Volume 42 No. 5
May 2011










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Athletic Honor Society

penn state
Nittany Lions

jazz fest
Campus Jazz Festival

Save the Planet

National Interest

1834 Student-Athlete Honor Society

Seven student-athletes have been inducted as charter members of the XU Zeta Chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma, the national college athlete honor society. To be eligible for membership, an athlete must be at least a junior with a minimum 3.4 GPA.

Among the inductees were:
Basketball – Marchelle Jones, a junior engineering major from Baton Rouge LA (Episcopal High), and Jamaan Kenner, a junior biology/pre-med major from  LaPlace LA (East St. John High);

Volleyball - Iva Bobkova, a junior business major from the Czech Republic, and Patrice Hightower, a junior biology/pre-med major from New Orleans (Louise S. McGehee High);

Volleyball/Basketball - Danielle Jones, a senior biology/pre-med major from Baton Rouge LA (Episcopal High); and

Cross Country - Brianna DeKine, a junior chemistry/pre-med major from Altadena CA (Culver City High), and Ashley Taylor, a junior psychology/pre-med major from  LaPlace LA (Cabrini High).

1834 Student Research Journal Available

The newest issue of XULAneXUS, the university’s online undergraduate research journal is now available at HERE.

The journal features student work from all disciplines from the arts to the natural sciences. Volume 8, Issue 2 is truly diverse, featuring two original performances (captured in video), a sociological view on Richard Wright's Native Son, a literary analysis of Irish drama, and a cross-cultural literature review of menopause studies.

All submissions are peer-reviewed by an editorial board of faculty and students.

For more info contact Dr. Ross Louis at xulanexus@xula.edu or 520-5103.

1834 History Essay Contest Winners

The Department of History is pleased to announce the winners of its 2011 Scholarship Essay Contest:

First Place ($500) – Margaret Randall of Waggaman LA (Academy of Our Lady)

Second Place ($300) – Joseph Bates of New Orleans (Ben Franklin High)

Third Place ($200) – Shayondria Jackson of Mandeville (Mandeville High)

1834 Plump the Pig
Student Campaign

The Class of 2014 “Plump the Pig” campaign has raised $661.56. All monies collected through this initiative will be used to support Xavier programs and activities selected by the class.

Thanks to all members of the Class of 2014 who have supported this campaign to date – and don’t forget to FEED your pigs over the summer.

1834 XU in the News

2USA Today
WH Chief Usher moving to Homeland Security
Texas Attorneys Are
Named Rising Stars
- Nolan Knight '96
2The Root
The Big Payoff
from Black Colleges

festival of scholars FESTIVAL OF SCHOLARS

Sophomore chemistry/pre-med major Shirmir Branch of Los Angeles CA (Crenshaw High School) [right] explains her research poster presentation to freshman biochemistry major Jamillia Stokes of Milwaukee WI (CEO Leadership Academy) and freshman biology/pre-med major Tymire Jenkins of Sacramento CA (Natomas High) during the annual campus-wide showcase of scholarly student research. Sophomore chemistry/pre-pharmacy major Shannon Taylor of New Orleans (N.O. Science and Math High) also collaborated on the project under the mentorship of chemistry professor Dr. Mehnaaz F. Ali. More than 160 students participated.

Photo by Irving Johnson III

In the vernacular of New Orleans, the term "lagniappe" connotes "something extra" that you get when you purchase an item or services.

That’s the idea behind the Lagniappe New Student Summer Preview weekend for new incoming freshmen, which is scheduled for May 27-28. It’s the third year for the new initiative, which underscores the University's commitment to easing the transition of high school graduates into a university environment and to better prepare them for academics at the college level. - more -


Summer is back in vogue at Xavier – summer classes that is!

College students traditionally view the lazy months of summer as a time to pick up some extra degree-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.  - more -


Urban League CEO and former New Orleans mayor Marc H. Morial will be the keynote speaker when Xavier holds its 84th annual commencement Saturday, May 7, at 10:00 a.m. in the Lakefront Arena.

Morial has led the national civil rights organization since 2003, after an eight-year stint (1994-2002) as mayor of the Crescent City. - more -


Celebrating the official opening of Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War were (center) renowned author and keynote speaker Dr. David Madden and (from left) committee members Eric Joseph, Barbara Sanders, Michele Woods, Phyllis Calvin and Marilyn Lee. The exhibit will be on display during regular library hours through June 25.


Three Xavier students have been selected to participate in the Minority Health Disparity International Research Training (MHIRT) summer program through San Diego State University.

Selected were: Blake Gray, a sophomore biology/pre-med major from DeSoto, TX (DeSoto High School); Janay Tyler, a junior psychology/pre-med major from New Orleans (Slidell High); and Shavonn Whiten, a senior biology/pre-med major from Baton Rouge LA (Baton Rouge Magnet).

The students will travel to Ghana (Africa) to participate in ethnobotany research for 10 weeks on plants used to treat diabetes in Ghana. Ethnobotany is the scientific study of the relationships that exist between people and plants.

The program, funded by the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, covers all costs in addition to an $800 a month stipend.


Five students participated in Behavioral Health internships at various sites this semester under an HBCU Mini Grant from the Morehouse School of Medicine.
Senior political science major Monika Arceneaux of Kenner LA (Ursuline Academy) and junior political science major Jarvis Lewis of Luling LA (Hahnville High) worked with the Juvenile Justice Program of Louisiana and the  Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), respectively, under mentor Dr. Pamela Waldron-Moore; senior psychology major Alycia Boutte of Slidell LA (Northshore High) worked with Bridge House under mentor Dr. Eugenia Valentine; while junior Brandy Davis of Springfield LA (Springfield High) and sophomore Brittney Lewis of Harvey LA (Edna Karr), both biology majors, worked with the CASA and Algiers Charter Schools Association, respectively, under mentor Dr. Claire Norris.

The students shared their observations on behavioral health and related policies/services and offered recommendations for dealing with them at an ACT Student Symposium held on campus.

The program was spearheaded by Shirley Labbe and Eloise Dixon of the XU Counseling Center, and in collaboration with faculty mentors from the Education Division and the Political Science, Psychology and Sociology departments.


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Regional students (e.g. those from Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Texas, and Tennessee) are required to attend the program. Students from further away are also encouraged to participate.
Participants will have the opportunity to meet current XU students and faculty in their prospective majors. Advance placement tests will be given in reading and math, while students requiring developmental courses or looking to pick up some early credit hours can scope out the city's most affordable summer tuition. In fact, Lagniappe students receive a 50% tuition discount on 2011 summer session courses,

Students will receive a list of the courses in which they will be enrolled in fall 2011 and be invited to complete their registration during the Lagniappe weekend through fiscal clearance and health clearance. 

The new freshmen are encouraged to stay in the campus residence halls over the two-day affair to get a taste of student life at Xavier.

The program isn’t just for the students, however. Parents can also take advantage of the weekend to meet with representatives from administrative areas like financial aid, student health services and student accounts.

Some 750-800 students expected to enroll in the fall.

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They couldn’t be more right, says Dr. Kenneth Boutte Sr., the university’s associate dean of summer programs and external initiatives.

“The summer sessions allow students to concentrate on some of their more difficult courses or those subjects that they might be weak in without having to worry about three or four courses as they would during the regular school year,” he said. “Students tend to do better when they are focused on a particular area.”

It’s also ideal for incoming freshmen, especially those requiring developmental courses. Boutte said that unlike some other colleges which require that developmental courses be taken at a junior college, Xavier still encourages incoming students to come to on campus where they can get up to speed academically and settle into their new surroundings at the same time.

“No matter what their academic level, all new students need some time to get acclimated to the college environment,” he said. “The summer sessions gives them that opportunity under less stressful conditions.”

What’s more, all classes are being offered at discounted summer rates: $160 per credit hour for undergraduate courses, $170 per credit hour for graduate school level courses, and $230 per credit hour for pharmacy courses.  

This year’s summer schedule boasts two five-week sessions (Summer Session I and II) with courses offered in more than 20 different disciplines, and another eight-week session with offerings in five areas. The complete list of courses is available HERE.

All sessions are open to currently enrolled, new and returning students, as well as students enrolled at other universities. Registration for Session I and II are May 20 and June 24, respectively. Registration for Session III is June 3.

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

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He is expected to address more than 500 graduates, along with their families and friends.

Also at this year’s graduation, Xavier will award honorary degrees to businesswoman and philanthropist Camille Hanks Cosby, BET Holdings CEO and Chair Debra Lee, and Xavierite Olympic medalist and businessman Herbert Douglas.

The annual Baccalaureate Mass and Honors Convocation will be held the preceding evening, Friday, May 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the Xavier Gymnasium. Bishop Dominic Carmon, S.V.D. will serve as the Main Celebrant for the Mass and Father John Moran, OMI will be the Homilist.

In an illustrious professional career that has spanned 25 years, Morial has served successfully as an entrepreneur, lawyer, professor, legislator, mayor and CEO of the National Urban League, earning him a distinction as one of the most accomplished servant-leaders in the nation.

As mayor of New Orleans, Morial was a popular chief executive with a broad multi-racial coalition. He led the city’s 1990’s renaissance and prompted a surge in the New Orleans convention and tourism sector. After two notable terms, he left office with a 70 percent approval rating. A lawyer by training, Morial is the recipient of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award for his legal service to the poor and disadvantaged.

He has served as a state legislator and an adjunct faculty member at Xavier. Xavier awarded him an honorary degree in 2002.

As President of the National Urban League since 2003, Morial has led the transformation of the civil rights organization as it approaches its centennial anniversary. Under Morial’s leadership the League has seen record fundraising success and has pumped almost $200 million into urban impact and minority owned businesses through the National Urban League Empowerment Fund. The League has launched numerous other innovative programs including the Urban Youth Empowerment Program to assist young adults in securing sustainable jobs and five Entrepreneurship Centers to foster the growth of small businesses.

The son of former New Orleans Mayor Ernest N. Morial ’51 and Sybil H. Morial ’52, Marc Morial has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential Black Americans by Ebony Magazine.



Shantrese Davis, a senior biology/pre-med major from Harvey LA (St. Mary’s Academy), has been accepted into the St. Kitts University of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Ashley Fulton, a senior chemistry/pre-med major from Richmond TX (George Bush High), has been accepted into the post-baccalaureate program at Dominican University.

Joseph Gallien, a senior biology/pre-med major from Lake Charles LA (Washington-Marion High), has been accepted into medical school at LSU-New Orleans.

Maya Jones, a junior mass communication major from New Orleans (West Plano High-Plano TX), has been accepted into the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute Multimedia Scholars Program at the John Sigenthaler Center in Nashville TN, where she will attend a rigorous 11-day multimedia intensive summer program followed by eight weeks as a paid intern at a newspaper associated with the institute. She joins 11 other HBCU journalism students who were selected after a national search.

Devin Sasser, a senior biology/pre-med major from Dallas TX (Mesquite High), has been accepted into the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry.

Ashley Simon, a senior biology/pre-med major from Marrero LA (John Ehret High), has been accepted in medical school at Meharry College.

Nailah Smith, a senior biology/pre-med major from Germantown TN (Houston High), has been accepted into veterinary school at Tuskegee University and the University of Wisconsin.

Ashley Walker, a senior biology major from New Orleans (Ben Franklin High), has been accepted into Medical College of Wisconsin.


Nana-Aisha Adamu ’10, has been accepted into medical school at the University of Arkansas and the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Lorena S. Chicoye ’79, corporate medical director for managed care & network development at Baptist Health South Florida in Miami, was named one of the “50 Most Powerful Black Professionals in South Florida by Legacy Magazine.

Letitia Hopkins ’09, candidate for MA degree in museum studies at SUNO had her thesis exhibit at the McKenna Museum of African American Art. The exhibit explored voodoo through the lens of religious tolerance and explores voodoo stereotypes.

Allison Hudson ’08, editor for the Donaldsonville (LA) Chief newspaper, has been nominated for the Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus Foundation Women of Excellence Award for 2011 in the Media and Public Relations category. She was also featured as one of the “Top 25 Editors and Publishers under 35” in the April Edition of Editor and Publishers Magazine.

Judge Brian Jackson ’82 of the United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, will deliver the commencement address for the Southern University Law Center. He will address more than 140 graduates.

Terrance Osborne ’00, donated a painting of his Great Dane “Toaster” which was raffled off to benefit the Plaquemines (LA) Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).

Rolando Urbina ’05, has earned a law degree from Southern University-Baton Rouge.


Joseph K. Byrd (Vice President, Student Services) was selected as "Man of the Year," by the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church of New Orleans.

Dr. Nicole P. Greene (Kellogg Professor of English) presented a paper "Divided Loyalties: Edith Somerville's Novel of the Irish War of Independence" at the American Conference for Irish Studies at the University of Wisconsin.

Jarred Honora '10 (admissions) has been named the State Director of Education for Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Dr. Silas Lee (sociology) presented the results of the national Urban League's State of Black America poll at the organization’s annual Legislative Policy Conference in Washington DC. The poll measured the perceptions and opinions of Americans toward the economic recovery, potential policies to stimulate job creation in urban America and reducing the budget deficit.

Lisa McClain (campus ministry) has been selected to receive the Order of St. Louis IX Medallion in recognition of her great dedication and years of service to the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. It is one of the highest honors bestowed by the archdiocese on a member of the laity.

Dr. Joseph LaRochelle (pharmacy) was the primary author on a paper, “Writing a Review Article,”which was published in May 1 issue of The American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy.

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