Volume 39 No. 05
May 08
 
THIS MONTH AT XAVIER

ARCHIVES/IN THIS ISSUE:

Groundbreaking Puts COP Expansion on Fast Track

Commencement Returns
to Lakefront Arena

Two Xavier Students
Chosen Kemper Scholars


Rovaris Named
an ACE Fellow


Students Selected for
American Pavilion Program

McNair/Gradstar Scholars
Move on to Grad School

XU Tennis Advances
to Regionals Again


Theology Graduate
Returns to Teach

Xavier Writes

Xavier in the News


3 Summer Sessions Are Back at XU

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. 

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 23, with classes starting May 26. Registration for the second session is June 27.

For more information, contact the Registrar’s Office at (504) 520-7583.

3 Students Answer
Microsoft Challenge

Four Xavier students were recognized for a project they developed as part of Microsoft’s Project X Challenge to computer science and computer information systems students at XU and Morehouse College in Atlanta. 

The XU group (see photo) attracted attention by developing a Clip Art Gadget which functions on the desktop of computer systems running Microsoft’s Vista. The link brings users directly to a directory of clip art for suitable for use on web pages and other documents.

Students participating in the challenge included Wendy Thomas, a senior computer information systems major from New Orleans (Clark High); Kory Twaites, a sophomore computer science major from Kent WA (Kentridge); Chris Sims, a sophomore computer science major from New Orleans (St. Augustine); and Dannie Woods, a junior computer science major from San Antonio TX (Sam Houston).

3 Online Research Journal Returns

XULAneXUS, the University’s online undergraduate research journal, has returned following a two-year post-Katrina absence with the publication of Volume 5.

The revised journal features a new web design, a peer-reviewed editorial process, and multimedia content. It features eight student-authored projects, including work from the Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM disciplines.

Published work was selected following blind, peer review conducted by XU faculty and students serving on the XULAneXUS Editorial Review Board. Publications include research manuscripts, scholarly notes, and creative scholarship.

Dr. Ross Louis, an assistant professor of communications and the editor of XULAneXUS, said the Journal, which is now funded through the University’s Center for Undergraduate Research, will begin taking submissions for Volume 6 next fall. For more info contact Louis at rmlouis@xula.edu.

3 Awards Continue
for Norman Francis

XU President Norman Francis ’52, has been named one of three recipients of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine’s 2008 John Hope Franklin Award in recognition of his life-long commitment to education, civil rights and civic issues and his leadership in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

He is also scheduled to address the 2008 graduating class at the University of Miami (FL) this month, where he will be awarded an honorary degree – the 39th such honor he has received.

3 English Essays in Syracuse Journal

Four essays by XU English Department faculty have been published in “Writing the Blues: Writing in a Post-Katrina Environment”, a special edition of Reflections, the journal of the Writing Program of Syracuse University.
 
The essays include Dr. Thomas Bonner, Jr.'s "Facing the Flood: The English Department as High Axle Vehicle," Katheryn Krotzer Laborde's "Show and Tell," Dr. Bonnie Noonan's "When Life Gives You Lemons: Katrina as Subject," and Dr. Nicole Pepinster Greene's "Flushing out the Basements: The Status of Contingent Composition Faculty in Post-Katrina New Orleans – And What We Can Learn from It."

XU students contributed their writing in two of the essays. Noonan acknowledges the major contribution of Kashana Adams to her essay, while Laborde includes sustained passages from La'Kiraa Lillard, Erin Hill, Latoya Wright, Van Le, Ismaelite St. Felix, Devonte Williford, Elisha Johnson, LaShundra Hooker, Darren Wallace, Hoa Tran, Shavayza Fortson, Huong Pham, Sabrina Moore,
Patrick Dupart, and Shaakira Horbrook.

In addition, Reflections has published several pieces originally published in the Journal of College Writing 2007, edited by Greene
.

Strategic Planning Online Site Outlines Progress

The Xavier community is invited to review the Office of Planning/Institutional Research’s new strategic planning website, which is designed to document the progress of University Strategic Planning process as well as provide SACS updates.

3 XU in the News

1Times-Picayune
New Orleans Thanks Qatari Ruler for Support After Storm2Catholic Online
Democrats Talking Religion (Sr. Jamie Phelps, IBCS)
1USA Today
McCain Pledges Faster Disaster Response
2Times-Picayune
15-Month Campaign
Toasts Teachers
1Times-Picayune
Pope Urges Universities
to Adhere to Faith

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A ROYAL EVENT

Qatar Amir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani receives the thanks of XU President Norman Francis and pharmacy major Danielle Ardoin of New Orleans during the groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Qatar Pharmacy Pavilion. Groundbreaking for the addition was scheduled to coincide with the Amir's visit to the United States to see the fruits of the $100 million investment his nation has made towards the recovery of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast regions which were devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

photo by Irving Johnson III

GROUNDBREAKING PUTS COP EXPANSION ON FAST TRACK

The university's long-awaited expansion to the College of Pharmacy took a huge leap forward this week when groundbreaking was held on the new Qatar Pharmacy Pavilion.  

The much-needed, five-story, 60,000-square foot addition – in the planning stages for several years – recently moved onto the fast track thanks to an unexpected post-Katrina windfall grant of $12.5 million from the middle eastern nation of Qatar.

Groundbreaking for the addition was scheduled to coincide with the visit of Qatar Amir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani’s visit to the United States to see the fruits of the $100 million investment his nation has made towards the recovery of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast regions which were devastated by the 2005 storm.

At the carefully orchestrated affair (see additional photos), Xavier officials and students made the most of the opportunity to personally express their gratitude to Qatar for the much-needed funding for the expansion, as well as an separate $5 million grant that has so far provided scholarships for 492 students whose lives and educations were interrupted by the hurricane.

The Pavilion will be connected to the Library Resource Building and the existing College of Pharmacy building facing the campus’ I-10 boundary to the north. Plans call for moving most of the laboratories to the new building, while remodeling space in the existing building for additional classrooms, conference rooms, and faculty and staff offices. 

The old Student Center, replaced by the new University Center in 2003 and out of use since then, was torn down to make way for the new structure.

All of the new high-tech teaching labs, as well as two large auditorium-style lecture halls – each capable of seating as many as 200 students – will be housed in the expansion. The building will also hold teaching and research laboratories, a mock pharmacy skills laboratory and a Drug Information Center. The addition will feature enhanced learning stations, satellite technology, large screen projection capability, enhanced audio, and research laboratories equipped with the latest technological equipment and software. 

The expected completion date is Fall 2009, at which time the university will have the capacity to support and maintain its strategic enrollment target of 650 students, which represents a 34 percent increase in enrollment since 2002.

COP Dean Wayne Harris said the physical addition will allow the university to sustain its increased enrollment growth over the last five years and drastically improve the overall quality of its academic programs, research endeavors and community heath initiatives.


COMMENCEMENT RETURNS TO LAKEFRONT ARENA

By the time Xavier had celebrated its 78th commencement in 2005, the Kiefer Lakefront Arena had become the preferred venue for the university’s annual exercises. In fact at that point the facility had hosted five straight graduations.   

But then along came Hurricane Katrina, which in the process of devastating New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast, knocked Xavier to its knees and the Arena clear off its feet. Much to its credit the University was back in business in only five months; the Lakefront Area, however, remained out for the count for nearly two and a half years.

But this month – following two graduations held in the much-larger New Orleans Arena out of shear necessity – Xavier returns to the more compact surrounding of the newly opened Lakefront Arena for its 81st annual celebration Saturday, May 10, at 10:00 a.m.

Broadcaster, author, advocate and philanthropist Tavis Smiley, one of America’s most celebrated and respected media personalities, will be on hand to deliver the keynote address to close to 600 graduates and their families at the ceremony.

As a result of the move back to the Lakefront Arena, the University’s Baccalaureate Mass will also return to the preceding evening, Friday, May 09, at 7:00 p.m. in the Barn. The Most Rev. Curtis Guillory, SVD, Bishop of the Diocese of Beaumont TX, will serve as celebrant and homilist for the Mass.

Smiley, who Newseek magazine profiled as one of the “20 people changing how Americans get their news”, hosts a late night television talk show on PBS that reaches 92 percent of U.S. households and is seen in 187 countries through American Forces Network. The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International reaches 800,000 listeners each weekend. He is the first American ever to simultaneously host signature talk shows on both public television and radio.

His annual symposium, State of the Black Union, featuring America’s premiere thought leaders, engages thousands of attendees and over 100 million viewers worldwide, while his nonprofit Tavis Smiley Foundation seeks to enlighten, encourage and empower Black Youth.

Smiley has had two of his books, Covenant with Black America and The Covenant In Action, make the New York Times Best Sellers List. Tavistalks.com generates more than 246,000 hits daily.

This will be the second Xavier commencement that Smiley has participated in. He received an honorary degree from the university in 2004.

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STUDENTS

Allison Hudson, a senior mass comm major from New Orleans (Edna Karr High) and editor-in-chief for the Xavier Herald newspaper, won first place for “Most Effective Use of Graphic Design on a Single Page” in the Louisiana Press Association’s 2007 Student Newspaper Competition for her Arts and Entertainment page design featuring “Haunted Houses" and “Tune In or Tune Out” film reviews in the October/November issue.

Grace Thacker, a P3 pharmacy major from Covington LA (Shema School), won the campus National Patient Counseling competition and earned a trip to the nationals while representing the XU cahpter of the Academy of Students of Pharmacy at the annual American Pharmacists Association's annual meeting in San Diego, CA. 

Jack Iskander
, a P4 pharmacy major from Metairie, LA (Rummel High) has served on the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists' Student Forum Executive Committee for the past academic year. The ASHP Committee is a group of five students nationwide who work to build relationships between ASHP and the 103 colleges of pharmacy in the U.S. 

DeShawn Stevenson, a P2 pharmacy major from Ft. Wayne IN (Southside High), has been awarded a New Orleans Schweitzer Fellowship, which provides a $2,000 stipend and an opportunity to design and implement a health-related community service project.

Three art students – Nile Lang, a freshman Spanish major from Pinole Valley CA (Pinole Valley High); Jessica Legaux, a senior art major from New Orleans (McDonogh 35); and Takako Uemura, senior art major from Tokyo, Japan – collaborated to design and produce the advertising poster for the Department of Music’s recent Opera Workshop 2008.

ALUMNI

Dr. Lawrence Cresswell ’99, has been named chief resident in the department of Emergency Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY.

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SAVING AN ART TREASURE

Workers use a crane to carefully remove a treasured John T. Scott '62 art piece [ "The Three Faces of St. Francis Xavier"] from the front wall of the old Student Center. The venerable old building , which is being torn down to make room for the new construction, served as the hub of campus activities for more than 40 years before being replaced by the ultra modern and more spacious University Center in 2003.

photo by Irving Johnson III

TWO XAVIER STUDENTS CHOSEN AS KEMPER SCHOLARS

Two Xavier freshmen – Andrea Hodge, an art/biology major from Leslie MI (Okemos High), and David Salmon, a history major from Shorewood WI (Shorewood High) – have been selected for the prestigious Kemper Scholars Program’s Class of 2011.   

The scholarship-mentorship program, designed to prepare students for leadership and service, promotes education in the liberal arts while providing opportunities for career exploration and practical experience through internships. The program has sponsored by the James S. Kemper Foundation of Chicago IL since 1948.

Kemper Scholars receive annual scholarships of $3,000 to $8,000 – based on need – for three years, as well as $6,500 stipends while serving internships at major nonprofit organizations in Chicago and at for-profit organizations of their choice anywhere in the world in the summer following their sophomore and junior years, respectively.

During the Chicago summer, scholars live in the same apartment residence hall and are placed in full-time administrative positions where they can learn about financial management, organizational strategy, fund-raising, and organizational administration.

“Kemper Scholars represent academically superior, community spirited, committed, and well-rounded undergraduates from a pre-selected group of fifteen superior liberal arts colleges around the country,” said Dr. Ryan LaHurd, president and executive director of the James S. Kemper Foundation.

ROVARIS NAMED AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION FELLOW

Dr. Dereck J. Rovaris, director of graduate placement, has been named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow.

Thirty-six Fellows, nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions, were selected this year in a national competition. The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positioning in college and university administration.

Sharon A. McDade, Ed. D., director of the ACE Fellows Program, noted that most previous Fellows have advanced into major positions in academic administration.

Of the more than 1,500 participants in the first 43 years of the program, more than 300 have become chief executive offices and more than 1,100 have become provosts, vice presidents, or deans.

Rovaris, who also directs two nationally recognized student enrichment programs at Xavier (the McNair Post baccalaureate achievement program and the SuperScholars/EXCEL program), holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Kansas, a master of arts from XU and a doctorate from University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign. 

He has authored several articles on graduate school placement as well as chapters in several publications about Benjamin Mays. He has served as an educational consultant, conducted workshops, given numerous

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Dereck Rovaris
presentations, and been a featured speaker on the local, national, and international level. In 2005, his first book Mays and Morehouse was re-released.

“I consider this a tremendous opportunity and I’m looking forward to the experience,” said Rovaris.

Each ACE Fellow will focus on an issue of concern to the nominating institution while spending the next academic year working with a college or university president and other senior officers at a host institution. The ACE Fellows Program combines seminars, interactive learning opportunities, campus visits and placement at another higher education institution to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single semester or year. The Fellows are included in the highest level of decision making while participating in administrative activities and learning about an issue to benefit their home schools.

Fellows attend three week-long seminars on higher education issues organized by ACE, read extensively in the field and engage in other activities to enhance their knowledge about the challenge and opportunities confronting higher education today.

STUDENTS SELECTED FOR AMERICAN PAVILION PROGRAM

Three Xavier students – Jacqueline Brogdon, Christian Mitchell and Darren Wallace – will be traveling to the world-renowned Cannes Film Festival in southern France this May 10-26 as participants in The American Pavilion’s Worldwide Student and International Business Programs. 

Brogdon, a freshman mass communications major from Los Angeles CA (Hollywood High), Mitchell, a junior English major from Indianapolis IN (Bishop Chatard) and Wallace, a junior business/marketing major from Baton Rouge LA (Baton Rouge High), were among 140 college students nationwide selected to participate in the unique and highly competitive worldwide student work-study program which provides an exciting educational experience, offering insight about the entertainment industry to aspiring actors, filmmakers, journalists and individuals studying the overall business of film.

The International Business Program is open to business students with a serious interest in entertainment, offering an opportunity to experience the inner workings of the film business as an intern with an entertainment company at the festival.

For the past twenty years, The American Pavilion has offered film students the chance to participate in its programs that take place at the Cannes Film Festival. Brogdon and Wallace will stay in Cannes for the duration of the Festival (May 14- 25, the Program itself runs from May 10- 26), completing a work placement and participating in educational workshops, seminars, pitch sessions, roundtable discussions and screenings.  

Prior to the start of the Festival, they will participate in a four-day Festival orientation and tour of Cannes. Once the Festival begins, students start their six-hour-per-day work placements with The American Pavilion (which can include the restaurant, bar, coffee bar, conference center and business center), one of their sponsors, or with other companies doing business at the Festival. All students have the opportunity to meet and interact with industry professionals, observing firsthand the fast-paced nature of the Festival and Market.

MCNAIR/GRADSTAR SCHOLARS MOVE ON TO GRAD SCHOOL

The Ronald E. McNair/GradStar Program has announced that eight graduating GradStar/McNair Scholars have been accepted into graduate programs at colleges and universities across the nation.

Among those who will be seeking advanced degrees next year is Renata Alford, a senior psychology and Spanish major from Kankakee IL (Kankakee High School), who will chose between the counseling for mental health and wellness program at New York University, the counseling psychology program at Columbia Teachers College and the counseling psychology doctorate program at Indiana University Bloomington.

Other seniors headed for graduate school include:

Lanear Boudin, a psychology major from Edgard LA (West St. John), who has been accepted into the counseling and psychology program at University of Houston;

Katherine Byrd, a biochemistry major from Detroit MI (Renaissance), accepted into the chemistry program at Notre Dame University;

Kawyanda Prather, a speech pathology major from Milwaukee WI (Rufus King), accepted into the speech pathology program at the University of Northern Iowa;

Christina Roberts, a speech pathology major from Summerville SC (Summerville High), accepted into the speech pathology program at the University of Northern Iowa;

Ashley Scioneaux, a chemistry major from Reserve LA (East St. John), accepted into the chemistry PhD Program at both Miami University Ohio and the Ohio State University;

Ciera Singleton, a microbiology major from New Orleans (McMain), accepted into the applied and environmental microbiology graduate program at Georgia State University;

and Ashley Winston, a psychology major from Oakland CA (Bishop O’Dowd), accepted into the communications program at California State University.

The Ronald E. McNair/GradStar program is a part of a systematic, coordinated effort to place more XU students into graduate and professional schools. It is directly concerned with addressing the under-representation of African Americans in these types of programs. As part of the Office of Graduate Placement, McNair/GradStar scholars are advised on graduate, business, and law school opportunities and are guided through the entire application process for their respective programs.

TENNIS TEAMS ADVANCE TO REGIONALS AGAIN

Since Alan Green became the coach of the men's and women's tennis teams in 2002, neither the Gold Rush nor the Gold Nuggets has failed to qualify for the NAIA Region XIII Tournament.
Xavier extended that streak in 2008 when they each made their fifth consecutive appearance in the regional tournament in Georgia as the No. 5 seeds in the six-team fields.

Unfortunately, the men (15-9), who earned an automatic bid to the regional by winning the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament, lost out in the semifinals to defending champ Auburn-Montgomery after scoring their first-ever match win in the opening round over fourth-seeded Lee (TN). The Gold Nuggets (15-6) , meanwhile, fell in the opening round of the regionals.

Both the Rush, ranked 17th in the final poll, and the Nuggets, ranked 13th, still harbor hopes for at-large bids to the NAIA National Championships May 12-16. The tournament field will be announced May 9.
 
XU had six players ranked by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, including Miroslav Vukicevic and Terry Richardson, who ranked 7th and 35th in men’s singles, respectively; and Anastesia Opata and Dominique Bell, who ranked 17th and 26th in women's singles, respectively. The Nuggets also had two ranked doubles teams: Opara and Bell (9th) and Yuliem Dominguez and Colleen McArthur (21st). Bell and Opata's top-10 ranking was a first for Xavier in women's doubles.

Dr. Agnes Donahue ’68, director of Intergovernmental Affairs with the U.S. Office of Health and Human Services in Washington DC, was among the choir which performed during the Papal Mass in National Stadium. She was one of only 250 singers selected to join the choir out of thousands who had auditioned.

Lucille P. Hankton ‘78, Employment Service Specialist and Youth Employment Service Specialist for the County of San Bernardino, will be included as an honored member in the 2008-2009 edition of the Cambridge Who's Who Executive, Professional and Entrepreneurial Registry for excellence in public service.

Algernon Kelly ’04, a chemistry graduate student at LSU, was awarded the Eastman Kodak Dr. Theophilus Sorrell Fellowship in recognition of his scholastic achievement by the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers.

Vernet Clemons Nettles ’88, has been named the new federal programs director for Montgomery Public Schools by the Montgomery County Board of Education, where she will coordinate the planning and use of funds available to schools. She previously held positions as a Title I teacher and federal programs secondary resource teacher in several schools in Mobile and also served as a federal programs specialist for the Alabama State Department of Education.

Dr. Derek Robinson ’98, an attending physician at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey IL, has been named a “Hero of Emergency Medicine” by the American College of Emergency Physicians in recognition of his significant contributions to emergency medicine, patients and the community.

Farrah Rochon ’98, has been nominated for a 2008 Emma Award for Debut Author of the Year for her second novel, Release Me, which will be published by Dorchester Publishing this month. Visit www.farrahrochon.com for more info.

Gwendolyn Suarez-Carriere ’96, has had her book, Trouble Comes in On Horseback and Leaves Out on a Snail, published by the Xlibris Corporation.

Kathleen Verret ’85, has been named the new properties division manager for the Lambert-St. Louis International Airports, where she is is responsible for administering all properties and contracts for Lambert, with annual revenue of more than $165 million. She previously was regional director of properties for Avis Budget Group in Chicago.

Ben M. Ward ’94, is serving as Assistant Vice President for the First State Management Group, Inc. in Atlanta, GA.

FACULTY / STAFF

Dr. Amy Bellone-Hite (sociology) gave an invited talk, "Sowing Oil, Reaping
Uneven Development: Venezuela's Rentier Capitalist Model as a Precursor
to 'Chavismo'" at Nicholls State University.

Dr. Thomas Bonner (English) delivered the Cavanaugh Lecture "Kate Chopin's Louisiana" at Louisiana State University-Alexandria and spoke on Chopin at the Chopin House in Cloutierville, Louisiana. He also presented the paper "John Faulkner's Response to Explorations and Migrations in Northern Mississippi" at the Society for the Study of Southern Literature Biennial Conference at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. His book reviews were recently published in Choice and the Journal of College Writing.

Dr. Kenneth Boutte, Sr. ‘76 (dean, Freshman Studies) and Dr. Adrian Woods (assistant dean, Freshman Studies and Director of Academic Support) conducted a day-long faculty workshop on "Retention Best Practices and Replication" at Fayetteville State University's Saturday Academy in Fayetteville NC.

Joseph Byrd (VP for Student Services) was the keynote speaker for the Black History Month Program at Pierre Capdau Charter School. He was also the keynote speaker for the Beautillion sponsored by the Alpha Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. held at Texas Southern University in Houston TX. Additionally, he has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the newly organized Miller-Mcoy Academy for Mathematics and Business.

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XU HOSTS MCCAIN CAMPAIGN

President Francis welcomes U.S. Senator John McCain and his wife to the campus last week, where the presidential hopeful conducted an open "town hall" meeting for the New Orleans area during his campaign through the southern United States.

photo by Irving Johnson III

Where Are They Now?

WELCOME BACK TAYLOR! THEOLOGY GRAD TURNS TEACHER

It is not an unusual occurrence for XU alumni to return to their alma mater as teachers. In fact, in any given year upwards to 20 percent of the full-time faculty can trace either their undergraduate or graduate roots back to Xavier.

But for some smaller departments it can be really big news.

Although the Theology Department services some 600-700 students a year through the core curriculum, on its own it has graduated less than 30 majors/minors since the undergraduate degree program started in 1991. That’s not unusual in itself given the reality that more than 60 percent of Xavier’s undergraduates are enrolled in the sciences.  

But with theology majors a precious commodity at Xavier, you might imagination the elation of the department that one of its own has returned to share his knowledge and life experience with another generation of young Xavierites.

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The Rev. Maurice Taylor '02 makes a point to students in his Introduction to Theology classes. xxxxxxxxxxxxxx-

Enter the Rev. Maurice D. Taylor, who received his bachelor’s degree in 2002. After leaving XU, Taylor went on to earn a master’s degree in religious studies from Cardinal Stritch University in 2006. He has served as the Youth Director for Mount Olive Baptist Church focusing on small group classes, mentoring, college ministries, and youth empowerment settings. 

He is a self-published author of The Demise of the Black Race, The Heavenly Treasure Box, and is working on a self-autobiography, Can You Hear Me Now? 

More importantly, he is now a part of the Theology Department faculty, teaching four classes of Introduction to Theology.

“Seven years ago I could never have imagined that I would be back at my alma mater teaching,” said Taylor. “I never thought that the same professors who shaped and guided my young, feeble mind, would, at one point become my colleagues.” 

Taylor said that for him, theology is much more than an academic discipline, the study of God, or some prerequisite required for graduation – something he tries to impart to his students, many of whom are being exposed to the discipline for the very first time.

“Theology is the overall awareness of historical events (past, present, and future) in lieu of our relationships with God, thus helping us to understand how we should act towards each other through critical, theological reflection,” he said. 

“We are extremely proud to have Maurice teaching in a temporary full-time position in the Department of Theology,” said Dr. Phillip Linden, Jr., associate professor of theology. “We have had students return to teach during summer sessions for almost 10 years now, but Maurice is the first to teach with us during a full academic semester.”

“We see their teaching as fine-tuning graduates in the vision of Katharine Drexel as Instructors,” he added, noting that the study of academic theology is vital for the Catholic character of Xavier.

Taylor said teaching from the same classrooms that he himself was once taught in is an indescribable experience. He said being able to see the university from different perspectives, from the ins-and-outs, has really enlighten his overall appreciation for Xavier.

“ I can’t think of a better way to embark upon my desire to teach theology than to begin with the very institution that first planted the seed,” he said. “ Xavier can be credited for giving me the vital tools I needed to succeed, both at the undergraduate level as well as the graduate level.”

It’s an opportunity I want to give to those students who are following in my footsteps,” he said.

Dr. Ronald Dorris '72 (African American Studies/English) has a poem,"Cypress Run," published in The Cultural Journal 16:2, Ramapo College, NJ. He also has been named co-winner of the top membership award by the Southern Conference on African American Studies Inc. (SCAASI) for his editorial work
with their journal, The Griot: the Journal of African American Studies.

Dr. Nicole Pepinster Greene (English) presented a paper "Summer Palace Press:  A Community of Poets" at the American Conference for Irish Studies in Davenport IA.

Three faculty members – Dr. Kenneth Boutte, Sr. ’76 (dean of Freshman Studies, Academic Enhancement), Dr. Calvin Porter (biology) and Dr. Joseph Ross (biology) – made individual presentations at the National Molecules of Life Dissemination Conference in Atlanta GA. The conference was sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Faculty Resource Network.

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