Volume 45 No. 5
May 2014










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good friends
Good Friends, Good Times
all business
All Business
track champions
Making Tracks
all that jazz
All That Jazz
real deal
Real Deal
high note
Hitting the High Note
NAIA Group Champs

1834 XU Review Press
Book Honored

A book published in 2013 by the Xavier Review Press, R. Flowers Rivera's Troubling Accents, has been selected by the Texas Association of Authors as its 2014 Poetry Book of the Year.

Visit HERE for more about the book.

Department of English faculty Katheryn Laborde and Dr. Nicole Greene serve as Managing Editor and Executive Editor, respectively, of Xavier Review Press, which currently has 17 books in print.

1834 Applications for XU Summer Programs

Applications for pre-college summer programs are still being accepted.

Visit HERE for more info or to register.

1834 IBCS Receives Service Award

he Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has awarded the Black Catholic Studies (IBCS) a 2014 United States President’s Volunteer Service in recognition of its commitment to strengthening the nation through volunteer service.

The award, whose stated three-fold purpose is to recognize and honor volunteers as a way of setting a standard for service, to encourage a sustained commitment to civic participation, and to inspire other to make service a central part of their lives, was originally established in 2003 by President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. Today the award program is administered as a CNCS initiative.

The IBCS, established in 1979 to help sustain and support the pastoral and intellectual needs of Black Catholics throughout the United States, offers a Master’s degree in Pastoral Theology and continuing education units in Catechesis, leadership and youth/young adult ministry.

1834 Women's Tennis Wins Group Tourney

Junior Freshman Carmen Nelson and senior Kourtney Howell delivered crucial match victories for Xavier in a 5-3 decision against NAIA No. 1 Georgia Gwinnett in the women's championship of the Unaffiliated Group 2 Tournament at XU Tennis Center.

The Gold Nuggets (15-6), the NAIA's No. 2 team, won a conference or group tournament for the 10th time in 12 years. It was the third straight year they won their unaffiliated group. The victory earned them an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championship, which will start May 13 in Mobile, Ala.

1834 Nuggets Capture
GCAC Track Title

Led again by juniors Devinn Rolland and Catherine Fakler, Xavier repeated as women's team champion at the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans.

Rolland won three individual events – the long jump and the 100- and 200-meter dashes – for the third consecutive year. Fakler won the 1,500, 3,000 steeplechase and 5,000 and anchored the Gold Nuggets to victory in the 3,200 relay by nearly 46 seconds.

Fakler won the 1,500 for the third consecutive year, repeated as steeplechase and 5,000 champion and finished second in the 800. She won the 5,000 by nearly 90 seconds.

The Gold Nuggets, No. 14 in the NAIA National Rankings, scored 213 points and won the conference team championship for the third time in four years. Dillard was second with 168 points, followed by Edward Waters with 143, SUNO with 26 and Voorhees with 19.

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Sr. Eva Regina Martin

1834 RIP: Sister Eva Regina Martin SSF

It is with profound sadness that Xavier notes the passing of Sister Eva Regina Martin, SSF '68.

Sr. Eva Regina served as the Director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS) from 1997-2003.

During her term, she introduced several new initiatives, including an Institute Journal which published the writings of studentsand faculty, the IBCS Preaching Institute, and a Youth Empowerment program for high school students.

She will be missed by all who knew her.

1834 XU in the News

2NOLA. com
Jackson Named La. Small College Coach of the Year

1WGNO-TV [video] Computer Sci Students
Create Discover XU App

2WWL-TV [video]
Festival of Scholars / Computer Science App

1CSPAN [video]
HBCUs Attract First-Generation Int'l Students

Creative Minds Behind
Jazz Fest Posters
[Terrance Osborne '00 & Richard Thomas '78]

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OFF TO CHINA: Xavier students meet with Confucius Institute administrative specialist Shu Peng to discuss their upcoming summer abroad in China, which commences in May. (L-R) D’Undria Taylor, Gabriel Jones, Ashley Douglas, McKenzie Moses, Kathia Williams, Keyaisha Thomas, Peng, Rayya Hunter, Kevin Lam, Reginald Alex, and DiQuan Forcell.Five additional students will also participate. Photo by Eric Craig, Xavier Herald

For the second year in a row, Xavier University of Louisiana students will have a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in Chinese language and customs during a special summer study aboard program at Hebei University, a partner institution through the Confucius Institute at Xavier.

During their stay in China, the 16 students – all of whom have studied the Mandarin language previously at Xavier – will receive additional intensive Chinese language training at Hebei, the flagship and only comprehensive university in Hebei Province near Beijing.

While in China the students will also attend seminars on folk music, calligraphy, Peking opera, Taichi, tea culture, and paper cutting, and participate in cultural excursions to such iconic places as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. - more -


The Rev. Maurice Nutt, C.Ss.R., has been named the new director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS) at Xavier, according to Provost and Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Loren Blanchard.

He comes to Xavier from the Redemptorist Parish Mission in Chicago IL, where he was a member of the Preaching Team.

Father Maurice Nutt, who specializes in preaching, evangelization, African American culture, spirituality, and community and church development, is no stranger to Xavier, having earned a Master of Theology from Xavier’s IBCS in 1989 and having served as an Assistant Professor of Preaching at the Institute since 2007. - more -

Fr. Maurice
Fr. Maurice Nutt


The Division of Business has been awarded the Level II Louisiana Performance Excellence Award (LPEA) based on an evaluation of its proven effectiveness, sustainability, innovation, integrated processes and tracked results.

The LPEA is a statewide award recognizing quality leadership in education, government, manufacturing, service industries, health care and non-profit organizations. - more -


Award-winning actor/director/producer Blair Underwood will deliver the commencement address at Xavier University of Louisiana’s 87th annual graduation ceremony Saturday, May 10, at 10:00 a.m. in the Convocation Center.
Underwood, who will address the undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional students and their families, will also be awarded an honorary degree at the commencement, along with retiring Tulane University President Dr. Scott Cowen and New Orleans educator, activist and community leader, Sybil Haydel Morial ‘52.

The annual Baccalaureate Mass and Honors Convocation will be held the preceding evening, Friday (May 09), at 6:00 p.m. in the Convocation Center.


The traditional slate of daytime and evening classes at Xavier is giving way to even more and better this summer as the university has added a significant number of online/hybrid courses to the mix.

No less than 50 online/hybrid degree-credit courses will be available this summer, including offerings in such academic disciplines as English, business, communications, languages, mathematics, philosophy, and political sciences.

The Graduate school is also offering a number of summer courses. - more -


Five student-athletes have been selected Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars for the 2013-14 academic year.
Repeat selections from Xavier are Javon Mead (men's cross country/track and field) and Devinn Rolland (women's track and field). Mead is a three-time selection, and Rolland has been honored twice. Also chosen were women's volleyball players Jodi Chatters and Alexandria Rencher and women's cross country/track athlete Briana Simms.
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Kentra Bellard, a senior biology/premed major from Franklin LA (Franklin High), has been accepted into the Summer Internship Program at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.

Sydney Coleman, a sophomore computer science major and standout athlete from Meridian MS (Meridian High), received honorable mention on the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball All-America Team. He started in all 32 games for the Gold Rush last season, averaging 12.9 points and a team-leading 7.6 rebounds per game.

Kamirah Demouchet
, a senior chemistry major from Port Barres LA (Port Barres High), has been accepted into the Pathways Master’s Program in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan, which includes a tuition waiver and a stipend. She has also been accepted into the MS program in biochemistry/biology at Georgetown University.

Rasheed Gilmer, a senior philosophy major from Atlanta GA, has been accepted into law school at the University of Notre Dame. The offer comes with a $20,000 scholarship.

Gabby Gloston, a senior psychology major from Lake Charles LA (St. Louis Catholic High) has been accepted into the Ph.D. program at The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston.

Anh Le, a junior biology/premed major from Gretna LA (Thomas Jefferson High) has been accepted into the Tulane University School of Medicine’s Early Acceptance Program for entry in 2015.

Gretchen Peppers, a senior biology/premed major from Silver Spring MD (St. John’s High School), had research from her internship at the National Institutes of Health during the summers of 2012 and 2013 published in the European Journal of Immunology.

Evan Pipion, a senior history major from Folsom CA (Vista Del Lago High), has been accepted into the master’s degree program in Liberal Studies at North Carolina State University.
clean sweep


(L-R) Celebrated New Orleans artists and XU alums Richard Thomas ’78 and Terrance Osborne ’00 pose in front of the official commissioned posters they created for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s two signature 2014 events: the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, respectively, during a recent visit to the campus for a media interview.

Photo by Irving Johnson III

china cont

Dr. Yu Jiang, director of the Confucius Institute at Xavier, said the three-week program, a follow-up to last year’s inaugural trip that saw 10 students travel abroad, will provide the Xavier students with an unrivaled opportunity to immerse themselves in China’s language and culture through personal interaction with the students at Heibi, as well as with local citizens.

“Learning, food tasting, and cultural exposure will all be highlights of this trip,” he said.

Jiang said the program costs for food, lodging, cultural excursions, and transportation in China will be covered in full by the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing. Most students also receive substantial financial aid to cover their international travel.

Most of the 16-member group, representing five diverse academic disciplines, will depart for China May 8, while three graduating seniors will leave May 12 following spring commencement.

Members of the traveling group (and their majors) include: Amber Douglas (biology), Ashley Douglass (chemistry/pre-pharmacy), Rayya Hunter (pharmacy), Kathia Williams (biology/pre-med), Keyaisha Thomas (psychology), McKenzie Moses (biology), Victoria Philips (chemistry), Wyndy Bailey (chemistry), D’Undria Taylor (chemistry/pre-pharmacy), Keven Lam (chemistry), Chandler Schexnayder (pharmacy), Gabriel Jones (business management), Reginald Alex II (computer science), Temitayo Riley (pharmacy), and DiQuan Forcell (art).

For more information on the Confucius Institute at Xavier visit HERE or call 504-520-7237.

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“We are blessed to have acquired the full-time services of Father Maurice, who will bring his boundless energy, dynamic leadership, and profound scholarship to the Institute, with which he has already developed such an intimate connection,” said Blanchard. “We look forward to the vision he will bring to the Institute.”

The IBCS, established in 1979 to help sustain and support the pastoral and intellectual needs of Black Catholics throughout the United States, offers a Master’s degree in Pastoral Theology and continuing education units in Catechesis, leadership and youth/young adult ministry

A native of St. Louis, Father Maurice Nutt professed vows in the Redemptorist congregation in 1983 and was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood in 1989. He has served as Pastor of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church in Memphis TN, as director of the African American Ministry Initiative in Chicago IL, and as Pastor of St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church in St. Louis MO.

A member of the Board of Directors for the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus, he has also served as an Adjunct Professor for Hampton University’s Online Religious Studies Program), and as a Pentecostalism Adjunct Professor for St. Louis University’s Department of Theology.
In addition to his Xavier degree, he also holds a Doctorate of Ministry from Aquinas Institute of Theology with a concentration in Preaching, and a Master of Divinity degree from Catholic Theological Union.

He is the author of three books: Thea Bowman:  In My Own Words, Advent and Christmas Wisdom from St. Alphonsus Liguori, and Lent and Easter Wisdom from St. Alphonsus Liguori. He is also a contributor to the African American Catholic Youth Bible, a collaborative project between the National Black Catholic Congress and St. Mary’s Press to be published in 2014.

Father Maurice Nutt succeeds Dr. Pamela Franco, Executive Associate in the Office of Academic Affairs, who served as interim IBCS director for three years.

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The Division will be honored at the annual Award Ceremony at the governor’s mansion June 24, 2014, along with the other 2014 Level II recipients: the Jefferson Parish Career and Business Solutions Center and the Jefferson Parish Community Action Programs. 

The purpose of the Award program is to promote quality and performance excellence awareness and practices in Louisiana and recognize the quality achievements of Louisiana organizations. The award criteria are based on the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award (http://www.nist.gov/baldrige/enter/index.cfm) and is organized and administered by the Louisiana Quality Foundation.

The Louisiana Performance Excellence Award was initiated by a group of statewide quality professionals with the vision of providing recognition for organizations operating according to quality principles, and is administered by the Louisiana Quality Foundation (LQF).

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All courses are available to both Xavier and non-Xavier college students, What’s more, all classes are being offered starting at $200 per credit hour.

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 four areas. The complete list of courses is available HERE.

Registration for Session I and II are May 26 and June 27, respectively. Registration for Session III is June 6. For more info, contact the Registrar’s Office at 520-7583 or visit HERE.

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Diverse Issues in Higher Education, a magazine based in Fairfax, Va., has sponsored the awards since the mid-1990s. Criteria for the awards include being a person of color with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 through the fall 2012 semester. Honorees must have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and have a demonstrated record of service to the campus or community.
For the second consecutive year, Xavier is the only Louisiana university with an Ashe scholar. XU has five of the six Ashe scholars from NAIA members this year.
Mead, a senior from Baton Rouge LA (Baton Rouge Magnet High), is an accounting major with a 3.67 GPA. He is a three-time All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference cross country runner and has helped the Gold Rush win four GCAC team titles.
Mead is the fifth from Xavier to earn the Ashe honor three times. Alexandra Broussard (women's tennis), Jamaan Kenner (men's basketball), Kelechi Okoroha (men's basketball} and Terry Richardson (men's tennis) were the others.
Rolland, a junior from Harvey LA (Cabrini High), is a pharmacy major with a 3.99 GPA. She is a three-time GCAC outdoor champion in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the long jump. This season she ranks third in the NAIA in the 100 and long jump and is tied for 10th in the 200.
Chatters, a sophomore from Lake Charles LA (St. Louis Catholic High), is a biology/pre-medical major with a 3.50 GPA. A libero/defensive specialist in volleyball, Chatters recorded 348 digs and 16 aces this past season for Xavier's 26-8 team which won GCAC regular-season and tournament titles and qualified for the NAIA National Championship.
Rencher, a junior from Mobile AL (Davidson High), is a computer science major with a 3.37 GPA. She was second on the Gold Nuggets this past season with 361 assists and served a career-best six aces in a home victory against city rival Loyola. Like Chatters, Rencher was part of an XU team which set a school record of 20 consecutive victories in 2013.

Simms, a sophomore from Hendersonville TN (Station Camp High), is a chemistry major with a 3.23 GPA. Simms is a two-time All-GCAC cross country runner, and she was All-GCAC in the 3,000 steeplechase and 1,500 at the GCAC track championships earlier this month.

giving back
GIVING BACK: Members of the XU Young Alumni Leadership Association relax after hosting the Ask An Alum campus mentoring event where they related their own experiences and provided advice on applying for internships and job interviews to current students. (L-R)
John Williams ’99, Dr. Samira Brown ’00, Heather Ray ’07, Dr. Torrie Harris ’98, Stacey Windon ’11, Kevin Barnes Jr. ’10, Hong Nguyen ’11, Mia Gonzales ’08, Tresa Northington ’08, Whitney White ’14, Nikki Wesley ’95 & ’99, Teniesha Biagas ’09, Gerallynn ‘Lynn’
Wesley ’00, and Jacob Evans ’12. Photo Courtesy Office of Alumni Affairs
almost like home
ALMOST LIKE HOME: Five XU speech pathology graduates join current faculty members in
a reunion of sorts during the National Black Association of Speech-Language-Hearing's annual convention in Charlotte NC. On hand were: (L-R) Dr. Patricia Minnis, Keshia Allen
‘98, RaKeesha Reeves Pelt ‘04, Dr. Joe Melcher, Celeste Parker ‘04, Diana Burns ‘03, Dr. Nancy Martino, and Martina Isaac ’08. Photo courtesy Department of Mass Communications
sister home
HOME AND AWAY: (left) Everyone’s favorite biology professor, Sister Grace Mary Flickinger, S.B.S., the guest speaker at the XU Baton Rouge Chapter’s Annual Frank Hayden Memorial Scholarship Jazz Brunch, shares a quiet moment with 2014 Baton Rouge Alumni of the Year Honoree Dr. Wilbur Clarke ’50 during the annual fundraising event. Courtesy of Office of Alumni Relations; (right) Kendall McManus-Thomas ’12, chemistry teacher and Science Department Chair at Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans, returns to campus to give some career pointers to current Division of Education majors. Photo by Irving Johnson III
Taylor Thornton, a junior biology/premed major from Cedar Hills (Trinity Christian High), has been accepted into the  University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship  as well as the Louisiana Biomedical Research Network  Summer Research Program at LSU.

Chelsey Walker, a junior biology/premed major from Harvey LA (Haynes Academy), has been accepted into the Tulane School of Medicine’s Early Acceptance Program for entry in 2015.

Adia Wallace, senior philosophy major from Jackson MS (Jim Hill High) has been accepted into the Master of Arts program at NYU Steinhardt.


Timothy J. Adams ‘82,
President and CEO of Systems Application & Technologies, Inc. (SA-TECH) in Baltimore MD, has been named to the Board of Directors for the National Aquarium, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures.

Jasmine Branchcomb ’07 has earned her medical from Howard University. She will serve her radiology residency at Highland Hospital in Oakland CA and at the University of Southern California.

Alexis Graham ’06, has been accepted into Hampton University's Ph.D. program in Educational Management.

Dr. Dana Jackson ’96, who maintains a family dental practice, Divine Dentistry LLC, in Shreveport LA, has been selected by The International Association of Healthcare Professionals to represent dentistry in its upcoming publication, The Leading Physicians of the World.

Benjamin Moore ’10 has been awarded a teaching assistantship at the University of South Carolina, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Spanish. He earned his master’s degree in Spanish from Middlebury College after spending much of year in Madrid, Spain.

Shannon Richard ’79 has been promoted to Policy Analyst with the IRS in Shreveport LA. She previously served as a RO Group Manager.

Cherrelle Martin Shelton ’07 is an occupational health consultant (industrial hygienist) with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. She has also published two children's books entitled Feedies and Princess Curl.

Pauline Smith ’09 has received her medical degree from the Wayne State University School of Medicine and will be matriculating to University of Michigan Hospital Systems with a specialty in psychiatry.

Tiffani Sneed ’99 has been promoted to Accounting Manager of Financial Operations at TPG Global LLC, a leading global private investment firm headquartered in Ft. Worth TX with over $59 billion of capital under management. She has been with the firm for eight years, previously serving as Senior Accountant.


Marion Bracy (VP, Facility Planning & Management) has been selected by APPA to receive the 2014 Meritorious Award, the national organization of educational facilities management personnel’s highest individual service award. He will be honored this July in San Diego CA.

Dr. Kristy Brumfield
(Biology) was profiled in a CASEnergy Coalition publication.

Dr. Violet Bryan (English) was a member of the Host Committee for the 2014 College Language Association Convention in New Orleans. She also presented the paper “’Tomorrow’s Spaces’ in the Poetry of Jamaican Writer Velma Pollard.”

Dr. Conchetta Fulton
(pharmacy) has been named the College of Pharmacy's Development, responsible for the philanthropic giving of corporations, alumni and friends as well as strengthening relationships with external stakeholders. She was serving as Chair of the Clinical Division.

Dr. Biljana Obradovic (English) was one of the featured poetry alumna readers at the 30th Anniversary and Reunion of the M.F.A. Creative Writing Program at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She also gave a poetry reading and creative writing workshop at Bergen Community College NJ, and at Poet's House in New York City during the coming out celebration for Bridging the Waters: An International Bilingual Poetry Anthology, inwhich in which her poems appear in English and /Korean translations. Her translation of a Bratislav Milanovic poem appears in With Our Eyes Wide Open: Poems of the New American Century.

Dr. Keturah Robinson ’05 (pharmacy) has been named Chair of the Division of Clinical and Administrative Sciences in the College of Pharmacy, effective August 1, 2014.  A Clinical Associate Professor, she has previously served as Director of the Professional Experience Program (June–August 2013) and Vice-Chair of the Clinical Division.

Dr. Michael White ’76
(Keller Endowed Chair in the Humanities), will be awarded the President’s Medal at Tulane University’s commencement celebration in recognition of the acclaimed jazz clarinetist, bandleader, composer, jazz historian and musical educator’s contributions to the well-being New Orleans.
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