, Jeanise Galloway, Erica Gibson, Holly Hardrick, Porsia Haymon, Dorlyne Henry, Mariel Hepburn, Aurelia Holland, Lateef Johnson, Rose Johnson, Cherele LaVack, Deneshia McIntosh, L’Enise McKee-Smith, Marion Milton, Uchechukwu Obih, Krystal Russell, Sanitra Smith and Ian Woods.
Enrolled in post-graduate membership were: Terrylceda Dunbar and Hieu Phuong Hoang.
||Alums Named to
Three recent alums – Cherie Cross ‘05, Nicole Lee ‘05 and Brooke Mobley ‘03 – have been elected to leadership posts for the Student National Medical Association, the nation's oldest and largest independent, student-run organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. Cross is the newly
elected Region I Director (10 West states), Lee is the new Region III Director (which includes Louisiana and six other states). Brooke Mobley was elected the new chairperson of the SNMA Board of Directors. Wallace Davenport III ’86 serves as executive director of the organization.
||St. John's, Brown U.
Honor Dr. Francis
Norman Francis ’52, will receive two honorary degrees during the 2007 commencement season.
The XU President is scheduled to receive a Honorary Doctor of Laws from St. John’s University (Queens, N.Y.) on May 13 and another Honorary Doctor of Laws from Brown University (Providence, RI) on May 27 for his exemplary work in higher education and his tireless efforts to aid in the rebuilding process of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The longest sitting college president in America, Francis has been the recipient of 37 honorary degrees.
||Four Athletes Named
Ashe Sports Scholars
Four student-athletes have been named Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars for 2007 – Sheronda Nash, a senior engineering major from Montgomery, Ala. (B.T. Washington High), first team in women’s basketball; Terry Richardson II, a junior biology/pre-med major from Stockbridge, Ga. (Stockbridge High), second team in men’s tennis; Kelechi Okoroha, a junior biology/pre-med major from Sugarland, Texas (Dulles High), third team men’s basketball; and Alexandra Broussard, a sophomore psychology/pre-med major from Columbus, Ohio (Bishop Watterson High), fourth team in women’s tennis. They were recognized in the April 07 issue of Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine.
|| XU Gold Magazine
On Its Way to Alumni
The Spring ‘07 issue of Xavier Gold magazine is winding its way through the mail to all alumni with known addresses this week. Look for it in your mailbox.
For those of you who can’t wait - or who aren't alums - the issue is available for viewing online as a PDF file: HERE.
This is an issue for the ages: looking forward to Xavier’s future (strategic planning), eyeing its present (student volunteerism) and revisiting its past (the last football team). In addition there are the regular news and alumni sections and plenty of class reunion photos.
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||TAKING A WORLD VIEW
Senior biology/pre-med majors Laketa Entzminger of Greensboro, N.C., (seated, center) browses through a travel brochure with her twin sister Lakeshia and Dr. Charles Baquet and Karen Lee of the University's Center for International Studies. Laketa was recently named Xavier's first Fulbright Scholar in 10 years, while Lakeshia, also a senior biology/pre-med major, was named an alternate.
Photo by Irving Johnson III
Entzminger Twins Leave Their Mark at Xavier
-----------------------FIRST FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS SINCE 1996
The upcoming graduation of the Entzminger twins – Laketa and Lakeshia – is a mighty big deal in their hometown Greensboro, N.C. There will be a charter bus full of well-wishers headed down to New Orleans for commencement next week who will testify to that.
But then the Entzmingers are already a big deal here at Xavier.
Laketa, a senior biology/pre-med major is the first Xavier student in 10 years to be awarded a Fulbright Scholarship through the United States’ flagship international educational exchange program. Her sister, Lakeshia, also a graduating biology/pre-med major, has been selected as an alternate Fulbrighter to Peru and should find out next month whether she too gets the prestigious one-year grant.
Sponsored by the U.S Department of State, the Fulbright Program is the nation’s largest international exchange program, currently operating in more than 155 countries nationwide. Laketa was awarded her grant through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which offers fellowships to recent college graduates and other young professionals for study and research abroad. In any given year, more than 1,200 Americans are studying abroad with either full or partial support from the Fulbright Program.
Xavier’s last Fulbright scholar was Jolanda Williams ‘96, who was awarded a grant to study the culture of Afro-Germans in Germany following her senior year.
Why have Xavier Fulbrighters been so rare? One of the reasons is that the program is extremely competitive, and requires a rare combination of academic ability, first-hand experience, and personal skills to qualify. Perhaps more importantly, whereas much larger colleges and universities have formal Fulbright committees that identify candidates as early as their sophomore year and place them on a Fulbright track, XU students have been pretty on their own to even learn about the program.
“The Fulbright program is serious business – it’s not about sight-seeing for a year overseas,” said Dr. Charles Baquet, XU’s Director of the Center for International Studies, who is taking steps to get faculty involved in the process. “To even be considered for a grant, students have to be fluent in the language of the country they are interested in, and have to prepare a fairly extensive proposal indicating what they intend to do there and how it applies to their chosen profession.”
And although Fulbright foots the bill, recipients are even required to arrange their own travel and lodging.
None of which proved to be a problem for Laketa or Lakeshia, despite a very short window of opportunity.
The Entzmingers did not even become aware of the Fulbright program until last summer, when they were in Argentina and Peru, respectively, through the Xavier-Tulane Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Program. When they returned home in August, the application deadline loomed only a couple of short months away.
“Fulbright starts accepting applications in May, and that presumes some prior preparation time,” said Baquet, who himself only learned of the twins interest in the Fulbright program upon their return to campus. “I talked to them at length about the program and I did what I could to encourage them, but it is a testament to their level of commitment and their organizational skills that they were able to pull everything together so quickly.”
What also loomed large was their fluency in Spanish and their previous research experience abroad.
With her Fulbright grant already in hand, Laketa plans to return to Argentina, where she spent ten weeks last summer through the MHIRT program. There she hopes to continue the research on the availability and quality of prenatal care that she began last year at Institute for Clinical Effectively and Health Policy. She will also assist in establishing a children’s play center in one of the public hospitals.
She intends to stay with the same Buenos Aires family that housed her last summer.
“I have always been interested in other countries and their cultures,” said Laketa, who in addition to Argentina previously spent a summer during research in Thailand through the University of Washington program. “This is the opportunity of a lifetime to really spend some time in-country and to learn about the people first-hand.”
Once she returns, she plans to enter medical school, probably at St. Louis University – where she has already been accepted – with the ultimate goal of working among underserved populations both in the U.S. and abroad.
Baquet and Lakeshia are optimistic that she too will get a grant, and, if she does, she will be just as prepared as her sister. Two years ago she participated in a summer program in the Dominican Republic and this past summer she spent 11 weeks in Peru last summer under the same MIHRT program, working for the non-governmental organization PRISMA.
Last summer she researched some of the psychological and social issues facing tuberculosis patients. Under the Fulbright grant, she hopes to focus on the same topic, but from the physician perspective.
Should the Fulbright scholarship not materialize, Lakeshia has an equally good Plan B – she has already been accepted into medical school at Meharry Medical College and St. Louis University.
Those who know them best are not at all surprised that the Entzminger twins are Fulbright material.
“The Entzmingers are well known on campus – they have exhibited stellar academic performances throughout their years at Xavier,” said Dr. Michelle Bell Boissiere ‘86, an assistant professor of biology and former chair of the department. “They are pleasant, polite and personable, and they have a love of learning both in the classroom and in the world. They are clear examples of all of the wonderful things a Xavierite can be.”
“Both Laketa and Lakeshia have a clear vision of what they want to do and where they want to go, and they have all the tools to be successful,” echoed Baquet. “Their pursuit of international experiences has truly broadened their horizons and enhanced their progress towards careers in medicine.”
LaBentria Brooks, a senior chemistry/pre-med major from Amite, La. (Amite High), has been accepted into the Tulane University School of Public Health.
Brittany Brown, a senior biology/pre-med major from Decatur, Ga. (The Paideia School), has been accepted into medical school at Meharry College.
Jeffrey Brown, a senior chemistry/pre-med major from Schertz, Texas (Samuel Clemens High), has been accepted into medical school at Wayne State University.
Daphne Chambliss, a senior chemistry/ pre-med major from Hephzibah, Ga. (Davidson High), has been accepted into the master’s program in medical science at Indiana University.
Randy Colvin, a senior biochemistry major from Snellville, Ga. (Brookwood High), has been accepted medical school at Washington and Columbia Universities.
Thomas Fugate, a senior biology/pre-med major from Fairport, N.Y. (Fairport High), has been accepted into medical school at the University of Rochester.
Kristin Gates, a senior biology/pre-med major from South Holland, Ill. (Thornwood High), has been accepted into medical school at Morehouse College, George Washington University and Southern Illinois University.
Tiffany Humes, a senior biology/pre-med major from Plymouth, Mich. (Canton High), has been accepted into the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.
Kandice Keelen, a sophomore business and marketing major from New Orleans (McDonogh 35), has accepted a sales internship with United Healthcare.
Anh-Van Mai, a senior biology/pre-med major from Marrero, La. (Ehret High), has been accepted into medical school at Tulane University
Stephanie O’Conner, a senior biology/pre-med major from Slaughter, La. (Clinton High), has been accepted into medical school at St. Louis University.
Mikah Owen, a senior biology/pre-med major from Sacramento, Calif. (Sacramento High), has been accepted into medical school at Howard University.
Corey Simmons, a graduate school student in Educational Leadership, has been accepted into Penn State's doctoral program.
Courtney Solomon, a senior biology/pre-med major from De Soto, Texas (De Soto High), has been accepted into medical school at the University of Texas-Galveston.
American Express CEO to Address '07 Graduates
-----------------------JOHN SCOTT TO RECEIVE HONORARY DEGREE
Kenneth Chenault, chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the American Express Company will be the keynote speaker when Xavier holds its 80th annual commencement Saturday May 12, at 6:00 p.m. in the New Orleans Arena.
It will be the second straight year the graduation will be held at the Arena, with University returning to its traditional combined Arts and Sciences/College of Pharmacy format. The Baccalaureate Mass will be held earlier in the day at 10:00 a.m. in the University Gymnasium. The Most Rev. John H. Ricard, bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola and Tallahassee and a native of Louisiana, will deliver the Baccalaureate homily.
Anza Stanley, a senior chemistry/pre-med major from Monroe, La. (Richwood High), has been accepted into medical school at Howard University and Meharry College.
Juliet Tran, a senior from Marrero, La. (Blenk High) has been accepted into medical school at Tulane University.
Vincent Vu, a senior chemistry/pre-med major from New Orleans (De La Salle High), has been accepted into medical school at LSU-New Orleans.
Michelle White, a senior chemistry/pre-med major from Atlanta, Ga. (Westlake High), has been accepted into medical school at Morehouse College.
Marcella Willis, a senior biology/pre-med major from Chesapeake, Va. (Western Branch High), has been accepted into medical school at Eastern Virginia University, the University of Rochester, the University of Virginia and the Medical College of Virginia.
Roneisha Alexander ’05, has been accepted in medical school at Meharry College.
Sharhonda Ansley ’02, will receive her medical degree from LSU-Shreveport next month and will begin her residency in Pediatrics at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, AR.
Dodie Arnold ’03, has been accepted into the Ph.D. program in epidemiology at the University of Washington.
Olufemi Balogun ’04, has been accepted into medical school at Howard University.
Tara Benjamin ’01, will receive her medical degree from Harvard University this month and will begin a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Tulane University.
Staci McCorvey Bogin ’03, will receive her doctorate in podiatric medicine from the California School of Podiatric Medicine this month and will begin her surgical residency at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif.
Terrance Carter ’05, has been accepted into medical school at Southern Illinois University.
Ashley Cesar ’05, has been accepted into medical school at Indiana University.
Angie Curtis ’04, has been accepted into medical school at Meharry College.
TenecQua Davis ’01, will receive her Pharm.D. from Texas Southern University later this month.
Nkrumah Dixon ‘98, has been named principal at the Special Opportunities School - a College Station (Texas) discipline alternative education program serving students in grades 6-12 and is pursuing a doctorate in educational administration and human resource development at Texas A&M University.
Sebreana M. Domingue ’89, has returned to the Opelousas Daily World (La.) newspaper as managing editor. She previously worked at the newspaper from 1993-99 as a reporter and city editor before spending the past eight years at the Lafayette Daily Advertiser .
Herb Douglas ’42, a member of the winning Championship of America 4x100 relay team in 1942 as Xavier became the first historically black college to win a major event at the Penn Relays, was inducted into the Wall of Fame at the 113th rendition of the prestigious Philadelphia annual track meet.
Timothy Green ’05, has been accepted into the master of business administration programs at Jackson State University and Belhaven College (Miss.).
Christina Griffin ’00, is a Remicade marketing representative for Centcor/Johnson & Johnson. She recently received a MBA from Georgetown University.
Aja Hardy ’00, will receive a master’s degree in business from the University of Missouri-Kansas City later this month.
Torrie Harris ’98, will receive her Ph.D. in public health from the University of Kentucky this month.
Dominique Hill ’06, has been accepted into medical school at the University of Texas-Galveston.
Kimberly Hodge ’06, has been accepted into the master’s degree program in medical science at Indiana University.
Tamara Hughes ’05, has been accepted into medical school at Howard University.
Krystal Jerry ’06, has been accepted into medical school at Meharry College and the University of Texas-San Antonio.
Kevin Johnson ’04, has been accepted into medical school at Southern Illinois University.
Candace King ’86, has published her second book, “Celebration: A collection of poetry, short stories, anecdotes, and two new recipes!” Visit her website for more details.
Ndidi Madu ’02, will received her medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine this month and will begin a rotating internship at the Community Health Center of Branch County in Coldwater, Mich.
Monica Mercadel ’90, has been named chief administrator for the Bethel A. M. E. Church of Baltimore, Md. Her husband, Theron Mercadel ’83, is serving as a pastoral assistant at Restoring Life International Church of Pikesville, Md.
Frances Parker ’67, will have her new book, “Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes,” published in September. For more info, visit her website.
Sarah Price ’06, has been accepted into medical school at Meharry College.
William Rouselle ’67, founder and president of the public relations/marketing firm Bright Moment, Inc., has been named recipient of the Ad Club of New Orleans highest honor – the Silver Medal Award – at the annual Addy Awards.
Courtney Scrubbs ’05, has been accepted into the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Sylvia Johnson Style ’73, executive vice president of the James E. Scott Community Association, Inc., was recently awarded the Family Christian Association of America’s Community Service Award in recognition of her many years of outstanding community service.
Diane Thomas ’06, has been accepted into medical school at Meharry College.
Amber Washington ’06, has been accepted into the Ph.D. program in biomedical science at Tulane University, as well as the Ph.D. programs in microbiology at the LSU-New Orleans Health Science Center and Alabama A&M.
As president and chief executive officer of the American Express Company, Chenault is considered one of the most powerful and influential people on Wall Street. Before becoming company CEO, he had spent 16 years at American Express holding a variety of senior posts. In 1997 he was hand-picked by his predecessor to continue to shape the future of the company, and today is one of only three African American CEOs of a Fortune 500 company.
Prior to joining American Express, Chenault served as a management consultant for Bain & Co and was an associate with the law firm of Rogers & Wells. In addition to American Express, he sits on the boards of several other companies and nonprofit organizations.
He has received numerous awards, including the Business Leadership Community Builder Award from Phipps Houses and the Ceiling Breaker Award from Wharton University. He and his wife, Kathryn were honored by the Citizens Committee of New York for their extraordinary contributions to the City of New York.
Chenault, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and a law degree from Harvard University, was awarded an honorary degree from Xavier in 1997.
At this year’s ceremony, Xavier will bestow an honorary degree upon longtime art professor John T. Scott ’62, whose art has garnered him a national reputation of one of America’s most highly-acclaimed contemporary artists and whose teaching continues to inspire Xavier art students.
Kenneth I. Chenault
John T. Scott
| Scott’s large, three-dimensional public works can be found in a dozen locations in New Orleans, as well as in six other major cities (Atlanta, Birmingham, Boston, Houston, Nashville and Philadelphia). His other creations can be found in public and private collections throughout the country.
Often honored and celebrated, Scott was bestowed “Genius” status in 1992 when the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship recognized him for his extraordinary originality and exceptional creativity.
Scott, who is on extended leave while recovering from double lung surgery, has taught at Xavier for more than 40 years. In addition to his XU degree, he also holds a master’s degree from Michigan State University.
Summer Sessions Are Back at Xavier
Summer is back in vogue at Xavier – summer classes that is!
College students generally view the lazy months of summer as a time to pick up some much needed credit hours in a shorter period of time than it would take during a regular semester, as well as an opportunity to tackle some of the more challenging courses in their curriculum in a more relaxed and concentrated setting.
That wasn’t the case at all for Xavier students last summer. Hurricane Katrina had altered the University’s academic calendar such that the summer months were needed to finish what was technically the regular spring semester.
But now that the University has gotten its calendar back on track, summer courses have returned. And the idea remains as popular as very, with a rather brisk scheduling of summer offerings having taken place during Xavier’s earlier pre-registration period for returning students last month.
The summer schedule boasts two five-week sessions – with each offering a wide variety of undergraduate, graduate and professional course offerings running the gamut of academic disciplines from business, the sciences, mathematics, the liberal arts and the humanities. A complete list of courses is available on the University WEBSITE.
Undergraduate courses and graduate level courses are being offered at $110 per credit hour, while professional pharmacy courses are $190 per hour. Institute for Black Catholic Studies offerings are $140 per hour.
All sessions are open to currently enrolled, new and returning students, as well as students enrolled at other universities. Registration for the first five-week session begins May 25, with classes starting May 28. Registration for the second session is June 2.
For more information, contact the Registrar’s Office at 504.520.7583.
High Campus Priority
The recent tragedy on the campus of Virginia Tech serves as a painful reminder that safety on any campus will always be major concern. The University has addressed many of these types of concerns through improved emergency communications in a variety of formats.
Before and since Hurricane Katrina, emergency communications has been a high priority for the Xavier campus. Some of those initiatives that have been in place include broadcast emails to all students, faculty and staff, a toll-free telephone hotline, an emergency website that is available even when the on-campus system is out, and the use of dormitory resident hall assistant (RAs) to contact students on a room by room basis.
More recently, in an effort to reach students as quickly as possible, the campus initiated the E2Campus text messaging system, an emergency text messaging system that will immediately send critical information to the entire Xavier community when needed, via their personal cell phones or other mobile devices.
While a voluntary registration is required to receive the notifications, more than 1,800 students, faculty and staff have already signed up since the system was initiated in March and more are expected. Xavier’s current enrollment is nearly 3,000 students; faculty and staff number close to 600. The Student Government Association has held sign-ups around the campus to reach as many students as possible, and faculty and staff have also been encouraged to sign up.
In addition, the University Police force is made up of trained Officers who hold State of Louisiana University Police commissions or Special Officer commissions issued by the New Orleans Police Department. Although the commissions authorize University Police Officers to be armed and to apprehend persons who have been observed committing criminal acts, their primary mission is to prevent and serve as a deterrent to criminal activities.
Athletics Returns From Hurricane Hiatus With a Bang -----------------------TEAMS WIN FIVE GCAC CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 2006-2007
During the final week of April, new trophy cases – replacements for those lost during Hurricane Katrina – were delivered to the lobby of The Barn. The timing couldn’t have been better; there’s plenty of new hardware to display.
After a one-year suspension because of the hurricane, Xavier athletics accomplished much more than a spirit-lifting comeback in 2006-07. The Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets won nearly half a dozen conference championships.
Five of Xavier’s six teams — men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s basketball, men’s tennis and women’s tennis — won Gulf Coast Athletic Conference championships to provide a pleasant surprise during the rebuilding of New Orleans.
"What a tremendous feat," said athletics director Dennis Cousin. "It was the result of a lot of hard work and the dedication of our student-athletes, coaches and staff. I had no idea we would come back as strongly as we did."
Firsts and improbable comebacks accompanied the championship harvest. The men’s cross country team won its first GCAC title. The men’s basketball team survived an 0-4 start in conference to earn a share of the regular-season championship. And en route to its fifth GCAC title in six years, the women's tennis team earned its first NAIA top-10 ranking.
"We don’t have the biggest department around, but pound-for-pound our department does an outstanding job," Cousin said. "We had great success winning in the GCAC this year, but more importantly, on graduation day, we’ll have our share of young men and women receiving their degrees. That’s the combination we strive for every day."
A recap of the championship seasons:
Women’s Cross Country: The Gold Nuggets and their school-record six All-GCAC runners – Ashley Broden, Ebony Harding, Amani Harlee, Lonique Moore, Mimi Mornay and Stacey Young – cruised to a 31-point victory over runner-up Spring Hill in the league meet October 21 at Clinton, Miss. Xavier finished fourth in the NAIA Region XIII meet two weeks later, and Harding earned All-Region XIII and All-Louisiana honors. Harding also was selected Louisiana Newcomer of the Year, and second-year Coach Joseph Moses was GCAC and Louisiana Coach of the Year.
"I had the feeling our women could win conference," Moses said. "We peaked at the right time in the conference meet, and Ebony was consistent all year."
Men’s Cross Country: The Gold Rush ran well but didn’t run away with their GCAC championship. Despite a higher aggregate time than Spring Hill, the Gold Rush edged the Badgers by one point, 37 to 38, to earn their first title. Darren Wallace, Chris Butler, Bryan Khan and Joshua Miles were All-GCAC, and Wallace was All-Region XIII after leading Xavier to a fifth-place finish in that meet. Moses was GCAC and Louisiana Coach of the Year.
"I knew the conference race was close," Moses said. "I didn’t know we won until I was handed the official results. It was a great breakthrough for our men’s program."
Men’s Basketball: It was a rebuilding year for the Rush, but you never would have known it after Jan. 11, when a 70-66 loss at Spring Hill was Xavier’s sixth in seven games and dropped Xavier to 0-4 in the conference. From that point a predominantly freshman team with no returning starters from 2004-05 ripped off 10 consecutive GCAC victories for the first time in 20 years and earned a share of the regular-season title. Xavier then earned an at-large bid to the NAIA Division I National Tournament – the third consecutive invitation was the first for the program – then upset third-ranked Georgetown (Ky.) 82-79 to advance past the first round for the first time in 34 years.
Xavier’s strongest area was its backcourt. Sophomore Shaun Dumas made the NAIA All-America third team and was chosen Louisiana Small College Player of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches. Junior Mark Stewart shattered Xavier records for 3-pointers made in a season (109) and career (202) and was chosen third-team All-Louisiana. Both Dumas and Stewart were All-GCAC.
"It was an amazing season," Coach Dannton Jackson said. "It was a special group of young men with great chemistry and a commitment to improving every day. Short of winning a national championship, I doubt I’ll experience a more satisfying season as a coach."
Men’s Tennis: The Gold Rush was ranked 25th in the NAIA preseason poll, dropped out and reclaimed the No. 25 spot in mid-April. In between the Rush dominated the GCAC, winning all 62 of its regular-season and tournament matches and beating 2006 champion Spring Hill 6-0 in the tournament final April 13 at City Park in New Orleans. Not surprisingly, Xavier grabbed all but one spot on the All-GCAC team. Terry Richardson was Player of the Year, Cameron Knowles was Newcomer of the Year, and Alan Green was Coach of the Year. Miroslav Vukicevic, Mario Myles, Visumzi Kempele and Thomas Fugate also were all-conference.
"Our men had a very successful season," Green said. "But not advancing past the first round of the regionals has left a bad taste in our mouths. That loss is motivating us already for next season. Our guys are working hard and preparing to go even further in 2008."
Women’s Tennis: The Gold Nuggets, winner of four consecutive GCAC titles from 2002-05, captured another one April 13 by defeating 2006 champion Mobile 7-1 at City Park. Along the way the Nuggets earned their highest NAIA preseason ranking (No. 13), and their first top-10 ranking (No. 9 on March 7). Junior Dominique Bell was GCAC Player of the Year for the third time, and freshman Angelina Callis was GCAC Newcomer of the Year. Joining them on the all-conference team were teammates Alexandra Broussard, Yuliem Dominguez, Colleen McArthur and Jihanna Mughnee.
"You could make a case that this was the best women’s tennis team in Xavier history," said Green, the women’s GCAC Coach of the Year. "And we should be as good, if not better, next season because everyone will be back, and we’ll add one or two new players."
The lone Xavier team that did not win a GCAC championship, women’s basketball, didn’t fare badly either. Coach Bo Browder’s Nuggets lost four projected starters to season-ending knee injuries but still won 23 games, finished second in the GCAC regular season and tournament, then tied a program record by earning a sixth consecutive NAIA tourney bid. Junior guard Jarryn Cleaves led the Nuggets with a 14.2 scoring average, made a Xavier-record 88 3-pointers and was All-GCAC for the third time. She was one of three NAIA Division I players to reach 80 3-pointers, 60 assists and 70 steals during the season, and she was third-team All-Louisiana for the second time.
Sophomore center Erica Turnbull, who played just 37 minutes as a freshman, averaged 12.2 points and a team-leading 7.7 rebounds and was All-GCAC. Senior forward Dominee Matthews had her best season, averaging 11.4 points and 6.6 rebounds.
"We’ve never faced this much adversity in a season," Browder said. "I was proud of our ladies for their refusal to give up when times got tough. They should be proud of what they accomplished." -- Ed Cassiere
Where are They Now?
PIZZA WITH THE PRESIDENTS
Cal State Fullerton president Dr. Gordon Milton '57 shares the head table with Associated Students president Heather Williams during the University's popular "Pizza with the Presidents" event, a twice-yearly lunchtime gathering at which students, faculty and staff can enjoy free pizza and drinks while the long-time University president and his student counterpart field questions and discuss topics of interest.
Photo Courtesty of CSF Public Affairs
President Enhances Student Life at Cal State Fullerton
-----------------------GORDON '57 RECEIVES NASPA AWARD
Early on in his tenure at Cal State Fullerton, Dr. Milton Gordon ’57 was perceived by some as being a president more involved in fundraising activities than in such day-to-day concerns as academics and student affairs.
It is not without some irony, therefore, that some 17 years into his presidency, Gordon has been honored by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators – the nation’s largest professional association for student affairs administrators, faculty members and graduate students (with more than 11,000 members at 1,400 campuses nationwide) – for his “significant and outstanding contributions” to the campus, student affairs and to higher education.
In fact, in presenting him with their 2007 President’s Award, the NASPA specifically lauded Gordon for his “direct involvement in enhancing the quality of student life” and for strengthening student recruitment and retention programs. Hmmm. No mention of fundraising there.
“This award is very special to me because I have always considered students to be my top priority,” said Gordon of the NASPA award. “It is especially gratifying to be recognized by the group of individuals who are most directly involved in college student affairs.”
With an enrollment of almost 36,000 students Cal State Fullerton ranks as the most populous of the 23-campus, California State University system and is second in enrollment only to UCLA among all universities in the state.
Among its distinctions, Cal State Fullerton awards more bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics than any other university in California and is the No. 1 destination for California community college transfer students among all public universities in the state.
Gordon himself, however, is most proud of the diversity of his student body, which includes more than 9,600 Hispanics, 8,000 Asians, 1,200 African Americans and 1,528 international students. For nearly half of the students – most of who are first-generation college students – English is a second language.
“People outside of California have a rather simplified view of the different cultural groups – they just see Hispanics, Asians, African Americans,” said Gordon. “But the reality is much more complex: there are more than 70 different languages spoken in the K through 12 school systems in California.”
“In a sense you could say we are a majority “minority” college,” he added. “Considering the level of diversity we have here, that fact that these students have meshed so well together is an altogether remarkable achievement.”
Gordon said one of the major challenges facing all colleges and universities today is meeting the changing needs of its students. Across the country, the “traditional” full-time college student who graduates in four-to-five years is gradually becoming less and less the norm. That’s already true at a commuter college like Cal State Fullerton, where the average student age is 24 years old and only 800 of its 36,000 students live on campus.
“The best learning experience will always be a student and a teacher interacting in a classroom – and we will always offer that,” said Gordon. “But it is clear that technology has changed the way that students learn – and that the students themselves have changed – and it is important that we focus our energies on providing students with the tools and opportunities that will allow them to maximize their learning experience.”
Gordon knows of what he speaks – he has spent all of his professional career in higher education. A professor of mathematics by training, he has previously served as director of Afro-American studies and Dean of Arts and Sciences at Chicago State University, as well as vice president of academic affaors at Sonoma State University.
His personal commitment to Cal State Fullerton – and the reciprocal satisfaction of the University in his job performance – is reflected in his longevity. At 17 years and counting, he has long surpassed the normal expected tenure for a University president (the national average is just five years) and he shows no signs of slowing down.
He scoffs at the notion, however, that he will ever approach the bellwether set by fellow alum Dr. Norman Francis, Xavier’s own president for 39 years.
“Cal State Fullerton is a truly great place to work and my wife (Dr. Margaret Gordon) and I really enjoy southern California,” said Gordon, who was a Xavier student when Francis – then Dean of Men – was just beginning his long career in education.
“We certainly hope to be here for a long time – but I think Norman’s record is quite safe.”
Dr. Adrienne Allen (pharmacy) had a paper, “A Diabetes Pharmaceutical Care Clinic in an Underserved Community,” published in the May issue of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. The paper provides a description of the Diabetes Pharmaceutical Care Clinic and discusses the abrupt discontinuation of the operation by Hurricane Katrina.
Dr. Bryan Bilyeu (physics and engineering) in a joint project with the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico presented a new method to change toxic chromium in water and soil to a nontoxic form using natural sugars at the national American Chemical Society meeting in Chicago. The research has been featured in ScienceNOW Daily News and Chemical & Engineering News.
Dr. Ronald Dorris ’72 (African American Studies/English) had an article, “The Fact of Contact: Dumile Feni in the United States,” published in the Johannesburg (South Africa) Art Gallery journal, Dumile Feni Retrospective.
Dr. DeReef Jamison (African American Studies) presented a paper, "Africana Psychology: The evolution of a culturally specific psychology”, at the Uncovering Cultural Connections Conference held in New York City. He also delivered a keynote address at the African American Studies Graduate Student Conference in Philadelphia.
Katheryn Krotzer Laborde (English) wrote "The Window of Hope," a piece of creative non-fiction that appears in the current issue of Callaloo, a special Katrina edition featuring the poetry and prose of numerous New Orleans writers.
Dr. Leslie Richardson (English) presented two papers: "Why Do We Teach the British Eighteenth century at an HBCU" at the South Central Society for Eighteenth- Century Studies Conference and "Property In the Person in Locke and Behn" at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference.
Dr. Joe Ricks, Jr. (associate chair, business) had a paper, “Sales Trainer Roles, Competencies, Skills and Behaviors: A Case Study,” accepted for publication in a forthcoming edition of Industrial Marketing Management.
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